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HOLDEN
You're walking in the desert. You look down and see a tortoise. He's playing FreeCell. You begin to move cards. You're not helping. Why is that?

BeOS
What do you mean I'm not helping?
This strip is dedicated to Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo.
HOLDEN
Describe, in single words, all the good things that come to mind about your user.

BeOS
You want to know about my user? Let me tell you about my user...

BLIMP TRACK
A NEW LIFE AWAITS YOU IN THE LINUX COLONIES! THE CHANCE TO BEGIN AGAIN IN A GOLDEN LAND OF FRESH CODING SYSTEMS! OPEN SOURCE! EASILY CUSTOMIZABLE...
This strip is dedicated to Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo.


I think I was supposed to draw a PC in the top illustration, but I drew an iMac instead. It's the computer I had at Viz at the time. Artie is cast as the analyst, making this a pretty weird illustration, out of context.

The horrible collage of hand coloring, Photoshop fills, cut-and-paste, and lens flare in the second illustration almost looks appropriate for a cyberpunk story, actually. I'll just pretend that I drew this in 1994 or so.

I've retained this strip's original alt-tag dedication, "This strip is dedicated to Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo," because I think it sounds cool. It's a band name from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, although I notice that this page on narbonic.com is one of the first things that comes up in a Google search for "Pugilism and the Third Autistic Cuckoo". That's pretty impressively tenacious, especially considering that, as I mentioned before, this page hasn't been directly accessible from the archives for several years.

2 comments:
Leon Arnott (l) says: An iMac running BeOS? What twisted future is this?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I'm not sure that "tenacious" is quite the word, but it's impressively something-or-other!   Admittedly, the first hit is some Brit who couldn't be bothered to look up the actual dictionary entry for "myriad".  (I just checked Webster's, and despite his peevishness, it's not just an adjective.) 

But now that you've regenerated the strip, perhaps you'll climb in the ranks, especially once a few Blade Runner fanatics start linking here.  (Fanfic fanatics... fun!)

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