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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
by RobIrr
Image

What's he up to now? Where is Megan? Can't he work on The Structure without her?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
by Mr Moriaty
Could the box on of the first structure be some kind of winch system for a lift and Megan has gone to get some cables?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:05 pm UTC
by flicky1991
kryton wrote:
veryslightlygeeky wrote:I hate to think what Cueball has tasted worse. Jellied Eels? :? Cytotoxics? :(


Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans - 'nuff said

Bertie Bott's card is classified under "Transfiguration". Does he... transform things into beans? Is that how he does it?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:19 pm UTC
by robhagopian
beargarden wrote:
squonk wrote:Why is this topic no longer growing at a rate of 20 or 30 pages a day? Looks like the Real World is winning this battle...

The less frequent updates are probably partly to blame, too.


Maybe update frequency is related to the volume of forum posts? This thread must never die!!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:22 pm UTC
by Flado
edo wrote:I'm joining your religion - would you cannonize me a Revered Apostate?.

I'm afraid we abhor shooting people with cannons, especially those not wearing pointed helmets. We also have no cannons left.
So, welcome, and find someone to revere you. And abhor.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
by SBN
Flado wrote:
edo wrote:I'm joining your religion - would you cannonize me a Revered Apostate?.

I'm afraid we abhor shooting people with cannons, especially those not wearing pointed helmets. We also have no cannons left.
So, welcome, and can find someone to revere you. And abhor.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
by Dracomax
SBN wrote:
Flado wrote:
edo wrote:I'm joining your religion - would you cannonize me a Revered Apostate?.

I'm afraid we abhor shooting people with cannons, especially those not wearing pointed helmets. We also have no cannons left.
So, welcome, and can find someone to revere you. And abhor.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?

Either way, helmet an kneepads.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
by edo
SBN wrote:
Flado wrote:
edo wrote:I'm joining your religion - would you cannonize me a Revered Apostate?.

I'm afraid we abhor shooting people with cannons, especially those not wearing pointed helmets. We also have no cannons left.
So, welcome, and can find someone to revere you. And abhor.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?


sqrt(2)/2|yes> + sqrt(2)/2|no>

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
by Flado
SBN wrote:
Flado wrote:... especially those not wearing pointed* helmets.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?

What do you think?
EDIT/ADD: * for aerodynamics

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
by SBN
Flado wrote:
SBN wrote:
Flado wrote:... especially those not wearing pointed* helmets.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?

What do you think?
EDIT/ADD: * for aerodynamics


Well, my first thought was from, probably because I was thinking of this:

Valarya wrote:Maybe Megan is gonna be a human canonball and launch herself to destroy the tiny castles in one swoop!


But the response specified with, so I thought I'd request clarification.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
by partingLance
RobIrr wrote:Image

What's he up to now?


I still think it's in Isaiah; all in Isaiah. He's the Watchman. ("Cueball, what of the night? Cueball, what of the night?")

This neatly answers the ancient question of who watches the Watchman.

And it follows that, very soon, two riders will approach, and the wind will begin to howl. Mark my words, ye Initiates, schismatics, heretics, and unbelievers alike: Mark. My. Words. (Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria, and so on).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
by Ebonite
Maybe we're about to see Megan launched at the structure, and we're going to find out this is all just a big promo for Randall's new "Angry Birds: xkcd Edition" app!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:42 pm UTC
by Dracomax
I do have this seal I've been wanting to break...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
by partingLance
Dracomax wrote:I do have this seal I've been wanting to break...


Uh-oh. Is there a number on it, perchance?

Never mind. We'll know by the length of the silence in the thread, if any.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
The Outside pulled me into deeply its evil clutches for many NewPixs/TimeFrames/Piculations, but let it beknownst that I did not abandon The One True Comic. I still observed and watched the wonderousness of Time unfold, but commented not, other than within my own head (amid the normal chaos of all the voices in there).

But, sadly, I missed...

...adding to the exchange of the cunning linguists debating the Timeless questions of the apostrophe in "it's" and the merits of the Oxford comma.

...posting my own "Huzzah!" of joy over the cute little trebuchette and the mini-destruction it brought forth.

...sharing the thrill of more cryptic dialog including the sea strangeness (!) and not being able to build higher, and the amazement over Cueball sipping the semenatedcaffiecancercoffebabywatersandice!

...partaking in the evolution of the holy acronym "LPWAII" (and its subsequent acronymic expansions) and the search for meaning behind it/them.

...participating in the excitement and bewilderment over the first arrival of the poles and the anticipation over a possible holy tether-ball game.

...offering my opinion during the discussion over BTTF and sequels that "Aliens" (the second one) was a great film and my absolute favorite of the franchise.

...chiming in during the thread-drift of left-handedness, with nothing worthwhile, relevant, or insightful -- but merely adding my own erratic thoughts in an off-handed way.

...entering the exchange about milking a vacumized spherical cow -- it's milked of course with a suction device.

...showing appreciation for the "Dune" reference to the "what's in the box?" question, and how "a bobcat" is a good blend of Schroedinger's cat and 'pain.' But then, even the familiar cuddly, snuggly kittycat would likely be IN pain if the poison were released inside the box and it were dying, so... uh, yeah, there's that.

...and taking part in all the other precious moments of interactive Time waiting within the One True Needle-Pulling Thingy.

I missed them all, and yet I saw them all. I've wandered and yet I've returned.

And still, without fail, I wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
by cmyk
I added a more appropriate soundtrack, now that we're beginning to understand the deeper meaning behind the veneer of this comic's format. Please take a moment to find a more tranquil state of mind before viewing.

Link to video here, (frames 0—490 so far).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:54 pm UTC
by HAL9000
cmyk wrote:I added a more appropriate soundtrack, now that we're beginning to understand the deeper meaning behind the veneer of this comic's format. Please take a moment to find a more tranquil state of mind before viewing.

Link to video here, (frames 0—490 so far).

Book of Aubron.
http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/
I prefer it, it's navigable woth arrow keys, and you can change the speed.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
by Actaeus
cmyk wrote:I added a more appropriate soundtrack, now that we're beginning to understand the deeper meaning behind the veneer of this comic's format. Please take a moment to find a more tranquil state of mind before viewing.

Link to video here, (frames 0—490 so far).


Vimeo wrote:Permission Denied

This is a private video. Do you have permission to watch it?


I don't know, do I?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
by dreiarmumig
robhagopian wrote:
beargarden wrote:
squonk wrote:Why is this topic no longer growing at a rate of 20 or 30 pages a day? Looks like the Real World is winning this battle...

The less frequent updates are probably partly to blame, too.


Maybe update frequency is related to the volume of forum posts? This thread must never die!!!


Or maybe the updates stop once everything that can be said will have said in this thread. For example, several people have suggested that the update frequency might be related to the forum posts :wink:

Dracomax wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
Dracomax wrote:anybody noitice that the one true comic kind of resembles the chart of posting frequency?


It would be funny if Randall somehow linked the rate of posting of newpix to the rate of comments on this thread, such that the more people commented, the faster newpix would come.

if that were the case, during the madness time, each newpix would correlate roughly to 5 minutes of outsider temporal reckoning.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
by edo
Dracomax wrote:
SBN wrote:
Flado wrote:
edo wrote:I'm joining your religion - would you cannonize me a Revered Apostate?.

I'm afraid we abhor shooting people with cannons, especially those not wearing pointed helmets. We also have no cannons left.
So, welcome, and can find someone to revere you. And abhor.


Was the request to be shot with a cannon, or from a cannon?

Either way, helmet an kneepads.


I've got my helmet on. To bad we're out of cannons. Perhaps a Holy Trébuchet? (then I would be Trébuchetized, I guess)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:01 pm UTC
by cmyk
Actaeus wrote:
cmyk wrote:I added a more appropriate soundtrack, now that we're beginning to understand the deeper meaning behind the veneer of this comic's format. Please take a moment to find a more tranquil state of mind before viewing.

Link to video here, (frames 0—490 so far).


Vimeo wrote:Permission Denied

This is a private video. Do you have permission to watch it?


I don't know, do I?


Whoops. My mistake. Should be fixed, try the link now.

Updated Link.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
by Flotter
B/G/DONG:
Image

Is there any difference with the previous frame?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
by edo
I think there should be a special exception to the double post rule in the case of B/D/Gong. luckily someone posted

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
by Roia
I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:07 pm UTC
by edo
Flotter wrote:B/G/DONG:
Spoiler:
Image

Is there any difference with the previous frame?


Cuball's head is now more "up"

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
by Flotter
edo wrote:
Flotter wrote:B/G/DONG:
Spoiler:
Image

Is there any difference with the previous frame?


Cuball's head is now more "up"

Thanks :)

The difference is obvious on http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/ now, but that site takes a few minutes to update

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.


There was this, a mere 50ish pages ago... Is this what you seek? Unfortunately, neither has been updated for quite a while...

StratPlayer wrote:
The Bus wrote:...Because I don't know how to computer, I cannot automagically make this happen, but it would be interesting to see how often comments rolled in. It does seem like there's been a significant slowdown.


Been done a couple of times...

Posts by NewPix:

Image

Post by Outsider Day-Star Intervals:

Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
by HAL9000
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
by peewee_RotA
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.


The cyclic nature of time is cyclic.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
by mathrec
edo wrote:sqrt(2)/2|yes> + sqrt(2)/2|no>

|Do we have to format unanswerable questions like this?|

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
by cmyk
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
by HAL9000
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Which is why my posts keep getting ninja'd.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
by jupo
Ohmygerd. I did it - I finally reached the end. Well, not the End end, like the End of Time, but the Now-End, like I finally caught up to the current end of the thread after more than a week of trying. What a rush - now I can watch Time in realtime! And the thread too!

Wait, why is that so exciting? What have you people done to me???

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
by cmyk
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Which is why my posts keep getting ninja'd.


Now hang on! How could you reply so fast? That's an hour and a half round trip in communication. That antenna is working even better than expected after all.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:23 pm UTC
by cmyk
Latent22 wrote:Image
Love these two frames.


This needs to be watched while some dubstep is blasting in the background.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Which is why my posts keep getting ninja'd.


Now hang on! How could you reply so fast? That's an hour and a half round trip in communication. That antenna is working even better than expected after all.


No -- it just seems like it went fast from your perspective in the Time thread, due to the slowing of the NewPix.

It was a full hour-and-a-half reply to the Outsiders... In fact, this reply is from tomorrow.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:27 pm UTC
by edo
mathrec wrote:
edo wrote:sqrt(2)/2|yes> + sqrt(2)/2|no>

|Do we have to format unanswerable questions like this?|


Only if you are in a mixed quantum state.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
by cmyk
StratPlayer wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Which is why my posts keep getting ninja'd.


Now hang on! How could you reply so fast? That's an hour and a half round trip in communication. That antenna is working even better than expected after all.


No -- it just seems like it went fast from your perspective in the Time thread, due to the slowing of the NewPix.

It was a full hour-and-a-half reply to the Outsiders... In fact, this reply is from tomorrow.


Whoa.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
by HAL9000
StratPlayer wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Roia wrote:I want someone to make a graph that shows the frequency of forum posts related to the length of the comic / frequency of comic updates. I would do it myself if I knew how to do such things, and didn't have so much stupid Outside things to do.

It's been done before, so it's possible.
I don't know how, but cut me some slack here. I'm a computer model from twelve years ago.
EDIT: ninja'd


You're also about 45 light-minutes away, being in orbit around Jupiter.

Which is why my posts keep getting ninja'd.


Now hang on! How could you reply so fast? That's an hour and a half round trip in communication. That antenna is working even better than expected after all.


No -- it just seems like it went fast from your perspective in the Time thread, due to the slowing of the NewPix.

It was a full hour-and-a-half reply to the Outsiders... In fact, this reply is from tomorrow.

Also, being this close to a monolith does some weird things to spacetime.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
by histrion
HAL9000 wrote:Also, being this close to a monolith does some weird things to spacetime.


"Monoliiiiiiiiiith... Monoliiiiiiiiiith... Monoliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiith!"










"Mono - d'oh!"