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News post – Catch-23 No. 969 Meaning of words

Trump and Nixon, Nixon and Trump. Putting the two of them together makes me happy, plus a reference to The Princess Bride is always called for. Check out Cary Elwes’ autobiography As You Wish for some great stories about the making of one of the best movies of all time.

Back to Trump. He says so many racist things, that to turn around and claim he’s NOT racist seems to me that he just doesn’t know what certain words mean. Words like ‘not’, for example.

Eric Trump went on TV to say that Trump isn’t racist because he ‘only sees green‘. I think he was talking about money, but it could have been envy as well I guess.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 968 Super black

A paper was published this week detailing how the black feathers on a Bird of Paradise absorb almost all light to create the deepest black found in nature. This is only surpassed by Vantablack, a man-made coating that absorbs 99.965% of all light. If I’ve done my job, you can hear Will Arnett’s voice in that last panel.

Mat

 

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News post – Catch-23 No. 967 Cross and hot

Having hot cross buns available to buy as early as Boxing Day seems to be a thing now.

I get wanting something special to be available all year round, but part of what makes things special is that they are only available for a limited time. When the trappings of Easter, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are available every day, what will make those times of year unique?

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 966 Flies (noun)

We had some pretty good fly-building weather just before Christmas – originally the gag (pun intended) was around Jaffa complaining about getting a mouthful of flies and getting a mouthful of flies in the process.

I hope you had a great Christmas, and I’ll be back in the New Year (also known as next week).

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 965 Elf on the Shelf, Part 3

Each year, we learn a little more about our mysterious Elf on the Shelf. When I was writing this strip, I was thinking about making the Elf as a horcrux for some dark wizard – I even had a title, ‘Crux of the Matter’, but I couldn’t figure out how to squeeze all of it into the comic strip and still leave room for pictures, so it had to go.

Onto a short, spoiler-free movie review – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is very good and you should go see it.

Slightly longer review – It may be the very best of all the Star Wars films, possibly even better than Empire Strikes Back. It packed so much in, there was callbacks to earlier films, new revelations, great gags, lots of heart, epic battles in space and on land, new planets and critters – all the things that make the Star Wars movies great, packed into one. There was also subtle commentary on the nature of war and animal rights, which felt new for the franchise.

The Force Awakens looked to the past, realigning the series and reminding you that these movies can good. The Last Jedi takes all that and runs with it, resolving the present and then looking to the future.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 964 Love is love

The people spoke, and amazingly the politicians followed through. Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, and the first weddings will take place from January 8th, 2018.

That we needed to vote on treating human beings like human beings in the first place still riles me up, but this is how big things change.

Mat

 

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News post – Catch-23 No. 963 Canine royalty

Unfortunately for Meghan Markle, getting engaged and moving in with the Royal Family meant leaving one of her rescue dogs, Bogart, behind in Canada – he is too old to safely make the trip.

As the dog that came with her, Guy, is a beagle, naturally Bagel sees this as an opportunity.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 962 Bring a snorkel

This comic strip is taken from the weather this past week in Melbourne, it’s been downright tropical here. Mid-thirties every day and a few big storms have left it surprisingly humid and sticky, certainly not the norm for dry-heat Melbourne.

If your curious, some information about humidity can be found here and here. What we commonly refer to as humidity is ‘relative humidity’, which is the amount of water suspended in the air as a percentage of the maximum water that the air could hold at a given temperature.

Often times, I’ll come up with an idea for a comic strip – it could be a topic, a specific joke or a snippet of dialogue, then I’ll read a couple of articles or Wikis about the subject. This lets me check I’m not saying anything incorrect (well, unintentionally incorrect) and sometimes the research yields a few extra details or a change in direction for the strip.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 961 Coffee specific

Making your coffee, just the way you like it, can be tricky to explain to others. You may not even realise how fussy you’ve become until you have to say it out loud to another person.

And if you’re wondering, a ‘risretto‘ is like an espresso shot except it uses only the first, most intense part of the coffee extraction.

Next time I may have to tackle the dreaded question: “I only have instant, is that OK?”.

Coffee snob Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 960 Gambler’s Ruin

Gambler’s Ruin is a catchier title, but Bagel is probably falling for Gambler’s Fallacy – believing that there is some inherent balance to all things and that random chaos like the Trump White House will eventually resolve into something knowable.

A year on from the election is a good time to read Hillary’s book if you haven’t already.

My take is they were running in two different TV shows – Hillary was running in a ‘West Wing’ election and Trump was running a reality TV election. Turns out no script and lotsa scandal still brings the big ratings.

Sad.

Mat