No railgun? Doesn’t everyone who is anyone have a railgun?
You beat me to it by a couple of seconds.
Well, no. But in my defense I do have a rather small back yard that isn’t big enough to hold a decent sized rail gun. (and yes I know they come in handgun sizes but if you can’t put the projectile in orbit why even bother with having a rail gun?)
Man, when the cops come and they don’t find a rail gun, they are going be asking some serious questions.
I mean, geez, Bud, how did you think we brought down Saddam Hussein? Everyone owns a rail gun.
You mean … I’m a nobody? Sad day.
You mean some people don’t have a rail gun in their back yard?
I had a swing set with a teeter-totter. If you jumped from the top rail onto the teeter-totter, it would almost launch you into space! Sort of. If you used a little imagination anyway…
Does a relativistic B-B gun count?
we have garden gnomes and ceramic hedgehogs
clearly i need to move countries 😛
Nah, no need, just install a smaller railgun (possible building-plans available on-line) to rid Your garden of ,said, gnomes and hedgehogs… 😛
for a second there i thought you were going to suggest putting it in the gnome/hedgehogs 🙂 like a secret weaponized garden 😀
How about a nailgun? Is that close enough?
I have a SHRUBBERY. And it looks very nice. And it isn’t too expensive.
A SHRUBBERY?!? (looks around for the Knights who say Ni)
Garden gnomes have become somewhat dated, I think.
The new trend is to conceal a statue of a werewolf somewhere at the edge of the grassy area. Startles the door to door salesmen no end!
Look in your local Yellow Pages telephone directory for a supplier… it’ll be listed under “lawn chaneys”.
Oh, oh, oh, I may die laughing at that one 😀
[Tapping mouth of pun jar with truncheon] >:-)
sadly I’m not getting it. 🙁
Lon Chaney Jr. played the wolfman and others in the 40’s and 50’s.
I dated a lawn Gnome once…we didn’t see eye to eye…
I’m building a Ballista in my backyard. 🙂
One of these days I will build a trebuchet just because I can.
I’ve built a trebuchet, do it, it’s a hoot.
Besides, it’s a whole lot easier to get right than a rail gun.
And another person has left Bud.
Don’t worry – she will be back.
Buds got no to blame but herself. She’s throwing a hissy fit like some mad little girl with no explanation and she expects Brandi to make her feel better by fighting her. Hell! I’m amazed that Brandi hasn’t hauled off and slapped her.
It’s Brandi. She’s got eons of experience with Bud’s and Jin’s tantrums (and, arguably, one or more cycles worth of memories from what she’s recalled reading her book). If Shelly and Monica have learned how to deal with their tantrums in a few years time, Brandi is an expert at it.
Besides, the last time Brandi got involved physically in a tantrum, the cops were called, and the last thing she needs is another reason for the neighbors to call the cops.
Hey!! Watch it with the blonde jokes Brandi!!
Many of us are quite intelligent. XD
But we don’t know everything. And on that note, I’m going to go look up what a rail gun is.
Looked up what a rail gun is…
I want one… >X3
Me too! Only thing left is convincing the power company that sucking a terrawatt from the grid every now&then isn’t anything out of the ordinary… 😛
Just charge the cappacitors slowly – no one will notice. 😉
That lengthens the danger period, though.
Drop a screwdriver or wrench (or your wristwatch) onto the capacitor bank terminals at any time while it’s charging, and it’s Goodbye screwdriver, Hello plasma! Arc-flash accidents are really nasty!
Hmmm. Might make an interesting contrast to golf-ball plasma, though… the vaporized metals would create different colors.
But i want to be able to shoot it more often than once a decade…
Or you can use a Mr. Fusion and a Flux Capacitor.
Buggy, actually you only need the Flux Capacitor to go to when you can purchase the Mr. Fusion.
After that, it’s all fun and games, until someone’s eye reaches orbit.
Build a trebuchet or a self-targeting laser… (Squeee!)
I once used a trebuchet in a water balloon fight. Good times.
Is a terrawatt more or less than a jiggawatt?
“Jigga” is the old and more correct pronunciation for “Giga”, now usually pronounced with a hard “g”). You may remember Dr. Brown in Back to the Future complaining about the number of gigawatts (‘jiggawatts”) the DeLorean would need.
Giga = one billion
Terra = one trillion, or one thousand billions.
Sorry, it’s Terawatt, not Terrawatt – Terra is another name for earth, like Terra Firma.
After Tera, comes Peta (a thousand tera-whatever), Exa-, Zetta- and Yotta- (see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tera- )
So does every nation on the planet.
I don’t doubt it.
Isn’t “dumb blonde” redundant?
Heh, you’re so predictable.
… or perhaps tired of life? I mean, talk about remarks that paint a “Kick me, hard!” sign on yer karma…
Karma, swarma. I don’t adhere to that particular myth. There is no mystical energy that undulates through the aether depending upon one’s actions. The only actual “karma” is physical retribution from human idiots who take things way too personally.
Fortunately, it’s pretty much impossible for me to blurt out things which might cause bodily harm to come my way, so I’m reasonably safe from my own poor judgement.
See? There ya go, jumping to conclusions. Men are blondes too you know. In point of fact, I’m a blonde. Practically albino. I have such fair skin and hair, I think I’d burst into flames in direct summer sun. I could forgo shaving for a week and I doubt anyone would notice. Anyway, according to current standards, being blonde allows me to say anything I wish about people who are blessed/cursed with that particular shade of gold. So raspberries to you, oh premature articulation one!
@SoWhyMe … Okay? You’re still predictable.
That’s not an insult. I KNEW you’d make a comment like that. It’s how you have fun. You always make cracks like that. I was just waiting to see which one it would be.
I make cracks about being blonde too (even if they are completely insincere).
I see. Ok, let’s try this then.
It’s a form of scrooch gun.
*chuckle* So who’s going to bring in the Goof Gas?
History does repeat itself, though… Boris Badanov wouldn’t bother using it on the current Congress, either. “Somebody else got here first.”
Oddly enough, though i am fully aware of the original derivation – that’s a Man from UNCLE reference…
Actually Congress could use about 435 Kirward Derbies!
The Traveller name was Gauss Gun, which I always like for some reason.
Hah! Well, miss Budur.. You were warned….be glad Momma Brandy only got a bit ” scary-eyes” on You…. 😀
i was kinda hoping for a bear/goat tussle.
Hm.. I believe the scary eyes and the sudden increase in bulk were enough to make Bud cool down for a bit. (I would, oh yes! I would indubitably cool down after something like that..) 😯
In this case I think it would be a Lion/Goat tussle.
I thought Brandi’s afro was gonna go up in flames…I need a pic of her for my gravatar cuz she’s awesome
Go here: http://electronictiger.net/avail/brandi.png.
Download it if you like it.
(It’s got a transparent background, like most of mine)
Thanks a lot
No problem. It was an interesting project to cut it out clean and create a Real Pablo Border…
Ouch! I think Bud is right. Brandy is the scariest of all of the GGs.
Brandy cut deep, and didn’t have to raise a finger.
I guess after a few thousand years, you get to know each other’s buttons….
Exactly! It’s always the nice ones who are the most capable of being utterly terrifying.
I think Bud is wanting to work through her anger and frustration with Brandi, because she feels abandoned by Jin. Brandi, on the other hand, is hartily sick of it. Maybe with Jin getting her wish and efectively out of the GG club, Brandi just wants to get on with the rest of her life, or existance, or whatever. Bud seems to have something of a martyr complex. She did all this for Jin, only to be abandoned by her, if not right now, then five or six decades down the road. And what did Bud get out of it? She gets to lose a freind. She’s looking for sympathy, but doing in a way that pisses Brandi, her sole remaining companion in this mess, away. Her expression in the last panel is the realization that she may have seriously messed up.
Sorry, “Pisses Brandi off”. Need to proof read before posting.
But wait, does Brandi know what happened with Jin?
We haven’t seen that. And I haven’t seen anything that makes me assume that Bud’s mentioned it yet.
Probably not. Bud’s been too angry and upset to tell her, and I doubt any of the others have filled her in.
Right, so Brandi might have a little more sympathy if Bud had actually told her what’s going on.
Jin is scariest (pre-OS-patch) – Bud is most dangerous – Brandi is most terrifying.
Looks like Bud isn’t the only one who’s Done.
…as in “Done with a fellow GG’s bullshit”
Heh, you know after thousands of years, fights like this are sure to come up.
I once spent six hundred days around Ba Sing Se. I was tired. The men around me were tired too. I think our General was tired too.
good airbender quote.
Oooh, the Scary Eyes snapped Bud right out of it. Sort of.
Something weird happened to my browser, and i didn’t get a chance to correct that typo before the comment posted…
… and Bud didn’t deny the “hissy-fit” part, this time.
Nor “blonde”, of course, but that only makes sense… she isn’t anywhere near enough pie-eyed to be unable to remember her hair color.
In Tuesday’s strip, Bud says to Brandi, “Quit trying to be my mother!”
In today’s strip, Brandi says, “Maybe I’m tired of being everyone’s mother.”
Bud just got what she asked for.
Except, that Brandi acts exactly as a smart mother should.
Don’t give in to a kid with a temper-tantrum, and make utterly clear who is boss.
Oooh, Brandi, make that face again.
On second thought, please don’t.
Agreed! *looks for change of undies:LOL:
The claws really make it.
I was thinking of this one but i was too lazy to go looking.
Why don’t they just make out already and be done with it!
Aw HELL! I’m getting off this ship…
Wrong comic. MA3 is over there –> 😛
Ooooh!! Bud really stepped in deep with Brandi this time.
Momma Bears fangs are sharp and strike true.
Bud seems to be angry because she is afraid, and I am beginning to wonder if what she is afraid of is herself. She considers herself to be a monster – and Jin was the governor on that collection of monsters that is the Chimera. If Jin dies, where does that leave Bud? Is she terrified that she is not going to have anything or anyone to restrain her from destroying another civilization, if Jin is gone?
that’s a good point
i hadn’t thought of that before.
peeps here mentioned her maiming the world when she was playing golf. I personally don’t think she would do it again but does SHE think she would?
If Monica commanded her – would she have to?
I dunno. It just seems to me that Bud isn’t very well equipped to deal with ultimate scares. She is completely invulnerable and more than alpha-mutant strong.
She is not used to the emotional turmoil that true fear gives.
Seeing Jin going clay, scared her out of her wits, and apparently she has forgotten how to deal with fear. Fear that manifests now, with a temper-tantrum.
God, I know I shouldn’t quote the prequels, because no good can come of it, but, *Yoda voice* Fear leads to anger*Yoda voice*
wasn’t that in Empire?
Fear leads to hate.
Hate leads to anger.
Anger leads to the dark side?
fear leads to anger
anger leads to hate
hate leads to the darkside.
i would blame my cold but this is just morning typing i suspect.
Suddenly I want to play Quake…
i’m not british or american so help me here peeps: what in the name of the nine realms is a hissy fit?
What you just saw from Bud. Refers to a female getting mad and lashing out mindlessly at everyone and everything. Like a really mad cat. The cat is a whirling ball of fur with nothing but claws and hisses of anger. When a women does that it is a hissy fit. In men it’s called Road Rage or going postal. lol.
AND just for clarification: Going Postal, is when that seeming innocent Post Office worker that was always smiling and being just “a nice guy”… and just “snaps” after 20 years of getting bitten by dogs, the rain while walking his route, all the goobers yelling at him for why their mail is getting returned for insufficient postage, etc… etc… and buys a gun, goes into work (or anywhere else for that matter) and just starts blowing random people away. originally coined from a series of real life shootings in the postal service.
And that came from when USPS first went semi-private after being a haven of a low-stress job for all those veterans that came back from Korea and Vietnam wound way too tight and with a hair trigger, and suddenly the job became super high-stress and demanding on people that were prone to violence under stress because that was their survival mode during the war, with many of them having access to military grade weaponry and vast amounts of ammunition because of also being National Guard or Reserves so they could be “watched”. Their therapists didn’t know the job had changed drastically at the post office and that people were being fired until some of the troops started firing back…
And here’s a peso for the pun jar >clink<…
Um, no, guys have hissy fits too.
The term is actually coined from “hysterical fit”.
Basically an adult temper tantrum.
“flippen van nijd” is close. Think toddler that doesn’t get it his/her way, You know? When they go all red and mad spitting and screaming, when mommy- for the umpteenth time- grabs the bubbelicious from his/her hans and puts it back, while waiting at the AH or ALDI… “kleuterachtige woedeaanval” is the closest. “hissy-fit” is much more succinct though. I do not believe we got such a nice, compact term like that….
dan snap ik het. i get it now.
Bah! Everyone knows the coil gun (Gauss rifle) is better anyway.
Be it, that the ammo is so bulky, that it costs me toomuch in armor and/or heatsinks, leaving my nice battery of lasers moot due to overheating….. Gauss is only useful when you know it’s not gonna be too hot outside, or to cripple much larger opponents.” zap’n run-tactics 😀 ”
( yeah!, i RULE with a Blackhawk on sufficiently cold battlefields)
well, then you need to switch to “infinite repeaters”, commonly found on BOLO units… no ammo to run out of, nor even carry. and if you’ve got enough power to run a Gauss, or a Rail gun, then you’ve got the power for one of these as well…
Not in Traveller–but they never really say what the design of the gauss gun is anyway. Just that it shoots 4 mm needles. (Other calibers available in some universes.)
Jay-Em- Personally I preferred the game before the Clans. But then I was always something of a masochist.
It’s always the nice ones. When THEY lose their temper. then things get scary.
Beware the wrath of a quiet man. Or, in this case, Brandi.
*Nods in Agreement*
“I don’t fear the wrath of a good man. They have too many rules.”
“A good man needs no rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.”
The Doctor can be quite scarey when he gets going 🙂
Despite being the ancient of days, Bud is still 18. I know some 30-year-olds who still throw fits like a teenager. As long as we’re drawing breath, we can still grow.
I’m happy Brandi reacted this way. This is exactly what Bud needs. This is exactly how I would expect any “mom” to react under the given conditions. Sometimes you need to get tough.
It’s one of those things. On the one hand, Bud is going through some serious stuff I feel for. On the other hand, the WAY she’s doing it is nuclear-toddler.
The problem with doing something impressive to blow off anger, is that there will be someone who is unimpressed. And just as angry.
Dumb blonde is an oxymoron. *giggle giggle*…moron…*giggle giggle*
Just tell them it was the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
Bud wanted a brawl, I think, for the physical release. Brandi, however, didn’t fight fair, she used words as weapons. As anyone knows, words hurt worse and might actually be the only thing that can really hurt Bud and make her angry or an emotional wreck. When Shelly treated Bud like a dangerous monster, that hurt her deeply and made her cry. I think Bud’s going to have to go visit her friend Shelly in whom she now has a lot in common. Maybe they could go shooting again, that tends to focus and harmonize the spirit.
I predict for tomorrow’s cliff-hanger…
The cops come, see Bud is drunk, see the golf club and broken bottle, and bust her for disturbing the peace. She could poit out, but that would be awfully public.
Golf club? I don’t think Bud was using one. We’ve never seen one. She was throwing them I believe.
Cannot WAIT for tonight’s comic.
I feel bad for Bud, but I feel bad for all the GG’s right now. Jin’s all busted up, Brandi’s pissed and insulted, and Bud has a whole rainbow of negative emotions bottling up in her.
Brandi just slapped Bud very very hard. While Bud’s neuroses have been abused, that makes me much much more worried about Brandi.
The intelligence Bud has lauded, envied, and feared in Brandi has largely been told and not shown. We’ve seen Brandi behave idiotically (flies enjoy being flushed down toilets?), and watched Bud’s most impetuous acts explained as well-considered tactics (the U-296).
But the either this dichotomy’s falsehood is unknown to Bud, or there is something dangerously wack with Brandi’s everyday ingenuous behaviour.
Bud has already dealt with her stages of grief and rage: this tantrum over Jin and her own future is a mere echo of when she first remembered her blossoming hell: I DESTROYED THE WORLD. I DID IT.
But Brandi? A few tears, then an occasional joke or doubt gets expressed. Beyond that, she’s studiously held back her every instinct, not wanting to be teased into reaction–even warning Shelly against doing what she is doing here–forcing herself to patiently free every fly even as the memory of her butchering spins firing inside her mind.
What if Brandi has been suppressing not just her anger, but her intelligence because it is the most dangerous thing in the story?
Bud can break the world, fine. Jin is a poiting grandmaster.
How might Brandi simply remake the universe with a misplaced thought?
And that is truely terrifying, if true.
nah, that’s too far out there, even for Wapsiverse… if Brandi, by herself, could rewrite the universe… if that was the case then we wouldn’t BE here, seeing as how Jin was unable to control the other two in the destruction of Lanthis all those years ago. now that they’ve been split, i would imagine that while still very powerful, they are less powerful individually than they were when combined.
um… huh? what are you talking about in paragraph 5? the whole freeing the fly’s thing… what fly’s?
We know that multiple Brandis devised a plan, while trapped by the Calendar Machine, to defeat the Calendar Machine. Which could only work if she herself was kept in the dark.
Paragraph 5: Brandi has been catching flies that get into the house in winter, and freeing them in the spring. Scantron, if you somehow missed Brandi’s narration of her time in the pit, you should probably read it, starting here. The power of the scene derives from the yawning difference between the reader’s emotional reaction and the absolute control exhibited by the character.
Finally, the golems may have form parameters. But everything else? If Jin (and Bud and Tepoz) can poit things in and out of Monica’s body, and even cleanse her skin at will, how much imagination does it take to rearrange the body itself?
Or anything else.
I’ll concede that the entire universe might not be rewritten by a stray thought of an angry Brandi, but the whole of the Earth certainly seems plausibly within revision, given what we know.
Probably enough room to affect all the characters, there.
Okay, in having gone over Brandi’s story over the past week of real time, I think I’ve found a potentially more disturbing narrative. I’ll just say that 1) if she had had this molecular rearrangement power, going after quest items would be less of an issue, and 2) what she has been doing is a full retreat from her baser instincts.
Bud has engaged hers, with moderation (even in this scene, relatively speaking). Brandi has tried to deny any toehold to hers, and this strategy is breaking now.
You are right, we really haven’t seen Brandi interact with the other characters as much as the rest of the GGGs to see that intelligence. We’ve seen some hints in her book about how strategic her thinking is, so I don’t doubt that she is smart. She may possess the type of brilliance that is lacking in common sense. (I have known some brilliant people without the sense God gave a sand-flea.)Not knowing that flushing flies down the toilet was killing them is not a good sign that she possesses it. That being said, what I have seen of her and her thought process, I like a great deal and I think she is a good person. That blond comment was harsh, hopefully it was a well thought out strategy for dealing with Bud’s hissy. I’m actually dreading the cliff-hanger tomorrow because I like Bud and don’t want her to be in a bad situation. I think we have a great deal yet to learn about Brandi, but I don’t think it is any more destructive than Bud’s quirks.
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