He doesn't actually say never, ever do research. He just says that it's only for the idea and rewrite phases. As research (particularly internet research) is one of the great black hole /time sinks of writing, I'd say it's best to avoid whenever possible. » 4/21/14 8:05pm Monday 8:05pm

According to the Pew Report on religion Jews make up 1.7% of Americans. (See chart here.) That would pretty much vanish on the map. And according to the US census, Americans of Asian descent make up about 5.6% of the population. That would also probably vanish in a map like this. » 4/19/14 3:50pm Saturday 3:50pm

Which is a little weird, since there are plenty of low stakes comics out there. The Marvel Now! Hawkeye books (My Life as a Weapon & Little Hits) are about Hawkeye dealing with street thugs and evil landlords. The stakes are things like, can he set up his stereo without Tony Stark's help and will his newly adopted dog… » 4/19/14 6:32am Saturday 6:32am

Right, that was exactly my point to phiphax. He or she said that the "book [was] supported by the Mormon Church." Which is not true. I used the fact that the book was pulled from the book store as evidence of this. I wasn't about to get into the whole idea of free market vs. support vs. endorse vs. whatever, against a… » 4/15/14 8:22am 4/15/14 8:22am

As a child of Arizona, here's what you need to teach your kid. 1) Tarantulas are cute and can't hurt you (well, they can, but only if you, like, stick them in your eye or try to eat them). 2) Snakes are your friends...unless they're rattlers. This is important, because if your kid is terrified of snakes, they will… » 4/15/14 10:03am 4/15/14 10:03am

You should read the book "Reflections of a Scientist" by Henry J. Eyring. It's the memoir of a Mormon scientist. While large chunks of the book wouldn't be interesting to anyone who isn't Mormon, Eyring makes a lovely case that God is truth and science is just another way to describe that truth. » 4/08/14 6:23am 4/08/14 6:23am

Remember though, "evolutionary advantages" only matter up to reproductive age (and possibly some parenting stuff for humans, but to a lesser extent). That's why daredevils and firefighters have a reproductive advantage, even though they die young. This study shows heart disease in older marathon runners — not those in… » 3/28/14 12:04pm 3/28/14 12:04pm

What I'm saying is that "minor injuries" in the past could possibly lead to deadly infections (see paragraph 1 of my original comment about someone who presumably had access to the best medical care in the country at the time of his death from a blister). Now if a kid gets a cut the idea is that they are unlikely to get… » 3/15/14 5:55am 3/15/14 5:55am

I find it fascinating how land use disagreements underpin basically all of Western Civilization. The biblical stuff seems so obvious once you realize it's there. Cain v. Abel = farmer v. herder. And of course "Egypt" and "Babylon" the two largest civilizations in the area are equated with evil. Even something like rape had … » 3/14/14 4:03pm 3/14/14 4:03pm

Thank you. People keep saying they should have called the cops instead, but they're not thinking of the dynamics of public transit. Have you ever tried to get help for someone on public transit? I was on the subway once and a guy nodded out and collapsed on the floor and stopped moving — I went and told the conductor.… » 3/12/14 9:20am 3/12/14 9:20am

I grew up Mormon in a Mormon/Catholic town in a county with the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. (There were 16 babies born to my graduating class by the time high-school was done). It turned out that the two Mormon girls who had babies were in really abusive relationships. Of course, one high school… » 3/11/14 10:56am 3/11/14 10:56am

Mormons aren't even supposed to go out to eat on Sundays! (The leaders say so — it's bad to make other people work on Sundays, almost as bad as working yourself). If you were still working there I'd say you should feel super, super superior to them. Possibly even print out quotes and leave them around the restaurant to … » 3/11/14 10:44am 3/11/14 10:44am