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Kicking Queen
This is awesome. I can't wait to show my 10-year-old daughter this story.

OK, but however you measure it it's still the longest game-winning field goal kicked by a homecoming queen with a 4.0 GPA.


This is true. I believe Jim O'Brien was only pulling a 3.6 when he won Super Bowl V.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:07 AM on October 4, 2011

Nice shades, Doofus.
Thanks, Monday Night Football. First, Dennis Miller and now this whack job.

Don't forget Broadway Joe and "I want to kiss you."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on October 3, 2011

Wake Me Up When September Ends
One thing this proves to me is that my supply of happiness from 2004 has not been exhausted (and is likely inexhaustible). After the failures 1978 and 1986 and 2003, the victories in 2004, and especially the way in which they were accomplished, were unbelievably sweet and fulfilling. I'm disappointed that the Sox missed the playoffs, but not shattered.

2004 really did change things for me. I can't imagine how I'd be feeling right now if Dave Roberts... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on September 29, 2011
He has some quirky guys on his roster, true, but he needs to give them some direction, he has to insist on improvement when it's needed. Too often he's just waiting for the players to figure it out on their own.

Yeah, for years I assumed the easy-going, it-is-what-it-is mentality was a show for the media and that he was much more focused and results-oriented behind the scenes -- that's why Epstein and Lucchino were hoping to replace Grady Little with... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on September 29, 2011
A few years ago, Scalzi made a good point about the Chicago Cubs. It's actually better for them to never win a the World Series again. As soon as they do win it, they become another version of the Boston Red Sox, ie. a team with one of the top payrolls in the league, rather than a team that has to over come their history.

Better, narratively, maybe. As a Sox fan I can tell you that winning in 2004 was a HUGE relief, and really freed me from a great... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on September 29, 2011
I know real Sox fans hate Shaughnessy (sorry if I'm misspelling name), but he was as important as anyone in building up the Sox mythos, I think.

No, you are absolutely right. He is hated (fairly or unfairly) because the Curse of the Bambino narrative made it seem like Sox fans were superstitious yokels who genuinely believed in a curse upon the team, but there is no denying that the narrative is what elevated the Sox championship drought above the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 PM on October 3, 2011

100 dollar bill -- real or fake?
If you do not want to answer questions about the source of the money, do not take it to a bank or retail establishment. Buy a testing pen and test it yourself. If it passes, go ahead and spend it. If it fails, take it back to your friend and ask for a replacement.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:04 PM on October 2, 2011

Friendly-Reminder: SLYT 101
Now that I know the true acronym, I'm less inclined to use it for this purpose, but still think that something needs to signify a video link.

People sometimes use [video] or [YouTube] or even [YT], but in general I'm opposed to the "what this is a link to" notations. Remember when Wikipedia carets were a thing^?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:37 PM on September 30, 2011

Viva Las Vegas
Can I just take this opportunity to say I really like the word vigorish? Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:40 PM on September 30, 2011

taz levels up
Congrats. With so many mods these days, maybe we could have their user names highlighted somehow? Maybe a burning gif with torches or the sides?

That is probably a good idea.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:02 PM on September 30, 2011

Please help me send my photos from my phone to "The World Wide Web" without F**kbook
Instructions:

1. Create a Flickr account.
2. Go to here.
3. Profit!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on September 29, 2011 marked best answer

Help me create an ARG for my daughter.
Maybe the local museum, library, or historical society, considering those folks often have resources to determine lineage?

I like that idea.

Another fun cypher for kids is a scytale where you have a strip of seemingly random letters that spells a word out when you wrap it around the appropriate item.

Like the Royal Scepter. Perfect.

Better yet,... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on September 26, 2011
If you're making an ARG and not just a puzzle trail, the trick is to come up with a fun story in which she is the main character.

Oh, story I've got. Her cat has been tapped to succeed the ailing king, but there is a usurper who is also angling for the crown. She must become her cat's "Factotum" -- a human assistant all royal felines have -- and help him thwart the usurper and gain the throne. My inspiration is coming from the vampire... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on September 26, 2011
Thank you all, this is great. If anyone is still following this thread, I have a specific follow-up. The final puzzle is going to involve a series of gylphs or icons, one of which is included in in each previous puzzle. What is a good puzzle involving combining or interpreting a small number of glyphs? Best if it has a geo-spatial solution, so it can lead her directly to the reward.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on September 28, 2011
Oh, I should add, there will only be 5 or 6 previous puzzles, so not enough glyphs for a code or cipher, really.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:23 PM on September 28, 2011

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job.
Insurance Claims Adjuster
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on September 28, 2011

You have been watching...
"It Ain't Half Hot Mum" is now the single most inscrutably British phrase I've ever heard.

Oh my yes. I read it five times, and I'm still not sure I comprehend it. It's the linguisic equivalent of the Devil's Fork.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on September 27, 2011

Help me pick out some fun dvds for a friend
The Wire, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, Castle, Entourage, and PBS Frontline

That list is kind of all over the place, but I think the best bet to tie them all together is Six Feet Under. It also has the advantage of being the best TV series of all time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on September 27, 2011

The Question Isn't Where or When, but WTF?
I always wanted to play the classic Inspector Spacetime game on the ZX Spectrum. I'd say the Inspector was one of the top 50 video game characters of all time, but he was inexplicably left off this list.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on September 27, 2011

Is the path to my heart paved with jokes?
Have you talked to him about it? Perhaps he is bottling up his humor because he feels a need to seem more... professional, or mature, or something. Perhaps he knows he is a bit of a stiff, and would like your help in loosening up. Perhaps, as ocd79 said, he is still just a little uncomfortable around you. At least give him a chance to address it before you cut him loose.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:58 PM on September 27, 2011

Did you know there will be a whole year of political drama coming up?
Somehow I get the feeling this is a no for my Toddlers and Tiaras subsite as well.

<Mackenzie>No, I am thorry, but I am not doin' thay-ut. You are drivin' me nuth.</Mackenzie>
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on September 26, 2011

They Ate What?
This is all in a day's work for my wife, who is a Vet Tech in the ER at a major teaching hospital. She and her co-workers once pulled a prank on the boss by getting the boss's dog up on the x-ray table with the boss's car keys under him, and then hid the keys. When the boss couldn't find her keys, they showed her the x-ray.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on September 26, 2011

Which dress should I wear to a wedding?
The second one seems much more wedding-y. The first one is maybe too casual, especially with those shoes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:51 PM on September 23, 2011

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work
Animal Hospital by Stephen Sawicki is an excellent look behind the scenes of a large, state of the art animal hospital (specifically Angell Memorial in Boston, in this case). It's probably a bit out of date now, but I suspect the general observations about the relationship between specialty vets, their patients and clients hold true.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:49 PM on September 23, 2011 marked best answer

Mefi Call of Cthulhu game discussion
I would also be interested in this if there is space or a second go-round.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on September 23, 2011

Need help with a jailbroken iPhone bluetooth problem
Belkin's website says that all iPhones are supported

As someone who used a first generation iPhone until recently, I can tell you that "all iPhones are supported" often seems to mean "all current models of iPhone are supported." Once Apple no longer sells it, it is not considered to be an iPhone, apparently.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on September 23, 2011

Spontaneous Human Combustion
I once learned that at a crematorium, the bones still have to go through a pulverizer. I think people think it's easier to reduce a body to dust that it is.

My wife once worked at a shady veterinary hospital that had its own crematorium attached. One time, their bone grinder broke, and so for a while the vet had the high school kids that worked at the hospital go out back and bash the bones to bits with rocks. Deeply disturbing to watch.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:37 AM on September 23, 2011

Louie Season 2
The cold open from (I think) Episode 4 or 5 of Season 1, where his therapist explains just how simple sex really is, made me laugh uncontrollably for 20 minutes. Seriously the funniest thing I've ever seen on TV.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on September 22, 2011

The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters of All Time
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CABAL DELETION REASON FOLLOWS
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This post was deleted for the following reason: Wrong version of reality. Try again "tomorrow," but click the "Calibrate Multiverse" button on your Profile page first. -- cortex
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on September 21, 2011
This is my favorite MetaFilter thread ever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on September 21, 2011
I am personally disappointed that no one here has lamented the exclusion of "Woodcutter" from Rashomon! (TurboGrafx16). I mean, I was never able to find four friends with four TG16s and four copies of the game, much less convince them to lug their TVs to my house so we could play it in unison as originally intended, but it was still pretty amazing, for it's era. The rumor is it is going to have online functionality when it gets released on the Virtual Console, but... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:51 PM on September 21, 2011
For while, Mother Monster was known as the game so bad it gave people cancer.

It's not all bad though. The movie version that is coming out in 2012 looks good. It stars A-listers like Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, though I think Megan Fox would have made a better Lady Amree -- do you know her? She was in that little Dr. Terrible TV show that Aaron Sorkin made during the webwriters strike a few years back.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:39 AM on September 22, 2011
Professor Terrible's Mad Monster Musical, you mean?

Right. I always get it confused with the Dr. Strange TV show, since River Phoenix was in both.

a television adaptation of Mother Monster starring William Fichtner as "Sonny Man" and Joan Fucking Cusack as Amree

I have seen that actually. I think when Fichtner won the Oscar he got all evidence of it scrubbed from the Internet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:06 AM on September 22, 2011
I was so surprised they gave Sonny Man a cameo in Exulting Combat Exposition, once they opened it up to non-Famicom licensed games. I didn't think anybody remembered him.

I know. He was kind of... disconcerting. He's not the only Mother Monster reference in ECE, though. If you can make your opponent cry in the Goblins Up Your Graveyard-themed level, the lightning flashes, and you can see... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on September 22, 2011
Own up, you're only bring this up because you saw those clips on All is Awfulness when they posted them last week.

Come on, JHarris, not everyone here reads All is Awfulness, or Blortz Blortz, or jgruber.org, or even has a Friendster account. There's no need for a footnote on every MetaFilter comment. Cortex even said as much in ChatFilter last week, or don't you read the most popular part of the site?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on September 22, 2011

Um... Awkward.
If you want to be very gracious and kind about it, you could officially write of the $150 they are in arrears, but insist on payment in advance from here on out. "Look, I know things are tough right now, but they are tough for us, too. I will overlook your current balance, but from now on, you need to pay in advance." Until we got to know her really well and she learned to trust us, we used to pre-pay for our daughter's occasional child care in bunches -- 4 or 6 sessions at once, and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:19 AM on September 22, 2011

Lots. Really, there are lots of photographs.
That was actually a fascinating article. I never would have guessed the scale by which Facebook dwarfs Flickr. Thanks for posting it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on September 21, 2011
It's an impossible idea, but in a wonderfully mind boggling way.

You could fund it with the copyright infringement lawsuits you would be able to bring.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 AM on September 21, 2011

Realtime face substitution
Yo, Tom-B, "Realtime face substitution" is a great post title, and imma let you finish, but I just got to say "How many faces can you wear?" would have been one of the greatest post titles of all time!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:50 AM on September 21, 2011

Aaliyah's One in a Million - $6.99 on cassette
Reading this thread on my iPad while, in the background, I watch a documentary about the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" that I DVRed earlier in the evening makes me very excited for the next 15 years.

Also, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins have won 10 championships since this flyer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:05 PM on September 19, 2011
For another year or two anyway. By 1999 or 2000, they were down to $30 apiece for a decent enough four head model. By that time, the money was being made in dual deck recorders that didn't quite implement Macrovision correctly. ;)

In 1998 or so, my roommates and I pitched in to get a $45 VCR manufactured by something called Broksonic. We never called it a VCR, we called it "The Broksonic", as in, "Do you want to rent something to watch... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on September 20, 2011

How would Mark Twain have written "WTF!"
what
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on September 19, 2011

Bushman Lives
Thank you for this. Now is a good time in my life (and in the world) for some Pinkwater.

From the new novel:
He didn’t make cute faces or do little tricks to please the crowd like some chimp. He was not a smiley gorilla. He kept his dignity. He’d had a bad break, but he wasn’t about to let it break him. Maybe that is why he was the most popular animal in the zoo–there are a lot of people in Chicago who feel the same way.

Loving it so far.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:09 PM on September 19, 2011

Severe emetophobia. Need help.
and has in fact told me that the only way she will ever be free of the problem is by killing herself.

I am nt a professional, but this does not sound like something a person who has good overall mental health says, even someone with a chronic, incurable condition. She needs to get some serious psychiatric help, but she must be willing to put in a good deal of work herself. It doesn't sound like she is ready to do that yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on September 16, 2011


Clean out your closet AND help a girl geek get married! I need board/card game items for my game-themed wedding!
I've got one. It's in a pretty red box...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:35 AM on September 16, 2011

Educational programs and movies
Design Squad is a great PBS show that challenges kids to design and build their own solutions to technical problems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on September 13, 2011

Toddler dress-up time!
My daughter used to love dressing up in women's sized clothes that we got mostly from thrift shops and friends. Even though they were much too large, if you stick with smallsizes and are creative about how you use them (a shirt becomes a dress and a short skirt can be a floor length maxi skirt, or even a strapless dress). For our little girl, the glitzier and spanglier the better. She especially loved fancy hats and shoes (but be very careful with heels).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on September 11, 2011
And I didn't finish my sentence. Put a "they can make great dress-up props." in my answer above.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on September 11, 2011
Oh, yeah, Serene Empress Dork has a great point about "grown-up stuff". Old keys, credit cards (can be store discount cards), sunglasses, wallets, purses, briefcases, business cards, cell phones, empty cosmetics, etc. Seem hopelessly mundane to us, but fascinatingly mature to little ones.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on September 12, 2011

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