by Grania Spingies
I jumped at the chance to write something about this, as Randall Munroe’s xkcd cartoons have long been favorites of mine. Beginning with his early and endearing random musings, his site has become a great source of hilarious, insightful and thought-provoking drawings on a variety of subjects ranging from fantasy to world economics to physics and beyond.
One of my favorite ones is Spirit which chokes me up every time. Click on the link for the whole heartbreaking strip.
Recently he also captured headlines with his insanely enormous Click and Drag cartoon which had most of his fans clicking feverishly for hours through subterranean tunnels and oceans and seemingly endless sky searching for every last visual gag and nerdy reference. If you think you might have missed some, there is a handy zoomable map here.
A couple of months ago he also started his What If? series answering whimsical science-related questions. He bagan with what is still my favorite, The Relativistic Baseball. Here’s part of his answer to the question, “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?”
All of this is to let you know that The Atlantic has a new interview with Munroe where they chat about his earlier career, how he comes up with his ideas, and how he works. It’s essential reading if, like me, you enjoy his work.
h/t Chris (via Jerry)