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Why does Jesus not want me to watch iTunes U videos on my iPad?
On the iPad there is a separate app called Videos where video lives. Try there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:09 PM on January 2, 2011
So I just tried it for myself, and iTunes U video does in fact go into the Videos app. I see now that you said that you tried there, but that is in fact where it should show up. Have you tried syncing some other types of videos to your iPad to see if it is a general video issue or limited to iTunes U?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:31 PM on January 2, 2011
Interesting. When I start up the iPod app, I see these categories:

Music
Podcasts
Audiobooks
videos (Note: why isn't this category capitalized like the rest of them?)


If these are the categories along the left hand navigation bar, then "videos" is a playlist that you have created. It won't show up there because video does not show up in the iPod app on the iPad.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:38 PM on January 2, 2011
Wow. I don't even have that menu! The top bar just says "Movies." With no other buttons or options

Try putting some different kinds of video on the iPad. I'm sure there are some free TV Shows and Music Videos you can download from iTunes for testing purposes. Make sure to get them from iTunes, to make sure the Media Kind is accurate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on January 2, 2011

The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity
Gmail (which I click through almost always to Reader)

The Googles inexplicably removed the Reader link along the top bar of my Gmail (Apps) page, which dramatically increased my productivity. Anyone know how I can get it back?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on December 31, 2010
Where's Minecraft?

Everywhere, these days. Have you been on the Internet?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on January 2, 2011

2010 MeFiLiveBlog
The late great Shmegegge did some minor liveblogging of a Cave Story playthrough here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on January 2, 2011
Oops. I meant "late" in the MeFi only sense, of course. Sorry for panicking people unneccesarily.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:03 PM on January 2, 2011

How to correct this half.com shipping error without getting screwed?
Since it was your mistake it should be you that takes the risk. It doesn't seem fair to ask the buyer to enter into a sketchy situation like the one you describe because you made a mistake. I'd suggest sending a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping package for the textbook along with the solution manual, so that the only thing they have to do is put the book in the box and drop it in a mailbox. Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on January 2, 2011

this is the most pressing issue in my life right now
See, for me, it's part of the Jim-and-Pam relationship that Pam isn't really as good at the silly/quirky stuff as Jim. Jim's generally slick -- no one can prank Dwight like Jim, no one comes up with the most thoughtful gifts like Jim. It's like his superpower (although one, we know, that has its limits).

But that's the thing about that episode -- it was a Bizarro Jim episode. Dwight beat him at pranks and Pam beat him at amazing, personal gifts. It... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:04 PM on December 29, 2010

eReader that is friends with Linux
With an iPad and the Bluefire app, I download the .ascm file to my Mac and load it into my Dropbox, then when I tap the .ascm file in the Dropbox app on my iPad, it gives me the option to open the file in Bluefire. It's not the best e-reader app out there, but it's good enough for free.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on December 27, 2010

Songfilter: Sci-fi themed cabaret songs
"Science Genius Girl" by Freezepop might be perfect (science + girl!)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:09 PM on December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight!
).).

I'm not familiar with that emoticon. Pair of frowny pirates? Wolverine claws?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on December 20, 2010

Flush in Finland. Bin in Benin.
Yeah, this site tagline should be "Cancel 80% of your Bucket List travel plans now".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:29 AM on December 20, 2010

How do I hack a Wii video game?
Once you have installed homebrew on your Wii, there is a program called Ocarina that makes cheating online trivially easy. Ruins online, if you ask me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:45 PM on December 19, 2010

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story
Worth it for the "follow" the @Star_of_Bethlehem joke.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on December 17, 2010

The Deep
We are kind of like a film of algae on the surface of the place.

I believe the statistic I heard once is that, even with all the apparent variation in elevation on the surface of the Earth, if you shrunk the planet down to the size of a billiard ball, the Earth would be smoother than the billiard ball. Might have been bowling ball, I forget.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on December 17, 2010

Easier favoriting on the mobile version?
We talked about this in August. My suggestion at the time was to put the + in front of the X Favorites, with the idea that it gives you more room to miss on the left without being shunted off to a new tab.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:43 PM on December 17, 2010
And you'll note that it actually behaves differently on MeTa than on AskMe and the front page. In MeTa, the favorite/flag interface is in line with the "posted by" stuff, while on the Green and the Blue they get their own newline. Still makes +ing hard when it is hemmed in by "X Favorites" on one side and "[!]" on t'other.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:46 PM on December 17, 2010

Find me a dog sitter in upper Westchester County
I used to work at a veterinarian's office that did boarding, and we had several clients who would drop their dogs off for the night all the time, often with no advance notice at all. We could accommodate this because we were rarely completely booked (except for the holidays), and we were happy to do it because they were nice people. I'd try to find a situation like this that you could get yourself into.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on December 16, 2010

Cut it in.
When one cares very strongly about a topic or issue, it is not a good idea for one to post to MetaFilter about that topic. One does not have a good perspective from which to judge the quality and appropriateness of the post. Just because one feels strongly about a topic or issue does not mean they need to express that feeling through the medium of MetaFilter. There are many other places on the Internet where one can participate in more open and freeform discussions.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:06 PM on December 15, 2010

Mobile pony
Wow, that story was a lot funnier when he told it.

Pretty much sums of the oeuvre of John Waters, no?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on December 15, 2010

And the nominees are...
clicking the 'Post Comment' button

I like that one too. Reminds me of how at the end of each episode of The Sound of Young America, Jesse says "the show is produced by speaking into microphones." Makes me smile everytime.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 AM on December 15, 2010

We don't want to read about the poors
Seriously, is there a Greasemonkey script that blocks out the comment section of local newspaper websites? I know I shouldn't look at them, but I do, and then I get depressed for the future of our civilization.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:29 PM on December 14, 2010

Wanted: Care Guides for the Newly Human
The Expectant Father by Armin Brott

I buy every new dad-to-be I know a copy of that book. There's a whole series of them now. He's a good writer who approaches fatherhood really well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on December 14, 2010

Musical Pony request
For the front page player widget, how about cramming it into a little bar along the top (like the current shopping/awesome bar) and then cycling a series of recent songs through it? Maybe change the featured song hourly so people can get a couple whacks at finding something they like throughout the day? It would be even better if there was some way to keep the music going even if you switch to other pages/subsites. I realize that is a limitation of the player and not MeFi, and I know that I can... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:26 AM on December 13, 2010

Are doghouses less popular now? If so, why?
I'd wager that a lot more people keep their dogs inside their *own* houses these days instead of relegating them to the outdoors.

Yeah, I think dogs tend to sleep inside now (in a crate or on a dog bed), as opposed to being put out for the night to sleep in a doghouse. There's a line in the Flinstones' theme song about putting out the dog and bringing in the cat every night that confused me until someone from that generation... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on December 13, 2010

Awkward Pregnancy Photos
The watermelon/gun one makes it all worth it. I thought it was great with just the watermelon, but the gun just takes it over the top.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on December 12, 2010

Shipping biological samples, or FedEx: The World on OUR Time, thank you very much.
As someone who occasionally deals with international medical shipments, I would strongly suggest working carefully with Fed Ex to find out what US Customs office will be receiving the shipment, and who the appropriate people to talk to at that office are. We have had numerous shipments of medications delayed because Customs did not adequately understand exactly what the shipments contained or what their intended use was, even though all the forms had been filled out in exactly the same manner as... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on December 10, 2010

No, the other left
Left hand makes an L is a big help, but I am a moderately successful adult with a house and a child and I still struggle with this as well. For me, the almost insurmountable difficulty is if I have to determine left or right of something that is not facing the same way I am. If someone says "my left or your left?" I basically go insane. You are not alone, I guess I'm trying to say.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on December 9, 2010

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 8, 2010
The other week I was considering a rewrite as "Hipster Girl"

If you write it and put it on Music I will buy you a pizza.

What's hipster pizza? Obscure ethnic food? Stouffer's french bread pizza that costs $8? I couldn't decide.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on December 8, 2010

"Thought of You" animation
I love the way the animation allows certain things that can only be suggested by human movement to become reality, like when his arms and legs are stuck to e floor, or when she collapses onto the ground to become a flock of butterflies. Just wonderful. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on December 6, 2010

McLuhanesque
I'm just waiting for the knife bike fight fish between FishBike and bicyclefish.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on December 6, 2010

Brush your teeth...never?
"Caries" is another name for ""Grinny Pigs". You're welcome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 PM on December 5, 2010

mcmyspace angle
Domino's (pizza) recently had a campaign that touted the fact that they have begun using only "real" photos of "real" pizzas in their marketing. I wouldn't eat a Domino's pizza if it gave me magical powers (though to be fair, I haven't tried their new, improved version) but I like the approach they are taking in their advertising lately.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on December 5, 2010

B List, D List, and Beyond
Glenn Close? Really?

Teenage crushes that apparently are still in play: Katerina Witt, Sherilyn Fenn. Not so much: Kelly McGillis, Kathleen Turner.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 PM on December 3, 2010

Popular Favorites RSS
Ponies are not like dogs. They are not born with three legs and a spare.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 PM on December 3, 2010

Common misconceptions that don't really pertain to the question.
When faced with wrong answers, the best thing to do is write a better one. Go ahead and lay out your credentials, with supporting links, if possible, and explain your professional assessment of the situation. I certainly don't think it would be a derail to explain exactly why certain answers in the thread are incorrect, if you do it with some dignity. That is really the most you can do. Getting the mods to delete answers based on "wrongness" would be setting a crazy precedent, and be... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 PM on December 3, 2010

Blew my puny mind, it did
Since we are talking about names with weird associations, perhaps now is a good time to mention the fact that I consider clavdivs to be the Weaver of MetaFilter. Every time I see one of his comments, I wonder where my scissors are.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on November 29, 2010

Crack Flying
there is an interview with a survivor of a fatal accident.

what
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 PM on November 29, 2010

Why is this shit so confusing?
1. Yes, usually to get an upgrade you need to re-sign a contract. That's why they are offering you a discount -- because you are promising to stick around for a while.

2. When you replaced your faulty phones, I suspect they restarted your waiting period to become upgrade eligible. You will have to check the fine print of your contract to see if that was an error on their part or not.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on November 27, 2010 marked best answer

Hey hey we're the pet monkeys!
Sea Monkeys are perfect. You can even buy them off the shelf at Toys R Us these days.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on November 27, 2010

Alice's Restaurant
You know how people are always debating whether or not various forms of entertainment can ever reach the threshold to be considered art? Photography, animation, video games, athletics, and more have all had their detractors and supporters at various times. This, my friends, is "MetaFilter post as Art". Well done, Miko.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on November 25, 2010

$5 Means We're Not the Product
It's a good comment, but it's about 68a3df rational time units old from when I encountered it in the pre-Big-Bang communal mind singularity, having been used to describe membership in the Cabal.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:15 PM on November 24, 2010

We'll need to declaw that cat.
"Christ, what a terrorist."

Seriously, though, I don't get the first one. Am I missing something?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:52 PM on November 23, 2010

How do I break up with him?
It's not clear if you (or your soon-to-be-ex) is in the US or not, but if so, you may want to let it slide until at least next week so that he can enjoy the holiday weekend. If you two are in the habit of long phone calls or chats every night or whatever that kind of delay is probably not feasible, but if you can realistically avoid too much contact until then, it seems a fair thing to do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 AM on November 23, 2010

The Worst Things
Wonderful. I agree with Eideteker, though. If you were to bring a full band into it about 45 seconds in and really flesh it out musically, it could be phenomenal.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 5:04 AM on November 20, 2010

Is it normal to never fight with your boyfriend (or girlfriend)?
My wife and I have been together for almost 15 years now, and we have never had a "fight". We are both easygoing people, are very compatible, and on the occasions when we do not agree, we both are always willing to compromise and see the other person's point of view. There have been a few times when one of us was quite angry with the other, but when that happens we tend to just get quiet or separate ourselves for a few minutes until we can assess the situation more soberly. Usually it... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:55 AM on November 20, 2010

Slumming with Harry Potter?
As has been said above, it's not even particularly good Children's Fantasy (try DM Cornish's Foundling Trilogy for that), but it's not awful. The characters are engaging, and the stories are fun romps (though Book 5 does drag in parts), so the whole series is an easy read. That said, if you are a big fantasy fan, I would recommend reading them, if only for the reason that you want to have them "under your belt" so to speak, so that you can engage in conversations... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:41 AM on November 20, 2010

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