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Title: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 03 Jan 2016, 09:35
Okay, I have no doubt whatsoever that some of these are so 'out of here' that they're actually coming back!

FWIW, the only option that I think is actually likely is going back to CoD to see how Penny handles Emily and vice-versa. Beyond that, there isn't any currently loose end that cries out to be addressed. Don't lie though; you'd all love to see the cast in period costumes! :wink:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 03 Jan 2016, 13:13
Or it could be a week of Faye and Bubbles bonding
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Castlerook on 03 Jan 2016, 13:45
What? No option for Bembo crossing over into the main strip and slaughtering everyone with a rusty ham? For shame. For shame on you sir.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Jan 2016, 13:49
Emily will be fired from Coffee of Doom and she'll be replaced by Princess Belb.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Castlerook on 03 Jan 2016, 20:01
Slightly serious for a moment though, I can really see Penny not having any patience for Emily and someone will end up snapping. Maybe not them, but someone.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Truec on 03 Jan 2016, 20:57
Huh, what do you know, there really was a time skip. And Emily became a competent barista.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TieDyeKat on 03 Jan 2016, 21:03
TIME SKIP!

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Castlerook on 03 Jan 2016, 21:05
Dora has the longer hair!?!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 03 Jan 2016, 21:16
Time skip check list. Everyone's got pretty hair. Marten and Claire married. PINTSIZE'S DEAD.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: mustang6172 on 03 Jan 2016, 21:23
Horray!  Time has finally passed!

Now we learn an entire year has elapsed and we're back to summer.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chaospersonified on 03 Jan 2016, 21:26
I honestly needed a second to recognize Dora just there
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Penquin47 on 03 Jan 2016, 21:34
I love Emily's new hair.  Took me a minute to realize she wasn't wearing Faye's Bearmonster shirt, though.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Nepiophage on 03 Jan 2016, 21:41
And the painted diptych with the price list has been replaced by a blackboard.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 03 Jan 2016, 21:50
Well, strike me pink. The time skippers actually got their wish.

And not only had Emily mastered the espresso machine, but her sass level is now expert.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jmucchiello on 03 Jan 2016, 22:05
Is the art as different as I think? These two are almost unrecognizable? Did Jeph mention a change in his drawing methods (I remember something about manga studio 5 in a comment somewhere)?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 03 Jan 2016, 22:42
Is that Dora? I recognize Emily, but that does -not- look like Dora to me.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: scandina on 03 Jan 2016, 22:43
So who are these new characters?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Gladstone on 03 Jan 2016, 23:05
Holy shit, didn't even notice Dora's hair at first.  That's a huge time skip.  Couple months at least, huh?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Lubricus on 03 Jan 2016, 23:24
Seems like Emily is still sort of being trained, though. A couple of months may be too long...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: anahata on 03 Jan 2016, 23:28
I noticed Dora's hair, but like scandina above I wondered who she was at first, and then whether Jeph had had another drawing-style/software revolution. I didn't think of time skip as an explanation...

And who said, months ago when Faye was fired, that CoD would be effectively written out of the strip from then on?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 03 Jan 2016, 23:28
Well, we've finally had a time skip. Assuming that Dora has just not cut her hair for a while, I'd say we're looking at several months having passed. We'll need to see outside to be sure but it's probably November or December, in-universe now!

Speaking of hair, was I the only one who didn't recognize Dora at first? :-P Emily's hair is probably tied back for hygiene reasons, but it's cute.

They live in a world filled with sentient machines and yet Dora is puzzled by people treating the Espresso machine as if it is alive. Then again, given that Emily and Hannelore seem to be worshipping it, maybe Dora is right to be disturbed! :-o

Seems like Emily is still sort of being trained, though. A couple of months may be too long...

I'm reading it as coming to the end of her probation period. Six to twelve weeks would be about right, IMO.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: HiFranc on 03 Jan 2016, 23:46
I keep wondering where the sacrifice is made, what happens to the tea and toe nails and what the ceremony is.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 03 Jan 2016, 23:48
Look at the strip title folks! A significant time skip is explicitly stated.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 04 Jan 2016, 00:04
I like Dora's new hair. It's a good look for her.

Not as much as Bleminda's, though. Her hair is awesome.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jheartney on 04 Jan 2016, 00:22
Wonder if there are other surprises in store. Is Claireten still a thing? Are they engaged? Any forward motion on the Clinton-Emily front? Is Faye still at the robot fights, or did she get sacrificed to Miss Bubble's god? Has Tai got sick of Dora's crap yet? Has Hanners made any moves toward becoming world overlord? So many questions...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Timemaster on 04 Jan 2016, 01:07
Whooo, time skip! Comparing Doras hair to #3115 two weeks ago Id say about half a year if her hair is growing fast. If its growing slow it could be almost a year. But the last time Jeph jumped ahead about half a year her hair had grown significantly too. So I suppose it will be around winter or maybe spring. 
Before I recognised the jump I thought it was Emily with Cosette.  :wink:

I keep wondering where the sacrifice is made, what happens to the tea and toe nails and what the ceremony is.
A small amount of tea and clipped fingernails is added to each shot.
Enjoy your Latte, Bleminda. :-D

EDIT: With lips Emily looks a bit like Doras big sister today. The shapes of their faces are almost identical.

TM
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 01:26
Is it wrong that I really want this 'Bleminda' to join the main cast based on her freaking awesome red and purple hair alone?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Welu on 04 Jan 2016, 01:31
I like Dora's hair.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hakko504 on 04 Jan 2016, 01:37
Before I recognised the jump I thought it was Emily with Cosette.  :wink:
That was my first thought as well. I did find it strange that Cosette was wearing an Opeth shirt though, she doesn't strike me as a girl who enjoys that kind of music.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 04 Jan 2016, 01:47
Okay, so in response to jheartney's question, here are my guesses (and I emphasise 'guess'):
@Timemaster,
I didn't have any problem identifying Emily myself; her almond-shaped eyes are very distinctive; I don't think any other regular character has a similar face to hers.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 04 Jan 2016, 02:17
Is it wrong that I really want this 'Bleminda' to join the main cast based on her freaking awesome red and purple hair alone?

I agree wholeheartedly.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Arancaytar on 04 Jan 2016, 02:19
:aaaaaah: Art change!  :-o

I don't dislike it, though it'll take some getting used to.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: oeoek on 04 Jan 2016, 03:33
I don't expect this is an actual time warp; juggling several different story lines means sometimes one line goes faster and a bit further then others. This one just confirms Emily has joined CoD for the long run after managing to make friends with Mister Burny.

I am a bit sad we missed the hang-over party though  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Timemaster on 04 Jan 2016, 03:39
@ BenRG:
Look at panel three. Imagine their hairdo beeing the same and Doras head a bit larger, the same as Emilys. I think they could pass as twins then.

If I find the time today, maybe Ill photoshop a real comparasion.

TM
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 04 Jan 2016, 04:20
Agreed, Dora looks like a shorter Emily in this strip.

@Benergy - I'm not noticing any difference between Dora's eyes and Emily's.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 04 Jan 2016, 05:07
I needed the Opeth shirt and earrings to cue me that it was Dora initially.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 04 Jan 2016, 05:44
I didn't recognize Dora at first either. My silly and unrealistic expectations of the time skip. Marten and Claire have broken up. It was so horrible that nobody will speak of the reasons why turning it into a Noodle Incident.  They just stare daggers at each other. Which is awkward because Claire is now the manager of the library. Tai on the other hand has quit... She and Dora are married now with their first child on the way. They really HAVE been working on the technology. Hanners made a lovely flower girl. Marten is now dating Bleminda. However it will be a year and a half before we learn her actual real name.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Carl-E on 04 Jan 2016, 06:03
Is it wrong that I really want this 'Bleminda' to join the main cast based on her freaking awesome red and purple hair alone?

I agree wholeheartedly.

She looks like she could be Marigold's little sister... the face reminded me of early Marigold, and the hair...

needs help.  I don't think I would have patted that head.  Not in a food service job, anyway. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TinPenguin on 04 Jan 2016, 06:45
I needed the Opeth shirt and earrings to cue me that it was Dora initially.

You know, I like that every time Jeph draws Dora in a metal shirt, it's literally just a black shirt with the band name written on. I respect Jeph's policy decision to say "fuck it, I'm not drawing all this fancy shit."

(http://rockwear.se/shop/11602/art42/32842-ban-0d83bc.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: drmike on 04 Jan 2016, 07:01
Look at the strip title folks! A significant time skip is explicitly stated.

Strips have titles?  Who would have thought it....

I could have sworn that Jeph said he was to have surgery on his hand again.  Maybe the "art change" is due to that?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 04 Jan 2016, 07:13
The surgery is going to be on his ear. He posted a strip about it a month or so ago.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: drmike on 04 Jan 2016, 07:19
The surgery is going to be on his ear. He posted a strip about it a month or so ago.

Oops, sorry about that.   Thank you for the follow up.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Giant Speck on 04 Jan 2016, 10:09
Man, I was really starting to like Dora's hair in the last few strips.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 04 Jan 2016, 10:19
So am I the only person that recognised them both instantly and correctly but didn't notice Dora's hair?
Also the 3/4 view of Emily in the last panel seems a bit off to me anyone else?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 04 Jan 2016, 10:27
Yeah, not a big fan of the current art style. No big deal, it will change again soon.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: retrosteve on 04 Jan 2016, 12:10
Art style:  Way too much lips. People not as cute as they were. A bit sloppier-looking. But it will change, whatever.

Blackboard: Today's special seems to be:

We will not lo---  your butt, sorry :( 

So what's that all about?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 04 Jan 2016, 12:32
"We will not look at your butt, sorry"

Which is a blatant lie.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chaospersonified on 04 Jan 2016, 12:43
"We will not look at your butt, sorry"

Which is a blatant lie.

It's there for the customers to know, which is what intrigues me. Did a customer come in and specifically ask for an opinion?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 04 Jan 2016, 13:03
"We will not look at your butt, sorry"

Which is a blatant lie.

It's there for the customers to know, which is what intrigues me. Did a customer come in and specifically ask for an opinion?

Perhaps it is to preempt any accusations.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 04 Jan 2016, 13:26
Also the 3/4 view of Emily in the last panel seems a bit off to me anyone else?
Yes. In the last panel, Emily's and Dora's faces look almost the same. But I'm not going to point the bone; I can't draw for toffee.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Nepiophage on 04 Jan 2016, 14:20
"We will not look at your butt, sorry"

Which is a blatant lie.
Don't make promises uou can't keep, Dora. (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=725) (Strip also shows the old price list. Maybe Dora has raised her prices and the old list is away being rewritten?)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 04 Jan 2016, 14:33
"We will not lock your butt, sorry"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: SomeCanadianWeirdo on 04 Jan 2016, 15:02
I didn't have any trouble recognising Dora.  Didn't really think about her hair reflecting a time skip.

Hmmm, does "Bleminda" look like she's related to Claire, or to Marigold?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rimwolf on 04 Jan 2016, 16:13
I'm thinking the board says "We will not k[iss] your butt" , the two parts  l<  of the k not quite touching.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 04 Jan 2016, 16:31
I'm thinking the board says "We will not k[iss] your butt" , the two parts  l<  of the k not quite touching.

Winner!

On a different topic, does anyone else think it's odd to offer tea leaves to an espresso machine? Maybe cocoa beans or something...

Yes, I realise that it's already quite odd enough without fixating on the tea leaves...  :clairedoge:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 04 Jan 2016, 17:00
I knew she'd fit right in.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 04 Jan 2016, 18:07
If this is really a time skip, then Bleminda has returned for more Emily sass. If this is really Emily.
(Must --Really-- like the coffee...)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 04 Jan 2016, 18:15
Belminda likes getting sassed.

Next strip we find out that her full name is Bleminda McPhee.  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 04 Jan 2016, 18:21
Bleminda has changed her hair since 3113.
And I can't stop staring at Emily's ... shirt.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 18:22
Y'know, other then Dora I really hope there's another character who's hairs grown out, that one being Hanners. I always liked her long hair better then the short she's had all this time. Miss it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 18:24
Also. Oh shit! I completely forgot Bleminda actually appeared several strips ago! That proves she's gonna be a main character! No one appears more then once unless they're on their way to main status. Angus started that way. And May.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: improvnerd on 04 Jan 2016, 18:43
Y'know, other then Dora I really hope there's another character who's hairs grown out, that one being Hanners. I always liked her long hair better then the short she's had all this time. Miss it.
I wanna see Marten with a full-on Kylo Ren perm!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 04 Jan 2016, 18:55
JJ tweetered.
Quote
Bad news everyone, I made Claire cuter

Oh no!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Castlerook on 04 Jan 2016, 20:09
And we're back to toothy Claire.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 20:12
OHMIGOD CLAIRE IS CUTER THEN EVER! I mean the sweater with button down shirt combo! AHHHHHHHH!!!

Also, she got those ear piercings I've always found weird as anything.

I have nothing against them, just, if you stop wearing them are your earlobs stuck all stretched out or something? Cause like.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: celticgeek on 04 Jan 2016, 20:14
When I was in college, someone made "snoot boots" which were knitted nose-shaped things which covered your nose to keep it warm, and it had ties which went over your ears and tied at the back of your head.  I bought one, and it worked pretty well, although it was EXTREMELY dorky looking. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 04 Jan 2016, 20:16
Cozy winter Claire, cute.

EXTRA POOFY, cute.

Glasses, cute.

Sweater and looking like a librarian(Even if that's not what she's doing at the moment), cute.

Plugs. Nooooo!

Overall a win though.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Thrudd on 04 Jan 2016, 20:28
They don't have to be plugs - they could be enamel or obsidian disks backed with rare earth magnets.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Carl-E on 04 Jan 2016, 20:38
What, after the septum she didn't want the ears stretched? 

IT'S AN ADDICTION, PEOPLE!  If you don't stop after a few basic piercings, you never will! 

(http://wereblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/axel-rosales.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Squiddlywinx on 04 Jan 2016, 20:49
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Penquin47 on 04 Jan 2016, 20:55
What is tumblr-nose?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Castlerook on 04 Jan 2016, 20:58
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
My guess would be to avoid a, what?, four year drought? Besides I like living on the last Atlantic pit stop before the U.S. Sure we've three storms in as many weeks and the possibility of another three in the next two weeks, but it's home.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 04 Jan 2016, 21:02
Plus you don't want to sink into the ocean when The Big One hits.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jwhouk on 04 Jan 2016, 21:13
Someone call AprilArcus! We have confirmation of a MAJOR TIME SKIP!!!

Also, Cute Claire is Cute.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 04 Jan 2016, 21:16
Tomorrow we see Marten start his new job as a Metal God.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Undrneath on 04 Jan 2016, 21:23
It seems to me that Claire is starting to find her sense of style.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Squiddlywinx on 04 Jan 2016, 21:25
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
My guess would be to avoid a, what?, four year drought? Besides I like living on the last Atlantic pit stop before the U.S. Sure we've three storms in as many weeks and the possibility of another three in the next two weeks, but it's home.

It's actually thirty-ish years, I think but I haven't had to wear anything thicker than a light sweater since mega-drought kicked in and my face no longer gets dried out by crazy winds during rain/snowstorms.

How long of a timejump is this? Even before weather seemed to get irreversibly one-note it only ever really got cold out here around November and we were just finishing up Summer before break.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 04 Jan 2016, 21:28
I have to admit I loled at the TA complaints.

edit -- fun story from grad school: one of the grad students who I TAed with once accidentally referred to her students as her "stupids." The name stuck.  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 04 Jan 2016, 21:41
There's probably some kind of market for plastic surgeons who can fix the stretching from large-plug-wearers who decide they don't want them anymore. I imagine it would entail cutting out a section of the stretched lobe and stitching it back together. I imagine there's a point where there's no shrinking back once you stretch that lobe out so far.

What is tumblr-nose?

Tumblr-nose is the inexplicable tendency for artists on there to color their cartoon-people's noses a distinctly different color from the rest of their face, usually a red or much darker skin tone. Looks kinda silly, imo.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 04 Jan 2016, 21:51
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.

Because Sydney beaches, essentially. Among other reasons.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Sorflakne on 04 Jan 2016, 21:54
I'm guessing there was a time-skip, seeing as Dora and Emily's hair is longer than it was.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 04 Jan 2016, 21:58
And once again Jeph has activated his TARDIS and skipped ahead.

I have to say it looks like Claire has moved in with Marten here.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 21:59
And once again Jeph has activated his TARDIS and skipped ahead.

I have to say it looks like Claire has moved in with Marten here.
She probably has. :3

Also. Am I the only one who thinks she kinda looks a bit to much like her mother now? I dunno, it's something about the new art.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 04 Jan 2016, 22:24
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
When I read about winter temperatures in the northern USA I shudder. I would be a little ball of polar gear (including a face-mask) as I rode to work on my tauntaun (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tauntaun). Actually I commute on a bicycle (much less smelly, but you can't cut it open and stuff a friend inside), and while there are solutions to cycling in freezing weather (http://www.icebike.org/ice-biking-how-to-do-winter-cycling-in-ice-and-snow/), I'm glad I don't have to.

What is the temperature inside a tauntaun?
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jheartney on 04 Jan 2016, 22:24
Okay, so in response to jheartney's question, here are my guesses (and I emphasise 'guess'):
  • Marten and Claire are still together; Claire is having a hard time with this being her last year of her Master's degree in Library Sciences but things are slowly happening; they're both currently angsting about whether Claire should move into the apartment; Mrs Augustus is very keen for this to happen;
  • Dora and Tai are continuing to become less like college girlfriends and more like a long-term adult couple. Tai has ended her lease on her digs, feeling confident enough in herself and Dora to move into Dora's apartment in Amhurst;
  • Faye, as part of her attempts to help Bubbles, has been getting into the AIs' cultural scene and finding it surprisingly similar to its human counterpart in most ways. Bubbles is continually annoyed by other Synthetics ragging her about being a 'Squishy Socket Jack'; she continually refuses to explain to Faye what that means, growling about 'obscenities';
  • A 'musical chairs' room-swap involving Marigold, Momo, Dale and May appears to be in the offing; May has, with her usual charm, actually approached Bubbles over this as she and Momo would be better able to afford the lease on Marigold and Angus's old place if they had a third roomie;
  • Clinton and Emily seem to be quite happy to be in a 'very best friends' relationship, although whether Emily would like to push things further is up for debate; Clinton is having a hard time interpreting her very affectionate behaviour; Claire is pushing him to 'make the next move' but he's more-or-less happy how things are;
  • As we saw in today's strip, Emily has settled in well at CoD and has developed her own celebrity status as the 'Weird Nickname Girl';
  • Jim has proposed to Veronica; she has asked for time; whilst she'd like to stay with him, the wounds of the failure of her first marriage run deep;
  • Hannelore is still her usual self; she's still seeing Sven regularly and Dora is still worried that either Hanners or Sven may hurt the other unintentionally;
  • Pintsize and Winslow have been secretive about something but Faye has seen Pintsize hanging out at the Fighting Arena and has seen him talking to Corpse Witch.
I was looking for a ring on Claire's hand in today's strip, but they're showing the right hand, not the left, so there's no way to tell if she has one. Probably a bit fast to have them getting hitched, I suppose, though they've been giving off married couple vibes in some strips ("Salmon don't live in lakes, dear"). And some couples just jump into it once they've connected.

Speaking of which, Veronica and Jim; I don't see her necessarily wanting to wait longer than him. She's been married before, it's not mysterious, and waiting a year when you already have your mind made up would be a waste of  not-unlimited time (something you get more aware of in your fifties). Wouldn't be surprised if they just went down to the courthouse and got it done some afternoon. OTOH they may not care much about the whole "getting married" thing, as both are financially independent and have been down the aisle before. But if they don't bother, they may regret it if/when they get one of those surprise-hospitalizations that fifty and sixty-somethings are prone to, and their partnership has no official status, leaving neither empowered to participate in family healthcare decisions.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 04 Jan 2016, 22:26
I have to say it looks like Claire has moved in with Marten here.

It'd actually be a real shame if we just skipped over the part where they said they loved each other and wanted to move in together.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Gladstone on 04 Jan 2016, 22:28
Someone call AprilArcus! We have confirmation of a MAJOR TIME SKIP!!!

Also, Cute Claire is Cute.

It certainly puts an end to the For-god's-sake-what-day-is-it-NOW?! aneurysm and starts a whole new what-the-hell-month-is-this conundrum instead.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 04 Jan 2016, 22:54
Someone call AprilArcus! We have confirmation of a MAJOR TIME SKIP!!!

Also, Cute Claire is Cute.

It certainly puts an end to the For-god's-sake-what-day-is-it-NOW?! aneurysm and starts a whole new what-the-hell-month-is-this conundrum instead.
Well it's certainly winter. So that narrows it down a lot compared to our, when in the hell is it at all from before.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 04 Jan 2016, 23:07
I'm thinking two, maybe three months at most for this skip.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Giant Speck on 04 Jan 2016, 23:10
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.

It's 70F (21C) here in Hawaii and I had to close all my windows because I'm freezing my butt off.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 04 Jan 2016, 23:15
Here in Michigan, our winter's been extremely mild so far, actually - we've barely dipped below 32F all winter. Which, when you compare it to last year and the year before's -10F and sometimes, -20Fs, is a nice change.

Hell, we had near-70F weather in late November. Craziness.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 04 Jan 2016, 23:19
I'm thinking two, maybe three months at most for this skip.

Dora's hair must grow extremely fast, then. My grows faster than average and it would take me about six months to grow it that long.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 04 Jan 2016, 23:25
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
When I read about winter temperatures in the northern USA I shudder. I would be a little ball of polar gear (including a face-mask) as I rode to work on my tauntaun (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tauntaun). Actually I commute on a bicycle (much less smelly, but you can't cut it open and stuff a friend inside), and while there are solutions to cycling in freezing weather (http://www.icebike.org/ice-biking-how-to-do-winter-cycling-in-ice-and-snow/), I'm glad I don't have to.


What, just because it's currently 9F here in Massachusetts? (That's -13C, for those of you used to a rational temperature scale.) No big deal. Could be worse. Could be snowing.

Looks like we went from late September/early October to some time in January or February, at a guess. Probably early January since Claire is still complaining about how cold it is - later than that we kind of get used to it and stop talking about it unless there's a really extreme arctic blast.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 04 Jan 2016, 23:38
We've definitely skipped ahead long enough to miss some fairly big events. None of them had to be shown unless there was some particular drama. Like others, I'm hoping that we didn't miss any cute declarations, though! FWIW, I'm sticking with three to six months, making the current strips no later than January or February, based on the Massachusetts winter clothing.

Has Claire moved in with Marten? Maybe; if she has, I'll expect Jeph to specifically say so at some point soon.

She's definitely been made a TA, though, which confirms, in my view, that she's in final year. I wonder how she feels about all the undergraduate students who are doing Bachelor of Library Sciences as an 'easy, no work' degree to let themselves slack off at college?

For the record, I, personally, am repulsed by those ear-stretching things.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: neurocase on 04 Jan 2016, 23:39
I really hope those aren't plugs. I'll get over it of course, but christ there is no uglier body modification.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 04 Jan 2016, 23:39
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
When I read about winter temperatures in the northern USA I shudder. I would be a little ball of polar gear (including a face-mask) as I rode to work on my tauntaun (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tauntaun). Actually I commute on a bicycle (much less smelly, but you can't cut it open and stuff a friend inside), and while there are solutions to cycling in freezing weather (http://www.icebike.org/ice-biking-how-to-do-winter-cycling-in-ice-and-snow/), I'm glad I don't have to.


What, just because it's currently 9F here in Massachusetts? (That's -13C, for those of you used to a rational temperature scale.) No big deal. Could be worse. Could be snowing.

Looks like we went from late September/early October to some time in January or February, at a guess. Probably early January since Claire is still complaining about how cold it is - later than that we kind of get used to it and stop talking about it unless there's a really extreme arctic blast.

When I stated temperatures here, I was stating daytime temps. It's currently 2F here right now.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Lubricus on 04 Jan 2016, 23:56
Someone call AprilArcus! We have confirmation of a MAJOR TIME SKIP!!!

Also, Cute Claire is Cute.

It certainly puts an end to the For-god's-sake-what-day-is-it-NOW?! aneurysm and starts a whole new what-the-hell-month-is-this conundrum instead.
Well it's certainly winter. So that narrows it down a lot compared to our, when in the hell is it at all from before.

Maybe the mention of Rudolph in today's title hints at it being Christmas? *shrug*
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chaospersonified on 05 Jan 2016, 00:20
Here in Michigan, our winter's been extremely mild so far, actually - we've barely dipped below 32F all winter. Which, when you compare it to last year and the year before's -10F and sometimes, -20Fs, is a nice change.

For starters, OH MY GOD YOU'RE A MICHIGANDER?

For second, I was visiting my cousins in October in that region, and it was somewhere in the low forties, so, while I'm aware that's nothing to you people (I'd include my mother, but she's adjusted to southern climes), where I live at the moment, it's only now Winter that it's gotten so cold. It's cold, is what I'm saying, even though you are accustomed to much colder, which I'm aware of, seeing as I visited two Christmases ago. Dat -20, doe. 

Also,
My grows faster than average and it would take me about six months to grow it that long.

I've got hair that's on the edge of being long, and in a month I expect it to be long enough that, on-stage, at least, I look like a basically-homeless teenager. Dora's not that far out-of range, at least not via my range.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Pilchard123 on 05 Jan 2016, 00:29
What is the temperature inside a tauntaun?
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BOOOOOOOO
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: snubnose on 05 Jan 2016, 00:37
... tumblr-nose?

I know nothing of such frogs, and apparently neither does google.


IT'S AN ADDICTION, PEOPLE!  If you don't stop after a few basic piercings, you never will!
WTF how does that guy even SHAVE ?!?!

Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
You quite massively misspelled Canada there.

What is tumblr-nose?
Word.

And once again Jeph has activated his TARDIS and skipped ahead.
TARDIS ? WANNA HAVE WANNA HAVE WANNA HAVE !!! I'd immediately travel to the 1970s and marry Katy Manning (FYI thats doctor companion Jo Grant). ;-)

It's 70F (21C) here in Hawaii and I had to close all my windows because I'm freezing my butt off.
I feel most comfortable around 18C. 10C is still okay.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 05 Jan 2016, 00:41


My grows faster than average and it would take me about six months to grow it that long.

I've got hair that's on the edge of being long, and in a month I expect it to be long enough that, on-stage, at least, I look like a basically-homeless teenager. Dora's not that far out-of range, at least not via my range.

Went back into the archive and you're right. I remembered her hair being shorter than it actually was. My hair grows about an inch or so a month, so I can see hers getting to its current length within a few months.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 05 Jan 2016, 01:26
I think that we're going to have five disconnected strips this week. What I specifically mean is that we'll have a different character or group of characters each day; the purpose of the strip being to explain where they've gone to during the time skip and set the foundation for the next phase in the story.

What have we learnt so far?
What else am I expecting from our 'new foundation' week? I'd say, Faye and Bubbles doing something, Hannelore and, finally, May, Momo, Marigold and Dale (in which we are reminded, yet again, that Momo is the only adult in that group).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Lubricus on 05 Jan 2016, 01:40
Hannelore and Sven hanging out, maybe? I'd like to see Sven return to the spotlight somewhat.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Blackie62 on 05 Jan 2016, 03:50
I know I'm late to this party but I worked in an Expresso Machine repair shop. Do not put tea leaves or nail clippings in Mr. Burny! You'll wear out the grinder and they'll have to open it up to discover the smell of motor smoke mixed with burnt nail dust.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Schwungrad on 05 Jan 2016, 03:57
I know nothing of such frogs, and apparently neither does google.
Well, apparently Claire isn't majoring in biology.

Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.
Judging from Marten's case: because their girlfriend decided to move to the frozen wastelands, and love makes us do silly things.

Tumblr-nose is the inexplicable tendency for artists on there to color their cartoon-people's noses a distinctly different color from the rest of their face, usually a red or much darker skin tone. Looks kinda silly, imo.
Interesting. My first idea was that the tumblr-demographic would have a much higher propensity than the general populace to wearing septum piercings and therefore suffering from heat-conductivity-related effects.

Expresso
For the love of Cthulhu, repent, and forthwith abstain from such foul crimes against language. It's Espresso!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 05 Jan 2016, 04:15
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.

It's 70F (21C) here in Hawaii and I had to close all my windows because I'm freezing my butt off.
If I ever move to California I hope I don't lose my cold tolerance. I can't imagine finding 21F* worse than "pretty chilly", much less 21C.

(Assuming no major wind chill, it's 9F here in Jersey this morning with a wind chill of -2F, where the F stands for "fuck this shit")

Also I'm surprised at the plug hate. Plugs are super cute! Especially the (relatively) tiny ones that Claire has.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 05 Jan 2016, 06:20
"There is no bad weather, only inadequate clothing".

At 20 Fahrenheit my Icelandic wool sweater keeps me (barely) in my comfort range.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 05 Jan 2016, 06:37
Why do people live outside of California? Honestly.

It's 70F (21C) here in Hawaii and I had to close all my windows because I'm freezing my butt off.
If I ever move to California I hope I don't lose my cold tolerance. I can't imagine finding 21F* worse than "pretty chilly", much less 21C.

(Assuming no major wind chill, it's 9F here in Jersey this morning with a wind chill of -2F, where the F stands for "fuck this shit")

Also I'm surprised at the plug hate. Plugs are super cute! Especially the (relatively) tiny ones that Claire has.

Honestly... you will. Age will have something to do with it too. When I was in my teens and 20s up North it was basically t-shirt weather until it dipped below freezing. After a couple of years in California and almost a couple of decades in Georgia, I start getting cold when it's south of 70F. And absolutely freezing below 60F. One of the reasons I moved away from California though, oddly enough, was the lack of seasons. Out there you basically have the hot season, the really hot season and the brush fire season. At least in my area rain was uncommon, and when it did arrive it was of the 'torrential downpour' variety, normally. I was used to four distinct seasons. And I missed the Autumn time particularly. It's not much better in Georgia, where we have Too Hot and Too Cold and pretty much nothing in between. But it's something.

I don't think Claire is wearing plugs here. It's more likely they are just largish disks, I've seen plenty of earrings like that. I mean they could be starter plugs, but given that Claire is Serious Librarian in Training, I doubt she would go for any kind of visible body modification that couldn't be easily reversed or hidden by clothes. Libraries, at least ones I've been to, still hold to the 'respectable, reserved' look for their staff. Not hiring people with visible tattoos, plugs and facial piercings. The septum ring she could remove easily enough when it's time for interviews. Stretched earlobes though.... not so much.

I don't think Marten is heading out anywhere. If it is winter and cold, likely he's just wearing a hoodie around the house for extra warmth. I know I do. But the interaction between the two of them really does say they live together. He meets her at the door with a mug of something hot, most likely. Claire is immediately complaining and talking about her day instead of saying "Hi sweetie, how are you?" It just to me speaks that she's coming home, not going to visit.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: FayeDouble on 05 Jan 2016, 06:46
"There is no bad weather, only inadequate clothing".

At 20 Fahrenheit my Icelandic wool sweater keeps me (barely) in my comfort range.

Ah, well, I have to jump in on a weather discussion!
I grew up in the New York "snowbelt" Buffalo/Rochester area, so had enough snow to last me a lifetime. Seriously, growing up the snow could be over my head and school wasn't cancelled. Shoveling snow to get to the end of the driveway to catch the bus SUCKED. Thank goodness I had a brother to help!
Now I live in Maine, which generally means less snow (last year being a fluke) but colder temps. It's 10 degrees Fahrenheit out there this morning, which is pretty chilly, but it can get a lot lot worse. I'm hoping this will be a mild winter, seeing as pretty much ALL of November and December were positively balmy by our normal standards.
Though I sometimes think of moving to a warmer climate, I don't really think I'd ever leave New England.

Also, I'm not a fan of plugs and I hope they are magnets. But either way it is her body and she should do what she wants. Love the hairstyle and the sweet Marten-kiss where he closes his eyes and seems so contented to be with her. Perfect relationship. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the cast is up to and what Marten is doing for work! and P.S. i would REALLY love an Angus update.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: drewdane on 05 Jan 2016, 07:39
Meh.  Not a fan of the new drawing style.  I guess I'll get used to it, though.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: RetroRefractive Noodle on 05 Jan 2016, 08:56
Dora seems to have mutated....

No worries though the art will change...  always does.   One of the reasons I love this strip.   :)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Jan 2016, 09:02
Yesterday - lots of people noted Dora's longer hair; but I first noticed Emily's being long enough again to tie back.

Today - no comments on Claire's new squared-off glasses?  I like them.  Also, Claire's body mods seem to be going the way of mirroring Jeph's!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 05 Jan 2016, 09:10
Yesterday - lots of people noted Dora's longer hair; but I first noticed Emily's being long enough again to tie back.

Actually, I'm not sure about that - Her bangs are long enough to need to  be kept out of the way when she's working.

Today - no comments on Claire's new squared-off glasses?  I like them.  Also, Claire's body mods seem to be going the way of mirroring Jeph's!

I think that people were focussing on the more obvious - That Claire's ear decorations have got larger - and the more important - that she seems to be living with Marten.

On the matter of body mods, look closely at panel 3 at the nape of Claire's neck. Do people really put piercings through those parts of their bodies? (shudders)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 05 Jan 2016, 09:34
On the matter of body mods, look closely at panel 3 at the nape of Claire's neck. Do people really put piercings through those parts of their bodies? (shudders)

Zooming in, I think that's just the wall showing through a small gap in her hair.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Case on 05 Jan 2016, 10:52
Aaahhh, the joys of grading ...

(http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd020608s.gif)

(Yes, this is what it feels like. Which is why every semester, I pin this comic where I can see it while grading; to remind myself: "Nope, undergrads are not becoming more stupid - you are becoming ever faster at this shit")
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 05 Jan 2016, 10:57
I have taught pre-med students who I (only half-jokingly) suggested that if they ever become doctors, they should let me know where they're practicing so I can avoid needing medical care there.

(If you think centimeters and millimeters are the same thing, how can I trust you'll know the difference between micrograms and milligrams in medication dosages?  :psyduck: )
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: LynziGraye on 05 Jan 2016, 12:13
I know nothing of such frogs, and apparently neither does google.
Well, apparently Claire isn't majoring in biology.

No one asked, but I got curious.  Wikipedia says that frog is actually South American:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratophrys

Whether or not I enjoy a particular stage in the art evolution, I always enjoy watching an artist's style develop!  Honestly, though, I'm enjoying the recent experimentation.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Timemaster on 05 Jan 2016, 12:24
I looked at todays strip several times and thought: why is Claire so angry? Its totally unlike her.
Then it hit me: its her glasses. The frame with the curved upper rim makes her look like she is really annoyed. When I imagine her glasses gone and actually see her eyebrows, she has a totally different expression.

Girl, seriosly: you should get a different frame. It does not suit you. If you want to scare off your student its fine. But you would look a lot cuter with another one.

TM
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: MrNumbers on 05 Jan 2016, 12:53
Third and fourth panel Claire look arrgh to me.

Can we get a side-by-side comparison with Original Flavour Claire and New Recipe, please?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: St.Clair on 05 Jan 2016, 13:23
I have a bad case of Cuteness Proximity here.

("You're a Claire!"  \o/ )
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Thrudd on 05 Jan 2016, 13:26
Plus you don't want to sink into the ocean when The Big One hits.
Don't worry about drowning since the pyroclastic flow will wipe all those worries away.

I have to admit I loled at the TA complaints.

edit -- fun story from grad school: one of the grad students who I TAed with once accidentally referred to her students as her "stupids." The name stuck.  :-D
Aaahhh, the joys of grading ...

(Yes, this is what it feels like. Which is why every semester, I pin this comic where I can see it while grading; to remind myself: "Nope, undergrads are not becoming more stupid - you are becoming ever faster at this shit")


I used to be part of my colleges tutoring program and ended up tutoring some of my classmates on courses we were taking.
Set me up for teaching night school at the same college a few years latter.
There were four types of studentsGuess which ones were the best / worst students.
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Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 05 Jan 2016, 13:33
I'm thinking two, maybe three months at most for this skip.

Dora's hair must grow extremely fast, then. My grows faster than average and it would take me about six months to grow it that long.

Actually, I'm beginning to think that that's Cosette.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 05 Jan 2016, 13:47
I once had a student in my course who never showed up to any of the sessions, then showed up to the exam. He expected to pass. He did not.

The following semester he retook the course, and signed up again for one of my sections. Again, he never showed up, except for the final. This time, though, partway through the semester, his parents emailed me and asked if I could make sure he made it to class. What the hell am I supposed to do?  :psyduck:

Oh, did I mention this was a lab course? Might be an important detail.  :roll:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 05 Jan 2016, 14:17
Actually, I'm not sure about that - Her bangs are long enough to need to  be kept out of the way when she's working.
I'm pretty sure PWH is correct. Emily has quite substantial bunches there, well back behind her ears, with no locks hanging down in front, so imagine how long her hair would be when not tied back. She started with longer hair than Dora, so I think Jeph got it pretty right.

English-useage question: I have always read the Americanism "bangs" as the equivalent of "a fringe"; hair cut relatively short at the front and intended to lie across the wearer's forehead. So, I'd have said that Emily has never had "bangs". Have I been understanding the term incorrectly?
(http://i.imgur.com/ACgdbpH.jpg)


Girl, seriosly: you should get a different frame. It does not suit you. If you want to scare off your student its fine. But you would look a lot cuter with another one.
Claire's outfit looks as if it's intended to say "I am a serious professional", and "cute" is not part of that message. She wants to be taken seriously, not hit on.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 05 Jan 2016, 14:22


Girl, seriosly: you should get a different frame. It does not suit you. If you want to scare off your student its fine. But you would look a lot cuter with another one.
Claire's outfit looks as if it's intended to say "I am a serious professional", and "cute" is not part of that message. She wants to be taken seriously, not hit on.

Didn't you know that looking cute is every woman's ideal and obligation to the men around her?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: War Sparrow on 05 Jan 2016, 15:34
After going back to http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3087, I think I like the way Claire looks now. More adult, a bit more self assured.  I'm not sold on the square frames, but I like them better than the round. I kind of want a "glasses montage", to see what she would look like in other styles, like horn rimmed , oval, or cat's eye.  And in different colours, with different designs Harley Davidson makes some awesome bright blue frames with flames on the side. I'd love to see a Claire in them.

English-useage question: I have always read the Americanism "bangs" as the equivalent of "a fringe"; hair cut relatively short at the front and intended to lie across the wearer's forehead. So, I'd have said that Emily has never had "bangs". Have I been understanding the term incorrectly?

Nope, that seems about right.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: pwhodges on 05 Jan 2016, 15:38
English-useage question: I have always read the Americanism "bangs" as the equivalent of "a fringe"; hair cut relatively short at the front and intended to lie across the wearer's forehead. So, I'd have said that Emily has never had "bangs". Have I been understanding the term incorrectly?

I read "bangs" as "straight fringe" (and my dictionary concurs) - but I wouldn't risk using the word...

(Also: s/useage/usage/  :-P)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TieDyeKat on 05 Jan 2016, 15:53
You people and your single-season states.  Here in Arkansas, we have ALL THE SEASONS.  Sometimes in the course of a single week.  It was 80 degrees the day after Christmas, 54 and blustry the day after that, 44 and storming and flooding the day after that.  Next week, snow and probably a few beach days.

I don't think they're plugs.  I've seen a lot of large disk earrings, though usually more in a clip-on variety.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: osaka on 05 Jan 2016, 16:02
You people and your single-season states.  Here in Arkansas, we have ALL THE SEASONS.  Sometimes in the course of a single week.

Oh, that's like here in Cantabria, Spain then. At least the part that's closest to the sea - those closer to the mountains have like 2 seasons: winter and basketball.

On the topic, I was doing some reinforcement lessons in summer for those who failed certain courses. I had to explain those students, with detailed examples, a whiteboard and about 30 minutes of speech, that two numbers took up more space than one number. Claire being mad is surprisingly tame compared to what I did that day.

EDIT: In case this wasn't clear, these were also university students, second year of a computer science degree.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 05 Jan 2016, 16:34
(Also: s/useage/usage/  :-P)
Ooops, yes, spelling fail. Sorry.

Didn't you know that looking cute is every woman's ideal and obligation to the men around her?
Don't get me started. :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rimwolf on 05 Jan 2016, 17:03
English-useage question: I have always read the Americanism "bangs" as the equivalent of "a fringe"; hair cut relatively short at the front and intended to lie across the wearer's forehead. So, I'd have said that Emily has never had "bangs". Have I been understanding the term incorrectly?

As a native speaker of American English, I'd say your understanding is correct. I was quite surprised by BenRG's use of the term.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 05 Jan 2016, 18:36
Sometimes people use bangs for the hair in that general area, not necessarily the hairstyle itself.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 05 Jan 2016, 18:59

I don't think they're plugs.  I've seen a lot of large disk earrings, though usually more in a clip-on variety.

Comparing her lobes to those in the Pintsize Birdseed Incident strip, I have to disagree. They seem more distended/deformed as they would with plugs, to me anyway.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jwhouk on 05 Jan 2016, 21:16
Comic's up...

...uh oh. Sam is entering the world of LP videos...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 05 Jan 2016, 21:27
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 05 Jan 2016, 21:30
Gah!!! Curse you Future World and your everyone now has freaking adorable hair stylesness!!

Marigold looks so freaking cute like that though. I'm not sure if her hair's actually fuller, but I like the bangs part.

Also, I honestly did not notice Claire's glasses were new frames. lol
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 05 Jan 2016, 21:33
I can't see wearing a scarf over your face, but not wearing a hat. But then Poofy Hair is probably super insulated.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Sorflakne on 05 Jan 2016, 21:40
I wish I had the personality to do Lets Plays.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: badbum61 on 05 Jan 2016, 21:52
Marigold has real good hearing....and her skin has really cleared up! Another clue to the time frame?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chaospersonified on 05 Jan 2016, 22:13
...I begin watching Game Grumps, realize QC has likely updated, stop the video, only for today's comic to be about Let'sPlays. Wat.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Squiddlywinx on 05 Jan 2016, 22:22
...I begin watching Game Grumps, realize QC has likely updated, stop the video, only for today's comic to be about Let'sPlays. Wat.

Dan just has such a calming voice.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hedgie on 05 Jan 2016, 22:46
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 05 Jan 2016, 22:54
Ok but Claire on this page REALLY reminds me of some character from something. I'm not sure what or who but seriously.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 05 Jan 2016, 23:19
I think that YouTube has a lot to answer for; most damning, an entire subculture of listening to people's 'hilarious' commentary as they fail at some video game. I've never seen the point of player commentary videos. Walkthroughs, where they explain the why and how's to trigger hidden events or getting the best results yes, but not attempted comedy skits!

It's good to see Marigold back to her role as a creepy Internet addict!

Meanwhile, I think that we can confirm that Claire hates the cold!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 05 Jan 2016, 23:48
To be fair, I never saw the point of playing video games at all, but since I've never played one my insight on the matter is quite limited.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Mordhaus on 06 Jan 2016, 00:23
(http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Sedbd9QEDyw/hqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: oeoek on 06 Jan 2016, 00:38
hehehe, time might have cleared Marigold's face, her social skills are still refreshingly unusual. And looking at the last frame, Sam seems to have learned more from Faye than just using a blowtorch and mixing an Old Fashioned.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Blackie62 on 06 Jan 2016, 02:29
Expresso
For the love of Cthulhu, repent, and forthwith abstain from such foul crimes against language. It's Espresso!

Jesus Christ, did I really do that? Take comfort in the fact that I will flagellate myself post-hate.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Lioness on 06 Jan 2016, 02:47
Jesus Christ Marigold, lol.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jan 2016, 04:08
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
I've definitely seen this. This exists.

Also Sam got Sammed.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 06 Jan 2016, 04:40
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
I've definitely seen this. This exists.
The irony of listening to an analog recording in a digital medium because you like the sound of analog.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 06 Jan 2016, 04:48
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.

For audiophiles, it never left.

*am currently enjoying the improved quality from my turntable, thanks to a new cork mat and new stylus*
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jan 2016, 04:51
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
I've definitely seen this. This exists.
The irony of listening to an analog recording in a digital medium because you like the sound of analog.
I wonder if it's used to get around YouTube's anti-piracy measures.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 06 Jan 2016, 05:03
Doubtful. I've seen videos get muted just for having copyrighted music playing incidentally in the background.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 06 Jan 2016, 05:19
I can't see wearing a scarf over your face, but not wearing a hat. But then Poofy Hair is probably super insulated.

Hats are not friendly to poofy hair, especially snug knit winter caps. Sometimes one must suffer (a cold scalp) for beauty.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 06 Jan 2016, 05:27
They are not friendly to mohawks, either. This is a dilemma. Thankfully I plan to move to warmer climes soon.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Oenone on 06 Jan 2016, 06:10
I can't see wearing a scarf over your face, but not wearing a hat. But then Poofy Hair is probably super insulated.

Hats are not friendly to poofy hair, especially snug knit winter caps. Sometimes one must suffer (a cold scalp) for beauty.

They'll mess up the styling and dry out your hair really badly. :(

There are some lovely Satin lined hats on etsy tho
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Schwungrad on 06 Jan 2016, 08:27
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Being a child of the VHS era, I have no personal experience with these, but is it possible that those analog video storage devices that were quite similar in format to a vinyl LP (i.e. Video Disc resp. Laser Disc) were sometimes colloquially called "Video LPs", "LP videos" or such?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: bhtooefr on 06 Jan 2016, 08:33
CED was really a far closer technology, seeing as it even used a read stylus: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitance_Electronic_Disc
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 06 Jan 2016, 08:37
I can't enjoy lp's because I want to backseat drive and tell them how everything they're doing is wrong, but I can't.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: bhtooefr on 06 Jan 2016, 08:41
Isn't that what Twitch is for?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 06 Jan 2016, 09:35
I can't enjoy lp's because I want to backseat drive and tell them how everything they're doing is wrong, but I can't.

One reason I could never picture myself making LP videos it's the fear that everyone would comment on how horrible I am at the game.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: dexeron on 06 Jan 2016, 09:44
YAY!  As an LPer, I'm really looking forward to this storyline.  Especially the potential for awesome Marigold shenanigans.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Y on 06 Jan 2016, 10:55
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Being a child of the VHS era, I have no personal experience with these, but is it possible that those analog video storage devices that were quite similar in format to a vinyl LP (i.e. Video Disc resp. Laser Disc) were sometimes colloquially called "Video LPs", "LP videos" or such?

Do you remember you could record a VHS in LP mode and fit many more hours on a single tape at reduced quality?

I first though Sam grew a bit, but it seems she remained the same size looking back. Also I wonder if playing videogames levels your sneaking skill in real life as well, or just that you automatically start doing it in real life. That happens to me sometimes, once I stood next to someone in a group slightly to the back for a long time without her noticing me...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 06 Jan 2016, 12:04
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
I've definitely seen this. This exists.

I don't see the appeal, but then I've never seen the appeal of lots of popular stuff on youtube, like unpacking videos.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 06 Jan 2016, 12:19
  I wonder if the CIA or NSA has considered recruiting Marigold for Field Work.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Nepiophage on 06 Jan 2016, 14:03
"LP videos."

Cannot compute...
Vinyl *is* making a comeback.  It is entirely possible that some people enjoy videos of someone putting their LPs on a turntable and playing them.
I've definitely seen this. This exists.

Here's one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uKbIkYGsIg)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 06 Jan 2016, 15:59
Sometimes one must suffer (a cold scalp) for beauty.
Cycling helmets are compulsory in Australia, so it is necessary to suit the hairstyle to the helmet rather than vice-versa. My hair is naturally straight, though, which makes life easier.

Did Marigold teleport across the street?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Rghfrgl on 06 Jan 2016, 16:35
Did Marigold teleport across the street?

That would be silly.

She just moved faster than the eye can see.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: neurocase on 06 Jan 2016, 17:13
Not pictured: The three car pileup Marigold caused by hurriedly skittering across the street at the mention of LPs
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 06 Jan 2016, 17:22
CED was really a far closer technology, seeing as it even used a read stylus: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitance_Electronic_Disc

Whoa, I didn't know about those, hel, I had no idea that could even be physically possible to put video on a record.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 06 Jan 2016, 17:30
Wow, Jeph really has been doing this comic for a long time.

(http://i.imgur.com/oHZ14j2.png)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 06 Jan 2016, 17:42
Yesterday's copyright notice was like that too. The one from Monday still said 2015.

By the actual year 20016 we might have gotten through another couple of decades of comic time.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 06 Jan 2016, 17:54
Don't be silly.

We might be in Spring by then.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jan 2016, 19:33
Cycling helmets are compulsory in Australia
Really? Even for adults?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jwhouk on 06 Jan 2016, 19:45
Comic...

...He's not taking the copyright thing seriously, is he?

Oh, and if you'd forgotten what happens when you go to questionablecontent.horse (http://questionablecontent.horse)...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jan 2016, 20:10
It autodirects to questionablecontent.net/horse.html (http://questionablecontent.net/horse.html).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hedgie on 06 Jan 2016, 20:16
Don't be silly.

We might be in Spring by then.

This is Jeph, not Willis.  A whole year may pass between now and then.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: CaptainFish on 06 Jan 2016, 20:20
I love both Let's Plays and youtube channels of vinyl playing (https://www.youtube.com/user/Slayd5K).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 06 Jan 2016, 20:20
It's been about two years or so in the past 13, so if we make the comic run so far 26 months then that's a 1 comic year to 6 real years ratio, which really isn't that slow (although admittedly that's largely due to a few time jumps).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 06 Jan 2016, 20:43
Comic...

...He's not taking the copyright thing seriously, is he?

The notice is optional, anyway.

I don't really understand why it doesn't just say Copyright 2016 J. Jacques, but IANAL.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 06 Jan 2016, 20:49
"Copyright 4eva J. Jacques walmart.horse"  :roll:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 06 Jan 2016, 20:59
Really? Even for adults?
For all riders, in all States and Territories.

I wonder if Marigold herself has a Patreon account and makes LP videos. Defending her Dad's shoe-shop website from the Red Chinese (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1993) can't keep her that busy.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 06 Jan 2016, 21:31
I was totally baffled by Marigold. Then I got it. Because Minecraft.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Sullivan on 06 Jan 2016, 21:32
Really? Even for adults?
For all riders, in all States and Territories.

I wonder if Marigold herself has a Patreon account and makes LP videos. Defending her Dad's shoe-shop website from the Red Chinese (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1993) can't keep her that busy.
Don't forget, she has to optimize a server now and then too.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 06 Jan 2016, 21:37
Really? Even for adults?
For all riders, in all States and Territories.

Yes, indeed. It's... ah... a bit controversial.

I'll just add that there is currently a plan to bring in legislation that makes it compulsory for all riders in NSW to carry ID when riding, and to massively increase bike rider fines.

This isn't the place to go into depth, but it wouldn't be an overstatement to observe that, in Sydney at least, there has been an ongoing culture war around cyclists. If that sounds silly, well - yes, I'd agree. There is a lot of ill will between cyclists and drivers right now. I don't feel safe riding on Sydney roads, to be honest.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 06 Jan 2016, 21:46
I don't feel safe riding on Sydney roads, to be honest.

I've never been to Australia, but I understand, I've seen those George Miller documentaries.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: ninja0jesus on 06 Jan 2016, 21:56
I wonder how Jeph plans to tackle the whole Let's Play thing. I don't suppose he'll model Samantha's LP videos after some established LPer's already out there, but I feel that direction would be more realistic given that it's what any aspiring Let's Player starts out doing.

Following that, who would Samantha's influences be for making Let's Plays? It would give her a framework for how she makes her videos. I personally hope she doesn't base them on PewDiePie and/or Markiplier (although I like Mark). Maybe a Seananners-type LP would be a good start, since his videos revolves around being silly in video games with friends, and doesn't require over-exaggerating reactions. If it's more like Game Grumps/Two Best Friends, I hope Marigold and Momo join and become an awesome Let's Play group.

It'd be hilarious if she's more like Cr1tiKal, though, especially since he's been expanding his horizons lately.

What's saddening, actually, is that I don't know of many well-established women Let's Players for Samantha to possibly be influenced by. Yogscast Hannah, KittyKatGaming, and Tina Dayton (who's more of a Twitch streamer) are three I know off-hand, but that's three out of the several hundreds of male-run Let's Play channels. Maybe Samantha will lead a revolution of women LPers; gods know we need one. There's just too much of the same out there, and the lack of diversity in the gaming community overall needs to change, really.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Truec on 06 Jan 2016, 22:43
I've always been a bigger fan of screenshot LPs than any style of video.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 06 Jan 2016, 22:44
I am getting this crazy vision of Marigold and Veronica leaping in and taking over Sam's attempt to play video games on camera, trying to turn it into a huge internet geeky empire.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 06 Jan 2016, 23:25
I suddenly realized what is happening here: Marigold has always wanted to have her own YouTube empire but has lacked the confidence in her voice and diction to do so. All these questions she's asking Sam are, of course, questions that she's asked herself as she's drawn up her own plans, which are currently hidden from everyone out of fear that they might actually force her to go through with it!

Will she end up trying to live vicariously through Sam's simpler and more innocent ambitions? Or will Sam's greater self-confidence just make her feel worthless and weak (again)?

I am getting this crazy vision of Marigold and Veronica leaping in and taking over Sam's attempt to play video games on camera, trying to turn it into a huge internet geeky empire.

Or Veronica taking on poor, shy Marigold as a new personal project! Dale might not know what's rolling down the hill towards him until he sees the result of the makeover!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: ninja0jesus on 07 Jan 2016, 01:05
I suddenly realized what is happening here: Marigold has always wanted to have her own YouTube empire but has lacked the confidence in her voice and diction to do so. All these questions she's asking Sam are, of course, questions that she's asked herself as she's drawn up her own plans, which are currently hidden from everyone out of fear that they might actually force her to go through with it!

Will she end up trying to live vicariously through Sam's simpler and more innocent ambitions? Or will Sam's greater self-confidence just make her feel worthless and weak (again)?

I hope that isn't the case. Hopefully she joins in and shares the limelight instead. It wouldn't be right to do it vicariously through a kid. I can't see anything but failure there.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: bhtooefr on 07 Jan 2016, 03:25
Really? Even for adults?
For all riders, in all States and Territories.

I was under the impression that there were religious exemptions to those laws (for religious headgear requirements such as Muslim and Sikh requirements), so one could identify as Pastafarian to wear a colander in place of a helmet to protest the law...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Lubricus on 07 Jan 2016, 05:25
There is no better helmet than a colander!  :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 07 Jan 2016, 06:36
All praise His Noodly Appendages.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hedgie on 07 Jan 2016, 11:32
Ramen.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 07 Jan 2016, 13:28
Really? Even for adults?
For all riders, in all States and Territories.

I wonder if Marigold herself has a Patreon account and makes LP videos. Defending her Dad's shoe-shop website from the Red Chinese (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1993) can't keep her that busy.

It's the same over here in NZ tool




At least Marigold knows what she is and is comfortable with the label.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: DonInKansas on 07 Jan 2016, 16:51
I will never understand watching someone else play a game for hours on end instead of actually playing it yourself.  My 11 year old son will watch Minecraft videos forever if I'd let him.  I guess I'm getting old.

Then again, back in my day if you wanted to know ho to get through a difficult part of a game you had to spend hundreds of your parents dollars on a 1-900 line or have a subscription to Nintendo Power. :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 07 Jan 2016, 17:03
Because some games might be interesting enough to watch but not interesting enough to shell out the cash for, I'm guessing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Tova on 07 Jan 2016, 18:58
At least Marigold knows what she is and is comfortable with the label.

The huge SIGH suggests that she might not be completely comfortable with it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: ninja0jesus on 07 Jan 2016, 19:37
I will never understand watching someone else play a game for hours on end instead of actually playing it yourself.  My 11 year old son will watch Minecraft videos forever if I'd let him.  I guess I'm getting old.

It's the same reason that thousands of people watch other people move or hit a ball around an arena. :P For some people, it's just another form of passive entertainment; the LPer could be very skilled, or they may have a good personality and know how to keep an audience's attention, or a group of people could be doing something in a game that other people hadn't thought of before, etc. Some just share funny moments, while others share what's basically a cinematic playthrough of a game.

There's also the "I can't afford games so the least I can do is play them vicariously through others" angle.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: improvnerd on 07 Jan 2016, 19:52
404 on the owlbear.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: neurocase on 07 Jan 2016, 20:30
Comic.

Oh dear, Marigold. Ohhhh dear.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jheartney on 07 Jan 2016, 20:31
My take on it is the Marigold sees her younger self in Sam (both Sam and pre-Dale Marigold were renowned for their piquant aroma). A post-pubescent Sam might someday gravitate to soft-porn gaming titles too.

Or maybe this is one of the few subjects that could get Marigold to reach out to someone outside her usual comfort area.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chaospersonified on 07 Jan 2016, 20:48

I will never understand watching someone else play a game for hours on end instead of actually playing it yourself.  My 11 year old son will watch Minecraft videos forever if I'd let him.  I guess I'm getting old.

To be honest, I've always been on your side, but then I was linked to a particularly entertaining Game Grumps video, and to tell the truth, it's nothing to do with the actual gameplay. I'm not watching them play as much as I'm jumping into a conversation between friends about something they're passionate about. It's just fun to listen to their conversations
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: TheCollector on 07 Jan 2016, 20:49
My take on it is the Marigold sees her younger self in Sam (both Sam and pre-Dale Marigold were renowned for their piquant aroma). A post-pubescent Sam might someday gravitate to soft-porn gaming titles too.

Or maybe this is one of the few subjects that could get Marigold to reach out to someone outside her usual comfort area.
I'm pretty sure it's just now more comfortable with being open Marigold will just jump at a chance to talk games.

Though the fact that people she knows knows Sam probably helps.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Somebody on 07 Jan 2016, 21:49
  I wonder if the CIA or NSA has considered recruiting Marigold for Field Work.
http://www.questionablecontent.net/1350 (P.S.)

 (http://www.questionablecontent.net/1406)
Cycling helmets are compulsory in Australia
Really? Even for adults?
Well, I wear a helmet as an adult in a country where they're not compulsory - if something happened (and stuff DOES happen. Like the time a taxi decided to pull out immediately in front of me while I was going downhill past a queue of traffic, too late to fully dodge or brake, and I bruised my hand badly on his door mirror) I'd rather at least reduce the chance of breaking my head.

And, since an elbow-breaking incident, elbow & knee pads too. (Actually, technically the helmet made that particular situation worse. While I didn't hit my head, I somehow managed to get a nasty cut from the chinstrap...)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 07 Jan 2016, 21:55
I watch Lets Play videos and similar things partly for entertainment, partly because I might be doing something that keeps me from playing games, but can spare enough brain-cycles to watch a video, or to learn things about the game I didn't know before. And in some cases, to see if I want to pick up a game by seeing it played for a while first.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Penquin47 on 07 Jan 2016, 22:40
In some cases, Let's Plays can help you satisfy curiosity without actually having to admit to having played something.

For example, one of my favorite games: Hatoful Boyfriend.  It's a Japanese dating sim where all of your love interests are pigeons (or other similar birds).  It is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, which is why I love it, but I can understand why people wouldn't want to spend the five bucks on the actual game.  (Especially back when I bought it, when just to play I not only had to buy the game but had to download a Japanese interface for Windows and change some computer settings because the game was not out in the US at that time.)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: St.Clair on 07 Jan 2016, 22:41
I watch gaming videos (including Let's Plays) for two primary reasons:
To learn how to get past a certain difficult spot or sequence;
To obtain maximum value (spending only time, not time and money) from "games" where the actual gameplay is minimal, repetitive/tedious or otherwise uninteresting (to me), and most of the story can be experienced simply by watching a linear playthrough.  ("Press X to view next cutscene.")
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 07 Jan 2016, 22:45
Im a fan of watching The Mighty Jingles' channel.




I don't think Mairo would enjoy that Marigold.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hakko504 on 07 Jan 2016, 22:55
Personally I watch a lot of gameplay videos but only of boardgames. Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, Boardgamegeeks GameNight, GreyElephant Gaming Live Plays and Rahdo Runs Through comes to mind. Mostly to see how the game should be played before I buy/play it myself.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 07 Jan 2016, 23:10
Oh, and speaking on the NewsPost under the Comic

Best wishes for the Surgery Jeph and a quick and painless recovery.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 07 Jan 2016, 23:22
Oh dear, Marigold! :lol: Isn't Dale enough for you? Or is it that you have... er... urges that you feel that you can't discuss with him?

In hindsight, yeah, I can see why a fan of amphibians and reptiles would object to the themes of the Mario games!

Seriously though, I recommend Civilisation: Beyond Earth. You get exploration, construction and development. It isn't a sandbox like Minecraft but it has its charms.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 08 Jan 2016, 00:51
Urgh... Well, it ain't like I needed my eyes anymore. *Pours bleach on them*  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: pwhodges on 08 Jan 2016, 01:43
Urgh... Well, it ain't like I needed my eyes anymore. *Pours bleach on them*  :psyduck:

I've just been reading We need to talk about Kevin, in which that actually happens as part of the story...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: bhtooefr on 08 Jan 2016, 03:33
Did May do... character modeling... for that game? (Note the maid with the whip.)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Jan 2016, 04:17
Urgh... Well, it ain't like I needed my eyes anymore. *Pours bleach on them*  :psyduck:

I've just been reading We need to talk about Kevin, in which that actually happens as part of the story...
I've been meaning to watch that, I dunno if I want to watch it anymore...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: pwhodges on 08 Jan 2016, 05:00
I didn't know there was a film.  From what I've read, I suspect that the book is a whole lot more worthwhile.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 08 Jan 2016, 05:05
I'll read the book first, I didn't know it was a book.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Zebediah on 08 Jan 2016, 05:11
Did May do... character modeling... for that game? (Note the maid with the whip.)

It's entirely possible that May's holographic avatar was taken from that game. Remember she didn't have a choice about it, some algorithm decided that's what Dale would like and assigned that form to her.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: osaka on 08 Jan 2016, 05:45
Oh dear, if Marigold knew.

Or maybe she knows. And they're reenacting scenes. And it just happened to cross her head.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: BenRG on 08 Jan 2016, 05:56
Oh dear, if Marigold knew.

Or maybe she knows. And they're reenacting scenes. And it just happened to cross her head.

Actually, I can see May being entirely unaware of the whole thing (after all, there's no reason why she should know where her virtual avatar had been before she used it). In which case her response to Marigold's shy approach for more information and, perhaps, services could get apocalyptically bad very quickly.

Alternately, May might be subtle, talk to Dale and then things get frighteningly funny, for a certain value of 'funny'.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: bhtooefr on 08 Jan 2016, 07:25
May?

Subtle?

Are you reading the same QC that I am? :P

(This comic (http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2016/01/07/0750-subtle-signals/) comes to mind...)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: osaka on 08 Jan 2016, 08:43
May is subtle as a swift kick in the balls, so no. However, what I was referring to was Dale's preferences. I mean, if the algorithm said that May's avatar should be the maid from that game, it's pretty simple to assume that Dale played that game and others similar.

You can see my point, right.

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: ysth on 08 Jan 2016, 11:00
What?  What book?  Where did catboy come from and what was the joke Jeph couldn't resist?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Undrneath on 08 Jan 2016, 12:46
Is it just me or does Sam look a little less "girl" and a little more young lady?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 08 Jan 2016, 13:28
She's 13, she's in that in-between stage.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Undrneath on 08 Jan 2016, 13:41
I guess her being the only "child" character any growth stands out more to me.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Y on 08 Jan 2016, 14:27
What?  What book?  Where did catboy come from and what was the joke Jeph couldn't resist?
That catboy reminds me of Ardent from Alice Grove.

And this isn't the first time (http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2275) Marigold has shown an affinity to spanking.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 08 Jan 2016, 14:52
Quote
I was just going crazy. On my genitals.

I totally forgot got about that line. Now I can't stop laughing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hedgie on 08 Jan 2016, 15:20
She's 13, she's in that in-between stage.

Since Faye called her a "larva" before, does that mean that now she should be building a cocoon around herself?  And yes, I used "cocoon" because we all know that Sam would much rather be a moth than a butterfly.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Akima on 08 Jan 2016, 15:43
There's also the "I can't afford games so the least I can do is play them vicariously through others" angle.
Not to mention the "this game has never come out on any platform to which I have access without spending a bunch of money, but I'd still like to see it because I have heard that it's awesome.".

And then there's the instructional aspect. I watch commented walkthroughs of historical or modern professional weiqi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)) games, for example, I know Starcraft II players who watch pro games on the same basis, and MOBA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_online_battle_arena) players do it too. Watching a play-through can get you past a point where you're stuck in a game too, although that should be a last resort.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: jwhouk on 08 Jan 2016, 15:46

She's 13, she's in that in-between stage.

Since Faye called her a "larva" before, does that mean that now she should be building a cocoon around herself?  And yes, I used "cocoon" because we all know that Sam would much rather be a moth than a butterfly.

Dora was the one who called her (indirectly) "mewling poo larvae."
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Y on 08 Jan 2016, 15:51
And yes, I used "cocoon" because we all know that Sam would much rather be a moth than a butterfly.

I didn't know there was a difference, so I looked up moth cocoons. Then I realized I've seen them before, appearing cotton like, one day there were lots of them at work, even in a doorway that was recently opened. That day we ordered sandwiches from a nearby restaurant, and when I ate my sandwich there appeared to be something cotton like in my sandwich after a few bites. So I could say cocoons don't taste bad, they just have that same cotton ball texture.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: dilbert719 on 08 Jan 2016, 16:23
There's also the "I can't afford games so the least I can do is play them vicariously through others" angle.
Not to mention the "this game has never come out on any platform to which I have access without spending a bunch of money, but I'd still like to see it because I have heard that it's awesome.".

And then there's the instructional aspect. I watch commented walkthroughs of historical or modern professional weiqi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)) games, for example, I know Starcraft II players who watch pro games on the same basis, and MOBA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_online_battle_arena) players do it too. Watching a play-through can get you past a point where you're stuck in a game too, although that should be a last resort.

I'll add "I'd be uncomfortable playing the game solo, but want to experience the story." I'm not good with horror games, myself, but watching Markiplier play them lets me see the story without jumping out of my skin while doing so.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: hedgie on 08 Jan 2016, 16:24

Since Faye called her a "larva" before, does that mean that now she should be building a cocoon around herself?  And yes, I used "cocoon" because we all know that Sam would much rather be a moth than a butterfly.

Dora was the one who called her (indirectly) "mewling poo larvae."

http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2176 

Faye called her "little larva"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: mustang6172 on 08 Jan 2016, 18:50
Is it just me or does Sam look a little less "girl" and a little more young lady?

I think she's a bit taller than when we last saw her.

So does Marigold have an Asian fetish or what?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Undrneath on 08 Jan 2016, 19:00
Marigold is what I think is called an otaku, being someone obsessed with anime, manga, and everything related to them.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: KOK on 08 Jan 2016, 23:53
Does Dale look good with cat ears?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Method of Madness on 09 Jan 2016, 06:45
I'm sure Marbear knows the answer to that.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 09 Jan 2016, 13:21
Indeed
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Schwungrad on 09 Jan 2016, 17:27
Is it just me or does Sam look a little less "girl" and a little more young lady?
Well, compared with her firstsecond appearance (http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2010) she doesn't seem to have grown that much (for better comparison to the latest comic, her first co-appearance with Marigold (http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2026)). On the other hand, although it is hard to judge with her current attire, her chest-to-waist-ratio seems to have slightly increased, which in many cultures is seen as one of the signs of the transition from childhood to adulthood for women.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Kugai on 10 Jan 2016, 13:49
Indeed.  Kids tend to get a growth spurt around that time which is not unusual.  I had a friend in school that I had known for at least six or seven years.  When we met he was about the same height  as me when we met.  Four years later, he'd shot up close to six foot and was a full head taller than me.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: sitnspin on 10 Jan 2016, 14:32
I didn't finish growing until around the end of my freshman year of college.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 10 Jan 2016, 16:07
Actually, I think it's that Sam's been given hips. Which isn't very surprising, since all of Jeph's females seem to have wider hips than they used to. I thought the same thing about how Emily was drawn a few strips back. Tai's another example.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: neurocase on 10 Jan 2016, 18:48
Actually, I think it's that Sam's been given hips. Which isn't very surprising, since all of Jeph's females seem to have wider hips than they used to. I thought the same thing about how Emily was drawn a few strips back. Tai's another example.

Tai's a very good example of this. For the longest time, she had a very boyish figure; in the recent strips with her and Dora, she's almost got Faye hips. Quite the change.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 10 Jan 2016, 20:53
They're becoming hipsters?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Omega Entity on 10 Jan 2016, 21:13
Either that, or hippies  :clairedoge:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: cesium133 on 10 Jan 2016, 21:29
Hippies. Or drifters. Maybe hifters or drippies. (http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/01-move-in-day/hitimes/)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Mad Cat on 10 Jan 2016, 21:33
Actually, I think it's that Sam's been given hips. Which isn't very surprising, since all of Jeph's females seem to have wider hips than they used to. I thought the same thing about how Emily was drawn a few strips back. Tai's another example.

Tai's a very good example of this. For the longest time, she had a very boyish figure; in the recent strips with her and Dora, she's almost got Faye hips. Quite the change.
I just hope she's learned the proper application of hygiene. I seem to recall Faye giving her a piggy back and then commenting that "That kid reeks!"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: Mad Cat on 10 Jan 2016, 21:52
Did anyone else notice a distinct lack of blush on Marbear's cheeks?

I mean, Hanners, just utter the phrase, "sexy firemen", and she turns into a lobster. Clear evidence that Marigold is recalling animanga sexy times and nothing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3126 - 3130 (4th to 8th January 2016)
Post by: chetoos8 on 11 Jan 2016, 18:10
I wish Marigold could help me get my let's play channel better off than it currently is, but I like what I do, and it's a hobby, so it's not bad.