1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:12 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby descor » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:15 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:raft w/sail


Have we seen enough wood/caffeinatedsemencancerbabies to make a whole raft?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.

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spamjam wrote:raft w/sail


Have we seen enough wood/caffeinatedsemencancerbabies to make a whole raft?


I don't think so -- I'm voting for a shortwave radio antenna because, shortwave.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:18 pm UTC

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It's interesting that you say "a giant trebuchet" when actually, by mundane standards, one only twelve to fourteen feet tall, with posts only a few inches in diameter, would be rather modest. Just shows how deeply we've moved into a world of sand-castle scale.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:29 pm UTC

descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

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Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.

I've never seen anyone do calligraphy (European-style) left-handed.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:33 pm UTC

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She's gearing up for one awesome game of tetherball. Why is it awesome? Because Megan built it and will play it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:37 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:
descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

partingLance wrote:
Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.

I've never seen anyone do calligraphy (European-style) left-handed.

I have a friend who's mom encouraged / made him eat right-handed, although his left-handedness in all other arenas was not questioned. Apparently she claimed it was to avoid the elbow-banging at the table when right-meets-left - similar to the ink-smearing issue.


smithers wrote:As far as I know, handedness is unrelated to footedness, and I don't think anyone has ever been prejudiced against left-footed people. In fact I think I am slightly left-footed (although I rarely do anything where it makes a difference), but am definitely right-handed and left-eyed.

I believe that I have read somewhere that there is a correlation between handedness and footedness. How to identify your footedness: If you usually take your first step with your LEFT foot, you are RIGHT-footed, b/c the right foot is the one launching you forward.


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udscbt wrote:Image


She's gearing up for one awesome game of tetherball. Why is it awesome? Because Megan built it and will play it.

YES! YES! Megan's AWESOME tetherball game!!! WOOT!

EDIT: Minor edits, added comparison of eating to writing re: lefthandedness inconvenience
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby tman2nd » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:45 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Smithers » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:47 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:
jjjdavidson wrote:
descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

partingLance wrote:
Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.

I've never seen anyone do calligraphy (European-style) left-handed.

I have a friend who's mom encouraged / made him eat right-handed, although his left-handedness in all other arenas was not questioned. Apparently she claimed it was to avoid the elbow-banging at the table when right-meets-left.

My sister is left-handed and eats with her left hand when using a single utensil, but holds a knife and fork together the same way a right-handed person would.
Also, does left-handedness deserve adding to http://xkcd-time.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_off_topic_discussions
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smithers wrote:As far as I know, handedness is unrelated to footedness, and I don't think anyone has ever been prejudiced against left-footed people. In fact I think I am slightly left-footed (although I rarely do anything where it makes a difference), but am definitely right-handed and left-eyed.

I believe that I have read somewhere that there is a correlation between handedness and footedness. How to identify your footedness: If you usually take your first step with your LEFT foot, you are RIGHT-footed, b/c the right foot is the one launching you forward.

Which makes the phrase "best foot forwards" particularly poor advice.
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Shepherdess wrote:
udscbt wrote:Image


She's gearing up for one awesome game of tetherball. Why is it awesome? Because Megan built it and will play it.

YES! YES! Megan's AWESOME tetherball game!!! WOOT!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:49 pm UTC

Mistah Smithers, I do need to know if you plan to wear your hat on your current Avi, or if you prefer it to be a stand-alone item.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cmyk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:51 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:I think she might be pulling something with one of her arms, that is currently just barely out-of-frame.
Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?


I'm still in the past time a bit, but I believe she was carrying a delicious powdered cinnamon doughnut.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Smithers » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:55 pm UTC

buffygirl wrote:Mistah Smithers, I do need to know if you plan to wear your hat on your current Avi, or if you prefer it to be a stand-alone item.

I think my letter S is probably ill-suited to wearing a hat, especially as I believe it intersects the background of the image. (I lost the original source for the render many timeframes ago in a hard-drive failure [my backup policies have improved since then (as have my not-physically-abusing-my-computer policies)]).
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby RobIrr » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:56 pm UTC

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I find myself using the theology of the Church of Last Thursday as a sort of conceptual reference point.

Gee Willikers, that's the creepiest thing ever.


It's definitely up there. Reminds me of what I find the creepiest thing ever, just about: a certain Robert Heinlein story.


Thanks for linking to that; I'm sure I've read it before, but it was probably more than three decades ago... Well worth another read, just mentally add 100 to each of the dates ....

As for the Church of Last Thursday.. I've often wondered if I've been making everything else up - sometimes what I perceive as "reality" seems a bit rough around the edges. I'd wondered if it was just glitches in the Matrix, but now I know I was imperfect when creating the universe!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby buffygirl » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:56 pm UTC

Smithers wrote:
buffygirl wrote:Mistah Smithers, I do need to know if you plan to wear your hat on your current Avi, or if you prefer it to be a stand-alone item.

I think my letter S is probably ill-suited to wearing a hat, especially as I believe it intersects the background of the image. (I lost the original source for the render many timeframes ago in a hard-drive failure [my backup policies have improved since then (as have my not-physically-abusing-my-computer policies)]).
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Thank you. Your hat is in progress.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:59 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:
descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

partingLance wrote:
Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.

I've never seen anyone do calligraphy (European-style) left-handed.


My husband can. I do think forcing right-handedness had a "learning disability" reasoning behind it, misguided though it was. I'm pretty strongly left handed, and my mother had to insist the school not change it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:03 pm UTC

descor wrote:
spamjam wrote:raft w/sail


Have we seen enough wood/caffeinatedsemencancerbabies to make a whole raft?

We're assuming that what she was dragging in earlier was a bunch of poles. Maybe some of them were rectangular boards, because we've only seen the side of each.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mybrainhurts » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:06 pm UTC

Dammit! My hat is broken! I don't lift off! Image

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cmyk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:08 pm UTC

KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:09 pm UTC

Smithers wrote:As far as I know, handedness is unrelated to footedness, and I don't think anyone has ever been prejudiced against left-footed people. In fact I think I am slightly left-footed (although I rarely do anything where it makes a difference), but am definitely right-handed and left-eyed.


An anecdote, not necessarily a data point: in Australia, I took a surfing lesson. First thing the instructor did was ask us which way we'd be inclined to stand on the board: with left foot forward, or right. Probably 90% of us preferred left foot, which is called (by surfers and snowboarders) the "regular" stance, while right foot forward is "goofy-footed" or just "goofy." "Do whatever feels more comfortable," we were told.

So not a prejudice, necessarily, just a recognition of difference; but to judge by the terms, there could well have been a stigma in the early days of surfing.

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descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

partingLance wrote:
Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.


That sounds plausible. You'd definitely have to contort your left hand to avoid that issue; might be easier to learn to write right-handed.

smithers wrote:My sister is left-handed and eats with her left hand when using a single utensil, but holds a knife and fork together the same way a right-handed person would.
Also, does left-handedness deserve adding to http://xkcd-time.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_off_topic_discussions


Erm... O dear. Probably. Thread drift, the entropy of discussion boards, takes its toll. On another forum, we started using "drift" as a transitive verb, as in "my thread! Just look at how you've drifted my thread, you bastards!"

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KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?


Pretty cool. I too worked in graphic design once upon a time (though not trebuchet theory -- didn't have the Latin for it, or the math), at which time I knew a guy who spelled his name Myk (as opposed to Mike). The magenta-yellow-black thing never occurred to me, though.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NoMouse » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:10 pm UTC

I think it's a flag pole and that weird triangular shaped thing she was dragging was a flag. So now they will have a real flag and not those fake plastic little flags.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:14 pm UTC

RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Smithers » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:15 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
jjjdavidson wrote:
descor wrote:For some unknown reason my Grandmother refused to let my Dad write with his left hand - she made him use his right hand. He uses his left for everything else: football (of the soccer variety), DIY, tennis etc. but his right for writing!

partingLance wrote:
Smithers wrote:I don't know about disability; but I thought left-handedness had once been thought an indication of evil, or demonic possession.


That's also true, or so I've heard as well. The "learning disability" part is my dad's account of it, my grandfather having died before I was born. Maybe that belief was just a 19th/early 20th century survival of the older one, dressed up in pseudo-scientific garb. I don't know what actual science it could have been based on.


Actually, I think the insistence on right-handed writing is a survival from 19th/early 20th century technology; writing left-handed (and presumably dragging your hand across where you've just written), you're much less likely to smear modern quick-drying inks.

I've never seen anyone do calligraphy (European-style) left-handed.


My husband can. I do think forcing right-handedness had a "learning disability" reasoning behind it, misguided though it was. I'm pretty strongly left handed, and my mother had to insist the school not change it.

Of course, in some circumstances left-handedness has an advantage, such as assaulting a (sand)castle. Spiral staircases were designed such that a right-handed defender could move freely, while a right-handed attacker's sword arm would be blocked by the centre column. A left-handed attacker would negate this advantage.
I believe that with discussion of left-handed swordplay, I am required to link to this scene.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:20 pm UTC

cmyk wrote:
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HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



Oh wait... I think I saw a pixel move...

What about that profile image? Looks like an old man, but I don't recognize it from anywhere.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cmyk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:22 pm UTC

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RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!

Besides, it's a flagpole. Hand over yer heart.... "I Pledge Allegiance, To the Randall Flagg..."
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Smithers » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:22 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



Oh wait... I think I saw a pixel move...

What about that profile image? Looks like an old man, but I don't recognize it from anywhere.

Skip less. http://fora.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=101043&start=10480#p3321036
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cmyk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:27 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



Oh wait... I think I saw a pixel move...

What about that profile image? Looks like an old man, but I don't recognize it from anywhere.


Yep. The image is a CG character I made. He's a centenarian, but he doesn't have much to do with my username really. There's more on my Facebook Blag, on him and the short if you're interested. Linky.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby 12obin » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:28 pm UTC

NoMouse wrote:I think it's a flag pole and that weird triangular shaped thing she was dragging was a flag. So now they will have a real flag and not those fake plastic little flags.


Oh gosh. How did I not see this earlier. They're on top of a giant sandcastle they'd already built before we, the audience, arrived (before the beginning of Time; heresy). The flag she's bringing in now is in proportion to the castle they are on top of, same as the two scales of castles we've seen so far each have to-scale flags.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:29 pm UTC

Smithers wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



Oh wait... I think I saw a pixel move...

What about that profile image? Looks like an old man, but I don't recognize it from anywhere.

Skip less. http://fora.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=101043&start=10480#p3321036

Oh, durr. I've been skimming the stuff I miss during my daily coma a bit too lightly.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!

Besides, it's a flagpole. Hand over yer heart.... "I Pledge Allegiance, To the Randall Flagg..."


Great Scottie! You're right! I almost made a catastrophic error!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Roia » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:36 pm UTC

I was all certain about her building scaffolding to build the castle higher but now I'm thinking "trebuchet" instead. Which is awesome. I wonder how powerful her trebuchet will be? (The current worlds most powerful trebuchet throws a projectile at 13 kilograms (29 lb) a distance of 249 metres (817 ft) at a speed of 260 kilometres per hour (160 mph) (wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Castle#The_Warwick_trebuchet)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:37 pm UTC

cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!


... which, during their rampage, trample butterflies and then, after Megan's counter-assault with the giant trebuchet forces the survivors into a desperate retreat, track the remains of said butterflies underfoot all the way back to the Cretaceous, which results, in the 1950s, in the election of a crypto-fascist iron-guts President of the United States who, in his visceral hostility to "pointy-headed professors" and innovation of any kind, cuts off the funding that would have gone into the development of computing and networking, precluding the creation of DARPAnet and therefore of the subsequent Internet, so that xkcd and the One True Comic were never created, and Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

I've seen it all. I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train.

EDIT: "pseudo" was wrong there [/pendantry].
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Shepherdess » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:39 pm UTC

partingLance wrote:
cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!


... which, during their rampage, trample butterflies and then, after Megan's counter-assault with the giant trebuchet forces the survivors into a desperate retreat, track the remains of said butterflies underfoot all the way back to the Cretaceous, which results, in the 1950s, in the election of a pseudo-fascist iron-guts President of the United States who, in his visceral hostility to "pointy-headed professors" and innovation of any kind, cuts off the funding that would have gone into the development of computing and networking, precluding the creation of DARPAnet and therefore of the subsequent Internet, so that xkcd and the One True Comic were never created, and Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

I've seen it all. I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train.


What's the official stance on paradoxes?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Elmach » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

Shepherdess wrote:
partingLance wrote:
cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
RobIrr wrote:Image


No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!


... which, during their rampage, trample butterflies and then, after Megan's counter-assault with the giant trebuchet forces the survivors into a desperate retreat, track the remains of said butterflies underfoot all the way back to the Cretaceous, which results, in the 1950s, in the election of a pseudo-fascist iron-guts President of the United States who, in his visceral hostility to "pointy-headed professors" and innovation of any kind, cuts off the funding that would have gone into the development of computing and networking, precluding the creation of DARPAnet and therefore of the subsequent Internet, so that xkcd and the One True Comic were never created, and Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

I've seen it all. I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train.


What's the official stance on paradoxes?

They are allowed when, and only when, they are illegal.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cmyk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
Smithers wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
cmyk wrote:
KarMann wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, cmyk: I have to know this. What is your avatar a picture of? Did you custom-create it? Or is your username based on the image?

I know nothing of cmyk's avatar, but I think it's safe to say that the nick comes from the colour scheme abbreviation for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK.


You are correct, good sir! Plus the word "my" is in the middle bookended by my initials, and like "xkcd", no 4 letters, no vowels, all lowercase, and both names sharing two of the most important letters of the alphabet.

How cool am I now?



Oh wait... I think I saw a pixel move...

What about that profile image? Looks like an old man, but I don't recognize it from anywhere.

Skip less. http://fora.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=101043&start=10480#p3321036

Oh, durr. I've been skimming the stuff I miss during my daily coma a bit too lightly.
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my thread-following will be back to normal.


Yeh, suuuure... that's what you said the last time after that whole "100% antenna failure" debacle on the Discovery.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby histrion » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

Shepherdess wrote:What's the official stance on paradoxes?


I bet there are two contradictory official stances.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby KarMann » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:45 pm UTC

Shepherdess wrote:
partingLance wrote:
cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:
RobIrr wrote:
Spoiler:
Image

No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.

No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!

... which, during their rampage, trample butterflies and then, after Megan's counter-assault with the giant trebuchet forces the survivors into a desperate retreat, track the remains of said butterflies underfoot all the way back to the Cretaceous, which results, in the 1950s, in the election of a pseudo-fascist iron-guts President of the United States who, in his visceral hostility to "pointy-headed professors" and innovation of any kind, cuts off the funding that would have gone into the development of computing and networking, precluding the creation of DARPAnet and therefore of the subsequent Internet, so that xkcd and the One True Comic were never created, and Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

I've seen it all. I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train.

What's the official stance on paradoxes?

Well, when you've got the orthodox, and the heterodox, that's a paradox, right?

Edit: hide the image
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:46 pm UTC

Shepherdess wrote:
partingLance wrote:
cmyk wrote:
Shepherdess wrote:No Megan! Don't use your head as the tetherball!

Use a cat instead. If you're a dog, anyway.


No! The cat stays in the plutonium box! You open that thing and a portal opens to the Late Cretaceous releasing untold raptors into the Now!


... which, during their rampage, trample butterflies and then, after Megan's counter-assault with the giant trebuchet forces the survivors into a desperate retreat, track the remains of said butterflies underfoot all the way back to the Cretaceous, which results, in the 1950s, in the election of a crypto-fascist iron-guts President of the United States who, in his visceral hostility to "pointy-headed professors" and innovation of any kind, cuts off the funding that would have gone into the development of computing and networking, precluding the creation of DARPAnet and therefore of the subsequent Internet, so that xkcd and the One True Comic were never created, and Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.

I've seen it all. I've seen it all through the yellow windows of the evening train.


What's the official stance on paradoxes?


I couldn't say: I've been advised to join the Eastern unorthodox Timewaiters, whose theology doesn't seem to run to such questions just yet.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Actaeus » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:49 pm UTC

Suspension bridge. Definitely a suspension bridge.


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