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WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« on: 19 May 2019, 10:53 »

Instead of combing through a literal thousand of comics, I parsed through the wikiquotes page. So, sorry if your favorite didn't make it
BTW, there's definitely some that are missing from the wikiquots page. It also probably doesn't help that I'm doing this instead of sleeping.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #1 on: 19 May 2019, 11:04 »

Somehow the part where Faye helps Bubbles remove her armor (#3473 Disrobing) isn't in the wikiquote page. Her usurping Sam as Skullmaster I can understand, but not such a major turning point in her character arc.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #2 on: 19 May 2019, 14:58 »

Oh dear. That belongs in Memorable Quotes.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #3 on: 19 May 2019, 19:38 »

TBH, abstract thinking probably wasn't a big thing during the Ice Age. 


May is becoming a catalyst for change in character's lives.  First Roko, now Sven.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #4 on: 19 May 2019, 19:42 »

May makes a good point, but I donít think being straightforward works like that unless youíre on Tinder.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #5 on: 19 May 2019, 20:22 »

TBH, abstract thinking probably wasn't a big thing during the Ice Age. 


May is becoming a catalyst for change in character's lives.  First Roko, now Sven.
Maslow's hierarchy?

There was still some art.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #6 on: 19 May 2019, 20:27 »

May: Life Coach.

No?

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #7 on: 19 May 2019, 20:35 »

TBH, abstract thinking probably wasn't a big thing during the Ice Age. 


May is becoming a catalyst for change in character's lives.  First Roko, now Sven.
Maslow's hierarchy?

There was still some art.

There's a theory that the sequential nature of the animals depicted in cave paintings (such as in Chauvet Cave) was a way to tell people who stayed in the cave what animals would normally be available to hunt, rather than art for the sake of art.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #8 on: 19 May 2019, 21:07 »

May has a point, but she also kinda doesn't.

Human interactions are complex and nuanced, and dismissing them like that is very May, but it's also wrong. Not everything about conversations, including mutually-agreed-to-boinking, is surface level. Yes, overcomplicating things that are simple is a thing that happens, but claiming that it's all clear-cut and simple shows that May struggles to understand social dynamics.

I mean, it's not surprising. Most of May's appearances in the comic indicate that.

Just off the top of my head: going "I wanna fuck" at a person can be perceived as pushy, threatening, entitled, scary, or presumptuous. There. Five different shades for why This Might Not Be So Simple, right off the bat. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. That's interaction *before* sex has occurred. It gets exponentially more complicated during and after.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #9 on: 19 May 2019, 22:05 »

That specific phrasing out of context would be inappropriate, yes, but there are social contexts for establishing such a dialog and way to do so that are just as directly to the point without being crude.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #10 on: 19 May 2019, 22:19 »

That specific phrasing out of context would be inappropriate, yes, but there are social contexts for establishing such a dialog and way to do so that are just as directly to the point without being crude.

I'm not saying May is completely wrong. I'm saying she's extremely reductive, which makes me sceptical as to whether she really understands what she's talking about, given how she typically interacts with others.

Plus, she seems to have a pretty "outsider" view of sex. As a rule, I think anyone who looks at an emotionally-charged issue from the outside and makes snide remarks about how others don't do it right, while also not having an (emotional) horse in the race themselves, is at the very least suspect.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #11 on: 19 May 2019, 22:36 »

Hahhhh...Yeah, sex doesn't QUITE work like May thinks it does. Would be nice if it did though. And for a good-looking guy like Sven it probably could. But for the most part, nah.

Wonder if May is going to get laid. Like, for real, not Pintsize-being-a-weirdo-for-$20 laid.

Wait, remind me of what Sven's whole thing was again? He wrote angsty country songs for money he didn't believe in, was good looking so women threw themselves at him, had a "fuckbuddies" relationship thing with Faye that they both blew off till he had some other chick over and fucked her and they blew up over repressed feelings, and then he moped around being randomly obtrusive to the other cast for awhile?
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #12 on: 19 May 2019, 23:28 »

May is actually giving us an interesting lesson here: Imagine a mind that had no intrinsic sexuality and whose only real understanding of it came from sneaking a read of fringe hard-core pornography. Because that's basically what we're seeing here. May really doesn't have much conception of the emotional end of human sexuality; to her it all about hormones and endorphin releases (often in some pretty non-standard ways). So, she's talking to Sven in that way.

It's interesting that Sven said he could have a one-night stand without being an asshole 'in theory'. I strongly suspect that he really doesn't trust his ingrained behaviours to let him do it, no matter how much he wants to.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #13 on: 19 May 2019, 23:57 »

Wait, remind me of what Sven's whole thing was again? He wrote angsty country songs for money he didn't believe in, was good looking so women threw themselves at him, had a "fuckbuddies" relationship thing with Faye that they both blew off till he had some other chick over and fucked her and they blew up over repressed feelings, and then he moped around being randomly obtrusive to the other cast for awhile?

The thing that made Sven an asshole instead of just a guy having lots of casual sex was how he would involve other people in his drama without their consent, just so he could avoid having to deal with consequences.  The first time we see this, he's pretending Faye is his girlfriend so he can get out of an awkward conversation with a girl (Faye does not play along), and then the next time he threw Marten to the wolf of an angry ex he was avoiding while he slipped out during the distraction.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #14 on: 20 May 2019, 00:39 »

He was all, "This is just a casual thing, though" with Faye, and look how that turned out.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #15 on: 20 May 2019, 01:25 »

IMO, a reminder that some people are simply not psychologically equipped for sex being 'just a casual thing'. They probably shouldn't try it because it only hurts both parties.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #16 on: 20 May 2019, 01:32 »

As someone who pretty much only has sex as a "casual" thing, I can tell you it still requires communication. Lots of communications. In some ways, even more than if it's not casual. Sven's problem was that he never wanted to have that communication and did everything he could to avoid it. Ethical non-monogamy entails keeping tabs on your partners' (and your own) feelings and adjusting behavior accordingly. Feelings sometimes happen, whether we want them to or not. It is important to be aware of them and talk about what you want to do about them, whether that means moving to something less than casual, ending it to avoid further hurt, or whatever you choose, but you have to talk about it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #17 on: 20 May 2019, 03:13 »

Svay!

Well, if Jeph can have a human/robot Lesbian couple, wny not have Sven and May becoming FWBs?  Assuming May's current chassis is even equipped for that.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #18 on: 20 May 2019, 03:37 »

I wonder if Sven will interpret this also as May asking him (between the lines). I'm not sure how May would react if Sven repeats her line.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #19 on: 20 May 2019, 04:21 »

Svay!

Well, if Jeph can have a human/robot Lesbian couple, wny not have Sven and May becoming FWBs?  Assuming May's current chassis is even equipped for that.
3304 hints that she's not. Quite sure there was something about her being built like a barbie doll even in real form, but I can't find that right now.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #20 on: 20 May 2019, 05:52 »

Honestly, May's advice is one of those things of "Yes it's that simple but no it's not that simple." Like its one of those things that on the surface level sounds like it makes sense but ignores so many underlying issues, from inequality of male/female power dynamics in relationships, to potential sociological and psychological difficulties.

Like yeah, if two people both want it and both are the type to be compatible with casual sex, it totally works like that. But finding out if you both are in that situation requires a lot more.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #21 on: 20 May 2019, 07:37 »

3304 hints that she's not. Quite sure there was something about her being built like a barbie doll even in real form, but I can't find that right now.
That'd be 2497.  I foresee May coming into a moderate sum of money and agonizing about whether to spend it on a new chassis or having Union Robotics install a hooha on her current one.  And nipples.  May coveting Roko's nipples could make an entire arc in and of itself.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #22 on: 20 May 2019, 11:04 »

Also, xkcd, because there's a relevant xkcd for most things:

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3304 hints that she's not. Quite sure there was something about her being built like a barbie doll even in real form, but I can't find that right now.
That'd be 2497.  I foresee May coming into a moderate sum of money and agonizing about whether to spend it on a new chassis or having Union Robotics install a hooha on her current one.  And nipples.  May coveting Roko's nipples could make an entire arc in and of itself.

Well, 2497 is the holo-form which doesn't really apply to the meatspace. or ... whatever it's called for AnthroPCs. 3304 DOES however indicate the lack of ... plug and play compatibility with humans.


May is becoming a catalyst for change in character's lives.  First Roko, now Sven.

Technically, you'd have to add Marigold and Dale to this list.

May has the habit of being rather direct, and sometimes (over-)simplifying. That what makes her valuable.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #23 on: 20 May 2019, 12:51 »



Also, xkcd, because there's a relevant xkcd for most things:

That's how I got here.


3304 hints that she's not. Quite sure there was something about her being built like a barbie doll even in real form, but I can't find that right now.
That'd be 2497.  I foresee May coming into a moderate sum of money and agonizing about whether to spend it on a new chassis or having Union Robotics install a hooha on her current one.  And nipples.  May coveting Roko's nipples could make an entire arc in and of itself.

Well, 2497 is the holo-form which doesn't really apply to the meatspace. or ... whatever it's called for AnthroPCs. 3304 DOES however indicate the lack of ... plug and play compatibility with humans.

Yeah, 2497 was the first reference to her holographic form looking like a barbie doll, but I seem to recall that at some point the expression was used to describe her even after she got a real body. Might have dreamt that though. Faye did use the expression when she borrowed Dale's glasses and caught the sight of a holo-May mooning her, but that was just a few pages after 2497.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #24 on: 20 May 2019, 12:57 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #25 on: 20 May 2019, 14:49 »

So how about that sportsball team, huh?
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #26 on: 20 May 2019, 16:30 »

May's directness does save time and cut through underbrush.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #27 on: 20 May 2019, 16:44 »

But also misses the fact that human interaction is rarely simple or direct.

May's idea of how things work (or should work) is all fine in theory. It just falls apart in practice.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #28 on: 20 May 2019, 17:11 »

Just like Sven said, in other words.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #29 on: 20 May 2019, 19:24 »

Comic.

What, er, a heartwarming resolution?
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #30 on: 20 May 2019, 20:05 »

That WAS pretty funny actually.

Are the passers by supposed to be cameos or anything?

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #31 on: 20 May 2019, 21:07 »

That WAS pretty funny actually.

Are the passers by supposed to be cameos or anything?
I believe so.

As for May's current chassis, she has a discussion about it with Momo at some point. I think it was over the course of 3 strips.
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« Reply #32 on: 20 May 2019, 21:24 »

I think that one of those was linked upthread.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #33 on: 20 May 2019, 22:20 »

"I told you this town was weird" is a good line.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #34 on: 20 May 2019, 23:09 »

So... have Sven and May just arranged a hook-up? It's probably indicative of both my lack of experience and the essentially sarcastic way that they talk to each other that it's actually impossible to tell if they're actually serious about meeting for sex later or whether they're teasing each other!

FWIW, Panel 2 makes me wonder what Sven is basing that statement on. It could be Momo, I suppose but I'm wondering if the tabloids in the QC universe occasionally fixate on synthetics who show their sexual sides with the same 'hey look at this freak' exploitative attitude that they seem to apply to anything even remotely outside the average.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #35 on: 21 May 2019, 01:59 »

"I'd offer to gargle some lube and letcha go to town"
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #36 on: 21 May 2019, 02:36 »


Enough of this subtle foreplay!
(Yeah, I can see it happening.)

And as for the cameos in the last panel... I really want the girl/woman to become a main character!
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #37 on: 21 May 2019, 03:25 »

FWIW, Panel 2 makes me wonder what Sven is basing that statement on. It could be Momo, I suppose but I'm wondering if the tabloids in the QC universe occasionally fixate on synthetics who show their sexual sides with the same 'hey look at this freak' exploitative attitude that they seem to apply to anything even remotely outside the average.

Or, it could be that he’s talking about Bubbles and Faye. He does know about that, and he knows Faye well enough to be certain that it’s not a purely emotional relationship.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #38 on: 21 May 2019, 04:24 »

3304 hints that she's not. Quite sure there was something about her being built like a barbie doll even in real form, but I can't find that right now.
That'd be 2497.  I foresee May coming into a moderate sum of money and agonizing about whether to spend it on a new chassis or having Union Robotics install a hooha on her current one.  And nipples.  May coveting Roko's nipples could make an entire arc in and of itself.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #39 on: 21 May 2019, 07:08 »

Well, 2497 is the holo-form which doesn't really apply to the meatspace. or ... whatever it's called for AnthroPCs. 3304 DOES however indicate the lack of ... plug and play compatibility with humans.
True, but May's current chassis seems to be the AI equivalent of the generic suit of clothes issued to human convicts upon release from prison.  It would make sense to use it as the model for a holoform for any AI destined to inhabit one.

Regarding the upcoming date - Lots of situational humor potential around who shows up and when, and whether or not they actually meant to.  (I wonder if May usually uses the alley door?)  Is Jeph going to have Sven fall in love with May as penance for his past sins?  What if he offers to buy her an upgraded chassis?  That would offer plenty of opportunity to explore ethical issues, especially for May herself.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #40 on: 21 May 2019, 09:47 »

As someone who pretty much only has sex as a "casual" thing, I can tell you it still requires communication. Lots of communications. In some ways, even more than if it's not casual. Sven's problem was that he never wanted to have that communication and did everything he could to avoid it. Ethical non-monogamy entails keeping tabs on your partners' (and your own) feelings and adjusting behavior accordingly. Feelings sometimes happen, whether we want them to or not. It is important to be aware of them and talk about what you want to do about them, whether that means moving to something less than casual, ending it to avoid further hurt, or whatever you choose, but you have to talk about it.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #41 on: 21 May 2019, 10:16 »

As someone who pretty much only has sex as a "casual" thing, I can tell you it still requires communication. Lots of communications. In some ways, even more than if it's not casual. Sven's problem was that he never wanted to have that communication and did everything he could to avoid it. Ethical non-monogamy entails keeping tabs on your partners' (and your own) feelings and adjusting behavior accordingly. Feelings sometimes happen, whether we want them to or not. It is important to be aware of them and talk about what you want to do about them, whether that means moving to something less than casual, ending it to avoid further hurt, or whatever you choose, but you have to talk about it.

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #42 on: 21 May 2019, 17:28 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #43 on: 21 May 2019, 18:06 »

Are the passers by supposed to be cameos or anything?
Most definitely. The artistic style for cameos is very specific and does now follow the same artistic style as with the depiction of fictional characters. It is more consistent, if anything. It fits with Marten's father wedding, when Charlie Stross was a cameo (one of the few people me and Jeph both know in person), and also webcomic artists that have been featured. It's very easy to recognize when a passerby is a cameo.

EDIT: That being said, I don't know who the specific cameo is in the last panel of the Tuesday comic.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #44 on: 21 May 2019, 19:01 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #45 on: 21 May 2019, 19:04 »

I gotta say

I did not anticipate the watermelon
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #46 on: 21 May 2019, 19:14 »

Momo is quite likely to zap the living fuck out of both of them.  She's had a crush on Sven for a VERY long time in-comic,
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #47 on: 21 May 2019, 19:19 »

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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #48 on: 21 May 2019, 19:23 »

While I wasn't sure what I was anticipating, it certainly wasn't that.
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Re: WCDT Strips 4006-4010 (20th-25th May, 2019)
« Reply #49 on: 21 May 2019, 19:28 »

This is absolutely my favorite ship in all of QC. These two need each other like a chainsaw needs a... umm... another chainsaw.

In any case, totally a fan of this and hope that it is more than a casual hookup.
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