Despite having the two week schedule, this comic originally was posted looking like this: LINK
I’ve been busy; that’s all I can really say for the moment.
Huh. In a comic full of aliens and dimensional portals and body swapping, the element that most stretches my credulity is the cellphone that makes a loud noise to announce that it’s been silenced, because I’m familiar with cellphones, and no real cellphone would ever do that. It’s like the literary equivalent of Uncanny Valley. Is there a name for that? There should be a name for that.
Actually this was inspired by real events. I’ve seen phones make a lot of noise when people go to silence them. Granted, it’s usually not after they are silenced, but there have been plenty of phones that don’t go quietly into the quiet. This whole routine came to me after watching someone make a lot of noise trying to silence his phone.
I recall phones back in the day that would sound off a sample of how loud they are at each level of volume. Silencing them makes them go:
BEEP! BEEP! Beep! Beep. (beep.) …
Also the name of the term you are thinking of is “Suspension of Disbelief.” Although I know of no specific term that applies only to the slanted standards of what we will suspend.
I think Gary Larson put it best. He would get all kinds of letters about his Far Side comics complaining about scientific inaccuracies like how only the female mosquitoes drink blood; meanwhile it was perfectly acceptable that mosquitoes would live in houses, wear clothes, speak English, etc, etc.
Makes me think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GERkAnxuMrk
This is going to be a long day for Zak if he has Debra in more than one of his classes.
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