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

I've seen a number of interviews with the cast (some in person) and they all seemed to have very fond memories of working on the show. Same is true of Battlestar Galactica. I think that in both cases that stemmed from having a showrunner with a vision who also respected both the actors and the writers. » 10/10/14 12:09pm 10/10/14 12:09pm

I think you've essentially got it. There is a long storytelling trope about taking in an orphan and protecting him. And another part of that trope is the orphan who then grows up to do great things. Did Batman always include the part about Bruce Wayne's parents being killed when he was young or did that come later? If… » 10/10/14 10:25am 10/10/14 10:25am

The replicators were a poorly-used plot device. I always waited for a line of dialogue that said "replicators cannot make X because of Y," but never got it. And it is not like the replicators were used as a Deus ex Machina. It's not like the replicators HAD to be the magical solution to problems. They were just a… » 9/30/14 1:28pm 9/30/14 1:28pm

I would advise using a strong caveat when quoting the Indian cost for the mission. There is good reason to believe that it is wrong. The Indians have not provided a good cost breakdown for the mission, and apparently major cost categories—like engineer's salaries—have been left out of that cost figure. So it's not… » 9/24/14 4:20am 9/24/14 4:20am

A friend of mine once served as her escort at an official function (not a convention) and apparently she made a comment about being somewhat of a swinger in the 1960s. She also—I think this is in David Gerrold's book—had topless publicity photos to be sent to soldiers in Vietnam. She wasn't a prude. » 9/16/14 4:55pm 9/16/14 4:55pm

I just saw that scene over the weekend, and at the risk of being _that guy_, I could figure out a way for this to happen: T-Rex gets loose, kills everybody on deck. Somebody comes up with the idea of luring it into the cargo hold as bait, and goes in there and gets eaten. T-Rex follows and wounded deckhand seals the… » 9/02/14 3:52pm 9/02/14 3:52pm