1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:05 pm UTC

ZoomanSP wrote:
Flotter wrote:WalkONG:
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Probably not a curled up snakemolpy, as suggested in the previous NP.

I just noticed that on the top of the cliff, at the right side of the frame, the leftmost part (?) of something is visible (about 20 (vertical) x 1 (horizontal) pixels).
Any guesses what this might be? Is it a tree? Is it a rock? Is it already the structure on the mountaintop?

Good catch! Zoomed in, with the border removed:
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It seems to be something with a straight edge, that's not quite vertical. Certainly looks artificial to me...

And a disappointing message for the rock molpy lovers: no molvement detected in this scene at all.
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Ketchup blitz!

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:07 pm UTC

Sounds like an interesting book, charlie! :)

Spoiler:
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And now some ketchup...
Kazza3 wrote:<snip> I don't think I can take 'neat' seriously anymore!

Me neither - too many manips with Megan saying "Neat!"

charlie_grumbles wrote:Ah, the vagaries of Time and the unfairness of fate. akacat has been thrown forward to the top of NP1000. I suppose Fluffy will have to fly if the code monkey tries any popishness.

I also thought NP1000 flew by in a flash, but we were there for over 40 minutesh.

Anyway Let the record show, BlitzGirl is the One True Pope of NP1000. Thus it is written. Thus it shall be. From now until the end of Time. The Old One has spoken.

Thanks! I actually don't mind very much, as my post is still currently on Newpage 1000. I'm more concerned about being shunted back to 999 if pastposts are deleted/merged.
I was Mome in placement and name for the top of 1000 for a very short Time, but it was the Time that mattered. :)

TimeLurker wrote:BlindPost from NP1002. I missed this Pope Proclamation, but wanted in on it.
Spoiler:
I first saw the comic on dip 1 and an early newpix. Cuegan were still just sitting on the beach. I went to the forum, as I always do when I don't understand XKCD, and there wasn't a lot of discussion yet. I just *shrugged* and moved on with my life. I also have a habit of looking into the forums and seeing what low numbered comics where commented on recently (thinking "Why would someone bring that back up again?"), so I noticed that 1190 was almost always at the top of the list. Finally I said, "Alright let's see what this is." When I pulled up xkcd.com/1190 again I saw Meagan jumping a dune, "Wait, I don't remember that", so I went to the OTT :shock: I had no idea what I was getting into. The outside would never have let me do an actual blitz, so I watched the wiki gif of the entire sandcastle/fade era and skippedH to the journey. I lurked there for awhile before being drawn into our madness.

This has been a great experience and actually the only online forum I've every posted or even really looked at. From others' comments on how this place is so different/better/nicer than the rest of the interwebs, I feel blessed to have stumbled out of the shadows here.

I love y'all! *sniff*

We love you too! Image The thread is better for having you with us. And congrats on your first ONG!

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edfel wrote:(Btw, since "present present" is now a label on its own, we could have present present presents :D )

And when you give it to someone now, you'd present a present present present.

"present present present present present present present present present present present present present present present present BlitzGirl! BlitzGirl!"

Oh good. I missed that kind of madness.
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Re: Beacon Alpha for Time Travelers

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:08 pm UTC

AluisioASG wrote:
ATTENTION TIME TRAVELERS (BLITZERS, KETCHUPERS, MAYOS ET AL.)


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This is a post from the Time Foundation. Once you reach this post, please report to the Future Present that you've reached Beacon Alpha.

You can use this Station's services to rest and get ready for the rest of your journey. All our services are designed based on almost one thousand pages of experience.
Our Tracker allows you to check how far have you gone and how much of your travel is still to be done, as well as the distance to the next station. You can clean yourself up at a private lavatory, then rest peacefully on a double-sized bed. Dinner and breakfast include food from all cultures, and you can eat as much as you want to. We also provide exclusive nighttime services for carriers of friendly codes.

Additionally, we offer a free train service between all Stations.

Every pixel is special. Further instructions are available at the signature.

Have reached it, and that beacon is brilliant, in the sense of shining brightly. *rubs eyes* And in other senses too. While I'm posting, I'll also express my sorrow that I was not here for newpage 1000, but also my appreciation of BlitzGirl's 1000th page Present Present (finally found myself at the bottom of the last zero; it took awhile!) and yappobiscuits's Boom de Yada recording.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby akacat » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:10 pm UTC

charlie_grumbles wrote:Anyway Let the record show, BlitzGirl is the One True Pope of NP1000. Thus it is written. Thus it shall be. From now until the end of Time. The Old One has spoken.

I quite agree -- I thought about adding a small ETA to my post to reflect that. I think I will.


mikro2nd wrote:Don't know that anyone else's noticed, but waiter MobTeeseBoose seems to have vanished. :cry:

Do you mean their user page is gone, or they just aren't shown viewing the forum? If it's the latter, they do tend to blink n and out.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:10 pm UTC

My 200th! I brought two small presents to commemorate the occasion. One is a past present, that reflects my feelings about the early OTC (though with plenty of hyperbole added); the second is a present present, that reflects more of the cheerfulness and irreverence I feel about it now.

The past present is pretty minor, and you should skip it if you're in a hurry. It's a revision of The Alt-Text, which I posted not long after delurking in the OTT. The revision cleans up a few phrases and adds a new stanza that I thought was "missing" from the original. (Since additional available "it" rhymes were growing scarce, the new stanza is the one with the word "alit" which is usually encountered only in poems and crossword puzzles.)

Spoiler:
The Alt-Text

Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
Over many a new webcomic full of dreary trendy wit,
Suddenly with brief foreboding I beheld an image loading -
'T'was a PNG decoding on my panel bit by bit.
Just a simple shadow-picture taking shape there bit by bit.
I thought, 'What's the point of it?'

For the frame presented merely two stick-figures drawn austerely,
Seated rather cavalierly on some lonesome barren spit.
Eagerly I sought for meaning in their placid careless leaning,
Yet that earnest mental gleaning explicated not a whit; -
''Tis a caption missing,' said I, comprehending not a whit,
'Should explain wherefore they sit.'

Not inclined to whine or curse it, I intended to disperse it
But my mouse chanced to traverse it and up popped a tiny chit:
An alt-text, I saw, not fearing to expect the purpose clearing
By the letters there appearing like a scroll of holy writ.
Rapt I read the words inscribed there, terrible as holy writ –
And they spelt out: 'Wait for it.'

Wait for it? I sat and pondered while my morbid fancies wandered
Into strange phantasmagoric places few ever admit.
What grim portent was it sending; was 'it' coming soon, or ending?
Some catastrophe impending, all our mortal lives forfeit?
Was the Judgment Day upon us, holding every soul forfeit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Anon my mania deflated and it seemed my fears abated.
(For no soul knows what is fated, and to fate we all submit.)
Then my gaze suddenly lifted, for like desert sands that drifted,
The comic page had shifted, though no refresh I'd transmit.
Lo! The figures changed position, with no page refresh transmit.
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

As time passed, I gained conviction this must be some sort of fiction.
Twice an hour, a new depiction on my browser screen alit.
Thus they seemed designed for spelling out some tale that needed telling
But my mind was still rebelling, for I saw no benefit
As the couple played in sand; whatever was the benefit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Castles, rivers, swimming, scaffold, rising sea: all left me baffled,
As frames flowed in slow succession like a garment being knit.
Though my kenning should be gaining with each frame, 'twere no explaining
Every question still remaining: 'What's it mean, how does it fit?
Where's it going, what's the point, who are these folks, how's it all fit?'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

No surcease from my reflecting stopped the questions interjecting:
'Is the artist now expecting? Or is it his family's split?
Is it all 'bout global warming? Is it cancer lesions swarming?
I pray you, be more informing! All these mysteries remit.
For my peace of mind and sanity, the mysteries remit.'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

'Your coyness is most unpleasing. I won't wait,' I shouted, wheezing -
'All these pictures are just teasing, no intention to commit.
Black stick figure and sand castle, images so trite and facile
They're not worth near this much hassle. Leave my monitor unlit.
Take thy comic off my browser; leave my monitor unlit!'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

And the alt-text, ne'er updating, still is waiting, still is waiting
As each new frame looms, relating tick by tick the drawn-out skit.
I can but, through days ensuing, ponder on my soul's undoing,
The one hope for my renewing being that I somehow quit
Whilst the alt-text whispers softly that I'm doomed never to quit.
I can only... wait for it.


The present present is all-new. It's an OTTification of a mashup of the song "Of Time Goes By" from the musical "Everybody's Welcome" (but much better known for its role in the movie "Casablanca"), with rap interludes. (The rap is not quite "old school," nor quite "new school," so I suppose you'd have to call it "middle school.") The necessary changes in rhythm and instrumentation are indicated by "(ATGB)" for the old melody and "(rap)" for the rap breaks.

Spoiler:
As Time Goes By

(ATGB)
With this you must agree:
A sea is still a sea
A sky is still a sky
The fundamental things apply
As Time goes by

And when stick figures meet
They'll still say "yeah" and "neat"
On that you can rely
No matter if the world has tilted
As Time goes by

(rap)
So this girl and him, they hang out on beaches
They swim, don't got leeches 'cause it's salty
But they think it might be faulty, 'cause the sea
Keeps risin' up the horizon like Mr. Mojo
They got no HoJo so they don't eat a lot
Got no pot roast or toast or PopTarts
They stick figures like Calista Flockhart
Ain't got a thing, can't wear no bling, or carry a nine
But that's fine, they not grand they live on the land with no hassles
Just makin' a s***load o' sand castles by hand
They like castles so much they put castles on their castles
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
Like pages in the middle ages, working for low wages
They play with a treb-you-shay like pumpkin chuckin'
But the sea, it's a mystery, he say:
"F***in' anything, how does it work?"
He don't know, got a quirk, got a head like an Oreo, white in the middle
You know, right? Can't solve the riddle, so off they go
To find some new scenes, search high and low
With bags shaped like lima beans and water bottle dildos
And this girl comes near, she pause, they don't see 'er 'cause
They're in a hurry, was that beret raspberry? She fine
But makes me worry it's wrong, crossed a line
She's too young to be in this song

(ATGB)
Molpies and rivers are never out of date
Stars or a meowlpy might tell their fate
Cuegan need answers and for them they must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old drama
A quest that led to trauma
A structure way up high
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by

(rap)
So they walkin' and talkin' now it's the third dimension
Knowledge extension, stalkin' around gawkin' for rivers
They're logical positivers, gotta investigate, not debate
Sends shivers through their livers not to know
But they walk slow, got no ride, no El Camino
Walkin' side by side to a big-a** river flow
Like the Amazon without the dot com
They can't swim, no way to float, can't cross
Got no motorboat for that moat, so their loss, got to hike
She jumps dunes of sand on the run thinks it's fun, like
Grand Theft Auto, but oh no, like Jill she falls down the hill
She's okay, they chill, they walk all around
Birds with wings in the air, things there on the ground
Molpies, and plants and trees and some junk
And big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
Mountains like Fujiyama in the panorama
There to climb, past the grape vine line, the sun behind
But findin' no homies anywhere, the hood's bare
Just a snake and a squirpy, took the cake, no one to see
Like after World War Z, it's de - populated
Out of town, out-dated, neglected, they're absentee
Even the house got no one to MC
But they see the mountain top, something erected
Peeps expected, gotta get there quick
After a wild kitty cut the girl's stick leg
Not pretty, gotta beg for a hand, or a band-aid
Seems like neither of 'em ever gonna get laid

(ATGB)
Ketchups and blitzes are never out of date
Reading the True Thread will always be great
Waiter needs ONG and for it she must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old story
A farce or allegory
A place to wonder why
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by
If you're lost you can look--and you will find me
Time after Time...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:32 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:The Alt-Text
Spoiler:
The Alt-Text

Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
Over many a new webcomic full of dreary trendy wit,
Suddenly with brief foreboding I beheld an image loading -
'T'was a PNG decoding on my panel bit by bit.
Just a simple shadow-picture taking shape there bit by bit.
I thought, 'What's the point of it?'

For the frame presented merely two stick-figures drawn austerely,
Seated rather cavalierly on some lonesome barren spit.
Eagerly I sought for meaning in their placid careless leaning,
Yet that earnest mental gleaning explicated not a whit; -
''Tis a caption missing,' said I, comprehending not a whit,
'Should explain wherefore they sit.'

Not inclined to whine or curse it, I intended to disperse it
But my mouse chanced to traverse it and up popped a tiny chit:
An alt-text, I saw, not fearing to expect the purpose clearing
By the letters there appearing like a scroll of holy writ.
Rapt I read the words inscribed there, terrible as holy writ –
And they spelt out: 'Wait for it.'

Wait for it? I sat and pondered while my morbid fancies wandered
Into strange phantasmagoric places few ever admit.
What grim portent was it sending; was 'it' coming soon, or ending?
Some catastrophe impending, all our mortal lives forfeit?
Was the Judgment Day upon us, holding every soul forfeit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Anon my mania deflated and it seemed my fears abated.
(For no soul knows what is fated, and to fate we all submit.)
Then my gaze suddenly lifted, for like desert sands that drifted,
The comic page had shifted, though no refresh I'd transmit.
Lo! The figures changed position, with no page refresh transmit.
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

As time passed, I gained conviction this must be some sort of fiction.
Twice an hour, a new depiction on my browser screen alit.
Thus they seemed designed for spelling out some tale that needed telling
But my mind was still rebelling, for I saw no benefit
As the couple played in sand; whatever was the benefit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Castles, rivers, swimming, scaffold, rising sea: all left me baffled,
As frames flowed in slow succession like a garment being knit.
Though my kenning should be gaining with each frame, 'twere no explaining
Every question still remaining: 'What's it mean, how does it fit?
Where's it going, what's the point, who are these folks, how's it all fit?'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

No surcease from my reflecting stopped the questions interjecting:
'Is the artist now expecting? Or is it his family's split?
Is it all 'bout global warming? Is it cancer lesions swarming?
I pray you, be more informing! All these mysteries remit.
For my peace of mind and sanity, the mysteries remit.'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

'Your coyness is most unpleasing. I won't wait,' I shouted, wheezing -
'All these pictures are just teasing, no intention to commit.
Black stick figure and sand castle, images so trite and facile
They're not worth near this much hassle. Leave my monitor unlit.
Take thy comic off my browser; leave my monitor unlit!'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

And the alt-text, ne'er updating, still is waiting, still is waiting
As each new frame looms, relating tick by tick the drawn-out skit.
I can but, through days ensuing, ponder on my soul's undoing,
The one hope for my renewing being that I somehow quit
Whilst the alt-text whispers softly that I'm doomed never to quit.
I can only... wait for it.


The present present is all-new. It's an OTTification of a mashup of the song "Of Time Goes By" from the musical "Everybody's Welcome" (but much better known for its role in the movie "Casablanca"), with rap interludes. (The rap is not quite "old school," nor quite "new school," so I suppose you'd have to call it "middle school.") The necessary changes in rhythm and instrumentation are indicated by "(ATGB)" for the old melody and "(rap)" for the rap breaks.

Spoiler:
As Time Goes By

(ATGB)
With this you must agree:
A sea is still a sea
A sky is still a sky
The fundamental things apply
As Time goes by

And when stick figures meet
They'll still say "yeah" and "neat"
On that you can rely
No matter if the world has tilted
As Time goes by

(rap)
So this girl and him, they hang out on beaches
They swim, don't got leeches 'cause it's salty
But they think it might be faulty, 'cause the sea
Keeps risin' up the horizon like Mr. Mojo
They got no HoJo so they don't eat a lot
Got no pot roast or toast or PopTarts
They stick figures like Calista Flockhart
Ain't got a thing, can't wear no bling, or carry a nine
But that's fine, they not grand they live on the land with no hassles
Just makin' a s***load o' sand castles by hand
They like castles so much they put castles on their castles
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
Like pages in the middle ages, working for low wages
They play with a treb-you-shay like pumpkin chuckin'
But the sea, it's a mystery, he say:
"F***in' anything, how does it work?"
He don't know, got a quirk, got a head like an Oreo, white in the middle
You know, right? Can't solve the riddle, so off they go
To find some new scenes, search high and low
With bags shaped like lima beans and water bottle dildos
And this girl comes near, she pause, they don't see 'er 'cause
They're in a hurry, was that beret raspberry? She fine
But makes me worry it's wrong, crossed a line
She's too young to be in this song

(ATGB)
Molpies and rivers are never out of date
Stars or a meowlpy might tell their fate
Cuegan need answers and for them they must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old drama
A quest that led to trauma
A structure way up high
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by

(rap)
So they walkin' and talkin' now it's the third dimension
Knowledge extension, stalkin' around gawkin' for rivers
They're logical positivers, gotta investigate, not debate
Sends shivers through their livers not to know
But they walk slow, got no ride, no El Camino
Walkin' side by side to a big-a** river flow
Like the Amazon without the dot com
They can't swim, no way to float, can't cross
Got no motorboat for that moat, so their loss, got to hike
She jumps dunes of sand on the run thinks it's fun, like
Grand Theft Auto, but oh no, like Jill she falls down the hill
She's okay, they chill, they walk all around
Birds with wings in the air, things there on the ground
Molpies, and plants and trees and some junk
And big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
Mountains like Fujiyama in the panorama
There to climb, past the grape vine line, the sun behind
But findin' no homies anywhere, the hood's bare
Just a snake and a squirpy, took the cake, no one to see
Like after World War Z, it's de - populated
Out of town, out-dated, neglected, they're absentee
Even the house got no one to MC
But they see the mountain top, something erected
Peeps expected, gotta get there quick
After a wild kitty cut the girl's stick leg
Not pretty, gotta beg for a hand, or a band-aid
Seems like neither of 'em ever gonna get laid

(ATGB)
Ketchups and blitzes are never out of date
Reading the True Thread will always be great
Waiter needs ONG and for it she must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old story
A farce or allegory
A place to wonder why
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by

That was ch*rping awefulsome! And "The Alt-Text" is still one of my favourite timeodies!

ETA: Happy 200th!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Wildhound » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:36 pm UTC

Rule110 wrote:My 200th! I brought two small presents to commemorate the occasion. One is a past present, that reflects my feelings about the early OTC (though with plenty of hyperbole added); the second is a present present, that reflects more of the cheerfulness and irreverence I feel about it now.

The past present is pretty minor, and you should skip it if you're in a hurry. It's a revision of The Alt-Text, which I posted not long after delurking in the OTT. The revision cleans up a few phrases and adds a new stanza that I thought was "missing" from the original. (Since additional available "it" rhymes were growing scarce, the new stanza is the one with the word "alit" which is usually encountered only in poems and crossword puzzles.)

Spoiler:
The Alt-Text

Once upon a morning cheery, while I pondered, slightly bleary
Over many a new webcomic full of dreary trendy wit,
Suddenly with brief foreboding I beheld an image loading -
'T'was a PNG decoding on my panel bit by bit.
Just a simple shadow-picture taking shape there bit by bit.
I thought, 'What's the point of it?'

For the frame presented merely two stick-figures drawn austerely,
Seated rather cavalierly on some lonesome barren spit.
Eagerly I sought for meaning in their placid careless leaning,
Yet that earnest mental gleaning explicated not a whit; -
''Tis a caption missing,' said I, comprehending not a whit,
'Should explain wherefore they sit.'

Not inclined to whine or curse it, I intended to disperse it
But my mouse chanced to traverse it and up popped a tiny chit:
An alt-text, I saw, not fearing to expect the purpose clearing
By the letters there appearing like a scroll of holy writ.
Rapt I read the words inscribed there, terrible as holy writ –
And they spelt out: 'Wait for it.'

Wait for it? I sat and pondered while my morbid fancies wandered
Into strange phantasmagoric places few ever admit.
What grim portent was it sending; was 'it' coming soon, or ending?
Some catastrophe impending, all our mortal lives forfeit?
Was the Judgment Day upon us, holding every soul forfeit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Anon my mania deflated and it seemed my fears abated.
(For no soul knows what is fated, and to fate we all submit.)
Then my gaze suddenly lifted, for like desert sands that drifted,
The comic page had shifted, though no refresh I'd transmit.
Lo! The figures changed position, with no page refresh transmit.
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

As time passed, I gained conviction this must be some sort of fiction.
Twice an hour, a new depiction on my browser screen alit.
Thus they seemed designed for spelling out some tale that needed telling
But my mind was still rebelling, for I saw no benefit
As the couple played in sand; whatever was the benefit?
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

Castles, rivers, swimming, scaffold, rising sea: all left me baffled,
As frames flowed in slow succession like a garment being knit.
Though my kenning should be gaining with each frame, 'twere no explaining
Every question still remaining: 'What's it mean, how does it fit?
Where's it going, what's the point, who are these folks, how's it all fit?'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

No surcease from my reflecting stopped the questions interjecting:
'Is the artist now expecting? Or is it his family's split?
Is it all 'bout global warming? Is it cancer lesions swarming?
I pray you, be more informing! All these mysteries remit.
For my peace of mind and sanity, the mysteries remit.'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

'Your coyness is most unpleasing. I won't wait,' I shouted, wheezing -
'All these pictures are just teasing, no intention to commit.
Black stick figure and sand castle, images so trite and facile
They're not worth near this much hassle. Leave my monitor unlit.
Take thy comic off my browser; leave my monitor unlit!'
Quoth the alt-text: 'Wait for it.'

And the alt-text, ne'er updating, still is waiting, still is waiting
As each new frame looms, relating tick by tick the drawn-out skit.
I can but, through days ensuing, ponder on my soul's undoing,
The one hope for my renewing being that I somehow quit
Whilst the alt-text whispers softly that I'm doomed never to quit.
I can only... wait for it.


The present present is all-new. It's an OTTification of a mashup of the song "Of Time Goes By" from the musical "Everybody's Welcome" (but much better known for its role in the movie "Casablanca"), with rap interludes. (The rap is not quite "old school," nor quite "new school," so I suppose you'd have to call it "middle school.") The necessary changes in rhythm and instrumentation are indicated by "(ATGB)" for the old melody and "(rap)" for the rap breaks.

Spoiler:
As Time Goes By

(ATGB)
With this you must agree:
A sea is still a sea
A sky is still a sky
The fundamental things apply
As Time goes by

And when stick figures meet
They'll still say "yeah" and "neat"
On that you can rely
No matter if the world has tilted
As Time goes by

(rap)
So this girl and him, they hang out on beaches
They swim, don't got leeches 'cause it's salty
But they think it might be faulty, 'cause the sea
Keeps risin' up the horizon like Mr. Mojo
They got no HoJo so they don't eat a lot
Got no pot roast or toast or PopTarts
They stick figures like Calista Flockhart
Ain't got a thing, can't wear no bling, or carry a nine
But that's fine, they not grand they live on the land with no hassles
Just makin' a s***load o' sand castles by hand
They like castles so much they put castles on their castles
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
(They like castles so much they put castles on their castles)
Like pages in the middle ages, working for low wages
They play with a treb-you-shay like pumpkin chuckin'
But the sea, it's a mystery, he say:
"F***in' anything, how does it work?"
He don't know, got a quirk, got a head like an Oreo, white in the middle
You know, right? Can't solve the riddle, so off they go
To find some new scenes, search high and low
With bags shaped like lima beans and water bottle dildos
And this girl comes near, she pause, they don't see 'er 'cause
They're in a hurry, was that beret raspberry? She fine
But makes me worry it's wrong, crossed a line
She's too young to be in this song

(ATGB)
Molpies and rivers are never out of date
Stars or a meowlpy might tell their fate
Cuegan need answers and for them they must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old drama
A quest that led to trauma
A structure way up high
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by

(rap)
So they walkin' and talkin' now it's the third dimension
Knowledge extension, stalkin' around gawkin' for rivers
They're logical positivers, gotta investigate, not debate
Sends shivers through their livers not to know
But they walk slow, got no ride, no El Camino
Walkin' side by side to a big-a** river flow
Like the Amazon without the dot com
They can't swim, no way to float, can't cross
Got no motorboat for that moat, so their loss, got to hike
She jumps dunes of sand on the run thinks it's fun, like
Grand Theft Auto, but oh no, like Jill she falls down the hill
She's okay, they chill, they walk all around
Birds with wings in the air, things there on the ground
Molpies, and plants and trees and some junk
And big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
(Big baobabs! They all trunk, like yo' mama)
Mountains like Fujiyama in the panorama
There to climb, past the grape vine line, the sun behind
But findin' no homies anywhere, the hood's bare
Just a snake and a squirpy, took the cake, no one to see
Like after World War Z, it's de - populated
Out of town, out-dated, neglected, they're absentee
Even the house got no one to MC
But they see the mountain top, something erected
Peeps expected, gotta get there quick
After a wild kitty cut the girl's stick leg
Not pretty, gotta beg for a hand, or a band-aid
Seems like neither of 'em ever gonna get laid

(ATGB)
Ketchups and blitzes are never out of date
Reading the True Thread will always be great
Waiter needs ONG and for it she must wait
That, no one can deny

It's still the same old story
A farce or allegory
A place to wonder why
The world will always bring new questions
As Time goes by


I'm going to be honest, I don't normally read OTTifications because it's... not my thing I guess. But when I heard "rap interludes" I just had to, and it was brilliant! I might have to start reading them all in future. :o
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Klear » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:40 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
Klear wrote:
Spoiler:
BlitzGirl wrote:Thanks! I know for sure that I didn't get everyone, but I tried to get a lot of OTTers. If I'd actually thought ahead, I would have spent a few days on this, but it didn't occur to me to ottify Othercomic #1000 until today. So I scooped up images from my Boom De Yadas and all the manips I had made and saved, then got a bunch of avatars from recent newpages, then scanned for avatars that were buffyhatted or memorable from my Quest, then collected the smileys made by yappobiscuits for OTTers, plus Vytron's smileys of the Time trio, tossed in a few stickottifications from my unreleased Past Present and several squirpy silhouettes from my screenshots, jumbled all of that together, and just barely finished in Time.
So that's how I got on that celebratory picture... I kinda feel both flattered and bad that I may have taken space from someone more dedicated to the Thread =(

No worries. The 1000 pic includes all kinds of OTTers. Plus, your avatar was perfectly suited for the space I needed it to fit! :)


OK, good to know. I don't think I qualify as an OTTer (though maybe I'm kinda undermining that statement by this very post...) I guess I'll just go back to ignoring this thread and maybe drop by in a couple of hundred more pages... cheers!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:47 pm UTC

Happy 200th, Rule110!
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(Don't eat the watermark, I think it might be poisonous...)

Thanks for the presents, they're ⁴ (and the second one more than a little ɛ; not exactly a song where you expect a rap interlude. ;) )

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby tman2nd » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

Here's my first try at a Timification.

Timejazz
An ottification of Rejazz by Regina Spektor.

Thought I'd build castles forever
But I couldn't so I didn't
The sea kept rising and I couldn’t stay forever
Thought I'd see the beach in my mind for all Time
But I don't even remember what the flags looked like
And the ONG still strikes every newpix
And the sun still rises and so does the moon1
Raptors still fly south and people move on
Even though I'm no longer in the sand
Thought the sea would stay normal
And the rivers would too
But I thought all wrong and the left castle fell
Guess that we will just have to journey on for a while
Didn't even stop the sea when I built a dike of sand.
(x2)
I built a dike of sand

Thought I'd build castles forever
But I couldn't so I didn't
(x4)

1 Even though we never saw it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mittagleffler » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:52 pm UTC

Aah, 'tis so hard to ketchup with y'all here, but I'm really enjoying the journey. It was almost turning into a blitz but when I read the discussion about the difference, I figured that I just need to get this done. It isn't quite. Yet. But now I felt an urge to reply before I could move on. Kinda like when you need to visit the loo.

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ATTENTION TIME TRAVELERS (BLITZERS, KETCHUPERS, MAYOS ET AL.)

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This is a post from the Time Foundation. Once you reach this post, please report to the Future Present that you've reached Beacon Alpha.

You can use this Station's services to rest and get ready for the rest of your journey. All our services are designed based on almost one thousand pages of experience.
Our Tracker allows you to check how far have you gone and how much of your travel is still to be done, as well as the distance to the next station. You can clean yourself up at a private lavatory, then rest peacefully on a double-sized bed. Dinner and breakfast include food from all cultures, and you can eat as much as you want to. We also provide exclusive nighttime services for carriers of friendly codes.

Additionally, we offer a free train service between all Stations.

Every pixel is special. Further instructions are available at the signature.


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yappobiscuits wrote:Present present time! :mrgreen: Extended version including the second comic as well as the first.

mp3 download also available.

Nicely done! Especially considering the collaboration!



RE:Latent22
Spoiler:
Latent22 wrote:Been thinking about the flow of time in the OTC. The obvious answer is that it is arbitrary and at the whim of GLR. But is it possible that it is actually based on the perception of the main two characters Megan and Cueball. As an example when they both sleep so does the OTC and we miss most of the night times. When one of them is forced to stay awake at night we get the slow drag of a nights worth of time with no way to speed it up. We also get the adrenalin boosted frames where Trebuchet bullets fly slowly though the air or the keyboard attack with sub second time between frames. Then their is dialog frames where they the speed is dictated by the natural flow and responses of conversation. There is the leaving of the sandcastle where without Megan and Cueball to perceive it and only their fading memory to keep it alive it fades slowly.

So Maybe in some way the OTC is meant to be a way of showing the weird and interesting way we as humans perceive time. Fast at time and slow at times and with missing gaps for sleeping etc.

Totally agree with this!


RE: edo
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edo wrote:Pope! tell us about your earliest OTC memory

I always check up on xkcd when they are published (or when I get around to a computer if I'm out lurking behind a tree during publishing times), and I immediately figured that something would happen. I kept the frame open, since I figured there'd be an animation of a gorilla or something likewise relevant, but I didn't see anything and soon noticed that Cuegan had changed their position. Since then I have followed the OTT, but only delurked shortly before the Attack. Please, blame me if you must.


That's all for now. Molpy on.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:54 pm UTC

tman2nd wrote:Timejazz
An ottification of Rejazz by Regina Spektor.

That's lovely, and a great match with the original! Image
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby higgs-boson » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:58 pm UTC

mscha wrote:Not surprisingly, I believe my numbering is the One True one.


Let's renumber. Number them according to the second they arrived in public.

Okay. Well. Even if you don't start with Jan 1st 1970 midnight but with the #1190's very first newpix release... better pad with a lot of zeroes. We may have to expect always the unexpectable from GLR.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

ONG the ladder
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yeah, 400
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Re: Ketchup blitz!

Postby Rule110 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
ucim wrote:
edfel wrote:(Btw, since "present present" is now a label on its own, we could have present present presents :D )

And when you give it to someone now, you'd present a present present present.

"present present present present present present present present present present present present present present present present BlitzGirl! BlitzGirl!"

Oh good. I missed that kind of madness.
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image ! Image ! Image

I was going to say there are four too many presents to fit the "molpy-grapevine" song. But in the nick of time, I saw the trap. You can't have too many presents!

Klear wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:
Klear wrote:
Spoiler:
BlitzGirl wrote:Thanks! I know for sure that I didn't get everyone, but I tried to get a lot of OTTers. If I'd actually thought ahead, I would have spent a few days on this, but it didn't occur to me to ottify Othercomic #1000 until today. So I scooped up images from my Boom De Yadas and all the manips I had made and saved, then got a bunch of avatars from recent newpages, then scanned for avatars that were buffyhatted or memorable from my Quest, then collected the smileys made by yappobiscuits for OTTers, plus Vytron's smileys of the Time trio, tossed in a few stickottifications from my unreleased Past Present and several squirpy silhouettes from my screenshots, jumbled all of that together, and just barely finished in Time.
So that's how I got on that celebratory picture... I kinda feel both flattered and bad that I may have taken space from someone more dedicated to the Thread =(

No worries. The 1000 pic includes all kinds of OTTers. Plus, your avatar was perfectly suited for the space I needed it to fit! :)


OK, good to know. I don't think I qualify as an OTTer (though maybe I'm kinda undermining that statement by this very post...) I guess I'll just go back to ignoring this thread and maybe drop by in a couple of hundred more pages... cheers!


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Wildhound, thanks! And allow me to plug the wiki which has a list of all the songs and other lists of other creative stuff from the One True Thread so you can pick and choose if you prefer.

mscha, the watermark is where all the vitamins are! (That's what people used to tell me when I didn't want to eat some less appetizing portion of a dish that sensible people throw away, like potato skins and the part of the watermelon right next to the rind and the burnt pizza crusts and all. Of course they were right most of the time, but still...) Thanks!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TimeLurker » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:07 pm UTC

pelrigg wrote:ONG the ladder
Spoiler:
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yeah, 400

Happy 400 pelrigg!!!! :D

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The Cue Man: I don't know how this works.
Megan: Yeah6
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:21 pm UTC

I hope that ladderthing is firmly secured...

Great ottifications, xuys!
And I see cakes are in order!

For pelrigg's 400:
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For Rule110's 200:
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BlitzGirl the Pink, Mopey Molpy Mome
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Montov » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:22 pm UTC

ZoomanSP wrote:Any guesses what this might be? Is it a tree? Is it a rock? Is it already the structure on the mountaintop?


There is a molpy up there.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

Thanks to TimeWaiter & BlitzGirl, for their kind words and BlitzGirl's flaming strat cake. (Complete with whammy bar too.)

Congrats to Rule110's 200th. (Somebody should do something for his 220th, just 'cause...)

Wonderful ottifications, too.

Well, 4th-ly outsideness calls, I must bid the "bleacher bums"* ado....

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:43 pm UTC

TimeLurker wrote:
pelrigg wrote:ONG the ladder
Spoiler:
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yeah, 400

Happy 400 pelrigg!!!! :D

I predict dialog in the next NewPix.
The Cue Man: I don't know how this works.
Megan: Yeah6


Except, they had a normal ladder back at the sandcastle, remember? They seem to be pretty familiar with vertical climbing devices.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:49 pm UTC

Montov wrote:
ZoomanSP wrote:Any guesses what this might be? Is it a tree? Is it a rock? Is it already the structure on the mountaintop?


There is a molpy up there.

Yes, a molpy
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:55 pm UTC

tman2nd wrote:Here's my first try at a Timification.

Timejazz
An ottification of Rejazz by Regina Spektor.
Spoiler:
Thought I'd build castles forever
But I couldn't so I didn't
The sea kept rising and I couldn’t stay forever
Thought I'd see the beach in my mind for all Time
But I don't even remember what the flags looked like
And the ONG still strikes every newpix
And the sun still rises and so does the moon1
Raptors still fly south and people move on
Even though I'm no longer in the sand
Thought the sea would stay normal
And the rivers would too
But I thought all wrong and the left castle fell
Guess that we will just have to journey on for a while
Didn't even stop the sea when I built a dike of sand.
(x2)
I built a dike of sand

Thought I'd build castles forever
But I couldn't so I didn't
(x4)

1 Even though we never saw it.


That was... a revelation. Both the original song (which I didn't know), and your version of it.

Odd how some of the more melancholy OTTifications have seemed to fit so well, even though overtly there's not very much that's dark in the OTC. Well, okay, there's all the abandoned sites and dwellings... and Megan getting wounded after Cueball talked about how far from home they were... and the possibility of the setting being 11,000 years in the future with much or all of the present world long gone and forgotten... and... okay, so maybe it's not so odd. :( :D

BlitzGirl wrote:I hope that ladderthing is firmly secured...

Great ottifications, xuys!
And I see cakes are in order!

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For Rule110's 200:
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Then I was all, :o :o It's multi-cake!
Then I was, :shock: :shock: :shock: It's recursive multi-cake! My favorite! And so hard to find in the bakeries around here!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mittagleffler » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

BlitzGirl, did you choose your username because you knew you were going to blitz?

EDIT: If that question is too personal, you don't have to answer it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:02 pm UTC

The ladder is confusONG after all, apparently.

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ETA:
mittagleffler wrote:BlitzGirl, did you choose your username because you knew you were going to blitz?

EDIT: If that question is too personal, you don't have to answer it.


Not sure if you missed something or are making a joke - BlitzGirl invented blitzing.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:11 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:Not sure if you missed something or are making a joke - BlitzGirl invented blitzing.
Actually, it's a good question, and I'll let BlitzGirl answer it (she did once before, but finding something again in this thread is sometimes a challenge :) )

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:13 pm UTC

Happy 400th, pelrigg! Have some (more) cake!
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I received a request (from the Outside!) for an RSS feed for the latest Time-frames. That was pretty easy to do, so I made one.
If any of y'all is interested, here it is: http://xkcd.mscha.org/time.rss
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby nsub1 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:14 pm UTC

Predicted dialogue:

Megan: It's a ladder.
Cueball: Yeah.
Megan: Neat.
Cueball: Ye—
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:23 pm UTC

NEWPAGE OF THE REALLY SLOW ELECTRIC DOORS
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Anyway, off to an early coma. Molpy down!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mittagleffler » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:35 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:
Spoiler:
ETA:
mittagleffler wrote:BlitzGirl, did you choose your username because you knew you were going to blitz?

EDIT: If that question is too personal, you don't have to answer it.


Not sure if you missed something or are making a joke - BlitzGirl invented blitzing.


Well, the word "blitz" is an actual outsideH word, for non-German speakers most commonly found in the term "Blitzkrieg" I'd assume.
Spoiler:
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So, the reason why I ask is that I was curious as to whether BlitzGirl signed up here for the sole reason of doing a blitz through Time (thereby inventing the now common verb to blitz) or if she had been posting in this forum previously. Perhaps even blitzing in other threads?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:37 pm UTC

mittagleffler wrote:
ChronosDragon wrote:
Spoiler:
ETA:
mittagleffler wrote:BlitzGirl, did you choose your username because you knew you were going to blitz?

EDIT: If that question is too personal, you don't have to answer it.


Not sure if you missed something or are making a joke - BlitzGirl invented blitzing.


Well, the word "blitz" is an actual outsideH word, for non-German speakers most commonly found in the term "Blitzkrieg" I'd assume.
Spoiler:
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So, the reason why I ask is that I was curious as to whether BlitzGirl signed up here for the sole reason of doing a blitz through Time (thereby inventing the now common verb to blitz) or if she had been posting in this forum previously. Perhaps even blitzing in other threads?!


Ahh. Okay. Makes sense. I was pedantically pointing out that the term blitz didn't refer to speeding through the forum thread and I missed that you were asking an actual question. And I guess I should stop trying to answer for other people because she has the best possible response! Though I will point out that her join date is newpix 44001.40 B.T., decidedly prior to the creation of this thread.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:47 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:The ladder is confusONG after all, apparently.

Spoiler:
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What I originally expected was these:
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But their reaction suggests something a bit more challenging.

So, my guess is they're instead seeing some rods or pins that could secure a ladder, but there is no ladder presently there. (The pins should still make darn good climbing holds though.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby tman2nd » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:52 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
tman2nd wrote:Timejazz
An ottification of Rejazz by Regina Spektor.

That's lovely, and a great match with the original! Image


Thanks! :D

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:53 pm UTC

A few pages late, my earliest memory of Time:

Hmm. It's Monday. I wonder what today's xkcd is?

Time. Okay... I don't get it. What's the alt-text say?

Wait for it. Oh, I get it; it's a slow animated gif.

...

Really slow.

No, wait, the extension says png.

Well there must be a script that'll make it change.

But when? One minute? I've been waiting longer than that. Am I supposed to leave the page open for an hour? If I leave the page, it'll reset something when I come back again, and then I'll have to wait all over again. I can only wait for just so long, y'know!

Did his leg just move? No, it must be my imagination.
(Note: I think it really was just my imagination, since it I don't think it was newpix time at that moment.)

Well, I wanted to see it happen for myself, but I can't wait forever. Let's see what Explain XKCD says.

...

Hmm? Explain XKCD is down?

Well, I'll Google "xkcd" then. That worked for Click & Drag.

Ah, a forum for xkcd. I recall coming across this once or twice before.

Here's the thread for Time. Let's see if they've figured anything out.

Oh, the image changes, huh? Humm, wonder how long it'll go on?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:00 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby fhorn » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:16 pm UTC

OMR. I don't know how long it's been since I've been able to do a proper read. We've had company for over two wix (?) now, and I've only been able to ketchup in such very small portions - Desperation Ketchup? Barely Blitz??? Hanging on by a Thread???!!? And I wanted to read so badly that I ended up skipping most of the fun stuff (OTTifications! Celebrations! A rest stop!). Company leaves tomorrow, and I think I'll do a Reminiscence Ketchup, head back a few dozen NP or so and see how everybody's doing in the old neighborhood...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

mscha wrote:I received a request (from the Outside!) for an RSS feed for the latest Time-frames. That was pretty easy to do, so I made one.
If any of y'all is interested, here it is: http://xkcd.mscha.org/time.rss
It is, of course, automatically updated whenever a frame arrives, and contains the most recent 24 frames.

And happy 1800 (wow) to you.
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BTW, the last frame I got first from your rss, before the feed, or the OTT, or anything.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:32 pm UTC

tman2nd wrote:
kenmelken wrote:
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tman2nd wrote:I don't understand what the distinction between The What? Period and The Dark Period. I suggest that maybe they should be merged.

I agree that many of those early periods have odd divisions, often based more on the thread than the comic. I honestly have not touched anything on the wiki from the Sandcastle Eon. I took up the job of writing period entries during the Baobab period because everything was terribly out of date and needed help at the time. My approach has been quite different from what others did before. I have not touched the Sandcastle Eon for two reasons:
(1) Keeping up with the Journey Eon keeps me busy enough as it is. (2) I'm hesitant to change what the Old Ones did. Their approach may have been different than mine, but who am I to say it was wrong? A lot of effort was put into those earlier periods on the wiki and I would feel like an intruder to simply obliterate what they did just because for the last 3 eras I've established a whole new methodology. That said, I do think it would be nice to go back and expand some of those articles with a bit more comprehensive summaries and discussion, but if I did so it would be to supplement what is there rather than replace it. Now, I DO intend eventually to work backwards through the early eras of the Journey Eon and write those Period articles my way, since right now they are all just stubs. But, since I'm getting married in 19 days and my work has really picked up a lot lately... well, it may be a while! :P



The reason why I saw asking is because I was thinking of doing some wiki work myself, but when I saw those first two periods I didn't understand their distinction. Does anybody mind if I merge the articles?

On the subject of the meteor frames, I would think that they should have separate numbers. A newpix the time until the next update. I don't think it should matter if that update corresponds to a small amount of outside time.


I'm still hesitant about merging them. Honestly, there is even an OTC distinction between the two periods. Those first 8 frames... NOTHING HAPPENS except minor shifting of body positions to let us know that frame changes will be happening. Then, in the 9th frame Megan lies down, and soon Cue goes to dip his foot in the sea, telling us that something substantial is actually brewing. To a first time viewer, especially if viewed each frame a half hour apart as originally presented, the second period (albeit unfortunately titled "The Dark Period") is actually when the action begins.

Now, as I've already said, this is NOT how I would have done it if I'd been calling the shots back then. But I wasn't. And while I do think editing those articles to fill in more information would be nice, I just don't feel right completely upending the work they did. Truth be told, the first era currently includes the most complete period articles on the wiki prior to the Discovery Era when I started writing.

That said, I ain't gonna put it back if you DO change it. ;)

And now, RE: frame numbers, including comments from tman2nd, mscha, and others:

Frankly, I understand good reasons for both numbering systems (2440a-e or 2441-5) and don't care so much which one "wins." I'd really just love some consistency again. :) If any two of the four sources can find a means of reconciling, I'll throw my endorsement to whatever set of numbers they come up with. I believe some attempts to contact Geekwagon have been made, based on some discussion in the comments on the wiki, but I will try to do so myself later if I have time. Grand Wiki-Master Patzer and I have been discussing it a lot over there, but as many here don't read the comments there, that's why I felt it was a good idea to bring the discussion of here for all y'all's information.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby tman2nd » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:42 pm UTC

kenmelken wrote:
tman2nd wrote:
kenmelken wrote:
Spoiler:
tman2nd wrote:I don't understand what the distinction between The What? Period and The Dark Period. I suggest that maybe they should be merged.

I agree that many of those early periods have odd divisions, often based more on the thread than the comic. I honestly have not touched anything on the wiki from the Sandcastle Eon. I took up the job of writing period entries during the Baobab period because everything was terribly out of date and needed help at the time. My approach has been quite different from what others did before. I have not touched the Sandcastle Eon for two reasons:
(1) Keeping up with the Journey Eon keeps me busy enough as it is. (2) I'm hesitant to change what the Old Ones did. Their approach may have been different than mine, but who am I to say it was wrong? A lot of effort was put into those earlier periods on the wiki and I would feel like an intruder to simply obliterate what they did just because for the last 3 eras I've established a whole new methodology. That said, I do think it would be nice to go back and expand some of those articles with a bit more comprehensive summaries and discussion, but if I did so it would be to supplement what is there rather than replace it. Now, I DO intend eventually to work backwards through the early eras of the Journey Eon and write those Period articles my way, since right now they are all just stubs. But, since I'm getting married in 19 days and my work has really picked up a lot lately... well, it may be a while! :P



The reason why I saw asking is because I was thinking of doing some wiki work myself, but when I saw those first two periods I didn't understand their distinction. Does anybody mind if I merge the articles?

On the subject of the meteor frames, I would think that they should have separate numbers. A newpix the time until the next update. I don't think it should matter if that update corresponds to a small amount of outside time.


I'm still hesitant about merging them. Honestly, there is even an OTC distinction between the two periods. Those first 8 frames... NOTHING HAPPENS except minor shifting of body positions to let us know that frame changes will be happening. Then, in the 9th frame Megan lies down, and soon Cue goes to dip his foot in the sea, telling us that something substantial is actually brewing. To a first time viewer, especially if viewed each frame a half hour apart as originally presented, the second period (albeit unfortunately titled "The Dark Period") is actually when the action begins.

Now, as I've already said, this is NOT how I would have done it if I'd been calling the shots back then. But I wasn't. And while I do think editing those articles to fill in more information would be nice, I just don't feel right completely upending the work they did. Truth be told, the first era currently includes the most complete period articles on the wiki prior to the Discovery Era when I started writing.

That said, I ain't gonna put it back if you DO change it. ;)


That makes sense. I should probably be left the way it is. I won't change it.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:44 pm UTC

charlie_grumbles wrote:And happy 1800 (wow) to you.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:46 pm UTC

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