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

Tut. The more you read about Isaac Newton the more you get the impression he might have benefited from some sort of 17th century manic pixie dream wench to help him lighten up. Honestly, Isaac, just add a touch of honey to the mix babe. » 3/10/15 9:03am 3/10/15 9:03am

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 thought the traditional rant about kids these days with their doodads and their youtubes was that they needed everything to be shorter? Let's have some consistency here, people. » 12/20/14 8:08pm 12/20/14 8:08pm

Spot on as usual, ta guys. The prospect of trawling through pages of bazinga t shirts and novelty ice cube trays was looming grim as December approached. » 12/01/14 5:15pm 12/01/14 5:15pm

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

I don't have an angry >10 paragraph reply proving how good at arguing on the internet I am, I just wanted to say I think what you said is reasonable and I get that you're not actually calling anyone a dick. » 8/16/14 10:09am 8/16/14 10:09am

Abso fucking lutely, they had no idea how to write a teenager. He acted like a precocious 10 year old savant rather than a brilliant 17 year old. » 8/05/14 2:50pm 8/05/14 2:50pm

The amount of poor scientific practice in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is very frustrating, but for some reason it was this guy that irked me the most. » 8/05/14 9:15am 8/05/14 9:15am