I can feel myself getting more and more frustrated about the difficulty in asserting myself as both the manager to go to for my team, and as a peer to the other managers in my organization.
Neither of these things have to do with not having an office. You could have the biggest, corneriest office in the building, but if your employees are going to their previous manager instead of you, you need to find a way to solve that problem that does not... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:39 AM on March 1, 2011
the funniest frozen yogurt bit you will see today, guaranteed
Well, I suppose that's true enough, but I agree with the "you had to be there" crowd. Let me give you an example. The whole "let me give you an example" thing was making the audience crack up, but it seemed a bit Foxworthian to me. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:58 AM on February 28, 2011
The title of the post obviously refers to Steampunkphilly the award winning wax cylinder from Boys Unto Robotmen, one of the more popular barbershop quartets of the era. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:30 AM on February 28, 2011
Have you talked to her about this? If she is willing to make some changes and you are willing to meet her halfway, then certainly you can make it work. If she is not interested in changing, then that may be a problem. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:40 AM on February 28, 2011
I fondly remember that Hugh Gallagher essay. He was in college at roughly the same time I was, and I remember that essay was among the first mass-forwarded emails that I remember getting over and over again. The Googles say he is (or was, semi-recently) performing in NYC as Von Von Von. Good for him. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:43 AM on February 28, 2011
Removing skunk smell with tomato juice is a myth. It merely covers up the smell. There is, however, a mixture that works fairly well, and I imagine it will work on your over-cologned cat. Mix the following:
1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon of dish soap
Bathe the cat in it, being careful to avaoid the eyes. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse well. A repeat application may be needed (in the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:27 AM on February 27, 2011
Great post. I just learned about it from MetaTalk. I'd like to suggest that "Worker's Song" by the Dropkick Murphys is a worthy successor to this tradition. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:16 PM on February 25, 2011
If you want to try and expand their boundaries outside the usual tween-pop, you might try Robyn, Mika, and The Ting Tings, all of whom my 10-year-old daughter loves. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:55 PM on February 25, 2011 marked best answer
If you leave out the extra nbsp you are not a trufan. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:40 AM on February 25, 2011
Also my Rock Band bands will now be changing their names after every show. It would be great if the game could create some kind of metric for assessing the greatness of your band name and assigned you a modifier to the number of Fans gained per successful show based on how badass your name was. You could change your name to try and come up with a cooler one, but at a significant Fan penalty. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:43 AM on February 25, 2011
I would try and call the office ahead of time and ask if it is possible to arrange your blood test for a time when the best phlebotomist in the place is available, and ask them if they could use the smallest gauge needle possible. Blame it on your severe phobia, and tell them how much you appreciate their flexibility. A skilled phlebotomist and a narrow needle make all the difference in the world. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:14 AM on February 25, 2011
If you played them now, all Atari 2600 would be revealed as terrible. The "you died, try again from the beginning" mechanic in particular--how did anyone survive that era?
It was actually worse in the early NES/SMS era, as 2600 games rarely had any kind of "winning" or "finishing" to them, just higher scores and higher levels. The NES and SMS brought in the idea of winning a video game, but early games still had no kind... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:01 AM on February 24, 2011
XQUZYPHYR: If you held A when you pressed start, you restarted on the World you died on in the previous game.
If you never knew this I'm so, so sorry. For everything.
Oh. My. Fucking. God. I can't. I don't even. I think I need someone to hold me. This is seriously damaging my mental health right now. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT? WHAT. THE. FUCK. MIYAMOTO!!!! posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:41 AM on February 24, 2011
There's probably no reason those games couldn't have been fun with a few more pixels, a few more colors, and a few more controller buttons to work with. But I remember them as just pointless, random noodling, sort of like reading a horoscope. Maybe something interesting would happen, but not because of anything I did or did not do.
Yeah, exactly. Especially as a 9- or 10-year-old boy, I just couldn't even penetrate games like Raiders and E.T. I can't... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:45 AM on February 24, 2011
My 11 year old self hates you so much right now.
The fact that there are so many of us that did not know about this is about the only thing keeping me sane right now. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:39 AM on February 24, 2011
See, that's the thing, my friends and I were into the whole Nintendo Power scene, we knew the Konami Code, the ZELDA thing, the password to get Bikini Samus (JUSTIN something-or-other, wasn't it?), the 99 1-UPs on World 3-1, etc, etc. But we did NOT know this "Hold A to continue" thing. Maybe it's just that by the time we were really into finding codes and cheats we had moved beyond SMB? Once you knew and could reliably get... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:48 PM on February 24, 2011
According to several veterinary oncologists I have worked with, lung cancer from second-hand smoke is not really an issue for dogs and cats. It is theorized that it is partially that their noses filter out more of the harmful chemicals than we do and partially that lung cancer takes so long to develop that even long-lived cats simply do not live long enough to be affected by it. There is a slightly increased risk of cancers in the nose and mouth (this is where the muzzle-as-filter theory comes... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:29 PM on February 24, 2011 marked best answer
This Firefox 4 extension may be of interest. Haven't tried it out myself, but it seems like it might be a nice solution for people who are concerned about the new comment numbers taking up too much space in the page title. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:50 AM on February 8, 2011
Almost a month in... I love this. Love. Love. Love. Love. Please don't ever take it away.
Yeah, I was kind of on the fence initially, but I've really gotten used to it. So much so that I am occasionally baffled as to why it's not working on some pages, but then I realize I'm on Ask or MeTa and it hasn't been rolled out there yet. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:05 PM on February 24, 2011
When I worked for Bank of America (over five years ago now) there were "Model Bank" states and there was "CA, WA & ID". Assuming the situation is the same, you should face little to no disruption moving from WA to CA. Check with the manager of your local branch, though. They will know the current situation. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:44 AM on February 24, 2011 marked best answer
Yes. Because of the way the Bank's computer systems were connected, it would be a major pain to try and use a "CA, WA & ID" account for day-to-day banking in a Model Bank state (all the other states). There were plans to integrate the two back when I was at the bank, so it may be less of an issue now. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:49 AM on February 24, 2011
Actually, now that I think about it, I believe the plans were to integrate WA and ID into Model Bank, leaving CA as it's own entity, so you may be in for another round of account switching, sharding. Seriously though, check at your branch. Dealing with the divide was a daily situation when I was at the Bank (in Massachusetts), so your question will not be abnormal to them at all. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:52 AM on February 24, 2011
Well, in this thread I learned something that, had I known it 15 or so years ago, would have saved me an inestimable amount of time and mental anguish. If you were a NES player, you may want to prepare yourself.
In Super Mario Bros., if you hold A while pressing Start, you will continue play at the beginning of the World you died on. For example, if you died on World 7-3, you will begin on World 7-1.
Like Halo is a "shoot the Covenant" game, Minecraft is a "dig the rocks" game, and basketball is a "put the ball in the hoop" game. Much of the fun (to me, anyway) of IF is figuring out how to make the parser understand what I am trying to do. This is in fact, the primary challenge in one of my favorite games of all time -- IF or otherwise -- The Gostak.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:00 PM on February 17, 2011
If you want a good-faith discussion about a topic, invoking If You Won't Educate Me, How Can I Learn is probably not the way to do that
I think that's a pretty uncharitable reading of Afroblanco's request. I think he genuinely can't read the article and would like a little summary of it beyond the rather impenetrable abstract.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:01 PM on February 17, 2011
Call your local Animal Control, and let them know the situation exactly as you have put it here. Make sure to tell them that you think the dog might be the missing dog in question. If you can't get hold of Animal Control, try the non-emergency number for your Police Department. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:17 AM on February 17, 2011
As I watched the show last night, I thought it was interesting that Watson seemed to be routinely beating the humans to the trigger and I wondered if its reaction time was inherently better than its human competitors, but this snippet from the blog entry linked above suggests otherwise.
The best human contestants don’t wait for, but instead anticipate when Trebek will finish reading a clue. They time their “buzz” for the instant when the last word leaves Trebek’s mouth... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:06 AM on February 15, 2011
I guess my question to you would be, what are you hoping to do about it? Demand that she tell you about her crushes? Tell her that Mom is going to spill the beans to you anyway, so she might as well tell you herself? Forbid her from speaking to her Mom?
I don't mean to be rude, but your daughter has made her decision about who she wants to share this kind of stuff with. You can work to change that decision -- I would not do it blatantly, but subtly over time, by working... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:35 AM on February 15, 2011
This is a great thing you are doing. I have a 9-year-old girl, and I'll get her advice in the morning. It's hard because their tastes are so wildly divergent at this point. My kiddo, for instance, would be horrified to have Dora or Spongebob stuff in her room now (she's more into Monster High and Adventure Time these days). Here are some generalities I've noticed, though.
1. Comfy seating. If space allows, a comfy chair or papasan are very much used and appreciated.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:15 PM on February 14, 2011 marked best answer
Could those of us who aren't members of ask culture get a GuessMe subsite?
Have you ever had the thing where you can't remember the name of a great book you read when you were younger? Yeah, I'm having that right now. It was about some kids that got kidnapped and had to dance for food or something... Yeah, it's so frustrating to not be able to remember, you know? Wow. Huh. Frustrating. Anyway, I'm gonna go now. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:57 AM on February 14, 2011
I love the heck out of those Modell's bits. Danny Woodhead certainly looks more like a sporting goods salesman than a running back. I hadn't seen the other ones, so thanks for that.
pickinganame... has it absolutely right though, the Knicks seem to have mastered the trick of finding likeable, exciting, young players and then getting rid of them like they have mad cow disease. Here's hoping he ends up in the West, so I don't have to root against him so much.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:21 AM on February 11, 2011
Hmm. His art is incredible, no doubt, but as someone who is deeply committed to preserving historic structures, I have a hard time supporting this kind of street art. While some of his work appears to be on already ruined buildings and structures, some of it is carved into walls that seem to be in pretty good repair. The bottom line is that a masonry wall needs a good outer "skin" to prevent moisture from getting into the wall and destroying it from within, and some of Vhils's work... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:03 AM on February 11, 2011
As an Atheist who went to a very mild Episcopal elementary school (weekly Mass, but no actual religious instruction), I think a -based preschool/elementary school can be fine, but this school sounds a bit more religious than I would be comfortable with. I would probably go ahead and take to tour, to see if the website matched the actual environment, but I don't think I'd be sending my child there if the religious element was as pervasive in the classroom as the website suggests. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:13 AM on February 10, 2011
For nearly all intents and purposes, the iPad is a hand-held computer. There are very few things that the average user would want to do on a desktop or laptop computer that cannot be done on an iPad, with the exception of viewing Flash on the Internet and running specific pieces of software (meaning, you cannot run Microsoft Word on an iPad, but there are several word processing apps available if you want to write something). Just ask her what she would do with a hand-held computer. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:21 PM on February 8, 2011
Seems to put the "Is the Ferris Bueller timeline possible?" question to rest. The Sears Tower and art museum visits occur before lunch, though, if I remember correctly. Even so, less than two hours for the parade and swimming at Sloane's seems a stretch. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:03 PM on February 8, 2011