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by anabatica
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Sorry about my time-ending map, everyone.
by anabatica
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I made an overlay of the Beaniemap with a bathymetric map of the Mediterranean. Really cool ma(ni)p! The flow is probably eastwards, so they may not end up in Beanietown. That would be quite a stretch. I'm not sure about eastwards. Flow follows contours. Of course, it normally follows contours in a...
by anabatica
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Rivers do move, sometimes quite far. For the past century or so, the US Army Corps of Engineers (large, partly civil organization) has been trying to prevent the Mississippi River from being captured by the Atchafalaya. HUGE project. If it fails, New Orleans will be left pretty dry along with all o...
by anabatica
Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

I made an overlay of the Beaniemap with a bathymetric map of the Mediterranean. Might be helpful in figuring out where they are. There's a significant chance they're in that temporary plain up in the northwest. I'm aware that the coastline doesn't line up as well as it could, but the suboceanic moun...
by anabatica
Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
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Re: 1190: "Time"

GONG NIGHT

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by anabatica
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

One of the interesting things in the ways GLR displays English text is that he includes all the English punctuation. And when he has then done Beanish he has done the same thing with Beanish version of punctuation. Now we are seeing a mixture of muddled up English words but its using beanish punctu...
by anabatica
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

a_s_h_e_n wrote:"The castle (fortress) was once an island. We found it and have tried to rebuild it."

Why?


Sounds like Château d'If indeed.
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

For those trying to pin this to a particular time/place in the past on Earth (7000 BCE Med. Sea or whatever)... ...I think there's not a lot of places/times on earth much like this world. I think you're right, we can't be very far in the past, the trebuchet and castle technology aren't more than 10...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Interestingly, the final period is a period and not a Beanie -
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I agree with all of this, except I think there's another SOMETHING before cities, and I'm not sure about "walked" Oh and it should be NOW the sea has found a way back in. Filling in with some guesswork... In time even the hills change. When people first walked and first built their cities...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

In time even the hills change.
When people first walked and first built cities the seas were joined but there was a great SOMETHING and the passage was closed.
Your sea SOMETHING with too few rivers.
Under the sun it shrank and the water fell.
The sea has found a way back in.
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Essentially, the circular arcs of the setting stars allows pinpointing of the location of the North Star (the North celestial pole) and how far above the horizon it is determines latitude. I think a method was actually used based on the celestial equator, but it's the same idea. Something that occu...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I feel that my guess that they're on the Med and the basin is refilling still has a leg to stand on. Or the Dead Sea (another old theory), which somehow gets connected to the Mediterranean. I don't think the Dead Sea is large enough for Cuegan to not realise that it is not a limitless endless sea. ...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

SinusPi wrote:YOUR SEA DOES NOT STAND ALONE!
THERE IS ANOTHER SEA NEXT TO IT
BEYOND THE ##S##RE.
IT HAS BECAME # ### TO YOURS
BUT ######## LEVELS DIFFER
AND THUS WATER FLOWS


BEYOND THE SHORE

and possibly

IT HAS BECOME FUSED TO YOURS

Fairly boring and tame explanation, really.
by anabatica
Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Right, so we seem to have a new character, introduced in the last batch of Beanish speech. It looks a bit like the A but not enough. I'll assign it "p" for now since everything that looks like a 9 is already assigned. That means that the food, and then the next batch of Beanish speech read...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

I find it odd to write M' for something that looks like http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37725 http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37726 ... Then again, I'm not so sure the last word in the last line has N modified - not all blue arcs open towards their hosts, look at "42'&q...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

On the "q" (that's a good name, will steal that for the grouping as "cue"): http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37564 http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37602 http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=37736 I think they're all the same base symbol but with dif...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
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Re: 1190: "Time"

TranslitONG again, switched "G" and "5" for "d" and "b". http://i.imgur.com/GvaqZEa.png Let's see that X/N case, and a closer look at if "A" is a "g"... I disagree about X being a modified N, for the record. I see your point about A/g but ...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

I could try... http://i.imgur.com/DFLahfF.png [ G Z L' ] [ U 5? ] (G for the hook, as it seems like a C with a vertical line... kinda; L' for the diacritic dot over L) [ G A 'J ] [ S ] [ 7 X ] [ W' N ] [ N U q'? ] [ 4 M ] [ 3 7 4’ W S ] [ A 3 4 7 W' 9. ] [ Z L' ] [ 3 2 g 2 7' L ] [ U ] [ 4"' ]...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Do we have an official transliteration agreed upon yet..? I've seen SOME translits float around here, but they seemed to just go in order of appearance, not by character similarity, so their immediate usefulness seemed limited... not that I've seen, and in fact I was just going to ask if you'd deve...
by anabatica
Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

You guys are too fast, and I'll probably be late to the party again, but allow me a little analysis: http://i.imgur.com/cxj4fPU.png Purple interpunctions seem solved now - circles for questions, dashes for fullstops, double dashes for exclamations, no interpunction for heresy. We also have half-cir...
by anabatica
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Anyone else counting/identifying letters, other than BlitzGirl's groupings which may contain multiple letters? I've got 20 (from all the dialog we've seen so far), but there's some guessing involved in which are actually unique letters and which are modified by diacritics. I haven't bought in to th...
by anabatica
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Anyone else counting/identifying letters, other than BlitzGirl's groupings which may contain multiple letters? I've got 20 (from all the dialog we've seen so far), but there's some guessing involved in which are actually unique letters and which are modified by diacritics. I haven't bought in to the...
by anabatica
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

All of the symbols that have dots on them EXCEPT the chair are at the ends of words. I was thinking it could denote a comma, but the chair messes that up.

I'm also annoyed at the aforementioned apparent lack of punctuation in frame A2700.
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Angelastic wrote:They have rain.


Ah right, I'd forgotten that frame. Funny how little they've talked about the weather though considering how much of Outside conversation/smalltalk is about it.
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Rule110 wrote: However, no lightning rod on the tower, so either their tech is a bit different mix than any past historical period, or they like to live dangerously.


Then again, we've seen no indication that they have weather other than clear and sunny in this world...
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:Okay, so if we can see two beanies in this ONG, where did the third one go?

Off frame to the right I assume. They seem to walk quickly.
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

moody7277 wrote:One has to wonder how much the Beanies use/understand all this survey equipment from the Old Times.

From where it's pointed, looks like they could have been using it to watch Cuegan?
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

foilman wrote:Thank you ONG.
And now they'll all walk off.


You think? But what if these people know something about what's happening to the sea? I don't think Cuegan will forget their objective so quickly.
by anabatica
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well this is exciting. We got our first repeat. Beanie repeated the last two words of Speech 2 (which was probably "fetch thing" as some predicted at the time and now this is "thing").

edit: oops, I mean Speech 3
by anabatica
Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:Translation: "Chirp?"


And not even easy to decipher by being written in latin characters.

Randall hates us.
by anabatica
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Next frame is gonna be the Beanie Bunch looking at each other with confused expressions thereby delaying any exposition.
by anabatica
Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

For (non-Cassini) North America, the apparent latitude puts us near Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, and Philadelphia PA on the east coast, with Washington DC and New York City just outside the nominal range. However, as neat as the thought that Megan and Cueball might have walked across my own yard du...
by anabatica
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

sidd wrote:13291-04-10 04h UTC is looking pretty good.


What frame was 04h? And when was sunset?

Seems we might be able to (roughly) work out latitude AND longitude?
by anabatica
Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

I still think Calabar is the best fit. Yes, Wikipedia says they live in rainforests, but if you check the citation for that sentence, it directs to a book published in 1987. In fact, it looks like most of the article is taken from that book, Living Snakes of the World in Color . You know a source m...
by anabatica
Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107236
Views: 50143357

Re: 1190: "Time"

Also, I'm 'bout ready to throw my hat in the ring with BlitzGirl on the African Theory. Makes a lot of sense to me. I have to admit that deep down in my surrealist heart, I've always wanted this to be a fictional Randallverse, but the evidence keeps stacking up that he's deliberately trying to show...
by anabatica
Sun May 26, 2013 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

re: squirrels in Madagascar, there are none, however there are baobab trees on mainland Africa so they could be there instead.

Although baobab trees grow at altitudes of at least 200m, and I don't think they've climbed that high.
by anabatica
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22034

Re: 929: "Speculation"

I liked the comic but found the alt-text quite insensitive due to the recent massacre in Norway. That's a bit of a stretch. After all, how many weeks have we had in the past century or so that didn't have a massacre going on somewhere on our planet. If our humorists had to try to be "sensitive...
by anabatica
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22034

Re: 929: "Speculation"

I liked the comic but found the alt-text quite insensitive due to the recent massacre in Norway.
by anabatica
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 172017

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I really hope misplacing Cape Horn [Fun fact: It should actually be Cape Hoorn. The name doesn't come from the english word 'horn' but from the Dutch city of Hoorn] was deliberate! Well, no, its name in English is 'Cape Horn'. English (and other languages, I mean you don't think the French call Par...

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