Warp Two, Mr. Sulu: How Warp Drive Might Be Possible
Every Trekkie knows that none of the adventures of the Enterprise would be possible without warp drive, a function of the futuristic starship that allows it to travel faster than the speed of light - an idea Einstein would have many things to say about if he were alive today, as this directly contradicts the theory of special relativity. One of the first things you learn in physics - or life in general - is that faster-than-light travel is not possible. Or is it?
Why You Should Go To College On The West Coast
I know, I know, everyone knows, the East Coast has all the Ivy Leagues, all the pretty forests, and all the pretentious people, right? Well, not really. (I mean, it does still have the Ivy Leagues; last I checked teleportation was still impossible for entire institutions.) Here are some reasons why you (or a rising high school junior or senior you know) should consider going to college on the West Coast.
5 Movies In Which Viggo Mortensen Is Not Aragorn That Are Worth Watching
Pretty much everyone knows Viggo Mortensen primarily for his role as Aragorn, son of Arathorn, heir of Isildur. But the talented actor has been in a lot of movies. In this buzzfeed poster’s humble opinion, here are five that are worth a view:
Why We Want A Silmarillion Movie
Tolkien fans have been bitterly disappointed by the restrictions of copyright etc etc on the Best of Middle Earth/Arda History Compilation, aka The Silmarillion. The Silmarillion primarily tells the tale of the Silmarils, three precious (perfect) gems, and the wars fought over them, but it also covers a bunch of fascinating history and everything that led up to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Here’s why we want a movie of it (or at least parts of it).
20 Historically Accurate Things In Assassin's Creed 2 And Brotherhood
Yep, that’s right, a video game that can actually help you pass your test on Renaissance Italy. Okay, so nobody who knows any history could honestly try to convince you of all that Assassin-Templar stuff, but Assassin’s Creed is not without historical merit. Actually, I could probably write a dissertation on how Assassin’s Creed is historically accurate, but I don’t want to make a post that would go on for fifty pages, so here’s just 20 things ACII (with a bit of Brotherhood action thrown in) got (historically) right:
18 Latin Phrases Everyone Should Know
Some of these are more common than others. Some are catchphrases of ancient philosophers, some mottoes of universities and other organizations. Some you may have heard; some will be new to you. All of them are useful and all of them will make you sound very smart when you use them.
7 Things Done Right In JJ Abrams' Star Trek
Star Trek had dropped off the public radar almost entirely when director JJ Abrams decided to revive the old classic with Star Trek (2009). Even closer to home was the summer hit Star Trek Into Darkness. Let’s see what’s good in these two films (besides the CGI).
How To Be A Grammar Nazi (While Knowing Only A Few Basic Rules)
So, you want to be a grammar Nazi but you didn’t pay attention in elementary school and now you feel lost? Not to worry, my friend! Memorize these simple rules and you’ll be able to correct pretty much everyone, pretty much all the time.
Why Legend Of The Seeker Was An Awesome Show
Legend of the Seeker was a fantasy show that aired for only 2 seasons (2008-2010), to the bitter disappointment of its fans. Here's why we miss it. (Also, if anyone who's never heard of LOTS happens to stumble across this and thinks it sounds cool, I think all the episodes are on YouTube and Netflix.)