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Juggling job offers and timelines - help!
rmm: "I'm worried that me contacting them and asking about the process and timelines is going to push me out of being considered."

It might. I think the best advice in these situations is: If someone offers you a job you want, take it. If someone else offers you a job you want two weeks later, you can cross that bridge when you come to it. If you need to leave the job after two weeks it's not pleasant, but if they found out two weeks after… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:53 AM on January 8, 2015

Agent Carter: Bridge and Tunnel
I am more happy about the seeming lack of a boring romance subplot than I probably should be.

I got momentarily excited when it occurred to me that maybe Tony Stark's mother hadn't been specified in the MCU, but alas, Maria has been mentioned in the movies already.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:45 PM on January 7, 2015
Yeah, the idea didn't hold up to very much scrutiny from a bunch of angles, but it was intriguing for a moment's diversion. Might make for a neat Marvel AU: What If the Avengers were related to each other?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:33 PM on January 7, 2015

Downton Abbey: Episode One
gladly: "Barrow's scheming feels ridiculous this late in the series. I wish they'd give Thomas more to do than plot to ruin various members of the household staff."

Everybody needs more to do. I feel like I can see plot developments coming from across the estate, as they are so formulaic. Like the schoolteacher coming to dinner and making a scene, or Barrow's ass getting saved by dumb luck again. Their characters have… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on January 6, 2015
Atreides: "Oh, and Maggie Smith's butler needs a swift kick in the pants. I'm sure I know a doctor who will prescribe such treatment."

Surely you don't mean Isobel's butler Sprat? That look Sprat had on his face when he was forced to serve cake to a lowly doctor was priceless.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:46 PM on January 7, 2015

Historic and ahistoric windows
It's not the National Register that controls what you can and can't do to the building, it is your local zoning ordinances. You need to find out exactly what those ordinances require when it comes to exterior work, as most historic district zoning that I am familiar with does not designate specific contractors, but rather discusses more general attributes and elements of the work to be performed. As long as the work meets the requirements of the ordinance, it shouldn't matter who does it. I'd… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on January 7, 2015

Cut The Flan
Spoiler alert, I guess? But #64 is a scare video, in case you don't like those kind of things.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on December 31, 2014
a man with a glassed-in cart full of wee individual flans

This shall be my sock puppet name.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:27 AM on January 2, 2015

shit just got real, and I am shit scared.
Not sure if this is still true, but used to be the case that COBRA would not cancel your coverage for non-payment until 90 days after your coverage started. This meant that you could just cancel on day 89 and not owe anything if you didn't need to use the COBRA benefits in that time period. This was a common way to bridge coverage gaps. Check and see if that is still the case, but if so it might save you a bunch of money. This was back in the pre-Obamacare world, so who knows.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:08 PM on January 1, 2015

Strategies for minimizing expense on renting between permanent apts?
I don't know how this works on the mean streets of Gotham, but there are companies that will let you move your stuff into a container, then cart away the container and store it for a while, then deliver the same container to your new place. PODS is the one I've dealt with, but I think there are many now. Something like this can really simplify the apartment -- > moving van --> storage --> moving van --> apartment process into apartment --> POD --> apartment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on December 31, 2014

The sword may need to be drawn.
Hey, Raleigh, NC is someplace cool...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on December 31, 2014

Airbnb reviews: what price honesty?
saywhat: "If you have ever left a negative review, you are a risky prospect, and it would be wise to reject your request in favor of an applicant who's posted only positive reviews."

I don't think I'd want to stay in places offered by the type of people who would do this, so it's a win-win.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on December 30, 2014

Your favorite dad joke.
In the days before spellcheck, ("Back on my home planet...") if you asked my Dad how to spell a word, the answer was always, "D-I-C-T-I-O-N-A-R-Y".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on December 30, 2014
Madamina: "Any time I asked what we were having for dinner, the answer was always "camels' toes." "

My Dad's stock answer to that question was "Liver and Onions". I was well into adulthood when I discovered that that was actually a dish people chose to eat, and not a random combination of the two grossest things my Dad could think of.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on December 30, 2014

Podcast: Judge John Hodgman: Pizza Parley
pb: "Just like fantasy football is more about stats and scoring than football, D&D is more about dice and numbers and if you don't enjoy that aspect you won't enjoy the game. That's great."

My mother has an amazing vocabulary, and it used to drive her crazy that my stepfather would routinely beat her at Scrabble, as he -- by his own admission -- is no wordsmith. One day she realized that Scrabble wasn't a game about words, but was really a game about math.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on December 30, 2014

RIP Christine Cavanaugh
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That'll do, pig.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on December 30, 2014

Brands Saying Bae
Pfft. Old and busted. New hotness is "Brands got tweets on fleek".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:23 AM on December 29, 2014
discopolo: "This is not my steeze. I'm still not over calling things "on point.""

Sounds pretty darb.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on December 29, 2014

Driving tour of Raleigh/Durham/CH/Cary to Decide Whether to Relocate?
I am going to go against the grain and suggest Cary. It is more conservative and family-oriented than any of the the other cities (Raleigh, Durham, and CH) in the Triangle, but there are still plenty of good small businesses and non-chain restaurants (especially ethnic ones), and it's more likely to get you a nice big backyard with trees at a reasonable price than the more urban options. The Wake County public schools are very good, but are not likely walkable. The biggest thing it has going for… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on December 29, 2014

Wrapper's Delight
This is all great, keep 'em coming. I'm not totally committed to red and green, silver and gold are probably traditional enough to work -- our Christmas tree decorations are mostly silver, for example.

I'm loving the black and white photo idea, as well as the spray painted decorative items. And I can't believe I didn't think of Pinterest for this, that is exactly what I needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on December 10, 2014
Ruthless Bunny: "Then use beautiful organza or grosgrain ribbons."

I think I tried to get fancy ribbons one year, but I couldn't find anything decent. I think I went to our local bog box craft store. Is there somewhere else I should be looking, or some other part of the store they keep the good stuff?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on December 10, 2014
Thanks for all the help! I went to Jo-Anne and got some high-quality red and gold ribbon, used a very nice red Kraft paper, some adhesive chalkboard labels and black and white photos as gift tags. They were a huge success, and she actually took pictures of the wrapped gifts and is showing the pictures to everyone at our various Christmas parties. Thanks again everyone!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:50 PM on December 27, 2014

DEVICE FOR NETFLIX STREAMING ONLY
1. If wifi is not an option and you really do need to plug it into the router, a Roku 3 is about your only choice. However...

2. The TV needs to have an HDMI port for the Roku 3 to work.

If there is no wifi and no HDMI, you are going to need to either set up a wifi network or get a new TV.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:45 PM on December 26, 2014
Oh, hey, looks like the WD TV Live actually does both Ethernet in and Component output. No idea what the user interface looks like or how easy it is to use.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on December 26, 2014

Conversation stopper
Well, first I'd say that she doesn't have any obligation to talk about things she doesn't want to talk about. You can't force her to, I'm afraid. What I might suggest is the next time she pulls out that line, I'd say something along the lines of "OK, I'm sorry I've stressed you out. That certainly wasn't my intention, but this is an important issue to me. Is there a way we can continue this discussion in a less stressful way?" Put the burden of "solving" the stressful… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on December 24, 2014

Can you recommend me a website to buy cheap posters to decorate my room?
Allposters.com also has frequent mega sales (like 75% off), so keep an eye out for that if you can be patient.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on December 24, 2014

So many questions to ask about it.
I can't link while at work, but there was a great Twitter joke recently that said "Alex Trebek is about to own everybody" and then featured, in the classic Jeopardy! white-text-on-blue, the clue "The opposite of down, and the opposite of cat."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:46 AM on December 24, 2014

iTunes + Internet Archive
Mp3tag can pull tag info from filenames. It appears to be Windows-only.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:34 AM on December 24, 2014

Seeking Holiday Tunes
Are "Secular Christmas" songs OK? I'm thinking of songs that reference Christmas or Christmas-adjacent things, like Santa, reindeer, gift giving, etc. without being specifically religious. Something like "Toy Jackpot" by Blackalicious?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on December 22, 2014

Protocol and Decorum
Sara C.: "you can just ask about what's bothering you, a neutral tone is typically assumed, and you don't have to get all worked up and weird about it like you might if you brought it up in person"

I'll just say this... greatly differs from my lived experience in several important ways.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:08 AM on December 22, 2014

10 years of podcasting and it still sucks
tautological: "My one complaint about them is more that there's no easy way to skip forward a minute or two (at least, as far as I am aware.) "

Downcast lets you swipe anywhere on the screen, right to skip ahead, left to jump back. It's particularly helpful in the car. You can customize the time span for each.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:43 AM on December 22, 2014

How to spend Christmas alone and broke?
If I had a friend in your situation, I would hope they would tell me, so that I could offer to bring them along with me to spend the holiday with my family. If you have any friends making road trips, be honest with them and ask if they can find room for you in their car and at their celebrations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:51 PM on December 19, 2014

Podcast: Serial: Episode 12: What We Know

I still don't understand the fact that Adnan and Don didn't call Hae after she went missing.


Did she have a cell phone? If she only had a landline, they wouldn't bother calling a number they knew she was not at.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:34 AM on December 19, 2014

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 134: "A Minimum of Eels"
I recently learned the Macklemore Haircut has a name: The Undercut.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:13 AM on December 18, 2014
I think you are right in that the part of a haircut where part of the head is shaved and other parts are left long is called an undercut (I actually had one in the 90's for a brief time). But I think if you are talking about a hairstyle called "The Undercut" you are talking about Macklemore hair. But like I said, I just learned this recently, so I may be wrong.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on December 18, 2014

"a new aesthetic of digital decay has started to emerge"
That JPG's been passed around more than your mother

[kermit.jpg]

but that's none of my business.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 17, 2014

When no gender fits: A quest to be seen as just a person
I liked how... normal it was. Just another story of a kid trying to fit in at college, but with an extra layer of difficulty. Not a terrible, freakish, incomprehensible way to live. It reminded me of stories you might have read about gay teenagers 20 or 25 years ago.

I don't mean to belittle the struggles of non-binary people -- sometimes I feel a little like their friend Kristen in these sorts of discussions, “I want to ask questions, but I don't want to say… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on December 15, 2014
capricorn: "I think it's easy for discussions somewhere like MetaFilter to get derailed with questions from people who are trying to understand, but if you can find a space to ask questions with someone one-on-one where it isn't distracting from a discussion, there are certainly people who are comfortable with that. "

I totally get that, and I really appreciate the pointer to that FAQ. I don't really have anyone (as far as I know) in my life… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on December 15, 2014

two travel booking questions
Google's Flight Explorer is amazing for number 2.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:50 AM on December 12, 2014 marked best answer

What is your favorite username?
Wasn't there a username that was something like "a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard"? That was great because it made the byline "posted by a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard at 1:41 PM on December 10" or something. Always reminded me of Jesse Thorn's "this show was produced by speaking into microphones" goof.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 10, 2014
I think the problem with Greg Nog (the username, not the user) is that the emphasis is in the wrong place. Greg NOG versus EGG nog.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on December 10, 2014
Space Coyote: " a pretty interesting thing to read about if you like boring things"

this is my life
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on December 10, 2014
My next username is going to be Pool Noodle and then I will go to all the meetups because I just like saying it. No one can pronounce desjardins :(

They can if they are hockey fans.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:05 PM on December 11, 2014

This changes everything
If you have Thoughts About Wrapping, you may want to answer my question over in Ask.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on December 10, 2014

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 133: "Secret Pope Songs"
It's funny, I recently bought some wingtips on sale, and it wasn't until I wore them a few times that I determined I didn't really like them, but I wasn't sure why. Now I know why -- it's because they are small shoes. They fit me fine, they just look... small when I am wearing them. I know exactly what John was talking about.

The (admittedly appealing) notion of forkpacking seems to go against the grain of living Small Bag, though. It's planning for an unlikely… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on December 10, 2014

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?
get a video picture frame and load up all of your pictures in a sequenced slideshow

That was my thought as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2014

Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!
What is the Quons-esque equivalent of Yule?

I like "Qule" - pronounced "Kyool".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on December 10, 2014
Also, I think Quanukkah, Quantzaa, Queid, and Questivus are among the acceptable holidays to celebrate this time of year.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on December 10, 2014

These lights fantastic would be worth the trip!
The DMX controllers I've seen only have three settings: stop, drop, shut 'em down & open up shop.

Newer models also feature "Up in here" and "Go all out" modes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on December 10, 2014

Movie: The Truman Show
Presumably he would be very sought after on the celebrity speaking circuit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:06 AM on December 10, 2014

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