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Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
by thevicente
Stick figure drawings, by definition, dont transmit much information. Neither does low framerate videos (of what this is kind of).

Many forumers want to offer theories of what is being represented in the comic, but until time :roll: allows more information to come(since a change in the drawing style ins not exepcted), any hypothesis need to be heavy in assumptions -- and much probably wildly off. That theory offering seems not to be only a "want" but almost a "urge".

I dont know psychology, but I'm sure there is an article in Wikipedia about that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:06 pm UTC
by Reecer6
Did it not change this half-hour, or are they simply staring at the castle?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:07 pm UTC
by drummerpatch
brenok wrote:
kaley wrote:
brenok wrote:I believe he was talking about those animated gifs that have been posted on this thread


Yes, SHE was talking about the animated gifs being posted because she knows PNGs are static. :)


Sorry. Was unsure about the gender, and just went for the most probable :oops: . Maybe I should try finding something gender-neutral


Use "they". Using it as a gender-neutral third-person singular has been around for a long time, is very commonly used in literature and in everyday discussion (most people don't realise they say it, but they do), and is easily understood.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:09 pm UTC
by modus_ponens
This reminds me of "The Marshmallow Test" Preschoolers were given a marshmallow. They were told they could eat it right away. But if they delay eating it, they will be given an additional treat. The researchers were interested in finding out how the kids managed to keep from temptation. Did they fidget? Or sing? Or put the marshmallow out of sight?

When the researchers followed up with the kids after they became adults, they found that those who were able to delay gratification were significantly more successful in life. They had higher paying jobs, relationships that lasted, etc. Those who could not had higher incidents of crime, higher body mass index.

So, how are you dealing with the delay in gratification?
--
Modus Ponens

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:11 pm UTC
by Goggalor
It did change, but just slightly.

It appears they've finished the castle. I wonder what comes next. Time to relax for 19 more minutes.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:12 pm UTC
by lostlink2here
Reecer6 wrote:Did it not change this half-hour, or are they simply staring at the castle?

There was a minor change. She went from packing the base to sitting back and looking at the sand castle

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
by Whizbang
The castle needs a flag.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
by bugefun
Two people have posted that they were redirected to the first image. If that happens, right click and copy the image url, because we currently do not know what it is.

Also it seems fairly likely that someone right clicked and viewed the first image in its own tab during the first half hour. If you might have done that, check your internet history if the url is there. If you sort by name alphabetically, remember to check origin, because that is what the urls were at first.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:22 pm UTC
by Rosewinsall
idk if it has already been said but there is a script in javascript called time07.min.js used with this comic

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:24 pm UTC
by arjan
bugefun wrote:Two people have posted that they were redirected to the first image. If that happens, right click and copy the image url, because we currently do not know what it is.


This happens on my Android phone, at least I think it's the first image.

http://origin.imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time ... 420672.png

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
by libra
arjan wrote:
bugefun wrote:Two people have posted that they were redirected to the first image. If that happens, right click and copy the image url, because we currently do not know what it is.


This happens on my Android phone, at least I think it's the first image.

http://origin.imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time ... 420672.png

Yeah, I believe that 8eb156cce is the first frame.

Maybe we should give them all pet names.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:32 pm UTC
by matt_sharkey
Primis wrote:Live updating GIF:
Image
Feel free to give me an internet for the service :D


Can OP quote this on the first post? Primis is owed much of internets.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
by arjan
"Testing the water", building a castle together, looking at it and thinking about it..
I think (and hope) anian is right.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
by Mgraba
arjan wrote:"Testing the water", building a castle together, looking at it and thinking about it..
I think (and hope) anian is right.


Especially if you consider the alt text.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
by orthogon
What's holding the overhanging parts of the castle up against their own weight? Sand of unusual stickiness? Or are they indeed in a low gravity environment?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:59 pm UTC
by arjan
Some grumpy editor removed the "current" template from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xkcd though it was totally accurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... =546948579

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:00 pm UTC
by swey
I have to say, I lurk here for all of Randall's high concept strips but this one actually made me register, and because everyone else is offering their take on it, here's mine: I think/hope this will be a 24 hour strip and that it'll repeat for those that may have missed it today.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
by 314159
orthogon wrote:What's holding the overhanging parts of the castle up against their own weight? Sand of unusual stickiness? Or are they indeed in a low gravity environment?

This is pretty common for sandcastles. Wet sand can hold quite sizable overhangs and intricate shapes. just google image search "sandcastles".

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:17 pm UTC
by Shmuel
arjan wrote:Some grumpy editor removed the "current" template from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xkcd though it was totally accurate.

Said editor was entirely correct in doing so.

The main purpose of the Current tag is to add information pertaining to a newsworthy event to the Current Events category, or a subcategory thereof. It can also be used in extreme cases in which hundreds of people are editing an article at once. Neither applies here.

(It is not meant to flag any information that happens to be likely to change soon; otherwise, it'd be on a large percentage of the articles there.)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
by Sarius1997
Well, this is really fascinating. We all really have to wait for the next image. No cheating. :)

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:22 pm UTC
by Zecrag
how much time can you spend watching a single xkcd comic before unpleasent things start to happen?

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
by Mikebert4
I love this comic - I have me a little page that auto-updates (10-minutely) the gif that Primis created - it's been playing all day :)

We all know how this is going to end, right?

comic 427

xD

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:31 pm UTC
by MdN
Zecrag wrote:how much time can you spend watching a single xkcd comic before unpleasent things start to happen?

Depends on your definition of "unpleasant" :P

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
by Exkakx
They just stood up! That was pretty abrupt.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:34 pm UTC
by libra
Looks as if they are now standing back and admiring their completed sandcastle:-

Image
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/f46c65 ... dd7027.png

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
by arjan
Shmuel wrote:(It is not meant to flag any information that happens to be likely to change soon; otherwise, it'd be on a large percentage of the articles there.)


For an occasional reader of Wikipedia like me "This section documents a current event. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses." doesn't say technical stuff like "this article can also be found in a category" or "many edits are being made right now". It says: "hot news going on here, check back soon".

Anyway, I just wanted to point at a tongue-in-cheek joke on the XKCD Wiki page I found funny. Sorry about that.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:42 pm UTC
by meat.paste
This reminds me of the folks who took Beethoven's 9th symphony and electronically stretched it to 24 hours. It is beautiful and maddening.

http://www.park.nl/digidivi/9bs.pls

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:49 pm UTC
by Chrisfs
Ok, Checking in over a few hours shows it's definitely slowly changing. I saw sitting by sand castle and now standing by sand castle. I hope he shares the entire range at one point.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:50 pm UTC
by Chrisfs
Zecrag wrote:how much time can you spend watching a single xkcd comic before unpleasent things start to happen?
Depends , Are you at work? Where's your boss?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:54 pm UTC
by Chrisfs
Primis wrote:Curl doesn't like 301 redirects, so as soon as I get wget online, I'm going to do an auto-updating GIF. Should be interesting, will update when ready
[EDIT] As of 5:57 I can no longer access the image, I think too many autopoolers might have killed randall's bandwidth...
[EDIT] I have a working updating GIF up:
Image
The only issue now is Randall's bandwidth keeping me from downloading a new image from redirects...

You win the Internet today sir, For beneficial service to all.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:57 pm UTC
by Pikrass
Chrisfs wrote:Ok, Checking in over a few hours shows it's definitely slowly changing. I saw sitting by sand castle and now standing by sand castle. I hope he shares the entire range at one point.

I hope he doesn't. In fact, I'm pretty sure he won't. That's the purpose of the comic.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:58 pm UTC
by libra
It's almost 23:00 GMT now. For those of you who will still be awake while this thing goes through its final frames, can you please post the addresses of the frames right up to the end, as far as possible to? I think this thing will post its very last frame at either 07:30 tomorrow or 08:00. All times GMT.

At least, that's the guess I would hazard.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:01 pm UTC
by Zecrag
seens like the castle wasn't complex enough, so she's building more stuff :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:01 pm UTC
by libra
I think Megan's just starting a new sandcastle.

Image
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/88e3a0 ... cc67c8.png

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:02 pm UTC
by libra
I must admit, this has definitely got me hooked. I really would like to see how this ends - and, more importantly, what message Randall may be trying to convey.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:04 pm UTC
by NoMouse
Oh my God, watching this comic is so thrilling and... time consuming.

And it actually kind of resembles the time you are just lying on the beach, building a castle and the day seems to never end. Except it doesn't. THIS is soooo much slower.

orthogon wrote:What's holding the overhanging parts of the castle up against their own weight? Sand of unusual stickiness? Or are they indeed in a low gravity environment?
You were never building a sandcastle, weren't you?

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:06 pm UTC
by TheLochNessCheeseBurger
Oh, it seems they are about to make another one. Maybe a whole city will follow? (only to be vanquished by the tides?)
I can imagine them looking back at it saying "WE made this"
Also, no need to refresh, it does for sure update the image automatically.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:09 pm UTC
by Zecrag
Chrisfs wrote:
Zecrag wrote:how much time can you spend watching a single xkcd comic before unpleasent things start to happen?
Depends , Are you at work? Where's your boss?


Actually I'm already home. But I got nerdsniped in the morning, ended up leaving one hour later then I had planned :D

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:12 pm UTC
by phlip
libra wrote:
arjan wrote:
bugefun wrote:Two people have posted that they were redirected to the first image. If that happens, right click and copy the image url, because we currently do not know what it is.


This happens on my Android phone, at least I think it's the first image.

http://origin.imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time ... 420672.png

Yeah, I believe that 8eb156cce is the first frame.

Maybe we should give them all pet names.

That's the second frame. As far as I know, no-one has kept (and shared) the URL of the very first frame. Unless it loops at some point (which I expect it will), then that's lost to time.

Re: 1190: "Time"

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:12 pm UTC
by free-bee
I think they may be waiting on something. Towards the beginning, the guy walked to the water. I believe that something/someone will be coming by boat/ship and they are just killing time.

*EDIT*
Dang it, Randall. I was trying, up to this point, to catch up on Quake II.

*EDIT 2*
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