How to Send a File

My new book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, comes out in a week! You can preorder it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Apple Books. Here’s an excerpt from the How To chapter on file transfers. Chapter 19: How to Send a File Sending large data files can be difficult. Modern software systems have moved […]

Book tour and contest winner

The winner We got a huge number of submissions to the How To book tour challenge, and I’m delighted to announce the winner: The How To book tour will be taking me to Juneau, Alaska, thanks to an entry from Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley Public Library. The 98-person entry was submitted in a series of four […]

Serena Versus the Drones

My new book, How To, comes out on September 3rd (preorder: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Apple Books). One of the most exciting things about writing How To was that, for a few chapters, I was able to reach out to some extremely cool people who were willing to apply their unique expertise to ridiculous […]

Win an xkcd sketch

Want a personalized sketch of yourself as an xkcd-style stick figure? If so, you can preorder my new book How To and submit this form to enter a contest to win a personalized sketch of yourself! Fifteen entrants will be randomly chosen to win a personalized stick figure portrait. I’ll draw a sketch of you […]

How To: Chapter list and introduction

My new book, How To, comes out next month! You can preorder it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Apple Books. I’m really excited about it! Here’s the first preview of what’s inside: Chapter list How to Jump Really High How to Throw a Pool Party How to Dig a Hole How to Play the Piano […]

San Diego Comic-Con

I’m going to be at Comic-Con in San Diego this week! I’ll be appearing on panels with some really neat people for conversations about science, comics, and writing, and talking about my new book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. Here’s my panel/event schedule. If you’re attending, come see me there! THURSDAY […]

Book tour announcement!

My new book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, is coming out on September 3rd, and I’ll be going on a short book tour! (Full information for each stop is included at the bottom of this post.) How to invite me to your town Don’t see your city on the list? You can […]

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

I’m excited to announce that I have a new book coming out! It’s titled How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, and it’s an extremely unhelpful guide to solving everyday problems. How To is an instruction manual for taking everyday problems and using science and creative thinking to turn them into much bigger and […]

A puzzle for the UK

Sadly, my current Thing Explainer book tour doesn’t stop in the UK (although you can come see me at London’s Royal Institution via live videolink on December 7th—tickets here). However, in lieu of an in-person visit, my publisher and I have put together a special puzzle for UK readers to solve. The puzzle has two steps. Step one is to find out where step two is. […]

A Thing Explainer word checker

Want to try writing using only simple words? Here’s a writing checker you can use: xkcd.com/simplewriter. To help me write the words in my Up Goer Five picture, I taught my computer to watch my writing and tell me when one of the words I used wasn’t in the top ten hundred. After I put up my Up Goer picture, other people made things to check writing, too […]