Archive for the 'cell phones' Category


Cidu Bill on Nov 15th 2017


Why would Connie possibly think that’s what the word means? And why would she think anybody could tell by looking at her that she wasn’t carrying a cell phone? And wouldn’t Jeremy be even more mortified than Walt by the thought?

I’m probably missing a few questions, but these will do for a start.

And this is one day removed from synchronicity with Luann’s Commando Tara story line (still ongoing, and possibly headed into uncomfortable territory if it means a return to Creepy Leslie and his mother issues).


Filed in Bill Bickel, Greg Evans, Luann, Zits, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 37 responses so far

Sunday Synchronicity #1

Cidu Bill on Sep 24th 2017



Filed in Bill Bickel, Dave Whamond, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, Reality Check, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 23 responses so far

Phone [OT-ish]

Cidu Bill on Jul 16th 2017

I’m not sure what’s supposed to be funny about the comic itself, but it did remind me of the time a few years ago when my wife was given a ticket to taking on her cell hone while driving, and then had to prove that she didn’t even own a cell phone.

And yes, in fact, it was the last day of the month, when traffic cops have to meet the monthly ticket quotas police departments swear don’t exist.

A perfect scam from the point of view of the cop: 99% of the time the judge will believe him over the driver and the one time there’s evidence that he lied, there are no consequences.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Cornered, Mike Baldwin, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 43 responses so far

Let’s have a show of hands… who’s done this?

Cidu Bill on Feb 17th 2017


Filed in Bill Bickel, Devil's Panties, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

More True Than Funny

Cidu Bill on Jan 23rd 2017

And I’m not mentioning any names here…


Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, xkcd | 7 responses so far

Cell Phones from the Twilight Zone [OT]

Cidu Bill on Aug 28th 2016

I posted this on Facebook earlier today:

My phone has officially lost its mind: on its own, it’s opening apps, making phone calls, and swear to God, ordered a book from Amazon.

We’re not talking about butt-dialing: this usually happens when the phone is noplace near me or anybody else.

Just now, I found an IM ready to be sent out: “The2 second form of the conditioneal perfect since I the et thn literary equivalents _of the conditional perfect.” I was just surprised the phone hadn’t clicked “send.” Presumably it would have soon enough.

No, my phone isn’t voice activated.

For the record, I don’t even know what “conditional perfect” means (I can make a good guess, I suppose, but it’s not a phrase I ever would have spoken).

And yes, this is all probably impossible, and that’s certainly what Sprint will claim when I call them tomorrow.

One of my friends responded that she’s also getting Skype calls from my phone.

My phone doesn’t have the Skype app!

Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones | 34 responses so far

2010 will call as soon as it charges its phone…

Cidu Bill on Apr 20th 2016


I remember sifting through tangles of chargers trying to find one that would fit my phone (forgot to pack my charger on a trip to Florida, and the hotel clerk handed me a carton of them and told me to keep whatever I could use).

But now, there’s one format for every device (or two, if iStuff still uses its own), so there’s no more searching.

(and yes, halos aren’t cell phones; but the joke depends on halos and cell phones being analogous)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 23 responses so far

Monday Funnies

Cidu Bill on Jul 27th 2015



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

Okay, so I was watching the baseball game on my telephone…

Cidu Bill on Apr 27th 2015

Actually, that’s it. Isn’t that enough? I was watching a baseball game on my telephone!

Seriously, when did that become something people just did?

Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones | 23 responses so far

Meanwhile, in an alternate universe in which teenagers phone one another instead of text AND cell phones are loud enough that other people can hear what’s being said from across the room AND volume can’t be turned down AND people are incapable of holding a cell phone and walking out of a room at the same time…

Cidu Bill on Mar 18th 2015


Filed in Bill Bickel, Zits, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 31 responses so far

I think that term doesn’t mean what Mr. Lee thinks it means

Cidu Bill on Feb 26th 2015

Even assuming she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, I can’t figure out what she’s talking about.


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 34 responses so far

The Fourth of Ewwly

Cidu Bill on Jul 4th 2014



Submitted by many:


Filed in Adam Huber, Bill Bickel, Bug, Heart of the City, Mark Tatulli, Zits, cell phones, comic strips, humor | 61 responses so far

I can now watch HBO and Showtime programming on my telephone

Cidu Bill on Mar 5th 2014

This is insane. Seriously.

Filed in Bill Bickel, HBO, Showtime, cell phones | 45 responses so far


Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 30 responses so far


Cidu Bill on Nov 5th 2013


Does this have any basis in reality? My last Android phone came with an instruction book thicker than the phone.

Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, iPhone | 21 responses so far

The Nightmare

Cidu Bill on May 30th 2013


Eh, not impressed: we had this discussion more than three years ago (update: link fixed)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Pardon My Planet, Vic Lee, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | One response so far


Cidu Bill on Apr 8th 2013

Bunch ‘o people sent me these on Friday:


Filed in Bill Bickel, Dave Coverly, John Deering, Speed Bump, Strange Brew, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | One response so far

I don’t think cell phones work that way

Cidu Bill on Jan 14th 2013


Am I reading this wrong, or did his cell

phone go dead when the power went out?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Edge City, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 25 responses so far

Hurricane-Related Tip

Cidu Bill on Oct 28th 2012

If the power goes out, switch off the wi-fi on your cell phone so it doesn’t run down the battery searching for a signal that isn’t there.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Hurricane Sandy, cell phones | 19 responses so far


Cidu Bill on Jul 23rd 2012


Filed in Baldo, Bill Bickel, CIDU, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Because people at ballgames talk on cellphones??

Cidu Bill on Apr 2nd 2012


Filed in New Yorker, baseball, cell phones, comics, humor | 7 responses so far

When Smart Phones Become Too Smart

Cidu Bill on Dec 8th 2011

I really don’t know what the big deal is about “butt dialing.” My phone has evolved far beyond that, essentially to Skynet level, making phone calls and opening random apps when it’s sitting on a counter twenty feet away. Last month it sent my friend a text message saying “I can’t speak right now. I’ll call you back later.”

Now granted, that’s a message that came pre-programmed in the phone, but still…

For a while, this self-activation of programs — I called it “air dialing” — seemed completely random; but in the past week or so… I was reaching for my phone intending to listen to some music while I did some chores, and Pandora suddenly opened up. And earlier this week, shortly after thinking that I needed to call my sister-in-law, all of a sudden I heard her voice coming from the phone. I thought she’d called me and my phone had taken it upon itself to accept the call, but in fact “I” had called her.

Last night, at the health club, when I took the phone out of my bag and the Audible app suddenly opened up and the book I’d been listening to the last time I was at health club began to play, my only thought was “Sure, why not?” I’ve learned to just go with it.

So I’m wondering: does this sort of thing happen to anybody else, or did Stephen King somehow get hold of my phone?

Filed in Bill Bickel, cell phones | 20 responses so far

Smart Phones, Stupid Criminals

Cidu Bill on Oct 4th 2011


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Cidu Bill on Sep 30th 2011


I don’t know… is this about the technology gap, or the fact that Janis is going insane? And I say this as somebody who recently used his phone’s GPS to track down his mother in downtown Boston

Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, GPS, Jimmy Johnson, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Skype Question

Cidu Bill on Sep 1st 2011

Just wondering… why would anybody install Skype on a cell phone? I could understand it a few years back before virtually every cell phone plan included unlimited calling, but why now?

(though I do understand that international calls, not generally included in cell phone plans, are cheaper via Skype)

This being said, by the way, I do have Skype on my cell phone: because I had to install it on my computer for work reasons, and at 2am the only person I could call to test it was myself.

Filed in Bill Bickel, Skype, cell phones | 17 responses so far