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ZachWeinersmith

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The SMBC guy.
New book: A City on Mars (Nov 2)

Co-author of Soonish
Illustrator of Open Borders
Scop of Bea Wolf.

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hmm

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Suppose you cut Wolverine in half, top to bottom. What happens:

A) Half dies, other half lives
B) Both regenerate into new Wolverine
C) Half dies, other half lives, but the regenerated Wolverine has problems related to having two right or two left hemphispheres
D) Both regenerate, but with the problem described in C.

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Offhand thoughts:

I was watching old cartoons with my daughter the other day and one thing that's really striking is how, roughly through the 80s and most of the 90s let's say, cartoons were very sincere, very much specifical for kids, not adults. Interestingly, this seems to me to be different from earlier (e.g. Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry) and later (e.g. Powerpuff Girls).

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Crazy. Highest prime age labor force participation rate in a generation. Too bad nobody wants to work and immigrants took all the jobs.

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Longshot: anyone out there have the .mobi file of the SMBC religion-themed book? It seems to have disappeared from all my drives!

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Today I learned about the traditional English "Lamb's Tail Pie," which is made of the tails cut off lambs for hygienic reasons: http://www.foodsofengland.co.uk/lambstailpie.htm

It's amazing how a single fact can remind you how poor life used to be. Though, probably today you could sell it as a delicacy.

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One of the weirdest things from doing A City on Mars is the people who do some version of "actually it'll be cheap" and then explain that you could get a huge Mars base for just, like, 1% of Earth's GDP. Or, if you took everyone's budget for entertainment and put it into space, you could do amazing stuff.

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Was it always the case that memorial day was commemorated by discount products? Like, if I weren't so used to it, it'd seem really weird, no? Do all countries do this?

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Pro-tip: corporate AI can't do any sexy stuff, so if you want to be camouflaged to AI, just wear a suit with a pattern made entirely of huge dicks.

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There are a lot of old songs that refer to women sitting on mens knees. Was this just because they couldn't describe anything sexier, or were the women of the past frequently lap-sitting?

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This is drastically oversimplified, but one thing that really helped me understand international law, and why it's worth defending, is if you stop thinking of it as trying to fix any particular current situation and focus on the goal of preventing a nuclear Great Power war.

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Proud to have become the book of reference for space-turbation https://www.reddit.com/r/Damnthatsinteresting/comments/1d2qgwy/comment/l64hflm/

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Favorite knock knock joke to do to the 10 year old:

Knock knock
Who's there?
Orange
Orange who?
Aren't you glad that I didn't say banana?

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Our International School in Kyoto has nice books in its library
cc @ZachWeinersmith

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@lana LOVE that secret inner cover :)

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So, one lens on the weird direction of the modern Internet is that entities created to route you to cool stuff, e.g. search, social media, have especially in the last 5-10 years been taking an ever larger part of the pie via having giant networks. Google can now control whether a news site lives or dies. Meta can take 99.5% of all ad revenue displayed next to an artist's work and they have no power.

Long-term effect? Damage to the creative class.

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Btw, just to throw some numbers on this. If I got one-hundredth of a penny every time a comic of mine was viewed next to an ad on Facebook, Instagram, etc. it would be my best revenue source.

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@AlexanderKingsbury Network effect is to my mind the best explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect

Provide great service until you have so vast a network that nobody can leave without disappearing from the Internet. Then, turn the screws.

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@AlexanderKingsbury Right, but that won't work for artists. We don't get paid unless people can find are work. If I could drop out of social media entirely, I would, but my business would collapse.

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@i_understand @AlexanderKingsbury Right, but they don't. Not usually, which is why even really well-known sites also have Instagram, Facebook, etc. Additionally, if I post anything but naked content on Facebook (e.g. asking people to see a product launch or come to a signing) their algorithm crushes it.

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@Chrishallbeck Zero :D

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@raineyday @rantingnerd @Chrishallbeck If I had the time/wherewithal to do that I would!

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