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Reminds me of Jessamyn's technically legal Patriot Act sign for libraries:

THE FBI HAS NOT BEEN HERE

watch closely for the removal of this sign

posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:55 AM on January 18, 2012

What's your favorite line from "The Simpsons"
"Augh, my eyes! The goggles do nothing!"
--Rainier Wolfcastle
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:17 PM on January 17, 2012
Nobody snuggles with Max Power, Marge. You strap yourself in and feel the Gs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on January 17, 2012
"I see you've played Knifey Spooney before."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:01 PM on January 17, 2012
"Yeah, Moe, that team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked!"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on January 17, 2012
"Call 1-800-DOCTORB! The 'B' is for 'bargains'!"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:17 PM on January 17, 2012
"What do you say we take a relaxed attitude towards work and watch the baseball match? The Nye Mets are my favorite squadron."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:47 PM on January 17, 2012
"The fingers you are using to dial are... too fat. Please mash the keypad now to obtain a special dialing wand."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:53 AM on January 18, 2012

You're a kitty!
Would it be a bad idea to have the litter box in the bathroom?

The ol' litter-box-in-the-bathroom plan, eh? Well, I've seen it tried a million times, and I've even tried it myself, once or twice. Here's the problem, though. Cats scatter litter when they go. They rake it and flick it and track it on their paws. Even if you get a completely covered box, they still track it around. If you have the litter box in a closet or a garage it's no big deal, but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:07 PM on January 17, 2012 marked best answer

Email confirmation for a car rental that I didn't book, how to handle.
(In the email, there is some text and a link next to my email address that says, "(Yes, this is you.) Learn more".


This is, I think, just Gmail telling you what Grither mentioned above.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM on January 17, 2012

Help me stop freaking out at my bf
I agree completely with Mouse Army. Sometimes I think texting was invented by someone who had a traumatic breakup, and was so damaged by it that they wanted to sabotage all human relationships forever. Texting is NOT A GOOD WAY TO COMMUNICATE. Here is a list of what texting is good for:

1. Non-urgent factual information, ie:

my flight has landed I am waiting at baggage claim
can you pick up milk on your way home
leaving… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on January 13, 2012
Hrm. My list of acceptable texts got munged onto one line. See how hard it is to communicate through texts!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on January 13, 2012

How to make lemonade from my graduate education
I've got a graduate degree in Historic Perservation, and I am... a purchasing manager in a pharmacy. I do think my experience in the field can be instructive to you. The most important thing to do while you are in school is to get actual real experience doing whatever it is you want to do after school. If you want to work in government, don't get an internship doing plaster repair. You might want to look into internships or volunteer opportunities in local government if there is are towns with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 PM on January 12, 2012

"It can't rain all the time."
I love the smart crows and love to anthropomorphize as much as anyone, but it looks to me more like the crow is just gnawing away at that tube and then inadvertently slides down. He keeps going back to the apse of the roof because that's where they like to perch.

I was looking for a non-anthropomorphic explanation, too, but I don't know. The way he kind of waits at the top after each peck at the tube, as if anticipating the slide is just like a kid… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on January 12, 2012
I couldn't help but half-seriously wonder to myself if the up and coming generation of crows was actually trying to teach themselves to speak human language, and I was the target of an early attempt.

Don't be ridiculous. Their beaks can't make the same range of sounds our lips can. The baby crow was trying to teach you to speak Crow.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on January 12, 2012

Júzcar, the Smurfy blue Spanish town
Introducing Mayor Tobias Fünke...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on January 12, 2012

Whoops.
I know! Did this guy not consult with anyone about what constitutes a misrepresentation, or did he just read the definition in the dictionary and come to the conclusion that he could deliberately mislead people into thinking he's someone he's not and get away scott-free because he never said the magic words?

I believe he also had his fingers crossed when he asked for the ballot, so...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:24 AM on January 12, 2012

Do AskMe answers that have a lot of Favorites get weighted differently in Google searches? Should they be?
Here's the list of the most favorited comments on AskMe.

I had a real Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra moment looking at that list. I can tell you what each of the top 10 or 20 comments are just by the poster and the thread title. The only ones I missed were TryTheTilapia's and Elsa's. I spend too much time here, clearly.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:42 PM on January 11, 2012
It's a Japanese arcade dancer in which you engage in "competiversation" with various NPC opponents—a salaryman on the Tokyo subway, a geisha, a schoolgirl, Iron Chef Morimoto, etc.—by stepping on the correct dance pad arrows to fire off the words that construct an effective riposte to their latest rhetorical gambit.


Fantastic Icebreaker! 4x Segue C-C-C-Combo!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on January 11, 2012

Optical illusion illusions.
Eeeeevil.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on January 10, 2012

The Physics of the Wall (Martin's, not Waters')
I assumed that the small amounts that would melt off in the sun or chip off due to friction/attack would be replenished by water vapor in the air condensing to the wall and freezing. It could also be repaired easily when temperatures are very low by just pouring water on it, and I suspect that is part of the Watch's regular duties.

I never really questioned the stability of the Wall. I mean, it's just a sort of miniature man-made glacier, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on January 10, 2012

He rides the subway. He makes instant coffee.
I don't buy it. I'm sure there are all sorts of awesome and mindblowing things happening just out of frame in each of those pictures. Goblins juggling crystal balls, armies of thin men in slim suits waiting at his beck and call, face-painted androgynes writhing to silent music, impossibly gorgeous supermodels having babies, etc. You know, Bowie stuff.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 AM on January 10, 2012
I've always been charmed by this "normal" photo of Bowie with his camera at his son Duncan's graduation. (College of Wooster, 1995)

The best picture ever taken of me was taken in about 1993. I was in high school. I had long hair and was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates cap and (I think) a ringer T-shirt. My skin was clear and slightly tanned, I had a great smile and my eyes weren't too squinty. I was casually holding a soda can that could be… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on January 10, 2012
I went to a talk by Duncan Jones (said baby now grown up) following a screening of Moon (which is brilliant).

Whoa, whoa, motherfucking whoa. Are you telling me Zowie Bowie directed Moon? Goddamnit, David Bowie is amazing even at 50% dilution. Unbelievable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:39 AM on January 10, 2012

No future
When I saw Rihanna wearing a plaid dress, ripped tights and creepers on the X-Factor, I knew punk was making a resurgence.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on January 9, 2012

"When I was a child, I went hiking and found a lake."
If you enter the first room of the dungeon and then exit back to the world map and return to the dungeon, the door in the north wall will be unlocked. This is often referred to as a "glitch", but since it does not affect any other door in the game, I have to assume that it was included as a tiny bit of handholding for beginners who might abandon the whole dungeon entirely upon seeing a locked door in front of them. Once they've made it through the first dungeon, they will be more… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 AM on January 9, 2012

Apple TV, music with screen off
You probably already know this, but just in case, I'll mention that you can stream AirPlay audio from a Mac or an iOS device to an AirPort Express with any old set of speakers hooked up to it. If the video functions of the TV are extraneous to you, then this would be a much more cost effective option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:11 AM on January 9, 2012

“All the weaker people have left. Now I’m the weakest one left.”
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This is no consolation to the Chen family, but I'm going to look at the fact that - not too long ago - this kind of story would be hushed up, with nothing but a slap on the wrist and maybe a wink and a nudge to Pvt. Chen's tormentors. Today they are being court martialed and will, if there is any justice, have their careers and lives ruined. The mentality is changing, and hopefully this story will spur that change along a little faster.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 PM on January 7, 2012

This straw is too thin for this milkshake
Caramel apples for desert
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 PM on January 7, 2012
Really over-sauced barbecue ribs
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 PM on January 7, 2012
Unpitted olives
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:31 PM on January 7, 2012

Gift Ideas for a 9-Year-Old Girl?
If she likes to sing and has (access to) some sort of MP3 player, the SingStand microphone was a HUGE hit with my 10-year-old this Christmas. You plug your MP3 device into it and then you can sing along with your music, and it even has a button to mute the vocal frequencies a bit for a quasi-karaoke experience. It is available at Toys-R-Usses if you need something bricks and mortar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on January 6, 2012

How to bullshit a restaurant resume
Any kind of public-facing positions would be perfect to put on a resume for this position.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on January 6, 2012

How do I integrate my possible future into my current need for a new car?
Don't sweat a few miles of MPG here or there. The numbers you see quoted don't really reflect actual driving experience, and as long as you aren't getting a MegaSUV or truck, the mileage difference between a Fit and a Forester will be negligible over the lifetime of the car, given how few miles you are driving.

I feel like he thinks I am being silly to look at bigger cars.

Have you talked to him about it?… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on January 6, 2012

How do you maximize a small home for a family of four?
Storage above the cars in the garage can be quite useful. I saw a project online once where someone had installed racks to slide Rubbermaid-type storage bins into (similar to how a hanging wine glass rack works), but I can't dig it up easily right now. Very useful for outdoor toys and sporting goods.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on January 5, 2012
Rock Steady - saw that, I think this is what you were thinking of?

Yup, that's it exactly. I keep meaning to try it in our garage.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:26 PM on January 5, 2012

Art, 140 characters at a time
Your Aunt Diane
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:22 PM on January 5, 2012 marked best answer
Fake Civil War

I'm not sure that Real Time WWII is "art" -- more like history, I'd think. Also, the replies to Stealth Mountain are the real work of art.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on January 5, 2012
I mean Fake Civil War, duh.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:51 PM on January 5, 2012 marked best answer

Bits of Wisdom on Dogs
I'm so sorry for your loss. I used to put this quote in cards we sent to grieving clients (when I was Client Service Manager at a veterinary hospital):

For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 AM on January 5, 2012

Noise & cats not mixing - help!
Well, you could check with your vet and see about getting them on some anti-anxiety meds, but rock concert for 8 hours a day for a month? I think you need to either board them or find a friend to take them in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on January 5, 2012

How do I get over where I've landed in life?
I have a drive in me to be successful but I feel lost.

I'm going to be blunt here. I don't think that you do. Someone with a drive to be successful does not go to college twice and come away with no degree. Someone with a drive to be successful does not spend 6 years in a job they have no interest making a career out of. Someone with a drive to be successful does not turn down an explicit offer to move into a management position because they want a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on January 5, 2012

`ello Guvna!
Day 1: Tower of London*, St. Paul's, Tate Modern, show at the Globe
Day 2: Harrods, Hyde Park*, V&A and/or Natural History
Day 3: Trafalgar Square, Shopping (either Regent St, Oxford St, Covent Garden or some combination, British Museum*, Theater in evening if so inclined.

* Do not miss. Other things can be substituted if interests lie elsewhere or time is pressing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2012 marked best answer

TL;DR
*slow clap*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on January 4, 2012

a human being as plated with artisanal finesse at a Michelin-star restaurant, with a head as garnish
The Jeff Van Gundy Extreme Close-Up is pretty great. Is that really him or a cardboard standee of him?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on January 4, 2012
Holy crap, the Rob Gronkowski one. I saw that play live, and I knew it was bad, but the freeze frame really does boggle the mind. How did he get up from that?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2012

Self-seeking greed and avarice
Was Steve Jobs a "psychopath"? I guess if he worked at a bank we would all be jumping on that wagon.

God, my checking account would be so fucking awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on January 3, 2012

Locked Out... ... and erased from the Internet!
Actually, it seems like what shipbreaker is listing in this post as the "answer" didn't actually work, so shipbreaker is looking for additional help beyond what Facebook said to do. Correct? So, the solution as listed here doesn't actually do anything, and more help is needed.

Right. In which case asking the same question will not likely help, but asking a different, follow-up style question ("I've sent my scanned… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on January 3, 2012

Contact Activity Clock Issues?
Since pb has merged the timestreams or performed some other bit of timey-wimey wibbley-wobbley magic, can I just say that I love statements that are technically correct, but not actually helpful? You see it a lot in stores advertising their sales -- "Prices starting at $14.99 and theoretically going up very quickly to $3.5 million!" or "Save up to 98% but really only about 5% on anything you'd actually want!"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 AM on January 3, 2012

This tastes gross.
Weird taste has occasionally been the first symptom of a cold for me. Not all the time, but maybe 3 or 4 times over the course of my life. It seems to be acidic foods that taste the worst -- try some orange juice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on January 3, 2012

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