How to Be a Futurist

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Am I the only one who gets a warm fleeing inside when I see an update?

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

when the ds lite came out, i predicted that the next handheld nintendo made wouldn't have a GBA slot. i was right.

my reason was the fact that they made it so the cartrige had to stick out.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeafy Greens

I love Ric(k)'s pose in the last panel; It's the kind of pose and statement made by someone in a public education video, except with the wrong message ;)

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen

As a futurist, I feel that this will be a popular comic with a lot of comments.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrady Kj

"Am I the only one who gets a warm fleeing inside when I see an update?"

You might want to see a doctor about that.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

I'm pretty certain the 'easy to use sex machine' is called the $100 laptop with high speed internet access. The enemy government is doing all it can to prevent said internet access. The war will continue.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWrench

I'm gonna start opposing the government today! *thumbs up, smile at the camera*

It's like the end of a wonderful anarchist commercial.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

Since I was discovered by... nice!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReader

So if I was to just work on my aggression, lust, and laziness, I'd have much higher chances of inventing something brilliant?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Isiah - it's like when you find a warm spot in the pool. It feels good, but it makes you a little uneasy at the same time.
Excellent comic as always. I think your best work is when the instructions, when read alone, are not funny.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

Honestly I think our current crop of enemies would just be offended. They already have goats, but it's too hot out to enjoy them. So to take away their will to fight, you just have to cool them off. Besides air conditioning is the real hallmark of civilization.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Easy to use? How about easy to clean?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

So, Scott, which of the three basic human drives inspired you to create "Basic Instructions"?

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

@Mark: what an interesting argument to curb greenhouse gasses and reduce the global temperature. i had never thought of things in this way. thanks to you and scott, i will try never to think of them again

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Hmmm. Goat cooler? Technically you don't need to cool the entire goat . . . .

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentervtashore

Brilliant. Just fucking brilliant! I think you may be the smartest web comic-guy out there. I'm glad you're using your smarts for good and not evil.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLime

Good work, Scott.

Between your strip and Dilbert's, my life is pretty well explained. Wait ... is that a good thing???

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

"It's like the end of a wonderful anarchist commercial."

Now I want to see that. Awesome.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermendicant

@Mark: I had no idea the country I live in is so uncivilised. (Here in the UK, shops and restaurants are air-conditioned, but hardly any homes except very recent and expensive places have air conditioning. It's just not worth it 50 weeks of the year. I believe the same is true for Japan...)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

@ BobisOnlyBob:
"...I believe the same is true for Japan..."
Actually, in Japan nearly every modern house has air conditioners, the summers are quite hot and humid. Many of the air conditioners have dehumidifiers built in as well. I'm not sure about Hokkaido, though, it's much cooler on that island.

Awesome comic, Scott!

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterinfinity+1

Panel 3 is possibly your best joke ever.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

"If it weren't true, it wouldn't be depressing."

Possibly the deepest insight yet produced in a BI.

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

@infinity+1: Must be Japanese apartments I'm thinking of then... I've seen people break out a lot of paper fans and electric fans during the summer, which would be excessive in an air-conditioned building.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob
August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchao

@BobisOnlyBob: I don't think you'll read this, but nope, that's not true either. People use electric and handheld fans because they are cheaper than using air conditioning, and they quite often use them to circulate the air more efficiently together with air conditioning (again, cost cutting measure), but almost all modern Japanese apartments either come with air conditioning or the person living there is expected to install their own when they move in.

I like your positive thinking in regards to how often we would actually need to use air conditioning in the UK - I think that 2 and a half days is probably more accurate. And even then, it normally gets cooler at night. In Japan, without air conditioning there would be absolutely no respite from the horribly oppressive heat and humidity in the summer. I don't know how people who live in similarly hot countries but don't have air conditioning survive.

October 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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