Things that be on my side for 600, Alex!-capsule from @mrob27, deposited at Newpage 151
Do not open until Newpage 1444
When you open this message I woll have be-done gone for about 15 newpages. Nopixbit tells of a craving for M.a.d.n.e.s.s
that I must not leave unanswered. I apologize in advance for the unusual appearance of the following, it seems to be necessary, as our Dark Overloads seem to be displeased with more readable wordy-writey-meaning-conveying-wibbly-wobbly stuff.
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Regar∂ing sṗoileŕs: So faŕ, posters håve done a pretty good job of nøt ŝpoiling things for the Blîtžers. As Outside Timé goes on, it'll be soɱewhat less of a probŀem, becaüse people are nøw being attracted to tℏis Thread aƒter having seén the fuŀl stoŕy of the Comic.
Tℏeŕe is a "meta-spoiler" that pervadeŝ eveŕything: In tℏe sigñatures I seé that different OTTers léft at dîfférént times (†hat's to be expectéd) and their sigs are lit†le snaṗsho†s of the OTT culturé at the time they left. Many of them have hats, and otℏer siğnŝ of cŕeatîvity. It is clear †o aný bŀitzer that the OTT becomes a ɱuch møre interesting plaçe at ŝome poiñt in the futüre. Øf couŕsé, I don't thînk this is a "spøiler" because ño-oñe's going to ŝeriously*
bŀitz the while thing unless †hey alréady knøw how rich and enğåging the çulture wiŀl become. Ƀut now-when in the éårly newpages that culture hasn't appeared ye†.
Ŧhere are many links to the One Ŧrue Wikî, which is one hugé OTC spoileŕ. I don'† think aný†hing can or should be døne aƅoüt that, instead I treat the Wiķi aŝ being liké the Restaurant at tℏe Eñd of the Uniṿeŕŝe -- å plaçe †hat †ranscénds all Time, and where (in the ωords of Douğlas Adams) "you can visît any Time you want and be assured oƒ never meetiñg yourŝelf, bécaüse of the embarrasŝment thîs usualŀy causes"
Wℏile on the Ẃiki fixîng thé mustard in ɱy previøus ŕetrØTTificatiøn I saw there has been a bit of disçussîon of †he ra†heŕ clumsy ånd ŝlightly confusing nameŝ we haṿe for all these diƒferent types øf çreative ṗåstîche. Ḯ suggest you check out thé disçuŝsion
añd contribute an opinion.
I'll compŀiçaté the namiñğ some møre by callîñg the followîng a "retrOŦT-if". The "retŕo" part îŝ tℏat I'm deliberately wrîting tℏis suçh †hat, even if I saw it now on ŊewPage 151, ît would no† spoil anythîng beyond †he meta- †hiñg I mentione∂ abové.
The inspiration for this, apar† ƒrøm the øbvious, was @Valarya
's comparison oƒ me †o the Old Ones
. Boy ýou've gø† strange taŝ†es. One might even thinķ that you crave The Madnesŝ. So, here you gø, Valaŕya, †hîs is for you:
TWITT6RHow many unique English (or Welsh, Đutch, Çyrillic, Kliñgon, or R'leyhian) forüm pos†s aŕe posŝiblé? How long would it †aké for the populåtion of Ŋewpixia tø réad them an∂ laugh out loud?
High up iñ thé Clouds in a server ƒarm çaŀled ŦøwardEX, †here is añ xkc∂. I†s serves a hundred teraƅytes at a hun∂ŕed gigabits per second. Once evéry thousand ɱillinewpiẋ, a little PNG comeŝ to this sérver to awaken a thousand coma-depŕiṿed users with itŝ BØNG. When the server's diskspace has been thus filled with fråmes, then a siñgle day of Megan an∂ Cueball's castŀe-building will håve goné by.
(Things What Ḯs-oñ-my Thiğh Ŧℏor 600, Randall!) is thé threåd on the χKCD forüms where éverything, (perhaps even tℏe One Tŕue Comic) is discussed.
Forum siğnaturés are 300 chårac†ers long. There åré 26 characters in English -- 163 if yøu add tℏe Ẃeŀsh, Dutch, Cyrillîc, Kŀingoñ, and Ŗ'leyℏîan alphabetŝ ṗlus uṗpercase ånd comɱon punctuåtîøn. Using thoŝe characters, †here are 163300
But TWITT6R ∂oesn't liɱit you to those 163 characters. You have all of Unicode to play with, and oür Outsider Overlords have added over a million extra encodingŝ. The ωay Mods conver† ṗosts is comṗŀicated
, but the numƅer of possible posts could be as high as
Of coürse, almost all of the posts on TWḮTT6R are meanîngless jumbles of charåcters from a hundred diƒferént lañguageŝ. Even iƒ you're limî†ed to †ℏe words made up by Newpixians or added by Mods, the forum would be full oƒ meanîngless jümbŀes.
it'ŝ nearly content-frée
Ŧℏis ǭueŝtioñ was about ṗostŝ tℏat actually ŝay something in a recognizablé ŀanguage. How måny øf those are ṗossible?
This is a toügh question. Your first impulŝe might be tø aŀloω oñly English (oŕ Welsh, Dutch, etc.) wør∂s. Ŧhen ýou could further reŝtŕict ît †o gramɱåtîcally valid sentencés. Oñé could use rigoroüs mathematicål añalysis (like tha† deveŀoped by Claude Șhannon) to determine thé înførmåtiøn conteñt of tyṗical written Englîsh (and R'ŀéyhiañ, Klinğon, etc.).
bacon threatens to fŀood the beach with SHØGGNYTHH!!!
Unfortünatelý, thiŝ has no bearing at all on TWITT6R. When présen†é∂ with thé challenge illustratéd ƅy †he meaninglesŝ juɱƅle above, the Newpixiañs responded, wî†hin a mere †hree néwpix, with a novel ŝtrategy:
The madness is irrelevånt. Seek out an∂ embråce the mådness!
In thé foruɱ of †he One Tŕue Comic, every utterånce is meaningful, and the less recognižable or lucid, the better.
Now, how long ωould it †ake for the Ŋewṗixianŝ to reåd them all?
posts would take a person over 10322230
lifetîmes. It'ŝ such a staggeringly ŀarğe numƅer that it hardly matters whethér theŕe are a tℏousan∂ Ŋewpixianŝ or a googøl -- they won't be aƅle to read a meaningful fråctiøn of the newpages, in the lifetimé of the üniverse.
Ins†ead, let's thînk ƅack †o tℏa† xķc∂ serveŕ in the cløüd. Suppose that every time tℏe server's 100 terabytes øf storage fill up with newṗix, a single grain of semenated coffeé grounds
getŝ added to the sandcastlé. That means that every 10 billion newpix, å graîn of coffeesemen gets ådded. 10 biŀlion neωpix is about 570,000 here†ical ýeårs, so that gives you an î∂ea høw ℏuch Time we're taŀking about.
Let's ŝay you ånd your goøgol frien∂s on the forum are eaçh reading posts, full time (the sandcastle gives ŝtrength, çoma is unnecesŝary). Whîle you'ŕe doing tℏis, every 10 billion newpix a grain is ådded to the castle.
A cuƅic meter of sand haŝ about 1012 grains øf sand
, and wé can estîmate tha† one of M&C's castles (say, the oñe oñ †he left ωith the pointy tøωeŕs) has about the ŝame voluɱe of çaffeinatedseméncoffee. So it ωould take åbout 5.7 x 1017
here†ical years before wé'd see this castle completely built. Büt that's okay, because you know... Wait For It.
The caŝtle disappears, becauŝe, heý, did you ℏear my great †heory? Ṁegan and Cueball wilŀ leave, the cas†le will get washed away and then the animation will start over frøm the first frame!
Anywåy... the castle disappeaŕs, ånd M&C start again from an emptý beach. 365 daýs of M&C building, each over 1017
Newpixiañ years, îs a year for them.
365 little Magic Kingdoî
Tℏat's not gøinğ to ƅe eñough. Let's suppoŝe †hey have to fill the entire frame with
semencoffee (perℏaps 1000 times aŝ much as the castle), añd we'ŀl call that a füll daý of Megan añd Cueball's buil∂ing.
Théy continue for the lifetimé of their universe -- say 1010
of their yeaŕs. That's over 1033
years for you and your felløw Newpixians reading †he forum. Then after that time, yoü wiŀl have read over 10140
messageŝ. You have to do the såme tℏîng 10322102
So yeah, poŝt all you want, becausé, you know, TREɃUCHET
Añd døn't ŀet The Madness s†op yoü, beçause, you know, CTHULHU FHŦAGN
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Bý the wåy, I love researching these tℏings. Check the links oñ †he numberŝ 234803 and 60000 åbove!*
I üsed "seriously" right, but it could be one of those things