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Saturday's childIt doesn't make a whole lot of sense, this week's strip, but I went ahead and drew it anyway, rewriting it from my memory of scripting it about two years ago. Things about the plain of babbling heads have changed since I wrote it, and what happens is less showy and more matter-of-fact. Perhaps I've become more blase about neediness, necessity and the sense of all-pervading toil in my life.

I've not returned to the Under the Ice strips since mid-2003 (Sisyphus), which is a good thing, because they're about depression. So to go back to them, hmm. But I'm telling myself for now that it's just because all that mud is an interesting inking challenge. And performing intervention #1, which involves dicking with my sleep cycle. But then, I never did finish the series. Although, in a way, that's a good thing, too.

The title, "Saturday's child", of course, refers to the rhyme:

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go
Friday's child is loving and giving
Saturday's child works hard for a living
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

I was, actually, born on a Saturday, a source of some amusement to my sisters (loving and giving, face, woe, gay, respectively) and a fine justification for my parents. Not sure what day you were born on? Ask Raymond.

EDIT: Apparently Raymond's skills are suspect. Here's a more reliable day-of-the-week calculator (thanks damiancugley).


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20th Oct, 2005 16:01 (UTC)
Which one is gay again?

Oh, and TWS smelled like depression, alright. Being a bit wobbly today, I'm afraid I didn't reread it. It had lovely imagery, though...
20th Oct, 2005 16:09 (UTC)
george, except she's not really
You do sound a bit under the ice yourself today. No smack, sorry, but here are some sunflowers:

desperate days call for desperate measures
20th Oct, 2005 16:11 (UTC)
Plain of Heads...
It didn't get me as glum, more matter-of-fact surreal, (if that makes any sense, which it don't, but hell it's a good combo!) But then the field of heads reminded me of that Beatles-based animation, Yellow Submarine. (A film I have loved ever since I was a tiny child.)
Perhaps like in the film you are lost in the Foothills of the Headlands. Not necessarily a bad thing, more an unavoidable part of the journey.
20th Oct, 2005 18:23 (UTC)
Re: Plain of Heads...
That's what I thought of too... those Blue Meanies sure were needy.
21st Oct, 2005 09:58 (UTC)
Re: Plain of Heads...
they just needed a little love.
20th Oct, 2005 16:12 (UTC)
That's me; bonny and blithe and good and gay.
21st Oct, 2005 09:57 (UTC)
^ raises eyebrow
20th Oct, 2005 17:31 (UTC)
A heady atmosphere
Neat ... kind of puts me somewhere between a Gaiman/McKean dreamland, and Easter Island. :-)
20th Oct, 2005 17:38 (UTC)
I wouldn't say it was exactly glum, either, just bloody weird. Like it a lot.
(I was , of course, born on Wednesday...)
21st Oct, 2005 10:18 (UTC)
I was thinking more calm than glum. You and my little sister Vic both -- poor thing
20th Oct, 2005 18:46 (UTC)
Oooooh! I really like its existential darkness!!! very wonderful!
21st Oct, 2005 10:08 (UTC)
21st Oct, 2005 00:18 (UTC)

21st Oct, 2005 09:59 (UTC)
but of course!
Fair of face!
21st Oct, 2005 07:13 (UTC)
Thursday's child
has far to go
21st Oct, 2005 10:08 (UTC)
Re: Thursday's child
poor little thursday's child, always so tired :)
21st Oct, 2005 09:46 (UTC)
Raymond is an American
For this reason, the form expects the date to be entered backwards: the example they give, 1/10/71, is intended to be read as Januwary Ten Nuntin Sevnta Wun rather than 1 October 1971.

Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, etc., users can use cal 10 1971 to call up a calendar for the month of October in the year 1971.

This Day of the Week calculator accepts unambiguous inputs like 10 January 1971. This Day of the Week Calculator uses labelled boxes to the same effect. There is also a discussion of the algorithms you might use to calculate the day of the week in more detail than you probably need.
21st Oct, 2005 09:59 (UTC)
thank you!
You're so helpfule!
21st Oct, 2005 23:44 (UTC)
oh dear, i am full of woe.
22nd Oct, 2005 01:37 (UTC)
I entered the date the wrong way and thought I was born on a Tuesday but it seems I was born on a Thursday even though I was born prematurely and now I'm not sure if I was.

I liked this TWS a lot. It didn't occur to me this was Easter Island just you finding some really brilliant concepts. Having been fascinated by Easter Island from childhood, and last week reading a historical brochure about its great advancements, followed by collapse of human society and cannibalism, TWS was a much brighter contrast of cheers.
23rd Oct, 2005 22:19 (UTC)
Raymond might have it a bit wrong anyway ... try this place:

22nd Oct, 2005 12:44 (UTC)
Raymond got it wrong - said Monday, but it was actually Advent Sunday.
23rd Oct, 2005 22:20 (UTC)
OK --
second complaint -- I'll change the link
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