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Soon joining the Great Cloud in the Sky
If there is a service that you use and like, but do not pay for, you should assume it will not last.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:21 AM on February 12, 2016
I'm not only out a platform when they go under, I probably won't get that money back either.

Do I get to keep the service if SoundCloud goes under since I actually did pay?

I thought about adding "and even if you do pay, that's no guarantee anymore".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on February 12, 2016

Do you capitalize a name like "sports day?"
I was about to link to the same source as Andrhia, using the same logic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on February 11, 2016

Around the World in OKGO
How do I make it play?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on February 11, 2016
Turns out that it's actually a Facebook video (!) embedded on their web page.

Heh. That explains it -- FB is blocked at work. I found it embedded here and that worked just fine, in case anyone else has similar problems.

I love the OK GO boys messing around, but it was the "flight attendants" who were obviously trained professional dancers who were the real revelation. Just a hint of what zero-g dance might look like, but it was really phenomenal.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on February 11, 2016
it was the "flight attendants" who were obviously trained professional dancers who were the real revelation

Oh wow, interesting bit from the "Making-Of":Tatyana Martynova and Anastasia Burdina, our S7 air hostesses, are trained aerialist acrobats. It was quite a challenge to figure out what type of performers would be best to work with in these very unusual circumstances. We considered several types of acrobats, dancers,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on February 11, 2016
I tried to gif the insane acrobat circle move. Didn't quite nail it, but it does capture some of the madness of this thing.

I am seriously having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that that really happened and was not a special effect.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on February 11, 2016

Exasperate me, please
in which characters are slowly driven to complete exasperation in the face of relatively minor annoyances

If you'll allow a TV series, this is basically the pitch line for Mr Bean.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on February 11, 2016

A mad medley of The Andrew Sisters and The Supremes with Sammy Davis Jr.
That was so great. They really seemed to enjoy it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:23 AM on February 11, 2016
I'd love to see a show that was nothing but great musical artists trading covers of each other's songs back and forth.

Hell's yes. If that lip sync battle show can be a success, why not this?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM on February 11, 2016

Mefiquote - help!
I am now commandeering this thread to once again call for a semi-official repository of known-good MeFi scripts.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on February 11, 2016

Hope to Work Out of Town....But Need a Serious Monitor
If you buy a monitor with the hope of re-selling it, I'd just plan to bring it back to NY with you to sell at your leisure, rather than trying to arrange and consummate a CL or Ebay deal while travelling. The airline may fuck it up, but at that point it wouldn't be an inconvenience and you would get reimbursed (honestly, them losing it might be the best outcome for you, at that point).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on February 11, 2016

Gravitational Waves Exist
Um, I think if you look at the previous post you will see that gravity is just a myth.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:24 AM on February 11, 2016
I thought I felt something weird around the middle of September.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 AM on February 11, 2016

Good morning, sunshine!
Finding a certain kind of meal-replacement-type smoothie that my daughter liked enough to have every morning has made all the difference in the world. Removes the stress of having to choose something she likes, removes the time required to sit down and eat it, and on the rare occasions when we are running early and I have time to make something more fancy, it's a real treat. Nutritionally it's not the best thing she eats all day, but it's not the worst either, and it's got lots of protein.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on February 11, 2016

Should FPPs be invisibly edited?
There have been many MeTa threads where the mods did not comment early in the thread and were criticized for their lack of involvement.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:42 PM on February 9, 2016
I'm getting the impression that somehow, (1) talking about MetaFilter and (2) deciding to communicate about that back to MetaFilter or MetaFilter mods is somehow "shitty".

I think that, like almost anything, there are ways to do it that are shitty and there are ways to do it that are not shitty. I'd propose that melissasaurus's recent MeTa about profile visibility was very much not shitty, despite being discussed to some extent or another… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:40 AM on February 10, 2016
Perhaps we could talk to the folks at Twitter about creating some sort of algorithm for determining ideal post length?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on February 10, 2016

All Hail The Algorithm
To clarify: Right now, the algorithm is opt-in. At some unspecified point in the future, it will become opt-out.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:21 PM on February 10, 2016
From Wired:
The new timeline’s available for everyone today, but it’s not turned on by default—yet. At some point in the next few weeks (the new feature’s rolling out in waves), you’ll get a pop-up notification in Twitter for Android, iOS, and web that says “Never miss an important tweet,” followed by some explanation about the new way your timeline is organized. From then on, your timeline will be presented the new, algorithmic way. Don’t like it? Turn it off in settings.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on February 10, 2016
For what it's worth, I love the feeling of opening Twitter and realizing something big has happened, but it's not clear just what that is. This past weekend for example, I thought "Hmm. Beyoncé's done something, and Red Lobster's done something." Little did I know at the time it was the same thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on February 10, 2016
you probably missed the pop up that turned off settings a few weeks ago
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on February 10, 2016
Did you try shouting that you are a Natural Born Person who has Freedom To Scroll The Feed and that you Reject This Unjust Maritime Feed?? That usually works.

I can sell you a Gold Fringed case for your phone if you need one.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on February 10, 2016

Reparations, One Meal at a Time
Is the gender selector really a slider? That's delightful.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on February 10, 2016

How to get to Hartford right now?
One idea I had is if my bank (Citibank) can issue me a credit card on the spot. Is that something banks can/might do?

That's what I was about to suggest. Some banks can. Whether Citi will or not is a different question. I've had mixed luck getting car rental places to accept a debit card instead of a credit card, which is certainly something your bank could do instantly for you, but it a) might not work with the rental place and even if it did, b) it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:54 AM on February 10, 2016

On Female Fuccboi Style
I mean the only piece of clothing she mentions positively is a jacket that only goes with a fictional pair of ludicrous-sounding pants. This article is not good.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on February 10, 2016
I'm not seeing how Choi is trashing individual taste or "random women wearing clothes." Her thesis is merely that the internet has a homogenizing effect on street style (yes) and she considers that a loss (a perfectly fine opinion).

I get that, I think it's just that the sole counter-example she offers is literally unwearable by her own admission, so where does that leave anyone?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on February 10, 2016

I've Got N Words For You:
I've got one comment for you:
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:37 AM on February 10, 2016

Finding Boshek
Wait, the guy's name is Frances, Alfred, Basil Tomlin? There are commas in his name? Or is Alfred a nickname and it should have been written Frances "Alfred" Basil Tomlin?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:52 AM on February 10, 2016
Re-reading the email from his daughter, there are some other spelling and grammar quirks in there, so maybe it is just her idiosyncratic way of writing Frances Alfred Basil Tomlin.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on February 10, 2016

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station
Check out Roadtrippers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:32 AM on February 10, 2016 marked best answer

How can I find the Time Warner Cable "cable" in my new house?
Can you knock on a couple of neighbors' doors and see where theirs are?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 AM on February 9, 2016

An Emoji Tool to Support Victims of Cyberbullying.
Well, when we ran out of ribbon colors, new emoji seemed like the next easiest thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on February 9, 2016

On some evenings, I don't want to deny the indulgence
It's awesomely satiating and takes 45 seconds to compile.

This might be the worst sentence ever written about food that does not include the word "moist".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on February 8, 2016
Please check out the Kickstarter for my spoken word album Before My Son Rohan Wakes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:52 PM on February 8, 2016

Kurt Didn't Know
Oh man, that look on Leigh's face where she quickly swivels to look at presumably Quentin, is so genuine it's painful.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on February 8, 2016


Ideas for reducing health insurance costs in the UK
Just to give you a little perspective, that's high for American health insurance.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on February 8, 2016

Why, Why, Why?
But the Welsh Rugby Union has defended the song by comparing its subject matter to Shakespearean tragedies like Romeo and Juliet. “Within rugby, Delilah has gained prominence through its musicality rather than because of its lyrics,” a spokesman said. “There is, however, plenty of precedent in art and literature, prominently in Shakespearean tragedies for instance, for negative aspects of life to be portrayed.”

And when you start performing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:37 AM on February 5, 2016

"I could do without all of the Children of the Corn sequels."
King only asked for one dollar to give him the rights

Stephen King's Dollar Babies
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:46 AM on February 4, 2016
Maybe not a movie, but I think The Dark Tower could make a hell of a TV show, if taken up by the right production company.

For a long time I've wanted 4 movies and 3 TV series (6-8 one hour episodes each)
Movie 1: The Gunslinger (tells the story of Books 1 and 2)
TV series 1: The Gunslinger Born (tells the story of Roland getting his guns)
Movie 2: The Waste Lands (tells the story of Book 3 and the framing bits of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on February 4, 2016
Trust me, I'm a gunslinger.

He speaks true, I set my watch and warrant on it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:58 PM on February 4, 2016

Happy Porcupine Day!
There was the time they welcomed a bunch of 4th Graders to the State House who had drafted a bill to name the Red Tail Hawk the Official State Raptor. NH Representatives brought Planned Parenthood into the debate and killed the bill in front of the students.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on February 4, 2016

Commentary. OK? On sports. Specifically, a big sporting event.
The phrase "descriptions and accounts of the game" is also likely over-reaching. This isn't a fair use issue; rather descriptions and accounts of the game is simply not copyright-able.

If memory serves, there have been some legal disputes that the leagues have generally lost on this matter when it comes to things like live-updating stats (like ESPN's GameCast) and fantasy stats. I'm not sure Squarespace wants that fight, though.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on February 3, 2016
But if I wanted to make a single tshirt with a picture of Dirk and put "Der Grosste", I bet I could find a company to do that without any real practical problem

When I made a t-shirt featuring the Cobra Kai logo with the fist replaced with the New England Patriots flying Elvis, they printed it no problem, but when it shipped I got an email saying I would not be permitted to reprint it due to trademark issues.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on February 4, 2016

156829? Mass-market. Tacky.
Anyway, I can't tell you what the precise motivation for any given integer-as-a-service site is, but I can think of at least one application that needs good entropy, uniqueness, and integers rather than UUIDs. Namely, cryptographic salts.

I was into cryptographic salted caramel before it was cool.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on February 4, 2016

Reese's Peanut-Butter-Ectomy with Oreo Cream Transplant
This is what ASMR is in the darkest timeline, isn't it?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on February 4, 2016

The Fall of Ziggy Stardust
If ever there were a thread that should ...ahem...accidentally be left open, it's this one. It's the only way to keep his spirit alive.

FanFare threads never close. We could move the party over to Labyrinth.

How has The Man Who Fell To Earth not been on FanFare yet, BTW?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:16 AM on February 4, 2016

Could It Be Used For Dating?
I was being sarcastic.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:05 PM on February 3, 2016

A way to request FPPs?
With due respect, could we stop trying to frame this as having anything to do with being afraid to post, or posting being "scary"? It is really rubbing me the wrong way.

Fair enough. I certainly didn't mean to do that. My apologies.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:12 AM on February 3, 2016

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