So the first time I really remember encountering this in fiction was the Larry Niven Known Space stories, specifically the ARM police in the 22nd century, fighting organleggers, by doing surveillance, bouncing a laser beam off an "optically flat surface" in an apartment or whatever.
And yeah, it was a bit Big… » 8/06/14 3:52pm 8/06/14 3:52pm

so I'm all for this. George Miller has confirmed it is a reboot, despite earlier reports to the contrary.

I guess I'm looking at it from a Joseph Campbell viewpoint.What's the essence of Mad Max? Driving around in a Post-Apocalyptic Outback in his cool black car killing arguably badder people than him in fetish gear.… » 7/27/14 2:15pm 7/27/14 2:15pm

Even as a false alarm, it's pretty cool we can detect this.But I have a question.When I paste the coordinates from the Swift site into Google Earth (Sky) 10.4296°, 41.5723° It seems to center on a bright object that is close (in the sky) to the Andromeda galaxy, but not really in the Andromeda galaxy. Is this thing… » 5/28/14 10:09am 5/28/14 10:09am