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The Least Surprised #6: Rubeautiful #

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The Least Surprised #6: Rubeautiful

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 16:05


said on 15 Jul 2005 at 16:23

Great imagery.

For some reason, before I read it, I firmly expected this installment to be tinted red rather than green. I don’t know why; it must have had something to do with the title.

So, where now with our bookworm girl and her shikomizue?

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 16:44

I always saw here as a force to be reckoned with…

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 17:02

Better. Thanks, MenTaL.

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 17:19


Wow. My brain is still reeling from your reification of its momentary perceptual glitches.

It feels so right though!

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 17:20

Hmm. You will need to brighten the darker tones a bit though, since red appears so much dimmer than green. Right now, the background figures in the second panel almost totally disappear.

Suggestion: give lower end of the gamma curve for red a little bump, so black stays black, but the dark reds get a little brighter/redder.

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 18:15

Best of Both Worlds: Asuka Langley?

She’s a bitch though, so maybe not.

said on 15 Jul 2005 at 22:32

MenTaLguY: Much darkness there is in this installment. A different sort of darkness than you suggest lurks here. The dark side Mr. Malsky shows.

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 05:21

Yeah, that’s another advantage of Ruby over Perl (camel? garlic?) or Python (toxic snake?): Some think that a redhead girl is Ruby’s mascot, not just a cold ruby.

Let’s see if we can visualize that:

Some anime/manga: And here is Ruby-chan:
  • Some Japanese impressions – These look great!
  • my version of the Ruby-chan (I don’t know who draw the original.)

The last is my picture of her. The student idea fits perfectly, and what she looks like in a bikini is left to men’s phantasy.

We don’t want Ruby hentai, do we?

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 06:19

I can clearly see ruby as Lucy from Elfen Lied . She is red/purple, sweet and at the same time she makes people explode. I won’t telly you which kind of people I am thinking of in the ruby case.

And, where are sexy red guys?

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 10:41

Interestingly, when I read the “MY RUBY IS UNTOUCHABLE !” exclamation, I also thought of Lucy.

Another Option would be Anita from Read or Die, at least she becomes a bookworm in the end.

Regarding Asuka being the best of both worlds: There are various good reasons for me to respectfully disagree ;)

Anyway, enough with the anime geeking. Thanks _why for another unsurprisingly insightful installment.

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 11:24

OK, back to reality guys. Sorry to burst your thought bubble, but don’t you think that sexualizing Ruby is going to scare off potential female Rubyists?

I say we stick with the cold, unwavering, unspeaking, yet very expensive stone as the mascot. It silently projects power and wins in a Rock-Paper-Scissors kind of way: Ruby kills Snake, Ruby crushes Perl into fine dust (OK, sure Snake could swallow Ruby [and some would argue that that is what’s happening] but who do you think comes out in the end?). Now imagine we adopt a female Ruby mascott: Snake kills girl, Girl captivated by Perl bracelet – not good.

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 11:32

Besides… the way this episode and accompanied thread of discussion have been going, if my wife were to read this, she’s going to think I’m into some sort of Manga porn.

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 16:08

You’re all wrong. Ruby is Enie van de Meiklokjes :-)

said on 16 Jul 2005 at 19:28

Hmm.. what about ruby as Kenshin?

Please take away the hentai! x.x;

said on 17 Jul 2005 at 05:30

Mmh…why should female programmers dislike the idea of a female programming language? I don’t see the point.

First of all, the Ruby-chan-idea personalizes Ruby. I don’t know where the idea of a girl came from (in German it is “der Rubin” – male), but my first contact with Ruby was when I found a pink book in a German book shop, turned it around and I saw an anime-like girl! On a programming language book!

What else could I do but buy this book, merging two of my favourite hobbies?

Ruby-chan combines japanity, humaneness, happiness, coolness, redness, sex and – yes – feminity. A Ruby is just red. And how can a mere gemstone be “Programmers best friend”?

By the way, my Ruby from that book holds a Ruby in her hand – this hand presenting a Ruby could also make a good logo.

said on 17 Jul 2005 at 08:57

Would you really like to see this in your favorite bookshop ?

said on 17 Jul 2005 at 13:15

Excellent humor… ;-)

said on 18 Jul 2005 at 05:31

do you really don’t? :)

said on 18 Jul 2005 at 07:27

Would you really like to see this in your favorite bookshop ?

No, but it would rock on a T-shirt!

said on 18 Jul 2005 at 10:46


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