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Title: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 24 Jun 2018, 08:58
Since the week is upon us (and Patreon supporters have already gotten tomorrow's comic), it's time to discuss. And our poll focuses on the aftermath - who's gonna freak out?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Jun 2018, 09:06
I'm expecting the largest single explosion to happen in Savannah, Georgia, when Faye's mother hears about it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 24 Jun 2018, 09:13
I think people may be forgetting that a big reason Faye's mom was so angry at Faye's sister was that she took her credit card and bought a plane ticket to Massachusetts. She may be quite a bit more tolerant of Faye, considering she hasn't done anything like that to her.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 24 Jun 2018, 10:22
'Cept for breakin' her poor heart and moving north and livin' with a Yankee boy!

While I don't think that Faye's mother would blow up, I could see her being the kind of person who would deny that her daughter was in a relationship. She might even be the kind of person to deny that an AI was a real person and see Bubbles as a fad or a toy.

Not outright cruel, but more unknowingly ignorant.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Jun 2018, 12:54
As a parent, I know that the second time you go through something it's less of a crisis.  After her sister coming out, Faye's mom is more likely to just shake her head, and wonder where she went wrong.  Not that that's accepting, of course.  But the reaction will be nowhere near the explosion people are predicting. 

She might even be the kind of person to deny that an AI was a real person and see Bubbles as a fad or a toy.

Not outright cruel, but more unknowingly ignorant.

Now, that's a story arc. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Undrneath on 24 Jun 2018, 13:34
I don't know if anyone will really freak out, but I guess Faye's mom is probably the most likely.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 24 Jun 2018, 14:33
'Cept for breakin' her poor heart and moving north and livin' with a Yankee boy!

While I don't think that Faye's mother would blow up, I could see her being the kind of person who would deny that her daughter was in a relationship. She might even be the kind of person to deny that an AI was a real person and see Bubbles as a fad or a toy.

Not outright cruel, but more unknowingly ignorant.

"You see, if you had stayed aroundand found yourself a nice boy, you wouldn't need that sentient... no, I'm not even saying that. The moment you meet a nice, young man, this thing will return to be what it is: a sentient repair tool."


... That sounds way harsher than I meant it to be, but it's still a possibility.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Tova on 24 Jun 2018, 14:55
I agree with those predicting Faye's mum will deal with this better than expected.

Especially if she sees the mule come down from the Ferris wheel (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=588).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: keithcurtis on 24 Jun 2018, 18:09
I don't think anyone will freak out, but now that we've gotten past Claire and Tai (who have already reacted), my money's on Momo as the one to be most excited. She has shown interest in human/AI romantic pairings on an emotional level (May's musings seem more mechanical). I think she will see this as a "Big Step Forward".

Of course the real answer as to who freaked out the most is Faye.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: keithcurtis on 24 Jun 2018, 18:18
I like that Clinton is about a hundred times more level headed than Claire on this. Of course, he started with the assumption they were an item back when he first met Bubbles.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 24 Jun 2018, 18:31
So how many pages of speculation regarding a possible engagement between Marten and Claire will we have here by tomorrow morning? :D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: fayelovesbubbles on 24 Jun 2018, 18:40
Clinton has kinda known what's up with Faybles for awhile. Why on earth would he be surprised? Haha.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Jun 2018, 19:21
There's always that one guy in your circle of friends who says, "So?" to any breaking news. 


It's not always the same guy.  This time, it's Clinton. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 24 Jun 2018, 22:04
I expect Mrs. Whittaker to have a difficult time at first but that she will warm up to Bubbles soon after meeting her.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 24 Jun 2018, 22:06
Other: I think ANGUS is gonna have a cow. ;)

New comic! YES, I'd like pony rides too.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: comicalArchitect on 24 Jun 2018, 22:11
Random thought: do Clinton and Claire ONLY talk when taking walks through the city? All their strips together are outdoors.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Jun 2018, 23:21
Today's strip is so cute, primarily because it's nearly an archetype of Claire and Clinton's relationship. They're always bickering but they're always close and, like it or not, they're always the first one the other goes to when they have big news (mostly, I suspect, because they enjoy seeing the other's reactions). Now... it occurs to me that Claire has definitely been making plans for when Marten pops the question... and so, I suspect, has Jeph.

The strip also emphasises something about which I have always been certain - That the only people who didn't know Faye and Bubbles were attracted to each other were Faye and Bubbles themselves. The general response to Claire's news will be: "Wait, so you're saying this is a new thing?"

Random thought: do Clinton and Claire ONLY talk when taking walks through the city? All their strips together are outdoors.

Maybe it's Clinton's sense of being defensive of Claire: He wants them to be somewhere outdoors so she can be free to say something that she wouldn't want to say in an enclosed space, possibly with lots of people nearby.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 25 Jun 2018, 00:30
Random thought: do Clinton and Claire ONLY talk when taking walks through the city? All their strips together are outdoors.

I guess they have a walk regularly just to talk about things. A piece of common way to/from work/uni. My guess: it's their version of getting together to talk about the almost important stuff.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 25 Jun 2018, 08:14
Today's strip is so cute, primarily because it's nearly an archetype of Claire and Clinton's relationship. They're always bickering but they're always close and, like it or not, they're always the first one the other goes to when they have big news (mostly, I suspect, because they enjoy seeing the other's reactions). Now... it occurs to me that Claire has definitely been making plans for when Marten pops the question... and so, I suspect, has Jeph.
<SNIP>

"When"?

I would vote Marten to be Least Likely to Propose Marriage to ANYONE in this strip.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: NemesisDancer on 25 Jun 2018, 08:42
Been thinking about Claire's character and one thing I notice is how organised she is in every aspect of her life, particularly in having her own specific expectations in mind of how her plans will turn out: for example, her matchmaking attempts with Clinton and Emily; today's comic where she mentions having a detailed plan for a hypothetical engagement party; and expecting a more shocked reaction from Clinton upon telling him about Faye and Bubbles.

This explains why librarianship appeals to her so much as a job: everything is arranged as it should be and Claire is in control of that arrangement. It also brings me back to a comparison I made previously: Claire (post-timeskip, at least) reminds me very much of Emma Woodhouse (of the eponymous Jane Austen novel) with her fondness for matchmaking but also her failure to gauge others' feelings/reactions in the process. I do wonder whether this might have been deliberate on Jeph's part, as she's been shown previously to be a Jane Austen fan.

I also like the idea of Claire one day meeting Penelope and getting to compare book collections :3


Regarding the poll, I'm curious to see Sam's reaction given her sense of wonder upon discovering cool robot-related things. "People can date robots!? Skullmaster approves!"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Jun 2018, 11:46
Ma Whittaker will have a difficult time maintaining in the face of the Big News.

Angus will return and promptly lose his feces.  This will prompt Ma Whittaker to re-consolidate her own and bitch-slap Angus (maybe even literally) saying something to the effect of, "You had your chance, you damnyankee1 cur!"


1 For non-USAian readers, some Southerners have a remarkable linguistic ability to pronounce "damned yankee" as one syllable.  There is no really accurate way to render it typorgaphically, it must be heard to be appreciated. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: SordidEuphemism on 25 Jun 2018, 12:45
For non-USAian readers, some Southerners have a remarkable linguistic ability to pronounce "damned yankee" as one syllable.  There is no really accurate way to render it typorgaphically, it must be heard to be appreciated.

I've got Southern parents (Oxford & Waveland MS) and grandparents (Cookville Sparta, TN), and this was the best thing I've read all day.
See also: The words that wound (he tries so hard), and those that kill (bless his heart).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Morituri on 25 Jun 2018, 12:54
I wouldn't guess it would be that much of a crisis to nearly anybody.

Ma Whittaker's lament is going to amount to, "Sigh.  Well, damnit, I was hopin' at least one of 'em would have grandkids, but it looks like that ain't happening...."  I know bigotry is a stereotype for Georgia, but that's all it is.  Faye seems to have arrived without a bunch of attitudes about gays, blacks, etc, and her sister Amanda, who is actually in an interracial lesbian relationship, had Ma Whittaker upset because of *financial* irresponsibility, not bigotry.  So it looks like neither of them got that kind of intolerance at home. 

Angus and Faye weren't waiting for each other anyway as far as I recall.  If he's at all upset, he's going to blame himself for walking away, not Bubbles for being there for Faye when he wasn't.  It's also likely that he's dating someone else now, and afraid that Faye is going to be upset with him.  Cue comedy when respective partners both roll their eyes.

Sven, on the third hand, I can see getting smacked a little bit when he asks a crude question about whether Faye & Bubbles are into threesomes.

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Jun 2018, 13:02
Mrs. Whittaker first saw AIs when they were property. She's a DHB and will warm up to her new daughter in law, but she will have to dig out of some assumptions first.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: keithcurtis on 25 Jun 2018, 15:25
Today's strip is so cute, primarily because it's nearly an archetype of Claire and Clinton's relationship. They're always bickering but they're always close and, like it or not, they're always the first one the other goes to when they have big news (mostly, I suspect, because they enjoy seeing the other's reactions). Now... it occurs to me that Claire has definitely been making plans for when Marten pops the question... and so, I suspect, has Jeph.
<SNIP>

"When"?

I would vote Marten to be Least Likely to Propose Marriage to ANYONE in this strip.
This. Many times over. Marten is the poster boy for "let's just leave things as they are."
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Jun 2018, 15:59
Sven, on the third hand, I can see getting smacked a little bit when he asks a crude question about whether Faye & Bubbles are into threesomes.
If Bubble did the smacking, that could be serious.  (She is, however, adept at letting entities know she could smack - or squish - them without actually doing so, usually to devastating effect.)

Mrs. Whittaker first saw AIs when they were property. She's a DHB and will warm up to her new daughter in law, but she will have to dig out of some assumptions first.
?DHB?  Urban Dictionary has failed me.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Jun 2018, 16:02
Double-Haired Boss?
Darn Hungry Barnyard?
Drawn Heavily Bored?
Down Here Buddy?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Jun 2018, 16:08
Double-Haired Boss?
Darn Hungry Barnyard?
Drawn Heavily Bored?
Down Here Buddy?
I was thinking "Dear-Hearted old Broad" or something like that.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Tova on 25 Jun 2018, 16:27
I kind of regret deciding to check urban dictionary for myself.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 25 Jun 2018, 17:11
I kind of regret deciding to check urban dictionary for myself.

I NEVER check UB because I usually don't wanna know.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 25 Jun 2018, 17:24
Random thought: do Clinton and Claire ONLY talk when taking walks through the city? All their strips together are outdoors.

That does seem to be the most likely case yes. Probably because both are busy in school so they don't have a lot of time to get together. Add to that the fact that their friends circles are more adjacent than overlapping and that it seem Clinton goes to a school near, but not in Northampton. He's mentioned several times when visiting that he needs to catch a bus to get home. That's how he met Brun after all.  Since everything seems to be pretty much in walking distance for the cast, that means he doesn't live here, but close enough that he can hop on a regular bus to visit his friends and family in Northampton often.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Jun 2018, 17:30
Sorry: Decent Human Being.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 25 Jun 2018, 18:31
Today's strip is so cute, primarily because it's nearly an archetype of Claire and Clinton's relationship. They're always bickering but they're always close and, like it or not, they're always the first one the other goes to when they have big news (mostly, I suspect, because they enjoy seeing the other's reactions). Now... it occurs to me that Claire has definitely been making plans for when Marten pops the question... and so, I suspect, has Jeph.
<SNIP>

"When"?

I would vote Marten to be Least Likely to Propose Marriage to ANYONE in this strip.
This. Many times over. Marten is the poster boy for "let's just leave things as they are."

On the other hand, at least once, Marten has been the one to take the initiative and push for the relationship.  When he talked to Claire the morning after the head-skritching incident, that was hardly "leaving things as they are".  Having sex for the first time was kind of a spontaneous reaction to Faye's near-death experience, and Claire moving in was a "huh, guess you already have, might as well make it official" thing, but there's no reason to think that if, say, Faye or Dora or Clinton put the idea in Marten's head by asking if he had any thoughts about it, he wouldn't do the same thing he did once the idea of dating Claire took root and go after it.

I'm not saying I think it's going to happen any time soon, but Claire seems to like things being done a certain way, and I wouldn't be surprised if she were the type who expected a man to propose to her instead of the other way around.  I can see Marten being the one to propose, just not without a little push from a friend.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: fayelovesbubbles on 25 Jun 2018, 19:11
Wow! Clinton having a totally normal reaction to hearing that two people he doesn't really know that well started dating! And of course he would understand that yes, it's happened before, and no, it's not a big deal.

I almost feel like they've switched and Claire is being slightly robophobic here. Clinton is like, okay, and? As he should be.

Now can we just give Clinton HIS fairytale ending? Like, yesterday?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: DaiJB on 25 Jun 2018, 19:35
I love Clinton's triumphant stance in the last panel today - do you get the impression he doesn't win many arguments with Claire?   :laugh:

I put 'Tai' in the poll, but that is only in the regular cast - I think Faye might have reason to worry about her mother...

What I really want to see is Marigold's response when she finds out - she just recovers from "The Bone Zone" last week and now her over-active imagination has a whole new kind of relationship to explore...  :-D

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Jun 2018, 20:07
But Marten doesn't mope or waffle when it comes to Claire - instead he's remarkably decisive.  Where she's concerned, I don't expect to see a return to the old Marty.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: A small perverse otter on 25 Jun 2018, 20:17
Clinton's younger than Claire. Of course he loses more than his fair share of arguments. In this case, though, not only did he win, but he won on ground of Claire's choosing.

What I really like about the strip is Clinton's almost completely clinical response "Well, it's not like it's the first time..."
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: QuestionableIntentions on 25 Jun 2018, 20:46
Clinton's pose reminded me of Body Snatchers, when the pod people scream to alert other pod people  :-D
"DORK! SCREEEEEEEEAAAAACHH!"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: fayelovesbubbles on 25 Jun 2018, 20:57
Honestly, Marigold also isn't really that close to Faye or Bubbles, so she may just be like "okay, cool, whatever." Her entire world is Dale right now, and that's fine with me.

She might be the one exception to the "everybody knew" thing. I don't think Marigold has given Bubbles or Faye too much thought.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 25 Jun 2018, 23:19
I think that the big problem here is the Claire has difficulty differentiating between real-life and shipping her favourite fictional characters. It's completely okay for an entire fandom to geek out if a ship is confirmed. It is completely okay for you to be happy for two friends if they get into a relationship. It's slightly weird if you expect everyone even remotely connected to them to geek out about it, as if it were a mass-media event.

Mostly, though, she was hoping to handle her own excitement through the catalyst of telling Clinton to calm down!

Marten is the poster boy for "let's just leave things as they are."

This is true but total inaction requires that no external forces impact on the relationship. That likely isn't the case and he's going to have to make choices if he even wants to maintain the status quo.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: oeoek on 26 Jun 2018, 00:22
Sorry: Decent Human Being.

Ok, now I am pretty sure THIS would never come from Urban Dictionary.
(As an old fart from the Netherlands, I lean heavily on UB to get this comic and many other online jokes)

And boys being boys, I can see how a boy with a robot hand would not get too worked up about human-robot relationships...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 26 Jun 2018, 00:37
1 For non-USAian readers, some Southerners have a remarkable linguistic ability to pronounce "damned yankee" as one syllable.  There is no really accurate way to render it typorgaphically, it must be heard to be appreciated.

One does not realise how much slang you use until you meet a foreigner who has no idea what you're talking about.
People around here know there's enough non-US readers to give insight to the... more extreme non-standard linguistics, like Southern expressions. And that warms my heart.

I somewhat know what Southern US English sounds like, but I guess I never went far enough south to imagine how you can single syllable damn yankee.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Doghouse on 26 Jun 2018, 00:48
Two observations on today's strip (26 June).


Bottom right corner:

"She's been hoist". Not "hoisted", which is American. It's a quote from Shakespeare, who wasn't.
("For tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard" - Hamlet, Act III, Scene 4).


"Petar(d)":

A rather basic form of early bomb used in the breaking of sieges (especially for blasting through fortification gates). Shaped a bit like a bell with a rim at the mouth end, a bit like a large top hat. You'd run up to the door, nail it mouth-first to the woodwork by the rim (and/or prop it up with a framework a bit like an easel), light the (short) fuse, and run for cover like your life depended on it - because it did. "Hoist with his own petard" is the fanciful image of some poor beggar blown high into the air ("hoist") by the explosion of the bomb he didn't get clear of in time.

Probably related to the French verb "péter", meaning "to fart".
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 26 Jun 2018, 01:11
Seems to be an awful lot of foreshadowing going on right now.

Wondering how long til Clinton lets slip to Marten that Claire has an engagement party plan.
Which leads to Marten talking to Faye about it.
Which leads to some hilarious hi-jinks (remember when we used to have those!? :)  )  but eventually does actually end with the engagement.

(And as soon as ONE set of friends gets engaged... it's like a cascade effect!)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Jun 2018, 01:18
I'm pretty sure that Jeph has decided that he is moving onto the 'where next for Marten and Claire?' arc.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 26 Jun 2018, 01:44
I'm pretty sure that Jeph has decided that he is moving onto the 'where next for Marten and Claire?' arc.

Stand By For (in)Action!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 26 Jun 2018, 01:57
Random thought: do Clinton and Claire ONLY talk when taking walks through the city? All their strips together are outdoors.

That does seem to be the most likely case yes. Probably because both are busy in school so they don't have a lot of time to get together. Add to that the fact that their friends circles are more adjacent than overlapping and that it seem Clinton goes to a school near, but not in Northampton. He's mentioned several times when visiting that he needs to catch a bus to get home. That's how he met Brun after all.  Since everything seems to be pretty much in walking distance for the cast, that means he doesn't live here, but close enough that he can hop on a regular bus to visit his friends and family in Northampton often.

Clinton’s at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, about 10 miles from downtown Northampton on the other side of the river. There’s pretty frequent bus service between them.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 26 Jun 2018, 02:49

(And as soon as ONE set of friends gets engaged... it's like a cascade effect!)


Just wait for someone to get pregnant.

...



Probably Emily by IVF, because she decided to have some kind of superbaby.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 26 Jun 2018, 05:55

Mostly, though, she was hoping to handle her own excitement through the catalyst of telling Clinton to calm down!


Excellent insight! 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: brasca on 26 Jun 2018, 06:54
Savor that victory.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 26 Jun 2018, 10:08
Two observations on today's strip (26 June).


Bottom right corner:

"She's been hoist". Not "hoisted", which is American. It's a quote from Shakespeare, who wasn't.
("For tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard" - Hamlet, Act III, Scene 4).


"Petar(d)":

A rather basic form of early bomb used in the breaking of sieges (especially for blasting through fortification gates). Shaped a bit like a bell with a rim at the mouth end, a bit like a large top hat. You'd run up to the door, nail it mouth-first to the woodwork by the rim (and/or prop it up with a framework a bit like an easel), light the (short) fuse, and run for cover like your life depended on it - because it did. "Hoist with his own petard" is the fanciful image of some poor beggar blown high into the air ("hoist") by the explosion of the bomb he didn't get clear of in time.

Probably related to the French verb "péter", meaning "to fart".
Today it's called a "breaching charged."  More compact, more precise, still lots of BOOM!!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Hatchet2k4 on 26 Jun 2018, 14:11
Hi there, long time reader, first time poster here!  :-) Definitely been enjoying the latest arcs, it's definitely been a slow burn that has been worth the wait! Also wanted to say that the poll had a distinct lack of Hanners! She is on her retreat of sorts right now, but I imagine we will be getting back to her soon. She did get pretty excited when Dale and Marigold hooked up: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2647 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2647)

That said, I agree that the most interesting reaction would be from Faye's mom. It has been far too long since we have seen her, and this is definitely something that we should see at least a few comics of her about. Hopefully Jeph will let us check in on her at some point!


Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: traroth on 26 Jun 2018, 14:39
Clinton's pose reminded me of Body Snatchers, when the pod people scream to alert other pod people  :-D
"DORK! SCREEEEEEEEAAAAACHH!"

Oh yeah, that final scene with Donald Sutherland made me make nightmares for days when I saw it a s a kid!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: traroth on 26 Jun 2018, 14:41
"Pétard" means either firecracker (literal meaning) or joint, in french. Actually, I remember from my duty time that military also use it for small explosive charges.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 26 Jun 2018, 19:59
New comic... And I know the feeling, Claire.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 26 Jun 2018, 20:31
Oh boy.  Of course, soon in QC time might well mean her comprehensive exams will happen in 2019 real time, but... this has the potential for SRS DRAMA if Claire gets a job in, say, New York.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 26 Jun 2018, 21:15
I kind of regret deciding to check urban dictionary for myself.

I NEVER check UB because I usually don't wanna know.
I never check UD any more because it's useless. Twice I've tried, and both times I got at least half a dozen contradicting definitions for what I looked up.
If Urban Dictionary were currency, it plus a dollar would be worth a nickel.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Ravenswing on 26 Jun 2018, 21:26
Oh boy.  Of course, soon in QC time might well mean her comprehensive exams will happen in 2019 real time, but... this has the potential for SRS DRAMA if Claire gets a job in, say, New York.
Ironically enough, I'm an elected library trustee from a small western Massachusetts town.  Trust me, there are jobs available.  She'll be working in one of the hilltowns, she might have to put together two part-time gigs, and she'll absolutely need a car, but Claire won't have to go out-of-region.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 26 Jun 2018, 21:44
I kind of regret deciding to check urban dictionary for myself.

I NEVER check UB because I usually don't wanna know.
I never check UD any more because it's useless. Twice I've tried, and both times I got at least half a dozen contradicting definitions for what I looked up.
If Urban Dictionary were currency, it plus a dollar would be worth a nickel.
I have to agree, it's gone to Hell in a handbasket.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: brasca on 26 Jun 2018, 23:07
Claire’s friends and family can ask around.  Perhaps Veronica could contact a fellow dominatrix who might know of some libraries with openings. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 26 Jun 2018, 23:15
That took a 90 degree turn I didn't see coming.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Jun 2018, 23:21
Ah the wonders of post-graduation life suddenly looming up before you! Never mind, Claire! No matter what, I'm sure that Tai can get you a job at Smif! Seriously, though, Claire is going to have to have the guts to start at the bottom - at the VERY bottom: 'Junior Assistant Shelf-Stacker and Refreshment Maker to the Junior Assistant Librarian' or something similarly dehumanising.

FWIW, I can see why Claire might not want to get a job at Smif's library. Simply put, she wouldn't want even a hint of 'she got a job because the assistant manager is her boyfriend' to be on her resume. That said, it might be interesting if she did; any librarian is automatically the superior of the admin staff. Whilst I think her getting Marten to call her 'Ma'am' will be funny, I'm wondering if Tai could survive someone in authority insisting that 'Libraries are Serious Business' and trying to make that stick on a policy level.

So, here's the thing: Will Claire need a temporary job to tide her over 'until something comes up'? I think that it will be necessary and I'm going to be bold and predict that it's going to be a Coffee of Doom. Then Jeph can go back to having the main bulk of strips being Marten propping up the counter and talking to Claire and one of the other girls.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Tova on 26 Jun 2018, 23:40
I feel like Jeph explained the joke today (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DontExplainTheJoke).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 27 Jun 2018, 00:55

(And as soon as ONE set of friends gets engaged... it's like a cascade effect!)

Just wait for someone to get pregnant.


Yup!
Exactly the same...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: traroth on 27 Jun 2018, 02:55
I feel like Jeph explained the joke today (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DontExplainTheJoke).

"Never explain anything" --H.P. Lovecraft
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 27 Jun 2018, 03:56
Oh boy.  Of course, soon in QC time might well mean her comprehensive exams will happen in 2019 real time, but... this has the potential for SRS DRAMA if Claire gets a job in, say, New York.
Ironically enough, I'm an elected library trustee from a small western Massachusetts town.  Trust me, there are jobs available.  She'll be working in one of the hilltowns, she might have to put together two part-time gigs, and she'll absolutely need a car, but Claire won't have to go out-of-region.

She may not even need to do that. I just took a look at local librarian job openings, and there are three at Smith, one with the public library in Amherst, and a couple in Springfield.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Jun 2018, 04:01
IMO, there are basically three mid-term outcomes for this arc:
She may not even need to do that. I just took a look at local librarian job openings, and there are three at Smith, one with the public library in Amherst, and a couple in Springfield.

The thing is that Claire wants to work in a big library and make a name in her field so she can end up working in the Library of Congress or something. It will probably be very difficult for her to accept starting in a small, provincial library with the possibility of limited opportunities for advancement.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: moriastar on 27 Jun 2018, 04:18
*delurks*
Claire! Do what I did and start putting out applications NOW. Not later, NOW. I did that my last semester and everyone laughed at me for it. I explained in interviews that I was still a student but this was my current GPA and here are my current grades in my current classes and I expect to graduate on X day. Literally walked off the stage after graduation, got in my car, and drove to the town I was hired in to start work the next day.

Also- former library grad so I'm wondering if he'll put in... the CAPSTONE project librarians have to pass to get their master's degree.

It's literally at 8am Monday morning you are given 10 potential research topics. You have exactly 7 days (Due 7:59AM the following Monday) to write 3 well researched papers with NO HELP FROM ANYONE (not even to edit and spell check!) that meet certain word min and max and source types and such. You may never talk about the questions or what you researched or how you did it with anyone ever or they can take away the degree. This is put forth by the American Librarian Association. (if someone was in the program more recently and has corrections to this feel free to correct, I did graduate in '06).

OH and you never know what you did and didn't do well it, just that you passed all 3- or you couldn't move forward. I think you only got two chances at this.... I was too terrified to take the chance so I made sure to pass the first time.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 27 Jun 2018, 04:29
"Pétard" means either firecracker (literal meaning) or joint, in french. Actually, I remember from my duty time that military also use it for small explosive charges.

Don't think anybody has pointed it out yet, but yesterday's comic was a pretty awesome callback to comic https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=628 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=628) of no less than 12 years ago!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Thrillho on 27 Jun 2018, 04:42
I work in further education in the UK and I'm about to move to a job at a university. It is amusing to me that during weeks when I am basically dragging students over the finish line by the short ones, Claire is panicking about the exact same shit my students are.

If Urban Dictionary were currency, it plus a dollar would be worth a nickel.

I am stealing the shit out of this to apply to other things.

"Pétard" means either firecracker (literal meaning) or joint, in french. Actually, I remember from my duty time that military also use it for small explosive charges.

Don't think anybody has pointed it out yet, but yesterday's comic was a pretty awesome callback to comic https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=628 (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=628) of no less than 12 years ago!

Holy shit, you guys and your achive-fu. Sometimes I barely remember the character NAMES.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BryanP on 27 Jun 2018, 06:11
Today's comic ties in cooincidentally with today's repeat from Unshelved (a library based webcomic).

http://www.unshelved.com/2007-6-11

(http://get.unshelved.com/strips/20070611.gif)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Near Lurker on 27 Jun 2018, 06:47
Clinton’s at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, about 10 miles from downtown Northampton on the other side of the river. There’s pretty frequent bus service between them.

Trust me, I've taken that bus many times, and trust me, you don't want to.  It's about an hour each way, with occasional express runs that are still about half an hour.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 27 Jun 2018, 09:38
Clinton’s at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, about 10 miles from downtown Northampton on the other side of the river. There’s pretty frequent bus service between them.
Trust me, I've taken that bus many times, and trust me, you don't want to.  It's about an hour each way, with occasional express runs that are still about half an hour.

Wow, a whole hour ..... colour me .... unsympathetic.

I drive now and the trip to or from the office can range from 18 to 70 minutes + depending on time of day, traffic, construction, accidents, and weather.
Add to that client on-site calls that could reach 3+ hours each way ....  :-\

In the bad old days in a previous career where I was a transit rat, I commuted to one of two locations. First was two buses and took almost an hour including the three industrial park block walk.. The second was downtown to head office which was Bus-subway-streetcar-walk and could take anywhere from 70 to 200 minutes++ either way.  Streetcars don't do so well in blizzards. Most of my coworkers had a less than 15 min transit commute.

Also- former library grad so I'm wondering if he'll put in... the CAPSTONE project librarians have to pass to get their master's degree.

It's literally at 8am Monday morning you are given 10 potential research topics. You have exactly 7 days (Due 7:59AM the following Monday) to write 3 well researched papers with NO HELP FROM ANYONE (not even to edit and spell check!) that meet certain word min and max and source types and such. You may never talk about the questions or what you researched or how you did it with anyone ever or they can take away the degree. This is put forth by the American Librarian Association. (if someone was in the program more recently and has corrections to this feel free to correct, I did graduate in '06).

That is an "interesting" vetting procedure.
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Opaque closed systems are rife with abuse.
There are no if's and's or but's. Just, how much and how bad.
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Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Roborat on 27 Jun 2018, 12:29
Just a caveat - I am a specialist in Quality Systems, Metrology, etc etc [not always recognized as an equal due to my specialty] and I HAVE TO work with engineers.

-snippage

I do respect Engineers for their knowledge and know-how in their specialty even though some have challenges with communication.
Not so much for most grads who are lacking experience, practical knowledge, good sense [like self preservation] and more times than not humility.
I have none for those who lack respect and play the Engineer Card on subjects they have no clue about.

I am a professional engineer (geotechnical and environmental, if anyone cares), and will say that any engineer with any competence will not express an opinion, as an engineer, on anything outside their area of practice.  I learned that lesson pretty early in my career.  Even a casual conversation in a bar can get you into trouble if you are not careful.  I have noticed that the worst ones for not having any common sense are recent masters of engineering grads, who usually have no practical experience yet, just a few extra years of school, and haven't discovered that what you learned in Uni doesn't necessary apply to the real world.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: wlewisiii on 27 Jun 2018, 19:31
I'm pretty sure that Jeph has decided that he is moving onto the 'where next for Marten and Claire?' arc.

Stand By For (in)Action!

I think not, anymore. At least not once one of the pair realizes the other is serious.

I'm actually thinking that a conversation with his father after the Fay/Bubbles events could put Marten into the spot of actually taking the initiative. The catch is going to be if it is enough to force him to be either a) serious about being a musician or b) finding a different career path.  Myself having watched a couple of pro/semi-pro muscians struggle with "do I go for it? do I really really go for big time fame?" and remembering watching the Replacements essentially intentionally self-destruct on SNL, that could be a pretty heavy topic for Jeph to tackle. Claire will, in the end, be a professional librarian of the top order. Where does Marten end up and what is both willing to do and willing to sacrifice to keep Claire and her love?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 27 Jun 2018, 21:11
Oh boy.  Of course, soon in QC time might well mean her comprehensive exams will happen in 2019 real time, but... this has the potential for SRS DRAMA if Claire gets a job in, say, New York.
Ironically enough, I'm an elected library trustee from a small western Massachusetts town.  Trust me, there are jobs available.  She'll be working in one of the hilltowns, she might have to put together two part-time gigs, and she'll absolutely need a car, but Claire won't have to go out-of-region.

She may not even need to do that. I just took a look at local librarian job openings, and there are three at Smith, one with the public library in Amherst, and a couple in Springfield.

Job availability is not the (only) problem.  Claire is suffering from the classic realization of a grad student that she will soon have to leave "la tour d'ivoire" and go out into the real world.  After all, one doesn't go into grad school in the first place without a love of learning and a deep interest in the topic.  Leaving the cocoon of academia can be frightening at best, and we know Claire can make more out of any situation than whatever's really there. 

I'm sure she has good coping mechanisms, she's gone through a transition, after all.  I just don't know what they are. 

Beside puns.  And Marten. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Ravenswing on 27 Jun 2018, 22:17
Clinton’s at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, about 10 miles from downtown Northampton on the other side of the river. There’s pretty frequent bus service between them.
Trust me, I've taken that bus many times, and trust me, you don't want to.  It's about an hour each way, with occasional express runs that are still about half an hour.

Wow, a whole hour ..... colour me .... unsympathetic.

Yeah, me too.  I took that bus in college days a fair bit (being a student at UMass, with my future wife at Smith).  Anyone for whom a half hour ride on clean PVTA bus between Haigis Mall at UMass and the JMG Hall at Smith is a tribulation is even more highly-strung than Hannelore.

She may not even need to do that. I just took a look at local librarian job openings, and there are three at Smith, one with the public library in Amherst, and a couple in Springfield.

The good jobs locally in western Mass are pretty fiercely competitive, though.  The good FT ones with responsibility go to people with 10-15+ years experience in the field.  The ones I referenced are the ones freshly minted MLSs just out of school can readily snag.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 27 Jun 2018, 22:32
Takes me half an hour to get into Phoenix, and half of that is on surface streets.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 27 Jun 2018, 22:39
Honestly I don't think Claire has specific plans about getting married to Marten. She probably thought about what happens, and what she would do if anyone ever popped the question.

She probably also did that to not think about graduating and leaving for the working people.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Jun 2018, 23:24
New Comic!

Okay, Claire is having a huge problem with denial here and it is going to bite her in the butt if she isn't careful. I think she's really only now looking at the practical problems associated with getting her dream job and she doesn't know what to do. Like almost everyone in her circumstances, she's dealing with that by not thinking about it at all!

I think that Jeph is giving us a huge foreshadowing by using the doom-laden 'This is fine' meme in the footer text. No, things are not going to be fine and may already be spinning out of Claire's control. We're definitely being told that we're heading into the next phase of Claire's character arc - call it "Doin' Adult" - and how it impacts on her relationships with others.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: gopher on 28 Jun 2018, 01:28
Marten gets a job more suited to his interests, Tai makes it as an author, Claire starts at the SMIF Library and is soon levelled up to a rank 2 librarian, with an extra d8 hit points.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 28 Jun 2018, 03:03
She is, however, adept at letting entities know she could smack - or squish - them without actually doing so, usually to devastating effect.

Reminds me of Sergeant Taura (8 feet tall, genetically engineered super-soldier with fangs) in the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold. There's a good bit in the novella Winterfair Gifts:
Quote
"Mostly, I just loomed at people. If I had to, I smiled."
"But your smile's really kind of nice," he protested, and managed not to add the Once you get used to it out loud. He'd get the hang of this savoir faire thing yet.
"Oh, no. The other smile." She demonstrated, her lips wrinkling back, her jaw thrusting out. Roic had to admit, it was a much wider smile. And, um, sharper.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 28 Jun 2018, 07:13
There's also the possibility she might be more qualified for MARTEN's position and bump him.

That'd be amusing. If evil.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 28 Jun 2018, 08:19
Claire is already more qualified than Marten for his job. Once she gets her MLS she’ll be overqualified for it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Pennepasta on 28 Jun 2018, 09:18
Claire is already more qualified than Marten for his job. Once she gets her MLS she’ll be overqualified for it.

So she'll probably be in a good place to get it, then. People being underemployed is common as muck, tbh, though not quite as annoying as being simultaneously over- and under- qualified.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: brasca on 28 Jun 2018, 19:24
Comic is up

Looks like we are segueing into the Brun-Elliot-Clinton triangle next week.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Jun 2018, 19:50
GOOOOOO CLIN-TON!





Also, cinnamon-raisin bagels are an abomination.

That is all.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 28 Jun 2018, 20:00
Also, cinnamon-raisin bagels are an abomination.

That is all.

Cinnamon raisin doughnuts on the other hand...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 28 Jun 2018, 20:13
I hate how raisin cookies look JUST like chocolate chip, and bit into them looking forward to that chocolate hit and suddenly you're "NOOOOOO I'VE BEEN BETRAYED!"

......

Good update, anyway.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 28 Jun 2018, 20:20
It's been established that  Brun feels helpless without a routine,  (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3234) so it's good to see her building a new one. Maybe once she regains that control she'll be able to ruminate on her feelings toward Elliot, Clinton, and dating in general, and at the very least get them two dudes out of the lurch.

I think I've mentioned before that Brun is a character I very closely relate to. I find it very easy to be overwhelmed by life like she seems to, I struggle with the nuances of social interaction in a similar way, and I too am deeply confused by romance in my direction, so seeing her recover from such a low spot, accrue good friendships, AND receive romantic interest from two seperate parties is inspiring to me.

EDIT to add that any goodwill raisins have earned by being a nutritious and vaguely tasty snack has been spent a hundred times over by their tendency to impersonate chocolate chips in any setting.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 28 Jun 2018, 20:37
I hate how raisin cookies look JUST like chocolate chip, and bit into them looking forward to that chocolate hit and suddenly you're "NOOOOOO I'VE BEEN BETRAYED!"

Some foods are quite good dried, like dates, tomatoes, apricots, etc.  Grapes are not one of them.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: badbum61 on 28 Jun 2018, 20:43
There's ALWAYS a fight over the last cinnamon raisin bagel!

Well, when I'm around, anyway...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 28 Jun 2018, 23:19
You know what I like most about this comic? The way that Clinton is learning to interact with Brun on her own terms. There's no "oh, you're weird so I'm not going to bother" about him. Rather, he seems to have taught himself to understand the direction her thoughts are going and take that seriously. He's even patient enough to explain himself to her if she's confused! It would be nice to read Brun's viewpoint of him too!

I've just got to add this: Brun's line in panel 4 is as about as cute as she's ever managed to be in the comic. It is a quintessentially 'Brun' thing for her to say! :-D

Looks like we are segueing into the Brun-Elliot-Clinton triangle next week.

Yeah, that's what I think too. I suspect that Elliott is going to take a look at the way Brun and Clinton are at ease with each other and jump to unjustified conclusions (again). I'm wondering if Brun, with her dry and direct manner, will outright end up telling them that she doesn't want to come between their mutual attraction or something.

Of course, I may be taking a far too short-term view of this. If there's one thing that Faye and Bubbles taught it's that Jeph likes to stretch out stories. I think it would be just as interesting if Brun spends the morning with Clinton and they do things that they both like. When she discusses this with Renee, Brun is told that they've effectively been on a date (Brun's first ever that didn't have overtly selfish goals on the part of the other person). This then leads into her thinking about her own reactions to Clinton and comparing them to her reactions to Elliott and their reactions to each other.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 29 Jun 2018, 00:24
It's been established that  Brun feels helpless without a routine,  (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3234) so it's good to see her building a new one. Maybe once she regains that control she'll be able to ruminate on her feelings toward Elliot, Clinton, and dating in general, and at the very least get them two dudes out of the lurch.

Or suddenly Hannelore returns and they start dating. But that's too harsh a stretch and too much of a plot twist.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: oeoek on 29 Jun 2018, 00:25
Hi Brun!
And you're right in being sceptical. I tried it for years, and getting up early is not for everyone.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Storel on 29 Jun 2018, 01:14
Also, cinnamon-raisin bagels are the best bagels ever.

That is all.

Fixed that for you. You're welcome!  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: gopher on 29 Jun 2018, 04:05
Really enjoying Clinton's arc and development. Going from a mega-creepy, socially inept weirdo to a more aware and affable gentleman about town is fun to watch. Just hope he isn't giving the "Be in a couple, be happy" ending that seems prevalent is the comic at the moment.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 29 Jun 2018, 04:41
To be honest, Faye did take a lot of crap, and worked for being close to Bubbles. Is it a happy new couple thing? most definetly. is it deserved? I think so.

Clinton will always be a somewhat overexcitable nerd (see Claire's latest failed prediction), but he's less awkward now.


Brun is my favorite side character, if not generally. I can somewhat relate to her, but I like her hair the most. probably as stubborn as my own.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: tmv on 29 Jun 2018, 06:23
And you're right in being sceptical. I tried it for years, and getting up early is not for everyone.

Especially if your work is mostly at night.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 29 Jun 2018, 06:25
I think it would be deserved even if it hadn't been earned.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 29 Jun 2018, 07:18
Some foods are quite good dried, like dates, tomatoes, apricots, etc.  Grapes are not one of them.
I beg to differ on that point even though I agree wholeheartedly on every negative point made regarding raisins so far.

The following list is some of the more positive uses of raisins
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: War Sparrow on 29 Jun 2018, 08:01
My mother in law makes stollen with marzipan. (I do not like marizipan.)

The best bagels are everything, or all dressed, bagels. The second best is jalepeno cheese.

Waking up early is for chumps. Source: me, a chump.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: wlewisiii on 29 Jun 2018, 08:06
I am quite fond of how Clinton has slowly learned how to talk to Brun in a way that they both can understand. They do make an interesting pair; it will be interesting to see long term what that means beyond that. I'm not as fond of the triangle that's going on right now with Eliot. I don't think that's going to last much longer no matter what comes of the Brun/Clinton relationship.

Beyond that, a good oatmeal raisn cookle blows away 99% of choclate chip cookies. Nom nom nom  :angel:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: maxRNG on 29 Jun 2018, 08:57
Beyond that, a good oatmeal raisn cookle blows away 99% of choclate chip cookies. Nom nom nom  :angel:
I'd argue that an okay oatmeal raisin cookie is better than an okay chocolate chip cookie, but a great chocolate chip cookie is better than a great oatmeal raisin cookie. Same applies to cantaloupe vs honeydew - cantaloupe has a smaller delta of quality (can't be as good, but also can't be as bad either); honeydew needs to be great to be worthwhile, but when it's great, it's amazing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Neko_Ali on 29 Jun 2018, 09:42
The only time I ever enjoyed getting up early were cases where I could enjoy a cup of coffee outside, under the pre-dawn stars in silence. There's a time I find, usually a little before 6 where everything just seemed still and full of possibilities. For me it was a good time to relax a little and center myself before heading off to work.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 29 Jun 2018, 10:03
Move over, ambrosia, a fresh out of the oven poppy seed bagel, cooled down just enough to put in your mouth without burning it, is Food of the Gods. 

A little shipping goes a long, long way.

Those who praise raisins have never kept rabbits.

That is all.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 29 Jun 2018, 18:29
Some foods are quite good dried, like dates, tomatoes, apricots, etc.  Grapes are not one of them.
I beg to differ on that point even though I agree wholeheartedly on every negative point made regarding raisins so far.

The following list is some of the more positive uses of raisins
  • Ground with poppy seeds and used in baked goods
  • As part of a white wine sauce on chicken - though most find this too sweet and requires a long cooking time
  • Golden Raisins in Porridge. What you Americans call oatmeal. They are first soaked then water brought to a boil before adding the meal and cooking.
  • Again Golden Raisins but this time used in Stolen. Think of it as the likeable predecessor to fruitcake and cousin to Panettone.
  • Panettone
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 29 Jun 2018, 20:06
Announcement Time! Who will freak out the most from Faye/Bubbles?

Clinton    1 (2.1%)
Tai    9 (19.1%)
Steve    2 (4.3%)
Emily    3 (6.4%)
Marigold    6 (12.8%)
Dale    0 (0%)
Dora    1 (2.1%)
Penelope    5 (10.6%)
Cosette    1 (2.1%)
Other    19 (40.4%) <--- Obviously I didn't account for everyone in the cast.

Total Members Voted: 47

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 29 Jun 2018, 21:19
Don't get me wrong, I love raisins. I have them in my morning oa... porridge, and love oatmeal raisin cookies.  Cinnamon's good too, in the appropriate place.  But I'm a bagel purist.  I grew up in a Jewish household in the 60's and 70's, long before sweet bagels were a thing (blueberry?  Really?  THIS IS NOT A MUFFIN!!). 

Bagels, to me, are a basic bread, but they can be savory (toasted onion, the aforementioned poppyseed, sesame, and I'd KILL for a good egg bagel - nobody around here carries them, I've not seen one in nearly 20 years). 

Toasted with a shmear of cream cheese and some thin sliced nova lox, they are the perfect food, handed down from god to Moses (the stone tablets were just there to hold the bagels...).  Sweet does not hold up well under Nova lox. 

Although I was fond of the Bialy bagels that a local place had in the 80's when I was in college - seemed to be an "everything" bagel, poppyseeds, sesame seeds, onions, kosher salt, and a few other things I was never clear on but they were delicious (a bit messy in the toaster, though). 

So that's my bagel story.  Sorry to have hijacked the last day of the week...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 29 Jun 2018, 21:25
Not a hijacking at all, just thread-drift.  I tend to prefer everything bagels, with either the aforementioned cream cheese and lox, but adding tomatoes, and red onion.  If those aren't available, I go with hummus with said tomatoes and onions.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: keithcurtis on 29 Jun 2018, 22:37
I hate how raisin cookies look JUST like chocolate chip, and bit into them looking forward to that chocolate hit and suddenly you're "NOOOOOO I'VE BEEN BETRAYED!"
Surely you meant that the other way around.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 30 Jun 2018, 08:48
I hate how raisin cookies look JUST like chocolate chip, and bit into them looking forward to that chocolate hit and suddenly you're "NOOOOOO I'VE BEEN BETRAYED!"

Some foods are quite good dried, like dates, tomatoes, apricots, etc.  Grapes are not one of them.

Bah. Grapes are *only* remotely edible when made into raisins. Well - that, or wine.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Rimwolf on 30 Jun 2018, 09:18
What strikes me about Friday's strip is that Brun doesn't really open her eyes until Clinton asks to accompany her. She goes from sleepy-looking in panels 1& 2 to wide awake in panel 4.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 30 Jun 2018, 09:42
I think that Brun waking up is at least in part due to her not understanding the reasoning behind Clinton's implication that she would 'mind' his company. Once again, he confuses her with the subtleties of his everyday social thinking.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 30 Jun 2018, 14:44
Bah. Grapes are *only* remotely edible when made into raisins. Well - that, or wine.

You are history's greatest monster!

Grapes are delicious, especially if you put them into an extremely cold fridge and have them on an especially warm day.

In fact, I know what I'm doing tomorrow!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: pecoros7 on 30 Jun 2018, 15:04
Also, cinnamon-raisin bagels are an abomination.

[sarcasm] You're dead to me, Carl-E. [/sarcasm]

Bagels, to me, are a basic bread, but they can be savory (toasted onion, the aforementioned poppyseed, sesame, and I'd KILL for a good egg bagel - nobody around here carries them, I've not seen one in nearly 20 years). 

Toasted with a shmear of cream cheese and some thin sliced nova lox, they are the perfect food, handed down from god to Moses (the stone tablets were just there to hold the bagels...).  Sweet does not hold up well under Nova lox. 

I take it back. You're alright. A good egg bagel is as close as humanity has ever come to the divine. To taste that perfect balance of cream cheese and ribbon thin lox on a fresh bagel is to experience the numinous.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Morituri on 30 Jun 2018, 20:42
I sort of laugh at the things they call 'bagels' these days. 

Hint:  If the people making them didn't boil the dough, it's not actually a bagel.

What we have around now is a sort of firm soft roll that's vaguely toroidal.  When you put them down on a plate they don't even clack.

Don't get me wrong, these soft rolls are actually pretty good.  But they're not bagels.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 01 Jul 2018, 09:52
I am neither Jewish nor from NYC, but I was initiated at George's House of Bagels1 in San Francisco.  I must agree with Morituri - only a water bagel is true.

1 Instead of spending money on a bigger sign, they vented their kitchen exhaust fan out the front of the building on to Geary Street.  The rest is history.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: keithcurtis on 02 Jul 2018, 00:04
Bah. Grapes are *only* remotely edible when made into raisins. Well - that, or wine.

You are history's greatest monster!

Grapes are delicious, especially if you put them into an extremely cold fridge and have them on an especially warm day.

In fact, I know what I'm doing tomorrow!

Sweet
Sweet grapes with a very sharp cheddar? Heavenly.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: Storel on 05 Jul 2018, 17:51
I am neither Jewish nor from NYC, but I was initiated at George's House of Bagels1 in San Francisco.  I must agree with Morituri - only a water bagel is true.

1 Instead of spending money on a bigger sign, they vented their kitchen exhaust fan out the front of the building on to Geary Street.  The rest is history.

Where on Geary? I lived in San Francisco for most of my life, but I don't recall ever seeing George's House of Bagels.

Edit: Never mind, I looked it up on Google Maps -- the sign just says House of Bagels, and I've seen them many times. It was the "George's" part that was confusing me.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3771 - 3775 (25-29 June 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 05 Jul 2018, 17:58
I am neither Jewish nor from NYC, but I was initiated at George's House of Bagels1 in San Francisco.  I must agree with Morituri - only a water bagel is true.

1 Instead of spending money on a bigger sign, they vented their kitchen exhaust fan out the front of the building on to Geary Street.  The rest is history.

Where on Geary? I lived in San Francisco for most of my life, but I don't recall ever seeing George's House of Bagels.

Edit: Never mind, I looked it up on Google Maps -- the sign just says House of Bagels, and I've seen them many times. It was the "George's" part that was confusing me.
That was in the early '70s.  I don't know when George's name was dropped.