1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Roia » Fri May 03, 2013 10:29 am UTC

I'm currently stuck on page 499 on account of being away for two days, but I've come back to find: I have a hat! This is so exciting! Thankyou Buffygirl! Your Buffydashery worked hard for me :D
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 10:30 am UTC

mscha wrote:It's a good thing they don't have AirAware in the OTC universe. Otherwise, pretty much any time Cueball and Megan (especially Cueball) opens their mouth:
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(OK, not every time. Things stay suspiciously quiet when Cueball states: “I don't know how anything works.”)


Actually, that could just be the -ONG they're hearing right there. :wink:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby 123Adz321 » Fri May 03, 2013 10:33 am UTC

genera1 wrote:Will someone send the Firefox tool for showing true time into the past for the blitzers?


It is done.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby chem1190c » Fri May 03, 2013 10:34 am UTC

Hmmm...

Perhaps "steam bottle" = "distillation apparatus"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri May 03, 2013 10:35 am UTC

mscha wrote:Just a quick about-to-finally-coma note that the time stamps of the oldpix have yet again changed.
Both the internal PNG timestamps and the external file system timestamp of all the pix (I've redownloaded so far) are now from May 1st.
My script is still running, but so far, it hasn't found any changes in pixels, apart from the known ones.

What this means? Randall knows...

Edit: as the script is running, any new (pixel) differences found will be automatically listed here. It'll be a couple of hours before all oldpix have been checked, though.

Post-coma update:
No new pixel changes.
Time stamps of all files (except for three) have been modified to 1 May.
To be precise:
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58 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
3 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
2 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
4 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
2 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
6 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
3 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
3 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
18 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
51 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
1 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
98 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
3 C:2013-03-30T09:26:52-04:00,
531 C:2013-05-01T15:11:05-04:00,
266 C:2013-05-01T05:37:15-04:00,
(That is: the first 58 frames have have a PNG “datecreate” of 05:37 EDT, then 1 has 15:11 EDT, etcetera. This keeps toggling, I can't find rhyme or reason in the pattern.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri May 03, 2013 10:37 am UTC

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mscha wrote:It's a good thing they don't have AirAware in the OTC universe. Otherwise, pretty much any time Cueball and Megan (especially Cueball) opens their mouth:
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(OK, not every time. Things stay suspiciously quiet when Cueball states: “I don't know how anything works.”)

Actually, that could just be the -ONG they're hearing right there. :wink:

Of course! It all makes sense now! :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Fri May 03, 2013 10:41 am UTC

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It is done.

This is SO nice! Thanks! 8-)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby chem1190c » Fri May 03, 2013 10:41 am UTC

I'm surprised this idea hasn't been mentioned recently, but.. they've apparently been walking for days and the sun hasn't set. Not even once.

Is it possible that What-if # 42 (http://what-if.xkcd.com/42/) is giving us a hint as to where they are?

Of course this assumes that sunsets aren't simply occurring inbetween frames. But this seems unlikely.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Fri May 03, 2013 10:47 am UTC

*more blindposting*

I have noticed that the time in newpix never ends in .x2, .x4, .x7 or .x9. This is due to the time being converted from Outside time to newpix. I don't know if every post has an exact timestamp, but if they do, this could be fixed.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 10:50 am UTC

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buffygirl wrote:For patzer1...
1 I don't know how to comicify my image to work with your Blitzified image. It would be way awesome if BlitzGirl would comicify it onto your comicified head....

Aha, it's showdown time. Who will win the heart of patzer? Buffygirl? BlitzGirl? ...Me? lol.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Vytron » Fri May 03, 2013 10:55 am UTC

I salute you, fellow Past-Timewaiters kryton, LankieBlonde, and whoever is also on their quest to catching up! You'll very probably read this much earlier than I do.

I have finished blitzing, which means, I'm 199 pages behind, where I left yesterday. But i'm not leaving yet. This must be a signal, that I'll be able to catch up some day. I can even track my progress before comaing!

But first:

- Events -

I've seen 4 Blitzgirl's Blitzgirls. On the first one, she caught up to her first signpost on the thread!

On the second one, I noticed recursiveness, she's crossprogressing with herself.

When I was at page 309, she was at page 229. When she was at page 229, her past-self was at page 100.

On her next update, things get metarecursive, as she points out things are recursive, and she was 238 out of 310 pages. Which allows me to compare our speeds...

Yep, I think I'm reading 2 pages more than her daily! But, she's 69 pages behind instead of 199 (and that's probably why she will-had caught up before I do...)

When I read page 312, Blitzgirl read page 243, and her past self was at page 126.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flotter » Fri May 03, 2013 11:02 am UTC

ZONG!
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Why did he fill the hole again? Why did he dig it in the first place?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sjö » Fri May 03, 2013 11:06 am UTC

It looks like he buried something in the hole.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri May 03, 2013 11:09 am UTC

Flotter wrote:Why did he fill the hole again? Why did he dig it in the first place?

Either a “sanitary break”, as some people have already suggested, or they're just being not so good campers and burying their trash. My money is on the latter.

Edit: FTFM.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Latent22 » Fri May 03, 2013 11:11 am UTC

Sjö wrote:It looks like he buried something in the hole.


Will lapetite come dig it up when they leave?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Swein » Fri May 03, 2013 11:12 am UTC

Swein wrote:
123Adz321 wrote:Sing me a sONG!
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Ain't that sweet! He's going to poo and is preparing a hole for it. :roll:

Flotter wrote:ZONG!
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Why did he fill the hole again? Why did he dig it in the first place?


My guess is that pooing was censored... Could of course also be the burial of half eaten otternoses from their meal.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri May 03, 2013 11:22 am UTC

Staggering out of bed early in RealTime (where I was lost, but at least not Marooned), I have to say that it looks more and more like L.R. is deliberately messing w/ the heads of all who dare to prognosticate the future. The abbrevonym "GOOMHR " is taking on a whole new slant here.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Fri May 03, 2013 11:23 am UTC

Vytron wrote:Wait, what? SBN, did you just5 post a picture of the present frame in http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time.png instead of the hash-past frame?? Am I looking at the Present!? And your post is now a permanent window into the present?! I've been spoiled! Ack!

Oh well, it'll be interesting to see how it gets to this. Thankfully, these are rare events...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby genera1 » Fri May 03, 2013 11:27 am UTC

123Adz321 wrote:
genera1 wrote:Will someone send the Firefox tool for showing true time into the past for the blitzers?


It is done.


I hope that is enough. I checked kieryns user charts (xkcd-time.kieryn page.. Can't post links yet) for when you posted, and there is a big hole in the middle. Perhaps there is someone who can fill in the gap?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Fri May 03, 2013 11:28 am UTC

On these latest images, I'm leaning toward potty break, with Megan leaving to give him privacy (and maybe seek some for herself; she has been drinking a bit lately).

Their relationship has never been established, you know; they could be a couple, or friends, or brother and sister, or two people who just met on the beach today. So a bit of personal modesty isn't surprising.

Another song suggestion, if nobody's ninja'd me: "Poems and Prayers and Promises" by John Denver. It's really only the opening and closing lines that resonate for me (but I have no urge at all to filk the rest of this particular song, an old favorite of mine).

    I've been lately thinking about my life's Time
    All the things I've done, and how it's been
    And I can't help believing in my own mind
    I know I'm gonna hate to see it end

    ...How long it's been since yesterday
    And what about tomorrow
    What about our dreams
    And all the memories we share

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri May 03, 2013 11:29 am UTC

mscha wrote:or they're just being good campers and burying their trash.


That isn't good camping! A good camper takes his trash with him/her/it! Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Fri May 03, 2013 11:30 am UTC

Flotter wrote:Re: 1190: "Time"

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ZONG!
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Why did he fill the hole again? Why did he dig it in the first place?

Now this is fun, we can check if the ONG had a good timing with the NewPix translation :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby KarMann » Fri May 03, 2013 11:34 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:Should it worry me that I have a file called OneTruePost.txt that I use for composing my next posting on here? (Yes, I hand-type the bbcode in it.) Should it worry me more that I also have a OneTruePost2.txt?

I'd be more worried about whether it worries the Inquisition, if I were you. A second One True X sounds rather heretical. Unless you're one of those Paradox types, of course, in which case it is de rigueur, I'm sure.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Fri May 03, 2013 11:36 am UTC

I had an attempt at making a song.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby 123Adz321 » Fri May 03, 2013 11:36 am UTC

genera1 wrote:
123Adz321 wrote:
genera1 wrote:Will someone send the Firefox tool for showing true time into the past for the blitzers?


It is done.


I hope that is enough. I checked kieryns user charts (xkcd-time.kieryn page.. Can't post links yet) for when you posted, and there is a big hole in the middle. Perhaps there is someone who can fill in the gap?


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby speising » Fri May 03, 2013 11:38 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:Their relationship has never been established, you know; they could be a couple, or friends, or brother and sister, or two people who just met on the beach today. So a bit of personal modesty isn't surprising.


their interaction a few frames ago, where cb grabbed megan and then excused himself seemed to me like they were in an awkward phase of their relationship.
"i forgot", like they had a big row and are now afraid of any intimacies...

i know, it doesn't really make sense.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rvloon » Fri May 03, 2013 11:39 am UTC

buffygirl wrote:I think I'm in Love with All of You and want to Marry you. just btw.


Excellent idea. Let's go someplace1 where there are not so many people and have several children together.

1 or sometime, but that would be a tacky pun
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 11:42 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:Should it worry me that I have a file called OneTruePost.txt that I use for composing my next posting on here? (Yes, I hand-type the bbcode in it.) Should it worry me more that I also have a OneTruePost2.txt?

Nope - I had to keep txt files of all of my signposts, there at the end. I learned that the hard way when my browser shut down once and my (very extensive) signpost-in-progress just *poofed* away, with all of the quotes, responses, and everything! And that thing was a bear to rewrite, considering I had to go back and figure out who I was quoting and what sigs I saw, etc.

So, yes. I wouldn't be worried. Unless, of course, I should be worried with you. But then at least we would be worried together. :D

And I love the song, patzer... :lol:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri May 03, 2013 11:46 am UTC

w00t.

No specific reason. Just w00t.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Fri May 03, 2013 11:47 am UTC

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jjjdavidson wrote:Should it worry me that I have a file called OneTruePost.txt that I use for composing my next posting on here? (Yes, I hand-type the bbcode in it.) Should it worry me more that I also have a OneTruePost2.txt?

Nope - I had to keep txt files of all of my signposts, there at the end. I learned that the hard way when my browser shut down once and my (very extensive) signpost-in-progress just *poofed* away, with all of the quotes, responses, and everything! And that thing was a bear to rewrite, considering I had to go back and figure out who I was quoting and what sigs I saw, etc.

So, yes. I wouldn't be worried. Unless, of course, I should be worried with you. But then at least we would be worried together. :D

And I love the song, patzer... :lol:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby VoronX » Fri May 03, 2013 11:53 am UTC

(greetings from NP 444!)
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I have to admit: I'm an old fart when it comes to the Internet. In Internet Years, I am roughly 134 years old. I mean, I remember this thing called Usenet.
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I have really enjoyed this particular comic. I have long thought (and secretly hoped) that the sandcastle would just be crenellated into huge letters, forming either 'FIN' (the end) or 'IT'. Of course, the IT we have been waiting for could also be the IT from MPFC's IT-man.

What I have also enjoyed is this this discussion thread. It reminded me of the early Usenet days when the community was a little less the whole world, but just connected universities and select companies (usually IT-related). Groups would form around certain topics and then blossom into a community with a certain amount of set patterns, newbies would be welcomed and initiated in the ways of the topic and as Time went on, FAQs would pop-up, just like the Wiki we have for this thread alone. Surely, somewhere an anthropologist could have some fun writing a book about this phenomenon.

Here we saw something similar: after the initial exploration phase (what the *#@*#& is going on) there were a few phases in group/community building.

There were the Historians, trying to archive and capture what went before;
the Scientists analyzing whatever data they could gather;
the Zealots, creating an entire religion out of the Sands of Time, including prophesies and other parts of the enchilada;
the Questors, dedicated to devour whatever was produced as Time went by, such as BlitzGirl;
the Observors, such as myself, who followed the Comic's progress and the discussion on the forum, but without the BG-devotion, so skipping a few pages here and there.

Surely I have forgotten a few subgroups, but I have no desire to be all-encompassing and complete. And of course, all of us were waiting for it.

Amazingly, there were very few turf or flame wars. Just good-natured banter.

And all of those who are left are part of a community - the cheering on of BG and the creative ways to make her go/read faster being just an example ; I'd wager there is a sense of togetherness that will continue even if Time restarts/peters out and that people will continue to post and check back just to capture that community feeling of yonder.

As an aside: it would be fun if people from this thread had hooked up in Real Life.

To all of you: it has been fun. I thank you for your entertainment, as without it following the comic itself would not have been as fun.

Regards,

Ronald


This is really awesome. And I'm something of an internet old fart myself. I started using some circa 167,000 newpix ago. Usenet, IRC, and various college bulletin boards. And the everpresent lag. I still remember the first time the internet got pictures, in the form of this thing called the World Wide Web! It sounded so expansive and kindof mysterious1! And this thing called "Hypertext" - how cool and futuristic is that?!

Your mention of meeting up IRL sounds really cool, and reminds me of when the users of alt.gothic got together for this event called Concergence. I actually stayed at the apt of the guy who was MCing the event. And though I haven't been to one since, it's still going 19 years later.

I love this community too. I love all the cool things everybody makes. I love our Time together. Boom de Yada. :D
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 11:54 am UTC

cellocgw wrote:Staggering out of bed early in RealTime (where I was lost, but at least not Marooned), I have to say that it looks more and more like L.R. is deliberately messing w/ the heads of all who dare to prognosticate the future. The abbrevonym "GOOMHR " is taking on a whole new slant here.
And yes I made that word up. I like it better than "initialism."


I'm pretty sure "GOOMHR" counts as heresy on the One True Thread.

It has been 513 newpages and this is the very first mention of that here. Which proves once more how this Thread soars above all Others.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Fri May 03, 2013 11:59 am UTC

Someone was wondering where they got the initial freshwater from. Maybe, one of the early times when Rob/Cueball was out of frame for a while (e.g. the later/bye time) he went to get/top up their water from the (receding, small) river, and that's why Megan later asked him about the river and he knew it was receding.

Also, I wonder if they reason they wanted to make the castles (and eventually the platform) higher was to try to see the river (and other potential water sources) from there, although they don't ask about that until it's been constructed, and they don't say anything about not being able to see enough.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Fri May 03, 2013 12:03 pm UTC

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"Later" and "Bye" first established a parameter of the medium - Megan and Cueball would be talking. So it wasn't just snapshots of time, it also had elaboration.
"Wanna swim?" let us know for sure that the location was what it looked like - a beach
"Pffthh *cough* You ok?" and "Just got some in my mouth" told us that it was salt water, so a sea or salty lake. Or some other kind of non-potable water.
"Any idea where the river is now?" Established that there were some off-scene elements, particularly a river. Some assumed at the time that meant that the body of water near the castles was a river, but it has since been revealed that's not the case.
"Still pretty far out" told us that the -now visibly rising- body of water on screen was probably not the river. Also, that they'd been watching the river for at least a week.
"I don't understand what the sea is doing" let us know that the flooding was an abnormal occurrence. Also, that they were somewhat clueless about their world
"I don't think we can build it much taller than this." and "It's been fun, though!" were catalysts for the Observation Tower era, as I recall. Hinting that the world has physical constraints and that Megan and Cueball are aware of them.
"Pfffth Pthuh!" and "I've had worse" reinforce the idea that it's definitely a non-tasty body of water, probably briny seawater.
"Guess one of us should climb down." was simply keeping up the flow of building, I think.
"The sea is rising." - their first non-sideways acknowledgement that the water level was indeed going up.
"Sea level rises and falls, right? It's changed before." and "Not this fast." are confirming again that it's an abnormal occurrence, adding specifically that the rise is extraordinarily quick.
"The river hasn't even reached the sea yet." is interesting. Apparently the river wasn't yet at the sea? Where was it going? I don't believe we have the answer to this question. Megan simply replies "The river is small. The sea is big." as if this was obvious, but points out that when it does reach the sea it wouldn't have much of an effect because of their relative sizes.
"How big?" and "I don't know" reinforcing that Megan and Cueball are somewhat ignorant of their world.
"Does it Rain on the Sea?" and "I don't know; if it does it seems like a waste." continue the guesswork at the rising water level, and indicate that weather patterns are fairly normal wherever they are, with rain at least on land. Also that whatever the rain was wouldn't have enough volume to cause a change in water level like the one they observe.
"It rains in the hills where the river comes from, right?" Interesting, because it tells us the river comes from the hills, which we haven't seen yet. Also showing that Megan and Cueball have some idea how the traversable parts of their world work - they know either from having been there or by word of mouth about the weather in the hills and have some idea how rivers form.
"Are there other rivers?" "I don't know." "There must be other rivers." Indicate this is the only river they know of. There might be other ones, and they think that there must be other ones for the sea level to be rising like this.
"Otherwise the sea would dry up." Either they're really clueless about how seas work, or its a small sea that is known to change drastically in water level according to rainfall (but not this quickly).
"Maybe it's coming out of the ground." "Does that happen?" "I don't know," this exchange indicates that Megan and Cueball don't know about springs or water tables, or aren't really sure, so they probably haven't seen any where they are. Which means either water table is pretty low most of the time, or don't get out much.
"I don't know how the sea works." "I don't know how anything works." Well, that pretty much cinches their ignorance of the natural world. The implications of this depend on who you ask. Are they children? (Not likely, unless LaPetite is an elf). Do they not get out much? This might just be a visit to the countryside/coastline, maybe they usually spend their time in the city away from the natural world. There's room for interpretation here as of now.
"I don't think it's going to stop." "The sea can't just make more of itself forever." "It can do whatever it wants. It's the sea. " Megan and Cueball see the sea as some kind of ineffable force. Clearly they are not exposed to or don't have the technology to make (properly sized) seawalls, dams, etc. Also, that they think the sea is making more of itself and not just moving around - so either they don't know about tides or tides aren't a factor.
"There must be a reason. There's a reason for everything." "Yeah." "But it's not always a good reason." They're scientifically minded, at least, if completely in the dark about what's happening. Their knowledge is unsatisfactory to them, this is probably the point where one or both decide they will venture back to the river to check on it.
"There must be other rivers." "Maybe something is wrong with them." Back to the other rivers - also setting up the recent "broken rivers" bit. How could a river be broken? Maybe it's dammed naturally or unnaturally, the source (mountain springs, lowlands springs, creeks, etc) has dried up, or have been redirected. Those would all stop the flow though. For there to be more flow, rivers would have to merge, there would have to be an unusual amount of rainfall in their watershed, or some kind of dam might have broken.

That coves the first few lines. I don't think I can comment on the latest ones as of yet, maybe I'll post again when we know more. Although all I'm really doing is summarizing the thread - we did a pretty good job of interpreting things the first time around.

This is very good. If you could go through it again indicating why dialogue was needed at each point in the story it would be great. I also think their idioms, and the mix of cooperation/independent action they manage without a word are unusual. On the other hand, if we discarded all the text, would we be much more in the dark than we are now?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri May 03, 2013 12:04 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Fri May 03, 2013 12:07 pm UTC

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AK49BWL wrote:unately it doesn't work for me in my current form, as I'm using a different forum theme and my time is set to m/d/Y H:i:s (U) and I don't really want to change it :oops: ... But nonetheless, awesome script :D

Support for other themes added in the TODO list.
Parser for other formats already in the TODO list.

Do you think that if I'm enhancing my script during my work time, justifying myself to my boss by explaining that "I'm doing it for Time", it'll be okay?

Just think how much work you do outside work time - the problem solved while in the shower, the letter composed on the bus. It'll be quite ok.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 12:10 pm UTC

I was thinking about Time fanfiction, since that was brought up earlier, and specifically Cuegan shippers (inevitable).

And how, ten newpix after the hottest, steamiest erotica fanfic of Megan and Cueball is posted on the thread, OTC Megan will say: "You're such a great brother!" or something to that effect.



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby KarMann » Fri May 03, 2013 12:10 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Staggering out of bed early in RealTime (where I was lost, but at least not Marooned), I have to say that it looks more and more like L.R. is deliberately messing w/ the heads of all who dare to prognosticate the future. The abbrevonym "GOOMHR " is taking on a whole new slant here.
And yes I made that word up. I like it better than "initialism."


I'm pretty sure "GOOMHR" counts as heresy on the One True Thread.

It has been 513 newpages and this is the very first mention of that here. Which proves once more how this Thread soars above all Others.
(After all, Time flies...)

It's been alluded to, though, at least by me once, if somewhat obliquely. I'm maybe a bit more predisposed towards it than most, since my name, well, see sig.

Added: Oh, and the hat thing. I'd been wearing my hat for over a decade before BHG was even a twinkle in other-Randall's eye.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri May 03, 2013 12:14 pm UTC

True, but I meant the acronym itself. :wink:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Fri May 03, 2013 12:18 pm UTC

pablithemantis wrote:[
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quote="ucim"][quote="ChronosDragon"]Well, you could use the original Latin - id est[/quote]Is the Chevette of browsers even available in Latin? Would it translate all the newpix into that ancient tongue? Would I be greeted each morning with "Error occurrit. Vis dicam Microsoft circa hoc?"

Jose[/quote]

I've been wondering how long I'd keep from registering in the forum, and of course it'd be this comment that does it. The moment you bring up an incorrect latin translation of an error message into an XKCD thread, my fate is sealed.

error occuravit. volasne dicere microsofti huius?
(An error has occurred. do you want to tell Microsoft of this?)

missionem proficiebam.

In other news, hello all. Good work on making the accompanying thread for this insane comic more maddening than the comic itself.


Has anyone yet brought up the fact that Randall dramatically reeled us in to the storyline by keeping the characters silent for the majority of the animation, and then suddenly creating an increasingly complicated plot a few hundred frames in? Very clever, that Mr. Munroe.[/quote]

No, but that's the sort of analysis I have thought would help. Sit here. Do some more.
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