Update: We woke up to find our server in Germany
had been disconnected, and so Hackles was down all day :-(. I
moved the site to a new server, and if you can read
this, then the DNS has propagated successfully.
The h07 team (our
former hosts) are working through some
troubles, and Jen and I hope that they
get back on their
feet soon. Phantom and the gang have been some of
our strongest supporters, and their coding projects and
free services provide a great benefit to the geek
community. Good luck guys.
Meanwhile, some of the data from the old server
is lost, at least for now. The poll results are gone,
as well as the last couple weeks from the guestbook
:-(. Please feel free to vote, and to sign the guestbook
if your entry is missing. Also, some of the scripts on
this site may not yet work correctly- we will test
everything once hackles.org resolves. Sorry about the
interruption, and thank you for your patience!
Hooray! I got the Java/UNIX programmer job I wanted, so I'm in a pretty
good mood. I just finished filing my taxes too, so that helps. Jen and
I went to the local spring arts festival this weekend and, to
celebrate my good fortune, bought a snook fish sculpture (pictured left).
We hung it over our kitchen doorway. Fish are cool, and
make for good feng shui too...
Speaking of fish, if you like underwater documentaries, make sure to
check out the BBC's Blue
Planet series, narrated by David Attenborough (he's the man). Our
buddy Al introduced the DVDs to us, and the two discs we watched were
some of the most gripping nature footage we'd ever seen. Absolutely mind-blowing stuff, especially the crazy
creatures found in The Deep.
May 5th is the second annual Webcomics Awareness Day. We
last year and it was a lot of fun. If any of you readers are
cartoonists yourselves, and you want to join in, read this
FAQ and sign yourselves up.
Our friend Steve sent us this
link of good, dumb fun. Now that is what Flash was born to
do. Long live Strong Bad!
I saw this
article in the Linux
Gazette about writing your own (minimal) Operating System. That's definitely
something I want to try for kicks, but I'm too immersed in
now. *Sigh* so much to learn, so little time...
That's it for this update. Well, one last thing: Our hits have been
steadily rising lately, and we've received a lot of nice email
& guestbook entries from you guys. It really makes
everything worthwhile, and we want you to know how much we
appreciate all the feedback you folks have given us! Thanks.
Hey, guess what Sunday, March 31, 2002 was? Hackles' one-year
anniversary!! No, it's not an April Fool's joke. It's hard to believe
that 365 days yielded 145 successful updates. Thanks are in order for
our fans who still enjoy reading our crazy comic and sending us such
nice letters of support. Drake and I are glad to be a part of your
days and nights at the computer.
We agree with the majority of you, on our last poll, who would rather
stay put behind your computer rather than use one of the various
handheld devices out there. Yet Drake is playing with the idea of
someday getting a fancy
gadget. New toys are invented every day!
On the food front, Drake and I decided to give the
a try. I don't know about other countries, but Burger King has just started
having a veggie burger on their menu here in the US. There were
visible signs of carrots and rice in it, but the overall taste was
like... stuffing. You know, bread crumbs and spices. Not so bad, but I
won't be running back for another really soon. Besides, we always
debate which is better, to be a vegetarian who avoids corporate burger
places at all costs, or to support the one effort a burger place makes
to bring a vegetarian alternative to the masses.
On that same visit to the local BK, I got one of those cool-looking
blue frozen drinks that is supposed to taste like blue
raspberry. Well, unfortunately it really tastes the way
those cherry-scented urinal/toilet cakes smell in public
rest rooms. Why do they often use artificial cherry flavor for unpleasant
things like cold medicine and urinal cakes? Ugh, maybe it's not the
best place for a quick dinner.
We were hoping to have posted some pictures from our move by now, but
we misplaced our digital camera in the mess of moving. So as soon as
we find those pictures, we'll post them in our photo gallery
section. Stay tuned...
Hi folks. We've been so busy doing house stuff
loves us), that we haven't had time for much else. But we
are slowly settling into our home and battling entropy
wherever it rears its ugly head. At least now we can
crawl into bed without climbing over a mountain of
boxes, so that's progress.
Jen and I saw
Beautiful Mind this weekend with a couple
friends. It was very good, especially considering
directed it. I wasn't sure if Russell Crowe could
pull off the nerd act, but he did a splendid job.
Next, I really want to see
Evil. Yes, I realize there is a very good chance
it will suck,
If you need your daily penguin fix (and who doesn't?),
link to some cool 3D Tux wallpaper. I'm
especially fond of the one that depicts Tux sucking the
juice from an XP drinkbox.
on that page is pretty neat too.
Well, we finally moved into our new/old home. So far,
Florida is a bit rainier, colder, and gloomier than we counted
on, but I have faith it will return to the sunny,
utopian paradise we remember so fondly.
The moving process wasn't as idyllic as I
anticipated either. Of course not. Moving always
sucks, and I was silly to think it would be all
House and fun.
Without going into detail, we underestimated
about fivefold the amount of stuff we needed to move,
and ended up renting a large and expensive UHaul, barely
arriving at our house in time.
Still, it's great to see our old friends again. And our
home is starting (slowly) to shape up. I'm especially
psyched about the new office/reading room, which Jen
single-handedly covered in a nice, cozy carpet (pictures
soon!). Right now though, the house is mostly
a maze of boxes, music equipment, and ethernet
cable. Navigation through our home is not for the weak
of heart. I think there are a couple of visiting friends still lost
in the mess somewhere.
However, the important news is that cable modem service has been
successfully established in our home. Almost
unbelievably, installation on my Linux box went without a hitch (how
often does that happen?), and our home network is
making the Kessel Run in less
than 12 parsecs. Booyah.
It wasn't easy, but Jen and I are proud to have served
up regular helpings of Hackles without interruption
during our move (thank you cron).
Now that we have Internet access again, we don't plan to
break this streak. At the moment however, we are tired and
drained. We'll catch up on our pile of email, both
Hackles and private, after a well-deserved sleep (if we
can find the bed in this mess). As always, thanks for
reading our silly comic. ;)
Change is good. Jen and I are moving to sunny Gainesville,
Florida, to live among the palm trees and gators. We actually
lived there a few years ago (and loved it), but moved to
North Carolina to seek new adventures. After my company
went bust here and my band broke up, we decided to
return to our home and friends in Florida. It should be fun.
Meanwhile, we have a couple weeks of packing and moving
stuff ahead of us. We're actually taking a few insane,
18-hour road trips to move our huge collection
of crap there (hiring movers is for wimps!). There's
something that just feels right about long road trips
through the American South. Maybe it's all the
House hash browns and grits we'll be eating...
I wrote a cron
script to handle updates while we're out, so Hackles
should continue uninterrupted. And isn't that what's
Hello everyone. Just a quick update.
In comic news, Tariq De Vore of
Ban the Basics posted the
we made for him. It's a cool comic featuring a bunch of
smart kids, so check it out!
Today Drake went with me to a cool place called
The Last Unicorn. It's the
magical 5-acre dwelling of Gaines Steer, a wonderfully eccentric
dreamer, who sells antiques, stained glass windows, and wrought iron
decor, like fences and medieval-looking gates and tables. If you are
ever in the Chapel Hill, NC area it's a neat place to visit.
Well, it appears from the
that the majority (63%) of our voting readers concur with our belief in
In fact, some of you may agree with Ronny, our pal from Belgium
who thinks they work at his office ;).
Thirteen percent are unbelievers and about a quarter of
the voters just aren't sure.
Our friend Steve in Atlanta sent us this really funny
We laughed quite heartily at it.
Today is my birthday :). Drake bought me the new book
by Scott Adams. You may know him as the author of
but he's got a cool non-comic book out
called God's Debris, A Thought Experiment.
We first became intrigued by his philisophical views in the 14th Chapter of
The Dilbert Future.
You may not realize it, but this guy has some
interesting things to say about life, perception, and physics.
Stay tuned for our
due (hopefully) around the end of February!
Jeez, the last
watched haven't exactly
lifted us out of our winter blahs. They ranged from
mildly bleak to
which is normally fine- but this was getting too much
:P. On the other hand, we'd like to thank everyone who
emailed us over the last couple months- that really did
help cheer us up! Anyhow...
Have you ever seen those web pages filled with
email addresses? The idea is to give email harvesting robots
useless data, thereby polluting the mailing lists that
spammers sell to each other. I thought it was a cool
idea, and decided to write my own
scripts for doing that. They are just quick-and-dirty
perl programs, but I had some fun. Feel free to
use either script for your own site.
I actually spent more time designing my nutty
robot logo than writing
the code. What I realize now about my robot, that I
didn't while drawing it, is that it looks
suspiciously like the first
dancing robot in
Scott McCloud's "Robots Love to Dance"
comic. Sorry Scott, I think my subconscious mind
ripped you off!
Speaking of Mr. McCloud, if you are at all interested in
cartooning, I suggest you read his book
I picked it up at the library the other day, thinking it
would be a fun read, and it ended up blowing my mind.
It contains some sharp insights and
theories about comics, as well as a lot of interesting
history. Plus, Scott tells his story with a passion that
is infective. I finished the book feeling really jazzed
about this hobby that Jen and I do. Hey, that's more
most books I read.
What else is new? We made a
new banner design for anyone
who wants to link to us (It's the bottom banner with the
Slashdot colors)... pretty snazzy, no?
I found this page
of links where one may opt out of
pop-ups from various ad servers. It even includes the
company. I really hope this works...
Phantom has been hard at work, handling the layout
and lots of other stuff for our upcoming Operation Helpbook
book. It will be titled Caffeine Frenzied Coding Party, and
will basically contain our
year 2001 comics, plus an
exclusive mini-adventure we wrote for this
collection. It will be available around the end of
February in both print and a cheaper ebook form.
As I mentioned in a previous post, 100% of the profits
go toward fighting children's cancer, so we're really
happy for the chance to do this.
We updated most of our character
page images, since they were starting to look dated.
Our characters have changed quite a bit since the
beginning. Preston looks less lumpy and menacing these days. Hazel lost some
weight, while Boss Dog gained a bit more
heft. Even though we rescanned Marcus' picture at a higher
resolution, we used the same drawing as before- it's just
funny to see him so pissed off. :)
What we think is super cool is this
Roberto Muenich gave our upcoming book a whopping 5 out of 5 stars! Thanks, man!
However, since we can't really understand German, we sent the page
through the wonderous babelfish
translator and came up with this interesting review:
"The book is sharpens, after the e-Book version plays I
even with the thought me the factory still as book to add. to 50 pages
a little however all the strips on it distributed are many
sound. Hackles - Caffeine Frenzed Coding party is in each case
entfehlenswert so well to laugh could I already for a long time no
Thank you, babelfish.
Happy New Year folks. For us, 2002 is starting out... cold. Brr,
Jen and I can't stand snow!
Most of our friends from the South get excited when they
see it, but we grew up in the bitter wastelands of New
York state, and snow has lost its appeal to us...
Anyway, here are the first 2002
at friends (and my former co-workers) Phil & Linda's
intimate New Year's gathering. I ate like a pig and then
ran around with a pair of sticks and a canister of
salt. It's some sort of strange Scottish tradition- don't ask.
Jen and I have been busy working on a comic book
for h07's Operation
Helpbook project. All profits from the sales will go
towards helping kids with cancer (if you can read German,
I'm told the link to the charity can be found somewhere in
here). It's an
exciting project to be a part of, and hopefully
everything will be ready soon...
Because the h07
hackers have been such pals, we made a
special comic for
them. It's based on a gaim
conversation I had with Phantom
the other day. Apparently, cigarette machines (known as
"automats") over there aren't as accomodating as those
in the US, and have been a source of frustration to him
and other(s) in his crew... He thought it would be a good
idea for an h07 comic, and who are we to argue?
Stop whatever it is you are doing, and go see
Lord of the
Rings. Seriously. Oh yes, and a very happy
<insert religious holiday of choice>, from
the both of us!
We're back! Friday we reached our
and decided to celebrate with a complete
:P. As many of you noticed, this site was inaccessible
over the weekend, and we apologize for that.
Here's what's going on: h07's
famous madman Phantom
generously volunteered to host our website on his
thinknerd server- an
offer we couldn't pass up. Many thanks go to
Enrico and Thomas for their help with the
transition. The h07 crew are a
smart bunch of young hackers, and their English is much better than my
So, what was up with the DNS, you ask?
The rocky transition was mostly due to the unbearable
slowness and general crapiness of the free
service I tried to use. Sometimes you get what you pay
for. I ended up switching to
WorldWide DNS ($10/year)
and our troubles vanished soon thereafter. Our website now
happily lives and is accessible in Germany (thanks
again, Enrico!), so let's hope the fun can continue