How to Align Your Goals

Today marks the end of Diffen's sponsorship of Basic Instructions. I just want to take this one last opportunity to thank them.

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Reader Comments (24)

Great one!

This times, it's panel 2 I like best. And the first one... it's just the truth.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlerk

The question is, would he be bothered to get out of the wetsuit when he needs to visit the bathroom?

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Nice one :D
The final panel punchline came out of nowhere, in a good way.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Actually, a third wetsuit might not be a bad idea.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

I feel the need to point out that yoga balls aren't any better for your back than a normal chair. They still position you upright, so you have all the weight of your torso compressing the vertebrae.

The comic itself is stellar as always of course.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterH. Torbinsen

Yes No But ... WE the readers want to see Jenkins all pruney and covered in slime. Don't we?

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Oh, thank you, Scott! Thank you very much! I don't think!

Now I have an image of Jenkins in a speedo and it won't leave my brain!

Oh, dear God in heaven - he just winked at me and leered . . . what? Is he trying to look provocative? NO! NO! A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!!!!!! I DO NOT SEE 'ANYTHING I LIKE'!!!!!!!!!!

Damn you, Meyer. I'll get you for this, if it's the last thing I do. I'll get you for this.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Fantastic! :-)))

This is just supreme. I can't wait for your next book!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC. Tsarouhas

My company recently made a posting to the intranet that yoga balls are not "approved seating". Having a second thought about yoga balls was not even part of the company zeitgeist prior to that posting, which makes me suspect that somebody fell off one and got injured. Ah, OSHA, always getting in the way of natural selection >_>

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt the mutual fund guy

Maybe if Jenkins straightened out neck, it would relieve his back pain?

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr T

Re H. Torbinsen:

But you have to use your obliques to hold yourself still and upright on a yoga (Swiss) ball, which is good for posture and hence your back. Everything other than lying down compresses your vertebrae, which is one of the points of discs.

Like all medical assistance, if you don't use it correctly, you can make things worse.

Oh, nearly forgot: good comic, Scott!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTitanicus

Budgetary and health tip: never buy anything on the recommendation of a person whose livelihood is based on your needing frequent "adjustments." It cannot end well.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

So executives have back problems?

It's the only financially logical explanation for all of their twelve-hundred dollar chairs. After all, they wouldn't be spending that money on themselves just because they can...

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOccupy My Office

@H. Torbinsen - Yes, but you're forced to sit up straight, otherwise you'll slip right off the ball. Sitting up straight without any back rest forces you to use your abs. Using your abs strengthens them, which in turn supports your spine.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabe Luci

This is one time that I find each panel funnier than the previous.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

The third panel contains lots of awesome. Almost fell off my chair laughing. Thank you for that bright spot in my typically crappy Monday.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric L

Seems to me a drysuit would be more practical... Nice one!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTooManyMan

There's this really hot woman at my workplace who sits on a yoga ball. (Naturally, she is very, very unavailable.)

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteruwg

Off-topic, but...
Why are all the
now centered
on the page?

Trying to not lean left or right?

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIndependentVoter

Jenkins recently appeared as the "Someone's Beliefs Sound Crazy" roleplay partner. But the likes of these are supposed to be good for posture and for back pain.

But very bad for knees. So I've got one but it only has boxes stacked on it, which, as you'll see, isn't easy. But what mankind can build, man can stack boxes of stuff he really should sort through and throw out, on.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I want a Gel Suspension Workspace!!!!

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHunter

Doing the mental math, it seems that they spent more money on the "Gel-Suspension Workspace" than they would have on a super-spiffy orthopedic chair. :) Either a single (4-5x) wetsuit or the bathtub alone would cost the in the $1200 range, at least. Truly awesome, both subtle and not so subtle at the same time.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQueen of the Obvious

But if you do need a $1200 chair, do what I do and get it on Amazon using Scott's affiliate links (US, UK, Canada)! It costs you nothing extra, and a percentage of the sale goes into Scott's pocket so he can buy more of the one food item he's perfected in its efficiency. (See last strip.)

$243 worth of Amazon coming your way today, Scott! Thanks to my job that needs me to buy things. Wish they needed chairs...

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bisciglia

@queen of the obvious....
But this was a win-win scenario. The company bought Jenkins his free stuff, and Scott got to make him look stupid.
Bathtub - $1200
50 gallons of Aloe Gel - $2000
Wetsuit - $150
Panel 4 - Priceless

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank
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