Archive for March, 2010

Dat or Cog?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Haven’t quite made up my mine as to which species this belongs. It’s sort of a dog and sort of a cat.

Safety

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Things have certainly changed. Time was football players, aeroplane pilots and race car drivers wore no protection for their tender craniums. Some might push the envelope and cover their head with a leather cap. Probably more to keep the dirt and bugs out of their ears than anything else. Now, we’re covered in foam and fiberglas, even for a short bike ride. Don’t be surprised if some well-meaning politician (with support from the appropriate industry) writes a law requiring us to wear one in the bath. Just think about all the potential hazards, slippery soap and water, and all those hard surfaces awaiting their chance to bang your head.

I didn't want to muss my hair!

Puppy Proof

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

With the arrival of Matilda, we’re finding all those things we forgot to puppy-proof. Last night it was my iPhone case. Luckily, the phone was not in it. So, since she’s such a big part of the news around here, more doggie sketches.

The case was O.K., but it would have been crunchier if the phone was still in it.

Barking Hollow Labs

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Taking a page from the Muppets, we here at Barking Hollow Labs would like to submit, for your review, our proposal for the latest in electric personal transportation. Space-saving, equipped with all the amenities, and due to our own patent-pending design, range-limited only by your stamina.

Who needs a plug-in hybrid when you can have "PedalCharge!" All the advantages of a plug-in . . . without the long extension cords!

Style

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Men’s clothing certainly hasn’t changed very much in the past 30 years. The width of ties or the single vs. double-brested suit are about the biggest changes. Or, perhaps, whether your pants have cuffs. It’s a bit of a shame we don’t get to dress up very often anymore. I was talking to another cartoonist about the Reuben awards dinner (the cartooning equivalent of the Oscars). It’s “Black Tie.” At least there you can be assured that some brave soul will dress up in their neon purple high school prom tux with the ruffled pink shirt.

Aren't you going to dress for dinner? . . . At McDonalds?

Oh, Yeah!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Just once I would like to think up that witty retort when it would have the best effect. Not two hours later, when calling the intended recipient wouldn’t have quite the same results.

Oh, yeah! You, you . . . listen would you mind giving me your phone number so I can call you when my acerbic wit returns.

Puppy love

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

This post is for those of you considering getting a new puppy.

And this is Matilda!

P.S. It’s worth it. The bite marks will heal in time.

Spring Fever

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

The past few days have been glorious here. You can tell by my sudden bout of Spring fever. We took advantage of the sun to clear out the front garden, wash the car and avoid being indoors. Of course, for someone with my heritage, being out does have it’s disadvantages.

Do they make SPF 1000 sunscreen?

St. Paddy’s

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I’ve been running a bit behind, and not because I’ve been celebrating St. Patrick’s day early. Some recent projects have taken precedence. But, since it is St. Paddy’s Day, let’s clear up a few misconceptions. I’ve never met anyone that said, “Top o’the morning to you!” Corned beef and cabbage is not the national dish. It was forever tied to the Irish because, for the immigrants, it was the cheapest meat available. The “Fighting Irish” logo of Notre Dame has it’s roots in a derogatory cartoon of drunken Irish immigrants. And, most surprising, Ireland has over 300 days a year of significant sunshine. Of course, when it rains all the time, ten minutes sun is significant.

Just because I don't drink green beer and fall down in a drunken stupor on St. Patrick's day doesn't mean I'm not Irish!

Back to the moon

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

NASA’s plan to return to the moon has had a bumpy ride. With the current financial atmosphere, there would be even more of an outcry over the expenditure. Often forgotten are the many innovations grand projects such as this bring to civilization and the opportunities for employment that ripple through multiple industries.

The new push is for independent, commercial organizations to take up the challenge under the auspices of NASA. For my part, here’s a peek at a new project under development:

It's Max Gravity and things are not as they should be.