|Hey, whatever, I'm just saying. Unthrilling.|
Do you read the comic strip Penny Arcade? I do, but through a Paul Filter (i.e., he emails me links to the ones he thinks I'll like) because so many of the strips are (1) gory, and/or (2) distressing, and/or (3) about video games I don't play, and/or (4) about programming/computer issues I don't understand. So actually I guess I pretty much don't read it. Here are some Swistle-Filtered samples, if you would like to see the comic I'm referring to without having to risk seeing something gory/upsetting:
1. A game joke I kind of get, but not as much as someone who plays games (or perhaps a particular game?) would.
2. An Avatar/Airbender joke I do get.
3. A parenting joke I do get.
4. A DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince joke I do get.
5. This one has bad language, but Paul and I have been quoting the "rue" part for years.
So. Paul understands many more of the jokes than I do, and is much less bothered by the gory/upsetting stuff than I am, and I think he participates in that online community and SO ON. And Penny Arcade was doing a Kickstarter project to go ad-free on their site (Paul has the same Threadless squirrel shirt Gabe is wearing in that video), and Paul thought we should participate---more in support of Penny Arcade's general awesomeness than because we care if they have ads on their site. And so we did.
Are you wondering how this can possibly tie in with the cat's name?
|Take your time---I'm riveted.|
WELL. I will tell you. The Kickstarter thing had little INCENTIVES at each giving level. Like, you give $x and you get a digital copy of one of their books, you give $5x and you get a print of one of the strips, you give $1000x and you get a personal comic drawn of you, OR WHATEVS. I'm just making up x-numbers here.
The only incentive on the list _I_ really wanted was that Tycho (one of the Penny Arcade guys) would NAME YOUR PET FOR YOU. I wanted this incentive SO MUCH, that Paul and I donated individually so that we would get TWO pet names.
At the time, we had two named cats, so we planned to file the names away for later use. But then, er, we were abruptly down one cat. I will tell you that in those very first hours of our grief, one of us turned to the other and said, "...Hey. Now we can use a Penny Arcade name for a new cat," and the other one said, "I know, I thought of that too but didn't want to say." Joy in sorrow, etc.
PROBLEM: the Kickstarter email said that the incentives are scheduled to be distributed around December. We're HOPING that this is a plenty-of-time estimate to get everyone to back up a bit on demanding their stuff, and that distributions will actually start much sooner, and that we might be in the first batch. For one thing, it's entirely possible that we'll get two pet names and be uninterested in using either one. (In which case I was thinking we should use "Tycho" or "Gabe.") (Gabe is the name of the other Penny Arcade guy.)