No . . . no, we’re not going to actually do it. It’s okay, though, to to thank Randall for the earworm.
Image note: Detail of xkcd #1981, by Randall Munroe, 16 April 2018.
“I’m excited about the proposal to add a ‘brontosaurus’ emoji codepoint because it has the potential to bring together a half-dozen different groups of pedantic people into a single glorious internet argument.”
Image note: Detail of xkcd #1726 by Randall Munroe, 28 August 2016.
xkcd #1680, ladies and gentlemen, by Randall Munroe. You’ll have to click to find out what else it does.
It does occur to me that the harder I look around for an excuse to post a stick-figure drawing of Napoleon with an octopus on his head, the longer I forget one never actually needs an excuse to post a stick-figure drawing of Napoleon with an octopus on his head.
Courtesy the inimitable Randall Munroe and xkcd, your one-stop shop for stick-figure absurdity of all kinds.
Image note: Detail of xkcd #1510, by Randall Munroe, 9 April 2015.
Sometimes you can just see that a relationship is in trouble. From the outset.
To the one, I owe a certain apology. Or maybe I should blame McGettigan. See, acknowledging a particular stick-figure comic strip, I tried explaining to my daughter how to go about drawing cartoon figures differently. The thing with setting hard outlines and then detailing is … er … well, right, we should probably pass that one off to a design specialist to explain. But I learned to draw stillframe cartoons by tracing Wasserman and Trudeau, and the first thing I learned in doing so was to save certain outlines and borders for last.
Nor can I say how anyone else actually does it, but the whole point was to get past a certain drawing style.
Just like we all strive to get past stick figures.
So, yeah, there’s Randall Munroe. And now there’s McGettigan; with New Yorker styling to his panels and a sense of humor verging toward Kliban. And now I have to figure out some other way to explain basic cartooning to my daughter.
Then again, as tasks go, that’s one to hope for any day.
To the other, right. Relationships. Look, it’s one of those things we experience in daily life; now and again it comes up that we might witness others experiencing some sort of interpersonal crisis, and when you hear one say, “How was I supposed to know …?” the first instinct is to wonder how long one waited to ask.
What? In truth, you’d be surprised how many people need that lesson.
At least he didn’t slip peanuts into her chocolate chip cookies, you know?
(“But … but … how was I supposed to know secretly feeding you peanuts would kill you?”)
(No, really, the jokes only go downhill from there.)
McGettigan, Merp. “New Heights (#75)”. The Story Enthusiast. 5 April 2015.
Then again, well, okay, you know how one of the fun things about xkcd is that Randall Munroe occasionally tries out new ways of presenting stick-figure cartoons? Yeah.
Two words: Two parts.
I know, I know. It seems like a little thing.
Munroe, Randall. xkcd #1506. 31 March 2015.
Image note: Detail of xkcd #1495 by Randall Munroe.
And sometimes someone asks the question, anyway.
And I have a punch line, certes, ne’er to be spoken. Written. Whatever. You’re welcome.
Munroe, Randall. xkcd #1464. 26 December 2014.
Oh, and, you know, one of these days, you’re going to need something out of your own damn Documents folder, so stop doing this to yourself, too.
Munroe, Randall. “Documents”. xkcd #1459. 11 December 2014.
Jokes can be dangerous.
No, really, think of it this way: Sure, you just started with a harmless joke about the Slide Mountain Ocean, and a fine joke it is. But how long before they work intercontinental Red Rover into the Kansas high school science curriculum?
What? Six thousand years is a helluvalot less than four and a half billion.
Detail of xkcd #1449, by Randall Monroe, 18 November 2014.