The Weekly Geek: Cake Wrecks and comics


There’s something wonderful about websites that display the worst of things. From the hilarious lamebook (which we’ve featured here before) to the guilty pleasures of looking at particularly unfortunate wedding dresses, it’s just plain fun to look at things gone wrong.

Thankfully, the internet has no shortage of these kinds of compendiums, with which we’re free to while away boring afternoons at work. Sure, some sites are mean-spirited, but stay away from the really leery ones, and you can find all sorts of guilt-free surfing.

There’s a grand new destination that I’d like to alert you to: Cake Wrecks. That’s right — it’s a blog dedicated to terribly decorated cakes of all shapes, sizes and colors. It’s not every day that your blog making fun of something gets a lush, hardcover book to display some of the best (worst) examples of poor taste, so let’s take a moment to salute some of Cake Wreck’s success:

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate — you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Everything from completely crappy looking icing jobs to very unfortunate misspellings and “flourishes” (for a prime example, see The Holland Belly Cake) is fair game — and presented with excellent commentary.

There’s something absolutely amazing (and more than a little geeky) about the whole enterprise — if only there was a way to make money and gain fame from making fun of bad lesbian movies.

Geeks of a more traditional bent may appreciate that the excellent, nerdy web comic XKCD has just released its very first print edition. Volume 0 features “selections from the first 600 comics, including various author and fan favorites. It was lovingly assembled from high-resolution original scans of the comics (the mouseover text is discreetly included), and features a lot of doodles, notes, and puzzles in the margins.”

If you have any interest at all in dorky things (including math!), XKCD is cute, funny and geeky, whether you spring for the book or just check out the site itself. Just beware the occasional equation (unless you like that sort of thing!).

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