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Title: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 14 May 2020, 23:27
With all the talk about the way Questionable Content has been cruising recently, I felt nostalgic enough to trawl back through the archives and locate a few of my favourite strips. I'm sure I've missed at least a couple, but gere they are in numerical order.

Executioner's Blues (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1805)
The Marten/Dora breakup sent shockwaves through the QC community, but for me, this strip is the one where it hit home. There was something about the sight of Hanners weeping that made it all very real.
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Heck of a View (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2160)
The end of a touching storyline with a funny at the end which, rather than just being there to fill the need to end on a laugh, managed to make the ending that much more poignant. A nice thing to have pulled off.
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Coffee Talk (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2324)
A turning point for Marten, as well as a defining moment for Claire.
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Auf Wiedersehen (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2515)
May has always been a bit of a ratbag, but the fact that Dale found the good heart hiding within speaks volumes for his character.
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Disassembly (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3472)
I know that most readers would have been happiest with their Faye/Bubbles ship coming in, but for me, this was the natural destination of Bubbles' introductory character arc and the moment that made me happiest.
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That is all. Please share your favourite strips. It'll be interesting to see.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 14 May 2020, 23:53
Coffee talk is kind of the start of their real relationship,  isn't it?
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 15 May 2020, 01:12
Pretty much.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: jwhouk on 15 May 2020, 07:13
There are many strips of which I like, or found highly amusing. (The "Music+Science=Sexy" (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=126) strip was what actually drew me in to the comic originally.)

But, when it comes right down to it, this is the strip I like the most: 2316 - Crowdsourced (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2316)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Mr_Rose on 15 May 2020, 07:32
$1.89 Drill Press still cracks me up
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: non-aardvark on 18 May 2020, 15:42
New member here, and I have 49 strips saved to disk, meaning they are my favourites. They start at 117, Dora telling Faye there will be precious little of her chastity left, and end at 3200, Skullmaster misspeaking about Skullmaster's dietary requirements. Wow, that's really out of date: I had no idea I was so far behind in my collection. In the last week or so I've been through the lot, again, taking notes, and I find I keep crying most at 3403, when Spookybot assures Bubbles she has people who care about her.

Which are more favourite? The purely funny ones like 951 Pintsize's wacky antics jumping the shark and 1298 Momo's introduction, where she can shoot live eels; or the touching studies of character, like Dora's sad look in 1586 when Hannelore is saying how she wanted to be normal, or at least a normal space princess on Mars?

2159 a happy Hannelore looking down on Earth - 2424 Dora apparently forgetting Mieville - 2490 Emily making beetle fingers - 3472 the gentle smile when Bubbles asks for help taking off her armour - 4032 May hugging Roko in gratitude.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 18 May 2020, 22:23
The one where the Faye/Marten tension got resolved completely with a hair-tussle.

Faye and Bubbles's exchange of vows.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Mr_Rose on 23 May 2020, 07:39
3763 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3763)
Bubbles shows she is a master of all forms of combat.
Also, Fayes and Martens reactions
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Carl-E on 03 Jun 2020, 22:49
Generally when there's something that shows how a character has grown in some way.  This falls in with Bubbles' de-armoring, but the first one that really got to me was Hanners cutting loose one cold winter's night...

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Something about the look on her face.  "Unbridled Joy" is the term, I think.  Not something she comes by easily, if ever. 
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 04 Jun 2020, 00:34
Those are the types of stripes I like as well. That is a great example.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: snubnose on 08 Jun 2020, 04:54
My favorite is still this one: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=79
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Zebediah on 08 Jun 2020, 05:43
I think my favorite is still #1416 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1416).

“My name is Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham. I end messes.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: DSL on 12 Jun 2020, 11:53
I printed out a copy of 1734  (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1734)and kept it in my desk at work. And then I left it there when I quit.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: hedgie on 12 Jun 2020, 12:08
The current one is certainly high up on the list, for Bubbles' facial expressions if nothing else.  All the others, though, seem to focus around Hanners and/or Momo, both of whom seem suspiciously absent lately.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gyrre on 21 Jun 2020, 22:10
Today's (Monday, June 22nd, 2020) is definitely amongst them.

One of the other's I can think of off hand is the one where May finds out Momo considers her to be a friend. Along with Roko's introductory strips, Faye decking Corpsewitch, and Corpsewitch finding out her safety plan for Bubbles is gone.

Oh! Also the one where Elliot is imagining Hanners as a friendship fairy.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: DaiJB on 05 Jul 2020, 23:45
If I want a laugh, I always go back to #3525:
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It's just so utterly slapstick - Clinton, with a hilarious combination of keen perception and utter social ineptitude manages to wedge his foot firmly in his mouth, while a flustered Bubbles, on the back foot, resorts to low-to-mid-level violence to get her point across...   :laugh: 

( Jeph's comments help too  :-D )
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 12 Jul 2020, 15:21
Sorry, I know I'm a bit late on this.

For humor, I'm a fan of 2550 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2550 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2550)); however, I think the one that embodies the spirit of QC most effectively is 2554 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2554 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2554)).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 12 Jul 2020, 18:19
Never too late. Indeed, someone's favourite strip may not have even been drawn yet.

THIS THREAD IS ETERNAL
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: tbodt on 13 Jul 2020, 20:53
My favorite is #3425 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3425).

Ass Swordsman Tetsuo
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 13 Jul 2020, 20:56
My favorite is #3425 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3425).

Ass Swordsman Tetsuo

Not only is that comic hilarious, I think that the note at the bottom of this comic is oddly the funniest Jeph has ever written.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Farideh on 14 Jul 2020, 00:49
I always find myself laughing at the practice wedding speech (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2401)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Farideh on 14 Jul 2020, 01:01
And the one where Yay turns their name into a pun to make Roko twitch (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4043)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Sorflakne on 14 Jul 2020, 22:12
I came across this forgotten gem (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2126) while going down a random thread.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 15 Jul 2020, 01:34
I was just hitting the random button and wow, the end of this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=615) from when Marten and Dora had just started going out plays very differently post-Claire.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Farideh on 15 Jul 2020, 01:47
Hooo, yeah :/
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: the silent firefly on 15 Jul 2020, 14:16
this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3079) always makes me giggle for extended periods
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Sorflakne on 15 Jul 2020, 21:54
Sometimes you're all thumbs. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1498) 

I miss when the comic was random like this. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1500)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: dutchrvl on 17 Jul 2020, 10:12
Rediscovered this one: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1533
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 17 Jul 2020, 14:06
I just rediscovered this gem. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3898) I love me some tasty incidentally harvested beef.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Mr_Rose on 17 Jul 2020, 15:10
Dang, howd I miss this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3894)? Both Fayes description and Jephs tag line at the bottom.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: N.N. Marf on 18 Jul 2020, 02:09
Off the top of my head, I remember the one about privacy for it's own sake (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1796).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Theta9 on 18 Jul 2020, 12:17
I want to hear Barry's whole story. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3218)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 19 Jul 2020, 21:00
I put it in the milk (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3078)

Eels (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3353)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 19 Jul 2020, 22:11
That milk strip just reminds me of my annoyance from my younger days of being told I'd 'slept through breakfast.'

Breakfast is your first meal of the day. It's impossible to sleep through it. By definition. *grumble*
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 19 Jul 2020, 22:30
Also on my favorites list is the beetles one. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2490)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: cybersmurf on 20 Jul 2020, 01:30
I've always liked 3399 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3399) because of the puny looking gun and how the monster disintegrates. It looks like someone knows what a failing GPU looks like.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gyrre on 21 Jul 2020, 09:05
I was just hitting the random button and wow, the end of this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=615) from when Marten and Dora had just started going out plays very differently post-Claire.

People change over time.

Edit to avoid double posting
Off the top of my head, I remember the one about privacy for it's own sake (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1796).
Exactly. It's the principle of the matter.

Which is exactly what I tell people when I'm told Inshould somehow just rollover and accept that my government spies on me.
Fuck that.
I'm an adult. I'm not doing anything illegal. Privacy is a right. Butt out.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: N.N. Marf on 29 Jul 2020, 01:36
I want to hear Barry's whole story. (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3218)
Yes. As embellished by Jimbo.

I'm an adult. I'm not doing anything illegal. Privacy is a right. Butt out.
Exactly. And the fact that, in some governments, you might be breaking the law without knowing it. For example, I know there are people that consider the united states america (stet!) to be relatively free, but I read somewhere that there are 10,000 things you could be doing that are illegal (I think that article was about how you shouldn't ever talk to the police, because they'll find something you "confessed" to). If you haven't read and completely understood the entirety of the written laws of the government that might force itself onto you, you can't be sure that you're not breaking it's laws. And then there are governments that outlaw some things that affect only the "perpetrators" (prostitution, drugs, etc) (https://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,34683.0.html).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: pwhodges on 29 Jul 2020, 02:25
And then there are governments that outlaw some things that affect only the "perpetrators" (prostitution, drugs, etc).

Well, it's not quite that simple.  For instance, the mis-use of drugs can lead to self-harm which imposes a cost on the society which then picks you up and cares for you (though admittedly some don't do all that much in that regard).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 29 Jul 2020, 02:32
Not to mention the human trafficking concerns surrounding prostitution; or the way many of them are coerced into it, even without being transported across the continent.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: N.N. Marf on 04 Aug 2020, 01:05
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Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 04 Aug 2020, 07:42
Edit: spoilered off topic reply.
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Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 04 Aug 2020, 09:12
Global Moderator Comment Hello. We want to be flexible about topic drift, but this has gotten extreme and I just got a complaint about it. I see at least two possible new threads for DISCUSS sprouting here.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 04 Aug 2020, 12:51
Understood. Will cease and desist.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: 厚目眠子 on 05 Aug 2020, 10:40
I like thinking through little things (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2517).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Wingy on 05 Aug 2020, 15:06
https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3564 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3564) (What's the situation!?!) and https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3567 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3567) (It's psychosomatic.  Shut up!) both tickle my funny bone.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Carl-E on 05 Aug 2020, 21:11
Been there, done that.   (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1276)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 05 Aug 2020, 22:17
My wife loved that one. She wondered how Jeph could have written it if he didn't know what it was like firsthand, and wondered how he could ever get anything done if his mind did work like that.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: cybersmurf on 06 Aug 2020, 06:19
It's probably some sort of daydreaming (at least I think so). And I slip into daydreaming like that every now and then, and it's basically a micro-vacation for my brain, or some serious overthinking.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: dutchrvl on 07 Aug 2020, 06:48
For some reason I always continue to laugh for minutes when reading #3600 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3600)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Aug 2020, 05:27
I guess it's time to throw my hat in here, too then.

Brun's introduction arc. From the get-go.[1]
[I've worked retail and food service. I'm not someone who's meant to.]

There's also this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3376)[2] where Jeph explains a bit of the post-Singularity A.I. substrate and shows us what it looks like, and sets up Yay, as well as being a key part of the Fighting Ring/Lost Memories arc. My other favorites from this very bingeable arc[3] are The Punch (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3365), ,[url=https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3370]The Dangling Blade], [url=https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3395]Please Be Safe (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3331). So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3403), and of course Crows Com Home (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3405). Oh, and Hello Again (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3412).
And here are some of my favorite little snippets from the arc; "I thought I heard a raccoon", 'burn the witch', "Plan C", and "OrbitalRailgun justice", "Please sit down." "That's probably bad." "Whether through malice or incompetence" "No. But I will go on." "I choose to have faith." "[A]n eternity in our care."
Eels (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3353) is another good one
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 13 Aug 2020, 14:43
I found this one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3859) and looked at the discussion for that week. Not one person made the "bar exam" pun. I'm disappointed.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 14 Aug 2020, 05:24
The pun is there, but how to get a joke over the line with it is not immediately obvious. But now's your chance!  :claireface:

Okaaaay.... "bar exam" pun.... aaaaand.... go.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Thrudd on 14 Aug 2020, 05:41
Bar exam is when you are trying to figure out if its a Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers or worse yet an Oh Henry, Baby Ruth, or [reference to caddy shack]
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 14 Aug 2020, 07:30
The bar exam is when they put a candidate bartender behind the bar, have them properly pour every drink the bar offers, and then blindfold them, to identify each and everyone by taste. If they pass satisfactorily there, the final part is crucial: the candidate has to leave the bar, to join the hiring party at a table. If they manage in an upright position, without clambering over the bar, or crawling underneath it, they have passed the bar, and can be considered for hiring. Certain establishments further require a demonstration of proficiency with attributes crucial to the bar's theme. This may be organised as a competitive event.

That's how I imagine this could have gone down, with Brun.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 14 Aug 2020, 12:37
My chronic inability to know when I'm being messed with springs up once again.

A bar exam is a test taken by a wannabe lawyer to validate them to practice law. Maybe you all know that and are just putting me on? Better safe than sorry, though.

Admittedly, it's not a fantastic pun. It just immediately sprang to mind when I saw that strip.

Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 14 Aug 2020, 13:29
The bar exam, passing the bar, as in being allowed to represent clients in a court of law, sure, we know.

It was set up, we ran with it, is all. Nothing specifically aimed at you, just having fun and messing about.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 15 Aug 2020, 01:44
My chronic inability to know when I'm being messed with springs up once again.

The bar exam, passing the bar, as in being allowed to represent clients in a court of law, sure, we know.

It was set up, we ran with it, is all. Nothing specifically aimed at you, just having fun and messing about.

Yes, what Cornelius said. I just put the post out there hoping that someone else would come up with some clever jokes using the "bar exam" pun. I figured there was a good chance someone would deliver. :)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 24 Aug 2020, 21:31
I'm very late on this, but...

Creepy fetishes aside, anyone recall the strip in which Pintsize predicts the distant future? (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2262)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 31 Aug 2020, 04:08
I was flicking through the archive (as you do), and remembered just how much I LOVE this one.

What is the situation? (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3564)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: cybersmurf on 11 Sep 2020, 12:09
Colleagues of mine joke about opening a Dner shack should our company fail. I've been thinking about brewing my own beer, and QC just gave me ideas about naming, specifically 1465 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1465). And then there's that one Brun having a beer (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3342) episode.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Thrudd on 14 Sep 2020, 06:54
Yikes that first one has such very different translations depending on just one S  :psyduck:
As for the second one ...... would go over well with Goths, Forsaken, Necromancers and the corporeal undead with any sense of taste. :evil:

As for bakeries one that sicks in my mind is a little around the corner breakfastNook-bakery in downtown Ottawa called "House of the Rising Bun" ... so many bad puns. :facepalm:
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Carl-E on 15 Sep 2020, 06:20
There is a house in Ottawa
they call the rising bun,
and it's been the ruin of many an AI,
and God, I know, I'm one




Sorry, these things just happen. 
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: tbodt on 15 Sep 2020, 18:49
Yikes that first one has such very different translations depending on just one S  :psyduck:

What are the different translations?
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: hedgie on 15 Sep 2020, 20:04
As for the second one ...... would go over well with Goths, Forsaken, Necromancers and the corporeal undead with any sense of taste. :evil:

That does sound like my kind of beer.  I wouldn't mind a full keg of the stuff.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Cornelius on 16 Sep 2020, 05:43
We have a thread (https://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,33544.0.html) trying to find out how to make it. Maybe we should give it a try?
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Thrudd on 16 Sep 2020, 07:26
Yikes that first one has such very different translations depending on just one S  :psyduck:
What are the different translations?

One is a reference to the act of welding spheres
The other refers to perspiration from male gonads
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This hearkens back to a review of early Australian table wines  ....
A prize winning 'Cuiver Reserve Chateau Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga', which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: cybersmurf on 16 Sep 2020, 09:32
Yikes that first one has such very different translations depending on just one S  :psyduck:
What are the different translations?

One is a reference to the act of welding spheres
The other refers to perspiration from male gonads
This hearkens back to a review of early Australian table wines  ....
A prize winning 'Cuiver Reserve Chateau Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga', which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.

Sorry to disappoint, but technically, it's both written with a ''.


Given the brewery is called "Mistake Brewery", I do believe JJ wanted to go for the "Mistake Brewery Ball Sweat" variant, although the "Kugel" is not that kind of ball (we call them eggs).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Thrudd on 16 Sep 2020, 09:52
See!
This is what happens when you don't practice a second language for extended periods of time.
My other excuse is that the standard character set doesn't do the German sharp s so people and some translation programs use a double s
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: pwhodges on 16 Sep 2020, 16:04
My other excuse is that the standard character set doesn't do the German sharp s so people and some translation programs use a double s

Um, the "standard" character set is Unicode which certainly includes !  As does the old Windows CP-1252 character set and the ANSI Latin-1 set long standard for browsers.  Only the prehistoric 7-bit [US] ASCII set doesn't...  The problem really is not whether the character is there, but knowing how to type it!

I use a Windows add-on called WizKey which provides readily remembered key sequences for a large number of characters (and you can add custom ones) - using that I can either type "ctrl-; s" for , or hit the control key twice to bring up a menu with all the options on it:

(https://cassland.org/images/QC/wizkeymenu.jpg)
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: snubnose on 17 Sep 2020, 05:40
See!
This is what happens when you don't practice a second language for extended periods of time.
My other excuse is that the standard character set doesn't do the German sharp s so people and some translation programs use a double s
Well, for the record, for some reason according to current german orthography rules, as defined by the Duden staff, the "" is discontinued and you're supposed to write "ss" instead all the time now.

Which is sometimes a big problem because for example german "Masse" means "mass" while "Mae" means "measurements". And yes both words are spelled slightly differently.

The umlauts "" are still in full use though.

Frankly I think the Duden staff is a bit nuts for all these new rules they introduced for no good reason. I mostly just ignore them. And the german keyboard hasnt been changed and still offers "" as a direct key just fine.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: hedgie on 17 Sep 2020, 08:05
I use a Windows add-on called WizKey which provides readily remembered key sequences for a large number of characters (and you can add custom ones) - using that I can either type "ctrl-; s" for , or hit the control key twice to bring up a menu with all the options on it:

I'm surprised that you still need an addon for that.  I remember having to hold alt and then type in some number for the accented letters that we had in my Spanish class, and was so relieved when I got my first Mac, and most of the "special" characters were far more intuitive.  The compose key on Linux makes even more sense.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: pwhodges on 17 Sep 2020, 08:50
Agreed.  Back in the 1980s, the Norwegian computer company Norsk Data had a word processor (NOTIS-WP) and terminals (a couple of Tandberg models) with a dedicated "supershift" key which enabled the composition of all European diacritics.  WizKey provides the closest to that experience that I have found on Windows - I mean "ctrl-: a" for or "ctrl-- o" for ō is hardly arduous.  But WizKey also gives easy access to the whole of Unicode - it's handy for me sometimes to be able to insert Katakana characters pretty simply as well.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 17 Sep 2020, 15:14
I use a Windows add-on called WizKey which provides readily remembered key sequences for a large number of characters (and you can add custom ones) - using that I can either type "ctrl-; s" for , or hit the control key twice to bring up a menu with all the options on it:

I'm surprised that you still need an addon for that.  I remember having to hold alt and then type in some number for the accented letters that we had in my Spanish class, and was so relieved when I got my first Mac, and most of the "special" characters were far more intuitive.  The compose key on Linux makes even more sense.

The addon looks useful, but you don't need it. Install an international keyboard and type right-alt-s.

<-- produced on windows 10 by following the steps above.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: hedgie on 17 Sep 2020, 15:20
Aah.  Interesting.  I haven't really used Windows since the G4 came out, so I'm not very familiar with the modern state of things.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: cybersmurf on 17 Sep 2020, 16:12
See!
This is what happens when you don't practice a second language for extended periods of time.
My other excuse is that the standard character set doesn't do the German sharp s so people and some translation programs use a double s

Yes, unfortunately, you're right. Any language you don't use degrades within two years to "I can't create a straight sentence anymore", and within five "I only understand half what they're saying".

Technically, the is correctly substituted by 'sz', not 'ss'.


 
See!
This is what happens when you don't practice a second language for extended periods of time.
My other excuse is that the standard character set doesn't do the German sharp s so people and some translation programs use a double s
Well, for the record, for some reason according to current german orthography rules, as defined by the Duden staff, the "" is discontinued and you're supposed to write "ss" instead all the time now.

Which is sometimes a big problem because for example german "Masse" means "mass" while "Mae" means "measurements". And yes both words are spelled slightly differently.

Apparently the Germans are dismantling their own language. Masse amd Mae are pronounced differently, Masse has a short a (and ss), while Mae has a longer a. 'ss' and '' were meant to distinguish this spoken difference, at least according to the spelling reform in the early 2000s.


For the record: my native language is German, but the Germans would probably disagree. Austrian German uses some differing vocabulary, but the worst thing - especially for learners - we tend to put stress more towards the end of the word instead of the beginning, and by that change in rhythm and melody, coupled with "non-standard vocabulary" could already throw you off easily, if we didn't have our own dialects/accents.


Anyways, I think we derailed the topic of this thread enough. Either we make a new post for all of this, or you send me a DM.

It would be funny though (at least to me), if we got some relative of Faye, but stuck in perms-redneck language...
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: pwhodges on 18 Sep 2020, 01:51
<-- produced on windows 10 by following the steps above.

But how many characters are that simple?  Also, what you can do varies according to national keyboard choice.  On my UK keyboard, AltGr s does not produce , but AltGr and a vowel generates an acute accent ; however, that doesn't work on a US keyboard.  And so on.  Having a uniform way to type all European diacritic characters is good - and I can't conceive why it hasn't been in Windows for the past 25 years!
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 18 Sep 2020, 02:50
Also, what you can do varies according to national keyboard choice.
I'm pretty sure that's the design goal of national keyboards.
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Having a uniform way to type all European diacritic characters is good - and I can't conceive why it hasn't been in Windows for the past 25 years!
The alt codes have been...
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 18 Sep 2020, 03:27
<-- produced on windows 10 by following the steps above.

But how many characters are that simple?  Also, what you can do varies according to national keyboard choice.  On my UK keyboard, AltGr s does not produce , but AltGr and a vowel generates an acute accent ; however, that doesn't work on a US keyboard.  And so on.  Having a uniform way to type all European diacritic characters is good - and I can't conceive why it hasn't been in Windows for the past 25 years!

Just as a reminder, I did say that the addon looks useful. I was merely responding to the assertion that you could not do it in Windows at all.

And, yes, obviously it varies based on keyboard choice, which is why my instructions included a specific keyboard installation. While I was studying French, I had a French keyboard installed which I would switch to in order to insert accented characters.

Edit: Here you go:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/306560/how-to-use-the-united-states-international-keyboard-layout-in-windows
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Starla!! on 14 Oct 2020, 11:44
A relatively recent one...http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4187 (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4187)

Love the pained grimaces throughout, and the one-eyed sidewise glances. Faye's line in the last panel just cracks me up every time I read it.  :-D
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Tova on 14 Oct 2020, 13:25
Good pick -- welcome!
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gnabberwocky on 14 Oct 2020, 13:42
A relatively recent one...http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4187 (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4187)

Love the pained grimaces throughout, and the one-eyed sidewise glances. Faye's line in the last panel just cracks me up every time I read it.  :-D
Another good Faye/Claire interaction (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2448).

Avoiding double posting: This one (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2588) cracks me up every time.

Triple post: Perfect timing (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3445) (I love the follow-up (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3446) as well).
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Dolphin Jack on 08 Nov 2020, 22:39
Probly obvius I do liking the namsake (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3211). and the caracter!
I do liking "filer" or "geust" strips. Also "story resting" eg bembo or the angery bird, but not when boreing ie green backround.
Title: Re: Favourite Strips
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Nov 2020, 08:03
Probly obvius I do liking the namsake (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3211). and the caracter!
I do liking "filer" or "geust" strips. Also "story resting" eg bembo or the angery bird, but not when boreing ie green backround.

And I just read through the entirety of Brun's intro arc.

BTW, seems I need to correct how I say her name in my brain. 'Broon' (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3222) dropped diacritic confirmed.