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Adam (10-0-0-1) says: *Smacks Nick with an anime style mallet*
James Rice (jhrice) says:

I have that "Stand Back, I'm Going To Try Science" Shirt! 

Joseph Charneskie (mutanttsentry) says:

Spam spam spam spam

Spam spam spam spam

Lovely spam, lovely spam

Lovely spam

lovely spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam



*but I don't LIKE Spam!

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says: BEAUTIFUL SPAM! LOVELY SPAM! Ok, seriously. Can someone remove that? It's annoying. Anyways... interesting. So Nick's a simulator as well as a helicopter? He better watch out... Nintendo is fiercely against emulators. :-) Also: New Fanart thread! Forum! Please check it out and feel free to contribute!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Now why would Nick do something like that? 4 out of 5 male geeks agree: she's hotter with the full-length dress.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Holy XKCD!

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Baked beans, baked beans, and Spam doesn't have much Spam.

I don't want any Spam!


On topic... I had to look up the term 'Gainax bounce'....


The Auld Grump

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Shall We Dance" from The King And I, Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Gainax bounce!
There goes Peach, wearing just a miniskirt!
Gainax bounce!
As she races her go-kart through the dirt!
Boys she'll trounce!
They're in shock ever since she lost her shirt!
Showing off what she's got, see
All those naughty papparazzi
In the bushes, prepared to pounce!
Then she'll end up on Page Three,
Which will make her really rage-y!
Gainax bounce, Gainax bounce, Gainax bounce!

Bob Ellis (bobthebassist) says:

...or Lobster Thermidor au Crevettes with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

The Spammer is clearly wasting her time posting on this board.  Tip has all that stuff, and not the cheap knock-offs either!

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Waaaaait. If Nick controls the game, then which part of the game corresponds to, you know, his arms and stuff?

He just sees it in his head and subconsciously translates it into assembly code?

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Has anyone posted this page on the TV Tropes 'Gainaxing' page yet?  So that then we can post a link from there back here, and from here back there, and...

Rob (rrreed) says:

:: Enters stage left in full medieval armor, carrying a raw chicken ::
:: THWAPS Diane over the head with the chicken ::
:: Exits stage right ::
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

You know, Rob, you could have done more damage by using a rubber chicken. 

Rob (rrreed) says: But rubber isn't authentic to the trope!
Martin Hellberg Olsson (the_somewhat_knight) says:

Posted the following at Thought it would be only fair (and interesting) to give the authors themselves the chance to comment here:


Hey Nick! Why no updates? We miss you!

& two other things:
1. Do you really do oil-damaged waterfowl relocation? Aww... That's sweet.
2. What's the deal exactly with Specifically, as regards fact/fiction stuff and the relation between Wells & Garrity and the Skin Horse organization. For example, W&G seem to be saying y'all are made-up people, but here you are, obviously quite real and talking to us (though somewhat quiet lately). Do the authors have some kind of deal with Skin Horse that lets them do the strip as long as they pretend it's completely fictional?

David Toboz (professor_zobot) says: Aww... Nick is a softie deep down! That's cute. Also: New Fan art Thread on Skin Horse's section of the Comics by Shaenon forum! Come post in it! Make it awesome!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Michelle", The Beatles)

I-Pod ... it's odd!
You can do, while through the swamp we slog!
My iPod!

The use is obtuse and confusing!
Can't do myself, because
The keys don't fit my paws!
And I'm hoping you can muddle through
These menus, so odd ...
Darned iPod!

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

I hope Nick will have things to post during this storyline, what with all his big pelican-related plans and all.
Martin Hellberg Olsson (the_somewhat_knight) says:

Truly a softie:

"answering your questions in order:

1. your mom
2. your face
3. your mom's face"

:) I've just been insulted on the internet by a sentient helicopter. What more is there to aspire to in this life, really?
Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

@the_somewhat_knight:  I was kind of wondering that myself, actually.  I thought the "All the Lovely Ladies" storyline would have elicited at least *something* from him with the "dumbass things wilkin does" tag, even if Nick didn't go to watch the fracas himself.

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Oooh, the Big Easy... Any chance Tip can get in on the Red Dress Run? It's usually in August-- he'd fit RIGHT in (and look way more stylish than most of the guys I saw running in it last year, though there was this one in a sphagetti-strap little number...) Here, take a look:

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Uh-oh.  This does not bode well...

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: M!
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

"Giant aerial buzzsaw" is a euphemism?


W o o d (wood) says:

Nick, your brain is still carbon-based...

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Shins. Oh dear.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Cypress might not be overly thrilled about a tree-trimming giant aerial buzzsaw.  Even if it has WiFi.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "The Man On The Flying Trapeze", George Leybourne and Gaston Lyle)

    I fly through the air
    And I float on the breeze,
    I don't have a care
    As I massacre trees!
    I'll clear power lines
    While the birds I'll de-grease,
    And they'll soon be released to the seas!

All along Gulf of Mexico shoreline,
I'm topping and chopping with ease ...
'Cause carbon-based life gotta know who's the boss,
And I don't take no sauce from no trees!

(repeast CHORUS)

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

Now I'm picturing a cypress swamp activly fighting off the early 20th century logging operations that are the reason there is so little old-growth bald cypress left in Louisiana.

Yeah, I'm surprised how much of the state history class I took in middle school is still in my head.

Matt Willtrout (furbearntrout) says:

Shouldn't they should be peaches, not apples? :)

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Wikipedia!
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Matt, only to the Presidents of the United States of America.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Matt: Well, the swear filter does seem to try to preserve some of the original word, in number of syllables and leading letters. So he likely meant asses.
Just Here (justhere4coffee) says:

Apples, A**holes, same syllables and roughly similar pronunciation :) That's how I decipher most of his unswears.

N B (davecloneseven) says:

So it's like Man-Thing, but on a much larger scale.  It's a Giant-Sized Man-Thing.

Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says:

Any mention of Giant-Sized Man-Thing automatically wins any thread.
Rob (rrreed) says: But does anything that knows fear burn at the touch of the Cypress, Shaenon?
Martin Hellberg Olsson (the_somewhat_knight) says:

I thought Swamp Thing (DC instead of Marvel), but that's obviously less threadwinningly funny.

Philip Cohen (treesong2) says:

No, justhere4coffee, people are assholes but have asses. And Nick says 'your non-aerodynamic apples'. Every letter counts in Skin Horse.

Philip Cohen (treesong2) says:

Also, Nick is living WiFi. Doubtless he looked it up in Wikipedia.

Lee-Anne Phillips (lioness) says:


Not necessarily. "Your" can also refer to anything belonging to or associated with any person in general.

“Why, sir, his hide is so tanned with his trade, that
he will keep out water a great while; and your water
is a sore decayer of your whoreson dead body.”

--- The Gravedigger in Hamlet - Act V sc ii

The "your" refers to any water, not that which belongs to Hamlet.

Thus, "your apples" may reduce to mere "apples," not specific apples belonging to a single person.

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Lee-Anne? Too far. Besides, the comment thread's already been won.

Adam (10-0-0-1) says: I wonder, does the file on her rampage list all the events of the night or just the cup getting knocked over?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Celebration", Kool & The Gang)

Vi-o-la-tions in her file!
Vi-o-la-tions we compile!

There's a mission now, we gotta go
To Lou-si-a-na, Gulf of Mexico ...
And in these records, I gotta admit,
Gavotte has got some int'resting spit!

C'mon now!
(Vi-o-la-tions ...)
There's violations, all through your file!
(Vi-o-la-tions ...)
I'll dish the dirt, make ev'ryone smile!

On my LiveJournal web page,
I'll post about ... your lame ram-page!
In dismay, you say, "Okay, ENOUGH!"
That's rrrrough!

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Pfft.  I'd bet that Nick's already posted anything that doesn't have a top secret clearance to Facebook.

Ben N (mittfh) says:

@Rachel - let's hope the team ensure Nick never, ever, discovers Wikileaks! :)

This guy I know (thisguy) says:

(Something ate my comment, let's see if it works this time...)

@Ben - How likely do you think it is that he doesn't already know? I mean, his brain is basically jacked into the Internet 24/7.

Besides, we already know that the State Department has censored one strip (that we know of) already. Nick may be our only chance to find out what's really going on! Does no one else wonder what the deal with the chipmunk was? (Though I have a nasty feeling that's one of those questions you regret asking when you learn the answer...)

As for privacy and security issues, well, I'm just gonna trust Nick on that. He may be a jaded sweary helicopter, but I'd trust his judgement about what needs to be secret over the State's any day. (I would also trust him to heap contempt on me for saying so.) He's the most principled member of the team.

Except UNITY. But let's not go there.

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

It's not enough to say that someone is principled.  It's also necessary to enquire what their principles are!

Elaine Corvidae (elaine_corvidae) says:

I can't believe no one has pointed out how freaking adorable Sweetheart looks in the final panel.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Dirty Love", Frank Zappa)

Give us
The dirt on Tip!
All the facts provokin'
'Bout our token human male!

Give us
The dirt on Tip!
Who's the naughty redhead
In his bed in Fort Lauderdale?

When he asked his date to please take
Candid photos, what did he shake?
Ended up with beefy cheesecake!
That's the dirt on Tip!
The dirt on Tip!

Give us
The dirt on Tip!
Where does he go to get
A custom-fitted bra?

Give us
The dirt on Tip!
We never will forget
That '04 Mardi Gras!

Crecent City, pre-Katrina
What a crazy party scene, ah!
Did both Brad and Angelina!
That's the dirt on Tip!
The dirt on Tip!

casimir (casimir) says:


Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

Tiop has dirty laundry, sure, but it has to be hand-washed in Woolite.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Really?  I would've assumed Tip's dirty laundry was dry-clean only.

Rob (rrreed) says: Skin Horse is steadily working its way up the blog chain!

At this rate, it won't be long before New York Times Book Review comes calling.
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