How to Get to the Root Cause of Your Irritation

This week, instead of just pointing you toward my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada), I’m highlighting the book Brewster Rockit Space Guy: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind. (US,UKCanada) It’s like a cross between Star Wars, Flash Gordon and something that's really funny.

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Reader Comments (18)

I bought Brewster Rockit book and highly recommend it. Lots of fun allusions to other science fiction and some distinctly sick humor.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikeS

You are entirely right!

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexalcan

Doesn't it always come down to "I'm right and they're wrong"?

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoah Vaile

I *love* panel four! Just witty banter!

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I especially like the grimmace and white knuckle image. It is so how I feel at times, and it is nice (but sad) to see it so well represented.


August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

I have loved Basic Instructions since the day I discovered it, but never has there been one I've more closely related to. I never realized you worked in my office!!!

Plus, you just got high praise from my wife when she read this one (she too is a long-time fan): She said, "Scott Meyer is this decade's Scott Adams." I think that's pretty apt. Except I doubt you're nearly as big a jerk in real life as that guy is.

Epic Note from Scott: First, thanks for the compliment. High praise indeed. We should talk ten years from now, look at the quality and amount of my output and decide then if I'm anything close to this decade's Scott Adams (I'm betting the answer will be "no").

I do have to point out that Scott Adams has been very kind to me, for no reason other than that he could. I don't know him well. A can understand why someone would walk away from the last year or so's events thinking he's not a pleasant guy. I'm now going to address the topic in my favorite way, by changing the subject.

I was telling someone what Ric is like in real life the other day. I quoted a few things the real Ric has said. My favorite Ric quotable is "If you ever feel empowered, it means that something is terribly wrong." The person I was talking to said that Rick sounds like a really unhappy person. I had to explain that Ric and I share a sense of humor largely based on negativity. I like to say that I enjoy a good fiasco. When we were comics I got accused of being a masochist because the worse the audience looked, the giddier I seemed. When things are bad, Ric and I make a joke out of how bad they are, and we take joy in our shared misery. If you look at my comic, I think that comes through.

Now look at Dilbert. Everyone's a jerk to everyone. Now think about a conversation I had with Scott Adams about whether he should go to one of the non-Disney theme parks in the Orlando area. I described the park in question the same way I always do.

"It's like if Disneyland had been built by dicks."

He laughed and replied "Now you're making me want to go there!"

In my comic, everything's awful. In life, I play at being miserable about everything, but I know that I'm a very lucky man.

In Dilbert, everybody's a jerk. I suspect that in life Scott Adams plays at being a jerk, but he's a guy who helped me out for no reason, while he was privately suffering a pretty bad health problem. I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStarFleetCaptain

As I entitled a non-existent song once (for a non-existent album "100 songs you're ready to stop singing") I Love My Job (And I Have The Ulcers To Prove It!)...

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Given today's panels, did you ever work at GE?


August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

Scott, I wonder if you'd ever had the pleasure of working with technophobes while working *inside* the computer industry.

(It's more common than you think)

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Apropos of nothing, today's Basic Instructions is my favorite in a long time, maybe ever -- and today's Dilbert is my favorite in a long time, maybe ever.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessamy

Hey Scott - Thanks for the shoutout for Brewster. Your timing is impeccable. We launched the long-awaited second volume of the collected Brewster Rockit - "Dork Side of the Moon" - this morning as an eBook. It is available on iTunes and in the Apple iBookstore. "Rockit-On!

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Tippie

Great comic as usual. On a side note, the only reason I found this site is because Scott Adams featured it on his blog a few years ago. I don't bother with the blog any more, but I still come here.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Scott, your comic is only 3 days a week, while Dilbert has always been 7 days a week. In ten years, unless you become a daily comic, you will still be behind in quantity seven to three.

Right now, you're living the dream, and entertaining a lot of people!

Note from Scott: I agree with everything you wrote there.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I kind of want Panel 1 framed.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpakKadi

holy shit, that's how some people reacted after I installed new computers for them last week so they could use the new medical software that was supposed to help them work more efficiently.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjake

I don't mind being more productive.
I mind that the reward for being more productive is more work, or getting laid off because they don't need as many people now that we're more productive.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I think I've been on both sides of this issue. One issue can be having to spend time (which I don't always have much of) to learn the new software when I already knew the old software. The other is that inevitably, the new software will have "issues", possibly bugs, possibly down time, sometimes just because it was written differently, it does things differently and has different concepts.

New, easy to learn software that works well - that's great!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

What do you call someone who fears and distrusts computers AND people?

August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterORione
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