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March 3rd, 2008: Thank you everyone who emailed me about the skateboard simulator! There are a few things I'd like to clear up: if it worked and you held in place on the treadmill, it would not be the same as just standing on a stationary board: a skateboard steers by the way you tilt on it, and at high speeds small changes in your stance mean big changes in direction, so it would handle very differently. And when I said it would still hurt when you hit the ground, I meant falling and hitting the treadmill (where there's a big difference in velocity), not, like, hitting your living room carpet. That wouldn't be so bad.

Finally, I wanted to thank Randall and all the other who suggested a tilting treadmill for this, and everyone who came up with the "giant fan" and "maybe a harness would help too" ideas. I am really happy to know that, given enough money, the misleadingly-named Terminal Velocity Skateboard Simulator can be made a reality.

Tomorrow's comic: something that's not about skateboards... PROBABLY!


YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

One year ago today: what would the world be like if the roman empire had never fallen? let's watch this star trek episode to find out!

– Ryan

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