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Dark Matter Candidates
"Maybe these orbit lines in space diagrams are real and very heavy"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  space 
august 2018 by bankbryan
Voting Software
"I don't quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.08  comic  voting  software 
august 2018 by bankbryan
"People who threw away their socks and bought all one kind"
"People who open bananas from the other end"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2018.04  comic  religion 
may 2018 by bankbryan
xkcd: Cast Iron Pan
"If you want to evenly space them, it's easiest to alternate between the Arctic and Antarctic. Some people just go to the Arctic twice, near the equinoxes so the visits are almost 6 months apart, but it's not the same."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.10  comic  satire  cooking 
november 2017 by bankbryan
xkcd Phone 6
"We didn’t start this nonconsecutive version number war, but we will not lose it."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  satire  iPhone  naming 
september 2017 by bankbryan
Still in Use
"You know, I'll just leave the towel there and try again tomorrow."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.09  comic  user-interface 
september 2017 by bankbryan
Bun Alert
"But... *why* are you alerting people about rabbits?"
"I mean... look at them. They're like loaves of bread that hop."
"I see."
"*People need to know.*"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.08  comic  animals 
august 2017 by bankbryan
Wifi vs Cellular
"It seems weird from a networking point of view, but some time in the last few years this flipped for me."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.07  comic  mobile  networks 
august 2017 by bankbryan
"Catching the right gif frame
Snapchat and trust
Embarrassing background tabs
Spellcheck's red underlines
Security: beware URL tokens"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.07  comic  instructional  web 
august 2017 by bankbryan
Refresh Types
"Harder refresh: remotely cycles power to datacenter
Hardest refresh: Internet starts over from Arpanet"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.06  comic  satire  internet  data-centers 
july 2017 by bankbryan
"I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying '80s, 90s, and today'. I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.06  comic  time  radio  future  language 
june 2017 by bankbryan
State Word Map
"But whatever. Nobody checks this stuff. Just pick whatever normalization lets you make fun of Florida."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.06  comic  satire  maps  map  USA 
june 2017 by bankbryan
Random Obsessions
"I take the view that 'open-faced sandwiches' are not sandwiches, but all other physical objects are."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.05  comic  search  food  trends 
may 2017 by bankbryan
"Restrooms are all digital – no pipes. The Wi-Fi is very fast, but cursed. Our server room is carbon-neutral, but produces bismuth constantly."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.03  comic  work 
march 2017 by bankbryan
"Hello, welcome to our house!"
"Thanks for inviting us! Alexa, order two tons of creamed corn. Alexa, confirm purchase."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.03  comic  Amazon  surveillance 
march 2017 by bankbryan
Focus Knob
"Fiddling with email settings -- panic and existential paralysis"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2017.02  comic  email 
february 2017 by bankbryan
Tornado Safety Tips
"- Seek out warm and humid surface air layers
- Don't let rain-cooled air choke off your circulation"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2016.11  comic  satire  weather 
november 2016 by bankbryan
Earth Temperature Timeline
"[After setting your car on fire] Listen, your car's temperature has changed before."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2019.09  comic  visualization  weather  history  time 
september 2016 by bankbryan
Linear Regression
"I don't trust linear regressions when it's harder to guess the direction of the correlation from the scatter plot than to find new constellations on it."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2016.08  comic  statistical-analysis  space 
august 2016 by bankbryan
City Talk Pages
"6 'Mining disasters' section too long
6.1 Not really Wikipedia's fault
6.2 Why is this town so bad at mining?"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2016.04  comic  Wikipedia  cities  from twitter
april 2016 by bankbryan
Watson Medical Algorithm
"A guide to the medical diagnostic and treatment algorithm used by IBM's Watson computer system."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.12  comic  medicine  satire  from iphone
december 2015 by bankbryan
Exoplanet Names 2
"Space Planet
A Star
e'); drop table planets;--
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.07  comic  satire  space  naming 
august 2015 by bankbryan
Strengths and Weaknesses
"What would you say is your biggest weakness?"
"Probably that I'm a giant tangle of parts that don't always work right, so I can die easily."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.07.01  comic  work  from twitter
july 2015 by bankbryan
"Because you're retiring in a month, do you just not care what you say anymore?" "What?! I *ride the skies* atop a screaming bird of truth! Also, yes, I do not."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.05  comic  education  space 
may 2015 by bankbryan
Operating Systems
"Elon Musk project"
"Blood drone"
"Human civilization ends in fire"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.03  comic  software  visualization  future  satire 
april 2015 by bankbryan
Ontological Argument
"A God who holds the world record for eating the most skateboards is greater than a God who does not hold that record."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.03  comic  religion 
april 2015 by bankbryan
"Everything the light touches is our kingdom."
"What's that dark area?"
"That is Opportunity's half of the planet. We must never go there."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.03  comic  space 
april 2015 by bankbryan
""At the bottom left: The mystery of why, when I know I needed to be asleep an hour ago, I decide it's a good time to read through every Wikipedia article in the categories 'Out-of-place artifacts', 'Earth mysteries', 'Anomalous weather', and 'List of people who disappeared mysteriously'."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.03  comic  Wikipedia  visualization 
march 2015 by bankbryan
Fundamental Forces
"(3) The strong nuclear force, which obeys, uh... well, umm... it holds protons and neutrons together."
"I see."
"It's strong."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2015.02.20  comic  physics 
february 2015 by bankbryan
Language Nerd
"I don't mean to go all language nerd on you, but I just legit adverbed 'legit', verbed 'adverb', and adjectived 'language nerd'."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.11.05  comic  language 
november 2014 by bankbryan
xkcd: Where Do Birds Go
"I love the idea that somehow this is the universal question, the thing that unites us. When it rains, we wonder where the birds go, and hope they're staying dry."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.10.15  comic  search  animals  from twitter
october 2014 by bankbryan
"Can you name all the dwarfs from Snow White?"
"Sure, there's, um... Sneezy, Phylum, Europe, Sloth, Guacamole, Data Link, Colossus of Rhodes"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.09  comic  naming  from iphone
september 2014 by bankbryan
Worst Hurricane
"What's the worst hurricane anyone in your town remembers?"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.08.12  comic  weather  disaster  from iphone
august 2014 by bankbryan
Quantum Vacuum Virtual Plasma
“But you’re not pushing on the quantum vacuum.”
“I *might* be. I do a lot of things.”
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.08  comic  from twitter
august 2014 by bankbryan
Like I'm Five
"What've you been up to?"
"Doing tons of math for my thesis."
"Can you explain it like I'm five?"
"'Oh my god, where are your parents?'"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.05.04  comic  children  math 
may 2014 by bankbryan
"Is *everything* compromised?"
"Well, the attack is limited to data stored in computer memory."
"So paper is safe. And clay tablets."
"Our imaginations, too."
"See, we'll be fine."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.04.08  comic  web  security 
april 2014 by bankbryan
"If 'other people having experiences incorrectly' is annoying to you, think how unbearable it must be to have a condescending stranger tell you they hate the way you're experiencing your life at just the moment you've found something you want to remember."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2014.01  comic  photography  from iphone
january 2014 by bankbryan
Year in Review
“What about the rest of the year?”
“What do you mean?”
“Any big news stories?”
“Oh yeah, tons.”
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2013.12.11  comic  from twitter
december 2013 by bankbryan
xkcd: Job Interview
"We want to hire you to write on our computers. We can offer you a bunch of paychecks! There are ghosts here."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2013.11  comic  work  from iphone
november 2013 by bankbryan
"could not be reached for comment" -> "is guilty and everyone knows it"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2013.11  comic  media 
november 2013 by bankbryan
Privacy Opinions
"The Exhibitionist:
'*Mmmm*, I sure hope the NSA isn't watching me bite into these juicy strawberries!! Oops, I dropped some on my shirt! Better take it off. Google, are you there? Google, this lotion feels soooo good.'"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2013.09.25  comic  privacy  NSA  Google  internet 
september 2013 by bankbryan
Meteor Showers
"In 1966, an unusually active Leonid shower killed God."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  comic  space  satire 
august 2013 by bankbryan
"It sounds kind of like... a butterfly net. ...Are you planning to catch the International Space Station?"
"I'm planning to catch *an* international space station."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  comic  space 
august 2013 by bankbryan
10-Day Forecast
"...Oh! You typed a minus sign in the zip code. The negative zip codes are all like that."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  comic  weather 
august 2013 by bankbryan
"Are you paying him to look after your stuff?"
"Then what he runs isn't a storage business."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.12.21  comic  business  cloud-computing  from twitter
december 2012 by bankbryan
Up Goer Five
“The end should point toward the ground if you want to go to space. If it starts pointing toward space you are having a bad problem and you will not go to space today.”
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.11.02  space  language  comic  from twitter
november 2012 by bankbryan
Cautionary Ghost
"This is the future. And *this* is the future if you give up the fight over the word 'literally'."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.09.14  comic  language  instructional 
september 2012 by bankbryan
Crazy Straws
"Human subcultues are nested factically. There's no bottom."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.08.15  comic  culture 
august 2012 by bankbryan
"This is our solar system. The rest of these orbit other stars and were only discovered recently. Most of them are huge because these are the kind we learned to detect first, but now we're finding that small ones are actually more common. We known nothing about what's on any of them. With better telescopes, that would change. This is an exciting time."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.06.20  space  visualization 
june 2012 by bankbryan
"This may sound like a joke, so let me be clear: I am *dead serious*. Ignore anything I say retracting this."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2012.05.18  comic  web  social-media 
may 2012 by bankbryan
Valentine Dilemma
"I got you Easter candy and a jar of hammers."
"I panicked and stapled my hand to my face."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2013.02.13  comic  relationships 
march 2012 by bankbryan
"The 20 most-played Christmas songs by decade of popular release"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.12.09  infographic  music  nostalgia  children 
december 2011 by bankbryan
"All this money flows in and out of, and between, households, corporations, and governments. This process is complicated."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.11.21  visualization  infographic  2012-election  housing  2010-election  2008-election  2004-election  2000-election  food  class  work  film  economics  politics  business  taxes  disaster  Hurricane-Katrina  9/11  roads  war  Iraq  Afghanistan  public-transit  NYC  space  infrastructure  mobile  Apple  iPhone  iPad  medicine  money  cars 
november 2011 by bankbryan
Map Projections
"You're not a complicated person. You love the Mercator projection; you just wish it weren't square. The Earth's not a square, it's a circle. You like circles. Today is gonna be a good day!"
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.11  comic  maps  visualization 
november 2011 by bankbryan
"That's not even the tragedy of the commons anymore. That's the tragedy of you're a dick."
"If you're quick with a knife, you'll find the invisible hand is made of delicious invisible meat."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.09  comic  travel  economics  web  business 
october 2011 by bankbryan
I'm Sorry
"It annoys me when people interpret an obviously sympathetic 'I'm sorry' as an apology, so I've started responding by making it one."
a:Randall-Munroe★★★  p:xkcd★★★  d:2011.08  comic  etiquette  conversation  observation 
august 2011 by bankbryan
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