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January 1, 2008

Why Jose Canseco Feels ”Vindicated”

Filed under: baseball, Bill Bickel, books, Crimeweek, drugs, HGH, Jose Canseco, Mitchell Report, steroids — Cidu Bill @ 8:56 am

And speaking of naming names…


November 26, 2007

Good Deed or Scam? (OT)

Filed under: Barnes & Noble, Bill Bickel, books, charity, Christmas, scams — Cidu Bill @ 7:20 pm

Maybe somebody who works at Barnes & Noble can clear something up for me:

Barnes & Noble stores has special displays of children’s Christmas books by the registers, and they’re asking customers to buy one or more and leave them in a special box to be distributed to needy kids (because in our county there are no needy kids living in Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or atheist families; but that’s another matter).

I bought and donated a couple of books, and then I started to wonder: Customers are buying these books at full retail price which means needy kids do get free books, but Barnes & Noble gets their normal profit, which is give-or-take half the retail price of the book — and I wonder whether this special display also makes a good dumping ground for Christmas books that aren’t selling (because how many people are going to be very selective about books they’re giving away to strangers?)

If I’m missing a fact or two that might put Barnes & Noble in a slightly better light here, I hope somebody will tell me.

November 8, 2007

Heavy, Man…

Filed under: Bill Bickel, books, children, CIDU, comic strips, comics, FBOFW, For Better or For Worse, humor — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

Is the not-quite-three-year-old being metaphorical, or am I missing something?

See also the toddler’s uncanny understanding of the principle of time travel

October 31, 2007

So It Goes

I guess no guessing game this year after all — though hopefully Jef Mallet has a surprise for us by the end of the week.


October 29, 2007

A Very Frazz Halloween, Part 1

Filed under: Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, books, comic strips, comics, Frazz, Halloween, humor, Jef Mallet — Cidu Bill @ 12:01 am

Thanks to Janice Rey for reminding me open up Jef Mallet’s usually-classic Halloween-week Frazz arc to the annual “guessing game.” Extra points to anybody who gets it after only today’s strip.

“SPOILER” WARNING: I believe somebody did nail this immediately, so you might want to avoid reading the comments section if you want to play along at home.

My own early guess, oddly enough, ties into this semi-Arlo strip Nicole sent me aout five minutes after I received Janice’s e-mail.

October 23, 2007

Comics That Made Me Laugh Out Loud: October


Borderline: Not quite LOLs, but a couple of definite grins:


For some reason, almost all the comics that made me laugh out loud this month were published on October 11.


Lola: Hey, and I was at work when it happened!





This was on Jim Moore‘s LOL list, while Nicole submitted the same comic as a groaner:


For previous LOL entries, please click here

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