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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:24 am UTC
by Latent22
Kieryn wrote:Ooo ooo ooo - mine please? :-)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:30 am UTC
by vvn
AluisioASG wrote:EDIT: ALL HAIL POPE vvn!

Since my post was originally on the last page I believe I do not qualify and that AluisioASG (you) are pope.

All Hail AluisioASG!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:31 am UTC
by htom
Latent22 wrote:
Kieryn wrote:Ooo ooo ooo - mine please? :-)


Images aren't here? Ah well. Thanks, Laten22 !

edit -- aha! Attachments. 8-)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:34 am UTC
by Latent22
AluisioASG wrote:Thank you. Now I need to understand how to read it (not It).
It seems that vertical growth without horizontal growth is a bad thing. Am I right?


yeah its each post you made along the bottom and which TF/Page it was on the side. So vertical lines means you be slacking.

HAL9000 wrote:Maybe just giving the name of the program you used would be best. Otherwise, you'll always be busy.

Yeah its just stupid Excel. I've got a sheet I've been using to work on the data for the Book of Time Forum links but it also has posting times and names data which I can manually graph. Not easy to automate this for others though.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:43 am UTC
by tman2nd
Mycroft_147 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:I'm willing to use the Universal Laws of Pixilization to erase you from Time for good due to such heresy…


Very well, you leave me no choice. I hereby establish THIS!1 THIS shall provide the platform for all free waiters to openly share their ideas without fear of ridicule and temporal oppression! Now is the Time, THIS is the way! Stand with me brothers, sisters, and other non-gender specific siblings!

1Temporal Hypotheses and Intelligence Society2
2Until such time as a cooler name may emerge from this needle-pulled thingy.

I would like to join!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:43 am UTC
by vvn
Doctor Sam Beckett led a group of top scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time travel within his own history of thread posts. Unfortunately, in order to save his funding, he was forced to enter the accelerator prematurely and vanished. He then found himself in someone else's body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Al, a holographic image only he can see and hear. Setting right BBcode which once went wrong, Sam leaps from post to post, hoping each time that he will finally meet Blitzgirl.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:49 am UTC
by Mycroft_147
tman2nd wrote:I would like to join!

THIS is happy to have you! I hope THIS will change the world, and together we can realize It. We have plenty of spots available if you're interested. President, Board of Directors, Cafeteria Lady...kind of a startup organization you see. Still plenty of room for expansion.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:51 am UTC
by HAL9000
vvn wrote:Doctor Sam Beckett led a group of top scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time travel within his own history of thread posts. Unfortunately, in order to save his funding, he was forced to enter the accelerator prematurely and vanished. He then found himself in someone else's body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Al, a holographic image only he can see and hear. Setting right BBcode which once went wrong, Sam leaps from post to post, hoping each time that he will finally meet Blitzgirl.

And Sam's old username?
Spoiler:
Helper.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:52 am UTC
by AluisioASG
vvn wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:EDIT: ALL HAIL POPE vvn!

Since my post was originally on the last page I believe I do not qualify and that AluisioASG (you) are pope.

All Hail AluisioASG!

It seems that no one has objections to this.

In this case, I'd like to sudo kindly request from Timewaiter Arch-Cardinal Buffygirl, Who Rises from the Flames Like a Phoenix to Continue With Her Pursuit of Hat Perfection, an appropriate hat for my current status, if possible.
EDIT: this request may be fulfilled or rejected asynchronously.

tman2nd wrote:
Mycroft_147 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:I'm willing to use the Universal Laws of Pixilization to erase you from Time for good due to such heresy…


Very well, you leave me no choice. I hereby establish THIS!1 THIS shall provide the platform for all free waiters to openly share their ideas without fear of ridicule and temporal oppression! Now is the Time, THIS is the way! Stand with me brothers, sisters, and other non-gender specific siblings!

1Temporal Hypotheses and Intelligence Society2
2Until such time as a cooler name may emerge from this needle-pulled thingy.

I would like to join!


Don't think I've forgotten you. As Pope, I request, as humbly as possible, Blitzgirl to push these traitors out of the stream of Time.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:54 am UTC
by tman2nd
Mycroft_147 wrote:
tman2nd wrote:I would like to join!

THIS is happy to have you! I hope THIS will change the world, and together we can realize It. We have plenty of spots available if you're interested. President, Board of Directors, Cafeteria Lady...kind of a startup organization you see. Still plenty of room for expansion.

I'm not really interested in any kind of leadership position; I'm too busy for that. I think I'll just settle for being a normal member.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:54 am UTC
by patzer
Latent22 wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Maybe just giving the name of the program you used would be best. Otherwise, you'll always be busy.

Yeah its just stupid Excel. I've got a sheet I've been using to work on the data for the Book of Time Forum links but it also has posting times and names data which I can manually graph. Not easy to automate this for others though.

Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:59 am UTC
by HAL9000
patzer wrote:
Latent22 wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Maybe just giving the name of the program you used would be best. Otherwise, you'll always be busy.

Yeah its just stupid Excel. I've got a sheet I've been using to work on the data for the Book of Time Forum links but it also has posting times and names data which I can manually graph. Not easy to automate this for others though.

Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...

[sarcasm]Paste it in-thread, unspoilered.[/sarcasm]

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:00 am UTC
by AluisioASG
HAL9000 wrote:
patzer wrote:
Latent22 wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Maybe just giving the name of the program you used would be best. Otherwise, you'll always be busy.

Yeah its just stupid Excel. I've got a sheet I've been using to work on the data for the Book of Time Forum links but it also has posting times and names data which I can manually graph. Not easy to automate this for others though.

Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...

[sarcasm]Paste it in-thread, unspoilered.[/sarcasm]

I see BBCode is broken for you too.[/]

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:04 am UTC
by AluisioASG
Image
Is Cueball on the side or above that thing-whose-name-was-forgotten?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:06 am UTC
by Reka
Image
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:08 am UTC
by HAL9000
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

Doesn't seem to have changed from the last frame.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:08 am UTC
by AluisioASG
Reka wrote:Image
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:11 am UTC
by tman2nd
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:Image
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

What makes Cueball so improper?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:11 am UTC
by lmjb1964
Latent22 wrote:Yeah its just stupid Excel. I've got a sheet I've been using to work on the data for the Book of Time Forum links but it also has posting times and names data which I can manually graph. Not easy to automate this for others though.


Is this data available for any member to look at? I've been thinking about looking at things like number of posts over Time, posts by individual posters over Time (comparative charts rather than individual ones), and stuff like that. Wasn't sure where you would find that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:11 am UTC
by HAL9000
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:12 am UTC
by Reka
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:16 am UTC
by AluisioASG
HAL9000 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Although we are speaking of heresy here (there is no such thing as “before Time”), I believe we are in a unique Timely condition in which we are capable of distinguishing this Cueball from other Cueballs (which exist in The Other Comics).
Of course, this may also make no sense at all, but nothing on this needle-pulled thingy does.

Reka wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Again: there is no such thing as “before Time”. THIS is heresy.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:23 am UTC
by Latent22
patzer wrote:Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...


lmjb1964 wrote:Is this data available for any member to look at? I've been thinking about looking at things like number of posts over Time, posts by individual posters over Time (comparative charts rather than individual ones), and stuff like that. Wasn't sure where you would find that.


data is quite big.
http://pastebin.com/bxMdVQqy here is a postbin of the data in csv type format

Has the user, UTC DateTime, TimeFrame number and Page number

You need to sort or filter it etc to do anything useful with it
Spoiler:
Edit:You may wonder how I got this data. To get it I run a script that does:

Code: Select all

wget "http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=101043&start=14440"
for each page start point (increment the number by 40 each time). This gives me a folder of all the pages in raw html form. I then do some text processing to find all lines in these files that has the text

Code: Select all

class="author"
The output of this looks like this

Code: Select all

<p class="author"><a href="./viewtopic.php?p=3332036&amp;sid=722bc2364c923e55d248a1e43a97e8ac#p3332036"><img src="./styles/prosilver/imageset/icon_post_target.gif" width="11" height="9" alt="Post" title="Post" /></a>by <strong><a href="./memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=385888&amp;sid=722bc2364c923e55d248a1e43a97e8ac">Latent22</a></strong> &raquo; Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:34 am UTC </p>
And then do text find/replacing to extract just the fields I want from the data. Haven't written any code to do this all for me yet. Also note to save load on the Forum server you don't re download pages you have already done each time you update it except the last 1-2 pages just in case.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:25 am UTC
by htom
AluisioASG wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Although we are speaking of heresy here (there is no such thing as “before Time”), I believe we are in a unique Timely condition in which we are capable of distinguishing this Cueball from other Cueballs (which exist in The Other Comics).
Of course, this may also make no sense at all, but nothing on this needle-pulled thingy does.

Reka wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Again: there is no such thing as “before Time”. THIS is heresy.


At the Beginning of Time there they were, Megan, and Cueball. Those are their proper names, known to all but the Outsiders. You may as well ask to give Time or The Great Lord Randall proper names. They, too, already have their proper names.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:26 am UTC
by Eternal Density
I'm not sure they're even human. They could be terminators.

LOL at the pope confusion :D May I have a graph too please?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:30 am UTC
by patzer
Latent22 wrote:
patzer wrote:Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...


lmjb1964 wrote:Is this data available for any member to look at? I've been thinking about looking at things like number of posts over Time, posts by individual posters over Time (comparative charts rather than individual ones), and stuff like that. Wasn't sure where you would find that.


data is quite big.
http://pastebin.com/bxMdVQqy here is a postbin of the data in csv type format

Has the user, UTC DateTime, TimeFrame number and Page number

You need to sort or filter it etc to do anything useful with it

sadly I don't know how to get that onto excel or do anything with it
so please can I have a graph?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:34 am UTC
by AluisioASG
htom wrote:
Spoiler:
AluisioASG wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Although we are speaking of heresy here (there is no such thing as “before Time”), I believe we are in a unique Timely condition in which we are capable of distinguishing this Cueball from other Cueballs (which exist in The Other Comics).
Of course, this may also make no sense at all, but nothing on this needle-pulled thingy does.

Reka wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Again: there is no such thing as “before Time”. THIS is heresy.


At the Beginning of Time there they were, Megan, and Cueball. Those are their proper names, known to all but the Outsiders. You may as well ask to give Time or The Great Lord Randall proper names. They, too, already have their proper names.

I am no one to request from Lord Randall for things he already gave us (like Megan, Time, and Randall). But “Cueball” has not cometh from him.
If fact, from what I've read, maybe his name is Rob?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:35 am UTC
by Mycroft_147
I miss Quantum Leap. Hope this version has a more satisfying ending.
...
AluisioASG wrote:Don't think I've forgotten you. As Pope, I request, as humbly as possible, Blitzgirl to push these traitors out of the stream of Time.

THIS can usher in the era of waiting enlightenment. We’re not anti-Randall, we’re pro-knowledge! I wish only for harmony between THIS and the church and its ultimate and inevitable demise through scientific inquiry and discovery.
tman2nd wrote:I'm not really interested in any kind of leadership position; I'm too busy for that. I think I'll just settle for being a normal member.

Indeed. THIS is an at-will organization; feel free to promote yourself at-will.
Reka wrote:Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

So it was in the Before Time, in the Long Long Ago. So it remains.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:42 am UTC
by LoneMarauder
So, is there A Land Before Time?

(Sorry, couldn't resist...)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:42 am UTC
by Latent22
patzer wrote:sadly I don't know how to get that onto excel or do anything with it
so please can I have a graph?

Yeah you just paste the data into excel at field A1 and then select column A and do Data->Text to columns. Then select deliminated and tick comma then finish.

Then much more excel fiddling to get a graph...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:43 am UTC
by AluisioASG
LoneMarauder wrote:So, is there A Land Before Time?

(Sorry, couldn't resist...)

Will I have to repeat it?

EDIT: five more posts, please.
EDIT 2: I see BlitzGirl is online. Go BlitzGirl! We'll be waiting for It and You!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:47 am UTC
by htom
AluisioASG wrote:
htom wrote:
Spoiler:
AluisioASG wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Although we are speaking of heresy here (there is no such thing as “before Time”), I believe we are in a unique Timely condition in which we are capable of distinguishing this Cueball from other Cueballs (which exist in The Other Comics).
Of course, this may also make no sense at all, but nothing on this needle-pulled thingy does.

Reka wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Again: there is no such thing as “before Time”. THIS is heresy.


At the Beginning of Time there they were, Megan, and Cueball. Those are their proper names, known to all but the Outsiders. You may as well ask to give Time or The Great Lord Randall proper names. They, too, already have their proper names.

I am no one to request from Lord Randall for things he already gave us (like Megan, Time, and Randall). But “Cueball” has not cometh from him.
If fact, from what I've read, maybe his name is Rob?


I thought that Rob's head was always separated from his shoulders, and Cueball's was always joined?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:49 am UTC
by lmjb1964
Latent22 wrote:
Spoiler:
patzer wrote:Can you upload the excel book to somewhere we can all access (and download) it? I'd like to see my graph but don't want to keep you too busy...


lmjb1964 wrote:Is this data available for any member to look at? I've been thinking about looking at things like number of posts over Time, posts by individual posters over Time (comparative charts rather than individual ones), and stuff like that. Wasn't sure where you would find that.


data is quite big.
http://pastebin.com/bxMdVQqy here is a postbin of the data in csv type format

Has the user, UTC DateTime, TimeFrame number and Page number

You need to sort or filter it etc to do anything useful with it

Edit:You may wonder how I got this data. To get it I run a script that does:

Code: Select all

wget "http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=101043&start=14440"
for each page start point (increment the number by 40 each time). This gives me a folder of all the pages in raw html form. I then do some text processing to find all lines in these files that has the text

Code: Select all

class="author"
The output of this looks like this

Code: Select all

<p class="author"><a href="./viewtopic.php?p=3332036&amp;sid=722bc2364c923e55d248a1e43a97e8ac#p3332036"><img src="./styles/prosilver/imageset/icon_post_target.gif" width="11" height="9" alt="Post" title="Post" /></a>by <strong><a href="./memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=385888&amp;sid=722bc2364c923e55d248a1e43a97e8ac">Latent22</a></strong> &raquo; Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:34 am UTC </p>
And then do text find/replacing to extract just the fields I want from the data. Haven't written any code to do this all for me yet. Also note to save load on the Forum server you don't re download pages you have already done each time you update it except the last 1-2 pages just in case.


Cool, thanks! I'll play around with this. Alas, as I mentioned earlier, I wouldn't have been able to figure out how to pull out the data myself. I don't have the geek cred. : (

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:50 am UTC
by AluisioASG
htom wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
htom wrote:
Spoiler:
AluisioASG wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:[img]
That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So as Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Cueball is a name that was established before Time, based on the solid white sphere he has for a head.

Although we are speaking of heresy here (there is no such thing as “before Time”), I believe we are in a unique Timely condition in which we are capable of distinguishing this Cueball from other Cueballs (which exist in The Other Comics).
Of course, this may also make no sense at all, but nothing on this needle-pulled thingy does.

Reka wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
Reka wrote:That rightmost tower is still holding on...

So is Cueball.
PS: We should give him a proper name. What about Sam, or Dave?

Heresy! He has been Cueball since before the beginning of Time!

Again: there is no such thing as “before Time”. THIS is heresy.


At the Beginning of Time there they were, Megan, and Cueball. Those are their proper names, known to all but the Outsiders. You may as well ask to give Time or The Great Lord Randall proper names. They, too, already have their proper names.

I am no one to request from Lord Randall for things he already gave us (like Megan, Time, and Randall). But “Cueball” has not cometh from him.
If fact, from what I've read, maybe his name is Rob?


I thought that Rob's head was always separated from his shoulders, and Cueball's was always joined?

Hmm…
[…] visually undistinguishable from Cueball.

Maybe you're right.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:52 am UTC
by Mycroft_147
AluisioASG wrote:Who Installed the Red Button and System Administrator)

HA, I installed a big red button in a patch-panel once. As an inside joke it did nothing but glow red. After a few months I noticed someone had hung a sign over the button that said "Do Not Push." Months later I noticed someone installed a plastic cover over it to prevent it being pressed accidentally ...bureaucracy in action I assumed. :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:55 am UTC
by HAL9000
What's my post-graph? Now I'm curious.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:55 am UTC
by Mycroft_147
Now every time someone says "this" I think THIS1.

1Temporal Hypotheses and Intelligence Organization

Edit: Aw yeah!
Edit: As a member of THIS, and I humbly extend an olive branch to my religious brethren and humbly abdicate the hat to a true believer that follows.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:57 am UTC
by AluisioASG
Mycroft_147 wrote:Now every time someone says "this" I think THIS.

It's the second time I see this post.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:03 am UTC
by tman2nd
AluisioASG wrote:
Mycroft_147 wrote:Now every time someone says "this" I think THIS.

It's the second time I see this post.

Congratulations on becoming Pope.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:04 am UTC
by Mycroft_147
AluisioASG wrote:It's the second time I see this post.

Indeed. I have decisiveness issues. Which makes me less fitting a strong leadership role as the popalcy.

Edit: You'd be hard-pressed to find one of my posts I have not edited or am entirely satisfied with. <--see that?^ I ended a sentence with a preposition and that's going to bother me.

But I must coma.