Last night my sweetie handed his ipad to me, and told me, “Stef, you have to read this.”
I took the device warily. I adore my sweetie (hopefully that is very clear by now – but if you’re new to this blog and want to get caught up on how amazing my sweetie is, you can review the various posts about him here), but we don’t always have the same tastes. When it comes to good humor, interesting news, fun ways to spend time, enjoyable ways to relax, etc. etc. etc., my sweetie and I can have pretty different preferences. Sometimes what he thinks is “great!” or “interesting” or “important“, I don’t always agree with. So I’ve learned to temper my sweetie’s enthusiasm for the super-cool-awesome-important-insightful thing he wants to share with me, and read/experience the thing very casually; just approach it with a bit of a “let’s-wait-and-see” kind of attitude.
So. On the screen of the ipad was a cartoon, from this website called “xkcd”. I had never heard of the website, nor seen any of their cartoons, so I kind of skimmed over the page. It actually did look a little interesting, so I took a few minutes and really read the cartoon – and at the end of it, I smiled.
The cartoon did pique my interest. And today has been a dreary, rainy, chilly, windy, gray day; so I decided that I would give myself a little break this afternoon, and check out a few more xkcd bits. I went to the website, clicked on the “Random” button to see what some of the other snippets were like, and oh-my-lord, I was laughing OUT LOUD within minutes.
The humor coming from this cartoonist is very smart (he’s a physics/robotics/computer guy), and sometimes includes commentary on society; but just as often is simply playful and silly. It’s a lovely blend of kooky and crazy and crafty; and at times is irreverent, yet also respectful. It just really spoke to me (as did the general demeanor and attitude of the artist as shared on his About page), and I spent a good hour [I’m not exaggerating] clicking Random, Random, Random on the website, being thoroughly entertaining, and laughing out loud more than once.
If you’d like to check out a few of the comics I found particularly humorous, I’ve linked to them below. But like my sweetie and I, your humor may be different from mine; so perhaps click “Random” a few times on your own and see what happens.
I know what I’ll be doing whenever I need a smile pick-me-up… 🙂
Bonus: Scroll down to the 7th picture on this page – awesome.