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  • Jacob

    Get it, girl!

  • Markus

    So she gets mad at a guy for not being able to work effectively around her pet projects and not understanding what the giant metal thing of indeterminate utility does? Seems like she’s doesn’t care to sympathize with a chromosomaly static dude that doesn’t line his walls with physics degrees.

    • Softy

      As impatient as Lisa is being here, I can’t help but sympathize. She hired a professional, and thought (perhaps incorrectly) that that professional could perform to specifications. As it is, Taylor’s apparently been under-performing repeatedly. Time will tell if that’s due to Paladin having overly high expectations, or if the contractor just overstated his capabilities.

      That said, it’s interesting how long has the sub-reactor been in the wrong place long enough for SIX floors of construction to go up over top of it. Maybe Lisa’s production pace is a bit too rapid for the amount of oversight she can spare.

      • Markus

        What specifications? Being able to divine where a highly technical piece of equipment is supposed to go while also under the stress of building an entire manufacturing and engineering lab from scratch in a handful of weeks* at best?

        *Assuming like a month gap between the initial meeting and here, and her saying “Official Professor” is referring to starting her tenure, where before she was just having contracts drawn up and signed.

      • Adam Barnes

        Let’s not also forget a lot of intelligent people have trouble realising others aren’t as smart as they are. I consider myself only moderately smarty-pantsy and I still get frustrated when some people don’t see what I consider obvious, just as they are frustrated by my lack of hangovers after a night out or my general incompetence at football.

      • JustinR

        It might not have to do necessarily with whether or not he is capable of meeting her standards.
        Or, as Adam says, the intelligence gap.
        She is an innovator. And all that really means is that she is a dreamer who can act on it. When you have a muse guiding your actions, letting you see and feel whole pictures before you’ve even moved anything to realize the vision, it can be hard to communicate the idea, or remember you have to.
        He may full well be able to perform as desired, but it is most likely a communication breakdown. She forgets that he can’t see things as she does, whether due to intelligence or ‘vision’, and he forgets that he needs to verify her desires three-point-communication style to ensure he understands what she wants correctly.

        • S.I. Rosenbaum

          I agree Lisa’s being kind of a dick here, but this is also a behavior I’ve observed in every bonafide genius I’ve interacted with up close. Part of why they’re like that is their refusal to accept other peoples’ ideas and shortcomings. Things get done the way they WANT to get them done.

          • JustinR

            If you cannot accept that not everyone has the same abilities and limitations, you are not a ‘genius’. (Emotional & Social Intelligence)
            If, in the sender-receiver relationship of communication, you cannot meet your burden when you are the sender, you are not a ‘genius’. (Emotional, Linguistic, & Social Intelligence)
            IMO, the term itself is meaningless, because it can either: be applied to ANYONE, so long as you are dealing with their area of competence; or be applied to NO-ONE, because everyone has things they aren’t ‘smart’ about.
            IQ scores are a false baseline, due to the bias towards the traits that are measured to determine, which ignore all other traits that determine overall mental acuity and functionality (most of which are not testable).
            FWIW, my IQ score tests as above 130. Due to emotional (and financial) issues, I have not made much of my life. I get a bit bitter when people talk about those with high IQ being smart, because I know quite well that, like all traits, it is what you make of it.
            Our good Pally here has a lot of knowledge about science and the like, but she has been emotionally stunted due to her life as a child soldier. So she has a lot of Intellect, but she’s sorely lacking the skills to use that while working with others.
            She needs to play more Tetris. All of these supers need to play more Tetris.

          • Spec2

            I dispute your requirement of Emotional and Social intelligence as a requirement for “genius.”

            And regardless of definition, I have to say, many of you are reading a LOT into what is a very small subset of information and may be falling prey to the fundamental attribution error. Who’s to say Lisa doesn’t have those skills, and that we aren’t simply seeing her on a bad day? That is to say, who’s to say her behavior isn’t reflective more of the situation and environment than her personality?

  • Loranna Pyrel

    And Alison finds a constructive use for her superpower set! . . . And we see why super-smart supertypes often resort to an all-robot or all-undead labor force.

    - Loranna

  • Ross Van Loan

    Death rays, robots, supercolliders, warped power art, and a short-tempered cyborg boss? Super villain bases are usually in volcanoes, deep under the lunar regolith (on the dark side), or sequestered within the Primal Alien Dimensions of Fourteen Syllables.

    • Insanenoodlyguy

      oh god, your right. she’s a supervillian of the mad scientist archtype only with alignment swap.

    • Dean

      No, when it’s in New York, it’s the Baxter Building.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    hmm, assuming it doesn’t take too much strain with her just holding it from one side, that might just work

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001702773745 Charles M. Hagmaier

      Depends, does she actually brute-force lift things, or does she have that touch-telekinesis thing that Superman and his kin have that lets ‘em pick up tractor-trailers or entire ocean liners without instantly breaking them at the nearest failure point?

      Actually, now that I look at it again, she could probably pick it up by its central base and not put too much stress on it. It can’t weigh more than two-three hundred tons, not and be sitting on a “showroom floor” without crumpling the no-doubt-unreinforced flooring. Unless the construction team was disorganized enough to dump it in the wrong room but organized enough to re-fit the flooring to support its no-doubt-unplanned overload.

      (Do we have an actual range of capability for our heroine? Is she as-strong-as-she-needs-to-be, or is it actually quantified?)

      • Meghan

        I don’t think we actually have quantified numbers on Allison’s talents. They still don’t know how strong her bones and skin are, as we saw when she fought Cleaver.

      • John Smith

        It’s probably a brute-force kind of a deal…and still very awesome. :)

      • Ryan .

        Don’t forget the reverse, when a superhero lifts a dozen tonnes, that’s a ground pressure of one tonne per square inch depending on their feet.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Just be careful, Al. If you accidentally break it, I don’t think your bank account is big enough to buy it

  • Adam Barnes

    Is it wrong I knew how this was going to go before I got to the end of his speech bubble?

  • Taylor

    Heh heh, I actually do know where everything is going, and it will be there on time. I’m just messing with her because she won’t stop drinking coffee long enough to have a proper progress meeting.

  • http://chemjobber.blogspot.com Chemjobber

    Hey, what kind of subreactor is that, anyway? Nice job w/the drawing, I thought I recognized it as a stirred tank reactor of some kind.

  • TheGonzoMD .

    Using super strength… to lift heavy things?

    Mind… blown.

    • John Smith

      Hey, she wanted to be helpful. :)

  • Sabriel

    It looks like SFP is intentionally exploring the automated versus manual labor issue. I expect to see more analysis in future pages, which will be nice.

    I’m not convinced that Paladin is the right person for Allison to choose to oversee her “Superhero Ethics” independent study, but on the other hand, it might be good for both of them.