Nope. Walder was the classic mid level guy who wanted to be the big boss. He made a potentially future king bow down and promise to marry his daughter so he could cross a bridge. Robb should have kept that promise, but I think that Walder would have switched over to the Lannister's side regardless, because it would… » 11/22/14 8:04am Yesterday 8:04am

The sad thing is that there are at least two Ebola vaccines that have strong efficacy in animals that were already mostly developed before the epidemic hit, its just that its such a rare disease that it is very hard to do the testing on it. They should have had some supplies good to go, but you can understand the… » 11/21/14 7:23am Friday 7:23am

You know, having defended books, I will totally disagree with you on magazines and newspapers, mostly because I detest the pageificiation, the huge invasive adds, and the inability to just sample the articles I want without tearing through the whole thing. And putting up with relatives that won't throw any periodicals… » 11/20/14 7:43pm Thursday 7:43pm

I waffle back and forth about such things. I think that there is a certain reality you can get through practical effects and stuntwork, both from the actors having something to work with, and from the imperfect details and lighting, that can be harder to get in CGI.But at the same time, practical effects are also… » 11/20/14 7:02am Thursday 7:02am

For some reason, I just got really into Sinister, even though its not that different from other horror movies in its scares, I like the idea of a world where ancient polytheistic Gods were still roaming around, and who had odd movie format loyalties. I'd enjoy a sequel about an Egyptian god that only does its work… » 11/17/14 3:44pm 11/17/14 3:44pm

Also, if you want to have your movie monsters fight, stop using the "And they both die" option as a means of avoiding offending part of your fan base by picking a definitive winner. Its so predictable that the Predator and Alien will both die locked in combat, that Freddy and Jason both are defeated combating each… » 11/17/14 11:49am 11/17/14 11:49am

Much that I would like to harp on all the terrible bioscience I've seen over the years, I still think anything related to computer science has us beat, just by volume. Movies and TV treat hackers like wizards and don't even bother to put in the most basic amounts of research into what a hacker does, and what their… » 11/17/14 7:45am 11/17/14 7:45am

Even the best authors will write something that isn't great, and they may not know its bad, or acknowledge it as bad. Authors at least have the option to just put a book or script on a shelf and forget about it... a director might not recognize how bad a movie is till its all shot and put together, and then they… » 11/14/14 10:27am 11/14/14 10:27am

But it wouldn't be self sustaining in the way that an animal would be. Software running on a computer might be self aware, but it wouldn't necessarily be able to reproduce, and it would rely on other beings to keep it alive with electricity and the like. Maybe if it was fully vested in a robotic body like Data, it… » 11/11/14 11:10am 11/11/14 11:10am

I think fantasy has a particular problem where the major authors either have a hard time not just dashing of fifty books in the same world, or have a hard time finishing their existing popular series (cough, Rothfuss, cough want book three cough), or both. I'm not a big fantasy reader, but its hard to imagine Brian… » 11/11/14 9:50am 11/11/14 9:50am

In the future, crystals need to be freaking everywhere. In fact, I would love to see a dystopia where an early utopia overindulged in crystal decorations and messed up their infrastructure. Having a broken culture living in the shadow of beautiful crystal cities would be funny. » 11/10/14 12:20pm 11/10/14 12:20pm