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WITHOUT FOOD AND SLEEP THEY ARE BASICALLY HILL CANNIBALS
“Thomas the Tank Engine and Blaine the Mono in SODOR AND GOMORRAH.”

Hahahaha. Blaine the Mono is all I can think of when I see Thomas and Friends. Is there an episode where they tell each other riddles? That would be awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on March 26, 2014

The Corrrect Answer is "All of Season One"
I read a blog post once upon a time that defended "Darmok" by suggesting that the Tamarians have a "juvenile" form of their language that they speak as children, but then abandon it as they mature for their metaphorical language. For whatever reason they are then unwilling to go back to it even under distress, much as humans would not go back to pissing and shitting in their pants, even though they once did in their diapers.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on March 25, 2014
emptythought: I still think defending it on those terms is still missing the point

Yeah, maybe "defending" was the wrong word (Kadir beneath Mo Moteh), more like spitballing about how such a language could be theoretically possible.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:25 AM on March 25, 2014
Bulgaroktonos: One time I was watching an episode and my father came in, saw her looking good for some reason,

I bet that reason was workin' out.

If y'all nerds are not following Fashion It So, I don't know what to tell you.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:03 AM on March 25, 2014
zarq: Transwarp beaming is a disaster waiting to happen, in-universe. Consider its effects on warfare. Imagine: you beam photon torpedo warheads into another solar system onto a habitable planet, space station or into a star. All you need are accurate scanners and BOOM. Mass annihilation.

Even without getting into transwarp beaming, it's kind of foolish to not use transporters as weapons even in "conventional" starship battles. As soon as... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on March 26, 2014

How can I do something nice for my boss?
Is there something job related you can do to take something off of her plate? Sending out a weekly email, pulling together reports, pulling numbers off a database, etc. Of course, you have to ask before you do something like this, and if you are already not meeting the minimum requirements of your own job, she is not going to look kindly on you taking on additional tasks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on March 26, 2014

For those of us with a finger in more than one internet pie
You could have an "Also On" service that was just a generic website icon (whatever that is) and then just let you put in a freeform URL. Seems like a nice compromise. Keeps the prominence of the "website" link while also allowing for multiple sites.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on March 26, 2014

"Half time has infected pop music"
royalsong: I think I might hit up youtube and see if anyone has tried to explain the basics for those of us who are interested in learning. Like CrashCourse for music.

Totally. Ideally, does anyone know of a decent "Pop Music Appreciation 101" podcast?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on March 26, 2014

Call me Ishmael/ I got that mass appeal
A Bird came down the Walk—
He did not know I saw—
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And punched him in the dick
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:07 AM on March 26, 2014

"He was a lucky man in every way."
He got to go up against Al Pacino in one of my favorite scenes of all time.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on March 25, 2014

Why is this an acceptable FPP?
jessamyn: Not sure what's going on exactly, but it would be helpful to get more at-the-time feedback about this stuff.

Are we (unintentionally) moving toward a more permissive posting model? About the only thing I don't want to see on MetaFilter is NewsFilter. Everything else I am happy to assume it is not for me, but others seem to enjoy it (most of the more political stuff, for example). Is it helpful to flag what I see as examples of NewsFilter, or... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 AM on March 25, 2014
"completely mental"

I cannot read that phrase without hearing it in the voice of John Cleese's wife in A Fish Called Wanda.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on March 25, 2014
jessamyn: Because flags also signal to newer users the sorts of things that are not okay and that you can use the flag feature for.

I completely understand and support that rationale, but from that standpoint, if you were to allow users to add some sort of freeform reason, you might be able to find things that the userbase thinks are not OK that you never would have realized were not OK, if that makes any sense.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:06 PM on March 25, 2014
Namlit: This is probably not a new thought either - one wonders whether that decline has to do with the increasing use of mobile devices…it's kinda hard to hit these tiny buttons on a tiny screen...

You'd presumably be able to see a similar decline in favoriting, maybe adjusting for the (I think) small percentage of users who have activated the "swipe to favorite" feature if that were the case.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on March 25, 2014

[spoon icon] [glass of milk icon] [ Ovaltine jar icon]
Coooool. Ad gimmick or pointless art project, I love weird stuff like this. Thanks for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on March 25, 2014
Honestly, if you hate viral marketing with the power of a thousand suns, you should probably just not participate in things like this. There is at least a non-zero chance that someone has paid something to someone for this, and if that sours the whole deal for you, perhaps you should just move on. But at this point, I think it's a huge derail to start talking about advertising.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:37 AM on March 25, 2014
The notes appear to be similar to each other (if not identical) depending on the kind of item they are enclosed with. F'rexample, pink feather and orange feather.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on March 25, 2014
jimmythefish: The images smack of IKEA to me

Yeah, the table is definitely a LACK table. Maybe that name means something...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on March 25, 2014
One interesting bit about the symbols that I picked up from the subreddit is that there is one symbol that appears once and only once on each letter, near the end of the text (It's the circle with two half circles within it). To me, that suggests that it's not a letter, but rather some sort of functional symbol -- a "Sincerely" or "PS" symbol.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on March 25, 2014

Graphing the Shark
Rhaomi: In more recent animation news, Adventure Time has been on one hell of a roll lately.

"I Remember You" is one of the best episodes of any television show ever, though I guess you need to be an Adventure Time viewer to really get the emotional resonance. The latest episodes have been pretty good (though I'm not sure Lemonhope really needed to be a two parter), but they shouldn't be ranked higher than "I... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on March 25, 2014
kafziel: I don't know whether I'd put it above or below Simon and Marcy.

The plot and story of "Simon and Marcy" are pretty powerful, but it's the emotion of "I Remember You" that really hits me right in the feels. Marceline's sadness/frustration/wistfulness just tear my guts out every time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:21 AM on March 25, 2014
Sara C.: You can't completely re-jumpstart a show after 100 episodes.

Sterling Archer and I beg to differ.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on March 25, 2014
Sara C.: Is Archer no longer an animated comedy about silly spy hijinks?

They are now a drug cartel.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:24 AM on March 25, 2014

OMG = Oh My (not God)?
tafetta, darling!: My exclamations of surprise, disgust and frustration usually take the form of "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ!" or "Holy shit". I want to find some new - preferably safe for work and young ears - versions of my favorite exclamations that have the same import and emphasis that I so enjoy from the current ones.

It sounds like you want new versions of these words to replace the religious overtones in your... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on March 25, 2014 marked best answer

Ball sucking done right
I want this to be like a constant waterfall of balls, but three-dimensional, not a sheet, so that you can just be in a space full of constantly dropping balls.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 AM on March 25, 2014

Stay unvaccinated?
Ruthless Bunny: You can go to a doctor and get your blood titred to see if you still have immunities.

Veterinary health professionals routinely get the rabies vaccine, and then get titered annually to see if they are still protected. My wife got the vaccine when she first started in the field 20 years ago, and every titer since then has shown that she has sufficient antibodies. However, she has coworkers who seem to need to get re-vaccinated every... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on March 25, 2014

Put on your dancing genes and boogie
You are doing science wrong if your conclusion is "The running man is good dancing."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on March 25, 2014

Movies where the locals kill (or try to kill) the interlopers?
Three Amigos
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on March 24, 2014

How to tackle the awkwardness of bumping into an ex?
If you see her (and she sees you) from a distance, a smile, a head nod and a little wave is sufficient, especially in a library. You do not have to approach her and make conversation.

If you see her at close range, "Hi." or "Hello there." If she continues the conversation, you may continue it politely, if you wish. If you want to end the conversation, "Well, take care. Nice to see you." is a good clue to drop. You could also find something... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:31 PM on March 24, 2014

Something Good Indeed
Happy Together might be the best song of all time. It's at least in the conversation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:00 PM on March 23, 2014

Move-packing hacks
1. Stack books in 8-12" tall piles of similar sized books.
2. Wrap liberally in packing cling film (you can buy it at any Uhaul type place or at office supply stores).

These make dense little packs that are not too heavy, are easy to stack on a hand cart, and can fill up can fill up awkwardly shaped gaps in your moving truck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:23 PM on March 23, 2014

Durham Bulls Game Meetup
This is awesome. Even if we can't get a large enough group together to do a group buy, we should still have a Durham Bulls meetup, even though I am really eager to see if we can get "There Is No Cabal" on the JumboTron. I'm partial to the dates against Pawtucket, as that's the Red Sox affiliate, but any of those dates are fine. My daughter and/or wife may want to join us, so I'm putting +1, but that's very up in the air for now.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on March 23, 2014
I would also be on board for a Greensboro-area or even Charlotte-area meetup, ninjew. I've got family in Charlotte I could stay with. I can probably help with carpooling from Raleigh/Southern Wake, depending on what day the game is on and if my family are joining me or not. If you need a ride, let me know.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on March 23, 2014

"That's it. You'll never be famous."
a free ride when you already paid?

Happened to me on the Green Line in Boston all the time. You buy your tokens at the little self-serve token machine, and then the train comes and all the doors open because there is free service on Earth Day or some such.

It's not like the tokens you bought expire or anything, so it's not a huge tragedy, but still a little aggravating.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on March 23, 2014

>save
Any interactive fiction that includes "Finish Him" as an option is doing something right.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:48 PM on March 21, 2014
They were all great in their own way, but the eerieness of prize bull octorok's entry really grabbed me in a good way, so that gets my vote for Best In Show. Really and truly, bravo to everyone who entered.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on March 22, 2014

MeFinal Four Pick 'Em
What's the name of your bracket, MCMikeNamara?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on March 20, 2014
There appears to be something wrong with the Standings page, but if I go into the Members page, I can see your bracket.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:12 PM on March 20, 2014
Go smart kids!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:17 PM on March 20, 2014
Once again, Harvard has cost me $1,000,000,000.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on March 20, 2014
lolbuckeyes
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on March 21, 2014
(I suppose I could nerd this up even more by looking up the cities and states on maps with him.)

Added degree of difficulty
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on March 22, 2014

Let's go to China in the Paris of the Piedmont
We are terrible Triangle residents for scheduling this thing on the opening night of the NCAA basketball tournament, you realize. At least we didn't plan to be somewhere even remotely like a sports bar. Go Pack! Really hope you got enough of that translation done, msali!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on March 20, 2014
OK, I'm here. I said I was with a large group at 7:30 and he put me right in a private little alcove. See the rest of you when you get here!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 4:20 PM on March 20, 2014
oceanjesse: the Jiro Dreams of Sushi strip mall joint That's all I could think of when ardgedee and research monkey were talking about that place, too. oceanjesse: Or we could do a full evening of rollerskating!! I suck at rollerskating, but I will destroy you all in The First Annual MeFiKart Triangle Championships. I actually think a non-restaurant meet-up is a stellar idea. Once spring finally arrives and it's Oak City's turn again we could do... [more]
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 5:55 AM on March 21, 2014
mediareport: I always laugh a lot at meetups; it was just what I needed this week. And I love how everyone just kind of moved into sharing everyone's plates on that huge lazy susan without any discussion. MeFites are the best. And yeah, I really needed that as well. Thanks, y'all.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on March 21, 2014
Oh, man, can we get them to say "The Durham Bulls welcome MetaFilter" on the JumboTron? That would be awesome!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 2:07 PM on March 21, 2014
Yes! We must do that!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 4:02 PM on March 21, 2014

Are afro wigs for a funk band politically correct?
I agree with Sokka shot first. Not only is it offensive, it poisons the well of (what I assume is) your genuine appreciation for the music.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 AM on March 21, 2014

“I don’t want to sound too glib about this. This is a serious concern.”
feckless fecal fear mongering: And the series closes with him realizing how much he is completely unable to do the job, and over there in the background is ______, plotting, plotting.

Hodor.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on March 20, 2014

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