Comic 183 - You think shes annoyed?

8th May 2014, 12:00 AM
You think shes annoyed?
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cattservant 8th May 2014, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Got to thrash out their
initial turf positions!
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:10 AM edit delete reply

annd First blood goes to Galina ! :D
Sheela 8th May 2014, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

Frankly, I think that if she had mentioned that she could hear and talk to his arm, instead of the "you take orders from me" he might have been more impressed, because it's something so far out there that noone could have prepared him for it.

Alternatively, they could have an Epic Rap Battle !
Mayyday 8th May 2014, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

hehe yeah - Civvies and Military sometimes it works other times.. Whooooo
Fairportfan 8th May 2014, 2:35 AM edit delete reply

Heck. Marines and Sailors.

Soldiers and Zoomies.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:10 PM edit delete reply

hehe thats a good one :D
dpallee 8th May 2014, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

It's all about the it!
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

but of course ! its always about the pancakes !
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 1:42 PM edit delete reply

But, how can Gali be an excellent cook? She can only taste stuff that's incredibly strong in flavor (practically corrosive), such as that green wasabe sauce on the sushi. A good cook has to taste the stuff to see if they are getting it right... right? Though, I suppose pancakes is more about following a recipe and cooking know-how than taste-testing.

Q: Would Galina enjoy dill pickles? They tend to be very strong and very, very sour, so I think that'd be another food that Gali could actually taste (as opposed to, perhaps, over 90% of other foodstuffs).
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

Galina can follow recipes to the very letter and I think shes just making a point here. as for Galina likeing dill pickles she would very much. for the same reason she liked the wasabi.. generally if gali can taste it . Its wayyyy overseasoned.
Sheela 8th May 2014, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

Hrm .. foodstuff that would work well for Galina could be stuff like Strong Cheese, strongly smoked stuff .. like, say a strong smoked salmon (YUM), or well seasoned Salami (also very yum) along with a good indian curry or Thai food in general.
Fairportfan 9th May 2014, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

[Bob] Asprin's First Law of Cuisine: There is no such thing as too much garlic.

mike weber's Commentary on Asprin's Law: Yes, there is. But there are no commercial prepared foods that have enough garlic.
Stormwind13 9th May 2014, 7:12 PM edit delete reply

You need to come to St. Louis and eat on The Hill Fairport. :-D

Then think about the time we brought someone over with the attitude that no one puts enough garlic in their food, so he ordered one of the pastas with EXTRA garlic. As he was 3 sheets to the wind drunk, we didn't argue long with him. Told him that wasn't really necessary, he said he loved garlic give him PLENTY of extra. Those of us that had been there before shut up before he killed himself with it! :-D

Got his meal, started in on it. There was so much garlic in that it was incredible to smell. He took a couple bites and broke out in a sweat from garlic overload. By the time he got done eating (didn't finish the plate, but they give you TONS at Zia's) he had sweated out most of the alcohol and was SOBER. I'm pretty sure he could have passed a blood alcohol test even.

He also reeked of garlic, but hey that never bothered me as I LOVE Italian. :-D Later he did admit that he didn't need to have extra garlic on that meal. Still he thanked the waitress for giving him what he had requested. :-D She got a VERY good tip from the gang. :-)
Visioneer 8th May 2014, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

Too bad experience counts for so much more than fast reading, faster calculations, and "good pancakes" in a potentially hostile situation.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

Exactly Gali is more annoyed and venting her frustration..
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

Experience is incredibly important and useful, -especially- for a soldier entrusted with protecting human civilization. (Particularly one entrusted with nuclear options.) However, depending on the situation, being able to calculate as fast as a computer and being fluent in every language (human and machine) could be -HUGE- assets. This is especially true for where they're going. One could even make the argument that Gali's role is the most important of the crew.

I don't think Gali is overstating her abilities one bit. And, to be fair, the Colonel was a bit rude. One might even suspect he was testing her to see what she was made of. It'd be to his advantage to learn what he can about the crew before the mission is under way, even if it meant pushing their buttons a bit.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

Thats why Galina is a Mission critical person on the ship :D
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 2:29 AM edit delete reply

Yes, but: With a ship that has a maximum crew capacity of 6 and a mission of first contact with an alien race (or attempting to blow them to smithereens), it's hard to imagine anyone on that boat who would not be "mission critical". Loose the pilot? Oops! Loose the translator? Oops! Loose the colonel in charge of the ordinance? Oops! Loose the engineer/mechanic? Oops! Loose the medic...?
Stormwind13 8th May 2014, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

They better hope that the aliens are 'friendly' though. I mean, someone that uses a point singularity as a means of propulsion is NOT who you want to get into a fight with. I mean, unless you can duplicate that capability what do you have that is going to impact that? The point singularity would make a WONDERFUL shield.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:41 PM edit delete reply

All true storm :D
Mister Black 9th May 2014, 3:34 AM edit delete reply

As a defense, a captive singularity would represent a near-perfect defense against just about anything...assuming the attack came from the right direction. More problematic from the Terran / Lunar perspective, I can think of at least two ways to turn a captive singularity into a planet-clearing weapon, and one that's much, much worse, and that's restricting myself to things that won't destroy the ship generating it.
Stormwind13 9th May 2014, 7:41 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, Mr. Black. David Weber used the black hole drive as a shield in Path of the Fury (or the prequel and reworked story in In Fury Born). Of course, if you used a black hole drive in a missile and dropped it into a planet, the results would be devastating. :-)
Sheela 10th May 2014, 5:34 AM edit delete reply

Path of the Fury is such a good read, I've read it at least three times. :)
Stormwind13 10th May 2014, 9:34 AM edit delete reply

I think Path of the Fury is Weber's best book. I wasn't enthralled by the retro-con in In Fury Born, but if I had read it and only it then I would probably have loved it more. For that reason, I would probably go and get the new book and not confuse yourself with the old book.
mjkj 10th May 2014, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

Well, Storm, we know that the aliens are friendly (from DC), but they do not.
Stormwind13 10th May 2014, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

What we don't know is how 'messy' things got before everyone discovered that, mjkj. We are about to find out though. :-)
Sheela 10th May 2014, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

I generally do like Weber's books, not to mention the ones he co-authored with John Ringo.

Like "A March to the stars" had this brilliant environment they crafted, where for example, the Marduk aliens would try and cheat in poker by "sliming" a card, but the humans usually noticed it due to residue slime. It's sometimes little details like that, that allows a person to immerse themselves. :D

Meanwhile the Prince the Marines guarded was arguably one of the most dangerous of the lot, or as the marines said "It's like having goldfish guard a shark.", though he would only say that with the utmost respect and honour, as every damn marine is fiecely loyal to the Prince, even though their initial reprisal of the Prince wasn't all that high due to him being rather foppish.

In fact the good Prince Roger gets to grow up quite a bit.
It's an odd mix of coming of age and a long march, interrupted by local power struggles and devious plots, which is really a rather nice story.

There's several books in that mini series :
- March Upcountry
- March to the Sea
- March to the Stars
- We Few.

Well worth a read. :)
mjkj 11th May 2014, 6:19 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, true - and if their influence grows as they come closer to them and maybe affect all the others on board...
Stormwind13 12th May 2014, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

I think the effect grows as the aliens FOCUS their attention on a group/area. As soon as Luna Star lights up (and the light of it gets to them) they will probably shift their focus toward it. Could be VERY messy at that stage, mjkj.
jamie59 8th May 2014, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

Way to go Gali. Show him you're no push over.
If the Coffee is that bad I'd be grumpy to.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

oh you have Nooo idea how bad it is. low gee is not good for making decent coffee..
Vivocateur 8th May 2014, 2:01 AM edit delete reply

Terrible coffee...hmmm...perhaps that is the true reason for the recent incidents of violent madness.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

oooh they need to look into that :D
Mister Black 9th May 2014, 3:40 AM edit delete reply

Actually, low-G isn't the problem. I'd be willing to bet that the real reason most of the Lunar/Spacer coffee is bad has more to do with lower atmospheric pressure (which simplifies habitat and spacecraft production by orders of magnitude) and the resultant shenanigans with the boiling point of water. That's going to do 'interesting' things to a coffee brewer.
Imateria 9th May 2014, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

Good job I prefer tea. No Earl Grey, no mission!
Mister Black 9th May 2014, 8:55 PM edit delete reply

Your Earl Grey (good choice, by the way...I loved it before a certain Star Fleet officer made it cool :D) wouldn't fare much better than the coffee, for the same reasons. You're going to have to either shift to a cold-brew method, or cobble up a pressurized coffee / tea brewer to make it the 'old fashioned way'.
Sheela 10th May 2014, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

Actually, according to a russian astronaut I once talked to, the trick to coffee and tea, is to boil the water, push the steam trough the filter, and let it condensate on the other side - The results are supposedly really good.
Stormwind13 10th May 2014, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

In low pressure, the water boils at a much lower temperature than at atmospheric pressures. They have trouble with this in mountains too. If the water doesn't get hot enough, it doesn't really cook killing off anything harmful in it. Even boiling it, the bacteria can travel with the steam. Which isn't a good thing from the consumer's standpoint.
Sheela 10th May 2014, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

I doubt they were worried about bacteria, but rather about getting some taste into it.
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 1:32 AM edit delete reply

I had to look up the "love-in-a-canoe" reference. (I don't drink much beer - or coffee, for that matter.) From what I read, it sounded like it may originate from Monty Python's Eric Idle who once told an audience while visiting the states that American beer "is a little like making love in a canoe …It's f-ing close to water." (Interestingly enough, I read this in an article about a lawsuit alleging Anheuser-Busch waters down it's beers.)
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

hehe You will have to ask Rose where she got it from - because that line is ALL hers :D
Tokyo Rose 10th May 2014, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

That is *exactly* what it means. :)
Lurker 8th May 2014, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Called it.
mjkj 8th May 2014, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

You tell him, Gali!!!

*hugs her*

Dragonrider 8th May 2014, 8:31 AM edit delete reply

Every time I saw REMF's get involved in MilSpec Ops the standing order of the day was FUBAR.

Highlander55 8th May 2014, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
So their going to a FUBAR party ya think? YIKES!!
Guest 8th May 2014, 10:44 AM edit delete reply
I have to agree with Visioneer on this one.
Being fluent in over 6 million languages didn't stop Threepio from ending up in a bag.
A Situational Awareness program or two might have helped, though.
Don B. 8th May 2014, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Y'know, I think that's the first time we've seen this side of Galina. Confident, assertive...I think having a family and support structure has done wonders for Galina's development. Not having to hide her true nature anymore probably helps. It's good to see her coming into her own.
Dragonrider 8th May 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

The problem is she is too assertive here this is time for caution, the probe may be and we know from other means that is is benign but she doesn't and our Mil Spec doesn't know so he errs on the side of keep the damn civilians off the front line so I don't die protecting their unsheilded backsides. From experience I stand 100% behind Colonel Taylor based on his assessment of the problems on Earth and Luna, his current mission briefing and the undoubtedly stiff orders to protect but the children. If I were him I'd tell her mother to put a leash and muzzle on her daughters ego or her daughter would spend the trip in solitary confinement in the brig regardless of how damn good her pancakes were.
Stormwind13 8th May 2014, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure Dragonrider. I think Col. Taylor might have been 'testing' Galina's metal. See if she was just going to buckle or if there was some real steel underneath that cute exterior.

As long as Galina is willing to take orders and be 'adult', I don't think Col. Taylor will have a problem with her attitude.

Of course, he will be watching to see if Galina is the real deal or not. I see him treating her as an adult and a valuable asset, until she proves she isn't. :-)
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

Yep it is a good thing now can she keep it up :D and yes she will grow as a person over time :D
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

I'm in agreement with Stormwind13, especially on the 'testing' Galina's metal.

Besides, like Don said, it's nice to see the assertive side of Galina for a change. She was far too submissive growing up in Nadia base, being treated as a talking computer.

As for Col. Taylor's authority to "put a leash and muzzle" on her: Was Col. Taylor designated as mission leader?

If he is -only- in charge of security and military aspects, I don't think he can do that. And even (especially) if he is in charge, being -that- confrontational with the civilians even before they boarded would be terrible for moral and a sign of not being able to work as a team. It could even foster a lack of trust, which is something they can not afford.

Remember, he is AmCom military, while she is a Luna civilian. And this is a JOINT mission between Luna and Terra.
Sheela 10th May 2014, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

Don't forget that military people sometimes sees the world a bit differently.

Also, sometimes they're just *that* badass.
Offcourse, you can always add some fire to make them even more badass.

Frankly, at that point, it no longer matter how much of a expert/bastard the civilian are, they'll still have to take orders or leave the operation.
Stormwind13 10th May 2014, 9:31 AM edit delete reply

And understandably so, Sheela. I don't think the Colonel is the big problem here. He has a job to do and is going to do it to the best of his abilities. Fortunately, he'll be out of easy reach and can 'interpret' his orders. The distance to Saturn is over a light-hour (74 to 84 minutes depending on the relationship of the Earth and Saturn). So any 'fine' control of the mission is gone with that kind of lag built into the communications.

Still, I think the civilian leadership giving him the mission likely is another matter. :-p When panic rules them, people tend to make bad decisions. And I think the orders the Colonel probably was given were from panicked people. So hopefully he'll interpret them a SANE way.

O_o Who am I kidding, I mean this is Lynn's ancestor... They all have to be INSANE. Just look at what they set themselves up for, by taking control of CentComm? :-D
Sheela 10th May 2014, 1:43 PM edit delete reply

What I mean is, if someone looks like they've just walked trough hell, beaten it up and are still looking for more - without even carrying any weapons! - you might want to consider the words you throw at him. Eventually, you'll reach his inflexible parts, and that's when he starts lashing back.

Soldiers can be a bit notorious about that. They're fighters first, diplomats a distant second or third.
XRzer04 8th May 2014, 11:15 AM edit delete reply

Man, check This dude out.
All he needs is a big wide headband, a few more days of no shaving, and a cardboard box to stealthily hide in.
Every time I look at him I just keep hearing "Snake?...SNAAAAKE!"
xpacetrue 8th May 2014, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

He also immediately reminded me of Snake in Metal Gear Solid. (I just didn't say anything.) And I'm not even very familiar with the franchise.
Imateria 9th May 2014, 3:23 PM edit delete reply

Lol, with your avatar xpace, that would make you Otacon!
xpacetrue 9th May 2014, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Actually, it's Dan from The Dreamland Chronicles. But I suppose there may be a resemblance to Otacon - when he was still a teen.
Centcomm 8th May 2014, 4:44 PM edit delete reply

haha I never even thought of that.. seriously .. ( ive also never played the games ) >_<
Sheela 8th May 2014, 8:54 PM edit delete reply

Snake, Snaaaake .... badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, mushroom, mushroom !
Mister Black 9th May 2014, 3:42 AM edit delete reply

Soo....since Galina was raised in the dark (or at least on the dark side of the Moon), does that mean Snake is badger-badger-badgering a mushroom? *dives for cover*
Antonious 9th May 2014, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

*Tracks Mister Black's dive for cover* Here you go Mr. Black. This is for your comment *commands drone to drop mushrooms fresh from their growing medium on Mr. Black* BULLSEYE! *grins and runs away*
Sheela 10th May 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Oy, saying that someone was raised in the dark, while named Mister Black, just smacks of irony.

Methinks you might be a snake that has imbibed a few too many mushrooms.
Centcomm 12th May 2014, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

oh geeez >_<
Imateria 9th May 2014, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

Interesting discussion regarding the relative authority of the Colonel. Frankly I'm more inclined to agree with Tokyo Rose's assessment, that it's an intergalactic capable ship with a singularity drive and if they wanted a shooting war anything that Am Com tries will be little more than pissing in the wind. Colonel Taylor should hopefully already see that his role here is basically a glorified baby sitter who should be able to offer advice from a security aspect once contact has been made and any negotiations begun, making Galina the entire point of the mission.
Stormwind13 9th May 2014, 7:46 PM edit delete reply

Very well said, Imateria. That really should be the way things go; however, I have my doubts about it working that way.

As someone (probably some scared politician) ordered them to put a massive nuclear weapon on board Luna Star, just in case. So I think the Colonel's job may be to babysit THAT... and use it if he deems it necessary. :-7
Centcomm 10th May 2014, 4:33 AM edit delete reply

I cant really say much here due to spoilers HUGS
Stormwind13 12th May 2014, 6:48 PM edit delete reply

::HUGS:: Lies! You CAN say something, but because you (wisely) fear Tokyo Rose's wrath, you will NOT say anything. :-D
CyberSkull 9th May 2014, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

I wonder what his cyber arm is reciting? A log of things he has touched?
highlander55 9th May 2014, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

Maybe TMI for her to know. LOL
Mister Black 10th May 2014, 2:51 AM edit delete reply

Probably nothing that exotic...after all, there's no reason for the arm to retain such data, and less reason for the data to be moved around/

I'd bet what she's picking up is the routine data transmissions between the arm's sensor system, its processors, and the neural interface with the wearer...things like position and strain data, power distribution, and actuator status. Sort of the cybernetic version of proprioception.
Centcomm 10th May 2014, 4:33 AM edit delete reply

exactly Mister Black :D
Sheela 10th May 2014, 4:17 PM edit delete reply

Pfft .. if a certain android officer has set a precedence, his arm is probably reciting Shakespeere's Hamlet ! :D

Betcha he'd be surprised by that. XD
highlander55 11th May 2014, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

Mr Black, It may have a sort of memory so next time it does't crush or break something. He would have to consistently control pressure and movement unless his mind is synced someway so when he is picking up or handling something it learned from the previous time pressure and tactile response.
cattservant 12th May 2014, 6:24 AM edit delete reply

Proprioception is a wonderful world!
Sheela 12th May 2014, 9:06 AM edit delete reply

Imagine being able to recall any sensation your robotic arm has felt, at any time you'd want ?

Great for awkward moments !

"IIIIII'mm not touching yooouuu!!
... but you sure feel great." XD
velvetsanity 11th May 2014, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

I still say that the Colonel's real name is Jack O'Neill
highlander55 11th May 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

With two L's velvet.
velvetsanity 11th May 2014, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

fixed. was typing on my phone :P
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 15th Jul 2014, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

Pancakes, ha.

Also: she's stunning when she's angry. Love that glare.
Centcomm 15th Jul 2014, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

she has " the stare " :D
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