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EvilMid nightLurker (emlurker) says: Hm, I wonder if Nick is immune to whatever's going on here...
Rob (rrreed) says: If he's not, and werewolves are involved somehow, Shænon's going to have her work cut out for her drawing a were-Osprey…
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I bet he is immune... of course, being a flying sentient gunboat helichopter thing does that to you.

Hey, new word: "Helichopter"!
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: Nick needs a mobile avatar
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(To the tune of The Carpenters... well, you know)

There was a man, a lonely man
Who lost his body through indifference
Squishy brain-pan, spam in a can
Now his apartment reeks of silence

And Solitaire's the only game in town
His Internet connection has gone down
And by himself he's lost in pure zen --
Red nine goes on black ten

On Windows 3.11 he played the game
On Vista Ultimate it's just the same
He could try Minesweeper but he don't care
He's beating Solitaire

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Ticket To Ride", by The Beatles)

Now Tip went with Sheriff Rome,
They're hitting the sack!
The Guards took Unity home
And gave her a snack!

They're tossing Sweetheart aside,
They're tossing Sweetheart asi-i-ide,
They're tossing Sweetheart aside,
Like they don't care!

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Rob, why did you schwa Shaenon's name? I'm not saying that it's not appropriate, I just never saw anyone with a name that included a schwa. Or an umlat for that matter.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

That's not a schwa, that's my wife!

Um, I mean, that's not a schwa, that's an ash.

Although... despite the very similar appearance of ash to the letters "ae", I never pronounce Sarge's name with the ash.  maybe I'm wrong, though...

Jon W. (kd7sov) says: Andrew: Haven't you ever seen C æsar?  
Rob (rrreed) says: @Andrew, Jeffrey — One tries to save a few bytes of data here and there, and this is the thanks I get. ;)

"A møøse once bit my sister! No realli! She was Karving her initals on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given by Svenge — her brother-in-law — an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist, Fillings of Passion, The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink.
Rob (rrreed) says: We apologise for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible have been sacked.
Rob (rrreed) says: Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti...
shui lung (draconautus) says:

If I were a moose on vacation in Norway, and some damn Norwegian dentist-in-law tried carving her intials on my rump there would be more than moose bites on her carcass . . . Hey, has anyone seen Sir Robin's minstrels lately?

Uh, no . . . 'burrrp!'

Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says: And there was much rejoicing.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I'm known as "Æðelwulf" in some circles.

As Channing says, though, the 'æ' - called æsc, or ash - isn't pronounced like the 'ae' in "Shaenon". "Æð" rhymes with "math"; "Shaen" rhymes, I think, with "brain".

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I assume Sweetheart, engineered as she was to spread Canadian dominance over the globe, caught the Rush reference?

Izzat Nick's mezuzah by his door in panel two?

Rob (rrreed) says: Gary Larson solved that little problem a few years ago. *Rimshot*
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: Apparently Nick reads Megatokyo.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Well. Somehow, I get the feeling those two are safer than Tip and Unity put together.

OK, now I just got the image of Tip and Unity put together. Not a pretty sight.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: So It Begins: Depends on if they're put together Tip's way or Unity's way.
Bauke Schildt (tephlon) says: @soitbegins: but Unity is already put together... Wait. ooooooh...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann)

Sweetheart's sad and soggy,
She's had an awful day ...
Nick's out standing in his field
(But not in a good way) ...
Unity is snacking,
Tip's eating at the "Y" ...
Might as well open your door, Nick,
'Cause you can't get the damp Wi-Fi!

Oh, holy sleet!
Hey, what the fog!
You've not smelled nothin'
Like the sad Snow Dog!

Matthew Mather (madtinkerer) says:

Wait... How does Nick have a collection of Magic cards? Did he have them before he became a cyborg? Why would he keep them after he became a cyborg?

Surely any analog gaming devices (cards, books, dice) would have to be scanned in and/or converted to their digital equivalent for Nick to, you know, pick them up and use them.

Or maybe he just finds the presence of his collection comforting.

In any case, I bet he has subsciptions to WotC's and SJGames' online gaming services and a ridiculously comprehensive Steam account.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Nick just gets one of the other gamers to hold his hand of cards up in the air without looking at it themselves, and his internal cameras do the rest of the work.

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says:

You know, I would imagine that someone could probably design Nick some little robotic arm-thingies for his cockpit, which would help with that problem too.

Not that I'm speculating or anything. I just think Nick would look amusing with little arm thingies.

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Neither way gives him a great deal of dignity, but in case you haven't noticed, preserving dignity isn't exactly Job One here in the writing stable.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: And you would think Nick comes with his own satellite dish.
Rob (rrreed) says: If Skin Horse is on a really tight budget (something that's hard to tell between the 150-year-old mechanical receptionist that just needs daily winding and the multi-billion dollar cyborg Osprey's fuel and maintenance expenses), Nick could always get a relatively cheap satellite modem installed, provided he's willing to live with a 9.6kbps connection when he's not in WiFi or 3G range.
Rex Schrader (saintpeter) says:

@jcambel -

I'm not getting the Rush reference.  What did you think it was?

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Geez, I'm chatty on the comment section today. Rob, Nick's just being colloquial here. He is in fact equipped with satellite Internet, but, as has been mentioned, there's some crazy magnetospheric crap going on that's making satcom very unreliable. Not that this will, y'know, be important or anything.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: The ionosphere is pretty dynamic at best and has a smaller effect on higher frequencies, but in periods of high solar activity the auroral oval over Alaska can become so "bubbly/churny" that trying to put a satellite signal through it becomes analogous to trying to look through a moving coke bottle while mildly inebriated.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Nick buys stuff off eBay. It's often stuff he doesn't need or can't really use, which, I admit, makes him radically different from everyone else who buys stuff off eBay.

He's probably gotten even worse about it since becoming an aircraft. He didn't have a steady job when he was human and had to really save up to buy useless crap.

Hey, everybody! I'm in Tokyo! How crazy is that?
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Rex: "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" is a song from the 1975 Rush album Fly By Night. Nick apparently likes his Canadian prog-rock references old-school.

Since Sweetheart is clearly the Sad Dog in Snow Snow Dog, that'd leave Unity to be "By-Tor, knight of darkness, centurion of evil". I can see it.

Amy Fiori (amy82986) says:

Well, he did say he was listening to Fly by Night in his LJ.  Must have had it on the brain...dashboard?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yeegads! You know how strong that stuff is, right?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Crossover thought...would Tip look stunning in the dress Helen Narbon is wearing to her high school reunion?
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: And just how is Sweetheart expecting to open that bottle, much less drink from it?
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: So how does Swetheart get the top off? Gonna have to bite on the cap really hard to unscrew it.
Terry Smith (wcfan) says:

Isn't that stuff 80% alcohol or some such?

And, opposable thumbs would come in handy right now...

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

Hey, Shaenon, bring back pocky! (or pics of those Super Toliets I heard about on last week's Wait Wait...)

It has occurred to me many times now that what Nick really needs is the holographic technology of, like the Doctor from Voyager.

And do we really want to see a drunk dog?

Myrddin ap Taliesin (myrddhin) says: Is it safe to bet that Sweetheart's hang-over cure is hair of the dog?
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I have one of those toilets in my hotel room RIGHT NOW. I cannot believe all the years I've wasted sitting on an unheated toilet seat like a chump.
Laura P. (madcatofmars) says:

The point is.  The point is. The point I am trying to make is Tintin.  Kind of graphic.  Nononono, s' comic.  Your actual comic.  Something about cereal.  Whatever.  The point is.  The *point* is.  His dog.   Icestorm.  Santa.  Smashy.  Lots of Snowy.  That's my point.  Got shamsed.  Waster.  Got really snowed in.  Whole damn comic full of drunken dogs.

Robin Zimmermann (packbat) says: wcfan: According to ... Beschreibung Obstbrand aus vergorener Kirschenmaische, der nach dem Brennen und Herabsetzen auf Trinkbrandstärke rund 43 Volumenprozent Alkohol aufweist. ...which to me sounds like 'only' 43% volume fraction.
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

I suppose Sweetheart could manage to break the bottle, and then lap up the spilled booze.  (Which was generally how Snowy got drunk, after all.)  It's not very dignified, but that issue's already been addressed.

43% is 86 proof, which is high (most spirits are 70 proof) but not all that high.  (The bar I work at used to sell Booker's bourbon, which ran as high as 130 proof.  And, I was told, was like drinking paint thinner.) 

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: Nice Good Omens reference. (If I'm right. Been too long beween reads)
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Oooh, heated toilet seats. Does it come with a push in cup holder like in that SNL parody about the Infinity Q45 toilet?
shui lung (draconautus) says: If Sweetheart is like my dog, she can just chew the cap off and guzzle the contents.  And then puke all over Nick's interior . . .
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: You know, another thought just crossed my mind: if Marcie drank while playing D&D, does that mean there's an D&D drinking game somewhere out in the internet? (If the halfling thief successfully charms the female red dragon from indifferent to helpful, everyone else chugs.)
Sam Setter (eraser820) says: Ah HA! At last the true plan of this story arc has been revealed.  It's a conspiracy to progressively strip sweethart of her team/friends and turn her into an alcholic which is all a setup for an "Intervention: Skin Horse Edition" series of comic strips.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: I was thinking we were going more Survivor: Pretty Good White North edition.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says: I'm not sure if this joke is more disturbing or less disturbing when it's this gender-confused.
shui lung (draconautus) says: Told you she'd get that cap off with no problem ;)
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Told you she'd get that cap off with no problem ;)

 We don't know how much time has passed between the two comics. For all we know it took sweetheart 3 hours to get the cap off. :P

Either way, I think we're gonna have a drunk doggie on our hands soon.

Typhin Reynard (typhin) says:

Either way, I think we're gonna have a drunk doggie on our hands soon.

Yes, my Tip x Sweethart slash fics will finally have justification!  ^_~

Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: "justification"? "Rationalization" might be the word you were reaching for.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: In a drunken rage, Sweetheart will admit the time she had that one night stand with Paris Hilton's chichiuaua, and that she was behind that evening when all of the dogs got loose at the Westminster Dog Show pre-event and the next thing you know, John Hurley was found torn to shreads.
Kaesa Aurelia (kaesa) says:

Yes, my Tip x Sweethart slash fics will finally have justification!

That's hetfic; she's only got booze.  For slash with those two you'll need Narbon's FDA Disapproved Genderswap Mints.

James Rice (jhrice) says:

It's obvious who wears that pants in that relationship.


Anders Smith (mrsitouh) says: How long have you been waiting to use that line, James, and how many other people are cursing your name for beating them to the punch?
M. Alan Thomas II (crazydreamer) says:

What? James spiked the punch? Punch him!

. . . I have no good puns for this situation.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker* Ah, poor Tip.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot)

Sitting in the dining room and sipping zinfandel,
Watch the zombie have a little nosh ...
Meanwhile, back at Julie's, Tip lets out an anguished yell,
"No exfoliating body wash!"


Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Between Lotions, Creams, Butters, Bars, Scrubs, Gels, Eau de Toilette, Mists, and Splashes I can't tell what's for body and what's for shampoos anymore. (And that's just the Bath and Body Works stuff.)
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: (Confession: I'm a sucker for the Mango Mandrin, Lemongrass, or the Warm Vanillla Sugar fragerances.)
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: I've stopped unloaded groceries for my wife.  Half the stuff I think are low-fat oils or  organic spice blocks are shampoo and soap.  Salads seasoned with fresh-ground herbal exfoliating skin balm block taste like crap.
Ray Dillinger (bear) says: The really nice thing about the trend towards fru-fru cosmetics is that it's engendered a support industry that sells ingredients. This enables me to buy both completely unscented plain soap (in five-kilo blocks that I cut apart myself) to actually use, and vials of scent to dump into the ventilation intakes and drive my coworkers crazy.
James Rice (jhrice) says:

       Anders Smith,  I wish I could say I'd been planning it, but the truth is, it just popped into my head as I read Friday's strip.  

Let's schedule the stoning for Monday. if that's good for the rest of you. 

Back to the comic, note in panel two, the guard is wearing a heavy turtleneck sweater, and the lady behind him is wearing a sleeveless gown.   Something fishy is going on here.

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Ray: I take it they didn't like the chocolate mocha scent?
shui lung (draconautus) says: Certainly there's something fishy going on.  He's obviously a Pisces and works for scale. But you can bet your last sand dollar, if he tries anything really fishy, Unity will fillet his sole. I think they're starting the kareoke-Unity's going to sing "Like a Sturgeon." Are these puns making anyone crabby? Give me a fin and I'll stop . . .
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: shui, stop. You're giving me a haddock.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: I mean, really, this is neither the tide, nor the plaice.
NigaiAmai Yume (nigaiamai_yume) says:

Yep, werewolves.

I hope Tip has a tasteful silver anklet...

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:


No, there wolf, where castle?


The Auld Grump 

eNoob (boonead) says: So tip has met his match, eh?
Eve Elliott (stroth) says: You know, this raises an interesting question. Has Tip worked at Skin Horse long enough that he wouldn't be bothered by his partner turning into a werewolf mid-coitus? Because that point will be reached eventually and if it has already, this this conversation may be far more interesting than we realize.
Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

Hey, you only need silver if you want to kill 'em.  I'm not seeing a need so far.


Besides, based on the evidence they could just as easily be Were-Canadians.  Remember, "Even a stockbroker cold in heart who drinks apple martinis at three, may be come a Canuck when the hockey playoffs start and the Moosehead Lager flows free!" 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah. First panel fore-shadowy?
ribbles (ribbles) says:

Wait, does Tip travel with his own kimono?  Wouldn't put it past him...

Also, any theories on that band on lady cop's right upper arm?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow)

Her name was Julie!
Lived in Alaska!
There in the town of Paradise,
Ev'ryone was spooky-nice!

Then she met Wilkin!
Thought he was bishy!
And the fun just didn't stop
With this sexy lady cop!

Tip said, "It's won-der-ful!
You're such an an-i-mal!"
But he'd better beware, she's bitchy
When the moon gets full!

    She's a werewolf!
    So young and fair-wolf!
    Curvaceous with long flowing hair-wolf!
    So be-ware-wolf!
    Better take care-wolf!
    Hot sex and cider
    Are just used to hide her!
    She's a werrrrre-wolf!
    (Or maybe not ....)


Bauke Schildt (tephlon) says: Dammit Ed, Now I'm stuck with Copacabana in my head for the rest of the day.... (You're too good at this.)
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

Damn it, I was off by six panels in the use of handcuffs on Tip!

Bravo, Ed! Encore! Encore!

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: Possibility of them moving from mere distraction of Skinhorse to incapacitation? Or is that pretty much a given with the inappropriate use of police restraints?
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Looks like we're heading for a Paradigm Shift crossover... :-)


David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: I'm pretty sure that "armband" is a tattoo -- I've seen such before.
Q. Pheevr (q-pheevr) says: In the first panel, I thought Tip might be talking to Sweetheart on the phone.  Given the position of Tip's right hand, and the fact that Sweetheart is, after all, an animal who sometimes does amazing things, it seemed like a nice setup for <a href="">one of these</a>.
Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: Cider for breakfast?  A bit early for alcohol surely?  If of course it is the morning and they just “slept in”.
Sor Cyress (sorcyress) says: Hey now, us under 21s recognized that cider doesn't have to have boozahol in it. It's perfectly valid that they're drinking non-alcoholic cider as their breakfast. 
Dusty Sayers (jadusty) says:

As far as it goes, though, John Adams (before, during, and after his presidency) drank hard cider with breakfast every day, just as he'd learnt to do at Harvard.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

It's late afternoon. That was just a warmup.
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