Aimlessly Going Forward

blog by Tomas Sedovic

How To by Randall Munroe

book, review, science

This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.

5/5 stars

Randall Munroe is the author of a web comic I’ve been following for over a decade. It is one of my treasured things. This book features some of the same wonderful drawings but more importantly, the excellent — often insane, but yes — excellent ideas.

Each chapter is a guide on doing a common (e.g. how to dig a hole) and less common (how to build a lava moat) tasks with a brilliant eye toward the absurd while keeping everything as scientifically accurate as you can get with these crazy scenarios.

The books is funny as well as educational. Its footnotes are easily on Terry Pratchett’s level. I’m not sure how much of what I’ve learned will be actually useful in life, but boy did I have fun learning it anyway!

Other than the lava moat thing. I’ve wanted a lava moat and now I definitely no longer do thanks to this book. There you go: funny, scientific and occasionally useful.

Screenshot and link to the website for the Dose Response game

Hi! I wrote a game! It's an open-world roguelike where you play an addict called Dose Response. You can get it on the game's website (pay what you want!), it's cross-platform, works in the browser and it's open source! If you give it a go, let me know how you liked it, please!