Honestly, Dean sitting in the back of that car last night was hands-down the scariest thing I've ever seen on "Supernatural." Jensen Ackles does evil almost too well. Compared to Jared P's soulless Sam a while back, well... utterly terrifying... I actually felt a knot in my stomach watching it. » 10/15/14 4:53pm 10/15/14 4:53pm

I don't want to go outside and take pictures for you, but in my neighborhood at least, Team Cat isn't doing its job. I can't grow root crops in my garden because any freshly turned earth is considered a perfect litterbox in the minds of the dozens of feral cats and cuddly pets that wander our streets at their… » 10/14/14 3:08pm 10/14/14 3:08pm

In my day job, I'm senior editor for a technical trade magazine serving the biotech industry. I've been a professional editor for nearly 20 years, in fact. Sometimes I can't help correcting something if it jumps out at me. But I also know that there are two types of editors in the world: sticklers and stylists. I… » 10/14/14 11:59am 10/14/14 11:59am

When I was in the Bahamas (not the resorty parts), one thing that fascinated me was the sounds that the eroded limestone (ancient coral reefs that make up pretty much the whole archipelago) makes when you walk on it and displace stones, etc. All I could think of was that it sounds like pots and pans or medieval armor… » 9/29/14 4:34pm 9/29/14 4:34pm

This Doctor reminds me more and more of my Grampa Scott. He was just as wonderful, gruff, opinionated, funny, clever, even looked a lot like him. I grew up pretty much thinking Grampa Scott hung the moon. Now I know the truth: he was a timelord. It's nice to imagine he isn't gone after all, just "traveling." He… » 9/29/14 12:46pm 9/29/14 12:46pm

I can't believe that after all these years those few notes of Star Wars theme music still give me chills. Probably because I haven't completely desensitized myself with video games and cartoons and whatever else that's saturated the market by this point. I'm very much looking forward to #7. » 9/18/14 4:25pm 9/18/14 4:25pm

I've lived all over the country, and at least half the places I've been claim that title. I don't know why folks don't want to admit to having a dialect/accent — I think it's cool and fun! But then, my own is made up of pieces from all the places where I've lived... It just seems that everyone wants their own to be… » 12/02/13 3:45pm 12/02/13 3:45pm

Nope. I know lots of introverts who are dog people. (I'm one of them.) In my experience, horse people tend to be dog people as well, though. I'm definitely not a cat person, but it mostly stems from being allergic to them. But I also don't know how to communicate with them. Whereas dogs are a bit like horses,… » 12/02/13 3:09pm 12/02/13 3:09pm

Otherwise known as mitochondria. Those of us who read Lewis Thomas back in the day were not quite as offended as some people when Lucas threw this at us. His stuff is really just a sloppy amalgamation of whatever he was reading (or watching) at any given time — e.g., Joseph Campbell, The Battle of Britain, and I bet… » 12/02/13 11:52am 12/02/13 11:52am