1393: Timeghost

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1393: Timeghost

Postby glasnt » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:56 am UTC

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'Hello, Ghostbusters?' 'ooOOoooo people born years after that movie came out are having a second chiiiild right now ooOoooOoo'

OooOoOOOooOOO Elaine Roberts featured in XKCD over 1000 comic strips ago. WOOOOoohhOOohhoo

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:05 am UTC

Ruh roh? 1108 seems to date from 14.9.2012 so they have up to 2 years or less to live.
I'm going to step off the LEM now... here we are, Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby chridd » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:09 am UTC

glasnt wrote:OooOoOOOooOOO Elaine Roberts featured in XKCD over 1000 comic strips ago. WOOOOoohhOOohhoo
...I just realized I've been reading xkcd since over 1000 strips ago, and I started after the ones with Elaine.

the comic wrote:Today's new parents were ten when Eminem got big.
If I'm interpreting the Wikipedia article correctly, that means they're close to my age... not sure if I'll ever get used to the idea that people near my age are having children.

Envelope Generator wrote:Ruh roh? 1108 seems to date from 14.9.2012 so they have up to 1,5 years or less to live.
There's also 647: "Scary" from 2009-10-09 (similar idea, but not an actual ghost), and the ghost may have been haunting her during times not represented in the comic.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby rhomboidal » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:14 am UTC

Is this what the red ghost from Pac-Man got up to after the '80s? He always was an asshole.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby xtifr » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:26 am UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:Ruh roh? 1108 seems to date from 14.9.2012 so they have up to 2 years or less to live.

Different ghost. This ghost has been haunting them for four panels, so they have no more than three panels left to live.

(I like the idea of measuring time in panels. Panels can be grouped into strips, which are divided by punchlines, so every time you finish a joke, you're one strip older.)
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Djehutynakht » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:28 am UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:Ruh roh? 1108 seems to date from 14.9.2012 so they have up to 2 years or less to live.


I don't think these are the same ghosts; It's possible Cautionary Ghost is TimeGhost's cousin.

I wonder if the Time Vulture is related. A pet, perhaps?



Anyways... I feel like Randall is my TimeGhost sometimes, with some of these comics.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Assisting » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:33 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Anyways... I feel like Randall is my TimeGhost sometimes, with some of these comics.


Thinking back, it does seem to be a rather recurrent theme. I think it started with strip 493.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby synp » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:43 am UTC

Eminem got big with the Slim Shady LP in 1999. The 10-year-olds of them are now 25. Some 25-year-olds are having children, (also some 14-year-olds) but for the most part, people are waiting to at least 28 and more commonly 30 to have kids.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby da Doctah » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:41 am UTC

OooOoOOOooOOO There are teenagers alive today who were born after the Teletubbies ended production! OooOoOOOooOOO

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Pfhorrest » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:41 am UTC

OooOoOOOooOOO In exactly two months there will be teenagers who were born after the World Trade Center fell OooOoOOOooOOO
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby sfmans » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:47 am UTC

Well thanks. I feel really old now.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby LoopyChew » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:52 am UTC

Really, the year in which Timeghost will bug me the most will be 2027, when Austin Powers could do yet another 30-year cryo stasis from his "present" in 1997 to what will be our "present."

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby da Doctah » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:58 am UTC

In another five years, Elvis will have been dead as long as he was alive. The year after that, the same will be true of John Lennon.

We passed the corresponding point for JFK five years ago.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Flumble » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:12 am UTC

xtifr wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:Ruh roh? 1108 seems to date from 14.9.2012 so they have up to 2 years or less to live.

Different ghost. This ghost has been haunting them for four panels, so they have no more than three panels left to live.

(I like the idea of measuring time in panels. Panels can be grouped into strips, which are divided by punchlines, so every time you finish a joke, you're one strip older.)

Let's hope the next strip is set in the far future so they can happily live their lives between the panels.

Come to think of it: we never get to see what happens in between the panels. My guess is sex. A fuckton of it.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:17 am UTC

Flumble wrote:Come to think of it: we never get to see what happens in between the panels. My guess is sex. A fuckton of it.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby PayasYouDraw » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:32 am UTC

We're getting close to all of Back to the Future being set in the past too.

What I want to know is what a timeghost was before it died.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Xenomortis » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:11 am UTC

The game boy is older than me.
The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.
I was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall (and a year before the dissolution of the Soviet Union).
Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is older than me.

Spoiler:
I finished university two years ago.


People starting university now (18) were born after:
Spoiler:
  • The release of Jurassic Park (film)
  • The release of Lion King
  • The first airing of Friends
  • The release of Doom and Doom II
  • The release of the first Pokemon games
There are teenagers alive today that have never known a pre-prequel era - they deserve our sympathies.


Many teenagers alive today will also not remember:
Spoiler:
  • A time before Google (two more years and it's in the previous list)
  • The first half of the Britney Spears' career
  • The release of Halo
  • Indeed, the release of the XBox, Gamecube and PS2
  • Arguably, the release of the XBox 360 (a thirteen year old would have been 4)
  • A time before everybody hated our freedom
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby nigenet » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:05 am UTC

Xenomortis wrote:The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.

Wait, you were born in 1990 or 1980? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby pduthie » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:21 am UTC

I for one demand a new Timeghost xkcd spin off comic. I actually derive strange pleasure from the use of culturally significant events to induce age-related fear, combined with a smattering of I-was-alive-then superiority.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:32 am UTC

nigenet wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.

Wait, you were born in 1990 or 1980? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows

How did you get to 1980?

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Envelope Generator » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:33 am UTC

Given the a in deaths is silent, is the aaa in deaaaths also silent?
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Xenomortis » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:37 am UTC

nigenet wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.

Wait, you were born in 1990 or 1980? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows


Internet != World Wide Web
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby nigenet » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:01 pm UTC

Xenomortis wrote:
nigenet wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.

Wait, you were born in 1990 or 1980? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows


Internet != World Wide Web

Sorry, I was working the numbers the wrong way round and thought you meant you were 5 years older than Windows rather than what you said, hence I figured you were born 1980. 1990 was for you being about the same age as the web and I assumed you'd meant Windows 95...

From this point forward I will not try to do simple maths before I've finished 2 coffees ;-)

I know web != internet, that wasn't the confusion ;-)
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby nigenet » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:02 pm UTC

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nigenet wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:The World Wide Web is about the same age as me.
MS Windows is five years older than me.

Wait, you were born in 1990 or 1980? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows

How did you get to 1980?

By not drinking enough coffee before doing simple maths ;-)
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby WibblyWobbly » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:11 pm UTC

Way to go, Randall. Post a timeghost comic on my birthday.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby thevicente » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:26 pm UTC

2nd panel: grandparents
3rd panel: new parents
alt-text: second child

Not everyone keeps track of/plan their lives by becoming a parent and/or having the 2nd child.

Randall's biological clock must be ringing.

Slightly annoying.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby n_brack » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:23 pm UTC

Actually, those weren't factoids... factoid means the opposite of what you think it does. It means a "fact" that isn't actually true. The Atlantic had a bit on it a couple years ago. I'd link to the article but the software isn't letting me. So just google or wikipedia it.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby cjcampbell » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:52 pm UTC

ooooOOOOOOoooo! I was 18 when men landed on the moon. Will there be any of us left alive when we finally return?

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Whizbang » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:59 pm UTC

OOoooOOOooooOOOO

I am 32 years old and planning to get a vasectomyTMI. My dad was 32 years old when he got his.



I hope I don't have a heart attack at 47 as well...OOOOOoooooOOOOooooOOO!

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby orthogon » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:04 pm UTC

cjcampbell wrote:ooooOOOOOOoooo! I was 18 when men landed on the moon. Will there be any of us left alive when we finally return?

Yet another reason to envy you Baby Boomers! I was born six months after the last manned lunar landing and am thus the most likely to live my entire life without ever witnessing such an event.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby moody7277 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:09 pm UTC

I was launched about the same time as Voyager 2. Voyager 1 launched about a month later.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby eidako » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:13 pm UTC

synp wrote:Some 25-year-olds are having children, (also some 14-year-olds) but for the most part, people are waiting to at least 28 and more commonly 30 to have kids.

I envy your perspective of the world, even if it is factually questionable. My 31-year-old Mormon cousin is about to give birth to her fifth. Any one of my former high school classmates, the same age and from the same part of the world, have a minimum of two kids posted on their Facebook pages.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby chenille » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:37 pm UTC

So, this is the cultural Zeitgeist.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby AEB » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:41 pm UTC

Factoid != Fact
Factoid = "an invented 'fact' believed to be true because it appears in print" - Merriam Webster Dictionary

Fun fact --- use of the word "factoid" to identify a "little snippet of truth" came about in the 90s thanks to misuse on CNN. It is now an accepted second meaning, such that one word now is taken to mean both "made up" and "true"... the variant of me from the 80's thinks that's bad! The variant of me from the 90's thinks that's phat. The current version of me is resigned to acceptance that language changes, but still doesn't like the word Factoid.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby PinkShinyRose » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:41 pm UTC

eidako wrote:
synp wrote:Some 25-year-olds are having children, (also some 14-year-olds) but for the most part, people are waiting to at least 28 and more commonly 30 to have kids.

I envy your perspective of the world, even if it is factually questionable. My 31-year-old Mormon cousin is about to give birth to her fifth. Any one of my former high school classmates, the same age and from the same part of the world, have a minimum of two kids posted on their Facebook pages.

Where are those graphs from? What do they show? I tried looking at the WHO site, but couldn't find anything, what did you find?

EDIT: I found OECD (PDF) data (the USA has the highest GDP/capita but is similar to the less wealthy members in that graph, what's going on there?), but no worldwide data :(, what did you use? Then again, 25 seems high for worldwide, maybe it was just about US ages.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby cellocgw » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:51 pm UTC

OOOooooOOOOOO! I have t-shirts older than a bunch of you (the folks who should get offa my lawn :) ).

I think the oldest thing I still have which I bought new is a coffee mug circa 1968. Naturally, I bought it for a stupid reason: someone else in my family got a mug as a gift, and I was jealous.

Apparently, from looking over the posts in this thread, actual live nonectoplasmic people are just as capable of making each other feel really old (or young) without any help from ghosts.
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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Whizbang » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:02 pm UTC

In my last job, we got a new employee. When another employee found out the age of the new employee, she burst out, "God, I have underwear older than you!"

That struck me as funny as well as a nice measure of a person's age.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby Zylon » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:10 pm UTC

I take it from the douchey undertone of this strip that Randall is doing his usual smug superiority thing to people who partake in this sort of chronological cultural relativism.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:44 pm UTC

The end of the Shadow War first aired closer to when I was born than to today. Happily, President Clark's death is still closer to today.

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Re: 1393: Timeghost

Postby aegiswings » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:44 pm UTC

He is misusing the word "factoid". A factoid is a fact that isn't true!


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