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Cracking book, totally recommend reading it. Full of interesting details explains about day to day things.

GoodRead rating of over 4.2 from over 100k ratings.

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From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd.com, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.

Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions: How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living? How many humans would a T Rex rampaging through New York need to eat a day?

In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations and consults nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.

Hope it helps someone.
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Love XKCD, thanks @matwalaboy

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Edited by: "Maevoric" 25th Aug
Fantastic book. Worth if for the "bricks from the periodic table" entry alone

You'll find a lot of the content online

what-if.xkcd.com/arc…ve/
what-if.xkcd.com/

My personal xkcd favourite

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Cheers, it's winging its way to my Kindle as i type.
Love XKCD, thanks @matwalaboy

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Edited by: "Maevoric" 25th Aug
Maevoric25/08/2019 01:18

Love XKCD, thanks @matwalaboy [Image]


Nice one mate, many thanks for sharing the image
matwalaboy25/08/2019 01:43

Nice one mate, many thanks for sharing the image


Anytime buddy
Fantastic book. Worth if for the "bricks from the periodic table" entry alone

You'll find a lot of the content online

what-if.xkcd.com/arc…ve/
what-if.xkcd.com/

My personal xkcd favourite

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Edited by: "Shard" 25th Aug
Excellent book. Amazon says this is a 'newer' version but it looks identical apart from the cover being a different colour. amazon.co.uk/Wha…def
Sounds like a cracking summer read, purchased - thanks, OP!
Wanted this, cheers!
Cheers, right up my street. Will have a read of it.
Thanks, sounds like a good one for my boy's endless questioning!
I went to buy it, then found that I bought it in 2014 and never read it - probably the last time it was in this site
I'll make sure I read it this time!
Hot & Bought.
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This is one of those "just one more chapter" books; Once you start reading, it is vey hard to put down.

Much deserved heat.
Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.
Edited by: "SuperHardCousin" 25th Aug
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:19

Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles …Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.


Kindle is a good investment - some of the Amazon Fire Tabs come for good price from time to time too - and they provide a lil more heft then your standard kindles and well worth the price as they are android devices, so you can put some additional stuff on it too.
matwalaboy25/08/2019 14:23

Kindle is a good investment - some of the Amazon Fire Tabs come for good …Kindle is a good investment - some of the Amazon Fire Tabs come for good price from time to time too - and they provide a lil more heft then your standard kindles and well worth the price as they are android devices, so you can put some additional stuff on it too.


Thanks for the reply. If I do go for one it would be a Kindle, I've tried a few of the Fire tabs and wasn't I fan. The main driver for me is the screen seems to be readable in brighter conditions than my phone.
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:40

Thanks for the reply. If I do go for one it would be a Kindle, I've tried …Thanks for the reply. If I do go for one it would be a Kindle, I've tried a few of the Fire tabs and wasn't I fan. The main driver for me is the screen seems to be readable in brighter conditions than my phone.


Fair point - the only reason I suggested a tab was because you can do more on it than just the kindle, but yes at the price point and for your requirements, kindle is a good buy, go for it
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:19

Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles …Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.


Personally I love my Kindle - I’ll occasionally read on my phone if necessary but as a pure reading device I can burn hours on my Paperwhite. I moved to it when my K3 died (which had physical page turn buttons) - I was a bit concerned that moving to the touchscreen when it died would be a problem but turned out to be fine for me.
Is this the same or similar kind of thing as the "what if" videos ?
Thanks OP. Bought.
How much is it usually? Camels don't keep track of Kindle prices
I loved this book, in paper form. Thing Explainer I struggled with, but he's got a new book (How To) out soon which should be good too. He's even got other people to try his experiments - like Serena Williams and her husband investigated how hard it was to hit a drone with a tennis ball.
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pjlhot25/08/2019 16:07

Thanks OP. Bought.How much is it usually? Camels don't keep track of …Thanks OP. Bought.How much is it usually? Camels don't keep track of Kindle prices


Its hard to say about kindle prices, as you rightly said, no one seems to track them - but the paperback is 9.99 usually if that helps in anyways.
pjlhot25/08/2019 16:07

Thanks OP. Bought.How much is it usually? Camels don't keep track of …Thanks OP. Bought.How much is it usually? Camels don't keep track of Kindle prices


I use uk.ereaderiq.com/
What if? was 6.99 before
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:19

Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles …Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.


love mine. being books only, i dont slip online by accident and end up having done nothing. a 4th gen one from ebay for about 20 quid is better than cuttent touch screen ones as it has page turning buttons
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:19

Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles …Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.


The Wife says its the best thing i ever bought her, and she is one pampered little bee hatch.
Just wasted 99p on this. It's just not funny.
Edited by: "Zaxxan" 25th Aug
Zaxxan25/08/2019 19:30

Just wasted 99p on this. It's just not funny.


Sorry to hear that. The overwhelming majority think otherwise but yes it’s a matter of personal choices.
matwalaboy25/08/2019 14:48

Fair point - the only reason I suggested a tab was because you can do more …Fair point - the only reason I suggested a tab was because you can do more on it than just the kindle, but yes at the price point and for your requirements, kindle is a good buy, go for it



Actually I think that's a disadvantage. One of the benefits of a Kindle is that it's dedicated - there are no distractions with social media or email notifications popping up, and if you feel the need to look at a map of Ancient Greece to follow the story you have to use a separate device, so you're less likely to get sucked into a an endless Wikipedia link-following session.

And you can't compare the screen on *any* tablet or phone to a Kindle. The Kindle is gently front-lit, so it doesn't harm sleep function like back-lit displays, and is also visible in very bright sunshine. The brighter the sun, the crisper it gets.

The disadvantage of a Kindle is that it's not great on embedded illustrations. Obviously it can't do colour, and the black and white images can be a bit iffy. I wouldn't use a Kindle for a reference book with lots of pictures.

Just bought a new Paperwhite 4 to replace my original Paperwhite. That'll be my fourth Kindle, I think. I read loads of books, but just can't do paper ones any more.
matwalaboy25/08/2019 19:33

Sorry to hear that. The overwhelming majority think otherwise but yes it’s …Sorry to hear that. The overwhelming majority think otherwise but yes it’s a matter of personal choices.


I'll have another go reading it just in case I'm missing something.
SuperHardCousin25/08/2019 14:19

Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles …Thanks for this, purchased. General question to the community, are Kindles worth investing in? I've always been of the view that my phone is good enough, but the backlight on my new one is crap in any form of sunshine. What's a good price to come in at? Seen they're £89.99 at the min.


I have a paperwhite kindle and absolutely love it
Kindle oasis is so nice
zegermans25/08/2019 08:27

I went to buy it, then found that I bought it in 2014 and never read it - …I went to buy it, then found that I bought it in 2014 and never read it - probably the last time it was in this site I'll make sure I read it this time!



Same for me: "You purchased this item on 01 January 2016"

No idea I had it...(the date maybe gives an idea why)
Dodge6225/08/2019 20:18

Actually I think that's a disadvantage. One of the benefits of a Kindle is …Actually I think that's a disadvantage. One of the benefits of a Kindle is that it's dedicated - there are no distractions with social media or email notifications popping up, and if you feel the need to look at a map of Ancient Greece to follow the story you have to use a separate device, so you're less likely to get sucked into a an endless Wikipedia link-following session.And you can't compare the screen on *any* tablet or phone to a Kindle. The Kindle is gently front-lit, so it doesn't harm sleep function like back-lit displays, and is also visible in very bright sunshine. The brighter the sun, the crisper it gets.The disadvantage of a Kindle is that it's not great on embedded illustrations. Obviously it can't do colour, and the black and white images can be a bit iffy. I wouldn't use a Kindle for a reference book with lots of pictures.Just bought a new Paperwhite 4 to replace my original Paperwhite. That'll be my fourth Kindle, I think. I read loads of books, but just can't do paper ones any more.


I get all of this. The real problem I'm having now is I'm thinking hold on a second, they've got all my data, they're tracking me, they're listening to me. What the hell have we got ourselves in to. So I literally look for open source versions of everything. Convenience is becoming a very bad thing. Google, Microsoft, Apple et al have ruined convenience, they've corporatised it beyond anything known before, it's as if we're in this massive social experiment whereby we totally give leave of our senses because we want convenience over common sense. It doesn't wash saying "I have nothing to hide", it's not about what you're doing wrong or not, it's all about what they're doing wrong. "Give me convenience or give me death". I'm not looking to be popular and I won't be with opinions like this, but the reality is Orwellian.

Anyway if none of the above bothers you I still wouldn't get a Kindle because I wouldn't tie myself in to Amazon's book ecosystem, feck em I say.
What if we didn't have hotukdeal?
fishmaster25/08/2019 23:08

I get all of this. The real problem I'm having now is I'm thinking hold on …I get all of this. The real problem I'm having now is I'm thinking hold on a second, they've got all my data, they're tracking me, they're listening to me. What the hell have we got ourselves in to. So I literally look for open source versions of everything. Convenience is becoming a very bad thing. Google, Microsoft, Apple et al have ruined convenience, they've corporatised it beyond anything known before, it's as if we're in this massive social experiment whereby we totally give leave of our senses because we want convenience over common sense. It doesn't wash saying "I have nothing to hide", it's not about what you're doing wrong or not, it's all about what they're doing wrong. "Give me convenience or give me death". I'm not looking to be popular and I won't be with opinions like this, but the reality is Orwellian. Anyway if none of the above bothers you I still wouldn't get a Kindle because I wouldn't tie myself in to Amazon's book ecosystem, feck em I say.


You can load .mobi onto the kindle from your computer. You don't need to be tied J to anything. My paperwhite was a great investment, easy to read screen, plenty of text options, browser for reading the news etc. Just buy books elsewhere and load it on
fishmaster25/08/2019 23:08

it's not about what you're doing wrong or not, it's all about what they're …it's not about what you're doing wrong or not, it's all about what they're doing wrong.


What are they doing wrong?
Dodge6226/08/2019 06:11

What are they doing wrong?


Self regulation on data governance.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wik…nce

theverge.com/201…ant

theverge.com/201…ing

The media does have a bias to create sensationalist headlines, but the crux of the matter is your data is fair game to these companies.

Open up Google Maps and go to Timeline. Think what implications there are of every journey you make being recorded and monitored both good and bad. Think in terms of what a 3rd party can do with that data if it was breeched for example.

You were in charge of your own privacy, but now you're not, unless you take charge. The way everything is designed now is that taking charge of your privacy means you pay a penalty. There's no open source traffic data for example so if you don't want to use Waze/Google Maps or another corporations Sat Nav then you can't have that.

There's a worrying trend with data privacy. As I say it's not what me and you are doing wrong. It's what they're doing with your data and how they protect your data and who they sell it on to.
fishmaster25/08/2019 23:08

I get all of this. The real problem I'm having now is I'm thinking hold on …I get all of this. The real problem I'm having now is I'm thinking hold on a second, they've got all my data, they're tracking me, they're listening to me. What the hell have we got ourselves in to. So I literally look for open source versions of everything. Convenience is becoming a very bad thing. Google, Microsoft, Apple et al have ruined convenience, they've corporatised it beyond anything known before, it's as if we're in this massive social experiment whereby we totally give leave of our senses because we want convenience over common sense. It doesn't wash saying "I have nothing to hide", it's not about what you're doing wrong or not, it's all about what they're doing wrong. "Give me convenience or give me death". I'm not looking to be popular and I won't be with opinions like this, but the reality is Orwellian. Anyway if none of the above bothers you I still wouldn't get a Kindle because I wouldn't tie myself in to Amazon's book ecosystem, feck em I say.


My issue is that you don't actually buy books from Amazon - you licence them. So if Amazon don't like you and close your account, you lose the content. However, the amount of reduced price content, means I still order from them.
Thanks op. I almost bought it 2 weeks ago.
Heat added.
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