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    @johnjones

    are you referring to her quote about it being worse, whatever "it" is?

    My assumption on that was that she was trying to expand her perspective, "go wider" and see more of the world. sort of the way paul atreides describes his "race consciousness"- a length of gauze undulating in the wind- i think that arkady is trying to see the future. somewhere in the 'angels' near future, there is another calamity sneaking up on them, and she tries to prevent it, but she can't even understand what it actually is. that, i think, is her work. and if the FA package allows her to pop herself in and out of whatever undulation she likes, then theres a lot more going on under the pale skin and purple eyes than even they suspect.
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    @ Ariana - In an odd synchronicity, I read the post on your blog about your divorce yesterday and my wife just left me last week. Although we're getting along better now than we ever did while married, I probably won't be attending her family's XMas celebration. Rather, I'll be alone in a stupid, empty house, as my side of the family all lives very far away. And, as I stumble drunkenly around, I'll now be thinking of the booze as medication. So thank you for that.

    @ Brad - I think that the reference to vehicle GPS, along with "i can has" and "all your base", is a good hint that Warren's getting at culture, shared memory, and also utilizing intarnets memes. So, yeah. Both.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2008
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    Took me most of the day to get to FreakAngels and then all night to get through WhiteChapel. But it beats getting actual shit done or sleeping.

    More and more I do love Alice. This is a very different way if introducing a world setting and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. There isn't any stranger in a strange land. A hapless soul having to learn the ropes in a new land. It isn't a single person possessed of a mystery that requires rethinking everything he thinks he knows. It's a story, progressing at top speed in a very different setting from our world but with just enough memory of our world to toss out comments that give us (poor hapless readers) some context. I like that Alice, when her mind is free, is a smart girl with a lot of determination. Yes, the clever lines got me to laugh, but I can't stop thinking about Alice and her former life.

    I am heading home for Christmas. Snow is grand and all but I currently can't share it with anyone I love. I miss Los Angeles so much it aches. The ache just gets searing and bad when I think about friends I haven't seen in months. Family is exciting too because we haven't had a full house in years. It'll probably only be cool for a day or two and then we'll get on each others' nerves. But fortunately I haven't sold my car yet, so I can still get away.
    • CommentAuthornumpty1979
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2008
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    I did not get that reference at all. A bit of interweb research and now the veil is lifted from my eyes. Must have been living under a rock....

    Great episode, the plot's been brilliant of late. Loving the zippy pace.
    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2008
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    I didn't get the reference either. Initially thought it was a spelling mistake, then thought there was no way I.J would make such mistakes.
    The original Zero Wing transcript is actually on Wiki and funny as hell, my fav line: 'You are on the way to destruction...'

    Anyway still wikid every time W and P.
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      CommentAuthoreDave
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2008
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    i almost spat a mug of tea over the screen at the last line. ace.
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    You know, compare the first picture we have of Alice to the panel on page four. She's getting prettier. And more loaveable in a strange sort of way. Think She'll fin out about the "angels ending the world? How will she react? Hm....
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    @razrangel

    Nice Robert A. Heinlein reference. I like that aspect of her as well. It's almost like she is inadvertently teaching Conner about how the world actually is for normal people as he is teaching her about the freakangels and whitechapel.
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      CommentAuthordiello
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2008
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    @Hylian
    I'd wager that ought to be a secret they rarely utter amongst themselves, let alone anyone else... but then again, I'd wager that Warren loves that sort of drama, and it's bound to come up sooner or later ;)
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    ok ok maybe I am seeing things and going mad but I looked again and I still see it, and I am 45% more sober now, so I had to do this, sorry all I have on this machine is MS Paint (my awesome laptop melted)

    freakangeys
    It might need to be clicked on to see clearer
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    I see it, but thats a long stretch, Atomic, lol.
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    @AtomicSloth

    I'm afraid it's just a bit of pareidolia, but I can see what you mean.
    • CommentAuthordeckard
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2008
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    Interesting the way the framing echoes Bourdieu's analysis of social space and the power relations across the interstices - the wider framing of single page and half page city scenes has something of Foucault about them - panoptican surveillance perhaps? - group punishement?
    • CommentAuthordeckard
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2008
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    .... or even punishment....
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2008
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    'allo chapelers. been moving. still relegated to phone-internets. haven't called comcast yet. but at least i am fully moved now. fort wayne,in, to those interested or that weren't paying attention (for like a month...)

    anyway... this week's ep was great exposition on the part of alice, someone's gonna get fucked up, etc. for some reason this week seemed to jump in an odd way to me. just as soon as i got involved in one conversation, we'd skip to another part of town. said conversations were good, i just wanted more. always more!

    it's now christmas eve, and raining (which is a new christmas experience for me) and we're trying to get shit unpacked, so i better get on that. and maybe venture out and find a LCS... it IS wednesday, after all...
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2008
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    OK

    Loved warren ellis' work for a long, long time (counter x a classic and ghost boxes might be best x-men ever. ((Cyke, don't do it!)))

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    hated the "all your base/ fractures" ref on last freakangels.

    Why would you quote some "mildly amusing at the time" internet fun, after the apocalypse?
    "yeah, we have a serious cholera problem to sort out - but those early 21C internet gags still really rule!"

    This was only thing i've not liked in FA - but it did suck! please make this a good plot point to compensate

    looking forward to final Planetary

    LH

    i felt it spoilt the carefully constructed
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2008
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    I reckon when the world ends, people that can't remember how to joke better go ahead and die early. Really, you people with no sense of humor are just not invited to my apocalypse, thank you.
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    Is this time to trot out the old aphorism about all science fiction not actually being about the future, but about the time in which it was written?

    No? OK, then, I'll be quiet.
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      CommentAuthordiello
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2008
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    @Louie:
    because it was probably only "mildly amusing at the time" to you. Far more people than just you LOVED it, and still do. I agree with Ariana- a good sense of humor will get you far. It's good to have one if you want to LIVE in the apocalypse and not just survive it.
    And they DON'T have a serious cholera problem to sort out. They have clean, drinkable water, so it's not much to worry about unless you're not drinking the clean stuff. Not like you can seek it out and battle it with your powers, anyway. I think they'd have figured that one out by now.
    Gah.
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2008
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    @Ariana / Diello

    Yeah, I'm with you girls - thanks!

    The whole "growing strawbs to restore some sense of normality" attitude is very cool!

    imagine when global meltdown happens - should we pick out cockroaches singing the chuffing hamster song? Or that dancing baby>

    altogether now, KK; "Hooga chacka, hooga hooga, Hooga chacka, Hooga hooga, Hooga chacka;......."

    could i wangle a late invite to yo apocalypse party after all?

    chin-chin

    LH