Archive for November, 2012

Social Media (and Me)

Cidu Bill on Nov 30th 2012

Follow-up: Just got an e-mail from Facebook telling me 7 people tried to “friend” me on the CIDU account. Umm…

There is a CIDU page on Facebook. It was never active, but a number of CIDU regulars have tried to “friend” me there. Since there’s no “there” there, there’s not much point to that — but I’m also on Facebook as Bill Bickel, so feel free to look me up there.

Billo is on Facebook now, for those of you who know what I’m talking about.

The CJA Facebook page is where new articles and posts show up first — but that’s a moot point for now, since the CJA site will be inactive until January.

I have no idea why Google+ exists. I did sign on in order to check it out — but I don’t even remember what e-mail address and password I used, so any attempt to contact me there is futile.

I’m on LinkedIn, though I’m only vaguely clear on why. The how is that one of my cousins was in on the creation of the thing (yes, he is rich), and he set everybody up with accounts. I have very few contacts although, as managing editor of a crime magazine, I suspect I should be accumulating contacts in both the publishing and the crime fields. I keep seeing notices that “XXX now has 30 new contacts,” which is more than I have in total.

I know that’s kind of pathetic.

My understanding — since I never came across a “LinkedIn For Dummies” book, though I’m sure one exists — is that in order to get a contact, you have to contact one of your contacts and get a referral. This seems very awkward to me, and it’s hard to believe that somebody can add 30 new contacts in one day by this method.

So maybe somebody here can set me straight: it’s been my experience that collectively you guys know everything.

(Oh, and please remember that if you post here using a nickname, I’m not necessarily going to know who you are if you contact me on Facebook under your real name)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Billo, CJA, Facebook, LinkedIn, social media | 15 responses so far

Friday Morning Ewww (and more)

Cidu Bill on Nov 30th 2012

Chak Olate wrote “It was an eww for me, and a bit of a LOL too, as my grandson would probably find some of his that way, too.

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Is swallowing Hot Wheels cars really something that kids do? Because those things are kind of big to go down a child’s throat, and would be a severe choking hazard if they did. I certainly couldn’t imagine a swallowed Hot Wheels car going unnoticed the same way, say, a swallowed penny might.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Ewww, Hot Wheels, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 20 responses so far

I can’t see a joke here

Cidu Bill on Nov 29th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jeff Stahler, Moderately Confused, comic strips, comics, humor | 19 responses so far

Anything more here than ”red meat’ll kill ya”?

Cidu Bill on Nov 29th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Bizarro, CIDU, Dan Piraro, comic strips, comics, humor | 24 responses so far

Speaking of the Interrobang…

Cidu Bill on Nov 29th 2012

Just noticed this in my hard drive, in the “Did I ever use this comic???” folder:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, interrobang | 16 responses so far

Angry Santa Elf Post I Don’t Understand

Cidu Bill on Nov 29th 2012

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Filed in Angry Santa Elf, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Christmas, Francesco Marciuliano, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

Stadium

Cidu Bill on Nov 28th 2012

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This appeared a little more than three weeks after Sandy hit the East Coast. Is it a reference to that? Either way, I can’t find the joke.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, In the Bleachers, Steve Moore, comic strips, comics, humor | 8 responses so far

Guaranteed to blow your mind

Cidu Bill on Nov 28th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Wizard of Id, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

Anybody want to take a shot at this one?

Cidu Bill on Nov 27th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cyanide and Happiness, comic strips, comics, humor | 19 responses so far

Shut-up-and-kissity

Cidu Bill on Nov 26th 2012

Pete:

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Filed in 9 Chickweed Lane, Bill Bickel, Brooke McEldowney, Jerry Scott, Zits, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 31 responses so far

Monday Morning LOLs - November 26, 2012

Cidu Bill on Nov 26th 2012

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Continue Reading »

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dan Piraro, Dave Blazek, Dave Coverly, Dilbert, Garfield, Jim Davis, Loose Parts, Mutt and Jeff, Scott Adams, Speed Bump, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 21 responses so far

Treats

Cidu Bill on Nov 25th 2012

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Is this something banks actually do?

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dogs, Jan Eliot, Stone Soup, banks, comic strips, comics, humor | 27 responses so far

Calling the Friday Black

Cidu Bill on Nov 25th 2012

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Marla’s supercilious attitude notwithstanding, I place most of the blame on the stores, not the customers, for creating scenarios guaranteed to create chaos. If you airdropped hundred dollar bills over Wrigley Field, and fans trample one another running down to the field to grab them, that’s on you.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Black Friday, Norm Feuti, Retail, comic strips, comics, humor | 32 responses so far

This was ”Depresing Comics Week” over at Cyanide and Happiness…

Cidu Bill on Nov 24th 2012

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… but I think Dan Piraro wins.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Bizarro, Cyanide and Happiness, Dan Piraro, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

Saturday Morning LOL-Ewww

Cidu Bill on Nov 24th 2012

Bill K:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Ewww, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 20 responses so far

Friday Morning Awww

Cidu Bill on Nov 23rd 2012

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Filed in Awww, Bill Bickel, Thanksgiving, comic strips, comics, humor | 9 responses so far

Friday Morning Ewww - November 23

Cidu Bill on Nov 23rd 2012

Janice

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Ewww, Zits, comic strips, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

Another Thanksgiving LOL

Cidu Bill on Nov 22nd 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Francesco Marciuliano, Medium Large, Thanksgiving, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 9 responses so far

Is there actually a joke here, or is today’s comic just a turkey?

Cidu Bill on Nov 22nd 2012

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Filed in Baldo, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Thanksgiving, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

Roboturk

Cidu Bill on Nov 22nd 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Close to Home, John McPherson, Thanksgiving, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far

Thanksgiving Comic That Made Us Laugh Out Loud Back When Dave Farley Was Still Drawing Doctor Fun

Cidu Bill on Nov 22nd 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Dave Farley, Doctor Fun, Thanksgiving, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 8 responses so far

Schedule Change

Cidu Bill on Nov 21st 2012

The CIDU queue is running dry. No big deal, it’s a cyclical thing: sometimes I have 3 or 4 months worth of comics waiting their turn, and sometimes… not. So beginning Friday, the usual low-queue schedule change will begin: Saturday Morning Ewww will become Friday Morning Ewww, Sunday Funnies will become the less aesthetic-sounding Monday LOLs, and “regular” CIDUs will run Tuesday through Thursday only. Hopefully by January 1, we’ll have enough backlog to return to the 7-day-a-week schedule.

January 1 is also the projected date for CJA’s return.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, CJA | 13 responses so far

“Real Estate Ad”???

Cidu Bill on Nov 21st 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Close to Home, John Deering, comic strips, comics, humor | 18 responses so far

Asian Fail?

Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2012

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Is this joke racist? And would it be more acceptable if the cartoonist were Chinese-American?

I know nothing about Vic Lee, by the way: he could be Chinese-American for all I know. Or his real name might be Viktor Lebowski.

Now this being said, perhaps I’m getting too semantic here, but I don’t necessarily equate “racist” with “offensive.” Recently Rupert Murdoch wrote “Why Is Jewish owned press so consistently anti- Israel in every crisis?” I thought it was brilliant that he managed to be both pro-Israel and anti-Semetic in the same 12-word tweet (though granted, some of my fellow Chosen People were offended).

But hell, I reacted with amusement when a white supremacist told me he couldn’t believe I didn’t know that my people secretly ran all the banks…

(and of course we had a similar discussion last year)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Pardon My Planet, Rupert Murdoch, Vic Lee, comic strips, comics, humor | 23 responses so far

Interestingly enough, everybody who sent this to be included some variation of “eh?”

Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2012

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Canada, Frazz, Jef Mallett, comic strips, comics, humor | 40 responses so far