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Driving to Class

Wake up. Walk out of dorm and find car in parking lot. Drive around campus to entrance nearest building. Find parking spot. Walk to class. Or simply walk to class. Nine times out of ten the latter option is not only healthier, but faster. ↓ TranscriptMEGAN: Did you drive to class? BILLY: Yep! Breaking all the rules. MEGAN: But why? ... Read More »

Sickeningly Adorable

I suspect dogs think something similar, but are simply too insecure to act on it. ↓ TranscriptHOBO: Why do cats lie on their backs if they're just going to attack us when we rub their bellies? MITTENS: To lull you into a false sense of security. HOBO: How is that at all practical in the wild? MITTENS: Have you seen ... Read More »

Jerk Phone

When you run into people who can’t ignore their phone for more than fifteen minutes, I do sort of assume they’re in an abusive relationship with their phone. ↓ TranscriptKLOWNUS: I downloaded a new app to help me lose weight. It searches social network site to find pictures of girls you had crushes on back in school. KLOWNUS: Then it ... Read More »

MOOC Justification

MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are very trendy in higher education right now. Like most trends, the excitement will likely die down and they’ll eventually find a useful spot in education. Still, right now there’s an awful lot of people trying to justify their existence. ↓ TranscriptBEARD: A MOOC? How am I supposed to teach an online class to ten ... Read More »

The Simplicity of Email

Universities are very skilled at taking very simple technology and making it unbearably complicated. I’m not sure why, but I have my suspicions. ↓ TranscriptBEARD: Why does it take fifteen clicks to access our email through the web? HOBO: You'd think we could type in one address and be there. STEVE: Sir, faculty complaints have dropped by forty percent! CZAR: ... Read More »

Automatic Computer Logout

Sometime sit and watch a timed computer lab–even one that closes at a certain hour. It’s like a weird psychological experiment as the time counts down. ↓ TranscriptLIBRARIAN: We've set all the computers to auto log students out after an hour. LIBRARIAN: That way no single student monopolizes a computer all night. LIBRARIAN: Unfortunately, it's produced a Pavlovian response to ... Read More »

The Clock Billionaire

People make money from all kinds of stupid things. Some people assume everything is a conspiracy. I prefer to think the two are related, and people are conspiring to cause all the stupid things in my life–in order to make money. It makes stubbing my toe more rational. ↓ TranscriptBILLY: Ugh, power out overnight. All the clocks are wrong! JIMMY: ... Read More »

Pink Phone

I think people should be able to buy a phone in any color they want. Gold? Sure. Pink? Why not? Sometimes the pink marketing, though, is goofy. ↓ TranscriptAMANDA: Ugh, why do they assume that just because I'm a woman I'd want a pink phone? JIMMY: Maybe it's for men? AMANDA: Yeah, right. They make everything for you in black, ... Read More »

Women in Video Games

These types of discussions are always fun, because everyone ends up feeling judged. ↓ TranscriptHOBO: So what does the representation of women in video games tell us about the cultural portrayal of femininity? TREY: Just because women in video games are all hot and barely clothed doesn't change how I feel! MEGAN: Really? TREY: Stop judging me! Read More »

Internet Grants All Knowledge

The Internet is an awesome tool to learn. Unfortunately, I don’t think most people ever use it for that. They use it for stupid reasons. Like reading comics. ↓ TranscriptBILLY: Professors, all my teachers tell me to spend less time online! HOBO: So? BILLY: I learn more from the Internet than I ever do in class. BEARD: Such as? BILLY: ... Read More »