It's not, but it's frankly better to teach your kids proper drinking habits when they're 18 than have them sneak booze in secret. I've drunk vodka since I was 18 (it took me much longer to learn to like beer — and I still only like a couple of way too expensive brands), and you could mistake me for teetotaller if you… » 1/29/15 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm

While I'm not a huge superhero comics buff, I seem to recall that in the comics he can just regulate the density of his body. Why couldn't they just do the same with some sort of pseudoscience metamaterial handwave? They already have a shield made of metal that deflects 100% of the kinetic energy it absorbs and a guy… » 1/29/15 6:43am Yesterday 6:43am

As it turns out, the enemy of your enemy is not your friend. Radical fanatics hate no-one as much as other radical fanatics who aren't in the same exact group as them. Islam is just as varied as Christianity, and the same goes for their extremists. » 1/28/15 4:07pm Wednesday 4:07pm

It's next to impossible to speed through a game before you've beaten it normally several times over. And speedrunning is not a new phenomenon, it's as video games that can be finished. Hell, before then kids obsessed with getting maxed scores. People have been making video games into sport-like challenges ever since… » 1/27/15 3:18pm Tuesday 3:18pm

When we reach that point our current societal model may already be obsolete, or at least radically altered to the point where it's difficult to figure out parallels to our present day trends. Rather than one big megatrend, I expect the development of such technologies to fragment humanity into a new set of social… » 1/24/15 7:17pm Saturday 7:17pm

The comics involving Harley are normally told at least partially from her own point of view, allowing emphasis on the comedy and the tragic backstory. The Arkham games are presenting Harley from Batman's point of view, as a psychotic criminal and serial murderer. She, like the other villains, gets little room to… » 1/20/15 1:36am 1/20/15 1:36am

Musk is specifically planning to use low orbits. And with the heights used by the ISS, for example, around 500 km, they can stay up for decades. That means that they're going to need a lot of those satellites, hundreds at least, but that's exactly what they've promised. » 1/19/15 7:42pm 1/19/15 7:42pm

I've always been partial to Glorantha's map. It doesn't do away with the rectangle, it integrates it into the cosmology. The world is a flat square, literally. It ends in a wall of ice in the north and wall of fire in the south. You can sail outside its borders, but then you find yourself outside the mortal world… » 1/19/15 10:38am 1/19/15 10:38am