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by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Another advantage to the "up a river" idea... Rivers do not flow uphill. Therefore, going against normal river flow means you are always going uphill, and therefore safer from being trapped by the flood. I'm pretty sure they are just going to ride the rising sea front upwards along the pa...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

A thought: the terse one-word response "Everything?" is very Cueganesqe (and XKCDesque in general). Somehow I don't think Megan and Cueball will have much trouble coming to a meeting of minds with the rest of the group. (The question now is whether they can come to a meeting, period.) Ind...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

RaftONG! http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/d621852a9f5d26b9692bc618aaaa569f8411a66cc1d7dd2ba980d6aaeff67ee8.png This should work... The banks will be, by definition, higher than the water at the floodwater's edge. Sleep in shifts, long poles for guidance, when you get to rapids, just wait for it. Wh...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

OK, an actual prediction: Megan has somehow figured out a way they can keep the platform / castle / boat with them the whole way. She won't have to say bye to it again, and she'll get to show it to Rosetta before Time ends.
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> That reminded me of something. Back on NP 541, at np M1121 (just before "Maybe it is big enough to fill the sea") there was a conversation about cakes that included many references to "four tens". That's more than 10 wips before Megan used "four tens" to explain...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> For example, where could you go to find out what the effect of large amounts of water hitting bedrock at a high... rate... of... speed..... Dammit, the raindrop! http://what-if.xkcd.com/12/ HOW LONG has he been working on this??? I LOL'd. OK, folks, what is the New Plan? I can think of: A) F...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I still don't understand: why are they talking about crossing rivers right now? Can't they head directly inland (parallel to the Sea channels) until they get above the current water level? Does anyone get this?
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Plot wise the OTC seems to be approaching a climax, and I would be for the first time I would be inclined to think that we have a maximum of about a week's worth of newpix left. However, the Beanish throw a spanner into those works. I can't imagine the OTC would end without us learning more about t...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

I think we need an ENHANCE on the (presumed) reflection off of Cueball's (presumed) eyeballs, to get a glimpse of whatever he's seeing out there. Anyone?
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

b2bomberkrh wrote:Ok, did ANYONE predict that the rest of the tribe were up in the hills collecting stuff?

I don't remember anyone predicting that specifically. At one point I suggested that the tribe might have split up (probably I wasn't the only one).
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

So when LaPetite was dragging something into view at the end of the Fading, was it foreshadowing for this? Perhaps she was among the first to discover that the Hill People were gone, and to take advantage.
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

A thought: the terse one-word response "Everything?" is very Cueganesqe (and XKCDesque in general). Somehow I don't think Megan and Cueball will have much trouble coming to a meeting of minds with the rest of the group. (The question now is whether they can come to a meeting, period.)
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ketchup Post! Just wow... what about Naomi? I thought I was the last one to remember that! I had to Google it, but then it all came back. One of the great pleasures of parenthood is getting to show that series to your kids. If only Letterman 1 were here -- he'd turn that FLOOD into... Uh, I got not...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

moody7277 wrote:
Megan wrote:Where's everyone else?

Definitely THE question of the ONG.

Warming up the helicopters? I hope?

ETA: looks like we're about to get our first major plot crisis / decision point of the current sequence.
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

mscha wrote:<snip> 6 Cueganites, I don't think LaPetite is one of them. But who know how many are behind them? (Hopefully, 30+.)

Seems like kind of a pointless time to travel in single file to hide their numbers, but I guess old habits die hard.
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Whizbang wrote:Blindpost

nerdsniped wrote:
Spoiler:
pkcommando wrote:Image
Stay on target...


Cueball, you've switched off your targeting computer!

You're all clear, kid. Now let's plug this berm and go home!
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

pkcommando wrote:Image
Stay on target...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Damn meetings. I am glad to see that Cuegan are not in immediate danger. Good call to all the OTTers that predicted his surprise at the decreased salinity and buoyancy of the water. OK, so someone with more brains than I, figure out what the salinity of the new Mediterranean would be if we had Dead...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

jjjdavidson wrote:It does look like he's getting something out of his bag. Is it time for Cueball's dream to come true? "Our rope isn't strong enough." "Hold this or you'll fall."

Getting something that ought to float (in the hypersaline sea they're used to), and checking to see whether it does?
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Huff puff huff

I'm getting a very weird feeling from the last few (Outside) days, and the last few newpix in general. For most of its run, the OTC has been almost a parody of slowness ("I waited half an hour for one darkening pixel / and then did it again"). Now suddenly things are happening almost too q...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh my. Things are not looking good for Cuegan. Already they have reached squishy ground. But I cannot quite figure out where they are, exactly. Somewhere northeast of home, I think (per Edfel's wonderful map ). They're heading southwest, cutting across "old riverbeds" on their way to &quo...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Page-Pope! Ok, how easily will Cuegan convince their tribe to run? I don't think it will be that difficult... especially if there is a distant ominous rumble, and the sea is getting frisky. They have the map with the strange symbols. They do not seem to be ridiculed outcasts of their own forty. The...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Good news: - They haven't crossed any much lower regions to reach this spot. They have an escape route from where they currently are. - They know where they are and should be close to where their tribe lives. - Cueball is casually asking "is that the sea?" as if recognizing a landmark, ra...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> Listening to jovialbard's ode as soundtrack to the early part of the comic , I came to the realization that one story-purpose of the extended sandcastle building era was specifically to show just how much sandcastle can be build with this material. Yes, there are awesome sandcastles made of ...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> I agree that the hill people apparently didn't tell the Forty (at least, not until after Cuegan left, which would be cutting things pretty fine) but on further consideration I'm not absolutely sure it was malicious. "Oh, no! Run for the mountains!" (with no thought at all about any...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

(snip) So basically, what could possibly have happened on Earth that would wipe out all this "basic knowledge" but not all of human kind? Even if there were to be some sort of apocalypse that would nuke us back to the stone age, I find it hard to believe that general knowledge, technology...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

It is remarkable how, it the midst of impending catastrophe, she is still curious about things. My guess is that the people in the hills weren't making stuff, just raiding a sunken boat that was carrying stuff to a French IKEA. :P Perhaps. "I'd love to learn how they make all that stuff" ...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

still runONG, in the dunes now. Were the Dunes before or after the Baobabs on the way up? I know these aren't the same dunes, since they've diverted possibly quite a bit west, but it's interesting we didn't see any Baobabs on the way down. <snip> So, now we're in unknown (to us) territory. I wonder...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> Jeez, Popedom. Um, come up with wild theories about how Randall came up with this comic. </snip> The speculation that Randall is reading the OTT is correct. What we don't realize is that he can read it *in advance*. He's just copying the ONGs back onto the server. This will work beautifully ...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> 2.7e22 joules of infill energy - 50 years of current global energy production, 1.2 times global coal reserves, 5% of the Chicxulub impactor - is a crapton of energy. Expect friskiness. This wins my Paragraph of the Week award. A "frisky" sea... *shudder* (I'd sig this, but the full...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm of the opinion that the work was all complete on the date that the comic was initially released. He may have been working on it gradually over the last two years, or some other unknown amount of time. I find it hard to believe that he would commit to an ongoing project of this magnitude with up...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Do we have any in-comic information to guide our predictions of the water level? The first flashback was to the floating bucket. There was a more recent potential flashback which was all black - possibly meaning that camera view is fully underwater now. Yes... but even if we assume that, it only me...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Can't remember who it was, but sometime ago there was a post with a picture of the waterfall scene with the water level up about half of the cliff face (to around where the 2nd fall terminates). I think this is a good prediction... I think they will pause to look over the falls once more ... this w...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

a_s_h_e_n wrote:Hope they won't be meeting Lucky 'round these parts

The mood they're in right now, I think Lucky had better hope not to meet *them*. I envision kick, thwap, "yelp", and they haven't even broken stride.
by nerdsniped
Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ooh, pope! Um come up with possible ways their plan will run into problems, and solutions for those problems. You know that no one's going to believe them, don't you? Consider: "Quick! in a week the ocean next to you is going to be a mile deeper than it is now! Flee! Flee for your lives!"...
by nerdsniped
Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

hunjoh wrote:Here is a video of an open pit mine that was just a little too close to the sea...


"Instead of ore, pit contained inrushing cataclysm. Would not mine again."
by nerdsniped
Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: 1190: "Time"

Edit: Papal Decree! Yay! State (If you wish) which modern (or within the foreseeable future) device or gadget would have been most helpful to Cuegan at this point if given to them by the beanies. (They need to learn how to use it FAST, it all looks like magic to them, so no Helicopters and such. Th...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

gga2, a_s_h_e_n, HES, just_some_guy -- thanks for all the great trekking reports. It sounds like there's a wide range of possibilities, depending on exactly how good their conditioning is (clearly good, but are they used to trekking?), food/water supply, and how much the terrain slowed them down. (1...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Views: 41724978

Re: Basin Run

Hmmm. 20 miles in a day is pretty hard, even on flat ground. Especially if you are carrying anything and you do need water. Day after day? Maybe. You do get used to it after a while. But very hard. They don't seem to have been exerting themselves a lot on the way up, actually, and seldom mentioned ...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
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Re: Basin Run

Basin Run I've been runnin' all night, the sweat's wet on my brow There's a voice in my head, that drives me down It's our people callin', says, "we need you here" And it's half past four, and we're shifting gear When the dam breaks and the water comes a fl...

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