September 16, 2016

Apparently we have to re-live the Jonbenet Ramsey story now. Last year we did the OJ Simpson story again. I suppose next year it will be Princess Diana and Monica Lewinsky again, then Macarena, whatever mass media tragedy is next in line to have a twentieth anniversary. Believe it or don’t, every one of them WILL at some point. And nobody the whole while will question why this is necessary or acknowledge that we just did this the year before. Can we get these stupid 1990s remakes out of our systems now? Toss in Y2K, Verne Troyer, Jar Jar Binx, whatever you have to do. You already had your chance to try and convince me I cared. I don’t want to be reliving Jay Leno monologue jokes for the next twenty years while simultaneously being expected to give a pumpkin about the latest sass-loaded personality-free multimillionaire who isn’t old enough to remember any of those things.

Additionally, yes, I know this television machine’s aspect ratio is horribly off. I was not in this house while its original control device still lived and don’t know what atrocities were inadvertently committed with it. My feeling is the less of its contents I can see, the better. A pity we can’t cut off 10%-100% of all the audio also.

The next thing I post here will be intended to be less depressing than this!


Especially if it comes at the expense of a fictional large-snouted-being’s depressing incidents.



12 Responses
  1. 1
    12:40 pm, September 19, 2016

    Indighost sez:

    Regarding the final drawing:
    ———–

    1. Is that lope?

    2. Is the end of its tail stuck in a glass sphere?

    3. Is it painful to sit like that?

  2. 2
    12:52 pm, September 19, 2016

    Frimpinheap sez:

    If the creature IS in pain, that would certainly explain the mopey expression.

    Its tail has consistently ended in a glass-ish sphere since the first undeniable lope-like-being in 2000 or so. At first I imagined the sphere could increase in size at the expense of tail length.


    from the look of this drawing, dated 09-09-03 on that page, the lizard may have been able to create chains of tail balls, or perhaps it borrowed the others for the occasion, unaware that the last one was already claimed.

  3. 3
    3:38 pm, September 20, 2016

    Indighost sez:

    That response raised far more questions than it answered.

  4. 4
    3:42 pm, September 20, 2016

    Frimpinheap sez:

    Feel free to ask! Most things I do are questionable but generally I can answer for them.

  5. 5
    2:25 pm, September 21, 2016

    Indighost sez:

    Why is it that some of your earlier drawing seem, for lack of a better word, more “gory”, while the violence in your recent stuff is equally frequent but more “slapstick/cartoony” ?

  6. 6
    2:50 pm, September 21, 2016

    Frimpinheap sez:

    Here comes a far longer explanation than you could possibly want, I expect:

    I have observed this myself and am uncertain of the cause! I became averse to fictional depictions of conspicuous, real-looking pain at some point. Maybe when I realized I had no clue where organs and bones were?

    I began drawing imps after playing Doom and especially Heretic on my computer, and of course those have much blood since the aim is to kill the things/trick them into killing each other. My earliest doom modification attempt had pog as the main character, killing with conventional weapons. A bit later I became horrified at the thought of pog killing things. And also having remotely human proportions but I think those are unrelated.

    This does not translate to an aversion to violence in video games; only to pain, and to hard “death,” especially if no body is left behind. I still like Doom-types because the bodies remain. Older video games where bodies vanish, and especially if they don’t even fall over first, more so if they aren’t animated to realize what is happening to them, bother me far, far more, but I do not remember being bothered by that in times long past. I suppose that might seem to clash with my aversion to pain, but in fact they are related. Because ULTIMATELY I think I was spurred by a scene in the Adam Sandler film Billy Madison in which Madison’s nemeses, the O’Doyle family, adults and children, are in a car and drive straight off a cliff, oblivious that they are on a cliff or falling off it. The first time I saw it, it was funny. Years later, it was traumatic.

    Also, a Late Night with Conan O’Brien sketch in which a guitarist of the musical guest Blues Traveler, due to an act of sabotage by the jealous house band, gets his guitar plugged into a device marked “10000 volts” and then he flashes a bunch of times like a cartoon, showing a skeleton, and then at the end suddenly just isn’t there, with the surrounding environment totally untouched. Seeing a cheap video game death on a real person screwed me up. And then I don’t actually know the guitarist’s name so I cannot look up pictures to prove he still exists.
    I suppose it could be Bobby Sheehan, who was legitimately killed by a drug overdose the next year 1999, which makes the whole thing worse.
    Oddly enough that was in 1998 or so. It bothered me at first but only after several years of dwelling on it did it REALLY bother me.

  7. 7
    3:49 pm, September 21, 2016

    Indighost sez:

    Interesting, I see. I too have an aversion to painful deaths and mutilations in entertainment, preferring the simpler and cleaner varieties. High five.

  8. 8
    1:08 pm, September 22, 2016

    Dhraiden sez:

    The picture of Lope had no mouseover text. That’s unexpected.

  9. 9
    1:10 pm, September 22, 2016

    Frimpinheap sez:

    Ah beets! I remember fixating on some remark like “so what if you have no house, at least you still have stairs” but didn’t like it enough to use and must have forgotten to return to the matter.

  10. 10
    10:13 am, September 23, 2016

    Dhraiden sez:

    ‘Ah beets!’ I like that. The more I think of myself exclaiming ‘BEETS!’ in lieu of some other more conventional profanity, the more amusing it seems. Hopefully if I remember to do this next time, it’ll take the edge off.

  11. 11
    3:16 pm, September 23, 2016

    Indighost sez:

    When are we gonna see the end of “The First Beet of the Year”, anyways?

  12. 12
    3:21 pm, September 23, 2016

    Frimpinheap sez:

    Not soon! I have to put out the snake cartoon before I can return to the beet thing, and I am only on the second part (the animated pogo stick wizards are from that), and there are at least five. The “first beet” has had an extremely raw deal; I started on that in 2006! I will need to thoroughly re-animate the currently visible part also.

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