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Review of chapter "Off Days" from fpb
Review:
Uh, yeah, well, let's hope the Indian military don't use the same kind of launch codes that an idiot would have on his luggage...

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/11/nearly-two-decades-nuclear-launch-code-minuteman-silos-united-states-00000000/



GREAT GOD JESUS IN HEAVEN!!
Sorry, I realize this is way off topic with respect to Terawatt, but THAT WAS INSANE! Yet more evidence that "war is too important a matter to leave to generals" (Georges Clemenceau said that, and he knew a thing or two about it). Never mind the "Dr.Strangelove" option with four junior officers just deciding to go off and fire a Minuteman rocket on their own. Do you have the least idea what would have happened if this piece of idiocy by US armed forces had ever got out? NATO would have been finished, that's what. Are any of you old enough to remember the huge pacifist demonstrations of 1980-1982? I was there, and I can tell you what they were about. They were not Communist-led or pro-Russian; almost everyone who took part despised Soviet Russia as a backward, vicious tyranny. They were about the feeling that the USA were playing dice with the lives and future of Europeans. If WWIII ever came, it would have been fought in Europe. Every one of us was aware of that; many had been through military service - most European armies at the time were still conscript - and we were all aware that we were constantly staring down a lot of Russian barrels. We hated the idea that the American forces could essentially use our countries as a nuclear chessboard. That being the case, I can tell you with absolute certainty that if the European public had known that the armed aliens in their midst could launch nuclear strikes virtually at will, and that they had deliberately cut out both the US civilian leadership AND the European governments, there would have been a political earthquake. No country from Norway to Turkey and from West Germany to Portugal would have allowed a single American soldier to remain on its territory. It would have been the end of the alliance. And for that alone one has to say that the generals who had this bright idea were stupid beyond criminality.
Review By [fpb] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from DieselDriver
Review:
I had shoulder surgery yesterday so it was an extra special treat to have a chapter of your story to read. I know it's the regular day but it was like a special treat for me.

HMMM. Forebodings of things to come... Is it a classmate or has someone made a discovery and is planning something or is it something that someone is planning not realizing that Alex is Terawatt?
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from Starfox
Review:
Another nice slice of superhero life chapter. Love Shar's scenes, and Willow is always a joy to read.
Comments from author:
Thanks. Some characters are more fun to write dialogue for than others.
Review By [Starfox] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from Zorgdub
Review:
Alex Mack detective and the mystery of the villainous posters?
Comments from author:
Encyclopedia Mack?
Review By [Zorgdub] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
Review:
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"Uh, yeah, well, let's hope the Indian military don't use the same kind of launch codes that an idiot would have on his luggage...

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/11/nearly-two-decades-nuclear-launch-code-minuteman-silos-united-states-00000000/"

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Wondering if any of the USAF officers who opposed POTUS control ever watched "Doctor Strangelove"? Particularly considering that General Powers reportedly had some loose cannon tendencies......
Comments from author:
Do you really want to know the answer to that, or would it just keep you up at night?
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [24 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Aerial Act" from SirLee
Review:
Something that I had forgotten to comment about:

Terawatt: > "They won’t explode until they get the secret launch codes first..."

Uh, yeah, well, let's hope the Indian military don't use the same kind of launch codes that an idiot would have on his luggage...

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/11/nearly-two-decades-nuclear-launch-code-minuteman-silos-united-states-00000000/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iW-8xPw3k
Comments from author:
Now I'm thinking of the scene in Spaceballs.

President Skroob: That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!
Review By [SirLee] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from Keshkreature
Review:
Well, Kelly DID manage to alienate a lot of people by essentially telling them they weren't good enough to go to prom...
Comments from author:
And essentially telling them they weren't worthy of even being lobbied for votes.
Review By [Keshkreature] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from DavidEmpey
Review:
10/10 for “Honestly, Alex. You are like the least threatening person on the planet. ‘Ooh, don’t do that, or I’ll cry in front of your mom!’ Get real.”

Best laugh I've had all week!
Comments from author:
:D Thanks. Alex is really unlike Terawatt in a number of ways.
Review By [DavidEmpey] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Off Days" from starwolf
Review:
do not piss off the nerd vote, anything could happen. nice catching up chapter. thanks
Comments from author:
Exactly. Gee, I wonder who might have created the anti-Kelly posters?
Review By [starwolf] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Off Days" from VillageOrchid
Review:
Continuing to enjoy this a lot!
Comments from author:
Thanks. There's more Alex right now, and then the next arc will start. At that point, I expect some people to say 'wait, I can't believe she went THERE!' :D
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from Senko
Review:
@HMaxMarius bear in mind the fact that this isn't a bit of good journalism she's up for its THE first ever confirmed footage + sound bite of a superhero who's this worlds equivilant of superman.

As for the chapter I'm guessing the yearbook staff is responsible for this, Kelly needs a bit more experience in organizing an add campaign its not just who your approaching its how you don't approach other groups.

Now since it wont leave me alone and hopefully it now wont leave you alone.

Time Period: The Future.

Captain Kirk: "So who is this Khan Noonien Singh fellow anyway?"
Ensign Red Shirt: "Captain he's a minor figure from the Tera-era, he's most commonly known for his revelation to the world that even a direct hit from a nuclear missile was only capable of slowing her down."
Captain Kirk: "Oh that's who he is, I thought the name was familiar, anyway I better handle this before it gets out of hand. MR . . . SINGH . . . PLEASE . . . STOP . . . HITTING . . . MY . . . ENSIGN . . . GENETIC . . . TINKERING . . . CHANGING, is that right? Yes changing. CHANGING . . . THE . . . BITS . . . INSIDE . . . PEOPLE . . . HAS . . . COME . . . ALONG . . . WAY . . . SINCE . . . YOUR . . . TIME. COMPA . . . YOU . . . ARE . . . A . . . CHILD . . . COMP, its really difficulty talking to an idiot you know. Where was I oh yes. YOU . . . CAN'T . . . HURT . . . HIM."
Kahn stares at Kirk in horror.
"THANK . . . YOU. So what should we do with him spock?"
Comments from author:
"Captain, I believe that we should implement cryo-recovery protocol number 17b and show him the message that Terawatt recorded to help all future cryo's deal with their place in today's Federation..."
"Good idea, Spock."
(ten minutes later)
"Umm, Spock, why is he curled up in a ball on the floor and crying?"
Review By [Senko] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from HMaxMarius
Review:
"Try to imagine what people of thirty years ago would say about the mere idea of Google Glass."


Okay... twenty-five years ago in this case:

"We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."
Comments from author:
"And also we are recording images as we stare into your cleavage." :D


Just remember: Resistance isn't futile; resistance is voltage divided by current. It's *capacitance* that's futile.

(And no, I don't want to argue about chordal resistance vs. differential resistance.)
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from Rune
Review:
Very good. Its nice background development. Many don't really understand that a fic with fight after spy scene after action shot after angst after ...
That kind of fic may have "ACTION" but it does not really tell a good story. And you could have gotten away with A. L. Mack being first runner up for a Pulitzer. Did I spell that right? Oh and Tens are reserved for completed fic or Prize Winning chapters.
Comments from author:
Thanks. This fic won't be completed for a few months.

I thought about A.L. Mack getting one of the 'nominations' instead of the win (the Pulitzer Prize committee names the three or so nominees in each category and picks the winner from them, and people who turn in applications to be considered are not legitimately nominees even if weasely writers have claimed such on their book covers and resumes). But I couldn't come up with a photo more dramatic and newsworthy that would take first place over The First Photo Of Terawatt (much less real footage of the first recorded superbattle ever).
Review By [Rune] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Off Days" from texaswookie
Review:
Willows disguise sounds an awful lot like Velma dinkey's look. Jeepers.
Comments from author:
:D :D If I really had been aiming for Velma, I would have given here a brunette wig and given Xendra a redhead one. Cordy would have picked them out, of course.
Review By [texaswookie] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Off Days" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Hmmm... who could be behind the Kelly sabotage campaign... How about the science geeks she slammed so viciously in the hallway, within their hearing??? ;)

I do have one quibble though... I kinda got the feel that the whole Pulitzer thing was backwards when the Faculty Advisor and Mina were talking to Alex about it. Okay, I can see them assuming Alex would win due to the subject matter, but considering the normal likelihood of a high school student actually winning, I would think their approach would be to start with pages for the nomination and have a winner slot as the alternate. After-all, for that peer group, the nomination itself is as big as a win. (Though, yes, we the reader do know thanks to Willow.) Heck, from a design perspective, tell a story and have it be a front/back page... nomination on front... turn the page HEY SHE WON! I assume that Alex can assign the yearbook 'rights' to reproduce the nominated image and she was smart enough not to sell ownership of the picture itself. =D

On a related note... Alex needs to start wearing a T-Shirt that says 'Photography: It's my Superpower'
Comments from author:
Willow's t-shirt for Alex: 'Photographers no longer have to do it in the dark.'
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [23 Jul 14] • Not Rated
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