Sam Vimes. He'll kill a man if he has to. He won't if he can avoid it. He doesn't pose and posture, and has the decency to feel bad about it when it happens. He's also sent a few to the gallows, and once in a heartbreaking, horrifying scene in Night Watch used his knife to grant the best mercy he could to those… » 10/16/14 7:24pm 10/16/14 7:24pm

Even though I understand its root, I've always thought of "I could care less" as a contraction of a snotty "as if I could care less!" As a former professional journalist, I've made my peace with the flaws and idiosyncracies of conversational English, and while I possibly could literally care less about many of these… » 10/14/14 3:57pm 10/14/14 3:57pm

Somewhere between "ultralight" and "glamping" there has to be some form of sanity! I like to keep things relatively lightweight, but leave myself a few luxuries, especially some halfway decent food. After all, a good, simple meal by a lakeshore a few miles from civilization is more satisfying than an overpriced dinner… » 10/13/14 9:52pm 10/13/14 9:52pm

In the scene used for the article image, funny enough, Dr. Jones is talking about how a site was destroyed by looters looking for quick cash from treasure. I think the few bits we see in Raiders and Last Crusade are really exceptional moments in Jones' archeological career (although he obviously had a very exceptional… » 9/19/14 5:13pm 9/19/14 5:13pm

To be fair, the movies only show some of the wildest, most Nazi-fightingest days of Prof. Jones' career. The brief peeks we get at his university life would suggest that most of his archeological life is spent in a more methodical, careful manner. However, "Indiana Jones and the Carefully Plotted Grid Lines" or… » 9/19/14 5:06pm 9/19/14 5:06pm

I was using an MSR Pocket Rocket for a few years, but this spring when I took it out, it failed to light. Unlike the other MSR stoves there's no service or cleaning kit available, so I replaced it with a $10 knock-off from Amazon, which has been working great so far. » 9/18/14 8:47pm 9/18/14 8:47pm

The weird thing about Rock Band controllers for peope who play is that the actions to play them are JUST different enough from actual musical instruments to throw you off. For example, to play a particular drum fill might require a particular sequence of four drums on an acoustic set, but on a Rock Band controller… » 9/09/14 4:49am 9/09/14 4:49am

Part of the fun is, of course, the differences between the actors. Eccleston was alien and funny and a bit eerie (ear-y maybe?), Tennant did a great job of humanizing the Doctor in a joyously melodramatic, Shakespearean way, Smith felt a bit more alien to me, but also brought a bit of a "boy's/girl's adventure novel"… » 9/04/14 11:38am 9/04/14 11:38am

Most of the time, I think we would be better of skipping them, or giving us 90 seconds of flashback at some point in the course of the story. Using up a whole movie on just an origin, ESPECIALLY when it's a reboot of an established character, just wastes time and kind of waters down the narrative. Sometimes the… » 8/28/14 6:26pm 8/28/14 6:26pm

1. Non-consensual spoilers: yes, I agree that spamming major plot points all over social media the minute you walk out of the midnight premier is an A-Hole thing to do, but going too far in the other direction, to the point where you scream about ANY public discussion, is pretty terrible too. Part of the shared joy of… » 8/27/14 11:47am 8/27/14 11:47am

Maybe they play into the internet-age sense of social isolation and of feeling like the last real, thinking human surrounded by mindless hordes of trend-following animals. As our acquaintances seem to be sucked up by political views and pop culture obsession, we feel like they've become alien and unreachable, and the… » 8/20/14 5:01pm 8/20/14 5:01pm