The Most Ambitious Story Arc

Today is the 21st anniversary of the most ambitious story arc to ever hit the comics page in newspapers.

You see, generally, a story arc is never longer than six days, and will run Monday through Saturday. Sunday strips are almost always self-contained things, because there are people who only get the Sunday paper, so that’s the only day they read the comics. Comic authors don’t want those readers to be left wondering what’s going on, because they didn’t read the previous six strips.

Of course, in this day and age, (almost) everything is available online, so it’s a little easier for people to see what they missed. Still, story arcs running into a Sunday are still rare.

Once in a blue moon, a comic strip author will run an arc that includes a Sunday strip. Those are more challenging, because not only do they have to tie it into the arc, but they also have make sure it works as stand alone strip. I’m sure there were even comics that had a story arc run through two Sundays, but I don’t recall ever having read any.

But back in 1997, FoxTrot comic strip author Bill Amend took a huge risk. He started a story arc that not only ran through Sundays, but ran for a whopping 61 days!

This story arc chronicled the adventures of Jason, Marcus, Elieen, Phoebe, and Eugene at a summer science camp. It also provided the title for the sixth FoxTrot treasury: Camp FoxTrot.

If you’re interested in reading it, GoGomics has it archived. Here’s the strip that started it all.

Happy anniversary, Camp FoxTrot!

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Awesome Teasers Vol. 2

This morning, Guardians Of The Galaxy writer and director James Gunn posted this awesome info on Facebook:

Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.

My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.

The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning.

We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do.

I have to get back to set!

Have a great day, everybody.

 

 

So, that’s pretty awesome, right? Well, fans being fans, they started posting questions and comments. James Gunn, being awesome, replied to some of them. I went ahead and collected them for you. The name of the originator of the question/comment is a link to the original question/comment. Boy, that sounds redunant when you say it…

 

Siegfried Dominique: I’m guessing Kurt Russell will be playing Star-Lord’s dad, king J’son of Spartax
James Gunn: There is no J’son in the MCU.
James Gunn: Well unless he’s Moon Knight’s stoner neighbor.


Amlys López: Any hope for Benicio to come back? Although, if you tell me he won’t and he eventually does I will wholeheartedly forgive you.
James Gunn: Not in this movie, just because it didn’t work out in the story I’m telling
Amlys López: I’ll get over my heartbreak. Thanks for replying!
James Gunn: But I live Benicio and the Collector and they (he?) could be important in the future of the MCU.

(Editor’s Note: I think “I live Benicio” should be “I love Benicio”…)


Caleb Downing Murray: James ( don’t really know how to tag you ), you should bring all the cast to dragon con this year since ur filming in ATL!!!!! It’ll be complete awesome sauce!!!!! Please and thank you muchly!!!
James Gunn: We will be done filming by then otherwise I would!


Kevin Kelly: A perfect casting for J-son King of Spartax….and Peter’s father.
James Gunn: J’Son is not Peter’s father in the MCU.
Dylan Forrest MacKinnon: Or is that just what you want us to believe. A little misdirection
James Gunn: That wouldn’t be misdirection! That would be a lie!


Ata Mısırlı: James Gunn are we gonna see new guardians? im personaly hoping for Mantis,Bug and Jack The Flag
Sam Bloomberg: Mantis and another one are confirmed if I recall
James Gunn: Pom (Klementieff) is playing Mantis. There is no other one confirmed.
Chris Clevenger: Who is Kurt Russell playing?
James Gunn: You’ll have to wait to see who Kurt is playing.

Carlos Macias: We will see Thanos?
James Gunn: Nope.


So, there you have it. I can’t wait to find out who Kurt Russell will be playing!

2 Computers 1 Mouse

For Christmas, The Child™ got a new laptop. I’ll be getting the old one, which I thought I wanted to use as a second monitor, but at the same time, I didn’t. After all, it’s a computer, too. And that fact kept me from going all-in on dedicating it to being nothing but a display.

So, I did a search for controlling two computers with one mouse. Most of the results said I would need something called a Keyboard, Video, and Mouse Switch (KVM Switch), a piece of hardware that I can use to toggle between them.

However, a few results returned some software solutions. The first article that I looked at had added a link to a later article they did pointing to a new (at the time) piece of software that would do the trick. I wasn’t sure if it would work, or if it even still existed, since the original article was from 2011, and the update article was from 2012, but it turns out that not only does the software still exist, it was recently updated in October of 2015.

The software is called Mouse Without Borders, and it’s from the Microsoft Garage.

It’s pretty easy to set up and use. All I had to do was install it on my desktop, and tell it I didn’t have it on the other computer yet. It generated a code, and told me to install it on the other computer, then use the code to finish. I installed it on the laptop, used the code to pair them, and I was good to go.

I can now use both my desktop’s keyboard and mouse on the laptop. All I have to do is move my mouse past the right side of my desktop’s screen, or the left side of the laptop’s screen to move back and forth.

It also has an option to set a keystroke combination to switch. Which I think I’ll end up doing, because I’m pretty sure I won’t like it when I’m playing a game, and suddenly, my mouse is no longer in the game…

You can get it from this link.

Today Is Today’s Date

About a month ago, the charging port on my Kindle Fire died. So, I replaced it with a Google Nexus 7 (2013).

One thing I like about iOS, and don’t like about Android, is that the Google Calendar icon is static. Having the icon match the current date is one thing I really like about iOS.

So, I wanted to do something like that for my Nexus 7, and I finally figured out how to do it!

You will need the following free apps:

You will also need this clear .PNG file that I’ve attached to this post:

[ Clearn Icon] (Right-click between, and just above those brackets, and you can save the image. Or, I think a long press on that area will do it on a mobile device. Or this link should do it…)

Once you’ve installed those three, here’s how you get Google Calendar to have a dynamic icon:

  1. Go into Nova Settings, tap on Desktop, scroll to the bottom, tap on Advanced, and check Widget Overlap and Overlap When Placing.
  2. Long press on the Google Calendar icon. Thanks to Nova Launcher, you can change the icon for any app. Tap Edit on the menu that pops up, then tap on the icon. By default, it will show Built In Icons. Tap the word Gallery in the upper left corner, tap on Gallery to launch your Gallery app, navigate to your saved clear icon, tap it to select it, then tap OK in the upper right corner of the Crop Image interface that comes up.
  3. Tap the checkmark in the upper left corner to save your icon change.
  4. Long press on a blank area of your screen, and choose Wigets. Scroll down to UCCW, and choose the first entry, UCCW 1×1.
  5. Select Calendar Pad from the list of wigets.
  6. Long press the widget, then drag it on top of your Google Calendar app.

And there you go! The Google Calendar app has a blank icon, the Calendar Pad widget is on top of it, and tapping it will open Google Calendar.

Kheldarn’s Android Notifications Collection v1

Kheldarn’s Android Notifications Collection v1

Just throwing this out there for those who want it. The file contains 19 alerts in .OGG format, so that you can use them on your Android device.

You can use AirDroid to upload them to the Notifications tab of the Ringtones section.

Here’s the list of what you get:

  • Beam Me Up – The transporter sound effect from Star Trek. TOS, I think…
  • Combo Breaker – C-C-C-C-OMBO BREAKER! voice from Killer Instinct.
  • Falcon Punch – Falcon PUNCH! from Smash Bros.
  • Fatality – FATALITY! voice from Mortal Kombat.
  • FF7 Chocobo Wark – The chocobo WARK! sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Limit Break – The LIMIT BREAK sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Save & Load – The Save/Load sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Victory Fanfare – The VICTORY! after-battle sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Mario Bros Power Up – The mushroom sound effect from Super Mario Bros.
  • Megaman 2 Boss Select – The music for selecting a boss in Megaman 2.
  • Metroid Prime Data Recieved – The Data Recieved sound effect and voice from Metroid Prime.
  • R2D2 – R2D2 from Star Wars sound effect.
  • Super Mario Bros. Game Over – Game Over sound effect from Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. Pipe – The sound effect when you enter a pipe in Super Mario Bros.
  • Zelda 1 – Obtain Item – The Obtain Item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Recieve Item – The Recieve Item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Recorder – The Recorder item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Secret – The Secret! sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda Large Chest – The Large Chest sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time.

Enjoy!

Kheldarn’s iOS Notifications Collection v1

Kheldarn’s iOS Notifications Collection v1

Just throwing this out there for those who want it. The file contains 19 alerts in .m4r format, so that you can use them on your iOS device.

After you extract the file, open iTunes, and go to Library > Tones. In Windows Explorer (or whatever the Mac version is), select the notification sounds you want to use, then drag them to iTunes, and drop them in the Tones section.

Now all you need to do is connect your iOS device, and drag the sounds from the Tones section to your iOS device. It’ll update, and add ’em.

Here’s the list of what you get:

  • Beam Me Up – The transporter sound effect from Star Trek. TOS, I think…
  • Combo Breaker – C-C-C-C-OMBO BREAKER! voice from Killer Instinct.
  • Falcon Punch – Falcon PUNCH! from Smash Bros.
  • Fatality – FATALITY! voice from Mortal Kombat.
  • FF7 Chocobo Wark – The chocobo WARK! sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Limit Break – The LIMIT BREAK sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Save & Load – The Save/Load sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • FF7 Victory Fanfare – The VICTORY! after-battle sound effect from Final Fantasy VII.
  • Mario Bros Power Up – The mushroom sound effect from Super Mario Bros.
  • Megaman 2 Boss Select – The music for selecting a boss in Megaman 2.
  • Metroid Prime Data Recieved – The Data Recieved sound effect and voice from Metroid Prime.
  • R2D2 – R2D2 from Star Wars sound effect.
  • Super Mario Bros. Game Over – Game Over sound effect from Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. Pipe – The sound effect when you enter a pipe in Super Mario Bros.
  • Zelda 1 – Obtain Item – The Obtain Item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Recieve Item – The Recieve Item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Recorder – The Recorder item sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda 1 – Secret – The Secret! sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • Zelda Large Chest – The Large Chest sound effect from The Legend Of Zelda: The Ocarina Of Time.

Enjoy!

Mans Of Steels

Saw someone today that I haven’t seen in awhile. He asked if I’d seen Man Of Steel, and I told him yes, and that I loved it.

He didn’t care for it, and threw out the whole, “They killed people” link, which I rebutted with, “Comic Book Law: If you don’t see someone die, they’re not dead. If you do see someone die, there’s a good chance that they’re not dead anyway.”.

But more than that, he gave a very good, valid reason for not liking the new movie:

It wasn’t the Superman (character) that he grew up with.

For me, that’s the reason why I loved Man Of Steel. We all know the boring-ass story of Superman. This movie used that story as the skeleton, and then made a new, awesome version of it.

People hate this movie for being different. That’s fucking stupid. Why should every damned movie be 100% the same?

If you want cookie cutter movies, go watch Saw or Scream or any fucking Nicholas Sparks shit. If you want a fresh take on something, go watch Man Of Steel.

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