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by Ashaman
Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Edit: Also, Megan's got the map. I wonder if we might get a look at it. I'm guessing no. I'd like a look at it too, but suspect we won't see it. But the map is suddenly a lot less useful, since it mostly describes the newly wetted sea floor. Our crew seems to have no tools for dead-reckoning while ...
by Ashaman
Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Aw, c'mon, you know how this works... After a speech like that, there is always a montage sequence of everybody doing everything, helping each other, and briefly pausing to grin at each other as if to say, "You know, this just might work!" ...and I can already hear the theme music from So...
by Ashaman
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Hey one thing for the future 13291 date prediction thing. Would the med drying up change the spinning of the earth? That much extra water moved around the other parts of the world while in the whole earth thing would not have a huge effect but over this long time scale it could have a meaningful ef...
by Ashaman
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

If they are standing on a bed of salt with a sandy crust, it's possible the water has cut tunnels into the ground, beneath the crust, and Cueball just fell through.
by Ashaman
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Except that I got the impression from Hairdo that the dam was made of rock, not melting ice, so this whole line of speculation doesn't really work that well. And if we're just playing with rock, I don't think we have enough time for current geological processes (other than an unexpected volcano) to...
by Ashaman
Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I like the theory that the glaciers have returned - after all, present day and Cuegan are all in the Quaternary Ice Age together, and glaciation is the norm, not the exception. There might have even been a glacial plug of Gibraltar, though those tend not to last long enough. We need something to ex...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Run?

I need a reality check here (if the term applies to the OTC)... is RUN actually a good plan, or are Cuegan just panicing? Are we going to see "pant, pant, wheeze" in a few frames? First off, running does not seem like a sustainable pace, especially at altitude and with a healing leg. Seco...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Their only real hope, without knowing the full extent of the sea level rise, is that the terrain between them and the eventual shoreline has no local peaks, it's always uphill the whole way. And that would seem to be unlikely if they are living below a group of small hills. However, if they follow ...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Once cuegan set off on their travels they had limited view of the sea, and may not have realised the severity of the rising (instead having simple curiosity). For the forty, the danger may have become apparent and they could have moved to higher ground. However, that higher ground may well have bee...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

There's two different issues to think about for the rate of filling: the rate at which the water rises vertically, and the rate at which the shoreline shifts horizontally. If the terrain is steep, you can get more vertical movement than horizontal, and the other way for flat terrain. And when measur...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Though the celestial pole/equator also migrates due to precession, I don't know if the calculation took account of that. The calculation doesn't need to take account of that, it'll work for any spinning object in any field of stars, you can find your latitude relative to the axis of rotation. Of co...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Yea, I still see the future as a real possibility. Randall made up a new language for the Beanies because being 11000 years in the future, current languages wouldn't be recognisable. That suggests to me that if this wasn't set on Earth 11000 years in the future, he would have also made up a new sta...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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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 Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

The water level of the Caspian sea is determined entirely by the water coming from several rivers. Those rivers are currently having issues, look at what's happened to the Aral Sea nearby. This latest speech still sounds like the Caspian or the Black Seas, to me. The rock passage that closed might b...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Latitude is more precise with 39.5--40°N (only assumption: the camera is horizontal). If we're confident of that number (which seemed plausible based on the analysis I saw), then the Black Sea becomes unlikely, it's too far north. But the Caspian sea might also work, and the city of Baku is right a...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Just a thought: in addition to the flooding of the Mediterranean Sea, there's a speculated more recent flooding event where the Med broke through the Bosporus and flooded the Black Sea, perhaps around 7k years ago. This might give a more plausible latitude, as well as providing mountains on the coas...
by Ashaman
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Random speculation: the multiple words overlaid is because Hairdo is voicing multiple sounds at once, like she's possessed by demons who can all speak at the same time. Or perhaps she's a Medusa, and both she and the hairsnakes are talking? Hmm, I think I'm a page pope. Decree: less infinity stuff, ...
by Ashaman
Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Prediction: Beanies are working on making a hydro-electric dam. Their version of cueball messed up and released the floodgates. This work crew is in charge of fixing the mistake.. Yep, like i mentioned a few pages back: those aren't beanies, those are hard hats, and this is a civil engineering work...
by Ashaman
Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

Those aren't beanies, those are hard-hats. It's some sort of civil engineering survey crew working at a jobsite. They probably also have yellow neon vests on, except that clothing isn't being drawn. They have put up the survey towers to measure the progress of another team, which is filling their oc...
by Ashaman
Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Clearly, it's time for some more speculation. At the beginning of Time, I figured our couple was at the beach, on a weekend afternoon, not far from home. As things progressed, it seemed like they must be on a longer vacation, or maybe they don't need to work for a living. Now I think they are strang...
by Ashaman
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hmm. Again. the Pacific coast comes to mind. Is a 300 foot rise in the sea level plausible? That would flood the San Joaquin valley at least as far as Modesto, and Yosemite would be about the right distance from there. From the global warming sea level map I just linked to, a 200 feet rise is towar...
by Ashaman
Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

So where does that leave us? Check out the Western Interior Seaway from the late cretaceous: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Interior_Seaway. If we melt most of the ice in Antarctica and Greenland, which seems like a probable result after a few centuries of global warming, we could bring some...
by Ashaman
Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

Assuming the astronomy speculation is correct on the wiki . Are there any suitably placed basins that could be Cuegan's sea? No one but Randall can know how much of the Earth's water will be in the polar ice caps in the Randallverse in Cuegan's time. So describe where sea level would need to be for...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

But I'd be surprised if it was all planned in advance. My guess is that the GLR just started this with the beach scene, and had no idea how long He'd keep it going, where He was going, and how long He'd continue. He'll probably keep adding batches as long as He's having fun – and as long as He has ...
by Ashaman
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

So, just a random thought about storytelling and presentation: Randall must be drawing these with a plan, he's got a vision for where the story goes and what he's going to show us next. He's sitting at his desk and tossing out dozens of frames at a time, in rapid succession, knowing exactly how the ...
by Ashaman
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105364
Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

Noting this, I've to question the whole 13000-proof-chain, for it shows at least some circumstancial counter-evidence: In a world thirteen thousand years into the future, I would expect a crazy lot of artificial satellites in the sky. We'd have to develop some theories for not having crowded the sk...
by Ashaman
Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I had thought it was established that only Venus moves through that constellation in that way in it's path through the celestial sphere. All the planets move along a line called the ecliptic, which is essentially just the plane of rotation for our whole solar system. (Pluto is the exception, but Pl...
by Ashaman
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 105364
Views: 32835353

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hiya folks, I've been watching the OTC since the beginning, and checking this thread periodically as well. But the astronomy talk has prompted me to finally register and throw in some experience. Why are we assuming the bright setting object was Venus? It could just have easily be Jupiter, Saturn, o...

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