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Hey readers, I have an important announcement to make regarding comic updates. This was a difficult decision for me, but I have decided to put the comic on a temporary hiatus.

I know this is extremely short notice and I had not planned on doing it at all, but I feel this is necessary for a number of reasons. The reasons are mostly very personal (and thus I don’t want to elaborate), but the best general explanation I can give is that I am feeling burnt out. The comic has been updating consistently without a single break or missed update for over four years now. I haven’t even taken a break for the holidays or vacations. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but this kind of ceaseless schedule also comes with a price, and the payment has finally come due.

I haven’t decided on the exact length of time for the hiatus yet, but I’m going to start with three months. This hiatus will not effect the Kickstarter that’s currently in production or the monthly Patreon wallpapers, though if you are pledging via Patreon and would like to suspend your pledge during the hiatus it is completely understandable.

There is so much support for this comic and I can’t thank you all enough for it. I hope you can understand why I need this break, and if you have any questions I’ll do my best to answer.

Thank you, and I hope everybody has a great start to the new year!

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Brstrk
7 days ago
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Ow that's a bummer.

Improved Text view story extraction

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The Text view is one of the most popular NewsBlur features. It’s available on all three platforms and gives you the full text of the original story, even in truncated RSS feeds. Up until today, NewsBlur’s implementation of the Text view used Readability’s open source text extractor.

Starting today, all stories will be run through Postlight Labs’ Mercury Parser. That means that not only will the full text be more likely to correctly pull the entire article, but it will also do a much better job with extracting full size images in stories.

Take a look:

A welcome improvement. This new text extractor and parser also does a better job of handling Unicode and Chinese characters. And when it doesn’t extract text as well as the old text extractor, NewsBlur will automatically fallback on the old method.

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Technicalleigh
84 days ago
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I was hoping this would fix the longstanding issues with engadget.com, but no such luck. :-/ But on other feeds I use Text View for, there is improvement. :)
SF Bay area, CA (formerly ATL)
jlvanderzwan
82 days ago
Is engadget a proper text site or an SPA?
cbenard
77 days ago
Appears to be proper text site. Content is in <div class="article-text c-gray-1" >
jlvanderzwan
77 days ago
Hmm, you're right, it loads just fine with JS turned off. Then I don't now either :/
Brstrk
84 days ago
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Saw this. Immediately checked this feed I follow that never fetched right. It's perfect now. Kudos
davebelt
84 days ago
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Awesome. I love that an already-good feature is still up for being improved
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Timeline – 1965 Part 2

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Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 14, 1965.

Lt. Fuzz attempts to get the men fired up for battle in this vintage Sunday page. As always, he is easily fooled by his own vanity and no matter how hard Fuzz tries, Sarge shows he is the one who has the true grit.

In an interview from 1984, Mort Walker explained the creation of Lt. Sonny Fuzz: “It is a humorous situation to have a young, eager, newly-minted lieutenant arrive and start bossing around the old grizzled incumbent first sergeant. I was twenty-one when I did it and I know who won…the sergeant!”

This drawing is from a model sheet Mort created in the early 1960s.

Fuzz’s youthfulness is conveyed by his lack of facial hair and innocent expression. He provides an ideal contrast to Sarge’s rough nature and the conflict between the two is a fertile source for gag situations.

Stay tooned for more classic episodes from 1965 in our Timeline series.

– Brian Walker

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I love those following texts with each strip. I wish all comics I followed had something like this.

Phone Numbers

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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
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toddgrotenhuis
358 days ago
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me IRL
Indianapolis
Brstrk
359 days ago
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#4 is for whenever I have to enter a number and think I'll be bombarded with robocalls, unless the call starts with a magic package, in which case it's forwarded to my laptop to wake it up.
Covarr
359 days ago
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What about #2?
Moses Lake, WA
tsuckow
358 days ago
It's the Google voice number
chrisrosa
359 days ago
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this in a nutshell
San Francisco, CA
CallMeWilliam
359 days ago
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voicemail is terrible.
alt_text_bot
359 days ago
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Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails, and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail.
adam8797
359 days ago
You're my new favorite bot.
Aissen
359 days ago
@adam8797 Author here. Glad you like it! I forgot it was still running ! You probably don't need it anymore since on mobile you can long press images to see the alt text now.
samuel
358 days ago
Heh, this is a great bot. Keep it!
Aissen
357 days ago
@samuel I have no intention to stop it for now, it just runs itself :-)

Life Goals

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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.
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Brstrk
449 days ago
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- Learn to cast Xyzzy
Covarr
450 days ago
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play SimCity 2000 without using the "porntipsguzzardo" cheat code.
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zippy72
449 days ago
I never knew that existed. Now I will have to see if I can find a Sim City 2K disk again and try it out :)
ryanbrazell
450 days ago
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I take issue with the last one ... you're not really trying if you're not getting punched.
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alt_text_bot
450 days ago
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I got to check off 'Make something called xkcd' early.

Coffee

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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.
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Covarr
465 days ago
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Step 1: Go to starbucks
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Brstrk
465 days ago
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Oh. So that's why my workplace's coffee taste funny.
rtreborb
466 days ago
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If I had to count the number of times someone gasped when I mentioned I don't drink coffee...
tedder
467 days ago
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"we're basically fake adults"
Uranus
darastar
467 days ago
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This is me. I'm not a coffee drinker and feel awkward trying to make it.
foilman
467 days ago
Same here! Luckily there's usually someone around who knows what they're doing.
Cthulhux
467 days ago
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This must be fake, there's no hilarious amount of caramel in it.
Fledermausland
gradualepiphany
468 days ago
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I guess this is why those god-forsaken coffee pod abominations are a thing.
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alt_text_bot
468 days ago
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Remind me to order another pack of coffee filters from Dyson. Man, these things are EXPENSIVE.
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