Making Geeks In Love
Check out Episode 158: iProtest.
As a side note, I took the picture of the demonstration on my iPhone, and actually used the PhotoShop Express iPhone app to change it to black & white and add that sketchy effect.
I then composited that image with the other elements of the image (scan of the geeks, and embedded Sarko-mini-me…)Tweet
Germany is known for its quality design and signage, and rightly so. France? Not so much (as anybody who’s landed at Charles De Gaulle airport will tell you).
Still, the baffling public transportation ticket vending machines in Cologne, Germany, that the Geeks are confronted with this week, stand in stark contrast to the Paris Metro machines, which I have always thought have the coolest UI.
Basically, you’ve got a red “Cancel” button, a big rolly selection thingy, and a green “OK” button.
Turn the rolly thingy to highlight the big graphics on the screen, hit OK. It’s as simple as it gets.
Or just run to the machine and turn the rolly thingy as fast as you can for kicks, like my kids used to do when they were small.Tweet
The Geeks were only off a couple of weeks, and have reached yet another major milestone.
I never thought things would get to this point!
UPDATE: Access to Geeks In Love seems to be hit and miss today. Too bad…Tweet
Yes, I’m shamelessly and hypocritically using The Holidays®©TM as an excuse to stop publication for a while, probably for 2 or 3 weeks, while my batteries recharge.
Because the past couple of months have been intense and we’re, er, a little, well, check it out.Tweet
Backstage (see photos), things were a bit of a mess, what with technical problems, and a largely uneventful blogosphere and twittersphere (which we were there to report on) as the whole world held its breath.
But Caroline Deschamps and the rest of the Public Sénat station staff and management were very gracious and seemed happy with our brief appearances.
It sums up quite nicely how events unfolded for us.Tweet
As you know by now if you follow the adventures of the Geeks In Love, Pamela and I will be blogging the election live on French TV for the Public Sénat cable station.
We’ll be making appearances on the air between 3 & 6 am, Nov. 5, Paris time. That’s Nov 4th between 9 & 12 pm EST, 6 & 9 pm, PST.
What have we gotten ourselves into?!Tweet
No episode this week, but a cool promo poster for an upcoming special event.
Read this post on sknoblog if you’re wondering who the main character in the drawing is…
Bonus: previous Geek election coverage:Tweet
Why do I draw the Geeks? Why do I (still occasionally) make music?
I’m not going to philosophise on the intrinsic merits of art (hi or lo-brow) or anything like that. Not today. I’m going to stay much closer to the ground.
It ain’t easy to think up and draw one episode a week. If I did this for a living, and had to publish on a daily basis for instance, I would have to considerably widen the scope and especially the cast of the Geeks.
As it stands, the Geeks sometimes
- help me document events in my life
- recount an amusing real-life anecdote
- make fun of some geeky proclivity
I’m glad when on occasion, I get any of the above across in a way that satisfies me.
And that satisfaction usually happens, in my own eyes, when I’m pleased with the formal aspect of an episode: the narrative structure of a strip, the invisible stuff that is implied between two drawings, settling on some visual code (like the computers merging with the boxes), or the occasional quality of a drawing itself.
Like the last drawing in today’s episode.
The three dimensionality suggested by the perspective of the arms of the glasses, the prominence of the nose, overhanging the iPhone, and the very slight curvature of the eye on the left, that suggests the three-dimensionality of the eyeball. Some of it is intended, some of it is sheer luck (hopefully guided by instinct).
That’s what keeps me going.Tweet
Today, I spent the time I usually spend drawing a new Geeks episode trying to fix the back-to-front bug I mentioned in my previous post.
All my research into fixing this invariably led to this cranky post on the WordPress site which in essence, says it’s a MySQL bug, to call your ISP to tell them to upgrade or downgrade their MySQL or to switch ISP’s, and stop bugging us.
When your ISP is the biggest ISP in France serving millions of customers, that’s not an especially helpful recommendation.
I spent all morning trying various hacks and fixes, and nearly broke the Geeks irreversibly a couple of times.
In the end, and in desperation, I upgraded WordPress to the latest version (2.5.1) and… It seemed to have fixed the problem!
So all was well.
Except that the comment link wasn’t showing up on the posts.
And that’s when I did something really stupid.
Remembering the bugs I had when I upgraded sknoblog to WordPress 2.3.3, I decided to force an upgrade of the database a second time.
And I pretty much destroyed everything.
I managed to get things back in working order (more or less and I hope) by cutting and pasting sql code from my database backup into phpMyAdmin to recreate lost tables and other such niceties that I barely understand myself.
But I still had the comment bug.
And the kicker is that after snooping around the WordPress Web, it turns out that “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”. I have my comments in a pop-up window and WordPress won’t allow that behavior anymore on single post views for some philosophical reason that makes no sense to me.
So I Googled some more and found some inspiration to hack WordPress back to the behavior I wanted and had.
Note to self, I commented out these 2 lines:
if ( is_single() || is_page() )
In the comments_popup_link function of the comment_template.php file in the wp-includes folder.
So the bad news is there will be no new Geeks this week.
But the good news is the Geeks are hopefully back to normal (so to speak, and for the time being, until some terrible corruption rears its ugly head, or I do something else to ruin everything, which is entirely possible, since there is one small bug that I haven’t yet managed to squash)…Tweet
The Geeks In Love are displaying in reverse order!
It’s a MySQL bug (my ISP must have upgraded) and I have no idea how to fix it… Plus, I’m still on the road…
Pamela has taken the Internet by storm. Not only is she blogging more than ever on frogblog, but she’s gone pro, writing for Web Worker Daily, among others.
So when Parlons Blogs, a French cable TV program about Blogs were looking for an American “blogueuse” in Paris, who did they call? Why Paméla bien sûr.
So a crew of 4 invaded our modest apartment in Paris: a charming journalist, two charming cameramen, and a…well yes, charming sound lady (all very pro and cool).
They had us sit on the same side of our long, 2 seater desk (which doesn’t happen in real life) and interviewed us together for about an hour.
True to our natural tendencies (and nationalities), I rambled, while Pamela came up with some great one-liners. They kept a few short minutes of our discussion in the final edit of the program, which I’m glad to say shows off the geeks quite a bit (the real ones and the cartoon ones).
Pamela should have the full story up on frogblog any time now.
So without further ado, here they are: the geeks. As seen on TV!
Our bit starts at the 6-minute mark. Oh, and one last thing… it’s in French, obviously.Tweet