August 24, 2014
burrito minus tortilla

Behold, the Deconstructed Ice Cream Sandwich *holds up hands, revealing a big glob of melting vanilla ice cream*

August 22, 2014

I Bing searched the cast of PBS's Zoom to see how my childhood crush Zoe is doing and made myself sad when I realized Jared's cast page from 1999 is still up, frozen in time, with no way to warn him...

August 19, 2014

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 08/19/2014
08/19/2014

Do they give out Pulitzers for headlines? Because that's a shoo-in right there

August 5, 2014

THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1987-1988

  • I skipped about thirty years of Peanuts compilations but nothing seems radically different, which is maybe a testament to the consistency of the strip. All the characters are here now. Violet, Other Patty, and Shermy have been shuttled off to Limbo. The only change yet to come (that I'm aware of) is Rerun being given a personality.
  • Other than the occasional pop culture reference (like Teddy Ruxpin), the only thing that denotes the time period is the presence of the big black TV in the Browns' living room, always seen from the side. Although I checked and television was mentioned slightly more in the mid-50s.
  • "TV critic" is one of Sally's defining characteristics now:
    Peanuts 08/13/1988
  • The "adults can't be heard by the audience" rule is a little awkward sometimes, like when one character has to ask another character to repeat what the adult who's right in front of them just said. The television is allowed to bypass this rule, which makes me wonder if Schulz ever stopped to consider the logic behind this. Adults can be heard, but only if their voices are transmitted electronically?
  • Well no wonder Sally doesn't like school, they're forcing her to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles in first grade.
  • Franklin's defining characteristic is that he has a grandpa. Okay.
  • The fact that Peppermint Patty and Marcie both have unrequited crushes on Charlie Brown is really cute. Nobody seems to remember this aspect because of all the hacky "they're total lesbos" jokes.

    Peanuts 7/13/1987

  • Marcie is kinda the MVP of this book.
    Peanuts 9/11/1987
  • OK, so "recurring situation" (I don't know what the right phrase would be) is the backbone of Peanuts. Yet the Great Pumpkin strips every Halloween feel like they were done more out of tradition rather than Schulz thinking of a new twist.
  • Recurring situation I didn't realize was a recurring situation: Snoopy paying tribute to Bill Mauldin on Veterans Day.

    There's a strip where Snoopy is shopping for a Garfield greeting card that I forgot to scan before I had to return the book to the library.

  • Snoopy became a lawyer a lot during this era. I don't quite understand how the hat connotes lawyeriness... seems like a forgotten symbol, like how kids today supposedly don't recognize an icon of a floppy disk is supposed to mean saving your file.
  • Here's an uncharacteristic "meta" strip:
    Peanuts 11/6/1987
  • Peppermint Patty and Marcie sure went to a bunch of concerts. This is probably the most optimistic Peanuts panel I've ever seen:

    Peanuts 10/21/1987


July 24, 2014

chloe
At this point, I think I'm the only friend you have left. Whether you want to admit it or not.

jack
hmm let me think

Willie, you and I are friends, right?

willie

jack and willie hug

jack
yup ur right

jack
cant think of anyone else in the whole entire world who id call a friend...

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11:00:00

July 23, 2014
nancy stamp

RECENT NANCY OBSERVATIONS

  • The Nancy universe and the Muppet universe appear to be one in the same.

  • Intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo references Sluggo in the Superman episode "The Main Man," indicating that Nancy is a universal constant.

July 15, 2014

Al Jazeera America:

Over the past four years, "Life with Archie" plots have involved Keller's marriage, the death of longtime teacher Ms. Grundy and Archie love interest Cheryl Blossom tackling breast cancer and affordable health care.
Someone please assure me Pop Tate's Chok'lit Shoppe hasn't become a victim of the economic recession... I don't think I could handle it...

July 11, 2014

"Ah yes... energy-efficient lightbulbs. My evil plot to destroy the American way of life is going smoothly."

June 28, 2014

NPR:

He waved toward the cameras and the pool. It was then that he spotted the adorable baby nestled in the arms of ABC's Ann Compton. It was time for an executive decision to change course, so he veered sharply to his right and made a beeline for the baby and her grandmother. The baby was Olivia Hughes, age six months ... When the president arrived at the rope line, he commanded, "Give me that baby."
Obama's executive actions are getting out of control!!! crazy

June 25, 2014

Awful Link of the Day: The Fountain Pen Network

Finding fellow pen enthusiasts in everyday offline life can be difficult. For some reason, normal people just can't appreciate the fine handiwork of a vintage leather imported stainless steel Visconti Rotring M1750 pen with customized golden nibs and Zytel-cotated shatter resistance.

June 24, 2014

jack
.........

heller
Look, Jake, I know for that for some weird reason you're a bit squeamish about facilitating the assassination of a US president

heller
But trust me, an old man with Alzheimer's: acquiescing to a terrorist's demands and getting killed by a drone in the middle of a stadium is the only logical thing to do

jack
ok fine ill help u ~_~

heller
Where am I? Why am I here?? Oh right, the drone thing. Gonna make Lincoln look like a scrub 8-]

explosion

jack
i pushed heller out of the way during the 5 seconds we were offscreen

chloe
Great work Jack. Now let's hope the terrorists fell for my sophisticated cyber ruse

ruse

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June 20, 2014

(Two Aaron Sorkin characters are walking down a hallway)

- Yo?
- Yo.
- (incredulous) Yo.
- (nodding) Yo.
- The hell's a yo?
- A yo's a yo.
- "A yo."
- You know?
- Yo-yos?
- No no.
- Just yos?
- There's yos, and then there's yos.
- Yos.
- Yos.
- (understanding) Yos.

(A third character enters the scene)

- Yo!
- Yo.
- Yo.

June 20, 2014
happy birthday

rubbercat.net is eleven years old today! That's as old as Doug Funnie, before he turned twelve and started wearing long sleeves. "Muchos thankos" to everyone who donated!!!!

June 12, 2014

I thought I'd check in on Titan Shelters, a company that made modern fallout shelters for the paranoid survivalist set. They produced a great, surreal commercial featuring a mom talking about how she needs to protect her kids from terrorism.

Turns out it was a big scam and they never actually made the shelters, so they've apparently rebranded as Titan Storm Shelters. Also they removed the commercial from YouTube, which is a real crime.

June 5, 2014
ben wyatt batman parks & recreationarkham origins credits

Did you know Ben Wyatt worked on the latest Batman game???

May 29, 2014

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 05/29/2014
05/29/2014

Mallard Fillmore has been doing a week's worth of strips about hashtags, which is somehow lazier than the bumper stickers

May 21, 2014

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Mallard Fillmore, 05/21/2014
05/21/2014

Turn your newspaper around, you big doofus! Apparently there's a big story about it on the other side!