Just ran across this purported webcomic called Surviving the World. I say “purported” webcomic because drawing is seldom involved. Mostly it involves writing on blackboards and then taking a picture of it. I found it through a blog I follow called Belgianwaffle, through one of those strange and wonderful connections that crop up on the interwebs surprisingly often — to get to such this site from a blog written by a married-with-children Irish woman who used to live in Belgium — not that I have any objection to any of the adjectives or nouns I used to describe that blog’s author — it’s just an interesting destination to have reached in a single link.
It is a case in point for an interesting phenomenon. The interwebs takes the phrase “You can’t get there from here.” and turns it on its ear. On the interwebs, you can get to anythere from anyhere and frequently do*. (Webs are like that.) From time to time, I play a game I call “Follow the Link,” which is the interweb equivalent of playing “free association” with the universe. Never mind Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (or Separation, as you prefer), it’s interesting to see where you can get to from where ever “here” is and what of interest you might find along the way (this from a child who would pick a volume of the encyclopedia to thumb through).
Anyway, I digress. I did want to do a post about “Surviving the World” because it is funny, and witty, and its perpetrator assumes you have a working brain and know how to use it. (I’ve pretty much had my fill of sophomoric humor, thank you.) There are some “in jokes” which assume you have gone to college or know enough about college life to “get” them, not surprising in a person who probably had to spent about 8 years in college in order to acquire his doctorate. He does tend to take a “scientific” tack to arrive at the punch line using such means as graphs, Venn diagrams and flow charts, but that’s also why I like XKCD. You can’t subvert the process to your own ends unless you understand how the process works.
The author, Dante Shepherd, is a self-described geek who freely admits to having a Ph.D. in engineering. However, you don’t have to be a geek to get the humor. It’s readily accessible to any reasonably intelligent member of the species. This is, after all, a man who has a Treeing Walker Coonhound which he named “German.” He also has a wife and a cat, which opens up the possibility of many interesting Venn diagrams in and of itself.
Here are some selected examples that give you an idea of what’s on offer. Dr. Shepherd is the individual in the bill cap and lab coat pictured at right. This first example greatly increased his street cred with yrs trly.
This next is the post that Mrs. Waffle so kindly directed our attention to. (The Waffles also have a cat.)
The look on the cat’s face is priceless. The cat’s name is “Sprite.”
The humor is a little quirky, I’ll grant you, but no more so than you’d expect from a man with a cat, a dog, a wife and a Ph.D. in engineering.
It is from Surviving the World that I arrived here: