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I want to make a proper English breakfast.
Fellow American advice here:

1. The Bacon. You really can't get the bacon right. Even if you could find the right cut, you would probably cook it too long. I would just substitute in whatever your favorite bacon is and that will allow the FEB to hit all the "bacon notes" in your palate that it needs to hit. I wouldn't plan on serving it to the Queen like that, but for personal exploration it will suffice.

2. Avoid Black Pudding.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on November 14, 2011
I've always found cooking the full (for me "Scottish") breakfast one of the most stressful meals to prepare. I think its trying to get everything together at the same time

Yes, exactly. I do a mighty fine breakfast, by all accounts, and it a real art to get everything to finish up at the same time, especially if you are serving a number of people. Breakfast foods typically go from "Inedible" to "Perfect" to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on November 14, 2011
We don't have a Publix in my area

I know that both Harris Teeter and Kroger have a British food section, and I think Food Lion does as well. Not sure what you have near you, but if your supermarket has an aisle for Latino and/or Asian foods, check there for a small British section. You could easily miss it if you are not looking for it, so even if you think your supermarket doesn't have one, check again next time you go.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on November 14, 2011

"...all I could think was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful and yet again, wonderful"
The aurora. My God, the aurora. Thanks for posting this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:24 PM on November 13, 2011

Regret, turned down job offer, Will the hiring manager consider me for future openings?
It is much better this way. You have shown them maturity and responsibility. If you had taken the job, you would not have done a good job, and maybe would not have been considered a candidate for promotion or pay raises.

I once turned down a job offer from a company I very badly wanted to work for (it was a 20 hour per week position, but I really needed 40). It was very hard to say "No thank you," but a few months later I applied for and got a much better… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:36 AM on November 12, 2011

Can I make a sexy video and keep my job?
Keep in mind, there is nothing to stop him from adding titles to the video saying "Here's a sexy video of my girlfriend, Anonymous!"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 PM on November 11, 2011

Am I over reacting about my wife's job?
4 or 5 times a year is not a sufficient number of times to get worked up over. Do her the courtesy of allowing her to be the judge of her own safety. If she feels the need for armed backup (!), she will ask you to come with her. If she arrives on scene and there is a dangerous situation, she can stay in her car and call the police.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on November 11, 2011
I think the healthiest thing I can do now is to just continue to accompany her to the occasional late night alarm incidents, and let her do her thing without making her feel like shit or pouting.

Absolutely. The thing is, even if these calls don't bother her, or maybe they bother her a teeny bit, but not enough to worry about, if you continue to make them an issue, they will eventually begin to bother her,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:53 PM on November 11, 2011

Wedding Venue
Historic homes and house museums often are available for very reasonable rates. Here's a list of house museums in Washington, but I'd check with your local historic society or library, as they are often under-represented on the Web.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:52 AM on November 11, 2011

A chip off the old... dirt?
I ask for clamor for photos!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on November 11, 2011
I don't really know what that is, though.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on November 11, 2011
Oh, and congratulations, indeed!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on November 11, 2011

A rose by any other name
Ms. Steady has taken to wearing Reb'l Fleur, and I really really like it. It is very warm and spicy, musky without being skunky, flowery without being floral and vanilla-y without smelling like cookies. She is constantly getting asked about it whenever she wears it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:03 PM on November 10, 2011

How to learn historic rehabilitation?
There are ways to formally train yourself in this specialty of the building trades, but I don't think even a couple of years of classes is going to teach you nearly as much as you will need.

As a former Historic Preservation professional with a MS in Historic Preservation I would say that going to school for Preservation (with a focus on hands-on rehab and preservation, as opposed to focusing on governmental regulation or preservation economics, say)… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on November 10, 2011

I want my husband to want me.
This is very very sad. Have you told him that this is a problem for you? You need to initiate a conversation about your wants and needs in this department to see if he is willing to work with you. Please don't do anything self-destructive. If he is a guy worth your desire, he will be eager to help you get what you need.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2011

Holiday Gift Drive 2011
I just bought a badass "Spy Mission Action Kit" for some little James/Jane Bond. The review sealed the deal:

My nephew absolutely loved it, however the 2 way little dart gun, is NOT for younger children, the darts are super fast and hard! otherwise he loved it!

Super fast and hard is just how I like my Christmasses to be!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:04 PM on November 9, 2011

Is it okay to wear white dress socks?
(1) They should match your pants, so that the view from pant to shoe is seamless.

Ye gods, no. That is a deeply weird look with beige/tan/khaki pants. Match the shoes or don't match either (but go with both).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on November 9, 2011

I'm from Metafilter, and I'm here to help.
If ever a MeFite should become lost or hurt on the Superior Hiking Trail...

I got the path around Shelley Lake in Raleigh covered.

I got Cape Lookout National Seashore covered.


I got the general area between my computer and my PS3 covered. If anyone needs assistance turning the lights on in my den, or figuring out where the extra Dualshock 3s are (the right hand drawer), I am ON IT.

Great fucking job, ottereroticist and others.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:55 AM on November 9, 2011

RIP Nancy Haughey (1946-2011)
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Wishing you strength and happy memories, Matt.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on November 9, 2011

Introducing shitmycontactformsays.tumblr.com
This is great, but it really should have been named fred.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 AM on November 9, 2011

The McRib needs only hogs, pickles, onions and a vocal enough minority
Square pieces, with those tiny little sausage balls that look like rat turds.

They were rectangular!


Nope, they were breadtangular.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on November 8, 2011

Beyond "Total Noise"
I'm with yoink here. It's a pretty solid list, with the exception of the BEPs and the Ugg. As far as music goes, I don't think you could ever have a consensus choice (though "Hey Ya" would have come closest, maybe) as it is the category in the list that is the most divisive. Even so, choosing "I Got A Feeling" was a bad choice, and leaves a bad taste that taints the whole list. The Ugg, though? I must admit, I really don't understand the backlash against the Ugg. I mean, sure… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 PM on November 7, 2011
Just because 80 years later Americans decided to wear them as shoes doesn't make them fashion.

That's like saying jeans aren't fashion because miners were wearing them in the 1840s or whatever. The origin of a piece of clothing has nothing to do with its status in the world of fashion.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:45 PM on November 7, 2011
OK, here's my list of "Classics of 2000s", being the things that culture will remember and reference going forward, not necessarily the best of the decade.

TV: The Sopranos (started in '99, so if we are being strict about dates I'll go with The Wire).
Song: "Hey Ya," Outkast
Album: Kid A, Radiohead
Movie: Brokeback… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on November 8, 2011

What do we charge a visiting Japanese family to home-school their child?
Like KokuRyu, I'd look at it as starting from an hourly rate -- what would you feel comfortable charging per hour for instruction? I'd also agree that something in the $20-$30 per hour range sounds about right.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 PM on November 7, 2011 marked best answer
$200 a week is nuts. Absolutely nuts for offering immersive, one-on-one instruction, plus lunch, plus after-school supervision, plus transportation.

Yeah, we have a babysitter for when our 10-year-old is out of school and she charges $35/day (so $175/week) to watch while my daughter hangs out with her similar aged daughter. For an actual education for a 6-year-old you should be charging much more.

Something else to
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posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on November 8, 2011

What are your favourite leftovers?
As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I feel we have to mention the fact that the full spread of turkey dinner (turkey, stuffing, mashed potato and cranberry sauce) makes a KILLER Black Friday sandwich.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 PM on November 7, 2011
Yeah, tumid dahlia is right. Pizza is good cold, but it's not better.

Also if you think "I'll save this half an onion" then there's something wrong with you, either use the whole onion or buy a smaller onion next time or just don't have onion at all. Fridge onion is the worst.

Oh my yes. My wife does this constantly and I always find 3 or 4 manky half-onions in the fridge when I clean it out. They're not that expensive! Buy another one!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:56 PM on November 7, 2011

Need help with the Google+ M.F. Taters account
Google+ is now available for Apps users, by the way. This is me. I'd love to add all of you people, so empath's idea is a very good one.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on November 7, 2011

Cannot remove deleted threads from recent activity.
That's when i saw a thread being deleted

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack trolls flaming out off the shoulder of MetaTalk. I saw threads being deleted near the Mathowser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to ban.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:59 AM on November 7, 2011

Andy Rooney passed away at the age of 92
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on November 5, 2011

Time for some new reading material.
"They are made out of meat."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 PM on November 4, 2011

Move an iPhone 4 from AT&T to Tmobile?
Once you leave AT&T you will no longer have their unlimited data. You will have whatever data plan you sign up for with your new provider. You will not be eligible for unlimited data from AT&T in the future, as the unlimited data is only available to customers who were grandfathered in, and is not available on new plans.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 PM on November 4, 2011 marked best answer

Take a bite out of biting
Problem: jumping on the counters to steal food
Cause: feeding her off the table

Problem: She bites pretty viciously
Cause: playing rough

If you want those problems to stop, the first thing you have to do is eliminate those causes. No way around it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on November 4, 2011

Show me the Awesome!
My friend, you need a good solid dose of True American Dog.

Drink it fast, Barfy Scorpion burns going down.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:14 AM on November 4, 2011

Crystal Gravy
I got red box all over my face!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on November 4, 2011

Rick. Rick. Rick.
The "little rick" bit has me cackling at my desk and disturbing my coworkers. Thanks for posting this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on November 3, 2011

What's the story with these goofball cars?
A lot of the donks I see around Raleigh seem to have food or other commercial product art on them as well, like this Skittles donk. There is a purple Tropical Fruit Skittles donk I see all the time and some kind of breakfast cereal one, Frosted Flakes maybe?

Skittles Donk is my new sockpuppet
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on November 3, 2011
Jinx! Buy me a Sprite donk!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on November 3, 2011

Help my friend pack better!!
If it helps, I've checked bags recently and they come down the chute much faster than they used to because airlines have now begun to charge for bags, so many fewer people are checking them. Our bags have usually arrived within five minutes of getting to the carousel, if not sooner.

Yeah, checking bags is really not that much of a hassle. You are probably walking by the carousels anyway, and there is a decent chance the bag will already be there by the time you are. No way it is a half hour.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on November 2, 2011

Official 2011 Halloween Costume Thread
Who is the guy who kept painting his face and head like skull? It kept getting better and better every year as he perfected it. Pretty cool.

I believe that is fake. No, not like that, The user fake.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on November 2, 2011

Drip. Drip. Drip. Please make it stop.
Yup, the string method is perfect.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:51 AM on November 2, 2011

Gustav Hoegen's animatronic effects
I worked on the "painted world" effect in the film What Dreams May Come.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have some very strong feelings about the wonderfulness of that movie, and much of them are wrapped up in its visual beauty.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:24 PM on November 1, 2011
Oh, I also meant to say -- those clockwork robots in Doctor Who were wonderful. The shape of the clear "head" encasing the complicated innards was just perfectly proportioned, and made you realize that a true artist was involved in their creation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:29 PM on November 1, 2011

To be, or not to be: this is (part of) the question . . .
Is there any reason you cannot look into teaching in a non-public-school environment? Private schools, tutoring, test prep, etc can all be ways of being a teacher without dealing with the unpleasantnesses of the public school system (or course there are other unpleasantnesses...) I'd also suggest not giving up on the idea of public school teaching after only one bad experience. There are many different kinds of school systems and schools, and it's possible it was just a bad fit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on November 1, 2011

LTCM Shall Have Its Revenge
Should have learned from Grayson Moorhead:
We will make a list of our clients, and how much money each of them has given us to invest. We will keep this list in a safe place. If we have time, we will make a copy of the list, in case something happens to the first list.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:57 AM on November 1, 2011

How to stop a relationship going any further?
Don't say you are not ready for a relationship if it is not true. Don't tell her you don't date coworkers if that is not true. I like the "I think it would be better if we just stayed friends" line. Let's be real, though. She is going to be hurt and pissed, and it is going to make work uncomfortable for a while. Is there some way you can switch schedules or responsibilities or desk location or whatever to make it less awkward?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 PM on October 31, 2011

Help me confidently add social media-er director-thing to my resume!
Instead of bribing them to engage your company in social media, can you make it actually useful for them to do it? I mean, none of their friends are bribing them to post on their Facebook wall, but they do it because it is fun and useful. Are there ways that interacting with the corporate Facebook page can help them do their job better and achieve their "cash bonuses" more easily? Are there ways that your corporate social media presence can help them interact with each other more… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 PM on October 31, 2011
The switching shifts thing wouldn't work because they have to go through their managers to switch

But do they have to? Maybe there is some way that the existing procedures and practices can be bent or altered to fit into the new social spaces you are trying to create.

I guess I'm thinking that since this is a job for them, more material benefits=interest.

Yeah,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on October 31, 2011

Kitten vs cat allergies
It is primarily the "dander" or sloughed off dead skin cells that people are allergic to. It may be that because of her small size and healthy young skin that she is not shedding much dander at this point.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 PM on October 31, 2011 marked best answer

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