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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Winning Arguments

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - א', 04/30/2017 - 17:44


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I like to imagine this is what it's like at Nate Silver's house.

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My Left Nut

Dotan's Distractions - ש', 04/29/2017 - 21:38

Two days ago I learned that April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, I learned this by searching for information about testicular cancer, in April. What are the odds of that happening? Probably higher than the odds of getting it.

But I don’t want to write about Cancer, I want to write about balls.

TLDR: If something feels wrong with your balls, don’t rest until you see an Urologist.

They say a man thinks with his dick, but the male subconscious, I’d argue, is located in the scrotum: this sweaty, squishy awkward bag stuck between our legs and butt, this source of discomfort that’s always crushed to our seat and to the back of our mind. If the penis is where a man misplaces his pride, his scrotum is the seat of his shame and anxieties (regardless of how much enjoyment one can derive from scratching it).

I say scrotum and not balls, because that’s how I first experienced it: a squishy sack with a single lump in it. I remember the sense of discovery when I found my other testicle, small and further back. Suddenly, I was whole. This was the pair of balls the other kids were talking about.

I’ve had problems with my balls over the years, they’ve been a source of some shame (how small! surely you can’t be fertile!) and discomfort, compounded with the body issues of being fat. For years I’ve had some discomfort in my crotch, which I tried to talk to a doctor about. My current GP offered to refer me to a pain clinic after examining me and finding nothing wrong.

Anyway, probably two months ago, I felt something odd in my front (i.e, left) testicle. It felt very hard, swollen and painful. I googled it, and google said “how to check for testicular cancer”.

So I think to myself (a) this is terrible timing, Dafna is currently pregnant with twins, I can’t leave her in the lurch and (b) maybe it’ll just go away?

On March 14th I went to my GP. He examined me while his intern looked on. Lying on my back, he told me to pull down my pants, prodded my balls. I could feel my testicles sink away, down into my scrotum and folds of fat. “Looks OK”, he said, and I wanted to protest “but you haven’t even touched them!” I don’t know. Maybe because I’d already come to him with a crotch problem, maybe shame, and maybe that idiot disregard for reality made me walk away.

But the pain didn’t go away. Last Tuesday (after more then a month!) it got particularly painful, I left work late and found myself walking funny. I realized I needed to do something about it. I found a seedy-looking clinic in Rehovot where for 87 shekels (and a sales pitch for a subscription plan) I got to see a doctor. She heard my story, said my GP was an idiot and referred me immediately to the hospital to be checked out by an Urologist and have an Ultrasound.

After 21:00 in the evening is a good, quiet time to go into ER. A diligent young Urologist checked out my symptoms, and found the lump in my testicle, which was confirmed by the ultrasound, 2.5 centimeters in size. “You’re probably anxious,” he said to me, “we’re admitting you to the Urology ward tonight, more senior doctors will go over the findings, you’ll probably be operated on during this stay. Things are going to move fast”.

The next day I went to the IVF department for Sperm Preservation (because with twins at 48, we’ll probably want even more kids sometime…?) and did a chest and abdomen CT (which found a suspicious lymph node in my back). The day after (Thursday) I had surgery that removed my left testicle (goodbye, you inflamed cherry tomato). Friday I was discharged. Biopsy results in 3 weeks, and then treatments. But I was told I’ll probably be OK, because this is an easy cancer, most people survive it.

I think someone might have saved my life last Tuesday. I’m not sure if it was the young Urologist, the clinic doctor, or me. But I hope someone did.

PS: Telling your family you have cancer isn’t about exposition, or storytelling. I hope I’ve botched my last chance at it.

PPS: They asked me if I wanted a prosthetic testicle. Seriously. Some people want them.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sexy Games

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ש', 04/29/2017 - 16:03


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Intimacy is about ten percent as important as winning.

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This is apparently the week of dirty jokes.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sexy Construction

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ו', 04/28/2017 - 16:44


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Cartooning is actually my part-time job.

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BAHFest Sydney is now taking submissions! Check it out!

ISS Solar Transit 2

XKCD - ו', 04/28/2017 - 06:00
Most people don't realize it, but they actually launch a new space station every few weeks because this keeps happening.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Why do you want to work here?

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ה', 04/27/2017 - 16:55


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I'm starting to wonder if I don't have some deeply repressed fantasy where I'm a middle aged woman who participates in overly blunt job interviews.

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HEY BRITAIN! Soonish is available in the UK. We've used metric units, added the letter "U" after every "O" and as a courtesy, every book will be lightly dampened with cold rain.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Recreation

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 04/26/2017 - 15:48


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Happily, this will never be true of nerd comics.

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Geochronology

XKCD - ד', 04/26/2017 - 06:00
'The mountains near here formed when the ... Newfoundland ... microplate collided with, uhh ... Labrador.' 'Ok, now you're definitely just naming dogs.' 'Wait, no, that's actually almost correct.'

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Words

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ג', 04/25/2017 - 17:23


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More and more, I think the 'they're just a sequence of sounds' is one of the more pointless observations you can possibly make.

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Book Review Tuesday is here! More reviews at TheWeinerWorks.com

Pyongyang (DeLisle) A quick and fun sketch of the author’s time spent working for an animation studio in North Korea. I don’t have too much to say about it, other than that it’s quite enjoyable, and that I plan to read other books by the author. This isn’t a memoir like March or Maus - it’s not trying to bring you to a heightened awareness of the universe. It’s not particularly poignant, nor is it trying to be. It’s just an incredible well-told, occasionally quite funny, recounting of a short strange time in the author’s life.

Elbow Room (Dennett) Okay, so I’ve wanted to read a book on compatibilism, the belief that “free will” and a deterministic universe are compatible. This seems crazy to me, and I trust the reasons are obvious.

So, I read this book, and my honest initial reaction was disappointment. A lot of the book is spent talking about computer, biology, evolution, and so forth, which to me seems like a sort of sideshow. If so, it’s an especially egregious sideshow, since Dennett frequently complains of perilously misleading elements stuck into philosophical theories.

That said, as I thought it over and discussed it more with people, I got the basic idea, which (to simplify drastically) isn’t so much that you can have free will in a deterministic universe, but that your idea of what free will means is probably wrong. I don’t want to go too in depth in this review, but as a way to think about it, try to consider what the basic physical rules would be for a universe that permitted your intuitive notion of free will. It’s hard to think of anything that doesn’t posit some cheat that just asserts that you do.

In short, I didn’t get the hit of wild enlightenment I was hoping for. Unusually for me, I learned something, yet left disappointed. I will illustrate by the use of what I’ll call Two Dialogues Concerning Free Will.

Dialogue 1:

Mom: Hey, you wanna see a DINOSAUR?!

Kid: but isn’t that impossible?!

Mom: come with me!

[Cut to: Park]

Mom: Meet the pigeon! You know, according to science, birds are living dinosaurs!

Kid: But I wanted a T. Rex!

Mom: Jesus, kid. Obviously that was never gonna happen.

Dialogue 2: Compatibilist: Hey, you wanna see me combine free will and determinism?!

Zach: Sure thing! But how?

Compatibilist: I’ll show you!

[Cut to: Zach reading book]

Zach: So determinism is still true, but individuals appear to have choices, and we can call that free will if we like?

Compatibilist: Yeah. What? Did you think I was going to claim an individual human could defy causality itself?

Zach: I thought maybe-

Compatibilist: By Descartes’ beard, you’re dumb!

--End of Scene-- So, that’s where I am now on this. Like the kid at the park, I’m not disagreeing with the idea that my initial notion of the subject matter was flawed. I’m just annoyed at the way the exciting revelation was presented.

Vietnamerica (Tran) What a great memoir. I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs in graphic novel format lately, and this one was one of the very best, both in terms of its style and execution. I especially enjoyed the way in which the book moved from scene to scene without frequently telling you what year or location it was.

The artwork and, well, comicking itself was just so good that I rarely had to take a second to figure out where the scene had changed to.

The only critique that occurred to me is that the “character” of Tran himself in the story feels very… unformed. Maybe this is simply because it depicts Tran mostly at a younger age, where he would’ve been, indeed, unformed. But, I couldn’t help but feel that the character is so self-flagellating (he is almost always depicted as a sort of know-it-all punk kid) that you miss what could be a more whole interaction between kids and parents. Tran’s past self feels less like a person than a point of embarrassment that the author is covering over with humor.

It still works well enough, but I would’ve loved if, here and there, we had a moment of just Tran being himself, in a way that only develops character, rather than moving forward the book’s telling of history. But, still, quite a good memoir comic, and absolutely beautiful.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dadbucks

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ב', 04/24/2017 - 15:01


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Later, the kid agrees to do chores, but only in exchange for precious metals.

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Thank you so much MIT. Congrats to James Propp and Olivia Walch. We hope to see you again next year.

ISS Solar Transit

XKCD - ב', 04/24/2017 - 06:00
I guess it's also the right setting for pictures of the Moon at night.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fables

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - א', 04/23/2017 - 17:38


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Really, you want to have her in space for this sort of thing, but the detection apparatus is worse when it's dead.

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Le Fay & Freya

Canimal's Blog - א', 04/23/2017 - 12:56
Clothing: Le Fay dress & Freya coat - by CanimalHair: Take Flight by Magika, Spiked Out Headband by Foxy Head: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe Now exclusively at Uber event. 

Mercury

Canimal's Blog - א', 04/23/2017 - 12:52
Clothing: Mercury - by CanimalHair: TripleSicBangs by Beusy, Bangs (C) By BarberyumyumHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe, Lips by Adored Earrings: Hoops by Scandalize Now exclusively at Cosmopolitan event. 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dungeon Classes

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ש', 04/22/2017 - 15:24


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Anyone caught emailing me in regards to the accuracy of today's comic shall be tarred, feathered, and made to carry a sign that reads 'No fun.'

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Last full day to get your BAHFest East tickets! We moved over a bunch of cheap tickets, but after these are gone, there are no more!

Also, in case you missed it, I'll be signing books prior to the show at MIT Press Bookstore, from 3-430. If you don't want to wait in line after the show, this is the way to go. <3

 

עונג שבת: דיים

עונג שבת - ו', 04/21/2017 - 22:03
אני מקווה ששמעתם כבר את DAMN, האלבום החדש של קנדריק לאמאר, אפילו שמיעה חולפת אם לא האזנה קשובה באמת. זה לא יספיק אבל זו תהיה התחלה טובה. בהאזנה ראשונית חולפת, לא קשובה, זה נשמע (לי, ולאחרים שדיברתי איתם) כמו אלבום חלש, בטח ביחס ליצירת הפאר השאפתנית של האלבום הקודם. אבל, כפי שאפשר ללמוד מתגובות ברחבי […]

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Interpretation of Hats

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ו', 04/21/2017 - 17:40


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Now to spray sweet white flowers out of this big long wand.

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Hey geeks! I'll be signing this Sunday at the MIT Press Bookstore from 3-430, and then again after BAHFest. Come say hi!

Luna & Cosmic

Canimal's Blog - ו', 04/21/2017 - 09:47
Clothing: Luna top, Cosmic pants - by CanimalHair: Angela by Doux, Bangs (D) by BarberyumyumHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe, Lips by Adored Shoes: Stagioni by Maitreya  Now exclusively at N21 event. 

Persephone

Canimal's Blog - ו', 04/21/2017 - 09:42
Clothing: Persephone - by CanimalHair: F1124 by TramHead: AnnaGrey by Catwa Skin: Adriana by Atelier Pepe
Now exclusively at N21 event. 

Survivorship Bias

XKCD - ו', 04/21/2017 - 06:00
They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatist attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
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