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125 comments:
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

"Any number of things..." prevent many nefarious plans out there. H.T. shouldn't have tried something this evil without Helen Narbon 2.0 on his side.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

2.0? So is she out of Beta, then?

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Looks like Leo needs to find another artist for AsLAN

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says: Is this going to be like Harry Potter, where J.K. Rowling said "Dumbledore was gay," and all of us who read the books said, "Excuse me? Based on what?" I'm just not buying Sweetheart and Unity as the Ambiguously Gay Duo.
Myles Adams (huttj) says:

Sweetheart realizes, and asks, "Does this mean I need to change my romance novel selection?"

"Nope"

"Ok then."

Daibhid Ceannaideach (daibhidc) says:

Y'know, there's nothing in the Harry Potter books to suggest Dumbledore's straight, either, as far as I recall. His romantic interests are entirely irrelevent to his role as eccentric mentor and dispenser of cryptic advice, and therefore never come up.

As for Sweetheart, well, the in-text evidence of her being gay would be this actual sequence of strips itself.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Homeward Bound", Simon & Garfunkel)

I see H.T.'s incarceration,
We're waiting for his transportation ...
(Uh-huh ...)
In retrospect, I now can see
So many things prevented me
From getting busy with H.T.!
My goodness, I can't wait to be ...

     CHORUS:
     Heading home!
     Can't wait to be
     Heading home ...
     Home, where my bed's an old crate!
     Home, to my Facebook updates!
     Home, where my same-sex roommate's
     Eating the sofa ...

I'm glad the truth I finally saw,
Because, you know, the law's the law!
(Oh, yeah ...)
This smoothly-talking tiger tried
Appealing to my girly side,
But now my eyes are open wide
And very soon, I'll catch a ride ...
     (repeat CHORUS)

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: "Any number of things..." prevent many nefarious plans out there. H.T. shouldn't have tried something this evil without Helen Narbon 2.0 on his side. John Campbell (jcampbel) says: 2.0? So is she out of Beta, then?

http://instantrimshot.com/

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: @Kay -- there have been signs before, if one knows where to look.
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: @Daibhid Ceannaideach: This sequence? Howzat, exactly? Looking back over this arc all I'm seeing is Sweetheart crushing on H.T., suggestions she might have imprinted on Tip, and then her pulling herself over the hurdle of her infatuation to do the right thing for reasons that are never verbally or visually expressed by her. Artie has offered his explanation, but I'm still baffled on whether he was serious or bluffing, let alone whether he was right.
Prodigal (snakebitcat) says:

@John Ames: Sweetheart's conversation with Nick <a href="http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=48465">here</a> supports Daibhid's case.

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: I think it's pretty obvious that he's right that Sweetheart prefers women.
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: @Prodigal, @Michael Kimmitt: I dunno. Maybe it's more obvious to people used to looking for it, but even now I'm just not seeing it. Huh...
Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

It may just be that U.N.I.T.Y. is Sweetheart's "Human" and Artie should stop thinking with the little head so much.

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says:

Yeah, I'm normally pretty ready to see slash where there is none, but Unity and Sweetheart seem to just be really close friends IMO. 

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Look back at Eric's link, guys.
Actually, look at this strip right above it, here: http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=47440#strip2 Sweetheart's being upset that Unity kissed Tip isn't weird, because Tip is a co-worker, and strange himself to boot.

Being upset that Unity kissed Remy? That's a bigger upset... and why?
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

And Ames, look a little further back in the arc. Tip being all gaybones for Artie is a mirror for Sweetheart and H.T.- only Tip is going "gaybones" and Sweetheart is going... well, straightbones.
Prodigal (snakebitcat) says:

Took awhile for me to find it (because I thought it was from further back), but the comic from August 10th is the strongest evidence for Artie's therory yet:

http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=49452

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I thought Artie had gotten better at understanding the plains apes.

I sit corrected.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yeah, a few facets of naked ape psychology are still lacking, methinks.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Feel Like Making Love", Bad Company)

Artie, telling Tip he's sorry,
About last ni-i-ight ...
With fondness, Tip's response is,
"That's all ri-i-ight" ...
Artie adds, "Although we had
An attra-a-action,
Phil got caught, so you did not
Need distra-a-action!"
There was just no ...

    CHORUS:
     Just no need for sex!
     Just no need for sex!
     Just no need for sex!
     Had no need for all that sex!

Artie, from the start, he
Knew it a-a-all!
Bomb was no good, and then Phil would
Take the fa-a-all!
It was too cruel, so he used Rule
Thirty-fo-o-our!
Says, "Excuse me, I let you use me,
And use me mo-o-ore!"
Though there was no ...
     (repeat CHORUS)

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

"I was utterly using you. I'm sorry that it wasn't necessary."

Eric Burns (ericburns) says: Oh Artie. So, so human. And by 'so human' I mean 'man you still don't get humans at all, do you?'
Tim Jewett (ryushikaze) says:

To everyone arguing that Sweetheart's a lesbian- you're thinking too narrowly. Artie said she was attracted to the feminine, NOT to women. That means she could be attracted to feminine men, y'know. Like Tip.

Like her reaction to his femmy dog form.

Also, Artie has Foot in Mouth disease. Classic symptoms are opening mouth and inserting foot.

JP Chabot (speedball) says:

Damn, Artie, that was cold! I thought you were the nice one!

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i think it was established in the alaska plot that sweetheart only really gets tip's appeal when he's canine.  "he only does it to be annoying", of course :)

artie appears not to get it at all, if he were only using tip's attraction as a stalling tactic.  the rest of the week may or may not clear this up....

Glen Ten-Eyck (justglen) says:

speedball: You need to go find and read Narbonic if you think that Artie is nice.  He is only slightly less dangerous than Mell Kelly, though some would contest that.  For Mell, also see Narbonic.  In fact, EVERYONE go read Narbonic.  It was great!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I think Artie just wounded Tip more than he had ever had while serving in Afganistan. Backstab, much?

Brandon Gorley (bowtothebard) says:

soitbegins: Guess he's lucky to have a psychologist in his little black book now, hmm?

Yohannon (just Yohannon) (yohannon) says:

Oh Artie... OUCH man. Harsh.

I mean, I was diagnosed late in life with ADHD, so when *I* think you're totally off, then it's OFF. As in reservation. Or his head.

Ugh, never mind, long day at work toppe dwith my mom calling ME about a quake for a change (I'm SF Bay area, Mom's on Long Island... as in "So, you think I'm crazy for moving out here because of the QUAKES mom? And a hurricane could make landfall this weekend? Huh... all that and SNOW too. Brrrr....")

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Goodness, Skin Horse would never do such a thing!

(Well, except for that time when Tip distracted Dr. Lee.  And that other time when Tip distracted Dr. Lee.  And that time werewolf!Tip distracted and manipulated Sweetheart's entire pack.  And... uh...)

woozy (woozy) says:

Heh, heh.  I spot a spelling error near the end of panel two...

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Hey, congratulate me: not only did my partner and I just celebrate our 20th anniversary, we survived hosting a big party, with all our relatives in town!  Now I have time to get back to the important things, like filking:

tune: "It's all right with me," Cole Porter (Can-Can, 1953)

It's the wrong sex, with the wrong man
If any man can understand, I can
You just used me
And in your eyes I see
That you're so much like me

You attract me to distract me
Though the sex was really great, in fact, we
Are the same guy
With the same roving eye
'Cause you're so much like me

The same special power no one can resist
The same whispered words insincere
The same tricks in bed: handcuffed wrist, pelvic twist:
We're perfect together, my dear!

I'm a babe magnet, a hot stud
But you're twice as studly, so I fell (Thud!)
Isn't that rich?  I guess I'm karma's bitch
But if some night, you're free . . .
Well . . . you're so much, you're so much like me

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Where, wooz?
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

So Someone Set Up the Bomb. And it was all for great justice. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some Zigtech shoes to complain about. Or at least throw onto some Base or other.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: "Not So Different", I see.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Amie", Pure Prairie League)

Artie N., you used me for your clever plan!
You did unto me as I did unto others then, way back when ...
I realize that in my place I have been put,
Now the designer pump is on the other foot!

    CHORUS:
    Artie!  What the hell'd you do?
    Now I'm ... feeling deja vu,
    It was fun, but ironic, that is true ...

Never thought that I could fall so easily!
I've been the distraction, but now I'm the distractee!
And I can see
That it's easy to abuse the tantric arts ...
Got run over by my karma, and it smarts!
     (repeat CHORUS)

John Taylor (barkingmonkey) says:

If we're finished stressing over the continuity of Sweetheart's sexual preference, can someone explain how a 100lb sled dog overcomes a 500lb TIGER?

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Akitajutsu?
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: More seriously, we know Sweetheart and her kin were engineered to be the canine equivalents of Captain America, with significant physical enhancements in addition to the mental ones. We don't really know H.T.'s origins, it's possible his enhancements were only mental...and that he's gotten used to using those skills (as well as just being able to slide on the head start his body gives him) and has let his combat prowess go to seed. So we have a well above average dog versus a couch potato tiger.
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i think the difference is till that tip never apologized to dr lee or ... anyone really.  his sluthood is *sincere*.  we see him say things like "you're an animal" and "you know what you need? a hot oil massage!"

@barkingmonkey -- sweetheart is a genetically engineered battle dog, and presumably a trained one as well (it can't have been all wire-monkey mothers and love poisonings....)  the bigger they come, the harder they fall.

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

Don't forget that dogs are cursorial where cats are pouncers.  Cats will burn out most of their energy in a single flurry, but doggies have more stamina, so if they can avoid dying in the initial pounce they will eventually win.

And that's why cats hate dogs.

Unless it's the other way around.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

@John Taylor: "can someone explain how a 100lb sled dog overcomes a 500lb TIGER?"

Because it's funnier that way.

Josh Shepherd (bergerjacques) says:

Funny, that question never entered my mind. Sweetheart physically kicking HT's ass? Why of course.

Wayne (wayne) says:

Last week I saw both Captain America and Cowboys & Aliens again, both for the second time, I'm also reading Bruce Boxleitner's western SciFi books, so now I have Daniel Craig in my mind as Cap with a weird alien bracelet on his hand followed by Sweetheart.  Well, I always knew my brain was a strange place to be.

@Key: Gratz!  My wife and I made 6 a few months ago, and in appropriately geeky fashion she found me via online dating.

@Ed: I thought it was the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.  Must be brain fade.

Michael Kimmitt (punditusmaximus) says: @Kay Gilbert: THANK you.
vicka corey (drbrain) says:

not that this is relevant really atm, but i was just thinking about gender and sexuality for other reasons and....

if sweetdaddy jupiter velvet can get it on with a water cooler, i see no reason that nick and dr lee couldn't eventually figure something that works for them, too.

there, now i've either been disgustingly romantic or merely disgusting, take yer pick :)

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

and there's still the mystery of how the bomb was planted, and why artie moved the meeting.  &c.

clearly having a slow day here...

yves laurent (ladiesshoes) says:

Many girls have the experience to wear their mom’s high heels in secret, stepping on the sharp heels, as if we suddenly turned into a beautiful lady. Discount Yves Saint Laurentcan make women hold out a bosom, look very attractive, lithe and graceful leg and slender figure. We all know heels always have something to do with sexy. It will stir up the natural sexy, glamour, confidence of women in a moment.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

@Kay It's not so much that Tip is insincere, it's that his sincerity is not a very deep well. :)

Yohannon (just Yohannon) (yohannon) says:

@woody: "You wouldn't understand, it's a jersey thing". ;-)

woozy (woozy) says:

>>Where, wooz?

It said "you own plan" at first but they have corrected it since then.  It's the type of spelling error smart people only make when they are hand lettering something.  They never make if if they are typing or writing a letter.

John Goard (darthmiho) says:

Tip don't worry, as Shaenon said, it's all Hellen Beta Narbon's fault. In other words, ask Artie about his mom.

Jared Walske (amonduul) says:

Now I'm left with the feeling that Skin Horse's name has some sort of sinister undertone to it. I mean, I never read the Velveteen Rabbit when I was a kid, but Wikipedia suggests that the title is appropriot and not sinister. But maybe it is and the references are all misdirection. And now I'm probably just overanalyzing it all. Sigh.

Myles Adams (huttj) says:

Hmmm, wanted to post what I think is the pertinent quote, but could be spoileriffic...

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/williams/rabbit/rabbit.html

4th paragraph.

 

Not sinister per se...sinister might be a complement.

A Cosper (queenofzan) says:

Leave it to Artie to reference the literary allusions the comic is built on.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Somehow, the best part of the strip is Artie's expression.  He looks almost angry/offended at the idea that his performance might /not/ be enough to prove Tip wasn't in it just for shoes and women.

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

There has always been a little hinting that Skin Horse is there for a rather interesting reason.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

well, mensa rat i ain't.  but i think the beast-men and the machines want to be recognized as "real".  probably tip and sweetheart want to be loved, too.  

presumably treating people as deserving of social service (and tip has made the point, as with sweetdaddy, that the folks skin horse serves are real, however.... unique) is at least respectful, & thus on the path to love, and (in terms of the children's book) becoming real.  perhaps even in some eyes outside the shadow government.  wouldn't it be nice to not have whatever-percentage of the population unable to hear you when you talk?

which makes one wonder who the "flower fairy" is (gavotte is the obvious choice i guess, because of bees and flowers...)  and whether the beast-men and the machines have to become "rabbits among rabbits" after all, which i always regarded as the book's big sell-out (well, maybe second sell-out to the idea that it's being loved by some empowered creature that makes you real in the first place).  but for all i know i am just pushing the metaphor too far :)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Like A Rolling Stone", Bob Dylan)

Well, on this trip, we found that Tip
Could lose his grip, and then lock lips
With the ... same sex!
The Mensa Rat knows where it's at!
He told Tip that transgenic mat-
-Ters are ... complex!

And now we're hearing Tip declare
That, though it seems he's merely there
For shoes and women, he does care
To see non-humans treated fair!
'Cause pain and love, he'll swear,
They can feel ...

When you are real ...
When you are real ...
It can hurt, of course,
But there's no remorse!
Wisdom from the source,
From the old Skin Horse!

David Hughes (miserichord) says:

Myles:

A much more disturbing line is "Uncle made me Real", given the overones of military control.

Myles Adams (huttj) says:

@drbrain "rabbits among rabbits" is an interesting implication there, and could definitely be something the creature community (or at least Artie) may object to.  It also ties in with what caught my eye, the "he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else" implication that Skin Horse is there just to placate them, keep them out of sight, out of mind from the "real" population.

 

@miserichord   I dunno, seems like a bit of a stretch, especially since Skin Horse does NOT turn the clients into military assets at all, and seems to have that nowhere in their objectives.  Though I guess "uncle" made the members of Skin Horse "real" by giving them duties serving their country, and bringing other "toys" to similar situations.

P. Ipsum (vitupera) says:

Oooh.  Ominous note!  I feel like Artie was fishing for (but not expecting) a response along the lines of "Our name comes from such-and-such person" (Goldbug?), and Tip's response confirms for him that they're a cat's paw.

Daibhid Ceannaideach (daibhidc) says:

I think the point Artie's making is that, in the story, "realness" is something the toys acquire, as a result of their interaction with humans. The Mensa rat perhaps feels Skin Horse doesn't think of its clients as real until it's got involved and found them a place they'll "fit in".

Josh Shepherd (bergerjacques) says:

I thought black turtlenecks were out of style, but damn Tip is wearing that thing out.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

@daibhidc if artie thinks that, he's wrong.  tip worked his skirted behind off to find out a way to help nick even before nick decided that he was a machine intelligence (even if he'd previously been a dude).  and tip immediately announced that sweetdaddy jupiter velvet was "his own person".

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Double up, catch up, beat the dealer; you need a few more shuffles, and a new hand dealt to see what Artie's talking about. I can't wait to see if I'm right. :)

But the name of the game is euchre, bid and bluff.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

i'm sorry, i'm probably just insufficiently distracted by everyone's sexual paradigm shifts today :)

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

Myles, thanks for the link: I had never read The Velveteen Rabbit.  I'm not sure how it applies as a metaphor.  If Project Skin Horse is supposed to turn the transgenics into "rabbits among rabbits," presumably Leo would just turn into a regular lion, etc.  But in The Velveteen Rabbit, even the "real" rabbits are sentient, talking creatures.  So maybe it's not the case that SH is a tool of "The Man," keeping transgenics quiet and invisible, as opposed to Artie's radical vision of "the transgenic community overturn[ing] the corrupt hominid paradigm."  Or maybe it is.  I vote for whichever interpretation leads to more hot sex.

Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

My wife just yelled at me to see why I was laughing so loud, and all I could say was "Panel 4"....

Tim Jewett (ryushikaze) says:

@Vicka- TIP doesn't act that way. Doesn't mean the Black Ops superiors do. Skin Horse may have broken well out of its intended mold in its current incarnation.

Diane Castle (deecee) says:

Everyone knows Tip is also in it for the fabulous dresses.

Bill Westfield (westfw) says:

As long as there's a tradition of quoting/writing filksongs, and we're talking about The Velveteen Rabbit, we also have to mention Kathy Mar's classic "Velveteen":  http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/songs/velveteen.html  (The skin horse isn't mentioned, though...)

 

 

September Patterson (ferret-x) says:

Velveteen Rabbit always depressed me as a kid because they burned all the boy's toys. Essentially killing them.

Bob Ulus (bobulus) says:

...Phil's going to show up as a human at some point in the future, isn't he?

 

(And he'll still be convinced nothing has changed.)

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

**snerk** Didn't Dave start out this way? New job, thought he was going to work at a reputable business (not that he cared all that much, he was *employed*), unaware that he was insane...  Heh; the more things change--

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

No, he'll be convince the brilliant Dr. Helen B. Narbon has restored the hands he lost to those... those... Animals!

John Goard (darthmiho) says:

As much as I want Mr and Mrs. Narbon to show up in this comic. I keep thinking that if I actually say it i'll jinx it.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: "My creator's labora—"

Ohhh boy.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Blueberry Hill", Fats Domino)

That mynah, Phil,
He thought he could kill!
His ranting is shrill,
It's simply absurd!

Watch Helen play
With his DNA!
Needs no resumé,
His genes will get stirred!

    He thinks he is hu-man ...
    She thinks he is dumb!
    She'll make him a new man,
    With fingers and thumbs!

Bet Helen will
Transmogrify Phil!
Once human, he will
Give mockers the bird!

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Casual dress. Smoking permitted.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

ok, there's the transmogrifier target market right there.

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

[facetious]I don't understand. Why would it matter if smooking is permitted? No one at Narbonic Labs smokes.[/facetious]

N B (daveclone7) says:

@Joe: [groucho]That depends entirely what Helen's wearing.[/groucho]

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

so i guess we've already heard from artie, at least via sweetheart -- he doesn't love anyone, so he can't help anyone become "real".  no wonder he finds skin horse's mission hard to take?

Andrew Cole (andy4hire) says:

Wait, when Artie says Phil will "make friends" at a mad geneticist's lab...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I need one of those signs for my front gate.  "Caution: Insane Live Animal" describes one of my corgis very, very well.  (She's friendly... just utterly insane.)

Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says:

Phil is going to Helen? I'm afraid. Not sure if it's for him or the World though.

Mason Kramer (masonlk) says:

Maricruz: Why choose?

James Kehl (shykta) says:

I am suddenly less afraid of Tigerlily destroying the world.

(After all, she'll have to beat Phil, Dave, Helen B, Helen A, and Madblood to it.)

Viktor Dosk (hugin) says: Makes me wonder whether Helen considered Mell or Artie her "cute, yet insane animal sidekick". Also, why does Bruce's nameplate say "-"? I'd have expected a number, or the letter B, but not a symbol.
Chad Kent (chkent) says:

Nice Star Wars reference.

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Which leads to a question: why would Dave need an animal sidekick?

Jared Anderson (the_shrike) says:

Heeee. He's wearing a collar and tie.

Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says:

Honestly, given the opportunity to give a reception robot a job title. I have difficulty seeing him going for any other phrase.

I, too, am wondering why Helen wanted Dave to get a new animal sidekick.  If it was a request from Artie, you'd think they'd just hire him.

Also, looks like Skullcrusher Island has come along quite nicely.

Bob Ulus (bobulus) says:

This is probably as close as we're going to get to a crossover, folks.

 

I suspect those in charge are being intentionally vague, not using the names "Narbon" or "Dave" anywhere, so that people who didn't read the first comic don't get lost. Which is quite reasonable.

Grant McCormick (grantcmccormick) says:

'00101101b' is '45d' or '2Dh', or the '-' (hyphen or minus character).

Is Bruce filling in for Dash?

 

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Dave is the boss?  ...Yeah, I'm not buying that one. :)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@chkent: Also an "Elephant Man" reference.

(TUNE: "Taxman", The Beatles)

If you call me an animal,
You're gullible, and full o' bull!
I am a human, yeah, I am human!

Now don't get cute with me, my friends!
I'm really homo sa-pi-ens!
Because I'm human, yeah, I am human!

    Now I'll stare you down with human eyes,
    Just like all the other human guys!
    I'm intelligent, I'm human-wise,
    Though I may be not quite human-size ...

The boss's wife is truly sick
(No no, Mrs. Helen!)
If she thinks I'm some dumb sidekick!
(No no, Mr. Dave!)
'Cause I am human, yeah, I am human!

I'll rant and rave and shout and scream!
(Human!)
Hey, can I join your softball team?
(Human!)
Because I'm human, yeah, I am human!

You can tell, 'cause I'm wearing a tie ...

Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says:

I took Phil's outburst in panel 3 as a Prisoner reference.  But maybe that's reaching.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

@Carl: it's a word-for-word Elephant Man quote.

N B (daveclone7) says:

I assumed 'Bruce' to be a Monty Python reference.

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

Bruce does have the "Narbonic Heart" welded to his chest.

But what's with the pince-nez glasses?  He has no nose!

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

@Brian: He looks more secretarial that way. Duh.

joe dreyfuss (jdreyfuss) says:

Also, how the hell did Phil tie that tie? Or did someone else tie it for him and he's convinced himself he's all thumbs?

Wayne (wayne) says:

B.R.U.C.E.: Barytronic Robotic Useful Communications Extension.

Or a member of the philosophy department at the University of Wallamaloo, who is also in charge of the sheep dip.

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

The symbol on the tin man at the desk looks like heart. And guy next to him looks like a flying monkey.

Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says:

@Sam: Dave is the boss to the robots. Important distinction. (Remember that Helen B. has no robotic talents; that's all Dave.)

Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

I--I don't know why, but I just Love this strip so very *much*! ^_^

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

Didn't we just re-learn from the Lovelace Affair that Helen is not as computer-crippled as she lets herself appear to be?
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: That tie is the cutest damn thing.
John Doe (john_doe) says: There's a difference between 'computer crippled' and 'builds sentient networking equipment.' And my wish might be granted after all. Let us see the Boss!
Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

@Wayne: You get sheep dip when you get tenure at Walla U?

Justin Grubbs (jjgrubbs) says:

They have Evil Softball teams AT LAST! That was the Narbonic plot point I felt most needed a conclusion.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

This... this is exactly how I would have pictured a tropical island laired upon by Helen and Dave Narbon. Only I didn't know that until Shaenon drew it.

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