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Title: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 07 Apr 2018, 07:31
So, jumping the gun on this, but screw it.

Will Brun move in with Mrs. A? Will we ever find out her first name? Will Clinton and Brun get a contact high? Probably a 'no' for that last one, but we don't know if the cookies have "special" ingredients or not.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 07 Apr 2018, 08:45
Actually, I want to thank you for posting this before some of us get the early comic.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 07 Apr 2018, 10:08
Actually, I want to thank you for posting this before some of us get the early comic.
Oh right, today's Saturday. I keep thinking it's Friday for some reason. Probaby need to go back to bed.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 07 Apr 2018, 12:41
FWIW, I'm expecting this week to follow the pattern so far: A day of Roko & Melon followed by four days of Clinton's misadventures.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 07 Apr 2018, 15:05
IIRC, Winslow only filled in the one time as a substitute counselor, so was there even any need for anyone to "take over" for him?


I think perhaps the simplest way to reveal Mrs. A's first name would be for her to say something to Brun along the lines of "Please, just call me _______." But who knows if and when Jeph will choose to give up that little piece of info?


I love seeing the exchanges between Melon and Roko. Oh, who am I kidding? Between Melon and anybody! She is, I think, my favourite person of everyone we've met so far. Well, maybe a tie between her and Claire. They're just so bubbly!


And I miss Hannelore.  :'(
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Apr 2018, 08:20
That's right, he was a substitute.

If memory serves, May walked in on everyone hugging, went 'nope', then turned around. Right?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 08 Apr 2018, 09:05
That's right, he was a substitute.

If memory serves, May walked in on everyone hugging, went 'nope', then turned around. Right?
Yep. Specifically, she initially didn’t want to discuss her emotions with him. But he convinced her to stay, and at the end of  the session, she admitted that he didn’t completely suck.


But I don’t recall ever hearing any details of anything he did at the center after that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 08 Apr 2018, 17:10
I appreciate the fact that the poll includes just one incredibly unlikely option. Just for fun.

And also, just underneath it, there is, "life from the inside of an allosaurus." That's got my vote. It'll be fun to catch up with Sara.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Apr 2018, 18:19
I appreciate the fact that the poll includes just one incredibly unlikely option. Just for fun.

And also, just underneath it, there is, "life from the inside of an allosaurus." That's got my vote. It'll be fun to catch up with Sara.
Ja, 'purple monkey dishwasher' and 'spathe ham' are kind of old hat, so I thought I'd add two new nonsense answers.


BTW, it's probably the lack of sleep talking, but I seem unreasonably happy about Emily and Melon shenanigans getting  multiple votes.


EDIT: fixing typos and word deletions caused by aforementioned lack of sleep.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 08 Apr 2018, 19:07
BTW, it's probably the lack of sleep talking, but I seem unreasonably happy about Emily and Melon shenanigans getting  multiple votes.
Are we talking "giddy schoolgirl" happy? Cuz yeah, that might be a wee bit over the top. But I'm in favour of anything that includes Melon, so I can't deny being happy about it myself.


Melon and Emily do seem to have similar personalities, although frankly Emily has a distinct advantage in the intelligence department. I don't really picture Marigold tagging along, but I can totally picture Emily capturing Fairy Girl and taking her and Melon out in the woods to hunt wildlife. Come to think of it, Sam or Momo would be more likely than Marigold as extras in that scenario.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 08 Apr 2018, 19:48
Somehow, Mrs. A, I think if Clinton had been hoping to "hook up" with Brun, he wouldn't have brought her to his mother's house. At least not unless he was actually living there at the time.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: jesslc on 08 Apr 2018, 20:56
IIRC, Winslow only filled in the one time as a substitute counselor, so was there even any need for anyone to "take over" for him?
I don't have the time to find the specific comics right now but in my last re-read I noticed that the regular counselor for the AI support group has actually been shown twice - once in the segment when Momo talks about her life (and it shows her and May attending the support group) and then after we hear that the regular counselor is out with a detached head, the next time the comic is set in Faye and Bubbles's workshop, Bubbles is working on a robot which looks like the counselor for the AI support group.

I think it's so neat how Jeph puts in these little details!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: brasca on 08 Apr 2018, 21:22
It's one thing to accept that your mother has a sex life it's another to hear her discuss yours.  This will take time to process. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 08 Apr 2018, 22:01
Poor Clinton. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 08 Apr 2018, 22:35
What does Mrs. A need reminding? “K” something.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 08 Apr 2018, 23:23
Wow! Clinton is under stress here, isn't he? I mean, look at him in panel 1! He's either ready to start hitting things, ready to burst into tears or both!

Mrs A is so sweet, though. I mean, it's obvious that she's just trying to be a good mother and a good person here but she's stumbled into a fairly complex emotional knot and her well-meaning attempt to 'talk up' Clinton to Brun was neither welcome nor helpful (at least for Clinton). What was even less helpful for him was her to attempt current college kid slang but make it sound like they were made-up words that she didn't understand (when I suspect that she actually gets it very well).

No, I don't think that Clinton was planning to 'hook up' with Brun tonight. Not until his mother suggested it, at least. Now he's mentally kicking himself.

Okay, so some random thoughts:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Skewbrow on 09 Apr 2018, 00:00

Okay, so some random thoughts:
  • Bonus point for noticing the picture of younger Clinton and Claire on the wall - I wonder how old it is?
  • Also, Claire's graduation photo is peeking out from behind Clinton's head;

That picture can't be too old. Something in it suggests that Claire had already started her transition when that pic was taken.
And it is canon that she started during her first year in college. (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2324) Not that we should necessarily expect consistentency at that level of detail. That pic is, after all, conveying more important things also.

But, has Claire graduated (from college)? Her TA duties do suggest that she might be in grad school now? What about Clinton?
The graduation photo could be his also. Shorter hair, at least!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: War Sparrow on 09 Apr 2018, 00:39
What does Mrs. A need reminding? “K” something.

i suspect keys, right by the door like that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Near Lurker on 09 Apr 2018, 00:44
If she started transitioning during her first year of college, she couldn't have been going to Smith then, since it's an all-girl school.  She might have transferred during her undergraduate course, but more likely she got in as a grad.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 09 Apr 2018, 03:29

Ohh Clinton...

Don't let your MOTHER suggest you walk the-girl-you-secretly-adore home!
And at *least* give Brun an, "Are you sure? It's no problem!", before letting her walk home alone!

Kids these days........

;)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 09 Apr 2018, 03:53
Of course, the problem we have here (or at least the problem that Elliott and Clinton have) is that they both have self-esteem issues leading to hesitation. Basically, Elliott is thinking: "Oh, I can't approach Brun as she's Clinton's crush" and Clinton is thinking: "Oh, I can't approach Brun as she's Elliott's crush". This is why there needs to be some external force to push one of them to action as neither man is likely to act on their own initiative.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Apr 2018, 05:25
BTW, it's probably the lack of sleep talking, but I seem unreasonably happy about Emily and Melon shenanigans getting  multiple votes.
Are we talking "giddy schoolgirl" happy? Cuz yeah, that might be a wee bit over the top. But I'm in favour of anything that includes Melon, so I can't deny being happy about it myself.


Melon and Emily do seem to have similar personalities, although frankly Emily has a distinct advantage in the intelligence department. I don't really picture Marigold tagging along, but I can totally picture Emily capturing Fairy Girl and taking her and Melon out in the woods to hunt wildlife. Come to think of it, Sam or Momo would be more likely than Marigold as extras in that scenario.
"Dragged along". Perhaps quite literally as one of the cloud-cookoolanders excited grabs her hand by mistake.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 10:05
BTW, it's probably the lack of sleep talking, but I seem unreasonably happy about Emily and Melon shenanigans getting  multiple votes.
Are we talking "giddy schoolgirl" happy? Cuz yeah, that might be a wee bit over the top. But I'm in favour of anything that includes Melon, so I can't deny being happy about it myself.


Melon and Emily do seem to have similar personalities, although frankly Emily has a distinct advantage in the intelligence department. I don't really picture Marigold tagging along, but I can totally picture Emily capturing Fairy Girl and taking her and Melon out in the woods to hunt wildlife. Come to think of it, Sam or Momo would be more likely than Marigold as extras in that scenario.
"Dragged along". Perhaps quite literally as one of the cloud-cookoolanders excited grabs her hand by mistake.
I just figured Marigold was less likely, since IIRC the only real social interaction she’s had with Emily was at the lake party, and she basically had gotten “dragged along” to that. Although now that I think back, there might be a third party (like Momo) who gets Marigold to do something social with Emily to help ease any leftover awkwardness after Marigold had that little spat with Dale about his working with Emily.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 10:24
If she started transitioning during her first year of college, she couldn't have been going to Smith then, since it's an all-girl school.  She might have transferred during her undergraduate course, but more likely she got in as a grad.
She may have started transitioning during her first year, but she never said when she started identifying as female. So it's very possible that she did, in fact, begin attending Smif immediately after high school.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Roborat on 09 Apr 2018, 11:50
The more I see of Clinton's mom, the more I like her.  Has she ever gotten a first name, did I miss it?  We need something better than Mrs. A.  I am wondering what plotline is being set up here, if the last few pages are any indication, it should be great.  Maybe Brun ends up renting a room from Mom, allowing more Clinton-Brun interaction?
Title: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 09 Apr 2018, 13:40
If she started transitioning during her first year of college, she couldn't have been going to Smith then, since it's an all-girl school.  She might have transferred during her undergraduate course, but more likely she got in as a grad.
She may have started transitioning during her first year, but she never said when she started identifying as female. So it's very possible that she did, in fact, begin attending Smif immediately after high school.

For those who are wondering, here is the current real-life Smith College policy on admission of transgender students: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/diversity/gender-identity-expression (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/diversity/gender-identity-expression)

In summary, Smith currently allows applicants to self-report their gender.

So as long as Claire identified as female when she applied, she could have been admitted, at least under the current rules (I understand that this policy was recently changed, within the last few years, from a much less trans-friendly policy.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 13:51
The more I see of Clinton's mom, the more I like her.  Has she ever gotten a first name, did I miss it?
I don't think he's ever revealed it, but I have no doubt that Jeph knows her full name - possibly even her maiden name. I know several artists who cannot even begin to develop a character until they know what the character's name is.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 09 Apr 2018, 16:13
I don't think he's ever revealed it, but I have no doubt that Jeph knows her full name - possibly even her maiden name. I know several artists who cannot even begin to develop a character until they know what the character's name is.
I recall Jeph saying somewhere that he keeps a continuity book with bios of each character and that some of that information never makes it into the strip.  I'll be dipped in chocolate cake batter if I can remember where I read it, though.  (Don't even THINK it, Pintsize!)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 09 Apr 2018, 17:01
I don't think he's ever revealed it, but I have no doubt that Jeph knows her full name - possibly even her maiden name. I know several artists who cannot even begin to develop a character until they know what the character's name is.

I'm no author, but I've found that the name is always the last thing I do when creating a D&D || Pathfinder character, and even then, it tends to get shortened into a nickname.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 18:36
I don't think he's ever revealed it, but I have no doubt that Jeph knows her full name - possibly even her maiden name. I know several artists who cannot even begin to develop a character until they know what the character's name is.
I recall Jeph saying somewhere that he keeps a continuity book with bios of each character and that some of that information never makes it into the strip.  I'll be dipped in chocolate cake batter if I can remember where I read it, though.  (Don't even THINK it, Pintsize!)
It is, of course, well known that careless talk costs lives. But the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated. You realize that because you said "Don't even THINK it," that means that Pintsize already has. Not only has he already thought it, but he's probably already come up with several possible scenarios for making it happen, and for what he'll do to you when it does. But hey, at least you didn't touch off a millennia-long interstellar battle somewhere.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 09 Apr 2018, 19:04
Melon: "Numbers are just an abstract concept!"
You're a robot, Melon. Numbers kind of make you go.

EDIT: I just realized something.
Melon must be the least threatening humanoid in existence to just appear uninvited on 2 separate occasions at 2 separate locations and get as much of a non-response as she has.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 09 Apr 2018, 19:20
Yeah, but Melon isn't your average AI.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: traroth on 09 Apr 2018, 19:36
Melon: "Numbers are just an abstract concept!"
So are names...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 09 Apr 2018, 19:40
So Elliott and Roko live in the same building...?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Milayna on 09 Apr 2018, 20:10
As soon as I saw the first panel I knew this was a Melon comic.

You know, besides the ears, Melon's hair looks different each time too. I'm starting to suspect she's a sentient Potato Head. Detachable ass and all.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 09 Apr 2018, 20:20
Finally, Elliotts apartment, lets see:

Cat picture.
Bookshelf and books.
Turntable.
Road case used as coffee table.
Ukulele....or maybe a full size guitar.
Clothes on couch.

Yep, he’s single alright.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 09 Apr 2018, 20:27
Dang Elliot, go easy on the hard stuff there. I know you had a rough night and all.

I don't know if Roko lives in the same building, but Melon and Elliot sure do. I don't think it's that she's non threatening why nobody freaks out to find her in their house. Though really, I don't think she'd be intentionally dangerous. It's just that they are so use to it by now and they've given up on trying to talk her out of it, so they just kind of accept it. In some ways she's becoming the Hannelore of this second group.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 09 Apr 2018, 20:37
 :-D

Yeah, I think everyone is just used to it by now.

Heck, Hanners used to do that too.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: badbum61 on 09 Apr 2018, 20:58
We've not seen Melon and Elliot interact prior to this, have we? So everyone just knows Melon and accepts her...omnipresence? She's been doing this for quite some time, then...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Apr 2018, 21:01
So Elliott and Roko live in the same building...?
Along with Melon and Arthur, it seems. I wonder if they're all on the same floor?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SmilingCat on 09 Apr 2018, 21:13
So Elliott and Roko live in the same building...?

This assumes that Elliott and Melon live in the same building, and that Melon is able to distinguish one building from another. Spacetime is also just an abstract concept. :P
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 21:26
I think Jeph himself said it best - and most succinctly... "Melon is a little weirdo (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3566)". But then that's the main reason I like her so much.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: brasca on 09 Apr 2018, 21:30
Well that's just rude Melon.  Elliot is not having a bad day and doesn't have time for your Kramer antics.  Now make it up to him by introducing him to Roko. 

Speaking of Kramer maybe that's Melon's actual job.  Landlords want one resident crazy person, but not a reclusive shut in who eats people so they employ Melon who will occasionally barge into people's apartments, but programmed not to kill them in their sleep.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: HiFranc on 09 Apr 2018, 21:41
Of course this neglects the fact that the door was probably locked and that her key won’t fit.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 09 Apr 2018, 21:42
So Elliott and Roko live in the same building...?
This assumes that Elliott and Melon live in the same building, and that Melon is able to distinguish one building from another. Spacetime is also just an abstract concept. :P
Well, Elliott and Roko have the same type of lock on their doors, the same size window and type of blinds, and even their couches look alike. So I think it's at least safe to assume that they live in the same building. And based on Melon's remarks, I think she probably does too. She's not a complete airhead. Maybe she just ate a little too much of Arthur's watch battery soup (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3644).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 09 Apr 2018, 21:47
Finally, Elliotts apartment, lets see:

Cat picture.
Bookshelf and books.
Turntable.
Road case used as coffee table.
Ukulele....or maybe a full size guitar.
Clothes on couch.

Yep, he’s single alright.
*looks at own apartment*
No cat picture, but I've got a California flag, and that's got a bear on it.
Bookshelf and books: check
Turntable: Nope
My end table is the mini-fridge I used in my dorm room in college
No ukulele, but I've got a trombone
No clothes on couch, I'm more civilized than that.

But who am I kidding, I already knew I was a loser.  :roll:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: TRenn on 09 Apr 2018, 21:57
It's now my headcanon that Melon already knows virtually everyone in the cast, and it's only now that everyone is realizing it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 09 Apr 2018, 23:22
Today's strip actually lets us know a lot about Elliott. We see that he plays the ukulele (one is leaning against his couch). He has a cabinet full of fairly thick-looking books and he has a record player on top, suggesting that he's into classical (60s to 80s) pop or rock.

What is very interesting is that he lives in the same apartment block as Melon and Roko. I wonder if he knows the lonely Officer Basilisk? More importantly, I wonder if he knows about her need for bread? Whilst Melon doesn't strike me as someone who will share around others' private business, if she and Elliott get talking, it make come out in some context!

Meanwhile, Melon strikes me as more and more like early Hannelore with less OCD and some more exotic issues with reality and social boundaries. That said, I'm wondering if Hannelore is a big of a guide to what is actually happening here: She ultimately imposed herself on Marten and Faye because she was desperately lonely. Given that Melon told Roko that she and Arthur apparently don't have much (if any) furniture in her apartment, maybe Melon's real motive is to have someone to interact with rather than just sit in an empty room and be random with her friend?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: DaiJB on 10 Apr 2018, 01:06
I want Emily and Melon to meet, just because I want to see what a Weirdness Singularity looks like...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Storel on 10 Apr 2018, 01:12
Numbers are just an abstract concept? Yeah, but locks are pretty concrete -- howinhell'd you get into Elliots apartment?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: gopher on 10 Apr 2018, 01:13
Reminds of something I read by one of the M*A*S*H writers. They said that when they were at a bit of a loss they would put two characters who didn't spend time together in the same scene and see what happened.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Akima on 10 Apr 2018, 02:33
But who am I kidding, I already knew I was a loser.  :roll:
Single =/= loser.

Elliot has big bones; he needs that milk.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 10 Apr 2018, 04:56
howinhell'd you get into Elliots apartment?

Through the tunnel (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3692), of course.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 10 Apr 2018, 05:04
Numbers are just an abstract concept? Yeah, but locks are pretty concrete -- howinhell'd you get into Elliots apartment?

She knows the door code. She knows all the door codes. Before she got her current chassis she was a door lock.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 10 Apr 2018, 05:05
howinhell'd you get into Elliots apartment?

The doors in that apartment block seem to have an external electrical keypad to open the lock (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3706). It's possible that, with her 'numbers are abstract' mindset, Melon doesn't bother to remember her own door code, she just quickly enters in every possible combination until she gets the right one. That guarantees she has (eventual) access to any apartment in the building.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 10 Apr 2018, 06:40
Or, less entertainingly, maybe they simply decided to use the same PIN for convenience.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 10 Apr 2018, 06:54
Yes, Claire is a graduate student. She said so when confronting Marten about the poor job he was doing at orientation.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 10 Apr 2018, 07:19
I don't think he's ever revealed it, but I have no doubt that Jeph knows her full name - possibly even her maiden name. I know several artists who cannot even begin to develop a character until they know what the character's name is.

I'm no author, but I've found that the name is always the last thing I do when creating a D&D || Pathfinder character, and even then, it tends to get shortened into a nickname.

I'm about halfway through the first draft of my latest WIP.

So far I have "SAILORNAME", "OTHERSAILORNAME", "BADCAPTAIN", "OLDBOATNAME" and "NEWBOATNAME" scattered throughout the manuscript... sometimes the names come easy, sometimes you have to crowdsource! :)

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 10 Apr 2018, 08:07
When it comes to names my solution is a bit of this and a bit of that.
One of several random name generators based on what ethnic flavor I am going for and pick one that catches my fancy or seems to fit the character concept for the story.
The other is a random word generator that then feeds into a fantasy language generator. This is a little harder and usually ends up with a bit of smoothing with a blunt object out to make it more palatable to whomever will be stuck having to try and pronounce it during a convention slot.

Yeah I write/wrote/edited adventure modules for the RPGA as well as some more local conventions back-in-the-day.  :parrot:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Cornelius on 10 Apr 2018, 08:36
Well, for a similar problem to Melon's here, people have personalised doors before. But that might not be an option.

Still, if it were, I wonder what her door would look like?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 10 Apr 2018, 10:20
Well, for a similar problem to Melon's here, people have personalised doors before. But that might not be an option.

Still, if it were, I wonder what her door would look like?
Are you sure you really want to know?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Timemaster on 10 Apr 2018, 10:34
Numbers are just an abstract concept? Try that the next time you're paying your taxes, Melon.  :laugh:

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 10 Apr 2018, 11:25
Well, there’s a certain philosophical viewpoint in which everything is an abstract concept - there is no objective reality, it’s all constructed. Mind you, I don’t subscribe to this philosophy myself. But I can see how someone like Melon might think that way, given how poorly her mental map of the world conforms to reality.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Roborat on 10 Apr 2018, 11:26
I just noticed, in the first panel, the light switch is on the wrong side of the door.  Is that a common thing?  Also, Yay, a Melon page.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 10 Apr 2018, 11:35
I just noticed, in the first panel, the light switch is on the wrong side of the door.  Is that a common thing?  Also, Yay, a Melon page.
Good catch. No, that's not a common thing.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 10 Apr 2018, 16:01
I just noticed, in the first panel, the light switch is on the wrong side of the door.  Is that a common thing?  Also, Yay, a Melon page.

A switch is on the wrong side of the door.  But you're right, if that's the main light switch for the room it's not up to code.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 10 Apr 2018, 16:46
Up to code? is the placement of the main light switch in apartments legally mandated?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 10 Apr 2018, 16:54
That was my question as well. Or was meant metaphorically?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 10 Apr 2018, 17:04
Yeah, light switches positions can be legally mandated. For example, in a kitchen a socket or switch can't be less than six feet away from a tap (unless its around a corner).

But in the instance of the comic, its just awkward placed. When you open a door, you should be able to hit the switch quite easily, it should be the first thing you reach for, you shouldn't have to walk around the door and grope for the switch in the dark.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 10 Apr 2018, 17:43
Well, there’s a certain philosophical viewpoint in which everything is an abstract concept - there is no objective reality, it’s all constructed. Mind you, I don’t subscribe to this philosophy myself. But I can see how someone like Melon might think that way, given how poorly her mental map of the world conforms to reality.

Depends on what maths you're using.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 10 Apr 2018, 17:52
When it comes to names my solution is a bit of this and a bit of that.
One of several random name generators based on what ethnic flavor I am going for and pick one that catches my fancy or seems to fit the character concept for the story.
The other is a random word generator that then feeds into a fantasy language generator. This is a little harder and usually ends up with a bit of smoothing with a blunt object out to make it more palatable to whomever will be stuck having to try and pronounce it during a convention slot.

Yeah I write/wrote/edited adventure modules for the RPGA as well as some more local conventions back-in-the-day.  :parrot:

My game group will be doing a Curse of Straud game soon, and I was thinking of playing as an animated scarecrow. Here's how I got 'Ivan Cob' for his name.

*looking at trinket list*
Hmmm..... 'a set of clothes stolen from a scarecrow', I should see if I can play as an animated scarecrow. No blood, fewer vampire problems. Though, maybe I should just play as a warforged..... A warforged primarily made of tin! Heh, wonderful wizard of Straud. Oh, there's two scarecrows in the Oz books. 'Jack' for a scarecrow is a little on the nose. Maybe Jacob? Shorten it to 'cob'. Just being called 'cob' could be weird. Ivan is probably the Ravenloft equivalent of Jack. Ivan cob.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 10 Apr 2018, 17:54
Up to code? is the placement of the main light switch in apartments legally mandated?

Some places it is.  It's in the NEC (National Electrical Code), the electricians' bible.  Some jurisdictions adopt it at which point it acquires the force of law, others often paraphrase it.  It may appear under building codes or local fire codes.  OTOH, it may not be mentioned at all.  I assume most of the Boston area is NEC, but I do not know that.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Storel on 10 Apr 2018, 18:23
howinhell'd you get into Elliots apartment?

The doors in that apartment block seem to have an external electrical keypad to open the lock (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3706). It's possible that, with her 'numbers are abstract' mindset, Melon doesn't bother to remember her own door code, she just quickly enters in every possible combination until she gets the right one. That guarantees she has (eventual) access to any apartment in the building.

Possible, but seems a little unlikely. If it's a 3-digit code, that's 1000 possible combinations (000 to 999), and if it's a 4-digit code that's 10,000 possible combos -- frankly, I don't think Melon's got enough dexterity to enter that many codes quickly enough to get into the apartment in a reasonable amount of time. (Like, less than half an hour.)

Besides, Roko said Melon knows her door code, and so presumably she knows her own code too.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 10 Apr 2018, 19:04
Possible, but seems a little unlikely. If it's a 3-digit code, that's 1000 possible combinations (000 to 999), and if it's a 4-digit code that's 10,000 possible combos -- frankly, I don't think Melon's got enough dexterity to enter that many codes quickly enough to get into the apartment in a reasonable amount of time. (Like, less than half an hour.)

Besides, Roko said Melon knows her door code, and so presumably she knows her own code too.
I used to work as an auditor in a hotel. The first thing I had to do every night was manually copy the previous year's data onto the current worksheet (until I got tired of having to do that every day, and I wrote the code to automatically pull the data from the previous year's file). It was roughly 350 fields with numbers and decimals, and I could enter them all in less than 5 minutes (yes, that really is faster than one per second). We know that Roko's door code is only three numbers (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3706), so assuming that Melon's fingers are at least as fast as mine, she could easily punch in all the possible combinations in less than 15 minutes.


The problem is, all the electronic locks I've ever used will lock you out for a prescribed amount of time (usually between 5 and 15 minutes) if you enter more than a prescribed number of wrong codes (e.g. five tries). I even had one that would lock you out permanently if you entered ten wrong codes before entering the correct code (it locked you out for 15 minutes after the first five, and then you got five more tries before it locked you out permanently). Then the only way to open the lock was to enter the master code, which was a ten-digit code. So regardless of how fast she could enter the codes, it's still almost impossible to accidentally open someone else's door (unless of course she knows the master code).


That leaves the only other possibilities being that A) Melon can electronically "crack" the code without actually entering it (hope Roko doesn't find out), or B) Elliott didn't lock his door after he came in - which is far more likely.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 10 Apr 2018, 20:01
I think Melon would be fine with the concept of the inherent nonexistence of mundane objects. Our deluded meatsack minds endow them with an illusion of reality.
For instance that hard, solid door -- there was a time when it did not exist. There will come a time when it no longer exists. Yet we treat it as if it were eternal.

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 10 Apr 2018, 20:11
Possible, but seems a little unlikely. If it's a 3-digit code, that's 1000 possible combinations (000 to 999), and if it's a 4-digit code that's 10,000 possible combos -- frankly, I don't think Melon's got enough dexterity to enter that many codes quickly enough to get into the apartment in a reasonable amount of time. (Like, less than half an hour.)

Besides, Roko said Melon knows her door code, and so presumably she knows her own code too.
I used to work as an auditor in a hotel. The first thing I had to do every night was manually copy the previous year's data onto the current worksheet (until I got tired of having to do that every day, and I wrote the code to automatically pull the data from the previous year's file). It was roughly 350 fields with numbers and decimals, and I could enter them all in less than 5 minutes (yes, that really is faster than one per second). We know that Roko's door code is only three numbers (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3706), so assuming that Melon's fingers are at least as fast as mine, she could easily punch in all the possible combinations in less than 15 minutes.


The problem is, all the electronic locks I've ever used will lock you out for a prescribed amount of time (usually between 5 and 15 minutes) if you enter more than a prescribed number of wrong codes (e.g. five tries). I even had one that would lock you out permanently if you entered ten wrong codes before entering the correct code (it locked you out for 15 minutes after the first five, and then you got five more tries before it locked you out permanently). Then the only way to open the lock was to enter the master code, which was a ten-digit code. So regardless of how fast she could enter the codes, it's still almost impossible to accidentally open someone else's door (unless of course she knows the master code).


That leaves the only other possibilities being that A) Melon can electronically "crack" the code without actually entering it (hope Roko doesn't find out), or B) Elliott didn't lock his door after he came in - which is far more likely.
Ooooor, all AI chassis have a wifi connector or an interface system to connect with more mundane equipment.

Honestly, I just keep thinking of the Dataspike from Robocop.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 10 Apr 2018, 20:41
Comic up. That wasn't where I expected this to go, yet at the same time I feel like a fool for not seeing it coming.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Timemaster on 10 Apr 2018, 21:28
You're not an adult until you get drunk with your parents.

That's an old chinese saying I just made up.
I got drunk with my father when I was about 19. I think getting stoned with your mom in her kitchen counts too. So welcome to adulthood, Clinton.
But what are they using? Is this an electric weedpipe? I didn't even know that existed. Where have the good old joints gone? I'm definitely getting old.

TM
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 10 Apr 2018, 21:49
Good thing Clinton's high, or hearing his Mom getting excited and uttering the phrase "dick pics" would be seriously freaking him out right now. Of course, if he remembers it tomorrow, he might freak out yet.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 10 Apr 2018, 22:49
The comments have stopped making sense.
...
Ok, new comic.

Life is not weirder than you imagine ... it is weirder than you can imagine.
(thank you J.B.S. Haldane)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: MrNumbers on 10 Apr 2018, 23:14
In my head, the person on the other end of the phone is actually the three Bros! guys. They all get a disappointed look and hang their heads in unison.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 10 Apr 2018, 23:22
I can't help but wonder what the autocorrect turned 'son' into. It has to be something contextually right and starting with 'S'. I'm thinking 's o' for 'significant other', because the last thing Mrs A wants is to give one of her many admirers the idea that she has a favourite that isn't them!

As for the rest of the strip? I'm wondering if bits and bobs of this night are going to come back to Clinton over the coming days that will make him bite his fist to override the horror at the memory of what he and his mother did! I'm also wondering if he'll learn all the wrong lessons about seduction from his mother's inbox!

Possible, but seems a little unlikely. If it's a 3-digit code, that's 1000 possible combinations (000 to 999), and if it's a 4-digit code that's 10,000 possible combos -- frankly, I don't think Melon's got enough dexterity to enter that many codes quickly enough to get into the apartment in a reasonable amount of time. (Like, less than half an hour.)

Jeph has confirmed that it's a three-digit code. Additionally, Melon is an android. Unless there is something equivalent to a 'flood control' on the keypad, she can probably do data entry much faster than any human.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: hakko504 on 10 Apr 2018, 23:31
I'm also wondering if he'll learn all the wrong lessons about seduction from his mother's inbox!
I thought there wasn't any lessons about seduction you wanted to learn from your mother's box.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: anahata on 10 Apr 2018, 23:40
I can't help but wonder what the autocorrect turned 'son' into.

My song is over...?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 10 Apr 2018, 23:43
I can't help but wonder what the autocorrect turned 'son' into.

My song is over...?
My sin is over...?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 11 Apr 2018, 00:41
But what are they using? Is this an electric weedpipe? I didn't even know that existed. Where have the good old joints gone? I'm definitely getting old.
"Vap[or]ing," just like electronic cigarrettes (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a6/Parts_of_an_Electronic_cigarette.png/290px-Parts_of_an_Electronic_cigarette.png).   They're available in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

I wonder if the cypherlocks on the apartment doors are mechanical rather than electronic?  That would account for no lockout after X errors.  A three digit code is, as others have pointed out, far too easy to crack with a so called "brute force" attack.  (Sounds more to me like a crowbar than keying in every possible code but that's what they call it.)  I'd expect Roko to raise professional hell about it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 11 Apr 2018, 00:44
Well, as soon as I saw this comic, I figured the forum would immediately start to wonder what autocorrect did to "son." So I immediately tried it. YMMV obviously, but I ended up with "soon."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Cornelius on 11 Apr 2018, 00:49
It seems to depend on how closely you're hitting other letters, I find. I get, variously, song, spoon, don, sin, soon, shin, sob, and doin.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: traroth on 11 Apr 2018, 01:22
Weirdest. Comic. Ever.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 11 Apr 2018, 01:24
Weirdest. Comic. Ever.

Were you around for the technicolour booze visions in the era of strips 500-1000?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: oeoek on 11 Apr 2018, 01:36
running a bit behind...
... What is very interesting is that he lives in the same apartment block as Melon and Roko. I wonder if he knows the lonely Officer Basilisk? More importantly, I wonder if he knows about her need for bread? ...

Oh dear, the penny only now dropped with me; bread fetish... a place called Secret Bakery... This must be true romance in the making! And I expect Jim had not yet spilled all the beans to Veronica about his 'Vanille life style'. Oh dear, that one just dropped too.

And on a more recent note:

whoaaaa!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: dexeron on 11 Apr 2018, 05:33
All I want now is a guest strip where Elliot sings this to Roko.

I want your loaf and
I want your whole wheat
you and me could write a bread romance.

Rye, naan, chapati
Anpan, chiabatta
cornbread, ooh-la-la!
Want your bread romance.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: traroth on 11 Apr 2018, 06:12
Weirdest. Comic. Ever.

Were you around for the technicolour booze visions in the era of strips 500-1000?

Yes, that was good fun. Still, the prospect of smoking pot with my mother is one of the most foreign things I can think of.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Storel on 11 Apr 2018, 09:40
Possible, but seems a little unlikely. If it's a 3-digit code, that's 1000 possible combinations (000 to 999), and if it's a 4-digit code that's 10,000 possible combos -- frankly, I don't think Melon's got enough dexterity to enter that many codes quickly enough to get into the apartment in a reasonable amount of time. (Like, less than half an hour.)

We know that Roko's door code is only three numbers (http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3706), so assuming that Melon's fingers are at least as fast as mine, she could easily punch in all the possible combinations in less than 15 minutes.

Big assumption. Melon seems to be exceptionally clumsy for a robot, so I really do doubt that she has the dexterity to enter numbers that fast.

Good catch on the codes only having three digits; I'd forgotten that comment from Jeph.

That leaves the only other possibilities being that A) Melon can electronically "crack" the code without actually entering it (hope Roko doesn't find out), or B) Elliott didn't lock his door after he came in - which is far more likely.

Except that most such systems automatically lock the door again as soon as you close it. Otherwise people would always be forgetting to relock their doors after coming in.

Then again, if this system is cheap enough to only have 3-digit codes, maybe it does have to be manually relocked. Especially since this is a fairly small town, so people aren't as security-conscious as city dwellers.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: bhtooefr on 11 Apr 2018, 10:45
I can't help but wonder what the autocorrect turned 'son' into. It has to be something contextually right and starting with 'S'. I'm thinking 's o' for 'significant other', because the last thing Mrs A wants is to give one of her many admirers the idea that she has a favourite that isn't them!

Jeph's an Apple user, and on iOS, you can make anything autocorrect into anything else.

There's a hypothesis that someone in the Patreon comments made, that the autocorrect was from "son" to "daughter".
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 11 Apr 2018, 12:54
Quote
Then again, if this system is cheap enough to only have 3-digit codes, maybe it does have to be manually relocked. Especially since this is a fairly small town, so people aren't as security-conscious as city dwellers.
You can see a lever on the inside of the lock for manually locking it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: themacnut on 11 Apr 2018, 15:18
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SmilingCat on 11 Apr 2018, 15:56
Clinton is the new Marten.

It's weird to me that I don't find it weird to see Clinton and his mother getting high together. It's like the newfangled version of Marten drinking scotch with his mom, and thus just seems to click into place.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 11 Apr 2018, 16:11
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.
Pretty sure that “reveal” happened when Clinton nearly walked in on Mom & Chad rather than just now. It might only just now be sinking in, mind… or he could be suffering temporary amnesia due to alcohol and forgot he already knew this.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 11 Apr 2018, 16:53
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 11 Apr 2018, 17:38
Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.
Old people have what?!?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 11 Apr 2018, 18:45
Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.
Old people have what?!?

MY parents never did such a thing!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Apr 2018, 19:55
Well, I'm certain that my parents would never conceive of such a notion!  :clairedoge:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: sitnspin on 11 Apr 2018, 19:55
I can confirm older people have sex. As a woman with a predilection for older ladies, they often have sex with me. I think it's more that people specifically don't like imagining thier parents having sex.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 11 Apr 2018, 20:16
This one time, at literature camp, I smoked an entire book's worth of pot.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: sitnspin on 11 Apr 2018, 20:23
Literature camp sounds awesome, actually, even without the pot.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 11 Apr 2018, 20:45
Didn't Marten act distressed when his mom talked about booty calls with younger men?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: sitnspin on 11 Apr 2018, 20:57
To be fair, Marten has a long history of having his mom be sexualised and objectified by his peers.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 11 Apr 2018, 21:19
Didn't Marten act distressed when his mom talked about booty calls with younger men?

In uncomfortably (for him) explicit detail, yes. IIRC, it was more the detail than the mere fact that discomfited him.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SeattleCrochetWoman on 11 Apr 2018, 21:36
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

Yes, this. Also calling Clinton a “loser” is premature. He isn’t sure what to do about Brun, whom he’s interested in, and Brun’s mind is wired differently, so she doesn’t handle possible attraction the same as someone with more usual wiring. Also Elliott is clearly attracted to Clinton, and we don’t know for sure that Clinton might not feel the same way
towards Elliott, and that something might not happen there.

I’d call Clinton more of a late bloomer than a loser.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 11 Apr 2018, 21:39
Welcome, insightful new person!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Cornelius on 11 Apr 2018, 21:48
Literature camp? Ok, now I really feel I've missed out on something.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 11 Apr 2018, 21:54
I’d call Clinton more of a late bloomer than a loser.
Not to mention dazed and confused.


So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 11 Apr 2018, 23:22
I think that Clinton's arc over the last two weeks appears to be mostly him learning that everyone has/is living a more interesting life than his up to this point. Even his sister (whom he has shown he believes is vulnerable and sheltered) has had a few wild experiences!

I'm pretty sure that putting a few score young nerds in an isolated place is a recipe for wild events. I mean, even setting aside the 'horny' thing, fans tend to have strong opinions. Which author is best? Audio-book or radio-play for best audible realisation? The Shipping Wars! That's aside from all the things that Claire likely learned at camp, many of which Marten is thankful for to this day!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 11 Apr 2018, 23:36
So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
GROAN
(https://tenor.com/HWGd.gif)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Magniras on 11 Apr 2018, 23:56
I think that Clinton's arc over the last two weeks appears to be mostly him learning that everyone has/is living a more interesting life than his up to this point. Even his sister (whom he has shown he believes is vulnerable and sheltered) has had a few wild experiences!

I'm pretty sure that putting a few score young nerds in an isolated place is a recipe for wild events. I mean, even setting aside the 'horny' thing, fans tend to have strong opinions. Which author is best? Audio-book or radio-play for best audible realisation? The Shipping Wars! That's aside from all the things that Claire likely learned at camp, many of which Marten is thankful for to this day!

It doesn't have to be isolated even.  Some of my favorite things I learned, I learned backstage during drama practice.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 Apr 2018, 03:31
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

Really not sure how nobody has posted this song in regards to Clinton yet.
Chick Magnet by MxPx

Well, he ain't got a girlfriend  / Nobody to sing his song to
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Welu on 12 Apr 2018, 04:21
Claire's hair is getting long and poofier. I approve.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: ankhtahr on 12 Apr 2018, 06:15
But what are they using? Is this an electric weedpipe? I didn't even know that existed. Where have the good old joints gone? I'm definitely getting old.
"Vap[or]ing," just like electronic cigarrettes (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a6/Parts_of_an_Electronic_cigarette.png/290px-Parts_of_an_Electronic_cigarette.png).   They're available in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

Vaporizers in this context are actually rather different from typical e-cigs. E-Cigs use a coil with cotton (typically) to heat a liquid. Unfortunately the active ingredients of cannabis are insoluble in Propylene Glycol, which is the typical base of e-cig liquids.

Vaporizers use ceramic heating chambers to heat up shredded plant material. At temperature of about 180°C (350°F) the cannabinoids become gaseous, together with a few essential oils, resulting in hot steam with a flowery taste and a lot more cannabinoids than with smoking (about 60% of the Cannabinoids are burnt when smoking), without all the combustion residues (most importantly tar). There are also some fancier models which use convection (heated air) to indirectly heat the plant material to avoid burning it and to achieve a more even heat distribution. In Europe they are legal, as they're typically being sold as "aroma therapy device", oftentimes even packaged with small ziplock bags filled with lavender or sage.

In the end it's a real good mom choice. It's far less harmful for your lungs than smoking and is a lot more efficient. In fact my mother has tried it and immediately bought one for herself.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 12 Apr 2018, 07:25
So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D

:claireface:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 12 Apr 2018, 08:41
So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
GROAN
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Yes, yes, I know... that requires a substantial contribution to the pun jar. It will be Canadian Tire money, and it was worth every nickel.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Endellion on 12 Apr 2018, 08:52
My favourite comics of late are Claire / Clinton dialogues:)

Also: Claire floof is back  :claireface: :claireface: :claireface:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Thrillho on 12 Apr 2018, 09:34
I definitely, definitely need to hang out with Clinton's mom.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: ImVeryAngryItsNotButter on 12 Apr 2018, 10:31
Literature camp? Ok, now I really feel I've missed out on something.

Trust me, you don't want to go there. Everything seems all fine and normal your first time through, and then some chick hangs herself and everyone immediately forgets she ever existed, and it just gets more fucked up from there.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: themacnut on 12 Apr 2018, 14:27
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

It's not just that Clinton's mom is getting laid while he's not. It's that she's getting laid with men around her son's age while said son can barely get non-related women to even talk to him. And in this latest comic we learn that even his sister has had more fun experiences than him. Not to mention she has a boyfriend.

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Nepiophage on 12 Apr 2018, 14:47
I’m sure this reveals my cluelessness, but what is a literature camp? It sounds to me like something in a Thursday Next novel.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 12 Apr 2018, 15:09
So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

It's not just that Clinton's mom is getting laid while he's not. It's that she's getting laid with men around her son's age while said son can barely get non-related women to even talk to him. And in this latest comic we learn that even his sister has had more fun experiences than him. Not to mention she has a boyfriend.

Okay, this is irritating me, so I'm just going to try and unpack it.

"... she's getting laid with men around her son's age"
Good on her?

"... can barely get non-related women to even talk to him"
This is not true. It's true that he's nervous around women he's attracted to, but there are plenty of examples of women talking to him in the strip, so I have no idea how you can claim this with a straight face, except that you're exaggerating to try and justify calling someone a loser (which is kind of shitty to begin with).

"even his sister has had more fun experiences than him"
What do you mean by "even his sister"? What are you saying? "Even Claire has had more fun, what a terrible loser Clinton must be." That doesn't say a lot for your opinion of Claire, I guess.

But go ahead, continue to characterise anyone who hasn't had sex by a certain age when those around them have as losers. That will make all of the late bloomers on the forums feel very welcome.

edit: fixed a typo
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: NemesisDancer on 12 Apr 2018, 15:47
I’m sure this reveals my cluelessness, but what is a literature camp? It sounds to me like something in a Thursday Next novel.

Yay, another Jasper Fforde fan! :D

I'm wondering the same thing myself, and also feeling slightly sad that this wasn't something I ever got to go to.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 12 Apr 2018, 15:57
Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother are just off-putting to me. You can clearly see Clinton doesn’t appreciate them.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 12 Apr 2018, 16:00
It's just a bit of good-natured sibling rivalry.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 12 Apr 2018, 18:01
Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother are just off-putting to me. You can clearly see Clinton doesn’t appreciate them.
"Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother" would imply that she's doing something now to do it. She's talking about the distant past. And since she is the older sibling, she couldn't possibly have been trying to one-up him even back when she was in high school, since he would have been in middle school and couldn't go the the same parties at the same time she did anyway. She just happened to be less tightly-wound back in high school, so she got to have more fun. Rubbing it in now, as Tova said, is just good ol' sibling rivalry.

We know that Claire had never kissed anyone before Marten, so they're both late bloomers. She was just better at hiding it (or maybe it's just that she never thought about it). And now that Clinton is starting to loosen up and find it easier to talk to girls he likes, he'll do just fine.

(edit: fixed formatting)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 12 Apr 2018, 19:35
Literature Camp Counsellor: "Okay kids, you might feel angry at times. Just remember to use your words."
*The Complete Works of Shakespeare gets thrown across the room*
Literature Camp Counsellor: "That's not what I meant!"
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 12 Apr 2018, 20:31
I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 12 Apr 2018, 20:56
I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp
I've been at a robotics camp. Have you ever seen a group of 100 shy, introverted nerdy kids? I'd be surprised if anyone there talked about anything other than servos and programming, and I certainly don't think anyone made any kind of physical contact, to say nothing about getting their bone on. I honestly felt bad for those kids. I never had a girlfriend in high school, but at least I could talk to girls.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 Apr 2018, 21:20
Literature Camp Counsellor: "Okay kids, you might feel angry at times. Just remember to use your words."
*The Complete Works of Shakespeare gets thrown across the room*
Literature Camp Counsellor: "That's not what I meant!"
They say the difference between tragedy and comedy is perspective. Though when it comes to tossing around literature, a forced perspective is usually not so good.

 :-D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: sitnspin on 12 Apr 2018, 21:35
Literature camp sounds a lot like art school. Art majors don't fuck around, either, but do fuck each other. Literally and figuratively.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: brasca on 12 Apr 2018, 22:31
I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp

Consider the ratio of attendees.  Claire's group probably contained enough people of various genders and sexual orientations that there was someone for just about everyone.  If Clinton's group was predominantly heterosexual males then it's likely the sexual activity was low. 

I am surprised that things were peaceful, but then again AI camp is probably different from sci-fi camp which can get very tribal. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: brasca on 12 Apr 2018, 22:34
It's just a bit of good-natured sibling rivalry.

Indeed, and I really do wish they'd walk past another pair of strangely familiar siblings sniping at each other.  Wonder what they'd look like in baseline form. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 12 Apr 2018, 22:50
It's like y'all haven't met 'straight' nerd boys.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 12 Apr 2018, 23:13
It seems that the last couple of weeks has been mostly about poor Clinton learning that everyone, including his mother and sister (the latter of which he seems to consider sheltered and vulnerable) have had and are having more interesting and fun lives than him! Although I'm not sure if that's about his luck or about his personality. He does seem to have a certain lack of self-confidence that I feel would make him opt out of his peers fun activities.

Now... It's quite possible that Emily is just the random barista of the day but I don't think so, given the identity of the protagonist of this arc. As Jeph seems to be intent on giving Clinton a host of options, none of which he knows what to do with, I'm wondering if Emily isn't so busy anymore and wants to have that second date now. I've got the feeling that Clinton is going to have to find his feet quickly because he is going to have to be juggling several people who are interested in him and none of whom he wants to hurt with a quick rejection!

We also now know why Claire's idea of romantic entanglements are so much like shipper-fics and romantic animé: She's actually lived through at least one occasion where she saw the tundere get her man!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 12 Apr 2018, 23:54
Now... It's quite possible that Emily is just the random barista of the day but I don't think so, given the identity of the protagonist of this arc. As Jeph seems to be intent on giving Clinton a host of options, none of which he knows what to do with, I'm wondering if Emily isn't so busy anymore and wants to have that second date now.
Makes me wonder if Clinton is going to pursue Emily because now that he knows Elliott has a crush on Brun, he doesn't want to get in their way.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Cornelius on 13 Apr 2018, 00:29
Literature Camp Counsellor: "Okay kids, you might feel angry at times. Just remember to use your words."
*The Complete Works of Shakespeare gets thrown across the room*
Literature Camp Counsellor: "That's not what I meant!"
*Eyes the typewriter in the corner*

Now, of course, the complete works of Shakespeare work, but you can only throw that once. The WNT (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woordenboek_der_Nederlandsche_Taal) would be my argument of choice.

Throwing chairs and literature - that brings back memories...  :-D

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SordidEuphemism on 13 Apr 2018, 04:47
I'm not sorry. =)
(https://i.imgur.com/HESpCI5.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: NemesisDancer on 13 Apr 2018, 04:52
Anne is my favourite Brontë. [/unpopularopinion]
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 13 Apr 2018, 04:56
This is the point where I have to admit that I have never read any of the Brontë sisters' works. Just not my thing. My exposure classical literature starts in the Wells/Conan-Doyle era (which is about 25-30 years later, IIRC).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SordidEuphemism on 13 Apr 2018, 05:00
I wish I'd started with my schools' drama programs far earlier in life. It just wasn't something valued by my folks, so I ignored it. When I decided that I was interested after all, man, the culture shock was something else. It's something I made sure to promote with my own kids - even if it wasn't 'for' them, the exposure to the possibility was worth it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Tova on 13 Apr 2018, 05:54
I'm not sorry. =)

Wow, Claire wasn't wrong.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: anahata on 13 Apr 2018, 05:59
Makes me wonder if Clinton is going to pursue Emily because now that he knows Elliott has a crush on Brun, he doesn't want to get in their way.

That would be quite like Clinton, but there's more dramatic potential in him going for one of them just as the other decides to go chasing after him.

Or perhaps, for "dramatic potential" read "eternal triangle cliché" - I don't know, I'm not very good at this...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 13 Apr 2018, 06:08
I'm guessing that Emily will ask Clinton out on a second date and they will encounter Brun whilst at lunch together. A puzzled Brun queries why Clinton is with Emily when she thought he was attracted to her. Emily, being Emily, is neither offended nor feels threatened. Whilst Clinton is in a flop-sweat trying to work out what to say without offending either lady, she asks Brun whether she'd like to date Clinton. Upon having that confirmed, she offers to 'share' him (I've seen no indication that Emily would be interested in anything more than a casual relationship at this point).

Naturally, Emily and Brun get on very well with Brun more than able to shrug off Emily's 'marching to my own drums' mindset and Emily admiring Brun's literal mind and her sense of humour. I imagine that they would make a cute pair of friends.

Equally naturally, from here on, the romantic complications for Clinton just keep getting more and more 'animé, as Claire would put it. :evil:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: themacnut on 13 Apr 2018, 07:38
That would be a dramatic and amusing turnaround from Clinton's present circumstances. Let's see if this lines up with Jeph's plans for him; seeing as he likes to make his protagonists suffer though...



Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 13 Apr 2018, 08:48
And then Clinton stops by the Secret Bakery after his date with Emily where Elliot is gushing over the nice tall dark haired girl that was working today when he dropped off the baked goods delivery....
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 13 Apr 2018, 10:15
Yeah, dating is one of those areas where having too many options can be almost as bad as having none at all. And signs are that he’s about to be deluged with options.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 13 Apr 2018, 10:32
I don't know, I'm not very good at this...
To be fair, neither is Clinton.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Thrillho on 13 Apr 2018, 11:33
Yeah, dating is one of those areas where having too many options can be almost as bad as having none at all. And signs are that he’s about to be deluged with options.

It can also be fucking great.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 13 Apr 2018, 13:47
I wish I'd started with my schools' drama programs far earlier in life. It just wasn't something valued by my folks, so I ignored it. When I decided that I was interested after all, man, the culture shock was something else. It's something I made sure to promote with my own kids - even if it wasn't 'for' them, the exposure to the possibility was worth it.

Welcome, new person!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: wlewisiii on 13 Apr 2018, 16:51
Ah, themed summer camps. I went to one annually for almost 10 years. Of course, it was run by the Army National Guard  :evil: 

OTOH it was 2 weeks a summer of running around shooting stuff and blowing stuff up :D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: The Wyrm Ouroboros on 13 Apr 2018, 20:01
Yaaay, Emily!!

I'm sorry, I'm kind of surprised that Emily isn't already working for Dr. Ellicott-Chatham on his space station.  Or on her own space station.  I mean, every thing she comes up with is revolutionary ... and every second thing she comes up with must be covered up by the government.  The girl is either a bona-fide Evil Genius TM or a nexus of intelligent mayhem and chaos.  Or both.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Wombt on 13 Apr 2018, 20:34
I went to a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth. Lots of relationships forming/expanding/exploding at that place. I was never in one, but I loved the place. I also was on staff for a summer, and yo, there are definitely efforts in place to make sure no one is getting laid. And yet...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 13 Apr 2018, 20:37
Yaaay, Emily!!

I'm sorry, I'm kind of surprised that Emily isn't already working for Dr. Ellicott-Chatham on his space station.  Or on her own space station.  I mean, every thing she comes up with is revolutionary ... and every second thing she comes up with must be covered up by the government.  The girl is either a bona-fide Evil Genius TM or a nexus of intelligent mayhem and chaos.  Or both.
I don't recall whether Hanners has ever personally observed Emily's potential. I imagine if she realized that Emily can think up those complex algorithms almost by accident, she would be glad to recommend a job with her father. Clinton, of course, knows about her programming ability, so maybe it will come up in conversation sometime with Hanners.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 13 Apr 2018, 21:36
I went to a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth. Lots of relationships forming/expanding/exploding at that place. I was never in one, but I loved the place. I also was on staff for a summer, and yo, there are definitely efforts in place to make sure no one is getting laid. And yet...
"No sex below the neck?"  Yeah, like kids are going to confine themselves to kissyface and ear nibbles.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 14 Apr 2018, 04:45
Anne is my favourite Brontë. [/unpopularopinion]

My favorite Brontë is Saurus.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 14 Apr 2018, 08:08
Yaaay, Emily!!

I'm sorry, I'm kind of surprised that Emily isn't already working for Dr. Ellicott-Chatham on his space station.  Or on her own space station.  I mean, every thing she comes up with is revolutionary ... and every second thing she comes up with must be covered up by the government.  The girl is either a bona-fide Evil Genius TM or a nexus of intelligent mayhem and chaos.  Or both.
I don't recall whether Hanners has ever personally observed Emily's potential. I imagine if she realized that Emily can think up those complex algorithms almost by accident, she would be glad to recommend a job with her father. Clinton, of course, knows about her programming ability, so maybe it will come up in conversation sometime with Hanners.

Honestly, I always figured she wasn't up there because she was deemed a safety risk. Clinton specifically said that the government had to nuke one of her school projects, and she made a laptop's screen glow with Eldritch runes.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 14 Apr 2018, 08:45
Yaaay, Emily!!

I'm sorry, I'm kind of surprised that Emily isn't already working for Dr. Ellicott-Chatham on his space station.  Or on her own space station.  I mean, every thing she comes up with is revolutionary ... and every second thing she comes up with must be covered up by the government.  The girl is either a bona-fide Evil Genius TM or a nexus of intelligent mayhem and chaos.  Or both.
I don't recall whether Hanners has ever personally observed Emily's potential. I imagine if she realized that Emily can think up those complex algorithms almost by accident, she would be glad to recommend a job with her father. Clinton, of course, knows about her programming ability, so maybe it will come up in conversation sometime with Hanners.

Honestly, I always figured she wasn't up there because she was deemed a safety risk. Clinton specifically said that the government had to nuke one of her school projects, and she made a laptop's screen glow with Eldritch runes.
OK, yeah, the Eldritch runes might be cause for concern, but this is Massachusetts. And somebody has to dream up the stuff that is more advanced, or even the government could never progress. It seems to me the station would be the best place for her, since they’re kind of outside the mainstream. They develop stuff that is years ahead of anything that is currently in use. She may not technically be “supervised” any better, but at least she wouldn’t be in a college lab. The government gets kind of antsy about kids at a college doing that kind of stuff.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 14 Apr 2018, 14:58
I went to a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth. Lots of relationships forming/expanding/exploding at that place. I was never in one, but I loved the place. I also was on staff for a summer, and yo, there are definitely efforts in place to make sure no one is getting laid. And yet...
"No sex below the neck?"  Yeah, like kids are going to confine themselves to kissyface and ear nibbles.
Hey, if I can plant a hickey on a former girlfriend's forehead, then teens will do anything if the clothes are still on!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 14 Apr 2018, 15:33
I went to a summer camp for LGBTQ+ youth. Lots of relationships forming/expanding/exploding at that place. I was never in one, but I loved the place. I also was on staff for a summer, and yo, there are definitely efforts in place to make sure no one is getting laid. And yet...
"No sex below the neck?"  Yeah, like kids are going to confine themselves to kissyface and ear nibbles.
Hey, if I can plant a hickey on a former girlfriend's forehead, then teens will do anything if the clothes are still on!
If students at a very strict Baptist university could figure out back in the 1980s how to have actual intercourse for several weeks in the student center in broad daylight, then there is nothing I could find hard to believe any more. (No, I was not one of said students - too bad, too, because I had some hot classmates - but I did work at the student center at the time, so I got to hear all about it when they finally got caught.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 14 Apr 2018, 19:29
> how to have actual intercourse for several weeks

Wow. I have never been able to make it last that long.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 14 Apr 2018, 20:03
> how to have actual intercourse for several weeks

Wow. I have never been able to make it last that long.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Apparently, it involves a LOT of Viagra. Maybe they were a test group before it was officially released to the public. Like I said, I wasn't one of them.


(I knew someone would catch that grammatical faux pas  :facepalm: )
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 14 Apr 2018, 22:39
I'm not sorry. =)
(https://i.imgur.com/HESpCI5.jpg)
I'm not sorry for suggesting it either. :)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 15 Apr 2018, 19:56
All this talk of summer camps - I heard of such things and saw them in movies but they just didn't exist in my world as a kid.
The closest I ever got was camping  with the Family in the early years [was cheaper then a motel according to dad and less bugs]
Latter on it was treks with fellow scouts out in the wilderness doing all sorts of woodcraft or just going from point A to point B without the loss of limb or members of the group along the way.[though we tried]
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: awgiedawgie on 15 Apr 2018, 20:17
All this talk of summer camps - I heard of such things and saw them in movies but they just didn't exist in my world as a kid.
The closest I ever got was camping  with the Family in the early years [was cheaper then a motel according to dad and less bugs]
Latter on it was treks with fellow scouts out in the wilderness doing all sorts of woodcraft or just going from point A to point B without the loss of limb or members of the group along the way.[though we tried]
There was probably a lot less chance of getting laid or getting high on your scout trips, but you probably also learned more.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 15 Apr 2018, 21:11
Poll results are in:
Melon decides to tell Trpr. Roko about a bakery she came across but only on the grounds that she 'keeps it secret'.  - 17 (7.7%)
Clinton babby pictures   - 14 (6.4%)
Updates from Hannelore and Winslow!    - 22 (10%)
Reed-Bean family outing   - 3 (1.4%)
Let's drop by the new robot fighting arena!    - 9 (4.1%)
Spaaaaaaace! With Station, Dr Ellicott-Chatham, Lt. Potter and Tilly   - 5 (2.3%)
a week back at Coffee of Doom    - 14 (6.4%)
Shenanigans with Emily and Melon, dragging Marbear and fairy girl along for the ride.    - 20 (9.1%)
Just who took over for Winslow at the AI support group, anyways?    - 11 (5%)
A day in the life of Elliot    - 19 (8.6%)
Emily 'helps' at Union Robotics    - 7 (3.2%)
Sam 'helps' at Union Robotics    - 11 (5%)
Mrs A offers Brun a room to rent    - 19 (8.6%)
hello, Amir    - 6 (2.7%)
Trooper Roko meets Elliot    - 22 (10%)
actual resolution to the love triangle    - 11 (5%)
life from the inside of an allosaurus    - 10 (4.5%)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 06 Sep 2018, 11:08
I just realize that comic 3717 implies that Elliott plays some kind of string instrument and seems to have a record player.

So, I really hope he somehow ends up joining Marten's band and we get to see more of him :)