Io9 has been my favourite go-to spot on the web for the last two years or so, simply because everyone from the editors and writers to the readers help make this a place of lively, intelligent discussion with a minimum of bile. Well, the wretched, dehumanizing kind of bile, anyway. Whinging about shows and films you… » 9/22/14 12:04pm Today 12:04pm

My archaeologist friend is a pretty big Indy fan. I'm not sure how much of that was just because Indy's one of the only recognizable archaeologists in pop-culture, much like I latch on to any positive portrayals of librarians. But he's also not an academic—he's a private sector archaeologist. So maybe he sympathizes… » 9/19/14 9:52am Friday 9:52am

The trailers I've seen imply the grove the boys are living in is completely surrounded by the maze, and while they seem comfortable enough for the short-term, it's tough having your life limited to a single square kilometre. I'm not sure if there's a more pressing reason in the book or film than that, though. » 9/19/14 9:34am Friday 9:34am

Historically, Western nations paid human rights costs for industrialization and urbanization as well. Child labour, indentured servitude, dangerous working conditions, the brutal suppression of organized labour and civil disobedience, and slavery didn't disappear overnight. It's just that Western nations paid most of… » 9/18/14 1:31pm Thursday 1:31pm

I heard a film critic once say, "Hollywood is a town where everyone's in a rush to come in second." I.e., no one wants to take a chance on a risky new idea, but once someone does it successfully, everyone's in a hurry to copy it before it gets beaten into the ground. » 9/17/14 12:50pm Wednesday 12:50pm