11/26/20 – With and Without You Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 26, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/2020-11-26-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 The plot thickens like pudding. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 11/25/20 – Stay With Me 11/30/20 – Get Out Of Here 22 Comments Erhannis November 26, 2020 at 12:19 am 2 years ago He hasn’t had eyes for most of the time you’ve been around him. Also, their R&D turnaround time is _astonishing_. Efogoto November 26, 2020 at 1:09 am 2 years ago That’s Science! I mean that dude is Science and he is amazing. TB November 26, 2020 at 1:08 am 2 years ago If you cut through the technobabble, he’s basically just saying he’s figured out how to tell the Calama Void that it violates the laws of physics. Nova November 26, 2020 at 9:44 am 2 years ago The wile-e-coyote delayed-gravity moment, but on a cosmic scale. Bonker of Things August 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm 11 months ago Or that it does follow the laws of physics but is in the “wrong” state. One can compare it to supercooled sodium acetate (the stuff which is in those chemical hand warmers which has a tiny “clicker” inside to set them off): the sodium acetate melts somewhere around 60-70 C, however, if they are left to cool undisturbed, then they will remain in liquid state even below the melting point. This is called supercooling and it means that the material is trapped in the “wrong” state as it should be a solid at those temperatures. What the clicker does is that it adds a tiny amount of energy to the system, which disturbs the atoms closest to the clickers and causes them to “realize” that they ought to be solid and they start to nucleate. As soon as there are solid crystals present in the system, they will seed the rest of the supercooled liquid and the solidification is spread throughout rapidly. For sodium acetate, this is an exothermic process which means it gives off heat while it solidifies and makes it nice an cozy to hold them on a cold day. Supercooling can be done with other liquids (e.g., water) and still be safe. For Gordik repellium atoms, the actual mechanics will, of course, be different but I believe that it’s a reasonable analogy to compare it to. The fundamental difference will be how fast it flips and how much energy that is released in the process, the faster the more explosive it will be. I would want to be around to observe it, though at a very safe distance. Rikard November 26, 2020 at 2:30 am 2 years ago Reverse the polarity is all well and good, but what happens if they polarise the reverse? DSL November 26, 2020 at 7:25 pm 2 years ago That depends on the tetryon flow through the multistate equivocator. Coyoty November 26, 2020 at 3:12 am 2 years ago “Quickly now, or you’ll be late.” Doug Relyea November 26, 2020 at 3:39 am 2 years ago Congrats on being the one and only hit on Google for Baltivakk Kaidah November 26, 2020 at 8:25 am 2 years ago Wait, they’re willing to wipe out an entire, not to mention astronomically unique, system just to get rid of them? These puppy dog aliens are not exactly subtle, are they? Muzhik November 26, 2020 at 11:07 am 2 years ago @Kaidah, they’re addicts. Addicts are NOT subtle. I mean, look at it: they crushed a bunch of (presumably occupied) houses, blew up an entire street to try to eliminate one witness, and ultimately snatched an entire 18-wheeler rig just to get its shipment of jalapeno cheese puffs. Whatever they need to do to get their fix. (Which really disturbs me. I mean, if it was a shipment of chocolate bars, I’d be all down with that. But jalapeno cheese puffs? Even I have my standards.) FlySwatter November 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm 2 years ago Rich, creamy pudding. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow “Trawlers” that celebrate it, and happy Thursday to everyone else. Pete Rogan November 26, 2020 at 7:12 pm 2 years ago The Calama Void is patently a construct. SOMEBODY figured out how to make Gordik repellium stick together and built this stellar-sized artifact. That the Puppy-people would find a way to collapse it to get rid of a single pursuer tells me they’re not just evil — they’re vandals on an interstellar scale. They’ll use their learning and their technology for not just nefarious reasons, but for petty and spiteful ones. Like developing napalm to burn a forest where they saw a rabbit perform an obscene gesture, presumably at them. If the GOB knew about this, they’d send a scout and then a fleet. This isn’t just careless indifference — it’s an intelligent species using every means at its considerable disposal to do whatever it wants to whoever it thinks needs disposal. Hey, symbiont! You wanted excitement and danger? You’ve hit the motherlode. If your conscience can stand it, time to bug out and get help — the Puppy-people are light-years above your pay grade. Rob C November 27, 2020 at 7:19 am 2 years ago He trying to keep eyes on the prize! Focus! lil sis November 27, 2020 at 9:41 am 2 years ago so… ears… he had to hear what the puppy people were saying and have a conversation on the com with Stangor. How many ears does he have? Did he deliberately send (at least) one with his eyes and (at least) one left behind? Efogoto November 27, 2020 at 1:41 pm 2 years ago Heck, he might be able to grow as many ears as he needs. In that case, he wouldn’t have eyes back with Tesfay because funny. Muzhik November 27, 2020 at 5:23 pm 2 years ago His body acts as ears, recv’ing the vibrations in the air, just like your eardrums do. Gives it exceptionally sensitive hearing. Probably why it’s such d*ck. Meran December 3, 2020 at 2:12 am 2 years ago I very much agree!! Night-Gaunt November 28, 2020 at 1:01 am 2 years ago They have changed a physical parameter of a particle to become the antimatter version like positrons and will change the void into a collapsed gravity well. Could be a devastating weapon if they have enough of the particles to invert. Gregg Eshelman November 28, 2020 at 1:50 am 2 years ago Are they going to use a Turbo Encabulator to reverse the polarity? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7G7xOG2Ag Pete Rogan November 29, 2020 at 9:25 pm 2 years ago Do they even HAVE any prefabricated amulite on board “Spacetrawler”? Let alone the six hydro-coptic Marzel vanes, whether or not they were sulfitted to the ambifacient lunar Wayne shaft that form the fam. Could be tricky. Gregg Eshelman December 1, 2020 at 9:05 pm 2 years ago The symbiont does seems to be an expert at side fumbling. Leave a Reply to FlySwatter 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.