Why are the lights off? Reason #23

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When the lights go out

When confronted with a blank canvas and no funny ideas to draw, I take the ostrich approach… I stick my head deep into the sand and just let the cartoon get on with the job without me.

When was the last time you stuck your head in the sand?

Dreams and nightmares

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Paper scissor rock

Here’s a bit of trivia that’s possibly new to you…

Did you know there is a world RPS Society? No, not joking and they take the sport quite seriously. Their mission is as follows:

“The World RPS Society is dedicated to the promotion of Rock Paper Scissors as a fun and safe way to resolve disputes. We feel that conserving the roots of RPS is essential for the growth and development of the game and the players…”

What’s even more interesting is the history of this group.  

“The Paper Scissors Stone Club was founded in London, England in 1842 immediately following the issuance of the 1842 law declaring “any decision reached by the use of the process known as Paper Scissors Stone between two gentleman acting in good faith shall constitute a binding contract. Agreements reached in this manner are subject to all relevant contract and tort law.” The law was seen as a slap in the face to the growing number of enthusiasts who played it strictly as a recreational activity, since for many constables it was taken to mean that the game could not be played simply for sport. The club was founded and officially registered to provide an environment free from the long arm of the law where enthusiasts could come together and play for honour.”

A little bit interested in this group? Check out their website.

  • Here are the basic rules, including illustrations for the correct hand signals
  • Check out the 2009 world championships post
  • Better still, run a tournament yourself by investing in the tournament guide
  • FAQ and if your answer isn’t here, then head to the Billboard and post a question
  • If you’re now converted to the wonders of RPS, then show your love and buy a T-shirt from their online store

So are you in?


Be innovative

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Workplace innovation

Google’s definition for innovate is

…make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products

Well, you could argue the cartoon meets the definition, but perhaps not quite the intent. However, it is probably this very loose definition that has allowed this word to become the latest buzz word in the workplace. How many company vision statements, business strategy plans and team meetings splash this word about with gay abandon these days, in the hope of reaping the benefits that successful innovation can bring to a business?

So tell me this, if innovation is our workplace salvation, then why do so many companies fail when it comes to the actual undertaking of innovation?  In Diana Kander’s TED Talk Our approach to innovation is dead wrong she proposes an unconventional business approach to this challenge and in her innovation experiments with MBA students vs kindergarten kids, guess who wins?

Let me know what you think

PS. And then for a bit of fun, play the workplace bingo game with this freebie I made a couple of years back. Who would have thought office buzz words could be so much fun!

Little fish, big fish

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Cartoon fish

I declare today, the day of fish!

In honour of fish everywhere, here are a few tributes

And a few of my favourites.. The wishing well – perspective on life through the eyes of a wishing well fish

And to top the celebrations is our one of most loved freebies, Go Fish

What day would you like to declare?

Signs to make you think

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Sign with double meaning

In the interest of research for this cartoon you’ll be pleased to know that I wasted my time, not yours, with the sole mission of finding the best of the very best in street signage.  And I’m not talking about the bog standard funny signs you get when you simply type ‘funny signs’ into Google. No, I’m talking about witty, thought provoking signs, that you would have to trawl down to page 23,459 of Google, because that’s where you find the true gems of the internet.

What makes this find a bonus (at least for me), is that it’s by an Australian artist, Michael Peterson. Not only is his street signage clever, but it is a wonderful example of Australian humour…So, are you now just a wee bit curious?

If you want a smile the instant you click on the link, then this is the link for you.

PS. Share your thoughts. It only takes another click and few keyboard letters.

Eve and the apple

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If Google is the source of all knowledge, then Wiki must come in as a strong second… OK, only joking, but as you all know I do enjoy a bit of surfing as part of my research for cartoons. This time I tackled Wiki on the topic of forbidden fruit and was presented with more disclaimers than content, including the need for: possible rewriting of the article, copy editing for grammar and style, more citations and verification and finally  tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.

So, now that the disclaimer is out, you can take the following information as you will…

Apparently, the forbidden apple might not have been an apple after all. Up until the 17th century, the word apple meant all fruit other than berries but including nuts. Historical references, have described the fruit as: pomegranates, figs, grape, wheat and even mushrooms.


Lights on

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Lights on, no-one homeI think in recent weeks I’ve been playing too much in the four quadrant concept that all businesses seem to love…So I thought I’d flip it around.

So tell me, do you think it will catch on?


Half full

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I love to see what Google has to say on certain topics, so today I asked ‘Is the glass half full or empty?’ and I found this website, Businessballs.com, that dedicated a whole page to this concept. Here are a few thoughts on the topic:

  • The computer programmer says the glass is full-empty
  • The actor says, “Whatever the director wants it to be – or not to be…”
  • The Buddhist says don’t worry, remember the glass is already broken.
  • The realist says the glass contains half the required amount of liquid for it to overflow.
  • The inventor says: I can invent a new glass that will put an end to this ridiculous misperception.
  • The millennial says: I cannot make an informed decision about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty before I have checked all the reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor.
  • The entrepreneur sees the glass as undervalued by half its potential.
  • The computer specialist says that next year the glass capacity will double, be half the price, but cost you 50% more for me to give you the answer.
  • The call-centre operator asks if you’d mind holding while she finds out for you. (Your call is important to them…)

So tell me, what’s your glass like?