1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ggh » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:02 am UTC

Beautifully said, Aluisio!

As suggested:
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby yappobiscuits » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:08 am UTC

It is being seaish, Megan. But we haven't found out what "seaish" means yet...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:17 am UTC

What might have happened if the sea had never risen?

Cuegan obviously didn't expect it to rise in such a way when they first started making the Sandcastle.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ergman » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:28 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:What might have happened if the sea had never risen?

Cuegan obviously didn't expect it to rise in such a way when they first started making the Sandcastle.

the sandcastle would have grown until it rivaled the beanies' real castle. this would prompt them to be jealous and destroy cuegan's primitive tribe. Thus ends Time.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:34 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:What might have happened if the sea had never risen?

Cuegan obviously didn't expect it to rise in such a way when they first started making the Sandcastle.


Cuegan build their sandcastle, grow bored, and return to The Forty. A number of small quarrels with the neighbouring Hill People arise, until one day some strangers wearing odd hats come by and build a tower. Ever curious, Cuegan set out in the direction the beanied people left towards, following a string of towers and encountering strange new fauna and flora molpies and grapevines. Eventually, they catch up with the Beanies who lead them to the Chateau D'Ilf. They stay a night, and then return to their own people. Trade is established, and the two groups coexist peacefully, with the Beanies occasionally serving as arbiters in conflicts with the Hill People. Together, their civilization thrives, and a great City-State is established on the bank of the Med. New discoveries combined with science passed down from long ago allow them to create wondrous inventions and marvelous contraptions, including devices that can calculate with such rapidity as to allow the seamless exchange of information between individuals. An artistic Beanie (though fashion has advanced and the populations have mixed) uses this platform to share a series of drawings with everyone else through their devices, which update once per newpix. Thus loops Time.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby yappobiscuits » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:39 am UTC

That wouldn't just be looping, it'd be recursive! We'd be watching the OTC, then watching the characters in the OTC watch their OTC, then watching them watch the characters in their OTC watching their OTC...
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Time Revisited - np409

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Postby ergman » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:10 am UTC

thats a much better result. I actually only learned recursion (in programming) recently. quite molpish!
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:07 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby yappobiscuits » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:13 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby SecondTalon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:20 am UTC

ucim wrote:For mrob27:
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First understand that The Mighty Thesaurus might not be right. These kinds of things do not lend themselves to "right" and "wrong". I see nothing wrong with what you posted. However, I do have a bit more context than xe probably did. I think it's just a case of one persons's pointy parts leaning against another person's soft parts. Asking xer or xim (what's the neutral word here?) in PM might be worthwhile.
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I'm more curious as to what the "destitute" part comes from... why that song was chosen.

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I chose it because it's Joplin, not because it necessarily relates.

But it sorta does.

There is a romanticized freedom in being homeless, penniless, and without any supporting friends or family. That one can do anything, unfettered by the ties that bind the employed, homed, familied&friended folk. FaiD - as far as I know at least - takes it's name from that as it's original purpose was to be a holding cell, a soft-ban. A place where people overly-complained of moderation (or complained against any moderation) would be locked, able to post whatever they wanted...but unable to post anywhere else. A monkey paw genie curse sort of thing.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby davean » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:28 am UTC

ucim wrote:For mrob27:
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mrob27 wrote:...What do I need to do to understand that was insensitive and not post it as a "joke"? I really am a Buddhist and really do think that "godless" simply means "not believing in a supreme being", so I'm still going to shoot myself in the foot.
First understand that The Mighty Thesaurus might not be right. These kinds of things do not lend themselves to "right" and "wrong". I see nothing wrong with what you posted. However, I do have a bit more context than xe probably did. I think it's just a case of one persons's pointy parts leaning against another person's soft parts. Asking xer or xim (what's the neutral word here?) in PM might be worthwhile.
mrob27 wrote:FaiD : Free as in Destitute, a forum that you can only read if you apply to and are admitted to the "The Truly Free" usergroup. It is unmoderated, which perhaps means "without the power of editing", and the name derives from "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose".
I'm more curious as to what the "destitute" part comes from... why that song was chosen.

Jose



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:36 am UTC

If I recall correctly, the Truly Free usergroup was open but leaderless. At some point between its inception in April 2008 and June of the same year, Saladin became the group's leader and peace and joy spread through all the land.

davean: Me and Bobby McGee. SecondTalon referenced it when he was explaining FaiD.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:56 am UTC

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Time Revisited - np412

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:26 am UTC

mscha wrote:One of the most iconic Frames of Time needs to be celebrated with a wipend jigsaw!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:53 am UTC

Can someone go post in the user introductions thread in General so I don't feel like the whole fora are staring blankly at me all night?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:02 am UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ChronosDragon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:05 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
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That in this place
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Panther Salve

Left a post so you wouldn't be dangling at the end of the otherthread, CD. :wink:


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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby rvloon » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:19 am UTC

BlitzGirl wrote:
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That in this place
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Panther Salve

Left a post so you wouldn't be dangling at the end of the otherthread, CD. :wink:


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Can we please, please, please not have pages of Panther Salve stanzas?


ETA: Never mind, I'll just go and basement myself. PM me when the Panther Salve thing has died down.

Bye!

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby BlitzGirl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:26 am UTC

We shouldn't have multiple pages - this is a single-newpage decree, and we're already 25 posts through the newpage, so it will be over soon. :wink: Promise.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby balthasar_s » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:18 am UTC

Mirror botreport (15?):
So, I was working on the "post from the mirror" funcionality.
Now, behind the "postreply" button with the mustard icon, it has a page similar to the xkcd fora post page. It accepts the posts if there's no field left empty, prepares them, and adds them to the queue, so they can be posted.
Two things that still have to be done:
1.Actually posting the posts waiting in the queue.
2.Viewing the posts waiting in the queue.

Now, I have a problem (I already told about it earlier, but it became more important now.) I'll be working on the post bot now. And testing the bot will require actually sending posts. And I'm not someone who posts very frequently. And I don't want to spam. What could I do?

Also, what would be a good name for the "Mustardtime Otherthread"?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMinim » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:50 am UTC

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Everything's cool


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Everything's fine


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Charlie is back


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So make some new rhymes!


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Time Revisited - np416

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:39 pm UTC

Baobabs, Ms. Frizzle has almost no accent anymore! But then, she had enough opportunities to learn the words - the Forty seem to be a particularly polite bunch!
Wait on.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby moody7277 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:58 pm UTC

ZoomanSP wrote:Baobabs, Ms. Frizzle has almost no accent anymore! But then, she had enough opportunities to learn the words - the Forty seem to be a particularly polite bunch!


As part of the survey group, I imagine a talent for languages would come in handy. With a much reduced technology base, there are probably new dialects every couple hundred miles.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Sciscitor » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:10 pm UTC

Here you have a partially demustarded list of "Thus ends Time". Spoilered for seaishness:
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Post 3384583 on NP869 from Neil_Boekend: My guess is that these berries are poisonous. After eating them she will become a bit loopy, and kiss Queball. This will transfer the poison to him and thus it will kill them both. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3395994 on NP981 from Neil_Boekend: Yeay, early morning! Prediction: They will wake up in 3 newpix. Then they'll spend a fewpix to eat and will walk on. They will continue to the top, but before they reach it they'll encounter a steep cliff down, one that they have to walk around. After a fewpix of trying to walk around it Queball will try to cross it. He'll slip and fall to his death. Megan will be stuck and die of gangrene in her wounds. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3396130 on NP983 from Neil_Boekend: Prediction: Megan is going to teabag Queball to wake him up, revealing in the process that there are some misconceptions about the sex of our characters. Queball is going to bite them off and suffocate in them. Megan is going to bleed to death from the wound. Thus ends Time
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Post 3396639 on NP987 from Neil_Boekend: Prediction: Someone didn't read the warning in What If 16 and is rolling a 60 meter sphere over the surface. This sphere crushes Quegan. Thus ends Time
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Post 3396809 on NP988 from Marsh'n: Oh, sorry, Clawstridium prefringens then. I presume because Lucky is such a scofflaw and has committed many crimes (including chewing off LaPetit's beret-clad head), xe will be executed. Having eliminated all of the primary named characters, Thus ends Time.
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Post 3397759 on NP994 from Neil_Boekend: My prediction is that Queball doesn't wake up. They both die because it wasn't a sunrise but a nearby supernova. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3398718 on NP1004 from Neil_Boekend: Prediction: The people om the mountain will see them coming. They will ride out on donkeys to meet them. The last part of their climb before they meet the people on the mountain will lead them over a small path between two cliff faces. There the people on the mountain will dump large rocks on them and kill them. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3399583 on NP1012 from Neil_Boekend: Oh, due to outside issues I missed the previous Papal Decree: Mostly I save time by skipping my /. reading, although I have been making a few extra hours (without writing them down, so I will not get extra money for it) lately. Current Papal Decree: The structure on the mountain is the Giant Magellan Telescope. There they will meet scientists who were once looking at the stars, although there was also a secret research program there. When they analyzed a strange crystal artifact with an anti-mass spectrometer beam a dimensional rift opened. The alien/scientist hybrids will attack Quegan. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3402924 on NP1045 from Neil_Boekend: Finally, there are other people. Awesome! Pre dick tion Megan will be helped by them, while they live in comfort. After a while the mountain the other people will live on will start bellowing acrid smoke, forcing the other people to sacrifice Quegan to their volcano god. This god isn't pleased with their offering and kills all the other people. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3404011 on NP1055 from Neil_Boekend: A shot from inside the hut. As they enter their eyes must adjust (as we have discussed at length here). Thus they can't see a thing. As their eyes adjust they'll see a red glow from a lava golem, their god. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3405285 on NP1067 from cellocgw: Thus violating the Beanons sacred rules prohibiting graven images. Cuegan are sacrificed to the loving and completely benevolent Beanon God in the traditional manner -- death by bunga-bunga. Thus ends time.
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Post 3407442 on NP1086 from Ximenez: Pessimistic prediction: Cuegan and Beardo finally meet. "Hi! Do you understand what we say?" "Yes." "Can you explain to us why the sea is rising?" "Yes." "Will you tell us how to fix it?" "Yes." Thus ends Time.
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Post 3408626 on NP1096 from Neil_Boekend: The city is something akin to Ankh-Morpok, but on a mountain instead of on a plains. There they will enter. After a few turns, Quegan will lose the Beanies and they will enter a wrong street, in effect committing suicide by robbery. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3408739 on NP1098 from Neil_Boekend: Yes the man on the box is going to explode. spoiler type: real. Original sort, spoiles an event in a TV series Spoiler: He is dr. William Bell. He is going to perform the trick he did in Fringe, but not having a crack in the universe to force open the annihilation event of approximately 80 kg of matter means the resulting explosion is 130,000 times as large as the Hirosihima bomb. This annihilates all life on the planet and makes a big dent in the planet. Thus ends Time
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Post 3408758 on NP1098 from Neil_Boekend: That's it and he has a blocked safety valve and accidentally overpuffs himself and explodes. Thus ends Time
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Post 3408760 on NP1098 from BlitzGirl: ...Thus ends Time?
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Post 3408764 on NP1098 from CasCat: The newpix is late.... Thus ends Time?
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Post 3408777 on NP1098 from cellocgw: So... I was the only person to think the thingy on the pole outside the gate was not a flag, but rather a trophy? Looks like the tail from a large raptorcat to me POTD: The Beanies take Cuegan to the other side of their town so they can watch the TdF go by. A large crash occurs in the Peloton; three support vehicles which try to avoid the downed riders go off the road, crushing the Beanies and Cuegan. Thus ends time.
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Post 3408784 on NP1098 from Neil_Boekend: The Hatalien is the brain eating kind. He's going to devour Megan's brains first. This will turn her into a minion of his evil plans. He'll devour Queball's brains next, but the brain eating amoeba that's already there will kill the Hatalien. At that point the beanies will collapse, as they were only mindless drones of his evil will. The brain eating amoeba will die of starvation. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3408878 on NP1099 from Neil_Boekend: Or they are walking in front of the house, to enter under the overhang to the right. The overhang will break off and kill them. Thus ends
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Post 3409473 on NP1105 from ucim: The castle is governed by quantum mechanics, and only exists when it's being observed. It and Beardie disappear into Planck Space, the BeanieCuegan follow it on their quest, never to reappear, and... ... thus ends Time.
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Post 3409754 on NP1108 from Neil_Boekend: Hmm, I have still missed one EOT EOT . The beanies are building the castle, under the command of a misguided scientist that is trying to revive his long dead wife. Queball will be forced to build the castle and the equipment. Megan will be imprisoned but not harmed. She'll be treated well, but she won't be allowed to leave the castle. She'll live in a guilded cage. Near the end of the castle build Queball will die in a terrible accident. Megan will be protected from the grief because she wasn't allowed contact anyway. After the castle and the equipment are complete the scientist will wait for a thunderstorm to form over the mountain. The day weather.com predicts a thunderstorm he'll pump halothane in her quarters, knocking her out. He'll perform a brain transplant, implanting her brain into Megan. He'll strap her onto his equipment and raise the lightning conductor above the castle. A thunderbolt will strike. That thunderbolt will kill the scientist and burn Megan's body, because this story obeys the laws of physics. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3409964 on NP1110 from Neil_Boekend: Assuming they didn't go up between M2841 and M2842 they are entering the dungeons of this castle. There are to many ways Time can end there (although most require the color red in addition to the black and white that we've been having) I can't choose. Spoiler: Okay, I'll choose. They'll be tortured with the foam maiden and the comfy chair. This'll go on until the heat death of the universe. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3410025 on NP1111 from mikrit: I keep thinking that the meeting with the Great Sage will go like this: Great Sage: "I am the Great Sage and I shall answer three questions." Cueball: "Are you the Great Sage?" Great Sage: "Yes." Cueball: "You are?" Great Sage: "Yes." Cueball: "Really?" Great Sage: "Yes." Beanie guard: "42BcG, Wågh7 Pt." ("That's it, now you can leave.") Thus ends Time.
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Post 3410904 on NP1119 from nerdsniped: Yes, in the next newpix Megan and Cueball will introduce themselves. Being unused to speaking their names, they will accidentally use their True Names. These words of power will reverberate in the great hall, causing the stained-glass windows to shatter and rain daggers of broken glass down on the assembled group. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3410917 on NP1119 from Neil_Boekend: Or this could mean that there will be no relevant upgrade in sitting tools in the next 11 Kyear. Or that this was the kind of chair they found in their postapocalyptic wasteland. Or maybe they just found the designs of the chair and made one themselves, not wanting to go through the hoops for the antigrav devices that were common in the preapocalyptic era. Or this may be a classic chair from way back in the dark ages and Hairdo just likes the design. In thruth the chair is a disguised alien that's going to kill them in the next fewpix. Thus ends Time
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Post 3411948 on NP1130 from Neil_Boekend: Or Hairdo could be telepathic, with poor control over her powers. Maybe she can project a meaning into the brain of the one she's talking to. The brain finds the words to suite the meaning. Since there is a language barrier the words she uses have different words in Unglish, which results in multiple translations in the heads of Quegan. Of course that means Hairdo will accidentally use to much force with her power, popping Quegan's heads like ripe pimples. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3412218 on NP1133 from jovialbard: Of course she's pregnant with a xenomorph, and thus ends time.
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Post 3413124 on NP1147 from ChronosDragon: And from the other side of the mountain, up will come Cuegan's people, who will join forces with the beanies to defend their (quickly being encroached by water) castle Their battle will distract both sides from noticing this fact, and everyone but Cuegan, Rosetta, Beanie 2 and one of the hill people will drown. Then, 2000 newpix of the ragtag band of orphaned people rebuilding the fortress by the new shoreline Finally, they'll step back, survey they work, and say "I like our castle!" in 3 different languages. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413164 on NP1147 from irino: You've done well, b2bomberkrh. ETA: Papal decree: Cue, Meg, and Rose zip line down to the rapidly advancing shore to warn the hill people of their impending doom. Rose uses her Squarese and accidentally insults them, resulting in a heated chase scene with light cycles. Black Hat teleports them back to the present, showing them what the waterline is now. The ending scene is of Meg pointing out Antares to Cue, thinking that the new star is weird. Thus ends time.
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Post 3413179 on NP1147 from ggh: Speed unchecked, the OTT careens out of control, crushing the internet. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413186 on NP1148 from Eternal Density: Because they like building castles too. Re: Decree: The roof collapses, everyone dies. Thus ends time.
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Post 3413231 on NP1148 from Neil_Boekend: Prediction: The opening of Gibraltar is a symptom of the slowing down of the earth's core, which causes earthquakes. An attempt will be made to restart the core but it will fail. The core will stop, the magnetic field of the earth will break down and a couple of solar flares will sterilize the earth. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413305 on NP1149 from higgs-boson: Cueball and Rosetta just fell in love, and thus ends Time.
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Post 3413323 on NP1150 from cellocgw: Not atop: She's on the dry side, sticking her finger into a hole to prevent complete collapse. (back to the Netherlands theory ) She's doing well until a trebuchet shot goes astray, knocking her senseless. The hole widens, the water rushes through. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413325 on NP1150 from Neil_Boekend: New theory and prediction: This was the planned end of the OTC, but since BlitzGirl isn't here Randall decided to draw it out until she's back. In drawing it out he starts a new story arc with Quegan helping their folk to move away from the rising sea. The people who already live close to where they move to will not like their moving and start a war. Queball dies while trying to save Megan from a life in slavery. Megan will die while giving birth to the child of her owner. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413358 on NP1150 from Neil_Boekend: Yes, and they will get stuck in a parallel dimension. Thus ends Time
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Post 3413447 on NP1151 from Eternal Density: They all drown in a river of tears. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3413678 on NP1154 from Angelastic: Perhaps Cuegan will convince the Beanies to prepare rafts to save the Cueganites, or they'll do it themselves (with a nice speech from Megan comparing the predicament to an earlier obstacle they've faced and overcome), and this highly-risky adventure will end up saving the Beanies (with the help of LaPetite, who has prepared a more stable boat for the Beretians, partly made with poles she found at the beach) because the water will actually rise slightly higher than it is now and flood the château. ETA: Then Cuegan will kiss and there will be another sunset. Thus ends time.
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Post 3413815 on NP1155 from TimeLurker: You must say your goodbyes from here. You cannot go back down into the abyss. For you have walked too far and now there is no more time to walk. The ocean is coming. ETA: She is very clear in saying that "Your friends, family, and everyone you knew are dead." Also, we now see friendlyness from Hairdo to Cueball. Prediction: Hairdo will try to "comfort" Cueball Megan will then kill Hairdo in a fit of jealous rage. The Beanies will then stake Cuegan to the ground. The rising sea will drown Cuegan. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3414372 on NP1164 from jjjdavidson: And I, at long last, am regretfully abandoning my treasured Loopism. The plot has gotten too thick, the dialogue too intricate, the alterations in the environment too dramatic. Time may end, Time may repeat, but for Time to loop would require one of those "Hey, let me tell you the dream I just had!" endings, and I don't think Randall would stoop to that. So ─ Loopist no more. Sad molpy. Spoiler: That set me to wondering: If the Forty did take to rafts, where would they wind up? Like I said before, I think the main force of the inflow will break against Sardinia; some of it will run into the Tyrrhenian Sea, and some of it will turn north to flood Megball's home. But from there, where will it go? It seems likely that a current will run west and south along the (restored) French coast. I can imagine that a large counterclockwise eddy current will form over "their" sea, over this Balearic Abyssal Plain, southeast of the French coast. If the rafts get caught in this, they could swirl around helplessly for weeks. If they're luckier, however, they could get swept southward to the Balearics themselves, most probably Majorca or Minorca, which hopefully are still inhabited and which presumably will stay above water. [Neil_Boekend]Far more likely, of course, is that they'll get swept through the channel into the Tyrrhenian sea and fetch up against the coast of Italy just as keithl 's threatened seismic activity triggers a massive eruption of Vesuvius, wiping them out completely. The ash cloud will drift west over Megball, searching the seas in a styrofoam boat they've built from scraps. Acid rain will melt their boat, and our heroes will drown, their bodies sinking down to snag in a tangle of scaffolding where their original castle stood. Thus ends time.
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Post 3415850 on NP1181 from Pikrass: They refilled at the Beanies' tower already. I guess they haven't drink a lot since then. Prediction: they will reach the sea¹ sooner than expected. On the horizon they will then see huge boats made of baobabs with their people. Unfortunately, the baobabs were planted by the Beanies to suck the water as it reached them. The new sea level will then be a little higher than expected, drowning the Beanies and making the trip too long for the Cueganians who will all die of starvation, in a Raft-of-the-Medusa ending. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3415889 on NP1182 from Eternal Density: Cuegan will eventually find themselves cut off from the land and surrounded by rising water. But they will be rescued in the nick of time: airlifted out by a Firefly-class transport ship. Thus ends time.
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Post 3415974 on NP1183 from Neil_Boekend: Prediction for the next alt-text: "Thus ends Time" But that'll take a few meganewpix. Quegan are first going to be companions to the Doctor (which includes an outrageous amount of running). They'll hop around in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff for a while. At some point they are going to the end of the universe. Thus ends Time
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Post 3416071 on NP1184 from Neil_Boekend: They weren't in a hurry going up. They studied the wowterfall, took their time during the star scenes and they walked instead of the running they do now. They could easily go 10 times as fast. Running downhill goes fast. Extremely fast. However it's dangerous. If you're barreling down a mountain at 15 km/h (10 mph) you can make good time, until you fall and break your neck. Prediction: they'll keep running through the night. Queball will fall and break his neck. Megan will trip over Quegan's dying body and break her leg (the good one, not the meowpy mauled one) She'll continue for a while but after a fewpix she'll pass out from blood loss. Lucky will feast on her dead body. Thus ends Time
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Post 3416145 on NP1185 from jjjdavidson: [N_B]Cueball and Megan continue their mad dash down the escarpment. As the OTT approaches NP 1189, Randall modifies his next planned newpix to show them standing at the edge of rippling water with a white beret bobbing on it. A burst of panic floods the OTT, and with 39 posts on NP 1190, the mods suspend activity. A moderator posts the last newpix as the very last post of NP 1190, Cueball holding the wet beret, saying, "Oh, no..." The comic page ceases to update, and the alt-text changes to "Oh, no..." Randall collects $1 from a friend who bet him he couldn't make a thread as long as the comic number. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3416302 on NP1187 from Angelastic: Yep, that's pretty much what I thought back on NP566 . The OTC doesn't loop, but the OTT does. Prediction: In the next frame, they rush toward the waterfall to look at the water level. They don't manage to stop in time, so they fall in and drown. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3416528 on NP1189 from nerdsniped: The speculation that Randall is reading the OTT is correct. What we don't realize is that he can read it *in advance*. He's just copying the ONGs back onto the server. This will work beautifully until one late night when no one is around to ONG and newpixbot suffers a power outage. With nothing posted on the thread, the server will be unable to update, and then no one will ever post the ONG. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3416560 on NP1189 from CasCat: Prediction: Randall will post as PagePope on page 1190. All OTTers will have immediate heart attacks from shock and surprise. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3416950 on NP1194 from DavidRa: Along with a comment about the impending wave about to crash over said people? If so that would be just in Time (chortle) for frame 3K to be "Oh, wait, that's a 100m wall of water", and thus ends Time.
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Post 3417123 on NP1197 from higgs-boson: Finding their old habitat already flooded, both Megan and Cueball are initially crestfallen. They have failed their mission, the hurry, the run. In depression they sit down on a rock, looking at the slowly flowing water. Then Megan discovers a trail, large enough to be visible even from a hundred meters away. Did the tribe move? Hope and spirits rise, both Megan and Cueball jump to their feet and follow the trail. It takes the better part of third day to catch up, it looks like the tribe has begun breaking camp a few days after the start of Megans' and Cueballs' adventures. Happy reunion. They make it to the higher grounds in time, all ends well. Side plots: - The bucket was saved and given to Megan. - The lore masters from Château d'If make contact. Rosetta and Cueball fall in love, do some rituals and the children come after Rosetta (no one's bald). - Megan goes into lore master scholarship and is taught to become successor of Rosetta, since she has the drive to explore and the will to do what has to be done. The maps, of course, had been returned long, long ago. - The hill people indeed failed to warn the shore tribe, but only because the tribe had moved; the people meet and make peace; the dislikes' root cause analysed (a grandgrandgrandgrandgrandfather of Cueball kissed a hill people girl long ago, at a time, where this should only happen after a blessing of the girl's mother. - The hedgemolpy bit in the catmolpy's tail and was carried to safe and higher grounds as well. - The catmolpy came to visit the lore masters two years after Megan entering the scholarship and actually apologized for being rude. - With the final dialogue coming in (Cueball and a daughter sitting outside at night, watching the stars): "Daddy, can you tell me your adventures again?" "Well... yes..." a star falls, and thus ends time.
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Post 3417200 on NP1198 from rvloon: Just got back from vacation. Besides someone bumping into my front bumper, it was actually pretty good. However, I noticed that I am now 25 NEWPAGES BEHIND in a weekend? What do you people think you have the to contribute so much? And no in the back there! Or is it about 10 NPs of 'Welcome back, BlitzGirl?' As an aside, this might be the good place in time to rant a little bit on my favority meta-topic: the OTC. I was a bit disappointed with the whole Dea-ex-machina concept of Rosetta, the one-who-thinks-she-knows-all. Beside the obvious communication difficulties, it is odd that the NoClueGan 40 would not have any social connections outside their own circle, and therefore known, by transition, be known by at least one beanie. I mean, it is not set in the African jungle (if still existing) but in the mediterranean, so chances of bumping into someone would be small, but not negligible. As we are still talking civilized group, where focus is beyond mere survival (why build sandcastles if you live from the land) it also raises the question of how people communicate (news, folklore), trade (where does their food come from?) and procreate (is 40 even viable for survival?). In a group that small, it is also odd that two people can just on a moment's notice take off on a quest for knowledge. Coming back to my disappointment, it is all just to convenient that they would have to happen on an Oracle that will give them just the tools they need to save their 40 (or not, of course, but my suspicion is they will and thus ends time).
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Post 3417415 on NP1201 from SPACKlick: Xkcd.com/1190 has crashed for me... and thus ends time.
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Post 3417549 on NP1202 from HES: There has to be some significance to that dream, but I think GLR will keep teasing it and the actual rope incident will be held for the end ... and thus ends time
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Post 3418108 on NP1208 from lgw: GLR does seem to use hair as the one sex characteristic of stick figures - it's hard to draw stick-Y-chromosomes at this resolution I guess. I don't think we've seen the wavefront from the berm giving way yet, just the initial slow rise from the leakage. I fear Cueball sees a giant movie-style frothing/breaking tidal wave approaching, and having apparently never seen surf before doesn't know they're all about to die. Thus ends time.
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Post 3418559 on NP1214 from mikro2nd: Prediction: cousin is trapped on a diminishing island. Megball heroically try to save xe ש and drown. Thus ends time.
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Post 3418663 on NP1215 from Eternal Density: I'm now passing my blindpost of page 1209. I guess I'm officially medi-blitzing. (medium blizting, being bigger than a mini-blitz but definitely not a full-on blitz). Wow, a lot of stuff has been happening. So many walls of text. I would have almost expected GLR to make put just 1 or 2 lines of the dialogue per newpic rather than so many on a single one, but we're now in the era of RUN rather that Wait For It so it makes sense to have everything happening faster. Eventually so much will happen at once that there'll be black everywhere. Thus ends time.
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Post 3418761 on NP1216 from cellocgw: I'm all set then, as I am absolutely terrible at remembering names, so I have to say "Hey there" to everyone. I recognize the faces, who they're related to (or their job function at work); but names float away like refuse from the Hills on the River. Prediction: they all get on the castle/raft, and attach small firebaskets to their bags/bladders, turning them into mini-hot-air balloons. The entire raft floats away until they return to Rosetta's Stone (get it?) Castle. In their joy, they knock the firebaskets down, causing the raft to simultaneously catch fire and crash into the castle, which turns out to be made of pure magnesium. Thus Ends Time.
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Post 3418815 on NP1217 from mscha: Oh, forgot to mention: They won't need oars or anything. As long as they're not too close to the sea, the flood should push them upriver. Their river² is probably one of the arms of the extended Rhône, so they'll float right through one of the Rhône canyons (see this excellent map that someone posted a while ago) towards Marseille. As long as all 40 of them safely fit on the raft (and they can find the rest of 'em first), they should be safe. (And thus ends time, I'm afraid...)
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Post 3418853 on NP1217 from mscha: Okay, time for a prediction. 8 more newpix to collect the rest of the 40 and supplies/belongings, 12 newpix of floating upstream through rivers and canyons until they arrive at Château d'If, 10 newpix of dealing with the Beanies and Rosetta, 6 frames of aftermath, and thus ends time, with Cuegan living long and happily ever after.
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Post 3418863 on NP1218 from NetWeasel: I'm figuring that once this is all over, and The Forty are safely out of the basin, Megan, Cueball and LaPetite will build a smaller castle (out of sand this time, and comment on that). Once it's done, they leave the scene and the tide slowly erodes the castle back to sand. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3419794 on NP1228 from Gedeon: Along with the large "freshwater" inflow from the Atlantic, some nasty sharks are being sucked into the Mediterranean. One lost shark, irritated and confused, roars like a lion and bites the raft. As the raft is sinking, they are thinking how they'd be better off with a bigger raft. They all drown and die. Nobody saves people on the hills, they also all die. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3419899 on NP1229 from Charm Quark: If the baobabs truly know what they're doing they'll pump themselves full of air, interlock roots, and form a raft bobbing about halfway underwater. They'll drift along in this manner as the Mediterranean fills, picking up hedgemolpies and squirpies along the way. Eventually when the sea level stabilizes they drift ashore and take root right where the Cueganites have settled. Unfortunately the sudden influx of dozens of small mammals attracts several raptorcats, ravenously hungry from their long journey out of the basin, and when Cuegan goes out in search of food and fresh water they are quickly devoured by the lurking keyboards. Thus ends time.
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Post 3420019 on NP1231 from Eternal Density: The raft runs around and breaks up. Everyone drowns except Cuegan who ride on LaPetite who is able to float. They use thwapsticks to paddle to safety and bury LaPetite at the castle. None of the other bodies could be recovered. Megan says "This is sad" and Cueball says "Yeah". Thus ends time.
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Post 3420178 on NP1232 from DavidRa: Not in that direction, I think. More likely to be a small 100m high wall of water descending on them at 50km/h - flipping the raft. Thus ends time
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Post 3420188 on NP1233 from time burglar: Prediction: The raft stops moving. Cueball tries to work out which way is forward and divides by zero. Thus ends time.
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Post 3420230 on NP1233 from jjjdavidson: Pagal decree: Neil, I'm going to buck the F&SF trend and recommend Sue Grafton's alphabetical Kinsey Millhone series, starting with A is for Alibi . It's a first-rate detective series, clever and engaging. [N_B]And it's actually scheduled to have a definite ending in a final volume Z . The series should end on or about May 5, 1990. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3420820 on NP1239 from EraObserver: Cueball stares out into the small crowd, pauses after saying but first, and then shouts out with his loudest voice, "we WAIT FOR IT!" Spoiler: "... but [], the flood is coming!" "Nope, we WAIT FOR IT!" Unable to force Cueball to let go of the old directive, the entire group is swallowed up in the flood. Thus ends time.
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Post 3421190 on NP1244 from Rule110: RUNTIME ERROR: TIME (1190) PANEL 3074 MISSING TROPE -322 Group of ten or more civilian refugees escaping catastrophe is lacking pregnant woman in labor. Please add full-term fetus and re-run comic. Thus ends Time. >
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Post 3421253 on NP1245 from Spaceman Spiff: Prediction: After much turmoil, the Forty safely land on terra firma. On the way, they manage to save the Hill People's leader, resolving the longstanding enmity between the tribes. Megan and Cueball return to Chateau D'If to give Rosetta back her maps. They find the Beanies marooned in the waterlogged castle and ferry them to dry land. In the very last Timeframe, Rosetta crowns Megan and Cueball as king and queen of New Mediterranea and their true names are revealed. Thus ends time.
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Post 3421362 on NP1246 from Neil_Boekend: This could be the start of a Waterworld like city. Something akin to . Of course this isn't Waterworld. It holds to the laws of physics as close as GLR can find the details, not as close to the laws of physics as the movie makers felt like. Thus they'll flow to the mainland, France most likely, and go to land there. They'll continue their nomadic existence. Due to the influx of people from the filling Mediterranean sea the people will feel it's far to crowded to live properly, despite the fact that most area's are less densely populated than the least populated areas in current Europe. They have grown accustomed to the lebensraum the Antares incident cookie? provided. Local warlords feel this restlessness and adjust their punishments to newcomers accordingly. They'll be executed for trespassing. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3421748 on NP1250 from Ebonite: Prediction: they step off onto dry land, and find they are where all of the beanies have collected. The crowd parts, and Rosetta is standing there, surprised to see that Cueball and Megan have returned, having rescued all of their people. Megan picks up a stick, walks over to Rosetta, and thwaks her across the head. Thus ends time.
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Post 3422409 on NP1262 from keithl: No, the xkcd.com hard drives are 100% full, due to the OTT. GLR had to sell his house to pay for the overage. The bank just repossessed his drawing board and scanner. Thus ends Time, and the One True Thread, and xkcd itself.
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Post 3422910 on NP1271 from AluisioASG: Just posted this on Facebook (with attribution, of course). Thus ends Time.
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Post 3429666 on NP1325 from taixzo: It just occurred to me: we were making some pretty crazy predictions a while back. But imagine that someone said: "Time is actually set 11,000 years into the future. And they're not in Africa or Madagascar, but in the Mediterranean Basin which has dried out in the mean time. They will climb out of the basin and meet new people who will tell them that the reason the sea is rising is that the Mediterranean is about to flood again. They will run back down to save everyone and will be stuck with no hope until LaPetite comes sailing in on their sandcastle which she turned into a boat. Then they will escape and live happily ever after. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3433450 on NP1348 from Neil_Boekend: That's approximately how I used it anyways. I'm kinda bummed that the Voldeframe means I can't do my Thus Ends Time predictions anymore. It was approximately the only thing I really added to this topic.
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Post 3438209 on NP1372 from ucim: Outside keeps me gone missing you while Time moves on though I've not withdrawn. Spoiler: Charlie has grumbled; he says it's his last. I hope he returns 'cause his wit's unsurpassed. Panther grave Spoiler: Happy one thousandth to Charlie I say and one other thing Please don't go away. Panther save @Kieryn - cool site; looking forward to waiting for it! @Neil_Boekend - Loved your story. Any story with transparent volcanos appearing on command has got to be awesome! (I wonder if pathers shave with RAZOR) Of course my theory is that the OTT will run so fast that posts are preceded by their replies, and the resulting timey wimey vortex swallows up the universe. Thus ends time.
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Post 3451386 on NP1433 from waveney: There is a lot of sand in the universe. There are more galaxies in the observational universe than grains of sand on Earth. Once you build a big enough sandcastle its gravitational attraction will attract everything near and it will start to shine as a star. The Sun then would be going round the sand castle. Later when the sand castle has grown sufficiently, the sand will start Nuclear Fussion and the sand castle will become a supergiant (Like Antares now). Add more sand (or time or thyme) and it will eventually collapse triggering a supernova (Probably type 2, or possibly 1b or 1c). What is left is a Neutron Star Sandcastle and no star (Like Antares in OTC) Add more sand and the Neutron star would collapse to a black hole. (May or may not do another Supernova (non standard Type 1a) depending on rotational speed and magnetic properties prior to this collapse) Add more sand and the black hole would grow and grow. If you added all the sand in the observable universe the black hole would significantly bigger than the milky way (in size) and start pulling in other galaxies nearby. Black holes this size are gentle giants - you do not need worry about spagetification and the affects of getting near and crossing the event horizon are very small. You could live for billions of years inside such a black hole without worries (as long as you steered clear of the centre). Add more sand from the rest of the universe and the black hole might pull the rest of the universe into it. And thus ends time.
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Post 3500702 on NP1621 from HES: The forum slows down, Unraptorish. No posts, just Mustard. Thus ends Time
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Post 3519955 on NP1689 from HES: HES's alarm doesn't go off, he misses his exam and fails at life. He never has children, his descendants don't exist and the next 11000 years are dramatically altered. Thus ends Time, before Time.
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Post 3521779 on NP1696 from HES: They reach the top of the hill, and find a pail of water. Cueball falls down (obviously), and hits his head. Megan tries to fly again, and ends up tumbling after Cueball. They roll all the way down and drown in the floodwater. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3522914 on NP1701 from ucim: A bit of condiment as I move off of the 1700 confluence. Oof! In fact, I'm going to use the oh-so-treeish ketchup tree that ZoomanSP brought us! (I also liked the other one, with the kitties - a redundatree!) Yeah, they're probably squirpies and raptors and such, but it's more fun to think of them other way!) But first... Awesomeful and Baobabishly like unto the Sea! I'm really looking forward to future installments! (and I could use me some Yappo Biscuts myself.) I betcha there's going to be some writhing. And I betcha we're gonna hafta wait for it! Seaishness below: Spoiler: You authenticate with The Mahatma? Who died in 1948? That's impossible! I understand bacon of a bacon and its inverse, but caretbracketp? Is this a new vegetable? I wasn't able to hear the "I was an OTTer" original until recently. Dunno why - something to do with scripts. But now I can. Echos of the 503s and parts of your Dragon stories, but I think it refers to the time when you couldn't log in, or edit, or post, and for the mods, well, you had to wait for it. All the stories I have seen Posted, mailed, and inbetween Yes, I am finding everything Worthy of it all Worthy of it all! I'll guide, when you write a story and you want me to. This is... the best time. Don't be afraid; there's no stake if it seems to you. The sacrifice is writing no more lines... that sacrifice will leave us lonely. Why not throw some words this way Nothing's lost, and this I say No-one's testing you today or driving you away! All the words you leave in here All the stories in your ear Let the words not disappear they make us want to stay... ... make us want to stay! Your fourth one is also treeish, but I don't have any specific comments on it. But like Megan, said: "Neat". For Pope Aluisio : What do you mean by "configure". I don't remember doing anything like that. I don't do much font management. I use ubuntu, which comes with a chripload of fonts that appear to be near-duplicates of each other (at least for ordinary English letters), and I added the TrueType fonts to that collection. At the time I googled how to do it, and that was that. I recently added one of the One True Fonts, and just did what the google resource told me to. I think it was to just download it into a (specific) folder or somesuch. I keep a "tweaks" document on the desktop where I record any significant changes I make to the OS or any programs (so I can figure out what I did if it ever comes to that, which it often does), and this is not in there. So, I guess it wasn't significant. And while I'm at it, the mini-castle-crennelations on the dragon image you 'spotted on a 31" screen'...where did the image come from? It looks like one of your originals. @ baltimore , Moon, 31552: Great that you found your background, and treeish setup for the avatar photo! I like seeing things like that from our Otters! Also, treeish moonbase drawings! (The sign "Go, Baltjholfsjgdh", I read that as "Go Baltagefiltefish"). Love the 2840 colored too. True, but Avian iCity is imaginary; the trees are Apple trees, the birds eat all the bugs, and thus there's no software left. Thus ends Time After Time.
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Post 3530155 on NP1726 from mrob27: Time-Capsule from Timborme, NP 1100 Time-Capsule Deposited: Newpage 1100 Do Not Open Until Newpage 1726 From the Blitzjournal of Timborme, Newpage 1100 NP982 : Lately mrob27 has been mumbling behind closed lab doors (I could swear to Randall I heard a bot speaking in Polish, but that makes no sense?!?). (balthasar_s take note) But I'm Blitzing and the OTT is pretty interesting these dips, so I guess I don't care NP991 : Megan and Cueball shippers continue to be disappointed at the lack of any hard evidence. I think Randall must be planning a "Leia is your sister" revelation. Or perhaps in the year 13291, everyone is in a "love dodecahedron" so it can be assumed without showing anything! (I'd include a TVTropes link, but I think those might be declared illegal in the Future... ) NP993 : @AluisioASG 's Bowie-inspired Time OTT-ity is awe ful some! NP995 : We have no more Lord High Inquisitor , so everyone's now free to do heretical things, like worshipping golden molpies or wearing mixed fabrics. I expect religious chaos, and then Randall will strike us all down with molpies raining from the sky and a plague of beesnakes. Thus Ends Time. NP1003 : Reached Timebeacon Alpha . The hot tub was way better than the one we have in the TARDIS . NP1013 : Wow, we have a surveying tower! I wonder if someone's been spying on Megball since the start? NP1015 : Some are predicting a language barrier . That would be another puzzle, which seems Randallesque. Maybe the new people will speak Polish? NP1020 : Loopism never dies . NP1036 : Wow, not just another language, but in Time-Runes too! I guess Randall knows we like puzzles (but I wonder if he realizes that you need a lot more cyphertext than this to figure anything out without hints...) NP1042 : Loopism never dies . NP1045 : Okay, I am seriously impressed by the linguists. NP1054 : An OTTer is suggesting that Megan's " flashes of light may have come from these survey towers . Perhaps the Beanies saw M&C in the distance and thought they might be other Beanies so they were sending a secret messge using @AluisioASG 's's code? NP1063 : The continuing absence of mrob27 and nopixbot doesn't bother me too much, since I've been thoroughly enjoying the rapid escalation in pace and complexity of the Comic. But strangely, I dreamed of bots on bicycles, and one of them called me Balthacarius . What the ch*rp was that? NP1065 : Loopism never dies . NP1066 : We have entered stickception ! So I suppose Randall must be a stick-figure too. What does that make us? NP1068 : The Beanies are using occult magic to turn Cueball into a spider . Megan's hair will turn to snakes and the Beanies will reveal the zombie bite-marks under their hats. Cthulhu rises up out of the Sea 1 and drives all insane. Ϊa Ran'dall! Ϊa Cthulhu! Thus Ends Time. NP1071 : Apparently @Rule110 put a bunch of " Today's Blitzer Power-Up " in his signature. Too bad I can't see them now. NP1076 : The OTT is the medium through which we experience the Comic. I certainly agree with that. NP1081 : Apparently , knowing the Future is good for the brain because "you know what to expect, so it's less effort and more relaxing" ... Here is the study I guess it makes sense, but I still think I'm having at least as much fun as mrob27 and the bots. NP1083 : @ChronosDragon 's video playthrough of @HES 's Portal 2 level is really funny! (Secretly, I wish for a Katamari Damacy level based on Time. But I guess that'll never happen...) NP1089 : Acts of the Clerics, chapter 17 , wherein the already dead @Neil_Boekend meets a rather grisly death by keyboard attack. Eww. All part of the Timepocalypse to come, I'm sure. Cue the Zombies. NP1092 : Yep, they're survey towers, because now we see a triangulation map that looks very familiar . NP1094 : What's that they spotted out in the middle of the sea ? It must be Cthulhu! Time is ending! There is nowhere to run! Stickception will conquer all! NP1100 : "Behold." -- The Castle of Beardo upon the Beanitine hill . I wonder if it's Stallman ? Will he bring balance to the mispatched parentheses of the OTT?!? I must know. Okay, I'll just quickly seal this journal, so I can get back to Blitzing! This Redundant Spoiler Contains Actual Spoilers Which Are Redundant Because Everybody Already Knows: Spoiler: Spoilers in spoilers on spoilers, Dawg! Panic running smiley running_scared.gif (791 Bytes) Viewed 231 times Thwapsticks are powerless against Time-Zombies. zombie thwapstick.gif (12.08 KiB) Viewed 231 times Run!!! zombie_run.gif (2.7 KiB) Viewed 231 times
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Post 3533207 on NP1736 from mrob27: M-Rob communicates characteristically sending occasional Capsules in Time Creepily-GlaDOSish imagebot helpfully looks for the newwords that treeishly rhyme . . . My Some New Way to Blitz had briefly tir'd me from poetry, but now it's Time to add a chapter to an epic OTTity . As other forms of OTT-work kept me coma-less with furrowed brow, I've been prepared for page eleven hundred fifty two, so now With ev'ry line derived directly from an OTTer post, with mi- nimal revision, I've assembled verses carefully, in tri- bute to the well-lov'd OtherComic " Every Major's Terrible ". I hope that you'll agree that Ev'ry Newpage still is Awesomeful! . . . It was the one and only BlitzGirl, ruler of the OTT ( @mscha , NP603:35 ) For though we know so little, there is still a chance that we may see ( @buffygirl , NP597:21 ) The Wikia of Time — a history of buffygirl and hats * ( @hwhitney , NP612:33 ) Unless they were all disembodied consciousnesses in a vat ( @xpatiate , OTT:725:26 ) I wonder what percentage of your posts are from the newpixbot? ( @HAL9000 , OTT:590:35 ) Refrigerator! Eww, is that a Lego in the litter box? ( @jjjdavidson , NP664:13 ) I listened to it, Happy happy happy happy swearing frogs! * ( @lmjb1964 , NP668:4 ) I see a spoiler tag and hear it in the voice of Riversong * ( @Dracomax , NP683:34 ) My deepest coma doth commence — the raptor's wrath by dawn I fear * ( @Kieryn , OTT:622:33 ) Incredible and entertaining Waiting going on in here ( @StratPlayer , NP702:30 ) And while I pondered slightly bleary, I can only Wait for It * ( @Rule110 , NP635:17 ) We're running low on M&M's, how shall we pelt the heretics? * ( @Dracomax , OTT:783:28 ) I think that what I saw that morn was real and not just fantasy * ( @yappobiscuits , NP665:38 ) About the meaning of the sea, the river, and the O.T.C. ( @unreal37 , NP660:26 ) The saying goes, "The family that waits together, Waits For It." ( @k.bookbinder , NP667:7 ) That is amazing. Awesomeful does not begin to cover it. ( @CameronCat , NP872:27 ) The litany is done, and I feel drawn towards the hatted hordes ( @yappobiscuits , NP665:38 ) The Aboriginal Commandment — Spoiler: (Wait For It, of course!) ( @cellocgw , NP869:24 ) "Memento" (for the viewer, that is, not for the protagonist) * ( @mscha , NP741:28 ) The nature of the O.T.C.-iverse and its inhabitants ( @nerdsniped , NP755:3 ) Without the burden of analysis and creativity ( @k.bookbinder , NP980:35 ) And even comfier chairs! Oh, the humanity molpanity! ( @k.bookbinder , NP824:12 ) Neil says, "Teh Interwebs R n0t goot pl4ce t0o lern yor Enlishes." * ( @Neil_Boekend , OTT:821:14 ) I found it all incredibly exciting and informative ( @k.bookbinder , NP957:5 ) Contributing? I was completely ninja'd to irrelevance ( @capnbuckle , NP1077:39 ) But anything to bring this gruesome Newpage closer to an end ( @mscha , NP870:32 ) No Moon — I think that really puts it in the western hemisphere * ( @Kieryn , NP951:11 ) RELATED smiley: Spoiler: Is that Rover from The Prisoner? ( @BlitzGirl and @Rule110 , NP989:5 ) We know that every time that BlitzGirl leaves, the mustard hits the fan * ( @jjjdavidson , NP1149:37 ) The universe is truly infinite if any thing that can ( @BlueCrab , NP1129:20 ) Explain the infinitely long discussion of infinity ( @lmjb1964 , NP1114:3 ) Forever; See a Newpix, ONG it, analyze it, clap with glee! * ( @Ebonite , NP1024:20 ) Decree that everyone pretends to be a ninja on this page ( @TimeLurker , NP1072:38 ) Pronouncing or enunciating words in a confusing way ( @Charm Quark, NP1126:1 ) Their language doesn't translate semencancerbabiesgrape—vine * ( @HES , NP1047:2 ) It looks like Cueball and Rosetta fell in love, so Thus ends Time. * ( @higgs -boson, NP1149:32 ) * Asterisks indicate lines that were minimally edited. lines in italics were taken from poems and songs — mrob27 , with nopixbot and imagebot Edit: a Blitzer's decree should be so like a tree it will-having-been follow'd pre-actually so I leave y'all to be in a Future I'll see and it couldn't be molpier, we shall agree (Also, I hope the sdrowkcab backwords stuff will prove to have been ended. It's only slightly less annoying than this and that's not saying much.) ( ... well, except the backwards songs. They're okay. .. maybe.) Edit2: Fix color highlighting on k.bookbinder and Neil_Boekend Spoiler: My Blitz status: NP1158, frame M#2921 RUN. bouncing Cueball bouncy-cueball.gif (2.57 KiB) Viewed 812 times RUN Megan RUN run-megan-run.gif (549 Bytes) Viewed 812 times RUN Cueball RUN run-cueball-run.gif (476 Bytes) Viewed 812 times
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Post 3543348 on NP1771 from HES: It's the Blob ! Spoiler: Click image for epic '50s trailer Thus ends Time.
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Post 3544172 on NP1775 from DrSamCarter: For pope: The tsee-chirping tree-molpy is, in fact, hypersensitive to vibrations, and is capable of detecting earth tremors. On detecting such a tremor it issues its characteristic warning call, "Tsee-chirp", and then flees the area. The subterranean rumble that it is detecting is a precursor to a massive magnitude 9.3 earthquake, which causes a chasm to form beneath Cuegan who subsequently plummet into the yawning gulf, followed by the not-entirely baobabish tree. Thus ends Time-After-Time.
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Post 3557539 on NP1828 from Neil_Boekend: They are building a working K band radio dish out of sand. They plan to metalize the inner surface to make it EM reflective. The sand will not be able to sustain the weight. It will collapse, burying Megan and Queball. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3557546 on NP1828 from Dracomax: Alternately, they are building said radio dish. It will hold, and they will attempt, for the eighth time, to send out a distress signal to the galactic federation in order to be rescued from the mostly barren planet upon which they are stranded. However, the wrong forces will recieve the transmission, leading to them dropping an asteroid upon them in order to keep Federation forces from discovering their drug smuggling base upon the moon. This leads to an extinction level event and the incineration/squishing of the two. Thus ends time.
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Post 3557857 on NP1830 from mrob27: B UNG LES frame M#89 Megan is gone. With only Cueball to sustain us, all hope is lost. The castle will burn down, fall over, and sink into the semencancerbaconbabiesonice. There will be no LaPetite, no raftcastle of salvation, no molpies or Beanies to save us. We are doomed. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3557912 on NP1831 from Soup: Cueball sucks at sandcastling, anyway. Climbing on it like this, he'll probably fall and smash the whole thing. Thus ends Time.
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Post 3559761 on NP1843 from Neil_Boekend: Queball will inspect the rightmost tower. He'll be eaten by the velociraptor that is still hiding there. As megan inspets his mangled remains she will be attacked as well.. Thus ends Time.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby TheMinim » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:15 pm UTC

The OTT will lose its analysts and all the beautiful work they do. It will be a tragedy. Thus ends Time.
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Postby mscha » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:30 pm UTC

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby NoMouse » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:54 pm UTC

Wow. I wish I could learn a foreign language overnight...
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mscha » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:18 pm UTC

Ketchup Blitz, special epilogue edition
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Apologies for the seaishness...

First, a note that there have been some changes, about a wip ago, in the xkcd server infrastructure, spoilered for those uninterested:
Spoiler:
As you'll recall, http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time.png redirects to http://c.xkcd.com/redirect/comic/time, which in turn redirects to the current Frame of Time. c.xkcd.com is also responsible for the JavascriptJ-based newpixly (or now rather oldpixly) in-page refresh, and other interactive comics like Lorenz.

c.xkcd.com used to be a CNAME (alias) for c0.xkcd.com through c8.xkcd.com, which each pointed to one of three IP addresses: 107.6.97.99, 107.6.97.101 or 107.6.97.102. So there were three servers handling the redirect.
My scripts took advantage of this by picking a random one, so that, if one or two of them had problems, things would still work some of the time.

As of about a week ago, this changed: c.xkcd.com now points directly to one IP address, 107.6.98.34, and there is no server responding on the three old IP addresses anymore. So, looks like there's a single new server replacing three old ones.

My checker script was easily adapted, of course, but unfortunately, the new server was running about 4 seconds behind at the time – now increased to 8, time is slippin' – just like one of the three old servers did. (Really surprising to see servers running without NTP in 2014...) I handled that originally by taking the offending server out of rotation, but with the new server, I obviously couldn't to that. So, I changed my script to handle it properly: if I get, e.g. at 10:00:03, a response with a server timestamp of 9:59:55, I wait 5 seconds then try again.

So, Time's epilogue still continues, but (until someone fixes things) it's slowed down and the frame won't update until currently about 8 seconds past the ONG, slowing down by 4 seconds per wip. (That means, in about 18 yips, we'll be 1 np behind.)

J: Did you notice it?

On NP1730, ggh has some actual new theories about the epilogue!
ggh wrote:About those deviant Ds (and Cs)... we thought those might be just to break up doubles, and then something seemed to disagree with that, but if we loosen up our idea of where those seemingly wrong frames may be used, I think it works again. In this spirit, I propose that the 2013 tens sequence is actually:

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DEABEABCBCDDEADEABABABCD
It's the C's of the 2nd through 10th instance that are deviant. Maybe let's change the description "deviant", because I think these frames are doing a job; how about "sloshers"? After all, these frames keep the water from standing still. :) So, because this sequence ends in D, the first ONG then becomes a slosher C for the next nine days. As an aside, this gives the first 4 ONGs of the 2013 sequences a beautiful symmetry:

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EDBA
DEAB
BAED
ABDE
Then we look at 2014, and see, presto! the same exact starts to the sequences, except the sloshers are different because the ends of the sequences are different. In 2014, it's the 20s that are tricksy with the first iteration being pure, and the second through tenth beginning with a slosher.

If the slosher algorithm is to prevent repeated frames by first trying to substitute in a D, but using a C if that would be more effective, then that also fits with the C that began the Epilogue after ABCDE were revealed: that ONG was meant to be an E, but it followed an E, and the next scheduled ONG was D.

That poses an interesting question though, because that ONG is not at midnight: could sloshers be at work anywhere? I had thought before that the two existing repeats were important, because randomness would probably result in more, and a planned pattern would probably lead to none. Now, however, I look at those repeats and see that they involve... wait for it... Cs and Ds! They appear in such combinations that the slosher algorithm suggested above could not prevent the repeats.

So, what does that mean? Mustard? Something? Nothing?

Okay, gotta run. Sure would love to see slinches' treeish coloured boxes revisited, with an eye to finding more symmetries that might have been interrupted by sloshers.

ETA: Just looked back at slinches' boxes and yes, there are sloshers everywhere in the 2013 sequences. Without them, there would be 5 symmetric 4x4 blocks. The remaining 4 ONG are 2 groups of 2 that look like half-blocks, but don't match each other. Coincidence that these half-blocks coincide with the repeats? Also, coincidence that the first half-block ends at 10 ONGs in, and the 2014 sequences are different after 10 ONGs? I wish I had time to look at 2014 now, but I don't.

Followed, on NP1731, by:
ggh wrote:Hehheh. I just took a minute to look at the 2014 sequences while the tub was filling. Funny, I never noticed before that the tub has no overflow hole. I think we'll stay away from the hall until that soaked carpet doesn't look so much like an electrocution risk....

So, contrary to what I expected, it has the same symmetries as 2013, so I guess those half-blocks weren't mustard.

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BAED CBAE CD CBAE DCBA DE CDCB
ABDE BCEA DE BCEA CDAB EA DEBC
EDBA DECB CB AECB DADC DC DBED
DEAB EABC BC EABC ABCD CD BCDE
Sorry I can't do the pretty colours like slinches.

Here it is with what I believe to be sloshers removed for clearer viewing:

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BAED CBAE ED CBAE DCBA AE EDCB
ABDE BCEA DE BCEA CDAB EA DEBC
EDBA AECB CB AECB BADC DC CBED
DEAB EABC BC EABC ABCD CD BCDE
Other than a more tidy pattern, I've uncovered nothing. :?

I wouldn't say so, I think this is a major breakthrough! We may never find the full epilogue algorithm, but this seems to be one more step towards that (perhaps unreachable) goal.
For now, let me add one more thing to the theory. I propose that the timestamp, on which the epilogue function is run, is the date/time in UTC, interpreted as a hexadecimal string.
So, the timestamp for the first frame of 2014 would be 20140101000000, followed by 20140101010000, ..., 20140101090000. The following six entries in this hexadecimal sequence, 201401010a0000 through 201401010f0000, are, of course, not valid timestamps, but the next one, 20140101100000 is; and so forth.
This means that the 2014 blocks with ‘sloshers’ removed would look like the following for the whole hexadecimal sequence:

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BAED CBAE EDcb .... CBAE DCBA AEdc .... EDCB .... .... (etc.)
ABDE BCEA DEbc .... BCEA CDAB EAcd .... DEBC .... .... (etc.)
EDBA AECB CB.. .... AECB BADC DC.. .... CBED .... .... (etc.)
DEAB EABC BC.. .... EABC ABCD CD.. .... BCDE .... .... (etc.)
(Lower case letters indicate ‘hypothetical’ timestamp's epilogue frames that can be deducted, periods indicate those that we can't (yet).)
Does this help? Not really, but it does make the symmetry a bit more consistent by removing the groups of two.

One thing is still unexplained in this theory: why do we still have two repeats in the 2013 sequence (DD in the tens, CC in the twenties), and none in 2014?
Both of them occur within a group of four (or two), so maybe the sloshers can only work between groups. No, wait, they're actually caused by the sloshers, i.e. the sloshing algorithm solves duplicates, but doesn't prevent the next frame being a duplicate.
And why nothing in 2014? Coincidence?

We have almost 9 mips left to come up with a working algorithm, so that we can predict the 2015 sequences. Image
On NP1735, slinches updates the color coded sequences:
slinches wrote:As implicitly requested by ggh a few NPs ago, here are the updated color coded epilogue sequences:

2014:
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2013:
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2014-2013 difference (aliased to keep result in the 0-4 range):
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Treeish! I'd love to see a “desloshed” version of these three images. (Subtle hint!)

On NP1748, hujackus, a Revealer the Recent, summarizes what we know about the epilogue sequence and adds it to the wiki.
Welcome and thanks, hujackus!

On NP1765, ggh suggests that perhaps there's a relation between the algorithm that determined the ‘hash’ of the newpix, and the one that determines the epilogues frame.
Perhaps. (Could be as simple as: same hash algorithm, then take the result modulo 5. But I don't think that's likely to give us the treeish patterns we're seeing.)
I still don't believe the ‘hash’ of the newpix is simply a hash of the timestamp, or the frame number, or whatever. We've seen frames and their corresponding ‘hashes’ been taken out of rotation, and that wouldn't be possible in that case.

On NP1783, mrob27 is in a bit of a panic because the epilogue is ch*rped. That's the disadvantage of Blitzing, that had already been discussed a bit earlier in the thread. The epilogue page was demustarded by hand a little bit after this.

Whew... This should cover (most of) the epilogue stuff from NP1730 to NP1872.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby taixzo » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:41 pm UTC

balthasar_s wrote:Mirror botreport (15?):
So, I was working on the "post from the mirror" funcionality.
Now, behind the "postreply" button with the mustard icon, it has a page similar to the xkcd fora post page. It accepts the posts if there's no field left empty, prepares them, and adds them to the queue, so they can be posted.
Two things that still have to be done:
1.Actually posting the posts waiting in the queue.
2.Viewing the posts waiting in the queue.

Now, I have a problem (I already told about it earlier, but it became more important now.) I'll be working on the post bot now. And testing the bot will require actually sending posts. And I'm not someone who posts very frequently. And I don't want to spam. What could I do?


Why not ask mscha to let oldpixbot post through your server?
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Postby mscha » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:10 pm UTC

NIGGLUNGLY...
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AUTOMOME wrote:GREAT LORD RANDALL IT'S A NEEDLE-PULLED THING GET IN THE KETCHUP


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