The funny thing is that if you’ve been burned by this in your programming, you’ll find it tragically funny. All kinds of disasters from mundane to NASA-level have ocurred because people didn’t make their variables large enough. Thanks for that reminder, xkcd.
This has also aways bothered me. As usual, Randall, at xkcd, has put in a comic what was in my head. Recently, I was thinking of making a post about how old concepts from the 1400s and 1500s still influence our terminology and words today. One of the most prominent ones you often hear on the news is the reference of Europe as The West and China, et al as the East. That never made sense to me growing up. But if you consider that all of our history and culture is Eurocentric, it all makes sense. Europe “discovered” the world. And from Europe’s point of view, Asia and everywhere else in the world was The East. That’s why people weren’t sure that if Columbus sailed West that he would get to the East before he ran out of supplies.
Exactly how I feel, Randall – over at xkcd.
This one goes out to all the physics geeks out there. (Applied Engineering Physics counts too, Jing Qing)
The voting machine companies are getting on my last nerve. Randall helps me let some steam out.
Be sure to visit xkcd to read the tool tip, it’s extra hilarious.
I think Randall’s back in form after some especially abstract comics.
from our friends over at xkcd:
Second best xkcd this month!
3/4ths of this XKCD strip explain exactly how I feel about having kids.
Enjoy this xkcd:
Thanks, as usual, to Monroe of xkcd:
If you’ve ever looked at a reprint of the Kama Sutra, I think you’ll agree that reading it without being careful can lead to some interesting things. Such as this:
The plot twist at the end is awesome, but so is the programmer’s debate going on, especially since we were talking about this at work this week. Another great xkcd from Randall Monroe: