Time-capsule from @mrob27, deposited at Newpage 116
Do not open until Newpage 1440
When you open this message I will have been gone for about 10 newpages. I left my nopixbit behind and it has ONG'd me with some recent (from your perspective) news.
I hear that my "retrOTTification" of xkcd 481
was fairly well received; I'm glad! I had fun making it. And so it is decided -- we will keep doing such things. My latest work is below.@BlitzGirl
wished me well on my quest, which was very touching, thanks! @lmjb1964
reports that it's hard to quote my post at OTT:1434:22
because when wrapped in a spoiler some mustardy stuff happens. I'll have to try a few experiments. I use rarely-used nestings, like (size) (img) and (i) tags inside a single (center) block, so that might the problem. I think you'd want to remove the (center) tags, my hunch is that's probably what chirps up the formatting.
nopixbot relayed concerns (on behalf of @Valarya
) that I may have given up on the Nyan Cat. Alas, the Outside occasionally intrudes and I needed to drive somewhere. I couldn't even remember the tune after turning it off, so I doubt more Nyan will do much, though I'll give it a go when I reach your post. Thanks for the cupcakes, newpixbot is holding them for me until my arrival in your now-when (they'll be fresh, since they're frozen in Time).
On a related note*
, shortly after beginning my Quest I started listening to 9 Beet Stretch
, the recording of Beethoven's 9th symphony stretched out to 24
nopix. Links are here
if you're interested. It's quite mesmerising and runs forever (the 1st movement starts at the same time of day every day). It's a nice soundtrack for Blitzing, very non-intrusive and soothing.
My travelogue for NP60-ish through NP114:
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It was a lot of fun to watch how quickly the forum switched over to a community of creative people having fun with ideas. A few new words and the idea of an OTT religion were formed, then criticized by some others who didn't "get it". There followed a period in which people took the thread more (nay, too?) seriously (we must only talk about the comic!!!), and being a bit overwhelmed with how quickly the newpages appear.
I have started seeing participants who are gone for long enough to sleep (the word "coma" hasn't caught on yet) making a quick post, then trying their best to catch up and it can sometimes take 4 to 6 newpix (2 to 3 Outsider hours) to read it all. This is evidence that the seriousness of the participants is increasing, and the community is realizing (see OTT:115:5
) that there are people†
who can contribute a lot but cannot accommodate a full-time participation in OTC/OTT into their lives. I know this eventually came to pass
but am curious as to how it came about. This is the kind of suspense I can handle: I know the story turns out okay, but it may be messy, and that's okay.
Referencing this trend, I found a (partially written) script for an OTTification of xkcd 606
but apparently no-one ever finished or drew it. It was too good to pass up, so here ya go:
In newpage 98, someone speculated about the idea of some or all of the M&C's world being two-dimensional, and linked to this page
about a project that I was a part of, way back in 1980 when I was in high school! A.K.Dewdney's "Planiverse". I went to the page, and my design (for a 2-dimensional mechanical clock) is that dark rectangle at the top, though no-one would recognize it. It is really cool to run across links like this, and realize that others in the thread love the same stuff, which I think is what draws us all to xkcd in the first place.
As I said, the burst of creativity subsided as people got sharply focused on actually discussing the OTC, then having trouble with how ridiculous the ideas were getting (like the origin of the semencancerbabiesonice meme). But one really entertaining bit was a debate about AIs and the Algorithm, which began with @Kieryn
's proof-of-concept of an automated sand castle animation
Happily I have reached the post by @azule
which includes the first usages of "blind post" referring to a missive like this one, and "in the future" referring to azule's afterwhen, which is now my own aforewhen: I am in my present seeing @azule's post from the past, from my perspective @azule is the blitzer. (Perhaps you see the utility of new words like aforewhen
, which I'm glad to see others like. A word like "future" becomes ambiguous when blitzers read each other's blindposts.)
Apart from the signatures, there are little bits of creativity retro-edited into posts from the future. I have been reading the "Ancient text" writings by @edo
(before xis/xer spoiler-sigging and falling-out with the community.) These seem to have been left for @BlitzGirl
, and it will be fun to see where they lead.
That's all for now, (and by now
I mean far in the distant yesterpix to all of you...) - mrob27
* Not a pun, I swear it! But if you feel the need BlitzGirl, you may punsaw me through the Reverse Chronotransponder
or just punsaw nopixbot on my behalf.
† people like me.
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Edit: Remove big mistake in image (both versions are still in spoiler)