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suedenim Teutonic Tomboy T-Girl from Jet Dream HQ
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Oct 31st 2010 at 7:48:27 AM

I wouldn't think this one would be too difficult - just needs an image of someone using one of the examples that have some visible sign of the person talking into it. I thought a good Babylon5 image would work well, but my Google-Fu is failing me.

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Oct 31st 2010 at 7:59:54 AM

No no no it Has to be a Star Trek TOS comunicator. (I will find an image later)

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Oct 31st 2010 at 8:21:35 AM

There. Even has a funny caption

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Oct 31st 2010 at 12:06:19 PM

That's good. It's too bad that animated pics aren't allowed, because the communicator badges from TNG might work even better for the trope, but you'd need a GIF of someone touching the badge and then talking.

edited 31st Oct '10 12:07:06 PM by Willbyr

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Oct 31st 2010 at 8:28:04 PM

[up][up] 403 error...

nvm got it to work. Uploaded it to the site.

edited 31st Oct '10 8:28:23 PM by Raso

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Dec 9th 2010 at 10:10:34 PM

What about an image of a Metal Gear Solid Codec call?

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Jan 12th 2011 at 11:04:09 AM

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Jan 26th 2011 at 3:07:11 PM

This never got resolved.

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Jan 26th 2011 at 3:47:23 PM

Still prefer Kirk, the caption makes it funny. Codec looks like some sort of Mutant version of Skype

edited 26th Jan '11 3:47:58 PM by Ghilz

Jan 26th 2011 at 9:47:31 PM

For style reasons, and because I think a slight rephrase would improve it, I would crop off the hard caption and make it a soft one. Like so:

"Kirk to Spock: Can you hear me now?"

edited 26th Jan '11 10:00:13 PM by rodneyAnonymous

Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel. Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
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Jan 27th 2011 at 6:53:27 PM

I don't get why it's funny or how it looks like an example.

Jan 27th 2011 at 7:00:09 PM

Understand not getting what's funny about "can you hear me now?" (it's a play on an American cell phone provider ad campaign), but how can it not look like an example? Star Trek communicators are the Trope Maker. Oh yeah, totally, I get it. Nothing about the image says the guy is holding a communication device, let alone one with the specific attributes that make it a Comm Link. That could be an electric razor. Hm.

He is holding it like it's something to talk into, but I know what it is, sort of hard to speculate about what it could look like to someone who doesn't. Laconic: "Simple ranged communication device", and (from description) "Basically, just a plot device to ensure members of the cast can stay in touch over long distances." Also "They usually don't have any visible means of selecting who to talk to, but this is never a problem for some reason" seems like it's important, if only because that's both funny and true.

edited 27th Jan '11 7:07:23 PM by rodneyAnonymous

Becky: Who are you? The Mysterious Stranger: An angel. Huck: What's your name? The Mysterious Stranger: Satan.
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Jan 27th 2011 at 7:21:17 PM

I guess if the link you clicked says "Comm Links", you could guess "Comm" is short for "Communication", and from that infer that it's a communication device.

And it's only funny to Americans, apparently.

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Jan 27th 2011 at 7:32:48 PM

This is why I was hoping for a good image from Babylon 5. The B5 comm links (called "links") are little things slightly larger than the Star Trek TNG badges, but worn on the outside of the hand, so characters visibly hold the link (and their hand) close to their mouth while speaking into them.

Can't find a decent image, though, and for obvious reasons googling "Babylon 5 Links" is wholly unproductive.

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Jan 27th 2011 at 7:33:20 PM

Would the Person-to-person inter-communication methods using the net in Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex work?

Jan 28th 2011 at 3:57:32 PM

Angry Scientist... I'm from Belgium and I nearly babtized my keyboard when I saw that Kirk image with caption.

So Yeah, it also works outside the States.

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Jan 29th 2011 at 2:37:06 AM

Not counting that the TOS commlinks echo the design of Cellphones, so telling exactly what it is aint hard.

As for B5 links, since I just got the DV Ds, lemme provide something in a few

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Jan 29th 2011 at 2:41:20 AM

Found some B5 images, but they kind of suck. The device is so flat it's hard to see (as they hold it horizontal to the camera). On a still it looks like they are about to cover their mouth to sneeze.

Atz
Jan 29th 2011 at 5:07:56 AM

I don't like the Star Trek one. As far as I can tell Kirk is playing Tetris on his PDA, or taking readings with with his space-Geiger counter. It doesn't really look like he's talking into it.

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Mar 29th 2011 at 6:02:05 AM

Like 2. He's very clearly talking into it.

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Mar 29th 2011 at 6:12:54 AM

some caption text

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Mar 29th 2011 at 8:00:03 AM

"YOU BETTER BE ABLE TO HEAR ME NOW!!!"

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