Website stats and outlook for 2013

Here is a chart showing the visitors per day on Sandra and Woo and Gaia:

Website stats for Sandra and Woo and Gaia

The number of visitors is probably the most important measure of success for a webcomic creator. So I’m very glad that the number of readers of Sandra and Woo is still increasing. Especially Software Engineering, Now With Cats! has quickly become one of our most popular comic strips, resulting in 39,000 visits on Monday, 19 November, and Thursday, 29 November.

Thanks to everybody who spreads the word about our comics and posts links to them on his Facebook page or website!

Next year will bring two important milestones for Sandra and Woo. In July or August we will publish our 500th strip which will be a particularly complex one. Its creation will take a lot of time so we might have to publish some guest art instead of new strips in preparation for it. Later, on 19 October 2013, Sandra and Woo will celebrate its 5th birthday. While we don’t plan to publish another special strip on that occasion, you can look forward to some other special features. The year will begin with a story arc that introduces Sandra’s alter ego Sandy South, private eye extraordinaire. A parody of the detective genre is just something I always wanted to do.


Top 10 comments from comics #326 to #345

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the strips #326 to #345 in our archive. The top 10 of the strips #311 to #325 was posted on 17 November 2012.

Our reader Greenwood Goat was responsible for four of the following comments. Congratulations!

Comment by Sand Fox on the strip Monster:

This is the part were her Dad bursts in with two super soakers, screaming, “Long live the Queen!”

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip Punishment:

Cloud: You can stop kissing now….

Sandra: I thought I deserved life enkissionment!

Comment by Azure Link on the strip The Poem III:

You want to do something but your body doesn’t obey your commands. Do you know what this is called?
A cutscene.

Comment by Gahbriel on the strip The Poem IV:

Remember folks: Tackling people undress them.

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Poem IV:

Ye Thuza (with binoculars): Heart captured. Outer garments lost. Room for improvement…

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Contender I:

Unless that Hand of God keeps an omniscient eye out, Tom the talking toast will become Nom the talking stomach contents. This is Woo, sly scavenger extraordinaire, that he is up against!

Tom, the talking toast: Crumbs!

Woo: You will be.

Comment by SpiritWolf15 on the strip The Contender II:

Should I be concerned that this ( http://i43.tinypic.com/250uk2v.jpg ) is the ad I saw before making a post?

Comment by Blitz on the strip The Contender III:

The lesson: if Sandra doesn’t find you funny, SHE WILL DEVOUR YOU RIGHT THERE.

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip The Contender III:

Well, that was unexpected.

All ready for buttering up, Tom finds himself heading for the toilet – by the long but not exactly scenic route.

Unless… the Hand of God arrives in time to stick a finger down her throat! (sorry)

Hand of God: Where is Tom the talking toast?!

Sandra: (innocent) I don’t know.

Sandra’s stomach: YES YOU DO!!!

Hand of God: ???!??!

Woo (stepping in): Ahem! I must ask that this interview be suspended, as my client, Miss North, appears to have eaten something that disagrees with her.

Comment by Draccoon on the strip The Contender III:

It’s a good thing she’s eating him… because he probably would’ve just loafed around.


Scan the world with your Kinect

… Or with your ASUS Xtion:

The 3D App Center by FARO! - Stand-Alone Apps - FARO - SCENECT

As you may know I work as a software developer for FARO Technologies. We recently released a Windows application called SCENECT that can be used to create point clouds of the environment while using a Kinect or Xtion as “camera”. The software was well received by professional operators of 3D tools, and is available for free in FARO’s application store. There are also plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube, e.g. about creating a polygon model out of your point cloud. There’s also an interesting thread in the laser scanning forum that features several cool scan projects and advanced scanning techniques. Kudos to my colleagues Rasmus Debitsch and Gerrit Hillebrand who are the main developers of SCENECT.

Meanwhile, we also released the new versions of our main application SCENE 5.1, which is used to process and visualize point clouds gathered with our Focus 3D laser scanner, and its associated web viewer SCENE WebShare 5.1. The new WebShare version was mainly developed by me, by the way. You can have a look at it on our official SCENE WebShare server:

SCENE WebShare


Minor website improvements

Today I worked on the website and removed commented out or unnecessary elements. I also replaced some database calls with hard-coded HTML to reduce the server load. The webpages should load slightly faster now. One always has to look that a website doesn’t become cluttered because more and more stuff is added to it.

My major ad provider will probably release asynchronous ads soon which should further increase the website speed.


Top 10 comments from comics #311 to #325

Here is my top 10 list of the best/funniest comments from the strips #311 to #325 in our archive. The top 10 of the strips #296 to #310 was posted on 10 November 2012.

Comment by Blitz on the strip Woo, The Math Genius:

“Sandy <3 Cloudy” is entirely true and correct. It’s the question that’s wrong.

Comment by N0083rP00F on the strip Woo, The Math Genius:

Deko: …woo is not a math expert..but a mating expert…….that’s why he knows that the answer is wrong…..

As a mating expert he should know his multiplication quite well then ;)

Comment by Blitz on the strip Everything Is Better With Maniacal Laughter:

It’s true, you know. I try to punctuate EVERY activity with a good, hearty, maniacal laugh.

(You should have heard the one that accompanied this comment!)

Comment by Gaz Wilmbroke on the strip Irrhetorical Question:

There’s made-up grades… Peppermint Patty got straight Zs one year.

Comment by vash_ts on the strip Landon Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

#10 boys she´d lend her flamethrower

Comment by Maravilla on the strip Landon Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

Ok first: The ladder theory is neither correct as it is, nor the total truth I assure you!
At least it puts thinks much too simple. As if EVERY boy just thought about the one thing (I know my boy friend does not, well not the whole time XD) and I think boys can also have friendships with other girls without considering whether they wanna kiss them or not. Just girls to hang out with, it may sound stuipid to some but I’m befriended with boys who don’t want something from me and I know boys (also without girlfriends) who casually hang out with girls. Also I know of girls beeing rejected by bosy beeing told “let’s just be friends” so its not one sided.

About jumping over to the other ladder: It can happen but I think it’s difficult. If a girl is not inittially interested ALSO in an intimate way then it’s highly unlikely the guy will ever be considered for something like that. Thats personal experience, I personally had two guys in love with me I only considered as friends and couldn’t even imagine kissing! (poor guys, I was really sorry, I realy liked them…)

Ok now what is totally wrong? To assume that girls will consider boys only as friends when they are nice and helpful! I know a bunch of girls liking nice-guys even without super musceles and what ever because it gives one a sense of security. So he might also have started climbing the other ladder. Especially since its Larissa who has had quite some boys (remember the strip where she is angry cause she was called a “whore” by cloey?) but never one that she considered staying with. These were prabably rather the good-looking-cool-guys. So something so different, someone caring for her might work (though It will probably take her to get it XD)

Comment by Landbark on the strip Larisa Is Not Aware Of The Ladder Theory:

Larisa’s ladder propably has only three steps:

Top one – Kiss now.
Middle one – Kiss later.
Bottom one – BURN!!!

and Landon jumped from middle to the top one.

Comment by MegaTJ on the strip Mcm310:

Cloud, have you gone nuts?! Sandra wields the impulse-triggered high-speed sphere accelerator! You just can’t say things like that to her face!

Comment by Greenwood Goat on the strip Mcm310:

And so, falling before the dreadful force of the liberator Cloud’s (folded) arms, the deposed empress of Northia went into internal exile. Confined to an area the size of her bed, she was taught the error of her ways. By Cloud. Personally.

When he was finished with her, she would never again bring the heel of oppression down on the powerless, the voiceless, the stuffed or the injection moulded. And she would always remember to return his calculator at the end of the maths lesson.

Comment by Erika on the strip Mcm310:

How revolting; they are revolting.

If they were revolting on the counter instead of the bedroom floor, it would be a counter revolution.