Comic 272 - Hello!

12th Mar 2015, 12:00 AM
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 8:21 PM edit delete
Also today we say good bye to another of SCi fi and fantastys greats - Sir Terry Pratchett He passed away - the following taken from the BBC

" Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family, "with his cat sleeping on his bed", he added. "

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Deo 12th Mar 2015, 12:03 AM edit delete reply

this looks awesome
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

Thanks - it gets even better :D
Haegan2005 12th Mar 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Well role played!
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

LOL - I wish it had been role played out
DLKmusic 12th Mar 2015, 12:22 AM edit delete reply

So you admit you were sending these signals? We got complaints from several star systems about the noise, and we are here to tell you to TURN IT DOWN.

j/k: Awesome page as always, girls!
Sheela 12th Mar 2015, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

Hah, yeah, "very loud radio object" is a rather telling moniker, sin't it ?
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

THey are going to give earth a noise citation :D
DocSavage 15th Mar 2015, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
I read a short story once,k first contact situation. Aliens brought the probes back to Earth, then issued a citation for littering.
HiFranc 19th May 2015, 12:32 AM edit delete reply

I'm tempted to use that as the basis of a piece of fanfiction. I probably won't but I'm tempted.
jamie59 12th Mar 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

Yeah we're very guilty of radio noise polution.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

Actually its not that true at the moment .. the prevalance of cell towers have done a lot to drop the "noise" level

ANNND Im totally not correcting my correction.. earth is 3rd loudest .. ( thank you our engineering advisory :D
Dragonrider 12th Mar 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

Well at least they are not looking for Humpback Whales and their songs.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

This is true :D
cattservant 12th Mar 2015, 2:08 AM edit delete reply

Partly human
and not at all!
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

hehe so very true :D
ProfEtheric 12th Mar 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply


This is one of the better first contact scenarios I have ever seen.

And using Voyager... rock on!
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:16 AM edit delete reply

Is blushing now :D

Thanks - Ive always had a fondness for "first contact" Storys .. ive only seen a few I really really liked.

Interesting note.. The image that One is showing is the one from Voyager its the gold plate diagram the radial lines around the star burst are distances to pulsars and other "landmarks"
Don 12th Mar 2015, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
That's actually from the Pioneer 11 probe, not Voyager.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:30 AM edit delete reply

OOPS .. minor thing .. we may fix that later :D my bad I did the research on it ...
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

There was a Golden Record on both Voyagers. Was a more ambitious time capsule than the plaques included on Pioneer 10 and 11.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

I think I copied the one from Pioneer although its possible Galina is mixed up on it. SO :D
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:05 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, she MIGHT have been flustered enough to make a mistake. Or we can just do what Galina will do (and everyone else should)... Blame CENTCOMM (Evil). I mean, it is obviously HER fault. Everything is her fault!
xpacetrue 12th Mar 2015, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Panel 2:

Apparently, there are formal and informal ways to greet someone in Russian. Did this 'bit' say "hello" the polite way, such as literally "Be healthy"? Or was it informal, such as the equivalent to "Hi"?

This is Earth's official first contact, so such details matter. :P
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 2:31 AM edit delete reply

He used the Polite full one.

And his tone told Galina that he meant it in a polite friendly way :D
Fairportfan 12th Mar 2015, 2:44 AM edit delete reply

I always thought that announcing "Hi - we live here - our tech is pretty primitive - we might taste good" as our first message to alien races may have been a bad idea.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 3:09 AM edit delete reply

You never know whos gonna come looking .. and why. Kinda scary.
Mister Black 12th Mar 2015, 4:57 AM edit delete reply

Good idea or bad, it was inevitable the second we started using commercial-grade radio (and later television) gear. By the time someone finds our Voyager probe, they'll already know that we're here, and have a fair idea of where we are.
DLKmusic 12th Mar 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

not only that, Mr. Black, but they will have also seen all the episodes of Gilligans Island.

Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:55 AM edit delete reply

If they saw those, I'm surprised they didn't put up an "Insane Asylum" sign and quarantine the entire solar system, DLK!
Guest 16th Mar 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
"seen all the episodes of Gilligans Island"

Those poor people!
plymayer 12th Mar 2015, 2:48 AM edit delete reply

Voyager's message also included the phone number 867-5309.
stormbringer77 12th Mar 2015, 5:33 AM edit delete reply

If they heard Geddy Lee singing "1001001,SOS.1001001,in distress.100100!" they may have not known it's just a good song,not a distress signal.
plymayer 12th Mar 2015, 7:44 AM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply

Her name is Galina, not Jenny plymayer!
plymayer 12th Mar 2015, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

hehe is reminded of the song .. you know what one :D
mjkj 12th Mar 2015, 3:52 AM edit delete reply

Great one...

*hugs Galina*

So, next is: please stop the transmission...

Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

wait for it !
mjkj 12th Mar 2015, 12:27 PM edit delete reply

*is waiting for it*
mjkj 12th Mar 2015, 12:27 PM edit delete reply

Ooops, too late - world just ignited itself...
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

Quinloki 12th Mar 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

I had like this really awesome comment to put here, then my alarm went off to remind to get my butt in the shower and I completely forgot what I was going to say.

But it was witty and smart, I swear!
Sheela 12th Mar 2015, 9:14 AM edit delete reply

Aw, don't let your comments get away like that! :(
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 9:20 AM edit delete reply

Actually.. that was pretty witty :D :D welcome to the comments!
Big Nemo 12th Mar 2015, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

I just hope the next thing One mentions is *not* Adolf Hitler opening the Berlin Olympics...

(Anyone else read "Contact" by Carl Sagan?) ;-)
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

I havent read it .. I think they made a movie out of it .. Maybe?
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:28 PM edit delete reply

CONTACT! Sir Frederick Amesbury screamed (see if anyone can figure where I got that one).

Contact by Carl Sagan.
Tokyo Rose 12th Mar 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

Psst, Sheela: Now you know why Cent mentioned "One" in the comments on the last page. ;)
Sheela 12th Mar 2015, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, I got it now.

Also, Galina falling on her butt happened too. :)
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:14 PM edit delete reply

yeah you predicted that :D
Sheela 13th Mar 2015, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

Well .. looking at it in hindsight, it was kinda obvious. :)
chk 12th Mar 2015, 11:32 AM edit delete reply

Oh, fantastic. Hawking said someone would follow those probes back to us.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:15 PM edit delete reply

He did actually.. What this ship did with it is still a mystery :D
chk 12th Mar 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Hawking predicts doom for us. After all, every time a stronger force meets a weaker one, the weaker one is summarily obliterated. I'd like to think not every critter in the infinite cosmos thinks like a human.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

yeah .. it would be seriously bad. Considering what these "visitors" are using for a drive .. Human kind is way outclassed ..
chk 12th Mar 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply

Hopefully, they'll be gentle. It's our first time.
Sheela 16th Mar 2015, 12:43 AM edit delete reply

Hrm .. I wonder if the scientists remembered to write "we're all virgins, bring lots of lube." ?
sigpig 12th Mar 2015, 12:56 PM edit delete reply

Hmmmmmmm V'Ger... ALL kinds of "interesting" things can happen when V'Ger is found. It can destroy Klingon K't'inga-class warships, and, perhaps in retaliation, we see Klingons blow up another "ancient" V'Ger-type probe in another movie. V'Ger was also found by those dastardly "Psychlos" the aliens that invaded and took over Earth in order to mine her resources in L. Ron Hubbard's novel "Battlefield Earth: A Tale of the Year 3000".

In other words - use V'Ger at your peril... lol
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

Yep... Stupid Probes :D
DizzasterJuice 12th Mar 2015, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:34 PM edit delete reply

Sterilize, sterilize imperfections!

The unit Galina is defective. Its thinking is chaotic. A mass of conflicting impulses.
xpacetrue 12th Mar 2015, 7:51 PM edit delete reply

Good one, Dizz! :D

However, as common as this meme is, I suspect many people still have no clue where it comes from. So, I think it deserves to be linked. It comes from the horribly translated 1991 Mega Drive port of the video game "Zero Wing". The English translation was so bad that a lot of the text was hilarious. :D
Spelledeg 12th Mar 2015, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

poor Galina, you adorable girl! That's really interacting on One's part to say 'yep we know and we've been hearing it for a while' pretty much. I wonder if the transmission that has been bugging our cybertech and all that is the transmission in reverse or something like 'pls stop the noise' I could see it being something so simple... Either way, I really like this first contact scene, both seem kind and unsure of one another :)
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

Well to be honest our "bubble" of noise only goes about 200 light years .. Thats not very big to be honest. And they have been sitting in orbit for a few weeks...

The other questions will be answered soon! Im really glad this scene is playing out the way I thought of it .. I have to give Rose a lot of credit for shaping this scene too :D we did a lot of back and forth on it :D
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

Right now our transmission bubble only goes about 80 light years. We haven't been sending signals out strong enough to reach the depths of space any longer than that! By 2912 though they might have some stronger signals that will carry further.

So it might be beyond your 200 light years. Still in galactic terms even increasing to a 900 light year range wouldn't be THAT far (considering the Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across).
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

I got the 200 LY thing from a science site .. but it could be out of date :D
highlander55 12th Mar 2015, 11:37 PM edit delete reply

I remember on the Science channel (last year?) our noise pollution fades quickly by the time it hits the galactic wind out past the Oort Cloud. "This is thanks to the inverse square law. In Layman’s term, it’s a form of signal degradation." (From BIOBITS- How Far Have Our Radio Signals Traveled From Earth?)
Matt Knab 12th Mar 2015, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

Leave it to humanity to be a "noisy neighbor"...
Centcomm 12th Mar 2015, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

Yep! :D
Tokyo Rose 12th Mar 2015, 6:40 PM edit delete reply

My apartment backs onto another, and has one above. One of my neighbors has SOMETHING emitting a very thin high-pitched continuous note that's audible from the bathroom and nowhere else; I don't know what it is or which apartment it's coming from, but I would be super happy if it would FREAKING STOP.
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2015, 6:58 PM edit delete reply

Probably coming from a bathroom, possibly from a fan or something. Though I have seen the rotating vent cap do something like that. In which case it would be in no one's apartment.
Tokyo Rose 12th Mar 2015, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Hm. Wonder if I should ask the apartment maintenance guys to check into it, then. It's not a constant thing, nor does it turn up on any kind of schedule, argh.
highlander55 12th Mar 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

@Rose, The exhaust fan from the bathroom vent could be stuck almost completely close. Same as when you whistle. As for schedule, do you go like clock work? Hmmm?
Morituri 13th Mar 2015, 2:24 AM edit delete reply

One of my neighbors a couple of years ago had a thing that made exactly that kind of annoying noise, except it was very pervasive; it annoyed the hell out of me no matter where I was in my apartment.

Finally I went looking for it, and found it - a little box, firmly attached to the wall, just sitting there making that goddamned noise. I knocked on his door and asked him if he could please please PLEASE turn it off. Which he did.

He was a bit upset that the pest control people had sold him an "ultrasonic pest repeller" that actually bothered people. I was happy that he was willing to turn it off, and more than a bit pleased that he had mistaken me for people.
Sheela 14th Mar 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

It could be an automated Air-Con unit, if it turns on and off at random times.
Kitty 12th Mar 2015, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Yay! Always wanted to see a story showing what might have happened to that!

Sadly, in the meantime all kinds of crap has been broadcast out into space - just think of the things the aliens could have seen and heard: Snooki, political debates, "Twilight." It boggles the mind.
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Ooh, hey, maybe they've seen MLP! And are actually hoping to meet Celestia and Luna :D
Rms2000 13th Mar 2015, 12:04 AM edit delete reply

Hmm. That is... interesting. It says we're a very loud radio object. While this is true compared to most other objects in the vicinity of Sol, we're rather quiet compared to active pulsars. The fact that they still regard us as very loud may suggest something about their methods for analyzing planets.
Howard 13th Mar 2015, 3:13 AM edit delete reply
This is getting interesting I am really loving her reactions to all this. Its like she knows this is history in the making and all but she is also trying to deal with her own fear and worry. Like her obvious relief when he says they are peaceful.
Stormwind13 14th Mar 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

Well after Galina just got blasted unconscious, she had reason to be concerned Howard. She still MAY have reason to be concerned. The aliens' definition of 'peaceful' may not jive with Galina's definition (though it isn't sounding that way).
CyberSkull 13th Mar 2015, 5:19 AM edit delete reply

So this whole thing is over a noise complaint?
DLKmusic 14th Mar 2015, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

Thank you Cent-Comm, for posting about Terry Pratchett. He was one of my favorite Satirists of all time, I will miss his pen.

If anyone is unfamiliar with his writings, He wrote the Disc-World series, he also co-wrote "Good Omens" with Terry Gilliam.

Thank you Terry, for all the laughs, and all the insights to our own nature.
Tokyo Rose 14th Mar 2015, 7:59 PM edit delete reply

*cough* He co-wrote "Good Omens" with Neil Gaiman.

... but now I want to see a "Good Omens" film directed by Terry Gilliam.
DLKmusic 14th Mar 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
My bad.... My bad completely... and you're right, that would be a great movie!

Bust we WOULD need to cast Eric Idol as Aphrazael and John Cleese as Crowley.

(I may have misspelled Aphrazael, it's been about 6 years since I read the book last).
Sheela 15th Mar 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

i dunno man, John Cleese is getting awfully old.

Gary Oldman maybe ?
DLKmusic 15th Mar 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
If you haven't seen it, He had 3 posthumous Tweets, quoted belos:


"Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night."

"The End."

Sheela 15th Mar 2015, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

There need's to be a 4th one :

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