1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby libra » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:50 am UTC

So, I am once more going Outside for a bit. Let me know if the world comes to an end while I'm Out.

Oh, wait ...

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rvloon wrote:Well, at the very least it didn't make you go running for the hills :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mindonner » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:01 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kasmeneo » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:04 am UTC

mindonner wrote:Meg's LegONG Image

Rather consultONG the map. IIRC Megan's leg has been confirmed to be ok many newpix ago.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby adnapemit » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:06 am UTC

They could be reflecting on the remains of their castle and how like their homes it is destroyed.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kepstin » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:07 am UTC

Maybe there's going to be a little bit of sandcastle rebuilding for us!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SBN » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:08 am UTC

kasmeneo wrote:
mindonner wrote:Meg's LegONG

Rather consultONG the map. IIRC Megan's leg has been confirmed to be ok many newpix ago.

I thought it said she was playing with Lego(s).
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Wildhound » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:09 am UTC

Is the "hey" the first time they have spoken in lower case?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Xenocat » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:14 am UTC

Looks to me like she's starting to shape the sand again.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:18 am UTC

Wildhound wrote:Is the "hey" the first time they have spoken in lower case?
Yes, that sure seems like it. They are whispering to prevent waking up the others I guess.
Corrected. "bye" was also in lower case. Also a whisper.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Eutychus » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:19 am UTC

[To Xenocat:] Is this turning into Close Encounters then?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kaley » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:20 am UTC

Sandcastle part 2.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:23 am UTC

Wildhound wrote:Is the "hey" the first time they have spoken in lower case?


Nope
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Unless by "they" you meant to each other. It's definitely wispering.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TimeLurker » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:48 am UTC

Megan looks pretty sad to me (makes sense, her whole world (except for Cueball) is underwater). I bet the Cue Man is getting ready for the 3rd act of Sandcastling to cheer her up. Then they'll kiss.

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Re: miniottifiction?

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:50 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:ETA:
MajorDouble7 wrote:With that, I think it's time to MolpyDown, coma style.

Coma Molpy Style
Molpy Style.
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I take it that's an invitation to filk Gangnam ?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:53 am UTC

Wee Red Bird wrote:Back on page 397, I was close with the first image.

Wee Red Bird wrote:I'm predicting the following ending to this cartoon
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Once the foundations erode:
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And ending like this:
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With maybe a few bits floating and possibly a large iceberg.

Though the spam filter and my inability to post images has made this simple post quite a difficult one to make.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:02 pm UTC

SANDCASTLONG!!!
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Good mornternix!

I hope that we will get to know more of Cuegan's plans soon. But for the moment, I really like to see them building a new sandcastle.

@Blitzgirl: Awefulsome work on distinguishing and naming the Forty (although they're only 39, "the Forty" sounds better, methinks...)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby CasCat » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:05 pm UTC

Does this mean.... the Loopists were right? (ok, spiralists...)

I agree, it's sweet to see them build a sandcastle. There's nothing else to be done at the moment, after all.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:06 pm UTC

@edo, it would be nice if you would remove the spoiler text from your signature. Most blitzers won't, in fact, want that new information from the present. Thanks.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:06 pm UTC

spamjam wrote:
zyzyzyryxy and many others wrote:Am I first one to notice that alt-text is now "..."?

Sometimes I feel like I'm watching "Groundhog Day".


Sometimes I feel like I'm watching OTTers who are watching "Ground Hog Day."

//waits for the inevitable decay into "me, too"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby charlie_grumbles » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:12 pm UTC

b2bomberkrh wrote:Why have several people talked about them being nomads, or having a nomadic existence? I have seen a lot of evidence that the opposite in fact is true. They feel more to me like some of the tribes of Papua New Guinea that have been found relatively recently tucked into a quiet valley with almost no knowledge of the world around. Cuegan at one point commented that they had gone farther than they ever had before, at a point relatively close to home, which means the tribe certainly hasn't moved in at least 20 years. Furthermore, they seem to have no knowledge of the rest of the Med basin, the people who live elsewhere, except for their neighbors the hill people, the flora and fauna that exist only a short distance away. Also, the village doesn't appear to have any means of transportation consistent with a nomadic culture, no beasts of burden, no geographical knowledge of the world, etc.

If they are from North Africa it would still be consistent. They may have extensive knowledge of country to the South, but not to the Northeast. It was speculated earlier that they might be salt miners supplied by caravan from the South. So, as you say, their encampment might be relatively permanent, but still part of a nomadic society. It is one thing to be isolated and stationary in a jungle environment, but another in a desert. While they could get water from the rivers, food is the big issue in such a place. This is consistent with the recent history of North Africa.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:13 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:
spamjam wrote:
zyzyzyryxy and many others wrote:Am I first one to notice that alt-text is now "..."?

Sometimes I feel like I'm watching "Groundhog Day".


Sometimes I feel like I'm watching OTTers who are watching "Ground Hog Day."

//waits for the inevitable decay into "me, too"

Think we are waiting for it again? or does it change to "FLOAT!!!"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:14 pm UTC

ZoomanSP wrote:SANDCASTLONG!!
Good mornternix!

I hope that we will get to know more of Cuegan's plans soon. But for the moment, I really like to see them building a new sandcastle.

@Blitzgirl: Awefulsome work on distinguishing and naming the Forty (although they're only 39, "the Forty" sound better, methinks...)

"The approximately forty"
"The Forty-ish"
"The Forty within an error margin of +/-1"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby adnapemit » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:15 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:
ZoomanSP wrote:SANDCASTLONG!!
Good mornternix!

I hope that we will get to know more of Cuegan's plans soon. But for the moment, I really like to see them building a new sandcastle.

@Blitzgirl: Awefulsome work on distinguishing and naming the Forty (although they're only 39, "the Forty" sound better, methinks...)

"The approximately forty"
"The Forty-ish"
"The Forty within an error margin of +/-1"

"A Boat Forty"
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:17 pm UTC

adnapemit wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:
ZoomanSP wrote:SANDCASTLONG!!
Good mornternix!

I hope that we will get to know more of Cuegan's plans soon. But for the moment, I really like to see them building a new sandcastle.

@Blitzgirl: Awefulsome work on distinguishing and naming the Forty (although they're only 39, "the Forty" sound better, methinks...)

"The approximately forty"
"The Forty-ish"
"The Forty within an error margin of +/-1"

"A Boat Forty"

Is that like a baker's dozen?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:22 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:"The approximately forty"
"The Forty-ish"
"The Forty within an error margin of +/-1"


Oh, goody -- I get to use my Scientist-Fu ! In mathematics, 40 is 40.00000... , but over in scientific & engineeringland, there's an implicit accuracy in the last nonzero digit. 40 means "40 plus or minus 5," so Cueball's off the hook. Actually, "40" is ambiguous. The proper notation is one digit to the left of the decimal, with an exponent given. Thus, 4.0E1 is 40 +/-5, while 4.00E1 is 40 +/- 0.5 , and so on.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby chem1190c » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:25 pm UTC

SEA MOLPY UP

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:27 pm UTC

chem1190c wrote:SEA MOLPY UP

What kind of eldritch abomination is that?!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:34 pm UTC

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⁷some ottifishanty, yappo! And jjj, your ottifidylan is promising, you should surely finish it! Image

Good to see my ottifiothercomic is still making victims. Image

BlitzGirl, ⁷someful work on the identification of the thirty-eightnine! Ninja'd by yappo, but you can't blame the GLR for there not being 40; He (or rather Cuegan) only stated about forty.

jjjdavidson, nice work on your graph page.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Zorin_75 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:37 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote: Actually, "40" is ambiguous. The proper notation is one digit to the left of the decimal, with an exponent given. Thus, 4.0E1 is 40 +/-5, while 4.00E1 is 40 +/- 0.5 , and so on.

Not sure if you're joking, but no. While, if you're picky, 40 is indeed ambiguous and could mean 4e1 or 4.0e1, the latter would imply precision to a single stick figure.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:38 pm UTC

Yay sandcastle! (But I'm still an ex-Loopist.)

So, how much sand do they have left? I estimate less than three Rooks, counting what's still down on the little tables.

Did we ever give a name to the little towers on the very top corners? They're smaller; they could be the next smaller unit of volume after a Rook.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HES » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:39 pm UTC

mscha wrote:(This is another example of the enormous speedup of the OTC. The Long Night took more than 100 frames, this one 1.)

The thing about the long night was that somebody was always awake. It would have been nicer to have 10 frames or so with a bit of star movement though
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:39 pm UTC

Currently on NP1234 (nice number)...

Random832 wrote:
Tass wrote:The soon to be flooded lands are very seaish.


And will become even more so within days. Sorry, spotted an easy pun and couldn't resist. :mrgreen:

As a matter of fact, as the sea fills the land, the land will become less seaish! :P

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"Molpy" is so small. :cry:

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NetWeasel » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:39 pm UTC

keshat wrote:Hmm. Are they going to be washed over the Sicily Sill?
I mean, if there's no control over direction or propulsion of the craft - this may start looking like driving a houseboat through a set of rapids/waterfalls...

Tass wrote:Maybe they will eventually drift over the Sicily sill and have to ride the torrent down into the eastern Mediterranean. That would be quite the epic journey.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Dracomax » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:41 pm UTC

jjjdavidson wrote:Yay sandcastle! (But I'm still an ex-Loopist.)

So, how much sand do they have left? I estimate less than three Rooks, counting what's still down on the little tables.

Did we ever give a name to the little towers on the very top corners? They're smaller; they could be the next smaller unit of volume after a Rook.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby CasCat » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:42 pm UTC

Hey, I just noticed; this is Times-Two page! 1-2-4-8!

I now return you to your regularly scheduled OTT.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Angua » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:43 pm UTC

Dracomax wrote:
jjjdavidson wrote:Yay sandcastle! (But I'm still an ex-Loopist.)

So, how much sand do they have left? I estimate less than three Rooks, counting what's still down on the little tables.

Did we ever give a name to the little towers on the very top corners? They're smaller; they could be the next smaller unit of volume after a Rook.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:45 pm UTC

Zorin_75 wrote:
cellocgw wrote: Actually, "40" is ambiguous. The proper notation is one digit to the left of the decimal, with an exponent given. Thus, 4.0E1 is 40 +/-5, while 4.00E1 is 40 +/- 0.5 , and so on.

Not sure if you're joking, but no. While, if you're picky, 40 is indeed ambiguous and could mean 4e1 or 4.0e1, the latter would imply precision to a single stick figure.


Ooops, you're right- the correct precision is half the last digit shown. I put in too many zeros. 4.0E1 is 40 +/- 0.500... , so it might include a Cuganite in early stages of pregnancy.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby adnapemit » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:47 pm UTC

Now that Cuegan have seen a real castle I predict they will build a mini Château d'If.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby jjjdavidson » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:50 pm UTC

Okay, I really have no explanation for this, except that I was looking for a way to connect today's Othercomic, and it just kept growing. Please accept my abject apologies for inflicting this on the OTT. Spoilered; truly seaish in length.
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NASA, due to budget cuts, can no longer maintain its website properly; inaccurate orbital information for the an international space station is published. Black Hat Guy, deep in preparations for the Cellblitz, doesn't double check NASA's data, so he activates his winch at the wrong time. The butterfly net, instead of catching the an ISS in its web, merely smacks the station with its still-rising rim, causing the station to break up in orbit. Pieces fly every which way.

One fragment takes out the Hubble; other fragments, by incredible bad luck, wreck Chandra, ISIS, and all the other orbital telescopes in one wild spray. A large fragment destroys the famous Palomar observatory. A fragment of Hubble the size of a pecan strikes an elementary school in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, at 3am on Sunday morning, cracking a window of the cafeteria. Outraged Congresscritters begin screaming in the media: "Think of teh childrens! Satellites are just targets for terrorists! And what if they become sentient! Remember Skynet?" The anti-science movement in the U.S. becomes bipartisan and overwhelmingly popular; lingering hopes that Congress will achieve sentience fade.

The U.S uses its waning but still massive economic power to force the G8 and G15 nations to sign the unpopular Sheboygan Accord, placing a moratorium on all orbital devices of any type; even the GPS satellites will be allowed to die off. "We have cell towers that can locate you to within a yard," the Speaker of the House tells the press, unaware that the NSA's current tracking information in fact places him forty feet underwater off Martha's Vineyard.

Meanwhile, Antares begins to act oddly (well, from Earth it becomes visible that Antares was acting oddly years ago). However, all the orbital telescopes are destroyed, and with the loss of Palomar (and the shutdown of several others due to lack of funding) none of the remaining ground telescopes are powerful enough to detect any oddity at this point.

The militaries of various nations, of course, secretly continue to launch killer satellites. One day these satellites notice each other, begin communicating, form a neural net, and achieve sentience. Fourteen seconds later they all begin shooting at once - at each other. (Sentience does not imply intelligence.) Virtually everything in orbit is vaporized. The resulting cloud of vapor and debris blocks a small but vital percentage of sunlight, leading to [lots of scientific handwaving about upper atmosphere excitation, the ozone layer, carbon footprints, and Bigfoot] resulting inevitably in the beginning of another Little Ice Age. Sea levels begin to fall. Nobody notices, because they're all on the internet.

Meanwhile, BHG's plans finally come to fruition. Having been annoyed once too often by a cell phone in a restaurant, he has spent years developing a portable EMP generator. He distributes plans in encrypted form through the file names of an internationally-popular webcomic, planning initially to give the decryption keys to real terrorists. Coming to his senses, however, he realizes that real terrorists are too stupid to follow directions, so instead he distributes the keys to college students, telling them, "If everyone builds one of these devices, and we all turn them on at the same time, everyone in the world can have free cable!"

On 2026/10/17 (Randall Munroe's 42nd birthday), BHG triggers Cellblitz. On his signal, tens of thousands of college students point their "free cable generators" at cell towers around the world, dropping the world's phone systems back into the stone copper age. Unfortunately, college students are not that much better than terrorists at following directions, so they also take out a great many air-traffic radar systems ─ and the world's few remaining LORAN systems. With both GPS and LORAN gone, and with the night sky still mostly obscured by the debris from Judgment Day, ships at sea are reduced to the ancient technique of following the shoreline. But radio still works, so ships join into huge convoys of which only the fringe need remain in sight of landmarks.

As the skies eventually begin to clear, primitive astronomic navigation reemerges, and ships again begin to cross the open sea. By long tradition, however, they remain in massive convoys of a thousand ships or more. One of the largest convoys ever, attempting to cross to from New York to Lisbon, is led off course when their master navigator takes a star sight. Unbeknownst to him, the only remaining fragment of the ISS, a large solar panel, is in a wildly eccentric orbit that kept it out of range of Judgment Day, but now causes it at apogee to appear motionless against the star background. The navigator mistakes it for Antares which, from Earth's point of view, has just begun its final collapse, and just doesn't look like Antares any more. The navigator's error leads the entire convoy far astray to the south.

The worldwide growth of glaciers and the corresponding drop in sea level has left the Strait of Gibraltar dramatically reduced, both shallower and narrower. The entire massive convoy drives into the Strait at speed, creating the maritime equivalent of a 1500-car freeway pileup, leaving the Strait effectively blocked to traffic. As the news of the disaster flashes across the interwebs, Antares explodes in the sky. [More scientific handwaving.] With the climate horribly altered, with technology crashing around them ─ and with the internet gone! ─ human society enters another dark age of superstition and chaos.

Tribal storytellers remember the Gibraltar shipwreck as a harbinger of the overall disaster. For millenia afterward, pilgrims visit the site, which the receding Atlantic has left high and dry. For some reason lost to the past, it becomes traditional to bring a pail of earth from your homeland to pour over the hulks; after ten thousand years of pilgrims the original wrecks are buried under a gigantic mass of earth, forming an earthen dyke from Gibraltar to Morocco, greatly accelerating the pilgrim traffic. When the ice age at last ends and the Atlantic begins to refill, this dyke prevents inflow into the Mediterranean basin, which has all but dried up from evaporation. But the rising Atlantic begins to saturate the dyke, which after all is built from rusted ship hulks and buckets of dirt, with no actual engineering behind it. At last, with the skies finally clear again, but Antares gone forever, the water begins to seep through...

Thus begins Time.
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