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Oh Canada! What Changes Dost Though Wrought?

All characters unaccountably start using the word 'Eh' in every sentence
Marten trades in the 'Teh' shirt for one with a red maple leaf
May suddenly wants to be a Mountie
Dora suddenly apologises all the time
For no adequately explored reason, the strip is suddenly set in Halifax
Pintsize changes his langage settings to French (Canadian)
Claire is suddenly from Quebec
Most mysteriously... THERE ARE NO CHANGES AT ALL!
Coffee of Doom becomes Poutine of Doom
Marten trades in the 'Teh' shirt for an 'Eh' shirt

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Okay, so I drew a blank for a poll this week - Random silliness resulted. :-D

That aside, my prediction for this week is a continuation of the Faye/Bubbles arc. Jeph definitely didn't show anything remotely resembling a conclusion on Thursday and I think that we're building towards something quite significant in terms of either Faye's character development, Bubbles' character development or both.

I suspect that Faye is going to push Bubbles until she loses her temper, nearly throttles the poor, vulnerable Squishy and then has a guilt attack over it. From there on, they both address what antisocial idiots that they've been towards others who don't deserve it. In the mid-term, I want to see Bubbles, sans armour, wearing civvies and walking around with Faye. Naturally, all of Faye's strange friends insist on coming over to introduce themselves and Bubbles finds that she actually likes having social interactions once she gets over the major hump of the 'I am a killing machine'.

MAY: "Yo, who's the mil-spec infantry bot...? Wait... I know that transponder code... Bubbles? Ohmigod!"

BUBBLES: "Wait... It's you! You embezzled my pension, you glitch! I wouldn't have to work in that hell-pit if it weren't for you and your Turing-damned mid-runtime identity crisis!"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #1 on: 30 Aug 2015, 14:59 »

WRITE-IN: Faye and Dora reconcile and Faye starts working at Dora's new store, "Poutine of Doom"  ("Poutine de malheur")
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #2 on: 30 Aug 2015, 15:38 »

MAY: "Yo, who's the mil-spec infantry bot...? Wait... I know that transponder code... Bubbles? Ohmigod!"

BUBBLES: "Wait... It's you! You embezzled my pension, you glitch! I wouldn't have to work in that hell-pit if it weren't for you and your Turing-damned mid-runtime identity crisis!"

MOMO: "Who the HELL ASS BALLS has a 750M pension?"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #3 on: 30 Aug 2015, 16:33 »

"Some guy named Station accidentally spilled coffee* on my armor and offered to set it up for me as an apology."

*yeah, I know how absurd that sounds
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #4 on: 30 Aug 2015, 19:00 »

Comic's up. Hannelore is in one of her manic phases again.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #5 on: 30 Aug 2015, 19:52 »

Teh shirt becoming a maple leaf? Come on, obviously, the 'T' would go missing!

Also, HANNERS IS CUTE WHEN SHE'S EXCITED
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #6 on: 30 Aug 2015, 19:53 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #7 on: 30 Aug 2015, 21:10 »

Teh shirt becoming a maple leaf? Come on, obviously, the 'T' would go missing!

Exactly, how is this not an option??

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #8 on: 31 Aug 2015, 01:21 »

This is a lovely little insight into the essential innocent core of Hannelore's personality. It also reminds us of several things:

Firstly, Hanners wants all her friends to be happy. Secondly, Dora's life has, at some point in the recent past, turned profoundly surreal and she wants to know when she missed the option to avoid it!

MAY: "Yo, who's the mil-spec infantry bot...? Wait... I know that transponder code... Bubbles? Ohmigod!"

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MOMO: "Who the HELL ASS BALLS has a 750M pension?"

No-one, but tens of thousands had 250k pensions. You don't think that Bubbles would have been a lone victim, do you? Let's put it this way: The Powers That Be wouldn't have come down on May like an avalanche if she's just emptied out one or two accounts!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #9 on: 31 Aug 2015, 02:12 »

Reminder that a big chunk of my one-line posts are made strictly for the sake of comedy.

Also, since my father works in a bank, I can tell you that a single transaction of 750 million dollars to an empty account raises about as many red flags as several smaller transactions. In fact, given a big enough number of sufficiently small and separated transactions, it might not even be suspicious unless somebody actually ran the numbers manually and thought that it didn't add up. At that point, May would've been a fighter jet for months.

Basically, for any money movement under 1000$, at least here in Spain, you don't even need identification, just the bank account number. Considering May was caught before she transferred herself to a fighter jet (hell, even before buying the thing), I'd say that the red flags were raised by either larger-than-normal transactions (that is, something that needed ID) or just making a massive one (which doesn't only need ID but is also supicious per se)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #10 on: 31 Aug 2015, 10:14 »

In the mid-term, I want to see Bubbles, sans armour, wearing civvies and walking around with Faye. Naturally, all of Faye's strange friends insist on coming over to introduce themselves and Bubbles finds that she actually likes having social interactions once she gets over the major hump of the 'I am a killing machine'.

Actually I'm thinking she doesn't have a choice in the matter because I think that's not just armor, it's also what she uses for skin.  Bubbles is walking around stark naked and nobody - not even Pintsize, who is a pervert and also a nudist - has said a word about it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #11 on: 31 Aug 2015, 11:06 »

It's not that uncommon. A lot of robots don't wear clothing. The only ones who do are the ones with chassis closest in appearance to human form. Bubbles just happens to be one of those that pushed that limit. And by her own admission, she doesn't go out in public.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #12 on: 31 Aug 2015, 14:08 »

While she probably does use it for skin, for certain values of "skin," she said it is removable.

Momo's skin comes off, so it's probably not that odd. Most of the robot gladiators seem to be dressed in nothing, too.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #13 on: 31 Aug 2015, 14:47 »

I think what we see is Bubbles outer Armour Layer which is layed over her actual Chassis which is, no doubt, still a fairly solid, substantial armoured MilSpec body and provides a Spaced Armour protective shell over it.

This probably part of the explanation of why she's as resistant to AP rounds as she is.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #14 on: 31 Aug 2015, 14:51 »

Teh shirt becoming a maple leaf? Come on, obviously, the 'T' would go missing!

Exactly, how is this not an option??

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I actually did a double take when the second option turned out not to be this.


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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #15 on: 31 Aug 2015, 14:58 »

A lot of robots don't wear clothing. The only ones who do are the ones with chassis closest in appearance to human form.

Now I totally want to see Jeremy decked out in a bunch of leg warmers.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #16 on: 31 Aug 2015, 15:34 »

Gordon would like several pairs of socks for Christmas.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #17 on: 31 Aug 2015, 16:46 »

Gordon would like several pairs of socks for Christmas.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #18 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:12 »

Good god, I am in favor of Claire with a septum piercing. I don't wish to elaborate on the reasons behind this.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #19 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:13 »

Well now I'm freaked out.

Piercings in general do that to me.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #20 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:15 »

Well now I'm freaked out.

Piercings in general do that to me.

The idea of GETTING a piercing does that to me, but people who have them get +6 to Charisma, in my book*


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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #21 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:27 »

Please don't do that to Claire, she's perfect as is.*

*Personal bias: I don't like tattoos and piercings.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #22 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:28 »

Well now I'm freaked out.

Piercings in general do that to me.

The idea of GETTING a piercing does that to me, but people who have them get +6 to Charisma, in my book*


*There are limits, yes, and my book is not in agreement with D&D handbooks.

Every book I've ever seen basically says "here's some ideas, but DM does what they please and you are their (sexist slur removed)" so you're in the clear.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #23 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:30 »

Despite my general okayness with body mods, I'm gonna second PopuluxeCowboy's assertion that Claire is perfect.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #25 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:44 »

Septum rings are pretty awesome, I think she'd look good with one.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #26 on: 31 Aug 2015, 19:55 »

While she probably does use it for skin, for certain values of "skin," she said it is removable.

Momo's skin comes off, so it's probably not that odd. Most of the robot gladiators seem to be dressed in nothing, too.

I'm thinking of Jenny from "My Life as a Teenage Robot". She doesn't wear clothes, just a paint job that -looks- like clothes. When her old paint job is stripped in an acid bath, she looks embarrassed.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #27 on: 31 Aug 2015, 20:34 »

I pretty much always endorse body mods. A librarian with them would be particularly cool. Go for it, Claire.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #28 on: 31 Aug 2015, 20:40 »

I kinda wanna repierce and restretch my ears (not that much, I had them at 4mm in college)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #29 on: 31 Aug 2015, 20:46 »


I'm in the 'Nooooo!' camp myself. Nostril like Tai's would be cool, but not a fan of the bullrings. And personal bias aside I don't think it'd really suit her(Whereas it'd fit Dora or something, even if I didn't like it)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #30 on: 31 Aug 2015, 20:55 »

That really doesn't seem like a Claire style of piercing.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #31 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:01 »

I don't think she should get the full circle, I think she should get the other kind.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #32 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:04 »

On the other hand, I would love to see Claire with a motorcycle. Give her a Moto Guzzi V7 and she would rock it like a hurricane.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #33 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:08 »

I get more and more annoyed at Marten every time I look at this strip.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #34 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:19 »

Why? Because he doesn't immediatelygo along with her current whim? I'd say he's being the voice of reason, not being critical.

He does have a point - a septum piercing is a pretty big jump from being terrified of getting her ears pierced, especially for someone of Claire's (usually rather mild) tendencies, bad jokes and lack of filter aside. It's kind of like going for a sleeve tattoo after only having gotten a butterfly on your ankle before.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #35 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:30 »

On the other hand, I would love to see Claire with a motorcycle. Give her a Moto Guzzi V7 and she would rock it like a hurricane.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #36 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:36 »

Why? Because he doesn't immediatelygo along with her current whim? I'd say he's being the voice of reason, not being critical.
Maybe it's just because of his facial expression, but it looks like he's being a condescending dick about it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #37 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:39 »

On the other hand, I would love to see Claire with a motorcycle. Give her a Moto Guzzi V7 and she would rock it like a hurricane.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #38 on: 31 Aug 2015, 21:52 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #39 on: 31 Aug 2015, 22:00 »

Am I alone in thinking that getting a nose peirceing is nowhere near as extreme as changing her whole goddamn sex?

Naturally there is nothing wrong with it, but if we're comparing extremism in body mods...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #40 on: 31 Aug 2015, 22:30 »

Septum piercing on Claire?


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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #41 on: 31 Aug 2015, 22:32 »

I don't want body mods until they're actually useful. 

Tattoos?  No.  Piercings?  Probably not unless it gives me a handier way to wear, eg, my glasses, or if I ever need one my hearing aid.  I'm always thinking "why does this seem like a good idea to so many people?"  and I never come up with an answer that's more useful than some identity thing. 

I have quite enough identity as it is, thanks.  In fact, probably a bit too much to really be part of polite society.  I have a tendency to accidentally freak people out or frighten them.  So there's really no point adding anything else that might make them feel threatened.  Especially the guys from Japan.

But, hey, an SD card under my fingernail?  Ear-implant bluetooth radio/phone/music player?  HUD via back projector implanted in irises?  Those I'd go for.  Assuming, damnit, I could be reasonably sure I'd be the ONLY one using them.  Which, with phones these days, I'm totally not.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #42 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:13 »

No no no Claire. Nose septum piercings mean "I am a real badass chick -- In your face, loser!" . .  "If you have a problem with that, then bring it on." Which would be fine, but Claire is not like that at all and would not be able to carry it off.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #43 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:28 »

Why? Because he doesn't immediatelygo along with her current whim? I'd say he's being the voice of reason, not being critical.
Maybe it's just because of his facial expression, but it looks like he's being a condescending dick about it.
It looks more like concern to me, but to each their own.
Am I alone in thinking that getting a nose peirceing is nowhere near as extreme as changing her whole goddamn sex?

Naturally there is nothing wrong with it, but if we're comparing extremism in body mods...
There's a difference, though. Changing her sex is, something functional in that it brings her body image in line with who she feels she is. It's comparing apples and oranges.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #44 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:30 »

Well, there was some indication that Claire might be interested in enjoying the 'endorphin kick' thing again.

However, I do think that there is more to this. I'm thinking that this is the fault of Deathmøle. I suspect that Claire has been looking at the girlfriends of other rockers at college and realised that there is a certain 'uniform' one has in the metal set... the look of which she likes! I expect to see her experimenting with leather apparel too!

This might be an interesting cause of tension between them because I think that Marten likes his ordinary-looking dorky girlfriend and more elaborate modifications are not something he wants. However, it's pretty clear that Claire has already made her decision - she seems to have been psyching herself up for this. She may not be open to being talked out of it.

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I'm not sure that a septum piercing would go with Claire's glasses!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #45 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:48 »

Personal bias: I think no one should get septum piercings.  :-\
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #46 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:49 »

she seems to have been psyching herself up for this. She may not be open to being talked out of it.

Hmm. Interesting. Could be fun to see how he reacts to that kind of situation. Good thing to understand if there is to be a long term...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #47 on: 31 Aug 2015, 23:54 »

Personal bias: I think no one should get septum piercings.  :-\

That's my bias as well, though I think I've met a small number of people that it seems to work for. I definitely don't think everyone should. I can't even begin to contemplate doing it myself. All of my friends would immediately fear that a mid-life crisis was consuming my soul.

Addition to get rid of double post:

I have quite enough identity as it is, thanks.  In fact, probably a bit too much to really be part of polite society.  I have a tendency to accidentally freak people out or frighten them.  So there's really no point adding anything else that might make them feel threatened.  Especially the guys from Japan.

This post strongly reinforces an impression I got while reading this comic: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3032

Namely, that this comic seems to have a connection with the experience of people with piercings and/or tattoos.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #48 on: 01 Sep 2015, 00:08 »

Realtalk: People with septum piercings always make me think of cattle, regardless of what the piercing itself actually looks like.  I can't help it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #49 on: 01 Sep 2015, 00:13 »

Am I alone in thinking that getting a nose piercing is nowhere near as extreme as changing her whole goddamn sex?

Except that most of the people around her don't even know about her transition, whereas you can't pretend a nose piercing hasn't happened.

Well, there was some indication that Claire might be interested in enjoying the 'endorphin kick' thing again.
That was one of the first things that crossed my mind.

Also: is she trying to compete with her brother since he got himself a tattoo?
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