I spent much of my 20s playing White Wolf games, although Mage is the only one that held my interest. One thing that always struck me, especially with Vampire: For a game system that encouraged creative Storytelling and "The Golden Rule" (i.e., the GM shouldn't let the rules interfere with a good story), both the… » 8/15/14 10:22am 8/15/14 10:22am

I was never assigned The Giver in school. I finally got around to reading it about 2 years ago to see what all the fuss was about, and I didn't care for it at all. I think my problem is, it's yet another example of SF and dystopian fiction that warns of a society devoid of emotions, or fear of the coldly logical AI or… » 8/14/14 1:32pm 8/14/14 1:32pm

Sometimes, teaching is a college's lowest priority. When I was in university, there was a chemistry professor all my science-majoring friends hated, because she was one of the worst instructors on campus. But she was doing some important and well-regarded research so the university administration loved her. At the… » 8/14/14 8:36am 8/14/14 8:36am

My memory's a bit shaky, but is Yoda actually referred to as a Jedi at any point in the original trilogy? I remember Kenobi referring to him as a great teacher/master of the Force, but before the prequels came around I always assumed Yoda wasn't actually a Jedi Knight. I also assumed Luke's black outfit from Return of… » 8/14/14 7:42am 8/14/14 7:42am

Good observation. I'm reminded of this video by Sursum Ursa explaining although the female characters in the MCU films are still supporting cast, they're written with more agency and identity than those roles typically get in a genre blockbuster. They have lives of their own, even if we don't see much of them—you… » 8/13/14 9:37am 8/13/14 9:37am

Well, there is the strong implication from their religious beliefs that the asari were uplifted, or in the process of such, by the Protheans at the end of the last Cycle. If you have the ME3 DLC with the Prothean squadmate Javik, he remembers both the asari and salarians in a more primitive state, suggesting both… » 8/12/14 8:13pm 8/12/14 8:13pm

The American war effort during the War of 1812 was highly dependent on state militias. And the war was so unpopular with the northeastern New England states that they didn't bother to send any. They continued to trade with the Atlantic colonies of British North America (today's Canadian Maritime provinces), who… » 8/12/14 1:40pm 8/12/14 1:40pm