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The fate of Union Robotics

Cathartic failure (going forward sadder but wiser)
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Sometimes all it takes is a stroke of luck (Faye has an idea)
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Author Topic: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)  (Read 16742 times)

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #50 on: 17 Mar 2021, 13:47 »

i would agree that she wasn't really flirting with elliot, no. a bit of the table conversation could be argued to be a slight flirt, but really comes off more as showing the youth that she can be hip. with baking.

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #51 on: 17 Mar 2021, 14:55 »

I agree, I didn't see any flirting coming from Aurelia. A little bit of fluster, but that's not a problem.

I don't like how Jeph is doing those blushes. I thought in the last comic that Clinton just had some freckles that only showed up when he blushed. Now it's looking like either an artistic choice, or maybe some sort of conversion error between filetypes when going from drawing the comic to printing the comic.

But while I don't approve of the blushes, I wholeheartedly approve of the ship setting sail!
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #52 on: 17 Mar 2021, 18:38 »

New strip up. Awww, teen room nostalgia.

..... robot girls were models? Huh.

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #53 on: 17 Mar 2021, 18:46 »

alright, but the important question:

WHAT DOES THE SIGN ABOVE THE TRASH CAN BASKETBALL HOOP SAY

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #54 on: 17 Mar 2021, 18:47 »

c'mon wcdt overthinkers, overthink me an answer! plz

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #55 on: 17 Mar 2021, 18:53 »

alright, but the important question:

WHAT DOES THE SIGN ABOVE THE TRASH CAN BASKETBALL HOOP SAY
I'm guessing "Laundry Hoop!!!" (number of exclamation points may vary), making that a laundry hamper rather than a trash can.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #56 on: 17 Mar 2021, 19:01 »

c'mon wcdt overthinkers, overthink me an answer! plz

Dang, now I need "Professional Overthinker" business cards.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #57 on: 17 Mar 2021, 19:08 »

I was thinking 'Laundry Hoop' as well, and now I want to steal that idea. Maybe it'll motivate my kids to put their clothes in the hamper.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #58 on: 17 Mar 2021, 19:38 »

So with today strip...

Full sized robotic Ai were common when Clint was in high school.

Now he is 21 years old.  So the poster is at least 3 years old

Does that mean this strip was 3-4 years ago?

https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1017
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #59 on: 17 Mar 2021, 20:40 »

I guessed from the start that Jeph would ultimately reuse the "He's a nice boy" line from when she first met Marten.

However, now the penny has dropped, she has something of a dilemma after having basically spent the evening flirting with Elliot. Does she rush upstairs now to apologise and possibly burst into the bedroom to interrupt the two of them making out on Clinton's bed or something? Or does she wait until she's sure she isn't about to interrupt something?

I genuinely don't see where y'all are getting that she was flirting? She commented that she wasn't expecting Clinton's friend to be Elliot (the "look like that" imo referred to the fact that Clinton is a geek into AI rights and Elliot is a giant, non-hipster) and didn't let Elliot pay. That's... idk that's pretty normal mom stuff?

 If we as the reader didn't realize she was into him, I'm not sure I'd have gotten that from just their interactions.

Did I miss a strip of arm-touching and breathy compliments?

Banter often gets mistaken for flirting these days. I blame romcoms.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #60 on: 17 Mar 2021, 20:43 »

So with today strip...

Full sized robotic Ai were common when Clint was in high school.

Now he is 21 years old.  So the poster is at least 3 years old

Does that mean this strip was 3-4 years ago?

https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1017


I'm not sure that I follow your line of reasoning?
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #61 on: 17 Mar 2021, 21:28 »

It looks like that's a Super Famicom cartridge held at a weird angle with the label coming over the top like a SNES cartridge, because at first it looked like an N64 cartridge but that would make the controller make no sense. Also, I guess that must be a 3rd party controller because the start and select button layout is weird. Also, Claire importing a Super Famicom seems somewhat unlikely to me. I wonder if QC verse didn't have separate versions of the SNES per region so we're seeing a different variation of the design.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #62 on: 17 Mar 2021, 21:52 »

I'm not sure that I follow your line of reasoning?

Hannelore mentions earlier in the story that the robot boyfriend is a "prototype," which suggests that it's either the first chassis of its kind or one of the first. Assuming Robot Boyfriend predates Cindee-21, then Clinton would still be in high school then, which is likely about 3 years back.

Then again, it's Comic Time, which is notoriously fluid. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #63 on: 17 Mar 2021, 22:16 »

I always read the 'prototype' bit as 'creating a boyfriend for my daughter', not as 'human-standard AIs'.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #64 on: 17 Mar 2021, 23:04 »

Had we ever seen a humanoid chassis before that one, though?
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #65 on: 18 Mar 2021, 00:02 »

I was wondering the same thing, and I don't think so. The only AI up to that point were the small ones, like Pintsize and Winslow. It might've been the time that Jeph started fleshing out the QC verse.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #66 on: 18 Mar 2021, 00:33 »

It seems that Jeph is running into the same problem that Willis is - Keeping up with technology when the characters age a lot more slowly than the passage of time IRL. For example, someone on Patreon pointed out that, given what we know about Claire's age, the game console was already a bit of nostalgia technology when she owned it, which makes me wonder if it originally belonged to Aurelia and we have a situation as in Uncharted 4 when young Cassie Drake has inherited her mother's Playstation and copy of Crash Bandicoot.

As for Cindee, I think that poster is probably the QC-verse equivalent to that poster from the 1980s of the tennis player girl. So, probably many teens had that poster and lusted after it! That said... Is Clinton actually pansexual?

Regarding humanoid AI chassis, Jeph keeps on stretching out the timeline to the point where I'm thinking that the first AIs appeared about 20 years before present (around the turn of the millennium if the 'present' is the 2020s). However, because it has been noted in the strip, both the singularity and AI Emancipation Act remain about 3-5 years before present.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #67 on: 18 Mar 2021, 05:33 »

A search for '1980s tennis girl poster' finds it.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #69 on: 18 Mar 2021, 18:21 »

Poor bear.

Love the cute awkwardness there...

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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #70 on: 18 Mar 2021, 18:32 »

Cosmo ex machina?
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #71 on: 18 Mar 2021, 18:48 »

Awww, I remember the 'start of the relationship' awkwardness! Sweet memories <3

Way to ruin the mood, Cosmo.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #72 on: 18 Mar 2021, 18:55 »

Cos-blocked.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #73 on: 19 Mar 2021, 00:10 »

I don't know if Cosmo's timing is miraculous or pure disaster here. However, we shouldn't be surprised. After all, she's already made it clear that Elliot is her big human. Why should she let anyone else muscle in on that claim? Like Elliot said, she has a lot of cat in her personality!

COSMO: "Stop human-talk and play with me instead!"

If you've never had a pet behave in this way then you've never had a pet, in my book.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #74 on: 20 Mar 2021, 08:51 »

Come next week:

Steve eating cereal

ON HIS BOAT
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #75 on: 20 Mar 2021, 22:27 »

Come next week:

Steve eating cereal

ON HIS BOAT
I'm excited.

Make that the whole week please.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #76 on: 21 Mar 2021, 12:27 »

With Cossette seething in the background.
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Re: WCDT strips 4481 to 4485 (15th-19th March 2021)
« Reply #77 on: 21 Mar 2021, 13:11 »

With Cossette seething in the background.

Reading a boating magazine while still giving Steve crap about ordering it.
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