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Dilbert - Everyone's 2nd Favorite Engineer

Updated on June 3, 2011

About Dilbert

Dilbert is a syndicated cartoon strip by Scott Adams (some dude with an economics degree that also happens to be a certified hypnotist - yeah i know, go figure)! He developed the characters in Dilbert based on the many personalities he'd come across during his working career in technology and finance.

See Scott's First 50 Dilbert Comic Strips before it began regular syndication in 1989. Since then, the comic strip has appeared in newspapers, on the internet (the first comic strip to go online in 1995) and in numerous (hilarious) books and compilations. There was also a 30 episode animated TV series made in 1999.

Dilbert: The Main Characters

  • Dilbert - your typical engineer, he's technically competent, has a lacking social life and is single.
  • Pointy Haired Boss - the (incompetent) manager
  • Alice - switched on female engineer, underrecognized in the office
  • Wally - the older engineer that is always drinking coffee and great at being completely slack
  • Asok - pronounced ASHOOK is an intern who is intelligent but doesn't understand corporate politics.
  • The (talking) animals/pets/workers - Dogbert, Ratbert, Catbert ! They are often seen giving advice to Dilbert.

How I Am Like Dilbert

  1. We are both engineers (I am a civil engineer, Dilbert is electrical).
  2. We're single & lack an exciting social life.
  3. We both put up with stupidity at work on a daily basis.
  4. We both work in office cubicles, except mine is probably more open plan - at least Dilbert seems to have a cubicle for himself.
  5. We both attend boring office meetings on a regular basis!
  6. Our avatars are both comic representations of real life personas!

Classic Dilbert Stuff

Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert
Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert

On this link you'll also see a video of Scott Adams drawing a Dilbert strip. Awesome computer technology for comic strips!


Some Predictions From "The Dilbert Future"

The Dilbert Future was published in 1997. I remember reading it and laughing so hard the first time. Scott Adams made 65 predictions for the future, detailed with some hilarious commentary on what life will be like in the future as we "Thrive on Stupidity in the 21st Century"! It covers technology predictions, the future of democracy, capitalism, gender relations, marketing, social stuff and life on other planets, among other topics!

Some great predictions:

Prediction #1: In the future, authors will take a long time to get to the point. That way the book looks thicker.

Prediction #7: Life in the future will not be like Star Trek.

Prediction #16: In the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.

Prediction #22: In the future, there will be a huge increase in the number of "household services" to compensate for the pathetic incompetence of the average person.

Prediction #49: In the future, new technology will allow police to solve 100 percent of all crimes. The bad news is that we'll realize 100 percent of the population are criminals, including the police.

Prediction #62: Two things that will never improve in the future are airlines and bicycle seats.

I love it, gotta buy this series! :)


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      Tammie Hardrick 3 years ago from Illinois

      There is almost always a grain of painful truth hidden in there for any cubicle dweller.

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks BP & a big long hug back to you! ;P

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Oh wow marco this was awesome. What a cool dude you are (hugs)

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Haha, you don't have to be an engineer - being someone that works in an office is probably enough :) Thanks!

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      =D one of my favorite comics! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      LOL, I love Dilbert! Although I'm not an engineer, there is much I can relate to in this comic strip. :D

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      marcofratelli 8 years ago from Australia

      Hey Paraglider! Ditto. Except the part about a laptop in a booth, haha. Cheers mate!

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      Dave McClure 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Speaking as an Engineer currently working with a laptop in a booth...

      Yes, Dilbert has given me lots of great laughs, and not a few 'ouch moments'