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  1. TXPAScot commented on Bloom County about 1 hour ago

    It was funnier on the baseball field with Mrs. Poobah. (“Hold on one jiffy…”)

  2. TXPAScot commented on New Adventures of Queen Victoria about 9 hours ago

    Y’know, play HRH’s last line to the backing track for Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” and you’ve got something…

  3. TXPAScot commented on Nancy Classics about 9 hours ago

    You sure that’s not from bruises?

  4. TXPAScot commented on Annie about 9 hours ago

    That’s right, Annie! And guess who’ll be stuck with sitting duties…

  5. TXPAScot commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Fosdick’s tiny lantern is just the latest (and smallest) in a chain of communication/data devices assisting law enforcement.
    Though given sufficient firepower to eradicate criminals from the streets, Fosdick and his fellow-officers often had difficulty maintaining contact with police headquarters. Car radios generally were one-way transmission thingies, and personal devices were little better than two tin cans with a string attached.
    The first sign of change came in 1937, when Fat Jones Enterprises developed the Two-Way Wrist Whangdoode, a prototype personal communication device that could put an individual officer in continual, simultaneous two-way contact with HQ. Though successful, the Whangdoodle never made it past prototype stage, as its size and weight – that of a old-fashioned wall crank telephone – led to broken wrists and strained muscles.
    More successful was the 1950 Two-Way Wrist Whatchamacallit, which was reduced in size to that of a World War II era walkie-talkie. Though still awkward, it could be safely strapped to a wrist (although rotator cuff injuries still occurred while moving from the earpiece to the microphone mouthpiece). Because it was truly portable, it is often referred to by historians as “the original Two-Way Wrist Whatchamacallit.”
    Jones Enterprises added video into the mix with the 1972 Two-Way Wrist Doohickey. Audio technology had shrunk to the point where simultaneous communication could be the size of a pocket watch, but the video screen increased the size to that of a mini Etch-A-Sketch; still, the Doohickey was easier on the arms of officers. Early versions of the device could have poor reception, with some officers sustaining gunshot wounds to the forearm from raising them to get a better signal. Refinement over the next 30 years, however, reduced the size of the screen and booted signal strength.
    In 2005, Jones Enterprises announced a technological leap with the Two-Way Wrist Thingamajig, adding projection technology and data transfer onto any surface. The Thingamajig also was the smallest version of the standard-issue wrist communication device. Although the shape of the unit reminded some of a miniature fire hydrant or lantern, its performance was well-received, with few bugs to be worked out and few reports of downtime.
    (Special thanks to Fosdicktech historians Maxine Viller and J. Puzzle Whiz)

  6. TXPAScot commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Before this, there was only one-way transmission thingies…

  7. TXPAScot commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    Two-Way Wrist Thingamajig: Introduced in 2005 as an upgrade to the Two-Way Wrist Doohickey…

  8. TXPAScot commented on Dick Tracy 1 day ago

    I notice Tracy’s jaw gets sharper when he’s dreaming. (And if you order now, you’ll get a SECOND “Ever-Sharp” teflon and titanium jaw at no extra charge! Just pay shipping and handling…)

  9. TXPAScot commented on Peanuts Begins 1 day ago

    And a 9.5 on the vault!

  10. TXPAScot commented on Luann 1 day ago

    That’s odd – the phrase “casting couch” suddenly popped into my head…