Action Figure highlights the fantastic career of Doonesbury's Uncle Duke. The comic character's life includes stellar roles as a journalist, governor, NFL sports medicine 'practitioner', a brief stint as zombie, a snake oil salesman, and my favorite: Maximum Proconsul of Panama.
There has only been one figure like Uncle Duke, and there is no other character in fictional media who so warms my heart and turns on my sense of adventure. I just love when Gary B. Trudeau's Doonesbury is on an Uncle Duke thread.
This edition no longer appears to come with the awesome Uncle Duke Action Figure I received with my copy, but the stories are the same. He staggers, mumbles, overdoses and offends his way through America's most critical moments for three decades. From his introduction to the strip in 1970, Action Figure covers Duke's exploits into the early 90s.
This more recent clip shows Duke representing BP to the press after they destroyed the Gulf of Mexico. Trudeau captures so much of what was wrong with that moment in history in just a few panels:
No one cheers me up and gives me hope for a bright future like Uncle Duke.
Action Figure: The Life and Times Of Doonesbury's Uncle Duke by Gary B. Trudeau
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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