Monday, 29 September 2008

Gary Larson's The Far Side - Classic American Funnies

Eve here again... I have been communicating with Adam recently and the topic of American versus British humor (or is it humour?) came up. While I am a big fan of Monty Python, I generally find jokes from the U.K. to be pretty dry and even boring. So, I told Adam about my favorite cartoon here in the states: Gary Larson's The Far Side. While Mr. Larson is no longer publishing these hilarious drawings, The Far Side had a long, 14-year run in newspapers that featured his single-pane funnies. Like any good fan, I've done my research. Gary Larson grew up in Washington State and started publishing The Far Side in the early-1980s. Larson's scientific background can be seen in many of his cartoons which often poke fun at silly scientists, as well as animals (cows and chickens are a big favorite), married people, and stupidity in general. That may be why I love Gary Larson's work so much.... stupid people drive me nuts!

There are hundreds upon hundreds of Larson cartoons in publication, and you can also find books and other products (my favorite is a day-by-day calendar). I'm going to get The Far Side Gallery and send it over to Adam as a thank you gift for all the help he's giving me with my online promotion. I hope he gets a good laugh! Gary Larson's jokes definitely cross cultural lines ....

I'm NOT a PC

Hello again - its me, Eve. I introduced myself back in July and told you about my infatuation with Adam. He is still dreaming about a MacBook, and I am still enjoying my writing and online publishing with a little piece of Apple heaven. Do I sound like I'm gloating? hope not. It's just that I've been so happy with my purchase of a MacBook notebook earlier this year. Things are so much faster and easier - and fun with my Mac!

I hope I don't sound like a commercial, but the features of the Macbook are nothing short of amazing. My Apple is so fast with its Intel Core 2 Duo processors, and has a ton of memory (2GB is standard!) I love the built in AirPort Extreme, allowing me to get wi-fi connected in so many places. I am sitting in a coffee shop right now, enjoying a strong cup while I blog away... When I'm not writing, I use my Macbook to edit photos with its amazing iPhoto applications. With a few clicks here and there, I can adjust exposure, straighten out a crooked shot and deepen colors. I feel like a professional! Oh, and don't get me started about the ease of uploading new songs to my iPod. When I'm not writing or blogging, you'll find me running - my favorite form of exercise. Its hard to log the miles without some energizing tunes.

As an author at Wikipedia, I am finding it much easier to publish articles ("wikkies") with my new Mac than with my old PC. Finding and uploading photos and videos is so slick. With the speed and memory of the Macbook, I have been able to download lots of new plug-ins for my ISP (thanks for all the tips, Adam!), which help with promotion of my articles. But maybe I like the Mac OS X Leopard the best. I can search across all applications on my laptop at once. Much slicker than Windows Vista. Lots of cool features with Leopard make my time using my Mac "wildly" productive (please excuse the pun).

Finally, there is the cool factor. Macs just rule! Looking around the coffee shop, I see several envious patrons eyeing my laptop. Not to mention poor Adam across the pond in London! I'd better get back to doing my "real" work now... I'll post more about my awesome Macbook later!

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