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  2. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I certainly hope you are right! Surgery went very smoothly. I was literally in and out in 15 minutes. I woke up feeling great. The only downside is that the doctor had to take two bones instead of just one - the second bone was just too far gone. I'll hear about the pathology reports at my follow-up appointment on Thursday. Meanwhile, I'm allowed to put weight on it and walk around without the surgical boot inside the house. I only have to wear the boot outside the house.
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  4. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Isn't Grace supposed to do a quick-change for each die that lands randomly in the shop?
  5. This Day In History

    17 December 497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. Masters served their slaves. Gifts, usually small or humorous, were exchanged. Public gambling was permitted. And a sober person in Rome was the exception rather than the rule. 546 – Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plunder the city, by bribing the Byzantine garrison. If you underpay your guards while everyone they are supposed to be guarding is partying, some of them just might take that bribe. 1526 – Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero - forms Inquisition. I didn't expect this. 1538 – Pope Paul Excommunicates Henry VIII of England. Or as Mr VIII calls it, Tuesday. 1790 – The Aztec calendar stone is discovered at El Zócalo, Mexico City. This is actually the second time Europeans have discovered the stone. The first time it was buried next to the Cathedral hoping that people would forget it was there. Later, American troops would use it for target practice. So not particularly fond of preserving pre-Christian art in the New World? 1807 – Napoleonic Wars: France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System. France can't fight Britain, so instead it won't permit anyone in Europe to do business with Britain. This ends up hurting the rest of Europe a lot more than Britain, eventually leading to the rest of Europe rejecting Napoleon's authority. So blockades and embargos may hurt you and your allies more than the intended target. I'm sure politicians will bear this in mind well into the future. 1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. It seems the General may have overstepped his authority. 1865 – First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert. The elusive end to that Symphony would eventually be found. 1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. And they still have not found my luggage. 1936 – Birth of Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. He earns a degree in Chemistry and loses half a lung before taking a job with a religious group. Eventually, he is transferred to Rome where he works under the name Francis. 1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Cape Canaveral is on our side. Usually, at least. Why is the government launching ICBMs at it? 1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs. Out of over 12,000 investigations, only 701 (less than 6%) can not be explained. And none of them suggest a level of science or technology unknown to the Air Force, or an extraterrestrial origin. Of course, that is the OFFICIAL opinion... 1989 – The Simpsons first premieres on television with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". George H W Bush was President. The Berlin Wall was down. And Tracy Ulman was trying to convince anyone in television that her style of comedy could be accepted as funny without cartoon shorts between the sketches.
  6. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Honestly, he should of (hehe) left it as is, I feel if it's in relation to character dialog, writing a word or phrase as how you feel the character says it is perfectly valid, regardless of whether it's grammatically incorrect or something. Tedd saying "shouldn't of" while a minor speech quirk, is really no different than how Jeph Jaques gives Roko her alternate dialect, or David Willis write's Sal's dialog, etc, and I don't see people going nuts about it.
  7. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Figured since it's relevant to this comic, I'd post the tweets here rather than the "Word of Dan" thread.
  8. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Larry Niven created a detective called "Gil the Arm" in the 1970s whose telekinesis acted like an invisible arm. I wonder if Dan has ever read "Death by Ecstasy". It's got a real killer of a climax.
  9. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Considering X-Men/Marvel and EGS are entirely different fictional multiverses / continuities, you can't really use power-scaling in one series to judge power-scaling in the other. And even if you could, I don't think the individual powers of mutants with similar power-sets always develop in the same order (and EGS magic users don't get spells in the same order on the rare occasion they have the same spells at all, though Uryuom powers might be different), so just because Jean Gray was really powerful before she developed a specific ability does not necessarily mean anyone else with that ability is equally powerful. (Of course Grace is powerful, just apparently not when it comes to telekinesis.) I don't know how the writers of X-Men conceptualized telekinesis, but it seems like Dan is picturing it like a hand (with a well developed sense of touch) grasping the object. That being the case, she probably could telekinetically "touch" an object long before she realized she could manipulate and move them. (I wouldn't be surprised if she's had this sense all her life, but she only realized she could move objects during the second Goo fight...)
  10. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Sometimes part of my job as a vet is to convince clients that their baby really will be better off without an eye or ear or limb that's been causing them constant pain and isn't functioning right anyway. Just about every time, once the procedure is over and their pet recovers, they come back telling me how much happier and more comfortable their baby is. May you have an equally successful surgery! (And may this be the only time something like this is necessary!)
  11. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    While Grace's ability is all well and good, apparently Tedd and Grace had a big fight at some point? This being based on what Tedd says and what Dan says on Reddit: I can say from experience that getting hit in the back of the head unexpectedly does not feel good and first instinct is usually to respond in aggressively. That said, what Tedd considers a "big fight" with Grace may be entirely subjective, and probably comes nowhere near Nanase's and Ellen's first spat.
  12. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Yes, and this also might be the next plot point: Grace senses something she couldn't before the Change. When I said her power was "similar" in my previous post, I meant that Grace could sense more using her antennae, not necessarily that she could sense magic the way Adrian can. And Adrian can still sense magic when using his "old Mr. Raven" form as he did with Susan the first time he met her at the mall. "Squirrely senses jiggling."
  13. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    No. Adrian senses magic. I don't think Grace senses magic ... or at least she didn't before the magic change. Hey, this is another thing which may happen - it's possible this is first time she actually focuses or her senses since the magic change, and she may notice she senses more now ... BTW, regarding the "(using telekinesis) would be more difficult than just picking them up" ... well, Jean Grey would pick them all at once, but I guess Grace would need one after one. Still, I remember some comics where Jean Grey explained that not only she can now hold silverware for whole school at once, but she can also sense if someone is touching them ... which would suggest this Grace's sense is not THAT weak ability when Jean Grey only got it as upgrade.
  14. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Once again, Dan did something I didn't predict. Thinking on it, though, Grace's antennae seem to have a similar power now to Adrian's extended ears. Spicy. As for storytelling, maybe Dan is going on with the dice search until Friday when we discover someone who shouldn't be witnessing this is, a pretty good Friday cliffhanger. Everyone who's into Star Trek at all should read David Gerrold's old book The World of Star Trek if they can find it. If you don't know, Gerrold is the inventor of tribbles. Anyway, he revealed a lot of the memes of Star Trek, like that guy in a red shirt who usually beams down with Kirk, Spock, and maybe McCoy or another regular cast member in the cold opening sequence before the first commercial break so he can get killed and we can find out how the monster works. The screenwriter's bible mandated some kind of cliffhanger before every commercial break to keep viewers from dialing away from the ads that paid for the show.
  15. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Justin is totally the correct person for this. Mimics that half of readers expected she will be using telekinesis. And other half that she will be flying. I mean, noone guessed she just wanted more senses. Yes. I really consider this to be one of Dan’s problems as a storyteller. Occasionally — not as often as in the past, thankfully — he completely drops the “show, don’t tell” rule and an entire page or more turns into an expository lump. She IS showing it ... although, yes, also explaining ... ... and, while I don't think this will lead to someone seeing her ... maybe this will allow her sensing someone else? ... or, Dan really just wanted to get it out before she will need to use this ability "for real" - I mean, when it became plot point she can do that. Based on how many readers failed to understand Sarah's spell, I would say his concert is justified. Yes, sometimes it seems like taking too long, but I prefer it to not explaining enough ... in fact, there are more things I would like to have explained. Guess some of them are on that pile Dan speaks about ... (tilting back to see the pile. The top of it is hidden in clouds.) ... I don't think panel or two would be enough, but I agree that it could be done shorter ...
  16. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    Yes. I really consider this to be one of Dan’s problems as a storyteller. Occasionally — not as often as in the past, thankfully — he completely drops the “show, don’t tell” rule and an entire page or more turns into an expository lump. I think it stems from a concern that his readers will either fail to understand or worry that he will be criticised for having his characters pull abilities out of nowhere. In this case I honestly feel that just a panel or two with Grace explaining “I can use my antennae to ‘feel’ at a distance” would have been sufficient. Most everybody would get that and if he was still concerned he could add clarifications in his comments below the comic. Nonetheless, Dan feels this is necessary and while I do not agree with him I do empathise with his concerns.
  17. Story, Monday Dec 17, 2018

    http://egscomics.com/comic/tsos-16 Yay for starburst background in panel one! ...So now I'm starting to think maybe no one will see Grace using her powers; in fact maybe this little sequence exists entirely to explain this aspect of Grace's powers. It wouldn't be the first time Dan has inserted a scene just to explain someone's powers...
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  19. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    Considering the danger that Damien posed, and the nature of his creation, if Adrian did find himself anywhere near Damien, the rules shouldn't have applied. Adrian wasn't allowed to join a country's military because he would provide that side an advantage with magic, but Damien was an unnatural being that already had the attention of people in the know and with similar skills as Adrian, so the only things the could have stopped Adrian from acting would either have been him considering Damien to be more powerful than himself, or he was following the orders of someone else, like if he was told to take Noah to safety. He said he can act directly if the situation involves magic or is an immediate thread to himself or others. Both Abraham and aberrations fulfilled BOTH conditions. Army, meanwhile? He couldn't pass the training. We are not entirely sure if the way Damien was created counts as magic enough. In fact, even Adrian himself may not be sure. And the point about "immediate thread" ... hmmm ... he might need to give Damien first hit. However, I don't think it would be problem. He could even seriously try to talk him down and Damien would still attack. Tracking down Damien probably doesn't count as fighting so he would be allowed, but I still think that he did not consider it his job and didn't exactly have time for it. Also, he may not be THAT good in hunting people. So, it's quite understandable that other people in DGB were searching for Damien and Adrian was just ready to help. And remember, Edward was not on place when Damien attacked. Nor anyone else from DGB, based on the fact it wasn't serious fight. I think that DGB including Edward AND Adrian arrived at the place AFTER Damiens attacked, but too late to actually meet him. But soon enough to take the cats. And Noah never met Damien. Damien killed his parents but he was not there.
  20. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    Considering the danger that Damien posed, and the nature of his creation, if Adrian did find himself anywhere near Damien, the rules shouldn't have applied. Adrian wasn't allowed to join a country's military because he would provide that side an advantage with magic, but Damien was an unnatural being that already had the attention of people in the know and with similar skills as Adrian, so the only things the could have stopped Adrian from acting would either have been him considering Damien to be more powerful than himself, or he was following the orders of someone else, like if he was told to take Noah to safety.
  21. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    Re: the talk about Adrian fighting Damien. It's possible (I think likely) that the same rules that prevent him from joining the military would also have prevented him from hunting Damien down. The only reason he was able to fight Abraham, and I assume the only reason he was able to fight the aberrations at the mall, is that he was defending people who were in immediate danger.
  22. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    The talk with Justin was Grace saying that she'd tear anyone bad enough that they have to fight to shreds. Grace's talk with Edward though, was about aberrations. Otherwise, yes she's very protective of her friends and also wants them to be happy, so anything that would potentially made them sad would be seen as a threat as seen by Grace jumping the counter to hug Sarah earlier. Grace sees Sam's secret as having the potential to make Sarah sad, but fighting is obviously out of the question because Sam isn't a bad guy, still the dilemma remains about how to keep Sarah happy.
  23. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    Actual caltrops do go through shoes, it's worth noting. That said,l I would think Grace would actually be fine with the D4s if she trod on one - and would like you see caltrops due to better awareness. I tried one myself today, with my own tough feet, and I'd say short of jumping on one from a great night they aren't that much of a bother. Lego is easy too. The d4 would be a bit of a suprise poke if I didn't see it - but not much more than that. That said - Grace doesn't go barefoot outside that much anymore.
  24. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    Had my pre-op visit on Friday. Everything was the usual stuff - blood/urine test, chest X-ray, and so on. At the end, they gave me a bottle of antiseptic soap with some odd instructions attached. I'm supposed to get a wet washcloth, squeeze some of it on there, then turn off the water and lather up from the neckline down, avoiding the genital area and any open wounds (e.g., my toe). If I do get it in either of those areas, I'm supposed to flush said area with a steady stream of water for 15 minutes. Otherwise, after I soap up, I'm supposed to stand there for a minute, then turn the water back on and rinse. I'm supposed to do this twice: once before I go to bed the night before the surgery, and once the morning of the surgery. Considering that I've got to be at the hospital at 5am for a 7am operation, that means I've got to get up around 3am to get ready to go. This is going to be a rough preparation for a nasty little surgery. As much as my toe hurts, I'm not looking forward to the process of having it removed.
  25. This Day In History

    I can't believe I missed that move. Check and mate, I concede.
  26. This Day In History

    16 December 1431 – Hundred Years' War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris. Henry is an 11 year old boy who inherited the crown of both countries when he was less than one year old. England is dominated by minor nobles on the brink of civil war. France is tired of these Brits using their country as a proxy war and revenue source. But having a big ceremony for the kid is sure to make everything better. 1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. See? England is just fine without a King. 1689 – Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights. Ok, England really wants a King. But this time we are setting some limits. 1770 – Birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. At age 21, he would go to Joseph Haydn in Vienna to learn composing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qeazGmme1Y 1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act. The rebellious colonists were completely uncivilized. Not one of them would keep his pinky finger extended while throwing the tea overboard. 1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. To the natural philosophers of the early Enlightenment era, earthquakes were phenomena associated with oceanic coastlines and the largest of mountains. The American Midwest is notably lacking in both. Darn it. This means we will actually need to examine what happened and not just talk about it over brandy and cigars. 1843 – The discovery of octonions by John T. Graves, who denoted them with a boldface O, was announced to his mathematician friend William Hamilton, discoverer of quaternions, in a letter on this date. The Octonions are a hypercomplex number system. Not an onion with eight legs. Darn it. 1901 – Beatrix Potter privately publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit. It goes on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide. English literature approaches its zenith. 1907 – The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world. "White" is not just the color of the ships. This attempt to demonstrate American Naval power instead highlights the American Navy's logistical limitations. And by the time the fleet returned to the US, it was obsolete. 1921 – Camille Saint-Saëns, French pianist and conductor begins decomposing. 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again. According to prison officials, they died. According to popular legend, they escaped. Of course what really happened was Alien Abduction. Who would be a better target than an escaped prisoner? 1944 – World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest. Even though the war would be over in less than a year, the Battle of the Bulge would continue to be fought, and generally lost, by the aging population around the world. 1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor. Now millions of people who can't understand the most basic aspects of Quantum Mechanics are able to carry portable electronics that rely on QM. 1971 – Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released. In case you were unaware, if you ever hear this version of the song on the radio it means the DJ had to take a restroom break. 1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression, owing $14,000,000 to local banks. Oh Cleveland. Whenever the jokes about Detroit grow tired and thin, we always have you.
  27. This Day In History

    Wait just one night. One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble.
  28. Story Friday, December 14, 2018

    I tend to agree. After all, Grace has a history of being extremely protective of her friends. She blamed herself for failing to resist Abraham’s sleep spell and has ever since reacted very strongly against anything perceived as even a potential threat (witness her charge against Santa Jerry in the cave and her attitude against abominations that made Justin want to talk her down, for example.)
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