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Teaching chess to someone who's not a total NERD
You could play pion coiffé (or "capped pawn"), a variant in which the stronger player has a certain pawn (or other piece if weaker odds are desired) visually marked at the start of the game and must checkmate with that specific piece, or the game is considered a loss.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on March 12, 2012

What does one call oneself?
Change Agent. A friend-of-a-friend of mine had this job title for a massive international company. Apparently it was a very well-payed position, but not a great way to make friends.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on March 12, 2012

Shirts for "a website nobody goes to."
stav:

"Hoppitamoppita" is a grar-alike.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:48 PM on March 11, 2012

The Odyssey of Cartier or A Leopard Gets Around
If there was a network called The Leopard Channel that just featured 24 hours a day of leopards (and maybe jaguars and cheetahs, too) walking around, jumping, pouncing, curling up for a nap, cleaning themselves, etc. I would watch a lot of that network.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 AM on March 11, 2012

Books that are also for looks?
How about some "books" you play?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:02 PM on March 10, 2012 marked best answer

Used car suggestions, which should I choose?
The Matrix is basically a Corolla mechanically, or so I am lead to understand, which may make part availability less of an issue. My wife drives a 2004 Matrix which has been 100% reliable even though it's now over 150,000 miles. Very spacious and pretty fun to drive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 PM on March 9, 2012

Science isn't about why - it's about why not
Is this where I mention that I never did get to play the Portal Co-op (I have no gamer friends), and if someone wanted to get a couple hours of Sunday afternoon (Eastern Time) testing in this weekend they should MeMail me? Oh, it's not? Sorry.

straight: "SPOILERS FOR PORTAL 2 DON'T READ THIS! At the very end, when you create the final, climactic portal, if you were to shoot the wrong color, the moment would be ruined. So Valve makes the game cheat so that… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on March 9, 2012
This is the major weakness of what is otherwise a spectacular co-op multiplayer experience. Because it's 95% puzzle solving, someone who's played through it would be a terrible person to play with someone who has not played it.

Oh, yeah, I dig that. I'm hoping maybe there are some latecomers to the Portal 2 experience who might be in the same boat I am -- the teeny little dinghy following along behind the giant cruiseliner that is the S.S. BeenThereDoneThat.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on March 9, 2012
Anything: I wonder you'd have an enjoyable competitive multiplayer just by having puzzles where the players try to race each other to the exit, sort of like a simultaneous speedrun.

Especially if you could somehow interfere with the other player's portals. Maybe by shooting one of your portals at one of the other player's portals you could close it?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on March 9, 2012

Should I tell my secret work crush before she leaves the company?
If you have had a crush on her for years and have been friends for any length of time, I'm going to say there is an 85% chance she already knows. Don't make things weird by forcing her to confront it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:16 PM on March 9, 2012

Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome
Aquaman: By some communities' standards, this is an absolutely scathing review. You just have to know how to read between the lines and hear what's not being said.

Marylin Hagerty should really be the food critic for the Guess Culture Tribune. "The food was as you might expect, and you know how I feel about this kind of decor."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on March 8, 2012
backseatpilot: This sort of thing happens all over, though, right? I mean, here in Boston ("The Athens of the USA" they'll have you believe) people were going apeshit over the very first Sonic to enter the market a couple years ago.

When the first Krispy Kreme in New England opened in Somerville (Cambridge?) back in the mid 90s there were four hour waits for donuts.

gompa: "Make sure… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on March 8, 2012
that shit cray

What she order? Fish filet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on March 8, 2012

help me with my job drama.
As others have said, you really don't have any rights, most likely. As I see it you have several options, that vary depending on how much you like jobs A, B and C (the other coffee shop).

1. Call his bluff. Brush off his demands as best you can and continue working both jobs. You may get fired from Job A, but Job B is stable, and if you remain a good worker at Job A and brush him off long enough, he will probably let it slide eventually.
2. Ask him for a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on March 8, 2012

Evil Enters the Kitchen
Someone apparently strangling someone else from behind, but they are really just helping them tie a necktie.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on March 8, 2012 marked best answer
This might be tricky to do in print, but Tony Sirico brandishes a gun at a person who appears to be reaching for a shoulder holster. The other person pulls out a pack of cigarettes from an inside jacket pocket, and Paulie Walnuts pulls the trigger to reveal that the gun is a novelty lighter.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on March 8, 2012

Shave time. Shave Money.
"Your handsome-ass grandfather had one blade. And polio."

Funny, and a great business model, too. I'm signing up as soon as I run out of vibrating, flashlit, 10 blade razors.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 AM on March 8, 2012
DU: "Plus just use the disposables fewer times if they don't last a month. I used each for a week and STILL saved money over this scheme."

It looks like it is 5 twin blades per month for $3, including S&H, or 4 "quattro" blades for $6. That's hard to beat without going to double-edged.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on March 8, 2012

Help overweight tween girl find clothes that fit
The "half" sizes at Justice are cut for a chunkier girl, and they have been a godsend for my 11-year-old daughter who is probably technically "overweight" but just has really thick thighs and a bit of a booty. They are a bit expensive, but not outrageously so. You really have to have her try them on, though, because they don't really correspond to the regular sizes (for example, their 12 1/2 isn't just a plus version of the 12).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:17 PM on March 7, 2012

Podcast search, "diverse" edition
Maximum Fun's new podcast is Throwing Shade, hosted by a woman and a gay guy. It's new, so I can't speak to how good it is, but Max Fun has a pretty good track record, in my book (The Sound of Young America/Bullseye; Jordan, Jesse, Go!; My Brother, My Brother, and Me). The description says "they tear apart the most embarrassing and horrible parts of our culture's sexism, homophobia and general wrong-headedness with wit and charm to spare."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on March 7, 2012

#HATE
Frakes or Franzen?

Frakes or Franzen? is the name of my new Jonathan Coulton cover band.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on March 7, 2012

I'm giving my notice after 15 years and wondering the reaction I can expect to receive.
You'd me much better off spending as much of the next month as possible organizing, documenting, and preparing your work for your successor and then give it to your boss as a deliverable at the next monthly meeting along with three weeks notice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:12 AM on March 6, 2012

League of Budget Reports isn't gonna cut it
How about a name of an arts organization and then add "Evil" to it?

Gotham City Academy of Evil Dance
Metropolis Evil Symphony Orchestra
Smallville Community Theater of Evil
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 AM on March 6, 2012 marked best answer

There's a purse using this computer, and a stack of books and a Pepsi using the one in the corner....
zippy is right on the money with this one. If you want people to reliably stop doing something, you need to eliminate the root cause of the behavior, or at least make adhering to the rule easier than breaking it. I like the empty bookshelf idea, but it needs to be visible from where people sit when they are using the computers. That way, if you need to move stuff, they will be able to find it easily and it will reinforce the "correct" behavior.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on March 5, 2012

WHAT TIME IS IT?!
Is there a legal way to buy all the AT episodes and keep them on my hard drive for anytime viewing? I have been wanting them for a while.

All four seasons are available on iTunes, if that works for you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:23 AM on March 5, 2012

Tell me why I should be excited to move to Plymouth, England
You should be excited about moving to Plymouth, England because you are MOVING TO ENGLAND! What an adventure! What an experience! What a national health care system! You will be in a fantastic country with millions of things to do that are entirely new to you, you will be able to travel all over Europe, if you want to, with billions more things to see and do. The life of an expat can be an isolated lonely one, or it can be a fascinating, thrilling one, and the difference has little to do with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:17 PM on March 4, 2012

How do I not kill my future patients?
My wife, who has been a tech for 15 years recommends this equation:

drug mL/hr = x mL of drug
fluid mL/hr    total volume of fluid

She's had people try to teach her CRIs a million different ways, and plugging numbers into this equation is the only thing that works for her. You can keep it on a cheat sheet for easy reference. She also suggests the Medical Calculations page in the "Notebook" on vspn.org in… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 PM on March 2, 2012 marked best answer

David Letterman Holding Records
Lana Del Rey is looking at him like she is about to unhinge her jaw and consume him.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on March 2, 2012

How do I secure my moped so it's accessible AND theft-proof?
Two things occur to me that might be impossible due to physical constraints.
1) Build some kind of mini-garage-like structure on the porch that the moped can be wheeled into. Paint it so that it blends into the porch/house and put a door on it with a heavy, built-in lock. If you are not handy, you could hire someone to do this for you. Ideally it would be attached to the structure of the porch/house, but if you are renting it could be free-standing.
2) Do you have access… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on March 2, 2012

Wilt, Wilt the Stilt, the Big Dipper
The Sixers recently bought the court the game was played on and gave little chunks of it to fans at last nights game (and mailed a piece to Paul "Uni Watch" Lukas).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on March 2, 2012

There are a lot of us!
Very cool, but you should have called it "SciFi".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on March 2, 2012

Help me bring back my sparkle!
Get a couple of your favorite outfits tailored so they really fit you. Also, a proper bra fitting can do wonders, or so I am lead to understand.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:09 AM on March 2, 2012

Iginla
First ever [less inside]?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 PM on March 1, 2012

Mac question: Move forward? Stay pat? Start over?
If cost is not an issue, I'd suggest buying a new Mac to use alongside your existing setup for a while so that you can get the swing of it before moving it into the workflow. This will allow you time to find and research alternative software if it turns out to be incompatible with the new machine. I think doing such a drastic upgrade on your active production machine is asking for trouble, and you are screwed if you realize, some weeks down the line, that you have a crucial piece of software… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on March 1, 2012

YES! There are adults who are interested. You know this already.
Back in my day, we used tennis racquets as light sabers and we were grateful to have them.

Luxury! If we were lucky, we would catch my mother before she threw out the inner tube from a roll of wrapping paper, and have the flimsiest of lightsabers to play with for a few days.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on March 1, 2012

President Barack Obama on the B.S. Report podcast
it might be cool i dont know

The President is a pretty popular dude.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on March 1, 2012
You need to read more Simmons if you don't understand why he's a little tiresome.

Or maybe you need to read less if you are so tired of him?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on March 1, 2012
pointing out Bill Simmons has been writing the same exact column for almost 15 years - not ok.

It's OK, it's just not going to get you a great deal of support. Look, he's found his sweet spot and he is sticking to it. If you have had enough of him, just ignore him, but keep in mind, people have been claiming he's been writing the same column for years for years now, so you are not breaking any ground. I did appreciate the link to the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:58 AM on March 1, 2012

Please help me collect some meta MeTa Data data. Ta! –Me.
Please hope me!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on February 29, 2012
The disdain for the "@username" style of address is, I think, unique to MeFi, but it seems to be fading in the face of incessant assh@ery.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on February 29, 2012
And quoting with italics, not quotes

Oh yes, absolutely. I sometimes do it on other sites and it really confuses people.

Do you see how meta I went there? Also, using small text for an off-topic aside is a MeFi trope.

I meta-ed again!

posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on February 29, 2012

Should I want the Ipad3 too?
You can see a comparison of the screen pictured in the invitation Apple sent out for the product announcement (presumably the screen in the iPad 3) and a photograph of the iPad 2 screen here. That is a pretty striking difference, and has me ready to upgrade my iPad 1 as soon as humanly possible. I use it as an eReader a lot, so a better screen has major implications for me. If you use it for other purposes, the screen resolution might not be so important.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on February 29, 2012 marked best answer

Where did that poop come from?
Let's just breed the bugs a little bit larger, reintroduce them to their home island, and let them feed on the rats.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on February 29, 2012

Is there any risk in switching my bank accounts to a freight forwarding address?
Credit/debit use overseas might be an issue, but let them know and carry cash until you've been able to use them without issue.

My parents have lived overseas for years, and maintain debit and credit card accounts at the US bank at which my mother is an executive. Every so often, their cards get blocked for suspicious activity, even though they have repeatedly notified the bank that they are living overseas. It particularly… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on February 29, 2012
ceiba,

This is getting a little off track, but maybe it will be of use to the Asker or future info seekers as well. The Global ATM Alliance is a good way to avoid foreign ATM fees if you are a Bank of America customer (or can set up a BOA account to occasionally transfer some money into). You still have to pay the international transaction fees, but you can get that down to 1% if you have certain kinds of accounts.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 AM on February 29, 2012

You rush forward as an ass under the pelt of a lion.
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

-- Martin Luther King Jr. Insult Generator
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:44 PM on February 28, 2012
You are like mouse-dropping in the pepper.

Ouch!

I'm reminded of the episode of The Simpsons in which Homer must repeatedly insult Ned to get him do break out of his severe repression:

Homer: Ned Flanders, I mock your value system. You also appear foolish in the eyes of others.
Ned: Well howdy, Homer! [partition slides up] Ooh, thanks for dropping by!
Foster: Hmm.
… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:51 PM on February 28, 2012
This morning in the shower I thought of a much better joke for my Martin Luther King Jr. Insult Generator, so here goes.

"I have a dream that one day, you will shut the hell up."
-- Martin Luther King Jr. Insult Generator
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 AM on February 29, 2012

Mefi Medals
Achievement Unlocked: Old School Mod Smackdown
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:08 AM on February 28, 2012
I used to have a Booster Gold star, but Doomsday destroyed it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:32 AM on February 28, 2012

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