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Marigold. Foot. Mouth. Extraction method?

She realizes she made a mistake and apologizes.
- 1 (1.9%)
She buries her head under the covers until Momo forces her to apologize.
- 18 (34.6%)
She runs off and joins Hanners on her quest for self-fulfillment.
- 2 (3.8%)
She stubbornly refuses to acknowledge she screwed up, shoe-leather-aftertaste be damned!
- 15 (28.8%)
Purple Monkey Dishwashers.
- 7 (13.5%)
Spathe Ham.
- 4 (7.7%)
Something else.
- 5 (9.6%)

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #50 on: 19 Feb 2018, 14:43 »

I can sympathize with Dale to a point, but heís been with Marigold long enough to of her insecurities.  He really shouldíve exercised more tact.
But he's an ubernerd - he doesn't know how.

I've been in Dale's shoes more that a couple times myself.  People who are born understanding The Rules can't understand how they'er not obvious to everyone, and they'll punish the nerd for not having their in-born understanding.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #51 on: 19 Feb 2018, 16:03 »

I don't know, I think I'm almost completely on Dale's side here - while both sides need to apologize, his side is a simpler one apologizing for clumsiness, whereas Marigold should be apologizing for what amounts to unconscious malice.

Dale tried to address Marigold's current upset in a very clumsy and ineffective way, once he'd realized what said upset actually was. He definitely needs to apologize for his bad phrasing, after figuring out how to properly say 'but she's not my girlfriend who I love, and you are'. And, you know, saying it.

Marigold saw Dale thoroughly platonically interacting with another human being in a friendly way and immediately leaped to 'incipient jealous rage.' To me, this is much, much worse because I can see it becoming some very controlling and problematic behavior if not checked somehow, in the realm of controlling who Dale is allowed to see or speak to. Also the lack of trust her reaction betrays ('Of COURSE he's been lying to me and just waiting to throw me over for a relative stranger') seems like a fundamental issue.  Marigold has just shown, to me at least, that she has zero trust in Dale, has never had any trust in him, and doesn't appear interested in developing any.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #52 on: 19 Feb 2018, 16:25 »

Welcome, new person!

I am completely on both of their sides. I hope Dale will get better at communicating what he feels, and that Marigold develops some more self-confidence and trust in the relationship. It's reasonable that the latter will take some time to develop. I wouldn't say she's uninterested in developing trust. But trust isn't something you can just flick on like a switch, especially if you're feeling vulnerable. Trust is earned over time.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #53 on: 19 Feb 2018, 16:35 »

I wouldn't even consider it emotionally illiterate. I also wouldn't consider it "stupid and useless". We have no idea what his point was, or what he was about to say: She never let him finish talking.

I wouldn't have either. It's not like he's an evil person or anything but honestly, I get why Marigold was jealous and insecure.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #54 on: 19 Feb 2018, 16:42 »

I’ve already mentioned my hope for a “Momo to the rescue” strip in this arc, and it’s looking increasingly likely. But there’s also room for a “May to the rescue” moment as well.

Momo will sit Marigold down and explain to her in calm rational terms exactly how she’s being an idiot, because that’s how Momo rolls. Meanwhile May will hear Dale’s side of the story and say “You said what? You fucked up big time, dude. Better go apologize.” Because May really cares about Dale, in her own obnoxious vulgar way.

Sometimes an outside perspective is just what you need.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #55 on: 19 Feb 2018, 17:08 »

(also notice that he did air quotes around prettier

While my first reaction to all of this was "Dale, you are thick as pig****," combined with a healthy dose of "Marigold, CALM THE **** DOWN," the one thing I did want to raise is about the air quotes thing.

Sure, Dale may have been intending to turn the phrase at that point, and the air quote was supposed to help him with that, but (barring a particular reason why they might not be capable) even the most oblivious nerd should be intuitively aware that hand gestures that cannot be seen cannot be interpreted, and Marigold's back was to him. If he's going to say something that requires some sort of gesture, he needs to either get in front of Marigold or find some other way to say it.

I'm just hoping that this proves to be relatively easy for them to get over, mainly because jealous insecurity already ended Marten and Dora's relationship, and I'd be more interested in seeing the strip explore new territory rather than mining old ground again.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #56 on: 19 Feb 2018, 18:35 »

(also notice that he did air quotes around prettier

While my first reaction to all of this was "Dale, you are thick as pig****," combined with a healthy dose of "Marigold, CALM THE **** DOWN," the one thing I did want to raise is about the air quotes thing.

Sure, Dale may have been intending to turn the phrase at that point, and the air quote was supposed to help him with that, but (barring a particular reason why they might not be capable) even the most oblivious nerd should be intuitively aware that hand gestures that cannot be seen cannot be interpreted, and Marigold's back was to him. If he's going to say something that requires some sort of gesture, he needs to either get in front of Marigold or find some other way to say it.

I'm just hoping that this proves to be relatively easy for them to get over, mainly because jealous insecurity already ended Marten and Dora's relationship, and I'd be more interested in seeing the strip explore new territory rather than mining old ground again.

Don't most people enunciate air quotes though? Not in a 'quote unquote' way, but like, saying it in a slightly deeper, not-quite-sarcastic voice?

I'm not saying Marigold would necessarily pick up on that either, but it's not like it's a silent punctuation.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #57 on: 19 Feb 2018, 19:28 »

Marbear needs an intervention  :psyduck:
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #58 on: 19 Feb 2018, 21:04 »

COMIC

And it's a Maytervention! And her expression in panel 3 alone was worth the price of admission.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #59 on: 19 Feb 2018, 21:08 »

"Hey, assfuck."  Was Faye's vocabulary downloaded into May at the AI creche?

Poor Dale wants so badly to do it right.  Come on Universe, give the bugger a break.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #60 on: 19 Feb 2018, 21:30 »

If they had offered one I'd have taken it!

God, I love Dale.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #61 on: 19 Feb 2018, 21:46 »

So is Fighter Jet Weekly porn for May?
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #62 on: 19 Feb 2018, 22:08 »

So is Fighter Jet Weekly porn for May?

I was about to say "If it was, I doubt she'd be reading it where anybody could walk in." and then I remembered that it's May we're talking about, she absolutely would be reading it where anybody could walk in.

But mostly I think she's just daydreaming. One day she might actually get to be a fighter jet like she's always wanted to be.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #63 on: 19 Feb 2018, 22:29 »

So, basically, yeah.  8-)

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #64 on: 19 Feb 2018, 22:57 »

Same here, Dale.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #65 on: 19 Feb 2018, 23:20 »

I'm pretty sure that everyone (and I mean everyone) would have taken a 'how to relationship' class if it existed and was actually worth a damn. As one or both of those criteria are never met, I'm thinking that this is simply something that you can't teach. Dale, like the rest of us, is going to have to muddle through this with the occasional blow to the head from a clue-hammer wielded by his friends.

Now, I want to talk about May's recreational reading: It's interesting to see Jeph recall that May really doesn't want to be humanoid at all. She wants to be a fighter jet and she still keeps up with what I presume is a high-performance aviation lifestyle magazine. Obviously, AIs attempting to embezzle to get a fighter drone chassis is a significant problem, given the PSA on the back page: "Don't do crime to be a plane!" It's clearly a lesson that May had to learn the hard way!

Who'd like to see May become a 'plane, maybe something like a Quinjet from the MCU, and still try to keep up with her friends?
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #66 on: 19 Feb 2018, 23:28 »

I voted "something else" in the poll because - where are the options about Dale?
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #67 on: 20 Feb 2018, 00:00 »

Let's be honest here:
Marigold is thinking and behaving irrationally.  (She is.  Humans do that a lot.)
Dale needs to be more aware of the times and ways in which his partner is not rational, and figure out responses which take that into account.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #68 on: 20 Feb 2018, 01:08 »

When speaking with an upset woman, less is more. I try to keep it to 3 words or fewer.
    • I'm wrong.
    • You're right (insert absolutely if you are in deep).
    • I'm sorry.
    • I love you.
    • Yes, Dear.

    In dire times, you can string them together, but no more than 3.

    Like, "Yes dear, you're right, I am sorry."

This isn't a warning or anything, but we don't do the whole 'women drive a car like this, men drive a car like this' nonsense on this forum.

Women and men and everyone in between are all people, with their own thoughts, opinions, values and behaviours.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #69 on: 20 Feb 2018, 02:27 »

Dale REALLY needed a Momo intervention.

He got May.

Poor Dale.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #70 on: 20 Feb 2018, 03:59 »

Dale REALLY needed a Momo intervention.

He got May.

Poor Dale.

Funny thing, May is exactly the person Dale needed to talk to. Momo can offer the gently gently approach with Marigold because that's what works with her. May is more straight forward in her approach because that's what will work best with Dale.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #71 on: 20 Feb 2018, 04:40 »

It'd be great if there were actually a class on dating [that isn't  taught by a sleazeball].

The closest such class I can think of would be Marriage and Family, which I took in ESU's sociology department.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #72 on: 20 Feb 2018, 04:43 »

Classes on relationships would be great, but I feel somehow that there are some things that can't be grokked until you've been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #73 on: 20 Feb 2018, 04:45 »

I think a class on dating would have to be so general that it wouldn't be that useful all in all.

Everyone is different and you need to treat them in different ways.

About the only thing I think is universal is teaching consent (which, to be honest, we could use a class on mandatory for teenagers).
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #74 on: 20 Feb 2018, 04:53 »

Classes on relationships would be great, but I feel somehow that there are some things that can't be grokked until you've been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it.

I realize that this is irrelevant to the conversation, but I love that you used grokked. It's such a wonderful word and it's so rarely used.
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« Reply #75 on: 20 Feb 2018, 04:58 »

I'm pretty sure that everyone (and I mean everyone) would have taken a 'how to relationship' class if it existed and was actually worth a damn. As one or both of those criteria are never met, I'm thinking that this is simply something that you can't teach.

I think you can teach parts of it.

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Now, I want to talk about May's recreational reading: It's interesting to see Jeph recall that May really doesn't want to be humanoid at all. She wants to be a fighter jet and she still keeps up with what I presume is a high-performance aviation lifestyle magazine. Obviously, AIs attempting to embezzle to get a fighter drone chassis is a significant problem, given the PSA on the back page: "Don't do crime to be a plane!" It's clearly a lesson that May had to learn the hard way!
The magazine being called "Fighter Jet Monthly"  says to me that its target audience is AIs who are fighter jets.

What does an AI need with a magazine? :D

I mean, can't AIs just slurp the stuff into their brains via the 'net?

It's like Star Trek Voyager's "Doctor" operating one of the computer consoles and using PADDs. He is the ship's computer, isn't he?

n.b.: Why would a magazine aimed at fighter jet AIs have that PSA on the back? Well, apparently, in the QCverse as in ours, magazine publishers know that for most special-interest  magazines, their readership is largely about wish fulfillment.

(The leading general aviation magazine in the US, Flying, has about ten times as many subscribers as there are private pilots in the US. Most readers of Playboy are middle-aged and/or relentlessly single. The vast majority of readers of the likes of Stereophile own equipment far cheaper than what that magazine commonly reviews. etc., etc. If you aim your magazine only at those who are already doing what your articles are about you severely limit your audience.)

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Who'd like to see May become a 'plane, maybe something like a Quinjet from the MCU, and still try to keep up with her friends?
Maybe eventually, sure, why not?

If she had money she could probably have the experience temporarily. Just as there are "air combat joyride" companies today (see e.g. Air Combat USA), I'd think the QCverse would have places that would let an AI temporarily "move into" a fighter jet - one without live ammunition, of course, and with strict override controls in place.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #76 on: 20 Feb 2018, 05:06 »

Now, I want to talk about May's recreational reading: It's interesting to see Jeph recall that May really doesn't want to be humanoid at all. She wants to be a fighter jet and she still keeps up with what I presume is a high-performance aviation lifestyle magazine. Obviously, AIs attempting to embezzle to get a fighter drone chassis is a significant problem, given the PSA on the back page: "Don't do crime to be a plane!" It's clearly a lesson that May had to learn the hard way!

The magazine being called "Fighter Jet Monthly"  says to me that its target audience is AIs who are fighter jets.

What does an AI need with a magazine? :D

I mean, can't AIs just slurp the stuff into their brains via the 'net?

They can but several synthetics in the strip have said that there is a qualitative difference in reading compared to downloading information directly into their memory. Something to do with actually processing data as it is relayed to the short-term memory buffer via the senses.

It's like Star Trek Voyager's "Doctor" operating one of the computer consoles and using PADDs. He is the ship's computer, isn't he?

Actually he's a simulation being run by a sub-service of  the main computer. I suspect that, like QC synthetics, the Doctor was programmed to simulate human-like behaviours to reassure them. With time, his intelligence algorithm became advanced enough to have preferences and came to enjoy the sensations of manual input.

n.b.: Why would a magazine aimed at fighter jet AIs have that PSA on the back? Well, apparently, in the QCverse as in ours, magazine publishers know that for most special-interest  magazines, their readership is largely about wish fulfilment.

Precisely and that is the reason for the PSA: Synthetics who want to be 'planes may succumb to temptation so such a magazine is just the right place to remind wannabes that there are methods that are best not used to fulfil one's dreams.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #77 on: 20 Feb 2018, 05:34 »

So is Fighter Jet Weekly porn for May?

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #78 on: 20 Feb 2018, 06:11 »

Oh man, I'd  so have taken dating classes when I was younger.  It's too late now.  I'm so old now that women call me  "sir" when they interact with me.

There's a FAQ somewhere?
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« Reply #79 on: 20 Feb 2018, 06:44 »

Again, why the difference between a male friend and a female friend? I get not having enough time to spend with both friends and your SO, that is perfectly understandable, what I don't get it why it matters what the gender of the friend you do spend with is.

If the gender of the other friend is the same of  those to which you are normally sexually attracted, a sufficiently insecure personality may conclude that you are spending more time with them because you would prefer them as your SO than your current SO. Basically, they are a potential sexual rival, a serious instinctive red-flag in people of a monogamous type.

Typically if the other friend is of any other gender then the sense of a potential threat to the relationship is at least of a different nature, if not eliminated altogether.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #80 on: 20 Feb 2018, 06:50 »

Dale: "I was just being honest."

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« Reply #81 on: 20 Feb 2018, 06:56 »

Dale: "I was just being honest."

Rant warning.

Being honest consists of not lying. It does not consist of saying anything that comes into your head that happens to be true.

End rant warning.

When you are put in a situation in which your options are to respond with honesty, avoid the topic, or lie outright, an argument could be made that avoiding the topic could be considered lying by omission.

I mean, it is entirely possible to be deceptive without actually saying anything false.

I honestly feel as though people are treating it like Dale brought this up unprovoked, rather than being put in an incredibly tricky situation that was in no way his fault.
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« Reply #82 on: 20 Feb 2018, 07:36 »


When you are put in a situation in which your options are to respond with honesty, avoid the topic, or lie outright, an argument could be made that avoiding the topic could be considered lying by omission.

I mean, it is entirely possible to be deceptive without actually saying anything false.

I honestly feel as though people are treating it like Dale brought this up unprovoked, rather than being put in an incredibly tricky situation that was in no way his fault.

Again, responding with honesty is not saying the first true thing that comes into your head. Any meaningful utterance not a lie is honest. You can respond honestly to what is troubling the person rather than to what they say. You can say only the part of what is true that will be of use to them. You can speak kindly, courteously, persuasively, comfortingly, and lovingly. It is a huge language, and most of it is built, not for making true statements, but for primate grooming behavior. You can use the tool for what it's built to do while remaining honest.

Dale is in a tricky situation, but there is nothing incredible about it. All affection is irrational, because it is emotion, not conclusions made on the basis of argument and evidence. Marigold has an irrational affection for Dale, and is suffering irrational fear as a result. This is not incredible, pathological, or in the slightest bit uncommon. It is part and parcel of an irrational belief that he is important, that how he feels about her is important, that it would be terrible if he went away, and that he is a great treasure that needs somehow to be protected and guarded. The problem is not that she is irrational, but that she is scared. There are ways to comfort fear. Saying the first true thing that comes into your head is not one of them.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #83 on: 20 Feb 2018, 07:49 »

Nattering on endlessly, helplessly, interminably, for the love of God stop me before I natter again.

We are going to get to watch a robot advise a human on the tender passion. I think that should be a high-level Turing test. If an AI can figure out what is going on with your sweetie better than you can, it counts as a person.
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« Reply #84 on: 20 Feb 2018, 07:51 »

Look back a way and you'll realise that May has been advising Dale and Marigold (as well as acting as a mediator and wielding the clue-hammer on occasion) almost from the start of their relationship. It would be nice if Momo could acknowledge her help at some point!
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #85 on: 20 Feb 2018, 09:30 »

I wonder if big AIs are watching May, and if she will get to be a fighter jet someday because she has learned enough empathy to gain impulse control. I wonder how she will feel about killing people then.

I guess the happy ending would be that by that point all the other war machines were robots with essentially indestructible brain cases too, and war had become largely the sort of thing going on at the robot fights.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #86 on: 20 Feb 2018, 10:45 »

So is Fighter Jet Weekly porn for May?

Yes

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DUDE! A little warning about that porn!
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #87 on: 20 Feb 2018, 11:17 »

So is Fighter Jet Weekly porn for May?

Yes

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DUDE! A little warning about that porn!

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #88 on: 20 Feb 2018, 11:44 »

You know who I actually feel the worst for in this situation though. Emily. She seems like the type who would feel pretty bad about being the impetus for a fight, even though it isn't like she did anything at all.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #89 on: 20 Feb 2018, 12:49 »

You know who I actually feel the worst for in this situation though. Emily. She seems like the type who would feel pretty bad about being the impetus for a fight, even though it isn't like she did anything at all.

Was thinking this myself - I'd be curious to know what her thoughts are on the situation.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #90 on: 20 Feb 2018, 14:22 »

The thing that shot him in the foot was the air quotes prettier thing....

Dale there's honest, then there's telling your insecure girlfriend that your coworker is prettier than her.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #91 on: 20 Feb 2018, 17:09 »

I wonder if Marigold will run into Momo and get advice from that front.  Hopefully we get a rehash of this strip except Marigold will say something like "I apologize for allowing my insecurities to cause me to behave irrationally. I should have discussed them with you instead of storming off." And Dale will just be like "sorry I was such a fuckstick"
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #92 on: 20 Feb 2018, 17:30 »

This has been a very skillful piece by Jeph -- Marigold's initial fit of jealousy with the totally over-the-top absurd internal scenario would have seemed at first just laugh fodder, "oh Marigold's being so silly"(*)... until Dale fails at situational awareness and walks... no, scratch that, runs full tilt headfirst over the edge of the pit.   Because yes, insecurity WILL make you perceive what others view as absurd and stupid scenarios as a real threat, and the other person responding with nothing but Fail just reinforces it. Maybe he'd have been better off just doing a Marten-style bwuh-huh?whaa? at the first sign of trouble, but that would have required catching the first sign. Now we have drama. 

And yes, Emily is in an unjust position of collateral damage when her intentions were entirely friendly all along.


(*Really... that was no top shelf hentai her imagination came up with.  Then again we remember from back here, that her slashfic was critiqued by Tai as clumsily written since she'd think it obvious that if she was turned on by the scenario, others would be)
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #93 on: 20 Feb 2018, 17:43 »

I'm pretty sure that everyone (and I mean everyone) would have taken a 'how to relationship' class if it existed and was actually worth a damn. As one or both of those criteria are never met, I'm thinking that this is simply something that you can't teach. Dale, like the rest of us, is going to have to muddle through this with the occasional blow to the head from a clue-hammer wielded by his friends.

Now, I want to talk about May's recreational reading: It's interesting to see Jeph recall that May really doesn't want to be humanoid at all. She wants to be a fighter jet and she still keeps up with what I presume is a high-performance aviation lifestyle magazine. Obviously, AIs attempting to embezzle to get a fighter drone chassis is a significant problem, given the PSA on the back page: "Don't do crime to be a plane!" It's clearly a lesson that May had to learn the hard way!

Who'd like to see May become a 'plane, maybe something like a Quinjet from the MCU, and still try to keep up with her friends?

Make sure she at least has a GIR-walk mode so she isn't stuck in a hangar or on a tarmac when she isn't flying.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #94 on: 20 Feb 2018, 18:03 »

There is a class on "how to do relationships"

Sadly, however, it's called "fuck up a few relationships until you hopefully learn your goddamn lessons"
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #95 on: 20 Feb 2018, 18:16 »

AKA The School of Hard Knocks.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #96 on: 20 Feb 2018, 19:16 »

May reading the Jet Fighter mag made me chuckle.

One would think they'd download it tho....  :-D

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #97 on: 20 Feb 2018, 19:49 »

May reading the Jet Fighter mag made me chuckle.

One would think they'd download it tho....  :-D

And forego the chance of being "surprised" enjoying Jet Fighter pron?

That's like Pintsize not tweeting about ... the stuff he downloads

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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #98 on: 20 Feb 2018, 19:56 »

"Don't do crime to be a plane..."

I'd have thought May would be the worst person to be giving anybody relationship advice. Jeph has surprised me again.
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Re: WCDT strips 3681 to 3685 (19-23 February 2018)
« Reply #99 on: 20 Feb 2018, 21:04 »

There's a new fuckin' comic.

May as a flower girl. That I'd like to see.
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