Sunday Funnies - LOL, August 27, 2017

Cidu Bill on Aug 27th 2017





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29 Responses to “Sunday Funnies - LOL, August 27, 2017”

  1. Kamino Neko Aug 27th 2017 at 12:55 am 1

    … What is that one guy doing with the sheep. o.o

  2. Singapore Bill Aug 27th 2017 at 12:57 am 2

    It’s a goat. I think it’s pretty obvious. And he’s boasting that it’s the third time he’s done it.

  3. furrykef Aug 27th 2017 at 04:49 am 3

    I guess the musical taste thing rings true for me. It also seems to ring true enough for my mother; she does love Lady Gaga, but then, Lady Gaga is pretty much a modern take on 80s music (especially Madonna). The only other modern music that I can think of that she’s taken a particular liking to is the song Uptown Funk, but that song also has strong retro vibes.

    My grandfather doesn’t like most rock music — not even The Beatles — and only listens to 60s pop and rock because the oldies stations won’t play anything older anymore. He still thinks it’s better than anything from the disco era onward. When I talked to him about things like using distortion on my guitar amplifier, he couldn’t fathom the idea of a guitarist wanting distortion on purpose and seemed to think I must be from another planet, even though guitarists had already been using distortion for five decades, and its usage was mainstream for at least four.

  4. Pete Aug 27th 2017 at 05:38 am 4

    Is the Jury of English Majors a repeat? It looks familiar.

  5. mitch4 Aug 27th 2017 at 07:32 am 5

    (Tech/editing side note: Just to the left of the Barney & Clyde, we see a stray “>P>” visible on screen.)

    The Gahan Wilson reminds me of the stock market term “open outcry”.

    I was going to preface “in defense of prescriptivists” to another remark, but it’s not really a defense, it’s a sigh about this depiction. Nobody who complains against double-negatives actually believes that the speaker really ends up having uttered a positive. If they were speaking aloud instead of having a thought balloon, then it would be a case of dramatically offering a “correction” by pretending to misunderstand — but they would not in their heart of hearts, or thought balloon, think that had happened.

    (On the level of style advice, though not mere grammatical prescriptivism, it’s legit to point out that multiple levels of negation can become confusing. There’s a problem if you’re talking about someone’s reluctance to condemn the omission of an official denial of the announced cancellation.)

  6. Powers Aug 27th 2017 at 09:27 am 6

    My musical tastes have evolved a bit since I was 18.

    I grew up listening to oldies — which then referred to the era of about 1955-1975. Roughly, from “Rock Around the Clock” up to but not including “Dancing Queen”. And I continued listening to the same stuff through my twenties.

    About ten years ago, though, I started to get a taste for some of the pop and lighter rock from the later 70s and early 80s — Hall and Oates, ABBA, Wings, etc. In part this was due to a shift in available radio stations locally; the traditional Oldies station went defunct and the only available replacement had an expanded repertoire.

  7. furrykef Aug 27th 2017 at 10:48 am 7

    Upon further reflection, I do have more appreciation for the Beatles now at age 33 than I did at age 18. I still not exactly their biggest fan, but I didn’t like them much at all back then. Nowadays I have a better understanding of the social and musical context of their work, as well as a better understanding of music in general.

  8. furrykef Aug 27th 2017 at 10:49 am 8

    Lest I incur the wrath of a jury of English majors, I’ll say I meant to type “I’m still not exactly their biggest fan”.

  9. Brian Aug 27th 2017 at 11:39 am 9

    I don’t listen to any of the music I liked at 18 - I am always looking for new stuff. Pandora has been a Godsend for this, I’m not stuck listening to the same few songs repeated endlessly on the radio.

  10. Brian in STL Aug 27th 2017 at 01:03 pm 10

    I for a long time listened to mainly the music of the 60s, what is often called “Golden Oldies” now. The local Oldies station on the radio switched to a broader playlist, including a lot of stuff from the 70s and 80s that I didn’t like much.

    One artist from the 60s that I didn’t appreciate until later was Laura Nyro. I didn’t know her, but I did her songs, because she was frequently covered back in the day. Some well-known (for other artists) songs included “Wedding Bell Blues” (5th Dimension), “When I Die” (Blood, Sweat & Tears), and “Eli’s Coming” (Three Dog Night). There were also a couple of lesser know, but personal favorites, “Sweet Blindness” (5th Dimension), and “Stoney End” (Barbra Streisand).

    Additionally, the dissatisfaction with the Oldies station started me listening to local college radio. A lot I didn’t care for, but it was new to me. And some I liked a lot. I started jotting down artists or a few lyrics to look up later. This lead me to artists such as Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy, Jenny Lewis, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Nicole Atkins, and Camera Obscura.

    When I started using streaming music, these were the artists that I used to seed stations. Then of course I would start new ones with artists that I came across. One thing the streaming services bring to awareness is the sheer amount of music out there. Every day there are artists I never heard of.

    Right now I’m listening to stations seeded by Magnolia Memoir and Fanny. The latter is almost back to roots. They were a 60s all-female rock band (considered one of the first) but like many I didn’t know them because they never got a lot of radio play.

    So when I started using streaming music

  11. narmitaj Aug 27th 2017 at 03:48 pm 11

    It’s mildly jarring for me to contemplate that there exist adults with live grandfathers who go around having opinions on The Beatles and 60s rock… my first grandfather died 88 years ago, more than ten years before any Beatle was born! (The other grandfather might have had an opinion on such stuff but I never met him; and he died 44 years ago, a pleasing semi-symmetry).

    On the music front, I am listening to a fair mount of King Crimson these days… first album 1969, still resuscitating themselves and going on tour from time to time (next gig Austin Texas in October).

  12. Mona Aug 27th 2017 at 03:55 pm 12

    A little nitpicking with the English Majors. Just because he admits “I didn’t do nuthin’!” does not mean that he did do what he is accused of doing. Just that he did something. (According to the intention of the comic.)

  13. Mona Aug 27th 2017 at 04:05 pm 13

    Regarding music…
    Last summer Bill was planning a trip to 1957 and asking for suggestions. A bit of research and I suggested some things of interest in Seattle, including a Frank Sinatra concert on June 9, 1957. I ordered the CD from Amazon and discovered I love Frank Sinatra music from that era. Also Dean and Sammy. I had never listened to this music before. So that’s the “phase” I’ve been in for the last year.

  14. furrykef Aug 27th 2017 at 05:25 pm 14

    Mona @12: Yeah, I noticed that too. “I did somethin’!”, which the double negative would resolve to, is hardly a confession.

    By the way, wasn’t that one run here before? I could have sworn I’ve seen it, and I pretty much only see Off the Mark on this site.

  15. Brent Aug 27th 2017 at 05:26 pm 15

    I thought everyone knew that the best time for music (or any pop culture) was when you, the reader, was twelve.

    The music thing rings true for me… but only in the sense that when I was 18 I listened to an exceptionally wide range of music. Today I’ll listen to everything I listened to 18 (or 12 or even 6), but also a lot more. I find the current US pop to be pretty boring and wonder where the fun went… but when I was 18, I wasn’t listening to the current pop either. It’s been consistent in its change and expansion (much like how when my telecom service provider gave me a survey on their customer service, the only thing that got top marks was “consistency”… because the level of unpleasantness is very reliable).

    @Mona (12): That’s the sort of world we live in now. People take things people say apart, and if they find a word or phrase they don’t like, they start ascribing other things they don’t like onto the person that weren’t even there. Then the clickbait sites jump on it… “You won’t believe what Joe Cool Said!!!” and further fuel the mobs. Lots of armchair prescriptivists misinterpreting things like the jury in this comic.

  16. Pete Aug 27th 2017 at 05:44 pm 16

    Pete @ 4 : “Is the Jury of English Majors a repeat? It looks familiar.”

    furrykef @ 14 “By the way, wasn’t that one run here before? ”

    Yes, back in 2009.

  17. James Pollock Aug 27th 2017 at 05:55 pm 17

    “I noticed that too. “I did somethin’!”, which the double negative would resolve to”

    It also resolves to “I did everything”

  18. Mark in Boston Aug 27th 2017 at 06:55 pm 18

    I must admit: I prefer the music from when I was younger: Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Bartok, Britten, Luening, Lutoslavski. I’m not much of a fan of Elliott Carter or Sofia Gubaidulina.

  19. furrykef Aug 27th 2017 at 09:00 pm 19

    James Pollock: By what logic?

    Suppose we replaced the sentences with roughly synonymous ones:
    I did nothing = I was idle
    I didn’t do nothing = I was not idle

    “I was not idle” doesn’t necessarily mean “I was most extremely busy”; it’s just one possibility among many. The word “not” doesn’t turn the sentence into its complete opposite.

  20. Arthur Aug 27th 2017 at 10:37 pm 20

    Brent @15: It’s been a long-held tenet that the golden age of
    science fiction is twelve. See, for instance,

  21. James Pollock Aug 27th 2017 at 11:29 pm 21

    “James Pollock: By what logic?”

    The ordinary kind.

    I did nothing = no things were done by me. = exactly 0 things were done by me.
    I didn’t do nothing = not (no things were done by me) = an indeterminate number of things, somewhere between one thing, and an infinite number of things, were done by me.

    Thus, “I didn’t do nothing” translates to “I did something”. And also “I did everything”. And “I did two things”. And “I did 2,476 things.” And…

  22. Treesong Aug 28th 2017 at 12:52 am 22

    I have the two issues of the comic book Chumble Spuzz, which took its name from the C&H strip.

  23. Vulcan with a Mullet Aug 28th 2017 at 10:16 am 23

    It would be funnier if they used an even more recent artist than Ghostface Killah, who peaked as a solo artist in the late 90s/early 2000s. But it might make even less sense to the majority of the audience, and Ghostface has a sufficiently “scary” name to be a signifier of “crazy young folks” music. (Hip-Hop has a notoriously short half-life of popularity, even by the standards of modern pop)

  24. James Pollock Aug 28th 2017 at 11:32 am 24

    “(Hip-Hop has a notoriously short half-life of popularity, even by the standards of modern pop)”

    So you’re saying I should NOT check out the hook while the DJ revolves it? But if there’s a problem, yo, who’ll solve it?

  25. Singapore Bill Aug 28th 2017 at 11:32 pm 25

    I still have a fondness for a lot of the music I listened to as a youngster. The best of it is very good and even the more questionable stuff has nostalgia value. That said, like some others, I’m interested in hearing anything good. I just apply Sturgeon’s Law and go for the best 10% of every genre and era. It can be challenging to sift through the stuff coming out, but it can be well worth it. The only down side is, unlike when I was 18, I don’t have the time to just sit and spend hours doing nothing but just listening to music. Good times, those were.

  26. Cidu Bill Aug 28th 2017 at 11:48 pm 26

    Mona (13), I’m glad you decided to join me on my trip.

  27. Meryl A Aug 29th 2017 at 02:57 am 27

    Husband and I both grew up with our parents music - a lot of big bands of course. In his case, however they did not a have a phonograph of any type until he got one - his dad played the music.

    My dad liked an eclectic assortment of music. In addition to big bands there was jazz, blues, shows, opera, and I know he had a Bill Haley 45 mixed in. When I was in junior high my mom was ill and I went with him to a Dombra and (I just lost the word for the other instrument) concert as she could not go. He ran into a friend there and told him about how we all listen to all kinds of music - well, he did also take us to see the Monkees and Paul Revere and the Raiders (separate concerts) and despite his joking complaints his knee was bouncing up and down.

    As a young kid I thought Perry Como was singing about me and my blond braids when he sang “Girl with the Golden Braids”.

    god, I miss dad.

  28. Mona Aug 29th 2017 at 03:10 am 28

    Bill (26), I kinda wish I’d stayed there.

  29. Cidu Bill Aug 29th 2017 at 03:53 pm 29

    Mona, nice place to visit, but…

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