“Garfield Minus Garfield” Plus Accordion

Here’s the description of Garfield Minus Garfield, a site featuring Garfield comic strips in which Garfield has been removed:

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb.

Here’s today’s Garfield Minus Garfield, which features the accordion:

A “Garfield Minus Garfield” strip featuring the accordion


Also Bound to Happen: Stuff Asian People Like / Stuff Indians Like

Banner for “Stuff Asian People Like”

After posting the previous article, I Googled “Stuff Asian People Like” on a hunch and lo and behold, there it was…the Stuff Asian People Like blog!

In this blog, “Asian” tends to refer to “south-east Asian”; if you’re looking for south Asian, there’s Stuff Indians Like.

At this rate, there should be a Stuff Crystal Meth Addicts Like blog in about a week.


It Was Bound to Happen: “Stuff Educated Black People Like”

Banner for “Stuff Educated Black People Like”

It was bound to happen: after Stuff White People Like, here’s Stuff Educated Black People Like.

I don’t think they’ll get a book deal like Stuff White People Like Did did, but it may prove to be an interesting read…


What if Money Came with an Instruction Manual?

A big stack of U.S. billsI make it a point not to give smug internet entrepreneur Jakob Lodwick any press (even our local “youth is the future” advocate Will Pate distances himself from this prat), but he does make a good point in a recent blog entry of his:

What if money had instructions on the back? Basic economic facts, wise slogans, etc? I think it would be useful.

In case you’re a little shaky on the first principles of money, here they are:

  1. In the absence of other factors, more money is better than less money.
  2. Real money is better than fake money.
  3. Money now is worth more than the same amount of money later.
  4. If given a choice, it’s better to spend someone else’s money than your own (thanks to BNK for telling me about this rule).

One particular reason I dislike Lodwick: this video, in which he suggests that the way to keep a company vibrant is to harass the old people so that they leave. Perhaps if he listened to some of these old people, he might already know a little bit more about the instructions for money.

[Jakob Lodwick’s blog entry found via The War on Folly]


A Little Perception Test

The little perception-awareness test video below has done the rounds around the ‘net, but just in case you haven’t yet seen it, give it a try! You might be very surprised:

[Thanks to Markus Aurelius for the tip!]

It Happened to Me

Back to the Bike Commute

Toronto weather forecast for week of March 31, 2008
The weather forecast for the next few days.

With the weather forecast predicting a whole week’s worth no snow and above-freezing temperatures — not to mention the threat of a transit strike — I figured it was time to dust off the Scorpion King (pictured below) and resume cycling to work.

Joey deVilla's bike

The bike commute from my home in the High Park area to b5media’s Queen and Spadina location is about a third longer than my old one to Tucows, so it isn’t that drastic a change, and the transition to cycling to work after about four months worth of transit commuting wasn’t difficult at all. I’m looking forward to some good cycling to work, and if the weather will cooperate, some commutes in the sun.

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

My Own Private “Abbey Road”

Cover for the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”

Someone I know by way of Miss Fipi Lele took the “I Walk the Line” photo of me and with a little Photoshop, gave me the Abbey Road treatment:

Accordion Guy Abbey Road - right-to-left

The Abbey Road cover features the Beatles walking in the other direction, but thanks to the power of Photoshop (well, actually Adobe Fireworks), it’s easy to flip the photo:

Accordion Guy Abbey Road - left-to-right