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E. Magill

E. Magill
Location
United States
Birthday
November 05
Bio
E. Magill is an award-winning, though bitterly unpublished, science-fiction novelist, futurist, and entertainment junkie.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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DECEMBER 8, 2009 10:38AM

Top 10 Cliches in 24

Fox's 24 will be entering its eighth season next month, and like any show that age, it runs the risk of becoming a parody of itself. The producers realized this before the most recent season and made valiant efforts to change up the show's predictable formula. Unfortunately, even though the changes… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2009 12:38PM

Intrigue in Review: A Meta-Blog

Intrigue celebrates 100 blog entries!

It's been nearly two years since I started this blog, and I've finally reached the hundredth entry. My original plan here was to prove to myself that I could consistently write a column on a weekly schedule and also build an online portfolio that I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2009 11:54AM

On ClimateGate

Al Gore

D'oh!

It's a sad day for science. Regular readers of my blog might expect me to be happy about the news that proof has arisen that certain scientific organizations have been deliberately manipulating data, thwarting the peer review process, and smearing fellow scientists when it comes to anthr/…

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NOVEMBER 10, 2009 4:20PM

Top 10 Movies Based on Actual Events

The Men Who Stare at Goats

This really happened

The Men Who Stare at Goats was released last week, and it claims to be based on actual events (actually, the movie opens with something along the lines of "more of this story is true than you would believe"). Indeed, while the movie is pretty damn entertaining,/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2009 12:53PM

Top 5 Actors Who Could Play the Riddler

As The Dark Knight premiered last summer, Gary Oldman discussed the possibility of recasting the Joker for the inevitable third movie in the current Batman franchise. After considering it for a while, he said, "Maybe we don’t need the Joker, because we’ll have the Riddler." Though his com… Read full post »

Climate Bill

How many congressmen and senators do you think will read the whole thing? (NOTE: the climate bill pictured is actually one from earlier in the year that is being replaced by Kerry-Boxer, but the approximate lengths of the two bills is the same)

The first news story I saw this… Read full post »

The batshit insanity starts at about 0:50

In September, around the same time my father was being diagnosed with colon cancer, Bill Maher (controversial recipient of the 2009 Richard Dawkins Award for his alleged support of science, reason, skepticism, and atheism) announced his belief that "… Read full post »

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman: inexplicable to scientists

Not long before Einstein crashed the party, it was a common view in science that all the big questions had been answered. All that was left was a little sweeping up here and there and a whole lot of taxonomy. Scientists today chuckle nervously when… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 7:36PM

Solo Gamer Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman returns his arch-nemesis, the Joker, to Arkham Asylum, but he knows right away that something is wrong. He follows the guards deep into the asylum where the Joker and his main accomplice, Harley Quinn, spring their trap and take control of the entire island facility. It is up to Batman… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 7:44PM

On Willpower

Over the weekend, my grandmother brought donuts home from the grocery store. It may not sound like an Earth-shattering event—or even an uncommon one—but there’s more to the story. Due to financial difficulties, my family and I have been living with both my parents and grandparents,… Read full post »

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WHAT IT MEANS TO ME TO BE A LIBERTARIAN 

Let's pretend we're back in good ol' 2004. Amid campaign ads from John Kerry and Moveon.org that highlight the dangers of President Bush's drunken government spending, Republicans are quick to defend the administration, claiming that the spending is th… Read full post »

JULY 27, 2009 10:49PM

Being Skeptical about Current Events

O.J. Simpson Trial

You are fairly likely to have your own baggage when looking at this picture

I was in high school during the O.J. Simpson trial, and despite my best efforts to ignore the news, I found myself fascinated by the event. It wasn't so much the trial itself--or even the media… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 20, 2009 3:33PM

Thoughts on Taking a 6-Month-Old to the Movies

Movie Texter

Dante appropriated the third circle of Hell for this dillweed

As an avid moviegoer, I have been increasingly distressed over the last decade over how much louder and more obnoxious moviegoing audiences have become. It seems impossible nowadays to go into a theater without loud teenagers jokin… Read full post »

The Mythbusters @ TAM6

Yep, those are the two guys and hot girl from "Mythbusters," and the Santa-esque dude on the left is James Randi

For several years now, I have felt more and more at home amongst the skeptical movement. Embodied by larger-than-life personalities like Adam Savage, Penn & Teller, the SGU, an/… Read full post »

Solo Gamer Reviews are dedicated to the gamer who does not play well with others, doesn't care about multiplayer modes in his or her games, and who absolutely despises things like multiplayer achievement points. These are reviews for guys and gals who prefer to play with themselves, and thus games wiRead full post »

There are plenty of big mysteries the final season of Lost promises to unravel, like the smoke monster, Jacob, what happened to Claire, what's with all the dead people, the whispers, the bomb, Adam & Eve (no, I don't believe they're Rose and Bernard), the Black Rock, etc. This list is… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2009 9:30AM

Politicians + Healthcare = Death

Minor-Matic Candy Cigarette Bank, circa 1960
Your government is hard at work battling the real threats to your children's health and well-being, like these maliciously evil candy cigarettes, which will soon be illegal.

Last week, Congress sent legislation to the president that would allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate and… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2009 8:34PM

Jenny McCarthy Murders Children

Pertussis Victim: Rachel
This is Rachel, a newborn with pertussis.

Pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough, is a particularly nasty disease. It starts benignly as nothing more than an upper respiratory infection with a mild cough that lasts for around a week or two. This presentation is hardly extreme enough… Read full post »

As a new father, I may no longer be able to go to many movies or play many video games, but I can sure watch a lot of television. These six shows are not the only shows I watch regularly (not on this list are Mythbusters, Rescue Me, South Park, and… Read full post »

George Washington
"The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government."
-George Washington


The time for a new revolution is fast approaching. Our government has gotten too large, too overbearing, and too ambitious to be trusted with the well-being/… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2009 5:23PM

Movie Review: Star Trek

Star Trek

There have been many reboots in recent memory, starting with The Sum of All Fears and going on to include such wonderful surprises as Batman Begins and Casino Royale. The latest--and most inventive--reboot is J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, a movie that is sure to please a wide popcorn-hungry audienc/… Read full post »

It is Star Trek month here at emagill.com, leading up to the release of the new J.J. Abrams movie. For the next few weeks, I will embrace my Trekkiness (and yes, I consider myself a "trekkie" rather than a "trekker") and espouse my opinions about which are the best episodes, which… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2009 6:33PM

Top 20 Star Trek Episodes (20-11)

It is Star Trek month here at emagill.com, leading up to the release of the new J.J. Abrams movie. For the next few weeks, I will embrace my Trekkiness (and yes, I consider myself a "trekkie" rather than a "trekker") and espouse my opinions about which are the best episodes, which… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2009 11:55PM

Top 5 Best & Worst Star Trek Movies

It is Star Trek month here at emagill.com, leading up to the release of the new J.J. Abrams movie. For the next few weeks, I will embrace my Trekkiness (and yes, I consider myself a "trekkie" rather than a "trekker") and espouse my opinions about which are the best episodes, which… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2009 6:20PM

Top 10 Star Trek Villains

It is Star Trek month here at emagill.com, leading up to the release of the new J.J. Abrams movie. For the next few weeks, I will embrace my Trekkiness (and yes, I consider myself a "trekkie" rather than a "trekker") and espouse my opinions about which are the best episodes, which… Read full post »