10/16/19 – Shedding One’s Skin Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 16, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/2019-10-16-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Blanding in is how one goes about blending in. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 10/15/19 – In Storage 10/17/19 – Gearing Up 21 Comments Peyote Short October 16, 2019 at 1:33 am 3 years ago More contemporary than a blue police box. Coyoty October 16, 2019 at 2:12 am 3 years ago I wish my car had a built-in garage. bendy October 16, 2019 at 2:27 am 3 years ago Yes, but can it run around on hundreds of little legs? tudza October 16, 2019 at 4:15 am 3 years ago Must be summer, it’s shedding. DrunkenNordmann October 16, 2019 at 5:06 am 3 years ago You know, I’m not convinced this is actually a good disguise. “Big shed in the middle of the desert” seems like exactly the kind of thing conspiracy theorists would crawl all over. Keith October 16, 2019 at 8:09 am 3 years ago That’s what they want you to think man. Ever notice the more outlandish someone looks like the less you notice them? Yeah man, you get it. So, the more out of place a particular building is the less you notice it…until soon you don’t see any of them man. It’s the absurd you have to look out for. The men in black are a decoy. Kaidah October 16, 2019 at 8:30 am 3 years ago Hmm…your ideas are intriguing to me, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter. Coyoty October 17, 2019 at 3:05 am 3 years ago That’s how you generate a Someone Else’s Problem field. Nomi October 16, 2019 at 11:16 am 3 years ago Chris, I’ve always loved your SFX. “Bleewdoolp” is exactly what a small spaceship disguising itself as a shed should sound like. Plus it’s fun to say. I can’t listen to your narrative of the strip at work, but I sure hope you said it. Christopher Baldwin October 16, 2019 at 11:20 am 3 years ago @Nomi, Ha! I do say it. I hope I did it justice. 🙂 Myk Streja October 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm 3 years ago I’m having a problem with perspective here. To be clear, just how big are the doors inset the rightside of the main doors? Are they man-sized? If so, that thing’s not a shed, it’s a hangar. If not, what are they? And why am I the only one asking? Christopher Baldwin October 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm 3 years ago @Myk_Streja, The inset doors are normal human sized. And yes, it is hanger/warehouse sized. 🙂 TB October 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm 3 years ago It’s an industrial-size shed, which often has big doors and “people” doors. And for the record, a steel shed, at least on Earth, can be found in almost any environment without looking suspicious. Particularly if it’s a bit rusty. Felixscout October 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm 3 years ago But what about the local teens! Those nosy teens. Muzhik October 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm 3 years ago RE: teens: That’s why there are point-defense lasers (for the truly persistent) and electrified walls (for the rest of us). Also, having something hanger-sized in the desert, to me, would be less suspicious than a back-yard-sized shed. That’s where you store helicopters and the materials you need to search for natural resources, etc. (If you REALLY want to make it blend in, just have “Ad Astra Oil” painted in faded paint on the door.) Anarcissie October 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm 3 years ago Maybe once it´s fully deployed, there´s nothing inside but empty space. Night-Gaunt49 October 16, 2019 at 11:19 pm 3 years ago The ones who are checking the global records of the world may make note of that shed appearing overnight and wonder about it. Maybe see the craft landing. I’m wondering just how impregnable that ship is to Earthly tech? The TARDIS “chameleon circuit” has been frozen in that shape for some time. Maybe centuries. TB October 17, 2019 at 12:46 pm 3 years ago Ships like this have been buzzing back and forth to Earth in these stories for some time without being detected by radar or anything else. Most of them land right out in the open, often leaving crushed landscape and obvious gear marks, showing contempt for even normal tech like cell phone cameras. Peter Rogan October 16, 2019 at 11:37 pm 3 years ago Ordinarily I think in terms of words, but the image of Emily’s ship deploying its disguise suddenly made me visualize how and from where it unfolded, which way the hinges had to go, and how it would reverse the process to fold itself up. I have to think that you envisioned the entire sequence like that, Christopher, which impresses the hell out of me. I’ve known engineers who went back to school to learn topology enough to figure out how assemblies need to come together like this, and it isn’t easy for them, as it apparently was for you. By the way, the appearance of it made me realize I’d seen a good likeness of it elsewhere. Specifically, the Nevada test site location of the Black Rock Laboratory. No, it’s not identical. But if we’re talking about buildings appearing suddenly and inexplicably in the desert…. I can almost hear what Dr. Beaker would have to say about it now. Christopher Baldwin October 16, 2019 at 11:53 pm 3 years ago Thank you, @Peter! TB October 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm 3 years ago For a good time, look up all the 3D models of Black Rock Laboratory out there on the internet. Apparently, no flight simulator is complete without one in the landscape somewhere. Leave a Reply to Christopher Baldwin Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.