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Jeff continues to delight, in the sense that he is still as harebrained as he was the day he walked into Walden. He seems to have eased into the Uncle Duke role in the next generation Doonesbury family: confident, brash, and completely lacking self-awareness.
Jeff Redfern is wasting his time trying to write a book. He needs to sell the rights to his existing book to a video game company and make a regular amount of money, but not a lot. Then he will again be stuck with the question "Do I want to mean anything in this life?"
The final panel in today's strip is priceless. What a contrast between the two: One stuck in adolescent fantasies and living at home, and the other solidly educated and working on serious engineering problems in which she has invested years of hard work. It's a contrast I saw all too often in the later portion of my teaching years. Too many kids (especially boys) seem to make it their major priority to become experts at skateboarding and playing video games.
Weaponized skateboards? HYDRA was using those in a Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic back in the Sixties. Hardly a new idea, Jeff.
DARPA drives the future. Congress would do well to grow its funding, along with NIH. This will create new jobs in the future. And please stop with the baby-killing military robot research; what can be done for you, can be done to you.
Alex at DARPA. Truly scary. Any idea she has must violate at least three laws of physics. That will be no challenge for her.
I'm sorry to see there has been no follow-up on Monday's "internet porn" strip. This is actually a very big issue, with the high prevalence of internet porn use and the detrimental physical effect it has on a man's sex life in real life, especially younger men. Get those two talking!
I'll take Alex's word that DARPA invented the internet, but it was an Englishman (Tim Berners-Lee) who invented the world wide web. And he made no money on it whatsoever; he just gave it to the world. Not a lot of Americans seem to know that.
As I recall, Joanie rebuffed Rick's efforts to "co-nurture" because his administration of bathtime got water all over the floor.
Audible quotations are done with a short pause, with lips closed, before and after the word or phrase in question.
Really, Jeff? DARPA doesn't ring a bell? Turn in your CIA credentials. You have finally proved beyond any doubt that you have no business in the CIA.
With Alex and Toggle expecting, GBT has a great chance to create another new kind of family. I hope he addresses issues like finances and the developmental needs of babies and young children. Given that most parents must both work long hours today, good child care is a huge expense, and in our culture of videos, texting, and tweets today's kids often go without the time and attention they need. Rick and Joanie had it easy, in comparison, back in the day. Then again, I seem to remember Rick (whom I adored when I was a young parent) dodging his share of Jeff-care, to Joanie's annoyance.
When speaking, how does one distinguish between a book and a "book" ?
Wow! Audible quotation marks! Where can I get some?
I adore Joanie, and considering that J.J. is my name too for the very same reason, I have felt a kinship with the strip ever since I began reading my brother's collections when I was but seven. I am 46 so I've been with you a while, thankfully. My comment has to do with Joan's actions. I can understand that she is irked by the young woman, but I am troubled that she is so disrespectful, using her device rather than continuing eye contact. I feel this perpetuates one of the more rude aspects of our culture. If Joanie maintained solid eye contact she'd be in a stronger position of maturity and authority.
Well, if you text while a worker greets you at the entrance to her place of work, a little passive aggression is to be expected. If it had been a large middle-aged man rather than an elderly woman, she might reasonably be deciding to call security.
I'm dismayed at the way the strip is treating Joanie as an "elderly" person, on Warren's staff merely to increase its "diversity." That young woman surely can't have overlooked the fact that Hilary Clinton, as well as many male polticians and appointees, are in later middle age, and that this country is not being run entirely by the under-30 generation.
I am thrilled that Joanie is on the Senator's staff. What a welcome back from the young staffer! I read Doonesbury on the internet in the morning, and again in the evening when I take my WaPo with the nasty newsprint and ink to my chair and read it cover to cover. I too tear comics from the newspaper for use at work or posting on the fridge! It will be a sad commentary when the hard copy editions of newspapers are gone.
Wow, that kid is stepping in it. I'm reminded of the time I was invited to attend a local church of a liberal stripe because, and I quote, "We need more pagans!" So well-meaning, and so wrong, on so very many levels; among them that I'm Christian.
I love and use both print and Internet. I read the NYTimes Seattle print edition every day wearing my special t-shirt that becomes black with ink as I read. Then I change my shirt and check out Doonesbury on the net where my hands and clothes stay clean and I can e-mail particularly funny strips to my son in San Francisco. Both media types have their uses. You can't wrap cat litter in a monitor.