Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard

Brewster Rockit

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  1. MAC45

    MAC45 said, over 2 years ago

    12-21-12.Here we come!

  2. whitecarabao

    whitecarabao said, over 2 years ago

    @MAC45

    No, it’s 12-24-12 where the holiday spending is densest.

  3. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @whitecarabao

    You mean the densest do their shopping then?

  4. Bilan

    Bilan said, over 2 years ago

    That’s good. Somebody has to have money to spend on the after-Christmas sales.

  5. SciTech Scotty

    SciTech Scotty said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t think people understand the gravity of the situation!

  6. waycyber

    waycyber said, over 2 years ago

    You better watch out,
    You better not buy,
    You’re getting in debt, I’m tellin’ you why,
    Sanity loss is coming to town,
    You’re earning your pay, you’re spending it twice,
    You’re over your head, and that ain’t so nice,
    Sanity loss is coming to town.
    There’s food that won’t get eaten, toys that’ll last 1 day,
    Clothes that are all 2 sizes out and smellies you chuck away,
    You better watch out,
    You better not buy,
    You’re getting in debt, I’m tellin’ you why,
    Sanity loss is coming to town,
    You’re earning your pay, you’re spending it twice,
    You’re over your head, and that ain’t so nice,
    Sanity loss is coming to town.

  7. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 2 years ago

    Giving the economy, we can only hope…..

  8. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    re: waycyber

    good one.

  9. GoodQuestion

    GoodQuestion GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Ro ro, things are getting sirius . . . ☻

  10. Ali Saleh

    Ali Saleh said, over 2 years ago

    The spaceship oddly looks like a penis…

  11. Phatts California

    Phatts California said, over 2 years ago

    @Ali Saleh

    oh come on, every spaceship looks either like a penis or a breast — Star Trek somehow managed to do both in one …

  12. runar

    runar said, over 2 years ago

    Holidaze mess up my brain
    Telephone poles look like candy canes,
    I’m in a hurry, an’ I’m tellin’ you why,
    ’Scuse me, I got gifts to buy…

  13. pcolli

    pcolli said, over 2 years ago

    @Ali Saleh

    More like something you’d buy from a catalogue or a back street shop and have to put batteries in.

  14. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    The time element of stars going foom was something I messed with in Jacob’s Trouble:

    “Betelgeuse was not a typical supernova. An unusual chain of events would cause it to explode prematurely. Some 48 times the volume of the sun and 19 times as massive, Betelgeuse had been expected to go supernovae at some point in the distant future, not the present. The light from the explosion of Betelgeuse had taken 700 years to reach viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that the explosion had happened some 700 years before the moment that people on Earth saw the light from the explosion.

    Betelgeuse had two large gas giant planets that affect its brightness over time as they occasionally passed between the star and our line of sight. One had an elliptical orbit which required some 40 years to complete, which brought it within 2 AUs of the star and carried it out as far as 110 AUs. The second and much larger

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    planet was in a tighter orbit with a period of slightly less than two years. The planets had affected each other as they passed near the star, perturbing and eventually disturbing each planet’s orbit, but this time, the two were close enough that the outer planet was pulled into the first planet, adding more than a third to its mass and adding a starward momentum to the inner planet’s orbit. The inner gas giant, now some 120 times Jupiter’s size and 74 times Jupiter’s mass— a brown dwarf capable of deuterium fusion if it had had the time to organize itself— was violently altered in form and rotation and had spiraled inward, eventually merging with Betelgeuse, a trip that required less than a month.

    The newly-minted brown dwarf slammed into Betelgeuse, which at a fraction of the Sun’s age was already nearing the end of its life. While minuscule in comparison to Betelgeuse, the dwarf was enough to upset the balance of the star’s outer layers, first by pulling them away as the dwarf approached and then by pushing them toward the core as the dwarf entered the star.
    The gas giant was surprisingly rich in “metals”— an astronomer term for any element denser than helium— and these were driven deep into Betelgeuse by the velocity of the dwarf. Elements such as boron caused the fusion reactions to slow slightly on the side of the star that the dwarf entered. For a moment only.

    But that was enough.

    The outer layers of gas on that side of the star moved inward as the outwardly shining radiation from the star’s core was reduced. The gases possessed incredible mass and crushed up against the core. A runaway fusion reaction ensued, creating heavy elements, which sank into the star’s core and further dampened fusion reactions in the core. Finally, the core began creating iron in earnest. As it did so, the outer layers accelerated their inward plunge, now moving in on all sides, not just the side where the dwarf entered. In a few moments, the increasing pressure and heat caused an explosion of fusion reactions, and even a few fission reactions as the newly-created heaviest elements broke apart once more.
    With the asymmetrical nature of the fusion reactions across the star, the star tore itself apart in an explosion much greater than the typical supernova. The core itself, which usually survived a normal supernova, was ripped apart and released the incredible heat and energy tied up in it.

    For a few minutes, Betelgeuse shone more brightly than the entire galaxy.

    Seven hundred years ago."

  15. mdjackson5

    mdjackson5 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    As my wife says, “Suck it up and spend.”

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