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Title: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 14 Feb 2021, 19:20
Comic's up!

Faye actually being sympathetic to Clinton. Awww.

No poll, can't think of anything.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 14 Feb 2021, 19:27
I'm surprised that Clinton isn't annoyed at the fact that Claire blabbed about his romantic troubles to other people.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: WAYF on 14 Feb 2021, 21:45
I'm surprised that Clinton isn't annoyed at the fact that Claire blabbed about his romantic troubles to other people.

And it really doesn't gel with the fact that he's suddenly not okay with coming out to his mother. Does he think that she'll not be okay with him being bi? In which case, why is he okay with Claire gossiping about his bisexuality to whomever she can't keep her mouth shut around?
And if he's not comfortable coming out to his mother, then why oh why did he ask Elliott on a date to that exact setting?

I'm also confused by the implication that he forgot or hasn't thought about asking Elliott on a date during his whole time with Willow, since he only asked about an hour ago in comic time, and I can't believe Willow wouldn't ask him about potential future dates with Elliott, considering how hard she ships those two.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 14 Feb 2021, 22:29
yet more reason why I dislike Faye...she just doesn't get it. I hope that the next strip at least tries to redeem her faux pas because she's becoming hard to find likeable no matter how much the others are used to soften her
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 14 Feb 2021, 22:33
yet more reason why I dislike Faye...she just doesn't get it. I hope that the next strip at least tries to redeem her faux pas because she's becoming hard to find likeable no matter how much the others are used to soften her

What faux pas? Not knowing about the dinner? Literally nothing she said in this strip was inappropriate.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: St.Clair on 14 Feb 2021, 22:53
Their mom is the only one in that family with any chill whatsoever, and I suspect it's taken years and/or a fair amount of mild drugs to acquire that.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Tova on 14 Feb 2021, 23:13
I think that when you already have a negative disposition towards someone, itís very easy to cast future actions in a negative light. Is there a way to cast what Faye said in a positive light? I think maybe there is.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Penquin47 on 14 Feb 2021, 23:25
Clinton had probably not thought past "I'm considering dating a guy" even so far as putting a new label on himself, let alone to the "coming out" stage of things.  A brief moment of panic is completely in keeping with Clinton's utter lack of chill.  He'll probably realize he's being silly tomorrow (or Faye might tell him based on things she's heard from Claire that he's got nothing to worry about because his mom's chill.)
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 14 Feb 2021, 23:31
I think that when you already have a negative disposition towards someone, itís very easy to cast future actions in a negative light. Is there a way to cast what Faye said in a positive light? I think maybe there is.

She was commiserating.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 15 Feb 2021, 02:14
Comic's up!

Faye actually being sympathetic to Clinton. Awww.

No poll, can't think of anything.

Neither could I, so no worries.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: somnolesence on 15 Feb 2021, 05:48
Ok so we have a vague timeline of Faye coming out to her mother just few days ago in comic time. I can't remember how long ago that was in real time but it feels like forever ago.

Then again last year has felt like an eternity for other reasons.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Oenone on 15 Feb 2021, 07:19
Iím so grateful Jeph is keeping the comic COVID free, tho it does highlight that heís less interested in bio sci fi than technological. As far as we know, the yeast used for baking, how to treat Marigoldís acne, the psych meds Hanners takes, etc are all the same as in our world. The only big biomedical difference weíve see is Clintonís prosthetic hand.

Heck, people still wear glasses, and not just for VR.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 15 Feb 2021, 09:36
TBH, when my vision starts to deteriorate, I'll deal with glasses/contacts, unless surgery was the only option to prevent blindness.  I do *not* want my eyeballs cut/lasered/replaced.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 15 Feb 2021, 12:01
Gosh, I'd love to get my eyes lasered. Alas for a lack of funds!
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Oenone on 15 Feb 2021, 12:38
Gosh, I'd love to get my eyes lasered. Alas for a lack of funds!

Hard same.

It just seems like Iím a future where thereís AI, something cheap and nutritionally dense like Soylent would be available. Itís weird to me that foodways havenít changed significantly.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 15 Feb 2021, 12:43
Perhaps they have, but it just isn't mentioned? For all we know, all the food IS Soylent, just burrito/pizza/apple/etc shaped.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 15 Feb 2021, 15:09
IIRC, even with the lasers, there are usually scalpels involved, in order to prep the eye.  I *really* donít like the idea of them being fucked with, even applying eyeliner required forcing myself.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: pwhodges on 15 Feb 2021, 15:17
Lasering your eyes might be useful when you are reasonably young, but when you get old, the bigger problem is lack of accommodation, which it can do nothing about.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 15 Feb 2021, 16:05
I really donít know whatís likely to happen as I grow older, except expecting some deterioration.  Iím still better than 20/20, so itís off my list of problems right now.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: cesium133 on 15 Feb 2021, 16:21
Last time I was at the eye doctor, she told me that my vision had actually improved... but she said it's common for nearsighted people in their thirties, and is a sign you'll need bifocals in the future as your near sight decays. So there's that.

As for lasering, I'm an atomic physicist who works with lasers all the time and you can keep those things the hell away from my eyes.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 15 Feb 2021, 18:27
Comic's up.

Off you go Clinton. Step outside your comfort zone, etc.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Eversist on 15 Feb 2021, 18:32
I recognize how difficult figure drawing is (having done it myself for a couple of years), and that Jeph's style has simplified over the years to allow him to get the comic out more efficiently...

But with Willow showing up and having a similar physique to Faye, I just gotta say as a lady with larger honkers... their honkers are redonk. They are very round. And I want their bras IRL. Forgive me.

As for what's going on in the comic right now... I'm glad Clinton could get what he needed from Faye. Yay, character growth!
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 15 Feb 2021, 18:42
I love how Faye goes from supportive to crass. *lol* Never change.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: DaiJB on 15 Feb 2021, 18:48
That last expression on Clinton   :laugh:

 Faye hasn't changed has she? Regardless of how good her advice may be, she just can't resist that last-panel (deliberately) tasteless reply!  :-D
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Oenone on 15 Feb 2021, 18:57
I recognize how difficult figure drawing is (having done it myself for a couple of years), and that Jeph's style has simplified over the years to allow him to get the comic out more efficiently...

But with Willow showing up and having a similar physique to Faye, I just gotta say as a lady with larger honkers... their honkers are redonk. They are very round. And I want their bras IRL. Forgive me.

As for what's going on in the comic right now... I'm glad Clinton could get what he needed from Faye. Yay, character growth!

Itís not even their bras itís their goddamn tank tops. Thereís no double straps there.  :x

ETA: maybe the non robot innovations have all been in textiles, and we missed that everyoneís shirts and whatever have incredible tensile strength.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 15 Feb 2021, 18:58
That last expression on Clinton   :laugh:

 Faye hasn't changed has she? Regardless of how good her advice may be, she just can't resist that last-panel (deliberately) tasteless reply!  ;D

She's basically channeling Marten when she went to him for advice re. Bubbles: Fuckin' go for it, buddy (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3738). :D
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 15 Feb 2021, 19:29
Faye saved herself from the last strip's faux pas(and yes, it's a faux pas) but she really needs to stop it with her snarky jokes when there's no need for them. I know it's a defense mechanism because she hates being vulnerable, but it's still not a good thing to do!

I think Faye seriously needs to talk with her psychologist again, but then again I'm sensitive to actions like that.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Tova on 15 Feb 2021, 19:37
I don't get it. Since when is, "I came out to my mom the other night" snark? It was a moment of actual honesty and vulnerability. The exact opposite of snark. Are you sure you're not letting your preconceptions of Faye colour your reading?
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: SeattleCrochetWoman on 15 Feb 2021, 21:38
Faye saved herself from the last strip's faux pas(and yes, it's a faux pas) but she really needs to stop it with her snarky jokes when there's no need for them. I know it's a defense mechanism because she hates being vulnerable, but it's still not a good thing to do!

I think Faye seriously needs to talk with her psychologist again, but then again I'm sensitive to actions like that.

Iím having trouble figuring out what the faux pas was. Unless it was mentioning what Claire had said? (Which Claire should not have done.)
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Eversist on 15 Feb 2021, 22:55
Yeah, the faux pas feels like it's on Claire outing Clinton. Did Claire tell Faye to keep it hush-hush?

Edit: No
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 15 Feb 2021, 23:20
Last time I was at the eye doctor, she told me that my vision had actually improved... but she said it's common for nearsighted people in their thirties, and is a sign you'll need bifocals in the future as your near sight decays. So there's that.

As for lasering, I'm an atomic physicist who works with lasers all the time and you can keep those things the hell away from my eyes.

Thankfully my near-sightedness has stayed relatively stable thus far.  Granted, I've been told that my right eye compensates just enough for my left that I can avoid bifocals. So I'm probably doomed to get them anyways.

At least my color vision is still insanely good for my age[1]. I miss being able to so far into infrared and ultraviolet sometimes[2].

[1]currently on par with a 14/15 year old's despite being 35.
[2] except when dealing with LEDs. Those make me wish I were colorblind.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 15 Feb 2021, 23:23
That last expression on Clinton   :laugh:

 Faye hasn't changed has she? Regardless of how good her advice may be, she just can't resist that last-panel (deliberately) tasteless reply!  :-D

That's absolutely got to be one of the new avatar options.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 16 Feb 2021, 09:00
Gosh, I'd love to get my eyes lasered. Alas for a lack of funds!

I had LASIK some 20 years ago.

It was really, really scary, and I had a hard time not squirming around the whole time. They were literally cutting my eyes open.

For about 10 years, I had perfect vision without glasses. This was a huge improvement over the  ~20/500 vision I had before. Eventually, I developed myopia again, and I'm back to wearing glasses constantly. It was still worth it, since my current -1.25 (about 20/50) is much better than before, and means I can make out quite a lot without glasses if I need to.

These days I have to deal with presbyopia, with is an entirely different PITA.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 16 Feb 2021, 09:20
Lasering your eyes might be useful when you are reasonably young, but when you get old, the bigger problem is lack of accommodation, which it can do nothing about.

This is no longer true. But the solution's really, really drastic.

Presbyopia - which I have, since I'm 56 - happens because your lenses are no longer as flexible. When you get cataract surgery, they remove the lens entirely, and replace it with an artificial lens. The replacement lenses don't flex at all, but you can now get lenses that are essentially like progressive lenses for eyeglasses. They have a smoothly varying range of focal distances based on the angle.

This means to change focal distance, you need to subtly change where you're looking. I have a hard time visualizing how this works, honestly. I have progressive lenses, but those work by changing which part of the lens you're looking through. Look straight ahead, you're looking through the distance part of the lens. Look down, and you're looking through the near-focus part of the lens. The multifocal Interocular Lenses (IOLs) move with your eyes, so you have to, what, look away from what you're trying to see?

I imagine there are also weird optical effects. Progressive lenses have all sorts of weird distortions at the corners that are quite distracting when you first start wearing them. After a while your brain re-adjusts how it processes what's coming from the eyes. Now everything appears normal to me, no distortions at all, which means my brain is now correcting everything at some pre-conscious level.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 16 Feb 2021, 09:35
To return to the comic:

I've never really understood what straight women and gay men find appealing about diiiiiicks. I know Clinton is probably thinking "way to ruin the mood by being crass," but I tend to filter that as "ugh, I'm going to be on the receiving end of a dick, gross." I feel like I'm un-deservedly lucky that women want anything to do with my male body.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Eversist on 16 Feb 2021, 12:06
... but I tend to filter that as "ugh, I'm going to be on the receiving end of a dick, gross." I feel like I'm un-deservedly lucky that women want anything to do with my male body.

I mean, if anything this just means (to me, anyway) you're super straight, lmao.

Penises are weird, but so are vulvas! So *big shrug* we're all weird!!! And in a way that means none of us are. #SyndromeWasRight
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 16 Feb 2021, 12:41
But with Willow showing up and having a similar physique to Faye, I just gotta say as a lady with larger honkers... their honkers are redonk. They are very round. And I want their bras IRL. Forgive me.

A good friend of mine ended up getting hers reduced early last year, before Covid hit really hard.  Before that, her bras required infrastructure like cantilevers or flying buttresses or something.  Sheís obviously much happier now.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 16 Feb 2021, 14:53
Last time I was at the eye doctor, she told me that my vision had actually improved... but she said it's common for nearsighted people in their thirties, and is a sign you'll need bifocals in the future as your near sight decays. So there's that.
I seem to be just hitting the far side of that (and I'm 47, so it's not surprising) - the last few months I've started needing to take my glasses off to read small print up close. So I suspect I'll be joining the multi-focal community soon. My wife's a few years older, and got hers a few years ago. Though she also needs to get hearing aids*, which I hope I can avoid for a while yet.

Had to reference this: Can we please stop talking about the frailty and inevitable failure of the human body (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3574)
(took me a while to find that comic, I was thinking it was relatively recent but it was the best part of three years ago. Which I suppose is relatively recent in QC terms :))

* really only one, because she's been completely deaf in one ear all her life. It seems like that ought to make it cheaper, yet somehow it doesn't.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Case on 16 Feb 2021, 16:41
yet more reason why I dislike Faye...she just doesn't get it. I hope that the next strip at least tries to redeem her faux pas because she's becoming hard to find likeable no matter how much the others are used to soften her

What faux pas? Not knowing about the dinner? Literally nothing she said in this strip was inappropriate.

Seconded?  :psyduck:
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: badbum61 on 16 Feb 2021, 17:22
Faye...she's becoming hard to find likeable

Quote from: jeph
Hold my beer

Quote from: Faye
Now go get that diiiiiiick!
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 16 Feb 2021, 18:16
Comic's up.

Understandable reaction, but I don't like the lake pollution. Now the fish are getting unsolicited d*ck pics as well!
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 16 Feb 2021, 18:29
Thar poor lake.
 :lol:
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Sorflakne on 16 Feb 2021, 18:43
I've never felt the urge to send a dick pic.  I've sent a couple that were requested, but never have I thought, "Oh, this woman I don't know and will 99% likely never meet in person swiped right on me as well, she obviously wants to see my junk!".  It's not even something I had to be told not to do--when I first learned it was a thing, I had to stop and ask myself, are there really guys who are that stupid out there?  Over the years, it turns out that yes, there are, and there are far too many of them, going by the numerous times it comes up.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 16 Feb 2021, 18:49
Hmm.  I sent someone pics of people who are named Dick.  I must have been doing it wrong.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 16 Feb 2021, 18:58
It's not that dudes think the woman wants to see it, it's a power thing. They get off on forcing on to people, on making them uncomfortable.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: cesium133 on 16 Feb 2021, 19:00
Hmm.  I sent someone pics of people who are named Dick.  I must have been doing it wrong.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/Madoqua_kirkii_-_male_%28Namutoni%29.jpg/800px-Madoqua_kirkii_-_male_%28Namutoni%29.jpg)

Editó just realized that if that animalís genitalia were visible, it would be a dik-dik dick pic.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Case on 16 Feb 2021, 19:03
Hmm.  I sent someone pics of people who are named Dick.  I must have been doing it wrong.

"... and this post constitutes the last coherent, legible utterance on the - at the times - obscure webforum now identified at the epicentre of the global catastrophe variously dubbed 'The Great Silly', 'TILT!' or 'Babbel 2021' that has disrupted, fractured and balkanized the Internet as we knew it before February 17th, 2021.

Report of the 2035 Special Investigative Congressional Committee into the events of February 17th, 2021."
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 16 Feb 2021, 20:28
Part and parcel of my earlier comment is that I've never even considered sending a dick pick. Because, y'know, who wants to see that?
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 16 Feb 2021, 20:47
Anyone else looking forward to seeing how Iris responds to the call?

[I'm also looking forward to having double digit temperatures Friday. Kind of sad when you look at the forecast and think 'Oh wow! 32įF/0įC, that'll be nice!']
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: WAYF on 16 Feb 2021, 21:55
Presumably Iris and Yemisi would be used to her using other people's phones to call them by now. So Clinton isn't in THAT much trouble.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: DaiJB on 17 Feb 2021, 00:29
Hmm.  I sent someone pics of people who are named Dick.  I must have been doing it wrong.

"... and this post constitutes the last coherent, legible utterance on the - at the times - obscure webforum now identified at the epicentre of the global catastrophe variously dubbed 'The Great Silly', 'TILT!' or 'Babbel 2021' that has disrupted, fractured and balkanized the Internet as we knew it before February 17th, 2021.

Report of the 2035 Special Investigative Congressional Committee into the events of February 17th, 2021."

I wouldn't mind seeing this happen ( I can think of any number of worse fates for the Internet!  :-P )
Just think - I could say, "I was there - when  everyone on that forum donned a funny hat, blew party squeakers and shared the silly jokes that spread and infected the entire Internet..."
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: St.Clair on 17 Feb 2021, 01:39
my time on the INTERNET has taught me that the only acceptable Dick pics are those of the hero formerly known as Nightwing.  (And before that, Robin.)
particularly well-regarded, in some circles, are those which feature the famous, nay, legendary "Dick butt".
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 17 Feb 2021, 03:50
Presumably Iris and Yemisi would be used to her using other people's phones to call them by now. So Clinton isn't in THAT much trouble.

I meant more in terms of how agitated she was. I've got assorted bits of speculation to varying degrees of wildness. But, we don't know much about the nature of their relationship, so it's anyone's guess. And I for one, don't want to potentially spoil whatever Jeph has planned.

[I sometimes fear I may have done so in the past. RIP any story threads I accidentally nuked.]
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: bright on 17 Feb 2021, 04:27
Oh I wish I could wear shorts and a t-shirt outside right now. How many more days till summer..... :cry:
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 17 Feb 2021, 05:44
Oh I wish I could wear shorts and a t-shirt outside right now. How many more days till summer..... :cry:

Just don't be one of those people who also complains about missing winter in summer.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: WAYF on 17 Feb 2021, 08:15

And I for one, don't want to potentially spoil whatever Jeph has planned.

[I sometimes fear I may have done so in the past. RIP any story threads I accidentally nuked.]

Surely not? I distinctly remember, when Jeph came to Australia waaaay back in 2012 (fun fact: that's where my avatar comes from!), someone asked him if Hannelore would ever actually go to space, and he drew considerable awe from the crowd when he revealed that actually, that was about to be the very next story arc. And indeed it was (http://"https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2105").

So I wouldn't imagine that you're nuking any story arcs by pre-empting them.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 17 Feb 2021, 10:09
Just don't be one of those people who also complains about missing winter in summer.


I miss winter when it's summer, since I don't handle the heat well. As long as the temperature doesn't get above 24 įC, I'm fine.


Then again, summer here in NZ is drawing to a close, and it has been flippin' cold in Canterbury. We've had the heating on more than once.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 17 Feb 2021, 10:17
If you do an image search, Google will send you Dick pics.
( some of them are pretty funny )
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: jwhouk on 17 Feb 2021, 14:04
I miss winter when it's summer, since I don't handle the heat well. As long as the temperature doesn't get above 24 įC, I'm fine.

Then again, summer here in NZ is drawing to a close, and it has been flippin' cold in Canterbury. We've had the heating on more than once.

I'd strongly suggest avoiding the Phoenix, Arizona area between like May 1 and October 1, then.

Average daily high is right around 38įC. And we routinely get days over 40įC.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 17 Feb 2021, 15:21
Duly noted, thanks :)
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Thrillho on 17 Feb 2021, 16:33
To return to the comic:

I've never really understood what straight women and gay men find appealing about diiiiiicks. I know Clinton is probably thinking "way to ruin the mood by being crass," but I tend to filter that as "ugh, I'm going to be on the receiving end of a dick, gross." I feel like I'm un-deservedly lucky that women want anything to do with my male body.

I'm not sure it's a thing I'd be able to put into words either, but as a fan of all sex organs I'm not sure I could in any case.

... but I tend to filter that as "ugh, I'm going to be on the receiving end of a dick, gross." I feel like I'm un-deservedly lucky that women want anything to do with my male body.

I mean, if anything this just means (to me, anyway) you're super straight, lmao.

Penises are weird, but so are vulvas! So *big shrug* we're all weird!!! And in a way that means none of us are. #SyndromeWasRight

This is some top-level posting, welcome new(ish) person!

I've never felt the urge to send a dick pic.  I've sent a couple that were requested, but never have I thought, "Oh, this woman I don't know and will 99% likely never meet in person swiped right on me as well, she obviously wants to see my junk!".  It's not even something I had to be told not to do--when I first learned it was a thing, I had to stop and ask myself, are there really guys who are that stupid out there?  Over the years, it turns out that yes, there are, and there are far too many of them, going by the numerous times it comes up.

It's something I have never fathomed about other men. Sending unsolicited dick pics. I don't think I've met a single woman in my entire life who you could send, unsolicited, a dick pic, and them think to themselves 'yeah I need that shit in my life' and reply happily to arrange a meeting. Results (https://www.vice.com/en/article/nee9zb/do-dick-pics-ever-work-out-well) do seem to vary (https://www.reddit.com/r/AskWomen/comments/23clsc/has_a_dick_pic_ever_worked_on_you/). But then hey evidently people who do it are more likely to be sexist narcissists. (https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/unsolicited-dick-pics-narcissists_ca_5d1e676de4b01b834733c7e8)

Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: jwhouk on 17 Feb 2021, 17:25
Duly noted, thanks :)

...I guess I shouldn't tell you that it actually got up to 47.8C (118F) at the end of July last year, then, hey?
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Wombt on 17 Feb 2021, 17:40
I wonder how common it is for cis men to send unsolicited/unwanted dick pics to people who aren't women. I know it happens, from personal experience and from friends; I just wonder how the rates compare.

I have one friend who, when they receive a random dick pic on a dating app or whatever, will try to explain to the person why they shouldn't do that and try to get them to apologize. I just go with the "block user" option myself.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 17 Feb 2021, 17:53
...I guess I shouldn't tell you that it actually got up to 47.8C (118F) at the end of July last year, then, hey?


Please excuse me while I go dump a bucket of ice on myself. Just reading that makes me feel overheated!
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: DaiJB on 17 Feb 2021, 18:40
Comic!

Now I'm curious to hear "Not Nice" Iris interact with other QC cast members:
Iris-Faye, Iris-May, Iris-Hannelore...ooh, Iris-Pintsize...
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 17 Feb 2021, 18:46
One of these days Willow is going to forcibly make friends with the wrong person, and get into a boatload (canoeload?) of trouble.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 17 Feb 2021, 20:30
, Iris-Pintsize...

*dropkicks*

"WOW..."
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 17 Feb 2021, 21:29
Has it been determined that AIs can remove limbs for work duties? I can see them doing that with an arm for a leafblower, broom, or rake easily. Maybe doing so with legs when on a riding mower or acting as a chauffeur(think "Johnny Cab" in Total Recall).

One of these days Willow is going to forcibly make friends with the wrong person, and get into a boatload (canoeload?) of trouble.

...and she accidentally foils a carefully planned jewelry store heist by telling her friends why she's unavailable that day ;)

, Iris-Pintsize...

*dropkicks*

"WOW..."

This is actually an interaction that I'd love to see. He hasn't had an interaciton with a polar opposite in years. I don't count Rokko as being a polar opposite as they were only together for a date and we all know how that turned out...
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 17 Feb 2021, 21:46
Duly noted, thanks :)

...I guess I shouldn't tell you that it actually got up to 47.8C (118F) at the end of July last year, then, hey?

How do we know Joan of Arc was from Arizona?

Because she said "But it's a dry heat".
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Akima on 18 Feb 2021, 00:49
Joana Vark would be her Australian cousin.
(https://i.imgur.com/6HVje5a.png)

My first reaction when Iris said she was a groundskeeper was to imagine her speaking in a Scottish accent...
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 18 Feb 2021, 01:28
Has it been determined that AIs can remove limbs for work duties? I can see them doing that with an arm for a leafblower, broom, or rake easily. Maybe doing so with legs when on a riding mower or acting as a chauffeur(think "Johnny Cab" in Total Recall).

One of these days Willow is going to forcibly make friends with the wrong person, and get into a boatload (canoeload?) of trouble.

...and she accidentally foils a carefully planned jewelry store heist by telling her friends why she's unavailable that day ;)

, Iris-Pintsize...

*dropkicks*

"WOW..."

This is actually an interaction that I'd love to see. He hasn't had an interaciton with a polar opposite in years. I don't count Rokko as being a polar opposite as they were only together for a date and we all know how that turned out...

[arm cannon joke here]


And I for one, don't want to potentially spoil whatever Jeph has planned.

[I sometimes fear I may have done so in the past. RIP any story threads I accidentally nuked.]

Surely not? I distinctly remember, when Jeph came to Australia waaaay back in 2012 (fun fact: that's where my avatar comes from!), someone asked him if Hannelore would ever actually go to space, and he drew considerable awe from the crowd when he revealed that actually, that was about to be the very next story arc. And indeed it was (http://"https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2105").

So I wouldn't imagine that you're nuking any story arcs by pre-empting them.

I hope not.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 18 Feb 2021, 01:38
Just don't be one of those people who also complains about missing winter in summer.


I miss winter when it's summer, since I don't handle the heat well. As long as the temperature doesn't get above 24 įC, I'm fine.


Then again, summer here in NZ is drawing to a close, and it has been flippin' cold in Canterbury. We've had the heating on more than once.

We've been getting quite the opposite end of things for the past two weeks here, in Kansas. I know it's our winter to your summer, but it's been ridiculous these past few weeks.

The polar vortex/cold wave/whatever it's being called now came with windchills as low as -36įC (-32įF). This Monday's high was -18įC (-2įF).

EDIT: bolding for emphasis
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: jwhouk on 18 Feb 2021, 03:34
Remember kids: when the temperature says -40, itís freaking cold regardless of the scale.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: stayctee on 18 Feb 2021, 06:34
Duly noted, thanks :)

...I guess I shouldn't tell you that it actually got up to 47.8C (118F) at the end of July last year, then, hey?

How do we know Joan of Arc was from Arizona?

Because she said "But it's a dry heat".

wow, a Joan of Arc joke. *slow clap*
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 18 Feb 2021, 09:21
"Not nice"? OK. How about "Harmless"?
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Feb 2021, 09:39
Mostly harmless.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: sitnspin on 18 Feb 2021, 10:03
Personally, I am neither nice nor harmless.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: notStanley on 18 Feb 2021, 10:36
For some folk, "relentless" is what it takes to let them see that the interest in a friendship is not just imaginary
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: zisraelsen on 18 Feb 2021, 10:42
That's true. It's probably why Iris still hangs out with these two.

On the other hand, for others, "relentless" is anxiety-inducing and suffocating. I wouldn't be able to be friends with Willow, I don't think. I value my space too much; her inviting herself into my space like she's done here with Clinton would have just shut me down and I'd have just been waiting until she left.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 18 Feb 2021, 14:45
That's true. It's probably why Iris still hangs out with these two.

On the other hand, for others, "relentless" is anxiety-inducing and suffocating. I wouldn't be able to be friends with Willow, I don't think. I value my space too much; her inviting herself into my space like she's done here with Clinton would have just shut me down and I'd have just been waiting until she left.

'The same water that boils the egg softens the potato.'
[Or whichever way that Russian adage goes.]
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: badbum61 on 18 Feb 2021, 17:31
At least we know that Iris is self-aware.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Farideh on 18 Feb 2021, 18:31
Comic!

Awww, poor Claire. She's right though: the first rejection IS a milestone. As long as she thinks of it as practice, she'll be good.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 18 Feb 2021, 18:58
My first couple of paying jobs were arranged by someone else. Didn't interview for either of them.

The first time I applied for a job on my own, I did get rejected. This was after I had been paid for to do some database work, so it was not my first job, just the first permanent, non-contract job I applied for myself. I can still remember it now, some 35-ish years later, so yeah, it's a milestone and memorable.

To be honest, I wasn't remotely qualified to do that job. As I recall, I didn't even know the programming language involved.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: shanejayell on 18 Feb 2021, 19:29
Awwww. WEll, once she hears about Clinton, that should distract her at least.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 18 Feb 2021, 19:39
Awww, poor Claire. She's right though: the first rejection IS a milestone. As long as she thinks of it as practice, she'll be good.

Sheís also pretty lucky.  My applications just seem to end up in a memory-hole.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Sorflakne on 18 Feb 2021, 20:15
People at various times have posted data about their job searches on r/dataisbeautiful.  Each graph looks largely the same: 500+ apps sent out, 400+ no-replys, 100 replies, 80 ghosts, 20 first phone interviews, four second phone interviews, three in-person first round interviews, one second-round interview, one job offer.  Job hunting for anything that isn't menial labor is time intensive and incredibly draining.  Having a network or someone inside a company who can vouch/advocate for you makes the process so much easier (how I got my current job over six other possible applicants).  Each rejection or lack of reply sucks, and the automated emails make it even more dehumanizing, especially when you get your 234819th pitch of "You're the ideal person for this sales position!"--seriously, you hold a sales job for even a month or two, even if you sucked at it, and other sales job openings will find you and spam you about sales jobs for years afterwards. Make it stop!!1!

Recruiters are largely useless as well, unless you pay a premium for one, and not everyone has that luxury.  Gotta ping them almost daily to stay on their relevance list, and even then, they still suck at placing you.  And for as much as they say to not shotgun your resume out there, you pretty much have to, even when you tailor it specifically for each job, because unless you're a senior position or in a hot field, you need volume just to force the door open.  To say nothing of the current market with 10million+ people looking for jobs...
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Torlek on 18 Feb 2021, 20:23
Awww, poor Claire. She's right though: the first rejection IS a milestone. As long as she thinks of it as practice, she'll be good.

Sheís also pretty lucky.  My applications just seem to end up in a memory-hole.

Same. I applied for at least 40 jobs coming out of undergrad and interviewed for 12. I got all of three rejection notifications (but two offers, and that's what was important). One place that I interviewed and impressed one of the vice presidents couldn't even be assed to look up the status of my application when I called them a few weeks after they said they would notify me (and this wasn't some shady, fly-by-night operation, they're one of the companies vying to build the next lunar lander).
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 18 Feb 2021, 21:16
And now they're asking for multiple years of experience for even entry level jobs.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gus_Smedstad on 18 Feb 2021, 21:25
My experience wasn't nearly that bad. It was draining, but I never had an application memory-holed. I always got callbacks at least.

Some of those callbacks were kind of absurd, though. The one that sticks with me was when I was working at Interplay, and I applied to Blizzard. The guy on the other end of the phone started asking about my GPA in high school. At that point, high school was 15 years behind me, and I had 11 years of experience as a professional programmer, and 3 years as a game AI programmer. Asking about my high school GPA was dumb.

No surprise, that's one application that went nowhere.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Tova on 18 Feb 2021, 23:01
Mine was. The vast majority of my applications got no response. And when you spend your days sending countless applications into what seems to be a black hole, finally getting an actual rejection feels like a huge step forward.

Even if it reminds you of just how much work you'll need to do before getting an actual interview. And how many of those you'll probably have to do before getting an actual offer.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: awkwardness on 18 Feb 2021, 23:04
Awww, poor Claire. She's right though: the first rejection IS a milestone. As long as she thinks of it as practice, she'll be good.

Sheís also pretty lucky.  My applications just seem to end up in a memory-hole.

Small number of qualified applicants, even smaller number of people who could be hired for it due to experience, so I'm guessing she was one of if not the final applicant compared with a lot of other "don't call us, we'll call you" applicants.

But the gut feeling in me from too many experiences with local politics and government-run places like the library is that someone had the job posted online only because the law required it and actually the position was filled without looking at anyone. But that's just my gut, Jephh probably never saw how the locals really work behind the scenes :(
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: BenRG on 18 Feb 2021, 23:17
All I can say, Claire, is that I've been there too often. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that you eventually develop an exposure immunity to it! Marten, follow her and give her a hug. I suspect that she really needs just your presence, not any words.

Well, that was a week... no an arc of nothing really happening I guess. Something that could have been resolved in three strips got expanded to ten to introduce... someone whose role in the strip probably is now as developed as it will ever be.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Magniras on 19 Feb 2021, 00:02
Now I know this is a fantasy comic, a job sent a rejection letter. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Pain.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: cybersmurf on 19 Feb 2021, 03:27
I wish I had received rejection notifications for everything, and in a timely fashion. Once, I got a rejection email several months later...

Also, let's hope Hadley Regional Library has done their due dilligence before rejecting Claire...
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 19 Feb 2021, 16:28
CHIX NIX DIX PIX

I Googled that after coming up with it and someone had beaten me to it.

Turns out this is not an occasional problem, and has actually prompted an attempt at legislation: https://theslot.jezebel.com/male-senators-shot-down-a-virginia-bill-that-would-have-1846303727
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 19 Feb 2021, 16:42
I wish I had received rejection notifications for everything, and in a timely fashion. Once, I got a rejection email several months later...

A friend of mine got called in for an interview on a job he had applied to 9 months earlier out of the blue.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Torlek on 19 Feb 2021, 16:52
I wish I had received rejection notifications for everything, and in a timely fashion. Once, I got a rejection email several months later...

A friend of mine got called in for an interview on a job he had applied to 9 months earlier out of the blue.

It's like some places don't look at the date on submitted applications. NASA called me to ask if I was still interested a year and a half after I applied (and it wasn't even for the position I had applied for, nor one I had any interest in).
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Tova on 19 Feb 2021, 16:57
Sometimes, companies will hire someone after a long recruitment process but that person will turn out to be unsuitable and get the boot a couple of months in. Or, the new hire will get a better offer somewhere else and decide to quit.

Even if the hire is successful, they might decide to open another position with the same job description because they are getting busier. Or open an entirely new position that might suit people they previously overlooked.

Whichever, the first thing the recruiters will do will be to fish through their shortlist of applications and see if any of them are suitable and still available for an interview.

That's why you shouldn't be too disheartened even by ignored applications. They never get thrown away (well, not the ones that make it past the initial cull), and you might turn out to be a perfect applicant for that position or another one months down the line.

My current position was the result of four applications at that company. Two yielded no response, the third resulted in a near-miss interview, and I finally landed the fourth.

(Edited for clarity)
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: hedgie on 19 Feb 2021, 17:18
In this case, that was sorta average at the University where he ended up working.  Perfect timing too, since he and his gf were at the ramen, rice, and beans level.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: derris_kharlan on 20 Feb 2021, 01:51
I wish I had received rejection notifications for everything, and in a timely fashion. Once, I got a rejection email several months later...

Also, let's hope Hadley Regional Library has done their due dilligence before rejecting Claire...

I can beat that. Last week I got a rejection email to a job I applied to 3.5 years ago.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: HeavyP on 20 Feb 2021, 14:45
CHIX NIX DIX PIX

I Googled that after coming up with it and someone had beaten me to it.

Turns out this is not an occasional problem, and has actually prompted an attempt at legislation: https://theslot.jezebel.com/male-senators-shot-down-a-virginia-bill-that-would-have-1846303727

A bit late to the party in commenting, but Texas actually passed a law against sending unsolicited pictures a couple years back.  It's about the lowest class of Misdemeanor you can get, but it's something.

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/14/Texas-new-law-sending-unwanted-nudes-dating-apps-texts/
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 20 Feb 2021, 21:54
Now I know this is a fantasy comic, a job sent a rejection letter. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Pain.
Then there's when you get rejection coded phrases meant as work-arounds to anti-discrimination laws for a damned internship. That was back in college, BTW.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Gyrre on 20 Feb 2021, 21:56
CHIX NIX DIX PIX

I Googled that after coming up with it and someone had beaten me to it.

Turns out this is not an occasional problem, and has actually prompted an attempt at legislation: https://theslot.jezebel.com/male-senators-shot-down-a-virginia-bill-that-would-have-1846303727

A bit late to the party in commenting, but Texas actually passed a law against sending unsolicited pictures a couple years back.  It's about the lowest class of Misdemeanor you can get, but it's something.

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/14/Texas-new-law-sending-unwanted-nudes-dating-apps-texts/
I hope it comes with them registering as a sex-offender. It should be covered under indecent exposure laws if you ask me.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: cybersmurf on 21 Feb 2021, 03:08
I wish I had received rejection notifications for everything, and in a timely fashion. Once, I got a rejection email several months later...

Also, let's hope Hadley Regional Library has done their due dilligence before rejecting Claire...

I can beat that. Last week I got a rejection email to a job I applied to 3.5 years ago.

I can somewhat get the 18 months from NASA, but three and a half years? For a rejection? I'd somehow understand if they sent you an offer, but that's just silly.


Over here, if you want unemployment benefits, you have to apply for jobs the agency decides you may be capable of. Even for those I sometimes never got an answer of any kind, and they have to tell someone I had applied.
Title: Re: WCDT 4461-4465 (the 15th through 19th of February, 2021)
Post by: Ravenswing on 24 Feb 2021, 16:55
Also, let's hope Hadley Regional Library has done their due dilligence before rejecting Claire...

Well ... I'm a Northampton resident who spent a few years as an elected trustee on my town's library board.  Two takeaways on that:

(1) In western Massachusetts, there are a LOT of very qualified people chasing not a whole lot of library openings.  Quite a few of the small-town librarians have been in their posts for decades.  What a number of people do is snatch at 15-20 hour part time gigs, either in combination with jobs outside of library work, or if they're (relatively) fortunate, more than one part time library job.  Sometimes in widely separate towns.  With changing shifts, this isn't all that comfortable a lifestyle.

(2) Ironically enough -- or else Jeph's keeping track of local matters in this county -- the town of Hadley built a new library, about four times the size of the previous postage stamp building, which probably served the small town very well in the days before UMass turned Hadley into its three-mile long shopping mall.  The new building just went into business last month, so likely they *were* hiring.