Wednesday, April 28, 2021
This morning, April 26, I appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, but my appearance wasn’t as apparent as they usually are, apparently. It was done by phone. Thanks, COVID-19.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
It’s easier to write humor than you may think. People do it all the time.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Here at Quip Tide World Headquarters we deal in facts — hard, real, indisputable facts — that we mostly make up when we’re not busy referring to ourselves in the plural.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Watching episodes of “The Voice” sometimes puts me to sleep. Coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Blake Shelton fill the time with competitive banter, but it isn’t eno…
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
I gave Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, a gender reassignment the other day, and though the program keeps making the same mistakes, I find that I like him much better than I liked her.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Five business colleagues were Zoomed — rhymes with “doomed” — in another virtual meeting. They had come to the last item, “Other,” and became mired in trite, sometime offensive phras…
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Last year, almost to the day, I and many others stopped commuting to work. I’ll return to the office occasionally, but have no desire to resume 90-minute drives each way, five days a week.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Back in the Dark Ages, when AOL was only available through dial-up modems, receiving an email was a sporadic event. The cheery “You’ve got mail!” voice — as enthusiastic as if it wer…
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
This column is being published on March 3, but tomorrow, March Fourth, is National Grammar Day.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
We have a great variety of wild birds along the Coastside, to the delight of devout birders and folks who just like nature. But the people who named bird species had a lousy way of s…
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
It’s a monstrosity of a movie, but it might be coming out at just the right time.
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Of the world’s soups, minestrone is the chameleon. You can use whatever you have in the fridge and pantry.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
We unpaid humor columnists are occasionally asked questions about our craft. Over the past 23 years I’ve been asked some queries enough times to think they may be of general interest…
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Either James Madison or Alexander Hamilton wrote, “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Though angels might be more…
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Among the things we’ve missed in recent months is those long drives to visit faraway family or national parks. Maybe just for the cocoon comfort of the family car.