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September 17, 2018

emmy

EMMYS RECAP 2018!

Watched the Emmys for about an hour, looked and sounded like it was on public access, really insanely bad even by awards show standards, never heard of any of the winning shows, thankfully avoided seeing David Lynch lose to the creator of Glee

September 4, 2018

WIRED: Google Wants to Kill the URL

“People have a really hard time understanding URLs,” says Adrienne Porter Felt, Chrome’s engineering manager. “They’re hard to read, it’s hard to know which part of them is supposed to be trusted, and in general I don’t think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. So we want to move toward a place where web identity is understandable by everyone—they know who they’re talking to when they’re using a website and they can reason about whether they can trust them. But this will mean big changes in how and when Chrome displays URLs. We want to challenge how URLs should be displayed and question it as we’re figuring out the right way to convey identity.”

Google made every site get a security certificate and nags at you if your design isn’t mobile-friendly which is a bit cumbersome for simple-minded hobbyists like me who just want to put words on a screen. They can take my URLs from my cold dead hands

August 24, 2018

president logan
Remember when I was the big bad guy because I had shady dealings with Russian oil guys or whatever?

jack
thought i blocked u

president logan
And then this Trump fella comes along… hoo boy! I may have been evil and incompetent but even I had my limits! #Resistance #NeverTrump #CharlesLoganDidNothingWrong

jack
god

jack
dont talk to me ever again

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August 18, 2018

twitterTwitter seems mondo messed up these days: the Alex Jones fiasco, the brilliant idea to curb “fake news” echo chambers by promoting “alternative viewpoints” in your feed (how would this even work? Do you get shown tweets from Roseanne if you have a rose emoji in your display name?), re-banning people who shouldn’t have been banned in the first place, archives being weaponized by ghouls, etc. I use the third-party app Tweetbot which gives me quick access to lists and gets rid of most of Twitter’s junk (posts people liked, “in case you missed it,” incessant suggestions of people to follow, stupid display names) but Twitter is hellbent on wrecking that too. Some people are signing up for something called Mastodon, but it’s a joke and has apparently has its own problems. All that aside, I still get value out of Twitter (I made Maude Flanders laugh!) and I’m just going to hope everything will magically fix itself.

Also, I never got any sort of e-mail or notification that the service Storify shut down due to GDPR. Luckily I’d already saved Geoff Johns’ Cereal Adventure. I’m going to try to see if I can recover others with wayback machine archives. Never Trust A Web Service

July 31, 2018
twin terrors
from Batman episode “Be A Clown”
July 18, 2018

Been thinking about theme park lands lately. I hope someday I get to visit the “King’s Row” area of Toon Lagoon at Universal before they eventually retheme it because it’s a weird mausoleum to a bunch of old comic strips owned by King Features Syndicate nobody cares about. In other words it sounds like an incredible paradise to me. They made statues for Little Nemo and Krazy Kat! There’s a Marmaduke photo spot! A Mark Trail/Family Circus crossover! A gift shop based on Gasoline Alley! A giant Dagwood Bumstead head! There is also a couple Nancy displays even though the strip’s not owned by King Features (I was trying to figure if it ever was but Google is unhelpful). Shh!

Maybe I’m underestimating its popularity but it is absolutely mind-boggling to me that Wayne’s World was once considered big enough to sustain its own theme park land.

If Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is approved, they absolutely need to build an actual version of the Fox logo and make it the centerpiece of California Adventure’s Hollywood Land, assuming it won’t have already been turned into Marvelville by then.

July 12, 2018

I reread Romneyduke, which is one of my favorite things I’ve done, in light of the latest Papa John’s controversy (a previous controversy is alluded to in the third comic). Man, I’d forgotten some of those campaign issues. Remember when tax returns were a thing that mattered?


July 10, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

Our top story on ABC World News Tonight... will just have to wait... while we examine the true meaning of whatever Melania Trump is wearing today...

07/09/2018

I seem to recall right-wingers flipping out because one of Obama’s daughters wore a shirt with the peace symbol on it, but yes, I agree, the focus on Melania’s jacket was a dumb distraction from a far more important issue…

The government should PUNISH any private business that refuses service to anyone!! Except Trump staffers, of course.

07/10/2018

That’s right, the uncivil behavior of the boorish Left. Mallard Fillmore will still be talking about Red Hen/Whataburger in 2020.

May 19, 2018
stage pointguy
April 30, 2018

From an episode of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated where the gang investigates an evil robotic Nam June Paik-like sculpture and two of the suspects are Andy Warhol and Lou Reed lookalikes

April 21, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

In the Hall of the Mountain King was just the soundtrack in an ad for the billionth time! And the Grieg family STILL didn't get a dime.

04/21/2018

The subject of today’s outrage is… a song from 1875 having entered the public domain. I wonder what he thinks about reparations for slavery.

April 20, 2018
homer on ice
source: santoroland
April 14, 2018

dune spice scout

CULTURE CORNER

  • Everything I’ve heard about the upcoming relaunch of Mad Magazine, now under the stewardship of longtime Bongo Comics editor Bill Morrison, sounds intriguing.
     
  • Cautiously optimistic about Nancy, which is now being drawn by a female webcomics artist instead of some baby boomer. Keeping an ancient strip around long after the death of its creator instead of making way for a new strip is not ideal, but sometimes it can lead to cool stuff like Weird Heathcliff. The blog post announcing the change absurdly treats it like it’s a rebuke of Harvey Weinstein somehow?!?
     
  • Got around to seeing Dune and now I finally understand the context for a bunch of internet jokes I’ve seen over the years. I couldn’t get to sleep that night because I couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful imagery: folding space, those dudes with the big microphone, the blocky boxing, Kyle MacLachlan’s amazing hair. The story on the other hand is ehhh. I think the problem with a lot of sci-fi stuff is that you have to spend a lot of time on exposition explaining the politics and status quo of the world. I suppose one advantage of doing a hundred Star Wars movies is that you can pretty much just jump right into the story: “Look, it’s Star Wars, there’s lightsabers, you know what’s up”


April 11, 2018
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March 26, 2018
principal skinner giving a thumbs updale cooper giving a thumbs up
March 18, 2018
Credits to Vixen featuring three creator credits for Gerry Conway

The “Arrowverse” should really be called the “Gerryverse”

March 11, 2018

Mallard Fillmore Watch

preferred prounouns

03/11/2018

libertarian conservatives

03/03/2018

Boy, it sucks when people refuse to acknowledge your identity, doesn’t it