I'd rather deep throat a sandwich baggie full of broken glass than listen to Malcolm Gladwell bloviate about literally anything.
@MousesHouse I was just coming here to say that. I'm not destined for SNL, but I've gotten damn good at being funny, knowing how to make people laugh, harnessing anger into satire. It makes everything in my life better. I care more about my job, I am a better partner, a better friend, I care about my life a lot more. I even work out! It's full of a lot of flannel wearing white male opinions, but it's also full of the best people you'll meet, just working on being OK people.
@anthraxl rose I think she's referring to Polly's last post. If you want to find someone worthy of your awesome, you have to get used to the idea of being awesome alone, and then you won't be desperate for someone who's "tepid" about you.
My reply is for someone down below, I don't know how it ended up here.
Ugh, accidentally deleted my comment. The best theory I've heard is to increase construction of high density apartment complexes/building so that the rent stays down. Those who already live there can stay, those who want to move in and bring their professional dollars can move in. Also increases property taxes without increasing individual tax burden too much, so the schools get better.
It's an idealized theory, but I think there's some truth to it.
Wonderful words for horrible things. Brilliantly done, Mr. Khan.
@scrooge Just because lots of men are dicks doesn't mean their dickishness is diminished. If it quacks like a dick, walks like a dick, etc.
@blueblazes I met my boyfriend (who is one of those boring but secretly charming, take-it-slow emotionally dudes) at an improv party. Which is normally full of dicks, but we went outside to smoke a cigarette and he asked me, asking while really fucking caring, about my job. So instead of running for the first charming ass I met later in the night, I kept talking to this guy. It was a stroke of luck that the night I decided to be a nice person, and not a "chase the funniest dude" person, I met a really great dude.
@r&rkd Yeah, I think the most generally terrifying part of the book is how simultaneously fast and slow an infection can spread/kill people. In some ways, it kills you quickly, because you get sick and die over a course of a few days/a week. And if you're in an area with a lot of infected, you could be the subject of a quick bullet to the head, infected or not. But in the story, those escaping it also suffer long periods of starvation, and cruelty at the hands of their fellow man. And of course how long the road to recovery is.
In that way I think the book could be a GREAT analogy for AIDS, because it kills you so slowly, but also immediately alienates you from people. And in that way I think the book is very sympathetic to AIDS patients/HIV+ folk. Because the true brutality isn't done by the infected, it's done by those trying to "control" the infections.
But I think making that comparison to the movie is unfair, and incubation period is a key point in that.
@trog Truth. And even if you carry the AIDS analogy into walking dead, it's not as if it's portraying AIDS as the evil thing. True, zombies get shot in the head a lot and eat people and are baddies. But the big bad in the comics and the latest season of the series are OTHER PEOPLE. Meaning the response to AIDS. It may not portray sick people in a good light, but it portrays those people who respond poorly to sick people even worse.
@libmas The author seems to get some facts wrong to serve her purpose. Maybe not intention, but it sure seems so.