I spent the last hour or so playing with Wednesday’s XKCD comic, click and drag. As the title suggests, the reader is invited to click and drag around the frame, revealing a vast world of tremendous detail.
First, I thought “wow, that’s a cute gimmick”. But as I scrolled more and more, I wondered: just how big is ithis? I want to see the end! Panning furiously to the right, I discovered rolling hills and mountains, trees, a massive radio tower, oceans, all part of this world.
The process of clicking and dragging through the panes is a beautiful analogy for exploration and wonder. Like the real world, this digital world is large, waiting to be explored, so large you don’t even know how large it is. But exploring isn’t easy (clicking and dragging gets _tiring_), and concentrating too much on the big picture (or how big the picture is) makes you lose sight of the beauty of the journey.
The image is actually a composite of 2048x2048 pngs, served and stitched together by JS dynamically. The entire ‘image’ is 165,888 x 79,872 pixels. I can only wonder how long Randall Munroe spent drawing it.
And for the impatient, here’s a zoomable version: http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de. But keep in mind that the very point of this comic is to explore the world piece by piece.
I finished my first full month of sherwinpoints. Here’s a graph of my sleeping habits:
Overall, it’s a noticeable improvement.
Next Sunday, I have to somehow wake up at ~6am for Tough Mudder.
My entire house wakes up fairly early: around 7:30. I’ll just wake up when they do. No transition period, no gradated rewards, no ramp up objectives. JFDI.
(00:36:04) Haitao Mao: how about the
(00:36:09) Haitao Mao: 1007-1153
(00:36:32) Haitao Mao: or should i take the
(00:36:37) Haitao Mao: 907-1053
(00:37:22) Sherwin: whatever you’re comfortable with
(00:37:23) Sherwin: i suspect
(00:37:24) Sherwin: the limiting factor
(00:37:26) Sherwin: will be when you wake up
(00:38:45) Haitao Mao: ill take the 1007 then
(11:32:09) Haitao Mao: syup
(12:11:21) Haitao Mao: overslept a lot
(12:11:22) Haitao Mao: i’ll
(12:11:27) Haitao Mao: call you when i get there :E