XKCD’s Time Saga Comes To The End

first_imgFans of Randall Munroe’s XKCD strip had a bit of a shock this afternoon, when the long-running, auto-updating comic “Time” apparently came to its conclusion.The comic, which started on March 25, initially showed a girl and a boy (Megan and Cueball) sitting on a beach, with the alt text—that is, the yellow-boxed text that appears when you mouse over the comic—of “Wait for it.” Soon it became apparent that the comic was updating automatically—initially every half-hour, then after 120 hours, every hour.At first, the animation showed the two figures building an elaborate sand castle. Then it turned into much more.According to the Explain XKCD wiki:The unfolding story that it tells is set in the far future, at a time when the Straits of Gibraltar have long been blocked, and the Mediterranean has largely dried up, leaving only a much smaller, hypersaline sea behind. Megan and Cueball, living on the shores of this sea, notice one day while building a huge sand castle that its level is starting to rise, and set off on a journey of exploration to try and find out why. Eventually they discover that the Straits of Gibraltar have once again been breached, and the Mediterranean Basin is being flooded. They run back to their home, assemble their village, and board a makeshift raft. Megan has now established that the sea has risen too far, and that they will have to remain on the raft for the duration of the flood.The tale ramped up in recent days, particularly as Megan and Cueball ran home to warn others about the flood. (The alt text helpfully changed to “RUN.”) Once they reached the village and got everyone on the raft, the alt text changed again to “….” That led some on the forum thread, which has grown to over 50,000 posts, to anticipate another change. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#XKCD 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App That change came today, which also marked the occasion of that 50,000th post. The raft struck shore, and the villagers disembarked and strode off into the woods. Whereupon the words “The End” appeared both in the image and the alt text. The words later disappeared from the image.Some speculated this was all a case of nerd-sniping. Maybe that’s the case. But Munroe clearly paid enormous attention to detail—as did his community, which was able to deduce by the night sky in the comic that the story was taking place in April of the year 13291. So it seems fairer to consider “Time” a story well told, well, in time.One day, perhaps, the story of Time will be taken up again. In the meantime, see the entire animated story for yourself.Munroe image courtesy of Wikimedia. Comic images courtesy of XKCD 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs

first_imgTom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The previous time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened a season at home against Kansas City in 2008, it ended with him limping off the field with a season-ending knee injury.Now nine years removed from the most significant injury of his career, Brady said it is the furthest thing from his mind as New England prepares to host the Chiefs on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With minimal new film of Kansas City’s starters to dissect at this point, Brady is expecting to see plenty of wrinkles from what he called an “explosive” unit.One of the players he singled out was cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions during the 2015 regular season. He followed that up by tying for second in the league with six picks in 2016.Brady also is expecting to be challenged by safety Eric Berry and the active linebacker duo of Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston.“They have playmakers,” Brady said. “When they’re roaming around, you can’t just stare them down right where you want to throw the ball. It’s always a little cat and mouse with safeties and cornerbacks. … That’s why they force that many turnovers.”But Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said familiarity alone won’t be enough to get Brady off his game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Yeah, I didn’t think about that,” Brady said Monday. “Time flies.”What’s also a distant memory is the unfamiliar situation he found himself in last season when he was forced to sit out the first four games of 2016 after accepting his four-game “Deflategate” punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBrady brushed off that disappointment by capturing his fifth Super Bowl in February. Now he’s happy just to be thinking about football and how to get the best of a Kansas City team that was the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs last season.It’s a unique challenge for a Patriots offense that will have several new options for the 40-year-old quarterback to utilize as he tries to deal with a defense that ranked first in the NFL last season with 33 takeaways. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I don’t know if it helps. You’re aware of how good he is,” Sutton said. “When you play (271) games, pass for 61,000 yards — or whatever he has — you’re playing against a football player, a quarterback that’s really talented, that has a great skillset — great command of his offense in all regards. It’s just a huge challenge.”But even at 40, Brady said opening a season in prime time still offers the same excitement as it did early in his career.“Everyone’s pretty amped up for this one,” he said. “It’s been waiting a long time for this. … It’s a big game and it’s an important one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Federer calls medical timeout ‘precaution’; del Potro nextcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell MOST READ With the game tied at 100, Terrence Watson took charge and muscled his way inside for four straight points to give San Miguel a 104-100 lead with 1:46 left in the game.Arwind Santos then, stole the ball from Brandon Brown at the 27-second mark and this led to June Mar Fajardo’s two free throws that gave the Beermen a 106-100 bubble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I realized it’s really hard to win a game especially when you go up against a team that has everything to gain nothing to lose,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “Phoenix’ pride is still there and they really want to win.”San Miguel enjoyed a bevy of double-double performances from three individuals with Terrence Watson leading the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks while point guard Alex Cabagnot had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.Brown had a game-high 30 points with 17 boards to lead the Fuel Masters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to their ninth straight loss and a 2-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View commentslast_img read more

Elsipogtog regroups as chief ponders new antifracking leadership

first_img(Route 134 was again reduced to one lane Monday evening. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–The Mi’kmaq-led opposition to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick continued to regroup Monday, moving into a new phase which could also bring new leadership to the ongoing struggle.The movement was buoyed Monday afternoon after a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled against a Houston-based energy company that was seeking an indefinite injunction against an encampment along Route 134 in Rexton, NB.The judge said the injunction was no longer needed because trucks belonging to SWN Resources Canada had been freed following an RCMP raid on the encampment Thursday.The encampment had been blocking the company’s trucks in a compound. The RCMP acted last Thursday, one day before an interim injunction was set to expire, sweeping onto the site with dogs and camouflaged tactical units, arresting 40 people and seizing three rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices.At a press conference Monday morning, Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock said he is planning on appointing new leadership for the band’s role in the shale gas exploration opposition. Elsipogotog has been at the heart of the protest movement which has been raging since the summer.“I have three people in mind right now, but we have yet to sit down and discuss,” said Sock. “I do have a spiritual advisor that I turn to and he will be part of the process.”While Sock wouldn’t give details about the “logistics” of the next phase, it has emerged that there are discussions underway to move the encampment from its current location on Route 134 to a previous base within Elsipogtog’s territory used this past summer which sits just off Hwy 116.“We are planning on going to the 116 where the sacred fire was before and do our healing there and get ready for the next round,” said Elsipogtog’s War Chief John Levi.Levi is not connected to the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society.Levi said there is no longer any point to the Route 134 encampment after the raid freed the exploration trucks it was blocking.“There is no sense to being on the side of the road, it’s only a danger for our people,” said Levi.Levi was in talks with the RCMP to remove the burned-out remains of several RCMP vehicles that were torched in the aftermath of Thursday’s raid. He wanted the RCMP to ground their surveillance plane, which had been circling the community, before releasing the vehicles.On Sunday night, Sock and three friends removed the charred remains using three shovels, a half-ton truck and a local towing company. Sock said an RCMP sergeant was also involved in the removal.“I took it on my own personally, just being a good neighbour to the people of Rexton, NB.,” said Sock.The RCMP plane, which had been circling the area relentlessly, returned Monday.The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society was essentially in charge of the camp at the time of the raid. It remained unclear what role the society will play once new leadership is appointed.Mi’kmaq Warrior War Chief “Seven,” who was arrested during the raid but has since been freed, said he had no comment and would wait to hear more information.The Warrior Society has widespread support within Elsipogtog. Several of their key players remained in jail awaiting bail hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.Some at the site said they do not want to move the encampment from Route 134.Louis Jerome, from Gesgapegiag First Nation in Quebec, said the current encampment is better strategically because it sits near Hwy 11 which passes over Route 134. The encampment is about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog and 80 km north of Moncton.Over 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters blocked Hwy 11 for about an hour Saturday. Hwy 11 is one of the main highways in the province, running from Moncton north to Bathurst.“We are going to stay here,” said Jerome. “This is a place where we can battle…We can see traffic, what is going through.”Jerome said the plan is to move the encampment a few metres east from the current site to a field on an adjacent road where a teepee currently sits.Route 134 was again reduced to one lane by the Mi’kmaq Monday evening.Others said it didn’t matter where the camp was, as long as people were unified. Hubert Francis, from Elsipogtog, said confusion abounded following the raid.“I am hearing three or four different stories, from three or four different sources,” said Francis. “From day one there has been a lot of miscommunication…We really don’t have a direction on where we are going with this.”While Sock and the grassroots continue to sort out next steps on the ground, the Elsipogtog chief also has to prepare to continue talks with the provincial government.“I don’t think this is any longer between Elsipogtog and SWN. This is between Elsipogtog and the province,” said Sock. “That is where the battle is.”Sock met with New Brunswick Premier David Alward Friday and, while the two had been making progress before the raid, Thursday’s events changed the landscape.“When you have two opposing ideas, you just butt heads,” said Sock. “Right now we just don’t see eye to eye.”Sock said Elsipogtog doesn’t want shale gas exploration while the province sees it as a “money maker.” The chief said the Mi’kmaq see no benefit to the province developing shale gas deposits through fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.“We don’t want to be the ones at the end of the day, 50 or 60 years down the road, which is the average life span of a shale gas well, to be stuck with thousands of wells,” said Sock. “The province will have made their money and we are stuck with the refuse, the garbage.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more