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by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Basin Run

It looks like we're in for a long chase sequence. (OK, not a chase precisely, but "race against time sequence" doesn't have quite the same ring.) And what's a chase sequence without some heart-thumping music? So I bring you my first musical OTTification, to the tune of Golden Earring's &qu...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

The Beanie on the right is standing and putting the beanie back on... Expecting to come with? (But expecting the destination to be... Where?)

ETA: huh, Pope again. Decree: Wait for It.
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm guessing the latter – He's making it up as He goes along. I think He just started off with the Beach scene, and had no idea how long He'd keep it up and where to go. Some counter evidence appears, I guess while you were away. While they were swimming there was apparently a small tremor that des...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

We've asked ourselves this question before, but recent events have made me wonder again: did the Great Lord Randall, Creator of Time, create the plot for the story of Time in advance, or is He making it up as He goes along? When Cuegan started building a sandcastle on the beach, did He already know...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I just realized that, because of the latest developments, my favorite Time theory is becoming very difficult to hold on to :( . I'm not sure how racing to save a tribe of people from a flood 11,000 odd years in the future could possibly translate into Randall's spousal unit being pregnant. Obviousl...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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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. Secon...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip> (If I was feeling mean, I'm sure there's a TVtropes link for this. But that's the last thing we need right now. Also I'd have to open the site myself to find it, and I don't dare...) Clearly, they are trying to avoid the Despair Event Horizon with their efforts to Screw Destiny . <snip> Well...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

:shock: They're running. I'm so confused because I thought she told Cuegan that it was far too late to save their family and they'd have to say their goodbyes from here. So why is she telling them to run again? If it's because a tidal wave is coming for their castle, why isn't she running as well? ...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

fhorn wrote:<snip> ETA: PFNP. Well. These are new Times... plans for escape, please.

Escape? Why would we want to escape? Especially now, when answers are coming and everything is so exciting.
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

I'll ask again: who are the alt-texts directed to? If Cuegan, then "Wait for it" doesn't seem to make sense. If us, then "RUN" doesn't make sense. (Or else we're all missing something vitally important... gulp... I hope the next post doesn't conclude with "And thus ends Outs...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Am I the only one who saw "RUN." and thought of Minority Report? Agatha: "I'm sorry John, but you're gonna have to run again." John: "What?" Agatha: "RUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!" Sorry, straight to David Tennant. What do we do now? We run. Anyone else here seen Run Lola...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

When I saw the "...", I thought: what if "Wait for it" all along was directed at Cuegan, not us? With the advent of "RUN", that does seem to fit now. I still can't quite piece it together, though -- they couldn't have waited all this time, they had to go in search of an...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:45 pm UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

nsub1 wrote:And! The 40 live on the edge of the sea. It's not inconceivable that they have boats already (to fish, perhaps?) that they could retreat to.

Well, perhaps, but:
Megan wrote:Not a lot of us by the shore this time of year. A few kids, maybe.

Is fishing seasonal? Or perhaps the sea is too salty for fish?
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Open question: what, if anything, are they going to do about the possibility of another Lucky attack on the return journey? It's unusual for that big cat to have attacked them in the first place, right? The attack was probably caused by: A) Just bad luck, in which case they probably won't be attack...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Prediction: something along the lines of Cuegan: days, starting from now? Or from when? Rosetta: We cannot say. It (garbled) rapidly (garbled) it willany time. (garbled) in the hills. Cuegan: We have to save them. Will you help us. Rosetta: It's too late. Cuegan: Not if ...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Prediction: something along the lines of Cuegan: days, starting from now? Or from when? Rosetta: We cannot say. It (garbled) rapidly (garbled) it willany time. (garbled) in the hills. Cuegan: We have to save them. Will you help us. Rosetta: It's too late. Cuegan: Not if we start now. We can build a...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

If that's the case (and I'm not arguing with you a bit), it makes me wonder why the Beanies are seemingly still in the process of restoring a castle that will soon be underwater and not in the process of packing up and heading further inland themselves. The castle won't be flooded, it will just bec...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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A Flood... of Questions

Posting while caught up for once. So... many... questions... (HES should be happy): How salty would the dried-up Mediterranean basin be? What sort of plants could grow there? How much food supply would there be? The basin is huge, how did the Learners manage to warn everyone (OK almost everyone) in ...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Did anyone notice the eyes? In the center of the windows there are two oval spots that are just a shade off. They started small and grew on frame 2906. :shock: Yes, #fbfbfb surrounded by #fafafa. Interesting. Edit: Clearly it is a lurking guest. That or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man... thus ends ti...
by nerdsniped
Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Blindposting from a couple of NP back (i.e. like seven minutes ago... randamnit you guys) to ask: now that we're revisiting the question of time + location, would it help to take some more precise measurements of star positions and trajectories? In principle, we should be able to measure the star po...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Surely they have to introduce themselves now? With actual names? Yes, in the next newpix Megan and Cueball will introduce themselves. Being unused to speaking their names, they will accidentally use their True Names. These words of power will reverberate in the great hall, causing the stained-glass...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Surely they have to introduce themselves now? With actual names? Yes, in the next newpix Megan and Cueball will introduce themselves. Being unused to speaking their names, they will accidentally use their True Names. These words of power will reverberate in the great hall, causing the stained-glass...
by nerdsniped
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Because chasing nothing got boring eventually.

Eternal Density wrote:Is that supposed to be a chair or is desk-person half chicken?

This made me laugh so hard to myself that I then had to explain to my wife why the bed was shaking. (In bed.)
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Rrhain wrote:Is it just me, or is anybody else expecting the Order of the Stick to be in the next room?

Hah! Now I am.

Maybe the rising sea is due to water spilling out of the Snarl.
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

On Paradoxes. The infinity paradoxes (such as the stack of money ones) can be resolved just by remembering that you can't count your way to aleph-null. However high your number, the next is still finite. The Fermi Paradox is more interesting. I think that recent research implies that life, or at le...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Well, my default mind boggler is the Fermi Paradox , which can be summarized as "why the hell isn't the sky full of alien civilizations"? I just don't see a paradox. We have no idea what the odds are of intelligent life appearing on a suitable planet (Drake's equation contains way too man...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Just walking farther down the hall but we all knew thatONG http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/3999bf9b791d89f7a4c12a460e9597b75170dd16dfe811b0c364baf5a7155949.png Still hoping this what the first part of infinity looks like... except then I guess we'd be stuck in the hallway forever ETA: they don't se...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Now, is Beardo going to be sitting in the big chair at the top of the stairs, on in a smaller chair at the foot of the stairs with an empty chair at the top? For some reason, "sitting in a chair at the top of the stairs" took me directly to "All work and no play makes Beardo a dull b...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Entering into infinitONG?
Spoiler:
Image

OK, not infinite, but pretty impressive nonetheless. (Or is this what the first part of infinity looks like?)
Ninja'd by SinusPi.
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Long-page Ketchup

@charlie_grumbles, angelastic, cellogw and anyone else who knows more about this: A long time ago (longer than Prof Grumbles 40 years), I learned about aleph-zero, etc, and the thought at that time was that aleph-zero was the integers (or rationals, etc), and, although not provable, aleph-one was t...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

ETA. OH! I am pagepope! Uhhmmm, by papal decree, tell us about something that boggles your mind! Well, my default mind boggler is the Fermi Paradox , which can be summarized as "why the hell isn't the sky full of alien civilizations"? But to pick something most people (even on this thread...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Thank you! Once again an otter has helped me fix a glitch in my worldview. The idea that an infinite universe would contain various obnoxious scenarios has always really bothered me. The possibility for horrors still exist, of course, but they're not guaranteed by the very definition of the univers...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

This seems fishy to my less-educated mind. For all intents and purposes, the -3 or -6 doesn't happen. 10-3=7. In an infinite timeframe, whether you take away a specific bill on the same day you add it or a few days later, the end result is 10-3=7. If you multiply each component by infinity then 10∞...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

...Which reminds me of a cool puzzler you can use to mystify non-mathematicians (or perhaps convince them of your total nerdness). Here goes: You're in Hell, and all you know is that at some future date (call it Aleph-Null Day), if you have enough money, you can buy your way out. The Devil gives yo...
by nerdsniped
Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:04 am UTC
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Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Further Castling!

Blindposting from a few NP back with an observation on the latest, non-castle-showing newpix: Maybe GLR is messing with us. Maybe he isn't. Either way, I am messed. I want to see the dern castle already! Castle castle castle! (chupacabra grapevine...) OK, for anyone who was confused by my p...
by nerdsniped
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Blindposting from a few NP back with an observation on the latest, non-castle-showing newpix:

Maybe GLR is messing with us. Maybe he isn't. Either way,
Spoiler:
I am messed. I want to see the dern castle already! Castle castle castle! (chupacabra grapevine...)
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

HidONG... http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/e3c4a6afd870febc24ab04ba8321e4296a1623a654a706648bc5573cf075d507.png ETA: difference with the previous newpix: http://xkcd.mscha.org/diff/xkcd_time_20130713_2100.png Molbbit hiding in the shrub. At first I thought you meant the two lead Beanies were hiding...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

ScrollONG to the right
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by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Re: Wistful Predictions

My thoughts (mostly just for funnies) on your thoughts. 1. I think you're right, Randall did not intend to invent a language, but will eventually give us enough info to make it one. He'll then use our "translated"/created Beanon to do actual dialog. 2. This just hurts. I still believe in ...
by nerdsniped
Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
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Wistful Predictions

The dawn of the Beanie Era has led to lots of fun and excitement in both the OTC and OTT. However, I've also found it unsettling in some hard-to-explain way. I think this is because it heralds a very different era in the OTC -- in some ways, even more than the jump from the Sandcastle Era to the Jou...

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