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Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 3:49 AM edit delete
Notos
Well that was easy. I can foresee a future where all interactions have become this automated. Thanks for reading, see you next Sunday!
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chris-tar 2nd Aug 2015, 5:28 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
So how many credits did it cost?
Also, maybe this sounds a little depressing, but I would actually rather deal with a machine than an angry, bitter vindictive human bureaucrat like at the DMV office for instance. Of course, I don't want anyone to be out of a job either, so maybe the government can start retraining people to be computer and robot repair technicians?
Great update!
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
Notos
They essentially just "mailed their papers" for review. The fee 85,000 will be due when the status is confirmed.
And sad as it is, often I'd rather deal with machines too.
Mersharr 2nd Aug 2015, 6:59 AM edit delete reply
If it was all automated anyway... why were they required to go to a place?
b3nc0 2nd Aug 2015, 1:49 PM edit delete reply
b3nc0
Maybe for the Hyperion patented official scanner…
merrsharr 2nd Aug 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Also, how does rain work anywhere but the highest levels in Hyperion?
R. E. J. Karlsson 2nd Aug 2015, 10:55 AM edit delete reply
R. E. J. Karlsson
It's not rain: it's condensation, I believe. Everything's pretty damp and dank in the lower levels, if I recall correctly.
Admiral Jane 2nd Aug 2015, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
Wow, no human interactions for you!! I did find it quite frightening that they were trying to sell them tickets because Galvin was wearing a certain shirt.
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Notos
I think we're already reaching that level of advertisement, they try to sell you stuff while your on hold with tech support.
BigfootGolem 2nd Aug 2015, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
That shirt advertisement was a neat touch, shows that you can't get away from marketing in that place at all.
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Kinda like irl too. I boot up our Xbox 360 and there are more ads on the front menu than there are things I'm actually looking for.
justkeepondriving 2nd Aug 2015, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
Itty bitty typo in the very first dialogue bubble (you > your), but this was a great (if anti-climactic) update ;)
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Got it, thanks.
Bear 2nd Aug 2015, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
Bear
Anti-climactic, yeah. Nice page tho' - and great to have it back !!! B-)
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks!
Grall 2nd Aug 2015, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Grall
I lol'd at Galvin's goofy smile when it was confirming their identities.
Notos 2nd Aug 2015, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Cheese!
Garak 2nd Aug 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
I have a bad feeling about this... somewhat along the lines "we have 1 hour left, why don't we start a serious fight even before we move in together."
Midnight Jake 2nd Aug 2015, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Not a bad theory, but I don't think that this story is going to fall into a badly written sitcom's traps. Also, these two people are smart enough to have probably known that there are little things that drive each other crazy but if you're serious about a relationship, you act mature about it and don't make a big deal about it.
Alex 2nd Aug 2015, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
This is basically what happened when I got married in Korea. Went to the Embassy, turned in some papers, got papers back, BAM I'm married. Took all of six minutes. Then we went and got doughnuts.
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Notos
There is a simplicity to that I can appreciate. Was never one for big spectacles and events myself..
killersteak 2nd Aug 2015, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
killersteak
that lens totally just reverse google image searched that shirt
Isis Marie 2nd Aug 2015, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Isis Marie
Galvin's smile is so cute and cheesy! I like it. No human interaction is the way we're all heading I think. Sad, but inevitable. Great job as always, Notos. I like the background condensation.
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks Isis Marie,glad you dig it!
Jackarais 2nd Aug 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Jackarais
bluhh this comic is so good. so so good.
I never have anything intelligent to say about it, but I've been reading every page and loving it.
I also brag about this comic to other people lookin' for new ones all the time. Keep up the outstanding work.
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks Jackarais, appreciate it. I'm reading every page of Bicycle Boy too :)
Jordan Gray 2nd Aug 2015, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
I think you're right, I can easily see things going this way. To an extent it's inevitable, and if I'm honest I rather look forward to it!

People are often surprised to learn that my husband and I spent under £150, including reception and registrar's fees, on our civil partnership. We invited a few close friends and family, catered and hosted the reception ourselves—I made a croquembouche instead of a wedding cake!—and told people not to worry about dressing up too fancy or bother with gifts. My family is poor, and we didn't need anything anyway.

What mattered was that the people we loved could celebrate our commitment to becoming a family. No one was sad about the lack of ceremony or unnecessary expense.

Of course, there's a difference between keeping things simple and the dystopian machinations of Hyperion City—to start with, the crazy price tag. I get the distinct impression that to the movers and shakers of this world, the DP license is just a few steps up from offering a special "friends and family" discount package!

Also, I wonder what the processing time is for. Manual verification? Needless red tape? (Of course, it might just be a way of ratcheting up the narrative tension, in which case, sorry for over-analysing!)
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
Notos
I'd opt for something like that as well, never been one for big ceremonies and spectacles. Plus the being the center of attention is one of my least favorite things, the thought of giving a speech makes my palms sweat.

The processing time is generally for red tape, they don't want people "taking advantage" of the discount, and likely try to discourage as much as possible by making the process a costly headache.
Guest 3rd Aug 2015, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Love the anti-climatic feel to this. I'm a christian but don't agree with government controlled marriage, so my ultimate wedding ceremony has been for a long time - getting up during announcements and basically just say "We're married". 5 seconds, no cost. Stunned friends. Sounds perfect to me.
Kiri 3rd Aug 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Oops I forgot to fill in the name and title fields. It's me Kiri anyways.
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
Notos
If I had to give a speech it would boil down to that too. If only because public speaking is my nightmare..
Kiri 3rd Aug 2015, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
And I forgot to say - Getting up during announcements at church.
Too much blood in my coffee vein - must top up.
Mx. Harry 3rd Aug 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply
My Partner-Prime and I would probably marry for the financial & system-based benefits, though we'd like to have a celebratory party with friends too, just cause we like to hang out with people.

I can see this being I way I'd honestly get behind. Just y'know, not talking to a wall in the rain.
Maybe a website.
Would an App be going to far?
Notos 3rd Aug 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Notos
At this rate I can see an App being a possibility.
Draginbeard 3rd Aug 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
...man, Ive had more exciting times at a drive-thru ATM! (and it was way less expensive to boot =P )

I do see a lot of this happening in the near future. Everything is getting closer to the point where you never really have to leave your house. Heck, Amazon is trying (or maybe already has it going) deliveries by Drone drops.

Oh wow... maybe pretty soon we might see a mail-order-bride via drone drop.

Sheesh.
Bubrigard 4th Aug 2015, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
Something never change. Except for the machine being human, that is what I remember the whole marriage license thing being.
ChristinaSJ 5th Aug 2015, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Haha xD SOOO romantic - very much like it was for my hubby and I, when we applied for marriag xD

It gets better though., the day they know they cna actually live together willbe like a great wedding day^^
Notos 6th Aug 2015, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Hey maybe a dark, damp wall-mounted registry with profane graffiti does it for some people.
crowwinters 6th Aug 2015, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
crowwinters
"Refer to your citizen's manual" is one of the most frighteningly Orwellian things I've read in a comic, and it was said offhandedly by the ATM equivalent of a online credit card form.

And, uh. Perhaps more chilling is just how it slides nice and easy into this universe.

Your world building is just phenomenal.
Dibu John Doe 9th Aug 2015, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
It's 11:57 PM my time and I'm literally waiting to refresh the page before going to bed for work tomorrow. *Crosses fingers*
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