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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: February 04, 2018, 10:18:24 am »
"I remember being told that no one was ever supposed to go in there."

Sensible option: retreat
What will probably happen: "Since the door's open, let's look inside..."
"One or two steps inside probably won't hurt..."
"Nothing's happened so far..."

Beyond there, anything could happen. The standard horror movie trope would be the door would mysteriously, autonomously shut and lock as soon as they were inside, offering no retreat from The Thing.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:05:43 am »
We have some reason to suspect meta-wise by things Lehm said or inferred that there may be multiple bloody-Mary's running around.

It's not just said or inferred - it's canonical that there are three Bloody Mary's running around.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:01:24 pm »
I wonder if Eye's fear aura (for want of a better term) is completely and utterly autonomous, or if it's possible with some training to 'feel' it and learn to exercise at least some degree of control over it. Having been stuck in that one room with the cat-thing would have led her to believe the former, but what if that isn't the case?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:45:01 pm »
"...I will pay every person I owe, then I will turn myself in."

Yeah, right, sure, as if... :)

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:25:16 am »
Given what happened to May wearing the helmet, I'd imagine Corona's experience would be:

She "remembered" that she was in a dangerous place, and that she needed to leave immediately. She also remembered that Lehm was in grave danger and that she needed to help him immediately. Corona somehow felt that she needed to turn around, and go back the way she came.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: December 10, 2016, 03:06:19 am »
So perhaps something like a hood that's locked on, with someone outside The Dark Cell holding the key?

I very much doubt May's thinking of invoking permanent blindness and deafness, e.g. by gouging out eyes and somehow blocking up ear canals.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: November 23, 2016, 01:16:39 pm »
I wonder if Lehm's regretting his decision to recruit May as a test subject yet? :)

The Debate Room / Donald
« on: November 11, 2016, 02:21:36 pm »
(Warning: multi paragraph rambling ahead - probably not NPOV, but definitely not of the "He's the devil incarnate" ilk)

So, Donald has won the US election - and as is often the case with democracy, the gains (in terms of Electors) are disproportionate to the popular vote (not helped by the "Winner Take All" approach of 48 States - according to Wiki, something not originally intended to be the case [back in the 1770s, US political parties hadn't yet emerged], but appeared within 30 years of the Declaration).

It's rather telling that out of the entire electorate, nearly half abstained while there was a 0.1% difference in the number of those voting for him and Hillary - which suggests that a substantial proportion of the population had no faith in either candidate to improve their lives. Added onto which, while the electoral system is heavily stacked against minority parties, over the past few elections they've manade to grow from about 1% of the popular vote to around 2.5%. Of course, even if they did manage to escalate to 10-20% of the vote, as President and Congress are elected separately, there's less chance of a minor party becoming "Kingmaker" and agreeing to vote for a particular Presidential candidate on the understanding they get some of their ideas listened to / policies adopted in Congress.

It's not difficult to see why many were enthused about Donald: he's a popular TV personality who creates the illusion of being a successful self-made businessman (note: illusion), while he wasn't reliant on the Financial Services Industry to fund his campaign, isn't a seasoned politician, and doesn't have much of a filter between his brain and mouth. He authoritatively announces what sound like simple solutions to complex problems, so based on their perception of him through the filter of the media (especially his TV show), think he's trustworthy and is capable of doing what he says. He's not selling policy, he's selling a dream, a vision - apparently of a rose-tinted view of a few decades ago when the US still had a significant manufacturing industry, women generally stayed at home, there were clear divisions between the roles of men and women in society, there was no awareness of LGBTQI (many would probably mistakenly think LGBTQI didn't exist back then) and church was the centre of the community.

Of course, behind the rhetoric and bizzare policy announcements (e.g. The Wall, the ever-evolving approach to immigration restrictions, incarcerating Hillary without due process) seems to lie a fairly mainstream set of domestic policies: increase military spending, reduce social / welfare spending, repeal the PPACA (and produce an alternative some day never), reduce taxes (particularly on the wealthier portions of society), and allow organisations to discriminate against / refuse to serve any demographic their owner's preferred faith doesn't like (probably as long as the faith in question is some variety of conservative Christianity).

He often strikes me as a Theory X manager - he apparently believes he's smarter and knows more than the rest of the population / workforce, so is uniquely qualified to lead them. Conversely, he doesn't seem to cope very well when he doesn't get his own way, and finds diplomacy and tact hard (although not impossible, given his victory speech which was a complete contrast to pretty much everything he'd been quoted on during his campaign).

While he's suggested some very controversial policies during his campaign, even though he's got a completely Republican Senate and has an opportunity to put a conservative appointment in the Supreme Court (with the possibility of several more over the coming years), hopefully not every Republican politician will feel the need to turn the clock back on social progress, while his immigration and trade policies are likely to face fierce opposition - the US likely buys far too much from China to consider imposing punitive import duties if they don't buy lots of US-made goods and services in return.

In all likelihood, he'll neither be quite the disaster some were predicting, nor anywhere near the beacon of hope and light others were predicting. What will happen in the next few years is anyone's guess, especially as the West's economic recovery is still very fragile and Brexit could have economic consequences across Europe that could potentially ripple further.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:15:41 pm »
I can't tell honestly if Maytag is shocked at Lehm's statement or is she just getting moist thinking about how long his fingers are! :)

{I've got such a dirty little mind...}

Given May's figured out that Corona loves Lehm (hence the knife twisting on pp6-7), it shouldn't really be a surprise to her that the feelings are mutual.

Hmm... I wonder how far Lehm actually got within The Dark Cell - assuming he's actually had a go...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: October 26, 2016, 02:45:48 pm »
Okay, I see. True, I forgot where she said she's halfway through.
Heh, May is on to something.

Heh, May can be quite devious - but given Corona's been at it for five years, she's probably stuck in a proverbial rut, so needs to be shaken out of what is now her comfort zone. So May getting under her skin (so to speak) is exactly what Corona needs if she's to get any further in The Dark Cell.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: October 13, 2016, 01:06:04 pm »
....and we're onto Page 1, with the incongruous sight of Lehm, Corona and Maytag having a nice cup of tea while leaning on a giant plush teddy bear wearing a very tall and thin top hat...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: October 12, 2016, 11:41:35 am »
My bad on submitting Chapter 47: Discussion. Please remove, Brion. As for the newest pic, who is this? I know I've seen her before...

Except that it would seem illogical to have two Chapter 46s - I'm assuming "The Dark Cell's Third Phase, Part 2" is supposed to be Chapter 47, despite both the cover and the chapter list claiming otherwise, and Brion just forgot to renumber when editing the copied / pasted text...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 47: Discussion
« on: October 11, 2016, 03:19:41 pm »
Who's this again? I know I've seen her before....

Courtesy of the Chapter List, this one's "The Dark Cell's Third Phase, Pt.II", so she's Corona, Lehm's glamorous assistant and current Dark Cell Progress Record Holder...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: October 11, 2016, 03:17:11 pm »
The new chapter should be Chapter 47, but it's labelled as 46 - both on the page itself and in the chapter list...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 31 Discussion
« on: October 06, 2016, 12:44:39 pm »
Is the silhouette on the right supposed to be the thin man?

One page later reveals all, and yes it is Lehm, with Warden to his right (our left).

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 31 Discussion
« on: October 03, 2016, 12:59:45 pm »
"No-one knows for sure... yet..."

Although there is perhaps one OOC exception in the form of Brion :)

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:23:12 pm »
So it's someone she's met before somewhere at the Colosseum - but who? I haven't the patience to search through all the pages to see if they've appeared in canon yet...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:02:50 am »
Didn't Clairen die in Book 0?
Starting here and over the next two pages, it's difficult to see how Clairen can have survived being turned into a pile of ashes...

While Mary suffered a similar fate and survived, the subsequent intermission indicates she'd built up sufficient flesh reserves to effectively rebuild herself. As Lehm probably wasn't known about in Book 0 (as far as I know, not having read it yet apart from the extract above), Clairen was expecting death and didn't appear to be a high level magic use, it's extremely unlikely she survived.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: September 23, 2016, 12:05:52 pm »
So, a new character, a promoted extra, or someone who's had previous canonical lines? Still, as Warden's noticed her interest in Bern and Polly, Mystery Character now knows that if anything untoward should happen to the pair, she'll be the prime suspect.

Although of course, when Bern and Polly cross the border, they may have to face Bloody Mary, Suspira or more Thin Man generated chaos.

Meanwhile, two more pages and then a new chapter - probably returning to Maytag, possibly Crest.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: September 14, 2016, 12:16:56 am »
If he falls back to his vices

Perhaps a bit sooner than you expected? :)

As the saying goes, tomorrow never comes... particularly when dealing with addition.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: July 29, 2016, 12:33:02 am »
Given his comment at the end of Page 31 ("You didn't actually believe we'd let one of our star A-ranked fighters stay dead, did you? She's worth far too much! We simply must bring her back!"), Option (1) can likely be discounted - they'll resurrect her and put it on the team's tab regardless of what May thinks. Given the Colosseum is a jail filled with fighters, I'd find it exceedingly unlikely they haven't considered the possibility of prisoners attempting to escape, so both (3) and (4) look unlikely without outside assistance.

However, we're currently on Page 33, and chapters are always exactly 30 or 60 pages long, we've got a lot of story left before returning to May vs Lehm and Crest vs Suspira, so they're not going to enter a "holding pattern" any time soon.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: July 28, 2016, 02:57:55 pm »
What is this guy implying...

It wouldn't surprise me if he then goes onto say resurrection isn't cheap, followed by a load of bull which translates as "we want to keep you two around as long as possible, as you're very good for business."

OK, so it didn't happen exactly like that, but I was pretty darn close...

They're popular with the crowds so are very good for business, and with 3-6 years to pay off the debt for resurrecting Polly, he's certainly intending to keep them around as long as possible. He's so smarmy I wouldn't put it past him to try a stunt like that again when they near the end of their term if they're still as popular.

Which then raises the question of mechanisms by which they can leave the Colosseum (alive!) before their time is up (assuming Brion's planning to reunite Bern and May sometime within the next decade [our time]). Following the end of this chapter, Bern's story's likely to be in a holding pattern pending an external agent interfering.

Which then leaves time for May to get as far as she can with Lehm (and get some form of financial reward) and Crest to find Suspira. May's preferred approach would almost certainly be to take the reward for helping Lehm and use it to bail out Bern (and by extension Polly) rather than launching her own Stone Show. Whether Polly would remain in Marvallo is another matter entirely - going into the Colosseum that would have been her intention, but whether her own personal views of her country have changed since witnessing the Colosseum remains to be seen. If, by any chance, Bern and her leave the Colosseum by means other than a bail payment, it might not be safe to hang around in Marvallo...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:16:33 pm »
What is this guy implying...

It wouldn't surprise me if he then goes onto say resurrection isn't cheap, followed by a load of bull which translates as "we want to keep you two around as long as possible, as you're very good for business."

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: July 07, 2016, 12:12:29 am »
So both brothers are down for the count, but the MC hasn't announced Polly and Bern as the winners.


Given the spectators have paid to see the fight, I wouldn't be surprised if the venue has a contingency plan for unexpectedly short fights, e.g. bring someone else out to fight the victors (although they may not get any extra credit for the extra match)...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: June 30, 2016, 02:06:16 pm »
Ouch. I sorta feel bad for them..
Hard brother might've had a point. But how do you defend against a flying steel ball?

You either block it or move out of its trajectory - given in the last panel it looks as though Polly's already launched the ball, Hard's leaving it rather late to defend himself (perhaps still in shock about the downfall of Soft?), so this may turn out to be an unexpectedly short match.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 46: Discussion
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:20:22 am »
Oops - I think one of the brothers is in need of a new sword...

...and with the buildup required to perform that move, Bernadette had plenty of time to get into position.

Of course, what neither brother's realised is that neither Bern nor Polly individually are the true threat, but the combination of both. Meanwhile, with Polly's observation from p18 that they didn't pose a problem, she definitely didn't expect them to be that unchallenging (then again, neither did the MC).

Now is the thing attached to his brother's right arm a second weapon or a shield? If the latter, then the brothers are reduced to one weapon against the combination of Bern and Polly - added onto which, their reputation's just taken a bit of a dent...

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 45: discussion
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:34:47 am »
The current page 43 - what makes me think it was published on Thursday? :)

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 45: discussion
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:26:07 pm »
While having a 'plug' or 'socket' is binary from the point of view of reproduction, humans have attached many attributes to those that aren't associated with the act itself (including many that aren't directly related to biology, e.g. hobbies / interests, preferred peer group, clothing / hairstyle choices). Pretty much no other area of biology / genetics is binary, but either has a range of discrete values (e.g. eye colour, hair colour) or continuous (e.g. height, metabolism). When you look at the range of intersex conditions, it's almost miraculous that over 95% of the population don't encounter any errors in the numerous steps required to convert karyotype and genotype into phenotype and biochemistry. There's an interesting school of thought that transgender may be a form of intersex, in that the body receives the signals to develop along one path, but the brain doesn't.


Anyway, back to the tale, and woo! Flying carpet!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 45: discussion
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:05:08 pm »
Just been catching up on the last few, what does Maytag's note in 2761 read?

"I'll do whatever it takes to make her happy [something] gold [something] promise!"

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 44: Discussion
« on: November 07, 2015, 07:59:25 am »
So they've confirmed that visual stimuli to remind yourself it's not real don't work. It wouldn't surprise me if they've tried taking aural messages in with them (e.g. recording stones) and those have also failed. I wonder if they have tried taking others in with them?

I wonder how Bloody Mary would cope if she could be tracked down and brought into the facility?

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