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Title: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 24 Feb 2019, 05:22
It seemed like it was time for a change in discussion for the WCDT.

Hope these speculatios aren't too wild or terrible.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: jwhouk on 24 Feb 2019, 08:20
Now that I look at it, Clinton-Brun-Renee would be too much of a Three's Company sitcom-ish trope.

Now, ending up having Roko as a flatmate, and having to deal with Melon and Arthur would be hilarious.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hakko504 on 24 Feb 2019, 09:46
Quote
Turns out it's just one of Melon's sisters being stuck in a wall or something.
You've been reading too much Nicht Lustig man.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Feb 2019, 10:41
I think it's most likely that Renee and Brun will move into the building where Elliott, Roko, Melon and Arthur currently live. That way, Jeph has all his new Primary Cast in the same location, which has lots of obvious benefits.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 24 Feb 2019, 13:25
You don’t think Faye and Bubbles are primary cast members?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Feb 2019, 14:10
Not anymore now that they have settled into a relationship, no. They'll be supporting characters much like how Marten and Claire have become - People to go to for advice and those who pick up the pieces after arguments or accidents.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 24 Feb 2019, 15:39
Just because some characters have entered into happy and fulfilling relationships doesn't mean that their role in the comic will suddenly come to an end or that they've been replaced. Stories don't need drama like one partner struggling with their alcoholism or PTSD or any other negative elements. You have two people (Claire and Bubbles) who have found themselves in their first significant relationships and so there are chances to explore their experiences, their fumbles and their triumphs.

Honestly, I imagine the major reason why Jeph has taken the time to explore new characters and to expand on previous side characters. I mean, as much as we love Marten and Faye and Bubbles and other characters, to repeatedly go to them as the central characters becomes stale and repetitive. Its a case of different characters offering different types of stories and it allows Jeph to exercise his writing abilities.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 24 Feb 2019, 17:13
Putting them in Marten's building would bring him back into focus.

Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: War Sparrow on 24 Feb 2019, 19:15
Comic!

I  am getting the feeling that Clinton is interested in Brun's "deeper" lore, like history and whatnot, because that is how freinds do; but he prefers the little things that are "her", like her jogging of 75ft, or the clocks, or harpoon talents.

Heartwarming!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 24 Feb 2019, 19:25
They're SO amusingly awkward.  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: mercykills on 24 Feb 2019, 19:32
*mashes 'X' button*

Damn, developers and all that damn talking these days. F*** your character development. Just let me play the game!!!

.......

uggggghh, I hit the button too many times now I have to start the comic over from Panel 1.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 24 Feb 2019, 21:22
Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.
I'd expect her to turn up in a nun's habit, claiming to have had a religious experience.  Jeph could spend years speculating whether she was sincere or not.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 24 Feb 2019, 23:18
I think it says a lot about Clinton and Brun's friendship that she doesn't question why he wants to know about her life experiences or anything similar. More importantly, she's comfortable with him; comfortable enough to discuss significant personal matters with him. Even though it happened a long time ago and she's mostly over it, I'm sure that it still isn't information that she just volunteers very often.

Yeah, Clinton thinks Brun is attractive (he told her so and she filed that away in her mental index card system) and I think he's definitely interested in her, given his very visible struggle to find something else to say to keep the conversation going in panel 2. I'm really not sure if it's reciprocated. However, Brun is comfortable with him and clearly has no problem spending time with him. The good thing is that he's never pressured her to spend more time with him and has always respected her desire to go away and be on her own or just stop a conversation that she's having difficulty continuing. I suspect that this respect, more than anything else, is why Brun continues pursuing their friendship.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 25 Feb 2019, 03:18
Quote
Turns out it's just one of Melon's sisters being stuck in a wall or something.
You've been reading too much Nicht Lustig man.
I don't know what that is.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 25 Feb 2019, 04:13
Quote
Turns out it's just one of Melon's sisters being stuck in a wall or something.
You've been reading too much Nicht Lustig man.
I don't know what that is.

I just discovered that thanks to hakko504. It's a german webcomic (in german, obviously).

http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/150422.html

Today: "We got the murder. But the victim is still running around somewhere."
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hakko504 on 25 Feb 2019, 04:57
Quote
Turns out it's just one of Melon's sisters being stuck in a wall or something.
You've been reading too much Nicht Lustig man.
I don't know what that is.

I just discovered that thanks to hakko504. It's a german webcomic (in german, obviously).

http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/150422.html

Today: "We got the murder. But the victim is still running around somewhere."
That's the one I was thinking of, yes. Despite its name, it's quite funny. And one of the recurring characters does indeed live in a wall between two apartments. Not sure if it has been published in English though. I first found it in a Swedish comic magazine a few years ago, so it's not 100% limited to webpublishing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 25 Feb 2019, 06:34
Quote
Turns out it's just one of Melon's sisters being stuck in a wall or something.
You've been reading too much Nicht Lustig man.
I don't know what that is.

I just discovered that thanks to hakko504. It's a german webcomic (in german, obviously).

http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/150422.html

Today: "We got the murder. But the victim is still running around somewhere."
That's the one I was thinking of, yes. Despite its name, it's quite funny. And one of the recurring characters does indeed live in a wall between two apartments. Not sure if it has been published in English though. I first found it in a Swedish comic magazine a few years ago, so it's not 100% limited to webpublishing.

Yeah, I read some of them, and some made me chuckle.

Like that one:

"-I wonder if we didn't change too much things last time we time-travelled.
-Whatever... Merry Cheesemas!"

http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/141219.html

Or:

"-You clone yourself every year in oder to be everywhere at the same time?
-But it's super hard to determine who's the real one.
-There can only be one!"

http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/141210.html
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: brasca on 25 Feb 2019, 07:44
Putting them in Marten's building would bring him back into focus.

Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.

It seems unlikely, but she may have ratted out a lot of important people and ironically avoided prison, but put in the witness relocation program.  However, if that happened I seriously doubt she’d be living anywhere near Northampton.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 25 Feb 2019, 07:46
It's Data, not Lore ...

(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Feb 2019, 08:23
Putting them in Marten's building would bring him back into focus.

Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.

It seems unlikely, but she may have ratted out a lot of important people and ironically avoided prison, but put in the witness relocation program.  However, if that happened I seriously doubt she’d be living anywhere near Northampton.

That's about the only way I can imagine she might be out in a short time, except maybe for a corrupt pardon. We don't know how powerful the "big fish" are/were.

The Witness Protection Program couldn't keep her location secret from Spookybot, who might well consider her sentence inadequate.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 25 Feb 2019, 09:09
I think it's established Arthur and melon live in the apartment directly above Roko's, and probably on the same floor as Elliot (melon did wander into Elliot's apartment once, so it's most likely at least the same building). Renee and brun living in the very same building would be a bit much, but not impossible.
I wouldn't be surprised if that building was also the home of The Fairy and/or Pizza Girl.

Speaking of, I would wager Brun and Renee end up in the same building as The Fairy, and we learn about it through brun. Like she comes by the coffee shop, Emily points her out, qnd Brun is like "Oh, yeah, that's Emilia. she makes some killer brownies." And then that's it for like another 150 Strips.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 25 Feb 2019, 09:29
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Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Feb 2019, 14:15
An AI in a witness protection program would just about have to have a new chassis, so Corpse Witch could show up as pretty much anything.  Imagine an energetic, conniving personality like that having to spend a few decades in a continental breakfast nook in a motel in the middle of nowhere, asking, "Would you like some toast?" and waiting for someone, anyone, to put a bagel in her slots.  Even if Spooky knows she escaped and is hiding out, they may well just let her sit there with nothing more interesting to do than heat up a frozen waffle.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: wlewisiii on 25 Feb 2019, 19:04
Hmm. Lore? Codex?

Hah, I'm'a going to bet that Jeph's a warframe player
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Milayna on 25 Feb 2019, 19:33
I think it says a lot about Clinton and Brun's friendship that she doesn't question why he wants to know about her life experiences or anything similar. More importantly, she's comfortable with him; comfortable enough to discuss significant personal matters with him. Even though it happened a long time ago and she's mostly over it, I'm sure that it still isn't information that she just volunteers very often.

Yeah, Clinton thinks Brun is attractive (he told her so and she filed that away in her mental index card system) and I think he's definitely interested in her, given his very visible struggle to find something else to say to keep the conversation going in panel 2. I'm really not sure if it's reciprocated. However, Brun is comfortable with him and clearly has no problem spending time with him. The good thing is that he's never pressured her to spend more time with him and has always respected her desire to go away and be on her own or just stop a conversation that she's having difficulty continuing. I suspect that this respect, more than anything else, is why Brun continues pursuing their friendship.
Now I wonder if Brun's going to ask Clinton to fill her in on his "deep Clinton lore". Not even to do with relationships, it's just polite to reciprocate, otherwise it's just a one-sided conversation. (Though it would be interesting to see how she feels about his lore, too).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: TRenn on 25 Feb 2019, 19:59
Despite qualifying as a Trope Codifier for "Cloudcookoolander," it's rather sweet that Melon not only realizes that Roko is feeling a bit "off," she obviously wants to help. Somehow. Most likely, any improvement in Roko's mood will be totally by accident, but improvement is improvement.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: DaiJB on 25 Feb 2019, 20:59
"Melon must never team up with Emily"  :laugh:

And I still think Emily had something to do with Melon's programming...  :-D

edit: Oh, by the way, I put "Other" in the poll again (force of habit):

Brun and Renee find two possible apartments -
The first is ideally situated, roomy, no noisy neighbours, reasonable rent...
And the other is over a clock store...

Now, which one will they end up with?  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 25 Feb 2019, 22:37
No Melon can walk into the same apartment twice
Because it's not the same apartment
And she's not the same Melon.

Like wow.

Anyway, call me boring, but I suspect that they will find an apartment and move into it.
There will be separate shenanigans.

Honestly, I don't see the supposedly obvious benefits of them being in the same building as other cast members. They could be in the same street or the same suburb, and I don't see how that would change any of the kinds of stories we've been seeing.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 25 Feb 2019, 23:19
So, we're off on a new mini-arc! I'm not surprised as the art in the last panel of yesterday' strip does, in retrospect, feel a lot like a fade-out.

Today's comic has some classic Melon and her only tangential connection to observational reality as well as literal-mindedness turned up to eleven. It also has a very sweet example of how Melon is desperately trying to help Roko, as difficult as that is at the moment. She's even helping a little, given Roko's smile in panel 5.

The cause for hope? Roko 'doesn't know' how she feels at the moment. That's a lot better than just feeling bad, out of place and disconnected. The bad sign? She's over-focussing on that feeling of disconnection. I've said this before but I really think that she shouldn't be hiding away.

Now I wonder if Brun's going to ask Clinton to fill her in on his "deep Clinton lore". Not even to do with relationships, it's just polite to reciprocate, otherwise it's just a one-sided conversation. (Though it would be interesting to see how she feels about his lore, too).

BRUN: "You held a lit firework? That sounds dumb."

CLINTON: "Can't argue with you there!"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 25 Feb 2019, 23:21
Honestly, I don't see the supposedly obvious benefits of them being in the same building as other cast members. They could be in the same street or the same suburb, and I don't see how that would change any of the kinds of stories we've been seeing.
It's just a literary device for Jeph - he doesn't have to write them to where the domestic action is going to be because they're already there.  But for us, I agree, no discernible difference.




Edit - I hate it when I notice typos nine hours later.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 25 Feb 2019, 23:50
No Melon can walk into the same apartment twice
Because it's not the same apartment
And she's not the same Melon.

Like wow.

Anyway, call me boring, but I suspect that they will find an apartment and move into it.
There will be separate shenanigans.

Honestly, I don't see the supposedly obvious benefits of them being in the same building as other cast members. They could be in the same street or the same suburb, and I don't see how that would change any of the kinds of stories we've been seeing.
Mostly the options were just to mess with the shippers. I wasn't kidding last week when I said I couldn't think of very many good apartment hunting shenanigans.
Apartment hunting nightmares on the other hand.....


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Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: mercykills on 26 Feb 2019, 00:25
Putting them in Marten's building would bring him back into focus.

Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.

It seems unlikely, but she may have ratted out a lot of important people and ironically avoided prison, but put in the witness relocation program.  However, if that happened I seriously doubt she’d be living anywhere near Northampton.

I REALLY couldn't see that being a realistic possibility. The deal was she told the WHOLE of her crimes to the authorities to avoid Spooky's eternal, righteous, and deliciously painful(<3) wrath. Those crimes include using the threat of a mind-wiping(resulting in Bubble's going into a vegetative state(?)*) to enslave a fellow AI.

Putting aside all the others, if that ONE crime itself was enough to get Station to threaten to go "Titanium Rod From Space to the FACE" mode and get Spooky to break some, apparently, God-like rules against direct involvement; I really can't see other higher up AI's, ones who'd, also, probably take a special interest in a case like that(if not try the case themselves), letting Corpse Witch off with NO time served, no matter whom she was willing or able to serve up. Even if she was able to gift wrap up for them all the evidence they'd need(a tall order) in a nice gift basket.

Nah. She's cooling her heels in the smallest, suitable thumb drive one can imagine, if Spooky has anything to say about it. And I bet she had plenty to say about it. :)

*I'd imagine this to be a fate worse than death for someone with Bubble's warrior spirit.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 26 Feb 2019, 01:08
Isn't Roko taller than before? I never noticed such a difference in size between Melon and her...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 26 Feb 2019, 01:52
Putting them in Marten's building would bring him back into focus.

Tho I voted Corpse Witch just because it would be interesting to bring her back.

It seems unlikely, but she may have ratted out a lot of important people and ironically avoided prison, but put in the witness relocation program.  However, if that happened I seriously doubt she’d be living anywhere near Northampton.

I REALLY couldn't see that being a realistic possibility. The deal was she told the WHOLE of her crimes to the authorities to avoid Spooky's eternal, righteous, and deliciously painful(<3) wrath. Those crimes include using the threat of a mind-wiping(resulting in Bubble's going into a vegetative state(?)*) to enslave a fellow AI.

Putting aside all the others, if that ONE crime itself was enough to get Station to threaten to go "Titanium Rod From Space to the FACE" mode and get Spooky to break some, apparently, God-like rules against direct involvement; I really can't see other higher up AI's, ones who'd, also, probably take a special interest in a case like that(if not try the case themselves), letting Corpse Witch off with NO time served, no matter whom she was willing or able to serve up. Even if she was able to gift wrap up for them all the evidence they'd need(a tall order) in a nice gift basket.

Nah. She's cooling her heels in the smallest, suitable thumb drive one can imagine, if Spooky has anything to say about it. And I bet she had plenty to say about it. :)

*I'd imagine this to be a fate worse than death for someone with Bubble's warrior spirit.
*points at time thread was posted*
At 0522 in the morning my braiin basically went 'times skips' and 'weird bit of community service'.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 26 Feb 2019, 02:21

{snip Marten's building to shift the focus "back", and vote for Corpse Witch}

It seems unlikely, but she may have ratted out a lot of important people and ironically avoided prison, but put in the witness relocation program.  However, if that happened I seriously doubt she’d be living anywhere near Northampton.

I REALLY couldn't see that being a realistic possibility. The deal was she told the WHOLE of her crimes to the authorities to avoid Spooky's eternal, righteous, and deliciously painful(<3) wrath. Those crimes include using the threat of a mind-wiping(resulting in Bubble's going into a vegetative state(?)*) to enslave a fellow AI.

Putting aside all the others, if that ONE crime itself was enough to get Station to threaten to go "Titanium Rod From Space to the FACE" mode and get Spooky to break some, apparently, God-like rules against direct involvement; I really can't see other higher up AI's, ones who'd, also, probably take a special interest in a case like that(if not try the case themselves), letting Corpse Witch off with NO time served, no matter whom she was willing or able to serve up. Even if she was able to gift wrap up for them all the evidence they'd need(a tall order) in a nice gift basket.

*I'd imagine this to be a fate worse than death for someone with Bubble's warrior spirit.

Combined with the whole Roko situation, I think spookybot might have thought about making friends with Bubbles instead of Roko, and that was the only reason they even broke their rule of coming out of the shadows helping her. But as quoted by themselves, after that kind of "intrusion" they couldn't be friends with her.
Then they tried with Roko. Who's Roko's best friend? To me it appears Melon fills that role. So, besides some weird AI Roko doesn't seem to have a lot of friends, and plausible deniability is still within reach. (probably another reason why Bubbles is out of the picture for the whole friendship thing)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Mark7 on 26 Feb 2019, 03:58
NO!

Melon absolutely MUST team up with Emily.  The results would be hilarious :D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Cornelius on 26 Feb 2019, 04:02
That, or apocalyptic. Bit of a toss-up.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: oddtail on 26 Feb 2019, 04:17
That, or apocalyptic. Bit of a toss-up.

Could be both. As the saying goes, comedy is tragedy plus distance that protects you from the mushroom clouds.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tai Fanboi on 26 Feb 2019, 04:21
NO!

Melon absolutely MUST team up with Emily.  The results would be hilarious :D

Either that or it'd be the universal equivalent of dividing by 0


Ahh that's the secret ending of the comic, earth implodes, done, so long and thanks for all the fish. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: dutchrvl on 26 Feb 2019, 04:46
NO!

Melon absolutely MUST team up with Emily.  The results would be hilarious :D

Either that or it'd be the universal equivalent of dividing by 0


Ahh that's the secret ending of the comic, earth implodes, done, so long and thanks for all the fish.

Come to think of it, it HAS been a long time since I've seen a dolphin....
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: rtmq0227 on 26 Feb 2019, 07:14
NO!

Melon absolutely MUST team up with Emily.  The results would be hilarious :D

Either that or it'd be the universal equivalent of dividing by 0


Ahh that's the secret ending of the comic, earth implodes, done, so long and thanks for all the fish.

Come to think of it, it HAS been a long time since I've seen a dolphin....

I'm entirely convinced that the last comic will be Melon and Emily teaming up, something along the lines of "We're going to do great things together!" then a time skip panel, and then the first few panels of Alice Grove.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: larn on 26 Feb 2019, 07:43
Seeing this strip made me speculate about AnthroPC morning routine. Do they clean their chassis daily? Do they put on makeup?

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Feb 2019, 07:48
Seeing this strip made me speculate about AnthroPC morning routine. Do they clean their chassis daily? Do they put on makeup?

Bubbles has been known to use lipstick and style her hair on occasion; I think that AnthroPCs have as much vanity as humans when it comes to appearance, especially if there is someone towards whom they want to 'look good'. We've also seen Momo shower so some of them at least have a routine of exterior hygiene. There are also likely things that are unique to them with no obvious human equivalent - Topping up on the pine-fresh coolant is the most obvious example.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Cornelius on 26 Feb 2019, 07:49
Wouldn't that be breakfast?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 26 Feb 2019, 08:01
Melon absolutely MUST team up with Emily.  The results would be hilarious :D
That, or apocalyptic. Bit of a toss-up.
If anyone can write a hilarious apocalypse, it'd be Jeph.

In re the current strip - Melon displays what is, for someone who turns up in people's kitchens eating their cereal, an unusual mastery of basic social skills with, "Can I come in?"
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Transmundane on 26 Feb 2019, 08:19
Hi, new poster here (waves hello), longtime reader of QC.

I'm wondering why Roko hasn't been to the bakery yet...
Is she worried that in her new chassis she won't react to bread the way she used to?
That would freak me out if I was in her place.
I can understand that kind of trepidation.

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 26 Feb 2019, 08:27
Seeing this strip made me speculate about AnthroPC morning routine. Do they clean their chassis daily? Do they put on makeup?

Bubbles has been known to use lipstick and style her hair on occasion; I think that AnthroPCs have as much vanity as humans when it comes to appearance, especially if there is someone towards whom they want to 'look good'. We've also seen Momo shower so some of them at least have a routine of exterior hygiene. There are also likely things that are unique to them with no obvious human equivalent - Topping up on the pine-fresh coolant is the most obvious example.
Bubbles has worn lipstick in comic??? I honestly don't remember that one. Probably because I'm 2.5 hours over-due for being asleep.
Tonight's shift is going to suck.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Welu on 26 Feb 2019, 08:40
I think Bubbles has only wore lipstick once when she first met most of the cast at a party. https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3058
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 26 Feb 2019, 11:03
Welcome, new person!

It would make sense for her to be afraid of losing her appreciation of bread. We have no idea how fetishes get stored and whether a different sensorium would route bread sensations away from the sexual response centers.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Thrillho on 26 Feb 2019, 12:23
I think it says a lot about Clinton and Brun's friendship that she doesn't question why he wants to know about her life experiences or anything similar. More importantly, she's comfortable with him; comfortable enough to discuss significant personal matters with him. Even though it happened a long time ago and she's mostly over it, I'm sure that it still isn't information that she just volunteers very often.

My experience of a lot of folks quite far along the spectrum is that you will get this kind of information from them whether you solicit it or not, so I wouldn't 100% put it on trust for Clinton.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 26 Feb 2019, 13:45
Seeing this strip made me speculate about AnthroPC morning routine. Do they clean their chassis daily? Do they put on makeup?

Bubbles has been known to use lipstick and style her hair on occasion; I think that AnthroPCs have as much vanity as humans when it comes to appearance, especially if there is someone towards whom they want to 'look good'. We've also seen Momo shower so some of them at least have a routine of exterior hygiene. There are also likely things that are unique to them with no obvious human equivalent - Topping up on the pine-fresh coolant is the most obvious example.

It's not a neckbeard.

I think Momo took that shower simply because she could at that point - I guess since she had a full sized humanoid chassis, she wanted to be a bit more humanoid and less ... toy. Also, she's very particular about her hair, not looking too punk.
Bubbles HAS used lipstick, and is still working on her own hairstyle. Although only a little bit I guess.

Yes, they DO care what they look like. In varying degrees. Depending on what they can do about it. Like heatsinks and mod jobs.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 26 Feb 2019, 16:21
I would imagine that Momo showers not because she can, but because even though her skin is sealed, dirt or other contaminants getting into the mechanical aspects of her chassis would have a damaging effect on her. We've seen the effect of poor maintenance has on an AI chassis, May's disaster with half her face falling off. Yes, we can attribute some of that to age, but a chassis is still a finely tuned piece of engineering and needs a degree of care.

As for Bubbles using lipstick, that would definitely be attributed to her trying to connect to the world. She's gone from a highly traumatic experience losing her team, to effectively being homeless and feared by both humans and AI. In going to the party, she possibly read up through an outdated book, or looked up for a more formal occasion. The lipstick was her trying too hard to fit in, especially combined with the fact that she was still in her combat armour.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 26 Feb 2019, 18:05
Her social protocol database probably said not to remain muddy after a nature hike.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: ANeM on 26 Feb 2019, 19:13
Dammit, am I going to have to go through the archive now to see if there were actually some Melon strips with a secret drawn on navel? It's probably just an offhand joke but it also feels like the sort of statement that could be used to cover some continuity errors, or just a long slow buildup for minimal payoff, like Community's Beetlejuice gag.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cesium133 on 26 Feb 2019, 19:21
New comic...

And I made the mistake of assuming Melon's line in panel 4 actually had something to do with what Roko was saying, and I found myself wondering how, yeah, Roko is unemployed right now, but bread isn't THAT expensive, right?  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cucumber error on 26 Feb 2019, 19:48
I don't know what Melon's torso is made of, but a melon baller probably won't do much damage. When she gets out the blowtorch Roko may need to intervene.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 26 Feb 2019, 19:52
If it does do damage, we may see Melon bawl.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: celticgeek on 26 Feb 2019, 19:53

As for Bubbles using lipstick, that would definitely be attributed to her trying to connect to the world. She's gone from a highly traumatic experience losing her team, to effectively being homeless and feared by both humans and AI. In going to the party, she possibly read up through an outdated book, or looked up for a more formal occasion. The lipstick was her trying too hard to fit in, especially combined with the fact that she was still in her combat armour.

She may have tried to check with Winslow's friends (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=944).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 26 Feb 2019, 20:07
'You can leeeave your bread on ...'
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 26 Feb 2019, 20:31
I hadn't considered "will a new body affect my fetish?" as a concept, before....
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 26 Feb 2019, 20:53
I was just thinking yesterday "enough of the Brun and Clinton stuff, what's happening with Roko?". And now I know. :)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 26 Feb 2019, 21:12
'You can leeeave your bread on ...'
Came here for the vintage Randy Newman reference.   Leaving satisfied.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 26 Feb 2019, 23:24
What makes this strip stand out to me is the way Jeph basically merges two separate strips in a way that should seem confusing but instead is funny. He simultaneously reminds us just how difficult a time Roko is having and also reminds us that Melon really needs close supervision at most times. After panel 1, both ladies go off in their own ways, Roko thinking aloud and Melon going on what I'm worried may be a fairly typical free-association chain of thoughts leading to a very bad decision.

I did wonder how Melon came to blow her butt off that time and now I think I know. Someone said the phrase 'explosive fart' and she decided that an explosive device under her posterior plate was the way to do it.

I do have to agree with Roko in one important way. Sitting at home, moping and over-analysing everything will only help intensify her sense of dislocation. If she's got a different focus for her day, it may help. I think it will be useful for her to see if she's still worrying about having a new body after a day of doing other stuff.

I also really, really want this arc to end with Roko visiting The Secret Bakery.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: brasca on 27 Feb 2019, 02:05
I thought that vertical line on Roko’s abdomen as well as other AIs was their navel or do they refer to it as something else?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Feb 2019, 02:13
The longitudinal line is the central division between the two sides of the abdominal musculature but they don't have a 'navel' - a distinct scar tissue feature (be it flat, innie or outie).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: pwhodges on 27 Feb 2019, 02:30
I have a vague recollection of a character having their USB port where a navel might be; but I may be imagining it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 27 Feb 2019, 04:48
Melon seems to have a real masochistic inclination...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Feb 2019, 05:04
I'm not sure its masochism in the classical sense of the word. I just think that she has difficulty in connecting bodily injury to actually being a bad thing for her personally. Isn't that a kind of dysphoria too?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 27 Feb 2019, 05:36
I'm not sure its masochism in the classical sense of the word. I just think that she has difficulty in connecting bodily injury to actually being a bad thing for her personally. Isn't that a kind of dysphoria too?

This (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3643) is the very substance of nightmares. And in a later comic, she said she enjoys it. Even so she's screaming!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 27 Feb 2019, 05:37
Poor Roko has really a bad time coping with her new body. Time to find a bakery...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Hoodiecrow on 27 Feb 2019, 06:16
I'm not sure its masochism in the classical sense of the word. I just think that she has difficulty in connecting bodily injury to actually being a bad thing for her personally. Isn't that a kind of dysphoria too?

Asimov's robots were prohibited to harm themselves (or allow themselves to be harmed) by the Third Law. The kind of AI he envisioned presupposed both 1) incapacity (a robot can't bring itself to harm itself, much like we can't stop our own heart by willing it), and 2) acumen (a robot would always be able to discern if protecting itself from harm would violate the first or second law). From what we think we know about AI today, it seems that Doctor A's non-fuzzy positronic brains are unrealistic.

The AIs in QC are very individual and often eccentric (they would be, it's a comic after all): lewd, proper, deferential, combative, bitter, carefree, conniving, straight-laced. Some of them have exceptional "talents", some of them have exceptional  limitations as well.

One shouldn't anthropomorphize and think that intelligent beings must be like humans. But how different is it reasonable to expect them to be? These are minds that aren't directly generated by an evolved wetware brain. Their designers have still modeled the human brain, in a trial-and-error process that is bound to include some weird wiring. If one were to create a graph of human and AI traits, I would expect them to cover roughly the same area, but at the same time be visibly different in the particulars.

But the differences might still work the same way: Roko and Agent Scully might be similar due to having the same kind of brain couplings. Steve Rogers and Bubbles too, and Station and Tony Stark, for that matter.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Mark7 on 27 Feb 2019, 06:27
How can Melon even eat cereal?  How does she even process it?

Are there AnthroPCs that are actually powered by organic matter?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cesium133 on 27 Feb 2019, 06:32
You could have an AI powered by burning organic matter, though they wouldn't be safe to have indoors, considering the emissions.

So, yes, Melon is probably powered by organic matter.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Mark7 on 27 Feb 2019, 06:48
You mean robot farts are deadlier than all other farts?

Also... I am officially in love with Melon :D
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: brasca on 27 Feb 2019, 07:20
The longitudinal line is the central division between the two sides of the abdominal musculature but they don't have a 'navel' - a distinct scar tissue feature (be it flat, innie or outie).

Well technically speaking they couldn’t since they never had umbilical cords, but they have imitations of the real thing.  Momo has one that when pressed changes the color of her hair.  You’d think that’s a wacky feature Melon’s chassis would include or maybe she opted for the detachable butt.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: artag on 27 Feb 2019, 07:36
"Would you like some toast?" and waiting for someone, anyone, to put a bagel in her slots.  Even if Spooky knows she escaped and is hiding out, they may well just let her sit there with nothing more interesting to do than heat up a frozen waffle.

I think you cracked it. She turns up in Red Dwarf.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: artag on 27 Feb 2019, 07:49
Poor Roko has really a bad time coping with her new body. Time to find a bakery...

What if her new sensorium has the opposite effect and she turns out to be completely overwhelmed by bread ?
See Pratchett's Thief of Time and true 'death by chocolate'.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hedgie on 27 Feb 2019, 08:19
I think you cracked it. She turns up in Red Dwarf.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec)

I think that Lister had the right idea.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hakko504 on 27 Feb 2019, 08:22
I have a vague recollection of a character having their USB port where a navel might be; but I may be imagining it.
That was Hannelore: Winslow and Pintsize was checking if she secretly was a cyborg by sticking cables into her navel and seeing if they connected. 1175 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1175) They didn't mention USB, but the way the cables was drawn it was almost certainly USB.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 27 Feb 2019, 10:35
I thought that vertical line on Roko’s abdomen as well as other AIs was their navel or do they refer to it as something else?

My guess is: newer/more expensive chassis have a more human build, like abdominal "muscles". May be for agility, and/or more power. I think Melon's and May's chassis may have more like static builds, with classic motors and actuators. Momo, as well as Winslow could be a hybrid solution in my eyes, with some artificial muscles, and some 'classic robotics'.


'You can leeeave your bread on ...'

This actually hurts me. It's so bad, it could be one of MY jokes.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Stoutfellow on 27 Feb 2019, 19:55
So, two questions. Why does Roko have a melon baller? Why does Melon know this?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Penquin47 on 27 Feb 2019, 20:23
Roko has a melon baller for scooping bread dough for mini-breads.  I use mine for cookies.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 27 Feb 2019, 20:53
I have a vague recollection of a character having their USB port where a navel might be; but I may be imagining it.
You might be mixing up Baron Mistycorn being a dick to Nick (http://"http://skin-horse.com/comic/faint-strain/") with that plug punch to the gut. IDK.

That happens to me sometimes when I stay up too long reading webcomics.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 27 Feb 2019, 23:16
New Comic Up!

You know, I'm really starting to worry about Melon. I wonder how often she injures herself out of curiosity or a simple lack of understanding of what is and is not good for her continued functioning? There is this incident, the exploding butt and the incredibly traumatic hallucinations she gives herself by huffing toxic mixtures at Coffee of Doom. I might be being too down here but I really think that she needs a live-in carer!

This is the first suggestion Jeph has made that Roko isn't so much feeling disconnection from her new body as she's suffering from an ongoing low-level sensory overload that makes it difficult for her to adapt. She is either going to go into The Secret Bakery and faint due to the smell or start acting crazy because of the sensations. I'm not sure which option is worse at this point, given what she said about how desperately she still needs bread to turn her on!

Meanwhile, I think that Faye speaks for Jeph in her suspicion of 'expert opinions' on the Internet and we learn that Bubbles just doesn't indulge Melon's whimsical nature at all! :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 27 Feb 2019, 23:32
Meanwhile, I think that Faye speaks for Jeph in her suspicion of 'expert opinions' on the Internet and we learn that Bubbles just doesn't indulge Melon's whimsical nature at all! :laugh:

IIRC either Bubbles or Roko mentioned that model of chassis is typical for a certain kind of AI. Roko probably is just jaded, and to Bubbles it's just "another variation of AI".

Also, I consider the whole thing a rather... ballsy move on Melon's side.
I'll show myself out.


Union robotics could offer melon a flatrate on work time, and a reduced prize on parts, since she'll probably be a returning customer.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Sullivan on 28 Feb 2019, 00:41
SynthShine 420 is the QC AI equivalent of "high end" audio cable.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 28 Feb 2019, 00:51
Roko already wants to polish her butt emblem? Isn't that a bit premature?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 28 Feb 2019, 01:08
Not really, she's got a new body and she quit her job. Money could be a bit tight. That's going to need proper maintenance. Or at least, that's what she thinks. Really, butt polish is just like all those other unnecessary products.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 28 Feb 2019, 02:03
SynthShine 420 is the QC AI equivalent of "high end" audio cable.

Like the difference in perceived bass biasing isn't worth paying ten times as much? oh, I agree.

Union Robotics could make themselves a name by creating their own, cheap more moderately priced alternative. It may get weird when Pintsize helps them creating the formula.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 28 Feb 2019, 02:49
'You can leeeave your bread on ...'

This actually hurts me. It's so bad, it could be one of MY jokes.

I'm the Uwe Boll of punning.  8-)

Srsly, though: Do we have a Germanophone equivalent to the Anglophone punning-culture? We do puns, too, but methinks it doesn't play that much of a role in German/Austrian/Swiss humor? .


P. S.: Yes, German humor does exist, it's just that it is pretty dark, very fond of the surreal and absurd, and a lot of it is deadpan & tongue-in-cheek. Monthly Python is right up our alley.

P. P. S. :And it's distinct from post-1990s German comedy, which is a crime against humanity.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tai Fanboi on 28 Feb 2019, 04:40
New Comic Up!

You know, I'm really starting to worry about Melon. I wonder how often she injures herself out of curiosity or a simple lack of understanding of what is and is not good for her continued functioning? There is this incident, the exploding butt and the incredibly traumatic hallucinations she gives herself by huffing toxic mixtures at Coffee of Doom. I might be being too down here but I really think that she needs a live-in carer!

This is the first suggestion Jeph has made that Roko isn't so much feeling disconnection from her new body as she's suffering from an ongoing low-level sensory overload that makes it difficult for her to adapt. She is either going to go into The Secret Bakery and faint due to the smell or start acting crazy because of the sensations. I'm not sure which option is worse at this point, given what she said about how desperately she still needs bread to turn her on!

Meanwhile, I think that Faye speaks for Jeph in her suspicion of 'expert opinions' on the Internet and we learn that Bubbles just doesn't indulge Melon's whimsical nature at all! :laugh:

Perhaps Melon has a similar issue to what Roko is going through?  Reason she can carve into herself, blow her butt off etc, is because she doesn't see the body as "her".  As long as the AI lattice is in tact, they're OK, so I would hazard a guess that some AI's might feel that the chassis is a simple vehicle, able to be modified and transformed to fit the personality, much the way we view a car or truck.  The chassis or car is a simple vehicle to get us from point A to point B while we travel along inside it. 
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: SpanielBear on 28 Feb 2019, 05:29
'You can leeeave your bread on ...'

This actually hurts me. It's so bad, it could be one of MY jokes.

I'm the Uwe Boll of punning.  8-)

Srsly, though: Do we have a Germanophone equivalent to the Anglophone punning-culture? We do puns, too, but methinks it doesn't play that much of a role in German/Austrian/Swiss humor? .


P. S.: Yes, German humor does exist, it's just that it is pretty dark, very fond of the surreal and absurd, and a lot of it is deadpan & tongue-in-cheek. Monthly Python is right up our alley.

P. P. S. :And it's distinct from post-1990s German comedy, which is a crime against humanity.


It's a very small sample I know, but I thought Rammstein lyrics were largely pun based. It feels* like German heavy metal in general uses a lot of wordplay. It's one of the reasons I like it, it takes a genre known for its aggression and violent imagery and uses humour to turn a gaze back on itself. It's self aware, playing up the pantomime. It can be downright clever sometimes.

(Also industrial bass riffs, oh my God take me now...)

*My German is pretty bad, and this is definitely a perception from a foreign perspective rather than an objective observation.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Stoutfellow on 28 Feb 2019, 07:28
Roko has a melon baller for scooping bread dough for mini-breads.  I use mine for cookies.

Do we have any evidence that Roko actually bakes, as opposed to haunting bakeries?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Thrudd on 28 Feb 2019, 08:21
Just injecting a sampling of one variety of German humour that a cousin sent a link to me - NICHTLUSTIG - the name translates as NOT FUNNY
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 28 Feb 2019, 08:44
'You can leeeave your bread on ...'

This actually hurts me. It's so bad, it could be one of MY jokes.

I'm the Uwe Boll of punning.  8-)

Srsly, though: Do we have a Germanophone equivalent to the Anglophone punning-culture? We do puns, too, but methinks it doesn't play that much of a role in German/Austrian/Swiss humor? .


P. S.: Yes, German humor does exist, it's just that it is pretty dark, very fond of the surreal and absurd, and a lot of it is deadpan & tongue-in-cheek. Monthly Python is right up our alley.

P. P. S. :And it's distinct from post-1990s German comedy, which is a crime against humanity.


It's a very small sample I know, but I thought Rammstein lyrics were largely pun based. It feels* like German heavy metal in general uses a lot of wordplay. It's one of the reasons I like it, it takes a genre known for its aggression and violent imagery and uses humour to turn a gaze back on itself. It's self aware, playing up the pantomime. It can be downright clever sometimes.

(Also industrial bass riffs, oh my God take me now...)

*My German is pretty bad, and this is definitely a perception from a foreign perspective rather than an objective observation.

A certain circle of my friends knows me for my capability of occasionally brilliant, but mostly blunt to really bad puns.

I think, to an extent, Austrian humor is partially very similar to a certain British humour. We can be quite dark, even morbid, and I have certain self-deprecating tendencies. and we're not afraid to turn on clichés.

I think German humor used to be extremely dry. Like one-liners needed a gallon of water to rehydrate, and still be dry.


Just injecting a sampling of one variety of German humour that a cousin sent a link to me - NICHTLUSTIG - the name translates as NOT FUNNY
(click to show/hide)


Some of them are spot on.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 28 Feb 2019, 10:09
This brought to my mind the image of a chicken running around with its head cut off -- which I have seen. Then I looked up the cartoon...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 28 Feb 2019, 11:17
Srsly, though: Do we have a Germanophone equivalent to the Anglophone punning-culture? We do puns, too, but methinks it doesn't play that much of a role in German/Austrian/Swiss humor? .

It's a very small sample I know, but I thought Rammstein lyrics were largely pun based. It feels* like German heavy metal in general uses a lot of wordplay. It's one of the reasons I like it, it takes a genre known for its aggression and violent imagery and uses humour to turn a gaze back on itself. It's self aware, playing up the pantomime. It can be downright clever sometimes.

(Also industrial bass riffs, oh my God take me now...)

My Heavy-Metal phase can be accurately summed up as 'short & unhappy', and the only German Metal bands on my radar at the time were Accept, Scorpions and Rammstein (Never really looked into Warlock, for some reason). Accept were pretty niche even in their heyday and Scorpions ... took cringeworthy and turned it into a printing press (Those poor, poor Russians ... ).

I'm not too familiar with Rammstein - back then, they had a strong following in the far-right and Neonazi-scene, and were regarded with suspicion in my social circle - but now that you mention it ... Yeah, I think you make a good point.

I mean, their name is a play on words of sorts to begin with - it's both a cultural reference to the tragedy during the 1988 air show at Ramstein Air Force base (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_air_show_disaster), as well as a neologism meaning 'Ramming stone '. I thought "Mann gegen Mann" was pretty clever - the title is a colloquialism for single (mortal) combat, but they turned it around into a homoerotic reference. The lyrics are a veritable double-entendre fest, pretty much in the vein you mentioned (The German Wiki (https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_gegen_Mann_(Lied)#/languages) has some good textual analysis). Yeah, you're probably right about Rammstein. I'm afraid that's the extent of my knowledge of German metal, though.

And yes, Germans do appreciate a good play-on-words, especially in artistic contexts - it's just that I have a feeling that Anglospherean punning is more of an un-selfconcious  'Fun for the whole Family'-thingy, while ours is a bit more 'verkopft' ("(over-)cerebral" ).

Could be completely wrong about that, though. Wouldn't be the first time. I also can't really speak for the Austrians and Swiss.

Quote
My German is pretty bad, and this is definitely a perception from a foreign perspective rather than an objective observation.

Whelp, mine is just an opinion, too, you know? And as I said, I think it's a good point. Also: Outside perspectives can be immensely valuable, in an 'Emperor's new clothes'-kind of way.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: artag on 28 Feb 2019, 11:18
Union robotics could offer melon a flatrate on work time, and a reduced prize on parts, since she'll probably be a returning customer.

Do AIs get medicare ?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 28 Feb 2019, 12:25
I highly recommend Der Tatortreiniger (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/DerTatortreiniger) ("The Crime Scene Cleaner").
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: SpanielBear on 28 Feb 2019, 12:34

My Heavy-Metal phase can be accurately summed up as 'short & unhappy', and the only German Metal bands on my radar at the time were Accept, Scorpions and Rammstein (Never really looked into Warlock, for some reason). Accept were pretty niche even in their heyday and Scorpions ... took cringeworthy and turned it into a printing press (Those poor, poor Russians ... ).

I'm not too familiar with Rammstein - back then, they had a strong following in the far-right and Neonazi-scene, and were regarded with suspicion in my social circle - but now that you mention it ... Yeah, I think you make a good point.

I mean, their name is a play on words of sorts to begin with - it's both a cultural reference to the tragedy during the 1988 air show at Ramstein Air Force base (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramstein_air_show_disaster), as well as a neologism meaning 'Ramming stone '. I thought "Mann gegen Mann" was pretty clever - the title is a colloquialism for single (mortal) combat, but they turned it around into a homoerotic reference. The lyrics are a veritable double-entendre fest, pretty much in the vein you mentioned (The German Wiki (https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_gegen_Mann_(Lied)#/languages) has some good textual analysis). Yeah, you're probably right about Rammstein. I'm afraid that's the extent of my knowledge of German metal, though.

And yes, Germans do appreciate a good play-on-words, especially in artistic contexts - it's just that I have a feeling that Anglospherean punning is more of an un-selfconcious  'Fun for the whole Family'-thingy, while ours is a bit more 'verkopft' ("(over-)cerebral" ).

Could be completely wrong about that, though. Wouldn't be the first time. I also can't really speak for the Austrians and Swiss.

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My German is pretty bad, and this is definitely a perception from a foreign perspective rather than an objective observation.

Whelp, mine is just an opinion, too, you know? And as I said, I think it's a good point. Also: Outside perspectives can be immensely valuable, in an 'Emperor's new clothes'-kind of way.


That's really interesting. Thinking about it, I think you have a point about British wordplay being... classless? Insofar as anything here is. But you're as likely to find stupid puns in light entertainment like Ant and Dec or The Paul O' Grady Show, as you are in some Oxbridge double act like Mitchell and Webb or Fry and Laurie. A bit of that is also connected to our attitudes towards sex- Although it's relaxed, there's still some taboo so there's a lot of double-entendre. Puns are used to turn innocuous phrases into salacious ones.

In contrast, talking about German puns being over-cerebral... Well, off the top of my head I can't think of many English heavy metal songs that turn on a phrase like Du Hast or Mein Teil. Not only that, but you seem to have bands that use more word-play in general (Eisbrecher) or reference back to literary classics (ASP, Rammstein again (Dalai Lama is a great track, and based around a Goethe poem)). Happy to be corrected though!

(As an aside, I know Rammstein have a lot of... unfortunate (shitty) fans, but in the bands' defence they have gone out of their way to repudiate that association as best they can, and on multiple occasions. They wrote a whole song about being left-wing, politically (Links 2,3,4). This is almost certainly common knowledge, but I like them so thought I'd mention it!)

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: pwhodges on 28 Feb 2019, 12:44
Cockney rhyming slang is also wordplay, and has given phrases to the rest of the anglosphere.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 28 Feb 2019, 13:01
Union robotics could offer melon a flatrate on work time, and a reduced prize on parts, since she'll probably be a returning customer.

Do AIs get medicare ?

We know that May got no help from the authorities when she needed repairs, even though they issued her the junk body in the first place. There doesn't seem to be any social insurance program for AIs of working age, and there aren't any over 65.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Zebediah on 28 Feb 2019, 14:19
May and Melon ought to be covered by MassHealth if nothing else - unless “equal rights for AIs” somehow doesn’t include health insurance. But this threatens to cross into real-world politics. I really don’t want to have another debate about how messed-up health care is in the US. Not going there. Wouldn’t be prudent.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 28 Feb 2019, 17:47
It seems to be different in the QC world in any event.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 28 Feb 2019, 19:11
I would imagine that health insurance for AIs would be at least different policies, if not different companies, just because the procedures and facilities required for AIs and humans would be completely distinct.

Humans need things like anaesthesia and blood transfusions and drugs and organ removal. AIs need things like firmware upgrades/fixes and metalwork and lubricants/coolants and part replacement. And yes, some of those things are analogous but they all require people with different skill sets and different equipment, and different costs, and so the agreements insurance companies have, and the feature sets of the policies, would be entirely different.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: War Sparrow on 28 Feb 2019, 19:22
Comic!
Yes, be kind to bats. Also, anyone else follow the Museum of  English Rural Life on Twitter to watch the saga of MERLin unfold? If not, a bat got into their archives. It was above the librarian's paygrade, but another person who works there volunteers at a bat rescue. Merlin was caught, put under observation, and was later released. He has a library card!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 28 Feb 2019, 19:31
If you like bats, and if you suffer Facebook (I am sorry), may I suggest that you follow Batzilla the Bat? It's nice 13/10.

"I am a self funded volunteer who operates under a government permit to rescue, raise, rehabilitate and repatriate flying-foxes back to the wild.
...
The purpose of my page is to educate people to the beauty, fragility and necessity of all bat species and together we can make a difference to the lives of Australia’s only nocturnal, long distance pollinators and seed dispersers of native forests."
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Penquin47 on 28 Feb 2019, 20:22
Roko has a melon baller for scooping bread dough for mini-breads.  I use mine for cookies.

Do we have any evidence that Roko actually bakes, as opposed to haunting bakeries?

No.  We in fact have evidence to the contrary, with Roko's thing about being Elliot's apprentice.

However, facts can often be ignored en route to a bad joke. :)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: shanejayell on 28 Feb 2019, 20:24
One wonders where Brun found a bat kin the first place. Looking for old clocks?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Milayna on 28 Feb 2019, 20:59
I lived for 10 years in the basement apartment of a single-family home with my friend. No windows in my room, so pitch black. Now I live on the top floor of a townhous. There's a window, so it gets light. It's annoying when I sleep during the day.

Also it appears that someone used a finite improbability drive to jump a circle of jar material into Renee's hair.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: St.Clair on 28 Feb 2019, 21:59
Now I miss Friend Bat (@ Scary go Round).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: BenRG on 28 Feb 2019, 23:30
Okay, there's a story here. Either Brun likes bats or, as Renee suggests (and I've wondered before), she's an expert at trolling and hiding it behind her usual deadpan demeanour! Either way, there is another reason to reject a cave: Living in a cave (real or artificial) is sometimes a symptom of trying to hide. I know that it's difficult but I think Brun would be happier not having to hide anymore.

Interesting bit of lore that Renee has known Brun since high school. I wonder if we'll ever get any flashbacks to mid-teen Renee and Brun?

I'm sorry, but I haven't been able to stop thinking this: What are Brun, Renee and Doing? Are they all sitting on high stools or something? From Clinton's posture, it looks like the counter is something like five feet high! He's not slouched or bending over to lean on the counter!
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Thrillho on 01 Mar 2019, 00:08
Comic!
Yes, be kind to bats. Also, anyone else follow the Museum of  English Rural Life on Twitter to watch the saga of MERLin unfold? If not, a bat got into their archives. It was above the librarian's paygrade, but another person who works there volunteers at a bat rescue. Merlin was caught, put under observation, and was later released. He has a library card!

It's a student card, not a library card. And that card claims he has a PhD.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 01 Mar 2019, 01:33
Bats are adorable. But, yeah, don't touch them if you don't know exactly what you are doing.

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tai Fanboi on 01 Mar 2019, 04:46

Sky Puppies.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Thrudd on 01 Mar 2019, 06:03
One wonders where Brun found a bat kin the first place. Looking for old clocks?
Maybe in a diamond?  :clairedoge:

All other answers are suspect  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 01 Mar 2019, 06:57
I remember years ago, I heard a noise in the bathroom in the middle of the night. I got up and went to investigate. A bat had flown in through the window and had gotten confused. Cue half an hour of me clad in a hoodie and rubber gloves, trying to get the bat onto a broom so I could get him outside (I didn't want to pick him up in case I hurt him). Well anyway, I got the bat outside and he instantly calmed down and was about to take off....when the neighbours cat pounced on him.

I never did like that cat.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 01 Mar 2019, 12:17
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 01 Mar 2019, 12:45
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse -  and when it crosses the border into the Netherlands, it becomes a vleermuis.

:-D

(German word for flying is fliegen, which sounds about right, yet it turns out that's not the root of 'fleder' - but I'll admit I had to look up the etymology myself)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Castlerook on 01 Mar 2019, 14:08
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Bats are actually far more popular with farmers, to the point where no one considers them vermin, best insect control in the world.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 01 Mar 2019, 14:11
Bats are actually far more popular with farmers, to the point where no one considers them vermin, best insect control in the world.
Swallows and other tweetiebirds take the bug control day shift and bats work nights.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 01 Mar 2019, 14:25
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse.

Imagine if you saw a flying fox.  8-)

I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Bats are actually far more popular with farmers, to the point where no one considers them vermin, best insect control in the world.

They are important pollinators as well.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 01 Mar 2019, 15:03
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse ....
Fledermaus, that's what I meant. It's been like 35 years since my two semesters of German in middle school.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Y on 01 Mar 2019, 15:36
I once mailed a dead bat to the public health department in a letter, after keeping it it in my freezer for a night. It was a present from my cat.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 01 Mar 2019, 16:22
True, I reckon. True.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/Wouldilietoyou.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 01 Mar 2019, 16:26
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse ....
Fledermaus, that's what I meant. It's been like 35 years since my two semesters of German in middle school.

And you still remember the Fluttermouse!?!  :-o :laugh: (It is an odd word - in modern standard high German, it should, by rights, be Flattermaus. Methinks its a survivor from an older variant of German. Cornelius?)

Speaking of oddly-named rodent(oid)s - "Can you say Eichhörnchen?"


Canadian: Say Squirrel!
German:    Skwee-rooll?

German:    Can you say Eichhörnchen?
Canadian: *Gauge-Chicken*?
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 01 Mar 2019, 16:39
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse ....
Fledermaus, that's what I meant. It's been like 35 years since my two semesters of German in middle school.

And you still remember the Fluttermouse!?!  :-o :laugh: (It is an odd word - in modern standard high German, it should, by rights, be Flattermaus. Methinks its a survivor from an older variant of German. Cornelius?)

Well, Die Fledermaus is the name of a very popular operetta. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Fledermaus)

That's the only reason I know the word, myself.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 01 Mar 2019, 16:48
Canadian: Say Squirrel!
German:    Skwee-rooll?

German:    Can you say Eichhörnchen?
Canadian: *Gauge-Chicken*?

You reminded me of Benedict Cumberbatch being unable to say "penguin."

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cybersmurf on 02 Mar 2019, 00:01
Speaking of oddly-named rodent(oid)s - "Can you say Eichhörnchen?"


Canadian: Say Squirrel!
German:    Skwee-rooll?

German:    Can you say Eichhörnchen?
Canadian: *Gauge-Chicken*?

Let me one-up you with Austrian German. We have another word for Squirrel: Eichkätzchen (literally translates as "oak kitten"). And of course, as the bastards we are, we almost never say that word in without falling in one of our dialects, it would be transcribed to german as "Oachkatzl", and then we get to our favorite linguistical torture device - the "Oachkatzlschwoaf". Except for Bavarians maybe, even Germans need a few tries to pronounce that right.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 02 Mar 2019, 00:06
Canadian: Say Squirrel!
German:    Skwee-rooll?

German:    Can you say Eichhörnchen?
Canadian: *Gauge-Chicken*?

You reminded me of Benedict Cumberbatch being unable to say "penguin."

And now we know why he will never play Batman…
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: traroth on 02 Mar 2019, 04:30
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse -  and when it crosses the border into the Netherlands, it becomes a vleermuis.

:-D

(German word for flying is fliegen, which sounds about right, yet it turns out that's not the root of 'fleder' - but I'll admit I had to look up the etymology myself)

In french, we say "chauve-souris", which means "bald mouse". I don't know why...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: oddtail on 02 Mar 2019, 04:44
I really can't fault the cat. A bat is basically a flying mouse. I believe that's what the German word fliedermaus translates to.

Nope, a Fliedermaus would be a 'lilacmouse'. A German bat is a Fledermaus  - lit. Fluttermouse -  and when it crosses the border into the Netherlands, it becomes a vleermuis.

:-D

(German word for flying is fliegen, which sounds about right, yet it turns out that's not the root of 'fleder' - but I'll admit I had to look up the etymology myself)

In french, we say "chauve-souris", which means "bald mouse". I don't know why...

The Polish word is "nietoperz", and I actually had to look up where it came from, because it doesn't look readily like any word (other than the "nie-" component, which is the Polish word for "no" or "not"). Apparently the word has had multiple historical variations, but it might come from "nietopierz", which roughly means, if you squint, "something that is not feathered". Makes sense, I guess.

I find it interesting that bats don't have their "own" name in certain languages, but the names rather point to them being like something (a mouse) or not like something (arguably not like a bird, in Polish).
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 02 Mar 2019, 06:50
I find it interesting that bats don't have their "own" name in certain languages, but the names rather point to them being like something (a mouse) or not like something (arguably not like a bird, in Polish).

Errrrrrrh ...   :-\

(https://cms.babbel.news/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/FlowchartAnimals7.jpg?h=9999&quality=100&w=993)


The German Animal Names Flowchart  (https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/funny-animal-names-in-german)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Theta9 on 02 Mar 2019, 07:20
So long as we're wildly off-topic here ... a song about squirrels.
(Don't worry, that's just the album cover)

Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hakko504 on 02 Mar 2019, 10:17
Speaking of languages. Here's a story about how to decline the word "dog". Spolier because it's a bit long. Found here (https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/72936-english-swedish-german-and-finnish-decline-dog/)
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Case on 02 Mar 2019, 12:26
Speaking of languages. Here's a story about how to decline the word "dog". Spolier because it's a bit long. Found here (https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/72936-english-swedish-german-and-finnish-decline-dog/)
(click to show/hide)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_grammar

Fifteen cases ...  :-o
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Tova on 02 Mar 2019, 14:41
I seriously hope that Finnish does not have a lot of irregular nouns...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: oddtail on 03 Mar 2019, 02:54
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_grammar

Fifteen cases ...  :-o

At that point, I just had to look up what language has the most cases. Wikipedia helpfully offered the Tsez language native to Russia, with a bit over 10 000 native speakers:

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There are eight syntactical and a much larger number of locative cases, which distinguish three categories: location, orientation, and direction. Thus, counting the locative and non-locative cases together, there are a total of 64 cases.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 03 Mar 2019, 08:36
Which reminds me of a pun.

So this noun and this verb were flirting in a bar and it's going really well. So well, in fact, that after a while the verb leans over and whispers "Wanna conjugate?".

The noun declined.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 03 Mar 2019, 08:44
Finnish: And now the plural forms....[/spoiler]
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_grammar
Fifteen cases ...  :-o
The next door neighbors when I was growing up were Suomi and often spoke Finnish.  No wonder I never picked up a word of it.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Mar 2019, 08:58
I once heard a joke somewhere (I forget where), that the reason the Roman Empire went extinct was because Latin was too complicated to learn. I'm sure the original joke is much better than my telling of it...
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: hedgie on 03 Mar 2019, 09:52
Obligatory:
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Gyrre on 03 Mar 2019, 20:06
That reminds of a bit from a webcomic where a grad student refers to one of his professors as a 'Grammar Roman', which is apparently even more extreme than a 'grammar nazi'.

I once heard a joke somewhere (I forget where), that the reason the Roman Empire went extinct was because Latin was too complicated to learn. I'm sure the original joke is much better than my telling of it...
I know Eddie Izzard does a bit on that.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Mar 2019, 20:08

I know Eddie Izzard does a bit on that.
I think that may be where I remember it from.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 04 Mar 2019, 19:47
So long as we're wildly off-topic here ... a song about squirrels.
Well then... another song about squirrels.
Title: Re: WCDT Strips 3946-3950 (25th February - 1st March 2019)
Post by: OldGoat on 05 Mar 2019, 07:34
So long as we're wildly off-topic here ... a song about squirrels.
Well then... another song about squirrels.
And another about their close kin. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyv0AuyLpbc)