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Blitzkrieg1701, July 26th, 2016, 7:36 am

Well, I came pretty close to getting the new Conventional Wisdom update done before this one... buuuuut not quite. Eventually I realized that, given the rate things were going, by the time I finally got all those pages finished and online, I wasn't gonna be able to get any Far Out There done today. Sooooo, here's another half-finished page. I'll finish up the Hoshicon comics and get the finished update (including the new Voting Incentive) but by tomorrow morning.

...and maybe, juuust maybe, I'll actually get some sleep in the middle of all that! (And when it's all done, I can FINALLY get back to work on some much-needed site update stuff)

EDIT: Okay, so I got the finished version of the page up, finally, but I'm afraid I hit a bit of a snag on the Voting Incentive. While I started working on one back when the page was SUPPOSED to go up, I've come to the realization that it simply wasn't any good and I needed to start over. So, at this point, I'm just gonna make it Friday's Incentive, since that's when it would get done anyway. Sorry!

Also, it's funny that all this talk about the book started before I had a chance to add in the cover text (I'm trying to suggest the passage of time by having them read a different book each time)

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Ed8, July 26th, 2016, 6:28 pm

Nice shot, Tax! :D

Darius Drake (Guest), July 26th, 2016, 10:46 pm

@ Tax: You DIDN'T hit the book, so you get an additional 100 points. Though, honestly, the one you should have been aiming for was Trigger.

Seros Senric (Guest), July 26th, 2016, 11:01 pm

@Darius Drake
Ever since The Library Incident, Tax knows not to provoke books unless she's completely sure that Stilez has access to the required weaponry, and they're ready to run away really fast.

Also, this page makes me realise that we need more Avatar piggy back rides. Her giving them, or others giving her one, I'm not picky on which :)

Ed8, July 27th, 2016, 8:32 pm

I suppose The History of Neva the Space Girl technically counts as a "book". I suspect it's mostly just pictures, though.

Also, where can I get a copy? ;)

EDIT: When I made the above comment,the book didn't have a title on it, so I assumed it was the one they were reading earlier. Then Blitz swapped the book out on me when I wasn't watching! sneaky!

Number 6 (Guest), July 27th, 2016, 11:33 pm

A 'book', huh? I thought that was a rather strange looking e-reader Layla was holding. I think I remember my great grandparents telling me about those once - they were like an e-reader with a really low memory capacity, so each one only ever had one thing on it, so you had to have a lot of them, and they were made out of plants or something like that. Weird. I think they were making that up, though. Doesn't sound very practical. I mean, if you had to have so many of them, wouldn't all the batteries cost a fortune?

Seros Senric (Guest), July 28th, 2016, 12:23 am

@Number 6
Despite using a standard e-reader, I also use old-fashioned books.
To understand why, some ancient history.

First, back in the early days of civilisation, display technology was vastly inferior. Screens flickered and required ghastly amounts of power. Today's e-readers can last years without a recharge, back then you had to recharge almost every other day! Combined with annoying screens, they used what was called "print" instead for many of their written works.

They would physically put what they called "ink" on a special substance known as "paper". Now, this looked just like modern e-readers, only without the protective transparent cover. And the paper would always display the same thing, so they'd put lots of paper pages together in such a way that you could "turn" the pages physically to see the one behind it, making books much thicker than a normal e-reader.
Since the display never had to change, they never had to give the book power after it was first created. It is well known that displays used for e-readers only use power when changing content, so they didn't actually need any batteries unless you were hacking them to display something different, which was widely considered ill-form. Instead you would get a blank paper book designed for that purpose.
(Of course, at the time books with variable, changing, or interactive content were extremely rare, so they didn't mind much that they were always the same each time you read them)

Now, for why I also use old fashioned paper books as well as an e-reader. It is simple. Paper has a nice smell and feel that has never really been replicated to my satisfaction.
The paper books I own is measured merely in the hundreds, they are more expensive and often less convenient, but I feel the experience is worth it, even though I the impracticability of it means I have to save it for works I especially like.

Number 6 (Guest), July 28th, 2016, 10:14 am

Ha ha, you had me going there for a minute with all that talk of 'books'! Next thing you know you will be trying to convince me that in ancient times people used to use their smartphones for actually 'talking' to other people with their voices! as if such a thing were even possible!

Ed8, July 28th, 2016, 4:29 pm

Believe It Or Not!
@6: Then here's another fact that will amaze you: Long ago, Webcomics were only available in things called "Newspapers"! Really! Every morning, some kid would go by your house and throw a very-large-page, very-cheaply-made unbound book at your house. People would read these with breakfast, despite the fact the ink came off on your fingers and turned them black, and the fact that they were mostly full of advertisements, and stuff that you didn't care about, but they also had a section for Webcomics - so basically they were kind of like the internet (except the ink part).

Here's the really amazing part - the Webcomic artists for newspapers actually got PAID to draw these, and even made a living off of it! :D

Another hard-to-believe factoid: the newspaper webcomic artists always got their strips sent in "on time"! No, really, it's true, I swear! :p
(of course that might have something to do with the "getting paid" part of it also.)

Blitzkrieg1701, July 28th, 2016, 10:19 pm

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? People don't get comics done "on time"! That's just a crazy myth! Like unicorns, and leprechauns, and well-showered anime convention goers!

Seros Senric (Guest), July 29th, 2016, 12:05 am

Concerning comics in newspapers, The worst thing about the advertisements is that this was before the invention of ad-blockers! So you couldn't do much about the presence of annoying ads. And if you requested the removal of one, you'd have to buy another newspaper the week after to see if they removed it or not.

Concerning this comic page, I'd like to mention a couple things.

First... Sushi Spaghetti?
What disturbs me the most about that is I'm sure somewhere someone has made something food-like and called it that.

Secondly, tiny text in-jokes are cool.

Thirdly, I mentioned this before, but we need more Avatar piggy-back rides, or her holding or being held by others. (Maybe Stilez can carry them around again :P)

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