03/21/22 – Avoiding Existentialism Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 21, 2022. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2022/03/2022-03-21-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 It must be awfully tiring to be uber-powerful. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 03/18/22 – Practical Decisions 03/23/22 – Otherworldly Meddling 22 Comments Coyoty March 21, 2022 at 1:32 am 11 months ago Before he leaves, the Purple Eye Guy will use his immortality stones to clear the Spacetrawler gang from the crimes they’ve been framed with, and keep the authorities from jailing them. They’re everlasting GOB-stoppers. Pete Rogan March 23, 2022 at 6:07 pm 11 months ago Well, I’m GOB-smacked. rws March 21, 2022 at 1:46 am 11 months ago Rather than a purple and white sphere, they now look like possibly humanoid beings on the other side of a dimensional rift. Rikard March 21, 2022 at 5:04 am 11 months ago Uber-powerful, that’s when you only have your superpowers when people call you and require you to drive them somewhere? Flying Squirrel March 21, 2022 at 7:25 am 11 months ago Why would anyone want to be immortal in a world with life insurance agents? Garth Hill March 21, 2022 at 9:43 am 11 months ago amen! tlhonmey March 21, 2022 at 12:45 pm 11 months ago Better question: Why are there life insurance agents in the realm of the immortals? Seems like maybe there’s something interesting going on on the far side of the portal. Or maybe just politics and stupidity. Hard to tell from here. TB March 21, 2022 at 4:49 pm 11 months ago There are always accidents. The one certainty of agelessness is that you’re going to die stupidly. And then your policy pays out. In such a society, your job would have a lot more to do with your life insurance rates than your age would. Hey, uber-powerful guy, if you’re so great, how come you don’t have binocular vision? rws March 22, 2022 at 1:29 am 11 months ago Some actuary did the math. With the culture at hand, he figured that if all deaths from old age and disease were eliminated, average age at death would be around 800, if I remember correctly. Of course, if that were true, I suspect that we might become more cautious. tlhonmey March 22, 2022 at 2:29 pm 11 months ago I suppose it depends on whether they mean literally immortal or merely unaging. Or it could be a blend of both and while the power stones let them reincarnate it’s a hassle and so they have insurance to cover it. Oh, and you can get decent depth perception out of a single eye too if it’s sufficiently large. Which, proportionally, theirs appear to be. All a matter of how it focuses and how the brain controlling it does the math. Zero March 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm 11 months ago Can’t have accidental death if you’re immortal. That’s kind of what it means. vincentmuyo March 22, 2022 at 3:44 pm 11 months ago I figure the immortality is a consequence of the life insurance industry. Pete Rogan March 21, 2022 at 8:45 pm 11 months ago Mistake to admit the purpose of the power stones. That gives the Stribs a real good reason to try and get them back, no matter what species or universe has to die. Unless, consonant with what we’ve seen so far, their snark is worse than their spite. Tavis March 21, 2022 at 8:55 pm 11 months ago Good reason? Seems like convenient usefulness was enough reason for them to do so the first time around. That another species or universe would have to die as a result of their actions would just be inconsequential, if not a happy bonus. Night-Gaunt March 22, 2022 at 10:19 pm 11 months ago Immortal doesn’t mean invulnerable. Without regeneration you become a living trunk with head. Now if you do regenerate you might want to have a backup of your mind and brain so when you head grows back it won’t be a base start up. Rick Sanchez had Op. Phoenix that automatically downloads his intelligence et al into a backup clone. Meran March 23, 2022 at 3:55 pm 11 months ago Have you been watching UPLOAD? Lol Muzhik March 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm 11 months ago “Schlock Mercenary” by Howard Tayler developed a plot line where a secretive government agency (about a thousand years in the future) developed a “blood nanny” (or “blood nanobots” or “nanites”) that would back up your brain into your skin, so that if you got a round through the brain, the nannys would rebuild your brain and restore it to the point from your last backup. (An excellent web comic, BTW. It’s finished its last storyline, but you can read all 20 years of it online at https://www.schlockmercenary.com/ — highly recommended if you ever served in any kind of military unit. Remember: There is no overkill. There is only “Open fire” and “Time to reload”. And: Close air support covereth a multitude of sins.) rws March 23, 2022 at 11:31 pm 11 months ago They also allowed you to backup to an offsite computer. The captain hand carried a nuclear bomb into a room and set it off. They brought him back from DNA sample and his latest backup. DSL March 25, 2022 at 12:58 am 11 months ago I could go read the archive — I enjoy Schlock — but I’ll ask anyway: Did that storyline address the Transporter conundrum of whether the backup is you or a copy that thinks it’s you? rws March 23, 2022 at 11:29 pm 11 months ago There are a *LOT* of varients on “immortal”, ranging from will not die of old age, to will outlive the universe. Matt March 24, 2022 at 9:58 am 11 months ago So normally Chris will say if he’s taking a day off or if something broke and that’s why there’s no update. I’ve seen nothing, does anyone know what’s going on? Christopher Baldwin March 24, 2022 at 10:36 am 11 months ago Thanks for the heads up, @Matt! I hadn’t noticed it hadn’t auto-updated. Fixed! 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.