Exodies wrote:Did Cueball fasten the ladder to the structure?
Whizbang wrote: Exodies wrote:
htom wrote:They can't lift the ladder because the bottom is trapped in the sand, and the top is trapped between the post and the plank. They will have to lift the ladder end of the plank to free the ladder, or one of them descend the ladder and dig out the bottom.
In Frame 529, I think Cueball is fastening the ladder to the post. The ladder isn't out of reach because that's where he climbed up.
Ah, but he climbed up before they fastened the platform. Therefore, the platform is above the ladder, making it difficult to reach the ladder.
Why would he fasten it? I think that frame shows the ladder out of his reach.
The bottom of the ladder would surely only be trapped in the sand if the sea were already covering the bottom of the ladder. But he should still have been able to drag it out sideways if he could have reached it.
We can assume that the two left-most "planks" must be over 6ft in the y direction, because Cueball was unable to reach the ladder beneath. I vote we refer to them as boards from now on.
Plus, to support this hypothesis, narrow planks arranged in that configuration would hardly create a safe, stable platform.
Frame 421 sees Megan bringing on the first board. It could well be 6ft wide. We have no proof that Cueball isn't at the other end off-frame. Ditto frames 425, 428 and 434, and especially frame 442 where she is bearing its weight on her head (she's tired by now). Then in frame 422 Cueball could be behind/in front of the left-most castle. Frame 435 shows it looking like it has breadth.
Note frame 463, in which for the first time we see two distinct strands of rope from one of the uprights.
So, now we know they are quite large boards, we can assume they would need many nails. That's what they needed the box for.
Flotter wrote:They still have the ropes they used for hoisting the planck, maybe they could use these to liberate the ladder.
Rope is too flexible. If the ladder is out of reach, he will need a rigid stick with a hook on the end.
Dracomax wrote:or the ladder is just out of reach.
This seems to be the case, given frame 529, it looks like Cueball placed the ladder badly, so that it ended up under
the plank they pulled up and is now out of reach. OTOH, at worst, they should be able to lower the plank again to get back to the ladder instead of waiting on top. Odd...
They would have to raise the central board, not lower it. But they fixed it so securely that they cannot now lift it. They don't have the appropriate tools.
TemporaryLife wrote: Jafloi wrote: TemporaryLife wrote: Flotter wrote:
Everyone seems quite caught up about religion, and yet nobody noticed that these last few panels, with them sitting up there, have been pretty similar to the very first ones, where the only change was Megan turning her head.
I'm just saying.
Interesting thought, there is really a striking similarity... but what then with the dialogue in frame 531?
I planned on just chalking that up to the exhaustion that one might experience after building a small castle, a bit more, a bit more, a LOT more, destroying part of it, rebuilding, building more, destroying... you get the idea. I imagine they just want to relax now.
Who knows? I was mostly just observing that these minimally changing panels have them doing the same thing as the beginning. Bookending is definitely the kind of thing that Randall would do.
They have been building ever-decreasing castle complexes, and as always happens with manual repetition, errors slip in. They forgot to move the ladder this time.
Jafloi wrote:Is it possible that the box on the left side of the structure is actually a lunch-basket, and they are out for a picnic?
What if it contains miniature trebuchet, miniature poles, miniature flags, etc.
If they've already built multiple castle complexes, they might want to just build smaller out of repetition-tedium or maybe as they are just too restricted for space up there.
TemporaryLife wrote:As a side note, I was going to ask if anyone felt gypped that we didn't get an April Fool's thing like we normally do, but then I realized that we got THIS, which is way better.
We got the "April 1st" hash contest - 1193 Externalities* - with xkcd members vandalising Wikipedia (so in a way Wikipedia mods got the April Fool's thing).
*Anyone else staggered that the donation amount is now at $49,114.23 as I post this? It stood at $49,084.23 when I started this post
I've been monitoring the figure on a daily basis.
Whizbang wrote: Flotter wrote: XonqNopp wrote:
Flotter wrote:Captain Obvious to the rescue!
Yeah, but there also exist people who are not following this as well as we do, and who do not know the fora...(Actually, do these people really exist??)
On second thought, the rising caffeinsemencancerbaby level may be obvious to us, but not to Cueball and Megan. It's possible they only just had their suspicions confirmed.
That is what that last little tower Megan built is for. She stared at the water some, then built it as a marker. Now that the water has reached it, she can now confidently state the obvious.
Ebonite wrote:Any speculation as to why they would build a platform and then just sit there, waiting for the water to rise? If they wanted to drop a banner or something, they could have done that already. If they're trying to escape the water, well, they really didn't need a platform for that -- there's obviously somewhere else they can go, like to the Home Depot or wherever they're getting their supplies from. . .
I'm also still wondering what Megan meant in frame 408 by her comment, "I don't understand what the sea is doing." As far as I can tell, it's behaving normally.
This is kind of like the TV show "Lost". Lots of mysteries, open questions, and viewers waiting for a satisfying explanation!
That's a Holy Mystery.
Eliram wrote:Pole Dancing
Not necessarily. She may simply be hanging off the board by her fingertips, ready to let herself drop.