It's a nice little app, and I particularly appreciate its ability to handle Markdown. There are some rough edges though: the text display went squirrelly when I hit the bottom of the page and it had to scroll, and some of its rules seem a little simplistic. For example, when I typed "in residence", it encouraged me to… » 7/23/14 3:21pm 7/23/14 3:21pm

It's worth mentioning that there are a handful of bubonic plague cases in the US each year (and many more worldwide). In the US at least, they're not generally considered cause for alarm (unless, of course, you're the one who cuddled up to a stinky dead rodent and got infected). One case does not an epidemic make. … » 7/22/14 7:52am 7/22/14 7:52am

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." — James Davis Nicoll » 7/19/14 2:23pm 7/19/14 2:23pm

Well, leading the field right out of the gate, Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), who is probably Suspect #1 in the whole business, has put forward his own theory. It seems that the whole thing was a cunning plot by the Ukrainian government (and/or Western intelligence agencies) to make separatists look bad, and the… » 7/18/14 7:23am 7/18/14 7:23am

Re. #8, I did like the sequence in "Mission Impossible 2", in which the bad guy sardonically describes every part of the convoluted scheme that the hero is probably executing to break into I-forget-where. As a variation on the explain-the-heist-plot-intercut-with-scenes-of-the-heist trope, at least it had the virtue… » 7/16/14 10:23am 7/16/14 10:23am

A few hundred tons of gritty rubble, dust, and occasional bits of ice mixed in, some of it relatively solid and the rest of it glommed on through weak gravitational attraction?

That's the unromantic account. But you and I both know that they're a tantalizing blend of unicorn poop, macadamia nuts and fine dark Belgian… » 7/16/14 8:08am 7/16/14 8:08am

"Did you feel the Earth move?"
"Yep. Good, wasn't it?"
"No, seriously. Did the Earth move?"
"Wait, what ... oh no ... dammit! We were being so careful."
"Don't feel bad. The first time I had sex in my new giant robot body, I accidentally crushed most of Illinois. Some kind of seismic disturbance is pretty much inevitable." » 7/15/14 2:17pm 7/15/14 2:17pm