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Reader Comments (34)

"So, what'll it be today? My lunch money?"

"No, Just tell me if your brain feels like it's boiling."

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

When addressing much younger people, I like to throw in odd details that even the kids would know don't quite fit. Sony Walkman? Yes, I used to wear one on my knee breeches whilst walking to the schoolhouse. Pauly Shore? I remember him! "Biodome" reminds me of movie night at the work house. This one kid I knew, Tim, loved Pauly Shore. Tim had polio and died inside a chimney.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

I really enjoyed Off to Be the Wizard. But have you seen its Goodreads page? In the "About Scott Meyer" section, I think they're confusing you with a different Scott Meyer.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I wish they'd shown that at my school.

April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR


April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Acosta

I hope 'Cypher in the Snow' was a real film

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I REMEMBER THAT MOVIE!! Ahh, the Washington State Education System.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen Marie

Aaaaaaaand Cipher in the Snow becomes the most popular page on Wikipedia for 10 minutes. Hooray!

On which note: well done, Mr. Meyer. Your school's anti-bullying presentation was even more depressing than mine. And mine pretty much boiled down to, "Be nice to the smart kids, bullies. In five years they'll all be software billionaires who own your lives." Needless to say, they all decided to get their shots in while they could ...

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

How did a school in the middle of Washington get a hold of a movie made from a Mormon college in Utah? Did they at least let you also see the awesomness that is the Phone Call? What about Johnny Lingo?

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

Sadly, these days, people really can not-like-you to death.

Makes having your face smashed against a sink in the lavatories look almost Elysian . . .

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Picked up your book and enjoyed it. Thank you.
As far as the comic, when in the second panel the kid talks about turning the crank it reminded me of my regaling the people I work with of stories of Ditto copies we had as kids in school before you could write on xerox copies.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarr

Jeez, I missed that one. Fortunately, I DID get to be in one of the 2nd grade classes to which they showed "The Child Molester." Not that it scarred me or anything.

Beyond that, it was just seeing "Le Ballon Rouge" every damn year.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

Holy crap, I remember that movie! They showed it to us in Sunday School. I recall that the kid wanted to help build a snowman during recess, but the other kids wouldn't let him join in, and when the bell rang, and the rest of them went in, he put a gum wrapper or something on the snowman for the smile.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTlalocW

I'm an old man. Really, I am. Obviously you young whippersnappers never got the ideal NW Iowa experience. I had to walk 3 miles to country school on a dirt road. It was uphill both ways. It was always either 100°F or the middle of a blizzard. We had bullies too, but they ended up being town drunks and I have far outlived them. Obviously, the wheels of justice grind slowly yet exceeding fine.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

*Nice* timing, Scott. Today's my birthday and I'm completely laughing at this :-)

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGryphonBrokewing

Hey, anyone remember those filmstrips that would auto-advance when the recording went "ding"? I think they used to store them near the card catalogs.

I have never seen "Cypher in the Snow," and now I can hardly wait for the RiffTrax VOD version.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Finished your wonderful book -- awaiting the sequel (should you choose to write it).

I know what I'm going to give for gifts! Your book!

Cipher in the Snow was a horrible film for those of us who replay films in our dreams.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

When I was telling my daughter about how the telephones were all attached to the wall when I was a kid, she said, "Oh, yeah, and you had to turn that crank before you could talk!"

She was being sincere, though, not sarcastic - and I actually did say, "I'm not that old!"

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

@ Nick, According to Wikipedia, it is based on a true story and is a real short film

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDestructicon

Hey, I'm a librarian at Goodreads. I'mma fix that author mix-up. There's a trick. If there are two authors with the same name, you have to add the second one with an extra space between the first and last name.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary H

Addendum: Goodreads says that since Scott is a Goodreads author, I can't merge him with the now THIRD Scott Meyer. You'll apparently have to do it yourself. :(

Scott put in a request to Goodreads over a week ago to separate himself. Hasn't heard a single word. They don't appear to be terribly responsive over there. But hey, now I can read about homesteading! ~Missy

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary H

I also remember that movie! Also went to public school in Washington state.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpuppymeat

I love the smell of Mimeograph in the morning!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

I checked your GoodReads page, too, and sure enough, your book is connected to the wrong Scott Meyer. I'll become a GR fan of yours (and recommend the book to my GR friends) when it gets sorted out.

As to today's comic, I like telling my niece about walking to school in six feet of snow up hill both ways.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

I still have a VHS copy of "Cipher in the Snow"!

There are several BYU films on it including "The Mailbox" which is about an old lady who wants, more than anything else, for her kids to write her a letter. One day, she receives a letter from them! But she forgot her glasses and couldn't read. She walked a quarter of a mile back to her old farm house, rushed inside, put on her reading glasses... and had a heart attack. The neighbors find her in time to hear her last words "Tell my children, I was so happy to get their letter" before she died. She never did get to read the letter. It was a notice that they were sending her to a nursing home because they didn't think she was competent enough to live on her own.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I work with people who honestly never heard of Watergate. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarfnotz

About 80% done with your novel. Totally engrossed for most of yesterday. It's kind of unfair that you get to be good at at least two things. You're making a sequel, right?

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

Ah, Johnny Lingo! I love my 8-cow woman!

They showed that stuff at Catholic School, along with some movie about Freedom Clowns.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEJohn

"There are several BYU films on it including "The Mailbox" which is about an old lady who wants, more than anything else, for her kids to write her a letter..."

Oh, God, how awful! No wonder Utah has the highest suicide rate in the US.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Ah, now that I've read about it on Wikipedia, I see Cipher in the Snow appears to be an archetype for later bad movies, like the Pallbearer, only infinitely better. Just thinking about that ham-handedly artsy steaming turd of a flick makes me want some brain bleach though.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I remember Cipher in the Snow. It always confused me.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPonyToast

Annual favorite is Beloit's list of things that adults entering college know nothing about:

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAvery Greynold

Another funny one Scott but I feel you missed an opportunity here. A "Scanners" movie reference would have been perfect in panel four.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE

Grew up in New Mexico - I saw that one, too. Depressing and bewildering, since we didn't really have a problem with bullying (I would know - never was one of the cool kids).

Love the comic, Scott. Thanks for the great work.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRayn
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