Aug 302010

One of the best webcomics available, XKCD, hits one out of the park. Again.


It’s amazing enough to find a comic strip writer who even knows what Project Orion was. It’s freakin’ glorious to find one who understands what Project Orion may be.

 Posted by at 10:07 am
  • Siergen

    I was about to send you a link to that comic, but now I see that I don’t need to… 🙂

  • 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).

    Another comic you might enjoy is this one.

    It has always been one of my XKCD favorites 🙂

  • Michael Holt

    English lit folk are spectacularly vulnerable, but I found it to much more fun to do that to education and social work majors.

  • Yeah… I have a friend who is working on her doctorate in social work. She is very nice and doesn’t throw her (almost certainly VERY liberal) politics in my face, so I try very hard when around her not to mention that I view her profession as equivalent to professional leechdom. There was this one time though, when I ran into her in the student Union, and ended up having lunch with her and one of her friends. The friend said her masters was in “education, focusing on social justice.” Took real work not to come down on either of them.

  • Michael Holt

    I like that: “education, focusing on social justice” is a phrase that takes a lot of courage to say out loud.

    It seems to me that social work has failed. If it really worked, we would not have ghettos and barrios and such. But then “they” would not have “their own communities, where they can be comfortable.”

    I was once on the board of community advisors for an “environmental justice research project. It purported to be a study of lead dangers in several small neighborhoods. It changed immediately into a race-relations project, and that was squelched when the races admitted that none of the problems in their specific neighborhoods was shared.

    America: land of opportunity.

    Scott, do you know whether the xkcd writer knows you somehow?

  • admin

    > do you know whether the xkcd writer knows you somehow

    I’ve no knowledge of such… err, knowledge, but I *highly* doubt it. Project Orion, as obscure as it may be, is better known than *me* by a whole lot of orders of magnitude.