I love Randall "xkcd" Munroe's latest book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. The list price is $24.95 and it is on sale today for $10.93 on Amazon. I don't know how long this deal will last, but it's a bargain for this hardcover edition.
Today's xkcd: Mouseover title: "'Or maybe, because we're suddenly having so many conversations through written text, we'll start relying MORE on altered spelling to indicate meaning!' 'Wat.'" It's unusual for Randall Munroe to get so many things wrong, starting with the implication that such things as pictographic (as opposed to logographic) writing systems actually exist. […]
In the continuing What If? series, xkcd artist Randall Munroe answers the reader-submitted question, “How many fireflies would it take to match the brightness of the Sun?” The explanation includes how fireflies create their light and the best way to logically match the Sun’s brightness with fireflies. image via xkcd
Now its fourth installment, Randall Munroe’s XKCD Phone series is superb satire on the ludicrous world of smartphone rumors. Following One , Two , and Three , the XKCD Phone Four gives fans what they’ve been craving—headphone jacks, lots of headphones jacks. Read more...
The talk pages on Wikipedia are often mundane, but if you look closely, you’ll run across occasional weirdness and outright hilarity. Randall Munroe of xkcd noticed that discussions on city entries are particularly funny, as they involve...Show More Summary
For April Fools' Day, Randall Munroe made an interactive widget where you can grow your own garden. Here's mine so far. Others' gardens are further along, with people and octopuses showing up. As with real gardens, the keyword is "patience". Tags: Randall Munroe
If you're the sort to use fancy words, try Cleartext, a simple Mac text editor that won't let you. It's the creation of Morten Just, who was inspired by Randall Munroe's Thing Explainer: "Use it to tell your family members why theirShow More Summary
Randall Munroe came up with an elaborate interactive comic for April Fool’s Day, but due to technical difficulties, couldn’t get it online until Sunday night. Called Garden, it’s a game of sorts, but requires patience. The hover text says, “relax.” You are given what I first thought were UFOs, but they are adjustable grow lights. Show More Summary
Inspired by Randall Munroe's Thing Explainer, Morten Just built a simple text editor for OS X that restricts your writing to the 1000 most common English words. You can also use Munroe's Simple Writer on the web. Tags: language Morten Just Randell Munroe
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will use drawings from Randall Munroe’s work 'The Thing Explainer' in its physics, chemistry, and biology books.
A new class of high school students are about to see lots of snarky stick figures this coming fall XKCD author Randall Munroe is going to be in some science textbooks. Munroe, author of the popular webcomic, published a book last November...Show More Summary
XKCD creator and former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe is bringing his comics and digital animations to the high school classroom.
The content will be sourced from Randall Munroe's 2015 nonfiction book, Thing Explainer.
Textbook giant Houghton Mifflin publishes Randall Munroe's amazing Thing Explainer, and a lucky accident happened when someone in the textbook division noticed Munroe's amazing explanatory graphics, annotated with simple language (the...Show More Summary
A few years ago, Randall Munroe of xkcd became fascinated with explaining difficult concepts with small, easily understood words. An example is here. His project and later book Thing Explainer grow out of his efforts. Munroe’s publisher,...Show More Summary
Randall Munroe's best-selling Thing Explainer, in which he explains scientific concepts using only the 1000 most common words, will be incorporated into the upcoming editions of some of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's high school science textbooks. Mr. Show More Summary
The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists currently rests at 3 minutes to midnight. Randall Munroe of the webcomic xkcd provides yet another argument against Daylight Saving Time. Leave your clocks alone and we all get to live a little longer.
(xkcd/Randall Munroe) This isn't the a map of the states redrawn to have equal populations or area. Rather, Randall Munroe simply re-arranged the current states so that, even when placed in different locations, they still form the general outline of the 48 contiguous states. This is a great idea and we should immediately implement it. -via VA Viper
xkcd creator Randall Munroe rearranged the shapes of the 48 contiguous states to create a new map of the United States of America. image via xkcd
Randall Munroe has made a map of the United States with all of the states in different places but still retaining the same general shape. Particularly clever is the Michigan/Maryland combo to recreate the Bay Area. Tags: maps Randall Munroe USA