I had a hunch, but then I realized this morning that it was based on a faulty premise, and then I forgot again why that was. A bigger brain would be so very, very useful.... But here's where I was coming from:hujackus wrote:I wish I could have figured out which 4x4 block to use (the one ending on f or b), but I haven't had a clue since 2015. I simply had to wait two years to find out which one it was going to be. Everything this time is based on the first letter from January 1st, which was a D.ggh wrote:Yay - it's hujackus! And he's predicting the same sequence I am. (Which isn't so surprising, considering that I'm mostly basing my predictions on his treeish pattern-matching.) I am a little curious: I thought you'd lean towards pulling 2018 from the f column of the hexadecimal extrapolation, but like me, you're going for the b column - is that for the same reason I am?
The epilogue sequence started on the third hour of the day in the 20's. That day continued:
without sloshers, it would have been:
which we have grouped like this (and I'm going to add back in those first two hours to make it look like we're used to):
BAED CBAE ED AEDC BAED DC DCBA
Within every group, we've got descending letters.
So, what if we pad it out to fours like this instead to try to keep it flowing between groups?
BAED CBAE DCBA EDCB AEDC BAED CBAE DCBA DCBA
That would make a straight descent... until it falls apart on those last four.
So what to do with the last four? Say that it stops there? Jam an extra 6 letters before them somehow? I was even considering plopping in a whole extra set of four fours in there to bring the thing back to a nice even 64, like this:
BAED CBAE DCBA EDCB AEDC BAED CBAE DCBA EDCB AEDC BAED CBAE DCBA EDCB AEDC BAED
By this point, even I realize that I'm really reaching here. Why on earth would the third group of each set of four fours, and the third group of the four sixteens be skipped? And even if they were, that would mean that the smallest compact form of 2013 would be EDCB, not EDB, and it wouldn't be that beautiful transposed column of the 14th hour of 2013, and everything falls apart.
So yeah, I'm stuck. If I try too hard to make the descent last for that first day, I break it. But the amount of descent that is already present seems too much to be coincidental to me, especially since the very first frame is a (sloshed) E. That's why I put my money on that D coming up first, but it's going to be a long four-year wait to find out if that padding block is indeed there.
Addams, I was curious about your orange rocks. Suddenly I couldn't remember seeing orange rocks, so, of course, I did a google image search. Naturally, this popped up: