Sunday, July 23, 2006

350 of 700 Hoboes

Just the other day, Apelad alerted me that the many illustrators who have undertaken to draw 700 hoboes had reached the midway point: hobo 350.

Now Len, of the very fineJawbone Radio , alerts me further that this matter has drawn the attention of boingboing, where, of course this mad cartoonists-draw-hobo scheme all began. (Thank you again, Mark Frauenfelder).

All of this is all the more moving, as I had nothing to do with it, except to remain amazed and flattered.

Please follow the links for all the details, as well as some important developments in hobo name theory.

That is all.

74 comments:

C.T. Pope said...
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C.T. Pope said...

The real question is, how did they distinguish Boxcar Ted from Boxcar Mick? I see, as I assumed that they are borthers, thus sharing some basic physical features. However, the matter was open for interpretation till now. Along the same vien, are the Trixie's related?

Expertise (with spelling errors)

Erik said...

YAY!

I did my (ridiculously miniscule, 4-hobo) part.

Jim Donahue said...

John--enjoyed your NY Times mag article on Asian horror. I'll have to look up some of the titles you mentioned.

rgtuba said...

Hello.Good evening to you too

Ancient Clown said...

Question:Do Ancient Clown's double classify as Hobo's?
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

R2K said...

: ) Cool page!

Craig C said...

that's a lot of frickin' hobo's...

Len said...

Yes, I wonder what we will do when we hit 700? I understand a ritual will take place that will summon forth all of them and they will rise to attack our main cities and freeways.

collinhead said...

what is the point of reaching 700 hobos in the first place...?

Scotty said...

I once read this play about these too boxcar bums that a friend of mine wrote. It came out as something of a mix between Of Mice and Men and the Sandman comics.

Erik said...

Would you consider becoming the spokesperson for the Bad Idea Corporation?

BionicBuddha said...

I think they should update hobo names to reflect the 21st century reality...adjectives like "Boxcar" have become obsolete and nostalgic sentiments of depression 'victim' inidividuals are no longer relevant...I might suggest a replacment like "Crackhead"...


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EmailHosting.com said...

This seems like an amazing cartoon experiment.

Luis Galarza said...

Great blog... Love the content, keep the good work.

Gluehead said...

Is the plural of Hobo hoboes? I always thought it was Hobi. Whenever I see a bunch of them, I've always said 'Look at that squadron of hobi marching down the avenue'.

Erik said...

Actually, gluehead, it is "hoboes," although I've seen it spelled "hobos." Hobi is, in fact, a country, in close proximity to Shangri-Las. My friend Jed (who may or may not have a personal secretary) and I are in the process of creating a website on that topic.

http://www.freewebs.com/republicofhobi/index.htm

Melody Lam said...

Hey! I've read your book. It's actually quite funny. Loved the werewolf moon phases; they made me howl with laughter [pun sadly intended.] Sadly, I do not own the book, I checked it out from the local library. It probably has the germs of the 100+ people who have handled it and my germs as well now...of course, the book being in a library is a feat all in itself.
By the way, you're a blog of note.

That is all.

ES said...

More hobo names, as well as an exciting tale of hobo science,
can be found in the story "A Hobo Laser" from Electric Storytime:

http://electricstorytime.blogspot.com/2006/05/hobo-laser.html

Copyright said...

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Just remember that political scientists have proved for years that exit polls do not lie.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------

Once again I have been sucked into voting machine fraud issues.

Spent all day yesterday unpacking more information. Here is the summary.

In 2000 I knew THAT it would be done.

Then in 2002 it first became clear WHERE it was being used.

Then in 2004 uncovered several ways HOW it can be done.

Now, finally, in 2006 we have some idea of WHO is doing it. And if you have seen the editorial in the NY Times, or the lengthy cover story from Rolling Stone by RFK Jr., there are finally more powerful voices than mine getting involved who are equally stunned and frightened by what this means.

Diebold has built - at the very least - three back doors into the system to allow votes to be changed. A man named [name deleted] who works for Diebold in the Vancouver BC programming center is a specialist in tunnels and alternate access systems. He put the systems in place allowing the election to be stolen.

In the newer models of TSX there is even an IR port installed that allows "confirmation of status" to be beamed to and from the machines while in use. I love it. Diebold is selling as a feature the fact that you can check the votes, test the system, and update the machine in place and on the fly.

None of the poll workers I have interviewed even know what an IR port is, how to use it, or how to determine if it's turned on, or off. (The default setting is ON.)

I was able to reset a machine to zero from the passenger seat of a car and I was able to crash a voting machine by confusing the IR port with odd instructions sent from my Treo handheld.

Ken Blackwell, then Sec. of State of Ohio, and Chairman of Bush's Ohio Election committee mandated that Diebold Machines be exclusively used in Ohio voting.

Now, the question is, who used the access systems to do the stealing?

And even more amusing, Ken Blackwell is now running for Governor of Ohio. He is trailing in the polls by over 20%. On election day, I bet he trails by a huge number in the exit polls, and the voters will elect Ted Strickland. However when the Diebold machines announce the winner, Ken Blackwell will get 51.8% of the vote from the Diebold Machines. How do I know that?

George W. Bush's backers stole Ohio in 2004. The Exit Polling: Kerry 53, Bush 48 was correct. That is how people voted. But the Diebold machines manufactured a Bush win with 51.6%

Saxby Chambliss backers stole GA in 2002. Exit Polling: Max Cleland 54, Chamblis 44. That is how people voted. But the Diebold machines manufactures a Chamblis win with 52.1%

Unfortunately, Congress refuses (except John Conyers and few others) to listen to the very real information brought to them that the election was stolen, and certified it, so we get a President who SUCCEEDED in stealing an election. And a Senate that probably has 3 stolen seats today (all GOP) and I predict will have another 5 stolen seats after the 2006.

It is even drilling down into House races now. The Bilbray-Busby special election to replace Cunningham was a highly unpredictable, off-cycle, off-season race, but still...the Diebold machines produced a 51.9% GOP win.

In Ukraine, when the people realized the exit polls were 8 points different from the announced results, they took to the streets, stormed Parliament and brought the actual vote winner Yushenko and the Orange Revolution to power.

I am utterly convinced no matter how many people I prove this too, that until people take the streets and demand the restoration of democracy in the country, the machine behind the GOP will keep stealing every election it wants to.

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* Forward this message to your friends.

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This is important.

Ape Lad said...

Since the boingboinging and a spike in del.icio.us ranking, several new creators have joined, including a flickrer with the unlikely name of "marcusparcus" who is posting some beautiful interpretations.
But please don't take my word for it.

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chumly said...

Do all these hobo's ride the same train?

DocWatt62 said...

that's alot of missed revenue on the transit industry's part. Hope they find what they're looking for.

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never-ending-do-yah-poem
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jenni said...

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Oberon said...

......good morning sunshine.....now get the hell out of bed and get a real job!

Miss China Paws said...

Erm. I'm confused. What's going on? Why not draw 700 cats?

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Erik said...

miss china paws... drawing seven hundred cats would be risky at best. If even one of those cats were to consort with a skunk, and a certain omen was to be witnessed, results could be disastrous.

Annje said...

I personally prefer hoboes to cats. I'm not allergic to hoboes. Plus I'm ok at drawing hoboes and cats don't sit still long enough for me to get a good depiction.

Erik said...

Are you kidding? The average cat sleeps 13-18 hours a day. That's precisely the problem, though... most cats' lives aren't too exciting, while hobos are out there riding the rails, eating out of bean cans, and overthrowing the U.S. government.

Annje said...

Exactly and you don't have to worry about any hoboes coughing up bits of fur.. ;-)

Erik said...

Amen to that.

Maybe bits of beans or cigarette buts, but NEVER clumps of fur.

Erik said...

And of course by "buts" I mean "butts." The cigarette things. Not the conjunctions.

Miss China Paws said...

HEY!!!! I'M A CAT!!!! I TAKE OFFENCE AT YOUR COMMENTS!!!

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Tenchi Banananugget said...

i wish you would die and i think it's hobos

Pierre Elliott Trudeau said...

One has to wonder at the precise moment in history hoboship (dare I qualify it this way?) became a central vestige of modern civilization. Certainly, some disdain has to be attributed to my elementary school teacher who encouraged the rote learning of this sentence: "As I was descending from a high decivility, I suddenly lost my centre of gravity, and was precipitated into a state of machamadised thoroughfare." Or unfortunately still: "The architectural monopoly of the Italian Peninsula was not achieved in one rotation of the earth." Such is the penmanship and eloquence of hobo scholars. I say carry on hobodrawers, we must consume this plague, take the fowls, intricate them, in the hope that when the sun sets, we shall be rewarded for our amiable hospitality.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau said...

...and just so you know (or, least I forget), nigerian hoboes are probably mentally unstable. I happen to have personal experience of this, but I still wonder if Mr. Hodg-man's world view would offer a more informed reading of the facts? In fact, legend has it that the key to riches lies in coitus with a female hobo, complete with raggedy clothing and rastafarian locks. Please leave comments if you have been so opportuned to fortune as I will return here to digest that piece of information, with much glee. Of course, the theory of hobo-coitus-riches has not been tested elsewhere, I inform by way of caveat.

Good evening.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau said...

Forgive my persistence with this topic, but here's an age old question. In my last comment, I clearly referred to female hoboship. Is this phenomenum possible?

Erik said...

Do you really think Mastiff Mama and Sally Hoot Hoot are men?

Serenaded Hourly said...

Oh no! Who invited all the Stupids!? This is one of my favorite places on the Internet! Make them go away.

Colin said...
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Colin said...

i did happen upon a flock of hobos the other day. according to some of them, modern-day hobos tend to travel only by air (crudely fashioned aeroplanes, or hoboplanes), only at night, and feed soley on mice and other small animals. of course, these particular hobos were drunk on some sort of brandy and might have been talking about owls. only hodgman knows.

Jammu said...

Interesting stuff!

C.T. Pope said...

Hey John,

To avoid unwanted comments, like a few that you got here, turn on some sort of comment checker thing, I forgot the name of it, but it stops people from posting with a script. It is in maybe the blog settings?

Later,
C.T. Pope

P.S. I sent something to Daniel Lazar this week, if you know him take a gander.

COOP said...

I believe the correct plural form of hobo is "Heaubeaux".

Money Miss said...

Word verification? Comment moderation?
Whowee, there sure are a lot of comments. (I have a habit of saying things that are just pretty obvious. Any day now I will say the sky is blue.)

Pierre Elliott Trudeau said...

Why is c.t. pope so concerned with comment moderation? Let the man decide for himself! I have seen no overly offensive comments here, and I do not understand what gives him the idea that he has a right to comment here and no one else does. Commenting on blogs creates a forum for interaction - let people speak.

Erik said...

I agree with above contributor.

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Money Miss said...

*nods* Yep, just because some people are using it as a chance to promote their blogs, it's no reason to turn on moderation. I mean, it looks like a huge pain, especially with the amount of comments. 56 emails? 56 "Yes, pu that up"?

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BIG said...

Outstanding.

Out.

Standing.

Chez Bez said...

"700 Hoboes"

Should be a Tom Waits song. Thanks for sharing that.

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Serenaded Hourly said...

Uh, how about we all "let the people speak" in their own blogs? I came here to hear John Hodgman speak, actually. The spammy comments here interfere with my enjoyment of listening to John Hodgman only slightly more than the comments from people who wish to impress him with their incredible, as-yet-unpublished wit.

Jenna said...

hoboes are awesome. In fact, I am a hobo.

Sunil Kumar said...

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Erik said...

What part of reading Hodg-man's posts creates the necessity for you to read the "spammy comments?" And why don't your OWN comments interfere with your enjoyment?

Pierre Elliott Trudeau said...

Celebrated Sourly, you are a bit of a sourpuss (forgive my language). You may also be totally misguided (no offence meant). If you want to read Hodgman, read the blog post itself, NOT THE COMMENTS! Commenting gives people (usually, other than the blog owner, although he may contribute as well) an opportunity to say what they feel, whether published in a book or not, about a particular blogpost. To the reader, it's optional really, and I suspect the one reason a reader might click over to comments is to write one themselves. While I do not think it is necessarily right to advertise your blog through comments, there's really nothing offensive about it. All bloggers have a secret need to be read, and that's absolutely human nature. One will observe that c.t. pope, who first took offence with commentng and suggested moderation is also the first culprit of the advertising thing - he snidely put a link to his own budding blog. Touche.

Annje said...

Okay I'm coming out of lurkdom as I don't post much on this kind man's blog. I agree with the above gentleman on everything he just posted. I admit I like having people read my blogs but I am above becoming a Blog (lady of the night) to get people to read my blog. If you want to read what JH has to say wait for his posts. Nothing is making you read the comments to his posts or responding to them. Just my two and 1/2 cents..now back to lurkdom.

Erik said...

Ahahahaha... nice touch there with the "Touché (have you seen the Mac commercials with JH misusing the word? Hilarious)!"

Annje said...

my favorite commercial is the one where JH is sitting in the box doing mini jumping jacks etc..Very funny stuff.

Erik said...

Hehehehe... I'd like to state that I'm using a PC.

Serenaded Hourly said...

Actually, I click on the Read Comments link in the hopes that John Hodgman's expertise is being continued therein. If you must know.

The first comment I ever posted to this blog, I included a link to my own, so it's not like I'm above reproach. But I, you know, stopped. Anyway, I'm just saying that all this spammage is annoying. I'm adding to it by arguing with people who obviously like to hear themselves speak, so I'll stop. And take your god-like advice to just ...not read the comments.

You've all been very helpful. I love the Internet.

Money Miss said...

Celebrated Sourly, yes, we love to hear ourselves speak. Write, actually. Read ourselves write?! Um, never mind. Anyway, if he really didn't want people commenting WOULDN'T HE DISABLE THE COMMENTS?! Although, if you are not reading this, what is the point?
Anyway, isn't that the whole POINT of the net?! So that we can rant and rave?! The point of the comments is that we can express our opinions about the post. And other things, aparently. Um, I'll quit talking, now, OK?

Twistedhip said...

#291: The Chamberlain reminds me a lot of Quentin Blake's stuff (he illustrated Roald Dahl's books, including the BFG)

... no, video game generation - not THAT bfg ...

Edward Ott said...

Hobos hobos hobos, yes i can say it all day.