Geek Speaking of Cowboy Science
Geek Speak: Cowboy and Hipster
To be honest, I know next to nothing about Taylor Swift except she’s tall, Kanye West was once rude and extremely condescending to her, and she tends to write songs about break ups. I only became aware of the song this strip is referencing through the excellent cover done by Postmodern Jukebox.
I don’t remember what the inspiration was for cowboy and hipster. It may be that I just started drawing Cowboy boasting that you can’t take the country out of the cowboy, and I wanted a character who was as much the opposite of a cowboy as possible to take some of the wind out of his sails. Now that it’s done I may have to explore this dynamic in some different settings. They might be be an especially good vehicle for exploring political humor. Cowboy’s conservative politics and earnestness would clash nicely with Hipster’s progressive world view and sarcasm.
It’ll probably be the subject of a future Geek Speak, but I really dislike these goofy, fancy, “old-fashioned” mustaches that have spread through hipster culture like a virulent scourge of mustache wax. I tolerate them on a very few people, and only because those very people wear the mustache really well, it fits their personality, and they’re not doing it to make a fucking statement. On everyone else it just looks smug and pretentious. Unless you happen to be a turn of the century bartender or…I don’t know…Jack Lemmon in The Great Race, then do us all a favor and, with apologies to Taylor Swift, shave it off, SHAVE IT OFF!
I hate panel three. It looks like someone found a nozzle on Cowboy and used it to inflate him. Even though Hipster still looks pretty good, the line between his jacket and pants is off from the other two panels. I guess this means I have some work to do in locking down the style for these two characters.
Next time: more semi-autobiographical content, because I’m interesting, dammit!
As a side note, it was relatively easy to find a well written article making the case that the GOP is the party of “stupid” (an assertion I don’t hold wholeheartedly, but works for the sake of hyperbole) that is supported with examples and facts, but really difficult to do it the other way around. In fact one of the search terms I tried, “liberal fruitcake” came back with results including facebook pages and a white supremacist website! yikes. Ultimately I settled on an extremely boring rant about the stupidity of liberals that spends the first several, meandering paragraphs in defense of calling liberals “stupid.” Again, it works for hyperbole.
Tales from the Dad Zone
free today, come check us out” deal), and made our way to the main building. Before we could get there we were greeted by an A-12 Blackbird on display outside the Science Center. My reaction was the composed, mature sort of thing you would expect from an adult nearing his forties…”OMG A BLACKBIRD! TAKE MY PICTURE WITH IT!” My dad was an aviation enthusiast, and he passed some of that appreciation along to me, enough that I’ve always had a fascination for planes. In the world of military aircraft the Blackbird fleets are the next best thing to legendary. Eventually my family was able to peel me away from the majesty of that beautiful, beautiful aircraft, and we made our way to the Science Center itself.
I took several things away from that morning adventure to the museum. The two big things are;
1.) The menu in the museum cafe is surprisingly good, even though the lines were too long for us to actually try anything, and, perhaps more importantly,
2.) It was amazing to see my daughter getting excited about science.
There is a big push in education reform to produce more scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and the big thinkers for what everyone believes will be the in-demand jobs of the future (I have a different opinion about this, but I’ll save that for a different post). While I am staunch and vocal supporter of arts education, I can see the value in encouraging kids to be excited by science, but that has to be tempered with something equally important. It’s not enough to make sure kids are getting the best education in science and math possible. They have to be taught that it can be fun! They should learn there is joy in discovery! Without that, without the passion to propel them to careers in these fields, what will we really produce but a generation of well educated, maybe even skilled, but ultimately uninspired science and technology laborers?