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A student from Taiwan, Zhang has his fingers in the Alexandria night scene, where he is a popular local DJ with semi-regular gigs at the bars the younger students love and the older ones avoid like a disease. He also puts mixes up on Youtube, and have about a thousand subscribers divided between Taiwan and the U.S.

He loves detective stories, and is working on a screen play about cyberpunk detectives. In space. Oy.

Striking! Rolling!

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So, this comic is late because we’re finally where we want to be to fulfill the conceit of the series, and that gave me and Zach both just a touch of paralysis. And also, Civ is just goddamn electronic cocaine.

Beyond Earth is almost cocaine, incidentally. And I promised a bit of discussion on it, but that was before I realized that a big 2.0 patch is inbound for it. I want to love BE the way I love Civ V. I can’t right now and that makes me said.

That said, the game is largely repaired and if it had launched this way, I’d probably be playing it as voraciously as I played Civ on its launch. The color palate bugs me, because it’s somewhat dreary and doesn’t have a story to make that dreary sense make much sense to me, and there are quirks here and there that are confusing–sending an internal trade route to a city now makes the city sending the caravan the beneficiary, for instance–but largely, it’s a good game now and it kinda wasn’t before–No offense to Firaxis intended.

The wonders all feel unique and worth building, now, and they were all vaguely awful before. The game also now tells you if you’re close to losing to something inobvious, which was a critical fix. It’s still not as good as Civ V, though, nor as immersive. I’m withholding my real effort in reconsidering the game for their big 2.0 patch, though. I got a LOT of mileage out of Civ V for my entertainment dollar, and I think I am happy to look at this game a few more times to see if it rights itself.

Todd’s Stunt Double Goes to Meetings and We Can’t Show His Face

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So, for reasons I’ve never been fully clear on, the Chinese insist on taking (wildly inappropriate) English names when they come stateside, a problem that Mei Li and Ping are avoiding because someone–presumably Sera or Dr. Wolf–convinced them that May Lee and Ping are perfectly functional American names that don’t make either of them stand out strangely. That said, I’ve known girls named Mei Li in real, actual life who used American names like “Coco Butter” and “Agnes.” The former is a stripper pseudonym and the latter is a Grandma name, and neither really fit the bearers of the name well.

So, while I’m not completely clear on why this happens, I do have a fun theory.

I’ve had a lot of different names given to me by my Chinese friends from year to year–from Fat Ox (which didn’t translate offensively in Chinese but sounds awful in English) to, and I’m being dead serious here, “God’s Weapon-Gift” (武天赐). Names in Chinese have meaning, and people often have more than one name that people actually, for serious use. Not just truncations, like Jo from Jody, but full-on names that describe your character. The aforementioned Coco-Butter had a nickname that translated out into “Five Mouths,” for instance. (I absolutely do not have time to explain why I got the exceptionally regal nickname I listed above.) I suspect that this custom makes the choosing of an English name much less of a serious affair for a visiting Chinese student than it would be to me if I had to choose my own Chinese name–especially since there’s apparently a custom of your friends giving you different names.

With this in mind, however, yes, Cid’s Chinese name is Fat Beard.

SLOOTER! Slaughter. SLAMTER! Slaughter. SLUTTER! Good enough, moving on.

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Based on a true story.

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Ramen Empire got reviewed over at the Stir Fry Comics podcast. We tricked him into liking us! Woo!  Clicky!

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