Thursday, March 4, 2021

Libertarian vs Librarian


The Dewey Decimal System is like a secret code

March 4th is known as "Do Something Day" since it sounds like "march forth" but in my childhood home it is known as HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD because, well, that's not hard to figure out. 
Another one about libertarians! I have nothing against the political party - their name just lends itself to puns of miscommunication. Maybe I should try to think up some about other political parties. I know the Dewey Decimal System isn't obsolete but it's been sooooo long since I've set foot in a library with the lockdowns and the move to audio books which can be downloaded through the app. And also streaming - don't need to borrow TV series anymore except not all are available in my streams of choice so maybe once things open up again I could check out what they have in stock. I'm pretty sure I learned the DDS back in elementary school, and I can find my way around in a library but that's mainly due to the signs with words rather than looking at the number codes. 

A: I'm a libertarian.
B: So you know the Dewey Decimal System?
A: ... No. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Politics vs Astrology


Libertarian vs Aquarius

I think 'libertarian' sounds like an astrological sign, but clearly I'm thinking of libra or something like that. I've never followed astrology but I do think astronomy is cool because SPAAAAAAAAAAACE is so vast and there's so much out there. Also star-gazing is amazing but you can't do it around where I am - too close to cities. But I remember going up to visit my uncle in Maine and us taking the boat out at night to the middle of the lake and just being amazed at the number of stars. Also, we visited Dark Sky Preserves out in California (Joshua Tree) and Utah (Canyonlands) and both places were really awe-inspiring at night (and in the day too, the national parks are really interesting to explore).

A: I'm a libertarian.
B: I'm an aquarius? 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Less with Moore

This year, let's do less with Moore

We've made it to the end of February! A special thanks to my brother-in-law who came up with this comic - I had heard of Beth Moore before but I still don't know much about her and would not have come up with this pun situation on my own. But her name really lends itself to such puns. She has two kids - that's fewer Moores than I expected. Now trying to think up a play on 'the Moore the merrier' but my brain is done for the day so I'll just lay that out there for you all to work on. 

Title: Southern Baptist Convention
A: This year, let's do less with Moore.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Birdy Names for Children

Some birds are allowed as human names, others.... not so much

This comic is related to one from earlier. It is probably becoming more clear, but yes my favorite bird is the Emu. Why? It's just one of those odd animals and I think they're cool. We saw the emu getting fed at a zoo once and the zookeeper was like 'eat your greens!' because the emu were just picking through their feed bins to get the apple pieces and throwing the salad leaves on the ground. Kinda reminded me of that scene from Napoleon Dynamite where he's feeding Tina the llama. 
The plural of emu is either emus or emu, both are accepted.
Also, have you heard of the Great Emu War?! How many bird breeds can say they won a war again human aggressors? Well, many birds died but the thing is the military gave up on trying to cull the herds. Also the bounty system put in place actually had people breeding emu to collect the bounty instead of hunting wild emu like intended, so there was that. 
One final thought on emu, some people keep them as livestock, like chickens or ducks! That's an adventurous backyard poultry project. But their eggs weigh a pound! And are very pretty. Good Mythical Morning did a segment on exotic eggs and yes, you can hard boil an emu egg. 

Explanation: It is implied that the name would be one from the comic linked above, namely (hah) Robin or Jay or Wren, whereas of course the name is Emu because Emus are awesome. 

D: Do you have a name picked out for your little one?
L: Yep, we're naming our kid after my favorite bird.
D: How sweet!
L: Little Emu is gonna do great things.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Gender Neutral German Name

A nice international name?

A conversation which might have happened after a sneeze. Now I want to know if that word is truly gender neutral, since many words in other languages have gender (like table in Spanish is 'mesa' which is feminine). Per this site it is feminine, so I guess it's not truly neutral. But either way, it would not be a good name for a child. Maybe for a cat with allergies. Scratch that (haha), it would be an excellent name for a cat with allergies. Good luck with spelling that name on any forms though. I double-checked the spelling to ensure I didn't make a typo in the comic. 

L: We could name our kid Gesundheit - it's gender neutral.
M: Well, I agree with the second half of that. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Names Starting with E


One of these names is not like the others

One of these names is not like the others :) I couldn't resist adding my favorite bird into the lineup. 
My friend's due date is today and she has already shared the name of her kiddo so is not in need of any suggestions but I figured it wouldn't hurt to do another short series on names. 

To explain the comic, the first person has a picture of her children (3 kids and a dog). The second person thinks Emu is the dog since it's not a normal human name while the others are. The first person corrects the misinterpretation by saying Emmett is the dog, which means her kids are named Ella, Emma, and Emu. 

A: Here's a picture of my children - Ella, Emma, Emu, and Emmett. 
B: WHAT?! Oh, three kids and a dog, nice.
A: Yeah, Emmett's a good dog. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sam With the Green Eggs

Not every Sam will offer you green eggs and ham

 Many kids like Doctor Seuss and also many kids make unexpected connections. I have happy memories of reading Dr. Seuss books as a kid and also memorizing at least one for a Reader's Theatre (I wasn't doing the performing - my sister was - but I had to sit through all the rehearsals and ended up memorizing all their parts). And there's a game that would be played at my church's VBS called 'Cat in the Hat' which was kind of like musical chairs but instead of music, the leader would read the book 'The Cat in the Hat' and when certain words were said, kids would have to move and a chair would be removed. But helping with that game enough times got me to memorize at least the beginning of that book. 

A: And this is Uncle Lucas' friend Sam.
S: Hi!
E: I don't want green eggs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

CoVid Screening for Telehealth Visit

Viruses can be computer transmitted

 I have to complete a CoVid screening before any in-person doctor appointments and it's just a short questionnaire about do I have it, am I waiting to know if I have it, do I live with someone who has it, etc... But I was going for a telehealth visit and it said I needed to fill out a questionnaire and I thought up this comic because that'd just be ridiculous but the questionnaire was actually about my health and family health pertaining to the visit so it was not ridiculous. But I still made a comic about my first impression. Also my doctor couldn't figure out the telehealth system so he ended up just calling me which worked fine because it was a consult and you can do that over the phone, no extra technology needed. 

L: I have a virtual visit with my doctor today.
M: Have you completed the CoVid screening?
L: Right, because computers can transmit viruses. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

From the Bottom of My Heart


Happy Valentine's Day from the bottom of my heart

Sometimes you just want to draw things literally - except the heart is the cartoony type because (a) this is a cartoon/comic and (b) anatomical hearts are difficult to draw and look weird. Actually drawing any internal organ is either difficult or ambiguous since most people don't know what internal organs look like. But if you play the game Organ Attack you could learn! Also the author of that game has a comic and is very good at drawing cute internal organs. 

*Heart with text in the bottom of it*: Happy Valentine's Day
Subtitle: from the bottom of my heart

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Peanuts Gallery

 Nobody wants to hear from the Peanuts Gallery

I did my best to draw Charles Schulz's characters, and here they are in my style (a little more filled out since they just didn't work as stick figures). Do you know where the term 'peanut gallery' originates? If you clicked the link, you now know! It apparently is debated if the comic strip's name is related to the popular phrase. I always liked reading the Sunday comics in the paper, especially the Peanuts strip. 

C: Nobody wants our comments.
P: They tell us to be quiet.
S: *sad face*

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Unscented Deodorant


Scentless doesn't make scents

I actually prefer unscented with most things because I like to be more neutral, and also just everything wants to have its own scent from laundry detergents to soaps and hygiene items. No need to layer on all those flavors, just stick to like one and call it good. Also, many people are irritated by the fake scents to when I do go with scented, I like to find ones that use essential oils or other natural means rather than fabricated scents. It's an uphill battle though with reading lots of labels. 

A: Who uses unscented deodorant? That just... doesn't make scents :) 
B: *facepalm*

Sunday, February 7, 2021

In The Yes


Being in the yes means you're not in the know

I don't recall what sparked this one but I think it was just hearing someone talk about being in the know and since 'know' and 'no' sound the same, this comic happened. Not sure if I'll get around to using this in an actual conversation but you are very welcome to do so and tell me about the success of it. 

Also, Happy Birthday to my niece and Happy belated Birthday to my brother-in-law!

A: He's in the yes.
B: What??
A: It means he's not in the know. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Carnivorous Dessert

 Mousse is tasty

Mousse looks like 'mouse' but sounds like 'moose' so that's just confusing. I don't remember when I thought up this pun but I'm probably not the first person to do so. I think I have a similar comic from a while ago (thought up at my previous job) - let me look for it. Here it is! When I was last in CT, my grandmother made an amazing chocolate mousse and it was so tasty (but everything she makes is tasty). I didn't eat all of my serving because I realized even with a dairy pill, it was still loaded with lactose and I didn't want to get ill right before my return trip home. But it was super tasty. 

L: What is a carnivore's favorite dessert?
M: Do they even eat dessert?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Movie Time


Time for the movie, but not time to pick the movie

Happy February to all! Happy Birthday to those born in this month, like my father-in-law, nephew, a few nieces, cousin, uncle, and the list really does go on - it's a popular month for birthdays!

This was an actual discussion from an evening recently. I believe we settled on a new TV series, possibly this is when we found Forged in Fire which, while Netflix only has one season and it's not the first and they start with a recap two-part champion episode so that was confusing, we have enjoyed watching it. Watching crafty people do their thing is enjoyable, even if one of the blacksmiths took a dig at crocheter. 

M: It's only 8pm - we have time for a movie!
L: But we don't have time to PICK a movie!
M: Yeah...

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Everything Bagels are the Best

Liking everything doesn't mean liking everything

My sister got me the famous EBTB seasoning as part of my Christmas gift, and it is AMAZING because everything bagels are my favorite and now I can have everything toast and everything anything! It seems fairly easy to make on your own if you're not up to swinging by Trader Joe's for it. And people have lists of what it's good on, which is a wide variety of things! 

Disclaimer: This one is based on a conversation and not an actual scenario because my Mark knows me better that this (I do like blueberry bagels but everything ones are my favorite). Chocolate chip bagels served warm are also really good - I got those a lot during my Panera days in college. But I don't think chocolate and everything seasoning is a good mix. 

L: Why did you get me a blueberry bagel? I asked for - 
M: You said you liked everything so I just picked one at random.