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Title: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 07 Aug 2022, 20:03
Oooh. several month time jump? Interesting.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: obafgkm on 07 Aug 2022, 20:04
I was wondering about that.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 07 Aug 2022, 21:46
Do we have a name for Tief[1] there from that bird site, or is she/they a one off gag?

[1]short for 'tiefling'. I suppose 'Ling' could also work?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: BenRG on 07 Aug 2022, 23:31
That's probably the best portrayal of Clinton and Claire that I've seen in a while. Meanwhile, is Lil Demon Bot a Burger Oni fan or did they coincidentally just use the same basic aesthetic of Marigold's avatar?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: St.Clair on 08 Aug 2022, 01:09
Girls With Horns crossover?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 08 Aug 2022, 11:25
During the timeskip there was a mysterious mutant plague that caused everyone to have long long hair.

( even pintsize )

Burger Oni Not is cute. She should totally do a collab with La-le-li-lu Girl.

Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: BenRG on 08 Aug 2022, 13:44
Okay, the new strip is up.

It occurs to me that Claire deliberately asked Clinton about Elliot so he'd retaliate by asking about Marten just so she could mention the job offer from Canada without seeming too self-absorbed. It isn't as if Marten has any particular ties to Northampton that he can't keep up by phone call or video message, so I'm now calling it that there is a very high chance that he and Claire are going to be leaving the regular cast after Dora and Tai's wedding.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: cesium133 on 08 Aug 2022, 13:52
Advice to Claire:

1) Donít get internet from Rogers. Seriously, just donít.
2) When applying for PR, you can take your time getting your criminal record check from RCMP. It is only valid for six months and it will probably be more than six months before you hear back from immigration. So, save yourself $50 and a trip to wherever the office is in Nova Scotia.

Iíll probably have more later, but right now Iím typing on my phone at workÖ

Edit ó also Iím with Clinton on this one. Canada isnít all that different from the U.S. Though I am in southern Ontario, and Iím told some things might be different elsewhere. Maybe.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: zioninavision on 08 Aug 2022, 17:47
this is quite intriguing!!  is it possible that they (either Claire and Marten or also Pintsize) are going move to Halifax??   that would make sense and be quite fun;

I agree with BenRG that there is some chance they will not appear as often, but i am hopeful that there may be many new adventures and characters whereever they will be!!

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Halifax Central Library - Halifax, NS

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0472/6493/files/Halifax_Central_c_o_Canadian_Architect_2048x2048.jpg?v=1521831487)

 Image: Canadian Architect

If you conduct a quick Google search for the best libraries across Canada, almost every list is bound to feature this glass giant in Halifax.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 08 Aug 2022, 18:01
Oooh, Canada.

(My poll option of Marten fleeing was oddly apt.)

As the strip's really no longer focused on 'em anyway...
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: MrNumbers on 08 Aug 2022, 18:02
Okay, the new strip is up.

It occurs to me that Claire deliberately asked Clinton about Elliot so he'd retaliate by asking about Marten just so she could mention the job offer from Canada without seeming too self-absorbed. It isn't as if Marten has any particular ties to Northampton that he can't keep up by phone call or video message, so I'm now calling it that there is a very high chance that he and Claire are going to be leaving the regular cast after Dora and Tai's wedding.

Okay, so, I just want to point out what a big stressing point being asked to move for a relationship is to Marten specifically. I don't think this is signposting Marten leaving the cast, I think this is signposting Marten being presented with his personal trigger point.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Stoon on 08 Aug 2022, 19:33
It's true.  We can get touchy about being compared to Americans.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: hedgie on 08 Aug 2022, 19:41
Who wouldnít?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Scarlet Manuka on 08 Aug 2022, 19:45
It occurs to me that Claire deliberately asked Clinton about Elliot so he'd retaliate by asking about Marten just so she could mention the job offer from Canada without seeming too self-absorbed.
Yep, I think this is pretty evident from the expressions in panel 2 and how quickly she jumps in to answer in panel 3.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: TV4Fun on 08 Aug 2022, 19:52
Apparently Russia invaded Ukraine in the QC-verse too.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Ravenswing on 08 Aug 2022, 21:06
Okay, so, I just want to point out what a big stressing point being asked to move for a relationship is to Marten specifically. I don't think this is signposting Marten leaving the cast, I think this is signposting Marten being presented with his personal trigger point.
As against that, though, look.  Certainly in the real world, western Massachusetts is a hard, hard, hard place for librarians to get work.  There is a lot of competition for jobs, very few fulltime positions, and it's quite common for those who can get jobs to string together a dozen hours a week in this system, a dozen hours a week in that system, and a dozen hours a week waiting tables at the diner in the next town over.

That's one.  The other is that this is just plain a transient college town.  I *live* in Northampton, on the 2nd floor of a duplex, and we're about to get our fourth set of downstairs roommates in four years.  By the exigencies of comicdom, it's been an extremely stable group of twentysomethings for a long time.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 08 Aug 2022, 21:17
It's true.  We can get touchy about being compared to Americans.

What about having your country referred to as 'three companies/corporations in a trenchcoat' (or however that goes)?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Jimor on 09 Aug 2022, 02:13
Oooh. several month time jump? Interesting.

I know somebody had been keeping track of how much time has actually passed in the QC Universe, and if it wasn't for these multi-months time skips, we'd still be in the first year I'm pretty sure. :P Even with them, it's like less than 5 in-universe years I think?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: BenRG on 09 Aug 2022, 03:50
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Halifax Central Library - Halifax, NS

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0472/6493/files/Halifax_Central_c_o_Canadian_Architect_2048x2048.jpg?v=1521831487)

 Image: Canadian Architect

If you conduct a quick Google search for the best libraries across Canada, almost every list is bound to feature this glass giant in Halifax.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that this is the 'cool library' where Claire is interviewing.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tova on 09 Aug 2022, 04:07
Is the claim that "Canada's barely another country" actually a thing that people think?  :roll:
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Welu on 09 Aug 2022, 04:57
Oh dang, potential big changes afoot.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 09 Aug 2022, 05:02
Is the claim that "Canada's barely another country" actually a thing that people think?  :roll:

it's another blatantly colonial project empire, it's *right there*, it's controlled by whites in a partially-ethnic caste system
it tracks more than it doesn't in a lot of ways
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 09 Aug 2022, 05:03
like, it's baby's first not!America
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Akima on 09 Aug 2022, 05:22
Is the claim that "Canada's barely another country" actually a thing that people think?  :roll:
Aa bit like us and New Zealand? :-D And I'm guessing an ear, nose, and throat specialist?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: MrNumbers on 09 Aug 2022, 06:39
Snip

As ironic as this is to say given what your signature is, I believe I've been misunderstood here.

QC is a fictional story with fully developed general AI in it. By narrative conceit, it could be given a new, very cool library for Claire to work in. If that doesn't happen, it's not really about reality, it's about what the story being told is.

Marten was introduced to the story as someone who'd moved across the country pursuing a relationship, and then immediately getting dumped and needing to start a new life in the place he'd ended up. That's the premise of this arc: Would Marten be willing to take that risk again, after having been burned on it once, for Claire. And if 'no', would Claire be willing to leave Marten for her dream job?

Those are the actually interesting questions to ask, which I think is what gets lost if you focus on the real-life logic of the premise.

Like, Claire's not going to get this job. This is going to be about what happens when there's a chance she could.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tormuse on 09 Aug 2022, 07:59
"Canada's, like, barely another country, though."  Ooh, them's fightin' words!  As a Canadian, I'm going to have to politely disagree!  :P

Seriously, though, I'm not gonna give a historical/cultural lecture;  all I'm gonna say is that I've lived in Canada for 40 years, and I could never, ever live in the US;  in fact, things are so messed up there, I'd be scared to even visit.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: John Allenson on 09 Aug 2022, 11:03
Having friends who have degrees in library science looking for jobs in Canada as Canadians; I find it doubtful that Claire would be in serious competition.

I agree that Canadians are likely to get irate at being told we're barely different from the USA.  I also saw the same thing when I lived in Europe when someone mistook a Swiss or Austrian for a German.  You'll even get the same reaction if you referred to Scotland as being the same as England even though they've been the same country since James I.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 09 Aug 2022, 12:58
"Canada's, like, barely another country, though."

I blame South Park.

Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tova on 09 Aug 2022, 14:01
Is the claim that "Canada's barely another country" actually a thing that people think?  :roll:

it's another blatantly colonial project empire, it's *right there*, it's controlled by whites in a partially-ethnic caste system
it tracks more than it doesn't in a lot of ways

I'll accept "more similar than different" but "barely another country" is risible.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: pwhodges on 09 Aug 2022, 14:06
Jeph, having moved from one to the other, is just making a point.

Marten OTOH, being from California, might see it differently.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: SmilingCat on 09 Aug 2022, 15:05
Apparently Russia invaded Ukraine in the QC-verse too.

It could be that Gregor the shop owner is just proud of his homeland. It doesn't appear to be a typical Ukrainian name, but you never know.

(I just kinda want the QC-verse to be a happy place where world threatening crap like Putin just doesn't happen, is all I'm saying)
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: gprimr1 on 09 Aug 2022, 15:10
I have a friend in Canada who actually got worked up when I said I considered Canada an international flight from the USA. I'm like "Wait, don't Canadians usually get upset when Americans think Canada is part of America?"

Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: zioninavision on 09 Aug 2022, 16:36
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure that this is the 'cool library' where Claire is interviewing.

i hoped so too; but now it is actually going to be Cubetown!!!!   :-D :laugh: :lol:

this may be why with the time jump the art now has the appearance of a heartfelt homage to Studio Ghibli, while still being the QC verse multistyle simultaneously!! :) :)
Cubetown seems like something from QC meets Ghibli, with a lot of appreciation of the story styles of old school newspaper comics too!!  Cubetown feels like an idea of that era, which adds to how much QC already is good at tuning into those frequencies of energetic humor!!!!

maybe they will still be able to visit Halifax but also now Jeph is creating a new part of Nova Scotia!!  maybe there will be an experimental concert venue inside Cubetown?? 
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 09 Aug 2022, 16:43
Clinton, that's JUST a bit excessive. Just saying.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: MrGone on 09 Aug 2022, 17:06
I'm missing what callback Jeph is talking about in the latest comic...
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: St.Clair on 09 Aug 2022, 17:33
QC is a fictional story with fully developed general AI in it. By narrative conceit, it could be given a new, very cool library for Claire to work in. If that doesn't happen, it's not really about reality, it's about what the story being told is.

You were saying?

(Also, is it just me or does all of this establishing the current status quo, that Clinton has a cyberhand (which his sister would already know), etc etc feel like an "on-boarding" chapter for the start of a new book?)
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: badbum61 on 09 Aug 2022, 18:34
So I guess we know now what happened in the time-skip...The Singularity!
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Wombat on 09 Aug 2022, 19:08
So I guess we know now what happened in the time-skip...The Singularity!
Didn't that happen, like, thousands of comics ago?
https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1777
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tova on 09 Aug 2022, 19:21
According to the internet! And it's not as though someone would just go on the internet and tell lies.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Aug 2022, 21:22
"Canada's, like, barely another country, though."  Ooh, them's fightin' words!  As a Canadian, I'm going to have to politely disagree!  :P

Seriously, though, I'm not gonna give a historical/cultural lecture;  all I'm gonna say is that I've lived in Canada for 40 years, and I could never, ever live in the US;  in fact, things are so messed up there, I'd be scared to even visit.

(https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/11/11/map_custom-7636b2427382cc547b583285526a2f3f0adeed13-s1200-c85.webp)

Also, you all had your Trump in power before we did. Just saying.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: sitnspin on 09 Aug 2022, 23:23
As a Native, I don't see any difference. Both Canada and the US have a track record of historical and ongoing oppression of Indigenous people. Canadians love to see themselves as morally superior to their southern neighbours, but it's self-delusion.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: MrNumbers on 10 Aug 2022, 00:11
QC is a fictional story with fully developed general AI in it. By narrative conceit, it could be given a new, very cool library for Claire to work in. If that doesn't happen, it's not really about reality, it's about what the story being told is.

You were saying?

I have been vindicated in my lifetime.

(To be clear, what I meant is "that Claire doesn't have to move country for". There isn't a 'real' reason it needs to be there. Emphasizing that it's not a real library just underlines what I was saying.)
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 10 Aug 2022, 05:29
Clinton will now stun Claire and assume her identity.

I wonder what font that could have been? Certainly not one of the scary ones.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: John Allenson on 10 Aug 2022, 08:15
I've been in Clinton's role before.

For Claire - this can be really scary.  Especially when your confidence has eroded from a lot of rejection from earlier applications.  A push, even from ridiculous hyperboly, helps to keep taking risks.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tormuse on 10 Aug 2022, 08:27
Also, you all had your Trump in power before we did. Just saying.

I am curious to know who you would consider to be "Canada's Trump."
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 10 Aug 2022, 08:34
I'm missing what callback Jeph is talking about in the latest comic...

"That thing the robots are building in Halifax is CRAZY."
Says Steve in https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3055
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 10 Aug 2022, 13:11
Also, you all had your Trump in power before we did. Just saying.

I am curious to know who you would consider to be "Canada's Trump."

Stephen Harper?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: cesium133 on 10 Aug 2022, 15:10
Stephen Harper was Canadaís George W. Bush. Kevin OíLeary hasnít become PM yet.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tova on 10 Aug 2022, 18:10
I wrote a post then changed my mind and decided to withdraw from this conversation. Have fun.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: badbum61 on 10 Aug 2022, 21:16
BUBBLE TEA!
BUBBLES TEA
BUBBLE BOBBLE

Hmmm...what platform is the Bubble Bobble for? Do I need an emulator?
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: badbum61 on 10 Aug 2022, 21:19
According to the internet! And it's not as though someone would just go on the internet and tell lies.
So I guess we know now what happened in the time-skip...The Singularity!
Didn't that happen, like, thousands of comics ago?
https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1777

Sounded like Pintsize wasn't convinced, that's for sure!
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 10 Aug 2022, 22:01
This conversation sounds oddly like 'Marten is such a sad sack he'll go along with whatever.'

Bad Dora! Bad (Are she and Tai married by now?)
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 11 Aug 2022, 08:22
Twist: itís a virtual interview because itís a virtual position. They have a holographic terminal and nonsentient drone waldoes for remote workers. And local workers too. Because the stacks are held under high vacuum to preserve the paper better.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: notStanley on 11 Aug 2022, 09:10
Because the stacks are held under high vacuum to preserve the paper better.

mmmm, vacuum would not be good for organics, pulls out all the volatiles.  Paper might better be kept in a neutral environment, some partial pressure of noble gasses, such as Argon.  Also need some humidity (30%?), being careful of the waters purity.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: John Allenson on 11 Aug 2022, 09:11
Something I have to periodically remind Canadians about.
It wasn't all that long ago that we had Stephen Harper as the stodgy/weird/race-baiting Prime Minister while the USA had Barack Obama as the cool/photogenic/inspirational President.
The UK is still trying to get rid of Boris Johnson who is the closer to Trump than any Canadian political figure.
---------------
Back to the comic.  I'm with Clinton (with reservations) that Claire tends to catastrophise.  She should have already had THE CONVERSATION with Marten about getting a good job that requires her to move.
And I'm with Dora that this isn't the time.  Claire needs to clear out her emotional baggage first.  Adding anxiety isn't helping.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: sitnspin on 11 Aug 2022, 10:17
This conversation sounds oddly like 'Marten is such a sad sack he'll go along with whatever.'

Bad Dora! Bad (Are she and Tai married by now?)
I didn't read it that way at all. She's just saying that Claire has to do what's best for her. Martin will either be okay with that or not, and given how much he loves her it's a strong certainty that he will be
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Mr_Rose on 11 Aug 2022, 10:27
Because the stacks are held under high vacuum to preserve the paper better.

mmmm, vacuum would not be good for organics, pulls out all the volatiles.  Paper might better be kept in a neutral environment, some partial pressure of noble gasses, such as Argon.  Also need some humidity (30%?), being careful of the waters purity.
Hmm, yes. Though youíd still want specialist handling hardware - normal grease/oil/coolant may be prone to sublimation in a low-pressure environment and you donít want anything tracking outside air and dirt into the vault.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: hedgie on 11 Aug 2022, 11:15
At least robots wouldnít have any problems with a halon fire-suppression system.  Much to the chagrin of any BOFH dealing with the network.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: traroth on 11 Aug 2022, 15:02
BUBBLE TEA!
BUBBLES TEA
BUBBLE BOBBLE

Hmmm...what platform is the Bubble Bobble for? Do I need an emulator?

Best. Game. Ever.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: shanejayell on 11 Aug 2022, 18:03
If Marten had brown hair, I'd have mistook him for Shaggy from Scooby Doo. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: DaiJB on 11 Aug 2022, 18:42
During the timeskip there was a mysterious mutant plague that caused everyone to have long long hair.

( even pintsize )

So far, you seem to have called it!   :-D
That, or the mysterious mutant plague has incapacitated all of the hairdressers...
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: rockkevinrock on 11 Aug 2022, 20:44
Whoadude I just noticed this... Strip# 4849 look at Dora's left hand. No wedding ring!!! If this was a timejump then something happened with that whole situation obviously.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Jimor on 11 Aug 2022, 21:16
Whoadude I just noticed this... Strip# 4849 look at Dora's left hand. No wedding ring!!! If this was a timejump then something happened with that whole situation obviously.

Good catch, but Jeph has been known to miss details like this before (for example Faye's appearing and disappearing scar), so doesn't necessarily mean anything just yet.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Elder Sign on 11 Aug 2022, 21:49
I wonder if this Cubetown is truly free-floating off the Nova Scotian coast, or if it subsumed Sable Island or something when it was manifested by its community of AIs.

The UK is still trying to get rid of Boris Johnson who is the closer to Trump than any Canadian political figure.

If we have a Trump equivalent here in Canada, it's either Maxime Bernier or Doug Ford.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 Aug 2022, 00:42
Because the stacks are held under high vacuum to preserve the paper better.

mmmm, vacuum would not be good for organics, pulls out all the volatiles.  Paper might better be kept in a neutral environment, some partial pressure of noble gasses, such as Argon.  Also need some humidity (30%?), being careful of the waters purity.
Hmm, yes. Though youíd still want specialist handling hardware - normal grease/oil/coolant may be prone to sublimation in a low-pressure environment and you donít want anything tracking outside air and dirt into the vault.
Which, would definitely necessitate a virtual position using an aforementioned AIless waldo for an organic to operate. The real trick might be navigation for Claire as she may be wont to try walkling while in VR for a bit.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tova on 12 Aug 2022, 00:48
Twist: itís a virtual interview because itís a virtual position. They have a holographic terminal and nonsentient drone waldoes for remote workers. And local workers too. Because the stacks are held under high vacuum to preserve the paper better.

You would think that this might be mentioned in passing when they advertised the position. The availability of remote work isnít something youíd want to keep secret if you want to attract applications.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 Aug 2022, 01:08
I wonder if this Cubetown is truly free-floating off the Nova Scotian coast, or if it subsumed Sable Island or something when it was manifested by its community of AIs.

The UK is still trying to get rid of Boris Johnson who is the closer to Trump than any Canadian political figure.

If we have a Trump equivalent here in Canada, it's either Maxime Bernier or Doug Ford.
So, the aforementioned former PM Stephen Harper wasn't as Trump-esque as those tongue-in-cheek videos of Canadians mocking Americans who said they'd 'just move to Canada if Trump won' made him out to be back before the 2016 US election?
[I'm not super up on Canadian politics. No idea if Harper was friends with Epstein or helped incite an insurrection.]

BTW, found this gif-set of South Park criticizing Harper and warning against Trump (https://gyrrakavian.tumblr.com/post/140892420740) while trying to find the actual video.

EDIT: Ugggggghhhhhhh. I'm finding old articles, but I'm not finding the video. Wish I could remember which comedy site it was on. They focused on the same thing a number of the articles did, that Canada had made immigration more difficult.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Tormuse on 13 Aug 2022, 08:08

So, the aforementioned former PM Stephen Harper wasn't as Trump-esque as those tongue-in-cheek videos of Canadians mocking Americans who said they'd 'just move to Canada if Trump won' made him out to be back before the 2016 US election?
[I'm not super up on Canadian politics. No idea if Harper was friends with Epstein or helped incite an insurrection.]

BTW, found this gif-set of South Park criticizing Harper and warning against Trump (https://gyrrakavian.tumblr.com/post/140892420740) while trying to find the actual video.

I haven't seen that episode, but that Gifset looks like it's using Canada as a proxy to mock the election of Trump, more than anything.  I could be wrong, but I don't think it's supposed to represent any actual Canadian leader.

Like don't get me wrong;  Stephen Harper sucks for a variety of reasons, but he's nowhere near Trump's level.  Trump reportedly idolizes Hitler behind closed doors, and is likely to lead the US into a civil war, to say nothing of the alarming reports that top secret information about America's nuclear arsenal may be among the documents that he stole from the White House when he left office, which the FBI were looking for in his Florida home the other day.  I honestly can't think of any Canadian leader that comes close to that.

The UK is still trying to get rid of Boris Johnson who is the closer to Trump than any Canadian political figure.

If we have a Trump equivalent here in Canada, it's either Maxime Bernier or Doug Ford.

Doug Ford was the first person that came to mind, yeah.  I've referred to him as a Trump wannabe a bunch of times...  though of course, he's the Ontario Premier, rather than the Prime Minister.  (Ugh, I can't believe he got re-elected and we have to endure four more years of him;  uuuughhh...  I'm still mad at him, and will never stop being mad at him, for striking down the proposed LGBT-friendly sex ed curriculum and rolling back social progress about 30 years)
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: cesium133 on 13 Aug 2022, 11:04

So, the aforementioned former PM Stephen Harper wasn't as Trump-esque as those tongue-in-cheek videos of Canadians mocking Americans who said they'd 'just move to Canada if Trump won' made him out to be back before the 2016 US election?
[I'm not super up on Canadian politics. No idea if Harper was friends with Epstein or helped incite an insurrection.]

BTW, found this gif-set of South Park criticizing Harper and warning against Trump (https://gyrrakavian.tumblr.com/post/140892420740) while trying to find the actual video.

I haven't seen that episode, but that Gifset looks like it's using Canada as a proxy to mock the election of Trump, more than anything.  I could be wrong, but I don't think it's supposed to represent any actual Canadian leader.


That episode was 100% mocking the election of Trump. I seem to recall that the writers of South Park did an interview shortly after that episode where they mentioned the intent was to put Trump in charge of Canada and get him killed by the end of the episode so that they would never have to show Trump again.
Title: Re: WCDT - August 8 to August 12, 2022 (strips #4846 to #4850)
Post by: Gyrre on 14 Aug 2022, 21:46

So, the aforementioned former PM Stephen Harper wasn't as Trump-esque as those tongue-in-cheek videos of Canadians mocking Americans who said they'd 'just move to Canada if Trump won' made him out to be back before the 2016 US election?
[I'm not super up on Canadian politics. No idea if Harper was friends with Epstein or helped incite an insurrection.]

BTW, found this gif-set of South Park criticizing Harper and warning against Trump (https://gyrrakavian.tumblr.com/post/140892420740) while trying to find the actual video.

I haven't seen that episode, but that Gifset looks like it's using Canada as a proxy to mock the election of Trump, more than anything.  I could be wrong, but I don't think it's supposed to represent any actual Canadian leader.

Like don't get me wrong;  Stephen Harper sucks for a variety of reasons, but he's nowhere near Trump's level.  Trump reportedly idolizes Hitler behind closed doors, and is likely to lead the US into a civil war, to say nothing of the alarming reports that top secret information about America's nuclear arsenal may be among the documents that he stole from the White House when he left office, which the FBI were looking for in his Florida home the other day.  I honestly can't think of any Canadian leader that comes close to that.

The UK is still trying to get rid of Boris Johnson who is the closer to Trump than any Canadian political figure.

If we have a Trump equivalent here in Canada, it's either Maxime Bernier or Doug Ford.

Doug Ford was the first person that came to mind, yeah.  I've referred to him as a Trump wannabe a bunch of times...  though of course, he's the Ontario Premier, rather than the Prime Minister.  (Ugh, I can't believe he got re-elected and we have to endure four more years of him;  uuuughhh...  I'm still mad at him, and will never stop being mad at him, for striking down the proposed LGBT-friendly sex ed curriculum and rolling back social progress about 30 years)

At the time, we knew he was bad. I'm not sure if anyone fully grokked just how bad he was save those close to him. Likely prompting the now plainly inaccurate comparison.

I also agree with cesium123's conviction in that being a proxy criticism of the Trump election. As I understand it[1], most everything they did that outright criticized him was done by proxy (usually through Cartman).

[1] I don't follow South Park, haven't really got the time and I don't always agree with the message. Wisecrack does have some pretty good breakdowns though. Especially when they dissect how South Park  explains why many trumpsters doubled down on their support. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-fNKErt1PU)