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Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 32: Discussion
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:20:56 am »
Sailor Saturn was practically this extreme.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 32: Discussion
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:54:42 am »
Pfffft, more than slightly amused at the choice of intermission. Particularly since I have seen the majority of the Sailor Moon series. And that "help someone shot his face off" part.  :o

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:54:05 pm »
Skipped 57.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:26:53 am »
Honestly I doubt that cat should have a gender at all, like a sort of guardian spirit-type thing or even a sort of machine/robot created just for this purpose (even his/her name gives a slight hint). Really looking forward to finding out what Lehm means with "setting the truth free".

Robots are the only things with an it gender (it is an object), fairies or spirits tend to be his/her interchangeable gender, some people in the LGBT have adopted the they singular gender label but in a story this would work best for a character like Yugi Moto of Yu-gi-oh or Sora from KH where multiple souls are in the same body (and those cases usually they just call that person him or her based on physical gender).

Seems like the truth is scared to be set loose right now.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 09, 2017, 04:39:26 am »
Honestly, if CS3 says it's not important, it's not important. I'm genderfluid and although I prefer female pronouns, biologically I'm male. Legally, my license says female, and someone here calls me Miss Briefs.

Without looking under the cat, we won't know, and it is hard to tell from the voice. If Eye called the cat him and her interchangeably, that would be okay with me. It adds to his/her weirdness. I'm not sure the cat should be an it, though (as Maytag said). Plus there are two panels addressing the cat's femaleness, and two panels (May and Eye in the recent comic) where the cat is called he. Either way it takes a chunk out of the story to typecast a cat that doesn't need a box.

Also, way to pull at our heartstrings Brion! We kinda know the answer, unless either Eye wanders forever on the outskirts, or lives in an a house nearby the town, or just says fuck it and goes into the town to terrorize oit.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:05:52 am »
By the characters or by us?

Technically I think in one comic, it mentioned it was female. But people keep forgetting. Including Eye, who calls the cat him. And when first introduced on page 56 she. May asks if the cat is a girl cat, and CS3 says "It's not important."

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:35:38 pm »
I dunno about that. Alot of people have oddities to them. Supposedly, Buddhist monks can dry clothing through body heat. This world is a weirder place than most of us think.

Anyway, why do I think Eye and Miss Kitty are likely to get categorized as "magic" and stopped at the gate?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:57:34 pm »
Well, not all of it.

My memory is actually very poor, it just works in a weird way.

You know how some people like Moss have weird abilities? Well, I kinda have one too. :o

Essentially, my visual memory is fairly good (I actually memorized the table for an economics page and reproduced it perfectly, along with a map of the regions of China for another test). Things that I see, I can usually recall, and I have the ability to connect things in strange ways forming visual symbolic patterns. My memory of other information types however is terrible, such that despite practicing for days, I cannot recite lines for drama.
 And I have memory of dreams that appear kinda to happen in the future, then I forget them, and then a week before it happens, I get a sense of deja vu. I can sorta compare to such dreams to be like "this is/this is not how it happened before" based on my personal actions and their effect on upcoming events. My long term memory however as a result is bad, very bad, because I have no real grasp of whether anything in my life has happened before. I also cannot remember most of my childhood before age ten. Kinda like my brain somehow got front-loaded, so I have memory that most people shouldn't have, and as a result it ate another part of my brain.  :P 

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:11:45 am »
It might be an ambush, but in terms of them getting to where they're going, we actually know this place.

Definitely part of the path to where they need to get.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:18:43 am »
Yeah, excuse the hell out of me.... Maytag continues to shock and amaze me EVERY TIME... what a remarkable woman!

So yeah, very intriguing questions but you missed one... how did young eye gain the 'gift/curse' in the first place? Who passed on to her and why HER specifically?  Also why must Anyone bear it at all?

Ohhhhh. "A person like You?" Uh oh.

Something tells me that this isn't really a curse. I won't give away my thoughts, except to hint.

 It's an anchor. And Eye's perky personality is a large portion of why she was chosen. May isn't ideal because of her past.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 12, 2017, 06:45:27 pm »
Not necessarily so.  Maytag may not be offering to inherit the curse.. but what she IS doing is giving voice to questions about Eye's future that Eye.. up an until now has never thought of or questioned.  Maytag is not asking the questions for herself.. but to get Eye to ponder them!

Again, May never does things without a reason. We shall see what she intends to do with the curse, if she does plan to inherit it. Which begs the other question, why can't Miss Kitty take the curse herself? She can obviously provide for herself, and doesn't seem to care about being alone, given that she has probably watched after a few of these. Or just pass it on to the first unfortunate soul? What is so precious about it that an innocent child has to be tortured by loneliness all her life?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: July 10, 2017, 05:39:49 pm »
Well, DOY, Maytag! Did you really have to ask that?

Maytag never asks something without a reason. She must be offering to inherit it instead. Although I don't see how this will help, Eye knows literally nothing about how to deal with normal people.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Short break for Flipside due to bed bugs.
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:15:53 pm »
This is complete adorableness.
Today's comic I mean.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:33:45 am »

It looks like this.

Also, the next page is awesome.

You know that talk with Lehm? The ENTIRE TIME, Marce is sitting in this zone. ;D COuldn't happen to a nicer person.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:39:01 pm »
This is what happens when you don't go with the blessing of your benefactor.

They could have arranged a ride with Melter, maybe gotten some more info from Lehm, and had a nice "chat" with Marce. Now they have to wander the land on foot.

Well, unless Miss Kitty can manufacture a boat they can sail on. Hey Brion, is there a size or duration limit on the summons she can create? We know they can't be weapons, but well, nobody would know this stuff but you.

Also, everyone read this. The whole thing about seeing images.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:26:39 pm »
I'm not sure "fairness" is what characterizes Maytag. She mainly cares about this, as a result of being around Bern (justice). She in terms of value system is roughly halfway between truth and justice, Lehm and Bern. But if I had to pin a trait on her, I would say determined curiosity. Unlike truth, she doesn't really care about the correct way things are. She cares about knowing about things, learning and having experiences. She describes pain on two occasions as "an interesting experience." (Once in Book 0 with Moss, the second time with 2nd phase) She seems to also be very interested in sex, particularly experimentation, dspite being the emotionless type (doesn't seem consistent with that personality).

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 30, 2017, 06:40:37 am »
I think the key to understanding Lehm's "monstrous" behavior is this.

(Let's use a non-government example)

Surely everyone wants to solve cancer, or have a car that runs on a renewable energy source. But if you invented say an easy method of controlling cancer (say, an exercise and diet method) or some source of energy that is so easy that it's a wonder that people haven't invented it before (in pretty muchevery case of someone researching cold fusion or perpetual motion, they pretty much committed career suicide), these are to do with the problem of having competition with the current system, since in the above method of cancer cure they aren't making money, and in the other case either it is effective and marketable, or it isn't. These are not competing technologies, they are new ideas (right or wrong) that change the status quo.

Whenever you expose something fishy about a system, those who are part of the old system go into denial mode and those who knew about it will create violence. Is this truth worth it?

The answer is a reluctant yes. We know that the Nazi system, most of the people were in the dark about gas chambers. This is what happens when people support a system that doesn't tell the whole truth.

Now, here's point. Yes, Lehm made actual physical monsters. Yes, Lehm's truth ruined lives (think about Maytag, wanting to compete in the contest, suddenly finding herself out of luck, with no knowledge of how she got there, and possibly with mutant limbs or something). Yes, Lehm possibly helped get rid of most of the leaders of a magical city, but making a super-mage.

 But... we currently have a government where healers can treat for free, only because of oppressively high taxes, and a criminal magical government that has actually killed people and messed with their minds to such a point where they can't even be sure what they saw was real. It in fact looked like half the room was under a mind fog spell. We have a police force that, given what we know of this system, probably quietly gets rid of people even those who pay their taxes, who don't particularly believe in magic. Lehm is trying to expose magic. Thing of the implications of this for a second, that he has to hide his lair, because the system is such that there were probably other eccentrics around but they all got arrested, even before the crime of creating monsters.
 Now on the other end, we have equally dystopic nation where people seem to have the right to do whatever, so long as it doesn't coerce or hurt another, but as we saw, an outsider like Bern is able to become desperate for medical treatment and have no money no options. When she tries to make them , she winds up fighting for her life to entertain people, and cheating on her lover to get out of the system. And after all of that, they don't keep their bargain and try to rope her in for more time.

These are the truth of the governments of Maytag and Bern's world. Exposing that such things are controlled by a system that isn't even real will unseat the ruling class, and cause violence and instability. But peace at the cost of ignorance ceases to be worthy when it causes needless deaths every day. The same system that creates the Qualia can create someone who has a healing factor and doesn't need to die. But it doesn't. Instead magic is used largely for commercial and security reasons.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 29, 2017, 08:29:22 pm »
For him, yes. But, recall, his mission is to bring the truth to the world. The other stuff is academic, the truth relevant to the world is that they are being deceived.

It's like, you could tell your soon to be girlfriend "I love you" and this is the truth. The truth that "I first met you when I was six and I have been watching you in disguise" may also be the truth, but it is truth that most people do not need to know. In fact, you would be worried about the effect of knowing such a truth, and the first truth is more relevant.

Thin Man's job is to expose the lie of the world, so as to undermine its power. The only reason the other stuff would be needed is if he wanted people involved personally in the study of reality. Most people will care less about this, and the more important issue, moving away from the deception of magic, will be accomplished. Plus the last issue (who did this) will likely be flushed out when people start trying to hunt qualia down. 

Which brings us to the last accusation "You were never on my side." Honestly, she was kidnapped, deceived, and made to do the bidding of someone she had no stake with. Considering this, she did still do her job. But Lehm's truth really isn't relevant to her. The truth she cares about freeing is Eye.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 26, 2017, 08:08:27 pm »
"This world is not real" is not enough of a truth?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:28:49 pm »
Actually, he seems to be telling the truth.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:02:33 pm »
She's got a point there.

Also, it makes very little sense that if you want truth to escape, you wipe people's minds when they leave. Why would you do that if you're concerned about the truth?  ???

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 16, 2017, 03:45:40 pm »
Brion seems to almost always have 30 or 60 page chapters. 30 pages might be okay for this, actually, reading it again. Also, I have no idea how one manages to have a precise page length like that.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: May 13, 2017, 09:50:56 pm »
Studying grammar would prevent these mistakes.

Case in point, Thin Man say "who's" passion is the truth. Not all 's are possessives. In this case, who's means "who is" and "whose" is the possessive.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 13, 2017, 06:49:58 am »
"I won't let you experiment on her!"

"Wre're not gonna experiment on her. We're sending her to Charles Xavier's school to control her powers."

"Oh. Okay!"

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 10, 2017, 10:26:35 am »
It's not to fool him, at least, it is to fool him but not to hide information. It's to make him blurt out or reveal that he knows exactly what is inside this room.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:08:04 am »
Fifty Million Gold Darker (or is it Freed?  ;D )

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:20:42 am »
I'm liking the first four panels. It's like "not so tough now, huh?"  ;D

I suspect as much too. Also, if she realizes she CAN trust them, she'll probably try to acclimate (some of) them to the Storm.

I'm gonna read that story sunphoenix.

Third reaction, to do nothing. Of course, to do nothing is never truly to do nothing, there is a yin-yang seesaw of fear and fight. To nothing, plus fear is to be in shock. To do nothing plus fight is to face one's fear. And dead center, is to analyze one's fear. To still be afraid, and yet want to see beyond the storm.

I think the first part of the story is more impressive than the latter. It sounds like if you were in third phase, your best instinct to get you through intact would be concern for your sister.

As for me, I am very studious, but in terms of what everyone else seems to know, it always seems they have the important stuff figured out. Of course, sometimes they were wrong, becomoing ambitious about things that don't matter, but even the higher levrel lessons, when I became spiritual, I noticed most of the other people got it alot more.

There was a similar point of adjustment to physical darkness. But I took another approach. I at one point believed in elementalism (still do, but there's more important things out there). That things like Earth and Fire, had a sort of presence in the world and in our bodies. And stuff. Each of these had a sort of breathing style and a tai chi like kata, but anyway the point is... one night I decided to study Darkness. My fear of the dark never truly went away but I basically was at a hotel on vacation, and I decided to allow myself to become completely afraid of the dark, and then just study what I felt. Ummm, it was interesting, but didn't really change too much.

 What did was one day I was on a trip, and I got some of hymn stuck in my head. "In him there is no darkness at all, the night and the day are both alike..." It would appear that light and dark are opposites, but this isn't really what either Taoism or Christianity implies. Rather than light and dark being two extremes (fundies see it this way, nobody else does), Light is the unity of everything (all colors put together, all concepts put together even apparently opposite concepts), while Darkness, of the kind that includes pain and the despair of loved ones dying, is separation (again, you find this in the color wheel). That the reason we fear death is that there is a sense of never being able to see them again (Christianity teaches this as an illusion, while Taoism teaches reality itself is an illusion). The point that I glean from this, is that as I later discovered, Taoism had a number of states of existence (interestingly, Buddhism beat out Taoism for popularity, because they said basically nothing about an afterlife, but it is more personally interesting). Basically, thye have The Void
 (Wu-chi), then separation into opposites, and the Tao is everything INCLUDING separation, in cycles. Or as Sora claims "Kingdom Hearts is Light!" before closing the gate to keep out both the heartless and King Mickey. ...What? I'm a geek.

Also, hum the Smurfs song while reading panels one  through two then at three through five gradually switch to bass keys and whole notes. It cracked me up.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: May 04, 2017, 09:23:33 pm »
I have a theory. I do not believe that the Storm makes people violent. Just potentially violent.

It's like this. Remember the fight or flight instinct? It takes over when one is under absolute stress (research has shown there is actually a third instinct, to do nothing, to freeze or go into shock). In other words, the person basically becomes who they are when their public persona is under strain, when they are pushed to the limit, and their true personality shows through.

A person who is likely to run during extreme stress will run. Someone who is likely to turn violent under stress will also do so. So we would get to see the real Lehm, and have psycho maid flip out.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:39:30 am »
Okaaay... WTF? Shades of Qtalda?  Who was that that just cast a spell reveling their presence if not identity... ok obviously a bad question we DON'T know who that was.  Who do you think that spellcaster was?  Qtalda or 'Crazy-Eyes'?  Clearly they were invisible and have been following Maytag's progress... though I'm unsure if they were just waiting outside to watch or if they actually have been following Maytag the whole time?

Or worse perhaps they were inside there with CS3 and Eye the whole time?!?

Uhhh? We saw her use Abstraction before, just not from that angle. It's a spell that grabs things. Nothing more.

She was trying to pull them closer to her. Which could have resulted in a split. May needs to find some way of calming people down, or she won't be able to talk to Thin Man or Bern or anyone again.

I'd gladly pay $120 for something. But not $3 monthly. Recurring payments have a way of creeping up on you.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 48: Discussion
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:32:22 am »
why are they running from her? Maytag trusted her for a while, its not clearly explained why she doesn't any more

It's vaguely pointed out by Miss Kitty (CS3) that when she wakes up she will not be able to defend them. That is, when people are totally swallowed by despair, they have a tendency to become violent.

I think I saw a graph at one point that may have had something to do with Maslow's needs, but it talked instead about fear and despair caused if these needs are systematically stripped away. When a person hasn't love/belonging, they begin to feel distant and afraid. When they haven't safety, they start to be paranoid and become prone to pain, when even they basic physiological needs are stripped, they go into despair, and out from it they sometimes become violent.

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