A man’s Christmas journey through a woman’s world

Now that Christmas has passed I can write more freely about the shopping process. In particular, the process of shopping for my wife. See, while Santa might give parents a break, childless married men are left to fend for themselves in shopping for their wives. Worse, without children we’re expected to devote extra thought to our wives’ gifts. This is ... Read More »

Ten best things of 2009

Compiling a list of the ten best of anything is always a bit of a leap in the dark. For example, list the ten best golfers in the world today and do you include Tiger Woods? Two months ago that was a no-brainer, but in the middle of his self-imposed break is he still as competitive as ten of the ... Read More »

Christmas shopping is the third circle of Hell

Christmas shopping is the worst. It’s a slow, drawn out death by degrees. It’s a solid month of trolling through malls and web pages searching for that one certain gift that won’t make someone resent you for a whole more year. Bah humbug. “But surely you can see that you’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas,” you say. “Refocus on ... Read More »

Trailer: Black Friday

What originally began as a small idea for a comic soon snowballed.  The Black Friday concept was originally supposed to be a normal three-panel comic.  However, when the idea simply couldn’t be fit within three panels it got turned into the first expanded six-panel strip in full-color.  And that, gave us an idea. Read More »

Getting rich the easy way

Browse any bookstore and you’ll find a thousand or more books on how to get rich.  One wonders if all these authors actually are rich, or their plan to get rich is to sucker people into buying their books?  Regardless, anything more than free seems like the wrong direction to begin your journey to rich.  That is unless, of course, ... Read More »

Better without sleep than with, but not smarter

I long ago gave up on the delusion that anything about me was remotely unique. Instead, I cast this out there as a sort of digital fishing line to find like-bodied individuals. Do you ever find yourself being better when you’ve had no sleep? Last night I got basically no sleep. Today I taught three classes and had one faculty ... Read More »

Car shopping as a measure of intelligence

I bought a car this past weekend. Actually, my wife and I bought a car this past weekend. But since I rarely drive (except slow on the driveway every Saturday), it is mostly a purchase for her. The process of buying a car is equivalent to having root canal work done on the back of a camel while riding through ... Read More »

Cartoon cats are the last minstrel acts

Ever noticed when watching old cartoons that a good half of them are about the speech impediments of animals? I’ve got to be honest, I’d be impressed if my cat could talk period, regardless if it could roll its Rs properly. Perhaps my standards are too low. If it were something more valid, like perhaps an incontinent cat, then I ... Read More »

Clash of truth in advertising

Today marked the release of the first trailer for the Clash of the Titans remake. Yes, you read that right. We’re remaking films from the 1980s now. It won’t be long before we see remakes before a film is released on DVD. What’s most interesting to me is the apparent tagline of the film, “Titans will clash.” Really? In a ... Read More »

How to email a professor and live to tell the tale

If you’re a freshman in college, one of the most valuable lessons you can learn is how to properly make contact with a professor. This is especially important if you don’t want to find yourself the butt of departmental meetings where professors pass around particularly atrocious emails. With this in mind, I humbly present the following tips. 1. Do not ... Read More »