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 […]