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April 26th, 2010

Link time, as Scott Adams skewers the whole stolenlost iPhone 4G saga in two delightful strips. Sadly his buffer at the syndicate is so long, the earliest they could have run was the middle of June, by which time the story wouldn't have been funny.

As Scott says, "Take a moment to marvel at the fact that I didn't need to add anything to the story as it has been told in the media. All it really needed was Wally. I don't think any of us will ever know what really happened. I based the comic on the media's speculation of events. Remember that I'm in the parody business and not the truth business."

Is anything made funnier by adding Wally? I think we need to experiment...


A bumpy landing into Orlando Airport meant that a storm was somewhere around, and by the time we'd waited for customs to arrest someone who was on our plane and then queued our way through two 747's worth of immigration the heavens had opened. Fantastic lightning played across the flat Florida landscape, and tropical rain fell in skiploads.

We were picked up by a car service for the journey through the downpour to the hotel. As we drove along the toll road, there was one of those WTF! moments, as the driver answered a call (at least using a hands free). The conversation with a prospective client started normally, and then as the rain got ever heavier and as we approached a toll booth, he pulled out a pen and some paper and started writing down notes from the conversation, resting his pad in the centre of the steering wheel.

Now, I know Florida turnpikes are Roman road straight, and he probably does that journey several times a day, but still, torrential thunderstorm, dude! More concentration needed, not less...

Still, we're still alive.

And I now know something scarier than going round the Marques de Pombal roundabout in Lisbon at rush hour, or driving from Domodedovo Airport into central Moscow...