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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 I Hate Computer Updates

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2014 Highlights: A Terrible, Horrible, Horrendous Year

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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 2014 Highlights: A Terrible, Horrible, Horrendous Year

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

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Hackers May Take Over Our Toilets

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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 Hackers May Take Over Our Toilets