This project took what seemed like forever to make it to 10,000. I was really pessimistic about it becoming a set, and I am ecstatic that it succeeded. I guess when there's no licensing fees to pay, the more interesting sets get a fairer shake. Things like this and the Scientist set interest me far more than 1980s IP… » 11/25/14 5:12pm Tuesday 5:12pm

In my Mazda2, the manual is genuinely better. The 4-speed auto is a dog, and controlling your own revs lets you make the most of its piddly power. In a GT-R, a manual is silly. It's a car meant to be as fast as its technology can make it, and a stick completely misses the point. Between those two are a whole gulf of… » 11/25/14 3:41pm Tuesday 3:41pm

All the body cameras in the world are useless if police violence is condoned by the public. What Darren Wilson did was awful, but the number of people who have applauded him for it are the real issue. People who hear the story of a petty thief shot in a confrontation with a cop and say "good riddance." People who are… » 11/25/14 2:29pm Tuesday 2:29pm

Is it really too much to ask that raptors have feathers? These shades-of-beige dinos literally pale before modern, full-color reconstructions. The original Jurassic park eschewed upright T-Rexes, why can't we have fuzzy raptor s? » 11/25/14 12:56pm Tuesday 12:56pm

I hope for a system like pilot licensing, where it takes genuine interest, and at least a modicum of ability, to get any license at all, and specific training for certain licenses. Imagine the pride of earning a RWD or 300hp+ (or 500hp+!) license. Meanwhile, if you don't care enough to do the work (and pay the money,… » 11/24/14 10:50pm Monday 10:50pm

These days, the "bigger issue" with all violent crime seems to be untreated mental illness. If only we had some kind of system that offer people the ability to get health assistance when they needed it, regardless of their circumstance. A sort of universal health care, if you will. A pipe dream, I know, but a man can… » 11/24/14 1:41pm Monday 1:41pm

My question: does this guy use a dash cam every day, and just save any recording he makes of this Accord in the subfolder "THIS FUCKING GUY WHO I CAN'T EVEN" or does he specifically film this person in particular? The first one is totally fair, in my eyes. If the same asshole passes me on my morning commute for two… » 11/24/14 1:29pm Monday 1:29pm

Sure, the pictures may not be genuine, but I absolutely believe that Crimea is being militarized, because they'd be stupid not to. It's isolated, strategically important, and has the infrastructure to support the build-up. This is about as remarkable as a large number of battleships assembled at Pearl Harbor. » 11/23/14 12:16pm Sunday 12:16pm

One of the nice things about sports is that it channels nationalism into something less deathy. The Germans are quite good at this; the World Cup is like the one time every six years they get to show any national pride, and they take to it with gusto. » 11/23/14 10:54am Sunday 10:54am

I know I'm a little late to the conversation, but I only just noticed this post. I'm an anti-Chase guy, but I do like the closer racing that's come with greater equipment regulation. What I'd like to see is a return to the old championship format, with a points system that rewards consistently competing for a win. My… » 11/22/14 11:35am 11/22/14 11:35am

Meanwhile, we spend billions on the expensive, awkward V-22. Between the V-22 and the F-35B, whole sectors of defense spending have been devoted to giving the Marines exactly what they ask for. At this point, I just hope it's worth it. » 11/21/14 3:04pm 11/21/14 3:04pm