How to Figure Out What It Means

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The subscriptions continue to climb, slowly but steadily.

I’ve received far more donations than I ever expected but the big news is the Amazon Affiliate link (US, UK and Canada), which in the first twelve days of this month made more money than my conventional ads did in all of last month.

I’ve said thank you so many times in the last two weeks that I fear the words have lost their meaning, but I’m going to say it one more time. Thank you for the support.

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Reader Comments (27)

You should probably include a link to the subscription service on each page if you want to promote it. The progress updates are visible on the RSS feed, but there's no mention of how to subscribe.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Johnson

Socrates' teacher wore a mullet. I'm certain of it.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentereddyline

I kind of see where your boss is coming from. Jenkins never turns in his RJ17 form, just like "everyone else." He has collected all possible RJ17 forms, therefor he has collected everyone's form.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbobo

Just wondering if "Day Job" knows what's coming? Does he read the strip? I'm glad you're getting some success with the changes. The old saw says that crazy people do the same thing over and over and expect different results. So, again, I'm glad to see you are doing different things and getting different, and better! results. A fine example of sanity.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger


Are you referring to Norman from "I, Mudd" as the computer which Kirk destroyed?

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate @ House of Annie

"Whenever he teaches me something, I get dumber."

It seems to be a skill that a lot of bosses have...

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHoboRiker

AH the RJ-17, the cadillac of forms.

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermuaddib15

The final line in panel 3 is brilliant.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I bought your first two books from your amazon links and I've now got my wife reading them! Keep it up!

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlitz

Nick Johnson is right...

I'm tempted to wade through & get registered for RSS, despite my lack of use for yet another list of things I'm backloged on (my fave webcomix) just because the #s mean publicity money for you.

BUT... I'm deathly afraid that the subscription process involves filling out an RJ-17 form.

(Just kidding... the link's in the right hand col, Nick, under feeds. Firefox does it all autostomatically. I'm registered & I'm still gona just come here via my normal dead links ;-P Paint me Luddite!)

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlphanum Rick

@Nate -- I assumed the computer in question was "Landru", from the computer-driven peaceful society that went nuts with their "festival" from time to time. I always though that the facility housing Landru should be called the "Landrumat", but I could never get any traction on that.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUrban Garlic

I thought he was referring to the Kobayashi Maru test when Kirk was a cadet.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I've subscribed. But you shouldn't quit your day job. Where will you get half the ideas for your comics?

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Witty Nickname

Mullet boss is one of the greatest antagonists in the history of fiction.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

You've neatly summed up my existence in the fourth panel. Which is equal parts hilarious and depressing. Which also sums up my existence. Thanks for another great comic!

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaxFenn

Huh? Isn't this early? I thought the new year started on April 16. BTW, the last panel gave me the best laugh I have had in days. Thanks.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTB

I started to write a comment describing how the Basic Instructions Subscription Service Progress Reports were not updating properly--then I realized that 800 subscribers is the goal value, not the current value. I did realize the grey shaded area was the measure of current subscribers until I re-examined the updates at the last minute. It seemed like a bit of a waste to start writing a comment, then leaving without saying anything, though.

I guess that is all there is to say about that, though I, personally, would like it if the cluebat/board had markings on its length to denote milestones (say, hundreds). Since it is not a straightforward, up-and-down gauge of strictly regular width and height, I cannot easily tell at a glance where the project stands. But that is my preference, and of little consequence.

...Hmm. This is my first and probably only comment on this site, so I guess I should include the standard stuff.

Love the comic. Every single installment--ever!--has delighted me, but most refreshing is your personality as an author. Try never to worry about a comic not being funny enough or a punchline being sufficiently satisfying; you are an enjoyable person to read even in the most everyday of text updates because of the personal approach you take to addressing your audience. The wit in the comic is just a bonus--if, admittedly, a huge bonus.

No matter how dark the night or how dim the office lights, this comic always brightens my day and puts a smile on my face.

-Chris T

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Alphanum Rick must hail from the peaceful town of Rock Ridge...

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOracular Pig

NO! Nate and Urban Garlic, you are both wrong! It's the computer that takes over as captain on "The Ultimate Computer". My regards to captain Dunsel,,,


April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Boban

So, I take it Jenkins's RJ-17 form is a uncollectable?

(Note: "A uncollectible" is deliberate. I am trying to sound plain.)

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Awesome, truly awesome. I identify with this comic a bit too much. No, way too much.

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I actually agree with the boss. Everyone can be everyone who had a form to be collect. Everyone whose form could be collected. I think the reasoning is that if you didn't fill out your form it isn't a "form".

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Earl Notjones

The same thing happened to some sexy androids Kirk met.

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrady

Hi Scott, can you get cash if we buy kindle books? I buy heaps and would happily make the effort to go through your links if you can confirm you get $$ from it.



Note from Scott: Why yes, I would get a cut of kindle books. Thanks for asking!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Scott/Lisa: Technically, Kirk didn't feed the M5 computer illogical information. He led it to make the logical conclusion that murder is punishable by death, so it deactivated itself.

Unless you meant that capital punishment is illogical - but that wasn't Kirk's doing; that value was given by Dr. Daystrom to the M5 prior to it being installed on the Enterprise.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate @ House of Annie

Re: Kindle books
What about "subscribe & save" items -- if I cancel my subscriptions then re-up them through your link, would you get anything from the first or all of the shipments?

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

Made sure to buy my new video card though your (UK) link last week - glad to hear it's helping pay the bills!

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaf
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