How to Sell the Unsellable

On my two most recent posts, I've omitted my usual mention of my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada) to instead suggest that you donate to the Red Cross. Today, I'm also going to say something about my web host.

This site is hosted by Squarespace. I pay full price for my service, and have never received so much as a discount, nor have I asked for one, because I have been deliriously happy with them. The blogging software is easy to use and reliable, the templates are clean, attractive and easily customizable, and most importantly, the site NEVER GOES DOWN. I can get reddited, someone famous can tweet me. Nothing even seems to slow my site down. I get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage, and for this, the deluxe package, I am charged $16 a month.

Why am I bringing this up now? Because Squarespace's servers are in Manhattan, and they had to resort to creating a bucket brigade to deliver diesel fuel to the 18th floor of their building to keep the servers serving. As a result of their hard work, my site didn't even slow down, which I think we can all agree, is about the least important thing that happened in New York this week.

If you're starting a blog, webcomic, or professional site of any kind, I urge you to consider Squarespace. Yes, there are ways to get your hosting for less, but none of them are even a fraction as good.

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Reader Comments (29)

Now I feel bad for Rick...

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

Self-insufficient! Ha!

Also, that is a rather impressive recommendation for Squarespace.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Self-insufficient! I love it! I know so many people that term could be applied to. Myself included...

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChildlikeSpirit

"Rick is self-insufficient" FTW! I couldn't help but ROTFLMAO

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNH

Rick is clearly a new and utterly indestructible breed of human. After the rest of we puny lifeforms are eradicated by nuclear armageddon/global warming/a meteor strike/obesity/whatever, Rick will live on to rule the world with his super-rat and radioactive cockroach minions. LONG LIVE KING RICK!

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

I think it says something that Rick has the exact same expressions in panels 1 and 4.

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan can i get a salesman like scott...?

November 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpipkin buckthorn

@ Judas Peckerwood
What makes you think Rick will have rat and cockroach minions?
Is it not more likely that he will be reduced to a rat and cockroach gopher?
As he sits, polishing the claws of his super-rat overlords, by the eerie green glow of radioactive cockroaches, will he look back nostalgically to his times with Scott? Or will he be contentedly humming 'Perfect Day'?

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Wonderful! I think that's 8 punchlines in one strip. Awesome!

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreeble

The "opportunities" line got me instantly ;D

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrégory


Also, I have an alternative to screaming profanities at Wordpress? Intriguing.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Does anyone happen to know any other comics that focus on Rick like this? I'm petitioning to have the Rick in my group of friends officially be as self-insufficient as the Rick we all know and love here, and I'll need some material to prove this to them.

Also, a bucket brigade up to the 18th floor? How many people would you even need for that?! That's some dedication right there.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

Hey, maybe he can get her to pay for the meal.
I mean, not likely. But one can always hope for a free meal :)

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwickedragon

Scott: Curse you! I've now made it through ALL of your archives. Curse you for not creating infinitely more comics before I discovered them!

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFMA

This strip makes me glad that I am married, and makes me hope that I die first, because I can only dream of having Rick's level of success in dating.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

who put the generator on the 18th floor? It should have been down in the basement, where it would have been flooded.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ Yeamans

Rick already survived the nuclear holocaust and became the leader of the quivering masses that survived. The nuclear war blasted most of the earth's material so sky high, it went into space, and being closer to the moon than the earth, fell and landed there. What's left of humanity rebuilt on the newly much-larger-than-earth moon, and rebranded it as earth, as it now had the majority of the mass, causing the old-earth to revolve around it. Life restarted there, and took off, but behold, Rick survived, on the old-earth, now rebranded as "the new moon", and became king of the moonmen!

You simply never realized that the adventures of Rockethat are in the far distant post-apocalyptic future. It's understandable, as Omnipresent man, his compatriot, is our contemporary(and ancestor).

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Buckets Of Diesel - my new band.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaketemensch

Sounds like a lot of votes for a "totally self-insufficient" tee shirt!

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

"I think it says something that Rick has the exact same expressions in panels 1 and 4."

I think it says that the cartoonist is lazy.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlazynonymous

I feel somewhat sorry for Rick. I think it may be because I see much of myself in him. That is a whole issue in itself though...

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Water works is crying. "Wet work" is physical torture.

But maybe you knew that.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRedshift

I have laughed at many Basic Instructions strips, but I don't think I've ever laughed so hard and so much as at this one.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR


I follow your reasoning - and the prospect of being generated from the loins of Omnipresent Man has chilled my very soul!

But your explanation as to how Rick, in his fetchingly short cloak, has become Master of All, is a compelling one.

However, I think that the rats and cockroaches just found his puppy-dog gaze too vomit-making, myself, and sent him off to play.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy


"waterboarding" is physical torture. "wet work" is assassination.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Aha! Scott's awesome sales skills explain how they managed to hook that customer...

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Aw, poor Rick. Well, I have a way to cheer him up - cake!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAA

I'm sorry to come back here and kvetch in your comments, but I'm going to come back here and kvetch in your comments. After using squarespace for a few weeks, I can only conclude that it is a Dharma Initiative experiment in frustration tolerance and the power of intermittent reinforcement schedules to induce psychotic levels of persistence. The site is sleek and beautifully designed. And the interface is so buggy that it makes the walled city of Kowloon look like the Ritz. The customer service is excellent. . . at responding quickly to my emails while giving no actual information or solutions. There is even a placebo online chat function, where "Pauline" apologizes but my simple question is better handled over email, and someone will be with me shortly. The basic strategy seems to be asking me for totally irrelevant details that I'm unlikely to have access to, using language so cheerful that it makes me want to bludgeon an elf. If I persist, the rep begins to re-ask for the same information, plunging me into an infinite loop from which the only escape is death. Although I suspect that after jumping off the roof, I would land in a net with "Try clearing your browser cache!" silkscreened on it. The sheer array of creatively annoying $hit this host has thrown at me is breathtaking. Random spaces in the post. Settings changes that say they're saved and then spontaneously revert. Pictures that take 30 seconds to load on the page, even though the source files are tiny. I think my favorite, though, is the jumping cursor. I click at the end of a line of text, hit the enter key, and half the line of text bumps itself down a row. I sat there for about twenty minutes, clicking and entering, just mesmerized, totally unable to absorb the fact that an action I'd relied on for the last couple of decades without incident was no longer available to me. I've made exactly one entry (well, it took me 6 or 7 tries, but one published entry) with a few text blocks and 5 or 6 pictures. It showed up perfectly on Tuesday, but as of yesterday, my whole site is throwing a redirect error on all my devices. The rep suggests clearing my browser cache. So, I'm not sure what supernatural being you're in bed with to make this thing work for you, but I suggest you sacrifice an extra lamb.

Note from Scott: Wow!. I'm sorry you've had that experience. I haven't had any of those problems.

November 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Ok, I think its time to give Rick a break. I say the girl goes out with him at least twice.

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelyob
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