I just saw one at my daughter's school that was designed to look like a ticket to a museum exhibit called "The Restroom: An examination of 21st century sanitation, engineering and hygene" or something along those lines. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:39 PM on September 19, 2014
Well, it fails on the "increase your abilities" front, but SpellTower (no tower defense elements, despite the name) is an elegant and fun tile spelling game. Dungeon Raid has the progressive abilities thing, but it's a matching game, not a speller...
If it helps in your searching, the gaming community term for the gradually increasing abilities thing is "RPG [Role Playing Game] Elements".... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:22 AM on September 18, 2014
lucidium: "I wouldn't be surprised at this point if his own hand reaches out from underneath Clara's grandfather's bed and tells him to create the BBC."
He's totally going to pull a "Stephen King writes himself into The Dark Tower" isn't he?
I also thought this episode was amazing, but I really really hope the snippet of the Doctor as a child is just left alone for a while. I'd like his childhood to stay a... [more] posted to FanFare by Rock Steadyat 6:50 AM on September 15, 2014
Tom & Lorenzo had a really great reaction to this episode that I thoroughly agree with: Great episode, but with ominous portents, given what we've seen in the past from Moffatt. posted to FanFare by Rock Steadyat 7:17 AM on September 15, 2014
(2) It does not consume parchment in making the manuscripts. Presumably the printing press tech also includes paper. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:56 AM on September 4, 2014
I should add, once you build the steamworks, you can toggle it off (like the smelter) and it will not consume any coal. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:06 AM on September 4, 2014
Am I the only one who wishes "Genealogy" was a technology you could unlock, so that I could get a ancestral chart of all my kitten families, dating back to the foundation of my census? I think right now the Chalks are the pre-eminent clan, with 19 year old Lily already the 99% proficient High Priestess of the Order of the Sun. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:08 PM on September 4, 2014
ROU_Xenophobe: " Can I sell all my huts (or sell them up to my storage limits), upgrade to ironwood huts, and then buy them back for cheaper than I sold them?"
Did you ever try this, Xenophobe? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:24 AM on September 5, 2014
The tool tip says the Astrolabe "Improves Observatory effectiveness by 50%". Does that include their "capacity" for Science, or just the output? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:44 AM on September 10, 2014
I can now confirm that, in case anyone else is wondering. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:22 PM on September 10, 2014
So. Much. Science. My upcoming research goals require tens of thousands of Science more than I currently have capacity for. Is there a method for rapidly building up my Science capacity that I'm not seeing, or do I just have to spam Observatories for the next couple centuries? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:42 AM on September 11, 2014
I need like 5K more Cosmic Middle Fingers to build another Observatory. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:17 PM on September 13, 2014
I'm already considering a pre-emptive strike against the zebras. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:18 PM on September 14, 2014
I wonder if it would be worth going back through the thread and replacing dead links with links to the Wayback Machine wherever possible? You'd probably want to put an explanatory banner at the top of the page if you did so, but I think it would be that much more valuable as a historical document if possible. At the same time, I understand wanting to leave it exactly as it stands as well... Maybe some librarians with experience in preserving digital documents could weigh in? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:21 AM on September 12, 2014
You know that they do have some curated stations on iTunes Radio, right? They call them "Guest DJ" stations, and while specific stations go in and out of availability, there are always a couple in the Featured Stations. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:39 AM on September 11, 2014
Easiest and safest way to do it would be to plug a USB drive or SD card into the laptop and copy the files over. I am not qualified to comment of the legality of this, and you should probably consult a lawyer familiar with your jurisdiction who can look at any contracts or agreements you may have with your employer if you are concerned about that. If I were in your position, I probably would not be concerned about that. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:18 AM on September 10, 2014
"Thanks again for the chat last night. It was a pleasure to meet you all. I realized after I got home that I neglected to ask what my hourly rate is going to be until I learn about tube feeding." posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:14 AM on September 10, 2014
Have you considered the relatively new genre of Incremental Games? These are things like Cookie Clicker, Candy Box, and CivClicker. They may seem like the most pointless kind of game you could imagine, but some recent games are really pushing the boundaries and offer a fair amount of narrative and gameplay. Candy Box 2 and A Dark Room are really standouts in the genre, and I'm currently addicted to Kittens Game.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:44 AM on September 10, 2014
I work at the NC State vet school teaching hospital, so I'm a bit biased on this one, but my wife works at the Cary branch of VSH Carolinas, and they have a location in Durham, so she says she will kick me in the face if I don't mention them. Even so, our Orthopedic service is referral only (as are most specialty clinics I know of in the area), so you will need to have a general practice vet see her first. I definitely agree with misanthropicsarah about getting some good... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:54 PM on September 9, 2014
I've worked in veterinary medicine for almost 10 years now. I would do the following, ahead of time:
1. Call your regular vet to see if they have any recommendations/preferences. They probably will not, and will suggest you call
2. The 24hr emergency service your regular vet refers to. Find out what cremation options they offer and the prices -- private cremation (where the remains are returned to you) can be expensive. If they seem very expensive, you may want to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:06 PM on September 9, 2014
I would probably send Pat a private email saying something like "My understanding of meeting scheduling is that in a month with blah blah blah, so I decided on the DATE. Hope to see you there!" and then a Reply-All saying something like, "Just confirming that DATE is the correct date for this month's meeting. Looking forward to it!" This way you minimize the Reply-All drama, but you make sure everyone knows you know what's what. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:57 AM on September 9, 2014 marked best answer
As always, the best way to avoid drama is honesty and transparency. If you suddenly stop inviting Kevin and/or Ryan to things that you normally would have invited them to, they will be forced to wonder why, and this will create drama. If you tell them that you aren't interested in associating with Kevin because of his lack of boundaries, there will probably be bad feelings on their part, but there will be much less drama, as there is no mystery as to what is really going on,... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:14 PM on September 8, 2014
the painkiller: "Boston cream pie is the obvious choice for Mass. because duh, but I would make the case that it's actually ice cream. Ice cream shops stay open year round and I've seen Bostonians emerge from JP Licks with ice cream cones in February. At night. In a blizzard."
Growing up in Massachusetts, I didn't realize until I moved away for school that eating ice cream in the winter was considered abnormal.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:59 AM on September 8, 2014
My question to the hive mind is: is this sort of flirtation something that is fun for you when in a committed relationship? A hobby of sorts
For a lot of people, yes. He may see you as his "work spouse". If you want to continue to have a friendly relationship with him, I would not broach the subject of a romantic relationship. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:35 AM on September 7, 2014
I think "secret menu" is secret code for "things you can say to the high school student behind the counter to make sure they have no idea what you are talking about". posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:10 AM on September 7, 2014
I was going to Photoshop googly eyes onto it, but I figured I had already wasted enough time at work.
Also, I still cannot type the word biscuit correctly the first time. My brain insists on spelling it "buiscuit" for some reason. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 9:23 AM on September 5, 2014
It would probably be better to post the current password in the B.com breakroom/reception desk/locker room/whatever rather than on their website. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:38 AM on September 5, 2014
“Imagine a life-long obsession with eating,” Lacovara said
I will, if I can ignore my own life-long obsession with eating long enough to do so. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:34 PM on September 4, 2014
brundlefly: "Yeah, that's been discredited for a long time now."
I have a theory that I could accurately predict someone's age within a couple of years by asking them a series of true/false questions about dinosaurs, as most people learn everything they are ever going to know about dinos from age 5-10. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:42 PM on September 4, 2014
I strongly suspect it is a reference to the Illuminati -- triangles and radiating rays/bolts are very common in Illuminati imagery. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:27 PM on September 4, 2014
My constant advice to young people is to try as hard as they can to actually do some work in the field they hope to be employed in. Work part-time entry-level jobs, intern, volunteer, whatever. My wife knew she wanted to be a veterinary technician so she worked at pet stores then vet hospitals then did a bunch of internships during college and with all that experience, she's never been turned down for a job. I thought I wanted to be an architect, but then I took a job as a receptionist at an... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:46 AM on September 4, 2014
It really only strongly hits Number 2 on your list, but if you are a fan of speculative fiction, it would be a shame to pass up China Miéville's The City and The City. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:04 AM on September 4, 2014
Nthing the suggestion to talk to the manager about the package tampering issue. Don't link it to this kid in particular, but just tell him that your packages are getting opened and you'd like to be able to have stuff delivered to a more secure location. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:22 AM on September 4, 2014