Page 253 of 2683

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:47 pm UTC
by HAL9000
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:49 pm UTC
by Mikeski
HAL9000 wrote:
Signifer wrote:I think she's going to reinforce the structure of the sandcastle whit that thing (a pole?), but I don't know how...

Maybe it's a rectangular length of wood that she'll lay parallel to the shore, à la sandbags.


She'll need a lot more boards to make a ring dike, then. A one-sided dike against the ocean is just a breakwater, and it'll fill in behind it.

Also, she's facing the wrong way, unless she's moonwalking the boards down the beach.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
by SBN
HAL9000 wrote:
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.


Both:

Lurked, waited, posted; and I'm insane.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
by Shepherdess
azule wrote:Mario flag?


We can only hope.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
by Montov
elementropy wrote:Pole vault!


She is going to do some fierljeppen!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fierljeppen

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
by ChronosDragon
I arise from my coma!

Well shoot, it ended and then didn't last night. Clearly I should be spending even more time in front of this comic instead of lying down for a coma every 24 longpix or so. But now that Megan's back with a pole, I can see it still continues :D


gopher65 wrote:My understanding is that the serial comma is opposed primarily by the manuals of style put out by print publications with limited space. Newspapers, for instance, are largely against the use of serial commas due to their extreme space limitations. Even those few extra characters in a column can lead to issues.

In non-newsprint (especially digital) situations the serial comma is normally preferred due to the fact that it reduces - but doesn't entirely eliminate - ambiguity in lists.


I actually don't use it personally. Not as a conscious choice, just that it usually makes things read slower in my head and usually when I'm writing things (even random internet posts) I subconsciously optimize for speed.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:57 pm UTC
by udscbt
SBN wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.


Both:

Lurked, waited, posted; and I'm insane.

What about "Lurked, waited, posted. Am I insane?". This way the acronym uses every word, I hate acronyms that don't (CDT [Congregation pro Doctrina Temporis] doesn't count... because I say so)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
by boozledorf
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
by Shepherdess
I'm going to go with the "reinforcing the castle to make it bigger" theory.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
by joaquimds
I reckon the stick is also made out of snow

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
by udscbt
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
by boozledorf
LOL! What priceless arguing. It's idiocy.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:03 pm UTC
by azule
udscbt wrote:
SBN wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.


Both:

Lurked, waited, posted; and I'm insane.

What about "Lurked, waited, posted. Am I insane?". This way the acronym uses every word, I hate acronyms that don't (CDT [Congregation pro Doctrina Temporis] doesn't count... because I say so)

This could work, sure. It gets rid of the dual personages and the "and". :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:05 pm UTC
by Shepherdess
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
by boozledorf
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.

We know its maximum length because if it were longer it would poke out from the other side. We don't know the actual length, just the maximum length.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:10 pm UTC
by PinkShinyRose
boozledorf wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.

We know its maximum length because if it were longer it would poke out from the other side. We don't know the actual length, just the maximum length.


The remaining part could be in a ditch...

EDIT: she might be carrying parts for a big trebuchet one at a time...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:14 pm UTC
by buffygirl
Shepherdess wrote:I'm going to go with the "reinforcing the castle to make it bigger" theory.

Not bigger per se, but possibly taller, since Cueball specifically used the term "taller" rather than "bigger".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
by Shepherdess
boozledorf wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.

We know its maximum length because if it were longer it would poke out from the other side. We don't know the actual length, just the maximum length.


Oh. Duh.

buffygirl wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:I'm going to go with the "reinforcing the castle to make it bigger" theory.

Not bigger per se, but possibly taller, since Cueball specifically used the term "taller" rather than "bigger".


You are correct, and I am corrected.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
by SBN
azule wrote:
udscbt wrote:
SBN wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.


Both:

Lurked, waited, posted; and I'm insane.

What about "Lurked, waited, posted. Am I insane?". This way the acronym uses every word, I hate acronyms that don't (CDT [Congregation pro Doctrina Temporis] doesn't count... because I say so)

This could work, sure. It gets rid of the dual personages and the "and". :)


Agreed.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
by boozledorf
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.


Check the attachment. We're assuming it's a straight object, in which case it would appear in two places behind/in front of the sand castle.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:24 pm UTC
by udscbt
boozledorf wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.


Check the attachment. We're assuming it's a straight object, in which case it would appear in two places behind/in front of the sand castle.

That's true even if it isn't a staight object. What we are assuming (and maybe we shouldn't) is that it doesn't go under Megan's feet level and that it is completely black (we have no evidence that nothing other than the sky and the heads of M&C can be white)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
by ChronosDragon
SBN wrote:
azule wrote:
udscbt wrote:
SBN wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
azule wrote:Mario flag?

boozledorf wrote:Ludicrous waiting people. And I'm insane?

Best so far, until more words are revealed.

I still think "Lurked, waited, posted, and it's interminable." is the best.


Both:

Lurked, waited, posted; and I'm insane.

What about "Lurked, waited, posted. Am I insane?". This way the acronym uses every word, I hate acronyms that don't (CDT [Congregation pro Doctrina Temporis] doesn't count... because I say so)

This could work, sure. It gets rid of the dual personages and the "and". :)


Agreed.


Discussion about what a completely arbitrary acronym formed from seemingly insignificant letters means. Just what I've come to expect from this thread :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
by RobIrr
Ooh.. I get distracted by Outside duties for a few TimeFrames, and I find I've sparked an intense debate about a comma! I feel so proud. :D

FWIW, I'm British, but didn't go to any university. (Instead, I took up an apprenticeship at Ferranti Computer Systems; bet that dates me.) So I had no idea what an "Oxford Comma" was. Having read the wikipedia article on it, I've discovered I was in fact aware of it, as a serial comma - it was frowned upon by my school English teacher. I don't think my usage was one, as it's not separating items in a list.

Simply put, In the five seconds or so I spent on writing that post, I just felt it needed at least some form of pause there. I didn't analyse my writing half as much as I have since!

Edit: Do we get to vote on the final form?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:32 pm UTC
by Mr Moriaty
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.


How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.


Check the attachment. We're assuming it's a straight object, in which case it would appear in two places behind/in front of the sand castle.

That's true even if it isn't a staight object. What we are assuming (and maybe we shouldn't) is that it doesn't go under Megan's feet level and that it is completely black (we have no evidence that nothing other than the sky and the heads of M&C can be white)


The sky is actually full of seagulls...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
by ChronosDragon
Dong/Bong/Gong

Image

What? Where'd the stick go?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:11 pm UTC
by Montov
ChronosDragon wrote:Dong/Bong/Gong

Image

What? Where'd the stick go?


In a pole hole.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
by PhoenixRising
I think she set it behind the castle.

Re commas, I just put them, wherever, they seem appropriate (note that, appropriateness, can be determined by what makes English majors cry, as well as by what English syntax dictates)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
by Exodies
orthogon wrote:
mybrainhurts wrote:Is "grammar Nazi" perfectly legit English?

; - )

EDIT: Ha! Godwin's Law finally duly entered TIME, just before 10k!


I was going to posit a version stating that any sufficiently long xkcd forum thread is bound to end up discussing the spelling of "its" vs "it's".

Because of this comic, I am in danger of not finishing my book club book in time for the meeting. I'm currently at 32% with two days to go. Ironically, I've been telling people that I'm having trouble getting into it because it's a bit slow-moving.

Snigger

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
by mittfh
Well I never - I reduce my frequency of visiting "Time" because nothing interesting seems to happen...
...then 403 (mini trebuchet), 408 (sea confusion) and 414 (can't build much taller) come along, now joined by Megan's pole / plank / whatever.

Time's just got interesting again! (Not to mention I've been watching another form of time recently - in the form of Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman...)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:44 pm UTC
by PinkShinyRose
mittfh wrote:Well I never - I reduce my frequency of visiting "Time" because nothing interesting seems to happen...
...then 403 (mini trebuchet), 408 (sea confusion) and 414 (can't build much taller) come along, now joined by Megan's pole / plank / whatever.

Time's just got interesting again! (Not to mention I've been watching another form of time recently - in the form of Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman...)


Muhahaha, you have been punished by The Almighty Randall :twisted:. That being said: I was unfortunately comaing during the sea revelation myself :P.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
by mybrainhurts
They are building a raft upon the middle mound.
So when the flood comes they'll escape from this lost island.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
by ChronosDragon
mittfh wrote:Well I never - I reduce my frequency of visiting "Time" because nothing interesting seems to happen...
...then 403 (mini trebuchet), 408 (sea confusion) and 414 (can't build much taller) come along, now joined by Megan's pole / plank / whatever.

Time's just got interesting again! (Not to mention I've been watching another form of time recently - in the form of Matt Smith and Jenna Louise Coleman...)


RYCBAR123

Someone referenced this a while ago when I mentioned the show and I hadn't seen the (then) latest episode yet...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
by kryton
Poles for a BIG trebuchet to knock it all down after having fun building them?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:00 pm UTC
by udscbt
Image
Interesting

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
by Montov
udscbt wrote:Image
Interesting


Megan is gone, so I think this is the end. Bringing in the pole was the punchline. Only an Outsider would not get that hilarious and beautiful ending.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
by PinkShinyRose
udscbt wrote:Image
Interesting


So, is she stealing the next part from the beavers in the river? Or helping Cueball hauling the loot over?

EDIT:
Montov wrote:Megan is gone, so I think this is the end. Bringing in the pole was the punchline. Only an Outsider would not get that hilarious and beautiful ending.


Well, it still says: "Wait for it."

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:06 pm UTC
by udscbt
Montov wrote:
udscbt wrote:Image
Interesting


Megan is gone, so I think this is the end. Bringing in the pole was the punchline. Only an Outsider would not get that hilarious and beautiful ending.

It can't end until we reach 500 Frames. How could we be connoisseurs otherwise?
She (or Cueball) will return with something else. And they will build a robotic raptor.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:26 pm UTC
by partingLance
Long time comic fan(atic) here; never so much as lurked before the Rebuild Period (about Wednesday of last week, in Outsider time).

But not only have I travelled in time from 1964* to register and post, I've travelled from the first post on the thread, which had a mere 161 pages or so when I started.

At the risk of blaspheming**: Holy Sheepshit.

* A theological question I expect I'll have to resolving by poring over the thread and the Wiki, Torah/Talmud style, but: if time began with the One True Comic, how were the previous 1189 revealed to us? And if only the OTC is Truly True, then what of the others?****
** I expect that one or other of the schisms might accept me as a member, but that fact tends to rule out my joining them, I think.***
*** I'd format these footnotes properly, with numbers and all, but I'm posting this from my smartphone, which is already a bloody nuisance.
**** I realize that's two questions.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
by KarMann
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:
boozledorf wrote:Image

Randall doesn't want us to know what it is yet. At least we now know its maximum length and height.

How can you tell? Half of it could be hidden behind the sandcastle.

Check the attachment. We're assuming it's a straight object, in which case it would appear in two places behind/in front of the sand castle.

That's true even if it isn't a staight object. What we are assuming (and maybe we shouldn't) is that it doesn't go under Megan's feet level and that it is completely black (we have no evidence that nothing other than the sky and the heads of M&C can be white)

You're also all* assuming that this is two-dimensional, so there can be no foreshortening. Which is funny, because I'm the one who suggested that Occam's razor suggested no need for a third spatial dimension. (It doesn't really.)

* or "y'all are also"

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:42 pm UTC
by buffygirl
PinkShinyRose wrote:
udscbt wrote:Image
Interesting


So, is she stealing the next part from the beavers in the river? Or helping Cueball hauling the loot over?

EDIT:
Montov wrote:Megan is gone, so I think this is the end. Bringing in the pole was the punchline. Only an Outsider would not get that hilarious and beautiful ending.


Well, it still says: "Wait for it."

I think the next several TimeFrames will show her going back and forth, gathering more and more poles (or planks or whatever).