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1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:39 am UTC
by Echo244
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Title text: "Oh no, I changed the future and now I'm disappearing! Wait, never mind, it was just my hat slipping down over my eyes."

Note to self: Remember to include sandwiches in the next time capsule so that nobody eats the newspapers. Or if they do get eaten anyway, future archaeologists can learn of our culture through the sandwiches we left behind...

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:06 pm UTC
by Flumble
His last time machine didn't even have newspapers. Then again, he could get out of his two-seat kayak to get some food any time he wanted.

Cueball's first question doesn't really show intelligence. Everything/everyone you interact with in the present can only be in the present, otherwise you'd be in the past. Only old people can stay in the past; that's why we lock them up in homes for the elderly, so their past only leaks to the outside and doesn't spill all over the world.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 12:31 pm UTC
by cellocgw
Well...
As all archaeologists and anthropologists know, there's a lot that can be learned by studying coproliths. If this particular time-traveller ate newspapers for X years, there's gotta be a lot of proto-coproliths in that time capsule. <-- Not to be confused with an herb -infuser (thyme-capsule).

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:04 pm UTC
by jc
Flumble wrote:His last time machine didn't even have newspapers. Then again, he could get out of his two-seat kayak to get some food any time he wanted.

His next one probably won't, either, since newspaper itself is on the way out. This is a bit of a bother, because newspaper has long been the best paper to use with a charcoal chimney. The replacement ad-only paper that keeps arriving in our mail slot have a much higher clay content, doesn't work as well, and leaves a lot more ash. But that was never the primary function of newspaper, and the publishers are slowly coming to understand that people didn't buy them because they wanted the paper. Paperless news has become much faster and more easily available, as well as not being subject to the "keyhole effect" created by a single supplier. But news is now mostly distributed via electrons or photons, so he'll have to find something else to take along as food on his next time-travel trip.

Maybe he can learn to eat electrons during his next trip.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:12 pm UTC
by cryptoengineer
Munroe lives in the Boston area, and we just had a 'time capsule' moment here.

During renovations on the Massachusetts State House, the building's original cornerstone was exposed and the time capsule therein rediscovered. They'd known it was there, but not exactly where.

The building's cornerstone was originally dedicated by the Freemasons in 1795 (Paul Revere was Grand Master at the time), and contained coins, contemporary newspapers, and a silver plaque Revere had made, commemorating the event. It was rediscovered in 1855, and more coins, newspapers, and another plaque added, then rededicated by the Masons again.

This year was basically a re-run of 1855, with again, a colorful rededication ceremony by the Freemasons.

ce

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
by Mahnarch
jc wrote:
Flumble wrote:His last time machine didn't even have newspapers. Then again, he could get out of his two-seat kayak to get some food any time he wanted.

His next one probably won't, either, since newspaper itself is on the way out. This is a bit of a bother, because newspaper has long been the best paper to use with a charcoal chimney. The replacement ad-only paper that keeps arriving in our mail slot have a much higher clay content, doesn't work as well, and leaves a lot more ash. But that was never the primary function of newspaper, and the publishers are slowly coming to understand that people didn't buy them because they wanted the paper. *snip*


Maybe the paper maker can start selling blank newspaper paper at Walmarts and/or Meijers grocery stores near the charcoal.
Or, maybe, it's the next million dollar idea!

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
by david.windsor
Time travel - The long way round

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:37 pm UTC
by Echo244
I'm starting to believe that Beret Guy is really a time traveller. Look at what the shape of his head should be, compared to where his hat lies. I swear his hat is bigger on the inside...

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:47 pm UTC
by Fungo4
Am I to infer that he planned to kill Hitler with a hammer?

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
by david.windsor
Fungo4 wrote:Am I to infer that he planned to kill Hitler with a hammer?

was either that or a spoon

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:25 pm UTC
by rmsgrey
david.windsor wrote:Time travel - The long way round


And here I thought it was the traveling twin who took the long way round. Now you're suggesting it's the stay-at-home one who did?

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:29 pm UTC
by Envelope Generator
Echo244 wrote:I'm starting to believe that Beret Guy is really a time traveller. Look at what the shape of his head should be, compared to where his hat lies. I swear his hat is bigger on the inside...


For who knows how many years he had nothing to do but eat newspapers and hit himself on the head with a hammer. That does things to your bone structure, y'know.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:30 pm UTC
by orthogon
rmsgrey wrote:
david.windsor wrote:Time travel - The long way round


And here I thought it was the traveling twin who took the long way round. Now you're suggesting it's the stay-at-home one who did?

There is no long way. They both went the same distance, one just traveled more through time and the other more through spaaaaaaaace.

ETA: this comic reminds me of a Friday Night Armistice sketch in which Armando Iannucci pretended to dig up the Blue Peter time capsule, replace the contents with porno mags, condoms and drugs, and rebury it ready to be dug up and opened live on children's TV.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:58 pm UTC
by Zylon
I hate White Beret. I hate him and I want him to die, painfully. He's the Woody Woodpecker of XKCD.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:06 pm UTC
by Djehutynakht
Well that's a bit... harsh?

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:40 pm UTC
by Flumble
Zylon wrote:I hate White Beret. I hate him and I want him to die, painfully. He's the Woody Woodpecker of XKCD.

Wanting his death is one thing (hehe, "wanting" and "one thing" are semihomophones), but comparing him to Woody makes me really really angry with you!
White beret guy is a good guy. Maybe a bit daft, but always interested in (the weirdest) things and never obnoxious.
Woody's face alone screams obnoxiousness and egotism, let alone his voice and character.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:46 pm UTC
by Jackpot777
orthogon wrote:ETA: this comic reminds me of a Friday Night Armistice sketch in which Armando Iannucci pretended to dig up the Blue Peter time capsule, replace the contents with porno mags, condoms and drugs, and rebury it ready to be dug up and opened live on children's TV.


This is the most British thing I have read since I saw the headline that time they were looking for anyone that saw the close shave outside the gym just southeast of Liverpool. Police Appeal For Witness Of Widnes Fitness Business Near Miss.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:12 am UTC
by kodiac
Fungo4 wrote:Am I to infer that he planned to kill Hitler with a hammer?

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like Hitler?
Now that makes me think of the movie Being John Malkovich (the part where John Malkovich enters his own head and sees many people looking like himself).

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:12 am UTC
by Djehutynakht
Zylon wrote:I hate White Beret. I hate him and I want him to die, painfully. He's the Woody Woodpecker of XKCD.


Oh, while I still think this is mean....coincidence?

http://xkcd.com/614/

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:45 am UTC
by higgs-boson
Is that me or ... I mean, time-travelling to kill Hitler, okay, one could justify that more or less easily, but... coming from the past?

Where else has he been before?
Who has he met?
What does he know about Hitler what has not been written down in the history books? Are there, on a time-travelling scope, more than one?

Yuck. Let's send a Mercedes Benz back in time and let an AI fix this.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:51 am UTC
by Djehutynakht
I also appreciate how casual he is about killing Hitler. It's almost like an aside. It's not particularly determined or with an intonation of anger or focus or anything. It's like an errand he just happens to be running.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:23 am UTC
by higgs-boson
higgs-boson wrote:Where else has he been before?

Second thoughts:

When else has he been before?
When else will he have had been before?

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:46 pm UTC
by sfmans
jc wrote:His next one probably won't, either, since newspaper itself is on the way out. This is a bit of a bother, because newspaper has long been the best paper to use with a charcoal chimney. The replacement ad-only paper that keeps arriving in our mail slot have a much higher clay content, doesn't work as well, and leaves a lot more ash. But that was never the primary function of newspaper, and the publishers are slowly coming to understand that people didn't buy them because they wanted the paper. Paperless news has become much faster and more easily available, as well as not being subject to the "keyhole effect" created by a single supplier. But news is now mostly distributed via electrons or photons, so he'll have to find something else to take along as food on his next time-travel trip.


So THAT'S why my fire won't light no matter how many Kindles I put on it.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:51 pm UTC
by Neil_Boekend
sfmans wrote:
jc wrote:His next one probably won't, either, since newspaper itself is on the way out. This is a bit of a bother, because newspaper has long been the best paper to use with a charcoal chimney. The replacement ad-only paper that keeps arriving in our mail slot have a much higher clay content, doesn't work as well, and leaves a lot more ash. But that was never the primary function of newspaper, and the publishers are slowly coming to understand that people didn't buy them because they wanted the paper. Paperless news has become much faster and more easily available, as well as not being subject to the "keyhole effect" created by a single supplier. But news is now mostly distributed via electrons or photons, so he'll have to find something else to take along as food on his next time-travel trip.


So THAT'S why my fire won't light no matter how many Kindles I put on it.

You should charge it, rip out the safety features and short the battery. That'll burn nicely.

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:48 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Those chimney things are for wussies!

I start my fire with some bits and branches nearby, along with a paper bag that my hunk of meat and fixins came with from the store. No compressed charcoal either, big lumps, ya cheaters!

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:56 pm UTC
by Neil_Boekend
Actually, compressed charcoal is more difficult to get going. It also burns different and needs a BBQ with far bigger air holes. If you try to burn charcoal in a cheap Weber clone you'll burn the anti-stick coating from the grill (experience).

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
by Eutychus
higgs-boson wrote:
higgs-boson wrote:Where else has he been before?

Second thoughts:

When else has he been before?
When else will he have had been before?


I'm sure that should have been "wioll haven been"

/doffs hat to Dr Dan Streetmentioner