Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Annoying auto-correct

April 5, 2014

Dennis Lewis pleads on Facebook:

Dear God, is there any way to tell Android that I don’t need any help with spelling? I was texting my cousin … highlights of the Palace Kitchen’s Seattle Restaurant Week menu, and I just noticed that my little Kyocera 4G phone changed “arugula salad” to “Caligula salad” and the malted milk “chocolate panna cotta” to “chocolate panda cotta.”

Wonderful substitutes, but nevertheless very irritating.

(Dennis did get advice for turning off auto-correct on his particular cellphone.)


Monday quartet

March 31, 2014

Four cartoons today: a Dilbert, a Bizarro, a Mother Goose and Grimm, and a Scenes from the Multiverse:


A sweep of five

March 17, 2014

Sunday was an amazing day for language-related  cartoons. A crop of five:


Three for Thursday

March 13, 2014

Three cartoons this morning: a notably weird Zippy about comics, a Dilbert on search terms, and a Zits on passwords (and obscenicons):


Who Made That?

January 20, 2014

In the NYT Magazine (on Sunday the 19th), a “Who Made That?” piece by Daniel Engber on the captcha. Some weeks ago, another one of these pieces on laugh tracks on television.


Voicemail deadlock

October 27, 2013

Today’s Pearls Before Swine:

I’d suggest voicemail deadlock or voicemail standoff.

Job description

September 23, 2013

Yesterday’s Dilbert:

The pointy-headed boss clearly has no clue about what Dilbert is talking about (which is an actual issue in programming), and Dilbert responds with an (implicit) blunt criticism of managers who don’t understand what the people they manage do.

Data retrieval

September 6, 2013

Today’s Dilbert:

Now that’s hacking!

Rosenberg’s Laws of Robotics

June 10, 2013

Today’s Scenes From a Multiverse:

A tribute to Isaac Asimov.


Code 404

May 9, 2013

Today’s Rhymes With Orange, with a pun on page:

A pun of a type that juxtaposes two strikingly different contexts (here, court life in a monarchy, on the one hand, and the internet, on the other) in such a way that two different senses of an expression are both applicable.



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