01/21/19 – Thank Goodness




I pre-posted this week of strips on Saturday, so what to say about my week? Monday. Theoretically we’ll be looking for fish bones at the Salton Sea all Monday. Fun?!


  1. War Pig

    I remember when the Salton Sea was a nice place. A tourist resort, in fact. Since it was 230-odd feet below sea level you never got a sunburn. When dad was transferred from North American/Rockwell to Rocketdyne in LA during the moon program we used to go to the Salton Sea on weekends. It was also the setting for the B-grade sci-fi movie “The Monster That Challenged the World”, starring Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton and Hans Conried.

    Years later my unit occasionally trained in the Sea as it was secure around the naval facilities, and since it was slightly saltier than the Pacific it gave us covert, inland, salt water experience.

  2. Coyoty

    What follows is an amusing sequence that ends with Joyce or Wezzle saying, “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”

    If they knew of each other’s abilities, Joyce and Pilot (and maybe Devyat) could form a Birds of Prey type detective super-team called the Melties Falcons.

    Go ahead, let it out of your systems.

    1. Nathanyel

      She’s holding the crate in a more stable position in the next strip, but it always hurts my eyes when I see characters with super strength lift large items as if their feet were affixed to the ground, which was also reinforced by their mere presence.
      Luckily, I like Chris, so I’m willing to let this one slide 😛

  3. Peter Rogan

    The Salton Sea made a nice backdrop for Lindsey Sterling’s and Pentatonix’s cover of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” Since it already looked like a place the Apocalypse had been and then left, bored.

  4. Muzhik

    I remember watching “The Bionic Woman” with my dad, the doctor. After watching how she lifted a heavy piece of equipment out from a truck, my dad turned to me and said, “I hope they gave her a bionic back.”

    1. DSL

      I think it was an episode of Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter version) in which she reaches up, grabs a helicopter skid and keeps it from taking off, though she’s simply standing on the ground. Even as a kid, I remember, I wondered “How much do the writers think WW weighs?”

    2. Gregg Eshelman

      For a properly done super bionic arm, have a look at what happens to Kristin Ortega in “Altered Carbon”. It’s made clear that the arm is integrated deeply into her right shoulder and upper torso.

      With care it would be possible to throw people around, but lifting extra heavy stuff would be out of the question because the rest of the body couldn’t withstand the force.

      It’s especially silly when a story has a character able to run super fast after having the legs from mid thigh down replaced with prosthetics. Uh, no. The person wouldn’t gain any advantage. To be able to swing the legs faster would require either augmentation integration up to about mid torso, or an exo-frame tied into the legs.

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