05/10/23 – Fried Synapses Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, May 10, 2023. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/05/2023-05-10-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 So far on Aitana’s final quest: not going well. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 05/08/23 – Winning The War 05/12/23 – Remembering Nothing 22 Comments TheWreck May 10, 2023 at 12:09 am 7 months ago Um… wow. She can’t possibly go back with them, can she? If they don’t remember that and don’t seem all that enthused with the prospect of resuming the relationship… Where does she go? I think there are several options, but, gee… Jude May 10, 2023 at 12:31 am 7 months ago Don’t give up hope for Aitana yet. Christopher did write about her quest “So far…” I think there might be more possible options. Nemo May 10, 2023 at 6:56 pm 7 months ago She was already informally adopted by Chiphu. Granted, he was homeless before all this… Ganja May 10, 2023 at 3:06 am 7 months ago It can be painful when a loved one forgets you. Alzheimers is more cruel for the loved ones than it is for the patient. Rikard May 10, 2023 at 3:17 am 7 months ago So… damn! I guess scanning Aitana’s memories of them and recombobulating those for a quick re-programming of her adults is off the table? Alan May 10, 2023 at 9:33 am 7 months ago One can’t just combobulate, all willy-nilly! It might take a Diller to end this thriller! Andreas May 10, 2023 at 3:32 am 7 months ago Never expect much from a first test. There’s calibration to be done, Choan! Coyoty May 10, 2023 at 4:42 am 7 months ago You adopted her once. You can adopt her again. Is there any of that Strib oxytocin left? Efogoto May 10, 2023 at 5:44 am 7 months ago I think I had fried synapses once. A little chewy, but good with hotcakes and coffee. Marco May 10, 2023 at 7:29 am 7 months ago Hannibal matches it with a Riesling. Flyswatter May 10, 2023 at 8:01 am 7 months ago This concludes Spare Trawler. Thank you for reading. Flyswatter May 10, 2023 at 8:02 am 7 months ago SPARE Trawler. OMG. I suck. Efogoto May 10, 2023 at 8:21 am 7 months ago It was a lovely offering to Tpyos, Lord of Acucracy. I make them all the time. Flyswatter May 11, 2023 at 6:02 pm 7 months ago All hail Tpyos TheWreck May 12, 2023 at 1:46 am 7 months ago Prase ever to Tpyos! The Saprophyte May 10, 2023 at 10:48 am 7 months ago Sorry, I gave at the office. Prior Semblance May 10, 2023 at 4:48 pm 7 months ago I gotta say their reaction here feels out of character for how caring they are supposed to be. It would be one thing if she just came out of nowhere on Earth and dropped this on them but after all they’ve been through an alien tells them their memories are fried and a little girl tells them they adopted here and they just say it’s “so seemingly unlikely” Of course there would be plenty of evidence on Earth of it being true anyway. Dangerbird May 13, 2023 at 3:53 pm 7 months ago Well, consider that if their memories were altered, aside from frying things they particularly thought problematic, they might also ‘install’ some pushback to ideas that would conflict with the new reality – and ideal long term surrogate parent mentality – they have constructed. I don’t expect her mother said it cruelly, merely that because she lacks memory of their time together – and probably even whatever inciting events that inspired them to adopt someone NOT a fuzzy puppy person – it seems unlikely to her presently. I read it as being not unkind in tone, with a grain of uncertainty. People love the big ‘love conquers memory altering’ trope, but there is actual neurological alteration at play here. If someone wiped my memory of my girlfriend and they told me they were and we’d known each other since high school, I probably would be polite, yet hesitant and mistrustful at the suggestion. Sure, Choan is telling them their brain was damaged by the altering, but they can’t genuinely be sure of their motives either. They barely met them, and don’t have a large amount of evidence they can trust with any certainty they have any less motive to manipulate them than the people they were just saved from. On top of this, there is a very real neural phenomenon called the backfire effect. When presented with ideas contradictory to what someone knows or believes, even when presented with evidence, the brain actually responds to it as a threat and engages the same fight or flight neurochemical response as to threat of violence – the more core to their world view or personal worldview, the harder it kicks back. It actually takes a lot of discipline to ride out the brain squirm and reexamine those views (which explains a lot of recent society). All that considered, I think they’re handling it okay so far. Plus it’s a comedy – a little allowance for a punchline should be a given. C’mon Choan, you can find a solution! russell May 10, 2023 at 5:57 pm 7 months ago Adopted, so DNA useless. They could prove it easily, but the house was destroyed. Any online accounts have probably been closed by now. Maybe relatives would remember. Why do I suspect they have no family or friends. Would not matter. Suspect that they have been mentally damaged. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight May 10, 2023 at 10:21 pm 7 months ago Time delay…. Pete Rogan May 11, 2023 at 12:31 am 7 months ago Not worried. Thomas Edison was once comforted by a friend who found Edison had built four thousand failed storage batteries, and attempted to commiserate. Edison wouldn’t have it. “I’ve found four thousand things that DON’T work,” he famously replied. Though later on, still trying to find a suitable substance to electrify to cause a consistent glow not quite as devastating as a carbon arc, he did in fact test everything he was served for breakfast one morning, from toast to scrambled eggs to sausage. He couldn’t really improve his 1879 patent, and it wouldn’t be until 1904 that Austro-Hungarian inventor Franjo Hanaman and his assistant Alexander Just came up with the tungsten filament in an evacuated bulb. You just have to keep trying. But here, we have another clue to progress. For the first time, we have six consecutive panels of Choan not smiling. Not once. That tells me she’s putting serious thought into this problem. So I ain’t worried. It’s just a matter of time. And trying some other things. nightgaunt May 11, 2023 at 12:59 am 7 months ago Poor Aitana her parents see her as a stranger. 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.