Honestly, I’ve never seen such understanding of and respect for the real world Sci that underpins the Fi in a television show. Usually I prefer that the writers leave the explanations for their exciting fictional biotech fairly vague, because wrong biology is always way more jarring than missing biology, but OB just… » 4/02/15 8:07am 4/02/15 8:07am

A lot of people in the comments are interpreting this as a demonstration of the American tendency to answer the question in a bland affirmative, but the table says it measured how many people described their day as a "particularly good day" which to me sounds like something distinct from that. I can't talk for the… » 3/16/15 10:46am 3/16/15 10:46am

It's weird, but I think these books have influenced my outlook on life more than any other body of work, and people have said much the same thing to me when we've talked about them. I think a certain kind of nerd tends to stumble across them in their early teens and they really stick, you know? » 3/10/15 9:17am 3/10/15 9:17am

Ok, I PROMISE I'm not a luddite, and that I totally recognise the superiority of a life spent bathed in glorious wireless connectivity - but I have spent more time screaming wordlessly into the void in frustration because of some complicated little wireless connection fuck up than I ever spent tutting at cables. » 1/28/15 10:05am 1/28/15 10:05am

I wrote this comment a while ago. Since then I've revised my position. Obviously if you write a character to be a constant obstacle to overcome and saddle them with both rigid morality and clear hypocrisy they are bound to be resented, so all the public head scratching of the writers about why everyone hates Skylar… » 10/19/14 5:47pm 10/19/14 5:47pm

Couple thousand years BC because I want to be tall and able to wow people with my healing magic and firm grasp of first point perspective. Preferably somewhere where I'm regarded as human rather than fuckable livestock, but I'd take my chances somewhere less enlightened if I was allowed to bring a gun. » 9/02/14 7:38am 9/02/14 7:38am

I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the NHS is and how it works. It's a non profit system, and advice on what treatments an individual doctor should prescribe for a patient is regulated by NICE which is an independent organisation which evaluates treatments based on effectiveness vs cost. Doctors… » 9/02/14 5:12am 9/02/14 5:12am

Yeah well when we all have to run out of our houses when we are invaded by space jerks with no time put on our shoes, and you are hobbled by your dainty, soft feet on the asphalt and you fall behind only to be vapourised by the deadly deadly space rays while I bound ahead to safety with my gnarly tyrannosaurus feet… » 8/21/14 3:10pm 8/21/14 3:10pm