On Ask Polly: Should I Have This Baby?

@pointreyes Best of luck to you, whatever you decide. It's always tough to be in a place where there isn't one "right" or "wrong" choice, even when it's not something as huge and daunting as pregnancy.

I don't have much that hasn't already been said (I completely agree with what's been said about the legal side of things). IME, understanding you have stuff you need to address about your self-esteem is half the battle.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:06 am 0

On Ask Polly: Should I Have This Baby?

@Robert Cat@facebook You are clearly an idiot who is talking out of his ass. Also, learn2read, it's not about religion.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 3:38 am 1

On Ask Polly: I Feel Bitter About All Of My Exes And I Can't Get Over It!

@M Dubz Dude, you're 26. You are not "getting older." You could only rent a car a year ago! Plenty of people the same age as you have NEVER had a serious relationship, let alone even come close to marriage. Heck, I know perfectly wonderful, attractive folks who've made it to your age still virgins, and some not even technical virgins or voluntarily-waiting religious ones at that. So, PERSPECTIVE.

gulleyjimson is right--sometimes you're going to be alone, sometimes for a very long time. If you need a companion, look into a dog or a cat. Then you won't be alone for the next two decades. (If you really want to make it through the next 50 years, then you should probably look into parrots or turtles.)

Seriously, I got to the end of your comment and was all WTF at it being written by someone roughly the same age as me. Unless you're posting from a century ago, you are nowhere near spinster/old maid territory. People don't even seriously use those terms these days! Maybe get to know some people older than you, or talk to your parents' friends? Because plenty of happily-married/committed older people were still single at 26. (And on the other side of things, plenty of people who were married or in serious relationships in their 20s wound up divorced or broken up.)

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:57 am 1

On Ken Hoinsky On Seduction, Women And Mistakes

@IBentMyWookie At least she doesn't sound like a sad, insecure troll. The more I read over this thread, the more I hope you're just a really sheltered, inexperienced teenager.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm 1

On Chicago Has Hurt Feelings

That review was a hoot. Doesn't the Times employ fact-checkers?

I did like reading about how our weather's been improved by global warming. Yeah, all that flooding sure was an improvement.

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 12:19 am 0

On A Fan's Notes On "Gilmore Girls"

Thanks to this show, I spent a sizable chunk of late middle school/early high school trying to pepper my speech with as many references as possible, because I thought it would make me sound cool and smart like Lorelai. However, due to my limited teenage knowledge and tastes, I probably sounded less like a Gilmore and more like one of the Big Bang Theory dudes (though that didn't exist yet. I was ahead of my time). I still vividly remember my best friend telling me, more than once, "That was clearly a reference to something. I just don't know what." The one reference my peers actually got with any regularity? "Oy, with the poodles already."

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:46 am 0

On 'Crash': The Most Loathsome Best Picture Of Them All

@LyingOutOnDecaturRoad It beat out High Noon, too. I would also rather watch the Quiet Man, Ivanhoe, or Moulin Rouge than Greatest Show on Earth.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm 0

On Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

I don't understand how MOOCs are the future when so many fields/subject simply can't be taught that way. How do you teach/learn science with no hands-on lab experience? How does any field that involves working with people--medicine, psychology, social work, education,* etc--get taught online? I get that the performing arts are "useless," but how do you teach music except in person? (I guess you could do voice lessons over Skype, maybe.) How would acting even work? I get that it's not exactly a lucrative field but the world would be a lot more boring without any actors.

And I'm really skeptical of how many doors we're opening when the new method of education seems geared to serve only the highly self-motivated. (Seriously, the rates of completion for MOOCs are ridiculous.)

*you know, if we still have some physical classrooms around for the really young, really special-needs, or really rich

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 4:35 am 0

On Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

@lorabora I learned how to light a lightbulb with a battery and wire in fourth grade, and understood how it worked. It's not that difficult, and the electrical knowledge involved is "how to complete a circuit." I really, really hope electrical engineering majors go beyond that. I wasn't exactly a super-precocious kid.

(Full disclosure: I definitely would've been thrown for a bit by having just one wire--I learned with two--but I figured it out before the video showed anyone getting it right.)

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 3:18 am 0

On The Eternal Life Of 'Twilight' In Forks, Washington

@fb574920322 When I visited Forks back in '08 (town picked by a family member who wanted to see the rainforest without camping and had no idea about sparkly vampires' popularity), a woman I talked to at the tourist center admitted that Twilight had a limited shelf life, but the town was going to make use of the popularity while it lasted.

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm 1