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God. Scott's expression in the fourth panel is perfect.
These must be new drawings of Scott. I hardly recognize them.
"Ans now I know who they're doing it to". But we don't! Is this Rick? Mullet boss? Jenkins? The slightlyn overweight female colleague whose name forget?
I long to see panel 4's expression on Rocket Hat.
If these new drawings are gonna be reused like all the others I'm guessing the trend for 2014 is gonna be Basic Instructions about... how to use apps, how to order online while in the bush, how to call 911 when you're locked in the closet, how to... well, you get the point...
Oh my God I need the All New HTC One 2 M8! It is so... controversial!
Like your new (?) pic for yourself in the last pane.
Can be used for mania, psychotic episodes and vicious glee!
I'm soooo missing two little devil-horns from 4th-panel Scott :P
Obviously, smart phones are just a fad. They'll never catch on.
I figure Scott is talking to the Emperor of the Moon Men, and Rocket Hat is the salesman.
If someone tells you they are calling you on their cool new phone, you could say, seriously, "You must be ........ated", and continue the .....sation in a .......lar vein. Especially if it's 2010 and they got an iPhone 4. If you think you can get away with it, explain that you meant to say, "You must be exterminated."
That's how my mother-in-law got her on-contract smartphone, which she keeps in the car and never uses.
It's probably Rick on the other end, but could also be Mullet Boss judging from the snarky tone combined with cluelessness.
Just buy a used 2-year-old iPhone on Craig's List. When someone with a brand new iPhone tries to explain what their phone can do that yours can't, they get really frustrated. Because it's the same damn phone.
And when your Android friends want to compare, you can tell them it's the latest iPhone, and they won't be able to tell, because iPhones all look the same. You can pretend that they "Just don't get it. iPhones are the best!" when they try to give you tech specs, and watch blood trickle out the corner of their eyes.
Grammarian time: Panel 4 should read, "So do I, and now I know to whom they are doing it."
This comic strip is 100% Win and I love it. But ending a sentence with the word "to" is painful to my ears.
Bill N. in VT
If only this strip were in Latin, that might make sense. "Don't end a sentence in a preposition" is as much a real rule as "the customer is always right" is a real business strategy. ~Missy
@Bill N in VT: "Whom they're doing it to" is equally permissible. Not ending sentences on prepositions is a rule made up by one guy—John Dryden—in 1672, with no historical or logical basis. English pronouns still inflect for case, though, so you're right about "whom". (Actually, English nouns inflect for case, we just don't notice it because 16th and 17th century pseudo-intellectuals thought the genitive ending was a contracted "his" and added an apostrophe to it. If we spelled "man's", "dog's", "book's" as "mans", "dogs", and "books", English speakers would realize they have a genitive case-inflection, unlike all the modern Romance languages except Romanian.)
I'm a developer and I write Android applications, and it has become my firm belief that it is the phones which are smart, not promises are made about the operators.
I sorta assumed it was one of Scott's brothers calling. The tone he is taking seems more fitting for them, but I must admit, the idea of one of them showing pride in a new smartphone seems a bit out of character for their small town, old-fashioned attitudes. Curious.
Scott's expression in the fourth panel is scary. I'm going to just stick with my old fliptop stupid phone forever.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Missy's rejection of the pedantry of Bill N in VT is something up with which I will not put. :)
Regarding sentence ending prepositions, as was once famously chided, "This is the sort of bloody nonsense up with which I will not put."
I know this is post is way after the strip first appeared so no one will read it but-- I am teaching in China at a university partnership between an American and a Chinese university. I was forced to get a smartphone and account with China Mobile so the school staff could call me. I bought the phone outright for 400 RMB-- about $68. I can take it to the States and use it with a new SIM card there, and then have two different cell numbers, US and Chinese both, since it holds two SIM cards. The lesson I learned is US cell phone companies are robbing us blind.
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