1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby joaquimds » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:30 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:34 am UTC

I think that what she means by "where the river is" is "what can you tell about its level"... Maybe it was low due to dry climate or human action, but should be subject to change... Maybe it will drown their beautiful work... :?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:38 am UTC

Actually, he says it was far OUT and is retreating... Maybe the river was too high and is lowering now... But is the river the water we see???? On aubronwood, I see the water level coming up on frame 318, she was looking at it and next frame she came closer to it... What does all this mean???
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby r34ver » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:39 am UTC

Could it be that the hash breaking competition for Monday's comic is somehow related to the way in which Randall is obfuscating the subsequent frames of 1190? At the risk of ousting myself, I have no idea what a hash is, or what a competition to win one involves but I think I ensured that my School doesn't end up plumb last by mashing the keyboard.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:41 am UTC

XonqNopp wrote:What does all this mean???


Pretty sure it means productivity will be down again today.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:43 am UTC

XonqNopp wrote:Actually, he says it was far OUT and is retreating... Maybe the river was too high and is lowering now... But is the river the water we see???? On aubronwood, I see the water level coming up on frame 318, she was looking at it and next frame she came closer to it... What does all this mean???


Actually he says it is far out. I'm no native speaker (heh, at least not regarding the English language). So maybe a native should elaborate the most probable intention of his statements. I would guess: He wanted to say that the river is currently far out, even farer than the week before.

Of course, this is what Cueball believes (or says he believes).
He might as well err on the wet side. :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby igor » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:45 am UTC

Given the title "Time", could the river be The Time Rivers: An Ancient Map of Time Revealing the Secret Legacy and Destiny of Human Civilization?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kryton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:45 am UTC

She's asking because she can't see over the big block of sand she built.
And why would she just happen to randomly insert a statement that confirms that the fluid is a water river
(and not coffee/mercury/semen/methane/caffinatedcancerbabyurine)
unless Randall
(not watching directly but getting reports from his angles who watch all) is feeding back a little based on the forum?

Or just a really neat coincidence?

Theory: where they are standing is normally underwater, the river retreated a lot and exposed this wonderful sandbar that they are having fun on. the liquid to the right of the frame is a tide-pool like puddle left when the river retreated, though probably a bit stagnant and full of organic riverbottom sludge?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magdiragdag » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:45 am UTC

The fact that cueball says 'STILL pretty far out' suggests that they are (and have been) waiting for the river all the time. The whole sandcastle building may just have been a pastime.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Mr Moriaty » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:46 am UTC

To my mind that statement makes NO sense. Perhaps they are building all this in a Dried up river bed?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pixiemay » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:47 am UTC

I thought I could wait for it, but now I'm not so sure :?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kryton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:47 am UTC

and if explain xkcd is correct that this frame appeared at 4 AM, no one has mentioned that we are now in superlongpix (4 hours?)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magdiragdag » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:49 am UTC

kryton wrote:She's asking because she can't see over the big block of sand she built.

Not very likely, she's been on the other side of the mound only a few frames ago
kryton wrote:Theory: where they are standing is normally underwater, the river retreated a lot and exposed this wonderful sandbar that they are having fun on. the liquid to the right of the frame is a tide-pool like puddle left when the river retreated, though probably a bit stagnant and full of organic riverbottom sludge?

Thought so as well, maybe an oncoming flash flood.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:52 am UTC

kryton wrote:and if explain xkcd is correct that this frame appeared at 4 AM, no one has mentioned that we are now in superlongpix (4 hours?)


Newpix are arriving at the top of each Outside hour.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kryton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:56 am UTC

SBN wrote:
kryton wrote:and if explain xkcd is correct that this frame appeared at 4 AM, no one has mentioned that we are now in superlongpix (4 hours?)


Newpix are arriving at the top of each Outside hour.


just checked xkcd[dot]aubronwood[dot]com and i see that now, explain xkcd is off by 3, it is showing 7am's newpix as 4 am's and nothing after.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby FyKnight » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:58 am UTC

I'm not sure why everyone is assuming that the river must be made of water? It could just as well be a volcano-lava river that is coming to engulf the whole settlement.

And it seems pretty clear that the slowly-rising liquid is not the river being discussed.

I don't think this revelation has limited any of our existing theories (well... your theories, since I have mostly been lurking :) ). All it has done is add on more to our knowledge of the (inside) world!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AionArap » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:00 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eternal Density » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:02 pm UTC

I wonder which river. River Tam?

[edit] Ninja'd. Suddenly it is 11pm and I must sleep for several newpix.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:03 pm UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I wonder which river. River Tam?

I just reloaded the page so I could say that. :D

Maybe the level of the river-like thing we can see is rising because of meltwater from the snow they're building with.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby willyshop » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

Large tidal flats often have channels in them where the water drains when the tide goes out. One might reasonably call these rivers, and they can move around. They could also very well be a mile or more from the sandy part of the beach.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AionArap » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:06 pm UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I wonder which river. River Tam?


Does that consist of reaver blood?
I think we may have a new theory as to the composition of the liquid here...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:06 pm UTC

Maybe "the river" is a person?

Kinda like a mix of River Phoenix and "the Dude", and with a moniker like that -- lowercase and referred to as "it", this person would have to be pretty far out...

EDIT: Ninja'd by the River Tam references... and she IS far out...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:11 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:It be an river!!!


Time is a river.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby FayZee » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:12 pm UTC

Magdiragdag wrote:
kryton wrote:She's asking because she can't see over the big block of sand she built.

Not very likely, she's been on the other side of the mound only a few frames ago


She's asking because he's in a better position to judge, as he's standing on the look-out post (http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?p=3315132#p3315132) she built especially for that purpose.

Perhaps that's why she brought the trebuchet to destroy his arches. In the middle of construction she repurposed it from a pastime to an aid to observation.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StratPlayer » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:15 pm UTC

KarMann wrote:
ChronosDragon wrote:
Kieryn wrote:It's been many newpix since I last posted, but I was wondering if since Megan's fall and reunification with Cueball we are kind of in a new period? I know it's still a building period, but I feel that now they are together again the 'feel' is different enough to warrant a new era.

The Return of Cueball perhaps. Though he's already left once before, hasn't he? Maybe the Second (Third/Fourth if you count Megan's returns) Reunification.

The Third Coming of Cueball?


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:17 pm UTC

Maybe there's a river on the far left which joins up with the lake on the right during the rainy season, and they're waiting for it to come coursing through their sandcastles.

It's a river of vinegar and the sand castles are made of baking soda and the lake is made of bleach/semen, you see. Or maybe there is lye involved and they're building NaOH's ark. Wait for it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby FayZee » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:19 pm UTC

I note that some posters still have their (mod-assigned?) lables under their usernames on the right.

SBN is still Saved and on the previous page azule is also Saved and bigcrag92 is still Cardinal.

Karmann's is still going on about hats and HAL9000 is still Not Red.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NoMouse » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:20 pm UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I wonder which river. River Tam?

Or River Song?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby FayZee » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:21 pm UTC

Angelastic wrote:Maybe there's a river on the far left which joins up with the lake on the right during the rainy season, and they're waiting for it to come coursing through their sandcastles.


That mound does look pretty much like some kind of boat.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eternal Density » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:28 pm UTC

FayZee wrote:I note that some posters still have their (mod-assigned?) lables under their usernames on the right.

SBN is still Saved and on the previous page azule is also Saved and bigcrag92 is still Cardinal.

Karmann's is still going on about hats and HAL9000 is still Not Red.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kryton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:28 pm UTC

AionArap wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I wonder which river. River Tam?


Does that consist of reaver blood?
I think we may have a new theory as to the composition of the liquid here...


they are enjoying the warmth of the 'Summer Glau'
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bob443@mahaska.org » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:29 pm UTC

Is there anywhere I can see each individual frame?


I didn't really get the joke on day 1, and didn't look back 'til today. I think I missed a bunch of stuff.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:31 pm UTC

willyshop wrote:Large tidal flats often have channels in them where the water drains when the tide goes out. One might reasonably call these rivers, and they can move around. They could also very well be a mile or more from the sandy part of the beach.


I believe Megan would know the difference between a river and a tidal creek.

My thoughts remain unrefuted: She observed that the water has risen and checked with Cueball, who may have read in the weather report (or got his belief from other "reliable" sources) that the river does not yet carry snowmelt or rainy season high water.

@Bob: Check the wiki page on explainxkcd.com (here).


"Tidal Creek Tam" would be an ugly name. Not as strange as "Robert');DROP TABLE students; --", but ... the child would be doomed to have "moods".
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby JCPenney » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:36 pm UTC

bob443@mahaska.org wrote:Is there anywhere I can see each individual frame?


I didn't really get the joke on day 1, and didn't look back 'til today. I think I missed a bunch of stuff.

You sure did........this has all the frames, and here's a link to the wiki about the comic and thread (yes, there's a wiki......there's also a religion, if that puts it in perspective).

Good luck.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mybrainhurts » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:37 pm UTC

However, I believe "the river" must be visible from where Cueball had been when out of pic - but isn't from the sandcastle site!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cari.j.elliot » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:39 pm UTC

Coming this summer....
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kryton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:40 pm UTC

mybrainhurts wrote:However, I believe "the river" must be visible from where Cueball had been when out of pic - but isn't from the sandcastle site!

maybe that explains where he has been all this time?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:42 pm UTC

bob443@mahaska.org wrote:Is there anywhere I can see each individual frame?


I didn't really get the joke on day 1, and didn't look back 'til today. I think I missed a bunch of stuff.


You haven't missed anything. We still don't get the joke after moving our entire virtual and spiritual lives on here.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Mr Moriaty » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:46 pm UTC

Exodies wrote:
bob443@mahaska.org wrote:Is there anywhere I can see each individual frame?


I didn't really get the joke on day 1, and didn't look back 'til today. I think I missed a bunch of stuff.


You haven't missed anything. We still don't get the joke after moving our entire virtual and spiritual lives on here.


I kind of assumed that was the joke.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Srt252 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:47 pm UTC

She was just at the water a couple of frames ago, so I sincerely doubt that is "the river". Randall has certainly stirred the pot though.


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