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Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along...
choosing megacorp is NOT unethical to startup

Exactly. In my opinion, it's not even blacklist-worthy. They know you are looking for a job, and so they can assume you are interviewing at other places, and they are in your field, so presumably they understand what a job at Megacorp would mean for your career and your finances. If they are at all reasonable people they will understand that such an offer is hard to turn down and will wish you nothing but the best.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on April 24, 2012

"Fenway is the essence of baseball"
I love Fenway for its asymmetry and its longevity, but it's not the greatest place to experience a ball game.

I would say, depending on your seats, your companions, and your passion for the Red Sox, Fenway is among both the best and the worst places to experience a ball game.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on April 20, 2012

Who Was David Algonquin? The Works Of The Mystery...
This is fun. I love the "Popular Culture" section.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on April 20, 2012
Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) apparently got all up in "The Punishment of X-4" and titled his version of the "one about the woman who lays eggs" -- "Ova".
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 10:40 AM on April 20, 2012
I have added some stuff about Roger Norwood, the Army surgeon in Vietnam who ends up traveling through time and, apparently, inspiring a Tom Baker Doctor Who episode and Desmond from Lost.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on April 20, 2012
Hey, so the first paragraph mentioned "nineteen stories, two novellas, and three novels". I added a Norwood story and a story by Dave Mohegan (since that name was mentioned in the first paragraph as well). By my count that gets us to twenty-five titles in quotes and eight italicized titles (including the Cotswolds books). I'm changing the first paragraph to "twenty-three stories, two novellas and eight novels." Which are we thinking are the novellas?
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on April 20, 2012

Interesting under-15-minute podcasts?
99% Invisible is a podcast by Roman Mars about design, architecture, and culture. The episodes usually run under 15 minutes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on April 20, 2012 marked best answer

Swiper No Swiping!
Yeah, I have had to go hunting for that comment a few times to re-enable "Swipe to Favorite". Is it possible we could make it an official setting somewhere? I also agree with empath about the copy/paste pop-up problem. Maybe put the formatting buttons in a vertical column to the left or right of the input box?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:45 AM on April 20, 2012
i hope nostril swiping is not required tbh

Well, it's not required... I mean, I guess everybody dies, but not everybody really lives, you know?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on April 20, 2012

I googled this first. Honestly, I did.
I had album art issues in iOS before I got my "Album Artist" field squared away. You won't see that field on the default iTunes view, but if you right click the headers, you will get a list of optional fields to enable. The simplest thing to do is just make it match the "Artist" field, but it also gives you some flexibility for viewing compliations and soundtracks and stuff as single albums with multiple artists.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on April 19, 2012

Hip Hop Sexy Time
I was really hoping for an update to this thread.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on April 19, 2012

Frailty, thigh name is...
Definitely a combination of 1 + 2 + 4 + 5, and maybe 3, though I have no idea how to assess that. Numbers 4 and 5 seem like the easiest to change, so maybe work on those? It might also vary depending on the type of fabric you favor. Try pants in a smooth, heavyweight fabric and see if those hold up any better.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 AM on April 19, 2012

Do you think Art History is a good degree?
While it is true that having a degree, in general, puts you in a better position than not having one, if you are looking for a degree that will provide employment opportunities, Art History probably ain't it. Ultimately, though, it is your graduate degree that will determine your employability. The best thing you can do for your career while you are in school, however, is to get as much actual experience possible in whatever field you want to work in. Internships, work study jobs, externships,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on April 19, 2012

Please help with ideas on how my kitty Pookie was so sick I had to put him to sleep. :(
I am so very sorry for your loss, and for the difficult decision you had to make.

I am doubtful that anyone -- even one of the veterinarians that sometimes frequent Ask MetaFilter -- will be able to give you a better diagnosis than your veterinarian could. Your vet had access to lab results and physical exams that no one here does. Many times it is impossible to come to a definitive result without extensive tests and diagnostics (x-rays, ultrasonography, biopsies, etc.)… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on April 19, 2012

""For now, Dick Clark...so long." *salute*
I maybe be strange but for me Dick Clark's legacy wasn't Bandstand of the New Year's Eve gig. For me it was all about Pyramid. I'm not joking.

Totally agree. I loved the way when a contestant was stuck on a clue in the Final Round and after time was up he would come over and give them the perfect hint, like a Pyramid ninja, and console them. He really seemed to care about each contestant's performance.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on April 18, 2012

Boxster Short
Maybe he works for BMW, people.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on April 17, 2012
I'm really disappointed in you, secret billionaire MeFite admirer. My birthday is tomorrow, and you had all year to ask about safety ratings and fuel efficiency of any number of German sports cars, and you wait until today? I expect better planning and forethought in my secret benefactors. It's going to be a huge challenge to get it delivered by tomorrow in the colors and finishes I favor (Agate Grey Metallic,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:20 PM on April 17, 2012
Didn't Subaru have a Ute in the states for awhile? The Baja or something like that

Subaru Baja. Also Subaru BRAT.

Neither hold a candle to the El Motherfucking Camino.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on April 17, 2012
The corpse in the library: "My Pinto wagon was manual-with-a-foot-brake. I also had to turn on the high beams with my foot. That seems like a lot of footwork; maybe I'm misremembering."

Who was it that said something to the effect of "It is almost inconceivable that the largest, most expensive, most dangerous possession that we own is primarily operated with our feet."?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:20 PM on April 18, 2012

Mama bear's bed was tooooo soft.
Maybe a really tight-fitting fitted sheet would serve to compress the pouffiness of the pillow top?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on April 18, 2012

Should I walk away?
He also said that he misses them so badly and hopes that they think of him as much as he thinks of them.

I'm not sure if by "them" you are just using a gender-neutral singular pronoun, or if he said that he misses this particular ex along with some of his other exes.

If it is the latter, I think that is a normal feeling. I think we all miss some of our past relationships to some degree or another. That doesn't mean… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on April 18, 2012

How can we pick the perfect surname for us?
Jordan and Jesse of Jordan, Jesse, Go! love naming things, including people. I recall one episode where a couple getting married wanted a new married name, instead of choosing one of theirs to go with. They came up with "Rockit" which I thought was pretty awesome. But I bet if you call or email Max Fun they'd love to have you on the podcast and brainstorm a new name for you. Hey, how about "Brainstorm"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 AM on April 17, 2012

Video cameras for students.
If your values for "ultra-cheap" and "decent" are sufficiently low, you might want to try something like this sub-$50 model. We got one for my daughter a little while back, and it is perfectly usable, but I don't think it has an external audio jack.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on April 16, 2012

I won't fix your computer since you download from the internet.
My only question now is whether or not I should pick up the computer?

This is probably exactly the kind of thing you should ask the lawyer, as it sounds like it could affect your case greatly.

That said, personally, I would pick the thing up ASAP, get it fixed somewhere reputable and then send them a bill. Unfortunately, this route means that the money you get back from them will be lessened by your court costs, may not be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on April 16, 2012

that poor beer keg!
Why are some of the females sarcophagus-shaped?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:39 AM on April 13, 2012

Do I need to tell my boss that one of my coworkers showed up to work drunk?
Even if you had heard her say this, and then saw her acting drunk, you should confine your reports to your supervisors to the performance of your coworkers.

"At her last shift, Becky was slurring her speech, she forgot to wash her hands after changing diapers, and she neglected other duties, forcing her coworkers to pick up her slack."

Let your boss determine the cause for her performance, if he or she chooses to.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on April 13, 2012

How do I handle an employee appropriating clients?
So just to be clear, this is a situation in which the client is obtaining the services they used to obtain from him as a part of you business, but now they are paying him directly and cutting you out of the loop?

If that is the case, I would probably do something similar to what myselfasme suggests. I would have this person become a contract employee, with clauses in there about him not being permitted to seek outside employment, and a non-compete clause after the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on April 13, 2012
miyabo: "You need to decide whether you would rather keep this guy, or fire him and end up with a new competitor."

Exactly.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:52 AM on April 13, 2012

Giving Directions
When I give directions I try to ask the person I am giving them to what type of directions they prefer. Some people like landmark based, others prefer a more mileage+turn system. Some people like a sort of visual travelogue ("Go through the center of town until the road narrows, and passes by some large fields on the right. When you start to see trees on the right, the turn is coming up."). When giving people directions to my home, it is on a newer street, which does not appear on GPS… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on April 13, 2012

Wikipedia Posts Here?
I was really confused reading this thread, because so many people were missing the fact that he linked to the Wikipedia article right there in the post! Then I got to this comment where cortex notes that he has added the Wikipedia link and it all made sense. I know it is rare to edit a MeTa thread, but do you think it might be worth it to add some sort of explanatory text at the top of this thread for people who are coming to it late?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on April 13, 2012

Paul Feig Walks Us Through Freaks and Geeks
Quattro
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on April 12, 2012
That was so great. I'm totally buying the DVD now, just for all the deleted scenes they referenced in that interview. Thank you for posting this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on April 13, 2012

Discretion Vs. Lying?
Here's what I do when a friend of mine shows bad judgement. I say, "Wow, buddy. That was some spectacularly bad judgement back there, huh? Wanna come over and watch movies, or go out for drinks?" I had a roommate once who was consistently getting into relationships with people who were unable to be fully emotionally present -- constant travel, married, alcoholic, etc. We supported her as best we could, told her these guys were not the kind of guys she should be with, and tried to set… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on April 12, 2012
On the one hand, I can explain away some of my friend's choices and reactions as shock about family betrayal. Yet, I find the criminal/possible murderer part to be bizarre and pretty much inexcusable. She was well OK to hide or overlook this man's crap when she thought he was on her side and was going to solve her problems. Her attitude about this person has me stumped. I don't see any lulz in this. The whole thing seems very risky and unsafe.

I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on April 12, 2012

Line breaks are not being stripped in mefi
shrugged is probably not a fair characterization.

How about "the mods were kind of shruggo?"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on April 12, 2012

Evie, be careful with those index fingers!
Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever even saw [Charles In Charge]. Was it any good?

I was also young at the time, but one of the funniest sitcom episodes I've ever seen was an episode of that show where Willie Aames (also now a Jesus-freak, if I'm not mistaken) got an excessive sunburn and had to keep throwing glasses of water at his chest to cool off. He ends up intimidating some mobsters or something (?) be being "that screaming red guy… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on April 12, 2012

Laying Out the Unwelcome Mat
"Hey neighbor. We've got a couple extra steaks and beers at our cookout, and we were wondering if you wanted to swing by?"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on April 12, 2012

Books to teach teenagers philosophy?
If they are of a Speculative Fictiony bent, Anathem might be very interesting.

Sophie's Choice is really the one and maybe only answer here, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on April 12, 2012
Hah! I meant Sophie's World, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on April 12, 2012

Give full disclosure; get deleted.
That people can sometimes in theory get away with breaking one of the few brightline rules we have around here does not make it okay to do so.

This concept is literally the core of civilized society. It is not OK to break the rules just because no one is looking.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 PM on April 11, 2012

How to handle not getting paid?
"Hey boss. I'm going to need a check for $X [whatever back pay they owe you] before I show up for work again."

Even if he or she cuts you a check right then and there, find a new job, ASAP.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on April 11, 2012

Who is today's Asimov?
I'm not sure his books will appeal to kids, as he's kind of on the opposite end of science as space dinosaurs, but Oliver Sacks writes very readable scientific non-fiction.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on April 11, 2012

Don't be lazy.
What are the people who say "social leopard" picturing when they say it?

For some reason, this is all I can think of.

I know, he's an ocelot.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on April 10, 2012
Ah, fuck. I mean this.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:03 AM on April 10, 2012
Garfield Minus Garfield

Is there a GMG variant that includes the eponymous cat, but deletes only his thought bubbles? I seem to remember it held together narratively, in contrast to the "canonical" Garfield Minus Garfield.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on April 10, 2012
Maybe an engrish version.

It obeys precisely orders upon the metal.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on April 11, 2012

Does Limping Hurt?
Please do not give your pet human NSAIDs without consulting your veterinarian, even aspirin. There are several NSAIDs designed specifically for dogs, and your vet should be able to offer you several options for pain management, including non-pharmacological options. If you mentioned this occasional limping at your recent visit, I am kind of shocked that they did not address it at that point. If you didn't, you should arrange for her to be checked out again, so that they can rule out anything… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on April 11, 2012
insectosaurus: "As I mentioned, Zoe was at the vet a couple weeks ago and is healthy aside from the arthritis. We did not mention the limping because the limping from walks is very slight and I wasn't sure if I was imagining it. The limping from daycare level playing is more pronounced, but happened after the visit."

It's an easy thing to forget to mention at a visit if it is not a constant problem. It's worth starting the conversation with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on April 11, 2012

My Little Musical Pony
A single song maybe isn't worth an FPP the way that projects posts sometimes are, but I think it would be awesome if we could use the sidebar to give Music some more exposure.

I don't think anyone would object to a semi-regular "Here's what's new in MeMu this [fortnight/month/quarter]!" omnibus post. Well, this is MeTa, so someone will object, but I still think it's a good idea. If others agree,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on April 11, 2012

How old was your child when the read the Lord of the Rings?
I read the Hobbit and LOTR around 5th or 6th Grade as well. The Ringwraiths definitely freaked me out, but in the good kind of way that a 5th or 6th Grader should be freaked out every so often. Builds character.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on April 10, 2012

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