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Adopt-a-blog #23 xkcd.com

Alex Christie

16 February 2009

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When Henry conceived the idea of 'Adopt-a-blog' we were given the possibility to choose which blog we'd be reviewing, I chose xkcd.com. Henry affectionately refers to it as a web comic for nerds, which despite being slight pejorative is probably true. It describes itself as "A web comic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language", which is fair and it can be a little geeky but then it can be really abstract too.
The title is often an indication of what is going on and having the mouse above a comic reveals a tool-tip which is often and extra little treat (or explanation on what's going on).
For me the comics basically enter one of three categories; "don't get it", "that's interesting I'll find out more about that" and "brilliant". As a case in point of each see:

"don’t get it"
http://xkcd.com/257/
http://xkcd.com/82/
http://xkcd.com/434/

"that's interesting I'll find out more about that"
http://xkcd.com/543/
http://xkcd.com/536/
http://xkcd.com/381/

"brilliant"
http://xkcd.com/540/
http://xkcd.com/282/
http://xkcd.com/210/
http://xkcd.com/528/

The "don't get it" ones are often based around characters which reoccur which I'm starting to become familiar with but at first didn't have a clue what was going on. The frustrating thing with these is that you know there is some funny reference to something (probably) but you just don't know what it is. There are forums for these things but I think it kind of spoils the charm of some of them.

The "that interesting…" ones often appeal to the geek in me and I'll end up reading around the topic it's referring to. These are often aided by the title or the 'tool-tip'. These ones are often ones that I don't get but then understand after recognising the reference as it were.

The "brilliant" ones are ones that I'll send to appropriate people. I have a couple of friends who are very militant about correct grammar, so I obviously sent them this http://xkcd.com/326/

Of course there's a reason why Henry refers to this as being for nerds, I find myself alone in finding these funny:
http://xkcd.com/413/
http://xkcd.com/123/

And sadly I even have to admit to having thought of this:
(and come up with my own solution :] )
http://xkcd.com/541/

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