Tag Archives: xkcd

Comics That Ask “What If?”

“Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe … Continue reading

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Starling Murmuration

A murmuration of starlings is truly wonderful to behold. The above video (by Keep Turning Left) shows an incredibly beautiful murmuration, set to the always magnificent Pachelbel’s Canon in D. But… how many birds would there need to be for gravity to … Continue reading

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Free Speech

Free speech is important. Vital, even. However, some people don’t quite understand what free speech actually is. The above comic, from the ever brilliant xkcd, explains clearly what the right to free speech is. Read it, understand it, learn it. … Continue reading

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Now

“Now” is a very useful comic image from xkcd. It shows different time zones around the world, based on a 24 hour clock. The time difference between each city and zone is given, as well as a basic idea of … Continue reading

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Frequency

Today’s xkcd comic is mesmerising. Entitled “Frequency”, it shows the estimated average frequency of certain things happening in the world. For instance, a fishing boat catching a shark happens every time your heart beats. China builds cars far more frequently … Continue reading

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1190: Time

I’m a big fan of the xkcd webcomics, and the creator behind them, Randall Munroe, outdid himself with an ambitious project simple entitled “Time“. It started out as a simple image, of a stick man and woman sitting together on the … Continue reading

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The Universe

The Universe has just gotten older. Ok, maybe that’s not true, but our estimate of the age of the Universe has increased to 13.82 billion years, up from 13.73 billion years. This new estimate is thanks to new results from … Continue reading

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Weekly Ramblings – Mandelbulb Cat Flashes Death Chess Coaster

  A slightly delayed Weekly Ramblings, but it has arrived! Ever heard of chess coaster? Inspired by a brilliant xkcd comic, the basic premise is to capture yourself and a friend or 2 playing chess whilst on a roller coaster, … Continue reading

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xkcd – Click And Drag

xkcd have managed to outdo themselves with their comic today, entitled “Click and Drag“. The image on the left here is the first half of the comic. You really must go to the xkcd site and look at the second … Continue reading

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Curiosity – Satisfied!

Early this morning, the rover Curiosity successfully navigated through its “Seven Minutes of Terror” to touch down on the surface of Mars. Stop for a moment and think about that. Humans designed, engineered, and built a giant robot, sent it … Continue reading

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