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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:03 pm UTC
by SWuh
Dracomax wrote:
SWuh wrote:...people on pixel

sounds like very, very geeky porn. :lol:

I LOVE me a bit of people on pixel action :lol:

Can I also just use this post to apologise for starting this whole gender-gate thing? It was entirely unintentional and and and I didn't mean it. I just maybe got gender wrong and was worried about it and now it's this whole *THING* where I am scared to even call Megan 'Megan' anymore!! AHHHH

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:03 pm UTC
by belliott4488
SWuh wrote:
rbnielsen wrote:I think there's a change in pixel between the latest and the former, in the water level. But I'm not sure. :?

We need more people on pixel analysis. I am on my boyfriend's work laptop in incognito mode so my analysis abilities are limited. As long as the pixels *are* changing, I am happy. I just don't want us to be deluding ourselves in a "THE PICTURES ARE STILL CHANGING, THEY ARE" kind of way if it genuinely is over.

I personally don't think it's over, and I love the slow erosion until April Fools when BHG jumps out as if from a birthday cake idea (whoever said that a few pages back?) - or anything even remotely along those lines. For April Fools or not!! But who knows?

If the pixels completely stop changing, I think that is the point I stop watching. I will, however, never stop watching this thread!! (of course) - we have been through too much together!!

No, I think the opportunity to drag out sloooooow changes over a loooong time is just too tempting. It's got to keep changing for a while. For one thing - it's too easy to make new frames for that, so Randall could have hundreds of them prepared.

But .... I'm with the "panning to the left" school - the whole scene shifted to the right a half-hour ago, so if that's happening again right now .... then I think we're in for a new scene. Eventually.

Wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
by bugstomper
mscha wrote:Sliding (or panning) a bit faster this time.


Oooh, panning! That means there's a big reveal about to happen, maybe as quickly as over the next few days!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
by SWuh
YES. YES. OK. I saw the actual shift this time. That has satisfied me. I will keep watching. Just not as religiously. That means I may actually get some food this evening and sleep tonight. Maybe I should wake the boyfriend up now and tell him it's time to eat... (he fell asleep as I was reading this thread :oops: )

BAD girlfriend.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
by riverssong
and since we're panning in the same direction our kids disappeared toward, presumably we're panning toward them... yeah?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
by macraw83
I have been lurking since Monday (not long at all, I know). Been having tons of fun reading through the forum.

I have images showing the result of subtracting consecutive images for each image starting with #125, but can't post them due to not having 5 posts. Anyone more experienced out there want to post them for me if I PM you a link?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:06 pm UTC
by shashwat986
1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
by SWuh
shashwat986 wrote:1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

I think he's making it so that by the time we get what we want, we're not watching anymore (or at least, most of us aren't). Fucker.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
by KroniK907
4 more posts including this one to beat out the massive flame war on "Pickup Artist" I have a feeling that over the course of this next week we will be doubling the amount of replies....

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:09 pm UTC
by Crissa
The pixels in the middle are not shifting as far as the pixels on the left and I see no shift in the pixels in the water.

The water level is a higher pixel levels than the first frame, but that happened early on, people have mentioned it many times and it never exceeded this level.

Are we zooming out, maybe? Left camera rotate? I had assumed for a moment it was merely changing from manually created to an automated production.

-Crissa

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
by shashwat986
SWuh wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

I think he's making it so that by the time we get what we want, we're not watching anymore (or at least, most of us aren't). Fucker.


That's not gonna happen.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
by mdistancerunner
The castle is eroding.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
by SWuh
I am off, and will be back in about 3-4 newpix, though it could be longer than that. But I will be back before I can sleep, no doubt about that one!! And it's 8pm here...

Also that whole newpix thing had me ON THE FLOOR laughing. Bloody hilarious. Honestly. Give that man (or lady, don't wanna start another war ;) ) a medal!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
by domdeath
This is now the longest comment thread on a single comic.
And yes, I did make an account just to say that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
by paulmiranda
OK, My prediction... pan left to reveal...

ANOTHER SANDCASTLE that Megan was building while off screen.
:)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
by Lord Cathbad
KroniK907 wrote:4 more posts including this one to beat out the massive flame war on "Pickup Artist" I have a feeling that over the course of this next week we will be doubling the amount of replies....


Could it be mine???

EDIT: too late.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
by shashwat986
We've crossed 'Pickup Artist'!!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
by lovepirate
shashwat986 wrote:
SWuh wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

I think he's making it so that by the time we get what we want, we're not watching anymore (or at least, most of us aren't). Fucker.


That's not gonna happen.


Definitely not. I'm too invested now to quit until I'm sure it's over.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
by SWuh
shashwat986 wrote:
SWuh wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

I think he's making it so that by the time we get what we want, we're not watching anymore (or at least, most of us aren't). Fucker.


That's not gonna happen.

Yeah, I know (because I don't think I can let myself switch off from this one if pixels are still changing!!) ... but I guess I just meant he wants to make the 'surprise'/punchline/ending/whatever as big a shock as possible. Wait for it... and then when you're least expecting it.... ;)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:14 pm UTC
by deadpool809
To me, the camera is definitely pulling back, including more of the beach on the left side (with the right side of the frame remaining fixed).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
by Catherine1537
macraw83 wrote:I have been lurking since Monday (not long at all, I know). Been having tons of fun reading through the forum.

I have images showing the result of subtracting consecutive images for each image starting with #125, but can't post them due to not having 5 posts. Anyone more experienced out there want to post them for me if I PM you a link?


I've got one too of all the differences as a gif, but I don't think I can post it yet, either. If anyone wants mine, just message me.

I'm with the crowd that thinks the castle's eroding. I'm pretty sure it's not panning because only the castle's moving; the sand is staying still.

Also, y'all have kept me very entertained :P I started watching the thread a little late (last night around midnight) but it's been fun.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
by htom
I am going away and doing other things for a while. Keep an eye on it for me, please. Gads, this is hypnotic. Addicting. Not coming back until after six CDT, I promise myself!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
by abitkin
Really? No one knows how to use gimp, layers and difference mode?

I'd put up a pic of it, but I don't have the bandwidth for that. It is easy to see the picture is still changing ever so slightly.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
by KroniK907
IF I had to guess the supprise is going to be at about 8 PM EST on april fools day... Make us all wait mostly all through the day, "Waiting For it" and then at some random point its like "April Fools!!"

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
by morgothcr
SWuh wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:
SWuh wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:1) Changing pixels at a time is something that can be automated. :( Randall doesn't need to do anything to keep this running.
2) Any checksum algo won't work to see if something changes, because 'something' will change every half hour.

I think Randall's done this so the punch line he has in mind keeps us at the edge of our seats for a much longer time.

I think he's making it so that by the time we get what we want, we're not watching anymore (or at least, most of us aren't). Fucker.


That's not gonna happen.

Yeah, I know (because I don't think I can let myself switch off from this one if pixels are still changing!!) ... but I guess I just meant he wants to make the 'surprise'/punchline/ending/whatever as big a shock as possible. Wait for it... and then when you're least expecting it.... ;)


All I know is I can't stop watching this thread... It's even more interesting than the comic itself. I for one will continue lurking here (and maybe posting randomly) for a long time

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
by KroniK907
EDIT: Double post? not sure what happend.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
by belliott4488
Crissa wrote:The pixels in the middle are not shifting as far as the pixels on the left and I see no shift in the pixels in the water.

The water level is a higher pixel levels than the first frame, but that happened early on, people have mentioned it many times and it never exceeded this level.

Are we zooming out, maybe? Left camera rotate? I had assumed for a moment it was merely changing from manually created to an automated production.

-Crissa

Yep - that's what I thought - zooming out, possibly in addition to panning left.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:17 pm UTC
by darthjimmy
I keep telling myself I'm going to take a break, but it isn't happening... This pixel stuff is WAY too interesting!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:17 pm UTC
by slinches
I rapidly scanned through the images using http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/ and I think it looks like the start of a pan up/left and zoom out revealing more of the beach.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
by 10thDoctor
riverssong wrote:
Well, hello, sweetie.


So, when are we? Have we done the Byzantium yet? We're at the Slow-Mo-XKCD right now...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:19 pm UTC
by NoEdge
If the scene is panning, then that opens up limitless possibilities; the two characters could be just out of view, maybe building a much cooler castle, or there could be a city of raptors, or an invasion of red spiders, or black hat guy terrorizing children, or... (fill in theory of your choice here.)
However, is the castle is just sliding, then there could be something behind it. The possibilities are limited to things small enough to fit behind the castle, but there are still endless possibilities of what might be there. I guess we just have to...
Wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:19 pm UTC
by ugmhemhe
so it's not eroding? the scene is just panning?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
by Mindor
Crissa wrote:The pixels in the middle are not shifting as far as the pixels on the left and I see no shift in the pixels in the water.

The water level is a higher pixel levels than the first frame, but that happened early on, people have mentioned it many times and it never exceeded this level.

Are we zooming out, maybe? Left camera rotate? I had assumed for a moment it was merely changing from manually created to an automated production.

-Crissa

Yes zooming out. The top edges of the castle have shifted down as well.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
by Megaryuu
Is this the most-viewed thread of all time? Currently at "251499".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
by Mr Moriaty
Never before have I gone to bed expecting to wake up and watch an animation move ~16 pixels to the side.

Nothing like broadening your horizons.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:21 pm UTC
by dbell032
Oooo. What if our vantage point is from the back of a car and it is driving away. Perhaps that is where our castle builders are located/

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
by eight
What if it isn't panning, but pulling back. Does that archway get smaller?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
by @maniexx
patzer wrote:
Spoiler:
patzer wrote:
mojacardave wrote:MULTI-BUMP (again - feel free to bump this post occasionally if I manage to tear myself away from here!)

Countdown to next update:


Latest frame (auto updates):
Image

Live updating GIF:
Primis wrote:Image


More complex program (with manual controls and a soundtrack!):


Explain XKCD (with a little more discussion on the comic, when the servers can take it):

manvandmaan wrote:If we're going to do the 915 thing, I suggest we go all the way and group certain frames into periods.
I suggest the following split:

000 - 009 : the debut or what? period: when nobody really knew what was going on
010 - 023 : the dark period: the darkness in the posts of the thread reached heights during these frames
024 - 044 : the sandcastle period: as the sandcastle started to appear, most of the darkness made disappeared.
045 - 074 : the period (second dark period): Initially, this was the 'female period' but I soon realised that would be a pleonasm. Also it was a pretty dark time on the thread.
075 - 087 : the happiness period: the couple is reunited and again the darkness fades.
088 - 105 : the male period: with a climax at frame 103: "the fall of man" frame
105 - 124 : the rebuild period (second sandcastle period).
125 - NOW: the deserted period (?) Still in progress! How exciting!

Discuss!

Bumping links for new page, the new new page!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
by shashwat986
Megaryuu wrote:Is this the most-viewed thread of all time? Currently at "251499".


The second-most viewed thread seems to be Umwelt at 160978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
by pdg
I have never felt so much suspense over such small changes in something.