1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mathrec » Wed May 01, 2013 3:17 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify.
mscha's compilation is in agreement.
Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground.
Has this been pointed out before?


The Aubron just links to the images from the site, so when the site images are changed, the Aubron is changed.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Wed May 01, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

mathrec wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify.
mscha's compilation is in agreement.
Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground.
Has this been pointed out before?


The Aubron just links to the images from the site, so when the site images are changed, the Aubron is changed.

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Yes, I know.
But has this retroactive imagechange been noticed by anyone else yet? It's the largest post-upload change we've experienced, and made me rather confused when I skimmed through those pages and saw none of the mustard being discussed.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Febrion » Wed May 01, 2013 3:19 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify.
mscha's compilation is in agreement.
Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground.
Has this been pointed out before?

Mustard? Gray? What are you talking about? Those frames have always liked that way. You're not implying that the GRL actually made a mistake and then went back and corrected it, are you?

EDIT: It actually was noticed, but little mention was made of it, presumably out of fear of being branded a heretic. It's pretty easy to miss
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Wed May 01, 2013 3:27 pm UTC

Febrion wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify.
mscha's compilation is in agreement.
Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground.
Has this been pointed out before?

Mustard? Gray? What are you talking about? Those frames have always liked that way. You're not implying that the GRL actually made a mistake and then went back and corrected it, are you?

EDIT: It actually was noticed, but little mention was made of it, presumably out of fear of being branded a heretic. It's pretty easy to miss

Well, there was this:
Latent22 wrote:ok the images he just fixed all have new Timestamps!!! create 2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00 modify 2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00 !!

need to download these all again quickly before he notices and removes them ;)

wonder he has modified the old frames again???

edit: well the first frames seem still the same anyway. So probably just modified mustard frames only.

And this:
mscha wrote:http://www.mscha.org/tmp/xkcd/index.cgi now lists, for each frame:

  • frame number;
  • link to image downloaded at *ONG;
  • link to image on XKCD servers;
  • If the above images are different, link to image showing differences.

Edited for neatness.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Wed May 01, 2013 3:28 pm UTC

Semi-on-topic, two stories currently on the front page of Slashdot, one about time (not Time) and one about very small pixels.

Time Crystals - I don't understand the physics in this one, but a couple of quotes really ring with me. Physicists "plan to build a time crystal, not in the hope that this perpetuum mobile will generate an endless supply of energy . . . but that it will yield a better theory of time itself." And, "How can something move, and keep moving forever, without expending energy?"

Atoms as Pixels - IBM does a playful little toon, lower resolution than Randall's, but with individual atoms on a substrate as pixels. Wow. (Semi-ninja'd by Exodies.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby RobIrr » Wed May 01, 2013 3:46 pm UTC

Location: 459/485. The breaking of the silence of the walk.

A surplus of Outside distractions has conspired to leave me 25 newpages in the past, further distant than I have ever found myself before.. I'm intending to catch up again.. but when I just clicked Next Page on the open tab, and the last page number jumped from 463 to 485, I know it's going to be an effort! I only hope that there is something exciting happening in my now-future, your present, that has given rise to the OTT activity that I can look forward to.

So.. onward with my quest. BlitzGirl, you have my infinite respect.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Wed May 01, 2013 4:01 pm UTC

Exodies wrote:
SWO Crash wrote:
jetpac wrote:I'm somewhat new to the thread so maybe somebody's already said it, but I'd like to point something out: has anybody noticed the bit of Javascript?


Just kidding

I initially cringed, then saw the fine print.

I initially laughed because I thought it funny nobody had mentioned this before, then I saw the fine print. Has nobody noticed the Java script?

While mini-blitzing, I came across this. Plenty of posts, so it wasn't waiting in moderation purgatory, but nobody responded to the poor fellow either. So, in case you're still hanging around, here's this for you.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Wed May 01, 2013 4:06 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Swein » Wed May 01, 2013 4:12 pm UTC

Bring on the Steam bottle! :twisted:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Wed May 01, 2013 4:15 pm UTC

Here's something no-one has updated or posted in a while, so I took the liberty of bringing it current and twerking a bit (made the "yeahs" unison). Those more devout than I can revise as needed...

Spoiler:
The Litany of The Waits:
Leader: Later!
People: Bye!
Leader: Wanna swim?
Unison: Yeah!
Leader: Pffthh
People: *cough*
Leader: You ok?
People: Just got some in my mouth.
Leader: Any idea where the river is now?
People: Still pretty far out. It's actually retreated a little this week.
Leader: I don't understand what the sea is doing.

(All observe a meditative silence)

Leader: I don't think we can build it much taller than this.
People: It's been fun, though!

(The leader makes a sipping sound)

Leader: Pfffth Pthuh!
People: Yuck.
Leader: I've had worse.
People: Guess one of us should climb down.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: The sea is rising.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before.
People: Not this fast.
Leader: The river hasn't even reached the sea yet.
People: The river is small. The sea is big.
Leader: How big?
People: I don’t know.

(Several beats of silence are observed.)

Leader: Does it Rain on the Sea?
People: I don't know; if it does it seems like a waste.
Leader: It rains in the hills where the river comes from, right?
People: Sure.
Leader: Are there other rivers?
People: I don't know.
Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Otherwise the sea would dry up.
Leader: Maybe it's coming out of the ground.
People: Does that happen?
Leader: I don't know.

(Another moment of silent reflection.)

Leader: I don't know how the sea works.
People: I don't know how anything works.
Leader: I don't think it's going to stop.
People: The sea can't just make more of itself forever.
Leader: It can do whatever it wants. It's the sea.

(Contemplation of this revelation)

Leader: There must be a reason. There's a reason for everything.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: But it's not always a good reason.

(Pause for tolling of the Time Bell, then meditative silence)

Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Maybe something is wrong with them.
Leader: I like our castle
People: I think it's going to go away.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Do you think there are other rivers?
People: Something is adding water to the sea
Leader: Does it have to be water? Maybe something is adding more land somewhere...
People: And it's making the sea overflow.
Leader: Or maybe it's just raining somewhere
People: We have no idea what's out there.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Want to find out?
People: Yes!
Leader: I'll get some bags

(gets out the holy knapsacks)

People (softly): bye.

(pause for passing of collection plate, singing of the holy song parodies, and perhaps ritualistic flatulence, then once silence is restored...)

Leader: Have you ever been this far?
People: Not this way.
Leader: Maybe the sea doesn't end.
People: We haven't walked very far.
Unison: Yeah
Leader: But that's what the first part of not ending looks like.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ttscp » Wed May 01, 2013 4:16 pm UTC

Theorem: All that can be said has been said in the OTT.
Corollary: Since the OTC is the source for the OTT, all that is has its source in the OTC.

I don't begin to know how to deal with this. Every time I think I have a handle on the OTC, the next newpix veers off in another direction. Every time I think the OTT has exhausted possibilities for discussion something new is posited and there are another 10 newpages to catch up.

And now I've posted, as if my obsession over Time hasn't been bad enough so far.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby VoronX » Wed May 01, 2013 4:29 pm UTC

I find myself unstuck in Time.

While, I certainly support the advice of BlitzGirl's mouse-over text ("Read It All"), I'm thinking of Time less and less as a linear device. Maybe it's the ADD. But I am now free. And so, my personal pilgimage in the One True Comic currently finds me here, in newpage 438.

Speaking of pilgrims hopping through Time, If BlitzGirl is the Great Pilgrim of the OTC, does that make me perhaps the Billy Pilgrim?

Commentary:
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BlitzGirl wrote:Quest progress: 425 out of 438 pages.
The Fading. NP 924.
<snip>
The number and intensity of these warnings frightened me; it was clear that the thread-dwellers of the Now believed the End of Time was imminent. I was not sure if I agreed with them, but I figured the least I could do was catch up with them - then we could Wait together, whether Time ended or not. Thus, putting my new Shoes to good use, I undertook a desperate sprint for the future!

Truly amazing dedication and speed, speaking of which...

BlitzGirl wrote:
VoronX wrote:Signpost: Greetings from newpage 393/406!!
<snip> Well, at least maybe I'll run into Blitzgirl as she races past me... Hi BlitzGirl!!!

Good luck on your journey, VoronX! *waves* Please don't run into me! I'm going at a rather high rate of speed.

*shoves past self out of the way* Whew! that was close! That collision, besides hurting, could have thrown off the BlitzGirlian Temporal Singularity!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Wed May 01, 2013 4:29 pm UTC

SBN wrote:Seems like good advice. Savor every moment indeed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O0iRYycmlOI



Awww, damn. That was awesome!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Wed May 01, 2013 4:39 pm UTC

Yay caught up again! Briefly, because the hardest part of catching up was getting through the wall-texts of people catching up*:
Love the Boom-de-yada, BlitzGirl!
Wait, otf doesn't mean that? <googles> oh, how dull.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Wed May 01, 2013 4:40 pm UTC

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*hands StratPlayer his talent pipes* Holy shit!! I'm floored. This is the best, yet.


Why, thank you so much! You're too generous!

I'll be cherishing these pipes for all of Time!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Wed May 01, 2013 4:47 pm UTC

You all have it wrong. THe perspective is not from the sea looking onto land, but from land looking out to sea. If we were out in the sea looking on land, we'd see all sorts of stuff in the background. Instead, we are merely a few dozen paces upshore from Cueball and Megan, looking out to sea.

Flip the camera in the sea by 180 degrees, move it upshore, and have them walking to the left.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Wed May 01, 2013 4:55 pm UTC

...and now it's post 404...

And dammit, I had something really freakin' awesome set aside just for this post, but now I can't find it!!!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby htom » Wed May 01, 2013 4:56 pm UTC

StratPlayer wrote:...and now it's post 404...

And dammit, I had something really freakin' awesome set aside just for this post, but now I can't find it!!!


:snorts: I see what you did there. Well played.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NoMouse » Wed May 01, 2013 4:58 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:You all have it wrong. THe perspective is not from the sea looking onto land, but from land looking out to sea. If we were out in the sea looking on land, we'd see all sorts of stuff in the background. Instead, we are merely a few dozen paces upshore from Cueball and Megan, looking out to sea.

The fact that we don't see stuff in the background could be because we are just looking at a cross-section with limited depth.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Wed May 01, 2013 5:00 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:You all have it wrong. The perspective is not from the sea looking onto land, but from land looking out to sea.<snip>


On the first frame where they sit down they appear to be looking toward us instead of away, which means we are in the sea. It would be hard to tell, since they are two dimensional stick figures, whether they are looking toward or away from us, except that Megan has hair, and I'm assuming her part is on the front of her head and not the back.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby woods » Wed May 01, 2013 5:00 pm UTC

UHOH-ONG

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Wed May 01, 2013 5:02 pm UTC

Could it be a/the river at the right?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Wed May 01, 2013 5:02 pm UTC

Oh cool, if you put on "Previous Frame Difference" mode in the Book of Geekwagon you can still see the mustard at one point. (edit: i assume this is because the diffs are generated from images that have been downloaded instead of taken directly from the site?)

Also, river?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed May 01, 2013 5:03 pm UTC

Riverbank?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Wed May 01, 2013 5:04 pm UTC

shocking turn of events!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Qalyar » Wed May 01, 2013 5:07 pm UTC

That certainly looks like a river. At the very least, it's a terrain feature, which means events, and possibly even dialogue, will be afoot!1

1Especially if they step in the river.2
2Or whatever it is.3
3Which is probably small, regardless.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Wed May 01, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

jetpac wrote:shocking turn of events!


Yeah, so soon after the desperation to drink their own piss. There is a sad Bear Grylls watching this.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Caswallon » Wed May 01, 2013 5:13 pm UTC

Mini-Blitz
Page 475 - present/485

Having Coma'd and been away in the outside, I am proceeding to reacquaint myself with the thread. I have seen Helper's triumphant return, the fields of Mustard, and the revision of history. Been witness to more partying, and even more silliness. And have pondered the deep implications of 2.5D - 3D again, and the meaning of the hashes, the colors being used, and the modified dates!
Spoiler:
Vytron wrote:Page 246/482

Gee Willikers! I had forgotten I am in the past, which means BlitzGirl hasn't caught up yet! Not only that, at the time of this post, she's way behind me! Oh!

Keep going BlitzGirl! I know you can do it! In fact, I know you have done will do it! I have seen the future, and you'll catch up way before I do!

Oh godRandall! Another Recursion Loop! will this never end?
mojacardave wrote:Well - looks like the mustard is gone, and retroactively repaired in the previous frames too.

Sloppy work Randall... :wink:

BlitzGirl wrote:Aha! Begone, heretical Mustard!

mscha wrote:I ran my “compare frames as downloaded with frames on server” script on the mustard soup images. Here are the results:
(Light grey is unchanged. Slightly darker grey (actually a bit green) is darkened.)

And time has been changed, yet again... Are there no constants in this world, other than "Wait for it..."?
jjjdavidson wrote:Unfortunately, still no real proof that Randall ever checks (or has spies in) the OTT. He could easily have seen the gray on his own browser, after all.

But if a few frames from now Megan says, "Did you smell mustard?--"

We have a Mole in the Thread! That is the only explanation! Someone who has been feeding intel to Randall! *Looks around accusingly*
mscha wrote:
XonqNopp wrote:So I guess now the topic will be "What is the steam bottle and what would they make with it?"

Also, what does Megan mean by “today”?

Actually, a bunch of really good questions.
  1. What is a Steam Bottle?
  2. Why would they need to use it?
  3. Why does Cueball say "Ugh" about using it?
  4. And TODAY!!! Has this all been just one day?
We have no concept of how long this has been in their universe, if it has only been 1 day over all of these frames, then we can assume that even if night occurs soon, and the frames so far have been about 16 hours, (given a circadian rhythm of 2/3's awake, 1/3 asleep) then they need 8 hours of sleep, OR OVER 500 MORE FRAMES OF JUST NIGHT! See you all in a few weeks :-)
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  • link to image on XKCD servers;
  • If the above images are different, link to image showing differences.

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woods wrote:Update to the distance they have traveled, also, this image is getting very unwieldy. I may have to cut it in half at some point just to make it viewable. Current dimensions: 9888 x 393

Although, there is a long way to go before it is click and drag proportions.
jjjdavidson wrote:
XonqNopp wrote:
Zorin_75 wrote:
woods wrote:Update to the distance they have traveled, also, this image is getting very unwieldy. I may have to cut it in half at some point just to make it viewable. Current dimensions: 9888 x 393

Cueball is about 40px tall, so they've already traveled almost 500 yards :)

How much is this?
(I know I can Google it, but I prefer make the people use SI units.)

Roughly 10,000 pixels.

And this whole exchange is hilarious. :)
HAL9000 wrote:The mustard frames no longer contain any gray, at least according to geekwagon. I'll check the other databases to verify.
mscha's compilation is in agreement.
Aubronwood also displays those frames as solid black ground.
Has this been pointed out before?

I feel like anytime anyone has to ask, or tries to point out something from anything other than the most recent Newpix, the answer is always "Yes, someone else has noticed this" :)

Speaking of which, has anyone looked at the JavaScript, or the hashes? :wink:

jovialbard wrote:
Whizbang wrote:You all have it wrong. The perspective is not from the sea looking onto land, but from land looking out to sea.<snip>


On the first frame where they sit down they appear to be looking toward us instead of away, which means we are in the sea. It would be hard to tell, since they are two dimensional stick figures, whether they are looking toward or away from us, except that Megan has hair, and I'm assuming her part is on the front of her head and not the back.

And again with the perspective, there are other clues too: Their bags are in front of them before and after the perspective shift. And it's not like Randall God has been known to draw complex (or any) backgrounds on scenes. For all intents and purposes there could be a lush forest, active volcano, the city, an IKEA, or just the horizon in the background. Because this is primarily a two-tone representation of the world (not counting Mustard) the best way to explain our view is cross-sectional.

It is like taking a photograph, converting it to grayscale, then putting the contrast at 100% and seeing how well you can distinguish objects.


And:
StratPlayer wrote:Here's something no-one has updated or posted in a while, so I took the liberty of bringing it current and twerking a bit (made the "yeahs" unison). Those more devout than I can revise as needed...

Spoiler:
The Litany of The Waits:
Leader: Later!
People: Bye!
Leader: Wanna swim?
Unison: Yeah!
Leader: Pffthh
People: *cough*
Leader: You ok?
People: Just got some in my mouth.
Leader: Any idea where the river is now?
People: Still pretty far out. It's actually retreated a little this week.
Leader: I don't understand what the sea is doing.

(All observe a meditative silence)

Leader: I don't think we can build it much taller than this.
People: It's been fun, though!

(The leader makes a sipping sound)

Leader: Pfffth Pthuh!
People: Yuck.
Leader: I've had worse.
People: Guess one of us should climb down.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: The sea is rising.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before.
People: Not this fast.
Leader: The river hasn't even reached the sea yet.
People: The river is small. The sea is big.
Leader: How big?
People: I don’t know.

(Several beats of silence are observed.)

Leader: Does it Rain on the Sea?
People: I don't know; if it does it seems like a waste.
Leader: It rains in the hills where the river comes from, right?
People: Sure.
Leader: Are there other rivers?
People: I don't know.
Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Otherwise the sea would dry up.
Leader: Maybe it's coming out of the ground.
People: Does that happen?
Leader: I don't know.

(Another moment of silent reflection.)

Leader: I don't know how the sea works.
People: I don't know how anything works.
Leader: I don't think it's going to stop.
People: The sea can't just make more of itself forever.
Leader: It can do whatever it wants. It's the sea.

(Contemplation of this revelation)

Leader: There must be a reason. There's a reason for everything.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: But it's not always a good reason.

(Pause for tolling of the Time Bell, then meditative silence)

Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Maybe something is wrong with them.
Leader: I like our castle
People: I think it's going to go away.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Do you think there are other rivers?
People: Something is adding water to the sea
Leader: Does it have to be water? Maybe something is adding more land somewhere...
People: And it's making the sea overflow.
Leader: Or maybe it's just raining somewhere
People: We have no idea what's out there.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Want to find out?
People: Yes!
Leader: I'll get some bags

(gets out the holy knapsacks)

People (softly): bye.

(pause for passing of collection plate, singing of the holy song parodies, and perhaps ritualistic flatulence, then once silence is restored...)

Leader: Have you ever been this far?
People: Not this way.
Leader: Maybe the sea doesn't end.
People: We haven't walked very far.
Unison: Yeah
Leader: But that's what the first part of not ending looks like.

I was waiting for someone to update the Litany! :D

Edit: RIVER!?!?!?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Valarya » Wed May 01, 2013 5:20 pm UTC

StratPlayer wrote:
SBN wrote:Seems like good advice. Savor every moment indeed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=O0iRYycmlOI



Awww, damn. That was awesome!


It totally was. I savoured and savored.

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Oooooh! River1!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Wed May 01, 2013 5:30 pm UTC

VoronX wrote:
Eliram wrote:קדימה בליץ גירל!

Hey, I can sort of read that! Qadimah (Onward) BlitzGirl!


Awesome! Thanks for the translation, fellow Time thread-traveller!

And yea, I do believe that
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMinim » Wed May 01, 2013 5:40 pm UTC

And I have caught up with the present!

Yay for the Pope! If helper is staying Pope, seeing as Popes change a lot. Hopefully he will.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Wed May 01, 2013 5:44 pm UTC

StratPlayer wrote:Here's something no-one has updated or posted in a while, so I took the liberty of bringing it current and twerking a bit (made the "yeahs" unison). Those more devout than I can revise as needed...

Spoiler:
The Litany of The Waits:
Leader: Later!
People: Bye!
Leader: Wanna swim?
Unison: Yeah!
Leader: Pffthh
People: *cough*
Leader: You ok?
People: Just got some in my mouth.
Leader: Any idea where the river is now?
People: Still pretty far out. It's actually retreated a little this week.
Leader: I don't understand what the sea is doing.

(All observe a meditative silence)

Leader: I don't think we can build it much taller than this.
People: It's been fun, though!

(The leader makes a sipping sound)

Leader: Pfffth Pthuh!
People: Yuck.
Leader: I've had worse.
People: Guess one of us should climb down.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: The sea is rising.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before.
People: Not this fast.
Leader: The river hasn't even reached the sea yet.
People: The river is small. The sea is big.
Leader: How big?
People: I don’t know.

(Several beats of silence are observed.)

Leader: Does it Rain on the Sea?
People: I don't know; if it does it seems like a waste.
Leader: It rains in the hills where the river comes from, right?
People: Sure.
Leader: Are there other rivers?
People: I don't know.
Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Otherwise the sea would dry up.
Leader: Maybe it's coming out of the ground.
People: Does that happen?
Leader: I don't know.

(Another moment of silent reflection.)

Leader: I don't know how the sea works.
People: I don't know how anything works.
Leader: I don't think it's going to stop.
People: The sea can't just make more of itself forever.
Leader: It can do whatever it wants. It's the sea.

(Contemplation of this revelation)

Leader: There must be a reason. There's a reason for everything.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: But it's not always a good reason.

(Pause for tolling of the Time Bell, then meditative silence)

Leader: There must be other rivers.
People: Maybe something is wrong with them.
Leader: I like our castle
People: I think it's going to go away.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Do you think there are other rivers?
People: Something is adding water to the sea
Leader: Does it have to be water? Maybe something is adding more land somewhere...
People: And it's making the sea overflow.
Leader: Or maybe it's just raining somewhere
People: We have no idea what's out there.
Unison: Yeah.
Leader: Want to find out?
People: Yes!
Leader: I'll get some bags

(gets out the holy knapsacks)

People (softly): bye.

(pause for passing of collection plate, singing of the holy song parodies, and perhaps ritualistic flatulence, then once silence is restored...)

Leader: Have you ever been this far?
People: Not this way.
Leader: Maybe the sea doesn't end.
People: We haven't walked very far.
Unison: Yeah
Leader: But that's what the first part of not ending looks like.


Somebody should get at least half a dozen people together, record them speaking the Litany, and post it on YouTube.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Wed May 01, 2013 6:01 pm UTC

SURELOOKSLIKEARIVERONG...
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(Edit: no, not River Song.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NoMouse » Wed May 01, 2013 6:01 pm UTC

Caswallon wrote:Actually, a bunch of really good questions.
  1. What is a Steam Bottle?
  2. Why would they need to use it?
  3. Why does Cueball say "Ugh" about using it?
  4. And TODAY!!! Has this all been just one day?
We have no concept of how long this has been in their universe, if it has only been 1 day over all of these frames, then we can assume that even if night occurs soon, and the frames so far have been about 16 hours, (given a circadian rhythm of 2/3's awake, 1/3 asleep) then they need 8 hours of sleep, OR OVER 500 MORE FRAMES OF JUST NIGHT! See you all in a few weeks :-)

Actually, if rising of the sea was caused by the tidal force and not because something is adding water1 to the sea and they are on Earth, it couldn't have been more than 6 hours2.

1Maybe something is adding more land somewhere
2Or 12 hours if they are in place with diurnal tides
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Wed May 01, 2013 6:01 pm UTC

AMAZONG...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Wed May 01, 2013 6:02 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:AMAZONG...
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But your ONG was better.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ptarr » Wed May 01, 2013 6:04 pm UTC

mscha wrote:SURELOOKSLIKEARIVERONG...
It seems that the river is only small when compared to the sea, which is big.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Copernicium112 » Wed May 01, 2013 6:04 pm UTC

mscha wrote:SURELOOKSLIKEARIVERONG...


And just in time for dialogue (hopefully?) in the coming round-number milestone frame (with reference of course to Othercomic 1000)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMinim » Wed May 01, 2013 6:05 pm UTC

Yay, we can see the river, which is probably made of coffeecokesaltsugarmilkshakewater, probably. Or babies.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Wed May 01, 2013 6:10 pm UTC

TheMinim wrote:Yay, we can see the river, which is probably made of coffeecokesaltsugarmilkshakewater, probably. Or babies.


I thought it was decided that it was made out of liquid dark matter... I don't remember which page that was though...

EDIT: Though I think I will change my vote to liquid babies...
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