1947: Night Sky

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Night Sky
There's a mountain lion nearby, but it didn't notice you because it's reading Facebook.
Title text: There's a mountain lion nearby, but it didn't notice you because it's reading Facebook.


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In this comic, Cueball and Megan are going out for a nighttime walk, to "unplug" and get away from technology, to ask the "big" existential questions. The questions they ask, however, are not grandiose but instead are increasingly immediate to their current situation. In fact they might have much preferred a walk with technology. Carrying a phone would help them with locating themselves using GPS and seeing where they are going using the phone flashlight, thus making them feel safer. They also fear mountain lion attacks, and a phone could also be used to call for medical help if they were injured, or in many other emergencies.

The title text claims that technology is so omnipresent that even the threatening mountain lion has a Facebook account and ready internet access. Alternatively one of them might be teasing the other.

The reference to mountain lions might be related to the declaration that Eastern Cougars were just officially declared extinct the day before this comic was published.


[Cueball and Megan are walking under the night sky.]
Megan: The internet is so overwhelming for me these days. It feels like everyone I know is yelling all the time.
[Frame is zoomed out. Stars are visible in the sky.]
Megan: That's why it's so nice to unplug. Leave the phones at home, go for a walk, and look up at the stars.
Megan: It helps you focus on what really matters.
[Frame is zoomed in again.]
Cueball: Like "Where the hell are we?"
Megan: And "Why did I leave my phone at home? It has my map and flashlight."
Cueball: "Are there mountain lions around here? Did you hear a twig break?"
Megan: Yeah, the big questions!

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The attempt on Nordberg's life left me shaken and disturbed, and all the questions kept coming up over and over again, like bubbles in a case of club soda. Who was this character in the hospital? And why was he trying to kill Nordberg? And for whom? Did Ludwig lie to me? I didn't have any proof, but somehow, I didn't entirely trust him either. Why was the 'I Luv You' not listed in Ludwig's records? And if it was, did he know about it? And if he didn't, who did? And where the hell was I? 17:43, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Looks like the cows have come home to roost. ProphetZarquon (talk) 20:05, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Ironically, the mountain lion's Macbook is running Snow Leopard. ProphetZarquon (talk) 20:08, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

I feel the Mountain Lion question is to point out that if they had their phones they could look up the answer to this question, find out if they should be on the lookout for them. NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:54, 30 January 2018 (UTC)