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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
by Valarya
StratPlayer wrote:
SBN wrote:
Ebonite wrote:
marchlight wrote:
Spoiler:
Image


I GOT IT!!!

They built a dance floor!!

It would be great if in the next NewPix they both had their right hands pointed up in the air like John Travolta. . .


As long as they don't do Gangnam style.


No, no no! Of course they would do this.


Of course. What ELSE IS THERE?!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
Eutychus wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:More dialog!

Although we seem to have become sadly bereft of the guidance of those of the various sects of the holy Time religions, that they might guide us by their enlightened revelation of meaning behinds the words of Megan and Cueball.


What about this?


Well, there might be deeper significance...

For one thing, how can rain be "on" the sea? Once the rain-drop touches the sea-water, it becomes part of the sea -- one with the sea, right?

I can see rain "over" the sea and "into" the sea, but not "on" the sea.

But... perhaps the rain and the sea are of different liquids and the rain has a lighter density, like oil on top of water, or perhaps semenated-oily-cancerbabycoffee on top of semenated-not-oily-cancerbabycoffee...

EDITED for spelling and spacing...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:25 pm UTC
by Роберт
StratPlayer wrote:
But... perhaps the rain and the sea are of different liquids and the rain has a lighter density
Well, the sea water is salty, which is more dense than freshwater, eg rain.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
by slinches
StratPlayer wrote:
Eutychus wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:Well, there might be deeper significance...

For one thing, how can rain be "on" the sea? Once the rain-drop touches the sea-water, it becomes part of the sea -- one with the sea, right?

I can see rain "over" the sea and "into" the sea, but not "on" the sea.


It does seem to be somewhat oddly phrased. I think "Does it rain at sea?" would be most common, but "into" or "on" the sea would both be logically consistent choices as they convey the same meaning. Raining "in" the sea wouldn't make sense since it implies underwater* rain.


*or whatever liquid-like substance the sea is made of.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
by SBN
slinches wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
Eutychus wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:Well, there might be deeper significance...

For one thing, how can rain be "on" the sea? Once the rain-drop touches the sea-water, it becomes part of the sea -- one with the sea, right?

I can see rain "over" the sea and "into" the sea, but not "on" the sea.


It does seem to be somewhat oddly phrased. I think "Does it rain at sea?" would be most common, but "into" or "on" the sea would both be logically consistent choices as they convey the same meaning. Raining "in" the sea wouldn't make sense since it implies underwater* rain.


*or whatever liquid-like substance the sea is made of.


Perhaps we're all reading this wrong, given the use of caps. Shouldn't we read, "Does It rain on the sea?" Is she speaking of the It for which we Wait?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:40 pm UTC
by edo
BlitzGirl wrote:Quest progress: 271 out of 330 pages.
The Scaffolding. NP 472.


Darn, She is still at only 80%. Better do this sooner rather than later:
I am the voice that cries out from the needle-pulled thing,“MAKE STRAIGHT THE PATH FOR THE ONE WHO IS TO COME; MAKE YOUR QUOTES WELL TRIMMED AND YOUR POSTS BE CONCISE; FOR CERTAINLY IT BE FUNNY WHEN THE QUOTES BE DEEP; BUT HER TASK IS HARD ENOUGH ALREADY, SO PLEASE, NO MORE BIG ASS POSTS.”1

1Don't worry I haven't ruined it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
by Eutychus
SBN wrote:Perhaps we're all reading this wrong, given the use of caps. Shouldn't we read, "Does It rain on the sea?" Is she speaking of the It for which we Wait?


Ooh! Is that a reference to It?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:47 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
Eutychus wrote:
SBN wrote:Perhaps we're all reading this wrong, given the use of caps. Shouldn't we read, "Does It rain on the sea?" Is she speaking of the It for which we Wait?


Ooh! Is that a reference to It?


Or, as was posted many, many NewPages ago:

Spoiler:
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
by Angelastic
slinches wrote:It does seem to be somewhat oddly phrased. I think "Does it rain at sea?" would be most common, but "into" or "on" the sea would both be logically consistent choices as they convey the same meaning.

Well, these people don't seem to have much knowledge of basic things such as tides and weather and whether drinking the sea is a good idea, so I wouldn't be surprised if they phrased it weirdly. They're either children or nonhuman (whether on their home planet or not.)

Also, the sea is made of molecular acid.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
by tman2nd
Imagine doing this with Time.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
by histrion
SBN wrote:
Spoiler:
slinches wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
Eutychus wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:Well, there might be deeper significance...

For one thing, how can rain be "on" the sea? Once the rain-drop touches the sea-water, it becomes part of the sea -- one with the sea, right?

I can see rain "over" the sea and "into" the sea, but not "on" the sea.


It does seem to be somewhat oddly phrased. I think "Does it rain at sea?" would be most common, but "into" or "on" the sea would both be logically consistent choices as they convey the same meaning. Raining "in" the sea wouldn't make sense since it implies underwater* rain.


*or whatever liquid-like substance the sea is made of.


Perhaps we're all reading this wrong, given the use of caps. Shouldn't we read, "Does It rain on the sea?" Is she speaking of the It for which we Wait?


Maybe she's referring to the IT department that houses the image servers. She's worried that there'll be a short before The (Alleged) End.

Angelastic wrote:Also, the sea is made of molecular acid.


Time is a molecular acid.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
tman2nd wrote:Imagine doing this with Time.


Damn! I'd forgotten about that one! That's all about this comic and it's out-of-control needle-pulling thing! We've ALL made an extreme sport out of Waiting and there indeed IS, "too much Time, PERIOD"!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
by Magdiragdag
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:02 pm UTC
by kryton
Elmach wrote:
Exodies wrote:
StormAngel wrote:
Elmach wrote:This is your The Other Comic tri-weekly reminder, reminding you that The Other Comic has updated.

So are the Temporal Bishops in the previous picture Initiates of Time or Timewaiters?

Silence, ye unbeliever! Do not think you can sway our devotion to the One True Comic that easily!!

On the topic of the Temporal Bishops, perhaps there is one of each?

Could you possibly post the secret message when you alert us to the latest comic? I'm operating on an iPad and can't be bothered to visit the other threads in the forum just to see what the hover text is. Thanks.

All comics are just frames of Time in locations where another comic happened to overwrite it.


the mobile version is m.xkcd.com which has a [alt text] button to tap and reveal the 'secret message'

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
histrion wrote:
<snip>

Maybe she's referring to the IT department that houses the image servers. She's worried that there'll be a short before The (Alleged) End.


If "It" was for I.T., I'd think it would have been written more like,

"Does IT reign over the C++?"



EDITED TO ADD:

I'll be dammed -- 200th post!!! To celebrate in the proper way, I'd like to submit this illustrious quote in honor of Our-Pope-who-once-was-but-who's-now-long-gone-missing-and-probably-found-somthing-much-better-to-do-with-his-Time-like-cleaning-his-shower-grout-with-his-toothbrush-or-plucking-lint-from-his-navel-with-tweezers-made-from-wombat-claws, Helper:

Spoiler:
"penis!"

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
by histrion
kryton wrote:the mobile version is m.xkcd.com which has a [alt text] button to tap and reveal the 'secret message'


I imagine this will work better in many ways than the I heart XKCD app. OTOH, the app lets me mark some strips as favorites, so... hmm.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:12 pm UTC
by KarMann
Valarya wrote:-- Self proclaimed Anti-Pope of the Eastern Unorthodox Timewaiters - until someone notices...

kryton wrote:Elected Space-Pope of the Eastern Unorthodox TimeWaiters.

So, now that you've both posted on the same NewPage*, do you mutually annihilate, or what?

* Not that I'm sure you hadn't before.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
by kryton
StratPlayer wrote:
cmyk wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:
StormAngel wrote:
ChronosDragon wrote:
Exodies wrote:I propose that we elect Cmyk to the position of Imagician for his skilful juggling of the images.


Grand Imagician, Master of Picardry, Holder of the Staff of Photoshop

As long as he isn't holding them for ransom :)
And what does Picard have to do with it?

#purposeful misunderstanding
You fail hashtagging forever.


Holy spherical-vacuum-cow... I am truly humbled, and accept the Almighty Staff of Photoshoppery by running around the house screaming like a teenage girl who just got tickets to a Justin Bieber concert.

If I had one, I would guard its glowing encrusted Pixels within the secret walls of the volcano. But since I'm just a dood, I'll toss them on the floor along with my dirty socks and underwear.

Let us hope I don't vacuum them up. If I ever vacuumed. So they should be totally cool.



Also, if you ever want to see Picard again, send me 1,000,000,000 Federation Credits by dawn tomorrow... or I'm venting him out the airlock with Wesley.


A rightly-deserved honor, oh He-Of-The-Power-To-Alter-Pixels-In-Awesome-Ways-At-Will! Your illustrationary talent has added great joy to the Wait!


How much for Picard without Wesley (Banjo Song, Banjo Song, ...)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
by kryton
higgs-boson wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Quest progress: 271 out of 330 pages.
[...]
The Quest continues!

I ask myself what I would have to pay for bribing a moderator to honor BlitzGirl with a forum rank title. It would be a proper message back in time. I suggest "Anointed One". Or the whole bunch of ceremonial titles posted 2-3 pages earlier. :lol:

Seconded, but perhaps something more reflective of her current state such as "On A Quest".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:21 pm UTC
by treadman
StratPlayer wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Imagine doing this with Time.


Damn! I'd forgotten about that one! That's all about this comic and it's out-of-control needle-pulling thing! We've ALL made an extreme sport out of Waiting and there indeed IS, "too much Time, PERIOD"!


Now I have an image in my head of an arena full of people watching this thread unfold, shouting, "Wait for it! Wait for it! Wait for it!", as the commentators discuss the various "wait" stats of the thread participants.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:33 pm UTC
by kryton
manvandmaan wrote:
marchlight wrote:
Spoiler:
Image


Are they watching US? I'm very aware of myself right now :s Hope they don't notice that stain on my shirt!

I've got a scary feeling that they are going to take a bow, thank us for watching and then, out of nowhere, closing curtains will appear.


they really do look like they are looking right at us, NEAT!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
by histrion
treadman wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Imagine doing this with Time.


Damn! I'd forgotten about that one! That's all about this comic and it's out-of-control needle-pulling thing! We've ALL made an extreme sport out of Waiting and there indeed IS, "too much Time, PERIOD"!


Now I have an image in my head of an arena full of people watching this thread unfold, shouting, "Wait for it! Wait for it! Wait for it!", as the commentators discuss the various "wait" stats of the thread participants.


So, basically, the PGA? :P

ETA:

kryton wrote:the mobile version is m.xkcd.com which has a [alt text] button to tap and reveal the 'secret message'


I forgot to ask earlier: does it auto-refresh on the hour B/D/GONG?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
histrion wrote:
treadman wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Imagine doing this with Time.


Damn! I'd forgotten about that one! That's all about this comic and it's out-of-control needle-pulling thing! We've ALL made an extreme sport out of Waiting and there indeed IS, "too much Time, PERIOD"!


Now I have an image in my head of an arena full of people watching this thread unfold, shouting, "Wait for it! Wait for it! Wait for it!", as the commentators discuss the various "wait" stats of the thread participants.


So, basically, the PGA? :P


Procrastinator's Gaming Association?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
by HAL9000
StratPlayer wrote:
histrion wrote:
treadman wrote:
StratPlayer wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Imagine doing this with Time.


Damn! I'd forgotten about that one! That's all about this comic and it's out-of-control needle-pulling thing! We've ALL made an extreme sport out of Waiting and there indeed IS, "too much Time, PERIOD"!


Now I have an image in my head of an arena full of people watching this thread unfold, shouting, "Wait for it! Wait for it! Wait for it!", as the commentators discuss the various "wait" stats of the thread participants.


So, basically, the PGA? :P


Procrastinator's Gaming Association?

Pin grid array.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:44 pm UTC
by kryton
histrion wrote:
kryton wrote:the mobile version is m.xkcd.com which has a [alt text] button to tap and reveal the 'secret message'


I forgot to ask earlier: does it auto-refresh on the hour B/D/GONG?


Yes

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
by spamjam
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
by airdrik
spamjam wrote:

I see what you did there, you sneaky ninja

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
by timlash
Lurker from the beginning of Time here. If I end up waiting, God knows how long, for a Global Warming parable...I will be...disappointed.

BTW, +1 for all the silliness here. Keep up the good work.

Cheers

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
by kryton
The psalm has been updated
Leader: Wanna swim?
People: Yeah!
Leader: Pffthh
People: *cough*
Leader: You ok?
People: Just got some in my mouth.
Leader: Any idea where the river is now?
People: Still pretty far out. It's actually retreated a little this week.
Leader: I don't understand what the sea is doing.
People: (silence)
Leader: I don't think we can build it much taller than this.
People: It's been fun, though!
Leader: Pfffth Pthuh! Yuck.
People: I've had worse.
Leader: Guess one of us should climb down.
People: Yeah.
Leader: The sea is rising.
People: Yeah.
Leader: Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before.
People: Not this fast.
Leader: The river hasn't even reached the sea yet.
People: The river is small. The sea is big.
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.

Hear Ends the Psalm

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:08 pm UTC
by SBN
spamjam wrote:http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/


Looks like you got caught by the same URL issues that I had earlier. You'll want to use http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/c13d1010939e8bc175e8be06362bce73230a859bcbd682bc53ab9cd913ea7e06.png so as not to confuse Blitzgirl et al.

Edited to remove the final piece of the url, since the quoted post is fixed.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:11 pm UTC
by kryton
KarMann wrote:
Valarya wrote:-- Self proclaimed Anti-Pope of the Eastern Unorthodox Timewaiters - until someone notices...

kryton wrote:Elected Space-Pope of the Eastern Unorthodox TimeWaiters.

So, now that you've both posted on the same NewPage*, do you mutually annihilate, or what?

* Not that I'm sure you hadn't before.


Nah, since I noticed her sig a few pages ago it didn't slip past me the volatility was neutralized by promoting her to Apex Bishop of the Conclave of Eastern Unorthodox TimeWaiters passing the plate to take up today's collection .

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
by treadman
kryton wrote:The psalm has been updated
<snip>
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.


It seems like the leader should be asking the questions. The people should always answer, "I don't know".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:14 pm UTC
by lmjb1964
kryton wrote:The psalm has been updated
Leader: Wanna swim?
People: Yeah!
Leader: Pffthh
People: *cough*
Leader: You ok?
People: Just got some in my mouth.
Leader: Any idea where the river is now?
People: Still pretty far out. It's actually retreated a little this week.
Leader: I don't understand what the sea is doing.
People: (silence)
Leader: I don't think we can build it much taller than this.
People: It's been fun, though!
Leader: Pfffth Pthuh! Yuck.
People: I've had worse.
Leader: Guess one of us should climb down.
People: Yeah.
Leader: The sea is rising.
People: Yeah.
Leader: Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before.
People: Not this fast.
Leader: The river hasn't even reached the sea yet.
People: The river is small. The sea is big.
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.

Hear Ends the Psalm


So it is written.

If Amen means "So be it," is there a word that means "Wait for it?" Looks like (from a certain outsider source that shall remain nameless, but rhymes with "Mikipedia") that "amen" is a word from Aramaic or ancient Hebrew or Syriac. So if anyone knows how to say "Wait for it" in one of those languages, we'll be all set.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
by kryton
treadman wrote:
kryton wrote:The psalm has been updated
<snip>
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.


It seems like the leader should be asking the questions. The people should always answer, "I don't know".


For a psalm, it is a recitation of the dialog as the dialog was given to us
But the ChronoCreed is in the form of question/answer

Do you believe in Time?
We believe in the One True Comic of Time.
Do you believe in the creator?
We believe in Randall, the creator of the one true comic, who causes Cueball and Megan to enter and leave at the appointed hours, to build or talk or swim according to his will, so that we may wait for it.
Do you believe in the End of Time?
We know not where goes the Time, but, We Wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
by elementropy
treadman wrote:
kryton wrote:The psalm has been updated
<snip>
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.


It seems like the leader should be asking the questions. The people should always answer, "I don't know".

From a purely logistical standpoint, it works a lot better if a leader is the first to speak after a period of silence.

I might suggest:
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Several beats of silence are observed.
Leader: Does it Rain on the Sea?
People: I don't know; if it does it seems like a waste.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
by lmjb1964
What is Megan raising? Maybe some kind of cover for the platform, in case it rains (or It rains), on the sea or off?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
by thirds
On this, the Great Thirding Page of Time, I tilt my tri-pointy hat and wave to all Devoutees, after such a long Wait. I have been present from long before the beginning of Time, but not present in textual form. I bided my time to present my humble self, despite the urge to Spectecumulate, despite my growing TimeFaith, despite reading promises of Scisms and Knighting and Breakfasts and Hats and Titlular Accompaniments of all imaginable sorts available to the newly arrived. How could I run ahead of Time itself? So I heeded, and I waited. Now, with great joy, here I join the visible throngs of those waiting for It, if you find me acceptable.

I pray the mods doth grant me the blessing of approval so as to appear indeed on the Great Thirding Page of Time.

Now I must do the requisite post-first-post fasting in post-celebration, reading the travails of BlitzGirl in reverse. My only regret is that I have nothing in my past to offer her. That is, until such a future time as this post is recorded, upon the clicking of the Submit and the approval of the heavenly Mods, and the past-ward direction of these words collides with the future-ward direction of her quest. (In that future-past instance in which you might be reading this, BlitzGirl, I bow my head and raise my eyebrow in a comfy-yet-seductive manner)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
by lmjb1964
lmjb1964 wrote:What is Megan raising? Maybe some kind of cover for the platform, in case it rains (or It rains), on the sea or off?


So close to hitting the top of the NewPage!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
by StratPlayer
Spoiler:
kryton wrote:
treadman wrote:
kryton wrote:The psalm has been updated
<snip>
Leader: How big?
People: I don't know.
Leader: (silence)
People: Does it Rain on the Sea?
Leader: I don't know, if it does it seems like a waste.


It seems like the leader should be asking the questions. The people should always answer, "I don't know".


For a psalm, it is a recitation of the dialog as the dialog was given to us
But the ChronoCreed is in the form of question/answer

Do you believe in Time?
We believe in the One True Comic of Time.
Do you believe in the creator?
We believe in Randall, the creator of the one true comic, who causes Cueball and Megan to enter and leave at the appointed hours, to build or talk or swim according to his will, so that we may wait for it.
Do you believe in the End of Time?
We know not where goes the Time, but, We Wait for it.


But you could remove the "(silence)" of the leader and replace it with the "Rain on the Sea" question, and then the second "I don't know" falls back to the people.

EDIT: Ninja'd several posts above. Talk about Waiting For It too long...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
by histrion
So after kryton posted about the mobile site, and I deleted my iPhone's "i heart xkcd" app, I searched again in the App Store for xkcd and found a whole buncha xkcd-devoted apps! Anyone use any of them?