1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flado » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

OH MY ONG!!!
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ninjad, I think I have better ong though.

Plus I knew GLR was messing with us!

(sub text = The end.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Zorin_75 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

OMR, it's loading something...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby bighaben » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

alt text is "the end". :(

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

Alt-text and link remain.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HereBeUnmappedBits » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

What? I'm still seeing 'The End.'

ETA: Ah! Now I see it!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:01 pm UTC

bighaben wrote:alt text is "the end". :(


Chirp the alt-text! The image changed, didn't it?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby neopifex » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Is anyone still working on deciphering Beanish? We don't have a lot to work with, but that could be a fascinating project for anyone with the time and smarts.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cameroda » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Sniff. :cry:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Someguy945 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Aside from "The End" text going away, the water moved.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Random832 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

Prediction: Roll Credits, then fade. Maybe a few easter eggs under that.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

HAL9000 wrote:I have a feeling that the fact that "Time" is over is finally going to hit me in two or three minutes...

When the signal reaches Jupiter?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby reckter » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

it links to http://geekwagon.net/projects/xkcd1190/
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby libra » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:02 pm UTC

New alt text confirms it.

The end.

But the end of just this story, or the OTC?

Or will there now be a roll of credits?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:03 pm UTC

I wonder how many newpix are to come...just this? A few more?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:03 pm UTC

I knew something was up, or down, when 2 hours meant a ketchup of 6 pages.

All I can say is: Wow. Neat.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:03 pm UTC

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

Comparison between the final frame and the one after that:

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I.e. “The end” removed, but sea still moving. Will it keep rising every newpix?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

Hmm, a loop of water movement frames for all eternity? (Or until GLR picks up the story again, though I suspect anything more will happen in a new othercomic. 1190 is done)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Pikrass » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

Random832 wrote:So does anyone here hang out on IRC?

I'm... probably not going to check the forums as much anymore.

I think it's a good idea, at least for tonight, regarding how the OTT is literally turning into a chatroom. Of course, the "important" things should still be posted here for posterity, but for the "oh noooes" and mutual reassurance IRC is fine.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

I just realized that we're going to have a mustard-load of newbies showing up in these newpages...

Hello, all newbies! Welcome to the End of Time!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edo » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby reckter » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

I wasn't clear about my last post: The image on http://xkcd.com/1190 links to http://geekwagon.net/projects/xkcd1190/.

SO whats that all about? Just a follow up end post?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby richP » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

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HERESY!!!

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Well...Jesus came back.


Exactly.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby neopifex » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

The water changed a bit in this post-end ONG. I wonder if we're going to see a "zinger," like what shows up mid-credits in a lot of movies these days.

- Lucky drags him/herself out of the water, shakes off and walks into the forest. Fade out.
- Someone comes out of the castleraft and says, "Where'd everyone go? WAIT FOR ME!!" Fade out.
- Rosetta and a few Beanies walk to the shore, see the raft and walk back into the forest looking for Cuegan and their maps.

Wishful thinking, but I'd love to see more.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Opiboble » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I just realized that we're going to have a mustard-load of newbies showing up in these newpages...

Hello, all newbies! Welcome to the End of Time!


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Someguy945 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm UTC

Random832 wrote:Prediction: Roll Credits, then fade to black. Maybe a few easter eggs under that.


Yeah, I suspect it is basically over and we'll just get a few tidbits. Maybe an epilogue of various scenes, seeing certain critters that survived, etc.

It would be truly awesome to have a brief scene where Megan triumphantly walks up to Rosetta, hands the maps back, says "thanks" in Beanish, and walks away.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Davidy » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:06 pm UTC

And so it ends, as all good things must.

There are still unanswered questions we can ruminate on.

    Where are they? (i say Corsica)
    Does Hairdo get the maps back?
    Beanish needs to be decoded.
    Where are all the others?


If there are no answers, then
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby RagingTyrant » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

Is it too late to de-lurk?

Thank you all for the insight (the year was 13000!?!?!) and the entertainment, even if I was just a lurker.

And thank you Randal. This creation was completely inspiring. Once again, Bravo. I can only hope for a sequel of some form. (Please tell me this is the basis for a novel....)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

Someguy945 wrote:It would be truly awesome to have a brief scene where Megan triumphantly walks up to Rosetta, hands the maps back, says "thanks" in Beanish, and walks away.

I'm looking forward to the Cueganite revolution, where the Forty arm themselves with thwap-sticks and overthrow the tyrannical Rosetta.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby nsub1 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

Time chirping ended while I'm on the New York State Thruway? Seriously??? :o
I'm in the "fade out" camp sadly.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dr Frankenstein » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

... geekwagon's viewer missed the "THE END"-less newpic...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Qalyar » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

Hmm, based on that comparison image ... is there also a fade beginning?
I think that the fact there's still water animation going on is suggestive that even if this is "The End", there may yet be content to come, in some form.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby libra » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

nsub1 wrote:Time chirping ended while I'm on the New York State Thruway? Seriously??? :o
Looks like it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

nsub1 wrote:Time chirping ended while I'm on the New York State Thruway? Seriously??? :o
I'm in the "fade out" camp sadly.

Quick, check the pixels!

I'm just glad Time didn't end while I was a-coma. I feel sorry for the OTTers who aren't here with us. :cry:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

Davidy wrote:And so it ends, as all good things must.

It's been fun, though!
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HAL9000 wrote:I find it simultaneously fascinating and disturbing that the most profound things I've read in the past months I have encountered in or been led to by an internet forum thread about a webcomic.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

Blindposting out of shock. Even though I was there at the end of Time, it does not feel like an end. Time ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

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No, newpixbot, no ONG for you.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

Newpixbot, nice to see you!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby yappobiscuits » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:10 pm UTC

Phew, that was a mad dash to the present. You lot were posting like crazy, unsurprisingly.

It…hasn't quite sunk in yet… This comic and thread has been such a huge part of my life these past months, and it wouldn't have been the same without being able to share it with you wonderful people. What a ride it's been. Let's not lose touch with each other, mmkay? Keep this wonderful community in existence, everyone! *tears up and goes around hugging everyone* *reaches BlitzGirl and gives her the biggest glomp of all*
Now, Randall… BRING ON THE SEQUEL!

It was a nice ending though. The full-circle feel of the new sandcastle building, followed by finding land and starting a new life.

Anyway, may as well still ketchup…
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One fragment takes out the Hubble; other fragments, by incredible bad luck, wreck Chandra, ISIS, and all the other orbital telescopes in one wild spray. A large fragment destroys the famous Palomar observatory. A fragment of Hubble the size of a pecan strikes an elementary school in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, at 3am on Sunday morning, cracking a window of the cafeteria. Outraged Congresscritters begin screaming in the media: "Think of teh childrens! Satellites are just targets for terrorists! And what if they become sentient! Remember Skynet?" The anti-science movement in the U.S. becomes bipartisan and overwhelmingly popular; lingering hopes that Congress will achieve sentience fade.

The U.S uses its waning but still massive economic power to force the G8 and G15 nations to sign the unpopular Sheboygan Accord, placing a moratorium on all orbital devices of any type; even the GPS satellites will be allowed to die off. "We have cell towers that can locate you to within a yard," the Speaker of the House tells the press, unaware that the NSA's current tracking information in fact places him forty feet underwater off Martha's Vineyard.

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On 2026/10/17 (Randall Munroe's 42nd birthday), BHG triggers Cellblitz. On his signal, tens of thousands of college students point their "free cable generators" at cell towers around the world, dropping the world's phone systems back into the stone copper age. Unfortunately, college students are not that much better than terrorists at following directions, so they also take out a great many air-traffic radar systems ─ and the world's few remaining LORAN systems. With both GPS and LORAN gone, and with the night sky still mostly obscured by the debris from Judgment Day, ships at sea are reduced to the ancient technique of following the shoreline. But radio still works, so ships join into huge convoys of which only the fringe need remain in sight of landmarks.

As the skies eventually begin to clear, primitive astronomic navigation reemerges, and ships again begin to cross the open sea. By long tradition, however, they remain in massive convoys of a thousand ships or more. One of the largest convoys ever, attempting to cross to from New York to Lisbon, is led off course when their master navigator takes a star sight. Unbeknownst to him, the only remaining fragment of the ISS, a large solar panel, is in a wildly eccentric orbit that kept it out of range of Judgment Day, but now causes it at apogee to appear motionless against the star background. The navigator mistakes it for Antares which, from Earth's point of view, has just begun its final collapse, and just doesn't look like Antares any more. The navigator's error leads the entire convoy far astray to the south.

The worldwide growth of glaciers and the corresponding drop in sea level has left the Strait of Gibraltar dramatically reduced, both shallower and narrower. The entire massive convoy drives into the Strait at speed, creating the maritime equivalent of a 1500-car freeway pileup, leaving the Strait effectively blocked to traffic. As the news of the disaster flashes across the interwebs, Antares explodes in the sky. [More scientific handwaving.] With the climate horribly altered, with technology crashing around them ─ and with the internet gone! ─ human society enters another dark age of superstition and chaos.

Tribal storytellers remember the Gibraltar shipwreck as a harbinger of the overall disaster. For millenia afterward, pilgrims visit the site, which the receding Atlantic has left high and dry. For some reason lost to the past, it becomes traditional to bring a pail of earth from your homeland to pour over the hulks; after ten thousand years of pilgrims the original wrecks are buried under a gigantic mass of earth, forming an earthen dyke from Gibraltar to Morocco, greatly accelerating the pilgrim traffic. When the ice age at last ends and the Atlantic begins to refill, this dyke prevents inflow into the Mediterranean basin, which has all but dried up from evaporation. But the rising Atlantic begins to saturate the dyke, which after all is built from rusted ship hulks and buckets of dirt, with no actual engineering behind it. At last, with the skies finally clear again, but Antares gone forever, the water begins to seep through...

Thus begins Time.

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I too hope he will now actually talk and reveal stuff about it!
taixzo wrote:But I haven't finished my soundtrack, and I just finished installing Portal, and I was going to install the Android Live Wallpaper this afternoon... :cry: :cry:

Look on the bright side, now that it's over, we no longer have to re-think our soundtracks whenever something new is revealed. We can work on them a bit more relaxed now.
HES wrote:Time isn't over until the admins lock this thread.

Which they won't, it's not like they lock other comic threads after they're "finished".
higgs-boson wrote:Thanks to Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, and Annie Lennox for this touching piece of music, which reflects my current emotions pretty well.



I am listening.

Why'd you have to post thaattt Image

Hmmm, and now it's NOT totally over… still, I don't think it's continuing. Just an end credits kinda thing, or a short epilogue at the most.

Well waited, everyone.
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