Latest UserFriendly Comic Strip Pokes Fun at Mozilla
Thursday April 22nd, 2004
Gabriel and Alex Vincent both wrote in to tell us that Mozilla is the subject of the latest UserFriendly comic strip. The cartoon was apparently produced as a result of an email Alex sent to UserFriendly creator JD "Illiad" Frazer.
Somebody should make a comic strip making fun of that comic strip.
Actually, I'm a huge fan of this comic strip and as far as I can tell this isn't a very serious slam on Mozilla.
Someone already did:
I wasn't saying they were slamming us. I just didn't find it funny.
So what? Not everybody has the same sense of humour,
If they are going to make fun of Mozilla, why do it properly? Rather then some semi-cooked humor? Why not mention the famous name-changing? Or the disconnection between the evs and the users. Btw, I am not saying that that's true, just it seems to be a common problem of open-source.
Normally I find userfriendly hilarious but I just don't get this one? It is with much shame that I ask... Could someone explain it to me?
#8 Where the hell did that title come from???
Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:16 AM
Whoops would seem Mozilla remembers one more thing than username and pass on m'zine.. it seems to have also remembered my last post's title.
#10 Re: SVG can't come soon enough!
Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:20 AM
It's funny because they obviously like mozilla but are pretending to find something bad to say about it like they do with so many other products - but they can't find anything actually bad to say!
#11 Re: userfriendly explanation
by webgremlin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday April 23rd, 2004 3:32 AM
This isn't terribly funny, but I think the joke process goes something like this: Random reader notes that Userfriendly hasn't made a crack on Mozilla yet. Frzer decides to make a strip poking at Mozilla. Frazer tries to think of something annoying about Mozilla that he can effectively make fun of. Frazer can't think of anything both annoying and funny about Mozilla (earlier commentator was right that the name changing thing might have worked), so decides to make a joke out of the fact that he can't think of a joke.
Various comedy-type-folks do the same thing. I can think of a song by political satirists Capitol Steps spoofing Billy Joel's "Logest Time." Instead it was "Boris Yeltsin is the hardest rhyme"--lamenting the fact that it's very hard to satirize Yeltsin in song because you can't rhyme with his name, and all the way through making ridiculous over-stretched attempts at rhyming anyway (e.g., "If we can't rhyme with Boris Yeltsin, / We'll have to pull our belts in / Do something else besides just finding rhymes.")
Here is a funny parody of a dilbert strip including Mozilla <http://toastytech.com/good/mozdil.gif> Note that that is a parody not an actual strip, it seems Scott Adams would never actually mention any product by name these days.
now that was funny
the browser formerly known as Phoenix, formerly known as Firefird, formerly known as Firefox, formerly known as [ enter a new name selection ]. There are some parts of the Mozilla struggle which are a little absurd but funny.
... round??? shocking :-)
#15 Serious question on the "Strict" warnings
Friday April 23rd, 2004 5:33 AM
Since the release builds of Mozilla (or at least 1.6) don't have a Debug section in Preferences (that I can see, anyway), does anyone know if (and how) it's possible to turn the JS Strict warnings on in the formal release builds? TIA.
#18 Re: Serious question on the "Strict" warnings
by nonpareility <email@example.com>
Friday April 23rd, 2004 8:11 AM
#21 It's not funny, but not why you may think...
Friday April 23rd, 2004 2:39 PM
It's not funny because the attempt at making fun of Mozilla. It's not funny simply because there's no humour to it. Or any UF strip in the last couple years. I don't want to sound like the BSD troll, but UF is dead and only Iliad and his posse of fans don't realize it yet. Don't waste your time on this, just stick a fork in it and call it done.
#22 Re: It's not funny, but not why you may think...
Friday April 23rd, 2004 10:07 PM
"I don't want to sound like the BSD troll, but UF is dead and only Iliad and his posse of fans don't realize it yet. Don't waste your time on this, just stick a fork in it and call it done."
I remember the same thing being said about Netscape\Mozilla.
#25 Re: Re: It's not funny, but not why you may think.
Saturday April 24th, 2004 4:46 AM
Tanyel! You're back! Ah, it's been too long! I remember days of yore, way back when the project just got started, and you were here for all of us, with your ladylike trolling, brightening our days. Welcome back, we've all missed ya.
on the frontpage right now: <http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20040424>
#27 I don't know why people don't get the humor.
Saturday April 24th, 2004 4:01 PM
Ok, so it's not knee-slapping funny, but it's got humor. Oh well, I guess everyone's taste is different.
Now that would be great in SVG, duh --- opps wrong thread.
What they said to me.
The folks there really like Mozilla and were just giving it the biggest thumbs up that they could. Never seen their site before, and probably won't go there again, however nice to see the spreading of the word as in the Dilbert cartoon that was linked to earlier in this thread.
It's building up slowly.. .more cartoons today (monday) <http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20040426>
I laughed pretty hard at todays (April 27th) thinking of the communist blimp on Mozillazine