Anvil Flats 9

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lirvilas
2nd May 2016, 10:00 AM

Well, that was some cryptic B.S.

Probably going to have a light page on Thursday before I get into the wholesale idiocy of the final chapter. Also, I'm on travel so I may be wicked slow to respond to comments.

While I enjoy making shit up on the fly, this is the absolute last time I do a work without a fairly detailed, to-the-page script... it's not the art that's eating up all my damn time anymore.

EDIT: Dang it, someone pat me on the head for the [redacted] reference already.

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jamie59
2nd May 2016, 10:14 AM

Diamonds? I see billions of hydrogen bombs going off all at the same time most taking billions of years to finish.

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lirvilas
2nd May 2016, 11:55 AM

^ yeah yeah, all my characters are frustrated poets. No self-insertion there, nosir.

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ProfEtheric
2nd May 2016, 10:30 AM

Aw dang...

The fecal matter is well and truly about to hit the rotary cooling device...

And the things the doctorates are fearing are the things keeping me awake at night. They are the things that make me ill when I think of certain people in power.

They are the reason I created vigilantes and reporters, white hat hackers and cold warriors to fight the good fight...

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ProfEtheric
2nd May 2016, 3:52 PM

Look at me, replying to my own!

I do so hope this is Tona finding the correct path to her bestest ever friend... or what remains of her, anyway...

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anonymous coward
2nd May 2016, 6:03 PM

What if there is no correct path towards that end?
Srsly, if her family wasn't able to stop this being done to her, or worse yet signed off on it, there may be even less Tona can do to positively affect the situation.

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lirvilas
2nd May 2016, 10:06 PM

@Prof: Reprimanded for replying to your own post, first warning. Second warning will result in -100 points for House Hufflebeard.

@AC: Reprimanded for excessive post length, second warning. Third violation will result in a spanking by nuns.

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anonymous coward
3rd May 2016, 5:17 AM

Fair cop, but I counter-challenge you to discuss that topic in sufficient depth without making such a violation. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the language?

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anonymous coward
2nd May 2016, 3:30 PM

As an editor I feel moved to comment on the vocabulary choices here. There's lots of political meaning, slant and outright manipulation in word choices themselves. For instance, saying, "Grossly over-concentrated wealth and power," means acknowledging that wealth and power has been overly concentrated. People who are apologists, sympathizers, cronies and operators for the elitist privatization of public wealth and capturing the machinery of state for private benefit generally use different language, because using those words means acknowledging that, "Grossly over-concentrated wealth and power," is a problem: It's not concentrated wealth and power, it's not even just overly-concentrated wealth and power, no, it's grossly over-concentrated wealth and power, and how could that not be a problem?

Some of the terms and phrases used to avoid the words, "Over-concentrated wealth and power," include: "Meritocracy," "Promoting entrepreneurship," "Tax relief for the wealth creators," "Rewarding innovators and doers," "Recognizing and appreciating greatness," and, "Unburdening the champions of our society who make things work." Similarly, attacking the contrary positions promoting the general interest and the rights of the downtrodden is described as, "Communism," "The politics of envy," "Coddling welfare queens," "Wasting money on worthless people," "Rabid leftism," "Anti-authoritarian troublemaking," and so on. I'm sure we can all think of examples of these kinds of terms and phrases where the way we say something alone expresses an opinion. (In the U.S.A. I would point at the divide between, "Pro-life advocates," and, "Women's rights advocates," which call each other, "Anti-choice terrorists," and, "Baby-killers," as a familiar example.)

The seminal essay on the question is, "Politics and the English Language," by Eric Arthur Blair (a.k.a. George Orwell) which covers this issue of how language is used to control feelings and thoughts. Most people are more familiar with his work from the novels Animal Farm (about the Russian revolution), and the infamous, "Nineteen Eighty-Four." If you can handle a depressing book I recommend reading Nineteen Eighty-Four before you try reading the essay, so that it makes more sense. Some editions of Nineteen Eighty-Four include the essay in the book. (I think the essay needed a better editor but I grudgingly declare it readable.)

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lirvilas
5th May 2016, 1:57 PM

The narration is worded the way it is because Lt Col Brigham has spent a surprisingly large amount of time hanging out with academics and industry types in the pipeline to her command of the 33rd Test and Evaluation. She welcomeed these unorthodox influences as she was never a fighter jock and therefore her path to general officer in the USAF is essentially closed. In fact, Brigham does not expect to make full bird; however as the author of this work I can happily guarantee that she will. How much of her soul that promotion will cost has yet to be determined, but rest assured that she is becoming very very good at dissembling and strategic messaging.

So we can argue over whether she's using that language sarcastically or not, but it is intentionally chosen.

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Stever
2nd May 2016, 9:56 PM

Wow! It's already last chapter time. Congrats on getting though 4. Can't wait to see how you wrap this whole thing up.

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lirvilas
2nd May 2016, 10:04 PM

Yeah yeah yeah, I rushed through this one... spoiler alert: this ambitious but flawed work ends in vicarious gunplay, like a whole lot of it.

Also, Chuck dies.

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Travis
3rd May 2016, 4:39 AM

Rushing through things is the only way I get things done! Anyway, top it off with gratuitous violence and all is forgiven ;)

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lirvilas
3rd May 2016, 6:46 AM

There's going to be a lot that needs forgiving before this is all over...

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MadJak91
3rd May 2016, 5:36 AM

Dragoon. Heh. Not sure these scientists have it for good names... ;)

I still think a big change by a single person is usually selfish no matter what the idea is. More so when you do not really share it.
Might look good on paper but good for whom? Perhaps only that person.
Not that collective action can always result in something better but grouping creates arguments and arguments fuel progress. Unless someone snaps and goes their own way which I think happened here in a way... And then we are back to individual approach and the group is suddenly the enemy.
Hm.....

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lirvilas
3rd May 2016, 9:27 AM

"I have returned."

That's the nominal purpose behind all of the colonel's ranting here, that she can return soldiers to the fight even after their bodies have been destroyed.

whoops gotta go

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Nef
3rd May 2016, 5:52 AM

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As a person who appreciates the mathematical beauty of a well-proportioned figure, I must tell you that the cup by the pool in panel four really caught my eye.
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lirvilas
3rd May 2016, 6:45 AM

It's important to be able to appreciate a fine piece of glass.



ugh

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Rd Ashes
4th May 2016, 11:43 AM

Seriously, that was the best joke ever.
I actually lol'ed.

And congrats on another milestone.
:-)

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lirvilas
4th May 2016, 12:25 PM

Thanks! Will respond as appropriate to your provocations... it's good to have you back.

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Centcomm
5th May 2016, 12:37 PM

is it wrong that i noticed the girl in panel four was fantastic!

Very nicely done!

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lirvilas
5th May 2016, 2:42 PM

Cents, I'm a thief, a tracer, a wholly unoriginal hack... but thank you, I do my best to make the girls tough and the guys pretty.

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Centcomm
5th May 2016, 2:59 PM

Well it works! Keep it up!

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