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The Brooklyn Accent Free

Born two years after Charlie Brown's debut; mainframe geek for three decades for a great metropolitan bank, now semi-retired and keeping busy as a spelling and grammar geek for an investment company (with a couple of side gigs). I've identified with Charlie Brown as a kid, Mike Doonesbury in college, Dilbert at work, and Opus in my free time.

Recent Comments

  1. about 6 hours ago on Dilbert Classics

    But this strip (and the sequence of which it is part) is dated 1998, fifteen years before the death-and-recreation-by-cloning story arc.

  2. about 6 hours ago on Doonesbury

    Does anyone know if Lacey really had a sister named Pearl, and if she was still alive at this point in the strip’s continuity? (Don’t answer if that would constitute a spoiler.)

  3. about 6 hours ago on Rubes

    He can do “Spirit in the Sky” for an encore.

  4. about 6 hours ago on Speed Bump

    Too late to stop him; he’s already booked his passage.

  5. about 6 hours ago on Frazz

    I believe Frazz has just coined “solve for no,” by analogy with “solve for x.”

    In algebra, you can be given an complicated equation in several variables, and you have to transform it into an equation with just “x” on one side of the equal sign, even if what’s on the other side is even more complicated than what you started with.

    It’s a snarky way of saying “you’ve decided in advance that the answer is no, so you take whatever data is available and find a way to manipulate it so that the answer comes up ‘no.’”

    Frazz says in the first panel that Lilienthal did indeed find a way to fly, and Caulfield says in the second panel that what Lilienthal did wasn’t flying. Frazz’s remark then implies that Caulfield, having already decided that he (or anyone) can’t fly, is playing with definitions of words to reconfirm his hypothesis, rather than acknowledging Lilienthal’s accomplishment and perhaps using it or building on it.

    Depending on what he expects Caulfield to do in response, this could be mere snark on Frazz’s part, or could be encouragement (“Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done; find a way around their nay-saying”). But Caulfield’s pointing out the distinction between flying and gliding is not wrong.

  6. about 7 hours ago on Broom Hilda

    George of the Jungle?

  7. about 7 hours ago on Broom Hilda

    Dress up as a little kid and go trick-or-treating, of course. All that free candy…

  8. about 7 hours ago on Brewster Rockit

    You mix an egg into the cooked oatmeal? Never heard of that one. Does it end up like the egg drops in egg drop soup? May try that when the weather turns icy.

  9. about 7 hours ago on Crabgrass

    In the eyes of the Cool Ckids, that makes him a poindexter (and all the other stuff that Carla said).

  10. 1 day ago on Peanuts Begins

    If you’re with Clifford, you just climb aboard. Then you have the best view in the house.