Apr 9


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Opening sequence to Light My Fire, Chapter Seven of Fritz Fargo

hey guys, got my art blog up and running.  I just put the art I liked the most on it, and I’ll still be uploading everything here, its just for like.. linking people to and shit.  

Hey, you guys should all check out Fowlie’s sweet art!

If you were a ghost what would you spend your time doing? Aside from perving hot guys in the shower.


I would NEVER. I’d probably do really boring things like watch theatre movies for free, visit cool tourist places and historical sites for free, possess celebrities and then eat a bunch of chipotle and beans before award ceremonies just for fun, go on all the theme park rides I want for free. Stuff like that.


I’ve been busy doing some work for my local Free Comic Book Day flyer.  Here’s Tintin and Captain Haddock I did last night instead of working on Fritz.  


I’ve been busy doing some work for my local Free Comic Book Day flyer.  Here’s Tintin and Captain Haddock I did last night instead of working on Fritz.  

Do you have any advice on trying to have a decent conversation when someone is being hostile to the topic at hand? I generally wouldn't bother but it's important to me that they at last hear me out. But I'm afraid to try and end up hurt.


Many things here.

First, spend some time considering your goals, and the acceptable risks. A lot of possible pain that might result will be much more tolerable if it’s a risk you considered and accepted going in.

Second, think about how sneaky you do or don’t want to be. My advice: Framing things to bring them up in a way that gets useful results is good, lying is probably bad. If you want to be heard, be sure what you say is true.

In general, people who are hostile to a topic have defenses up, which means they are at risk of Feeling Bad. You do not want to make them feel bad, because feeling bad will bring the defenses up. So! You want to find a way to talk about this that isn’t about them, and isn’t about the way they identify either. So, for instance, if you’ve got a Republican friend and you want to argue with them about their politics, don’t start by telling them that they’re wrong, or by attacking “Republicans”. Find some other context in which to talk about the thing. If the specific topic gets defenses up easily, you may have a hard time finding a way to get at it.

Another thing that’s super important: Find out what they think. This part can be pretty painful if what they think is stupid or offensive, but there is nothing more useful to you than finding out. First, it gives you a better understanding of their view, and how they got to it, and where they might be going with it. Second, it makes them feel less attacked. I suspect I cannot stress nearly strongly enough the importance of letting them express their views, and asking them questions which cannot be attacks. Paraphrase to check your understanding, but if you’re about to offer a paraphrase, consider whether it could possibly be taken to be a hostile or dismissive view, and if it could, maybe try to find a friendlier presentation.

Your ideal goal, I think, should be that you can present their view on this issue well enough that they think you are presenting it well and exploring their arguments for it. Of course, if they hate the topic and are sick of it, well. Then you have a harder problem, and it may be that the answer is “you may not be able to get them to do this.” But a lot of the time, people aren’t hostile to the topic; they’re hostile to being told to change their minds.

Once you have that, you might be able to find ways to approach the topic that they will be more receptive to. If nothing else, if you’ve really listened to them, and not just immediately jumped on them with a counter, they may become curious as to your views. And they may actually listen to them, because they don’t want to be rude to you after you actually listened to their views. And you will also be better able to articulate specific points of difference. Perhaps most importantly, you may find that the points of difference are nowhere near where you thought they were. Very often, the things people are arguing about cannot be resolved because they are conclusions, and they were reached from different fundamental premises. Once you realize that someone doesn’t believe the world is 10,000 years old because they completely failed to understand radiometric dating, but because they don’t actually use the scientific method at all, you realize that no amount of arguing about radiometric dating will be relevant to them. (You might, however, have a chance with an argument based on discussing methods of understanding the Bible.)

Mar 7




Did you guys know that carrots are actually bad for rabbits? They’re too high in sugar and can lead to tooth decay and other serious health defects in our furry little friends. So why did Bugs Bunny eat them all the time? Because of Clark Gable, that’s why.

The reference might not seem so obvious to us know, but when Bugs first appeared in theaters over seventy years ago the audience immediately understood that when Bugs ate a carrot and talked with his mouth full; he was parodying Clark Cable in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934).

It turns out that, according to Friz Freleng’s unpublished memoirs, that It Happened One Night was one the animators favorite films and that at least three characteristics of Bugs Bunny are based on the film. Besides Clark Gable inspiring Bugs’ carrot addiction; his personality was based on Oscar Shapely, a minor character in the film who consistently referred to Gable as Doc. Not only that, the famous Rabbit was named after Bugs Dooley; an imaginary character mentioned in the film.

Sure, It Happened One Night is considered to be one the best romantic comedies of all time, and it might have been directed by Frank Capra, who’s arguably the greatest American film director ever; but this might be one of those rare cases where the parody has outlived the original reference.

Some what related: When Bugs Bunny referred to Elmer Fudd as “Nimrod” he was ironically referencing Nimrod from the book of Genesis who was a mighty hunter. Children growing up with Bugs Bunny (self included) not familiar with the story, grew up thinking that “Nimrod” was an insult of stupidity or incompetence.

Another instance where the parody has outlived the original reference.

I remember as a kid watching Felix the cat they were calling the little sciencey dude Poindexter and I just thought they were insulting him, then when I realized it was his actual name I wondered if maybe the character was old enough to be the reason people associate the word “Poindexter” with derisive slang for geekiness.

(and he totally is)

Mar 1


You don’t make the world a less shitty place by dwelling on the things that make it shitty and mocking people who try to create and spread positivity for being less “enlightened” than yourself.


now that’s what you call a detective.

Erika, you little shit


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