The System 568: Facebook Etiquette for Bad News
I saw this twice today, people “liking” posts where the post was bad news. Did they really like the bad news? No, they were merely showing support through a “like”. Sounds to me like we should change them from “like” to “approve” or “support”, because that’s what you’re really doing anyway. In real life, when someone says “I think we should get pizza”, you don’t say “like”. No, you agree. Do that. Just agree.
Have any funny (or sad) Facebook stories? Share them in the comments! I’m reading, and as always so is Rossmom.
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The System 555: The Universal Laws of Cats
This was fact-checked thanks to my good friends Spike Jetpack Solomon, Steven Motocross Fluffybutt, Riley Day, and Delilah Whatshername. Yes, they’re all cats. And, while adorable, they don’t give a f*%k about you.
Clearly I now need to make a t-shirt with an adorable cat on it that says “I DON’T CARE IF YOU LIVE OR DIE.” I may just do that.
Speaking of cats, if you like cats on t-shirts, you may want to check out Professor Internet.
So you’re MAD about something on the Internet…
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for sharing the chart! You can vote for it on Reddit here (please do!), I would LOVE to see it again on BoingBoing, if someone sends me a Submitterator post I’ll add it here as well. If there’s anywhere else you share it to, please let me know!
After months of discussion and planning, Caldwell and myself, creators of the “So you found something cool on the Internet…” chart on giving credit where credit is due, are proud to present this followup, all about Internet arguments.
I think we’ve all seen it before, the argument online that gets out of hand. Our message is simple, the minute you engage you probably should have walked away. So don’t get angry, just chill the fuck out and eat a sandwich. I mean look at Professor Internet. He seems like a smart cat. Better listen to him.
UPDATE UPDATE: There has been some interesting (and some infuriating) discussion and comments generated by this comic both here on the site and in places it’s been posted, and there’s one point that I (Rosscott) wanted to touch on. I wrote most of this to respond to a well-reasoned comment by “Unimpressed” and wanted to post it here as well (I rewrote it slightly now that I’ve gotten some sleep):
There’s a distinct difference between a discussion and an argument. We’re focusing much more on the lighter side, clearly. There are people out there who have conflicting opinions and who can benefit from serious debate. By and large the people who engage in “discussion” (especially in many popular forums on the Internet) are really just interested in saying what they want, not listening what you have to say.
This chart is meant as humor and hyperbole. But notice, according to the chart, reading through the whole story and saying your piece is much “higher” on the list than being an insulting jerk who flies off the handle and doesn’t know what exactly they are talking about and what they are commenting on, so even within this chart we implore people to actually know what they are talking about before commenting.
People are allowed to agree or disagree, and discourse is how people form opinions and are introduced to new ideas. But there are times to discuss and times to argue, and those arguments are times where that energy is better spent eating a sandwich.
If you’re interested, we’re selling 11×17 prints of this chart (slightly rearranged to fit better on a poster) over at my online store, HilariAwesome.com. Go check it out! And if you want any other shirts / stickers / merch based on it, we’re listening!
Oh, and now shirts! Available for sale
(in preorder until 8/12) here:
The System 488: Ask The System
I’ve always wondered about self-referential things like this. Web sites about how to make web sites. Television shows about TV. Blogs about other blogs. And yeah, go cats.
Stay tuned, later today I’m posting a really long thing about web design and webcomics. Today’s the day.
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The System 469: Listless
Anyone else share my hatred for this link fodder? Post your favorite / least favorite such articles in the comments.
Katsucon this weekend! Come see me in Artist Alley, and come to Super Art Fight on Saturday at 3pm!
See Something? Cite Something.
2018 Update: We did in fact make a followup to this chart called “So you’re MAD about something on the Internet…” soon after that I suggest you also check out.
WHAM. That’s gotta be the biggest damn comic-chart there ever was, right?
UPDATE: HELP IRONY HAPPEN! Here’s today’s comic on Reddit. Here it is on BoingBoing. Post it in places and let me know where or post in the comments!
Thank you oh-so much to this joint endeavor of The System and Caldwell of Loldwell.com. Both of us have had plenty of experience with our work making its way across the internet, both with and without attribution to our hard work, and so we thought we would make a comic/chart about how to do it right.
Consider this reference material for the next time you find an artist’s work on a website without attribution to all the hard work someone put in. Next time you see someone posting something that isn’t theirs on Tumblr or Flickr or DeviantArt or wherever else, let them know what you really think. That they are killing the internet. And of course, every time you do that, the Internet (which, let’s face it, is a kitten) sheds a single tear. And then dies because IT HAS BEEN KILLED BY STUPID PEOPLE.
What’s that? You want this on a t-shirt? A poster? Not a problem!
Oh, you thought it would make a good shirt? Which part? The Googles? The sharing emblem? The sad kitten? Gotcha covered. Click on the images below to take you to the HilariAwesome.com store, where you can purchase any of the three shirts we’ve created from this comic. Proceeds go to the original artists, who worked hard to make you laugh and provide this public service announcement.
UPDATE: For those of you who were here earlier, there used to be a “sharing is awesome!” shirt based largely on the image in the above chart available right where this paragraph now lives. Due to using, oh, everyone’s logo in it, this infringed on some copyrights. If you think about it, that goes completely against the point of the chart in the first place, so we’ve taken it down for the time being. Caldwell and I fully plan to retool the design to not feature so many other people’s work in a way that goes against the spirit of the chart and then repost it as available for sale. In the meantime, hope you like the other shirts!
See Something? Cite Something. Poster (NOTE: If you would like a “radio edit” of the chart for whatever reason, just place the order and put that in the “special instructions” and we’ll make it happen!)
Of course, talk it up in the comments! We hid a ton of little jokes into this chart, see if you can find them all and list your favorite!
The System 442: Schrödinger’s Dog
Howdy, Systemics! Have a good Thanksgiving?
First of all, an apology for the lack of comics last week. Due to a mixture of over the counter medicine, important real-life goings on, and some behind the scenes work on the HilariAwesome.com online store (more on that in a second) I missed both the Wednesday and Friday updates of the comic. My sincerest apologies to you fans who were looking for something to help get you through the day and found the website lacking. Hopefully this won’t happen again or any time soon.
Some Notes on the Store
There have been lots of goings-on over at the HilariAwesome.com store, the online marketplace where I sell prints, posters and shirts to help promote The System, try and make a little money, and even raise funds to help kick cancer’s ass. Those of you who have ordered from the store have been absurdly patient with my complete lack of any ability to keep a store running well and I know that some shipments have taken longer to get sent than they should.
The good news is all that is about to change, as I’m handing over the reigns of store management to The System’s own Rossmom. That’s right, my own mother is joining in the family business and will be starting to take over online HilariAwesome.com shipments in the coming weeks. Soon it will be her shipping things, keeping inventory, and kindly fielding all of your questions and comments on shirts. As much as I love talking to fans, I suck at doing everything by myself, and she was happy to help. So help keep a working mother employed and order something from the store, would ya?
Look Classy and Kick Cancer’s Ass
Time is running out to order either a Beard or LIMITED EDITION Moustache shirt from the HilariAwesome.com store through the end of the month. $10 of each shirt order goes to prostate cancer research. The shirts are the byproduct of myself and the amazing artist Bryan Prindiville, and it’s a topic we both care strongly about. If you’re thinking of ordering one for yourself or another for the holidays, place the order before the end of November to have the donation go through. So far we’ve raised a whopping $70, but I’d really like to make it to $100. Anyone out there need three or more shirts?
Two Shirt Redesigns Hit The Store
The “My Body Is Just a Filter” and “HELL-Vetica” shirt designs never sat right with me. They were awesome, but the sheer awesomeness factor was not as off the charts and/or “hizzy” that I had hoped for. Now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of some truly amazingtasticness. COFFEE SHIRT» TYPOGRAPHY SHIRT»
Oh Yeah, It’s All On Sale TODAY!
All the shirts in the store are on sale through the end of Monday EST, with $5 off each and every shirt in the store (including the Beard / Moustache ones for cancer). If you’re going to place an order for the holidays, best do it today! GO BUY STUFF »
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Lost Cat / Problems with Designers
Not all designers are perfect. Some try to make a cigar back into something else, if you know what I mean. Here’s a hilarious story about one such case of a woman needing help with a “lost cat” poster, and the designer who “tried” to “help” her. In regards to the poster above:
yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
It gets better from there. Thanks to Systemic (and friend) Lisa for sending this my way. READ THE WHOLE THING »
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