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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #100 on: 16 Dec 2015, 19:55 »

"Baltazar & Bleminda" appears on must-read book lists -- It's by José Saramago, a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. Emily is -very- well read!
Wait -- it seems to be a typo for "Baltasar and Blimunda"...
Aww poop...
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #101 on: 16 Dec 2015, 21:14 »

Anyone else suspect Emily won't be an employee for very long?
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #102 on: 16 Dec 2015, 21:18 »

Not at all.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #103 on: 16 Dec 2015, 22:54 »

I think she's doing better than Cosette on her first day.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #104 on: 16 Dec 2015, 23:02 »

being mean does not come naturally to emily, but she's trying
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #105 on: 17 Dec 2015, 00:18 »

I like the "Bioware trash" shirt that lady is wearing, with the plaid. Is it a subtle reference to his new home? A random style choice? An reference to an obscure  band from Halifax that makes subtle social commentary on the issue of "brain drain" from the maritimes to the central and western provinces? I want to know!

I take it your using AdBlock. Turn it off for a second and realize how the nerdy parts of the web are filled with ads for the Bioware apparel store.

... Or maybe Jeph and I just get similar results on our secret internet advertising profiles.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #106 on: 17 Dec 2015, 02:18 »

COMIC

Either "Coffee so strong I had to file for a restraining order" or it's the first time Emily has coffee. Either way, that's pretty close to my reaction on my first Red Bull.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #107 on: 17 Dec 2015, 02:52 »

I would find it difficult to believe that a grad student has never had coffee, but I could believe that Emily rarely has coffee and has never had any this strong.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #108 on: 17 Dec 2015, 03:01 »

Emily is naturally very energetic, she might not have coffee to keep herself awake. With that in mind, she might have taken up different beverages for idle periods.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #109 on: 17 Dec 2015, 03:04 »

Definitely glad that Jeph went back to drawing Hanners sans-lips. Despite the different style in the eyes, she looks much more like herself than she has done the past couple of days.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #110 on: 17 Dec 2015, 03:13 »

Man I am enjoying this arc! Hazing of new employees; the Bathroom Of Post Caffeine Doom, taking out the trash, and now the newest instrument instrument of torture; innocent instructions by Hanners, leading to all kinds of unexpected mayham!
And a fond welcome back to Hanners with less lip!
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #111 on: 17 Dec 2015, 03:25 »

I would find it difficult to believe that a grad student has never had coffee, but I could believe that Emily rarely has coffee and has never had any this strong.
Since Emily is of Japanese descent, she may well have only had tea at home. Though come to think of it, when she and her parents had a meal together, they seem to be eating Western-style food with knives & forks.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #112 on: 17 Dec 2015, 04:22 »

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #113 on: 17 Dec 2015, 04:43 »

More like "The sleeper is bouncing off the walls and vacuuming the same 3 square feet of carpet for 5 hours"
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #114 on: 17 Dec 2015, 04:45 »

Definitely glad that Jeph went back to drawing Hanners sans-lips. Despite the different style in the eyes, she looks much more like herself than she has done the past couple of days.
Man, this forum shows how much I miss. I honestly didn't notice the lips or the removal of them until people mentioned them here.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #115 on: 17 Dec 2015, 05:36 »

More like "The sleeper is bouncing off the walls and vacuuming the same 3 square feet of carpet for 5 hours"
That's why Hanners knows this was a mistake. Vacuuming the same carpet for 5 hours is her job.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #116 on: 17 Dec 2015, 05:38 »

Well, it looks like Emily's training has progressed to the point where Dora can have a low degree of confidence that she won't accidentally poison a customer. Unlike Faye, there is a high degree of confidence that she won't deliberately poison a customer!

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Drink Espresso and see the future!!!  :-P :-P :-P
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #117 on: 17 Dec 2015, 05:50 »

Emily is naturally very energetic, she might not have coffee to keep herself awake. With that in mind, she might have taken up different beverages for idle periods.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #118 on: 17 Dec 2015, 07:47 »

Oh dear.. This can't be good.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #119 on: 17 Dec 2015, 10:13 »

My new Minecraft persona is going to be "Bleminda". What? It's taken already??
That name is not found on ANY servers on Warcraft.
Unfortunately there are 199 with the name Baltazar.

Either "Coffee so strong I had to file for a restraining order" or it's the first time Emily has coffee.
Well, the basement does need the arachnids removed before the roasting training can progress and Emily is the one most likely to move them to new accommodations without loss of limb. Human or Spider.
Down side would be that she may end up naming each and every one of them or train them to weave in colloquial Klingon..
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #120 on: 17 Dec 2015, 11:36 »

Quote from: Jeph
"I'm going back to drawing hanners without lips because it just looks weird to me now"

Jippie!  :laugh:

I´m happy. Hanners new design looked weirder than in the old strips. Maybe because of the upper lip or maybe the lips were thinner than before. Especially yesterday.
Funny thing is, this is only with Hanners. Emily looks very good with lips. Different, but good.

For the last panel: I love it when Jeph play with Photoshop (or Manga Studio). The triple overlay is great. Looks like Emily is about to go to Warp 7 any second.  :-D

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #121 on: 17 Dec 2015, 11:57 »

Emily is moving at the speed of coffee, last observed in fiction when Philip J. Fry drank 100 coffee cups. During that state, as seen on that Futurama episode, it's not so much that your speed increases but rather the time slows dramatically, which not only allows for everything you do to be done faster in the eyes of people not inflicted with the "made of coffee" state but also to be infinitely aware of your surroundings (hence the statement "I CAN SEE FOREVER" that Emily utters).
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #122 on: 17 Dec 2015, 12:35 »

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #123 on: 17 Dec 2015, 13:36 »

It must be a clear day...
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #124 on: 17 Dec 2015, 13:41 »

It is caffeine alone that sets my mind in motion.
It is by the Juice of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a sign, the sign becomes a warning.
It is caffeine alone that sets my mind in motion.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #125 on: 17 Dec 2015, 18:21 »

Prediction:  Emily turns into a Salamander, Jeph realizes that was a mistake, and we never talk about it again.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #126 on: 17 Dec 2015, 19:12 »

Prediction:  Emily turns into a Salamander, Jeph realizes that was a mistake, and we never talk about it again.

In that case, they can use her for toasting sandwiches.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #127 on: 17 Dec 2015, 19:21 »

Oh dear.. This can't be good.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #128 on: 17 Dec 2015, 20:55 »

Emily has just had her first expresso shot. Thus begins the Apocalypse.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #129 on: 17 Dec 2015, 21:04 »

I suppose it could have been worse, Emily could have channeled the dark speech of some eldritch being.  It's been done before.

Just makes me think of the scene in Over The Hedge or whatever the animated movie where the hyperactive squirrel character ended up drinking enough coffee and suddenly the rest of the world was moving in slow motion.

Prediction:  Emily turns into a Salamander, Jeph realizes that was a mistake, and we never talk about it again.
Warp 10?  Nah, never been done.  :roll:

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #130 on: 17 Dec 2015, 21:24 »

Emily has just had her first espresso shot. Thus begins the Apocalypse.
Only if she shares with Pintsize.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #131 on: 17 Dec 2015, 21:56 »

Prediction:  Emily turns into a Salamander, Jeph realizes that was a mistake, and we never talk about it again.

I was going to say I've seen this episode but that episode

NEVER.

HAPPENED.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #132 on: 17 Dec 2015, 22:11 »

Prediction:  Emily turns into a Salamander, Jeph realizes that was a mistake, and we never talk about it again.

I was going to say I've seen this episode but that episode

NEVER.

HAPPENED.

You know, until the salamander thing, I actually really liked that episode?  Then the salamander thing, and the entire thing was erased from canon, existence, and the writer went on the Permanent Sideeye List.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #133 on: 17 Dec 2015, 22:53 »

I think I'm missing the reference.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #134 on: 18 Dec 2015, 01:54 »

There are so many little things this comic says about Dora and Hannelore that I don't particularly like.

Yes. I am overthinking this again. But you probably are too. That's why we're here, right?

Hannelore never felt comfortable enough to tell Dora about how hard her first few days were. Faye addressed this well; "It'll never get easier. You either get better or get fired" At the time.[1]. But none of the other employees felt comfortable telling her? The supposedly micromanaging Dora never figured it out? We're starting to border on willful ignorance.

Blah blah blah overanalysing blah.

However, the other thing that makes me more uncomfortable is that so far Emily seemed to be doing a lot better on her first day then any of the other recent hires[2] and they didn't get trashed so hard by management. Dora's immediate response to how hard she crashed on coffee was "So she sucks at this?". Why? Did it follow on from the customer service story? That wouldn't have been the worst customer service Coffee of Doom had that hour, let alone day, let alone week! And again, Faye was comparatively lenient. Emily was doing fine until Hannelore suggested she drink the shot. Like, we can't even say this was bad decision making on Emily's part!

Any argument replying to this with the words "Someone who can't handle coffee shouldn't work in a coffee shop" will immediately met with; "And yet the recovering alcoholic worked in with bourbon under the counter?" Unless Emily voluntarily starts abusing caffeine highs, this whole strip just hits me wrong. Maybe if we'd seen Emily fuck up harder than her supposed customer service incident?

On something I did like: Dora's lips worked. Hannelore's lack of lips worked. The dichotomy was subtle but really helped make the two characters distinctive from each other. I agree with this art decision.

[1] Well relative to the Pugnacious Peach, I s'pose. Though admittedly good advice to those suffering from depression?

[2] With the notable exception of Dale
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #135 on: 18 Dec 2015, 01:59 »

This... will not end well.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #136 on: 18 Dec 2015, 02:04 »

The fourth entry on this list explains the salamander thing. I've never watched Voyager and had no idea what to expect when googling "salamander episode never speak of this"  :psyduck:

I had no idea either, but I never could stand to watch much of Voyager.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #137 on: 18 Dec 2015, 02:13 »

This is an impression of Dora that I got from the earliest CoD-based strips, specifically when she was dragging her feet over hiring Penny... or anyone else (I seem to recall that Faye basically had to force her to take action). Coffee of Doom is her independence and a central part of her sense of self-identity. She isn't happy with anyone else being involved in any way. She certainly isn't happy with anyone being in a decision-making position there. She tolerated Faye and Raven but I really got the impression that there were days when she wasn't happy when she had to share the place with anyone else.

Basically, Coffee of Doom is Dora, to a certain extent; there are days and situations where no-one else is ever going to be unequivocally... welcome there, lest she may lose her complete control of this aspect of herself.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #138 on: 18 Dec 2015, 04:50 »

To be fair, neither Cosette nor Hanners spent at least three hours of their first day out of commission. For Emily to react that way on her first day does not bode well from a business sense.

But Dora isn't immediately letting Emily go, either. A lot of employers would, in this situation. Dora is giving Emily another day, training with someone who will have a completely different style of management than Hanners will. It should be interesting.

Another thought, Cosette and Hanners both made mistakes and such on their first day, but the mistakes were not huge. They also each showed that they at least had the social acumen to interact with people in a coffee shop. Emily does not seem to have that. Who knows, maybe Emily's fascinating new approach will bring in customers... More likely she will put customers off and other employees will constantly have to drop what they are doing to handle Emily.

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #139 on: 18 Dec 2015, 05:17 »

So Emily has a reaction that is completely out of her control and Dora gets pissed at her? If she drinks coffee again knowing this happens I could see getting frustrated but what the fuck, Dora?
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #140 on: 18 Dec 2015, 05:27 »

So Emily has a reaction that is completely out of her control and Dora gets pissed at her? If she drinks coffee again knowing this happens I could see getting frustrated but what the fuck, Dora?

Notice what she also said about Hannelore (to her face, by the way). As I've already posted above, CoD is both Dora's baby and a central part of her self-esteem and identity. I really think that she doesn't like sharing it with anyone. So, there is always a little subconscious bitterness and resentment at new faces taking a little bit of that one thing that is uniquely and absolutely Dora's place, even in such a benign way.

The girl has a dump-truck full of issues, quite frankly.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #141 on: 18 Dec 2015, 08:23 »

I'm thinking that Dora's reaction is less about Emily and more about Dora's tendency to assume the worst. She expects everything to blow up in her face all the time, so on hearing that Emily had a reaction to caffine and was high strung here reaction was 'Well, this idea sucked again.'  I'm... somewhat familiar with the feeling that no matter what you do, it's going to fail and how you can over-react to the least of setbacks, or automatically jump to the worst conclusion. Trust me, if that last one was an Olympic event... I would probably fail at it and break my leg in the process.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #142 on: 18 Dec 2015, 08:51 »

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #143 on: 18 Dec 2015, 09:13 »

The fourth entry on this list explains the salamander thing. I've never watched Voyager and had no idea what to expect when googling "salamander episode never speak of this"  :psyduck:

I had no idea either, but I never could stand to watch much of Voyager.
I thought I'd seen all the episodes of Voyager, but I don't remember that one.

I don't think I'm going to run to watch it, either.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #144 on: 18 Dec 2015, 10:50 »

The salamander episode was a bad episode even by the standards of Voyager. You're lucky to have missed it.

Now, if only Voyager had done "A Year of Hell" as a season-long arc as originally intended, instead of just a two-part episode with an it-never-happened reset at the end... but that's a conversation for another thread.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #145 on: 18 Dec 2015, 12:13 »

So next week we'll see Penelope training Emily. Watching that unfold will probably be a lot like watching a horrible auto accident - you don't want to look, but can't turn away. Only hopefully funnier - Jeph could make a week's worth of strips out of that, each ending with poor Penny pulling more of her hair out. The girl may end up bald by next Friday (or Thursday, if Jeph decides to take the Christmas off).

Someone may lose their job in the fallout, though. Penny may quit out of sheer frustration ("If this is what training new employees is gonna be like, I'm outta here!!!"), or Emily may be fired based on Penny's report to Dora.



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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #146 on: 18 Dec 2015, 12:20 »

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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #147 on: 18 Dec 2015, 12:46 »

I still think Emily will fit in.  She's the kind of personality that suits CoD once she gets over her overenthusiasm and the fact she's never had an Espresso before.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #148 on: 18 Dec 2015, 16:31 »

The fourth entry on this list explains the salamander thing. I've never watched Voyager and had no idea what to expect when googling "salamander episode never speak of this"  :psyduck:

I had no idea either, but I never could stand to watch much of Voyager.
I thought I'd seen all the episodes of Voyager, but I don't remember that one.

I don't think I'm going to run to watch it, either.

http://sfdebris.com/videos/startrek/v832.php

honestly, any time star trek brings up the theory of evolution, you're in for a bad time.
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Re: WCDT 14th - 18th December 2015 (Strips 3111-3115)
« Reply #149 on: 18 Dec 2015, 18:13 »

honestly, any time star trek brings up the theory of evolution, you're in for a bad time.
Pretty much anything directly science or engineering related the new Treks somehow gets it all wrong.
The writers don't talk to or just ignore science for the story THEY want to tell and to hell with continuity or consistency.

I think thats why Bab5 or even Captain Power was much better story wise.
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