Keyboarding in 3rd grade! Maybe... '90-ish? I remember the banks and banks of clunky beige machines. We had red solo cups to put on top of our monitor if we needed assistance. I also was one of the last graduating classes to actually do 10-key speed exercises in Accounting 10 years later :) » 7/22/14 1:27pm Yesterday 1:27pm

This is a really interesting post! I've kind of experienced the opposite because my parents always had very big family and friend networks and as kids my brother and I kind of had "built-in" friends in my parents' friends' children. My parents also have a very "see the good in everyone" approach to the world in… » 7/22/14 1:21pm Yesterday 1:21pm

I lived in Japan for 2 years and now I yearn for the opportunity to take friends and family to visit! It's a fun place to visit (for Westerners at least) because so many things are superficially different but the important stuff (public safety / law and order especially) is similar. It's also much less expensive… » 7/21/14 3:34pm Monday 3:34pm

I was lucky enough to grow up with a stay-at-home mom who cooked 6 nights a week, so I never had to cook myself anything more involved than ramen and scrambled eggs until I moved out for college. And since Google was ubiquitous by that time, any beginner's questions I had about cooking (what is "medium high" heat… » 7/20/14 2:31pm Sunday 2:31pm

I ask that question of sales interviewees at my company. My thinking is that, oftentimes, sales involves presenting bad news in a neutral way — if you can give me something "bad" about yourself in a neutral or positive way, you can probably do that with the product. It's not a question I'd ask an intern, office… » 7/18/14 3:55pm Friday 3:55pm

I think this is as good a place as any to pitch a fit about spam. The other day I got a notification and clicked through — well, it went to a new spam comment on a cry for help article I'd written on Groupthink asking for assistance after a good friend attempted suicide. GREAT THANKS, I wanted to be reminded of that… » 7/18/14 2:16pm Friday 2:16pm

Yeah, I definitely understand rolling one's eyes at snobby dismissal of mid-range dining options but... seriously. The ones at TGI Friday's are the worst mozz sticks. I say this as someone who served and ate piles of the things as a Denny's overnight waiter. » 7/18/14 1:26pm Friday 1:26pm

I hear you! I have spent a lot of words on explaining to friends and family that alone does not mean lonely, and that while I love and respect my romantically-inclined friends I just don't need it to be happy and fulfilled. I think the people who matter understand that. But it's still kind of weird in a world where… » 7/17/14 3:47pm Thursday 3:47pm

Chritter! Are you a MSTie? I know there's a few of us around the forums... Mole People is one of the absolute best episodes of MST3k that never gets the attention that Mitchell and Final Sacrifice and other ones get. » 7/17/14 3:39pm Thursday 3:39pm

Right now, it's Puppycat's song from the 2nd episode of Bee and Puppycat. I've used a lot of Adventure Time stuff because it's great to hear out of nowhere — I used Tree Trunks's song about apple pies for awhile as the phone ringer for awhile too. » 7/17/14 11:35am Thursday 11:35am

We had one of those neighbors too! They also used their enticing backyard pool as a snare to get neighborhood kids to endure (unannounced, of course) Bible lessons. I guess I get trying to proselytize, but why do it in sneaky ways that make little kids associate the Bible with sleazy sales techinques?! » 7/16/14 3:45pm 7/16/14 3:45pm