Comic 222 - Hot Spring 1

10th Feb 2012, 10:14 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 10th Feb 2012, 10:14 PM edit delete
Miwa, are you wearing crazy clothes again?

In case it wasn't clear, Miwa's family is exceedingly rich. Hopefully that's been painfully obvious for a long time. They're actually as rich as Jim!

Anyway, Megaupload's down. Someone tell me what's a good replacement, since people have been asking to download that shitty game I made.

Edit: Using mediafire. If you want the crappy game, this is where you can get it:




RandomTroll 10th Feb 2012, 10:27 PM edit delete reply


host it on this website?
view 10th Feb 2012, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
This website doesn't allow files > 1 meg. I'll look into the others, thanks.

You don't have to keep saying "first", you know. It's okay, it's pretty clear whether you're first or not.
klondike 11th Feb 2012, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
Hey view one of that horde of reader too (lazy, shy, busy, insert adjective here) not to comment until now.

I was just wondering if you have plans on releasing an "official" linux version of the game since it seems to work quite straight forwardly if you install renpy and pygame in the system.
view 11th Feb 2012, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
If people want it, yeah. And welcome!
Fleurt 15th Feb 2012, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I'm linux user like klondike, and could not say better than him on my description ;)
Gave it a try using Wine, is there supposed to be sound ?
Everything else works flawlessly.
And it's pretty good work, there's a lot a combinations more in the choices than conversations, so the personality of the characters is expressed well.
view 15th Feb 2012, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
There's no sound, sorry. I'm glad you liked it, I was trying to learn how to use Ren'py.
cattservant 10th Feb 2012, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Maybe you could "first" in a different language each new time...
JasperWB 10th Feb 2012, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
Everyone and their dog uses dl.dropbox to host crap on modding forums I'm a part of. It takes anything zipped or rar'd or loose files. I personally don't know much about it myself but I've even seen pictures hosted through it. I don't think it costs anything but again I'm not sure
view 10th Feb 2012, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Dropbox is some kind of app or something? I just want a download locker, so I'm hoping there's some other site that will let me just upload the file.
JasperWB 10th Feb 2012, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. I guess Ill check it out. MediaFire is another service used so I'd say go try that since its already mentioned.
cattservant 10th Feb 2012, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
Miwa did say she had a basement full of super computers. <#105>
view 10th Feb 2012, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Yes indeedy.
Sebine 12th Feb 2012, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
and they have an amazing use

Now the question is
Is the "hot spring" merely the water cooling of the SCs or is it that they generate so much heat DESPITE their cooling, that it makes the hot spring
Dave. 10th Feb 2012, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Is that more of the camo-cloth in her top? It looks like it's changing color from getting wet/getting warm. Either way, it's a cool style.
view 10th Feb 2012, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
Affirmative, Dave..
cattservant 10th Feb 2012, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
(I know I shouldn't, but...) "Open the pod bay doors HAL, it's Dave" "Dave? Dave's not here!" (sorry...)
cattservant 10th Feb 2012, 11:16 PM edit delete reply
Miwa's 'belly band' seems to be animated. Maybe it's a nanotech personal flotation device. It has been suggested that she is at least partially cybernetic, so maybe she has negative buoyancy... <oh, wait... Never mind!>
JasperWB 10th Feb 2012, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
It's still fancy cyber-cloth I think. Her whole top does that I'm pretty sure. It just hasn't been fully submerged yet.
kill3st 11th Feb 2012, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
I'm scared, Dave, will I dream?
Greeb 10th Feb 2012, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Having been to Clinton Lake in Illinois, it makes me think Miwa might have a bit more than supercomputers underneath her house...
cattservant 10th Feb 2012, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Here in Wintertime Florida, the Manatees and American Crocodiles happily gather in the warm water outflows of power plants.
Alecsander 11th Feb 2012, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
"Fuck no" MIGHT be the most hilarious thing, out of context, that I've ever read in any of your comics. In context, it's sort of depressing that ridiculous excess has survived the collapse of America. However, hotsprings basement, so FUCK YEAH.
Meh.Aloe 11th Feb 2012, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
Ah, I keep forgetting about all the characters' socio-economic statuses. :P For some reason I keep imagining their village is some sort of collectivist nonpropertarian utopia. >.<
view 11th Feb 2012, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps it is a collectivist utopia, but some are more equal than others...
cattservant 11th Feb 2012, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
That is to say, having a useful skill-set pays off. <good advice indeed> {Thank you for this Small World in which we can play, Oh beneficent master view!}
duLapel 11th Feb 2012, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
"Be comforted, that in the face of all irridity and disillusionment, and despite the changing fortunes of time, there is always a big future in computer maintenance."

from the Deteriorata
cattservant 11th Feb 2012, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Sir duLapel: All Hail O Wise One! Are you out lurking about the Interwebs on a fine Saturday Afternoon <an excellent Jefferson Airplane song as well> hoping for an NMTG update too?! (On a <very> side note: Are you familar with Richard Brautigan's novella In Watermelon Sugar? If so, don't you think it could be classified as Sci-fi Small-Town Romance too?)
view 11th Feb 2012, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
No Saturday update is planned.
cattservant 11th Feb 2012, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
So sorry, Didn't mean to wake you up! I'll go back to bed too. (Thanks again!)
view 11th Feb 2012, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
You can talk as much as you like, it's just that there will be no new page.
cattservant 12th Feb 2012, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, but us geezers need to keep up with our rest. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!..
JasperWB 12th Feb 2012, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Talking in these pages is only fun when you respond. Not to mention conversations with only one person get creepy kinda quickly..
CyberSkull 12th Feb 2012, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Temperature-sensitive color changing cloth? That is great! I'd love to see that in use on the beach! :D
view 12th Feb 2012, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
I agree!
duLapel 12th Feb 2012, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
I love Gretel's body-language and exuberance in the first two frames!

Question: Wouldn't a hot spring be an anathema to robot kind because of heat dissipation issues?
. . . ⇒ I suppose that the artificial muscles used in NMTG robots have an above "short sleeve" ambient air temperature optimal operating range, so heating and cooling are equally important...
. . . ⇒ and I suppose that sufficient surface area of artificial skin could manage this quite well , along with doffing and dawning external clothing.

But these notions are my suppositions... please enlighten me to your vision view. |•_•|
view 12th Feb 2012, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
Cooling is a problem for certain kinds of robots. For example, the cat girl kid.

However, the vast majority of robots in this fictional world are not anywhere near overheating. Energy is the expensive thing for a portable machine, so they are mostly optimized for energy efficiency. In turn, since exhaust heat is energy used times inefficiency, they produce far less heat than you would think.

Some robots run very hot, typically because they are made by people who haven't really got the hang of it yet. Many have a "run hot" option they can turn on for improved performance. Esteban is one such example: his "threadlike" muscles (myomers) produce a lot of heat and eat a lot of energy when used, so he normally runs hotter than the average robot and also tends to use smaller, secondary muscles for day-to-day activities.

That's one reason he was excited to hear about the new joint/muscle that Jim created. He's always interested in a way to run less hot when running cool or run more effectively when running hot.
Sheela 12th Feb 2012, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Interestingly, even contemporary machines are often build to work within a temperature range, where both too cool and too hot is bad.

Take a diesel engine, if it gets to cool, the coolant is simply sendt back into the engine block without going trough the radiator to conserve heat.

The human body does much the same, it pulls the bloodflow deeper into the body if it gets cold, and pushes it further out towards the skin layer if it's too hot.
As an added coolant, it can make the skin sweaty, which makes it more efficient at shedding heat - In fact, many scientists thinks that being able to sweat made humans able to perform very well on the steppes of africa back when we hadn't become civilized yet. Thus we could choose to either fight a buffalo to death, or simply run it into the ground and put it out of it's misery. Being able to outlast an enemy/ prey is a powerful tool.

I could easily see future robotics choosing to make robots work on the same basic principles of using heat as part of the working mechanics that drive it.
view 12th Feb 2012, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
It's true that there's a minimum temperature, but it's down near freezing for most robots, so it's not really a concern.
cattservant 12th Feb 2012, 9:41 PM edit delete reply
'The cat girl kid'. She's the one who wanted Jim's skin isn't she? , <#148> Did she get one, and was it furry? <not practical I'm sure>