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NWY -> STP (nc)
I was England in EZ3 and was quite enjoying it until I was stabbed by Germany. I guess since the Kaiser won it was the right thing to do, but at the time it seemed awfully premature. I thought it wouldn't get him enough SCs to win, and would tighten the resolve of the remaining nations against him. Oh well.

With all of the original series of games (EZ1-3 and NORM1) ended and this thread getting close to closure, we really do need a new MeTa post to keep our momentum going.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:13 AM on April 24, 2009
spamguy, what does GMing entail?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on May 8, 2009
I'd be willing to GM a game. We probably should do another MeTa post announcing it to see how much demand there is at this point. I don't think I could handle multiple games, so if there are a bunch of people who want to play again we will need other GM volunteers.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 AM on May 11, 2009

The Bain Project
Hey neat. I'm new to town, and this sounds like a neat little outing for next weekend!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 PM on May 10, 2009
NoMich, buildings on the historic register are protected from demolition.

This is a common misconception. Buildings listed on the National Register for Historic Places have NO RESTRICTIONS placed on them of any sort. An owner can list a building one day and knock it down the next. The only way to protect historic buildings from change or demolition is through local zoning control. This is typically done by creating local Historic Districts, so that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on May 11, 2009

The Sound of Young America: The TV...
That is approximately 50,000,000X better than anything I've seen on Current. Are you able to shop it around to other networks? That's what one does with pilots, right? I think I see a Cocoa spinoff in the future.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 8:32 PM on May 9, 2009

Ball Passing
Yeah, that was kind of neat, but the faint slapping sound made by ball touching hand is slightly disturbing.

Who is the host in the "nerf balls" link? Her voice is immediately familiar to me. I'm thinking NPR? Maybe a local person from WBUR?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on May 9, 2009
Of course that's who she is. Thanks starkeffect.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:51 AM on May 9, 2009

If I can't dance, I don't wanna be part of your (information) revolution.
Very cool. The parts with the darkness projected over the dancers reminds me so much of the shadow creatures in Ico. And that's a very good thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on May 9, 2009

Groundhog Projects
pb, I have a quick question for you: It’s your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet. How do you react?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on May 8, 2009

Aging beatnik narrativist seeks Xbox360 bliss
Everyone is going to say Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2. Everyone is right.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:00 PM on May 8, 2009

"You still think our next president should be a woman?"
For the love of Pete - it's a fucking sit-com. Does everything have to be over-analyzed on the internets?

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH ANALYZING SOMETHING?

Sorry, photoslob, nothing personal, but I feel like I have seen so much of this "It's just an X, why are you thinking about it so much?" sentiment lately, especially during the whole Ferris Bueller Fight Club discussions. What is wrong with analyzing something?... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 PM on May 6, 2009
Because the "analysis" invariably has nothing to do with what was created and is generally just a projection.

Then we learn something about the analysts instead of the object being analyzed. Still learning something, still not wasting taxpayer dollars.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on May 7, 2009
The best part is you can tell them it's an "agricultural resort" and they think they are on vacation
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on May 8, 2009

Well worth it or just a waste of time?
It troubles me that so many people seem to have the idea that a relationship is a failure or is worthless if it does not culminate in a death-do-us-part permanent connection. Have a great time with this deeply spiritual guy, and either you will find a way to make the long distance thing work, or you'll break up. Maybe amicably, maybe horrifically, but you will (if you are doing it right) have learned something about yourself, about relationships, and how the two interact.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on May 7, 2009

It's quite magnificent, but so is Maine
Again?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on May 6, 2009

How does it feel to know you're a lab rat?
MetaFilter: In sum, the identity of a blog community is contingent on the goals and purposes of its founders. Its institutionalization depends on participants valuing its precepts and acting accordingly. In the case of blogs, because blogs are 'owned' by individuals (Herring et. al., 2005), they can define the contents and the dynamics they want for their blogs. Whether they become a community or not depends on whether the blog services an existent or latent community (Wenger, 1998). In this... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on May 6, 2009

A follow-up and a puzzle
The movie I'm a bit meh about. WHO IS MAKING THE VIDEO GAME so I can solve the puzzles myself?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on May 6, 2009

Today I Die
The only ending I get is "serr jbeyq shyy bs funqrf gbqnl V fjvz" and I can't see getting another one based on how the game is set up. Any hints juv3nal?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on May 6, 2009

Like cult films, but without all that filming
Neat stuff. Thanks, filthy light thief.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on May 4, 2009

Something borrowed, from the blue
Though in fairness, far more potentially interested people would see it here than there.

This should not be what guides the way one posts or comments to MetaFilter.

thong v. bum-floss

Is "bum-floss" the actual accepted word for that style of underwear? Like that's the category title at Victoria's Secret Australia? Actually, I feel like Victoria's Secret would be called... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on May 4, 2009
Is that a shrug?

It's the Pokemon known as Voidiov. It evolves into Shruggo with the Mod Stone.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on May 4, 2009

Which cat rabies vaccine?
I used to work in an animal hospital and my wife is a vet tech with 15 years experience. I've never heard about any sort of risk with the rabies vaccine (other than normal vaccine reaction issues) and our three cats are all on the three year vaccine. Your vet probably wants to make sure you are coming into his office every year.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:01 PM on May 3, 2009

"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will."
My wife has "baby thinking" when we watch sports together (God, that makes it sound like I'm about to erupt into a misogynistic screed here, but stay with me). She notices all kinds of things that are "not important" to the game -- action away from the ball, players' moods, the attitudes of coaches and players on the bench, crazy things fans are doing, etc. I think it is because she was not a huge sports fan growing up, and so she was not visually trained on sports the same... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 AM on May 2, 2009

Make my workplace smalltalk for me
Ask them to teach you some phrases in Spanish. I have a special place in my heart for a Malaysian guy we nicknamed "Juanito", because he learnt how to swear in Spanish in the right context (wrote them in his cellphone and everything).

Yes, yes, yes. I worked with a foul-mouthed puertorriqueño when I was in college, and I'd always ask him to translate his various curse words for me and our other coworkers. It was a lot of fun, especially... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:08 AM on April 30, 2009

Bueller?
Ubu, Cameron is so tight, if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you would have a diamond. Sloan in her lacy underthings is about as porno as he gets.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on April 28, 2009
So here's my question about the Ferris Bueller Fight Club theory: What is Jeanie and how are we to understand her interactions with Ferris?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:31 AM on April 29, 2009
So I've been watching the movie a bit this morning, and a big problem with the Ferris Bueller Fight Club theory is that both Ferris and Cameron seem to exist in the movie. Ben Stein calls both Bueller and Frye during roll, both interact with Sloane, both interact with people out in the world, etc. Cameron actually interacts less with people than Ferris, which leans more towards team lowkey's version, but Ferris is the only one who can break the fourth wall (he can do it undetected around others,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on April 29, 2009
*** Theory Refinement ***

Ferris Bueller is a very sick boy. He has a fatal disease, and he is going to die from it very shortly. Everyone at school knows about it, and his struggle to get well has garnered attention from the local paper and even the Chicago Cubs. His room is kept dark and quiet, but is littered with dozens of bottles of medicine, to keep his symptoms at bay.

In his mind, he has divided himself in two. In his mind, Ferris is just... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on April 29, 2009

This thing is spectrumy.
Picking up on desjardins' suggestion, how about "gradated" or "finely gradated"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 PM on April 28, 2009

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Envy, and Dopey
There has got to be some effect from reporting standards, no? Otherwise why would certain states be so different from their neighbors? I'm looking particularly at Kentucky and South Carolina, as opposite sides of the coin.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on April 27, 2009

Morality and context.
Interesting article. However,

The combined ratings were significantly lower -- more immoral -- when the survey was conducted in the presence of fart smell.

Looks like it was only a variance of .75 (on a 7 point scale), and showed no change for increased levels of smell, which presumably makes people more disgusted, no? I know that "significantly" has a very specialized and specific meaning when it comes to this kind... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 PM on April 26, 2009
This reminds me of Williams' and Nagel's idea of moral luck.

Fascinating.

I have asked my cat what she thinks and she just went and curled up in the corner.

Prude.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:59 PM on April 26, 2009

Dealing with Gossip and Mutual Friends
I agree with the folks who suggest chiming in with positive statements about the person, but let me also add my personal stance on gossip in general: Gossip is OK. We talk about people behind their backs. We all do. It's what we, as social apes, are best at. Sure, you don't want people spreading lies and badmouthing your friends, but it's OK to indulge in a little discussion about others' faults and foibles. They are probably talking about you, too.

Hey,... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 PM on April 26, 2009
ragtimepiano: What about honest commentary about the bad actions of an absent person?

From the question: "it seems a little needy, a little naive, to try to defend the friend: especially when that friend was apparently mean/ugly to someone at the table"

Again, I certainly don't countenance deliberate lies or slander, but if someone does me wrong, I certainly don't feel bad telling people I know about it, and I don't wait until that person is present.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on April 26, 2009
If you have an honest, legitimate complaint, I wouldn't call that gossip.

Fair enough, then. I guess the definition I usually use for "gossip" is a discussion about a person who is not present. Gossip, to me, could include lies and truth, be positive or negative. Keep in mind, when dealing with human interactions, I have found that the line between "malicious, unsubstantiated talk" and "legitimate complaint" can veer... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 PM on April 26, 2009

What foods are best to spice up bland whole grains?
Well, I think can detect about 1 ppm of cilantro (fresh coriander) in most foods, but I also think it tastes like soap, so... swings and roundabouts, I'm saying.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 PM on April 26, 2009

Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off.
Could they have been drinking beer at Wrigley? I seem to remember them with clear cups full of amber fluid, but I can't find video of it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on April 26, 2009

Law, Loneliness, Accomplishment and Courage
That was great. I kept thinking, "I wish she would do a children's book -- I'd love to get it for my daughter." Then I read here little bio where it talks about her dozen children's books!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on April 26, 2009

But what about the children?
A very low-cost option in Concord is the Merrimack Valley Day Care system. It is operates on a sliding scale, and provides care for even the youngest tykes. It is not high-end, but the people that work there are very dedicated and really love children. I can't find a website for them, but I bet they are in the phone book. Our daughter went to the facility at the old NH State Hospital grounds for a year or so, and we were very happy with it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on April 26, 2009

The Umpire Wore a Top Hat
I wonder if there is a market for Vintage Inter Net. You'd have have a whole collection of sites that all used 20th Century hardware and software and agreed to only link to each other to keep the illusion complete. "What ho, chaps! Take a gander at the antics and japes of this comickal dancing banana-fruit I found at the Meta Filter!"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on April 25, 2009

Give me Heartburn like I have when I go South.
Can you describe the style of burgers you are looking for, for non-Southerners?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on April 24, 2009
I don't have specific names for you in the Boston area, but it sounds like you are describing the kind of burger I have had at fried seafood shacks up and down the New England coast. On the Cape, places like Kream N Kone, Captain Frosty's and Spanky's are in that category. Probably the Saugus/Revere area is the best bet close to the city.

Spike's is also a good idea, but I've only ever had dogs there, myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:53 PM on April 24, 2009
This thought came to me literally in the middle of the night last night: What about greasy-spoon type diners? There are two in Somerville (the Rosebud and the Somerville) and I am sure others in the metro area. A cursory Google search suggests several right in the city, but I'm not sure how diner-y they are without further research.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on April 25, 2009

DrossFilter - brute force thread cleanser
jbickers, that is one of the funniest comment fables I have read in a long time. Well done. I'll buy you an Uneven Bars at the next meetup.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:18 AM on April 24, 2009

Blue Lasers?
Oh. My. Fensler. How the fuck have I never seen those before? I blame you people for keeping them from me. That was amazing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on April 23, 2009

internet blockade
Is this where I go to cancel the Googles?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on April 21, 2009
Damn you, Spiffy Rob! I thought I had everyone on board with the "Don't Mention Puzzle Pirates Unless You Want To Restart Rock Steady's Addiction" plan.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on April 21, 2009

Picture Books For A Super-Smart Kid
I can't believe no one has mentioned Zen Shorts yet. Probably one of my favorite books of all time. Gorgeous art, wonderful characters, and a very powerful message.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on April 21, 2009

MetaMobile
gman, what is that? A microwave?

If you put it in some kind of box and turn the volume all the way up? Probably.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:19 PM on April 20, 2009

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