Monthly Archives: April 2012

Underrated mystery of Homestuck: the origin of Trollian itself. Remember, THAT beta’s poster was hanging on the wall of Karkat’s room like the Sburb beta poster on John’s.

(From MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck. Click for full-sized escape plan.) Once upon a time, Dirk did, in fact, reveal to Jake that he was from the future. This wasn’t entirely un-foreshadowed, and I can’t say this is ever directly contradicted or supported by any other past pesterlogs, but what I’m more interested in is his […]


Okay. This series has burned me out. I’m not going to put up more posts about the new playoff system, which looks to be some form of bracketed plus-one, until later, though it’s probably still going to be before any sort of final decision is made. I leave you with what I originally wrote in […]

The real reason I wanted to post this? The site layout is back to normal! Also, apparently Randall went so far as to create special comics for browsers with Javascript not working right for the Umwelt comic.

(From xkcd. Click for full-sized emotion chart.) Randall Munroe is somewhat of a recluse. Oh, he has a “blag” that he posts on from time to time, but he almost never posts on specific strips there. It can be downright maddening to come across a comic and see it just sitting there, with nothing from […]

Change of plans for College Football Playoff System series

I really wish I’d known about the BCS meetings being this week, last week. Admittedly I kind of dozed off for several hours Wednesday, but as I write this I’m going so slowly I’m not sure I’ll even be able to hold myself to what I’m about to set. For the first time since last […]

The Last Word on a College Football Playoff System, Part I: Potential Systems Explained

Our long national nightmare is almost over. The annual BCS meetings are this week, and the assembled commissioners are almost certain to institute some sort of playoff system. By the end of this week, we may be saying goodbye to the debate over a college football playoff, or at least a particular stage of it. […]

For this review, I think I’m going to try to put on my best Robert A. “Tangents” Howard impression and overanalyze everything.

(From Gunnerkrigg Court. Click for full-sized scrounging.) Longtime readers of Da Blog know that I am an enormous fan of The Order of the Stick, to the point that I will defend it to the death as one of the classics of literature, especially within the fantasy genre. Of course, I can see how people […]

How should we recognize and award the best webcomics?

It’s comics awards season again, which means the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth over how webcomics don’t get no respect from the stodgy old comic book/strip establishment. Even those awards that give at least one token category to webcomics get accused of simply paying lip service to the medium, or of judging the new […]

Reinventing Webcomics and Comic Syndicates

And now it’s time to pull together pretty much everything I’ve said about the state of webcomics over the course of the past three or four months. (All of what, two or three posts?) In a recent interview with Fleen, Brad Guigar let slip a hint as to some of the advice he and Scott […]

Fun fact: The code for an overdose of sopor slime on Alternia is 418.

(From MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck. Click for full-sized Tavrisprite.) Okay Hussie, now I know you’re just screwing with us. There are no words I can come up with that can add anything to this. The only explanation I can imagine is that this is some sort of practical joke at the expense of the fanbase. […]

I hate my life right now.

3:45 PM: I enter class hoping to find some sort of idea I can use as a jumping-off point for a post today. 4:15 PM: I find said idea and also realize I intended to write a post taking off on another idea I had. I begin writing the latter. 4:45 PM: Break time. People […]