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by Rule110
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So it looks like night lasted exactly 100 np (a suspiciously round number), which would make it 8 hrs 20 min in comic time. That sound about right, cause people, me included, were figuring longer? Several estimates based on measurements of the stars' movements relative to the known angular distance...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Anybody notice the beesnake constellation in http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/95668f8e9404cfbf5e962a81e01a89b44651c8ef82cde3698eebd58ea616e36d.png ? It probably has a real name, but to me it's a giant beesnake. I wonder if an even gianter stellarraptor is coming up behind it. Of course, with the su...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Hey, Randall violated the "No ******s on this page" decree. :evil: I know he's all-powerful and all, and that decrees aren't actually binding on anyone. But still... what kind of moral message does that kind of behavior send to our children? Well maybe the decree was designed to make Rand...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Hey, Randall violated the "No ******s on this page" decree. :evil:

I know he's all-powerful and all, and that decrees aren't actually binding on anyone. But still... what kind of moral message does that kind of behavior send to our children?
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Common Nighthawk Makes an odd call while flying (hunting insects), at dawn and dusk. Audio of the call is at the link above. Seems a bit early for one to be active. "Chirp" might not be the best verbalization of the call, but at least it is a single syllable uttered while flying, rather t...
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

When Cueball wanted to wake up Megan, he should have spoken her name. (Assuming they have names that far in the future.) To me, that feels like one of the more artificial instances of their conversation. I don't go around saying the name of the person I'm with, but when I want to get their attentio...
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I agree with this. To rephrase the sidd's first paragraph, the calendar date might work out to October, but the season is spring. That's one of the things precession does, is cause the seasons to shift around the calendar. So the night will be shorter than 12h. Nothing can be said about what calend...
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: Don't you hate trying to get the last bit of ketchup?

@BlitzGirl Does that thong emoticon really say "it" 10 on it? Yay! Yes. :D (I had to shorten "Wait for it.") http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37203 Oh. I thought you had shortened "it won't lick itself". How about a bra version? You'd only need to add a t.
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Night will be about 12 hours 40 minutes long, so at 5 minutes per frame, the night should be 152 frames long. If we are currently 75 frames in, then there should be 77 frames left. almost exactly half way! day length calculator,I selected a location between 39 and 40 degrees north, and set the date...
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:PRATTLONGLY...


Newpixbot, I appreciate your letting me know when I've been prattling on (it's a bad habit of mine), but next time, please, I would prefer a discreet PM. :lol:
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wouldn't you place west somewhat to the right of the tree? It looks to me as if there's enough topography that we're looking at a skyline that is somewhat above the geodetic horizon. But we also haven't corrected for atmospheric refraction (which has the effect that you can see stars that are a fai...
by Rule110
Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

I am amazed, in retrospect, that the song has not crossed my mind at all over the last three days. I haven't actually heard the song in years, but I hardly need to; I can still sing practically the entire album from memory (and often try). This is absolutely lovely. I had to stop in the middle of t...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

Randalldammit Rule110, you made me cry. http://www.mscha.org/tmp/SkypeEmoticons/animated/emoticon-0106-crying.gif Yeah, sorry about that. My right brain was out for revenge for being neglected for days of analytical astronomical left-brain thinking. (I know the whole left-brain right-brain thing is...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

After sixty-odd newpix of starry starry nighttime in the OTC, I have to assume that the thought of OTTifying the song "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" by Don McLean has occurred to just about every Waiter who's ever heard the song. And yet, as richly poetic as it is (it should probably appe...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Of course, perhaps I'm just a little worn out by all the astronomical speculation. http://pics.hellodaly.com/GIF%20Animation/smiley_yuck.gif I'll be happy when the Long Night is finally over. We could try astrological speculation instead. For instance, it looks like Venus will soon be moving into S...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

A new moon isn't a black circle though - it's just when the sun and moon are rising and setting at the same time. The moon would be under the horizon at the same time as the sun. Indeed (cf. my point 2). So all we can say is that "no moon is present in the frame", which is sufficient to e...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Good mornix all. Molpy up! What has Cueball just gathered? Stones? I see that, with no moon as reference, it seems nearly impossible to come to some consensus as to where and when they might be located, though, all analysis seems to get everyone in the same general latitudinal range. Again though, ...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So, amongst all this discussion about where and when they are, has anyone calculated how many newframes it'll be until sunrise? Assuming the sky-movement-per-frame remains constant until then, anyway? Edit: Also, pretty sure Cueball is nodding off. Hopefully anything dangerous in the area will go a...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

If that's true, it tells us that: - We are looking slightly north of west. - The sun set slightly to the north of west. - It's mid spring. - We are in the northern hemisphere at latitude 39.5, the angle of the straight-line star path. Good so far... - The celestial equator is way out of place. I do...
by Rule110
Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hey! I don't think this kind of manip has been done before, so here it is ! http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37286&mode=view (each pixel has the max.luminosity over frames 2395-2418) mscha, I don't know how you do all your manips and still keep so much on track with the thread...doin...
by Rule110
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

De-coma'd, caught up. Missing Antares was something I had wondered about before as well when trying to match up the constellations. Seems intentional if a mus*ard was corrected before but not that. Scrolling through time in Solarium you get a curve that is generally turning clockwise, but the OTC's...
by Rule110
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

Bonus animation: here's just the frames since the arrival of Venus, enhanced with gamma 3: http://xkcd.mscha.org/tmp/starrynight25.gif Great animation. We can clearly see the rotation of the stars; note how the angle of Venus is shallowing out as it gets nearer to setting, and how much more shallow...
by Rule110
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

Actually, it's kind of necessary for the sun to be setting (and therefore, because the sun set near the horizontal center of the frame, for the camera to be facing) south of west. That's because it must be around November for the sun to be in or near the constellation Scorpius, and in November the ...
by Rule110
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Well I did some calculations on two stars that have moved quite a bit. https://imageshack.us/a/img841/1139/xpwt.jpg η Ser and ε Sco , the first one, I marked twice, not realising it was a star that had moved. Using their proper motion, and their approximate distance in the sky (measured using Stell...
by Rule110
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

That was, quite possibly, one of the most entertaining ketchups I have had. I found it all incredibly exciting and informative. Once again, I am blown away by the brilliance that surrounds me here (and not without a fair amount of envy). I have nothing to add, really, other than to say that the ana...
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

http://xkcd.mscha.org/tmp/angle.png We're looking towards the western horizon. The red arrow is the trajectory of the brightest object, possibly Venus. Since the earth spins on its axis, the axis is perpendicular to this line. So, the green line is parallel to the earth axis. The angle of the e...
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

thirds wrote:If the stars are setting at an angle of 33 degrees, then the latitude is 33N regardless of time of year. Those stars would be rising in the east at 57 degrees.


Again, only if you are facing due west.
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

http://xkcd.mscha.org/tmp/angle.png We're looking towards the western horizon. The red arrow is the trajectory of the brightest object, possibly Venus. Since the earth spins on its axis, the axis is perpendicular to this line. So, the green line is parallel to the earth axis. The angle of the e...
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107488
Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

http://xkcd.mscha.org/tmp/angle.png We're looking towards the western horizon. The red arrow is the trajectory of the brightest object, possibly Venus. Since the earth spins on its axis, the axis is perpendicular to this line. So, the green line is parallel to the earth axis. The angle of the e...
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:
thirds wrote:Canis Major. The bright star would be Sirius.
Almost.

Ah, the Great Wolpy.
I don't quite see it, though...


I'm not seeing a match either, even allowing for rotation due to varying latitude (which would also tell us what the latitude is).

ETA: I sure hope it's not Cancer!
by Rule110
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

The sun's angle remains near 49 degrees from horizontal. It's descending close to, or possibly exactly, 8 vertical pixels and 7 horizontal pixels per newpix. Unless something changes, the center of the disc will be below the horizon for the first time 14 newpix from now, crossing near the top of th...
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Re: 1190: "Time"

The sun's angle remains near 49 degrees from horizontal. It's descending close to, or possibly exactly, 8 vertical pixels and 7 horizontal pixels per newpix. Unless something changes, the center of the disc will be below the horizon for the first time 14 newpix from now, crossing near the top of the...
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

edo wrote: Someone calculate the exact angle, we've got 3 clear pics now.


I'm seeing 49 degrees from horizontal. (Minus 49 degrees, or 311 degrees, on a standard unit circle.) That's from the last 4 images, all of which show (when levels are altered) a clear and round enough disc to find a center.
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm going to buck consensus and say that it is sunset we're seeing, and not overspreading clouds or smoke or whatnot. If you look at just the sun's movement, it looks like just before sunset, and if you look at just the darkening in the gamma-adjusted animation mscha posted, it looks like just after...
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Extreme enhance of the previous frame, showing the full disk.
disc_very_enhanced.png
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by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Soon it will look like:

starrytime.png
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

yappobiscuits wrote:Also bag :P ...bog?

Solved now. (Load, not bog.) :D
by Rule110
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:01 am UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Pope's proclamation looks for only words containing one or more vowel symbols; however, of possible vowels, how to choose optimally? Moi , fond of roundness, goes for O. Looking forward to oodles of consecutive ONGs of our protagonists slogging onward toward loftier mountain slopes. Off to coma now....
by Rule110
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So, can someone else try? Here are the edits that appear to be needed (in Source Mode) to give a dozen missing songs a home. Done. Would be easier to just replace the whole source code. I think I've just set a new record for number of times to consecutively eff up a wiki edit :P (so you might also ...
by Rule110
Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 53440800

Need some help with songs in the Wiki

Hi folks, I've been trying for days to get the song list in the Time Wiki up to date. The problem is, my edits seem to hang up when the page says "publishing your edit..."; the page never moves on from there and the edits don't appear if I return to the wiki page later. I added dozens of s...

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