Comic 230 - Glass

20th Feb 2012, 7:21 PM in Filling in the Past
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Author Notes:

view 20th Feb 2012, 7:21 PM edit delete
Tomorrow: boobs!


Jst56strong 20th Feb 2012, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

Jst56strong 20th Feb 2012, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
also, whats with jim?
view 20th Feb 2012, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
Sheesh, "first" my ass. I'm first, dammit.

Anyway, see how much you smile tomorrow!
Jst56strong 20th Feb 2012, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
Good one lord robot View and I can’t weight.
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Could Hans actually do that? Not that he thinks he ever would.
view 20th Feb 2012, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
His mind is just software. I mean, there's no control panel where he can go, but if anyone has ever done it once for any reason, that hack is available to anyone who goes looking for it.

So, yeah, it's possible. In the same way that it's possible for you to start taking heroin, or such.
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
So, greasing your feet and then taking a hike towards Big Rock Candy Mountain on ye olde slippery slope trail... That some aspects of PEC could be volitional. That is insidious!
JasperWB 20th Feb 2012, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
I like boobs. But the question is whose boobs?

And yeah, I'm not fully understanding why Jim suddenly looks pissed off either.
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Because he is afraid for Hans' continued existence. <personally, professionally and in loco parentis>
JasperWB 20th Feb 2012, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Yeah but I don't get it. Does he think Hans is somehow being ungrateful?
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
I think Jim is irritated/anxious that Hansel is wishing to shut down part of his mind to avoid the difficulty of dealing with other peoples pity and/or concern. He is a twelve year old...
TTD0000 20th Feb 2012, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Was twelve, you mean. He lost three years, so he's nine now. From a mental and emotional standpoint at least.
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
You are quite correct. Isn't it wonderful how complex and densely connected Master view's small world is!
view 20th Feb 2012, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
TTD0000 is pretty sharp. Cattservant is also right as to Jim's motivations - it's a bit like hearing a kid say "I wish I could just drink myself unconscious..."
JasperWB 20th Feb 2012, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Alright. I guess its a robot thing. I should considered it from another angle.
duLapel 21st Feb 2012, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
After a walking a while in silence and eyes locked on the ground before him, Hansel finally reflects, "But I wish I could turn off that part of my mind that notices people treating me like glass..."

This remined me so much of Mark R Leary's Sociometer Theory explored in his 1999 paper Making Sense of Self-Esteem. According to Leary and his team--A sociometer is a measure of how desirable one would be to other people and this is influenced by one’s self-esteem.

==> Anyway the uses of Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibition drugs (e.g. SSRIs) was studied in vervet monkeys by Michael T. McGuire in the 90's. I had the good fortune of talking with him on the topic and he noted that serotonin levels may indeed be the needle of the "sociometer"... SRIs did caused detachment from social clues (like who is the alpha male) in his monkey troops. (See his 1998 book Darwinian Psychiatry for more).

In real life I've seen what over use of SSRIs does to people and I find Hans' desire an amusing analogy. It would be nice to HOT WIRE one's sociometer to full and live life oblivious to your effects on social interactions... It also give a clue to how PEC would unfold into potentially dangerous antisocial behavior...
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Hail Sir dulapel! RE: PEC; that is to say, "I don't matter, so what I do won't matter too" (?) Also potentially dangerous anti-self behavior...
duLapel 21st Feb 2012, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
to Cattservant: The most severer form of social detainment is Autism where everything is treated as an object. This is what I'm guessing view is imagining by her construct of Progressive Ego Collapse or PEC. But in humans, If you simply cut or mute the feedback by disease, injury, or drugs, then you get antisocial behaviors, e.g., narcissism, sociopathy, and psychopathy. If the robot mind is patterned after the the human mind, then one can expect similar results after unwise hacks.

What would happen if all of a sudden you do anything without feeling any remorse or rejection. In fact, in the past you felt these things when your behavior was emotional or physically hurtful... and now that you don't feel it, there is no consequences to your action... you might misinterpret the lack of feed back for approval! "I am mighty, everybody loves me, and I feel like the king of the world! And when I stepped on Jim's foot and pulled off Mary's top... they new I was just joking around... besides, Mary really wanted to show me her boobs!" Just remember Quentin Tarantino's character in From Dusk Till Dawn... "sure sure I can do that for you..."
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
duLapel: view describes PEC in the Author Notes of page #194. At first I assumed that the reboot would 'cut out' the damage, but now I realize that it is just a question of how soon, how far and how bad!
duLapel 21st Feb 2012, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Yes... I am aware... ^_^
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Per view<in yesterday's Comments>: The adults have a plan in hand to contain the situation and help the 'fearless four' recover. btw: Nameless Blonde Kid now has an official name. "Elvis"<middle name possibly 'Shemp'> So, Hansel, Gretel, Waverly and Elvis. Fearless Four indeed! >^oo^<
view 21st Feb 2012, 3:35 AM edit delete reply
I'd reply to say something, but my internet has been down for six hours.
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 3:51 AM edit delete reply
What? You were gone?! Oh Nooooes!!! >^00^<
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
Oh Master view, about the last panel, So fine! I don't know if you were thinking about it at the time, but; "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me.......Whisper words of wisdom, let it be"
cattservant 20th Feb 2012, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
@JasperWB RE: Boobs; Me too. Probably Miwa. But maybe Carol is back from Boulder with a tank car full of 'teeny-tiny' nut oil...
JasperWB 21st Feb 2012, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
We can all hope and pray, but I think the only way that would happen is for me to win another sketch competition. In other words, when hell freezes over.

Though my birthday is next month. Maybe if I bother view enough...
Prestidigititis 21st Feb 2012, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
SPOILER ALERT! They're my boobs.
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Sir Prestidigititis; "Oh My God!!! My Eyes! My Eyes!...........>^++^<
Sheela 21st Feb 2012, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
oooOOOooOOoooooo ... :D
cattservant 22nd Feb 2012, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Sir Prestidigititis Damn! You were 50% right!
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
A picture of Carol ice skating then...>^OO^<
G-Rock 21st Feb 2012, 4:42 AM edit delete reply
Hans really needs (and deserves) a Hero party...
Meh.Aloe 21st Feb 2012, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Jim is scaryyy D:
Archduke 21st Feb 2012, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Hah, gotta love Mary's sweet face in the last panel.
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
Very much so! Don't you think that Paul McCartney's song "Let It Be" would be a perfect sound track for this panel?
ravenor78 21st Feb 2012, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
There has been no response or new comic from the all powerful master view lately, I guess that the previously mentioned internet must of fallen again, let us hope that the great master view posts soon.
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for the heads up! I wonder how long we can stave off withdrawal symptoms? >^@@^<!
CyberSkull 21st Feb 2012, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
The worst thing about being broken is everyone treats you like you are broken.
cattservant 21st Feb 2012, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
Maybe a discrete amount of alcohol would ease the pain?..