Still testing with sketching on paper first. It cuts down my sketch time by like half an hour.
Ha! who ever said those things don’t work!
Now HP and XKCD need to do a comic swap!
Alt-Text: Pre-empting the same joke that XKCD will eventually make
If they do a comic swap, I’ll be happy for a month.
I’d actually be more interested in seeing how Randall would do Housepets! rather than the other way around.
It’d never happen though.
XKCD would have made a joke about netcat.
wut XKCD :3?
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH aino wut that iz
I hate XKCD I am a major /b/tard at heart :’)
Well, this is housepets we’re talking here.
So then what happens if you get a Blue Screen of Death with a Ouija board?
Spell out Ctl-Alt-Del?
…and hope you don’t end up with Cthulhu…
Yeah, he’s really cranky when it comes to broken Ouija boards, better if you’ll get Satan. Tleast he can help out, an even treats to a beer
I regret getting Windows Vista on my Ouija board… The RAM just can’t cope…
If you replace the ram with a couple of bunnies or a large collie that will leave you enough space.
No, just stay there and wait for the spirit to tell you what to do.
Then you hope that your medium knows CPR.
And isn’t squeamish about getting ectoplasm on their face.
Call the Psychic Hot-line for Oujia-cal support.
With a text interface, it’s more likely one of the umpteen bajillion Linux distributions.
Also, as Argent mentioned below, if it were Windows it’d be “tracert”, not “traceroute”.
Warning: unreaped zombies in init
Panic: SIGZOMBIE in kernel mode
Tap table to reincarnate
$Do not have permission to exorcist
yea! more Sabrina and Grape!
Wait a minute! Who’s the spirit controlling the Quija board?
I think it’s spelled “Ouija”
But just a opinion.
Oh, my bad. That word I rarely use, so yeah…
Yep, it’s named after the “Oui” (yes) and “Ja” (yes) across the top. Kind of like a psychic QWERTY.
So…in other words, it would originate from Alsace-Lorraine since it mixes both languages of French and German and references gypsies?
Nobody. Sabrina’s controlling it. It’s like a supernatural computer, but with only the text command interface.
Hmm…are you sure it’s not Pete?
(shocked monocle-man is shocked)
That was… not something that I thought about…
She DID just input a text command though.
but pete is supposed 2 come back at somepoint
so wai not naow
Unless he’s got a valid avatar, he’s breaking the rules.
Would be interesting to see what the penalty is for that!
he’ll probably get ah BAD thingy dat he haz to do 0.o laike umm……. laike… umm………………………
…………………. oh never maind ai can’t thnk of anythin
I’m pretty sure he’s not allowed to DIRECTLY influence the game, but he can still do it INDIRECTLY. How else is he supposed to get an avatar?
Also, were YOU the frank that one that prize on Marooned? If so, congrats!
Uh… yes… but… what reminded you of that now?
Nothing. I just saw it before and randomly remembered to congratulate you.
wuts marooned :3 ?
Marooned: Past tense of the verb “Maroon”. To abandon in some deserted, faraway land. Pirates will use islands, but Tom Dellaringa uses Mars. Of course, Mars implies Martians, so hilarity ensues.
Sabrina’s pet spirit of course!
Ghost in the Shell?
I was gonna say the same thing ^^
Me, too! Does this mean that the Laughing Man is forthcoming? He’d be an awesome ghost!
I hear a whisper in my ghost.
It says “Stop watching Mamoru Oshii films!”
More like Charlie’s “Laundry” novels.
“Class five Hand of Glory, five charge disposable, mirrored base for coherent emission instead of generalized invisibility … doesn’t seem to be armed, maximum range line-of-sight, activation by designated power word – are you cleared to use these things?” – Bob Howard, in “The Atrocity Archives” by Charlie Stross.
Oh, here’s one of the “Laundry” stories online.
(shocked monocle man wears a hat and lost his monocle)
My hat is broken.
Charlie’s good at that.
Ah, the trick everyone does.
Move the marker slightly!
I honestly like that your sketching first on paper, makes the facial expressions more lively and funny. I really never figured out how anyone could draw by using a mouse, however, unless you use something like Autocad.
This and the last strip have very good expresions.
Becoming this my favorite arc.
Yeah, i personally like them better hand sketched. If it’s faster, and you’re still going to edit digitally anyway, why not?
Uh, I use a tablet
Here Rick, use the single raised eyebrow technique.
I prefer the coated caplets.
I have no idea what that is but it sounds professional.
Imagine, if you will, a computer with a screen you can bring a pencil to, and the pencil mark wil appear on the sheet of the program that is open.
Or, just imagine a DS without the top screen.
Well, there’s also the ones that are basically just a board and don’t project the image. A bit harder to use (as you have to estimate where pressing will appear on the screen), but they still can be used pretty well.
I think those are called sketchpads. Don’t hold me on that though.
FRANK! YOUR BACK!
No, that’s his front.
Why do cartoonists get all the good stuff?
And correct me if I’m wrong, but trace, at least in flixel/Actionscript 3, means to check to see if something is working or not and the ide places a readout of the data on the debug screen. So, if shees tracing for ghosts, oh, I think I get it.
Well, the delete was bound to happen. But hopefully I still made my point.
Actually, you did make a point. However, keep in mind those who were not trying to and were conveniently there to see it.
I’ll be sure and keep that in mind.
I missed it.
Why was it deleted?
It had nothing to do with the comic.
nope, you didn’t.
You know, I think I’ll do the right thing and not comment to that comment. I can get very, very, very nasty so I’ll just shut up and not get into any more trouble.
Dude, not cool. Stop bickering.
Sorry bout that, I get so upset sometimes when I see something wrong going on that I just react. More often then not it doesn’t have the desired effect.
Excuse me, can I put this here? Call it an explanation if you will.
Forgot to post the link:
I hate doing this. I wish I could program an edit button. But, still, that was posted in the wrong forum, this is the correct one I think:
Hmm, the “DNS of the Dead” must have loads of outdated entries.
Name: Nicholas Porpington
Address: Hogwarts castle
Now what part of that entry is honestly going to have to be updated ever?
Can we say “grave robbers”? XD
Even of somebody robbed his grave, he’s a ghost. Nothing would change.
Some ghost stories have the unwritten rule that the ghost needs to stay within a certain distance of his grave. If the grave is robbed, well, let’s just say you’re going to get some pretty darn surprized burglars
I’ve always felt ouija boards are a bit…well…when My brother and I played with one it kept saying “give Tom your snickers bar”…which was odd because we both hate snickers bars and his name is NOT Tom…
…and twenty years later, you’ll be given a Snickers Bar as a gift and give it to a hungry man on the streets named Tom out of sympathy.
THE OUIJA BOARDS KNOW ALL!!!
hehe who knows, maybe…
Who ya gonna call?
Is she like… speedtyping on a Ouija board?
I’m just imagining the pointer thing FLYING across the board in about three seconds.
Gravar has failed you, bro….
The man of many faces, has not one now.
WHY MUST THE GO BUTTON B RIGHT NEXT TO BACKSPACE THAT MAKES NO SENSE I AM ANGRY WHY CAN’T APPLE DESIGN A PHONE THAT CAN JUST DO EXACTLY WHAT I WANT IT TO DO INSTEAD OF BEING WELL ROUNDED ARGH!!
Omg you make me laugh very hard…
That’s why i don’t see HP on my Ipod Touch
Very hard to write and i always finish clicking on the ads >.<
*sigh* ahh val(kilmer) u should just use ah comp.
……….. or 1 of does magical ai-pad that can fit into fanny packs :3
You mean ERG 10169C?
*Gives Val a chocolate Ganache cupcake*
I suppose eventually, people will switch to Batman or VKB.
Once they get used to that, though, I shall become…
I like my name.
Asimov’s Sideburns were pretty awesome, I gotta admit.
Anyway, I notice that Grape is making that “Wait… what was that again?” look you get when you try REALLY hard to remember something.
So yeah. I wonder what kind of w/m she can sustain on that thing…
Sorry, Words per Minute.
most likely one, depending upon Pete’s smarticleness
Sabrina’s eyes look mildly odd in the last panel, yet it brings out the purpose of her being sneaky in a sense. I think it’s the dimple that you created in her smile, I guess…
finally someone agrees with me!
Ah, it seems that you fixed it, however…I still think the dimple crease is a bit too corner-ish…just a tiny….little…I’ll stop bickering now.
I hated learning the command line interface.
I pretty much only used it for playing acid tetris.
Loving this new look, more ‘catty’ :3
Third and Fourth panel Sabrina are awesome.
Not all that notable I suppose, but I get the impression that pencil sketching makes for thinner arms.
I thought I saw something different, but I wasn’t sure and not about to get the artist more mad.
Grape’s holding her arms behind her back.
Sketching on paper makes for more consistent facial structure.
It also makes for bottom of hands covered in lead and holes in paper where many erases are. At least for me anyways. How do you do it though? Sketch on paper, scan, then color digitally?
This is why you use quality paper that doesn’t tear from erasers, and also the good white eraser stuff that erases #2 lead cleanly and does not streak or tear.
Yes, sketch on paper and then scan and the the inking and color digitally
Huh. I always thought that, when I get a tablet, I’ll be saving time because I’ll be eliminating those steps!
If Rick started using paper from the Fox and Peanut reading dilemma, then yes tracing does make thinner arm, else he changed his models to this new one which I personally like better as it looks less popeye-y.
((As in the arm-hand sizes are more consistent with the body.))
You know the Giant for arms was one o the things a loved about this comic honestly. I will for ever miss it.
Excuse me whilst I mourn.
…I gotta say, without the eye lashes, Grape looks like a he.
Wow, you got it!
So, are you taking the people out of the luvey-duvey fandom by making the comic back to where Grape looks like a tomboy again?
That would mean she’s a boy.
Let’s just link this and get it over with: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/06/i-planned-this-joke-for-an-awful-long-time/
Cool! =D er, what did I get?
de eye-lashes make ppl a boy or girl ^-^…….. ai think
Insee it in panel two, if I try, but then, I came into this knowing Grape was a girl, so… yeah.
I still found it funny that Peanut didn’t know, but mostly because once you know, it becomes obvious. It’s invisible if you don’t, at least in the beginning.
Hence that’s why Peanut made her eyelashes stand out for her date with maxwell. and why Peanut though she was a he at the beginning of the comic. =3
Wait, are you comparing Grape and Sabrina?
I think Grape has a stronger jawline in this strip, too.
Comic swap would make my month. Seriously.
… I love this.
Shouldn’t this be a reply to CannonFodder’s 12:11 AM post?
Thinking of a tool that is simple to use and has not changed much over the years.
Toilet Paper XD
Sorry me and my immature mind.
Also the hammer and the axe.
Actually, toilet paper has changed quite a bit. All those scented toilet papers? Toilet papers without the little dotted cuts? Single-sheet rolls? And don’t get me started on what people used before we invented paper for that specific purpose!
You… why… but…
Ok. Mr. Smartypants *grumble *grumble *arms crossed
Can you think of any other tool that fits the above description.
Besides the hammer… and the axe.
Mice don’t wear pants!
Well, at least mine doesn’t. Walter Elias would probably disagree.
There is a famous mice around the world, who wears pants.
You may know of who i’m talking
*mouse if it’s singular…
…AND NO, Mickey Mouse is not good for you!
@Alex M.: Which is why Walter Elias would probably disagree
I was talking about mouses with pants like Mickey Mouse.
Not the mouses that Walter Elias would disagree.
About Disney my favorite animation is Destino.
Huh…The animation makes sense!
Of course it does. Walter Elias storyboarded it.
Even if had changed trough human history, it have the same “desing”
Don’t count the aesthetic changes.
How does Grape know how to use an EKG Meter?
You point it at things. Then the meter goes up when there’s ghosts nearby.
That would be a PKE Meter, if it’s a Ghostbusters reference.
An EKG is an entirely different thing.
Oh. I thought it was an EKG meter, because it’s easy to make out the heartbeats on the resulting graph
I was gonna say this:
But Rick beat me to it.
I’m loving the style change Rick. Sketching with paper first makes it seem much better looking. Their fur seems more fluffy.
“traceroute to Max’s embarrassing past”
I guess that’ll come later, and probably when it’s least appropriate (say, when they’re being chased by something really scary)
BTW, happy late birthday.
Sabrina for TOTAL WIN!
“You Like This” XD
Just a quick test.
Although I do hope the artist gets a better view. I wanted to wear this for holloween where I work. But our cheap wal-mart doesn’t have anything good like this. Sigh.
But what if the ghost is encrypted!
You only get encrypted ghosts in graveyards, unless you’ve got a REALLY old house. And putting crypts on residential properties probably needs a building code waiver. It’s a big pain in the neck.
What you worry for is not the encryption but the spirit of troy, the expelled, the squished. . .
Uh… the image you’re linking to is gone
Well ya it got taken down for “profanities” not my fault…
I should’ve been clearer. “The image is gone. What did it say / what did it have to do with today’s strip?”
Grape doesn’t quite look right in this strip, or is it just me?
Oh well, the last panel did make me giggle. :3
First of all, you don’t do a traceroute until you detect a ghost. You ant to start out with an aether dump, to look for packets of ectoplasm, with a psycap library filter rule to eliminate non-spooky packets (ghosts of dead insects and stuff). Then once you’re working high enough in the sub-aetheric protocol stack, you can use schrodinger’s netcat to re-assemble the psychic addresses of any potential ghosts.
THEN you can use traceroute… or you can just flood-ping them to hose them off the local net.
(pre-empting XKCD’s alt-text)
Why not just PING the IP of the supernatural server on the subnet of the house and TA-DA!!! Lucky I study informatics at collage right? (I’m such a nerd right now.) XD
“Computer science”, Gaboris. Informatics includes statistics and the biological processing of information – at least in English it does.
Pinging will tell you if the ghost is there, but the lack of a ping may mean he’s simply too tired to bother replying. Traceroute, on the other hand, will tell you how to get to him – or close enough to know what his (shall we say) area of influence is.
DANG YOU ENGLISH LANGUAGE!
Okay ye’re right, but you’d think when a pack of ghosts doesn’t have anything to do all it’s afterlife it would take it’s time to reply… Did that make ANY sense?
A psychic… at a haunted house… using a ouija board. Is she TRYING to get possessed?
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve roomed with psychics who did stuff this dumb, so I guess i shouldn’t be surprised..
She’s only a psychic in training
well, her being an actual psychic, trained by a god (or somebody seriously powerful) in disguise, no less, would probably lessen he chance of her being posessed. i’m just sayin’
Well.. thats a large word…. is it even allowed?
Oh, we know the Ouija CLI isn’t based on Windows. Otherwise it’d be TRACERT.
Well, how about Linux?
Doesn’t exactly narrow it down much. Anything not windows nowadays is a Unix-Based operating system. (Both Mac OSX and all the flavors of Linux are based on Unix.) Unless the Ouija board uses an older OS. Perhaps PCDOS or an earlier version of the Mac OS.
Could be VMS or MVS or VM/CMS or EXEC or AmigaDOS or MUMPS or CDOS or RTE.
oooo! cool comic strip! must watch!
Wait till she spells out “DEL C:/Zombie/Goasts/InAHouse” on the board next.
File allocations wrong there. It’d be:
Since InTheHouse is the main location of where any supernatural activity would be located. Technically though, I’m wrong still. It’d be more OnTheProperty just to be sure and cover everything.
Depends on how old the ghosts are. It might be “PIP [100,100]HOUSE.GST/DE/PU” or even “@DELETE BABYLONGARDENS*HOUSE/GHOST.SYM” followed by “@COPY,P MAMYLONGARDENS*HOUSE”
NO ZOMBEE GOASTS GET OUT OF HEAR.
and then he killed the zombee goasts and blew up the house an they were happy.
And the pants were dead.
JOHN FREEMAN: SAVOR OF HUMENS.
This should have the link to the SONG at the end. It is epic.
Will this work now?
No, it will not.
Copypaste from gravatar.
ALTER TABLE GHOSTS ADD (HAUNTING LOCATION);
DELETE FROM GHOSTS WHERE HAUNTING IN (SELECT NEARBY-HOUSES FROM SELF);
ORA 10-13 error: Table “self” has no “nearby-houses” field
omg awsomness great work
Very nice, it looks like you have a lot more control with actual paper and pencil.
That’s usually the case. Though peole who still do things digitally do awesome stuff.
I don’t get it…after glancing at a Wikipedia article, does this mean she just entered a computer command to search for ghosts using a ouija board?
Wait, sketching on paper seriously cuts down on your sketch time THAT MUCH?! Wow…Okay, I’m definitely gonna have to use paper again…I think THAT’S the style difference that’s been bugging me since this arc started, then.
gwape looks vewwy boy-ish in thins strip… ai wonder wai
Also possibly a stronger jawline.
fer sumreason ai think sumthin lake the poulter gist (that weird movie w/ dat short ladie that say “ALL ARE WELCOME” ovr and over) will happen
Grape: oh okk then… uh can ai write…traceroute Ghouls?
Sabrina: ok now ur jus bein stupid.. we all know dat ghouls dont exist.. sides it takes skill and technique
Grape: but u dink dat ghosts are real an not ghouls?
Sabrina: yea.. pretty much..
Grape: *stares at Sabrina coldly* NON BELIEVER! … humph fine well at least let me try…
Sabrina: but u…. u need skill….
Grape: yea! ai did it! ^_^
Coconut beercan stethoscope litterbug carboniforous?
Whatever your on I want some! lol
It’s the new new purple monkey dishwasher.
*Can’t seem to find the comment…
That’s not going to work, Sabrina. You need to write “Traceroute ghosts.com“
My ghosts are for-profit
That would at least detect for the really devious ones.
The last thing Babylon Gardens needs is government spooks.
What about ghosts.tv ? I mean, I know ghosts love to haunt the TV and suck little girls in and try to lead them into the light or something.
I actually laughed out loud. And I never to that.
@Salenstormwing: They take them to Tuvalu?
BTW: your new avatar surprised me.
Oh? Well, the ocasion does deserve it.
And to think I was actually planning something for halloween… when all I needed to do was read the paper!
I literally LOLed
Now, how do I respond to something as genial as that?
A good way to see bad things.
Hmm…I wonder what the mushroom cloud does!
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
As long as you don’t spell out U-M-B-R-E-L-L-A then you’ll be fine.
get off the furniture.
pretty interresting indeedz
quick tidbit of a song featuring…
ZACH THE BUNNY aka(Bun bun bunny bun)
THE SOUND IS BOUNCING ACROSS MY SKULL.
HEADSET IS PAIN.
is it me or is grape not looking at sabrina in the last panel
Grape does have a kind of thousand yard stare thing going there, doesn’t she.
Step 1. Acquire Ouija Board
Step 2. ???????
Step 3. Profit!
hey i was to write this >:|
What? no spider think tanks!
This comic is win
this won’t end well. BTW rick, wat new wit king & fox?
They’ll hook up with Peanut, Tarot, and Marvin. and use their awesome powers of imagination and holodeck skills to scare the bajesus out of everyone?
Hell, all they have to do is get tarot to suddenly become spirit dragon, and there ya go! Bet won.
Heh! It’s almost like someone challenged you to blend IT and a Ouiji board. Good show.
OLOL, just now i got the joke in the last panel. xD Awesome
Wait. That works? Learning is fun.
Funny fact: the name Ouija is derived merely from the French and German words for ‘yes’.
Good thing you’re using Unix, or this might happen:
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