Comic 619 - Look up the podcast

Posted on 25th Nov 2017, 8:56 PM in Ghosts
Look up the podcast

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Morgenstern 25th Nov 2017, 8:56 PM edit delete
You use your computer to look up the podcast.

You discover Lydia and Grizwald's podcast, Infohazard.

You start listening to it. The podcast mostly deals with ongoing events, like Theodore Reigns' dealings with mercenary groups--including giving dates and times for protests, and phone numbers of local officials, sponsors, etc for those wanting to voice their distaste for fascist behavior. The podcast also touches on old conspiracy theories, leaked Zone Fifty documentation, declassified military projects, and anything else Grizwald or Lydia could dig up or get their hands on.

You ask Mom's red if it shares her memories.

"To an extent," it replies. "I have a vague recollection of her memories up until the point I was externalized. From there, my memories are my own."

After listening to the podcast for a bit, you check on Dr. Finch and Caius again. They are almost back to the bunker. Dr. Finch has been reviewing the documents from the passenger seat--you ask him if he's figured anything out.

"Well..." he begins, adjusting his glasses. "There's good news, and... of course, bad news. The good news is, the basic premise of his vegetative state has been mostly deduced. Proteins on the surface of key neurons have been incapacitated, preventing them from functioning correctly. Because the various portions of Macland's brain are no longer communicating, he's rendered ostensibly unconscious--the sections of the brain responsible for, say, awareness or conscious thought are all segregated from one another. It's incredibly similar to the effects of general anesthesia. Macland Row's brain has put itself "under," so to speak. Because this is being done with his brain's own processes, rather than with a drug whose effects can wear off, he's not waking up from it. It's not too different from our blood-imitated level or painkiller effects--his body's just been told to perpetually maintain an emulated anesthesia."

"So what's tha problem?," Caius asks. "People go under all tha time. Right? Shouldn't be hard to undo that."

"The problem," Dr. Finch replies, "is that while the effects of general anesthetic are fairly self evident, the actual mechanisms involved are steeped in the natural behaviors of the brain... which are, themselves, not well grasped at all. Human consciousness is a complex subject with a great deal of debate surrounding it. General anesthesia affects different facets of the central nervous system simultaneously--everything from the cortex to specific neurotransmitters are impacted. Anesthesia is one of many technologies we, frankly, use without fully understanding. Its importance in the surgical process is simply too great to disregard."

"Huh," Caius responds. "Well, that makes me real freaked out about anesthesia, thanks."

"But... but but but..." Dr. Finch taps the folder full of paperwork with one finger. "I know enough of what's happening in Macland's brain, if not necessarily why, that a manual recovery may still be possible. The ability to manipulate Macland's neurological processes on a micro level combined with my knowledge should make it possible to... to reconnect the non-communicative sections of his brain. If I'm understanding correctly, this will take time and substantial effort--we'll have to seek out a long list of independent functions and reactivate them each. It should be possible. Should be."


Bluhx2 25th Nov 2017, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Man, relying on chance sucks, but if it works, then it should be worth a shot, right? We have 24 hours before Jessie(nai) gets pissy again and sends a bunch more Hit Men against us, so I say we should at least attempt it.
Blue_Elite 25th Nov 2017, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Actually, she was going to send them after Dr. Finch and Fuse's shall we say... "connections". Probably because if we CAN do something, it's a great motivator to get us to do whatever-it-is without having to threaten to kill us directly.

On that note, I doubt we can "buy" more time if we make progress. She'll simply start offing people until she runs out of people associated with us or thinks we can't do anything and attempts to kill us again.
Baeronius 25th Nov 2017, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
I just realized Bluh, it looks like you're wearing a dead-sonic pin that was positioned to hide cleavage.

Now I'm staring at it. o.o help.
Mochi 25th Nov 2017, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
okay, but can we do it in 24 hours?
rufiangel 25th Nov 2017, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
If it's going to take some substantial effort, then maybe Jane needs a short nap in the space of time it will take for Dr. Finch and Caius to reach the bunker again >__>; (or just a short rest, even? I might be thinking in DnD terms lol)
Blue_Elite 25th Nov 2017, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking we could blood-coffee ourselves if we're going to get tired. We might have to pull an all-nighter and just make plans to rest once we're done.
Portal In Time 25th Nov 2017, 10:24 PM edit delete reply
Portal In Time
Seems like a bet we have to take.. I guess the only thing we can do now is, uhhhhh.. Rest. Is this going to be a process we do with our blood? If that's the case, see if syncing with Dr. Finch would split the efforts, as well as give us more expertise in The Now. Let's just hope we can do all of this in 24 hours :/
Blue_Elite 25th Nov 2017, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
My biggest concern is that it sounds like we may end up spending several hours synced with Dr. Finch.

Ask Mom's Red if there are any ways to lessen the long-term/permanent mental syncing effects. Maybe even just limit the effects to just one person so that maybe we'll act more like Dr. Finch but Dr. Finch won't act more like us.

Otherwise if we've got time a catnap might be for the best.