On Ask Polly: How to Be Nice

Ah! Cynthia Heimel! I'm so glad I discovered her when I was a teenager; letter writer, I highly recommend her.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 7:01 am 0

On The Infinite Lives of 'Jolene'

Jolene covers! This a topic that I can get be endlessly enthused about. Here's a pretty great version, by a late and lamented bedroom artist from NZ: http://youtu.be/jlUdKF60joY

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:37 am 1

On I Have Thoughts About Commenting Systems!

Another vote to say thanks for asking us about this. Youse guys are the best (and also smart and good at working out strategies so people don't get angry with you.)

Another big NO to Facebook commenting. I've deleted my Facebook account and I know that with some systems you can comment with both Facebook and not-Facebook but I usually don't even start as it's often quite a boring process to try and do that.

It would be super, if one wanted it, to be able to just have one login for all the Awl-kingdom sites, but also have the option to have different identities if one wanted to?

I like being able to follow replies to comments - nested or not. If the numbers aren't going to be kept, how about something like a count of comments made next to a commenter's name?

It would be great to be able to post videos into the comments thread but I guess that might lead to a host of complications?

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 12:07 am 0

On I Have Thoughts About Commenting Systems!

@katalist I have always pronounced like that too! In my defense I have a way different accent to you American types so that makes it OK kinda?

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm 0

On I Have Thoughts About Commenting Systems!

@HereKitty Oh yes, great example of why it's a bad idea. Anything that makes it easier for people to use their fast typing fingers of misunderstanding is not a great idea.

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm 1

On Birds, From Worst To Best

@popstand Kea are the best! They also attack cars, which means they should be immediately be adopted as covert public transport lobbyists.

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm 0

On Birds, From Worst To Best

Youse guys need to acquaint yourself with some birds that were allowed to live on an island without predators for thousands of years, then you'd know about birds.

(Birds that are now mostly either extinct - hello the moa, an ostrich style bird but about a million times bigger than your common ostrich - or critically endangered and now can't evolve quick enough to grow wings and fly away from those that want to eat them.)

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 3:26 am 2

On Davy Jones, 1945-2012

What, no votes for "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You"? Any song with hand claps and an electronic organ in it is a winner in my books.

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm 0

On Fundamentalist Macaroni and Cheese

@BardCollege @GailPink

EGGS?! This is too much.

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm 0

On An Analysis of the Thomas Kinkade Calendar for January

@Hirham I very much admire the understated nature of this signoff - many others would have been tempted to write "THE BIONICMAN!" but god bless, less is more, as we know.

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm 1