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Wrapper's Delight
This is all great, keep 'em coming. I'm not totally committed to red and green, silver and gold are probably traditional enough to work -- our Christmas tree decorations are mostly silver, for example.

I'm loving the black and white photo idea, as well as the spray painted decorative items. And I can't believe I didn't think of Pinterest for this, that is exactly what I needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on December 10, 2014
Ruthless Bunny: "Then use beautiful organza or grosgrain ribbons."

I think I tried to get fancy ribbons one year, but I couldn't find anything decent. I think I went to our local bog box craft store. Is there somewhere else I should be looking, or some other part of the store they keep the good stuff?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on December 10, 2014
Thanks for all the help! I went to Jo-Anne and got some high-quality red and gold ribbon, used a very nice red Kraft paper, some adhesive chalkboard labels and black and white photos as gift tags. They were a huge success, and she actually took pictures of the wrapped gifts and is showing the pictures to everyone at our various Christmas parties. Thanks again everyone!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:50 PM on December 27, 2014

DEVICE FOR NETFLIX STREAMING ONLY
1. If wifi is not an option and you really do need to plug it into the router, a Roku 3 is about your only choice. However...

2. The TV needs to have an HDMI port for the Roku 3 to work.

If there is no wifi and no HDMI, you are going to need to either set up a wifi network or get a new TV.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:45 PM on December 26, 2014
Oh, hey, looks like the WD TV Live actually does both Ethernet in and Component output. No idea what the user interface looks like or how easy it is to use.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on December 26, 2014

Conversation stopper
Well, first I'd say that she doesn't have any obligation to talk about things she doesn't want to talk about. You can't force her to, I'm afraid. What I might suggest is the next time she pulls out that line, I'd say something along the lines of "OK, I'm sorry I've stressed you out. That certainly wasn't my intention, but this is an important issue to me. Is there a way we can continue this discussion in a less stressful way?" Put the burden of "solving" the stressful... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on December 24, 2014

Can you recommend me a website to buy cheap posters to decorate my room?
Allposters.com also has frequent mega sales (like 75% off), so keep an eye out for that if you can be patient.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on December 24, 2014

So many questions to ask about it.
I can't link while at work, but there was a great Twitter joke recently that said "Alex Trebek is about to own everybody" and then featured, in the classic Jeopardy! white-text-on-blue, the clue "The opposite of down, and the opposite of cat."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:46 AM on December 24, 2014

iTunes + Internet Archive
Mp3tag can pull tag info from filenames. It appears to be Windows-only.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:34 AM on December 24, 2014

Seeking Holiday Tunes
Are "Secular Christmas" songs OK? I'm thinking of songs that reference Christmas or Christmas-adjacent things, like Santa, reindeer, gift giving, etc. without being specifically religious. Something like "Toy Jackpot" by Blackalicious?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on December 22, 2014

Protocol and Decorum
Sara C.: "you can just ask about what's bothering you, a neutral tone is typically assumed, and you don't have to get all worked up and weird about it like you might if you brought it up in person"

I'll just say this... greatly differs from my lived experience in several important ways.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:08 AM on December 22, 2014

10 years of podcasting and it still sucks
tautological: "My one complaint about them is more that there's no easy way to skip forward a minute or two (at least, as far as I am aware.) "

Downcast lets you swipe anywhere on the screen, right to skip ahead, left to jump back. It's particularly helpful in the car. You can customize the time span for each.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:43 AM on December 22, 2014

How to spend Christmas alone and broke?
If I had a friend in your situation, I would hope they would tell me, so that I could offer to bring them along with me to spend the holiday with my family. If you have any friends making road trips, be honest with them and ask if they can find room for you in their car and at their celebrations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:51 PM on December 19, 2014

Podcast: Serial: Episode 12: What We Know

I still don't understand the fact that Adnan and Don didn't call Hae after she went missing.


Did she have a cell phone? If she only had a landline, they wouldn't bother calling a number they knew she was not at.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:34 AM on December 19, 2014

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 134: "A Minimum of Eels"
I recently learned the Macklemore Haircut has a name: The Undercut.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:13 AM on December 18, 2014
I think you are right in that the part of a haircut where part of the head is shaved and other parts are left long is called an undercut (I actually had one in the 90's for a brief time). But I think if you are talking about a hairstyle called "The Undercut" you are talking about Macklemore hair. But like I said, I just learned this recently, so I may be wrong.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on December 18, 2014

"a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge"
That JPG's been passed around more than your mother

[kermit.jpg]

but that's none of my business.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 17, 2014

When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person
I liked how... normal it was. Just another story of a kid trying to fit in at college, but with an extra layer of difficulty. Not a terrible, freakish, incomprehensible way to live. It reminded me of stories you might have read about gay teenagers 20 or 25 years ago.

I don't mean to belittle the struggles of non-binary people -- sometimes I feel a little like their friend Kristen in these sorts of discussions, “I want to ask questions, but I don't want to say... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on December 15, 2014
capricorn: "I think it's easy for discussions somewhere like MetaFilter to get derailed with questions from people who are trying to understand, but if you can find a space to ask questions with someone one-on-one where it isn't distracting from a discussion, there are certainly people who are comfortable with that. "

I totally get that, and I really appreciate the pointer to that FAQ. I don't really have anyone (as far as I know) in my life... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on December 15, 2014

two travel booking questions
Google's Flight Explorer is amazing for number 2.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:50 AM on December 12, 2014 marked best answer

What is your favorite username?
Wasn't there a username that was something like "a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard"? That was great because it made the byline "posted by a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard at 1:41 PM on December 10" or something. Always reminded me of Jesse Thorn's "this show was produced by speaking into microphones" goof.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 10, 2014
I think the problem with Greg Nog (the username, not the user) is that the emphasis is in the wrong place. Greg NOG versus EGG nog.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on December 10, 2014
Space Coyote: " a pretty interesting thing to read about if you like boring things"

this is my life
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on December 10, 2014
My next username is going to be Pool Noodle and then I will go to all the meetups because I just like saying it. No one can pronounce desjardins :(

They can if they are hockey fans.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:05 PM on December 11, 2014

This changes everything
If you have Thoughts About Wrapping, you may want to answer my question over in Ask.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on December 10, 2014

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 133: "Secret Pope Songs"
It's funny, I recently bought some wingtips on sale, and it wasn't until I wore them a few times that I determined I didn't really like them, but I wasn't sure why. Now I know why -- it's because they are small shoes. They fit me fine, they just look... small when I am wearing them. I know exactly what John was talking about.

The (admittedly appealing) notion of forkpacking seems to go against the grain of living Small Bag, though. It's planning for an unlikely... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on December 10, 2014

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?
get a video picture frame and load up all of your pictures in a sequenced slideshow

That was my thought as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2014

Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!
Rock Steady: "My daughter and I will enjoy many an evening ganking Maize Walkers and flooping pigs in the Adventure Time Card Wars game. I'll try and post a picture of my Cerebral Blood Storm this evening. "

OK, so I didn't get a picture, but we did have a great game that ended in the Card Warsiest possible ending. If you are not familiar with the show this won't make much sense, but I need to tell someone about it, and you all are the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:24 AM on December 4, 2014
What is the Quons-esque equivalent of Yule?

I like "Qule" - pronounced "Kyool".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on December 10, 2014
Also, I think Quanukkah, Quantzaa, Queid, and Questivus are among the acceptable holidays to celebrate this time of year.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on December 10, 2014

These lights fantastic would be worth the trip!
The DMX controllers I've seen only have three settings: stop, drop, shut 'em down & open up shop.

Newer models also feature "Up in here" and "Go all out" modes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on December 10, 2014

Movie: The Truman Show
One of the things that I kept coming back to in my most recent rewatch was, "Would the TV show 'The Truman Show' be interesting in the slightest?" Current reality TV shows that are just "slice of life" type shows can barely sustain enough drama for a half hour per week, and often the subjects are getting tweaked by the writing/production staff to keep things interesting. Would the secretive, ultra-invasive nature of the show make it so dramatic as to warrant such an obsessive... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on December 9, 2014
Presumably he would be very sought after on the celebrity speaking circuit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:06 AM on December 10, 2014

in celebration of Anitanola
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:16 PM on December 9, 2014

Podcast: Answer Me This!: AMT303: Dewey Decimals, Sexy Cheese and Disney Turkey Legs
I think I can say with some confidence that I did not see turkey legs at Walt Disney World when we went in 2007, but did when we went in 2010, so that should narrow it down a bit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on December 4, 2014
mumkin: "And yet, it happens that I went to both Disneyland and World in 2012 and managed not to notice giant turkey legs at either. Strange."

Oh, yeah, I'm sure I could have missed them in 2010. I just happen to notice a couple of people eating them in short succession and then saw somewhere that was selling them. That was the trip we went to Animal Kingdom, so it's possible that they were only in that park at the time?... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on December 8, 2014

JokeFilter
taz: "[A couple of (contentless) comments removed; if you want to track new comments here but don't want to actually comment, you can just favorite the post and check "my favorites" from your Recent Activity page.]"

I don't get it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on December 5, 2014
empath: ""Well, FUCK YOU, CLOWN!""

Oh, man. I had forgotten Fuck You, Clown. That's one of the best Shaggy Dogs of all time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on December 5, 2014

Purchasing a used iPad
An iPad 2 will be a frustratingly slow and unreliable experience. Looking at the prices on Gazelle, an extra $60 gets you from iPad 2 to iPad Air -- three full generations newer (well, 2.5 -- there's not much difference between 3 and 4). It's also going to be much lighter and easier to hold for a 6-year-old.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:41 PM on December 4, 2014

Plan My East Coast Vacation, Please
They are spendy, but for nice hotels in the not-too-touristy bits of Cape Cod, I recommend Chatham Bars Inn and Ocean Edge. Chatham is more touristy than Brewster, but there is much more to do within easy walking distance in Chatham than in Brewster.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on December 4, 2014 marked best answer

Kevin, Portrait of a Serial Killer
I was not prepared for how close a physical match they are.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on December 4, 2014

Adventure Time: Dentist
Actually, it's about ethics in insectile dentistry.

I like the way Dentist is grammatically a thing/place/state of being in Ooo, not a profession.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:11 AM on December 4, 2014

New for FanFare: Podcasts
My Brother, My Brother and Me
How Did This Get Made?
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Roderick on the Line
The B.S. Report (for us sportsball fans)

and maybe a Re-Listen or First Listen to
You Look Nice Today
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:54 PM on December 3, 2014
absalom: "At least to this one outsider-insider perspective, it seems like a handful of people howling their ideas into a void or the occasional "popular" discussion that manages 15 whole comments. More-or-less, there is no discussion."

This is also a very good description of the first year or so of another website I am familiar with. You may have heard of it as well, it's a Community Weblog called metalfitter.com or something. I... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on December 4, 2014

Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
It will be a long, long time before I can say the words "What's this?" without hearing Jack's voice in my head.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on December 3, 2014

Preserving self-estrangement after dad's divorce
For any reason, or no reason at all, you are free to not want your Dad in your life, and you are free to tell him so. The thing is, there is no magic spell you can say that will make it OK from his point of view, so honestly, don't bother with politeness. Be clear and blunt and make a clean break of it. "Dad, I'm glad you seem to be happy in your life with your new family, but I don't want you to be a part of my life anymore. Please don't contact me again." It's going to suck, and it... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 PM on December 3, 2014

[x][x][x][_][x][x]
Oh man, I loved these back when I was tutoring for the LSAT. Students either loved them or hated them with a passion. I understand that they are no longer on the LSAT though, is that the case?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on December 3, 2014
I always figured that knowing how to game the system with largely irrelevant info was pretty important for lawyers-to-be.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on December 3, 2014

Ninetyfive live spectators, three million views on Youtube
I think Roche's goal has the most "intentionality" of the finalists. RVP threw his head at the ball and managed to time it just right, James's shot has a kind of hopefulness to it, but I get the feeling that Roche knew exactly where that ball was going to end up from her first touch, which is an insane level of ball control.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on December 3, 2014
Also, the Sanvezzo goal should be a finalist, if the prize can be awarded to a team.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on December 3, 2014

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