In science-that-sounded-good-on-paper news, researchers at the Harvard University Center for Brain Studies (CBS) have developed a huge machine that can control rat tails most of the time. Building off early research at the Hamelin Institute for Pie and Piping Innovation … Continue reading →
I took the train home to 1974 for Christmas a couple times. Train travel is a lot like taxiing on the runway for 14 hours to get to a destination one hour away once the plane takes off. The only … Continue reading →
One of the few ideas worse than giving superpowers to nerds is giving monkeys mind control powers. Another is giving monkeys mind control power over robots. For every cute and cuddly chimpanzee or Touchdown Monkey you might encounter (Disclaimer: chimps … Continue reading →
I saw this a while ago, but the advice bears repeating. And I say this as a nerd of long standing: DO NOT GIVE SUPERPOWERS TO NERDS AND GEEKS! For every Peter Parker out there, there’s an Anakin Skywalker or … Continue reading →
The very first movie I remember seeing in a theater was 1968’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I was 7 at the time. I stumbled across it on TV a few months ago, about halfway through, and ended up sitting and watching the rest. I still love this movie. Most of the songs still stick with me almost half a century later, and the line “From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success.” is probably the most inspirational idea I ever got from a movie. (Disclaimer: I can’t think of a second inspirational thought from a movie.)
But I’ve recently come to realize that the cheerful music and family-friendly plot are really a smokescreen for an alien invasion movie.