Thursday, October 22, 2009

Schrodinger's Bagel

I burned two bagels today. We need a new toaster.
For the non-physicists among you, the "Perfect" equation is the time-dependent Schrodinger wave equation. In this context, it means, "Somewhere between 1 and 2 is the perfect setting, but it changes each time, and you can't predict what it's going to be, so the only thing you can do is to pick a setting and see what happens."
Of course, thanks to Murphy's Law, it's always the wrong setting.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thus IPOs doth make fools of us all


The astute among you will realize that the (fictional) IPO values the company at $3 billion, almost twice what I just said was waaaaay too much for a company that hasn't made a dime since the day it was created.  But you just KNOW that stock would go through the roof if they ever went public.  You'd think we would have learned from the dot-com bubble that a company that hasn't made money, isn't making money, and probably never will make money is not, in fact, a sound investment.  But... but... it's TWITTER!!!  TWITTER FOR EVERYONE!!!  COME AND GET YOUR TWITTER!!! STEP RIGHT UP, and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.  You know, the guy back there laughing maniacally about how much he loves being a stockbroker.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The hazards of family history....

Sometimes, you find things you don't want to know.  E.g.:

I, John Savage, was born in 1981.
Son of Albert Savage III (1947)
Son of Albert Savage Jr (1923)
Son of Albert Savage Sr (1889)
Son of George Savage (1851)
Son of Edwin Savage (1813)
Son of Seth Savage Jr. (1786)
Son of Seth Savage Sr. (1755)
Son of Elisha Savage (1728)
Son of William Savage Jr (1699)
Son of William Savage Sr (1668)
Son of John Savage, born 1630 in Cheshire, England, died 1684 Middlesex, Connecticut (my namesake)
Son of Thomas Savage (1611)
Son of Thomas Savage (1586)
Son of John Savage (1550)
Son of John Savage (1505)
Son of John Savage (sir knight!) (1493)
Son of John Savage (1478)
Son of John Savage (1450)
Son of John Savage born 1422, Clifton, Cheshire, England, Married Catherine Stanley

Wikipedia sez:

John Savage and Catherine Stanley had a daughter, Dulcia.
Dulcia Savage married Sir Henry Bold
Maud Bold married Thomas Gerard
Jennet Gerard married Richard Eltonhead
William Eltonhead married Anne Bowers
Richard Eltonhead married Anne Sutton
Martha Eltonhead (Died: abt. 1652) married Edwin Conway (immigrated to Virginia)
Eltonhead Conway married Henry Thacker
Martha Thacker married Thomas Hickman
Edwin Hickman married Eleanor Elliott
James Hickman (1723-1816) married Hannah Lewis
Susannah Hickman married James Browning
Annie Browning married Robert Overall
George Washington Overall (1820-1871) married Louisiana Duvall
Susan C Overall 1849 married Christopher Columbus Clark
Gabriella Clark 1877 married Henry Ellington Armour
Ruth Lucille Armour 1900-1926 married Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham
Stanley Armour Dunham 1918-1992 married Madelyn Lee Payne
Ann Dunham 1942-1995 married Barack Hussein Obama
Barack Obama 1961-


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cartoon violence - perspectives

I was watching cartoons with Maddy the other day, and all I could think about was the writers and animators sitting around a table, discussing plot points, debating dialog, etc. Where has the magic gone? Oh, that's right, I grew up.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Cool health blog

Check out this health blog I found. It's got all kinds of up-to-the-minute info about natural health remedies. You'll find something useful almost every day. It looks pretty balanced, too - it's not just a "all natural food is good" kind of thing, it actually examines the claims and cites studies and presents evidence for or against a particular product. The articles are well-written and interesting, too. It has info about everyday foods, like chocolate and coffee; it's not just obscure health-nut stuff. I'm adding it to my list of blogs I follow, in case it turns out that popcorn cures (or causes) cancer.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New blog!

So it turns out that being a web-comicist is hard, even when all you do is snap pictures of strangers and steal images from Google Image. So I've started a new humor blog, called "Google Suggest Makes Me Lose My Faith In Humanity." The link is here. I'll still update Fatal Error, though; fear not. But GSMMLMFIH is a LOT easier for me to do, so I'll update that a few times a week. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Also, she's blonde...

I saw this girl sitting at my bus stop yesterday. I had to be very sneaky while taking pictures with my camera phone, just casually holding it and surreptitiously snapping pics. It took a few tries before I got a good (enough) one.
Seriously though, why DOES she have three pens stuck in her hair? What's wrong with her pockets?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Twitter status: all good

Read this and this. Huzzah for twittah!!

E.g., the official state media reports that there's no protest happening here; Twitter says:

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hiding Fail

It might be kinda hard to tell, but those are Maddy's little pig-tails sticking out from under the blanket. The title is from yet another Internet meme, adding "Fail" to pictures of people who... well, failed at something.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Think about it... why does WalMart give you perfectly good stuff in exchange for shuffling some bits around in a computer somewhere? Because we all agree to pretend together. That's it. That's the entire economy. Bits in a computer, pieces of paper with dead presidents on them, shiny yellow rocks... as soon as we moved beyond bartering, it's just layer upon layer of pretending and illusion and delusion. There's really no 'there' there. Not even a little. The economy is the biggest con game ever, but it's so big that everyone cons everyone else equally (mostly). Think about that the next time you buy something: "Ha! That poor fool took a piece of paper in exchange for this delicious doughnut! I sure tricked him!" Congratulations, you're a con artist. Sawyer would be proud.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Wow, over 2 months since I posted a comic... and this is what I come up with? Sheesh.