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  1. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 2 days ago

    When real-life politics is absurd enough for Hammy to be involved, it DOES belong on the comics page. How can THESE possibly be the main choices we’re presented with?

  2. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 5 days ago

    >>> … but I fail to see why that really matters.

    Nothing really matters, Anyone can see, Nothing really matters . . . .

  3. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 8 days ago

    Our society spends tons of money trying to bring up the low end of the curve, apparently figuring that the bright kids will find things to do on their own, not doing the cost/benefit that a single good teacher would keep a whole class full of bright kids busy and out of trouble and – important part – PRODUCTIVE.

    Calc 3. I went to a “magnet” high school in NYC, so the first year of engineering school was just more of the same. Then I hit the third semester of calculus and it fell on me like a brick wall. But it was still not as bad as the people who had been valedictorian or salutatorian of their county high school back home, showed up at RPI figuring they were hot stuff, and were lost within a week.

  4. DutchUncle commented on Non Sequitur 29 days ago

    >>Selfies are a lot better than handing the camera to a stranger and asking them to take a picture of you.

    Depends. If you make sure to ask someone who’s got a decent camera around their neck, they probably have a clue. OTOH Don’t ask the people taking their holiday snaps with a cellphone. Plus sometimes it’s a nice way to start up a conversation.

  5. DutchUncle commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 1 month ago

    It is fascinating how little kids don’t care about gender, then both sides become more and more convinced that the other is completely horrible . . . until suddenly they become the most interesting thing on earth.

  6. DutchUncle commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 1 month ago

    Dry not. Do. Or do not. There is no dry.

  7. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 3 months ago

    I have had two nicknames that were intended as insulting epithets by the people who started using them, and became endearments from people who didn’t know the original circumstances. One of those same people seemed to have a knack for such misfires; he started pointing out that a classmate from Idaho looked like a potato and should be named Spud; the intended victim embraced the title as an honorific for Idahoans, so everyone else did too, and Spud ran for class president a few years later under that name.

  8. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 3 months ago

    Just in case anyone is so nervous that they are counting comments here to be sure that there are more than sixteen of them . . . .

  9. DutchUncle commented on Over the Hedge 3 months ago

    Human babies should look cute. If a baby doesn’t look cute there’s probably something wrong with it. This is part of the “uncanny valley” effect – that is, we can deal with anthropomorphic animals and E.T. and R2D2 that are totally nonhuman, but get weirded out by human-like images that are “just not quite right” (eyes too close or far apart, ears unusually placed), precisely because they suggest abnormal humans.

  10. DutchUncle commented on Frazz 3 months ago

    Just imagine if they had had daylight savings then, too.