There has been a delay in new postage, simply because I have been searching (and interviewing) looking for new employment quite assiduously.

I have now found said employment, the traditional making and accepting of offers is complete, and I can now relax…


No, now I can plan my assault upon my new employer, dedicated to showing that I am the chosen one, the new employee that will make them say to themselves, “Shit dawg, why didn’t we hire that (&*%^& two years ago?”

Or at least impress them enough that I am not let go before my probation period is over.


Stress. Yes, stress. Not “living through an earthquake” stress, or “My state just got hit by a hurricane and I’ve been cut off from food, water, plumbing and electricity for 5 days, hand me the shotgun I’m gonna loot the Wal-Mart” stress, but stress just the same.

I’ve had some posts I’ve wanted to write. But all of them, at their heart, were pretty angry rants directed at people whose attitudes have been irritating me lately, and in the interest of following the inspiration of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, I have therefore been saying to myself, “Don’t blog angry. Don’t blog angry!”

Will I post a real post again soon? Indubitably!

But until that day (which may come later this week), I will leave you with this link.

Out of the blue, I stumbled on the Hijinks Ensue webcomic, and I’ve been browsing through their archives. A rich, meaty banquet of hilarity doth indeed ensue within.

There are moments of genius, but I love love LOVE the accompanying text post that went with this comic.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I love it when a practical joke comes together.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I shall return to my idle moments of browsing webcomics while waiting for my mental equilibrium to return without the addition of lithium or librium, thank you very much.

The BBB Girl Genius Contest!

To celebrate the release of Agatha H and the Airship City by Kaja and Phil Foglio, I’m going to have a little contest.

You can’t have a contest without some kind of prize, so here’s what the lucky winner will receive;

Girl Genius Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank, in softcover!

The first volume of the awesome Girl Genius webcomic; the perfect synthesis of Johannes Gutenberg’s mad science creation and the Foglios’ mad science imaginings, brought directly into your home!

Why, the very act should feel slightly edgy!

But enough about the prize, how do you, the reader, go about obtaining this classic of modern iMADgination?

It’s quite simple… deceptively so.

You have to bring your own mad genius into play!

Using your imagination, and whatever artistic talents you may have, bring your favorite character creation and the concept of mad science together… and then send your juxtaposition of imagination to me here at the Big Bear Butt. (email to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com)

It’s not about World of Warcraft, although you can use your favorite character from WoW if you’d like. It’s not about screenshots, although you can choose to submit one if that’s what the mad little neurons drove you to do when they got all excited up in your cranial housing.

What it takes is a character, an avatar, an alter ego of yours from a game or story of some kind, and your placing that character into a context highlighting and celebrating the whimsical genius and enthusiastic inventiveness that is mad science.

You can send in screenshots, short stories, movies (or links to movies posted by you on YouTube), songs, pictures of sculpture or knitted scenes, or anything your mind can imagine and that you would love to show off. The main thing is, it has to have been created by YOU.

Heck, create a cake sculpture and send in a picture, whatever you’d like. It’s not meant to be work, it’s meant to be fun! How your creativity is expressed is up to you!

I will gladly accept screenshots or pastiches of your character in-game amidst the panoply of rendered mad science… bless those gnomes and goblins for their hard work.

I will accept all submissions , beginning today and lasting throughout the week, ending on Friday, January 21st.

The weekend of January 22nd – 23rd, Cassie and I will review all submissions, and pick our favorites to go up on the blog for YOUR votes!

That’s right, the final winner will be determined by you! Well, the collective ‘you’ of readers that choose to vote.

So put your best set of thinking goggles on, and get hopping! Time is running out!

Again, email your submission (or a link to your submission) to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com!

The BBB would like to inform all potential contestants that this contest is being held completely under the direction and control of the BBB. Prizes are submitted by the BBB, shipped by the BBB, and any issues are wholly the fault OF the BBB. Phil and Kaja Foglio are completely unaware of this contest, and should not be bothered with any questions or concerns ABOUT this contest. Failure to understand this may result in being blasted by a death ray. Thank you.

Happy Girl Genius Day!

It’s January 12th, and that makes it the official Girl Genius Day!

I hope you’re wearing your goggles, because this could end up being a most dangerous day… for science!

Didja see that they’ve got a new book out? Like, a book book, not a picture book? Cool, huh?

But more importantly… Happy Birthday, Kaja Foglio! Thank you for the many, many hours of delight.

Ever since the first time I saw their work in Dragon Magazine, (and if you never got a chance to read Dragon Magazine during the height of TSR’s glory days, I’m sorry), and then after that the illustrated MythAdventures books, I loved the Foglios.

Such joy! Such fun! Such naughty mad science!

Just knowing it’s Girl Genius Day today is going to put a spring in my step.

Hmm… spring assisted shoes to put a bounce in my step. That’s a good start, but if I added air cylinders with a 35mm stroke to each one for some assisted pushing, then I’ll need an air compressor and a manifold to power and distribute air to the cylinders, gotta get the framework on the shoes, I’ll need some rebar and C strut for that, where’s my welder, gotta get some bigger boots for this, ones with straps to handle the thrust, ooh, and I’ll need power for the compressor, better add a motor, I’ll put that on a backpack frame to distribute the weight…

Minion! My tools! Where’s the spanner?

Now THIS was my ROFLMAO moment of 2011

MMO Champion linked to the Daily Blink today, and reminded me that somehow I lost that link when I changed computers.

So, after truly enjoying the bunny poster… (awww, cute!) I had to scroll back through archives.

I didn’t get very far before I lost it.

This one was quite possibly the most I’ve laughed in pure delight in months. Absolute win.

As I read it, I heard this little Chawa voice in the back of my head screaming “Nooooooo!!!!!!!”

Amusing Synchronicity

And for my last post of the day, no really I swear, catching up on the webcomics I enjoy, I opened NPC Comic, and it’s a nicely done comic that makes you think about appearances and how we feel about ourselves, and how we imagine others see us, and how we even view our own hobbies in relation to whether it’s ‘grown up’ or not. And even more, the joy of finding dtrangers that share the same interests you do, and how it can make you feel more ‘accepted’. Lots of nice layers to the comic.

What made me lol was that the comic was the inverse of what my last two days were.

At home, in private, where nobody could see or judge me… I read Animal Farm by Orwell yesterday. Magnificent rendition in the short form of the history of Soviet Russia.

At work today, in public, I took my hardcover copy of World of Warcraft: The Shattering.

Of course, if I hadn’t been done with Animal Farm, I would have taken that, so it’s not like I’m choosing my reading material based on some idea of impressing other people one way or the other… although I know there are folks who do that. I remember reading somewhere that there are folks who, when faced with decorate their dens or libraries, call a local bookstore and order nicely bound hardcovers… by the square foot.

It’s the ‘by the square foot’ bit that kills me.

I also know of a few folks I grew up with that would intentionally take books about their interests out in public in the hopes of using them as conversation pieces and finding kindred spirits, so it works both ways.

The fact that Animal Farm was one of the, well, ‘adult’ books that was being read in the comic, coupled with my having just read it yesterday made me lol.

NPC Comic is usually very good, but today’s was sublime. Oh hey, and she’s got a blog now too!

Fel Bunny is up for Presale NOW at LFG!

I just wanted to make sure you saw this…

Looking For Group the brilliant webcomic has a Fel Bunny plush up for Presale… right now. It’s there. You can order it.

So, um… move your butts?

I don’t know if it’s a limited supply, but I can tell you ONE thing… I ordered mine before I posted this, just to make sure.

C’mon, look at that picture… how can you possibly resist the steed of Richard?

That is going to look great next to my Gryphon pet and my Megatokyo winged Boo!

We Interrupt This Expansion…

We interrupt this expansion with a report from our Bear on the ground, BBB!

Thanks, narrator!

Many of you are enjoying the expansion, and think it is the greatest thing ever to hit WoW.

You may be right.

Unfortunately, I have to hereby announce that starting immediately, I am no longer playing WoW.


It’s simple.

I just realised, completely by accident (ie I found my Schlock t-shirt), that I somehow lost my link to the webcomic Schlock Mercenary by Howard Taylor in my favorites folder.

I lost that link… about two years ago.

I have TWO YEARS of Schlock Mercenary I missed.

Two. Years.

You know, there are few things in this life as precious as that moment when you find something that truly brings you joy in your heart… and there are years worth of back issues to enjoy.


I’m so happy!

Excuse me, gotta go read.

I might get back to the game this weekend. Don’t count on it.

Rule 1, baby. Pillage, THEN burn.

Webcomics, ah how I do love thee

I’ve certainly made no secret of the fact that I love webcomics.

I’ve posted my ‘squee’ of delight about getting my Richard figure from Looking for Group, my desk photos showed my little Boo from Megatokyo… I eagerly purchase every book that Order of the Stick, Girl Genius, Schlock Mercenary and Penny Arcade put out.

My preferred ensemble is black t-shirts from these webcomics, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t occasionally think of picking up a pair of mad spark goggles from Girl Genius… but if I did, Cassie wouldn’t let me wear ’em anyway. 

In fact, it’s safe to say that I read webcomics as a preferred replacement for real paper comics. I don’t have to find time to run down to Source Comics and Games in the hopes something new will be in… and I don’t have to invest in a comics by mail service, either. Those suckers are expensive!

They get paid by my love of their work. They do the work I love, they get paid afterwards. I hope like heck they make money at it, because I love ’em.

Now, Order of the Stick is consistently hilarious, especially for an old AD&D player like me… but it’s great for anyone that loves fantasy gaming, computer or tabletop, I’d think. You didn’t have to play AD&D 2nd edition to ‘get it’. Not at all. The genres and conventions are very recognizable and enjoyable.

But there is another webcomic that is damn near a secret webcomic, hidden and obscure, that is the tabletop wargamers version of Order of the Stick.

The art of this secret webcomic is brilliant, the story is intricate, intelligent, consistent, humorous, sad and wistful, and draws heavily… no, MASSIVELY on internet memes to structure it’s world. But in a cute way.

I’m talking about Erfworld, the webcomic that is ALSO hosted on the Giant in the Playground Games website.

This webcomic is not featured prominantly on the main page of the website, but there is a link to it on the sidebar.

It is a vibrant, rich, detailed world whose personalities and story are really building strong, and I find myself treasuring every page. I can’t wait to see where it continues to go…

If you love fantasy gaming and webcomics, I encourage you to go check out Erfworld.

Don’t let it remain a secret. It really deserves all your love as well!

And don’t despair! They have a link there on the sidebar so you can sign up in your feedreader to get both comics sent directly to you when they are posted! Score one for readers to lazy to regularly visit!

Omigod! EPIC WIN!!!!

Before this day, my favorite webcomics could be placed in order VERY simply.

  1. Girl Genius
  2. Looking For Group
  3. Order of the Stick

Very simple. Very precise. Coincidentally enough, I have every collected edition they have each released to date as well.

God I love those Girl Genius collected editions.

Yes, there are others I enjoy… I have the Schlock Mercenary books (and a shirt), I have almost every Sluggy Freelance book there is, until I stopped reading about a year ago (I still love my Bloody Bun dice bag from the Slugween, and yes I know he is parodying WoW lately… I still think he just lost his sense of humor somewhere in the course of the plotlines, breaks my heart… I miss suicide bikini frisbee), and I’ve got a ton of PvP Online comics and every book by Penny Arcade,  that kind of thing.

But the big three never change.

Girl Genius. Looking For Group. Order of the Stick.

They never change.

Until today.

Today, for a limited time at least, Order of the Stick takes pole position with the most godlike awesomeness EPIC WIN I have ever seen.

I could just link you to the comic that is EPIC WIN, but that would do you a disservice. If you haven’t been following things in the comic, you would get the punchline without having read any of the lead in to the joke.

So if you don’t read Order of the Stick, why not start here at Episode 589… and then read it until you reach Episode 595 HERE.

It’s not a perfect solution… the entire plotline has just been convoluted and entertaining as heck… but assuming you just want to jump in and spend no more than 5 minutes to find out what I’m talking about, this’ll do.


Partially Awesome!

Since it’s getting towards the end of the day, here I am again, plugging one of the many webcomics I enjoy.

If you are having a slow afternoon, and want some witty biting evil fun in your browser, why not pop over to Partially Clips by Rob Balder.

When he’s a genius, he’s a genius.

You want originality? One man, a single image from clip art repeated three times, and a brilliant imagination.

I DARE you to try this at home.

An example of his fun? Try this one!


Edited: And one just for Cassie!