larK on September 18th 2020

I'm shocked and saddened: Bill Bickel passed away suddenly on Wednesday. Rest in peace, Bill. Thank you for your internet presence these last 25 years.

Everything, alphabetized

larK on September 9th 2020

In the dropdown option "on", where can search by thread, I had limited the dropdown to display only the active entries from the last week; if you wanted all entries, you had to select "Everything Ever", submit it, and then the dropdown would be populated with all threads I have scraped, in chronological order of the last comment on the thread. Today I realized that's not particularly useful when you know the name of the thread, but not when in the last two years it came up ... and there are a lot of threads.... So I added another option: Everything Ever Alphabetized; select that, submit, and the dropdown will populate with all threads I've scraped, in alphabetical order.

Boiling Third World Frog

larK on June 10th 2019

Internet service to the office where our staging server is was down for most of the weekend -- again. Even though we were aware of it, the service provider wasn't, and claimed it was not down until we told them to try and connect to us, and even then, didn't do anything about it until Monday (today). I'd expect this level of infrastructure and service if my office were in India, but it's in New York City...

Drawing a Blank

larK on April 29th 2019

If you add ?Mitch4 (or &Mitch4 if you already have something after the ?) to the URL, clicking a link will make it open in a new tab or window. Mitch4 wanted it, so it's named in his honor.


larK on February 21st 2019

Since I'm collecting data anyway, turns out I can track who makes the most posts. So I thought I'd turn evil like Google and run a query to see who is the most prolific poster; that query can be triggered by appending "?prolificity" to the URL (or "&prolificity" if you already have some other string with the ?, like catsup) and seeing the results in the "from Everyone" dropdown. (And then don't forget to remove the "prolificity" from the URL to go back to normal...)
Update (March 22): Duh. You can now use the date fields ("between [date] and [date]") to control the time period for the prolificity check (eg: see who posted the most in the last week). This is an obvious thing to do, the pieces are all in place, why did it take me this long to realize it?
Update2: And a half hour later I realize I can make the two other fields ("on" and "from") also usable for free, so why not? (NB: Using the "show last [number]" field to somehow limit the number of users returned in the "from" dropdown list would not be free, so I haven't done that; until such time that there are so many commentors that having them all show in the dropdown list proves impractical, I won't bother trying to hack that in.)


larK on July 25th 2018

Well, things have quietly been working since the new CIDU site was put up -- until yesterday. We lost a day's worth of posts because the database table somehow got reset as read only. Oops. Sorry about that, but as I said from the outset, no guarantees for this service.
[D'oh! I forgot about the weekend in April when our server was down for 2 days -- wishful thinking that things have "quietly been working since the new CIDU site was put up"!]

Thanks for a Great Season

larK on January 22nd 2018

So Bill shut down the old Comics I Don't Understand site, and all archives have been lost (in case you haven't been following, all of this is the fault of GoDaddy, he didn't chose to do this); that kind of obviates the point of this site -- the archive links I've been collecting no longer point to anything. (The hijack site also won't work anymore, being it just scraped (and cleaned up) the real site.)
The new CIDU is temporarily at:
He will soon migrate the domain to point to that, at which point everything here will become even more superfluous than it already is. We'll see how things play out, maybe I'll build a new archive, maybe it won't even be necessary...


larK on January 4th 2018

My (staging!) server won't be able to handle the load if everyone uses it, but I've setup a hijack page that just takes out all those annoying error messages from the CIDU pages. Since only a small elect few are coming here, I can share it with you. Most stuff, including posting (and the ?catsup hack above below), should work from my hijacked pages, but it's all a hack, no guarantees, and most of this was tested long before Bill's site was spewing all these errors, so no guarantees, caveat emptor and all that.
[fixed the clicking-on-an-image-not-working problem]

My Condiments to the Chef

larK on July 3rd 2017

I added a hack so that you can catch up on threads even when using incognito mode in your browser. If you append "?catsup" to the URL you'll turn on this hack (yeah, the pun is with "ketchup", but I like to be second order meta). It'll mark which comments you've read (assuming you go to a thread and read all the comments available at that time), so you can choose a large number of recent comments, and then just click on one comment of a thread you haven't read and all the comments of that thread will be marked; come back later, and new comments won't be marked.
This hack requires both javascript and cookies, so if you don't play that, this hack isn't for you.

Everyone (and his Uncle)

larK on May 23rd 2017

I noticed the drop-down list of all CIDU commentators was getting unworkably long (over 200) -- who knew so many people comment (and this is only people who have commented since March 15th!)?
So, here's what I have done: the drop-down will now by default populate with only the last 100 people who have made a comment -- but: if you want the drop-down to show everyone who's ever made a comment since March 15, 2017, you can select "Everyone Ever" from the drop-down, submit the form, and it will now populate with everyone ever (from March 15, 2017).
Please note: all of this only affects the drop-down list; the recent comments shown will be from all comments I have (unless you are filtering for a specific commentator, obviously).

Beta Max

larK on Mar 16th 2017

This service is "beta", for the time being; it's running off my staging server, there are no uptime guarantees. It scrapes the CIDU RSS feed every 10 minutes and updates the archive with new posts. I wrote this March 15, 2017, in the evening, so that's as far back as the posts go; going forward, they will be there, barring downtime, moderation causing a post not to show on the RSS feed, and CIDU Bill not objecting.