Somebody told me that it was always supposed to be a mini-series. But when they rolled it out at SDCC, they did not say mini-series. They implied it was going to be a series. I suspect that it cost too much and the leadership lost confidence in it, so now they are calling it a mini-series. » 11/21/14 10:13am Friday 10:13am

There's a prevalent myth these days that 3D printing automatically equals "good" or "better." But that's not the case. There are other manufacturing methods, both traditional and new, that have great advantages over 3D printing. It's just that people are caught up in this hype feedback loop about 3D printing. » 11/13/14 12:17pm 11/13/14 12:17pm

I remember one of the DVD documentaries about one of the Batman films—I think it was Batman and Robin—where the merchandizing end was clearly wagging the dog. They had to settle on designs like the Batmobile a year in advance so that the toymakers could start working on them in time for movie release. I'm guessing… » 11/13/14 8:28am 11/13/14 8:28am

I went to Universal Studios a few weeks ago. They had Minions merchandise EVERYWHERE. It really was just excessive. And the funny thing was that a couple of days later at our hotel in Irvine, an hour away, we saw people coming in with Minions stuff. And a few days after that, in Huntsville, Alabama, of all places, I… » 11/03/14 7:18pm 11/03/14 7:18pm

The same general explanations in this article apply to LOTS of other things too, like helium. Every so often people get into a tizzy about the growing helium shortage. But dig into the story a bit deeper and one of the problems is that there has been little incentive to conserve and recover helium, and the price has… » 11/03/14 12:08pm 11/03/14 12:08pm

We have eight elevators in our office building and they all have a female voice that announces the floor, whether you are going up or down, etc. One of them is slightly different than the others. She sounds a little more _depressed_ when you go down, and particularly when you reach the lobby. » 10/20/14 10:52am 10/20/14 10:52am