Suds Nuns is not trending on Google. Yet. It’s possible no one really wants to see what the search results will be. We’ll have to take Opus’ work for it.

I have to say it’s bizarre to see Bloom County just . . . reappear like this, as if it hadn’t been gone for a quarter of a century. It looks just like it did before. All right, Gary Larson, your turn. Please. There’s not a day I look at the replacement to “Far Side” and remember what we lost. Here’s a strip from a few days ago that includes one of the stalwart mainstays of “Close to Home” - an inability to render drapes without making them look like a shroud wrapped around a human torso.

Let us also marvel at the construction of the scene, which demands we imagine an eye exam where the patient sits six feet to the left of the chart. It also requires that you forget the real reason pirates wore a patch. It had nothing to do with blindness in one eye. They kept one eye in the dark so when they went below decks, possibly to do some fighting, yar, they could flip the patch and the previously obscured eye would already have adjusted to the darkness.

And then there’s the fact that the eye chart doesn’t even look like an eye chart. They start with big letters, the ones you feel a bit annoyed for having to identify - of course I can see those, c’mon - and then they move down to tiny letters that spell “U R B L N D,” more or less.

HISTORY News you can use: a mosaic in a fifth-century synagogue may depict Alexander the Great. It’s interesting for various reasons, but don’t expect a lifelike portrait; it’s a mosaic, which is a few steps above LEGO for rendering fine details, and Alex had been dead for seven hundred years. But this note in the Daily Mail - yes, yes, I know, but at least it's not "ancient mosaic shows Katy Perry in a UFO?" - is interesting:

This summer, more of the floor has been uncovered, including a dedicatory inscription, figures, animals and mythological creatures arranged symmetrically around it. These include winged cupids holding roundels with theatre masks, muscular male figures wearing trousers who support a garland, a rooster, and male and female faces in a wreath encircling the inscription.  Cupids, called putti and masks are associated with the god Dionysos or Bacchus, who was the Greco-Roman god of wine and theatre performances, Professor Magness explained.

Bacchus? In a synagogue? The Cult surrounding the Party God was controversial, and bizarre even by Roman standards. It’s like finding Mithras in an Medieval church.

VotD "Who would ever listen to a recording of me? What are you going to do, put it on Youtube?”

”Yeah, I was kind of planning on it."


FICTION six-word technology problem stories. Link! (SWIDT?)

THE LAST GRUGER has a list of last names that are about to go extinct. Fewer than 50 people, for example, are named Gruger or Portendorfer. Meh. You could fit all the people with my last name at the long table at Perkins.