Year: 2013

Have you been reading about the electronic superhighway?

The double-edge funny meaning behind this strip: 1) The internet is so new and different! What a difference 20 years makes. In 1993 Calvin was looking forward to what the internet could bring. He exclaims, “Pretty soon, computers, telephones, and TVs will all be hooked together to bring instantaneous, interactive communication right into our homes!” …

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The Bazille staredown

The staring eyes of this portrait intently gazed at my girlfriend and I as we sat on the bench to the left of this painting. We tried to relax on the Art Institute bench, but the Bazille family kept looking over at us. We eventually had to depart our bench in the gallery. The Bazilles …

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Reading a newspaper is like…

… wearing a kilt. It’s long and drapes down. Reading a newspaper. How quaint. Real paper. Real ink. Big paper, at that. Paper so long that it drapes down in front of you. The paper blows around in the wind. Such old traditions. Some people still wear kilts. Some people still read print newspapers.

A phone conversation on double-mute

For fun, try having a phone conversation where both of the phones are on mute. Earlier today, I called up our Tribune Tech Support to fix a problem on my Windows computer. While he remotely took over my computer and was fixing the problem, he put his phone on mute. I figured he shouldn’t have …

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Bruce Banner chats about ripped shirts on twitter

If you include the words “Bruce Banner” in a tweet, you could end up having a twitter conversation with @RealBruceBanner. I tweeted a picture of my shirt with a ripped elbow and said, “Do you think Bruce Banner ever learned how to sew patches?” @RealBruceBanner replied with delightful banter. A few things learned from talking …

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I have been trying to reach you about the possible sale of _________________.

Andrew Huff of Gapers Block posted this mysterious photo on flickr that leaves us desiring the ending. Finish this sentence: I have been trying to reach you about the possible sale of _________________. I have been trying to reach you about the possible sale of longer notepads. (by jima on flickr) I have been trying …

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Who designed the Google logo?

What do all these logos have in common? They are all designed by Ruth Kedar of Kedar Designs. Notice how all the logos are very pointy. The sharp pointy aspects of Google’s logo has always been awkward. The serif on the G, g, and l are inconsistent in their treatment. The letter e is needlessly …

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The effort to pay less attention to commercials makes us pay more attention

iPhone App Notifies Viewers When TV Ads Finish By Andrew Dodson TVNewsCheck – 07/31/13 As broadcasters continue to fight the ad-skipping technology found in Dish Network‚Äôs Hopper, a new iPhone app was released today that notifies viewers in real time when commercial breaks are finished, allowing a TV watcher to surf other channels or grab …

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Star Wars E-5, E-9, E-10, E-11

The E-11 BlasTech rifle. It’s the standard rifle for Stormtroppers. But why is it called E-11? Is there an E-10? Or an E-9? A look on the official Star Wars Wiki reveals that there is: E-5 blaster rifle E-9 is a spaceship E-10 is a droid E-11 is the standard Stormtrooper rifle And that’s it. …

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