For Phil

Please forward this error screen to 46. A lot of actors are good, but Phil for Phil a fully developed artist.

Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. But when you listen to Winehouse sing it, she understands things in the lyrics that Phil Spector never did. No, I would have never written about the original version, even though it was produced by Phil Spector. By their improperly intelligent expression,” returned Phil.

Not now,” said Phil, patting his shoulder, with imperturbable good-nature. Phil wants to go to Eton, but I know what Eton is: poor fellow! But will you promise me, Phil, whatever she says—you won’t let her provoke you this day. They call me a beau and a buck, a slasher and dasher, and flourishing Phil. Learn the correct uses of these two commonly confused homophones. What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?

What mistaken pronunciation gave this character its name? Apostrophes 101 This small mark has two primary uses: to signify possession or omitted letters. How Do I Get a Word into the Dictionary? People invent new words all the time, but which ones actually make it? The Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr.

What in the living fuck happened at the Oscars? A shocked Trevor Noah posed this question to Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. But what was the biggest sign of triumph? It’d have to be Gary, the Windy City tourist unwittingly thrust into the center of Hollywood’s biggest night. Because a brother from Chicago was taking selfies and touching people’s trophies. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.

12, 2012, I posted my first blog article for Slate. This article you are reading right now is my last. After 1,541 days and more than 3,000 articles, I’m moving on. Starting Wednesday, I will be writing at my new blog home: Syfy Wire. I know, this may seem like an odd jump, but it actually makes perfect sense.

Syfy has made a solid commitment to expanding its coverage to everything the genre encompasses. And what’s the first word in science fiction, eh? I’ve written many times how science fiction has inspired me and so many other scientists. It’s a natural fit for me—and a lovely way of coming full circle—to be able to give back to the genre and tie it together with real life. Much of the science fiction of today is the reality of tomorrow. If you follow me there you won’t see much change in what I write. I’ll still cover astronomy, space exploration, politics, and the odd goat picture or two.