1. Must be about New Year’s resolutions.

    Definitely doesn’t help that everything about the picture suggests September and the beginning of a school/academic year rather than January.

  2. Dave has it @1. The reason that it doesn’t look like January in New England is that Nate Fakes is located in Los Angeles, and people there tend to forget that it snows in other parts of the country at this time of year.

    P.S. The soccer ball looks more like a rugby ball for the same reason that the goal looks like a topless triangular contraption (rather than a rectangular box), or why player #6 looks like he has only one shoulder: the cartoonist was being sloppy.

  3. Also the language “made goals” seems twisted to suit the pun. Don’t know about you USAns but over here strikers “score” goals. (or more often “miss” goals, but that’s another topic)

  4. It’s a business joke – employees typically set their goals at the beginning of the year. Millions of corporate drones are doing so right now. And, also typically, no one looks at those goals, revises them, or does anything serious about them until the very end of the year.

    That’s why it’s “made goals,” to connect with that process and wording.

    And how does a football pitch look different in January than in September? This looks to be an enclosed stadium.

  5. It’s like making life goals at the beginning of the year and then ignoring them the rest of the year. Like making resolutions. Nate Fakes deals in puns, which gets old fast, but that’s what the “made goals” thing is.

  6. chak – I don’t see it either in Firefox+adblock+ublock origin, but I do see it if I go to cidu.info in Chrome.

  7. The ball is shaped like that because he just kicked it. Milliseconds before this frame was drawn, the ball was an oblate shape. If this had been a multi-panel comic, then by the time we got to the next panel, the oscillations would have damped out, and the ball would be the expected sphere.

  8. I also don’t see the image, and I’m not going to use Chrome … OK, Private Browsing works. Weird. @Kilby has the shape question, it’s just sloppy drawing.

  9. Thanks, I see it now.

    Now for the followup problem: I never see responses to my posts. I always mark the check box, but I get no notifications.

    I was beginning to feel pretty invisible.

  10. Thanks, Pete and Mitch4. I had been wondering what people were commenting on. … The ball looks like a hybrid: round on one side and pointy on the other. … It’s the net that puzzles me, with the triangular sides and apparently not even centered in the field/pitch/arena.

  11. There are soccer goals with triangular sides. Children’s playsets, basically. But they don’t look like that. This guy sucks as an artist.

    And he’s not particularly good as a comedian, either.

  12. Perhaps the three-sided cage that the author drew was not intended to be the official goal, but just a practice target located at the corner of the field (hence the sideline that mysteriously ends right behind player #6).

  13. People just coming from the website and not logged into WordPress have no option to reply to a post that I’m aware of. We just post new messages.

  14. One doesn’t see the threading structure in the standard web site view. But in the Word Press Reader view, comment threading is evident, and a Reply button puts you in reply to a particular previous comment, not just adding another comment at the bottom of a flat list of comments to a post. (Also “liking” is visible.)

    We do have the option of making both of those visible in the regular web interface. But experimental activations have not been popular.

    (Replying to specific comment is also there in either of the admin interfaces to Comments)

  15. I’ve never cared for the threaded structure, and I really dislike “likes”, but the reason that I do not (actually can not) use the wordpress “reader” is that it rejects the browser that I have on my trusty old (actually ancient) Mac.

  16. Similarly, screenshot of WP Reader view where I made a comment visibly in reply to Chak’s comment about replying. In this wider view, we also see a bit of data about the main post that these comments were all attached to, such as the post author’s WP I’d, and the likes count for the post. We could also get a pop-up for the id’s of those who gave those likes, but that is not active in this shot.

  17. Yeah, the WP Reader view is not my preferred usual view for sites / blogs I have high engagement with. It strips away all the customized appearance of the sites it shows you; and is hard to navigate temporally. But it is good for showing you what’s new at sites you read selectively, or which have infrequent updates.

  18. Weird that the image wasn’t appearing for some folks: I’m pretty sure I saved and uploaded it, rather than linking. In any case, I just updated the post with an uploaded version. If the folks who couldn’t see it would try again and let us know if it’s cured, that could be informative.

  19. Everyone, please bear in mind — if you will consult the CIDU FAQ sheet — while it’s fair game to attribute our having difficulty seeing the point of some given cartoon to deficiencies of the art work, we don’t want to go overboard and uncivilly insult some artist’s abilities in totality.

  20. I think it requires an account.

    Sign in at WordPress.com then click on reader. Or directly go to WordPress.com/read

  21. Other software that handles updates similarly might include an RSS reader made available by something like Google Chrome or another browser. But I’ll leave more complete remarks to someone who actually uses some thing like that

  22. I think it requires an account.

    That was my original assumption. That’s in the “no, thanks” category for me.

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