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Giving Directions
When I give directions I try to ask the person I am giving them to what type of directions they prefer. Some people like landmark based, others prefer a more mileage+turn system. Some people like a sort of visual travelogue ("Go through the center of town until the road narrows, and passes by some large fields on the right. When you start to see trees on the right, the turn is coming up."). When giving people directions to my home, it is on a newer street, which does not appear on GPS… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on April 13, 2012

Wikipedia Posts Here?
I was really confused reading this thread, because so many people were missing the fact that he linked to the Wikipedia article right there in the post! Then I got to this comment where cortex notes that he has added the Wikipedia link and it all made sense. I know it is rare to edit a MeTa thread, but do you think it might be worth it to add some sort of explanatory text at the top of this thread for people who are coming to it late?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on April 13, 2012

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients?
So just to be clear, this is a situation in which the client is obtaining the services they used to obtain from him as a part of you business, but now they are paying him directly and cutting you out of the loop?

If that is the case, I would probably do something similar to what myselfasme suggests. I would have this person become a contract employee, with clauses in there about him not being permitted to seek outside employment, and a non-compete clause after the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on April 13, 2012

Paul Feig Walks Us Through Freaks and Geeks
Wait, these people actually exist?

My wife and I were discussing some pop song or other a while ago, and I mentioned that it perfectly encompassed the feeling of being dumped, and she sheepishly responded that she wouldn't know, because she had never been dumped. I mean, I knew that intellectually (we met in high school, so neither of us have a long list of priors), but when she phrased it like that, it blew my mind. She was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on April 9, 2012
Quattro
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on April 12, 2012
That was so great. I'm totally buying the DVD now, just for all the deleted scenes they referenced in that interview. Thank you for posting this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on April 13, 2012

Discretion Vs. Lying?
Here's what I do when a friend of mine shows bad judgement. I say, "Wow, buddy. That was some spectacularly bad judgement back there, huh? Wanna come over and watch movies, or go out for drinks?" I had a roommate once who was consistently getting into relationships with people who were unable to be fully emotionally present -- constant travel, married, alcoholic, etc. We supported her as best we could, told her these guys were not the kind of guys she should be with, and tried to set… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on April 12, 2012
On the one hand, I can explain away some of my friend's choices and reactions as shock about family betrayal. Yet, I find the criminal/possible murderer part to be bizarre and pretty much inexcusable. She was well OK to hide or overlook this man's crap when she thought he was on her side and was going to solve her problems. Her attitude about this person has me stumped. I don't see any lulz in this. The whole thing seems very risky and unsafe.

I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on April 12, 2012

Line breaks are not being stripped in mefi
shrugged is probably not a fair characterization.

How about "the mods were kind of shruggo?"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on April 12, 2012

Evie, be careful with those index fingers!
Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever even saw [Charles In Charge]. Was it any good?

I was also young at the time, but one of the funniest sitcom episodes I've ever seen was an episode of that show where Willie Aames (also now a Jesus-freak, if I'm not mistaken) got an excessive sunburn and had to keep throwing glasses of water at his chest to cool off. He ends up intimidating some mobsters or something (?) be being "that screaming red guy… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on April 12, 2012

Laying Out the Unwelcome Mat
"Hey neighbor. We've got a couple extra steaks and beers at our cookout, and we were wondering if you wanted to swing by?"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on April 12, 2012

Books to teach teenagers philosophy?
If they are of a Speculative Fictiony bent, Anathem might be very interesting.

Sophie's Choice is really the one and maybe only answer here, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on April 12, 2012
Hah! I meant Sophie's World, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on April 12, 2012

Give full disclosure; get deleted.
That people can sometimes in theory get away with breaking one of the few brightline rules we have around here does not make it okay to do so.

This concept is literally the core of civilized society. It is not OK to break the rules just because no one is looking.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 PM on April 11, 2012

How to handle not getting paid?
"Hey boss. I'm going to need a check for $X [whatever back pay they owe you] before I show up for work again."

Even if he or she cuts you a check right then and there, find a new job, ASAP.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on April 11, 2012

Who is today's Asimov?
I'm not sure his books will appeal to kids, as he's kind of on the opposite end of science as space dinosaurs, but Oliver Sacks writes very readable scientific non-fiction.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on April 11, 2012

Don't be lazy.
"draws" for "drawers"

The first time I saw this in a work environment ("cash draw") I was really confused, and I assumed I didn't understand what it was referring to. It took a surprising bit of back-and-forth before I realized (to myself), "Oh, you're just wrong!"

I have no problem with the phrase being called out here. In addition to pointing out that the link is… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on April 10, 2012
I was just thinking about self-assurance, expertise, confidence, risk assessment, trust, and how it takes a certain amount of healthy self-confidence to see an incongruity and presume "they are wrong" rather than "I'm not getting it."

When we were younger, my brother and I went to play a trick on my mother. The joke was that you tell the victim, "Someone said you look like an owl." The victim is supposed to answer,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on April 10, 2012
What are the people who say "social leopard" picturing when they say it?

For some reason, this is all I can think of.

I know, he's an ocelot.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on April 10, 2012
Ah, fuck. I mean this.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:03 AM on April 10, 2012
Garfield Minus Garfield

Is there a GMG variant that includes the eponymous cat, but deletes only his thought bubbles? I seem to remember it held together narratively, in contrast to the "canonical" Garfield Minus Garfield.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on April 10, 2012
Maybe an engrish version.

It obeys precisely orders upon the metal.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on April 11, 2012

Does Limping Hurt?
Please do not give your pet human NSAIDs without consulting your veterinarian, even aspirin. There are several NSAIDs designed specifically for dogs, and your vet should be able to offer you several options for pain management, including non-pharmacological options. If you mentioned this occasional limping at your recent visit, I am kind of shocked that they did not address it at that point. If you didn't, you should arrange for her to be checked out again, so that they can rule out anything… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on April 11, 2012
insectosaurus: "As I mentioned, Zoe was at the vet a couple weeks ago and is healthy aside from the arthritis. We did not mention the limping because the limping from walks is very slight and I wasn't sure if I was imagining it. The limping from daycare level playing is more pronounced, but happened after the visit."

It's an easy thing to forget to mention at a visit if it is not a constant problem. It's worth starting the conversation with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on April 11, 2012

My Little Musical Pony
A single song maybe isn't worth an FPP the way that projects posts sometimes are, but I think it would be awesome if we could use the sidebar to give Music some more exposure.

I don't think anyone would object to a semi-regular "Here's what's new in MeMu this [fortnight/month/quarter]!" omnibus post. Well, this is MeTa, so someone will object, but I still think it's a good idea. If others agree,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on April 11, 2012

How old was your child when the read the Lord of the Rings?
I read the Hobbit and LOTR around 5th or 6th Grade as well. The Ringwraiths definitely freaked me out, but in the good kind of way that a 5th or 6th Grader should be freaked out every so often. Builds character.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on April 10, 2012

belt sander+stack of paper=awesome
I really liked the way the paper coming off the stack kind of acted like a liquid, rippling and flowing. Thanks for the post.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on April 10, 2012

Make friends, get benefits
Seconding the friend with a pick-up.

The friend with a beach house is a good friend to have.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on April 10, 2012

Ethicalfilter: I gave a generous one month notice at my day job and they are trying to suck me in for even longer.
"I'm sorry, that won't be possible. If you respect me as a friend, you won't ask me about this again. If you do, I will take that lack of respect very personally, and I will walk out that door and I won't come back."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:34 PM on April 9, 2012

Sync fuel records across multiple iThings?
Have you looked into Fuelly? The creators are kind of jerks, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:46 PM on April 9, 2012 marked best answer

Silly rabbit trix are for kids!!
Could you switch to a "better" type of cereal, at least as a temporary step? I mean, a bowl of Puffed Rice or Cheerios before bed isn't ideal, but it's way better than Lucky Charms or something. It could also serve as a way to get more fiber and whole grains into your diet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on April 9, 2012

Looking for pop music TV show theme songs
"Corona" by Minutemen was the theme song for MTV's Jackass.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:44 AM on April 9, 2012

The pipes, the pipes, aren't calling.
Bagpipes are a great instrument to hear off in the distance, or as a part of a much larger (marching-type) band. Solo, and right up in your grill as you are walking to work? Yeah, that's a bannin'.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:16 AM on April 9, 2012

The Worst Things
Yes, slightly creepy. Then the melting begins.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on April 9, 2012

Enough Wooshing Already
I would like to hear the mods eke out some more palaver, too.

Sorry, Devils Rancher, but we were looking for "It irks me that the mods cannot eke out more palaver." We do have a copy of MetaTalk, The Board Game for you.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:42 AM on April 9, 2012

Can I marry my Sister in Law?
I would be very careful, however, because you do have a long friendship that it would be sad to lose.

This is my biggest concern, and I think it bears repeating. I would be very hesitant to discuss a romantic relationship with her unless you are quite sure she will at least be open-minded about it. She might be uncomfortable or offended by the very idea of it, and it could greatly affect your friendship.

In High School, my… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on April 5, 2012

ISO comment
Way more irritating to me is that debit cards give you a fee when you go negative instead of declining the card at the POS.

Bank of America has recently stopped doing this, unless you are enrolled in Overdraft Protection.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:54 PM on April 5, 2012

Is lazy exercise always an oxymoron?
I am lazy and hate exercise too, and I have had good results with a 100 Pushups app on my smartphone. It really helps that it offers to automatically set a reminder for my next set in 48 hours.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on April 5, 2012

Save this relationship?
Have you talked to him about these things? I mean, some of them seem kind of dealbreakery to me (He talks over people and grabs the limelight and brags about things he does... I've heard him talk about how to scam someone in business... he sometimes blames people for things that are his fault), but it really depends on his acceptance of his faults and his willingness to work on them. If he understands that these traits are problematic for you and he tries his best to remedy… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:48 PM on April 5, 2012
Stop being a slave to his moods. This took me so fucking long to grasp, but if he gets moody and snarky, you say "It's a sunny day, I'm going to the park!" and leave him the fuck alone. He has ADD, he'll be fine in 10 minutes.

This is deep wisdom, right here. It applies to non-ADD people as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:24 PM on April 5, 2012

I badly want a North American House Hippo, though.
Like hydrobatidae, I assumed the uptick in commercial disclaimers were an attempt to avoid litigation, not a reaction to any new regulations. You also see this in alcohol advertising ("Drink Responsibly") and in car commercials ("Professional driver. Closed course.").
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:38 PM on April 5, 2012

Mudpuppie, we miss you!
Shout outs are fun but I worry about people who never get shouted out to.

We should create a QR code that, when viewed on MetaFilter, gets replaced with the currently logged-in username. Just include one photo of that code in each set, and no one gets their feelings hurt!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on April 5, 2012

The Makeover Fairy!
Hahahaha, great. I love the look the last person gives their glasses in the last frame.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on April 5, 2012

Have you stolen things from restaurants?
We have a collection of framed menus from our favorite restaurants on our dining room wall. We've only ever taken the disposable type, and usually after we ask nicely.

In High School, friends of mine took an entire place setting from a Chinese place they frequented -- one item at a time over a number of visits -- and presented the whole thing superglued to a cafeteria tray as a gift to another friend.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on April 4, 2012

A different kind of Google goggles.
More expensive and less storage than a Nomad.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:38 PM on April 4, 2012

[X group] do it [in Y manner]
Veterinarians do it with animals.

Maybe not exactly what you were going for.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:19 PM on April 4, 2012
Bulgaroktonos: "The daughter of the cop character in Halloween 4 wears a "Cops do it by the book" shirt."

I read the beginning of that comment and I thought, "Wow, that is a really specific joke."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:30 PM on April 4, 2012

"their purposes are entirely opaque to me, as are the purposes of so many others"
There was some amusing discussion of a MeFi-based Oblique Strategies deck in MetaTalk a little while ago. I'm particularly proud of this comment, if I do say so myself.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:46 PM on April 4, 2012

Where to buy inexpensive checks online?
I buy Walmart checks as well. They do not have advertising anywhere on them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on April 4, 2012

No man is an island
In looking for an iOS game to scratch the itches that this game left in me, I came across Junk Jack, which is a sort of 2-D side scrolling version of Minecraft. I've intentionally never played Minecraft, as I don't want to get addicted, but the combinatorial and exploratory elements of Make No Wonder made me want to try something a little deeper without going off the deep end into Minecraft. It's very satisfying and engrossing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on April 3, 2012

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