What if we are creating time? What if time is a result of our continued contributions to its substance? What if Time is a reflection of this very thread?
They sit on a beach observing near nothingness as we observe the initial OTC (One True Comic- I am a faithless heathen who has watched from the beginning of Time but shown weakness and lived Outside too much) and as Rhomboid posts the usual thread beginning permalink to the original he also begins the sand castle. What better analogy for digital thread in a world where we can't store all the data we create than a sand castle? As we begin to realize the epic proportions of Time so does time begin to expand and, indeed, Megan's (sp?) fervor coincides with the rapid expansion that was the dawn of man's realization of Time. Even the mound constructed during the Madness (sp/terminology?) reflects the thread's lack of coherence during that time and its later revelation as an epic construction at the end of the Madness. Now as the initial thread and its speculations have given way to a devout group of followers and many, many lurk/followers so has the initial castle (replicated upon itself) given way to an existential secondary castle of greater complexity and lesser size.
Now, our every and ever-continuing contribution to this thread is fuel for minor changes to an original image that He-whose-name-is-sacred can edit at his relative leisure. The externality to Time is Time's own thread and The Past is merely commentary on the need for so many to be reminded that time marches on...
Or I'm tired and my theory is complete BS but it sure seems like the thread and Time develop synergistically... and the complexity of this smaller castle gives me the same 'too detailed for my available time' feeling that the religion and BlitzGirl, the great time-slayer, make me feel when I miss entire newpics and newpages at once