1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby squonk » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:32 pm UTC

Checking down near the bottom of the forum index page, we're apparently nearing the 100th anniversary of the time when the most users were ever online.

In total there are 800 users online :: 96 registered, 6 hidden and 698 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1977 on Tue Feb 22, 1916 1:09 pm UTC


Fans were obviously more dedicated back then, given that so many got together on their steam driven computers, sending punch cards back and forth during the middle of World War I...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:32 pm UTC

Wooloomooloo wrote:This is much bigger than all of us now... For the love of god, people - the ad/marketing industry MUST NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE, or we are all DOOMED!!! Therefore, for humanity's sake - the first rule of "Time": You don't talk about "Time"... </sarcasm>


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Soup » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:36 pm UTC

enumerated powers wrote:...um... so this might be part of the prototype, seen from the other side?

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I had previously suggested:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tower ... l_2006.jpg
Waiting for it...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:37 pm UTC

riverssong wrote:Until such time that the English language develops a gender-neutral pronoun system, and for as long as the male form remains the accepted default in the English language, I suggest that all further debate of the topic center solely on what might be done to address the underlying linguistic cause at its root, rather than the perceived transgressions of those using an imperfect language to communicate as clearly as they are able.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby plumander » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:39 pm UTC

squonk wrote:Checking down near the bottom of the forum index page, we're apparently nearing the 100th anniversary of the time when the most users were ever online.

In total there are 800 users online :: 96 registered, 6 hidden and 698 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1977 on Tue Feb 22, 1916 1:09 pm UTC


Fans were obviously more dedicated back then, given that so many got together on their steam driven computers, sending punch cards back and forth during the middle of World War I...


They say Woodrow Wilson was an avid XKCD follower.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Pikrass » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:39 pm UTC

Lucia wrote:We are (or were a page ago) arguing over whether a ~2 pixel change in the image is panning, zooming, both, or a landslide.

I honestly think the point of this comic is either a) to tell a simple story about two people building a really cool sandcastle, or b) a cunning plan to trick the entire readership of xkcd into being satisfied and even ecstatic over a the most minute of changes.

Soon we'll all be like these guys : http://xkcd.com/915/
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby free-bee » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

squonk wrote:Checking down near the bottom of the forum index page, we're apparently nearing the 100th anniversary of the time when the most users were ever online.

In total there are 800 users online :: 96 registered, 6 hidden and 698 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1977 on Tue Feb 22, 1916 1:09 pm UTC


Fans were obviously more dedicated back then, given that so many got together on their steam driven computers, sending punch cards back and forth during the middle of World War I...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Tass » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

peewee_RotA wrote:A massive thread without a flame war? It's about Time!


Pun intended?

Edit: Time capitalized. Obviously intended.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:41 pm UTC

peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:42 pm UTC

This entire thing makes me remember that time they tried to standardize the direction of toilet paper rolls to save time/money. Bet those people'd get a kick out of this.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby plumander » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:43 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lovepirate » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

plumander wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.


I used to live in the south, now I no longer live in the south, and I say y'all. (as long as we're taking a survey)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby riverssong » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

lovepirate wrote:
plumander wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.


I used to live in the south, now I no longer live in the south, and I say y'all. (as long as we're taking a survey)


Clearly, all y'all don't live far enough south.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby orthogon » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

That really confused me when I went to NewAwlins (one of my fave places of all time BTW). I remember going into a bar with the two friends I was travelling with and the barman saying "would y'all like a drink?". Seemed to invite an answer like "no, one between us will be fine".
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby fixer » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:46 pm UTC

lovepirate wrote:
plumander wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.


I used to live in the south, now I no longer live in the south, and I say y'all. (as long as we're taking a survey)


Some of my family used to live in the south, but migrated during the Great Depression. I say y'all.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:47 pm UTC

I live in the deep north and say y'all.
NoEdge wrote:Outside? Is that like Mesopotamia? Isn't Mesopotamia gone? Has Outside been destroyed without our noticing?!
Oh well. At least we still have our sandcastle.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eoink » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:48 pm UTC

squonk wrote:Checking down near the bottom of the forum index page, we're apparently nearing the 100th anniversary of the time when the most users were ever online.

In total there are 800 users online :: 96 registered, 6 hidden and 698 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1977 on Tue Feb 22, 1916 1:09 pm UTC


Fans were obviously more dedicated back then, given that so many got together on their steam driven computers, sending punch cards back and forth during the middle of World War I...


Just a change in measurement window. Today we tend to find fora count users in 15 minute windows because that's a reasonable time interval for the Internet as we know it, back then Mr R Munroe Esq received 1977 letters in a 3 month period after he showed a very slow magic lantern presentation of two people building a sandcastle.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby free-bee » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:49 pm UTC

fixer wrote:
lovepirate wrote:
plumander wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.


I used to live in the south, now I no longer live in the south, and I say y'all. (as long as we're taking a survey)


Some of my family used to live in the south, but migrated during the Great Depression. I say y'all.

I live in the south and I say both, y'all and y'uns.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby reckter » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:49 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

That really confused me when I went to NewAwlins (one of my fave places of all time BTW). I remember going into a bar with the two friends I was travelling with and the barman saying "would y'all like a drink?". Seemed to invite an answer like "no, one between us will be fine".


As a German I can refer to that. Just replays NewAwlins with Austria ^^ (<sacrasm>And yes many kangaroos there </sacrasm>).
I can't understand a freaking word oO

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kaley » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:50 pm UTC

I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby skuk » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:50 pm UTC

The comments on zooming out to find ourselves in 'click and drag' made me go back to the original. If Randal is willing to mess with time, would he edit that one? Didn't find any change, but re-appreciated the big world.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby riverssong » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:51 pm UTC

kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.


Yes, but how do you translate that from "you" into "that guy over there"? (No, I don't know the actual name of the tense to which I am referring. Sorry.)

EDIT: that HOBBIT over there. NOW WE ARE GENDER-NEUTRAL. Fine.

EDIT the second: What if we go LOLcat-speak and rebrand it "guize"? Would that work?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ayriannah » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:52 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
SWuh wrote:10. "This comic is just a way to get more users to use the forum! Maybe he just wanted the longest thread to be about a comic and not a flame war? We're not far to getting there, keep it on topic, guys!! Spiffing job!"


A massive thread without a flame war? It's about Time!


Yes, exactly what I have been thinking this whole time. I did know it was possible! I love all of you - so nice to be part of a group of individuals who seem to actually care about what others have to say and don't feel the need to be a big ol' meanie. Thank you xkcd forum! You have renewed my faith in humanity.


...you realize that was a pun, right?

I mean, the sentiment still stands, but it was mostly a joke.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Lord Cathbad » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:52 pm UTC

skuk wrote:The comments on zooming out to find ourselves in 'click and drag' made me go back to the original. If Randal is willing to mess with time, would he edit that one? Didn't find any change, but re-appreciated the big world.


He didn't... so far.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bmonk » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:54 pm UTC

kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.

Second person pronouns were already gender neutral. What about third person pronouns (he/she, etc.)?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby reckter » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:55 pm UTC

Now I realize why this is called "Time".
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Pikrass » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:55 pm UTC

Pikrass wrote:
Lucia wrote:We are (or were a page ago) arguing over whether a ~2 pixel change in the image is panning, zooming, both, or a landslide.

I honestly think the point of this comic is either a) to tell a simple story about two people building a really cool sandcastle, or b) a cunning plan to trick the entire readership of xkcd into being satisfied and even ecstatic over a the most minute of changes.

Soon we'll all be like these guys : http://xkcd.com/915/
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eoink » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:56 pm UTC

bmonk wrote:
kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.

Second person pronouns were already gender neutral. What about third person pronouns (he/she, etc.)?


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Incognito357 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:56 pm UTC

squonk wrote:
In total there are 800 users online :: 96 registered, 6 hidden and 698 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 1977 on Tue Feb 22, 1916 1:09 pm UTC

I can't remember exactly when, probably around 10-20 pages or so, I looked and saw over 900 guests, close to 1000 I believe...
Also, It took me FOREVER to catch up with the posts ever since the guy left. For every page I read, another 2 appeared out of nowhere... I'm (finally) caught up now, though, thank god.

I was going to speculate earlier, before I created my account to de-lurk, about what if he suddenly started panning into 3D space, circling the camera around the castle as they built it, but I forgot about that idea by the time I did make my account and start posting stuff. So anyway, this is pretty interesting. I don't think it's going to pan out to 1110, but I bet it will pan and zoom to show an even bigger section of castle being built by the girl, and now the guy helping. I also like the giant idea, that caused my mind to flip-turn upside down...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby astrotter » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:57 pm UTC

Erstwhile lurker, first-time poster, devoted fan. I'm blown away by the interplay between Randall's art and this thread (and have been hovering at my screen every half hour for as long as anyone). I hope someday someone will create a version of 1190 annotated with key posts. I read the rules, know I can't post a link -- but was anyone listening to NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon when astrophysicist Adam Frank read his essay, How to See The World in a Grain of Sand? It was spooky -- "listening to Dark Side of the Moon while watching the Wizard of Oz"-spooky. Audio is up on NPR site.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Wraithlord » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:57 pm UTC

Lord Cathbad wrote:
skuk wrote:The comments on zooming out to find ourselves in 'click and drag' made me go back to the original. If Randal is willing to mess with time, would he edit that one? Didn't find any change, but re-appreciated the big world.


He didn't... so far.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby yaddayadda » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:58 pm UTC

lovepirate wrote:
plumander wrote:
buffygirl wrote:
peewee_RotA wrote:
Sunny wrote:"you people"


Good luck with that one :P


I live in the south. I say y'all.

I don't live in the south. I say y'all.


I used to live in the south, now I no longer live in the south, and I say y'all. (as long as we're taking a survey)


Another used to, and still do.

kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.


Nope. From the necks of the wood I lived in (VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, & AL - yes, I lived in The South). Y'all is a contraction of "you all" and avoids the confusion of saying "you" when there is more than one person. "You" means an individual. "Y'all" means a group of individuals. And gender offense is completely avoided. :-)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ayriannah » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:59 pm UTC

riverssong wrote:
kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.


Yes, but how do you translate that from "you" into "that guy over there"? (No, I don't know the actual name of the tense to which I am referring. Sorry.)

EDIT: that HOBBIT over there. NOW WE ARE GENDER-NEUTRAL. Fine.

EDIT the second: What if we go LOLcat-speak and rebrand it "guize"? Would that work?


It's not a tense; it's a point of view.

I is first person, you is second person, he/she/it is third person.

Y'all is second person. They would be the third person form.

"P.S. I am not Randall." sounds like a cool signature...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Goggalor » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:00 pm UTC

kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.

All y'all= An entire group
Y'all=plural you/an unspecified subset
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AussieJono » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:00 pm UTC

If we're back to gender neutral pronouns, singular they is xkcd approved: http://xkcd.com/145/

Edit - also, all this stuff about y'all is second person, where English doesn't make a gender distinction anyway. The reason this was brought up about 30 pages back was because of gender-specific Third Person pronouns.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TemporaryLife » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:01 pm UTC

I'm aware that this is PROBABLY a thought someone has had, but I'm going to air it anyway:

I wonder if Randall has something planned for the post-game for 1190. I know a lot of us have lost a lot of sleep watching this comic evolve, and speculating here (I have been very inactive in it, but I've enjoyed lurking sporadically) about what is going to happen next. But think about it from the POV of someone who is reading through the archives after the strip is done: I can imagine someone coming across the last panel, seeing a single silly frame, and thinking, "Oh, well, that was a lame duck!" and going over to 1191. They won't know how much time the world has spent trying to piece the puzzle together, losing all of that sleep, guessing what might happen next, even laughing as Cueball accidentally destroyed the western wall of the castle.

I think we all know that Randall knows that, no matter how much or little he cares about what we have to say about the strip, he definitely knows and cares that, if it simply ends, the entire point of the strip will be lost on everyone who did not follow along as it evolved.

The question: What do you think the future holds for 1190, once it has ended? Or do you think this is less an April Fool's stunt, and more a thank-you to everyone who is devoted to his work, and knows to follow along? My first instinct when seeing 1190 was to come to the forums and see if there was something special about the strip... what about the passive fans who just said, "Oh, this is a filler strip," and went and read the new Questionable Content?

Moreover, how many people was this experience lost on?

Again, I'm sure these aren't new thoughts, but what's one more post in here?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby riverssong » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:01 pm UTC

Ayriannah wrote:
riverssong wrote:
kaley wrote:I don't live in the south. I heard y'all is one person and all y'all is multiple people. Sounds as good as any for single and plural gender-neutral pronouns.


Yes, but how do you translate that from "you" into "that guy over there"? (No, I don't know the actual name of the tense to which I am referring. Sorry.)

EDIT: that HOBBIT over there. NOW WE ARE GENDER-NEUTRAL. Fine.

EDIT the second: What if we go LOLcat-speak and rebrand it "guize"? Would that work?


It's not a tense; it's a point of view.

I is first person, you is second person, he/she/it is third person.

Y'all is second person. They would be the third person form.

"P.S. I am not Randall." sounds like a cool signature...


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Tass » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:02 pm UTC

How about the americans stop discussing dialects and start discussing the new frame?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kaley » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:03 pm UTC

So this thread is mostly about the comic, gender pronouns, addiction/sleeplessness associated with the comic, and how weird it is that there are a lot of people/posts on the thread.

Very interesting.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lovepirate » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:03 pm UTC

Spoiler:
aack! more turrets and a FLAG!

wait for it.
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