Sunday’s Best: A Lesson in Irritants

A handful of good Sunday comics to get to throughout the week.  Here’s today’s Frazz by Jef Mallett.  It is, of course, the season for sinus infections and cold-like symptoms.  Caulfield, as always, has learned a lesson.  I’m not sure it’s the right one, but I think I totally understand.

Caulfield(image from gocomics.com)

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On Friendship

Earlier this week many conservative writers mourned the loss of Roger Scruton, a British teacher and public intellectual.  His name and thinking have hovered on the edges of my interests for some time now, but I’ve not spent much time looking specifically at his work.  The following clip came across my Twitter feed, though, and I think it worth sharing based on its simplicity and the odd juxtaposition of the two answers.

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Sunday’s Best: The Cold Weather Blues

While it hasn’t been snowing in Hawaii, we have been dealing with January rain and wind.  It’s gotten me back to my evening hot tea, which is a nice change of pace.  This week’s FoxTrot by Bill Amend is about the joy and frustration of winter weather.  While I’m sad that we don’t get new dailies of the strip, I’m glad for the Sundays.

Cold Weather Blues(image from gocomics.com)

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Scraping By

Jef Mallett has done some great work playing with the visuals of the Sunday Frazz strip.  Here’s the most recent example, which also has an interesting play on concepts at the end.

Frazz Scraping(image from gocomics.com)

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From Spyfall to Planetfall

One thing an early January start-date allows for Doctor Who is that there’s not much broadcast TV competition.  What makes it even sweeter is that the season, two episodes in, has really leaned into the show’s mythology more than every episode combined last semester.  For a fan like me, that’s a great thing.  Last night’s episode ended with a quick trip to Gallifrey . . . or what remains of it.  The show appeared some in previous “Nu Who” stories, but not much and always just a little different.  “The Day of the Doctor” was the best I’ve seen it, and that was in 2013 and told mostly in a kind of flashback.  Regardless, here’s what the Doctor finds upon returning home after an ominous claim is made by the Master:

There’s no guarantee, of course, that much more will be done with the story anytime soon.  That’s been one of the most frustrating realities of the rebooted Who since 2005.  From what I gather, Gallifrey has always been something of a Mad Lib for creators, filling in whatever blank is needed to tell whatever story they want.  This story of “the Timeless Child” could be interesting.  I’ve got thoughts, but they aren’t much yet.

Doctor Who gets one more week before the conclusion of the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.  There’s also Dracula on Netflix, which is tricky to watch after the humor of What We Do In the Shadows.

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Today was the first day back for the new semester.  And what a day it was!  We had some alumni share in chapel about their high school experiences.  We had a first round of classes.  And we ended the day with our first Spirit Week assembly for the week.  Not enough time in the day.  So tonight I’m writing emails, prepping for the next round of classes, and watching the HPU Sharks online (and for free tonight!).  The days are packed!

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Sunday’s Best: Snowman Quicksand?

While Linus in Peanuts may have started the trend many years ago, Calvin was the one who truly popularized the possibilities of snowmen and comic strips.  Thankfully, Bill Amend often continues the tradition with Jason in FoxTrot.  Here’s today’s best: a nice, simple snowman gag.

FoxTrot Snowmen(image from gocomics.com)

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The One with the Spoilers

This morning I caught a matinee showing of Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  I was up for a movie but didn’t quite feel ready to walk back into The Rise of Skywalker again.  I had heard great things of Gerwig’s adaptation and found Lady Bird, her previous movie, quite enjoyable.  The same can be said of Little Women, which I have not read but have known key plot points for many years because of this classic scene from Friends:

Even with years of foreknowledge (really only the Beth part), the spoiled passing was heart-breaking.  While I’ve not read Alcott’s novel, Gerwig uses flashbacks to add depth and definition to the moments in the “present.”  It adds a real sense of things “lost and found” in the relationships between and beyond the four sisters.  And there are many things lost and found throughout the movie’s run-time.  Gerwig’s movie is the kind of work that is so well-done that it will eventually be taken for granted.

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One trailer before the movie stood out to me.  I had forgotten that there was another sequel in the Ghostbusters franchise due this year.  And it took a while for me to realize what trailer I was actually watching, which is kind of astonishing to me.  It looks very different, which means it could be very good.  I find I often enjoy the work of Jason Reitman, the director.

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