Comic 1301 - Encyclopedic

23rd Oct 2020, 10:01 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 23rd Oct 2020, 10:01 AM edit delete
Panel 5 is why I was a terrible student in a nutshell. I was never good at retaining anything regarding math, science, history, etc.. Oh, but thank goodness a section of my brain is just dedicated to remembering how to find all the secrets in Mario 3, or the boss order in every Mega Man game ever, or all the lyrics to the Final Fantasy 6 opera house scene, or the names of nearly 900 Pokemon. Yep, my teachers and potential employers are gonna be real impressed with that. XD

I joke, but I did squeak through school somehow (despite what I now know was undiagnosed ADHD and probably some other undiagnosed things), and I've since learned to forgive the way my brain works. I hope Rain will do so too someday. And Emily's right; if it's something you love - something that makes you happy - then it's not a waste of time and it's not useless. ^_^

Lighthearted yammering aside, this is all going somewhere, and I want to let you know that next week's pages are going to be a lot sadder in tone. So ready yourself for that if you need to.

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Phyrax 23rd Oct 2020, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
I’m in the same boat I can remember some real in depth details on games, manga and anime I have not watched read or played in years yet keeping track of people’s names even people. I just met can be such a hassle for me so I feel for rain on this but it also comes in handy when I help friends past hard parts in games and what not 😁😁
Microraptor 23rd Oct 2020, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Panel 5 was definitely me in high school, but I didn't have a girlfriend who thought it was cute (or any girlfriend, for that matter).
Some Ed 23rd Oct 2020, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Different people are different. I could never remember mathematical formulas, which is generally considered really important in college-level math. I got to basically one class short of a minor in math. The only reason why I was "good at math" was I understood the principles and how to do the proofs well enough to figure out what the formulas were from those principles during each test. I generally needed every minute they gave to do the exams, but at least I generally did well... until I didn't. Sigh.
AriaArundottir 23rd Oct 2020, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
I have a good memory in general (and I was only a "studious bookworm" :) ) but it's funny how I must put an effort to learn Japanese lessons while when I started to play Pokemon a year ago now I'm expert in that :)
Sarah 23rd Oct 2020, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
I’m not sure I understand what prompted rain to ask if she’s ok. There doesn’t seem to be any clues in the dialog, and aside from having her eyes closed, Emily doesn’t look particularly “off” in any urgent kind of way.
Quinn 23rd Oct 2020, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
I think sometimes, especially with somebody you're dating, you can kind of just... tell that something's wrong. It actually strikes me as pretty realisitc. I know with my partner, sometimes just minor differences in tone of voice clue us off.
kittysoup 23rd Oct 2020, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
I believe Emily probably has a tone and she's looking down. I'm no seer, but I'm assuming the sadder tone is going to be Emily only knows how to perform, doesn't have a passion.

"I can teach you how to pass a can't teach me how to have interests."
purplespacecats 25th Oct 2020, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
i think it's because emily dropped rain's hand and stopped walking, or at least fell behind. see how rain has her hand out and is a few paces ahead when she looks back confused, like err why'd you stop do you need to sit down or something?
j-eagle12212012 23rd Oct 2020, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
I also have an encyclopedic memory for "useless knowledge"

I personally call it my jeopardy/trivia brain lol
meta 23rd Oct 2020, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
erm .. they've been walking a fair while, are they still at the mall? no reason ..
j-eagle12212012 23rd Oct 2020, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Malls are fairly large in general
Food courts are usually located on one side of the mall, the bookstore could be at the other end of the mall, making the walk quite long
William Melton 23rd Oct 2020, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
I may have to take a short break from reading this. The constant adorable blushing between Emily and Rain is destroying my insulin stockpile.
Anastasia 23rd Oct 2020, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
I think Emily is sad 'cause her life has been dedicated to being who her mom wants her to be, while Rain's life has been moving towards her being herself. Emily might be sad about all the time she has lost not making any progress in being herself.
KrimsonNekros 23rd Oct 2020, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
O my hero, my beloved,
Shall we still be made to part,
Though promises of perennial love
Yet sing here in my heart?
arkathenia 24th Oct 2020, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Rain looks so smooth with her confidence in panel 2. She really is capable of a lot more things than she’s given credit for. She is transitioning in an environment that, outside her home and friends, is still hostile to her, so that does give a strong indication of the strength of this girl.
RedFlames 24th Oct 2020, 4:49 AM edit delete reply
Psst, I think in the first panel it should be "[...]how encyclopedic your knowledge of [...] *is*", not 'are'. ^^"
doombird 24th Oct 2020, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
God, my brain is almost useless for anything time-related and I can't remember more than the sketchiest details about any of my 12 years of grade school (turns out anxiety literally damages your ability to form and process memories!!), but it's an absolute FONT of Billy Joel lyrics for absolutely no good reason.

And yay, we both ended up with undiagnosed ADHD! I mean, unless you got yours diagnosed. I still haven't because whee, executive dysfunction. Maybe if I set another phone alarm to remind me to make an appointment...
Kyla 24th Oct 2020, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
I have this sinking feeling that she's going to lose the baby. Idk it just feels like something bad is going to happen and she's rushed to the hospital.
Guest 24th Oct 2020, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Hmm..? Why is Rain suddenly concerned in the last panel?
metageeky 25th Oct 2020, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
The teacher in me laments so much seeing this. Rain (and possibly Jocelyn) are likely strong story-based learners, also known as interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences as per multiple intelligence theory. For some people, crafting a story to share with others can aid in memorization. Just the act of prepping the story in the mind can be enough to get things to stick. This isn't a common learning approach, and most instruction doesn't attune itself to the potential of students who thrive this way.
ZQFMGB 6th Nov 2020, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
My brain : God, remembering all those dates, philosophers and equations is so hard ! How can I even differentiate Aristotle from Plato ? What are the numbers and rules of the Hardy-Weinberg principle ? WHY IS SPANISH SO COMPLICATED ?!

Also my brain : Did you know that the GM Sniper II actually outclasses the RX-78 Gundam in raw specs and could be considered to be a better Mobile Suit ? Also here's a 3-pages analysis of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Miku_Shark 20th Jul 2021, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
i like ya comics g
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