We’re under $5k from our next stretch goal for the Kickstarter, $30k to print Roomies! Book 2. Just five days left!
ROBIN TOTES GETS IT
I must say, I love Amber’s shirt. She must be seriously frustrated by now.
Wonder where I can get a shirt like that. It’s just what my sister needs when she’s ready for her second kid.
Considering my wife’s habit over going overdue by up to 2 weeks past her due dates, I would totes have my vasectomy reversed and impregnate her again just so she could wear that shirt. Good thing it’s not in the online store.
Amber standing behind the couch like that reminds me of how they try to obscure actress pregnancies on TV by keeping their stomachs obscured by convenient desks and tables and so forth.
Also, the new-and-improved backgrounds we’ve gotten recently makes the blue void here stand out even more.
I know most people know this already, but going past your “due date” is quite common and isn’t really “overdue”. Average pregnancy lasts 38-42 weeks (and is counted from two weeks before conception, but that’s me being picky) and pregnancies can and do go longer with no harm to the baby.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled comic.
How can pregnancy be counted 2 weeks BEFORE conception? What is this, Schrodinger’s Pregnancy? Don’t believe what the governments of NC, TN, and AZ tell you; those folks are completely insane.
Yeah that doesn’t make any sense. Why not just count 36-40 weeks from actual conception?
Because it’s almost impossible to pinpoint when the conception actually occurred? That’s my understanding of how it works, anyway.
Meh. I knew down to the hour when conception happened, and they still did it from the date of my period, because their charts just don’t line up properly otherwise. They estimate that from that date, you were fertile on about the 17th day after that, and so they calculate from there. That was a few days off for me, but even so, no kid pops exactly however many days it is from conception. My son was 11 days early from my due date; I myself was two weeks late.
Been procrastinating ever since…
Heh that reminds me of the story my Grandmother told me. They sat around the entire Christmas holidays waiting for me to be born, then the first day back to work for my Dad. Bam!
Your Mike icon is appropriate.
I mentioned this below, but I don’t think it’s possible to know down to the hour when you conceived. Ovulation can be pinpointed to within a couple days, but that’s about as close as you can get (I am, of course, not counting IVF and such–is that what you did? If so, just disregard this comment). More often than not, conception actually occurs a day or two after intercourse, and can be up to five days later.
conception actually occurs a day or two after intercourse
That’s true; I’d forgotten about that. Still, each time I was pregnant, I could somehow feel it, like within half an hour or so of the act. Which doesn’t make any scientific sense, really, because odds are the egg hadn’t even implanted yet. Still, I’ve never been wrong about thinking that it worked (there was one time when I didn’t think I was when it ended up I was after all, but I’ve never been wrong when I did think I was pregnant).
Hormones are a weird thing, I guess!
It usually takes a few days (average about a week I think) for the egg to implant, yeah, but after a bit of googling I discovered it can take as little as 45 minutes for the sperm to get up to the waiting egg. But since the egg only lives for like a day, and sperm can live up to five days once they’re in the uterus/fallopian tubes, you’re more likely to get pregnant if you have sex often in the few days before ovulation. And I’m sure you know this, but I felt like clarifying for the sake of those who don’t.
Sorry, clarifying a bit: They count it from the date of your last period, which is two weeks before the time of maximum fertility and thus the time that conception is ASSUMED to have occurred. In practice it’s very difficult to know for sure when the actual conception took place. So they add on the two weeks because… uhhh I dunno really. I give up.
That actually makes some sense. I heard one of the states that hate women (NC,TN, or AZ, I forget which) tried to pass/did pass some law that said life begins 2 weeks before conception, and I was all WTF?!
Well that simply means that if you’re not using your sperm and/or eggs to make babies at all times you’re a filthy murder. It’s the sexiest state in the union.
If the first sonagram is done at the right time, they can tell exactly when the conception was. Babies grow at a very consistent pace for about the first half of the pregnancy, then after that it gets a bit fuzzier.
I don’t know how they do it where you are, but for both of my children, the due dates were calculated as 40 weeks from conception, with safe birth being anytime after 37 weeks.
Interesting, because here in the U.S. it’s standard to add on those extra two weeks. As in, when you’re expecting your period, you’d be around four weeks along at that time, having been actually pregnant for two weeks. Of course most doctors nowadays know that cycles vary and that the whole “day 14″ thing is really unreliable, but I think this dating system just stuck around so as not to cause confusion between generations.
No reason to give up: That’s just that. Pinpointing the time of conception is almost impossible, thus pregnancy time is counted from the end of the last menstrual cycle before conception.
It’s not THAT hard. If you know how to chart your ovulation you can pinpoint it to within a few days. (Not within an hour, since conception doesn’t always happen the same day as intercourse; in fact, it’s better to have intercourse BEFORE you ovulate so the sperm is there ready and waiting when ovulation occurs). But it used to be assumed that all women ovulated two weeks after menstruation started, and I think that method of dating just stuck.
Yeah, I guess I wasn’t really clear on that. I was trying to keep my comment from turning into a novel, LoL.
That would be counting from her last period. Since you might not be able to pinpoint the exact conception based on amount of sexual activity.
Sounds like they have no concept(ion) of time.
Robin has lost me all of my IQ points. =S
G.I Joe 2 was really pushed back a year? Any idea why? Please don’t let it be for stupid 3D conversion. (I *despise* 3D; it’s just an excuse to raise the ticket price)
I’ve heard speculation that the disappointing reception for Battleship was a factor, and with The Amazing Spider-Man coming out the next week, it’s thought that Retaliation wouldn’t have the staying power of an Avengers.
But that’s just internet spec. If it’s true that they only just this past week or so decided to do the 3D upconvert, then that’s just total BS, and the Paramount execs deserve to get kicked in the balls.
Intel also indicates that audiences wanted more Channing Tatum, and the guy’s had some successes this year, so Paramount is adding in more scenes with him. One can only guess what will happen if Tatum is suddenly unpopular by March.
There’s also some hullabaloo over what this means for the toyline. There are rumblings that Hasbro is recalling the Retaliation line, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Still, if you see any Retaliation toys that you like, you better not hesitate…
I think it had something to do with Battleship. That apparently didn’t do as well as Hasbro or whoever else had hoped it would, and decided to push it back in hopes that movies like Avengers and Dark Knight don’t hurt GI Joe.
Although personally I’d blame several other things on why Battleship didn’t do so well, but hey, I didn’t see the movie so I can’t really blame much…
Against better judgement, I went to Battleship, just because I like to watch things go boom. I thought it was okay… IF you turn off your brain and just see it as a fun, dumb, Summer popcorn movie. If you start to actually think of the dozens of major plot holes, the movie’s complete lack of logic (and physics) will throw you into a rage.
I have to wonder, what was the guy at Hasbro smoking/doing when he greenlit a movie about a board game that has nothing to do with said board game aside from taking place at sea and involving ships?
Whatever drugs they were on, judging by reports it would probably have improved the movie had they been given out with tickets. Or maybe just before viewing the trailers.
Aliens? In Battleship? Really? WHY?
It was exactly for stupid 3D conversion. Also, for not coming out during a summer with Avengers, Spider-Man, and Dark Knight Rises in it.
Spankings by better movies are a problem. It would’ve been better off coming out LAST summer Last summer kinda blew, as I recall.
So next year it only has to compete with Iron Man 3? Ninja Turtles is next year I thought. Thor 2 is listed for next year on Imdb. If they want a better release for it, with weaker competition, they should aim away from the summer, how about Labor Day? No one releases big shootem up blockbusters around Labor Day. Or you could revive the Thanksgiving Christmas blockbusters of old. I swear most of the Star Trek movies that came out before I turned 20 were in theaters around Thanksgiving.
It’s scheduled for release in March, so that’s exactly what they’re doing: staying away from the big, scary summer movies that might threaten their box office return.
And as an aside, Thor 2 is slated for November 2013.
I was angry until I heard about the 3D conversion. Now I’m happy, because with everything else they’ve done with this movie to piss me off (recasting Cobra Commander, having almost none of the characters from the first movie, not having Destro, which is so bad I count it seperatly from the ‘almost no characters’ thing), they’re FINALLY doing something to make me interested in the movie again. 2D action movies just shouldn’t be allowed to exist at all.
3d action movies should use the 3d elements for more then one or two token audience pokes, too, but that’s not happening either. Especially if the movie wasn’t shot in 3d in the first place.
So they wait to go aginst Thor2 iron man vs Ghandi, Superman, and Wolverine…….makes sense.
More accurately, they’ll wait to go up against bigger movies when they have a 3D version that plumps up sales.
I actually like 3D, but I still think 3D conversion is stupid. It’d be like thinking if you shoot in black and white and then colorize it’ll be just as good as shooting in color.
I second this. I dig 3d like I dig colour – when it’s shot in it originally. I think 3d added to the excitement of Avengers because it was used as a new way to frame shots, not just a way to make a missile hit my face. The shot that comes to mind is during the big battle at the end, Joss got a camera bolted inside a car with a broken window and had it flipped over. In 2d that shot would look like an awkward framing around the picture, but in 3d it was like you were a trapped passerby watching the mayhem from inside the busted vehicle. It was just cool. It’s just going to take time for 3d to come into its own, much like it took colour to come into its own, or even HD (when directors figured out they could show the viewer more context if they zoomed on less on faces – particularly on TV).
I’m in full agreement, however, that 3d conversions are a waste of time and should never be attempted or bothered with. The picture wasn’t shot with 3d in mind, so even if the conversion is well handled (Star Wars EP.1) it doesn’t lend anything to the picture.
3d gaming though, that’s the future! No longer will I race with the equivalence of an eye patch on at all times. Apex, here I come!
There was totally not going to be a big battle in the Avengers movie. It’s impossible to even theorize that, much less speculate, so even hinting that it might be true is obviously a terrible spoiler.
Though on reflection the Ang Lee Hulk movie didn’t have a final battle (they actually just CG’d up a bunch of silt clouding up some water), so I guess a final battle wasn’t a given.
Too many powerful characters, too much budget, it was absolutely a given.
Kiiiiiinda the point.
The camera-inside-the-car looked perfectly fine in 2-D, thanks.
Looks fine, serves no purpose.
It’s so easy when something is new to just bury one’s head in the sand and say “I have enough now, thanks.” It’s way easier to see what benefit something can have rather than detraction.
So it costs a couple more dollars, if that bothers you so much just wait for the Blu-Ray. The industry was losing money to piracy, so instead of make fewer movies they dusted off an old idea and polished it into a workable solution.
I don’t know, maybe I just like progress. I don’t bemoan the unfair universe when a new console comes out, or when tube TV’s suddenly weren’t it anymore, or when I was shown how much VHS’s sucked. Audio cassette tape, running a computer on floppies, dial up, etc etc etc. Yes it’s a big consumer/manufacturer sink hole, but it’s moving along anyway, making things better – why not partake?
…Or spend time coming up with reasons why this one single innovation is just too far.
P.S. As a guy who works in the world of electronics, the preceding is less directed at any one person and more at a frustrating trend.
Around where I am first-run 3-D movies cost 40-50% more, which is not a trivial increase. Personally I hope to see a substantial improvement in a product if I’m going to pay half again more for it.
In my observation 3D rendered movies and stop-motion movies benefit significantly from the 3D because it adds both substantial depth and substantial realism. Live action movies, on the other hand, haven’t looked that different to me. Perhaps it’s the natural tendency to focus on the actors and conversations where everything is mostly in the same depth of field; maybe it’s just that there’s less of a difference between it and ‘real’ to bridge, but either way I have seen few live-action movies that seemed to really benefit from the extra dimension. Particularly considering the price difference is still absurd around here.
And fake 3D is an abomination and a crime against nature that has never failed to make a movie look worse.
Fake colour is an abomination and a crime against nature that never failed to make a movie look worse.
Do you wish they had stopped developing the technology at that time?
Don’t mind me, I’m just trying an experiment.
Dammit, didn’t work.
…You make it sound like it’s our job to pay an extra six bucks to watch shitty 3d effects. When it works, it works fine. Voyage of the Dawn Treader I thought had excellet 3d effects.
But don’t you dare tell me that all 3d movies are worth it. Even the new Pirates of the Caribbean used it for, what, two main audience pokes?
Fake color had nothing whatsoever to do with the development of color. Old movies were colorized -usually against their director’s will- for the sheer purpose of squeezing extra buckageage out of the old movies. That’s it. It wasn’t to improve the technology for making filmed-as-color movies – the processes of making them and fake-color movies aren’t even similar.
I’m not sure what your point here was trying to be, but you utterly failed to make it. To make things easier I’ll succinctly state my position:
1) 3D movies are absurdly, delusionally overpriced, in my area at least.
2) Certain types of movies really benefit from 3D. Not enough to justify the insanely high prices, but enough to make you seriously consider blowing the money once in a while.
3) Live action movies don’t benefit quite that much from 3D, so it’s no big deal to blow off the 3D version – at the current deranged prices, anyway.
4) Fake 3D is an abomination that does no good to anybody ever for any reason, except the filmmakers who make extra money by tricking people into going to thinking these movies will be somehow improved by the evil process and thus get them to pay substantially more for inferior quality.
You have to understand the clusterhump that goes on during the production of these things. In the instance of colour it wasn’t the studio colourizing, they were just ordering the colourization. The colourizers were developing the technology used to store and present colourized content in order to rope more studios to use them to colourize. As the demand for colour increased until a point where all films were made using colour stock.
Begbert, please take your 4 point argument and put colour in place of 3d, then put yourself in the forties and fifties. The arguments would have been the same.
It’s far easier to be cynical than hopeful or even pragmatic.
Frankly, though, all of these points are kind of pointless: there’s a big wheel of creation, the same one that developed science, industry, cars, and the information revolution. The engine that turns it is capital. Like it or not, if you choose to wedge a crowbar into the engine, you stop not only progress, but everything that is fueled by the engine itself. I.E. you don’t stop capital and keep electricity, because the electric company runs the plants to get paid. Sentiments like “Not another iPad” or “Not 3d” or “Not another generation of game consoles” simply fall on a deaf system because we collectively choose to leave the engine running – they become the product of nothing but cynicism. That is, of course, unless you want to shut off the whole engine – in which case, power to you.
I know I started waxing philosophical there a little bit, but I think it’s all part of the same paradigm confusion.
I hear your arguments have considered them, and…disagree. I firmly believe that (real) 3D technology would still be quite profitable at half the markup -keeping in mind that in my area the markup is four bucks on a ten dollar movie (or eight dollar matinee).
I also don’t think movie makers are going to abandon the technology. By all reports they love it even more than we do.
Also, if you’re going to bring market forces into it, we consumers have a certain responsibility to send the accurate messages to the distributors. Is 3D awesome? Yes. Is it worth a 40-50% markup? No. (In my opinion.) Free market pricing demands that I tell the produces when the prices are too high in the only way I can.
When I see the markup go down to $2, I’ll see all the real 3D movies I can. (And none of the fake 3D ones.) In the meantime, well, so sad.
3D doesn’t really add anything to the movie (except ticket price). It’s rarely noticeable except for the lame “gotcha” shots. I saw the IMAX 3D version of Avengers simply because the first 2D showing didn’t start for another 2 hours. I saw double images several times during the film which was very annoying, and then found out later that the film was NOT filmed in 3D. It was converted. If I had known that beforehand, I would have waited for the 2D showing.
I saw Avengers in 2D.
I usually go by this site:
I USUALLY can’t tell the difference between ‘real’ or ‘fake’ 3D, but I’d still rather see converted 3D over 2D.
Not gonna get involved in the battle here, just posting my vote for 3d once the technology matures a bit and the prices become more reasonable. I do believe that it is the future of movie technology, much as color was in the 1940s.
Heartily seconded. My reaction to the first 3D movie I saw with modern technology was unbridled glee with a side of “I can’t wait to get this into my home theater!”
Amber’s Missing Thought Bubble: How do you move at hyper speed and chew bubblegum at the same time?
The chewing gum can’t stand up to the hyper action and vaporizes like Pop Rocks.
“I’m here to move at hyperspeed and chew bubblegum — and I’m all out of gum.”
I’m pretty sure she doesn’t think about it. Robin strikes me as one of those people where if you remind them that they are breathing, will be doing it manually for the rest of the day.
I thought the first GI Joe movie was decent enough, but I’m still a little cheesed off that they didn’t give the Baroness the sexy accent.
That accent is the reason I’ve had a thing for her since I was five. Also, the glasses. And the black skintight catsuit. And the impossibly nice body.
Still, the accent was a big loss.
They basically gave the name Baroness to a totally different character. Duke’s ex-finacee who is also Cobra Commander’s sister and brainwashed by him to be evil makes a fine character for the plot they had, but the Baroness she is not. The worst of it is they’ve got a harder job now if they want to use the REAL Baroness later on.
I actually didn’t mind that movies overall plot. It was good fun. I was fine with starting with MARS and building to Cobra too. And Snake Eyes and Stormshadow were great. Even the accelerator suit or whatever didn’t bother me too much.
My problem was linking CC and Baroness to Duke. It was incredibly pointless and the “Oh Baroness is evil because of nanomachines and mindcontrol” was even worse. It was a plot that made me just not care about anything decent the movie was doing because it was so awful. Why does Cobra Commander need to be his best friend? Why does Baroness need to be his fiance? Couldn’t this just be a cool movie about fighting terrorism?
Ripcord was incredibly annoying too. I much rather would have had Tunnelrat as comedic relief. Oh and the acting was pretty bad too but I can mostly ignore that.
I’m really upset that this movie was delayed. I was probably looking forward to seeing it the most this summer.
…Partially because of D.J. Cotrona…
You do have to admit that “everyone’s histories are incredibly amazingly intertwined” is the GIJOE-est thing ever. Y’know, if you’re familiar with GIJOE. And its insanely-intertwined character histories.
Must be a comic thing, and that’s cool. Some of us are only familiar with the cartoons. Still, they should have made up a new character instead of wasting the name “Baroness” on her. It’s not like the movie HAD to have Baroness, the TF movies didn’t have Soundwave in the first one.
I’m a guy and I want to smack Robin right now…
Well, Amber could smack her one with Amazi-Girl’s baby walker (or whatever those things are called, the name completely eludes me at the moment), and then blame it on the pregnancy hormones.
The Fisher Price Corn Popper, Amber’s weapon of choice.
It would be entirely appropriate for her to pass it down to Mike’s and her child pre-blooded, too.
I just realized something. Take out the speech bubbles and, aside from the pregnancy, you have a template for almost every interaction with Robin ever.
So, when is Robin going to dye her hair pink and buy a party cannon? Because I really can only see things ending that way eventually
Robin’s party cannon shoots Skittles and candy corn.
and the end of the cannon is inside her mouth
How very, very Freudian.
Poor Amber, I’m sure my mother would sympathise; I was nearly a month overdue!
Oh I get it, the comic is written by a man!
Miiiike. Fight sex time.
Isn’t there a point where if the baby hasn’t been born within so many days after the estimated time, they induce labor?
That’s up to the mother and her doctor, but it’s pretty common to induce if the baby is more than a week past the due date.
My understanding is, they usually save that for when there are complications, or when the mother begs them to. But I’m a non-parent, non-doctor, so…yeah, there’s probably some point.
(Ma’am, your baby is two years overdue. I think it’s time to induce labor.)
A lot of these things are up to the parent, though. There’s been a trend in recent years where parents are actually scheduling C-sections to choose their kids birth date. (Within the time the kid would be due, of course.)
Also, as I heard one woman once explain that she wanted a C-section to avoid her vagina having to get “THIS big”. This was accompanied by the typical “I caught a fish THIS big” hand gesture.
My cousin had that done. Allegedly so she could time it properly within her work schedule, but her mum told me that it was more of a “too posh to push” thing.
Having had both natural birth and a C-section, I can say that, dude, you want to do it naturally. Yes, it hurts a truly unbelievable amount, but you heal up SO much faster from it, and while the tissue that gets stretched out will tighten up again eventually (Kegel exercises help with that), the muscles that get cut during a C-section take forever to heal properly. With the first one, I was back to my former shape, more or less, within six months; with the C-section, it’s been three years and I still have a flabby pouch. *so mad*
Your vagina’s designed to stretch out and go back. Nothing is designed to be cut open.
These days they’ll usually only let you go about five days top spast your due date before inducing, because after that there’s a risk that the baby will start pooping in there. They’ve been peeing in there all along, which isn’t much of a problem when the baby drinks the amniotic fluid with pee in it because pee is sterile when it comes out, but the meconium (black stuff they poop out before there’s actually really anything in their system) is more of a problem if they ingest it.
Back in the day, though, they’d just wait until the kid figured it was time. Part of that may have been that before ultrasound, they only had X-rays, and you don’t want to be doing that a bunch to see how the kid is coming along. Mum only had one X-ray when she was pregnant with me, as opposed to the two or three ultrasounds I had for each kid.
My mum had to have a C-section for health reasons, but they still waited until she went into labour to start it, and I was two weeks late (poor woman). They’d never let it go that late these days, or so my doctor told me.
What exactly is Robin doing with her hand?
I don’t know, but if you remove all the word bubbles, it looks like this comic is about Amber walking by, noticing Robin doing it, and then getting invited to join in.
Damm you Willis! give us the baby!
Is the title in anticipation of what comes after the last frame?
I`d say something about Robin`s lack of logic but I`m too distracted by her midriff ^_^
“Totes”? Is that the next new Willis-ism, like “so babies” was? Or something from the old Walky comics that I haven’t read yet, like whatever “faaaaaace” is supposed to be.
I’ve been using totes for months, you just didn’t notice it becoming a thing.
Trust me, as a bemused McDonalds employee who works with plenty of younger high school age folks, if you aren’t using “Totes” then you are official old and behind on your slang.
Could just be an Ohio thing, though, now that I think of it.
I was behind on slang when I WAS in high school, and that’s a while ago, so yeah.
/me visits urban dictionary.
Ohhhhhh. Okay. “Tote” is also a real, non-slang word, so I was confused about that and wouldn’t have come up with “short for totally”.
I don’t use “totes” because it just sounds silly to me. That and words like “adorbs.” It sounds like someone was trying a bit too hard to create new slang.
Robin has been using “totes” for years, I think.
So has Ethan.
This is a censored cut of the comic. Fifth panel was just a blood spatter on the wall.
Robin’s really a guy, isn’t he?
Does that mean Leslie isn’t really gay? Or did she somehow not notice when they were together?
Robin’s got that look on her face in panels 2 and 3 that says her brain is nothing more than a hamster running on a wheel, and the hamster fell off.
Maybe it’s gonna calcify?
I went 2 weeks over my due date and the doctors told me they were going to induce labor, I didn’t have any voice in their decision. So I went into labor the day before. My friends and I notice that doctors really don’t have as much say as they think they do. When the baby is ready, it’s ready.
And as far as Robin’s comments. Her mouth is never connected to her brain except in the rare occasions when she’s in the House being a congresswoman and is acutally ‘thinking’.
Pretty sure Amber knows this by now, but has to stop and regroup after a conversation with her sometimes.
Nah, you totally have a say. Just don’t show up for the induction if you don’t want one! They can’t force you.
this is the second reference to Amber’s unborn child as fecal matter.
I’m rather concerned for Willis’s wife’s well-being considering how confused he seems to be about the differences between a vagina and a butthole. But hey, maybe she’s into it?
I would like to imply that your grasp of reality is insufficient for everyday life.
Saddened over the news of the film’s push-back release, I tried to console myself by going out to buy the Retaliation toys.
They are terrible. Awful. Poorly designed and badly sculpted. Apparently Hasbro has moved all the good people who have been working on GIJoe projects from 2008+ over to Star Wars. The vehicle pack-in figures have 6-point articulation, for Flagg’s sake!
NAME — Get a Gravatar
NOTE - You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>
©2005-2013 David Willis | Powered by WordPress with ComicPress
| Subscribe: RSS
| Back to Top ↑