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  1. about 9 hours ago on MythTickle

    Supposedly George Lucas attempted to buy the rights to “Flash Gordon,” but the Dino di Laurentiis company wouldn’t sell them. So Lucas went off and (ahem) borrowed a bit from Japanese Samurai movies (in particular, Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress”). And di Laurentiis went off to make a campy “Flash” featuring music by Queen.

  2. about 9 hours ago on Pluggers

    He’s trying to look cool!

  3. about 9 hours ago on Crankshaft

    Yeah, Lilliopsaurus should be looking for a Doctor of Paleontology.

  4. about 9 hours ago on Crankshaft

    Airline ticket counter?

    Wait till he tries to check-out a copy of “Dead St. Lisa’s Story” from his local library and finds it’s all done by self-scan now.

    Oh, wait… what self-respecting library would own a copy of “Dead St. Lisa’s Story” in the first place?

  5. about 9 hours ago on Crankshaft

    Depends a lot on the business. I haven’t been to KFC in decades, but I’ve been to some McDonalds where the screen UI was pretty awful. Luckily these had humans to take your order as well.

    On the other hand, one of my favorite pizza take-out joints lets you order through a website, with a graphical UI that is really convenient for specifying where the toppings go (f’rinstance, all sausage, pepperoni on one half, onions on the other—easily done with a couple clicks; no worry that—as has happened many times when the order’s taken by a person—I will get sausage on one half and pepperoni/onion on the other).

  6. about 10 hours ago on Crankshaft

    Good question. Prompts several thoughts:

    Is it really talking with another human being when the other human is reading questions off a screen and clicking your responses to them?

    Does being able to check-in on a computer before leaving your house (this is how my doctors do it; upon arrival all I have to do is give my name) maybe free up time for actual person-to-person interaction about my health with the doctor? I think it might.

  7. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    In panel three, Dad says the disgraced ex-president was “sent by God” like it’s a good thing. Evidently Dad’s never read the prophetic book of Jeremiah, in which God describes the Babylonian king (who destroyed the Israelite kingdom, sacked Jerusalem, and carted its elites off to Babylon) as “My servant Nebuchadnezzar.” God may have indeed sent the Orange One… but in the same way he sent Nebuchadnezzar, plagues, locusts, etc.

  8. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Yep, I am frequently amazed by how much “science writers” don’t know about science.

  9. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    Heinlein was so quotable… and so often wrong. We have one of his oft-quoted aphorisms hanging on the wall at our school, and I cringe every time I pass it: something along the lines of (I don’t have the text in front of me) “every new invention was theoretically impossible—until it was built.” Quite the opposite, actually: to name the most obvious example, people knew quite well that heavier-than-air flight was theoretically possible, because birds, bats and insects do it. Space flight was known to be theoretically possible almost as soon as Galileo observed the moons of Jupiter orbiting the planet. It’s because we knew these things were theoretically possible that we tried to figure out how to turn theoretical possibility into reality.

    So it is also with his attempt to create an artificial either/or choice between faith and reason. The Incompleteness Theorem tells us that we cannot have a logical system without at least one postulate which cannot be logically proven from within the system—a way to say “faith” without using the f-word. And any serious religious scholar will tell you that reason is essential to properly interpreting sacred writings and applying them to the current situation. As somebody said, “God gave us these big brains and expects us to use them.” So, Heinlein to the contrary, you can’t have true religion without reason, and you can’t have reason without believing in something you can’t prove; that is, having faith.

  10. 3 days ago on Tom the Dancing Bug

    If he looked Middle Eastern, Johnson wouldn’t have recognized him.