1190: "Time"

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Postby Eternal Density » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:24 pm UTC

A large number of people start wearing hats when someone sings "hats go on your head". I have video evidence of this.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:27 pm UTC

Chapter 42

The Pope and First Cleric were coming up empty. Nobody had seen BlitzGirl recently, and although everyone was dutifully following the First Commandment, some people were starting to get concerned. BlitzGirl had been absent before, but never like this. And just recently she had been allowing (even encouraging) others to take over her punsaw. Could it be that this was a precursor to something more tragic, or sinister? The First Commandment was not the only commandment, but neither the Pope nor First Cleric could figure out how the Second Commandment (or was it the Third?) would come into play here.

"It's the prayer tiles", said First Cleric. "It's drawn you away from your flock."
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The Pope did not agree, but could not come up with a convincing alternative. Perhaps the answer actually lay in those tiles, and more prayer is what was called for. But that would be a seaish amount of praying - the Pope had just made Beardo, and a second one would be long in coming. But in any case, this was why they were seeking the council of BlitzGirl in the first place, and now she was nowhere to be found.

There was one place they had not tried yet, and that was the Grotto - one of the most sacred places in the entire grounds of the Seminary. It is an ideal place of contemplation. The roar of the Great Cascade is somehow subdued in the Grotto while still masking all distracting noises, and the mist from the waterfall gives the entire place a mystical and surreal quality. Impaled upon the cliffside just a few cue above the Grotto is the Holy Arrow of Armageddon, with BlitzGirl's boa still attached to it. Many had made great efforts to recover the Arrow, but it would not budge. Like the sea, it would do what it wanted, and right now it wanted to remain just where it was. This is the birth of legend, and as one after another failed, the clerecy realized that whoever removed the arrow would only be able to do so because they were chosen, and found worthy, by the Holy Arrow of Armageddon itself.

Even the Pope himself was rebuffed by the Arrow.

And so, the Grotto, and the cliffs above it, had become Sacred Grounds, more sacred perhaps than even the Great Cathedral. It was reserved for deep, quiet, personal, individual communion, and none who had let themselves into its ethereal wa came away untouched by the experience.

BlitzGirl had been there, and although this was not a place that she frequented, perhaps she was there now, and if not, maybe they could at least sense her essence. It might give them a clue as to how to find her.

Before setting out to the Grotto, the Pope returned to his chamber and gathered up his prayer tiles. The Grotto would be the perfect place to use them, should that be necessary. First Cleric said nothing, realizing that although he thought it was mustard, mustard is what makes the world go round. Unfortunately, he no longer remembered why this was true; he could feel his brief experience with clear thinking slowly fading away.

Emerging with a small sack, the Pope beckoned to First Cleric, "Are you ready?"

First Cleric nodded and the two began their walk to the Grotto. As they walked, they kept feeling that something was amiss, but neither could put their finger on just what it was. Superficially, everything seemed to be in order, but there was this strange feeling, like a small child left alone in a large house. As they walked across the courtyard, the people they saw did not seem out of place, but something was wrong. Something that they normally would not even be aware was there, because it was always there, wasn't there anymore, but they couldn't figure out what it was. And then it struck them - there were no redundakitties! Usually there would be a seaish amount of them, hidden, but today there weren't any. The fact that they could see that the fact that they could see that they couldn't see what they normally couldn't see allowed them to see that what they couldn't see was the most important part of what they could see. It was a most Holy Contradiction!

"Do you see what I see?" asked the Pope.

"No, which is why I know what it is", replied First Cleric.

The Pope smiled. He'd come a long way, First Cleric had.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:23 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:49 am UTC

Thanks BlitzGirl! And Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

(ps - I like the idea of commemorating the Long Night, whoever it was that suggested it. :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:06 am UTC

Awesomeful once again, ucim! Image
It's a treeish contradiction2 (albeit probably not a holy one (nor a hole-in-one (whereas in (also preemptive) donuts there's a hole in all, not just in one))) that the first comment about a chapter that broaches the disappearance of BlitzGirl is made by BlitzGirl.
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Postby mrob27 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:28 am UTC

I've been spending far too long reading about the recent trends in transhuman/extropian/singularity thinking. I can see that I haven't missed much. Anyway,

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I finished it...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:06 am UTC

Ha, I love how both the pinklymolp and the floating disembodied head of Cueball were both in the box. Image
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:53 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Ha, I love how both the pinklymolp and the floating disembodied head of Cueball were both in the box. Image


It's bigger on the inside.

Like the residence of choice of a revered pop culture icon:

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Re: bftf-0492

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:03 am UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:I FEEL PARALYZED BY THE SADNESS. ...AND YET FOR SOME REASONG I'M ~REALLY~ EXCITED ABOUT PAGEPOPES?


The OTT circa March 2014 in a nutshell.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:04 am UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:It's bigger on the inside.

Like the residence of choice of a revered pop culture icon: <snip>

Oh, I drew a Drawception panel about that once:
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Y'ALL GOT ANY MORE OF THEM HOTDOGS?

Postby Eternal Density » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:33 am UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:Ha, I love how both the pinklymolp and the floating disembodied head of Cueball were both in the box. Image


It's bigger on the inside.

Like the residence of choice of a revered pop culture icon:

Spoiler:
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It's his TARDIS: Trash And Remarkable Detritus in Spades

Well played. (StormAngel finished that out loud when I'd only written the first (now I'm waiting for him to say... word) word.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jimbobmacdoodle » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:50 am UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:No, seriously, there's a slippery slope heading towards the basement. We really should fix that.

Sorry, that was probably my fault from all the water required to make that waterfall into the basement...
taixzo wrote:Does it really get that cold in the South of France?

Cold enough (i.e. approaching zero degrees Celsius) to need hats. But less likely at that time of year. Still, the Mediterranean drying up probably does some weird things to the climate...

Yay, more AotC. Molpish story still ucim.

Edit to fix quote mustard.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:10 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:10 am UTC

IT!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:42 am UTC

...
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He's H-E-S, he's H-E-S, he's got a "HE" before the S
He's not a hess, our H-E-S
Not hes or h'es or hEs or Hes!
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CONSIDER THE TARDISES OF THE BEACH

Postby Eternal Density » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:46 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby micdi » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:02 pm UTC

....
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:36 pm UTC

Treeishly posteD
astrotter wrote:It is not particularly clear to me at this time that we are not overanalyzing this...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:59 pm UTC

What a pleasant finish!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby micdi » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:21 pm UTC

The second "..." period is missing, though.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:24 pm UTC

Does that mean the OTT is pregnant?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:04 pm UTC

Time is more importONGt!
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And it's full of whales!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:16 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:Does that mean the OTT is pregnant?

BlitzGirl wrote:What a pleasant finish!

Judge by yourself.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:39 pm UTC

Add that to the OTT missing a period (according to mcdi). Hmm, yes must be. What will it be? A Time 2?
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Time Randomly Revisited - np953

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ASTRONGES...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ergman » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:21 pm UTC

AluisioASG wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:Does that mean the OTT is pregnant?

BlitzGirl wrote:What a pleasant finish!


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jimbobmacdoodle » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:39 pm UTC

Pro-tip for a molpish life: if you are ever in charge of room bookings for a building, make sure you never double-book events. Especially if one of those events is a wedding. Sadly, I don't think I can avoid unmolpishness by hiding somewhere :(

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TimeAfterTime Revisited – t1i-0064

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Postby HES » Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:02 pm UTC

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Bicycles After Time: bftf-0495

Postby Sustainabilizer » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:38 pm UTC

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHRONOTRANSPONGDER?
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Memorizing shakespeare is hard. maybe I should OTTify it.

Postby ergman » Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:10 am UTC

It's orange's turn to fill the screen.
what do these transitions mean?
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Re: Memorizing shakespeare is hard. maybe I should OTTify it

Postby HAL9000 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:04 am UTC

ergman wrote:It's orange's turn to fill the screen.
what do these transitions mean?

I don't think any of us knows.
Let's wait and see where this all goes!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:14 am UTC

Enhanced, an image claimed appeared
through methods steeped in magic black.

But though I tried, I seem to lack
the mojo that is so revered.

I wonder if I'm on the track
enhancers long had pioneered

to pull out meaning, plain or weird
from frames that pile upon the stack.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:17 am UTC

ucim wrote:Jose

Ooooh, that's a nice poem! What structure is that? A half-sonnet of sorts?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:39 am UTC

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ucim wrote:Jose
Ooooh, that's a nice poem! What structure is that? A half-sonnet of sorts?
Thanks. :) To my knowledge it is not a named form, just a few couplets in ABBA BAAB scheme.

It is said that mustard makes the world go round, this is an example. I was trying a single AA couplet but couldn't put my complete thought ("I wasn't able to successfully enhance - was it an actual enhancement or an OTTish one?") into just one. So I tried two but couldn't get the rhymes I wanted. So I tried four couplets, each time flipping the sequence.

I suppose the sequence could go on forever, a la serpinsky, but decided to be more like a river, than like unto all the droplets of the sea taken together.

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