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Title: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 22 Dec 2018, 23:42
So what whacky adventures will Bembo get up to this time?
Merry Christmas, a belated happy Hanukkah, a belated Yule, a belated happy solstice, and [socially appropriate geetings for any other holidays I missed].


EDIT: I barely use twitter.
Title: Re: WCDT: Bembo week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 23 Dec 2018, 00:32
I'm not even sure that there are going to be any Bembo strips this week. On Twitter, Jeph said he was planning to run 'Patreon strips or something'.
Title: Re: WCDT: Bembo week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 23 Dec 2018, 03:06
I'm not even sure that there are going to be any Bembo strips this week. On Twitter, Jeph said he was planning to run 'Patreon strips or something'.
Oh.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: brasca on 23 Dec 2018, 04:46
Iíd prefer to see what the characters from Alice Groce are up to.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Gyrre on 23 Dec 2018, 14:51
Iíd prefer to see what the characters from Alice Groce are up to.

That'd be interesting to find out
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Near Lurker on 24 Dec 2018, 00:35
I'm still almost exactly 50/50 on whether Roko's use of "they" for Beepatrice was by request or due to her speaking of a broad "friend," but with Spookybot I'm 100% sure the answer is "Mark 5:9."
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Tova on 24 Dec 2018, 00:41
With a couple of tweaks, today's could be a Doctor Who strip.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Dec 2018, 01:25
I do love some of Jeph's equivocation in this strip. Some of Spookybot's behaviour does suggest an interest in theatre, doesn't it? Of course, to be a Mysterious All-Powerful Interloper, one must also be a Large Ham and that behaviour set also lends itself to amateur dramatics!

Oh, and IMO? Everything about Spookybot's aesthetic is solely because they think it's cool. Either directly or because they think that the impression it gives other people about them is cool!

Here's a crazy theory arising from the names of the greyhounds: Spookybot is not entirely of one mind.  The various nodes have some subtle differences in preferences about mundane things. This is reflected in the names they give the dogs. Some like being subtly (or overtly) threatening, some like torturing those who they think deserve it and others want to help people they encounter be happy. The overall direction of their actions is the same but they use different means and approaches.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: traroth on 24 Dec 2018, 05:32
A sentence I never would have thought I would say: Azathoth is cute!
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: shanejayell on 24 Dec 2018, 07:02
Interestingly, while I'm NOT a expert at all, it sorta looks like Spooky is wearing a binder.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 24 Dec 2018, 07:41
Spooky bot is spooky.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 24 Dec 2018, 09:27
Interestingly, while I'm NOT a expert at all, it sorta looks like Spooky is wearing a binder.
To me it looks like they are wearing a standard enough women’s sports top. Spookybot doesn’t exactly have breasts, but doesn’t exactly not have breasts either, so the top is kind of necessary for Jeph to avoid violating his TOS with his advertisers.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Tova on 24 Dec 2018, 11:12
It's just the AIs-wearing-activewear thang.

Also, the "Mr. Smooches" and "AZATHOTH" dogs are a remarkably similar gag to the "Bubbles" and "CORPSE WITCH" introduction, which is probably less of a deliberate parallel and more simply reflecting Jeph's sense of humour.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: MattStriker on 24 Dec 2018, 17:33
I don't know, Azathoth seems more like a cat name to me.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: brasca on 24 Dec 2018, 18:51
Cue ominous piano music.

Spookybot was created by man.

They rebelled. 

They evolved.

There are many copies. 

And they have a plan...  which they got bored with and abandoned to follow their own whimsy. 
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 25 Dec 2018, 05:43
New Comic Up

In which we are reminded that Melon has no idea what 'normal behaviour' might be, nor any real understanding of why she should care about these things as she randomly drifts from one new intense experience to the next.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: MattStriker on 25 Dec 2018, 07:14
My guess would be coke and mentos.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Dec 2018, 07:20
Bleach and ammonia.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Rincewind on 25 Dec 2018, 07:56
I'd like to thank the Patreon person who suggested this strip, I haven't had a good "laugh-'til-I-snort" for far too long.   :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Akima on 25 Dec 2018, 21:37
I don't know, Azathoth seems more like a cat name to me.
I had to look up what an Azathoth was, but I agree, rather as the hero in Rogue Male (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_Male_(novel)) gives the name Azmodeus to the black stray cat that shares his hiding-place.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Dec 2018, 01:46
Poor Roko though! At some point, someone needs to check her chassis to see if some mad scientist had somehow installed a Bad Luck Generator in there without anyone knowing!
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: brasca on 26 Dec 2018, 02:15
Maybe Hannelore should move to this apartment building.  If the landlord hasnít evicted Melon for putting a hole in the floor they probably wouldnít mind her installing a private washing machine.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 26 Dec 2018, 03:07
Maybe Hannelore should move to this apartment building.  If the landlord hasnít evicted Melon for putting a hole in the floor they probably wouldnít mind her installing a private washing machine.

Wait, landlords have a problem with people having a washing machine at the place? That's a thing?

...I don't think I know of a single place anyone I know lives, owned or rented, that doesn't have a washing machine. I mean, hand-washing all your clothes seems so "early 60s".

(I mean, I'm vaguely aware that US has a lot of laundromats and whatnot, but doesn't using those add up to a shitton of money?)
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Dec 2018, 03:32
Maybe Hannelore should move to this apartment building.  If the landlord hasnít evicted Melon for putting a hole in the floor they probably wouldnít mind her installing a private washing machine.

Wait, landlords have a problem with people having a washing machine at the place? That's a thing?

...I don't think I know of a single place anyone I know lives, owned or rented, that doesn't have a washing machine. I mean, hand-washing all your clothes seems so "early 60s".

(I mean, I'm vaguely aware that US has a lot of laundromats and whatnot, but doesn't using those add up to a shitton of money?)

Marten and Hannelore's apartment has a communal laundry room used by everyone living in the block (that's how Juicy's knickers got mixed into Hanners' laundry and is the origin of Hanners' vendetta against the other woman). Mostly, I think it's a structural issue - Older brownstones don't have strong enough floors to handle the vibration of drum washing machines and strengthening the floors would be fantastically expensive, even if it was practicable. Most landlords found it easier to modify the basement into a laundry room with industrial-type washing machines or, as is the case with this building, strengthen just one unit on the top floor (possibly connected to the rooftop utility room) to act as a laundry.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: oeoek on 26 Dec 2018, 03:41
Aaand now we know exactly where Melon lives compared to Roko...
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Case on 26 Dec 2018, 03:43
People build houses from brownstone?  :-o

Like... for living in?

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Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: oddtail on 26 Dec 2018, 06:19
Maybe Hannelore should move to this apartment building.  If the landlord hasnít evicted Melon for putting a hole in the floor they probably wouldnít mind her installing a private washing machine.

Wait, landlords have a problem with people having a washing machine at the place? That's a thing?

...I don't think I know of a single place anyone I know lives, owned or rented, that doesn't have a washing machine. I mean, hand-washing all your clothes seems so "early 60s".

(I mean, I'm vaguely aware that US has a lot of laundromats and whatnot, but doesn't using those add up to a shitton of money?)

Marten and Hannelore's apartment has a communal laundry room used by everyone living in the block (that's how Juicy's knickers got mixed into Hanners' laundry and is the origin of Hanners' vendetta against the other woman). Mostly, I think it's a structural issue - Older brownstones don't have strong enough floors to handle the vibration of drum washing machines and strengthening the floors would be fantastically expensive, even if it was practicable. Most landlords found it easier to modify the basement into a laundry room with industrial-type washing machines or, as is the case with this building, strengthen just one unit on the top floor (possibly connected to the rooftop utility room) to act as a laundry.

That makes sense. I forgot about laundry rooms. Thanks!
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: brasca on 26 Dec 2018, 08:05
Maybe Hannelore should move to this apartment building.  If the landlord hasnít evicted Melon for putting a hole in the floor they probably wouldnít mind her installing a private washing machine.

Wait, landlords have a problem with people having a washing machine at the place? That's a thing?

...I don't think I know of a single place anyone I know lives, owned or rented, that doesn't have a washing machine. I mean, hand-washing all your clothes seems so "early 60s".

(I mean, I'm vaguely aware that US has a lot of laundromats and whatnot, but doesn't using those add up to a shitton of money?)

Marten and Hannelore's apartment has a communal laundry room used by everyone living in the block (that's how Juicy's knickers got mixed into Hanners' laundry and is the origin of Hanners' vendetta against the other woman). Mostly, I think it's a structural issue - Older brownstones don't have strong enough floors to handle the vibration of drum washing machines and strengthening the floors would be fantastically expensive, even if it was practicable. Most landlords found it easier to modify the basement into a laundry room with industrial-type washing machines or, as is the case with this building, strengthen just one unit on the top floor (possibly connected to the rooftop utility room) to act as a laundry.

From the exterior images Iíve seen it doesnít appear to be a brownstone.  It looks like a standard apartment complex.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 26 Dec 2018, 10:02
Aaand now we know exactly where Melon lives compared to Roko...
You think thatís bad? Iím trying to come up with a way to catalyse a thermite reaction with baking soda and whatever that liquid wasÖ
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: zisraelsen on 26 Dec 2018, 10:29
A baking soda container is just what melon uses to store her pure sodium.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: DSL on 26 Dec 2018, 15:21
Re: Apartment buildings with shared or nonexistent laundry facilities:

There's also the issue of laundry machines requiring special high-voltage power connections, and water feed and drain lines. Not all apartment buildings, particularly older or converted ones, have those, or are owned by landlords able or willing to make the building changes necessary to accommodate them.

I lived in four different apartments in one small town. The first two were converted single-family residences and the rent was cheap; the price for that was no laundry room in the building, let alone my unit. The third building had a room with one shared washer and one shared dryer for five units. Depending on the mix of tenants (which changed a lot) it was easier/less risky to just go a few blocks to a coin laundry. Then I moved to an apartment which had hookups for my own laundry machines. Damn, that was nice.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Akima on 26 Dec 2018, 19:10
"There's also the issue of laundry machines requiring special high-voltage power connections"

Is that a thing? If so, is it in countries which use the 110v standard for mains power (which obviously requires roughly double the current to deliver a given amount of power that 220-240v systems do)? In Australia (230v nominal voltage), we can run washing-machines off the normal 10A outlets without problems.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Pennepasta on 26 Dec 2018, 19:32
"There's also the issue of laundry machines requiring special high-voltage power connections"

Is that a thing? If so, is it in countries which use the 110v standard for mains power (which obviously requires roughly double the current to deliver a given amount of power that 220-240v systems do)? In Australia (230v nominal voltage), we can run washing-machines off the normal 10A outlets without problems.

Struck me as odd, too. In the UK, and washing machines are standard three pin plugs. Plumbing it in is also a tiny job, if it's near a boiler, where they can take the intake pipe from. Was literally a case of the plumber forking off the cold water pipe, drilling a hole in the wall, and running a pipe through and down to the drain below. I know the UK does have more legislation about what can be in a bathroom, electricals-wise (basically just a shaver socket at 110), than the US, so not too surprising to be different here - also, not sure if the earthed plug makes a safety change there.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: OldGoat on 26 Dec 2018, 23:33
"There's also the issue of laundry machines requiring special high-voltage power connections"

Is that a thing? If so, is it in countries which use the 110v standard for mains power (which obviously requires roughly double the current to deliver a given amount of power that 220-240v systems do)? In Australia (230v nominal voltage), we can run washing-machines off the normal 10A outlets without problems.
US washing machines are 110-120v.  Dryers are the power suckers at 220-240v.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Dec 2018, 01:38
New Comic Up!
Melon is so wonderfully other in her perceptions and in how the universe works in her head. She's like a breath of fresh air in so many ways!
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Mr. Doctor on 27 Dec 2018, 01:49
This comic was released before. Iím sure of it.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: hedgie on 27 Dec 2018, 01:59
All of these were released on Patreon, but I'm not sure which, if any, were made available to the general public.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Storel on 27 Dec 2018, 02:02
This one with Melon comparing herself to an actual melon was definitely released to the general public before, because I remember it; the others this week have been new to me.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 27 Dec 2018, 02:13

Dammit - if these are older strips, then Roko is probably still squished...  :(

Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Y on 27 Dec 2018, 04:30
This one with Melon comparing herself to an actual melon was definitely released to the general public before, because I remember it; the others this week have been new to me.

It was released (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3760) before.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Dec 2018, 05:24
Well, Jeph seems to agree with you, so he's changed the comic to one that is very different from his usual fare.

Without spoiling too much, Ollie the Smooth Collie does not handle humans with wheels on their feet very well!
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 27 Dec 2018, 07:00
What?

(Today's strip is lost on me)
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Dec 2018, 07:08
It's all about his new dog, Ollie, who is still a puppy and patently baffled by humans' tendency to sometimes sprout wheels.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Zebediah on 27 Dec 2018, 07:35
He changed the comic? Because I’m still seeing the Melon one.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Dec 2018, 08:44
You'll either have to restart your device, clear your cache or, if you're using Firefox, try Ctrl+F5
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 28 Dec 2018, 07:27
Today is basically Steve eating cereal. I'm eager for normal service to resume.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 28 Dec 2018, 07:29
Am I the only one who thinks that, in panel 3, Marten is looking to see if Jeph has messaged him about upcoming parts in the comic and seen nothing?
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 28 Dec 2018, 07:32
Am I the only one who thinks that, in panel 3, Marten is looking to see if Jeph has messaged him about upcoming parts in the comic and seen nothing?
You might be.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: brasca on 28 Dec 2018, 07:46
This isn't all that surprising.  I'm actually more interested in what Penelope is doing.  I'd like to think she might be working on getting into publishing after seeing Faye's career advancement. 

To borrow from Randy Millholland I would like to see a week of strips that show us what people who left the cast or not featured regularly are doing right now like Angus or Raven, but it looks like we're going to see what happened to Roko first. 
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 28 Dec 2018, 07:52
My money's on Amber.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: dutchrvl on 28 Dec 2018, 08:15
My money's on Amber.

Amber who? Are you somehow referring to Amber from DoA?
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: Theta9 on 28 Dec 2018, 13:30
My money's on Amber.

Amber who? Are you somehow referring to Amber from DoA?
Yes. It's my version of a running gag carried over from the DoA thread elsewhere in this forum.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: pwhodges on 29 Dec 2018, 10:37
"GRAMPA"?
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: BenRG on 29 Dec 2018, 10:58
"GRAMPA"?

There was an accident with a prophylactic and HannerDad's time machine. Veronica doesn't like talking about it.
Title: Re: WCDT: Filler fun week (Dec 24th - 28th, 2018)
Post by: bhtooefr on 30 Dec 2018, 06:41
So in the US, we use "split-phase" electricity for residential service - a 240 VAC transformer with the center tap as neutral.

Most circuits go between one leg of the transformer and neutral (and with an additional safety ground pin nowadays) for 120 VAC, with a 15 amp breaker. Our electrical code allows 80% of the breaker's rating for continuous loads, which means 12 amps in practice for anything sustained (like a clothes dryer), and that's not much power to work with. (Some 20 amp circuits exist, primarily in businesses, though.)

Alternately, you can go between the two hot legs (with no neutral, but with a safety ground pin) for a 240 VAC circuit, and these also tend to be higher current - 30 and 50 amps are common ratings. These are commonly used for electric clothes dryers, ranges, central air conditioners, and recently electric vehicle charging. (Note that in some areas, electric panels are much smaller, and people use natural gas for clothes drying and cooking loads.)