I wasn't really upset when I first clicked. I mean, if you have humanoid hamsters, you're going to have lady versions too, and it's probably going to be pretty dumb and slightly sexist, but whatever. I didn't understand how they think this will sell cars, but it didn't upset me too much. » 8/21/14 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

It sounds like you're pretty essential to the operation, if your break always causes it to suddenly get busy. It's almost certainly not the case that a lot more people just happen to come in at that time. It's that your coworkers just can't handle the normal amount of business, so the line gets backed up, because… » 8/21/14 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

It's horrifying to think that if there weren't a video that made it to the internet, no one would know or care about these men being brutally killed like this. Apparently this happened awhile ago and was just quietly swept under the rug. Who knows how often similar things happen? » 8/21/14 11:37am Today 11:37am

Yeah, I liked it for that reason. I didn't see it as a comment on Fergusan as much as a comment on how we are so detached from events in the rest of the world. When the same sort of thing happens in other countries, we just shrug and think of it as "sectarian grievances," rather than real people struggling and dying… » 8/20/14 5:22pm Yesterday 5:22pm

And the new comments system really exemplifies it. At least before, when they published this shit and everybody complained about it, there was some illusion that our comments were being given equal weight to the author's perspective. As of right now, there are well over a hundred comments, and not a single one is… » 8/20/14 1:11pm Yesterday 1:11pm

What? What? I can sort of sympathize when people get upset that classic, foundational works of literature are getting pushed off syllabuses to make room for more "diversity." But what kind of moron do you have to be to define classic literature as "British and American"? That shows zero understanding of the… » 8/20/14 9:28am Yesterday 9:28am

Somewhat off-topic, but I have a big pet peeve about fiction writers that don't seem to have a good understanding of the Theory of Mind for their characters. As soon as the point-of-view character learns a fact, suddenly every other person in the universe is also aware of that fact. It ends up making the protagonist… » 8/20/14 9:02am Yesterday 9:02am

You make some really good points, and it makes me sad to think that there really was a lot of good potential in the concept for the prequel series. You're right that the "failed Chosen One" idea is pretty compelling, and it would have been interesting to see it play out in the hands of a more subtle and skillful… » 8/19/14 5:45pm Tuesday 5:45pm