1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magdiragdag » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:07 pm UTC

NoMouse wrote:http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/fd244d6975f04559c58c3abf0a978a86765c260406f992491c7c45be65bbd8ae.png
Is he now working on the model of the model of the original sandcastle?

Looks like he's making sea/liquid-extensions
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GerardE » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:10 pm UTC

Will a slight bending of the elbows in 50 minutes time show us the next step in the recursion? We could be in for some more stability, glad that Megan will come to the rescue.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

Maybe he's replicating Time in space; that is, with each iteration of the recursive sandcastles, he's creating a model of an earlier TimeFrame, so that eventually when we zoom in on the tiny fractal castles, we will see earlier and earlier frames (probably without the speech bubbles), until it gets back to the first one and then the whole comic loops (because at that scale, quantum effects dominate and the tiny stick figures may as well move.)

Edit: This would also explain the earlier zoom out; by the time he gets to the early TimeFrames, he's making everything so tiny that he can't be bothered to replicate the entire sandcastle complex.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NOTNOTJON » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:13 pm UTC

Betcha a big-ass wave rolls in and messes everything up in like 5 newpix and then Megan shows up and is like "so what's up?" Cueball responds "Oh not much." and they walk off... The end.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Valarya » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:19 pm UTC

NOTNOTJON wrote:Betcha a big-ass wave rolls in and messes everything up in like 5 newpix and then Megan shows up and is like "so what's up?" Cueball responds "Oh not much." and they walk off... The end.


People have been speculating a Destruction Wave since the beginning of Time. It so won't happen. We're just being teased along w/ this damn Mound™ for 6 Outside days, now.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SinusPi » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:19 pm UTC

I'm quite concerned with the water level rising recently... Even Cueball is, apparently, since he's watching it intently. Hum.

(Oh, and, guys, do you even KNOW the notion of "trimming quotes"..? It's really horrible to have to scroll through whole screenfuls of quotes with a one-liner response underneath... :/ )

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:23 pm UTC

Angelastic wrote:(probably without the speech bubbles)


I'm pretty sure that when you scale down to that level, the nanophysics allow for text bubbles.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:24 pm UTC

NOTNOTJON wrote:Betcha a big-ass wave rolls in and messes everything up in like 5 newpix and then Megan shows up and is like "so what's up?" Cueball responds "Oh not much." and they walk off... The end.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby peewee_RotA » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:24 pm UTC

NoMouse wrote:Image
Is he now working on the model of the model of the original sandcastle?


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:26 pm UTC

KarMann wrote:
NoMouse wrote:Image
Is he now working on the model of the model of the original sandcastle?

He's poking at his miniature self!


Luckily he is not inside John Malkovich's head. That would cause a fractal headache.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Valarya » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:27 pm UTC

The Architect Age should have ended when Megan came back and Cueball 'tada'd!' her. Then again... he's back on that Mound, gods help us all.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:32 pm UTC

Montov wrote:
KarMann wrote:
NoMouse wrote:Image
Is he now working on the model of the model of the original sandcastle?

He's poking at his miniature self!


Luckily he is not inside John Malkovich's head. That would cause a fractal headache.

I'm just glad we don't see a giant cuball hand working on the cueballprime working on the sandcastle
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Tatiana » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:37 pm UTC

Oh no! A fractal sand castle!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bigcrag92 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:42 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
NOTNOTJON wrote:Betcha a big-ass wave rolls in and messes everything up in like 5 newpix and then Megan shows up and is like "so what's up?" Cueball responds "Oh not much." and they walk off... The end.


No, the sun will come up, and melt the ice away.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:48 pm UTC

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What if... he is building a replica of HER castle (stage left) and she is building a replica of HIS castle.

I mean, she was gone a long time, then came back for a brief moment to check on his progress. She has shown herself to be faster than he is, so she could have caught up while he spent ages crenelating and tinkering.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby udscbt » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:50 pm UTC

Greetings from page 239. I have to catch up with the thread, but I now need to go to the Outside to... erm... fight the Hat! Anyway I stopped by just to congratulate my anagram (ubscdt) on his Cardinalship.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:54 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:
Montov wrote:
KarMann wrote:
NoMouse wrote:Image
Is he now working on the model of the model of the original sandcastle?

He's poking at his miniature self!


Luckily he is not inside John Malkovich's head. That would cause a fractal headache.

I'm just glad we don't see a giant cuball hand working on the cueballprime working on the sandcastle


There is no sand-sculptured hand there. :P

Anyway, it reminds me of Self Description: http://xkcd.com/688/
Even the 'amount of black ink per panel' kinda resembles the amount of sand of each castle.

Unfortunately, that comic doesn't give any clues to what might happen next. Maybe we're gonna see some sculptured charts, but that was a no-brainer from the start.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bigcrag92 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:05 pm UTC

Image

DONG
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby joncurtiss » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:20 pm UTC

I'm new to this (fast-moving) forum, but has anyone noticed that the water-level is rising? Since they went for their swim it's definitely gone up.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby htom » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:32 pm UTC

Is he making a fourth level?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby JTL » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:37 pm UTC

I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

img844.imageshack.us/img844/9355/xkcd.gif

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bigcrag92 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:41 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

img844.imageshack.us/img844/9355/xkcd.gif

I can't stop watching it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:43 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

img844.imageshack.us/img844/9355/xkcd.gif


That is cool. And fast. Can you adjust the framerate to 0.0028 fps?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NOTNOTJON » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:49 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby thegreger » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:51 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:57 pm UTC

Oh man. I had a profound revelation about this comic and was going to share, but then I got distracted and I forgot what it was. :(
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edo » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:58 pm UTC

Oh noes! he going to hit the Matrovoshka Limit!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby orthogon » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:16 pm UTC

Shepherdess wrote:Oh man. I had a profound revelation about this comic and was going to share, but then I got distracted and I forgot what it was. :(

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:18 pm UTC

All I can remember is that it had something to do with Megan.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby histrion » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:19 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

img844.imageshack.us/img844/9355/xkcd.gif


It looks like it's speeding up as it goes. I know it isn't but aaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Mr Moriaty » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:29 pm UTC

Must.... stop... watching....
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Drakeesh » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:29 pm UTC

JTL wrote:I was surprised there wasn't an animated gif of the recursive castles, so with a little spare time at work I made this!
Damn, can't post images...

img844.imageshack.us/img844/9355/xkcd.gif



Wow, I think that the single best part is how it keeps expanding within the tab preview pane next to this one.

Love it!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AionArap » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:33 pm UTC

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Slackers.

EDIT: You're all hypnotized by that gif i assume.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magdiragdag » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:34 pm UTC

I wait for it, therefore I am.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AionArap » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:37 pm UTC



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Mr Moriaty » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:40 pm UTC

I feel like that fly in A Bugs Life...


Itttttsss sooooo beeeutifullll
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:47 pm UTC

bigcrag92 wrote:
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Dracomax wrote:
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rmsgrey wrote:
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Helper wrote:Alright:
Simon says I doth rasterize the declaration that ubscdt art now Cardinal ubscdt of Peanut Butter and Jelly. And so it was.


woo!


You realise that, since BuffyGirl proposed udscbt, you've been confirmed and rasterized without ever being nominated...

does that mean it's some sort of immaculate confirmation?

papal fiat?

Or just legal trickery that cannot possibly come back to bite us in the arse before we're done?

Why does the pope-mobile have to be a fiat?

Do you really want to give Helper a Porsche?

I think we need somthing in between. how about a BMW?


i think something more suited to XKCD is in order

Image

yea I can see our pope in that.


Shouldn't it really be a DeLorean?

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DONG


this is actually an important frame: i think he retracted his leg because the tide was lapping his toes!

Look at what he built on top of the sandcastle....it's the same image as the frame. He recreated the entire frame on the sandcastle's plateau, which in turn recreates the entire frame on its plateau, ad infinitum!Time is a Droste Effect! :shock:

There are little dots on top of Cueball's model of the full-size castles that look suspiciously like a third level of sandcastle recursion. He's good.

It's a multi-level recursion. Randall is the Creator of Time. Cueball has created Time on top of his sandcastle, thus making him the Creator of Time. And if he's adding himself to his creation, adding to the Droste effect, well then, we're down a very deep rabbit hole.


It's an allegory to the cyclic nature of Time and the thread. Common themes keep re-occuring, and so does the scale model of the sandcastle itself.

I think he's trying to make a scale model of himself sitting on the beach.


In the nature of the cyclic thread: do you use singular verbs with singular they?

EDIT: yes, indeed, headache, but still nice animated gif :D

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Mr Moriaty » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:52 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:I just want to say I'm shocked by Mr Moriarty's signature: granite with port? Port goes better with sedimentary rock - limestone or possibly a light sandstone. If you want something harder, try marble...


You are what they refer to as Insane.... you clearly put limestone in a Gin & Tonic. And Marbles a gateway rock, stay away.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

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