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by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

They're at the "I think I can almost see the sea from here" point. If the vineyard is flooded, they should definitely be able to see that from here.
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Possibly relevant to the eternal "how much was planned in advance" question. Here's a list of things in the comic that, in retrospect, are consistent with (and therefore potential clues to) Megan and Cueball climbing out of a deep basin with a central salt lake. Most of them aren't strong ...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Could such a shift be big enough to account for the approximately 2.5 degree discrepancy between the map latitude (according to present day maps) and the apparent astronomical latitude? IIRC, the latitude was determined by assuming the straightest of the startrails and then trying to measure the an...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Except we dont' have a drop in ocean levels, just the sealed Mediterranean. What could have happened is: the oceans are drained according to the what-if 53 / 54 scenario, some time in the next few thousand years, resulting in a map like this . The changed climate leads to mass-extinction and the en...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I predicted they'd say that to Lucky, but Lucky ran away too fast.

Re the dam: to get the outflow you need, carry out a social media campaign showing that the Atlantic is much cooler than the Mediterranean (which it is!). The denser water will then flow by peer pressure.
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Question I've been meaning to bring up -- could the displacement (by gradual evaporation) of the mass of water in the Mediterranean after the straits were closed cause a shift in the earth's rotation axis? Could such a shift be big enough to account for the approximately 2.5 degree discrepancy betw...
by Rule110
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Question I've been meaning to bring up -- could the displacement (by gradual evaporation) of the mass of water in the Mediterranean after the straits were closed cause a shift in the earth's rotation axis? Could such a shift be big enough to account for the approximately 2.5 degree discrepancy betwe...
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

They are going a lot faster than on the way up... (Or perhaps the GLR is just skipping more, this time around.) We skipped (almost) two entire ‘scenes’, frame 2546 trough frame 2551, and frame 2552 through frame 2568. Not the simplest ‘scenes’ to cross either, even going down. Next newpix, we'll pr...
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Edit: Good plan to stay on the route they know for descending the shelf. Not every ridge would offer a passable way down. Depends what information the map gives True. If the map shows a delineated route that's easier or shorter ("Here be cart road"), then sure, go for it. Otherwise, with ...
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Edit 2: It's been said one reason for The 40 being missed was because they're such a small nomadic tribe. Maybe their tents blend into the surroundings because the material is dusty, or just because they didn't color the original hides. Guess it's just my cynical mind, but I thought it was that, wh...
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Ah, I was wondering why the map looked more like a tablet. (Was paper making lost, forcing the Beanies to write on wooden planks?) But a pack of maps or a bound atlas might look like that.
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Accidental double-post; sorry. I expected the OTT to be busier while I ketched-up. :oops: Question: what was it that creeped Cuegan out about Hypatia? It seems she was quite friendly, open, and helpful to me. I think I would have stayed to brainstorm with her on technology the beanies might have th...
by Rule110
Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

500ONG http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/f9150cc0e47a80403aef87a24938bdf9695f6404298dbde1e487b39a5eaeafae.png Thanks for the cake, Latent22. MUSTARD-CHIRPING BEESNAKE-MOLPERS! ! and also urethra ! The swearing is directed at whoever ninjas me for the ONG on this, my 500th post. I couldn't think ...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

WalKONG in circles? http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/4a13be03e0885e5fd2e0599d55c333418c3a97754c5da70e8d9e8454dd966e27.png frame 2948 is same scene as frame 2946 , only shifted a bit. And this is why the beanies were leading and trailing them the first time by. It's getting late, I wonder if we'll h...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Did anyone theorize yet as to why the Mediterranean (presumably at the Strait of Gibraltar) was plugged up again at some point in the next few thousand years? If it wasn't plugged up by some volcano or something, then there must have been a sea level drop of about 1500-2000 feet to cut off the sea ...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Randomly, one more thing: http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?mode=view&id=38165&sid=c12a904e55af0a5b5ff73ef196f49f32 Yesssss, THIS! I don't think I saw anyone else comment on this Rule, but it's so perfect - hahah. For me, I try to use the left-arrow because that's how I scroll throug...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Cueball really need a couple of Horse-Molpies now. (Molponies or Moldonkies will also be okay, but Molphorses are what they really need. Assuming the know how to ride.) It's unlikely they know how to ride (given that they had never even traveled tens of kilometers east before, and that their local ...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Cueball stopped to close the door! That's good manners. Well, so much for my "he was raised in a barn" theory. :x :wink: If the sea level is the same as the present day, the tiny city is going to be just underwater. Is the old/young/middle aged man/woman saying goodbye to his/her flower g...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

We're either in for a long stretch of running and hurried climbing, or... I don't think any Beanies will try to physically stop them, but remember, they already know what Megan and Cueball were going to find out and they might have anticipated the reaction. They just might be waiting outside with a ...
by Rule110
Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

It's too bad the Beanies didn't have the technology to keep the straits sealed up. It's quite simple with the right product on hand.
The first sign wrote:Seeping dam

The second sign wrote:Has got you nervous?

The third sign wrote:We'll make sure

The fourth sign wrote:It stays imperv'ous!

The fifth sign wrote:Berm-A-Save™
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

b2bomberkrh wrote:Ok, I confess, I totally didn't expect that!!


I totally did, but I'm surprised by how far they got in one frame!

(A "thank you" would have been nice though.)

Can we tell whether they took the map?
(edit: Fictioneer says yes.)
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

We've apparently reached this stage: When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold, time strolled. When I became a full-grown man, time RAN. When older still I daily grew, time FLEW. Soon I shall find, in passing on, time gone. O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me th...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Am I the only one who saw "RUN." and thought of Minority Report? Agatha: "I'm sorry John, but you're gonna have to run again." John: "What?" Agatha: "RUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!" Sorry, straight to David Tennant. What do we do now? We run. Run, you clever boy, and remem...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Go Down, Megan based on Go Down Moses , trad. Go down, Megan, way down the bottomland Save your people before the water flow The scientist said stay with me, it is much too late Don't go down to your family, lest you share their fate And Cueball said "Go down, Megan, with me back to our land S...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

The problem with the "rushing tide" is that it won't just be rushing onshore (which might not be so bad if the "shore" you're on is on the slopes part way up the basin side), it'll also be rushing eastward toward the eastern Mediterranean, where there's a lot more volume to fill....
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

As the water flows, it widens the breach. The berm is giving way. The sea w(ill) rush through in a g(reat torren)t. The planet's mightiest river will once again come thundering down the mountainside. The sea will fill not in years but in days. But that's in days after the berm "gives way"....
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So before, when I posted the version of bohemian rhapsody, without the song in it. That was stupid. Rhapsody for the OTC Is this the end Time? Is this Cuegan’s Destiny? Castles made landslides visited by La Petite. The river’s size is enough to fill the sea So off on a journey, to understand everyt...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Here are the "eyes" made visible by extreme adjustment of the levels.

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by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

The slow rise we saw on-screen (even up until the floating bucket cut-away, assuming that's the original sand castle site with the same camera position) would be easy to escape. I think Hypatia's about to tell them that the inundation is going to accelerate as the flow cuts a larger and larger chann...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I think I called this one: Then there's the really important difference, which puts us in the realm of completely alternative world (whether far-future or entirely arbitrary Randallverse) and not just anachronism: the physical and cultural position Hypatia is apparently occupying. <snip> An academic...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Now I lay me down to coma.
Please spare me, Lord, from dreams filmed by Troma.
If Time should end before I wake,
Please continue the thread, so there'll be cake.
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

One thing that's a bit bothersome is that there's a small discrepancy in the latitude; when they stopped for the starry night they had to have been at least 42 degrees north, but the astronomy showed 40 degrees. That's pretty darn close, but both estimates (from the map and from the star motion) hav...
by Rule110
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

We also now have a definitive and rather unexpected answer to the "how high up did they climb, to be noticeably out of breath in the thinner air?" question. The answer turns out to be, they've climbed up to... sea level! (But, since they'd previously been completely acclimated to several t...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

This explanation also means that if Megan and Cueball had continued walking along the shore ( and they were walking in the right direction or the sea isn't too big for them to circumambulate, and they could cross all the necessary rivers), they could have found the broken river they were looking for...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

In time even the hills change. When people first walked and first built cities the seas were joined but there was a great SOMETHING and the passage was closed. Your sea SOMETHING with too few rivers. Under the sun it shrank and the water fell. The sea has found a way back in. Some extras: "ROA...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

One other aside @everyone; some might not be aware that the name Hypatia (not Hypathia) is a historical reference; it's worth a quick Wikipedia check if the name isn't familiar. This is why I'll stick with Rosetta. Sounds nice, has some meaning (the figure hosts beneath something like a half rose w...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

One other aside @everyone; some might not be aware that the name Hypatia (not Hypathia) is a historical reference; it's worth a quick Wikipedia check if the name isn't familiar. This is why I'll stick with Rosetta. Sounds nice, has some meaning (the figure hosts beneath something like a half rose w...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Wow, Megan is keen to get a look at those books! Either that or she's running to prevent our translator friend collapsing under their weight. Then there's the really important difference, which puts us in the realm of completely alternative world (whether far-future or entirely arbitrary Randallver...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Cueball took all of Megan's stuff in his own bag. So why are both of their bags suddenly heavy? ETA: This doesn't make much sense. It's a trap. Try reading the Oracle's texts in Blade Runner, Matrix, Terminator sort-of-way. It does get a different feeling to it. That's okay. Megan and Cueball can j...
by Rule110
Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I read that as They understand nothing. Also they will tend to matters. It also seems to me the dots above the N and O in nothing may be significant. Also, below "also" seems to be though or perhaps tho as abbreviated on the internet Can be read as "also" or just "so,"...

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