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February 13th, 2008

Upatey thingy @ 01:16 pm

Current Location: Muskrat Snows
Current Mood: blank blank
Current Music: "1985" - Richard Thompson

I'm pretty peeved at myself for getting today's comic strip up late. Especially since I'm pretty happy with it.



(Click anywhere here to go see the 'toon.)


It's been a few months now that I've been able to keep to schedule. This last Monday and Tuesday were pretty bleah workdays, overall, but if I'd gotten my act in gear, I'd have made this deadline easily.

At least it's up on the day. It's been several months since I've actually missed a day, so I'm feeling pretty solid about that.

What I'm gonna do, as we slowly transition to a point where the web site might actually make some, you know, money (shock! horror!) is to post the cartoons on LiveJournal and My Space the Friday of the week after they run. So...if'n you just can't wait, head on over to DorkTower.com Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Every little click should (soon) help.

It's been nice being ahead of the game a bit. It's also allowed me to put more time into the drawings, which I've been having fun with. I was so happy I managed to work that unicorn in today.

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An iTunes meme ganked from my John's Pal Alex Robinson:

How many songs total: 8,988
How many hours or days of music: 23 days
Most recently played: "Never Be the Same" by Crowded House
Most played: "Extraordinary" by Liz Phair (139 times)*
Most recently added: "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" by Art Brut

Sort by song title:
First Song: "A-11" by Richard Thompson
Last Song: "18000 Lira" by Art Brut

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: "Horn Imtro" by Modest Mouse (:10)
Longest Song: "Appalachian Spring" by Copeland (36:42)
(Longest non-classical song: "Eskimo" by Damian Rice (16:07))

Sort by album:
First album: "A.M." by Wilco
Last album: "1977-1970" by the Beatles
First song that comes up on Shuffle: "I Will Dare" by the Replacements

Search the following and state how many songs come up:

Death - 32
Life - 173
Love - 510
Hate - 42
You - 951
Sex - 56

Most Represented Artist
Elvis Costello (440 songs)

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So, remember that BAM, BAM, BAM snow I was talking about?

Here are some pics the Lovely and talented Judith snapped, after the last 12" fell.

This is our front door. That's the imprint of our door in the snow that's a third of the way up it.











And to think that the Managing Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal once banned writers from using the phrase "the white stuff." I could come up with FAR more colorful phrases concerning it, now.

Stay warm!
 
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From:pope_guilty
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
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You'd think that years later I wouldn't still be yelling "Meet each other! Pleeease!"
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From:lampbane
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
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But they have met each other, they just never actually hooked up.
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From:lampbane
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Is that a hidden "16" on the chair? ;)
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
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It means I've hidden 16 "Nina"s in the strip.
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From:julzerator
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the comic is mighty mean!

I've missed Gilly!
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From:replyhazy
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Please tell me you and your neighbors go in together on a snow removal service?

Thinks of your driveway and street... shudders.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I fear we each have different services.

Our guy, affectionately known as "Mr. Plow," is usually the last to come.

I KNOW it would make sense to have one service do the whole thing, but we've asked - nobody's ever wanted the extra work. Go figure.
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From:ctrlalttabby
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

Missing...

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Snow angels... snow forts... snow "pot of coffee was thrown here just to change the color" mark...

(And, oh yeah, a DorkStock logo...)
From:unclelumpy
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
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*AHEM*

I just like to point this out at every given opportunity, since people seem to like bringing it up.

The reason Jon doesn't allow Matt and Gilly to ever get together is the same reason Charles Schulz never allowed Charlie Brown to kick the football.

Because then... The joke would be over.
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From:tarpo
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
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But I don't think Charlie brown would have managed to hump the football if he had kicked it
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From:awfulhorrid
Date:February 13th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
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It looks a lot like our back- and sideyards over here in Bristol, although at least we've been able to keep the driveway clear enough to get in and out of the garage(*) The planters in our backyard are now small hills that the squirrels stand upon and complain that we haven't made it out to refill the feeders yet. I'll have to do this tonight.


(* - This is the first time I've ever had a garage since I moved to the Midwest. On the list of requirements for our home, it has now moved from "would be nice" to "required feature.")
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From:jhghendriks
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
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That's a lot of snow [shudder]

How many songs total: 4219
How many hours or days of music: 15.7 days
Most recently played: "Yulunga (Spirit Dance)" by Dead Can Dance [13-02-2008 19:48]
Most played: "Snow" by Loreena McKennitt [109]
Most recently added: "Missing" by Everything But the Girl [27-01-2008 01:37]

Sort by song title:
First Song: "A-Tuin the Turtle" by Dave Greenslade
Last Song: "-" by Viralai

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: "You Go Your Way" by Philip Glass, with Leonard Cohen [0:07]
Longest Lesson: "The European Tradition of Constitutionalism" by Thomas Laquer [01:20:59]
Longest Album: "Naqoyqatsi" by Philip Glass [01:17:10]
Longest non-classical song: "Providence" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor [29:02]

Sort by album:
First album: Aangenaam Klassiek 2003
Last album: 1983 - Working With Fire And Steel - Possible Pop Songs Volume Two
First song that comes up on Shuffle: "Niemand Thuis" by Tröckener Kecks

Search the following and state how many songs come up:

Death - 4
Life - 56
Love - 121
Hate - 3
You - 222
Sex - 57

Most Represented Artist
Dead Can Dance (207 songs)
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From:parakkum
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
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On that note:

How many songs total: 1,867
How many hours or days of music: 6 days
Most recently played: "Starve" (live version) by Rollins Band
Most played: "Low SO" (live version) by Rollins Band
Most recently added: "New Born" (live bootleg) by Muse

Sort by song title:
First song: "Abel Et Cain" by Diamanda Galas
Last song: "999" from the Bleach soundtrack

Sort by time:
Shortest song: "Torchy" by Combustible Edison (0:15)
Longest "song": Wil Wheaton reading at Phoenix Cactus Comic Con (59:47)
Longest actual song: "Quichotte Part I" (live version) by Tangerine Dream (23:17)

Sort by album:
First album: About a Boy, by Badly Drawn Boy
Last album: 12 Tales, by various contributors
First song that comes up on Shuffle: "Beautiful Morning With You" by The Pillows

Search by term:

Death - 14
Life - 47
Love - 62
Hate - 4
You - 119
Sex - 3

Most represented artist:
Rasputina (124 songs)
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From:gala_silverstar
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
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looks a lot like it does here in Salt Lake. We've been having pretty high snow totals as well. I never can find the totals for the valley, but I think some of the resorts in the mountains have upwards of around 140 inches. It's evidently been a great snow season.
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From:alexbot3000
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Three things:
1) You have little asterixes in your ipod thing but I don't see any footnotes.
2) Your last song (alphabetically) is the same as mine ("9th and Hennepin" by Tom Waits) which isn't that shocking but how on Earth did we both have the SAME song (Amy Winehouse) come up on shuffle? With 15,000 songs between the two of us that seems statistically impossible! (unless you forgot to edit my answer out when you copied it?)
3) there's no third thing.
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 13th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
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unless you forgot to edit my answer out when you copied it?

Bingo!

I missed those two lines.
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From:karohemd
Date:February 13th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I miss snow. Last time we had snow like that was 20 years ago. The most exciting amount of snow was about 1m 5 years ago...
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From:corpsie
Date:February 13th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I may be wrong, but isn't Gilly staying about half a mile south of Camden Town and within walking distance of the British Museum. (oh god... I don't suppose there's an off switch for the geek gene?)
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From:muskrat_john
Date:February 13th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
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When last I defined where she was staying, she was at Connaught Hall, so throwing in the telecom tower may have been a bit presumptuous...but I needed some landmark for folks who might not realize she's still in London, and that was a lot less ridiculous than other landmarks would have been...

Although she could be at a friends' place...
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From:delazan
Date:February 13th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that front door looks like our garage door.

Like Frances, I'm nudging you for a Dorkstock logo, and one other drawing...
-L.
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From:georgmi
Date:February 13th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
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the Managing Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal once banned writers from using the phrase "the white stuff."

Given that whenever I read or hear this phrase, I get The New Kids on the Block running through my head, I cannot help but agree with this completely reasonable policy.

(Weird Al is brilliant, but anything that earworms one with a New Kids song is Eeeeevillll.)
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From:kesmun
Date:February 14th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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Bwah. haha. hahahahahaha.
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From:kittengirly
Date:February 13th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Gah! Snow! Reminds me of my first winter in Cleveland - we got 3 feet in 90 minutes. So glad we moved out of the snow belt. That amount of snow is just insane.

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