While I can appreciate the effort... trying to reconcile the spiritual and the scientific in a movie is always going to be handicapped by the fact that it is written by someone that wants that reconciliation to happen. The whole point of science is that things can be wrong, and if they are wrong, we have to let them… » 7/17/14 10:59am Thursday 10:59am

From what I've read from bomb disposal people, they almost never interact with the bomb directly, they set up a shot gun, and blow it apart, hopefully disrupting the mechanisms. No one is going to spend time clipping unknown wires when they can just do a controlled detonation. » 7/16/14 10:23am Wednesday 10:23am

So few shows actually depict working with DNA as anything other than 'put sample in machine' and 'analyze results on a computer', that I've surprised a lot of people by telling them that, yes, I work with DNA, and yes I can see it, thanks to there being a lot of it, and using particular dyes from time to time. » 7/15/14 7:42am 7/15/14 7:42am

Anti-heroes also seem to work better when you have a short run with a definite goal in mind. The end of episode reset just doesn't work when a character is a fundamentally nonredeemable jerk. Networks will make these sorts of shows every once and a while, but they still want the episodic show that they can run with… » 7/14/14 1:23pm 7/14/14 1:23pm

Its been a long time since I've read Heinlein's books, but I remember even at 15, the underwritten women stood out to me. So often they just fall in love with the main character for no particular reason, and then sign up for whatever weird sex experience he wanted. I think the only time a female character really… » 7/14/14 10:03am 7/14/14 10:03am

I think its a little different when you, as an individual teacher, are the subject of intense pressure from parents, students, other teachers, and or the school supervisors. Its not just parents that are creationists/climate deniers, you know. Sometimes its your boss and your co-workers. » 7/11/14 9:11am 7/11/14 9:11am

This whole situation reminds me of the popular kid complaining about being too popular. Yeah, he's probably got an inbox full of fat-shaming impatience, but there are a ton of writers out there would love to have his level of fame and prestige. When he does put out Winds of Winter, it will change the book vs ebook… » 7/09/14 11:05am 7/09/14 11:05am