I am disgustingly filled with admiration. For everything. Everywhere. All over.
I know there's crazy-huge-exciting things happening in the OTC right now and that's a bad time for a forever-lurker (i.e., since the first page of this thread was *the* page of this thread) to make a first post that isn't directly working through a current dilemma, but this whole journey Randall's taken us on has left me increasingly impressed. Not just with him -- I think we've long known how stunningly creative, intelligent and meticulous he is, and how varied and wide-ranging his mastery is of a huge range of subjects. But with... us.
Or, well, you. I just got here as a poster.
I know this kinda thing has been said before -- at this point in the thread, I feel almost like every topic in existence has likely been said before -- but I have absolutely adored seeing how this thread has evolved with the story, and how different posters have come out of the woodwork to offer whatever expertise they have that matches the scene folks are analyzing. From...
- the initial programming (and subsequent improvement work) done to track newpix and compare differences from one to the next;
- to the architecture analysis as the sandcastle was built;
- to the cartography work as Cuegan began their travels;
- to the identification and classification of vegetation/animals and the attempt to place them geographically;
- to the absolutely incredible star-chart analyses;
- to the intricate dissection of a language heretofore unseen by man or beast;
- to the ultimate pinpointing of Cuegan's specific location and time in Earth's history;
- to the attempts to de-mustard Rosetta's halting translations (which is, at last, the one thing in the OTC that I feel I can finally do pretty well by myself, instead of waiting for others to do the expert analysis for me);
- and everything else in between (including all the off-topic, colorful stuff, not least of which includes the development of what's nearly become an internal dialect only understood by people who post/lurk in this thread),
the entire comic -- and the epic thread I feel honored have an excuse to finally post in -- has highlighted the passion, the expertise, the diversity and the camaraderie of a stunningly large and diverse array of people from around the world. I'm amazed, and I'm humbled, and I'm tremendously thankful to all of you for the mind-boggling amount that I've learned about our past, our possible future, and the myriad pieces of knowledge and brilliance that each of us hold in our minds (and fingers) and choose to bring forward in order to educate, enlighten and share with their community.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. And to Randall for making it all happen.