Sunday, July 12, 2009

"I'm not slacking off. My code's compiling."

Ahan! This is what Randall Munroe, The father of xkcd webcomics, believes increase your programming ans sword-fighting skills to 18.. :D.

This comic strip for the Computer Geek became an overnight hit with about a million fans all around the Globe substantiating the sheer genius creativity. Mix together a little Linux, a handful of romance, a spark of profanity, and a hint of genius, and you've got Randall Munroe and his webcomic, xkcd.

With about every one around scratching the gray matter off thier heads, wondering as to what do these letters stand for, Munroe reveals that they just emerged out of a combination of different letters he was working, already bored of the names that meant something. He'd always been doing this, in his notebook though, that one day he deicide to post them, on the net and lo! Here we have one of the biggest technical webcomics ever, popular enough to allow him to sustain his living. Munroe finds his inspiration in daily life. "I think it's really important to have a source for new ideas. Try using new programs, see what's going wrong with them these days. Try working on math stuff," he says.

A large number of the strips are mathematics or computer science jokes. These jokes often feature university-level subjects, although many are written in such a way that a clear understanding of the subject is not required to get the punch line. Romance is another subject often visited in the comic, with many strips not intended to be humorous. There are also many strips opening with "My Hobby:" and usually depicting the nondescript narrator character describing some type of humorous or quirky behavior often involving language games. All the varied sectors just display the genius' ability to extract stuff out of what is happening around and portray it with the exact amout of humour. On several occasions, fans have even been motivated by Munroe's comics to carry out, in real life, the subject of a particular drawing or sketch. Whether it be a 'Wikipedian Protester' or sneaking Chess boards onto roller coasters, each of Munroe's creations has a tint of brilliance. Given below is something I loved at the xkcd website,

"Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)."