This is for those of you who aren’t subscribers to my favourite comic, xkcd – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.
Today’s episode deals with different branches of science and their purity; that is, can they be distilled down to a ‘more pure’ science.
Maths is classed as the purest of sciences – of course – but where does computing lie? I’d like to think it lies alongside physics, but in reality I imagine it is along a different branch involving applied electronics (itself, applied physics).
Don’t forget, each xkcd comic has image ‘alt’ text… essentially a bonus joke on those tiresome Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays! (Today’s is especially good.)
At least a couple of these amazingly geeky posters are derived from projects at VisualComplexity, the site taking on the task of visualising complex relationships from all walks of life.
My favourites, or at least the most interesting, are those showing the evolution of various programming languages; starting with COBOL back in the mid-1950s. There are also some note-worthy posters in the comments sections – especially this Periodic Table of Perl Operators.
Feeling a little overweight? Having trouble understanding all that fitness and health lingo? Want some simple advice, written for the geek inside you? You need The Hacker’s Diet.
Conceived by John Walker (co-founder of Autodesk), it’s a diet that approaches weight loss “as both an engineering and a management problem.” The Wikipedia entry is also quite enlightening.
The absurdity of my situation finally struck home in 1987. “Look,” I said to myself, “you founded one of the five biggest software companies in the world, Autodesk. You wrote large pieces of AutoCAD, the world standard for computer aided design. You’ve made in excess of fifty million dollars without dropping dead, going crazy, or winding up in jail. You’ve succeeded at some pretty difficult things, and you can’t control your flippin’ weight?”
Through all the years of struggling with my weight, the fad diets, the tedious and depressing history most fat people share, I had never, even once, approached controlling my weight the way I’d work on any other problem: a malfunctioning circuit, a buggy program, an ineffective department in my company.