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    Ryan NorthNov 13, 2013 | Dinosaur Comics
    time was, the most common thing to come after "follow me on" was not "Twitter", but "that motorbike, and I'll take the helicopter. we'll meet up at the jetpack depot". we have lost SO MUCH
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    Ryan NorthNov 04, 2013 | Dinosaur Comics
    YES MOM i'd rather live with a ghost on my bed then ask a stranger for help
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    Ryan NorthDec 19, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    also hey google plus, what's up
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    Ryan NorthDec 19, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    There is less than 48 hours left in the Kickstarter for To Be Or Not To Be, my choosable-path version of Hamlet!  NOW IS THE TIME
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    Ryan NorthApr 11, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    It's Wednesday! That means I get to welcome you to our first Project Interview!

    Today's creator makes a novel published in instalments that's also an ARG, called Mercy Kill. There is a link to Mercy Kill at the bottom of the interview. I had to pinky swear that I would not reveal The Author's identity.... but I can divulge the details below!


    What is the main characteristic of your blog/website/comic?

    Mercy Kill starts out to the reader as the website of an author
    self-publishing a novel in three-times-weekly installments. As the
    reader continues on with the story, though, it starts to become
    apparent that there's more going on than just a written story. The
    novel itself isn't dependent on the 'more' (an ARG) so anyone who
    prefers to simply read the story can do so while ignoring the rest.

    What does your audience feel really passionate about?

    Anyone there just for the story is a reader who enjoys fantasy,
    mystery, suspense and some thrills. I've tried to take the idea of
    mutants or superheroes and give it a very different spin from the
    point of view of a not necessarily sympathetic character. ARG players
    historically enjoy an immersive mystery with puzzles and clues that
    branch out into all kinds of places on the internet. I'm excited
    about creating an engaging environment for players!

    What do you appreciate most about your audience?

    Right now Mercy Kill is brand new so I… uh… don't have a huge audience
    yet, but I've appreciated critiques on the story from people who are
    reading. I've gotten a good amount of hits from Project Wonderful so
    far as well and I've seen return visits as a result. The ARG aspect
    of the site hasn't taken off yet because it just started this week and
    I've discovered that it's tricky to advertise an ARG! I'm looking
    forward to interaction with players, though. ARG players are
    fantastic at being a part of this kind of thing and enthusiasm like
    that will definitely drive my ideas and creativity.

    *Who are your heroes in this area of blogging/websites/comics? What do
    they do right?*

    I discovered Dragomir's Diary through Project Wonderful and have been
    absolutely blown away by the story Matt Bird tells and the uniqueness
    of the world and characters he's created. Our sites are not quite the
    same but we're both telling a story weekly and seeing his dedication
    and creativity is so inspiring. His is all about humor and cleverness
    while my story is darker, of course, but immersing myself in Wren's
    frightened state of mind means reading his site is great for pulling
    myself out of that mindset.

    I also draw a lot of inspiration from the Marble Hornets ARG currently
    in season Three. Theirs was the first I followed along with and after
    seeing what they were doing I read up on ARGs in general and found out
    about the NIN ARG, which was so interactive and fun and mysterious.
    Physical objects hidden at concert venues, websites, all kinds of neat
    stuff. I won't be doing anything on such a large scale but I've got
    lots of ideas.

    How do you decide what to advertise?

    Deciding on an approach to my ads has been slightly tricky since the
    novel is one thing which hides another thing. I didn't want to limit
    myself or the idea of what I was creating. So I went with making the
    ads themselves mysterious, trying to create a hook or interesting idea
    that would pique the curiosity of someone on another site. I haven't
    limited myself too much with regards to where I advertise, either.
    Webcomics, blogs, computers, crafts; it's all fair game. I guess I
    don't advertise on cooking/food blog sites too much!

    Anything else?

    I love Project Wonderful! I've found some amazing sites to enjoy
    through using it for my advertising. It makes advertising so much
    more accessible for someone starting out like I am. Thanks for
    everything.

    You can see Mercy Kill at http://www.sweaterbird.com/ Be sure to check it out and advertise there!


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    Are you someone who uses Project Wonderful? Interested in being a part of Project Interview? Send an email to lyndsay@projectwonderful.com!

    Interested in advertising on your favourite websites? Project Wonderful makes advertising awesome! www.projectwonderful.com
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February

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    Ryan NorthFeb 07, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    I haven't mentioned this here but in the evenings I've been reading a page of the frankly insane Back To The Future novelization from 1985 and writing my review. Perhaps... you will like reading it??
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    Ryan NorthFeb 07, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    I haven't mentioned this here but in the evenings I've been reading a page of the frankly insane Back To The Future novelization from 1985 and writing my review. Perhaps... you will like reading it??
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January

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    Ryan NorthJan 18, 2012 | Dinosaur Comics
    Just imagine a world without memes.

    Happy SOPA Awareness Day, all.
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December

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    Ryan NorthDec 31, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Rawr! HUGE T-Rex has arrived at Google Pittsburgh!

    +Dinosaur Comics +Ryan North
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    Ryan NorthDec 08, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    The Unintended Effects of Driverless Cars

    Google has been working on driverless cars for a few years now. The obvious selling point is that the cars will be much safer without a human behind the wheel.

    Currently, a car spends 96% of its time idle. Compare that with planes which spend almost their entire lifetime in operation/airborne. Idle planes aren't making money, and they need to recoup their hefty $120M price tag. There is an unforgiving economic incentive to make sure it is always in use.

    The proliferation of driverless cars will have a similar effect. Cars will spend less time idle: why would a household buy 2 (or even 3) cars, when they only need 1? Ride to work, then send the car home to your spouse. Need to go grocery shopping, but your kid also needs a ride to a soccer game? No problem, a driverless car can handle that.

    What will begin as households cutting back to a single car, will expand. Why would a family need an entire car to themselves? That's crazy! It may start as extended family in the same area sharing cars, then neighbors sharing cars, and then entire apartment/condo complexes in cities offering driverless cars bundled into their HOA/rent.[2]

    The operating percent of a car will go from 4% to that 96%. But back to my leading statement: there are unintended consequences. Parked cars will be a relic from the past. What happens to car insurance prices if a driver is no longer part of the equation? And if cars are receiving 20 times more actual use, that would imply that there would be 20 times less cars sold.[1] This is the kind of disruptive change that can reshape the automotive industry. The recent GM/Chrysler bailout may have been for naught.[3]





    [1] Of course, this isn't exactly the case, as the cars would need to be replaced more often due to nonstop usage, but the point stands.
    [2] Hell, I'd share a car with my condo complex. I currently don't own a car, I walk or take taxis basically everywhere.
    [3] Of course, car companies realize this. And I can guarantee you, they will lobby against driverless cars.
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November

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    Ryan NorthNov 12, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Is there, like, a point to Google Pages? I made one for Dinosaur Comics and it seems like there's nothing you can do but +1 it and then call it a day. So I guess NOW'S YOUR CHANCE.

    If there was RSS feed importing you could at least get the comics each day in your Steam, but nope! It's weird that the whole feature seems so unfinished.
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    Ryan NorthNov 12, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Is there, like, a point to Google Pages? I made one for Dinosaur Comics and it seems like there's nothing you can do but +1 it and then call it a day. So I guess NOW'S YOUR CHANCE.

    If there was RSS feed importing you could at least get the comics each day in your Steam, but nope! It's weird that the whole feature seems so unfinished.

    Dinosaur Comics

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October

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    Ryan NorthSep 09, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    "'Jessie slammed her gavel on Ronald Geekman's hand so hard that his retainer flew out and hit Mr Belding in the eye.' If somebody ever asked me to reduce the whole Saved by the Bell experience into one sentence, that one would pretty much be it."

    From the late but still great Saved by the Bell Quote of the Day, by +Steve Carey! I re-read these every once in a while and they're still SOLID GOLD.
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    Ryan NorthSep 09, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    "'Jessie slammed her gavel on Ronald Geekman's hand so hard that his retainer flew out and hit Mr Belding in the eye.' If somebody ever asked me to reduce the whole Saved by the Bell experience into one sentence, that one would pretty much be it."

    From the late but still great Saved by the Bell Quote of the Day, by +Steve Carey! I re-read these every once in a while and they're still SOLID GOLD.

    Saved by the Bell Quote of the Day: Love Machine
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August

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    Ryan NorthAug 23, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    THE BART SIMPSON SKATEBOARD

    So last night my brother got this ride, which is a skateboard deck designed to be a real-world instance of the one Bart Simpson has. This, my friends, is a crazy board.

    This board was designed by an animator for a cartoon show and not a skateboarder, so it's set up kinda CRAZY: the forward trucks are really close to the front of the board and the lip at the back is so shallow as to be pretty useless. As such, you need a stance with one foot RIGHT at the front, and be careful shifting your position, or the board will whip out from under you. Also, if you get too far in front, the board will whip out behind.

    It's a fun challenge to ride, and it makes you appreciate how good a skateboarder Bart Simpson is! He does all sorts of crazy tricks on this insane board. Also, it's cool to ride a skateboard from a cartoon that BEHAVES like a skateboard from a cartoon. I imagine it's similarly challenging to type wearing Mickey Mouse gloves or to stay calm while wearing a Donald Duck sailor suit but without the pants.

    The picture with me is after riding it for a bit! It was taken at night in the dark (hooliganism)
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    Ryan NorthAug 23, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    THE BART SIMPSON SKATEBOARD

    So last night my brother got this ride, which is a skateboard deck designed to be a real-world instance of the one Bart Simpson has. This, my friends, is a crazy board.

    This board was designed by an animator for a cartoon show and not a skateboarder, so it's set up kinda CRAZY: the forward trucks are really close to the front of the board and the lip at the back is so shallow as to be pretty useless. As such, you need a stance with one foot RIGHT at the front, and be careful shifting your position, or the board will whip out from under you. Also, if you get too far in front, the board will whip out behind.

    It's a fun challenge to ride, and it makes you appreciate how good a skateboarder Bart Simpson is! He does all sorts of crazy tricks on this insane board. Also, it's cool to ride a skateboard from a cartoon that BEHAVES like a skateboard from a cartoon. I imagine it's similarly challenging to type wearing Mickey Mouse gloves or to stay calm while wearing a Donald Duck sailor suit but without the pants.

    The picture with me is after riding it for a bit! It was taken at night in the dark (hooliganism)

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    Ryan NorthAug 12, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    A Machine of Death short film that just got sent to me, done from the POV of the machine! Quite well done, and I'm kinda in it. Or at least a dude with my name is in it, but all the pieces for him FIT.
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    Ryan NorthAug 12, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    A Machine of Death short film that just got sent to me, done from the POV of the machine! Quite well done, and I'm kinda in it. Or at least a dude with my name is in it, but all the pieces for him FIT.

    Shard of Glass http://www.youtube.com/v/SoJJIGnYd4M&hl=en&fs=1&autoplay=1
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    Ryan NorthAug 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    There's now a G+ button on qwantz.com, along with redone fancier buttons for the other social networks of discerning and sexy people! :0
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    Ryan NorthAug 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    There's now a G+ button on qwantz.com, along with redone fancier buttons for the other social networks of discerning and sexy people! :0

    http://qwantz.com
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    Ryan NorthAug 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    I want to bring back Whispered Apologies, but I also need an extra 3 hours in the day. I should start doing comics about slowing down the earth's rotation in slower way than "all at once and everyone flies into a wall", but still faster than "it's slowing down anyway, everyone be cool", so then an industrious reader can say "I got this, Ryan!" and then: MORE TIME FOR COMICS.

    Supervillians don't start with good intentions, right?
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    Ryan NorthAug 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    I want to bring back Whispered Apologies, but I also need an extra 3 hours in the day. I should start doing comics about slowing down the earth's rotation in slower way than "all at once and everyone flies into a wall", but still faster than "it's slowing down anyway, everyone be cool", so then an industrious reader can say "I got this, Ryan!" and then: MORE TIME FOR COMICS.

    Supervillians don't start with good intentions, right?

    whispered apologies: He Was A Handsome Man

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    Ryan NorthAug 10, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    So Duke Nukem Forever came out recently, and I finally got enough time together to beat it.

    Okay obviously it's not worth waiting 12 years for: the final product, released by Gearbox builds on whatever 3D Realms had managed to pull together before going bankrupt, and you can't blame them for trying. It's at least got the shrink ray and freeze ray in it, right?

    BUT.

    There was a level in the design document that leaked shortly after the game was cancelled [ http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/46948/Duke-Nukem-Forever-28-Hi-Res-Screenshots-Entire-Plot-Leaked ] where you got a lapdance from a woman named "Bombshell", and then you got knocked out. THEN, the game went back in time a few hours and you played as Bombshell, fighting the aliens on another front, and it all ended as you caught up to the present day and give Duke Nukem a lapdance.

    To summarize: you, a presumably heterosexual male player, would get a lapdance from a virtual woman. Then later, you, the same presumably-heterosexual presumably-male player would be put in a woman's body and give a lapdance to YOURSELF, focusing on pleasuring this guy. Bonus points for really getting this dude worked up! Press "A" to rub his crotch.

    It was a pretty brilliant bit of gameplay, and a fun subversion of the whole Duke machismo, and I'm sorry that it's not in the final product. Instead, we get whatever nuance and charm there was in the original replaced with rape and abortion jokes. Also, there's boobs growing out of the walls, and you can slap the boobs to get more hit points, and the game says while loading levels "You can slap the boobs on the wall in our game because in real life most women won't let you do that."

    Duke Nukem Forever, ladies and gentlemen!
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    Ryan NorthAug 10, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    So Duke Nukem Forever came out recently, and I finally got enough time together to beat it.

    Okay obviously it's not worth waiting 12 years for: the final product, released by Gearbox builds on whatever 3D Realms had managed to pull together before going bankrupt, and you can't blame them for trying. It's at least got the shrink ray and freeze ray in it, right?

    BUT.

    There was a level in the design document that leaked shortly after the game was cancelled [ http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/46948/Duke-Nukem-Forever-28-Hi-Res-Screenshots-Entire-Plot-Leaked ] where you got a lapdance from a woman named "Bombshell", and then you got knocked out. THEN, the game went back in time a few hours and you played as Bombshell, fighting the aliens on another front, and it all ended as you caught up to the present day and give Duke Nukem a lapdance.

    To summarize: you, a presumably heterosexual male player, would get a lapdance from a virtual woman. Then later, you, the same presumably-heterosexual presumably-male player would be put in a woman's body and give a lapdance to YOURSELF, focusing on pleasuring this guy. Bonus points for really getting this dude worked up! Press "A" to rub his crotch.

    It was a pretty brilliant bit of gameplay, and a fun subversion of the whole Duke machismo, and I'm sorry that it's not in the final product. Instead, we get whatever nuance and charm there was in the original replaced with rape and abortion jokes. Also, there's boobs growing out of the walls, and you can slap the boobs to get more hit points, and the game says while loading levels "You can slap the boobs on the wall in our game because in real life most women won't let you do that."

    Duke Nukem Forever, ladies and gentlemen!

    Duke Nukem Forever: 28 Hi-Res Screenshots & Entire Plot Leaked - Voodoo Extreme
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    Ryan NorthJul 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    When we were out to dinner with Audrey and her boyfriend and brother, Joey and I ordered by saying "Can I get x?" while the AMERICANS ordered by saying "I will have x". Is this a cultural thing, or were we just really indecisive while they knew what they friggin' wanted??

    ps i say friggin a lot and have suddenly become aware of this fact
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    Ryan NorthJul 11, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    When we were out to dinner with Audrey and her boyfriend and brother, Joey and I ordered by saying "Can I get x?" while the AMERICANS ordered by saying "I will have x". Is this a cultural thing, or were we just really indecisive while they knew what they friggin' wanted??

    ps i say friggin a lot and have suddenly become aware of this fact
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    Ryan NorthJul 09, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Joey's still sleeping so I'm going to see what this hotel's Free Continental Breakfast is like. I don't have really high hopes because the rest of the hotel is incredibly terrible, BUT, maybe it's amazing? Maybe they put all their money into amazing breakfast. Maybe when I come back I'll be like "GUYS BREAKFAST IS ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE, HERE BEING THE DAYS INN BY THE HIGHWAY THAT SHARES A WALL WITH A PRISON AND HAS ALL THE ONE-STAR REVIEWS."

    "NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE TRIED THE BREAKFAST"
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    Ryan NorthJul 09, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Joey's still sleeping so I'm going to see what this hotel's Free Continental Breakfast is like. I don't have really high hopes because the rest of the hotel is incredibly terrible, BUT, maybe it's amazing? Maybe they put all their money into amazing breakfast. Maybe when I come back I'll be like "GUYS BREAKFAST IS ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE, HERE BEING THE DAYS INN BY THE HIGHWAY THAT SHARES A WALL WITH A PRISON AND HAS ALL THE ONE-STAR REVIEWS."

    "NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE TRIED THE BREAKFAST"
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    Ryan NorthJul 08, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Hey everyone what are the friggin' haps??
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    Ryan NorthJul 08, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Hey everyone what are the friggin' haps??
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    Ryan NorthJul 08, 2011 | Dinosaur Comics
    Hey everyone what are the friggin' haps??
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