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0460: Rhyme Unreasonable in I Think Therefore Iamb 18th Nov, 2018
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0460: Rhyme Unreasonable
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Mel Cormac
If you’re uncomfortable hearing Seth talk like that, congratulations, you are in the same boat as Jon! And me!
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Microraptor
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Microraptor
:-D

(Reminds me of that one Scrubs episode where they had a patient who perceived everyone around her singing.)
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I think that was part of the inspiration for this chapter!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Way to break the rhythm in the last panel there, Jon.

....Shoot, Jon's loose. Where is the sexagenarian librarian with a fire extinguisher who has a hard-won immunity to the iambic pentameter virus when we need her? I invented her as a joke, but right now she's the action hero London needs. With our cast's luck maybe she'll show up after the plague's burnt itself out to chase off unchaste young whippersnappers sexing each other up her stacks.

P.S. Taping a note to the wall to apologize for taping notes to the wall... SETH!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I decided that, since Shakespeare broke up his own rhythm a few times, so can I. That, and I just really wanted to use "marry" as an exclamation here

I had to keep schtum when you commented on the last page... you kinda nailed it! Minus the powerful librarian saving these nerds from their fate...

And yeah, there's no helping Seth
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Eh, it fits with someone drowning in Shakespearean language. Truth be told, this may be a lesser affliction than either military jargon, or corporate bullshit speak that pretends "actioning" is a word worth anything but punitive corporal discipline.

Powerful? No, no, her prowess comes from being a veteran with decades of experience on the frontline of library science. Aside from still being able to rush, carry and use a fire extinguisher, and mastery of organization schema and older information technologies, she's nothing special physically.
I chose to describe Jon and Ken being beaten up by a little old lady out of one part contempt for misogynist brawling machismo and three parts actually watching an elderly librarian lady deal with two fools picking a fight with each other in her library. She did not appreciate my applause after she came back from throwing them out.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Oh god, the corporate speech... I caught myself saying "actioning" the other day... the shame.

And said librarian could absolutely kick both those guys' arses, no doubt about it.
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Her real-life inspiration arm-twisted both those guys simultaneously, and rushed them out of the library by holding on to their twisted arms behind their backs as she pushed them. Frankly, it makes me worry about the kind of things librarians must see and deal with if that is a well-polished job skill.
HiFranc
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HiFranc
Something tells me that Jon has been stressing too much about his exam.
Matthew Jones (Guest)
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It reminds me of times near the end of term for music majors. They would have juries, and some people would interpret things in the same way as Jon is doing with Shakespeare, but music.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I've heard that near exams music students start going "you tapping your ruler on the table is a B flat, my laptop fan hums an F sharp..."
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Ah yes, perfect pitch. That and "miscellaneous background noises" are the real reasons musicians tend to NEED powerful narcotics, and go insane without enough of them.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
The exam stress is real
junoro
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junoro
This is incredible.
Especially Seth's last speech bubble. That is BEAUTIFUL
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
:D Thanks so much!

This was secretly an excuse to write poetry for my characters
steveha
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steveha
For English speakers outside the UK: "sellotape" == cellophane tape.

I always thought it was "cellotape" but I guess it's fully phonetic.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Ah yeah, Sellotape is actually a brand, but like Band-Aid in the US, we just ended up using that word for adhesive tape in general. Though it's also called sticky tape or just tape here, I chose Sellotape because it sounded more posh :D
steveha
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steveha
In the USA people say "make a xerox" for any photocopy. I have heard that in the UK people use "Hoover" to mean any vacuum cleaner, or even as a verb meaning to use any vacuum cleaner.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
That's right! We hoover with a hoover! Though I have heard some people call it a Dyson, but that's only if it's actually a Dyson
steveha
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steveha
The previous comics about speaking in Shakespearean style didn't make me laugh very hard, but now I see that you were setting us up for this! Well done; the payoff was totally worth the build-up. I love today's update!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I'm glad! I was a bit worried I'd be the only one who found this chapter funny!
ProfEtheric
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ProfEtheric
No no... THIS is what going mad feels like.

I just have to say, this chapter has been completely and utterly mad! I love it!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
:D Thanks! I'm happy this chapter is going down well!