It always bothered me that in Star Trek: The Motion Picture *SPOILER* no-one, (except maybe Decker), seems particularly bothered when a probe sent by V'Ger appears on the bridge of the Enterprise and basically murders Ilia in front of everyone, then steals her likeness for a robotic doppelgänger - literally moments… » 3/02/15 7:23pm Monday 7:23pm

My friend's mother tried her best to ruin my friend's day. Her mother is a very controlling and somewhat bitter person who takes great pleasure in winding up her very loyal only child to hysterical levels, like some sort of attack dog on a leash - then stepping back to watch the resulting chaos. I was chief bridesmaid… » 2/25/15 8:27am 2/25/15 8:27am

"For millions of years, on average, one species became extinct every century. But most of the extinctions since prehistoric times have occurred in the last three hundred years... It is the sheer rate of acceleration that is as terrifying as anything else. We are now having more than a thousand different species of… » 1/19/15 5:01pm 1/19/15 5:01pm

How is a cat supposed to climb or defend itself properly if you mutilate it's paws? I agree that if you don't want your furniture (or yourself) clawed DON'T GET A CAT. We have had quite a few furry overlords since I was a kid, and I have more than a few permanent scars as reminders of them. Each mark makes me smile. » 1/16/15 8:58am 1/16/15 8:58am

I am so tired of endless sub-par reboots of perfectly well made excellent films. Maybe one of the reasons cinema attendances are falling is that audiences are tired of being charged to watch something they have already seen before, and very often, the older movie they have already seen is far superior. » 1/16/15 5:31am 1/16/15 5:31am

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials book 2). I was genuinely destroyed by the Alamo Gulch scenes. The gut wrenching exchanges between Lee Scoresby and his dæmon Hester. The way the events built up… It still makes me tear up again just thinking about it. » 12/12/14 3:45pm 12/12/14 3:45pm

OMG the single ladies wanted to eat - shocking!.. But really, I have a friend whose husband worked in Saudi a few years back. They lived in a complex mainly catering to foreign nationals which was almost like a self-contained resort. She said that it was easy to forget how strict the country was (they even had easy… » 11/25/14 7:58pm 11/25/14 7:58pm

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. How does anyone have the unmitigated gall to actually spout that utter garbage with a straight face, the fact that he did so in a court of law is staggering. One can only assume that anyone who does so probably got his psychology credentials from a box of Cracker Jacks. » 11/24/14 6:36pm 11/24/14 6:36pm

Meghan Chase (The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa) – ­­­without doubt one of the most annoyingly wilfully ignorant and self-absorbed characters I have ever read. Her worst quality being that during her quest, countless creatures literally give their lives to aid or protect her, and she doesn't even seem to notice.… » 8/05/14 4:25pm 8/05/14 4:25pm