Kate Beaton’s Scenes from “The Great Gatsby”

Halifax-based Kate Beaton draws funny historical comics at her site, Hark, a Vagrant! In her latest comic, she pokes fun at one of my all-time favourite novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby:

Kate Beaton's comics spoofing "The Great Gatsby"

Geek Play

“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Deconstructed

The comic below, created by John Campbell, is a snarky but amusing deconstruction of Star Trek: The Next Generation:

John Campbell's comic, skillfully decosntructing Star TrekI always found it funny that the “empathic” character Deanna Troi had the power to sense plainly obvious emotions and painful that they had to explain bits of human behaviour that one should’ve picked up by the end of adolescence. That being said, much of the show’s audience was teenage boys, and teens often figure out the world through stories, so why not explain that stuff? And as someone much wiser than me once said, science fiction is a sandwich: once you’ve gotten past the bread of aliens and future tech and the thin slices of plot meat, it’s all about the thick moral mayo.

The last panels in this comic had me laughing out loud, especially since I imagined the line as delivered by actor (and dater-of-inapproriately-young-women, the lucky bastard) Patrick Stewart himself, using that William. Shatner. Mode. Of. Delivery.

In case it’s not apparent who the comic figures are, here’s a quick guide…

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Comic and TV representations of Jean-Luc Picard


Commander William Riker

Comic and TV representations of Will Riker


Lt. Commander Data

Comic and TV representations of Data


Lt. Commander Deanna Troi

Comic and TV representations of Deanna Troi

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

Geek Work

The Life and Times of Internet Explorer 6

This article’s a bit more technical than the sort that usually appears here on The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century. However, since it’s about a technology that you, as readers of this blog, probably use every day, I thought it would be worth posting here. Enjoy!

Over at the design-oriented Smashing Magazine site, you’ll find Brad Colbow’s comic, The Life and Times of Internet Explorer 6. It’s the browser we all love to hate, even for those of us who collect a nice fortnightly deposit from Microsoft into our bank accounts. I got a great laugh at DemoCamp Toronto 21 when I said “If you got a cat when IE6 came out, it’s dead now.”

It wasn’t always this way, as the first section of the comic shows (you can click it to read the whole thing):

Part 1 of "The Life and Times of Internet Explorer 6"

Once again, you can read the whole comic over at Smashing Magazine.

There’s a fair bit of history covered in the middle section of the comic, but I feel that the most important sections are the first (shown above), and the end, shown below:

Final part of "The Life and Times of Internet Explorer 6"

That is the real question: “Can we stop supporting IE6 yet?”, followed by a real answer: You have to look at your audience. If you can drop IE6 support without ruining the experience for the majority your audience (you have to make the call on what constitutes a majority), then by all means, go for it.

Expecting people outside our industry to have as much interest in browser technology is about as fair as my insurance agent expecting me to have as much interest in the ins and outs of insurance as he does. I only care about the amount of coverage, the deductible, the slip of paper that goes into my glove compartment, and how much I have to pay a year. Everything else is just yappity-yap from some suit who’s interrupting my work day, trying to show me pages of boring legalese. That’s how we look to most end users.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.


A Deleted Scene from “Tintin”

Captain Haddock doing his trademark surprised expression after receiving a card: "Upon drawing this card, user must fart a tornado and drop his pip on a surprised dog."

Geek Life

Spider-Man on Chat Rooms

Spider-Man: "I get into costume and boom, I'm the snarky wise-guy. Anonymity's liberating. There should be rooms where people could go to chat using fake identities. They'd spend hours being jerks to each other."

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Comic featuring a man standing in an office on a desk with his pants pulled down, holding up a monitor and yelling "Thank you, internet!"

It’s the second Monday in October, which means it’s Canadian Thanksgiving (or in French, Jour de l’Action de grâce)! I’d like to wish you a safe and happy holiday and remind you to think of what you’re thankful for.


Dalvin and Holly: Another Treatment of “Calvin and Hobbes”

Calvin and Hobbes on Ritalin preview

First came the Calvin and Hobbes reinterpretation featuring Calvin on Ritalin, which made many readers sad. Then came the comic featuring Calvin shrugging off Ritalin’s effects.

Photo: Tyler Durden and 'Jack' from 'Fight Club'. Tyler has Hobbes' head.

I’ve also pointed you to an essay that postulates that Fight Club is really just Calvin and Hobbes set later in Calvin’s life:

I now present Dalvin and Holly, which features a character named “Dalvin” and his imaginary friend:

Dalvin and Holly