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 Monday 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 Monday 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

Well, no, but fast-food is mass-produced with an emphasis on consistency of product, unlike humans. Yes, I want to see a much larger sample. No, I don't think these results are irrelevant. I remember when McNuggets first came out — they were actually made of meat and tasted pretty good. Over time, fast-food… » 10/08/13 4:54pm 10/08/13 4:54pm

Re: #7... To be fair, I saw it when my age was still a single-digit number. And for months — nay, years — afterward, my older brothers would whisper my name in the dark to terrify me. So I can barely even look at the image you posted here without wanting to run away. Ah well, at least they didn't do that… » 10/04/13 10:50am 10/04/13 10:50am

From what I can tell, it seems to be a classic problem-solving sci-fi story in the tradition of those Golden Age pulp stories — which were awesome when done right. However, I have an important question. Speaking for an extreme minority of the audience here, 3-D does not work on me. Because my eyes don't align… » 10/04/13 10:23am 10/04/13 10:23am