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Bookshelf of Doom - Which autobiography are you reading?

Espressos and Arc Welders - An Artistic Journey (by Faye Whittaker)
- 2 (6.3%)
Stumbling Upright Somehow (by Marten Reed)
- 2 (6.3%)
The View From the Toybox (by Pintsize)
- 2 (6.3%)
We, Ourselves and Us (by Yay Newfriend)
- 7 (21.9%)
Not All Prisons Are Physical (by Hannelore Elicott-Chatham)
- 9 (28.1%)
The Witch of Northampton (by Dora Bianchi)
- 1 (3.1%)
Bouncing Off the Bottom of Misfortune (by May)
- 0 (0%)
Filling the Holes Inside (by Bubbles)
- 2 (6.3%)
Life is Serious Business (by Claire Augustus)
- 1 (3.1%)
I Am Not A Bastard (by Roko Basilisk)
- 6 (18.8%)

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It has long been a tradition for people to tell their own story in print. Trapped as you are by the Lockdown, which character's inspiration (or warning) life-story would you choose to read? I admit to being tempted by Pintsize's story just for the laughs or Yay for the view of society and our entire world from the outside.

However, in the end, I think I'd end up curling up with Hannelore's life-story. I think that her slightly disconnected impressions of the powerful people who moved through her life (mostly in her parents' orbit) would be very insightful. I also think that her life journey could be inspiring in places.

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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #1 on: 28 Jun 2020, 11:58 »

Looks like I'm going to build another bookshelf.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #2 on: 28 Jun 2020, 12:14 »

I think we're already reading Marten's Life Story.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #3 on: 28 Jun 2020, 14:35 »

Oh, definitely Hannelore's story, with Claire's being the runner-up. Both of them are fighters and I find that very inspirational.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #4 on: 28 Jun 2020, 17:13 »

I can't imagine Yay actually writing a autobiography, but if she did I'd read it.

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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #5 on: 28 Jun 2020, 18:08 »

How many theremins has Emily assembled during her lifetime?

Either that, or she memorized the instructions beforehand.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #6 on: 28 Jun 2020, 19:16 »

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D

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« Reply #7 on: 28 Jun 2020, 19:51 »

I chose "The Witch of Northhampton" by Dora, just because her entire little empire at Coffee of Doom is like a bizarre little universe of its own...  :-D

And about today's strip:
BY ALL THAT'S HOLY, DON'T LET HER FINISH IT!!! My God, Emily's dangerous enough around technology when she's conscious - who knows what she's capable of when her subconscious has free rein!!
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #8 on: 28 Jun 2020, 20:12 »

Time to clear another shelf since there is no more room for more shelves and archive some more books in the bankers boxes of ... "What did I put in here?"
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #9 on: 28 Jun 2020, 20:17 »

And that is how you write a shaggy dog.
Awful pun. And by awful, I mean brilliant.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #10 on: 28 Jun 2020, 22:18 »

Torn between Hanner's and Roko's.

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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #11 on: 28 Jun 2020, 23:15 »

This is another one of those strips that convinces me that there is something unsaid and special about Emily. I'm not sure what it is but, frequently, you get these little hints that her brain is not only wired up differently from that of most people, it may literally be wired up!

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D

Yes, this is another one of those times when you know that Jeph wrote the strip backwards from the punchline!
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #12 on: 29 Jun 2020, 04:29 »


Very disappointed to see that "I'm no Mooch" by Sven hasn't been optioned yet...
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #13 on: 29 Jun 2020, 05:10 »

Sven is Not A Mooch = Epstein Didn't Kill Himself?
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #14 on: 29 Jun 2020, 07:02 »

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D
I must be REALLY thick. I have no idea what you are referring to.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #15 on: 29 Jun 2020, 07:11 »

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D

I must be REALLY thick. I have no idea what you are referring to.

"Some assembly required" changed to "Somnassembly" (literally, 'built whilst sleeping') required".
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #16 on: 29 Jun 2020, 09:08 »

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D
For somebody who has repeatedly stated in his newposts and elsewhere to utterly despise puns Jeph's web comic is full of them.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #17 on: 29 Jun 2020, 12:28 »

That was the best Theremin related pun I have ever seen.
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« Reply #18 on: 29 Jun 2020, 12:57 »

That was a awful pun, Boo. Hiss.  :-D
I must be REALLY thick. I have no idea what you are referring to.

The somn- prefix refers to sleep, and gives us such delightful words as somnambulance (sleepwalking), somnial (relating to dreams), and somniloquy (talking in your sleep).

Jeph took the prefix and made his very own nonce word, punning on "some assembly required."
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #19 on: 29 Jun 2020, 15:31 »

I am getting very strong Azumanga Daioh vibes from this comic.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #20 on: 29 Jun 2020, 17:46 »

Don't worry, they have Crocodile Dundee on the staff.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #21 on: 29 Jun 2020, 18:24 »

Here we see Marten in his natural habitat. He senses an approaching conflict with his mate. His fierce loyalty battles with his sense of complacency.
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« Reply #22 on: 29 Jun 2020, 18:34 »

Australia! In which the difficulty level is "Ha ha FUCK no."

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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #23 on: 29 Jun 2020, 19:26 »

This concludes the day, and at 61 comics for one day, I have to wonder if this is the longest it's taken to do a single day in QC history. Probably not, but I'd be impressed if people had info on hand.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #24 on: 29 Jun 2020, 19:52 »

The population of Australia is over 25 million and in a given year less than 2 people will die from an incident with a crocodile. You have slightly better chances of getting killed by a dog, and the deadliest animals in Australia would be domestic ones - cows, horses, etc. (Not including the deadliest animal of all - humans.)

Australia, difficulty level: dogs

(unless you live on a cattle farm in which case the difficulty level is cows)
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #25 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:14 »

I am getting very strong Azumanga Daioh vibes from this comic.

You mean, just now?
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #26 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:17 »

It's the funnel-web spiders you've really gotta watch out for. They'll crawl into your underpants and lie in wait for your fleshy bits...
Oh, and sharks.
And snakes.
And....y'know what? Just assume EVERYTHING here wants to eat/kill you. My cat is living proof.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #27 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:24 »

Oblig Pratchett: "When Death requested a book about the dangerous creatures of XXXX from his library, he was subsequently hit by a large pile of books consisting of the various volumes of "Dangerous Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Jellyfish, Insects, Spiders, Crustaceans, Grasses, Trees, Mosses and Lichens of Terror Incognita", the total books going up to Volume 29C Part 3, while a request for information about the harmless creatures merely produced a note saying "Some of the sheep"."
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #28 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:24 »

Everyone likes to talk about the crocs and the spiders and the sharks. Oh, and the drop bears, obvs.

In practice, the ones I genuinely worry about are kangaroos and cows and jellyfish.
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« Reply #29 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:26 »

I am getting very strong Azumanga Daioh vibes from this comic.

You mean, just now?

Stronger than usual.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #30 on: 29 Jun 2020, 20:57 »

"...they're not allowed in libraries."

True - not that I'd try and stop 'em.    :wink:
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #31 on: 29 Jun 2020, 21:43 »

My brother is currently a Floridian. Apparently walking one's dog (or other pet) can be a trecherous enough afair. I wouldn't want to deal with those crocodiles.

In regards to the margin text.
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Very disappointed to see that "I'm no Mooch" by Sven hasn't been optioned yet...

I know I've used it in at least two polls.
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« Reply #33 on: 29 Jun 2020, 22:16 »

Oblig Pratchett: ... a request for information about the harmless creatures merely produced a note saying "Some of the sheep"."

I've always found that punchline a bit weird considering just how many non-deadly native animals there are in Australia. So many of them need protecting from introduced species like foxes and cats.
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« Reply #34 on: 29 Jun 2020, 22:18 »

The population of Australia is over 25 million and in a given year less than 2 people will die from an incident with a crocodile. You have slightly better chances of getting killed by a dog, and the deadliest animals in Australia would be domestic ones - cows, horses, etc. (Not including the deadliest animal of all - humans.)

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« Reply #35 on: 29 Jun 2020, 22:30 »

Oblig Pratchett: ... a request for information about the harmless creatures merely produced a note saying "Some of the sheep"."

I've always found that punchline a bit weird considering just how many non-deadly native animals there are in Australia. So many of them need protecting from introduced species like foxes and cats.


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« Reply #36 on: 29 Jun 2020, 22:54 »



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« Reply #38 on: 29 Jun 2020, 23:16 »

The real problem for Claire if she's serious about getting a job in Australia is the basically iron wall for immigrant labour of any kind. IIRC, you need to demonstrate that you can achieve a certain minimum income in the country starting immediately before they'll let you in. Oh, and to be brutally honest, her gender situation would not do her any favours with their governing culture either.

However, I do wonder if we're being given a hint here. A certain optical technology development firm has an Australian flightless bird as its mascot. Not all libraries are what we traditionally think of as 'libraries'. Sometimes they are more like technical archives but may still need skilled custodians. What I'm saying is that Claire may get a job with Invisible Emu to keep their technical archives and library in a better state than 'I think we left the box of awarded patents over there somewhere'.

Australia is a remarkably aggressive place in terms of its biosphere and even its geology to the point where TV Tropes. org has nominated it as the closest place on Earth one gets to a Death World. That said, the majority of problems in Australia seem to boil down to humans seeming to have no obvious common sense instinct when dealing with the habitats of large and dangerous territorial animals and a bizarre assumption that cute looking = safe. That's potentially lethal on any continent!
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« Reply #39 on: 29 Jun 2020, 23:40 »

"...they're not allowed in libraries."

True - not that I'd try and stop 'em.    :wink:

Oh, they're allowed in. But they're too afraid to enter. It's Evolution, the ones that survive know better.

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« Reply #40 on: 29 Jun 2020, 23:48 »

Australia is a remarkably aggressive place in terms of its biosphere and even its geology to the point where TV Tropes. org has nominated it as the closest place on Earth one gets to a Death World. That said, the majority of problems in Australia seem to boil down to humans seeming to have no obvious common sense instinct when dealing with the habitats of large and dangerous territorial animals and a bizarre assumption that cute looking = safe. That's potentially lethal on any continent!

point taken but i dunno... Caracas, San Pedro Sula, Cape Town, Juarez, South Chicago; those places look like Death World to me. talk about dangerous territorial animals.


that would be fun to see Claire at Invisible Emu. it could also bring Millefeuille and the Secret Bakery gang closer to Martin's inner circle.
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #41 on: 30 Jun 2020, 02:06 »

I can say that, living and working in the south of Australia, crocodiles are not a major concern for me.

In my previous job I was working on an island where there were two protected species, a wallaby and a snake. It was mostly a matter of being careful not to hit anything on the way home (I wasn't in early enough to catch the morning wildlife peak), though I did hear of an occasion when one of the snakes got into the building next to ours and had to be gently persuaded to go out again, which I believe took some time to do. I don't recall now whether the snakes were venomous.

In suburbia you don't really encounter most of the dangerous animals. You just have to watch out for whatever spiders live in your area, and sharks and jellyfish at the beach. If you live in the country you do have more things to watch out for.
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« Reply #42 on: 30 Jun 2020, 02:26 »

When I saw Jeph's "Whatta beauty" comment below the comic, I thought it was referring to Claire in the first panel.  It took me a moment to realize it was a Crocodile Hunter reference.  :P
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« Reply #43 on: 30 Jun 2020, 05:31 »

Since when does time of day prevent an online application or job search?

(Hang on... is it CLAIR that's getting it wrong here? Martin means "it's late at night - go to sleep" Clair is taking it in the "working hours" sense... and is still a wee bit stoned...)

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« Reply #44 on: 30 Jun 2020, 05:36 »

So, speaking of endangered animals...

Koalas will be driven to extinction before 2050 in NSW, major inquiry finds

Unsurprisingly, habitat loss is their biggest threat.
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« Reply #45 on: 30 Jun 2020, 05:40 »

Since when does time of day prevent an online application or job search?

(Hang on... is it CLAIR that's getting it wrong here? Martin means "it's late at night - go to sleep" Clair is taking it in the "working hours" sense... and is still a wee bit stoned...)

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Marten is questioning whether there would have been any new job listings created since the last time Claire checked. Which, if it was at some point during the previous evening, would seem unlikely at 1 am. Claire points out it's afternoon in Australia, meaning that new job postings may have been created there since the last search.
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« Reply #46 on: 30 Jun 2020, 05:46 »

Since when does time of day prevent an online application or job search?

(Hang on... is it CLAIR that's getting it wrong here? Martin means "it's late at night - go to sleep" Clair is taking it in the "working hours" sense... and is still a wee bit stoned...)

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Marten is questioning whether there would have been any new job listings created since the last time Claire checked. Which, if it was at some point during the previous evening, would seem unlikely at 1 am. Claire points out it's afternoon in Australia, meaning that new job postings may have been created there since the last search.

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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #47 on: 30 Jun 2020, 05:50 »

Wellll I'm a fan of the explanation that means that what we saw made some kind of sense, YMMV  8-)
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #48 on: 30 Jun 2020, 07:13 »

Or maybe they each mean what you both said they could mean but because the two statements so far are ambiguous enough to plausibly follow from the other, regardless, no actual communication has taken place and they will have a silly argument over who meant what later?
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Re: WCDT strips 4296-4300 (29th June to 3rd July 2020)
« Reply #49 on: 30 Jun 2020, 07:45 »

Everyone likes to talk about the crocs and the spiders and the sharks. Oh, and the drop bears, obvs.

In practice, the ones I genuinely worry about are kangaroos and cows and jellyfish.

Tbh, I find the fact that there are humans who choose to live with Australian fauna voluntarily a lot scarier than the crocs and the dropbears ...

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