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Un-supersize me. Difficulty: mental health
The easiest way to lose weight quickly and reliably is the oldest and the simplest. Count calories. Get a calorie counting app for your phone or computer, calculate an optimal calorie value for yourself, and then stay below that count for two weeks. You will probably lose several pounds right off the bat and that will encourage you to keep going. I lost about 20 pounds with almost no effort when I started counting calories.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on November 26, 2014

The 15 Worst Owners in Sports
Steely-eyed Missile Man: "Don't you? A better (and shorter) article would be on which owners aren't fuckers and why, if such a thing is even possible."

Bob Kraft? His greatest failing seems to be dating a much younger woman since the death of his wife, but who knows, maybe he's only dating her because of her football acumen?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 AM on November 25, 2014

Help me create a movie title that is (a) intriguing and (b) open-ended.
How about Open Ended?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:59 PM on November 24, 2014

How can there be better songs about being 17 than 18?
My pre-teen daughter has been playing this song into the ground lately:

18 - 5 Seconds of Summer
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:56 PM on November 24, 2014

It pretty much landed in my lap
I'm a Patriots fan, so it's pretty hard for me to praise an amazing catch by the NY Giants, but, yeah, that was the best catch I've ever seen.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on November 24, 2014
Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton: "How do they pat each others' buttocks with those sticky gloves?"

Very carefully.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on November 24, 2014
That's a great GIF, JoeZydeco. It really hammers home the way the TV camera angle made the catch seem like a special effect. He's running along, inches from the sideline, appears to lean several feet over the sideline to catch it, and still somehow comes down well in bounds? It's like a non-Euclidean catch or something.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on November 24, 2014

"Some things belonged to both of us from day one"
I get terrified when I think about what my daughter and I would do if we lost my wife (and I've thought about it a bunch). Then I read articles and reminiscences like this and I get more terrified, as I hadn't thought about what I'd do if one of her favorite songs came on the loudspeaker at the drugstore. I can't imagine that I'd be up for Option 1 for a very long time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 AM on November 24, 2014

Two parts woo, one part science.
I read the whole babywearing Wikipedia page, waiting for the thing that would make it "niche" and not "totally normal" and I didn't find it. Go find some friends who are as lightly toasted as you are.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on November 22, 2014

ಠ_ಠ
I like this little guy

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 AM on November 22, 2014

Interviewing future housemates
I bet if you ask someone "What is the correct way to load the dishwasher?" you will get all the answers you need about their level of fastidiousness.

Silverware up, except for sharp knives; everything facing in; large utensils laid down in upper rack.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 AM on November 20, 2014

How to deal with memories from an animal attack?
BuddhaInABucket: "I basically have no idea what to do with this experience. Is it part of the whole grief package? Or is it its own thing? Will it fade on its own with time? I have been seeing my therapist about this and I have friends who are supportive of my loss, but don't know of anyone who has experienced a violent incident like that before."

Yeah, this is an incredibly rare and tragic loss you have suffered. The number of people who... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:07 AM on November 19, 2014

How to start talking to a guy I have a crush on?
missybitsy: "I don't know how to get to know him better without appearing desperate."

Don't worry about this kind of game-playing, hard-to-get, The Rules kind of nonsense. Talk to him if you want to talk to him. If that makes him not interested in you, then you are best off knowing that now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on November 18, 2014
Mizu: "The coffee isn't a date, but if it goes well, ask him out on one. Use the word "date". Other humans are pretty obtuse about these things. We can't read minds. You have to use your words to express your desires clearly."

This should be auto-posted in all dating AskMes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:58 PM on November 18, 2014

I do love your head butts... but I've got stuff to do
JenThePro: "We had been away on a week-long vacation in late October, but we had a family member house-sit for us, so Binky wasn’t alone at all while we were away. We decorated our second bedroom this weekend which meant a few boxes were out in the hallway. I wondered if she thought we might be moving again, but the clingy behavior started before this."

Any of this would be reason enough for my cats to start freaking out and behaving weirdly... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on November 18, 2014
JenThePro: "We've also been on many vacations before and she's NEVER acted this way! Perhaps this most recent one sent her over the edge?"

Maybe. Our little luggage pisser wasn't always that way, he just got fed up with our globetrotting at some point. If it's your first vacation since moving, or your first vacation with a live-in petsitter, those are completely new and different things in her mind.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on November 18, 2014

RIP Felicity Rilke
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Peaceful hearts and minds to her loved ones. Thanks for those links, maxsparber.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:50 AM on November 18, 2014

"It was terrible the first time, and it's terrible now."
Aww, I kind of like that song. It's got bells, at least. Even as a young child hearing the song for the first time, it was clear that the "bone-headed" lyric was just very biting sarcasm.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 AM on November 18, 2014

Help, I'm going through acute [a cute!] Bee and Puppycat withdrawal!
Bravest Warriors. You're welcome.

It's always been Wankershim.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on November 17, 2014

Getting Podcasts on my iPhone 6 (iTunes 12). Frustrated.
Seconding Downcast over Overcast (heh). It offers insanely fine-grained control on exactly what podcasts are downloaded/played/saved/etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on November 17, 2014 marked best answer

My life's a rock in a rock tumbler, getting shone.
I mean, that's cool and all, and imma let you finish, but you are still not the best-selling former professional wrestler of all time.

I keed, of course. Congratulations, and I'm looking forward to reading it!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on November 16, 2014

It Has Been Quite an Adventure
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on November 14, 2014

Names of characters that didn't exist, or were hidden in plain sight
I think most of these well meaning answers are a bit off track. You aren't looking for secret identities, but rather characters who are created out of whole cloth within the fiction. You are looking for Canadian Girlfriends in fiction, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:37 AM on November 14, 2014
George Glass from The Brady Bunch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on November 14, 2014

Who's the New Illuminati?
Skull & Bones?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:44 PM on November 13, 2014

Why are Table Legs?
At a restaurant, you want a pedestal so that you can cram the maximum number of chairs (and thus paying diners) into the space. The downside is that a pedestal table is much less sturdy, and can be prone to tipping over or becoming off balance -- how many matchbooks have you shoved under restaurant tables in your life, for example? At home, where maximizing revenue is not a factor, you might as well go with a more stable table.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on November 13, 2014

Looking for useful feedback: MetaFilter tools by mdevore
I love me some HowlsOfOutrage. Thanks for doing this, mdevore!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on November 13, 2014

MetaFilter tools: new and...
This is great and good.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 2:12 PM on November 13, 2014
While I'm here, I love Howls of Outrage, but it seems to conflict somehow with a Stylish script that I am running to turn the green in the new MeFi design back to yellow. As soon as I "activate" Howls by passing my cursor over the "X favorites" it seems to "deactivate" the Stylish script and everything goes green again. If I reload the page, it's back to yellow.

It's not a huge deal, and the aesthetic damage is well worth the functionality... [more]
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 2:15 PM on November 13, 2014

Landing on a comet LIVE!
That gave me the chills, kyrademon, literally.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on November 12, 2014

Travel advice for Raleigh please!
I can't really speak to veggie/vegan food, but I know Fiction Kitchen is new and well-regarded in that scene. If you like the sweet stuff, I believe both Videri and Escazu have vegan options.

As far as art goes, the NC Museum of Art is quite good, and has a really nice sculpture garden walking trail, if you are so inclined. There is also the Contemporary Art Museum, which is small, and while the quality of the exhibits can be a bit varied, they are generally at least... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on November 12, 2014

aka Your Favorite Dog Sucks
This chart seems to indicate that Bedlington Terriers and Clumber Spaniels are more popular than Greyhounds. Surely that's not accurate.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:43 AM on November 12, 2014

Revenge of the nerds, on three. Break!
enjoymoreradio: "That's not exactly true. My alma mater is a D-III powerhouse in men's basketball, and they emphasize recruitment heavily. "

Yeah, I went to a D-III New England school as well (we played in the conference with probably the best team nicknames in the country -- including Jumbos, Lord Jeffs, Presidents, Polar Bears, Camels, Mules and Ephs) and there was definitely recruiting in many sports, it's just that it's not tied to a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:54 PM on November 11, 2014

all the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray
It's not clear from the picture, but if you have a sidewalk that is covered by the leaves, you probably want to get them off the sidewalk as well as the lawn. Wet leaves can be slippy, and you don't want someone getting hurt in front of your house.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:13 PM on November 11, 2014

Srsly. Mallory Ortberg's "Texts from Jane Eyre"
If you talk about Mallory Ortberg and do not mention Texts from a Ghost, you are doing something wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on November 10, 2014

Need to buy new (to me) car. Budget is $6,000 cash. Advice?
I'm in almost exactly the same boat as you right now, and I can confirm that the Civics and Corollas that you will find in this price range are too old and have too many miles on them to make them as rock solid as they are claimed to be. I agree that Hyundai and Kia are a much better bet. I'm narrowing in on a 2011 Kia Forte with 80,000 miles on it for around $7000, as an example. You will also see a fair amount of Toyota Yarises (Yari?) and Nissan Versas which are the more recent... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on November 5, 2014
I actually just test-drove a 2006 Scion xA with 97,000 miles, and it's a really great little car. The dealer is asking a bit over your price range ($6950), but if you can find one with a few more miles on it I bet you can get it for $6000.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:08 PM on November 7, 2014

Art finds a way.
My place of business has a slightly bizarre "Swimming Dog" sculpture (by Jim Sardonis) right by the main entrance. It has been nicknamed "Falcor" by the students (of course) and gets decorated with Santa hats and mortarboards from time to time. The best was the Thanksgiving they put a Pilgrim hat on it and turned the stick in his mouth into a turkey drumstick. The decorations only last for a day or two, and seem to be at least tacitly approved by the administration.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on November 6, 2014

The Emperor Told me Don't Worry About the Size
Episode XI: The Force Is Just Really Tired Today For Some Reason
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on November 6, 2014

Simmons is free.
Now this is happening. No way he is re-signing with ESPN.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:59 AM on November 6, 2014

Wee wee wee, all the way home!
Wow. Never thought this would be how I would join the 1%, but piggie toe. Boston born and raised, late 1970s.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:52 PM on November 5, 2014

"Banksy is a team of seven artists led by a woman"
If you took a couple of David Bowies and stuck one of the David Bowies on top of the other David Bowie, then attached another David Bowie to the end of each of the arms of the upper of the first two David Bowies and wrapped the whole business up in a dirty beach robe you would then have something which didn't exactly look like Banksy, but which those who knew him would find hauntingly familiar.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on November 5, 2014
I don't know about you, but I think Peter Capaldi has been doing a tremendous job as the 12th Banksy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:37 PM on November 5, 2014

"Nobody had fooled around with the heart before."
HBO made a film about Thomas and Blalock called Something the Lord Made, if you are interested.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on November 5, 2014
Something the Lord Made shows up on HBO Go pretty regularly, but it's not on there right now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on November 5, 2014

Mechawhales!
Yeah, just think of the action figures and playsets.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on November 5, 2014

YouTube finally pays off
But we don't ever see the toothbrush put in the pocket. It's possible it appeared there spontaneously. Please make the appropriate corrections as needed.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on November 3, 2014


If it's not answering the question, can it be deleted?
I agree that sometimes MeFites get a bit too heavy on the "call your doctor, get a lawyer, see a therapist" type answers, but yoink is exactly right that it is the totality of an AskMe thread that is important.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on November 2, 2014

You're here early.
The only reason I am looking forward to smart appliances is so that my microwave (or "clock I sometimes cook things in" as Mitch Hedberg put it) makes Daylight Saving as seamless as my phone does.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 AM on November 2, 2014

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