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, […]
Turns out the fortune cookie that came with your chop suey isn’t actually Chinese … and neither is the chop suey. So where did they come from? In this TED Talk, journalist Jennifer 8. Lee shares the origins of some of America’s favorite “Chinese” food, and takes us on a culinary tour of Chinese restaurants […]