Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Web comics of interest

Now that I am working full time, I have been spending a sizable amount of my day online. Between answering emails and patching servers, I tend to drift to various sites that keep me entertained while I'm confined behind a desk. Most of them are listed under the links on the right hand side, but I thought I would share a few of the web comics with you in more detail in case you had not stumbled upon them yet.

The first and one of my favorites is xkcd - "A web comic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." It gets updated 3 times a week, and is geared towards geeks and nerds, although many of the comics are applicable to a much larger audience. The comic does come with a warning however - "Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)." I advise viewing a dozen or so random comics to see if it fits your sense of humor or not. Here is an excerpt from a few days ago (click to follow to main page):

The next site of interest is Questionable Content, or QC for short (and because I'm lazy). QC is a web comic about a group of friends finding their way through life and love. It started out with heavy overtones of independent musicians (aka.. indie bands), but now days the story fills most of the material and there are only occasional references to bands that nobody has ever heard of. The artistic style has changed a lot over time, but the images are drawn very well, with a lot of detail given to each character and the backgrounds. I must warn you that the storyline can be very addictive. I know more than one person that has spent an entire day (or night) reading QC to try and catch up to the current release. The comic is update 5 times a week, but I find it more enjoyable to only check the site once or twice a week, as one a day is hardly enough to get your fix. Highly recommended for anyone that is looking for a good story with great character development.

The last comic is Homestar Runner, or more specifically the Strong Bad Email section. This comic has been around for quite some time, and is more of a cartoon than a comic since it is based in flash animation. The premise of the cartoon is that Strong Bad answers emails sent in by users of the website, making sure to berate them for any and all spelling mistakes or grammatical errors along the way. The episodes are usually funny as the cast includes many unique characters ranging from a depressed little brother (Strong Sad) to the gluttonous King of Town, who has his very own poopsmith. The emails are always from different users, so there aren't any real themes to the content other than the fact that he ends up blowing up his computer every once in a while. You can scroll through the list to see if any of them tickle your fancy, or I recommend the following episodes: Miniature Golf, Pet Show, 12:00, and best of all... Virus!

So there is the list. Between those three sites, - "News for nerds, stuff that matters" and Google Finance I can pretty much waste away an entire day. Speaking of which, I have to work tomorrow, so should probably be getting to bed.


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