Thursday, April 5, 2012

Funny Bones

by Allison Pang

The thing about humor is that it's so often in the eye of the beholder, particularly when it comes to geek humor. Lots of inside jokes abound on the internet, and unless you're in the know because you're part of a particular fandom, or you're aware of certain memes or whatever, a lot of jokes can fall flat.

That being said, there's a fair number of places I go through the week to find me a little something to laugh about, so I'll start with there.

1) Oglaf.

Not even remotely safe for work. At all. But full of odd sexual fantasy humor that makes it particularly amusing for the D&D set. It updates every Sunday.

2) The Oatmeal

Also not really safe for work sometimes, but tends to have some excellent satire, particularly about things in the news right this moment...or sometimes it's about that motherfucking pterodactyl.

3) Hyperbole and a Half

Funny because so much of it is so damn true. (Even though it's also sometimes rather sad.)

You've probably seen that particular image if you've been on the internet anytime in the last few years or so - it's spawned a million tumblr memes alone.

Still funny, though.

4) The Bloggess

Jenny is crazy. And awesome. And has a book coming out this month full of her crazy and awesomeness. (And she gets to chat with Wil Wheaton. And Neil Gaimen. And Amanda Palmer and Felicia Day and wow am I jealous.)

5) Tumblr

I'm just putting down Tumblr as a whole here, because if it's anywhere on the internet, it's also on Tumblr. But the beauty of Tumblr is that you can follow people who are like minded - so even though I follow a lot of art tumblrs, I follow a huge number of gaming and geek girl type of tumblrs as well. (And yes, there's a fair amount of gay porn and kittens in that mix, but who's counting, right? Right.)

I usually have Tumblr up all damn day. And I laugh a lot more than I used to. And this is a good thing.


  1. Hey Allison,

    Since we tend to be rather like-minded in our sense of humor, I thought I'd share a place with you that I like to visit.

    This comic strip is bloody hilarious. Especially if you've ever played D&D. :)

    1. Ha! I'd forgotten about LFG!!! Yes - I used to read it quite a bit a year or two ago and then I lost track. I shall have to remedy that... :D

  2. lol! thank you for introducing me to the Motherfucking pterodactyl! I will go forth and share the awesome soon. My daughter lives on tumbler and is a meme making madman. The oatmeal speaks for itself. Thanks for the smiles today:)

  3. Heh - I deliberately left a couple of those off my list because I figured you'd want to show them off. Is that a typo on Yumblr? If so, you should snap up that name!

    1. Yes, yes - typo, now fixed. (Although Yumblr does have a nice ring to it, doesn't it?) And yeah - I was surprised you didn't mention Hyperbole and a Half, since I seem to recall you were a big fan of that one... But then, you are awesome, so it all works out. :)

  4. Oglaf ... I hadn't heard of it and just spent the better part of the afternoon lmao. Thanks for the grins and snorts.

  5. I do love Hyperbole and a Half, but she hasn't posted in forever... alas.

  6. I know this is late to the party, but speaking of web humor for, Allison: