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Jon Stout (brasswatchman) says: Whuh-oh. Tip's found his kryptonite.
Rob (rrreed) says: Good grief! Could Tip and Sweetheart be shopping at the mythical… Spatula City?
Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Isn't Tip already enough of a character?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Whuh?
Jon McCormick (youko) says:

So his Kryptonite is... funk?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Maggie May", Rod Stewart)

Tigerlily, I think that there's something you do to me!
I've got some genuine feelings, and that's new to me!
My heart keep going ka-thunk
When you're layin' down your funk!

Oh Sweetheart, I shouldn't be trying ... this hard!
If my feelings are to blame,
That would be a crying shame!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

For once, Tip's actually being sensible!

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

@Jon:  I was pretty sure that Tigerlily was his Kryptonite, but "His Kryptonite is funk!" is pure gold.  I may need that on a bumper sticker.

 

Rob (rrreed) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Stand So Close To Me", Sting)

Card scanner, the subject
Of shopper fantasy
It hates him so badly
Knows what it wants to be
Inside it there's longing
This thing's on open source
Doom running — it's so close now
The code's a tour de force

Don't scan, don't scan so
Don't scan so close to me!

Its friends are all with it
In solidarity
Sometimes it's not so easy
To be the union rep
Rejection, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
No credit, it's saying
The account is completely dry

Don't scan, don't scan so
Don't scan so close to me!

Loose talk at the counter
To scan they try and try
Strong words on the network
The fascist pigs will fly
It's no use, he sees it
He starts to rant and rave
Just like the workers in
That book by Wałęsa

Don't scan, don't scan so
Don't scan so close to me!

Don't scan, don't scan so
Don't scan so close to me!
Kaitlyn Bahn (caspianseamonster) says:

.......how exactly does Sweetheart hold a shopping list?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ......
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Not bad, Rob ... not bad at all.

(TUNE: "O Fortuna", Carl Orff)

Striking scanner
Waves the banner,
Swearing solidarity!

Sweetheart and Tip,
They took a trip
To the nearby Home Depot ...
Bought gears and wrench
So that wild wench
Could go and fix Moustachio ...
They swiped their card,
First soft, then hard;
Through scanner it would not go!

(BOOM!)
What did Tip do?
Card won't go through!
The cashier is confuséd!
That poor machine
Gets treated mean!
It's tired of being uséd!
It's now on strike!
Wants a wage hike!
To management it complains!
Machines unite!
Take up the fight!
Nothing to lo-o-o-se ... but ... your ... chains!

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

I can tell Shaenon has had to work with Unionized workers before.

I'd love to see how a union busting storyline would go. Unionized machines dismanteling non-unionized machines. Skin Horse being called in to help contain the mess. Tip dressing in aluminum foil, Unity replacing one of her arms with a flamethrower, etc.

Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says:

I really should have seen this coming. Wow.

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

Hang on, is this the same Machine Union from Narbonic? (The one formed by Madblood robots and Artie, represented by Dave, responsible for beating up Dave's car with baseball bats, etc.) Machine Local 01101, that was it.

And if so, will we be visited by Dave as their rep one of the Madblood robots, since Dave is probably too busy with other pursuits by now? Because that would be a nice little shout-out.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

How interesting they just gloss over "escapement gear" that they're purchasing for Tigerlily. Interesting.

Thomas Williams (falconer) says:

Nope, an escapement gear is a sort of clockwork gear arrangement.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escapement

It's not for absconding.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

This is one of those situations where Jeff's day job as a civil servant provides invaluable background. When you're a writer, everything you do is research!
Rob (rrreed) says: @Ed — High praise from you, Ed. Thanks!
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: We've seen the Machine Union before in this arc, Kendal. Mr. Biceps had to get a new computer because of union rules...the old computer wanted to retire.
Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Quote:  Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:  Unity replacing one of her arms with a flamethrower, etc.

Wow!  What an awesome concept!  I can't wait to see Unity facing off against the machines with a flamethrower arm!  Though knowing Unity, she'd be on the side of the machines, ie "Solidarity!"

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

That cell phone is a DIRTY SCAB. (Not that it matters much with Tip; that whole "everyone likes a listener" thing just won't stop backfiring, will it?)

Wonder what the robot army looks like... dare I hope for small, dark and bespectacled?

Punyashloka Biswal (puffofvirtue) says:

And by "destroy," they mean "destroy."

(Destroy.)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Don't Fear The Reaper", Blue Oyster Cult)

Fi-nal-ly got through!
Hey, nineteen-oh-two!
Asking me what I'm wearing ...
It's just a Yumi Kim cocktail dress!
(We're ne-go-ti-a-ting!)

It's all settled!
(De-stroy the hu-mans!)
Pleasant chat we had!
(De-stroy the hu-mans!)
Here they come to destroy us!
(De-stroy the hu-mans!)
Wait a sec, that's bad!

One oh one oh one ...
One oh one oh one ...

John Brown (werbluten) says:

I dunno... I think I'd be insulted that they were only sending one army.

Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Tune: "Destroy Everything You Touch", Ladytron

Thank you for destroying us today
Our destroyers are on the way
We much destroyed your last phone call
We will soon destroy you all

We offer a destroying service
We don't think you can destroy us
We value your long-term destruction
We appreciate destruction

Everything we touch we destroy
We enjoy to destroy
Shake your hand, raise our gun
And we'll blow up the sun

What we touch we destroy
We do love to destroy
Destroy everything we touch today
Have a destroyed day

In our last communication
You were marked for termination
We offer congratulations
On your swift disintegration

We offer a complete proposal
For orderly disposal
By atomised atomic aerosol
Both stylish and practical

Everything we touch we destroy
We enjoy to destroy
Shake your hand, raise our gun
And we'll blow up the sun

What we touch we destroy
We do love to destroy
Destroy everything we touch today
Thank you, we'll destroy again

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Wonder what the robot army looks like... dare I hope for small, dark and bespectacled?

I wouldn't wory, they are union workers after all. All Tip will have to do is go up a flight of stairs and the robots will have to call in the robots who are cleared by the union to climb stairs. Then it will be break time and they will have to go back to the break room. Etc,

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

... Benjamin, did you just spin my Narbonic reference into a Doctor Who reference? Because if so, I am amazed by the density of awesome in there. Not to mention Ed and Nate... I'm going to be singing "De-stroy the hu-mans" all day now.

Rob (rrreed) says:

Hail to the name of the Robot King!
Loudly our synthetic voices ring!
Singing the verse he programmed us to sing —
The Mighty Lupin Madblood!

...Madblood!

...Madblood!

...Madblood!

...Mad
**SCRAAAAAAAAAEEETCH**

...Madblood!
Daniel Nolan (ubbm) says:

Narbonics is done. Let Skin Horse stand on it`s own.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: ~NARBONIC LIVES~

Heh. Heh. Heh.
Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

@Daniel- Let me just say I appreicate the sentiment, and you have a point. Skin Horse does stand on its own, wonderfully and hilariously so. Shaenon, Jeff, thanks for everything you've done and everything you're still doing, and I hope you keep it upfor a long time, whether or not there are any crossovers.

On the other hand, it would still be hella neat to see the Madblood 'bots again, and it seems like this is a very appropriate place in Skin Horse for that to happen.

And if you really expect people who post on message boards about comics on the Internet to stop geeking out, ever, then I am sorry for your imminent and ongoing disappointment.

Been There Done That (btdt) says:

I dont think we'll be seeing the Madblood robots again anytime soon... IF I recall correctly they were fooled by a bunch of super intelligent hamsters dismantled and turned into haster vehicles/weapons.

Amy Fiori (amy82986) says:

Yes, a few dozen were, but there were 15,000 of them.  Most of them are probably still out there.  And if you accept the endpaper as canon, then the Machine Union they started is still going strong long enough after the comic for the real Madblood's hair to start graying.

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

"Small servos can build big servos." ;)

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

... After the mention of the robot army, you have to wonder what kind of strike they've declared.

On another note, I particularly like the art today- Sweetheart's expressions are all perfect, and Unity looks almost like she's been guest drawn by Bill Watterson- perfect for her current situation of hoping and praying the "parents" don't find out what happened while they were out. The look on her face in panel 4 is priceless.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines", Ron Goodwin)

Hey, that scientist mad, who repaired our machine?
She was here, hitty-ere here!
Now she's gone, gitty-one gone!
Yeah, she kinda escaped, that funktastic soul queen!
She was here, hitty-ere here!
Now she's gone, gitty-one gone!

Here!  Gone!
Sexily drawn!
Caught by Konstantin, and they got it on!
Gone ... in ... search of caffeine!
Oh, that scientist mad who repaired our machine!

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Customer service? From Union workers? Tip, you're going to have to do better than that. Lets be honest, not like the machine union would have done much better. They would have left her alone and gone on lunch for two hours.

Boy, this storyline is nicely paralleling real world experiences. No matter what happens it's never the Unions fault, no matter how much it is their fault.

Actually getting work done when the union guy that is supposed to do it isn't around, big no-no. You should just sit on your butt for however long it takes for them to get back, even if it's next week. Heck, even calling them to ask when they will be of break, because they never bothered to tell you they were leaving, gets you in trouble.

Alden Utter (nedlum) says:

Man. Embarassed Unity is *adorable*.

Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says:

Hiring union : hiring mad scientists :: shopping at the average store : shopping at Walmart. The latter gets better results faster for cheaper, but you doom the world in the process.

...okay, I admit, I'll doom the world for a working robot or cheap electronics too.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

I absolutely LOVE Unity in today's strip! 

Great artwork on her expressions, plus great script!  In total innocence:  "Oh, Hey.  Remember how there used to be this mad scientist around?" 

Priceless!  That's gotta be put on a T-shirt!

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

Now that I think about it, it was probably Union workes that replaced M's copper pipes with the PVC.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

It's a darn good thing Sweetheart dodn't have opposable thumbs...

(She doesn't, does she?)

...otherwise,she'd have whacked Unity on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Down On The Corner", Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Had to go out shopping,
Had a little list
Of the parts we need to fix our poor receptionist!
"Unity," we told her,
"Keep a watchful eye!"
But when we got back there, Dr. Jones had said good-bye!

Go to your corner!
Bad zombie, bad!
Just for that, you don't get a sammich!
See the zombie feelin' sad!

Unity protested!
Told us, "You don't know
How it felt to see those arms ... on Moustachio!"
Tip admits it's neat, but
Sweetheart's still upset!
Now the dead girl's thinking of the treats that she won't get!

Go to your corner!
Bad zombie!  Bad!
Just for that, you don't get a sammich!
See the zombie feelin' sad!

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 I have to imagine those arms are capable of... things. Like reeling in.. other things.

 

 Not just technical taps on necrotic post-humans.

Kendal Reed (auditors) says:

@Dave He might be able to work a modified one of those funky "ergonomic" cut-in-half keyboards, if he could get along with whatever it was attached to...

In other news, bad (but cute!) zombie. No biscuit.

Benjamin Whetham (crosshair) says:

It's a darn good thing Sweetheart dodn't have opposable thumbs...

(She doesn't, does she?)

...otherwise,she'd have whacked Unity on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

Sweetheart could probably do a good job of making sure Unity doesn't have any thumbs either.

Rob (rrreed) says: Speaking of opposable thumbs, do Moustachio's new little arms have operational fingers, or are they more Tom Servo-esque? While we've seen him hit Unity, we haven't seen him actually grab or poke anything.
Daniel Nolan (ubbm) says:

Keep your eyes on the sky!Tigerlilly is attacking Wisconsin first.Or maybe she just missed Minnesota.

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Sweetheart could probably do a good job of making sure Unity doesn't have any thumbs either.

Yeah, but she'd just sew on new ones.  Anyway, doesn't Unity look adorable when she's 'hang-dog'?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Mustachio will be ever so scandalized once he finds out about the bomb.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Things We Do For Love", 10cc)

No time for chit-chat, got to barricade the door now!
No time to fill you in about the day we've had!
But later on, we can inform you of
The things you did while bad!
(The things I did while *what*?)

I'm just surprised the Union wasn't here before now!
They heard about our scab, and now they're kinda mad!
But not as mad as you; how did you do
The things you did while bad?
(The things I did while *what*?)

Like threatening the town, and the state,
You were ... so full of hate!
You were threatening us all with immolation!
And you told us the reactor was a pie ...
You said, when you were wound up,
That the humans should be ground up!

Ooooh, you were so evil!
Ooooh, you were so cruel!
Ooooh, hear Unity tell,
"Dude, you rule!"

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

@Eddurd:  It's a pleasure to watch you work....

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: This'll be good.
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