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This might explain it better.
Happy New Year 2013
On the top of this page, there lies an innocuous link labeled "Next blog", which has nothing to do with this page and everything to do with Blogger, going back to the days before Google owned it.
Sometimes, out of boredom usually, I would click on that link just to see what was next, and then again and again until I dead-ended on a page where the link mysteriously vanished. (I never looked into how to get rid of it on my page.)
I would find some interesting insights into people's lives and hobbies while occasionally being perplexed by the foreign languages which would present themselves. It was the kind of internet reading experience which gave rise to the phrase "surfing the web".
Well, for good or ill, any time I click on that link now, I get Education sites, usually math-related. I don't know if that's because this is a math blog or because I have math pages in my blog roll. Who's to say?
But the link is there if you want to try it out.
And if you find any fun or interesting pages, come back here and share them!
Merry Christmas from (x, why?)!
Update: Sorry, but I have to add the keywords, "Do you want to build a snowman?" 8-)
For that group, the bad news it that there isn't any witty comment here because everything I thought of writing, I'm putting it follow-up follow-ups.
See also: Recharge
For the record, the picture was taken at New York ComicCon, and the dude next to me is made out of wax. And my T-shirt has the Iron Giant made up like Iron Man.
And then there's the reason that you've probably guessed: some of them don't have names, at least not "officially".
What makes it official? I guess using it in a comic. I can't say why it is that I don't want to pin them down. I'm sure I had a reason. And some of the characters were created to be in the background, and yet somehow got elevated in status (i.e., they were reused).
I believe two regular characters have complete names, and then there's a partial: Mike Keegan, Ken Wayne, and Michele, whose name has only one "l" in its spelling for the simple reason that the first time it was mentioned, I literally could not fit the second "l".
(By the way, that landmark event happened one day after another landmark event -- when the main characters ceased to be albinos. No seriously, I used color in the comic, just not skin tone, but that yard had so much color to it that I had to do something. But also note that Mike is wearing a plain white T-shirt in the pool. That fair Irish skin!)
In my mind, Michele's last name was something like Roberts or Robertson, for no particular reason, except that I looked up their heraldry a few years ago for a possible comic (I think it had something to do with pool towels or beer steins or something), but that never went anywhere. "Richards" was another possibility, and while it might sound Fantastic, since Michele's first name is actually Mary, it'd be as if I wanted to channel a Mary Tyler Moore character. (Not my intent. Although I did allude to Marlo Thomas once.)
As for the rest of the math department: I've informally referred to them as "Annette" (or "Annie") and "Barbara", but haven't gotten around to saying it. Then again, there's another member of the math department that I've been wanting to add just for a one-shot gag. No name and no image yet. Short shrift, you might say. Oh, and still off the record, Annie's the blonde.
The rest of the minor characters have first names or no names, with the exception of the sub, Quinn Jonas. His name isn't a pun, or a reference to the Jonas Brothers (which I thought about). It's more of an allusion to a sci-fi character for a plot thread I started and then dumped early because it wasn't going where I wanted it to go. But he's a good foil, like the young science teacher, but he's a sub, so he's only there when I need him. And out subbing elsewhere when I was out subbing elsewhere.
So, my dear readers who have stayed here thus far, (no comma in that clause), should I mention their names? Should I give them names? Make a Bio page on the Archives site? What to do?
TL/DR: No names? Wassup wit dat?
And for the record, the "just about" is there because if the problem deals with geeky trivia, the answer "Buffy" is never incorrect.
Those three factors influence this comic (well, not the money, except for when I'm spending time making money) and a lot of other things I do, or more likely, don't do. So I enjoy when three things happen at once, like a movie with friends, or Comic-con, or a sci-fi convention.
Another school, closer to my house, is being used, as it was last year during Hurricane Irene. I did volunteer to work there, but as events unfolded, it wasn't possible. Besides the fact that I'd be walking home 25 blocks during the worst of the storm, with trees coming down (or staying there as an extra evacuee), I have a couple people staying at my place instead.
So stay safe, everyone. And a big Thank You to all the workers, especially my fellow teachers who were called upon to volunteer.
I really never expected to be doing this five years later.
No math here. But Halloween's coming, and I did a Star Trek comic last Friday.
And I was inspired a bit by some nice people on Twitter.
I haven't done one of these in two years, so on 10/11/12, I give you installment 13.
No, I didn't plan that one at all.