introduction to neal umphred dot com

RA­TI­O­CI­NA­TIONS OUT OF THIN AIR was the title that I wanted for this blog. But it would have been con­fusing as most people don’t know what “ra­ti­o­ci­na­tion” means and few would bother to look it up. So we’re stuck with my name with “dot com” tacked on and this is the in­tro­duc­tion to that blog. [Read more] “introduction to neal umphred dot com”

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the trump bucks stop here!

SUP­PORTERS OF DONALD TRUMP are told that so-called “Trump Bucks” will propel his 2024 pres­i­den­tial bid and make the buck-buyers rich when he wins and they can cash in. How would it work? Those who bought the bucks be­lieve that when Trump is re-elected, he will in­sti­tute a new mon­e­tary system that will make Trump Bucks valuable! [Read more] “the trump bucks stop here!”

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a short review of patrick mcdonnell’s “super hero’s journey”

MARVEL SU­PER­HERO COMIC BOOKS! Back in the ’60s, those were magic words for thou­sands of kids, in­cluding me and Patrick Mc­Don­nell. While both of us had dreams of being artists when we grew up, Patrick re­al­ized that dream: he is the cre­ator of the comic strip Mutts, one of the best strips out there! [Read more] “a short review of patrick mcdonnell’s “super hero’s journey””

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“my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex”

EMAIL CLAIMS I HAVE A TROJAN HORSE VIRUS! I re­ceived an email claiming to have breached the se­cu­rity of my com­puter and recorded me while, ahem, in­ter­acting with on­line porn. The sender at­tempted to ex­tort money from me: “I see what you’re doing. If you don’t pay, I’ll send this dirt to all your contacts!” [Read more] ““my trojan horse virus recorded your solitary sex””

just cat and dog cartoons on facebook

HOME VIDEOS OF CATS AND DOGS at play, at rest, eating, etc., re­main in­cred­ibly pop­ular on the in­ternet. Type “cat videos” into Google and you will get about 8,790,000,000 re­sults. Dog videos are even more pop­ular with about 11,040,000,000 re­sults! Cat and dog panel car­toons are not as promi­nent with about 57,000,000 and 50,000,000 re­sults, respectively. [Read more] “just cat and dog cartoons on facebook”

bleeding heart liberal cartoons on facebook

CAR­TOONS MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND. At least, it seems like they make the po­lit­ical world go around and have been doing so for­ever. The po­lit­ical or ed­i­to­rial car­toon has been a part of Western cul­ture for cen­turies. Some his­to­rians cite Egyptian hi­ero­glyphics as their fore­runner, al­though its prac­tical be­gin­ning is a bit more recent. [Read more] “bleeding heart liberal cartoons on facebook”

who’s trying to replace a familiar word with a foreign accent mark?

MORE BOOLSCHIDT “NEW USAGE” in writing! In sev­eral ar­ti­cles in what ap­pears to be Amer­ican Eng­lish, I found writers had added a tilde (~) be­fore an amount of money. For ex­ample, a sen­tence might read, “The cost of buying orig­inal copies of all six psy­che­delic al­bums by the Straw­berry Watch Pipers in near-mint con­di­tion is ~$4,000.” [Read more] “who’s trying to replace a familiar word with a foreign accent mark?”

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when the food is gone, I’m eating you first

I AS­SUME THAT FACE­BOOK’S ED­I­TORS are, in fact, com­puter al­go­rithms. Or, per­haps, ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion have to score some­where on the autism spec­trum to be hired. Hell, maybe they just ain’t got no sense of humor! These guesses are based on the few run-ins that I have had with them and their warning messages. [Read more] “when the food is gone, I’m eating you first”