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by slinches
Sat May 07, 2016 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: Time: COMA, COMA AGAINST THE PUNSAWING OF THE POPADUMB

mrob27 wrote:There are custom dice for that:
Spoiler:
Image
(120 sides, roll it to pick a random permutation of 5 things)
(Source: Eric Harshbarger)


I think you may have just solved the epilogue sequence. :P
by slinches
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

For decree: I delurked on page 20.

I actually registered to post in the OTT in the first few hours of its existence, but the postrate was so raptorish that it took me nearly a day (and a seaish number of attempts) before I came up with something that wasn't at least triple preview-ninja'd.


Also, an updated epilogue sequence visualization for 2015 is forthcoming. Please
Spoiler:
by slinches
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:Unfortunately, no reboot of Time; not on xkcd.com, not on xkcd.com/1190. Maybe something in the What-If later todix?

No change in the epilogue sequence either. It seems the hopes of finding a message there are getting slimmer. :cry:

Preview edit: Ask and ye shall receive. Awesomefully quick and steakish work on the Auld Lang Tyme taixzo and BlitzGirl.
by slinches
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:06 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: and yay!

ergman wrote:and yay, what happened with the epilogue sequence? did that happen yet?

It just completed a couple of minutes ago and this is the 2013 to 2014 sequence comparison:

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CEABEABCBCDDEADEABABABCD
CEABEABCBCEABCABCDCDBCDE
000000000012222222221111

To paraphrase Megan, I don't understand what the epilogue sequence is doing#


#I'm on np408 in my SB game.
by slinches
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:Last chance to guess predict what the epilogue sequence is going to do at 2014-01-10 00:00:00 UTC.
New pattern? If so, what will it be?
Will the very first frame be outside the sequence again? And if so, will it be a ‘D’?

Anyone who gets this right in the next 0.9 nopix wins the epilogue sequence.

My prediction is that it will continue to follow the pattern of starting every other block with "D" and the same transformation from this post will be applied to give:

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DEABEABCBCAABCEBCDCDCCDE
CEABEABCBCAABCEBCDCDCCDE
...

Of course if it does this we learn basically nothing new, so I hope it does something else.

ETA: I hope it does what HES says below.
by slinches
Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:04 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

One other interesting thing of note on the epilogue sequence change:

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EDBADECBCBDCAECDBABABADC
EDBADECBCBAECBDADCDCDBED
000000000022221222222111

The difference in the 1-9 pattern appears to be that the all of the characters after the 10th are incremented by 2 or 1 in a clearly non-random way.
by slinches
Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Am I losing my mind from playing too much Sandcastle Builder or did Megan get replaced by a beanie in newpix 148?

Spoiler:
Image


ETA: Oh, and mscha fixed the epilogue sequence. He must be lurking ... hi mscha! Image
by slinches
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:32 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Or not redux

waveney wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I can't sleep with unsolved problems.


Poincare conjecture? (smooth four-dimensional version)
Riemann hypothesis?
LIttlewood conjecture?

Bad news for ya -- there's rather a lot of unsolved problems, not even counting the poorly defined ones like "where did I leave my hat?"


And most important of all: Beanish!

Then the second most important must be the epilogue sequence.
by slinches
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:11 am UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Firstly, new othercomic.

Second, @chirpingmustard.com email is working great, for those who don't have an address there yet. Great job Aluisio.

And, lastly, I had a (crazy?) idea about the epilogue sequence. Could it be the tape for some sort of Turing machine? It would need to be an odd one though, since we have 5 characters rather than the normal binary.

ETA: that's some awesomeful wordoodling and sketching, ChronosDragon
by slinches
Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:27 am UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I've been playing around with the epilogue sequence and noticed some interesting (a)symmetry if the four full 24hr sequences are listed in order of appearance and rows are aligned to start at 0:00 UTC (like they are currently on mscha's site):

Image

The first and last 4x4 blocks are symmetric about at least one of their diagonals and a couple of others are only one or two blocks away from being similarly symmetric.

Additionally, the (5,1) to (8,4) block is the same as the (15,1) to (18,4) block, except that all of the values are shifted down by one.


I have no clue what any of this means other than that the sequences are related to each other and aren't likely to be random.

Redundant:
Spoiler:
Epilogue_pattern.png
Epilogue_pattern.png (8.08 KiB) Viewed 14649 times

This was done in Excel by converting the sequence letters to numbers and then applying conditional formatting, in case anyone was curious.
by slinches
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Unsolved OSH

BlitzGirl wrote:
OSH
Spoiler:
Image
This is a ch*rp.
What newpix is it from?

Is it 1868?

Also, new othercomic
Spoiler:
Image
I think we passed the BD501 of the OTT somewhere around T** **D.

1Median Basement Dose

Also, also, I'm disappointed that there's nothing significant encoded in the epilogue sequence repetitions. Well, at least there's still a chance the sequences themselves have something left to reveal.
by slinches
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:
Spoiler:
@mrob: Treeish OTTerOthercomic! (Not to be confused with an OTTercomic, which is an ottification of an xkcd Othercomic, or an OtherOtherComic, which is a non-xkcd comic, or an OtherOTTercomic, which is an ottification of a non-xkcd OtherOtherComic...)

slinches wrote:Epilogue Sequence Update:

The most recent 24hr sequence just recently ended. We now have this sequence: C 3 D 2 9 D 10 10

I've been staring at this for a while now and ... I've got nothin'. It doesn't seem to fit any date or location formats I can think of, but it has to mean something. Any ideas what else it could be?

It's hard to extrapolate from just two letters, but we might be transitioning into a repeat of the second iteration of the sequence. That would be a bummer, since it would mean no "new" rhyme scheme. :(

ETA: Happy 250 posts, slinches!

Yep, it's 2 for 2 on repeating the second 24hr sequence so far. :( Although, you could always pick a different starting point for the rhyme scheme if you want to write more awesomeful poetry.

And thanks, I'm almost to a tenth of your post count!
by slinches
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Epilogue Sequence Update:

The most recent 24hr sequence just recently ended. We now have this sequence: C 3 D 2 9 D 10 10

I've been staring at this for a while now and ... I've got nothin'. It doesn't seem to fit any date or location formats I can think of, but it has to mean something. Any ideas what else it could be?
by slinches
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Hmm ... it looks like 03/29/14 may have just been ruled out. The latest epilogue sequence is on its fifth repetition now.
by slinches
Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: phantom fifth epilogue sequence?

ggh wrote:I was looking at mscha's wonderful records, and this may mean nothing, but I was thinking that some parts of the epilogue sequences have odd pairings: one sequence has a BABABA where another has an ABABAB, and another has DCDABAB coinciding with CDCBABA. Furthermore, if you look at all four together, much more often than not, they have four different letters, which is statistically weird, no?

That makes a phantom fifth sequence of the missing letters:
CCADDDnAnBBBECCCnEEEEEDC
where the n's are the ambiguous letters because the existing four sequences only contain 3 letters total (BCCD, ACDD and ABCC).

I wouldn't expect this fifth sequence to ever actually appear, because it has so many repeats, but could it mean something? Maybe a clue as to how the sequences are generated, or maybe a puzzle? I dunno. Just throwing it out there. I find it also interesting that the few stray letters we've had that don't fit any of the existing sequences do fit the phantom fifth.

If there's a secret to be revealed, you lot will reveal it! And whether there is or not, I'm hoping we may all get another spectacular BlitzGirl poem. :)

I've been puzzling over that quite a bit as well and all I could come up with is that there's a heavy bias (~64% of the time) toward the next frame being adjacent. This could just be an attempt to maintain a smooth1 animation and there are larger jumps at random spots because he's using a Gaussian random walk algorithm to accomplish that. If he'd used a standard random walk, I think the sequences could end up walking2 all over each other making it more difficult to identify the sequences.

Anyway, we should know whether the 03/29/14 date theory is correct in about 6 hours. It'll be interesting to see what follows either way.


1Well, as smooth as a one frame per hour animation can be. :D
2Pun most definitely intended :twisted:
by slinches
Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:As first noted by wizpretz, the epilogue sequence has changed again, and jjjdavidson noticed that it's a repeat of the first cycle, with the same frame appearing at the same hour. (This suggests it's not so much a 24-oldpix cycle but more of a function from ‘hour’ to ‘frame’, that gets changed once in a while.)
What it all means? Or even if it means something? No idea.
Anyway, we now have 4 cycles, and appear to be in the 5th, which is a repeat of the 1st.
Every cycle ends with the last frame at 23:00 UTC. The next cycle starts either immediately after at 0:00 UTC (3rd and 5th) or an hour later at 1:00 UTC (2nd and 4th), with a non-cyclic frame at 0:00. (Of course, it could be that the 3rd and 5th also start at 1:00 UTC, and that the non-cyclic frame just happens to match the one it would be in the cycle.)
(The first cycle, of course, starts later. According to my list, it starts at the second oldpix (i.e. frame after the initial ABCDE) at 3:00 UTC, but in fact, it was 10 minutes or so later that frame C was replaced by D.)
The number of iterations of each of the cycles so far, rounded: 3, 2, 9, 10.
This stuff is harder than intheshax' puzzle...

Yes, this is starting to get a bit more confusing. So far it's C, 3 x S11, D, 2 x S2, 9 x S3, D, 10 x S4, ? x S1

It seems like the date hypothesis isn't really broken yet, but it's starting too look less likely. The epilogue could still be on its way to spelling out 03/29/14, but a 10x repeat would have to represent 1 and I'm not sure that's necessary considering that a separate instance of an existing 24hr block is distinguishable on its own. Besides, that date format is a bit odd considering GLR has declared YYYY/MM/DD to be the OTDF (One True Date Format). Then again, his opinion on standards is clear as well.

It's also possible that the year isn't explicitly specified and now we're getting the beginning of a time of day or location.

Or I'm completely wrong and it means something entirely different (or nothing at all). :?


1S1 = the first 24hr sequence block, S2 = the second one, etc.
by slinches
Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:17 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

pelrigg wrote:<snip>
re: the repeating Epilogue Frames.

What If: GLR is thinking like a "Vegon"? (think 'Contact' here.)
In other words; what if the message isn't just in the pattern of the images "spelling" out the date (like slinches said), but somehow the hashes are involved with the "message"? (Yes, that would mean these last five hashes were selected.)
And What If the 'mustard' of the 'late' repeating frame at the beginning was also part of the 'message'?
<snip>
Even if this turns out to be a silly idea, have a good dip on the OTT.
<snip>

I'm no expert (in fact, I know next to nothing about cryptography or programming), but I was able to concatenate all of the epilogue hashes into a single file and open that in a hex editor. No obvious patterns jumped out at me (other that the 24 frame repeats, of course). Good idea though, it does seems like there should be something more to the hashes and epilogue sequence than what we have found so far.
by slinches
Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:
wizpretz wrote:
mscha wrote:Latest epilogue update:
Spoiler:
    CDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBA
    DB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDABAB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDAB
    ED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADC
    DE
    ABEABCBCDDEADEABABABCDCE
    ABEABCBCDDEADEABABABCDC

I forget who first predicted that the pattern was a date, but I think that is what's happening. March 29 of next year is a Saturday and the location coordinates (if it isn't the Chateau D'If) could be shown in the same way. I don't see any other reason for this pattern other than nerdsniping us. If the current pattern continues for 14 dips it's definitely a date.

I think slinches was the first to propose a date. But his prediction was that it's going by digit, so we wouldn't get 14 repetitions - the most we would ever get is nine. (Fourteen would be one and then four.) I don't know what to make of the fact that we didn't actually get full repetitions of the first two cycles - both were truncated two newpix before a full cycle could be completed.

Yup, that was me Image. Actually, I revised my date hypothesis after waveney pointed out that a single beginning character could represent 0. Which I expanded upon with the idea that the value of that single character could be significant, e.g. C=0 and D=/ would give 03/29/ so far.

Additionally, in my previous post I noticed that representing 1 could cause some issues in this format. If the sequence only runs once, it becomes ambiguous whether the extra "0" or "/" characters are part of that sequence or not, especially since they haven't been repeating on a precise interval. In light of that, I don't see anything wrong with 14 being represented with 14 repeats rather than 1 + 4, other than that it means that we may have to wait two weeks before we know if location data will follow.
by slinches
Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

waveney wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:
mscha wrote:Epilogue sequence: finally, the third 24-oldpix loop is broken!
Spoiler:
    CDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBA
    DB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDABAB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDAB
    ED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADC
    DE
    A

We might be in a fourth 24-oldpix loop (a.k.a. OTRSv4), we'll know in a dix or so.

Hurray! Image
9 dips of one cycle is a lot! Looking forward to a new pattern!
If slinches's idea that the repetitions correspond to digits is correct, we are now at 3-29.


The single "C" at the start and the single "D" could be interpreted as 0s giving 03029...

I did recognize that it could be interpreted that way, but I decided to ignore it because it would have mustarded up my (wishful) thinking that it's spelling out a date. :mrgreen:

To keep my hopes alive, maybe the value of the single characters are of importance, e.g. C represents 0 but D is /. Then it would be 03/29/. I guess we'll find out soon enough whether that last D is part of a new pattern or not ... Oh wait, it may get a bit tricky to interpret if the next 24hr sequence only runs once and there's an extra character. It would be ambiguous whether it was a 1+24 cycle or 24+1. Hmm ... maybe GLR will resolve that by repeating this pattern for fourteen days. That would certainly give us some time to figure out if there's something encoded in the 24 hr blocks.
by slinches
Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:
mscha wrote:Epilogue sequence: finally, the third 24-oldpix loop is broken!
    CDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBA
    DB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDABAB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDAB
    ED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADC
    DE
    A
We might be in a fourth 24-oldpix loop (a.k.a. OTRSv4), we'll know in a dix or so.

Hurray! Image
9 dips of one cycle is a lot! Looking forward to a new pattern!
If slinches's idea that the repetitions correspond to digits is correct, we are now at 3-29.

If the pattern continues (and it isn't just my brain seeing things where there's really only mustard), we'll have a single 24hr sequence followed by a new sequence repeated four times. Or this one could run for two weeks!

I guess we'll just have to ...
Spoiler:
Let the pattern develop over time as we OTTify everything we can get our hands on, compose original OTTerific poetry and music, make neat frame manips, create OTC based adventure games, record voice over tracks, post rONGs redundamolpies and desserts of all manner and shapes, play OSHiT, congratulate fellow OTTers on post count milestones and general awesomefulness and try to figure out if there's some other hidden information to discover in the frame sequence data.

For the pagepope: My favorite BuffyHat is, of course, MINE! YEEHAW!! Image
by slinches
Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:Finally, an update on the epilogue sequence. As always, if we label the 5 final newpix after that one we don't talk about as A through E, then the sequence of oldpix thereafter is now:
    CDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBABA
    EDCBAECDAEDCBAEDCCDCBA
    DB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDABAB
    DEBCEADECACDABDECDCDAB
    ED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
    BADECBCBDCAECDBABABADCED
The third 24-oldpix cycle has not been broken yet. This can only mean that BlitzGirl hasn't written an OTRSv3 poem yet...


I was planning to wait until I completed my mini-blitz to post, but I have been thinking there's more to this final frame sequence than just something to keep the comic from **ding on a single static image and I think I may have a clue as to what that might be.

The sequence has so far been:
A single character
24 hr sequence repeated 3 times
A single character
24 hr sequence repeated 2 times
24 hr sequence repeated 6 times and counting.

It seems rather coincidental that the repeats so far interpreted as a month/day are very close to the date Time began!

It may be a stretch based solely on this data, but it could be that this pattern will spell out the date of an official meet up! If this is true, I suspect the current pattern should end after 9 repetitions in order to fall on the weekend after the first anniversary of Time.

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