Comic 126 - Bitterness...

18th Aug 2013, 9:11 PM
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)

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Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 9:11 PM edit delete
Here ya go! there are pages in final editing so with any luck monday - thursday updates for a bit, thank you for sticking by me !

Still packing for the move - and every little thing helps!
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mjkj 18th Aug 2013, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Wow, early update :) yayy...

Poor Galina, though - I hope Captain Kiku will give her some slack...

...and actually apologizes to her...

*hugs Galina*
Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 9:32 PM edit delete reply

Capt - Kiku is cutting her some slack, she perfectly understands where Galina is coming from :D actually this wasnt suppose to post yet. BUT I guess I set the time wrong - good for you guys! we shall see about a apology :D
mjkj 19th Aug 2013, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

Ah, sorry, got her name wrong -> corrected it.
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Galina's undiluted bitchiness should go a long way to convince Captain Yukimura of her high 'human to android' ratio!
Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Oh shes already convinced :D and yeah Gali is laying it on a bit thick isnt she?
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Teenage Angst!
[And more proof.]
Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

YUP or terrible threes.. :P
dpallee 18th Aug 2013, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

You have no idea how big a Luna Star fan I ma...yah for new pages!
Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 10:14 PM edit delete reply

Thank you DP :D

I really appreceate that, she is adorable isnt she :D
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 10:21 PM edit delete reply

About as adorable as someone ELSE'S teenager. :-D
Centcomm 18th Aug 2013, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

hehe I can see that.
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

Those are the best kinds of teenagers. :D
Don B. 20th Aug 2013, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
I'll second that!
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

Poor Galina. I feel for her.

I hope the Captain can get through to her, pull her out of her funk. I'm kind of doubtful that whatever the good Captain has to say will REACH Galina, right now. Down the road though, it might break through. Guess we will have to wait and see. :-)
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Galina needs something to do.

[For starters she needs to check all those 'pots' she's got on her 'back burners' and see which ones need an urgent stirring!]
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

Only problem with that is that she can't stand at the stove to DO the stirring, Cat. :-(
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

They could assign Edict and the 'New Girl' to Galina.*
Seems like she should start building her posse pretty soon.

*(It's possible they are not going to be able to repair her spine.)
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

I'm doubtful of that, Cat. I think they can do things that we can only DREAM about... You know, like create hybrid lifeforms, save people from dying after being exposed to vacuum, you know... EASY stuff. :-D

I can't see them not having figured out how to fix a spinal problem, at least where the spine is all there. It is too common and too debilitating for them not to have spent time figuring out.

I will admit, Galina is probably a CHALLENGE, because she is neither fish nor fowl. :-) However, I'm sure they can get specialist that can fix her (though they may have to come from a LONG way away). :-)
cattservant 19th Aug 2013, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

An Expert is someone from off-planet?
Stormwind13 19th Aug 2013, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

Well anything from EARTH would be a long way away, to me. I mean, quarter of a million miles is NOT next door to my mind. :-D
Don B. 18th Aug 2013, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Glad to see Galina showing some moxie. She's a sweet kid and there's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you have you have to stand up and be counted. She might want to work a little on figuring out WHEN to do it, though. In this case, I don't blame her. I doubt Captain Kiku does either but Galina should be careful not to raise her ire too much. I get the feeling a dressing down by the Captain would not be something she'd enjoy.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 1:31 AM edit delete reply

Kiku could dress her down.. but shes holding back because she understands Gali's situation SUCKS! and Kiku is one of those "quiet" types who are far more scary.
Stormwind13 19th Aug 2013, 6:55 AM edit delete reply

Galina could be dressed in something WORSE than frogs (on the moon)? Gah, poor Galina! :-D

What?!? You said the Captain could dress her down? :-D
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Yes, she could be wearing Spongebob squarepants clothes.
velvetsanity 19th Aug 2013, 10:17 AM edit delete reply

Mayyday 18th Aug 2013, 10:59 PM edit delete reply

It's hard to disagree with poor Gali...
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 1:30 AM edit delete reply

isnt it though... >_<
highlander55 18th Aug 2013, 11:04 PM edit delete reply

The recorders are recording- nothing? (Second and last panels)
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

We need a 'medical' opinion!
Don B. 18th Aug 2013, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Might just be that we wouldn't know how to interpret the data being collected. This is tech from waaaaay ahead in our future.
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

The good Captain might have overridden them, highlander. :-D She might have something to say that she doesn't want anyone ELSE knowing about. :-)

Or the contrast might be bad for us beyond the 4th wall and the squiggle might not be showing for us
highlander55 18th Aug 2013, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

Storm, The display appears to be a progress bar type. Either reading or off. Like on old Star Trek series. At least the one on Galinas' left side.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 1:30 AM edit delete reply

They are recording her vitals. at intervals the entire bed is lined with sensors. and thats wirelessly linked to the systems around her.

None of them record audio or video of the room.
highlander55 18th Aug 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm, As you know I occasionally post an opinion about 'What if? so here goes. Galina is new everything (technological life) as far as this time line is concerned.
Some will call her an It and others a Thing but not Human enough to be thought of as more than a curiosity or even a bad joke.
What if they take into consideration how much of her body is made of Human tissue and if more than Mechanical then could be considered human with cybernetic implants.
Then Galina would be a She and not an It or Thing!
This simple fact would guarantee her as having Human rights and protection and not property!
Don B. 18th Aug 2013, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Considering the kind of asshats you can find in politcal circles, I doubt that this simple fact would be allowed to be simple.
Stormwind13 18th Aug 2013, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Sadly, Don. I would have to agree with you. ESPECIALLY as there is currently at least ONE war going on. :-p
cattservant 18th Aug 2013, 11:50 PM edit delete reply

Yes. At this point in local history*, the crap is still gathering momentum down the shoot!

*(Solar System)
highlander55 18th Aug 2013, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

Well then- take some sheet metal screw to fix her back , paint her blue and tattoo a barcode on her. Seems she's already screwed blued and tattooed.
cattservant 19th Aug 2013, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Try this for a diversity of opinion.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 1:28 AM edit delete reply

@ highlander

actually Galina's "legal" status will be explained in upcoming pages..

any time law is involved things rapidly get .. complicated..
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm- Anytime the law is involved it makes people shudder!
rfaramir 19th Aug 2013, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Any time a statist legal process is involved, you're in for a world of hurt, even if eventually successful.

And any 'simple' rule of thumb is not really simple. By "if more than" you might mean greater than 50% by volume, by weight, or by value.
By volume is simple, but very irrelevant. By weight is simpler, but even more irrelevant (tungsten replacement bones might make me more than 50% artificial by weight but not less human than magnesium bone replacements).
By value is very tricky, but much better. A small computer brain in an otherwise total human is not a human any longer, though a really good computer in there could be a person controlling the rest of the formerly human body.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

thats a really cool way to look at it..
jamie59 18th Aug 2013, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Poor girl she has every reason to be cross & bitter.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

you bet she does... >_<
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Well, she's not really a girl though.
She's ... something else.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 9:31 AM edit delete reply

I think Galina "might" argue shes not a girl. shes got all the right parts. :D
jamie59 19th Aug 2013, 9:39 AM edit delete reply

Teedee might argue she's a girl even though she dosen't have all the functional parts.
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 12:43 PM edit delete reply

People might argue that she can't be a girl, because she has many metal parts.
And techinically, they might even be right.

That doesn't exclude her from being a person though.
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Well, she has the playground but not the factory from what I understand.
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Talking about Galina ^^
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

Actually, that was used to describe Connie in Datachasers .. in the future, AFAIK. We don't know how much Galina has, as it hasn't been mentioned yet.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

Actually Galina is totally atatomicly correct. the ONLY thing shes missing is Ovarys and a replacement for those is there for hormonal control. she doesnt have periods, or is she able to um lactate. they areas are also lined with nerve endings. again Kotko was farsighted enough to know that she would need to be a NORMAL healthy woman. and be able to enjoy as much as he possably can make possable. again the diffrence being cloned human tissue from the "original" was used to generate everything - unlike the serilized and clipped DNA from "modern" andriods like Connie.

However due to advances - Connie has better sense of smell and taste than Galina has, gali has a few other drawbacks as well..
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Her 'Father' built her to be a copy of his daughter. Only goes to reasonable belief he would have made her able to experience most feelings and sensations as a human female. She does have human organic tissue. What (umm) internal organs he made is up to Centcomm to determine as canon.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

her heart is artifical, her lungs are real - stomach, upper and lower GI track, larinx and inner mouth and tounge are all real along with her liver, and glandular system. her vocal cords are artifical this was done so she can emulate ANY sound. ( she doesnt know this. ) But shes a perfect mimic however it wont fool a voice check.

Her skin is a layer cake of artifical and real skin ..

and i have no wish to be crude. but without being told he proably wouldnt notice a diffrence in her. IF they did anything like that.
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Since he knows what she is then shouldn't be an issue just a surprising "Oh My" the first time. After that- Yee Hah! (Yes I was rude)
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

And the Centcomm has spoken and thus it is Gospel that Galina is business in the front and party in the back !
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

at sheela

that.. gave me wierd images...
highlander55 19th Aug 2013, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
@ Sheela, Not true. The factory was never built but the playground is open for rides.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 5:05 PM edit delete reply

well right now. Jet has written that off. ( he has no idea shes THAT compleate ) and it doesnt affect his feelings for her.
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 5:36 PM edit delete reply

Images are good, and should be shared. :)
Stormwind13 19th Aug 2013, 5:47 PM edit delete reply

That is what CentComm is doing for us, Sheela. Sharing her images of the future with us. :-)

And I for one thank her for it. :-)
cattservant 19th Aug 2013, 6:41 PM edit delete reply

Don't know what the mores are at this point in time, but Jet might not have the input data to make a comparison anyway.
Sheela 21st Aug 2013, 3:57 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure Centcomm will be sharing *those kind* of images with us.
LooeyQ 19th Aug 2013, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

You tell her Galina! Good luck with the move!!! :D
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 4:17 PM edit delete reply

thank you!
Weiser 19th Aug 2013, 1:47 PM edit delete reply

Go on, Galina! Dump all of your cynism and bitterness on her! At least it's entertaining and gives some weird kind of relief.
Shotgun15 19th Aug 2013, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Three little words might help:
I truly apologize.
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

Alternatively, "I have browbeaten them into accepting you as a person."
Centcomm 19th Aug 2013, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

The thing is the good capt "isnt" sorry. she had her reasons for what she did no matter how much Gali is whinying. but it wasnt done out of malice
Sheela 19th Aug 2013, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

Yes, well .. try convincing her about that.
Stormwind13 19th Aug 2013, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

Well if she is HONEST, that might make a dent in Galina's depression. Not following the formula responses might get Galina to actually LISTEN, not just hear the words.
cattservant 19th Aug 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

The Captain was (and is) acting under duress. She was being threatened with the immediate application of her 'special stick'!
Stormwind13 19th Aug 2013, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

The Captain seems to be a pretty cool customer, Cat. I'm not sure THREATENING her works to motivate her.

I think the conversation came out that way to make sure she realized how serious the situation was, not that she really needed it. She was the one that started the conversation after all.
cattservant 19th Aug 2013, 7:03 PM edit delete reply

Yes, I thought there was a rather delicate balance there between threat and stimulation...
ranger_brianna_new 20th Aug 2013, 3:48 AM edit delete reply

Having bitterness is okay, but generally, it's a very bad idea to take said bitterness out on someone else, as Galina is doing right now. Unless they explicitly say that it's okay, generally, all you're doing is perhaps instilling some bitterness in them, which can make things worse. :P
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