Comic 180 - Cranes

20th Dec 2011, 11:06 PM in Tiptoe
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view 20th Dec 2011, 11:06 PM edit delete

A few people seemed to think last page's visuals implied Jim was "doing something" to Mary. He was just whispering in her ear.


JasperWB 20th Dec 2011, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Ooh. Big things. When your scene is entirely backgrounds material you can draw them pretty well! We need more sweeping vista-like angles, you pull them off fine now
Sheela 21st Dec 2011, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Are the cranes self aware too ?
If they are, I wonder what they have to say about stuff ?
Running Joke 21st Dec 2011, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
Well, Young cranes probably tell a lot of "hows the weather down there" jokes. Older cranes probably complain about metal fatigue and how stupid the young crane sounds when it tries to be funny.
view 21st Dec 2011, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Nah, they're just dumb old machines.
Sheela 21st Dec 2011, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Well, you never know in this comic, conventional knowledge seems to have passed us behind, and gone on vacation.

With human like, fully sentient machines, it would be perfectly possible to make the big machines sentient too.

Heck, it must be kinda weird for a fully sentient machine to meet a machine that *isn't* sentient at all.

Do they ever have issues with that ?
Maybe, it's like that emberassing uncle from the boons ?

... gah ...

I'm totally overthinking this thing !
JasperWB 21st Dec 2011, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Nah. You're fine. Take it from me, I set the bar on every limit.
Sheela 21st Dec 2011, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Bar ?
What bar ?
There is no bar !
JasperWB 21st Dec 2011, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Oh it's there and you can find it, firmly set in its place. Catapulted there by my thick skull. Ask away and overthink to your hearts delight!
Running Joke 21st Dec 2011, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
I dunno, did anyone ever question Goofy for walking Pluto around on a leash?
view 21st Dec 2011, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
They've only figured out how to make "humanlike" sentience, meaning that if the inputs and outputs are too far from what human minds evolved to use, they can't get it to be intelligent.

Of course, they fill their machines with expert systems and heuristics and stuff, so sometimes it's a bit hard to tell the difference.
Sheela 21st Dec 2011, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
What is their stance on religion ?

I mean, they are basically living with their mortal creator's ... that ought to give them a unique view on stuff like that.

Edit :
Yay for finally getting around to register, I now have avatar doggy. :)
view 21st Dec 2011, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
At least in this village, there's no real organized religions. There were some pretty out-there cults beforehand, though.
JasperWB 21st Dec 2011, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
I still have the lingering thought I'd be a..."robotophobe" in this kind of future. Not because I don't respect them, but because I wouldn't trust a creature man made to be superior to it in almost every way and fully sentient. Fear of a geth scenario sort of thing. Would this at all be commonplace here or is it people like me who would have triggered the apocalypse and subsequently died?
view 21st Dec 2011, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
It's very complicated. If I wanted to go into it, I'd write a story specifically about the rise of intelligent androids. Suffice it to say, in this world, you wouldn't be able to sit on the fence about it.
Reading In 2015 26th Oct 2015, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
To Sheela in Dec. 2011, 6:19am

It shouldn't necessarilly feel any stranger for a sentient robot to see a non-sentient machine than for a sentient human to see a non-sentient animal. Why should they see a crane differently than we see, say, a crane? (Pun intended.)
Karl the Short 21st Dec 2011, 1:52 AM edit delete reply
Hmm, great page. It makes you think about the mystery of the past - it's so easy to look upon bygone eras with awe and respect, even though there isn't a single generation of men out there which has seen more wonder than we have. In the case of the inhabitants of the Viewniverse, however, for once this nostalgic sentiment would be so absolutely true. They would look at those cranes and think 'what race of giants are we descended from?' And for the only time in history they would be right to do so.

Also, that girls face expression is so damn cute...
view 21st Dec 2011, 2:08 AM edit delete reply
Well, thankyew.

You just wait a few pages. Descending from a race of giants inDEED.
Sheela 21st Dec 2011, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of seeing old Kempton steam Engine that pumnped water .. to half of London.

Possibly the biggest machine I have ever seen.
JasperWB 21st Dec 2011, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
Capitalized DEED: Typo or hint? The world may never know.
view 21st Dec 2011, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
... it's to show EMphasis.
JasperWB 21st Dec 2011, 2:41 AM edit delete reply
Ah. I'm from the school of slashes when I can't bold or underline.
Reading In 2015 26th Oct 2015, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Well there seems to be plenty of emphasis in the commenting community on Miwa/Jim and Jim/Mary...
Is that what you meant, robo-avatar guy?

Ducking and running ...
ZombieDerf 21st Dec 2011, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
oh you and your gundam references, at least that's what I am getting at. I know there are a few more on the top of my mind but I can't remember everything. I got SW:TOR to remember now. lol