Alaska Robotics perform a very special cover of Space Oddity in constrained-vocabulary phrasing that restates the lyrics using only the 100 most common English words, in the style of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer/Up-Goer Five. (via Vi Hart)
We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s More »
We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s upcoming book of explainer drawings, THING EXPLAINER: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. We’ve got a sneak peek for you, below. Read more...
I recently wrote about Thing Explainer, a book by my friend and xkcd author Randall Munroe that explains complex scientific ides using only the most common 1000 words in the English language (originally motivated by his flippin’ brilliant...Show More Summary
Bill Gates has released his latest reading list: Beach Reads 2015. The list includes: “Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh; “The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins; and “What If?” by Randall Munroe. “Last year, there was only one book on my summer reading list that you could reasonably call a beach read,” Gates explained on his site. Show More Summary
Bill Gates reviews What If? by author Randall Munroe.
Bill Gates reviews XKCD by author Randall Munroe.
The world just got a little less mysterious. Author Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd, is back with a new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff In Simple Words. Inspired by his comic Up Goer Five, which explains the anatomy of a...Show More Summary
Explaining scientific concepts to people is tricky. On the one hand, people do clearly have a great deal of curiosity when it comes to astronomy and the human body and a million other subjects. On the other hand, these subjects are complicated — sometimes really complicated — and newcomers to them who want... More »
In his comic “Up Goer Five,” Randall Munroe labels a blueprint of NASA’s Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most common English words. Today, Munroe announced he’s giving the Up-Goer-Five treatment to a range of interesting objects—like the Mars Curiosity Rover—in a new book called Thing Explainer. Read more...
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words is an upcoming book by xkcd creator Randall Munroe that explains things using only illustrations and the 1,000 English words people use most often. Munroe used this style to explain NASA’s Saturn V rocket in the xkcd comic “Up Goer Five.” Thing Explainer will be released on November 24, 2015. […]
Coming this November (pre-order here), Thing Explainer expands the premise of Up Goer Five, Munroe's blueprint of the Saturn Five rocket that restricted its vocabulary to the thousand most common English words. Read the rest
Randall Munroe of xkcd is coming out with a new book called Thing Explainer. Inspired by his popular comic, "Up Goer Five," THING EXPLAINER is a series of brilliantly -- and simply -- annotated blueprints that explain everything from ballpoint pens to the solar system using line drawings and only the thousand most common English words. So awesome. Show More Summary
What movie should you be pretending to be in right now? Whether you live in the land of "Fargo" or "The Rock," Randall Munroe of the web comic Xkcd.com has created a map showing the backgrounds of famous movies to help out with this all-important question. Called “A cheat sheet for figuring out where in […]
In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture “Munroe’s teasing links to conspiracy sites also hint that he is well aware of the need to evaluate information for accuracy and confident in his ability to do so. He makes an effort… Read More
Randall Munroe at xkcd modded a U.S. map as “A Cheat Sheet for figuring out where in the U.S. you are by recognizing the background from movies (for use by GeoGuessr players and crash-landed astronauts.” I doubt this would really help me in GeoGuessr, since every picture in there looks like Florida to me but is really Australia. Show More Summary
A recent XKCD cartoon by Randall Munroe depicts a map of the contiguous United States broken up by backgrounds from popular movies like Fargo, The Wizard of Oz, and Jaws.
Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental. Read more...
Randall Munroe of xkcd fashioned a scatterplot graph to compare mysteries in both their overall weirdness and their explainability. However, people will still argue over what the explanation is. Most people look at the Loch Ness Monster mystery and say “pareidolia,” while a few folks just know there’s dinosaurs in the lake. Show More Summary
(xkcd/Randall Munroe) You want to be an artist. But there's a problem: you have no technical skill for it. Don't worry! You can become a conceptual or performance artist. Then all you need is a slight variation on an idea that several other artists have already done. Show More Summary