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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
by daef
Kieryn wrote:
lassehp wrote:Since I asked about what to call it, there has been a few comments using the words TimeWaiters. I will now change my listed religion on Facebook and see how many others by now list TimeWaiter as their religion.

/Lasse

Done.

Done.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
by Reka
Yeah, basically Megan is pretty good at building sandcastles, while Cueball... isn't.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
by mojacardave
benjaminswill wrote:I long for the simplicity of panel 35


It's sort of sad that the initial turret, which started all of this off, was destroyed in the 103 incident.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
by digimuzik
Whew. Finally caught up on everything overnight. Just in time for a 4 newpix standards call. Hello, any HL7ers.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
by dp2
daef wrote:
SWuh wrote:
backwrds wrote:So each second of their time is a minute of our time?

Time between frames in the comic isn't equal. I made a post about it a while back:


and i am still not sure about that...
...since you don't know how they spent interframe-time

That's an excellent point. For all we know, the frames are exactly 24 hours apart, for example.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
by Strouticus
And lo, more flags appear.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
by SWuh
Image

Verrrrrrrry minor changes here...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
by digimuzik
Oh no! Megan looks depressed!

Discuss.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
by Dracomax
I'm starting to really like the theory that we will eventually discover they are trapped in a giant hourglass, and are building sandcastles in a vain attempt to keep from being suffocated by the rapidly growing pile of sand.

Also, I'm gone for a mere 30 Newpix/timeframes/aubron refresh cycles and you spawn an entire civilization, with religion, have a couple of major schisms, then mostly forget about it in favor of eating food. you people are a bit odd. It took me 2 hours/4 newpics/timeframes/whatever to catch up on just the forum!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
by SWuh
dp2 wrote:
daef wrote:
SWuh wrote:
backwrds wrote:So each second of their time is a minute of our time?

Time between frames in the comic isn't equal. I made a post about it a while back:


and i am still not sure about that...
...since you don't know how they spent interframe-time

That's an excellent point. For all we know, the frames are exactly 24 hours apart, for example.

I am fairly confident in what I said. I am happy there. I don't disagree that people can have their own opinions. I just don't think time moves uniformly between frames, is all :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
by mojacardave
SWuh wrote:Verrrrrrrry minor changes here...


Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:02 pm UTC
by daef
Reka wrote:Yeah, basically Megan is pretty good at building sandcastles, while Cueball... isn't.


see 103

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
by Qalyar
Whizbang wrote:That is an awful lot of sand on that beach. If it is a lake, there shouldn't be more than a dozen or so feet of sand. If that were an ocean, we'd have seen some tidal movement by now.

So, in conclusion, they have frozen time and are making the castles just to shock people when time is resumed. Potentially, the Black Hat Guy is off somewhere putting pull-up bars on escellators and carving his own image onto Mt. Rushmore.


I know that consensus has long been that we're looking at sandcastles here, but ... what if this isn't sand? What if it's snow?

If this is a warm-weather scene, then why did Cueball only stick one toe in the water and then retreat from it? Why are we not out of beach? I think it's equally valid to interpret this as a winter storyline. The "sunbathing" frames early on could instead be the making of snow angels. And it's entirely possible that this massive construction is the creation of forts as prelude to a snowball fight.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
by SWuh
Gosh, you all bloody love 103 don't you? Well, I have something to tell you!! Just because it contains the most 'action' does NOT make it the best frame. I think in terms of narrative and suspense 126 was by far superior. The not knowing, the questioning, the confusion. The laughter (brought on by the descent into madness)... !!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
by Mr Moriaty
Dracomax wrote:I'm starting to really like the theory that we will eventually discover they are trapped in a giant hourglass, and are building sandcastles in a vain attempt to keep from being suffocated by the rapidly growing pile of sand.

Also, I'm gone for a mere 30 Newpix/timeframes/aubron refresh cycles and you spawn an entire civilization, with religion, have a couple of major schisms, then mostly forget about it in favor of eating food. you people are a bit odd. It took me 2 hours/4 newpics/timeframes/whatever to catch up on just the forum!


Welcome to Newpixia... want some tea and a doughnut?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:05 pm UTC
by digimuzik
daef wrote:
Reka wrote:Yeah, basically Megan is pretty good at building sandcastles, while Cueball... isn't.


see 103


Now we really need a standardized way of referring to XKCD comics vs Time frames.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:05 pm UTC
by Kieryn
k.bookbinder wrote:
SWuh wrote:See this is where it is frustrating for us.

To us 1NP is always, has always and I assume will always be 30 minutes (since that is the rate at which we have thus far been receiving new pics). To cueball and Megan, it's variable, it seems. Sometimes it seems like the time difference between frames is a mere second (the movement of a head, or a hand), and others it seems closer to a few minutes (the crenelating and general building of the castle). Other times it is about 10-30 seconds (walking down to the shore and back up again) and at others it is completely indeterminable (the initial 'sitting/lying/chilling at the beach' phase. The 'lone castle' phase).

So simply put, I think this comic is carefully crafted so that we do not know the passage of time within it. Quite smart, really.


I think anytime you view a time-lapse sequence with a frame every few minutes it is hard to tell the true rate of time passage because so much happens in between that each frame kind of seems random. Some will seem to follow in close sequence, esp. when an activity with little movement is done, but others will just have people appear in seemly random places. I still think they have an advanced AI that is running at a speed that prohibits them keeping up with a real-time pace, hence 4 days to build 2 large sandcastles, which in reality would take 2 people a few hours, or at most a day. We are getting updates of their reality ever 30 minutes, which is maybe every 3-5 minutes in their time. I'm sure this is fully scripted and will go on forever, with bigger and bigger sand castles. Probably on April 1st Randall will reveal this to us as the April fools joke.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:05 pm UTC
by SWuh
digimuzik wrote:
daef wrote:
Reka wrote:Yeah, basically Megan is pretty good at building sandcastles, while Cueball... isn't.


see 103


Now we really need a standardized way of referring to XKCD comics vs Time frames.

123 = TimeFrame

#123 = comic

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
by Srt252
SWuh wrote:Gosh, you all bloody love 103 don't you? Well, I have something to tell you!! Just because it contains the most 'action' does NOT make it the best frame. I think in terms of narrative and suspense 126 was by far superior. The not knowing, the questioning, the confusion. The laughter (brought on by the descent into madness)... !!!


No, no ridiculous. 16 was the best. Only known interaction with water thus far! Magnificent frame.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
by jowo
Whizbang wrote:That is an awful lot of sand on that beach. If it is a lake, there shouldn't be more than a dozen or so feet of sand. If that were an ocean, we'd have seen some tidal movement by now.


You've never seen Lake Michigan, I take it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
by Dracomax
Mr Moriaty wrote:
Dracomax wrote:I'm starting to really like the theory that we will eventually discover they are trapped in a giant hourglass, and are building sandcastles in a vain attempt to keep from being suffocated by the rapidly growing pile of sand.

Also, I'm gone for a mere 30 Newpix/timeframes/aubron refresh cycles and you spawn an entire civilization, with religion, have a couple of major schisms, then mostly forget about it in favor of eating food. you people are a bit odd. It took me 2 hours/4 newpics/timeframes/whatever to catch up on just the forum!


Welcome to Newpixia... want some tea and a doughnut?

Is there any of that dutch apple pie left?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
by belliott4488
mojacardave wrote:Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Look more closely. Cueball has no ears.

Thoughts?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:09 pm UTC
by Dracomax
belliott4488 wrote:
mojacardave wrote:Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Look more closely. Cueball has no ears.

Thoughts?

I hope this doesn't mean that members of newpixia and adherents of the religion are expected to cut off their ears.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:09 pm UTC
by Bytes
Makes sense.

On the point of the lake not having enough sand, it could also be an oasis in a desert.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
by Rivenwulf
digimuzik wrote:Whew. Finally caught up on everything overnight. Just in time for a 4 newpix standards call. Hello, any HL7ers.


I have to deal with HL7 interfaces all day long, but not an HL7 programmer... yet. Thinking I need to become one rather quickly...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
by SWuh
Srt252 wrote:
SWuh wrote:Gosh, you all bloody love 103 don't you? Well, I have something to tell you!! Just because it contains the most 'action' does NOT make it the best frame. I think in terms of narrative and suspense 126 was by far superior. The not knowing, the questioning, the confusion. The laughter (brought on by the descent into madness)... !!!

No, no ridiculous. 16 was the best. Only known interaction with water thus far! Magnificent frame.

Ah, yes. On a par with 21 as far as setting the scene goes. However as I said, in terms of narrative and suspense, 126 was the cliffhanger of the series.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
by Kieryn
Dracomax wrote:
belliott4488 wrote:
mojacardave wrote:Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Look more closely. Cueball has no ears.

Thoughts?

I hope this doesn't mean that members of newpixia and adherents of the religion are expected to cut off their ears.


Done. Owww.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
by Mr Moriaty
Dracomax wrote:
Mr Moriaty wrote:
Dracomax wrote:I'm starting to really like the theory that we will eventually discover they are trapped in a giant hourglass, and are building sandcastles in a vain attempt to keep from being suffocated by the rapidly growing pile of sand.

Also, I'm gone for a mere 30 Newpix/timeframes/aubron refresh cycles and you spawn an entire civilization, with religion, have a couple of major schisms, then mostly forget about it in favor of eating food. you people are a bit odd. It took me 2 hours/4 newpics/timeframes/whatever to catch up on just the forum!


Welcome to Newpixia... want some tea and a doughnut?

Is there any of that dutch apple pie left?


Yes but Riversong made it with bananas, sugar cookie dough and Nutella.... so Apple pie is a very very loose definition.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
by k.bookbinder
Dracomax wrote:
belliott4488 wrote:
mojacardave wrote:Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Look more closely. Cueball has no ears.

Thoughts?

I hope this doesn't mean that members of newpixia and adherents of the religion are expected to cut off their ears.


Who said anything about cutting off ears!? I didn't sign up for that. No one said this was also a Van Gogh cult!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
by squonk
digimuzik wrote:Oh no! Megan looks depressed!

Discuss.

Or pregnant.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
by Sarius1997
Well, i´m really interested what will happen now.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
by xspeedballx
Bytes wrote:Makes sense.

On the point of the lake not having enough sand, it could also be an oasis in a desert.


Or they are on Titan and it is a lake Methane with a humungous beach. They are stranded and confused with what to do with themselves. The time jumps and uneven flow of time is related to the loss of frame of reference of being stuck on an alien world.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
by Grepus
belliott4488 wrote:
mojacardave wrote:Bizarrely, Cueball the slacker seems to have done some work, whilst Megan has just stood still and looked over their creation. Maybe his ears were burning!

Look more closely. Cueball has no ears.

Thoughts?


I am absolutely certain Randall is creating frames based on our input... too many coincidences

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
by Wooloomooloo
notthepope wrote:I wonder if the two different castles represent styles of fortification either from different times or different parts of the world so if the new castle is Neuschwanstein (BAN THE LETTER S FROM GERMAN) the initial castle has a middle-eastern feel to it like the Templar/Assassin ones whose names I might be able to remember

Well, to be honest, the original castle kinda-sorta-somewhat resembles the Krak des Chevaliers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak_des_Chevaliers), if you ask me (then again having seen it I'm clearly somewhat partial towards it).

Also, I have a growing suspicion that Randall teamed up with Notch, simply wrote an xkcd-renderer for minecraft, and he's just building castles while the comic auto-generates. If at any point a creeper were to waltz into the frame, just remember - I called it... ;)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
by Kieryn
digimuzik wrote:Oh no! Megan looks depressed!

Discuss.


She's just contemplating the next step.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
by daef
OT: did anyone notice that mondays geek-and-poke is also about time? http://geek-and-poke.com/

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
by hm8
Reading through this thread, Randall has probably gone from amused to very concerned

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
by XonqNopp
shever wrote:Bet Randall wishes he'd included a bitcoin miner on the page :)

Actually, he did. If you look at the very small text at the bottom of the page, you will read:

BTC 14FHqYSgAi39CEJksUJJsK8JzJzyqFpLVk

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
by Godsguy
Ok, I've been lurking since roughly comic #300 or so, and am one of the horde that finally registered.

May I submit my application to Newpixia?

Tossing my own theory out there, I think Randall IS watching these boards, quite carefully, and has adapted a bit of the storyline. I'm guessing he would have stopped the line before zooming out, but seeing the response has driven him to continue on.

Or Leading up the April 1st.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
by Wooloomooloo
Sarius1997 wrote:BTW, did anyone already see this text?

Cyclic thread is cyclic. This has already been discussed...