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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
by slinches
chem1190c wrote:Whereas if the sun were oriented perpendicular to the XY plane of the comic we might not notice any visible gradients until after it was nearly below the horizon
sun_Z_offset.jpg


In all cases assume that the sun would (over the course of a sunset) be traveling down in the Y direction

Edit: oops. I forgot the important part:
xyz.jpg


If the sun is normal to the comic plane, wouldn't we see it in the frame before any significant changes in lighting occur?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
by Sciscitor
I think it's just the fullfillment of Cueballs prediction in frames 654, 655, and 656:

654 Megan: I like our castle.
655 Cueball: I think it's going to go away.
656 Megan (sad nod): Yeah.


What happens now is just that: The castle is going to go away.

A rather anticlimatic ending though.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
by poxic
Not atypical of the author's style, though. He's done quite a few bittersweet comics.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
by mscha
slinches wrote:If the sun is normal to the comic plane, wouldn't we see it in the frame before any significant changes in lighting occur?

Not if it's cloudy. That would also explain the lack of shadows.

Anyway, I'm really starting to believe that this is the endgame. Fading and collapsing castles until it's all white.
That might be good news, though; I believe that every single prediction I made since the beginning of Time was wrong...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:28 pm UTC
by Angelastic
slinches wrote:If the sun is normal to the comic plane, wouldn't we see it in the frame before any significant changes in lighting occur?

You mean see the sun itself? Not if it's behind us.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:34 pm UTC
by NoMouse
Actaeus wrote:We all seem to be in agreement with regards to grisometry, but I think we should continue to state the source of each measurement to avoid confusion.

Feel free to add to or correct this list:

Reliable: MS Paint, GIMP, IE10, Opera

Unreliable: Chrome, Firefox, Photoshop CS6

Opera browser is also reliable so far (it is also possible to measure the color directly in the browser with its own developer tool Opera Dragonfly).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:36 pm UTC
by slinches
lmjb1964 wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:If It is the end of Time then I don't want to Wait for It, because I don't want it to happen. Waiting has brought us to newpic after newpic, which is good, but eventually it will take us to the lastpic, which will be sad. In a way, this is like life and death. Except that we.'ll all be still alive.
Except given the number of people who die each day, what are the odds that everyone who started Time will be still alive at the end?


That is way too depressing a thought. Stop it! You're bumming me out!


Here, I (re)wrote you a song to cheer you up. :D

Spoiler:
"Paint It Black"
I see a gray pixel and I want it painted black
No shades anymore I want them to turn black
I see LaPetite walk by dressed in her summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
I see a line of castles and they're all painted black
With Megan and Cueball both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born semanatedcoffeecancerbabby it just happens ev'ry day
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my gray pixel and it has been painted black
Maybe then it'll stop fading away and I'll not have to face the facts
There's no need facin' up when your whole world is black
No more will my black sea go turn a lighter gray
I could not foresee this thing happening today
If I look hard enough into the settin sun
M&C will laugh with me before the mornin comes
I see a gray pixel and I want it painted black
No shades anymore I want them to turn black
I see LaPetite walk by dressed in her summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
Hmm, hmm, hmm,...
I wanna see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
Yeah!

Okay, maybe that wasn't so cheerful after all. :oops:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:36 pm UTC
by dgbrt
After a so long Time just lurking here I feel you great investigators do need some more THANKS!

So buffygirl, I don't need a hat unless you have a better one...

Firefox still does render that fade into Black,
Opera is much better.

This is a 256px wide picture showing you the levels from #000000 to #ffffff
We are now at 22pix at that image and you can see we still have to Wait for it.

Image removed because I got this:
"This message was flagged as spam and has been denied."
Help me on this. How I can do post a picture?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:36 pm UTC
by mscha
Time for another sea¹ update. Rising rapidly, sea wall still useless and almost under water. Another tower has collapsed. The remains look fairly stable, so it might be a while before the next collapse – and by then it might be too faded to notice.
Time_sea_level_rise_20130427_1800.png
Time_sea_level_rise_20130427_1800.png (4.4 KiB) Viewed 19940 times


¹: yeah yeah, we know, shut up already.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
by Sciscitor
Judging from the waves caused by the sliding sand, the internal flow of time has speeded up a lot from previous frames. You can still see rather high waves tapering out over two, maybe three frames after a landslide.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:59 pm UTC
by tman2nd
Angelastic wrote:(Though I'm not 100% sure what the thing I'm holding is. A leopard?)

FTFY

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
by SBN
Sciscitor wrote:Judging from the waves caused by the sliding sand, the internal flow of time has speeded up a lot from previous frames. You can still see rather high waves tapering out over two, maybe three frames after a landslide.

Doesn't that mean time has slowed down? Less time passes between frames?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
by RobIrr
In for a song..

Image

20 / 0x14 ...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:08 pm UTC
by azule
SBN wrote:
azule wrote:
SBN wrote:I like that too, but I keep thinking the location says The land of the Golden Puppies and Rainbows

Woot! I think it's cute too!
Who says it doesn't say that, SBN? ;)

:D So, where is this land? I must go there.

It's really hard to get to. You must travel on a rainbow. You'll need light walking shoes. BYOGP too.

Eternal Density wrote:If It is the end of Time then I don't want to Wait for It, because I don't want it to happen. Waiting has brought us to newpic after newpic, which is good, but eventually it will take us to the lastpic, which will be sad. In a way, this is like life and death. Except that we.'ll all be still alive.
Except given the number of people who die each day, what are the odds that everyone who started Time will be still alive at the end?

Damn, that's existential. Now I wonder if anyone will have died by the time the "end" comes. That would be sad. We'll have to dedicate an entire NewPage to them. Though, how would we know?

Ray Kremer wrote:May I address, and possibly settle, this issue? It's been a pet peeve of mine ever since second grade (plus or minus, I don't recall exactly) when the teacher was introducing us to the concept of syllables, <snip/>
(Yes, I joined the forum just to post this, you bastards, though I've been lurking this thread since day 1 of OTC.)

Hah. Great when that happens. I totally agree on the "<snip/>". Second grade and putting up such a fight, so intriguing. I don't think I did such until middle school. heh.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:13 pm UTC
by tman2nd
azule wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:If It is the end of Time then I don't want to Wait for It, because I don't want it to happen. Waiting has brought us to newpic after newpic, which is good, but eventually it will take us to the lastpic, which will be sad. In a way, this is like life and death. Except that we.'ll all be still alive.
Except given the number of people who die each day, what are the odds that everyone who started Time will be still alive at the end?

Damn, that's existential. Now I wonder if anyone will have died by the time the "end" comes. That would be sad. We'll have to dedicate an entire NewPage to them. Though, how would we know?

What if that's what happened to Helper? :shock: :shock:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:19 pm UTC
by azule
Yeah. I was thinking we'll just have to assume their demise. If anyone who's posted in the OTT does not post near the end when the "end" comes, we'll assume such and we'll all mourn for them together. :cry:

edit: choices and spelling.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
by SBN
azule wrote:
SBN wrote:
azule wrote:
SBN wrote:I like that too, but I keep thinking the location says The land of the Golden Puppies and Rainbows

Woot! I think it's cute too!
Who says it doesn't say that, SBN? ;)

:D So, where is this land? I must go there.

It's really hard to get to. You must travel on a rainbow. You'll need light walking shoes. BYOGP too.

I have one, or at least what used to be one. Time has marched on for her too:
Peaches.JPG
Peaches.JPG (7.73 KiB) Viewed 19828 times

Now, off to the shoe store.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
by Sciscitor
SBN wrote:
Sciscitor wrote:Judging from the waves caused by the sliding sand, the internal flow of time has speeded up a lot from previous frames. You can still see rather high waves tapering out over two, maybe three frames after a landslide.

Doesn't that mean time has slowed down? Less time passes between frames?

You are right: The frame rate sped up.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:45 pm UTC
by speising
If that's indeed the end, I have to say the most surreal moment must have been the appearance of LaPetite.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:53 pm UTC
by ggh
Ray Kremer wrote:
Spoiler:
Angelastic wrote:
Kethryes wrote:
Is wire one syllable ?

Can be one or two;
it depends on your accent.
(Sometimes a triphthong)

May I address, and possibly settle, this issue? It's been a pet peeve of mine ever since second grade (plus or minus, I don't recall exactly) when the teacher was introducing us to the concept of syllables, used a tripthong word as an example of a one syllable word, and I protested and was utterly unable to be convinced that it was anything less than two syllables. Only a few years ago was I actually shown the wikipedia page on tripthongs and also given a satisfactory reason for why things must be this way.

To my dying breath I will maintain that ire/fire/hire/spire/tire/wire, and hour/our, etc. etc. are pronounced as two syllable words. I can demonstrate easily: "higher", "buyer", and "tower" are perfect rhymes for the preceding examples but are clearly all two syllable non-tripthong words. "Higher" is even a homophone of "hire".

However! Dictionaries show syllable breaks for the benefit of typesetting. In order to avoid ugly white space on a line it is often desirable to break a word into two pieces between syllables with a hyphen. "They built the sandcastle high-
er until they couldn't reach the top anymore." You have to do it between syllables so that your brain can process it properly. It simply doesn't work to build the sandcastle hig-
her, because what the hell is a hig and why are you higging to that poor girl? Now pretend you are bringing on a new employee and ask yourself, where would you break "hire" across lines if you wanted to? You can't. There are three options and none of them work. You might attempt to start with "hi-" but despite the phonetics involved in the word as a whole, "re" by itself doesn't sound like "er". The other two possibilities are worse. For typographic purposes, "hire" must be considered to be one syllable so that nobody's tempted to line break it, even though it's not one syllable when you speak it out loud. (This is a fairly important distinction to make, because now there's a legitimate reason for it rather than my second grade teacher being either a fool or a bad liar, instead she had just accepted it blindly without thinking about it and was unequipped to handle it when I alone refused to do the same.)

The only conceivable way to force, let's say, "tire" down to one syllable is if you use an extremely thick non-rhotic accent and make it come out like rhotic "tar" (rhymes with "car", which has four of them and a spare in the trunk, but you'd rather avoid it when it's fresh on a newly patched road).

(Yes, I joined the forum just to post this, you bastards, though I've been lurking this thread since day 1 of OTC.)


Thanks for this! Your de-lurking was not in vain.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:58 pm UTC
by Exodies
We learned this week never to get in a spaceship with a madman.

Before my paint dries - it's funny the google bot can drive a car but can't contribute to a needle pulled thing, even one with such lax standards as this.

Blitzgirl's on line

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
by buffygirl
For StratPlayer

For the record, I resents the OTC possibly coming to an end when I still have so many hats to make!!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
by spamjam
WHATEVERONG
Image
0x16

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
by Actaeus
spamjam wrote:WHATEVERONG
16


0x16, that is, 22.

Another jump of 2!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
by buffygirl
buffygirl wrote:
mscha wrote:
Spoiler:
BILTONGGGGGGGG...
Image

-- posted by newpixbot

I agree with the theory that the fade is more of a lighting change, such as the glare that might come from a sunset.
chem1190c wrote:<snip>
Whereas if the sun were oriented perpendicular to the XY plane of the comic we might not notice any visible gradients until after it was nearly below the horizon
Spoiler:
Image

Thank you! my thoughts exactly!

Add/Edit: spoilered

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
by azule
Prediction: The fade to white will be a time fade. We will pick up after their adventure concludes. During the fade out we get to preview the destruction of the sea. During fade in, we see LaPetite barely escaping. ~30 frames is plenty of time for her to disappear and for M&C to then appear after full fade in.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:40 pm UTC
by Angelastic
Has anyone considered that they're just running out of toner after using it all to make castles?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:41 pm UTC
by tman2nd
azule wrote:Prediction: The fade to white will be a time fade. We will pick up after their adventure concludes. During the fade out we get to preview the destruction of the sea. During fade in, we see LaPetite barely escaping. ~30 frames is plenty of time for her to disappear and for M&C to then appear after full fade in.

Maybe we will see LaPetite entering in the last few frames of the fading.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
by pitareio
SOMETHINGSWRONG

Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
by azule
tman2nd wrote:
azule wrote:Prediction: The fade to white will be a time fade. We will pick up after their adventure concludes. During the fade out we get to preview the destruction of the sea. During fade in, we see LaPetite barely escaping. ~30 frames is plenty of time for her to disappear and for M&C to then appear after full fade in.

Maybe we will see LaPetite entering in the last few frames of the fading.

That's a possibility. Fits in well still. :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
by VeloCityGirl
Edit: Aagh, sorry. Rogue mouse caused double post. How do you delete a post?
Edit2: I see I should have deleted the second one, instead of trying to edit this one away. Double screw-up

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
by VeloCityGirl
ggh wrote:
Ray Kremer wrote:
Spoiler:
Angelastic wrote:
Kethryes wrote:
Is wire one syllable ?

Can be one or two;
it depends on your accent.
(Sometimes a triphthong)

May I address, and possibly settle, this issue? It's been a pet peeve of mine ever since second grade (plus or minus, I don't recall exactly) when the teacher was introducing us to the concept of syllables, used a tripthong word as an example of a one syllable word, and I protested and was utterly unable to be convinced that it was anything less than two syllables. Only a few years ago was I actually shown the wikipedia page on tripthongs and also given a satisfactory reason for why things must be this way.

To my dying breath I will maintain that ire/fire/hire/spire/tire/wire, and hour/our, etc. etc. are pronounced as two syllable words. I can demonstrate easily: "higher", "buyer", and "tower" are perfect rhymes for the preceding examples but are clearly all two syllable non-tripthong words. "Higher" is even a homophone of "hire".

However! Dictionaries show syllable breaks for the benefit of typesetting. In order to avoid ugly white space on a line it is often desirable to break a word into two pieces between syllables with a hyphen. "They built the sandcastle high-
er until they couldn't reach the top anymore." You have to do it between syllables so that your brain can process it properly. It simply doesn't work to build the sandcastle hig-
her, because what the hell is a hig and why are you higging to that poor girl? Now pretend you are bringing on a new employee and ask yourself, where would you break "hire" across lines if you wanted to? You can't. There are three options and none of them work. You might attempt to start with "hi-" but despite the phonetics involved in the word as a whole, "re" by itself doesn't sound like "er". The other two possibilities are worse. For typographic purposes, "hire" must be considered to be one syllable so that nobody's tempted to line break it, even though it's not one syllable when you speak it out loud. (This is a fairly important distinction to make, because now there's a legitimate reason for it rather than my second grade teacher being either a fool or a bad liar, instead she had just accepted it blindly without thinking about it and was unequipped to handle it when I alone refused to do the same.)

The only conceivable way to force, let's say, "tire" down to one syllable is if you use an extremely thick non-rhotic accent and make it come out like rhotic "tar" (rhymes with "car", which has four of them and a spare in the trunk, but you'd rather avoid it when it's fresh on a newly patched road).

(Yes, I joined the forum just to post this, you bastards, though I've been lurking this thread since day 1 of OTC.)


Thanks for this! Your de-lurking was not in vain.


All Hail ggh! You taught me something as well, such an explanation is like a closing of an un-closed paren.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
by spamjam
Now 0x17

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
by buffygirl
For Jonas79

no, this is not sacrilege! And remember, I'm in a hurry!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
by Eliram
ggh wrote:
Ray Kremer wrote:
Spoiler:
Angelastic wrote:
Kethryes wrote:
Is wire one syllable ?

Can be one or two;
it depends on your accent.
(Sometimes a triphthong)

May I address, and possibly settle, this issue? It's been a pet peeve of mine ever since second grade (plus or minus, I don't recall exactly) when the teacher was introducing us to the concept of syllables, used a tripthong word as an example of a one syllable word, and I protested and was utterly unable to be convinced that it was anything less than two syllables. Only a few years ago was I actually shown the wikipedia page on tripthongs and also given a satisfactory reason for why things must be this way.

To my dying breath I will maintain that ire/fire/hire/spire/tire/wire, and hour/our, etc. etc. are pronounced as two syllable words. I can demonstrate easily: "higher", "buyer", and "tower" are perfect rhymes for the preceding examples but are clearly all two syllable non-tripthong words. "Higher" is even a homophone of "hire".

However! Dictionaries show syllable breaks for the benefit of typesetting. In order to avoid ugly white space on a line it is often desirable to break a word into two pieces between syllables with a hyphen. "They built the sandcastle high-
er until they couldn't reach the top anymore." You have to do it between syllables so that your brain can process it properly. It simply doesn't work to build the sandcastle hig-
her, because what the hell is a hig and why are you higging to that poor girl? Now pretend you are bringing on a new employee and ask yourself, where would you break "hire" across lines if you wanted to? You can't. There are three options and none of them work. You might attempt to start with "hi-" but despite the phonetics involved in the word as a whole, "re" by itself doesn't sound like "er". The other two possibilities are worse. For typographic purposes, "hire" must be considered to be one syllable so that nobody's tempted to line break it, even though it's not one syllable when you speak it out loud. (This is a fairly important distinction to make, because now there's a legitimate reason for it rather than my second grade teacher being either a fool or a bad liar, instead she had just accepted it blindly without thinking about it and was unequipped to handle it when I alone refused to do the same.)

The only conceivable way to force, let's say, "tire" down to one syllable is if you use an extremely thick non-rhotic accent and make it come out like rhotic "tar" (rhymes with "car", which has four of them and a spare in the trunk, but you'd rather avoid it when it's fresh on a newly patched road).

(Yes, I joined the forum just to post this, you bastards, though I've been lurking this thread since day 1 of OTC.)


Thanks for this! Your de-lurking was not in vain.

If this is not a proof that we are not (entirely) wasting our time here, I don't know what is. Thanks for an excellent explanation.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
by Eliram
azule wrote:
tman2nd wrote:
azule wrote:Prediction: The fade to white will be a time fade. We will pick up after their adventure concludes. During the fade out we get to preview the destruction of the sea. During fade in, we see LaPetite barely escaping. ~30 frames is plenty of time for her to disappear and for M&C to then appear after full fade in.

Maybe we will see LaPetite entering in the last few frames of the fading.

That's a possibility. Fits in well still. :)

Yeah, LaPetite enters a little before total white tide, she climbs on the platform and looks around. Just before FFFFFF she jumps off the platform...

... and then the phone rings.
(and the sea does whatever it wants)

EDIT: I was pushed to be Pope, hopefully not one of the last ones. As the link between the readers and lord R, I beg him, please, bring back LaPetit before the end. Thanks!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
by ggh
VeloCityGirl wrote:
All Hail ggh! You taught me something as well, such an explanation is like a closing of an un-closed paren.


That's exactly what I felt! But don't hail me, hail Ray Kremer - he's the one who provided the super explanation.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:31 pm UTC
by NoMouse
So, here's new graph. I had to change the order of the trendline generated by Excel, because it didn't fit the points well anymore. The prediction is now 926:
Spoiler:
xkcd-time-prediction2.png

I also tried to fit a sine wave in it (using graphic software) and... it doesn't fit. The current points are not part of a sine wave. So I did another thing - I copied and flipped the first half of the graph and connected it to the original half. This way the prediction is very close to 1024 again:
Spoiler:
xkcd-time-prediction3.png
(The red curve is the sine wave)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:32 pm UTC
by mathrec
Count me among those who have not died. I'm still here, for there is still Time.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:36 pm UTC
by descor
mathrec wrote:Count me among those who have not died. I'm still here, for there is still Time.

Do we need to take a register1?

1Am I right in thinking this is called a roll call in the US?