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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:55 am UTC
by TemporaryLife
crawlkill wrote:maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all. sincerely hope so.


I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally hope you're right. The farther along this goes, the more worried I am for Randall. =/

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:55 am UTC
by mybrainhurts
My guess: nothing vile will happen. It's gonna be a day (and night?) at the beaches, in complete silence and togetherness.
What brings us back to the initial guess, that it's pure poetry and sort of "zen"...
Of course he knew what would happen here - and so the final statement will be even more memorable and convincing: How about sometimes just going out, leaving all those virtual rushing stuff behind and getting aware of what is really important in life...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:57 am UTC
by Jamaican Castle
crawlkill wrote:maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all.


Who says it can't be both?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:05 pm UTC
by Annihilist
I bet Randall does this so he can read this thread and chuckle to himself.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
by Brickmack
Annihilist wrote:I bet Randall does this so he can read this thread and chuckle to himself.


Yep, every time he does something cool (click and drag) we get all worried and he's probably just sitting at home laughing

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
by Elrieve
I like that Mr. Munroe has a properly protected stash of images. If it was just !.*/comics/time%d+\.png!, we'd have teased the whole thing out already. Nay nay. A full 1024-bit masked number for us.

Although, if someone wanted to write that script to try every 64-length hexadec number, compile all the images, and then try to arrange them in the correct order, you might win TWO internets for your effort.

[edit: I just remembered you can't hear sarcasm on message boards. 16^64 is a long time. I know this.]

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:13 pm UTC
by queueingtheory
crawlkill wrote:maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all. sincerely hope so.


I figured that since they appear to be by water (flat bit on the right) it's a play on "time and tide wait for no man".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:19 pm UTC
by throwaway1729
Here's a link to all of the images since I started indexing them (about 3 hrs ago). This is powered by a script that checks back for a new image every 5 minutes. Sometimes it receives a duplicate, so it throws those out rather than indexing them.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:24 pm UTC
by Waladil
Now that I see the side bit is the water (ocean/lake/whatever), it seems more casual, less depressing. She's lying in the sun while he looks into the water, both enjoying time at the waterside. And they aren't necessarily doing it in silence -- their words just haven't been shown to us (because the exact phrases are unnecessary.)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:27 pm UTC
by Gefrierbrand
If the comic goes on long enough we might see tidal movements of the water surface, if they are indeed at an ocean (or very large lake)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:35 pm UTC
by crawlkill
yeah, having a border to the right side of the image is kind of...a relief? I'd thought he was just gonna walk off. because, you know, time. you have to leave people behind, can't stop there and stay with them kind of thing. now I'm not sure what to expect.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:37 pm UTC
by Bastor
Maybe the ocean/lake/body of water is going to recede and let him leave her/move on anyway?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
by latigid on
Looks like the Megan character is beginning to stand up

Oh Monday, no work for you today!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:55 pm UTC
by Rationalizer
If I refresh it continuously, I occasionally get a different image.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:58 pm UTC
by FatherStorm
Added the following in console in Chrome (After attaching jQuery to the page .. (which looks suspicious to the forum so you'll have to look that one up at stackoverflow.. Q# 7474354). This copies the current image to the bottom of the page every 30 seconds..

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window.setInterval(function(){
$('#comic').find('img').clone().appendTo('body')
},30000);

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:06 pm UTC
by RobFreundlich
muzzle wrote:This has prompted me to listen to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon again. Thanks Randal!

That's the missing piece!

Spoiler:
Listen to "Dark Side of the Moon" while watching "The Wizard of Oz" backwards with a browser window open and pointing at this comic.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:07 pm UTC
by Metoo
He's standing at a lake/seafront. I'm pretty sure a shark will come and devour him. Then she will slit open the shark and help him out. Then they stitch up the shark and re-release him, because its an endangered species.

No other storyline possible!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
by Jack_Ian
I can't help thinking we're being set up for a big joke on April 1st.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:13 pm UTC
by Eliram
This might be a scene from a movie. recreated by stick figures, obviously, but still.
Anyone has a film with a matching scene in mind?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:15 pm UTC
by dalcde
Just realized that the comic constantly loads from http://c.xkcd.com

Gets this when accessing page:

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[] (segment 1 character 1):
unexpected end of input
expecting stream, haproxy_check_up_UbtyWeCith4, redirect or test

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
by Bastor
Hmm now I seem them both crouching together looking at the body of water.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
by SerMufasa
Latest image
Image

He looks like he's not moving, but she's about to stand up. Don't know if I missed any steps before this one, but I'm thinking it's new because my browser wouldn't load correctly right away.

EDIT: Where I want this to go: they both get up, go home, and watch it rain outside.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
by jakes1487
I loaded up xkcd, saw the same first frame as everyone, waited, looked at the mouseover text, waited a little more, looked at View Source and this script (http://imgs.xkcd.com/static/time06.min.js), and then after about a minute it changed to a frame of the girl laying by herself and the guy looking out over the water. I didn't know that wasn't what everyone saw until I came here, so I didn't take a screenshot. :(

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
by Aubron
I made a quick thing to view everything thus far, and I'm working on making it auto-update.

http://aubronwood.com/singlefileprojects/xkcd.php

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
by cegan09
I've seen mention of the BTC string, but not what is below it. Is that new or have i just not looked that far down the page in a long time?

BTC 14FHqYSgAi39CEJksUJJsK8JzJzyqFpLVk
We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.
The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus.
This is not the algorithm. This is close.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
by pkcommando
I have one window open in IE and another in Firefox and they were showing different images. IE had the woman w/ both legs pulled up, Firefox had her w/ one leg extended. IE: both hands in his lap - Firefox: one arm behind him in a reclining position.

Just refreshed and Firefox finally caught up w/ IE, it was ~10 minutes behind. Odd.

Looking forward to seeing where this all leads.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:43 pm UTC
by WolfieMario
Huh, and I was staring at it for five minutes waiting for something to fly across the screen.

I'd personally love if this turns out how one commenter here mentioned - continuing for months or even years, with trees growing, weather, people coming and going, etc.

banjo2E wrote:Okay what the hell forums my post gets blocked on the grounds that other posts have been made and I should look at those, then when I try to submit it again it gets flagged as spam

The first time wasn't your post being "blocked"; if you submit when new posts have been made since the moment you started posting, the forum first lets you know new posts have been made. This is normal and can happen often in active threads such as this one - it happened to me with this post. Which leads to the question of why "EDIT: Ninja'd" is still fairly common here, unless all participants manage to post at just about the same moment.

I'm not sure why your post would get flagged as spam, however. I do know that your first five posts need moderator approval, but that might not be related.

EDIT: You might have clicked Submit again within 5-20 seconds of your first click; that would likely do it. I'm not justifying it, just explaining it. Ideally, if your first Submit doesn't actually result in a post, the second shouldn't be able to trip the flood detection system.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:51 pm UTC
by ernieoporto
I had clicked it earlier on one of the characters, and the picture changed to, her still sitting on the hill in the same spot, and him walking away, down the hill.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
by taemyr
All I can think about is; What if xkcd had been ad funded?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:55 pm UTC
by Xentropy
Primis wrote:Live updating GIF:
Image
Feel free to give me an internet for the service :D


You've received something like 160 internets in the past couple of hours thanks to this. Nice job!

I have one suggestion/twerk for it, though. Add a start frame (just the word BEGIN or something) so we can see when the loop is starting over more clearly. Sometimes the most recent frame is really similar to the start frames and it's hard to tell.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
by cwboese
He moves!
I dont know how fast, as I look at the page every hour or so, but he definately moves away from the girl!

What does that mean? Is it important? Why so slow?
Questions over questions...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
by Mozai
I can see the javascript that is supposed to update the image.
Looks like it opens a persistent connection to c[12345].xkcd/stream/comic/time?method=EventSource , and it gets a JSON object from there which it uses when reloading the image every random(5,60) seconds.


Or I suspect that's what it's supposed to be, but

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Timestamp: 13-03-25 09:50:09 AM
Warning: ReferenceError: reference to undefined property this.data[(e + "~")]
Source File: imgs.xkcd/static/time07.min.js
Line: 1


So I worry I won't see anything at all, not matter now long I wait. Yeah, listening on TCP, I'm seeing many requests for

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xkcd/events/connect_error
so that can't be good. :(

(I had to remove the last part of each hostname to get around the forum's spam filter. :( )
(AND I had to remove any four-letter acronyms for hypertext transfer protocol. :( :( :( )

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
by hm8
She's messing up her hair! The drama!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
by Shidoshi
I was about to say we'd hit a loop point. But now Megan's shaking the sand off her hair, pretty sure they are at the beach now.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
by Mallorea541
Now her hair is messed up. What could that mean?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
by Aubron
In which xkcd is home to the most popular comic stream of all time.

...Even though the streamer has a FPS of .0007.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
by crawlkill
cegan09 wrote:I've seen mention of the BTC string, but not what is below it. Is that new or have i just not looked that far down the page in a long time?

BTC 14FHqYSgAi39CEJksUJJsK8JzJzyqFpLVk
We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves.
The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus.
This is not the algorithm. This is close.


The algorithm talk is ancient. Some joke about strange google searches turning up XKCD...or something.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
by Envelope Generator
Aubron wrote:In which xkcd is home to the most popular comic stream of all time.

...Even though the streamer has a FPS of .0007.


How many uterus-hertz is that?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:16 pm UTC
by davidy22
Hey guys, just so you know, we have all the comic images so far indexed by times at http://www.explainxkcd.com. Although the impact of all the people coming to our site from xkcd and refreshing constantly is really hurting. Oh the huge manatee, all the server errors.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
by cegan09
crawlkill wrote:The algorithm talk is ancient. Some joke about strange google searches turning up XKCD...or something.


So I just haven't scrolled down the main page in a really long time. Thanks.

I happened to notice it today, and wasn't sure if it was poking fun at everyone trying to break whatever code he's using for today's comic.