This year's installment was partly influenced by a recent trip I made to an upscale kitchenware store. Even though I'm not a 1% chef, I do enjoy ogling things like 15-pound cast-iron skillets and knives bearing vaguely-Teutonic insignias.
For those unfamiliar with the Carrier IQ controversy, a guy discovered an unremovable program on his smartphone that was sending his text messages and other data to a third party, the mysterious Carrier IQ. Al Franken has launched an inquiry; Carrier IQ claims the information was sent due to a bug. Of course, I'm following this story closely since I just got an Android phone so I can finally read those $@#! QR codes.
I haven't been paying much attention to right-wing media lately, but Mr. Slowpoke just informed me that the "War on Christmas" is apparently still on. I've been so busy traveling and working and preparing to bake a feast and saying "Merry Christmas" to people I know who celebrate Christmas, I didn't even notice! Anyway, I thought I'd share this cartoon from the Great Christmas Battle of 2005.
(PS: I received an early Christmas present in the form of having a cartoon published on NPR.org yesterday. I think I may have a cartoon in the LA Times this Sunday too!)
A holiday tradition continues, as we peek in on the Perkinses once again while they shop for Auntie Perkins and themselves. This year they are shopping online, and having some difficulty in an age when so many things have become "free" -- not to mention existing only on an ethereal plane. Fortunately, they haven't digitized underwear. Yet.
Previous strips in the series are here.