Getting a better handle on the forums: As part of the 20+ site prep, we've been doing some way overdue improvements and maintenance to the forums. Today, the dev team put in some new anti-spambot measures, added strikethrough and spoiler code to posts, and created a support thread for bug reporting. Most importantly, we removed the "when were you born" question from the forums sign-up process. Anybody who was not able to log in (because you could not prove you were at least 13) should now be able to re-send their confirmation email and activate their account at This will be the only username and login you need for the new website, and the forums will stay essentially the same as they are.

And the link to the support thread is

Comic for 11/08/06

The Kevlar/Dyneema Controversy: As some of you may have remembered, I did some real quick legwork and found “knife resistant” vests for sale made of Kevlar. I mentioned the Kevlar choice in the comic for the 27th and got a lot of email saying Kevlar wouldn’t work but some thoughts on Dyneema. So I “corrected it, only to get more email saying “no certain Kevlar vests ARE knife resistant”, “No, you need ceramic plating” , “Check out Turtle-wear” etc. etc.
So, to make things simple I’ve changed Nash’s dialogue to “Hence my choice for a Knife-Proof vest!” There! Whew!