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  2. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Look, fey ancestry is totally a thing, it's just that it has no applicability here. I'm a little sad that Magus got away without ever talking to Ellen, but I'm also not sure it could have gone better with all the reactivations in the building.
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    I dunno. If it had been Eva Braun just a handful of years or so later, it would be a cause for world wide celebration. Indeed. When radio broadcasters named Harold Camping predict that the world will end on May 22, 2011, one should not pay too much attention to them. I know I didn't.
  5. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Absolutely, and I should have stressed that. Originally I had some damfool D&D notion about elves resisting sleep spells in mind but dismissed it when I found the page in question. I just didn't bother to alter my phrasing.
  6. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Simple answer: sometimes he wants to be conspicuously a wizard (e.g. when he went on TV with the complete stereotypical outfit including staff) and sometimes he doesn't - but still wants spellcasting ability, just in case. So he probably ALWAYS has the ring with him, even when he isn't wearing it. (It's useful for a high-power spellcaster to have an automatic way for his subconscious to know he is NOT casting a spell. That way a casual thought about a campfire won't start a fire. A firmly-set pattern of "I wear and use this ring to cast spells" would work.)
  7. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Yeah, if Arthur had ever done actual research, he'd have risked disqualifying himself from the meeting with the WoM just like those other 2 that were "diligent researchers".
  8. Story Monday May 21 2018

    No, but Arthur must have done some experimentation with his "quirk", even if it wasn't exactly the same way Tedd did, the results may have been similar. Hence the "it's possible Tedd reminded him his attempts at research despite him never getting anywhere with that research". Or in other words, not every experimentation is research ; for example, when Sarah was trying to find out what her spell is, it was experimentation, but she didn't get anywhere. Her later experimentation with her spell were also more for fun than for research ; and she got distracted in big way when she was supposed to focus on showing her spell to Tedd, and then didn't reported what she was doing truthfully ... luckily it didn't matter. (If it doesn't make sense I'll try again after sleeping ...)
  9. Story Monday May 21 2018

    No, but Arthur must have done some experimentation with his "quirk", even if it wasn't exactly the same way Tedd did, the results may have been similar.
  10. This Day In History

    May 21 1554 – Queen Mary I grants a royal charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England. She likes the hats. 1659 – In the Concert of The Hague, the Dutch Republic, the Commonwealth of England and the Kingdom of France set out their views on how the Second Northern War should end. You know that things are bad in Scandinavia when they need advice from England and France about how to STOP a war. 1904 – The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris. With a recognized governing body in place, there should be no more soccer related controversy or violence. Ever. 1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. 1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindy lands at an airport in Paris. Earhart is forced down in an Irish Pasture. There a lesson in there about the treatment of genders in aviation. 1936 – Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her handbag. Her story soon becomes one of Japan's most notorious scandals. Eighty two years later, this story would still be a notable scandal in almost any country today. 1952 – I pity the fool who doesn't know Mr. T was born on this day. 1992 – After 30 seasons, Johnny Carson hosted his penultimate episode of The Tonight Show featuring guests Robin Williams and Bette Midler. It was episodes like this that made Johnny worth every penny of his obscenely large salary from NBC. 2011 – Radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted that the world would end on this date. He was wrong. Just like every other prediction about the end of the world so far. I believe there may be a pattern...
  11. This Day In History

    May 20 in EGS History: 2003 - Tony is shocked when he accuses "Tedd" of being on a date with "your boyfriend" and she agrees. (I love how Grace then corrects herself. "Oh, wait... I'm the boyfriend tonight." ) 2004 - Ellen, Nanase, and Justin bid farewell to Ellen's allowance. 2005 - Tedd sets out to make Grace's birthday party the best party ever. May 21 in EGS History: 2010 - Grace dubs Susan "Susan the Vampire Slayer". May 22 in EGS History: 2014 - In Sarah's imagination, a were-wolf version of herself shows up riding an alicorn.
  12. The Weather.

    What have they got you on as a migraine preventative? The boost to 400mg of Topomax seems to have done wonders. I haven't had a hand grenade go off in my head in a couple of weeks.
  13. What Are You Ingesting?

    Crystal Light Lemon Iced Tea. I'm too damned tired to do anything else.
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  15. Story Monday May 21 2018

    But Arthur, as a Seer, is a "well of power". So while that ring may be a very small catalyst, Arthur should be able to use it anywhere, while other wizards might only be able to use it in high ambient energy areas or drain their own energy reserves. Dan tweeted as such: So maybe Arthur's "wizard with a quirk" was refering to the fact that he also figured out how to make catalysts that let him cast spells, but they either only worked for him or they ended up having very limited use by other wizards. Yes, I was copying what I wrote on tumblr before someone reminded seers being a well of power here. So I am aware that Arthur is able to do that. The question why he is using the ring instead of wand still remains ; even with plenty of power to spare, wouldn't wand be easier? Note his "Wizard with a quirk" is probably "Wizard except not being able to cast the spells directly and needing to put them to wand instead". This is obviously speculation, but Arthur doesn't look like researcher to me, AND his evaluation of Tedd was missing the option of him doing it; he basically said Tedd is the best researcher available, although it's just best from the three seers he knows of. Of course, it's possible Tedd reminded him his attempts at research despite him never getting anywhere with that research ; while Tedd found out how to make watches by himself, I think Arthur learned how to make wands by someone telling him how to do it or possibly reading about it. (Or by watching someone making wand, that would presumably also work.)
  16. What Are You Ingesting?

    Cauliflower, carrot, and green pepper? I've seen pickled giardiniera (or sottaceti or "hot mix") on Italian Beef sandwiches. I suppose it was inevitable that it would eventually make its way on to pizza. One of the greatest, and most disturbing, aspects that accompanies the right of free expression is the ability to put ANYTHING on pizza. Having said that, just because giardiniera MIGHT show up on an Italian Beef sandwich, that is no reason for the seller to assume that the customer expects that the vinegar salad would be part of an Italian Beef Pizza. And now, I want an Italian Beef sandwich. I'm going to the "Chicago Style" pizzeria down the street.
  17. Story Monday May 21 2018

    But Arthur, as a Seer, is a "well of power". So while that ring may be a very small catalyst, Arthur should be able to use it anywhere, while other wizards might only be able to use it in high ambient energy areas or drain their own energy reserves. Dan tweeted as such: So maybe Arthur's "wizard with a quirk" was refering to the fact that he also figured out how to make catalysts that let him cast spells, but they either only worked for him or they ended up having very limited use by other wizards. Speculation: Maybe Arthur's being accommodating to Tedd by giving him a lab to research increasing people's resistances because Tedd kinda reminds him of himself when he was younger, trying to figure out magic and such.
  18. Where have you been going?

    So Critterkeeper, on a day off, went to tour a place where they keep critters. This is an example of what was once called a "busman's holiday".
  19. NP Monday May 21 2018

    I'm comparing to NP, so out of canon as well. And Dan himself is calling it "Rhoda height and figure" ... Yes, but proportionally, so it shouldn't make her sexier.
  20. NP Monday May 21 2018

    The clothes do help, Rhoda hasn't really worn clothing that skimpy that I can recall (in canon that is), but I was mainly referring to the 5' tall and busty as Rhoda is naturally busty. The kitty pet form made Rhoda smaller too remember? I think Catalina is her original height in this, just heavy, so it's a good comparison for here.
  21. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Even if same rules would be in effect (which may not be true), their resistance would be higher due to higher exposure. Still, higher than ELLEN? I agree in general but regarding the specific case of Mr. Raven, I think the reason Abraham was unconvinced he can put him to sleep was related to his age and experience, not species. Note he said "The elf", not just elf. That's a great observation, thank you for sharing it! ... I though the ring being wand was given. Wasn't I talking about it being small wand? Oh, wait, that was on tumblr, seems I forgot to copy it here ... https://honza137.tumblr.com/post/174105734843/egscomics-door-time-story-swings-and-misses ... weird. I though the think expands tumblr. Or was it just twitter? Well ok: Considering Arthur as a seer doesn’t have any spells, he must be casting that AoE sleep from spell catalyst … and only thing visible which could be spell catalyst is his ring. So, quite small spell catalyst. Must be hard to cast from that … (I must admit I didn't remembered if he was wearing it before, though ... so, thanks for additional argument.) About as long as it will take him to check out the hidden cameras they will unquestionably have in a place like that. He may have seemed hair trigger but this had morphed from routine to major emergency; taking out everybody in sight by putting them to sleep and sorting them out later was actually by far not his worst possible move. 1) I think the cameras don't even need to be hidden. Although maybe they are to make the warehouse look even more abandoned. 2) If he was paying attention when reading their files, he may not even need to wait that long. As I already speculated. Although considering the situation, he's likely to look at the cameras anyway. Only problem is it would be too late to catch Magus, but I suspect it would be too late if they told him as well. The reason I suggested hiding in her clothes was that women generally complain their clothes lack pockets, they don't LOOK as having pockets and Kevin is pretty long for normal pockets anyway. He WOULD however fit into sleeve or just under jacket. He might claim to, but would they believe him? Hmmm ... even if Kevin wouldn't specifically talk about Ashley being wizard, almost anything he can say is likely to prompt scanning Ashley. Not speaking about the possibility they will scan all of them as part of verifying what happened. Which means I'm wondering more about if WE will find out the result than if they do it.
  22. NP Monday May 21 2018

    Maybe she just wants to look as herself ... until the final frame. In final frame, she is thinking it may be worth it. (Nanase is plenty of sexy in her own form. I agree that she looks sexy with "Rhoda" figure, but not that much more it would be worth not being herself.) (... also, is that really Rhoda figure? I don't think Rhoda is this sexy. Although maybe it's just the clothes. Because looking here, she's not so sexy after reset but before reset ... and pet kitty might not modify figure ... maybe ...)
  23. Where have you been going?

    This seems like a topic which, in hindsight, should have come about sooner! Yesterday, I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is in the city quite near the lake. It's an hour's drive most days, each way, so I don't go as often as I might, but I got a membership which includes parking, and yesterday was a celebration of their 150th anniversary. (Why anniversary instead of birthday? No idea.) So, I made the drive, parked in the lot, and spent a good part of the day at the zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo is unusual in that it is free to enter and enjoy. They sell food and souveneirs and a few kid rides, like a carousel, but admission itself is to just walk in one of several gates, which they only have so they can close at the end of the day. The Great Apes are always a highlight, having both gorillas and chimpanzees. They're housed in very large enclosures with glass walls that give visitors a great view, even larger outdoor areas, and huge, complicated arrays of ropes and fake trees and shelves and fake bamboo and etc, which can to some extent be rearranged to keep things interesting. Since it was grey, cold, and drizzling outside, despite having the door open the apes chose to stay inside. For the 150th, the keepers did various "enrichment" activities, things done to make their lives less dull, such as making thin Jello-jigglers-type treats in the shape of the number 150 and sticking them to the glass at various heights, and draping blankets over the ropes in various places for the chimps, and putting cardboard boxes in with the gorillas to play with and destroy. The floors are covered in a thick layer of mulch thwt they can dig into if desired, and they tossed in popcorn, veggies, monkey biscuits, and a boatload of Romaine leaves, so they could all forage and have a nice salad. They moved a large display to reveal a big window into a behind-the-scenes area so we could watch a training session with the silverback gorilla. The keeper asked him to hold up a hand or foot, open his mouth, turn around and put his thigh or shoulder or back against the grating between them, and various other actions that might be needed to get a good look at and/or treat an injury. He got grape tomatoes as a reward, along with sips of juice. They said the juice is diluted so it's not so high calorie, and they give it so that they can hide medicines in it if needed. Since he does this routine every day, he's not suspicious when offered a drink of juice that's got a purpose behind it. Later on, I could see in a back corner of the chimp enclosure what was clearly a similar training session with one of the chimps. The chimps also had what looked like big popsicles of dilute fruit juice, with embedded fruit, frozen around a length of unbreakable fire hose material and hung about the enclosure. They were too cold and slippery to grab proper hold of and pull for long. While I was watching, one of the older female chimps picked up a blanket, wrapped it around a popsicle, and used the blanket to get traction and not freeze her fingers while she pulled until it came loose. She then carried them both up to a big concrete ledge, and with the ice wrapped in the blanket, smashed it against the concrete several times to break it into pieces without sending ice flying. She then shared bits of popsicle with her friends. Seemed like a very nice use of tools! Later on, one of the males tried pulling on ice without any insulation, but quickly gave up and just swung the chunk on its tether up onto the top of the ropes in that spot, and leaned down to suck on the popsicle until he got a big chunk of fruit out. The Dwarf Mongooses had a little structure built of cardboard and decorated with painted "150"s that had several layers and holes and tunnels. The zebra had a very large 150 with yummy hay sticking out of various holes. I could see remnants of some sort of 5 and 0 in the aardvark enclosure. There was what looked like bright blue remains of a pinata in the African Painted Dog area. It looks like all the keepers had fun coming up with enrichment ideas! I also got to see a display of stuff from the history of the zoo, most interesting of which to me was the doctor's bag the original first vet the zoo ever hired used to treat the various animals! They had a couple of rows of vials of various medications, hand labeled, some of which we still use today. There were old-style metal syringes and log books of the care creatures received from the first turn-of-the-century of the zoo and from the 1960s. Apparently, the bag wound up forgotten on a shelf in an office, and wasn't rediscovered until recently. I wish the weather had been nicer, for the zoo's sake; they were probably counting on a good turn-out for this event. It was definitely worth venturing out into the cold drizzle for!
  24. What Are You Ingesting?

    More veggies than expected. Yesterday I went grocery shopping at Mariano's, and they sell pizza slices. I got one "sausage" and one "italian beef", and ate the sausage one, which was exactly what you'd expect it to be. Today, I had the "italian beef" slice, which did indeed have nice big strips of beef on top. However, hidden under the cheese I identified not only green pepper bits, which I'm not fond of but can tolerate in small amounts, but also, of all things, cauliflour and carrot! I am, as a certain someone puts it, less than gruntled, although only mildly so, as the pizza was actually edible. It just was not at all what I was expecting!
  25. The Weather.

    It's been drab, grey, and chilly, with intermittent rain that runs from drizzle to steady soak just often enough to discourage going out. Didn't stop me from going to the Lincoln Park Zoo's 150th anniversary event yesterday, though! Just had to wear my raincoat and carry an umbrella. It's supposed to warm up for a few days soon.
  26. Story Monday May 21 2018

    That's a great observation, thank you for sharing it! As for Kevin, I could see him sneaking into Ashley's pocket. Or, he might (claim to) be bonded to her in such a way that removing him from her presence or vice versa would be more trouble than it's worth.... What would interest me is whether Arthur will check Ashley to see if she's a wizard, and if so, what the result will be.
  27. NP Monday May 21 2018

    First three panels have her objecting to her appearance (even though she looks pretty sexy with a "Rhoda" figure) but she seems to be giving some consideration to the fourth form.
  28. Story Monday May 21 2018

    Certain creatures might be immune to sleep spells. We already know that Abraham was entirely unconvinced of his ability to put Mr. Raven to sleep. This might include dragons. As to golems, well, lacking brains and the chemical processes that make sleep a necessity to begin with, I doubt sleep spells would affect them very much. About as long as it will take him to check out the hidden cameras they will unquestionably have in a place like that. He may have seemed hair trigger but this had morphed from routine to major emergency; taking out everybody in sight by putting them to sleep and sorting them out later was actually by far not his worst possible move. Well, I suspect that is his purpose in existence. Let the poor thing have his day.
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