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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:33 pm UTC

Vytron wrote:- Mayoblitz Blindpost NP1020 -

ucim wrote:re: Blitzing vs Condiments... I see Blitzing as implying reading it all, for an extended segment of the One True Thread. Sometimes it will involve going back to the beginning, if the beginning is where one's Great Void commences. However, there are those who, having experienced the Beginning of Time, and also the Latter Stages of Time, for one reason or another have a Great Void in the middle of Time. Filling that Great Void by reading it all in that extended segment the One True Thread is certainly a Blitz.


Well, since you're the one writing the 0 Acts of the Clerics, and being the one giving the Official titles of BlitzGirl The Next, I think whatever you decide counts as Blitzing should be canonical.

As per my view, it's not about the post length, or about what the person is doing, or about their distance to the present, or percentage of thread read: it's about intention. If one person does have the intention of reading it all, and it's reading the OTT, then they're blitzing. If they don't have any such intention, then they're just ketchuping (if reading the pages they've missed recently) or mayonnaising (if they jump directly into the present to read stuff just posted and comment on it) or fry saucing (if they both have pages to read that are very old, and do advance them occasionally, but also react and read the present in real time)
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or blindposting (which is compatible with all the others, but most people tend to keep their ketchup long (even if they lose all their stuff they were replying to now and then...) so by the time they post it, they're already in the present - so blindpost tend to be short, and mayoblindposts tend to be replying to stuff from a long time ago, like this one) or BlitzGirling (making SignPost to be meet in the future in the style of blitzgirl, usually with a brief description of events that happened in the pages you read and its own dose of ketchup, but it can also be done with people not reading it all that just were left behind dozens of NPs recently and are catching up) or treking (with one 'k' - making progress by reading more pages than one is left behind, so one eventually ketchups the present, compatible with all other methods of posting) or BlitzQuesting (which is just reading it all, and can be done in all sort of ways, including just posting "hey, I read it all" as first post - I think all BlitzGirls the Nexts have done it, except for The Slow, limping one...)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:10 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:35 pm UTC

The paste was people-medicine, and they're eating people.

Either that or it's a medicine made from something which is also used as a food or comes from the same plant as a food, which is perfectly normal for cultures that don't have the ability to extract the active chemicals and put standard doses of them in pills or creams. Or they're saying 'bon appétit' or something else unrelated, not understanding what Cueball said.

The phrase, 'it's good, whatever it is' immediately prompted me to eat a space food stick I recently found in a neglected cache of souvenirs. It was good, whatever it was. Then I decided to find out what it was. The first five ingredients include three kinds of sugar, so it's a nice varied diet for a sugar fiend. :)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

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As far as Image is concerned, I think it simply means ‘health’. As in “(to your) health”, “cheers”. (Or more literally in other languages, “Santé”, “Sláinte”, “Proost”, and many others.)
Alternatively, it could be the beanie telling Cugan it's “healthy”, whatever it is they're eating.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby partingLance » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:45 pm UTC

Exodies wrote:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flado » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:51 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:57 pm UTC

Yay, a tree! A real tree, not those 10 things they've been encountering.

And it looks like newpixbot just became pope. Hmm, is this the first time that's happened? People were wondering about the implications of that a while back.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:10 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby CameronCat » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:26 pm UTC

The entirety of the OTC and the OTT nicely summed in one frame:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:30 pm UTC

Vytron wrote:it's about intention. If one person does have the intention of reading it all, and it's reading the OTT, then they're blitzing. If they don't have any such intention, then they're just ketchuping
Yes, it is very much about intent. One goes into a blitz pure of heart, to drink from the River of Time and fill a Great Void. It is not for anyone else to judge. As you can tell from the Acts of the Clerics, the Pope is extremely fallible and His word should not be taken as canon, but more as cannon fodder. :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:44 pm UTC

mscha wrote:ROVONGS...
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Okay, making a few assumptions:
- The time is near local noon.
- The group prefers to sit in the shade of the tree.
...we can tell that they're still heading roughly northward.

Also, it occurs to me that in recent and present times, we don't see lofty delicate-stemmed deciduous trees growing at 8000 or 9000 feet altitude near the 40th parallel. (Farther south, maybe, such as somewhere on Kilamanjaro, the Hawaiian Islands, or on the southern Tibetan plateau.) Either we're wrong about the altitude (or the latitude), or the climate is radically altered, probably enough to make the equatorial regions uninhabitable.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:52 pm UTC

CameronCat wrote:The entirety of the OTC and the OTT nicely summed in one frame:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:53 pm UTC

Would any of the Animation Jedi care to animate the Lunch Frames? To me the Beanish look a bit nonplussed in the frame after Megan repeats their word - almost like she's committed some sort of minor social gaffe...

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Incidentally, I read their word as "Tinowok" for no good reason I can discern.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NetWeasel » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:02 pm UTC

ContinuONG their luncheon
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mikro2nd wrote: To me the Beanish look a bit nonplussed in the frame after Megan repeats their word - almost like she's committed some sort of minor social gaffe...

It might be just me, but her pronunciation looked a bit off.
And the Beanies seem too polite to say so.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Ximenez » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:05 pm UTC

mscha wrote:As far as Image is concerned, I think it simply means ‘health’. As in “(to your) health”, “cheers”. (Or more literally in other languages, “Santé”, “Sláinte”, “Proost”, and many others.)
Alternatively, it could be the beanie telling Cugan it's “healthy”, whatever it is they're eating.

Both are quite possible.
Another possibility is that they are eating "molpy" (that is, some creature); then "3 molpy" could mean "human", and the medicine is called "human healing-thing".

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:07 pm UTC

NetWeasel wrote:It might be just me, but her pronunciation looked a bit off.
And the Beanies seem too polite to say so.

It did strike me that the way we could find out how Beanish is spoken is rather simple, thanks to NetWeasel's avatar... just click on the little speaker button! 8-)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ttscp » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

NetWeasel wrote:ContinuONG their luncheon
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The Beanie on the left just got something out of a bag. It looks to me like it has square edges. A clip board with paper for some more language lessons? Square food packets? A large bag of M&Ms?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:26 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:30 pm UTC

mscha wrote:Animated lunch:
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Very cool. Thanks! As always I am in awe of people who can pull this off with such apparent ease and aplomb. Every time I try to use something like the Gimp and similar I end up tearing my hair out in frustration.

So were the Beanish expressing dismay at Megan's pronunciation? Or were they just stuffing their faces with lunch?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TimeLurker » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:31 pm UTC

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Okay, making a few assumptions:
- The time is near local noon.
- The group prefers to sit in the shade of the tree.
...we can tell that they're still heading roughly northward.
Also, it occurs to me that in recent and present times, we don't see lofty delicate-stemmed deciduous trees growing at 8000 or 9000 feet altitude near the 40th parallel. (Farther south, maybe, such as somewhere on Kilamanjaro, the Hawaiian Islands, or on the southern Tibetan plateau.) Either we're wrong about the altitude (or the latitude), or the climate is radically altered, probably enough to make the equatorial regions uninhabitable.

Hmm, I thought Cuegan said it was cooler up there and the Beanies are assumed to be wearing their hats because of the cold. If that is true, why eat in the shade? I'd rather be in the sun.

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NetWeasel wrote:It might be just me, but her pronunciation looked a bit off.
And the Beanies seem too polite to say so.

It did strike me that the way we could find out how Beanish is spoken is rather simple, thanks to NetWeasel's avatar... just click on the little speaker button! 8-)
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My first thought was, "Winter, what are you talking about, it's blazing hot and the middle of summer" I forget we are a world-wide community here. My second thought was, "Who cares what time of year he thinks it is, if he's got scotch just be nice and ask to share."
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:33 pm UTC

mikro2nd wrote:So were the Beanish expressing dismay at Megan's pronunciation? Or were they just stuffing their faces with lunch?

I think the latter. But the former is certainly a possibility as well – although it's more likely to be a stifled giggle, I'd say.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TimeLurker » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:39 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
mikro2nd wrote:So were the Beanish expressing dismay at Megan's pronunciation? Or were they just stuffing their faces with lunch?

I think the latter. But the former is certainly a possibility as well – although it's more likely to be a stifled giggle, I'd say.

I agree. Even if she did accidentally curse at them or call them names. The Beanies know that she doesn't know their language and it was unintentional. I imagine they are trying to stifle their junior-high giggles, just as we all would if the Beanies made the same mistake.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ttscp » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:43 pm UTC

mscha wrote:
mikro2nd wrote:So were the Beanish expressing dismay at Megan's pronunciation? Or were they just stuffing their faces with lunch?

I think the latter. But the former is certainly a possibility as well – although it's more likely to be a stifled giggle, I'd say.

The Beanie on the right turns his/her head away, so it could be giggling. The Beanie on the left could be offering whatever it is to Megan, which might make the word "here" or "have some of this"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby AluisioASG » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:59 pm UTC

Reading AotC now (1.2, but I'll have to leave soon). It's nice to see we morphed from a religious society to a analyseful one. I wonder what will come next.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

ttscp wrote:The Beanie on the left could be offering whatever it is to Megan, which might make the word "here" or "have some of this"
I suspect it's more prosaic. The Beanies do not expect the Cuegan to understand what they are saying, so "have some of this" would be a senseless utterance. However, I think that they would expect the Cuegan to expect a simple identifier, because that way they could learn something. So, I think they just said the name for whatever it is they are eating.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:00 pm UTC

Much more BeanONG...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NetWeasel » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:04 pm UTC

Map drawing?

It looks like three speeches:
The (BigSomething)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:39 pm UTC

mscha wrote:Much more BeanONG...
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So our theory that the GLR was done with Beanon was (as always) incorrect. Image


I had a dream last night that we were learning more Beanish. Now I decoma'd to find the dream was true! :D

Also, this speach is more readily writable in Latin characters:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:44 pm UTC

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Ooh, more beanon! I see the word for water in there twice, preceded once by a 3. That 3 is definitely important and not specific to that word, so it's either an adjective or some kind of modifier. But we already knew that.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angelastic » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:48 pm UTC

Maybe 3 is a prefix meaning 'more', sort of like 'er' but working with nouns as well.

Edit: So, 'there's more rain [or something less obvious that explains the sea rise] there's more water [in the sea]. Water [repeating this word without the 3 to make sure you recognise it].'
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Rule110 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:50 pm UTC

TimeLurker wrote:
Rule110 wrote:Okay, making a few assumptions:
- The time is near local noon.
- The group prefers to sit in the shade of the tree.
...we can tell that they're still heading roughly northward.
Also, it occurs to me that in recent and present times, we don't see lofty delicate-stemmed deciduous trees growing at 8000 or 9000 feet altitude near the 40th parallel. (Farther south, maybe, such as somewhere on Kilamanjaro, the Hawaiian Islands, or on the southern Tibetan plateau.) Either we're wrong about the altitude (or the latitude), or the climate is radically altered, probably enough to make the equatorial regions uninhabitable.

Hmm, I thought Cuegan said it was cooler up there and the Beanies are assumed to be wearing their hats because of the cold. If that is true, why eat in the shade? I'd rather be in the sun.

Two reasons I can think of (though neither is conclusive). One is that if it were cool even at noontime, it would be truly chilly at night. Yet Megan and Cueball have shown no signs of discomfort from the cold.

The second is that at high altitudes, the sun can really beat down, even if the air is cool. Usually for a meal stop one looks primarily for protection from wind (which seems to barely exist in Bucketworld) but shade is also nice to have at midday.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby acunning40 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:56 pm UTC

NetWeasel wrote:Map drawing?

It looks like three speeches:
The (BigSomething)
The Sea (BigWater)
Water

I doubt that the first word of the first two lines means "the", because this is the first time the word has appeared. If it were a common grammatical form like a determiner, I think it would have shown up before now.

The first character of that word looks like a 9, but it's different from the character previously transcribed as 9 in SinusPi's image (that 9 has a bit of a spiral to it). I'm just mentioning this in case anybody else gets confused by it when looking at transcriptions.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby marchlight » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:00 pm UTC

NetWeasel wrote:Map drawing?

It looks like three speeches:
The (BigSomething)
The Sea (BigWater)
Water


Nice translation! Though I'm not sure I agree that the first word is "the", since I think we would have seen it before. It's also interesting that the first two have that word in front, while water doesn't. I have no good theories, other than it's something that big things have in common, but not something all water has in common? /ramble

Hmm, the 3 was also used at the start of the last word in this frame:
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After this text, the beanie with the stick starts drawing the new location and the translator guy. Maybe the last word means the big city, or the big chief who can translate for them.

ETA ninja'd on the "the" thing. Why does the preview window sometimes not warn me >.<
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NetWeasel » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:00 pm UTC

acunning40 wrote:
NetWeasel wrote:Map drawing?

It looks like three speeches:
The (BigSomething)
The Sea (BigWater)
Water

I doubt that the first word of the first two lines means "the", because this is the first time the word has appeared. If it were a common grammatical form like a determiner, I think it would have shown up before now.

That is true...
possibly "here is" or "this is," especially if he's drawing a map.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:02 pm UTC

I just decoma'd and what is going ONG?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:03 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I just decoma'd and what is going ONG?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby marchlight » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:08 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I just decoma'd and what is going ONG?


What indeed o.O I went to the xkcd homepage to make sure you weren't screwing with us. Looks like ttscp was right with the paper prediction, and the beanie is drawing sciscitor's Constellation of Time. Proof that GLR reads the thread!

ttscp wrote:The Beanie on the left just got something out of a bag. It looks to me like it has square edges. A clip board with paper for some more language lessons? Square food packets? A large bag of M&Ms?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

Maybe what the Beanie retrieved from the bag was a book of some kind, and this is one of the illustrations in the book? I didn't notice any drawing activity in the recent newpix.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I just decoma'd and what is going ONG?
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It looks like mustard to me. Maybe that's the path the OTA's eraser took when preparing the next frame?

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