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They don't live on the mountain, they are the mountain. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:07 AM on January 8, 2009
What an awful sentence. There are (presumably) more reasonable marketing people at the other organizations at the community site you mention. Can you get one/some of them to talk to the clueless one at your organization (about synergies and page views or some shit) and convince him to join the crew? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:01 PM on January 6, 2009
What scares me is that I'm not some kind of "real American". I mean, I grew up all over this planet. I've spent much of my life in countries other than the U.S. If I'm making jingoistic comments about how "I'm proud to be an American" (and honestly, I didn't really make any of these in the blue) then how much longer will it be before other U.S. Metafilter users are doing the same?
Boy, your opinion of Americans doesn't seem to be... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:23 AM on January 4, 2009
Everyone knows The Office is better.
Your opinion disgusts and offends me, you gormless plonker/dumbass sumbitch. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:13 AM on January 4, 2009
Let me just say that I am useless before I have had my tea can of worms in the morning. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:24 PM on January 4, 2009
1. Can someone explain movement in and around Denmark to me in normal English? SKA does not border HEL, right? Does HEL border BAL? There are not two coasts in KIE, right?
2. I'm still not sure how the deadline thingy works, but is it possible to have the games pause from Thursday through Sunday of next week, in the spirit of Christmas? We can all imagine our troops coming out of their foxholes and playing soccer or something. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:45 AM on December 18, 2008
This map is made of rectangles
Ooh, I like that -- Robot Diplomacy! Are there any AI Diplomacy bots out there? It would be fun to set seven of them up and just watch them play. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:54 PM on December 18, 2008
cortex and burnmp3s, I was able to import the ez game I am in into jDip with no problem, but norm is not working for me either. Also, I am so excited to find out that there is Discworld Diplomacy: Octarine. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:47 PM on December 22, 2008
I'm up for Chaos, too. I can try and recruit people, too, if bringing in non-MeFites to pad out the ranks is OK. I'd love to see some kind of MePlomacy wiki or forum spring up so we can more centrally organize this thing. I am really having fun with this -- it was always hell to try and get 7 Diplo-minded people together in person that I think I only played one or two games back in HS/college. Thanks, spamguy! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:30 PM on December 30, 2008
Still waiting for a Russia in ez3... Who doesn't want to be a Czar for a little while? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:25 AM on January 4, 2009
Don't let on if you sign up, octo -- our Diplo identities are supposed to be sekrit, to prevent... Well, I'm not sure what it is supposed to prevent, actually, but that's apparently how it's done. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:58 AM on January 4, 2009
You could do it "Obama is your new bicycle" style and have a bunch of random phrases:
-The following people think this is great.
-These users agree.
-"Great point!" say these MeFites.
-It's possible these users just use favorites as bookmarks.
-Your favoriters, let me show you them. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:55 PM on January 3, 2009
Wow, the dancing. And the bare feet + stirrup socks. And the matter-of-fact voice-over, as if the presenter was watching an entirely different and entirely more German fashionpresentation. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:59 PM on December 22, 2008
I just had a thought. How great would it be if each of the dances were meant to represent the play style of each team? Like the hyperkinetic guy at the end danced for a team that did a lot of fancy dribbling and the slower more graceful dancers were represented a team known for its long, parabolic passing.
Oh, yes. And then the dancers could be incorporated into actual games in the following manner: If a match is tied at the end of regulation time,... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:28 PM on January 2, 2009
Burlington, Vermont (and many other smaller towns in VT - Montpelier and Brattleboro, for example)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Northampton (and environs), Massachusetts posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:10 AM on January 1, 2009
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Or if the cost of an animal's medical care would wipe out their profits or cost them money, do they just let it die?
Not necessarily. The animal hospital I work at sees all the avian and exotic animals from a local mega pet store, and they often spend more on caring for a lizard or bird than the animal will cost to purchase. They have a monthly budget for medical care (per department), and that budget can go to one animal or be spread among many.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:13 AM on December 30, 2008 marked best answer
Cash the check*. Then, if she does something manipulative or bitchy or that you otherwise don't like, go back to not communicating with her.
Actually, cash the check, but be very frugal in how you spend it -- use it only for urgent needs like food and electricity. If she starts any shit, immediately send her back the unused portion with a note saying you are disappointed the gift was not given honestly, that the remaining balance will be paid back... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:32 PM on December 29, 2008
This did wonders for some brutal fan noise in my desktop. I think the dust build-up was making the fan unbalanced. As others have said, taking apart a laptop is not a trivial undertaking, but it's not brain surgery either. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:20 PM on December 29, 2008
In Ferris Bueller's Day Off there is no "introduction" of the cliques, but Ed Rooney's secretary, Grace lists a bunch of them: "The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. " posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:17 PM on December 29, 2008
That little wormy thing in the video grumblebee linked to is the perfect example of how undetectable a filament line can be. Those things are totally convincing, even from up close, and they are like $3 at all the tourist shops around here. The only "trick" to the trick you described is getting the line attached to the glasses. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:51 PM on December 29, 2008
A used old skool Xbox can be had for under $50 these days, and I think there is collaborative play in both Halo and Halo 2. Not as pretty as the 360, but the gameplay is similar, and you can get the entire system with both games (and an extra controller) for less than $100. Not exactly chump change, but if you each can manage to save $2/day you'll have it in less than a month. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:26 AM on December 29, 2008 marked best answer
If you are anything like me, you could start playing this game and not look up until Boxing Day. I agree with the clean house and organize suggestion. Not only does it take up time, but you come out of it with a clean place and a huge sense of accomplishment. Also, try and make big plans for New Year's. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:57 PM on December 24, 2008
Google Apps For Your Domain makes having a personalized email completely painless for $10/year. Good luck getting lastname.com unless yours is pretty unique -- some sleazy-looking company called netidentity bought mine and wants to "rent" me an email address at it. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:11 PM on December 24, 2008
A new kind of oil or gasoline that is self-replicating -- place a few drops of it in a bucket of water and it will turn it into a bucket of oil, that can further replicate itself. the oil industry/Saudis discovered it, but want it kept under wraps, so they put the entire supply of it on a tanker. Only problem is if this "oil-9" leaks into the ocean we've got an ocean of petroleum. The tanker has sunk (thankfully the storage holds where the oil-9 is kept are structurally sound).... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:57 PM on December 19, 2008
Only problem is the edit feature is not rolled out yet. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:59 PM on December 19, 2008
You have to be invited and have the black AmEx to pay for it.
Your American Express card has a color? How déclassé. All the Hollywood celebrities and Washington elite have the new Conceptual AmEx. It's not a actual card, just a certain combination of physical stance and facial expression that combines with just the right sense of entitlement to act as a signal to waitstaff, hair colorists and shopgirls around the world. They will know immediately... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:48 AM on December 19, 2008
I envision something functional in the spirit of e.g. Steve Jackson's Illuminati! maybe.
The fucking cockroach question is winning? It's the most boring one in the bunch! I want to know where the king and queen of America are. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:15 AM on December 19, 2008
At the megabank I used to work for, there was a notice in the safe deposit box rental agreement forbidding certain items (including cash) from being stored in safe deposit boxes. Of course, employees were forbidden from knowing the contents of our customers' boxes, so it was a little tricky to enforce. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:57 AM on December 19, 2008
I guess maybe I give the RIAA too much credit here, but is it possible they are just luring us into a false sense of security, and will spring the trap once we are all back on LimeWire and BearShare or whatever? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:33 AM on December 19, 2008
This is great. Thanks for putting what I am sure was a non-trivial amount of time into a feature that seemed to be in great demand. That said, I think the spirit of transparency and accountability that MetaFilter aspires to practically requires that there is some indication of an edit visible to all users, and that the original text is available somehow. I know this must increase the difficulty of rolling the feature out, but I do think it would be a shame if it were ignored. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:11 AM on December 18, 2008
So are edited comments going to be marked as such in any way?
They are not, in the test thread. I really think they should be, though.
Option of erasing comment entirely?
The misuse possibilities have many permutations.
This is true, and I think the mods realize it. They have said that they... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:07 AM on December 18, 2008
no wikipedia-style history of edits
Unless there is some technical/programming barrier to this, can I ask why not? I guess it just seems like having it would eliminate nearly all of the potential for griefing and abuse. Would the originals be viewable by the mods? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:53 AM on December 18, 2008
I know the thinking is we are all adults, and I really respect that stance, but let me just add that your writing time for an edit technically does not need to be limited to three minutes. You can compose two versions of a comment in a text editor and just copy and paste within the editing window. Of course, that would clearly be gaming the system, but it is possible. I do really like the feature though -- I'm just trying to give some constructive criticism here. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:57 AM on December 18, 2008