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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Thu May 23, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

It's obviously a limbo stick. I predict the end of the comic will be an epic limbo contest. signifying...uh...look, Molpy!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 23, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

charlie_grumbles wrote:
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Someguy945 wrote:
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mscha wrote:Whatever it is, it's standing perfectly still and not important enough for Cuegan to comment ONG...

Like I said, a projectile. Albiet a very1 slowly moving one.

1very x 100

Hey, if something moves by less than a Planck length, it cannot be detected or measured in any way.

Suppose an object moves by 1/3 of a Planck length on each of 10 separate occasions, all in the same direction. Each occasion is a few seconds apart or more.

Has the object moved, or is it still in its original position on the basis that none of the individual movements had any effect?


[nerd]Anything smaller than a planck length is, by definition, unphysical, so it makes no sense to talk about it. Your argument is invalid. :wink: [/nerd]


Hmmm. My reading of it is that something at Planck length is unmeasurable. It doesn't follow that it (as a distance) doesn't exist. If we answer Someguy945 to say it is in its original position, we seem to be left with Zeno's paradox. He didn't specify that the object had a size less than Planck length, only that it moved by a small amount.

I suppose we have to infer that something can't be smaller than Planck length, tho.

OTOH, I'm not a physicist, nor even particularly adept at quantum theory or other magic. But then, the physics at this level of scale is unknown. Quantum physicists DO seem to talk about it - probably a lot. Others must judge whether they "make sense." :-)


I think scientific thinking generally goes along the lines of if something is undetectable or unmeasurable then it doesn't exist. Edit: A good analogue is newpix. We can talk about lengths of time shorter than one newpix, but in reality, we know that true time is quantized to newpix. Talking about newpix 134.34 just doesn't make sense... it's either 134 or 135, there is nothing in between.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Thu May 23, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:It's obviously a limbo stick. I predict the end of the comic will be an epic limbo contest. signifying...uh...look, Molpy!


Wait! You can't just stop, leaving us in limbo! What does it signify, I want to... Molpy!?! What? Where?!?!?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu May 23, 2013 7:51 pm UTC

thirds wrote:I say it's a toy helicopter in a bush, but I could be wrONG.

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Looks like a tiny lighthouse to me.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Thu May 23, 2013 7:56 pm UTC

Probably not a molpy. Must have snuck in behind them.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu May 23, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:My inspiration came from this old time joke

That reminds me of this one, which is even worse.
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(I apologise insincerely for posting this...)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 23, 2013 8:00 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Thu May 23, 2013 8:02 pm UTC

Hm. =/ I seriously thought we'd learn something this newpix. Nope.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby azule » Thu May 23, 2013 8:02 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu May 23, 2013 8:03 pm UTC

Earthling on Mars wrote:
thirds wrote:I say it's a toy helicopter in a bush, but I could be wrONG.

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Looks like a tiny lighthouse to me.

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No, it looks like the far end of some velvet-rope barriers leading to a nightclub.

Zooming in, it also looks very much like Cueball and Megan are hand in hand in the previous frame. This could be just a coincidence in the most literal sense (the ends of their arms are at different distances but happen to coincide in the shadow-projection-like view) but heck, they've been walking around naked1 all this time, it would be nice if they're at least close friends.

1Okay, this is debatable, but given all the minute details of their actions we've been shown, have any pix even suggested donning or removing clothes (other than bags) e.g. before or after swimming, brushing sand off clothes after falls, or anything like that?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Thu May 23, 2013 8:04 pm UTC

Opiboble wrote:Not good at making sONGs
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Arrrgh!!! I was really curious to find out what that is and Randall is making us wait for it!

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Wait. What did I say? Oh yeah -- that's the whole point, isn't it? :wink:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu May 23, 2013 8:05 pm UTC

thirds wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:It definitely looks mechanical. My soon-to-be-proven-wrong guess is: "An agricultural sprinkler of some kind." Perhaps the sprinkler is for upcoming farmland. And they've been left on too long and are flooding the sea with so much run-off that the tides are rising. Which ties in with the whole OTC theme of the effects of man-made alterations of the ecology and environment and global warming and how excessive irrigation leads to pregnancy and cancer...

I had the idea of a sprinkler as well, one of those tall ones with the mechanical switching arm.

That matches the location we have in mind: http://goo.gl/maps/mxqj9

Rule110 wrote:... but heck, they've been walking around naked1 all this time, it would be nice if they're at least close friends.
1Okay, this is debatable, but given all the minute details of their actions we've been shown, have any pix even suggested donning or removing clothes (other than bags) e.g. before or after swimming, brushing sand off clothes after falls, or anything like that?

Since they don't appear to have external sexual organs, that's probably no big deal.
They have been brushing sand off themselves (and each other), though, but not necessarily off clothes.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 23, 2013 8:30 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:
Kieryn wrote: EDIT: Oh wait, this is OTC specific right? Ooops I got a bad case of myxomaonetrues.

You have a bad case of what? Google has failed me for the last time!

*Attempts to force choke google*

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seems a bit risqu riske adult themed.

That's prolly more teen than adult.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 23, 2013 8:32 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
Kieryn wrote:My inspiration came from this old time joke

That reminds me of this one, which is even worse.
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Er komt een konijn bij de bakker en vraagt: 'Bakker, heeft u ook worteltjestaart?' 'Nee, het spijt me,' zegt de bakker, 'worteltjestaart heb ik niet.' De volgende dag komt het konijn weer langs en vraagt: 'Bakker, heeft u worteltjestaart?' 'Nee,' zegt de bakker, 'worteltjestaart heb ik niet.' Elke dag komt het konijn om worteltjestaart zeuren, en de bakker wordt het zo zat dat hij een worteltjestaart bakt. Als de volgende dag het konijn weer langskomt, vraagt 'ie: 'Bakker, heeft u worteltjestaart?' 'Ja,' zegt de bakker. Zegt het konijn: 'Vies he?'
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A rabtor enters a bakery and asks, "Baker, have you got carrot cake?" "No, I'm sorry," says the baker, "carrot cake I have not." The next icositetranewpix, the rabtor again enters and asks, "Baker, have you got carrot cake?" "No," says the baker, "carrot cake I have not." Every icositetranewpix, the rabtor begs for carrot cake, and finally the baker is so fed up that he bakes a carrot cake. The next icositetranewpix, the rabtor comes back, and asks, "Baker, have you got carrot cake?" "Yes," says the baker. Says the rabtor: "Disgusting, isn't it?"

(I apologise insincerely for posting this...)


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 23, 2013 8:59 pm UTC

Opiboble wrote:Not good at making sONGs
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I predict that that thing will turn out to be something we know or can make up something about such that we amuse ourselves to deathfor a while cracking jokes and making outrageous connections. Are we sure we're not in a loop?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Thu May 23, 2013 9:00 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby astrocub » Thu May 23, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Ooh, an espalier. A vineyard, no less. Wine Time!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu May 23, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಂಟೆಯಂಥ

as perplexing as my ong

Reminds me of fields of hops. (Well, a row of hops, being 2.5D)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 23, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಂಟೆಯಂಥ
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as perplexing as my ong


Did Megball just walk into a vineyard? :?

ETA: Apparently there are a few, but they should be up in the hills, not anywhere near Adansonia grandidieri.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 23, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:06 pm UTC

Overgrown fence? Not sure if the vines are intentional. Unless appearing unintentional is their intent.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby foilman » Thu May 23, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

Vines... will we encounter other people soon...? More likely the vines will continue across many frames.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:
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BlitzGirl wrote:...beesnakes mated with molpyflies...

Argh! Would the mountain lion have babies with the cougar? You see where I'm going with this. *folds arms*

Yes, if it were a hot, hot cougar. They might even get the puma in on a threesome...

well, they are all part of the family felidae, so would that make this Cat on cat on cat matchup even less politically acceptable?

I dunno, cultural attitudes are kind of blasé about threesomes at the moment. We should throw a studly catamount into the mix and make it a feline foursome.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Thu May 23, 2013 9:13 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Overgrown fence? Not sure if the vines are intentional. Unless appearing unintentional is their intent.

I tend to agree. To me this is a sign of long-former habitation since abandoned and left to the elements, subsequently growing over, which would fit with the earlier wood pile and other clues that this area seems to be formerly but no-longer inhabited.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby fatness » Thu May 23, 2013 9:14 pm UTC

Definitely a vineyard...the vines are too regularly spaced to be anything else.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:15 pm UTC

I would argue that it is the fenceposts that are regularly spaced, and the vines followed those paths...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Thu May 23, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

fatness wrote:Definitely a vineyard...the vines are too regularly spaced to be anything else.


I think that's because there are fence posts there (and regularly spaced) that the vines have grown up, creating the same appearance.

Could go either way, IMO.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby azule » Thu May 23, 2013 9:18 pm UTC

Who's got the map info on proximity of vineyard to baobab grove?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu May 23, 2013 9:20 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಂಟೆಯಂಥ

This is ridiculous. 15 minutes after posting, I google your ong, and get 5 hits. 3 dictionaries, 1 India Times, and ... this thread.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 23, 2013 9:23 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I would argue that it is the fenceposts that are regularly spaced, and the vines followed those paths...

Yeah I have to agree with blitzgirl here, they are indeed fence posts, if you were growing grapes the top would be about 6inches above head level so you don't have to bend down to get the grapes.

mscha wrote:
spamjam wrote:ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಂಟೆಯಂಥ

This is ridiculous. 15 minutes after posting, I google your ong, and get 5 hits. 3 dictionaries, 1 India Times, and ... this thread.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu May 23, 2013 9:25 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
spamjam wrote:ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಂಟೆಯಂಥ

This is ridiculous. 15 minutes after posting, I google your ong, and get 5 hits. 3 dictionaries, 1 India Times, and ... this thread.

I think MobTeeseboose is a journalist on the India Times. The name's familiar.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 23, 2013 9:25 pm UTC

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fatness wrote:Definitely a vineyard...the vines are too regularly spaced to be anything else.


I think that's because there are fence posts there (and regularly spaced) that the vines have grown up, creating the same appearance.

Could go either way, IMO.


A fence is possible, but the top rail looks a little thin and if it's that overgrown, we should see some broken spans.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby astrocub » Thu May 23, 2013 9:25 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I would argue that it is the fenceposts that are regularly spaced, and the vines followed those paths...


If that was supposed to be a fence, it would be no good at keeping anything out (in?)
There's nothing between the posts, and the vines have the right growth/leaf shape to be grapes.
Also, grapevines will keep growing a loooong time, albeit without producing much grapes, after they've been abandoned.

ETA: I've lived near wine country much of my life :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:26 pm UTC

Good point, Opiboble.
Unless it's a molpy vineyard?
Nope, half a cue seems too high for molpies.

I also think these might be the wrong kind of vines for a vineyard...they seem rather ivy-like to me.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 23, 2013 9:28 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Good point, Opiboble.
Unless it's a molpy vineyard?
Nope, half a cue seems too high for molpies.

I also think these might be the wrong kind of vines for a vineyard...they seem rather ivy-like to me.


They could be trying to cultivate a hedge. Now that I think would be most likely since it is more handrail like then fence like.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu May 23, 2013 9:28 pm UTC

So it's a fence ... with one rail?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby susanoodin » Thu May 23, 2013 9:28 pm UTC

looks like a decorative railing type of thing to me
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 23, 2013 9:30 pm UTC

If it's a fence, it might be one like this:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thirds » Thu May 23, 2013 9:30 pm UTC

thirds wrote:
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I'm struggling to understand why this "rail" or whatever it is extends a handwidth past the first post.

Edit: and it's on flat-land too. Not much use for a handrail.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Thu May 23, 2013 9:31 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:If it's a fence, it might be one like this:
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That is a good point, more of a cattle fence then a wall fence.
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