Monday, February 20, 2006

Pulpatoon Apochrypha pt. 4

1, 2, 3

Okay, having confessed my inability to pull off jokey, I hafta say, I kinda like this one.

Although I've always wondered how, if Row has just turned himself off, does he get reactivated later on in the flight? If you have any ideas, there could be a no-prize in it for you.

Continued yet further...


Scott said...

Timer, perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Fonzie always said to blow in a chick's ear to turn her on - I presume this would work for a robot? His seatmate would be quite a sport to help with that. Otherwise, the Popular mechanics centerfold or other dirty magazines (depending on how open-minded the airport newsstand was) will get the job done.

I will not quit my day job. Still, the promise of a no-prize encouraged my shamelessness.


Pulpatooner said...

Hmm. It occurs to me that we see Row re-activate twice in Pilgrimage. He is "woken up" by Del at the end of Lost Ties, and "booted up," also by Del, in How We Met.

Row must have multiple levels of shut-down. Sleep mode is more or less what your iPod does. It deactivates until there is some sort of stimulus: Del shaking him while saying his name, or the a fellow passenger blowing in his ear. But since he's still "awake" enough to monitor stimilus, Row would worry that about being too active to comply with FAA regulations. Timed Shut-Down would, then, fit the bill. And then there's Cold Storage for when Row needs to be shut down indefinitely, crammed into South American pottery, and buried along with hardtack and salt cod.

That, or the goldfish has an ON/OFF switch.

If it were up to me, I'd give you both no-prizes. But I've just been contacted by Stan "The Man" Lee's attorneys with a "Cease and Desist" order. So instead, you be receiving the non-copyright-infringing There-Isn't-Really-Any-Such-Thing It's-Just-A-Convention-Of-Comics-Fandom Prize! They're of nearly equal quality, and can be redeemed at many of the same locations. Congratulations!