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About jonbirch

animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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26 Responses to 977

  1. Forrest says:

    Funny, but the washing up seems to be rather sturdier than a hologram.
    Although I will have to admit it appears the baby has spit the peas to the edges of the universe.

  2. goodfield says:

    Funny if you watched the same program as I did I thought reality existed inside a mathematical construct and the only thing that really ‘existed’ was information! But then your just a figament of my imagination! :-)

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  4. jonbirch says:

    goodfield… yup, i did. it was a lot of fun i thought, the sort of program that drives my wife nuts! :-)

  5. linus says:

    so does that mean reality ceases to exist if you get a dishwasher?!

  6. jonbirch says:

    of course not, linus… you’ve simply altered reality. how silly of you to make such a fundamental mistake. ;-)

  7. Mark says:

    This really really tickled me

  8. goodfield says:

    Linus: it seriously might mean your dishwasher ceases to exist if you get reality! :-)

  9. Tiggy Sagar says:

    I like to think my washing up doesn’t exist, but unfortunately it expands with the universe.

  10. goodfield says:

    Just had a thought if we do exist inside a MATHEMATICAL construct then perhaps we really are just a game running on Gods computer – sort of a super version of Civilization! :-(

  11. JF says:

    Goodfield – I thought that was the assumption anyway?

  12. markk says:

    this raises the concern that most of the universe consists of ‘dark’ washing up, which will have to be done come the apocalypse. ; )

  13. TomC says:

    This made me laugh. Then it made me think.

    Could this be seen as an indictment of too many church folks who love to ruminate on theology, debate scripture and spend so much time talking and thinking about the life of Christ we lose sight of the fact that the REAL work of Christ is the very real, very messy ‘washing up’, the poor, the sick, the hurting, the lost.

    that said i have a stack of dishes that need cleaning…

    no really, that’s why this made me laugh so much, I have a sink full of dishes that i’ve been putting off all morning!

  14. John Ager says:

    Hi, love your cartoons and have featured this particular one here:


    Especially because it relates to another post of mine:


    Best wishes, John.

  15. linus says:

    Sorry Jon – schoolboy error. i’m just not very familiar with reality, so i get easily confused by it.

    My dishwasher might cease to exist, Goodfield? can i get insurance against this eventuality, or is it categorised as an act of God?

    I really want to link the nakedpastor cartoon about God running out of space on his hard-drive, but i can’t find it =[

    Tiggy, Markk, cheers for makin me smile =]

    TomC; absolutely right, says Linus, whilst sitting staring at a computer screen and ruminating on theology…

  16. AnneDroid says:

    Oh I don’t like this one Jon!! At least I don’t like the memories it stirs up, which is different of course :)

    When I was a stay at home mum with four small children I used to have to deal with really nasty grumpiness in myself that would surface sometimes when we had minister friends round who were all “working” and would be having in-depth conversations with Him Indoors about their ministries and work and the church and life, the universe and everything. I wasn’t gracious enough not to feel jealous and left out. Hopefully I hid it well!

    This is probably nothing to do with the point of your cartoon but I imagine you’re always interested in folk’s gut reaction to your work. x

  17. jonbirch says:

    i am, annedroid… funnily enough, you’ve just broken a memory for me as a little kid feeling left out when ‘important’ things were always going on in our house too. never got to grips with it as a kid… like the door was shut. of course that wasn’t my whole childhood experience but it left a mark. oh well. :-) x

  18. jonbirch says:

    markk… hahaha! love it… ‘dark washing up’… :-)
    i could of course say, that dark washing up is a completely different ‘matter’… but i won’t. :-)

  19. jonbirch says:

    … i simply don’t have the ‘energy’. :-)

  20. Forrest says:

    Oooooooo, these puns are so Hi-Larry-Us.

  21. Lucy says:

    Our dishwasher really did cease to exist a few years back, and has never reappeared. Sigh.

  22. sunil says:

    Will there be washing up on the new earth?

  23. rebecca says:

    AnneDroid — your story makes me think of Martha and Mary. Just in case you’re wondering what to make of that, in my favourite version of the story (by Michele Roberts), immediately after Jesus ticks off Martha, he gets up and does the washing up himself.

    To return to the cartoon, the problem is that the word “reality” isn’t well-defined. It can equally well be used to refer to the fabric of existence, or to our day-to-day experiences. Undoubtedly there are other meanings as well.

    [Aside: it’s annoying that the comments are no longer numbered. It means we can’t easily reference a previous comment in our postings.]

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  25. Forrest says:

    In short, what is reality, really?

  26. laura says:

    “People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing’s as eternal as the dishes.” – Margaret Mahy

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