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That table is free - why can't we have it?
A server has a certain number of tables they are responsible for in the restaurant, usually in a defined space within the restaurant. The ideal situation is for the host to seat the first party in server 1's section, the next party in server 2's section, etc. While the host is seating the parties in the other sections of the restaurant, server 1 has a chance to take the first party's drink order and read them the specials. By the time the host has seated all the other sections of the restaurant… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 PM on December 8, 2011
Another reason that just occurred to me: If it was "super early" the restaurant may have not had its full complement of servers working yet. Let's say there are 6 sections of the restaurant, but they only have 2 servers on, covering two of those sections. If the table you wanted was in a section that did not have a server working it, one of the servers would have to "flex" to cover the table out of their section, which is even worse than being double sat. It means they must… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:47 AM on December 9, 2011
They certainly could have honored your request in a number of different ways, but all of them would impose some level of inconvenience or confusion on the servers. Like I said, waiting tables is very rhythmic, and, like a drummer who stumbles on one measure can fuck up the whole band, getting one table out of rhythm in a busy restaurant can screw up everyone's night. Keep in mind, even if it wasn't busy when you came in, you might be staying there until the rush hits, so they need to keep that… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:05 AM on December 9, 2011

Can you give us a hand with a little research?
Amazon will deduct $5 from your online purchase of that product.

Actually, it's 5% (up to $5), up to three times, for a maximum savings of $15 (on $300 of purchases).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 9, 2011

Please help me find a comment
So now my mother thinks that all of her Word docs reside somewhere within this nebulous entity called "Word". So when she asked me to find one of her recipe files, I asked her where she saves her recipes. Mom: "In Word." Me: "I know you save them using Word, but where on the computer do you save them?" Mom: "Right there, IN WORD. I thought you have a master's degree?"

Looking back in 10 or 20 years, we are… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:23 AM on December 8, 2011
This thread is how great ChatFilter could be, y'all. I'm just saying.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on December 9, 2011

Declawing Cats Criminalized in Israel
Chopping off their nuts? Still A-OK.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:32 PM on December 8, 2011

Great gifts for (other people's) Kids!
Yeah, they would rather you just buy a nice green lawn for your kids to get off of. These are really not that bad. If that Moxie doll is the skankiest one they could find, they are not trying very hard.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on December 8, 2011

How come hospital ice is so delicious?
If you are talking about the small, rough-textured cylindrical kind of ice that hospitals usually have, I have found that IKEA has that ice at their soda fountain.

Oh, yes, on preview, it is certainly nugget ice, and I have also had it at Sonic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on December 8, 2011 marked best answer

Knowing the Future
Ron Currie Jr's novel Everything Matters would seem to fit your description perfectly. It's also a good book.

I was trying to remember the name of this book so I could mention it here. It is really quite good.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on December 8, 2011

Mr. Marsh from the old Amusement Park!
Yeah, OK, I'll give it a whirl if we get to a critical mass.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:55 PM on December 7, 2011
What is the rationale behind the "site activity" restrictions? Seems to me if you get your address to the person ahead of you as required you should get the box. Everyone signing up is at least active enough to read and comment in MeTa, so that should be enough, no?

If it were up to me, I'd remove the "dollar value" restriction as well. Awesomeness can be $0.50 or it can be really expensive. Karma will deal with those who take out a Kindle and put in… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on December 8, 2011

Help me with my Life of Brian costume
I would take cheapo plastic poker chips and drill two small holes in each, at the "top" and "bottom" and then spray paint them with metallic silver spray paint. I used some recently, and it is quite good for cheap and easy costume purposes. Connect them with jump rings (or even narrow gauge wire used twist-tie style). Fabric-covered bucket or pail or novelty fez for the hat, and there you go.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:09 AM on December 8, 2011

Now what?
I had an informational interview with a senior person at a large institution and she clued me into several upcoming positions that I never would have thought to interview for on my own. She even brought me around to introduce me to the people who would be reviewing those applications, and when the first actual job interview didn't work out (they only had a part time position and I needed full-time), I got the next job I applied for there, largely because I made such a good impression on the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on December 6, 2011
Oh...and do you think I should bring a written list of questions, or would that be weird?

No, that would be OK. You may also want to take notes of people, companies and other opportunities that the person might mention, so your questions could be on a separate page of your notebook.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 AM on December 8, 2011

What is Cool for $500!
Hopefully you are not competing against a giant computer!

I fully expect a "What is MetaFilter?" shoutout if you are stumped on Final Jeopardy -- it's almost the perfect shade of blue!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:47 AM on December 7, 2011
Can someone post an update after it's aired for those of us not in the US?

***DETAILED SPOILERS BELOW***


It was a pretty fascinating episode. All three contestants were good, and the scores were competitive the whole way through, including several lead changes late in Double Jeopardy. Going into Final Jeopardy, the scores were something like (I'm approximating): chicobangs $12,000, Challenger 1 $11,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on December 8, 2011

Something went boom in the night. (SLYT)
Strangely, it missed the trash cans, tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its merry way down a hillside, barreled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs of the house and, without knocking, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping... The cannonball then bounced its way out through the wall of the house...

This doesn't make sense. If this… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:56 AM on December 7, 2011
I kind of doubt the show will be canceled because of it. Why would it?

Insurance premiums. I'm sure their costs will skyrocket as a result of this, and that increased cost may make the show no longer profitable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 AM on December 7, 2011

Zagat's for Revolutionaries?
Outside of occasional health care, I didn't see any positive scores for national restaurants.

Five Guys Burgers gets three stars, and their burgers are also the best food ever, so...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 AM on December 7, 2011

My dumb dog at lamb bones
If I took her to the vet right now, what could the vet do?

Nothing, really. While it is true that bone fragments can get impacted or puncture the digestive system, it is rare enough that they are not going to do emergency surgery unless there are symptoms. I agree with violetk that the best thing you can do right now is monitor for any discomfort, and especially watch for bloody stool or an unwillingness to eat or defecate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on December 5, 2011 marked best answer
Hmm. The cotton ball thing is a new one on me, and while I am not remotely qualified to judge its appropriateness, my instinct would be to not add additional foreign objects to an already stressed digestive system.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:45 PM on December 5, 2011 marked best answer
That's great msali. By the way, I talked to my wife about the cotton ball trick (she's been a Vet Tech for 15 years and has worked Emergency for the last 8 years) and she said it really isn't recommended, for exactly the reason that biscotti said -- you might be trading a perf for an obstruction. Going with bread is a better idea, but isn't really necessary.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on December 7, 2011

Pick Your Bowl
I have chosen the teams that are least likely to discover that their coach is a pedophile. That's what we are doing here, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on December 6, 2011

Why do I have to hang up first?
My wife and I met in High School, over 15 years ago, and we basically haven't left each other's sight since then. I did go to college 3 hours away for one year, but transferred back home once we realized we were both miserable. We moved in together before we were married, and hate it when one of us has to travel more than a couple days for work.

I still get the chills when she touches my shoulder, and she gets happy butterflies in her stomach when I come home from work.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on December 6, 2011

Get me hooked on a TV show in one episode
Disagree about Blink with Doctor Who.

I was just going to say that exact thing. If you watch "Blink" and then want a series of that, Doctor Who is going to be a massive disappointment. "Girl in the Fireplace" is the correct NuWho trailhead.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on December 6, 2011

When adults take the high school achievement test.
And some of them require you to PUT THE WRONG ANSWER even if you know the right one because the wrong answer is the one in the text excerpt. But nowhere on the test does it say, "Using ONLY the information in this excerpt ..."

My 5th grade daughter has a HUGE problem with this concept in the standardized tests they (seemingly constantly) make her take at school. She is starting to get the concept of "test-taking" as a distinct… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on December 5, 2011

Is a Mac Mini a viable illustration tool?
I'd go so far as to say changing hardware is the last thing you want to do when you are struggling to break in to the field. Get familiar with making amazing work on the equipment you have now (maybe add a Wacom tablet or a larger/second monitor) and change horses once you are more established. Of course, if you don't have a computer AT ALL, then a Mac mini is not a bad option, but if you already have a PC, there is no need to switch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 PM on December 4, 2011

Never talk to a Style reporter!
I'm sure no one on MeFi will have any kind of problem with this post.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 AM on December 2, 2011

What movies talk about recording life events?
The Final Cut is a thriller about an editor who edits movies made from peoples lives by an implanted memory device.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on December 2, 2011 marked best answer
I should add, The Final Cut (2004) is likely the movie you are thinking about, as the edited movies are meant to be played at one's funeral, and the editor character is very much like an undertaker in the future society of the film.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on December 2, 2011

Am I asking too much?
I guess we’ll see what the next 30 days brings

I will wager you a year of her cell phone bills that he continues to pay.

When you ask for a compromise, and the person is unwilling to AT LEAST BEGIN to compromise, they are not truly committed to your relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on December 2, 2011

Help me give my first lap dance!
Specifically, you want "Skin" by Rihanna.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 AM on December 1, 2011

Tintin Titles
I love that the world works like this now. We are really seeing the promise of the Internet -- that now anyone can be a creator and have their work seen by the world -- come true. Go and create things people!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on November 29, 2011
I don't get it - a world where professional animators get jobs?

A world where someone can create something they want to create because they are inspired for whatever reason, and then that specific thing can be seen by the right people, who can then make decisions to hire that person for jobs that don't even really exist yet. Does this really seem like a status quo job application situation to you? Maybe I'm just old.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on November 29, 2011
Actually yes, that does sound like a status quo job application situation for animators. You have to get your work seen by the right people.

The difference, to me, is that it wasn't like Curran was applying for a job here, he was just making something cool, and it turned out to be so cool that he got a job from it. He didn't have to have the right agent, or know the right people, or have an in with Spielberg's people, or whatever. It's the flatness… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on November 29, 2011

Little Printer
I would like to be able to text various items to it throughout the course of a week and then have it print up a shopping list on demand when I am ready to go to the store.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:55 AM on November 29, 2011
And mad props to griphus for using his actual MF user number in his Telex. I applaud your dedication to your craft, sir.

Pfft. His Ref. No. is 5 off! 5!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on November 29, 2011

I am an asshole, sorry man
Tell him you enjoy his company but you're just settling into a new city and a new social scene and don't want to get into a relationship with anyone at all right now.

Nope, don't do that, because then when you do get into a relationship two months from now you will feel worse. Just tell him things aren't clicking and you'd rather stay friends. Simple as that. Also, from what you have said here, it's not clear that he is REALLY into you, so maybe it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on November 29, 2011

Over-thinking a plate of human beings.
Bondcliff is neurotic and wants to eliminate awkwardness from his life.

Unfortunately there is no magic bullet for interpersonal relationships. You can behave in a unfailingly tactful and respectful way, and people might still get their noses out of joint. Even if you invited EVERYONE in the choir, maybe the Smiths get pissed because they got their invite via Facebook, while the Joneses got theirs via email, or the Millers get pissed because they… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on November 29, 2011

Candle: thoughtful or crude?
I would say the least vulgar and most delicate way to do it would be to leave an unlit candle and matches in the guest bath, allowing people to light it as they feel the need.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on November 28, 2011

Uncommon Courtesies
If you are having an overnight houseguest, it is very nice to have a little basket of individual toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, razor & shaving cream, toothpaste & brush, etc) like one might find at a hotel. It can be left on their bed (if they are staying in a spare room) or in the bathroom if they are... more intimate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on November 28, 2011

How do I talk to gf about her past, secrecy and daddy issues?
So. Many. Red. Flags.

Look, if you are telling her that certain behaviors are a problem (telling exes to stop flirting, unwillingness to open up about past, contacting certain exes) and she is not willing and eager to AT LEAST BEGIN to compromise about them, then she is not committed to your relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 AM on November 28, 2011

DSK IMF SETUP?
Therefore, my false-rape-claiming 'victim' would have to be as pure as a nun, possibly purer.

Surely it's hard to convince people like that to falsely accuse someone of rape, though.

I agree that we will never know exactly what happened, but two things stand out for me:

1. Just as it seems unfair to hold Diallo's past against her in judging her story, it seems unfair to hold past allegations against… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 AM on November 27, 2011

Firewater
You are nobody in the field of Watermelon Fucking until you have a cite in ARSWMF -- the Annals of the Royal Society of Water-Melon Fuckers
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on November 23, 2011
I should mention the new, open-access, slightly edgy web-based journal in the field, wmlnfck, and the the mass-market accessible glossy, Watermelon Fucking Illustrated.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 PM on November 23, 2011

It is a called a cherpumple.
This is the best thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on November 23, 2011

oooo-WHEEEEEEE-oooooooo ...
I was thrilled to be able to go with my mother and my daughter to the Doctor Who Experience when we were in London a few months ago -- three generations of Whovians, as my mother and I watched the 4th Doctor on PBS in the 80s, and now I watch the new series on Netflix and BBC America with my daughter.

The "show" itself is kind of meh, but it is really worth it for the exhibition of props, sets and costumes and the gift shop (though I suppose the gift shop may… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on November 23, 2011

'Brinicle' ice finger of death
Watching starfish move like that is almost as creepy as the squid with elbows.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 AM on November 23, 2011

Can you read this number plate?
Wow. That is some sci-fi shit right there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 PM on November 21, 2011

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