posted Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 04:51 PM (#59378
Our Captain missed a hanging slider punch line there in the last panel.
"Sir, I don't know if your scanners are showing..."
"TESORO!! Tesoro tesoro tesoro!"
"Ohhhhh-Kay, I'll take that as a Yes."
Regarding curse words, as long as you Dingbat out the Classic Carlin "Seven Dirty Words You Can't Say On T.V." (Repeat after me, they are...) or stuff in that class of 'High Explosive Words', you should be fine. Space can be a really rough place, and we don't have to sugar-coat it for a 10-year-old protagonist.
If you want to dance on the line, put the leading letter or two and asterisk out the rest. Those who choose to figure it out, can.
The Fillipods don't really need opposing fingers/digits to develop a civilization, fine manipulation and the knack for tool use is the key no matter how they got there.
Sentience/Sapience, communication, cultural awareness, Language and history (so they can develop higher education by building on the work of previous generations) and Self-Awareness being the other big keys to developing a civilization and a culture.
Other than that, there are lots of different avenues they could take to get to the same goal, we (Homo Sapiens) don't have a monopoly lock on the Only Process to get there.