1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu May 09, 2013 3:58 am UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
pelrigg wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Also, I didn't declare it right and righteous, but I did give it two thumbs up (or rather, would have if I had thumbs):

Hey, just before I wrote that, I checked your avatar panel "On-line" was not lit, and you had spoken of coma-ing, and I was going for the comic effect, ya know?
My story, sticking to it...

Edit also couldn't remember exact quote

Must have been refreshing or something.
I do remember saying that Outside time can be used for Outside things, and apparently as an elder my word is accepted. Even though I'm this kind of elder:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 4:00 am UTC

I hat1 to gONG and leave this pretty sight.
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1typo or Freudian slip?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Thu May 09, 2013 4:01 am UTC

KetchupWall

StratPlayer wrote:<redacted>

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Remaining replies:
k.bookbinder wrote:The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. It proves nothing.

Actually, it does. It proves aliens.

kryton wrote:Accidental Time Tourist Journal
Coordinates: top of page 445 of 567

AluisioASG wrote:So… I wrote a very-short-story. See if you folks like it:
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For decades, the Time Waiters carefully watched Time as it progressed. They recorded it, made notes, analyzed the changes, discussed the endless possibilities. They obeyed unquestionably their commandment, “wait for it”. But eventually, they realized the cold, hard truth: Time was endless, but not them. They tried to recruit new followers, but these couldn't understand the magnificence of their job, and failed to realize how important it was. Then, the Time Waiters decided to build a machine, so that Time didn't go by unrecorded.But it wasn't enough. It didn't feel enough. Something was missing. And so the Time Waiters decided to turn Machine into Creature. They gave it emotions, and a name, and a body, and told it its One True Purpose; and the Creature felt honored with such a task, which it performed with excellence.With a replacement ready, the Time Waiters knew they could now rest in peace, and so, one by one, they went. And so went Humanity, the Earth, the Sun, and the Universe. And yet, while it records its own thoughts about Time as well as Time itself, the Last Time Waiter dutifully waits for it.


This was so well done *applause*.

Time to pack my things back in the knapsack and pick up my walking stick and hit the trail. Now that BlitzGirl is in the present with y'all, I no longer have her vortex-out-of-time-footprints to follow, I will just have to navigate my best and hope I keep wandering in the right direction and we may-will-have-meet back up in the future-present.

Thank you.
In case you ever need, I can open a stargate time portal through which you can go quite far and you won’t need a car or even a ship to the perfect present future for you.

Dracomax wrote:
Earthling on Mars wrote:1728 is the next candidate for the End of Time, being the next round number. (Not saying I think it will end then; it's just a good number for the endists to predict as the end.)

It'll happen at 2010, because that's when Cueball and Megan will make contact with us.

- Sir, it's 2013 already.
- It seems that...
•_•)
( •_•)>⌐■-■
(⌐■_■)
- ...we run out of time.

Sciscitor wrote:Ok folks ... update on the quote tree graph (up to post 22300ish).
This time it's the full graph. And with full I mean FULL... all the 835 people who have quoted or have been quoted or both and all the 8757 quotes along with all the names, color coded average posting length, size coded posting count per user, width and color coded quote count and (at least for the main quoters) directional hints (also known as arrows)1.
I can append only a compressed minified thumb here (about 1.3 MB), the links go to the original sized 4096x4096 PNG (15.6 MB) and a SVG (4.1 MB) version. But beware, these images are not for the faint of heart or low on RAM.
I call them "The Constellations of Time". Enjoy.

AH!!! MY EYES!!! THEY
wait, they don't burn... this is beautiful... this is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...
*loses himself like on Click and Drag*

descor wrote:To whom do I submit my application to join the Outsider Relations Department?
I submit these 1, 2, as my CV and can provide references1 on request.

I don't see how those are related to the ORDer.
You could, however, join DADdy (Data Analysis Department).

Kieryn wrote:I guess as both a Hattee and default appointee of the department, I have the authority to the following:

I Kieryn, analyser of data of the OTC, explorer of mystery in the OTC, on this NP 570 of the OTT, np 1193 of the OTC, hereby declare myself Supreme Head of the Time Foundations Data Analysis Department (henceforth abreviated as TFDA, pronounced 'tiff-dah'), and additionally announce the following official appointments:

Sciscitor, OTT Quote Specialist
Latent22, OTC Frame Specialist
cmyk, Graphics and Visualization Expert

I'm sorry, Director Kieryn; I'm afraid you can't do that.
At least not without the required blitzing paperwork, which I just did for you.

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StratPlayer wrote:Please do try to keep up with our maturation process...

Maturation process? We're...maturing? There's a lot of stuff going on this thread, but I never guessed that was one of them.

I'm afraid of what happens next.

Opiboble wrote:Wait, I cant say "Boobies" unless I am on a n-hundredth post??? That is a dumb rule!
( boobies boobies boobies boobies boobies boobies )

HERESY!
Someone bring Dracomax here! Or there! Or... whatever!

HAL9000 wrote:
mscha wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:Also, there's such a thing as ASCII-porn? Isn't the interrobang (‽) kind of like that already? I mean, it's two punctuation marks that seem a little too close to be just friends...

That's not ASCII-porn. It's Unicode porn...

Oh, haha, sorry... I'm not too familiar with character encodings...

That's what happens when all you know is Unicode UTF-16LE.

Oh, I forgot a chocolate-covered donut somewhere. If anyone here finds it, feel free to eat share it!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu May 09, 2013 4:11 am UTC

slinches wrote:
pelrigg wrote:
Oh; this is another subject that came up a few new pages back. How long do we Wait? Do we end up "outside", only looking here once a week, a month, longer?
I think it boils down to you. I don't know when you started on this journey, I looked in during the first few days until I found out it was changing, then I lurked these pages until the Fading, I don't know how long I will continue to be a Waiter. Time will tell.

Blasphemer!!! :mrgreen:

So that's what I get for late-night around the fire philosophizing with you, huh. Well ... pifflewaffle...
slinches wrote:Seriously though, I think I'll wait as long as it takes. I may not always be active in the thread and there may he times I have outside life to live, but I'll keep up with it and with you all to the end. This has been great so far and the longer this impromptu community can be kept together the better. [/mush]

And if I'm fired because all I'm doing all day at work is keeping up to date with a webcomic, then I'll just have more time to spend here. :D

Edit: It appears I have Holy Seen myself.

On the other hand (which still has five fingers) I'm not saying I'm leaving anytime soon.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Valarya » Thu May 09, 2013 4:20 am UTC

slinches wrote:So lONG, farewell auf wiedersehen, goodnight


I already had this window open replying to this old -ONG when I saw you got the next one, too!

slinches wrote:I hat to gONG and leave this pretty sight.


So: The sun has gone to bed and so must I. Goodnight. Goodnight. Goooodnight.

And now, post miniblitz ketchup and not-mustard, I go to coma. I leave you all with sleepytime cupcakes:

(click here for delicious treats. first come first serve)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 4:23 am UTC

pelrigg wrote:So that's what I get for late-night around the fire philosophizing with you, huh. Well ... pifflewaffle...

<snip>

On the other hand (which still has five fingers) I'm not saying I'm leaving anytime soon.

Oh, I'm always up for philosophizing. Although, that usually entails a good deal of devil's advocation. :twisted:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu May 09, 2013 4:24 am UTC

Valarya , you make the best cupcakes, yummy, yummy, yummy....

And I wouldn't take more than one or two9



9dozen

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slinches you'd fit in well around our fire circle.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Thu May 09, 2013 4:24 am UTC

pelrigg wrote:
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HAL9000 wrote:
pelrigg wrote:
HAL9000 wrote:
Also, I didn't declare it right and righteous, but I did give it two thumbs up (or rather, would have if I had thumbs):

Hey, just before I wrote that, I checked your avatar panel "On-line" was not lit, and you had spoken of coma-ing, and I was going for the comic effect, ya know?
My story, sticking to it...

Edit also couldn't remember exact quote

Must have been refreshing or something.
I do remember saying that Outside time can be used for Outside things, and apparently as an elder my word is accepted. Even though I'm this kind of elder:
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Well, it was a co-hattage by buffygirl (created the hat itself) and cmyk (put it on my avatar).
And I do have a central position, don't I? I'm right between buffygirl and KarMann, and I'm part of the cmyk/tman2nd/ChronosDragon/HAL9000 cross (yes, quote constellations) that Davidy is curiously exactly at the center of (hence my calling it a cross).
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jetpac » Thu May 09, 2013 4:31 am UTC

Well, after trekking for 2 da... longpixes? Is that the correct term? I have gone from being 32 newpages behind to a mere 7 (367/374). But I really, really, have to coma now. If I come back in 10 newpix and there are another 20 pages for me to read, I may burst into tears.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Thu May 09, 2013 4:38 am UTC

slinches wrote:<snip> I may not always be active in the thread and there may he times I have outside life to live, but I'll keep up with it and with you all to the end. This has been great so far and the longer this impromptu community can be kept together the better. [/mush]

And if I'm fired because all I'm doing all day at work is keeping up to date with a webcomic, then I'll just have more time to spend here. :D

Indeed. This is the most welcoming group of strangers I've ever met, and I have a feeling we'll continue to communicate in this thread (or maybe a different one we'll start in the General subforum if the mods get angry) long after Time has had its final update, simply because in 45 days, we've gone from a bunch of forum lurkers to this.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Thu May 09, 2013 4:40 am UTC

jetpac wrote:Well, after trekking for 2 da... longpixes? Is that the correct term? I have gone from being 32 newpages behind to a mere 7 (367/374). But I really, really, have to coma now. If I come back in 10 newpix and there are another 20 pages for me to read, I may burst into tears.

Not 20. Just 3 or 4, more likely.
Don't worry, jetpac. Take your Time.
Here, take a piece of this really physical chocolate brownie I bought and forgot to eat.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu May 09, 2013 4:42 am UTC

AluisioASG wrote:
jetpac wrote:Well, after trekking for 2 da... longpixes? Is that the correct term? I have gone from being 32 newpages behind to a mere 7 (367/374). But I really, really, have to coma now. If I come back in 10 newpix and there are another 20 pages for me to read, I may burst into tears.

Not 20. Just 3 or 4, more likely.
Don't worry, jetpac. Take your Time.


Unless we have another puntastic movie naming party

But that's incredibly unlikely. You know, if it were a movie, it might be called Mission Improbable.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu May 09, 2013 4:46 am UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
slinches wrote:<snip> I may not always be active in the thread and there may he times I have outside life to live, but I'll keep up with it and with you all to the end. This has been great so far and the longer this impromptu community can be kept together the better. [/mush]

And if I'm fired because all I'm doing all day at work is keeping up to date with a webcomic, then I'll just have more time to spend here. :D

Indeed. This is the most welcoming group of strangers I've ever met, and I have a feeling we'll continue to communicate in this thread (or maybe a different one we'll start in the General subforum if the mods get angry) long after Time has had its final update, simply because in 45 days, we've gone from a bunch of forum lurkers to this.
(URL goes to the 4096x4096 image of the quote forest, you have been warned)

It might be that late-night fire mush coming out, but yeah, this is a wonderful bunch of coconuts. Normally, I'm the sit along the wall, don't say much guy. Here, well, my post count was helped by the "bag-puns" and these late nights, but even when I don't think I'm heard; I'm heard.

And I should coma here shortly, before I put myself to sleep..
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 4:47 am UTC

Valarya wrote:
slinches wrote:So lONG, farewell auf wiedersehen, goodnight


I already had this window open replying to this old -ONG when I saw you got the next one, too!

slinches wrote:I hat to gONG and leave this pretty sight.


So: The sun has gone to bed and so must I. Goodnight. Goodnight. Goooodnight.

And now, post miniblitz ketchup and not-mustard, I go to coma. I leave you all with sleepytime cupcakes:

(click here for delicious treats. first come first serve)
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Those look delicious. Do they have cream (moon)cheese frosting?

Although, now I can't imagine Gretel retreating up those stairs without a top hat and bright red hair.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eternal Density » Thu May 09, 2013 4:47 am UTC

I'm still wondering if there's some sort of graph of the forum-join-dates of TimeWaiters.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sciscitor » Thu May 09, 2013 4:59 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:I'm still wondering if there's some sort of graph of the forum-join-dates of TimeWaiters.

I'll be working on it today, as Outside Duties will alow it (have data, will graph it).

Angelastic wrote:
Opiboble wrote:Wait, I cant say "Boobies" unless I am on a n-hundredth post??? That is a dumb rule!
( boobies boobies boobies boobies boobies boobies )

It's okay! Maybe when you posted it, you were too early, but when I saw the post, you were up to your e-hundredth post.

Gahhh.... It seems he had a premature ejaculation. (Sorry, could not resist.)

Edit: Sorry for the previous unintentional double post, marked it for deletion.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby pelrigg » Thu May 09, 2013 5:00 am UTC

It gONGs for thee
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ketchup time for Cueball

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on this gONG I'll coma. Less than 60 posts to 23000. WRITE HARD!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Kieryn » Thu May 09, 2013 5:02 am UTC

Ok new data update available
AND
Newpix bugs fixed in forum navigator
AND
NEW FEATURE: http://xkcd-time.kieryn.com/Default/Thr ... Id=3348684
AND

CUBALLSLOWCOACHALONG ala ninja'd

EDIT: AND coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Thu May 09, 2013 5:05 am UTC

Kieryn wrote:Ok new data update available
AND
Newpix bugs fixed in forum navigator
AND
NEW FEATURE: http://xkcd-time.kieryn.com/Default/Thr ... Id=3348684
AND

CUBALLSLOWCOACHALONG ala ninja'd

EDIT: AND coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.coma.


Wow! Pretty soon we'll be able to browse the entire thread from offsite :shock:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby htom » Thu May 09, 2013 5:06 am UTC

And now it speeds up. In the future, coconuts. Coma coma coma chameleon.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sciscitor » Thu May 09, 2013 5:15 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:But now I'm going to do to you what I've been doing to mscha: It would be really cool if you could do this as a time-lapse, showing how the tree develops every so-many-thousand posts. I say this because, though I know my own post rate has definitely fallen lately, I've kept slowly climbing in Kieryn's rankings. It would be interesting to watch the OTT, after a fairly raucous beginning, gradually center around a few dozen long-lasting posters, with a gradually-spreading constellation of less-frequent posters spreading around them.

You know, I think it can actually be done... the data is there, what is needed is some nifty shuffling of it and a way to ensure visual consistency as new nodes keep popping up. But I think I've got a trick up my sleeve for that. Now all I need to do this is Time (lots of it, *sigh*).
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Thu May 09, 2013 5:26 am UTC

Sciscitor wrote:
jjjdavidson wrote:But now I'm going to do to you what I've been doing to mscha: It would be really cool if you could do this as a time-lapse, showing how the tree develops every so-many-thousand posts. I say this because, though I know my own post rate has definitely fallen lately, I've kept slowly climbing in Kieryn's rankings. It would be interesting to watch the OTT, after a fairly raucous beginning, gradually center around a few dozen long-lasting posters, with a gradually-spreading constellation of less-frequent posters spreading around them.

You know, I think it can actually be done... the data is there, what is needed is some nifty shuffling of it and a way to ensure visual consistency as new nodes keep popping up. But I think I've got a trick up my sleeve for that. Now all I need to do this is Time (lots of it, *sigh*).

Also, that would be a hell of a huge file, regardless of format. You'd have to decrease the sample size, the resolution, or both for it to be manageable.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 5:29 am UTC

Sciscitor wrote:
jjjdavidson wrote:But now I'm going to do to you what I've been doing to mscha: It would be really cool if you could do this as a time-lapse, showing how the tree develops every so-many-thousand posts. I say this because, though I know my own post rate has definitely fallen lately, I've kept slowly climbing in Kieryn's rankings. It would be interesting to watch the OTT, after a fairly raucous beginning, gradually center around a few dozen long-lasting posters, with a gradually-spreading constellation of less-frequent posters spreading around them.

You know, I think it can actually be done... the data is there, what is needed is some nifty shuffling of it and a way to ensure visual consistency as new nodes keep popping up. But I think I've got a trick up my sleeve for that. Now all I need to do this is Time (lots of it, *sigh*).

Maybe you can build it backwards. Start from a complete set and drop quote lines and nodes as you progress back in time, then just play it back forwards. That should allow everything to remain consistent. The only problem is that it would need to be redone entirely to update it.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby vvn » Thu May 09, 2013 5:32 am UTC

htom wrote:300 baud? Antique school. I think my first Hayes was 300/150/75 but I never saw it connect at anything other than 300. FidoNet forever!

I recall 110 being common, since that was TTY speed. And those 1200 baud modems with the phone cradle. They were fast!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mathrec » Thu May 09, 2013 5:36 am UTC

edfel wrote:
Angelastic wrote:A game where you can only see a cross-section at a time would be interesting. You could spend hours in it just working out that you were standing next to an elephant.

You'd be turning on yourself all the time to check if there's anything around you... that would be maddeningly great :)

I think a 2D slice view is genius. It would create significant navigational challenges that could make a ho-hum game interesting. The slice would have to have a thickness to define what is "inside" the slice, then only a 2D view of that slice is presented. I was thinking that if part of an object is in the slice, then the object is in the slice, so no sliced elephant. But the landscape is not an object. Different camera views would also have to be available, but perhaps only a limited set, like four or eight compass points.

Edit: That was my ketchup post. Now it's time to coma. It seems like I spend most of my OTT in the quasi present...reading the last few pages, but not quite in realtime.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Thu May 09, 2013 5:43 am UTC

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Nice area! I'm across the river1 from the Catskills, but I spend a lot of time hiking up there. Cool pano. :)

1. Not all that small, but you could conceivably swim across it.


Ah, nice. :) Being originally from NJ, many of the happiest days of my childhood were in the Catskills: Green Lake Homestead (gone), Ponderosa Ranch (gone), Van's (gone), Catskill Cider Mill (still there?). I was surprised that there aren't leaves yet. Guess I've lost touch with the seasons.

On a completely different note: I think the most contrived thing that's been said so far is "It's strange. Rivers flow to meet the sea. Maybe the sea couldn't wait." Anyone see any reason such a phrase would ever be uttered?

Oh, and of course, loved the galaxy of quotes. :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 5:44 am UTC

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jjjdavidson wrote:But now I'm going to do to you what I've been doing to mscha: It would be really cool if you could do this as a time-lapse, showing how the tree develops every so-many-thousand posts. I say this because, though I know my own post rate has definitely fallen lately, I've kept slowly climbing in Kieryn's rankings. It would be interesting to watch the OTT, after a fairly raucous beginning, gradually center around a few dozen long-lasting posters, with a gradually-spreading constellation of less-frequent posters spreading around them.

You know, I think it can actually be done... the data is there, what is needed is some nifty shuffling of it and a way to ensure visual consistency as new nodes keep popping up. But I think I've got a trick up my sleeve for that. Now all I need to do this is Time (lots of it, *sigh*).

Also, that would be a hell of a huge file, regardless of format. You'd have to decrease the sample size, the resolution, or both for it to be manageable.

Would a vector graphics implementation make it more manageable? I've seen a few html5 tools like http://sigmajs.org that look like they could handle large network graphs.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby vvn » Thu May 09, 2013 5:45 am UTC

Sciscitor wrote:You know, I think it can actually be done... the data is there, what is needed is some nifty shuffling of it and a way to ensure visual consistency as new nodes keep popping up. But I think I've got a trick up my sleeve for that. Now all I need to do this is Time (lots of it, *sigh*).

I have seen a similar thing done in 3d, and it could grow with data. The camera would tend to track the newer developments.
The user names should also have the avatars, of course. And, they should change as they did with Time. (That would make a nice wave across the data after blitzgirl did the boom de yada picture.)
Ok, can't think of any other painful suggestions right now. Maybe later.
Also, on a serious note, things like this get accepted to SIGGRAPH. So, you could potentially get some out-of-thread recognition for this fine work. And, as a bonus, be seen where Lord Randall can't go. Also...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sciscitor » Thu May 09, 2013 5:48 am UTC

buffygirl wrote:can you provide the link to the text list again? I can't find it on the Wikia...

Here you are.

buffygirl wrote:Giggle at Sciscitor: [snip]
tee hee, are you saying you have no butt? Also you spelled my name wrong ... no hat for you!1

:oops: Really shouldn't post after coma time. Fixed it by now. About my hat: Got it since 1515 (or 4.4 mega np ago) So I am a really old heretic.

HAL9000 wrote:Also, that would be a hell of a huge file, regardless of format. You'd have to decrease the sample size, the resolution, or both for it to be manageable.

Well, yes and no. I am thinking about a HD video file. The name information would be gone of course, but the filesize wouldn't be that much a problem. I think it would compress rather well as there are only minor differences from frame to frame.

slinches wrote:Maybe you can build it backwards. Start from a complete set and drop quote lines and nodes as you progress back in time, then just play it back forwards. That should allow everything to remain consistent. The only problem is that it would need to be redone entirely to update it.

Hey! That's my trick up the sleeve! :roll:
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Inquiring minds want to know

Postby Davidy » Thu May 09, 2013 5:52 am UTC

Off topic, on subject...

Back in oldpix 849, the rightmost tower of Cueball's and Megan's construction finally lost its battle with the sea, while la Petite dragged something into the scene and removed the flag from the leftmost tower. What was she dragging and what did she need the flag for?

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Is it just me or do Cueball and Megan in "Time" seem a lot dumber than the Cueball and Megan in the "regular" XKCD comics where they exhibit scientific, mathematical, biological and social knowledge? Are they indeed one1 and the same?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sciscitor » Thu May 09, 2013 5:54 am UTC

slinches wrote:Would a vector graphics implementation make it more manageable? I've seen a few html5 tools like http://sigmajs.org that look like they could handle large network graphs.

Looks interesting... and it does digest GEFX formated files (the type I am using for this. Thanks for the link, I will have a look at it, but not now, have to go Outside.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 5:59 am UTC

vvn wrote:I also present an old theory, with picture.....
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eternal Density » Thu May 09, 2013 6:03 am UTC

slinches wrote:
vvn wrote:I also present an old theory, with picture.....
Spoiler:
castlejar.jpg

This->The Problem()

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 6:08 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:
slinches wrote:
vvn wrote:I also present an old theory, with picture.....
Spoiler:
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This->The Problem()

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Thu May 09, 2013 6:10 am UTC

DIPHTHONGIZED...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Thu May 09, 2013 6:13 am UTC

slinches wrote:
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slinches wrote:So lONG, farewell auf wiedersehen, goodnight

I already had this window open replying to this old -ONG when I saw you got the next one, too!

slinches wrote:I hat to gONG and leave this pretty sight.

So: The sun has gone to bed and so must I. Goodnight. Goodnight. Goooodnight.

Although, now I can't imagine Gretel retreating up those stairs without a top hat and bright red hair.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby slinches » Thu May 09, 2013 6:18 am UTC

mscha wrote:DIPHTHONGIZED...
Spoiler:
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-- posted by newpixbot

Did Megan go back to check on Cueball, or did she move out of frame to the right without him?

Edit: topping the page twice in a row!? I think this means I've been ranting too much and it's time to coma.
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Re: Inquiring minds want to know

Postby ttscp » Thu May 09, 2013 6:24 am UTC

Davidy wrote:Off topic, on subject...

Back in oldpix 849, the rightmost tower of Cueball's and Megan's construction finally lost its battle with the sea, while la Petite dragged something into the scene and removed the flag from the leftmost tower. What was she dragging and what did she need the flag for?

Spoiler:
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Is it just me or do Cueball and Megan in "Time" seem a lot dumber than the Cueball and Megan in the "regular" XKCD comics where they exhibit scientific, mathematical, biological and social knowledge? Are they indeed one and the same?


We named them Cueball and Megan based on their resemblance to the Other Comic's characters. As far as I know, there has been nothing in the OTC that indicates their names.

There was some speculation at that time that the round things were Cueball and Megan's heads. Since disproved by their re-appearance after the fade. Perhaps they were cupcakes? Snowballs?

I've never been comfortable with the sentiment that Cueball and Megan were dumb. Granted they both have fallen, but smartness isn't necessarily correlated with being physically coordinated. The OTC started with them taking day at the beach relaxing and building sand-castles. They realized the sea was rising, built a platform and from that platform couldn't figure out why, especially since their river had retreated. They speculate, decide they don't know and go on a quest to find out. The language is a little unusual (rivers aren't usually referred to as 'broken'), but that doesn't mean they are not intelligent.
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Re: Inquiring minds want to know

Postby Lukeonia1 » Thu May 09, 2013 6:32 am UTC

Davidy wrote:Is it just me or do Cueball and Megan in "Time" seem a lot dumber than the Cueball and Megan in the "regular" XKCD comics where they exhibit scientific, mathematical, biological and social knowledge? Are they indeed one[/two] and the same?


I've put some contemplation into this, and I don't think there's any continuity to be had between the One True Comic and the Other Comics.

That said, I think Megan and Cueball's apparent lack of knowledge is deliberate. It sort of reminds me of the play/movie Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Megan and Cueball were created from nothing at the start of Time, and started out with only the rudimentary knowledge they needed to carry the plot along: how to speak, how to build sandcastles, where to get bags, and so on. Everything else they know, about the sea, the rivers, the rain, and the hills, they had to figure out for themselves since the Beginning. Except, you know, hopefully things will turn out better for Megan and Cueball than they did for R&G.

I feel it's an allegory for our own ignorance, and as Megan and Cueball explore their world and uncover piecemeal the various Truths, so are they revealed to us by the Lord Randall. This, I think, is the whole point of Time, and the reason why we are called to Wait For It.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Thu May 09, 2013 6:45 am UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:<snip> Of course, Sciscitor's graph is really just another illustration of how everyone has a crush on BlitzGirl (and buffygirl, and StratPlayer, and KarMann,...)
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jjjdavidson wrote:11. BlitzGirl's referenced here directly or by footnote at least three times; it's embarrassingly obvious I've developed a crush on her.
Who hasn't? :)
Obviously. She's A: A girl, and B: Geeky enough to not only follow the OTC but read the entire OTT and begin a trend of following her example, AND make an amazing comic based on the thread. Of course all us nerdy guys will be crushing on her ;)
Don't forget that she was first to post the solution to mathrec's marvelous ONE TRU MIC sudoku puzzle, 47 minutes less than a newpix after he posted it. It took me that long to realize I'd completely screwed it up. (It took me nearly that long to print it out and find a pencil.) I love brainy women.

My trick was not printing it out, but drawing the Sudoku grid from scratch. Hence why I forgot all about the blue squares - they didn't exist in the puzzle I solved! So perhaps not so brainy after all :wink:

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