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Don Edwards

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  1. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    From all I've heard, that's pretty common. For a fairly-small fraction of people (a larger fraction than is typical for influenza), covid really really sucks, and for some of those people it sucks for a long time, but for everyone else... I had one day of being a bit off-balance, at the start of five days of unusually-mild cold symptoms. The second dose of the vaccine... if you have a steady sleep schedule, it'll be about 32 hours from when you go to bed one night to when you get up after the *next* night. After getting the vaccine, I slept for about 26 of those 32 hours and was semi-functional for the other six. Fortunately I had absolutely nothing that I *had* to do that day. This is the only vaccine I've ever had any discernible reaction to. Even the ones where they tell you your shoulder will hurt for a day or two... maybe ten minutes.
  2. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    An opthalmologist told our medical insurer "she has cataracts. She's almost legally blind." And let them assume the two facts (both true) were related. So my lady got cataract surgery, even though the cataracts were barely detectable. She'd been almost legally blind - extremely nearsighted - her entire life. (The opthalmologist had to special-order the new artificial lenses from a supplier he didn't normally use, because nobody else made them in the needed power.) Several months of astonishment followed, with her seeing perfectly ordinary things she'd never seen before - supplemented by a few deliberate outings for extreme things to see, such as a stunt-parachute show.
  3. Comic for Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023

    Just because Raven hasn't been knighted by anyone with the authority to actually do so (at least, not under his current identity), doesn't mean Noah won't consider him a knight. And yes, Noah is Susan's new uncle. He is, after all, her great^n-aunt's adoptive sister brother. Edit: fixed typing-while-half-asleep error
  4. Other Random Comics

    Heh. I saw one on TV a few decades ago. Two cowboys facing off, one of them says "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" - then the camera pans out and the town is actually a model-railroad town around their feet.
  5. Comic for Monday, Feb 6, 2023

    Squirrel heritage is probably not a big problem. Most people don't realize it, but squirrels are omnivores and predators. Kind of like humans. Their normal diet is mostly high-protein things you find in trees: seeds, nuts, bugs, lizards, eggs, baby birds...
  6. NP Comic for Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023

    We're having an online discussion. Of an RPG. Overthinking is inevitable.
  7. Comic for Friday, Feb 3, 2023

    Might want to distinguish between genetic contributors and parents. I doubt that Grace received much parental supervision or affection from any adult squirrels.
  8. NP Comic for Saturday, Feb 4, 2023

    Or explaining what kobolds are in D&D 5E to people who know what they are in non-D&D northern-European mythology.
  9. Discussion of Military, real or fictional

    Well, that's appropriate - the Winged Hussars were Polish armored cavalry. In 1683 they were probably the world's best heavy cavalry, much to the Ottoman army's dismay. They broke the siege of Vienna, after which the Islamic threat to take Europe by force pretty much dried up.
  10. Discussion of Military, real or fictional

    Ah, the Winged Hussars arrive!
  11. The Weather.

    Then there was the year that a church outside Seattle, in mid-June, had the following on their marquee:
  12. Comic for Friday, Jan 27, 2023

    One of her magical abilities is persuasion, as I recall... Unfortunately, if there's any human on the planet immune to that power, it's gonna be Mom.
  13. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I have driven in ice storms in three states. I don't recommend it - if you have a viable alternative, do that instead. That said: it's worse in areas that rarely gets such things (such as Seattle where I lived for 30+ years, Portland OR that I was driving through during one, and Dallas where the Professor is) than in areas where they are fairly common (such as Indiana where I went to college). There are several reasons why the areas that rarely get them get it worse. Three big ones: 1) Almost nobody knows how to drive in them 2) Almost nobody - not road maintenance crews, not emergency services, not electric line crews, not city buses - has specialized equipment to deal with them. (Seattle buses typically need chains for one 24-hour period, or less, every five to eight years; guess what they usually aren't carrying when that time arrives, particularly if it starts in mid-afternoon.) 3) Ice at 31.5 degrees Fahrenheit is much slicker than ice at 0 Fahrenheit.
  14. Comic for Friday, Jan 27, 2023

    "Mom, I recently learned something that I need to talk to you about... but... there are a bunch of other people's secrets involved in how I learned it, so if you think I'm not telling you everything, you're right."
  15. Changing Medications (Level of Trust Required)

    I endorse the decision for everyone to stay put.
  16. Comic for Monday, Jan 30, 2023

    There's also the thing that she's been keeping a lot of secrets about herself, and now she's found someone that she can tell them to. Pressure release ==> perhaps a bit more sharing than she would engage in if this were all perfectly normal to her.
  17. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    So, why was The Human waving his hand around like that?
  18. Comic for Friday, Jan 27, 2023

    Adrian is approximately (best estimate) 600 years old. He was born in Europe. He has living descendants. Statistically, something over half of the people in the world with European ancestry in the past 600 years should be descended from him. (If he were a thousand years old, it wouldn't be "something over half" - it would be "essentially all".) I doubt he was the first Elf. And I doubt that Elves happened only in Europe. IMHO, pretty much everyone in the world has at least one Immortal ancestor, and most have more than one.
  19. Comic for Friday, Jan 27, 2023

    It's been recognized that keeping magic secret is not plausible, but DGB is not exactly pushing it into the limelight at a rapid pace either. And even when general awareness of magic does start to come out, people who have magic might still prefer to put off revealing their situation.
  20. Comic for Friday, Jan 27, 2023

    Biologically, with no magic involved, the fact that Adrian has sired at least two children (Diane, and some distant ancestor of Susan) is pretty much proof that the Immortals' chromosomes are pretty close to human, and the count is exactly the same. Of course, "with no magic involved" and "Immortals" don't go together very well. But then Susan is several-generations-away descended from an Immortal, and there's no indication of either of her parents being aware of magic. So either there's no magic involved in her specific case, or it's self-activating magic, or there's something her parents haven't told her.
  21. NP Comic for Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

    Just don't forget that a sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.
  22. Idiom translation help?

    Mainly for Old Hack. On another forum a Danish expression was mentioned. "Do not sell diamonds for goldfish." Can you clarify what that's supposed to mean? Is there anything to it other than the relative values of the two items?
  23. Comic for Friday, Jan 20, 2023

    True in many contexts. I've suggested that the only way "supply chain" is a valid and accurate concept is if it's followed by "link fence". If you follow things around enough, our supply of computer chips is dependent on an adequate supply of wood. And potatoes. But with communications networks being what they are, our supply of both of those things is now dependent on our supply of computer chips.
  24. NP Comic for Saturday, Jan 21, 2023

    Or maybe a "packing for the trip to Damascus" event...
  25. Cats, Dogs, Other pets.

    I kind of doubt if her large drop trap is big enough. That cat might weigh 50 pounds. Her knowledge of where cats that aren't panthers are likely to hide, though, might actually be useful - if they don't already have someone with that knowledge on hand.