Geohashing

Almost four years ago, I posted a comic laying out the Geohashing algorithm. The algorithm generated a set of random latitudes and longitudes each day, spread out across the globe so there was generally always one within a few dozen miles of every location. I figured they could be used for hiking destinations, sightseeing, meetups, […]

GoDaddy

xkcd.com is registered with GoDaddy. This is an artifact of my registering my own domains nearly ten years ago, back when I was completely new to making websites. I’ve always been a little uneasy about having all my domains with them, since they’ve got a long history of screwing over domain owners, but never got […]

Money chart

I had a huge amount of fun putting the money chart together. It was the first time in a long time that my life’s been stable enough that I’ve been able to really disappear into a project—I’d almost forgotten how enjoyable it can be. I’ve corrected a bunch of typos and other minor errors, most […]

For the handful of hurricane geeks out there

Selections from lost NHC discussion bulletins: HURRICANE HUMBERTO DISCUSSION NUMBER 5 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 500 AM EDT THU SEP 13 2007 THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS DETERMINED…BASED ON RECON AND MODEL GUIDANCE…THAT “HUMBERTO” IS A RIDICULOUS NAME FOR A HURRICANE. THIS WILL BE THE LAST ADVISORY ISSUED CONCERNING THIS STORM…UNTIL A MORE SERIOUS NAME […]

Earthquakes

As many people have pointed out, my comic about tweets outrunning seismic waves seems to have been widely verified in yesterday’s earthquake: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/earthquake-twitter-users-learned-tremors-226481 It’s always nice to see real-life confirmation of your calculations! The quake started in Virginia at 13:51:04 EST, where most of my family lives.  Texts from my brother in Charlottesville (25 miles […]

Oops!

I’m at a family reunion, where a YouTube-watching party inspired today’s comic. I woke up to find several emails letting me know, to my dismay, that the comic Doghouse Diaries has already done a similar strip about the same experience. I linked to their site last year when I posted my color survey results, but […]

Family Illness

Last fall I posted about a family illness, but didn’t give a lot of details. In October my fiancée was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. It’s rare for young women to get breast cancer, and she’s otherwise healthy and has no family history, so it was a real bolt from the blue. She’s been […]