Misunderstanding Evolution

In an article on Samizdata , Jonathan Pearce does that frustrating thing that people do where he accuses someone of not understanding evolution, but it immediately becomes clear through his accusation that it’s his own understanding of it that’s shallow. The jumping off point is the paleo diet , which he accuses of short-selling the…

The Compensation Conundrum

Megan McArdle weighs in on the perennial question of Walmart, Costco, and how much to pay big box service sector employees, and it’s a breath of fresh air. Her bottom line is surely correct: We tend to look at the most politically salient features of the stores where we shop: their size, their location, the…

The Ark in Space

What’s wrong with The Ark in Space? The special effects, mostly. I know that no one who lacks a strong stomach for bad special effects has any business watching classic Doctor Who at all, but here they’re particularly bad. The Wirrin have all those legs that never move; instead the prop men just shove fiberglass…

Revenge of the Cybermen

There’s no doubt that Revenge of the Cybermen is one of the low points of season 12. Notice that I don’t say THE low point – because honestly, Robot is worse. There are things about Doctor Who. fandom I will never understand – what people ever saw in the Pertwee era being somewhere near the…

Attack of the Cybermen

Doctor Who has an annoying tendency to name episodes things like Attack of the Cybermen, put the title right there in the title sequence, and then expect us to be surprised when it’s revealed that the shadowy presence in the sewers is ZOMG CYBERMEN! And, well, Attack of the Cybermen is the worst offender. Why…

The Twin Dilemma Dilemma

I’m a bit of a contrarian. Once you know that about yourself, you have to second-guess your opinions sometimes – just in case. When I read that The Twin Dilemma was consistently ranked worst or second-worst in Doctor Who fan polls (most recently in 2009), I decided this was one of those times. Because I…

Voting Rights in North Carolina

Commenter Richard wants me to respond to charges in the mainstream press – e.g. articles like this one – that North Carolina is systematically denying black people the right to vote. I’ve mostly stayed away from this issue because I think it will work itself out. I haven’t kept up with the new legislature, or…

A Bad Proxy Misused

There’s a certain amount of buzz on the (feminist) internets recently about a CPS* report out of the UK which purports to show that false rape accusations are vanishingly rare. Now, that would be great news if it were true – but I’ve just had a read through the report and I think a lot…