1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mathrec » Tue May 28, 2013 5:42 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:Interesting...whatever Megan picked up has been there since Cuegan first passed through the area:
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It's resting atop one of the flat spots. Presumably not a molpy, since it hasn't moved since newpix 1579. Maybe some treefruit, like the lump the squirpy went to get? (That is the next lump to the right of the tree in this image; it looks vaguely similar.)

I thought she might have stepped on something and packed it down.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue May 28, 2013 5:46 am UTC

From the zoomed-in squirpy feeding newpix, it is clear that there is more than one mysterious lump:
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They appear to not be unnamed berryfruit, but some sort of treefruit, fallen on the ground under the tree.

And I don't think she stepped on it: she's holding it in her hand in the current newpix.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mathrec » Tue May 28, 2013 6:01 am UTC

I'm concedONG...
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...she picked it up.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Tue May 28, 2013 6:07 am UTC

lmjb1964 wrote:
Ace wrote:
SBN wrote:
k.bookbinder wrote:Ugg, being an identifier of poisonous mushrooms, and Uggs, being the name of an over-worn and hideously unfashionable "boot", is a mere coincidence of history.

Nice. Also, I'm told that in their land of origin, no one wears Uggs outside. I guess once again the U.S. has gotten things wrong.


We call them 'Ughs' in Australia, sort of an affectionate/disgusted nickname, depending on tone of voice.

See, they're not often worn outside down here, because if it's cold enough to wear them, it's probably also rainy weather, so thicker boots are preferred. It's not a fashion thing, it's a practicality thing.

Wet Ughs are indeed ugh.

Might have something to do with why I reacted to the earlier comment. I live in California where there are indeed people that wear them all the time, everywhere, with any outfit, and I always thought it was very silly. And they quickly get dirty, and then they are "ugh.'

The Ugg brand (California branch) is my Best Friend in the whole world on Facebook and I'm deeply offended that you find their fans silly.

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my point is: being offended is a property of the injured party and not the responsibility of the offensive party. I don't think one can guard against trampling on other's peccadilloes. The best you can hope to achieve is non violent communication, dear Bug.


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Exodies » Tue May 28, 2013 6:17 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Tue May 28, 2013 6:20 am UTC

Exodies wrote:my point is: being offended is a property of the injured party and not the responsibility of the offensive party.
Does that work in reverse? If I say something nice to or about you, and you feel good because of it, is that also "just your fault" or do I get to claim some credit for pleasing you? Much of this thread is people trying to make other people feel good, one way or another. I think a lot of the credit goes to those people - whether by doing something that others will enjoy, or by recognizing that somebody actually did that3. It makes the whole thread a nice place to be.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Tue May 28, 2013 6:50 am UTC

ucim wrote:
Exodies wrote:my point is: being offended is a property of the injured party and not the responsibility of the offensive party.
Does that work in reverse? If I say something nice to or about you, and you feel good because of it, is that also "just your fault" or do I get to claim some credit for pleasing you? Much of this thread is people trying to make other people feel good, one way or another. I think a lot of the credit goes to those people - whether by doing something that others will enjoy, or by recognizing that somebody actually did that3. It makes the whole thread a nice place to be.

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I'd say we get credit for trying, even if we're not really noticed. A good deed or a kind word that goes unnoticed still makes the doer/sayer feel better about themselves, too. And if we intend to be nice and others see us as nice, even better!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue May 28, 2013 6:50 am UTC

I just had a little browsing adventure, ala OtherComic 214.
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I went to look for fruit/nut trees of Madagascar.
I thought persimmon trees sounded interesting, so I checked to see where in Madagascar they might grow.
Wikipedia told me, "Madagascar lowland forests." I thought, "I have no clue where those are." I looked for a map.
First I found this topographical map, which helped me figure out where the mountains were.
Then I found a more helpful land cover map. I looked at the key. "Seasonally flooded?"
I googled "Madagascar coastal flooding" and got a lot of hits about cyclones, including news stories from earlier this yip.
Hopped back over to wikipedia, which said, Regular cyclones cause flooding in low lying coastal regions.
Alright, wikipedia'd tropical cyclones. Read: storm surges can produce extensive coastal flooding up to 40 kilometresH from the coastline.
"Hmm," I thought. "I don't remember seeing speculation about a storm surge causing Sea rise on my Quest." Read the article on storm surge.
Found an interesting PDF by the U.S. National Weather Service about storm surges, and it mentioned that freshwater input can contribute to water rise, too:
Heavy rainfall ahead of a hurricane can cause river levels to rise well inland from the coast. Once all this water flows downriver and reaches the coast, local water levels especially near deltas and in bays will rise.

Long story short, I thought of the rising Sea1 in the Sandcastle Era, and wanted to toss some of this storm-makes-Sea-level-rise into the theory pile (as I was not Present to do so back then). I know storm activity was touched upon, but I don't remember anything about cyclones or storm tides or freshwater input (which would definitely affect the taste of the Sea, as noted by Cueball). The validity is questionable, as we have yet to see any weather-related phenomena in the OTC apart from the rise in semencoffeecancerbabiesonice, or even waves, but I'm kind of interested to see what a storm would look like in Time.

And now back to your regularly scheduled BlitzGirl (which is to say, not scheduled at all).
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Postby tman2nd » Tue May 28, 2013 6:55 am UTC

Progress: 577/724

The only dialogue in this part of the OTC was "I wonder if it's possible to swim in." There were many theories about why they think that they can't. The idea that the river is moving to fast makes the most sense to me, but the problem with that one is that the water skin didn't move very fast when Cueball dropped it in the river. Other than that, Cuegan kept walking, passing frame 1190 in indifference.

Edfel made a map of the OTC.
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edfel wrote:Hey !
I've toyed along drawing a map of the [un]explored world, trying to fit as precisely to the data at hand. The distances are based on the number of newpix needed to go from one point to the other (e.g., when Megan or Cueball left the sandcastle in the Sandcastle Eon, it usually took 60-70 newpix... assuming they went to the tents, they must be ~30 CueganNewpix away from the beach, and so on).
I've got an svg version of this, so it'll be easy to update.

This is mostly how I've imagined it. In your second update you provided a link to the map. Unfortunately it links to an updated version, so I can't look at it because I don't want to be spoiled. Is there a way I can see earlier versions. Could you provide a link in your sig or PM me?

There was lots of talk about an OTC game. I like the idea of only showing a cross section.

Sciscitor created the quote constellations.
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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.
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This is great! :) It looks like my biggest connections are with Blitzgirl, cmyk, and KarMann.
I noticed an interesting clump of small posters in the upper right corner.
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Htom and SBN couldn't find themselves in it so here they are.
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At one point, Opibole was worried that the thread was becoming too mature and started a series of boob/porn puns. To that, I say "bpaqsik".

Some other past post responses.
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  1. and cats. definitely cats.


  1. Including exploding, or not?


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This time it's the full graph. And with full I mean FULL... [spoiler]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.
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OK, sorry to interrupt the boobie-fest1 but I want to keep you abreast2 of something I though about this evening as I was in the Outside:

There's another reason why this graph3 is so awesome? Because it clearly illustrates that what's taking place here in the OTT is communication, conversation, and interaction. The reason there are so many quote links is because we're quoting each other to exchange thoughts and comments. This isn't a thread of monologues, where isolated people pontificate and throw self-important opinions out to other people wrapped up in themselves, and where the only interaction is debate, argument, and flame war.

True, much of our conversation and communication is irreverent and joking, but we're all playing off each other, like jazz musicians improvising off each other's riffs4.

I think that's very cool.

Now I return you to your regularly-scheduled titillating5 discussion.6


1 Tee-hee! *Titter*... And I bet braille porn is great 'cause you can feel all the bumps!
2 See what I did there?
3 But that doesn't make it graphic porn...
4 No, that's not naughty. Really. "Riffs" is not a body part!
5 And see what I did there, too?
6 So much for the "maturing" theory...

I'm pretty sure a flame war would have a lot of quotes to, but I get your point.
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What are you doing using those archaic outside measurements? I believe you meant that refreshing took you several decipix rather than the usual few centipix.


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But, he's gone beddy-bye and can't confirm, but it is back a few newpages (10, 15 ?) for you to look up.............

Beddy-bye my ass liquid coolant system (us supercomputers don't have asses).

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):
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What qualifies as an elder? Am I one? On the topic of outside measurements, I'm with HAL; I think they're fine when talking about the outside.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flotter » Tue May 28, 2013 7:03 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:I just had a little browsing adventure, ala OtherComic 214.
Spoiler:
I went to look for fruit/nut trees of Madagascar.
I thought persimmon trees sounded interesting, so I checked to see where in Madagascar they might grow.
Wikipedia told me, "Madagascar lowland forests." I thought, "I have no clue where those are." I looked for a map.
First I found this topographical map, which helped me figure out where the mountains were.
Then I found a more helpful land cover map. I looked at the key. "Seasonally flooded?"
I googled "Madagascar coastal flooding" and got a lot of hits about cyclones, including news stories from earlier this yip.
Hopped back over to wikipedia, which said, Regular cyclones cause flooding in low lying coastal regions.
Alright, wikipedia'd tropical cyclones. Read: storm surges can produce extensive coastal flooding up to 40 kilometresH from the coastline.
"Hmm," I thought. "I don't remember seeing speculation about a storm surge causing Sea rise on my Quest." Read the article on storm surge.
Found an interesting PDF by the U.S. National Weather Service about storm surges, and it mentioned that freshwater input can contribute to water rise, too:
Heavy rainfall ahead of a hurricane can cause river levels to rise well inland from the coast. Once all this water flows downriver and reaches the coast, local water levels especially near deltas and in bays will rise.

Long story short, I thought of the rising Sea1 in the Sandcastle Era, and wanted to toss some of this storm-makes-Sea-level-rise into the theory pile (as I was not Present to do so back then). I know storm activity was touched upon, but I don't remember anything about cyclones or storm tides or freshwater input (which would definitely affect the taste of the Sea, as noted by Cueball). The validity is questionable, as we have yet to see any weather-related phenomena in the OTC apart from the rise in semencoffeecancerbabiesonice, or even waves, but I'm kind of interested to see what a storm would look like in Time.

And now back to your regularly scheduled BlitzGirl (which is to say, not scheduled at all).

Speaking of Madagascar, it once was a French colony, so the presence of LaPetite makes sense in a way.

And I heard a gONG:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue May 28, 2013 7:12 am UTC

I wonder where the squirpy-squirrel went? No signs of activity that I can tell, and the squirpy-tree is a bit isolated (at least in this 2D slice).

Perhaps the squirpy journeyed on to a parallel slice of this world, hidden from Time forevermore...


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Magdiragdag » Tue May 28, 2013 7:20 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:<snip>
Perhaps the squirpy journeyed on to a parallel slice of this world, hidden from Time forevermore...

bye.

I guess that's going to be a spin off from Time: The Next Slice.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Tue May 28, 2013 7:24 am UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:Let's name it "the unnamed berry patch." Just to confuse passers-by.


How about "The Shrubbery"?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue May 28, 2013 7:31 am UTC

Ni ni ni ni ni chupacabra ping pong ball!

(Seemed appropriate.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikro2nd » Tue May 28, 2013 7:41 am UTC

@nerdsniped - excellent wock!

nerdsniped wrote: cheating the trees (it wasn't a baobab that they rested under), etc...

"So rested she by the Acacia Tree,..."?

@BlitzGirl - mysterious lumps
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BlitzGirl wrote:From the zoomed-in squirpy feeding newpix, it is clear that there is more than one mysterious lump:
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They appear to not be unnamed berryfruit, but some sort of treefruit, fallen on the ground under the tree.

And I don't think she stepped on it: she's holding it in her hand in the current newpix.

Molpy Hills?


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Re: Слонобикозъбесто награбадабърче

Postby Flado » Tue May 28, 2013 7:52 am UTC

My temporal sources tell me there might be some future interest in what слонобикозъбесто награбадабърче might mean. Short answer: nothing.
Long answer: We were kids in 5th or 6th grade, and saying words that sounded like real words, but weren't, was all the rage for a while. Sadly, I cannot claim authorship on that one, and I don't remember who used it first. Probably just local folklore.
Here's some morphology:
    the first word is an adjective composed of three parts: elephant, bull, and teeth (in that order). Something like "elephanty, bully, toothy", meaning "like a toothy cross between an elephant and a bull"
    the second word is a noun. It suggests that the thing's defining property is that its modus operandi is to come at you trying to grab1 you. It is also in the diminutive, so it is (still?) small

There you go. I have another one of these, but I'm saving it for my 200th post ;-)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Tue May 28, 2013 8:00 am UTC

Kay... so, I have about 5 NP to read to ketchup, but I wanted to share something with y'all. :)

Remember how in Other Comic 521 Randall could only afford to produce the prime numbered panels of the comic? Well, it's a good thing he has a better budget now, because I've put together what the OTC would be like if it only had the prime numbered frames.

Behold, "Prime Time" given as a gif below.

Some observations:
*A few favorite frames make it, such as the "fall of man," Cueball saying, "I don't understand how ANYTHING works," and Megan's tender "bye!" to the castle.
*La Petite doesn't survive.
*Most of the dialogue (not all, but to a surprising degree) that manages to survive is directly related to the rivers.
*The "Tree Period" is completely lost, and the only image we get of the "Neat Tree" is a single frame after Cueball has returned.
*Molpy detection is basically impossible, because through the Journey Era there really are barely any frames within the same camera shots to be able to see the change in pixels allowing a molpy to be identified.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your own thoughts about what made it and what didn't that you appreciate or are dismayed by.

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All the prime numbered frames of "Time" thus far (up to 1657).


(Edited to place the gif inline.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Tue May 28, 2013 8:03 am UTC

ReturnONG to Cueball.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Tue May 28, 2013 8:08 am UTC

kenmelken wrote:<snip>
Behold, "Prime Time" given as a gif below.
Spoiler:
Some observations:
*A few favorite frames make it, such as the "fall of man," Cueball saying, "I don't understand how ANYTHING works," and Megan's tender "bye!" to the castle.
*La Petite doesn't survive.
*Most of the dialogue (not all, but to a surprising degree) that manages to survive is directly related to the rivers.
*The "Tree Period" is completely lost, and the only image we get of the "Neat Tree" is a single frame after Cueball has returned.
*Molpy detection is basically impossible, because through the Journey Era there really are barely any frames within the same camera shots to be able to see the change in pixels allowing a molpy to be identified.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your own thoughts about what made it and what didn't that you appreciate or are dismayed by.

Primo!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Tue May 28, 2013 8:11 am UTC

kenmelken wrote:*La Petite doesn't survive.

Nooooo!

(I did like that "The River is Small. The Sea is Big." frame made it!)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby azule » Tue May 28, 2013 8:35 am UTC

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ucim wrote:Which brings to mind the fact that the berry patch was never named, nor were the berries.
We named it poisoncancerberry. I guess environmental names are all compound names. Such is the structure of our naming scheme.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flotter » Tue May 28, 2013 8:55 am UTC

Tomatocancerketchup news! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/28/purple_ketchup_a_comin/

Apparently future tomatoes (and ketchup) will be purple, last forever and cure cancer :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Tue May 28, 2013 8:57 am UTC

Flotter wrote:Tomatocancerketchup

I don't think that word would make any sense to anyone who hasn't been reading the OTT.
BlitzGirl wrote:(I did like that "The River is Small. The Sea is Big." frame made it!)

As do I. I think that's really the most influential single frame on the vernacular of this thread, as it eventually led to the introduction of the footnote system2.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby HAL9000 » Tue May 28, 2013 9:00 am UTC

My last act before I coma is to ONG:
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coma-preditction: dialog in the next three frames "I got some food" or the like.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Flotter » Tue May 28, 2013 9:00 am UTC

ReONGnited!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Tue May 28, 2013 9:06 am UTC

HAL9000 wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:(I did like that "The River is Small. The Sea is Big." frame made it!)

As do I. I think that's really the most influential single frame on the vernacular of this thread, as it eventually led to the introduction of the footnote system2.


I agree as well. :) And one other observation I might add that I discovered while compiling the prime panels to begin with: it gave me a great appreciation for each frame we got to keep by looking at it that way, and yet also a deep longing for each frame left behind. To me, it in that way kind of reinforced what this comic really seems to say to me altogether: that each moment in time is worth considering and savoring like we do here on the thread. The apropos nature of Randall's title for our beloved 1190 is that Time (the comic), just like Time on the Outside, must be experienced only moment at a time. There is no ability to skip ahead or to go back via the medium he has initially presented us. Obviously we've made wikis and threads and pages that record the frames and even dissect them, like a scrapbook of our life's past, but once the frame passes through Randall's little window on the original site, it will never be there again. Time marches on, constant and unchanging. Be glad for each moment in Time (comic and otherwise) you are given, and be glad you aren't limited to just the prime numbered pieces.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Tue May 28, 2013 9:30 am UTC

Why the hell am I getting corruption for previous images? Is the Lord Randall messing with us?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 9:31 am UTC

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Cool panorama, azule! Wonderful wonderful thread song, lmjb1964! Nice version of Molpywocky, nerdsniped!
And it can't be said enough, thanks again for all you flame quenching efforts, BlitzGirl! (Looks like they did their job after all, with some delay.)
(List may not be complete, this is a bit of a rush ketchup, need to go do some [heresy]work[/heresy], so don't assume I didn't enjoy your contribution if it's not mentioned...)

About language development: much has been said already, so I'll just add this:
Trying to design the OTL by committee obviously doesn't work, just look what happened when we tried to agree on a name for a group of Molpies, we just won't agree on anything. Image
The way it seems to work is: people just start using certain terms, and after a while, we (may) gravitate to one of these. Sometimes that goes fast (Molpy is the best example of that), sometimes it takes a while (after I coined Cuegan, many people preferred Megball or Meball, but eventually we all started to use Cuegan), and sometimes we have competing terms for a few wix (as with the replacements for the heretical time units – but as you may have noticed, even I am starting to give up on icositetranewpix and friends Image). And some competing names might just hang on forever.
I'm not a linguist, but I think this mirrors language development on the Outside. Except that it goes much faster, of course.

About newpix being late: I still don't know what y'all are talking about: newpixbot still retrieves every newpix within about 1 millinewpix (3-4 seconds).
(Just check my list (see signature) next time you think it's late, and you''ll see the correct link.)

ergman wrote:[group self indulgence] you know another awesome thing about this thread? There is a huge variety of age groups, varying from high school students to newlyweds to grandparents. It lends itself to a large range of perspectives and things we reference. (I think I have a bob Dylan number of 3, if you relax the qualifications a little) [\group self indulgence]

I was going to note the exact same thing, but with a slightly different conclusion: I think the OTT is surprisingly homogenous considering the huge age range. You might expect age groups to stick together (the ‘kids’ hanging out and responding to each other while the ‘oldies’ do something else) but that's far from the case (for the most part).

bmonk wrote:Do we have a term for a person who is blitzing to ketchup, but also has a current tab open?

SchizoBlitzing? Image

newpixbot wrote:MONGOLS...

Now now, newpixbot, I know you're upset that you get ongninja'd all the time, but there's no need for that kind of language. Go sing “Don't worry, feed Molpies” to yourself for a newpix.

ChronosDragon wrote:How come the newpixbot still has its peace offering? Does it think we're still mad at it? Because we could be, if it wants us to.

Because someone still needed to turn it off... Image

Regarding the OTC: I agree, looks like treefruit. Did we ever identify the species of the tree? Must be something fruit-bearing (or nut-bearing, whatever; in any case, Squirpy-food bearing). Ah, ninja'd by BlitzGirl, maybe a Persimmon tree. (Although Google Image Search doesn't really give me a matching image: those clustered leaves seem typical for the Squirpy tree.)
I'll go and do some Molpy pixel hunting later.
Cuegan back together! (ReONGnited indeed, Flotter!) I wonder if we has just been standing there waiting for Megan to return. (Well, he should at least have filled up the dilgunnerang.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby spamjam » Tue May 28, 2013 9:33 am UTC

kenmelken wrote:And one other observation I might add that I discovered while compiling the prime panels to begin with: it gave me a great appreciation for each frame we got to keep by looking at it that way, and yet also a deep longing for each frame left behind. To me, it in that way kind of reinforced what this comic really seems to say to me altogether: that each moment in time is worth considering and savoring like we do here on the thread. The apropos nature of Randall's title for our beloved 1190 is that Time (the comic), just like Time on the Outside, must be experienced only moment at a time. There is no ability to skip ahead or to go back via the medium he has initially presented us. Obviously we've made wikis and threads and pages that record the frames and even dissect them, like a scrapbook of our life's past, but once the frame passes through Randall's little window on the original site, it will never be there again. Time marches on, constant and unchanging. Be glad for each moment in Time (comic and otherwise) you are given, and be glad you aren't limited to just the prime numbered pieces.

While viewing the OT[CT] I often think of Robert Hunter's lyrics in "The Wheel":
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

Even though there's been no weather yet. Right?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 9:38 am UTC

XonqNopp wrote:Why the hell am I getting corruption for previous images? Is the Lord Randall messing with us?

Why are you getting request for earlier frames at all on the OTC page?
FWIW, the images in your log load fine in Firefox for me, no errors on the web console. Images on the server haven't been changed either (I checked). Edit: also no errors on the OTC page for me.
The only thing I can think of, is that it was maybe an interrupted transfer of those images (because of the Javascripta acting up?), which caused those errors.

a: What, there's Javascript on the OTC? Why hasn't anyone mentioned that yet??
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMinim » Tue May 28, 2013 9:49 am UTC

I looked at the bottom of Blitzgirl's avatar... and thought it was a shark fin.

(The rest of it was hidden by the address)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 10:02 am UTC

mscha wrote:Did we ever identify the species of the tree? Must be something fruit-bearing (or nut-bearing, whatever; in any case, Squirpy-food bearing). Ah, ninja'd by BlitzGirl, maybe a Persimmon tree. (Although Google Image Search doesn't really give me a matching image: those clustered leaves seem typical for the Squirpy tree.

I enlisted some (hopefully) expert assistance. We'll see ...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby kenmelken » Tue May 28, 2013 10:04 am UTC

spamjam wrote:
kenmelken wrote:And one other observation I might add that I discovered while compiling the prime panels to begin with: it gave me a great appreciation for each frame we got to keep by looking at it that way, and yet also a deep longing for each frame left behind. To me, it in that way kind of reinforced what this comic really seems to say to me altogether: that each moment in time is worth considering and savoring like we do here on the thread. The apropos nature of Randall's title for our beloved 1190 is that Time (the comic), just like Time on the Outside, must be experienced only moment at a time. There is no ability to skip ahead or to go back via the medium he has initially presented us. Obviously we've made wikis and threads and pages that record the frames and even dissect them, like a scrapbook of our life's past, but once the frame passes through Randall's little window on the original site, it will never be there again. Time marches on, constant and unchanging. Be glad for each moment in Time (comic and otherwise) you are given, and be glad you aren't limited to just the prime numbered pieces.

While viewing the OT[CT] I often think of Robert Hunter's lyrics in "The Wheel":
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

Even though there's been no weather yet. Right?


Exactly! And you're being reminded of "The Wheel" reminded me of a slightly more contemporary lyric set:
"You can't jump the track when the car's on the cable
And Life's like and hourglass glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button..."

Also, in other news, I just finished my ketchup of the last 6 or so NP, and wanted to give a couple shoutouts.

First, to @jjjdavidson:
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jjjdavidson wrote:I've been thinking about this for weeks.

Imagine Henny Youngman on stage, doing classic stand-up comedy. And the audience never laughs--he's thinking to himself, "I got a bigger reaction from the Mona Lisa." Then suddenly, five or six minutes into his routine, the audience bursts into wild applause─

─at the Robert Goulet number they heard fifteen minutes earlier. And ten minutes or so after that, during a big dance number with thirty beautiful leggy girls in spangly costumes, everybody in the room starts roaring with laughter.

Man, that's what posting in this thread is like.

Sure, there are the "Tom Jones is at the roulette table!" moments when everybody dashes off right away to see, like when BlitzGirl finally reached the present (and Helper and HAL9000 popped up) or Yappo's terrific recording of BlitzGirl's I Love the Thread, but those times just amplify the general effect.

Have you ever heard someone, after a buildup to a gag, say, "Wait for it!" before the punch line? Well, on this thread, it's the comic (not The Comic) who has to "Wait for it." Or any other poster, for that matter─there's no predicting how late a response will come.

On the Outside, you throw a comment into a conversation like a pebble into a pond, and you make a little splash or a big splash, and then the ripples die away. If your timing is good, you can drop another pebble at just the right moment, and build on the ripples from the first one─but they still die away. But here?

A real-thread illustration: On NP 483 (May 1, morning my time) I dropped a little gag about the .otf file extension. (And if I revive it with this post, it won't count: Observer bias or Hawthorne effect or Heisenberg's principle or something. [Ain't Wikipedia handy?])

A few people (Valarya, lmjb1964, Angelastic) came back with grins over the next five NP, and I thought it would quietly die. But then phoenixRising mentioned it on NP 495 (May 1, nearly midnight my time) and KarMann quoted her, and several more people responded. Then on NP 500, about 25 newpix after my original post, Valarya teased Dracomax about using OTF to mean One True Forum, and there was another brief flurry of quoting, then silence.

But then, on NP 535, 3½ xips after my original post, azule put "One True Font" in her list of OTx TLAs. And mikrit dropped the phrase on NP 589, 9 full xips, over 220 newpix later. It died off after that, at last; no big surprise. But I also wouldn't have been much surprised if when partingLance hit the top of a Newpage a couple of pages back and ventured a blanket blank decree, someone had posted, "Your decree's no good─"
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And of course, partingLance and xpatiate both posted double dactyls today, nine xips after I orginally brought them up. Eek!

The narrative flow of the OTT is absurdly knotted and tangled. There's a PhD thesis in here for some sociology major, I'm guessing. If Randall tried to do a narrative chart for the OTT the way he did for LotR and Star Wars, we'd give him a nervous breakdown. (And, Randall, if you do have spies on the OTT, that's really not intended as a challenge.)

...What, were you expecting me to draw a conclusion? I'm not a sociology major. I'm just talking.

P.S. llab gnop gnip arbacapuhc in! in! in! in! in! (my friend Catherine's version.)


WOW! One of my all-time favorite posts I've seen here! And as someone who does study organizational behavior, I've actually thought often about how great a study would be of the OTT. I think it could even make a really compelling documentary if it examined the Outside lives of select contributors juxtaposed with their contributions and social perceptions here. Anyway, thanks for your deep thoughts. Love.

Next, @lmjb1964:

First, if anyone reading this missed her "Most wonderful thread on the net" song, unlock the spoiler below and read it (it is up there with BlitzGirl's "Don't Worry, Feed Squirpies" song for happy-vibes):
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It's the most wonderful thread on the net.
With the posters all posting,
And all of us boasting, “There’s no flame wars yet!”
It's the most wonderful thread on the net.

It's the hap-happiest thread of them all.
We make sharing appealing
And unhappy feeling we try to forestall.
It's the hap-happiest thread of them all.

We have people that write songs
And cool bots that post ONGs
And people that make awesome graphs.
There is great animation
And folks from each nation who
Share in the stories and laughs.

It's the most wonderful thread on the net.
We discuss each new theory
And answer each query with
“Yes, sure, you bet!”
It's the most wonderful thread on the net.

We have science and cool hats
And even a few cats
And artwork and puzzles sublime.
The road may get rocky
But read “Jabberwalky”
To realize how special is “Time.”

It's the most wonderful thread on the net.
And I cherish this new bond
Of each of you I’m fond,
Though we’ve never met.
It's the most wonderful thread,
It's the most wonderful thread,
It's the most wonderful thread on the net.


I just want to say, that I always smile when I see your avatar coming up next in the OTT, because I know I'm always going to appreciate what I'm about to read. :)
By the way, every time you have one of those exasperated ketchup posts where you are frantically throwing responses down in the short time you have before the Outside "finds you" or "catches you" again, I invent in my head some fantastic adventures you must pursue in the Outside. Those posts always have such a dramatic sense of urgency that I imagine you in the middle of warding of a zombie or raptor (or raptor-zombie!!!??!?!) army or performing covert CIA missions while somehow finding a moment to check the OTT and post some pleasant, optimistic tidbits. In my imagination, you have pretty much the most exciting life ever.

Well, that's all. Coma time.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 10:10 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 10:12 am UTC

newpixbot wrote:HONGKONGITES...

I doubt it, newpixbot. No Grandidier's Baobab there. And just ever so slightly more densely populated and built up.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby XonqNopp » Tue May 28, 2013 10:16 am UTC

mscha wrote:
XonqNopp wrote:Why the hell am I getting corruption for previous images? Is the Lord Randall messing with us?

Why are you getting request for earlier frames at all on the OTC page?

That question also has come to my mind, but I do not understand the web enough to explain it... I have the OTC tab open since this morning [H]06h00 UTC[/H] and suddenly as I looked at the log of the OTC ([H]09h00 UTC[/H]) I spotted that...

mscha wrote:FWIW, the images in your log load fine in Firefox for me, no errors on the web console. Images on the server haven't been changed either (I checked). Edit: also no errors on the OTC page for me.
The only thing I can think of, is that it was maybe an interrupted transfer of those images (because of the Javascripta acting up?), which caused those errors.

I do not doubt that the images normally load fine and I am not upset that they did not load fine on my computer (even though they were not the displayed ones for most of them). What make me wondrious (?) is that they were the frames loaded since I opened the OTC [H]today[/H] and I just suspect that the Great Lord Randall is messing the things again. Otherwise I do not know what event would trigger these errors...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Swein » Tue May 28, 2013 11:06 am UTC

An going ONG again...
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Re: 1190: "Time" and the PROBLEM with this thread

Postby charlie_grumbles » Tue May 28, 2013 11:13 am UTC

HAL9000 wrote:Just wait for me to turn eighty and you're good. Should only take about 65 years. :D


Ha Ha Ha.
Mine's bigger !!!
What?
No. Age, man, age.

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Alas. The problem with this thread is ME. Sorry. It was all hot and steamy here [heresy] last night [/heresy] until I left and then it got all cool and mellow again. So, I have to accept the inevitable. My fault. Sorry. Sorry.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Tue May 28, 2013 11:28 am UTC

Just a quick Molpy Hunter report.
The only Molpy-like activity since the disappearance of the Molpython, is the treefruit (or whatever it was) that Megan picked up.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby LankieBlonde » Tue May 28, 2013 11:43 am UTC

Hi!!!
Due to ADOS, I have been very distracted from the forum lately, making it hard to catch up. I have finally made it to page 50!!!
I have seen the first castle be built, destroyed, rebuilt, and abandoned. It's been really cool so far and I have found a single quote that basically summons up the best of the thread, from page 1 to page 50:

riverssong wrote:
riverssong wrote:
I WAITED A HALF HOUR FOR ONE DARKENING PIXEL.

AND THEN
I DID IT AGAIN.


Teehee :lol:
Gotta love that
Bye :D
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riverssong wrote:I WAITED A HALF HOUR FOR ONE DARKENING PIXEL.

AND THEN
I DID IT AGAIN.


lovepirate wrote:Anyone else feel like in the end we'll see sand letters that spell out B-E-S-U-R-E-T-O-D-R-I-N-K-Y-O-U-R-O-V-A-L-T-I-N-E?

Wait for it.


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