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Somebody claiming they aren't going to the thing I specifically disinvited them from isn't some kinda savvy rhetorical judo.

I've read a lot of stuff about vaccines online - I've seen several extended club remixes of paranoid conspiracy, ones that begin by scaffolding out some reasonable concept until it curdles about thirty percent of the way through into Space Lizards or Neuralink or some shit. It sounds stupid, and when the middle part of your mail is a different font size because you pasted in a bunch of International Laws I'm supposedly breaking I'm not going to look those up. My feeling is that if you don't like the mRNA approach for some reason, get the Johnson & Johnson one. Definitely get one of the magical free elixirs our nation bought you, to minimize your chances of becoming an anonymized increment in some kind of graph as opposed to someone your mother can hold.

My mom lost six friends last week to this shit. Lifelong friends. She was unintelligible on the phone, utterly broken. That number seems like a statistical aberration to me, but it's a real fact in her actual life. I don't know if you read the news at all. You might have noticed the recent turn toward the idea that we've been through the last wave and that we're moving into the endemic phase. I can't speak to that - in the world I live in, the supports are being kicked away just as there's a glimmer of hope. Media feels like a sequence of increasingly alien communiques; empty displays, yoked to abstractions. Leaders straight out of a meme generator, allergic to any effort to grapple with material conditions.

Well, I don't live at that level. I live down here. And here, where I can do something, I have a duty to the people who work at these shows, and the people who attend them. And not just for this show, or these people, but for the people in their periphery - and toward the furtherance of a world better than the one we're being made to endure.

(CW)TB out.

Race Night!

Tonight the Penny Arcade iRacing league is headed to USA International (the dirt oval) and we'll be racing the dirt street stocks. Join us in the pit crew at 7:30 PST over on Twitch for the chaotic opening to season 8! Oh and if you aren't familiar with the PA league check out this awesome hype video with footage from last season!

-Gabe out

Tycho / 3 days ago

The story in the strip is mostly exact; I did invent a sedative when in truth regular, human sedatives were sufficient. Even if they did inspire some amateur Krav Maga.

The nurses thought it was pretty funny, apparently. They see people overcome by these chemicals on the daily - God only knows what they've seen, when a person has their carefully curated exterior boiled away by drugs and the naked human BIOS is exposed. I do think it's interesting that at the baseline, in the animal catacomb that sprawls beneath the Wild West facade, Gabriel's instinct is to rage, rage against the dying of the light. I talked about it during my chicken saga - the whole first section is about it. I just start apologizing to everyone within twenty feet.

I'd never needed to be put under before that - I don't even know how I managed to escape it. A lot of people have funny stories about this state; it's a whole genre on TikTok. Before it happened, it was one of my greatest fears actually. It got filed as a subset of death, and existential threat. That fear got dulled somewhat around hour six of drooling uncontrollably beneath the baleful eye of a hospital staff that would have rathered I'd just have come in high after trying to fuck a vacuum cleaner. But it wasn't like death, it was like sleep: a pharmacologically enforced sleep, administered by a stranger. So, not death exactly but still not my first choice.

(CW)TB out.

Gunpla Stream!

I’m getting back to the Gunpla streams today at 1:30PT over on the Twitch. Thanks to the folks at ROG North America this will be a sponsored stream with some cool giveaways. Check out these incredible custom Zaku head keycaps from the people responsible for the Asus x Gundam collaboration. and I’ll be giving away two of them during each of my upcoming streams! 

We’ll be building this HG Jesta Cannon kit over the next few Tuesdays so tune in today as we get started. Bring all your questions about Gunpla and if I can’t answer them I’m sure somebody in the Sprue Crew will be able to. 

No paint, no glue, see you at 1:30PT today right after Acquisitions Intoxicated. 


-Gabe Out

Tycho / 5 days ago

They are apparently, well… not rebooting Willy Wonka, but now that Warner Bros. has secured the rights they're engaging in some light Issue Zero/Origin story type embroidery just around the edge.

I was telling Brenna about it, and she said "Fuck no.". This is precisely the sort of thing Brennas do not like. They already remade it once, and we never saw it. She said she would rather watch the version Gabriel and I have proposed, which isn't really a recommendation for our thing as much as it is a rejection of the other thing in the strongest possible terms.

I feel like this is the least necessary excursion possible, but… when they start revealing all the people behind the production, and it's a bunch of Paddington movie people, the FOMO pump begins to whirr in the basement and a meaningful hydraulic action begins to course through the pipes. I definitely don't want to care about this. Indeed, I made a whole comic about why you shouldn't! But Paddington was a genuinely weird combination of tender and smart I guess I sorta thought the modern world had annihilated. Please don't make me want this.

(CW)TB out.

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