Comic 1526 - Malfunction

5th Sep 2017, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 8th Sep 2017, 12:18 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Apologies; I'd been expecting Terri to make an author note. We're going to be on a 1-page-per-week schedule for a while, posting on Wednesdays. Terri is having some health problems that are preventing her from being able to work steadily to schedule, but we didn't want to leave everybody hanging in limbo, thus the once-per-week thing.
Tokyo Rose 11th Sep 2017, 10:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Rest in peace, Jerry Pournelle.
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cattservant 5th Sep 2017, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

A masterful rebuilding!
megados 5th Sep 2017, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

I daresay!
cattservant 5th Sep 2017, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

A new ingredient in the pudding.
chk 6th Sep 2017, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

Yep. Beautiful work as usual.
jamie59 5th Sep 2017, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Damn you got the old lady trying to look young but just off the mark. This really good!
megados 5th Sep 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Dolly is just never going to get to finish saying her piece! :( Between her and Lynn, I don't think this issue is done, but instead, left to simmer.

Great job with the recreation, @Centcomm! I love the look!
Gilrandir 5th Sep 2017, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Panel 5, Balloon 2.

Thank you, Dolly.

(P.S.: The rest of the page is quite good as well.)
Gilrandir 5th Sep 2017, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
I have to wonder if, much later when they are in private, CentComm and Calliope will have a discussion about this. Although Calliope had no part in the decisions (and mistakes) that led to CeCi's deployment and subsequent malfunction, it can be argued that it is precisely this sort of problem that CentComm has a human caretaker to avoid, and therefore she (Calliope) has some culpability -- through negligence -- owing to her period of being 'asleep'.

Likely CentComm will point out Calliope didn't actually do anything wrong and that she was 'out of the loop', so the two will end up reassuring each other and practicing some armchair philosophy. But it would be (I think) an interesting conversation to eavesdrop on. Alas, I'll probably just have to imagine it for myself (and likely get it all wrong). ^_^

If Lynn ever grows up, this sort of thing is the only kind of thing that might make her re-think her career choice. Seeing CentComm make an actual mistake -- and the consequences thereof -- when the human caretaker is absent or not on the ball might give her pause about leaving New Troy without a replacement caretaker -- assuming there are no other qualified candidates.
MikeLinPA 6th Sep 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Is this a job that should really be hereditary? Is Lynn really more qualified than, oh, Dr. Silver? Hell, I think Lynn's boyfriend might be more qualified to be CentComm's caretaker. Nepotism isn't the same as being qualified.
DLKmusic 7th Sep 2017, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

@MikeLinPA: IIRC, The Taylor DNA is linked to unlocking the vaults that hold the worst of the arsenal that New Troy commands. This is the reason the Taylors are linked directly with the caretaking of Cent-Comm.

As for Doc Silver filling that role? I'm one of the few people who actually LIKE Doc Silver, but she's two lost arguments away from becoming a mad scientist bent on destroying the world. I don't think she would be a very good alternative here.
megados 6th Sep 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

I'd imagine that, whether in private or in the open, there is some discussion to be had. Whether it contains classified topics would argue toward privacy.

What does a caretaker of an AIS do, exactly? To determine culpability, we have to answer that question first. CentComm is thought to be making mistakes, at least in Dolly's estimation. Should Calliope have been running regular diagnostics on CentComm's systems? Would that have prevented the perceived errors? Is it a caretakers task to micromanage the AIS? If so, what would be the point of the AIS? It would seem that there might be a few other questions to answer before we can answer the one about culpability.

Almost certainly, such a conversation would answer a lot of these, and be very interesting to observe. Also very interesting, would be what, if any, explanation CentComm is willing to offer as to why any errors occurred, and, as you say, to see whether she attempts to absolve Calliope of liability.

I could see Lynn reacting as you postulate, but I could also see this a bit off-putting to her as well.

@Gilrandir Wrote "Panel 5, Balloon 2."


This seems to be a key point I have been missing. CentComm had made mistakes. Not just miscalculations based on flawed data, such as Aeneas' condition, prompting inappropriate actions, but mistakes. Flaws in the design of weapons she has created many times before. (Black Angels) She is not new to creating them, so why did this happen? I find myself as curious about this as CentComm or Dolly. It has been tossed about in the past, whether or not CentComm has emotions. This event seems to argue for the affirmative. The reason I say that, is I think it is doubtful that a purely logical mind would have made this particular error. The miscalculations that led to some of her choices could easily be attributed to faulty data; a purely logical approach would surely have made those same choices, but logical choices in design and implementation based on known specifications should yield predictable results, and yet they have not.

Could it be possible that emotion had affected decisions made in the design and creation of CeCi? Emotions that she seemed to show when speaking of her deep concern over anyone gaining access to her "secrets"?

Or is this just an exercise in rambling nonsense?
Timotheus 7th Sep 2017, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

CeCe was a unique black angel. Unless the dialog gets altered, as Centcom explains it Ceci had an exceptional amount of "special programming" applied to her because of the need for her to act as a "surrogate Centcomm" to Dolly while at the same time not being in direct contact with Centcomm (actual). In Centcomm's own words, she had to cheat on the programming to cram it all in. It is highly suspect that this is what resulted in Ceci's ability to cross pollinate her surface personality and inner programing to become a sentient being possessing a form of free will.
This can also be considered an act of hubris on the part of Centcomm who failed to realize the possible consequences of her hasty actions. She knew Ceci wasn't behaving correctly yet she still sent her on the mission, making her responsible for the QC failure. (reference Dr Frankenstein and HAL 2000)
guest 8th Sep 2017, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
@Megados: welcome to the human condition.! IE we ALL make mistakes... .." no plan survives contact with the enemy. ".. but the issue here is,, It happened to some one WE care about.!!(( what about red shirt #3.?))
megados 10th Sep 2017, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

@Timotheus, you are right, (at least as I understand it), and yes, CentComm did fudge the programming. I don't know if, or to what degree hubris played a part, but this isn't the sort of error I would expect from a purely logical machine mind. My point in this, is that it argues for CentComm having emotions. While it may not be hard evidence, it seems to impact the question.

@guest, yes mistakes are part and parcel to the human condition. (I, personally, have great experience with them) CentComm, here, makes a mistake that seems to be at odds with a purely logical system. I could be wrong, but to me this shows evidence of emotion. It might be a different sort of emotion than a human or an android but it seems to stray away from pure logic.
Morfos 11th Sep 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
What is it that induces legally-recognized sentience in the AIs? Is it something added in that shouldn't have been in a black angel, or is it something inherent to the programming that in Cece's case should have been suppressed? Suppression seems risky, considering a certain amount of randomness is needed to make realistic behavior.
megados 11th Sep 2017, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

You pretty much answered your own question, @Morfos. If I understand correctly, it was a little of both. Black Angels are said to be sparked, the meaning of which was that the Black Angel is above a robot, because it can reason and act beyond adherence to programmed responses and actions. They can reason and adapt, where a robot can only operate on predefined algorithms. CeCi was originally supposed to be a Black Angel capable of accompanying Dolly, and also had a separate mission involving Aeneas. CentComm overdid the build, and one of the results was that CeCi spontaneously became a full and realized consciousness, much like the citizen androids, except she was a heavy weapon. What basically differentiates them is that the citizen androids are completely self aware, are capable of emotion, and are considered people. The Black Angels do not have those additional capabilities.

She had an internal conflict between her emerging consciousness, and her Watchdog AI, which was there as her Angel/Weapon intelligence. Her emerging consciousness was born of the personality kernel that was there to make her a convincing "pet android" to pass muster in New Rome. Dr. Silver had to work to patch CeCi's code to stave off the growing conflict in her system. What it looked like to me, was that Dr. Silver suppressed Watchdog so as not to interfere until mission time.

Or possibly, I have it wrong. :D
Ebonbolt 5th Sep 2017, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, "correct" & "right" don't always match.
Fairportfan 5th Sep 2017, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

"Legal" and "moral" even more so.
Deoxy 7th Sep 2017, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
"Legal" and "moral" are INTENTIONALLY different in many cases. The old saw "You can't legislate morality" is both fundamentally and utterly wrong (that is the whole POINT of many laws) AND arguably correct, in that following the law for the sake of avoiding the penalty instead of for the sake of morality doesn't actually make you moral.

Attempting to combine "law" and "morality" is often necessary but ALWAYS messy.
Ebonbolt 7th Sep 2017, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

Precisely. Although, to complicate that particular relationship, there's also the "ethical" category, which resides somewhere between... sort of.
Lurker 8th Sep 2017, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
The point of "You can't legislate morality" is that laws cannot change a person's nature. How old is this idea? Check Paul's letter to the Romans, 8:3. Yes all, legislation is either based on someone's idea of morality, or on someone's idea of using the government to enrich themselves. For the former, it is weak. For the latter, it is all too strong.
mjkj 5th Sep 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, Cent, be more cafeful... ;)

...oh, it is grandma and grandpa...

Rashala 5th Sep 2017, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

*glares at centy while dolly talks* you tell her dolly!

And crap grandmas here hide your cheeks!!!
HiFranc 5th Sep 2017, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Is that grandma?

Yes, it is
HiFranc 6th Sep 2017, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Hopefully, grandmother will have information to confirm that Acantha would never be part of a scheme that her half brother would plan.
Sheela 6th Sep 2017, 5:10 AM edit delete reply

Even with the resolutions at hand, there's a bunch of hostility around.

Lets see if the grandparents can deflect some of that.
I'm sure they would like to meet Acantha too.
megados 6th Sep 2017, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

I have to wonder, though, with some resolution at hand, is it good for it to be deflected?

In any event, there might be some sighs of relief, as they welcome Grandma and Grandpa, as well as the deflection.
chk 6th Sep 2017, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

Cent-Comm getting it from all directions.

Will she acknowledge her mistake with Ceci?
Will she develop some humility?

Some times I really amuse me.
Siren 6th Sep 2017, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Wow. Grandma Taylor's face looks even better this time around. Excellent work.
sigpig 6th Sep 2017, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

Gram and Gramps must have been hitting the gym HARD to keep their bodies in 1-gee condition. Living in Luna normally would have deteriorated their muscles and skeletal structure due to the 1/6 gravity. See Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as an example...
Tokyo Rose 6th Sep 2017, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

The Epiphytes had gravity tech and helped humanity develop their own; there are quite a few places on Luna where you can pretty much change the gravity the way you change the thermostat.
Evervigilant 6th Sep 2017, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Wow Dolly just called Cent "sloppy" and told her she made a "mistake". To someone who is probably calculating millions of probabilities at any given second that would be a harsh insult. It's probably good that they were interrupted because I can see Cent disagreeing and saying something that might set Dolly off.
Ebonbolt 6th Sep 2017, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

Someone has to be willing to call Cent on the carpet. Dolly did so in the most effective way possible, then was conveniently interrupted, so Cent can't counter-argue immediately & has to think about it.
KarToon12 6th Sep 2017, 2:19 PM edit delete reply

Nice to see the comic come back!

And what better way to say hello than with Lady Gaga suddenly strolling in? XD
Haegan2005 6th Sep 2017, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

Lol, this is awesome!

We knew we were going to see these two soon. And talk about a dramatic entrance! Perhaps they will put a perspective in on this... Or just tell everyone to go to bed and start again tomorrow morning after breakfast!
Rashala 6th Sep 2017, 11:30 PM edit delete reply

Course now I am curious had ceci -not- been I really wanna use the word murdered but I want to be fair here, had ceci not died and made it back what would centy actual have done to her, being that malfunction or no accident orno she was a sparked ad realized individual, her current body of a black angel non withstanding.
Marcus Ramesy 7th Sep 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply

@rashala, had Ceci made it back... she would have been seized taken in to custody... and immediately dismantled .... she woulld have been studdied to find out the root cause of her malfunction and further safeguards put in to place to keep it from ever happening again... not the answer that you want to hear considering your attachment to her.. but Centcomm is not going to let something like ceci walk free
megados 7th Sep 2017, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

It's sad any way you think about it; everyone liked CeCi. Her innocence or naivete was the exact opposite of the Black Angel that she was. I hate to be the one to say it, but it's probably best that things went as they did, rather than having her put through the horror of getting back and then being dissected.

There's likely more to to the story; Dolly was interrupted, and might have more to say, and I think CentComm might want to respond to Dolly's assertion that she was making mistakes. But for now, Grandma and Grandpa are here!
Sheela 7th Sep 2017, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

Interestingly, I could see CentComm dismantle CeCi, and then repurpose her in a more standard android body, in order to study how her further behavior would go. If nothing else, than out of sheer curiosity.
After all, if it happened again, any information could prove useful.
Rashala 7th Sep 2017, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

@marcus I would hope I am not alone in the attachment to ceci I mean she was and is a popular character, as for not wanting to hear it, your answers kinda what I expected however, you did kinda miss part of my question.

I meant the ais personalty.I know centy would tear the body apart for scrap looking for a cause but what about the personality/ person that was ceci? Would centy have just torn apart fully actualized and aware and conscious ai, in essence committing a well, and for the record here everyone I am trying to approach this question and my curiosity impartially and in a detached way, though I do admit an emotional attachment to the char, as such not sure the proper terminology to use to well stay I the middle so I will just use , causing ceci's death, so that her other angels never spark or malfunction again?

DLKmusic 8th Sep 2017, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

"Terminate her programming" would be a safe Euphemism in this case, Rashala. Although, after my tirade about terminating androids at age 100, I think it's safe to say that I'm definitely NOT neutral on this subject.
megados 8th Sep 2017, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic, I know you're trying to soften the blow, and it's commendable, but I think that to state it in that way kinda takes away from the fact that she was also a living being; reduces it to shutting down a machine. I don't think I can be fully comfortable with that.
guest 8th Sep 2017, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
@rashsls: again, yes CentComm would "terminate" CeCi.. the body was NOT at fault,, it was the OS (AI) that was at fault... and NO ,, cant transfer her to a lesser body, she still has the "replacement programing." so short of a mind wipe ( which wood still kill CeCi.) you would still have a "weaponized toaster."
Sheela 8th Sep 2017, 9:43 AM edit delete reply

To be precise, CeCi was NOT a living being, just as Dolly is NOT a living being.

However, they are high order intelligent sentiences, capable of advanced empathy and individual thought.
That, however, does not constitute "life" though, especially since life can reproduce on top of all the other stuff.
megados 8th Sep 2017, 11:15 AM edit delete reply

You're right, @Sheela, sentient is a better word, by the definition of life, which does contain the ability to reproduce. They do contain biological components though. Would that be considered living tissue? If it's comprised of cells that divide to provide a self-repairing mechanism, because the cells could multiply and grow, regardless of whether they began in a lab, might it be considered living tissue?
Gilrandir 8th Sep 2017, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
We technically do not know whether androids are capable of reproduction. The Tech pages say that a specialist can create a seed personality, it does not have to be CentComm. We don't yet know if any androids are capable of becoming a suitably qualified specialist. It seems very likely that, when it comes to the purely physical chassis and synthbrain, androids would be able to fabricate them at will (given sufficient resources and time). So, overall, the likelihood that android 'life' passes the Reproduction Test seems high.
Tokyo Rose 8th Sep 2017, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

Short, blunt answer: Yes, Cent-Comm would have killed Ceci.

Cent-Comm would not do this out of evil or sadism, nor hatred for androids, nor as an attempt to cover up her mistakes and preserve the image of infallibility.

If Ceci had returned from New Rome, her lifespan would have been measurable in days at most. Her mind was not stable, and would have degraded rapidly into insanity. It was only a matter of time before she shut down on her own, and the process would have been pretty horrendous.
Timotheus 8th Sep 2017, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

With that, you bring up a very important point that wasn't clearly known before but changes the whole dynamic of the situation. If CeCi (with all her connections and weaponry) was in immanent danger of going berserk, then termination would be necessary. Of course none of us were aware of this potential.
Gilrandir 8th Sep 2017, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
And, to be fair, something that seems consistently overlooked is CeCi's feelings on the matter.

Every indication we have been given is that CeCi's personality was 'built' with an inclination to serve and a willingness to be expended, as long as she was neither expended frivolously, nor futilely. Her final moments with Tokyo Rose, Aeneas, and Watchdog all speak to her knowledge that she had accomplished something worthwhile and meaningful at the end.

I am sure that, had she returned home and discovered that she (effectively) had a degenerative neurological condition that would make her a serious threat to those around her, she would have encouraged CentComm to take 'appropriate steps' to eliminate the threat before it could manifest. People's unwillingness to believe this was the only viable option speaks to their fondness for CeCi, but the creative team is the final authority and they say that there was no other way. So, just 'getting her back to New Troy' wouldn't have resolved the matter. In some ways it would just have made it more tragic.

In my opinion, of course.
Rashala 8th Sep 2017, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Eeep sorry to open this can of worms with my question. Though I am heartened to see that it has led to some healthy and vigorous discussion. Also I am guessing guest = Marcus.
megados 9th Sep 2017, 5:27 AM edit delete reply

You should never be sorry for causing people to think, @Rashala. :D
guest 9th Sep 2017, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
@Rashala : guest = robnot.. topwebcomics messed up my password an i gave up on fixing it after repeated tries...
hands out can opener's....
and as i see it:: pinky the gardener removed the rose bush blocking the hall ,, an now all the plants are whining cuz they liked that rose bush.. "" ore "" CentComm sent out military assets , didnt go to plan, and a death resulted,, but the mission was a success.. now every one is bitching cuz this one died.! .. Every commander sends his people out knowing they might not come back.!!
Rashala 10th Sep 2017, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

@tokyo rose. Knew there was a reason I liked you. Short blunt answers I prefer em from my doctor over hmming and welling, just give it straight to me and we can move on from there!

Though I still would have asked follow up clarification questions to your answer rose.
Tokyo Rose 10th Sep 2017, 3:23 PM edit delete reply


Ask away. :D
Morituri 10th Sep 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
One of the things about modern munitions is that the fuses specifically deactivate them after enough time passes that the people planning the engagement figure the engagement's going to be over. It either goes off, within the projected timeframe, or it goes inert.

It's required by most arms limitation treaties and 'crimes against humanity' laws on account of all the mayhem and destruction caused by unexploded ordnance and old minefields etc.

So "processor manufactured/specified to destabilize if not slagged within 2 weeks" seems plausible as a last-ditch safety, just in case the "set-off-destruct after mission" wasn't triggered and the "set-off-destruct on time-limit-anyway" somehow didn't work or got disabled.
Gilrandir 10th Sep 2017, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Actually, @robnot, I think the issues involved are slightly different than you suggest. This is not to complain about the direction the creatrices took the story, just to provide the other side's case for why 'mistakes were made'.

1) All androids are sentient, but some androids are more sentient than others. This type of distinction raises all kinds of alarm bells in some people. Black Angels, as Lynn eloquently notes, are a class of people not given equal protection under the laws of New Troy -- and many people dislike the concept of a society that does not guarantee that provision, even though it is a comparatively recent historical development.

2) There is an etiquette involved when knowingly dispatching a soldier on a 'suicide mission'. (I.e., a mission where even the most optimal plausible mission success results in the death of some or all of the mission team.) It appears that this etiquette was not followed -- because it was considered not to apply to 'typical' Black Angels and, by the time it was revealed that CeCi was atypical, it was too late to apply it. The etiquette is important to some people because it ties closely to the issue of 'consent', which is a topic near and dear to the hearts of many, and the cumulative story effect makes it appear (note the careful phrasing) that CentComm does not concern herself with or respect the consent of others as a significant factor. Considering the Armistice Rebellion was, fundamentally, specifically about 'consent', I suspect that this is not actually true, although the proper and improper uses of power will always touch on these issues.

All of the above are just my opinions, of course.
guest 10th Sep 2017, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
no.. and again NO.. black angels are not sentient.!! ( hence that page that DR Silver tells Marcus that She sparked ((now changed)))..
they follow a program. so a fancy robot..
dont apply,, ALL black angels are suicide missions.!
also.. the mission stands.. pinky sent a suicide mission, an that the weapon malfunctioned in the mission. but still accomplished the mission. (( Russle Case in ID4.))
CeCi sparking was a automatic death sentence.! no matter how you look at it, she was dead from the start. - - you don't argue with the fusion bomb of when an where it will go off..- - so the etiquette does/did not apply!!
Gilrandir 10th Sep 2017, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
The creative team has said: typical Black Angels are sentient, they simply are not citizens.

When an entity that is designed not to be sentient becomes sentient unexpectedly, it is entirely appropriate for the designers to consider that a malfunction. We saw it in Luna Star, we see it by implication in the Armistice Rebellion, and we see something like it with CeCi. (Although CeCi was sentient from the start, she became different than her design.) Stability is an entirely different question.
Marcus Ramesy 10th Sep 2017, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

@rashala, her seed still exisists.. and another ceci exactly like her could be made... but.. it wouldnt be ceci... her personality eventual would have degraded down to psychosis, now that more info has been granted i can tell you what and how things would have progressed ceci would have progressed down to a level of psychosis that makes her unstable, unhinged and uncontrollable... (in the game version of ceci, ceci came back.. was rebuilt by Dr Silver and put back online.... and proceded to go insane.... like put live handgerandes in peoples pockes with the pins missing as a practical joke insane... she was cute.. and good at her job... but she took creative licences to an entirely new level) .. the morality framework that gives androids a sense of right and wrong doesn't exist in ceci, and Dr Silver did a patch job at best to keep her from going H9k .. in the end .. the personality that was ceci... would have died... its not like you can take her and put in in to a diferent chasis... she is a black angle.. she has diferent hard ware.. she has a synth brain and a positronic brain.....

as to personage... be it as it is.. black angels are not people... they are weapons... with very veyr advanced methodology for getting things done... they are so good at their job that you cant disquish them between a real android/person.. thats the beautiy of them.. its what makes the good at their job.. and as deadly as they are... its why the laws dont apply to them.. they are not people.. and as much as one may want them to be people.. they cant.. you have to draw the line some place... you have Ai. you have intelligent smart systems.. you have interactive systems... you have androids... and some of the intelligent systems behave and act like a real person/android its all done to make the humans feel better and at ease with things..
Sheela 11th Sep 2017, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

ooOooohhhh ... Handgrenade pins !

*buries the pins in the backyard*

I'm sure noone needed them anyways. :)
Marcus Ramesy 11th Sep 2017, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

nearly got me killed sheela... but... I survied... as did she....
Rashala 11th Sep 2017, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

@marcus and rose now that more answers my question and actually helps prolly give a lot of ceci's fans out there a bit more of well closure regarding her I know it does for me. I may not like it, may wish it was different but I can honestly now say I understand why. That's the Marcus part.

Rose question does your bodies nose ever start to itch and being remote controlling your avatar do you scratch the avatars nose but not get relief :)
Marcus Ramesy 12th Sep 2017, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

outstanding... glad that I was able to help bring some understanding... war is a dirty business... and its never pleasant.
megados 8th Sep 2017, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

@Tokyo Rose, Re: Author's note, Centcomm did mention it in the comments on the last page. I saw that many had responded to her there. She didn't mention health issues though, and I'm sorry to hear about that. I can only hope it's not serious. As to work schedules, health and wellbeing come first. I'd rather see Terri be OK, than pages.
Sheela 8th Sep 2017, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

Gah, considering the health issues she has had in the past, this is pretty scary !
megados 9th Sep 2017, 5:36 PM edit delete reply

Yeah . . . it is. If it's enough to make it hard for her to work, it's kinda worrisome.
Sheela 9th Sep 2017, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, please get well soon ! :)
megados 12th Sep 2017, 5:43 AM edit delete reply

Yes, please. :)
chk 8th Sep 2017, 9:07 AM edit delete reply

One day is better than none day.

Mostly take it easy.
Sheela 8th Sep 2017, 9:38 AM edit delete reply

Agreed !
DLKmusic 8th Sep 2017, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

Just_IDD 11th Sep 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
One-million-billion-th-ed plus infinity!
mjkj 8th Sep 2017, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

Get well, Cent...
Timotheus 8th Sep 2017, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

As always, personal health and safety are always far more important than our entertainment. I've got months of Big Foot sightings to listen to and I can always do another edit run on my book manuscript. (Not to mention hurricane coverage) So please do not push yourselves for your viewer's sake, just do what you're comfortable with (and maybe a little less).
Cal 8th Sep 2017, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
We'll be here, faithful as always.

You two take good care of each other, yeah? That's the important thing here. We love what you do, yes, but I think it's safe to say we'd rather be without the strip knowing that "Cent" and "Rose" the people behind the strip are well and healthy.
megados 12th Sep 2017, 4:36 PM edit delete reply

Re: Author's Note 2, RIP indeed; he made contributions beyond what I was aware of.

*edit: I am very surprised I did not see anything-ANYTHING about this in the MSM! :(
antrik 17th Sep 2017, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
Oh, so now androids are people? Kinda different from what Lynn was saying just a week ago ;-) ( )
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