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Comic Discussion => QUESTIONABLE CONTENT => Topic started by: de_la_Nae on 11 Sep 2022, 18:30

Title: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 11 Sep 2022, 18:30
an actual question for the poll? madness
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 11 Sep 2022, 18:32
it's a bit of a stretch, but the most dysfunctional (and one of the more evil in how it treated people) places I ever worked for is... reminiscent of parts of Cubetown's spirit.
not the nice parts
but, sometimes, building the project i was on was really a wild experience opportunity.
sometimes
edit: hell, the main thing i did was the warehousing and shipping part of the project, so a *lot* of the sorcery i worked was Librarian Power. and being able to look at a mess of data like the entrails of an animal you've torn apart and find the divination within the viscera (to find the inevitably lost item in the building) when no one else could? intoxicating in its way
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Gyrre on 11 Sep 2022, 19:24
More of the 'throw you in the deep end' style of training.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: JimC on 11 Sep 2022, 20:08
So, basically, a colony of Beepatrices...
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Gyrre on 11 Sep 2022, 20:57
TFW the evil version of you just cusses more.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Sep 2022, 21:18
TFW the evil version of you just cusses more.
It turns out that I am the evil version of me. Also, that fucking laser deserves it.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: sitnspin on 11 Sep 2022, 21:29
Evil me must communicate exclusively in expletives, cos that's the only way she could swear more
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: St.Clair on 11 Sep 2022, 23:58
This would have been very useful information to have going in, so Claire could make a (more) informed decision whether to apply at all!
But, per Jeph and/or Roger Rabbit, that wouldn't have been as funny.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: ihaveavoice on 11 Sep 2022, 23:58
Evil me must communicate exclusively in expletives, cos that's the only way she could swear more

Perhaps evil you doesn't cuss and does murder to vent all the stress that builds up. And also has, like, a cool facial scar.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 12 Sep 2022, 00:22
So, basically, a colony of Beepatrices...
Who are all much less competent than the actual Beepatrice.

So... Cubetown is basically Value before they started Steam.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: BenRG on 12 Sep 2022, 04:07
Station's description of Cubetown is worrying. It sounds like the sort of place where Quantum Physicists ignore all safety limits and accidentally create an artificial black hole. The last thing they say before the Earth implodes into the singularity at its core is: "Whoops! My bad!"
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 Sep 2022, 05:14
It sounds like Aperture Science, without the death.  :laugh:
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 12 Sep 2022, 06:30
Evil Claire! With unlimited Librarian Power!
Make it happen!
(≧▽≦)

“Strangely, the job description did not specify that as a requirement.”
― Michelle Knudsen, Evil Librarian
Now Google 'Evil Librarian'. Go on -- you know you want to.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 Sep 2022, 07:00
It sounds like Aperture Science, without the death.  :laugh:

Also, is there a GlaDOS? *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: John Allenson on 12 Sep 2022, 08:05
It's nice to see Station again.  I like the continuity that Hannelore will turn to Station for advice rather than her parents.

I'm amused that Station's avatar is so small.

Given that in canon Station  IS one of the wealthiest AIs, I'm wondering whether Station is one of the funders/founders.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 Sep 2022, 18:19
New comic!

Hey, Tai! Looking... shaggy. Has EVERYONE grown out hair?
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: cesium133 on 12 Sep 2022, 19:13
Evil me must communicate exclusively in expletives, cos that's the only way she could swear more

Perhaps evil you doesn't cuss and does murder to vent all the stress that builds up. And also has, like, a cool facial scar.
Also an Australian accent for some reason.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Torlek on 12 Sep 2022, 19:39
Station's description of Cubetown is worrying. It sounds like the sort of place where Quantum Physicists ignore all safety limits and accidentally create an artificial black hole. The last thing they say before the Earth implodes into the singularity at its core is: "Whoops! My bad!"

Nah, the last thing they say would be, "I wonder what would happen if I threw some random thing into this?"

The way this place is being described, I'm getting the impression that the entire organization basically has a case of raging ADHD. Claire could have unlimited librarian authority but could never get anything done because she'd be constantly bombarded by a torrent of random, useless information to catalogue. They've probably discovered a unifying Theory of Quantum Gravitation that would make FTL travel possible and solve all the world's energy problems five different times, but promptly wiped the data because OHLOOKSOMETHINGSHINY!
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 12 Sep 2022, 19:40
It sounds like Aperture Science, without the death.  :laugh:
We do what we must because we can.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 Sep 2022, 20:02
It sounds like Aperture Science, without the death.  :laugh:
We do what we must because we can.

Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Gyrre on 12 Sep 2022, 20:25
Tai's hair looks cute. She'll look great regardless of whether she wears a tux, dress, or some combination thereof.

TFW the evil version of you just cusses more.
It turns out that I am the evil version of me. Also, that fucking laser deserves it.
The evil version of me would actually pick people who're standing in the way up and either set a drop them yo the side unceremoniously depending on how much of a hurry I was in.

Not sure if the cussing level would change. I'd probably use some pretty cutting words though.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Tyr on 12 Sep 2022, 20:40
It's sounding more and more like Claire may be bringing more than just Martin to Cubetown, in the end.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: SmilingCat on 12 Sep 2022, 21:19
It sounds like Aperture Science, without the death.  :laugh:

Without the death so far.

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bfpPArfDTGw/mqdefault.jpg)
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 12 Sep 2022, 21:39

Hey, Tai! Looking... shaggy. Has EVERYONE grown out hair?

This is one way an artist can show the passage of time ... providing he's OK with drawing long hair.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 12 Sep 2022, 21:49

Hey, Tai! Looking... shaggy. Has EVERYONE grown out hair?

This is one way an artist can show the passage of time ... providing he's OK with drawing long hair.

Station's description of Cubetown is worrying. It sounds like the sort of place where Quantum Physicists ignore all safety limits and accidentally create an artificial black hole. The last thing they say before the Earth implodes into the singularity at its core is: "Whoops! My bad!"

Nah, the last thing they say would be, "I wonder what would happen if I threw some random thing into this?"

We have a comic where Emily is enthusiastic about vacuum decay, prompting the comment "This is how the universe is destroyed by accident, isn't it?"
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 12 Sep 2022, 21:51

Hey, Tai! Looking... shaggy. Has EVERYONE grown out hair?

This is one way an artist can show the passage of time ... providing he's OK with drawing long hair.

Station's description of Cubetown is worrying. It sounds like the sort of place where Quantum Physicists ignore all safety limits and accidentally create an artificial black hole. The last thing they say before the Earth implodes into the singularity at its core is: "Whoops! My bad!"

Nah, the last thing they say would be, "I wonder what would happen if I threw some random thing into this?"

We have a comic where Emily is enthusiastic about vacuum decay, prompting the comment "This is how the universe is destroyed by accident, isn't it?"

It's sounding more and more like Claire may be bringing more than just Martin to Cubetown, in the end.

Come to think of it, Cube town must not know about Emily or they surely would have scouted her.

... It appears that the forum software and I have different  ideas about how to make a post with multiple quotes. Sorry, sorry... going to bed now before I destroy the forum by accident.

Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 12 Sep 2022, 22:24
Maybe delete the extra posts before going to bed?
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: BenRG on 12 Sep 2022, 23:24
A hearty greeting to Tai v.2
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: de_la_Nae on 13 Sep 2022, 00:17
Maybe delete the extra posts before going to bed?
eh, there's not any real reason, is there? it's not like people get an email when this stuff is posted

...right? you all aren't silly enough to have that set up, right?
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 13 Sep 2022, 07:48
Maybe delete the extra posts before going to bed?
eh, there's not any real reason, is there? it's not like people get an email when this stuff is posted

...right? you all aren't silly enough to have that set up, right?
We are the forum lurkers.
Resistance is futile.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: traroth on 13 Sep 2022, 08:08
From 2007 to 2011, I worked in a startup company where things went pretty much like in Cubetown. Went bankrupt last january. Actually, it was only an undead company after 2011...
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Welu on 13 Sep 2022, 08:12
Natural hair Tai caught me off guard. My mini prediction/hope is either Tai or Dora will wear a super trendy jumpsuit for the wedding. I just think they're neat.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: hedgie on 13 Sep 2022, 09:14
Come to think of it, Cube town must not know about Emily or they surely would have scouted her.

Even Cubetown has some limits.  Besides, she's already received a grant to do her PHD work at Miskatonic University.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Baz_Yat on 13 Sep 2022, 11:25
I wasn't so much 'part of' this but I was doing a week a work experience at my college's IT department while doing the European Computer Driving License. It was... interesting.

I have never, before or since, seen a more juvenile, dysfunctional, yet efficient and effective bunch of 30-50-year-olds in my life. The department head had clearly been a hacker in the really really early days of computers and had stayed in the field and was the happiest nerd on the planet I'm sure. The same is true for the rest of the department. I personally remember the day Goatse hit (If you don't remember it, don't look it up)... we hear something shouted from his office followed by the sound of him falling off his chair laughing.

Thirty seconds later, he's sent it to every single other technician, myself included, as a priority one message 'CLICK THIS LINK NOW' and he's laughing so hard he can't speak coherently.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 13 Sep 2022, 18:28
New comic!

Well, three weeks in comic until the wedding....
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Jimor on 13 Sep 2022, 21:18
2nd time I've seen the "Polly-amorous" joke in 2 days. Another example of hearing something for the 1st time ever, then hearing about it again from a completely different source shortly after.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: BenRG on 13 Sep 2022, 23:58
Well, three weeks in comic until the wedding....

Which is around nine to ten years in real life.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: immortalfrieza on 14 Sep 2022, 08:30
Oh the days when 3 randoms were just 3 guys shouting "BROS! BROS! BROS!" was the height of QC's humor...
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 14 Sep 2022, 18:19
More wedding info.

Indiana Jones voice: "SNAKES?! I HATE SNAKES?!"
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Farideh on 14 Sep 2022, 19:09
I'd love a snake petting zoo at a wedding. It would be a guaranteed quiet corner. Probably not so much fun for the snakes though.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: hedgie on 14 Sep 2022, 19:22
And if people are tense, boas and pythons give great shoulder massages. I know this from experience, and itís almost enough to convince me to get a snake.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 14 Sep 2022, 19:32
I had an acquaintance whose snake would, given the opportunity, ooze down the nearest cleavage. Where it was warm and dark and safe.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Y on 14 Sep 2022, 23:28
Herpetologist, eh (https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1768)?
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: TinPenguin on 15 Sep 2022, 00:29
I know that backyard has a rather different connotation in American, and Jim can probably afford quite a nice garden, but I picture a small, concreted area where you keep the bins and a broken washing line, which makes a backyard wedding sounds a little... crusty.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Near Lurker on 15 Sep 2022, 02:35
New comic!

Hey, Tai! Looking... shaggy. Has EVERYONE grown out hair?

It's like the inverse of the first thousand strips...
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: sitnspin on 15 Sep 2022, 10:24
In a weird state of life imitating art, my hair is currently longer than it's been in almost 20 years.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Torlek on 15 Sep 2022, 18:17
I know that backyard has a rather different connotation in American, and Jim can probably afford quite a nice garden, but I picture a small, concreted area where you keep the bins and a broken washing line, which makes a backyard wedding sounds a little... crusty.

Imagine a lawn, just behind the house. Probably surrounded by a privacy fence. Certainly going to be some landscaping and trees, but not enough to really be a "garden". Only concrete would be a patio on the back of the house (though Jim's likely to have a porch or deck). You have to remember that, even in a city like Northhampton, the average American lot is going to be 1000-4000 square meters.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Farideh on 15 Sep 2022, 18:24
New comic.

SO NORMAL.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: badbum61 on 15 Sep 2022, 18:25
Yep, absolutely chill, dude.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: SmilingCat on 15 Sep 2022, 18:28
I know that backyard has a rather different connotation in American, and Jim can probably afford quite a nice garden, but I picture a small, concreted area where you keep the bins and a broken washing line, which makes a backyard wedding sounds a little... crusty.

I think that's more of an urban versus not-urban thing than an America versus everybody else thing. To a large extent it depends on how built up the area around you is and how much you can afford.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Perfectly Reasonable on 15 Sep 2022, 18:58
Clinton cannot swim. If Clinton could swim, he'd be cavorting around CubeTown like a breaching dolphin.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Gyrre on 15 Sep 2022, 20:26
Thankfully, no.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: shanejayell on 15 Sep 2022, 20:33
Poor Clinton. *lol*
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: St.Clair on 15 Sep 2022, 22:06
"oh hey, I gotta go, I... I'm on fire. Bye!"
*bip!*
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: TinPenguin on 16 Sep 2022, 00:18
I think that's more of an urban versus not-urban thing than an America versus everybody else thing. To a large extent it depends on how built up the area around you is and how much you can afford.

You make a valid point, but in my dialect (and I think this holds true across Britain), a yard simply isn't green.

Imagine a lawn, just behind the house. Probably surrounded by a privacy fence. Certainly going to be some landscaping and trees, but not enough to really be a "garden".

This again shows the dialect disparity. A garden to me could be a landscaped park or a patch of weedy grass out front, as long as it is green. This does all come into everything just being bigger in 'Merica.

I am veering very much off-topic
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Torlek on 16 Sep 2022, 08:49
Imagine a lawn, just behind the house. Probably surrounded by a privacy fence. Certainly going to be some landscaping and trees, but not enough to really be a "garden".

This again shows the dialect disparity. A garden to me could be a landscaped park or a patch of weedy grass out front, as long as it is green. This does all come into everything just being bigger in 'Merica.

I am veering very much off-topic

Hence my usage of lawn. I had presumed that was the British word for an expanse of well-kept grass with few, if any, landscaping features. I presumed garden was a more formally landscaped area centered on flowering plants/bushes/etc rather than an area of grass. When Americans say yard in relation to a house (as in comparison to, say, a school yard or prison yard, which sound more in line with your expectations), we mean we took a bit of a football pitch, put it by our house and we may have some trees or flower beds in it.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Storel on 16 Sep 2022, 13:53
Apartment buildings tend to have the sort of backyards that TinPenguin describes, while single-family houses in the suburbs (and Northhampton definitely sounds sub-urban) tend to have green backyards.

Even in San Francisco, which is definitely a city, most houses don't have room for any front yard at all, but they'll have something green in the back.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Wingy on 17 Sep 2022, 11:24
Clinton cannot swim. If Clinton could swim, he'd be cavorting around CubeTown like a breaching dolphin.
Then he fooled everyone around 2299 and 2305.

Probably hasn't thought of it yet.  Or he just got the wrong companion AI (2337).
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: JimC on 18 Sep 2022, 11:35
I had presumed that was the British word for an expanse of well-kept grass with few, if any, landscaping features. I presumed garden was a more formally landscaped area centered on flowering plants/bushes/etc rather than an area of grass.
Tinpenguin's usage sits alongside mine (SE England). In a domestic context I would say a yard is enclosed and hard surfaced/bare earth. A garden is the totality of an area that is at least partially cultivated. A lawn is an area of grass within a garden. So a garden may consist only of a lawn, or it may be lawn plus flower beds. But just to confuse things more a vegetable garden may be an area within a garden used for growing vegetables.
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: Wingy on 26 Sep 2022, 12:40
Hmmmm.  Then what is a "green", as in "Willesden green" from Danger Mouse.  A park (US term) with a lawn (UK term)?
Title: Re: WCDT - September 12th to September 16th, 2022 (strips #4871 to #4875)
Post by: pwhodges on 26 Sep 2022, 15:38
A "green" would typically be a distinct grassy area neither privately owned (which would be part of a garden, or a field) nor otherwise enclosed (such as a park) - most often an area in the centre of a village with (stereotypically) the church on one side and maybe a village shop or in olden times a baker or blacksmith on another.  The green might be used for communal activities such as a fair or a cricket match (depending on size, of course).  Sometimes a village green may survive even when a village has become absorbed into a larger conurbation, or its name may survive even after the green itself has gone - which is the case at Willesden, a suburb of London which I once lived near (in that case there is a "Willesden Green" station).

In England surviving village greens have legal protection based on a defined modest amount of continuing community use, in the same way that public footpaths do.