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Google unveils a self-driving car
There are still plenty of people who ride horses for fun, there will still be plenty of people who drive cars for fun 100 years after the adoption of automated cars.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 AM on May 28, 2014

At my wit's end, weight-wise. Please help.
Behemoth: Normally I'm the last person to suggest surgical intervention, but if years of conventional methods have yielded nothing, could it be time to explore some of those options?

Yeah, it's not right for everyone, but when my wife went to her doctor with basically your same question he basically said that it was time to stop hitting her head against the wall of diets and try a more drastic intervention.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:52 PM on May 27, 2014

FanFare Mad Men Rewatch Issues & Proposal
FaFa? Nooooooooope.

And I think that, in general, even if the spoiler policy remains as-is for all FanFare threads, if I was very spoiler-averse for a particular show that has already aired, I would not read FanFare threads about it, for precisely the reasons you give.

If you really wanted to have a "real-time" spoiler-free discussion about an older show you could call it a "First Watch" as opposed to a "Re-Watch".... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on May 23, 2014
I think a "three-tier" approach like moira mentions would be great. Title and season/episode numbers on the front page. Blandly descriptive blurb designed for someone who has seen recent episodes, but not this episode as the "more inside" (I like the idea of clicking it to make it appear on the front page, but I know that might be a tricky technical feat) and actual discussion of the episode starting in the first comment.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on May 24, 2014
The current Mad Men synopsis is taken directly from the stock episode summaries used by iTunes et al.

Mad Men is probably a bad example to use, as its episode synopses (like its teaser clips) are notoriously intentionally vague. I think I read somewhere that Mat Weiner insists on writing them himself.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on May 27, 2014
"Betty smokes a cigarette while Henry complains. SCDP loses an important account, and Harry is upset. Peggy gets some bad news."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:32 PM on May 27, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Fantasy
Pfft. She's probably resting on her Premier League laurels.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on May 23, 2014
motdiem2: how do I join the mefi group?

The group won't be set up until squad selection starts on June 8th. Watch this thread for an update.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on May 24, 2014
That's enough out of you, Mourinho.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on May 27, 2014

15 potential headquarters for the Illuminati: theories and conspiracies
The batshitinsanity that is the DIA is one of my favorite things. I know it's all explainable and not really the Cabal HQ, but it's hard to look at that horse and believe that everything is OK.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on May 27, 2014

Mad Men: Waterloo
Actually, it's extremely common amongst creatives working in advertising/marketing.

In any field really, for people who move from "doing the work" to management. It's something my wife the veterinary technician has really struggled with, for example.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on May 26, 2014
I'm sure the last thing Matt Weiner wants to do next is another period piece, but he could do worse than to sit down with Robert Morse and listen to a bunch of his stories and do a "Broadway behind the scenes" show set in the 60s/70s.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:47 AM on May 27, 2014

Fix or fuckit?
Nope. As long as the power cord is the only cord attached you are good. A laptop generally doesn't have peripherals, but desktop computers usually have a bunch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on May 25, 2014

Breaking, locking & Popping
Amazing. I love how dramatic the subtlest twist of a leg can be when you have 12 or 15 people doing it in perfect unison.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on May 24, 2014
Oh yeah I totes dance like that....in my head.

I have always harbored a secret dream to be in a dance troupe like that.


I will totally join your imaginary dance troupe, sio42.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:49 PM on May 24, 2014

Glasgow School of Art destroyed
Oh no. That building is definitely on my architectural bucket list. Terrible news, even though I'm sure the library was lovingly documented many times over the years, and will be rebuilt to a fanatical degree of exactitude.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:12 AM on May 23, 2014

State of MetaFilter
I'm also sorry to hear this, but encouraged by Matt's proactive and honest way of dealing with it. My deepest thanks to all the mods, but especially goodnewsfortheinsane, LobsterMitten and, of course, jessamyn. I hope you all land on your feet, and I hope you can find at least a little joy in being able to enjoy MeFi as a user, without the pressures of modhood.

I've occasionally thought about asking for an annual "State of the Filter" MetaTalk post by Matt... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on May 19, 2014
I'm a typo.

I know, but you don't need to be such a maryr about it
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:31 PM on May 22, 2014

How do I insure a newborn on short notice?
You really can't trust anyone's word for what is or is not covered other than that of the insurance company itself, even then, make sure you get stuff in writing. If you need to add the baby to your plan, you typically have a certain amount of grace period to get them added, but you need to check with your provider for the details. Don't worry about the SSN for now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:16 PM on May 22, 2014
They will probably not talk to you, as you are not a policy holder. Can you ask your in-laws to call and get the relevant info faxed or emailed to your wife?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 PM on May 22, 2014

Fantasy Movie League
I am interested enough in this to want to get the thread in my Recent Activity, let's put it that way.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on May 20, 2014

Game of Thrones: Mockingbird
Diablevert: So, that’s the second person he’s let you watch him kill, Sansa.

Third. Joffrey, Dontos, and Lysa.

The idea that the nobles of the house can just stomp around the throne room having temper tantrums without a single servant about to witness it just seems silly on its face.

I think it's been established since Tyrion's first trial by combat that the Eyrie is very sparsely... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on May 19, 2014
Diablevert: Yeah, I get that, but he's effectively regent for Robin, no? The kid seems to be about 10 or so, so he's got plenty of time before he comes of age, but he can't get rid of him, either, I don't think. The Vale would transfer to another member of the Arryn family if Robin bites it, wouldn't it? The show has made a big deal about how the power of the ruling families is based on their having this network of loyal vessels who are pledged to serve them in time of war. Those... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on May 19, 2014
xorry: Is he a mountain of a man or a very manly mountain?

Next actor to be cast as The Mountain.

posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on May 19, 2014

Adventure Time: Sad Face
Ipsifendius: I keep thinking that this show has to have reached the limit in the number of oddball discursions that they can pursue.

The episode that shattered that wall for me was "BMO Noire". It was just a hint of the really rich and fascinating life that BMO lives around the fringes of Finn and Jake's more adventurous lifestyle, but that hint was enough to reveal that there are whole other caverns of story hiding in the shadows... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on May 14, 2014
There's a theory that Ooo is just a conventional post-apocalyptic landscape and Finn is a delusional boy trying to survive on his own. The magic and wonder of Adventure Time are just his imaginary embellishments. Jake is just a normal dog, the Ice King is a scary old man, Princess Bubblegum is a pretty girl who gave him some gum once, etc.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on May 16, 2014
%n: Of course, that leaves open the question, does that mean just a few wealthy fleas cover the rest of the crowd? Which is an amusing tease.

Reminds me of the Problem Of Ningis.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on May 19, 2014

Žižek battles the Green Goblin, narrated by David Attenborough
I'm very intrigued by the gritty reboot potential suggested by the phrase "Christopher Robin's ex-wife."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 AM on May 18, 2014

No Relation
I feel I should qualify this. I hated the team, but I didn't hate Ozzie Smith, because what kind of monster could hate Ozzie Smith?

The Wizard of Oz on The Baseball Bunch
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:56 PM on May 16, 2014

You know, for kids!
Australia/Ghana.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on May 16, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Laws Of Gods And Men
I'm not sure Syrio Forel is Tier 1, otherwise what is he doing bumming around KL giving lessons to the Hand's kid? Maybe once he was, but not now. I'd also swap Ned Stark and Jorah Mormont. Jorah beat Jaime (granted, in a decision, not a KO) at Lannisport in 289AC, and I don't think we have any real evidence of Ned's proficiency in battle, do we?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on May 14, 2014
Also, subscribe to my Fantasy Westeros Tourney League podcast for my recommendations for your 301AC Draft and my top Sleepers and Busts for this season.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on May 14, 2014
Strong take, nubs. Ned can stay in Tier 4, but is he Elite?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on May 14, 2014
Super Tourney Fighter II Westeros

Characters:
Balrog - Khal Drogo
Blanka - Robert Baratheon
Cammy - Brienne Tarth
Chun-Li - Ygritte
Dee Jay - Jacen H'gar
Dhalsim - Ramsay Snow
E. Honda - Gregor Clegane
Fei Long - Loras Tyrell
Guile - Jon Snow
Ken - Jaime Lannister
M. Bison - Barristan Selmy
Ryu - Rhaegar... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on May 14, 2014
Polearms in an elevator.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on May 14, 2014
Ferrets in a crowded danceclub.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on May 14, 2014
This might be a derail.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on May 14, 2014
To the tune of "Alfie":

Ooooo deary me,
My little brother's in the Dreadfort with Ramsey,
I tell him he should get out cos it's dead he's gonna be
He can't be bothered cos thinks his name is Reek.
I ask him very nicely if he'd like to come with me,
But he's real fucked up, cos they cut off his wee-wee.
Released the hounds so that my Ironborn must flee.
My baby brother Theon how... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on May 15, 2014

Historical novels, subtype 'just-so' stories?
I'm currently enjoying Robert Harris's Imperium, an account of the life of Cicero as written by his scribe, Tiro.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer

iPad and iTunes Question (Seperate Computers)
You don't need a computer to set up iOS devices anymore, all the setup is done on the device, so you are all set.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:45 AM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer
dbirchum: I am 99.9% sure HE doesn't have an iTunes account. I know his wife does, as she has a couple of iPods and has several versions of the iPhone, etc.

Yeah, he is going to want to set up his own Apple ID when he sets up the iPad for messaging and other individualized functions, but if his wife has a significant number of purchases (apps, music, videos) that he would want to have regular access to, you can have him use her Apple ID for iTunes... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer
Yeah, it's super easy. The device will walk you through everything. Here's Apple's iPad Essentials support page, for reference, but really, it almost couldn't be easier.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on May 15, 2014
Oh, you will want to do it on a wifi network, ideally. You have wifi at your place?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on May 15, 2014

Upcoming trip airline travel question
No, you can't do this without changing your ticket with the airline or they will cancel your ticket.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on May 14, 2014
sandmanwv: American Express travel will pass on the $150 change fee from your airline, I'm not sure how $30 will be possible. You should work with them if possible.

I assumed the $30 was a service charge from the agent in addition to the $150 from the airline.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on May 15, 2014

That's not food.
MeFi's Own!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on May 14, 2014

The true scam is believing that there ever will be a perfect way to live
If I could pick any famous person in the world to be buddies with, I might pick Andrew WK. He seems like a really great dude along many different axes.

And he probably has many different axes, so there's that.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:26 PM on May 14, 2014

Global Shipping Program - Item arrived damaged (poorly repackaged)
vanizorc: it seems that the only route of action that is available to me is to raise an Ebay dispute against the seller for an "Item Not Described" case. I feel this isn't fair at all -- it's not the seller's fault, and he shouldn't lose out over the stupidity and negligence of the GSP employees.

The Seller's responsibility is to ship you the item in such a way that it arrives in the same condition it left in. If the contractors the Seller... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:40 AM on May 14, 2014

You scream, I scream, we all scream...
yerfatma: Specific to the article, this is a dip-shitty Freshman year "I will show you the truth!" expose. I doubt the nation's ice cream trucks are to the last manjack stuffed full of racists. Given the music belongs to a number of songs, it's about the racism of the listener, not the player, isn't it?

Not All Ice Cream Men.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on May 14, 2014

Back again with a "name that movie" question, based upon the soundtrack.
Yeah, I was thinking Thomas Newman as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on May 13, 2014

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