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(11:43)EntropicPhantom: Hey, Sonja?
(11:44)SonjaOfTheMoon: If you want to talk to me privately, we can just go to your room or something. I'm not on the moon any more.
(11:45)EntropicPhantom: I don't want to exclude Athena. Also, I don't want to make you walk if you don't want to.
(11:45)SonjaOfTheMoon: Ugh, yeah. This is definitely going to take a lot of getting used to. Alex, why does gravity exist?
(11:45)SonjaOfTheMoon: What kind of bad[censored] space heroine is crippled under her own body weight?
(11:46)EntropicPhantom: I feel like it shouldn't be too hard to find you a wheelchair?
(11:47)SonjaOfTheMoon: I'm not prepared to think about that, sorry.
(11:47)SonjaOfTheMoon: Also, the next time I try to slap you, remind me... not to. Owww.
(11:48)EntropicPhantom: Not gonna lie, it was kinda hot.
(11:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: ...being slapped or seeing me in pain?
(11:49)EntropicPhantom: The former D:
(11:49)EntropicPhantom: I'm pretty sure this has come up before?
(11:50)SonjaOfTheMoon: It has, yes. I'm sorry, I'm a little out of sorts right now. Even if I can hold it together in front of the others, this actually sucks.
(11:50)SonjaOfTheMoon: Everything about your planet is dumb, including the ground. Owww!
(11:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: So is there something you want'ed to talk about?
(11:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: Gods, what are my fingers even doing?
(11:51)EntropicPhantom: Erm, right.
(11:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: Because, uhm
(11:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: Our mystical friends might very well be listening in.
(11:55)SonjaOfTheMoon: Okay, that is a very good point. Go ahead.
(11:55)EntropicPhantom: S- so. Nevada.
(11:55)EntropicPhantom: I want to go with you, but I don't think that's right.
(11:56)EntropicPhantom: W- well
(11:56)EntropicPhantom: Realistically, I'm not going to accomplish much :/
(11:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: What do you mean?
(11:57)EntropicPhantom: You're a god when it comes to computer programs, and I'm... I'm not.
(11:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, hush.
(11:57)EntropicPhantom: Whereas, if I go with Bulwark and Ana, maybe...
(11:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: Alex, you're selling yourself way short.
(11:58)EntropicPhantom: Maybe fewer people will die.
(12:02)SonjaOfTheMoon: I don't know what to say to that.
(12:03)EntropicPhantom: Me neither.
(12:06)SonjaOfTheMoon: Okay. Let's be logical about this one. We want to weigh the utility of coming with me against the utility of you going to Australia, right?
(12:07)SonjaOfTheMoon: Okay, cool. So, we need to figure out the utility of you coming with me, yes?
(12:08)EntropicPhantom: Yeah, I see where you're going.
(12:09)EntropicPhantom: I barely even know @hena, though.
(12:10)SonjaOfTheMoon: Maybe not, but problem-solving is problem-solving. I've always envied your lateral thinking.
(12:11)EntropicPhantom: You're the one who thought of the whole cthulhu scanner thing!
(12:11)SonjaOfTheMoon: You're kind of making my point for me.
(12:12)SonjaOfTheMoon: My solutions to problems are almost exclusively technological. My knowledge is hyperfocused, because the moon is stupid. You? You get a much wider range of things.
(12:12)SonjaOfTheMoon: And that includes software design, by the way.
(12:13)EntropicPhantom: What do you mean?
(12:13)SonjaOfTheMoon: I mean, maybe your solutions aren't always optimal or even elegant, but you think in a really general way. It's the same thing. I have a couple tools - @hena is one of them - and I'm very good at applying them in specific areas.
(12:13)SonjaOfTheMoon: But I can't [censored] get out of my one specific way of thinking.
(12:15)EntropicPhantom: Eheheh... I'll be honest, I don't see it.
(12:15)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hades' Realm.
(12:15)EntropicPhantom: You wrote that all yourself, Sonja.
(12:16)SonjaOfTheMoon: No, we wrote it together.
(12:16)EntropicPhantom: Yeah, okay, I helped out a bit.
(12:16)SonjaOfTheMoon: Doesn't the fact that I needed you to "help[...] out a bit" suggest that you know more than you think?
(12:16)SonjaOfTheMoon: But there's a bigger point.
(12:17)SonjaOfTheMoon: Look at the code architecture. It's very clean. Lots of good design principles.
(12:17)SonjaOfTheMoon: That's not how I code.
(12:18)EntropicPhantom: You called my code inelegant just above...?
(12:18)SonjaOfTheMoon: Inelegant at the micro scale. I'd refactor things into separate functions, y'know, adopt and actual style guide, nudge... name things more consistently...
(12:18)EntropicPhantom: Naming things is hard!
(12:19)SonjaOfTheMoon: ...but my big picture organization is really bad, and don't tell me you haven't noticed, because you've called me out on it before.
(12:21)EntropicPhantom: ...yeah, okay.
(12:22)EntropicPhantom: So you're saying, what, I should come along in case you need a software architect for your space magic?
(12:22)SonjaOfTheMoon: It's not a matter of "if", but yes. Also, cross-training. What's better than one space wizard? A space wizard and her sexy apprentice.
(12:23)EntropicPhantom: I'm not sexy!
(12:23)SonjaOfTheMoon: Don't make me suspend you by the ankle again.
(12:24)EntropicPhantom: But point taken. It would be easy to study with you if we travelled together.
(12:25)SonjaOfTheMoon: So that's half our logical exercise. What's the utility of you going to Australia?
(12:26)EntropicPhantom: We can get more shatterpoint coverage. We don't know the Gaian's attack plan. If they launch multiple, simultaneous attacks?
(12:26)EntropicPhantom: Anarch might be in the wrong place to interfere.
(12:26)EntropicPhantom: Since we don't know Bulwark's status, I'd double the number of cities we could protect.
(12:27)SonjaOfTheMoon: But that's assuming Gaia's attack is city by city. The descriptions we've gotten suggest it's more... I don't know. More.
(12:27)SonjaOfTheMoon: So if that's the case, it only takes a single confirmed shatterpoint to protect the continent.
(12:28)EntropicPhantom: True, but that's a pretty big "if".
(12:29)SonjaOfTheMoon: There's more. If the Gaians do attack individual cities, then the easiest way to protect Ana is to arrange for him to go somewhere that isn't threatened.
(12:33)SonjaOfTheMoon: And sending you with him doesn't help with that, because the same [censored] problem applies.
(12:34)EntropicPhantom: That is a very good and very terrifying point.
(12:34)SonjaOfTheMoon: Have I convinced you, or do you need more reasons?
(12:35)EntropicPhantom: I mean, if you have more, I'm interested.
(12:36)SonjaOfTheMoon: Down here, I'm basically crippled. I really hate to admit it, but I need someone to help me out.
(12:36)SonjaOfTheMoon: And there's one more, very simple, reason why you should come with me.
(12:38)SonjaOfTheMoon: I love you.
(12:38)SonjaOfTheMoon: You can call it utility in the form of a morale boost, but the simple fact is, this is the first time I've actually seen you face-to-face.
(12:39)SonjaOfTheMoon: I don't want to lose that.
(12:42)EntropicPhantom: You make a very compelling case, Ms. Cordova.
(12:43)SonjaOfTheMoon: Good! I'm glad you came to see reason.
(12:44)SonjaOfTheMoon: Also, all those things you keep saying you want me to do to you? We'll have our own hotel room.