Sunday, April 20, 2014

Where Was He Going to Put the Shell Pieces Anyway?

Well I hope you're able to decorate your own eggs. That's a pretty simple task for someone who's about nine-years-old. They even look mostly one color--no designs, no stickers--so I would hope a nine-year-old girl could place an egg into a cup of food colored water and let it sit for five minutes.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

When Life Gives You Cherry Pits, Make Cherry Pit Juice

Is that just a bowl of cherry pits on the table? Who does that? Throw those away. Don't just stare at them, using them to better understand your life. That's not how you should spend a Saturday.

Friday, April 18, 2014

So When Did the World Become Colorized?

When this strip first pulled up, I thought Brutus was holding Hattie over his head. If you don't focus on the image, it still looks like that.

To be honest, I do feel bad for people with bad dandruff because I had fairly bad dandruff as a teenager. It is kind of gross though.

I wish I could remember when I went from not liking black and white movies to actually finding them superior. Kids these days always seem shocked that black and white movies haven't been outlawed yet. And it wasn't black and white or silent movies I didn't like. It was musicals. My opinion of those have gone up as well.

I wrote a story set during the silent and early talkie days of film. Go read it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's With the Look On Her Face?


This could really be the second half of the conversation from that episode of The Simpsons where Homer wants steak for dinner but they can't afford it.

Gladys: What do you want for dinner, Brutus?

Brutus: Steak?

Gladys: Money's too tight for steak...

Brutus: Steak?

Gladys: Sure Brutus. Steak.

Later that day...

Brutus: What? Salad for dinner instead of steak?

Gladys: When did I ever say we were having steak?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Veeblefester's Rich So He Can Afford Life Support

Well, on the plus side, at least Brutus isn't boring enough to kill somebody--just put them into a near-death, comatose-like state.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Could've Easily Been a Daily Strip

I'd be pretty ticked off too that my steak took seven panels to be brought out to my table but in that restaurant's defense, it's pretty cool that you get your own personal waiter who just stands there watching you eat your food...and waiting.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney, one of the most famous child actors in entertainment history, star of the Andy Hardy series of films, has passed away as the age of 93.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How We Met the Mother

It's finally over.

I say that as someone who is sad to see one of his favorite television shows end and as someone who hates to see good shows languish on the line. How I Met Your Mother joins the small echelon of shows I've watched from beginning to end at the time they aired that also lasted at least five seasons. Before HIMYM, only Boy Meets World (1993-2000) and Smallville (2001-2011) made that list. Only three shows. Other shows I picked up a couple seasons in, some I quit watching because, to me, they were done. HIMYM almost fell into that category.


I started watching How I Met Your Mother because the premise intrigued me. I was at a time in my life where I, too, was looking for Mrs. Mosby and it didn't hurt that the characters were similar in age to me. It wasn't long before I met someone and I could show them this amazing show. I had bought the first season DVD collection and that first season is just the best television I've seen in a long time. There is not a flaw in it and no other modern TV series has a first season like it. I loved cuddling with my girlfriend and watching it with her. Unfortunately, just like Ted's failed relationships with Robin, Victoria, Stella, Zoey and many other women that just lasted one date, we broke up but after the mandatory mourning period, I kept Ted in mind as he was still positive and upbeat knowing that his The One was right around the corner. Even though Ted soon became a supporting character in his own story, I still enjoyed following him around every Monday.

Then the finale happened. I try not to go into series finales with grand expectations but I have dedicated half an hour nearly every Monday night for nine years on this show and I expected closure. Instead what happened was a callback to the magnificent pilot. Don't get me wrong. I'm pretty sure that if I were in the Ted and Robin camp, the finale would've made me happy. I'm sure I've written and mentioned before that the last scene with the kids was filmed before the second season began and that was back in 2006. I learned last night that had the show only lasted one season that Victoria (Ashley Williams) would've been the mother but the ending would've been the same. The Mother would've died and the story would've been about Robin.
Seriously?
I loved Ted and Robin in the beginning. I stopped loving them when their relationship was beaten into the ground with a dead horse which was about the time Barney and Robin got together. Unfortunately, I feel the story--whether it's Ted and Tracy or Ted and Robin--was marred by fans who, for some reason, wanted to see Barney and Robin together, Victoria come back and CBS for milking the show after it should've ended. The original plan, from what I remember, was six seasons which then became eight. CBS then ordered one last ninth season.
I'm just going to point you to this chart again about what happens to TV shows beyond the seventh season.
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But what about Tracy? The titular mother who was introduced at the end of the eighth season and we got to know and love over the coarse of the ninth season? She wound up just being another catalyst in getting Ted and Robin together. The way I see it, Tracy is still, despite her and Ted loving each other, having two kids, getting married, Ted's second choice. Ted and Tracy don't get married immediately, it takes them about seven years or so. They never give an excuse why. Was he still waiting for Robin? It's all up to the viewer. I think the biggest problem is having Tracy die. We never saw Ted mourn nor did we see Tracy fully interact with Ted's friends. We saw how Robin was drifting away from the group and that Ted was seemingly the only one who kept her close all because the writers (and creators) felt like they had to finish the story they started back in 2005 despite the ending not following the spirit of the show.
Ah, Mrs. Mosby, we hardly knew ye.
HIMYM was always a comedy bordering on a dramedy akin to The Wonder Years but in the finale, the tone changed drastically with Bob Saget's usually upbeat and positive narration of Future Ted replaced by the dour and mostly depressing narration from Josh Radnor, who plays present Ted. I didn't understand the change just like I didn't understand why Bob Saget was doing the narration in the first place. The only thing I can think is that the change in narration signified the change from a story about Ted and the Mother to a story about Ted and Robin. But yet, the story was never about how Ted met their mother, it was always about how much Ted loved Robin, wasn't it? And that's why, to me, this finale ended badly. I wanted to see Ted with the mother, not Aunt Robin.

Until next time, I remain...
~Brian

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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