January 01, 2007

A new year begins

This was the last black and white Calvin and Hobbes strip ever published. It appeared on Irrelevant Opinions a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, with the strip over, my little Javascript also broke, and thus the daily comic won't be working until I fix it somehow. It shouldn't be too hard to fix, hopefully. It'll cycle back to the first year of the strip, from 1985, which I found less entertaining than the later years.

Happy New Year everyone! I find the concept of resolutions somewhat arbitrary and unnecessary, but I pray that everyone has a prosperous year ahead.

And Eid Mubarak!

Update 1.6.2007: After some minor tweaking, the script works now. Yay!


  1. Dropped by. Liked your blog.

  2. Eid Mubarak Faraz. The Calvin and Hobbes cartoons are hilarious. I especially likes those ones where Calvin builds these morbid snowmen in his backyard.

  3. Why do we follow the Roman calendar? Why not the Islamic calendar? Do we even know when our new year begins? :) I don’t really have the answers. Perhaps you can consider writing your next entry on that, if I may dictate… :)

  4. Isha': Read your comment. Smiled wryly.

    Asmaa: Pour vous: enjoy.

    Yusuf: We use the solar calendar where it's useful, and the Islamic calendar where it's useful. The Roman calendar actually has some nice little features in that the salaah timings are pretty much the same for any given day. You can't make a perpetually accurate salaah calendar using Islamic dates, but you can with the solar calendar; e.g., sunset will always be at the same time every January 2nd. It's useful for weather, too. You can't dress for Rabiul-Awwal, for example, but you can dress for January.

    Of course, in other cases, the lunar calendar is more useful with relationship to special Muslim holidays and so forth, and in identifying moon cycles. So we use both calendars. I don't see any problem or conflict with this.

    Though I suppose then that we should also be wishing a happy new Hijri year, which we can do in a couple of weeks. Hurray!

  5. As-salaamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

    Insha'Allah you had a good 'Eid! :)

    Yaaaaaayyyyyy Calvin and Hobbes!! This fall my brothers and I went through a phase where we got all the Calvin and Hobbes collections there were at the library and pored over them all weekend, jumping up and running to show my mom strips that we thought were particularly funny... my favourite ones are the crazy snowmen, too! :D

  6. Monsieur Faraz,
    A couple of months ago, I came across a really funny cartoon called Pearls Before Swine. Ever seen it? I think you'd find it amusing. :-)

  7. Whoops..a bit late, but better than never. Khayr Mubarak! :D

  8. Forgot to link myself. Dodo..

  9. AnonyMouse: Wa'alaykum assalam,

    My Eid was awesome! Nice to hear that you enjoy these comics as much as I do. :)

    s: Someone else suggested that comic to me as well. I read a few which I found amusing, but I don't think I read it enough to be able to identify with the characters yet. I'll look it up again sometime.

    Sumera: JazakAllah-khair! Thanks for visiting. :)