Comic 1138 - Relaxed Mood

15th Feb 2015, 9:00 PM
Relaxed Mood
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 15th Feb 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete
ALSO Datachasers is almost at 250 subscribers ! if it hits that then Ill do something spiffy .. not sure what yet but ill try ! :D
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Stormwind13 15th Feb 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Well that was a left turn... or a couple of them.

And now we know more about Arianna, and what her problem is.

I also think we find out some of the reasons of the fertility rate in Nova Roma over New Troy's. They seem to have more 'defects' than in New Troy.

Oh and for those that didn't see them, go back a page and see the Valentine's Day art (both on Data Chasers and Luna Star).
Centcomm 15th Feb 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

Yep LEFT turn Clyde!

Actually Arianna is wastelander born .. not Nova Roman :D
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

That said, it would make sense if the genetic experiments to raise birthrate, has had some ... undesired sideffects.
Dragonrider 15th Feb 2015, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Little does Lynn know how close the Black Hole is.
Centcomm 15th Feb 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

oh you have NO idea...
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

Actually, she knows exactly where it is, she passed it on her way to Aeneas' lair!

As for the Techno-Fairy ?
*points towards Dolly*
velvetsanity 17th Feb 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete reply

I thought Kyle was the techno-fairy and Dolly and Ceci the black hole :D
Sheela 17th Feb 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

TeeDee isn't the local event horizon ?
She would be upset to hear that.

Besides, Dolly comes with wings 'n' everything !
velvetsanity 17th Feb 2015, 5:32 PM edit delete reply

*Limp-waisted gesture, said with a fake lisp* "but we *all* know that *Kyle's* the fairy of the story, and Dolly's the guardian angel"
Nystran 17th Feb 2015, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
Well, if Lynn had paid attention in history classes, she would know exactly how close the black hole is... It's orbiting saturn.
Sheela 18th Feb 2015, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha.

Ok, it's now official, Kyle is the "fairy" of the story.
Maybe that's why centcomm hates him so much ? He's the one that got away!
Haegan2005 15th Feb 2015, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Yes! The friends are back!
Centcomm 15th Feb 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

YAY! :D now the fun begins :D
xpacetrue 16th Feb 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply

Centurion Democlus: "...My father had it."

Umm... Coincidence? Just how common -is- this degenerative disease? Because, if it's nowhere near as common as chicken pox, then I find it stretches my suspension of disbelief. I was reading about an "epidemic" of measles outbreaks in 2012-13, with a few thousand cases per country being notable. But in a country of millions, it's still statistically unlikely for a citizen to know someone afflicted. And those are contagious diseases. Is Martari Syndrome genetic or due to environmental factors? Perhaps related to radiation damage or a side effect of Helios' Cure?
Centcomm 16th Feb 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

its Coincidence... its like knowing someone that has MS or Seizures.. I had family member that had it and a friend .. So - sorry if it stretches disbelief - and the disease is genetic although radiation exposure can also trigger it. along with a few other environmental factors. it doesn't effect everyone the same way .. some folks can live with it there entire lives and never be bothered .. others far far worse.

it can also be triggered though industrial by products
xpacetrue 16th Feb 2015, 9:27 AM edit delete reply

I guess it's merely unlikely, which is far from improbable or impossible. And fiction is usually intended to entertain. Dramatic events (i.e., unlikely and improbable), even of the unfortunate kind, are rather par for the course.

It sounds like, in a way, you're writing from what you know. That helps the creative writing process, doesn't it? I've still got a lot to learn about that.
velvetsanity 16th Feb 2015, 3:48 AM edit delete reply

Using the word 'epidemic' to describe a few thousand cases per country among a total population of billions is drama and sensationalism. Something every American "news" agency specializes in. Gotta get those ratings every way they can, you know.

If it was concentrated in a relatively small area of each country, then those areas affected could be said to have experienced an epidemic. But an 'epidemic of outbreaks'? The phrase sounds to me almost like an intentional attempt to stir up a fear response. Especially with (alongside novels such as The Stand by Stephen King) the currently popular notion that a bacteria or virus can turn people into zombies.
xpacetrue 16th Feb 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

I think you're spot on about news outlets choosing their words carefully so as to sensationalize and stir up as much fear as possible. However, while it may be purely for ratings, I suspect the reasons could go beyond that. I'm reminded of how a single individual controls the majority of media outlets today - a monopoly of the worst kind.

As for encouraging the notion that infectious agents can turn people in zombies: This does seem to be a thing. Hollywood does like to make scary movies. And the news frequently talks about scary diseases. I remember several years ago when the public was scared by reports of Mad Cow Disease, which is kind of zombie-ish. Still, one has to admit that medical science is sometimes creepy, perhaps even worrisome.

* 8 Percent of Human Genome Was Inserted By Virus, and May Cause Schizophrenia
* Science fiction vs. science fact: The use of viruses to cure disease
* Scientists Without Foresight Are Using Viruses To Alter Human DNA
" Several popular blockbusters, including I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have envisioned the use of viruses, rigged to deliver therapeutic DNA to patients as a way of curing disease... [snip] ...but their joy quickly turns to horror as the virus mutates out of control and begins to destroy the human population... "

* The 6 Creepiest Things Hiding in Your DNA (In particular, check #5, "Reanimated Zombie DNA")
* 5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen
Centcomm 16th Feb 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

you are forgetting the other possibility ... hes LIEING to generate a point of common interest. she is cute and if he shows sympathy and knowledge then perhaps it will make things better .. not everything a character says is gods own truth.. just ask Mister Black.
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply

Maybe not as far fetched as it may sound :
Zombie Snails !!

(warning: may be quite disturbing for kids)
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 6:03 PM edit delete reply

that .. IS disturbing .. and .. kinda cool .. HYPNO SNAIL!
Some Ed 5th Jun 2017, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
I was going to say something about how people who know someone pretty well with a particular condition have a tendency to convey themselves favorably to other people with similar conditions.

But... "Let's go on a date!" "Aren't you ill?" Ouch. I mean, it'd be one thing if the condition made one look or act sickly. But this doesn't seem like that to me.
Melody_Whyte 16th Feb 2015, 3:32 AM edit delete reply

Ahhh, it's so nice to see 'Cantha and Lynn again. Looking as close as ever it seems.

Oh, also, I have a black hole in my basement. I could send it through a multiverse tube and give it to Lynn.
Centcomm 16th Feb 2015, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Lynn picks up box.. why.. is . it .. so heavy!! :D
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

We have a present for you, Decimus. :)
Quieteyes 21st Feb 2015, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
She puts it in her pocket and the says (in a thick British accent), "Hey. I've got a hole in my pocket." :-)
Fairportfan 16th Feb 2015, 4:29 AM edit delete reply

Like the way Lynn thinks.
Centcomm 16th Feb 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

heheh this was easy for her to grasp :D
Aetrun 16th Feb 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Wait, she only thinks they need the black hole? Did she find out about the kichen's new techno-fairy when I wasn't looking? (Besides, I'm pretty sure team black hole spit out a murderturd last we saw them.)
velvetsanity 16th Feb 2015, 7:25 AM edit delete reply

I think she's thinking that finding a black hole would be the hardest part. Get the hardest part taken care of and the rest will be easy.
cattservant 16th Feb 2015, 9:34 AM edit delete reply

Oddly enough,
there are several singularities
about to surface,
and it's going to be hard
not to get sucked in!
Stormwind13 16th Feb 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

Good point, catt. Of course, if one is not careful, one might get ripped apart by the opposing forces of the different singularities.
Stormwind13 16th Feb 2015, 1:03 PM edit delete reply

What would be hard about that, velvet? Her family knows some Epiphytes, I think. She can just ask them to summon one for her I bet.
Centcomm 16th Feb 2015, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

heheh .. yep the hardest part .. is always the hardest part :D
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

And the hardest part is to keep TeeDee away from the darn black hole!

Ada : ... NO, TeeDee! Keep your hands off of that!
TeeDee : Aww - But it's a black hole Ada! I've wanted one of those since I was a zero!
Lukkai 16th Feb 2015, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
So is she just taking it with her as Ringo did? It could prove useful along the way!

And at least she'd have a hole in her pocket.
ourhero 16th Feb 2015, 1:02 PM edit delete reply

love the clothing design
Sheela 16th Feb 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

Jeans, still fashionable after a thousand years!
KittyHodge 16th Feb 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
I think I've got a pair just like Lynn is wearing ;)
Lukkai 16th Feb 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Why change what's already perfect?
Rashala 16th Feb 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

Even in future we still loose grandpa's to neurological diseases :(

Also I have SUCH a BAD FEELING right now....
Tokyo Rose 16th Feb 2015, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

Curing every disease or disorder humanity is afflicted with is pretty much impossible. That said, nobody's ever likely to stop trying to contain, control, and eliminate disease. :)
Rms2000 17th Feb 2015, 8:42 AM edit delete reply

I don't know about that... Technically, you can decrease the number of diseased persons to zero permanently (thereby "curing" the disease) by killing everyone, or at least everyone capable of contracting a disease.
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

it will probably get worse :P
Timotheus 16th Feb 2015, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

For some reason in my head I keep hearing a recorded voice saying, "Please, no standing in the yellow zones. Stay behind the barriers."
Tokyo Rose 16th Feb 2015, 4:46 PM edit delete reply

"The red zone has always been for loading and unloading of passengers. There's never stopping in a white zone."

"Don't you tell me which zone is for loading, and which zone is for stopping!"

"Listen, Betty, don't start up with your white zone shit again."
Sheela 17th Feb 2015, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

"Negative, I am a meat popsicle."
velvetsanity 17th Feb 2015, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

I remember this part of the movie :D
Sheela 18th Feb 2015, 1:48 AM edit delete reply

Good movie, worth seeing twice. :)
jamie59 16th Feb 2015, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

Do we see hints of the end game?
DLKmusic 16th Feb 2015, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

Actually, I'm really liking the human aspect of this particular strip. I like that you've shown that not all the Guards in Nova Roma are either incompetent fools or complete nut jobs.
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 6:00 PM edit delete reply

thats the thing .. the strip sadly concentrates on the "trouble makers: and jerks a lot of the time .. but yeah Democlus here is a actual nice guy :D as you will see in the coming pages :D
Rms2000 17th Feb 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

This brings up an interesting challenge: how does one find a black hole? By definition, a black hole does not reflect any light, so you can't see it. The only way to know it's there is to see the lensing effect caused by it's gravity distorting the light that passes next to it. Of course, it would be highly impractical, if not impossible, to manipulate a black hole large enough to distort light to an observable degree, which poses another interesting question: how big (massive) would a singularity have to be to be useful? Presumably it would have to be large enough to sustain itself, though the ability to sustain itself could make it prohibitively risky to employ. Perhaps if the black hole was formed of anti-matter, it would be more "safe": then it would explode and die if it ate too much matter at once, rather than expanding and becoming more, uh, "hungry".

[This next section is largely speculation regarding largely theoretical physics about which I know only enough to speculate and of which I learned primarily through wikipedia. If you don't like stressing about intractable conundrums and/or you don't know enough about physics to understand what I'm trying to propose, know that you read on at your own peril. Also know that, since most of what I'm talking about is based off of information from Wikipedia, it is not guaranteed to be reliable, but is available for anyone to look up.]

By the way, I've been wondering about this for a while, but don't know how to find an answer: from what I understand, matter takes on very curious properties when it gets sufficiently close to absolute zero. My understanding is that as the subatomic particles slow down, their motion stops behaving in the predictable way that the most modern physics I know describes using wave functions. If I understand correctly (and please, correct me if you know better), when the particles slow down past a certain point (perhaps the point at which the uncertainty principle makes them possible to find again?), they sort of "forget" where they are, and turn into what's called a Boss-Einstein Condensate. Again, if my understanding is accurate, then such a condensate isn't made of fermions, and therefore the rules stating that fermions can't be in the same place as other fermions shouldn't apply. If this is the case, my understanding leads me to believe that it might be possible to create a sub-critical singularity (essentially a tiny black hole) by sufficiently compressing a sizable quantity of Condensate.
Sheela 17th Feb 2015, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

They have already created small black holes in a particle accelerator.

As for how to spot one, have a camera that can show gravity fields, as it will show up quite clearly on anything that can display gravity.
Hornet 17th Feb 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
yeah but geting Deci to willing walk into the Large Hadron Collider might be an interesting exercise in word play.
Sheela 17th Feb 2015, 3:35 PM edit delete reply

Eh, just tell him it will "rocket him to fame!" :)
velvetsanity 17th Feb 2015, 7:51 PM edit delete reply

Do cameras that can show Higgs-Boson fields even exist?
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

As Sheela Said gravity and magnetic scans :D
Lukkai 17th Feb 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
If I remember correctly, the mass collected by a black hole tends to create a lot of friction and thus energy even before passing the event horizon. Meaning part of this energy radiates away from the black hole and can be measured. So that would be another way to find one.

And not necessarily related, but I couldn't resist:
Hornet 17th Feb 2015, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Is that new armor supposed to look soft? Reminds me of the old M.A.N.T.I.S. tv show armor without the metallic exoskeleton.
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply

Yes - the armor is for situations requireing more mobility than hard suits .. its still tough as nails :D
dougwarner59 17th Feb 2015, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

the story and workmanship in this comic is fantastic!
Centcomm 17th Feb 2015, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

Thank you - glad to see you ! :D Hope you enjoy your stay ! :D
Stormwind13 16th Jan 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply

Just going to point out... you are nearly to 400 subscribers! We need more pin-ups as a present! :-D
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