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rocket stove

This isn't my usual type of drawing, but I thought I'd post it anyway since I didn't manage a morning sketch. It's for one of my parents' friends on his way back from Kenya, this guy Eric. He likes to fiddle around with making stuff and, after retiring, he turned his attention to making little home improvements for people in east Africa. Last night he was telling us about this rocket stove (my drawing is an improved, further simplified version of the one currently on the website) and about a bunch of other simple gadgets, including a water filter made from a barrel, some sand and some gravel. Apparently this rocket stove emits far less carbon monoxide that the current popular stove in Kenya and is even cheaper and easier to make.

I just had a couple excellent coffees with Dave (tozocomic) and managed to bash out scripts and scrawls for two more Vern & Lettuce episodes. I found this nice little passive-aggressive note from an estate agent taped to my bike when I left, and it struck me as very funny.

And don't miss it, hopelarson has posted a brilliant story, Bear Creek Apartments.
And another good one by nedroidcomics.


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Aug. 19th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Probably. I made my bike even classier when I got home and fixed the broken chain cover with duct tape. Yessss.
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's not passive aggressive! The friendly salutation! The smiley face at the end! It's downright charming!

For true passive aggressive notes, take a peek at passiveaggressivenotes.com
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I think I'll hang on to my claim, particularly because I think I saw the lady eying me when I went into the coffee shop but she didn't say anything. And I think I'm legally allowed to park there, they just don't like it very much. But I'll admit, it's the nicest passive-aggressive note I've ever had!
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
PS Those other notes are pretty funny.
Aug. 19th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
You should write a note saying "Hi! Please don't stick things on my bike when it's legally parked! Thanks! :)" and tape it to their window.
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, good thinking! I'd just be worried it'd rebound on the cafe, otherwise I'd do it! (Some old sourpuss is trying to shut down another cafe, possibly successfully, that I really love because she moved next to it and then objected to people locking their bikes to her iron rail and, well, basically anything else you'd expect if you moved next to a cafe. Grrr.)
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Sarah!
Best wishes for a healthy, happy, creative, prosperous, joy-filled year. xxx Mom
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday, Sarah!
Thanks, Mom!
Aug. 19th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I hate estate agents.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Rocket Stove
Thanks, Sarah! You can find more information on the rocket stove at http://efmdg.org/efmdg/?p=684

Eric Morris
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