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Bread? Brun? Bots? Whatcha got for this week?

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Baffling Behavior By Pintsize
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WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« on: 16 Mar 2019, 21:44 »

Here's the poll and thread.

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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #1 on: 16 Mar 2019, 22:28 »

Lets see, we missed an opportunity for pie.
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Then there was another that quickly followed that involves romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, garlic, Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper, oh and knives. Lots and lots of knives. I think 23 would be the perfect number.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #2 on: 17 Mar 2019, 01:34 »

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't there already been a poll listing various types of bread? It was the only thing I could think of, thus this week's WCDT getting sniped.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #3 on: 17 Mar 2019, 01:41 »

I'm hoping for some breadmaking and bonding between Elliott and Roko as they try to extend their understanding of each other beyond the broad stokes that are all they know of each other to date.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #4 on: 17 Mar 2019, 02:47 »

Pintsize's Baffling Behavior is implied by default.

Brun and Renee probably will settle in quite quickly, but we'll probably see more of Roko.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #5 on: 17 Mar 2019, 19:27 »

I'm hoping for some breadmaking and bonding between Elliott and Roko as they try to extend their understanding of each other beyond the broad stokes that are all they know of each other to date.

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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #6 on: 17 Mar 2019, 19:27 »

I guess the hope is that if she bakes it herself she'll be Westermarked.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #7 on: 17 Mar 2019, 19:37 »

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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #8 on: 17 Mar 2019, 19:39 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #9 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:19 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.

Hey, bread is just that awesome!

In Roko's case, its probably the tactile and sensory sensation she enjoys about the bread. Have you ever baked bread at home? Like mixing the dry ingredients together before adding the wet and then kneading it into a dough? Its relaxing for some and I imagine that for Roko in her previous job, bread became a relaxing element to her life. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, I seriously doubt a bread fetish is the weirdest one out there.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #10 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:22 »

Still think Roko asking Elliot to participate in her fetish was super weird and inappropriate, tbh. It makes it a little better that he is aware that it's a fetish thing and is explicitly okay with that, but still...I don't think it's kinkshaming to expect people to reserve their sex stuff for sex contexts.

Edit: On reflection, I guess I have no reason to object to the apprenticeship itself if they both know what's going on and are fine with it. I think what's actually bugging me is that Elliot seems to imply that he'd be kinkshaming if he were uncomfortable with Roko involving him/his workplace in her sex life. I think he's being exceptionally accommodating, and what he's doing shouldn't be the baseline expectation.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #11 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:40 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.

Have you ever had fresh bread, straight from the oven, still warm? It's glorious. On a purely physiological, sensual level, a fresh piece of bread, maybe with some butter and honey or maple syrup (depending on your preferences) can be quite... satisfying. on so many levels.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #12 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:42 »

Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.
That's a common statement, but it's not supported by any real data. The fact is that nobody has any evidence to support any explanation.

And not saying things like this matters: blaming 'kinks' on people's parents is a standard shaming mechanism both for the parents and the child.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #13 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:47 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.

Hey, bread is just that awesome!

In Roko's case, its probably the tactile and sensory sensation she enjoys about the bread. Have you ever baked bread at home? Like mixing the dry ingredients together before adding the wet and then kneading it into a dough? Its relaxing for some and I imagine that for Roko in her previous job, bread became a relaxing element to her life. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, I seriously doubt a bread fetish is the weirdest one out there.

We know olfactory inputs may create sexy unicorn men. Fresh bread may just do something else, even more sensual. Like some people are attracted to both genders, AIs may have a deeply sensual, personal reaction to bread. or Chai. Or maybe even steamed broccoli. Silicon Chips work way more different than the bald ape brains we use.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #14 on: 17 Mar 2019, 20:56 »

Still think Roko asking Elliot to participate in her fetish was super weird and inappropriate, tbh. It makes it a little better that he is aware that it's a fetish thing and is explicitly okay with that, but still...I don't think it's kinkshaming to expect people to reserve their sex stuff for sex contexts.

I think it's time to, you know, let this go.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #15 on: 17 Mar 2019, 21:18 »

Still think Roko asking Elliot to participate in her fetish was super weird and inappropriate, tbh. It makes it a little better that he is aware that it's a fetish thing and is explicitly okay with that, but still...I don't think it's kinkshaming to expect people to reserve their sex stuff for sex contexts.

Why should anyone care if Roko or any AI gets off on baking bread?  It’s not like she’s leaking genetic material into the dough...  or humping the fridge.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #16 on: 17 Mar 2019, 21:52 »

Why should anyone care if Roko or any AI gets off on baking bread?  It’s not like she’s leaking genetic material into the dough...  or humping the fridge.

If someone came up to me at my place of work and said "hey, can you teach me electrophysiology because i find poking cells with glass electrodes sexually gratifying," the possibility of their getting genetic material on my rig would not be my main concern.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #17 on: 18 Mar 2019, 00:11 »

This is literally just wishful thinking out of left field, but y'know I'm still waiting over here for more on Elliot & Clinton. Maybe a polycule with Brun or something, I'm not picky.

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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #18 on: 18 Mar 2019, 00:24 »

I'm thinking that today's strip is more about Elliot than it is about Roko in some ways. I've said this before but I think that bread-making and other similar forms of baking are Elliot's first true love and the way he introduces Roko into the mysteries of his art seems to back that up. It does leave me wondering if real artisan bakers name their yeast farms though...! :-P

Still think Roko asking Elliot to participate in her fetish was super weird and inappropriate, tbh.

I'm not sure that it is associated with her fetish. She may have thought that it is but her only strong reaction we see is the understandable embarrassment of discussing something so entirely and extremely personal. Her lack of extreme reaction suggests to me that Roko responds only to the freshly finished product, not the early phase of making.

However, I do think that she may have made a friend, possibly without realising it or intending it.
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« Reply #19 on: 18 Mar 2019, 01:29 »

It does leave me wondering if real artisan bakers name their yeast farms though...! :-P

I've known some who do.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #20 on: 18 Mar 2019, 03:08 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.

In my opinion, it's Jeph's reaction to some... misplaced questions about sexual orientations and tastes. Invent something so inherently impossible that one cannot even really formulate an inappropriate question about it. They wouldn't know where to start.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #21 on: 18 Mar 2019, 04:13 »

I'm still boggled by Roko's strange... obsessions... with gluten-bearing foodstuffs.  How the heck would such a thing as a "bread fetish" even come about?  Many human fetishes, such as for shoes, develop from misassociations between sexual excitement and nonsexual content that occur during childhood... but robots don't have childhoods.

The mechanism has been established in a Patreon-only strip.

The exact details aside, all that really matters is that certain sensory stimulation creates a effect in Roko's neural processes analogous to sexual stimulation in humans. TBH, the 'why' doesn't matter and likely will never be addressed. Much of what QC-verse AIs do seems to be a mystery even to them (let alone to their creators) so there may not be an easily-diagnosable cause at all. I suspect that even Roko doesn't know 'why', any more than she really knows why she has a 'tickle' response in her feet.

I'm rather surprised nobody in the cast has thought to ask about it yet, not even someone as tactlessly-impulsive as Melon.

Oddly enough, it was Melon who asked in the Patreon-only strip. Even she doesn't entirely get it, even after Roko explains! :lol:
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #22 on: 18 Mar 2019, 04:15 »

It does leave me wondering if real artisan bakers name their yeast farms though...! :-P

I've known some who do.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #23 on: 18 Mar 2019, 07:16 »

Oh Elliot ya big lug of actually soft-spoken percipience.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #24 on: 18 Mar 2019, 08:03 »

I've been away from the forums for a while, so I don't know if this has come up...

I'm a bit concerned with Roko engaging in this apprenticeship, but not for the reasons most others profess.  Basically, it's the old saw "familiariity breeds contempt".  Bear with me a moment, before you decry. 

It's often the case that becoming intimate with a process (pun intended, I guess) can take all the "mystery" out of it.  That, and the repeated intense contact with her objet de désir may have a psychological effect similar to acclimation, where the effect gets less intense over time. 

Maybe that's her intention - to get control over this uncontrollable effect.  But maybe she's just trying to get closer, and this will be an unintended consequence, leading to a loss of something precious. 



Discuss!  (like you need my permission... ;) )
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« Reply #25 on: 18 Mar 2019, 08:55 »

First of all, welcome back Carl-E.

Secondly, just to show the other side of the coin, engaging in an activity like this can have the possibility of increasing the love Roko has for bread. Sure, she could read up on what happens during the process of baking, but that's cold, sterile and doesn't offer much else. But in actually getting her hands into the dough, that can open up new thoughts of appreciation. Its less taking away the mystery and more gaining understanding what is going on.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #26 on: 18 Mar 2019, 08:56 »

I dunno about you, Carl, but I've had a lot of sex in my life (as an example) and I've never gotten tired of it. Sometimes familiarity allows us to appreciate what we love even more.
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« Reply #27 on: 18 Mar 2019, 09:05 »

Yeah, but that said, if the sex gets stale, you can't make a dessert out of it.
Well, you could, but then its going to get all sorts of messy.
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« Reply #28 on: 18 Mar 2019, 10:02 »

If your sex is getting stale, you're doing it wrong.
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« Reply #29 on: 18 Mar 2019, 10:34 »

If your sex is getting stale, you're doing it wrong.
So, you're saying they should try including baked goods?  ;)
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« Reply #30 on: 18 Mar 2019, 10:54 »

As long as your partners are cool with it, go for it. If nothing else, it will be tasty.
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« Reply #31 on: 18 Mar 2019, 12:18 »

I mean, who am I to object if someone wants to bring a little roll playing in to spice up their sex lives?
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« Reply #32 on: 18 Mar 2019, 13:14 »

I mean, who am I to object if someone wants to bring a little roll playing in to spice up their sex lives?

a case of yeast affection has never hurt anyone  :-D
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« Reply #33 on: 18 Mar 2019, 13:28 »

I mean, who am I to object if someone wants to bring a little roll playing in to spice up their sex lives?
And the more I think about it, the more likely it is that some of Jim's customer base would require rolls repeatedly rubbed on a reasonable, reinstalled robot's regal, resplendent, and recently restored rump.
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« Reply #34 on: 18 Mar 2019, 13:46 »

As long as your partners are cool with it, go for it. If nothing else, it will be tasty.
Considering some local baked goods, that could potentially be a very sticky situation.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #35 on: 18 Mar 2019, 14:20 »

I'm usually just a happy lurker in this thorough discussions, but I went to the trouble of logging in to add -- is anyone else? completely enamored? by Elliot naming his starter BRAD because it's ALMOST BREAD????

like omg I love him. <3

as for ships, since it was mentioned, I feel like I want
Elliot + Clinton
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Brun + Clinton

but I don't actually care much for Elliot + Brun, or anyone + Roko yet.
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« Reply #36 on: 18 Mar 2019, 14:37 »

What about Roko+Brad?
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #37 on: 18 Mar 2019, 20:24 »

They'd need a bigger pan. 
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #38 on: 18 Mar 2019, 20:25 »

HI BRAD! Welcome to a new character - the first named viscous, bubbling mass in this comic!  :-D
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #39 on: 18 Mar 2019, 21:14 »

*snip*
I mean, in the grand scheme of things, I seriously doubt a bread fetish is the weirdest one out there.

Not by a long shot.

For sanity's sake, I won't list the ones that are the worst.
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« Reply #40 on: 18 Mar 2019, 21:16 »

NEW COMIC

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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #41 on: 18 Mar 2019, 21:41 »

That logic actually makes perfect sense. And is totally the kind of workaround I could see some of the programmers I know kludge together.
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« Reply #42 on: 18 Mar 2019, 23:23 »

*snip*
I mean, in the grand scheme of things, I seriously doubt a bread fetish is the weirdest one out there.

Not by a long shot.

For sanity's sake, I won't list the ones that are the worst.
For Gawd's sake, don't!!  If you do someone's bound to say, "Hold my electrodes, furniture polish, and this can of creamed corn."
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #43 on: 18 Mar 2019, 23:34 »

I've worked tech support, and am more curious than Pandora.  Much like Roy Batty, I've seen things you people wouldn't believe[1]...  And there's still worse out there, things that I *haven't* seen.  I don't want to, and there are limits to even what my demented mind can handle.


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« Reply #44 on: 19 Mar 2019, 00:29 »

It says a lot about Roko's personality that, even though Melon's behaviour irritates and worries her on occasion, she still feels obliged to look out for her and defend her. What she says in panel 4 also gives us a little insight into how Melon's mind works. Even though she's easily disoriented, it seems that she has strong associative memories of what people tell her. I wonder if that difficulty with navigation is why she had to check the names of every shop she encountered until she reached Coffee of Doom?

Panel 5 leaves me with a strong mental image of Roko shaking Melon hard and fast whilst a cross-eyed Melon is yelling out: "WHEEEEEE!!!" :-D
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #45 on: 19 Mar 2019, 02:08 »

That logic actually makes perfect sense. And is totally the kind of workaround I could see some of the programmers I know kludge together.

As a programmer, I can confirm that.

This scheme works, but I'm not entirely sure it's about logic. It's the same mechanism that makes it possible to teach animals simple rules, even though they probably don't understand what the rules mean.
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #46 on: 19 Mar 2019, 03:34 »

I have a feeling if you shook Melon you’d hear a bunch of silly sound effects. 
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #47 on: 19 Mar 2019, 04:16 »

Hmm..  Wonder if Elliot smells like bread all the time after he's done a shift at the bakery...  Wonder if Roko turned her sensor suite back up.... 
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #48 on: 19 Mar 2019, 06:31 »

I have a feeling if you shook Melon you’d hear a bunch of silly sound effects.

Dunno, but you'd probably hear a fair bit of rattling. 


I mean, someting's loose...
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Re: WCDT strips 3961-3965 (18-22 March 2019)
« Reply #49 on: 19 Mar 2019, 06:49 »

One of the AI versions of neuroatypical, I suppose. Though that's a little harder to call, since while AIs are people but not human people so.... some of our measurements aren't gonna track. And some of them don't track for humans as is.
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