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Science In Fiction

It seems the more you learn about the nature of reality the harder it is to suspend your disbelief in fiction. People who spend a lot of time around guns can find it jarring when a character in a story fires one with no recoil. Anyone who knows the least …

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Science Sunday: Otter Penises & Pollution

For those who don’t pay much attention to furry things in British rivers (and really, why would you?) you might be interested to hear that the otter population in my homeland is on the way up and recovering from their rapid decline in the 1970s. Now, what seems to have …

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What Is Glass?

You may have heard a couple of things about glass, the most surprising of which, and one that I first heard when I was fourteen, is that glass is a liquid, and related to this was a statement that if you pushed against glass for long enough, you would come …

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Suspension of Disbelief: Django Unchained

First off, technically you shouldn’t be watching this movie unless you’re over 18, but I’m going to let that pass, because you should see it anyway, as long as you’re not squeamish that is, this is Quentin Tarantino after all. Django Unchained is the newest in Tarantino’s onslaught of revenge …

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Giant Eagles – Could Gandalf’s Favorite Deus Ex Machina Exist?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you will have noticed that Peter Jackson has released the first of his three Hobbit moves: ‘An Unexpected Journey’, which tells the tale that spawned the world of middle earth and a big surge of fandom that inspired generations …

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Stereotypes, Stereotypes Everywhere

Don’t ask how but the other day I found myself in one of those ‘games for girls’ sites that apparently have existed without my previous knowledge for a while now. What I found was boring at best and insulting at worst, reducing their target audience to people for whom ‘games’ …

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Suspension Of Disbelief: Skyrim

So, a year after people with money to spend bought the game I took advantage of the January sales and bought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which happened to come with a T-shirt, a tie-in novel, a few cards of concept art, and a CD with the soundtrack and some …

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Westeros : Still A Man’s World

In the last post on this topic I covered three characters from the ‘Song of Ice & Fire’ series of books by George R. R. Martin (popularized by the brilliant Game of Thrones on HBO) and how their character arcs and personalities were affected by the patriarchy present in their …

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