Nonfiction, Uncategorized

Why would I bother?

The USA Today website has a frontpage article today entitled “Can you forgive Lance Armstrong?”. I’m not going to link to it. It doesn’t need more traffic.

My point: who cares?

Lance (can I call you Lance?), you and I have no connection. I don’t care that you “cheated” at sports. That’s the world these days. Most, or many, top-level athletes do that. You did it better than your competitors. So what? Maybe there’s still room for genetics in the midst of all that. I don’t know and I don’t really care. It’s not an earthshattering issue to me.

And you don’t know me or care who I am. So why would my hollow forgiveness matter to either of us?

So, USA Today, I’ll thank you to take your article and stuff it somewhere dark, remote, and tiny, where it won’t intrude on the front page, masquerading as a topic vital to the world.

Nonfiction

Stretch goals (PVP Online)

Referring to the PVP Online webcomic for January 10, 2013.

The comic is rather simple in presentation: two figures on a monochrome background, then one figure, then two again. Two dialogue balloons in the first panel, one in the third. Only ten words between the two characters.

But I can’t help but feel that’s too many. There’s some slack that can be taken out.

Let’s try an experiment. What happens when we remove the final dialogue balloon? Scratch Fury gives but a one-word reply to Skull, then rolls over, fulfilling his promise then and there. The sarcastic reply which had seemed extraneous is gone. All that is left is Skull’s bewilderment and Scratch’s silence, which speak more powerfully than the sarcasm ever could have.

Now, what happens when we remove all of Scratch Fury’s dialogue? It looks like we may not even need the cat to talk at all in this comic. Skull poses a question which is answered by a simple movement that conveys the cat’s attitude and the strip’s humor perfectly well. No words are required; in fact, they over-explain.