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Can management automatically renew an apartment lease and what to do?
AugustWest is pretty much right, but a couple of things:
1. You need to go into the office in person on Monday. They will be very busy on the first Monday of the month, and will probably not answer the phone or return messages.
2. You will probably not be successful in getting them to negotiate, because by waiting, you have lost the biggest card in your hand when it comes to rent negotiation - it's now too late for you to leave. Now they know they are at least getting one… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:24 AM on August 1, 2015

Cheerwine has passed away.
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I'll raise a big frosty glass in his honor today. I wish his family and friends peaceful hearts and warm memories. Rest in peace, Cheerwine.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:57 AM on August 1, 2015

Mapping the United Swears of America
I don't know whence I got "shitbird" as an insult, but it never fails to generate a smile or laugh when I am forced to deploy it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:22 AM on July 30, 2015
My 14 year old and her best friend hate swearing. They have created their own little vocab of faux swears. Fuck = faboo, shit = shaboo, bitch = bafoo, ass = aboo and tits (?) = tafoo (but they use that one more freely, like "what the tafoo" and such). It's kind of adorable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on July 30, 2015
Bugbread: "I'm going to venture a guess: did you ever watch Trailer Park Boys?"

No, actually, but I bet lots of people in my social circles have. Maybe I picked it up second-hand from them.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 AM on July 31, 2015

restaurant etiquette: used tissue on finished plate?
It's cool that no one ever puts their silverware or drinking glasses or pizza crusts anywhere near their saliva-filled mouth, which is just as gross as their nose.

I used to clear tables in a casual restaurant (rhymes with Bolive Blarden) for money back in the day, and I can personally vouch for the fact that everything that diners leave behind is disgusting, boogers or no. Especially their dirty, dirty tip money. Put your tissues wherever you want.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 AM on July 31, 2015

Comment truncation in Recent Activity
Absent the (admittedly excellent) click to expand idea, I think the RA comment length should either be truncated further or allow full comments. It seems like 70-80% of the time it cuts off a long comment somewhere in the final sentence, which makes it extra frustrating to click over to the thread only to realize you've basically already read the whole comment.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM on July 30, 2015

Driving from DC to Wilmington: Queer family filter
If you take a route through Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC you won't go too far out of your way, and you'll have a relatively progressive urban place to stop every two hours or so. Not very familiar with Richmond, but your family would not be out of place at Pullen Park in Raleigh and there is plenty of stuff there to keep the kiddos occupied. The only problem might be pulling them away to get back in the car.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on July 30, 2015

D'ya get me, bruv?
The World Famous is tawkin bout dis owd fred, innit.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 PM on July 28, 2015
An interesting article about the rapid loss of the Southern (US) accent in Raleigh, NC that reaches the same conclusions - an influx of Northerners and their children in the 1960s (driven by the construction of a huge research park) caused children in the city to lose their accents due to peer influence.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on July 30, 2015

“Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor
stoneweaver: "Guess culture working at its best is everyone picking up and doing emotional labor for the people around them. This, obviously, can get perverted and oppressive when it becomes an obligation for some people to perform while others are exempted."

I think something that hasn't been touched on too much in the thread so far is that, given the right circumstances, doing emotional labor can be satisfying and rewarding, just like other… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:37 AM on July 21, 2015
Secret Life of Gravy: " I think we are supposed to nod our heads and give him a thumbs up-- he is a real man's man just telling it like it is. Funny how that little bit of dialog has stuck in my craw all these years."

Now that you mention it, that happens all the time in films/TV/literature and it always bugs me too.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on July 21, 2015
I hope it's not making too light of a very serious subject, but my wife's grandmother Lillianne was the oldest of 18 children (Grandma Lily had her first child the same day that her mother had her final child), but when discussing her prodigious parents, she would always note, in her adorably thick French-Canadian accent, that her mother "was the passionate one." I used to think it was just a funny little slightly-too-intimate peek into their… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 AM on July 30, 2015

Bum boats, gun boats, slow boats, row boats, I like boats.
I'm going to recommend something a little outside-the-bilge: Railsea by China Miéville. The linked review will give you a pretty good sense of if it sounds like something you would be into without major spoilers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on July 30, 2015


Seeking annual sandwich listing
MCMikeNamara: "It really is a miracle I don't eat breakfast sandwiches every meal of the day every day of the year. "

Related
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:16 AM on July 30, 2015

Dramatically overcharged by service provider...how to move forward?
What if they just gave you X months of free service (plus 2 or 3 to account for interest), where X is the number of times they have charged you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:58 PM on July 29, 2015

Triangle best
Some Raleighwood-centric things:
- NC Museum of Art is really nice and has an awesome sculpture garden
- NC State Farmer's Market is a great place to shop for produce and other NC food products
- If you like libraries, the new Hunt Library at NCSU is really cool
- Umstead State Park is great for hiking
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on July 29, 2015
Unique-est restaurants in Raleigh:
- The Pit for upscale barbecue
- Oak City Meatball Shoppe
- Calavera empanadas
- Poole's Diner upscale comfort food
- Fiction Kitchen excellent vegetarian
- Guasaca Venezuelan arepas
- Piebird's pie-based cuisine

And three upscale cocktail lounges
- C. Grace has live jazz every night and luxurious velvety seating areas
- Fox Liquor Bar
- The Green Light is a speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase within The Architect
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 AM on July 29, 2015

What if Spider-Man's Uncle Ben was shot by police rather than a burglar?
the agents of KAOS: "Or to follow the original more closely, Peter sees a cop harassing another guy near their house, ignores him and then the same cop kills Ben."

Peter starts out as a casual activist against aggressive policing - he's seen a lot of it in his neighborhood. One night after he is out practicing his new abilities, he gets harassed by an asshole cop, and Peter has the opportunity to report the harassment (maybe a friendly,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:26 AM on July 27, 2015
MartinWisse: "you don't want that "well he gave the cop some lip so no wonder his uncle got shot" dynamic to happen."

On the contrary, I think it should address that bullshit head on. Just because Peter was no angel doesn't give the police carte blanche. That's a crucially important aspect of the issue to get across.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on July 28, 2015

Cake and ice cream for everyone! Except the dogs.
For some reason, I signed up on my daughter's 4th birthday, way back in 2005. Here's a picture of her from her birthday party that year, and here is a picture of her today, on her first day of high school.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:10 AM on July 27, 2015
Oh and, yeah, JB is definitely on my Top Ten MeFites I'd Like To Meet IRL list. Thanks for hanging in there, fellow old-timer.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on July 27, 2015
So, articseal, you definitely want to avoid Prof. Taz's World Civ 101 section, but Prof. Lobster-Mitten will let you have class outside if it is nice. If you ever get way behind in your commenting, just go to Dean Cortex's office and start crying - he's a total softie. Also, if your roommate gets banned, you get a 4.0 for the semester.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:43 PM on July 27, 2015

Help me be a nice mom
I'm assuming this is a single-parent or shared custody situation, because otherwise, WHERE IS THE DAD? If you have a co-parent and they are not stepping up and distracting or otherwise engaging with your kiddo when they can tell that you are at your limit, you need to have a talk with them about sharing the burden of child-rearing. It doesn't end at diapers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:43 AM on July 27, 2015

Help us plan a decentralized wedding reception!
Getting drunk -- bar crawl
Best Man/Maid of Honor Toast -- brunch (toast, get it?)
Throwing the bouquet (too gendered?) -- arboretum/park picnic
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:58 PM on July 23, 2015 marked best answer

21 Flavors of AWESOME, you mean
No crab-flavored potato chips, only Khlav Kalash.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on July 22, 2015
I normally hate sweet popcorn, but yeah, I had a handful of that Smartfood mix and was instantly addicted.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:24 AM on July 23, 2015

A Whole New World
Bora Horza Gobuchul: "if we found chemicals that can only be generated by industrial processes (say, vinyl chloride mononomers), that's a technological civilization, even if we can never see alien smokestacks."

Honest question: let's say that happens within the next 5-10 years. Is sending a probe there, or even transmitting some sort of communication a realistic goal, given the difficulties sending/communicating with New Horizons?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 AM on July 23, 2015
The Good News: They found an earth-like planet
The Bad News: They're made out of meat.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on July 23, 2015

Is this a selfie?
maxsparber: "I am an Irish seal that can turn into a human. Am I a selfie?"

So close.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on July 22, 2015
Can you paint a selfie if you turn the canvas around so you can't see it while you paint? What if you paint it in a bathroom so you can look in the mirror?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:15 PM on July 22, 2015
"That which does not kill us, makes our selfie game stronk."
- @freddie_neech
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on July 23, 2015

Before this, is was "Ace of Spades"
They Might Be Giants have a song called "Aaa". Going to be hard to beat that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:58 PM on July 22, 2015
Yeah, I think it's the car's entertainment system and not iOS. If it hasn't been too long, say 15 minutes, since I've disconnected the phone (either by Bluetooth or cable) from my 2012 Hyundai it will save my audio location somehow, but any longer than that and I am listening to "A-Punk" by Vampire Weekend again.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on July 22, 2015

Out of the Blue, episode #1: The Snail That Wouldn’t Die
If you are taking suggestions for upcoming topics, I think it would be really interesting to talk to Jess Zimmerman about the emotional labor thread her article inspired and how that concept relates to the work involved in moderating a website like MeFi.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on July 21, 2015
I think in the interest of Equal Time, you will need to occasionally change up your pronunciation of MeFi in the closing credits, cortex.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:09 PM on July 21, 2015
Going To Maine: "This is a great idea and I am all for it. That said, I am a little concerned that there is already a podcast with that name and twenty episodes, so we might want to do some lightning-quick rebranding…"

You could call it officially "MetaFilter: Out of the Blue" and unofficially just "Out of the Blue". I think that it would actually be better from the perspective of using this podcast as… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on July 22, 2015
It looks like you just paste the feed link into the search box in "Discover".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on July 22, 2015

What's the safest way to buy something remotely on craigslist?
If it's not a scam, surely he knows someone with a working camera who could take a picture of his license. I mean, I think I could flag down random strangers on the street and find someone willing to take a picture of my licence and text it to me in about 15 minutes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:24 AM on July 22, 2015

Emotional [Labor] Rescue
I thought the exact same thing, Ian A.T.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:26 AM on July 22, 2015

What kinds of futuristic things would tweens want to learn about?
gryftir: "Anything you can relate to Mine Craft is probably going to go over well with quite a few of them."

Microsoft and their recent augmented reality version of Minecraft would be a big hit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:17 AM on July 22, 2015

Should I live with a complete stranger?
This is called subletting. Usually it's done for a whole apartment, rather than a part, but it's not an outrageous idea. Here is a pretty good summary of things to think about before going through with it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on July 21, 2015
Re-reading your question, I just want to clarify something:

My landlord would be fine with this as she knows other people have stayed here before (friends, not strangers).

Knowing about and approving of house guests is way different from approving subletting. Make sure you have written approval from your landlord for a subletter before moving forward. There may already be language about it in your lease.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on July 21, 2015

Which TV-show intro was this?!
I literally gasped with joy when I saw it in Recent Activity.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on July 21, 2015

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?
You probably know this, but don't leave your dog in the car for any length of time. Even with windows open, it can reach dangerous temperatures in the interior of a car in minutes in the summer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on July 21, 2015

Why Is OMI’s “Cheerleader” No. 1?
persona au gratin: "So is this the song of the summer? "

I think Trap Queen has already been anointed thus, no?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on July 21, 2015

Man talking in a 90s song
Primitive Radio Gods - "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 AM on July 21, 2015
To be fair, kapers had it earlier, though under an alternative title.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on July 21, 2015

edgeways has passed away
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on July 21, 2015

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