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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 »

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 »

Can’t Put A Price On Convenience

I’m always suspicious of someone who starts talking to me about price and convenience. While both are definitely important factors, the truth is that both do have their prices. At some point, you will choose to be inconvenienced because the price difference is so great. I want that choice. Then I can complain about it later. ↓ TranscriptDEALER: We set ... Read More »

Digital Natives

I love tech buzz words, but even better are education-related tech buzz words–like digital natives. I know it’s supposed to mean that the younger generation has grown up with computers, but nobody can ever actually explain what that means for anything. It’s sort of like calling everyone else alive today automobile natives. So what? ↓ TranscriptCZAR: We need to remember ... Read More »

God of Television

I often feel this way. Between innovations that allow me to stream content, and the fact that I can buy just about anything that isn’t included with a streaming package, I feel kind of like a jerk for ever being bored. ↓ TranscriptKLOWNUS: Ugh, there's nothing to watch. BEARD: You have 160 channels of cable, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon! You ... Read More »

Popular Literary Themes

It’s an easy joke, but I love the self-defeatism of Dr. Klownus. Plus, there’s some joy whenever someone says something hasn’t been done in literature before. It has. ↓ TranscriptKLOWNUS: There should really be more books about free will. BEARD: What are you talking about? BEARD: Free will is one of the most popular themes in all of literature! KLOWNUS: ... Read More »

Technology in the Classroom

I suppose it must feel that way to people on the I.T. side, but I’m constantly amazed how often I’m told I don’t like technology. Maybe some professors don’t embrace it, but I think most don’t embrace their particular technology because it doesn’t work. ↓ TranscriptMOLE: We're here from I.T. to figure out why you don't use more technology in ... Read More »

Ghosts of Students Past

Every time we do a joke remotely related to the blind we get people accusing of us mocking the blind. I implore you, dear readers, stop reading our comics to the blind! ↓ TranscriptBEARD: You know, during the summer campus is so quiet that you can almost hear the ghosts of students past. BEARD: No, wait, we wandered onto that ... Read More »