Dammit, Jim, I’m A Writer — Not A Mathematician!

Why is Dumas’ novel titled The Three Muskateers when there are four main characters and they use swords? Why is local channel 4 shown on cable channel 25? How many Dalmatians did Cruella de Ville actually dognap? The titular 101…or was it more…or less? Something funny is going on with our math and Buddy wants to know what it is. Meanwhile, it’s giving him such a headache…!

Ray guns don’t kill people, peop … — oh wait, yes they do!

Be careful. Be careful, they got ray guns. – Loomis in the Carpenter Street episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, 11/26/2003 In Ray Bradbury’s epic The Martian Chronicles, published in 1950, the author presented his futuristic vision of what might happen when explorers from Earth finally reach Mars, likely the second most habitable world in our […]

Hide and Seek with Marvin the Martian

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. – Enrico Fermi When I was just a little tyke, driving to Logan Airport in Boston meant, as today, enduring the unavoidable traffic jam. Conversing in the family car to pass the time was not an option since my dad didn’t handle being trapped in a tube under the […]

When Hairy Met Scaly

“Do not annoy a dragon, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.” — Author Unknown A myth about ancient map makers is that they’d adorn the distant uncharted areas with “Here Be Dragons”, presumably a McDonald’s-like warning to sailors about “Over 1 Billion Eaten” and counting. But in truth, only one such map […]

The First Rule of Time Travel

Dr. Jeremy Stone: Do you believe in time travel? Dr. Angela Noyce: Sure! As much as I believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. That is just to say that I love the idea but I’m dubious about the reality. But I love the idea, I’m all for it! For some like me who […]

Who Let the Dog Out?

Author J. M. Barrie is best remembered for creating Peter Pan, but I’m extremely fond of his comic play The Admirable Crichton – especially when he has Ernest Woolley whine, “I’m not young enough to know everything!” I’ve concluded this quote isn’t just about the confidence that naivety gives to the young. It’s also about […]