pelrigg wrote:My parents had a mechanical calculator, which not only did add & subtract, but also multiply & divide. Weighed a ton and was noisy during the last two operations.
Yes, I'm an old fart like you.
My parents had a mechanical calculator too. Then my dad bought a movable type printing press. I'm not sure it was exactly this model
, but something close. It was both incredible and terrifying at the same time.
I can't help but mentally compare those who saw one panel of Time, thought nothing of it, and went on without checking the forum to this guy
Hmm. All of a sudden I'm wondering how many poems GLR has embedded in the Othercomics over the years that I might have missed the first time through.
GLR wrote:Telescopes and bathyscapes
and sonar probes of Scottish lakes;
Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse
explained with abstract phase-space maps;
some x-ray slides, a music score,
Minard's Napoleonic war:
the most exciting new frontier
is charting what's already here.
So I suppose I shall continue to chart what is already here in the OTT, which is indeed exciting.
DrSamCarter wrote:S 42° E 147°-ish
Tasmania?! Cool... Also, thank you for making me look up "shibboleth", that will be useful around here...
Latent22 wrote: Kieryn wrote:
My newpixfix will have to wait until tomorrow. For now, just a data update.... and comatime
I wish I had more than 1.5 out of 24 newpix available to the OTX1
, but alas them outside commitments bring me down.1
OTX = OTT + OTC, X=C+T, X=?
Just checked your current Forum Navigator and its almost perfect
I miss Kieryn. Someday I hope to find out what happened to him. Every time I follow one of his links, it's a dead end - all the charts seem to be 404, and its-all-related seems to randomly lead to page 99999999 of the OTT (a spoiler), the Voldeframe (also a spoiler), or the wiki.
However, thinking more positively, I've seen some references in sigs to a "backup OTT (just in case)". The above discussion led to a random thought that has probably been ninja'd, but what would the OTT look like if the forum software could be twerked (or, as I attempted to write, twea
ked - there seems to be Madness afoot) so NP=NP, and the ONG was always the VMPC? I think it would be really fun to blitz like that, because the length of each page would be a direct measure of how fast people were posting, and you'd be able to see from the scroll bar how far away the next ONG was, which would be normal for everyone who was fully ketchupped.
mscha wrote:I just noticed a small difference between frames 1174 and 1175 that I can't explain
You found the very first molpy?! Cool!
fhorn wrote:I'd be frightened and crying too if my mother tried to put me in a tune.
Seconded. I'm too old for my mom to be carrying me in a tune. On the other hand, if BlitzGirl and/or yappobiscuits want to put me in a tune, I would be honored (and maybe
). In any case, singing a different tune, you might say.
PhoenixRising wrote:Less post-apocalyptic and more ongoing-apocalyptic to me. If nobody noticed the water rising because few people are at the shore, it suggests (to me, anyway) that the season is spring or fall, and that the water is much higher than usual for those seasons. [...] So the water is hitting flood levels but for anyone but those few by the water, it's business as usual.
The beginning of the end in whatever society they inhabit...
StratPlayer wrote:From the Big BONG to the End of Time, each aspect of the OTC and the OTT intertwines with every other particle of matter, consciousness, and existence throughout the entire universe interacting with the past, present, and future all at once.
To quote ggh quoting Eutychus quoting CS Lewis on this very page, "A friendship is born when you hear 'You too? I thought I was the only one!'" Howdy, friend!
udscbt wrote:Oh look, I only missed 94 newpages. Unfortunately I will probably be away for some Time, but fear not: I will keep Waiting for It©.
Welcome back, even if it's just a visit!
What a perfect ONG for predicting that newpix 1190 is non-terminal!
Sciscitor wrote:Ok folks ... update on the quote tree graph (up to post 22300ish).
Not saying anything that everyone who's passed it hasn't said already, but it
's beautiful. I only regret being to late to be nestled in a spidery hug somewhere in it
Smithers wrote:... drat, I've depleted my dictionary of papal poecilonyms.
Apparently one of the most apt examples of the proper use of that word that I've ever seen. Colorful expressions that all mean the same thing.
HAL9000 wrote:Walter J. Ong
Wikipedia wrote:His major interest was in exploring how the transition from orality to literacy influenced culture and changed human consciousness.
Do we need an update of his work on how social media and online forums have changed us now? Sounds like a great Sustainable Online Communities discussion!
KarMann wrote: Opiboble wrote: Angelastic wrote: Opiboble wrote:
ergman wrote:On this thread, even porn discussion gets sophisticated.
My favorite kind of porn is in Morse code.
If you know what I mean
...are you trying to hint at short vs long strokes?
…or just subtly claiming to be dashing?
You win Angelastic.
Bah. You're all just dotty.
Well, lah-di-dah, sometimes I feel like a dits [sic] around here.
One of my friends in college was a blind woman who subscribed to the Braille version of Playboy. Probably should not bring this up as there seemed to be a strong and silent consensus that porn is NOT the topic of the OTT, but it's a true story! Still, I can't resist:
htom wrote:ASCII porn is probably not the problem, even if they're all doing it. Even in its day, it was a relatively low bandwidth thing. Lots of paper consumed, but not many bits.
Yes, but they were naughty bits.
htom wrote:300 baud? Antique school.
I did have an acoustic coupler at one point. That was when I learned that my reading rate was somewhere between 300 baud and 1200 baud. I kept trying to get my speed reading up to 1200 baud but then they introduced 2400.
Is this the first instance of reverse-redundaspoiler?
Davidy,HAL9000,et. al. wrote:Finding themselves envious of those with synesthesia
I felt that way too... and then I experienced itit
in the form of a musical performance that painted itself in color patterns in my vision. So I'd say don't give up hope; just keep experiencing new things and maybe something will come along for you.it
Only once, briefly, in a convoluted story that started in church and ended up in an ill-fated long-distance romantic relationship.
KarMann wrote:On an unrelated note, I just came across this interesting but mostly unrelated article about finding a giant head in the Hudson River.
Just an update for anyone who is interested because your original link is dead: on finding
and possibly losing
azule wrote:Oh, sometimes being with others is the loneliest kind of lonely there is. It's like needing to scream but having no mouth. So alone in a sea of everyone else being alone too. Too bad it doesn't make the loneliness go away. And, no, it doesn't matter if the people are "real" or "internety". I know your feel.
This feels very sad. *Hugs*, azule. I know that feeling too... but rarely (if ever) when I'm in the OTT. Sometimes here (to borrow your metaphor) it even feels like other people are helping me figure out where my mouth is. Occasionally putting words in it, but more often taking words out of it.
In other words, we're