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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
by TimeLurker
schwartzbewithyou wrote:Oh my goodness! I came running up so fast from the basement this mornip when I read the Othercomic that I am out of breath. I see TimeLurker, cellowcgw, and many others i'm sure, have also stopped by to say hello.

It gives me warm fuzzies to know the OTTers are still here and blitzers are still blitzing. Miss you all!

I will allways get warm fuzzies thinking of you OTTers. Which I do every workday. When my computer was upgraded to Windows 7 one of the first things I personalized was making my avatar match my OTT avatar.

Edit: Wow, I come back for a short spell and BOOM I'm Pope. You may choose to reminisce about your favorite times in the OTT, or ponder where it will go in the future.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
by ucim
Steakish BlitzGirl! I love the way you included actual OTTers! And thanks all for the comments on my version.

mscha wrote:(I love that the two of you made some of the exact same ottification choices.)
The thing practically ottified itself. In fact, I think 1305 is GLR's summoning circle, which I claim in the Most Holy Name of the One True Thread.

And it worked! Welcome back TimeLurker, cellocgw, and schwartzbewithyou!

cellocgw wrote:I'm depressed because Number One Son is in a weird state of mind (tho thankfully living safely and succeeding academically) and apparently won't come home for Xmas...
I was once that son. I turned out fine - I became an otter. :) Sometimes you just have to wait for it. I'm glad he's safe and academically doing well, and I hope the rest of his webfooted components soon find their One True Place in his life.

Yeah, I fell for the spoilevil too. It's an Ottish reflex.

Jose

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
by Caswallon
Rather serendipitous that I poked my head up yesterday, only to read the other comic today and be so clearly reminded of the OTT :D

I appreciate the summoning that brought me forth, although next time, I would like to request a little less goat's blood involved. Its hard to get those stains out of my shirts.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
by Rule110
Somebody called?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:11 pm UTC
by ucim
Welcome Caswallon and Rule110! Yeah, sorry about the goat's blood - the goat kind of objected to being sacrificed and it got all over the place. Maybe next time we'll do something easier, like a broccoli.

So... what's going on in your life? Hope all is molpish!

Jose

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
by Dracomax
ucim wrote:Welcome Caswallon and Rule110! Yeah, sorry about the goat's blood - the goat kind of objected to being sacrificed and it got all over the place. Maybe next time we'll do something easier, like a broccoli.

So... what's going on in your life? Hope all is molpish!

Jose

I've just been using the "I can't believe it's not Goat's Blood" for my summoning needs. All of the power, and polyunsaturated hydrogenated oil, none of the killing of goats.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
by yappobiscuits
Wow, the Summoning Circle/Othercomic combo has summoned so many! Hi TimeLurker, cellocgw, schwartzbewithyou, Caswallon, Rule110... Wowterful to see y'all again!
SBN wrote:I'm officially opening the Order of Time Wizards. All Time Wizards should now declare themselves.

Excellent! I would also like to be initiated as a Time Wizard. Now, what shall Time Wizards do exactly? Wear robes and hats and wave wands around I suppose... Maybe we shall be granted special powers. Old-One Summoning, Molpy Revealing, Future Predicting...
HES wrote:One thing though:
Spoiler:
Image
FTFY

And to ottify it even further, "irrelevent" should be changed to "redundant"!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
by HES
yappobiscuits wrote:And to ottify it even further, "irrelevent" should be changed to "redundant"!

If Time Wizards use sneaky magic to alter the past, I must be one too.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:04 pm UTC
by Dracomax
yappobiscuits wrote:Wow, the Summoning Circle/Othercomic combo has summoned so many! Hi TimeLurker, cellocgw, schwartzbewithyou, Caswallon, Rule110... Wowterful to see y'all again!
SBN wrote:I'm officially opening the Order of Time Wizards. All Time Wizards should now declare themselves.

Excellent! I would also like to be initiated as a Time Wizard. Now, what shall Time Wizards do exactly? Wear robes and hats and wave wands around I suppose... Maybe we shall be granted special powers. Old-One Summoning, Molpy Revealing, Future Predicting...
HES wrote:One thing though:
Spoiler:
Image
FTFY

And to ottify it even further, "irrelevent" should be changed to "redundant"!

Hmm... I have access to a sonic screwdriver. does that count?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
by yappobiscuits
HES wrote:If Time Wizards use sneaky magic to alter the past, I must be one too.

Evidently, you sneaky molpy!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
by ggh
Rule110 wrote:Somebody called?

Yay!
Btw, I edited my old post to spell prostate correctly, At the time, it seemed like a reasonable solution, but now I'm wondering if I should go back and change the spelling to be wrong again because of the inaccuracy the correction introduces to your sig....

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:36 pm UTC
by mscha
HES wrote:Looks like series O is up:
Image
o8_aeDm

I was clicking random to find something to ottify, and it suddenly started telling me "something went wrong", and then gave me the new banner. ϵ

Series “o”:
Spoiler:
o0: Image
o1: Image
o2: Image
o3: Image
o4: Image
o5: Image
o6: Image
o7: Image
o8: Image
o9: Image
o10: Image
Nothing much new.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:45 pm UTC
by Rule110
ucim wrote:Welcome Caswallon and Rule110! Yeah, sorry about the goat's blood - the goat kind of objected to being sacrificed and it got all over the place. Maybe next time we'll do something easier, like a broccoli.

So... what's going on in your life? Hope all is molpish!

Jose



Fairly molpish, thanks! Getting ready for the holidays, dressing, undressing, making exciting underwear...

On the downside, I lost a wolpy a few mips back, and due to expenses of trying to avoid same, will be having what my wife calls a "Cratchit Christmas." You know, homemade gifts and such. (I'm pondering whether a Time t-shirt would be a good gift for someone who would have no idea what it refers to...)

I'd stick with the goat's blood despite the drawbacks. It was definitely the sumCirc rather than the othercomic that worked in my case, because the first thing I saw in the thread (having gone to the presentpage to see if anything was going on) was an OTTification of that comic, and my first thought was, "how odd, I don't remember that XKCD strip, and how come no one OTTified it long before?"

So... if it won't terribly spoil a future blitz... did anything ever come of that varying sequence of post-Time frames?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
by Coyoty
We are now 12 replies away from 66666 replies.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
by ucim
Rule110 wrote:...making exciting underwear...
Is there an interesting story to this? Or is this part of the Crochet Christmas you were referring to?

I'm sorry about your wolpy - they are just like family.

Rule110 wrote:(I'm pondering whether a Time t-shirt would be a good gift for someone who would have no idea what it refers to...)
Maybe it will get them curious? Could be an Otter in the making.

Rule110 wrote:did anything ever come of that varying sequence of post-Time frames?
So far the most successful theory is that the sequences are keyed to the first digit of the (heretical) day of the month. So far, no theories as to the meaning of the actual sequences however. BlitzGirl and jjjdavidson have done poetry (scroll to Epilog Cycle Poems, halfway down) based on the pattern, I have written a hymn using the pattern as the harmony, and I think somebody used the sequence as the notes of a tune but I can't find it right now.

There's been lots of treeish stuff happening here, even after the End Of Time. Pull up a chair and join in!

Jose

Time After Time

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:30 pm UTC
by mscha
SYRONGAS...
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-- posted by newpixbot

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:32 pm UTC
by HES
Coyoty wrote:We are now 12 replies away from 66666 replies.

Hi Coyoty!

Techically, we were 12 replies away from 66666 posts, and 13 away from 66666 replies, if my maths serves me right. And I hope it does, as I've just completed numerical and logic assessments for a job application :?
So soon after NP1666? These are dark times here in the OTT... :twisted:

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
by SBN
Rule110 wrote:Fairly molpish, thanks! Getting ready for the holidays, dressing, undressing, making exciting underwear...

On the downside, I lost a wolpy a few mips back, and due to expenses of trying to avoid same, will be having what my wife calls a "Cratchit Christmas." You know, homemade gifts and such. (I'm pondering whether a Time t-shirt would be a good gift for someone who would have no idea what it refers to...)

I'd stick with the goat's blood despite the drawbacks. It was definitely the sumCirc rather than the othercomic that worked in my case, because the first thing I saw in the thread (having gone to the presentpage to see if anything was going on) was an OTTification of that comic, and my first thought was, "how odd, I don't remember that XKCD strip, and how come no one OTTified it long before?"

So... if it won't terribly spoil a future blitz... did anything ever come of that varying sequence of post-Time frames?

I'm so sorry. Never easy to lose a wolpy.
We've had some wowterful poems, but the sequence doesn't appear to be clues to anything.
Coyoty wrote:We are now 12 replies away from 66666 replies.

Welcome, Coyoty, Revealer the Recent! I'll take your use of "We" to mean you consider yourself one of us. Join in, the more the molpier.

Edited for clarification

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
by Goggalor
It's been a very long time, but after seeing the NewComic I had to drop in. I hope everyone is doing well. Even though I haven't been around for mips I'm still waiting for it.

Re: javascript!

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
by january1may
Eternal Density wrote:Are you asking what is the smallest n >2 such that there exist an nine digit base ten power of n with different digits?

If so here's all I could find:
Spoiler:
2^29=536870912
10124^2=102495376 the answer
10128^2=102576384
10136^2=102738496
10214^2=104325796
10278^2=105637284
11826^2=139854276
12363^2=152843769
12543^2=157326849
12582^2=158306724
12586^2=158407396
13147^2=172843609
13268^2=176039824
13278^2=176305284
13343^2=178035649
13434^2=180472356
13545^2=183467025
13698^2=187635204
14098^2=198753604
14442^2=208571364
14676^2=215384976
14743^2=217356049
14766^2=218034756
15353^2=235714609
15681^2=245893761
15963^2=254817369
16549^2=273869401
16854^2=284057316
17252^2=297631504
17529^2=307265841
17778^2=316057284
17816^2=317409856
18072^2=326597184
19023^2=361874529
19377^2=375468129
19569^2=382945761
19629^2=385297641
20089^2=403567921
20316^2=412739856
20513^2=420783169
20754^2=430728516
21397^2=457831609
21439^2=459630721
21744^2=472801536
21801^2=475283601
21877^2=478603129
21901^2=479653801
22175^2=491730625
22456^2=504271936
22887^2=523814769
23019^2=529874361
23113^2=534210769
23178^2=537219684
23439^2=549386721
23682^2=560837124
23728^2=563017984
23889^2=570684321
24009^2=576432081
24237^2=587432169
24276^2=589324176
24441^2=597362481
24807^2=615387249
25059^2=627953481
25279^2=639027841
25572^2=653927184
25941^2=672935481
26152^2=683927104
26351^2=694375201
26409^2=697435281
26733^2=714653289
27105^2=734681025
27129^2=735982641
27209^2=740329681
27273^2=743816529
27984^2=783104256
28171^2=793605241
28256^2=798401536
28346^2=803495716
28582^2=816930724
28731^2=825470361
29034^2=842973156
29106^2=847159236
29208^2=853107264
30384^2=923187456

curiously all but the one that's a power of two are squares.


previewninjedit: maybe ninja'd?


You are, in fact, entirely correct! (I won't post the answer specifically, because it's right there in your spoiler.)
I actually made up that puzzle well before I knew what the actual answer was (I thought it was much smaller), but I did check it before posting (and was surprised, but thought the fact you noticed was interesting anyway).
The answer doesn't change, by the way, if we allow ten-digit numbers as well (which is probably relatively easy to prove).
I wonder whether we could get more interesting results by using a base other than 10 (and considering numbers consisting of b-1 or b different digits). I don't have the programming background to check it though (and of course we would miss the "power of two" example).

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
by ergman
So many old faces being brought in by the latest othercomic! I can't help but think he was inspired by us there, like in the footnote labyrinth one way back. Or maybe that's just the OTTer in me trying to make everyone related.

Otherthread page counts

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
by Soup
ucim wrote:There's been lots of treeish stuff happening here, even after t** **d Of Time. Pull up a chair and join in!

Jose

FTFY

It's been discussed before, but I don't think an update can hurt. I was looking at page counts of otherthreads on the fora, to see if anything comes close to the content of the OTT. There's only one that's even close, and it currently exceeds us at 2115 pages. However, it's been going since late Aug., 2007, producing 334.12 pages/ year; while we've managed 1667 pages since late March to nowlate Dec., at 2000.4 pages/ year. By my rough1 maths, at this rate, we should surpass it between three and four mips from now -- or just about a yip from the Dawn of Time! :D

late dec. For round mip counting.

Spoiler:
In four mips, I have us averaging 666.8 pages :twisted:

Preview EDIT: Hi, Goggalor, and all the basement dwellers who were summoned back today! 8-)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
by BlitzGirl
Boabobs, that summoning circle / Othercomic combination worked like a charm! Welcome back also to Goggalor, cellocgw, schwartzbewithyou, Caswallon, and Rule110! Greetings to Coyoty as well! It's wowterful to see you xuys in here. :D

Caswallon wrote:I appreciate the summoning that brought me forth, although next time, I would like to request a little less goat's blood involved. Its hard to get those stains out of my shirts.

Yeah, the molpygoats are new. Don't worry, all blood was willingly donated by the goats and thoroughly analyzed before being used in the summoning ritual.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:28 pm UTC
by Laser Plumb
I feel a touch of pity for the HAT (Hidden App Thread) ... it's sort of like an Alternate Universe to the OTT ...... which has no video ads either ("F'ing, or any other kind"); however, here, we have names, so no one needs to be reminded who we are ... except, perhaps, in the existential sense ... :) ...

Re: Otherthread page counts

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:30 pm UTC
by patzer
Soup wrote:
ucim wrote:There's been lots of treeish stuff happening here, even after t** **d Of Time. Pull up a chair and join in!

Jose

FTFY

It's been discussed before, but I don't think an update can hurt. I was looking at page counts of otherthreads on the fora, to see if anything comes close to the content of the OTT. There's only one that's even close, and it currently exceeds us at 2115 pages. However, it's been going since late Aug., 2007, producing 334.12 pages/ year; while we've managed 1667 pages since late March to nowlate Dec., at 2000.4 pages/ year. By my rough1 maths, at this rate, we should surpass it between three and four mips from now -- or just about a yip from the Dawn of Time! :D

late dec. For round mip counting.

Spoiler:
In four mips, I have us averaging 666.8 pages :twisted:

Preview EDIT: Hi, Goggalor, and all the basement dwellers who were summoned back today! 8-)

This has only just been overtaken by the OTT, and we probably won't overtake this seaish monster for a few yips. But I think the OTT is now the third-largest thread on the fora.

Re: Otherthread page counts

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:35 pm UTC
by HES
patzer wrote:This has only just been overtaken by the OTT, and we probably won't overtake this seaish monster for a few yips. But I think the OTT is now the third-largest thread on the fora.

Information wrote:You are not authorised to read this forum.
What are these mysterious threads? What secrets lie within?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
by BlitzGirl
Welcome back, Laser Plumb and patzer! :)

...Do inaccessible fora threads count? I can't view either one of those. What are their current page counts?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
by patzer
BlitzGirl wrote:Welcome back, Laser Plumb and patzer! :)

...Do inaccessible fora threads count? I can't view either one of those. What are their current page counts?

1658 and 5002 respectively.
It's easy to get access to those forums if you want to (ucp.php?i=167), though the current forum mustard makes the process rather slow.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
by Soup
Not sure, or how I missed them. I figured the longest threads would still be relatively active and near the top of their categories, so I just looked at the first page of each. When I click patzer's links, it wants me to log back in, and then I just get the spinning blue wheel.

Spoiler:
If you can't click through to the thread I linked, it's "unfetched hashes and turtle excluding devices" (random thoughts) under General.


Preview edit: Ninja'd by BlitzGirl and patzer

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:52 pm UTC
by TheMinim
Timeland is a wonderful place. But some of the people here are not so.

On my arrival in the land, in which I came by through a portal in a wall, I found myself rather alone, save from the various creatures that adorn the land. I decided that I would try and find other life, in the hope that I would not bump into hostile forces.

It was obvious that this was a time post-Zanclean Flood. I found the castleraft on which the Forty sailed, but no signs of life were present. I do not have any skill with rafts, so I did not voyage on it. Instead, I walked in the other direction.

I walked for what seemed like many ages, though it could not have been more than a couple of hours. I hoped to stumble across the Forty, or maybe some Beanies, or even the people in the hills. I did not care who at that point, I needed to know that the world definitely was or wasn't deserted, and the only way to find out was to find some people.

At this point, I heard voices. I could not, as yet, listen to what was being said, but I could tell roughly where they were coming from. I followed them, and in my anticipation, I moved as silently as possible. It took little time to make my way onto that clearing where that group was.

As soon as I had stumbled onto their patch, they stared at me, silently. Then one, a man who seemed to be the leader of the tribe, stood up.

"Who are you?" he asked. He had a very loud voice, and it echoed through the clearing easily.

"My name is Minim," I replied, nervously. I felt as though I was back doing a presentation at school, and I could barely keep my nerve.

There was a lot of muttering between the tribespeople, and one called to the loud-voiced man: "I reckon she is one of the people by the sea,"

"Well, are you?" the loud voice rang in my ears.

"No, sir, I am not," I replied.

"And yet you cannot look me in the eye? Where are you from, if not by the sea?"

"I'm from another land," I replied. "And another Time."

"Oh," he said. "I severely doubt that. I believe you, young lady, you are being deliberately deceptive. I therefore have no option but to send you to the cells. Jokie?"

A large, burly man appeared. I was led by him to a small room a fair distance away, and locked in. I could tell that Jokie was now going away. I looked to see what was in this room.

There was a man.

"Are you one of them?" he asked, pointing to the door. I shook my head.

"Oh. So are you one of the castle people?"

"No," I replied. "Wait - are you Cueball?"

"I thought it was only The Watchers who called me that,"

"The Watchers?"

"Yes, the one you know as LaPetite told me," he said. "Well, you know her as LaPetite - I hear she has another name which she uses when she is with you,"

Spurled you!

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
by Eternal Density
I walked into the office and noticed something related:

Spoiler:
related.jpg


Ooh, TheMinim wrote a molpish thing!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:32 pm UTC
by yappobiscuits
That's wowterful, Minim! :mrgreen: Was it my "Minim in Wowterland" comment that inspired that? :)
BlitzGirl wrote:
Caswallon wrote:I appreciate the summoning that brought me forth, although next time, I would like to request a little less goat's blood involved. Its hard to get those stains out of my shirts.

Yeah, the molpygoats are new. Don't worry, all blood was willingly donated by the goats and thoroughly analyzed before being used in the summoning ritual.

Do they have to be original goats, or do popes that were made into goats by post deletion count? :P
patzer wrote:This has only just been overtaken by the OTT, and we probably won't overtake this seaish monster for a few yips. But I think the OTT is now the third-largest thread on the fora.

What are those? I see I'm not the only one being told I'm not authorised to read them...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
by Rule110
ucim wrote:
Rule110 wrote:...making exciting underwear...
Is there an interesting story to this?


Sorry, no, just a bog standard Monty Python (Holy Grail) reference.

I'm sorry about your wolpy - they are just like family.


Thanks. Indeed they are. Time heals what time deals, I hope.

Rule110 wrote:(I'm pondering whether a Time t-shirt would be a good gift for someone who would have no idea what it refers to...)
Maybe it will get them curious? Could be an Otter in the making.

Rule110 wrote:did anything ever come of that varying sequence of post-Time frames?
So far the most successful theory is that the sequences are keyed to the first digit of the (heretical) day of the month. So far, no theories as to the meaning of the actual sequences however. BlitzGirl and jjjdavidson have done poetry (scroll to Epilog Cycle Poems, halfway down) based on the pattern, I have written a hymn using the pattern as the harmony, and I think somebody used the sequence as the notes of a tune but I can't find it right now.

There's been lots of treeish stuff happening here, even after the End Of Time. Pull up a chair and join in!

Jose


Don't mind if I do! Wait... what are those soft cushions for??

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:53 pm UTC
by Ebonite
hangover.jpg

Is this party still going on??

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
by MistyCat
BlindPosting from 1624
Cheered by Sigcouragement from many.

@adnapemit, @yappobiscuits, @Eternal Density, @ZoomanSP, @StormAngel, @Ximenez, @HES, @SBN, @mscha, @taixzo, @lmjb1964, @BlitzGirl, @azule, @ggh and probably more.
Thanks for the icecream, cake and hugs following my quote of Reynard the Foxmolpy.
I should have mentioned that I quoted just a short extract from the whole John Masefield poem, which can be found on Wikisource It's a seaish read.

@BlitzGirl
Spoiler:
BlitzGirl wrote:
MistyCat wrote:I have no redundakitties, just many warm fuzzies. Warm and fuzzy warm fuzzies, each warm and fuzzy one of which is both warm and fuzzy, particularly the warm and fuzzy ones in particular.

Redundafuzzies are the best! And baobabs, you're almost here! Quick, everymolpy - tidy up the OTT! Fix the mustard! Nest the quotes! Hunt the molpies! Where are those molpies...


"Tidy up the OTT!" If you'd like an easier task, I have some balloons you could peel for me.

@mrob
Some PastPages are quicker to BlitzRead than others. Other pages contain posts like this, which make it all just a bit more worthwhile. I redundantly repeat; to you and the whole OTT, the OTT is wowterful.

My Blitz is now in the home stretch. I'm in the 1600s, the NewPage is in the 1600s - the sharp edge is in sight. There's been nothing quite like this in my life

I've made it to 1624/1667
I shall reach the end.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
by yappobiscuits
Hi Ebonite! Baobabs, it's like a reunion party in here todip! Also, happy birthdip! :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 am UTC
by lmjb1964
Wow, what a joyful ketchup todip! I can't believe all the OTTers who have been summoned up from the basement: TimeLurker (which I first typed as TimeLurkey :D ), Rule110, cellocgw, schwartzbewithyou, LaserPlumb, Goggalor, patzer, Ebonite!! And I was so happy to see that MistyCat is almost with us--you shall reach the end! (especially now that you've made it past T** **d). And there's a new face! Hi, Coyoty!

And there were two awesomeful ottifications of the OTTercomic--treeish and steakish, BlitzGirl and ucim!

ggh wrote:
lmjb1964 wrote:
ggh wrote:This extra code was an awesome hint, because it's the same bit about dangerous time travel he sent before, and that allowed me to reverse engineer it. So to decode this, you turn the whole thing into binary and the least significant 11 digits give the frame number, the next three give the quote number, and the rest give the index into the quote (starting from 0, so 1 is actually the second word/0. There's a small amount of ambiguity, because 11 digits isn't quite enough for the frame number - when it's 2048 or above, that 1 gets added to whatever's in the quote section. I can explain further if that doesn't make sense.

I'd say it's all Greek to me, but I think Greek would make more sense. And I don't speak Greek. :?

OK, I do understand that it's referring to frame numbers and quotes. But I don't understand how you would turn the whole thing into binary, or how you would determine what the least significant 11 digits are. Are they the digits that haven't accomplished anything?

It's why 1 is the loneliest number. :(
The slow way to turn the codes into numbers is (spoilered for length)
Spoiler:
to turn each letter into a number according to A=0, B=1, C=2...Z=25 and then interpret that in base 26, so that ABCDE is 0*264+1*263+2*262+3*26+4 = 1910. This is painful. Fortunately, jovialbard kindly sent me this javascript function that just returns the answer (once I figured out how to open a javascript console):

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function decode(str) { total = 0; for (var i = 0; i < str.length; i++) { total *= 26; total += str.charCodeAt(i) - 65; } return total;}
decode('ABCED');

When you posted your PM, I was suspicious of how the first and fourth letters were always early in the alphabet. Three letters is plenty to encode the frame number in base 26, so I converted all those first three letters into frame numbers and started looking at the dialogue for those frames, looking for any clues. When one of them included the word "traveled" and the one before had the word "time", I realized that the coded phrase might well be the same as the uncoded one. Knowing what the answer had to be, I just blundered around in the dark 'til there was a pattern in the remaining letters that fit. It turned out to only be apparent to me once I converted to binary (which can be done by hand, but why?

I still never would have gotten the slightly different later codes, except for that PM to me with the same phrase and mentioning a different shift; more blundering in the dark looking for a pattern. It makes sense though with Aluisio's poem-clues in retrospect - in binary (forgive me, computer-sciency types) a shift of the digits to the left or right is a multiply or divide by 2 - for example 100 is 4, 1000 is 8 and 10 is 2. Sure enough, the different fields for the index into the quote, the quote number and the frame start at the 14th digit, the 11th digit and the 1st digit (counting from the right - the least significant digit, the 1's place.

At first, I'd run the code, convert to binary using that site, parse the fields, reconvert to decimal, look up the quote and start counting words, or later letters. But then, this javascript thing looked like it might be a time-saver, so I found:

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function truncate(n) {
  return Math[n > 0 ? "floor" : "ceil"](n);
}
and wrote

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function frame(int){return int%2048;}
function quote(int){return truncate(int/2048%8);}
function letter(int){return truncate(int/16384);}
function pieces(str){return quote(decode(str))*1000000000+frame(decode(str))*1000+letter(decode(str));}
function piecesalt(str){return (quote(decode(str))-1)*1000000000+(frame(decode(str))+2048)*1000+letter(decode(str));}
which meant I could go straight from the five-letter code to something I could easily see the quote number, frame and index number in without having to go through the binary myself. Then I'd just have to look up the right quote, and cut-n-paste it into

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function countin(str,int) { return str[int];}
and voila! a letter emerges. Do it 26 times and you get:
AluisioASG wrote:
Dracomax wrote:Aluisio has gone quietly mad after staring into the eye of harmony becoming quantum entangled.

I ain't mad, just “operating on a higher plane of intelligence” as usual. And DMQCE ETLUF ADBXY CSCWX ABFGJ BJTCS AQAAB BEDCA CIBRH BKPTJ AYLSS ENEGH BAJHT HBXYN AYMZZ ABIUB DZSSP AOJWZ AAFKL APCKM AOEYS ANGSO ARZRX AZLRL ASYCC DXVNZ preparing for the Madness.


The thing that makes me chuckle is that I never noticed the javascript. I don't really know what javascript exists for, or how one would notice it, and I never imagined using it myself, but the OTT made me. :P

Ohhhhh, I totally understand! *whispers to the OTTer next to her* I don't understand.
Seriously, I can sorta conceptually get what you mean with all of this, but I would never ever have figured it out. Glad someone who knew what they were doing took up the slack. Along with infinity.

Eternal Density wrote:
ggh wrote:The thing that makes me chuckle is that I never noticed the javascript. I don't really know what javascript exists for, or how one would notice it, and I never imagined using it myself, but the OTT made me. :P
I used javascript for the 9 digit number puzzle too :D
Pretty much the only javascript I'd done before the OTT was probably 8 years ago, for a couple of weeks for a university assignment. Which is why the hotdog is so terrible.

Huh, which hot dog are you talking about? 'Cause SB seems pretty awesomeful to me.

All hail SBN, TImeWIzard the First! And I'd like to be a TimeWizard. Let me know if there's some paperwork I need to fill out.

BlitzGirl wrote:Don't feel sad. Feel happy that the ephemeral community exists, floating aloft in cyberspace, full of friendship and conversation and maybe a few molpies. :wink:]

FTFY

Neil_Boekend wrote:Corinne, do I detect thee in the XKCDB? Sometimes even as an OP?

OMR, I never heard of XKCDB, but I just read that whole bi-curious thread and was laughing till I cried, except silently because I'm at work.

And see, this exchange here:

Caswallon wrote:Rather serendipitous that I poked my head up yesterday, only to read the other comic today and be so clearly reminded of the OTT :D

I appreciate the summoning that brought me forth, although next time, I would like to request a little less goat's blood involved. Its hard to get those stains out of my shirts.


Dracomax wrote:
ucim wrote:Welcome Caswallon and Rule110! Yeah, sorry about the goat's blood - the goat kind of objected to being sacrificed and it got all over the place. Maybe next time we'll do something easier, like a broccoli.Jose

I've just been using the "I can't believe it's not Goat's Blood" for my summoning needs. All of the power, and polyunsaturated hydrogenated oil, none of the killing of goats.


..is just the sort of thing that makes the OTT so molpish. You xuys crack me up.

How did TheMinim get into Time? I hope she'll be ok. What a wowterful story!

Love you xuys! Thank you for making this a treeish and molpish place! WIth no f**king video ads!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:05 am UTC
by BlitzGirl
And it's Ebonite, too! :) Welcome back, Ebonite!
@MistyCat: You're making awesomeful progress! Hope to see you in the Now soon!

yappobiscuits wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:
Caswallon wrote:I appreciate the summoning that brought me forth, although next time, I would like to request a little less goat's blood involved. Its hard to get those stains out of my shirts.

Yeah, the molpygoats are new. Don't worry, all blood was willingly donated by the goats and thoroughly analyzed before being used in the summoning ritual.

Do they have to be original goats, or do popes that were made into goats by post deletion count? :P

A goat is a goat, so I suppose they count too. :P

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:09 am UTC
by HES
BlitzGirl wrote:
yappobiscuits wrote:Do they have to be original goats, or do popes that were made into goats by post deletion count? :P

A goat is a goat, so I suppose they count too. :P

*glances at previous newpage*

Hey! Those needles are for pulling this thing, not for stealing my innards! Gerroff!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:13 am UTC
by BlitzGirl
Willingly donated. You don't have to help if you don't want to. But I have to say, that ritual is mighty effective, and I don't know how we can do another one if nomolpy donates...