Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

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Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby lake_wrangler » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:15 pm

Well, Digit certainly is quite articulate, once she knows the proper technique to make "human sounds"... And quite perspicacious, too...

Poor Cricket... can't catch a break...

And now we have some form of age bracket (teenager) for Digit.

Mini Dieztel looks cute, on Digit's shoulder...

Digit and Cricket sure have Monica pegged...

Speaking of Monica, where exactly is she, while these two are talking? As far as I can tell, they are still in Monica's house/apartment/place... Did Monica leave them alone to deal with this? Is she even still within earshot of them?
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby AmriloJim » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:33 pm

On FB, Paul said Digi is 16.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Gyrrakavian » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:44 pm

Sounds like the princess might get a roommate.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby oldmanmickey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:48 pm

M is not gonna throw out little D's best freind.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby AnotherFairportfan » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:58 pm

oldmanmickey wrote:M is not gonna throw out little D's best freind.

But Digit has it right that Monica barely keeps it together herself sometimes {And, BTW, where's Jet?}, and doesn't need to be taking care of a teen who's just learning to be human...
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He had done a good job of covering his tracks, but that was to be expected. After all, one does not conspire to ruin a House and murder a queen and then just stand there waving and waiting patiently for retribution.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby AnotherFairportfan » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:00 pm

I thi k Digit got all the awareness-of-others that an ordinary teen should have, plus what Atsali was supposed to get.
He had done a good job of covering his tracks, but that was to be expected. After all, one does not conspire to ruin a House and murder a queen and then just stand there waving and waiting patiently for retribution.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Dave » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:14 pm

AnotherFairportfan wrote:I thi k Digit got all the awareness-of-others that an ordinary teen should have, plus what Atsali was supposed to get.

She's also got what every recently-transformed young person should have: a superhero for a companion.

Shoulderdog!

I'd sing it to the tune of the "Underdog" theme, but I'm really tired this evening and I can't seem to work out any decent cringe-inducing parody lyrics.

(To make matters even worse, an earworm stopped by with a deluxe order of "Let's Get Digit-al" and I haven't managed to find my bottle of brain bleach to get rid of it.)
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby TheDOCTOR » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:00 am

Maybe Monica could introduce Digit as her.....NEICE?!
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Drakkenmensch » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:26 am

Shoulder Dietzel is so adorable! All of Digit's friends will want one.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby illiad » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:09 am

AnotherFairportfan wrote:
oldmanmickey wrote:M is not gonna throw out little D's best freind.

But Digit has it right that Monica barely keeps it together herself sometimes {And, BTW, where's Jet?}, and doesn't need to be taking care of a teen who's just learning to be human...

Hey, things do happen 'outside' the comic.... :D
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Armorlord » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:22 am

I think this proves further that she was fully intelligent before this transformation as well, though perhaps she has additional faculties now. We'll have to see if the playful foolishness she and Dietzel used to get up to still comes through, or if she's "grown up" too much for that now.

I also notice that she's been hiding her other eyes rather well since she started speaking English. I wonder how well the coloration on those.. hair legs?.. blends in with her hair. I was worried before about her learning to pass among humans, but I think she my already have the skill to do so.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby eee » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:17 am

Poor Cricket. She's got serious guilt issues, even when things aren't her fault.

I wonder if this is going to result in Dietzel being turned human...?
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Catawampus » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:23 am

lake_wrangler wrote:And quite perspicacious, too...


Well, she's been a spider on the wall for quite a time now, watching what's going on.

lake_wrangler wrote:Speaking of Monica, where exactly is she, while these two are talking? As far as I can tell, they are still in Monica's house/apartment/place... Did Monica leave them alone to deal with this? Is she even still within earshot of them?


Out finding clothes that will fit Digit properly? At the local pet shop, buying up all the feed insects she can carry? Nefariously cackling and plotting how she's going to introduce Shelly and Amanda to the spider-person?

AmriloJim wrote:On FB, Paul said Digi is 16.


Which does raise some questions.

In general, jumping spiders live at most a year or two. Digit was introduced back in mid-2014, which means that we know she's been in the comic's timeline for at least four or five years (it's a bit hard to pin down lengths of time in comic time). And here we have her referring to herself as a teenager, and we have word that she's in her mid-teens.

So, is she sixteen human years old? Or the equivalent of sixteen given the lifespan of her species?

In either case, we know she's at least four human years old. Which is at least twice the lifespan for a normal jumping spider. If she were a normal jumping spider, she'd be something like the equivalent of 200 years old and perhaps have great-great-grandkids (imagine a whole herd of little Digit-babies hopping about).

Is her extended lifespan a matter of her particular spider species just naturally lives for a much longer time than other spiders? Or has living in the Library done something specifically to her? Because if she's still a spider teenager at the age of 4+ human years, then it's not just a matter of living longer: it's a matter of greatly slowing down the aging and maturing processes.

If the Library slows down aging, then is that part of why Phix and Nudge are as spry and youthful-appearing as they are? And are paranormals booking spa vacations to the Library to try to keep their looks?

Slowing down a visitor's aging would make extended research less of a problem for Library patrons, I suppose. If you really wanted to devote time to the study of some complicated subject but were put off by the idea of how much of your lifetime you'd spend doing so, the Library might help with that. And if you studied for your college courses there, you could graduate with a PhD and still be as young as when you graduated from high school!

Gyrrakavian wrote:Sounds like the princess might get a roommate.


Calista Foxglove and Digit? Will Digit take the last name Alis?

AnotherFairportfan wrote:I thi k Digit got all the awareness-of-others that an ordinary teen should have, plus what Atsali was supposed to get.


Perhaps young Digit bit young Atsali during one of the latter's trips to the Library?

Armorlord wrote:I also notice that she's been hiding her other eyes rather well since she started speaking English. I wonder how well the coloration on those.. hair legs?.. blends in with her hair. I was worried before about her learning to pass among humans, but I think she my already have the skill to do so.


I think that those might have been her pedipalps when she was in spidery form, the little wiggly arm things on either side of a spider's mouthparts. Some spiders hunt and survive through mimicry; perhaps Digit is subconsciously (or even consciously) trying to blend in by hiding her more nonhuman attributes?
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby AmriloJim » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:45 am

Either that, or Digit Alice Foxglove... be still, my restless heart.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Dave » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:34 am

AmriloJim wrote:Either that, or Digit Alice Foxglove... be still, my restless heart.

:shock:

Gives new meaning to the term "Kids with a drug problem". Parents should never give their children a name which makes them the target of ridicule and teasing by their peers.

You guys, on the other hand, need to pay the Pun Jar. The judges have rated your efforts "strict 9", so pay accordingly.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Sgt. Howard » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:59 pm

Um... when she dates, will she EAT her date after kissing? That could put a damper on her social life... remember, most spiders are happily cannibalistic...
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby jwhouk » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:13 pm

AmriloJim wrote:Either that, or Digit Alice Foxglove... be still, my restless heart.


Okay, I may have lived a too-sheltered life. I don't get that reference.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby Dave » Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:38 pm

jwhouk wrote:
AmriloJim wrote:Either that, or Digit Alice Foxglove... be still, my restless heart.

Okay, I may have lived a too-sheltered life. I don't get that reference.

Digitalis is the genus name for the foxglove family of plants.

It's also the popular name of a glycoside drug (digoxin) extracted from some species in this genus. Digitalis has been used for centuries to treat a variety of heart conditions - in particular, irregular/fast heart fibrillation.
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby AmriloJim » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:48 pm

jwhouk wrote:
AmriloJim wrote:Either that, or Digit Alice Foxglove... be still, my restless heart.


Okay, I may have lived a too-sheltered life. I don't get that reference.

Texas Heart Institute wrote:Digitalis medicines control irregular heart rhythms (called arrhythmias) by slowing the signals that start in the sinoatrial (SA) node. This, in turn, reduces the number of signals that travel through the atrioventricular (AV node). Fewer signals mean fewer arrhythmias.

Okay, Jar... will an EKG monitor be acceptable?
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Re: Trying to be helpful 2017-03-21

Postby FreeFlier » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:47 pm

And wasn't Castela's surname Foxglove?

I know it came up as a name somewhere.

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