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What kind of animal could Pintsize actually keep alive?

Cat - they can hunt for themselves
Dog - since they'll clamor loudly for attention until someone forces Pintsize to feed them
Pet rock - 'nuff said
Pigeon - surely the family of Pintsize's 'son' would like to come and live with him?
For the love of God, don't let Pintsize near a helpless animal
Spathe ham
Other - specify below

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WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« on: 04 Jul 2021, 18:42 »

New comic.


RIP, Doctor Mandibles.


Nice callback to the origin of the term 'bug' when it relates to computers.


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The term "bug" was used in an account by computer pioneer Grace Hopper, who publicized the cause of a malfunction in an early electromechanical computer. A typical version of the story is:


In 1946, when Hopper was released from active duty, she joined the Harvard Faculty at the Computation Laboratory where she continued her work on the Mark II and Mark III. Operators traced an error in the Mark II to a moth trapped in a relay, coining the term bug. This bug was carefully removed and taped to the log book. Stemming from the first bug, today we call errors or glitches in a program a bug.


Hopper did not find the bug, as she readily acknowledged. The date in the log book was September 9, 1947. The operators who found it, including William "Bill" Burke, later of the Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, Virginia, were familiar with the engineering term and amusedly kept the insect with the notation "First actual case of bug being found." Hopper loved to recount the story. This log book, complete with attached moth, is part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #1 on: 04 Jul 2021, 19:04 »

Poor bug...

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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #2 on: 04 Jul 2021, 19:27 »

I'm reminded of a poem I read in school, "the lesson of the moth."

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but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself

RIP, weird bug. You will, most likely, be forgotten.
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #3 on: 04 Jul 2021, 20:16 »

That poem is strangely beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: 04 Jul 2021, 20:50 »

I guess silver medal for Fastest Exit goes to Anthony Jones?
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #5 on: 04 Jul 2021, 23:13 »

Pintsize, if you want to keep an insect as a pet, do try to work out what species they are and their needs beforehand. Some insects may look pretty but smell bad (and spit that bad smell at people who get close)... or only last 24 hours... or prefer to burrow deep underground. Or require pretty exotic foods that your room-mates would prefer not to see being eaten.

This is probably just my brain at work but, honestly, I think that this says alarming things about that light fitting. A safe florescent light fitting shouldn't be able to do the 'kill' part of the 'attract and kill' function.
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #6 on: 04 Jul 2021, 23:19 »

Pintsize, if you want to keep an insect as a pet, do try to work out what species they are and their needs beforehand. Some insects may look pretty but smell bad (and spit that bad smell at people who get close)... or only last 24 hours... or prefer to burrow deep underground. Or require pretty exotic foods that your room-mates would prefer not to see being eaten.

This is probably just my brain at work but, honestly, I think that this says alarming things about that light fitting. A safe florescent light fitting shouldn't be able to do the 'kill' part of the 'attract and kill' function.
Dr. Mandibles did specifically go straight for the exposed power connector so it’s probably just a missing cover-plate. Common enough issue and possibly deliberate as those translucent “frosted” covers actually block a chunk of light.
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #7 on: 05 Jul 2021, 00:00 »

"Other": It must be something that will creep everyone else out.
I can see Pintsize researching all manner of bugs, reptiles, arthropods, molluscs, slime moulds etc., solely to discover the one critter that will gross out everyone in the apartment, because hey, it's Pintsize we're talking about - new body, same motivation...
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« Reply #8 on: 05 Jul 2021, 01:07 »

I'm reminded of a poem I read in school, "the lesson of the moth."

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but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself

RIP, weird bug. You will, most likely, be forgotten.

Or they'll become part of the poll rotation;
"Doctor Mandibles!!! NO!!!!!"

EDIT: 'professor' to 'doctor' and avoiding double post

"Other": It must be something that will creep everyone else out.
I can see Pintsize researching all manner of bugs, reptiles, arthropods, molluscs, slime moulds etc., solely to discover the one critter that will gross out everyone in the apartment, because hey, it's Pintsize we're talking about - new body, same motivation...
Giant wheta(sp?) perhaps? Some sort of lizard with lots of extra skin or extra ribs? A spider would be off the table since Martin has arachniphobia.
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"Broken swords and dragon bones scattered on the way back home."

Too stubborn to die, just like the rest of my family.

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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #9 on: 05 Jul 2021, 06:52 »

Social deviants should have the right to vote. Even though I don't want the likes of Pintsize to have a say in anything.

( that was a spottedlanternfly wasnt it
goood )

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« Reply #10 on: 05 Jul 2021, 06:55 »

Social deviants should have the right to vote. Even though I don't want the likes of Pintsize to have a say in anything.

Am I the only who thinks that Pintsize is probably one of the most mentally- and emotionally-stable members of the original cast and, by a long margin, the one most likely to make a sensible choice when it matters?
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #11 on: 05 Jul 2021, 10:49 »

A praying mantis just landed on my elbow and I considered taking it out on a sheet of paper, as I usually do with insects but decided it's safer for it to just let it leave the apartament on its own -- it seemed too delicate for that. Did didn't see it again. It was crawling on my table, first on the top, the on the side, then fell off. Do they bite? I scratched it afterwards.
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #12 on: 05 Jul 2021, 12:33 »

I guess silver medal for Fastest Exit goes to Anthony Jones?

Well, Tony doesn't exit that definitely, it might come back some time in the future. Maybe silver belongs to Faye's dad?
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #13 on: 05 Jul 2021, 14:51 »

I'm gonna go with Monkey/ape as an old pintsize chaos gremlin proxy, a function which he seems to no longer be able to perform.  They fling poo, climb on everything, get into every thing, and would be amusing to have a distant human relative as a pet for an android.
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« Reply #14 on: 05 Jul 2021, 18:12 »

Poll response: if Pintsize couldn't kill a Roomba, he can't kill a cat.
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« Reply #15 on: 05 Jul 2021, 18:18 »

Comic's up.

Faye: Don't even think about it.

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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #16 on: 05 Jul 2021, 18:26 »

"JUST NO"
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« Reply #17 on: 05 Jul 2021, 22:54 »

SEE?! Faye knows that face even though she's never seen it - because the old Pintsize is still there, behind a new facade.

(...and I am really looking forward to Winslow and Momo's reaction to the new chassis...)
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« Reply #18 on: 05 Jul 2021, 23:15 »

You know what this says to me? Pintsize was never spontaneously producing those inappropriate jokes and ideas. If you watched, you could see the wheels turning in his head to create them and it seems that Faye had been watching!
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« Reply #19 on: 05 Jul 2021, 23:20 »

Faye knows all.
Faye sees all.
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« Reply #20 on: 06 Jul 2021, 04:18 »

I've never met you before but I recognize you.
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« Reply #21 on: 06 Jul 2021, 07:17 »

Also Faye has saved the cost of the replacement lamp fixture she has not wrapped around Pintsize's head.
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« Reply #22 on: 06 Jul 2021, 14:03 »

Also Faye has saved the cost of the replacement lamp fixture she has not wrapped around Pintsize's head.

Is that what the box she is holding is? I couldn't make out what that was.
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« Reply #23 on: 06 Jul 2021, 14:21 »

I didn't even notice the box on my first read through... It does say 'LED lighting'
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« Reply #24 on: 06 Jul 2021, 15:54 »

SQUARE BUYS - led lighting
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Re: WCDT July 5th - July 9th (4561-4565)
« Reply #25 on: 06 Jul 2021, 19:01 »

New comic.

Clinton, is that you? You don't act like yourself...
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« Reply #26 on: 06 Jul 2021, 19:27 »

.... how...?

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« Reply #27 on: 06 Jul 2021, 22:07 »

Don't mind me over here enjoying the fact that in both cases of a QC character realizing they're bi, though through different circumstances, we ended up with a scene with the smaller one jumping up and wrapping their legs around the larger one while Jeph drew attention to the bigger one touching da butt. Quite different tones when it happened, but it's a thing! The QC sudden leap + butt grab!

Side note: I had to read the words "butt grab" under the first one not to just interpret that as Bubbles stabilizing Faye by holding her in place. I was like ohhhhh, right, butts.
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« Reply #28 on: 07 Jul 2021, 00:29 »

Bones: Jumped.
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« Reply #29 on: 07 Jul 2021, 01:20 »

HELL YEAH BIG BOY BONE TOWN

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« Reply #30 on: 07 Jul 2021, 04:43 »

Hercules!
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« Reply #31 on: 07 Jul 2021, 07:52 »

Hercules is cute.  Clinton is adorable.

I was afraid that Clinton and Elliot would continue to be so awkward with one another that they would never make any progress in a relationship.
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« Reply #32 on: 07 Jul 2021, 09:01 »

Uhoh, at this rate, Elliots face will be the same shade as Clintons hair by the second panel of tomorrows comic.
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« Reply #33 on: 07 Jul 2021, 19:03 »

Yup, you shoulda left Hercules with Yay. Anyway...  :-D

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« Reply #34 on: 07 Jul 2021, 19:08 »

Relatable

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« Reply #35 on: 07 Jul 2021, 19:09 »

Hercules likes to watch.
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« Reply #36 on: 07 Jul 2021, 19:49 »

Cats are voyeurs. And annoying pests, at times.
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« Reply #37 on: 07 Jul 2021, 19:57 »

"You're paying attention to something that isn't me."
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« Reply #38 on: 07 Jul 2021, 20:25 »

"You're paying attention to something that isn't me."

Cats, in one sentence. *lol*

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« Reply #40 on: 08 Jul 2021, 00:42 »

HELL YEAH BIG BOY BONE TOWN

I JUST IMAGINED BIG BOY BONE TOWN AS A RIB PLACE WITH A REALLY SHOUTY COMMERCIAL AND IT'S KIND OF KILLING ME
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HELL YEAH BIG BOY BONE TOWN

I JUST IMAGINED BIG BOY BONE TOWN AS A RIB PLACE WITH A REALLY SHOUTY COMMERCIAL AND IT'S KIND OF KILLING ME

COME ON DOWN
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« Reply #42 on: 08 Jul 2021, 06:59 »

The Joy of Cats.
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« Reply #43 on: 08 Jul 2021, 09:43 »

I removed my post because I'd forgotten the comic I was commenting on hasn't gone live yet.
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« Reply #44 on: 08 Jul 2021, 11:39 »

The Joy of Cats.

If he's anything like a former gf's cat, he'll get jealous that someone "stole" his hoomin, and start pissing on everything that Elliot loves.
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« Reply #45 on: 08 Jul 2021, 18:23 »

Comic!

Clinton: "I don't care what he sees, I want you to stop getting distracted!"

If Hercules is anything like my cat, he'll curl up on the foot of the bed and go to sleep. He won't see a thing, and if he does he won't care anyway.
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« Reply #46 on: 08 Jul 2021, 18:46 »

I removed my post because I'd forgotten the comic I was commenting on hasn't gone live yet.
Honestly this is something that's stopped me from participating in WCDTs so often...
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« Reply #47 on: 08 Jul 2021, 19:11 »

I mean, he's not wrong after all.
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« Reply #48 on: 08 Jul 2021, 19:17 »

If Hercules is anything like my cat, he'll curl up on the foot of the bed and go to sleep. He won't see a thing, and if he does he won't care anyway.

At least he's not a kitten, or their feet would be in serious danger.
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« Reply #49 on: 08 Jul 2021, 19:31 »

Oh, that brings back memories from when our cat was still a kitten. We were renovating and didn't have a bedroom door. Nothing spoils sexy time quite so much as having a tiny cat clamp down on your big toe with those razor sharp nails.
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