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Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: "Bastard never wants to hang out."
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Barbie Girl", Aqua)

She's a brainy gal, talking to her pal!
Scientific ... she's terrific!
Patient and aloof, she's waiting on the roof!
Rescue robot ... thinks she's so hot!

She can take off your head,
Though your body is dead,
If you're lucky, you might get your brain back!
She can knock off your socks!
Guitar Hero she rocks!
But for Portal, she'll just take a rain check!

Though she came ... to see you ...
Once the door is open, adieu!

She's a brainy gal, talking to her pal!
Says she will stay ... with him all day!
Robots one thru four, breaking down the door!
Do the smart thing ... she's departing!

Doctor Lee, yeah, nice to see ya!  (ooh ooh ooh!)
Doctor Lee, yeah, nice to see ya!  (ooh ooh ooh!) ...

Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: Since they're robots and Nick is the mechanical one up there, I'm half surprised they didn't go for him, with that description. Granted, he isn't a "chick," but with robots, how would they know? (Although one *is* gay, so maybe they do? *puzzled*)
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

I'd say it's 'cuz Nick is clearly in no need of being rescued.What with he's a helicopter and can fly.

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Unless Pissed-stachio wants to merge with him to achieve nuclear-powered mobility.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Sigh...
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: I think Nike is lonely.
Rob (rrreed) says: I think the current Steadfast Tin Soldier casting is this:
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Nick
  • The Ballerina: Dr. Lee
  • The Little Black Bogey in the Snuffbox: Moustachio Prime
  • The Fish: Tip
"What? Look, somebody's gotta have some damn perspective around here! Boom. Sooner or later… boom!"
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Score one for chivalry.

-1,000 for lack of common sense.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I love the way her shoulders collapse in panel four. :) 
Nate Cull (natecull) says:


(TUNE: "The Roof Is On Fire", Bloodhound Gang)

The roof, the roof, the roof is too chilly
The roof, the roof, the roof is too chilly
The roof, the roof, the roof is too chilly
We don't want you to catch a cold
So warm up by our nuke
Think, Doc Virginia, think!

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Her expression is great too. She doesn't know whether to be worried or just angry. :)
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: Not your brightest moment Tip.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

I don't know.  The roof is still a bad place to be, unless it's a very small device, in which case you may just get to look forward to a lingering death from radiation poisoning instead of a quick one from overpressure or heat.


Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "With A Little Bit O' Luck", Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe)

We all wound up Moustachio this morning,
Although he needs it only once a day!
We all wound up Moustachio this morning, but ...
With a little bitty nuke,
With a little bitty nuke,
Now he says he'll blow us all away!

With a little nuke ... with a little nuke ...
With a little bitty nuke, we're blown away!

He's got the Beni nuclear reactor ...
He told the zombie that it was a pie!
He's got the Beni nuclear reactor, and ...
With a little bitty nuke,
With a little bitty nuke,
I'm afraid he'll blow us all sky-high!

With a little nuke ... with a little nuke ...
With a little bitty nuke, we're blown sky-high!

He's allways been polite and friendly,
But with a little bitty nuke, he's now a kook!

We must be cool and keep our wits about us,
We must stay calm and keep a level head!
We must be cool and keep our wits about us, but ...
With a little bitty nuke,
With a little bitty nuke,
Someone's gonna shout, "Oh s**t, we're dead!"

With a little nuke ... with a little nuke ...
With a little bitty nuke, we're f***ing dead!
With a little nuke ... with a little nuke ...
With a little itsy-bitsy nuke!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: And that's what she was talking about....
P. Ipsum (vitupera) says: A musical filk!  From My Fair Lady!  Oh, be still my heart.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Hey, Tip was being thoughful!   Up on that windy, chilly roof, why, she might have caught her death...

never mind.


OT: In Charlie Stross' "Laundry" occult espionage stories, the department that deals with the zombies on staff is known as Residual Human Resources.  Skin Horse needs that department.

Nick Kosovich (zombieskull88) says: that a second Tip I spy in the background of the last panel? o,o
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ....sigh.
Andy Wetmore (efogoto) says: (TUNE: "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?", Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe)

What I need is to be somewhere
Far away from the blast center,
But now you've called me here,
Oh couldn't you just get a clue?

I was safer before, you see,
But then you went and you "rescued" me,
'The roof is too chilly'?,
Oh couldn't you just get a clue?

Oh you totally are so posi-frickin'-tively THAT
But your thought process is far less organized than a cat's

Here we stand waiting for the end.
Thanks for thinking of me, my friend.
But please, before the end,
oh couldn't you just get a clue?

Get a clue, Scooby Doo.
Get a clue, couldn't you?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: HUGS!
Rob (rrreed) says: Plans that actually make sense? Yes.

Plans that actually work as planned? Not so much.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: HUGS!
Nate Cull (natecull) says: So the cobras first, then the foxes, then the giant rat, the cannibals, the robots, the silverfish, the geese, the zombie heads, the missionaries, the crystalline entities and the grain?
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: HUGS!
Carolyn Chan (hraefn) says: HUGS!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Here's one for Shelby Silvers ...
(TUNE: "A Boy Named Sue", written by Shel Silverstein)

Well, the Navy made Luigi and me,
And Victor too, it was just us three,
We were made for fusing hy-dro-gen;
Then they went and locked us all away,
Said we'd never see the light of day,
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a nuke named Ben ...

I gotta say, it wasn't a lark
Being locked up, all cramped and dark;
Seems as though my time would never come!
'Til a zombie came, who was not too tall,
And ripped my safe right outta the wall,
And hooked me up to that big Thinkonium!

Then we got the people into the hall,
The metal guy said, "Hey, lookie y'all!
I got me some target-rich environments!"
And people stood 'round, saying "What the hey?"
When in there came, to save the day,
Good ol' Shelby, the guy from Maintenance!

Well, that big bald guy knew what to do
With the little robots, 'n' cobras too;
Seems he had a handle on the sitch!
Yeah, he stood firm and he stood tall,
Giving orders to one and all,
Even that four-legged bossy little b[BLEEP]!

Now he said, "The plan is, load up Nick
And start evacuating, quick!"
Then he gave an armful o' snakes to Doctor Lee!
Well, I hope they can't escape their doom,
'Cause if I get triggered, and I go boom,
They'll all be dead ...
 ...Except ... for ... U-know, I don't have the slightest idea, we'll just have to wait and see!

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Guantanamera", English translation by the Sandpipers)

I'm just a man who is trying
To escape Annex One before dying
To ask mutant abominations
To dream of a utopian nation
This life will never be boring
With the snakes on my arm gently snoring

Armload of cobras
I got an armload of cobras
Armload of cobras
Come getcher armload of cobras!

I am just a maintenance technician
Yet the truth is far stranger than fiction
Does the world await our embrace?
Or is it lurking to bite off your face?
Find out: get a hug from my cobras
Careful, they're liable to mob you

Armload of cobras
I got an armload of cobras
Armload of cobras
Come getcha armload of cobras!

They are so gentle and beautiful
Look at their dribbly toothicles
As cute as a truckload of kittens
You (probably) mightn't get bitten
And it's hardly fatal nowadays
If we resequence your DNA...

Aaaarmload o' cobras
Come getcha aaaarmload o' cobras!
Aaaarmload o' cobras
I'm tellin' ya, aaaarmload o' cobras!


Sam Setter (eraser820) says: Thanks Ed, Now i'm gonna be hearing the man in black, ole Johnny Cash singing bout nuclear reactors in that gravely voice of his all day in my head.
Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says: Dammit, Those Cobras are weaponized cuteness. I can't help grinning like an idiot when they come up in the strip. I just wanna squeze them.
smith (memnarch) says: Why am I getting a notification that a trojan was trying to get onto my computer every time I visit here? (screenshot of the warning )
Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: HUGS!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Overly perky snakes. Far more annoying than the overly perky Wal-Mart greeter, or meeting Richard Simmons in person.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: memnarch: I've e-mailed Joey Manley about your concern.  This seems to keep happening, what with Google flagging us and such, and I hope all it is is coincidence or repeated false positives.  I for one would be mortified if people were somehow getting viruses from this comic, but my own scanning software never blips.  Is anyone else having this problem?
rhiannen wyrcat (rhiannen) says: memnarch isn't the only one running into an AV alert. My better half was getting a java trojan alert at work before adware was updated. Sorry, didn't get the exact message.
John Sears (john_sears) says: I'm getting the trojan alerts too, from Avast.  I've seen it intermittently from a lot of webcomic sites, actually.  
V S (vishanth) says: Perhaps it is a conspiracy to get people to stop reading certain webcomics... eh, what's one more evil conspiracy around here?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: I had a reader on my site mention that she also got a java trojan alert.  I forwarded it to J.M. as well.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: I've been sick with the flu for almost three days, all the fun throwing-up/coughing/fever stuff; and damned if the cobras squeeing "HUGS!" didn't make me laugh for the first time in that long. Thankees.

And the robots are wrong; Dr. Lee IS hot.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Okay, the latest from Joey: "I believe the technology team put out the earlier fire, and that this is a new one. They were made aware of it, by me, last night. I believe they are working on it. Long-term answer is to get all WCN imported into the new ComicSpace (and launch the new ComicSpace). I believe we are close to that goal. My apologies."
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: Hug the cobras Dr. Lee.
Rob (rrreed) says: You, Tip, doing your job? This is not going to look good on your annual review…
John Wells (johnwwells) says:

I'm a little concerned that there's no definite 'NO' to the question, "Is my scanning software correct?" I'm getting the warnings too, intermittently.

(To the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad:") 

I've been winding up Moustachio
All the livelong day.
I've been winding up Moustachio
For my mediocre pay.

Can't you hear his guts a-creaking?
Safeties all snapping and released?
Can't you hear the way he's speaking:
you shall be deceased

Bot is gonna blow,
Bot is gonna blow,
Blow us into tiny bi-i-its!
Bot is gonna blow,
Bot is gonna blow,
Guess I'd better call it quits.

Someone got a little officious,
Someone overwound him, I know...
Now we've gotta cope with a vicious
Renegade Moustachio! 

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I doubt it's a false alarm.  I consistently, if intermittently, get this and similar types of trojan warnings from Avast on some webcomics pages.  From the logs it looks like there was a spate of these trojan attacks in November/December, then not much until now.  All little piddling redirect scripts, nothing particularly menacing.   

Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: ...compared to Moustachio, that is.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

I don't know, employing a Doomsday AI as a receptionist is just sort of asking for it, innit?

There once was gent named Mustachio

Who thought the world was his Pistachio

With nuclear impunity

From a girl named Unity

He planned a global Conflagratio! 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@johnwwells: very Wells-done!   

(TUNE: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher", Jackie Wilson)

He's wound!
Tighter and tighter
Than he's ever been wound up before!
Then he says, "Now then, you blighter,
Your pleas for mercy ... I shall ignore!"

    Because he's wound (he's wound up tight you see!)
    Wound up tighter (ex-cru-ci-a-ting-ly!)
    Tighter (fa-tal-ly!)
    Tighter and tighter! (tighter!)

Now once, he was complacent ...
Immobilized, he had no limbs ...
All at once, a chance was his way sent!
Now we soon will all ... be singing hymns!

(repeat chorus)

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Er, I think there's some validity to the warnings... When I loaded the page today, Firefox asked me if I wanted to download a garbage-named PDF, which I definitely do not.
E.A. Poe (theraven) says:

To the tune of "Modern Major General" by Gilbert & Sullivan 

I am the very model of a modern metal killer bot
I've gatling guns and nordenfeldts and spiky things that hurt a lot,
I've been overwound until I sound like Hal from that Kubrick flick
And now I'm radium powered thanks to that zombie killer chick!

Although my lack of limbs has caused some changes in my strategy,
And the lack of coal gas lamps means you aren't all burning savagely.
My aquisition of the radium pie means that you should know
That with some luck (and a bit of pluck) I now can set the world aglow!

So when I figure out how best to use the Beni Pie,
I then can send a blast in which you all will die.
When I can make Skin Horse a place that's REALLY hot.
You'll say there's never been a better modern metal killer bot!

E.A. Poe (theraven) says: By the way. I'm getting those warnings too . . .
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Somehow I would have thought Modern Major General had a lot more stanzas.

And you think Tip is in trouble? Wait until they find out that Unity broke M's winder. 

N B (daveclone7) says: @Andrew Kunz: Yeah, what with Tip and Unity both doing their jobs on the same day, the Union'll be peeved.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: *snicker*
Erin Palette (palette) says:

OK, I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I have to say it.

For one, I pretty much can't stand Unity. It isn't so much her personality (although the "irresponsible, borderline moronic, killing machinein a cute girl's body" concept is a trope that is rapidly becoming cliche') as it is the way that she can quite literally get away with murder and no one seems to give a damn. Unless it's butchery, she is completely incompetent, and no one ever disciplines her for it. I mean, no wonder she's so fricking irresponsible, no one at Skin Horse ever seems to hold her accountable for anything!

And then there's Tip, who does give a damn about his job, tries his best, is frequently the most competent member of the team, and yet throughout this entire storyline, and at least a few previous ("Borrowers" springs to mind), has been made into the strip's butt monkey and is the target of derision by -- you guessed it -- the incompetent Unity and the barely functional Sweetheart. 

Now, I don't want people to think I'm demanding that Shaenon and Jeffrey change their strip. These are their characters, and they have every right to do as they please. I just want to make it known that with each stip of this storyline, I enjoy this comic less and less. I realize this is at heart a comedy but can we please at least mock those who deserve it?

Thank you for letting me rant, and please don't hurt me for expressing my opinion.

Mad Andy (andrew_c) says: IMHO the attack vector is the ads. I got the attempt to download a PDF, so closed FireFox and flushed the cache then restarted FireFox, turned the AdBlock Plus and NoScript extensions on for WebcomicsNation and haven't had a repeat.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

If the ads are the source, it's a problem with Project Wonderful.
Philippa Fearn (pippaf) says: Same hear.  Except HAL is so old Firefox totally crashes out. Only for the first time fortuneatly.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

PW has been very quick to step on advertisers who cause problems on my sites. Better than some other third party agencies who have in the past told me that it is my problem, not theirs. A complaint about a specific ad gets action.

One problem has been that a bad ad can land you on a blacklist and that takes a while to clear up.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says: Steadfast Tin Solider is essentially the plot behind A Fish Called Wanda, isn't it?
John Sears (john_sears) says:

I don't know that we've seen Unity actually *murder* anyone.  She certainly maimed some werewolves but that's hardly the same thing, they usually grow right back.  

I mean, sure, she gives the occasional tooth noogie, but...  

As for Tip's competence I think that's highly situational.  He's a good soldier, and when it comes to neutralizing female opposition he makes Bond look like a lightweight, but he also installed a vicious insane hivemind as the leader of the basement civilizations, and don't get me started on those therapy puppets. 

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: ........How do they even know what a librarian smells like?
Rob (rrreed) says: In a world…

…where the undead walk the Earth—in search of sammiches…

…where dogs can talk—but don't always listen…

…where nuclear holocaust is just the push of a non-existent button away—by a limbless, wind-up automaton of mass destruction…

…comes the movie you thought could would should never be filmed…

SNAKES IN A BLOUSE! Starring Samuel L. Jackson as "Shelby Silvers", Patrick Macnee as "Moustachio", Tia Carrere as "Dr. Virginia Lee", and introducing Regina the Wonderdog as "Captain's Fancy Valentine Sweetheart".
Erin Palette (palette) says: THANK YOU, Shaenon/Jeff, for having Sweetheart acknowledge Tip's competence. I feel better now. :)
Sietse Brouwer (esteis) says: Blouser snakes. Adorable, adorable blouser snakes. And now we understand Dr. Lee's reluctance to escalate things.
Sam Setter (eraser820) says: @ rrreed oh oh oh hey and they can cast Johnny Depp as tip, after all adding shades of Ed Wood couldn't do anything but increase the amount of awesome right??
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says:

He's got more experience in intersapient negotiation than any other human

Any at all

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Erin: Glad we unwittingly predicted and resolved your concern whenever it was we wrote these strips. :) You make some solid points, regardless; yes, it's true that Tip sometimes doesn't get much love from his co-workers. I, for one, always find it interesting how people seem to rush to Tip's defense, while over in Narbonic we're pointing and laughing at poor Dave going HA HA ABUSING NERDS IS FUNNY.

And oddly enough, *it is*.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "House Of The Rising Sun", The Animals)

I got a blouse that's full of snakes,
Right here in Annex One ...
A lot of nerve is what it takes
To not just scream and run!

A voice that's like a little tyke,
Is sounding in my ear!
I hear him say, "It smells just like
Librarian in here!"

Why did I go and volunteer?
They chill me to my bones!
These things, they are my greatest fear,
(Like Indiana Jones!)

So if you want to have some fun,
Then please, for goodness sakes!
Just stay away from Annex One,
And a blouse ... that's full ... of snakes!

E.A. Poe (theraven) says: Hey honey, is that a snake in your blouse or are you just glad to see me?  . . . oh, nope that's just a snake in your blouse . . .
E.A. Poe (theraven) says: By the way Rob, I like your cast, especially Patrick McNee as Moustachio . . . I'd watch it.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Oh, and still no concrete word on the specific vector of the virus attack. What's the commonality? The Project Wonderful ad box has been suggested, but Ed Gedeon reports this problem on "Everyday Heroes", and he's not a PW customer; like us, he is on WCN, though. Does this fit with what people have been noticing?

I still haven't seen squat over here, but I am on NoScript by default.
Louis Richards (nebulousrikulau) says:

Snakes in her blouse?

That would be extra support from the co-bra.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: I laughed AND got the shivers. :)
John Sears (john_sears) says: Well, if this is any help, I just got another one from Avast: File Name: Malware Name: JS:Redirector-BB [Trj]
John Sears (john_sears) says: Hey, it's no longer intermittent too; I get that one every time. Ahh, Avast. How I love you. Also, beating up on Tip is funny. I'm too sleepy to justify that statement but I stand by it nonetheless.
Rob (rrreed) says: @E.A. Poe—Johnny Depp as "Tip" is perfect! And I always image Gavotte speaking with Diana Rigg's voice.

Now, who to get to play Unity...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: No virus, NoScript. Actually, NoScript is only stopping QuantServe...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Now, if Dr. Lee could convince one of the snakes to stay there and be an attack cobra...
Erin Palette (palette) says: Jeffrey: Thanks for not being offended by my little rant earlier. I'm not saying you shouldn't ever go after Tip; I guess I'm saying that it seems like some characters (Unity, I'm looking at you) never ever get picked on or taken down a peg even when it seems like they richly deserve it. I greatly enjoyed seeing Sweetheart get the wind taken out of her sails during Dead Dogs, however.
Diane Castle (deecee) says:

rreed: That movie is just FULL of win!


Although I would cast Mustachio as Jeremy Irons.


What?  Ow!  Okay, it's a bad pun!  Ow!  Stop with the hitting!   Ow!

Rob (rrreed) says: How about Jeremy Irons as "Moustachio Prime"? Then we'd have a good Jekyll and Hyde arrangement.
Scott Malcomson (calbeck) says: Be advised: this came up as a Trojan on accessing the site. Listed as a Redirector. Despite aborting the connection, it downloaded anyway, but my Avast! caught it and let me delete it. Fair warning...shields up, weapons online!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

"It smells like librarian in here!"

I would *SO* buy a T-shirt with that on it!


Rob says: @E.A. Poe—(...) And I always image Gavotte speaking with Diana Rigg's voice.

I prefer Judi Dench: ( )

John Sears (john_sears) says: Oooh yes, Judi Dench as Gavotte, I am totally sold.
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Oh, and still no concrete word on the specific vector of the virus attack. What's the commonality?  

People are reporting the Trojan as being named tiny_mce.js. Wait — Isn't TinyMCE the comment-box editor? This thing I'm typing into right now? You should certainly have Mr. Manley investigate, but it's beginning to smell to me like a false positive, given it seems only one antivirus is complaining.

(idv) says: (Not using the editor, so the formatting on this may be a bit weird.)
It is NOT a false positive.
tiny_mce.js is the rich-text editor here, but it's got obfuscated viral bits prepended to it.
Five levels of javascript unescape() later, it creates an IFRAME linking to
All the js files (and embedded js in html/php files) on the site should be checked for similar problems, and any accounts with access to that file should get a password reset, since you don't know the method of infection. (And TinyMCE should of course be replaced with a clean copy.)
Shaenon, Jeff, I'll be sending Joey a detailed breakdown in a second - do you want a copy?
Rob (rrreed) says: Bureau of Precambrian Defense?

Justin Kane (avatarjk137) says: As long as it doesn't turn into And I Must Scream...
John Sears (john_sears) says: FINALLY someone else who recognizes the immense threat the Precambrian poses! Why do you think it took so long for life to rapidly flourish in the Cambrian, hmm? Think it was just bad atmosphere and poor conditions? Think again. There are horrors in the depths of time, unspeakable terrors that are only whispered of, now, late at night amongst Archaeobacteria deep in the bowels of the earth. Only the Bureau stands between us and the Cthonic horde at the dawn of time.
John Sears (john_sears) says: I keep meaning to ask, but, how do you make formatting work in comments? Html or does it take the blood of a goat?
Cara d(^o^)b (carakaze) says: The blood of a goat.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: HTML, I believe.

But will the BoPD meet Dave Davenport?

Rob (rrreed) says: Of course the Cthonic horde at the dawn of time is miffed—some time-traveling grifter from the 52½ century sold them those time shares in R'lyeh. Not only is it as damp as all get-out, but they can't even get their deposits back because of the water damage to the carpeting.
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Careful, Unity; or Dr. Lee will have to serve you up a heapin' helpin' of "BLUEBERRY WAFFLES!!!"*

*Butter and syrup not included. 

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

(Tune: "Total Control", The Motels)

Chris and Marcie argue
Ira gets a mindwipe
I stole the Colonel's leg, stole the Colonel's leg
Precambrian Defense
Are unstuck in time
Colonel's leg, Colonel's leg
I stole the Colonel's leg

Redline complete pie so sweet
This is System Shock
Yeah this is System Shock
No this ain't System Shock

And I'm overdue
for killing you
Yeah I'm overdue
for killing you


John Campbell (jcampbel) says: The Bureau of Precambrian Defense hasn't never smoked yet.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says:

The Bureau of Precambrian Defense... BPD. :) that alone is awesome. anyhow...

if they were there, this would solve everything. i mean, Burt never goes anywhere without enough firepower to take out three divions of russian troops, and wipe the floor with an outbreak of Graboids.

damn graboids. i know that some people go on about prepareing and being ready for the velociraptors (well, they of course are really afraid of UtahRaptors, but no-one likes utah. so they changed the name.). but for me, i have always been prepared and aware of my defensive situation in reguards to a graboid attack. bloody precambrian asexual monsters.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: They're unstuck in time?

Also, I now have a craving for blueberry pancakes.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "If I Only Had A Brain / A Heart / Whatev ...", Arlen & Harburg)

There goes Ira, looking icky;
Remembering is tricky,
And thinking is a pain!
It's as if he's sedated;
He should be evacuated
'Cause he hasn't got a brain!

Now away we all must hurry,
Because the Colonel's fury
Is like a powder keg!
It's the worst day he's had now,
And he's feeling hopping mad now
'Cause he hasn't got a leg!

Pre-Cambrian Defense,
Is off to plan a coup d'etat!
Virginia's feeling tense,
'Cause she's got snakes ... inside her bra!

So now Unity keeps claiming
That Doctor Lee needs maiming!
(Will Chris and Marcie ship?)
And when Tip's puppets show up,
Hope Moustachio won't blow up
Or we haven't got a strip!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

John Sears:  You need a proper sacrifice for Shub-Internet.  :-)


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  • If there's no selection, the buttons will toggle the current state for each of those, (at the current cursor location).
  • The icons will be boxed when enabled at your cursor location.  
  • There's also boxes for bulleted and numbered lists (which will turn the current paragraph into an entry, like these), and Undo/Redo icons. 
  • If you do a lot of toggling formats on and off you might want to try the little broom to "clean up messy code" (redundant toggles and such).

If you don't have Javascript enabled, you can use HTML -- indeed, AFAIK the only way to insert  a link is to disable Javascript and use HTML.  They used to have a "link" button, but it was weirdly buggy, and I guess they got tired of fielding the complaints.  

Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says:

"There are many things that go slime in the night, Agent Myres, and we are the ones who slime back."

 "Lady, I was gonna respect you, you being a sentient, giant pre-macroscopic  slime mould and all...but now you've just gone NUTS!"

Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: idv: Sure, I don't know if I'll be able to make anything of it, but I like having information. Channing funny thing you get by holding shift and hitting the "2" key powercom period net.
Christopher Heiny (clheiny) says:

"The Bureau Of Precambrian Defense" is made of 100% pure win with awesome sauce on top.


Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: @Ed: I'd give you an internet for that filk, but you probably have so many already that it would collapse the shelf that you keep them on...
Sean McLane (zodo) says: I keep getting that virus warning. I am afraid that I am going to have to stop reading this comic and narbonic for the next week or three, in the hope that in that time you folks get this issue resolved.
Sean McLane (zodo) says: FYI: The address of the item identified as a virus is
Sean Barrett (nothings) says: yay System Shock! (I worked on it a teensy bit)
Rob (rrreed) says: "'Kay, so the Bureau of Precambrian Defense is unstuck in time…"

Chorus: "AGAIN?"
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