1. It’s the “New Technology Night School.” The new technology is fire. The new guy is so bad at it that he’s setting his hand on fire, and rather than immediately taking his hand out of the fire and trying to put it out, is raising his other hand to ask a question. The teacher needs to go help the new student “log out,” meaning show him how to take his log out of the fire.

  2. On some days Mr. Deering can draw, but this was not one of them. The “technology” that these students are learning is how to make (and manage) fire. The “new student” (on the left) needs to “log out”, meaning he should remove his already ignited log (and scorched arm) from the flames.

  3. P.S. Besides the comment duplication (oops), I would also like to mention the curious orthographic differences between the comic’s “log out” (two words, verb) and the “logoff” (one word, noun) in Bill’s title.

  4. A favorite Far side had cavemen wincing with pain as they tried to hold meat over a fire with their hands. Over to one side, a caveman with glasses uses a stick. One of the first cavemen shouts “Hey! Look what Thog do!”

    It ranks a little behind the one of cavemen sleeping around a campfire, surrounding by large bones. One caveman has an eye open, watching a lizard. Caption: “The Invention of Dessert”.

  5. At the other side of the process, I am still bothered by ads or just promos / advice, urging one to “log on to” some website but meaning just to visit and view it. I would only use “log on to” when it involves some identification and maybe authentication steps.

  6. In this case, seeing that his arm looks like it is on fire, I assume log off is another way of saying let go after you put the log in the fire.

  7. How can anyone think caveman=illiterate bad spelling and inability use nominative case still holds up and makes sense?

    This is a real weird blending of more recent Clan of the Cave Bear shaminism but… Saturday Evening Post Me bonk Thog with rock-speak. It just *doesn’t* mix.

  8. Agreed re crappy art! I kind of thought that was what he was getting at, but couldn’t see it for the life of me.

    And yes, “log onto our website” bugs me. Some of us have been logging onto things for more than 45 years; we know the difference.

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