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Randall Munroe Asks ‘What If?’ at TED 2014

Randall Munroe, the creator of the “xkcd” webcomic, gave a presentation at TED 2014 about how asking “What if…?” influences his work.

During his talk, Munroe revealed that he enjoys using math to answer hypothetical questions and creating comics about them. He shared a story about encountering a particularly hard question: “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?”

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. In addition to delivering his presentation, Munroe also contributed drawings for Allan Adams’ improvised talk, “The Discovery That Could Rewrite Physics.” What do you think? (via the TED Blog)

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Humble eBook Bundle 2 Adds More Books

The organizers of the second Humble eBook Bundle have added four new books to the offer. Readers can pay what they want for a science fiction collection worth well over $70.  The video embedded above explains how the bundle will help support both authors and charity.

Last year, the first Humble eBook Bundle counted more than $1 million in sales. Here’s more about the new books added to the collection:

xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe, an intelligent humorous collection of comics covering everything from romance to math. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, an ethereal graphic novel of a man’s last days. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black, a dark collection of short fantasy stories. Machine of Death edited by Ryan NorthMatthew Bennardo, & David Malki, a collection of short stories surrounding a device that can predict a person’s cause of death. For those that have already purchased a bundle, this content will appear automatically on their download page. New customers can access them by paying more than the current average on the site, which will also get them all six books from the first week of our promotion!

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Humble eBook Bundle Raises More Than $1 Million

As of this writing, the Humble eBook Bundle has sold 77,909 of the digital book package, raising $1,096,100. The average buyer paid $14.07 for the collection and only one day remains to buy the special offer.

The Humble Bundle team has offered a collection of digital books from writers like Cory Doctorow, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Linkand more, letting readers pay as much or as little as they want. As the project exploded in popularity, they added a series of comic book bonuses to the bundle, including  xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe Penny Arcade Volume 1 & 2 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, and two Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Collections by Zach Weiner.

Here’s more from the site: “Separately, this collection of fantastic novels and comics would cost around $157. But we’re letting you set the price! These eBooks are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub so they work great on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices … Choose how your purchase is divided: to the authors, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Child’s Play Charity, and/or the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.”

21st Century Bookburning

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In the excellent xkcd comic embedded above, you can see the unique problems future generations will face when they decide to burn books.

Read a larger version of the comic here.

Here’s more about Randall Munroe, the creator of the comic series: “I’m a CNU graduate with a degree in physics. Before starting xkcd, I worked on robots at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. As of June 2007 I live in Massachusetts. In my spare time I climb things, open strange doors, and go to goth clubs dressed as a frat guy so I can stand around and look terribly uncomfortable. At frat parties I do the same thing, but the other way around.” (Via Blake Gernstetter)