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August 19th, 2013

August 19th, 2013 published on 47 Comments on August 19th, 2013

Hate at first sight.

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  • Rachel

    Um, Ethan? Unless you are younger than 19 years old, and you don’t really look like it, you were alive in 2013. I don’t think I’d call the people of 1994 “luddites” just because they made questionable fashion choices.

    • Andy Nguyen

      The people of 1994 would be completely baffled as to how addicted we people of 2013 are to the Internet. Back then, it was little more than a curiosity to most of us, but in the intervening years, it’s grown to completely change the way we view information, knowledge, and connectivity. Look at our smartphone usage habits, for example. If this level of connectivity were to suddenly be taken away from us, I’d imagine that we would suffer some serious withdrawal, even though we remember a time when we didn’t have it:

      Now imagine what someone from 2032 might be giving up. Yes, he’s being a jerk about it, but he’s not wrong in noting that 20 years of technology can make a world of difference.

      • Rachel

        Yeah, that is true. I guess I just object to the “luddite” comment. A luddite isn’t just someone who doesn’t know what technology is or how it works, it’s someone who doesn’t want to know and is opposed to learning about it. I suppose he could be talking about the other ladies we’ve met so far here and that might make sense, but he’s making all sorts of assumptions about Alexa based on how she’s dressed and what year she’s from and nothing else and that bothers me a bit. Then again, like you said, he is being a jerk right now. Maybe in the future he’ll turn out to be like Mal and be a jerk with a heart of gold, but right now he’s just a jerk.

        • He is entirely unjustified in using the word, because he is a jerk you see.

          • Me-me

            No, I don’t see. Make him spell it out more :D

          • svartalf

            I figured he was… >:-D

      • Dave

        “Back then, it was little more than a curiosity to most of us”

        Speaking for yourself, I assume? I was on ARPANet 20 years before that!

        Luddite, indeed… Humph!

        • Andy Nguyen

          That…doesn’t contradict my claim. :P

          • svartalf

            Actually it does. You claimed that someone from 1994 wouldn’t grok being addicted to the Connected Internet (As the ARPANet was originally called- yes, I’ve been on it for that long… Heh… I was beta testing early versions Mines of Moria at OU for Robert Koeneke….)- which the supposition is false and you know it. ;-D

            • Andy Nguyen

              Right, if you choose to interpret “the people” as “every single person” as opposed to “the population at large”, then my claim is clearly false. OTOH, if you’re going to be pedantic, then you ALSO have to concede that Dave’s anecdote does NOT contradict the claim that he quoted.

        • Sanjay Merchant

          The key word being “MOST of us”. It just took the rest of us a while to realize what we were missing out on. :-P

          • =Tamar

            I was just getting into Usenet in 1994. Once I found the right newsgroup it was instant addiction.

        • svartalf

          No kidding, Dave…

  • I do so hope Alexa and Ethan get to be a couple. That way there will only be two unhappy people, rather than four.

    • Looking closer, that necklace he’s wearing sort of looks like it has a wedding ring on it. I dunno, it could be there’s a reason he’s so angry, and it might make the likelihood of him falling for one of his press-ganged coworkers all the more unlikely. c.c;

      • Either that, or he’s angry because he keeps getting pestered by this little weird guy with a bad cough who keeps whining about his ‘precious’…

  • Ragashingo

    Haha, I didn’t really expect someone from further in the future!

    • svartalf

      Pocket dimension…spans all times, I suspect.

  • nsanelilmunky

    I had to look up what a luddite is. :/ Still not as funny to my American ears as “do you have a fag I can blow.”

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I never thought of “luddite” as being specific to the British vocabulary. I grew up in the States and am familiar with it.

      Also, I’m reminded of my (Indian) father telling one of his friends/colleagues from back home upon visiting here: “If you make a mistake with a pencil, make sure you ask for an ERASER.”

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Is it my imagination, or does Ethan look a lot like Alexa’s obnoxious rival from the baking competition? Any relation?

    Also, disappointed the the Worldwide Vegetarian Conspiracy has not tirumphed yet as of 2032. Alas!

    • AsimvSideburns

      The Carnivorous Conspiracy continues to thwart them at every turn!

    • isaturnine

      Who says the ham will be from a dead pig in 2032, given the google burger is reality now… and yes, some from the vegetarian/vegan spectrum would eat that, some would not, some would not eat it but not consider it ethically wrong to do so.

    • Hornet

      As the only viable food source left is processed seaweed, he enjoys real foods. :P

      • Oh, there’s always cockroaches, seagulls and rats…
        Yeah, I’d probably stick to the seaweed.

  • RazorD9

    The future continues to look brighter and brighter.

  • Me-me

    I guess that nerfs the theories of parallel hotel holding them and waiting until they get to the time with the greatest chef.

    As far as I am concerned this is time travel confirmed, extratemporal space notwithstanding.

  • Lets see. She’s a girl. He’s a guy. They instantly hate each other. I’m guessing they’ll be dating before the story is half over.

    • alex

      except he has a ring on a chain around his neck which looks like a wedding ring

      • Tis no obstacle the Standard Fiction Relationship Arc™ hasn’t overcome before

      • svartalf

        Ah, but the thing is…he’s not wearing it around his hand… Wonder what the story there is.

        • ShakeJake

          He’s a cook.

          • svartalf

            Actually, per the story line, there’s QUITE a bit more to it than that, ShakeJake…

    • B-Sabre

      Really? I’m wondering why he isn’t discovering what her boot tastes like.

  • Gardan Blue

    I’m thinking he’s that other guy’s son..

  • Mujaki

    He’s from 2032? Play it nice, make friends with him…
    And then subtly pump him for information about companies and technologies of the future. You’ll make a killing on the stock market, if/when you ever get home!

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Also, see if he brought any sports almanacs with him.

  • sr123

    I love this arc so far! I know it’s only just started, but the setting and writing is just so colorful – I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up ;).

  • Kwaj

    I love Ethan already :D

  • evilvillain

    This does explain a good deal about the true nature of Hotel Gula’s timespace volumetrics

  • Terragent

    Wait, where did the drink go?

  • Sharon T. Rose

    I saw the ring on the chain and thought, “Wow; Gilgamesh Wulfenbach sure has changed ….”

  • Axel Tenveils

    Does he have a rin in a chain on his neck? Frodo Baggins much? Anyways excelent work! I followed from Darken to this great webcomic!

  • Jourell

    You jut know those two are SO totally going to fall in love right?

  • Wendy Hamlet

    Hehehehe, my brother’s name is Ethan and he actually kinda acts like this XD

  • l33tninja

    I love that she’s not the MOST modern “inmate”

  • This guy

    You know you’re a chef from the future when you are not a Woman.

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