1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby xspeedballx » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:29 pm UTC

So I am leaning more and more that they are stuck in some bizarre terrain. Which explains the initial sort of boredom and fidgeting. Followed by making a castle out of available materials(it's a close analog to sand!) and then after doing that... figuring ok lets try swimming in whatever this is. And now discovering that was a bad idea. The earlier "Later" was him taking off to explore the general surroundings(apparently not finding much). All they have is Time and they are spending it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jtomjack » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:29 pm UTC

pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:
pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:So what did she get in her mouth, Salt water, sand, or semen? Or bacon?


A sea of bacon? How do I get to this magical place? HOW DO I GET THERE!?

On the other hand, a sea of semen...ewww. :shock:

You have to swim through the sea of semen to reach the sea of bacon


Hmm, well, it is bacon.

For mankind, science...and BACON! *splash* *gag*

Totally worth it
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:29 pm UTC

bigcrag92 wrote:If they're both made of caffeinated semen how do we distinguish between the land and the liquid? unless we go with Caffinated semens and Caffinated semenl

Possibly... although, cs' for land cs" for liquid would be easier.

Dracomax wrote:possibly one is semenated caffeine?

That is possible, but industrial semenating machines are far more expensive than caffienating machines; this could suggest the Cueball and Megan are extremely wealthy.
NoEdge wrote:Outside? Is that like Mesopotamia? Isn't Mesopotamia gone? Has Outside been destroyed without our noticing?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby blowfishhootie » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:30 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:
trusstopher wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
digimuzik wrote:Anyone notice that Cueball's voice is coming from pretty high up?


Yeah, that is weird.


I think that is simply required for the proper flow of conversation...


The position of the text, yes, but the line going off screen terminates too high, it should curve down and be closer to the water surface. Either he is standing on something, or is possibly very far away, but then in that case how would she hear him?


There's a third option you ignored: there is no significance to exactly which pixels are occupied by a line that is used just to indicate the speaker in a medium where there is no facial feature to give away who is talking.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheRic » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:30 pm UTC

I'm thinking there is a diving platform to the right. That would explain Cueball up high, and them looking that way everyonce in a while.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby paulmiranda » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:30 pm UTC

When stick figures swim, they always go skinny dipping.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby trusstopher » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:possibly one is semenated caffeine?


I'd say it is this or the melting/freezing point happens to be right near ambient temp and pressure and the liquid and solids are in a constant mixing phase change at the boundry.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby digimuzik » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

Diving = ouch. That's some shallow water right there... as the latest picture indicates.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby embracethehate » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

I think we can at least confirm that Megan moves a lot faster than Cueball does.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magnap » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby itjustwerks » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

trusstopher wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
trusstopher wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
digimuzik wrote:Anyone notice that Cueball's voice is coming from pretty high up?


Yeah, that is weird.


I think that is simply required for the proper flow of conversation...


The position of the text, yes, but the line going off screen terminates too high, it should curve down and be closer to the water surface. Either he is standing on something, or is possibly very far away, but then in that case how would she hear him?


Good point.


Perhaps he's riding a tidal wave*? I've been waiting for that turn of events for days.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ThatGingerBrit » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm UTC

Where's she going?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Lord Cathbad » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm UTC

I'm thinking it wasn't the water/liquid that she got in her mouth. I'm thinking we will have a period of expansion to the right to reveal what she actually got in her mouth.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pdg » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm UTC

jtomjack wrote:
pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:
pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:So what did she get in her mouth, Salt water, sand, or semen? Or bacon?


A sea of bacon? How do I get to this magical place? HOW DO I GET THERE!?

On the other hand, a sea of semen...ewww. :shock:

You have to swim through the sea of semen to reach the sea of bacon


Hmm, well, it is bacon.

For mankind, science...and BACON! *splash* *gag*

Totally worth it


It had so better be thick cut back bacon imported specially from the UK. If it turns out to be that turkey bacon nonsense, heads will roll.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm UTC

blowfishhootie wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
trusstopher wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
digimuzik wrote:Anyone notice that Cueball's voice is coming from pretty high up?


Yeah, that is weird.


I think that is simply required for the proper flow of conversation...


The position of the text, yes, but the line going off screen terminates too high, it should curve down and be closer to the water surface. Either he is standing on something, or is possibly very far away, but then in that case how would she hear him?


There's a third option you ignored: there is no significance to exactly which pixels are occupied by a line that is used just to indicate the speaker in a medium where there is no facial feature to give away who is talking.


If that was the case, why not just have his text come from the left all the time, and hers from the right. Or randomly position dialog. Heck, why even care about what order in time you present dialog at all? Of course there is significance!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby digimuzik » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

ThatGingerBrit wrote:Where's she going?


To fix the left turret, of course.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bigcrag92 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

ThatGingerBrit wrote:Where's she going?

to fix the eroded wall presumably?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magnap » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

embracethehate wrote:I think we can at least confirm that Megan moves a lot faster than Cueball does.

No, not even that we can confirm. Remember, Cueball had to swim to the beach first!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AussieJono » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

I think all this dialogue puts paid to the idea floated back in the early 80s that this is an algorithmically generated comic. Plausible if they were just building sandcastles, but there is too much else going on here.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

Magnap wrote:<snip>

She's walking off, far ahead of him... while he lingers behind... this scene seems to suggest, er, awkwardness?
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 Lord Cathbad » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

blowfishhootie wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
trusstopher wrote:
Kieryn wrote:
digimuzik wrote:Anyone notice that Cueball's voice is coming from pretty high up?


Yeah, that is weird.


I think that is simply required for the proper flow of conversation...


The position of the text, yes, but the line going off screen terminates too high, it should curve down and be closer to the water surface. Either he is standing on something, or is possibly very far away, but then in that case how would she hear him?


There's a third option you ignored: there is no significance to exactly which pixels are occupied by a line that is used just to indicate the speaker in a medium where there is no facial feature to give away who is talking.



And it could have been a third character talking.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby digimuzik » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

Magnap wrote:
embracethehate wrote:I think we can at least confirm that Megan moves a lot faster than Cueball does.

No, not even that we can confirm. Remember, Cueball had to swim to the beach first!


No way! His voice source coming from higher up clearly indicates the shallow water extends at least a little ways off frame.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jtomjack » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:
pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:
pdg wrote:
jtomjack wrote:So what did she get in her mouth, Salt water, sand, or semen? Or bacon?


A sea of bacon? How do I get to this magical place? HOW DO I GET THERE!?

On the other hand, a sea of semen...ewww. :shock:

You have to swim through the sea of semen to reach the sea of bacon


Hmm, well, it is bacon.

For mankind, science...and BACON! *splash* *gag*

Totally worth it


It had so better be thick cut back bacon imported specially from the UK. If it turns out to be that turkey bacon nonsense, heads will roll.

Turkey bacon isn't bacon. It's lies is what is its.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

Whatever he was standing on, he obviously stepped down. And, the liquid is obviously shallow in the area we can see.... OR... it IS oobleck.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:35 pm UTC

ThatGingerBrit wrote:Where's she going?


To get a towel. I'm still amazed at their unpreparedness. Who forgets their towel when they go to the beach? (Or when they travel through Time)

Alternatively, to get something to drink to wash out the taste of whatever liquid that is.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

AussieJono wrote:I think all this dialogue puts paid to the idea floated back in the early 80s that this is an algorithmically generated comic. Plausible if they were just building sandcastles, but there is too much else going on here.

The 'static frames' could still be algorthmically generated. Or at least, algorithmically-assisted?
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 trusstopher » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

AussieJono wrote:I think all this dialogue puts paid to the idea floated back in the early 80s that this is an algorithmically generated comic. Plausible if they were just building sandcastles, but there is too much else going on here.


I challenge the "algorithmically generated" theory - we haven't found Jesus and as we know - The algorithm consistently finds Jesus.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby KroniK907 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:36 pm UTC

wow... went to sleep about 19 newpix ago... Just woke up to find that the 65 page where I left off turned into page 99.... I REFUSE to read all that :P anyway Its nice to see some progress :D I should probably watch the gif...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby robxlii » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

slinches wrote:
ThatGingerBrit wrote:Where's she going?


To get a towel. I'm still amazed at their unpreparedness. Who forgets their towel when they go to the beach? (Or when they travel through Time)



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby anyLH » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

I, like many before me, have been prompted after years of silence to create an account because of this strip. So, greetings! I've been following the thread from the start, a silent member of the cult. Thank Time for you all; my friends all think I've lost it and just kind of give me funny looks and edge away. They don't know what it really means to wait for it.

Is it just me or is the worst part the point between the GONG and the time the frame actually changes? The suspense...
And where are they going now?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Reka » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

jtomjack wrote:Turkey bacon isn't bacon. It's lies is what is its.

Turkey bacon is in the same category as fat-free half-and-half.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

AussieJono wrote:I think all this dialogue puts paid to the idea floated back in the early 80s that this is an algorithmically generated comic. Plausible if they were just building sandcastles, but there is too much else going on here.


Nope. It's just really clever AI. Look, if I was able to do this (http://kieryn.com/xkcd-time/) in a couple of hours then a genius like Randall given a day or two...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magnap » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

digimuzik wrote:
Magnap wrote:
embracethehate wrote:I think we can at least confirm that Megan moves a lot faster than Cueball does.

No, not even that we can confirm. Remember, Cueball had to swim to the beach first!
No way! His voice source coming from higher up clearly indicates the shallow water extends at least a little ways off frame.

But then how could she get water (if we assume that is what it is) in her mouth?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheRic » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

Reka wrote:
jtomjack wrote:Turkey bacon isn't bacon. It's lies is what is its.

Turkey bacon is in the same category as fat-free half-and-half.

Non-food in my book!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby dp2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

That's Cueball, and he has seaweed on his head.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby r34ver » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

this is baaad for productivity.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jtomjack » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:39 pm UTC

Reka wrote:
jtomjack wrote:Turkey bacon isn't bacon. It's lies is what is its.

Turkey bacon is in the same category as fat-free half-and-half.

Fat free is also a lie, as well as sugar free
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bigcrag92 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:39 pm UTC

100 :D
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Helper » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:39 pm UTC

Kieryn wrote:
AussieJono wrote:I think all this dialogue puts paid to the idea floated back in the early 80s that this is an algorithmically generated comic. Plausible if they were just building sandcastles, but there is too much else going on here.


Nope. It's just really clever AI. Look, if I was able to do this (http://kieryn.com/xkcd-time/) in a couple of hours then a genius like Randall given a day or two...

Why am I only just now seeing this??? That's awesome
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 AluisioASG » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:40 pm UTC

bigcrag92 wrote:100 :D


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