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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #100 on: 11 Apr 2018, 17:38 »

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.
Old people have what?!?
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #101 on: 11 Apr 2018, 18:45 »

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.
Old people have what?!?

MY parents never did such a thing!
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« Reply #102 on: 11 Apr 2018, 19:55 »

Well, I'm certain that my parents would never conceive of such a notion!  :clairedoge:
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #103 on: 11 Apr 2018, 19:55 »

I can confirm older people have sex. As a woman with a predilection for older ladies, they often have sex with me. I think it's more that people specifically don't like imagining thier parents having sex.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #104 on: 11 Apr 2018, 20:16 »

This one time, at literature camp, I smoked an entire book's worth of pot.
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« Reply #105 on: 11 Apr 2018, 20:23 »

Literature camp sounds awesome, actually, even without the pot.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #106 on: 11 Apr 2018, 20:45 »

Didn't Marten act distressed when his mom talked about booty calls with younger men?
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #107 on: 11 Apr 2018, 20:57 »

To be fair, Marten has a long history of having his mom be sexualised and objectified by his peers.
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« Reply #108 on: 11 Apr 2018, 21:19 »

Didn't Marten act distressed when his mom talked about booty calls with younger men?

In uncomfortably (for him) explicit detail, yes. IIRC, it was more the detail than the mere fact that discomfited him.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #109 on: 11 Apr 2018, 21:36 »

So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

Yes, this. Also calling Clinton a “loser” is premature. He isn’t sure what to do about Brun, whom he’s interested in, and Brun’s mind is wired differently, so she doesn’t handle possible attraction the same as someone with more usual wiring. Also Elliott is clearly attracted to Clinton, and we don’t know for sure that Clinton might not feel the same way
towards Elliott, and that something might not happen there.

I’d call Clinton more of a late bloomer than a loser.
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« Reply #110 on: 11 Apr 2018, 21:39 »

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« Reply #111 on: 11 Apr 2018, 21:48 »

Literature camp? Ok, now I really feel I've missed out on something.
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« Reply #112 on: 11 Apr 2018, 21:54 »

I’d call Clinton more of a late bloomer than a loser.
Not to mention dazed and confused.


So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
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« Reply #113 on: 11 Apr 2018, 23:22 »

I think that Clinton's arc over the last two weeks appears to be mostly him learning that everyone has/is living a more interesting life than his up to this point. Even his sister (whom he has shown he believes is vulnerable and sheltered) has had a few wild experiences!

I'm pretty sure that putting a few score young nerds in an isolated place is a recipe for wild events. I mean, even setting aside the 'horny' thing, fans tend to have strong opinions. Which author is best? Audio-book or radio-play for best audible realisation? The Shipping Wars! That's aside from all the things that Claire likely learned at camp, many of which Marten is thankful for to this day!
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« Reply #114 on: 11 Apr 2018, 23:36 »

So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
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« Reply #115 on: 11 Apr 2018, 23:56 »

I think that Clinton's arc over the last two weeks appears to be mostly him learning that everyone has/is living a more interesting life than his up to this point. Even his sister (whom he has shown he believes is vulnerable and sheltered) has had a few wild experiences!

I'm pretty sure that putting a few score young nerds in an isolated place is a recipe for wild events. I mean, even setting aside the 'horny' thing, fans tend to have strong opinions. Which author is best? Audio-book or radio-play for best audible realisation? The Shipping Wars! That's aside from all the things that Claire likely learned at camp, many of which Marten is thankful for to this day!

It doesn't have to be isolated even.  Some of my favorite things I learned, I learned backstage during drama practice.
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« Reply #116 on: 12 Apr 2018, 03:31 »

So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

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« Reply #117 on: 12 Apr 2018, 04:21 »

Claire's hair is getting long and poofier. I approve.
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« Reply #118 on: 12 Apr 2018, 06:15 »

But what are they using? Is this an electric weedpipe? I didn't even know that existed. Where have the good old joints gone? I'm definitely getting old.
"Vap[or]ing," just like electronic cigarrettes.   They're available in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

Vaporizers in this context are actually rather different from typical e-cigs. E-Cigs use a coil with cotton (typically) to heat a liquid. Unfortunately the active ingredients of cannabis are insoluble in Propylene Glycol, which is the typical base of e-cig liquids.

Vaporizers use ceramic heating chambers to heat up shredded plant material. At temperature of about 180°C (350°F) the cannabinoids become gaseous, together with a few essential oils, resulting in hot steam with a flowery taste and a lot more cannabinoids than with smoking (about 60% of the Cannabinoids are burnt when smoking), without all the combustion residues (most importantly tar). There are also some fancier models which use convection (heated air) to indirectly heat the plant material to avoid burning it and to achieve a more even heat distribution. In Europe they are legal, as they're typically being sold as "aroma therapy device", oftentimes even packaged with small ziplock bags filled with lavender or sage.

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« Reply #119 on: 12 Apr 2018, 07:25 »

So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D

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So, if Elliott manages to get something going with both Brun and Clinton, will that make him a bisexual built for two?  ;D
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« Reply #121 on: 12 Apr 2018, 08:52 »

My favourite comics of late are Claire / Clinton dialogues:)

Also: Claire floof is back  :claireface: :claireface: :claireface:
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« Reply #122 on: 12 Apr 2018, 09:34 »

I definitely, definitely need to hang out with Clinton's mom.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #123 on: 12 Apr 2018, 10:31 »

Literature camp? Ok, now I really feel I've missed out on something.

Trust me, you don't want to go there. Everything seems all fine and normal your first time through, and then some chick hangs herself and everyone immediately forgets she ever existed, and it just gets more fucked up from there.
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« Reply #124 on: 12 Apr 2018, 14:27 »

So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

It's not just that Clinton's mom is getting laid while he's not. It's that she's getting laid with men around her son's age while said son can barely get non-related women to even talk to him. And in this latest comic we learn that even his sister has had more fun experiences than him. Not to mention she has a boyfriend.

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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #125 on: 12 Apr 2018, 14:47 »

I’m sure this reveals my cluelessness, but what is a literature camp? It sounds to me like something in a Thursday Next novel.
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« Reply #126 on: 12 Apr 2018, 15:09 »

So Clinton's middle-aged mom gets more play than her son, and this is revealed not long after one of the women he's interested in just walks home without him. Yep, the stereotype of the more-or-less likable loser is being set up quite nicely for this guy.

I don't think that the mere fact that his mother happens to be getting laid when he's not makes him a "loser."

Sometimes I get the impression that the comic and forums are in a constant state of amazement at the revelation that "old" people have sex.

It's not just that Clinton's mom is getting laid while he's not. It's that she's getting laid with men around her son's age while said son can barely get non-related women to even talk to him. And in this latest comic we learn that even his sister has had more fun experiences than him. Not to mention she has a boyfriend.

Okay, this is irritating me, so I'm just going to try and unpack it.

"... she's getting laid with men around her son's age"
Good on her?

"... can barely get non-related women to even talk to him"
This is not true. It's true that he's nervous around women he's attracted to, but there are plenty of examples of women talking to him in the strip, so I have no idea how you can claim this with a straight face, except that you're exaggerating to try and justify calling someone a loser (which is kind of shitty to begin with).

"even his sister has had more fun experiences than him"
What do you mean by "even his sister"? What are you saying? "Even Claire has had more fun, what a terrible loser Clinton must be." That doesn't say a lot for your opinion of Claire, I guess.

But go ahead, continue to characterise anyone who hasn't had sex by a certain age when those around them have as losers. That will make all of the late bloomers on the forums feel very welcome.

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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #127 on: 12 Apr 2018, 15:47 »

I’m sure this reveals my cluelessness, but what is a literature camp? It sounds to me like something in a Thursday Next novel.

Yay, another Jasper Fforde fan! :D

I'm wondering the same thing myself, and also feeling slightly sad that this wasn't something I ever got to go to.
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« Reply #128 on: 12 Apr 2018, 15:57 »

Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother are just off-putting to me. You can clearly see Clinton doesn’t appreciate them.
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« Reply #129 on: 12 Apr 2018, 16:00 »

It's just a bit of good-natured sibling rivalry.
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« Reply #130 on: 12 Apr 2018, 18:01 »

Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother are just off-putting to me. You can clearly see Clinton doesn’t appreciate them.
"Claire’s constant attempts to one-up her brother" would imply that she's doing something now to do it. She's talking about the distant past. And since she is the older sibling, she couldn't possibly have been trying to one-up him even back when she was in high school, since he would have been in middle school and couldn't go the the same parties at the same time she did anyway. She just happened to be less tightly-wound back in high school, so she got to have more fun. Rubbing it in now, as Tova said, is just good ol' sibling rivalry.

We know that Claire had never kissed anyone before Marten, so they're both late bloomers. She was just better at hiding it (or maybe it's just that she never thought about it). And now that Clinton is starting to loosen up and find it easier to talk to girls he likes, he'll do just fine.

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« Reply #131 on: 12 Apr 2018, 19:35 »

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« Reply #132 on: 12 Apr 2018, 20:31 »

I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp

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« Reply #133 on: 12 Apr 2018, 20:56 »

I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp
I've been at a robotics camp. Have you ever seen a group of 100 shy, introverted nerdy kids? I'd be surprised if anyone there talked about anything other than servos and programming, and I certainly don't think anyone made any kind of physical contact, to say nothing about getting their bone on. I honestly felt bad for those kids. I never had a girlfriend in high school, but at least I could talk to girls.
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« Reply #134 on: 12 Apr 2018, 21:20 »

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« Reply #135 on: 12 Apr 2018, 21:35 »

Literature camp sounds a lot like art school. Art majors don't fuck around, either, but do fuck each other. Literally and figuratively.
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« Reply #136 on: 12 Apr 2018, 22:31 »

I think it's almost cute that Clinton thinks no one was fucking at AI camp

Consider the ratio of attendees.  Claire's group probably contained enough people of various genders and sexual orientations that there was someone for just about everyone.  If Clinton's group was predominantly heterosexual males then it's likely the sexual activity was low. 

I am surprised that things were peaceful, but then again AI camp is probably different from sci-fi camp which can get very tribal. 
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« Reply #137 on: 12 Apr 2018, 22:34 »

It's just a bit of good-natured sibling rivalry.

Indeed, and I really do wish they'd walk past another pair of strangely familiar siblings sniping at each other.  Wonder what they'd look like in baseline form. 
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« Reply #138 on: 12 Apr 2018, 22:50 »

It's like y'all haven't met 'straight' nerd boys.

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« Reply #139 on: 12 Apr 2018, 23:13 »

It seems that the last couple of weeks has been mostly about poor Clinton learning that everyone, including his mother and sister (the latter of which he seems to consider sheltered and vulnerable) have had and are having more interesting and fun lives than him! Although I'm not sure if that's about his luck or about his personality. He does seem to have a certain lack of self-confidence that I feel would make him opt out of his peers fun activities.

Now... It's quite possible that Emily is just the random barista of the day but I don't think so, given the identity of the protagonist of this arc. As Jeph seems to be intent on giving Clinton a host of options, none of which he knows what to do with, I'm wondering if Emily isn't so busy anymore and wants to have that second date now. I've got the feeling that Clinton is going to have to find his feet quickly because he is going to have to be juggling several people who are interested in him and none of whom he wants to hurt with a quick rejection!

We also now know why Claire's idea of romantic entanglements are so much like shipper-fics and romantic animé: She's actually lived through at least one occasion where she saw the tundere get her man!
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« Reply #140 on: 12 Apr 2018, 23:54 »

Now... It's quite possible that Emily is just the random barista of the day but I don't think so, given the identity of the protagonist of this arc. As Jeph seems to be intent on giving Clinton a host of options, none of which he knows what to do with, I'm wondering if Emily isn't so busy anymore and wants to have that second date now.
Makes me wonder if Clinton is going to pursue Emily because now that he knows Elliott has a crush on Brun, he doesn't want to get in their way.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #141 on: 13 Apr 2018, 00:29 »

Literature Camp Counsellor: "Okay kids, you might feel angry at times. Just remember to use your words."
*The Complete Works of Shakespeare gets thrown across the room*
Literature Camp Counsellor: "That's not what I meant!"
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Now, of course, the complete works of Shakespeare work, but you can only throw that once. The WNT would be my argument of choice.

Throwing chairs and literature - that brings back memories...  :-D

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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #142 on: 13 Apr 2018, 04:47 »

I'm not sorry. =)
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #143 on: 13 Apr 2018, 04:52 »

Anne is my favourite Brontë. [/unpopularopinion]
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #144 on: 13 Apr 2018, 04:56 »

This is the point where I have to admit that I have never read any of the Brontë sisters' works. Just not my thing. My exposure classical literature starts in the Wells/Conan-Doyle era (which is about 25-30 years later, IIRC).
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #145 on: 13 Apr 2018, 05:00 »

I wish I'd started with my schools' drama programs far earlier in life. It just wasn't something valued by my folks, so I ignored it. When I decided that I was interested after all, man, the culture shock was something else. It's something I made sure to promote with my own kids - even if it wasn't 'for' them, the exposure to the possibility was worth it.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #146 on: 13 Apr 2018, 05:54 »

I'm not sorry. =)

Wow, Claire wasn't wrong.
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #147 on: 13 Apr 2018, 05:59 »

Makes me wonder if Clinton is going to pursue Emily because now that he knows Elliott has a crush on Brun, he doesn't want to get in their way.

That would be quite like Clinton, but there's more dramatic potential in him going for one of them just as the other decides to go chasing after him.

Or perhaps, for "dramatic potential" read "eternal triangle cliché" - I don't know, I'm not very good at this...
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #148 on: 13 Apr 2018, 06:08 »

I'm guessing that Emily will ask Clinton out on a second date and they will encounter Brun whilst at lunch together. A puzzled Brun queries why Clinton is with Emily when she thought he was attracted to her. Emily, being Emily, is neither offended nor feels threatened. Whilst Clinton is in a flop-sweat trying to work out what to say without offending either lady, she asks Brun whether she'd like to date Clinton. Upon having that confirmed, she offers to 'share' him (I've seen no indication that Emily would be interested in anything more than a casual relationship at this point).

Naturally, Emily and Brun get on very well with Brun more than able to shrug off Emily's 'marching to my own drums' mindset and Emily admiring Brun's literal mind and her sense of humour. I imagine that they would make a cute pair of friends.

Equally naturally, from here on, the romantic complications for Clinton just keep getting more and more 'animé, as Claire would put it. :evil:
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Re: WCDT strips 3716-3720 (9th-13th April 2018)
« Reply #149 on: 13 Apr 2018, 07:38 »

That would be a dramatic and amusing turnaround from Clinton's present circumstances. Let's see if this lines up with Jeph's plans for him; seeing as he likes to make his protagonists suffer though...



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