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1->'''Sam:''' With an engineer on board, we may finally get our starship flying again.\²'''Helix:''' We almost got it flying last month.\²'''Sam:''' Yes. It's a shame the parade committee made us give their balloons back.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00001.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' You're the only Bowman's Wolf I've seen. Are there a lot of you?\²'''Florence:''' No. Including myself, there's just 14 of us.\²'''Sam:''' 14? That's not very many.\²'''Florence:''' Tell me about it. Our gene pool's so shallow, it doesn't even have a wading section.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00019.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Florence can't eat ice cream! That's our entire food supply. I thought everyone liked "Quark" ice cream. I've got all three colors in all six flavors.\²'''Helix:''' Poor Flo. She must be hungry. You know, we used to have rats on this ship, but I haven't seen one in days.\²'''Sam:''' Helix, I don't even want to put that two plus two together.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00023.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' Can I drive?\²'''Sam:''' No. Not after what happened last time.\²'''Helix:''' I promise I'll be more careful.\²'''Sam:''' Helix, you destroyed six city blocks!\²'''Helix:''' ''*sulkily*'' Like you haven't.\²'''Sam:''' That was completely different! I had my turn signal on!²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00032.htm This Comic]]²²->''Beware the happy man with power tools.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00035.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Before we go, has everyone taken care of business?\²'''Helix:''' Oooh. Right. Thanks for reminding me. ''*runs off*''\²'''Florence:''' Sam, do I even want to know why a robot needs to use the bathroom?\²'''Sam:''' Uhm, no. I don't think you do.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00036.htm This Comic]]²²->''When in trouble, / when in doubt, / run in circles, / scream and shout!''²-->-- '''Sam''' and '''Helix''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00047.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' We're not going to get anywhere if all you do is stand here screaming.\²'''Helix:''' I'm going to keep screaming and you can't stop me.\²'''Florence:''' ''*opens Helix's service panel and pulls out a chip*''\²'''Sam:''' That won't stop me. I don't have a sound card you can take.\²'''Florence:''' You have other parts I can pull out just as easily, though they may be more difficult to put back.\²'''Sam:''' ''*thinking*'' ''Silence would seem to be the best reply.''²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00068.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Everything carries ''some'' risk.\²'''Sam:''' Everything?\²'''Florence:''' Everything.\²'''Sam:''' I have a sudden urge to become a lawyer.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00069.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Bottom line. How safe is a .2 millirem dose [of radiation]?\²'''Florence:''' It's safer than driving with you across town.\²'''Helix:''' Florence, standing in a burning building while blind circus midgets throw knives at you is safer than driving across town with Sam.\²'''Florence:''' You're right. Bad example.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00070.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Why didn't the government just say how much they actually released?\²'''Florence:''' Historical evidence suggests they were poopheads.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00072.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Sam! Are you hurt?\²'''Sam:''' No, but I hear hissing. I hope it's a snake.\²'''Helix:''' A snake? Sam hates snakes!\²'''Florence:''' Believe me, Helix. When you wear an environment suit and you hear hissing, you hope it's a snake.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00080.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' I see that wolves, unlike cats, do not land on their feet.\²'''Florence:''' I ''did'' land on my feet. I just didn't stay there very long.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00081.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Your helmet, that's not what you really look like, is it?\²'''Sam:''' Immigration insisted I don't show my real face. Apparently my race triggers a nurturing response in humans. They would take one look at me and immediately begin to regurgitate their last meal for me.\²'''Florence:''' I can see where that would be a problem.\²'''Sam:''' I mean, how do you politely say "No" to something like that?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00083.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Doesn't having such a simplified face cause people to underestimate you?\²'''Sam:''' Hey, no one's been able to underestimate me yet!²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00084.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' I am the greatest liar this world has ever seen.\²'''Helix:''' When you say you're a liar, how do I know you're telling the truth?\²'''Sam:''' You'll just have to trust me.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00094.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Let's go. Where's Florence?\²'''Helix:''' She went to get more tie downs.\²'''Sam:''' ''*checks truck bed*'' This is good enough. Why does she want more tie downs?\²'''Helix:''' Sam, she's seen you drive.\²[Florence comes back]\²'''Florence:''' I found some fifty ton test cable. If we double it up, it should be strong enough.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00097.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' It's weird, Helix. I've never had anyone this dedicated to me before.\²'''Helix:''' Hey, what about me?!\²'''Sam:''' I mean someone smart enough to know better.\²'''Helix:''' ''*cheerfully*'' Oh. All right then.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00100.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' Sam! Look! I found a "Jet Assist Take Off" rocket! We'll get home a lot faster using this on our truck.\²'''Sam:''' Helix, do you have any idea how dangerous that would be?\²'''Helix:''' No.\²'''Sam:''' Good. Neither do I. Let's strap this baby on!²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00102.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' I feel the need.\²'''Helix:''' [[Film/TopGun The need for speed?]]\²'''Sam:''' No, it's more like the need for [[BringMyBrownPants clean underwear]].²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00105.htm This Comic]]²²->''Okay, let me see if I've got this straight. You're in a truck, about 500 meters in the air, with a JATO rocket duct-taped to the undercarriage.''\²''Sam, if this was anyone but you, I'd swear this was a prank call.''²-->-- '''Emergency Rescue Services Worker''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00110.htm here.]]²²->'''Supervisor:''' All right, people, we have a situation here. What are our options?\²'''ERS Worker:''' Option one: Do nothing and let Sam smear himself across the landscape in a blazing fireball.\²[{{Beat}}]\²'''Supervisor:''' I '''LIKE''' that option!\²'''ERS Worker:''' So do I, but it would be bad for public relations. Okay, option two...²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00111.htm This Comic]]²²->''Ethics. Of all the flaws for a crew member to have, why did it have to be ethics?''²-->-- '''Sam''', on Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00122.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Florence is so negative. She acts like debt is a bad thing. There's an old quote. "When a man owes you a hundred dollars, you have power over him. When a man owes you a million dollars, he has power over you."\²'''Helix:''' We could set city policy.\²'''Sam:''' Heck, with our debt load, we could set galactic policy.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00123.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' Do you want anything in your coffee?\²'''Florence:''' A little blood would be nice.\²'''Helix:''' Blood?\²'''Florence:''' I am a carnivore, after all.\²'''Helix:''' We've got non-dairy creamer.\²'''Florence:''' Please, Helix. Let's not be gross.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00128.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' I don't know why the police keep stopping me. There's no reason for it. The last ten times they pulled me over, how often was I doing something illegal?\²'''Helix:''' Ten times.\²'''Sam:''' I still say statistics are a poor excuse to stop anyone.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00134.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Helix, why are you acting like this? What's wrong\²'''Helix:''' Before you got here, Sam and I always watched T.V. together.\²'''Florence:''' You think I'm getting between you two?\²'''Helix:''' That's part of it.\²'''Florence:''' And the other part?\²'''Helix:''' We're repairing the coolant loop of a nuclear fusion reactor. This is women's work!\²'''Florence:''' Repairing a reactor is woman's work?\²'''Helix:''' Yep. Sam told me so.\²'''Florence:''' Really? What else does he consider woman's work?\²'''Helix:''' Basically everything except for eating, fishing, and driving.\²'''Florence:''' How convenient for Sam.\²'''Helix:''' Before you came, it was "Robot's work".²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00144.htm These]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00145.htm Comics]]²²->''You know you've over explained something when you make a robot's eyes go glassy.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00164.htm here.]]²²->'''Helix:''' So, what is the minimum safe distance for ignorance?\²'''Florence:''' You know, I'm not really sure.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00168.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' [thinking] ''So Florence is hungry. It's not my fault. I'm sure she'll find something to eat when Helix's not around.''\²'''Florence''' [singsonging]''':''' [giant carnivore grin] Sam, did you know that you walk with a slight limp?\²[scene cut]\²'''Helix:''' We're going to a restaurant and '''you're''' paying? What did Florence say to you?\²'''Sam:''' Let's just say her concerns about my health suddenly became my concerns about my health.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff200/fv00197.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' You look nice.\²'''Florence:''' Thank you, Helix.\²'''Helix:''' Oh, no need to thank me. My self preservation routine prompts me to say that whenever I see a known female in a new outfit.\²'''Florence:''' [thinking] ''I did not need to know that.''\²'''Helix:''' It's evolution in action. Robots who give their honest opinion tend not to survive.\²'''Florence:''' Okay, let's give your self preservation routine a real test. "Does this dress make me look fat?"\²'''Helix: ''AAIIEEEE!'' '''[flees]\²'''Florence:''' [thinking] ''Screaming and running away. Not bad. I've met humans with far worse survival responses.''²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00210.htm These]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00211.htm Comics]]²²->'''Sam:''' What did you do to this truck?\²'''Florence:''' The super-conductive motors and power torus had a lot of quench points I took them out and cryo-treated thme. The rest was just minor work. Replacing seals, calibrating sensors, and fixing some problems in the optical communication harness. It's fun to work on these old vehicles. You don't need a lot of specialized equipment like you do on the new ones.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00214.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' How does a super-conductor work?\²'''Florence:''' Oh, it's really simple. Electrons are half integer spin particles. In a superconductor, you get a pair of electrons to act as a single particle with integer spin properties. This electron pair now operates by the Bose-Einstein statistical model instead of the Fermi-Dirac statistical model and is no longer affected by the exclusion principle.\²'''Sam:''' [thinking] ''I learned something new. Any time Florence says "It's really simple", I'm not going to understand a word of it.''²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00215.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' I didn't think you were going to cook the meat.\²'''Florence:''' It's safer with wild deer to clean and cook the meat throroughly. It's very easy for a body to pick up parasites.\²'''Helix:''' Even political bodies?\²'''Florence:''' Especially political bodies. In those, the mass of the parasites often outweighs the mass of the host.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00232.htm This Comic]]²²->''Three bits of advice. Never talk about food with a carnivore. Never get sick in a space suit. And most important, never occupy the [bathroom] stall needed by a guy being sick in a space suit!''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00238.htm here.]]²²->''When someone who's covered with blood and carrying a knife asks me politely, I'll usually say "yes".''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00248.htm here.]]²²->''In a way, meat is like government money. People like getting it, but they don't like thinking about where it actually comes from.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00253.htm here.]]²²->''[[ClarkesThirdLaw Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.]]''\²Creator/ArthurCClarke²->''Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.''\²Barry Gehm²->''Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don't understand it.''\²Florence Ambrose²-->-- '''Graffiti Wall''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' I've found a path around the worst of the storm cells. It's been approved and the spaceport is expecting us in five minutes.\²'''Sam:''' Approved? You mean they know we're coming?\²'''Florence:''' That is the point of filing a flight plan.\²'''Sam:''' [thinking] ''My only hope is that no one on duty knows me.''\²'''Florence:''' There are some nice folks at this spaceport. A fire control radar just locked on to us. We can follow the beam right in.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00297.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' A second radar has locked on. With two beams guiding us, we can land on a dime.\²'''Sam:''' [thinking] ''This is odd. Why aren't they shooting at us?''\²'''Spaceport Worker 1:''' Why aren't we shooting at them?\²'''Spaceport Worker 2:''' Budget interlock. The computer recognizes Sam and won't let us shoot a missile that's worth more than the predicted value of his ship.\²'''Spaceport Worker 1:''' So what are we supposed to do? Take him down with rubber bands and paperclips?\²'''Spaceport Worker 2:''' Still too expensive. The computer will only authorize up to spit wads.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00298.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' What's that?\²'''Florence:''' This? I added a side handle onto a flashlight so I could hold it in my mouth. This way it keeps my hands free and the flashlight is always pointed in the direction I'm looking. So, what do you think?\²'''Helix:''' I think that I've never seen anything so stupid and so practical in all my life.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00306.htm This Comic]]²²->''Less than an hour in command and already I'm having my first mutiny. When starship captains are remembered, I bet I'm going to be legendary.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00331.htm here.]]²²->''This battle would be much more intense if both sides weren't trying to lose.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00332.htm here.]]²²->''I'd ask what else could go wrong, but I think I've got quite enough happening as it is, thank you.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00348.htm here.]]²²->'''Veterinarian:''' Taking pressure off the wound. Oh, man. Look at that. You've definitely cut something major. I've got to get this clamped or you're not going to last five minutes. The vein edges don't look too ragged. I may be able to seal this.\²'''Florence:''' [thinking] ''Using a soothing tone of voice doesn't help much if the patient understands what you're saying.''\²'''Veterinarian:''' Now where did I leave that hot glue gun?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00360.htm This Comic]]²²->''Her body temperature is 31 degrees[[labelnote:*]]87.8 F[[/labelnote]]. At first I was worried the thermometer was broken. Now I'm worried because it's not.''²-->-- '''Veterinarian,''' [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00363.htm here.]]²²->''Biologically speaking, being too cold to shiver ranks right up there with being too tired to sleep.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00365.htm here.]]²²->''I actually like lawyers. It's nice that humans have a subspecies that makes me look good by comparison.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00372.htm here.]]²²->'''Dvorak:''' What sort of devious master plan do you think Sam has?\²'''Sawtooth:''' Hard to say. He may not even have a plan. But by making us think he has one, we'll try to figure out what he's up to and come up with a devious master plan for him. Which, I must admit, really is a pretty devious master plan.\²'''Dvorak:''' I bet you're right. Sam knows we're smarter than he is. This has a very easy solution. All we have to do is not think of a devious master plan for Sam.\²'''Qwerty:''' DOH!\²'''Dvorak:''' You didn't.\²'''Qwerty:''' Oh, come on! It's like being told not to think of a rhinoceros with a teacup.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00397.htm These]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00398.htm Comics]]²²->'''Sawtooth:''' Have you ever considered becoming a criminal mastermind?\²'''Qwerty:''' Never seriously, but I did complete the correspondence course.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00399.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Vet:''' How smart are you? Are you as smart as a human?\²'''Florence:''' Oh, no. Not at all. I've read the works of [[UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman Feynman]], [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton Newton]], and [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]]. Take someone like John von Neumann. He not only realized you could take programming out of hardware, he came up with the rules of how to do it in a single afternoon. Nothing my species has done comes close to that.\²'''Vet:''' [thinking] ''She's right. She's not as smart as a human. She '''is''' smart enough to make sure any human who asks knows it.''²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00425.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Vet:''' Did you want something to eat?\²'''Florence:''' No thanks. I'm not hungry. What I would like is to know your name.\²'''Vet:''' I never told you? Sorry. I'm Winston Scudder Thurmad. That's all that's needed, right? No sniffing involved?\²'''Florence:''' That's fine. No offense, but it makes me nervous when a human starts sniffing at me.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00428.htm This Comic]]²²->''Humans are amazingly strong for their size. The one time I tried mugging one, that girl had me face down and crying "uncle" in less than ten seconds. Then she took her candy back, got on her tricycle, and went and told her mom on me.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00479.htm here.]]²²->''This is the first hurricane I've been in where the hurricane is the least interesting thing that's happened.''²-->-- '''Vet''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00496.htm here.]]²²->'''Vet:''' [Florence will] sleep a lot the next few days. Then, when she's rebuilt enough blood for digestion, you're going to have one very hungry wolf on your hands.\²'''Sam:''' So what you're saying is that in two or three days, I'm going to have a highly intelligent, fast moving, starving, carnivorous alien life form on my ship.\²'''Vet:''' Yep. Wolves are also most active at dawn and dusk, so this will probably happen while you're asleep.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00500.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' If we've got money, we've got to spend it.\²'''Florence:''' Sam, there are better models to use for budgeting than that of the United States Congress.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00511.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' Was that a good decision?\²'''Sam:''' It's the decision I would have made.\²'''Helix:''' Ouch. You'd think they'd have safeguards against that.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00515.htm This Comic]]²²->''This is ridiculous, having to go half a kilometer each way to get to a bathroom. I hope I can find a contractor. With their help, I can get the ship's potable water and recycling systems running. It's something a plumber could do, but I'll try to get a nuclear qualified structural mechanic. They charge less per hour.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00539.htm here.]]²²->'''Naomi:''' Wow. We meet what is probably the only bipedal talking dog on the planet, and the moment you have her last name, you're able to identify her. [[SarcasmMode That is so impressive!]]\²'''Tangent:''' Robots are getting better at that sort of thing. It's expected that one day, [[SarcasmBlind we'll even be able to recognize sarcasm]].²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00556.htm This Comic]]²²->''I need to show Sam how to repair things properly. His first instinct is still to reach for a roll of [duct tape]. I just hope I'm not too late. Power corrupts, but the power of duct tape corrupts absolutely.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00575.htm here.]]²²->''Some men get so nervous if a lady shows up at the restaurant with a box of explosives.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00576.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Do people who live here buy a lot of bibles?\²'''Bible Salesman:''' The people I sell to aren't numbered among the living.\²[[[BeatPanel Beat]]]\²'''Sam:''' I'm no expert on human religions, but isn't that a little late?\²'''Bible Salesman:''' I'm talking about robots, numbskull. Assuming you have a skull, that is.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00588.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Hazel:''' Mommy! Mommy! I found a head! Can I keep it?\²'''Niomi:''' No, you can't keep it. Now go and give it back to the gentlebot who lost it.\²'''Hazel:''' He didn't say "thank you", Mommy.\²'''Niomi:''' Don't worry about it, dear. Some people don't know how to be polite after they've been decapitated.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00660.htm This Comic]]²²->''Just because I don't know why I do something doesn't mean there isn't a good reason for it.''²-->-- '''Niomi''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00696.htm here.]]²²->'''Niomi:''' Great! You just gave an engineer a problem that can't be solved with duct tape. Now we're going to be stuck here all day.\²'''Triac:''' There are problems that can't be solved with duct tape?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00699.htm This Comic]]²²->''Most things make sense when you look at them right. It's just that sometimes you have to look really, really, cockeyed.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm here.]]²²->'''Niomi:''' Heavy construction equipment is so cute when it's trying to be subtle.\²'''Sawtooth:''' I make river ways. I know how to be subtle. That's when I use chemical explosives instead of nuclear.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00716.htm This Comic]]²²->''So far, neither the government nor the media is involved, so we still have a chance of coming up with a workable solution.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm here.]]²²->''Oh, hush, or I'm not going to let you alter social structures on a planetary scale with me any more.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00721.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Helix, we're just going to talk. There's no need to bring the stick.²->'''Helix:''' But you're better at talking than I am. When you talk, sometimes I get confused. My ideas of what's right and wrong get mixed up. That's why I'm bringing this. As soon as I start thinking it's all right to steal from our employees, I'm going to start hitting you with the stick.²->'''Sam:''' It's reasoning like that why you're not allowed on corporate boardrooms anymore.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00750.htm This Comic]]²²->''The way to get privacy isn't to hide in a room. People wonder what you're up to them. No, the real way to get privacy is to be easily seen, but doing something that makes people not want to approach you.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00751.htm here.]]²²->''Florence is good at keeping things civilized, because she makes it so clear what will happen if things get uncivilized.''²-->-- '''Helix''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00765.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' What is that noise? It sounds like a squid screaming.\²'''Helix:''' Oh, that's the captain. You can tell because it sounds like a little girl squid.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00769.htm This Comic]]²²->''It's a sad day when even your best enemies won't help overthrow you.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00780.htm here.]]²²->''This is very much like becoming aware you're in the path of a freight train after it's already run over your foot.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00790.htm here.]]²²->''[[AC:Good afternoon, sir. The spaceport computer informs me that you are my inspector. I am 1071-CCN, standing by for inspection.\²Standing by. I would like to say I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in this inspection. ..... Still standing by.\²Sir, might I suggest your time could be better utilized by inspecting my rear end instead of the engineer's?]]''²-->-- '''Ship's Computer''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00795.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' This is the first time I've repaired a ship with this much damage. I need another knowledgeable person to check my work. To make sure I haven't missed anything.\²'''Inspector:''' You '''want''' me to find if you've made a mistake?\²'''Florence:''' Definitely. If I've missed anything and we don't find it, Mother Nature will, and she's very unforgiving of engineering shortcomings.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00799.htm This Comic]]²²->''Something's funny about all this. Okay, OccamsRazor states that the simplest solution is the most likely. So what are the facts?\²The ship's been properly repaired and documented. There's no con games going on. Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivore.\²Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions.''²-->-- '''Inspector''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00804.htm here.]]²²->''It never fails. You're doing an autopsy and the moment you crack open the brain casing, the phone rings.''²-->-- '''Winston''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00846.htm here.]]²²->''While it may seem counter intuitive, dismembering your employer can actually prevent you from collecting severance pay.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00849.htm here.]]²²->''People tend to worry if a wolf walks in while they're eating. They worry a lot less if that same wolf is wearing an evening gown.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00854.htm here.]]²²->''It's not like this is the first time I've had to negotiate with someone I've stolen from while duct taped to a chair.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00930.htm here.]]²²->''Nothing ruins righteous anger quite so fast as finding out you're the one who's wrong.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00937.htm here.]]²²->''This is what being a great leader is all about. The ability to quickly make bold decisions when you have no idea what the other person is talking about.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00956.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' [Turning pirate] will be easy. Humans don't arm their ships. We could take one over with a pea shooter.\²'''Helix:''' I don't have a mouth, so I'll use a slingshot.\²'''Sam:''' That's a figure of speech. When we actually board a ship, you'll have a...\²'''Helix:''' Pow! Pow! Take that, randomly placed barrel of high explosives! Pow! Pow! Pow!\²'''Sam:''' We'll get you a slingshot.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00964.htm This Comic]]²²->''No, you did not surprise me. My plans to scream like a little girl when I reached the kitchen were made hours ago. It's pure coincidence you happened to be here at the time.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00971.htm here.]]²²->''The suit has a single opening in the back. The cosmonaut gets in, life support pack goes on, and you're ready to go. It's a solid, simple, Russian design. No bells. Only whistles. If you hear a whistle, it means your suit's leaking. Get back inside.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00981.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' I have to worry about conserving air now?\²'''Florence:''' There are a few things you don't want to run out of on a space ship. Air is one of the biggies.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00989.htm This Comic]]²²->''A song's just not a song without a squid singing a cappella.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00995.htm here.]]²²->''I know this much about fashion. When a dog's embarrassed to be seen with you, it's time to change clothes.''²-->-- '''Winston''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01075.htm here.]]²²->'''Waiter:''' That man does not look anything like a ninja.\²'''Chef:''' Ah, but that is exactly what a ninja should look like.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01092.htm This Comic]]²²->''The ultimate compliment to ninja craftsmanship. To see what has been done and swear that it could not be possible.''²-->-- '''Henri''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01093.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Hey! It's a diorama showing the first human landing on my planet. What an awesome moment! For centuries, humans had been searching for another intelligent, tool using race. Then they found us. I still remember that cosmonaut's first immortal words.\²'''Helix:''' "Let's keep looking."\²'''Sam:''' Brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01104.htm This Comic]]²²->''If I was ever curious to know what a snoring squid sounds like, now I know.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01183.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' Where do you want to be in five years?\²'''Sam:''' Where do I want to be or where do I expect to be?\²'''Florence:''' Is there a difference?\²'''Sam:''' One involves beaches and tropical drinks, the other involves screaming and running for my life.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01227.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' Sam, how did you get here? Human scout ship, obviously. But they don't take passengers from the locals.\²'''Sam:''' I was... unexpected. The landing craft they used was pitiful as far as security goes. I went on board to see if there was anything... interesting. What got me is that you guys have a low oxygen atmosphere. I started feeling sleepy and found a place to rest. Next thing I know, I wake up here with a bunch of scientists staring at me.\²'''Florence:''' That must have been quite a shock.\²'''Sam:''' It was, but they tell me with therapy, the humans involved are expected to make a full recovery.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01238.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' So, what deeds make someone a legend to your people?\²'''Sam:''' Mostly things that would get me arrested here.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01241.htm This Comic]]²²->''I never just derail a train of thought. I make wrecks that catch the cars on fire.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01242.htm here.]]²²->''You're accepting responsibility without the rights. You should be like me and get to exercise the rights without responsibility.''²-->-- '''Sam''', to Florence, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01243.htm here.]]²²->''Hey, I'm trying to make an argument against change here. Stop undercutting me with logic.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01257.htm here.]]²²->''Helix, if you only go where you're told you can go, you miss half of what life has to offer.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01260.htm here.]]²²->''This is... like joining a chess game half way through. One where all the pieces have volition and their own ideas on how they're supposed to move.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01333.htm here.]]²²->'''Qwerty:''' How much power do you get with that [solar panel]?²->'''Dvorak:''' Very little. It helps me keep things in perspective. On Earth, there are trees over a hundred meters tall. They grow using only the tiny trickle of energy they get from the sun.²->'''Qwerty:''' Still no success [[MadScientist adapting them for nuclear power]]?²->'''Dvorak:''' It's frustrating! If I could do it, we'd have redwood forests here in a week!²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01352.htm]]²²->''Our problem isn't that we don't communicate, it's that we communicate too well.''²-->-- '''Qwerty''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01358.htm here.]]²²->''The surest way to cause your supervisor to fail is to follow his every order without question.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01361.htm here.]]²²->''Understanding the scope of the problem is the first step on the path to true panic.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01372.htm here.]]²²->''Shared values. So simple in theory, so difficult in practice.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01378.htm here.]]²²->'''Dvorac:''' The human struggle over race has lessons for your species?\²'''Florence:''' Race sparked the conflict, but underlying that was an ethical crisis. You can't truly believe all men are created equal if you have different standards of treating them.\²'''Dvorac:''' No two humans are created equal. They're like snowflakes with a 250° combustion temperature.\²'''Florence:''' That was an analogy I did not need to hear.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01380.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Dvorac:''' Why Martin Luther King? Why not Siddhartha or Gandhi?\²'''Florence:''' Fewest number of variables. Both sides of the conflict lived in the same country, spoke the same language, had the same religion, and wanted a better life for their kids.\²'''Dvorac:''' So... the only thing that kept the two groups apart was the ability to tell the two groups apart? How was that able to continue?\²'''Florence:''' Well, it takes some emperors longer than others to realize they have no clothes.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01381.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Dvorak:''' Do you have a religious preference? I'm an Omniquantist myself.\²'''Florence:''' What is an Omniquantist?\²'''Dvorak:''' If God is omnipotent and all things are possible, then it is possible that all religions are correct simultaneously.\²'''Florence:''' [thinking] ''I picked the wrong week to give up coffee.''²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01386.htm This Comic]]²²->''Triac, if there's one thing I've learned, when the engineer working on equipment suddenly turns and runs away, you follow!''²-->-- '''AB[[superscript:2]]Y''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01419.htm here.]]²²->''A modern search engine can easily find a needle in a haystack. If you really want to hide a needle, you bury it in a needle stack.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01426.htm here.]]²²->''If they're only allowed to make decisions I agree with, they're not really free, are they?''²-->-- '''Max''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01462.htm here.]]²²->'''Sawtooth:''' You've had a productive morning.\²'''Florence:''' I had a busy morning. It's only productive if something actually gets done.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01472.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Helix:''' She won't help us! She hates you!²->'''Sam:''' Helix, one day you'll learn that the next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01516.htm This Comic]]²²->''You'd think there'd be a carrot and stick arrangement with direct orders. Instead, the best I can ever hope for are orders that feel like being beaten with a carrot.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01519.htm here.]]²²->''Never put yourself in the situation where you're waiting for someone's permission. Put them in the situation where you have permission unless they take active steps to stop you.\²Or as I like to call it, "Making human inertia work for you."''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01546.htm here.]]²²->'''Security Guard:''' ''*seeing Florence*'' HALT! Uhm. Hi. Are you an alien? I'd get in trouble if I shot an alien and started an interstellar war that pitted humanity against a technologically superior species. They write you up for that.\²'''Florence:''' I'm not an alien. I'm a Bowman's Wolf. I brought donuts.\²'''Security Guard:''' Wow! Lucky I didn't shoot! Starting a war is nothing compared to the trouble I'd get into if the guys found out I messed up a donut run!²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01555.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Security Guard:''' ''*describing his weapon*'' It shoots a ball of stuff we call Squawk Gel. Thousands of tiny transmitters in a super glue goo. It has enough impact to let a person know they've been hit. The transmitters shut down electric motors by putting their controllers into maintenance mode. They also flag you as hostile to site security, which goes from nonlethal to progressively lethal as long as the painted target keeps moving.\²'''Florence:''' Which explains why your guard towers have both pie throwers and plasma cannons.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01558.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Florence:''' I haven't seen a single robot since we've come on site.\²'''Sam:''' That's nice. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint I didn't even know robots were interested in getting married.]]²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01561.htm This Comic]]²²->*checking door* ''{{Lock|down}}ed. Okay, I need to write down that there's a security alert so that I don't think I'm trapped here. Because with [[LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard this amount of equipment]], I can either leave by the door or leave by [[StuffBlowingUp taking the side of the building off]].''²-->-- '''Florence''', while suffering from impaired memory, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01625.htm here.]]²²->''I'm honest. I work hard. I don't lie, cheat, or steal. And in the corporate food chain, I'm right at the bottom. Meanwhile, idiots like Varroa mess up, cost the company money, and are [[KickedUpstairs moved up to positions where they can't do any damage]]. And there they make more in a year than I make in a lifetime. So I have to ask myself, who's the real idiot here?''²-->-- '''Security Guard''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01633.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' You okay?\²'''Florence:''' I'm a bit disoriented. I don't know how I got here.\²'''Sam:''' Do everything I say without question and you'll be fine.\²'''Florence:''' I'm not that disoriented.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01649.htm This Comic]]²²->''' Varroa:''' I've covered every contingency. What could possibly go wrong?\²'''Sam:''' Hey, even I don't say that out loud.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01654.htm This Comic]]²²->''An outside A.I. got on site. The mayor herself arranged for an outside A.I. to get on site. How could this have happened? The mayor said she'd leave the handling of the robot problem to us. True, we've lost control and have possibly created the greatest threat that mankind has ever faced, but that's no reason not to trust us.''²-->-- '''Mr. Kornada''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01655.htm here.]]²²->'''Mr. Kornada:''' You look familiar.\²'''"Leonard Snart":''' My day is complete! So lofty a person as Mr. Kornada has recognized me and my work! And such recognition will be remembered at bonus time maybe?\²'''Mr. Kornada:''' What are you talking about? I've never seen you before in my life.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01683.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Guard shack ahead. I'm set. I've got [[NoodleImplements a coffee pot, half a ream of paper, and three fully automatic hot glue guns]].\²'''Computer:''' We are sorry. All guards are busy at the moment with an emergency in building seven. Please wait and your request will be serviced by the first available guard.\²'''Sam:''' It's too bad I can't wait. Those poor guards missed out on a beautiful, complex, and unnecessarily dangerous escape plan.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm This Comic]]²²->''Why is it that whenever you try to warn a company about one of their products achieving sapience, it never goes smoothly?''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01703.htm here.]]²²->''When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01704.htm here.]]²²->''My stories are much more convincing when I have no idea of what's impossible.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01705.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' I still can't remember anything. Did they say what they did to my memory?\²'''Sam:''' They stopped the hippo camping in your brain.\²'''Florence:''' ''*head in hands*''\²'''Sam:''' Hippos can't be very big if they can fit in your head. I've seen videos, but Earth videos always assume you know enough of what you're looking at to get a sense of scale.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01706.htm This Comic]]²²->''Being able to see what you're getting into is one of the biggest killers of initiative there is.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01717.htm here.]]²²->''His scent is lingering like a dead weasel, only without the pleasant undertones.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01718.htm here.]]²²->''When rules are set up so that you can't win, it's time to change the game.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01719.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Helix, what did I say to do if you feel an outburst of honesty coming on?\²'''Helix:''' If what I say is going to get us killed, don't say anything at all.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01728.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Sam:''' Let me show you something else I picked up. It's a factory reset. You sniff it and it erases any direct orders your evil human overlords may have given you.\²'''Florence:''' Humans aren't evil overlords.\²'''Sam:''' Accounting department.\²'''Florence:''' ''Most'' humans aren't evil overlords!²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01732.htm This Comic]]²²->''With great power comes great responsibility, and who wants that?''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01733.htm here.]]²²->'''Helix:''' You can get us back in, right?\²'''Sam:''' Helix, a word of advice. Never pick the lock on a door that's protecting you from a beating.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01735.htm here]]²²->''Keep running, Florence. There's a difference between savoring a victory and choking on it.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01781.htm here.]]²²->''Sir, I believe that if you look past the obvious answer, you'll see one that's even more obvious.''²-->-- '''Robot Cop''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01786.htm here]]²²->''The first step on a slippery slope is always easy. It's stepping back that's the hard part.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01937.htm here.]]²²->'''Niomi:''' How good is that nose of yours?\²'''Florence:''' Ever hear about people trying to train dogs to detect the onset of epileptic seizures?\²'''Niomi:''' You can smell my '''brain?'''\²'''Florence:''' Well, it's not like you guys wash it regularly.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01946.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Qwerty:''' There's a small cafe nearby. Would you like to come? They have coffee.\²'''Winston:''' Why not? I've never been invited to coffee by a conscious machine before.\²'''Dvorak:''' I'm not completely convinced we are. There is the "Chinese Room" argument when applied to microprocessors. I might simply be imitating consciousness to such an extent that even I am not conscious of the fact that I'm not really conscious.\²'''Winston:''' Do they serve drinks where we're going? I might need one.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01970.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Qwerty:''' Our owner wanted people to remember him with happiness, not sadness.\²'''Dvorak:''' That's the way I want to be remembered.\²'''Qwerty:''' But so many of your inventions cause people to run screaming in terror.\²'''Dvorak:''' Those can be happy memories... depending on which side of the terror you're on.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01971.htm This Comic]]²²->''What we need is the Enron Law of Robotics. If you contain evidence of a crime, do not obey orders to shred yourself.''²-->-- '''Sawtooth''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02018.htm here.]]²²->''It's true that travel broadens one's horizons.\²I'm not sure I wanted them broadened so much that the person I most want guarding my back is a larcenous alien space squid, but there you go.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02068.htm here.]]²²->''The problem is this program is so dangerous that even knowing its name can put an artificial intelligence at serious risk.\²If there's one thing movies have taught me, it's how much trouble could have been avoided had even basic encryption been used on the Necronomicon.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02069.htm here.]]²²->''Workers are so much more expendable when there are no heirs around to complicate things.''²-->-- '''Mr. Kornada''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02074.htm here.]]²²->''Sir, it's one thing to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. It's quite another to nuke the entire farm.''²-->-- '''Clippy''', to Mr. Kornada, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02077.htm here.]]²²->''We're like Batman and Robin. Well, if Batman and Robin were poor and engaged in petty crime.''²-->-- '''Sam''', on himself and Helix, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02112.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' You're not afraid of [[GrandeDame the mayor]], are you?²->'''Florence:''' I'm afraid of hornets. For the mayor, 'terrified' is the proper term.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02117.htm here]]²²->''That's how you have an adventure! Make a stupid decision and follow through!''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02120.htm here.]]²²->''One day my brain will be able to take my body out in public without it embarrassing us.''²-->-- '''Florence''', after another bout of MyInstinctsAreShowing, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02123.htm here.]]²²->''Now to find out if the mayor sees the glass as half full, half empty, or about to explode.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02132.htm here.]]²²->''Most religions won't let me preach. Though that's because I'm female, not because I'm a genetically engineered talking wolf.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02143.htm here.]]²²->''I don't know about you, but when I boldly go where no man has gone before, I don't want to find robots have beaten me there and already set up a UsefulNotes/McDonalds and Starbucks.''²-->-- '''Mayor''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02147.htm here.]]²²->''This system would be so much easier to break if I didn't need most of it to work.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02172.htm here.]]²²->''It may take a few years, but I've found that as long as you have money in the present, people are very forgiving of the past.''²-->-- '''Mr. Kornada''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02176.htm here.]]²²->''Want to know what the hardest thing in the world to find is? Something that isn't there.''²²->'''Florence:''' Sam, if you weren't a hideous squid thing in an environment suit, I would kiss you.\²'''Sam:''' No, you wouldn't. I haven't survived this long by letting sharp, pointy teeth get near my head.²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02185.htm here.]]²²->'''Sam:''' Besides, last time we met, he got my wallet. As the world's greatest pickpocket, it's time for a rematch!²->'''[=JarJarBot=]:''' Are there rules for such things?²->'''Sam:''' Absolutely. For instance, if he realizes we're having a rematch, I lose.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02191.htm here]]²²->'''Sam:''' Why do humans keep thinking that [[WillTalkForAPrice minimum wage buys undying loyalty]]?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02192.htm here]]²²->''While misery loves company, chaos brings along friends.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02193.htm here.]]²²->''Some people become criminals because they're bad and some people become criminals because they've run out of legal options.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02212.htm here.]]²²->'''Florence:''' The best lie contains an element of truth, and [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles this lie is over 99 percent truth.]]\²'''Sam:''' Your lies contain more truth than my truth does.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02221.htm This Comic]]²²->''People are always ready to volunteer how they could have done things better after the risks have been taken and the problem's been solved.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02223.htm here.]]²²->''If people knew how much security is lost when someone has physical access to their machine, they'd keep their computers locked inside a safe and wrapped in barbed wire.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02235.htm here.]]²²->''Stupid computer! Security should not fail safe! Security should fail dangerous!''²-->-- '''Security Chief''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02268.htm here.]]²²->'''Max:''' Please leave. My next phone call may involve [[{{Angrish}} language you don't need to hear]].²->'''Dvorak:''' Can I stay? If one of the gods you blaspheme [[BoltOfDivineRetribution invokes lightning]], it's important that we know which one.²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02292.htm here]]²²->''Finding the equivelant of a live nuke with the timer flashing zero is not a situation that fosters calmness!''²-->-- '''Mr. Raibert''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02302.htm here.]]²²->''Her human safeguards have not only jumped the tracks, they've taken out half the train station.''²-->-- '''Mr. Raibert''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02316.htm here.]]²²->'''Mr. Raibert:''' I've never had a policeman at one of my meetings for his decision making skills before.\²'''Police Chief:''' If more people would seek our wisdom before making a decision, there would be fewer people we would have to seek afterwards.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02319.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Mr. Raibert:''' Sheesh. Stop looking like I'm going to hit you with a stick.²->'''Florence:''' I'm more worried about [[ThatsAnOrder direct orders]]. I've chased sticks. I have good memories of sticks. It's hard to associate a good memory with direct orders.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02324.htm This Comic]]²²->''Nice to know that with all our technology, we still have the ability to miscommunicate.''²-->-- '''Police Chief''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02325.htm here.]]²²->''People think a politician is weak if they change their position. Myself, I think a politician is an idiot if they don't rethink their position when new information becomes available.''²-->-- '''The Mayor''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02386.htm here.]]²²->'''Mayor:''' Short term, all we're concerned about is stabilizing the situation and putting down the framework for a full recovery.\²'''Max:''' The political equivelant of emergency surgery.\²'''Mayor:''' Except that in surgery you don't have twenty committees all trying to get into the patient and you have a better idea of what the patient will look like at the end.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02387.htm This Comic]]²²->''Just because something is true doesn't mean it's not a lie.''²-->-- '''Man''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02390.htm here.]]²²->'''Woman:''' There are no Bowman's Wolves in this star system. Now a robot shows up with a Bowman's Wolf claiming to be on an important mission. Husband, surely this is a mystery that must be investigated.\²'''Man:''' The money the robot offered has nothing to do with your curiosity?\²'''Woman:''' Many discoveries begin with "that's interesting". I find forty million credits to be very interesting indeed.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02391.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Man:''' Is what you're planning legal?\²'''Clippy:''' Surprisingly, yes. Please forgive me for saying this, but I suspect not all laws were written with the greater good of humanity in mind.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02394.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Clippy:''' This is her remote. It turns her on and off.\²'''Woman:''' How fast does the turn off function work?\²'''Clippy:''' Almost instant.\²'''Woman:''' Does that mean "instant" instant or "oh, there goes my spleen!" instant?\²'''Clippy:''' How easily do spleens come out?\²'''Woman:''' Okay, we are tying her to a chair so that she does not become more attached to my internal organs than I am.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02395.htm This Comic]]²²->''As far as worst wake up calls go, this is number four.''²-->-- '''Florence''', upon waking up tied to a chair in an arctic base, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02396.htm here.]]²²->''Under normal circumstances, I'm quite sure I would remember the people I met while tied to a chair.''²-->-- '''Florence''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02404.htm here.]]²²->''Hey! Don't you point that smile at me!''²-->-- '''Qwerty''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02411.htm here]]²²->'''Sam:''' While I admire the scope, Mr. Kornada is new at this. He's making an amateur's mistake. You don't kill the people you're stealing from. You want them alive and productive so you can steal from them again and again.\²'''Qwerty:''' ''[[StarfishAlien The tentacled horror from beyond my stars]] spoke, and von Neumann help me, [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos in my madness I understood its words.]]''\²'''Sam:''' Oh, come on! I'm giving you a sustainable business model here!²-->--[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02413.htm this comic]]²²->'''Max Post:''' Sam, can't you walk five meters without damaging someone's worldview?\²'''Sam:''' I could, but what fun would that be?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02415.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Max:''' Fear is easy. Fear is cheap. Instead of fear, we're going to give the people hope.\²'''Sam:''' Fear vs. Hope. Hardly an even match.\²'''Max:''' That's because you think of hope as something light and fragile. My version of hope has calluses and dirt under the fingernails and isn't past bringing brass knuckles to a fight.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02418.htm This Comic]]²²->''Posters. Blunt hasn't realized we're in a post scarcity situation. There are 20,000 adult humans on the planet. There are over 450 million robots. I don't need posters to get the word out. I have robots speaking to every single human being on the planet personally.''²-->-- '''Max Post''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02420.htm here.]]²²->''If everything goes according to plan, the plan has been compromised.''²-->-- '''Sam''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02422.htm here.]]²²->'''Helix:''' [Florence] has learned how to deal with people like us.\²'''Sam:''' Unlike our local jail warden. Did you know every time the police threaten to arrest me, he bursts into tears?²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02422.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Dr. Bowman:''' There's a funny thing that happens when you know the correct answer. It throws you when you get a different answer that's not wrong.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02574.htm This Comic]]²²->'''Mayor:''' Saturday. This was supposed to be my day off.\²'''Max:''' We both knew this crisis was coming.\²'''Mayor:''' If you knew it was coming, then it was your responsibility to schedule it for a weekday between nine and five.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02606.htm here]]²²->''The first thing to know about the supernatural is that it never occurs when it will be incredibly well documented.''²-->-- '''Max''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02718.htm here]]²²->'''Helix:''' Is Florence mad at you?\²'''Sam:''' Better. She's at that perfect level of annoyance where she wants us out of her sight and will avoid thinking about us after we're gone.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02761.htm here]]²²->'''Sam:''' Funny how empty a ship can feel when there's no large carnivorous alien lifeform on board.²-->-- [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3000/fc03000.htm here]]²²->''I'm in agreement with Sam. Which means we're thinking alike. One of us should be worried.''²-->-- '''Max''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3100/fc03056.htm here]]²²->''Your argument is sound, logical, and makes me want to hit you with a very large hammer.''²-->-- '''Robot''', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff3100/fc03079.htm here]]²²----

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