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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:14 am UTC

Good mornix! Molpy up!

Huh. I must say, that tower looks a bit like an incomplete microwave tower. Also, the scaffolding on the outside strikes me as being wooden, not metal.

Edit: Oh uh, page Pope and all. Hm. I haven't even had my morninx coffee. Not really in a thinking Papal state. OK. more wild predictions about what else is on the mountain. Certainly there must be something else.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:17 am UTC

We should be done panning now, I assume. (Unless we keep panning to the right and leave Cuegan behind, of course.)
Quick note that Cuegan may not be moving much, but they are redrawn between frames, so Time is elapsing between frames. Megan is looking up in np2574, for instance.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby hajo » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:31 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby xpatiate » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:34 am UTC

While educating myself on mining equipment I did wonder if any of our resident hatters would be taken by this idea...

wikipedia wrote:A recently erected steel headgear in the Zambian copper belt town of Chililabombwe at the Konkola number 4 shaft has a total height of 81 metres to the top of the maintenance crane rail, with the centre-line of the head sheaves at 71 metres above the collar, making it the highest steel headgear in Africa.


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Work. I've had to cut back on work.


:D Yep, I've found myself doing a lot of compiling lately (both actual and the kind in inverted commas). Funny how often the quick forum-check in between maven builds turns into some intrepid journey into the depths of wikipedia/youtube/madness. Mostly though I've given up on current events. Who care what's happening out there? We have two stick figures on a mountain with some indeterminate kind of structure of unknown origin to worry about! Also raptorcats!

mscha wrote:Quick note that Cuegan may not be moving much, but they are redrawn between frames, so Time is elapsing between frames. Megan is looking up in np2574, for instance.


So they're just standing there gazing in silence? I guess that wouldn't be unusual.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:45 am UTC

xpatiate wrote:While educating myself on mining equipment I did wonder if any of our resident hatters would be taken by this idea...

wikipedia wrote:A recently erected steel headgear in the Zambian copper belt town of Chililabombwe at the Konkola number 4 shaft has a total height of 81 metres to the top of the maintenance crane rail, with the centre-line of the head sheaves at 71 metres above the collar, making it the highest steel headgear in Africa.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StormAngel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:51 am UTC

mscha wrote:We should be done panning now, I assume. (Unless we keep panning to the right and leave Cuegan behind, of course.)

Or it could zoom and pan, though GLR hasn't used such a technique before, so unlikely but possible.

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xpatiate wrote:my decree is that you tell us what time-consuming activity you've given up in order to Wait for it.

Work. I've had to cut back on work.


:D Yep, I've found myself doing a lot of compiling lately (both actual and the kind in inverted commas). Funny how often the quick forum-check in between maven builds turns into some intrepid journey into the depths of wikipedia/youtube/madness. Mostly though I've given up on current events. Who care what's happening out there? We have two stick figures on a mountain with some indeterminate kind of structure of unknown origin to worry about! Also raptorcats!

mscha wrote:Quick note that Cuegan may not be moving much, but they are redrawn between frames, so Time is elapsing between frames. Megan is looking up in np2574, for instance.


So they're just standing there gazing in silence? I guess that wouldn't be unusual.

Obviously, they're waiting for their code to compile...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:00 pm UTC

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mscha wrote:We should be done panning now, I assume. (Unless we keep panning to the right and leave Cuegan behind, of course.)
Quick note that Cuegan may not be moving much, but they are redrawn between frames, so Time is elapsing between frames. Megan is looking up in np2574, for instance.

Or it could zoom and pan, though GLR hasn't used such a technique before, so unlikely but possible.

Are you sure he hasn't? ;)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:02 pm UTC

Oh, due to outside issues I missed the previous Papal Decree:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StormAngel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
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mscha wrote:We should be done panning now, I assume. (Unless we keep panning to the right and leave Cuegan behind, of course.)
Quick note that Cuegan may not be moving much, but they are redrawn between frames, so Time is elapsing between frames. Megan is looking up in np2574, for instance.

Or it could zoom and pan, though GLR hasn't used such a technique before, so unlikely but possible.

Are you sure he hasn't? ;)
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Ok, well he [probably] hasn't since they started their journey, at least, not that I can remember.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby StormAngel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:08 pm UTC

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The hash changed, but I can't see what else has, I don't have any fancy comparison tools...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby xpatiate » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:15 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:20 pm UTC

hajo wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?


My first thought was fire tower. A lot of those abandoned even now. But the circle thing doesn't fit. It does seem more like a signaling device, though, with either sound or light. Interesting that there is no ladder to the top, so there may be a roof protecting a device.

Another thought I had is that this is an elevator to the underground section of Click and Drag. http://xkcd.com/1110/

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:24 pm UTC

StormAngel wrote:BATerONG
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The hash changed, but I can't see what else has, I don't have any fancy comparison tools...


A shift of about 5 pixels, maybe the End-Of-Panning.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:29 pm UTC

StormAngel wrote:BATerONG
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The hash changed, but I can't see what else has, I don't have any fancy comparison tools...

According to the Previous frame difference on Geekhub it's a small shift to the right:

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StormAngel wrote:Redundant:
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Brilliant. :D

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:35 pm UTC

I am a bit concerned about the possible implication.

It all looks abandoned, both the house-like structure down and this tower-like structure up here. After the, well, bloody tie in the Megan vs. Catmolpy dogfight (hah), the reason for not climbing down but climbing up was the visible presence of human-built structure ... Hum. The ugly thing with PONORs is that you have to redefine them once you have to return.
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Postby StormAngel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:43 pm UTC

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Brillant. :D

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:45 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:Oh, due to outside issues I missed the previous Papal Decree:
Mostly I save time by skipping my /. reading, although I have been making a few extra hours (without writing them down, so I will not get extra money for it) lately.

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The structure on the mountain is the Giant Magellan Telescope. There they will meet scientists who were once looking at the stars, although there was also a secret research program there. When they analyzed a strange crystal artifact with an anti-mass spectrometer beam a dimensional rift opened. The alien/scientist hybrids will attack Quegan. Thus ends Time.


Are you suggesting that they are currently standing on top of Black Mesa? Oh wait...it does appear that they are standing on top of A black mesa, so maybe it is THE Black Mesa. :shock:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:01 pm UTC

About 1 pixel more pannONG.
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(“About”? Yes. Anti-aliased pixels are different – looks like the GLR does the panning on a higher resolution version, then resizes. I'm guessing about 0.9 pixels worth of panning.
What's next, 0.45 pixel? Then 0.225, and so on? Note that, unlike in Zeno's paradox, that'd mean that the panning will never end.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:06 pm UTC

StormAngel wrote:We don't know that this is the top of the mountain

Not sure I agree... from np2217 (geekwagon count)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Pikrass » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:18 pm UTC

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Well, the problem beforehand is that the phpBB parser is ugly. You can produce non-compliant HTML code by switching the closing tags, because the parser don't correct it itself. With the spoiler and the quote tags, you can even break the whole layout! (because they both use the blockquote element)
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Why don't they use a tree-based system? That would allow them to have a robust, easily extensible system with automatic error correction. But oh well, who am I to judge. ;)

So I prefer to write something that won't use their system at all. In fact, I can probably fix the layout problem with this method too, by checking specifically for quote tags. I just found a good place to hook my code I think.

Ah ok. That explains why my spoiler code "works" then - it uses <dt> and <dd> instead of <blockquote>.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:20 pm UTC

mscha wrote:About 1 pixel more pannONG.
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(“About”? Yes. Anti-aliased pixels are different – looks like the GLR does the panning on a higher resolution version, then resizes. I'm guessing about 0.9 pixels worth of panning.
What's next, 0.45 pixel? Then 0.225, and so on? Note that, unlike in Zeno's paradox, that'd mean that the panning will never end.)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:27 pm UTC

hajo wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?


I agree; if that's a headframe, I don't see anything the wheel might be connected to, that it might raise or lower.

The wheel, with its "crosspiece" at a slight angle, reminds me of nothing so much as a old-fashioned surveyor's transit: a simple telescope, more or less. So I too would vote for some kind of watchtower.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:28 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:31 pm UTC

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BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?


I agree; if that's a headframe, I don't see anything the wheel might be connected to, that it might raise or lower.

The wheel, with its "crosspiece" at a slight angle, reminds me of nothing so much as a old-fashioned surveyor's transit: a simple telescope, more or less. So I too would vote for some kind of watchtower.


I had an idea that it might be some kind of spotting scope. Of course, the metal structure does not seem to be dilapidated (though it would be hard to tell perhaps) and it doesn't make too much sense as to why the additional scaffolding would be necessary; you don't need such a tower to hold up a spotting scope. In any case, such a tower might mean that Cuegan have been observed coming up the mountain by anyone who may have been up there. What sort of reception might be planned, I wonder.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby edo » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:39 pm UTC

A watchtower? Something even bigger coming?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:39 pm UTC

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hajo wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?


I agree; if that's a headframe, I don't see anything the wheel might be connected to, that it might raise or lower.

The wheel, with its "crosspiece" at a slight angle, reminds me of nothing so much as a old-fashioned surveyor's transit: a simple telescope, more or less. So I too would vote for some kind of watchtower.


I had an idea that it might be some kind of spotting scope. Of course, the metal structure does not seem to be dilapidated (though it would be hard to tell perhaps) and it doesn't make too much sense as to why the additional scaffolding would be necessary; you don't need such a tower to hold up a spotting scope. In any case, such a tower might mean that Cuegan have been observed coming up the mountain by anyone who may have been up there. What sort of reception might be planned, I wonder.


If it's made of planks and not of metal, you might need that amount of scaffolding; though the planks/struts/whatever they may be look fairly straight and regular, so may not be wooden. We could compare them to the original "beach scaffold", maybe.

Anyway, to the papal decree: farther along the "mesa," they'll find a big pen, with a superficial resemblance to the "grapevine," containing hundreds and hundreds of La Petites, held captive there by the alien overlords who built the watchtower.

Also, outside in the cold distance, a molpy will growl, while two riders are approaching, and the wind begins to howl.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Whizbang » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:47 pm UTC

Prediction:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:53 pm UTC

Note that it's two structures, one (with a rectangular frame) to hold up the platforms, roof, and ladder, and the other (with a narrower A frame) to hold the round thing in the top center.

If the round thing were a load-bearing wheel (as in a mine header or a pulley for a conveyance) its support would have to be the strongest part of the structure, and the platforms could just be attached to that without needing their own structure.

That tells me that the round thing is an instrument that has to be aimed with a lot of precision. It needs its own structure so that the weight of the user flexing the structure she's standing on doesn't affect the reading.

That should be enough of a clue to figure out the rest. (See if you can do so before opening the spoilers.)

Spoiler:
Now, the instrument does appear to have an elongated tube crossing the axle of the wheel, which is currently elevated a few degrees from horizontal (assuming it's aimed toward the left). That is too small to be an astronomical telescope (at least, one that would justify such an elaborate mount). But it's a telescope nonetheless...

*drumroll* (last chance...)
Spoiler:
A surveyor's transit.

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(This one's from 1910, and I hope you'll agree, a truly and deeply beautiful artifact.)

And here are some vintage survey towers (from http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/survey_towers/timber.html

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ETA: Yeah, thoroughly ninja'd by PartingLance. Interestingly, he seems to have identified the transit directly, while I was led there by considering the construction of the tower.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby akacat » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:55 pm UTC

xpatiate wrote:ETA: woo, first ONG and a pagepope! Somebody mentioned recently they were watching a lot less TV since Time began. Amidst speculation on what that mysterious round thing is, my decree is that you tell us what time-consuming activity you've given up in order to Wait for it.

I seem to have given up reading fanfiction. I'm hoping this wipend is quiet enough that I can catch up a bit. But that's not too likely, since friends have convinced me to try playing Animal Crossing, and so far I quite enjoy it.

BlitzGirl wrote:Edit for pagepope: I've stopped playing a SIM game that I was heavily addicted to - this is a much better use of Time, methinks.

Which SIM game is that? One of The Sims series, or something else entirely?

k.bookbinder wrote:Edit: Oh uh, page Pope and all. Hm. I haven't even had my morninx coffee. Not really in a thinking Papal state. OK. more wild predictions about what else is on the mountain. Certainly there must be something else.

You want wild guesses? Ok, how about a troop of 32 wild meowlpies, square dancing? La Petite is the caller.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:56 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:Note that it's two structures, one (with a rectangular frame) to hold up the platforms, roof, and ladder, and the other (with a narrower A frame) to hold the round thing in the top center.

If the round thing were a load-bearing wheel (as in a mine header or a pulley for a conveyance) its support would have to be the strongest part of the structure, and the platforms could just be attached to that without needing their own structure.

That tells me that the round thing is an instrument that has to be aimed with a lot of precision. It needs its own structure so that the weight of the user flexing the structure she's standing on doesn't affect the reading.

That should be enough of a clue to figure out the rest. (See if you can do so before opening the spoilers.)

Spoiler:
Now, the instrument does appear to have an elongated tube crossing the axle of the wheel, which is currently elevated a few degrees from horizontal (assuming it's aimed toward the left). That is too small to be an astronomical telescope (at least, one that would justify such an elaborate mount). But it's a telescope nonetheless...

*drumroll* (last chance...)
Spoiler:
A surveyor's transit.

Image

(This one's from 1910, and I hope you'll agree, a truly and deeply beautiful artifact.)

And here are some vintage survey towers (from http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/survey_towers/timber.html

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PartingLance came up with the same thing. I'm convinced.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:56 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:Note that it's two structures, one (with a rectangular frame) to hold up the platforms, roof, and ladder, and the other (with a narrower A frame) to hold the round thing in the top center.

If the round thing were a load-bearing wheel (as in a mine header or a pulley for a conveyance) its support would have to be the strongest part of the structure, and the platforms could just be attached to that without needing their own structure.

That tells me that the round thing is an instrument that has to be aimed with a lot of precision. It needs its own structure so that the weight of the user flexing the structure she's standing on doesn't affect the reading.

That should be enough of a clue to figure out the rest. (See if you can do so before opening the spoilers.)

Spoiler:
Now, the instrument does appear to have an elongated tube crossing the axle of the wheel, which is currently elevated a few degrees from horizontal (assuming it's aimed toward the left). That is too small to be an astronomical telescope (at least, one that would justify such an elaborate mount). But it's a telescope nonetheless...

*drumroll* (last chance...)
Spoiler:
A surveyor's transit.

Image

(This one's from 1910, and I hope you'll agree, a truly and deeply beautiful artifact.)

And here are some vintage survey towers (from http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/survey_towers/timber.html

Image


A-*hem*!

ETA: Erm, yes. Thanks, k. bookbinder; though unlike Rule110, I didn't think through the implications of the separate structures. So maybe it's not just for watching.

I still like the "watchtower" interpretation, though. Fits with that post-apocalyptic thing; also, with "watchman, what of the night?" and similar references.
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Postby StormAngel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:57 pm UTC

k.bookbinder wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Oh, due to outside issues I missed the previous Papal Decree:
Mostly I save time by skipping my /. reading, although I have been making a few extra hours (without writing them down, so I will not get extra money for it) lately.

Current Papal Decree:
The structure on the mountain is the Giant Magellan Telescope. There they will meet scientists who were once looking at the stars, although there was also a secret research program there. When they analyzed a strange crystal artifact with an anti-mass spectrometer beam a dimensional rift opened. The alien/scientist hybrids will attack Quegan. Thus ends Time.


Are you suggesting that they are currently standing on top of Black Mesa? Oh wait...it does appear that they are standing on top of A black mesa, so maybe it is THE Black Mesa. :shock:

Perhaps that is it! Perhaps this is some weird collaboration with Valve to announce the release of Half-Life 3. We've certainly been waiting long enough for that.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:58 pm UTC

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BlitzGirl wrote:I have revised my guess to mining equipment, as others have suggested, because of the wheel-shaped doohickey ... Wikipedia calls it a "headframe."

A mine shaft that close to a cliff strikes me as odd.
Maybe that tower is a lighthouse, or a fire lookout tower ?


My first thought was fire tower. A lot of those abandoned even now. But the circle thing doesn't fit. It does seem more like a signaling device, though, with either sound or light. Interesting that there is no ladder to the top, so there may be a roof protecting a device.

Another thought I had is that this is an elevator to the underground section of Click and Drag. http://xkcd.com/1110/

[prediction] signaling device [/prediction]


Wait. I know: it's a Portal! The Aliens left it there partway up a tower, to guarantee that only highly developed species (i.e. that can manage stairs -- or fly) could enter it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:04 pm UTC

Good finds, partingLance and Rule110! I'm convinced, especially after seeing those tower photos.

Also: dialONG!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby k.bookbinder » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:16 pm UTC

I am wondering if the object on the structure is a Meridian Telescope rather than a surveying instrument such as a Theodolite.

ETA: I say this because, to me, it appears slightly too large to be a Theodolite. But then again, perhaps too small to be a Meridian Telescope.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:18 pm UTC

mscha wrote:Good finds, partingLance and Rule110! I'm convinced, especially after seeing those tower photos.

Also: dialONG!
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In which Cueball discovers mountain plateaus.


Or the mountains actually don't go back down on the other side. They are an infinite repetition of upward slopes and plateaus (kind of like the final boss stairs in super mario 64 before you're ready).

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:19 pm UTC

partingLance wrote:Anyway, to the papal decree: farther along the "mesa," they'll find a big pen, with a superficial resemblance to the "grapevine," containing hundreds and hundreds of La Petites, held captive there by the alien overlords who built the watchtower.

ETA: Also, outside in the cold distance, a molpy will growl, while two riders are approaching, and the wind begins to howl.

Further to this (which I actually wrote a bit of a beginning for a while back, with a secret shed rather than a secret lair, and HatGirl as Scarface [her appearance was quite disturbing, but I assure you she's harmless enough; she's a sweetheart, calls me Maître, and she has a sleighnp970 and bugs with pretty wings for bringing kids to me], but I thought I'd better wait and see if the cattack had any influence on my ideas) a partial-filk prediction for what happens after they meet people:

You know it isn't easy living here on Stickcrusher Mountain
Maybe you could cut me just a little slack.
Would it kill you to be civil?
I've been patient, I've been gracious
And this mountain is covered with meowlps
Hear them [gr/h]owling, my hungry children
Maybe you should stay and have another drink and think about me and you.

Ohhh, they'll still wait for you
but it's far too late for you,
even those Waiters think I'm crazy,
and they're all far from sanity.
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you'd see the artist that controls me
says to wait for it, so I shouldn't kill you yet...
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