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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:37 am UTC
by azule
I think Cueball wants to jump in. Megan is being too pragmatic. He'll jump in, check the depth, find his gunerangdo, and she'll just hang her head in shame.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:38 am UTC
by Latent22
mscha wrote:Just a quick about-to-finally-coma note that the time stamps of the oldpix have yet again changed.
Both the internal PNG timestamps and the external file system timestamp of all the pix (I've redownloaded so far) are now from May 1st.
My script is still running, but so far, it hasn't found any changes in pixels, apart from the known ones.

What this means? Randall knows...

Edit: as the script is running, any new (pixel) differences found will be automatically listed here. It'll be a couple of hours before all oldpix have been checked, though.

The time he has changed all frames to is the same as the timestamp when he fixed the mustard. He has just found he made a mistake by not hiding his timestamp on those frames and so unified all the timestamps again. Either that or some batch process he is running does this for him as a side effect.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:39 am UTC
by fhorn
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:43 am UTC
by Opiboble
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*


Fine, but this happens one more time and it will be out back like ol Yeller

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:43 am UTC
by jetpac
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Wow that was surreal. I didn't even throw a ball.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:43 am UTC
by StratPlayer
Latent22 wrote:The time he has changed all frames to is the same as the timestamp when he fixed the mustard. .


It's probably a sign that I've been in our mad Randallville too long that "fixed the mustard" is a phrase that I immediately understand as to what you're talking about.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:44 am UTC
by AluisioASG
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Wait. You are a golden retriever. You are fat. You can speak.

Hey, there, a squirrel!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:46 am UTC
by Wnderer
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Wait. You are a golden retriever. You are fat. You can speak.

Hey, there, a squirrel!


images.jpeg
images.jpeg (2.42 KiB) Viewed 13815 times

wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:49 am UTC
by AluisioASG
Wnderer wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Wait. You are a golden retriever. You are fat. You can speak.

Hey, there, a squirrel!


images.jpeg

wait for it.

Ahhh... that wasn't exactly what I had in mind.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:51 am UTC
by ChronosDragon
Phew! 13 newpages! Learning to drive an outsider automobile is taking up far too much of my time :(
Time for some One True Ketchup (No particular order-whatever my firefox tabs decided to open in)

mathrec wrote:
ucim wrote:
Smithers wrote:...Also the use of I.E. where there should be Firefox.
I think that from now on, instead of saying "i.e.", I'm going to say "firefox". Of course, this will be hard, since I rarely actually say "i.e.". And I really should say "seamonkey" instead anyway.

Jose

Great, but you still have to be careful; firefox, the usage in this sentence would really peeve some of us.


Well, you could use the original Latin - id est

AluisioASG wrote:I see some folks here speak arrogantly when mentioning the Outer Threads. I must warn you that the forum thread for xkcd #2300, the first 11-dimentional comic, got 3.14k replies in the first two days.


That's peanuts to xkcd #3a4f, that one massed 7.a3 billion posts in the first 1c hours!

buffygirl wrote:Ok, so I added "before" photos to nearly1 all of the hats on the BuffyGirl Hat page of the wiki, but now they all say Added by Buffygirl (yes, I had previously created a wikia account). How do I insert an image so that it does NOT have that annoying caption? and/or can someone fix it for me?

1 I don't have ChronosDragon with his old hat. And actually elementropy added the hat to his own avatar, so he might should2 be in the "early gifted hats" section? His was actually the transition to hatvatars, I think.
2 "might should" tehe!


No hat, Old hat

Pikrass wrote:It only does so on the OTC, even though it's capable of displaying pre-Time dates, because "newpix 35985 B.T.¹" is still pretty hard to read. Hopefully as the OTU will spread we'll get more used to it.

At the moment it only works if you didn't change the default date format (in fact, it works with whatever format Javascript can parse natively).
It will display the correct newpix whatever your timezone is. It even works with creepy timezones like UTC+4:45. It also takes into account the transition when the Outside sped up.

You can easily browse the source (and submit patches, bugs or suggestions) here: https://gist.github.com/Pikrass/5505334

¹ Before Time


This is tremendous! Almost puts my newpix-O-meter to shame :D (I'm not offended, I hardly post often enough for it to be useful!)

edfel wrote:After more than 20k posts, one could think we could be closer to understanding what is really going on in this comic (best way to guess at what it is we are waiting for). As far as I've seen by lurking around here, there are lots of scattered theories which are not always diverging. Blitzgirl and other blitzers might be the ones remembering best what's been said.

So, I'd like to know y'all ideas about this and that, just to see if we are somewhere near a consensus


1) earth future
2) other - knowledge of basic navigation of their world, but little familiarity with concepts which are mundane to us, like the constitution of a river
3) only a few
4) probably
5) not likely
6) Wait for what?

jovialbard wrote:I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there will be no actual semen, cancer, babies, raptors, river tams, or loops in the actual comic. Unless of course Randell throws one in as a joke frame that quickly gets replaced. Though the wild speculation is fun.


Loopism was definitely teased, with M&C's brief rest along the way to the river.

I had a few others, but they were pretty much all invalidated by future comic events! That's what I get for being so far back. Accursed school network filter, blocking xkcd.com!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:52 am UTC
by yappobiscuits
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
fhorn wrote:
Opiboble wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.


I think you mean...

Spoiler:
THE VET!


Oblivious golden remains oblivious.
but also prefers vet to whatever "butchery" is, even whilst oblivious
edit: is this because I offered to pill the cat?


You did what?!?! Screw the vet you are going to the pound!


No, no, it was an innocent mistake! See, BuffyGirl was all "I'm really overwhelmed" and I was all "well let me help you with some of those tasks" and then I looked at the tasks and she said she had to pill the cat and - oh, nevermind - *big slurp golden retriever lick on kitty's face* *wags tail*
Please not the pound/vet/butchery. *fetches ball*

Wait. You are a golden retriever. You are fat. You can speak.

Hey, there, a squirrel!

Then surely threats of vets or pounds are nothing to the threat of the Cone of Shame!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:52 am UTC
by AK49BWL
Pikrass wrote:Everybody stand back!
<snip>


Code: Select all

var hereticDate =


I laughed so hard, does that make me crazy?

Unfortunately it doesn't work for me in my current form, as I'm using a different forum theme and my time is set to m/d/Y H:i:s (U) and I don't really want to change it :oops: ... But nonetheless, awesome script :D



Is my kitty buffygirl-hat-worthy? I'd like to think so...

Still mini-Blitzing....Okay I'm done.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:00 am UTC
by AK49BWL
WheredideveryonegONG..............?

Image

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:01 am UTC
by pelrigg
is this a gong
Spoiler:
Image

?

Edit No Mr. bill not this time
Added spoiler
{at least I know the "secret" . at least with my machine}

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:02 am UTC
by BytEfLUSh
Being awake for more than 70 newpix... I think I deserve a nice coma now... Been awake for too lONG...

Spoiler:
Image


Damn ninjas :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:05 am UTC
by buffygirl
For patzer1, VeloCityGirl, and VoronX
1 I don't know how to comicify my image to work with your Blitzified image. It would be way awesome if BlitzGirl would comicify it onto your comicified head....

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:06 am UTC
by HAL9000
Maybe he's grabbed her arm because he wants her to follow him someplace, perhaps back to the castles and then off in the other direction.
And now it's time for me to coma.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:09 am UTC
by Latent22
buffygirl wrote:For patzer1, VeloCityGirl, and VoronX
1 I don't know how to comicify my image to work with your Blitzified image. It would be way awesome if BlitzGirl would comicify it onto your comicified head....

Left you a present on the previous page

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:16 am UTC
by Valarya
StratPlayer wrote:
Latent22 wrote:The time he has changed all frames to is the same as the timestamp when he fixed the mustard. .


It's probably a sign that I've been in our mad Randallville too long that "fixed the mustard" is a phrase that I immediately understand as to what you're talking about.


Probably an even clearer sign that, when I read over "fixed the mustard," and knew so well what it was, I didn't even realize I'd read a phrase that would be shocking and/or lost on an Outsider. Not until you mentioned it being weird!

edit: formatting, commas. stuff.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:17 am UTC
by Helper
HAL9000 wrote:Maybe he's grabbed her arm because he wants her to follow him someplace, perhaps back to the castles and then off in the other direction.
And now it's time for me to coma.

Nighty night, don't let theERROR: FATAL EXCEPTION -- PUN NOT FOUNDcomputer bugs bite. That was weird. Did I cough or something?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:21 am UTC
by buffygirl
StratPlayer wrote:Now caught up from my microBlitz between leaving work and now.

And... I heard a song on the radio on the way home and was like, "oh yeah, this is SO THIS THREAD!!!"

So -- thanks to enormous demand (or simply 'cause I felt like it)-- here's yet another Time Song Parody, about what we're ALL doing right now:


Spoiler:
Our Mad Randallville
(based on "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett)

If I'm a nut case,
I'm in the right place.
All my family starts to recoil
I show them this thing:
a forum Waiting.
They think my brain's beginning to boil.

Waitin' away again in our mad Randallville;
Searchin' for my last rational thought.
Some people claim that there's the ALT-TEXT* to blame;
But I know, it's nobody's fault.

I don't know the reason
I've stayed through the seasons
of newpic, longpix, and the fading, too.
But my hat's a beauty,
it was given to me,
after clearing buffy's long hat queue.

Waitin' away again in our mad Randallville;
Searchin' for my last rational thought.
Some people claim that there's the ALT-TEXT* to blame;
And I think, hell, it could be my fault.

I wonder when Time stops,
and this forum's closed shop,
will I still know the people back home?
After all Newpics rendered,
I just won't remember
my own relations 'cause my mind will be blown.

Waitin' away again in our mad Randallville;
Searchin' for my last rational thought.
Some people claim that there's the ALT-TEXT* to blame;
but I know, it's my own damn fault.
Yes, and some people claim that there's the ALT-TEXT* to blame;
but I know, it's my own damn fault.



*Wait For It

[Oh me yarm Oh ROFL UMMYAH DONTREMEMBERALLTHETHINGIES]
Ok, so, I admit it. I have not read all of the parodies. I think I've figured I'll have Time someday. But somtimes, for no reason, afer I click on the spoiler, I decide to skim it anyway. And as it turns out --- [/Oh me yarm Oh ROFL UMMYAH DONTREMEMBERALLTHETHINGIES]

ACTUAL ROFL! MWAH!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:22 am UTC
by BlitzGirl
Okay, so we now have ketchup, mustard, and Time Fries...
BUT WHERE IS THE HAMBURGER?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:23 am UTC
by buffygirl
AluisioASG wrote:
fhorn wrote:I feel like the golden retriever in the back of the family car, just hanging my head out the window, tongue flapping, enjoying the ride.

Until the moment you realize they are taking you to the butchery.

aa-- aah--- ahhh-- OH NO YOU DI'IN!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:25 am UTC
by ucim
ChronosDragon wrote:Well, you could use the original Latin - id est
Is the Chevette of browsers even available in Latin? Would it translate all the newpix into that ancient tongue? Would I be greeted each morning with "Error occurrit. Vis dicam Microsoft circa hoc?"

Jose

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:26 am UTC
by buffygirl
Latent22 wrote:
buffygirl wrote:For patzer1, VeloCityGirl, and VoronX
1 I don't know how to comicify my image to work with your Blitzified image. It would be way awesome if BlitzGirl would comicify it onto your comicified head....

Left you a present on the previous page

Thankies!!! MWHA!!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:27 am UTC
by AluisioASG
I want to sing this:


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the sea and see

... (someone continue!)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:28 am UTC
by Davidy
If we assume that the players in this drama are either on Earth, or on an Earth-like planet, it is useful to examine the Earth's water features and how the rivers relate to the seas.

While the Earth's surface is roughly covered 75% with water, that water is relatively shallow compared to the total volume of the Earth. The oceans contain 96.5% of all of Earth's water, this total volume represents 322,500,000 cubic miles which could be contained in an 860 mile wide sphere. By contrast, the fresh water in all of Earth's lakes, swamps, rivers and groundwater. which constitutes the remaining 3.5% of the water, could be contained in a 2,551,000 cubic mile sphere 170 miles in diameter. Of this latter amount, the fresh water in all lakes and rivers alone is about 0.007% of all of Earth's water and cold be contained in a sphere of 22,339 cubic miles, 35 miles in diameter.

Further, consider that the water transfer system is in a relative static state with the fresh water being added to the oceans in an amount equal to and offset by the amount of water lost from the ocean by evaporation. The net result of all of this is that there simply is not enough water in the earth's rivers to raise the level of the sea by any measurable amount.

While Cueball and Megan were seeing the level of the sea rising, it could not possibly be because of a river, or two rivers, or 100 rivers discharging into that sea. The only possible (Earth based) explanation for the rising of the sea is through the action of lunar and solar tides. Their speculation regarding the flow of the river(s) and the height of the sea is meaningless.

There is some possibility that the land itself is dropping, relative to the sea, through some tectonic or volcanic process, or that the sea is indeed rising because of the sudden melting of several thousand cubic miles of glaciers and icebergs, but these events do not typically operate at the rate experienced by C & M, and they did not indicate any rise of temperature..

ref:
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthhowmuch.html
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:30 am UTC
by buffygirl
AluisioASG wrote:I want to sing this:


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the sea and see

... (someone continue!)

I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me


... (someone continue!)

Edit: Otherwise, I will. And you don't want me to do that. You don't want to see me when I do that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:36 am UTC
by jjjdavidson
Too much reading, not enough time for posting. One last post before overdue coma.

Smithers wrote:
edfel wrote:3) How many people in this world?
a- like earth: lots of them, we just don't see them
b- just a few (M&C, LaPetite, and presumably some others....)
c- other

c- Just one

I quoted that Heinlein story a while back: "A Paradox May be Paradoctored." But you know, at the time I completely ignored the fact that the protagonist was an agent of the Temporal Bureau - a Time cop.

Latent22 wrote:Here is a gift for BuffyGirl to thank her for my wonderful hat![snip]

Your three GIFs all seemed to be slightly out of sync, and I can't help thinking, "When they've gone through every possible iteration, every possible permutation of hats on all three Buffygirls, the universe will end."

Overhead, one by one, the stars were going out. (or however Clarke wrote it.)

Edit: Ahhg! Must...resist..."Bohemian Filksody"... Coma! Coma!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:38 am UTC
by htom
BlitzGirl wrote:Okay, so we now have ketchup, mustard, and Time Fries...
BUT WHERE IS THE HAMBURGER?


Those are in Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Howdy, my name's htom and I'm a Parrothead. And a Moodie and an Initiate of Time. Wait for it.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:39 am UTC
by tman2nd
Catch up time.
kryton wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Maybe we will see LaPetite entering in the last few frames of the fading.

hmm, by the magic of geekwagon i see that prediction can true, are you Randall in disguise or is Randall just pwning us?

I wasn't Randall the last time I checked. :P
lmjb1964 wrote:
tman2nd wrote:I, Sir Tristram, the Simple, Defender of The One True Comic, hereby swear by Lord Randall's holy name to defend all cats in the One True Comic or the One True Thread. All those who wish to harm any of the aforementioned cats will be met with swift retribution by the Katze Sword1. My knightly assistant shall be Sir3 Lena4 Sleepsalot5, Assistant Guardian of the Time Cats. From this moment forth my knightly name shall become, Sir Tristram, Guardian of the Time Cats, Defender of the One True Comic.

You have been warned!

Spoiler:
1 I renamed my Great Sword of +1 awesomeness2.
2 See the items awarded to a Temporal Knight http://xkcd-time.wikia.com/wiki/The_Knights_Temporal
3 A she but Dame doesn't seem right.
4 The cat in my hat.
5 She only sleepsalot in my avatar.


Huzzah! Sir Tristam, I salute you, and offer my good right arm1 in your service.2 Already in this thread I have seen references to exploding cats, using cats to start fires, and other heinous3 cat-related crimes. My Dixie, who you can sort of see curled up under my chair (in case anyone was wondering what that was) also, I'm sure, offers her good right paw, as soon as she finishes her nap, which will be followed by some very important grooming, then looking out the window, and finally eating, at which point she will need another nap. But if you can catch her in between those things, I'm sure she'll help out.

1 I mean, it's pretty good. I'm not a body-builder or anything, but it works.
2 What the heck, I'll throw in the left arm too.
3 Heh, she said heinous.
4 This doesn't refer to anything. I just I can't stop using footnotes. It's a huge effort not to put them in emails at work.

It's good to see that I have an ally. :D
Speaking of which,
buffygirl wrote:
Latent22 wrote:Just took a photo of my friend Catherine silky in a beret.

20130502_233713~01.jpg

too cute! but now he/she is a heretic. Burned at the stake, or the choco-lico method?

Hey! Cats are immune to being heritics!

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:40 am UTC
by AluisioASG
buffygirl wrote:
AluisioASG wrote:I want to sing this:


Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality
Open your eyes
Look up to the sea and see

... (someone continue!)

I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy
Because I'm easy come, easy go
A little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me, to me


... (someone continue!)

Edit: Otherwise, I will. And you don't want me to do that. You don't want to see me when I do that.

Wait, did you change the POV to the sea?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 3:46 am UTC
by Rule110
Helper wrote:
Rule110 wrote:The world of Time could be a small scale test run of the universe created in xkcd 505, "A Bunch of Rocks."

Being a test run, it contains only a few objects and characters. There may or may not, for instance, be a sun. (We haven't seen night. At present it's still possible that either night has occurred between newpix, or that everything so far has occurred in a single day. However, the longer we Wait For It with no visible nightfall and no mention of experiencing or preparing for nighttime by the protagonists, the stranger that absence will seem.)

Even with a simplified universe, the rock-processor would take far longer than an hour for each iteration. Of course, with a handle like that, I'm sure you already knew that 8-).

The rock processor is already simulating our (aka "the") universe.

So the question isn't how many of these "hours" of yours it takes to generate one newpix in the rock desert, but how much time our own universe advances per newpix. There are many possible reasons why the sandcastle universe appears to run about 100 to 1000 times slower than ours, despite containing many fewer elements. An array size versus speed tradeoff might be involved, or it might have a shorter Planck time, which could also help explain the extraordinarily stable plancks that Megan and Cueball were able to make use of.

Of course, if it's running concurrently with our own, then it's not really a "test run" in the sense I implied (because then we would not have to Wait For It), but something more like a side experiment. If time in that universe only began running at the first newpix, that would explain the childlike aspect of Megan and Cueball's natures. They've been equipped with knowledge and even memories (e.g. how the Sea has behaved) but had never actually experienced time before. They're learning that things change, and that sometimes things go away.

Time spans in the rock desert are unimaginable, but fortunately not directly relevant. Many trillions of rows of processing, requiring trillions of trillions of myrianewpix of rock desert time, were probably required just to shift data to the left to make room for the sandcastle universe.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:00 am UTC
by AK49BWL
COMAONG...

Image


...feebe? lol not spelled quite right....

I think they're gonna dance on the shore lol.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:08 am UTC
by xpatiate
I think Cueball thinks Megan thinks the river is a bit *too* neat.

Maybe they're in a hitherto unexplored region of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and he's worried she'll pull an Augustus Gloop?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:11 am UTC
by tman2nd
xpatiate wrote:I think Cueball thinks Megan thinks the river is a bit *too* neat.

Maybe they're in a hitherto unexplored region of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and he's worried she'll pull an Augustus Gloop?

Wasn't she the one who was against swimming in the river?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:14 am UTC
by jetpac
shouldn't there be a newpic by now? There's a new OtherComic: http://xkcd.com/1207/, and I haven't been following along closely enough to know if that means that the newpix is twice as long in Outsider time

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:15 am UTC
by uaeio
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:16 am UTC
by xpatiate
tman2nd wrote:Wasn't she the one who was against swimming in the river?


She did say it was too dangerous before. But perhaps now the hypnotically swirling fractal patterns on its surface have changed her mind...

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:23 am UTC
by htom
She stepped close to the river and started to slide into it, now Cueball's pulling Megan back up to solid whatever? I'll find out after I coma.