This Week’s Baffling Compu-Toon Comic Strip


I don’t want folks to think I’ve stopped reading Charles Boyce’s Compu-Toon, although I admit that’s not the worst thing people could think about me. That would probably be in the lowest quartile of worst things people could think about me, a little worse than “has an inflated opinion of how good he looks playing Dance Dance Revolution” but better than “has a couple people he keeps trying to make nicknames happen for, despite the abundant evidence that they will not”.

Anyway, the point is, believe it or not I do still read Compu-Toon and that doesn’t mean I really quite get this Sunday’s installment. I think it’s supposed to get at the reasonable fear that your online friends hang out somewhere repulsive or a least disappointing, possibly with their own friends. The one thing the Internet has taught us is that under no circumstances should we ever interact with the friends of our friends, because it ends up in horrible fights and a sense of dread that people like that are allowed to drive cars and hold down responsible jobs and breathe and all that. But a “wolf in sheep’s clothing web site”? That’s just 44 moribund and two active DeviantArt communities.

'Murphy was stunned that some of his friends have a link to a wolf in sheep's clothing web site.
Charles Boyce’s Compu-Toon for the 5th of April, 2015.

In the meanwhile, I’ve had two mathematics-comics roundup posts: the Closing Out March edition, and then the Little Infinite Edition, built around a couple of name-drops of infinity. Please enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

Questions Inspired By Great Science Fiction Covers of the Past


So, over in the world of DeviantArt, the Peterpulp account has been posting various cleaned-up images of old magazine and book covers. A couple days ago he posted this cover, to Brian Aldiss’s Bow Down To Nul, which I never heard of before either though I’ve heard of Brian Aldiss. Naturally it raises questions, to follow.

Seriously, isn't that Lyndon Johnson fighting off an alien by using a fish?
Peterpulp (of DeviantArt)’s posting of the cover to _Bow Down To Nul_, by Brian W Aldiss.

So:

  1. Is that Lyndon Johnson in the spacesuit there?
  2. Is Lyndon Johnson trying to stab the alien monstrosity by using a fish?
  3. Why?

I suppose the last is the easiest to answer, though. Obviously Lyndon Johnson’s plan is to offend the alien by making it think that he’s not taking the invasion the least bit seriously. The alien will stew over this and feel so offended it’ll go off and invade Vulcan or Endor or someone who’ll try to fight back with something that’s a serious weapon instead. I bet it ends up commiserating with an alien that quit an invasion when the resistance met it with yarn and bags of raked leaves.