Another 12 paneler – no dialogue, fortunately. No point to sound effects, either – a rising engine pitch would just clutter things up, I think. I experimented with speed lines / motion blur on panels 2 through 11 but nothing clicked. I also did a bit of nerd research to figure out relative thrust force and speed – I got the km/h by multiplying values up to orbital velocity (8km/s) by 3600. Fg = G*((m1*m2)/r ²) can bite me – I interned at a radio station in high school rather than face up to The Horrors Of Physics.

I suck at math. The whole “learn math to learn more math to learn more math so you’re able to learn even more math, which you’re learning for the express purpose of learning this math, so you have just enough math for calculus” thing that Public {Education|Internment} mandates? Fuck that. When all you want to do is Create Art, it isn’t just an annoyance, it’s infuriating. Especially when the teacher is confiscating your artwork and you’re spending part of every class fetching asprin from the nurse’s office to combat the Daily Tension Headache.

I don’t find math sexy or interesting or fun. Geometry, sure – I use geometry all the time, both in meatspace and 3d modeling. Geometry is applied. Geometry is useful. The rest of it, for me, is not. Public School went well above and beyond the call of duty when it came to stripping the subject of any degree of interest or joy – Math was never something you learned to enrich your life. It was a torture you endured because They Said So. I barely managed C-s and Ds in the subject until I picked up Champions and DnD, which staved off the downward grade spiral until I escaped to greener pastures.

Thesis statement recap: Applied (or appliable) learning is awesome. Book learning blows. Eleven years between skipping out on learning Fg = G*((m1*m2)/r ²) and actually needing it for something? Priceless.

End math rant.

I found out yesterday that my sister ships out for the Navy next week, instead of the projected “April,” So I’m a bit out of sorts when it comes to meatspace at the moment. This may impact the production pace of the next few pages – if it does, I’ll let you know.

Some YAY! for me (and you): this is the first page of the second half of the chapter. Which means this book is something like 1/8 complete. Yay! 😀

17:53 < mdxi> hahahahaha
17:53 < mdxi> accelleration boobsquish
17:54 < mdxi> (also awesome in other respects)

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