One little glitch and your day is shot. One small error in your program, one little snag, and you spend the following hours or even days pretending you're Sherlock Holmes. It stinks. Who to blame? Enter, GLITCHMAN!
Yes, thanks to kdboyce, we can all now direct our creative curses at GLITCHMAN--the nemesis of lab engineers everywhere.
Congratulations go to kdboyce for his winning caption for Daniel Guidera's August cartoon, "GLITCHMAN strikes again!" He will soon be the proud owner of a color version of the villain's first appearance!
Thanks to everyone who voted for my caption. I really appreciate it.
Perhaps you might be interested as to how I came up with the caption.
I am from West Virginia and there was a period of time where there were many claims of seeing some 'creature' kinda like a moth/man combo there.
You can see details here:
Although I never personally witnessed 'Mothman', I knew of the story, and cape (wing like) on the figure Daniel drew reminded me of it. So immediately the 'man' part of the figure name stuck.
As I have experienced many glitches in my professional life, it also was the first word to pop into my mind.
Now I wonder if I can turn the GLITCHMAN into an enduring part of engineering lore.... Perhaps Daniel should consider a series featuring the character. Ummmm. I wonder what that would be like :)
Maybe....but probably not. Worth a thought, though.
One suggestion, it is missing an icon/symbol for his outfit (ie superman has an "S", and batman has the bat icon).
Glitchman should have a "G" or a lighting bolt, since glitches can happen at ligth speed... ;-)
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