Time: XKCD's slo-mo time-lapse comic

On March 25, Randall Munroe ran a strip called Time, an enigmatic, wordless image whose tool-tip was "Wait for it." Ever since, the strip has been updating with subsequent frames, all of them making up a time-lapse animation of a lovely story about a day of sand-castle building at the beach.

The XKCD Wikia entry for the post has animated GIFs and a slideshow showing the progress to date. It's really coming along nicely, and Randall's done some clever things with the back-end to stop people from previewing future frames.


  1. It’s not TOTALLY wordless. There are two or three lines of dialogue. I’ve only managed to catch one of those “live.” . . . “Let’s go swimming!”

  2. If I have this right, viewing the comic’s regular site is like viewing one frame of a film at a time.  You can only see the entire creation if you go to one of the “fan sites” that present it as a movie.

    Maybe this is geekdom’s version of Impressionism? 

  3. I remember being confused by this when the first one was presented. Seeing as xkcd has a lot of potential for confusion normally, I would have never even thought to look again.

  4. This http://xkcd.aubronwood.com/ was one of the first captures. I see the story is still developing as well. I left it up and went back to the tab later to notice it indeed was changing the first day but never thought it would go this long.

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