I'm amazed that some of these shows can be so expensive, when I've heard that Hannibal is very cheaply produced, yet looks an order of magnitude better than most other shows. Maybe its just a smaller cast, and fewer sets? You'd think the budget for all the people trees and sabertooth tiger men would add up though. » 10/23/14 10:39am Yesterday 10:39am

I think my problems with the expansions of the source material in The Hobbit movies wasn't so much that they added new stuff, but more that they let their action scenes drag on (or dragon on, am I right) way longer than they needed, to the point where you reach Awesomeness Exhaustion. The sad thing is that LOTR and… » 10/22/14 3:50pm Wednesday 3:50pm

I think these days, I'm just as likely to not pirate, because Netflix and my cable's on demand features have largely enable me to avoid the issues that caused me to pirate in the first place.... I couldn't get a movie/series when I wanted it for a price that wasn't insane. When stuff like Attack on Titan is simulcast… » 10/22/14 11:34am Wednesday 11:34am

The Israelites building the pyramids. Turns out they existed long before any semblance of a Jewish identity or kingdom ever existed, and we know now they were built by professional Egyptian labor. I think I just read that the scholar Joespheus was one the people that really popularized that view, though it could be… » 10/22/14 10:27am Wednesday 10:27am

I've had a similar discussion online with an Evangelical Christian who was a member of an Evangelical Christian church that existed before Evangelical automatically meant the same thing as fundamentalist or very conservative (there was a big rebranding at some point, maybe the 90s?). He or she stubbornly clung to the… » 10/22/14 9:55am Wednesday 9:55am

You know, as much as I liked Torment, I still think that I prefer Baldur's Gate II, if I'm going to be playing something for fun. That game had so many broken mechanisms and play styles, but there was always something immensely fun about picking fights with dragons that you're objectively too low level for and then… » 10/22/14 7:23am Wednesday 7:23am

One of my favorite tropes in sci-fi and fantasy is the depowered god-like character, and in The Fractal Prince series has a whole pile of characters who have lost their powers and memories, and while they might want that knowledge and power back, they do so with the fear that it would basically mean the extinction of… » 10/21/14 6:27am Tuesday 6:27am

Well, the Catholic Church has the same problem as the YEC does, really. It holds its own authority and dogma as being correct and divinely inspired (calling it Natural Law is a clear indication of this), and so they find it difficult to climb down from previous positions, because it calls into question the authority… » 10/20/14 9:36am Monday 9:36am

The problem is, every other book written by Ebola scientists that I've read has said that Preston dramatically exaggerated symptoms. The idea of Ebola liquifying people is a myth. You do bleed, yes, but from what I've read, and the footage I've seen of Ebola suffers, you're not getting the kind of massive blood… » 10/20/14 7:26am Monday 7:26am

Because they've done tests. 'Airborne' has a particular scientific meaning (particle size and distance) and Ebola does not travel in the size of particles that other airborne viruses do. Anything that makes big huge droplets might do it, like say if someone were to cough blood right in your face, you would get it,… » 10/15/14 4:45pm 10/15/14 4:45pm

I'd love if a new Star Trek took the time to explore what normal people would do with their lives without Scarcity of the sort we deal with. Humans that didn't just achieve utopia, but were born and bred in it would probably have different priorities than we do, and I feel like Star Trek never really gave more than a… » 10/15/14 1:34pm 10/15/14 1:34pm