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Blitzkrieg1701, November 7th, 2019, 11:00 pm

*GASP* Can it be? A page of Far Out There actually going up at midnight? You know what THAT means: I'VE GOT A CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND! Yup, I had to crank everything into overdrive this week to make sure this page got finished before I hit the road, or more accurately, to make sure I also got some SLEEP between me getting the page done and hitting the road. I'm just heading a few towns over and back for a few days, so it's hardly the epic road trips I used to make, but I still don't need to be up until 7am editing things this time. And yes, that's why this page is all gradients and stock images rather than actually coloring any characters in. Even with that corner cut, I still only JUST got this page wrapped up before bedtime.

But believe it or not, I actually DID get a new TWC Voting Incentive finished too! ...and HOPEFULLY I'll have swapped out the previous one for the new one by the time this update goes live! I'm writing all this before doing the TWC stuff, so you MIGHT want to wait a minute or two before voting, if you're seeing this at, like, 12:01 or something.

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Darius Drake (Guest), November 7th, 2019, 11:52 pm

@ Incentive: I was wondering what was written there.

@ Comic: And now you're trapped in a box with a Death Kitty, four kids potentially on the top 500 "most spoiled literal children in the universe" list category, a mad scientist, two children you have direct responsibility for at least one of, and your workaholic friend. This is not a place where you should be able to relax in anyway when you're conscious.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 8th, 2019, 12:08 am

Yeah, I need to stop using such skinny fonts on those screens, they text isn't surviving the perspective stretching as well as I'd intended.

Also, I'm sure Mariska knows better, which is all the more reason to try and forcefully seize at least a few minutes of relaxation NOW, before the opportunity passes her by.

Darius Drake (Guest), November 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm

@ Blitz: So you're saying it should be "Nap in front of the TV" Time.

Seros Senric (Guest), November 9th, 2019, 5:08 am

Mariska is lucky that she's got any alone time at all with so many children on board the ship.
I can never manage to get that.

It might be bad of me, but my first reaction was wondering how they managed to move around in a ball pit like that without the balls moving much.
But, of course, the answer to that is that moving balls around in a way that is at all realistic is way too much effort than anyone should put in.

Also, typo in second panel: "resent" doesn't seem like the word you were going for.

Yeah, I'd just use the lever too. Seems a lot easier than the other five options.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 9th, 2019, 6:03 am

DD: Her posture strongly indicates that's her eventual end goal.

SS: My sister's three kids (soon to be four) are over here all the time. I know that feels.

Also, it'd be funny if the overwhelming majority of the balls are actually inserted into the shot digitally because real ones make too much noise when the knock around.

Darius Drake (Guest), November 10th, 2019, 6:54 am

@ Blitz on Balls: The question is, would it be easier for them to do that, or just use real balls.

To keep only a single layer of balls, the easiest method would be something like the balls that actually exist float on either water or a force-field. Water would mean wet balls, which would make it obvious that not all the balls are real, so that's out. Not sure how the Force-field would work, but it likely wouldn't hinder the people's movement more than real balls, so it's an option.

But, now for the actually important, for FOT, question. Would adding mall balls that don't make much noise be cheaper, or less profitable, than only have a few and running a force-field every time there's a booking for an interview. The reason why this could go either way is because of a one-off cost with occasionally heightened maintenance, against a regular cost with easier maintenance. Depending on the cost of running an automated balls & ball-pit cleaner (which would likely be less than hiring an actual person to clean it), I can actually see the Force-Field being the cheaper option.

All in all, I can see FOT having a "ball pit interview area" that only uses a minimal amount of real balls.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 11th, 2019, 12:56 am

I just figured it'd be some sort of in-camera effect, like a computer simulation superimposing 3d models of balls onto the video and making them seem to react to the real world movement (and there's be a few real balls on the floor for people to pick up and toss around to keep things "looking real") But force field take things in a MUCH more absurdly Far Out There direction. I like it.

Darius Drake (Guest), November 11th, 2019, 5:56 pm

@ Blitz: There's also the fact that they're throwing around balls, and having all the balls be fake would make that awkward. So some of the balls have to be real, at least. Let's say the top two layers of balls are real, and the rest are fake.

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