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Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Tip's so annoyed. :)
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The geese, ironically, are next on Tip's list....
Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: Shoosh!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

The crystal intelligences must have many years of life experiences.  Who else but the elderly would be yelling at kids to turn down the @#$% noise?  I'm surprised they don't have little cybernetic arms waving canes.

Indigo C (indigo) says: Hey, Crystal Dudes:  If it's too loud, you're too old!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Sorry I haven't come up with a Madsci Wars teaser comment today, but I would like to say it's doing great!
Michael Martin (mcmartin) says: "Sack of lipids" is an excellent variation on "meatbags" or "fluid sacks".
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Geese! So that's what people are mistaking for black helicopters!


Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says:

"Sack of lipids" is an excellent variation on "meatbags" or "fluid sacks".

Or as Caliban would say, "meatjob" 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Man, I remember when my little brother used to yell at us for being "too loud." When we pointed out that he had just yelled he said it was different.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: And oh, yeah, behind that door is the Silverfish civilization.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

I am fairly certain that I may have been pushed past the point that in Narbonic drives one mad, when in grade school EVERYONE would do the stupid 'SHUT UP!!!' thing, followed up by mockingly loud 'SHUSH!' noises if you pointed this logic out.

and then the laughter. . . .*twitch*. 

I second Justin's guess. 

Incog Neato (ghede) says:

I disagree! No noise? Those silverfishes were pretty loud, what with all the opera.


I say it is an endless abyss. Maybe a proto-universe. A nice big-bang should clear up the no-noise problem. 

Kevin (notsteve) says: My guess: Tip's office.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Unity's practice gym.  The sounds of fists & feet smacking leather targets, the screams of the volunteers ...

Today's band name:  "Crystal Shouting"


Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Crystal Shouting is a little too descriptive for a band name. Especially if your lead singer is named Crystal.  Perhaps Crystal Shout or Crystal Yell?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

Thus is the nature of the universe, I guess.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: nah. band name: Huge and Delicate Resonateing Structures. HaDRS for short. dont hate the HaDRS. Hate the Geriatric and Malicious Europeans.
Terry Smith (tjlsmith) says: Ok so what happened to the maintenance people?
Mark H- (eyeharvester) says:

Alternate band name: Our Infinite Wisdom. Very postmodern.

And obviously the maintenance guys were just holograms projected by the crystals.

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: BOOYAH! I can hardly consider Tip returning in triumph however.
Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: ...this storyline wins everything ever.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

My vote would be to get everyone relocated out of the basement.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: And so the circle is complete.

Today on the Mad Scientist Wars: The Battle Against the Martian Fleet, and Jane Narbon and the Last Resort.
Robin Zimmermann (packbat) says: if he buys the credenza, everything works out. Huh.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

OK, now would Italian silverfish sing the "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's 9th?  'Cause it's in German.  And if they did, how could the crystal intelligences not love it?  The freakin' STARS THEMSELVES love "Ode to Joy".

Speaking of the crystal intelligences, was their home planet destroyed?  I'm thinking of the episode in Gaiman's "Sandman" where Death talks to Urania.  Jeffrey, please tell me this is what you had in mind when you wrote those episodes?

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Well now.. besides completing the circle, Tip is now between the only two of the tribes who've actually been messing with the "surface folk"!

The silverfish just swiped stuff (admittedly enough to build a small castle), but the crystals captured the maintainance crew, and generally seem less rational than the others.

So... "quiet guys", or "concert time" ?

(PS:  Regarding prior comments, just how would you "lobotomize" a liquid entity?)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: With a dessicant pack
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

So the chain of promises is more of a Moebius strip.

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

You know, I keep thinking of this situation and I can't see any way that it won't end without something dying. Either the crystal entities, or the silverfish, or the musical culture of the silverfish. And I think i'm fine with that last one.

Dang opera-loving italian 6-leggers...

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

Never, David! Such culture, such style! And they've hardly hurt anyone at all.

I say, Tip grabs a mallet and heads back to those Crystal entities. . .  

John Vertical (tropylium) says: One word: Padding.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says: Actually, I think "relocation" is the best solution. Maybe not out of the basement, but move something silent next to the Crystals, the silverfish next to the cobras, etc...
Mark Orr (agentoracle) says: The opera... it was allways the opera.  Oh such is the woe of art.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Actually, I'd quite like to have the silverfish wreck the crystals,, but NigaiAmai Yume probably has it.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: Still holdng out for kerosene+match.
Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: My, Italians are certainly bloody. Why aren't they ever in the Pirates Vs. Ninja debate?
Lelouch (lelouch) says: Because the last thing a pirate wants to wake up to in the morning is the bow of his ship in his bed, and ninjas have to be paid by someone.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:
First, when the pirates demanded a ransom of twenty talents, Caesar burst out laughing. They did not know, he said, who it was that they had captured, and he volunteered to pay fifty. Then, when he had sent his followers to the various cities in order to raise the money and was left with one friend and two servants among these Cilicians, about the most bloodthirsty people in the world, he treated them so highhandedly that, whenever he wanted to sleep, he would send to them and tell them to stop talking.

For thirty-eight days, with the greatest unconcern, he joined in all their games and exercises, just as if he was their leader instead of their prisoner. He also wrote poems and speeches which he read aloud to them, and if they failed to admire his work, he would call them to their faces illiterate savages, and would often laughingly threaten to have them all hanged. They were much taken with this and attributed his freedom of speech to a kind of simplicity in his character or boyish playfulness.

However, the ransom arrived from Miletus and, as soon as he had paid it and been set free, he immediately manned some ships and set sail from the harbor of Miletus against the pirates. He found them still there, lying at anchor off the island, and he captured nearly all of them. He took their property as spoils of war and put the men themselves into the prison at Pergamon. He then went in person to [Marcus] Junius, the governorof Asia, thinking it proper that he, as praetor in charge of the province, should see to the punishment of the prisoners. Junius, however, cast longing eyes at the money, which came to a considerable sum, and kept saying that he needed time to look into the case.

Caesar paid no further attention to him. He went to Pergamon, took the pirates out of prison and crucified the lot of them, just as he had often told them he would do when he was on the island and they imagined that he was joking.

Chapter 2 of Plutarch of Chaeronea's  Life of Julius Caesar


That's why! 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

(jaw drops)
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Basil Jelly is awesome!

(Hey, what goes around, comes around.)

Chab Guthrie (chab) says:

One excellent reason to teach the Western Canon {especially Gaius Julius Caesar's commentaries & bio} is so that everyone knows this story.  I still remember reading it when I was 11 years old.

Incidently, I recommend the basic Eastern Canon to be taught as well:  most specifically- MONKEY, the Zen [Chan} parables, and the Ramayana.

The parts of the canons which are the most important are the parts which tell stories -- from PILGRIM'S PROGRESS to the 1001 Nights.

Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: This way lies madness. Silverfish-shaped madness.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

My family has a saying:

Ninja on Land, Pirate at Sea.

(Although, if anyones interested, we're primarily Romani stock. That's Gypsy to you.) 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Tip isn't thinking very critically. But then, neither is Giacomo.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: I like the silverfish standing on Tip's head and shoulders. Adorable!  Naturally, they had the sense to get the hell out of Dodge when Tip dropped the No Opera Bomb.
Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: Well, at least Tip is working on the solution now.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Aww, I wanted to hear Giacomo say, "I'll moideh da bum!"
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

I suspect there is an entire civilization of mutant creatures down in the basement somewhere who all speak with strong Bronx / Brooklyn accents.  They're probably raccoons.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Also, I am fairly certain there are Mafioso moles, though we're not going to see them soon (if at all).  The concept of Mafioso moles comes from a scrapped early draft of this storyline where everybody was Italian, just, y'know, from different eras and cultures.  So there would be some ancient Roman guys, the Renaissance silverfish, Mafia moles, stuff like that.  I have no idea why I wanted to make everyone Italian.  Do not question me further.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

I swear, everybody's a critic.

Today on the Mad Scientist Wars:

The Demise of the Martian Fleet, and the Invasion Force as Well. Also: New Mad Scientists!
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

@Jeffrey: Of course you wanted everyone to be Italian. Italians rock. See the bit on Cesare yesterday/above. 

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: 'My name is Giacomo, you killed my opera. Prepare to die.'
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: Never, *EVER* come between a silverfish and his/her opera if you know what's good for you...
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

...Suddenly I'm thinking of the book Moving Pictures.

I think Dibbler came between Silverfish and his shows, so... 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: "a giant crazy thing" is how all people should be addressed.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: He's a giant PROFESSIONALLY crazy thing.
Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

No, he's a giant crazy-helping thing. 

I imagine this being said, by the way, in as polite and serious a tone as possible. 

Jane Narbon (lady_madsci) says: Best punchline EVER.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says:

:blink: :blink:
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: The silverfish would rather die for their art, I think.
Jack' Elliott (jackapostrophe) says: I am a giant crazy thing.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: It's the Renaissance take up painting. Things are going to be tough when they invent the electric guitar
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Uh, Giacomo... you're a talking silverfish. You don't have room to be calling anyone crazy.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

People who like Opera ALWAYS have the right to call those who don't crazy, (and vice versa) This is doubly true of Wagner's operas.


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