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by partingLance
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

New title text has FOUR periods. .... This is getting serious. I once read a long interview with Gene Wilder, discussing the screenplay for Young Frankenstein. The interviewer noticed that the Creature's grunts are all transcribed as "nnnnnnn", and that every single instance in the entire...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

@Aluisio: I think "a war of puns" is the best explanation for that. I don't know any more technical term. :wink: A pun cascade, we called that, in my youth in the West STAFF that is forgotten. Maybe something to do with the shapes made by the nested quotes. Or maybe not. But maybe appropr...
by partingLance
Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Prediction: Newpic-- MEGAN: Now throw YOUR rope! Next Newpic Other Twenty: WHAT rope? Next Next Newpic: MEGAN: Chirpity Chirp-Chirp! Reminds me of that classic episode of The Wire H , where McNulty and Moreland investigate a cold-case murder scene, and for several minutes say nothing except "c...
by partingLance
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

To me the arrival of LaPetit was the crowning moment of awesome for Time. But now I'm sad: all the Chekov's guns have been fired. All the mysteries have been revealed. Now it just plays out and wraps up. I really think the whole of Time stands well as an answer to the question "why do we need ...
by partingLance
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Does anyone know what the deal is with the water being "too fresh to swim over"? I know that salt water makes you a little more buoyant than fresh water, but it'd take a pretty extreme amount of salt to make the difference between you being able to swim or not. And most wood floats in wat...
by partingLance
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> 6 Cueganites, I don't think LaPetite is one of them. But who know how many are behind them? (Hopefully, 30+.) Seems like kind of a pointless time to travel in single file to hide their numbers, but I guess old habits die hard. Living at the bottom of a dried seabed, it's hard not to be Sand ...
by partingLance
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

But all this raises a question. Megan talks of sand, and it does seem unlikely they'd be lounging casual-like on a salt beach. But the Mediterranean floor is evaporites, maybe several km thick. Where did the sand come from? Not a rhetorical question -- we can speculate. Could it have blown there, o...
by partingLance
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I thought first to point to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, but didn't find anything about building with that salt. It is terrifically hard, though. It, too, is the remains of a Pleistocene lake. Hmm. Given that comparison, I suppose you could build sand castles out of it, based solely on the st...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Was I the only one who heard "dun DUN DUNNNN !!!" at that last line? More of a DONG... DONG... DONG... I'm sure someone's ottified it already, but: "...therefore never send to know for whom the bell ONGs; it ONGs for thee"? The rest of it is perfectly relevant, too. (Long-delaye...
by partingLance
Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Maybe this place is like Myst Island. If they'd found the telescope buried under the sand castle near the hut, they could put it in the transit, then aim it at the coordinates carved in code on the baobab tree. That would give them a sight on a hidden button on a rock slope, that opens a chamber wi...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: She ran around a tree a few more times...

Since we're now focused on language, isn't anybody but me bothered by the fact that the English language being used by Cuegan is apparently unchanged from currant useage? I mean after 11,000+ years I would expect what we now call English would more resemble the Beanies' language. Of course, literar...
by partingLance
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, is it time to wear beanies now? I have one that I picked up at a gas station mart when I went to vancouver earlier this year (I got it JUST so I could make fun of my canadian friend who always wears beanie hats). Maybe I'll digify it and add it to my list of pending avatar hats for some near-fu...
by partingLance
Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, is it time to wear beanies now? I have one that I picked up at a gas station mart when I went to vancouver earlier this year (I got it JUST so I could make fun of my canadian friend who always wears beanie hats). Maybe I'll digify it and add it to my list of pending avatar hats for some near-fu...
by partingLance
Thu Jul 11, 2013 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

Kazza3 wrote:
partingLance wrote:Oh, you know. It's the dust. It does what it wants. It blows forward and it blows back, for example.


You may be the best person in the OTT.


Very far from it, I can assure you.

Still, my smile is stuck.
by partingLance
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

The matter of the three beanies' names is not settled, yet? Fine. I'm suggesting Huey, Dewey, and Louie . I don't think the female person(s) in the Beanie Bunch would appreciate the suggestion. :wink: Xuey, Xewey and Xouie! Dusty, Indy & Windy. Whatever happened to the dust, anybody know? Oh, y...
by partingLance
Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

cellocgw wrote:
madock345 wrote:As the hats mark them as being related to the Canadas, I can only assume that the buckets contain pure Maple Syrup.


Blasphemy! The One True Maple Syrup comes from Vermont! eastern Ontario.


FTFY.
by partingLance
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Off topic, but does this remind you USofAer's of anything? 41589 posts • Page 1040 of 1040 415 89 posts • Page 1040 of 1040 I don't get it. :? If I remember right, the basic USian tax form is called a 1040, and it's due on April 15 (4/15 in USian and sometimes Canuckian usage). Whew. Glad to see th...
by partingLance
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Today I was robbed at gunpoint at work, just while I was following the OTT. Feeling kind of stressed now, but funny thing is - as soon as I got home I opened the OTT and continued reading from where I left off... I know this is really offtopic, but I had to say it. :( Sorry to hear that, BytEfLUSh!...
by partingLance
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "†îµ£"

The closest I came was aboriginal Canadian syllabics, but I really don't think they match well. That doesn't look that bad a match, I think... Certainly closer than anything else I've seen mentioned. It this is what it is, then the second word on the first frame certainly translates to “eh”. What w...
by partingLance
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

5 million years ago, the Mediterranean was disconnected from the Atlantic ocean and mostly evaporated. When the Straits of Gibraltar broke open, the Mediterranean mostly refilled over only 2 years. Away from the Straits, that would look amount to a sustained, and quite confusing sea level rise. Yes...
by partingLance
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

Equally: if you drive a vehicle onto a "hard" sand beach at low tide, and don't immediately drive it off again, but instead choose to Wait for it [high tide], and -- worse yet -- do so in an area of the beach from where you can't see your car, it might well be there not only the next dip,...
by partingLance
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
Views: 32911079

Re: 1190: "Time"

The Sea giveth, and the Sea taketh away. The junk might not end up on the same shore it came from. Good example: don't leave a boat untied on the beach overnight. It might not be there the next dip. Equally: if you drive a vehicle onto a "hard" sand beach at low tide, and don't immediatel...
by partingLance
Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

(snippage) (Pulling out geology-buff hammer.) (Where's Parting_Lance when I need xem?) No scree under those sharp rocks, strikes me as odd. Is that a ziggurat? Or a molpy mound... The rocks are either layered (shale, etc, crumbly) or weathered sandstone. My money's on sandstone. Or basalt. Not gran...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Its way past time for me to coma, but I'll post this first: http://platypusart.com/wetherell/images/wetherell-greatwetherellrefractor1.jpg Not sure if Steampunk fits the definition of vintage, but it looks neat. It does, or it should; and it very definitely does. Awesomeful, even. I was greatly che...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I am wondering if the object on the structure is a Meridian Telescope rather than a surveying instrument such as a Theodolite . ETA: I say this because, to me, it appears slightly too large to be a Theodolite. But then again, perhaps too small to be a Meridian Telescope. If a meridian telescope (wh...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Note that it's two structures, one (with a rectangular frame) to hold up the platforms, roof, and ladder, and the other (with a narrower A frame) to hold the round thing in the top center. If the round thing were a load-bearing wheel (as in a mine header or a pulley for a conveyance) its support wo...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe." A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd. Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ? I agree; if that's a headfra...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe." A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd. Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ? I agree; if that's a headfra...
by partingLance
Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Since there are now more than 1000 new pages I though it was about time I said finally joined in the conversation. I have been lurking since the beginning of time have spent a lot of time reading the OTT with all its amazingness. I am also amaze at the amount of "Time" there is 2500+ fram...
by partingLance
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

HES, I'm with you on the name thing - completely. Just to clarify, this includes the people I've been living with for a year Working with, for me, but I've never shared a flat, so I don't know for sure. I am notoriously rude, in that I never do introductions for this very reason, even when I should...
by partingLance
Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

[snippety] I'm getting a solar position of 14h 55m. Assuming we are still in the Age of Aquarius,putting the date at Nov 8th (w error of about a day) other useful details: I measure 7.9845 pixels/degree the stars moved 190.55970193 pixels in 15 newpix (sqrt(36313)pixels) there are 6.36 minutes of T...
by partingLance
Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

EDIT 2: OF course, the star means no clouds, no smoke, just Randallized (heresy?) sunset. I respectfully disagree. On a clear night, up in the hills, away from civilization, there'd be many, many more stars to be seen. Must be pretty hazy if only one star or planet manages to shine through it. This...
by partingLance
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Blindpost from NP 838: I am amazed no-one in the OTT suggested a drinking game long before this. Oh, we did. Or rather, ChronosDragon and yappobiscuits did on Newpage 491. (Another blind post, this time from NP 843. Damn the Outside and its demands). But of course. I (of all people) should have rea...
by partingLance
Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So, in this view (my story, and I'm stickin' to it), the universe isn't "built up" from small things like quarks. It just IS. We use quarks as a way to get a simple (hmmm) way to think about that complexity. Neither does it embody mathematical principles. People think those up themselves....
by partingLance
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Okay, we need a drinking game. I suggest we scroll through the OTC and drink at certain words. Mine's "neat". Blindpost from NP 838: I am amazed no-one in the OTT suggested a drinking game long before this. Though it may be that some of those who've dropped away were positively driven to ...
by partingLance
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Packs ONG, packs off http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/d498507fead9fc9e30bea28258b523834a61090252dbcbfbd4fa8782d1ab2ccd.png I predict that Megan will realize that the rock molpyx is patiently waiting for it them and proclaim that it is indeed, some species of Molpy, proving that GLR is indeed watchi...
by partingLance
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105387
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Since I know of no way to circumvent the decree of our current PagePope, I duly submit for my popsicling. However, shortly after accepting my lemon popsicle, I will cake it, like so: http://s3-media1.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/dp12cb4QDzVxwwfutasEFg/l.jpg A Lemonade Cakesicle?!! I hereby revoke my Pagin...
by partingLance
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Emergency song post! here come rot-13 it come out of nowhere it got crazy letters it make no damn sense now it just drives blitzers to their knees got to make some trouble with that damn rot-13 then come the small text with the size five tag now and the tiny strike through with it's mystery mes...
by partingLance
Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Lonnnnnnnng ketchup from over the weekend. Cuegan, don't go chasing waterfalls, just stick to the rivers and the sea that you used to. We've come a long long way together. Through the sandy times and the woods. I have to wait for it like I should. (Have these been done yet? Not enough Time to searc...
by partingLance
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Dear Friends and Gentlepersons, Wow! A wowterfall of creativity. Let me end my Papal Office's Endlessly Talented Random Yawping (POETRY, natch) edict demand commandment fight to the death polite request with a hearty BRAVO to all who played feared for their lives observed the holiday! Those who par...

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