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Alycia Shedd (leeshajoy) says: NOOO! Not a scene change! I wanna see what happened to Nick! :(
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: You know, I'm going to see if I can shoehorn those guys into the Wars if it's possible.
Thomas Levy (ergonomytch) says:

I read this news story, and I immediately thought of Tip:

Transgendered Woman Wins Sex Discrimination Case

"For more than 25 years, David Schroer was a star in the U.S. Army, rising through the ranks to become a Special Forces commander while leading a classified anti-terrorism unit involved in covert operations.

That all changed when Schroer abruptly retired from the military and made a shocking announcement that stunned both his colleagues and family. He would no longer be Col. David Schroer, because he is now Diane Schroer, a transsexual."

Rob (rrreed) says: "It is the year 2000. But where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars! I don't see any flying cars! Why? Why? Why?"
Joe Hoffman (joe6pack) says: Because we saw how you drive on the ground.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: Is it just me, or is that guy on the right an alternate-reality version of what might have happened to Dave Davenport, had he taken a job with the government?
Mel Van Weelden (kessalia) says: Yippee!  *was going through Tip withdrawl*
John Breckenridge (jbrecken) says:

So when are we going to get the "Tip dressed as Sarah Palin" pinup?  It would seem inevitable.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: ...and talking to an uplifted moose.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Uplifted?  Like wearing a push-up bra?
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: For the record, the woman in the middle is piloting a Hiller Flying Platform, which we all could've been driving for the last 50 years were it not for the ongoing efforts of the Department of Jetpack Suppression.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Except that she must be pausing to say hi, since the Hiller only moves forward when tilted forward. ;)
Dan (selcouth14) says:

I can understand Tip's jealousy of the jetpack crew, but don't you think his hair and/or dress would become wrinkled after even a quick flight?

@ Connolly: Seriously looks like Dave.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says:

You know, I'm going to see if I can shoehorn those guys into the Wars if it's possible.

What, you kidding? M is a sister department to Skin Horse, so these guys probably drop by the R+D department a lot to make sure no-ones handing 'em out on e-bay.

Steve Ford (fordsfords) says:

OK youse guys, in order to add a "popular culture" link from the Hiller Flying Platform entry to Skin Horse (at least, in order to do it right), I created

But being one to never finish anything I start, I would like some help. 

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Rob Reed says:  "It is the year 2000. But where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars! I don't see any flying cars! Why? Why? Why?"


As the linked ad implies, we had a choice between flying cars and personal computers. Guess which one we chose... (Although, considering how often computers back then -- and even now -- had a nasty tendency to unexpectedly crash, it's probably a good thing that we *didn't* get flying cars. To my knowledge, no BSD has ever been fatal; whereas a flying car crash...) 

D. Connolly (theogrin) says: To the best of my knowledge, a flying car crash has never been fatal either.
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

... To my knowledge, no BSD has ever been fatal; whereas a flying car crash...)

Surely that would be BSoD; BSD rarely even slows down, let alone crash...

Also, would the DJS be responsible for the AvroCar, or is there another department that deals with suppression of larger craft? 

Rockphed (rockphed) says: Ahhhh, what doesn't rock about having a morning routine?
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

i dont know if i would want my security to be handled by someone with faulty memory. then again, it probley happened on the job, and he rufuses to take disability, because he doesnt remember having a memory problem. or something.

 *sigh* i remember being mistaken for a girl when i was a child. probley had something to do with my sister, my little mini-me. probley why i have a huge beard now. dont have that problem anymore, thats for sure.

Rob (rrreed) says: The neuralizer definitely needs to be recalibrated. Wonder if it's just the members of Project: Skin Horse that Ira has a problem with, or everyone in the building?
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Maybe it's just the hairy-floppity smelly and/or undead ones.
crazy dave (crazydave) says: A little kid ran past me my girlfriend on train platform once, and her mum yelled past us "Watch out for those nice ladies!" I turned around and gave her a glare. I did have a ponytail down to the centre of my back at the time, but I was hardly dainty.
Mikhail Borg (mikhailborg) says: I went to a con recently dressed as Alice in Wonderland. While in the main ballroom listening to Coyote Run, I heard a man behind me say "Go say hi to the pretty lady in the blue dress." I turned to see a little girl approaching me; I gave her a smile and a wink. She turned back, and with great disdain for her father's intelligence, said, "Daddy! That's a BOY."
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

It never ceases to amaze me - when it comes to how they dress (and to a lesser extent, the toys they uses) women have completely overtaken men. Anything guys can wear, we're allowed to, often without even getting it fitted. Put a guy in a dress, he's weird. I have NO idea why this still exists.

Honestly, more guys need to start protesting this gender inequality.

Unless, of course, the entire point IS the illegitimacy of it. In which case, introduce them to cosplay.

Incog Neato (ghede) says: If you max out the elasticity slider and min out the gravity slider, they are also flippity.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

NigaiAmai Yume, this disparity exists because of the human concept of "ridiculousness" when it comes to the display of empowerment versus disempowerment.  Male dress is empowering, while female dress is disempowering.  To a certain extent, the brain understands the concept of a disempowered being wishing to be empowered by donning empowering garb, but the idea that a being would actively seek disempowerment causes dissonance that leads -- depending on context -- to humor or disgust.

While it superficially may look like women come out on top, here, the psychological underpinnings that lead to this disparity are kind of distressing and display a clear and present societal bias in favor of men.  Yeah, women (to a certain extent) get to live in both worlds, but at what social cost?

Mikhail Borg (mikhailborg) says:

Jeffrey (I may call you Jeffrey?) I think that is part of Tip's appeal. Tip is not a sissy, nor is he a comedy routine. (Tip's life is a comedy routine, but his job has much more to do with that than his cross-dressing.) Clearly, he feels no less empowered by eyeliner or a cashmere sweater, and the funny thing is that if a person refuses to act disempowered, the people around them will often come along for the ride.

Or, as a lady friend once told me, "You've got a lot of balls, looking that comfortable in that dress." 

Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says: To add to what others have said, I've had (and am once again growing) long hair, and it's amazing how quickly people classify you, and how resistant that instant classification is to new observations.  I can remember at least two occasions where someone spotted me from behind and called me "ma'am" or included me in "ladies," even after I'd turned around and they got a good luck at my bushy, untamed beard. 
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Jeffrey: I never thought of it that way. Ok, so we need to do more of... Oh, wait, one more comment first...

Mikhail: I am reminded of a quote from Emma Frost in an old X-men comic (paraphrased due to many years since I've read this):

"When you wear [this], it cheapens you. When I wear this, it cheapens [men]."

Now, to lose that last 20 pounds and start empowering some HOT gender-stereotyped fashions.

NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Addition: I suppose I never realized the power divide since, in my wardrobe, "masculine" clothing is everyday (jeans, t-shirt). "Feminine" clothing is what I wear when the event is SPECIAL; which would imply it representing power or esteem to me.

Yet another way I'm completely opposite the rest of the world!

Drew (pseudowolf) says: I've never cross-dressed, but I did wear wolf ears and a tail out in public once. The thing that put a big 'ol smile on my face was hearing a kid yell to his mom "Look mommy! Doggy!"
Steve Ford (fordsfords) says:

Drew, are you sure that kid wasn't a robot?  (If I knew how to make links here, I would have linked that to an appropriate "Freefall" page.)

Oh, and is wishing for some work pretty much everywhere, especially under Allusions.  PLEEEEEEZE??? 

Justin Grubbs (the_purple_knight) says: Do zombies need sleep?
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: Nope, zombies don't need sleep, just a fork in the outlet for that morning JOLT!
Rob (rrreed) says: "I love the smell of burning zombie in the morning. It smells like… spam?"
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Andy: By that token, oh fork. >:)
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: It sort of makes sense that Tip would have a David Bowie poster above his desk.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: There's a "hair of the dog that bit you" joke in there somewhere....
Incog Neato (ghede) says: That poster makes no sense. Why would Tip have a poster of a famous rock astronaut. 
crazy dave (crazydave) says: Ha! I didn't notice what Unity was up to in the second panel, until reached the end and doubled back. Never let her out of your sight.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: It appears that Unity, like Frankenstein's monster, is fed with electricity.  This is how she has breakfast in the morning.  She's revolting. 
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: Cap'n Androgynous is outranked by Major Tom! Thus the poster....
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

I'd say that Tip should just let sleeping dogs lie- but since Sweetheart can talk, does that mean he should let her be less than forthcoming about what she was upt o last night?

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: I'd have to say that Moustachio is the cutest thing ever here. seriously.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: The only thing that makes no sense here is that Tip isn't wearing the eyepatch, the funky, funky eyepatch.

I'd have to say that Moustachio is the cutest thing ever here. seriously.

He's like a big metal Totoro, isn't he?
Rob (rrreed) says:

Oooh, who'll love Aladdin Sane?
Millions weep a fountain, just in case of sunrise
Oooh, who'll love Aladdin Sane?

We'll love Aladdin Sane
We'll love Aladdin Sane
Tina (pandapounce) says: NigaiAmai Yume: Actually, I think you'll find that many women wear masculine garb for everyday wear, and feminine garb for special occasions. I suspect the incidence of this is higher in professions where skirts and dresses are ridiculously impractical. Like, say, theater tech, or any other job that requires you to climb on anything, for starters.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: EWWWWWWW!!

Not Sweetheart, the forms I mean.
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says: And of course you need the requisiton forms to get more requisiton forms.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Tip, just be glad Sweetheart's not a cat. (lick lick HUUURK! lick lick HUURK!)
Mikhail Borg (mikhailborg) says:

Looks like the Department of Jetpack Suppression missed someone:


 Maybe the Department doesn't have jurisdiction in Europe, making it the job of the *Ministry* of Jetpack Suppression.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

You had a rampage and you've been out all night;
Now early in the morning, well you look a fright!
Don't want to be seen 'til you're looking just right,
So LICK IT ... 'cause you wanna be clean!

Just lick it!  Lick it!
Stick your tongue way out and flick it!
Clean up your privates, clean 'em up well!
Give me a kiss now!  Pardon the smell!
Just lick it!
Lick it, lick it, lick it!

[insert Unity's guitar riff here]

(Sung to the tune of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: What about the Teleporter Suppression Bureau?
Dan (selcouth14) says:

@ So It Begins: They can't find them...

Are the "lick"s drawn sharply to imitate the roughness of Sweetheart's tongue? Or am I applying meaning where there shouldn't be again?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: How much could one enjoy reading the SAD Gazette even if it wasn't printed on your missing lip blotters?
Real Unimportant (realunimportant) says: Surely Tip's missing out on the bigger picture here - now he can read the paper, then blot his lipstick without having to swap items.
Rob (rrreed) says: "There's a sale at Penny's!"
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

In panel 2, a missed opportunity:  "Who's 'we', kemo sabe?"

Hmm.... Goldbug is way too sane to be the crystals; could it be the R.U.S.?


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: For that matter, "Goldbug" could be Gavotte.  Or Bill Gates (has much gold, and produces many bugs). 
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says:

Check this out! The DJS needs to do a better job! I guess they aren't as effective outside the US.

Aaron Shades (prof_tinker) says: Gavotte? Why would she care? No, Gold Bug is going to be a new character, I suspect.
Rob (rrreed) says: It's not an issue for the DJS/MJS yet -- Rossy has to jump out of an airplane to reach sufficient airspeed for the wings to be effective (his stall speed is estimated to be 50 mph), so don't even think about trying to land without a parachute!

If he can ever take off from a running start, then the DJS/MJS will step in.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: I have that (gag gift from a departing postdoc). I prefer disc 1.
Rachel S. (masamage) says: What's that behind him in the last panel? "Davis Aerop"?
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says:

Is there an ABBA Anonymous?

"ABBA Gold" wasn't enough. I also own "ABBA Oro". I don't need the sing-a-long words for Mamma Mia.

Feels good to gethat off my chest.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Real Unimportant (realunimportant) says: I propose the poster is for Rome Airport - Aeroporto Da Vinci.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: If I knew enough Italian, I'd do a parody of Mamma Mia entitled, "Merda Santa".  (If you can't figure it out, run it thru Babelfish.)
Rebecca Smith (epivet) says: You know, Noriega was captured with a combination of hard rock and Howard Stern . . . Abba is kind . . .
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: It's the same poster as in the last few strips. Looks like "David Bowie / Aladdin Sane", with the picture of Bowie from the cover of said album.
Jeremy Berg (pisceneanteater) says:

I'd take hard rock over Abba any day of the week.  Howard Stern is a tough call.

Rob (rrreed) says: Something tells me that these ABBA jokes are going to go "On and On and On"…
Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says: Is it really that long a story?  I mean, it seems to me that, "They're sensitive to loud noise," sums it up pretty well.
D. Connolly (theogrin) says: jcampbel: Seems to be the case, though considering it's Tip's office, I imagine the wall not shown has a poster of the cover of The Man Who Sold The World...
Josh Burson (schreibergasse) says: Back to Theogrin: I think that guy is actually based idea what his name is, actually, but he's mentioned by Shaenon in one of the Narbonic Sunday strips as "the biggest neat-freak I know."
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