Jennifer 8. Lee (watch her TEDTalk) and our friends from Reddit hosted a reading in New York tonight for one of the geekiest comics on the web: Randall Munroe’s xkcd. It’s a comic that once, we’re proud to say, namechecked TED; now the strip has been compiled into a printed volume. Aside from all the TEDster connections, though, the event is neat because of the beneficiary: Room to Read, a nonprofit that builds libraries and supports education in the developing world. The New York benefit sold out, but if you’re in the Bay Area, you might try for tickets to readings in SF (on Sept. 21, benefitting the EFF) or Silicon Valley (on Sept. 22, benefitting Room to Read) to check out the book — which we can only hope contains xkcd #541.
Negin Farsad’s new documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, churns hilarity out of a not-so-funny subject: Islamophobia. The film follows Farsad, a TED Fellow, and a group fellow Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, Preacher Moss, Kareem Omary, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba) as they tour the United States and hold comedic interventions to show conservatives, […]
Cartoonist (and former NASA roboticist) Randall Munroe illustrates the questions that keep you (or at least him) up at night. Whether that’s “What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?” or “How much of the Earth’s currently-existing water has ever been turned into a soft drink […]