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Title: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: jwhouk on 17 May 2020, 09:32
Going with a lame poll, but it's the best I could do. I'm a bit off on this, sorry.
Title: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 17 May 2020, 11:36
Dead Raccoon Roast

Made from the finest locally-sourced dead raccoons.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 17 May 2020, 13:16
Spider eggs spice latte. It's flavored with coffe beans slow roasted alongside spider egg sacs.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 17 May 2020, 14:07
You know, I didn't even have to think twice about my vote in the poll. I wonder if the purple monkeys were due to Emily's attempt to blend Unicorn Valley Chai?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 17 May 2020, 19:28
Poor poor Hanners.  :-D :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 17 May 2020, 23:13
I'm beginning to think that the secret of Hannelore's improvement basically boils down to her having had so many traumatic experiences that her panic response has completely burned out. So, in future: "Oh, hey, a mudslide is rushing towards the town. Cool."

I wonder what kind of millipede/centipede it was? Some of those things are seriously multi-legged and continuous!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 18 May 2020, 01:10
You want dissociative episodes? Cos that's how you get dissociative episodes.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Theta9 on 18 May 2020, 06:54
I'm beginning to think that the secret of Hannelore's improvement basically boils down to her having had so many traumatic experiences that her panic response has completely burned out. So, in future: "Oh, hey, a mudslide is rushing towards the town. Cool."
That probably accounts for Milo Murphy's take-it-in-stride attitude toward all the shit that happens around him on the regular.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Wingy on 18 May 2020, 10:00
You want dissociative episodes? Cos that's how you get dissociative episodes.
Looks like she saved one up and is about to let it loose...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Thrudd on 18 May 2020, 12:21
Millipede has way to many legs but for the most part are herbivorous.
Centipedes are creepier, faster, carnivorous and their bite is toxic at some level from owie to "call an ambulance" to "call the mortician".

As for coffee names

JuJu Zombie Coffee - Even the dead won't rest with this stuff

Hydrazine Coffee - Strong enough to launch an ICBM and just as toxic.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 18 May 2020, 12:53
Ooh, experiment time! Make a regular espresso, except replace the water with high-test peroxide.
From a safe distance.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Marco on 18 May 2020, 13:55
Ooh, experiment time! Make a regular espresso, except replace the water with high-test peroxide.
From a safe distance.

You can try it with green coffee beans. They roast in situ.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Torlek on 18 May 2020, 15:49
Ooh, experiment time! Make a regular espresso, except replace the water with high-test peroxide.
From a safe distance.

You can try it with green coffee beans. They roast in situ.

If we're going to be silly let's just go straight to FOOF (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioxygen_difluoride) or CF3 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride). They roast EVERYTHING.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Pilchard123 on 18 May 2020, 16:22
Things I Won’t Work With: Dioxygen Difluoride (https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2010/02/23/things_i_wont_work_with_dioxygen_difluoride)

Sand Won’t Save You This Time (https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time)

The rest of his articles are a good read, too.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 18 May 2020, 19:35
New strip up!

*two minutes later*

*POW!*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 18 May 2020, 19:35
Clinton. His role in life is to be a punching bag.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 18 May 2020, 19:40
Clinton. His role in life is to be a punching bag.

Marten will be profoundly relieved when he learns of this.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 18 May 2020, 21:50
Clinton. His role in life is to be a punching bag.

Marten will be profoundly relieved when he learns of this.
In a "misery loves company" kind of way, sure.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: hedgie on 18 May 2020, 21:53
Marten will be profoundly relieved when he learns of this.

At this point, it's practically obligatory, but what does a weasel relative have to do with QC?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 18 May 2020, 23:16
It's good to know that Clinton has still got his AI behaviour & how it's changing society thing going. It's just that he's slowly learned not to be creepy about it (which was never more than overenthusiasm and a really weak recognition of boundaries in conversation). That said, for someone with his interests, a relationship like that Faye and Bubbles have must be endlessly interesting.

Faye, if it makes you feel better, I don't think that Clinton is really looking at you. You're just the two people in the direction his eyes are pointing right now!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 19 May 2020, 00:00
Marten will be profoundly relieved when he learns of this.

At this point, it's practically obligatory, but what does a weasel relative have to do with QC?

Don't feel obliged, honestly.  :roll:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: St.Clair on 19 May 2020, 02:13
[Jeph is forcibly removed from his own comic]
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Meander on 19 May 2020, 03:51
When you're the most powerful being in the entire local local area with no need whatsoever to demonstrate it!  Once again, Bubbles' blissful zen brings me joy!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Case on 19 May 2020, 05:36
When you're the most powerful being in the entire local local area with no need whatsoever to demonstrate it!  Once again, Bubbles' blissful zen brings me joy!

One prominent forumite has written extensively on the 'joys' of being very obviously physically superior to virtually anybody in almost any circumstance.

Apparently, it's not all its made out to be. More like trying to behave as unthreateningly as you possibly can, all the time.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: QuestionableIntentions on 19 May 2020, 08:12
Ah QC. Where casual violence towards men is perfectly acceptable.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 19 May 2020, 09:22
I think Jeph was ridiculing Faye for it.

There were a lot of well founded complaints on the forum about Faye's assaults on Marten in the early strips. She's improved and this might also have been a callback to remind us she doesn't actually do that any more.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 19 May 2020, 11:30
To be honest, if this were my real life and not a comic strip, I'd cut Faye out of my life pretty quickly. Too unpleasant to be around no matter how well intentioned she is. Bubbles is such the polar opposite that I've never really understood the attraction. Though no doubt a military background inures you to that kind of thing.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: SeaWoodStage on 19 May 2020, 17:31
I think Jeph was ridiculing Faye for it.

There were a lot of well founded complaints on the forum about Faye's assaults on Marten in the early strips. She's improved and this might also have been a callback to remind us she doesn't actually do that any more.

I think so too. Faye's always been my favourite character, but I haven't been blind to her nonsense over the years, and it always made me cringe when she used violence. Intellectually I could figure why she did, but emotionally it always bothered me.

I actually like that we haven't seen a lot of the most private emotional moments between Faye and Bubbles. (I know we have seen some, but the way they're written now, there's gotta be a lot we don't see). I imagine that their bond may have begun with a mutual understanding of 'going through some hardcore shit and making a real effort to come out the other side', but there's clearly way more to it than that now.

Plus however much you like your partner, however much you fancy them, however much you love them, even - I personally think the most successful and lasting relationships are the ones where you respect each other in addition to all of the above.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 19 May 2020, 19:47
Ah QC. Where casual violence towards men is perfectly acceptable.
To be fair, in fiction particularly in comedies women physically and emotionally abusing men for little to no reason has not only been considered perfectly acceptable but even something to be applauded. Its rarely ever treated as the utterly horrific thing is actually is in reality.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: badbum61 on 19 May 2020, 22:42
welp, THAT was awkward...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 19 May 2020, 23:14
I guess that stuff like this is going to hit poor Bubbles sometimes. She might have had a girlfriend prior to Faye but, as that was during her time in the military, the likelihood is that she'll never know for sure. Just to maximise the trauma, if she was one of Bubbles's squad, that means that she's dead and Bubbles could easily be blindsided with a relative at some point. FWIW, it could explain her seeking a mind-wipe if the loss was that intimate and personal.

Clinton? Did you know about Bubbles' troubled past? If not, then this isn't your fault. Yeah, still awkward though...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 20 May 2020, 06:52
Awkward... Clinton, go get Bubbles some unicorn grove tea.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Thrudd on 20 May 2020, 12:22
Instead of the punch why not walk up to him and just tell him he is being creepy ... again .....  :psyduck:
That should evince a strong reaction and possible awkward dialogue without the need for physical violence.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: chris73 on 20 May 2020, 15:18
Instead of the punch why not walk up to him and just tell him he is being creepy ... again .....  :psyduck:
That should evince a strong reaction and possible awkward dialogue without the need for physical violence.

Because when Faye punches someone its ok because its funny when Faye punches people. Even funnier now that no one could even consider defending themselves against Faye given her girl friend

This may or may not be sarcasm

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 20 May 2020, 15:33
Instead of the punch why not walk up to him and just tell him he is being creepy ... again .....  :psyduck:
That should evince a strong reaction and possible awkward dialogue without the need for physical violence.

I think that's precisely what she did.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: chris73 on 20 May 2020, 15:40
Instead of the punch why not walk up to him and just tell him he is being creepy ... again .....  :psyduck:
That should evince a strong reaction and possible awkward dialogue without the need for physical violence.

I think that's precisely what she did.

It may have been a joke, with Faye who knows, but her first reaction was to physically assault him
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: oddtail on 20 May 2020, 16:11
Instead of the punch why not walk up to him and just tell him he is being creepy ... again .....  :psyduck:
That should evince a strong reaction and possible awkward dialogue without the need for physical violence.

I think that's precisely what she did.

It may have been a joke, with Faye who knows, but her first reaction was to physically assault him

Yeah, "jokes" about violence from a person who has a history of violence - and now comes with an actual-war-machine girlfriend - are less, shall we say, "ha ha" funny.

And I never was even *that* upset with Faye's behaviour back when she was punch-happy. But come ON.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 20 May 2020, 16:18
Almost certainly deadpan humour à la the last panel of #3485 (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3485).

Warning - blah blah blah

Yes, you could make that argument.

It does seem like the kind of private joke that Faye and Bubbles would make just between the two of them. As long as they are not enacting it, I find it hard to get worked up over it.

This is getting to be a habit. I should just change my title to Tova, defender of all of the terrible, terrible people that inhabit the World of QC
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 20 May 2020, 18:15
Jeph did say once that he enjoys writing Faye but would probably not like her in real life.

I'm remembering that we've had a member here who was a victim of female-inflicted domestic violence. Faye has reminded more than one person of someone really bad from their pasts. I will be respectful of the criticisms.

Yes, you could say it's cartoon violence, but the counter to that is we are eager to think of the characters as real people.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 20 May 2020, 18:32
So comics up....Really, really hope Faye isn't going to do anything stupid. Or let this fester and let it turn into an argument...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: badbum61 on 20 May 2020, 19:15
Apropos of nothing, I am just noticing that Bub's speech pattern resembles the early days of Faye when she did not use contractions unless she was schnickered...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 20 May 2020, 19:49
Well, I'm confused.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: DaiJB on 20 May 2020, 20:00
"Killer Death Espresso (with extra espresso)"
Actually, I'd prefer "Killer Death Espresso (with extra Death)" - but that's just because I like coffee strong enough to corrode my fillings   :-D

I wonder what Faye is up to? She wasn't upset or anything in the previous comic, so I don't suspect anything stupid - but she's definitely covering up something...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Elder Sign on 20 May 2020, 20:03
Wait ... what?  Why or how is Bubbles having an awkward moment suddenly cause for Faye to be all abruptly "welp I'm out" and "whatever"ing her significant other?

Is this Faye simply having a "foot in mouth" realization and thinking she's better off at home rather than accidentally provoking painful moments?  Or is she somehow blaming Bubbles for the unpleasantness, given the brusque dismissal at the end?

If it's (B), then I'm really starting to get the poster upthread who said something about Faye being ultimately too prickly and unpleasant to be worth the trouble.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: azurite on 20 May 2020, 20:50
Could be all at once it struck her that her entire relationship with Bubbles could be deleted without a trace, the idea of this pinged back on her father's suicide and whether she understood that explicitly or not, it triggered her; now she needs a few minutes alone to get her bearings back and figure out what's going on.

Chances are she's not going to be able to explain it to Bubbles until she understands it more herself, so she just got out of there. As someone with a trauma disorder, I've found it's basically impossible to be polite if I'm triggered badly enough because my resources are all tied up in being triggered. It's usually a victory if I don't end up doubled over myself in a bathroom stall. Of course, I've done my best to establish protocols, code words and friends who know what's up in advance of my suddenly tipping into shutdown, but that's because I've been dealing with trauma for decades and come to terms with some stuff. Lots of people with trauma disorders don't/won't understand trauma response. I feel like that's because how little science really understands about trauma overall.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: St.Clair on 20 May 2020, 21:27
Faye, don't lie be dishonest to your partner.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Penquin47 on 20 May 2020, 21:31
I think Faye was being dismissive and closed-off about her reasons for leaving because she doesn't really understand them herself.  She just knows she needs to leave, and that it's related to Clinton and Bubbles.  As much as Faye loves Bubbles, parsing this out is a conversation she needs to have with Marten or Dora (maybe... if that relationship's fully recovered from the firing incident).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 20 May 2020, 21:38
Wait ... what?  Why or how is Bubbles having an awkward moment suddenly cause for Faye to be all abruptly "welp I'm out" and "whatever"ing her significant other?

It sure comes across as being upset with Bubbles. Which is stupid and immature, because memory loss or not, most people have romantic histories. Getting bent out of shape about someone having a life before you is not something adults do.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 20 May 2020, 22:16
If it's (B), then I'm really starting to get the poster upthread who said something about Faye being ultimately too prickly and unpleasant to be worth the trouble.

In which case Bubbles is stuck since I can't imagine her breaking her vows.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 20 May 2020, 22:41
Wait ... what?  Why or how is Bubbles having an awkward moment suddenly cause for Faye to be all abruptly "welp I'm out" and "whatever"ing her significant other?

It sure comes across as being upset with Bubbles. Which is stupid and immature, because memory loss or not, most people have romantic histories. Getting bent out of shape about someone having a life before you is not something adults do.

Okay, genuine question, because it didn't come across that way to me (I was just completely confused by what's just happened).

Did you conclude her action was stupid and immature because it came across as her being upset with Bubbles, or did you conclude she was being upset with Bubbles because you'd previously decided that she is stupid and immature?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 20 May 2020, 23:27
In which Faye's insecurities come rushing back. I don't want to guess the exact details but I do think that Bubbles's little dark moment in the previous strip has in some way reminded Faye of how fragile relationships can be and, maybe, impacted negatively on her sense of her and Bubbles being that special 'destined' pairing.

Faye has always struggled with fear of abandonment due to her father's suicide. Just as Bubbles has to struggle with the echoes of the chunk of her life that was lost forever, Faye also has to struggle with that horrible morning in her childhood back-yard.

So comics up....Really, really hope Faye isn't going to do anything stupid. Or let this fester and let it turn into an argument...

In some ways, she's already doing something stupid. An alcoholic suffering from emotional issues really shouldn't be allowed to be on their own when there are a lot of late-night dives open.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Mordhaus on 21 May 2020, 01:43
Insecurity
When the feeling's gone and you can't go on
It's insecurity
When the morning cries and you don't know why
It's hard to bear
With no one to love you
You're goin' nowhere

Insecurity
When you lose control and you got no soul
It's insecurity
When the morning cries and you don't know why
It's hard to bear
With no one beside you
You're goin' nowhere
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 21 May 2020, 02:28
Are we done hypercritizing Faye, Claire, and the rest of the female cast members now?

Yes?

Good. Glad to hear it.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 21 May 2020, 02:38
I’m afraid you’re probably being optimistic there. Extreme criticism of all the female characters is this forum’s worst vice.

We don’t really know yet what Faye is upset about, and until we do, I am reserving judgement.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 May 2020, 03:02
... Getting bent out of shape about someone having a life before you is not something adults do.

All I'm going to say about this is...
You've been very lucky in your relationships.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 May 2020, 03:16
Are we done hypercritizing Faye, Claire, and the rest of the female cast members now?

Yes?

Good. Glad to hear it.

Ooooo... come on dude, let's not make this something it's not.
(Getting into Star Wars TLJ territory there!)

On a slightly related note.
I could see the point if there were not so many female characters in QC.. but (to my mind) it's been a LONG time since the main focus of the strip was a male - I see the most interesting characters in the strip as BEING female, and (I could be wrong) aren't a HUGE majority of QCs main characters actually female?

By your statement above, it suggests to me that you believe *I* (for example) am 'attacking' Clair because she is trans.
OR because she is female.

Neither of which is true... I just don't like the character.
Should I be tarred as either a misogynist or anti-trans because of that?
(Genuine question)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: oddtail on 21 May 2020, 03:24
Are we done hypercritizing Faye, Claire, and the rest of the female cast members now?

Yes?

Good. Glad to hear it.

"hypercriticizing"? Would you please elaborate?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 21 May 2020, 03:54
Okay, genuine question, because it didn't come across that way to me (I was just completely confused by what's just happened).

Did you conclude her action was stupid and immature because it came across as her being upset with Bubbles, or did you conclude she was being upset with Bubbles because you'd previously decided that she is stupid and immature?
Genuine question, huh?

How about, in the future, when responding to something I said, you respond to what I actually said, instead of creating a straw man that makes it appear I’m arguing in bad faith? Because the latter is damned rude.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 21 May 2020, 04:04
Should I be tarred as either a misogynist or anti-trans because of that?
(Genuine question)

Genuinely -- no, I don't believe you are. You seem a decent guy. But your hyper-sensitivity on this topic does make me wonder what is going on.

There's no reason to assume Gyrre is accusing you specifically of being a misogynist, and no hint of Gyrre assuming anyone of being anti-trans.

Okay, genuine question, because it didn't come across that way to me (I was just completely confused by what's just happened).

Did you conclude her action was stupid and immature because it came across as her being upset with Bubbles, or did you conclude she was being upset with Bubbles because you'd previously decided that she is stupid and immature?
Genuine question, huh?

How about, in the future, when responding to something I said, you respond to what I actually said, instead of creating a straw man that makes it appear I’m arguing in bad faith? Because the latter is damned rude.

It didn't even enter my mind that you might have argued in bad faith. I was asking for some self-reflection. Dear FSM.

You know what's rude? Jumping to conclusions about people's intentions without at least asking.

For both of you.

Overgeneralising and Jumping to Conclusions: What It Is and How to Stop (https://www.psychreg.org/overgeneralising/)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 21 May 2020, 04:13
Stay tuned for Tova's new book: How to Make Friends and Influence Forumites by Demanding Self-Reflection on the Internet  :roll:

Apparently, I can be diplomatic in person.

STOP JUDGING ME, FAYE
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Welu on 21 May 2020, 04:28
My hope for this is Faye is going home to make a nice surprise for Bubbles. I didn't pick up that either are annoyed, I think they're both concerned for each other. I kind of expected yesterday Bubbles would want to leave so I was surprised Faye is the one going.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 21 May 2020, 04:49
All I'm going to say about this is...
You've been very lucky in your relationships.
I’ve never been in a relationship with someone being unreasonable about basic aspects of life, no. Is that luck? Or just not choosing to pursue relationships with people who behave that way? Over the years I had plenty of first dates with obvious red flags.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 21 May 2020, 04:58
You know what's rude? Jumping to conclusions about people's intentions without at least asking

Which is precisely what you did. Perhaps you should consider some of that self-reflection you mentioned?

To spell it out, your “genuine question” projected your own opinions of what I was thinking on to me.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 21 May 2020, 05:44
I'm going to be honest, my patience for this part of the forum has worn very thin over the years for a few reasons, but mainly for people throwing out comments or looking to start a fight.

Stop it.

You're (mostly) adults, start acting like it.

Now, back to the comic and the most likely reason why Faye is upset. Consider this - this isn't about Faye's relationship with Bubbles, this is about Faye's personal view of herself. Look at yesterday's comic when she said ""Hah! I never thought about datin' a robot or a lady 'afore I met Bubs."

You have this moment where Faye admits that her entire sexual identity has changed, and that maybe the real her had been allowed to flourish and grow thanks to Bubbles, heavily implying that its a true love. And immediately, Bubbles comments that due to her memory wipe, she can't remember if she was in a relationship before. And suddenly Faye is faced with a couple of prospects:
1 - The prospect that Bubbles was in a relationship before her and that everything about their relationship wasn't built on the truth (not a lie, Bubbles was almost in a state of tabula rasa, if she can't remember, she can't lie).
2 - The prospect of there could be at least one spectre amongst the ghosts of Bubble's past having loved her. Its a lost love situation. Sure, there's love for their current partner, but there's always that undercurrent that in their heart there's someone else. An ex is always easier to deal with, the dead not so much, as they become idealised. Even if Bubbles can't remember her past, to Faye there's suddenly this ghost looming over them, made worse by the fact that Bubbles can't remember them.
3 - The prospect that she isn't Bubbles' first and that Bubbles may have been the key for others in the past. Immediately that takes away some of the sheen from the relationship, perhaps tainting it in some way.

One second Faye's relationship with Bubbles is going great and literally a second later, Faye has gotten smacked in the face by a past that neither she nor Bubbles can achieve closure with. This is more than the realisation that Bubbles had a past, this is realising that Bubbles had a past with people, people she loved, people who may have meant more. And that is a lot to take in in a matter of seconds. Is Faye acting in an irrational manner? Yeah, but then again her entire world has just been upended, everything she was certain about with her relationship with Bubbles is now no longer certain. And previous experience has shown us that Faye can't handle sudden changes in a healthy manner, she acts out and as for what happens next, well, tomorrow is Friday, perfect day for a cliffhanger. That's all I'm saying.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 21 May 2020, 07:08
Global Moderator Comment Getting uncomfortable with the temperature here. Advice: often a good move to ask someone for clarification.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: stayctee on 21 May 2020, 07:37
There is no denying that Faye is acting weird and kind of dramatic, and could have been more sensitive in the way she left. But she obviously suddenly has a lot on her mind to process and maybe can't muster being cool/sweet. Which is why she's exiting the situation. That being said, she could have thrown in a "babe" or something just to make it clear she's not mad. Sheesh. But, she's a bonehead and that's why we she is beloved. I guess?

Sidenote: does anyone else think it's weird that we can see Bubbles' neck joint?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 21 May 2020, 07:47
oh no, a sapient being is acting in a fallible manner, how horrible.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Theta9 on 21 May 2020, 08:35
... Getting bent out of shape about someone having a life before you is not something adults do.

Chasing Amy
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 21 May 2020, 08:37
Just want to say Bubbles is looking great here, partly because of the way the colors mesh. I admire how Jeph picks colors for his characters.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 21 May 2020, 08:39
Sidenote: does anyone else think it's weird that we can see Bubbles' neck joint?

It may be some incredibly difficult engineering problem to hide a neck joint, or it could be Jeph's way to communicate that a character is a synthetic. Yes, it has struck me as weird that bodies as high-fidelity humanoid as we're seeing having visible neck seams.

Bubbles did identify this as a high risk relationship and Faye's baggage contributes a lot to the risk.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 21 May 2020, 09:42
In my experience, all relationships are high risk.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Autistic Vulture on 21 May 2020, 10:03
In some ways, she's already doing something stupid. An alcoholic suffering from emotional issues really shouldn't be allowed to be on their own when there are a lot of late-night dives open.

You're right.  Bubbles should contact Pintsize so he can tell her if Faye hasn't arrived at home in X minutes (and do nothing if she does so as to not arouse suspicion).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Reaver on 21 May 2020, 10:09
I mean, I normally don't like Faye,  so it feels weird for me to say but...

I read this as Faye realizing that Bubbles is missing a lot about herself, and is possibly leaving to see if there's SOMETHING, ANYTHING she can do to try and help her...I don't think it's Faye being worried about ghosts in Bubbles's past...more like maybe just genuine concern for her partner that has a hole in their life???
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 May 2020, 10:22
All I'm going to say about this is...
You've been very lucky in your relationships.
I’ve never been in a relationship with someone being unreasonable about basic aspects of life, no. Is that luck? Or just not choosing to pursue relationships with people who behave that way? Over the years I had plenty of first dates with obvious red flags.

Yeah, it's luck.  :)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 May 2020, 10:26
... Getting bent out of shape about someone having a life before you is not something adults do.

Chasing Amy

THANK you!  :)
(God I love that movie... for precisely the reasons we are discussing right here! :)  )
Love of my life, perfect relationship... and then someone mentioned one of my exes to her and that was it. No warnings, no hints, just suddenly medusa.)

Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Wingy on 21 May 2020, 10:33
One second Faye's relationship with Bubbles is going great and literally a second later, Faye has gotten smacked in the face by a past that neither she nor Bubbles can achieve closure with. This is more than the realisation that Bubbles had a past, this is realising that Bubbles had a past with people, people she loved, people who may have meant more. And that is a lot to take in in a matter of seconds. Is Faye acting in an irrational manner? Yeah, but then again her entire world has just been upended, everything she was certain about with her relationship with Bubbles is now no longer certain. And previous experience has shown us that Faye can't handle sudden changes in a healthy manner, she acts out and as for what happens next, well, tomorrow is Friday, perfect day for a cliffhanger.
Emphasis mine. 

Yup, well writ.  Hopefully Faye just goes outside to process and doesn't relapse, but... 

Bubbles, in my view, should make sure Faye parks somewhere safe, then rejoin the party for 15 minutes or so, then quietly rejoin Faye without speaking until Faye decides what they are going to do next: go home, go drinking, rejoin the party, etc.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 21 May 2020, 10:53
Should I be tarred as either a misogynist or anti-trans because of that?
(Genuine question)

Genuinely -- no, I don't believe you are. You seem a decent guy. But your hyper-sensitivity on this topic does make me wonder what is going on.

Well, I've not seen too much "hyper sensitivity" regarding Claire, apart from my comment saying that I don't like her. All the other have questioned her attitude to her Brother, but thats understandable...
But I just can't get on board with the character at all.. Never have...
(Edit.. no.. there was ONE strip I remember recently ish...)

And, yes, my dislike of her gives me a shiver of paranoia because I have a concern (reasonable considering "the Web") that my dislike could be viewed by a certain element of online communities, as Anti Trans... (or anti Female) because some people act (or react) that way for some reason. (Hence my other disclaimer about SW:TLJ)

Because, it is becoming more and more the norm within FICTION (let alone real life) to throw labels around, such as Misogynist and Anti-Trans, at people who DARE to discuss those characters (who may generally be seen as a 'put upon' group) in anything other than angelic tones.
(And in movies -  such criticisms lead to ridiculous perceptions that the actual actors themselves are being attacked... ignoring the fact that all that is being said is that their characters were crap and badly written/directed.
In a comic, there's no 3rd party... just the character, so any criticism has no 'buffer'.
At least, in my favour, I can say that I didn't like her before we even knew she 'was' trans... And, in fact, when we learned she was I thought.. "Awwwh feck!" For the same reasons above. I have deleted more un-posted posts than I can remember about my reaction to some Claire strips which I have deleted solely because I didn't want anyone to think I was criticising anything but the character.


There's no reason to assume Gyrre is accusing you specifically of being a misogynist, and no hint of Gyrre assuming anyone of being anti-trans.

See above ;)


You know what's rude? Jumping to conclusions about people's intentions without at least asking.



To be fair (to me :) ) I *did* ask...  but your snip missed out the disclaimer...

"By your statement above, it suggests to me that you believe *I* (for example) am 'attacking' Clair because she is trans.
OR because she is female.
Neither of which is true... I just don't like the character.
Should I be tarred as either a misogynist or anti-trans because of that?
(Genuine question)"

PL&L  :angel:
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 21 May 2020, 13:23
I mean, I normally don't like Faye,  so it feels weird for me to say but...

I read this as Faye realizing that Bubbles is missing a lot about herself, and is possibly leaving to see if there's SOMETHING, ANYTHING she can do to try and help her...I don't think it's Faye being worried about ghosts in Bubbles's past...more like maybe just genuine concern for her partner that has a hole in their life???

OK, but the natural way to be helpful would be to stay and offer a hug.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: thedevilissix on 21 May 2020, 13:37
I suppose my take on it is this.

I was initially really annoyed reading the last panel with Faye making that sarky “Sargeant or whatever” comment back at poor Bubbles who was obviously taken aback and worried, yet still trying to be reasonable and give the lady she loves the benefit of the doubt. That’s definitely a huge character development on Bubbles’ part to show her softer side from a position still of relative assertiveness and strength - in her armoured days (in more ways than one), Bubbles might’ve reacted very differently.

A lot of forum members here though have made really reasonable points about Faye’s history that have helped me think differently though - I wouldn’t necessarily excuse Faye’s behaviour still, but I certainly understand it better with her personal history context in mind, so I’m not as inclined to judge it harshly now.

I suppose at the end of the day this is part and parcel of reading a slice of life comic - you get to see people react in not terribly rational ways that are understandable given their personal history - just like in real life. Faye was obviously trying to minimise the effects of her reaction to Bubbles so as not to hurt her (whilst still creating some needed processing space to figure it out herself)...but sometimes in pressured situations the right things to say just don’t come to you and you may indeed end up making an arse of yourself. That’s life. And I’ve done well to remember that here, so thanks to Castlerook amongst others for the reminder.  :-)

It will be interesting to see what comes in the strip tomorrow. And I have no doubt that a cliffhanger might indeed ensue.


Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Theta9 on 21 May 2020, 14:57
Chasing Amy

THANK you!  :)
(God I love that movie... for precisely the reasons we are discussing right here! :)  )
Love of my life, perfect relationship... and then someone mentioned one of my exes to her and that was it. No warnings, no hints, just suddenly medusa.)
Kevin Smith's best film by a long way. Based on his own relationship with Joey Lauren Adams (who played Alyssa).
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: DaiJB on 21 May 2020, 18:16
New comic!
So, Faye was feeling a bit irrationally jealous - but she realised it straight away, good girl...

...And a supremely powerful AI is scared of Faye?? That's hilarious!
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 21 May 2020, 18:36
So it does seem like Faye's problem is realising that she might not be Bubbles' first partner.

And that's a huge thing to realise. You might not be their first kiss. Their first lover. Their first love. When a relationship like Faye and Bubbles is built up on the idea that everything is new to them, that spectre of Bubbles' past rocks everything at its foundations, at least, to Faye. In her eyes it might not mean as much to Bubbles as it does to her. Right now, Faye is dealing with a vast array of emotions at once. She's angry, she's scared, she's confused, she's jealous.

She's angry at herself for thinking like that. She's scared because of what that hitherto lost past might change her relationship. She's confused because its hitting her all at once. And she's jealous because she might lose her place in Bubbles' heart. Its all irrational of course, but people in love rarely are.

Course, this morning I looked it up and the US military frowns on fraternisation in its ranks, so it could just be that Bubbles' only relationships before Faye were simply squad camaraderie and friendships. And given how long it was since Bubbles has served and the suggestion that romantic AI/Human relationships are a very new thing, I'd imagine that nothing happened/   
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 21 May 2020, 18:58
Yeah, it’s irrational. I mean, Bubbles isn’t Faye’s first, is she? It’s crazy, once you’re an adult, to expect that someone else won’t have their own romantic history.

But at least Faye realizes that she’s being an idiot. That’s a good first step.

Meanwhile we have Spookybot shenanigans incoming.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: shanejayell on 21 May 2020, 19:14
I love Spooky trying to hide. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 21 May 2020, 19:59
I love how people here are perfectly rational and never make less than perfect choices in emotionally fraught situations.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 21 May 2020, 20:05
I love how people here are perfectly rational and never make less than perfect choices in emotionally fraught situations.

Funnily enough, the same people who are perfectly rational in every situation are the same ones who get especially worked up over the lives of fictional characters.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Reaver on 21 May 2020, 20:12
Easy Faye, be nice to yourself..nothing just talking to Bubbles about won't fix <3

Also remember she's not your first either eh?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Gyrre on 21 May 2020, 20:34
Are we done hypercritizing Faye, Claire, and the rest of the female cast members now?

Yes?

Good. Glad to hear it.

"hypercriticizing"? Would you please elaborate?
The forumites (as pointed out) have a tendency to go into harsh criticism spirals when it comes to Faye's, Dora's, and Claire's flaws. Often putting them under scrutiny for a page or more of the WCDT. Look at some of the ones with 5 or more pages for examples.

EDIT: For a more specific example, you just need to go back and read last week's when Claire is getting criticised for 1) getting high, and 2) standard sibling vitriole/"joshing" with Clinton.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: gprimr1 on 21 May 2020, 20:43
Yeah, it’s irrational. I mean, Bubbles isn’t Faye’s first, is she? It’s crazy, once you’re an adult, to expect that someone else won’t have their own romantic history.

But at least Faye realizes that she’s being an idiot. That’s a good first step.

Meanwhile we have Spookybot shenanigans incoming.

I agree that generally speaking, as an adult in 2020, it's a bit unreasonable to expect another adult has no romantic history. It isn't impossible, but not as common.

That said, I can sort of understand if it's from the perspective of being her first girl.  The comic really didn't present any evidence that Faye or Bubbles were attracted to girls prior to their flirtation and relationship.

I do know adults who have a romantic history but not until later in life do they find out they are interested in girls (or boys if it's a boy) so it is possible that someone could be an adult and have their first same sex experience.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 21 May 2020, 21:09
Friendly reminder: Not everything has to be discussed with your partner immediately. It's okay to take time to yourself to process what you are feeling and formulate the words you want to use first. In my opinion Faye did the right thing here. She removed herself from the situation that was causing her anxiety and didn't lash out at anyone.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: BenRG on 21 May 2020, 23:04
Welcome to being human, Faye. None of it always makes sense and sometimes you have to struggle with bits of your mental or anatomical make-up that really don't want to cooperate with you being happy or, sometimes, entirely sane. Still, she seems to have an handle on it. I've got the feeling that there will be a hard and tearful hug in her future.

Meanwhile, I find myself wondering why Roko and Yay were wandering the streets at night. Could it be that Jeph wants to exercise the Spooky Ex Machina? Or, rather to motivate Faye to find her own solutions by having Yay explain why they can't be that for her?

...And a supremely powerful AI is scared of Faye?? That's hilarious!

Not scared; rather, I think, embarrassed to run into someone they were quite mean to before they knew them properly. It says a lot of how far Yay has come, socially, that they realise that they may have been quite unnecessarily objectionable to many people, Faye in particular, in this instance.

I still can't get my brain around Jeph being an Animal Crossing fan...
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Mr Intrepid on 22 May 2020, 00:00
Take a look at panel 2.  Roko is faced away from Faye,  and he arm is raised a bit.  Could Roko and Yay have been having a little tete-a-tete there on the street for privacy sake?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Cornelius on 22 May 2020, 00:08
Personally, I think Yay had been listening in, and just wants to try and avoid being drawn into trying to help more. It's not inconceivable they could reconstruct some idea of wheat happened in Bubbles' missing time.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: oddtail on 22 May 2020, 02:41
Are we done hypercritizing Faye, Claire, and the rest of the female cast members now?

Yes?

Good. Glad to hear it.

"hypercriticizing"? Would you please elaborate?
The forumites (as pointed out) have a tendency to go into harsh criticism spirals when it comes to Faye's, Dora's, and Claire's flaws. Often putting them under scrutiny for a page or more of the WCDT. Look at some of the ones with 5 or more pages for examples.

EDIT: For a more specific example, you just need to go back and read last week's when Claire is getting criticised for 1) getting high, and 2) standard sibling vitriole/"joshing" with Clinton.

I don't see the criticism as excessive, even though I don't fully agree with it. And I certainly don't see the criticism as gender-motivated in these cases. But thank you for your answer.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: JoeCovenant on 22 May 2020, 03:16
Easy Faye, be nice to yourself..nothing just talking to Bubbles about won't fix <3

Also remember she's not your first either eh?

Point of Order?
She IS Faye's first.
Her 1st AI relationship.
And (AFAIK) her 1st Female relationship.

Faye is 'suffering' from "She's my first .. I thought I was hers".
An irrational, but very human, reaction.
(Better... she is aware that it is irrational!)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 22 May 2020, 04:00
I don't see the criticism as excessive, even though I don't fully agree with it. And I certainly don't see the criticism as gender-motivated in these cases. But thank you for your answer.
Context is important; as I understand it, some people believe that some other people’s criticism of certain characters is, if not directly excessive, certainly disproportionate when compared to the balance of the cast exhibiting similar behaviours. Whether this is statistically true or not remains to be answered.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 22 May 2020, 06:37
Meanwhile, I find myself wondering why Roko and Yay were wandering the streets at night.

Another mealworm run, of course.
(and it's awesome that you can get mealworms in Northampton at 4 am)
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 22 May 2020, 07:10
Meanwhile, I find myself wondering why Roko and Yay were wandering the streets at night.

Another mealworm run, of course.
(and it's awesome that you can get mealworms in Northampton at 4 am)
Yay: “Where are we going to find mealworms at this time of night?”

Roko: “I know a guy. He deals mealworms from the trunk of his car in the parking lot behind Thorne’s. O’Malley has been trying to bust him for years, but we never could figure out exactly what law he was breaking.”
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: dutchrvl on 22 May 2020, 07:47
Easy Faye, be nice to yourself..nothing just talking to Bubbles about won't fix <3

Also remember she's not your first either eh?

Point of Order?
She IS Faye's first.
Her 1st AI relationship.
And (AFAIK) her 1st Female relationship.

Faye is 'suffering' from "She's my first .. I thought I was hers".
An irrational, but very human, reaction.
(Better... she is aware that it is irrational!)

I think this is very close to what is going on here. Faye may feel uncertain as to whether her current feelings are 'simple' jealousy when finding out your partner may have had other/more prior partners than you thought, or whether her current feelings are an indication that she may have only been open to the relationship with Bubbles because of its fairytale aspects of 'first one for each other' and 'meant to be' uniqueness. The sudden realization that your current relationship is possibly 'just' a next one in a line for your partner instead of her deliberately having chosen you as 'the one' can be unsettling, if hopefully only briefly.

It's worth considering whether Faye has ever really thought about her current relationship and future and how it relates to her and Bubbles' own histories in more detail, and this may be the trigger to do so.

FWIW, I think she will come to realize that her love for Bubbles and their relationship is entirely sincere and exactly what she wants.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Reaver on 22 May 2020, 09:37
Easy Faye, be nice to yourself..nothing just talking to Bubbles about won't fix <3

Also remember she's not your first either eh?

Point of Order?
She IS Faye's first.
Her 1st AI relationship.
And (AFAIK) her 1st Female relationship.

Faye is 'suffering' from "She's my first .. I thought I was hers".
An irrational, but very human, reaction.
(Better... she is aware that it is irrational!)

She's not HER first relationship though,  and so far we don't know if she's irrationally upset about being Bubble's first relationship, or first organic human meat relationship.

But I am proud of Faye for realizing "Crap I'm being irrational" Old Faye woulda stormed off and threatened to punch Marten in the gut or something, Bubbles really IS good for her.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 22 May 2020, 10:38
Easy Faye, be nice to yourself..nothing just talking to Bubbles about won't fix <3

Also remember she's not your first either eh?

Point of Order?
She IS Faye's first.
Her 1st AI relationship.
And (AFAIK) her 1st Female relationship.

Faye is 'suffering' from "She's my first .. I thought I was hers".
An irrational, but very human, reaction.
(Better... she is aware that it is irrational!)

She's not HER first relationship though,  and so far we don't know if she's irrationally upset about being Bubble's first relationship, or first organic human meat relationship.

But I am proud of Faye for realizing "Crap I'm being irrational" Old Faye woulda stormed off and threatened to punch Marten in the gut or something, Bubbles really IS good for her.

Here's the thing. Faye was in her mind, up until Bubbles, heterosexual. She had been in relationships with Angus and Sven, as well as a non-starter with Marten. None of those relationships were really healthy for her. Sven was just sex without boundries and when Sven acted like Sven and slept with Gina Riversmith, well, that broke Faye's heart a little. Angus wanted to make more of his life and go out on a limb to achieve his dreams, Faye didn't and if they had stayed together, well you would have had one person resenting the other. As for Marten? Well its Marten.

Bubbles enters her life and Faye finds herself growing into a healthier relationship with someone that she couldn't have seen herself with beforehand. But more than that, her relationship with Bubbles opens up a whole new life for her. So yes, Bubbles is her first relationship - her first relationship with another woman, her first relationship with an AI and her first somewhat healthy relationship.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 22 May 2020, 12:16
So… any odds on Faye trying to convince Yay to help Bubbles try to restore the lost memories?
Maybe a synthetic reconstruction built from official records and CW’s memories of working on Bubbles or something like that…
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 22 May 2020, 12:26
So… any odds on Faye trying to convince Yay to help Bubbles try to restore the lost memories?
Maybe a synthetic reconstruction built from official records and CW’s memories of working on Bubbles or something like that…

From what Spooky has previously said, there's nothing to restore, its all gone. And even if they could, really, would Bubbles want those memories restored? The person she is now is different to the person she was before.

I imagine what is more likely is Faye is going to ask Spooky to use their abilities to find out about Bubbles' military history. Which is going to open a whole can of worms.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Roborat on 22 May 2020, 12:56
It just occurred to me, Bubbles is ex military., is it possible her missing memory is related to military security concerns, required to be removed before she can leave the service, rather than something traumatic?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Cornelius on 22 May 2020, 13:44
It was rather explicit that Bubbles sought out Corpsewitch on her own, to lock away painful memories. By that time she had already left the armed forces. Deletion was pure ineptitude, of not malevolence on CW's part.
Title: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Zebediah on 22 May 2020, 14:44
It may be a little more complicated than simple incompetence on CW’s part. Possibly the military installed a failsafe that would delete classified info from Bubnles’ memories if anyone ever tried to tamper with them. And you know that CW wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation to grab anything she could from Bubbles’ mind.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: jwhouk on 22 May 2020, 17:33
So… any odds on Faye trying to convince Yay to help Bubbles try to restore the lost memories?
Maybe a synthetic reconstruction built from official records and CW’s memories of working on Bubbles or something like that…

The Vegas sports books aren't open, but I suspect they'd probably say "No Line" on that because it's pretty much given that it'll at least be mentioned.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 22 May 2020, 17:51
But there's also the fact that Spooky doesn't like to impinge on matters of the mind without an AI's express permission. That's the line they won't cross. More than likely, they'll tell Faye to talk to Bubbles.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tyr on 23 May 2020, 03:14
There's always the possibility that Yay is gonna go some flavor of the memory restoration in Schlock Mercenary. That is, "We can't restore your memories, but we can spare a few petaflops to create a simulation of the missing memories from a third-person perspective; it will be as if you watched a movie of the missing parts. Consider it an apology for our previous failure."
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Aviana on 23 May 2020, 07:32
Created an account just to add to the discussion I completely understand why Faye thought she and Bubbles were each other’s first (for this specific relationship configuration) given this comic: https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3753

I also think it’s completely fair that she needs to take a bit to resettle her emotions accordingly, and while it’s not perfect that she was snippy at Bubbles expressing concern, she was also in the middle of leaving because she knew her emotions weren’t in a perfect place. As long as she apologizes later it’s fine.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Oenone on 23 May 2020, 08:18
I think Faye is being really selfish here. Bubbles didn’t say she was or was not her first human lover. Instead, Bubbles pointed out that because of her damaged memories she can’t really know for sure. That’s not a “you aren’t my first” it’s a “I CANT know,” which imo is an oblique reminder that the reason Bubbles has been so present focused with Faye is because big parts of her traumatic past are locked away from her. Fate is taking that reminder of trauma as a “you aren’t special” which is just so... ugh, so Faye.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 23 May 2020, 08:28
Welcome, new person!

We've been taking for granted that there isn't a backup because Corpse Witch said so.

Why would Corpse Witch throw away material like that? Bungling is conceivable. It takes a determined focused effort to get rid of something on a computer, though. A forensic exam of Corpse Witch's cloud accounts and belongings might be interesting.

Also, what if she lied? What if there was something in Bubbles's memories that she didn't want to come out even with the alternative being an eternity of torture?
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Castlerook on 23 May 2020, 10:34
I think Faye is being really selfish here. Bubbles didn’t say she was or was not her first human lover. Instead, Bubbles pointed out that because of her damaged memories she can’t really know for sure. That’s not a “you aren’t my first” it’s a “I CANT know,” which imo is an oblique reminder that the reason Bubbles has been so present focused with Faye is because big parts of her traumatic past are locked away from her. Fate is taking that reminder of trauma as a “you aren’t special” which is just so... ugh, so Faye.

I don't think Faye is being selfish here, but rather she's trying to process the fact that's a great deal of uncertainty in her relationship with Bubbles. But importantly, there's no case of closure about previous relationships.

Consider this, the one time I almost got engaged, it was to a woman who told me about her previous relationships. The last two had been quite abusive towards her, not physically, but one emotionally messed with her and the other left her in debt. But knowing what she had gone through allowed me to try my best for her and the relationship. While the relationship ended, it had been good for her to be in a healthy relationship. But imagine if she hadn't told me because she had forgot about them - how could have dealt with that unseen shadow of her past? What if I kept putting my foot in the wrong time and place? Or worse, what if one of her abusive exes came back into her life and I had no idea who this guy was?

Faye isn't angry that she isn't Bubbles' first, she's upset at the prospect of some spectre from Bubbles' past coming back into Bubs' life, she's afraid that she might lose Bubbles to another. More importantly, Faye is acknowledging she is acting in an irrational manner and removed herself from the situation before she made things worse.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 23 May 2020, 12:16
Perhaps the best she could do on short notice but I wish for Bubbles's sake that Faye had handled it with more finesse.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 23 May 2020, 20:24
We all react to our trauma and emotions in irrational ways. Humans are not rational agents, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise. This is not a moral failing.


Also, I am trying to imagine what a story where everyone involved made perfectly reasonable choices that were precisely ideal for the situation and holy shit does that sound boring, forced, unappealing, and completely unrelatable.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: Tova on 23 May 2020, 23:26
There would be a bunch of posts instead complaining that the strip was full of Mary Sues.
Title: Re: WCDT strips 4266-70 (18-22 May 2020)
Post by: sitnspin on 24 May 2020, 02:33
While that would provide an outlet for the drive to complalin about something/anything, that wouldn't satisfy the urge to stand in moral judgment of someone.