Especially after the exact same guy shat his spacesuit over a bunch of extremely dead and mummified humanoid corpses. I'd have been able to accept a guy so fearless he's stupid petting a hissing peniscobra, but when your character is Scooby Doo to the geologist's Shaggy where space ghosts are concerned, I don't expect… » 11/20/14 10:03pm 11/20/14 10:03pm

My related question would be wondering whether lifeforms in a supercritical CO2 environment would have a hope of developing any kind of technology, whatever they might look like. Aquatic critters like dolphins and octopi are exceedingly smart, but their environment guarantees their tool use will always be limited;… » 11/20/14 7:26am 11/20/14 7:26am

I have to admit, though, I think it's a nice callback to the nutty plan Lex had in Superman: The Movie, where the same cinematic universe's version of the character was going to get rich by purchasing a bunch of desert in the American west and then sinking the California coast by nuking the San Andreas Fault so that… » 11/14/14 9:13am 11/14/14 9:13am

Yeah, except that definition was added because people have literally been using the word that way since at least the beginning of the 18th Century. And literally complaining that this usage is "wrong" for almost, but not quite as long. Personally, I think when a word has been consistently used in a particular way for… » 11/12/14 11:14am 11/12/14 11:14am

Personally, I thought it was cool in its ambitions, but pretty terrible in its execution. It turns out that pushing the boundaries of what your show can do by writing a musical episode isn't as awesome as you might imagine if you only have three cast members who can sing and they're all supporting players. I can't… » 11/12/14 10:57am 11/12/14 10:57am

That's a fair amount of unsavory action going on to get OK into our lexicography. It almost feels like, since it was first a joke and then a slur on Jackson's intelligence, it should only be used in an ironic way. Or seen as a phrase that's been reclaimed from its history. Regardless, it's hard to think of those…

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