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(via EST) This comic spoke to me.

2012 May 27, 2:20

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This comic spoke to me.

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Color Survey Results « xkcd

2010 May 4, 10:51Survey asks you for your gender and color blindness status and then shows you various colors one by one and asks you to type the name. The results of this survey are presented here. Very few differences between genders but there's plenty of interesting results in this document.PermalinkCommentsvia:swannman science statistics color psychology xkcd humor art

We Love xkcd, Real Live Version of Animated Version of xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel

2010 Feb 21, 2:54Internet folk sing about their love of various nerdy things ala xkcd comic of similar namePermalinkCommentscory-doctorow wil-wheaton video xkcd humor music song internet meme

Platonic Ideals in Anathem and The Atrocity Archives

2009 Apr 7, 11:58
The Atrocity ArchivesThe Jennifer MorgueAnathem

This past week I finished Anathem and despite the intimidating physical size of the book (difficult to take and read on the bus) I became very engrossed and was able to finish it in several orders of magnitude less time than what I spent on the Baroque Cycle. Whereas reading the Baroque Cycle you can imagine Neal Stephenson sifting through giant economic tomes (or at least that's where my mind went whenever the characters began to explain macro-economics to one another), in Anathem you can see Neal Stephenson staying up late pouring over philosophy of mathematics. When not exploring philosophy, Anathem has an appropriate amount of humor, love interests, nuclear bombs, etc. as you might hope from reading Snow Crash or Diamond Age. I thoroughly enjoyed Anathem.

On the topic of made up words: I get made up words for made up things, but there's already a name for cell-phone in English: its "cell-phone". The narrator notes that the book has been translated into English so I guess I'll blame the fictional translator. Anyway, I wasn't bothered by the made up words nearly as much as some folk. Its a good thing I'm long out of college because I can easily imagine confusing the names of actual concepts and people with those from the book, like Hemn space for Hamming distance. Towards the beginning, the description of slines and the post-post-apocalyptic setting reminded me briefly of Idiocracy.

Recently, I've been reading everything of Charles Stross that I can, including about a month ago, The Jennifer Morgue from the surprisingly awesome amalgamation genre of spy thriller and Lovecraft horror. Its the second in a series set in a universe in which magic exists as a form of mathematics and follows Bob Howard programmer/hacker, cube dweller, and begrudging spy who works for a government agency tasked to suppress this knowledge and protect the world from its use. For a taste, try a short story from the series that's freely available on Tor's website, Down on the Farm.

Coincidentally, both Anathem and the Bob Howard series take an interest in the world of Platonic ideals. In the case of Anathem (without spoiling anything) the universe of Platonic ideals, under a different name of course, is debated by the characters to be either just a concept or an actual separate universe and later becomes the underpinning of major events in the book. In the Bob Howard series, magic is applied mathematics that through particular proofs or computations awakens/disturbs/provokes unnamed horrors in the universe of Platonic ideals to produce some desired effect in Bob's universe.

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xkcd - Blog Archive - The Goddamn Airplane on the Goddamn Treadmill

2008 Oct 10, 1:32Xkcd providing answers to questions that I forgot I had, like what is the answer to the lawn-sprinkler question from Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. "Feynman used to tell a story about a simple lawn-sprinkler physics problem. The nifty thing about the problem was that the answer was immediately obvious, but to some people it was immediately obvious one way and to some it was immediately obvious the other. (For the record, the answer to Feynman problem, which he never tells you in his book, was that the sprinkler doesn't move at all. Moreover, he only brought it up to start an argument to act as a diversion while he seduced your mother in the other room.)"PermalinkCommentshumor feynman comic blog xkcd physics science math

The Wii Fit's Mind Games

2008 Jun 19, 2:49

Wii Fit LogoSarah received her Wii Fit a few weeks ago. The Wii Fit is a game for the Wii and a balance board accessory that can tell how you're standing on it: leaning forward, standing on one foot, leaning backward and mostly on your left foot, etc. The game puts you through various exercises grouped into the categories of aerobic, balance, strength, and yoga. It also lets you set goals and keeps track of how well you do, how long you play, and a graph of your weight.

The portion I didn't expect were the mind games. Sarah turned it on after not using it for a day and it said something to the effect of 'Oh, didn't have time to exercise yesterday? Huh. Interesting....' I'm paraphrasing of course but the Wii Fit was definitely trying to lay down some guilt. In another instance when starting up the Wii Fit Sarah was asked 'Did you know that Dave has been using Wii Fit?' She selected yes and it then asked her how she thought I was progressing giving her four options. She selected the worst one, that I was getting worse (jokingly I hope) and it told her to tell me that, but not to use those words. In conversation Sarah should mention to me that I've been "living large". Now I'm not paraphrasing. It reminded me a bit of this xkcd comic 'Zealous Autoconfig'. Hopefully this is the extent of the manipulation and mind games that the Wii Fit will perform.

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xkcd - "Zealous Autoconfig"

2008 Apr 28, 11:53Wifi autoconfig that goes beyond expectations.PermalinkCommentshumor comic network wifi xkcd wireless

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

2007 Jun 19, 9:25Unfortunate versions of popular pickup lines.PermalinkCommentscomic xkcd pickup-lines relationship humor

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

2007 Jun 3, 11:22xkcd's captcha proposal.PermalinkCommentscaptcha comic humor security robot spam xkcd

xkcd :: Index

2007 May 17, 5:51The forum for the XKCD comic.PermalinkCommentshumor forum xkcd

Cat Roundup

2007 May 17, 1:04I've seen several humorous kitty related stories recently and then happened upon the whole lolcat scene. Rather than post all the links to humorous kitty lolcat photos to delicious I figure I'll roundup the links here.

A cat in England enjoys riding the bus and does so regularly (associated lolcat commentary).

A cat trees a bear (also with lolcat commentary).

xkcd has a comic on the topic of lolcat commentary. xkcd also had a non-lolcat cat related comic recently that I found funny.

And now I'm out of commentary so I'll just... "X cat is X": interested, aggressive/defensive. VG related: SF, Zelda. Other: cookie, sad.PermalinkCommentsroundup comic kitty personal cat humor nontechnical


2006 Dec 28, 2:09A humorous nerdy webcomic.PermalinkCommentscomics humor comic math science nerd daily language

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

2006 Dec 28, 1:18This one is also funnyPermalinkCommentscomic math humor your-mom for:jozhik

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

2006 Dec 28, 1:15On the topic of your desired major.PermalinkCommentscomic language humor math computational-linguistics for:jozhik

Firefox and Witchcraft - The Connection? (xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe)

2006 Dec 28, 1:09Humorous graph likely produced by 3rd party and in no way generated by Microsoft.PermalinkCommentsfirefox humor comic microsoft mozilla ie witchcraft
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