This xkcd comic is doing its best to sell me on The Martian.

Or at least convince me to convince my wife to go see it.

Had to do that with Iron Man. “Honey. HONEY! Go see the movie. I’ll watch the kids. Yes, I know you don’t watch movies. This is about heroic engineering. Trust me on this.” …And then she came back, and conceded that I was right. It was a glorious moment.

Randall Munroe’s What If? is out in book form!

Randall Munroe’s (of xkcd fame) What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is just what the title says. It’s a very entertaining online series; it’s a real shame that I didn’t get a review copy to review :coughcoughCOUGH: because it may be a bit before I can pick it up.


Also: today’s xkcd is utterly mad.