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: The Rather System
Jan 23, 2006

What a way to start the week, with several things I have issues with…

First of all, stubbing my toe, oh I hate that, I mean, who doesn’t? It’s not just a painful experience but an emotional one. I work on a computer a lot so the first thing I do is click “undo” in my head, but it never works. Then there is the rush of pain and the inner turmoil of not knowing how to deal with what has just happened. It’s like you want to see someone pay for this atrocity that has just happened, and apparently it is yourself that is at fault and you do pay for it in the pain department so I guess it kind of all works out.

Next there is the issue of someone thinking they are helping you deal with pain by distracting you, distracting you by causing pain somewhere else on your person. Now, what is the logic there? What sort of technology is that? That would be like going to the doctor with a broken leg, and instead of giving you painkillers he puts your hand in a vice and says “ain’t that better? eh? I bet you’re not even thinking about that broken leg now.” I think distraction can be good, like maybe some humor or something to take the mind off the pain. Like Wally had actually managed to distract Osbourne for a minute there by making him think, “hey, is Wally onto something here with this ‘rather system’ or is he just an idiot?”

Finally there is the issue of not getting charged for being bonked on the head. Life is often like that, it often bonks you on the head… but unfortunately it charges you too.

On the Rocks On the iPod!

There’s a new service in beta right now that’s providing comic downloads which can be read on your iPod. I thought it would be fun to prepare some On the Rocks comics for this service, maybe it will catch on. You can bring comics with you to read on the go or maybe just to share with some friends. I’ve put up the Water Balloon collection of comics right now. Click here to go and download them. Even without an iPod you can read them as they are just a series of images. Unfortunately I’m not quite cool enough to have an iPod but if you do and you try it out, let me know what you think. I’ll be assembling some more collections for download soon.


  1. Grande Blues says:

    Hahahahahaha lol
    realy realy good one !
    cheers !

  2. andy. says:

    Haha, I’ve always have used this system. (Or made jokes about using it)

    For example someone jams a finger. I ask want me to punch you in the stomach? Might take your mind off the finger…

  3. David says:

    I love that 3rd panel!

    As for stubbing toes, I usally fall to the ground, grasp my toe and go the Peter Griffin route.. “Ahhhh… Ssssss.. Ahhhhh…Ssssss”

  4. Sev says:

    Yeah, I always want yo do a little Ctrl-Z when I do something boneheaded, but it never works.

    I think that’s the worst part of stubbing your toe. The pain itsself is way less than, say, getting bonked on the head, but you don’t feel like a moron when someone bonks you. Stubbing my toe makes me feel like a Grade-A Moron.

  5. Emma says:

    hey… its great on the Ipod, loved it.. please do assemble more collections!!
    your comic is great…

  6. Alexander says:

    By the way Wally is on to something, when I have a Headache, or something else that’s “teasing” me I just pinch myself on the hand very hard, orsomebody else hits me, it might be crude but it’s effective, because the human nerve system feels only great pain, if you have a stubbed toe and a broken leg which will you feel? 🙂 Simple as that.

    Alexander Kirilov – Bulgaria

    Oh, yeah by the way pretty nice comic, I like it very much, could youmail ne what you use to make these comics except for talant, because I’m interestedin comic making although I’m an amateur at drawing 🙂

  7. Tyler Martin says:

    Emma, fantastic! Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad it worked out, I’ll definately be putting together more collections. I think I’ll make a virtual iPod version on the site here for fun… for the rest of us that don’t have one… just for the novelty of it.

  8. Julie says:

    I really like that one! It runs along the lines of what my father used to say when us kids were crying — “Here, let me give you something to cry about!”

    Great, you’re going to iPOD, am I the last person on the planet to get an iPOD?!?

  9. michael says:

    nice comic 🙂 seeing the picture of wally a screen just made me think– have you ever considerd a cartoon version?

  10. Edward =)=) says:

    Osbourne should have yelled,”HOLY SWEET WHALE CARCASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=)

    p.s.:Some commenters may want to Spellcheck.I’m 10&I can spell better!

    p.p.s.:Your comic is better than calvin & hobbes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Edward =)=) says:

    p.p.p.s.: I mean it!

  12. bobo says:

    Julie no i dont have 1.

  13. Jenny says:

    HOLY SWEET WHALE CARCASS! Not very nice at all.

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