09/06/21 – Not Easy To Find Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, September 6, 2021. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/09/2021-09-06-audio-ST.m4a.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 It’s so hard finding good help these days. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 09/03/21 – Spirit Gurgling 09/08/21 – Choan Butts In 18 Comments Coyoty September 6, 2021 at 1:13 am 10 months ago This is literally my job. I hang out in the command center while my underlings wander off when I actually need them to get any work done. someone September 6, 2021 at 3:03 am 10 months ago Ruddock 50+, Stribs 2. Seems like nobody even hears the zaps and the splubts. C.B.VINCENT GOUDREAULT September 6, 2021 at 4:30 am 10 months ago Well, it is a laser, and at the speed of light, the ZAP! SPLUBT! could happen just closer enough to the Stribs that to them the sound is simultaneous with the AHCHOO!, and thus covered by it; some kind of “AHzapCHOsplubtO!” I wonder if Ruddock will not try to have himself designated captain, given that he is on the bridge, in the captain’s chair. Bauke September 6, 2021 at 6:07 am 10 months ago I think they just think those are part of the sneeze. Gross! Discar September 6, 2021 at 8:47 am 10 months ago Are those the only three left? Christopher John Baldwin September 6, 2021 at 10:29 am 10 months ago @Discar, naw. “security is combing the ship.” There’s still a handful left (and even though there’s only a few, they are dangerous enough that it’s nothing to sneeze at) (sorry/not-sorry, had to say it). Muzhik September 6, 2021 at 10:51 am 10 months ago *Please* tell us you washed your hands after that last joke. Or at least used some hand sanitizer… Tavis September 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm 10 months ago “Nothing to sneeze at” equally applies to the parts of the crew already sneezed at. Pete Rogan September 6, 2021 at 3:33 pm 10 months ago Oh, for Heaven’s sake! Ruddock on the Strib ship bridge? Whatever will he do there? Ask the approxiscan for help? Or just quiz the ship and find it already coyote-friendly and cooperative? No telling what mischief awaits the Stribs, but they certainly have earned it. The week already promises to be glorious. Kicking back now to watch it happen. colin September 6, 2021 at 8:55 pm 10 months ago Can’t wait too see Ruddock press buttons randomly. Can we open a cargo bay airlock? (it seems to happen everywhere else). Meerling September 6, 2021 at 5:51 pm 10 months ago Ruddock for the win! Night-Gaunt September 7, 2021 at 1:17 am 10 months ago Why is it that when a disintegrator weapon is used people automatically think of a LASER which doesn’t leave just dust behind? LASER is a weapon of a Type 0 culture like ourselves. They are far more advanced. It is wonderfully understated how innocent Ruddock hasn’t yet noticed it is he that has been blasting beings to a smoke. (It must be a beam attuned to destroy flesh into vapor.) Coyoty September 7, 2021 at 2:28 am 10 months ago They called it a laser in the strip. C.B.VINCENT GOUDREAULT September 7, 2021 at 3:07 am 10 months ago 04/22/20 – On Not Killing Emily Ruddock makes reference to his collar being a laser 05/25/20 – Dingo Team Bikkie references a reckless laser hole after Ruddock sneezes So, it is a laser. Pete Rogan September 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm 10 months ago Blasta-blastarrazi! Muzhik September 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm 10 months ago It’s a byproduct of the universal translator. Rather than come up with an accurate name in the listener’s language for each type of weapon, the translator calls it a “laser” when in fact it’s a Strohl Munitions BH-209 plasma cannon. (Now with extra “ominoouuusss hummmmm.”) The fact that the laser is to the BH-209 plasma cannon what your dad’s old-time Colt Single Action Army revolver is to a 503D 50 caliber Gatling gun is besides the point. In both cases, you point the dangerous end (the one labeled “THIS END TOWARDS THE ENEMY”) at your opponent, you pull the trigger/push the button, and your enemy is vaporized. Ergo they are both lasers. Saves a lot of story exposition. (BTW — the 50 cal 503D will fire 1,500 shots per minute. I remember seeing a Mythbusters episode where they successfully used this bad boy to cut down a tree.) Night-Gaunt September 7, 2021 at 11:43 pm 10 months ago Sorry but the name doesn’t match what it does. There would be a huge mess of exploded and burned persons being a mere LASER. Imagine a being made up of 78% water being hit by a super heated beam of light. They would explode from all that water superheating is what. These kills are far too clean. tlhonmey September 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm 10 months ago There are some things you could theoretically do with pulsing it at very high frequencies that could break things apart without having to apply a lot of heat. Hitting the natural frequency of hydrogen or carbon for example might do it. We’re not really sure. We can’t pulse our lasers that fast yet. Leave a Reply to Pete Rogan 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.