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21 October 2016 @ 05:35 pm
Follow Friday: xkcd  
I tend to assume that everyone I know who spends any amount of time on the Internet is aware of xkcd but then every so often I will bump into someone who doesn't know it, so I'm mentioning it here on the off chance...

xkcd is a web comic with a minimalistic style and exceptionally wide-ranging content. Its comics tend to be just a few panels with a gag built in, and often with a computer, science or nerdy theme (and sometimes they are really obscure, I'd be surprised if there was anyone out there who has "got" every xkcd joke without some googling) however there are many many exceptions to that format from comics where the gag is only apparent from the "alt text" that pops up when you hover your mouse over the comic image to comics that are stories, games or serious infographics.

A representative sample:

Duty Calls:

Probably my favourite straight gag comic

Movie Narrative Charts:

An infographic showing the interactions of groups of people over time in several popular blockbuster movies

Time - Time was an animated story that updated slowly over nearly 6 months. I'm fairly sure when this first appeared I saw only the first frame, assumed it was an xkcd joke I didn't get and moved on, only to discover later that it was telling a story. The link her goes not to xkcd (which now only displays the final few frames of the animation) but to a separate site which lets you play the animation at the speed of your choice.

Hoverboard: Hoverboard appears to be a fairly simple, collect the coins game. By the time this appeared I was fairly wise to some of the tricks xkcd plays and so realised it was possible to escape from the initial simple space into a much larger world. It must be said I explored it a little and then moved on, but G. saw me doing it and she explored the whole game thoroughly managing to collect all but one of the coins.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/216438.html.
bunn: Bahbunn on October 21st, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
Duty calls is a public service, all on its own. So many times that cartoon has restored my sanity and my sleep!
louisedennislouisedennis on October 22nd, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Duty Calls is a work of some genius, I think, compressing so much of Internet experience into so few words.
fififolle: Primeval - Connor  Yes! *squee!*fififolle on October 21st, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love xkcd :D
louisedennislouisedennis on October 22nd, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's great isn't it!
daniel_saundersdaniel_saunders on October 22nd, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
I've gone off xkcd a bit recently, although I still follow it. I suppose as a non-scientist I feel a bit out of the loop sometimes. Plus I think it's just not as funny as it used to be (the memory cheats?). Also, I once recommended it to someone I had a crush on, only for the next day's joke to be thoroughly obscene.

This one is me with my family, though. Ironically even though my Dad is a former computer programmer (from the days of punch cards and tape spools until the nineties or so when he moved to management), I'm the one everyone turns to for computer advice.
louisedennislouisedennis on October 24th, 2016 09:10 am (UTC)
I suspect everyone feels out of the loop sometimes with xkcd, he has a fairly wide-ranging set of interests. I think I don't waste a lot of time if a joke seems too esoteric, but I do like the breadth of approach to what can constitute a web comic.