10/30/19 – White Dots, Black Sky Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 30, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/2019-10-30-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Who doesn’t love beans? First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 10/29/19 – Emily’s Pack 10/31/19 – Luckiest Coyote 22 Comments Efogoto October 30, 2019 at 12:11 am 4 years ago Especially human beans. Sleep well. The Shadow October 30, 2019 at 12:53 am 4 years ago This coyote has pretty demolished my theory of how the translation chip worked on Bikkie. I had assumed that in the course of rewiring his brain to understand language, it had accidentally granted him sapience – basically an instant “uplift”. But Emily could understand the coyote before it got chipped, so I guess in the Spacetrawler universe, at minimum the higher mammals are all basically people? That’s… rather disturbing. Is the same true on other planets too? The Shadow October 30, 2019 at 12:56 am 4 years ago And if so, how come the G.O.B. doesn’t know about it yet? Other than general incompetence, of course. Mic October 30, 2019 at 5:29 am 4 years ago I’d like to imagine it’s something like Hitchhikers Guide where the animals like cows are bred to want to be killed and eaten. More likely though I’d wager the chips have a ‘blacklist’ that blocks creatures classed as ‘food’ from being understood. 32568 Dies A Lot October 30, 2019 at 10:59 am 4 years ago The GOB? Where furryite burgers are popular? soweli nasa October 30, 2019 at 3:33 am 4 years ago On Doctor Who, they would say, “blah, blah, low level telepathy”. There’s a chance the chip “lends” part of your intellect to whatever you’re talking to, when it can. It’s partly an empathy chip. russell styles October 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm 4 years ago The idea that telepathy “lends” part of your brain is common in SciFi. In one book, a girl and her telepathic horse separate to search an area faster, doesn’t work. The horse turns animal when she is out of range. Christopher John Baldwin October 30, 2019 at 10:02 am 4 years ago I partly view at this: being able to talk doesn’t mean being terribly clever, or understanding larger concepts. And also that when exposed, one can begin to understand these larger concepts. But mostly I view it as this: it’s a silly comedy comic. 🙂 Dave October 30, 2019 at 12:29 pm 4 years ago “being able to talk doesn’t mean being terribly clever, or understanding larger concepts.” Indeed, I’m sure we all have our favorite counterexamples, even some who achieve great success anyway. TB October 30, 2019 at 1:28 pm 4 years ago I think the chip does a yeoman’s job of translating somewhat vague animal (or alien) thinking into whatever your language system is. Explains things like colloquialisms crossing the boundaries, and a lot of other stuff. The chip in this comic is much better than a Babel Fish. Also beats hell out Star Trek translators. With one of these chips, you’d hear Darmok talking English, with American slang. Of course, the real reason it works on animals, creating real language from creatures that don’t have a language, is because a talking kangaroo is damn funny, and it makes the story work. Same thing for the “magic dog collars” in the movie “Up.” Or the Doctor Doolittle books, for that matter. All of them assume animals could hold a conversation if they just spoke the language. Because it makes the story work. War Pig October 30, 2019 at 12:54 am 4 years ago I love beans but as I age, people don’t love me as much after I’ve eaten a bowl of ham and beans w/onions, cornbread and Tabasco sauce. In fact they will avoid me for 48 hours. Meran October 30, 2019 at 9:34 pm 4 years ago You need to soak those beans in vinegar, son! Overnight. Pour it off in the am. Cook as you would normally. The vinegar removes the “gas” (neutralizes it. Doesn’t work as well on very old beans. 1 cup cider vinegar per lb of beans. My mom did this. I never knew beans made anyone fart! Coyoty October 30, 2019 at 1:50 am 4 years ago Emily should avoid making a pun about being a human bean. Karma. KQY October 30, 2019 at 8:28 am 4 years ago Beans, beans, the magical fruit….Y’all know the rest! 😛 Pete Rogan October 30, 2019 at 5:02 pm 4 years ago I can appreciate standing at the precipice of conundrum, Christopher. I don’t blame you for finding the drop-off into questions of conscience and consciousness and backing away from it. For what it’s worth, I’ve been contemplating another koan from the business world: Perspective is everything. A crowded elevator smells different to a midget. My co-worker who I told this once, a striking young woman of six feet even, could never get onto a crowded elevator after, head and shoulders taller than everyone else, and not laugh. Sometimes we leave footprints in the darndest places. Meran October 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm 4 years ago I’m 5′ even. I can confirm the idea that a crowded elevator smells. Doesn’t it for everyone? ???????? Pete Rogan November 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm 4 years ago Somewhat. But the, ah, nuance changes depending on what part of human anatomy in plentitude is at your altitude. My co-worker, above it all actually, could afford to laugh. I was left to contemplate the view of hairspray and cologne. And be grateful no one under 4 foot was on any elevator I was on. Kevin Moore October 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm 4 years ago I like that the coyote comes off pretty intelligent, despite his lack of formal education or scientific background. He knows what he knows, but can think critically about what he learns. I love his response to the Arthur C. Clarke quote. Like “science”, “technology” and “Arthur C. Clarke” would just sound like gibberish to him, or probably anyone who had not been introduced to those concepts. Muzhik October 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm 4 years ago And now I’m stuck trying to figure out how the puppy people are going to react to a chipped coyote and a less-than-sane human forming a pack. Meran October 31, 2019 at 7:34 pm 4 years ago What’s wrong with that? I’ve been part of a (changing, growing) dog pack since 1996. Dave Narby October 30, 2019 at 11:37 pm 4 years ago Shockingly enough, you can actually see how a human communicates with a gorllia and get a sense of what actually communicating with another species in human language is really like… Meran October 31, 2019 at 7:33 pm 4 years ago You made me cry! The world is smaller, now that Koko is gone. ???? Leave a Reply 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.