Yes, it is very likely she was in a great deal of pain, and when dogs are in pain, they can lash out at whomever is nearby. My dog, growing up, bit my stepfather (her favorite person in the world) quite severely when she was hit by a car and he went to save her. In emergency veterinary medicine, it is very common to see owners who have been bit or attacked by their dogs when they were only trying to help.
In fact, you should see this a sign that you made the right... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:14 PM on March 24, 2011
You need to explain all of this to him. Tell him that you are totes happy and excited for him, and that you think it's great that dating is working out so well for him, but that you just don't want to keep hearing about it because of the issues you are having with dating. Here's why: If you don't talk to him honestly about it and you continue to get upset and snippy with him when he talks about girlfriends, eventually he may get the impression that you don't like talking about his relationships... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:49 PM on March 24, 2011
The Great Big Mulp: So, I've been trying to read the comments after the linked article, and ... is there some other Dostoevsky that I don't know about? Because half of the conversation there about him does not seem to be about a 19th century Russian author.
That's the joke, Mulp, that's the joke. You do know that The Wire is a TV series and not a Victorian serial, right?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:17 AM on March 24, 2011
Cry your pardon, but I have to suggest the Dark Tower series as well.
Thankee-sai, and Long Days and Pleasant Nights to ya. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:26 PM on March 23, 2011
Well, I think the series in general is considered kind of a mixed bag (I loved it, though), but it's hard to argue that he didn't at least do interesting things with language, especially in Book 5, which is basically an extended flashback. The other books are not exactly drenched in it like Cloud Atlas and Riddley Walker, but interesting bits of language and turns of phrase pop up at least occasionally. I'd actually say those two examples don't really... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:44 PM on March 23, 2011
I wouldn't try and do this as part of some sort of Grand Unveiling or anything, but perhaps if you have certain people you are close to and have some private time with, you can explain things to them on a one-to-one basis, and maybe trust them to spread the word through the grapevine. One thing you cannot do, unfortunately, is expect things to change overnight, or to ever change completely. While this is an important issue to you, you have to understand that it is not such an important issue to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:50 PM on March 22, 2011
You might try talking to the bank that maintains the ATM again to see if they have found a discrepancy in the ATM that you used. They may not have balanced it yet, or they may not be able to tell you about it even if they have, but it's worth a try. At then you will know that the error has been found and your money will be coming back to you eventually. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:28 AM on March 22, 2011
This kind of thing could fall anywhere on a continuum from "friendly teasing that is enjoyed by all" to "frightening stalkery behavior", and we just don't know where it falls without actually being friends with these people. Because of the "I'm going to take a computer course and do this to you" comment I suggest it lies closer to the harmless fun side of the equation.
What do you mean "real" and "falling"? It was put on the Internet and I got a good several minutes of enjoyment out of it. I could care less if it actually appeared on someone's Facebook account. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:33 PM on March 20, 2011
James is presented as a real person because without a target the joke doesn't work
It's just as funny to me if James is fictional. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:34 PM on March 20, 2011
I didn't say that James had to be real, I said that there has to be a target. Would it be as funny if they were just pictures without the fake Facebook comments? I would say no.
No, you are right. I was missing your point. I thought you were saying it's not funny if it's not real. I will work on my reading comprehension skills. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:13 PM on March 20, 2011
My 10-year-old daughter is crying with laughter at the horror of this song. She can't stop repeating "...Sunday comes afterWORDS." She says "I just really don't want to hear that song on the radio." posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:59 PM on March 13, 2011
Seriously, though, does anyone have an MP3 of this? I'd like to have it cranking on the car stereo when I pick my daughter up from school on Friday. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:10 PM on March 14, 2011
The lyrics aren't any less vapid, the music any less soul-less, and the video any less annoying. It barely misses the mark, showing how little talent there is in pop music these days. Sure, there are exceptions (Gaga the first one that comes to mind), but pop music is a wasteland these days.
Well, it barely misses the mark for you, but you are not a fan. I showed this to my 10-year-old daughter (who basically only listens to Top-40 and the various... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:52 AM on March 15, 2011
As a counterexample to my point above, this similar vanity video, "My Jeans", is equally bad when it comes to the singing/autotuning (if not worse), but the lyrics and the video production standards are actually approaching a reasonable simulation of the type of song and video you might see out of a lower caliber Disney star. I realize that if you are not exposed to this kind of thing on a daily basis like I am (please, please help me) they may kind of blend together, but to a... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:55 AM on March 16, 2011
I had the same thing this morning using Firefox 4. Switched to IE9 and it worked fine. Is that a possibility for you? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:34 PM on March 17, 2011 marked best answer
The sun may have set on the British Empire's dominance in certain fields of endeavor, like football, cricket, and naval warfare, but I truly think that Great Britain will always be world-beaters when it comes to quirky eccentricity. God Save the Anorak. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:30 AM on March 17, 2011
At our hospital we have a number of mesh laundry-type bags easily accessible for evacuating cats. You could use pillowcases as well. The advantage is that they take up much less space than an assembled carrier, and it is easier to carry multiple bags than it is to carry multiple carriers. You can also just kind of swoop down on them with the bag/pillowcase and they are ready to go, as opposed to picking them up and then shoving them into a carrier.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:13 AM on March 16, 2011
My daughter wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy tonight asking her what she did with all of the teeth she collected.
A word of warning: my daughter wrote notes to the Tooth Fairy every time she lost a tooth, and her Tooth Fairy would always take the note and leave a response of her own. I saved all of my daughter's notes, of course, and tucked them into one of her baby books. Months later, she gets it in her head to read her baby books, and find the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:18 PM on March 15, 2011
No offense taken or intended here, Nickle Pickle, but I'll stand by my answer and I'd probably post the same thing again in a similar circumstance. I understand your concerns, and I did waver a bit in my decision to comment, but I figured, this is information that is available on the Internet anyway, and it was not like I was suggesting a dosage for Ortho to use on his cat, I was merely confirming the dosage instructions already given.... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:54 PM on March 15, 2011
I didn't mean to offend Rock Steady in any way, it was appropriate advice, just incomplete and easy to use in a way that could cause permanent harm.
No offense taken at all! It's a fair question you raise here, and you certainly filled in the holes in my answer appropriately. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:52 PM on March 15, 2011
Can we have a rolling timer that shows how long you've been on MetaFilter as a floating DIV that's always at the top-left of the screen, and resets every day but gives you a cumulative "this month, this year, ever" total?
The last thing I need is explicit knowledge of exactly how much of my life I have wasted here. Maybe if the counter was slow by a factor of 3 or 4. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:58 PM on March 15, 2011
Assuming he will get more out of it as he gets older, is it worth dropping $15-20 to put an Airport card in it for (slow) internet?
Most of the stuff kids seem to like on the Internet is pretty heavy duty Flash or video, so it may not be all that useful on such an underpowered machine. I know my daughter was pretty disappointed with her OLPC for that reason -- if it doesn't run Webkinz, why bother being on the Internet? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:22 AM on March 14, 2011
I imagine that word being pronounced haul-ee-YAY, like sommelier or hotelier, and that they are very fancy garbagemen, in long white aprons and immaculate moustaches. They look down their noses at your pedestrian choices in trash cans and bin liners, and they take away your leavings with a haughty disdain. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:00 AM on March 14, 2011
You really need to talk this out. Explain your reasons to him, let him explain your reason to you, and come up with a compromise together. I know that this is an emotionally tricky issue, and I know that it is easy to imagine that there will be some disappointment or hurt feelings at the end of it all, but consider it good practice. There will be many more difficult discussions for you to have over the course of your engagement and marriage. In particular, if you hope to make your relationship... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:53 PM on March 13, 2011
Did I miss out on something by not buying all the stuff?
I think if all your stuff is in fashion you get more Party Times, and more "insider trading" tips, so you can get the whole thing over with quicker. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:17 PM on March 12, 2011
Your ex is an embarrassment to his gender and to the species. There are amphibians that care more about their mates and their progeny than this guy does. I wish you all the strength you need and more to never speak with him again. How wonderful will it be to look back in 10 or 20 years and think about the fact that you cut things off with him when you did?
Let me add this: there have been so many geographically specific offers of rides/support/friendship in this thread... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:06 PM on March 12, 2011
In most of the fields I am familiar with, the following things are roughly equivalent:
1) A Master's Degree and no work experience in the field,
2) A winning attitude and no work experience in the field.
The point of grad school is to gain specific experience in your field that you can apply your learning to and to make connections and build a network within your field and your community. I would not suggest going through with the expense and... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:07 AM on March 11, 2011
The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.
It depends on the interior construction of the drawers, but what about adding a little lip to the inside of one of the drawers, say 4" wide, such that if you pull the drawer open 4" it acts as a little shelf? Depending on what is stored in there and how accessible it needs to be it could be a pain, but if it's extra blankets or something I don't think it would be too annoying. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:51 PM on March 9, 2011
I wonder what this must feel like for the roach. I know that is terribly anthropomorphizing, but there's a big difference between "must... go... left" and "I think I'll go left now". Is this mind control in the sense of forcing the roach to do something it does not want to do, or are the electrical impulses that are being imparted by the circuitry essentially identical to the electrical impulses that would arise out of the roach's natural "thought process". posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:57 PM on March 7, 2011
Please don't do that, don't say "metafilter doesn't do x well" in the first ten comments or say "I knew metafilter would..." at the beginning of a thread. It poisons the well and creates a bad self-fulfilling prophecy.
Obviously, it's a bit too late in this case, but for future reference, do the Mods typically delete comments like that? If not, perhaps that is a strategy to consider. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:26 PM on March 7, 2011