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The Search for the Peanut Gallery, Part 3: Conglomerate

Previously on The Search for the Peanut Gallery: The Peanut Gallery, the Studio’s resident mad scientist, vanished under mysterious circumstancesIt appears he’s on the run!  After activating Epsilon Protocol, Cloud found a trace that indicates that he’s taken refuge in her closet!  Storm offers to help them look!

As the three reach the second floor, Cloud pauses.

Cloud: Just a moment. . . something doesn’t seem right. . . .

River: What’s wrong?

Cloud: This way!

River and Storm follow as Cloud heads deeper into the Closet.  Soon, they come across a smoking hole in the floor.

Cloud: . . . The floor? Really? The floor?

River: Peanut. . . .

Storm: *deadpan* He’s ruined the carpet pattern. Want me to kill him for you?

Cloud: No!

Storm: Alright, alright, I was just asking.  So what do you wanna do?

River: *sigh* Well, there’s no help for it.  We’re going to have to. . . jump.

Cloud stares down the hole.

Cloud: . . . I’ll go get the parachutes.

* * *

River: *shouting over the wind noise* SO HOW FAR DOWN DO YOU THINK THIS GOES?

Cloud: Er, guys?

Storm: WELL, IF I WERE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT’D GO ALL THE WAY TO SUB-BASEMENT 47.  . . . NOT THAT YOU HAVE A SUB-BASEMENT 47, OR THAT I KNOW ABOUT IT, OR THAT I’VE BEEN STASHING MY EQUIPMENT THERE OR ANYTHING. . . .

Cloud: Excuse me!

River: *ignores* WAIT–IS THAT THE FLOOR?

Cloud: RIVER, STORM! NOT TO INTERRUPT, BUT I REALLY THINK WE SHOULD PULL OPEN THE PARACHUTES NOW!

Whoosh! The three pull open the parachutes, and gently float down for a few floors.  They land on the blue carpet of a floor some several-hundred-feet below their starting point.  As the girls unstrap themselves from the parachutes, something–something that looks eerily like a person with two heads–approaches the group.

River: Well, that was exciting.  Now, Storm, what were you saying about  stashing your equipment in Sub-Basement 47. . . ?

Storm: Oh look!  There is something in the distance!  I wonder what it could be?

River: . . . Okay, that’s a valid subject change, but acting like Cloud is not going to get you out of this. . . .

Cloud: *gasps*  Wait a minute. . . is that. . . Conscience and Evil Side?!  Th-they look kind of strange. . . .

River: What happened to you?

Conglomerate-Conscience: *mournfully* Got separated from Peanut. Apparently…this…happens if we’re alone together for too long.

Conglomerate-Evil-Side: Opposites attract, ‘n all that.

River: . . . Is it reversible?

Conglomerate shrugs eloquently.

Cloud: I see…well, want to come with us? Peanut made you guys, he should be able to put you to rights, right?

Conglomerate-Conscience: I’d love to!

Conglomerate-Evil-Side: Well, don’t have anything better to do, I s’pose…

Will Conscience and Evil-Side ever return to normal? Will Peanut escape before the girls can catch up? Find out next time, on Chibi Chronicles!

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August 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

The Search for the Peanut Gallery, Part 2: “It’s a Manhunt”

Previously on The Search for the Peanut Gallery: The Peanut Gallery, the Studio’s resident mad scientist, vanished under mysterious circumstancesIt appears he’s on the run!  After activating Epsilon Protocol, Cloud found a trace that indicates that he’s taken refuge in her closet!

Now, after a thorough search of the first floor, it is determined that Peanut must have escaped to another floor before lockdown was activated.  Surrounded by teddy bears, River slumps to the floor.

River: Well, this sucks.

Cloud: Don’t worry!  We’ll find him eventually.

River: Yeah, that eventually is the problem. . . .  Where’s the stairs?

Cloud: Back this way!

As she heads to the door, it opens in front of her.  Storm enters the room.

Cloud: Ah!  Storm!  What brings you here today?

Storm: Yo.  I heard you were looking for someone?

River: Yeah.  Peanut’s missing.  We had some info that he’s here in the closet.

Storm: So.  It’s a manhunt?

River: Technically, you could say–

Storm: I’m in. Come on slowpokes, the stairs are this way.

Storm exits, and the door closes behind her.

River: . . . Why is she helping us?

Cloud: *realizing* Wait.  Storm!  What exactly is your definition of ‘manhunt’?  Stoooorrrrmmm!

Why is Cloud so concerned?  What exactly is Storm planning?  Will the two (now three) ever find Peanut?  Find out next time on Chibi Chronicles!

March 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm 1 comment

The Search for the Peanut Gallery, Part One: “We Have a Hit”

It’s a not-so-normal day at the Studio.  Peanut is still missing, and Epsilon Protocol has been activated, yet there has been no trace of the resident mad scientist and his two lackeys.  Even still, all is quiet as the other members of the Studio go about their day.

Suddenly, the silence is shattered.

Cloud: River!  RIVER!  WE HAVE A HIT!

River bolts out of her chair and hurries to peer at Cloud’s screen.

River: Where?

Cloud: We’re still tracing the signal, but. . . if my information is correct. . . he’s given away his location!  He’s inside my closet!

River: At least he’s back in the Studio.  But he’ll be difficult to find. 

Cloud: Don’t worry, I activated lockdown.  He’ll have to stay on whatever story he’s on!

River: . . . Somehow, that’s not as comforting as it should be.

Cloud stands up resolutely.

Cloud: It’s okay, River.  It’s my closet–I know it better than the back of my hand! 

River: Even so, I’m grabbing the ration packs.  This could take a while. . . .

Did Peanut give up his location on purpose?  Why did he choose to hide in Cloud’s closet?  Find out next time on Chibi Chronicles!

 

March 6, 2016 at 12:01 am 2 comments

Activate Epsilon Protocol

Cloud bursts into the Studio’s workroom, looking anxious.

Cloud: It’s terrible, it’s terrible!

River looks up from her computer.

River: What’s terrible, Cloud?

Cloud: Peanut’s gone on the run!

River: He’s WHAT?  Drat that Tasmanian devil! 

Cloud: *mournfully* If he’d only left a note when he left the Studio. . .

River: Yeah, then none of this would have happened.

Cloud: I hope he’s okay. . . . It’s a scary world out there.  What if he’s lost?  Alone?  What if he’s hurt?

River: *tsks* I’m more worried about the people around him.  Speaking of which, have you seen Evil Side or Conscience recently?

Cloud: . . . Now that you mention it, I haven’t.

River: Then we have to assume that they went with him. 

Cloud: Then at least he has company! That’s a relief!

River: Well, there’s no help for it.  Activate Epsilon Protocol!  Monitor all communication systems until we have a hit.  He’ll show up eventually, and when he does. . . .

Cloud: R-river, you’ve got that look in your eyes again. . . .

Where could Peanut be?  What could Conscience and Evil Side be planning?  And what exactly is Epsilon Protocol? Find out next time on Chibi Chronicles!

February 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm 3 comments

PSA: A Wild Peanut Gallery is On the Loose

Wild Peanut Wanted Poster

It has come to our attention that the Studio’s resident evil genius, THE PEANUT GALLERY, has escaped wandered out of his laboratory and into public spaces.  If you spot this individual, DO NOT ENGAGE; he is highly intelligent and should under no circumstances be taken lightly.  Merely call the number on the poster, and a team of highly trained professionals will be dispatched immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

~The Studio Management

 

*This is a joke.  Peanut isn’t wild, and the number is a total fake.

February 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm 5 comments

How to Become a Programmer, or The Art of Googling Well

Very good points. . . Always remember the power of Google!

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*Note: Please read all italicized technical words as if they were in a foreign language.

The fall semester of my senior year, I was having some serious self-confidence issues. I had slowly come to realize that I did not, in fact, want to become a researcher. Statistics pained me, and the seemingly endless and fruitless nature of research bored me. I was someone who was driven by results – tangible products with deadlines that, upon completion, had a binary state: success, or failure. Going into my senior year, this revelation was followed by another. All of my skills thus far had been cultivated for research. If I wasn’t going into research, I had… nothing.

At a liberal arts college, being a computer science major does not mean you are a “hacker”. It can mean something as simple as, you were shopping around different departments, saw a command line for the…

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October 31, 2014 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

So after a looong period of silence, there’s a couple of updates:

  • Hours have been cut.  We’re not meeting at all for the summer, as many of our members help with children’s tech programs when school is out.  When we reconvene during the fall, we’ll meet for an hour a week.
  • This means that projects will be more individual and less ambitious–something that can be completed in an hour or two rather than four or twelve or twenty-four.
  • Our next project will involve gnomes!

Have you heard of gnoming?  It’s a prank where people steal garden gnomes, send them around the world, and send the gnome back to the owners with pictures.  The prank inspired the Travelocity gnome, I think.  Dots brought us little gnomes as souvenirs a week ago, and they will be making an appearance soon!

May 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

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