#284 – spice odyssey

And here's a new storyline! Octopus Pie in no way condones this sort of behavior at work.

50 thoughts on “#284 – spice odyssey

  1. wtf paul barman on deltron?!

  2. I like the slam poetry in the alt text. 🙂

    1. it's emm see paul b!

  3. There you go quoting Deltron 3030 again.

  4. wow, marigold – how many times have *I* felt like that at work?

    to be fair to the customer: come on now, we're in a recession. if organic were cheaper than bio-engineered, everyone would buy it.

    1. True that, BG, true that.

      (whether you're in a recession, a starving college student/artist, or some combination of the two, bio-engineered is simply too cheap to promote real competition)

      1. It's kind of funny in a way, the irony… you would think that the more materials/science/effort into bio-engineered foods, it would come out theoretically more expensive but because of advancements and overstock, it isn't. Whereas, organic which could take up the least amount of effort (I mean, take your compost and check on the garden every once in a while), it's the most expensive.

        It's like we're living in Produce Crazyland.

        1. commercially produced organic food crops are not as simple as composting in a home garden. think of it on a vast scale, the kind needed to feed millions of people. Its extremely expensive to develop organic fertilizers and weed controls on that scale. Also, there is a reason compost isn't the most popular fertilizer– it isn't truly all that effective on a large scale. It lacks phosphorous and potassium, two major plant nutrients.

        2. All that being said, it's still a very unfortunate circumstance 🙁

      2. Actually.

        This is funny, because I went to the local supermegagrocerymart and was looking to get some produce and a few canned goods. I was annoyed to find that everything was more expensive there than the organics available at Whole Foods. I came to get fruit and a few knick-knacks and I left with some discounted foreign spices and one can of coconut juice.

        But really, though, just because its organic doesn't mean it isn't GM (in the States, anyways).

        Just puttin' that out there.

    2. I wouldn't… but then again, I'm just considering the carbon footprint, the natural resource use and land needs.

      But, I don't see what organic food has to do with air filters.

  5. Or – you can buy ground cinnamon and put it out in little dishes.

    Same effect.

    Mind you, smoking is a pretty good expression of disgust with the situation… imagine going to Bed & Bath to save money?

  6. Air filter? What the heck is an air filter? (I know where the air filter is on my car, but that doesn't look like an auto parts store…)

    The drawing of the item being purchased makes it look kind of like a bar of soap? I am a big fan of OP but this one has me thoroughly confused! ???????

    1. An air filter in this context is one of those little boxes you plug into an electrical outlet that makes a room smell good.

      apparently this particular one absorbs bad odor, even >->;

      1. I think you’re thinking of an “air freshener” or “room freshener” as opposed to an “air filter.” (Those plug-in things are disgusting, by the way. They take some sort of oily liquid and turn it into a pungent odor that is way worse than nothing at all.)

    2. It's for airconditioners. Whether it be for those that you stick in the window or central air conditioning.

      1. It's the wrong shape for that kind of air filter, whether for a window box AC or a central one. Maybe it's for those portable air purifiers? Those aren't scented, though.

        Did I just give my age away by knowing how to differentiate household products? Crap.

  7. i get that track from the alt text in my head pretty frequently, mainly whenever a certain type of customer comes by the shop…and what is this place, bed & bath 3000?

  8. Is she smoking a butt or a joint?

  9. Definitely a joint, think of who she's dating…

  10. I'm from the Midwest and we all call em "Plug-ins"

  11. I absolutely LOVE the air filter in the last two panels.

    Cinnamon-y fresh!

  12. haha, yessss plug-ins. ahh, midwest slang how I love thee.

    I'm so glad we got to see more of this character! She seems very interesting.

    Also, it would have sucked sweaty monkey balls if she had just been a generic 'Will's G-friend" character.

  13. "Octopus Pie in no way condones this sort of behavior at work." (Italics mine). Yeah…

  14. So… you don't condone smoking at work. How about drinking a six pack on your lunch break? If you don't condone that either, I may be in trouble.

  15. I liked your comic before, but Deltron in the alt text? You now have a fan for life.

  16. The filter converting the weed smell into Cinnamon at the end just did it for me! I love the little things in life.

  17. It definitely must be frustrating to be passionate about something only to have some douche totally shoot you down.

    Oh wait…."must be?" It totally IS.

  18. So sorry to hear about your grandmother, my condolences

    1. Thank you.

  19. Of course I use the T hangs down, M pokes up (not a useful lyric yet)…all hail Portland, and all curse shyness. Sigh.

  20. Love the last panel. Squirt o' cinammon.

  21. Deltron for the win. This comic just doubled in coolness.

  22. alex, anotha funky h

    hey, loved the deltron 3030 reference in the alt text for the comic prior. Keepin it fresh, you should also check out del tha funky homosapien's fresh stuff, he was one of the rappers in that cd.

  23. DELTRON! Oh man, that silly patriarch. I've been spinning that album lately too, so that's kind of crazy

  24. …. This is old. but after reading form the first comic, until now. I had to post because of your alt text. Thannnkkk youuuu You made my night!

  25. And from those chocolate chips.. I shall make cookies! 😀

  26. i love that theres deltron 3030 lyrics when you leave the mose over the comic 🙂

  27. No shit, that song was playing when I was reading this, and I only just got the album yesterday, which is also when I started reading this from the beginning, which only happened because I bothered to read Dead Winter's news posts and saw the link to your webcomic and… all those are somehow connected.

    But still. Cosmic.

  28. hole fuckamole how many weeks is 306 weeks ago because that is. wow. Wow. okay. i need to . think

  29. weird things: i'm posting this exactly 6 years from when this page was posted (entirely by accident, mind you, since that's just when i happened to land on it on my first read-through of OP in fucking ages; I'm nowhere near caught up since…i haven't been keeping up with it since 2009) and i see my comment from 306 weeks ago, which means it was posted only a month or two after this comic came out originally. Life Is Fucked

  30. since then: a new deltron album came out and i saw deltron 3030 in concert and it was magic. wish paul barman was there for an interlude but clint eastwood as an encore made up for it

  31. I'm so happy we got the chance to see a greater amount of this character! She appears to be extremely fascinating.

  32. Is that a grenade notice in the bottom right? Alt text might be nice, but I can’t see it on mobile ????

  33. Well, "mites crawl up, tights fall down" is the best mnemonic I've seen for stalagmites/stalactites.

    And I am now worried that it's like a crazy common thing and I'm showing my ignorance by being impressed with it.

  34. I know, Mari. So hard to bring passion into your work when you're met with deadpan cheapskates.

  35. I know, Mari. So hard to bring passion into your work when you're met with deadpan cheapskates.

  36. Was this alt text written by Kris Straub?

  37. I know, Mari. So hard to bring passion into your work when you're met with deadpan cheapskates.

  38. Aha, I was looking for the punch line on the last panel and after a second or two, found it.

    I was impressed by the hover tooltip rap too.

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