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Dr Ellicott-Chatham exposition strips plus reaction shots from main cast
It's harmless! Back to Faye and Bubbles!
"It's a surprise! See if you can work it out!" Experimentation follows
"Please... tell me that you didn't use that on anyone?"
"I'm glad you called! We've got over thirty clones maturing up here! What have you been up to?"
Dr Ellicott-Chatham merely does the 'Mad Scientist Laugh'
For maximum cliffhanger stress, Jeph goes on a two-week detour with other characters
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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)  (Read 28318 times)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #150 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:38 »

Is it just me or does Marten sometimes come across as less boyfriend and more parent?
a few dozen strips back

I guess a few dozen is another way to represent over one hundred pages.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #151 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:42 »

It looks like Hannerdad is going to be paying for a lot of roof repairs...
I'm sure that he can easily afford it.  What puzzles me, though (didn't think of it until you mentioned the repairs), is that Hanners didn't drag Marigold and Dale into a park or some place where the landing would be less destructive.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #152 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:44 »

While not as bad as May, Marigold does have some impulse control problems... The time between the last two panels was probably about 30 seconds.. Just enough time for her to launch off the couch, grab the device and run to the roof to start byooing. Why and where Dale had that sign is probably not best to be asked...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #153 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:50 »

How is the issue of sonic booms from pizza pods resolved?

We stop using glass in buildings and use Lexan instead, and we just get use to the booms (they become like the DING of a microwave)

If more people thought like you, the Concorde could still be flying.

If more people thought like me, we'd either be extinct by now or establishing colonies in other galaxies (I'm not sure which).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #154 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:52 »

Por qué no los dos?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #155 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:55 »

So Dale is already okay again with pizza?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #156 on: 17 Sep 2015, 21:57 »

Holy $%^& Dale, you're killing me here.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #157 on: 17 Sep 2015, 23:04 »

Marigold is adorable in panel two.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #158 on: 17 Sep 2015, 23:20 »

Okay, now that's the post-credits joke scene! :-D

Really, Hannelore should have known better. Showing the Pizzatron to Dale and Marigold (the QC-verse's current 'student slackers' avatars) was always going to be a calculated risk.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #159 on: 18 Sep 2015, 01:06 »

As soon as I read "I want multiple pizzas" I heard my mum's voice going "I want never gets".
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #160 on: 18 Sep 2015, 04:43 »

Except in this case it totally does.

So Dale is already okay again with pizza?
If it's delivered to him, sure.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #161 on: 18 Sep 2015, 08:35 »

Psst, Osaka? Wrong Northampton.

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Thx, I just looked in Google Maps and it seemed like the right one. I wouldn't have known, I just tried.

Regarding today's strip, that's basically what I would do when given orbital pizza bombardment devices.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #162 on: 18 Sep 2015, 11:12 »

Maybe this explains the mystery about Pizza Girl - she's an AI created by the Ellicott-Chatham empire, a sort of prototype before they had a massively radical outside-the-box rethink on the whole pizza delivery process.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #163 on: 18 Sep 2015, 12:31 »

Get it off her Hanners!!!

At least they'll be able to feed the entire Complex
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #164 on: 18 Sep 2015, 12:37 »

"Multiple Pizzas" is a great name for a stoner rock band.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #165 on: 18 Sep 2015, 12:51 »

"Stoner rock band" sounds like something out of the Flintstones.  :claireface:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #166 on: 18 Sep 2015, 18:04 »

Got the time for the Surgery on Monday.  Gotta be there by 07:00 on Monday morning for early Surgery.  According to the Nurse and the Doc, I should only be in till Tuesday - probably afternoon coming home - or Wednesday at the latest.

Got the Transport arranged, so I will have no troubles getting in.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #167 on: 18 Sep 2015, 19:32 »

The physics of this is annoying. Anything falling even from low earth orbit with no means of retardation would have a shed load of energy to spend.
Less than you think... depending on angle, by 5000 metres altitude it's slowed considerably, so impact velocity is about the same as if dropped from 5000m.

Depending on density and cross-section, that kind of shape might only hit at less than 60 km/h. If Jeph hasn't done research on it, he's guessed really well. Peak g-force might be 40g or so - 400 m/s-2.

The Genesis craft hit at 300 km/h, with a mass of 275kg and diameter of 1,5m, max decel 30g.  Assuming 15 kg mass, 1m diameter, 50 km/h is about right. Might be less. A 90kg mass with that cross-section hits at about 200 km/h.

Isn't there an XKCD "What If?" about this?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #168 on: 19 Sep 2015, 15:48 »

There is. And spoiler alert: it wouldn't work.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/28/
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #169 on: 19 Sep 2015, 16:39 »

There is. And spoiler alert: it wouldn't work.

https://what-if.xkcd.com/28/
Way to not make a fair comparison; you're taking an article based around a naked steak being dropped uncontrolled and extrapolating to a pizza in its own little oven/aeroshell combo.
Like I said, the hard part is letting through enough heat to cook it but not enough to destroy it and most of that would be because of the ridiculous variety of potential routes the thing has to take; anything from straight down twenty miles to a nice long 3000km cruise depending on the relative positions of Station and the Byooo-box.

Well, OK, second hardest part, after "get funding for orbital pizza delivery project (est $3bn)”
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #170 on: 20 Sep 2015, 12:11 »

Well!  That was a bust!!!

I got bumped for an emergency, which is always a possibility with Elective Surgery.   Oh well, at least I can have some Brekkie now and see about rearanging the Op.   At this rate, I think it'll be in the New Year now.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #171 on: 20 Sep 2015, 13:25 »

Good luck in any event!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3046-3050 (14th to 18th September 2015)
« Reply #172 on: 21 Sep 2015, 14:12 »

Thanks

I'm sanguine with it, knew it was a possibility, so there we are.
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