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19 September 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Bigger than big  
Today's xkcd is beyond awesome. Just open it, and follow the "click and drag" instructions: http://www.xkcd.com/1110/

Someone did some math on the size of the full image, "At 165888 x 79872 pixels, or 1.3 terapixels, the image would fill the screens of 4212 iPads with retina displays in an 81 x 52 grid. The grayscale image is 12.3 gigabytes in size. If it was printed at a size big enough that you could see the people, it would cover a football end zone."

http://www.comicmix.com/webcomics-you-should-be-reading/2012/09/19/xkcd-click-and-drag-the-biggest-comic-ever/

And someone else has created a "map" to help you cheat:

http://www.wickedglitch.com/2012/09/full-low-res-image-spoiler-map-xkcds-click-and-drag/

(Thanks for the links jmpava!)
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Steuard: lakesteuard on September 19th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Here's the best "overview map" that I've seen: it's actually got a map-style interface: http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de/. I haven't looked at it much yet, since I'm still enjoying exploring the original, but it looks like exactly what I'd want.
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on September 20th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I spent half an hour exploring it this morning before I realized that this is not how I wanted to be spending my time. Then I looked at some of the cheating overviews for the next 30 minutes before deciding to end the addiction.

--Beth
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on September 20th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Every time I see one of the trees, at first I think "wow, that's beautiful." but my very next thought is, "I wonder if he used a fractal generator to make those, and how the parameters worked to make them so lifelike."

--Beth