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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #50 on: 29 Apr 2020, 08:51 »

I was going to say 'frazzled Claire needs a hug', but...


So what will they do when they see she passed?
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« Reply #51 on: 29 Apr 2020, 08:58 »

The same thing, minus the anxiety?
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« Reply #52 on: 29 Apr 2020, 08:58 »

More sex, of course. They’re young.
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« Reply #53 on: 29 Apr 2020, 11:52 »

Kids these days...
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #54 on: 29 Apr 2020, 18:56 »


So what will they do when they see she passed?

Now she gets to angst about what she will no next. (Job, etc etc etc)

Plus moar sex. :D

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« Reply #55 on: 29 Apr 2020, 19:25 »

I was going to say 'frazzled Claire needs a hug', but...
Intercourse is a kind of hugging. Best kind, really.

RE: perfect test scores

I had an experience like that in high school. It was a math competition, and I turned the test in early. Afterward, I realized I'd made some really dumb mistakes. In one case because I didn't understand the question as well as I thought I did. I was pretty ticked at myself for quite a while afterward.
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« Reply #56 on: 29 Apr 2020, 20:30 »

Good thing for Marten they had sex already. Gonna be a while before the next one  :-D
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« Reply #57 on: 29 Apr 2020, 23:27 »

There is so much that's lovely about this strip. I love how Claire jumps into Marten's arms: Its all so unreserved and they're both so open with each other that you know that they're in love and that this is long-term. It also proves that Claire must be real wisp of a girl not to knock the hipster-boy stick figure that is Marten flat with that glomp!

Meanwhile, it is entirely in-character that Claire would be a perfectionist. Being able to access your transcript on line and see where you went wrong is a great idea in theory but, as we see here, it's a bit enabling to the worst excesses of students who have obsessive-compulsive or perfectionist characteristics in their personality!

Good thing for Marten they had sex already. Gonna be a while before the next one  :-D

Actually, maybe they can have another party and, this time, Millie can observe Elliot and Clinton's interactions with Brun in the background. "Faye... How do I know if I'm jealous?"
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« Reply #58 on: 30 Apr 2020, 03:46 »

He must have been lifting some heavy books at that library, because the Marten I know should have just snapped like a twig.
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« Reply #59 on: 30 Apr 2020, 05:13 »

Anticlimactic celebratory sex would be ... anticlimactic.

Ice cream and cuddles!
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« Reply #60 on: 30 Apr 2020, 06:18 »

The same thing, minus the anxiety?
We know her better then that. She will invariably find something else to be anxious about. :psyduck:
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« Reply #61 on: 30 Apr 2020, 07:06 »

He must have been lifting some heavy books at that library, because the Marten I know should have just snapped like a twig.

Especially considering that earlier on, he was struggling to lift up Hanners.  Then again, Claire is shorter, just as slender, and the whole square-cube law applies.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #62 on: 30 Apr 2020, 10:09 »

As a site supervisor for a standardized exam, I rolled my eyes hard at the last panel.

They NEVER release the specific questions you got wrong.

I've never seen a standardized test where they told you the specific questions you got wrong.
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« Reply #63 on: 30 Apr 2020, 10:11 »

Is it a standardized exam? I was under the impression it was just the final for one of her classes.
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« Reply #64 on: 30 Apr 2020, 12:21 »

More re. perfect exam scores: for one subject I took for GCSE, I dropped one mark over all three papers for that subject, and as soon as I left the exam hall after sitting that paper, I knew which mark it was that I would not get. It still irritates me even now, because it was a stupid (almost literally 1+1=3 stupid) mistake.

I also wrote an essay for another class (first-year university this time) and got full marks for it, but was still told that I didn't write enough. I'm not sure how that works...
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« Reply #65 on: 30 Apr 2020, 16:32 »

I also wrote an essay for another class (first-year university this time) and got full marks for it, but was still told that I didn't write enough. I'm not sure how that works...
Impossible to say without knowing your professor (or teaching assistant, or whoever was grading it) and what they meant. BUT. I can imagine, for example, having a minimum standard for an "A," but an internal standard for what a really good paper should be that's higher than that. It depends on how that person views grades and what they mean.

For example, a paper could answer the question, but not go into as much detail in the answer as a really good paper would. Some professors might give a "right answer, not enough supporting argument" paper a B even though it's correct. Some might consider "right answer" to be enough to justify an A.
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« Reply #66 on: 30 Apr 2020, 17:55 »

I also wrote an essay for another class (first-year university this time) and got full marks for it, but was still told that I didn't write enough. I'm not sure how that works...

I obviously cannot say whether this applies to you at all. But I went though this situation at high school. I was frequently told that I wrote essays that were clear, grammatically correct, and factually correct.

The only problem, I was told, was that I wasn't writing enough words.

I didn't understand why my teachers were getting hung up on the word count. Was I supposed to pad my essays out, I asked? "Well... no....," they would reply, unconvincingly. I never got a satisfying answer.

It was only years later, as I realised just how much better my writing could be, that I began to understand what my teachers were trying to get at.

At the time, I had seen the goal as merely proving to the teacher that I had absorbed the subject material. In truth, in asking you to write an essay, the teacher is testing whether you have the ability to successfully convey that information to someone who didn't already understand the material.

Merely laying the facts out in the most concise and grammatically correct fashion is only half the battle. I was submitting first drafts without getting even re-reading them myself let along getting someone else to proofread them for me. I wasn't putting effort into truly engaging the reader. I wasn't introducing the material in an accessible way. I wasn't telling a story.

I am not going to claim that my writing is brilliant now. But it is better than it used to be because I have a better idea of what I am trying to achieve. And unlike those days, my writing goes through at least a couple of drafts. If I don't have someone handy to proofread for me, I will at least put it down for 24 hours to separate myself a little from the writing before rereading. This will inevitably result in numerous corrections.

I would suggest finding an article from a writer that you admire on a similar topic to one you've written. Read that article a couple of times. Then go back and read yours. And ask yourself whether there is something that writer is doing that separates their work from yours.

Don't get too hung up on word counts, but you will probably find that your attempts to elevate your essay writing in that way will mean that instead of working to try and pad your essays out, you will be putting effort into trimming them before submitting.

TLDR You have to write a lot of words before you can arrive at truly great concise writing. Maybe your teacher sees writing that meets the standards for an A, but also sees its untapped potential.
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« Reply #67 on: 30 Apr 2020, 18:07 »

Comic’s up.

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« Reply #68 on: 30 Apr 2020, 18:15 »

The cannon is, of course, full of dildos. Why else would Pintsize need to decock it?  :psyduck:
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« Reply #69 on: 30 Apr 2020, 18:18 »

I'd be a lot more careful about asking Pintsize to decock anything.
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« Reply #70 on: 30 Apr 2020, 18:29 »

Plot twist: the cannon is in fact the giant phallus Pintsize had Faye make for him....  :-D

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« Reply #71 on: 30 Apr 2020, 19:28 »

I'd be a lot more careful about asking Pintsize to decock anything.
Decocking? Encocking seems like more of Pintsize's thing.

Pros of a condom cannon: A lot less mess to clean up than confetti.

Cons: Kind gross to be showered with condoms.

Pros of a dildo cannon: Same as the condom cannon.

Cons: Somebody's going to lose an eye.
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« Reply #72 on: 30 Apr 2020, 20:00 »

I'd be a lot more careful about asking Pintsize to decock anything.
Decocking? Encocking seems like more of Pintsize's thing.

That would be "cocking," right? Tova asked, with cocked eyebrow.

Anyway, you can't cock unless you're decocked.

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« Reply #73 on: 30 Apr 2020, 21:00 »

Well, naturally if it's COCKED, it would need condoms.
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« Reply #74 on: 30 Apr 2020, 23:08 »

It seems inevitable that Pintsize would be the proud owner of a model P1NK13-P1E Party Cannon. It likely fires just about anything, up to and including cake, which lands in perfectly edible form right in front of the guests. It was the work of a genius in ECI's weapons division who wanted to have at least one positive impact on society! No party is complete without it!
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« Reply #75 on: 30 Apr 2020, 23:18 »

He must have been lifting some heavy books at that library, because the Marten I know should have just snapped like a twig.

Especially considering that earlier on, he was struggling to lift up Hanners.  Then again, Claire is shorter, just as slender, and the whole square-cube law applies.
Having to lug around an unabridged dictionary (the really big ones) could do it. Dropping one of those on your foot could easily break bones.



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« Reply #76 on: 30 Apr 2020, 23:22 »

That would be "cocking," right? Tova asked, with cocked eyebrow.
In a conversation like this, the correct word is the silliest one.
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« Reply #77 on: 30 Apr 2020, 23:59 »

He must have been lifting some heavy books at that library, because the Marten I know should have just snapped like a twig.

Especially considering that earlier on, he was struggling to lift up Hanners.  Then again, Claire is shorter, just as slender, and the whole square-cube law applies.
Having to lug around an unabridged dictionary (the really big ones) could do it. Dropping one of those on your foot could easily break bones.



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« Reply #78 on: 01 May 2020, 06:15 »

So 400.000 words with extensive descriptions and the full etymology for each.
Websters third is at 470,000 but is much more limited in its verbiage.
Looking at the wiki, those dictionaries with higher word counts are more comprehensive and online.

Crossword Puzzle and Scrabble Dictionaries are a whole different existence and something to be avoided by the layperson.
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« Reply #79 on: 01 May 2020, 21:24 »

Who is this guy in the gray shirt? Did Jeph just add a new character without introducing them? I guess he's dating Clinton's sister?
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« Reply #80 on: 01 May 2020, 21:40 »

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« Reply #81 on: 02 May 2020, 00:42 »

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« Reply #82 on: 02 May 2020, 15:03 »

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« Reply #83 on: 02 May 2020, 20:42 »

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« Reply #84 on: 04 May 2020, 18:12 »

I had an experience like that in high school. It was a math competition, and I turned the test in early. Afterward, I realized I'd made some really dumb mistakes. In one case because I didn't understand the question as well as I thought I did. I was pretty ticked at myself for quite a while afterward.
I did the same thing in one of my university exams. Finished early, went over everything again to check, left the exam an hour early. And then realised that I'd made a stupid mistake interpreting one of the questions and had answered something much easier than the real problem.
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« Reply #85 on: 05 May 2020, 05:32 »

I hate exams so much that when I went to university, I only did three times exams, two of which I could have avoided if I took a different route on the degree (broadcast rather than print).

I also paid very close attention to the percentages my assignments were worth and put calculated effort into specific things.

By the time I walked into that third exam, I didn't need to pass it.
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« Reply #86 on: 05 May 2020, 06:43 »

You must have had a very interesting college / program.

Every course and program at the colleges and universities I had attended [both side of the lectern] had very strict marking schemes and if you failed the exam then that was your final mark no matter how exemplary your reports and such were up to that point.
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« Reply #87 on: 05 May 2020, 11:14 »

You must have had a very interesting college / program.

Every course and program at the colleges and universities I had attended [both side of the lectern] had very strict marking schemes and if you failed the exam then that was your final mark no matter how exemplary your reports and such were up to that point.

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« Reply #88 on: 05 May 2020, 11:26 »

Absolutely.  I had to take public transit 2 hours each way, and there were a few finals where I'd have passed the course with a solid "B", based upon points alone if I didn't take them, but the policy was that if you didn't show, it was an automatic fail.  So I had to waste four hours in transit to basically just sign my name and hand in a blank paper.  Of course, once I was there, I just took the damned exam, since why not?
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« Reply #89 on: 05 May 2020, 13:13 »

My university was an ex polytechnic, and my degree was vocational journalism. It made no sense to examine things like 'how well you write' under timed conditions. Or more accurately, our timed exams were over multiple days, because they were live exercises like working in the industry.
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« Reply #90 on: 05 May 2020, 14:32 »

My university was an ex polytechnic, and my degree was vocational journalism. It made no sense to examine things like 'how well you write' under timed conditions. Or more accurately, our timed exams were over multiple days, because they were live exercises like working in the industry.
Oh, right, they actually assessed your competence in your chosen field, instead of your ability to memorise and regurgitate facts. :psyduck: 
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« Reply #91 on: 05 May 2020, 16:23 »

Absolutely.  I had to take public transit 2 hours each way, and there were a few finals where I'd have passed the course with a solid "B", based upon points alone if I didn't take them, but the policy was that if you didn't show, it was an automatic fail.  So I had to waste four hours in transit to basically just sign my name and hand in a blank paper.  Of course, once I was there, I just took the damned exam, since why not?
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #92 on: 05 May 2020, 18:46 »

In case anyone's wondering, a cheap theremin kit runs about $100.  To get one that looks the part, you're looking around quadruple that.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #93 on: 05 May 2020, 19:46 »

That's just terrible.

Professors need to be more understanding of extenuating circumstances.

It was the institution's policy, not the profs.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #94 on: 05 May 2020, 22:56 »

That's just terrible.

Professors need to be more understanding of extenuating circumstances.

It was the institution's policy, not the profs.
That's worse.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #95 on: 06 May 2020, 06:11 »

In case anyone's wondering, a cheap theremin kit runs about $100.  To get one that looks the part, you're looking around quadruple that.

I'm sure I remember Theremin's being cheap as chips.. until they became a little cooler in recent years?
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #96 on: 06 May 2020, 06:38 »

I gave my brother one for his birthday, last year; came at about € 50.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #97 on: 06 May 2020, 09:59 »

In case anyone's wondering, a cheap theremin kit runs about $100.  To get one that looks the part, you're looking around quadruple that.

I'm sure I remember Theremin's being cheap as chips.. until they became a little cooler in recent years?
It’s the same with any musical instrument; there is a range from absurdly cheap to outrageously expensive and everything in between. Just be glad there are no 400 year-old Stradivarius theremins… yet.
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Re: WCDT strips 4251-4255 (27th to 1st May 2020)
« Reply #98 on: 06 May 2020, 10:05 »

Now I'm tempted to find the parts I'd need for a theremin on Digikey... I think before I buy more stuff based on a comic, I should probably actually open that bottle of ouzo...
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« Reply #99 on: 06 May 2020, 21:59 »

Looking up the parts for a relatively simple pitch-only theremin design, it looks like it can be done for about $10, not including the amplifier and speaker.
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