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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Yes, Martian equipment has to look as creepy as possible. It's a law of physics or something.

Speaking of laws of physics: Entropy, mentioned in the last panel, is the amount of energy in a closed system which can't be used to do work. (And you probably thought it was the amount of disorder in a system. Well, it's that, too. Entropy is nifty.)

As a last comment, Merry Xmas to all and to all a good night. And I'm glad the good, long winter nights are now getting shorter, at least here in the northern hemisphere.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I personally recommend noted cosmologist and rapper MC Hawking's take on entropy as an excellent introductory course to this fascinating subject.

The Tux mug is not to be considered an endorsement of Linux (or an anti-endorsement, either) -- it's just that, when pondering what sort of random junk you'd find in a server room, something rebelliously emblazoned with the Linux logo came to mind. No doubt the memo tacked up on the wall above it is from management insisting just as strongly that all the desktops will continue to run Windows. The mighty Saaba 6200 probably runs neither Linux nor Windows; that hideous orange screen suggests its actual inspiration is an ancient minicomputer I remember seeing in the Farmington, Maine university library when I was a little kid.

Also in that panel, Caprice is looking, um. Wow. Kinda hot, honestly. It wasn't quite intentional.

Also also in that panel, I have to add that I know certain people who would not let the presence of bolts and screws dissuade them from drinking.