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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #50 on: 18 Feb 2019, 23:18 »

Elliott, it's a long story and you literally needed to have been there; I don't think it's possible to explain otherwise, even with context, without it sounding weird. Yeah, I presume that he would have thrown Peter out of the window for hitting on Brun in such a crude way.

Y'know, I find myself wondering if this is the first time that Brun has seriously had a lot of money to spare. Understandably, a part of her desperately wants to use this opportunity to have all those experiences that she's long dreamed of but has never been able to afford!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #51 on: 19 Feb 2019, 00:05 »

Mmm... 1000 cheap croissants, or 300 good croissants?

It could be a hundred best croissants ever, but it ultimately doesn’t matter since those things don’t keep well.  I got a bunch leftover and had to quickly eat everything because I spotted mold after just a few days. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #52 on: 19 Feb 2019, 04:04 »

Mmm... 1000 cheap croissants, or 300 good croissants?

It could be a hundred best croissants ever, but it ultimately doesn’t matter since those things don’t keep well.  I got a bunch leftover and had to quickly eat everything because I spotted mold after just a few days.

Better buy them when you want to eat them. But maybe that's easier to do in France...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #53 on: 19 Feb 2019, 05:59 »

The flux compensator, Elliott. It's always the flux-compensator ...
That still requires violating some traffic laws. None of the east coast states have speed limits that go up to 88 mph.

Luckily, a DeLaurian capable of trans-lightcone travel is automatically compatible with the 11th commandment ("Though shalt not get caught" )
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #54 on: 19 Feb 2019, 07:10 »

Mmm... 1000 cheap croissants, or 300 good croissants?

It could be a hundred best croissants ever, but it ultimately doesn’t matter since those things don’t keep well.  I got a bunch leftover and had to quickly eat everything because I spotted mold after just a few days.

Better buy them when you want to eat them. But maybe that's easier to do in France...

If the Secret Bakery offers gift cards in thousand dollar denominations then that could work if not I stand by what I said.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #55 on: 19 Feb 2019, 07:27 »

A croissant subscription.   A fresh out of the oven croissant a day for two or three years.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #56 on: 19 Feb 2019, 08:15 »

I would subscribe to that service.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #57 on: 19 Feb 2019, 08:19 »

I dunno, that kind of service sounds flaky to me.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #58 on: 19 Feb 2019, 08:38 »

It's a lot of effort to go to for an awful lot of pain...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #59 on: 19 Feb 2019, 08:41 »

You could have croissants, or you could have bagels with lox. Pick your poisson.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #60 on: 19 Feb 2019, 09:10 »

I've always preferred LOX and kerosene.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #61 on: 19 Feb 2019, 09:20 »

The flux compensator, Elliott. It's always the flux-compensator ...
That still requires violating some traffic laws. None of the east coast states have speed limits that go up to 88 mph.
Luckily, a DeLaurian capable of trans-lightcone travel is automatically compatible with the 11th commandment ("Though shalt not get caught" )

So many issues have I with this post chain...

Brun didn't say it was a guy in a white lab coat getting out of a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor collecting the clock. Of course, why would Doc need a clock, since he already had a bunch of them in his workshop?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #62 on: 19 Feb 2019, 09:47 »

The flux compensator, Elliott. It's always the flux-compensator ...
That still requires violating some traffic laws. None of the east coast states have speed limits that go up to 88 mph.
Luckily, a DeLaurian capable of trans-lightcone travel is automatically compatible with the 11th commandment ("Though shalt not get caught" )

So many issues have I with this post chain...

Brun didn't say it was a guy in a white lab coat getting out of a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor collecting the clock. Of course, why would Doc need a clock, since he already had a bunch of them in his workshop?

* Neither did Brun say that that the guy who collected the clock wasn't clad in a labcoat, didn't get out of a DeLorean, flux-capacitated or not. Yes, many people would probably find "a guy in a white lab coat getting out of a DeLorean with a Flux Capacitor" worth mentioning. Brun is not 'many people'. 

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #63 on: 19 Feb 2019, 10:17 »

Doc would want another clock for the same reason Brun wants another clock: because it's there.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #64 on: 19 Feb 2019, 11:16 »

I'd rather have that experience once and then never eat a croissant again than spend the rest of my life eating meh croissants that I despise.
I try to strictly limit the number of things I acquire an educated palate for. It makes life simpler (and cheaper). Its not a problem only wanting to drink single malt scotch from lowland distilleries, but if I acquired a similarly discriminating palate for things that are less of an occasional luxury item then life would be more complicated. The other thing to get your head round, IMNSHO, is to distance certain ersatz foods from their inspiration. Instant mash, viewed as mashed potato, is an abomination, but instant mash viewed as a starch source that may be acceptably flavoured with cayenne, garlic and the like is acceptable in a quick meal just so long as you don't think of it as potato...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #65 on: 19 Feb 2019, 12:07 »

Doc would want another clock for the same reason Brun wants another clock: because it's there.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #66 on: 19 Feb 2019, 12:27 »

I wonder if the Secret Bakery does some sort of croissant subscription? Also, stale croissants make the best bread pudding!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #67 on: 19 Feb 2019, 13:44 »

I'd rather have that experience once and then never eat a croissant again than spend the rest of my life eating meh croissants that I despise.
I try to strictly limit the number of things I acquire an educated palate for.

Oh, so do I!

The croissant just happens to be one of those things.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #68 on: 19 Feb 2019, 14:00 »

Also, stale croissants make the best bread pudding!
True, that!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #69 on: 19 Feb 2019, 14:03 »

I'd rather have that experience once and then never eat a croissant again than spend the rest of my life eating meh croissants that I despise.
I try to strictly limit the number of things I acquire an educated palate for.  It makes life simpler (and cheaper).

As someone who has sought an educated palate in many things, I wholeheartedly agree with you.

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Life would be simpler if my tastes were as well.  It honestly seems to feed into that depression that hits when times get hard, and you can either try to enjoy things you know to be subjectively worse, or go without.  Either way, it becomes all too easy to stop enjoying things that once brought you pleasure.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #70 on: 19 Feb 2019, 14:12 »

Oh, I should mention another thing. Having an educated palette does not necessarily spoil my enjoyment of the lower quality stuff.

True, I hate crappy croissants.

But chocolate, on the other hand. While I really love fine chocolate, and would happily eat it exclusively, my ability to gorge on cheap chocolate borders on health-threatening.

The other thing to get your head round, IMNSHO, is to distance certain ersatz foods from their inspiration. Instant mash, viewed as mashed potato, is an abomination, but instant mash viewed as a starch source that may be acceptably flavoured with cayenne, garlic and the like is acceptable in a quick meal just so long as you don't think of it as potato...

Yeah, I can happily do this.

I judge stuff for what it is, not for what it is not.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #71 on: 19 Feb 2019, 20:23 »

New strip. :D

Poor Brun.  :laugh:

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #72 on: 19 Feb 2019, 21:06 »

I'd rather have that experience once and then never eat a croissant again than spend the rest of my life eating meh croissants that I despise.
I try to strictly limit the number of things I acquire an educated palate for.  It makes life simpler (and cheaper).

As someone who has sought an educated palate in many things, I wholeheartedly agree with you.

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Life would be simpler if my tastes were as well.  It honestly seems to feed into that depression that hits when times get hard, and you can either try to enjoy things you know to be subjectively worse, or go without.  Either way, it becomes all too easy to stop enjoying things that once brought you pleasure.
In that case, I have a question:
Is "rosehips and juniper ale" 1:1 with gin?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #73 on: 19 Feb 2019, 22:31 »

I like her! She's very supportive!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #74 on: 19 Feb 2019, 23:20 »

Poor Brun though! She's always having it reinforced to her that most people use completely and mystifyingly deceptive figurative terms to describe completely routine things like defecation. Why would they do that, at least with a friend?

Still, it's cute how she trusts Clinton with what Renee probably has explained to her should be a closely-guarded secret, based on her reaction in panel 5. Brunette Cutie is probably thinking something like: "Mom warned me that these east coast hipster towns were weird!"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #75 on: 20 Feb 2019, 01:08 »

Poor Clinton really has a gift to get wrong what people are saying...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #76 on: 20 Feb 2019, 03:39 »

He wasn't totally wrong...  :claireface:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #77 on: 20 Feb 2019, 04:46 »

Brun should apply for NOC-training with 'that farm' in Virginia....

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #78 on: 20 Feb 2019, 19:43 »

Clock talking is serious business. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #79 on: 20 Feb 2019, 20:05 »

Well, THAT got disturbing fast.  :-o

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #80 on: 20 Feb 2019, 20:12 »

The optimum clock collector only needs two clocks*, but they need to be accurate enough that NIST calls you to ask if they can use your clocks as a time standard.

*Two, so you can compare them to help you detect errors.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #81 on: 20 Feb 2019, 20:28 »

"Obviously, he reasoned, if sticking screws up your nose was madness, then numbering them and keeping them in careful compartments was sanity, which was the opposite—

Ah. No. It wasn’t, was it . . ."




In other words, today's strip makes me think of Jeremy Clockson.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #82 on: 20 Feb 2019, 21:12 »

Gaze too long into the clock, and the clock will also gaze into thee.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #83 on: 20 Feb 2019, 22:34 »

If we're talking weight and pendulum adjustment, don't pendulum clocks tend to synchronise?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #84 on: 20 Feb 2019, 22:40 »

Only if they're on the same wall.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #85 on: 20 Feb 2019, 22:46 »

So, what would happen if you have a master and slave clocks on your different walls. Granted, slave pendulum clocks are somewhat of a rarity.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #86 on: 20 Feb 2019, 23:08 »

"That way lies madness" - now I'm hearing the strip title in the voice of Daggett Beaver going not-so-slowly nuts - "TICK TOCK!!!"  :-D
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« Reply #87 on: 20 Feb 2019, 23:26 »

Am I the only one who has noticed that you can see the outline of Brun's cash under her shirt on her upper left side?

FWIW, I've always felt that really serious collectors have serious obsessive streaks to their personalities. Fortunately, few get to the point where maintaining and expanding their collection outweighs all other considerations, including food, adequate health care, the law and the lives of 'rivals'! :-o
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« Reply #88 on: 21 Feb 2019, 00:35 »

Am I the only one who has noticed that you can see the outline of Brun's cash under her shirt on her upper left side?

Yes you can! It is at least 30 bills and is folded in half, so that kind of wad would be hard to not see.
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« Reply #89 on: 21 Feb 2019, 00:47 »

*Gulp*
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« Reply #90 on: 21 Feb 2019, 05:23 »

"That way lies madness" - now I'm hearing the strip title in the voice of Daggett Beaver going not-so-slowly nuts - "TICK TOCK!!!"  :-D

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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #91 on: 21 Feb 2019, 06:17 »

Mad clocks... Remember Professor Brainstorm's invention of a clock that didn't need winding?  He forgot to make the mechanism for striking the hours reset to 1 every half day, so eventually it was trying to strike for over an hour each hour and ended up exploding.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #92 on: 21 Feb 2019, 08:08 »

She could always collect digital clocks, but I think a previous strip established that Brun wants to hear the ticking sound.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #93 on: 21 Feb 2019, 08:28 »

Any digital camera has the menu option of simulating a mechanical shutter sound, and lots of smartwatches have customizable faces that look like analog clocks. With retro being an occasional fad, I'd be surprised if someone hasn't made, or is thinking about making, a digital clock that could simulate a ticking sound.

I did only a cursory search, so feel free ...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #94 on: 21 Feb 2019, 08:35 »

A few years back, someone actually made a clockwork clock with a digital display - All mechanical and no electrical movement whatsoever. I'm sure that with the noise of the various display elements open and closing, it makes a racket.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3941-3945 (18-22 February 2019)
« Reply #95 on: 21 Feb 2019, 08:38 »

*Two, so you can compare them to help you detect errors.

Three Actually, so you know which one is wrong if one differs.
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« Reply #96 on: 21 Feb 2019, 09:07 »

(I think that was the joke).
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« Reply #97 on: 21 Feb 2019, 09:58 »

A few years back, someone actually made a clockwork clock with a digital display - All mechanical and no electrical movement whatsoever. I'm sure that with the noise of the various display elements open and closing, it makes a racket.

Those were the digital clocks of the day. I had, and you can still have (though they are a retro novelty now) a mechanical analog watch with a digital date display (usually a window in the face where the 3 should be). Electric mechanical-digital alarm clocks came in two flavors: illuminated-from-behind tapes with different numbers on them, or a row of flipcards that changed as the minutes and hours did. The tape clocks kind of made a sighing sound as the numbers changed (kinda cool if it's late at night in a quiet house and the clock is inches from your eight-year-old ears) and the flipcards made a faint slapping noise as they changed.
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« Reply #98 on: 21 Feb 2019, 10:51 »

*Two, so you can compare them to help you detect errors.

Three Actually, so you know which one is wrong if one differs.
Experience shows that within a short time, no two of them will read the same.
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« Reply #99 on: 21 Feb 2019, 10:59 »

[...] and the flipcards made a faint slapping noise as they changed.

"split-flap display". These were commonly used in railroad stations and airports, sometimes on very large boards. People learned to look up at the display when they heard the flapping sound, which could last many seconds. In some cases when they were replaced with electronic displays, the flapping sound was reproduced, so as to continue to alert passengers of changes.  In other cases they've just kept them...


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