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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:31 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
Crouched down out of sight on the far side?

Whatever- no use prolonging the inevitable- I'm going to bed. Don't wanna- I know Megan's coming back as soon as I stop waiting- but... eyes... getting... heavy...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:34 am UTC
by TemporaryLife
Is it just me, or does "The Past" feel like a letdown compared to this? It's such a simple strip, it almost feels blah.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:38 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
Darkfusion wrote:
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 thisisindexed This is Indexed[/url]. Its the only other webcomic I read and I learned about it from xkcd yet Randall dropped it from the site some months ago.


Not long until we clog whole pages... I must say this is some of the most excitement i've had on xkcd since i found it years ago. This is topping click and drag for me. Also, hes disappeared! I hope we just get to see EVEN MORE appearing behind the castle. OR MAYBE a tunnel down like from click and drag! I LOVE THIS! (p.s. had to break url to get through)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:40 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
TemporaryLife wrote:Is it just me, or does "The Past" feel like a letdown compared to this? It's such a simple strip, it almost feels blah.

I think everyone is just too focused on Time to worry about The Past. And i think Randall planned that perfectly to just send us another message. Some serious zen going on here now.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:41 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.

Here's another one, quick:
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:44 am UTC
by FayZee
There's no-one there at all now. I'm just staring at the beautiful sandcastle. It feels so different after watching the activity for so long. I don't know what's going to happen next.

Way back on the first day he actually stood up while I was watching. I was ecstatic. Then about a minute later he was all the way down the hill (I didn't know it was a beach then). I hadn't refreshed my screen. Must have been latency.

I almost registered at that point because no-one else had reported the standing up scene.

However I finally had to register now to say how much I really love this comic.

I've been lurking for years, checking in three times a week, and was lucky this time to catch the first or maybe second scene, so was in from the beginning. I've followed all but five pages of this thread; very enjoyable.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:45 am UTC
by Claveluza
I'm feeling trolled.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:48 am UTC
by TheBauhausCure
Fitzypyro wrote:
TemporaryLife wrote:Is it just me, or does "The Past" feel like a letdown compared to this? It's such a simple strip, it almost feels blah.

I think everyone is just too focused on Time to worry about The Past. And i think Randall planned that perfectly to just send us another message. Some serious zen going on here now.


Whoa, man, whoa.

That...you just totally blew my mind right there.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:48 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
Goggalor wrote:
Uninfinity wrote:I'd like to see this comic redone with thought bubbles from the characters echoing some of these forum posts.


Image
I decided to tackle the pregnancy theory, because most of the other theories are too goddamn depressing.
EDIT: These aren't thought bubbles, but I can't be bothered to go back and make them thought bubbles.

+1
Along with many other great jokes. but i dont want to spam them all.
Someone bump the .gif!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:51 am UTC
by Incognito357
Primis wrote:Live updating GIF:
Image
Feel free to give me an internet for the service :D

*bump*

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:56 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
TheBauhausCure wrote:
Fitzypyro wrote:
TemporaryLife wrote:Is it just me, or does "The Past" feel like a letdown compared to this? It's such a simple strip, it almost feels blah.

I think everyone is just too focused on Time to worry about The Past. And i think Randall planned that perfectly to just send us another message. Some serious zen going on here now.


Whoa, man, whoa.

That...you just totally blew my mind right there.

The internet doesn't convey sarcasm well, but I'm going to say that was sincere so, thanks :)
This is my favorite thing about XKCD, how easily Randall can toy with us yet enlighten us so. Despite the sheer amount of time that everyone here has been wasting on this, I'm going to guess a whole lot have so much more appreciation for it now. And I'm going to guess that was the master plan. Time is important but it can be well wasted. We have lots of it too. (clearly)
For me just seeing that first panel was immensely powerful. That they were just sitting there and letting time pass was a wonderful thing. But now its just so much more than i thought it would be (and its still going!) and its all because of everyone else out there watching and waiting.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:58 am UTC
by ugmhemhe
is it reaaaaaaly over?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:00 am UTC
by Coal
Next frame has to be a heart mark coming from the larger of the castles. I'm thinking #150

ETA Doh!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:00 am UTC
by Nic the Man
Two consecutive identical pictures. I hope that we see something new in a minute (literally)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:00 am UTC
by ugmhemhe
Image

IT'S NOT OVER!!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:00 am UTC
by Isaac20
And so it continues.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:01 am UTC
by Nic the Man
HE BROKE IT!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:01 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
uh oh

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:02 am UTC
by KarMann
He's baa-ack! </Poltergeist>

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:02 am UTC
by eidako
Crissa wrote:You know something about Time?

It's linear and does not loop.

Some people would disagree.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:02 am UTC
by ugmhemhe
did he just slip, or did he do it intentionally?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:04 am UTC
by Fitzypyro
ugmhemhe wrote:did he just slip, or did he do it intentionally?

considering he was hiding im going to guess intentionally

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:06 am UTC
by Mr Moriaty
I woke up to find the panel with the completed sand castle and no people and was genuinely sad that it was over. Then 20mins later there's an update and I'm smiling like a maniac that its still going.

She's gonna be so pissed when she comes back and he's turned it into a giant phallus.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:07 am UTC
by KarMann
eidako wrote:
Crissa wrote:You know something about Time?
It's linear and does not loop.

Some people would disagree.
As would a movie starring Bill Murray.

Not to mention some people who hold that it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly . . . timey wimey . . . stuff.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:08 am UTC
by slinches
Fitzypyro wrote:
ugmhemhe wrote:did he just slip, or did he do it intentionally?

considering he was hiding im going to guess intentionally


I think he slipped while trying to sneak out of the frame. Who would he have been hiding from if not us?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:09 am UTC
by higgs-boson
good morning from Europe. Skimming over the night's forum thoughts ...

NoisyCartographer wrote:Guys, guys:
The comic strip is tantalizing us with its slow reveal.
We are experiencing a strip tease.


... made it.

Gosh, strip tease.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:09 am UTC
by MSTK
did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:09 am UTC
by yangosplat
Let us all take a moment of silence for that first tower... where it all began... *cries*

But if he's going to start destroying it now, then the whole "it gets destroyed and does an infinite loop" theory might stand.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:10 am UTC
by Wraithlord
Wraithlord wrote:If part of the castle collapses as he is apparently climbing out of it, it would be too amusing for words.


I can't believe I actually predicted it right :lol:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:14 am UTC
by franko553
MSTK wrote:did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way


Not possible. The hashes for each image are being revealed by a server, not calculated by the client. The hashes are probably just random and are being used specifically to prevent people from finding images in advance of their scheduled reveal.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:16 am UTC
by ugmhemhe
Wraithlord wrote:
Wraithlord wrote:If part of the castle collapses as he is apparently climbing out of it, it would be too amusing for words.


I can't believe I actually predicted it right :lol:



I bet Randall, is following this thread LOL

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:17 am UTC
by KroniK907
franko553 wrote:
MSTK wrote:did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way


Not possible. The hashes for each image are being revealed by a server, not calculated by the client. The hashes are probably just random and are being used specifically to prevent people from finding images in advance of their scheduled reveal.


If someone were clever enough to figure out what the next hash would be by examining the hashes from the previous images, there is a possibility of being able to reveal the rest of the images, however, I personally hope it remains a mystery.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:17 am UTC
by KroniK907
ugmhemhe wrote:
Wraithlord wrote:
Wraithlord wrote:If part of the castle collapses as he is apparently climbing out of it, it would be too amusing for words.


I can't believe I actually predicted it right :lol:



I bet Randall, is following this thread LOL


I bet Randall is asleep....

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:21 am UTC
by TheBauhausCure
Fitzypyro wrote:
TheBauhausCure wrote:
Fitzypyro wrote:
TemporaryLife wrote:Is it just me, or does "The Past" feel like a letdown compared to this? It's such a simple strip, it almost feels blah.

I think everyone is just too focused on Time to worry about The Past. And i think Randall planned that perfectly to just send us another message. Some serious zen going on here now.


Whoa, man, whoa.

That...you just totally blew my mind right there.

The internet doesn't convey sarcasm well, but I'm going to say that was sincere so, thanks :)
This is my favorite thing about XKCD, how easily Randall can toy with us yet enlighten us so. Despite the sheer amount of time that everyone here has been wasting on this, I'm going to guess a whole lot have so much more appreciation for it now. And I'm going to guess that was the master plan. Time is important but it can be well wasted. We have lots of it too. (clearly)
For me just seeing that first panel was immensely powerful. That they were just sitting there and letting time pass was a wonderful thing. But now its just so much more than i thought it would be (and its still going!) and its all because of everyone else out there watching and waiting.


I wasn't being sarcastic, sorry if it seemed that way! I'll admit, I've been lacking sleep the past few days over this comic, but you just made me sit for a few minutes and think hard about life.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:28 am UTC
by franko553
KroniK907 wrote:If someone were clever enough to figure out what the next hash would be by examining the hashes from the previous images, there is a possibility of being able to reveal the rest of the images, however, I personally hope it remains a mystery.


There is no reason to believe that there is a pattern. The "hashes" are 64 character strings of hex digits. Either they are hashes of some plaintext which could be identified and used to predict future image names or they are just randomly generated 64 character strings of hex digits. The latter seams much more likely to me.

On could, in theory, try all 115.8 quattuorvigintillion such strings and find all so named images on the xkcd server, but that will take more time than, well, there is.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:28 am UTC
by pitareio
franko553 wrote:
MSTK wrote:did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way


Not possible. The hashes for each image are being revealed by a server, not calculated by the client. The hashes are probably just random and are being used specifically to prevent people from finding images in advance of their scheduled reveal.


The hashes are probably NOT random, but if Randall decided to make it impossible for us to guess the sequence, it's very easy for him to do so. It could be the sha256 hash for correcthorsebatterystaple_1, then correcthorsebatterystaple_2, etc.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:31 am UTC
by Darkfusion
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:33 am UTC
by Black Hat Guy
Huh. Some say that he did it, but to me it seems like some one (Black Hat?) used a cannon or other propulsion device to launch him into the castle, breaking his bones and effectively immobilizing him, rendering him a useless pile. Then the girl will return to find him dead... or take him the the hospital, whatever. Or she'll just torture him to death for breaking the sandcastle.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:34 am UTC
by sqrdsqr
"You don't think people use the forum enough? Bet you a hundred I can change that..."

Seems like a legit reason for him doing this. Though all of the other deep thought stuff isn't half bad either, but in my experience not everything starts with deep thought as a reason for its existence.

And I really hope this isn't something related to his relationship or cancer baby's or what not, unless the girl comes back and it has a happy ending. Then it can be about real life.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:35 am UTC
by edenist
edenist wrote: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...]


Ok, so I went ahead and wrote one up if anyone wants to run it! [Have your speakers turned on too if you want some audio notification as well! :p ]

Code: Select all

#!/bin/bash

URL="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time.png"

CURRENT=$(wget -q -O- $URL | md5sum | awk '{print $1}')

echo "Current hash is: $CURRENT"

while true
  do
    NEW=$(wget -q -O- $URL | md5sum | awk '{print $1}')
    if [ "$NEW" != "$CURRENT" ]; then
      echo "NEW IMAGE!!!"
      $(echo "main(t){for(t=0;;++t)putchar(  (int)sin(t>>16)|(t|t>>8)  );}"|gcc -w -xc -lm -&&./a.out|aplay -r 32000)
    fi
  sleep 300
done


Who knows how long I'm going to have to keep this running for now, even after we think it has "ended" :-D