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Let Books Be Books
First off, I applaud this stance, and I think it is a wise move and long overdue. However, there is a bit of throwing the baby out with the bathwater that happens here.

My daughter has (and loves) The Daring Book For Girls, and as the first Amazon review points out, includes sections on karate, tire changing, women inventors, building a campfire and negotiating salaries in addition to sections about friendship bracelets and hopscotch. It really... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on March 18, 2014

Name my Bible podcast
The Learnèd Bible: Deep Interpretations of Biblical Texts from a Critical but Appreciative Point of View

You may want to leave off the accent grave when writing it out, but pronounce it "learn-ED" whenever you say the name.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on March 17, 2014

The Yellow King
emptythought: As for the show in general though, and the ending... jeeze. This is really something you have to digest as a whole, and in that sense it's like a gigantic turkey dinner with lots of side dishes. I'm still of the opinion that a lot of aspects of this don't hold up well outside of the context of the whole series. What i mean by that, is little affectations or things rust or cohle would say or do can come off as just terrible writing or campy bullshit(like the nihilism in the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 AM on March 10, 2014
I was trying really hard to recognize constellations. I'm not an astronomer, but I thought I picked out Draco (OMG, True Detective exists in Potterverse. Rust is Ravenclaw, Marty is Gryffindor, discuss).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on March 10, 2014
Rock Steady: Yeah. If you try and explain the show to someone (two mismatched cops investigate a Satanic serial killer), it comes off as pretty trite and cliche, but (as with so much in life) it all comes down to the execution.

Ten minutes after I post that, Drew Magary posts 31 Buddy-Cop Clichés On True Detective on Deadspin. Time is a flat circle.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:38 AM on March 10, 2014
I can't believe I'm actually doing this, but Hufflepuffs are loyal and honest, and that ain't Marty.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on March 10, 2014
It's a bit of a derail, but looking at the images of Fort Macomb make me think of Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park. The doctor who set John Wilkes Booth's broken leg was sentenced there and was pardoned after he helped quell an outbreak of yellow fever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:13 AM on March 10, 2014
homunculus: HBO GO Crashed Because of the 'True Detective' Finale

I'm really glad I didn't try to watch it last night, but I'm also glad I had some weird DST-related insomnia this morning and woke up early enough to watch it before I had to get ready for work, so I didn't have to avoid the Internet all day to avoid spoilers.

I wonder if this isn't a reason Netflix seems to be sticking with the bulk availability format. If there... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on March 10, 2014
I was just about done watching tonight's new episode of True Detective. It was so great, with the true form of the Yellow King revealed, and Rust turning into a literal Avenging Angel, and Marty's daughter showing up to save the day, but then my wife came into the room and asked why I was staring at a screen of noisy static. :(
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 PM on March 16, 2014
If we are going international, maybe Detective Tyler Durden can hook up with DSI Stella Gibson in one way or another.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on March 17, 2014

Do I break up with someone while they are on a 5 week holiday?
Ardea alba: I'd recommend you break up as soon as you can, by text or IM. People on holiday have a lot of opportunities to make romantic connections, due to the nature of traveling.

I was just going to recommend the exact same thing. Even if he's not hooking up with someone in Phuket or wherever, it's still a different kind of travel experience when you are single. Three weeks is plenty of time for him to get over a three month relationship and have... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on March 17, 2014

Did'ja hear what I'm saying to you, or have you gone deaf with the soup?
"Well look at ye. Standing there with that stupid face on ye."

I also loved the woman with the 8-year-old husband and Esther's phase where she thought she was a dog.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on March 16, 2014
Also I'm weirdly invested in the Polish soap opera now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on March 16, 2014
Soupy Feckin' Norman.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on March 17, 2014

The First Black Graduate of the University of Vermont
Here are a couple articles about Harris, if you are unable to listen to the VPR story.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:16 AM on March 17, 2014

URGENT: Ideas for pilling a cat with a missing lower jaw & no appetite?
Yeah, you can push it much further back than you think. You could try your local pet supply store (or maybe even Walmart/Target) for a pet piller, which will really help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on March 15, 2014 marked best answer

Sure, it's the apocalypse, but at least there's plenty of hairspray
The Jacksons' "Torture" is less post-apocalyptic wasteland and more nightmare hellscape, but it's pretty awesome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:46 AM on March 14, 2014

Moving Day!
I hear there will be customizable user pages and <img> tags as far as the eye can see once we get to the new box everyone, so don't panic. Just be patient while we shut down the site for a little while, and then everything... will... be... OK...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on March 13, 2014
Ghidorah: I so badly wanted this to say "clever mod," followed by raptor-cortex and raptor-Jessamyn devouring HuronBob while raptor-pb looks on

You get your first look at this "six foot turkey" as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement in the flag queue– he'll lose you if you don't move on. But no, not... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on March 14, 2014
cortex: We would also have accepted "Moderaptor".

Damn it, that's much better.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on March 14, 2014

No, really. I insist.
The way you atone for this is not so much through a grand gesture of atonement which makes it all okay, but rather by giving her the gift of allowing her to be pissed off at you.

PercussivePaul is 100% correct here. She is the aggrieved party, so she gets to determine how she does or does not forgive you. If that means you feel uncomfortable about not repaying her, well so be it.

I also agree with Kwine that you might be... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:48 AM on March 14, 2014

"In a world..."
Audiences everywhere... are mourning.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on March 13, 2014

A Set of China with Every Fill-Up
I like that tiger tail. Clever, but I bet it got pretty ratty after a few miles. Hess trucks are still a thing, and Sheetz has really nice free air pumps.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:54 AM on March 13, 2014
Badgermann: I remember when gas was under a buck. Probably the last time I saw it was in 1999. Of course that was due to some odd market conditions around Bakersfield at that time, but it wasn't more than a few years before that when over a buck was a ripoff.

I paid $0.89/gal once at a sketchy gas station in Somerville, MA in late '98 or early '99. There is a gas station on my way to work that went out of business a couple of years ago and still has... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on March 13, 2014

Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time
Quisp Lover: Even if his plays were transposed to thoroughly modern English, with references also updated, most of Shakespeare's writing would be too dense, rich, and deep for me to properly enjoy at a theatrical pace.

I think the best modern comparison would actually be Arrested Development. Complicated, twisty plots with very dense levels of allusion, references, wordplay, callbacks, foreshadowing, etc. While the average watcher... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on March 13, 2014

calling all progressives! where's the next Russ Feingold?
He's not technically a Democrat, but I love me some Bernie Sanders. When he was mayor of Burlington, he was called "The Red, Red, Duke of Burl".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on March 13, 2014

get your sh!t together devs
Imma let you finish, Bennett, but multiplayer QWOP would be the best game of all time!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:54 PM on March 12, 2014

Please play with our new friend Mac
This is a little devious, and I don't know enough about networking to know if it is feasible, but can you slow down the Windows machine's Internet connection temporarily to make the Mac more appealing?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:33 PM on March 11, 2014

coworker's dog bit my dog, what to say?
Regardless of your legal rights, you probably don't want to sue your coworker.

Honestly, based on his reactions at the time, I don't think anything you can say will do much good. I'd tell him that your dog had some puncture wounds from the bite, that your dog had to go to the vet, and that you think it would be right for him to cover the bill. That both officially puts him on notice about his dog's biting and outlines your expectations for his concrete behavior regarding... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on March 11, 2014

First Kiss
That was great. Thanks for posting. Kissing is the best. My first kiss was as a Freshman in High School. I had been cast as the paperboy in Streetcar Named Desire, and I was kissed by the gorgeous Senior playing Blanche. It was really just a peck, but I'll always remember it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:15 AM on March 11, 2014
IAmBroom: I hope it wasn't the decision of the filmmaker to censor their kissing; I sincerely hope they just happened to be so shy about kissing in public that all we saw is all they did.

It seemed like the couples didn't get much direction at all, if we are going by the number of them who started the video with something like "So, should we just start?"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 AM on March 11, 2014

Missed it by THAT much.
I have never added a Tumblr to my RSS so fast. Thank you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on March 10, 2014
Metroid Baby: I always wish this type of gif would come with a "don't worry, the critter's okay!" epilogue, because I worry about some of those falls and bonks being dangerous.

Yeah, there's a dog jumping out of a moving car (?) there that really makes me cringe. I always assume the animal's people wouldn't go to the trouble to post a video where their critter really gets hurt, but, yeesh.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:13 PM on March 10, 2014
sektah: I'm (naively) hoping the dog just shook it off.

I saw a few dogs that had jumped out of moving vehicles in my time in the veterinary ER, and they generally did not just shake it off. I think they had all jumped onto pavement from vehicles going much faster than the one in this clip, so maybe.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on March 10, 2014

I'm moving out, new tenants want to move in early, should they pay?
Yeah, I'm with the folks saying it's not about the money, it's not about the inconvenience, it's about YOUR LEASE still being in effect while THEY are occupying the property. Tell your landlord he can end the lease early (and pro-rate your rent) and they can do whatever they want, but unless he does, it's your apartment until the lease is up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on March 10, 2014

Supreme Court Deals Massive Blow To Rails-to-Trails Programs
Easy solution: Build a flatbed train car with bicycle treadmills built into it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on March 10, 2014

The Little House that Tweets.
I'm waiting for @house_ebooks
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on March 10, 2014

7 Visionary Women Who Paved The Way For Electronic Music
This is very cool. Thanks for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 AM on March 10, 2014

You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head.
It's doing a weird thing where every time I hit Enter it registers twice. It is a testament to the deviousness of the game that I tried to remember if that was part of the gameplay or not.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 AM on March 10, 2014

What kind of dialogue is this?
You could call it a kind of comedic enjambment.

Note: I am not a scholar of poetry. I came across the term when I googled "Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on March 10, 2014

metro trains
I love this game so much it is shocking. The Press page shows a great trailer and some awesome teaser images. Different cities, you guys, different cities! Can we talk strategy? I'm having trouble making it past a couple hundred completed trips. What am I missing?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 AM on March 7, 2014
Thorzdad, there's a standalone build if you scroll down that works fine on Windows. Haven't tried it on Mac yet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:21 AM on March 7, 2014
369! Getting better!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:24 AM on March 7, 2014
jcreigh: "I have never lived in a city with proper public transportation, so someone explain to me: Why are loop/circle routes a bad idea in real life?"

This is pretty in depth, but a great read. Summary is, you can't easily adjust the timing of the trains by speeding up or slowing down the turnaround time at the terminuses (termini?) and it's hard to make up or lose time to keep to a schedule.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on March 9, 2014
It's really amazing how much full loops give you an advantage.

Yeah, it's true, and it is kind of a shame. It takes away the feeling that you are creating a valid metro system, as the completed maps no longer look like alternate universe versions of the Underground. I wonder if there isn't a way to nerf loops to prevent that? Maybe as simple as train speed takes a hit on a completed loop?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM on March 10, 2014

Odd layout issue?
In the mobile version only—on MetaTalk only—we're going to try making the link to the "who favorited" page the number of favorites only. The word "favorite(s)" will not be a link and will act as a separating space between the two links.

I've really been loving this change, and I think it would be just as useful on a tablet. I'm not sure you need the extra line, extra space thing, but de-linking the word favorites would be a huge... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:49 AM on March 8, 2014

Don't forget the air hole
The Rite Aid bag tank top would be kind of great in actual fabric.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on March 7, 2014

12/12/72
I'm not sure, but in this photo, I think someone wearing an inspired mannequin-head hat is giving Jaime Lannister a handy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on March 7, 2014

Help a busy, middle-aged fella get in shape
Switching from regular soda to diet soda (and then flavored seltzer) and keeping a food journal on my smartphone helped me drop 20 pounds almost without effort. I've used both Lose It! and FatSecret, but there are many to choose from.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:50 AM on March 7, 2014

Is Metafilter compromised?
Fark?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:27 AM on March 7, 2014

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