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Eric: The wide eyed coffee drinking says it all, doesn't it?

(From R.S.I. Click on the thumbnail for... well, actually for the main page, because if there's a way to link to an archive page for it, I can't find it. Of course, that could be because I'm not very bright.)

I've been following Frances Moffatt's R.S.I. for a couple of weeks now, based on yet another recommendation. (Yes, I really do go through my recommendations. It takes a while sometimes, but I get there.) And, when the King of all Weaselkind mentioned her latest, it reminded me I haven't talked about it here. So I am.

This particular strip clicks because of things that happened to me in the writing world. Like the first time a student I knew walked up, paused, and said "Mr. Burns?"

"Yes?" I said.

"I read your website." Note that this is my old website -- the journal/essay one. For reasons I won't go into the current students would have... difficulty reading Websnark. Which is partially because I'd like to keep those halves of my life seperate, and partially because I use the word 'fuck' somewhat often, so the filters keep it out.

I blinked. "Oh."

He nodded. Now, this was one of the cockier students I knew -- with, admittedly, some justification. He generally wasn't at a loss for words. But this time he was flummoxed. "I... had no idea you could write," he said.

"Well... I'm glad you liked it."

"Seriously... you're... you're good. I just... wanted to say that."

And he left, after I thanked him. I knew why he was uncomfortable -- it was like learning one of the authority figures in his life had an actual life. Like I was perhaps sympathetic instead of an antagonist. Like I was human.

At the same time, it also made me uncomfortable, because part of that life had been pulled into my workday, and that's a little weird at the best of times.

So, I can see what Moffatt's trying to say here, and I also think she says it well.

You know. I'm just saying.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at January 10, 2005 3:10 PM


Comment from: Shadowydreamer posted at January 10, 2005 4:16 PM

I think your choices are the mainsite, the comic image itself ( http://www3.sympatico.ca/torrain/RSI/rsi035.gif ) or waiting till tomorrow and the archive page being created (It'll be http://www3.sympatico.ca/torrain/RSI/rsi033.html ) .. All of which I'm sure you figured out on your own. ^_^

I've never quite worked out to be insulted or complimented when friends come up to me and say "Oh! Hey, I finally read TUx and Bunny! You're FUNNY!" like it's some sort of grand revelation. Sods. ^_^

Comment from: MrNexx posted at January 11, 2005 1:02 AM

I've had that happen. Apparently, one of the guests at my wedding knows a girl in one of my classes... and showed this student my web site. FORTUNATELY, she only showed her wedding pictures, not my long, rambling rants on being a sexless college student.

That, I think, would've been bad.

Comment from: Torrain posted at January 12, 2005 10:07 AM

I've put up an actual Archive page, at http://www3.sympatico.ca/torrain/RSIarchive.html .

Comment from: Torrain posted at January 26, 2005 4:56 PM

Just a quick note: there seems to be a server problem, and currently (1) I can't update and (2) the earlier comics apparently aren't there.

Hopefully this will be resolved ASAP.

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