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 Today 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 Yesterday 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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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

Re: #9 (the Heinlein Slide Rule) — it rather makes me proud that I was a member of one of the last graduating classes to actually see Engineering Students stride across campus with a slide rule holster hanging proudly from their belt. Kind of like having seen an old west gunfighter shooting it out in front of the… » 10/15/14 10:19am 10/15/14 10:19am

The Adventures of Superman had Bob Maxwell as its first-year producer, Whitney Ellsworth for all later seasons. The first season stories were superior, much darker, occasionally spooky stories, while comic bunglers gradually came to dominate the series after in its second period. I don't know if this was so much as by… » 10/14/14 1:14pm 10/14/14 1:14pm

Going off the rails here, but...if they decided to go a radically different direction, completely smashing the history of both characters and make Wonder Woman the daughter of Superman and Lois Lane, having all the same powers but some pent-up resentment that perfect dear ole dad is always there for everybody else but… » 10/14/14 10:05am 10/14/14 10:05am