Oh, and you should also check out UVM's Billings Library which was fairly sensitively converted into a Student Center in the 60s and I understand is soon going to return to its bibliographical roots as the Special Collections and other Library departments will move in there. Oh, here's a paper I wrote about it when I was a grad student that I found when I was Googling for pictures.... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:09 AM on December 18, 2013
My understanding is that my old local library, the South Dennis Library on Cape Cod used to be the smallest library in the country, until they built a small addition and finished the basement to use as the Children's Department. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:29 PM on December 19, 2013
I think Matt Smith is my favorite, too, and he's how I got my daughter hooked on DW. I convinced her to watch his first episode with me, and after that first season we worked our way back through Tennant and Ecclestone.
I'm really just commenting now to get this thread in my Recent Activity for next week, to be honest. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:15 PM on December 19, 2013
The guy on the left in this image might be the coolest guy ever. Jeans with the seam down the front. Why? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:40 AM on December 19, 2013
Clinging to the Wreckage: Not in a 'I'd wear them now' way but in a 'That's what was hot wen I came of age' way. I met my wife at roughly this time and she and I looked like these pictures (but less model-y) and this takes me instantly back to that time.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Sharon Stone wore almost the exact stretch jumpsuit from this catalog in Total Recall, which definitely got 14-year-old Rock Steady thinking about some... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 AM on December 19, 2013
octothorpe: I refuse to accept 1990 as "retro". Bah.
We are now the same distance from Nevermind that Nevermind was from Abbey Road. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:19 AM on December 19, 2013
Sophie1: This man is very serious about fresh chicken.
showbiz_liz: No one is suggesting that JC Penny actually sold a fart shirt
They did have a "Don't have a cow, man!" shirt in there, which wasn't far off from "Let's Fart!", based on the reactions I got to my Bart Simpsons t-shirt. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:36 AM on December 19, 2013
Yeah, I would think you'd need at least a 3m fence, and why the glass walls? Would have been much cooler with no walls at all, just a toilet in a garden. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:58 AM on December 19, 2013
Halloween Jack: And, of course, a young woman is used for a model in the photos.
It is a women's restroom. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:52 PM on December 19, 2013
I don't always have the best sense of what is or is not obscure, so these may not meet that criteria.
There She Goes -- The La's
Superman Song -- Crash Test Dummies
Unbelievable -- EMF
Girlfriend -- Matthew Sweet
Jimmy Olsen's Blues -- Spin Doctors
Pretend We're Dead -- L7
Rudderless -- Lemonheads
Feed The Tree -- Belly
Sometimes (Lester Piggot) -- James
Big Mouth... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:59 PM on December 19, 2013
I think I used to have that exact Letters to Cleo t-shirt. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:27 AM on December 19, 2013
dios: I found this a very interesting story both from the nerd angle but also some the TV production standpoint: I really am impressed with the level of thought and detail that went into that scene which is really just one joke.
The. Whole. Show. Is like that. You can safely start at Season 2 though, if you want. First season is much more Office-y, and they didn't really have a feel for the characters yet.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:52 AM on December 19, 2013
mediocre: To me it looks like someone simply printed an enlarged album cover at Kinkos onto cheap iron-on paper and made the shirt themselves.
Kay Hanley seems to think that shirt never existed, but I still swear I had one or another one like it. Who are you going to believe, my vague memories, or the leader of the band in question?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:29 PM on December 19, 2013
Nachos and chili (to dip the nachos in or to eat separately as a more meal-like option) are always crowd pleasers and are super easy, especially if he has a crock pot to make the chili in. You can basically as desired with different meats (chicken, sausage) and beans (red, black) if you want to tweak it. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:10 AM on December 19, 2013
Grr. I just had my credit and debit cards replaced my my bank for some other data breach, and it's a huge pain in the ass. We've got to come up with a better way to switch card numbers than waiting a week for a new piece of plastic to show up in the mail. Maybe your bank could issue you something similar to the Coin and change your number remotely? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:32 AM on December 19, 2013
Regrettably, after considerable deliberation, I write to decline the appointment. Since the time of my application in %date my employment circumstances have changed and at the present time I feel that my future career prospects are best served by remaining in my present position.
to something like:
Unfortunately, since submitting my application in %date, my circumstances... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:44 AM on December 19, 2013
The problem with going into detail about what his changed circumstances are is that it invites negotiation, where it sounds like he probably would decline this offer no matter what. If it doesn't matter what concessions they could make, then he shouldn't bother explaining why he is not interested. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 AM on December 19, 2013
Naberius: Isn't it equally true then to say, Even if it's real, it's fake?
I think the point is, if you are using it as entertainment (which is really what most "news" is these days) does it really matter one way or the other? How does your interaction with the story of the Awful Airline Passenger materially change depending on it's veracity? I agree with mathowie totally. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:43 AM on December 18, 2013
Going To Maine: The awful airline passenger story, if true, says something about how people really act on planes.
But even if fake, people do really act like that (and worse) on planes. And even if true, you're never getting the whole story, just the version whoever is reporting the story is trying to tell you. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:56 AM on December 18, 2013
Going To Maine: If I learnedthat folks were agitating for better treatment for stewards and stewardesses because of that story I'd be outraged, because it isn't evidence of anything. If I learned that folks were agitating for better treatment of stewards and stewardesses because, after reading that story, they found a bunch of sourced stories that were true and demonstrated that airline workers had a bad deal, I'd be delighted.
Going To Maine: I mean, imagine we are at a negotiation for better compensation for flight attendants. Instead of stories by flight attendants about how things have been really crappy and they've been abused, the union representative says "Get a load of this piece of fiction about how bad things are! It's inspired by true events." and shows that Buzzfeed piece.
But surely there should be different standards of admissibility in a court room, a... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:31 AM on December 18, 2013
wenestvedt: Wow, they even shortened up the cycle around here, too: the first comment on this new FPP is just the word "fake" with a link!
At this point, we should probably just replace MetaFilter with a redirect to snopes.com. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:53 AM on December 18, 2013
ThatFuzzyBastard: Otherwise Fox News is going to continue telling stories of New Black Panthers marauding through white neighborhoods and you're going to have no response beyond "Well that's not a nice thing to say."
I don't care how fake it is and how well you can prove your case, the people who want to believe that story are going to believe it anyway. I think it's a mistake to put "The Truth" up on a pedestal as some sort of... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:03 PM on December 18, 2013
Nomyte: There are too many groups of people around the world who are vulnerable to backlash from hoaxes.
I agree with you entirely. I'm just describing the world we appear to live in. A world in which, it appears, the line between "truth" and "lie" and "news" and "story" is increasingly meaningless. I would argue that if we want to help the groups of people you reference, we need to make them less vulnerable to... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:01 PM on December 18, 2013
Sonny Jim: I thought the final montage was transparently a daydream or reverie that Claire has as she drives to New York.
I did too, at first, until I realized that the Name & Dates title cards anchored it firmly to reality, as that was what happened when anyone else really died on the show.
That said, I liked the ending of Lost and think the ending of The Sopranos was the best... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:46 AM on December 18, 2013
why Claire was so upset that David had been seen giving a corsage to a policeman in the morgue until I realized that BET was airing a version censored with strangely substituted words and that "corsage" was the standard substitute for "blowjob."
This review misspelled basically everyone’s name. It’s Hannah Horvath, not Hannah Hovrath; Marnie is played by Allison Williams, not Alison Williams; and Ray is played by Alex Karpovsky, not Zosia Mamet.
That last one is a whopper of a typo. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:02 AM on December 18, 2013
I just made a bunch of Chocolate Crinkles from that exact recipe for a work thing this week. The thing is, I didn't know about this cookbook. The recipe I used was "my mother's" recipe, which she has been making every Christmas for the past 30-or-so years. I'd never made them all by myself, and it really is a bit of a slog to make them, but the feelings of nostalgia and pride and love that I had when they started coming out of the oven was almost enough to knock me on my ass. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:16 AM on December 18, 2013
Also, spelling it "cooky" is immeasurably more adorable. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:21 AM on December 18, 2013
My mother's other Christmas cookie recipes, for what it's worth:
I'm not sure those are the exact recipes she uses, but they are close enough. It's a great trio when combined with the Chocolate Crinkles. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:18 AM on December 18, 2013
My father asked us to donate his body to Tufts Medical School. It was very simple, and the people who we worked with at the school were really kind and grateful. I'm told that at the end of the academic year, we will be invited to a memorial service where the students honor the memory of the donors, which sounds very nice. I'd recommend it to anyone. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:22 PM on December 17, 2013
1adam12: I've heard medical and dental school students discussing dissections, and "respectful" doesn't seem to be part of it. I don't think you can do that and think of the cadavers as anything but meat if you want to keep your sanity.
Also, why Tufts dental students need to conduct dissections of the reproductive system is a mystery and likely to remain thus. Unless the Romans were right. And they weren't.