And not just Disney. You had anime based on American pulps, such as Captain Future and e.e. Smith's Lensman series. The look of anime tech has it's roots in the designs of Syd Mead, and Miyazaki was an unapologetic Europhile. Art doesn't happen in a vacuum, and everyone gets their inspiration from everyone else. » 4/19/14 12:33am Today 12:33am

Canada already has a child tax credit, and if you're in one of those parts of the world that offers a "baby bonus", then the state is already in the business of subsidizing childbirth. Canada's also a country that could actually use some more people. » 4/11/14 1:41pm 4/11/14 1:41pm

I'm not crazy about commercials either, but Cosmos isn't about who's worthy of receiving this message. The whole point is that science matters to everyone, even the people who watch Fox and eat at Taco Bell. We don't need this message, we already get it. The people who think this stuff is over their heads, or only… » 4/07/14 10:43am 4/07/14 10:43am

Canada doesn't have a state controlled media, it has a state run media outlet, which is a different thing. We do have commercial media outlets as well. They all have their biases, but their biased in different ways, and ideally they complement each other. This, IMO, is the way to do it. As much as I like the CBC, I… » 3/31/14 2:32pm 3/31/14 2:32pm

If demand for coffee does fall, wouldn't that tend to translate into lower prices for our favourite brew? Sounds like the exact opposite of dystopia for the remaining coffee drinkers. At least until they replace the drinking water with Brawndo, anyhow. » 3/26/14 2:16pm 3/26/14 2:16pm

Seeing how previous predictions of future tech have gone, perhaps it's best until we've actually cracked that immortality problem before making any promises. If you thought people were bummed about not having hoverboards, imagine what it's going to be like when they find out they're still going to die after all? » 3/15/14 7:31pm 3/15/14 7:31pm

You're right, the Bugatti plane as is probably wouldn't have been much of a fighter. However, remember it was supposed to be good for 500 mph on 900 hp, which is peanuts when you're talking about fighter. It ran on two car engines. Consider the potential of a scaled up version. Something big enough to carry a proper… » 3/10/14 2:36pm 3/10/14 2:36pm

I root for Doctor Frankenstein. The poor guy's trying to advance human knowledge, and conquer one of humanity's greatest ills, but what does he get for his trouble? Everyone around him keeps giving him grief about "God's will", and how "There are things Man was not meant to know". Ignorant peasants try to burn him down,… » 3/10/14 12:35pm 3/10/14 12:35pm