I'd add that it's the most relentlessly honest show I've seen about morality and choices. It demonstrates how painful it can be to do the right thing, but also how that is the only way to happiness. There's not many pieces of culture I'd say actually changed my life, but this show really did. » 10/29/14 8:25pm 10/29/14 8:25pm

You can actually see whether the screen is on or not from the other side. Glass actually telegraphs whether it's recording or not much more openly than a phone does. You have to give it a physical or vocal command to do so, then basically stare at whatever you're capturing. A phone is much more stealthy at secretly… » 4/16/14 11:31am 4/16/14 11:31am

Short of literally farming, living in a real city is objectively better than not. It is more efficient, more diverse, more conducive to tolerance and humility. While you may know people from small towns who turned out well, that is anecdotal evidence. On the whole, living in a dense population is more advantageous for… » 2/20/14 12:31pm 2/20/14 12:31pm

The main problem is not that there is a conflict between tech writing and science. Tech is made for the consumer to be as simple and easy as possible (perhaps a good analogue for religion). A review of a new phone never includes a primer on NiCad or binary code. » 7/12/13 6:28pm 7/12/13 6:28pm

you're totally right, Hamilton. What I think 'Lincoln' did a good job of, though, was proving why pragmatism is so important. No one ever said the arc of history took a sharp turn towards justice. It *bends* because it's political suicide not to, and it is frustrating, but I don't know if it's cowardice. » 3/26/13 1:23pm 3/26/13 1:23pm

It may be my problem, but I don't think you highlighted the differences between being 'unfunny' and a 'dumbfuck' well enough. I disagree with Carolla cuz he is a dumbfuck and cuz he's unfunny. I think definitively you can't be a dumbfuck and also funny, unknowing dumbness preempts funny. I don't see the big problem… » 6/21/12 8:32pm 6/21/12 8:32pm