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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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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #100 on: 02 Sep 2015, 07:51 »

For some reason I remembered the first dragon sighting being by bullet-train passengers, not folks on a plane, but maybe they changed it with a later version - or maybe I'm just remembering it wrong.

Either way, perfect chance for Samuel L. Jackson to be in the Shadowrun movie.  "I've had it with these m-fing flying snakes of legend flying past this m-fing plane!"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #101 on: 02 Sep 2015, 08:06 »

Okay, I'm out of my knowledge zone here. Give me a second...

*Looks up Shadowrun on DeviantArt*

I'm not the judgmental sort, but whose first reaction when they hear of something new is to look it up on Deviantart?  As opposed to Googling it, or Wikipediaing it, or doing something involving improper use of a proper noun as a verbing it?

Think about it - I'm looking for clues about an appearance aesthetic.
Google image search would still make more sense.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #102 on: 02 Sep 2015, 08:14 »

Think about it - I'm looking for clues about an appearance aesthetic.

Google image search would still make more sense.

Why? Seriously?

I've had lots of bad experiences from Google's image search but have never failed to find a relevant image on the top line of a DeviantArt search.
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« Reply #103 on: 02 Sep 2015, 11:41 »

Okay, I'm out of my knowledge zone here. Give me a second...

*Looks up Shadowrun on DeviantArt*

I'm not the judgmental sort, but whose first reaction when they hear of something new is to look it up on Deviantart?  As opposed to Googling it, or Wikipediaing it, or doing something involving improper use of a proper noun as a verbing it?

Think about it - I'm looking for clues about an appearance aesthetic.

It's a cyberpunk tabletop game.

As I said to Truec, it's more the visual aesthetic that was an important factor in my research here. I tend to think visual anyway so I get a better handle on things if I have plenty of pictures. :-P

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Anyway - Decker Librarian. Is there any hint whatsoever that brain/Internet direct connection 'jacks' exist in the QC universe? It occurs to me that, as Gordon could scan Marten's brainwave patterns remotely, there might be Cyberjack helmets at least. Remember also that Station wanted Hannelore to have a Wi-Fi communications implant so that they could interact physically in a virtual space.

I'm laying down my marker here that the technology exists but is hellishly classified and restricted to specialised military, industrial, scientific and intelligence applications. Ordinary men and women in the street can't have one and, if you've got one and get fired, it's cut out of your head. Marten and Claire are probably not aware of these facts due to said classified nature. Oddly enough, I've got a feeling that all the AIs know about it either directly or indirectly but don't talk about it. Maybe they don't like the idea of too many Squishies being able to access The Grid?

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #104 on: 02 Sep 2015, 13:24 »

My ears were pierced for about six months, and were stretched out a bit. Shortly after I took them out they basically disappeared.

Wow! Your ears DISAPPEARED?  :claireface:
What? I can't hear you :wow:

(Alternate joke: I can't 'ear you :clairedoge:)

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« Reply #105 on: 02 Sep 2015, 13:27 »

It could be that Claire simply wants to work at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #106 on: 02 Sep 2015, 14:42 »

Think about it - I'm looking for clues about an appearance aesthetic.

Google image search would still make more sense.

Why? Seriously?

I've had lots of bad experiences from Google's image search but have never failed to find a relevant image on the top line of a DeviantArt search.
Mainly because you aren't going to find official materials on devArt 99% of the time. I'd personally much rather have reliable info on a subject, if I'm going through the (minor) trouble of looking it up, and devArt is far from a reliable source. Even in your own search, you were misinformed based on bad info due to relying in fanart for a source.

If Google images is something to avoid, then a standard Google search will get you the info you need. The company who makes it's page will probably be in the top 5 results.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #107 on: 02 Sep 2015, 15:34 »

OK, just a quick Off Topic note to the Admins.


For some reason, for a short while when I came Online (About 15-20 minutes) I got an Error 502 Site Offline Message for both the Forum and the Comic. 

Any idea what that was?
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« Reply #108 on: 02 Sep 2015, 15:46 »

I got that too, I just assumed my phone's browser was being buggy :/
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #109 on: 02 Sep 2015, 15:50 »

Me too, I figured the site was just temporarily down because of whatever causes such things.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #110 on: 02 Sep 2015, 15:54 »

OK

I was a bit concerned as I had some issues with a sneak program that got loaded onto my Compie yesterday and it took me an hour to find it and clean it out (mostly because I missed seeing it on the Uninstall List TWICE).  It fraked with Firefox and I wound up having to completely uninstll FF and reinstall it to sort it out.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #111 on: 02 Sep 2015, 17:35 »

Forums are working, main site is out.

Cloudflare gives the 502 error.

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« Reply #112 on: 02 Sep 2015, 17:42 »

Main site's back up, at least for me. I guess Bubbles called off her siege.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #113 on: 02 Sep 2015, 17:56 »

She probably unplugged Pintsize
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #114 on: 02 Sep 2015, 18:38 »

Comic's up.

Make a better biker colors patch than a tat, I think but that's just me.  Put it on a leather vest and drop her on a Sportster   :angel:
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« Reply #115 on: 02 Sep 2015, 18:44 »

Holy shit, that's pretty cool. Roughly translated to ALWAYS READING, I think.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #116 on: 02 Sep 2015, 18:51 »

If Marten is trying to talk her out of the piercings and tattoos, telling her she's trying to be like Clinton is the right path to take.  :-P
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #117 on: 02 Sep 2015, 18:53 »

Maybe she should talk to Dora
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #118 on: 02 Sep 2015, 19:39 »

If the eagle looks like the decal on the hood of a 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am, then I'm all for it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #119 on: 02 Sep 2015, 20:01 »

Marten doesn't believe her.  I wonder if this is him trying to be assertive.
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« Reply #120 on: 02 Sep 2015, 20:15 »

Marten doesn't believe her.

What makes you say that?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #121 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:09 »

Love panel 3 Claire. And 4. Most Claires, really.

Also, it must be the eagle on fire, what monster would set fire to a book?  :roll:

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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #122 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:12 »

In other news, Jeph DREW this picture, it's directly below the comic. The book is in fact, intact.
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« Reply #123 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:14 »

what monster would set fire to a book?  :roll:


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« Reply #124 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:26 »

In other news, Jeph DREW this picture, it's directly below the comic. The book is in fact, intact.

So is the eagle; there's no fire at all, strangely.

THE EAGLE IS THE FLAME seriously, look at that feathering no bird has feathers like that it is firebird
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« Reply #125 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:28 »

in related news, I would totally wear that as a shirt
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« Reply #126 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:31 »

THE EAGLE IS THE FLAME seriously, look at that feathering no bird has feathers like that it is firebird

And it is clearly recovering a burned book from the ashes.  8-)
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« Reply #127 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:34 »

THE EAGLE IS THE FLAME seriously, look at that feathering no bird has feathers like that it is firebird

And it is clearly recovering a burned book from the ashes.  8-)

I was unconvinced, and then the sunglasses face came in. I agree now, wholeheartedly.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #128 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:43 »

I once did burn a few books to stay warm.  But they were old law books, so I don't figure they count much.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #129 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:47 »

I once did burn a few books to stay warm.  But they were old law books, so I don't figure they count much.

You shall disagree in five years when you're brought in on an 'outdated' law that still holds power in some jurisdictions.
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« Reply #130 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:48 »

Also, it must be the eagle on fire, what monster would set fire to a book?  :roll:

Well, we've already mentioned Hitler. There's also Anthony Comstock (who is one of American political history's most reprehensible figures), Tsar Nicholas II, Lenin, Francisco Franco, Mao Zedong, Joseph McCarthy, Augusto Pincohet, the Taliban regime...
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« Reply #131 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:52 »

Funnily enough, one of the widely-accepted methods of destroying old bibles is by burning them.
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« Reply #132 on: 02 Sep 2015, 21:57 »

Other book burners include every spoiled rich kid I went to middle and high school with, who would hold book-burning bonfire parties at the end of the school year.  In middle school the burned books were mostly workbooks and the books we read in English class, but in high school, when we had to start buying our textbooks instead of borrowing them from the school, these people would actually set fire to hundreds of dollars of textbooks at the end of the year instead of selling them back.  I still cannot wrap my brain around it.
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« Reply #133 on: 02 Sep 2015, 22:16 »

The lady doth protest too much.
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« Reply #134 on: 02 Sep 2015, 22:23 »

I shudder to think

Book burning has too many nasty connotations
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« Reply #135 on: 02 Sep 2015, 22:27 »

Funnily enough, one of the widely-accepted methods of destroying old bibles is by burning them.

Probably the same logic that makes burning the preferred disposal method for American flags...better to respectfully dispose of them then let them sit in tatters, if you're into attaching mythical significance to symbols that is.
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« Reply #136 on: 02 Sep 2015, 22:34 »

Funnily enough, one of the widely-accepted methods of destroying old bibles is by burning them.

Probably the same logic that makes burning the preferred disposal method for American flags...better to respectfully dispose of them then let them sit in tatters, if you're into attaching mythical significance to symbols that is.

Or you're into profiting off those that do, and have been trained in flag-burning procedures. Don't judge me.
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« Reply #137 on: 02 Sep 2015, 23:11 »

I can only say this: Yep, she's competing with Clinton alright! The follow-up to the denial is the proof! Welcome to the wonderful world of sibling rivalry, Marten! Aren't you glad now that you were an only child? Now you get to enjoy the fallout of this particular feud whilst trying to avoid ending up with being cut off!

That logo that Jeph drew would work out nicely as a shoulder-patch or a T-shirt logo for Claire. It also reminds us that we're getting continual mixed messages about whether Claire is a bibliophile. :wink:
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« Reply #138 on: 02 Sep 2015, 23:13 »

I'll have to chime in and be one of the people who shudders at the idea of burning books.  It's much like Heinrich Heine said "Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen." (those who burn books will end up burning people)
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« Reply #139 on: 02 Sep 2015, 23:23 »

I'll have to chime in and be one of the people who shudders at the idea of burning books.  It's much like Heinrich Heine said "Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen." (those who burn books will end up burning people)

I'd have left it at the translation, but good on you for knowing the original. I already respected you, Hedgie, but now a bit more.
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« Reply #140 on: 02 Sep 2015, 23:48 »

Admittedly, my translation is a bit loose, but it preserves the spirit of the original.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #141 on: 03 Sep 2015, 00:01 »

Okay, I'm out of my knowledge zone here. Give me a second...

*Looks up Shadowrun on DeviantArt*

I'm not the judgmental sort, but whose first reaction when they hear of something new is to look it up on Deviantart?  As opposed to Googling it, or Wikipediaing it, or doing something involving improper use of a proper noun as a verbing it?

Think about it - I'm looking for clues about an appearance aesthetic.

It's a cyberpunk tabletop game.

As I said to Truec, it's more the visual aesthetic that was an important factor in my research here. I tend to think visual anyway so I get a better handle on things if I have plenty of pictures. :-P
It's funny, I "liked" Truec's comment and then realized after I read this that even though I don't consider myself a visual person, and will actually often leave a webpage when it turns out to be video rather than writing, that I had done an image search first for approximately the same reason that Benrg gives without really thinking about it or even realizing it was the same thing until I read this.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #142 on: 03 Sep 2015, 00:11 »

Eagle?  That's the new manifestation of Yelling Bird!  Thought you'd seen the last of him, eh?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #143 on: 03 Sep 2015, 02:40 »

Also, it must be the eagle on fire, what monster would set fire to a book?  :roll:
While it might be a legend (the account was written by an official of the succeeding dynasty) the famous "Burning of Books and Burying of Scholars" supposedly ordered by Qin Shi Huang 213-210 BC is the earliest example I know.

People who complain about the verbing of company names like google etc. are suffering from lexihistorical myopia (an early symptom of grumpy-old-bat/fart-ism). People have been Hoovering carpets, Mercerising cotton, Xeroxing documents, Photoshopping pictures, Velcroing pockets etc., Superglueing broken china, Rollerblading down the road, Tasering suspects, Macing muggers, Scotch-taping parcels, Tarmacing roads, Ping-ponging back and forth, and so on for a very long time. Yes, every one of those was originally either a company name or a trade-marked product sold by one. I googled them...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #144 on: 03 Sep 2015, 02:52 »

Purely FWIW, I predicted a while back that being with Marten would give Claire a new level of confidence in her self-identity and ability to express herself in her appearance. What Marten is experiencing this week is the blossoming of Claire's ability to express her self-identity. This may have some... extreme outcomes in the short-term but I suspect she'll 'come down' after a while and find a happy medium that's more to her taste.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #145 on: 03 Sep 2015, 03:10 »

"The eagle or the book?"

"YES."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #146 on: 03 Sep 2015, 03:39 »

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.

This is a bit of an odd point of view. Why do you wear clothes that are anything except grey? Why do you get your hair cut? Neither of these things are useful. Could be argued that a haircut is useful in some cases, I guess, but then I could also say 'why do you not shave your head all summer and grow your hair all winter?'.

Piercings can be an identity thing. They can also be something someone likes the look of, like any item of clothing.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #147 on: 03 Sep 2015, 04:12 »

For that matter, why do anything other than fulfill basic biological needs? If the only reason to do anything is utilitarianism, there goes 90% of most human activity in the developed world.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #148 on: 03 Sep 2015, 04:16 »

Indeed, why even read the comic?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3036 - 3040 (31 August to 4 September 2015)
« Reply #149 on: 03 Sep 2015, 04:20 »

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.

This is a bit of an odd point of view. Why do you wear clothes that are anything except grey? Why do you get your hair cut? Neither of these things are useful. Could be argued that a haircut is useful in some cases, I guess, but then I could also say 'why do you not shave your head all summer and grow your hair all winter?'.

Piercings can be an identity thing. They can also be something someone likes the look of, like any item of clothing.

I can understand that kind of view very well - body mods are always a risk, one way or the other (allergic reaction, hitting a nerve...), for... fashion, more or less. If you exchange  your grey shirt for a red one, or getting your hair cut in a practical way, you don't risk infection just for fashion. Yes, fashion - asserting your identity would be a lot different if everybody got modded, and the way people get mods changes over time as well.

Also, when I see a septum piercing, I always think of cows. I can't help myself.

Just because we see things a bit more  utilitarian than others, doesn't mean you can go for the strawman right away.
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