Looking for a laugh? As geeks and techies, we enjoy a mutual, unique brand of humor. And while videos of people falling down during weddings or getting hit in the crotch by footballs may be the standard comedic fare for the rest of the world, we prefer our yuks to come from the world that we undestand. For a few chuckles in the middle of your workday, check out some of these technology-related humor websites.
1. The Oatmeal
TheOatmeal.com is a collection of stories, comics and quizzes by Matthew Inman, a designer, developer and web marketer. He created Mingle2 and co-founded SEOmoz, so he definitely knows his stuff when it comes to tech. His comics are outlandishly absurd while incredibly relatable. Highlights include:
How to Fix Any Computer
How to Make Your Shopping Cart Suck Less
If You Do This in an Email I Hate You
Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell
The beauty of The Oatmeal’s web comics is that they are hilariously funny but completely applicable. In fact, these comics would be a great passive aggressive link to pass along to any problem clients you have or annoying relatives who haven’t picked up on the etiquette of the web yet. A must visit.
2. The Onion
While primarily a satire of the print news, The Onion has expanded its scope of lampoon to include many tech-related topics. The Onion is quick to skewer the latest overhyped tech craze, presciently identifying puffery long before the rest of the community turns its collective back on yesterday’s embarassing gizmo infatuation. As you might expect, Apple is often in The Onions crosshairs. Some highlights worth checking out and forwarding:
In The Know: Should The Nation's Unemployed Be Buying New Apple Computers?
New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable
Microsoft Word Now Includes Squiggly Blue Line To Alert Writer When Word Is Too Advanced For Mainstream Audience
CIA's 'Facebook' Program Dramatically Cut Agency's Costs
As with all good satire, The Onion provides as much commentary as it does entertainment. Sometimes, the spoofs hit a bit too close to home, and the articles end up being a bit of a downer, only because they hold the mirror so closely to our own hearts.
3. Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is a comic designed for those who live a connected life. While perhaps not as poignantly spot-on as The Onion or delightfully unpredictable as The Oatmeal, Penny Arcade churns out regular comics with a high laugh to dud ratio. If nothing else, there’s plenty of backlog to read for days on end--which can’t be said for The Oatmeal, which seems to err heavily on the side of quality over quantity. Penny Arcade highlights include:
Editorializin' (re: the Playstation Network security breach)
Compare And Contrast (Xbox 360 Kinect vs. PlayStation Move
Gawk-Blocking (on Gawker Media’s layout revamping)
Okay, that ought to be enough funny to get you through the day. Just try to get some work done, too :-)