So it appears Ms. Kaitlyn McKenna had certain professional motivations for using her phone camera during a disaster!

When Max-The-Artist and I visited Los Angeles City Hall to research this adventure, we noticed that there were a number of news vans — complete with satellite uplinks and each representing one of the the local television stations — positioned around the building on a semi-permanent basis. You know, just in case something newsworthy happened. One has to assume that this job, while important, would probably not be assigned to the higher-paid reporters. Apparently one such correspondent, separated from her support team in the panic, was part of the fleeing mob currently holed up on floor 18.

But despite being trapped in a burning building and about to die from smoke inhalation or worse, Ms. Kaitlyn knows a major career-boosting story when she sees one. She’s managed to get through the swamped cellphone nodes and establish a link to her station just as a certain armored hero arrives in a burst of hydrogen flame.

Yeah, she’s going to cover this story if it kills her. And it just may.

Meanwhile, our favorite detective has just pulled a disappearing act of her own!


Oh, speaking of which — new Vote Incentive! It’s Christmassy! Guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart!

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Open Source Tuesday


Happy Cyber Monday!  As you all know, this festive occasion began in 1752 when the famous statesman, inventor, and scientist Benjamin Franklin was forced to purchase a “kite upgrade” after his previous version “crashed” during an electrical storm. (Reportedly, Ben was annoyed to discover his previously licensed “key” no longer worked with the Kite 2.0 version.)

Ever since, Americans have spent the Monday after Thanksgiving purchasing new gadgets and appliances requiring the use of electricity. This supposedly bolsters the economy, but mostly just that of China.

However, as I mentioned last year, after you have spent most of your money on cool gizmos, please give a little thought to those online services and behind-the-scenes laborers whose efforts are generally unrecognized. For myself, that’s Wikipedia (I consult it almost daily); Philip Hofer (who created the free Comic Easel software this site relies on and who continues to improve it without getting paid); Akismet and WordFence (the open-source software that keeps hackers at bay and prevents the comments board from being flooded with spam); and a few other apps and plugins that I’ve found useful throughout the year.

Just a few dollars each, but it all helps, and more importantly, lets them know they are appreciated.

If you’ve used a free app and found it useful, downloaded a song that you enjoy, or find Wikipedia an occasionally-flawed but mostly useful resource for settling bar bets, do consider slipping them a buck or two this Tuesday. Spirit of the season and general good karma all around.

Heck, there’s probably an app for that.

Ben would be proud.

— Bob out