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Post by Phenopath » Mon May 25, 2009 8:25 am

zZzacha wrote:
Like Charlie the purple giraffe, I too think that laughing is the most important thing to do in life. Seriously. It's important, people. Laugh! And make lots of fun. We have to keep the readers interested.
That is one in the eye for the cyncism on this thread :-)

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Post by FNH » Thu May 28, 2009 5:34 pm

Hmmm... not sure how I felt about this one.

It started out rather funny, but then got a bit serious, but in a comic book surrounding.

I've decided.

It was interesting, it was clever, but I can't say I liked it, it left me kind of "down".

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Re: 113: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - Levin

Post by phthalo » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:32 pm

I loved this one - it made me really happy and I don't know why.

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Re: 113: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - Levin

Post by tbaker2500 » Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:15 am

Norm does that to people. Except when he's reading about bonsai scars.
I also really enjoyed this episode.
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Post by zZzacha » Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:26 pm

Ah, yeah. This one is still one of my favorite stories.

Eh, Norm does what to people? Do you mean that the stories aren't as much fun as we think? Maybe Norm sprinkles them with magic dust so all we can do is laugh? Well, it sure does the trick for me, so I say: Give me a bag of that dust!
Or maybe I've already had my max of that stuff. Can you overdose on laugh?
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Re: 113: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - Levin

Post by Talia » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:21 am

I don't need Drabblecast. I can quit ANY TIME I WANT!

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Post by eric_marsh » Sat Oct 24, 2009 1:09 pm

I liked this one. At one level it's just fun but at a deeper level it touches on some deeper philosophical issues.
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Post by tbaker2500 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:36 pm

Talia wrote:I don't need Drabblecast. I can quit ANY TIME I WANT!
Haha! Too true...
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Re: 113: Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - L

Post by Unblinking » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:37 pm

I loved this story a lot, deep philosophy in a cartoon setting and I the doctor coming to give him electroshock was just plain chilling. I love breaking the 4th wall when it's done well, and this was done very well.

Regarding newspaper comic strips in general, there are only three that I ever really found consistently funny, as a kid or an adult.
-Pearls Before Swine--among other things, he makes fun of the fact that all the other comics are frozen as though in the 1950s, I especially loved the episodes in which The Family Circus guest starred, and were housing Osama Bin Laden (they are so stuck in the past they didn't know he who was)
-The Far Side
-Calvin and Hobbes--I don't think any comic will ever surpass this one. Unlimited awesomness.

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Post by Mr. Tweedy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:51 pm

Those are my favorite three also. :)

(I haven't read much Pearls, but I usually found it clever when I did.)
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Re: Drabblecast 113 - Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting

Post by JEJoll » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:26 am

I was intrigued by the opening of this story. I found myself wondering where this story, in a cartoon setting, would go. A few minutes after that, I really started to hate it, but I stuck with it because I LOVED Babel Probe and thought I might be in for a pleasant surprise.
I started to re-enjoy it when Charlie mentioned "the readers", and I pretty much saw right away where it was going. Existentialism is pretty much always a winning characteristic in a story for me, and the fact that it was done within a story written in a way completely different from anything else I've ever read made it that much more enjoyable.
I'll try anything once, not excluding a zany form of short fiction, and in this case, I found it pleasurably palatable.
However, I do have one small qualm with the story, although it may be my own issue. While I was listening, I more envisioned a real-time television cartoon as opposed to a comic strip, but I can appreciate the author's choice in using a comic strip as the setting to allow for the question that Charlie asks regarding the manner in which time passes.
And I also agree with most of the other feedback for this story regarding the voices. They were great, although I found the quality of the audio recording for David's voice (not the acting, just the actual recording) a bit lacking and echoey. And I always love the voice Norm used for the Rhino. Can't remember in particular which other stories he's used it in, but I always laugh or at least crack a smile when I hear it. I can't help but seeing a guy with a monocle when I hear it.
If I were to describe this story to someone, I would say: If Philip K. Dick's The Electric Ant mated with just about any cartoon ever made by Warner Brothers, and then that child had sex with Itchy and Scratchy, the resulting spawn would be this story.
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:56 am

A fan if PKD and IMB.

I like you.
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Post by JEJoll » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:11 pm

What's not to like haha.
And both with Cthulhu pics to boot.
Long lost twin perhaps? Evil doppelganger maybe? :twisted:
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Re: Drabblecast 113 - Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting

Post by ROU Killing Time » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:17 pm

I need to change back to my ROU avatar.

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Post by ROU Killing Time » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:20 pm

It's hard to find an IMB fan on the left side of the Atlantic. I attribute that to a high IQ requirement for his readers. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Post by JEJoll » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:17 pm

ROU Killing Time wrote:I need to change back to my ROU avatar.

:)
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Post by JEJoll » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:45 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:It's hard to find an IMB fan on the left side of the Atlantic. I attribute that to a high IQ requirement for his readers. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
His readers? What readers? What are you talking about? There are no readers... :shock:
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:29 am

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ROU Killing Time was one of his best characters from the Culture novel, "Excession."
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Post by ROU Killing Time » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:32 am

The Culture is a peace loving techno-utopia. The rest of the galaxy, less so.

But there is a saying in the galaxy.

NEVER fuck with The Culture.
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Re: Drabblecast 113 - Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting

Post by JEJoll » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:33 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:The Culture is a peace loving techno-utopia. The rest of the galaxy, less so.

But there is a saying in the galaxy.

NEVER fuck with The Culture.
Liking the way this sounds so far, definitely going to check it out.
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