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What arcs or characters would you prefer to see as the focus? (Choose THREE Options)

Marten & Claire
- 3 (2.5%)
Dora & Tai
- 6 (5%)
The Secret Bakery Crew (Jim, Elliot and Renee w. Sam, Roko and Brun guest-starring)
- 9 (7.4%)
Roko and her search for meaning (including Beepatrice, May, SpookyBot & others)
- 15 (12.4%)
Union Robotics (Faye & Bubbles w. Punchbot, Sam & other customers looking in)
- 16 (13.2%)
The Old Apartment (Marten, Faye, Bubbles, Claire & Pintsize)
- 9 (7.4%)
The Voyages of Hannelore
- 20 (16.5%)
Roko, Melon & Elliot's interactions in their apartment complex (with Arthur and SpookyBot looking in)
- 3 (2.5%)
Dale, Marigold, May & Momo's domesticity
- 5 (4.1%)
Back to the Library (Marten, Tai and Momo and possibly Claire, plus the students)
- 2 (1.7%)
Coffee of Doom (Dora, all the barristas and their significant others as well as random customers)
- 8 (6.6%)
Steve & Cossette
- 2 (1.7%)
Penny & Wil
- 4 (3.3%)
The Brun-Elliott-Clinton-Roko axis
- 16 (13.2%)
Other (please specify in comment)
- 3 (2.5%)

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Author Topic: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)  (Read 3916 times)

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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #150 on: 30 Jun 2019, 05:29 »

What's not to like about a fighter built around a monster of a Gatling cannon?

It's as ugly as sin and has the performance of a particularly obese bovine. Heck, the design makes a virtue of its ability to soak up ground fire because it can't dodge!

Give me something sleek like a YF-23 or a Su-27 any day! 8-)

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Direct hit from an SA-9




Susan Biley now flies Comair jets.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #151 on: 30 Jun 2019, 07:12 »

https://www.2951clss-gulfwar.com/piwigo/index.php?/category/6

" Wheels up, hard stick landing after being hit by a SAM. Everyone said it couldn't be done, including the Flight Manual's and Tech Orders... pilot Capt Rich Biley proved'm wrong on 22 Feb 1991! He brought 79-0181 in at King Khalid Military City (KKMC), Forward Operating Location (FOL) 1 where the CLSS team stripped it of parts, some send to King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), Main Operating Base (MOB) for use on other birds, and then buried it in the desert. Capt Biley was unhurt during the crash."

Direct hit from an SA-9

As Darth Vader once said: IMPRESSIVE.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #152 on: 30 Jun 2019, 09:02 »

People attracted to danger, people attracted to power, and people hoping the friendship would pay off in some illegitimate way.

EDIT:

How much would a zero-interest loan really help someone like May? She'd still have the stigma of a conviction and still face prejudice against robots. She'd then be faced with making payments on a not-cheap chassis out of minimum wage or not much better.

At least it would solve the credit rating problem and free her from the ball and chain of end-of-life repairs.
The analogous statement from an optimistic meatperson would be, "At least I have my health."  So, yeah, there's an equivalent real/human world start over point.

Now, getting May to an epiphany such that she'd take that kind of optimistic view of the world is going to require some writing on Jeph's part.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #153 on: 30 Jun 2019, 11:02 »

This may have been covered earlier, if so please direct me. 

The longer we see May interact with people, the less she seems to care about her body.  See 4030 when she and the tech agree about being a fighter jet and Roko has to tell them to focus.  In fact, May seems to be the only AI with a willingness to ditch her current form for some other form.  Momo and Winslow upgrading aren't really good examples because they had the option to pick a new body; it took Winslow two tries to get one he liked.  All of which leads me to wonder: What was May's original form?  Anything canonical that's not in-story available?
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #154 on: 30 Jun 2019, 12:01 »

And another warthog story with similar ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nUhDvcGXgs 

I'm sure May is more interested in something like this: https://www.military.com/video/boeing-unveils-unmanned-fighter-drone
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #155 on: 30 Jun 2019, 13:05 »

Poll Results Post
What arcs or characters would you prefer to see as the focus?

1. The Voyages of Hannelore - 20 (16.5%)
=2. Union Robotics (Faye & Bubbles w. Punchbot, Sam & other customers looking in) - 16 (13.2%)
=2 - The Brun-Elliott-Clinton-Roko axis - 16 (13.2%)

4. Roko and her search for meaning (including Beepatrice, May, SpookyBot & others) - 15 (12.4%)
=5. The Secret Bakery Crew (Jim, Elliot and Renee w. Sam, Roko and Brun guest-starring) - 9 (7.4%)
=5. The Old Apartment (Marten, Faye, Bubbles, Claire & Pintsize) - 9 (7.4%)
7. Coffee of Doom (Dora, all the barristas and their significant others as well as random customers) - 8 (6.6%)
8. Dora & Tai - 6 (5%)
9. Dale, Marigold, May & Momo's domesticity - 5 (4.1%)
10. Penny & Wil - 4 (3.3%)
=11. Other (please specify in comment) - 3 (2.5%)
=11. Marten & Claire - 3 (2.5%)
=11. Roko, Melon & Elliot's interactions in their apartment complex (with Arthur and SpookyBot looking in) - 3 (2.5%)
=14. Back to the Library (Marten, Tai and Momo and possibly Claire, plus the students) - 2 (1.7%)
=14. Steve & Cossette - 2 (1.7%)

Well, a clear win for Hanners there! I think that the tied runners-up and the fourth place was a fairly clear result too as well as instructive about what the readership likes seeing!
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #156 on: 30 Jun 2019, 20:13 »

This whole strip looks rose-tinted. It's nice-looking. Is it supposed to be sunset?
Nah, the viewer just has on lenses made from rose quartz.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #157 on: 01 Jul 2019, 01:24 »

This whole strip looks rose-tinted. It's nice-looking. Is it supposed to be sunset?
Nah, the viewer just has on lenses made from rose quartz.

I want to believe that's how Roko sees everything.

.... it's not purple enough to be the opposite color tint of The Matrix.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #158 on: 01 Jul 2019, 03:33 »

What's not to like about a fighter built around a monster of a Gatling cannon?

It's as ugly as sin and has the performance of a particularly obese bovine. Heck, the design makes a virtue of its ability to soak up ground fire because it can't dodge!

Give me something sleek like a YF-23 or a Su-27 any day! 8-)

https://www.2951clss-gulfwar.com/piwigo/index.php?/category/6

" Wheels up, hard stick landing after being hit by a SAM. Everyone said it couldn't be done, including the Flight Manual's and Tech Orders... pilot Capt Rich Biley proved'm wrong on 22 Feb 1991! He brought 79-0181 in at King Khalid Military City (KKMC), Forward Operating Location (FOL) 1 where the CLSS team stripped it of parts, some send to King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), Main Operating Base (MOB) for use on other birds, and then buried it in the desert. Capt Biley was unhurt during the crash."

Direct hit from an SA-9

Susan Biley now flies Comair jets.

Eeeeeep! Right in the elevator-hydraulics!  :oops:

As Darth Vader once said: IMPRESSIVE.

Most impressive ...
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #159 on: 01 Jul 2019, 09:25 »

This whole strip looks rose-tinted. It's nice-looking. Is it supposed to be sunset?
Nah, the viewer just has on lenses made from rose quartz.

I want to believe that's how Roko sees everything.

.... it's not purple enough to be the opposite color tint of The Matrix.
I doubt it.  Cops tend to see everything through shit-colored glasses.  Experience quicky dyes all motives a fecal brown.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #160 on: 01 Jul 2019, 11:50 »

(Also... Roko's being a bit Hypocritajudgey, is she not? Considering her first thought in this particular saga was to dig up the dirt on May's boss...?)
But it wasn't.  Roko's first thought was to run a bluff without digging up anything.

So extortion instead?
Don't think that's much better.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #161 on: 01 Jul 2019, 14:29 »

Yep, I agree it's still blackmail.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #162 on: 01 Jul 2019, 14:47 »

So extortion instead?
Don't think that's much better.

The "x" makes it sound cooler.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #163 on: 01 Jul 2019, 17:01 »

It doesn't seem that huge to me.  But then again, I was educated by nuns from Boston.  (They KNEW we'd sinned.)  I guess that normalizes that kind of coercion.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #164 on: 01 Jul 2019, 20:55 »

Of course Spookybot isn’t monitoring you, Roko.  If they were they’d be dressed like you.
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Re: WCDT strips 4031 - 4035 (24th to 28th June 2019)
« Reply #165 on: 02 Jul 2019, 01:33 »

Of course Spookybot isn’t monitoring you, Roko.  If they were they’d be dressed like you.

I just noticed this post (pray my pardon). It's worth noting that this node of SpookyBot is only wearing activewear because Roko wears it sometimes. So, yeah, there would be a disturbing Single Magenta Gynoid feel to this if it wasn't for the fact that SpookyBot is struggling to understand 'normal' and 'appropriate behaviour' and has apparently decided that Roko is the template around which they need to form their perception of that concept.
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