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Posted by: themadkansan (themadkansan)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
otherwise known as...

...INCOMING!!!

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
...in the hole!

yes, ad hoc repairing supplies are on their way :-)

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)

Von Zinzer, after his mercenary life, seems to get accustomed to being hated.

Guess if at some point Castle would love him and display any kind of affection, Moloch would just be frightened and start digging for extra-malicious ultra-covert conspiracy against him. In some strange way, he really feels natural in aggressive environment of hate and suspense, he would be like a fish on the earth, if suddenly pruned into love and friendship team.

I am starting to think that for real von Zinzer should be shipped with der Kestle. They are perfectly complimentary, and DK just knows what Moloch expects and how to provide it to him in the most expected and accustomed way.

Posted by: madfilkentist (madfilkentist)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 10:59 am (UTC)
Krosp

There's also something in him (and of at least half the leading characters) of the engineer who isn't happy unless there's an emergency to deal with.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)

well, i'd not say engineers are exactly happy during emergencies, they just don't have time to think about their unhappiness.

the net result is exactly the same though.

Edited at 2012-08-01 12:16 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Beware the Engineer

Nah, they make us happy. It's our best chance to show off and people are at their most appreciative.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)

i tend to think that real people while in emergency only think like "mama take me home !!!" and not "oh, how elegant was that technical solution to cut off the roof without risk of it falling down and with minimal fuel consumption"

So, surely, you can showoff, but you mostly do it in front of each other, rather than of us mere mortals :-P


Edited at 2012-08-01 03:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: madfilkentist (madfilkentist)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
hex

Well, I had a work crisis on Monday and remarked at one point, "I live for the panic!" I really was panicking, though, as shown by my rushing some code through too quickly and then having to fix it again. I think it's called adrenalin rush, if you'll allow the pun.

Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
mad science

A metaphor:

Mortal: "Oh noes! The boat engine has stalled out and we're going to be swept over the falls! WE'RE DOOMED!!!"

Engineer: "Hang on, let me take a look." Goes below decks. Pulls out book, finishes current chapter. Reconnects loose wire on engine. Goes back on deck. "Try it now."

Mortal: "WE'RE SAVED! THANK YOU!"

Stuff that's actually technically hard doesn't get much recognition, no.

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)

*chuckle* I like the idea of Von Zinzer/DK as the ship.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)

DK fits for typical tsundere, doesn't he ?

And, jokes aside, isn't der Kestle the most amusing super complex and super mighty technical achievement of humankind ?
Von Zinzer MUST adore this !

Edited at 2012-08-01 03:31 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Elizabeth McCoy (archangelbeth)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
The Device

Mind, if Der Kestel thinks that Von Zinzer makes a good addition, it might try to breed more. Especially if it gets frustrated over trying to provide suitors for Agatha, and sad that the harem wing is empty. (And harem fights? Just improves the breeding stock by weeding out the weak!)

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)

Well, i tend to think that good engineering and good sparking features are to be mutual exclusive, like technical/social development suppress all magical properties of environment in some sorcery+steam fantasie titles.

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)

DK's certainly complimenting Von Zinzer regularly now! Babies are adorable, but I think the storyline might be a bit too frantic for them right now. :)

Posted by: marycatelli (marycatelli)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)

Since they would make it more frantic, I wouldn't put it past the Foglios to throw them in.

Posted by: geekhyena (geekhyena)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)

It could start shipping Moloch/Snaug to create the Perfect Minion....

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 07:35 am (UTC)

Posted by: Liz (labelleizzy)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Chaos and change

you made me laugh.

Posted by: Elizabeth McCoy (archangelbeth)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
The Device

My work here is done. O;D

Posted by: pervy Vorlon fancier (pikku_gen)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
cookiexterminate

...I blame the time, which is obscenely late in this part of the world, but your wording makes me want to write some very unfortunate and probably horrible Von Zinzer/DK-slash. *goes to the jar of brain bleach*

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)

Well, if you only would find good artists to illustrate it a bit... :-D

Posted by: murgatroyd666 (murgatroyd666)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
vonzinzer oh_my

... Von Zinzer/DK-slash ...

That's a little too close to a certain classic moment in Questionable Content:

www.questionablecontent.net/1506

(Background: QC is essentially Friends set in an alternate timeline that has an active space program and "strong" artificial intelligence. Hannelore's father is the scientist who discovered the trick to strong AI in 1995. The artwork starts out crappy but gets much better after a few hundred strips. It's one of my favorite webcomics.)

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)

The QC strip you reference reminded me of the little AI being raised in Kagan's Hellspark. It was cute.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)

Providing der Kestle has mean to reconstruct itself fitting to his master's wishes, the question is does he access the soft materials that can sooth mad professorranting engineer :-)

Posted by: Ejia Arath (ejia_arath03)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Ceiling Lucrezia IS WATCHING YOU

Ooh! What is it THIS time? I hope it isn't Zola trying to retake the castle, at least not yet.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)

Since it is von Zinzer, most alert, i'd bet on Dupree :-)

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Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
back to the shipping tune

take Castle by force ?
rape ?

And von Zinzer casting for saving hero ?

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Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: back to the shipping tune

That is obvious. But that is far less funny :-)

Also we did not saw yet what powers do stand behind Pinky

Edited at 2012-08-02 09:30 pm (UTC)

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Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 3rd, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: back to the shipping tune

URL detected, standard practice in LiveJournal. Se as most other posts if carry URLs care to make LJ oblivious to them.



In pathetic hopeless and spectacularly failed attempt at ? yes, it's funny.
It can mock up "Damsel in distress" and "white knight" patterns.

And attempt at assault met with "I have rockets now" is just plain and silly

YMMV of course

Posted by: Mouser (mouser)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Gears

Pop quiz everyone! Do you all remember what Von Zinzer USED to do?

I think they're about to show a moment of awesome!

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)

He was surviving bombardment of his ship by Dupree

That's why he was 1st to recognize incoming shell sound and estimate its target as "near but not yet here"

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)

Love the grumpy face in the second panel. Plus the MDPW guy gets yet more reason to admire Moloch, taking DK with such aplomb. And going to the Cathedral next, I have been wondering why it's such a safe place to keep the kids.

Looks like Sanaa is aware of Snaug's pretensions now, and I love how cool she is about it, while Snaug is nearly hopping up and down with frustration. And the poisoner in the back using Sgt. Schultz's favorite line too. :D

I wonder what is coming? That's a last line cliffhanger of traditional style there.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)

I'd say, cartoon about ape mama (if you know soviet cartoons).
Or Whac-A-Mole session for westerners.

1. They go to fix something in Cathedral
2. Cathedral was chosen to gather kids there.
3. Kids like to disassemble any new complex toys they are given
4. Kids are fighting over who would own (and disassemble) which toys. Often that ends with a toy torn apart.
5. There would be damn lot of kids

Sum it up ?

I wonder would they manage to achieve repairing speed even comparable to children's disassembling speed!

Edited at 2012-08-01 03:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
side note on whacamoles

BTW, that "Hit the ground" reminds me of StarCraft sessions, where sometimes you'd better literraly hit the ground, shoot it, fire it and do it all quick, while you're not dead yet.

I don't expect zerg rush or anything in GG, but it could have been funny :-)

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)

on cartoons named, one of the series seems to be at youtube.com/watch?v=37k4ncSOsS8

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)

*grin* That's a wonderful thought, all the little Mechanicsburgers maniacally disassembling things while the RBHR struggle to put it all back together. Makes you wonder what could get built!

Posted by: amigoid (amigoid)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
R-79 is not deaf, he is smart
phantasmagoria

He can hear the two females behind him and is trying to ignore them rather than get mixxed up in the fight, but notice the hair on his back is rising. Hopefully they will give him more things to smash soon.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: R-79 is not deaf, he is smart

BTW, why prof. Mittelmind did not cleared Snaug's memory yet ? It would solve so many problems...
He claims Moloch dangerous, yet he pushes (okay, indulges) to the same resolution.

Posted by: Molly (fairest1)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

And THIS is why he's Head Minion. It lowers the job turnover rate if you're good at avoiding being killed.

Posted by: Liz (labelleizzy)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
mad scientist

exactly.

Posted by: david_42 (david_42)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)

Von is an ex-soldier; granted a mechanic more than a soldier, but has had his share of incoming excitement. Surviving as a military mechanic can be even more of a challenge than being a foot soldier; because your machinery is a bigger target.

Posted by: Walter Matera (waltermatera)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)

Army Engineers tended to work in front of the front lines back in the days when wars had such things. A heavy equipment driver is a tanker who can't shoot back and can only scoop tons of earth onto his attacker. Understand 'Incoming!'? Ho, yez!

Edited at 2012-08-01 09:53 pm (UTC)

Posted by: songofnewday (songofnewday)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Krosp

Legions of gerbil powered eight legged-ground pounders?

Whistling Jeeves and his synchronised hammer throwers?!

Uncle Fester's carnival of autonomous cheese pairers?!!

Or... or... that most terrible thing of all...

Jaeger slam poetry night!!! :-O

Edited at 2012-08-01 07:10 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)

getting to the ground would save them how ?
except for shelling with hammers, of course

Edited at 2012-08-02 07:50 am (UTC)

Posted by: Corgi, Hound of the Internet (sff_corgi)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Comics - Wulfenblimp

Der Hut des Jaeger Poetry Slam, every Thursday at 5 pip-emma, Second Life Time -- located at #10 Autumnset Street, Port Absinthe, Winterfell.

Everybody's welcome!

Posted by: howtheduck (howtheduck)
Posted at: August 1st, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)

Enough of this repairing. They are missing the jar sale!!

Posted by: sam_arkand (sam_arkand)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)

There's only one way to deal with the Snaug/Sanaa rivalry over Moloch: a performance of the Grease Pit Scene from "Sprocket Wrench of Prague", with Bang as referee (throwing knives every so often to "liven up things"). If Moloch's really lucky, this can be a nightly event.

Prof. Mezzasalma is twigging to how deeply screwed his is, isn't he?

Moloch's wrong. DK doesn't hate him. It likes him. And it shows it in the best way it knows how. Which is why Von Zinzer's life has been a constant round of buggery.

Posted by: Ариох (the_arioch)
Posted at: August 2nd, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)

Well, DK as every loving person craves for feeling proud of his significant one. While it might be a bit exhausting for a while, it surely eventually turns Moloch into a model husband!

What about those two S girls, for a while Moloch is safe. But what if any contest like that Pit would happen, and one of them would win ? She would claim von Zinzer for her trophy and hardly would he be able to avoid it. Hopefully DK would not allow such a hopeless development!

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