Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Dick Tracy visits Mother Goose

November 6, 2015

Today’s Mother Goose and Grimm:

From Wikipedia:

On January 13, 1946, the 2-Way Wrist Radio became one of the strip’s most immediately recognizable icons, worn as a wristwatch by Tracy and members of the police force, and may have inspired later smartwatches. The 2-Way Wrist Radio was upgraded to a 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964.

Tracy stuff on this blog in a posting of 7/18/12.

Kids these days

May 29, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy, in which Joe seems not to be fully plugged in:

What comes at the end? A top-level domain name, of course, or so thinks a child in these modern times.

And then, as an bonus, Ruthie mistakes her dad’s Y (the letter name) for why (the question word).

The sexy Snapchat converter

May 9, 2015

It’s been some time since I posted a Dinosaur Comics — the last was on September 5th — but now here’s yesterday’s strip, in which T-Rex has a genius idea for improving e-mail:

Two notes: (1) The Wikipedia page for the cartoon describes it as “a constrained webcomic”, the constraint in this case being that every strip has the same images for the six panels; what’s new is the text. (2) An inventory of Dinosaur Comics postings on Language Log and this blog is now available as a Page on this blog.


February 27, 2015

Today’s Zippy:

Resistance to modern communications technology, both hardware and software, is a recurrent theme in Zippy. This time it’s social media under fire from our Pinhead.

Surrender to autocorrect

January 8, 2015

A Mike Gruhn WebDonuts cartoon, with autocorrect in skywriting:

As seen in the Wizard of Oh.


The lure of the Internet

December 26, 2014

Today’s Bizarro:

Notice that you’re seeing this on a blog.

Advances in telephony

October 26, 2014

From Facebook friends, this cartoon by Nate Fakes:


Grandma is a rotary dial phone; presumably mama is a touch-tone phone. Telephonic communications marches on.


Facebook vs. texting

October 1, 2014

Today’s Zits, returning to a frequent theme in the strip, means or modes of communication across the generations:

In earlier episodes, Jeremy rejected the idea of face-to-face talk (and even e-mail) in favor of texting. Now we discover that social networking is a step too far.

Party of five

May 10, 2014

Five cartoons from recent days. Not one of them seems to have anything to do with (US) Mothers Day (but maybe tomorrow, on the day itself, Mom will surface). A daydreaming Jeremy in Zits; a Calvin and Hobbes on following rules; a Rhymes With Orange with a groan-inducing (but learnèd) pun; and a Bizarro and a Zippy on different aspects of modern communication.


For National Cartoonists Day

May 6, 2014

This morning I discovered that yesterday was not only Cinco de Mayo, but also National Cartoonists Day. In honor of the occasion, three cartoons for today. Then some account of Cartoonists Day, which leads to the early newspaper cartoon featuring the Yellow Kid.



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