I agree; the narration needs to go away. Also...should the intro credits for a show about the fastest man alive go on what seems like forever? They should give you a lightning bolt and straight into story. I'm also hoping they'll go into some villain story arcs rather than a monster of the week. Last, I'm guessing… » 10/22/14 11:55am Wednesday 11:55am

Well, the second-largest was put where it was because that was higher ground, and it makes that smaller pyramid look bigger than his father's Great Pyramid. No Freudian issues there, no siree! The precise sites were likely chosen because of nearness to the Nile, proximity to workable limestone, and a relatively flat… » 10/22/14 10:24am Wednesday 10:24am

One of the reasons I really enjoy Agents of SHIELD is that I haven't read comics in decades, and never was much of a Marvel reader. So, when somebody like Bobbi Morse arrives, I'm clueless that she has a long history and I can hit the story cold. I fully appreciate the joy of easter eggs for the long-time readers, but… » 10/22/14 8:40am Wednesday 8:40am

I have to vote for the 64-square madhouse, chess. Its play can be simple or complex. Its rules are simple, giving endless variation of play. The size or strength or sex or age of the player does not matter, only their ability to concentrate and see possibilities. It's a game played as much in the future (one or two… » 10/22/14 7:27am Wednesday 7:27am

I'm guessing that the slightly lower survival rate of the white rooks, knights, bishops, indicate that white generally goes on the attack earlier than the black player. (And of course, statistically, white wins more often.) First move does matter. » 10/21/14 1:53pm Tuesday 1:53pm

Okay, okay. It's not science fiction. It's not fantasy. And despite the presence of Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, it's a gawdawful movie. But while it's aged badly, it's got some wonderful unintentional laughter. To wit: rich landed gentry Ronald Colman goes to the Great War, comes back with shellshock and amnesia… » 10/20/14 5:00pm Monday 5:00pm

The Spider! The classic pulp hero, deadlier and more violent than The Shadow, he once considered killing a sleeping old man because it seemed to him that the old guy was evil. Thoroughly competent and paranoid, he frequently suspected those closest to him of betrayal. Read these; more pulp fun you will rarely have.… » 10/16/14 2:24pm 10/16/14 2:24pm

I guess I'd always assumed that "Palpatine" was his professional name, chosen for business reasons, and that his true name was hidden away, as great villains' names so frequently are. At least his true name isn't Skywalker; that would be the most unkindest cut of all. » 10/16/14 11:41am 10/16/14 11:41am

One of the (many) problems I had with Bewitched, watching it new when I was a kid, was that Agnes Moorhead and Dick York were both excellent actors, and the hate and the venom they spewed at one another was convincing, rather than funny. Made the show a "leave the room 'til it's over" situation for me. » 10/15/14 5:54pm 10/15/14 5:54pm