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#1458: Yay for my country?
« on: 29 Jul 2009, 00:08 »

Just wanted to make random comments:

1) I had a pretty good laugh at Faye's line in the last panel. It might've been a bit bigger than normal 'cos I laugh more intensely when I'm stressed sometimes. A relief mechanism I suppose.

2) That was before I got to read the rest, so Faye's line worked as the punchline for me in a sense.

3) "Argentinean" is a correct demonym for my country's people (and stuff) according to Wikipedia. "Argentinian" is the most common usage in my (above-average) experience in dealing with the rest of the world. "Argentine" is a less common one, and I actually never heard "Argentinean" before, I believe. I suppose it works? In any case, do demonyms go with capitals? I never remember that one grammar rule (no worries, no spelling troll/nazi here).

4) Part of my stress is because our economy is beinf f***ed up the *ss again, and it's making my current finances a real pain. They're devaluating our curency more and more and *also* legally limiting our right to exchange our local currency for safer ones (dollars, euros). It feels like a quite literal cage, what they're doing.

5) I still appreciate the joke in Hannelore's line and find it funny. Trust me, living in this country gives you a great many chances in developing your sense of humor. I strongly believe we have some of the best sense of humor in the world. It's a survival mechanism, in keeping with the thoughts of #1.

6) Yay for my country being mentioned in one my top favorite websites of all time. For statistical reference, consider I've been a quite frequent citizen of the interwebs for like 12 years now.

7) Kindly tell Hannelore her mother is soooo dead.

8 ) To our awesome author: I'll assume this means you actually know something about Argentina? Kuddos for the int'l knowledge.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #1 on: 29 Jul 2009, 00:28 »

How does one carry a zero?
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #2 on: 29 Jul 2009, 00:49 »

That was going to be my question. Carrying supposedly only happens when there's a non-zero digit to be carried.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #3 on: 29 Jul 2009, 01:02 »

Surreal comic = surreal math.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #4 on: 29 Jul 2009, 01:43 »

How does one carry a zero?

You pick it up first.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #5 on: 29 Jul 2009, 01:51 »

How does one carry a zero?

You pick it up first.

I'm surprised that this wasn't the first answer posted to the question.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #6 on: 29 Jul 2009, 10:35 »

Am I to understand Faye makes $6500 dollars in a week? Or was the decimal point misplaced by two places?

Even in that case she's still making $650 a week, which isn't too damn shabby for a café clerk. I sure as hell never made that much. Even at $12 an hour you'd have to work more than 50 hours a week to make that much. That's 8 hours a day seven days a week. I guess I'm just a lazy bum. Or I guess Faye part-owns the place and they don't hire a lot of help??
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #7 on: 29 Jul 2009, 10:37 »

I just assumed she gets paid every 2 weeks.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #8 on: 29 Jul 2009, 10:41 »

That's still not too bad. It's more than I get.

But the decimal point was out in one of Dora's original calculations. Which would affect all future calculations, so Faye's pay slip wasn't necessarily right-but-for-the-decimal-point.
Did that make sense to anyone but me? I can't think of another way to phrase it.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #9 on: 29 Jul 2009, 10:42 »

I just assumed she gets paid every 2 weeks.

That would mean about 15k a year. Yeah, you can live on that easily.

However, in the first panel she implies that her payday is once every week.

I think I'm to understand Faye makes close to 35k a year ringing up coffees. Damn, I wish I could get in on that.



Perhaps she gets paid once a week but some of her pay was behind or something, and her average check isn't for as much as $650 :? Or plethora's explanation.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #10 on: 29 Jul 2009, 10:53 »

Yeah, that blew my mind when I saw that paycheck. That's when I figured it out. The Coffee of Doom is actually a front for a drug dealing ring ala Weeds.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #11 on: 29 Jul 2009, 11:10 »

I just assumed she gets paid every 2 weeks.

However, in the first panel she implies that her payday is once every week.

True, it is implied but it can also be implied it's every two weeks since it could mean any week she gets paid. 35k seems a little much for working in a coffee shop to me, but still it's possible!
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #12 on: 29 Jul 2009, 11:17 »

False.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #13 on: 29 Jul 2009, 11:48 »

Let's see... If payday is every 2 weeks, at $650 every payday, that's $16,900 annually, or about $8.12 an hour at 40 hours a week. Sounds about right for working in a coffee shop, especially an independently-owned one. (I doubt you make that much working at Dunkin' or Starburnt unless you're a manager.)
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #14 on: 29 Jul 2009, 12:43 »

Also, we know Faye occasionally works overtime.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #15 on: 29 Jul 2009, 12:48 »

Or that's part of the money Dora gives her for the statue.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #16 on: 29 Jul 2009, 13:14 »

Or it's a comic and it is possible Jeph never even gave it that much thought?
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #17 on: 29 Jul 2009, 13:18 »

It's probably a 2-week paycheck.  What else is Faye supposed to say, "It's the best time of the fortnight"?

Also, I was assuming Faye's paycheck was supposed to say "$650.00" and Dora just left out the decimal point, making it "$65000".  However, Faye can't successfully cash the check (unless Dora was REALLY absent-minded) because you have to write out in words the amount for the check.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #18 on: 29 Jul 2009, 13:22 »

How does one carry a zero?

Could be used as terminology for moving numbers in an equation

Code: [Select]
  1,456.12
x      2.5
    728060
   291224
3640300
3640.300

if she mistakenly did not carry down a 0 then when she put the decimals in place it would have changed the total number.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #19 on: 29 Jul 2009, 15:06 »

fuck this thread and all the numbers in it.

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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #20 on: 29 Jul 2009, 15:41 »

Jeph changed the comic to read "decimal point" instead. It does make Faye's line funnier, but in a different way.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #21 on: 29 Jul 2009, 16:10 »

Let's see... If payday is every 2 weeks, at $650 every payday, that's $16,900 annually, or about $8.12 an hour at 40 hours a week. Sounds about right for working in a coffee shop, especially an independently-owned one. (I doubt you make that much working at Dunkin' or Starburnt unless you're a manager.)

That's not taking out any taxes which puts Faye closer to 10 bucks an hour which is reeeeally high for any retail job. I still think the coffee shop is a front for drug dealing.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #22 on: 29 Jul 2009, 16:11 »

Or, uh, maybe there's just been a lot more inflation in the QCverse?
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #23 on: 29 Jul 2009, 16:20 »

As a fellow argentine, I just registered to tell you, my good Jeph Jacques (if that's your real name, huh? HUH?!), that you are WRONG!
We, the argentinean people, - unless the QC universe is a weird and perverted place - fucked our own economy without Hanner's mom interference. History shall prove me right.
Cheers!
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #24 on: 29 Jul 2009, 19:00 »

Let's see... If payday is every 2 weeks, at $650 every payday, that's $16,900 annually, or about $8.12 an hour at 40 hours a week. Sounds about right for working in a coffee shop, especially an independently-owned one. (I doubt you make that much working at Dunkin' or Starburnt unless you're a manager.)
Massachusetts has a minimum wage of $8.00 now, and they live in MA.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #25 on: 29 Jul 2009, 19:08 »

Wow, a cartoon character makes more money than I do. Pardon me while I drown myself in the toilet.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #26 on: 29 Jul 2009, 20:33 »

Jeph changed the comic to read "decimal point" instead. It does make Faye's line funnier, but in a different way.

Changed it from what?

By the way, did anyone else notice Faye's bug-eyed look in panel 3?
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #27 on: 29 Jul 2009, 21:43 »

It used to read "carry the zero," which IS a Built to Spill song.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #28 on: 29 Jul 2009, 21:59 »

fuck this thread and all the numbers in it.

):<

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You, sir, just damned the universe.  You raped the lucky number.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #29 on: 29 Jul 2009, 22:46 »

Am I to understand Faye makes $6500 dollars in a week? Or was the decimal point misplaced by two places?

I am assuming she gets paid fortnightly and with the overtime she sometimes does, earns $650.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #30 on: 30 Jul 2009, 00:33 »

As a fellow argentine, I just registered to tell you, my good Jeph Jacques (if that's your real name, huh? HUH?!), that you are WRONG!
We, the argentinean people, - unless the QC universe is a weird and perverted place - fucked our own economy without Hanner's mom interference. History shall prove me right.
Cheers!

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Wow, a cartoon character makes more money than I do. Pardon me while I drown myself in the toilet.

Hey dude I have a comic where a character makes $100,000 a year in a recession. It is alright, things can be pretty unreasonable.
Alternatively, Faye gets paid with Zimbabwean dollars.
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #31 on: 30 Jul 2009, 20:38 »

Hey dude I have a comic where a character makes $100,000 a year in a recession. It is alright, things can be pretty unreasonable.
Alternatively, Faye gets paid with Zimbabwean dollars.


I thought it was in Gold Pressed Latinum
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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #32 on: 31 Jul 2009, 14:14 »


That would mean about 15k a year. Yeah, you can live on that easily.



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Re: #1458: Yay for my country?
« Reply #33 on: 31 Jul 2009, 16:09 »

Faye gets paid with Zimbabwean dollars.

Don't really know why.... But I totally laughed my ass off with this one. You maded my day.

And to the fellow that maked this post:

I udnerstand how you feel... I don't live in my homecountry anymore [Chile] but when I was there I saw how all was. And I have all my family there so I'm also very worried about them.
I wish you the best of lucks dude!
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