partingLance wrote: Here is the Chronicle of Firsts taken up as far as NP 50.
This was, and is, an interesting exercise. <snipped> very much a work in regress progress, and I make no claim to its being final or definitive. Which is as much as to say: I stand, or rather Wait, to be corrected.
The OTT: When was the First speculation on, or mention of...?
Wow, talk about detail work!
I sometimes tell myself that I could do work of this fineness, too... if the [heresy]real[/heresy] world would just stop hassling me...
I love blue-footed boobies! My grandfather had a special ‘blue-footed booby’ dance he would do when he wanted something from my grandmother.
CasCat: I notice that the rock has a trail behind it. Like the beesnake. Does that mean that the trail/train/tail of the beesnake is just a graphic by Randall showing its loopy zigzag path, and not an actual trail, but an afterimage-of-movement, so to speak? I think the beesnake isn't a beesnake at all; just a moving bug.
sbn: I think beesnakes leave a trail, to denote their chaotic paths. Cuegan doesn't leave a trail, because they go straight from one place to another, but the beesnakes go Family Circus style, so need a trail. So, yeah, I'm in the 'just a bug' camp. (Unless it's some bug that pulls in its tail when it lands.)
I interpreted the rock's trail as dust from Cueball crumbling it, and I figured the beesnakes were either more visible or more amusing with their little Family Circus trails (thanks for the type identification, sbn, that's exactly what they look like!) Then again, I really like the idea of bugs with retractable tails! ...no, I don't think I said that quite right; I like the idea
of bugs with retractable tails, but would really dislike encountering
one in the Outside.
mscha: Or it's some kind of time-traveling bug, that leaves an echo of itself in places where it has been in the past few seconds. Therefore, when it sits still, you see a simple bug, and when it moves, you see a beesnake.
That's what I get when I apply Occam's razor, but I might have assembled it incorrectly...
And then again again, I really
like this idea! Would these be the bees that pollinate re-annual grapes?
ETA 7, 8, 9... 10 drafts, and I still didn't remember to say: Congratulations, Yappobiscuits!