22 Aug 04:00

Meteorite Identification

Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
22 Aug 00:00

Meteorite Identification

Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
23 Aug 05:00

Comic for 2016.08.23

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
22 Aug 05:00

Comic for 2016.08.22

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
21 Aug 17:19

One Last Time

by Justin Pierce

August 26 marks ten years of Wonderella, and also the end of the weekly schedule (see Announcements for more info on that).

I don't care to toot my lobsters, but a few people have recently asked about my favorites. Looking back, here are a few selections:

Final weekly comic pops next weekend!

23 Aug 05:05

Comic for August 23, 2016

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22 Aug 07:09

Comic: Sample Size

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Sample Size
22 Aug 05:02

Comic for August 22, 2016

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22 Aug 16:32

eggplant parmesan melts

by deb
eggplant parmesan melts A thing I have learned over the last 10 years (!) here is that people have fairly bifurcated opinions of eggplant. Some find it to be the greatest, especially when it is at its most eggplant-y, others don't care what you do with it, they're never going to be converted, but even the most eggplant-equivocal agree on one thing: eggplant parmesan is the bee's knees. I am, however, the one that's ambivalent about it. To take beautiful coins of eggplant, batter and fry them to a profound and well-seasoned golden crisp just to bury them in texture-killing amounts of sauce and melted cheese feels wrong to me, disrespectful of the labor involved and calories embedded in gloriously deep-fried foods. (I feel the same way about fries smothered in sauces and gravies. Unfollow me now!) thinly sliced breading trilogy All of these concerns go out the window when making a sub, however, which is what we called hoagies/heroes/grinders in my half of New Jersey growing up. The eggplant parm sub is in a way-too-small category of Great Vegetarian Sandwiches*, and I don't know when they went out of style, but I don't see them around very often anymore. The eggplant's texture is less compromised than it gets in casserole form, and so much extra from a seeded roll (it must be seeded; don't even ask), I find you can even make compromises with the eggplant itself (baking instead of frying breaded eggplant or roasting coins without breading at all) and not feel like you're missing a thing.
22 Aug 04:00

Girl Genius for Monday, August 22, 2016

The Girl Genius comic for Monday, August 22, 2016 has been posted.
22 Aug 07:37

Comic: Sample Size

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Sample Size
22 Aug 11:11

Syntheses of Denudatine Diterpenoid Alkaloids: Cochlearenine, N-Ethyl-1α-hydroxy-17-veratroyldictyzine, and Paniculamine

by Kevin G. M. Kou, Beryl X. Li, Jack C. Lee, Gary M. Gallego, Terry P. Lebold, Antonio G. DiPasquale and Richmond Sarpong

TOC Graphic

Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07268
22 Aug 07:00

Chapter 59: Page 18

24 Aug 04:00

Proofs

Next, let's assume the decision of whether to take the Axiom of Choice is made by a deterministic process ...
22 Aug 14:59

A General Catalytic Asymmetric Prins Cyclization

by Luping Liu, Philip S. J. Kaib, Aurélien Tap and Benjamin List

TOC Graphic

Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07240
22 Aug 04:00

Meteorite Identification

Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
21 Aug 20:05

Results of the artwork contest 2016 – Places 26+

by Novil

Our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest ended last Saturday. The extension of the submission period paid off: The number of sumissions almost doubled to 66 in total! I really didn’t expect that and am very grateful for it. Today, I’m showing you all the entries that didn’t make it into the top 25. There are some really nice drawings among them, so you should definitely check them out as well. I will create two other news posts for the places 11 to 25 and the top 10 later this week.

The following list of submissions starts with the eight submissions placed on position 26+ which I liked the most, in alphabetical order. The subsequent submissions are then ordered alphabetically again. The artists’ names are colored in red if a link to their personal website is available. Show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size after the end of the contest.


by Ihuoma Ohanaka
I like the cutesy art style. Unfortunately, the lines have noticable aliasing artifacts.

by Matthew May
[Artist’s comment: Taken inspiration from classic Noir movie posters.]


by Maximiliano Penna
The quality of the individual drawings varies a bit too much in Maximiliano’s entry for a spot in the top 25.
[Artist’s comment: I dressed up Cloud, Sandra, Larisa and Woo like characters from the Ace Attorney video games. I thought it would be a fun crossover because I love both franchises!]


by Oliver Barber
Oliver’s drawing shows that a good drawing technique doesn’t secure you a spot in the top 25 when the general idea for the drawing just doesn’t work with the depicted character(s). But Oliver’s other great drawing of Sandra and Woo is high up in the top 10, so he should be able to get over the low placement of this one fast. There is also an alternative version without blood.
[Artist’s comment: I really wanted to help bolster your number of entries in any way I could so I drew this rather upsetting image of Lilith. Lilith is stuck inside a mirror looking on at her friends beng slaughtered. That was the idea, the broken glass is where a spell or a piece of shrapnel broke it. I drew it because It was how I felt when my friend died (like a useless spectator).]


by Philippe
Philippe’s nice pencil drawing would have profited from scanning it properly.


by Thomas Sem Frisli
Thomas submitted three entries, and this is the best one in my opinion.
[Artist’s comment: Combining 2 things I love, Legend of Zelda and Sandra and Woo.]


by Elin Ståhl
Another nice traditional drawing that would have profited from scanning it properly. I like the triangle symbol on Viviana’s hand.
[Artist’s comment: A picture of a slitghtly older Viviana in all her queenly-glory :). Painted with ProMarkers and watercolours.]


by Sandy Tanudjaja
This is a seriously cute drawing.
[Artist’s comment: Here’s Sandra and Cloud cosplaying as Final Fanatasy VII: Advent Children Tifa and… Cloud.]



by Adam Chastan


by BluePringlez
I’m quite fond of the idea for Larisa’s dress, especially of the happy, burning sun. But the execution of the idea is just not good enough for the top 25.


by Brooklyn Beck
The magic effect looks interesting.
[Artist’s comment: The picture was done with acrylic paints.]


by David Friedman


by Elin Ståhl
I expected even more Pokémon themed submissions.
[Artist’s comment: A picture of Sandra as a Pokémon Go trainer :).]


by Erilin-Neptunus
Butterfly with butterflies. I like the idea and I’m always happy to see fanart of Butterfly since she’s one of my favorite characters. But the drawing is a bit too simple for the top 25.


by Evan McKinley
While the idea for this submission is certainly good, the final result also comes with at least one glaring problem: The goddess of the raccoons, the animal species known for its mischievousness and bandit mask, is depicted as LAWFUL good?!? No, Sir, I don’t think so! (If you remember, in her first apperance she ordered Woo to steal Sandra’s cake.)
[Artist’s comment: My entry, “Our Valued Employees”, depicts a plaque in Elysium.]


by Genevieve Rose


by Genevieve Rose


by Hafeth Wadi


by Julie Kohler
This is a nice drawing of a real raccoon. But it doesn’t look like Woo at all.


by Julie Levy
Pokémon fans may appreciate this one in particular.


by Kara Russell


by Kes von Mauseohr
This is a very cute drawing of a baby raccoon. But it doesn’t really look much like Woo, for example the shape of the mask is wrong and Woo’s fur is much more grayish.
[Artist’s comment: This is what Woo may have looked like as a baby.]


by Klara Stock
After several years of these fanart contests, I’ve come to the conclusion that oil on canvas is an incredibly tough choice of medium for depicting cartoon characters.
[Artist’s comment: On the one hand, we’ve got Larisa who’s determined to save Sandra (and playing with fire… again) and on the other hand there’s Sandra who I’m pretty sure would be horrified by what Larisa has gotten herself into again. I tried to stay with a colour scheme for each but also mixed the main colours (red for Larisa, blue for Sandra) up a bit when drawing the hair because I guess I’ve always seen Sandra and Larisa as kinda two sides of the same coin; because as different as they are they do have lots of stuff in common. It also seems that it’s pretty hard to get skin colour with a blueish undertone, resulting in Sandra looking a bit ill. But I mean she’s basically dying so it seemed appropriate. Also, mixing blue and red for a proper purple is not as easy as one might think but it think kinda worked for the eyes.]


by Kuin D


by Laura Nungaray


by Leo Capella
Since reading a story actually takes some time compared to looking at a picture, I have to actually caution you against reading this short story of a meeting between Gradus and Salacea from Gaia. Leo, you may be a wonderful person who has many talents, but writing is not one of them.
[Artist’s comment: Here is my entry for the artwork contest 2016 which is a short piece of fanfiction for Gaia: “Blooding a Queen, Making a Monarch”. I wrote it because having read pages 25 to 30 of Monster, I was intrigued by the rainbow knife of Asram and also Jael Bara’s path to the throne. As a politics graduate, I also like an interesting debate too.]


by Lily She-Yin
This entry reminded me of Riley Hulick’s drawing from the artwork contest 2014 which is also about a body switch between Sandra and Woo.
[Artist’s comment: ARTIST_COMMENT]


by Mackenzie Stricklin


by Marcia Wilson
This drawing mimics almost exactly the last panel of the Sandra and Woo strip Larisa vs. Sushi.
[Artist’s comment: Sandra takes Larisa out for sushi. I love the idea of Larisa having a Zippo Lighter, but she would probably think it was too tiny, so I made a Zappo. Plus, I love the idea of her dressed as a Riverboat Gambler. Sandra is, in the meantime, wondering what in the world she was thinking and hoping the chopsticks are made out of pawlonia – you know, “The wood that doesn’t burn.”]


by Meadow Mcgalliard


by Mohamed Iddeen Shah Ishak


by Saul Watson


by Saul Watson
The sky and the birds look great, but the drawing quality of the characters just can’t keep up with that.


by Scott North
I failed to post this submission by Scott for last year’s contest. So here it is.


by Scott North
Scott also submitted a new entry for this year’s contest. Just like in the submission above, the environment looks better than the characters.
[Artist’s comment:I present this year in the contest: “Moonlight Walk”. Hand drawn and digitally painted in Photoshop.]


by Stuart Green
This drawing is based on the Sandra and Woo strip If you miss an update, you may at least insult your readers.
[Artist’s comment: I only really draw with pencil and never ink, so this was challenging.]


by Thalia Blackney

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by Thomas Sem Frisli
Woo certainly would not agree with Sandra here. Garbage is a very touchy subject among raccoons.
[Artist’s comment: This is my cartoon animation made with flipaclip.]


by Thomas Sem Frisli
[Artist’s comment: This one is inspired by the posters of my favorite movie series, Lord of the Rings.]


by Victoria Jackman
[Artist’s comment: For my piece, I decided to draw what Sandra and her friends would look like as teenagers. Larisa is even more rebellious than she was before; as seen by her hair, tattoo, and a bag that may or may not contain a flamethrower. She would also be an activist for children with terminal illnesses. Sandra is still the bright, caring, enthusiastic girl that we all know and love. I think she would have a career in forest conservation, thanks to Woo, or mathematics. Sandra and Cloud are still together; he’s still an adept swordsman and video gamer and he’ll probably be an ambassador for Burma(Myanmar) and Sandra’s husband sometime in the future.]


by Wesley Hunt
24 Aug 05:05

Comic for August 24, 2016

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23 Aug 19:59

Self-Assembly of Colloidal Nanocrystals: From Intricate Structures to Functional Materials

by Michael A. Boles, Michael Engel and Dmitri V. Talapin

TOC Graphic

Chemical Reviews
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00196
22 Aug 06:29

Donor and Acceptor Unit Sequences Influence Material Performance in Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene–6,7-Difluoroquinoxaline Small Molecule Donors for BHJ Solar Cells

by Kai Wang, Ru-Ze Liang, Jannic Wolf, Qasim Saleem, Maxime Babics, Philipp Wucher, Maged Abdelsamie, Aram Amassian, Michael Ryan Hansen, Pierre M. Beaujuge

Well-defined small molecule (SM) donors can be used as alternatives to π-conjugated polymers in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells with fullerene acceptors (e.g., PC61/71BM). Taking advantage of their synthetic tunability, combinations of various donor and acceptor motifs can lead to a wide range of optical, electronic, and self-assembling properties that, in turn, may impact material performance in BHJ solar cells. In this report, it is shown that changing the sequence of donor and acceptor units along the π-extended backbone of benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene–6,7-difluoroquinoxaline SM donors critically impacts (i) molecular packing, (ii) propensity to order and preferential aggregate orientations in thin-films, and (iii) charge transport in BHJ solar cells. In these systems (SM1-3), it is found that 6,7-difluoroquinoxaline ([2F]Q) motifs directly appended to the central benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene (BDT) unit yield a lower-bandgap analogue (SM1) with favorable molecular packing and aggregation patterns in thin films, and optimized BHJ solar cell efficiencies of ≈6.6%. 1H-1H DQ-SQ NMR analyses indicate that SM1 and its counterpart with [2F]Q motifs substituted as end-group SM3 possess distinct self-assembly patterns, correlating with the significant charge transport and BHJ device efficiency differences observed for the two analogous SM donors (avg. 6.3% vs 2.0%, respectively).

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Changing the sequence of donor and acceptor units along the π-extended backbone of benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene–6,7-difluoroquinoxaline small molecule (SM) donors critically impacts (i) molecular packing, (ii) propensity to order and preferential aggregate orientations in thin-films, and (iii) charge transport in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. The lower-bandgap analogue (SM1) achieves distinct local packing and aggregation patterns in thin films, and optimized BHJ solar cell efficiencies of ≈6.6%.

21 Aug 16:37

Tell me again how technology ruins everything.

by thebloggess
I can’t remember how long I’ve known Laura.  Probably close to 10 years now.  We met through our blogs and the first time we had lunch in person we stayed at the cafe so long we were still there at dinner. … Continue reading →
23 Aug 04:01

Better

by David M Willis
23 Aug 15:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Consequentialism

by tech@thehiveworks.com


Hovertext:
This is why I randomly generate an ethical system every morning.

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22 Aug 04:01

Perform

by David M Willis