Science 2.0 and the Comics
    By Mark Changizi | December 3rd 2010 06:00 AM | 9 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Science 2.0 is making the cartoon circuit! One of my recent pieces on the brain, computers, and the vagueness of language (Why Meanings Must Be Fuzzy) motivated this comic strip at Calamities of Nature:

    The Halting Problem

    Calamities is the brain child of Tony Piro, and I have been reading his smart, short, nerdy, good-looking, science-ish, and – most importantly – funny comics for nearly a year, after stumbling into his site. Science 2.0 readers and writers are naturals for Calamities, because we’re not only nerds, but don’t take ourselves too seriously. 


    On a related note, I haven’t followed comics since the The Far Side days of the 1980s. With my young kids I recently began re-reading them, and I was shocked to find that I no longer found them funny at all, much less side-splittingly hilarious. Humor is, I realize, a moving target, but am I alone in the comic death of The Far Side?


    I don't think most comics were ever that funny.  Cathy is not a comic, it is an IQ test - anyone who laughs at it has none.  What they used to be was diverse.  So you might have Alley Oop and Mary Worth and The Phantom and Prince Valiant along with funny stuff but comics were likely a bigger business then.   Now they are all pretty generic.

    Dilbert is the only consistently funny one (in my opinion) now.
    Andrea Kuszewski
    You don't think XKCD is funny?!
    Gerhard Adam
    Dilbert is the only consistently funny one (in my opinion) now
    Unfortunately, sometimes Dilbert loses its humorous aspect when becomes a bit too accurate. 
    Mundus vult decipi
    I thought Mark meant syndicated newspaper comics and XKCD is just online (at least here) so I didn't lump it in with the bigger strips that are nationwide.
    Mark Changizi
    Have to admit I'm not a comic seeker, and have only seen XKCD a few times. ...and it *was* funny.
    Andrea Kuszewski
    I was sort of comic-ized last week here (in regards to the alleged sexy cheerleader incident):


    Andrea Kuszewski
    Ok, meant to make that a live link.
    Also, while working on this, Sean peed on the floor so I had to post without a conclusion. The joys of blogging… SMELL THE AUTHENTICITY!!!
    ha ha
    I started a wall of science humour at my school called AntiGravity. The kids that get the jokes  are the geeks! The kids that dare to lift the flap on the XKCD cartoons for the 2nd punchline are surely dangerous!

    However, after an initial trawl around the net, new material drips in very slowly....