Be a master of your own domain, get Comic Master (bater)!
OK, so I’m going to bite the bullet (and maybe lose my teeth in the process) and learn RubyOnRails. But instead of building another ToDo list app or another one of countless blogs, I thought I’d do something different. Something that I actually could use. A comic website management application. Thusly, Comic Master was conceived.
Planned features for version 1:
I’m going to use MySQL as the database. All the content is going to support RedCloth. Plus, I’d like to make it support themes.
I don’t like the name Comic Master, though. Sounds a little like “Be a master of your own domain, get Comic Master (bater)!” — which is just plain wrong. But I can change that when — or if — I think of a better name. Feel free to post any suggestions…
The Venture Brothers is the best cartoon on Cartoon Network (Adult Swim). It’s got action, humor, and some of the best villains I’ve seen in a long time. I nearly fell off of my couch when I saw Magic 8 Ball man! He, of course, doesn’t speak. He shakes himself and you read his answer on his chest-plate.
Dean: Dad is super serious all of a sudden. Do you really think he’s in as much danger as he says he is? Brock: Oh yeah, he’s screwed. I give him about an hour before he panics and begs for us to haul him up. Dr. Venture: Okay guys, I can hear all this
It’s definitely quirky — when one of the main characters is voiced by Patrick Warburton (The Tick, Puddy, et al) you know it’s gonna be a little off. It pokes fun at lot of cartoons from yesteryear. You’ll notice the nod to Johnny Quest right off. A tad of Hardy Boys, a dose of Austin Powers, with the camp of Brisco County, Jr. (how’s that for an eclectic reference) what’s not to like?
Brock is chained up, talking to Hank through his communicator watch Brock: After the twist, you’ll hear a snap. Then the body goes ragdoll on ya. Hank: And that will knock him out…even more? Brock: That’ll kill him Hank: Do I have to? Brock: Alright fine, crybaby. Just tie him up and, maybe I guess gag him. But at the first sign of trouble I want you to at least break both his knees.
Check it out on Cartoon Network — it’s usually on Sunday nights — I think you’ll be glad you did.
FYI: I feel compelled to mention that this show is on Adult Swim, so it’s not really for little kids. I think it’s rated TV-PG, but still some of them can get a little raunchy.
Mass. Pirate: We need that key to stash your boat, Mr. Big Stuff, let’s have it. Brock: ... it’s up my ass. Pirate #1: Are you serious? Brock: Why don’t you check? Pirate #1: (to other pirate) Well? Check! Mass. Pirate: But what if he’s lying? Pirate #1: If he were telling the truth, that would be better?
Well, all things being cyclic, it eventually had to come to this; Internet Explorer is not the top dog anymore. When I say this, I don’t mean market-share. They still have a good slice of that (see chart below). However, IE is so far behind it’s competition that you can’t — in good conscience — call it a “modern browser”. It’s slow, buggy, non-compliant… Oh, yeah, and full of security holes. In fact, it’s really just an online virus magnet that allows you to see some web-pages too.
I’ve been playing with Safari, of late — I really enjoy it. I’ll probably wind up going back to FireFox, though. It’s just so darn nice.
Here’s the market-share chart from ZooDotCom:
As most of you know, I have a webcomic. A second one in the works too. I draw a lot of my inspiration from my many, many years of watching cartoons and reading comics. In fact, I still watch cartoons and read comics. However, I’m a lot more selective in my tastes now.
Over the next few weeks I thought I’d post on some of my favorite cartoons and (web)comics.
It’s funny to watch these new cartoons and know that the writers are my age — you can tell by the jokes they tell.
I watched “Without A Paddle” this weekend. It’s a very funny movie. Matthew Lillard did a good job — although I’ll always see him as Shaggy now. The depressing part is that this movie is about a group of guys my age. I’m now old enough to have the ‘letting go of childhood’ movies targeted at me.
Update: I reposted this because the last time it was FUBAR’d. It seems to work now, I’m not sure why. It was just that specific entry. When I deleted it and reposted, it works. Has anyone else come accross this before?
Just plain bizarre.
I don’t generally believe in stereotypes. But occasionally they do seem to be true, in a general sense.
I’ve been an internet software developer for nearly ten years. In those years I’ve worked in various areas of web-development and have noticed certain attitudes that seem to be common amongst certain technology “camps”. For example:
Java people generally over-complicate things. They come up with the most convoluted “solution” to any given problem and call it scalable. Which, by the way, is strictly speculation. Plus, they really go overboard with configuration files. I’ve seen configuration files for configuration files, how silly is that?
Microsoft people not only drink the M$ kool-aid, they like it. They are usually rather weak at OO stuff. And rarely know anything about Design Patterns (which isn’t entirely bad).
Then there are the XML zealots — which are similar to Java people. But they aren’t limited to Java, they exist everywhere, in every technology camp. Words cannot describe these people. The seem to think XML is the solution for everything. I mean everything. I actually saw one guy post that XSLT was the only language he’d ever use again. He claimed it was a full-fledged language that was comparable to C++.
Delusion simply isn’t a strong enough word.
There are other wacky tech “camps” out there, to be sure. But I’ve not really been exposed to them (thank god). So I can’t really say what they’re typically like.
What “camp” am I a part of? Well, frankly, none of them. I’m really a bit of a technology agnostic. They all do the same thing, more or less. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. That having been said, I’m becoming more and more drawn to dynamic languages like Python. Ruby is on my list of things to play with. Primarily because I want to play with Ruby on Rails.
Anyway, I thought I’d just piss off all of my friends at once.
Of which camp are you?
You know what’s cooler than having your own comic?
Getting fan mail for your comic! I got my first fan mail last week, others quickly followed. It’s a very cool feeling. Plus, it’s good motivation to update regularly when I have a “fan-base” (too cool) to think of.