Humph...this is all easily explained by the principle of McFly Supersymmetry, which says for every Marty, there is an equal and opposite Marty.

The Marty we see is raised by loser parents, goes back in time, alters their courtship and returns to the future where they are awesome parents.

So, by McFly Supersymmetry, we… » 1/29/15 7:15pm Thursday 7:15pm

Yeah, I'm completely familiar with that idea. Please see the rest of the thread where I clarify over and over and over and over and over and over again that I totally get that light isn't moving faster inside the bubble but that the bubble is carrying both the ship and the light along.

Okay, I'll clarify it one more… » 1/12/15 6:21pm 1/12/15 6:21pm

Pretty sure the recent history of lightsaber users suggests that the rate of losing your hand in a lightsaber fight is about 66%. It's 100% among those who survive lightsaber fights.

Also, would it be entirely surprising to discover that a Sith Lord might make a few choices based more on fashion sense than practical… » 1/11/15 5:53pm 1/11/15 5:53pm

I think the idea is also to use it as a framing for discussing how real physics works. Like "The Physics of Star Trek." Short answer is "there isn't any." :)

Our science teacher used to use giant insect movies to explain why giant insects can't be a thing. » 12/27/14 4:42pm 12/27/14 4:42pm

Lord of the Rings is a total ripoff. They SAY there are more than a dozen rings of power out there, but they only really talk about one of them and every other character fantasizes about owning it. More like Lords of the Ring than Lord of the Rings. Just sayin'. » 12/26/14 4:23pm 12/26/14 4:23pm

Robin Williams "RV." There are worse movies, but I never watched one on a plane :)

True Story(tm): took a bus trip across Tanzania (about a 13 hour ride) and they showed "The Gods Must Be Crazy I & II." Just in case looking out the window didn't have enough plot. » 12/19/14 2:50pm 12/19/14 2:50pm