Comic 256 - Flights of Fancy in the Fancy Flats

28th Oct 2020, 12:00 AM
Flights of Fancy in the Fancy Flats
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LegendaryLycanthrope 28th Oct 2020, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
dat lava lamp, tho...

and is that real iced tea or american iced tea?
PeterVonBrown 28th Oct 2020, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
Anton's a character I consult with my sweetheart about, and the lava lamp had been a specific request, as had been the iced tea. I'm in the USA so it's "American".
LegendaryLycanthrope 28th Oct 2020, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
so it's not coldbrew served with ice, it's coldbrew with 5 pounds of sugar dumped in it
Moonwolf 28th Oct 2020, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Normally as a german wolf i would laugh about that "american" sugar comment..
...if it werent for the fact that i need to dump 5 pounds of sugar in my Coffee to make the taste bearable. xD
PeterVonBrown 28th Oct 2020, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
The response is: "No, there's no sugar in it. We're in the north, and sugar's used in the south."
Kevin_Redcrow 28th Oct 2020, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
I gotta know about the painting over the piano. It's got to be a romantic depiction of an anecdote about one of the major composers.

I remember in a grade school reader I had, there was a story about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a child.

In this version, his sister was practicing at the keyboard and 3-year-old Wolfie demanded a chance to play. She gave in to shut him up, but then played the same piece better than she, without knowing how to read music notation.

I remember vaguely another composer as a child would sneak downstairs and play at night. The painting appears to show him getting caught.
PeterVonBrown 28th Oct 2020, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
It is indeed a depiction of a famous composer: Handel. Your second one is the story at paw. Although we knew it as a piano in the attic. It's probably just a legend, so either way works. :) I like the Amadeus story, too. Incidentally, the same painting is over the upright piano in our place.
Kevin_Redcrow 29th Oct 2020, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
You've probably seen the movie "Amadeus". We pretty much know that it was largely a fantasy about the relationship between he and Solieri.

One thing that that movie actually downplayed was Mozart's crude sense of humor. Smithsonian Magazine once quoted a letter Wolfgang wrote to his mother, which contained a rather clever, albeit nauseating scatalogical meme about people he knew.
PeterVonBrown 29th Oct 2020, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Oh yes, Amadeus is one of the greatest movies ever made. I also saw Chicago Shakespeare's production of the play. Excellent.
Indagare 29th Oct 2020, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry to reask this, but are there any specialty instruments in Wolverton? I mean, if the 'wolves have a broader hearing range than humans, I can easily imagine them trying to take advantage of that range (without hurting their ears, of course).

Speaking of interesting, there is a band called the Hu (a Mongolian heavy metal band) with a song called Wolf Totem.
PeterVonBrown 29th Oct 2020, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
I asked, and got this response: "I would say no, they're just more sensitive to the instruments."

That's a great song. It's a cool blend of tribal (so to speak) and a rock beat. That's hard to do successfully without coming across as hokey, at least in my experience. Thanks for sharing!
Indagare 30th Oct 2020, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Ah, okay, thanks! I'm always curious about furgonomics (ergonomics) when it comes to the 'wolves and the society they've built. Little details, even about new instruments they may have invented for themselves, just fascinate me.

Thanks and welcome! That band has a few other songs online as well, and I think they're well-worth listening to! I just felt it'd be appropriate to connect with one somewhat related to the topic of the comic (also to show what I meant by 'specialty instruments').

Incidentally, that horse-head fiddle (morin khuur) really can sound like a horse on occasion (it basically whinnies!). I had ended up wondering if they'd have something like a "wolf's head horn" that could mimic the sound of howling.