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by intheshax
Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Count me among the delurkers who were here the whole time. I made my forum account to say this:

Timewaiters, OTTers, Loopists, popes, blitzers, everyone, it has been an honor and a privilege.
by intheshax
Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

ttscp wrote:Throwing post forward, welcome intheshax!

intheshax wrote:Count me among the delurkers who were here the whole time. I made my forum account to say this:

Timewaiters, OTTers, Loopists, popes, blitzers, everyone, it has been an honor and a privilege.


WOOHOO! I was waiting for that! Thank you, ttscp!
by intheshax
Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi everyone. I can't believe the OTT is still getting so much amazing content. This is actually just a filler post to get me closer to 5. I've been working on something, and I'd rather post it as an image. So, a couple more to go, I guess. Maybe next I'll tell you about a third-party timewaiter, my best lady, who just listened to my updates (verbaketchups) every few days and seemed to enjoy the OTC and what you all were up to by proxy.

-- intheshax
by intheshax
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Greetings, OTT. I'm, going to nudge my post count closer to 5 so I can post an image by telling the story of how I experienced the the OTC and OTT, and how I shared them with my best lady.

On day one of the OTC, I checked in on xkcd around the middle of the day, as I do on MWF, and things were already afoot. It took a while to figure out what was going on. Explainxkcd was overwhelmed and not responding. Thank Randall I knew about the fora! How long has the link been gone now? How much crazier would the OTT have been if it were easier to find? Am I wrong or do you have to just know the fora are here because of the link that used to be there? Isn't this an inside group of something that's already an inside group? (Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered. Even though I was here all along, I was not able to keep up with the pace of the OTT. I tried not to skip whole pages, but often I could only scrape the skin off the top of the ketchup coz it had been out too long.)

Anyway, I can't remember how long it was, but once I knew something very special was happening, I shared what was going on with my best lady, the early speculations -- what would happen, what it meant, how long it would last -- and my wonder at what I perceived as a spellbinding answer to "What will he think of next?" after Click & Drag had happened.

Over time, as I watched the founding and fracturing of religions, the giving out of hats, the celebration of the first blitzer, for whom the quest is now named, the collection of the newpix, and the appearance of the viewing tools, I shared every milestone with her. The refrain I couldn't get away from was "HE KNEW!"

"HE KNEW!" I would exclaim, referring to the faith GLR had shown in his viewer base, in you all, from the very beginning. He knew someone would record and gather up the pix as they arrived and make them available for others to flip through. He had to have, for he supplied no way for us to go back in Time. Those of you who did that work, you are the manifestation of what GLR believed would happen, and you should be as chirping proud of yourselves as I am of you. And that's a seaish amount -- not just ourseaish, but otherseaish.

"HE KNEW!" I told my best lady when LaPetite showed up in the last frames of the Fading, when everything was so white that she was utterly indiscernible. He knew somewhere, people would be doing pixel-level analysis and frame-by-frame differentials, and they would find her. And to those of you who made that possible, I thank you. I thank you deeply for being the fulfillment of GLR's belief. Without you, I would not have been wondering and wondering what she was up to all the while that Cueball and Megan (sorry, I can't write or say either of the Benniferizations) were off adventuring. That was the seed you planted of the wowterful elation I was to feel when she reappeared so triumphantly on the sandcastle boat.

"HE KNEW!" I told her again when the Long Night came, and the stars were out (most of them), and the community was hard at work. He knew someone would check the constellations and the planets and the arcs and the axes. I don't know if he anticipated the OTT as it came to be -- how could anyone have? -- or how quickly the community would figure out his puzzle, but he knew it would happen.

"HE KNOWS!" I told her, riffing on my own words in imitation of the OTT fashion, when the Beanish language appeared. "He knows they'll be analyzing every dot and line. He knows they'll be trying to decode it." And, of course, you were. *I* knew, in my turn, that the efforts would be rewarded. It was another gift from GLR to the community he knew would be there to receive it. There was no way it was going to be just a bunch of squiggles.

I showed her the visualizations of Rosetta's speech, and she was impressed. (She developed a strong opinion about her name, BTW, preferring Rosetta to Hairdo by a salt-sea-basin mile.) I showed her the map sequence and about how the OTT had figured out EXACTLY where they were, the actual building they were standing in, BEFORE the new coastline was even revealed. I showed her the pictures of the castle. Her eyes flashed with excitement when I told her the title text had changed.

When she called me at work a week ago, I answered the phone with "T*** e**ed." And she replied with "Aww! Well wait and tell me about it in person tonight. I want to hear all about it." And she really did. Hear about it, I mean. I told her it felt so sudden, like trying to climb the last step that isn't really there. We agreed that it was because we couldn't see it coming, because we didn't know how long it all was supposed to last. In a book we would have known we were nearing the last page. In a movie we would have heard the tender wrapping-things-up music (or just looked at the clock) and known the e** was near. I missed the top of the stairs because I was climbing blindfolded. I had no idea how high the staircase went, and I had been climbing so confidently for so long that I had entirely forgotten my initial caution and the inevitability that they would eventually run out.

In retrospect, it's a fine, fine e**ing -- a poignant moment between our two beloved main characters followed by a note both hopeful and thematic. But when it happened, right then when the Voldeframe appeared, I was completely, 100% expecting to "see what's through [t]here." And not seeing it made me sad. I'm not sad now, but rather grateful for the experience. To feel loss, I have to experience something treeish enough that I don't want to lose it. Loved and lost and whatnot, I guess, but I will not be sorry to have followed the OTC and the OTT. It's impossible.

My best lady didn't enjoy the OTC and the OTT as much as I did, but she sure did enjoy seeing me experience it all and report on it. I couldn't join in the thread. It would have killed me. I'm the sort who can't stop once I start some things. (Witness this post!) It was all I could do to pull away from here when I was only an observer. If I'd have joined, I'd have turned out like how we thought Beardo was going to look.

I hope earnestly that I have not rehashed too extensively or uninterestingly things that have been said already. I did spend a seaish amount of time following the OTT, but not nearly as much as it would have taken to follow it all. But I felt like one of you. I called my pups wolpies last night and my best lady grinned. I was late for a concert a week ago *looks at clock* RIGHT NOW, I was stuck in traffic, and I made a wrong turn *because I was raving to her about how awesome the OTT was*. I was muttering "Chirping chirp!" the whole way. (Please forgive me for using the past tense in reference to the OTT there, it was last Friday and that's how it seemed at the time. I'm not going to the basement!)

Let me say one more time thank you to this community for being what GLR knew you would be. For all the faith you showed in him, you deserve cubic kilocues of credit for justifying his faith in you. Whether you built the tools or maniped the pix or suppressed the flames or handed out cake or any of the other thousands of amazing things that have happened here, you are absochirpinglutely the ones he did it for. I truly believe that when GLR made the OTC and put it in motion, he knew he was doing it for *someone*, but he didn't know who. It turned out to be you.

And I feel Randamned lucky to have been even this, the tiniest part of "you."

Thanks for reading.

Tearfully,

-- intheshax

(ETC: At the insistence of my best lady that I quote her correctly, the words "in person" have been inserted above in the appropriate place. I also fixed a couple of typos that crept in as my post traversed the intertubes)
by intheshax
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

taixzo wrote:
intheshax wrote:When she called me at work a week ago, I answered the phone with "T*** e**ed." And she replied with "Aww! Well wait and tell me about it tonight. I want to hear all about it." And she really did. Hear about it, I mean. I told her it felt so sudden, like trying to climb the last step that isn't really there. We agreed that it was because we couldn't see it coming, because we didn't know how long it all was supposed to last. In a book we would have known we were nearing the last page. In a movie we would have heard the tender wrapping-things-up music (or just looked at the clock) and known the e** was near. I missed the top of the stairs because I was climbing blindfolded. I had no idea how high the staircase went, and I had been climbing so confidently for so long that I had entirely forgotten my initial caution and the inevitability that they would eventually run out.


This reminds me of a bit in Gödel, Escher, Bach where Achilles and the Tortoise are discussing how to solve this very issue in a book - that you know the end is coming, because you can feel the book getting thinner, so it doesn't surprise you as much as the author intended. And if I recall correctly, the solution there was to add more story onto the end, with the same characters, but acting in a way that they wouldn't normally act, so that if you just glanced at the back of the book you'd think it was the same story but if you actually read the book first you'd know that it wasn't real.


Yes, I remember now. I read that so long ago. I think the first time I heard an idea of the kind was when someone said that _Ender's_Game_ should have been padded with a bunch of pages in the back. If you know why, you know why.

ETA: OMR THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!!! Oh my, oh my, what to decree?!?! This is all so sudden! How about... (OK something non-narcissistic, shax!)... name a frame you left off on to coma, and then woke to find you had left at exactly the wrong time!
by intheshax
Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

taixzo wrote:
intheshax wrote:
Spoiler:
taixzo wrote:
intheshax wrote:When she called me at work a week ago, I answered the phone with "T*** e**ed." And she replied with "Aww! Well wait and tell me about it tonight. I want to hear all about it." And she really did. Hear about it, I mean. I told her it felt so sudden, like trying to climb the last step that isn't really there. We agreed that it was because we couldn't see it coming, because we didn't know how long it all was supposed to last. In a book we would have known we were nearing the last page. In a movie we would have heard the tender wrapping-things-up music (or just looked at the clock) and known the e** was near. I missed the top of the stairs because I was climbing blindfolded. I had no idea how high the staircase went, and I had been climbing so confidently for so long that I had entirely forgotten my initial caution and the inevitability that they would eventually run out.


This reminds me of a bit in Gödel, Escher, Bach where Achilles and the Tortoise are discussing how to solve this very issue in a book - that you know the end is coming, because you can feel the book getting thinner, so it doesn't surprise you as much as the author intended. And if I recall correctly, the solution there was to add more story onto the end, with the same characters, but acting in a way that they wouldn't normally act, so that if you just glanced at the back of the book you'd think it was the same story but if you actually read the book first you'd know that it wasn't real.

Yes, I remember now. I read that so long ago. I think the first time I heard an idea of the kind was when someone said that _Ender's_Game_ should have been padded with a bunch of pages in the back. If you know why, you know why.


...

I read Ender's Game about two weeks ago. On a touchscreen tablet. I completely did not see the ending coming. And after it, the very first thing I noted was how much better that experience was for that reason... and then I forgot about it until you posted this.

It's all related!


You are so lucky! And now I have something to write in the lonely "Pro" column of my "Should I buy a Kindle?" worksheet.
by intheshax
Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

First, I'd lke to thank poxic, yappobiscuits, BlitzGirl, buffygirl, and lmjb1964 for the positive feedback about my story.

Next, here's that image I was trying to get past 5 posts for. A little gift for your Megsdip morning.

I am enjoyong all of the OTTifications, colorizations, OTThercomics and the real creative explosion that has been going on. I have no particular talent at manips, and no special flair for design, so I'm somewhat at a loss to add in those regards. However, there is one thing I know how to do. Sometimes I like to make custom Sudoku puzzles, using letters instead of numbers and laying them out as well as I can to spell stuff and hopefully make a decent puzzle as well. I did one monthly for a while that went into my company's internal magazine, and I've done a few for friends. Each one is a unique challenge to create, as I go for different words, names, or layouts.

Here is the one I have made for the OTT:

Image

This puzzle should not offer any great test to the experienced. (It's very hard to make a particularly challenging puzzle given the other design contraints.) It would probably rate 2 stars. A fair distraction.

I hope you enjoy. If no-one posts a solution, maybe I will put it up on Cuesdip.

-- intheshax


And I do so hope I'm doing this right:
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by intheshax
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hey, y'all. Just a quick post to say I'm glad some of you liked the sudoku and sorry, I think, to a couple who couldn't resist it, but maybe wanted to?

BlitzGirl wrote:
intheshax wrote:
Spoiler:
Image

Yay! Sudoku! :D We haven't had sudoku in such a long Time! Thanks so much!

DrSamCarter wrote:And what a beautifully designed sudoku, intheshax.

ZoomanSP wrote:Treeish sudoku, intheshax!

Thank you and you're welcome everyone. For anyone who worked it, I'm curious how you all found the solving experience. I have not had much feedback on my custom puzzles. I have been feeling they are too easy for real puzzlers, and have been OK with that, given my past audiences. This is a different crowd, though. One who can offer an informed opinion.

I tend to spend a bunch of time working on the starting grid. These are usually gifts, so I like to use an attractive radially symmetric layout like the pros use, but with the other design constraints I basically can't also wind up with a tough puzzle. I don't really even expect them to solve it most of the time, so I care more that it looks good and spells stuff up front. I went back to this one with pencil and paper today and solved it by hand, and it seemed pretty OK, even though its solvable only with what my software calls "naked" this and "hidden" that.

Any real sudoku hounds who'd like to describe what they like in a puzzle, how hard they like it to be, what solving techniques they like to use, what makes a puzzle too easy and/or disappointing or too hard?

BlitzGirl wrote:(And your redundant spoiler is impeccable :) )

Yay! I was *not* going to ask how!

BlitzGirl wrote:Here's the solution I came up with:
Spoiler:
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Wowneat! I figured someone was likely to post a solution, but I did not expect it in one hour, and in the same format as the original! Thanks for blowing my mind!

And I think I owe apologies(?) of some kind:

jeffallen55 wrote:Ch*rp you. Now in addition to my other thing I've been working on, I want to create the One True Crossword Puzzle.


yappobiscuits wrote:Randammit, I can never resist these, now I have to pause my ketchup to solve it...

So consider them offered, jeff and yappo!

And finally:
yappobiscuits wrote:Neat! It's been a while since we had an OTT sudoku, mathrec used to make them for us but we've not had one for a long time...

I did not realize any had been posted before. It looks like the older ones were posted during times when I just *could* *not* *keep* *up*! I wish I'd done a search. I like what mathrec was doing with the tinted spaces that make a message once the grid is filled in. I might have included something like that. Maybe. If it didn't make me feel like it mustarded the symmetry all up. Next time, I guess we'll find out.

Thanks for reading,

-- intheshax
by intheshax
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

thirds wrote:
Spoiler:
Blitz progress 1249/1341

Sandcastling again is a nice touch, a nice reflection backwards to a quieter time. The last, what, 50 nps have been heavy with exposition, and an extreme amount of dialog in comparison with the wandering exploration of newpix past. So few words were spoken before, so little information provided directly - and now there are dozens of new characters explaining plot points in detail and frames with so many lines of dialog there is no room for anything else.

After sticking with the OTC in realtime for so long, I've actually had to go back and re-read many past newpages just to let them sink in, because the pace of blitzing along with the increased pace of the OTT makes me feel a little detached otherwise. After going back and re-reading again (double-blitz?) then I feel settled, especially now here with the new sandcastle.
Seems like a good time for a blitzbreak.


Oh, thirds. You were so close to realizing what comes next. I'm hoping you don't stumble too hard on that missing step! Sending my best good thoughts into the past...

-- intheshax
by intheshax
Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: Diply Ketchup

BlitzGirl wrote:
intheshax wrote:I'm curious how you all found the solving experience. I have not had much feedback on my custom puzzles. I have been feeling they are too easy for real puzzlers, and have been OK with that, given my past audiences. This is a different crowd, though. One who can offer an informed opinion.

I'm a very casual sudoku-er. I found it moderately challenging, but not too complicated, which seemed just about right for the OTT. If I had gotten stuck, I would have left it for some other OTTer to solve, and if it were too simple, I might not have bothered to upload a solution. So, steakish!



Thanks for the feedback, BlitzGirl. I did some research today about making puzzles and it seems to be that you can't really control how hard they turn out when you're making them. People automatically generate a whole bunch and feed them back through a solver that then rates how hard they are based on how it solves each one. Maybe 3% are particularly difficult. I think I just saved myself a bunch of time. I just have to make sure they are not trivial and stop wasting so much time thinking I can twerk a hand-made puzzle to make it much harder. Given the other design parameters I like to use, it seems now quite unlikely that I'll wind up with anything requiring advanced solving techniques. Still thinking of a combination puzzle maybe in the lines of mathrec's approach.

So, next time you hear from me on sudoku, it's not going to be talking about it. That seems to interest the OTT a little bit less. It'll be posting a new puzzle.

-- intheshax
by intheshax
Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just a little post to say that I used OTTish in a meeting today, and it was awesomeful.

We had a list of nine things we wanted to cover in a nopix long meeting, and about 3/4 nopix in we had only covered one of them.

That's when I said "Let's see if we can blitz through the rest of these real quick."

Then my teacher leader boss said "Yeah, let's blitz through these."

Lest I mislead you, I will say we did NOT share a knowing glance nor a stunning revelation that we have both been slacking off to follow the OTC&T for the last four months. It was not that awesomeful.

Now I wish I'd followed with "treeish." Next time. Yes. Next time.

ETC: spelling/grammar
by intheshax
Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Soup wrote:Pretty heavy OTT presence in the OTTherComic thread today.



wizpretz wrote:Stage 1 of the invasion of the fora is complete.


Nice work today, OTT. I've been wondering how long it will take for OTTish to take over all of forums.xkcd. One day, they will all talk like us.
by intheshax
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

charlie_grumbles wrote:Unspoilered, I'll add The Crying Game. Bit adult, that. Hardly worth seeing if you know the twist, though. You'd think it is something it isn't.


Not unlike Forest Whitaker

ETA: Oh, um. Didn't mean to popelpy up there. How about if the new decree is to name your favorite hat *that is not your own* and why?
by intheshax
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Tatiana wrote:Decree: I am very fond of my buffyhat but my very favorite buffyhat is the one for fatness. The cute red hat on the little white wolpy. But all of them are inspired!


ZoomanSP wrote:And although we're already on a new NP: Regarding favourite BuffyHats, for me it's a tie between HES and Ebonite.


Awesomeful.

How to get your decree followed: post a variation on the previous page's decree, which people happen to already be in progress of doing on their own. They may not KNOW they are following your decree, BUT THEY WILL!
by intheshax
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

...i haven't left...
by intheshax
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

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by intheshax
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

schwartzbewithyou wrote:
intheshax wrote:...i haven't left...

I'm glad you're still here :) Have you ever tried making a kakuro puzzle? I never got that into Sudoku, but Kakuros are my favorite. Probably more difficult to time-ify though

Thanks for remembering my sudoku from a while back, schwartzbewithyou!

As you can see I've posted another puzzle.

I have tried kakuro in the past, and it didn't really stick with me. Maybe I didn't give it enough of a go and should give it another try. Can you tell me what you like about them so especially?

I like making sudokus because the special challenges it brings to bear seem to hit me in the right places. Not sure trying to make kakuro would do the same thing. I agree it would be pretty hard to OTTify!

ETC: fixed quoting tags error
by intheshax
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just chiming in this morning to say great job, OTT. That was one of the best stuff-getting-posted-while-i'm-acoma sessions I've seen in a bit.

* I got an 'at! And ChronosDragon either did some research into my alias or was guided by the Hand of Rand, because the hat on the left is *perfect*! Plus, hats all around, plus three beanies in the back. Steakish and treeish. I bear my new hatted avatar with pride.

* A sad poem that made me feel happy.

* The best, and I mean it, best and most entertaining recap of Mediterranean island insect, mammal, and reptile wildlife I have ever read.

* Great response to the papal decree with some super molpy hats and hatted molpies.

Thanks for a nice 1/2 nopix in bed kethchingup.

And now just before I hit submit and restore our needle pulled thing to the top of the Individual Comic Threads list where it belongs, I'll just relate that I'm pretty sure "blitz" has permanently entered my heretical life vocabulary. "Molpy" probably, too, but for sure "blitz". Latest usage in the wild: "Can I blitz through this baseball game on the TiVo before we watch our show together?"

-- intheshax
by intheshax
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

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by intheshax
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: 1190: "Time"

ChronosDragon wrote:
intheshax wrote:* I got an 'at! And ChronosDragon either did some research into my alias or was guided by the Hand of Rand, because the hat on the left is *perfect*! Plus, hats all around, plus three beanies in the back. Steakish and treeish. I bear my new hatted avatar with pride.

Hehe, you're quite welcome. Actually, the only research I did was into the source image of the avatar (a Judybats song) and to look for other album art from them for hat inspiration. If I managed to stumble upon an interesting connection, well, it's a happy coincidence ;)

No, that was exactly it. It was perfect because of that. I figured you had either gotten lucky with your hat choice or had looked around and gotten from me to the Judybats. From there the Punch and Judy artwork (with jester's hat) from the other album is an obvious and awesomeful and excellent choice to base my hat on.

I knew you could take my alias and break it apart and spell it right and use quotation marks to figure out its origin. Now I've just learned about searching by image by re-enacting what you must have done. I guess I knew that existed, but only just now have seen it in action. Pretty neat.

Thanks again for the hat(s)!
by intheshax
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

OTCStories: performONG the sacred task

crouchONG raptorcat, hidden molpy
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Is that Lucky stranded on a hill surrounded by sea?

I think I like where this is going more than the post about Lucky a couple spots up.

I'll be checking back after one luckpix.

ETA: made a better ONG when inspiration struck a couple of minutes later
by intheshax
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107238
Views: 50178160

Re: OTCStories: performONG the sacred task

Latent22 wrote:
intheshax wrote:crouchONG
Spoiler:
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Is that Lucky stranded on a hill surrounded by sea?

I think I like where this is going more than the post about Lucky a couple spots up.

I think lucky is dreaming and that is one of his nightmares!

And thanks for posting the ONG! :D


Oh. I guess I read that wrong. I didn't expect the image I linked to to change. When I linked to it, there was no dream bubble, and I didn't realize it was related to the frame I referred to above it. I thought it was coincidental. Now that it has changed, I understand your nightmare comment better! =)

Was that frame with no bubble a mustard frame? Should I fix my post so that it shows the original art? That's how ONGs work, right?

Are we are getting a Lucky story revealed every 4 nopix = 1 luckpix or is something else going on? That's how I read it because the image was numbered 0001 and in a directory with 14 pricklies and 9 POTMs.
by intheshax
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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Re: OTCStories: performONG the sacred task

Latent22 wrote:
Oh and amazing song Yappo!!!

I've just made it into a movie version!

http://youtu.be/JhtYdv7J8Eo


That is just a wowneat as I can deal with. Great yappo. Just great.
by intheshax
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

(2,9) = l
(3,3) = n
(4,1) = y
(4,5) = c
(6,1) = c
(7,7) = u
(8,5) = l
(8,9) = s


ETC: The second one was mustarded so I came back to fix it.
by intheshax
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Blind-Post NP1325

azule wrote:Image

intheshax wrote:(stuff by me)

Wow, that (the whole unspoilered bit) was great. Made me a bit tearful, especially the part about your lady wanting to hear all about your sad molpy experience. (I just call myself a sad molpy whenever I feel wolpyish and sad.) Thank you for expressing yourself finally. I know how hard it is to not post and read. I can only image refraining myself from posting and contributing.

On the naming...I also have an aversion to the combo names. I hope I never did use them.


Thanks for posting that, azule! I can't get enough positive reinforcement!

I think this is first time I've had a comment on a post of mine blindposted forward. It's neat to see that people are still back there reading what I wrote. This comic and needle-pulled thing sure do mess with the perception of time... AS GLR INTENDED!
by intheshax
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Blindpost from NP1326

Earthling on Mars wrote:NP 1325
intheshax wrote:Greetings, OTT. I'm, going to nudge my post count closer to 5 so I can post an image by telling the story of how I experienced the the OTC and OTT, and how I shared them with my best lady.

<snip>

Wow, this is a treeish post! :) (Not to mention seaish, otherriverish, and baobabish (both 7 and 8).) Ah yes, explainxkcd being overwhelmed that day. I ran into that problem too. And four and a half months later*, in retrospect, I'm glad it was down. Because if explainxkcd had been working, I would have just read the explanation there, and continued to follow Time...alone. I would never have found this wowterful community. And I'm sure the experience would still have been amazing, but much less than it actually was. I think I can truthfully say that this is the first online community where I've really felt at home. My only regret now is that I didn't delurk sooner.



Thanks for posting that, Earthling on Mars! All your adjectives are nice to hear. I'll grant you "seaish" and thank you deeply for all the rest.

I had not thought about it that way, but I agree completely about being glad explainxkcd was down. It's still reasonably likely that I'd have found the OTT at some point. I have frequented the forums many times, though never participated. But it is by no means a sure thing.

Explainxkcd is a great resource. I go there all the time, even when I'm pretty sure I get the joke (it happens sometimes), just to see if I missed a subtlety or out of curiosity over what they will say. They have a pretty good page on the OTC, and they caught on to the changing image pretty quickly on day one. If I'd seen what they were doing, that might have provided enough to keep me from looking for the thread here. Good thing for me I was impatient. I think. Yes, I'm going with "good thing".

Has anyone here read their whole page? It's got some interesting stuff on it, but is clearly a separate community from this one. They never named Rosetta/Hairdo anything, and they call LaPetite "Beret Girl"! There is definite cross-pollination -- they checked over here during The Long Night and found out about Antares, and they say "Beanies". Going in the other direction, Deplicator, the creator of the geekwagon viewer posted here only twice (both links to his site) but was rather active over there.

Another observational note: their discussion page for Time was last updated August 2. They are all gone.
by intheshax
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

(5,5)(5,9)(9,1) (5,9)(2,3)(4,7), (1,5)(5,5)(9,9)(6,3)(9,1)

(1,1)(6,3) (5,9)(5,5) (3,3) (5,5)(3,3)(2,3)(8,7)

(4,1)(4,5)(7,7) (1,6)(6,1) (2,2)(8,7)(6,3)(8,2)

(6,8)(6,1)(9,1) (3,7)(5,9) (7,7)(1,9)(8,9)(8,7)

(3,6)(6,3) (3,6)(8,7)(6,6)(6,3) (7,5)(2,5) (3,6)(3,3)(8,8)(6,5)

(6,8)(2,5)(6,6)(1,5) (9,3)(8,7)(9,9)(1,5)(4,1)(6,6)(3,3)(1,4)(6,3)

(7,9)(3,9) (4,7)(7,2)(6,4)(7,4)
by intheshax
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:07 pm UTC
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Re: OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

mscha wrote:(17 clues can – just – be enough, but not in this case.)


Helper wrote:Bruteforce the puzzle, robit.


On an "it's all related" note, brute force is how they solved the 17-clue minimum question.
by intheshax
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:The snapy is still moving towards the left. But with Lucky on the left side of the hill, there's no confrontation yet.


That rising sea may make one inevitable.
by intheshax
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

jovialbard wrote:Movie time!


Enjoy your movie, jovialbard! (I'll be catching a movie tonip as well.)

I'll check in with you all later. I'm headed home from the office. Been doing nothing but puzzles all day. Guess that's how it goes after you've turned in your notice! :D

See you tomorrip if not before.

BTW, if anyone can see a connection between these: "The Godfather", "Risky", and "Pit Bulls" that would help me with something I'm trying to figure out.
by intheshax
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:59 am UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Latent22 wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Quick question: who, if we know, is making these images about Lucky that appear every four hours? I skipped over their origin.
Edit to add that I seem to have reclaimed my old post as Vatican Milliner's Perfect Customer. (I'm never a pope. Never.)
Edit2: bajiggles this thread is slow-moving today.


Well I'm currently the one releasing them but I can't claim all the credit as I've got someone else helping out with the content as well. You can have the fun speculating on who that might be.


I have to suppose Ebonite has something to do with it. That's who posted Lucky's dream just before I posted the first luckyONG, which was just Lucky lying there at the time, but then changed to Lucky dreaming that dream. Hasn't posted since. I suppose that could mean anything... or EVERYTHING!
by intheshax
Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:35 am UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

BlitzGirl wrote:Speaking of luckyONGs...

Image

I don't think Lucky is one of those meowlpies who likes water, alas.


If there are only moving streams in the hills, Lucky may have just seen a reflection for the first time, hissed and swatted at it, and now is reacting to the result.
by intheshax
Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I would say that with respect to me, the luckyONGs are working. I'm checking in throughout the day to see what's happening. I sense that snapy/lucky showdown brewing!
by intheshax
Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Molpy up!

azule wrote:Papal Edit: Since I'm still a bit worried about the OTT, the decree is to post and fill up this page. It better be filled by the Time I arrive in the Present. :!:

Per decree I logged on when I got up to check the luckyONGs (told you it was working) and saw some stuff to reply to.

I fact (as if you can't tell) I installed the multiquote script by Pikrass to do it. Very nice.

ucim wrote:On a note related to other forms of story telling, here is Star Wars in ASCII animation.

Pretty cool, despite a bit of mustard at the end. :)

Jose

You could spend a thousand lifetimes staring at LOLcats and pictures of other people's kids, thinking as hard as you could, and you'd never guess the intertubes had things like this in it.

superluminal wrote:Throwing a firstpost forward (from NP1385):

MistyCat wrote:Hi there, I'm MistyCat. Male, elderly.
I see XKCD on RSS, and I'm one of the ones who saw only the first frame. Unclean, unclean...
I started blitzing two days ago, I'm now reading Page 100. I shall reach the end.

Hi MistyCat, and welcome!

Hi, MistyCat way in the past from the nearer past of your distant future! If you make it far enough to read this, let me tell you (assuming you are still male and elderly when you get here) "Good show, old man!"

smolloy wrote::(
Sadly real-life has got in the way of my blitz, and it will be quite some time (if ever) before I will be able to pick it up again. :( Apologies to all.

I hope that smolloy resumes. I enjoyed the little pieces of history coming from the past.

So good U.S. Eastern Daylight morning, OTT. I hope you have a good day. I'm going to coma a little bit more.

And a super-belated thanks, Pikrass. Such a nice script.

Molpy down!
by intheshax
Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:44 pm UTC
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OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

Just in case, I say just in case anyone is waiting for more parts to my second puzzle, there are none. It's in four parts, and they have all been released. I had planned to put it out in one big post with instructions, then decided it would be more thematic to do four releases over time with no instructions. I'm sure you can guess what I was hoping for. It almost happened on Fridip, but fizzled out. Anyway, its all there. For anyone who wants to solve it, I'll answer yes/no questions in this needle-pulled thing.

ETA: OK, so unintentionally page pope. That certainly presents an opportunity, no? Well, since decrees are optional (and mine in the past have proven exceptionally optional) I'll not make the immediately obvious yet self-serving decree that I could. Instead I will decree that anyone reading this should do something kind for another person in the next 24 hours, and not get found out by any other living person. Exception: you may post about it in the OTT and that doesn't count as getting found out.
by intheshax
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:25 am UTC
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OTP? N. *A*TP? M. AP. OK.

mscha wrote:We have an unsolvable Sudoku, some weird letter pattern, coordinates and letters that suggest they fit in a sudoku, but the letters aren't compatible with the first item, and more coordinates that suggest a sudoku grid, but again, probably not the first one. No clue.
A hint would be welcome...


I've written and erased a bunch of stuff a bunch of times, and then lost everything when I accidentally logged myself off to boot! =) So here we go again...

Since making the nature of the puzzle into part of the puzzle was kind of a last minute decision, I don't (much) mind explaining things a little bit. I'd like to see if I can sandbag on you still a little and not say as much as I was originally going to, but still let you know what you are supposed to do.

There is one puzzle in four parts. One of the parts (pt. 1) is a sudoku and one part (pt. 4) is a verse that can be filled in from the solved sudoku. (That's just as HAL9000 said, and I am confirming it.)

As observed by a few, the sudoku is not solvable. That's because it is incomplete. It needs more givens to have a unique solution. All this has already been said, too.

Here's something that I do not believe has been observed:
Spoiler:
Pts. 2 and 3 provide the missing givens for pt. 1.

I'm hoping that having all that spelled out will allow you to focus on how it happens, so I'll hold off for now on being more explicit about it.


If you want the full challenge, you can stop reading here. I will not, however, begrudge anyone opening these next spoiler tags. (This is, after all, intended to be fun! ) Truth be told, I want you to open them sooner or later anyway.

Within this one, I speak briefly about coordinate systems.
Spoiler:
So far, two coordinate systems for addressing cells in the sudoku grid have been attempted. Both were immediately found to be problematic, and that was, to some degree, by design. The correct one has not yet been found. I'd like to see you try something more sudokuish, something... well, I'd like to say "redundant", even if that word is not the perfect fit. Something that reminds me of this and this.


In this one, I go on at some small length about the sudoku puzzle, its difficulty level, and a way to lower that level.
Spoiler:
If you are a sudokuer, save filling in part 4 until you are done with 1. I rather like how the sudoku itself turned out. No super-advanced techniques required, but more challenging than the last one. I enjoyed solving it myself during testing. If you've never heard of an x-wing or a swordfish (in this context), you might want to try solving as much of it as you can and then start filling in 4. If you can figure out parts of 4 and backfill, some of the more advanced stuff in the sudoku starts to go away. The farther down the verse you backfill from, the easier it makes the sudoku. (The last line contains some entries that, if backfilled, will make the sudoku VERY easy.)


Here, I reflect upon your efforts that almost took off last Fridip, and assess the chances they had of success.
Spoiler:
It looked for a while that you all were going to try filling in what you could from 1 to 4, solving 4, and backfilling it all to 1, skipping 2 and 3 altogether. That would have been interesting. When I saw that developing, I ran through a test to see if it could work. I decided it would have been possible -- still is, I guess -- but that's not how I intended it to work. It would have taken some guesswork in the verse, most likely leading to tedious trial and error within the sudoku to confirm the guesses. That would probably not be fun. I'll say it was a good thing you didn't go very far with that. I'm forced to wonder, however, what might have happened if not for jovialbard's pizza and movie plans.


Here's hoping that's enough to get you through. If it helps any, incentive-wise, I'll say that I think the verses I built out of the nine available letters are at least a little bit neat. I believe some of you will enjoy discovering them.
by intheshax
Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

yappobiscuits wrote:Ooh yay, thanks for the double cakeage! :mrgreen:

Image Continue telling us of any other ways the OTT has seeped into your outside life!


I continue to use OTT curse words while driving.
by intheshax
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:48 pm UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

jovialbard wrote:Progressive puzzlement:
Spoiler:
water to water
two afoot fare
a meteor
a me-owie!
a wowtree rare
(and two I's in the same square???)


Yay and Mustardchirper!
Sorry, jovialbard!
I'm headed back to the past to fix some mustard in part three of the puzzle.
For anyone keeping score, (3,3) = n, not k.
I hear the Google Doc is rockin' the solvification! Wowneat!
by intheshax
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:28 am UTC
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi everyone! Great stuff still continuing to happen in here without me, I see. I've been raptorcatted by various sorts of crises at my work, so I've not had a chance to congratulate and thank the folks who picked up and worked on my puzzle a couple of days ago. It took me several 24pix to create, so I'm happy it got solved.

Specific congratuthanks to:
Jovialbard, who spearheaded the collaborative effort
BlitzGirl, who tried part 1 and found it unsolvable, and sussed out the subject
Ximenez, who also tried part 1 and came back later to collaborate on the solution
mscha, who was trying and replied to my post checking if anyone was working on it
ggh, who spectated and encouraged (at least, possibly more)
jjjdavidson, who was going it alone (did you make it?)
balthasar_s, who was thrown off by the smidgen of Coleridge
Helper and HAL9000, who jumped on part 4 when it was posted
a couple of people who have not stepped forward -- one of whom seems to be the one who "compressed" the (admittedly lame) e. e. cummings formatting of part 2

I confess to peeking for a minute near the end of the proceedings in the Google Doc, and that was pretty amazing. Seeing anonymous people simultaneously editing a spreadsheet from who-knows-where across the globe, typing pieces of conversation in the cells, moving stuff around. I've never seen anything like that before. So many new things I've found out about because of the OTT!

If I get around to it, I'll make one more post for posterity with all the parts and solutions and steps in one place. But also I might have posted enough about one lousy puzzle, so maybe I won't get around to it.

On a final note: I said it wouldn't count if you posted about it here, so without going into detail I'll say that I followed my own papal decree from NP1390. I usually like credit (as you can tell) so that's good exercise.
by intheshax
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:48 am UTC
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Re: Nopixly OSH

BlitzGirl wrote:Since it's the top o' the nopix, I'll repost this unsolved OSH:
OSH

Image
This is Cuegan.
What newpix are they from?



I think I got it. A little sneaky with some slightly downward terrain in a mostly uphill scene.
But I think it's M1763, right after the snapy encounter. Been thinking about that blotchy little guy?

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