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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:00 am UTC
by patzer
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:00 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
He's... watching for Megan? Or falling asleep leaning against the wall?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 am UTC
by Assassine
Phaelin wrote:Just a couple more minutes before the next update!


ftfy

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 am UTC
by Darkfusion
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Something is out there!!!!! Who? What? BHG?

I fear destruction may be ahead.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 am UTC
by slinches
The nonlinear progression of time in this comic has been mentioned a few times, but has anyone compared the speed of changes in the comic against the number of people viewing the page? It seems like the changes are smaller around obvious end points like noon and midinght. I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Or it could just be that my perception of time is skewed around those times based on my own preconceptions.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 am UTC
by AluisioASG
Please don't leave!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:02 am UTC
by Djehutynakht
What's he doing? Just scratching himself.

Perhaps now it'll just be suttle updates of him moving once in a while. Just to mess with us.


Punchline: He's stuck up there. He refuses to come down because that would involve damaging the castle.

Or maybe...

But yeah. That's a large pile of sand.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:03 am UTC
by takaia
This is going to drive me insane. So much for getting any sleep tonight...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:03 am UTC
by franko553
slinches wrote:The nonlinear progression of time in this comic has been mentioned a few times, but has anyone compared the speed of changes in the comic against the number of people viewing the page? It seems like the changes are smaller around obvious end points like noon and midinght. I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Or it could just be that my perception of time is skewed around those times based on my own preconceptions.


I doubt it is interactive, but I am certain that it is not accidental.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:03 am UTC
by Darkfusion
slinches wrote:The nonlinear progression of time in this comic has been mentioned a few times, but has anyone compared the speed of changes in the comic against the number of people viewing the page? It seems like the changes are smaller around obvious end points like noon and midinght. I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Or it could just be that my perception of time is skewed around those times based on my own preconceptions.


I haven't noticed this but perhaps I haven't been looking closely enough. The only obvious trick I saw sas the "Later" "Bye" text frame suggesting that was the last panel, I believe that frame was posted early on the second day.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:05 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:06 am UTC
by WraithX
One thing I've noticed is that most of the png files have a "date:create" and "date:modify" field inside of them. However, many of them have the same values. Perhaps we can figure out when he created sets of frames. Not sure what this can tell us, but I wanted to add it to the mix. :) I haven't compiled the list for all of the images yet, but here is the data from the first 20 images (based on the images found at xkcd-aubronwood-com ) :

Code: Select all

num - start hex -       date create         -       date modify
001 - ????????? -           ?               -           ?
002 - 8eb156cce - 2013-03-25T04:07:07+00:00 - 2013-03-25T04:07:07+00:00
003 - 1e349a579 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
004 - e25be2dd4 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
005 - 5614c47bc - 2013-03-25T05:46:52+00:00 - 2013-03-25T05:46:52+00:00
006 - 69715ed9a - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
007 - 752687b61 - 2013-03-25T06:54:32+00:00 - 2013-03-25T06:54:32+00:00
008 - 6e162ade9 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
009 - cdcc6b46b - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
010 - 49b69c39c - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
011 - 9a047f93c - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
012 - 109fc96e2 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
013 - fb0cabb82 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
014 - 426033682 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
015 - 007fae5ea - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
016 - 90a46673c - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
017 - 53732f97c - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
018 - a901246fd - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
019 - 4b1dd11cb - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00 - 2013-03-25T00:26:49+00:00
020 - 407f7e876 - 2013-03-26T04:35:41+00:00 - 2013-03-26T04:35:41+00:00

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:07 am UTC
by Purplegill10
Guys, I just had a thought. What if this is a memorial of sorts to his wife? How they both built up their lives up to this point but now cueball is stuck representing how Randall can't move on without her.


Then again I could be completely wrong in the next 25 minutes :P

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:07 am UTC
by inhalvast
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:09 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:10 am UTC
by AluisioASG
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:11 am UTC
by lovepirate
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


and me, it was too much fun lurking not to join

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:11 am UTC
by Darkfusion
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:12 am UTC
by thecoolduke
Darkfusion wrote:
Something is out there!!!!! Who? What? BHG?

I fear destruction may be ahead.

I have to hypothesize that Megan is out there doing something outside of our view. When Cueball left he parted her with words, but when she left she didn't say a word. Maybe she never left and Cueball is looking at her now. No idea what it could mean philosophically (if this is even shown to be correct).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:12 am UTC
by aemyn
Here's my [incomplete] animated compilation of the images:
... can't post YouTube link, but /watch?v=aJQzJdVLu84

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:12 am UTC
by Corrado
pitareio wrote:This is quite possibly the first animation in history that is being discussed litterally frame by frame. While it's being broadcasted.


I was wondering earlier if anything like this had been done; if so, this will likely set some sort of record for total duration, if it hasn't already.

I've been wondering if the point of the comic is about becoming more self aware of the amount of time spent pondering things which are ultimately trivial in our lives and that we have no influence over. Sort of Randall's version of Tool's "Vicarious." I've somewhat resigned myself that there isn't going to be "Oh My God!" ending to this and that the impressive part will be the duration, not the finale (or possibly even the message, if there is one).

Click & Drag was freaking awesome, but seemed to be more about just doing something on a scale that had never been done than it was "about" something. So far, the scale of this pales in comparison (while still being brilliant, simple art).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:13 am UTC
by KarMann
slinches wrote:The nonlinear progression of time in this comic has been mentioned a few times, but has anyone compared the speed of changes in the comic against the number of people viewing the page? It seems like the changes are smaller around obvious end points like noon and midinght. I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?
Or it could just be that my perception of time is skewed around those times based on my own preconceptions.

I was thinking of Zeno's paradox myself, these last few frames when his movements were becoming smaller and more subtle. And it would certainly connect with the "Time" theme. This last frame seems to go the other direction, though, so, no.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:14 am UTC
by Incognito357
Uninfinity wrote:I'd like to see this comic redone with thought bubbles from the characters echoing some of these forum posts.

Hope I'm not too late:
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:15 am UTC
by MyOwnSelf
Darkfusion wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.


Add another to that. Just signed up to reply to this chain.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:15 am UTC
by edenist
...just thought I would post a reply too...

Doing my little bit, and all that ;-)

Though who knows how far into the future this will be updating sporadically. We may have to write a script that constantly watches the hash of the image, then posts an alert when it changes :p [shouldn't be too hard now that I think about it...]

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:17 am UTC
by Helper
edenist wrote:...just thought I would post a reply too...

Doing my little bit, and all that ;-)

Though who knows how far into the future this will be updating sporadically. We may have to write a script that constantly watches the hash of the image, then posts an alert when it changes :p [shouldn't be too hard now that I think about it...]


The day that the eternal DDoS was set in stone.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:18 am UTC
by slinches
Darkfusion wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.


Alternative theory: The comic is a promotion for the forum to make up for dropping the link on the main page. (I signed up for this thread too, although I've been lurking for a while)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:20 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
Darkfusion wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.

Troof.

And (not trying to be a total kiss-ass here) props to the mods, what with the deluge they're sorted through. 8-) I wonder if Randall gave them a heads-up Sunday afternoon. "Hey guys, get a lot of sleep, y'all gonna be busy..."

Spoiler:
Holy Quoteception, Batman!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:22 am UTC
by Darkfusion
slinches wrote:
Darkfusion wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.


Alternative theory: The comic is a promotion for the forum to make up for dropping the link on the main page. (I signed up for this thread too, although I've been lurking for a while)


I could see that. Although the link I most miss from the main page is This is Indexed. Its the only other webcomic I read and I learned about it from xkcd yet Randall dropped it from the site some months ago.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:22 am UTC
by squonk
edenist wrote:...just thought I would post a reply too...

Doing my little bit, and all that ;-)

Though who knows how far into the future this will be updating sporadically. We may have to write a script that constantly watches the hash of the image, then posts an alert when it changes :p [shouldn't be too hard now that I think about it...]


How can we assume that any comic will remain the same? How do we know that #247 has never been subtly changed over the years?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:22 am UTC
by curveofheaven
Long time reader (of both the comic and forums), first time poster.

Well, this is the most refreshing and frustrating thing I've seen in a long time. It makes so much sense and yet ... I'm left waiting for the other shoe to drop and for this terrible amount of anticipation I have inside of me to just wash away. This is almost as bad emotionally draining as watching the Tree of Life. Except it's spread out over ... days? ... months? He's done it again. I feel like this is possibly one of the most innovative uses I've seen of technology and art. He understands what this community is capable of and goes to great lengths to constantly amuse and surprise us, and this is a stroke of pure genius.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:23 am UTC
by Darkfusion
squonk wrote:
edenist wrote:...just thought I would post a reply too...

Doing my little bit, and all that ;-)

Though who knows how far into the future this will be updating sporadically. We may have to write a script that constantly watches the hash of the image, then posts an alert when it changes :p [shouldn't be too hard now that I think about it...]


How can we assume that any comic will remain the same? How do we know that #247 has never been subtly changed over the years?


Faith in Randall.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:24 am UTC
by Darkfusion
We're now only 785 posts away from #1.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:25 am UTC
by inhalvast
Darkfusion wrote:We're now only 785 posts away from #1.


Challenge Accepted.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:26 am UTC
by plumander
Darkfusion wrote:We're now only 785 posts away from #1.

I feel like I have to post just to beat a flame war.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:27 am UTC
by Darkfusion
inhalvast wrote:
Darkfusion wrote:We're now only 785 posts away from #1.


Challenge Accepted.


And another 3 minutes!!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:27 am UTC
by AluisioASG
slinches wrote:
Darkfusion wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
inhalvast wrote:
TheMulattoMaker wrote:
slinches wrote:I'm thinking this might be an interactive version of the "a watched pot never boils" concept?

Oh, absolutely. I hope to one day see the graphs of "refresh-clicks-of-comic", "refresh-clicks-of-forum", "new-posts-in-forum", etc. and see them spike ridiculously every half-hour. That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.


I joined just to get in on this thread, so the last comment is most likely true.

Me too. :mrgreen: I signed up about 50 hours ago, and most of that 50 hours I've been watching this thread or the comic. I think I was at work for a while, but I can't really remember.


And me too.
Just to add to the thread's post count.


Me Three. And this forum is not half bad, I think I'll stick around awhile. I've been reading the comic for years.


Alternative theory: The comic is a promotion for the forum to make up for dropping the link on the main page. (I signed up for this thread too, although I've been lurking for a while)


Ah. Can someone point me to the reason this happened? (I accept theories, too.)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:28 am UTC
by BlueSloth
TheMulattoMaker wrote:That and "new-member-registration" pegging out this week.

Yeah... I didn't want to be part of that group, so I went back and registered about 5 years ago instead. Just to be different.

I checked some of the comics while I was back there. They looked about the same, from what I can tell.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:29 am UTC
by darthjimmy
I too am one who discovered the forum because of this comic. This has been an epic couple of days!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:30 am UTC
by slinches
Alternative theory: The comic is a promotion for the forum to make up for dropping the link on the main page. (I signed up for this thread too, although I've been lurking for a while)


Ah. Can someone point me to the reason this happened? (I accept theories, too.)


The "What If" link replaced it.

Edit:
Hey, I can post links now! Here's what it looked like a year ago: http://web.archive.org/web/20120328103319/http://xkcd.com/