Sweet mother of Jesus let this song never end.
Cheesus fuck that was amazing
WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE OH MY GOD
This is the best thing ever. Just hit play. You need to.
I will never escape this song in my lifetime. Oh my God…that was amazing.
At 3 seconds I almost pressed stop.
Then I heard the lyrics. Oh god the lyrics.
omg this is perfect
THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED
I CANNOT BE THE ONLY ONE WHO IS SCREAMING SO FUCKING LOUD RIGHT NOW.
GOOD LORD. T___________T IT’S BEAUTIFUL.
IT’S BACK YES.
HNNNNNNG! So many happies! I want to do this sooooo bad now!
oh dear time lord it’s BACK!!!!
And this is where I start sobbing uncontrollably.
Sailor Moon on the runway
Koan: Mugler FW 1992, Setsuna: Chanel FW 1992, Serenity: Dior Haute Couture SS 1992, Hotaru: Mugler FW 1992, Calaveras: Christian Lacroix Haute Couture FW 1992
Randall Munroe is a bit of a genius and hopefully he doesn’t see this because I’d be embarrassed to have him hear me say it.
He’s one of the greatest science explainers of my generation…possibly the greatest. He does it not by explaining science and math and calculus and biology for the sake of understanding it, but by seeking answers.
And look, that’s why we created biology and calculus and chemistry anyhow. So by searching for answers to really WEIRD questions. Questoins like “Can I build a jetpack out of machine guns” (surprisingly yes, but don’t) and “How much space would all of Google take up if it was on punch cards” (it would bury New England to the height of several kilometers.) And “What would happen if the Earth just stopped spinning but the atmosphere kept moving” (everyone would die, some people less slowly than others.)
To find these answers, Randall does intense amounts of research and also lots and lots of math.
In his “What If?” column he uses this marvelous toolbox that we’ve developed over the last 100,000 years of being a species in such exciting ways that you don’t even know how smart you’re getting as you read it.
Now he’s turned “What if?” into a book and it is SO MUCH FUN. It’s hilarious and fascinating and shows the kind of obsession with the universe that I find infectious. I’ve been devouring it since I got my copy.
I’ve flown out to San Francisco to interview Randall on the Vlogbrothers channel (Colbert just did an interview with him last week so I guess I’m in good company.) His understanding of the world is extremely deep so he’s able to share only the bits that are either hilarious or fascinating. I’m nervous to spend a bunch of time with him, but very excited to bring his work (I hope) to more people and ideally help sell some copies of his book (which I’m sure is doing just fine without me.)
The Hangout starts in about two hours and I’m gonna go hang out in the chat for it right now.
XKCD is a favourite of many of the Engineering Is Awesome contributors.