Chronogram from mrob27
Origin: Newpage 584 ; Destination: Newpage 1535
This time I have a few older messages that apparently had a longer journey through the Time-vortices (they were slightly dented in spots when they arrived, and one message set off the tachyon detector).
, from way back:
azule wrote: @Timborme
- thanks for the cpwℂ
update. Darn, I thought we were still gonna beat them.
Oh yeah, that's still on my list of
things to investigate in nopixbot (my perl script for parsing the OTT). There's still a lot of ε
improved since my last report. I made it stop counting Heretical date stamps (like T̷u̷e̷ ̷S̷e̷p̷ ̷1̷0̷,̷ ̷2̷0̷1̷3̷ ̷1̷1̷;̷4̷2̷ ̷a̷m̷ ̷U̷T̷C̷ newpix 4184.71) which boosted the average word length.
Here are new figures for the OTT, with the literary works for comparison; for the old figures and a fuller explanation of how the other works were counted, see my post in NP1457
- Tolkien: 623,674 words; 5.329 avg wordlen
- King James Bible: 790,216 words; 5.329 avg wordlen
- Shakespeare: 985,834 words; 5.624 avg wordlen
- Harry Potter: 1,149,637 words; 5.736 avg wordlen
- OTT (level-N quotes count 8-N): 2,962,771 words, 12,858,856 chars; 4.340 avg wordlen
- OTT (level-N quotes count 4-N): 3,276,129 words, 14,252,938 chars; 4.351 avg wordlen
- OTT (level-N quotes count 2-N): 4,068,403 words, 17,775,025 chars; 4.369 avg wordlen
- OTT (level-N quotes count 1-N): 6,757,912 words, 29,722,362 chars; 4.398 avg wordlen
The way I'm blitzing, the 4-N
weights are about right, and the first 584 Newpages add up to 968,533 words with a 4.320 avg wordlen. Two conclusions: The post length and average word length of the OTT increases over time; and I'm not even close to 1
of my Longblitz yet.@ucim
- I'm glad we narrowly escaped quantum termination - that was a close one! Good work with the QUG
- it's nice to know we're safe again.
Yes... safe for now
... we've set up a
diplomatic summit for the Campaign for Real Time at Newpage 1541. Since this is the Future we're talking about, nothing is certain (Wait For It, 'member?
) and nopixbot is running the calculations now. We'll project the auxiliary TARDIS entrance to then (or maybe a NP or two earlier) and attend the "summit" in person...@Kieryn
Okay the final sequence of obelisk is available for all to watch. http://kieryn.com/Slides/View/41
Take your time to read the mouseover text on each frame. Let me know what y'all think
Wonderful ... because of my Blitzgirling and retrOTTification and poetry and all
, I didn't learn about Obelisk quite as soon as the others, but I made sure to get to it when I had the time to experience it properly. (I learned of it through the OTT Facebook group. Now there's a paradox, how can the OTT be on Facebook if Facebook is part of the Outside?)
This is so much better when I zoom in my screen (on a Mac Option-Command-8, part of Universal Access), and I used headphones too natch... and I thank you for making it also work better when I zoom up to 200% with my browser (apparently you made it work on phones and tablets too, good job!).
I was pretty frightened during the relevant parts of the final sequence. I feel like I've been to Stoodley Pike
(previously my nearest approach would have been during a coach ride from Glasgow to Liverpool; that is to say, somewhere on the M6
, so I didn't stand a chance of seeing it at all.
) Anyway, it was like a bit of the Cyan game 'RIVEN'! So, you made a happy mrob
azule wrote:mrob_27 reserved xkcd#1047, as I recall.
Yes, mainly out of ego (so, not a good reason I guess) and I thought it would be cool: since I'm an OTTer, the OTTification of the words "... and Robert Munafo's RIES
tool" would be "... and mrob27's RIES
Really the main problem with 1047 is that I can't see how to make it funny in an OTT way. What do we do, change the units of everything to Cueballs (distance) and cubic centiCueballs of coffeesemencancerbabybacon (mass)? Okay, so the values of the physical constants change, and then it's just a different bunch of silly equations. Equally funny as the original but now limited to the OTTer audience, and perhaps useful for trolling Rosetta, but that's about it.
Clearly I'm thinking too much "in the box" and really the way to OTTify 1047 is to depart from equations and numbers and change it into something completely different. So I'm not likely to do anything with it anytime soon...
Eternal Density wrote:Also what is this equal to? <snip>
Not bad -- eight 3's and four 4's. If you're interested, RIES
can do it in six 3's and three 4's: ries -ie 1190 -S34+-*/ -Ox -s --explicit-multiply <snip>
x = (3*(3*3*(3+3)+4)-4)*(3+4)
I got a ton of feedback like this:
ETA: mrob, you are nuts! A wonderful nuts.
azule wrote:Awesomeful OdeTiTyᏖ
ergman wrote: That was a wonderful thing, Mrob. And you should be approaching the main time when I was in the thread. I love reliving the past vicariously through blitzers.
That was the most ch*rping awesomeful thing ever.
Your brilliance knows no bounds!
lmjb1964 wrote:mrob had another great post, and I felt so honored when xe referred to a pastpost of mine. Squee!
ucim wrote:Love your poetification of the OTT!
It is humbling and touching to receive such praise from all of you (I'm replying to a few more below). So, I'll give the backstory to my recent poetry and song
I got to NP467
suggested that @BlitzGirl
might do a song based on xkcd 1052
, and there were a few mentions of it in subsequent discussion. I got curious and looked at the Wiki (I know, not Waiting For ItᏲ
, naughty mrob!) and decided, hey if I've got until NP937
, well there's nothing stopping me from working on my own version while I duly Wait For whatever comes on NP937.
So I programmed nopixbot to scan for unintentional iambic octameter (not hard at all, once you have the datafile
) and spent a lot
of time adding OTT-specific words to a supplemental dictionary file (plus non-OTT, common intenetty words like "facebook" and "url"). In the first 576 Newpages my script identifies 206 candidates, of which maybe half are decent enough to use. There are 297 in the next 576 Newpages, so I'll have more to work with if I decide to do a sequel. Only this post
and this post
contain more than two (a clue that a song or poem lies within).
As an example of what this thing detects, here are my own
inadvertently iambicly octametrical writings, from my various time-capsules:
: a spoiler for a Blitzer reading it at the inténded time.
: enough to work this out and also we just need to Wait For It.
: agree with lmjb1964 ("L m J b NINEteen SIXty FOUR")
and think it's good.
: a pinch). I wear it proudly and will keep it clean and mustard-free.
And yet the bot's kinda picky, even missing some of my original verse
on the latest scan. It of course finds real song lyrics:
"the mississippi delta shining like a national guitar
", this is the start of Paul Simon's "Graceland", is an example where even in context of the original post you don't know it's part of a song (I had to Google it). 16 syllables usually doesn't express a complete and self-contained thought, but when reading the original post I might see a way to adapt it. Then of course one needs to match up lines for rhymes.
Congratulations, Pope mrob XXVII! I'm making up a new rule (without any power to do so, not even pope power) that Blitzing popes have to make decrees for something that we already have "followed".
That would actually work out pretty well: the Blitzpope (or BlitzPapst
) could say something like: you will-having-been discussing synesthesia
. And it's true, I know, because I've read it. And those who wish (since the decreee is always voluntary) would undertake to find evidence of whetever the Blitzpope said. Of course it might be something that's not so easy to find with a search, like three of those still active on the OTT will-having-been writing unitentional haiku containing the word river.
(Which may or may not be true, I haven't confirmed it, but maybe I'm a Blitzpope of the Holy Contradiction. So watch out! I may decree something that has not
taken place but could have
in an alternate Time-universe
Eternal Density wrote:
mrob27 wrote: the kittyish Department of Redundancy Department asks
Eternal Density to save the molpies from the raptorcat
just a little BWICぷ
just for you @Eternal Density
. I discovered your 'redundancy.js', possibly because of the huge amounts of bizarre walltext that have been showing up in my RHTF
version of the OTT, and couldn't resist to pay tribute to it and to SC
in general. After all, who is better qualified to provide the Redundancy for my poem than the DORP㌚
? So I ran the output of this:
Code: Select all
through nopixbot to get some ideas, and invented a little (I have no idea if it can generate anything with ditransitive verbs).
While I have the chronotransponder running, I may as well mention this... for some reason you (ED) have been generating a lot of iambic octameter, or maybe I'm just noticing it more because your long username stands out in my listings. But here's a sampling:
in various posts, Eternal Density wrote:
NP1471 "delay before descriptions vanish links in boost descriptions work"
NP1472 "another little bug i missed but i've forgotten what it was"
NP1493 "of references in the ott i haven't thought of yet"
NP1501 "a crazy boost i like it yeah it's seriously powerful" <- (actually that's part BlitzGirl)
NP1521 "if so i'm putting in a little change to limit that a bit"
NP1530 "but then the othercomic happened and i had to change a lot"ϖ
This showed up in my iambic-octameter output, and I didn't have to look at anything else to figure out that you've been doing a lot with Sandcastle Builder!
Do you realize you're doing this?
Do we need to perhaps get you some help
I'm blitzing, so I miss these things... but I thought perhaps Eternal Density attempts
to write at least a line or two
of poetry in every "Here's the new
release of Castle Builder" post?!?? WELL.@Valarya
I can't believe this brilliant capsule of our lovéd thread of Time.
It seems Caswallon speaks just right to give you fodder for your rhyme.
<lovely verse and praise1
Thank you so much!
I PM'd @Caswallon
to find out how to place the stress on "Caswallon", and for my dictionary of OTT words with stress placement, I'll be asking OTTers for more help. Not urgent, and only if others might want to start using my poetry search tools.@lmjb1964
lmjb1964 wrote:... I felt so honored when xe referred to a pastpost of mine. Squee!
may be referring to my acknowledgment
of xeir experience related here
. But for everyone, here are my notes and credits
for the song. If anyone's name is missing or in the wrong place they can let me know.
I'll sign off now. My blitz slowed down a bit, which often happens after an intense push (like 'epic' poetry, or Boom-da-Yadas
), and I also need to program the TARDIS for arrival near NP1541. So for now, best wishes to the afterwhen from the distant past!
"cpw" is "characters per word"ℝ
as in ʀᴇʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ, 'cuz it's ALL related.Ꮦ azule said "TiTy" . . . tittie heh-heh!Ᏺ
Heresy. But given that it helped me decide to write the song, I'll gladly strap myself into the comfy chair and hurl the stale chocolate straight up into the air onto myself.ぷ
BWIC = Brain Worm Induced Cueballitis㌚
Thank Firesign Theatre. See Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers
, the origin of "Department of Redundancy Department".ϖ
(BTW: "othercomic"? ED wrote that line yesterdix ... and that's how I learned about xkcd 1275
(not the @Neil_Boekend
reference and response above). What does that say about me?)