And, as promised - here is my blitz report! A very long report for a very short segment
I wonder if I'll get to the Present within this century... probably not by the end of 2018, anyway.
JFOM Blitz Report 12
I still like the idea of "cheating in an interesting way".
(Really, isn't all
video recording kind of like that? Both for the original capture, and
for the re-recording of TV programs later.)
And (perhaps) the first bit of (early) OTTish vocabularly appears on NP17 - MMPONS, i.e. "Massively Multiplayer Online Nerd Sniping" (yes, I know it's supposed to be MMONS, but that's how the original poster spelled it).
Said original poster made 23 more posts on the OTT (and one more outside it), most recently on NP249 (about the University of Washington in the Late Cretaceous, which I commented on in my original blitz shortly before it petered out).
It's weird to even think
about a simple solution for the OTC... it probably wasn't a relationship analogy, however.
Someone named K-R noticed the firstpost-related bumping. KarMann proceeded to explain the firstpost-relatedness - though I doubt that those firstposts were approved by Randall personally. (PolakoVoador confirms that
part; KarMann says that xe didn't mean it literally
Ha ha ha, Minecraft! That's hilarious. Which is probably why this particular idea was written, admittedly.
The post claiming about 666 posts is apparently indeed the post number 666 (OTT:17:25 by the mr0bdex system). This presumably means a displacement of 0 or less (likely 0, because it's too early for popegoating).
Sadly, at NP17, there was still over twice as much to go until the actual longest comic thread at the time (51 pages, and locked).
Beatrice The Golden posts again, and proves that xe's probably
not GLR, with the wildly missing prediction 5. 6 is kind of true but obvious; the unnumbered 7th prediction is pretty much literally true in almost every detail... wait, did I say xe's not GLR?
(I did, however, chuckle a bit at the idea of a sand raptor.)
. Did I mention running joke?
"A whole week"? Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha. How about a whole several months?
(NoMouse, on NP18, proposed exactly that possibility.)
Beatrice The Golden posts again (still on NP17), frantically defending the one of xer predictions that didn't
come true. In the process considering several ideas that came a long closer.
IIRC, the names Cueball and Megan were established in the early days of Explain XKCD (before the OTC even started). In retrospect, it's a weird mishmash - either Cueball should've been named Rob, or Megan should've been named Cutie (both options came up in early discussions on said site). Of course, then there might not have been a convenient way to say Cuegan or Megball...
I agree that when Randall doe
s post a metaphor for his personal life, it is usually (always?) stated outright. Since there is no such statement in the OTC (then or later), it is extremely unlikely to be such a metaphor.
"Hypothesis: It's not sand. It's cornstarch." - dalcde
Is that the first such hypothesis on the OTT? There aren't any listed in my previous report...
...Never heard of any Keanu Reeves memes. And what the ch*rp is a Philosoraptor?
There were problems with getting "the 8am image" - that is to say, np65. Presumably some automatic system must have saved it (in fact, this appears to be how it was recovered).
TheBauhausCure had apparently blitzed through the OTT. Mind you, with only 19 pages, it would've been relatively easy.
Today, the Book of Aubron shows a weird "pageok" page. Anyone recalls what it looked like back when it actually worked?
I'm guessing that the "Primus GIF" is one of those auto-updating gifs. I wonder how long it took until the last of those stopped updating...
Lol sandcastles indeed! (CF259 on NP20)
...Why are people talking about tiny trebuchets? Is there a reason why this idea came up so much?
Assorted animated shorts - that is, animated pictures of shorts - are posted on NP20. I'm glad that this seems to be an OTT meme that didn't
(...Wait, it didn't, right? Well, I hope it did not, anyway.)
Two different unrelated posters in a row used their respective only post on the fora to propose the idea that the OTC was a reference to Game of Thrones. (It is not, for the record.)
Fortunately, despite being technically next to each other, the two posts are spread over two different pages (one is the last of NP20, the other is the first of NP21).
Anyone knows if stringman's animated version with a slider went anywhere? That's xer only post, so I know that xe didn't just post it later.
(Also, poor SexyTalon for having to deal with the OTT...)
"This thread has got me listening to 9 Beet Stretch, which is awesome, like a weird cross between György Ligeti and Boards of Canada." - ToomanyUIDs, NP21
(Anyone recognizes any
of those three? From the context, I'm guessing they must be band names...)
...And there's no real finishing point - I just decided that I might as well stop for the moment
And, for that matter, I can hardly post this without...Meta-Title-Text!(Seriously, why didn't it catch on?)
I'm skipping over 366 (not sure I could
make this weird comic funny), 1621 (a bit too complicated for the moment), 1596 (sufficiently well made that I can't think of a joke that wouldn't just be "meh"), 1249 (too complicated, again), 1593 (I'm about as familiar with this particular variety of sportsball as he is), 579 (part of a series, and also weird), 459 (too unfamiliar with either setting to write a reasonable reference), 976 (self-contained, really)...
...OK, at this point I might as well be skipping until I hit a comic I can actually do. There are at least a few dozen of those. I swear.
For the record, 122 was the next, then 1791, then 886 (I could only think of one joke, and it's too
obvious), then 719, then 932, then 1299, then 1892 (had it been that recently?), then 553, then 1240, then 2 (haha), then 1124...
...then one that was actually checkable, and the check worked out nicely, so I might as well go with it.
Original title text: "Someday, the 'in popular culture' section will have its own article with an 'in popular culture' section. It will reference this title-text referencing it, and the blogosphere will implode."
Meta-title text: "'Popular culture has been referenced in popular culture before.' - Wikipedia, 'Popular culture', section 'In Popular Culture'"
(For the record, right now, the entire section in question consists of the phrase I quoted and a single broken citation link. I suspect that it might well be vandalism - what with being added by an IP last week - but it was just too funny.)