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What will Bubbles do now?

Open her own AI chassis repair shop
Start campaigning for more AI rights
Run an AI counselling service
Work at Coffee of Doom as Special Tea Advice
Eventually feel comfortable enough among humans to stop wearing her armour
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #150 on: 16 Feb 2017, 21:38 »



Honour and Integrity were the only things Bubbles had left at one time. Now she has other things she values too, but those two remain.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #151 on: 16 Feb 2017, 21:46 »

I came in here tonight, after reading the new strip, with only one question to pose to the forum, and then I see that it's one of the options in the weekly survey.

So, I give my question voice.

When do you think we'll get to see Bubbles out of her armor?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #152 on: 16 Feb 2017, 22:03 »

Seeing as how Bubbles doesn't have to keep her criminal past a secret I'm going to assume that the raccoon was just a raccoon and not an unfortunate AI inspector. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #153 on: 16 Feb 2017, 23:17 »

I can't help but read Bubbles' body language in panel 5 of today's strip to indicate that she feels a deep and profound personal guilt about that raccoon. This is one of the lives ever on her conscience! Given the horror that she once experienced in the ceiling void of Coffee of Doom, I suspect that Faye doesn't empathise - To her it's more a case of 'good riddance' and 'thank god I didn't have to cart that thing out into the trash!'!

There's been very little comment on the spare CreepyBot bodies that are racked in the closet, like Borgs in their regeneration pods. Apparently they're being supplied in some way from overhead tanks. What's the stuff in the tanks for, and why don't the CBs need it when they're out and about?

My guess is that they are at least semi-organic in nature and those glass boxes are spawning vats where the organic sheath is 'grown' (more like a fungus than anything else). Self-replication is part of the Singularity, so it makes sense that Spookybot (I'm sticking with this name for now) would make their own chassis/avatars, given that they are basically being used in narrative terms as an indicator of the Singularity - the AI that is beyond human control and possibly even human undersanding.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #154 on: 17 Feb 2017, 01:28 »

No foul. Raccoons, cute as they are, are nasty little critters.

But, damn. No Jeremy until next week.
Fun fact: Both the German and Japanese words for 'raccoon' loosely translate to English as "wash bear".

The fact is not so fun, because it's the same in nearly every language, including Latin. :-P Though the French call it "washer rat" because everything is a rat in France.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #155 on: 17 Feb 2017, 01:41 »

Fun fact: Both the German and Japanese words for 'raccoon' loosely translate to English as "wash bear".
It's the same in Chinese, but it isn't really a translation as such. The two characters in 浣熊 (hunxing) can be read, in isolation, as meaning, among other things, "wash bear", but reading like that is why machine translation of Chinese is not very good. I've written before about how Chinese characters are not isolated "bricks" of meaning, but are more like syllables in words.

The Spookybot "home" has a number of interesting features. The first is that it exists as a physical space with dogs in it. Then there's the trophy-cabinet(?) at the back, with mysterious body-parts(?) floating in large jars. And what about the musket? Did they encounter Predator aliens, and were given it as a prize, like Danny Glover got a flintlock pistol at the end of the second movie?

Jeph keeps it classy with toilet humour. What? If it was good enough for Chaucer...

I can well imagine that Bubbles was "never forced to commit violence". One look at her would discourage the most pugnacious, I suspect. I sincerely hope Northampton is not turning into Raccoon City.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #156 on: 17 Feb 2017, 01:53 »

Wonder if there is any significance in there being 7 Creepybots in that scene.  There could be more, but 7 has a lot of religious significance.  Perhaps the seven deadly sins although they all seem to be the embodiment of pride. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #157 on: 17 Feb 2017, 02:01 »

Wonder if there is any significance in there being 7 Creepybots in that scene.  There could be more, but 7 has a lot of religious significance.  Perhaps the seven deadly sins although they all seem to be the embodiment of pride.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #158 on: 17 Feb 2017, 06:56 »

When do you think we'll get to see Bubbles out of her armor?

Bubbles' armour has a symbolic value as her defence against a world in which she doesn't feel emotionally safe on a very real level. It will take a long time and a lot of building her own self-confidence to get to the point where she can feel safe not wearing it in public.

However, I can see her taking off the heavy plate to clean it and, one day, I'm pretty sure she'll let Faye see her in mufti. Not necessarily 'nude' but in other clothing (maybe proving that a cardigan made of memory foam can look sexy on the right chassis).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #159 on: 17 Feb 2017, 07:12 »

... Poor racoon.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #160 on: 17 Feb 2017, 08:03 »

I wonder if the raccoon in 3420 was actually a raccoon or if it was a person.
I ask this because Bubbles also referred to the police officer in 3362 as a raccoon.

Thus she could be saying - I was chasing out a police officer and they climbed the power conditioning unit (in fear of being chased by Bubbles) and got fried.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #161 on: 17 Feb 2017, 08:25 »

I thought of this and immediately discounted it. A human or AI police officer would recognise a power transformer as a hazard when a raccoon would not. It is highly unlikely that a human or AI would accidentally climb onto something dangerous, no matter how threatening Bubbles looked.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #162 on: 17 Feb 2017, 08:32 »

As a friend of mine from southern Indiana (AKA northern Kentucky) used to say,

"Them's good eatin'!" 




Usually about roadkill, but the idea's the same.

I once had the pleasure of hanging out at a writer's conference with a lady who'd written a cookbook of South Carolina Gullah recipes. Her advice: "Never use no city coon."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #163 on: 17 Feb 2017, 10:16 »


Yeah. Those cute little ones grow up to be big nasty ones. If you'd ever had a couple of them get into your house and then create thousands of dollars' worth of damage (mostly to drywall), or had a pack of them attack a cat colony and rend a few kittens limb from limb...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #164 on: 17 Feb 2017, 10:58 »


Yeah. Those cute little ones grow up to be big nasty ones. If you'd ever had a couple of them get into your house and then create thousands of dollars' worth of damage (mostly to drywall), or had a pack of them attack a cat colony and rend a few kittens limb from limb...

They'll try and fuck up your dog too. By drowning if they're near water. They're vicious bastards.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #165 on: 17 Feb 2017, 13:20 »

They also make nice lookin' hats as well  :-D


I like the fact that Bubbles is comfortable enough and trusts Faye nough to actually be totally honses about her time under CW's thumb - even unto the Racoons electrification


It looks like they're a Hive Mind and Regenerate like a slightly less malevolent version of The Borg..
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #166 on: 17 Feb 2017, 20:58 »

Raccoons having brief and (often mutually) fatal encounters with power capacitors, transformers, etc is definitely a thing.
Opossums, too.
(Flash-frying a 'possum is, apparently, one of the few ways they can be even more disgusting.)
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« Reply #167 on: 17 Feb 2017, 22:33 »

That reminds me I had to get rid of a dead possum this past year. It was not a fun job.
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« Reply #168 on: 18 Feb 2017, 00:45 »



Brushtail possum. We have a family of them living in our roof. The cats have come to an accommodation with them, live and let live. They're about the same size as a large cat, mainly eat leaves, but are omnivores, and keep pests down. Seriously good at climbing trees.

Any rotten fruit gets left out for them, or if we put it out late, we hand feed them. They like sunflower seeds too. Bananas are their favourite, they peel them quite dextrously.
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« Reply #169 on: 18 Feb 2017, 07:50 »

That reminds me I had to get rid of a dead possum this past year. It was not a fun job.

I've had to dispose of three. Damn dog keeps bringing them home. And that's just the three that were actually dead, not the two that eventually revived and walked away once I got the dog away from them. Yes, "playing possum" is a real thing.
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« Reply #170 on: 18 Feb 2017, 14:25 »

Possums are an introduced pest here.  We've been trying to eliminate them here for decadesa after some bright spark introduced them for a fur trade 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #171 on: 18 Feb 2017, 15:13 »

Mind you, there's a difference between possums and opossums.

Americans calling something a "possum" are talking about opossums.

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« Reply #172 on: 18 Feb 2017, 15:21 »

Yupp, that's the thing I had to get rid of, for sure.
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« Reply #173 on: 18 Feb 2017, 20:53 »

No foul. Raccoons, cute as they are, are nasty little critters.

But, damn. No Jeremy until next week.
Fun fact: Both the German and Japanese words for 'raccoon' loosely translate to English as "wash bear".
The fact is not so fun, because it's the same in nearly every language, including Latin. :-P Though the French call it "washer rat" because everything is a rat in France.

That's actually also true of American English

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"The word "raccoon" was adopted into English from the native Powhatan term, as used in the Virginia Colony. It was recorded on Captain John Smith's list of Powhatan words as aroughcun, and on that of William Strachey as arathkone.[10] It has also been identified as a Proto-Algonquian root *ahrah-koon-em, meaning "[the] one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands"" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon


As to German Animal names: Germans use the Leonard of Quirm approach to coming up with names for stuff (*), and animal names are no exception. Here's a handy flowchart:

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Car -> Kraftfahrzeug = Power-drive-gear
Submarine - > Unterseeboot = Under-ocean-boat
Garage -> Kraftfahrzeugeinstellplatz = Power-drive-gear-put-into-place (or 'Garage', because ... well, because!)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #174 on: 19 Feb 2017, 04:41 »


The only bar I could see Bubbles working security at would be "The Mended Drum" in another universe, and that would be more as a splatter (they throw harder).

Nah - she'd end up in the Watch. And what an opportunity for crossover fan fiction that would present!
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« Reply #175 on: 19 Feb 2017, 07:54 »

Fun fact: Both the German and Japanese words for 'raccoon' loosely translate to English as "wash bear".
It's the same in Chinese, but it isn't really a translation as such. The two characters in 浣熊 (hunxing) can be read, in isolation, as meaning, among other things, "wash bear", but reading like that is why machine translation of Chinese is not very good. I've written before about how Chinese characters are not isolated "bricks" of meaning, but are more like syllables in words.

Fair enough. I will defer to your expertise on the matter.

But it's the word parts I'm talking about. My own name literally breaks down into "law/judgement of God" but it translates to English as "God is my judge".

Though the French call it "washer rat" because everything is a rat in France.
And if it's not a rat, it's an apple.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #176 on: 19 Feb 2017, 08:07 »

Wonder if there is any significance in there being 7 Creepybots in that scene.  There could be more, but 7 has a lot of religious significance.  Perhaps the seven deadly sins although they all seem to be the embodiment of pride.
Seven can also be used to mean "enough".

Though, every number below 14 has one or more cultural meanings associated with it. Being significant in the various cultures of at least three major world religions, 7 has a few more attached to it than others.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3416 to 3420 (13th to 17th February 2017)
« Reply #177 on: 19 Feb 2017, 08:56 »


The only bar I could see Bubbles working security at would be "The Mended Drum" in another universe, and that would be more as a splatter (they throw harder).

Nah - she'd end up in the Watch. And what an opportunity for crossover fan fiction that would present!

I bet she and Constable Dorfl would get along famously.
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« Reply #178 on: 19 Feb 2017, 09:19 »

(large German animal thing)
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« Reply #179 on: 19 Feb 2017, 12:32 »


The only bar I could see Bubbles working security at would be "The Mended Drum" in another universe, and that would be more as a splatter (they throw harder).

Nah - she'd end up in the Watch. And what an opportunity for crossover fan fiction that would present!

I bet she and Constable Dorfl would get along famously.

I'dve thought she'd be more suited to work at Arisugawa's Locket.
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« Reply #180 on: 19 Feb 2017, 18:45 »

Tempting, but will wait until it goes canon. Or at least canon-ish...  :-D
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