Posts tagged “johnny ortberg”

  1. Previously: My brother the physicist explains Futurama and Animorphs. Hey, John Boy. I made you watch The Core with me this week and you were a pretty good sport about it. It's a pretty ridiculous movie -- the basic premise is that the earth's core stops rotating, dissolving the magnetic field surrounding the atmosphere, and a group of astronauts/scientists/Stanley Tucci have to set off nuclear bombs at the center of the earth to get…

  2. "Using the platform of a magazine founded by men in academia who likely hadn’t heard of Autostraddle before now, like The Baffler, to criticize independent women’s media doesn’t indicate a good-faith interest in pushing women’s media to better itself and more suggests a recognition of the fact that feminine internet infighting is good for pageviews."

    If you're going to come after independent, queer-owned media, doing it on The Baffler isn't a great look. Even if

  3. My little brother is a physicist who works as a fuel efficiency researcher ("It's like Google Maps, but for shipping companies, and we track typhoons and pirate attacks instead of traffic and road closures"). He's very tall and I call him The Boy and when we were little we had a club that only the two of us belonged to called "The Fun Club" (sorry, Laura). Nowadays I spend a lot of time asking…

  4. I was going to ask these questions to my brother, who is a scientist and also used to read Animorphs with me when we were kids, but he only answered some of them before going to bed, so I turn to you, the good people of the Toast. 1. I assume you are familiar with Clarke's law of science fiction writing, which states in part that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." With this…