I Hate Computer Updates

Sometime in the late 1960s or early ‘70s when I was at East Lansing High School we learned how to use a slide ruler and—no joke—went on a field trip to see a computer.

When I was a freshman at the University of Michigan in 1974 I was one of only a handful of students who had a calculator in my introductory physics class. It was a Texas Instrument SR-10, a graduation gift from my parents that could add, subtract, multiply and divide. Such calculating power! And it only cost a little over $100, about a quarter of what U of M then charged instate students per semester. Continue reading

2014 Highlights: A Terrible, Horrible, Horrendous Year

As I noted on my December 1, 2014 post, the great thing about the internet is that you can now bore complete strangers with your year-end letters. For the last three-plus weeks I’ve posted all the year-end letters I’ve written since 1987. They’re perfect reading for masochists and insomniacs. Here’s this year’s letter where I write about how just about everything that could go wrong this year has. Don’t worry. I’m not about to jump off a bridge because the one thing that went right made up for everything else. Continue reading

A Letter to Google’s Senior VP of Humor about Web Design

This is a letter I snail mailed to Google Today.

Senior Vice President of Humor
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Dear Lover of Mirth:

I didn’t see a Senior Vice President of Humor on your management team web page, but I’m assuming any company that has Doodles must have lovers of mirth. Continue reading

Hackers May Take Over Our Toilets

We now have to worry about computer hackers taking over our toilets.

Seriously. When I heard this this morning I thought for a moment that I was listen to the Onion’s Radio News, but no, I was tuned to NPR’s real news show, Here and Now.

Smart Toilets? They exist. How did I miss this trend? Even more important, how can a cartoonist make a living when real life is now more absurd than anything I can dream up? Continue reading