JEFBOT.147_Chances Are Remoteon May 22, 2009 at 2:31 am
The easy way out of this one would be for jefbot to read the instruction booklet but since I rarely look at instructions before immediately unpacking and pushing buttons on my new gadgets, the chances of jefbot doing that are, well, “remote.”
Apologies to SubCulture. I didn’t realize I had written such a similar punchline until this strip had already come out. Please, check out their brilliance and my shame!
Hooray for compact modern technology. Reminds me of trying to install my new printer. Took me 15 minutes to find the papertray and getting it to load the paper. 😀
ha! thanks for the comment, Rembrand. just getting my sister Linda’s printer to work with her Vista laptop once took me 2 hours. :'(
Oh damn, I loves me some Fringe! In my opinion, Walter makes the show.. I love him. Another one to get me giggling as I start my day, Jeff.. thanks! (And on a side note, I don’t think that remote could turn EVERYTHING on. *ahem*) 😛
i tried to resist Fringe initially, Spanky, since i didn’t want to get into another show, but it totally has its hooks in me now. and yeah, Walter’s great!!! makes me want to pop in my Lord of the Rings dvds in again to see his performance in that. however, i’m not sure i can concur on your last statement – that remote’s pretty sexy. 😉
My friend is married to one of those $500 remotes – so I avoid them at all cost
$500!? for that much money, it better do more than control my electronics, Nate. it should at least make me dinner or tuck me in at night, too.
Instructions don’t help. I just got a universal remote from Best Buy, it was one I could plug into my computer I just had to tell the computer what brand of cable box, TV and so forth that I had and it was supposed to update the remote and work right away. That never happened, even after playing with it for a few hours. Eventually I just put it away, logged onto Ebay and bought myself 3 Comcast remotes for 4 bucks each.
hopefully you got your money back for that first remote or ended up selling it on Ebay, Tim. and i suggest just tying those three remotes together with some twine or a big rubber band – i hear it’s almost as good as having a universal remote!
happy you liked it, Mary.
I will keep wondering (most probably ’till the day I die) WHY IN THE WORLD PEOPLE DO NOT READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS?!!!!!!
In all honesty, I read my manuals (sometimes twice if things seem too complicated) BEFORE using anything. Of course, this usually mean that my family come to ask ME how anything works since I do know -_-;
Oh, I think the Cornfather is gonna kill someone *whistles innocently*
reading manuals takes time away from actually enjoying the device, Sonitan! okay, sure, it probably takes more time trying to figure everything out through trial and error, rather than just looking at the instructions, but still. maybe it’s a guy thing. 😉
Okay, I am suing you for plagiarism, Jefbot! http://subculturecomic.com/wp/?p=680. Actually, I think yours is funnier! 😉
oops!!! i knew this was going to happen sooner or later. damn brain! and yours is way funnier – i would’ve stolen the conciseness of it, had i done it consciously!!!
I forget how much I love my universal until I have friends over who don’t have one. My electronics bay is more complex and tiered than a Royal Wedding Cake, and with one button…
And I have to disagree with Spanky, after I programmed the remote and showed my wife we didn’t need the clutter of the other 5. She was definitely a little ‘excited’ 🙂
it is pretty cool to watch those components light up, one by one, at the touch of a button, especially with friends over, eleventeen. although i think they were more impressed before i had the universal, watching me navigate all six of my remotes, fingers clicking away, devices coming to life, all in about the same time.
There you go stealing our jokes again 😉
ha! i seriously didn’t even realize i was stealing your joke! …or maybe i was getting you guys back for the Wii Fit arc that was “inspired” by JEFbot. 😉
OMG…the story of my life!! And that of my entire family… Great sequence JEFBOT!! I love it. 😀
heheh. glad you could relate, JP.
wow! that was like reading WAR AND PEACE. that might be your most wordy strip to date! very funny. my favorite line is, “now make with the clicky”
glad you dug it, skinny! and yeah, while i try and keep these strips as concise as possible, i tried fitting it into 3 panels and found it just needed that extra panel to deliver the punchline with the right *oomph!* 😀
Yep! That about wraps up why I don’t have one of those universal remotes myself! …even when I know where the power button is, I have trouble turning off my TV, DVR, Stero, and iPOD unit…
P. S. I LOVE the color in this strip, my favorite is the 3rd frame! Rock on!
maybe you need to read the instructions…? heheh. thanks, funnyshaffer!
Oh My Pizza!! That is hilarious.
OMP!? did i menton nemu*nemu will be running a guest strip of mine in the next week or two, DJ!? 😀
If it’s anything like mine, the obvious power button at the top will only turn everything OFF. You have to press a sequence of two or three buttons to turn things ON, and then anywhere from a couple to a dozen more if that doesn’t work right.
you speak truth, EOTD – that power button does indeed only turn things off. i think i’ve managed to configure everything correctly now, but every so often things still go wonky. :-/
I Hear you Dawg! I had a Universal Control problem this week and seriously thought about calling my husband at work. I decided that was wrong. Instead I pushed all the buttons on all of the remotes til it worked. Thank God it did. This strip spoke to me. How did Jefbot know?
ha! as in video games, when all else fails, button-mash, Hummus!!! glad this strip “spoke to you.”
“The easy way out of this one would be for jefbot to read the instruction booklet but since I rarely look at instructions before immediately unpacking and pushing buttons on my new gadgets, the chances of jefbot doing that are, well, ‘remote.'”
I’m the same way. I rarely cast more than a glance at the manual of any gadget, preferring to learn by intuition.
Sonitan: “I will keep wondering (most probably ’till the day I die) WHY IN THE WORLD PEOPLE DO NOT READ THE INSTRUCTION MANUALS?!!!!!!”
My problem with manuals (and Microsoft tends to be especially guilty of this) is that they tend to be written *by* the designers/technicians *for* other designers/technicians. (Although, Apple seems to be a welcome exception. Their manuals are usually well-written and followable.) The only manuals that tend to be written for the rest of us seem to be for housewares (blenders, toasters, etc.), and even then you sometimes run into the “Engrish” problem.
i’ve been learning a new database system at work, reynard61, and run into that, “written by technicians, for technicians” mentality all the time. it’s more helpful to google the problem than to try and decipher their cryptic instruction manuals.
This is fantastic, bot! I literally Hahahahahahaed out loud! Great set up and punch line, man. I love that you gave a shout out to “Fringe!” Great job all around, as always. Now where’s the “off” button on this remote? I thought I knew but when I pressed it, the microwave went on. :-O
i’m happy you hol’d, Michael! and yeah, had to give props to Fringe, since it’s been so good this season.
now just put the remote down, and back away slowly. 😉
I can totally understand not knowing where the power button is
i’m glad you could sympathize, Eptha. sometimes those remotes are just needlessly complex – i think that’s what i dig about ’em. 🙂
cornfather looks so annoyed jfb. lolzzzzzz..this is what happens when u meddle in things forbidden by the gods…(ie remote)
true that, JF3. there are some things not meant to be understood by man. perhaps universal remotes are among them.
I figured that you would be seeing how you are affiliated with them. I love nemu-nemu. I kinda want to go to hawaii to visit them and take some spam with me. XD
yeah, nemu*nemu’s one of my favorite webcomics! and both the writer and artist are super cool, too. 🙂
Definitely a lot more text then I’m used to seeing on the strip, which isn’t a bad thing; the dialog is very funny. xD Maybe adding another panel when it comes to lots of text?
glad you liked the banter, Foxmouse! and yeah, although this strip is particularly wordy, the next one will be less so. 🙂
Yes, WiiFit revenge. I knew there was a reason!
ha! i love jason’s shirt! 😉
How did I miss this one?!?! Hysterical!
And I was just wondreing about that too!