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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:49 am UTC
by Rule110
b2bomberkrh wrote:
Rule110 wrote:Question I've been meaning to bring up -- could the displacement (by gradual evaporation) of the mass of water in the Mediterranean after the straits were closed cause a shift in the earth's rotation axis? Could such a shift be big enough to account for the approximately 2.5 degree discrepancy between the map latitude (according to present day maps) and the apparent astronomical latitude?


Without even doing a rough order of magnitude calculation, I would say definitely not. The mass of the Mediterranean is a tiny fraction of the mass of the Earth. Even the tallest mountains on the planet are basically invisible on a globe drawn to scale. The Earth is HUGE compared to the features on it's surface.


That's what my intuition says too, but I'm not ready to completely write off the idea of an axis shift. Maybe some bigger changes took place elsewhere on the globe. (I've also read of some kind of 20,000 or 40,000 year cycle in the orientation of the axis -- not the precessional wobble of the axis's orientation relative to the stars, but a change in the position of the axis relative to the earth's landforms. Unfortunately, the only places this appears to be discussed on the Internet are global warming denial sites claiming that it's the true cause of the current observed warming, so it could be completely made up.)

Lucky Prediction: There will not be a Round II of the previous hand-to-paw melee. Lucky will warily eye Cuegan as they warily go past. However, Megan will try to tell Lucky to run away up the mountain to save itself. (Although it appears Lucky has an easy escape route anyhow, unless the water arrives at this altitude in one huge wave.) Possible emotional scene; we may see some cracks in their so-far all-business demeanor. Final payoff might be a foreshadow-y comment about the difficulty of getting cats to do what you want.

Emergency backup prediction. In case of total prediction failure, break glass.
Spoiler:
They run past saying nothing and nothing happens.

Edit: Newpage! Do as thou wilt and harm none.
Molpy down.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:53 am UTC
by yappobiscuits
hunjoh wrote:
yappobiscuits wrote:Oh chirp! Everyone's favourite keyboard is back!
Spoiler:
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I think that it may be a black keyboard.....
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What, like the black squirpy, black pricklymolp, black snake, black flutterbees and black sparrowraptors? :P
We have no way of knowing :wink:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:55 am UTC
by Fictioneer
moody7277 wrote:Next three landmarks: weird tree, bop bush, prickly moly rock.


Well, it's a rock with a very prickly molpy on it, at least, he has a prickly temper and very pointy ends, so I think you win this prediction.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:56 am UTC
by gga2
Rule110 wrote:That's what my intuition says too, but I'm not ready to completely write off the idea of an axis shift. Maybe some bigger changes took place elsewhere on the globe. (I've also read of some kind of 20,000 or 40,000 year cycle in the orientation of the axis -- not the precessional wobble of the axis's orientation relative to the stars, but a change in the position of the axis relative to the earth's landforms. Unfortunately, the only places this appears to be discussed on the Internet are global warming denial sites claiming that it's the true cause of the current observed warming, so it could be completely made up.)


I don't the the axis can shift like that. We have an enormous planet with a lot of momentum, and changing that a few degrees would require something catastrophic I would think. You might be referring to the magnetic poles shifting, which tends to happen every few hundred thousand years.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:00 am UTC
by gga2
Ready to pONGce?

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Alt-text = RUN.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:00 am UTC
by thunderrabbit
oh snap! it's the girl!!!! better run!!!

ETA it took 8 np last time for them to walk from Lucky's sunbathing spot to Lucky's a**whupping spot. They've ostensibly come back more quickly this time, but I predict one more np before Cuegan see Lucky.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:08 am UTC
by xpatiate
Molpy up!!

So I guess the shed, the grapevine, the fences etc all belong to recent evacuees? We figured they weren't Beanish, right?

Thanks for drawing this!

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:09 am UTC
by Eternal Density
chem1190c wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:Cuegan will eventually find themselves cut off from the land and surrounded by rising water. But they will be rescued in the nick of time: airlifted out by a Firefly-class transport ship. Thus ends time.



FIREFL-ONG?
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Spoiler:
Name's Captain Reynold's, Ma'am
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Awesome!
Needs moar "What does that make us?" "Big damn heroes, Sir!"

In return, here's a keyboard in chainmaille:
Spoiler:
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redundant
Spoiler:
keyboard.jpg

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:17 am UTC
by hunjoh
yappobiscuits wrote:What, like the black squirpy,
Spoiler:
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black pricklymolp,

Spoiler:
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black snake,

Spoiler:
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black flutterbees

Spoiler:
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and black sparrowraptors?

Spoiler:
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Spoiler:
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We have no way of knowing :wink:

Nah, don't you remember? The snake was brown and splotchy....

Re: Thanks for drawing this!

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:27 am UTC
by thunderrabbit
Eternal Density wrote:In return, here's a keyboard in chainmaille:
Spoiler:
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Thank you for the idea! Francois now fears no bad Luck(y)

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safe!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:35 am UTC
by k.bookbinder
thunderrabbit wrote:oh snap! it's the girl!!!! better run!!!

ETA it took 8 np last time for them to walk from Lucky's sunbathing spot to Lucky's a**whupping spot. They've ostensibly come back more quickly this time, but I predict one more np before Cuegan see Lucky.


I have to wonder exactly how quickly they are descending back down the mountain. Again, I resort to my own experience as reference. My wife and I ascended to Siler's Bald, roughly 5 miles, in about 4 hours. We were quite exhausted coming back down, but made it in little over 3 hours. We found that all of our hikes were like that. Despite being tired, coming back was almost always a significantly shorter trip. I have to wonder if such times are scalable over distance. Can they keep it up long enough?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:37 am UTC
by b2bomberkrh
The chihuahuas are so excited, they wanted to act out a frame from the strip, and since Kermit is the black one, he got the duty. So here is Kermit doing his best Lucky impression.

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Kermit crouching, but preening for the camera too

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:41 am UTC
by Fictioneer
gga2 wrote:Ready to pONGce?

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Alt-text = RUN.


You can practically see the preperatory butt wiggle and the tail twitch...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:44 am UTC
by wizpretz
I kind of miss the old OTC. Back when it was just two people building a sandcastle. We didn't know why, where, when, nor who and many of us didn't really care. It was a simpler Time. Now we have plot and characters and suspense and a̶c̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ (on second thought, there's no such thing as action when the action unfolds a newpix at a Time). It's a little less special now. I'm not saying I don't like plot, and the OTC is still the best thing in the entire universe, but it's just a little less special.
Now it's comatime. Wait well, and remember to...
run.
run.
run.
run.
run.
run.
run!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:58 am UTC
by jeffallen55
Cuegan and Hobbes?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:00 am UTC
by gga2
Who's runONG now?

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Scaredy-cat

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:03 am UTC
by jeffallen55
thunderrabbit wrote:oh snap! it's the girl!!!! better run!!!


Well predicted.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:05 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
WTF, the alt-text changed? :shock: Can't wait to ketchup!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:05 am UTC
by NetWeasel
gga2 wrote:Who's runONG now?
Spoiler:
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We invite you to...
Spot the Molpy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Nq3xuHkgE

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:06 am UTC
by neopifex
Alt-text now applies to Lucky, too. :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:10 am UTC
by Fictioneer
Safe for now then. That means I can...(my first spoiler!)...molpy down.
Spoiler:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:11 am UTC
by yappobiscuits
EVERYONE's running in the OTC now! Pfff, Megball were into running before it went all mainstream...

ETA: Oh hey, 600. 4.
Spoiler:
GENITALS

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:13 am UTC
by xpatiate
Image Lucky not feeling so lucky today!

Wizpretz, I'm sorry you feel the OTC is less special now. For me, the recent events have made it even more epic-ly special than it already was. Before, there was a lot of mystery and puzzlement, and a lot of effort and labour went into trying to figure things out. Above all there was a lack of context - so many things we just didn't know. Now, a lot of answers have been provided, and although that implies a more conventional narrative, and removes some of the need for puzzle-solving, it has brought context and background to the picture. We now know who these people are, what's happening to their world and are deeply emotionally invested in the outcome of their journey. And there are still many more questions to answer.

For me, this frame captures the beauty of being where we are in the story now. Knowing what happened the last time we encountered Lucky (and knowing where the name came from!) makes this single 3-frame sequence a mini-story in itself: puzzling (is that rock a different shape?), alarming and then hilarious. Without the emotional and narrative build-up of the last 2900 frames, we wouldn't have that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:13 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
Congrats Yappo!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:20 am UTC
by a_s_h_e_n
Lucky's going the wrong way, I'm concerned

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:21 am UTC
by markhb
Hi again folks, blindposting from 1170. Thanks to whoever brought my first post (from around the time of the Mediterranean reveal) forward; I was nearly sated with ketchup at that point, but was called away for a heretical entertainment expedition and hope to reopen the ketchup bottle soon.

Regarding the pregnancy theory: the alt-text changes were the GLR's response to the first request he received to change a dirty diaper.

I'm glad I wasn't the only person creeped out by Rosetta and the Beanies (Cueball was too). Given that the GLR's typical work doesn't call for developing a mood over a prolonged period of a story, his ability to do so here was (is) amazing.

Also, my browser/monitor has never rendered the window-eyes in any original frame. I could only see them when they were highlighted.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:22 am UTC
by k.bookbinder
Happy 600 Yappo! Here is a cake with exactly 600 pieces of peanut butter cups, or so I am told.
Spoiler:
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And with that...Molpy down!
Spoiler:
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Keep the faith all, and run!

Run...
Run...
Run...
Run...
Run...

Hm...not quite the same as "Wait for it..." is it?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:24 am UTC
by Kazza3
Blindpost:

Had no internet (or phone) for 4 days, cause the bright sparks a couple of doors down decided to landscape and dig around in their front yard and managed to sever half a dozen of the underground phone cables... 50 pages or so to ketchup. I'll see you all in a while!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:26 am UTC
by yappobiscuits
k.bookbinder wrote:Happy 600 Yappo! Here is a cake with exactly 600 pieces of peanut butter cups, or so I am told.
Spoiler:
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Thanks, looks yum! Image

ETA: And I too must molpy down...
Spoiler:
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Blind-Post NP1080

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:41 am UTC
by azule
mscha wrote:Note that the last two frames cannot be adjacent. On np2749, one an a bit Beanie had already left the scene, while on frame 2750, only the first one has appeared.

I have a response to that:
Spoiler:
ImageThe beanie is cut off here, but in your mind it wouldn't be. So: imagine.


And because I love all of you so much, here's some mustard (seemingly uncaught (7np later)):
np(m)2746
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Redundant spoiler:
Spoiler:
(But I spent too much time on these, so maybe BlitzGirl can redundakitty y'alls for me) ;) *begs*
2743,2750_stitch.gif

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In the circle, mustard. Zoomed and cropped.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:43 am UTC
by thunderrabbit
jeffallen55 wrote:
thunderrabbit wrote:oh snap! it's the girl!!!! better run!!!


Well predicted.


I guess I was just... [puts on sunglasses]

Lucky.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:00 am UTC
by a_s_h_e_n
ChasONG Lucky
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:08 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
Prediction for the next alt-text:
"Thus ends Time"

But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:27 am UTC
by ChronosDragon
Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction for the next alt-text:
"Thus ends Time"

But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time


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"So... all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will - where do you want to start?"

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:29 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
ChronosDragon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction for the next alt-text:
"Thus ends Time"

But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time


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"So... all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will - where do you want to start?"

They'll be bummed out when they find out the death of the Queganites is a fixed point in time and thus can't be changed.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:34 am UTC
by ChronosDragon
Neil_Boekend wrote:
ChronosDragon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction for the next alt-text:
"Thus ends Time"

But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time

Spoiler:
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"So... all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will - where do you want to start?"

They'll be bummed out when they find out the death of the Queganites is a fixed point in time and thus can't be changed.


On the plus side, due to the TARDIS translation matrix, they'll finally be able to understand the beanies :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:44 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
ChronosDragon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:
ChronosDragon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction for the next alt-text:
"Thus ends Time"

But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time

Spoiler:
Image


"So... all of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will - where do you want to start?"

They'll be bummed out when they find out the death of the Queganites is a fixed point in time and thus can't be changed.


On the plus side, due to the TARDIS translation matrix, they'll finally be able to understand the beanies :D


Only to find out that they have been commenting on Megan's looks.

Blind-Post NP1082

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:56 am UTC
by azule
Tom17 wrote:
b2bomberkrh wrote:
Tom17 wrote:
b2bomberkrh wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
TL;DR :twisted:


Ok, help me out here, did I just get complimented? Or something else?


T'was Lovely; Delectable Ramblings!


Thanks!!!! I confess, that possibility was pretty far down my list of guesses.


Oops, maybe I should have clarified that I was pulling yer leg.

It's "Too Long; Didn't Read" :(

I propose this to be our adaptation of the acronym. I lurve it. :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:57 am UTC
by Neil_Boekend
Bump:
myhelfy wrote:I am disgustingly filled with admiration. For everything. Everywhere. All over.

I know there's crazy-huge-exciting things happening in the OTC right now and that's a bad time for a forever-lurker (i.e., since the first page of this thread was *the* page of this thread) to make a first post that isn't directly working through a current dilemma, but this whole journey Randall's taken us on has left me increasingly impressed. Not just with him -- I think we've long known how stunningly creative, intelligent and meticulous he is, and how varied and wide-ranging his mastery is of a huge range of subjects. But with... us.

Or, well, you. I just got here as a poster. :)

I know this kinda thing has been said before -- at this point in the thread, I feel almost like every topic in existence has likely been said before -- but I have absolutely adored seeing how this thread has evolved with the story, and how different posters have come out of the woodwork to offer whatever expertise they have that matches the scene folks are analyzing. From...

  • the initial programming (and subsequent improvement work) done to track newpix and compare differences from one to the next;
  • to the architecture analysis as the sandcastle was built;
  • to the cartography work as Cuegan began their travels;
  • to the identification and classification of vegetation/animals and the attempt to place them geographically;
  • to the absolutely incredible star-chart analyses;
  • to the intricate dissection of a language heretofore unseen by man or beast;
  • to the ultimate pinpointing of Cuegan's specific location and time in Earth's history;
  • to the attempts to de-mustard Rosetta's halting translations (which is, at last, the one thing in the OTC that I feel I can finally do pretty well by myself, instead of waiting for others to do the expert analysis for me);
  • and everything else in between (including all the off-topic, colorful stuff, not least of which includes the development of what's nearly become an internal dialect only understood by people who post/lurk in this thread),

the entire comic -- and the epic thread I feel honored have an excuse to finally post in -- has highlighted the passion, the expertise, the diversity and the camaraderie of a stunningly large and diverse array of people from around the world. I'm amazed, and I'm humbled, and I'm tremendously thankful to all of you for the mind-boggling amount that I've learned about our past, our possible future, and the myriad pieces of knowledge and brilliance that each of us hold in our minds (and fingers) and choose to bring forward in order to educate, enlighten and share with their community.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. And to Randall for making it all happen. :)

Thank you for thanking us so profoundly.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:00 am UTC
by higgs-boson
BY THE WAY: ANNOYONG RINGTONG ...
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