1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:20 am UTC

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tman2nd wrote:returnONG to Cuegan.
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I'm surprised they're going up hill again. I figured that they had reached a plateau. I don't know why I assumed that. Oh well.


I agree. With Megan seeing into the distance, if anything, I would have thought they would begin to descend slightly. For if the ground level is still rising, would it not obstruct her ability to see far into the distance? Of course, it is only a slight rise, so perhaps not. Perhaps after a few more frames, a stitching may be in order.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lgw » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:39 am UTC

hamjudo wrote:5 million years ago, the Mediterranean was disconnected from the Atlantic ocean and mostly evaporated. When the Straits of Gibraltar broke open, the Mediterranean mostly refilled over only 2 years. Away from the Straits, that would look amount to a sustained, and quite confusing sea level rise.


Yes! I believe this is in fact what's happening.

Almost immediately (in geological terms - maybe a couple thousand years?) the Straits will close again. Continental drift is breaking Africa apart, and one part is moving north enough to close the Straights. When that happens the Med will begin to evaporate, and then boil off: the temperature at the bottom of the basin will be well above the boiling point of water (due to the same low-elevation effect that makes Death Valley so hot, but more of it). That could even be the civilization-wiping catastrophe that seems (obvious, to me) to be the backstory of the OTC.

Since there are still rivers that flow into the Med, the silt would build up and over considerable time would start to raise the level of the basin (plus there would be some mighty windstorms for a while, blowing towards the basin during the day), perhaps enough that it could begin to hold rainfall again, and maintain a low water level. If after many thousands of years (do we even have an upper limit on the year from the stars? axial procession maybe?) The Straights should reopen, then as Hamjudo pointed out it would look much like this..

Further theory - the "flat mountain" could well be the original (current) land level of (presumably) Northern Africa. Hey, maybe we'll see pyramids.

ETA: the basin might fill much quicker (less than 13,000 years) if the glaciers covered it!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Goggalor » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:47 am UTC

I like that theory a lot. Even if it's not what's going on here it sounds like the basis of a great post-apocalyptic film!
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ChronosDragon wrote:Decree: tell me something I didn't know about computers!

You woke me up in the middle of the night (not really, it's just midnight and I had slept for 3 hours) to do this. You insult my creator. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, dragon. Perhaps you should have done the same!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:58 am UTC

Tatiana wrote:I wonder if their Ikea at home is all flooded now, with boards warping and all. :(

I've been Waiting to ottify this song - now seems like a good Time. :)

IKEA
(to the tune of the same name by Jonathan Coulton)

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Long ago, some Time before
Cuegan began building on a shore
There were boxes and boards
Must have come from a furniture store
It's not too expensive, it's not at all
And they built a seaish platform tall-er, so fine
Rising over the great Sandcastle so fine

Ikea: got one down by the Sea for the greatest convenience
Ikea: selling furniture for those poor souls inbetween tents
Nobody has a home
Ikea won't have a home when the Sea gets high

So grab your bag and make no fuss
Cuegan had not much to discuss
In the land where the River is small and the Sea gets so high
And the Ikea watched them go
Wondering just what did Cuegan know
Leaving safe shores for much rougher ground where the raptorcats snarl

Ikea: got one down by the Sea for the greatest convenience
Ikea: selling furniture for those poor souls inbetween tents
Nobody has a home
Ikea won't have a home when the Sea gets high

Ikea: platforms, scaffolds
Ikea: dilgunnerangs
Ikea: ugh, steam bottles
Look out for the Sea!
Look out, Time to flee!

I'm sorry to say the Ikea's stuck
I saw the Sea and they're outta luck
It's too big and you know
That it does just whatever it wants
I checked back in to see what they'd do
But all that was left of the ocean view
Was a bucket, bobbing alone and it made me afraid

Ikea: got one down by the Sea for the greatest convenience
Ikea: selling furniture for those poor souls inbetween tents
Nobody has a home
Ikea won't have a home when the Sea gets high
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:00 am UTC

How lONG can we keep holding on?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby acunning40 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:04 am UTC

Relaying a message:

CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlueCrab » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:09 am UTC

Ketching up on a Saturday afternoon...

Rule110 wrote:My 200th! <snip> ...a revision of The Alt-Text, which I posted not long after delurking in the OTT. The revision cleans up a few phrases and adds a new stanza that I thought was "missing" from the original. (Since additional available "it" rhymes were growing scarce, the new stanza is the one with the word "alit" which is usually encountered only in poems and crossword puzzles.)
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Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
Over many a new webcomic full of dreary trendy wit,
Suddenly with brief foreboding I beheld an image loading -
'T'was a PNG decoding on my panel bit by bit.
Just a simple shadow-picture taking shape there bit by bit.
I thought, 'What's the point of it?'

For the frame presented merely two stick-figures drawn austerely,
Seated rather cavalierly on some lonesome barren spit.
Eagerly I sought for meaning in their placid careless leaning,
Yet that earnest mental gleaning explicated not a whit; -
''Tis a caption missing,' said I, comprehending not a whit,
'Should explain wherefore they sit.'

Not inclined to whine or curse it, I intended to disperse it
But my mouse chanced to traverse it and up popped a tiny chit:
An alt-text, I saw, not fearing to expect the purpose clearing
By the letters there appearing like a scroll of holy writ.
Rapt I read the words inscribed there, terrible as holy writ –
And they spelt out: 'Wait for it.'

Wait for it? I sat and pondered while my morbid fancies wandered
Into strange phantasmagoric places few ever admit.
What grim portent was it sending; was 'it' coming soon, or ending?
Some catastrophe impending, all our mortal lives forfeit?
Was the Judgment Day upon us, holding every soul forfeit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Anon my mania deflated and it seemed my fears abated.
(For no soul knows what is fated, and to fate we all submit.)
Then my gaze suddenly lifted, for like desert sands that drifted,
The comic page had shifted, though no refresh I'd transmit.
Lo! The figures changed position, with no page refresh transmit.
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

As time passed, I gained conviction this must be some sort of fiction.
Twice an hour, a new depiction on my browser screen alit.
Thus they seemed designed for spelling out some tale that needed telling
But my mind was still rebelling, for I saw no benefit
As the couple played in sand; whatever was the benefit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Castles, rivers, swimming, scaffold, rising sea: all left me baffled,
As frames flowed in slow succession like a garment being knit.
Though my kenning should be gaining with each frame, 'twere no explaining
Every question still remaining: 'What's it mean, how does it fit?
Where's it going, what's the point, who are these folks, how's it all fit?'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

No surcease from my reflecting stopped the questions interjecting:
'Is the artist now expecting? Or is it his family's split?
Is it all 'bout global warming? Is it cancer lesions swarming?
I pray you, be more informing! All these mysteries remit.
For my peace of mind and sanity, the mysteries remit.'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

'Your coyness is most unpleasing. I won't wait,' I shouted, wheezing -
'All these pictures are just teasing, no intention to commit.
Black stick figure and sand castle, images so trite and facile
They're not worth near this much hassle. Leave my monitor unlit.
Take thy comic off my browser; leave my monitor unlit!'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

And the alt-text, ne'er updating, still is waiting, still is waiting
As each new frame looms, relating tick by tick the drawn-out skit.
I can but, through days ensuing, ponder on my soul's undoing,
The one hope for my renewing being that I somehow quit
Whilst the alt-text whispers softly that I'm doomed never to quit.
I can only... wait for it.
Rule110, that is brilliant, in both the British and the American senses of the word! The first time you posted it almost got me to delurk, in fact, but as I didn't have anything to say other than gushing about how cool The Raven is, and how much I like corbies in general, and how great I think it is that you ottified this, I chickened out.

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BlueCrab wrote: As k.bookbinder says, quite. “Lovely” is another example
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Over here in the US, "lovely" is also often used sardonically/sarcastically. A new annoying or disheartening piece of news is often greeted with it. "What's that, the semeatedcoffeecancerbabiesea only comes in DECAF? Lovely... :roll: "
Oh, lovely, I completely forgot that usage. :x I blame the heat we've had this wip. (Couldn't be my memory...)


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:10 am UTC

acunning40 wrote:Relaying a message:

CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:33 am UTC

@BlitzGirl: Love your Ikea ottification!

And now, time to coma!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:33 am UTC

This place looks hauntingly desolated.
Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:36 am UTC

AluisioASG wrote:This place looks hauntingly desolated.
Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?


I did notice that, actually. Sorry looking tree, isn't it? Or what remains of one. Perhaps that may help explain all the dust. It would appear that they may be headed towards some hard scrabble areas. I hope they have enough water.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:38 am UTC

AluisioASG wrote:This place looks hauntingly desolated.
Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?


Yeah, it's a minitree - but this is normal at high elevations. Not enough oxygen and other resources.

Then again, they're only what, 300q up? I would think there's still plenty of oxygen at that height.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:50 am UTC

These last few frames raise a question I don't remember seeing anybody discuss before: Will all narrative within Time be sequential─in story time?

We've known the water was rising; we've anticipated that their castle was doomed, and might already have been destroyed. But our last sight of the castle included la Petite dragging something into frame. We've been referring to her as a Chekhov's gun, and anticipating that the story would ─ eventually ─ return to her, anticipating that we would see what she dragged to the castle, and what she did with it.

But now we've apparently been shown the castle already destroyed, its site under a couple of fathoms of water. Since I don't believe Randall will stoop to cheap Dan Brown narrative trickery, then whatever la Petite was going to do, she's already done it and gone, fled to higher ground.

So at some point in the future, is Time going to back up and show us the events between the first fadeout and that lonely floating bucket? Or will it grind relentlessly forward, leaving us unsatisfied about la Petite's mysterious burden?

ChronosDragon wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:This place looks hauntingly desolated.
Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?

Yeah, it's a minitree - but this is normal at high elevations. Not enough oxygen and other resources.

Then again, they're only what, 300q up? I would think there's still plenty of oxygen at that height.

But perhaps not much soil or water. My back yard is only about 600 feet above sea level, and I'm in the middle of a rainy temperate area (the Ozarks), but a pin oak we planted lived for fourteen years without ever growing to even four feet tall, because it was on a narrow ledge on a grade that averages maybe thirty degrees.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 4:59 am UTC

I think that Time will be sequential, because how would GLR initiate a flashback? I'm not saying it will never happen, but overall I get the sense of forward progress in the OTC, of Time ticking onward. (Onward!)

If we learn more about past events, my guess is that it will be via dialogue. LaPetite still needs to be explained somehow, but it doesn't look like we'll get to see what she did during the Time that Cuegan has been journeying. Perhaps she (or somebody else) will tell Cuegan about it in the future.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby IceIsNice » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:01 am UTC

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AluisioASG wrote:Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?


I did notice that, actually. Sorry looking tree, isn't it? Or what remains of one.


It's a sincere tree, rather.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:04 am UTC

acunning40 wrote:CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

They are fixed now, and using the explainxkcd numbering system. I suggest mscha switches to the explainxkcd system too.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:These last few frames raise a question I don't remember seeing anybody discuss before: Will all narrative within Time be sequential─in story time?

We've known the water was rising; we've anticipated that their castle was doomed, and might already have been destroyed. But our last sight of the castle included la Petite dragging something into frame. We've been referring to her as a Chekhov's gun, and anticipating that the story would ─ eventually ─ return to her, anticipating that we would see what she dragged to the castle, and what she did with it.

But now we've apparently been shown the castle already destroyed, its site under a couple of fathoms of water. Since I don't believe Randall will stoop to cheap Dan Brown narrative trickery, then whatever la Petite was going to do, she's already done it and gone, fled to higher ground.

So at some point in the future, is Time going to back up and show us the events between the first fadeout and that lonely floating bucket? Or will it grind relentlessly forward, leaving us unsatisfied about la Petite's mysterious burden?


I have always wondered if La Petite has been following them. At least now we know that the Creator of Time is willing to allow us to glimpse other happenings, far from Cuegan. But then again, I think this served the express purpose of answering Cuegan's curiosity about the sandcastle - except it was for us to know, not them. So perhaps we won't be privy what La Petite is or has been up to, for Cuegan are not aware of her at all.

And with that, molpy down!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 am UTC

IceIsNice wrote:
k.bookbinder wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:Have you folks noticed the small tree in the middle of the frame?

I did notice that, actually. Sorry looking tree, isn't it? Or what remains of one.

It's a sincere tree, rather.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ebonite » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:24 am UTC

Not sure if I made the magic page 1024, but I thought I'd post another song parody that came to mind when you all were talking about early thoughts of the OTC:

“He Is Never Ever Ever Gonna End This Comic”
(With Apologies to Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together")

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“He Is Never Ever Ever Gonna End This Comic”
(With Apologies to Taylor Swift)

I remember when I saw “Time” the first time
People sitting on an empty beach? So what?
So I went and read the hidden text
And it said to wait for “it”. (Huh?)
So I came back later just to check
And I was shocked to see the characters had moved (really?)
I had to check the forum to be sure
They said, “amazing”, “what is it?”, it’s genius”, “wait for it”

Ooh, a pixel changed again last night
And ooh, Really? I can’t believe we’re so excited

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
See a Newpix, ONG it, analyze it, clap with glee
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic

Like, ever

So hundreds of us sit here posting thoughts
And we try to figure how it’s going to end
But we would really rather keep it going than
Return to a real life that’s more mundane than this

Ooh, a star was missing from the sky
And ooh, Really? I can’t believe that someone saw it

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
Write a double-dactyl in morse code and rot-13
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic

Ooh, yeah, ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Oh oh oh

I used to think that I wanted this to be over
And I used to say, "Maybe tomorrow…”
(So I crawl out of bed and I like, reach for my mouse
And I’m like.. “ just… I mean, this is exhausting, you know, like,
He is never gonna end this comic. Like, ever.”)

No!

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
Blitz it, filk it, hat it, but in the end just wait for it
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic. . .


Edit: well, what do you know? I did make it onto page 1024. I didn't think I'd finish writing that in time so I assumed I'd post it too late. Woo hoo!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rvloon » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:25 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Two molpies, two facebugs, two flutterbees, two sparrow-raptors, two pokeymolps, two raptorcats...


and a partridge in a pear tree!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edo » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:29 am UTC

Happy 101010!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:40 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I think that Time will be sequential, because how would GLR initiate a flashback? I'm not saying it will never happen, but overall I get the sense of forward progress in the OTC, of Time ticking onward. (Onward!)

If we learn more about past events, my guess is that it will be via dialogue. LaPetite still needs to be explained somehow, but it doesn't look like we'll get to see what she did during the Time that Cuegan has been journeying. Perhaps she (or somebody else) will tell Cuegan about it in the future.

How would he initiate a flashback? I don't know, but he got across a flooded castle by using fewer than 500 total pixels spread over 3 frames to portray a bobbing pail. The man's got a genuine narrative gift, if a peculiar and rather specialized one.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:46 am UTC

k.bookbinder wrote:I have always wondered if La Petite has been following them. At least now we know that the Creator of Time is willing to allow us to glimpse other happenings, far from Cuegan. But then again, I think this served the express purpose of answering Cuegan's curiosity about the sandcastle - except it was for us to know, not them. So perhaps we won't be privy what La Petite is or has been up to, for Cuegan are not aware of her at all.

Timewaiters do know of important things that Cuegan does not, including LaPetite, the Death of Flutterbee, and now the Sandcastle's Demise.

Speaking of foreboding foreshadowing...the loss of the Sandcastle may be even worse than the flutterbee's death. Uh oh.

rvloon wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Two molpies, two facebugs, two flutterbees, two sparrow-raptors, two pokeymolps, two raptorcats...

and a raptridge in a wowtree!

FTFY. :wink:

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I remember when I saw “Time” the first time
People sitting on an empty beach? So what?
So I went and read the hidden text
And it said to wait for “it”. (Huh?)
So I came back later just to check
And I was shocked to see the characters had moved (really?)
I had to check the forum to be sure
They said, “amazing”, “what is it?”, it’s genius”, “wait for it”

Ooh, a pixel changed again last night
And ooh, Really? I can’t believe we’re so excited

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
See a Newpix, ONG it, analyze it, clap with glee
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic

Like, ever

So hundreds of us sit here posting thoughts
And we try to figure how it’s going to end
But we would really rather keep it going than
Return to a real life that’s more mundane than this

Ooh, a star was missing from the sky
And ooh, Really? I can’t believe that someone saw it

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
Write a double-dactyl in morse code and rot-13
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic

Ooh, yeah, ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Oh oh oh

I used to think that I wanted this to be over
And I used to say, "Maybe tomorrow…”
(So I crawl out of bed and I like, reach for my mouse
And I’m like.. “ just… I mean, this is exhausting, you know, like,
He is never gonna end this comic. Like, ever.”)

No!

He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
He is never ever ever gonna end this comic
Blitz it, filk it, hat it, but in the end just wait for it
But he is never ever ever ever gonna end this comic. . .

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rvloon » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:49 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Steakish!*



*Well-done!


And how rare it is to see that in a medium like this.

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Postby AluisioASG » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:00 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby azule » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:04 am UTC

Blind-post: I am approximately 43 NewPages (1746 NewPosts) and six dix into the Past. Oh, boy. I don't think I will be back in the present for a while. My lack of time to ketchup will be most detrimental to a full OTT reading. :( I may become an Exodies (full fledged blind-posting member), we'll see. See ya xuys in the FUTURE!!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Latent22 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:15 am UTC

patzer wrote:
acunning40 wrote:CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

They are fixed now, and using the explainxkcd numbering system. I suggest mscha switches to the explainxkcd system too.

I'd prefer not to change numbering system just to match them. The real problem is the likes of geekwagon is not programmed to handle anything but sequential numbering and explainxkcd is not really trying to track the newpix numbers they are just listing the frames.

Treating the meteor frames as sub-newpix and not full ones just makes more sense. But it's making things a lot harder to track now :/

It all comes down to how we want to define a newpix/Timeframe etc and it seems standards are impossible to settle on here.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:20 am UTC

Latent22 wrote:
patzer wrote:
acunning40 wrote:CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

They are fixed now, and using the explainxkcd numbering system. I suggest mscha switches to the explainxkcd system too.

I'd prefer not to change numbering system just to match them. The real problem is the likes of geekwagon is not programmed to handle anything but sequential numbering and explainxkcd is not really trying to track the newpix numbers they are just listing the frames.

Treating the meteor frames as sub-newpix and not full ones just makes more sense. But it's making things a lot harder to track now :/

It all comes down to how we want to define a newpix/Timeframe etc and it seems standards are impossible to settle on here.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:30 am UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:Yeah, isn't it 5?

I think it's more ζ myself.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:40 am UTC

mscha wrote:
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Cueball's been up & about, as y'all noticed. Looks like he picked up some more meowpy defense ammo (= stones).
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ETA: No more molpy activity. Prediction: large molpy activity (e.g. Lucky or friends) within 10 newpix.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:53 am UTC

Latent22 wrote:
patzer wrote:
acunning40 wrote:CasCat's sister emailed Geekwagon last week, and got an email back today (Saturday) saying that the meteor frames were in the process of being fixed.

They are fixed now, and using the explainxkcd numbering system. I suggest mscha switches to the explainxkcd system too.

I'd prefer not to change numbering system just to match them. The real problem is the likes of geekwagon is not programmed to handle anything but sequential numbering and explainxkcd is not really trying to track the newpix numbers they are just listing the frames.

Treating the meteor frames as sub-newpix and not full ones just makes more sense. But it's making things a lot harder to track now :/

It all comes down to how we want to define a newpix/Timeframe etc and it seems standards are impossible to settle on here.

I'm not sure I entirely understand the explainxkcd system. :? But then, I've never looked at explainxkcd before now.

I prefer mscha's layout and numbering system, simply because I find it more convenient (the linked list with previews is a very handy setup if you want to fetch a newpix to manip or repost on the OTT). So for future reference, if I personally refer to a favorite frame number or whatever (as I did on the favorite frames newpage), I'll be using that standard.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:06 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby patzer » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:09 am UTC

Latent22 wrote:It all comes down to how we want to define a newpix/Timeframe etc and it seems standards are impossible to settle on here.

A newpix was originally exactly 30 minutes.
When the comic began updating every hour, there were two competing definitions: Some believed the new unit of time should be referred to as longpix, and others believed that the newpix was not based on Outside units, and that a newpix would always be the amount of time between one frame and the next. The difference in the passing of Outside was explained by WarpPix.
Eventually WarpPix seemed to become standard.
There was also the debate over whether newpix corresponded directly to Outside time, or corresponded directly to the time the actual frame appeared.
Here's a small religious summary of the debate with relevant links.
(We were a lot more religious back then)
I think it was agreed that newpix corresponded directly to the time the actual frame appeared.
I believe there was also a theory at one point that TimeFrames corresponded to outside time, but newpix corresponded to the time the frame appeared. This isn't cited on the wiki, however.
Our definition now may change, considering that we have been used to the newpix=1 hour system for a long time and it is easier to stay with that system. Plus we are a lot less religious now and tend to rely on the Outside more. Back then we did not discuss the Outside, considering it blasphemous.
I prefer to retain the unit of time, newpix, as being equivalent to 1 hour, but numbering the frames in order without letters (per geekwagon and explainxkcd).

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mittagleffler » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:11 am UTC

Me thinks Time has always been mystifying. No matter what's been happening, there is always a suspense as to what the next newpix will bring. As the OTA just showed - abrupt things can occur!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby heather99 » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:14 am UTC

Out of curiosity- are those stars actual northern hemisphere constellations?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:14 am UTC

1 Kibi!
I made it. :P

And we have some closure of the sandcastle, but not what LaPetite was going to do what the material she brought in... Will we ever now? But more importantly, did the cut-away also made a time jump in the OTC? Are they now really close to the dust?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:18 am UTC

TimeLurker wrote:
BigDaddy wrote:Could Randall have sold out and this is viral marketing for After Earth?

Keep watching the skies and wait for it.

I find this extremely unlikely. If GLR had actually "sold out" he could make a fortune in the One True Store selling any number of T-Shirt, button, and poster ideas that we've come up with here. I for one would buy a T-Shirt with the first scene and "Wait for it." written underneath.

Seriously, GLR, if you do have ears in the OTT. If you sell it, I will buy it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:22 am UTC

TheMinim wrote:Back on page 199 there is talk of the text directly beneath the name. It is fairly interesting talk.

I think you'll find (in a few years when you finally read this) that those are titles.
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