An xkcd comic depicting the selfie one might take of themselves using satellite imagery, with a little help from their friends.
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An xkcd comic depicting the selfie one might take of themselves using satellite imagery, with a little help from their friends.

Nerd humor with xkcd

Quick – can you scratch your head and laugh at the same time? A religious crusade to end the death penalty. And: why can’t we have public options for everything?

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Randall Munroe, xkcd

In the web comic xkcd, PhD student humor has been delighting the internet since September 2005. Its creator, Randall Munroe, is just out with a new book called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.

Sister Helen Prejean, River of Fire

Sister Helen Prejean is a nun who’s crusaded against the death penalty in America. Her first book, Dead Man Walking, was made into a film in 1995 (starring Susan Sarandon). Her new book is more personal. It’s called River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

Ganesh Sitaraman, The Public Option

There’s a lot of talk about public options when it comes to healthcare. But what about childcare? Or retirement? Even internet service? Ganesh Sitaraman wants to see a government funded option in each of those cases. He’s former policy director for Senator Elizabeth Warren and co-author of the book The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality.