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...but on discovering that Irregular Webcomic is over, in addition to the knowledge I already had that Narbonic is closing down, makes my morning especially bitter. Yes, there are other webcomics I will undoubtedly add to my routine and will keep me smiling first thing in the morning, but it's sort of like losing Peanuts or the Far Side or Calvin and Hobbes. It's a bitter pill. Bleargh.

The fact that it's a fast day today is not especially fun, either. The heck with consciousness; I'm going back to bed.


Dec. 31st, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'd like to borrow the prequel book.

No problem. I just have to remember to bring it back from the office. I think Jim's started OOTS, too, so he can have it after you. (Have you been decyphering all of Haley's garbled cryptogram-speech? I wrote a macro in my Massive Tool to help me crack it.)

Yes, you've sent me links, but I haven't followed through mostly because I've had enough to read. Now I don't, plus I have some downtime. I've read through about 6 months of Schlock Mercenary, and it's been worth the read.

Definitely. Jim was the one who introduced me to it, I think, but it dropped off his radar when it hit a slow period while he hit a busy period.

Yes, caffeine deprivation is a factor. Fast is over in an hour, so there's hope on the horizon...as the sun dips below it.

I'm definitely feeling better today. Pity my car isn't. I'll be dealing with that and taking the train to work once we've ushered in the new year.

Dec. 31st, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't decyphered any of Haley's speech. I don't write macros, for example, and I read it for pleasure, not for work.

Good to hear you're feeling better. Food has done wonders so far; I'm going to try some sugared, caffeinated soda in a moment, and see what that does for me.
Dec. 31st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't decyphered any of Haley's speech. I don't write macros, for example, and I read it for pleasure, not for work.

Cryptograms are fun, and some strips (the key changes every time) are easier than others (depending upon how much dialog she has, and how much of it is obvious due to context). The macro (written in the Massive Tool, of course) simply replaces all instances of a given letter with another letter, allowing me to put in the letters I know (for instance, once I know "ABC" = "THE", then all As become Ts, Bs become Hs, etc.) until I've got them all done.
Jan. 1st, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
For Example
This is the last strip where Haley speaks in cryptograms. Lots of dialog, lots of context:
MFGL?? P opvvlu Mfgl? Sry!!
Keeeeee! Opno ypv fvv, Euugd Lcclnwpql Lgfm!
Des'ql rew we il opuupmr al. Lgfm, des'xl mew isdpmr wypv fxl des???
Ufam vwxfpryw, yl'v gdpmr!
Yl iesryw al wypv uxlvv! Neal em, kesgu FMD keafm NYEEVL we klfx wypv wypmr?
Me! P'a mew! P'a vwsjpu! P'a ve vwsjpu!!
Ec nesxvl mew! Wypv pv fivsxu! P'a Nyfewpn Reeu! Pvy!
Kyd fxl des gpvwlmpmr we ypa?? Yl'v wyl QPGGFPM!
Me, P yfqlm'w!
Des yfql we ilgplql al! Yl'v gdpmr!!
Kyfw?? Me! ME!!
P nfm'w...
P nfm'w gevl ypa...
P--P wyesryw...
P wyesryw--
Run it through this macro...
( ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ <- Alphabet, line it up )
[M*FYOAL*BPWENCKIVGU*DSTRH*] ( <- Code key, edit this )

constantstr codekey
variable coded

pushselectionstr textstr

depth whiledo {

0 coded !

dup 64 91 between if 64 - 1 codekey uppercasestr midstr 1 coded ! endif
dup 96 123 between if 96 - 1 codekey lowercasestr midstr 1 coded ! endif

coded @ 0= if emitstr endif

depth }

concatstrstack copystrtoclip pastefromclip

forget codekey
forget coded
...and you get this:
NALE?? I kissed Nale? Ugh!!
Woooooo! Kick his ass, Oddly Effective Elan!
You've got to be kidding me. Elan, you're not buying this are you???
Damn straight, he's lying!
He bought me this dress! Come on, would ANY woman CHOOSE to wear this thing?
No! I'm not! I'm stupid! I'm so stupid!!
Of course not! This is absurd! I'm Chaotic Good! Ish!
Why are you listening to him?? He's the VILLAIN!
No, I haven't!
You have to believe me! He's lying!!
What?? No! NO!!
I can't...
I can't lose him...
I--I thought...
I thought--
Jan. 1st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: For Example
Very illuminating. Thanks!
Jan. 1st, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: For Example
You're welcome. Most of the time Haley's coded dialog is obvious and/or unimportant, but sometimes it's humorous and/or significant. Off the top of my head I can recall two incidents - when they were being tried by the supposedly senile paladin king of Azure City and his kitty, Haley immediately realized that something was wrong and tried to tell Greenhilt that the king was not as stupid as he appeared to be; and when Haley went to dinner with Elan (the real one) and tried to confess to him in order to get her power of speech back, she tried telling him every secret she had (including the one about her father, her latent bisexuality, etc.)