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Will you fulfill your destiny and become a tangerine octodecillionaire?
Where? Are you getting cats?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on January 23, 2015
Hmm. Had to step away from the computer during a mutant epidemic and I may have doomed humanity. :(
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:08 PM on January 23, 2015
The heroic tangerines are turning the tide, though. We may squeak by with less than half the population of Earth killed.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:13 PM on January 23, 2015
Hmm. No, the dead outnumber the living, but I think the species is going to be OK.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:19 PM on January 23, 2015

Is there a way to link to someone's calendar from the web?
My barber's website has a "add to calendar" link after you've booked an appointment online that even works in iOS. I don't know the technical details, but it's very possible.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on January 23, 2015

The dream of the 1890s is alive in Portland
Stop trying to Northsplain racism to us Southerners.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 PM on January 22, 2015

You can never have too many hockey sticks.
OMG. The scoreboard is PART OF THE COSTUME. I thought it was just a prop in the background. Canada wins. Everything. Forever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on January 22, 2015
Zenobi: "Also, I just noticed there is a yellow Star of David on her cape. I'm too stunned to know what to say about that."

If you look at the 5th slide in the slideshow here, it seems she has a Berlin Wall graffiti thing going on, which (sort of) explains it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on January 22, 2015

Looking for more examples of a movie trope
It's such an insane spoiler that I'm going to blind link it: Click this for spoilers
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:23 AM on January 22, 2015

Movie: The Game
It's on HBO Go right now, for what that's worth.

I love this movie. My favorite little moment is a scene where Van Orton is going to his (brother's? girlfriend's?) apartment to get some help, and as he waits for someone to answer the door, there is an ambulance siren off in the distance. He gives this momentary twitch, and looks intently in the direction of the sound. That's what sold it for me. He's so completely wrapped up in The Game that even the slightest surprise… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:56 PM on January 20, 2015
There was Majestic back in 2001, but that's not what you are thinking of. I know what you mean, but I can't put my Google fingers on it either.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on January 22, 2015

We Can Do Better Than Bad Science Journalism By A Weasel
Potomac Avenue: "The fact that anotherpanacea didn't make a huge stink about it in that thread is commendable right? Because meta discussion belongs in meta. But if he had made a big stink about it, the thread is more likely to have been deleted. Seems a little unfair to castigate him for being thoughtful."

There is a difference between making a stink about the thread in a thread and making a stink in a thread about the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on January 22, 2015
"This post is terrible and should be deleted because..." = threadshitting, not allowed
"This article is terrible and should be ignored because..." = good comment A+++ would comment again
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:28 AM on January 22, 2015

Saturday Night Live: Kevin Hart/Sia
homunculus: "WTF SNL?"

It's the thing of when you have a precedent for the head writer being the WU anchor, and the past head writers were amazing at WU, but now the new guy is terrible at it, but they still seem to want to keep that precedent alive?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:26 AM on January 20, 2015
Also, Kevin Hart as James Brown was fucking inspired and I want next season to just be The Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney Show please.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on January 20, 2015
If it's up to me, it includes a segment of Dyke and Fats: The Series every episode.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on January 20, 2015

Feature request: add "Add to Favorites" on the /favorited page.
I laughed more at that comment than I did at the two episodes of "Galavant" that I watched.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on January 20, 2015

How do wedding registries work?
You might also want to start a registry at a common bricks-and-mortar store for non-Internet savvy folks. Target, Macy's, Pottery Barn, Sears, or whatever other national chain floats your boat.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:11 AM on January 20, 2015

Metafilter TMBG Flood Tribute Album
This is super great, and you are all such great people. Bravo.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:24 PM on January 18, 2015

Istanbul not Constantinople
conSTANtinople!
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on January 18, 2015

Birdhouse in Your Soul
This song is giving me goosebumps. Wow.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 5:18 PM on January 18, 2015

A sudden urge overtakes her to help mankind.
I'm only doing it if I can talk in the McElroy brothers' Amelie voice from My Brother, My Brother and Me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on January 15, 2015

What do you anonymously send the person you can't stand?
feckless fecal fear mongering: "I mean this is a thing I want just so I can say I'm so gay I poop glitter"

For clients with multiple cats that share litter boxes, when they were trying to determine which cat had GI issues, veterinarians used to recommend feeding the cats separately and adding different colors of glitter to each cat's food. Unfortunately, it turns out that some glitter has surprisingly sharp edges, and can do considerable… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on January 15, 2015

Time to carry the pet, some carriers seem designed for "outgoing" pets -
I can tell you from experience it is much easier to get cats into and out of the kind of hard carrier that has a removable top (like this). You remove the top and then put the cat in the bottom half and then close the top over them. To get them out you can just take off the top.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 AM on January 15, 2015
amtho: "the common plastic carriers that bolt the bottom to the top with 9 or so screws"

The newer models mostly have 5 or 6 clips instead of screws to make it even easier.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:50 AM on January 15, 2015

I don't know if I am reading signs or reading into signs
Look, you are going to have to talk to her about this. It's true that if you are reading the signs wrong it may be a little awkward, but it's a hell of a lot less awkward than going in for a kiss if she thinks you two are just besties. There are multiple angles at play here - dating a friend and dating a coworker, either of which can be treacherous on their own, but combined? I just don't think it's possible to navigate without honesty up front. You should talk about whether you two are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:11 AM on January 15, 2015
inturnaround: "It's up to you if you want to date her or not, though. I guess this much is obvious. But not wanting to lose a friend or alienate a co-worker are both good reasons for avoiding it. However, if you feel a spark, remember that life is short."

The problem with this is that she might already think you are dating. You have to ask her about how she views the relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on January 15, 2015

Downton Abbey: Episode 2
Rose tries to bring a wireless—and Sarah Bunting—into the house.

Sars? Yeah, I guess I can see Lady Edith writing for Radio Without Pity.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on January 13, 2015
In the early days it was typical to *shudder* wash and reuse condoms.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:53 PM on January 14, 2015

Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE SIDEHACKERS
This was, if memory serves, the first MST3K I ever saw, spending the weekend at my Dad's house being mostly bored. By the time they got to the host segment with the color commentary I was hooked for life.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:49 PM on January 14, 2015

Movie: Labyrinth
FWIW, I forced my 13-year-old daughter to watch this when it showed up on Netflix streaming a few months ago, and she loves it at least as much as I ever did, so rest assured it still holds up, at least amongst the teen girl squad.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on January 14, 2015

My dog is afraid to get in the car...
grey_sw: "The trainer could get her to hop right in, but didn't seem interested in helping me learn how to do it, other than recommending rewards as above. Other people do tend to have more luck, and other vehicles are also easier: I think "me + my car" is probably a fear trigger at this point."

This suggests to me that you are (subconsciously) communicating some of this fear to the dog. I suspect you are so stressed out over the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:01 PM on January 13, 2015 marked best answer

vermontism
BlueHorse: "Here's some pics of the window from the inside."

Yeah, that would be disorienting to live with.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:31 PM on January 13, 2015

Women's Rights Advocate Exploits Women?
:"So what should I do with this information? I'm not willing to walk away from the job until I clear all of my debt, which will take a couple of more months, basically. But I also feel like a fool. Any advice?"

Your friend who said that they could pay what they wanted this type of position is likely still correct. Based on the sketchy nature of your paychecks, I suspect that they can't afford to pay you much more than they already do. You… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:48 PM on January 12, 2015

Will I Hate It? Should I Go?
I don't have any personal connection to the Holocaust, and as part of a High School trip to Germany we went to Dachau. Twenty-five years later, it remains one of the most heartwrenchingly emotional experiences of my life. I guess my advice would be, imagine the two or three most powerfully emotional experiences you have ever had. Would you have been able to bear those experiences on your own, in a strange country, surrounded by strangers that you have to interact with to at least an minimal… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:09 PM on January 9, 2015 marked best answer

Juggling job offers and timelines - help!
rmm: "I'm worried that me contacting them and asking about the process and timelines is going to push me out of being considered."

It might. I think the best advice in these situations is: If someone offers you a job you want, take it. If someone else offers you a job you want two weeks later, you can cross that bridge when you come to it. If you need to leave the job after two weeks it's not pleasant, but if they found out two weeks after… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:53 AM on January 8, 2015

Agent Carter: Bridge and Tunnel
I am more happy about the seeming lack of a boring romance subplot than I probably should be.

I got momentarily excited when it occurred to me that maybe Tony Stark's mother hadn't been specified in the MCU, but alas, Maria has been mentioned in the movies already.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:45 PM on January 7, 2015
Yeah, the idea didn't hold up to very much scrutiny from a bunch of angles, but it was intriguing for a moment's diversion. Might make for a neat Marvel AU: What If the Avengers were related to each other?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:33 PM on January 7, 2015

Downton Abbey: Episode One
gladly: "Barrow's scheming feels ridiculous this late in the series. I wish they'd give Thomas more to do than plot to ruin various members of the household staff."

Everybody needs more to do. I feel like I can see plot developments coming from across the estate, as they are so formulaic. Like the schoolteacher coming to dinner and making a scene, or Barrow's ass getting saved by dumb luck again. Their characters have… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on January 6, 2015
Atreides: "Oh, and Maggie Smith's butler needs a swift kick in the pants. I'm sure I know a doctor who will prescribe such treatment."

Surely you don't mean Isobel's butler Sprat? That look Sprat had on his face when he was forced to serve cake to a lowly doctor was priceless.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:46 PM on January 7, 2015

Historic and ahistoric windows
It's not the National Register that controls what you can and can't do to the building, it is your local zoning ordinances. You need to find out exactly what those ordinances require when it comes to exterior work, as most historic district zoning that I am familiar with does not designate specific contractors, but rather discusses more general attributes and elements of the work to be performed. As long as the work meets the requirements of the ordinance, it shouldn't matter who does it. I'd… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on January 7, 2015

Cut The Flan
Spoiler alert, I guess? But #64 is a scare video, in case you don't like those kind of things.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on December 31, 2014
a man with a glassed-in cart full of wee individual flans

This shall be my sock puppet name.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on January 2, 2015

shit just got real, and I am shit scared.
Not sure if this is still true, but used to be the case that COBRA would not cancel your coverage for non-payment until 90 days after your coverage started. This meant that you could just cancel on day 89 and not owe anything if you didn't need to use the COBRA benefits in that time period. This was a common way to bridge coverage gaps. Check and see if that is still the case, but if so it might save you a bunch of money. This was back in the pre-Obamacare world, so who knows.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:08 PM on January 1, 2015

Strategies for minimizing expense on renting between permanent apts?
I don't know how this works on the mean streets of Gotham, but there are companies that will let you move your stuff into a container, then cart away the container and store it for a while, then deliver the same container to your new place. PODS is the one I've dealt with, but I think there are many now. Something like this can really simplify the apartment -- > moving van --> storage --> moving van --> apartment process into apartment --> POD --> apartment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on December 31, 2014

The sword may need to be drawn.
Hey, Raleigh, NC is someplace cool...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on December 31, 2014

Airbnb reviews: what price honesty?
saywhat: "If you have ever left a negative review, you are a risky prospect, and it would be wise to reject your request in favor of an applicant who's posted only positive reviews."

I don't think I'd want to stay in places offered by the type of people who would do this, so it's a win-win.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on December 30, 2014

Your favorite dad joke.
In the days before spellcheck, ("Back on my home planet...") if you asked my Dad how to spell a word, the answer was always, "D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on December 30, 2014
Madamina: "Any time I asked what we were having for dinner, the answer was always "camels' toes." "

My Dad's stock answer to that question was "Liver and Onions". I was well into adulthood when I discovered that that was actually a dish people chose to eat, and not a random combination of the two grossest things my Dad could think of.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on December 30, 2014

Podcast: Judge John Hodgman: Pizza Parley
pb: "Just like fantasy football is more about stats and scoring than football, D&D is more about dice and numbers and if you don't enjoy that aspect you won't enjoy the game. That's great."

My mother has an amazing vocabulary, and it used to drive her crazy that my stepfather would routinely beat her at Scrabble, as he -- by his own admission -- is no wordsmith. One day she realized that Scrabble wasn't a game about words, but was really a game about math.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on December 30, 2014

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