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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Emotional Stripper

ב', 05/08/2017 - 17:52


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And it's way cheaper than a psychiatrist!

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Pascal's Other Wager

א', 05/07/2017 - 16:51


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Hey baby, if you sleep with me tonight, there's a finite chance of infinite pleasure.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Stage Fright

ש', 05/06/2017 - 17:00


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Later, the bookstore manager comes in and pretends to be interested before falling asleep.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Wisdom

ו', 05/05/2017 - 16:59


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The true wisdom can only be had from judgmental comic strips.

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Just three weeks left to get in your proposals for BAHFest Sydney!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Transubstantiation

ה', 05/04/2017 - 16:46


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Also, if you have any vampire bats, you can get them drunk.

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Sanity is low, morale is high.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Virginity

ד', 05/03/2017 - 16:52


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The real trick is demanding diamonds in order to avoid things you already thought were gross.

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Have I mentioned lately that me and Kelly wrote a book about future science and technology that's LOADED with brand new comics? It's called SOONISH, and jeez, we'd appreciate if you'd grab a copy.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sick Day

ג', 05/02/2017 - 16:35


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Looks like I'll need two days off because there's some famine in here too.

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Book Review Tuesday! More available at TheWeinerworks.com

The Pope of Physics (Segrè and Hoerlin) On the one hand, I enjoyed this book. On the other, for such an important and fascinating character as Fermi, I couldn’t help but think this book was a bit of small beer. I would’ve happily enjoyed a book three times its length. Relatedly, I would’ve liked fewer asides about the general aspects of the Manhattan Project.

Perhaps there’s no good way to get all the info now, but I would’ve loved to get a stronger feel for all those deathbed conversations with great and controversial thinkers. I don’t want to say it’s a bad book - in fact it might be the best Fermi biography available. It also has the incidental point of interest that one of the authors is the nephew of Emilio Segrè, which may explain why the sections about Fermi’s friends were some of the best and most detailed of the book. If you, like me, enjoy biographies from the Heroic Age of Physics, it’s definitely worth a read.

Pandemic (Shah) This was a solid pop science book on how diseases spread, and what we’re doing (or not doing!) to stop them. The book is structured according to human behaviors vis-a-vis diseases, and also uses cholera as a particular case of a disease with which to weave together the general complexity of epidemiology. I found the overall book a bit disjointed, though many individual parts were quite enjoyable. That said, overall I would’ve liked a bit more depth, especially in the sections concerned with policy.

Shenzhen (DeLisle) These DeLisle books are just delightful. They’re light and fun, but you really get a feel for his experiences going to work in other countries. This one was less funny than the North Korea one, but as a comic I think it was better. He does such a good job of capturing the feeling of loneliness and isolation he experienced. In part this is accomplished by developing a set of silent images for different people and places in the city. These images recur over the course of a book that is sometimes funny and sometimes sad, but either way serves very well to convey his experience as a guy who doesn’t speak Chinese going to work in a city with few English speakers. Highly recommended.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - How to Photograph Science

ב', 05/01/2017 - 19:22


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Anyone who creates their version of panel 3 will be rewarded with 42 Internet points.

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In which Kyle Hill of Nerdist presents the fifth form of matter:

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Winning Arguments

א', 04/30/2017 - 17:44


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I like to imagine this is what it's like at Nate Silver's house.

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Whee!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sexy Games

ש', 04/29/2017 - 16:03


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Intimacy is about ten percent as important as winning.

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This is apparently the week of dirty jokes.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sexy Construction

ו', 04/28/2017 - 16:44


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Cartooning is actually my part-time job.

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BAHFest Sydney is now taking submissions! Check it out!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Why do you want to work here?

ה', 04/27/2017 - 16:55


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I'm starting to wonder if I don't have some deeply repressed fantasy where I'm a middle aged woman who participates in overly blunt job interviews.

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HEY BRITAIN! Soonish is available in the UK. We've used metric units, added the letter "U" after every "O" and as a courtesy, every book will be lightly dampened with cold rain.

Available for preorder!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Recreation

ד', 04/26/2017 - 15:48


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Happily, this will never be true of nerd comics.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Words

ג', 04/25/2017 - 17:23


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More and more, I think the 'they're just a sequence of sounds' is one of the more pointless observations you can possibly make.

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Book Review Tuesday is here! More reviews at TheWeinerWorks.com

Pyongyang (DeLisle) A quick and fun sketch of the author’s time spent working for an animation studio in North Korea. I don’t have too much to say about it, other than that it’s quite enjoyable, and that I plan to read other books by the author. This isn’t a memoir like March or Maus - it’s not trying to bring you to a heightened awareness of the universe. It’s not particularly poignant, nor is it trying to be. It’s just an incredible well-told, occasionally quite funny, recounting of a short strange time in the author’s life.

Elbow Room (Dennett) Okay, so I’ve wanted to read a book on compatibilism, the belief that “free will” and a deterministic universe are compatible. This seems crazy to me, and I trust the reasons are obvious.

So, I read this book, and my honest initial reaction was disappointment. A lot of the book is spent talking about computer, biology, evolution, and so forth, which to me seems like a sort of sideshow. If so, it’s an especially egregious sideshow, since Dennett frequently complains of perilously misleading elements stuck into philosophical theories.

That said, as I thought it over and discussed it more with people, I got the basic idea, which (to simplify drastically) isn’t so much that you can have free will in a deterministic universe, but that your idea of what free will means is probably wrong. I don’t want to go too in depth in this review, but as a way to think about it, try to consider what the basic physical rules would be for a universe that permitted your intuitive notion of free will. It’s hard to think of anything that doesn’t posit some cheat that just asserts that you do.

In short, I didn’t get the hit of wild enlightenment I was hoping for. Unusually for me, I learned something, yet left disappointed. I will illustrate by the use of what I’ll call Two Dialogues Concerning Free Will.

Dialogue 1:

Mom: Hey, you wanna see a DINOSAUR?!

Kid: but isn’t that impossible?!

Mom: come with me!

[Cut to: Park]

Mom: Meet the pigeon! You know, according to science, birds are living dinosaurs!

Kid: But I wanted a T. Rex!

Mom: Jesus, kid. Obviously that was never gonna happen.

Dialogue 2: Compatibilist: Hey, you wanna see me combine free will and determinism?!

Zach: Sure thing! But how?

Compatibilist: I’ll show you!

[Cut to: Zach reading book]

Zach: So determinism is still true, but individuals appear to have choices, and we can call that free will if we like?

Compatibilist: Yeah. What? Did you think I was going to claim an individual human could defy causality itself?

Zach: I thought maybe-

Compatibilist: By Descartes’ beard, you’re dumb!

--End of Scene-- So, that’s where I am now on this. Like the kid at the park, I’m not disagreeing with the idea that my initial notion of the subject matter was flawed. I’m just annoyed at the way the exciting revelation was presented.

Vietnamerica (Tran) What a great memoir. I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs in graphic novel format lately, and this one was one of the very best, both in terms of its style and execution. I especially enjoyed the way in which the book moved from scene to scene without frequently telling you what year or location it was.

The artwork and, well, comicking itself was just so good that I rarely had to take a second to figure out where the scene had changed to.

The only critique that occurred to me is that the “character” of Tran himself in the story feels very… unformed. Maybe this is simply because it depicts Tran mostly at a younger age, where he would’ve been, indeed, unformed. But, I couldn’t help but feel that the character is so self-flagellating (he is almost always depicted as a sort of know-it-all punk kid) that you miss what could be a more whole interaction between kids and parents. Tran’s past self feels less like a person than a point of embarrassment that the author is covering over with humor.

It still works well enough, but I would’ve loved if, here and there, we had a moment of just Tran being himself, in a way that only develops character, rather than moving forward the book’s telling of history. But, still, quite a good memoir comic, and absolutely beautiful.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dadbucks

ב', 04/24/2017 - 15:01


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Later, the kid agrees to do chores, but only in exchange for precious metals.

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Thank you so much MIT. Congrats to James Propp and Olivia Walch. We hope to see you again next year.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fables

א', 04/23/2017 - 17:38


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Really, you want to have her in space for this sort of thing, but the detection apparatus is worse when it's dead.

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Last full day to buy tickets!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dungeon Classes

ש', 04/22/2017 - 15:24


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Anyone caught emailing me in regards to the accuracy of today's comic shall be tarred, feathered, and made to carry a sign that reads 'No fun.'

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Last full day to get your BAHFest East tickets! We moved over a bunch of cheap tickets, but after these are gone, there are no more!

Also, in case you missed it, I'll be signing books prior to the show at MIT Press Bookstore, from 3-430. If you don't want to wait in line after the show, this is the way to go. <3

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Interpretation of Hats

ו', 04/21/2017 - 17:40


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Now to spray sweet white flowers out of this big long wand.

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Hey geeks! I'll be signing this Sunday at the MIT Press Bookstore from 3-430, and then again after BAHFest. Come say hi!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Satan-Fingers

ה', 04/20/2017 - 16:36


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Discovered in the delightful though occasionally frustrating Moscow Puzzles

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We're running out of most tickets for BAHFest MIT, so we've moved over some of the more expensive ones to lower levels. Buy soon or feel shame!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sex When You Have Children

ד', 04/19/2017 - 16:15


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Not that I know anything about this sort of thing.

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You wouldn't believe this, but hey, me and Kelly have a new book out!