At the moment it comes down to the number of moving parts and lack of flexible spine. That means that the shock of each step will go straight to this machine's body and will force it to correct balance a lot more than a human would. Not to mention that it's pretty top-heavy, by the looks of it. But the progress has… » 10/24/14 2:46pm Yesterday 2:46pm

It also has to do with the fact that aid workers have sometimes actually been used as a front for military intelligence gathering. That combined with the general anti-Western paranoia in the region, based on both real and imagined slights, ends up causing this mayhem even though most people, even most extremists don't… » 10/24/14 10:09am Yesterday 10:09am

My favourite Keanu Reeves film has to be A Scanner Darkly. Say what you want about his acting in some other films, he does the disjointed half-life of a drug addict/undercover cop perfectly in the most faithful Philip K. Dick adaptation ever. The self-consuming paranoia of that film is arguably even more timely now… » 10/23/14 9:06am Thursday 9:06am

While I'm not terribly knowledgeable about the Marvel universe, I'm pretty sure that Ultron has always been very emotional and passionate, not to mention batshit crazy. I'm just glad that we can have robotic villains who don't fit the generic mold — now if we could only get robotic heroes to do the same. » 10/23/14 6:05am Thursday 6:05am

Well, The Silmarillion isn't really a novel, it's a collection of Middle-Earth histories, myths and legends. Don't expect a single, coherent storyline or very much character focus. If you have some scholarly bent, you'll probably love it, but if not, it may not be your cup of tea. » 10/22/14 11:51pm Wednesday 11:51pm