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July 2011 Archive for Rubes Cartoons - Tales from a Twisted Mind

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

A cartoonish look at life...

The End is Accidentally Near

Jul 25, 2011

A few months ago I received an unpleasant message left on my voicemail. Apparently I had repeatedly committed the unpardonable sin of accidentally calling someone on my cell phone without my knowledge. The person calling me was understandably upset as it had happened (again without my knowledge) many times over the last year or more. All I could do was call (this time on purpose) and apologize. It was an embarrassing situation but one which has become so commonplace that the phenomena of accidentally calling someone has even received its own name:”a**-dialing” or a bit more mildly; “butt-dialing.” I am reasonably certain that those technological wizard-designers behind (pun intended) the cell phone had no idea that their handy little device would cause such a great deal of red-cheeked (sorry, couldn’t help myself) embarrassment. Fortunately the same folks that got us into this mess were able to get to the bottom (pun-intended) of the problem and invented the “keypad lock” to prevent more of the unintended calls. (Just another case of 20-20 hindsight). But the system is not perfect. You still have to remember to press the “lock” key. And what happens if you accidentally use your rump to unlock your phone’s keypad?  (It’s bound to happen, right?) Just the other day I noticed that I had accidentally dialed another friend who somehow or another had gotten programmed into my speed dial whenever I inadvertently pressed the letter “P.” Fortunately she must have figured out what happened as (thankfully!) she did not call me back and leave an angry voicemail. Let’s face it, cell phones, despite all of the conveniences they offer can sometimes be a big pain. But we must accept the fact that they are here to stay, no ifs, ands and, uh, well, you know...

 Butt Dialing with copyright info

 

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The Digital Revolution

Jul 07, 2011

Recently that huge online bookseller, (which is so big they named a large South American river after it!), announced that they had for the first time sold more digital books than actual traditional printed books. (I am sure many trees breathed a sigh of relief). This is obviously a major turning point in history. Just think, tens of thousands of years ago humans wrote on cave walls. While some of these writings still exist proving they had extraordinary shelf life they weren’t exactly easily transportable. Same thing goes for those cool hieroglyphs inside the pyramids. What humankind needed was a lighter way to spread knowledge. Clay tablets were somewhat of an improvement but still a difficult way to store your receipts. (I am sure they had taxes then too!) Parchment was a giant leap forward though I am guessing most sheep disagree. At long last some genius discovered paper, (much to the sheep’s relief as well as anyone who has ever had to use papyrus in the restroom), and then movable type was invented and then cheap and tawdry paperbacks followed soon thereafter. Now thanks to miracle of digital technology you can have the entire works of Shakespeare or thousands of cheap and tawdry “digital paperbacks” available right at your fingertips. Now for you traditionalists out there rest assured, digital will never entirely replace paper, at least not as long as we have to use the restroom.

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See a brand new  Rubes cartoon each day at:

 http://www.rubescartoons.com/

 

 

 

See all the Rubes collections at:

http://www.amazon.com/Leigh-Rubin/e/B001K7T9U4

wild twisted1b

 

What's Aunt Gertrude cooking up now? See the latest silly Rubes video and find out!

...and speaking of cows, have some cow-tipping fun with the latest Rubes book: Rubes Cow Tipping: You Can't Keep a Good Cow Down!

 http://www.amazon.com/Rubes-Cow-Tipping-Cant-Keep/dp/0762440082/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_11

Cow Tipping Image

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