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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:55 PM on May 4, 2012

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Next conspiracy theory...?

Can we do the Illuminati control the Banks?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:03 PM on May 4, 2012

RIP MCA
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:35 AM on May 4, 2012

Help with inconsiderate gifts
At a time when gift giving and/or buying is not on the table you should sit him down and explain that his gift giving is becoming problematic in your relationship. Ask him what he is hoping to accomplish by giving you a gift. Presumably it is not disappointing you and emotionally devastating him, yet that is what repeatedly happens, so something must change. Since it does not seem fair, to me, to ask you to change your opinions on what constitutes a good gift, it falls on… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on May 4, 2012

How hurtful do we go?
xarnop: "Are we both wrong, or neither wrong? It gets confusing because people say things as a form of self expression and then when I say that seems hurtful, the response is that my feelings are less valid because I need to realize their self expression is more important than my self expression and when I do it it's wrong and when they do it it's not wrong. "

Why does someone have to be wrong?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:10 AM on May 4, 2012

Death of a Salesman
Sell a limited amount of tickets by means of a hybrid lottery/auction system. You can purchase one chance at a ticket for $5. You can buy as many chances as you like, up to some maximum number of chances (say 100). If your name is picked, all of your further chances are removed from the pot before the next name is picked. Chances are only sold the day of the show, in person, to minimize the number of people buying them on spec, and winners cannot transfer their ticket to another person.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on May 3, 2012
A poor person would be justifiably upset if they spent even $5 (plus the opportunity cost of showing up in person) and walked away with nothing.

That's a valid point.

Many Broadway shows have lotteries for cheap same-day tickets. You don't have to pay, you just show up and put your name in the pot.

Didn't know that, but I like it. It's how the Boston Red Sox (used to?) sell the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:25 PM on May 3, 2012
I'll email you my next thoughts, Grumblebee

No, no, it's fine. There's no one in here but you two, so keep on talking.

/goes back to enjoying the thread while hiding behind the scrim/
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 AM on May 4, 2012

You *must* be able to use your mobile phone while driving
Deathalicious: "assuming this is a normal-sized sandwich"

When you assume you make an ass out of u and the six-foot-long sub I got at the drive thru.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on May 4, 2012

Why women deserve flaky free spirits, too.
I like the commenter in one of the articles who mentions Jack Dawson from Titanic. Very good call.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on May 3, 2012

It's not eggzactly the same thing.
I'm going to say caterpillar to butterfly is even more amazing than egg to full grown animal. You are going from one completely functional life form to another.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on May 3, 2012

Do I list a consulting agency on my resume?
How about:

[Consulting Agency]
[Big Media] [Your Job]
[Dates]

So, with specific made-up examples:

MetaFilter Consulting
Disney New Media Consultant
January 2011 to Present
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on May 3, 2012

man vs locked car
I don't know about laws or regulations, but I know the Subaru Legacy I had in the mid-90s had this same design. I also know that the door opened just fine when I had a dead battery once or twice, but I admit I'm not sure how.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 AM on May 3, 2012

Junior Seau RIP
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You know how sometimes you are a fan of one team, and there is a player on another team who always seems to play well against your team, but you can't help but like him a little bit, and you hope that somehow he might end up on your team, but you know the odds of that are extremely low, given the intricacies of player transactions in major sports. Well, the Patriots are my team, and Junior was that player for me. I know he didn't exactly return to the performances of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on May 2, 2012

It's a good life
the man of twists and turns: "Also, this story uses 'purple' as an adjective"

I noticed that too, and I thought it was a delightful little turn of phrase. Then it occurred to me, maybe his gaze really was purple, somehow, and that twisted my brain into fun little shapes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 AM on May 2, 2012

Should I contact this interesting guy?
You should certainly get in touch with him. I can't really recommend texting for something like this, but Facebook seems like a decent option if you really can't bring yourself to call him, but really you should call. Tell him that you were thinking about going back to that place on Wednesday, and you were hoping he might want to join you. If he says no, let him know that he can contact you if he is interested in getting together sometime in the future (putting the ball in his court in case he… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on May 1, 2012

Mudwoman aspirations
My wife and I finished a similar race just a few weeks ago, and I agree with restless_nomad. Do some basic strength training and you'll be fine. The worst thing that might happen is you'll have to go around an obstacle instead of completing it. The cardiovascular fitness required to actually run the 5K is the hardest part, and it sounds like you have that no problem. I'll also add that this kind of thing is incredibly fun and invigorating, and you should definitely do it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 AM on May 1, 2012 marked best answer
k5.user: "A 2-pack-a-day friend did one with me and a group. He walked when he was tired, jogged when he could, and made it over the obstacles to finish."

Yeah, my wife and I did a bit of training for our race, but we knew our cardio shape was not going to be good enough to run the full distance. That coupled with the fact that my wife had just gotten over a really bad chest cold (so her lung capacity was not at its peak) meant that we ended… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:32 PM on May 1, 2012

Can we talk about hockey?
fleacircus: "The true value of suspenders is finally realized."

Suspenders are actually an important component of hockey equipment, but they are worn under the sweater, so they don't prevent shirting.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on April 27, 2012

Happy birthday, Cortex!
This one time, cortex was sent from the future to the past, in order to kill the mother of the dude who would finally defeat all the future cortexes. But it turns out, cortex is a robot, so he can't be killed after all, ha ha, future dude!

So really, cortex's real birthday isn't for another like 80 years or something, but I guess it's OK if we celebrate a little early.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on April 26, 2012

At what speeds should I downshift when slowing down in a manual transmission?
Brockles: "Under no circumstances should you default to clutching-in when you brake. This is fundamentally bad practice for vehicle dynamics and the clutch should only be down if you are physically moving the lever or coming to a stop."

Yeah, I got into the habit of clutching-in any time I hit the brakes when I was first learning to drive, and I was never able to get rid of it. I can't say for sure that it decreased the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on April 26, 2012

Do I stay or do I go (to a new company)
Despite layoffs and losing business, they have assured me that I have job security there (the CEO personally told me in private that he appreciates my work and wishes to see me grow with the company) - I feel inclined to believe them

Look, I worked at a job where I expressed real doubts about taking a promotion, as I feared it would make me a target of layoffs. I was told, in so many words, that as long as the company was around I would have a place… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on April 26, 2012

Aerial
This project is fascinating.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 AM on April 26, 2012

Help us make an important decision about our cat.
I think Kepler is probably not very happy. It is stressful and unpleasant for cats when they are not able to do cat-things, like eat, clean, and hide their eliminations. I know it is a very hard decision to make, but the humane thing to do is to end her suffering.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on April 26, 2012

You can't have one...
If you are interested in this, you should really check out Exporting Raymond. A documentary about creating a Russian version of "Everybody Loves Raymond." It was on HBO GO for a while, but I'm not sure if it is currently streaming anywhere.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on April 25, 2012
emelenjr: "Ah geez."

Haha! I am Raymond and you are Robert!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:22 AM on April 25, 2012
dgaicun: "And if the developing world really wants the to recapture the wonder of early 90s Fox programming, they need to get to work on adapting Get A Life..."

That show barely made sense in America. I can't imagine trying to adapt it. Although, maybe the black humor would work better in other cultures?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on April 25, 2012
Rhomboid: "David Faustino seems to have gotten the short end of the stick"

Faustino owns a night club in Los Angeles named Balistyx, which is the same name as his rap album. Short end indeed.

Also, I see what you did there.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on April 25, 2012
griphus: "I'm pretty sure that show would have been unwatchable."

Certainly would have been unlistenable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on April 25, 2012
Argh!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on April 25, 2012
just wanted to say how gorgeous Christina Applegate was

Kelly Bundy played a not-insignificant role in the... awakening of 11-year-old Rock Steady.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:19 PM on April 25, 2012

Show them this Meta
Damnit! I was literally getting out my credit card to create the xBongzilla69x sockpuppet!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on April 25, 2012

It would be nice to have my sweater back.
Can your Mom step in here? Moms are good at this sort of thing. It might be wierd for someone who was not the gifter to ask for the thing back, but since she was the one who passed on the sweater, she would be the best one to ask for it back.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on April 25, 2012
Like the Empress said.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on April 25, 2012

How to handle an awkward third-wheel conversation experience?
You can also try and just chip in to the conversation without knowing all the details. I mean, unless they are talking in some serious code ("OMG, and then she did that thing? With the other person? And that utensil? Can you believe what he said?"), then you can probably at least understand the gist of the conversation. If they are talking about what a shitty coworker Nancy is, you can pipe up with your own shitty coworker story. If they are reminiscing about the fun antics their old… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on April 25, 2012

please let me push that chair in...
You might find it psychologically easier if you have some sort of "private" space to keep immaculately organized. "Hey, boss, is it OK if I take over a couple of desk drawers, or shelves, or a single table? I'll move your stuff over here, if that's good." Maybe it's even something you bring with you and take home each day, like a tool bag or a large purse. If you can keep all the things you need for your work organized in that private space, at least you don't have to be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on April 25, 2012

Favorite dual-screen games?
The excellent game The Incident can be played on iPad (mirrored to Apple TV, if desired), with the iPhone used as the controller.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:27 PM on April 24, 2012

Take out your trash
I assume you've seen the train wreck that is Toddlers and Tiaras?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 PM on April 24, 2012

WTF is this?
I work at one the top veterinary teaching hospitals in the US. Our cutting edge research includes bone marrow transplants, stem cell therapy, gene therapy and prosthetic limb implantation. I have never heard of dogs (or any other animals) being crossbred with other species. Either he was lying or he was conned.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:45 PM on April 24, 2012
I hate to call your veterinary expertise into question, but there are dozens of examples of cross-species hybridization in animals.

That's a fair point. I was not being rigorous in my use of the term "species." I suppose I should have said "I haven't heard of dogs (or any other domesticated animals) being crossbred with animals in other families." Though I don't doubt the existence of your guinea fowl crosses, I've certainly not heard of them before now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:18 PM on April 24, 2012

How to be at peace with being a wallflower
Those super-thin singles and super-buff bouncers probably have body images issues as well (my boobs are too small, my quads aren't ripped enough, my feet are too big, my legs are too skinny, etc). Very few people are happy with their body and how it looks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 AM on April 24, 2012
Ragged Richard: "I'm not going to claim that there's nobody at the club who's going to judge you based on your weight. But seriously, fuck these people. They're the worst. Let them have their sad little opinions"

Also, keep in mind, that the same awful people who are going to judge you about your weight would probably be judging you about something else even if you were a size 2. You've got the wrong shoes, the wrong hair, not enough tan, too… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:59 AM on April 24, 2012

Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along...
choosing megacorp is NOT unethical to startup

Exactly. In my opinion, it's not even blacklist-worthy. They know you are looking for a job, and so they can assume you are interviewing at other places, and they are in your field, so presumably they understand what a job at Megacorp would mean for your career and your finances. If they are at all reasonable people they will understand that such an offer is hard to turn down and will wish you nothing but the best.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on April 24, 2012

"Fenway is the essence of baseball"
I love Fenway for its asymmetry and its longevity, but it's not the greatest place to experience a ball game.

I would say, depending on your seats, your companions, and your passion for the Red Sox, Fenway is among both the best and the worst places to experience a ball game.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on April 20, 2012

Who Was David Algonquin? The Works Of The Mystery...
This is fun. I love the "Popular Culture" section.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on April 20, 2012
Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) apparently got all up in "The Punishment of X-4" and titled his version of the "one about the woman who lays eggs" -- "Ova".
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 10:40 AM on April 20, 2012
I have added some stuff about Roger Norwood, the Army surgeon in Vietnam who ends up traveling through time and, apparently, inspiring a Tom Baker Doctor Who episode and Desmond from Lost.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on April 20, 2012
Hey, so the first paragraph mentioned "nineteen stories, two novellas, and three novels". I added a Norwood story and a story by Dave Mohegan (since that name was mentioned in the first paragraph as well). By my count that gets us to twenty-five titles in quotes and eight italicized titles (including the Cotswolds books). I'm changing the first paragraph to "twenty-three stories, two novellas and eight novels." Which are we thinking are the novellas?
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on April 20, 2012

Interesting under-15-minute podcasts?
99% Invisible is a podcast by Roman Mars about design, architecture, and culture. The episodes usually run under 15 minutes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on April 20, 2012 marked best answer

Swiper No Swiping!
i hope nostril swiping is not required tbh

Well, it's not required... I mean, I guess everybody dies, but not everybody really lives, you know?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on April 20, 2012

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