I haven't watched Vikings since Season 1 (it didn't really gel with me, despite my being a huge history buff) but the concept of mixing pseudo-fantasy elements into historical fiction is actually a pretty common one, especially for historical fiction set in the Middle Ages or earlier. » 3/25/15 10:02pm Yesterday 10:02pm

The issues facing aging creators (like Lucas or Scott) and fan creators (like Abrams or Blomkamp) are sometimes different but they can probably be condensed into two basic points: creators tend to be very inward-focused and deaf to outside insights while fans are often concerned so much with trappings that they ignore… » 3/23/15 9:29pm Monday 9:29pm

It can be a bit hard to get used to the 3D movement at first, but the tutorial goes a long way towards that and the remastered version of Homeworld uses the simpler interface of Homeworld 2 to make things even easier. I imagine it should take you a couple of hours to get the hang of it but after that you should be… » 3/20/15 7:54pm Friday 7:54pm

I also am only tangentially familiar with Avatar but I voted for it over Firefly anyway because it seems to me more important culturally. Firefly's a great show and one of my favorites, but beyond temporarily boosting the popularity of science fiction / western mash-ups and helping to popularize the "shaky cam"… » 3/20/15 12:49pm 3/20/15 12:49pm

It's true that lots of countries (Japan included) have pretty ethnocentric biases in their casting, but the U.S. gets less of a pass though given that more than a third of its population is of non-white or white Hispanic ancestry. And California, Hollywood's home state only counts 39% of its population as non-Hispanic… » 3/18/15 10:03pm 3/18/15 10:03pm

Myopia's probably one of those things (of which there are many) that is a little bit of both nature and nurture. There's almost certainly a genetic component to it—nearsightedness does run in families—but that alone isn't enough to explain it's increase in prevalence over the last couple of centuries, not even when… » 3/18/15 5:27pm 3/18/15 5:27pm

In all honestly I hope the most we find is fossilized specimens. Not because I wouldn't love to discover alien life in my lifetime but because I fear discovering life on Mars would substantially hinder any efforts to colonize the planet (which remains one of the best possible sites in the Solar system for such an… » 3/07/15 4:04pm 3/07/15 4:04pm

Oddly, while I loved that moment the show didn't truly click to me until around "Shindig," which is really weird because that isn't even a particularly good episode. But I think by that point I'd grown fond of the dynamics between the cast members and the quirky, weird world Joss Whedon had constructed. » 3/06/15 2:59pm 3/06/15 2:59pm

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