Given the pretty obvious influences of the Alien franchise on the first film (and less so on the latter films) that makes a lot of sense. The idea of a female lead may have been a deliberate tribute to Ripley. It's also pretty clear that Riddick is in general a lot less central to the plot than he is in the rest of… » 1/28/15 4:26pm Yesterday 4:26pm

Racism no longer exists now that all of humanity has banded together to speak English, vote democratically, adhere to 20th-century American social standards, and battle alien intruders in a thinly veiled metaphor for anti-immigration sentiment.

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So it couldn't be say, that he just looks different from other Atlanteans? Why does it have to be "blond" specifically. Angrier Greek was just pointing out a technical inaccuracy in Bricken's reporting (that his blond hair didn't matter at all), not that blond hair specifically was a super-critical detail of the… » 1/28/15 3:14pm Yesterday 3:14pm

Yeah this is one of the main things we covered in my philosophy of science course in college: you can never absolutely prove something, you can only show it is very, very, very likely to be true (or absolutely disprove it). Indeed, falsibility is one of the most important standards of science. » 1/27/15 1:34pm Tuesday 1:34pm

I actually think the early Ultimate Fantastic Four comics (which they seem to be drawing on) did a decent job of blending the fantastical (in the vernacular meaning of the word) and horrific aspects of the characters' transformation equally. But it sounds like Frank's taking it another step, which honestly is kind of… » 1/27/15 1:48am Tuesday 1:48am

How old does this make me feel? Older than you might expect considering I wasn't even born with RotJ came out. I think it's because it makes me realize that as much time will have passed for me between the sequel trilogy and the prequels as passed for my parents between the original trilogy and the prequels. And… » 1/24/15 1:57pm Saturday 1:57pm

I have problems with Steam (though I still enjoy making use of it) but quality control certainly isn't one of them. Indeed, it seems like kind of a weird complaint to make. Valve doesn't make the games, they just sell them. That's like complaining that Target sells Aliens: Colonial Marines alongside Dragon Age:… » 1/23/15 8:15pm Friday 8:15pm

You know, it's funny. I've always loved Mystery Men since I saw at as a kid but I wasn't a comic book reader back then (although to be fair I'd watched pieces of the Batman and X-Men animated series and had watched the original Batman/Superman films). I just thought it was really funny. » 1/23/15 7:20pm Friday 7:20pm

I'm kind of divided on the subject. As it is I've only played two visual novels, one that was eroge (Katawa Shoujo) and one that wasn't (Steins;Gate). Both were pretty good, though each had its own individual strengths and weaknesses. I feel like the erotic scenes in KS didn't really degrade the story (although they… » 1/23/15 5:55pm Friday 5:55pm

A Patrilineal Map of the World

While doing some independent research of my own on the world's genetic diversity, I found this map of the world's primary Y-chromosomal haplogroups and thought I'd share it. Given some of my prior discussions of race and ethnicity, I felt it might be of interest. » 1/22/15 8:44pm 1/22/15 8:44pm