Monthly Archives: June 2008


There is a multitude of web-comics that are crappy, and a few that are actually good.  There are three that I read on a daily (or whenever they update) basis.  Web-comics are one of my favorite ways to kill time inbetween experiments.

PhD – also known as “Piled Higher and Deeper”.  This title is refering to the play on abbreviations that is commonly used by graduate students to describe their increasing knowledge gained from increasing degrees.  BS = Bull Sh*t.  MS = More Sh*t.  PhD = Piled higher and Deeper.  As indicated by the title, it is a comic about PhD students at Stanford University (or any university).  I enjoy this comic because it hits a little too close to home at times.  I reccomend going to the new to Phd section and reading the top 20 comics first.

xkcd – This is a comic that is heavy into math and computer science.  Many times have I asked Jack to explain why a particular strip is funny.  Where would I ever learn about Hidden Markov Models?!?  Every now and then there is a comic about science in general; those make up for all the ones I don’t understand.  I reccomend hitting random comic for the most enjoyment.

SinFest – This is a comic that is constantly making fun of the right and left wing of politics and religion.  Every now and then, it is lightened up by a comic about a cat and dog that live together.  Most of the strips in this site are long sequences that go for many days before the whole story is finished.  I reccomend starting from the beginning and going from there.

Viva Pinata: Viva Diversión

Viva Pinata is a family game for the XBOX 360. While it looks like it was created for children, it is strangely addicting. You entice pinatas to live in your garden, romance them to make more pinata, and accept challenges to gain happy candy.  This game was one of the original launch titles for the 360.

Currently in the game I am still trying to get a Roario and a Dragonache (the secret pinata).  I have most of the achievements in the game, but I am having difficulty getting the ones where you use an ex-sour pinata to distract Dastardos (the helper that kills your sick pinata).  One of my favorite in game tricks is to grow chili peppers to get money.  You plant the seed as close together in groups of 3, then fertilize them with the any-color fertilizer.  Because they are planted so close together you can fertilize 3 for the price of 1!  A planting of 27 chilies will net you about 10,000!  I am determined to get all of the achievements in this game!  I am at 3100-ish GP now.

I am looking forward to the Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise game that will be coming out 9/1/08.  There is supposed to be a co-op mode where 2 people control 2  cursors.  Jack and I are looking forward to being able to play this game together.