dogsounds reviews: Big-ass Skyrim review. Fus Ro DAH!, motherfucker!

squidbear dogsounds reviews Skyrim BethesdaWell, Just holy crap. When was the last time we updated this blog? Like, a million years ago? Jeez. I haven’t had time to draw any Avoid Spikes Strips, but you think we could have written a few bits here and there. 

Anyhoo, to try and revive the blog, let’s start with something simple – a dogsounds reviews: article. There hasn’t been a great deal of gaming activity going on at dogsounds Towers of late, mainly for two reasons: 1) I have a massive backlog of podcasts to listen to, and b) I have been playing games that allow me to pootle about whilst listening to said podcasts. Fallout 3, Red Dead Redemption, and the big-ass game theat is the newest addition to the big-ass game stable: Skyrim

How does the game shape up? Let’s find out!

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Something is afoot at the Circle K. And strange things can happen when idiots ingest alcohol.

Click here to go all wibbly in a phone box in this week’s comic!

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In this week’s ‘Avoid Spikes’, Foxx takes a little time out to meet a tiny creature.

Click here to join in his wonderment at simple things.

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This is one of those “true life tales too good to pass up” stories.

Want to know why this dinosaur looks quite so embarrassed? Click here to read this week’s strip and find out!

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So this year I hit the big four-oh. Society would have me believe that I can only regain the excitement and vigor of youth by buying a Harley, wearing tight jeans, loud shirts, and purchasing hair dye products. But you know what?

I can’t be bothered. Meh.

Try to catch this week’s strip without dropping a hip right here.

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Sure, his job means he gets to travel all the time, stay in nice hotels and visit every restaurant. But Helvetica Man also has to hang around in toilets, travel endlessly on escalators and get caught out by every hazard known. It’s not all good times. There’s not even a union.

Please ensure to wear appropriate hazard gear at all times whilst reading this week’s strip right here.

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This week’s strip was one of those times when I overheard a snippet of a conversation and a situation popped into my head. I fully expect most people to be like “wha…?”, but it worked in my GRATE BRANE when I came up with it.

I thought I would try a less time-demanding inking method – fast brushy swooshes instead of my usual OCD solid line with many overinks. I think it worked ok, although I might try a slightly thicker brush next time. Saved me a whole mess of time though, and also made inking fun again.

Apply for this week’s strip right here. No previous experience necessary.

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Well, we got there - 100 comics done. I had guessed that it would take two years  – you know, one a week and all that – but that’s not quite how shit went down. Oh well. But hey, thanks for still being around to see this point. Here’s to the next 100!

This week, we take a look at the absolute clusterfuck that is the redesign of the Gawker Media group’s wesbites. They don’t want to be seen as blogs aymore, so have decided to rebuild them as SERIOUS NEWS OUTLETS, and in the process managed to drop site traffic and piss just about all their readers off, eventually caving into the baying crowd so much that they have cobbled together some stuff to pacify them that effectively makes the whole damn enterprise redundant in the first place. Like putting wheels on a hovercar because people just prefer wheels.

Gotta love that schadenfreude feeling. We are proud to say we are a blog, will always be a blog and will never change that.

Point and laugh at the fat websites with bad glasses right here.



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Avoid Spikes, dogsounds, Foxx, Mart, furry, webcomic, web comic, Martin & Wolf, humorYES! Yes yes! We are back, baby!

I know, I know, it’s been like, a million years since the last comic strip proper. But that’s the way with us frilly-sleeved, foppish creative-types – sometimes the mojo just buggers right off. And when you aren’t able to draw, there’s not a lot you can do, sadly. If you have come back after all this time to find this, then we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, bless you.

But that is sorted now. We have a few scripts lined up and ready to go, so here’s hoping this is a return to our normal schedule. Don’t forget, there will be quickie strips during the week too, to keep you happy and floaty light!

Anyway, enough grovelling, shut up and click here to get completely lost in this week’s strip!

Can’t Dance, Won’t Dance…

We can’t dance to save our lives, but it doesn’t matter, it will save the woooorld!

All rise for Matt. If you want quality dancing, look elsewhere.

http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/ – yes, he’s still going!

The best video game console: you decide

So, I have both, and I know which I prefer. But to settle an online debate, I thought I would bring in the rest of the internets to find out what the masses think. I am not including the Wii here because (as normal people all know) it is a child’s toy and is not a valid gaming console. Let the internets explode!

Something Funny Happened On The Way To The Moon

Friend of the dogblog Sara Howard has published her second book, “Something Funy Happened On The Way To The Moon”, available now, so we thought we’d give it a shoutout.

We interviewed Sara last year about her work on the Apollo Space Program.  Apollo was  the greatest achievement in the history of mankind and planet Earth and its remarkable story is dramatically told by Sara, one of two women to have worked on the Saturn V as an aerospace engineer. This uplifting story documents the race to space that first sent Americans to the moon in 1969 from the viewpoint of those people actually building the dream.

What mankind achieved with Apollo should not be forgotten, and this book helps shed light on part of the story you never really get to hear about.

You can get Sara’s book direct from the publisher or on Amazon if you prefer.

Sara’s first book, ‘The Biggest Explosions In The Universe’ is available from Amazon.

This week’s ‘Avoid Spikes’ comic now online!

So, this week’s comic is now up online, this week penned by Mart in a nostalgic mood.

Sit back and relive the halcyon days with this week’s strip right here.

Can you identify this street art?

So I see this comms drop-box on my way to work every day, and every day I see what is the most captivating piece of street art I have ever come across.

I wanted to take a shot of it for posterity. It’s not high art, it doesn’t have a cutting Banksy-esque message to shout out, but neither is it a mindless shitty graffito. It isn’t a wall-spanning work of spray-can mastery. What makes it so fascinating – and what makes it stick in my mind so much – is that this is the only example of it I am aware of, it has no name or tag anywhere, and seems almost meaningless. No obvious message, no obvious creator, it just is.

It’s a wonderfully and beautifully simple and evocative little piece, a perfect example of “less is more”. Why the poignantly melancholy expression? What does it mean? Who does it respresent, what is the message? Why did the artist go to the trouble of putting it on a box in the middle of humdrum suburbia?  Why is it on this little box and not the big fuck-off Cable cabinet next to it (out of shot)? It bugs me that the message and meaining are so well hidden.

Think about it – if you were going to go to all the trouble of getting a piece of card, drawing this face onto it, cutting out the holes to make a spray mask and then painting it onto something you would most likely make the message or the meaning a little obvious, do it somewhere prominent, be making it of someone recogniseable, or stick your name or tag on it somewhere. But this is so seemingly inert, so random and unique and so out of the way…it bugs me. Bugs the arse off me. It’s sits in the back of my mind like a mental hangnail.

It means something, and I want to know what. It’s like an earworm of the visual cortex.   If you recognise it (full size image here), or have seen it somewhere else in or around Manchester (or anywhere else) or know anything about it, I would like to know. I’m just interested. I certainly hope that whatever the Royal Mail have in this cabinet, they decide to leave the art where it is and don’t paint over it. It the simplest yet most striking piece of street art I have seen in a long time.

Facebook deny ‘censoring’ Wikileaks US air attack video.

The dogblog has been informed by a number of readers that currently any attempt to enter the address of the Wikileaks video released yesterday (that showed leaked classified U.S. Military footage of an attack on Iraqi civilians) into Facebook is being blocked, it would seem.

Entering a URL into a status update on Facebook usually renders a link, but in the case of www.collateralmurder.org this is not the case. Many of our readers have expressed concern that given the nature of the material at that web address it would seem apparent that an attempt to censor or restrict the user’s right to disseminate the address is being carried out by Facebook.

It would be very unfortunate for Facebook – whose profile page carries the motto “Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”  – if this turned out to be anything other than unintentional filtering or scripting glitch. We asked Facebook about this apparent restriction of free speech, and they quickly responded, advising:

“To protect our users, we have automated systems in place that block the dissemination of links to known malicious websites, including phishing and malware sites.  On rare occasions, these systems wrongly identify a legitimate link as malicious.  We have reinstated this one and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

It should be noted that  the URL www.collateralmurder.com was not restricted and that the .org address is posting into notes.

(Update:  oops, I forgot to link to the source of that image, my bad: click here )

Wikileaks: video of ‘unprovoked slaying’ exposes military cover-up.

Wikileaks has just released video it has obtained showing the killing of fifteen unarmed civilians without provocation by two U.S. Apache helicopters in Iraq in 2007.  Wikileaks further claims this exposes a military cover-up that painted the incident as a battle with armed insurgents in which civilians were killed.

The film was taken by the crew of an Apache helicopter on July 12, 2007 over New Baghdad. Two Reuters News Agency employees, Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen, were out in the area, and as the film starts you can see Eldeen carrying his camera. Both were amongst the fifteen or so civilians killed, and, it seems, were the unwitting cause of the attack. More info and the film after the jump. Facebook readers, click here to see the article and the video.

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Competition time! Yay! Win dogsounds schwag!

Want to win free dogsounds schwag? Now you can!

Hidden in this weeks Avoid Spikes comic is a massively ridiculously hyper-obscure Doctor Who reference – if you can find it and are the first to add a comment to the strip saying what it is and where it comes from, you’ll win yourself the pick of the dogsounds store!

Here’s the basic rules:

  • The competition is open to anyone, anywhere, except me and Mart. This is kinda obvious, really.
  • The winner is the first person to add a comment to the 04/04/2010 strip stating what the reference is, and where it comes from.
  • People I work with cannot get hints or clues from me when we go back to work, not even if bribed with TEH FOODZ or DAVEBREWS.
  • The winner will receive an email confirming that they have won, and will need to reply providing their mailing address and stating which 1 (one) item from the dogsounds store (excluding the cameras) they want as their prize.
  • Prize will be delivered within 28 days.
  • The winner will not be charged for the prize or shipping, but because some countries suck local customs or duty charge may apply depending on how crappy your country is with import tax and duty.
  • Once you have your prize, use it well and be awesome. No returns, no refunds!

And that’s it! Closing date will be 1/5/2010, and if no one gets it we may decided to pick a winner based on most amusing comment instead. Good luck!

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So, despite millions of small children and fambly descending for a lovely bank holiday visit, we still have a comic up on time! And, of course, nothing but NOTHING interrupted the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who.

All I can say is: titles and theme tune shit, everything else fucking awesome. Matt Smith is so good that I forget that he has a head the size of most normal people’s entire body. He presents a nice, eclectic mix of a number of doctors, most notably Two, Four, Nine and Ten. And young Tottie McFitPiece as Amy Pond (come on, admit it, you can’t remember her name either, and companions are only there for the teenage and maybe slightly older than teenage attention spans) played a blinder as a companion with the brass to stand up to the Doctor when needed.

It looked great – a side bonus of filming in HD is that SD looks much better – and Murray Gold’s music was spot on as always. Well, apart from the gag-reflex inducing theme, which is just shameful (it’s actually worse than the music they put on the Doctor Who Confidential programmes). 

So anyway, enough bollocks, as I appear to be enacting the comic strip in real life now. Best you stop reading this and check out this week’s wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey strip right here

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So, bit of a hiatus last weekend due to being completely knackered and devoid of any ideas.

Do seem to be going through a bit of a dry creative patch at the moment. It’s not like I am distracted by anything, I think it is just tiredness. So in that vein, this week I had to fall back on simple wordplay.

Totally misinterpret this week’s strip right here!

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Men are such simple creatures. We don’t expect a lot of life, and anything much more than that tends to confuse and terrify us.

So it is that we have certain self-defence mechanisms built in to protect us from situations that would tend to cripple our already limited decision-making process. The fear of chintz is a natural, instinctive male response.

Find out how Mart’s man-instincts – his manstincts - helped save him when things got beyond his control in this week’s dazed and confused strip, right here.

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