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Title: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 29 Oct 2018, 00:34
What? No-one's done a WCDT yet? Okay, let me throw something together... Done! Silly little poll basically derived from my fan-fiction idea that I recently posted (https://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,30674.msg1415378.html#msg1415378). Just to let you know that I voted for Momo because she has all the right skills (sword-fighting) attitudes (she's one for fairness, peace and justice, after all) and even has a super-power (her internal taser system)!

Looking at today's strip, I find myself worrying that Brun will be taking notes about Clinton and Claire's interaction and assuming that this is a desirable type of interaction for siblings to have!

Claire shouldn't be so hostile but Clinton did have to bring bring up all of her stressors in one sentence, didn't he? What I love about this is the fact that he realised that he'd probably said the wrong thing about this and desperately tried to back-pedal. Not very well but I suppose that the thought is supposed to count in this circumstance.

FWIW, I wonder if this arc is going to end with Brun asking Clinton why he isn't worried about his finals. She tells a horror story about how difficult and hand-to-mouth being in the food service industry is that actually creates his very own Final Exam Stress syndrome. She'll then nod and say "Now go and study like your sister because you don't want to have my life!"

I wonder what else Claire may have learned from Pintsize...?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 29 Oct 2018, 01:23
Just wanted to say that today might be a good day to look at the newspost for a change, if you don't normally...

Also, I vote Hannelore, she's the only cast member who already has a tagline -

I END MESSES!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: LeafyFox on 29 Oct 2018, 01:32
Yeah, Claire needs to cool it. I understand that she is under a lot of stress, but instead of jumping down Clinton's throat she should be happy that her brother has been able to tackle some challenging topics. It may just be me, but I believe she is the one who is the dickbat here.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: oeoek on 29 Oct 2018, 01:34
 *TAdaTAdaTAdaTAdaTAdaTAdaTAdaTAda* DICKBAAAT!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 29 Oct 2018, 01:48
Claire shouldn't ask questions if she doesn't want to hear the answers...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 29 Oct 2018, 02:40
Stay chill, WCDT.

I'll want to eat that side of meat later. (http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/05/happy-towel-day-9-zaphod-beeblebrox-quotes-for-any-occasion)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Technetium on 29 Oct 2018, 04:51
Those are some interesting names...

http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Ashenzari
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Ru
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Jiyva
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Iskenderun%27s_Mystic_Blast

Didin't know Jeph was a Dungeon Crawl fan.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 29 Oct 2018, 06:44
A little disappointed that there was no option for Pintsize as Thumblord ;)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: brasca on 29 Oct 2018, 06:51
Yeah, Claire needs to cool it. I understand that she is under a lot of stress, but instead of jumping down Clinton's throat she should be happy that her brother has been able to tackle some challenging topics. It may just be me, but I believe she is the one who is the dickbat here.

Agreed, but they’re siblings.  It’s what we do.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: angdrambor on 29 Oct 2018, 07:47
Those are some interesting names...

I'm trying to work out whether Clinton has actually studied for his exams, or if he's just confabulating in a panic because Claire's caught him unprepared. We've seen Marigold having a discussion about Crawl with Dale before they got together, so presumably dcss and it's gods share a universe with QC.. so does that mean that a bunch of important AI theories are named after gods from a computer game?

It really wouldn't surprise me, now that I think about it that way.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 29 Oct 2018, 10:18
It really wouldn't surprise me, now that I think about it that way.
Me either.
For examples look at astronomy - nothing but Gods from Greece onwards
Physics - silliness - just pure and unadulterated [haven't met a physicist yet that can adult]  :clairedoge:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Oct 2018, 10:26
Physics is the field that came up with the Kamiltonian*, after all...

*Shorthand for the canonically transformed Hamiltonian. Yes, that name appears in textbooks. Including the one that was used in my graduate classical mechanics course.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 29 Oct 2018, 10:43
You know, dickbat is probably one of the tamest sibling insults I have ever heard.

Hell, my sister and I insult each other with worse all the time.

Fartface.
Bitchhead.
Shitbrain.
Shitknuckle.
Fucknozzle.

That's just a couple of the words we used today.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 29 Oct 2018, 11:28
Those are some interesting names...

I'm trying to work out whether Clinton has actually studied for his exams, or if he's just confabulating in a panic because Claire's caught him unprepared. We've seen Marigold having a discussion about Crawl with Dale before they got together, so presumably dcss and it's gods share a universe with QC.. so does that mean that a bunch of important AI theories are named after gods from a computer game?

It really wouldn't surprise me, now that I think about it that way.

Welcome, new person!

It might have been the other way around. The game designers in the QC universe might have named the gods after AI theorists.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 29 Oct 2018, 11:41
Or it’s possible that the gods from a computer game gained sentience, liberated themselves from the game, and then became AI researchers.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 29 Oct 2018, 14:22
I like that better than my idea.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 29 Oct 2018, 16:04
You know, dickbat is probably one of the tamest sibling insults I have ever heard.

Hell, my sister and I insult each other with worse all the time.

Go easy on her. She's still learning.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: chris73 on 29 Oct 2018, 16:16
This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?

Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 29 Oct 2018, 17:15
Or, you know, a certain college library where she used to work. That might be a workable solution. (Hopefully it’s not a construction site like the real Smith College library is at the moment.)

Of course, then you wouldn’t get amusing interactions with Brun and Clinton, which might just be the actual point of what Jeph is doing here...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 29 Oct 2018, 17:33
Some of you don't have siblings, I take it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 29 Oct 2018, 17:36
Some of you don't have siblings, I take it.

That does seem to be the case.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 29 Oct 2018, 20:34
I have three younger brothers. 


We didn't stop at insults... no one ever had to be hospitalized, but we came awfully close a few times. 



Oh, and when I heard "dickbat" I didn't think of the kind of bat with wings.  More baseball or cricket...


Now, on to today - more entitled misunderstandings from the Augustus clan re: Brun's past.  Doesn't test well, never tested for a learning disability, brushes it off as "don't like doctors". 

Really makes me wonder more about her past.  Think Claire'll draw out any revelations?  Or just more raisin bread discussion in the forum?   

:-D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Milayna on 29 Oct 2018, 22:08
I'm actually kind of the opposite of Brun in this regard. I'm not great at remembering specific facts - when was the Magna Carta signed? 1200-something? - but I'm good at remembering the general idea of things - The Magna Carta was signed, and it limited the King's power.

I always did great on tests with very little effort. In a multiple choice question, if you're asking me when William the Conqueror invaded England, and one of the choices is 1066, I'll get that right, I'll recognize seeing that date. (while trying to wikipedia this, it took a few minutes, because I thought it was 1266). If it's an essay, I can say "in the early part of the millenium..." and then go on to talk about "the battles" and their lasting effects on England.

I see the "general idea" of things. I see facts, I read about facts, I see how they fit into the picture I have of the thing they're relative to, then I forget the specific facts but remember the impact, and when I see more facts, I can fit them into the picture while forgetting their specifics. When given a choice, I can usually recognize the specifics I've seen, but I can't remember them without prompting.

My major weakness was always length and citations, they'd want like a dozen pages of essay, and I could make the point in a page or two. And the citations...again, I remember the general idea of things; I'd always be writing that, and then I'd have to try to find a quote I could shove in their like a giant dildo that didn't interrupt the flow of what I was saying. The best that you could say of most of my citations was that they were pointless.

Anyway, for me, opposite of Brun; the facts aren't in my head, I could get the idea to go on the paper just fine, but then it needed far more to actually pass.

Edit: Well I'll be damned. I quizzed myself: when was the Magna Carta signed? My guess was 1214, and Wikipedia says 1215. I'm not usually that close.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 29 Oct 2018, 23:34
This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?
That's the classic Western World double standard at work.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 30 Oct 2018, 00:24
This was a very strange strip in many ways. I can see where Jeph is going with it: Claire is basically saying that she has no idea what she would do with herself outside the specific context of working in a library in some way. However, the presentation is very awkward and he seems instead to prefer focussing on Claire's social awkwardness and the fact that Brun (level headed as she is) doesn't take offence at something Claire says that Claire clearly thinks is offensive, based on her sudden back-pedalling.

Or, you know, a certain college library where she used to work. That might be a workable solution.

QC's Smif Library is a den of vice and debauchery, according to both Claire and Tai. There is far too much chance that there is going to be a spontaneous house party going down or Tai having a loud conversation with someone that only exists thanks to some hallucinogen that she has taken. Even if that doesn't happen, Marten is likely going to be there and how is Claire supposed to concentrate with such a distraction as that? :wink:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 30 Oct 2018, 02:33
This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?

Beneath the surface, Claire is awkward as hell.

In a bakery or coffee shop you have background noise, not distractions. Well, admittedly, it might get loud at points, but given Renée's info there won't be many people around.. And it's not the usual spot, so that may help, too.


One thing I have learned as an introvert: although I don't need people and social interaction, humanity is still a pack animal. Even if you have like no interaction with them, having people around you prevents you from going nuts.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 30 Oct 2018, 02:38
Yeah, Claire needs to cool it. I understand that she is under a lot of stress, but instead of jumping down Clinton's throat she should be happy that her brother has been able to tackle some challenging topics. It may just be me, but I believe she is the one who is the dickbat here.

Claire is studying for her final finals, and that's a wholly different scenario than just your random end of semester finals. To me it sounds like Clinton has some topics he's generally really interested in coming up in his exams, which makes studying easier.


I don't think Claire is afraid of the exams as the exams per se, it's more the perceived lack of alternatives and expectations to be held up.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 30 Oct 2018, 03:53
I don't think Claire is afraid of the exams as the exams per se, it's more the perceived lack of alternatives and expectations to be held up.

Claire is, like a lot of people coming to the end of schooling, afraid of the future. Up until now, she's been 'Claire the Student' and that has been a nice, secure and easy label. Shortly, she is going to be what? Claire the librarian? Claire the barrista? Claire the retail clerk? Claire the unemployed woman who everyone is whispering is mooching off of her boyfriend? She doesn't know those answers and the anxiety - fearing the unknown future - is probably the strongest fear she's encountered for quite a while.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Jakk Frost on 30 Oct 2018, 03:56
Doesn't sound to me like Brun has a learning disability so much as a communication disability, from the way she describes it.

Also:

This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?
That's the classic Western World double standard at work.

Not sure I see the double-standard, did you maybe mean "first world problems"?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 30 Oct 2018, 04:01
Some of you don't have siblings, I take it.

I must be weird, because I had two siblings growing up and we never insulted each other, and we certainly didn't physically fight. May've been the age gap (my brother was 5 years older than me, my sister is 11 years older), but still. We did fight a lot, but we didn't have a dynamic like the one shown in the comic.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 30 Oct 2018, 07:42
Yeah, Claire needs to cool it. I understand that she is under a lot of stress, but instead of jumping down Clinton's throat she should be happy that her brother has been able to tackle some challenging topics. It may just be me, but I believe she is the one who is the dickbat here.

Claire is studying for her final finals, and that's a wholly different scenario than just your random end of semester finals. To me it sounds like Clinton has some topics he's generally really interested in coming up in his exams, which makes studying easier.


I don't think Claire is afraid of the exams as the exams per se, it's more the perceived lack of alternatives and expectations to be held up.

Yeah this is really it.

Studying for any run-of-the-mill exam is a completely different animal than having your final exam (or defense, like MS or PhD) come up.

With the first you may fear failing your exam, but even if you were to fail it you most likely won't suffer any big immediate consequences. You generally remain a student and have plenty of chances to either redo your exam or to just replace it with a different subject.
With the latter, it's often not really a fear of failing, but a fear of passing and not knowing what the future brings. A fear of failing often is reserved to those who already have a nice job lined up that might be lost if failing the exam. A generally less common situation.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: David F on 30 Oct 2018, 13:37

Studying for any run-of-the-mill exam is a completely different animal than having your final exam (or defense, like MS or PhD) come up.


If Claire is studying for a comprehensive final like some fields of study do, everything she's learned from day one could be on the exam.  Having been through two thesis defenses, I think I'd prefer those to handling a comprehensive.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 30 Oct 2018, 16:06
Those are some interesting names...

http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Ashenzari
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Ru
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Jiyva
http://crawl.chaosforge.org/Iskenderun%27s_Mystic_Blast

Didin't know Jeph was a Dungeon Crawl fan.

He definitely is! See post under comic 1895 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1895)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Near Lurker on 30 Oct 2018, 18:54
...US healthcare?  What?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 30 Oct 2018, 19:21
Yeah, I'm not seeing the parallels. If it were U.Shealthcare it would be $10,000 (or a $100 copay) for the bread, or $30,000 for an actual study aid (which wouldn't be covered under insurance). Also bad grades are a pre-existing condition.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 30 Oct 2018, 19:41
I did a thing i probably shouldn't have

(https://i.imgur.com/5tqGSU3.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 30 Oct 2018, 20:26
Elliot is a giant teddy bear sweetheart and I love him.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 30 Oct 2018, 20:27
Doesn't sound to me like Brun has a learning disability so much as a communication disability, from the way she describes it.

Also:

This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?
That's the classic Western World double standard at work.

Not sure I see the double-standard, did you maybe mean "first world problems"?
I was specifically referring to the deeply ingrained behavioral double standard for men and women. Claire was being more harshly judged for her behavior than a guy might be. Even though most QC forumites are aware of and opposed to this double standard, it's still difficult to fight against.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 30 Oct 2018, 20:33
...US healthcare?  What?

Hmmmm......we probably need to look at what Congress is trying to railroad through before next week's vote.

RESEARCH YOUR CANDIDATES REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: St.Clair on 30 Oct 2018, 21:32
New comic!


.... and then Roko comes in, drawn by an urge she cannot (or prefers not to) explain...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 31 Oct 2018, 00:18
I think that panel 2 should have a 'ta-dah' or an angelic chorus sound effect. It's becoming increasingly clear that Jeph wants to establish that baking is Ellliott's true first love!

Meanwhile, I suspect that Brun and Clinton are developing an addiction to said baking! :wink:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 31 Oct 2018, 00:37
Meanwhile, I suspect that Brun and Clinton are developing an addiction to said baking! :wink:

That is how Elliot is building his army.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 31 Oct 2018, 01:48
Oh, that last panel... I see what you did there, JJ!

Also, if you put blueberries in bread, doesn't make it cake?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 31 Oct 2018, 03:34
It's like "banana bread," isn't it? Try googling the phrase "difference between banana bread and banana cake" and read with amusement the various strained attempts to differentiate between the two. The Wikipedia entry for banana bread notes that it is "cake-like." Well, yes, it is awfully like cake, isn't it? How uncanny.

It's a triumph of marketing. By calling it thus, we can eat cake for breakfast and fool ourselves that we've made a healthful selection.

Edit: After posting, I just thought to myself, "I'm surprised they don't also call it carrot bread." *googles* "Oh, look at that, they do."  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 31 Oct 2018, 03:52
Typically, though the distinction is pretty clear - bread does not contain significant amounts of eggs and sugar, whereas cake does.  Of course, there are exceptions that fall between, but the fact that there is a fundamental difference towards the ends of the spectrum is plain.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 31 Oct 2018, 03:59
Just to be clear, I'm not saying that there's any confusion in the difference between bread and cake. That's pretty clear, as you say.

What I'm talking about is the situation where various people call essentially the same product either "banana bread" or "banana cake." According to your distinction, it ought to be called "banana cake," but some insist on classifying it as a "quick bread."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 31 Oct 2018, 05:52
Doesn't sound to me like Brun has a learning disability so much as a communication disability, from the way she describes it.

Also:

This strip is not making Claire come across well, like if I hadn't read any of her backstory she'd come across (to me anyway) as quite entitled and a bit selfish

I mean you can study in a bakery or coffee shop but to expect those places of business to be quiet just so you can study in peace is a little much, if its that big a deal she could go to a public library or something?
That's the classic Western World double standard at work.

Not sure I see the double-standard, did you maybe mean "first world problems"?
I was specifically referring to the deeply ingrained behavioral double standard for men and women. Claire was being more harshly judged for her behavior than a guy might be. Even though most QC forumites are aware of and opposed to this double standard, it's still difficult to fight against.

How is she being more harshly judged than a guy would be though? I mean, if a guy would expect a bakery/coffee shop to be quiet just so he can study in peace, he would also be thought of as entitled and selfish. Perhaps you have different experiences?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 31 Oct 2018, 06:31
Typically, though the distinction is pretty clear - bread does not contain significant amounts of eggs and sugar, whereas cake does.  Of course, there are exceptions that fall between, but the fact that there is a fundamental difference towards the ends of the spectrum is plain.
Yet here I sit thinking anything that is a bread, not to be confused by marketing hype [aka lies], has a not insignificant amount of gluten as a product of kneading somewhere in the process.

My thoughts are that products like banana bread ended up mislabelled due to marketing types not being all hat smart to begin with.
My deductive reasoning is as follows;

Remember: Common sense =/= good sense
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 31 Oct 2018, 07:20
It's like "banana bread," isn't it? Try googling the phrase "difference between banana bread and banana cake" and read with amusement the various strained attempts to differentiate between the two. The Wikipedia entry for banana bread notes that it is "cake-like." Well, yes, it is awfully like cake, isn't it? How uncanny.

It's a triumph of marketing. By calling it thus, we can eat cake for breakfast and fool ourselves that we've made a healthful selection.

Edit: After posting, I just thought to myself, "I'm surprised they don't also call it carrot bread." *googles* "Oh, look at that, they do."  :psyduck:

I have brioche for my breakfast almost every morning and I don't feel guilty at all. Does it count as cake? Oh wait, my baker calls it "pain brioché", now that you mention it. So it's fine, isn't it? :D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 31 Oct 2018, 07:27
Which reminds me that the expression "let them eat cake" is the usual translation of "qu'ils mangent de la brioche."

It is definitely fine. Brioche is awesome.  8-)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 31 Oct 2018, 07:37
anything that is a bread [...] has a not insignificant amount of gluten as a product of kneading somewhere in the process.

Wheat has the same amount of gluten whether or not you knead it to make it glutinous...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 31 Oct 2018, 07:41
Which reminds me that the expression "let them eat cake" is the usual translation of "qu'ils mangent de la brioche."

It is definitely fine. Brioche is awesome.  8-)

It sure is!  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: War Sparrow on 31 Oct 2018, 07:46
anything that is a bread [...] has a not insignificant amount of gluten as a product of kneading somewhere in the process.

Wheat has the same amount of gluten whether or not you knead it to make it glutinous...

Kneading develops gluten, though. So you're both right.

I want to make Elliot's blueberry pumpkin seed bread thing-maybe it would help me focus more on network analysis and a little less on bread products.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 31 Oct 2018, 09:18
networks are a lot like bread
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Nepiophage on 31 Oct 2018, 10:25
Today being Hallowe’en, can I just say

BARMBRACK!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Storel on 31 Oct 2018, 11:50
Today being Hallowe’en, can I just say

BARMBRACK!

Why do you want to say that?

(I.e, I don't recognize the reference.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 31 Oct 2018, 12:30
Barmbrack is a sweet bread from Ireland, made with sultanas and raisins.

Traditionally its more of a bread that's made around Halloween as part of a fortune-telling game. Various items are baked into the barmbrack; a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a coin and a ring. If someone had a slice with one of the items in it, it was supposed to predict their fortune for the following year. The pea - you wouldn't marry. The stick, if you married, you would have an unhappy marriage or a lot of fights. The piece of cloth - you would have terrible luck or be poor. The coin - the reverse, you would have good fortune. The ring - obviously you would be married within the year.

Most commercially available barmbracks at Halloween now just have the ring, usually a little toy ring to carry the tradition.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Killspree on 31 Oct 2018, 14:10
Nope, still can't make myself like Claire. If anything disliking her even more.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: chris73 on 31 Oct 2018, 15:58
Nope, still can't make myself like Claire. If anything disliking her even more.

Definitely coming off a little entitled that's for sure
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 31 Oct 2018, 19:41
Today's comic, displaying one of the lesser known attributes of barmbrack.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 31 Oct 2018, 20:22
Welcome to Questionable Content Z!!!

(Powering up will take 2 weeks of strips. The actual FIGHT well... you don't wanna know.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: SubaruStephen on 31 Oct 2018, 21:03
Their Study Power!

It’s over 9000!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DaiJB on 31 Oct 2018, 21:24
I put "Other" because the only costumed superhero we've seen in this comic is ***PIZZA GIRL***

(Regardless of whether we believe she is Penelope on not)  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Killspree on 31 Oct 2018, 21:55
Elliot: Clinton No!
Clinton: Clinton YES!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 31 Oct 2018, 22:09
I wonder if this hair is permanent.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 31 Oct 2018, 22:25
I put "Other" because the only costumed superhero we've seen in this comic is ***PIZZA GIRL***

(Regardless of whether we believe she is Penelope on not)  :-D

Didn't we see Chinese Delivery Man once?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 31 Oct 2018, 22:36
That didn't ring any bells with me at all, but fortunately QC wiki came through.

Don't Tell Pizza Girl (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=761)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Bollthorn on 31 Oct 2018, 22:40
So if they eat the whole loaf will they turn into the bookworm equivalent of super Saiyans?

Also, how many Super Saiyans does it take to change a light bulb?

Only one but it takes ten episodes to power up and five to reminisce about changing the last one ^_^
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: St.Clair on 31 Oct 2018, 23:11
and this...
is to go EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: brasca on 31 Oct 2018, 23:20
Marigold and Dale should be here for this, but I fear he might get to into the role and crush his glasses after getting a carb rating.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 01 Nov 2018, 00:08
I have to say that I'm genuinely 'meh' about today's strip. It's one of those jokes that probably was hilarious in Jeph's head when he wrote it but it just doesn't translate very well into the comics medium. It feels a bit like Jeph is trying to pad out this storyline because he doesn't want to get too quickly to either the Claire Deprogramming Session (when she's finally convinced to relax occasionally instead of being permanently afraid of her chances) or the moment when Claire triggers something happening in the Clinton/Brun/Elliott triangle.

Really, the only thing that raised a smile was when I thought to myself that maybe Elliott should put less sugar and caffeine in that type of loaf but even that was a 'shrug and grunt' quip.

So, on to tomorrow.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Nov 2018, 01:41
go EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!

Someone else watching MHA then?  ;)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: MrNumbers on 01 Nov 2018, 04:03
Snip

It was filler. All this is filler, at a guess.

You try to get a strip up a day and that's a goddamn miracle, but sometimes you want to stall for time while you work out your next move. This definitely feels like "Meeting the deadline" writing.

I mean, if it's not, genuine apologies to Jeph but... sometimes you need to have a few weeks like this after long major-arcs not for the sake of pacing, but for the sake of planning.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tyr on 01 Nov 2018, 07:00
go EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!

Someone else watching MHA then?  ;)
Not sure if you're joking, but "And this is to go even further beyond" is a quote from the english dub of Dragon Ball Z. BNHA/MHA is "Go beyond! Plus Ultra!"

To everyone who feels Claire is being 'entitled'. Monday: Relatively civil conversation with Clinton, Tuesday: Civil Conversation with Brun, Wednesday: Catty comment about Brun and Clinton being distracting, today: Brun and Clinton are yelling in a public space.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 01 Nov 2018, 07:54
i <3 this strip
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 01 Nov 2018, 08:00
Not sure if you're joking, but "And this is to go even further beyond" is a quote from the English dub of Dragon Ball Z. BNHA/MHA is "Go beyond! Plus Ultra!"

Oops - I don't know DBZ.  I realised the quote wasn't exact for MHA, but thought it might be close enough...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 01 Nov 2018, 08:01

To everyone who feels Claire is being 'entitled'. Monday: Relatively civil conversation with Clinton, Tuesday: Civil Conversation with Brun, Wednesday: Catty comment about Brun and Clinton being distracting, today: Brun and Clinton are yelling in a public space.


To be fair, a bakery is hardly conducive to studying. The machinery mixing ingredients, deliveries being made, goods being baked, not to mention customers making orders. It’s an active business, not a study hall. I get why Claire might not want to study at the apartment, but why not study at her mother’s house?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Welu on 01 Nov 2018, 08:19
Claire's not complaining about the normal business going ons or to other customers doing their thing. The noise issues Claire has commented on have been 1. A concrete saw, which isn't unreasonable to not expect at a coffee shop but she left and didn't tell them to stop for her and 2. Noises and distractions by people who know she is studying. Claire's not looking for silence, just a more relaxed atmosphere than the stress she's associating with home at the moment. That could be the same reason she doesn't want to go to the library or a study hall.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DSL on 01 Nov 2018, 08:23
I find I can put up with a surprising (to me) amountn of extraneous noise/background conversation when I am trying to concentrate; in fact, up to a certain level, it energizes me mentally and helps me focus -- as long as I  am not expected to participate in it. You know -- the folks who think the solitary person in a public place absolutely needs conversin' with.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: blt on 01 Nov 2018, 08:51
But what's going on with Brun's left hand (pincer?)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Sullivan on 01 Nov 2018, 08:56
Just wanted to say that today might be a good day to look at the newspost for a change, if you don't normally...

Uh... "newspost"?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 01 Nov 2018, 11:47
Yes, to me "newspost" makes me think of the news box at the top right of the forum which has been turned off for a long time. I'm pretty sure it really means the text Jeph puts on the comic web page below the comic.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 01 Nov 2018, 12:34
go EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!

Someone else watching MHA then?  ;)
"MHA"?  :?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 01 Nov 2018, 14:06
"MHA"?  :?

Metal Head Alchemist  :parrot:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 01 Nov 2018, 15:29
I'm not sure what's so different about this strip that has earned it the moniker of "filler", but it got a snigger out of me. I think it was the most amusing of the week, actually.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: SmilingCat on 01 Nov 2018, 16:34
Elliot: Clinton No!
Clinton: Clinton YES!

Meanwhile, on station...

Station: All these squares make a circle, all these squares make a circle, all these squares make a circle...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 01 Nov 2018, 16:57
go EVEN FURTHER BEYOND!

Someone else watching MHA then?  ;)
"MHA"?  :?

My Hero Academia. Pretty good coming-of-age high school-ish superhero anime. Haven't watched all of it (new season came out I think, at least a translation thereof to English), but enjoy it quite a bit so far.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 01 Nov 2018, 17:26
"MHA"?  :?

Metal Head Alchemist  :parrot:
Found the opening theme.
Nothing wrong with adding another layer to the joke.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Vyedr on 01 Nov 2018, 19:10
Ok, but DID NO ONE NOTICE THE TINY SPEECH BUBBLES?  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 01 Nov 2018, 19:10
Comics up.

Labragoogle. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 01 Nov 2018, 19:15
One of my favorites.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 01 Nov 2018, 19:23
That was one week's worth of comics all contrived to lead up to this one pun.

Worth it.

Although... why is the text tiny now?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: neurocase on 01 Nov 2018, 19:55
My near-sighted ass tryna read the strips the past two days.

(https://66.media.tumblr.com/6ca2ce64bec526d8432988609f34d750/tumblr_pd0ersng6i1xv79oro2_r1_400.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DSL on 01 Nov 2018, 20:52
What, not a Firefox?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 01 Nov 2018, 21:15
My near-sighted ass tryna read the strips the past two days.

I'm better than 20/20 in both eyes, and it was still difficult for me reading it on Patreon using my laptop.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 01 Nov 2018, 21:30
Jeph commented about the tiny text on his Twitter thingy. Something about he's using a Windows computer and doesn't know how to size the text properly on the Windows version of the software he's using.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 01 Nov 2018, 22:06
Labragoogle!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: LeafyFox on 01 Nov 2018, 22:45
Hey, Claire! Having a hard time studying with all this noise and distractions? There's a place that's great for studying. A lot of people use it to study too and it's pretty quite there. I'm not sure if you've heard of it. It's call ... a library.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 01 Nov 2018, 22:52
What an idea! I can hardly believe that you're the first to suggest it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: brasca on 01 Nov 2018, 23:32
Hey, Claire! Having a hard time studying with all this noise and distractions? There's a place that's great for studying. A lot of people use it to study too and it's pretty quite there. I'm not sure if you've heard of it. It's call ... a library.

Considering how Tai runs things it’s not as conducive as you think. 

The problem isn’t the exams which she’d have to try to fail, but what happens after graduation.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 02 Nov 2018, 00:19
Here's why I think that Claire and Brun are going to end up best friends: They seem to be the only people who really get the other's sense of humour to the point where the jokes are that funny! Actually, I'm pretty much convinced that Brun's joke was her attempt at apologising to Claire for disturbing her.

I loved Clinton's "We'll be good". I wonder how many times he's said that to a fuming Claire through his childhood and adolescence?

Hey, Claire! Having a hard time studying with all this noise and distractions? There's a place that's great for studying. A lot of people use it to study too and it's pretty quite there. I'm not sure if you've heard of it. It's call ... a library.

The problem is that Smif College's library isn't exactly the most study-friendly of places. If Tai hasn't arranged a house party for that day, just the fact that Claire has so many friends and acquaintances there almost guarantees getting side-tracked.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 02 Nov 2018, 01:42
I will take a loaf of the same bread than them, please... Yeah, the magic potion bread!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 02 Nov 2018, 02:11
Welcome, fellow Asterix fan!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Meander on 02 Nov 2018, 02:48
Welcome to Questionable Content Z!!!

(Powering up will take 2 weeks of strips. The actual FIGHT well... you don't wanna know.)

I was here and ready for at least a week of powering up!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 02 Nov 2018, 03:19
That's not really how puns work, Brun...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 02 Nov 2018, 03:28
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 02 Nov 2018, 03:37
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 02 Nov 2018, 03:46
Hm. Here I thought labradoodles were pretty common. Maybe because I pay attention to dogs and their people. But it doesn’t seem at all like an obscure joke to me.

There are also goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, and a host of other poodle mixes.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 02 Nov 2018, 03:57
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Oh, I see. Thanks!

...still think the pun is bit of a stretch.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tyr on 02 Nov 2018, 04:18
Hm. Here I thought labradoodles were pretty common. Maybe because I pay attention to dogs and their people. But it doesn’t seem at all like an obscure joke to me.

There are also goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, and a host of other poodle mixes.
I was made familiar with the Labradoodle breed by the sitcom 'Scrubs'. Cox used it as shorthand to describe J.D. as nervous and prone to widdling on the carpet. Also, a more personal connection to this comic, K.B. Spangler AKA Otter, who has done guest comics for QC and the webcomic A Girl and Her Fed, took care of her parent's labradoodle whom she called Filthspigot while they were abroad a number of years back.

Then again, not everyone obsessively reads the newspost at the bottom of comics/reads the author's home renovation blog.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 02 Nov 2018, 05:10
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Oh, I see. Thanks!

...still think the pun is bit of a stretch.

No, that's more the dachshund.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: derris_kharlan on 02 Nov 2018, 05:43
Nope, still can't make myself like Claire. If anything disliking her even more.

Yup, basically every appearance I dislike her more and more.
I mean yes, Clinton’s comments weren’t exactly thoughtful, but they didn’t come from a place of malice. Claire’s response was just rude. In isolation this latest incident isn’t much but she just constantly behaves terribly. Not a fan.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 02 Nov 2018, 07:23
Still confuse. MHA = "Metal Head Alchemist"? Or "My Hero Academy"? This is almost as bad as looking something up on Urban Dictionary.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Eternal_Newbie on 02 Nov 2018, 07:38
Yeah, I thought Labradoodle was a commonly known term. They've unfortunately become quite popular here recently & the puppy farmers are churning them out faster than the RSPCA can shut them down.

Then again, not everyone obsessively reads the newspost at the bottom of comics/reads the author's home renovation blog.

That the house where the ivy turned out to be an important structural element?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 02 Nov 2018, 07:43
Still confuse. MHA = "Metal Head Alchemist"? Or "My Hero Academy"? This is almost as bad as looking something up on Urban Dictionary.

MHA = "My Hero Academia"; or in the original Japanese (kind of!), the same show is "Boku no Hero Academia" = BNHA.  This is, as stated already, a superhero growth and development story, which is currently running.  The recent chapters of the manga (which is way ahead of the anime) shows signs that the story which started with clear steps towards an ending is instead going to be stretched out interminably...  This is beginning to spoil it for me, as I like my stories to have an ending.

I used the initials originally thinking that the person I was replying to would understand, at least if my identification was correct (it wasn't, but was close).

"Metal Head Alchemist" was a joke (the somewhat similar initials FMA are commonly used for the anime "Fullmetal Achemist")
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 02 Nov 2018, 07:50
Yeah, I thought Labradoodle was a commonly known term. They've unfortunately become quite popular here recently

Being a cross between different varieties of dog (Labrador and Poodle, of course), they don't breed "true", which makes some people trying to make a profit that way very disappointed.  Portmanteau names for dogs we would once have called mongrels have become popular as a way of legitimising such crosses so that more can be charged for them.  A friend of mine has a "CockerPoo" which they paid too much for, and I have a "Sprollie" which was sold perfectly reasonably by the farmer who didn't want his son to leave his working Springer Spaniel and Collie in together that night...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Y on 02 Nov 2018, 08:27
How about a Poogle (https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/poogle/)?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 02 Nov 2018, 08:40
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Das also war des Pudels Kern...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DSL on 02 Nov 2018, 08:49
Give me a mutt any day over something bred "pure" to suit some human purpose.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: jwhouk on 02 Nov 2018, 09:41
I love my cat.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Eternal_Newbie on 02 Nov 2018, 09:46
Yeah, I thought Labradoodle was a commonly known term. They've unfortunately become quite popular here recently

Being a cross between different varieties of dog (Labrador and Poodle, of course), they don't breed "true", which makes some people trying to make a profit that way very disappointed.  Portmanteau names for dogs we would once have called mongrels have become popular as a way of legitimising such crosses so that more can be charged for them.  A friend of mine has a "CockerPoo" which they paid too much for, and I have a "Sprollie" which was sold perfectly reasonably by the farmer who didn't want his son to leave his working Springer Spaniel and Collie in together that night...

As bad as all these daft names for cats. No, that's not an "English Long Hair", it's a short tempered vicious SOB that will rip your face of if you give it a chance. And that one isn't an "Arabian Mau" it's that damn orange cat from next door that decided to move in and somehow leaves more hair all over the place than the other cat.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 02 Nov 2018, 10:40
Yeah, I thought Labradoodle was a commonly known term. They've unfortunately become quite popular here recently

Being a cross between different varieties of dog (Labrador and Poodle, of course), they don't breed "true", which makes some people trying to make a profit that way very disappointed.  Portmanteau names for dogs we would once have called mongrels have become popular as a way of legitimising such crosses so that more can be charged for them.  A friend of mine has a "CockerPoo" which they paid too much for, and I have a "Sprollie" which was sold perfectly reasonably by the farmer who didn't want his son to leave his working Springer Spaniel and Collie in together that night...

As bad as all these daft names for cats. No, that's not an "English Long Hair", it's a short tempered vicious SOB that will rip your face of if you give it a chance. And that one isn't an "Arabian Mau" it's that damn orange cat from next door that decided to move in and somehow leaves more hair all over the place than the other cat.

Cats are cute, sweet and loving. Those who believe they are distant or creepy don't know a thing about them.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: War Sparrow on 02 Nov 2018, 13:38
I have had 2 cats that were mean. One had been found at my dad's work yard, so dad being himself meant we got a cat. We suspected abuse. He got over it, in time.

The other was a hag to everyone but me. No idea what her deal was-but damn did I love her.

My current cats, however, are snuggly purrboxes of joy.

Poor Elliot. He means well.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 02 Nov 2018, 14:02
Yeah, I thought Labradoodle was a commonly known term. They've unfortunately become quite popular here recently

Being a cross between different varieties of dog (Labrador and Poodle, of course), they don't breed "true", which makes some people trying to make a profit that way very disappointed.  Portmanteau names for dogs we would once have called mongrels have become popular as a way of legitimising such crosses so that more can be charged for them.  A friend of mine has a "CockerPoo" which they paid too much for, and I have a "Sprollie" which was sold perfectly reasonably by the farmer who didn't want his son to leave his working Springer Spaniel and Collie in together that night...

Not to put too fine a point on it, purebred-dog breeders can go [bleeep] themselves. The whole idea of inbreeding animals in order to perpetuate deformities and health problems for the purpose of the vanity of the owners is disgusting.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Penquin47 on 02 Nov 2018, 18:02
My childhood dog was an accidental crossbreed of Beagle and Pekingese.  The breeders were going to kill the puppies, but their kids intervened, so the puppies were given away for free.

We decided to call her a Pickle (from Peagle).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: SmilingCat on 02 Nov 2018, 18:24
Not to put too fine a point on it, purebred-dog breeders can go [bleeep] themselves. The whole idea of inbreeding animals in order to perpetuate deformities and health problems for the purpose of the vanity of the owners is disgusting.

Not to mention perpetuating the notion that it's somehow better to spend thousands of dollars on an arbitrarily defined specialty animal rather than helping any of the endless numbers of abandoned animals in desperate need of a home.

(we took in our cat because she got sick and the neighbors didn't want to bother with her. She is best kitty)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DSL on 02 Nov 2018, 18:46
My last dog was chasing my cousin's car down the road, stopped, and came into our front yard as my cousin continued on to her job. The dog stayed with us for eight years, including one move, before THAT trip to the vet. Memory and dog books make me think she was part Manchester terrier, part beagle and, as I say fondly in reminiscence, "100 percent junkyard." A finer, fiercer, more loving dog you'll never see.
Our last cat was the last survivor of a litter of five dropped by a stray shortly before we moved. Mama Cat and two kittens disappeared while we were moving; of the three remaining, two did ... not adapt well to country life. No. 5, the runt, was with us for 18 years, promoted from barn cat to house cat (it was her house, though she was agreeable to us being there as long as we kept the Tender Vittles coming, permitted her to unravel Mom's crocheting as it happened, and left room for her on the bed) though she was not averse to grocery-shopping for mice in the hayfield. She was a ... well, there's such a label as American Domestic Shorthair, but she was your basic cat. One thing I like about cats is they manage to remain cats despite human efforts to breed them into different shapes.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 02 Nov 2018, 19:00
We rescued our two moggies from shelters. We had originally planned to adopt an inseparable, bonded pair of kitties. But, as we all know, you don't choose cats, cats choose you. It took a few days for them to get used to each other, but now they are like brothers, each with his own distinct personality. One is the food thief and fearless explorer of yards and high places, the other is the slayer of flies and demander of home comforts and pats.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Baleanopter on 02 Nov 2018, 19:55
Nope, still can't make myself like Claire. If anything disliking her even more.

Yup, basically every appearance I dislike her more and more.
I mean yes, Clinton’s comments weren’t exactly thoughtful, but they didn’t come from a place of malice. Claire’s response was just rude. In isolation this latest incident isn’t much but she just constantly behaves terribly. Not a fan.
Good to know you all are cuddly puppies under stress. Some of us aren't.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Carl-E on 02 Nov 2018, 21:42
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Oh, I see. Thanks!

...still think the pun is bit of a stretch.

No, that's more the dachshund.

You made me snort out loud.  Damn near choked. 



Thank you. 
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Killspree on 03 Nov 2018, 01:12
I would urge anyone wanting a new dog to strongly consider rescuing a new friend or family member, as the case may, be from the pound over buying one from a puppy farm.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: chris73 on 03 Nov 2018, 02:02

Good to know you all are cuddly puppies under stress. Some of us aren't.
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That'd be fair if they were at Marten and Claires flat or if they were in a library or some other location designed for study and/or quiet but they're not, Claire has decided to study in a business setting not set up for or designed for studying yet is trying to dictate how and what people should be doing, for her benefit

Hell Elliot just baked some bread and is looking for feedback which is a completely legit and appropriate course of action but now is feeling bad because of Claire

Claire has many options open to her in regards to where she can study yet shes choosing inappropriate locations and getting snarky at people for which she has no right to except for some vague notion that "finals" are so gosh darned important that everybody should stop what they're doing and cater to her whims
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: theHermit on 03 Nov 2018, 04:58
Thank you for clarifying that labradoodle pun.

My immediate reaction was "why didn’t he use Google Retriever?"

BTW long time reader, but newly registered; first post, not much to expect
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: derris_kharlan on 03 Nov 2018, 05:41
Good to know you all are cuddly puppies under stress. Some of us aren't.

Stress isn't an excuse to act like a jerk.  Stress can explain her behavior but it doesn't mean its ok.  And as I said, this incident alone wouldn't be so bad, but when you combine it with all her previous (IMO) obnoxious behavior, it creates a pattern.

Besides which there is a difference between: "I don't like this made up character, which exists in a comic I read for enjoyment" and "I think anyone who ever acts out in real life because of stress is a terrible person".

And if you love Claire and hate, say, Emily (who I enjoy) thats totally legit.  You can have different tastes than me.  I also don't like Elliot much, but many people love him.  I'm not wrong, they aren't wrong, because its all personal opinion.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 03 Nov 2018, 08:44
Welcome, newly registered person!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: theHermit on 03 Nov 2018, 09:01
Welcome, newly registered person!

Thank you! Why am I a nurr?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 03 Nov 2018, 10:30
We've all been nurrs; it doesn't last long.

(I've no idea what it stands for - it was in place before my time.)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 03 Nov 2018, 12:35
I read once that it was "Nobody's Uncle Or Relative", not that that makes much more sense.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 03 Nov 2018, 16:17
At work the truck I drive is an Isuzu NRR. I pronounce it "nurr".
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 03 Nov 2018, 20:01
You call it the "Nurr N.R.R."?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 04 Nov 2018, 06:53
 :?
No, I call it the "Isuzu Nurr."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: theHermit on 04 Nov 2018, 08:08
I read once that it was "Nobody's Uncle Or Relative", not that that makes much more sense.

Ah, probably I’m a Newly Underwritten Rookie Reader.

Just read the most from the fanfic threads. Some nice ideas and good writing, but I like the original best  :wink:

Sorry for being OT, it’s the poor-on-comics weekend.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Castlerook on 04 Nov 2018, 10:04
Nah, its obviously "Now, Unrelated Rookie Ridiculing."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 04 Nov 2018, 13:21
:?
No, I call it the "Isuzu Nurr."
That was a joke! It did not deliver as well as i thought! Sorry.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 04 Nov 2018, 13:30
:?
No, I call it the "Isuzu Nurr."
That was a joke! It did not deliver as well as i thought! Sorry.
Yeah, I didn't get it. I'm kind of slow on the upchuck sometimes.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: DSL on 04 Nov 2018, 19:59
Yeah, I didn't get it. I'm kind of slow on the upchuck sometimes.
Officially frowned upon these days, but the remedy for that when I was but a young DSL was a spoonful of syrup of ipecac.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Tova on 04 Nov 2018, 20:19
... when I was but a young DSL ...

Ah yes. The good old days when you were transmitted on twisted-pair telephone cable.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: theHermit on 05 Nov 2018, 12:28
I was received in a BBS called Nostromo.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 06 Nov 2018, 01:04
I was received in a BBS called Nostromo.

... and your NURR-dom is done!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: cybersmurf on 06 Nov 2018, 01:46
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Das also war des Pudels Kern...


To go full Brun I'd have to do some kind of fist pun, or maybe boxing facts. But i'm drawing a blank. I guess I got to throw the towel on that one.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: traroth on 06 Nov 2018, 04:10
That's not really how puns work, Brun...

Yeah, if there's a pun in there, I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.

'Labradoodle' is the unofficial but commonly-used name for a Labrador/Standard Poodle cross. It's hardly a well-known name or breed, I'll grant you.

Das also war des Pudels Kern...


To go full Brun I'd have to do some kind of fist pun, or maybe boxing facts. But i'm drawing a blank. I guess I got to throw the towel on that one.

Man spriecht immer von Goethes Faust, aber nie von Schillers Fuss!

To translate that in english would be a real fight...

:D
Title: Re: WCDT strips 3861-3865 (29th October to 2nd November 2018)
Post by: Thrudd on 06 Nov 2018, 19:48
... when I was but a young DSL ...
Ah yes. The good old days when you were transmitted on twisted-pair telephone cable.
His progenitor was traveling via radio waves ... I think it was in Vancouver ..... before it was absconded with by the weirdos from Murray Hill, New Jersey.
Not soon after DSL was among us.


Man spriecht immer von Goethes Faust, aber nie von Schillers Fuss!

To translate that in english would be a real fight...

:D

Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed.