Okay, back to the strategy and command center.

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I got sick last week, but I think I’m finally getting better. Luckily I managed to draw the page before I was too tired to do anything except attempting to work (really didn’t want to lose those previous vacation days on being sick…) so there is no break in Replay.

I went to Toyama over the weekend for my husband’s birthday. It was so lovely! We were lucky with cherry blossoms being late this year and hit full bloom in Toyama. Magical views, really. I posted lots of pictures on Discord. I also finished reading The Garden of Empire and it was mostly boring throughout (not much happened, they were just discussing things and walking) and then there was a flashy ending, so I’m a bit confused. The third volume will either be amazing or a continuation of shallow dilemmas but with flashy background. We shall see. I liked the first volume much more. And since I finished that one, I started reading Nuclear War: A Scenario and damn… That’s going to be a frustrating read. Humanity can be so disappointing sometimes. Check it out if you dare, some people couldn’t sleep after reading this. It’s non-fiction.

Also, I have received this beautiful fanart of Ada from “Nowa33”. Thank you!!!


14 comments on “Figuring”

  1. Alex Reply

    This nuclear war book sounds like a nightmare to read. I expect it to be essentially “our existence hangs by a thread and multiple times it almost ended” or something like that, because I remember one instance of the military confusing a weather balloon with a rocket, almost leading to nuclear war. Is there more to the book than that, besides sharing the details?

    And is there anything we can do about it? Because if not, then I don’t want to know the details and I’ll watch stuff like Girls und Panzer or Dog Days instead.

    • Jakalor Reply

      Another time the clouds got misidentified as rockets.

      Another time the US dropped a (live) nuke by accident in the central US. It didn’t explode IIRC due to a defect.

    • HKMaly Reply

      Well, religious people recommend praying. Of course, they recommend praying for everything. (Regarding the “is there anything we can do about it”.)

    • NotImportant Reply

      Yep, it’s exactly that. Lots of details about protocols and weaponry and how it’s all set up and who has what kind of detection systems and rockets and then how everything can go to shit in an instant without anyone being able to stop any of it.
      It’s the worst case scenario so it sometimes feels too unlucky to be realistic, but damn… It’s easy to imagine that even if a couple things went a bit better the ending would stay the same.
      And yes, she does mention all those false alarms and they’re part of the worst-case scenario.

    • Alex Reply

      Oh yeah I heard about dropping a nuclear bomb in central US from a comedian who proceeded to say “we almost didn’t have two Carolinas”. πŸ˜€ IIRC it was Dave Chapelle, but I could be wrong.

      But ok, if the book is full of those details and we’re powerless besides praying then I’d rather not read it. Similarly I also won’t read the book Dave Chapelle recommended which he read in his youth, that was written by a pimp who gave out details on what he did to manipulate his girls. I start feeling literally nauseaus when I consume too much of that kind of content, especially if it’s based on reality, but also if a work of fiction gives the impression that the author is living out their traumas through their works (cf. Watamote).

      “God, please give me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, and the wisdom to tell the difference.”
      That’s my favorite prayer.

      • Refugnic Reply

        In a theater I once performed in (like 20 year ago it feels like), there was an extension to the ‘serenity prayer’ you mentioned.

        ‘And a good opportunity to dispose of the bodies of the people I had to kill today, because they got on my nerves.’ πŸ™‚

        But yeah the serenity prayer is a good one.

        • Alex Reply

          Hahaha yeah that’d be good to know as well. A good reason to say this prayer daily.
          Soooo…. any luck on getting a response from god? I’m asking for a friend. Well, a former friend. πŸ™‚

          • Refugnic

            The prayer addition is not asking for a step-by-step instruction, it’s asking for an opportunity.
            And if your (former) friend hasn’t been arrested, while annoying people around him keep disappearing from their life…well, now you may know why. πŸ˜€

          • Alex

            By “former friend” I meant that I need an opportunity. πŸ˜‰
            But good to know, I’ll keep my eyes open.

  2. Refugnic Reply

    Finally, a spell that worked!
    A bandage for those bleeds?
    If she survive’s, I’ll have her burked!
    …I doubt that’s what she needs.

    Nevertheless, this was so cool!
    So that root was your magic?
    Yes! Buys time to free the fool,
    more time, to curb the tragic.

    Let me just pass on the news!
    I’m sure, she’ll be delighted.
    Man up, this one is just a bruise!
    …you don’t seem too excited…

    How are we doing with the spell?
    Did they make any progress?
    I don’t think they are doing so well,
    I hope that is just my guess…

    So how about this one then?
    I can’t read Hebrew, numbskull!
    Yes, yes, I know, you’re not a fan…
    With them, no moment is dull…

    The road to hell, they say is paved,
    with all the good intentions.
    How long, until that girl is saved?
    How to resolve these tensions?

    How much blood must yet be shed,
    until the fighting’s done?
    How long this path that we must tread?
    This war that can’t be won.

  3. HKMaly Reply

    You can’t read Hebrew? What about Elder FuΓΎark? Hieroglyphs? Qin’s small seal? … Are you even literate? πŸ™‚

  4. Alex Reply

    Is this the first time we see Laura trying a spell that looks like healing magic? If so, good for her! Looks like she made the wise choice of focusing on restoration rather than trying to figure out how to throw fireballs or slice up tree trunks. A mature decision, especially for a tomboy teenager.

    I wonder if she’s gonna be like an Anime healer who’s like “I hope I am good enough to help my team” or if she’ll tell that unnamed guy after he gets up: “You stand in the red, you deserve to be dead! I can’t outheal stupidity! You’re ALL sacks of hitpoints and I am GOD!”
    Like in this video:

    • Refugnic Reply

      I can’t recall her doing healing magic before. As far as I know, she’s a ‘mage in training’ and considering the situation they’re in, ‘being able to tend to injury’ is a LOT more valuable than ‘throwing around fireballs’.

      Since Laura’s role is that of ‘support’ (holding up the barrier while Ada’s out, trying to get herself killed) it makes a lot of sense for her to learn healing magic. Not exactly a lot of doctors or hospitals to go around these days…but a whole lot of injury.

      I don’t see her getting all ‘I am God’ though…that’s just not her kind of character.
      At least not the way I see it.

      Not all timid either, though. If anything, she’d be the ‘What, you again?!’ type.

      • Alex Reply

        Indeed indeed, she apparently made the sensible and mature choices, in contrast to what Ada likes to do. πŸ™‚

        The “What, you again?!” would be hilarious because she’d sound like a mom who has to clean up after her kids. XD

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