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Moderately Confused (1/31/11)

January 31, 2011

I must be part of a very small minority of iPhone users that doesn’t care about the alleged majesty of Verizon Wireless. Yes, I know, the iPhone will be available on that most infallible of networks in early February. Will it be nice to have a choice of carriers when my contract expires in 2012? Absolutely. Do I expect Verizon to be significantly better than AT&T in terms of call quality and mobile internet speed? Absolutely not. Forgive me for being insufficiently cynical, but I’ve dropped so few calls on my iPhone that I can’t remember the last time it happened. And while I’ve encountered data dead spots on my train ride home, they tend to pass quickly. So, no, I don’t have serious service problems that I’d like Verizon to solve. Now cost of service problems…that’s a different story.

Moderately Confused (1/22/11)

January 22, 2011

A few days ago, I saw an ad on the train that seemed like it had direct access to the zeitgeist. It was a public safety ad that showed a close-up of a smart phone bearing the following message: “Are you aware of your surroundings?” Plenty of people aren’t, seeing as they spend every spare moment staring at their touchscreens. Sure, they gain access to Facebook and e-mail and SMS, but they also lose touch with the physical world. The streets they walk and the people they brush up against are reduced to background noise. If we stop paying attention to our surroundings, then whatever will we have to text about?

Moderately Confused (12/7/10)

December 7, 2010

There are several reasons why I haven’t bought an iPad. For one thing, they’re expensive. They also seem fragile (or, at the very least, slippery), which is a no-no in my book, especially for a $500 gadget. But I will admit that Apple’s tablet intrigues me. As a venue for reading comic strips, it seems awfully convenient. I could download an RSS reader, load up all of my favorite strips, and look forward to a darn pleasant commute. No more shuffling through newsprint for me. Of course, the Nook Color may be able to do the same thing for half the price. Maybe 2011 will be the year I finally cancel my newspaper subscriptions. Look out print industry, here comes progress. At least the spiders will be spared.

Moderately Confused (11/15/10)

November 15, 2010

Ah yes, the Sony Walkman. I had the generic equivalent of this portable tape player as a kid, but I don’t remember listening to music on it. What I do remember listening to is an audio recording of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I was such a big fan of the movie that my VHS copy was hardly enough to satisfy me. So I supplemented it by positioning my parent’s stereo in front of their television set and making a recording. After a few weeks of listening to that recording non-stop, I had the entire thing memorized. I love the music programs on my smart phone and use them practically every day, but I don’t think the audio tracks to my favorite movies will pop up on iTunes or Rhapsody any time soon and, really, that’s a shame.

Moderately Confused (11/3/10)

November 3, 2010

What a cop-out! If you’re going to write a joke about kids eating junk food, then you should have the courage to draw those kids as fat. Not chunky, or portly, or plump, but fat. Maybe not Homer Simpson in a Muumuu fat, but something more than the run-of-the-mill stockiness that’s on display here. When a child eats so much McDonald’s that he thinks ketchup is good for him, then he’s bound to be, if not obese, at least pretty darn close. A steady diet of fast food does cruel things to the body. What better place to show that than an exaggerated, over-the-top comic strip?

Moderately Confused (11/1/10)

November 1, 2010

It’s been two years since the economy collapsed and, sadly, it has yet to rebound. Part of me is optimistic that the next two years will be better. Corporations have stockpiled billions of dollars; maybe they will spend it. A bipartisan commission is preparing a report on how to reduce the national debt; maybe Congress will act on it. Entrepreneurs are looking around for the next big thing; maybe they will find it. Realistically, though, it seems like 10-percent unemployment is here to stay unless (and I say this with only mild self-interest) we all get raises. The American economy is fueled by consumer spending. Unfortunately, consumers are maxed out. We can’t spend more money unless we earn more money. But we won’t earn more money unless we spend more money. Money we don’t have.

Moderately Confused (10/23/10)

October 23, 2010

What was the first thing my wife and I did when we got home from our wedding ceremony? Change into jeans. The second thing? Order a pizza. The third thing? Open our wedding cards. But the fourth thing we did after getting home from our wedding ceremony was update our relationship statuses on Facebook. At least we waited until the reception was over and our guests had departed. Some people would have been tempted to use their smart phones to update their statuses on the spot.