Archive for the ‘Cartoons’ Category

The new normal 2017

August 2, 2017

Click to enlarge.   Source: Tom Tomorrow.

On the other hand, read What Trump Is Quietly Accomplishing by David A. Graham for The Atlantic.

The genius of Hayao Miyazaki

June 17, 2017

I love the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli.   These videos give an idea of his genius as an animator.  But you would have to see the movies to appreciate his genius as a storyteller.

I read that he is coming out of retirement—or that his previous “retirement” announcement was misunderstood.  This is good news.

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Survivorship bias

May 5, 2017

Source: xkcd

Click on XKCD for more cartoons and drawings by Randall Munroe.

Astronaut vandalism

April 3, 2017

Source: xkcd

Half full or half empty?

February 19, 2017

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The mind-body problem hotline

December 18, 2016

Source: xkcd: Trapped

A really frightening trick-or-treater

October 31, 2016

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Source: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

What I think about Donald Trump

September 21, 2016

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Source: Joel Pett, Lexington (Ky) Herald-Leader.

A graphic history of global climate change

September 14, 2016

Source: xkcd: Earth Temperature Timeline

How much of success is due to luck?

June 26, 2016

I posted an earlier version of this on July 19, 2013
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I think the vast majority of highly successful people have talent and grit.  But not everybody with talent and grit succeeds.

Louis Pasteur once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”  Somebody else said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”  Both sayings are true.  Both sayings also recognize the element of chance.

We Americans admire successful risk-takers and think they should be rewarded.  The reason we do that is that, by definition, most risk-takers fail.

LINK

Why Americans Ignore How Luck Affects Everything by Jesse Singal for Science of Everything.

Violence has no place in politics

June 10, 2016

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Via Ted Rall’s Rallblog.

How high is up?

June 4, 2016

Source: xkcd: Height

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Abortion rights and Planned Parenthood

May 29, 2016

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Source: Ampersand.

A dialogue on morality

April 14, 2016

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Do we need to believe in fairies?

April 10, 2016

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Source: Calamities of Nature.

Our eight-legged friends

March 19, 2016

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I set out ant and roach traps, but I never interfere with spiders, except maybe to brush away an overly conspicuous cobweb.  Spiders catch and eat bugs I want to get rid of, so why should I treat them as nuisances.  It would be as foolish the United States government picking fights with countries that are  fighting ISIS and Al Qaeda.

So I enjoyed reading An Open Letter From a Spider to All Humans Everywhere and maybe you will, too.  (Hat tip for the link to Mike the Mad Biologist)

The feminist case for Hillary Clinton

February 23, 2016

blackpresidentfeministargument.tedrallSource: Ted Rall.

The hierarchies of knowledge

February 21, 2016

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I lifted these two cartoons from the Biology vs. Theoretical Physics post on the Sans Science web log, which is now private.

The top cartoon is, of course, from Randall Munroe’s xkcd series.

The problem with reductionism

February 21, 2016

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How should you tell the temperature?

February 16, 2016

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Source: xkcd

Love and weirdness

February 14, 2016

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Who are the most important people?

January 29, 2016

I thank my old high school classmate Joyce Mummert Ireland for sharing this bit of philosophy from Charles Schultz.

1.snoopy1.  Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3.  Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4.  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5.  Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6.  Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

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How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers.

They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies .. Awards tarnish …  Achievements are forgotten.

Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

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Trump is only slightly more crazy than the others

December 31, 2015

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I confess that I never thought Donald Trump would get as far as he has.  I thought he would crash and burn, like so many of the Republican candidates in 2012.  I thought Hillary Clinton was the inevitable Democratic candidate, and that Scott Walker might take the Republican nomination away from Jeb Bush.

I did not think that somebody as sleazy as him would be taken seriously by the mass of ordinary Americans.

I kept waiting for Donald Trump to say something so outrageous and stupid that his candidacy would fail.  But here he is, stronger than ever – as Thoreau of Unqualified Offerings says, something like The Mule in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series.

I still don’t think Trump will be nominated, and, if he is, I don’t think he will be elected.  I most certainly wouldn’t vote for him.

But I don’t see that he is that much crazier than the mainstream Republican candidates or Hillary Clinton.

Muslim-bashing is bad, immigrant-bashing is bad, and “roughing up” black protesters is truly vicious.  But it is just as badworse to accept perpetual war as normal, economic decline as inevitable, and financial fraud as something you can’t do anything about, which is what almost all the so-called mainstream candidates do.

LINKS

Eight Things About Donald Trump by John Scalzi on his Whatever blog.

How Republicans and Polls Enable Donald Trump by Nate Silver for FiveThirtyEight.

Six Crazy Things Trump Says That Are Spot On by Ted Rall for Japan Times.

Tom Tomorrow’s 2015 in review

December 29, 2015

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The tale of Science and his pal, Spirituality

December 6, 2015

I pulled this off the Wait But Why web log.  Exact links are below.
Religion-CartoonHow Religion Got in the Way by Tim Urban for Wait But Why.

Religion for the Nonreligious by Tim Urban for Wait But Why