Old Photographs of Other People
  • Howlin' Hobbit
    September 17, 2010

    I hate repeating old mistakes. I much prefer brand sparkly new mistakes.

    How the hell else are we supposed to learn?

    (P.S. good lawsy… am I actually first? I feel like such an uber-geek.)

  • Nadine
    September 17, 2010

    There are really only three mistakes, they just get dressed up in different ways.

    1. Not realising your boss was in earshot. (In this context “boss” is defined widely enough to include “King”.)

    2. Getting genitals caught in something.

    3. Fighting Russia to the East and Britain to the West.

  • Q. Pheevr
    September 17, 2010

    Nadine: I think 3 may simply be a special case of 2.

  • Krimson
    September 17, 2010

    It really bothers me when people idealize the past and fondly reminisce about “simpler times”. There’s nothing simple about doing scrubbing your laundry against a metal washboard contraption in a filthy basin, or waking up at four in the morning just to spend ten hours straining your body in a coal mine. Of course, I’m pulling out some extremes, but there’s really been no time that was “simpler” than the rest.

    Unless you mean the time when you were five and didn’t have any major responsibilities and could play the NES ’til bedtime.

  • Nny
    September 17, 2010

    @Nadine: and i think 2 could easily be the end-result of 1 and 3.

  • Craig!
    September 17, 2010

    “To new mistakes!” is maybe the greatest toast I’ve ever heard.

  • tripleG
    September 17, 2010

    Boy! Why are you so bummed about the blurry photographs?

  • tenshikurai9
    September 17, 2010

    @Howlin’ Hobbit: I’m at Job Corps when she posts so I can never be the first to post a comment. WebSense blocks the site under message boards and forum. Strangely enough, I can get to http://www.earth-liberation-front.org. Cat and Girl is worse than environmental terrorism?

  • Eric
    September 17, 2010

    I’m gonna regret posting this, but…

    Even Boy should know that when a girl says “To new mistakes!” is *probably* the time to go in for a kiss.

  • David Thomsen
    September 18, 2010

    I get home from work more or less at the same time as most webcomics go live, so I’m often in position to do ‘first post’.

    My preference is to go through the archives to a long dormant comments page and discretely do ‘last posts’ instead.

    It is my way of quietly asserting that I am not the ‘first post’ type.

    I wish there were a variation on Twitter that matched this philosophy. You’re not allowed to post instantly, everything you submit has to have a three day waiting period so that if you have second thoughts about your post you have time to retract it, or edit it. Also, people can’t subscribe to your posts, they have to manually search through the website.

    I should set that up. “Inconvenience Apps – Because Nothing Convenient Is Ever Good”.

  • meg
    September 18, 2010

    @eric: yes.

  • Ailu
    September 18, 2010

    Mistakes make us interesting people.
    If we hand them carefully, of course.

  • j-d
    September 19, 2010

    I have really enjoyed the comments on this cartoon. Unlike with most comments pages on C+G, none of them reads like it was written by an unemployed philosophy major.

  • ...
    September 20, 2010

    Don’t be too hasty, j-d. We’re talking being and time here. It can’t be long before somebody starts dancing the Heidegger and/or two-steps it over to Sartre.

  • Nny
    September 20, 2010

    dang it. i was doing so well too. i dont know what Heidegger and Sartre is and i lack the motivation to google search.

  • Jacob Adam
    September 20, 2010

    Eric’s post = brilliant. All the philosophy you really need.

  • Brent Spiner
    September 20, 2010


  • Golux
    October 15, 2013

    People who look back to “simpler times” either didn’t live then, were oblivious children during that period in time, or are going senile. Things were different and in their own way, as complex as the present.

    The young child looks down at the damp sand and says,”Look, kitty tracks”.

    The middle child says, “Um, those are a bit too big to be a kitty”.

    The oldest child says, “Yeah, it’s a big kitty” whilst thinking, “Oh, shit, cougar! Where is it?! How do I not panic the others? How do we get out of here without becoming cat food?”

    Yep, life’s simpler when you don’t know or don’t remember the details.

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