Lying Media Bastards

October 1, 2007

Venn Diagrams of Love


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Maybe you are familiar with the webcomic xkcd. It’s a comic of stick figures, graphs, absurdity and longing, that is quite popular with the general geek set, and with math/physics/engineering geeks in particular (also, nice anti-sexist edition here).

Anyhow, back in the spring, the author/artist drew this strip, which contained the coordinates to a specific location, as well as a specific future date and time.

Then, without knowing what exactly would happen, nearly a thousand people, fans of the comic, showed up at that time and place (last week, a local park in North Cambridge, Massachusetts) and made something happen. They apparently came with all sorts of costumes, props, toys, and supplies, and turned the park into a bizarre festival of creativity and nerditude.

But there’s a nice poetry to it. Guy draws melancholy comic strip about following a dream and ending up alone. And that comic results in a quasi-renactment that ends not with loneliness, but with the coming together of hundreds of goofy strangers, sharing their talents and humor, giving each other a wonderful time. As the author comments about the day’s adventure, “Dreams are where messages start, not where they arrive.” And that thought gives me a little bit of joy and hope.

Posted by Jake on October 1, 2007 11:24 pm

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