Questions About are there any games where you can raise a family

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? When I took the GRE, I totally killed the Verbal and Writing sections in addition to my subject test, but nabbed a 700 on the Quantitative Section (which to my recollection is around the 65th percentile--marginally above average among test-takers generally). It was lower than I had hoped for given the tier of doctoral programs I am applying to, but it was unsurprising given my track record of Quantitative scoring on ETS-family tests. However, for the cool programs I was interested in, my score was nevertheless generally hovering aroun
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Raising pre-teens really IS hell

I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. I need help sorting out if my son is behaving like a typical pre-teen or if he completely flipped the hell out. My oldest son turned 12 a couple months ago and now I have no idea who this child is. I'm at a loss to know what's normal for this age and what I should be concerned about. Books and the Internet are all over the map, so maybe the hive mind can help. Background: I'm a single mom to three kids. Dad's out of the picture by choice since our divorce about six years ago. Although he's welcome to take them any time, he only sees or contacts the kids once or twice a year. I have no family in the area, and my
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Any help for people with Sallie Mae debt because of Westwood College Online?

Hello, This was my formal letter of complaint to Westwood College, which they ignored. I have called/emailed every lawyer I can find and no one can offer any answers, other than college debt is permanent. Is there anyone who can help me force Westwood to pay the money they borrowed? I'll leave out the dates for my degree's as you can pull them up more accurately than I can at my office. I received two degree's from WOL. One was a Bachelors of Science in Game Art and Design. I was an excellent student and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a mass amount of Dean's list awards. After a short break I re-enrolled in the MBA program, I graduated with a 3.8 and several Presidents list awards. At this point I did not know the difference between Nation accreditation and Regional accreditation, if you ask the average person they think National sounds better, WOL did a very good job of leading me, guiding me down the path needed to make it through their program. They also took as much money fr
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If Spiderman 3 went like this instead. What do you think? Details please!?

This is the way SPiderman 3 should have went in my eyes. Not only is this my version of Spiderman 3, but it's also my version of a true Punisher reboot. This movie would have been the first to ever feature the comic book character, The Punisher before he is in his own movies since he began as a SPiderman sub character. So here it is. The plot would be Peter is trying to think of a way to propose to MJ. While walking throuch Central park one night, a comit hits about 5 miles away. Peter goes to investegate. The symbiot sneeks into his backpack. Then he goes to see MJ's new play. After it is done, everyone apllaus with joy at her performance and him and MJ go back stage to plan a dinner. After that, on his way home in the alley, Peter gets ambushed by Harry in his Green Goblin costume. Underestimating SPiderman, Harry gets defeated and is badly injured. Peter goes home and sleeps and that when the symbiot merges into him. Next morning, police sirens go off and we cut to the next scene wh
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My version of Spiderman 3. What do you think?

This is the way SPiderman 3 should have went in my eyes. Not only is this my version of Spiderman 3, but it's also my version of a true Punisher reboot. This movie would have been the first to ever feature the comic book character, The Punisher before he is in his own movies since he began as a SPiderman sub character. So here it is. The plot would be Peter is trying to think of a way to propose to MJ. While walking throuch Central park one night, a comit hits about 5 miles away. Peter goes to investegate. The symbiot sneeks into his backpack. Then he goes to see MJ's new play. After it is done, everyone apllaus with joy at her performance and him and MJ go back stage to plan a dinner. After that, on his way home in the alley, Peter gets ambushed by Harry in his Green Goblin costume. Underestimating SPiderman, Harry gets defeated and is badly injured. Peter goes home and sleeps and that when the symbiot merges into him. Next morning, police sirens go off and we cut to the next scene wh
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O HAI Internet Sexist Troll Brigade. Didn't expect to see you here!

A post on our employee discussion forum expressing discomfort and anger at having cheerleaders perform at a company-wide meeting generated a huge barrage of hostile responses, including ad hominem attacks on individual women, accusations of violating freedom of speech, reverse discrimination, complaints against scantily clad coworkers, openly mocking images toward women and feminists, and straw men galore. It went down exactly as well as one would expect in a random comment section on the Internet, except these people had their real names attached to their words. Needless to say, a lot of female employees felt appalled and intimidated, as the comments would be completely out of line in a western context. Several of us have decided to lodge a complaint against a few of the posters with Human Resources. Complication: this is a Japanese company and HR is relatively passive when it comes to sex-based harassment, and bad at English to boot. I’d appreciate any advice about the best approach
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What if SPiderman 3 went like this?

This is the way SPiderman 3 should have went in my eyes. Not only is this my version of Spiderman 3, but it's also my version of a true Punisher reboot. This movie would have been the first to ever feature the comic book character, The Punisher before he is in his own movies since he began as a SPiderman sub character. So here it is. The plot would be Peter is trying to think of a way to propose to MJ. While walking throuch Central park one night, a comit hits about 5 miles away. Peter goes to investegate. The symbiot sneeks into his backpack. Then he goes to see MJ's new play. After it is done, everyone apllaus with joy at her performance and him and MJ go back stage to plan a dinner. After that, on his way home in the alley, Peter gets ambushed by Harry in his Green Goblin costume. Underestimating SPiderman, Harry gets defeated and is badly injured. Peter goes home and sleeps and that when the symbiot merges into him. Next morning, police sirens go off and we cut to the next scene wh
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What if Spiderman 3 and The Punisher went like this instead of the trash we got?

Now if there is gonna be anyone who wants to be smart and say "This is too much to read! Noone is gonna respond to that" Then don't read it or responde thank you!!!! But for those who like a read, read this.. This is the way SPiderman 3 should have went in my eyes. Not only is this my version of Spiderman 3, but it's also my version of a true Punisher reboot. This movie would have been the first to ever feature the comic book character, The Punisher before he is in his own movies since he began as a SPiderman sub character. So here it is. The plot would be Peter is trying to think of a way to propose to MJ. While walking throuch Central park one night, a comit hits about 5 miles away. Peter goes to investegate. The symbiot sneeks into his backpack. Then he goes to see MJ's new play. After it is done, everyone apllaus with joy at her performance and him and MJ go back stage to plan a dinner. After that, on his way home in the alley, Peter gets ambushed by Harry in his Green Goblin cost
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Is my Original Character a Mary-Sue?

Is my Yu-Gi-Oh OC a Mary-Sue? Here's her profile, and if you think there's need for improvement can you please give some tips? Name: Reena Jaxon Birthday: October 8 Age: 16 Hair: Wavy brown hair Eyes: Brown Clothes: Always in designer clothes (anything expensive) Hobbies: shopping, sketching, sewing, designing clothes, hanging out with friends, going to parties Dreams: Her dreams are to become a successful fashion designer like her mom. She wants her fashions to be on the runway, cameras flashing everywhere and an audience to be completely mesmerized by her designs. Bad Habits: She always gets what she wants so she doesn’t appreciate what she’s been given, she gets concerned about what others may think, her hunger for possessions, and she has trouble making NEW friends. Good Habits: She can work with an assortment of people and personalities, she has a keen eye and sharp memory, she can get work done in high-pressure environments. Relatives: Mom (June), and little brother (G
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Can't get a girlfriend... (part 10 - the end)?

Well I haven't been on in a while so only just read responses to part 9. Basically I am now just going to give up on everything as clearly there is no positive outcome for me from this. I've been told confidence is being happy with myself. That will NEVER happen because NOTHING can ever change for me. I can't get a new job because I don't have a degree (I'm trying to do one off campus, but of course it isn't with a good university so I won't have many career prospects even if I finish) and can't afford to go to university on campus full time, plus I have no references since I've had my career destroyed. I can't move out of home without forking out like 40% of my income on rent which is just absurd, so I spend almost 3 HOURS a day commuting, so I don't get to have any quality of life. What none of you seem to get is that I am at a stage in life where I am supposed to be established in a career and be ready to start a family. Women my age want to "settle down" yet I haven't even had th
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Sitting on this fence is getting uncomfortable. Shove me.

I'm in a very long-term relationship and am unhappy. However, I don't know whether that's because my expectations are too high or because I am in a legitimately flawed relationship. Should I stay or should I go? Hope me, Hive-Mind - give me the outside opinion (Advice? Anecdotes?) I need to free myself from my crippling inability to decide. A blizzard of snowflake detail inside. Obviously this is a question only I can really answer, but I seek your guidance, Everyone. I wish I could turn to friends, but since they're all mutual friends of mine and my SO's, that would be an unfair position to put them in. I'll try to provide as much pertinent info as possible. Enjoy the novel... My SO and I have been together for 10 years. Yep, 10 years. Not married, but we own an apartment and a car together. We have a good life together, by anyone's standards. She's delightful, an excellent human being (by even the toughest standards) and is smart, stylish, driven and princip
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Why should the fire die?

What do you do when the sexual fire's gone? How do you get it back? I've been with the same partner for nearly 20 years. We have a five-year-old son who is the light of our lives. My partner is kind, funny, and just an all-around good person. The only problem is that I don't feel sexually attracted to him any more. In fact, I haven't felt attracted to him for years now. As far as I can tell, the attraction pretty much died shortly after the birth of our son. So yes, it's been over five years. We still have sex around twice a week, and I know he still wants me. He is affectionate and touchy and I reciprocate as much as possible, but my heart hasn't been in it, not for a long while. He just doesn't turn me on. He used to, of course he did. I wouldn't have committed my life to him if he didn't. At first I chalked it up to post-baby craziness that all people go through, but I'm sad and scared that it hasn't come back. Sex with him is often a chore that I get through, although I
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Do you believe certain films and video games can influence violence?

An interesting topic of discussion. Do you think certain, and i stress certain (i'm sure disney or pixar are not going to) films and video games are linked to and related to depression, violence and mental instability. Personally i do. And i do stress certain ones. For example shoot-em up gun type games. They are getting so realistic now its unbelievable. How many gun murders have gone on in USA with the criminals being inspired by the games. I was brought up a JW and believe Violence promotes Violence. Back in the 1970's homosexuality was really discarded as evil and rotting etc. As media has brought it out more and its become more public its now normal. The same with violence it festers itself into fruition because we all see it and this its normal to now use this as a way of retaliation. Another example would be sex within the family - right now that's a horrible thought but maybe in 40 years time if it were to be promoted it would become the norm. Another thing is all thes
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Am I a 90s or 2000 kid?

I was born in 1994. But, I remember these things and "practiced" of what is starred on the list. You're a 90's kid if: You can finish this 'ice ice _' *You remember watching Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Pinky and the Brain, Bobby's World, Felix the cat, The Tick...AAAAAAAH Real Monsters! *You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!" You just cant resist finishing this . . . "Iiiiiiin west philidelphia born and raised . . ." *You remember TGIF, Step by Step, Family Matters, Dinosaurs, and Boy Meets World. *You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons. You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school. You remember reading "Goosebumps" *You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school. *You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence . . . not If you remember seeing hot tub bubbles make bubbly sounds before every music video on VH1. *when everything was settled by rock paper scissors..
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Question about being a responsible breeder?

After years of research, I have finally decided to breed quality dachshunds. I have a gorgeous doxie girl who is 9 years old (she IS spayed & I've had her since she was 8 weeks old) and through knowing her I have learned a lot about the breed, as well as reading books and talking to breeders. I researched for a long time first b/c I didn't want to jump into it. I have assembled a "game plan" and I was hoping you guys could give me your input. I apologize in advance if it is long. I just brought home 2 girl puppies (Danke, {pronounced don-ka} a cream silver dapple long-hair & Brooklyn, a chocolate cream dapple long hair) from a breeder & friend that I have known for over a year. (she is also my mentor) The girls are both show quality and their parents are champions. I will raise these girls actively in shows and events (I have been to a few and the environment is amazing) and work on getting them their titles. Once they are 2 years old and they have had their health checks (pinnhip, of
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This is just more than I know how to deal with on my own.

My girlfriend is pregnant. We're keeping it. Now what? (Advice and encouragement requested.) We're both a little frightened. Last night, after a week and a half of ongoing nausea (and a week and a half after her scheduled period) my girlfriend took a pregnancy test. It came up positive. That was unexpected. A short discussion (with some tears from both of us) then ensued, in which we tried to suss out each others' ideas about what to do. We'd talked some about this before, but of course the whole thing is so much more emotional once it's actually facing you. Anyway, when it came down to it we decided that we're keeping the kid. However, this is a bit of a shock to both of us. Girlfriend and I have talked about kids before, but we weren't planning on having any for a few years, most likely. (Our relationship is quite serious – the one thing that was easy was the decision to stay with her and raise this child with her. I truly want to be with this girl for the r
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How do I ask him to try again?

My ex broke up with me at the beginning of January. I want to give our relationship a second chance. Should I? How? Wall of text within. The background: my ex boyfriend (24) and I (23) started seeing each other in November 2010. We met online and it was casual at first, with me visiting him in his city every other weekend or so to hang out/go to cool gigs/play video games/cook delicious food. By April it was every weekend and we had upgraded from "two people hanging out and having sex sometimes" to "officially exclusive/in a relationship" and things were awesome. We were compatible on almost every level. I've never connected to anyone that well before. We could talk about anything, we made each other laugh, shared secrets, were very physically affectionate -- all that good shit. The only problem I had was that he could be somewhat emotionally reticent, but the indications were so (to me) minor (stuff like, he wouldn't tell me that he had missed me
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This COULD be ADD, right? RIGHT?

At this point I’m 90% convinced that I have inattentive ADD. I’m going to see an expert soon, and now I’m freaking out thinking that I’m deluding myself and just looking for a cheap excuse for being such a mess. Also, what could I do if it’s really not ADD? I feel like I’ve exhausted my options. Long and snowflakey. So here’s why I think I have ADD: - I feel easily overwhelmed in new situations, particularly in social ones, and it takes me a long time to get comfortable. I get anxious without being able to really tell why. I think it mostly it mostly breaks down to not knowing how I should behave in that situation. - I’m generally pretty lethargic, without actually enjoying doing nothing. I spend most of my time with reading, video games, movies and the internet, but I don’t get a lot of satisfaction out of that. I DO get satisfaction out of creating stuff (painting, woodwork, sewing and so on) but I never seem to get around to actually do any of that. - I
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