How to Share a Meaningful Insight

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First, for those of you who don’t know who Bob Ross was, here’s a taste.

Fans of Wil Wheaton (There’s a divisive way to start a sentence! There are two possible reactions, you either ask “Are there fans of Wil Wheaton?” or you immediately say “I am a fan of Wil Wheaton, please proceed.”) will remember that I made him an Infini-Tee which was given to him as a gift by Paul and Storm. Well, an iPhone developer named Michael Zoellner has made the following, which I think is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

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Reader Comments (37)

Hahaha, it never occurred to me before, but you can pretty much never shave (at least in the comic).

Well, you could, but then things would be different.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterACF

That's "Happy Little Trees" as I recall. Much like him, I just cannot draw (or paint) people at all. Loved his scenery, but he often ruined it by placing a building or something in his painting that distracted the eye. 30 minute masterpieces.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

I only saw Bob Ross once on TV, thanks to the forerunner of YouTube. That would be the wacky friend who you happen to visit when said show is on.

I, for one, can both use RSS and understand the purpose of the read more link. It is nice to see the shininess in the RSS feed.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

That insight is so very Rick.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Uhm... perhaps growth? or girthing? Uhm, er, hmm, nevermind. At any rate, it's great.

Hey! "Great!" Hmm, no, not great either. I mean...nevermind.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Dated?! NOOO!!!

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter|Agent

Why do I get the feeling that Missy had to drop everything and run two miles just to get that one-liner in at the end?
"Missy senses tingling! Chance to insult Scott soon!"

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWaladil

I propose "gait",

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRitchie

Goatees are cool. Thinking they aren't is grounds for divorce. And courts always favour people with goatees.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdmiral Antelope

...gain ground at a gradual but gratifying gradient?

Also, Bob Ross was a dude.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenesis

It's not a goatee, it's a chinbeard.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Scott, is this a preamble to you coming out as beardless?

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Elms

Now Bob is pushing up happy little daisies. I enjoyed his show.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed


April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I've never heard of this Bob Ross(yeah yeah, I could Google it) but of course I get the point of the comic without it.

The secondary point is that Scott can keep his trademark goatee in BI regardless of what he now looks like in real life. Pretty sure I saw a photo where he'd shaved it off. By now he may have a ZZ Top beard and a hair cloud.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Goatees aren't dated. The beard of evil is never dated.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRowan

I didn't know who Bob Ross is, and good lord that man has a comforting voice.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

That Wil Wheaton app just should not be, it makes me anxious and irritable, I need to go watch me some Bob Ross until I calm down and can breathe normally again.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrip Hazard

Got rid of mine when I realized it was a face mullet.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFester Addams

I would have said "gradation."

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Good strip as always.
Now, unrelated business:
I think it would be pretty cool if Scott could implement some feature that lets the reader move to the next or previous comic by pressing the arrow keys or some other keys (à la smbc). Or maybe make it so that clicking the strip itself makes you move to the next comic (à la QC).

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWilla

Goatees aren't out of style!.....As long as you also happen to be a supervillain.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarru

Just so you know, the embed didn't show up in my google reader feed.

April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraeme

Goatee, dated? Yeah. Dated by all the ladies.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavii

I loved Bob Ross's show on PBS. Loved his "happy trees" and "happy squirrels"... Yeah, I remember those shows. "Okay, let's put a big, happy tree here in the woods. Its long branches fan out every which way. And behind the happy tree is a machine gun nest. That's going to be our little secret, okay? And maybe a squirrel lives up in the tree, over here in the crook of this branch. And if you can't keep our secret, well the sniper up in the happy tree will take you out. Okay? Yeah, let's mix a little titanium white with some Van Dyke Brown. Yeah, that's the color we want. Now get out your fan brush..."

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Correction: A magnificent chinbeard.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

gravitate gate, germinate, gyrate

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter.Trin

@ACF --Scott shaves every day -- the sides and back of his head, his neck, and his cheeks. He goes through a lot of trouble to look like a bald dude with an outdated beard!

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSchoop

I admire your use of the subtle lean in this and at least one other comic. It's a good way of getting maximum mileage out of the art, adds a frisson of lifelikeness. (A frisson? A soupcon, perhaps? Ehn, ca ne fait rien.)

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Armstrong

Hair is for suckers, but I can't bring myself to get rid of mine. It pisses me off but I hate myself without it.

I secretly hope that one day I'll wake up bald and have an excuse to not take care of it.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

"That's why I wasn't gonna ask you" Bwahahahaa!

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Wait, who is Wil Wheaton?

April 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFallingar

Goatees are not attractive on anyone. Even Brad Pitt can't make it look good.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSondra

Google is honoring Bob Ross today!

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Is "Hair is for suckers" a reference to the Darth and Droids punchline?

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSlaughterhouseDb

Bob Ross was a drill instructor at one point, he took up painting so he wouldn't have to yell so much.

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGuy
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