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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 64

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So! It looks like Spooky has swapped out his long, stiff lance for a long, stiff key! But apparently neither he nor Tsunami can go at it full force. And Kyle is worried about being too darn hot. Can Commander help Spooky come up with a more gentle technique that will make it possible to push his way in?

Tune in this Saturday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

 

 

 

  • davefragments

    Quick, get the giant, jumbo size Jaws Of Life.

  • stickfigurefairytales

    Love that skeleton key!

    • purplefoxglove

      Does Spooky play the Elder Scrolls?

  • syllibub

    This is getting more intense than ever. I’m not sure what other options there could be if they can’t blast through/cut through the box.

  • Oh Woooody~

    Maybe something demonic can do better against an evil spell. Or Spooky could have a last spell or potion up his sleeve to help out.

    • kuku

      Yeah, maybe our friendly vine can yank its way through?

      • They haven’t tried Woody yet, so the possibility is there, since the viny beanstalk is already there.

      • bronakopdin

        maybe?! His branches could go through the airholes? Question is what it’d do in there x’D

  • It’s all on Spooky! No pressure there!

  • Justin

    Not sure if intentional, but the clock went down, then up again.

    • syllibub

      I think the first panel repeated at the bottom?

      • Justin

        Ah yes. I thought it was just reusing the art, but now second to last panel already have all the ending stuff.

    • Just refresh the page. It’s been fixed.

  • Methinks Kyle needs to start practicing a little bit more with his flames so he can cut diamond without roasting people. I mean it should be a good skill to have, yeah?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      To be fair, though, you wouldn’t expect that to come up much on a team that normally only does search and rescue work.

      • Still. I mean what if he wanted to have a hobby of glass etching? Heat up a finger and etch away. 😀

        I guess if it were me, I’d always be coming up with some new trick to do.

        • stickfigurefairytales

          Well yeah, but glass is like a zillion times easier to cut through than diamond.

          • There is that. Hmmm. Still! If he practiced he could make some diamonds and and and…

          • stickfigurefairytales

            He’d still need somebody to supply the pressure aspect in addition to the heat. There’s always something else to consider when you try to make your own diamonds, let me tell you!

          • Is this personal experience talking? 😛

          • stickfigurefairytales

            You don’t know everything about my life ;P

          • Well now!!

          • davefragments

            I once watched a diamond being made at Westinghouse R&D. It was a tetrahedral press that was four or five stories high.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Cool!

          • davefragments

            It made a diamond about 1/10th carat, industrial grade.

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Do you remember how long it took to make it?

          • davefragments

            Mere seconds to squeeze but the pistons were gigantic and narrowed down to a tiny pyramid of carbon. 1/10 carat is not large

          • stickfigurefairytales

            Cool!

          • davefragments

            The most impressive piece of “steel” I ever saw was about the size of a quarter. It was a “large” piece of the remains of a steam boiler that went way, way, way over-limit and blew. I know all these fun stories. I used to work with high pressure hydrogen to turn coal to oil. I had pressures anywhere from 2,000 psig to 10,000 psig.

          • davefragments

            Diamond can burn but it takes a phenomenal amount of heat. At least the blast like an foxy-acetylene torch for steel cutting. I made those things one summer and they ain’t at all safe. I also don’t trust Kyle to blow a flame that thin and that precise.

          • Klaus

            Diamond burns, glass does not. The max temperature given on Kyle’s power card is 1093° C. Diamond ignites at about 800°. All he needs to do is to heat a small area of the box to above 800°, and then use the control of fire he showed in chapter one to keep the burning area small, and moving in a closed loop to cut a hole. But they do not have time for that. And as Stephen pointed out above, diamond is an exceptional heat conductor. Even with the burning itself contained. the entire box would get much too hotfor the victims tosurvive.

        • Samurai Jack

          Yes, diamond can burn. But it’s also a crystal that can be made to resonate and shatter. Theoretically Spooky, Flyboy or Tsunami could make that happen. If they think of it in time…

          • The only problem with shattering it is it could harm/kill those within. Unless it could be a controlled shatter. Maybe Spooky could use his magic to keep it from collapsing and then pull it away from those inside.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I dunno. A tight focus plasma cutting tool sounds highly useful in rescue work to me. Think of all the tangled debris he could cut away.

    • Maybe he could if it was just a wall, and not a box with holes in it.

      • Someone get him a diamond wall to practice on for future reference..

        • Stephen Hutchison

          I’m pretty sure they don’t have that in the budget. Yet. They may have some leftover diamond when this is all done.

    • timemonkey

      The question here is if he can contain the heat at all. If not then no amount of training will help, once you hit lethal heat levels it simply can’t be used safely around people. It’s why most fire type characters either completely ignore reality or are villains, heat’s a tricky thing to control.

  • davefragments

    And Spooky “options” . . . might we see another bear shooting laser beams from its fricken eyeballs

    • davefragments

      Or sharks?
      Or weasels?
      How about rodents of immense size with fake rubber tails

      • stickfigurefairytales

        Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist.

        *immediately gets bowled over by an R.O.U.S.*

        • syllibub

          “WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR FACE???”

  • That is one impressive and mean looking key. No better luck than the lance though. It still can’t poke enough to breach the holes.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hmm. So are those ominously foreboding countdown timers that are intruding into the panels, or merely prima dona countdown timers that just want everybody to acknowledge how pretty they are?

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I’m calling Sir (box maker) cea.. bad names in my mind just now!

    • Saxon_Brenton

      It just means that she was paying attention to the Evil Overlord’s List, and took precautions against every point of failure in the plan that she could identify.

    • Yeah, what the heck did she do to that box? If belief that it was her who made it, not just hexed it, and that she didn’t get it from some demonic being or an alien.

  • D. G.

    Im hoping Spooky comes up with something!!!

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Between the various thingumys that Spooky has been conjuring, plus the green colour, I’m getting a Green Lantern vibe.

    • davefragments

      Please, no Ryan Reynolds jokes… We all know who he had to fondle to get his new movie role again.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        I have yet to see the movie, so definately no Ryan Reynold jokes from me. However, I was thinking silver age comics, so a Hal-Jordan-getting-hit-on-the-head-and-knocked-unconscious reference might be in the cards.

        • davefragments

          It’s fun. Reynolds is a master of the strange and weird insults. Plus watch the opening credits and then when the “red” ending credits are up, pay attention. It’s too funny.

      • timemonkey

        I don’t think anyone would have. General opinion seems to be to just pretend that movie never happened.

        • davefragments

          Ryan Reynolds inserted at least four Green Lantern putdowns and insults in Deadpool, plus, he keeps teasing Hugh Jackman. In fact, there is a rather fun back-and-forth of insults and commentary about Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool in that Wolverine movie.

          • timemonkey

            Yeah, but he’s the one who had to live with those movies.

      • Steven Higgins

        You say that like feeling up Hugh Jackman is a bad thing.

        • davefragments

          I haven’t been introduced to Hugh Jackman. I only fondle balls or “bump fuzzies” after a proper introduction.
          Harrumph! (roll your eyes, now!)
          For those who haven’t seen the movie — Deadpool’s well-known and repeated line is: “You’re probably thinking, “Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my very own movie”? I can’t tell you his name, but it rhymes with “Polverine… [a pause] And let me tell you, he’s got a nice pair of smooth criminals down under.”
          If you’ve ever read the Deadpool comics, there is a reason for Deadpool’s obsession with Wolverine. It’s a spoiler so I won’t say it.

  • Librarican

    Psst, Alex. Maybe it’s just me, but your next buttons don’t seem to be working on the previous two pages. FYI.

    • Hmm, you seem to be right. It’s not just a cache issue. Mine doesn’t work either. If Alex doesn’t see this comment by tomorrow, I’ll write him and let him know.

      • Thanks, y’all. It was a caching issue, but it seems not a local one. Looks like my CDN got a little stingy about updating the pages. I’ve just forced it to clear its cache and if you refresh those pages, the Next buttons should no longer be greyed out.

        Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  • Sapfo

    No no no! We are running out of time! Ticking clock is not on our side…. wait a moment, have they thought of just adding more minutes to the timer? Maybe that will work?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Ooh, I like that idea.

      • Sapfo

        It´s so easy and most people would just over look this 😉

        • timemonkey

          Because it requires messing with the bomb, which they explicitly can not do right now.

    • Good suggestion, but how?

  • Adam Black

    shrink down, go through the holes, -disable the bomb-
    then shrink the bomb, take it outside, and throw it far…

    • Stephen Hutchison

      If only one of them could get that small!!!

      • Adam Black

        spookys got magic.

        • Stephen Hutchison

          There’s never been any suggestion that Spooky’s got Shrink-a-Dink magic. Although clearly he knows how to bottle a bear.

          • Malusz

            That he had a bottled technically-not-a-bear doesn’t mean he’s the one that put it in the bottle

        • Klaus

          So far we have only seen Spooky doing Green Lantern type stuff and healing. He has joked about summoning demons, and Amanda seemed to think he can do that. We don’t know that he can do anything else.

    • Klaus

      I do not think there is a bomb. Kyle is convinced that the victims will be electrocuted (see p.58). But where is the power source for that? A few D-cells will not be enough.

      • timemonkey

        If the box is magic there’s no reason the bomb can’t be magic as well.

  • davefragments

    This isn’t an Elkhorn Safe… er Box…

  • Mir

    My solution to this problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9RuaB3c9FQ

  • I enjoy reading the ideas to how the box can be breached. So many creative, imagimative and good suggestions to how it might be possible to do it 🙂

  • darius404

    Water is used to cut diamonds, but I doubt Tsunami has the fine control for a beam that fine. How much fine control does Spooky have over his constructs? Using Tsunami’s water at full blast, could Spooky create a channel fine and sturdy enough to focus that water into a jet that could cut the diamond? (Insert comment about Spooky being fine and sturdy here)

    The only other thing I can think of is using Kyle’s connection to his father’s realm to create a workaround ritual to open the gate prematurely. It doesn’t seem very likely, but it’s entirely possible that timed explosive has a magical component. If the timer is tied to the ritual, maybe completing it early would stop the countdown?

    Also…. um…. well, that’s all I’ve got.

  • Stephen Hutchison

    So, Spooky, about summoning a demon to eat that bomb? Yes? No?

  • camelotcrusade

    Okay, drastic times call for drastic measures. We’re gonna need a llama, some potato salad, and a plunger. Any questions?

    • That Guy

      Yes, what do we do if the llamas eat all the potato salad? Is there time to make more?

  • Stephen Hutchison

    Incidentally, I just did some lookup on the thermal properties of diamond.

    Diamond transmits thermal energy by lattice vibration rather than by conduction, making it one of the most efficient and quick transmitters for heat. So if Kyle were to try to make it hot enough to burn? He’d kill everyone inside it in the process, because he’d have to make the ENTIRE THING that hot.

    I was thinking this because I was thinking of the thing you can do with glass where you heat part of it and cool a different part and the stress makes it explode, but the glass crystal structure is different than the diamond’s, and doesn’t transmit heat as well. So you wouldn’t get disparate heat and cold transmission.

  • Surely it’s not a solid block of diamond? It has seams yeah? Surely that would be a weak spot.

    Also it’s too bad they don’t have someone who has control over the earth element, they could create a sand saw. Or maybe combine with Tsu in some way.

    • Adam Black

      flyboy dropped him hours ago.

      • But I don’t know if he could use the earth in the same way that Tsu can use water.

    • Klaus

      It is created by magic. It could be one piece of diamond.

  • Saxon_Brenton

    A practical observation on getting into the box. The Priestess has clearly warded the air holes so that nothing that the Young Protectors do can directly reach in an affect the timer. How about indirectly? I ask because the air holes have a practical purpose to let in are so that the sacrifices don’t suffocate and die before the exact time needed for the ritual.

    (Unless the Priestess put the holes there purely to mess with the heads of anyone who tried to stop the ritual, and the air supply is maintained by magic such that the box could in fact be air tight, or something equally byzantine…)

    I propose that there must be some setup of differentiating between what can get in and out of the holes and what can’t. But while I can think of a couple of possible answers, we don’t have any hard data with which to choose. The most likely (because it’s the least complicated) is simply to exclude anything being used through the air holes as a deliberate tool. (Since the Priestess is a magic user, she would probably phrase it as being used with intent) Thus, air or even water would have no problem randomly flowing through the holes, but once anyone tries to direct those substances to do anything, the magic cuts in. Which makes an interesting hypothetical of whether the YP could pour water in and see if Tsunami could animate once its on the other side. Unfortunately we’re getting a little too close to the deadline for experimenting like that.

    From what we’ve seen the priestess is still pretty powerful, so I don’t think she would need to place any faerie tale style loop holes in the warding. But if she did, she might’ve limited it to actions with heroic intent. This would allow Spooky to conjure up that small demon to eat the timer that people have been suggesting (including Stephen, a few posts below). Or alternatively, Spooky could conjure up a D&D style rust monster and hold it up so that it could poke its antennae in and consume the timer. After all, hungry monsters don’t care about whether sacrifices are saved as a consequence of them getting fed.

    • I’m still wondering if Woody could be the solution. Demonic beanstalk right there.

  • camelotcrusade

    I think Fluke should run over with a hammer, trip, send the hammer flying and hit the box in exactly the right spot to crack it. Then Gordon gives him a nuggie.

    • purplefoxglove

      Unfortunately, that would require a lot of good luck on Fluke’s part – and he’s currently charged with so much negative luck that he doesn’t even dare to go near his teammates.

  • That Guy

    So…I’ve been drinking, and have been awake for far too long. This leads me to the belief that the YP need to pull a Tenacious D to deactivate that timer….Will it work on things other than lasers?

  • Cecilie Muldkjær Bredesen

    So.. To me it just Looks like the people in the class box are sitting on the grund… So cant they just lift it up…? Our is that stupid?

    • There could be glass below them, just see-through. I think so.

      • Cecilie Muldkjær Bredesen

        okay, it just looks like there are grass around where they are sitting, at least for me, but you are most likey right

        • Mir

          Yeah i’ve mentioned that before, it is a glass floor if you look a few pages back.

  • purplefoxglove

    *reads comic*
    *reads Alex’ comments*
    *remembers the info in the 18+ Trading Card Pack*
    ERROR. This brain had to be shut down to prevent overheating.

  • purplefoxglove

    Why are the sacrifices all just sitting on the ground? I think if I were a sacrifice in a cell WITH A FREAKING TIMER close to zero and superheroes trying to break down the damn thing from outside, I’d be up and hopping (seeing as that weird bondage contraption won’t allow for the sacrifices to stand up straight – what are those ropes made of, anyway? Can’t they gnaw through them? Help each other to untie the knots?) in circles or banging the walls from the inside. Which would do absolutely nothing, but I’d be too riled up to just SIT there.

    Also, I’d probably try to yank out all the wires I can reach and hope for the best at about 10 seconds to boom (if the heroes were still at a loss at that point).

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Yes. So very much, yes.

    • Jeldenil

      I’d at least ripped someone’s ducttape off and tried to get them to do the same for me…

      • Keneu

        “Remember our first kiss?”
        “You mean, back when those cult mooks encaged us in a diamond box and two of the most dangerous supervillains wanted to kill us to bring forth the end of the world as humanity knows it and I was trying to rip your ducktape off your mouth? How could I forget?”

      • Jonni

        The classic trick is enchanted rope that constricts harder the more you try to escape from it. Their choices are sit quietly and die, or struggle till their bonds tighten enough to dislocate/break their bones, spend their remaining moments in agony then die anyway.

    • timemonkey

      I think you’re over estimating the amount of movement they’re capable of. In that position you’re not going to be up and hoping but rolling wildly because you can’t balance yourself. It also doesn’t seem like they’d be flexible enough to get their faces near their hands to either untape or try and chew through the rope.

    • From what they must have seen Sircea and Duncan do while being captive (maybe especially Sircea), they could be scared of doing much. We don’t know how long they’ve been in the box and/or when exactly they were ducttaped. Could havd happened becausd they *were* screamingv and flailing around earlier.

      I’m pretty sure Sircea would know ways to show them that silence is better for tjem xD

  • Jeldenil

    Hmmm. Most of the things I can think of would take too much time. Could they get Fluffy back and somehow get him to break the box?

  • Malusz

    That clock needs to reach 00:00:01 for a solution to emerge.
    Is a bad streak of luck hitting the clock, bomb or the walls of the prison an option?
    Also… Shouldn’t the cavalry reach the location soonish now?

    • Klaus

      When the clock stood at 50 minutes, Amanda said that it would take more than an hour. So at the very least 10 minutes from now.

  • Mary Klemzak

    Just a couple things…

    Does anyone have a diamond ring or something? Doesn’t diamond cut diamond?

    Also, if I was an element hero, I’d back up quite a bit, and then try the water and/or fire again. The further away it is, the more powerful it gets?Maybe I’m a nerd or whatever. Kinda like, its not the wind in a tornado, it’s the velocity of the debris inside it.

    I’m counting in Paul’s fluke power. Timer goes down to zero, and he just does whatever, i dunno. Maybe snaps his fingers, and everything is hunky dory.

    That’s just me..

    • timemonkey

      Fluke is heavily negatively charged right now, he’d just make things worse.

      • Mary Klemzak

        Ok so third option out.

        That leaves option one and two. Diamonds cutting diamonds, and physics.

    • Klaus

      As for your second option, see panel two.

      • Mary Klemzak

        Yeah, cooking alive is definitely not a good option.

        Cmon, guys and gals, THINK!

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Incidentally… anyone notice the shirtless captive without duct-tape on his mouth?

    • I noticed shirtless, bit hadn’t seen the no-tape. Maybe Adam forgot it, or that one dude wasn’t as screamy as the rest.

      • Sumi

        Or he’s mute and PP decided, “Why waste good duct tape?”

    • KingOfNymphs

      I zoomed in, and it is possible that he is duct-taped, but the coloring doesn’t make it easy to distinguish.

  • Jonni

    Skeleton Key. Nice try, Spooky.

  • Keneu

    Silverjow’s art style is amazing *-* [picks up jaw from the floor and dusts it carefully before putting back in place]

    And woah, Spooky is quite powerful, isn’t he? But Sircea seems to be

  • Klaus

    “I need options, Spooky, and I need them fast.”
    “Well, you could try that switch over there. The one labelled ‘OFF'”.

    • Jason Moon

      What, no big red button? (shakes head) No one respects tradition anymore.

  • Jason Moon

    We’re just encouraging these double entendre paragraphs of yours, aren’t we?

    • davefragments

      He’s too darn hot according to The Velvet Fog:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuofM7c4sSY

    • Klaus

      No telling how long he will keep it up.

      • Jason Moon

        “how LONG he will keep it UP”?

        You too, Klaus? 😉

  • Nate

    Small demon! Small demon!

  • Abyssdoor

    “well, I may have a bottle with a not-a-bear around here…”
    “damn it!”

  • Aitsuki

    Not-a-bear’s laser eyes would come in handy now… lasers cut diamonds!

  • Ruben

    Um… wut? but…. burning diamond is not more difficult than burning coal. Wouldn’t burn very different either.

    • Snorlaxation

      To burn, no. Also, it’s ‘magic’ diamond? Maybe?
      Either way to suitably burn it to the point of destroying it without accidentally blasting the people that are tied up right behind it requires more apparent power and skill than our little ginger has at the moment.

      • Ruben

        A simple acetylene-oxygen welding torch would do, but yeah, maybe the young chap isn’t that precise.

        • Klaus

          Heating diamond to about 800° will ignite it. However, diamond is an exceptional heat conductor, so heating one point of the cage to 800° will fry the sacrifices.

        • davefragments

          Good thought but in my real life, I used to turn coal into oil and then gasoline. Chemically, diamond is all carbon. Coal is carbon plus hydrogen. It contains water plus various contaminants of nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen. Add to that a heaping helping of rock (what is called Coal Ash). So coal is easier to burn and emits tars and SOx and NOx. It’s dirty and because of that much easier to “burn” than diamond.
          Thanks for bringing out my inner nerd.

    • Burning diamond takes higher temperature, but yes, diamond can burn.

  • why not just break the bone barrier

    • davefragments

      On chapter 3, page 120, panel 6 —
      Duncan says: “They knocked down the circle of bone”
      Sircea answers: “Hardly an impediment to a demon with wings, Darling”

      • Knocking it down means still intact, like I understand him flying through it if knocked over, but I mean actually break it/shatter it.

        • Klaus

          Worth a try.

        • davefragments

          Good idea, but I haven’t a clue about what that would do.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            When in doubt, have Flyboy act as a mass driver by throwing rocks at it at multiples of the speed of sound. Or vice verse, have Flyboy pick up the bone circle and ram it into the face of a cliff made of granite.

    • Vaira

      From what I understood/remember bone circle was more of a decoration than a needed component. More like a red carpet.

      • Klaus

        Sircea said that the circle lying down will not be a problem for a winged demon. To me that seems to indicate that he will have to pass through the circle.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        We need a spokes-model with a mic. to ask Laampros “who” he’s wearing when he steps onto the red carpet. Yes?

  • bandanajack

    flyboy can pick up anything, no?

    • bandanajack

      why is no one mentioning flyboy. his talent might help, and he was already on the mend…

      • SchalaRenee

        All he could do is pick up the cage and drop, which I think would still kill the captives, unless the cage is just over them, not under them as well. I don’t think Sircea would have done that, though. She seems crazy prepared for just about anything, and would have thought of someone lifting the cage over the captives.

      • Klaus

        Several people have, but none have come up with anything better than to move the cage and hope that the victims dying somewhere else will not open the gate.

      • Saxon_Brenton

        How about… Flyboy picks up the box, carefully rolls it over (just like those fairground rides that have a rolling ‘room’ that allow you to walk up onto the ceiling), so that the timer is on the bottom of the box. Make sure the new ‘floor’ is on a slight incline, so that the hostages can all huddle up one end on slightly higher ground. Then, Tsunami can form a pool of water around the outside, just big enough to flood water in through the holes without actually needing Tsunami to control the water, and that will short out the timer…

        No. Wait. The hostages are tied up and wouldn’t be able to keep themselves up the high end. They’d get electrocuted when the timer shorts out.

        Okay, next idea…

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Why didn’t they have Cuddles use one of those massive claws to do a Mission Impossible stunt and cut a neat circe in the glass?

          Famous great ideas that come too late. HA!

  • davefragments

    The Key.
    Where is the Key?

    • Klaus

      That is the key question.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        And who’s lock will it be inserted into? OUCH.

  • AceOfSpade

    You don’t need to got high enough to actually burn the diamond, just heat it! Then cool it down fast! Believe me diamond does NOT like that. Temperature shock make it shatter.

    Source: I was trained as a jeweller, and thought we never worked with actual precious material our professor did tell us that “Diamond is really easy to work with, you don’t need to remove the stones before repariring a jewel because diamond can take the heat you’ll be working with and it won’t be affected by the chemicals we use. Be careful about drafts though, if one cool the diamond it can shatter it.”

    • Klaus

      You would still roast the captives. And there is no time.

    • Keneu

      I think diamond is extremely fragile, too. “Hardness” when referring to minerals only refers to what it can cut/scratch. Being the hardest mineral implies that diamond can cut through everything – it doesn’t mean that diamond is sturdy or resistant to impacts.

  • Warren Henderson

    I am to pressed for time (stupid work) to go back and check but are the circles at the top holes? If so rather than try and break a diamond box perhaps a way to insulate the victims from electrocution might be a better way to go. Provided there isn’t a shrink-y spell to make them mouse sized. Call it thinking in spite of the box as it were. If I have never said it before thank you for sharing this story and art with me I appreciate it very much.

    • It’s holes, but the box is protected from penetration by strong Sircea magic spells. Tsunami already tried breaking through with water and rip the cords,but couldn’t get water through the holes.

  • davefragments

    How far will the clock wind down tonight?
    It’s sands through the hourglass to break your heart, or the timing of a tell-tale clock, or the beating of a hidden heart, it’s the silent flicker of diodes marching ever closer to the final grand guignol of death…
    😉
    And Commander Amanda, isn’t that a whole heaping truck-load of pressure being put on Spooky?

    • Klaus

      Not very far. In the script, Alex instructed Adam to keep the timer visible on every page from now on. He would hardly have done that if it was just one or two pages.

      • davefragments

        TV TROPES has the Time Bomb (clock enigma)
        http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TimeBomb
        On the first iteration of the page, the timer was visible but not clear and explicitly running down. The final version of the page has it HUGE and SIGNIFICANT like those capital letters.
        In an interview, Alfred Hitchcock discussed why he didn’t make gory movies with buckets and barrels of blood splattering everywhere. HE said that the explosion of a bomb ripping someone apart is ten-seconds of shock to an audience. They scream and then get over it. However, take that same bomb hide it and put a timer on it… Then have the bomber place it on (let’s say) the bleachers of an athletic event at a high school. Have people come in, fill the stands, move the bomb, kick it, jostle it, pay no attention to it. But keep showing that timer ticking down, relentlessly, make the people around it oblivious. That’s when the audience gets absolutely batcrap crazy and starts to yell at the movie screen — they see the carnage before it happens. These are oblivious innocents blindly going to their deaths.
        That scares an audience more than an ocean of blood. The anticipation of the audience creates more fear in their minds because our minds know exactly what scares us…

        • davefragments

          Except, of course, Hitchcock broke that rule (and a whole lot of other rules of movie making) with PSYCHO and the infamous shower scene.

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I wonder how bloody and gross our Alex is going to get with this? Is anyone running a book yet? There might be money to be made here. 😀

    • davefragments

      The Freddy Krueger Award for spilled blood?

    • davefragments

      The Walking Dead Award for gore?

      (that’s a tough one to win)

    • davefragments

      The John Hannah and Lucy Lawless Combined Award for gladiatorial blood-spilling…

      (another tough standard to beat considering…)

  • Hello campers!!

    • davefragments

      Hi there…

      • Howdy Dave!!

        • davefragments

          It’s been a good day. I finished reading THE CURSED CHILD (the new Harry Potter thing) and started reading THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS.

          • It’s been a day here. Was woke at 5:30 to the news that a hose to one of the toilets broke and had flooded a portion of the house. Yay!

          • davefragments

            Not yay… but at least you heard it.
            That happened to me once and I threw everything near the toilet across the room until I got to the valve.

          • Oh, I didn’t hear it. There was a knock on my door. My mom had risen and squish squish squish. It’s a good thing we have a shop vac

          • davefragments

            yes, I once left a rag in the laundry tub and the washer overflowed the tub. Now I am all on one floor on a concrete slab. I had to call a cleaner to stop parts of my carpet from squishing.

          • We have floor fans on the carpet at this moment, but it’s soaked into the pad in some places. It really needs to be ripped out, but it wasn’t long ago that the land lady replaced the kitchen counter and fixed a couple of windows.

          • davefragments

            That’s about all you can do. Water does bad things to carpet pads.

            BTW – can I ask a political question?

          • Sure! Well nothing to controversial,

          • davefragments

            Someone (who shall remain nameless) sent me a picture on my real email (everyone knows that email is only for family and important things like the probate lawyer) and that email had the line in it: “Hillary Clinton’s Vagenda of Manocide” in it. I almost lost my breakfast.
            Now I have a good track record trying to get High School girls into college as engineers. I think we need more women research scientists. However, I havn’t a clue what that even means and was hoping that someone could clue me in.

          • Sigh. Dudebros (afraid of the lady bits and of the ladies period) thinking themselves clever instead of the insecure assholes they are.

            Okay after a quick search I came up with this.

            http://www.thewrap.com/vagenda-of-manocide-url-redirects-to-hillary-clinton-campaign-site/

          • davefragments

            I can’t believe anyone is that insecure to say such a thing. I can’t say that in the terms I want because one doesn’t type those words. Even the illogic of it escapes me.

          • It just baffles me every time I come across such things. That there are those that actually think these things. I’ve had my little brother actually say to me that what feminists were after was not equality (and because of biology we can’t really be equal can we) but to flip the system and take things from men. I’m hoping he’s changed his thought process on that. Of course he doesn’t believe there is a wage gap, it’s a conspiracy!! But then again he’s a libertarian and listens to/reads some really weird ass stuff on the radio and internet. I’m not sure sometimes if he’s actually my brother or if he’s been body snatched because we were not raised that way.

          • That’s not to say my brother is bad. He hates Trump so there is that. But there are times I just look at him and go WTF dude?!

          • davefragments

            I worked for the National Laboratory over here and at the time our Director was a lady with a mechanical engineering degree. She was the best director we had in the 30 years I worked there. We had women PHd’s in chemistry and chemical engineering as bosses and coworkers. I never thought anything like this. Well, Patreon is starting to heat up with FlashBack Fridays.

          • He used the excuse of who worked in the quarries. Hahahaha! Um, dude, women have worked and been everywhere, we’ve just been written out of history. But that’s right up there with politics as taboo topics when he comes up to visit. He may hate Trump, but there is the rest that we don’t agree on and there is a lot.

            And apparently I did not have that poster!

          • davefragments

            I just watch this political season in amazement. Yesterday and today were mind-numbing.
            I have enough mathematics to read the numbers in a poll and see the results as good or bad. It happens in my head. When I hear people talk about polls, a) it baffles me that they could be so uninformed, and b) mostly, they are painfully wrong.

          • This election is just scaring the crap out of me!

          • davefragments

            Each day I think it cannot get worse and then it does

          • Yup. 🙁

          • Hiya,
            Writing here since it’s faster, being on my parents veeery slow reacting computer. Will delete when you have seen it. I’ll go back to bed soon and come back later. Have a mean headache.

          • davefragments

            It showed up on CROOKS and LIARS…
            http://crooksandliars.com/2016/08/hillary-clintons-vagenda-manocide-coming
            It is like its growing tentacles and becoming Cthulhu of the deep and dark. I’m going to read a good book and eat a small lunch. Hide from all this political goofiness and idiocy.

          • Sigh. I fear greatly for humanity. But then again I’m not certain most of these guys are humans. I think they’ve disguised themselves and their king has now summoned them out of hiding.

          • davefragments

            I turned 18 in 1968 with Vietnam and Civil Rights raging in headlines and on people’s lips. This is worse in all ways but one thanks to the 24/7 electronic media.
            The day that I had to move my Mother from a Rehab home to a nursing home, there was a tea-party couple that to this day I can’t reconcile my anger with their idiotic behavior and lack of compassion.
            I fear the right wing’s hatred as destructive to the nation.
            I will stop this and I keep TYP’s as a refuge of sanity and fun.

          • Understood and I believe I shall do the same!

      • D. G.

        Hey Dave.

        • davefragments

          How’s it going?

          • D. G.

            Pretty good. U?

          • davefragments

            Reasonably well. Today was better than yesterday and that is good.
            And U?

          • D. G.

            Had a pretty good day. Read some fan fiction.

          • davefragments

            I said below I started reading THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

    • D. G.

      Hey A.J.

  • davefragments

    I just saw a commercial for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” on BBC-America. It looks like more fun from the pen of Douglas Adams.

  • davefragments

    Vogon Poetry

  • davefragments

    Patreon is thinking really hard…

  • Justin White

    DOn’t let this be the end