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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
by lovepirate
Crap, I'm going to a movie in 4 newpix, and I bet while I'm gone is when the flags reappear for good.
Wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
by dalcde
Flag view: (imgur'd) http://imgur.com/s8UxXVS
Image

EDIT: Seems like Lucia got it first :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
by mercutio_stencil
I feel it worthy to point out that the next comic is entitled The Past. They don't seem related, but can we know for sure?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:42 pm UTC
by riverssong
So at the current rate of expansion, how long a nap can I take before we catch up to the flag frame?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:43 pm UTC
by littlebutterfly
Lucia wrote:By uploading the flags pic by copying from a tab opened when it was available, I managed to provide time travel into the past and the future at the same time. :shock: :D


THANK YOU!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:44 pm UTC
by patzer
riverssong wrote:So at the current rate of expansion, how long a nap can I take before we catch up to the flag frame?

it looks like first new castle will appear in the next frame or two, but still a long way to the flags :cry:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:44 pm UTC
by trusstopher
Lucia wrote:Argh. Now it's back to the old one for me too. :| Almost :30...

And another tiny expansion. Anyone feel like counting pixels to guess how long it is 'til we get flags? Way too depressing for me.
Spoiler:
Image


***Nevermind

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
by SilverTree
I can't see the flag either. Is this a prank or did we saw a frame that is supposed to appear later on? If it's the second one, all the people guessing that the scene will zoom out to show a bigger castle will be right. (And knowing that doesn't kill my excitement for what's next - I'm that addicted to this!)
Anyway, right now I wonder not so much about the Oh So Deep Meaning That Will Be Revealed, but just about how long will this go on. (I'm not sure how I feel about the April Fool's theory, I change my mind about it every other time.)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:46 pm UTC
by patzer
I wonder if Randall is reading this thread? He might not even show the flags? Do you think this could be an alternate future we just glimpsed?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:49 pm UTC
by Helper
SilverTree wrote:I can't see the flag either. Is this a prank or did we saw a frame that is supposed to appear later on? If it's the second one, all the people guessing that the scene will zoom out to show a bigger castle will be right. (And knowing that doesn't kill my excitement for what's next - I'm that addicted to this!)
Anyway, right now I wonder not so much about the Oh So Deep Meaning That Will Be Revealed, but just about how long will this go on. (I'm not sure how I feel about the April Fool's theory, I change my mind about it every other time.)


The flags are/were real; we saw a later frame and/or a frame from an 'alternate future'. There's still the possibilty that the frame was never really served, everybody claiming to see it is in on a prank, and the images are photoshops, but that's kinda like the trusting trust problem.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:51 pm UTC
by willyshop
What's weird is that somehow this comic is another one of those "get out of my head" comics. The past few days I've been using my computer to render a zoom animation on a 3d fractal. Same deal; wait 30 minutes, see a very small change, rinse, repeat.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:52 pm UTC
by inhalvast
patzer wrote:I wonder if Randall is reading this thread? He might not even show the flags? Do you think this could be an alternate future we just glimpsed?


I'm sure he's monitoring this in some way shape or form, or at least, he's got a moderator telling him what's going on.
He might not show the flags, we will know. Eventually.

We might each get a different ending depending on our IP addresses... Then the Singularity would have to begin.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
by SilverTree
Helper wrote:There's still the possibilty that the frame was never really served, everybody claiming to see it is in on a prank, and the images are photoshops, but that's kinda like the trusting trust problem.


Heh, true. Plus, If I think about it, the idea that we just saw into the future seems much more appropriate to the whole concept of the comic, even if it wasn't intended, so I'll go with it :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:55 pm UTC
by Helper
inhalvast wrote:We might each get a different ending depending on our IP addresses... Then the Singularity would have to begin.

Completely unrelated to this thread/comic, but somebody needs to write an algorithmic comic generator and setup a website that seeds the generator with the visitor's IP, serving the psuedo-randomly generated comic to the visitor.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:55 pm UTC
by libra
darthjimmy wrote:
willyshop wrote:
kaley wrote:Fake post with the flags? It's not showing up on the homepage for me and I fear I have been pranked.



Ditto.

I can vouch for the one with the flags. I saw it before Randall spotted the time error. I have a feeling it is coming.

I saved it before it ninja'ed out of existence. :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:57 pm UTC
by Deadcode
I happened to see the flag while working on my super-resolution average, and extrapolating from the current rate of zooming (which has been constant for the last 3 hours, from 64:30 to the present 67:30), that frame will happen at 75:30 (in 8 hours).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:59 pm UTC
by squonk
Lucia wrote:The new castle (with flags) is what shows up for me right now. It's not accidental.
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/4c9272 ... 96434f.png

Now that we have a "future hash", is there any way to crack the code?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:59 pm UTC
by Kieryn
Helper wrote:
inhalvast wrote:We might each get a different ending depending on our IP addresses... Then the Singularity would have to begin.

Completely unrelated to this thread/comic, but somebody needs to write an algorithmic comic generator and setup a website that seeds the generator with the visitor's IP, serving the psuedo-randomly generated comic to the visitor.

I'm halfway there on that :-)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:59 pm UTC
by norcimo
Deadcode wrote:I happened to see the flag while working on my super-resolution average, and extrapolating from the current rate of zooming (which appears to be constant), that frame will happen at 75:30 (in 8 hours).

Hope so, really do need to sleep now. Just waiting for one. more. frame

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:00 am UTC
by Helper
My hope is that the 'slip' was intentional and to 'make up for it', we're going to see an alternate version of the future.

Deadcode wrote:I happened to see the flag while working on my super-resolution average, and extrapolating from the current rate of zooming (which appears to be constant), that frame will happen at 75:30 (in 8 hours).


Wasn't there chatter about the pan and/or zoom being exponential?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:00 am UTC
by morgothcr
Yay!
there's the flag again!
Oh me yarm WTF BBQ!

Edit: Only "Oh-Ehm-Gee" is being filtered out? Boring!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am UTC
by TheMulattoMaker
ERMAHGERD DERE'S A THING OVER DERE!!!!

SQUEEEEEEE!!! :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am UTC
by AussieJono
The flags are reappearing everyone - the prophesy is coming true, a second castle will ARISE!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am UTC
by arjan
I saved the image with the flag even now I know there are copies of it. Just in case. My precious..

Wait wait, this IS getting a bit ridiculous. Time for bed!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:01 am UTC
by Reka
There's a blip of flag/other castle now!

Edit: OK, I see how all the "ninja'd" posts happen even though the forum forces you to look at stuff that was posted while you were writing: it pretends to show you everything that you missed, but it lies, it only shows you *some* of it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:02 am UTC
by BlueSloth
Helper wrote:404.

That's what I suspect would happen if anybody cracks the hash and tries to see the future.

Personally I'm taking this as an opportunity to relax and watch a beach without obsessing over it. I'm not doing a good job though, since I dreamed about it last night and woke up thinking in terms of half hour time increments. :(

riverssong wrote:
AussieJono wrote:If we're back to gender neutral pronouns, singular they is xkcd approved:


I don't hate it because it's 'grammatically incorrect', I hate it because it's IMPRECISE.

Not when it's used on me.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:02 am UTC
by patzer
Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:02 am UTC
by Helper
Spoiler:
Image


I WONDER WHAT THAT WEIRD THING ON THE RIGHT SIDE IS.

There goes the alternate future theory ;_;.

Edit: ninja'd.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:04 am UTC
by Deadcode
squonk wrote:
Lucia wrote:The new castle (with flags) is what shows up for me right now. It's not accidental.
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/4c9272 ... 96434f.png

Now that we have a "future hash", is there any way to crack the code?

Even if there is a code (and these "hashes" aren't just from a one-time pad) it would do us no good. The flag png link now gives a 404 - Not Found.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:05 am UTC
by Lucia
Oh, excellent. Looks like the future is going to arrive much sooner than we anticipated. And it is now apparent (deliberately?) that there is no way to skip ahead as the images are not uploaded until their appointed time.

Maybe it's a pot plant? It looks like a pot and a leaf to me! :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:06 am UTC
by Wraithlord
patzer wrote:Image


The flag has returned to us! We are saved!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:06 am UTC
by Helper
Deadcode wrote:The flag png link now gives a 404 - Not Found.

Which confirms something interesting: the operation is definitely being watched by somebody in real-time. Or the server has become self-aware, we seems reasonably likely at this point.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:07 am UTC
by NoEdge
If we hadn't seen the flag castle already, it would be really fun speculating about what might be there and watching everybody else speculate. Too bad we already know.
Maybe the picture was there on purpose to show how much more interesting this will be if we're patient than if we were just given the whole thing? I think half the fun is seeing everybody's ideas about it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:08 am UTC
by Lucia
Wraithlord wrote:
patzer wrote:Image


The flag has returned to us! We are saved!


A flag? Nah, it would be more rectangular. Looks like a leaf to me. Did Megan go to get a pot plant?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:09 am UTC
by Helper
NoEdge wrote:If we hadn't seen the flag castle already, it would be really fun speculating about what might be there and watching everybody else speculate. Too bad we already know.
Maybe the picture was there on purpose to show how much more interesting this will be if we're patient than if we were just given the whole thing? I think half the fun is seeing everybody's ideas about it.

That's what I was wondering. Or at least a ploy to keep our attention.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:10 am UTC
by lunarul
I'm anticipating that the zoom out will show them stranded on a desert island

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:10 am UTC
by NoMouse
This is clearly a piece of pipe with piranha plant in it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:11 am UTC
by BJ Nemeth
I'm so bummed that I missed the unintentional preview of the future frame. I blame my dog, who insisted that I go to obedience training with him. (With it? With y'all?)

I keep the original comic page open in a window in the corner of my screen at all times for just such an incident, and then I'm absent for the brief period when it would have actually paid off. Consarn it!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:11 am UTC
by BlueSloth
Helper wrote:
Deadcode wrote:The flag png link now gives a 404 - Not Found.

Which confirms something interesting: the operation is definitely being watched by somebody in real-time. Or the server has become self-aware, we seems reasonably likely at this point.

There's no reason it couldn't have always been set up not to give out images early, just in case.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:12 am UTC
by NoEdge
Helper wrote:
NoEdge wrote:If we hadn't seen the flag castle already, it would be really fun speculating about what might be there and watching everybody else speculate. Too bad we already know.
Maybe the picture was there on purpose to show how much more interesting this will be if we're patient than if we were just given the whole thing? I think half the fun is seeing everybody's ideas about it.

That's what I was wondering. Or at least a ploy to keep our attention.

My first thought was that we were being messed with.