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Dog High Jinks



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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February 27, 2006

Another Gadget You Shouldn't Be Living Without

On Friday I was all over products that are meant to make life easier and better but really were just overkill and making people lazier. This morning I came across a little product that just makes so much sense you wonder why it took so long to come around.

A toothbrush with a replaceable head. It seems every time I get a new toothbrush and finally break in the handle to just the way I like it, the bristles wear out. Finally someone has answered my prayers.

I haven't looked into it yet but hopefully by the time I wear down the handle they'll come out with a replaceable handle that I can screw into the head.


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February 24, 2006

Automated Ice Cream

As you can tell from my total lack of effort on the non comic posts that it's been a pretty hectic week. Will next week be any better? Probably not but at least you can bank on there being two new comics up.

I love how technology makes our lives easier by improving existing things making them easier, faster and generally better. There are on ocassion some instances where I think they overreach:

The Electric Can opener - A manual can opener never slips off half way through and is actually faster than the electric type.

The Doorbell - Knocking has always worked for me. I wonder how long before downloadable doorbell ringtones will be available. And when this catches on, know that I will never ring it so don't bother asking me to. Also if for some reason in the future doorbells come with a text message option I will not be held responsible if I ever catch you sending a text message from your doorbell.

The motorized Ice cream cone will now be added to the list.

Takes a licking and keeps ice cream from dripping! Load the removable dish with ice cream, push the button and the ice cream turns while you enjoy one of the world's most popular treats. No more licking around the edges of a drippy cone. Fun for all ages. Removable dish is dishwasher safe. Requires two double AA batteries (not included).

Why does this have a button? That seems like just as much work as licking. Button in...button out...button in... I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I think I'll just tape it down.

I believe that this ice cream cone comes in a deluxe model where you simply skewer an entire brick of ice cream and all you have to do is peel back the cardboard and enjoy. This model still requires batteries but does come with free insulin shots for your fat diabetic ass.

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Posted by hypnobee at 4:27 PM

February 23, 2006

It's a Care Bear Countdown 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - ERROR!! - ERROR!!



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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February 22, 2006

Live Action and Animation Don't mix in China

I couldn't believe this when I heard this on the radio this morning. Animation with live action actors are no longer welcome in China. The governmation will no longer give licenses to distribute animation that mixes in live action.

These human live-action, so-called animation pieces will not receive distribution or distribution licenses," read the order, issued Feb. 15. However, films and shows that have already received permits will continue to air.

CGI and 2-D characters alongside human actors jeopardize "the broadcast order of homemade animation and mislead their development," according to a report from the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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February 21, 2006

Where Not To Go To Pick Up Chicks



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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February 20, 2006

Hardly Worth Mentioning


It hardly seems worth mentioning but The Chronicles of A Mordant Orange and A Coconut Named George (Or TCOAMOAACNG for short) the strip that started this all is a year old today. It had a short run lasting only 5 weeks (33 strips in total). I cringe now looking back on it. These strips were some of the first things I'd drawn in 4 years. As you can see I was pretty rusty (not that I was ever that good but I've done better.) Abandoned mostly due the insane pace I was trying to do them (5 comics a week) and a poor setup which was preventing me for producing the quality of product I was happy with I shelved the project. Rather than cutting back the number of strips I decided to try something completely different.

I moved on to what is now called Mordant Singles in attempt to create one off single panel comics which I could potentially sell to magazines. There are now 52 Mordant Single comics since July and I've yet to sell a single one. The is largely due to the fact that I haven't mailed out a single one!! (procrastination or fear of rejection? - a little from column A and a little from column B I guess).

Will TCOAMOAACNG return? Probably at some point but I still need to upgrade my drawing tablet and get my hands on a drafting table before I give it another shot.

Take a trip down memory lane.

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Posted by hypnobee at 11:31 PM

February 17, 2006

Beaver and Steve Book

The Unfeasible Adventures of Beaver and Steve is probably my favourite online comic. Updated Mondays and Fridays, Beaver and Steve as you might guess from it's excellent title, is about a Beaver and a dinosaur; Steve who together have totally unfeasible adventures. I don’t know what else to say other than you should check it out.

James Turner has compiled 112 strips of Beaver and Steve bliss into a 100 page great looking book (a beaver riding a unicorn and a dinosaur riding a giant squid cover, how could you not want to own it!). Coloured versions of early adventures and 3 new comics for only £ 8 ($16.00) it seems like a great deal to me. Support James and do yourself a favour and pick up a copy of this book.

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February 16, 2006

My Baby Is Going To Be Smarter Than Yours



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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February 15, 2006

Best Website Name

I've been out on the road for work lately and I haven't restocked my cd selection in the car so I had to turn to the radio. A commercial came on advertising DUKORAL

DUKORAL™ is a raspberry flavored vaccine that you drink to help prevent travellers' diarrhea caused by bacteria called enterotoxigenic E. coli

And what do you think the website for such a product would be?

www.travellersdiarrhea.com

I laugh everytime I hear it on the radio.

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February 14, 2006

Cupid's Got You In His Sights



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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If you like this comic why not buy it on something at my modest attempt at a Valentine's Shop

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February 10, 2006

Butternut Squash Returns

Back in September I stumbled across another great webcomic and like most things in life that I find and like they are promptly taken away from me. Only one comic (it's a weekly comic) was posted since I put up a post about it here. Translation, anytime I find something I like and tell people about it, it proves to be the kiss of death. After months of nothing except for the odd post to let you know they were still alive and that new comics and plans were in the works the first BNS comic since October 3 was posted with promises of new comics to follow every Thursday.

Also the long awaited Butternut Squash #1 comic book is scheduled to hit the comic book shelves February 15th. Be sure to pick one up. They're also having a release party for it.

THE BNS COMIC BOOK RELEASE PARTY!! 8PM @ INSOMNIA, 563 BLOOR ST. W (@ bloor & bathurst) TORONTO, ON FEBRUARY SUNDAY the 12th

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Posted by hypnobee at 10:30 AM

February 9, 2006

When I Was Young and Firm



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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February 8, 2006

Cow & Buffalo

I usually don't go searching the internet for other peoples comics, I'm content to sit at stare at my own (sorry but all the nice comments I've received lately have let my ego grow widely out of control) but I love when the few sites I visit regularly post a new comic that I haven't checked out before.

Cow and Buffalo is a weekly single page black and white strip/comic done by Mike Maihack. It involves as you might guess a cow and a buffalo. They're two best buds* who have crazy adventures together. I blazed through the archive of strips from the last year and a half in about and an hour. I can't wait for the next one.

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* If you're asking yourself, "Best buds? Isn't a cow the female of the bovine species?" Well congratulations you're smarter than me! It never entered mind why a "male cow" had an udder and produced milk (I guess I was too busy enjoying the strip..so shoot me) but if it did pop into your hear you'll find all the answers to that question right here!

Posted by hypnobee at 6:00 AM

February 7, 2006

Jack Is Down



A Comic By Mike Bannon

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February 6, 2006

This Moon Dust Is Making Me Thirsty


Have you ever wondered what the moon tastes like?

Well wonder no more Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke has you're answer.

"It is really a strong smell," radioed Apollo 16 pilot Charlie Duke. "It has that taste -- to me, [of] gunpowder -- and the smell of gunpowder, too." On the next mission, Apollo 17, Gene Cernan remarked, "smells like someone just fired a carbine in here."

You ask yourself how would one end up discovering the taste of the moon. Simple it's NASA procedure for coming in contact with unknown objects. I've summarized the procedure below:

1. Give Specimen a catalgue number
2. Record visual observation of object and it's properties
3. Record tactial properties (smooth, rough ,etc.)
4. Record scent - Gentle waft the object towards yourself and record.
5. Record taste - Be careful! Only taste it a little bit by quickly contacting the tip of your tongue to the object. Wait for reaction. If no reaction take a larger lick and record your findings. Note if object is delicious please do not eat it all.
6. Seal Specimen and attach report.

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Posted by hypnobee at 11:46 AM

Working From Home

Due to weather conditions I'm working from home today. It's not something I usually do. Most people would relish the opportunity to work from home but I don't.

I like my setup at work far better than at home. I have to work over an internet connection and remotely connect to my desktop at work. This makes all my applications run at about 75% which is really frustrating. I also use all kinds of reference material which I don't have or have to too look up on the internet (I hate reading catalogues on-line.)

Then there's having to deal with everyone at the office the next day who run on the basic assumption of "working from home" = "watching daytime television in your robe and answering the phone if anyone calls". Which I believe to be true of anyone that does work at home because whenever I call them to ask them something I always seem to get an answering machine and a returned call approximately an hour later with some lame excuse.

I don't know if it has to do with my new office setup, or that it's ridiculously cold outside but I am absolutely freezing at my desk. I don't know if it's hunger, survival instinct or that the fridge is 15 feet away but it's only 9:30 and I've already eaten my lunch.

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February 3, 2006

British Troops on LSD

Is there anything the government won't try to gain some sort of advantage in combat. Watch as British troops are given LSD and asked to complete an exersice. I laughed so hard watching this clip, the narration is classic.

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February 2, 2006

Survivor Pool Picks

Just to let everyone know how the pool works, there are 8 people in the pool, the survivor names are drawn at random and each person gets two survivors. May the best person win.

BRUCE "THE ASIAN GUY" KANEGAI
They didn't show too much of his tribe during the first episode mainly because they were well organized and working well together and everyone knows that makes boring television. I think he might have an outside chance if he doesn't alienate himself from the tribe. He's a decent dark horse.










DANIELLE "I'M THE ONE WHO'S CLEAVAGE YOU WERE STARING AT FOR THE FIRST 10 MINUTES OF THE SHOW" DILORENEZO
Looks to be a strong competitor although she did lose the first challenge I'm not going to hold it against her. Reading her bio she appears to be very athletic and educated. A good combination. I think she has a decent shot at final four.








From what I've seen so far I wouldn't trade any of my picks for anyone else. Wish me luck.

Posted by hypnobee at 10:48 PM | Comments (1)

Attention



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February 1, 2006

Survivor Starts Again Tomorrow

Survivor 12 - Island of Exile starts tomorrow. As I've stated before I'm a big Survivor fan. There's nothing I love more than watching people plot and scheme to screw someone over. Unless of course it totally backfires and the schemer gets canned instead. The last Survivor was packed with great gameplay and unpredictable voting. Hopefully with this new season they will be able to continue along the same path.

As per usual Jeff Probst does some press before the show starts and it's become pretty standard fare that something along the lines of "Everything you thought you knew about Survivor will change in the first 20 mintes" is uttered. Which I don't mind so much because in most cases while it's not as extreme as they make it out to be, it always adds a new twist to the game and usually makes it more interesting.

With a new Survivor comes a new Survivor pool. I'll post my players that I end up getting on Friday. On the last Survivor I did pretty decent finishing 3rd which is the closest I've ever came to winning.

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