January 2018 Cartoon Punchline Competition

Posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018
January 2018 Cartoon Punchline Competition

The winner of this cartoon punchline competition will receive a full-size copy of the original cartoon, adorned with his or her caption and signed by the artist.


Well, as usual, the January 2018 EEWeb Cartoon Punchline Competition attracted some very interesting offerings (see the comments below). And, as always, these entries had the EEWeb Elves scratching their noggins desperately trying to agree on the winner. Eventually, after much discussion and debate, giggles and grins, and tears and hugs, they decided that the winning entry was "I am a software engineer. This is a hardware problem," by EEWeb community member Paul Baines.

Bob: "I am a software engineer. This is a hardware problem."

A full-sized copy of this cartoon, adorned with Paul's winning caption and signed by the artist is winging its way to Paul as we speak. Meanwhile, the runners up -- in no particular order (the EEWeb Elves aren’t very good at "order") -- were as follows:

David Ashton:

"I don't have a point of view. I'm glass-passivated."

Todd Hayden:

"A poorly specified vessel, twice as big as it needs to be."

Daniel Rafferty:

"Plenty of dynamic range left in that system."

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  • by  David Ashton
    Well, put it this way.  A pessimist is an optimist with experience!
  • by  David Ashton
    Well, he'd want to know the dQ/dT - how it is changing over time.  
  • by  David Ashton
    Well, first I'd want to know what's in the glass.  If it's milk, I'll give it to the elves.  If it's beer, I'll give it to Max!
  • by  David Ashton
    I don't have a point of view.  I'm glass-passivated.
  • by  David Ashton
    It means the glass is 100% over-specified.
  • by  David Ashton
    If it's a glass of scotch mist, I'll be an optimist!
  • by  Todd Hayden

    A poorly specified vessel, twice as big as it needs to be.

  • by  Todd Hayden

    That's a water supply for the sponge on my solder station.

  • by  Paul Glaubitz
    The glass is completely full, but only half of it is water.
  • by  Paul Glaubitz
    The glass is completely full, but only half of it is water.
  • by  David Ashton
    It's a glass of milk.  I'm just waiting for Max to come by, so I can see it coming out of his nose when he reads these punchlines!
  • by  Paul Baines
    I am a software engineer. This is a hardware problem.
  • by  Paul Baines

    I'm going to need my slide rule, an electron microscope, and access to the mainframe computer. 

  • by  Don Swaab
    To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
  • by  Don Swaab
    To the materials engineer, the glass is silicon dioxide, and sodium and calcium carbonate.
  • by  Don Swaab
    To the engineer, the glass is a container for his Jolt Cola.
  • by  Daniel Rafferty

    "Plenty of dynamic range left in that system"

  • by  Elizabeth Simon
    The glass is a container for the hazardous Hydrogen dioxide
  • by  Ira Wexler
    Clearly, an engineer would see right through this.
  • by  Edward Ouellette
    The glass is at 1/2 max. capacity, +/- 5% measurement error.
  • by  Edward Ouellette
    The engineer's more worried about the water spilling and damaging his laptop.
  • by  Edward Ouellette
    Considering water viscosity and adhesion it's hard to say exactly how full the glass is.
  • by  Edward Ouellette
    Glass? All the engineer sees is a physics problem waiting to be solved.
  • by  Edward Ouellette

    With  evaporation, adhesion and diffusion into glass, the level will be ever decreasing.

  • by  Edward Ouellette

    dh/dt = -ev * A(t) - D*Grad^2 (dh/dx * dx/dt);  h(0) = 0.5*Full

  • by  Edward Ouellette

    The realist engineer sees the water level as dynamic due to environmental and material effects: pressure, temperature, evaporation, condensation, diffusion, adhesion, etc.

  • by  Edward Ouellette

    To the realist engineer, the water level is neither half-full or half-empty, and always dynamic.

  • by  Otniel Gonzalez
    Perfect for my burned finger after touching the soldering iron!
  • by  Edward Ouellette

    An engineer sees the beautiful balance of competing natural processes, resulting in a quasi-static water level.

  • by  Edward Ouellette
    To an engineer, "half-full" or "half-empty" is an illusion. The real water level is quasi-static.
  • by  Andre Pouliot
    The substrate is in the process of being solved
  • by  Todd Hayden

    A transparent and tapered cylinder suitably sealed to hold a volume of low viscosity matter in the fluid state.

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