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Author Topic: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2018)  (Read 5978 times)

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #50 on: 18 Dec 2018, 23:26 »

Somehow I find the idea that Roko fainted because of the dislocated finger rather than the gore to be an absolutely hilarious alternative punchline.

Are you telling me thatís NOT the punchline?  :-P Cuz that was my very first thought and Iíll stick to it. It makes sense to me that Roko would not think too much of organic gore. To me this is the equivalent of a human fainting after seeing a filthy mechanic filled with grease and stuff, car parts all around the floor and then fainting with a cut or dislocated finger of his.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #51 on: 19 Dec 2018, 00:47 »

Somehow I find the idea that Roko fainted because of the dislocated finger rather than the gore to be an absolutely hilarious alternative punchline.

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I thought that WAS the punchline?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #52 on: 19 Dec 2018, 00:54 »

So, I thought somewhat randomly that including Paul Simon lyrics in every post this week would be a great idea. Hey, think I, it's a slice of life comic. How hard could this be?

And then an AI mistakenly bumps into a cow, resulting in the apparent evisceration of the cow and a dislocated little finger.

Me: *the sound of silence*

Dislocated digits...
Military spec AIs
Blood and guts all over the floor

This isn't a bot shop.... "This is a fucking war zone!'"

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #53 on: 19 Dec 2018, 01:15 »

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Also something for those who know more about these things than me could answer: I know that you can't just sell random bits of roadkill to restaurants; there is something called 'food hygiene standards', after all. However, not all businesses are so discerning. Would an offal works pay for the remains of an exploded cow or would they charge you for removal?

I think that it is sweetly typical Bubbles that she considered the poor cow's fate as a waste. I think it is typically Faye that she's looking for a financial angle and doesn't entirely 'get' ethics!

Meanwhile, I'm guessing that The Bovine Collider is either non-binary or simply doesn't identify as a human gender at all (which is entirely to be expected).
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #54 on: 19 Dec 2018, 05:08 »

Itís an idea worthy of Corpse Witch.  Maybe it was her idea when it came to procuring meat for the concession stand.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #55 on: 19 Dec 2018, 06:47 »

I'm glad that Faye and Bubbles have found an ego to go with their respective id and superego
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #56 on: 19 Dec 2018, 06:59 »

That's an interesting proposal, rtmq0227. Is the reason behind this friendship to actually balance out the competing aspects of Faye and Bubbles' personalities?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #57 on: 19 Dec 2018, 07:05 »

I dunno if they did it deliberately, but it's a good point.

Of course, this ALSO depends on if their shop can even stay open.

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #58 on: 19 Dec 2018, 08:37 »

That's an interesting proposal, rtmq0227. Is the reason behind this friendship to actually balance out the competing aspects of Faye and Bubbles' personalities?

It would make sense from a narrative standpoint.  It's a popular trope for a reason.

Out of curiosity, have we seen a "Four Temperaments" character quartet in universe yet?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #59 on: 19 Dec 2018, 11:48 »

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Also something for those who know more about these things than me could answer: I know that you can't just sell random bits of roadkill to restaurants; there is something called 'food hygiene standards', after all. However, not all businesses are so discerning. Would an offal works pay for the remains of an exploded cow or would they charge you for removal?

I think that it is sweetly typical Bubbles that she considered the poor cow's fate as a waste. I think it is typically Faye that she's looking for a financial angle and doesn't entirely 'get' ethics!

Meanwhile, I'm guessing that The Bovine Collider is either non-binary or simply doesn't identify as a human gender at all (which is entirely to be expected).

I don't think she was calling it a waste, I think she was being logical, it was pieces of animal, therefore it was waste.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #60 on: 19 Dec 2018, 11:52 »

For comic #3897...

1. Did PunchBot (CPA) ever get his arm (& side) replaced (#3596)?   Otherwise I would say that arm is probably his, and hopefully this will not come back to bite the entrepreneur couple.

2. Robots in-recent...
 - a. Stabitha (Swordsmary)
 - b. Beepatrice
 - c. Cattle Destroyer

Well, we see them working on what I presume is Punchbot's arm in 3725 but I don't know if we've seen Punchbot since 3596. Still going through the archives though.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #61 on: 19 Dec 2018, 14:30 »

I dont think I'd ever want to eat anything that could be described as "incidental."
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #62 on: 19 Dec 2018, 14:37 »

As much as I love the paperclip joke, it does make me wonder about the context it would hold for AI

From an IT perspective, it would be something akin to smelling salts or a blow upside the head, you snap out of whatever infinite loop you're in but it's jarring, and you maybe don't remember a lot about what you were stuck on in the first place.

Would that kind of joke be offensive to the sort of highly-integrated AI that Roko represents?  Would it be seen as more therapeutic/refreshing than I'm thinking?  Is it highly taboo or viewed with a utilitarian lens?

This, of course, assumes that there is an actual "reset button" or equivalent for AI.  It is about as likely that this is Faye being flippant and making a "Robots are still computers, just bigger and prone to emotions" joke.

I suspect, as with most things, it depends on your audience.  Bubbles certainly didn't seem too fazed.

Yeah to be honest I felt like that joke to an AI would be like an AI equivalent of a bit racist? I don't think intent to hurt was there, but intentions aren't always magic. Also it's Jeph's universe so he can write whatever rules he likes.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #63 on: 19 Dec 2018, 15:38 »

I dont think I'd ever want to eat anything that could be described as "incidental."

I think that's what some people call "road-kill stew".
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #64 on: 19 Dec 2018, 18:35 »

I dont think I'd ever want to eat anything that could be described as "incidental."

I think that's what some people call "road-kill stew".
Things like that have gone from "economic necessity" to "regional cuisine." Tripe, haggis, goetta, scrapple, casing hotdogs, SPAM, a bunch of other examples someone will undoubtedly supply.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #65 on: 19 Dec 2018, 23:03 »

For comic #3897...

1. Did PunchBot (CPA) ever get his arm (& side) replaced (#3596)?   Otherwise I would say that arm is probably his, and hopefully this will not come back to bite the entrepreneur couple.

Well, we see them working on what I presume is Punchbot's arm in 3725 but I don't know if we've seen Punchbot since 3596. Still going through the archives though.

Yeah, that would be Punchbot's arm; in 3721 they're having trouble with it crawling off when they're not looking.
They were still waiting for materials in 3797; I'm not sure if that's what they're unpacking in 3798. Hasn't been anything since.

On the topic of the cow remains, given Faye and Bubbles' financial straits I'm surprised they didn't try to cook it. It would make a probably needed change from Faye's diet of *cough* "healthy fruits and vegetables" *cough*.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #66 on: 19 Dec 2018, 23:11 »

Yeah, that would be Punchbot's arm; in 3721 they're having trouble with it crawling off when they're not looking.

I don't think it's Punchbot's arm; his arm should have a human-like pentadactyl hand. He's never had one of the simpler tridactyl 'claw' hands.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #67 on: 19 Dec 2018, 23:33 »

I misread that as pterodactyl hand and now I'm sad.  I want a pterodactyl hand.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #68 on: 20 Dec 2018, 00:30 »

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #69 on: 20 Dec 2018, 01:24 »

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I long suspected that Roko was a romantic at heart. It is also possible that she's an animť and manga addict! I wonder if Faye is now pondering on whether she'll ever have any normal friends (with the exception of Marten)?

Another question that the shipper in me can't help but ask is this: Has Faye now confirmed to Roko that she shouldn't feel restrained from approaching humans on whom she has a crush?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #70 on: 20 Dec 2018, 01:38 »


This is one of those strips that you just have to sit back and laugh at the joke.

Cos, you know... would anyone seriously think they could sell a length of cow intestine and half a leg to a restaurant - after it had been run through by a robot, and then who knows what else between the field and the middle of town?

(And besides which, how much money does she think she's gonna make from that? And besides which, it's not HER cow! And besides which... you get my point? :)  )
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #71 on: 20 Dec 2018, 02:32 »

I misread that as pterodactyl hand and now I'm sad.  I want a pterodactyl hand.

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #72 on: 20 Dec 2018, 02:39 »

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #73 on: 20 Dec 2018, 04:28 »

Did Jeph just referenced Welcome to Nightvale's "Wheat & Wheat By-Products"?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #74 on: 20 Dec 2018, 05:43 »

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #75 on: 20 Dec 2018, 06:53 »

Prediction: Faye asks Roko how her romantic life is going, and Roko brings up "this cute redhead I embarrassed myself in front of outside a bar." Upon hearing a more detailed description, Faye realizes who it is and busts out laughing.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #76 on: 20 Dec 2018, 06:58 »

One wonders if Roko has tear ducts. It appears no...

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #77 on: 20 Dec 2018, 08:35 »

One wonders if Roko has tear ducts. It appears no...

One would presume their eyelids would serve the same purpose as our, to protect and clean optical sensors, so there must be some provision for a lubricant as well.  Maybe it's the sensation of tears running down her facial dermal covering she's after.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #78 on: 20 Dec 2018, 13:22 »

Roko has rocked a lot of great expressions lately.

and spam is made from pork shoulders, not offal geeze helped the russians win the war
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #79 on: 20 Dec 2018, 15:29 »

I'm not sure if she's doing this to simulate crying or stimulate it.  Either way it reminds me of the Tin Man. 
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #80 on: 21 Dec 2018, 01:20 »

Um....did Roku just get freaking killed????
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #81 on: 21 Dec 2018, 01:23 »

Oh ouch! Poor Roko :-o

I have no doubt that Faye and Bubbles have the technology to rebuild her. The issue is: rebuild her as what, even if only temporarily! It could be interesting if we have a story of a synthetic who was highly integrated with a high-end chassis has to make do on a much lower-spec model until her insurance pays up (if it does).

Alternately, this could just be a throw-away joke and Roko's chassis is tough enough to handle this. :-P

Meanwhile, it's cute that Bubbles' protective instincts made her shield Faye in panel 4, even though there was no immediately perceptible threat. :-D

Um....did Roku just get freaking killed????

It's very difficult to kill QCverse AIs. Their brains are very, very hardened and can be swapped between bodies fairly easily either in a software or hardware form. That doesn't mean that Roko will face no consequences for this; her lifestyle may need to change. However, permanent offlineing isn't likely for her.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #82 on: 21 Dec 2018, 01:38 »

I doubt Roko is dead and if she had to sustain major damage this is the right place for emergency repairs, but I'm not sure what her insurance policy is like since she left the police force.  She might get stuck with a substandard chassis like May.  Maybe she had the AI equivalent of COBRA, but if she has something less like the Decepticons she'll probably get dumped out a space shuttle.  If she's lucky Unicron will reformat her.  Either that or Spookybot, but you know they'd lord that over her everyday. 
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #83 on: 21 Dec 2018, 01:49 »


"Gentlemen... we can rebuild her... we have the technology..."

(At least - they'd fecking BETTER!!!!)    :cry:
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #84 on: 21 Dec 2018, 02:47 »

Shelby's Organic Pet Food powerful.dog

Now why didn't they just offer the bovine remains to them?
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #85 on: 21 Dec 2018, 02:50 »

Next week, BEMBO!! :D
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #86 on: 21 Dec 2018, 02:56 »

ROKO! NOOOOOOOOOO!
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #87 on: 21 Dec 2018, 03:06 »

Argh cliffhanger.  :-P

Either this is tragedy or a fancy new chassis for Roko, who knows. Well, probably the latter.

I hope.

And Iím on my way
I donít know where Iím going
Iím on my way
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(boy did I pick a bad week to try something so ridiculous)

P.S. With Roko's level of bodily integration, this is going to be traumatic, even if she does survive.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #88 on: 21 Dec 2018, 03:32 »

Either this is tragedy or a fancy new chassis for Roko, who knows. Well, probably the latter.

I hope.

MY guess is this: Roko wakes up a brain in a jar - Bubbles and Faye were able to hook her up to an immobile basic I/O framework that lets her see and communicate but has only minimal mobility and environmental manipulation capabilities. She's understandably distressed about this but she doesn't have the resources to pay for anything more elaborate and the little she can afford would leave her no better off than May.

At this point (one to two weeks into the arc), either Hannelore or SpookyBot get involved. If it's the former, expect Dr Ellicott-Chatham to have included a lot of experimental add-ons of debatable practical utility to the replacement chassis. Say, when Roko sneezes, her foot jets fire and, when angry, her looks really can kill. If it's from SpookyBot, expect her body to basically emulate human biology in every significant manner whilst still being wholly synthetic (SpookyBot makes a throw-away comment about 'straddling the line between human and synthetic' and vanishes with their usual ease).

This could impact Roko's arc in several ways. An experimental 'super-chassis' could lead to Roko at least briefly toying with being a costumed vigilante. A true android chassis might lead to extreme complications in her relationships with humans.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #89 on: 21 Dec 2018, 03:37 »

I think it's more likely that she'll end up in a temporary chassis until they work out something more permanent. Including that arm that was discussed this week, for example. That really will be unpleasant for Roko.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #90 on: 21 Dec 2018, 04:03 »

ROKO! NOOOOOOOOOO!

My reaction exactly.  :(

Then again, maybe this is an opportunity to replace her chassis with a toaster and live her dream of putting bread inside her.  :)
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #91 on: 21 Dec 2018, 04:30 »

I donít think their cash flow is up to hiring a new employee just yet. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.  :-)

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #92 on: 21 Dec 2018, 04:43 »

Hmm, so one crushed AI who's still technically un-employed (I mean, hasn't started her job day one yet.)  Costly repairs, no insurance...  Roko/May arc where Roko has further development into the insight of the lives of the "criminals" she was punishing?  Maybe even a "your one bad day away from being me" type of thing where she contemplates crime?  The glorious return of Hanners who will swoop in as a patron and activist for the plight of the Robotic class? 

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #93 on: 21 Dec 2018, 05:06 »

Um....did Roku just get freaking killed????
Probably not killed. But she may wake up with her chassis replaced by a breadbox.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #94 on: 21 Dec 2018, 07:17 »

Really Jeph? The day before a long weekend for the holiday you give a flat Roko scene? sheesh....
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #95 on: 21 Dec 2018, 07:25 »

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Damn you Jeph! :grumpypuss:


and now for something completely different

Well if they are able to salvage the head then we will be in the realm of Futurama.

Well they could give her a holographic body in the interim so that she could be herself with simulated IO while repairs are made.
It would still be a shock but the trauma would be drawn out in smaller dribs and drabs over a longer story arc as Roko gets cabin fever waiting for the repairs to be authorized / parts delivered / assembled ... all while avoiding having to look at her body at any stage of the process.

Did that experimental boyfriend chassis ever get sent back or is it still standing in the back of someones closet?
I think it would only take a quick request for permission and a few modifications to adjust things to closely match Roko's original body style if not size, though they may need stations help with the engineering adjustments Everything else is dermal.
Then again there would be the questions about the chassis functionality considering the original mission it was designed for. ...  Oh my.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #96 on: 21 Dec 2018, 07:30 »

PLOT TWIST: Crushbot is a renowned neurosurgeon and feels so bad about the accident that he pays for Roko's repairs in full.
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #97 on: 21 Dec 2018, 07:54 »

NOOOOOOOOOOOO Roko!

Evil, EVIL cliffhanger.

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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #98 on: 21 Dec 2018, 09:15 »

[Stan] Oh my god, they killed Roko!

[Kyle] You bastards!
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Re: WCDT 3896-3900 (17-21 December 2019)
« Reply #99 on: 21 Dec 2018, 10:30 »

Holiday cliff-hanger?  Darn you to Heck, Jacques!
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