Oh my.. back to Fan-girl gushing.. 😆
I’m beginning to think that’s her default state 🙂
She did warn us she’s a technology geek.
A scratch-built V-call would surely be a Top Of The Maker Faire object of admiration for one of her inclinations.
If Euryale ever meets Jeri Ellsworth, I imagine the squeeing would be of earthshattering proportions.
I think I’d be ready to “squeeee!” with her–as long as I didn’t recall how long it took to assemble that “new V-cell, built from scratch” and its cost.
I think she’s about to start vibrating. She’s having some kind of squee seizure or something.
you mean a…. squeezure
Just a reminder, the pun jar takes all major credit cards.
Yes. In my experience, the pun jar takes credit cards, runs off to the mall and racks up huge bills, and then doesn’t even return them.
The Pun Jar is a teenager? Who knew??
I take credit cards to the Bahamas to make sure nobody ever bothers them.
Bah. What’s the pun jar done that’s so great? PAUL deserves all the credit!!
In Euryale’s favor, she has the quietest “Squueeeeees” in the strip, so far. Some of the ones let out by the others can almost be weaponized.
That’s what I was thinking was the case, that because the tech had been lost for millenia it took 80K years to make another one from scratch.
A new V-Cell as in multi-thousands of years? But, but it was assembled be Shelly(s) and Nudge (sorta) in the Sacred Forest,,,,,,,*TILT* @.@
It had been “maturing” (or was being stored) in the Forest, and was apparently planted/embedded into the Sacred Tree by one of the Shellys (not sure which one). I don’t think we know at all clearly who provided it to Shelly-sub-X, let alone who initially constructed it.
Might be someone we know, or it might be a new player yet to be revealed.
So, basically you need the fundamental ingredients and a time machine. Choose a location you know will be untouched by nature or mankind for about 80K years or so, and bury it there in the past. Harvest it in the present (whatever present you’re in) soon after it’s been placed. No waiting. Easy peezy 1, 2, 3zy. Imagine the possibilities. 20 year old Scotch? Yes sir, we can have that for you Tuesday.
You may need one of the great trees in the Time Forest to serve as an incubator.
If so, things could be more complicated than just “bury and wait.” It’s possible that a Time Forest tree must be fertilized, periodically, with the blood of part-Comanche auto mechanics (as the Tree of Liberty must be nourished with the blood of patriots, they say).
Mebbe that’s the only way to make a V-cell: stuff it in another dimension, let it gestate, harvest….
Makes sense. Different realms = different rules.
We’ve already seen that with the Demon realm, and arguably with the Sphix realm (aka how Shelly alternates between Earth realm and Sphix realm).
May be possible that whatever rules define the Sphix realm allow easier creation of V-cells than Earth-realm.
Sure. Build the outer shell, fill with plutonium, seal it, and listen to it hum quietly with power. Store in the trunk of a Sacred Tree for many years, while it stabilizes and matures. The frequency of its resonant hum generally rises over the years, and you know it’s ready for use when the pitch approaches that of a mosquito.
Cut down the tree and install the V-cell. You’re done.
“Vimana. We sell no whine before its time.”
(tosses several coins, and a used Zinfandel cork into the Jar)
Team Edward?? Team Jacob?? Fan girl squelling, must be a Twilight opening.
Not for the latest one. It got slammed.
By Pattinson himself… says something… doesn’t it?
Yes. In the words of King Arthur, “Run away!!!”
And after Dave’s comment, there was much rejoicing.
…Cure for Vampirism Now On Sale!
that link does not seem to work for me 🙁
Actually, not until someone eats Sir Robin’s minstrels.
Built from scratch… by whom??
Me thinks the Squeee is becaue “There’s more where those come from? Yay!” regarding V-cells.
And, yes… buy whom?
…a new computer.
sorry, I attempted a meme, but it’s just not as good without the pic. :/
I’d say that fifty seven Shelly were Nudged into biulding it.
*tosses wooden nickel into the pun jar*
Now the question becomes, did it just need to ferment over the coarse of 80k years, or did it require the deaths of 50+ Shellys to form it?
If the latter, that just makes Jin’s newfound lease on life THAT much more disturbing (especially considering how at least one of those Shellys was her best friend in a previous cycle).
i don’t think it needed EITHER of them… remember Brandi telling M that Shelly “needlessly” spent 80K+ years in the Time Forest? http://wapsisquare.com/comic/under-pressure/
Maybe what Brandi meant was that there were pre-extant V cells and it wasn’t necessary to make one from scratch.
OTOH, if the existing V-cells were all in use powering the Earth-barrier, using one of them to make her mortal might have let in the aliens and other nefarious deified powers of the cosmos.
@scantronb: What fairportfan said. I too was under the impression what Brandi meant is that she knew where other V cells were, and that Shelly didn’t need to spend 80k years and several other versions of herself creating a new one.
@OBOH: I’m assuming if Brandi’s offering to donate one such V-cell to Jin, either the barrier can stand to loose one cell, or there are others in storage not actively powering the realm-barrier or some similar construct.
@OBOH = @bmonk, btw. Not sure how I made that typo.
@Sonicthunder: you had ME wondering!
Did they actually make wooden, US currency nickels? If so, who would be dumb enough to accept them that they would have to be warned not to?
According to Wikipedia, some banks and chambers of commerce did issue wooden nickels during the 1930s, and there may have been some issued decades earlier.
They were not (as I understand it) U.S. legal tender, but were a form of private-tender currency… you could use them in certain areas or with certain merchants, and people might accept them as a form of change in those areas, but they weren’t good throughout the whole country.
In other words, they were a bit like subway tokens.
I’ve got a brass $2.00 coin only good in some parts of Oregon.
Wooden nickels were given out a lot by hardware stores and other local businesses as well, and were redeemable for a nickle’s worth of something on a future purchase. Since they were actually the size of a silver dollar, very few people would carry them, so they’d get shoved on the nightstand and end up useless.
The only wooden nickel I ever got was from a hardware store, they were dying out by the time I started paying attention.
Oddly enough, a nice wooden nickel is worth quite a bit more these days. . . .
Possibly by……The Offstage Speaker!?
Gaah! Blimey, you’re right… how did I miss that?? Too late in the evening; brain not up to speed.
The threesome has just become a foursome. Possibly our new player yet to be revealed, is about to be revealed?
The Squee is thusly explained by the entering of another-one of Euryale’s fan-crushes.
Brandi.. I gather.. Or May.. (Or Dietzel, walking on two legs ,talking.. Hey, he has thumbs, so bi-pedalism is not excluded… :ror:
All-in-all this feels like a run-up to a serious cliff-hanger Friday
I hope so. It’s been a while since we had a good cliff-hanger on Friday.
I think the squee means…
” wow! that means there must be blueprints somewhere!!!?? the test gear and resources to make one????!”
ALL ya hav’n ta do, is get dahn that ol’ time forest
, 80000 yahs later, you git wun!!…. 😀 😀
I’ve described Dietzel before as a mute talking dog (which actually describes him very well); however, I think it would detract something from his character if he spoke English.
So, what would you think if he spoke Glyph??
May. It’s gotta be Mayahuel. Eury would recognize her faster than you can shake a snake.
(drops a coin in the pun fund, just ’cause.)
Don’t you mean, “Faster than you can snake a sthick?”
(runs and hides)
Way to pull the grenade pin.
The offstage speaker wasn’t Bud? Okay.
I’d just figured that M’s expression was because the simple solution had just become complicated again.
For Wapsisque values of ‘Simple’
Monica was facing straight forward when speaking to Bud… and is looking to her right. and backwards, at whomever is speaking in the last frame. That, and Euryale’s new fangirl OMG expression while looking the same way, suggest it isn’t Bud who just spoke.
i’m with you and monica on this one..
you don’t recon someone built it to distroy the golem girls do you?
Nah. Its creation was simply a step in the plan required to achieve the real goal… gaining control of the formula for the ultimately perfect egg salad sandwich.
Ah! Now there is a noble goal to aspire to…
I figured you’d be the person who got the reference 🙂
We could have been sure this was what was going on, if Shelly-sub-1’s dying words had not been “… the calendar …” but had instead mentioned crab meat.
Heh. I tossed in a reference to “the Maintainers” over at Guilded Age, but apparently nobody picked up on it.
A Zork reference? Not all that many of the current generation of gamers have ever played it… I’m not sure that the text-mode games are retro enough (yet) to have had a big second wave of popularity.
Working on Adventure (a.k.a. Colossal Cave) was my own foray into that… I did a 550-point interpreter-based extension to the original Crowther/Woods version. Fun stuff (and I did manage to sneak in a few egregious puns).
Sorry, Dave, but with the energies involved, coupled with earthwide destruction potential, it HAS to be a recipe for weapons grade chili. Methane, self-igniting peppers, bio-hazard waste products … it don’t get better than that.
I don’t think you can get fire ants (essential ingredient) in Minneapolis.
You just have to import the fire ants. Plenty of them here in Florida
And what about the Concentrated Extract of Ghost Naga?
Monica or the girls would have to poit some in, since it’s banned as a Weapon of Mass Indigestion is most civilised countries.
Sorry big guy but you oh for that one, shaking the PP (pun portal) ominously.
Banned according to the Nagano Treaty, no doubt?
Boxilar’s right on this one. Shelly built it. With the help of her assistants: Shelly and Shelly and Shelly and… okay, you get the point. The real question is who taught her how to do it. Maybe Phix gave her a book.
no, it was the totally clueless, led by a creature that was really waiting eons for a dynamic hero that would resist its threats… and all she got was a frightened young girl…. 🙁
I’ll let you guess who that creature is!! :p
No, but i might retcon it, were i Paul.
It was built by Roy, obviously.
The ‘squee’ is because yet another player to this long-winded story has arrived. Wanna guess who?
Now those are eyes I could get lost in. Granted it would be a nightmare, but still…. they’re huge!
Okay, I find this hard to believe. Paul has brought up inter-dimensional crossovers, and no one has YET mentioned Evil Monica…..Mirror-Mirror Monica…..Superhero Monica…..Catgirl Monica, etc. 😀
What? You didn’t think these were just for show did you?
Of COURSE not 😉 But the idea of an Evil Monica is just too GOOD to not explore. perhaps a team-up with Colonel Custard?
M is a girl.
Girl = Evil. (and that’s the way we like ‘um)(Yes, there is a mathematical proof)
Therefore, All versions of M are Evil.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Would evil Monica have a goatee?
Probably not – thinking more along the lines of Marvel’s The White Queen, or Agatha’s Evil Queen suit. At any rate, a bustier is definitely involved. And spike heels. Possibly a whip or riding crop. Etc… }:)
Red and black leather.
And fast hands.
Evil Willow was pretty awesome…
So, what would happen if you got Evil Willow, and Evil Kira Nerise into the same room? The vampire and the Intendant?
I would think that ‘Evil Monica’ would have a smaller bust and thick glasses. Possibly some manner of complex..
.. and yes, a beard. Can’t have evil without the chin hair.
Shoulda just named her Squee. No one would forget her name then! 😛
As a sometimes sound engineer, and friend of many other sound engineers, the Correct name should be “Feedback”…
As in, her ears are too close to her mouth ergo feedback loop? Not sure I’d buy it without seeing the diagram, but an interesting theory.
I’ve just just been thinking her eyes make her look somewhat fish-like. And I thought May had built the one they used.
The alternator they used, was apparently built from May’s plans or design, but probably not by her… she didn’t recognize it when Bud brought it.
We don’t know who built the V cell that was used to power it up.
However, May is still a good guess, either for the V cell builder, or for whomever is speaking in the last frame. She’s an inventor, probably known to Euryale by reputation, and only recently released from demonspace… so E could easily be excited about meeting her.
The speaker might by Phix but I doubt it, due to Euryale’s reaction… I expect she’d already be used to meeting Phix in the Library.
Seeing how Maya created the calendar, it shouldn’t be/have been that difficult for her to create the necessary components of a V-cell then stash them throughout time and the world until they need to be assembled.
So was that the only one built recently or are there more hidden away in secret caches just waiting to be discovered?
I’ve been thinking about that. I’m going to venture a guess, that Shelly did it. She’s a mechanic and handy. She probably made it, or is it ‘will make it’, from the plans. Darn time conundrums.
BUD said it was May’s design, but she seemed not to recognize it.
But you know how May is…
I can picture every small furry critter in a six block radius freaking out everytime Euryale goes “SQUEE!”. LOL
I can forsee every dog in a 6 Block raduis going “Owww what the hell is that high pitched noise”
Am I the only one who is totally enchanted by these pictures of Bud (today & yesterday)?
She seems so gentle and at peace – like she’s found her place in the game…
She has certainly moved out of the “drunken college girl” persona.
That drunkenness was artificially imposed… and many of her memories were being suppressed by her programming. In effect she was being forcibly held in the “giddy sophomore co-ed” state.
A lot has happened since then.
She’s been release from Tequila Mode. Her memories were restored (first temporarily and then more thoroughly) by Monica. She’s had time to come to terms with her realization that she was one of the destroyers of Lanthis and responsible for the death of thousands. She’s helped save Reality As We Know it at least once, crunching the Calendar Machine and rescuing Maya in the process. She’s quested (successfully) for a way to help Jin return to sanity… and seems to have come to terms with the implications of Jin’s restoration to a moral form.
In short… I think Bud’s grown up a lot since we first met her.
We may be seeing her behaving much as we might have seen “flesh and blood farm-girl Acacia” grown to adulthood, if that had been allowed to occur long ago.
Academic fangirls are so cute~♥ Euryale’s eyes are positively sparkling!
A new V-cell? So the global field hasn’t been disrupted?
Now we can discuss an even more serious matter: Where do I find Wapsi Square gravatars? 🙂
Ya gots to pretty much make your own, but you might ask FairportFan, who seems to have a sufficiency. He might be able to spare one or twenty.
I have created a gravatar that truly fits my persona. I hope it shows up.
Hmm.. Ma3 – I believe ?
Yep – that’s what it is. I think that’s from the recent strip where Gary’s hopes for losing his virginity, possibly in a Ma3, were dashed and he took a shot in the tentacles.
Hence the tears.
nope Fairport, it was the phone call after with Yuki’s “psychologist” and he was about to panic about her seeing either A. his junk, or B. his girlish scream about the…thingy… that Sonya was wearing.
(just keepin it G)
Nope, you’re still Gary from MA3 😛
I’m fairly disturbed by those eyes on that gorgon >.>
You’re not the only one.
Serious creep-out-city stuff.
I’m more disturbed by my constant misreading of her name as Eulalie (i.e. my mom’s name) than by her eyes.
It’s a good thing this comic has HOT GIRLS cause the story is really hard to follow.
Also shouldn’t Euryale’s hair be going all serpent by now???
yes yes it should
bring back the snakes!
Why? Just to put those hot girls on ice?
Good lord, I’m confused… *rubs temples*
Just think of it as a new puzzle with familiar themes. Lots of new pieces we don’t know what to do with yet, but thats part of the fun. ^_^
Yeah, but I sort of lost track of what the problem even is any more… Guess I should go back and read again.
I’m with you. I have no real idea why they need more V-Cells. I don’t believe Bud or Brandi have expressed a desire to become like Jin. She NEEDED the cell to fix her problems. They don’t. I don’t really see the urgency here.
Wow, Acacia (Bud) definitely is looking very nice. No ‘Straw hair’ here. Maybe Monica’s been spending “girly time” w/her giving her beauty tips & such like she did with Shelly.
Plus Acacia sounds prettier than “BUD”.
ANYWAY on second look Yes there is a new person on the scene as Monica and Euryaleare are both looking BEHIND them and Acacia is IN FRONT of them.
OOooooh! I know….. Its TINA! – but NOT Tina because someone else is “at the helm” so to speak. Just puttin’ it out there. OK Discuss.
More than just beauty tips. Bud seems to have “come through the storm” and have arrived at some sort of inner peace, at least for now. Good to see!
On the new speaker… candidates offered up so far seem to be May, Shelly, Phix, Nudge, Brandi, and Tina… or it might be a new player, or some minor character out of left field. Tepoz seems possible as he was apparently part of MIB and might have been holding onto secrets.
Well, it’s someone Eurayle is excited to see – my bets are on Brandi and Shelly (perhaps bringing Connie along, too).
Another possibility is our immortal politician Kukulcan. he is the one that set Tepoz up as a guardian for Monica and the girls.
The think that makes me wonder more is the look on Monica’s face. She looks likes she is about to be horrified.
My bet is Shelly. Hopefully we’ll get more info on her time in the TTF.
Maybe May, since she knows the most old tech. Or Phix, who has access to the most information, and knows more than she’s been letting on. Either one might be squee-worthy for someone who’s been following this story from inside the Waspsiverse.
I doubt if she’d “squee” over Phix – it’s my impression that Phix vets would-be users of the Library pretty carefully, including a personal interview, before she authorises them and gives them their cards.
Yeah, I’m sure the old librarian is pretty much a phixture around the place. Well known to all.
Nice! I’ll pay your Pun Jar fine for that one (and some of my own)… I’ve got some nice recycled silver metal here, extracted from used photographic phixative.
Is this getting to be a phixation for us?
[drops $20.00 into the jar. One penny at a time. Checking after each one to be sure it fell heads up.]
I’m just going to post this every time Euryale does it:
Now, I’m actually starting to hear it when Eury makes her Fangirl Call(tm). Unless I’m making it without being aware.
Maybe Paul is playing HTML-5 games. and embedding a hidden audio clip in the page?
Eurayle wallpaper, 1024×768…
I can haz 1440 x 900?
Ne’mind – made my own 1280 x 800 version.
Great job as always Jabberwonky.
ooh she has money
its the black coloured ipod 😛
The “happy faces” on the two outlying snakes really show up in color.
@bmonk – Just an aside from this arc – Dulcie Gray, a stalwart British actress died today at 93 .
Across the river from downtown. near the 3rd Avenue bridge?
I just realized the comments aren’t centered any more. Whatever it was… thanks!! 😀
…and I went back two pages and read the comments. I am now severely intimidated by you guys.
In an effort to quit breaking the internet and simultaneously graduate from college, I’m in a basic html/css class right now. I’m not doing that well (hey, it’s me!). I’d have never guessed unclosed center tags were making that kind of problem.
As for the design issues, I’m with SoWhyMe on this, with a tiny addendum. The page looks like the Dreamweaver templates we’ve been working with in class, and depending how Paul has it set, it may take recreating the whole site to make the comments section wider. And the occasional unintentional haiku can be hilarious. 😉
Anyway, thanks to all of you for your help and (tech) support. 😀
Silly question: When did Monica take up Kung Fu? Because that sure looks like a Kung Fu jacket she’s overstretching there.
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