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I am not running out of web comics, I just happen to like this one even though it is over. My link starts you at the front of the archive. There's no "calendar" table for the archive, so you'll just have to read it like a book. It doesn't look like much, a quickly dashed off stick figure comic similar on the surface to "Cynicalman". The humor is a lot quirkier though, very charming in a "Mutts" sort of way, with enough of a storyline to pull you through to it's end last February. Plus, it has one of the best animated link buttons EVER on the last page.

Gaze Upon My Vacation

Hi all. Sorry for the lack o' last week; I had something at work due that Thursday. For a while I've been intending to post some pics from mine and Lisa's last hiking getaway. We found a cool place you might want to try to play Icehouse, and did some paintings. But first, I'll lay a nanofic on you.

Here is this week's nanofic:


Bob adjusted his tinfoil hat. He lay behind a hill as the motorcade approached. "Now!" the voices hissed. He rose and aimed his weapon, but bullets hit him from behind. The President looked up as bodyguards fanned out. Bob lay scared. He'd failed. "No," said the voices, "You did just right." Their light eveloped him.

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The Court of the Shale King

Typically, Lisa and I will go hiking in the Catskill mountain area around Woodstock after "Baitcon". Somebody told us about this place on one of the local trails, so we went there on an overnight hike. Boy was it impressive. From the discard pile of some abandoned quarry, somebody has built this mortarless near-castle containing a court of four thrones, with another "wizard's" throne off to one side.

Court of the Shale King 1

The whole arrangement faces a steep and wide-open valley for a great view. Around the edge is a wall with a built-in fire pit with several properly proportioned stone pyramids. In the back are many more less finished constructions including a big flat stone table with slate chairs that made us wish we'd brought an Icehouse set. We hadn't; our packs were already way too heavy and this was actually our "shakedown" hike for our planned three-day adventure later in the week.

Court of the Shale King 2

Return to Echo Lake

Return to Echo Lake

This year we fulfilled a dream by going back to this isolated location that we found in the mountains several years ago (near the ruined hotel that inspired our choice of wedding location). It's a great place because it's accessable only by trail. Although there are campsites, they are few and one night we were the only ones there. It's a rare experience to be in a place and hear no other sounds made by humans. This time, we stayed for a couple of days, just hanging out and doing some paintings. Below is one of Lisa's paintings. Though unfinished, what texture! We were mixing our paints on the canvas a lot since we hadn't bothered to pack in something to use as a palette. Following is my own slightly more childish work, which you may recognize as an attempt to reproduce the experience of seeing Lisa by the lake, also seen in one of the photos in f1.7.

Lisa's Echo Lake Painting

Charles' Echo Lake Painting

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About my pages

My goal in adding this page to the WTS is to entertain my fellow toasters, and maybe even a small segment of the rest of the Web. I'll endeavor to add something new every week, so keep checking in, or look for any announcements about my pages in The Wunderland Weekly News.

My offerings fall into two categories: First, original works; artwork, music, photos, or writing that I'm collecting here for self-publication on a scale unimaginable a few years ago. Hopefully, the world's collective yawn won't totally blow me over, but I think you'll enjoy it if you've gotten this far. Second, Stuff I Found On The Web, brought back and held up to the light for your enjoyment. There's a whole underground world of music publication on the Web through "MIDI", and I'm also wild about Webcomics.

Go directly to the corners of my electronic world by using the navigation bar appearing at the top of this page, or jump down below that to find out what I've added this week. I'll also someday be experimenting with time, allowing you to scroll through previous weeks' versions of my pages where appropriate.

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