Well, it's been a bit of a week, hasn't it? My humor blog continues to be a thing that talks about comic strips, though, and you might enjoy some of the things that I've run on that basis. Here's what you've been missing. In a surprise development, it doesn't include a Popeye cartoon:
- In Which I Am Very Petty About This Covid-19 Business, last week's big piece, about me and my hand-washing thing. A big rambly piece that worked out surprisingly well.
- Why does Mark Trail look funny? Did something happen to James Allen? and I have a hypothesis, not my own.
- Statistics Saturday: 16 Real People Whose Names Became Those Of Corporations, which is a bunch of silliness but you know? It kind of worked.
- Wh … What does Wikipedia think I am capable of doing? In which I ran across something while double-checking on Pangaea.
- What's Going On In Mary Worth? Did Dawn break up with her French boyfriend for that Star Wars guy? December 2019 – March 2020 The plot recap in which not a whole lot has happened.
- Why I'm Putting Off Reviewing Yet Another 60s Popeye Cartoon Here and it's got me on to bubble wrap.
- One more thing about bubble wrap and I might just have another piece yet.
- Let Me Help You Out With Hand-Washing which is this week's big piece, and is more of me rambling about my neuroses, and I'm again disturbed by how well it always works when I stare deep at the ways I'm kind of screwed up.
So, how about pictures? For the 3rd of July, 2018, we went to the fireworks show at bunny_hugger's parents' town, and then went back to their place, where bunny_hugger and her father (mostly her father) set off their own fireworks. Watch as I show no ability to use any of the night-photography skills I'd used at Livonia Spree just weeks before!
The river bank where the community would gather to watch the fireworks. There were frogs croaking a good bit at this point. They'd have a less merry time of it soon.
And there's the fireworks going, over far to the right of the above picture.
Some more of the city fireworks.
Here I realize I could get some interesting light by ignoring the fireworks and seeing what the reflections look like in the water and against the shoreline.
And here we're building into the finale.
Back home: the cache of firecrackers that bunny_hugger's father had assembled.
Boots, a feral tuxedo cat who was just trying to rest on a freaking annoying night and who was going to leave very soon after this.
Some of the fireworks set off in the driveway; I like the three-dimensionality of the sparkles.
The previous picture and this one were of the Frog Prince going off; it's this bowling ball-size thing that's got a lot of shots spraying out.
Here's bunny_hugger's album cover from the night.
Another nice moment of a fireworks fountain.
And here's a really good fireworks fountain, including some reflections in the hood of the car there.
Trivia: In 1843 Joseph Francis of Toms River, New Jersey, designed a lifeboat made from corrugated metal. Source: Fighting To Be Heard: New Jersey in History, Thomas P Farner.
Currently Reading: Perpetual Motion: The Illustrated History of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Joe Mysak and Judith Schiffer. Published 1997, if you were wondering. Also bought at the Book Garden when I was back in New Jersey, as if there were any doubt that a book with a title and subject matter like that would be going home with me.
PS: Reading the Comics, March 14, 2020: Pi Day Edition, as I finally get to Saturday's comics.