EppsNet Archive: Cartoons

If the Titanic Sank Today

22 Jun 2016 /

Titanic today

Why is it Okay to Hate the Rich But Not the Poor?

11 Jun 2016 /
Scrooge McDuck

There is a feeling outside Silicon Valley that those inside the tech business are living in a tone-deaf bubble of arrogance. . . .

Here is the evidence that Silicon Valley is living in a bubble of its own arrogance.

Startup founders feel entitled to hate the poor.

The author seems to be based in the UK, which is outside Silicon Valley, so he writes “There is a feeling outside Silicon Valley that . . .” and inserts his own opinion. It’s a “feeling,” you see, and it exists outside Silicon Valley. Very clever.

If it’s okay to hate the rich (which it seems to be), why is it not okay to hate the poor? If it’s okay to hate people without knowing anything about them other than their economic standing, why is it okay to hate the rich, but not okay to hate the poor?

Why not hate the rich and the poor? I.e., I hate everyone who’s economic standing is significantly different from my own. No, it’s always I hate everyone who has more money and stuff than I do.

Teaching Prisoners to Code: What Could Go Wrong?

22 Feb 2016 /

What could go wrong here? Criminal minds + coding skills = ???

One of my favorite Mr. Boffo cartoons shows a gang of robbers in a bank in the Old West . . . one of the robbers says to another, “Someday this will all be done by computer.”

What an inspiring program to solve a big and growing U.S. problem.

Posted by Code.org on Sunday, February 21, 2016

Self-Driving Cars

7 Jan 2016 /

A cartoon by Paul Noth. Find more cartoons from this week's issue here: http://nyer.cm/TUohcry

Posted by The New Yorker Cartoons on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kidneys for Coders

22 Dec 2015 /


Those Performance Reviews Were Supposed to be Anonymous

21 Dec 2015 /


My Name is Fido

3 Oct 2015 /

From an actual email:


My name is Fido and I’m an IT recruiter at TechDigital Corporation. We are currently hiring a .Net Developer/Software Engineer preferrably [sic] with experience in the Financial domain for a W2 or C2C Contract for one of our direct clients in Green Bay, WI.

Fido Xavier

  1. I live in California. Are there no software engineers in Wisconsin or anywhere between California and Wisconsin?
  2. On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.

Thus spoke The Programmer.

How Would You Like to Share This News?

18 Sep 2015 /

New Yorker cartoon

Slightly Deflated

17 Sep 2015 /

New Yorker cartoon

If Math Was Taught Like Science

4 Jun 2015 /

Carefully Disguised

5 Feb 2015 /

Young MacDonald

5 Jul 2012 /

New Yorker cartoon

Release the Hounds

15 Nov 2011 /

Mr. Burns

How to Be Liked by a Lot of People

28 May 2011 /

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life.

— Amy Poehler, Harvard commencement 2011
Watson and SpongeBob

Great advice from Amy Poehler, whoever she is. (A little research turns up the fact that she’s been in TV shows and movies with Tina Fey.)

Thank god my kid isn’t going to Harvard! Do you have any idea what it costs to send a kid to an Ivy League university?! After which you get as a commencement speaker, not Tina Fey — which would be merely terrible, because at least people have heard of her — but Tina Fey’s sidekick.

I’m reminded of the story of the SpongeBob and James D. Watson bobbleheads. SpongeBob has almost 23 million Likes on Facebook. Amy Poehler is giving commencement speeches at Harvard. James D. Watson is alive but unknown, not invited to commencements, and hardly anyone likes him on Facebook.

Lesson learned: If you want to be liked by a lot of people, provide them with juvenile escapism. Don’t bother accomplishing something like, say, winning a Nobel Prize for unlocking the secret of life itself, because — who cares?

How to Speak Dog

13 Mar 2010 /
Lightning Epps

This is how to say “step away from the bone”: GRRRRRRRR!

OK, enough academics! Here’s a cartoon I really like:


— Lightning paw

Retirement Planning

10 Mar 2010 /

Retirement Planning

Bon Voyage, Captain!

10 Feb 2010 /
Baloo and Mowgli

‘Deadliest Catch’ captain Phil Harris dies at age 53

Never saw his TV show but he was great as the voice of Baloo in The Jungle Book!

Look for the (clap) Bare Ne-cess-ities . . .

Say hi to Bing Crosby in hell!

A Category for Everything

19 Aug 2009 /


Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

11 Mar 2009 /


James D. Watson Bobblehead, R.I.P.

28 Feb 2009 /
Watson and SpongeBob

The last place I worked, I kept my James D. Watson bobblehead on a cubicle divider, next to a SpongeBob bobblehead that belonged to a colleague.

Everyone who saw these two guys recognized SpongeBob, but not one person ever recognized James D. Watson.

I mean, they knew it was someone named James D. Watson because his name is right there on the base, but despite the fact that he’s holding a double helix structure, nobody recognized him as James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule.

(Ironically, one of the main reasons I got into software development was the opportunity to work with smart, educated people.)

I brought Watson with me to the place I work now, but unfortunately I accidentally knocked him off a credenza one morning and his head broke off. I tried a couple of times to glue it back on but it didn’t take. So I had to throw him away.

The real James D. Watson is actually still alive at age 80.

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