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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

 

 

 

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News post – Catch-23 No. 959 Laggy and the Jets

My days of being able to travel without coming home without jet lag are long over. Even though Hawaii is only 3 hours different from Melbourne, but that’s more than enough to mess with my sleep and thinking for almost a week after we got back.

All good now, no longer falling asleep at lunchtime or forgetting where I put my keys.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 958 Blu-Ray Remorse

You Blu-Ray owners know what Jaffa’s talking about. It’s a gamble, when you pay a bit extra for better picture, sound and behind-the-scenes extras, but if the movie sucks, all that stuff is worthless.

Perhaps Jaffa should have just watched it on Netflix or something first. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that.

I’m off on holidays so there will be a couple of weeks until the next comic strip.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 957 Daylight savings

There’s always something amiss after the daylight savings change, some routine thing that catches you out. Our devices are getting smarter and will update the time for us, but there are still a lot of dumb devices and it seems like every appliance has a clock that needs changing twice a year.

When I was brainstorming the strip, the old ‘spring forward, fall back’ phrase stuck out – it’s so useful, but it could work both ways and really mess you up if you misremember it, or some ginger cat steers you wrong.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 956 Sportsball

There’s two football grand finals on in one weekend and I would be hard pressed to tell you who was playing in either.

The term ‘sportsball’ got it’s start back in 2010 with this video. Since then, it’s become internet shorthand for any sport that has ‘ball’ in the name.

May your chosen sportsball team score all of the points.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 955 Day of rest

I was searching around for an idea for today’s strip – on the shortlist was the growing concern around North Korea, but it doesn’t really feel like ‘joke’ material right now. That led to wondering what Trump thinks ‘diplomacy’ means. I figure he either thinks it means either a long-necked dinosaur, a French cheese sauce or just two plomacies.

Then I moved to something more general, like overused platitudes. I had settled on using ‘it has to be somewhere’ in regards to lost items. That idea led to Sunday being the ‘day of rest’. I even got to sneak a second platitude in there with ‘practice makes perfect’.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 954 Standing is the new Not Sitting

A few years ago, we were told that sitting down all day – on the couch, in an office or in your car – is super bad for you. Get a standing desk or treadmill desk, spend all day on your feet and you can live forever.

Except that it turns out standing all day is super bad for you as well.

The moral of the story is everything is bad for you, but try not to let it bother you.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 953 Define ‘funny’

We’ve been re-watching The West Wing, so the original idea for this strip was having CJ, Josh and President Bartlett doing things that Trump’s White House has been doing. Then I asked: is this idea actually funny, or is it just meme funny.

I could see it more easily as list on Buzzfeed – 25 times the West Wing appears to be talking right to Trump – so I took the meme funny idea and turned it into this.

Mat