Favourite Daily Dilbert's
I get a daily Dilbert cartoon by email (thanks to
Dick de Ridder for organising
the feed from the Dilbert site)
Here I collect the Dilbert cartoons I really liked. I leave it to you to guess
Also available are some Dilbert-like quotes from
real life managers, collected by a magazine that ran a "Dilbert-quotes" contest.
You know who you are...
Soooo true about science and scientists
I've seen this happening...
And yes, my slides are always ugly...
I hope my course on the Philosophy of Mind (including free will) is a
bit less confused...
Trust vs. Stupidity
Especially for all colleagues who are now working on trust measures :-)
That sinking feeling...
All scientists know this...
Yes, I do find the extended European summer holiday season frustrating,
you can never get anything done for months on end...
Low hanging fruit
Sooo true! Think of this whenever people do the trendy (and easy) "go
for the low hanging fruit" mantra
Balancing work and life
Have you seen such examiners as well?
The Univ. is about two core tasks: research and teaching. And sometimes
it does feel as if we are competing with our supporting depts:
Project Officers, take heed of this section
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that
counts can be counted" (Albert Einstein):
10 years, if you're lucky!
Don't we all have a workpackage on this in all our EU projects?
Maybe we should just hand in the following cartoon as our final deliverable...
The first picture is an immortal quote!
(There's a few more on leadership further down the page as well...)
How good are you at saying "no"?
We've all played this game at proposal-writing time,
(and my colleague Han Reichgelt in Edinburgh must be starring in the
I'm sure he's running Windows!
I use this to explain to my students why A* is a good search algorithm:
Ever worked in a large organisation?
I know an entire research lab that's being run in this way
(and no, it's not mine!)
I would never do this during teleconfs, would I?
Mating by cell-phone app
This has been applied to me!
(and you know who you are! )
Trying to get in touch
me = Ed Bigston?
Appropriate for startups and EU projects alike
Says it all...
One of the best illustrations of mankinds tendency towards reduction
of cognitive dissonance!
Admittedly, the rules at the VU are slightly better...
Where we have all our committee meetings
Yes, I'm helping to manage a large project...
The sweet nectar of the illusion of progress
Anybody done any time-sheet writing recently?
The final sentence below is the ultimate Dilbert Zen quote...
The illusion of understanding
We've all been at both sides of this...
Can anybody in the Semantic Web community guess who this reminds me of?
Conference deadlines have exactly the same effect...
Did I tell you that the VU has just introduced a new time-writing system
... is just another word for knowledge
We treat ours better, honestly!
New Year's Day
I hate to admit it....
Leading with words...
It's not worth having a strategy...
Steps to success for the incompetent
Can you recognise... ?
It's not the failure that hurts, it's the hope
(and that's more true than you would like...)
I know full professors who behave just like this...
I wonder if the people in my group feel this way about their (lack of)
Setting your own goals
Another very recognisable one...
What's the difference?
The joys of leadership...
Hey, that's my plant!
Balancing work and life (2)
A giggle for those who know my New Year resolutions of the recent past..
More PowerPoint syndrome
The feeling you get when filling in bi-monthly status reports for EU
The Internet is full
Which of the two people in this cartoon is me...
I live with a compulsive log-keeper...
I know who this is, really!
I wonder how they knew about my recent late-nighter..
The accounting Dept.
The IT group at the VU is slightly better, fortunately!
For "customers" read ....
We've all met these people, no?
Knowledge is Power
I didn't answer your email? Now you know why :-)
There is a lesson here for both genders...
Can you recognise which SemWeb scientist I have in mind? :-)
The Project Uncertainty Principle
Well known to all coordinators of EU projects
Funny for all those who've ever been in a meeting with me..
A modern-day version of the liar-paradox:-)
Summarising the summaries
This is what grant-proposal writing is like
(and reporting to EU project reviewers:-)
You can't win...
This is roughly what it's like (for a while, anyway:-)
Is email anti-social?
The end of the .com hype
How's this for a Gödel sentence?
The key to happiness...
... is self-delusion.
You know who you are :-)
If you've ever been to a conference/workshop/tutorial, you know what I mean.
Is this me?
A useful warning for the partners in the EU projects which I coordinate:-)
This one is meant for some of my unnamed colleagues anywhere in academia
Datamining can get you any answer you want...
Not just for managers!:
I just bought a Palm Pilot (Aug'99) when this appeared:
This applies to two of the three Universities I've worked at.
The only reward for good work is more work.
For the mathematicians.
A Greek tragedy
For the classicists.
A self-descriptive cartoon
Think about it!
Two of my closest friends are currently involved in venture-capital funded
I like the first half of this cartoon best.
(Thanks to Manfred Aben for sending me the second one when I sent him the
And even more buzzword-bashing: