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E. Magill

E. Magill
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Birthday
November 05
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E. Magill is an award-winning, though bitterly unpublished, science-fiction novelist, futurist, and entertainment junkie. Learn more about him at www.emagill.com

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APRIL 23, 2013 3:39PM

The Birth of a Conspiracy Theory

Google calls this picture 'Craft Team Exposed'

The evidence is so clear and unambiguous!

The smoke had barely cleared from the Boston Marathon bombing when I first saw the phrase "false flag operation" on my Facebook feed. In the days that followed, I was treated to all sorts of paranoid speculation about the attack, including people… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2013 7:27AM

Killing the Bioshock Movie

Ken Levine

Ken Levine tells all

A few years ago, a film based on the remarkable objectivism-inspired video game Bioshock was all but certain. Gore Verbinski, the mastermind behind the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, was set to direct, a script was developed, and Universal Studios was on boar/… Read full post »

Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal

It's easy to feel like an aberration when you're a stay-at-home father. Sometimes you're the only man in a room full of mothers, and sometimes you find yourself defending a woman whose husband fails to appreciate how difficult it is to keep a home in order. At times,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 12:13PM

Black Heritage 2013

chess

Chess: the real cause of racism

Though I've focused much of my attention over the years on how politics promotes and exacerbates a divisive view of racism in America, it is important to step back and look at the issue from a cultural perspective. After all, according to a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 10:13AM

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard poster

"Yippee-Ki-Yay, Mother Russia" is at least a better tagline than "Fun With a Vengeance!"

When you get to the fifth movie in a franchise, it's difficult not to be locked into a formula. After all, if the formula worked four times before, it's bound to work again, at least… Read full post »

drone

I've seen the future, baby; it is murder

I'm going to be perfectly honest with you. After September 11, I really believed that we needed to change our thinking about terrorism. When the Patriot Act came along, I read it thoroughly and defended it. I supported the… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2013 2:41PM

TV Review: The Hollow Crown

Henry V being crowned

Uneasy lies the head

This Friday in the U.S., PBS will be running the third and fourth episodes of its Shakespeare Uncovered series, which both deal with Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays--Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V--better known as the Henriad./… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2013 1:53PM

5 Logical Fallacies from the Gun Debate

Scarface

"Another article about guns?! That makes me just wanna..."

In 1764, before the United States was even a nation, four Lenape warriors entered a school in Pennsylvania, shot a schoolmaster, and killed nine children. Urged to do something as a result of this tragedy, the Pennsylvania Assembly… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2013 1:06PM

Top 5 Heroes & Idiots of 2012

Presidential election years are always crazy, but 2012 strikes me as an especially nutty year. For the first time since I've started these annual accountings, I've had to trim several people out of my list of heroes and idiots, and settling on just five of each was a difficult endeavor.… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2013 2:45PM

12 Things I Learned in 2012

Has it been another year already? Damn, I'm getting old. Alright, I guess it's time to assess the last year and account for the things I've learned.


#1. Chuck E. Cheese's Isn't So Bad

Parenthood

There's not a single happy person in this scene

Before 2012, when I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2012 11:30AM

Season's Greetings

Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season

If you give cards like this to people, you are probably a terrible human being

As I was leaving the grocery store yesterday, a man told me to have a merry Winter Solstice. He wasn't an employee, mind you, but a fellow shopper, an emaciated fellow with long hair… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2012 1:30PM

On Secession

One man's protest

As an individual, you are free to leave whenever you like

Every so often in politics, the subject of secession--as defined as the breaking away of one government body from another to make two smaller bodies--comes up. As we have just reached the end of a long and bitter… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 11:59AM

Solo-Gamer Review: Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII is probably the most harshly criticized single-player game in the entire canon of the flagship JRPG franchise. Though much of this criticism may be undeserved (see my own review), it seemed unwise for Square Enix to push forward with a direct sequel in Final Fantasy XIII-2.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 11:55AM

Why 2014's RoboCop Might Not Suck

Production photo from the set of the new RoboCop

At least we know the new RoboCop looks cool

Despite things I've written in the past (and pictures I've used), I'm not opposed to movie remakes on principle. However, as I see it, remakes are usually just desperate attempts to cash in on nostalgia by getting around the whole/… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2012 1:13PM

A Nation of Minorities

George Clooney and Barack Obama

Here we see President Obama asking George Clooney for campaign funds so that he can make sure Clooney's tax rate goes up

For the last few weeks, Democratic leaders--from the president on down--have called on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to release more than two years of his… Read full post »

There is an awful place where eagerly anticipated films go to die. This is a place where desperation rules, where the increasingly insane decisions of filmmakers, producers, actors, and distributors all conspire to tear a good idea apart. Sometimes, a film will emerge from this development hell, an… Read full post »

These days, whenever a blockbuster film is released, the studio tries to cash in with a cheap video game based on it. These games are often rushed, poorly-designed, and severely lacking in quality control. This list is not about upcoming blockbusters that would make good games, because if you… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2012 12:56PM

Rethinking AGW, Part 9: Loose Ends

Description

Al Gore wins the prize for most mentions in this entire blog series

One of the most compelling parts of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth is when Gore uses ice core samples to demonstrate that CO2 levels correlate extremely well with temperature throughout climatological history, which he stron/… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2012 3:53PM

Top 5 Best & Worst Movie Prequels

What is a movie studio to do with a profitable franchise when a sequel is impossible and a reboot won't work? These days, the answer is easy: do a prequel. With the recent release of Prometheus generating so much attention and with anticipation running high for The Hobbit: AnRead full post »

JUNE 26, 2012 10:25AM

Healthcare as an Economics Problem

Stethescope Money

Oh Google Images, you so wacky!

With the Supreme Court set to deliver its verdict on the constitutionality of certain controversial parts of PPACA (Obamacare) this week, it is important to take a step back and look at the entire healthcare debate from a more fundamental point of view.… Read full post »

I have fond memories of playing Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 on my NES when I was kid, and some not-so-fond memories of getting through the original Mega Man. The games were ingeniously simple: you pick and choose which specially-themed stage you want to play, you beat the… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2012 3:49PM

Rethinking AGW, Part 8: The IPCC

The Himalayas

The Himalayas

Just north of India, forming a formidable barrier between it and the rest of Asia, two techtonic plates are slowly colliding with each other and building the world's highest landmarks. It is hard to overstate the importance of the Himalaya mountain range, which is the only thin… Read full post »

Customer with Child Parking

If you're not a parent, don't be a jackass

In front of my favorite grocery store, beside the handicapped parking spaces, are a handful of spots labelled "Customer with Child." These spots are great for parents, and over the last few years, I've grown accustomed to parking in them.… Read full post »

Malkovich

At least we can all agree that Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

"Consensus" is defined as "majority of opinion" by Dictionary.com. Though the truth is beholden to nothing, science operates by consensus, by a majority of scientists coming to a general agreement. There is nearly always a minorit/… Read full post »

a file drawer

Perhaps, someday, the file drawer effect will be a thing of the past

Publication bias is a potentially vexing problem for modern science that is rarely ever talked about, outside of scientific circles, due to the bad PR. Put simply, the problem is that experimental results that demonstrate s… Read full post »