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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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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #50 on: 26 Aug 2019, 19:18 »

Chaos loaf?

Chaos?

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Explains alot.

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« Reply #51 on: 26 Aug 2019, 19:27 »

The QC universe sure does experience a high number of noodle incidents.
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« Reply #52 on: 26 Aug 2019, 20:54 »

Only a hundred?  A little googling found me a page which estimates about that many people die every minute.  Maybe that's just in the Boston area?
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #53 on: 26 Aug 2019, 21:54 »

Chaos loaf?

Chaos?

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Explains alot.


Now THAT is a horrible little goblin!
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« Reply #54 on: 26 Aug 2019, 23:19 »

Over on Patreon, everyone wanted to know more about the Chaos Loaf incident but I'm confident that it's a Noodle Incident and will never be directly referred to again. Although I wouldn't be surprised if Elliott or Renee mention at least once that all the kitchen equipment had to be replaced a couple of years back and get evasive when asked why.

No, the two things that stand out to me in today's strip are these:

Firstly, Jim really has less control of Sam than he'd like and I think it may be a bit late to turn back that clock, given that I suspect that she's been given a huge degree of latitude on what she does since the divorce. It's clear that he's not at all happy for Sam to be working at Union Robotics and doing sprays rather than learning 'real work skills' ('real' being an arbitrary value that is probably unique to Jim's demographic). However, he really doesn't have the time... or possibly the patience... to find someone who is willing to do that for her. He sent Sam to find her own summer job and, naturally, the only place Sam went to is Union Robotics. This has nothing to do with the work done there and everything to do with the fact Faye works there. I'm sure she would have gone to Coffee of Doom if Faye hadn't been fired.

Secondly, the only thing that really overcame Jim's concerns is the fact that Bubbles is clearly promising to take charge and be responsible for Sam. It is clear that he trusts Bubbles far more than he does Faye. However, I don't think that's unreasonable at all. Hell, I'm sure that Faye would say that she trusts Bubbles more than she trusts herself!
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #55 on: 27 Aug 2019, 00:24 »

Come to think of it, it's not a huge leap for the Secret Bakery to branch out to artisanal pasta. They have the ingredients.

Side note from a transplant from the Netherlands: when I moved to the US for graduate school > 10 years ago, it was fascinating to learn and see that here, it seems to be considered pretty much essential for your career perspectives to get involved in as much as possible outside of your curriculum.
Edit: for example, one of the first things other students would ask me after I moved here was "what are you involved in (outside of class)?". This is very different from the Netherlands, where doing extra stuff like committees/volunteering/boards etc. is nice-to-have and could potentially help with your career but are far from considered essential. In other words, focusing on your studies only would not count against you, while I have gotten the impression that in the US it does(?). Seems like doing extracurricular stuff is encouraged from very early on too. Am I mistaken? Is this a regional thing?

PS: I'm not saying whether 1 or the other is better, just commenting that it seems a cultural difference.
Oh, it's arriving this side of the pond as well. I know of at least one higher education programme that has made extracurriculars mandatory. As in, you have to prove participation in extracurricular activities, to be able to graduate, even if it's counting only towards 1/4 credit as Professional Personality.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #56 on: 27 Aug 2019, 05:06 »

And now we know why the giant blender thing was on fire.
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« Reply #57 on: 27 Aug 2019, 05:12 »

But Sam, well, she's his daughter and he knows that she isn't like most people and knows that, yeah, she could work at the bakery, but that won't satisfy her in any way. That or he's afraid that she'll lose an arm trying to feed the kneading machine. But Jim is savvy enough to know that his daughter needs to start somewhere. It's not hypocrisy, its a father teaching his daughter that she needs to pay her dues.
If sprays are the robot equivalents of henna tattoos, with laser-engraving being the real tattoo equivalent, imagine the business Sam could get into for robot weddings, if she's got the temperament to sit still long enough to do that kind of intricate work.  She might grow into it - her earlier, and hyper, self probably couldn't do it.   :meh:

And Jim has realized that she's just not cut out for a bakery job.  Sam's far more interested in how things work than the particular outcome of a process (which bread and scones are).  Properly trained, Sam might well turn out to be a fine mechanical or civil engineer, both of which require detailed mechanical knowledge and more than a little artistic talent.  UR could be a fine starting point for that, with sprays being an optional hobby/side-hustle.   :-o :-D
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #58 on: 27 Aug 2019, 07:07 »

Chaos Loaf recipe:

Easy. Whatever you have on hand.
A bit of this, a bit of that, some 'it seemed like a good idea at the time'.
Mash ingredients and set aside to foment.
Quell the uprising with punches and stabs.
Quickly place in overheated oven before second thoughts arise.
Serves: anyone who can't get out of the way in time.


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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #59 on: 27 Aug 2019, 07:51 »

One of the few recipes they have, that includes a blast radius.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #60 on: 27 Aug 2019, 10:29 »

One assumes the recipe includes noodles.
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« Reply #61 on: 27 Aug 2019, 11:19 »

One assumes the recipe includes noodles.
Only incidentally though.
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« Reply #62 on: 27 Aug 2019, 11:51 »

Now THAT is a horrible little goblin!
Not for long if someone in particular has anything to say about it.
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Come to think of it, it's not a huge leap for the Secret Bakery to branch out to artisanal pasta. They have the ingredients.
Also the exact same ingredients but prepared in a very different way is BEER
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« Reply #63 on: 27 Aug 2019, 15:22 »

Part of which can be recycled back into bread. I've been keeping the yeast from the dredges of my last batch, and been using it for barbecue bread this summer. But that's for another couple of threads.
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« Reply #64 on: 27 Aug 2019, 22:39 »

Adulthood expectation: I ca do whatever I want!

Adulthood reality: Have to work, pay bills, do house cleaning, run errands like getting groceries, change oil on car, maintain house if owned, take care of kids, deal with existential dread of stuff you were blissfully ignorant of as a kid, worry about retirement savings, wonder if you have a proper disaster kit in place...but if you do all that and at the end of the day still have money left over and time, then yeah, you can do whatever you want (which is probably sleep).
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« Reply #65 on: 27 Aug 2019, 23:14 »

All I can say is:

"Bwahahaha!"

Oh, Sam had that coming for being cheeky to Bubbles!

Yes, young Miss Bean has a very steep learning curve ahead of her, one that her 'free' upbringing is going to have left her ill-equipped to handle. As of now, Faye isn't a friend with whom she's hanging out. From now on, she and Bubbles are Sam's bosses and something tells me that Sam is still young enough that she will have have a hard time adjusting to dealing with non-parental authority figures.

On the flip side, if she's still interested in working with Faye and Bubbles after cleaning up the work-space, then she's proven that she has the personal discipline to actually start learning and helping with the important stuff. I think it will be very interesting to see if she passes this test!
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« Reply #66 on: 27 Aug 2019, 23:44 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?
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« Reply #67 on: 27 Aug 2019, 23:52 »

Not an artificial obstacle or a hazing ritual. A real test to see if Sam has the discipline and commitment needed to learn useful skills over a period of weeks or if she'll just run off the minute things get boring. There's no reason to even bother to start on the training process until that question is answered.
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« Reply #68 on: 28 Aug 2019, 00:28 »

I wonder if she will suspect anything when they ask her to wax AI chassis.
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« Reply #69 on: 28 Aug 2019, 04:04 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?

Its not hazing, its just that everyone starts at the bottom. And it's a good lesson for Sam to learn.
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« Reply #70 on: 28 Aug 2019, 06:31 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?
As long as they dont send her out for 1000 foot of flight line or blinker fluid, she's fine
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #71 on: 28 Aug 2019, 07:08 »

Of course she doesn't have a printer in her butt, Sam.  If she did, where would she keep the flares?
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« Reply #72 on: 28 Aug 2019, 07:13 »

Not an artificial obstacle or a hazing ritual. A real test to see if Sam has the discipline and commitment needed to learn useful skills over a period of weeks or if she'll just run off the minute things get boring. There's no reason to even bother to start on the training process until that question is answered.
This. When I was apprenticing as a tattoo artist, I didn't get to jump immediately to giving tattoos. I had to start out cleaning the shop and then cleaning equipment, etc. If you're wanting to work in a specialised industry, you gotta start with the basics first and work your way up.
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« Reply #73 on: 28 Aug 2019, 07:33 »

All too true but there is also another reason for that.
Diligence, good housekeeping and sanitation.
You need that knowledge set for those times you have to clean up after yourself.

There is also a secondary benefit in that as they do their routine of boring cleaning.
Their laziness synchronizes with their diligence and they figure out the best way to get things done to acceptable levels as quickly and easily as possible.
Then as the boredom of the routine sets in they start noticing things about what they are cleaning up and around.
Mind you this only happens with those with active minds and high curiosity levels.
This leads to more insightful levels of questioning about the equipment and work being done.

This may prove to be a fun little adventure in intern land if the story is willing to go there.
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« Reply #74 on: 28 Aug 2019, 10:59 »

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« Reply #75 on: 28 Aug 2019, 13:20 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?
As long as they dont send her out for 1000 foot of flight line or blinker fluid, she's fine

Or fetch the breastplate stretcher.
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« Reply #76 on: 28 Aug 2019, 19:06 »

Hmmmh - Now I'm wondering about the emergencies that other colors might signify.

Code Indigo - "The intern has found an experimental nanoassembler suite. Initiate sterilization protocols"
Code Maroon - "Two Cappriciosa with anchovies"
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« Reply #77 on: 28 Aug 2019, 19:21 »

Yes it is a new comic

Okay. Now it's hazing.  :evil:
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« Reply #78 on: 28 Aug 2019, 19:23 »

I was just coming by to say that.
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« Reply #79 on: 28 Aug 2019, 22:27 »

In case anyone is curious, here is a summary of youth employment regulations in Massachusetts.

Of note: persons under 16 may not operate, clean, or repair power-driven machinery
Or, further down, work with dangerous electrical machinery or appliances.

Also, they may not perform any baking activities. So the Chaos Loaf incident was probaby illegal as well.

Even under-18s have some relevant restrictions. They may not:
- Use circular, chain, or band saws; guillotine shears; wood chippers; and abrasive cutting discs
- Use power-driven metal-forming, punching, or shearing machines
- Use buffing or polishing equipment

Perhaps the laws are less stringent in the QC universe. Otherwise there's not much Sam will be able to do around UR (other than sprays).
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« Reply #80 on: 28 Aug 2019, 22:39 »

I'm sure she would have gone to Coffee of Doom if Faye hadn't been fired.


Of course! That would have been a perfect alternative! I'm sure Sam would get along brilliantly with the spiders!  :-D


edit: And exploding coffee machines! I forgot all about the exploding coffee machine!
...On second thought, maybe it's best if Sam stays as far away from CoD as possible...  :-\
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« Reply #81 on: 28 Aug 2019, 23:18 »

It might be because in Polish, the word "Fuchsia" actually has the "-ks-" pronunciation, so the spelling ("fuksja" in Polish) is more obvious from how the word sounds than in English* , but I find the misspelling as "Fuschia" distracting. I keep mentally parsing it as something pronounced "fus-kya".

Yes, I know it's a nitpick. Can't help it.

*I didn't know until today morning that in English it's pronounced "foo-shya". I always figured it's "fook-sya".
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« Reply #82 on: 28 Aug 2019, 23:21 »

Okay now they're approaching hazing territory. Although, IMO, it's still fairly harmless teasing. I would say that it's only hazing if there's an element of planned ritual humiliation to it and they let Sam find out that the doohickey is a shelf bracket on her own after taking it to the police station for 'disposal'. This, on the other hand, was just a spontaneous outburst of humour.

FWIW, I like the idea of 'Code Fuchsia and I wonder how its name came about. For some reason, I can see Mess Orderly 2nd Class Bubbles chasing a yappy dog around the mess hall with a purple dishcloth. Well... it wasn't really purple as much as fuchsia, hence the name.

I can also see Mechanic 3rd Class Bubbles, just starting out at the Motor Pool, being sent for a can of headlight fluid and a left-handed spanner whilst knowing that there's no such thing but realising that this is a sort of initiation and that, if she didn't do it, Master Sergeant Bully would just get madder at the 'tin can soldier'. That, by the way, is hazing.
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« Reply #83 on: 28 Aug 2019, 23:22 »

Yes it is a new comic

Okay. Now it's hazing.  :evil:

Yes, and I don't think it's something they should be joking about.  I'm not sure who is President of the United States in the Questionable Content universe, but if it's Duke Orangegrab then I'd be terrified that he might just order a missile strike. 
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« Reply #84 on: 29 Aug 2019, 00:33 »

Since Sam has been left by her parent, is she now the waif of the fuchsia?
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« Reply #85 on: 29 Aug 2019, 03:54 »

*I didn't know until today morning that in English it's pronounced "foo-shya". I always figured it's "fook-sya".

It's actually more "Fyew-shuh".

Or in scots...  "Busheez!" ;)
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« Reply #86 on: 29 Aug 2019, 05:29 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?
As long as they dont send her out for 1000 foot of flight line or blinker fluid, she's fine

Or fetch the breastplate stretcher.
Or a bucket of fog.  Of course, given that she likes the outdoors, a quick snipe-hunting trip might be possible.
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« Reply #87 on: 29 Aug 2019, 05:45 »

I gotta say, Sam's multiple band-aids certainly fit her enthusiastic and accident-prone personality.

Also, I love how Bubbles and Faye can damn near read each other's minds.
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« Reply #88 on: 29 Aug 2019, 09:20 »

My favorite story about messing with the new guy is from when vacuum tubes ruled the earth. A new guy in the Signal Corps was ordered to go to supply and get a Fallopian Tube.
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« Reply #89 on: 29 Aug 2019, 09:40 »

I have told more than a few people to get a bucket of steam and a bottle of elbow grease.
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« Reply #90 on: 29 Aug 2019, 11:20 »

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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #91 on: 29 Aug 2019, 13:16 »

I have told more than a few people to get a bucket of steam and a bottle of elbow grease.

I asked a retired chemical engineer, if a coal shovel is for shoveling coal and a snow shovel is for shoveling snow, what is a steam shovel for?

He explained that back in his day, before pipes had been invented, steam had to be shoveled into buckets to be carried around.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #92 on: 29 Aug 2019, 13:56 »

I asked a retired chemical engineer, if a coal shovel is for shoveling coal and a snow shovel is for shoveling snow, what is a steam shovel for?

He explained that back in his day, before pipes had been invented, steam had to be shoveled into buckets to be carried around.

Translation: "Son, don't ask dumb-ass questions unless you want dumb-ass answers!"
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #93 on: 29 Aug 2019, 14:05 »

My favorite story about messing with the new guy is from when vacuum tubes ruled the earth. A new guy in the Signal Corps was ordered to go to supply and get a Fallopian Tube.
I once heard a story about someone that turned this around on the guys that sent him. Came back hours later with rumpled hair and a mis-buttoned uniform and said the nice lady in stores had a couple but they were in use already, though she did let him inspect them so he’d know what to look for next time…
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #94 on: 29 Aug 2019, 18:56 »

Comic's up.

At least it wasn't a cassowary.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #95 on: 29 Aug 2019, 19:02 »

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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #96 on: 29 Aug 2019, 19:22 »

I feel called out by this comic...
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #97 on: 29 Aug 2019, 19:35 »

I like how Nurse Faye immediately understood that the green lady might not want to whip her pants off right in front of her colleague and hustled him out.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #98 on: 29 Aug 2019, 20:51 »

Hazing ritual then? Why not cultivate her gifts straightforwardly without artificial obstacles?
As long as they dont send her out for 1000 foot of flight line or blinker fluid, she's fine

Or fetch the breastplate stretcher.
Or a bucket of fog.  Of course, given that she likes the outdoors, a quick snipe-hunting trip might be possible.
Interestingly enough, in some regions "snipe hunting" now refers to (typically broke) smokers collecting partial cigarettes from public ashtrays so they can smoke them.
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Re: WCDT strips 4076-4080 (26th to 30th August 2019)
« Reply #99 on: 29 Aug 2019, 21:15 »

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