Confessions of an Execrable Imbecile

Longtime Simpsons writer and world-class hilarious person Mike Reiss responds to critical reaction to his latest movie:

I wrote a sweet little romantic comedy called My Life in Ruins. It was about a bus tour of Greece, and had big laughs, gorgeous scenery, and a simple message: don’t judge others too harshly.

One critic called …

The Death of Nirvana

[Updated with pictures! And bad HTML.]
Last week an e-mail went around at Time announcing that they were shutting down Nirvana.

This is not something that affects anybody anywhere. Not even here. Nirvana is, or was, the part of Time‘s internal network responsible for shuttling files and documents and memos in between Time‘s various …

Top 5 Nerd News Items

1. Futurama is coming back:

“When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once in a lifetime thing—that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived,” the executives said in a joint statement. “But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn’t

X-Rated iPhone Apps?

One interesting thing Apple showed off at the Developers’ Conference today was parental controls. With the 3.0 version of iPhone’s OS, which will be disseminated next week, you’ll be able to set your iPhone so that your kid can’t download age-inappropriate content to it.

While I have always found the concept of parental controls …

The 500 Most Frequently Used Words on Twitter

With their frequencies, as compiled by the lexicographers of Oxford University Press, based on a sampling of 1.5 million tweets.


Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek Memoir

Meyer, you may or may not remember, directed and co-wrote Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country and co-wrote Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Now he’s written a memoir called The View From the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood. The book is out in August, but I have an advance copy here that I’ve been thumbing …

10 Small Observations About E3

1) E3 is much quieter now than in past years. Also less hot, better ventilation. Doesn’t smell quite as much like finger grease. Still a great place to fart without fear of detection, though.

2) What recession? The game companies’ shrines to their new product are as opulent and massive and shiny as in 2006.

3) The game I …

Crowdsource My Desk Chair

A short, purely self-interested post. I do my typing at home at a wobbly table my girlfriend rescued off the street. Whenever I get particularly interested in a point I’m making it waggles back and forth as if to say, no, no, you’re wrong, you’re an idiot, stop typing. The chair I sit in while I’m typing at the wobbly table is a folding …

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