Thursday, February 27, 2020

Work Days

My old work had taco Tuesday and they sometimes had taco salad in a taco shell bowl and it was super tasty. My work does not have any of these three. I do know someone else who works at a place which got rid of their testers so now the developers all take a day to be their own QA (quality assurance). I don't agree with that approach. I think programmers don't make the best testers because we usually focus on the happy path and QA is trying to bring us down (haha) no, they are there focusing on all the edge cases and also ensuring our happy path is solid. Also a hot fix is when you have a bad bug in Prod and you have to make a patch and shove it to Prod before too many people notice/exploit it.

A: My old work had Taco Tuesday and it was great.
B: Well, here we have Testing Tuesday (where all devs become QA) and Hot Fix Friday.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Duo for JS

As with my last post, I still don't think this would work. Javascript is a language which is not related to Java, which is a totally different language. It's confusingly named.
I'm sure there'd be an exec who would green light it. It's teaching coding like a natural language! But these programming languages aren't natural languages. But it'll be STEM educational! But it won't work. Ship it!

Duo for Javascript!
*Duo owl holding phone with text 'Hello World"*
Today you'll learn:
console.log('Hello World!');

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Duo for Binary

Duo could branch out into computer languages! For the uninformed, this is the Duo owl from DuoLingo, which is an app for language learning. But they just do human languages currently. I don't think the medium would work well with computer languages.

Duo for Binary!
*Duo owl holding phone with ones and zeros on it*

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ever So Extremely

A great way to discredit someone is to call them a conspiracy theorist. But the label is correct for some people. I once looked into the Flat Earth Society because I was curious how people could think that way, but wow was I surprised. There are people who think their crazy platform is normal and we are crazy to not be on it. This segues nicely into talk about political platforms and how some candidates espouse extreme positions that they tout as just decent and common sense. Actually that seems to be most candidates currently. And this is why it's important to curate your social media feeds. You don't want an echo chamber, where everyone is saying the same thing since that leads to extreme beliefs being seen as normal, but you don't want to get discouraged or disheartened by viewing your feeds. It's a balance. In a rather unbalanced world.

A: What's up with him?
B: He's ever so extremely a conspiracy theorist.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How the Kids Speak

This will make you hip with the kids. Actually they might recoil in horror, but that could be what you're going for so who knows. I kinda want to try it out on the kids in the ministry I work in on Fridays. Results may vary.

A: How should I respond when a kid says their wig has been snatched?
B: That's totes fleek and hip, now fidget-spin away, you silly band.

Sunday, February 16, 2020


My pastor was doing a series through the early life of Christ (it has completed and we're now in a Ruth series), and when he was going through the Genealogy in Matthew I thought this up. I know there are sooooooo many more types of jeans, but there are only a few that are easily distinguishable via my comic style. Now if only they could make jeans for females with pockets that fit more than a chapstick...

Classic Levi's, Bell Bottoms, Distressed, Skinny

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

I had this idea before Christmas but didn't get around to making it until now. I'm sure there are other holidays I could add, but I just did some of the most popular ones.

The holidays are here!
*Uncle Sam, St. Patrick, Cupid, and Santa arrive*

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sleep Walking Skills

I do some dog watching as a way to get the joy of having a dog but not have to get up early every day for the next ten years and go walking regardless of weather (except for like a week at a time which is doable). I don't feel like saying you do something in your sleep is a marker of your skill in doing said task, as that's done by your sub-conscience and you aren't really in control.

L: *dog on leash* Tell me about your walking skills.
D: So good, I can do it in my sleep. Involuntarily.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Better World

Happy belated Birthday to my niece! Several of my nieces and nephews really like reading and I think that's an excellent hobby!
This is slightly inspired by the Owl City song "The Real World" which says "Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there."

M: Don't you want to explore the world?!
J: *holding book* I am.
M: The real world!
J: No, this one is better.

Thursday, February 6, 2020


I forget where I thought this up but I was thinking about notepads and how to make electronic ones OH it was at our Sunday School class when we were talking about how to make a brain-storm board and we were talking about going super technical or just putting sticky notes on the wall (we went with the latter).

M: Why hasn't anyone made an electronic legal pad?
L: Sounds e-legal.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Beau Arrow

I saw someone had named their kid Arrow and I thought this up. I'm always suggesting names for my sisters' and sister-in-laws' kids but they don't take them. So I make comics instead.

F: What's your beau's name?
M: Arrow!

Sunday, February 2, 2020


Usually things are done symbolically but why not use cymbals. It's more climatic? Definitely more dramatic that way.

N: What is all that noise?
M: My wife is cymbalically doing something.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Logical Protest

In computing, the ! is the 'not' sign and denotes flipping the value, so !true is false. Also, <> can mean unequal, which is sometimes expressed like !=, so 'not <>' means equality (which is either == or === depending on your language). Computer scientist probably shouldn't make protest signs, it could lead to mixed signals.

Happy almost Birthday to my father-in-law!

Title: A Logical Protest
Sign 1: !HAPPY
Sign 2: YOU'RE !COOL
Sign 3: <> with a red slash through it

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Linthicum Lithium

There's a town in Maryland called Linthicum and I thought this up while passing an exit sign for them. As far as I know, there's no link between the two names. But a brief search on lithium was interesting - apparently it is used in some medications.

S: Hi, I'm from Linthicum.
L: Cool, is that where they make the ion batteries?
S: ... No.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Little to No Spice

There is an Indian restaurant near us named Little Spice. There are actually quite a few Indian restaurants near us. My in-laws love eating the spicy food, but my stomach cannot handle it. It tastes good, but the heat messes me up. There is one buffet nearby that they like and I can eat there if they go through the line before me and try everything and let me know what isn't spicy. I would really like to be able to eat it without getting ill afterwards. Apparently my stomach can't handle capsaicin and most Indian dishes use chili peppers. Some places don't seem to have anything I can handle, but usually there's a rice dish that's nice and mild.

Happy almost Birthday to my littlest brother! He's actually the tallest and might not be done growing, but he's still the littlest :)

M: Want to go to Little Spice for dinner?
L: I would prefer Little To No Spice.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Batman vs Octopus-man

Those who received a comic book from me this year have already seen this one! But for those who follow this blog, this is your first time seeing it! How about I just look up the blurb I used for it in my book....
If that guy follows Batman's naming scheme, he'd be Octopus-man. Maybe he'd have the ability to blend in and fit through tiny spaces and also extreme intelligence.
But Batman doesn't actually have any bat abilities - no echolocation, not actual flight, and he doesn't (to my knowledge) eat bugs. He does eat fruit, and some bats also eat fruit, but also humans eat fruit so that's not a defining characteristic.

R: Who are you?!?
B: Your worst nightmare.
R: But you don't look like an octopus. So who are you?!?
B: My worst nightmare.
R: ...maybe you need therapy?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Big Bucks

I forget where I heard the phrase 'big bucks' that sparked this comic, but I think it has always brought a deer image to my mind. Now I want to find the origin of the phrase. So bucks are slang for dollars, which is kinda common knowledge, but apparently that could be due to people trading deer skins for goods, which made them a type of money. So the big bucks are worth more, since that's how commodities work. So that makes sense I think.

A: The biggest deer come from your forest.
B: Yeah, I raise the big bucks.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Favorite Famous Farmer

This was sparked by a sermon a while ago, but I cannot find it on my church's Sermon Audio so it wasn't based on this verse. I believe it was when we were in between pastors so it was a guest speaker in the 2017-2018 time frame. But he had a good point about this verse, in that we don't have celebrity farmers (at least, to the extent of my knowledge we don't). However, farmers are very important.

Happy Birthday to my niece Adeline! I hope you have a splendid day :)

P: Who is your favorite famous farmer?
D: ?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bald Faced Lies

Well, at least he's being honest about his desire to lie. But what if he's lying about that? Then .... things just get confusing. What if your face became bald when you lied? Would that be better or worse than the Pinocchio complex, where your nose grows really long when you lie? I think both are bad.

A: Why did you shave off your eyebrows and beard?!
B: I wanted to tell a bald-faced lie.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

CO Alarm

I forget what sparked this comic, but it possibly was when we had to replace a battery to an alarm in the house. Then I was thinking about how CO could be Carbon Monoxide OR Colorado (there are probably other CO options as well).
I have visited Colorado and it was nice. There was one year when we visited CA, CO, and CT and it wasn't our goal to stick with the C states but it worked out nicely. All the visits were nice.

Dad: That is the CO monitor, young lady!
Mom: Where is your friend from?!?
Daughter: I...I thought...
BF: What do you people have against the Centennial State?!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Gift Card Denominations

I have to admit, my first thought when I went to buy a gift card and this question was asked (thankfully through the computer so there was not an awkward human interaction) was exactly this comic. It's funny that money has denominations and so do religions but they are not parallel.

L: And I'd like to buy a gift card.
C: What denomination?
L: Ummm.... Baptist?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Core Values

We had an all-hands meeting at work and they were talking about core values and I thought about how some fruits have cores and others don't and that is not what the meeting was about. There are only a few fruits actually with cores, many have pits or other things you avoid in the center but not a whole line from top to bottom. And many don't have anything to avoid in the center.

Apple: Tell me about your core values.
Grapes: ?

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Instant Chill Mode

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law Noah! Not to be confused with my brother Noah, who's birthday is later this month.
In the Marvel Spider-Man movies (and cross-overs), "Instant Kill" mode is mentioned (I won't say if it's deactivated or activated or intentional or anything).
This one time, at Word of Life (where my family went every year for after Christmas to New Years), they always had a cookie decorating contest and I made a Spider-Man cookie by doing his suit in pastel pink and blue (they only had pastel frostings) and then making the lines all in chocolate sprinkles (used a toothpick to get them all in lines) and it took a while but it looked awesome and there's probably a picture of it in a five-gallon bucket of pictures at my parent's house.

PP: Karen, can you order soda and pizza for me?
K: Activating Instant Chill Mode.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

A Day in the Life: Programmer

I forget what inspired this comic, but it's part of being a developer. It doesn't always matter who caused the issue. But fixing things is a cool part of my job, where you can see an issue and see how to fix it and implement the fix and people are happy (for a few minutes hopefully before moving on).
Sometimes I type my comics because there's too much text to easy script it.

Title: A day in the life of a programmer
L: Good news: the issue is not our fault! Bad news: we're still getting blamed for it.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Dream Mash Up

Happy New Year!
Nothing says holidays like watching kid movies with the nieces and nephews :) Tangled and Horton Hears a Who are great movies. Maybe shouldn't be combined.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year's and are ready to face the 2020 word with perfect eye sight (that's what happens this year, right? We all get 2020 vision?)

Rapunzel: *singing* I have a dream, I have a dream!
Katie: Where everyone eats rainbows and poops butterflies.
Flynn: ... Your dream is unique and I hope it never happens.