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May's new chassis will probably be ...

a newer version of her current model
a blue Philomena (similar to Roko's)
the same model as Melon's
an AnthroPC (like Pintsize)
Momo's old body
similar to Chimevera's
Corpse Witch's old chassis with a paint job
a blue version of Beepatrice's chassis
an experimental prototype that was meant to be flight capable and humanoid
a drone with arms
a transformer with a moped alt-mode
a tablet style AnthroPC
a purple dishwasher with simian limbs and tail
other please specify

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Author Topic: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)  (Read 3747 times)

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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #100 on: 29 Aug 2019, 21:32 »

'Better be fast with those drinks...'
Good thing Coffee of Doom is just down the street.

Kinda surprised by Faye's language here.
"Get the lady a tea. And some coffee for whiskers."

Maybe we'll learn a little more about the Emu Incident. Not counting on it though. And never intrude on a nesting goose.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #101 on: 29 Aug 2019, 22:17 »

All too true but there is also another reason for that.
As i may have said before, it doesn't matter how sophisticated your company is, someone still has to clean the toilet, and if there's an outbreak of infectious disease they may become the most important person in the company.

The lot of a saturday kid/holiday temp in any small business is to do what they are legally allowed to, competent at and where errors won't impact customers. There's often not too many choices, and sometimes the most difficult part is keeping them busy without impacting the productivity of the skilled folk.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #102 on: 29 Aug 2019, 23:35 »

Ouch! Oh poor Chimevera! Looking at the angle in her leg, that emu must have a hell of a kick to do that to what is probably aviation-quality duralanium! I also love her blush in panel 2. It reminds us of just how human the anthropomimietic synthetics generally are in terms of their reaction to social taboos like nudity. It's a nice little touch.

Yes, Sam is an intern and, as predicted, that means she's automatically the one selected to run errands or fetch snacks. Additionally, I suspect that Faye wants her out of the way so she doesn't interfere with the process or embarrass Chimevera by treating her like a curiosity.

That said, sending Sam to Coffee of Doom at  this moment does open some interesting possibilities for the next phase of  this arc. Several of those possibilities are:
  • Hannelore serves Sam at CoD and she gets to learn a bit about Hanners' pharmacological tea-making; Sam realises that there is more to robot repair than cool tools;
    * Maybe Sam decides to become a robot MD?
    * Or decides that Hannelore's potion-making looks more interesting than playing with machine tools?
  • Sam runs into May and inadvertently gets her to actually bite the bullet and talk to Winslow;
  • Sam runs into the emu and puts her 'dealing with wild critters' knowledge to work to contain it and lead it tamely back to the scientists;
  • Sam runs into Roko and somehow gets roped into the whole issue with May's chassis.
I'm sure that there are lots of more interesting options that others can come up with. The point is that I suspect that we're going to be following Sam's journey next, not the repairs to Chimevera's leg. She's not going to see any of that work because of the adventure that she's just leaving to start!
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #103 on: 30 Aug 2019, 00:49 »

Every time I see 'Chimevera' my brain goes "key-maw-ver-uh" even though I'm fairly certain that the 'chime' part is meant to be said like the word  "chime".
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #104 on: 30 Aug 2019, 01:18 »

Every time I see 'Chimevera' my brain goes "key-maw-ver-uh" even though I'm fairly certain that the 'chime' part is meant to be said like the word  "chime".

I believe "chimera" (and thus, this derivative of it) is usually pronounced with a hard "K" or "Kh" (think "Christ") rather than the "ch-" you'd expect from "church", "chimpanzee", et al.
So I would go with "ky-muh-ver-uh", or possibly "-veer-uh" if the second part is intended to be based on the common first name "Vera".

EDIT: ... actually, now I think the whole name was meant to be a rhyming pun on "primavera", which means that you were actually entirely right the first time! 
(as the first syllable there is "preem", not "prime")
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #105 on: 30 Aug 2019, 01:57 »

Comic's up.

At least it wasn't a cassowary.

Cassowary foot and claw.



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DANGEROUS MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, he read. His gaze moved down the spine. VOLUME 29C, he added. OH. PART THREE, I SEE.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #106 on: 30 Aug 2019, 02:00 »

Comic's up.

At least it wasn't a cassowary.

True that. I've read that if you want a pretty fair idea of what it would have been like to tangle with a fast dinosaur raptor like Deinonychus or Velociraptor, go and annoy a cassowary - 100 pounds, able to leap five feet in order to slash you with 5 inch claws designed for disemboweling...
Emus, on the other hand, are usually pretty chill - eat your hand if they're used to humans being around. (Oops, sorry, eat from your hand! From your hand...heh heh heh...)
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #107 on: 30 Aug 2019, 02:13 »

I was going to correct Bubbles and say that "It's not fuchsia, it's (redacted). And not code, it's  (redacted again)"
But then I checked and that info is still current and still classified. Oopsie. Squared.

Even the unclassified colours/meanings are still part of a classified system.

I don't know if Jeph read about it and slightly modified it yet kept it recognisable, or just guessed something plausible.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #108 on: 30 Aug 2019, 07:07 »

I think that a good response to being sent out to get blinker fluid would be to bring back a bottle of eye drops.

All of this and no one has mentioned sending newbies to the stores for a Long Stand....?
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #109 on: 30 Aug 2019, 07:40 »

I was kind of surprised he could carry her, considering. Admittedly, androids are probably more plastic than anything...

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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #110 on: 30 Aug 2019, 11:04 »

If it's important to train Sam in dealing with boredom there's probably some skilled work that requires long-term attention with little stimulation. "Keep the myomer growth solution at 45.7 C for two hours", "Lift the client out of the hair growth bucket by one millimeter every twenty minutes and inspect results", that kind of thing.
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« Reply #111 on: 30 Aug 2019, 11:49 »

I was kind of surprised he could carry her, considering. Admittedly, androids are probably more plastic than anything...
I was wondering the same thing, just how heavy are those chassis?
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #112 on: 30 Aug 2019, 13:23 »

Comic's up.

At least it wasn't a cassowary.

Cassowary foot and claw.



For a second there I thought that was a still from next year's Alien clone ...  :-\
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #113 on: 30 Aug 2019, 14:42 »

For a second there I thought that was a still from next year's Alien clone ...  :-\

Who says it isn't? *shudders*
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« Reply #114 on: 30 Aug 2019, 15:45 »

I was kind of surprised he could carry her, considering. Admittedly, androids are probably more plastic than anything...
I was wondering the same thing, just how heavy are those chassis?

We know that Momo is denser than water, but not how much.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #115 on: 30 Aug 2019, 22:50 »

For a second there I thought that was a still from next year's Alien clone ...  :-\

Who says it isn't? *shudders*
Oh no! Cassowary-xenomorphs! Now we’re really screwed…
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« Reply #116 on: 31 Aug 2019, 14:56 »

We've never seen Faye needing lifting machinery to move an AI chassis.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #117 on: 31 Aug 2019, 18:28 »

What? No mention of the classic Henway.
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Reminds me of a similar joke (don't know whether this will make sense outside the UK though given the joke revolves around British slang):

"I'm going to my sister's hen do this weekend."
"What's a hen do?"
"Lay eggs."
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« Reply #118 on: 01 Sep 2019, 03:41 »

We've never seen Faye needing lifting machinery to move an AI chassis.
Doesn't Faye have Bubs to lift any Crushbot style of chassis?
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #119 on: 01 Sep 2019, 07:15 »

We've never seen Faye needing lifting machinery to move an AI chassis.
They can't be all that heavy, or they wouldn't have battery power for very long.  And if a bird can kick one heard enough to break or seriously bend the leg, that's just more evidence of light-weight construction.  I expect most of the weight of an AI is the battery pack, not the body structure.
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« Reply #120 on: 02 Sep 2019, 05:49 »

What? No mention of the classic Henway.
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Reminds me of a similar joke (don't know whether this will make sense outside the UK though given the joke revolves around British slang):

"I'm going to my sister's hen do this weekend."
"What's a hen do?"
"Lay eggs."

Here's another joke (an old one) having to do with the incompatibility of American and British slang and the untranslatability of puns:
An American is showing off his backyard vegetable garden to a British visitor, who asks what the American does with all the produce.
"We eat what we can, and what we can't, we can!"
... to which the British visitor draws a polite blank, not getting the pun.
"Well, I mean ..." the American begins to explain, but changes course: "Look, what do you do with the produce from YOUR backyard garden?"
To which the Brit replies:
"Why, we consume what we are able, and tin the balance!"
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #121 on: 02 Sep 2019, 10:18 »

What? No mention of the classic Henway.
(click to show/hide)

Reminds me of a similar joke (don't know whether this will make sense outside the UK though given the joke revolves around British slang):

"I'm going to my sister's hen do this weekend."
"What's a hen do?"
"Lay eggs."

Here's another joke (an old one) having to do with the incompatibility of American and British slang and the untranslatability of puns:
An American is showing off his backyard vegetable garden to a British visitor, who asks what the American does with all the produce.
"We eat what we can, and what we can't, we can!"
... to which the British visitor draws a polite blank, not getting the pun.
"Well, I mean ..." the American begins to explain, but changes course: "Look, what do you do with the produce from YOUR backyard garden?"
To which the Brit replies:
"Why, we consume what we are able, and tin the balance!"

Still another example of the word "British" being used as opposed to the actual "English"...

How do I know?

Because the Scotsman's answer would be -  "Vegetables? What're they?'

(Hey, now! I'm Scottish.. I'm ALLOWED to make that joke!)  ;)
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #122 on: 02 Sep 2019, 10:43 »

I think that chips are a vegetable.  At least up there, they are.
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« Reply #123 on: 02 Sep 2019, 13:23 »

I think that chips are a vegetable.  At least up there, they are.

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« Reply #124 on: 02 Sep 2019, 14:24 »

Or even better, I can do what hedgehogs are best known for: curling into a spiky ball until the problem goes away.
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« Reply #125 on: 02 Sep 2019, 14:25 »

Don't forget where the game of golf comes from.
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« Reply #126 on: 02 Sep 2019, 16:34 »

Don't forget where the game of golf comes from.

Spell it backwards and you figure out where the name comes from.
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« Reply #127 on: 02 Sep 2019, 16:46 »

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« Reply #128 on: 02 Sep 2019, 16:58 »

I think that chips are a vegetable.  At least up there, they are.

Accroding to the Reagan administration in the eighties, ketchup is a vegetable.
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« Reply #129 on: 02 Sep 2019, 17:09 »

Accroding to the Reagan administration in the eighties, ketchup is a vegetable.

Also pickle chips. They withdrew the suggestion upon the objections of a senator from Pennsylvania - fellow named Heinz. Yes, the Heinz.
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« Reply #130 on: 02 Sep 2019, 17:34 »

One thing that I do blame spending on the UK on is having to order Heinz baked beans for breakfasts.  Okay, those and cases of Irn Bru, so make it two things.
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« Reply #132 on: 03 Sep 2019, 07:00 »

Don't forget where the game of golf comes from.

Spell it backwards and you figure out where the name comes from.

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« Reply #133 on: 08 Sep 2019, 19:03 »

We've never seen Faye needing lifting machinery to move an AI chassis.
They can't be all that heavy, or they wouldn't have battery power for very long.  And if a bird can kick one heard enough to break or seriously bend the leg, that's just more evidence of light-weight construction.  I expect most of the weight of an AI is the battery pack, not the body structure.
(Damn, I got behind.)

Humanoid AI chassis are designed to occupy human space, human-suited buildings, human-suited furniture, etc.  So, mass and weight are no doubt similar to us meatfolk.
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