1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby meerta » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:31 am UTC

thelonesoldier wrote:I was watching at work this morning and it was going. Then I came home and the sequence has started over. Is it possible it is triggered per computer or per session? I think I saw a few people say it started over when they cleared their cache


I just saw it for the first time and got the most recent image. I'll try clearing the cache.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Tatiana » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am UTC

What scares me is that sand castles are notoriously ephemeral. Maybe this means his wife is not long for this world. Together they built a glorious sandcastle, then the sea has come and washed it away. :(
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby meerta » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am UTC

meerta wrote:
thelonesoldier wrote:I was watching at work this morning and it was going. Then I came home and the sequence has started over. Is it possible it is triggered per computer or per session? I think I saw a few people say it started over when they cleared their cache


I just saw it for the first time and got the most recent image. I'll try clearing the cache.


No, just the same.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thelonesoldier » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:36 am UTC

meerta wrote:
thelonesoldier wrote:I was watching at work this morning and it was going. Then I came home and the sequence has started over. Is it possible it is triggered per computer or per session? I think I saw a few people say it started over when they cleared their cache


I just saw it for the first time and got the most recent image. I'll try clearing the cache.


After sitting for ~15 minutes both of my browsers caught up with the latest image. Maybe there is a quirk with the first image, or maybe it was a fluke.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sighclops » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:38 am UTC

Okay... finally gave in. Registered just for this.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby meerta » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:41 am UTC

Just looking at the most recent image when I thought that might be the whole comic, I thought it was a real work of art. Maybe it's possible for it to have this effect because of the whole context created by xkcd for itself?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby hm8 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:47 am UTC

we're just waiting...we don't know what we're waiting for exactly, but we're waiting.

Yeah. Deep feels.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bugstomper » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:48 am UTC

What if this is real-time time-lapse photography of their vacation on the beach processed through a stick-figurizing filter that Randall has written for Gimp? What if he hasn't drawn anything for years and has just posted processed photographs all along while we all thought he was an artistic genius?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracar » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:49 am UTC

Has anyone mentioned the 64 bit hexadecimal file names...? That seems specific....

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMulattoMaker » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:55 am UTC

bugstomper wrote:What if this is real-time time-lapse photography of their vacation on the beach processed through a stick-figurizing filter that Randall has written for Gimp? What if he hasn't drawn anything for years and has just posted processed photographs all along while we all thought he was an artistic genius?

But would that mean we'd have to take "Aspect Ratio" literally? Does he have cars he can just squish like that? :lol:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby PolakoVoador » Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:58 am UTC

bugstomper wrote:What if this is real-time time-lapse photography of their vacation on the beach processed through a stick-figurizing filter that Randall has written for Gimp? What if he hasn't drawn anything for years and has just posted processed photographs all along while we all thought he was an artistic genius?


And now you think about all the stick-figure sex we've seen... :shock:

Unrelated to stick-people-humpin':
I realized today that Randall is again extrapolating and exploring the boundaries of the medium (webcomics), like Click and Drag and Umwelt. And now I'm reminded of a quote I read somewhere:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:00 am UTC

it is troubling that the sea has risen a pixel or two, I hope the sandcastle doesn't get washed away :(
I predict that Randall will keep updating this for a long time, at least a few weeks.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMulattoMaker » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:00 am UTC

Um, did it just go back to the beginning, or did I do something wrong?

Never mind, all better...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby PolakoVoador » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:02 am UTC

He seems to be more concerned with the water in the last couple of frames. Is it rising? Is there something/someone coming from there?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby futuremonkey » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:04 am UTC

"And so castles made of sand
fall into the sea
eventually"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Claveluza » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:10 am UTC

So today I was bored and thought, "hey, I haven't seen XKCD in weeks! let's check it out now"... I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS.

After "Click and Drag" a command like "Wait for it" made sense, so I waited.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ono » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:12 am UTC

I may be wrong, but I think he's using local time hashing.

Time.png isn't an image at all - it's a phyton/php/[insert your flavor of server-side interpreter here] script.

It proceeds to obtain the local server time, and passes it through a hashing algorythm that generates values like 6482bafdc122a24f837eb45ac530c7f7f3f54adfb3f309061520c394f895b184. I'm pretty sure this isn't Base64, and the lack of letters other than A-F indicates it's hexadecimal - so i'd bet it's two or three pseudo-random UUID joined together.

So he first generates a bunch of future values, rename the local files according to the moment he wants them to come up.

There is no need for cookies, since the value is generated server-side.

(Sorry if the explanation is convoluted, 101º F fever here. Should go to bed...)

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1190: "Time"

Postby TheNerdMeister » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:14 am UTC

Did anyone notice that the water one the first panel was slightly messed up then it leveled out?
My theory is:
Spoiler:
that they just watched something depart and are waiting for it to come back.

But I shall wait....

Humans don't need sleep, right?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Airbuilder7 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:15 am UTC

This is far better than Pope Watch.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Incognito357 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:17 am UTC

bugstomper wrote:What if this is real-time time-lapse photography of their vacation on the beach processed through a stick-figurizing filter that Randall has written for Gimp? What if he hasn't drawn anything for years and has just posted processed photographs all along while we all thought he was an artistic genius?

If that's the case, he'd be more of a genius than even this gives credit for, since he would have also had to write the part of the script that syncs the sounds from the microphone next to (or part of) his camera, speech-to-text it, and assign it to the person in the filtered image that must have said it. Or maybe there's always text floating above our heads when we talk, and his camera just has a special lens on it that captures them :O Or maybe its just a script that contextualizes the stick-figurized picture by adding snippets of conversations it deemed funny by some complex, humor/romance/science learning algorithm that learns from searching the internet. Actually, that makes the most sense, as the updated map of the internet shows this massive change in its understanding of the internet. ;)

TheMulattoMaker wrote:But would that mean we'd have to take "Aspect Ratio" literally? Does he have cars he can just squish like that? :lol:

It's probably the same car that he auto-trolled (#496), and the one he kindly fixed a parking job for in #562
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cornsilksw » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:17 am UTC

has anyone managed to compile a complete list of images that have been uploaded so far for this one ?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:30 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMulattoMaker » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:31 am UTC

Okay, she's either working on the far wall of the castle, or she decided to live in it. :D

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bouer » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:35 am UTC

The water has risen 3 pixels in one day. The base of the castle is 29 pixels above the top of the water. It looks like the castle has no more than 10 days to live.
The water is also quite a bit rougher.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby zk2556 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:36 am UTC

The far right edge of Randall's part of the complex is disintegrating...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Incognito357 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:39 am UTC

TheNerdMeister wrote:My theory is:
Spoiler:
that they just watched something depart and are waiting for it to come back.

I wonder if this is true, he seems to be staring out to sea
Spoiler:
maybe wondering if he'll ever see whoever or whatever it was that departed. Unless they are waiting for 'it' to come back, then maybe he sees it in the distance now, returning. Or perhaps there's just a shark on a balloon off the edge of the frame
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Primis » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:41 am UTC

Bumping the Gif
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby zk2556 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:45 am UTC

If it's of interest to anybody, the tiny text at the bottom with his regular "The algorithm..." stuff has a new line of encrypted code at the top. Current line reads "BTC 14FHqYSgAi39CEJksUJJsK8JzJzyqFpLVk"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheNerdMeister » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:45 am UTC

Incognito357 wrote:
TheNerdMeister wrote:My theory is:
Spoiler:
that they just watched something depart and are waiting for it to come back.

I wonder if this is true, he seems to be staring out to sea
Spoiler:
maybe wondering if he'll ever see whoever or whatever it was that departed. Unless they are waiting for 'it' to come back, then maybe he sees it in the distance now, returning. Or perhaps there's just a shark on a balloon off the edge of the frame


Are we seeing the past? Maybe they sent out the boy from #1. Maybe he's returning with a ferret riding a biplane?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Aubron » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:49 am UTC

http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/ is updated through current, though my auto-update stuff isn't working, so if this goes past midnight it will lag behind significantly for a little while, until i make a proper auto-updater tomorrow.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mexaboy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:49 am UTC

Ok so I had to register for this!

First of all, I am quite enjoying watching this unfold. Thank you very much to the creators of the GIFs!

Now, as for the water line, I think it's been constant. If you zoom the GIF, you'll notice the baseline is 2 pixel rows, one base white on top of one base black. They both get shades of grey from time to time, giving it the undulation effect we see. But those 2 pixel lines are the same from start to finish, so far.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Incognito357 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:51 am UTC

TheNerdMeister wrote:Are we seeing the past? Maybe they sent out the boy from #1. Maybe he's returning with a ferret riding a biplane?

woah, eerily enough, i just connected this to #39: "Sooner or later, my friend, one of us will run out of time." depicting the boy staring at a bowl with a miniature ship in it. The picture seems out of context if he's the one they actually sent, but the text could mean something
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Nicad » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:53 am UTC

Hey, I just realized, some people get the first frame for a fraction of a second before it reverts to the current one. Could someone this has happened to check their browser cache? It records URLs along with the picture itself. I have been trying, but I cannot replicate the situation that causes the first frame to appear.

EDIT: Actually, It looks like people already found it. I must have missed a chunk of posts earlier. My apologies.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mpete » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:57 am UTC

just noticed, the corner of the first tower fell off

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheNerdMeister » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:57 am UTC

Incognito357 wrote:
TheNerdMeister wrote:Are we seeing the past? Maybe they sent out the boy from #1. Maybe he's returning with a ferret riding a biplane?

woah, eerily enough, i just connected this to #39: "Sooner or later, my friend, one of us will run out of time." depicting the boy staring at a bowl with a miniature ship in it. The picture seems out of context if he's the one they actually sent, but the text could mean something


Possibly... Maybe it could apply as the title text? That Randall is challenging us? Would it be overhang text? With the stick figures are challenging the sea to stop them and their castle?

*edit: Uh-oh..English class is getting to me...*

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby justintree3 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:58 am UTC

I can't help but wonder about the potentially tragic nature of this...my thought at the last frame was that he was staring off into the distance, contemplating the girl who now appears to be living in a castle that is destined to be destroyed. Doesn't take much to think of his wife in this one...I hope she's alright.

Either that or this is an ingenious plan to get more people to register on the forum.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby RealGrouchy » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:00 am UTC

Um, I only read the first and last (i.e. 13th) pages of this discussion, but has nobody noticed the javascript file that immediately follows the image link in the source? My browser isn't parsing it nicely so neither can I.

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<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time.png" title="Wait for it." alt="Time" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/static/time07.min.js"></script>


Looking at the js file as a block of text, it looks like it takes a rather circuitous route to update the file based on some complicated but arbitrary factors. A catch-me-if-you-can, if you will.

Seriously somebody must have noticed this already???

[edit, sorta]

Actually, they did: props to Quenty for noticing it: http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?p=3302825#p3302825
And Rosewinsall: http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?p=3302723#p3302723
And from El Gecko's comment, I can see that the filename itself changes: http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?p=3302575#p3302575
And Paulmiranda breaks it down a bit more http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?p=3302608#p3302608
And Prosthetic_lips even further http://echochamber.me/viewtopic.php?p=3302503#p3302503

And curiously, I was going backwards in the thread, yet the analysis went deeper the earlier I went! (I stopped after page 8, starting at page 13)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMulattoMaker » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:01 am UTC

She's gonna get mad pretty soon, he's making her do all the work.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby phlip » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:02 am UTC

RealGrouchy wrote:And curiously, I was going backwards in the thread, yet the analysis went deeper the earlier I went! (I stopped after page 8, starting at page 13)

In forward-time, what happened was people got sick of explaining it again and again, and their explanations got less detailed...

Also, it's now been a full day and it hasn't looped. I'm guessing it'll run for another 24 hours, until Wednesday's strip comes out? Maybe longer, but I doubt it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby hm8 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:07 am UTC

Is the sand getting more roughed up over time as he walks over it?


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