We were called McDowell and James, because we were 13 years old and thought it was funny that our name sounded like a law firm. Our motto was even worse, and I'm so glad that none of this appears to be Googlable. Mostly, we designed technologically unimpressive demos, defeated copy protection, and altered strip… » 2/25/15 10:26pm Wednesday 10:26pm

Army of Darkness was the first movie that sprang to mind, and I absolutely agree with you. I think we're in the minority on this, and I do like the original ending, but the S-Mart sequence just seems more in keeping with the general tone of the film. » 2/24/15 7:11pm Tuesday 7:11pm

I was going to leave more or less the same comment. Every industry I've ever worked in—healthcare, government, banking—still uses plenty o' COBOL. It's like your claw hammer—there are higher-tech ways to drive and pull nails, but the we still make and use the old-fashioned tools because they still work fine. » 2/24/15 9:54am Tuesday 9:54am

That's a very good point. I'm really not a food evangelist (no, really, I'm not), but I'm impressed at how little we know about where our food comes from before it shows up at the grocery store. A lot of our gut-level revulsion at animal-derived foods of other cultures (I'm looking at you, haggis) stems from the… » 2/23/15 10:57am Monday 10:57am

Though I would not have expected it when I first read it, The Face in the Frost is probably the book I return to most often. Runners up include anything by Douglas Adams (especially The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and Mostly Harmless), Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray… » 2/12/15 12:07pm 2/12/15 12:07pm

I was seven when Spaceballs came out, and I think that people my age revere it because it was the first relatively risque movie most of us saw with the blessing of our parents. A lot of us have a similar nostalgia for Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but I think we have fewer illusions about its quality. » 2/08/15 3:06pm 2/08/15 3:06pm