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Comic: Drop the Needles

This is Pi Day #034

Did you hear the one about the pirate who liked to knit? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrn!

The Kid learned how to knit a few months ago and promptly decided to master the skill by making herself a knit cap … or as we call them here in Canadaland, a toque.

She was also clever enough to figure out that doing a craft — any craft, like say, knitting — got her parents off her back about screen time or other kinds of entertainments that are… well, fun.

Screen time isn’t bad, per se, and kicking back to listen to music is something I enjoy myself quite frequently. It’s just that when you’ve got a dozen other things to do, homework, piano practice, or helping with chores, you have other priorities to consider. Putting on your headphones and listening to four hours of tween-pop while your parents do all the house work is not ideal.

We tend to operate on the assumption these things should be treated as one would treat a bowl of chocolate: small bites in moderation, and not slamming your face into the mix and only occasionally coming up for air.

I guess what I’m trying to say that if you want to gorge on chocolate AND knit at the same time, I’d probably be fine with that. As long as I get a scarf or maybe some warm wool socks out of the deal.

Comic: Click Famous

This is Pi Day #028

Chances are that if you’re reading this comic you’re one of two types of people: either the type of person who seeks out or just enjoys reading or watching independently produced content OR the type of person who is reading, watching, and otherwise gobbling up every bit of eclectic indie stuff out there because you want to make your own and earn a gazillion dollars while becoming forever famous for your genius.

I’d settle for a few hundred people enjoying the stuff I write, draw and make, but this becomes something of a parenting dilemma: dad is busy drawing comics, writing blogs, and making videos… so kid wants to be just like dad and get busy putting her own stamp on the world.

Great! Now if only dad could impart the epic patience that invariably goes along with all that work.

“When does my ad revenue cheque from Youtube get here, dad? I need to buy some expensive toys for me and my friends!”

“Uhhh….”

How about you give it a few more minutes, huh?

If you’re really bored, I thought it would be appropriate to turn this comic into a “Let’s Draw” video:

Comic: Un-touchable

This is Pi Day #027

….aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re back.

Is it really December already. Having taken the whole of November off from posting here, I hope you haven’t missed me too much, but in the last month we took a little holiday down o a tropical climate and temporarily escaped the snow, and our computers and left behind all the stress and worry of our chilly, tech-filled life. Thus, it is only appropriate that we kick things off in December with some technology, winter, and work-stress comics.

They’re all lined up for your December enjoyment, starting today with Un-touchable. I’ve been introducing the kid to my nostalgia. Old TV shows (she apparently loves Red Dwarf), classic music (which for me is Def Leppard and The Tragically Hip) and of course all my video gaming favourites… which apparently are not quite at the same standard and can’t quite compete with an iPad or the Nintendo Switcheroo. Who would have guessed?

Comic: Found Photos

This is Pi Day #022

The key to a good selfie is to just stay focused and don’t be negative.

To be fair, I think the Girl is going through a phase when she is LESS likely than me to post a bad photo of herself online. But in reality, it’s become clear that she has two sets of friends: those who social and those who don’t.

The day is inevitably coming when she doesn’t just ask, she begs for permission to sign up for an insta-snap-twit-book-latest-fad account. I can still hide behind the “you gotta be 13” user agreement rules for a while, but then again: so many friends who social!

C’mon fellow parents.