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.




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.


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.


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

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.






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.


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.


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.


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.


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’.