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Small wisdoms

I don’t link to comics on the sidebar of the page anymore, so I figured it was due time to gesture to a few places on the internets:

Cat and Girl is a fantastic comic about the perplexities and absurdities of modern life. It’s what one would call a “hip” comic, in the sense that the late “Far Side” was hip: many people don’t understand it. If you’re one of these, don’t worry; it just means that we’re better than you. There aren’t always punchlines, and often you have to think to ingest the “point” of a strip, so if that scares you don’t bother. The most recent comic showcases what I imagine is the greatest resignation of young, bright people in America today, and this one works along similar lines. Then there’s this homage to weezer / criticism of consumerism, and this commentary on the quantification of life. One of my favorite strips is Cat and Girl insist on discussing capitalism, and I first read it way back when I still hadn’t thought much about issues of that nature. I had a similar experience with this strip back when I was starting to listen to indie music too much. And they even had something to say in the formation of yesterday’s column, although I’m realizing it only retrospectively. Strange what sticks to an idle mind, isn’t it?

Boy on a Stick and Slither‘s Steven Cloud creates colorful and fascinating one-frame strips that compel me to readership more strongly than I can convey. I’ll just run some things off: this one summarizes all of human history; kid’s tips are always instructive; these two strips gesture towards Kelly’s world view (almost verbatim in the latter case). There is much wisdom here. Read.

Scary Go Round is almost too good to live.

White Ninja will make you laugh and you won’t know why.

Also, you may have noticed that the word “internets” has been taken up by said internets rather fanatically ever since our dim president said it during the debate. Here is my insight: half of the people saying it don’t have any idea where it originated. Here is my prediction: in ten years, only 5% of those saying it will, but they will still say it. Think about how many people were saying “all your base are belong to us” during the height of the craze without understanding that it came from a bad Japanese translation of a Sega game, and you get an idea of what I’m talking about. It’s not in the jargon file yet, but it will be. The other one is already.

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