Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


In case you can't see the image, it's a rather nonsensical depiction of all characters thus far (and variations thereof) from the DeRamos.org Webcomic.  They (and we) are wishing you all a Happy Halloween.  They are, after all, werewolves, zombies, a vampire, and the Last Human-Human on Earth (times three).

Friday, October 30, 2009

Webcomic #004e: Free Will Is Right Now


Referring to all the delays within the time-loop that is this week's webcomic, the Vampire Lord laments, "If I had you the first time, we would not have to play this game again and again."

Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth, and amateur philosopher, contradicts her attacker (or suitor?): "There is no 'what if...?'.  There is only 'what now...?'."

"Here we go again," complains the vampire, rolling his red eyes.   "Blah."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Webcomic #004d: Deus ex Webcomica


"I want to suck your blood," says the Vampire Lord to his next victim.  "That is a w, not a v.  I am not a stereotype," he clarifies.  "Blah."

That potential victim is Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth.  She begins tries to distract the easily-distracted Nosferatu, saying, "Well..."

"No more delays."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Webcomic #004c: Halloween in 3, 2, 1...


Sensing his final victory over humanity at hand, the Vampire Lord declares, "At last, there will be no more human-humans on Earth.  Blah."

Trying to delay the inevitable again, Justine (the Last Human-Human on Earth, incidentally) asks, "So...what are you going to do for Halloween?"

"Oh, no, you cannot do this.  Fool me once, aah, shame on you."  Some vampires like numbers, and our Vampire Lord is one of them.  So he continues:  "Fool me twice, aah aah, shame on me."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Webcomic #004b: Pearl Jam Concert


"Speak your last words, mortal, while you still can," the Vampire Lord commands.  "Blah."

"I heard you went to a Pearl Jam concert earlier this month," states Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth, with an ace up her sleeve.  "How was it?"  (She's not wearing sleeves.)

"As always, they played an epic show."

"Details, please!"

"You can't beat an energetic main set plus two encore sets."  And with that, the Vampire Lord talked about a two-hour concert over the course of six hours.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Webcomic #004a: Bloody Dancing


"Let us dance," says the Vampire Lord to the Last Human-Human on Earth.  "Blah."

They dance into the late hours of the night. Swept off her feet, Justine exclaims, "I don't want this to end!" which ignites the Vampire Lord's fear of commitment.  (Alternatively, the sun is rising, and the Vampire Lord does not want to be reduced to ashes at first light.  I'd say it's both his fear of commitment and of annihilation.)

"I totally forgot I have things to do.  Deadlines, you know.  I must leave.  Blah," he says, dropping the woman to the floor.

Sneak Peek Monday: Webcomic #004


This sequence continues last week's vampire cliffhanger.  Sneak peeks are usually on Sunday, but this action-packed installment is worth the wait, I'd say.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alphabet of the New Language DeRamosh #newlanguage

It's been a while since I've blogged without producing a webcomic, and this one's going to be hilarious (for me, anyway)!  At the risk of giving away too much information (in a TMI sort of way), this morning in the bathroom, it occurred to me come up with a "new language," or rather speed up the evolution of the English language (among other languages) to a state of simplicity, softness, and strangeness.

It starts with the alphabet and basic phonemes.  As babies, so it is said, we can and do speak every possible human sound.  This ability is lost when we learn our first language, in such that, some sounds in other languages are hard to reacquire.  For a native English speaker, even the gutterals involved in a closely-related Germanic language like Dutch can be odd to reproduce with one's own vocal cords.

In any case, there are way too many characters and vocal sounds in English:  Twenty-six letters (capital and small), various vowel sounds, various consonant sounds, and some relatively nasty sounds when recording on a mic (plosives and sibilants, for instance).  And so I resolved to reduce the complications with this evolved, new language.

I hashed out much of this alphabet system this morning with my friend Neeru on Twitter:  She asked questions; I made stuff up.

The Ground Rules (tentative):
1. All vowel sounds are schwas (ə).
2. Hard sounds, like hard-c, k, and hard-g are eliminated.
3. Historically similar consonant sounds are grouped together, and the subjectively softest sound is in the new language.
4. Plosive sounds like b and p are reserved for the nastiest of curse words.  I've chosen the Thorn Rune (þ) to represent this sound, even though that symbol is used as th elsewhere.  In this new language, plosives are pronounced by spitting on the person to whom you are addressing.  Hence, it is nasty.
5. The consonants d and t, as well as the th sound, are consolidated as Theta (θ).  The words vater, vader, and father are all the same. 
6. That said, the letters f and v are now represented by the letter w.
7. Soft-g sounds like j.  In Spanish, j sounds like h.  In German, Dutch, and other languages, j sounds like y.  All those letters are consolidated as y.
8. The letters l and r (interchangeable or even mutually exclusive in some languages) are represented by the letter w, like Elmer Fudd saying, ""Be vewwy vewwy quiet; I'm hunting wabbit."  This is called a Fuddian slip.
9. The consonants m and n are too close, and one must go.  Since m doesn't require your tongue against the back of your teeth like n, I chose m.
10. The letter q is now w.  (Also, when in doubt, use w.)
11. Sibilants like soft-c, s, x, and z are now a lisped θ.
12. There are no capital letters.

In short, the letters of this new language are ə þ θ w y m.  There are only six letters, and þ /spit/ is rarely used!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Webcomic #003f: Computers


"With the release of Snow Brainnn...and Windows Brainnn..., I am in the market for a new personal brainnn...!!!" declares the zombie wearing boxer shorts.  Being a zombie, his main source of information is what the TV says, so he asks out loud:  "What does the latest 'I'm a Brainnn...' ad have to brainnn...???"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Webcomic #003e: STP Concert


"I saw Stone Temple Pilots last night," triumphantly declares the Vampire Lord.

"Wow," patronizes Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth.  "You've had an exciting month!"

Oblivious to her sarcasm, the Vampire Lord continues:  "Yes, I went to a lot of shows and amusement this October.  Blah."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Webcomic #003d: Dinner & Tournament


"The Master and Brainnn...went to Medieval Times Dinner and Brainnn...!!!" declares the zombie in boxer shorts.

"That sounds like fun," replies Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Webcomic #003c: Disneyland


"How was Disneyland?" asks the woman wearing violet.

"I didn't go to Brainnn...!!!" replies the zombie wearing boxer shorts.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Webcomic #003b: Fatalism


"Gotcha," declares our heroine Justine, after almost-flawlessly stalking her next zombie kill.

She was almost flawless.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Webcomic #003a: Baseball


"The Greater Los Angeles area has a 50% chance of having at least one team make it to the World Series..." states Justine the Last Human-Human on Earth. She wears purple, combining both Dodger Blue and Angel Red, as she laments: "With the Angels' extra innings loss and the Dodgers' blowout defeat, it feels like our opportunity is slipping away...again."

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sneak Peek Sunday: Webcomic #003



Justine the last human-human on Earth's zombie-hunting travels have led her to a town called Apatin (look it up).  It does not look well for our heroine, and it looks even worse for this week's zombie fatality.  Yes, this week marks the arrival of a very powerful vampire (who is yet to be named), as well as the coming of situations that can easily satire various in-style vampire stories on the silver screen (as well as the small screen).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Webcomic #001b: In Reverse


No More Waiting (#145): Photos: Pearl Jam, 10/1/2009

This is the final set of Pearl Jam concert photos from the October 1st show, at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, that I'll post here; it is a baker's dozen this time.  Incidentally, this is the final "Waiting for 2010" blog entry at DeRamos.org, and it's not even November yet.  We're going to focus on the Webcomic, and there ain't no use waitin' for next year, when there's lots to do right now.

As evidenced by this new backdrop, these snapshots are from the final set, or second encore, of the show:


Monday, October 5, 2009

Webcomic #001a: Time Travel


Waiting for 2010 #144: Photos: Pearl Jam, 10/1/2009

Once again, here are a dozen more snapshots from the October 1st, 2009, Pearl Jam show at the Gibson Amphitheatre:


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sneak Peek Sunday: Webcomic #001

Tomorrow, we'll let these currently-unnamed characters speak:


Waiting for 2010 #143: Photos: Pearl Jam, 10/1/2009

Here are a dozen more photos from Thursday night's Pearl Jam concert:


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #142: Photos: Pearl Jam, 10/1/2009

As promised yesterday, here are the first dozen (of many) snapshots from Thursday's Pearl Jam concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City:


Friday, October 2, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #141: Photos: Ben Harper & Relentless7, 10/1/2009

Last night, my brother and I went to a Pearl Jam concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre. The opening act was Ben Harper & Relentless7. The amphitheater sounded excellent, and both bands were brilliant! It was a perfect concert!

Here are some snapshots from Ben Harper & Relentless7's part of the show:


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #140: Happy October! (And More Sad Health Insurance Debacle News)

I am extremely excited that it is the month of October, once again. This is one of those situations where I have to eventually "show" rather than "tell," so please stay tuned.

In any case, a friend posted this link on Facebook, and now I am seriously bummed out.  It is the story of a mother who, due to the douchebaggery of her family's health insurer, chose her daughter's eyesight treatment and ceased her own treatment, ensuring her inevitable blindness.  This is an example of how broken the American health insurance for health care system has become.  This video was embedded in the linked article:






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