Know your Attachment Limits, reblog

xkcd webcomic, File Transfer

Copyright Randall Munroe

On my other site today I featured an article about the best file sharing services for when email can’t handle your giant files, which reminded me of an old xkcd comic precisely about how awkward file sharing on the internet still is, and I shared my latest illustration commission, a poster for a forthcoming play in Philadelphia!  Check it out:

Know your Attachment Limits.

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Dinosaurs of a Feather

My last evolution-themed post was inexplicably super-popular, so I thought I’d try it again, especially since fellow science nerd Randall Munroe of xkcd is also getting in on the game:

Birds / Dinosaurs Evolution from xkcd

Copyright Randall Munroe

Dino-fan Dina from David Willis’ Dumbing of Age was a bird-as-dinosaur advocate even earlier though:

Birds / Dinosaurs Evolution Dumbing of Age comic

Copyright David Willis

Admittedly, it takes some mental reconfiguration to think of birds as dinosaurs, but then I see a sparrow hopping around on it’s scaly little legs, and I guess I can see it.  But there’s a certain TV nerd who’s been aware of the secret dinosaurs in our midst for even longer…

Also, check out Tuesday’s post for a one-act opera about Darwin by Justine F. Chen, who’s new opera about Turing is being performed tonight as part of the InsightALT festival of new opera.  It’ll be live-streamed here, at 7pm tonight.

Wonder Women through History

WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines from Vaquera Films on Vimeo.

Short notice since I thought this was airing later, but tonight, in a new installment of PBS’ Independent Lens series of documentaries, is the nationwide TV premiere of Kristy Guevara-Flanagan‘s Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.  The movie looks at how depictions of female characters in popular media, especially superheroes, reflected changing attitudes towards women and women’s issues throughout American history, starting with the grandmommy of them all, Wonder Woman!

You can learn more about the film on PBS’s site for it, including additional air times.  PBS has an interview with the director as does Newsarama.

This double feature might’ve worked better if I’d posted a bit earlier, but PBS has a web-series called Off Book on new forms of artistic expression, and there’s one on Webcomics!

Lucy Knisley is an interviewee, and they show a whooole lot of xkcd and SMBC

Express Subway to Vancouver

As an avid fan of public transportation, I was pretty excited about this new installment of Randall Munroe’s xkcd:

xkcd's Subways of North America

Randall Munroe‘s Subways of North America, 2013

It took me a while to understand what I was looking at exactly, but I think he’s just linked different subway systems based on color of the lines?  Looking at the NYC section, it seems to conform pretty well to the actual subway map, so I guess they’re all intact, just connected?  Pretty to look at, at any rate…

Never Ending Hurricane Season

In case you haven’t gotten enough about hurricanes lately, Randall Munroe of xkcd put the National Hurricane Center‘s late 2005 transmissions (the same hurricane season that brought you Katrina) in comic strip format, to show what happens at the NHC when hurricanes appear to defy any and all logical expectations.

xkcd Epsilon and ZetaCopyright Randall Munroe

Surprisingly interesting and even comical, and perhaps gives us all a newfound appreciation for the NHC‘s work?  Where better to get your Hurricane Sandy info after all…