We apologize - no comic
today. Jen's computer kept crashing, and the
comic was a particularly difficult one to finish. We'll
definitely have it up by Thursday though. We hope the
new year is treating you right, and we'll see you in a
Sorry, no new comic today.
Happy New Year everyone! May you all be healthy and
happy this year. Unfortunately, Drake and I are not so healthy right
now. I have a nagging cold and he has a nasty flu. So in lieu of
posting a comic today, we're going to rest up and concentrate on
feeling better as we ring in 2004. Best wishes to all!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our
friends, family, and readers. I hope you all have a
happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. I got a great
surprise this morning when I went out to feed the fish
in my pond. Drake and I had put a Plecostomus in there
before we knew that it might get too cold for this species to
survive the winter, and we couldn't catch this elusive
fish. I didn't see him in a long time and I thought
the cold might have gotten the best of him. But I saw
him briefly this morning when I moved some duckweed
out of the way and he was four times bigger than when
he went in the pond! All the other fish are doing well
I saw the movie Elf
the other night and it was surprisingly funny. Will
Ferrell can get into the craziest characters and be
completely believable. I'd probably make a good elf,
since their four main food groups are candy, candy
canes, candy corn, and syrup. Add chocolate and I'm in
Have fun and enjoy the last of 2003.
Sorry, no comic for today. Jen
is vacationing in Buffalo, NY for a week, and there was
no way we could get a cartoon ready. We will be back on
We are slowly catching up on our email - apologies to all of you who
have written to us and still have not received a response. I deleted
over a thousand SPAMs yesterday... ugh.
Some of our German readers created a site,
hackles.de, which will host German
translations of our comic. There had been other attempts to translate
our comics into German, but this site has a great look, and it seems
like they definitely have their act together. Since Jen and I still
can't read German, we can't really verify the translations, and
so the site will have to remain a sort of unofficial
comrade. However it is a wonderful and endearing
gesture, and we appreciate all the work. Thanks, Roger
and the rest of the hackles.de team!
Our pal Ronny from Belgium sent us a
to the big matchup between Danish chess grandmaster
Peter Heine Nielsen
and the distributed ChessBrain.Net
project. We think it's a very cool idea.
the chessbrain PeerNode software to participate. I'll be rooting for the
The weather is finally cooling off here in muggy Florida, and I've
been celebrating by running like a madman. I'm training
for a half
marathon (13.1 miles) in the middle of December, and
then another one
in Key West at the end of January. Running is an amazing antidote for
sitting in front of a computer all day and eating super-sized junk
food - I lost over 30 pounds since May, and I didn't even have to
change my crappy diet :). So to all of you overweight geeks: get out
there and run! Accept no
Finally, you know all those silly
and Flash cartoons your
co-workers are always playing in the office? Jen and I just discovered
there is one place where you
can see them all. Maybe this is a widely known fact; we didn't
know. Anyway, there are many hours to be wasted there...
Today's comic will be posted a
little late. Meanwhile, don't forget to check out
Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon! Oh what fun.
Readers Jessica Hanmeier
and Janko Luin saw my humble
anti-SPAM perl scripts and decided to
version in PHP. Here is
- you are encouraged to host the script on your own site
or link to theirs. Do your part to fight SPAM - it feels
Hooray, Jen just got back from her San Francisco trip!
She had a great time, but lost her voice after
non-stop chatting during her 40 hour drive home
;-). So now we can continue posting comics... business
I just got my new
camera in the mail. It's a
Minolta DiMAGE Xt,
and it is impressively tiny (it's supposed to be the
world's smallest 3 Megapixel digital camera). I love it.
Due to the diminuitive flash, the pictures it takes are
a little on the dark
side, and they aren't exactly "professional"
quality, but I don't mind. I carry so much stuff in my
pockets (cell phone, beeper, keys, etc.), the only thing
I require in a camera is smallness.
Quick links: Looks like my
place of employment
made it to Slashdot :P. Oh well. A lot of you may have
seen this before, but a friend sent me a link to these
Watchers recipe cards from 1974, and I
mightily. I then followed links to a
more sites featuring
aliments, and I had to wonder how anyone in
this country could muster the appetite to eat American
food before 1980.
Well, I'm leaving tomorrow to drive from California to
Florida, and with limited access to a computer, there will
be no new strips this
This Saturday, I saw my friend
Blue play in a
show here in San Francisco. it rocked. I've met so many
nice, warm, friendly people here. This has
been one of the best trips I've ever had. Thanks
(No new comic). Hello everyone. I'm in
right now. I'm having fun in this beautiful city, but
limited computer access is preventing me from finishing
today's comic. If you've never been to San Francisco,
the guy sitting next to me on the airplane gave me the
best advice, "Always bring a sweater." It feels like all
four seasons in one day here. The morning is warm yet
brisk like spring, then it's as hot as summer, turning
into a nice fall afternoon, until the icy wind chills
I'll be driving back cross country next week
with my friend Michele, but I'll do my best to bring you a Hackles
while I'm away from home. If not, I'll post some pictures when I get
home. May you all be well fed, warm, and happy.
Sorry, no comic today. Since
fall semester started at the University where I am
employed, I've been slammed with work. These
days, I can't even to sit down for 10 minutes to eat a
plate of spaghetti, without my cell phone ringing
about some emergency I have to deal with.
So, sorry about the increasing flakiness of our comic
schedule. We're doing the best we can. And as far as
email goes, I know we have a large que from you guys
that we still need to read and answer. Hopefully, we can
catch up a bit over the weekend.
In the meantime, if you're looking for some funny, check out
this great review
of Star Wars action figures that my brother sent
me. Should I feel embarrased that I actually know who
General Madine was?