Every day I ride the NYC subway to and from work. And every day I see people using their phones for the stupidest purposes. Mostly mind-numbing games. Really, it’s incredible how many full grown adults spend an hour or two a day matching shapes and colors or running down a track chasing after coins. You’ve got this device in your hand with almost limitless potential. It connects you to boundless knowledge. Fascinating perspectives from around the world. But nope, lets connect shiny squares and circles. And that’s what this week’s Dustinland comic is about.
Yup. As I said in this week’s Dustinland comic, my kid asks “Who?” Not “Why?” It’s kind of interesting in a Louis CK sort of way (here starting around 7:45). Although my comic is not quite as good as his routine. Not one of my best, to be honest, but as per last week’s comic, I was busy at the People’s Climate March on Sunday so I kinda had to rush this one out. Sorry guys! Once every few years I try to do something nice for the earf – don’t worry, it won’t happen again too soon.
Not sure what more I can say about The People’s Climate March than what I said in this week’s Dustinland comic. I guess it’s easy to be jaded, cynical and disillusioned with protesting and politics. But something like this doesn’t happen very often. A massive effort organized by amazing people with the goal of changing the dialogue around the biggest danger mankind will ever face. Like I said in my comic, if that doesn’t get you out in the streets, I don’t know what will.
This week’s Dustinland comic is obviously my take on Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, which I have been reading a lot these last few months. And you know, I get it. The idea is that hey, if you say don’t like something, you should at least try it first. And there is validity to that, but also, come on. Sam is kind of a jerk. So bossy. Leave the guy alone. You know, I will give people suggestions but there’s a point where you start to counteract your goal by overdoing it. Somehow Sam won that nameless hatted dude over by harassing him until he gave up and tried it, but I wouldn’t recommend this tactic.
This week’s Dustinland comic pretty much says it all. My kid is in a major dada phase right now. But overall I think it’s okay in terms of things evening out. For one, when you’re the favorite, you also have to put in more “work” because you’re always being requested to do things. “NO – DADA take me out of the car, not mama.” Little things like that. And they’re not always fun. Also, while I may get more fun time with the little guy, I just plain see him less, and I think my wife really wins out there. She gets to spend more time with him, and while that may be hard when he’s grumpy, there’s nothing worse then being at work and realizing you’re not going to make it home to see him for the second night in a row. Thankfully I don’t always work those kinds of hours but still, usually I see my son for about an hour in the morning and an hour at night, and that’s about it.
So yeah, dada phase. I don’t feel too guilty about it. In fact, it’s pretty awesome.