0630: "Time Travel"

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby aro3n » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:45 am UTC

I still don't get it... can someone explain?

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby DBPZ » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:52 am UTC

aro3n wrote:I still don't get it... can someone explain?

Girls may think that it is a cute style of talking, and, obviously, she is satisfied on her age.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby screech » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:55 am UTC

I actually liked this better when the text below it hadn't loaded. It made me imagine some secret society so dedicated to the preservation of bagels that they built a time machine to protect them throughout history. But little did they know they would be the cause of their own demise.

Also, I was lying. I just thought of that while typing.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby moxmallow » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:03 am UTC

glasnt wrote:
sourmìlk wrote:I have traveled here from 1994 to say this

Bloody hell, I had to stop for a second to work out your age.. someone born in 1994 seems waaayyy too young to be voicing their opinions on an internet forum, let alone being on the internet at all..

.. then I remember that it's not 2001 anymore :(


I usually figure I'd be the youngest, but I have been pleasantly surprised! 1994 seemed young even to me, but I had to remember that I'm nearly 18, and I was posting on the nick.com forums when I was 12 :P
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby a.sub » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:19 am UTC

Editer wrote:My boss once observed, "It is possible to travel through time, but only in one direction, and at a constant speed."

I'm not so sure, though. Yesterday I laid down on the couch and shut my eyes, and when I opened them a minute later I had traveled two hours into the future!


actually not at a constant rate, google steven hawkings
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby dennisw » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:24 am UTC

Editer wrote:My boss once observed, "It is possible to travel through time, but only in one direction, and at a constant speed."

I'm not so sure, though. Yesterday I laid down on the couch and shut my eyes, and when I opened them a minute later I had traveled two hours into the future!


Not only is nap-speed not constant, but because of relativity all time travel is not constant.

By the way, I'll be 73 in October. No, not this October!
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Wesley Foxx » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:57 am UTC

All I can think of is "WELCOME TO THE WOOOOORLD OF TOMORROW!"

And now I'm trying to wrap my mind around a female version of the scientist saying that.

Also, the time-travel face-bags from Metalocalypse.

"We've figured out a way to travel through time, at the speed of time."
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby luminosity » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:59 am UTC

I traveled here from the year 1985 to say this: 1985 is definitely the superior year to have travelled from.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby munchman » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:25 am UTC

skine wrote:'So the [woman] travels through time?'

'Sure! Just like everything else! [She] also goes over water. Come on!'

http://xkcd.com/209/

'Man, there's future *everywhere*'


Damn it! Beat me too it... Ah well... should've looked sooner.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby SD-Knex » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:49 am UTC

Dear Past boardizens.
I’ve traveled here from the year 2012 (from December 22—the world doesn’t end by the way) to be the first poster of this thread. Unfortunately I had forgotten my login...

But now that I’m here, doesn't this “to” construction imply that my sole purpose for her whole time travel (at least toward that specific point in time) had been asking that question? She’s probably clairvoyant.

Edit: Oh and by the bye, future humankind is very fond of typographically pleasing quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, etc.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Max2009 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:51 am UTC

luminosity wrote:I traveled here from the year 1985 to say this: 1985 is definitely the superior year to have travelled from.

Yes it is.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby ThemePark » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:07 am UTC

glasnt wrote:
sourmìlk wrote:I have traveled here from 1994 to say this

Bloody hell, I had to stop for a second to work out your age.. someone born in 1994 seems waaayyy too young to be voicing their opinions on an internet forum, let alone being on the internet at all..

.. then I remember that it's not 2001 anymore :(

I have travelled here from the year 1979 to say this:
My thoughts exactly. My mind is blown because there are actually teenagers in here. My mind is also blown because you are from the 90s.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Pi is exactly three » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:09 am UTC

fealuinix wrote:I've traveled here from the year 1982 to say this:
I feel old now

I have travelled here from the year 1955 to say "You youngsters have some catching up to do..."
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby CNiall » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:39 am UTC

I travelled here from a few seconds previous to wonder what happened to said few seconds.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Peanutchair » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:45 am UTC

I've travelled from 1993 to say this...


I LIKE IT! Now when's the next one coming out?

Hilarity aside. I enjoyed the comic, it reminded me of the way my friends and I often start our sentences with the phrase, "So I found this thing on Stumbleupon yesterday...". It pretty much starts most of our conversations.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby CameoAppearance » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:04 am UTC

moxmallow wrote:
glasnt wrote:
sourmìlk wrote:I have traveled here from 1994 to say this

Bloody hell, I had to stop for a second to work out your age.. someone born in 1994 seems waaayyy too young to be voicing their opinions on an internet forum, let alone being on the internet at all..

.. then I remember that it's not 2001 anymore :(


I usually figure I'd be the youngest, but I have been pleasantly surprised! 1994 seemed young even to me, but I had to remember that I'm nearly 18, and I was posting on the nick.com forums when I was 12 :P

I have travelled here from the year 1992 to say this: I, too, am used to being the youngest one around on forums, even though I'm entering an age group where this is no longer a reasonable expectation. (This goes all the way back to when I was 11 and posting on a Neopets fan forum where most everyone was between 14 and 24. Shut up, Neopets was still cool in 2003.)

Outdated perceptions of my own age aside, I also did a double-take because my sister was born in 1994 and I still think of her as being, like, 12.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:06 am UTC

skine wrote:'So the [woman] travels through time?'

'Sure! Just like everything else! [She] also goes over water. Come on!'



http://xkcd.com/209/



'Man, there's future *everywhere*'


I travelled from year 1999 to say I didn't get that comic 209, it's like too obscure to me. But the new strip is like awesome! Also, I was eating a bagel this morning! Randall, get me out of your shoulderblade! Or something!

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Ano » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:08 am UTC

I've traveled here from the year 1985 to say this: I love her :D

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby EhloVader » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:14 am UTC

I have traveled here from 1983 to say this:

This form of time travel makes much more sense than that of most Movies, where the user is instantly transported backwards in time instantly. At least one movie on time travel, that I know of,(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(film)) does make the traveler experience both the time back and the time forward in real time when traveling. (that seems more realistic to me)

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Alzhaid » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:26 am UTC

The Now that is now, it is no more Now now!

I also liked the "Primer" movie, although in the end it had no sense (I've read some reports in the movie forum, written by people that say they had seen it around 50 times, and even after that they can't give an explanation of all the events in the movie).

I think in time travel movies very often they don't try to mantain a coherent story. Well, in fact in a lot of movies they forget about coherence because just special fx matters to many people :)

I liked a lot the time travel in the Twelve Monkeys movie, that was really nice!!
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Random832 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:42 am UTC

DBPZ wrote:
aro3n wrote:I still don't get it... can someone explain?

Girls may think that it is a cute style of talking, and, obviously, she is satisfied on her age.


I have traveled here from the year 2008 to point out that it is still technically true even if she was born some other year that is before 1983.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby BioTube » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

Am I the only one who's figured out that faster-than-time time travel would leave out in the cold of space?
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby dharmamama » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:28 pm UTC

I've travelled from 1965 to say this:

The act of writing on a forum is a type of time travel; I'm writing these words *now*, but your *now*, as you're reading them, is in my current future.

Though I might re-read them at the same time as someone else reading them for the first time, hence I'll be in the past, the now, and this now's future all at once. Though I reckon that's true just about any moment.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby togo1960 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:28 pm UTC

BioTube wrote:Am I the only one who's figured out that faster-than-time time travel would leave out in the cold of space?


No. As would slower-than-time time travel.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Light » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:36 pm UTC

SirMustapha wrote:
skine wrote:'So the [woman] travels through time?'

'Sure! Just like everything else! [She] also goes over water. Come on!'



http://xkcd.com/209/



'Man, there's future *everywhere*'


I travelled from year 1999 to say I didn't get that comic 209, it's like too obscure to me. But the new strip is like awesome! Also, I was eating a bagel this morning! Randall, get me out of your shoulderblade! Or something!


Seriously, you should study comic 209 until you get it. It isn't very funny - it is profound and inspirational. It made me desperately want to get a kayak, and sad that I have to hang the laundry instead. I hope you get it before you've got too much laundry in your life. But always remember kids, don't get into a kayak with strange people you meet on the internet!

By comparison, this comic is mundane. But if you never peak, you'll be on an upwards trajectory until death, which would make death the best thing that ever happened to you... and who wants that?

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Frankie » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

aro3n wrote:I still don't get it... can someone explain?

I have traveled here from the Age of Aquarius (or was it the Era of Apollo?) to say:
If you didn't get it right away, then you haven't watched NEARLY enough cliched time travel movies.

p.s. Anyone here ever use "Come with me if you want to live" as a successful pickup line?

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby ShinSeifer » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:07 pm UTC

I've traveled a long way here from 1989 to say that I once actually left an audio message for the Future Myself that I plan to listen again something like 5 or 6 years from now.

Home-made nostalgia, the best way to exploit our time travel capabilities :D and that of tape recorders. Bad thing is I cannot send an answer to the Past Myself.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby scikidus » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:07 pm UTC

While my consciousness was not present at the time, atoms and particles which comprise my being have traveled for 13.7 billion years to say this:

Will you humans shut the fuck up on your tiny little planet? Everything is so DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA with you. Sheesh.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:09 pm UTC

Dear future self;

I've traveled here from the years 1968, 1969, 1974, and 2009 to tell you something very important. You must read this sentence very carefully.

Quit your job.
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Postby Kailen » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:17 pm UTC

You will be reading this at some point in the past.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby croat_ante » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:39 pm UTC

glasnt wrote:Is there a popculture reference for this one? I'm in the dark.

I have too much gelati-sugar in my blood for a'thinkin'


I can't believe no one mentioned the Jim prank on Dwight from 'The Office (US)'. Jim sends Dwight one of his own memos informing him someone will posion the coffee today. The memo is signed, "Cordially, Future Dwight". Along the same lines I guess...

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:01 pm UTC

fealuinix wrote:I've traveled here from the year 1982 to say this:

I feel old now, as foretold by the prophesy.


You feel old!?!?!? I traveled here from 1960.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Nicole88 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:09 pm UTC

Well... 1983 is clearly the most awesome of all the years, so who can blame her?
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby bnlband44 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

I have traveled here from 1983 to share the brilliance of Douglas Adams on the forum.

"Concentrate," hissed Zaphod, "on his name."
"What is it?" asked Arthur.
"Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth."
"What?"
"Zaphod Beeblebrox the Fourth. Concentrate!"
"The Fourth?"
"Yeah. Listen, I'm Zaphod Beeblebrox, my father was Zaphod Beeblebrox the Second, my grandfather Zaphod Beeblebrox the Third..."
"What?"
"There was an accident with a contraceptive and a time machine. Now concentrate!"

Loved the comic.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby bnlband44 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:26 pm UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:Dear future forum lurkers,
This seems like the start of a Fountains of Wayne*/TMBG/ serious-novelty-band song.

*I don't know why they came to mind first... What happened to those guys?


Fountains of Wayne are still playing regularly. Saw them at Bonnaroo 2007. Plus one of the members did a side project with Taylor Hanson (of Hanson), James Iha (of Smashing Pumpkins) and Bun E. Carlos (of Cheap Trick). This is not a joke.

Saw TMBG live last year and got tickets to see them again in November!

Also this comic reminded of a Barenaked Ladies lyric. "Where does the time go when it's not around here?"
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby ipsos » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:31 pm UTC

I have traveled here from the year 1972 to say that it's kind of odd to be the second-oldest one posting here so far.

Also, that I appear to have eaten the last bagel in the kitchen already and will now have to go get some more.

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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Klvino » Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:58 pm UTC

ipsos wrote:I have traveled here from the year 1972 to say that it's kind of odd to be the second-oldest one posting here so far.

Also, that I appear to have eaten the last bagel in the kitchen already and will now have to go get some more.


In the context of this thread, you are currently the 3rd oldest, which makes me the fourth oldest. Someone else from the 70's in the thread is the fifth oldest, which now constitutes a council of elders.

In my company, employing over 500 people, the average age is 23. It's a pretty damn scary concept. :shock:
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby neoliminal » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:14 pm UTC

Klvino wrote:
ipsos wrote:I have traveled here from the year 1972 to say that it's kind of odd to be the second-oldest one posting here so far.

Also, that I appear to have eaten the last bagel in the kitchen already and will now have to go get some more.


In the context of this thread, you are currently the 3rd oldest, which makes me the fourth oldest. Someone else from the 70's in the thread is the fifth oldest, which now constitutes a council of elders.

In my company, employing over 500 people, the average age is 23. It's a pretty damn scary concept. :shock:


They don't want us anymore. We are outdated. Haven't you heard the slogan?

"Old is stupid, New is better!!"

Now I'm pretty sure I'm the oldest poster. Which, unfortunately, will colour the way everyone reads my posts from now on.
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby XbHW_TestEngr » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:34 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:Now I'm pretty sure I'm the oldest poster. Which, unfortunately, will colour the way everyone reads my posts from now on.


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The "Council of Elders" needs to start our own Discussion Group. HA!
(Never thought I would be a member of a Council of Elders.)
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Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Postby Jamaican Castle » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:36 pm UTC

Alt-Text: She also starts every letter with "Dear Future <your name>".


I have traveled here from the year 1991 to hope that I wasn't the only one who thought of that story about a girl whose boyfriend went on a mission into space; since they had to use slower-than-light radio to keep in touch, they started each message by saying how old they were, and how old the other would be when it got there. (Or... was it the girlfriend that left, and the boyfriend who stayed? Doesn't really matter I suppose.) Of course I can't remember the title for the life of me.

...now that's gonna bug me all day. /grr.


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