Archive for June, 2011

QR. Huh. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Cidu Bill on Jun 30th 2011

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Okay, so now I can convert my website’s address into a QR symbol, which people can scan with their smart phones and have the site instantly appear on their phones. But really, after you get past the initial novelty, so what?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, QR, cell phones, smart phones | 45 responses so far

Picnic

Cidu Bill on Jun 30th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, New Yorker, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

Aren’t most of them indoors?

Cidu Bill on Jun 29th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor | 30 responses so far

She does? *I* don’t. Do you?

Cidu Bill on Jun 29th 2011

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 40 responses so far

I really don’t know why Dad’s complaining, given the fact that the throw at least cleared that big window…

Cidu Bill on Jun 28th 2011

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Filed in Bil Keane, Bill Bickel, Family Circus, comic strips, humor | 5 responses so far

Diploma

Cidu Bill on Jun 28th 2011

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Oh, and by the way…

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jeff Stahler, comic strips, comics, humor | 22 responses so far

LOL - June 27

Cidu Bill on Jun 27th 2011

Mitch:

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James Schend:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Captain Hook, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Hilary B. Price, Rhymes With Orange, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 12 responses so far

Bonus LOL

Cidu Bill on Jun 26th 2011

Lola:

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Something I’ve been meaning to mention for a while: If you aren’t reading Bug on a daily basis, you should be: it’s a quirky strip, along the lines of XKCD or Abstruse Goose, and almost always clever and amusing.

No strip is for everybody’s taste, of course, but you should give this a shot for a week and see what you think -Bill

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bug Martini, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 13 responses so far

Saturday Morning Ewww

Cidu Bill on Jun 25th 2011

Ed Rush:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Ewww, One Big Happy, Rick Detorie, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

Just wondering…

Cidu Bill on Jun 24th 2011

What goes through parents’ minds when they name their kid Jim Crow? I heard this guy on the radio today, some economist, don’t know whether he’s black or white, and actually I’m wondering whether the name is more problematic if he’s black, or if he’s white.

Filed in Bill Bickel | 67 responses so far

Athlete’s Foot

Cidu Bill on Jun 24th 2011

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Filed in Adam at Home, Bill Bickel, Brian Basset, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

Mother

Cidu Bill on Jun 23rd 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Rubes, comic strips, comics, humor | 27 responses so far

An Inconvenient Punchline

Cidu Bill on Jun 22nd 2011

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Filed in Al Gore, B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

Call Me Confused

Cidu Bill on Jun 21st 2011

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Okay, I understand the concept of the unreliable narrator, and I’m all to familiar with “Call me Ishmael” — but how these two combine into a punchline, even for the New Yorker, is a mystery to me.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, New Yorker, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Creepiosity: The Contest Results

Cidu Bill on Jun 20th 2011

Click here to really see the winning caption (as opposed to the link I posted a few hours ago that led noplace)

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Creepiosity, David Bickel, Facebook, Michael Jackson, contests, humor | 12 responses so far

LOL - June 20

Cidu Bill on Jun 20th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Hilary B. Price, Jan Eliot, Mutt and Jeff, Pearls Before Swine, Rhymes With Orange, Stone Soup, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 14 responses so far

Keeping Track of Your Kids, 2011-Style

Cidu Bill on Jun 19th 2011

My son’s on an out-of-town trip with friends this weekend. God forbid he should give us any first-hand information about where they are — but he and four of his friends have cell phone cameras and Facebook accounts, so by combining the various photos, I’ve been able to follow their progress online.

I guess this is the “new normal,” like “What time is it?”/”Hold on, I’ll check my phone.”

Filed in Bill Bickel, Facebook, cell phones, parenting | 38 responses so far

Father’s Day CIDU

Cidu Bill on Jun 19th 2011

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What sort of card did Hammie give Dad that could break his leg? Apparently this is supposed to be obvious, but…

Filed in Baby Blues, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Father's Day, comic strips, comics, humor | 9 responses so far

Saturday Afternoon LOL/Ewww

Cidu Bill on Jun 18th 2011

Keera:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Ewww, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 17 responses so far

Saturday Morning Ewww

Cidu Bill on Jun 18th 2011

G. Boozer:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Dinette Set, Ewww, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

Arlo and Janis: The Book

Cidu Bill on Jun 17th 2011

In case you’re not visiting Jimmy Johnson’s web site regularly (though I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be, if for no other reason than to read a bonus A&J strip several times a week), he’s in the planning stages of putting together a collection and he’s looking for some idea how many people would be interested. Please drop him a line at book (at) arloandjanis.com and tell him something like “hell, yeah” if you like the idea.

This is not legally binding.

Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, Jimmy Johnson, collections, comic strips, comics, humor | 8 responses so far

Lying Scum

Cidu Bill on Jun 17th 2011

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Filed in Andy Cowen, Bill Bickel, Bizarro, CIDU, Dan Piraro, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

The future isn’t what it used to be

Cidu Bill on Jun 16th 2011

I had occasion yesterday to look through some science fiction stories I’d had published back in the early 1980s. They held up pretty well (I never wrote “trendy,” so there was no literary equivalent of 80s hair; though I can understand the temptation, if they were being reprinted today, to have Greedo shoot first) — but it’s an odd thing to write stories that take place 25-to-30 years in teh future and then read them 25-to-30 years later: some of my predictions were impressively accurate, while others were totally off-the-wall. No jetpacks, but still… 

And of course the whole concept of reading them at a time I once thought of as “the future” is disconcerting.

I wrote one story about a character who was essentially my freshman-year college roommate (a decade earlier), whose irritating behavior was magnified by the fact that he seemed oblivious to teh fact that he was annoying people. Re-reading the story last night, I found it quite entertaining — but about halfway through, it occurred to me for the first time that my roommate probably suffered from some degree of Asperger’s. Thirty-eight years ago, who knew?

Filed in Bill Bickel, science fiction | 43 responses so far

Job Interview

Cidu Bill on Jun 16th 2011

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cyanide and Happiness, Satan, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

Trivia Question of the Day

Cidu Bill on Jun 15th 2011

How did the minor league baseball team the Albuquerque Isotopes get its name?

Filed in Bill Bickel, baseball, trivia | 20 responses so far