I try to stay offline as much as possible when I'm working. If I do let myself wander around the web, I end up wasting too much time. But after a particularly rough day working on a project that feels like pulling teeth, I don't just wander online — I look for comedy. Laughter is the best medicine and, for me, there's nothing better than witty, snarky comedy. Fortunately, xkcd comics are updated thrice weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).
Check out the TechRepublic gallery of 18 Webcomics from xkcd, which are featured with permission by the comic's creator, Randall Munroe (he previously worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia). Xkcd does not promote any of the comics as favorites, but I do have a favorite in the gallery — it's the last image about a Mom who knows her stuff.
More xkcd Webcomics featured on TechRepublic
- Webcomic: When fanboys grow up
- Webcomic: Why hackers shouldn't play D&D
- The Bobby Tables guide to SQL injection
- Webcomic: The truth about encryption
- Webcomic: Real programmers use...
- Webcomic: How programmers get away with slacking off
- Webcomic: The legacy of LISP
- The programming language which wrote the universe
- Webcomic: Why you should never use the GOTO command
- Webcomic: The ultimate engineering challenge
- Webcomic: Never tell an engineer you're bored
- Webcomic: When coders get "free time"
- Webcomic: The truth about Firefox
- Webcomic: Internet tabbing addiction
- Webcomic: Linux tech support
- Webcomic: Linux — a cautionary tale
- Linux comic - The power of sudo
- Webcomic: The secret origin of Windows ME
- Webcomic: How to win a flame war
- Comic: The difference between scientists and people
- Webcomic: The known universe (abridged)
- Webcomic: How to tell geeks have gone mainstream
- Webcomic: Why geeks will never conquer the world
- Webcomic: Politically correct kilobytes
- Webcomic: Next-generation wardriving
- An 'xkcd' Valentine
- How hackers get romantic revenge
- Webcomics: Why math geniuses stay single
- Webcomic: The "power" of movie quotes
- Webcomic: The real reason to buy a Kindle 2 (and it's not the free audiobooks)
- Webcomic: Defining project success
- Webcomic: When your mom is a database hacker...
- Comic: The best part about getting older...
- Webcomic: The future of DRM
- Webcomic: Pros and cons of online package tracking
- Webcomic: CD tray fight
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