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XKCD taking advantage of modern media

There is a thread on the Tech Report about an XKCD cartoon for April 1.

“It turns out that as an April Fools stunt, Monday’s strip serves up a different comic depending on your geographic location and/or the web browser and/or the device you are using to visit the site.”

With XKCD you really need to check out the mouse-over text on every cartoon. For this one:

XKCD #1037 wrote:Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit–from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your web browser.

The mouse-over is a popup that shows when you move the mouse pointer over a graphic if the proper meta-data has been set for that graphic. For this cartoon, the text describes what the cartoon illustrates. The programming behind the cartoon to customize its display may have been why I had a bit of trouble trying to get it to display properly.

XKCD gives a bit of meaning to the term avant-garde in several respects. This example is one.

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