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November 5th, 2007
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The triumphant return of the world's most irregularly updated webcomic!
I'm not participating in NaNoWriMo this year; I couldn't quite work up the enthusiasm to put absolutely everything else in my life on hiatus for a month. I thought for a while about whether I wanted to undertake a similar challenge, though. And one of the things that I promised myself I'd try during November was posting webcomics again.

So!

[My Afternoon: A Dramatization]

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Longtime readers may remember MAAD from my old journal (this isn't my journal, it's my LJ). If you want a quick refresher, links to all the previous comics are here.

I'd just like to note that this brings MAAD's Mean Time Between Updates to 0.99 years/strip. However, it also drops my lifetime cliche average to merely 20%. I'll have to remedy this by writing some more webcomic cliches into my life.

Current Location: ~/Brainstorm
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "When All Hope Has Faded," Unknown/Zircon (www.vgmix.com)
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)

Bonus artwork!

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And as a reward for you, my loyal readers, who have bothered to click through to the comments --

-- Have an explanation for why MAAD hasn't updated for several years now!



(I'd also like to point out that, due to a lack of both recent software and drivers for my drawing tablet, I assembled the comic on my old 200 mHz machine running Mac OS 9. Using an application called Color It that was discontinued back in the 1990s. An oldskooler is me!)
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From:kistaro
Date:November 5th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Bonus artwork!

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I need to show you a picture I actually had to submit as part of a homework assignment: the final project for my Experimental Psychology class.

It needed a diagram. It did illustrate the experimental apparatus, kinda, but what it really illustrated is my total inability to draw.
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Bonus artwork!

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Alright! I promise not to laugh.

(Out loud.)

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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Bonus artwork!

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(But seriously, I hear you. Drawing isn't an inborn skill, and those of us who can pretty much have developed it through trial, error, and a lot of patience. The only reason today's comic looked even vaguely decent is because of gratuitous use of the "undo" key; and because putting together the few figures I copied & pasted was the work of the better part of an afternoon.

Drawing is kind of like writing or coding, in that anyone, given sufficient time and editing, can assemble a picture that will ultimately take shape into something decent. But it takes a lot of practice to get to the point where the process isn't like pulling teeth.

If I started drawing regularly, I might be able to get back to that point. But until then, I'm in no position to judge.)
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From:roaminrob
Date:November 5th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)

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Drawing skills stop sucking when you start drawing more. I know this because I was -- ever so humbly -- a fantastic pencil artist in high school, when the best way to entertain myself during class was to draw.

Once I'd gone off to do the independent study thing, my artistic ability took a nose dive. The last time I gave it a shot, it was a miserable failure.
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)

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Absolutely, 100 percent true. I know this because the same thing happened to me.

I still have most of my high school comics. For being drawn with pen (!!) on lined paper, they were pretty darn good.
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From:makuus
Date:November 5th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
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Could be worse, could be programmer-developed recipes: "Eh, we'll work that metallic taste out in the next revision..."
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Most of the reason that programmer recipes are scary, in my personal experience, is that programmers treat recipes in the same modular way that they treat code: "Oh, if we forgot to drop it in here, we'll just move it to another subroutine."

If you don't understand the dependencies structure*, cooking can get quite scary.

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* Like the bug where some foods behave unpredictably unless a cook function has been properly linked. E.g., calling eat() on an object of type Egg will pop Breakfast off of your stack unless Egg.cook() returns a non-error value.
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From:makuus
Date:November 5th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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E.g., calling eat() on an object of type Egg will pop Breakfast off of your stack...

I LOLed.

But, then I thought that that statement is really dependent on the consuming object. To wit: Makuus.Consume(new Egg(EggStates.Raw)); will likely cause the entire contents of the stack to be popped, whereas GenericBoxer.Consume(new Egg(EggStates.Raw)); might execute just fine.

(And then I went off and had a cup of tea, because I've obviously been coding for too long without a break.)
From:lhexa
Date:November 7th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
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Heehee. :)
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From:kistaro
Date:November 5th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I've endured "Budget Gourmet" before. Actually, I used to like them, but my dual excuses are that I was 12 at the time and they've gotten much, much worse in the last five years. (It's been a decline for all nine years, but the steep portion of the curve didn't kick in immediately.)

So yeah, that probably is what that dubious text string means.
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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> they've gotten much, much worse in the last five years

Have they? I haven't kept track.
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From:kistaro
Date:November 6th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
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I used to like the beef stroganoff. It decayed: the beef got tougher and tougher, and now the small beef strips (which had an average of three spitouts per container) have been replaced by ground seasoned beef, which is mostly fat and gristle.

There's a reason it costs $0.79. (Unless it's in the vending machine at work, where it costs $2.50, which is sad to say the least.)
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:November 5th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
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*giggles* I love the second photographic panel tucked in there,
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From:baxil
Date:November 5th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Took me three takes, too. :-p I made the mistake of drawing the hand first and subsequently taking the photo to match it.

(The photo itself is sort of a mini-homage to my all-photo strip.)
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From:baphnedia
Date:November 6th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
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Oh awesome! I didn't know about MAAD, but I did know that you could draw - sort of. You did a guest strip in Theri There.

Also, I'm posting this (w/ a link to MAAD) into the Draconity forum (unless you'd prefer for me to place it in Art)?
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From:baxil
Date:November 6th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
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I scripted a guest comic for TT; here. A different thing from drawing one, though I keep threatening to do that too.

Post as you'd like, although MAAD tends to sort of be a dumping ground for odd little moments of my life -- it's not specifically draconic, except for the fact of me being the main character.
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From:joysweeper
Date:November 6th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
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You've got a tablet? Cool.

I use a mouse in Paint sometimes... man, it's annoying. Faces and hands are the evil. Particularly ears. Evil, I say.

I really, really hate those commercials where all these Italian chefs are without customers because everyone's eating some frozen substitute instead... Microwaved and at home will never replace eating out.

I hope.
From:lhexa
Date:November 7th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
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Would you let me in on what "programmer inspired" means? A quick search didn't reveal anything.
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From:baxil
Date:November 9th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't have any more meaning than "chef inspired" does. But in my brain, it made the ingenuousness of the phrase clearer.

Anyone can sit down with a recipe, cook food, and at the very worst, just end up with a scorched inedible meal. But a novice sitting down with a compiler and a book of C++ syntax has the potential to really screw things up. WTF has an abundance of examples.
From:lhexa
Date:November 10th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
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Disingenuousness?

Worse is possible in cooking as well, particularly if a crock pot is involved.
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