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by Qalyar
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 183492

Re: 1446: "Landing"

You 1 asked for it, and OTT tradition demands it, so here's the first double-dactyl version of today's events: 1 well, no, no one did, actually... Higgledy piggledy Comets (their nuclei): never has anyone landed on one. Though there were challenges, Philae so signaled us, anthropomorphically, "...
by Qalyar
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 183492

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Chicagojon wrote:
pinkgothic wrote:STATUS
Speed of light: Too slow


Methinks it's radio waves / not light -- but I agree with the sentiment.


Radio waves are light.
by Qalyar
Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 183492

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Or perhaps the comet will speak Beanish?
by Qalyar
Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

{P1132} If you're maintaining code where the original author had a problem and the solution was a regular expression, then you have four problems. The original one, the regex, how to find the molpychirper, and where to hide the body. I bet someone could write a regexp to filter for suitable places ...
by Qalyar
Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

The problem is that, with your profile, they can feed you stuff to influence your opinions on things. If they think you might vote for Grumbles but themselves prefer Blitz, they feed you only stories negative about Grumbles. Blitz/Grumbles, 2016! Cool, 'cept I'm irrepressible like Joe Biden. That's...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hmm, based on that comparison image ... is there also a fade beginning?
I think that the fact there's still water animation going on is suggestive that even if this is "The End", there may yet be content to come, in some form.
by Qalyar
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

The general consensus on the thread is that it's "English" only because they're the characters we've been following; they are our point of view. What they're actually speaking probably bears about as much similarity to English as Beanish does to, oh, say, Arabic. Of course, we could be wr...
by Qalyar
Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

⁴, yappo! http://www.mscha.org/tmp/SkypeEmoticons/animated/emoticon-0100-smile.gif WRT languages: Hebrew hasn't changed much in 5000 years right? Just a bunch of loanwords added? I think written (and studied) languages will have a much longer shelf life. English might be well studied due to the pre...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

@Selcouth: I remember you for sure - you were one of my first BlitzGirls! A lot has happened, the Order of the Holy Contradiction is going to have to convene! Why, what's happened? *polishes sword* If their location is circa the Mediterranean, their language should have some roots in Greek, Italian...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Fluid dynamics isn't that tidy, though, especially if the rate of flow across the barrier into the Tyrrhenian basin does not exceed the rate of flow from the Atlantic into the Balearic Abyssal Plain through Gibraltar (which it won't). The water level in the Balearic will continue to rise even above...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

taixzo wrote:Oh, hey! In all the commotion, we completely forgot that Cassini was taking a picture of Earth an hour ago.

Strangely enough, Earth came out looking sort of sideways in the picture... :mrgreen:
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ok, I found a nice clear bathymetric map of the Mediterranean from NOAA , which makes it pretty clear. I'm going to refer to the different shades of cyan blue there in order of increasing depth as (1), (2), (3), etc. So most of the lands Cuegan know are in an isolated region of level (3) which make...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

:shock: They're running. I'm so confused because I thought she told Cuegan that it was far too late to save their family and they'd have to say their goodbyes from here. So why is she telling them to run again? If it's because a tidal wave is coming for their castle, why isn't she running as well? ...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

new alt-text?!?!? "..." Are we done Waiting for it!?!?!? Darn, now we'll need a new slogan to hide in spoilers Once again, Time has ended. It was nice waiting with all of you. *waves* Take care of yourselves and have your molpies spade or neutered. Homonym Alert! Call in the cheap punster...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think there's clearly going to be more going on than just: wall of water, dead Cuegenite tribe, moving on. Call it ... the principle of Chekov's La Petite. I don't think La Petite was a Cuegenite, and I think she's taken action in the intervening time frame.
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Cueballia wouldn't be as hot at the Wikipedia article suggests for the "bottom" of a dry Mediterranean basin. The math for that temperature prediction is based on adiabatic heating -- temperatures rise as elevation decreases. But the OTC doesn't take place in a completely dry basin; Cuebal...
by Qalyar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well. I put up a perfectly good theory about the Caspian Depression like 20 seconds before GLR actually shows us a map of the Balearic Abyssal Plain. Phooey. :P Do we now know the season? The coastline they walked along goes north-northeast, but they commented later about having the sun in their eye...
by Qalyar
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

So, at some point along the way, I suppose I've had to admit defeat for my Cassinite Madagascar theory. Sadness. But ... given what we now know about the sea level issue and possibly the extreme future setting, one location that might be viable is the area around the Black and Caspian Seas. The Casp...
by Qalyar
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

The cross-words (as opposed to crosswords) are interesting. We assume that Cueball are speaking English, because their language is presented to us as English. But we really have no reason to assume they actually are and that the comic, for the readers' convenience, isn't calling the smeerps rabbits ...
by Qalyar
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ray Kremer wrote:So, a pokeyball, then?

So, while Cueball was holding the tenrec1, he was a ... pokeyman?
1Hæresis Cassinus in aeternum!
by Qalyar
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hmm.....Should I break this little drinking game, or let it continue.... If you want to get plastered, I guess, unspoiler this... Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat Neat...
by Qalyar
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm not sure we can assume that's a hedgehog. It might be a tenrec . The greater hedgehog tenrec ( Setifer setosus )and the lesser hedgehog tenrec ( Echinops telfairi ) both look, well, quite a bit like hedgehogs, hence their name. The former is widely distributed in Madagascar, and the latter (whic...
by Qalyar
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

That does certainly look like her bag. I wonder where she's gotten off to while Cueball was talking to the chirpies.
by Qalyar
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Where's MegONG??
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by Qalyar
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Regarding UKL, I agree that The Left Hand of Darkness is an important work, and it is definitely something that should be on the reading list of anyone with a passing interest in speculative fiction. Or feminism. Or, frankly, books. On the other hand, I've always struggled quite a bit with The Dispo...
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Megan's suggested snake species is bothering me. I'm trying to find a Madagascan snake with little spikes (or "horns") above its eyes, and am not having much luck. This concerns me, too, there are a ton of horned/spiked snakes worldwide, but, as far as I can tell, none at all in Madagasca...
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

blONGtchy http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/3daacf987d014acd24c9f3497111e4663da2bab02c305063481721e0a36f8a55.png They see color! :shock: They saw green a bit ago too, unless its some other meaning of green I'm not aware of. The terrain was probably not new and fresh. Oh yes, this is true. Though we ...
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Either Boa madagascariensis or Leioheterodon madagascariensis seem like plausible options to me, with a reasonable match to Cueball's descriptions, appropriate geographic range, and more or less acceptable size. In particular, L. madagascariensis (the Madagascar [giant] hognosed snake) does that lif...
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's more than ONG kind (of molpysnake) http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/d1a464b2105c005f3f7bd214ec3a789ebfebe0811ff527fbe454b7c018135a59.png I think we all know what this answer is going to be. There's no way that Cueball knows how herpetology works... (and he was a little distracted, with the ...
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well, if we're imperialistically claiming territory in the OTC, I'm hereby suspending international maritime law to declare my ownership of the sea.1
1Big.2
2And now mine.
by Qalyar
Fri May 31, 2013 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

So, I've been exploring the possibility of the OTC taking place in Cassinite Madagascar in more detail. In order to not confuse people, unannotated cardinal directions refer to real-world Madagascar; Cassinite directions are marked with a subscript c. Based on what we know so far, the most likely s...
by Qalyar
Thu May 30, 2013 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

thirds wrote:
SBN wrote:
thirds wrote:This is my prediction for the next ONG:

<futureONG>
<snip>
</futureONG>

I think it will be much more like this.
Spoiler:
couldbewrONG.png

That's impossible.

SBN is your father?
by Qalyar
Thu May 30, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

tribe^H^H^H^H^Hgranfalloon ftfy. This sorta thing is highly confusing to me. what does ^H^H^H^H^H mean? ^H is the ASCII control code for backspace. I see. So it means a similar thing to strikethrough'd text? Yes. Both serve to produce epanorthosis, which can be your word for the day -- er, newpix! :D
by Qalyar
Thu May 30, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

HAL9000 wrote:
pachinkoid wrote:tribe^H^H^H^H^Hgranfalloon

ftfy.

This sorta thing is highly confusing to me. what does ^H^H^H^H^H mean?

^H is the ASCII control code for backspace.
by Qalyar
Thu May 30, 2013 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

< long snip> It's becoming clearer that the important things to speculate about are the circumstances of Megan and Cueball's lives, and the questions that are important to them: why the sea is rising; who lives or lived near the pretty neat river and where they are now; what they're going to discov...
by Qalyar
Wed May 29, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

So, I've been exploring the possibility of the OTC taking place in Cassinite Madagascar in more detail. Is the climate and biome of Cassinite Madagascar similar enough to Canonical Madagascar? I wonder if the scenario is post conversion as in having the earth have been Cassinited some time (but not...
by Qalyar
Wed May 29, 2013 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

So, I've been exploring the possibility of the OTC taking place in Cassinite Madagascar in more detail. In order to not confuse people, unannotated cardinal directions refer to real-world Madagascar; Cassinite directions are marked with a subscript c. Based on what we know so far, the most likely sc...
by Qalyar
Wed May 29, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

ONGward and upward!
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by Qalyar
Wed May 29, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

Increasing elevatiONG.
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by Qalyar
Wed May 29, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106212
Views: 37863129

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think the direction information largely forecloses any possibility of this being a real-world location. They walked, for days, into the sun. If the OTC corresponds to Madagascar, the most obvious way for them possibly would be to have started somewhere around Marolinta or Faux Cap, and walked more...

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