Matthew Inman knocks another one out of the metaphorical ballpark

The most recent iteration of The Oatmeal is a lovely, lengthy treatise on creativity, inspiration, and public response. Complete with bonus beaver slap fight and hipster goats.

I don’t know about you, but the “inspiration is like food poisoning” line is going to stay with me for a long, long time.


  1. Tony–Queer Duck Overlord of The Bronze– says

    That whole thing was hilarious.
    I wonder if Chris or PZ has ever gotten any destructive feedback…
    Not on the Internet.

  2. Aratina Cage says

    I’m loving the “tornado full of shrieking trolls” line. Sums up some, shall we say highly obsessive, sites as well.

  3. says

    I used to do Let’s Plays. Video game walkthroughs. The majority of my videos had positive or neutral comments – decent stuff.

    Then I got one negative comment, and I haven’t uploaded a video in almost an entire year. It destroyed my sense of self-worth there, and I used to say I wouldn’t let the comments get to me, but they do.

  4. Menyambal --- in flagrante delicto says

    The “inspiration is like food poisoning” bit was great. So was all of it. (I do have pen, paper and a light next to my pillow—I wrote something without the light, one night, and never did decipher it).

    Yeah, YouTube commenters are the dumbest part of the internet. Getting to see comics like that is the good part.

    Thanks, Chris.

  5. Tony–Queer Duck Overlord of The Bronze– says

    I cannot stop laughing at “tornado full of shrieking trolls.” Cannot. Stop.

    That was pretty funny.
    I do wish that perhaps it was a toilet full of shrieking trolls. That way we can press the handle and flush the trolls away. I suddenly have an image of trolls shrieking “heeeeelp meeeee” as down the toilet they go.

  6. John Morales says


    Here: I think that
    “Matthew Inman knocks another one out of the metaphorical ballpark.”
    ‘Matthew Inman metaphorically knocks another one out of the ballpark.’
    may be intended to express the same sentiment, but they mean different things.

  7. says

    1)pants (AKA trousers) fall in the category “outdoors clothing”. I’m pretty sure that I’ve managed to go entire weeks without ever getting out of my shorts/PJs :-p

    2)inspiration is a form of procrastination: it only exists when it can result in you not doing what you’re supposed to be doing right now. when there’s nothing to procrastinate, there’s no inspiration

    3)Graphic designer/illustrator seems to be the one job that (somewhat) escapes the job+internet=joke trope, but probably only because everyone thinks you’re a web designer.

  8. F says


    Allow me to completely ruin Inman’s new book, in the spirit of destructive interference. The book is entitled How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You. You don’t need a book for this, as it is really easy to know if your cat is plotting to kill you: Is it a cat? If so, the answer is yes, it is plotting to kill you.

    Microwave your oatmeal (or cat) on high power for two minutes.

  9. comfychair says

    You can always try adding “” to Adblock’s element hiding helper thingie. It at least lets you pretend the world is a little bit better, for a little while.

    Then you give in to that nagging voice that says ‘hey, not ALL the comments are awful, you know, you could be missing out on rational, positive helpful stuff. you should turn off that filter and see how things are going!’

    And then, 2 minutes later once the filter is re-enabled…

  10. says

    I have put pictures of some of my knitting up, only to have someone say exceeding rude things about it. It was hurtful. So I just erase the s**theads and go on.