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First go to the courthouse, then boil water
It's actually a very complicated and contentious issue here in the Triangle of North Carolina. Here's an amazingly thorough yet easy-to-understand blog post about it. This is more focused on "food trucks" than a hot dog cart, but it seems as though they are both regulated the same, at least in this area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on September 7, 2012

Racing Game Name needed
There was a very strange bit of computer animation floating around the Internet several years ago that consisted of nude male human/motorcycle hybrids driving around. I think it was pretty darn NSFW if I remember correctly, so I'm not able to link to it from work, but I bet if you search YouTube for "human motorcycle" you will find it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on September 7, 2012

Cat peeing on our couch, what could be the problem? See details.
We had a cat that would pee in our laundry hamper if and only if he had a urinary problem. He was prone to them as an orange male, and we quickly learned to get him to the vet every time it happened.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:06 AM on September 7, 2012

At this rate, there will be sixteen by next week.
I really feel like the details of this interaction are paramount:

I was nonplussed but suggested if she was so excited to maybe go "visit" the dog. She believes that my suggestion obviously conveyed my approval.

I would suggest that it is possible that your spouse interpreted your suggestion to visit the dog as a change in your position on the matter. I would encourage you to carefully consider… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:58 AM on September 7, 2012

Is there a customer service yellow card?
One thing I try to remember to do in such a situation is to carefully note the time of my call and the name of the person I am speaking to. Not only does this provide some supporting evidence should you need to demand satisfaction for some mistake or another ("Christy told me on Thursday at 2 pm that these items would ship by Friday. Since they did not, I need you to overnight them at your expense.") but more importantly, it seems to make the person you are talking to more careful and… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on September 7, 2012

Dial the area code or no? Why should it still matter?
j03: "1+10 digit dialing should always work regardless."

Here in Raleigh, NC, the phone companies just recently (like within the last 6 months) started requiring 10-digit dialing, but I get the same "Do I or do I not need a 1 first?" problems mentioned by others. My home phone service is some sort of VOIP provided via Time Warner Cable and at work some sort of mega-institutional VOIP, so perhaps that is the problem?… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on September 5, 2012
The people equivalent of this is pizza places that only include the last seven digits of their phone number on the back of hotel keys.

At this point, a 7 digit phone number might as well be written as KLondike 5-2346.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on September 6, 2012

Metafilter is...
MetaFilter: People love taking random out-of-context quotes
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on September 6, 2012

Quadrennial
There used to be a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch called "The Celine Dion Show" where the premise was Celine Dion had a talk show that she would invite famous singers to. Every time, she would implore them to sing a song, and when they finally agreed, she would jump in mid-verse and just bury them with her ridiculous vocal histrionics. Afterwards, she would gushingly apologize. "Oh no," she would say, "I was singing your song better than you! I am so sorry!"… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on September 6, 2012
Technically, Brandon is Celine in this scenario.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on September 6, 2012

Asking Questions about Money and Working Hours During A Job Interview
Under no circumstances should you address these things in the interview. Wait until you have an offer, and then you can negotiate these things.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 PM on September 5, 2012
By the way, you can and should negotiate the salary first. Ask for $85K, and if they say "we can do no better than $80K," then you can say, "OK, if you can't be flexible on the salary, perhaps we can agree on a flexible schedule so I can spend more quality time with my family?"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 PM on September 5, 2012

Time for Teletubbies: Resistance is Futile
emmtee: "I'm still convinced this is canon; In The Night Garden is set in the same universe and is stuffed with biotech and clear evidence of post-apocalypse adaptation to fill survival niches!"

I require further explanation of this theory.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:15 PM on September 5, 2012
*slow clap for emmtee, slowly building to rousing standing ovation*
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:29 PM on September 5, 2012

City or country? I want both.
Northern New England is really a good option for this. The cities you would be looking at are not exactly megalopolises, but Burlington VT, Portsmouth or Manchester NH, and Portland ME are really cosmopolitan little cities, and you can drive 45 minutes from any of them and really be in the middle of nowhere.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:26 PM on September 5, 2012

Use Your Words
I really cringe when negative traits are described as being inherent to one class or another because it seems to provide an excuse for some members of that class to engage in those behaviors because "I'm a man, it's what we do!" or whatever. For that reason, I'd prefer a term like "condescendingly over-explaining" or "being an ass" but I understand that "mansplain" is a pithy, quirky neologism and I'm not offended by it or anything. I just fear that as it… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on September 5, 2012
Sidhedevil: "condescending lecturing when the lecturer is a man and the lecturee is a woman, and the lecturer appears to believe that his being a man trumps whatever expertise the lecturee has on the subject."

I'm asking this as a genuine question and not trying to be an ass or catch anybody out or anything, but: Is there something inherent in the language/words/content that distinguishes it as mansplaining? Like, could you look at… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on September 5, 2012

How many AA batteries would it take to run a 3rd-gen iPad for one hour?
This product claims 2-4 hours of life from 4 AA batteries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on September 5, 2012

Dog Nibbles Sheets
Sounds like she is blanket sucking.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:52 AM on September 5, 2012

I want to spend $5ish every few days on a reasonable facsimile of happiness
I used to do this with the clearance rack at my local mega-bookstore. I could usually find something at least potentially interesting for $5 or 6.

If you have a smartphone, how about a fun little app or two?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:46 AM on September 5, 2012

Celebrity workout videos
I went to a "Bring the Worst Gift You Can Find For Under $10 Yankee Swap" once. I brought Dan Quayle's autobiography, and my wife (then girlfriend) brought the Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee workout video. Thanks Buck-A-Book in Davis Square!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:12 PM on September 4, 2012

Non-orthogonal soccer fields
Thorzdad: "Reminds me of backyard baseball as a kid. bases were a mix of pieces of junk tossed on the ground, fence posts, shed corners, lawn chairs, whatever. The fields were diamonds in concept only."

Exactly what I was going to say. We most often played on a field in a friends side yard. The bases were a mailbox, a large tree, the general area around a bush, and a worn patch of dirt in the corner for home. The geometry was such that the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:33 AM on September 4, 2012
I love the ones with the rounded corners. Must make for some great bodychecking down in the halfboards. Just watch out for legal action from Apple.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on September 4, 2012

Stalking is so 1975
in the meantime I don't at all feel safe at home, even with hubby.

This seems to be a massive overreaction to me. I have always been familiar with my neighbors' cats, even if they are indoor only, as cats like to sit on windowsills, looking out, often slipping in between the blinds and the window. It does not seem pervy or dangerous at all that a neighbor with windows opposite yours would know the color of your cat. Look, if he wants to do harm to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on September 4, 2012

Social Media and the Fight Against Homelessness
Wow, that is fantastic and such a great idea from the city. Bravo to everyone involved.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:44 AM on September 4, 2012

Is this a recipe for disaster?
yawper: "except perhaps white LEATHER sofas"

How can I say this from work? White or light beige leather furniture gives a certain... San Fernando Valley filmmaking feel, if you know what I mean.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 AM on September 4, 2012

I'm Going To Hate This One, Frequently And Loudly
<psychic paper>Just dropping this comment here so this thread shows up in my Recent Activity tomorrow night. Pay no attention to this comment.</psychic paper>
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on August 31, 2012
Mezentian: Am I crazy, or did I see The Crack at the beginning, in the stars, when Rory looks out of the Dalek ship into space?

Honestly, I would be surprised if you didn't, even if it was just as a little easter egg for the fans of previous seasons and not a harbinger of events to come.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on September 4, 2012

Which FMLA reason is more appropriate?
From the perspective of a supervisor who has recently had an employee take FML, it doesn't really matter to me, as the impact to me (and my work) is the same regardless. From a Disability perspective, it may be beneficial to take the leave for yourself so it can be at least partially paid, but if you have a boss/employer who would look down on you for mental illness, it may be perceived as "better" to take leave to care for your Dad, since (presumably) once he is taken care of, your… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on September 4, 2012

new job, new dynamic
People will also be looking to me for guidance when I feel that I should be the one asking questions, as there are a lot of details to the job I need to learn now that the previous person is gone (although he is around in a limited capacity to provide advice). Again, I don't doubt I can do this.

Don't be afraid to make decisions. They put you in this position because they think you are right for it, and they think the decisions you will make will be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:16 AM on September 4, 2012 marked best answer

Ukiyo-e Heroes
Wow. Fantastic.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:44 PM on August 31, 2012
Kid Icarus next, please.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:30 PM on August 31, 2012

Commentary and thoughts on Honey Boo Boo
Etrigan: "that's something you do because at your center, you hate the people you're showing and you want other people to hate them as well."

You really think that is the best a team of professional writers, videographers and editors can do to make us hate someone they are filming non-stop? A burp? They leave the burps and the head scratching and the dirt in to make them real. You… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:46 PM on August 31, 2012

Household Magic
ATMs that take pictures of your check so you don't have to fool with filling out a deposit slip.

Stone Age. I just deposited a check by TAKING A PICTURE OF IT WITH MY PHONE.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on August 31, 2012
If we are including microwaves, I should mention that I've been marveling a bit this summer about the magic that is air conditioning. I have a machine in my backyard, connected to my house though a series of tubes and ducts that ensures that the entirety of my house is 74 degrees all the time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on August 31, 2012

Contains dinosaurs on a spaceship as promised
fearfulsymmetry: "It's actually a hugely nerdy in joke..."

Yes, well? You must tell us now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:20 AM on August 29, 2012
Mezentian: "Part Five is up."

Boy, that took an abruptly different tone. I'm not sure I buy the Pond-Williamses having sreaming, yelling, storm(ageddon) out of the house fights, though. Not that their relationship is perfect, but I'd guess their struggles to be more of the broody, sullen, silent-treatment (Silence-treatment?) type.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on August 31, 2012

Divine Lorraine
Thorzdad: "So, what does being placed on the National Register of Historic Places do, if it doesn't, apparently, prevent a developer coming from stripping a building's interior?"

Basically nothing. Listing on the National Register only provides protection if the project to be performed on the structure uses Federal money, and even then there are very few interiors that are considered "significant historic features" when Federal projects are considered.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on August 30, 2012
LionIndex: The main caveat is that whatever is deemed historic is accessible in some way by the public... In CA, the building code has significant allowances for historical buildings that ease up the requirements of the regular code should the building be altered

That all may well be true, but none of it is a direct function of listing on the National Register of Historic Places. There are lots of State and Local laws that provide protection or other… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on August 30, 2012

Negotiating a Salary for New Job Offer in Libraryland.
Is it possible to negotiate myself out of a job?

Yes, but you need to decide if that is a good thing or not. I had a job offer on the table at a place I really wanted to work so I could get out of a shitty job, but it was going to end up being a pay cut (more money, but fewer hours). I regretfully declined, but several months later, I found out about a MUCH better position at the same organization, and that has worked out fantastically.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on August 30, 2012

Should I pay $300 more for a plane ticket to Europe to keep the peace with friends?
Yeah, this request is almost inconceivable until you remember it is within the event horizon of Wedding Money Weirdness. It still doesn't make it OK, and certainly not something you should agree to, but it's at least understandable in that context. Everything about money gets a little funky around a wedding.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on August 30, 2012
elizardbits: "Yeah, but none of the people asking for money from the OP are actually getting married! They're just snagging onto the extant madness and being like LOL I DUNNO JUST PAY FOR OUR TRIP DUDE."

The Wedding Money Weirdness Event Horizon is strongly focused on the bride and groom, but it does extend for a significant distance, usually encompassing all sets of parents and the whole wedding party at the minimum.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:18 PM on August 30, 2012

How can I write my dissertation at home?
Even if you don't go out, get dressed like you are going to an office. It doesn't have to be a formal suit or anything, but just some real pants, a shirt, and shoes so that your mind switches from "at home" mode to "get stuff done" mode.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:40 AM on August 30, 2012

They later attached strings.
"Now you're knitting with power" might be the weirdest and best sentence in the history of video game marketing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:30 AM on August 30, 2012

Forever Football?
Boston Globe-Herald

Dateline: Jan 1, 2084, Ann Arbor, MI

One Last Clash

Today Alabama and Michigan will meet to decide the national collegiate football championship. I know what you are thinking, the playoffs aren't even over yet, but in this case we are talking about the "Heavy Pad Football" championship. Once the predominant form of the sport, now only a handful of schools field teams in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:31 AM on August 30, 2012
Groundhog Week: "This is why I've started to think that there should be weight limits for NFL players by position."

Hey there, football! Welcome to the Sports-Induced Eating Disorder Club! I'm the current President, Horse Racing. Over there is Wrestling, and I think Gymnastics just stepped out to use the bathroom.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on August 30, 2012

IAmA President
cavalier: "Though I have to think my favorite part of the AMA was a grammar dude checking the President (it's "an asteroid", not "a asteroid") and all the meme banter that ensued."

I really love granted's comment from a related MeTa thread:

I was able to read a few presidential answers, and also this gem:

   don't correct the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on August 30, 2012

Men: How was your mom awesome during your teen years?
I had (and still have) a pretty great relationship with my Mom, and I think one of the best things she did for me was that she trusted me, even though she knew I was doing stuff that had the possibility of getting me into pretty big trouble (hanging out with drinkers & drug users, having sex, etc). She knew I would do the right thing (not abuse drugs, use protection, etc) even in treacherous waters. Now that I have an 11-year-old daughter of my own, I am beginning to realize just what an… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:42 AM on August 29, 2012
JohnnyGunn: "was nice to my girlfriend"

So important. My Mom was superhumanly accepting of the frankly bizarre subsection of the female species that I brought over to dinner.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on August 29, 2012

moof
So great.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on August 29, 2012

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