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Title: Over-exposed Camera
Description: Speculation about April 8 comic


Packbat - April 24, 2011 03:30 PM (GMT)
April 8: "There must be something wrong with the camera - all the footage looks ... over-exposed.

Looking at the way the image is depicted, it appears that the light sensors in the camera are picking up a strong light source from ???'s location - and that's James's hypothesis as well. However, none of the human beings see this strong light coming from ???. That would suggest one of three things:

1. Magical shenanigans.

2. She's emitting light outside the visible range, intensely enough that it overwhelms the color filters in the camera.

3. She's emitting something else capable of affecting CCD or CMOS light sensors.

Either way, Sarah and James ought to be a bit more concerned than they are.

(Question, though: does the scat act as a light source to the camera?)

Rae - April 25, 2011 02:28 AM (GMT)
Welcome to the Forums, Packbat ^ ^

And I'm glad to see some speculation on this. Reading the fan speculation is the most fun I have doing this comic!

C F - April 25, 2011 01:05 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Packbat @ Apr 24 2011, 11:30 AM)
1. Magical shenanigans.

I like this answer.

Packbat - April 25, 2011 03:47 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (C F @ Apr 25 2011, 01:05 PM)
QUOTE (Packbat @ Apr 24 2011, 11:30 AM)
1. Magical shenanigans.

I like this answer.

Of course, it does have the difficulty of explaining why cameras pick up on magic and humans don't. Normally I would expect it to go the other way around.

And if ??? were really a ball of light, I would expect the humans to notice the light on other things. And the heat on their skin.

El Nerdo Loco - April 25, 2011 08:29 PM (GMT)
It is also possible that the light source simply has not been present when they have observed the cage directly. Their postures make me think they were reviewing earlier footage.

Packbat - April 25, 2011 09:52 PM (GMT)
Easy enough to test - flip it on again and point it at ???.

El Nerdo Loco - April 26, 2011 07:46 AM (GMT)
True, but it was also easy enough to test when setting the camera up. I would have expected them to make sure the entire cage was in frame and focused. And that we saw light streaming out of the doorway in this comic says to me that an intermittent source of visible light is the simplest explanation.

Though I suddenly find the angles confusing. The cage is on the opposite wall of the exit, the flash appears to be on the left side near the exit, and the camera shows the source being inside the cage. These angles are probably not meant to be of any consequence, though.

Packbat - April 26, 2011 01:43 PM (GMT)
Ooh, I'd forgotten about that! That needs to be added to the list:

4. She's emitting light, but not while the humans are around.

El Nerdo Loco - April 27, 2011 08:42 AM (GMT)
That may be a bit premature. We just know it is something in the cage. Not her necessarily. If nothing else, she so far appears to be a mammal. And there are no bioluminescent mammals. I also doubt this trait would exist in an animal no one has ever seen. It is kind of a dead giveaway.

Packbat - April 27, 2011 01:06 PM (GMT)
The light appears to be coming from her in the footage - I suppose she could be carrying a strobe, but...

Cubist - May 13, 2011 08:16 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (El Nerdo Loco @ Apr 27 2011, 08:42 AM)
That may be a bit premature. We just know it is something in the cage. Not her necessarily. If nothing else, she so far appears to be a mammal. And there are no bioluminescent mammals. I also doubt this trait would exist in an animal no one has ever seen. It is kind of a dead giveaway.

Considering how many different species/families/genuses the specimen has traits from, I strongly doubt she's a mammal. She doesn't really fit anywhere in the nested heirarchy, you know? Wherever she came from, it ain't Earth's biosphere... not unless she was created by advanced bioengineers from said biosphere, at least.
Hmm... I do hope the strip's not going to get into Creationism, not even the Intelligent Design morph thereof...

Perfesser Bear - May 22, 2011 01:22 AM (GMT)
Hmm...

I suppose I spent too many years working as a security guard at a nuke plant, but I suspect they should have brought a radiation detector. Both film and digital cameras respond to radiation by fogging images.

--Perfesser




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