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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)  (Read 7833 times)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #100 on: 19 Jun 2018, 22:55 »

If someone ships Yelling Bird and Tortura, would that be a cloaca and dagger story?

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #101 on: 19 Jun 2018, 23:28 »

What does an AI need with a clipboard?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #102 on: 19 Jun 2018, 23:40 »

By the way, would it be weird and pedantic for me to mention that it's actually "senpai"?
Yeah, but what the Hell, this IS the Internet after all.  Its spelling may be romanized senpai but it comes out sounding like sempai.  You start with tongue and lips poised to make an N sound but in the process of shifting things around to make the P the N turns to M.  It may have something to do with regional accents, too.

If someone ships Yelling Bird and Tortura, would that be a cloaca and dagger story?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #103 on: 20 Jun 2018, 00:09 »

So! It's looking like Bubbles's words had an effect on Pintsize after all! It's probably an indication of his unwillingness to appear vulnerable that this is something he can only discuss at his therapy group rather than with Marten. It's also interesting how Jeph is finding ways to create unusual connections for various characters, like Melon being in Pintsize and May's group.

By the way, today's strip has Melon looking cuter and, frankly, more innocently beautiful than I've ever seen her before. I have no doubt that she now has a pet that is going to drive her landlord nuts!

Finally, I'm thinking about May's expression in panel 4. Is it Melon she's angry with, or the pigeon for giving her a surprise that she's not going to forget any time soon?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #104 on: 20 Jun 2018, 00:20 »

Yeah, but what the Hell, this IS the Internet after all.  Its spelling may be romanized senpai but it comes out sounding like sempai.  You start with tongue and lips poised to make an N sound but in the process of shifting things around to make the P the N turns to M.  It may have something to do with regional accents, too.

To be honest, I wasn't sure if it was a typo or part of the joke.

Though I always hear it as Senpai. I don't hear the "m" sound when I hear it spoken in the original Japanese.

(full disclosure, took three and a half years of Japanese language classes in high school, where pronunciation was hammered into us relentlessly to the point that pronouncing the characters properly, and one haiku we had to memorize, is about the only thing I remember twenty years later).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #105 on: 20 Jun 2018, 00:24 »

What does an AI need with a clipboard?

AIs in the QC universe do seem to use a lot of human behaviours, possibly simply due to exposure. I'm guessing that Yellowbot feels that having a clip-board to carry his agenda and notes lend him authority.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #106 on: 20 Jun 2018, 01:59 »

Another QC secret discovered: That's where Yelling Bird was hidden all along!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #107 on: 20 Jun 2018, 02:38 »


Reading the sub text.
GO JEPH!!!  :)  (heh!)

(Although, to be fair, it's not like this place is the DoA comments pages, where Melon and the Pigeon doubtless WOULD be shipped!)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #108 on: 20 Jun 2018, 04:01 »

I thought that the bird would have been a holdover from the birdseed incident.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #109 on: 20 Jun 2018, 06:13 »

Yes, definitely. This isn’t the first time Pintsize has had a pigeon in his mouth.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #110 on: 20 Jun 2018, 06:30 »

If someone ships Yelling Bird and Tortura, would that be a cloaca and dagger story?



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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #111 on: 20 Jun 2018, 06:47 »

I thought that the bird would have been a holdover from the birdseed incident.

Yes.  I thought Pintsize might’ve transgressed again and was given the option of more psychoanalysis from Bubbles or a mouth full of birdseed and he chose the latter.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #112 on: 20 Jun 2018, 08:49 »

Yeah, but what the Hell, this IS the Internet after all.  Its spelling may be romanized senpai but it comes out sounding like sempai.  You start with tongue and lips poised to make an N sound but in the process of shifting things around to make the P the N turns to M.  It may have something to do with regional accents, too.

To be honest, I wasn't sure if it was a typo or part of the joke.

Though I always hear it as Senpai. I don't hear the "m" sound when I hear it spoken in the original Japanese.

(full disclosure, took three and a half years of Japanese language classes in high school, where pronunciation was hammered into us relentlessly to the point that pronouncing the characters properly, and one haiku we had to memorize, is about the only thing I remember twenty years later).
What you get in HS classes is often more than a little removed from how the language is actually spoken "in the wild."  Even more so if the country has distinct regions and mass communications are a relatively new thing.  There's nothing like taking classes in the local language from an instructor who teaches a very refined, formal version, then going out and speaking to locals who crack up at how archaic you sound.   

And then there's Yanny and Laurel. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #113 on: 20 Jun 2018, 09:59 »

God help us the week of the 'poisonous/venomous snake' argument.

If the snake bites you and you die, the snake is venomous.
If you bite the snake and you die, the snake is poisonous.
If the snake bites you and it dies, its suffered a tired and memetic death thanks to the old Chuck Norris meme.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #114 on: 20 Jun 2018, 12:37 »

For a very brief second I thought Yelling Bird had returned.  Then I was disappointed when I realized it was just a winged rat.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #115 on: 20 Jun 2018, 15:52 »

What you get in HS classes is often more than a little removed from how the language is actually spoken "in the wild."  Even more so if the country has distinct regions and mass communications are a relatively new thing.  There's nothing like taking classes in the local language from an instructor who teaches a very refined, formal version, then going out and speaking to locals who crack up at how archaic you sound.   

According to my teacher, during his first trip to Japan a few of the locals he spoke to assumed he was gay. His very formal school-taught way of speaking sounded "feminine" to them.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #116 on: 20 Jun 2018, 16:24 »

What you get in HS classes is often more than a little removed from how the language is actually spoken "in the wild."  Even more so if the country has distinct regions and mass communications are a relatively new thing.  There's nothing like taking classes in the local language from an instructor who teaches a very refined, formal version, then going out and speaking to locals who crack up at how archaic you sound.   

According to my teacher, during his first trip to Japan a few of the locals he spoke to assumed he was gay. His very formal school-taught way of speaking sounded "feminine" to them.
My friend who emigrated to Iceland said he had the same experience. Of course, while he was there, he did discover that he was gay...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #117 on: 20 Jun 2018, 16:55 »

 Icelandic guys ARE pretty hot.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #118 on: 20 Jun 2018, 19:16 »

But the bird is not my son.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #119 on: 20 Jun 2018, 19:19 »

Of this shit, May has had sufficient.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #120 on: 20 Jun 2018, 20:03 »

I feel you, May. I'm quickly getting fed up with Melon's antics too.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #121 on: 20 Jun 2018, 21:13 »

Will Tony get an entry on the cast page?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #122 on: 20 Jun 2018, 21:56 »

I suppose Pintsize can only open up so much at a time when it comes to emotions.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #123 on: 20 Jun 2018, 22:26 »

I love May's expression of eternal boredom and annoyance today.

"They're all so stupid and I have to deal with them. Could someone please kill me? Or preferably them?"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #124 on: 20 Jun 2018, 22:43 »

It's a look that everyone who works in the service industry gets after a while.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #125 on: 20 Jun 2018, 23:42 »

You're wasting your time, Pintsize! Melon's reality is her own and she's pretty soon going to be telling everyone on her LAN that your son, Tony, is her room-mate. In reality, she'll have a pet that brings her joy just by its presence and the pigeon will get free food and roost - It's a relationship from which they will both benefit!

Now, what is May's problem? Does Melon's randomness irritate her? Does she resent that Melon is in the same type of chassis but it is in better condition and has a few optional mods? Or is she jealous of the fact that Melon is arguably quite crazy and yet happy, the latter being something that May struggles to achieve?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #126 on: 21 Jun 2018, 00:05 »

At least its name is 't "Lerooooooy Jenkinnnnnnnnnsssssssss"!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #127 on: 21 Jun 2018, 03:13 »

Pintsize learned to speak pidgin



Might help May in her coquest of the Pidgeon Army.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #128 on: 21 Jun 2018, 03:28 »

At least its name is 't "Lerooooooy Jenkinnnnnnnnnsssssssss"!

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #129 on: 21 Jun 2018, 03:45 »

Have you considered that Melon might actually be incredibly annoying? We think she’s cute and funny or whatever, but imagine dealing with her in real life. It would be grating after awhile.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #130 on: 21 Jun 2018, 03:50 »

I try not to think of dealing with just about any of the cast in real life.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #131 on: 21 Jun 2018, 04:02 »

We think she’s cute and funny or whatever

I kinda don't think that, precisely for that reason. I think she's "quirky and somewhat off" in a way that seems forced and isn't that funny, more annoying.

Granted, I had somewhat similar thoughts towards Raven (to a small extent) and Emily, so I guess I'm just strongly biased against that kind of behaviour in the comic's characters.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #132 on: 21 Jun 2018, 05:08 »

We think she’s cute and funny or whatever

I kinda don't think that, precisely for that reason. I think she's "quirky and somewhat off" in a way that seems forced and isn't that funny, more annoying.

Granted, I had somewhat similar thoughts towards Raven (to a small extent) and Emily, so I guess I'm just strongly biased against that kind of behaviour in the comic's characters.

From that list, I think writing-wise I prefer Emily simply because the other characters seem to notice her strangeness in quite a human way.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #133 on: 21 Jun 2018, 06:33 »

Emily and Raven were both examples of a kind of quirky genius trope - almost the "Genius Ditz" of TVtropes, but not quite.  Maybe Cloudcoocoolanders. 


Melon, so far, is just out there.  No sign of anything behind the comic relief. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #134 on: 21 Jun 2018, 06:57 »

Except for an eerie sympathy with pigeons, I guess.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #135 on: 21 Jun 2018, 07:02 »

Melon, mostly, is a character I go 'Huh. Interesting' at, but I don't actually find funny.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #136 on: 21 Jun 2018, 09:19 »

I try not to think of dealing with just about any of the cast in real life.
Marigold, I would be totally into if she were a real person. She's exactly my type.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #137 on: 21 Jun 2018, 09:50 »

Pintsize's last line makes me wonder if he had a secret son somewhere.


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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #138 on: 21 Jun 2018, 11:04 »

Emily and Raven worked because for all the craziness and cloudcuckoolander tendencies that they presented, there were and are signs that there is far, far more to them than we thought.

Melon is...well... Melon.

The truth is that Melon is a punchline. At this stage, its her only purpose.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #139 on: 21 Jun 2018, 11:50 »

I think Melon should encounter a long-haired herding dog next.  That way instead of a Melon/pigeon story, it will be a Melon/collie one.


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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #140 on: 21 Jun 2018, 17:37 »

I try not to think of dealing with just about any of the cast in real life.
Marigold, I would be totally into if she were a real person. She's exactly my type.
Given your avatar, that sounds terrifying and ominous.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #141 on: 21 Jun 2018, 17:39 »

Icelandic guys ARE pretty hot.
Given his African American origins, he tends to stand out in Iceland.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #142 on: 21 Jun 2018, 18:10 »

Melon is happy without any provocation, and that annoys the ever lovin' shyte out of people like May, meat or bot.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #143 on: 21 Jun 2018, 19:29 »

Crushing on QC characters is generally frowned upon here, is it not?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #144 on: 21 Jun 2018, 19:37 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #145 on: 21 Jun 2018, 20:16 »

Melon.

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Melon.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #146 on: 21 Jun 2018, 20:23 »

Ah, May. :D

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #147 on: 21 Jun 2018, 20:37 »

That is a remarkably well-behaved pigeon.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #148 on: 21 Jun 2018, 21:01 »

So, I guess it's no coincidence that as Pintsize expresses some form of vulnerability, we see him in a scene with May. Whereas Pintsize may or may not perform transgressive acts as a defense mechanism to cover an unconscious fear of vulnerability, we've already seen that May's caustic exterior also serves as a defense mechanism. For a moment, the second panel, there is the fleeting possibility that May could open up in response. But she's not going to drop her defenses that easily. Especially not in front of Pintsize. On the other hand, she's hardly going to exploit Pintsize's moment of vulnerability, either.

Melon is, of course, the exact opposite. She expresses unalloyed joy, she says what she pleases, wears what makes her happy, and acts how she feels with no thought to how she might be perceived by others. As OldGoat points out, this doesn't make May comfortable. Her reaction to Melon in today's and, in particular, yesterday's comic is quite telling.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3766 - 3770 (18th-22nd June 2018)
« Reply #149 on: 21 Jun 2018, 21:21 »

Gasp! The impossible continues...potential character development for pintsize.

I think a definite sign of change for him will be if he changes bodies to a "mature" one. It was a signifcant step towards full personhood for the others. Can anyone even imagine what he would choose, how he would behave?

It would be a momentous occasion. I mean, Pintsize was what set this comic apart from so many others.

Just some boring young adults with issues...and then there was a robot.

And now that robot may grow up! Sniff
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