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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:58 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction:
Megan's wound will develop gangreen. Queball will amputate the leg, but to late. Megan will die of the wound. Queball will lose his mind and run around flailing his arms. He'll drop off a cliff and thus Time will end.
The OTT will continue as if nothing happened. Someone will write a hosts file that redirects everyone who chooses it to an alternate xkcd.com/time. Here some of the more artistically OTTers will post an alternate Timeline, in which Megan survives her wound and Queball and Megan hook up. They'll buy a house, a wolpy and have a kid. It'll be a boy. Some OTTers will post extremely detailed versions where the conception of that kid will be drawn.
The kid will grow up and find himself in a school holiday. He'll decide to spend the first day of it on a beach with a neighborhood girl. They'll build a sandcastle.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby CasCat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:00 pm UTC

k.bookbinder wrote:
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Cueball's logic isn't that faulty at all. If he knows that they will not make it back, because home is too far, the only logical result is to move on. They may not find help there, but at least there is the possibility they find it.
Also: It doesn't make any difference if they are two days further from home, if they wouldn't make it back home anyway.
There is even another reason to move on: If they should discover after a day or two they can't go on, they would need to return to the hut and stream for a bit of shelter. Going on would mean to go back downhills whereas going home would mean to climb the hill again, something that would be very difficult to do with an injured leg.


Cueball does appear to be using sound logic (Cueball did, after all, surmise that their may be a village on the other side, as I had suggested). Also, help is not guaranteed if they go back home. They do mention the other people in the hills, but, correct me if I am wrong, I do not think they ever refer to the people in the hills with any kind of familiarity; it is as if they know that they are there, but have little or nothing to do with them. The people in the hills are not necessarily their people (but it does not suggest that they are their enemies either). Which makes me wonder, do they ever mention their people, or other people that we may infer belong to the same group/community as they do/did?


Well, they have a word for a collection of people living in community: "village". So by definition, they're not the Sole Survivors of the Apocalypse (as hypothesized hugely upthread, probably while they were still on the beach). And since they've not passed any people in the <non-heretical> days.... weeks?... that they've been wandering, they KNOW there's no help behind them. And a possibly-occupied structure on the mountain ahead of them. I agree; in this circumstance they either have to hole up here (where there's some minimal shelter, and water, but not really secure, and no medical help) and hope Megan's leg doesn't get infected.... or move one.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:04 pm UTC

SBN wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Prediction:
Megan's wound will develop gangreen. Queball will amputate the leg, but to late. Megan will die of the wound. Queball will lose his mind and run around flailing his arms. He'll drop off a cliff and thus Time will end.
The OTT will continue as if nothing happened. Someone will write a hosts file that redirects everyone who chooses it to an alternate xkcd.com/time. Here some of the more artistically OTTers will post an alternate Timeline, in which Megan survives her wound and Queball and Megan hook up. They'll buy a house, a wolpy and have a kid. It'll be a boy. Some OTTers will post extremely detailed versions where the conception of that kid will be drawn.
The kid will grow up and find himself in a school holiday. He'll decide to spend the first day of it on a beach with a neighborhood girl. They'll build a sandcastle.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edfel » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:15 pm UTC

k.bookbinder wrote:
Sciscitor wrote:Concerning the OTC:
Cueball's logic isn't that faulty at all. If he knows that they will not make it back, because home is too far, the only logical result is to move on. They may not find help there, but at least there is the possibility they find it.
Also: It doesn't make any difference if they are two days further from home, if they wouldn't make it back home anyway.
There is even another reason to move on: If they should discover after a day or two they can't go on, they would need to return to the hut and stream for a bit of shelter. Going on would mean to go back downhills whereas going home would mean to climb the hill again, something that would be very difficult to do with an injured leg.


Cueball does appear to be using sound logic (Cueball did, after all, surmise that their may be a village on the other side, as I had suggested). Also, help is not guaranteed if they go back home. They do mention the other people in the hills, but, correct me if I am wrong, I do not think they ever refer to the people in the hills with any kind of familiarity; it is as if they know that they are there, but have little or nothing to do with them. The people in the hills are not necessarily their people (but it does not suggest that they are their enemies either). Which makes me wonder, do they ever mention their people, or other people that we may infer belong to the same group/community as they do/did?


I agree. Some points to add:
- they are clearly used to low confort (a week hike with only a small backback means low confort), they live in tents, so there is no reason to think that "their" people would know better on how to deal with a wound. They would only have elders who'd be able to tell them "I've already seen this: your leg will get brown and smelly and then you'll die".
- the people in the hills are probably quite far away from their camp. Remember that they found the Neat River "not much farther away than [theirs] at its driest". If we assume that people in the hills are on a good spot (with the river almost always flowing), then they must be some 3-4 days away from the tents.
They don't sound like being enemies, just strangers. But they might be regarder as "people with superior capacities" (e.g. they know how to chop wood into plancks), so it might be worth it to go and see them for an important medical case... but in this case the journey would be far too demanding, and the hope of having an actual solution too thin.
- were it not for the possible village in the mountain, I'd say that the most sensible thing to do would be to find a safe spot with food and water and wait [hope] for the leg to heal (the vines place seems good for this). Since they can hope to have some help from the hypothetical village, it's probably worth a try. But maybe trying to attract their attention first (by making a fire, or crying out if they see some movement) would be usefull...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:24 pm UTC

IceIsNice wrote:Prediction: As they approach the mountaintop fortress (Megan losing strength all the way), a violent thunderstorm breaks out. *Crash* *Boom* And from somewhere in the towers up above, comes a deranged, triumphant cry: "It's Alive!"

Or not.


Perhaps slightly different: Megan loses strength on the way up, Cueball carries her to the top of the mountain, and then the mad scientist brings her back frlom the dead as zombie-Megan??

Also, has anyone noticed that there is now a red flag in Cuegan's relationship?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rvloon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:28 pm UTC

taixzo wrote:
IceIsNice wrote:Prediction: As they approach the mountaintop fortress (Megan losing strength all the way), a violent thunderstorm breaks out. *Crash* *Boom* And from somewhere in the towers up above, comes a deranged, triumphant cry: "It's Alive!"

Or not.


Perhaps slightly different: Megan loses strength on the way up, Cueball carries her to the top of the mountain, and then the mad scientist brings her back frlom the dead as zombie-Megan??

Also, has anyone noticed that there is now a red flag in Cuegan's relationship?


But she's not waving it in his face.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:36 pm UTC

edfel wrote:<snip>
- they are clearly used to low confort (a week hike with only a small backback means low confort), they live in tents, so there is no reason to think that "their" people would know better on how to deal with a wound. They would only have elders who'd be able to tell them "I've already seen this: your leg will get brown and smelly and then you'll die".
<snip>

Usually that's: "If God wills it you will live. There is nothing we can do but pray."
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

Prediction for the top of the mountain:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:45 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Prediction for the top of the mountain:

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Maybe the French would have let King Arthur in if he needed medical assistance?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:46 pm UTC

taixzo wrote:
Whizbang wrote:Prediction for the top of the mountain:

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Maybe the French would have let King Arthur in if he needed medical assistance?


Maybe if they built a large wooden badger...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:52 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
taixzo wrote:
Whizbang wrote:Prediction for the top of the mountain:

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Maybe the French would have let King Arthur in if he needed medical assistance?


Maybe if they built a large wooden badger...


Or a large wooden molpy!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eutychus » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:04 pm UTC

How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?

And why has the Book of Aubron suddenly stopped showing anything beyond the first 80 or so frames?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Wildhound » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:07 pm UTC

I feel like the comic is not dark enough to go down the road of Megan being infected / seriously injured.

I think she will be fine.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:09 pm UTC

Wildhound wrote:I feel like the comic is not dark enough to go down the road of Megan being infected / seriously injured.

I think she will be fine.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby f0rmicUla » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:10 pm UTC

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Zooms in X100 or so... I see I'm way out in left field there :D . Probably keeps everyone else safe from my personal version of in(s)anity.


Yay, and even me, the one-post-only antmolpy is in it (far left, too). Sweet :D
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Red Hal » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:11 pm UTC

Uh-Oh, Megan injured, and now it looks like Cueball is about to kick the bucket.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:13 pm UTC

Eutychus wrote:How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?


I don't think it will be quicker, but adding the day or so to check for help at the top of the mountain is worth it, considering it will take many days to return home (I definitely get the impression that they have been travelling for many days, perhaps even weeks). Also, they've been following the river and taking a kind of haphazard route of exploration. If they make a straight line for home, it will be quicker than the trip so far. Maybe a straight line from the place they are at and a straight line from the top of the mountain aren't all that much different.

Red Hal wrote:Uh-Oh, Megan injured, and now it looks like Cueball is about to kick the bucket.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby akacat » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:15 pm UTC

Blind posting because I'm about to head off to a dental appt which may put me out of commission for the rest of the dix. Or perhaps not, I guess I'll find out.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:20 pm UTC

f0rmicUla wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
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I've finished The Constellation of Time 3. I twerked it a bit around and the huge version is the hugest I've ever made of any image: 49 megapixels! (snipped because I am not allowed to post links, I guess)



Zooms in X100 or so... I see I'm way out in left field there :D . Probably keeps everyone else safe from my personal version of in(s)anity.


Yay, and even me, the one-post-only antmolpy is in it (far left, too). Sweet :D
I wonder if the COT can be made working in real time?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlueCrab » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:24 pm UTC

Wildhound wrote:I feel like the comic is not dark enough to go down the road of Megan being infected / seriously injured.

I think she will be fine.


I think she will have to have it amputated, but that's okay because the people who help them will give her a (wait for it...)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Wildhound » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

BlueCrab wrote:
Wildhound wrote:I feel like the comic is not dark enough to go down the road of Megan being infected / seriously injured.

I think she will be fine.


I think she will have to have it amputated, but that's okay because the people who help them will give her a (wait for it...)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
Eutychus wrote:How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?


I don't think it will be quicker, but adding the day or so to check for help at the top of the mountain is worth it, considering it will take many days to return home (I definitely get the impression that they have been travelling for many days, perhaps even weeks). Also, they've been following the river and taking a kind of haphazard route of exploration. If they make a straight line for home, it will be quicker than the trip so far. Maybe a straight line from the place they are at and a straight line from the top of the mountain aren't all that much different.


It may be that the terrain is of such difficulty that they would be unable to simply "make a straight line for home". One might surmise that the route taken on their journey is the easiest route up the mountain, and not quite as haphazard as it appears. Otherwise, should a path up to their current location be easy, would not they have explored it before? From my own experience, the easiest path up the side of a mountain is usually winding and circuitous. Also consider, they are in new territory. We can expect that our own knowledge, accumulated and illustrated on our Holy Catographer's Map, is also the extent of their geographic knowledge. A "straight line home" may lead them into more unknown territory. Let us not forget Lucky. Such a predator came from somewhere, and in that place there may be more. A "straight line home" may very well lead through more, unknown dangers.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:31 pm UTC

Eutychus wrote:How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?

And why has the Book of Aubron suddenly stopped showing anything beyond the first 80 or so frames?

Not quicker to go home, but quicker to get to help. (Or, they are in Apollo 13 and need to slingshot around the mountain to pick up speed.)

And The Book of Aubron seems to be working for me.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:36 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:
Eutychus wrote:How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?


I don't think it will be quicker, but adding the day or so to check for help at the top of the mountain is worth it, considering it will take many days to return home (I definitely get the impression that they have been travelling for many days, perhaps even weeks). Also, they've been following the river and taking a kind of haphazard route of exploration. If they make a straight line for home, it will be quicker than the trip so far. Maybe a straight line from the place they are at and a straight line from the top of the mountain aren't all that much different.

Red Hal wrote:Uh-Oh, Megan injured, and now it looks like Cueball is about to kick the bucket.


Ha!


So I was in Vegas a bit ago and my wife and I went to a Trapeze class. We had to take a cab outside the strip (it was actually in someone's back yard, which was kinda weird but we had fun anyway). When we got done instead of calling a cab, we looked down the road at the strip and said "that's not so far, let's walk", suffice it to say the enormous hotels of the strip were a lot further away than we thought. Large objects have a tendency to mislead one's sense of distance, particularly if you *ahem* don't know how anything works. My point? There's a pretty good chance that Cuegan will be walking for a day or two before they realize that the top of the mountain hasn't really gotten much closer.

Also, if they tried to cut the corner and not follow the river, there's also a pretty good chance that they'll get lost, particularly as they may need to walk through a desert, which may or may not be larger as it goes out from the river (probably is).

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:49 pm UTC

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Eutychus wrote:How can it be quicker to go home from the top of the mountain than to turn round?


I don't think it will be quicker, but adding the day or so to check for help at the top of the mountain is worth it, considering it will take many days to return home (I definitely get the impression that they have been travelling for many days, perhaps even weeks). Also, they've been following the river and taking a kind of haphazard route of exploration. If they make a straight line for home, it will be quicker than the trip so far. Maybe a straight line from the place they are at and a straight line from the top of the mountain aren't all that much different.


It may be that the terrain is of such difficulty that they would be unable to simply "make a straight line for home". One might surmise that the route taken on their journey is the easiest route up the mountain, and not quite as haphazard as it appears. Otherwise, should a path up to their current location be easy, would not they have explored it before? From my own experience, the easiest path up the side of a mountain is usually winding and circuitous. Also consider, they are in new territory. We can expect that our own knowledge, accumulated and illustrated on our Holy Catographer's Map, is also the extent of their geographic knowledge. A "straight line home" may lead them into more unknown territory. Let us not forget Lucky. Such a predator came from somewhere, and in that place there may be more. A "straight line home" may very well lead through more, unknown dangers.


True, the path up may be the best path back down, but not necessarily. They were following the river. The river is not a living, thinking being. It follows the path of least resistance, yes, but that is a path of least resistance for a fluid that cannot in any way exert energy to counteract the force of gravity. So, the river goes every which way on its way down the mountain. Cuegan, as animals capable of walking and climbing, may find it easier to go up and over some minor obstacle that water never could. So, they have the ability to take a different path of least resistance, one that involves going up and over small obstacles. Cuegan have already decided to do this once before, when they cut across the land because it looked like the river went around some terrain that they felt would be easier for them to simply cross. But at the time their primary goal was to follow the river to its source and maybe find other rivers, so they didn't want to get too far from the river. Now their goal will be home, and from their vantage perhaps they can plan a quicker route than the one cut by the river.

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I agree, there is a chance for getting lost, and there is a chance that the top of the mountain is farther than it appears. I was just pointing out that Megan did not say that it was quicker to get home from the top, merely that it was "not much farther from the top of the mountain"1. So either the added days (two at the very least) is either not that much in comparison to the number of days to get back home (implying that they've been travelling for a long time) and so it is worth the added time if they might find some help sooner, or that they both feel they can get down from the mountain by a straigher route than they took up and so going to the top won't add much time because either way they won't be doubling back on themselves.

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1Actual quote: "..., we won't be much farther from home than we are now"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:53 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:56 pm UTC

f0rmicUla wrote:I wonder if the COT can be made working in real time?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Someguy945 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:58 pm UTC

Sorry if either of these has been posted already:

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Cueball is really stepping up and showing some leadership skills with his decision to continue up the mountain. This is underscored by the frame in which he tells Megan to let him know if the pain grows too much, and Megan's "OK" comes in a smaller font. She is ceding authority and trusting him.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flotter » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:00 pm UTC

ONG to the mountains:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:04 pm UTC

jovialbard wrote:So I was in Vegas a bit ago and my wife and I went to a Trapeze class. We had to take a cab outside the strip (it was actually in someone's back yard, which was kinda weird but we had fun anyway). When we got done instead of calling a cab, we looked down the road at the strip and said "that's not so far, let's walk", suffice it to say the enormous hotels of the strip were a lot further away than we thought. Large objects have a tendency to mislead one's sense of distance, particularly if you *ahem* don't know how anything works. My point? There's a pretty good chance that Cuegan will be walking for a day or two before they realize that the top of the mountain hasn't really gotten much closer.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:06 pm UTC

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k.bookbinder wrote:Cueball does appear to be using sound logic (Cueball did, after all, surmise that their may be a village on the other side, as I had suggested). Also, help is not guaranteed if they go back home. They do mention the other people in the hills, but, correct me if I am wrong, I do not think they ever refer to the people in the hills with any kind of familiarity; it is as if they know that they are there, but have little or nothing to do with them. The people in the hills are not necessarily their people (but it does not suggest that they are their enemies either). Which makes me wonder, do they ever mention their people, or other people that we may infer belong to the same group/community as they do/did?

They did mention their own people in frames 1160-1161:
Cueball: I wonder if other people have noticed. It's been days.
Megan: Not a lot of us by the shore this time of year. A few kids, maybe.
Megan: It'd have to rise a lot higher before any tents got wet.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jovialbard » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:10 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:@jovialbard
I agree, there is a chance for getting lost, and there is a chance that the top of the mountain is farther than it appears. I was just pointing out that Megan did not say that it was quicker to get home from the top, merely that it was "not much farther from the top of the mountain"1. So either the added days (two at the very least) is either not that much in comparison to the number of days to get back home (implying that they've been travelling for a long time) and so it is worth the added time if they might find some help sooner, or that they both feel they can get down from the mountain by a straigher route than they took up and so going to the top won't add much time because either way they won't be doubling back on themselves.

ETA:
1Actual quote: "..., we won't be much farther from home than we are now"


I can agree with most of that, that did seem to be their thinking. I do suspect that they were planning on doubling back though, just that the 2 days of travel to the mountains doesn't mean much compared to the week or so to get back to the beach, and then who knows how long to get to the people in the hills from there. I do kinda doubt they would take a different path home, because I think they'd be afraid of getting lost (they'd never been this way before). All speculation though, and they are continuing forward anyway, so we'll just have to wait for it and see what happens.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

Red Hal wrote:Uh-Oh, Megan injured, and now it looks like Cueball is about to kick the bucket.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby nerdsniped » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:15 pm UTC

Red Hal wrote:Uh-Oh, Megan injured, and now it looks like Cueball is about to kick the bucket.

No one has responded to this yet, guess it's up to me:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

@Whizbang Ah! Your meaning is more clear to me now.

@Earthling on Mars Thanks for that.

Known people:
Tent People (Cuegan's people)
Hill People

Unknown people:
Mountain People?

Recap: Distance to Unknown people (top of the mountain) is not significantly farther ahead that, if the need to return to Known people (hills or tents) becomes necessary, they should not be prohibitively farther away than they currently are.

One hopes that we should find out soon. We must wait for it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:20 pm UTC

Earthling on Mars wrote:Image

k.bookbinder wrote:Cueball does appear to be using sound logic (Cueball did, after all, surmise that their may be a village on the other side, as I had suggested). Also, help is not guaranteed if they go back home. They do mention the other people in the hills, but, correct me if I am wrong, I do not think they ever refer to the people in the hills with any kind of familiarity; it is as if they know that they are there, but have little or nothing to do with them. The people in the hills are not necessarily their people (but it does not suggest that they are their enemies either). Which makes me wonder, do they ever mention their people, or other people that we may infer belong to the same group/community as they do/did?

They did mention their own people in frames 1160-1161:
Cueball: I wonder if other people have noticed. It's been days.
Megan: Not a lot of us by the shore this time of year. A few kids, maybe.
Megan: It'd have to rise a lot higher before any tents got wet.

ETA: Also, congrats to BlueCrab on 100 posts!

Thanks for the reminder about the exact dialogue about their people, although Cueball might talk about people in general, not just their own people. But I wonder about two things based on Megan's remarks:

1. What time of year might it be inside the OTC? When do kids go to the shore, but grown-ups don't (btw, I'd say that mentioning "kids" in this manner rules out that Cuegan are kids themselves, as it has been speculated. Teenagers at least.)? And we know that it must be warm enough to hang around at the beach for some time, and to go swimming in the sea1.

2. In one of the last frames, Cueball mentioned villages, so this concept is known to them. If we assume that the tents are where their people live, I wonder what kind of societal structure they live in. Maybe a pastoral tribe, moving around with their moolpies?

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