1190: "Time"

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:36 am UTC

Remember, on the OTT, every number is an interesting number. So, unbasement at will, and do treeish stuff at will. And I see this makes me Pope of NP2639, so consider that a decree. :) And Will will be the lucky one!

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Postby The Advent » Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:31 am UTC

20: Map

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The Map of the World Confused with Its Territory
by Susan Stewart


In a drawer I found a map of the world,
folded into eighths and then once again
and each country bore the wrong name because
the map of the world is an orphanage.

The edges of the earth had a margin
as frayed as the hem of the falling night
and a crease moved down toward the center of
the earth, halving the identical stars.

Every river ran with its thin blue
brother out from the heart of a country:
there cedars twisted toward the southern sky
and reeds plumed eastward like an augur’s pens.

No dates on the wrinkles of that broad face,
no slow grinding of mountains and sand, for—
all at once, like a knife on a whetstone—
the map of the world spoke in snakes and tongues.

The hard-topped roads of the western suburbs
and the distant lights of the capitol
each pull away from the yellowed beaches
and step into the lost sea of daybreak.

The map of the world is a canvas turning
away from the painter’s ink-stained hands
while the pigments cake in their little glass
jars and the brushes grow stiff with forgetting.

There is no model, shy and half-undressed,
no open window and flickering lamp,
yet someone has left this sealed blue letter,
this gypsy’s bandana on the darkening

Table, each corner held down by a conch
shell. What does the body remember at
dusk? That the palms of the hands are a map
of the world, erased and drawn again and

Again, then covered with rivers and earth.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby balthasar_s » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:05 am UTC

ucim wrote:every number is an interesting number
Of course. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interesting_number_paradox

GnomeAnne wrote:Is this photograph something that existed already, or do we now have proof (well, strong evidence at least. It could have been made in Photoshop rather than being a photograph of a real thing) that The Advent is taking at least some of these themself?
I think this is not a 100% real photo.
  • Try to draw something with a stick on sand / earth/ other ground. It will not look this way.
    There is 3d structure visible, yes, but the holes don't look like stickmade.
  • The representation of the shape from the Time frame is too perfect.
How I thing it could be done:
  • take the required fragment of the timeframe
  • apply a filter which transforms darkness into depth and does shading of edges
  • apply a perspective transformation
  • overlay with a background
  • done
Maybe it's not 100% real but it transfers the message perfectly. A real fife recreation could be less good at this job.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ergman » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:49 am UTC

It's treeish things
that april brings
like brand new leaves
and baby trees
but during march
the sky is harsh
makes water freeze
see what you breath
for monarch wings
it's not yet spring.
I made my avatar, Buffygirl hatted it, Yappo smileyed it and ggh taroted it!
I've changed, witnessing this thing so beautiful

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Postby The Advent » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:45 am UTC

21: Ellipsis

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Journey
by Anselm Hollo


...watched you
                    and you were turning, turning
                                                            from me, and back to me, you were light & dark
                                                            both, in ever-shifting proportion
                                                            as were the questions that whirled in my head
                                                                            —question answered by question, your voice & mine
                                                                following, leading, leading us where, where were we going
                                                                      where could we go, if we would, when we would, and
                                                                                                                                            what
                                                                            were the reasons given, the best way to get there
                                                           through the rooms and streets, the blueing desert, enclosed by
                                                                                                                                                time
I watched you,
                                     trying to read your face
                                              —a wanderer in light halls, dark caves, and held by the wind
                                              piercing us beyond pleasure or pain, a constant spear
                                ...watched you,
                    resting, our bodies stretched out on a shield
                                      in a place with many old gods on the walls;
                              did they whisper and hum,
                          back through their millions of lives, through time?
                                             I could not hear them, they had nothing to tell me,
                                            I could not hear them, only your breath
             only the songs of your body, your face,
                                            an intricate chant, an enchantment, yet clear
                         in all its relations
                                                and high, high on it, in the place we had reached, a high place,
                                                   I was opened to you, your music, through my eyes
                                                         not watching, but seeing, now, seeing
                                                                                         you—light in the dark that shines beyond walls or
                                                                                                                                                time...

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:39 am UTC

In the spirit of 915, this last advent post is my favorite poem so far, but my favorite photo is still the black keyboard.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:13 am UTC

Hi everybody. In honor of Green Day (not the music group!!! but 17 March) and my upcoming natal anniversary, I'm dropping in for the first ... time... in several thousand pages. Got nothing to say, really, except best wishes to all.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:25 pm UTC

Hi cellocgw!
Happy birthdip!
If you're bored (and even in you're not) a new Timewaiter, the Advent, has been posting some treeish poems presumably in honour of the upcoming Timversary.
They're scattered over the last few newpages and are well worth reading.

Also
The bsta server is down again.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:11 pm UTC

ergman wrote:It's treeish things
that april brings
like brand new leaves
and baby trees
but during march
the sky is harsh
makes water freeze
see what you breath
for monarch wings
it's not yet spring.
So True....
Spoiler:
March comes in like a Lion.
March goes out like a Lamb.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby lmjb1964 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:35 pm UTC

addams wrote:JuneBug!
JuneBug!
JuneBug!

!Yey!


Addams!
Addams!
Addams!

Yippee!! :D

svenman wrote:Sorry, I'd hoped to prepare something special for my unbasementing on a round number milestone. Maybe I'll manage in time for the binary RNM coming up soon.

Just having you unbasement is special. :)

Treeish not-quite-yet-spring poem, ergman!

cellocgw wrote:Hi everybody. In honor of Green Day (not the music group!!! but 17 March) and my upcoming natal anniversary, I'm dropping in for the first ... time... in several thousand pages. Got nothing to say, really, except best wishes to all.

Yay, it's cellocgw! It's so molpish to see you. Happy upcoming birthdip! Mine is on Mondip.MH



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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby balthasar_s » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:20 pm UTC

GnomeAnne wrote:The bsta server is down again.
  • It stopped behaving correctly because it ran out of diskspace.
  • Actually sd card space. disk was ok.
  • It filled everything with log files.
  • The log files full of complaints that there are incorrect files of some at jobs, growing very quickly.
  • there were indeed some empty at jobs which I don't know where they came from.
  • ?
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:23 pm UTC

Awright, it's back.
Only two dips until the next frame.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:53 pm UTC

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Postby The Advent » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:00 am UTC

22: RUN

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artificial death
by Roberto Harrison


back 90 suns to a run through the ferns
I remain the eclipse of each sound
as I push through the soil
to the icons that run no more. my stutters
explode through the shade of the twilight
as crows destroy the machine → robots
drone in the infinite zero, where
we dwell in the pull of the Sea. the moon
shaves our brain onto the plate and layers
the first person far before the book
to form the semblance we share in the animals
who dwell in the exterior layer of our souls
beyond the skin. that is where suffering
plants and holds its fractal flower
as hope delivers its other linked body
made of the sand and the wind. the flora
and fauna and others of the earth, of each person
extend their net of the mind
to reduce the numerical coldness
of the sound. but where do the multiple
hearts plant themselves in the exterior organs
and the bodies of the stones? and of time cut down
to the green and the stop of the harvest
where the singular falls, how does it start? and
where does it go?

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby addams » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:05 am UTC

oh....Deep.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.

We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.

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Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
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Postby The Advent » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:00 am UTC

23: Water

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Water
by Ralph Waldo Emerson


The water understands
Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby GnomeAnne » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:08 am UTC

I was a little worried when those two Advent posts were late, but they seem to be back on schedule now.
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:20 am UTC

Love These Advent posts! And once again, I'm surprised by how fast things are happening as we near the e... Dawn of Time. Just as it was in the Yip of Time. And as it should be.

It's nice to hear the basement door creak open every now and then - Hi cellocgw and ergman. :)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby mikrit » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:01 pm UTC

*creak, creak*
I was thinking of wishing y’all a happy pi day 3/14, but I was too slow. Then I thought of warning you about the Ides of March 3/15 (unlucky day if you are named Julius Caesar), or wish you a happy sqrt(10) day 3/16, but, time flew.
So, following decree, I wish you a happy 3/18, without using mrob’s utility to find out a snappy formula for 3.18. Or happy 3/19 to those of us in New Zealand, always one step ahead.

Hello, cellocgw!

I have only read the last NewPage lately, but it seems promising.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw0cR8euig0
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1190: Time: NO TRILOMEG AT AN ESCoTaT CAN POST ME!

Postby mrob27 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:24 pm UTC

Examine box content
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Some cassettes.


WYSPA CZARNYCH MALIN : "Island of Black Raspberries" (or something close to that)
  …MAŁP : The only words I see (from the stems database here, and the 2012 list here, which has almost 700,000 words) ending in -AŁP are MAŁP and SUPERMAŁP. MAŁP is the genitive plural of "monkey" or "ape". It would serve the same grammatical role as "raspberries" in the other title: so for example, that cassette might be saying LAS SZCZĘŚLIWYCH MAŁP which would mean "Forest of happy monkeys". You can guess what SUPERMAŁP means :)
  … or maybe MAŁP is something related to "molpy" :D


Excellent idea. Let's Time-travel to the afterwhen and find out (not long to Wait…)

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:27 pm UTC

It's not Beanish, but the Voynich Manuscript is actually getting translated!

My post (in ICT): viewtopic.php?p=4328823#p4328823
The video:
watch on safeshare.tv: https://safeshare.tv/submit?url=https%3 ... 6keMgLmFEk
watch on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6keMgLmFEk

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1190: Time: "WAIT FOR IT IN YOUR PUNDRAGON" SOUNDS LIKE SLANG FOR TELLING SOMEONE TO CH**RP.

Postby mrob27 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:00 am UTC

ucim wrote:[…] the Voynich Manuscript is actually getting translated!

Sadly, no. The corpus that Hauer and Kondrak used (The UN's Universal Declaration on Human Rights) is too small for this sort of task, and has a bias in that it concerns only one (albeit broadly applicable) subject. Worse, once you assume that alphagrammed transliterated Hebrew is the code, you have a many-to-one mapping (strongly surjective, and not a bijection) which means that the "decipherment" task allows for dozens or hundreds of choices, per sentence. Even with that much flexibility, their claimed translations are largely nonsense.
  I suggest you read this article

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1190: Time: EXAMINE BOX CONTENT / BFTF OF VARBAL STARRYONGS / …IONS / SOME CASSETTES.
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BSTA?
What is a bsta?

What will happen if I…


Of course, the cassette's title doesn't tell us much. I kind of saw that coming.
  Oh, and the cassette doesn't have a window through which the spools of tape can be seen. There are cassettes like that, of course. In this case, it prevents us from knowing how far through BSTA we've "played".
  TUNO: 171.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ucim » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:19 am UTC

mrob27 wrote:Worse, once you assume that alphagrammed transliterated Hebrew is the code...
That's not what the video says. Hebrew is not the source related language; Turkish is. Where did you find Hebrew?

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1190: Time: MY BICYCLE IS PROBLEMATIC.

Postby mrob27 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:07 am UTC

ucim wrote:Where did you find Hebrew?

There's a list of notable decipherment claims on Wikipedia. The Alberta folks are the last one in the list.

[This isn't a Hebrew claim, it's a Turkic-family claim]

Oh, I didn't know about Ardiç and Ardiç. I assumed that because they are from University of Alberta, it was the same as last year's claims (from Hauer and Kondrak) who are also at Alberta.
  We'll need to Wait (for it.) a while for more patient people to sort out whether and/or how these folks' claims can be verified or refuted. People claim to have figured out Voynich far too often. For now I'm sticking with the xkcd explanation.
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Postby The Advent » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:00 am UTC

24: Family

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The Homecoming
by Barbara Howes


All the great voyagers return
Homeward as on an arc of thought;
Home like a ruby beacon burns
As they crest wind, scale wave, soar air;
All the great voyagers return,

Though we who wait never have done
Fearing the piteous accidents,
The coral reef sharp as the bones
It has betrayed, fate’s cormorant
Unleashed, whose diving’s never done.

Even the voyager of mind
May fail beneath behemoth’s weight;
Oh, the world’s bawdy carcass blinds
All but the boldest, rots the sails
And swamps the voyaging of the mind.

But all the great voyagers return
Home like the hunter, like the hare
To its burrow; below, earth’s axle turns
To speed their coming, the following fair
Winds bless their voyage, blow their safe return.

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Re: 1190: Time: "WAIT FOR IT IN YOUR PUNDRAGON" SOUNDS LIKE SLANG FOR TELLING SOMEONE TO CH**RP.

Postby balthasar_s » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:58 am UTC

mrob27 wrote:Oh, and the cassette doesn't have a window through which the spools of tape can be seen. There are cassettes like that, of course. In this case, it prevents us from knowing how far through BSTA we've "played".
Or maybe the level of detail in this frame is too low to see through transparent plastic?
Also don't assume that BSTA starts at the beginning of the tape and ends at the end.
That's what we saw when bsta was being started:
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1190: Time: NOW I AM BECOME EPILOGUE, THE UNBASEMENTER OF EPSILONITY

Postby mrob27 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:57 am UTC

That's useful, thank you.
  I vaguely remember some mention of that. It happened in the middle of a roughly 28-day period during which I didn't post anything. I think probably I wasn't reading either. I found this post by @ggh. The trick of typing "hidden interface" into 2words does not seem to work any more. Is there any way to see that tape player thing again? (I mean, not just the image you just showed us! I mean, the actual web page, that has buttons that get clicked, or whatever it was they were doing.)
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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby ZoomanSP » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:50 pm UTC

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Postby The Advent » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:00 am UTC

25: Raft

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We're Building the Ship as We Sail It
by Kay Ryan


The first fear
being drowning, the
ship's first shape
was a raft, which
was hard to unflatten
after that didn't
happen. It's awkward
to have to do one's
planning in extremis
in the early years—
so hard to hide later:
sleekening the hull,
making things
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Re: 1190: Time: NOW I AM BECOME EPILOGUE, THE UNBASEMENTER OF EPSILONITY

Postby balthasar_s » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:58 am UTC

mrob27 wrote:Is there any way to see that tape player thing again? (I mean, not just the image you just showed us! I mean, the actual web page, that has buttons that get clicked, or whatever it was they were doing.)
This is not easy to organise.
Behind the tape interface is a state machine.
This is not the state of only the tape interface but the whole bsta thing.
So, what happens when you click the buttons
each button is a hyperlink to 2words but with a different qwerty string.
/bsta/2words?s=0 is the stop button for example.
Accessing the 2words runs a CGI program written in perl on my server.
First it checks the current state of bsta (bstate?)
Then it changes the state or not
Then it can generate a new version of the /bsta/ main page.
Then it shows you the 2words page with or without the tape interface.

So it's not easy to make it accessible and fully operational without breaking bsta.
Because it actually modifies the state of bsta.
I'll have to think about it.
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1190: Time: E6: *AUFMOLP*ISATION ĘNAP / (OK) . . . (NOT OK)

Postby mrob27 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:23 am UTC

balthasar_s wrote:This is not easy to organise. […]

Thank you for explaining!
  I thought it would be fun to play with the tape machine, like the other people were able to do (perhaps?) but it's not that important, so don't worry about it.
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Re: 1190: Time: E6: *AUFMOLP*ISATION ĘNAP / (OK) . . . (NOT OK)

Postby balthasar_s » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:25 pm UTC

mrob27 wrote:[I thought it would be fun to play with the tape machine, like the other people were able to do (perhaps?) but it's not that important, so don't worry about it.
There is a possibility, actually.
I have a redundant copy of bsta on which I'm testing changes so I don't break the actual thing.
I made it in such a way that I can have multiple independent copies of bsta without a very big effort.
So I can make a copy of everything related to bsta, in the initial state and give a link to it to someone after a request by PM.
This would allow doing things on the rediundant tape interface without mustarding the main one.
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Postby The Advent » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:00 am UTC

26: Flood

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Time
by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality!

And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea?

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Postby SBN » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:24 am UTC

The Advent wrote:Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,


Awefulsome, all of it.



Nicely springy here today. Hope those with different weather are managing ok.
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Re: 1190: Time: E6: *AUFMOLP*ISATION ĘNAP / (OK) . . . (NOT OK)

Postby addams » Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:36 am UTC

balthasar_s wrote:
mrob27 wrote:[I thought it would be fun to play with the tape machine, like the other people were able to do (perhaps?) but it's not that important, so don't worry about it.
There is a possibility, actually.
I have a redundant copy of bsta on which I'm testing changes so I don't break the actual thing.
I made it in such a way that I can have multiple independent copies of bsta without a very big effort.
So I can make a copy of everything related to bsta, in the initial state and give a link to it to someone after a request by PM.
This would allow doing things on the rediundant tape interface without mustarding the main one.
That is very nice.
Posters can play with it.

If they break it, you simply throw them a New one.

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That is interesting.

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Postby taixzo » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:10 am UTC

SBN wrote:Nicely springy here today. Hope those with different weather are managing ok.


Well, the power is out, the car is snowed in, and we're low on firewood. Luckily, we still have internet! (through mobile sand radiating microwaves)
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1190: "Time" - Time Randomly Revisited - np2353

Postby mscha » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:00 am UTC

SPRONGTAIL...
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Wait for it.
OTT Time Travel

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Postby The Advent » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:00 am UTC

27: Morning

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Sand-Memory
by Frederick R. McCreary


Softly the sea
With its handfuls of moonlight,
Taking them in to the beach dusk,
Sifting them over the dark sand
Slowly in wide curves.

Softly and slowly the sea
Scattering moon-bubbles—
Handfuls and armfuls
On dusk-darkened beaches
Over and over—
Telling stories of moon-spray
And night-dripping wings
Over and over and over.

And the sand says nothing;
The sand remembers
And crouches and waits.
It is old as the old sea,
And knows no peace
Till the width of the low tide.

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Postby ZoomanSP » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

Wait on.

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Re: 1190: "Time"

Postby Earthling on Mars » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:51 pm UTC

The Dark Lord

Chapter 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11

The General led twenty-five Molpies along the River³, marching as fast as they could. They had been moving for hours. He wasn't sure how far it was to the wherever the raptorcat was. He didn't know where this Rosetta was either, but he was sure he could defeat her if he had to -- he was the great General! Nobody could stop him. The Dark Lord must have been joking.

"Look out!" shouted one of the Molpies.

The General felt something heavy slam into the side of his head. He drew his sword and slashed at it. It jumped off him.

He saw that it was the cat. He brought his sword down on it, but it dodged and clawed at his leg. He swung again. This time it leaped up, narrowly avoided the sword, and bit his sword arm. He nearly dropped the sword.

The cat hit his hand hard with a paw. This time he did drop the sword.

Spoiler:
The Molpies were gathering around to attack the cat. It clawed at the General's face. It hit the General so hard that he fell backwards, landing on at least one Molpy.

The cat pounced on him. He lay there with the raptorcat staring down at him, its mouth open, sharp teeth bared.

The great General. Defeated by a cat.

* * *


Gurrin swam near the surface of the water. If the platform had floated away, the Dark Lord would have found it gone when he reached the shore. Perhaps that would buy Gurrin enough time to reach LaPetite first.

He still wasn't sure why he was doing this.

He saw a dark shape ahead, on the surface. Was that it? He surfaced and swam toward it.

As he got closer, he saw that it was the raft. He could see the outlines of two Molpies at the edge.

"What are you doing here, dark Molpy?" called one of them. It sounded like Makarga.

"It's...It's me," Gurrin called back. "I've come to warn you--"

"Get over here so I can bite your throat," Makarga yelled.

"Gurrin!" said LaPetite. She came to the side of the raft.

"Get back, milady," said Makarga.

"Gurrin, you came back!" said LaPetite.

Gurrin stopped a few feet from the raft. "I--I came to warn you..."

"Come on board," said LaPetite.

Gurrin hesitated. LaPetite reached over the side of the raft towards him.

"Don't fall in, milady!" said another Molpy--Gurrin didn't remember her name. She rushed to hold LaPetite by the legs.

"C'mon!" said LaPetite.

Gurrin reached up to her. She took his paws and began to pull him on board.

Makarga was watching him. "Don't you dare try anything," he said, "or you will be dead."

Gurrin clambered on to the raft.

"I'm glad you came back," said LaPetite. "Does you leg feel better?"

"A little bit," said Gurrin. "I came to warn you that the Dark Lord is coming to attack you."

"As if we didn't know," said Makarga.

"I mean, he's coming right now," said Gurrin. "You'd better be ready."

"And why are you warning them, Gurrin?" said a low voice.

Gurrin looked toward it. Several Molpies were guarding two other Molpies and a Sparrow-raptor. He recognized the Molpy prisoners.

"Bartus?" he said. "Agdin?"

"I would kill you right now if I could," said Bartus. "You're betraying the Dark Lord."

"I... I..."

"Go on!" said Bartus, turning to Makarga. "Kill this treacherous Molpy."

"I would like that very much," said Makarga. "Or maybe I could just let you two kill each other."

"Quiet!" said LaPetite. "I don't like it when you fight like this."

There was silence for a few seconds. Then Gurrin spoke. "I just don't see why the Dark Lord needs to attack a little girl."

Makarga snorted. Bartus and Agdin glared at Gurrin. He noticed that Agdin's jaw was bandaged. Agdin was usually a talkative Molpy--he must have been in too much pain now to talk.

"I mean," Gurrin continued, shuffling his feet, "she doesn't seem like much of a threat, and she's very nice and all. Don't you think?"

"Traitor," muttered Bartus.

LaPetite knelt and put her arms around Gurrin. He tried to pull away.

"Get away from him, milady!" said Makarga. "He's treacherous!" He put one paw on Gurrin and one on LaPetite and forcefully separated them. He stood between them.

"Makarga!" said LaPetite. "He's nice. He warned us that mean guy is coming."

"I don't know what he's up to," said Makarga, "but I'm sure that wasn't his only reason for coming."

"I guess I should be going now," said Gurrin.

"No you don't!" said Makarga. "You'll go right to the Dark Lord and tell him right where we are!"

"No, I... I promise I won't," said Gurrin.

"Why do you have to go?" asked LaPetite. "You should stay here."

"No," said Gurrin. "I can't let the Dark Lord see me with you." He turned to go.

LaPetite pushed past Makarga and embraced Gurrin again. He felt tears land on his head.

He pulled away and dove off the raft.

* * *


"LaPetite should not have trusted him," Makarga muttered to Segla.

"She is only a child," Segla replied. "The Dark Lord would find us anyway, though."

Makarga grunted.

The Molpies were silent. LaPetite stared at the water.

The Sparrow-raptor broke the silence. "LaPetite does seem like a nice girl," he said. "I mean, she did bandage my wing up. The Dark Lord... well, I mean, he kills his prisoners."

"Not you too!" said the Molpy prisoner. Then before the guards could stop him, he took a swipe at the raptor with his paw.

"Awk!" screeched the Sparrow-raptor, and pecked at the Molpy.

"Stop! Stop!" said LaPetite.

The Sparrow-raptor poked the Molpy's eye with his talon. The other Molpy got in on the fight too--it was hard to tell which one he was attacking. Their guards tried to seperate them.

"No! I don't like it when you fight!" LaPetite moved toward them. Segla held her back.

"They're coming!" called a voice behind them. Makarga turned and saw that dark Molpy swimming in the water.

"The Dark Lord and his army," said the Molpy. "I just saw them. They're coming from the shore. They're almost here."

He dove back under the water.

Makarga pounced on the Molpy who had started the fight and hit him hard on the head. The Molpy slumped. Then Makarga bounded to the other side of the raft to be ready for the Dark Lord.



¹ big
² small
³ neat, and bigger than the other River², but still smaller than the Sea¹

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