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Being a Type B personality sucks.
If you want a Master's or other advanced degree, think about what career you want to pursue before you invest the money so that you're not sinking time and money costs into something you might never use.

Thinking is not sufficient. If you do not know absolutely with the fire of a thousand suns what you want to do for a career, do not invest in a Master's degree or higher without a well-defined career path in mind (and preferably already underway in a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on February 17, 2012

I do not think it means what you think it means.
The only one I can think of off the top of my head for veterinary medicine is that the drug most commonly used for euthanasia is called "Pink Juice" after its bright pink color.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:33 AM on February 17, 2012

Roux en-Y vs. Lap Band
My wife had a roux-en-y almost exactly two years ago. She had zero complications from her surgery, took three weeks off from her relatively physically demanding job (10 hour shifts as a veterinary technician) and had little to no problems with having sufficient energy and endurance at work. She has lost over 100 pounds, with no deficiencies or serious dietary problems (she takes a multivitamin designed for bariatric patients and a calcium chew daily). She had a couple instances of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on February 16, 2012
My wife really appreciated the videos and forums at BariatricTV.com when she was planning her surgery. They have a good sense of humor about it all (they call themselves "surgically altered freaks") and a lot of good, unbiased information.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on February 16, 2012

We are not friends anymore. STOP CALLING! also don't murder me in my sleep.
Answer his call. "Hey, dude, I'm pretty busy these days, and I'm not really looking to stay in touch right now. I'll give you a call when I have more free time. Thanks, bye." Hang up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on February 15, 2012
So don't engage under any circumstance. It's not (necessarily) going to put you in mortal danger, but it'll egg him on to keep trying to get in touch.

He's already constantly trying to get in touch, so I can't see the harm in explicitly telling him not to call.

Don't talk to this person. You're being stalked.

He's never escalated beyond weekly phone calls (except when he thought… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on February 15, 2012 marked best answer
He calls me about once a week and occasionally he will call in bunches. He has probably called 40-50 times in about 9 months.

Not sure where you are getting the "2-3x a day for a year". I am disappointed that MeFites are labeling this person as "mentally ill", "sick", and insane based on the limited information we have been given.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:56 PM on February 15, 2012

Where should we live in San Diego?
This isn't San Diego specific advice, but throughout my daughter's life (she is now almost 11) we have had great success with in-home child care arrangements. You probably have to wait until you are local to start finding these situations, but they can be vastly cheaper than center-based care and can provide a sort of second family for your little one. The woman we found to watch her on days off from school once we moved to NC has a daughter the same age as Girl Steady, and the two of them are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:40 PM on February 15, 2012

iOS podcast apps and automatic/background downloads
Downcast is 1000x better than iTunes podcast management and automagically updates your podcasts for you on a schedule.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:05 PM on February 15, 2012
No apps will automatically download new episodes in the background - as this is a technical limitation of ios.

Hmm. That does make sense, based on what I know of iOS, but somehow Downcast manages it? I guess maybe it just starts downloading as soon as I open the app, but I don't notice that the downloads are already completed because it seamlessly allows streaming and/or downloading over WiFi and 3G.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on February 15, 2012

Should I temporarily relocate 70 miles from home to find a good job?
People in academia or other very specialized fields make much longer distance marriages work for extended periods, but then again, sometimes those marriages do not work out. It is so hard to say without knowing you and your marriage (hell, it would be hard to say for sure even if I did know you), but you and your husband have to have some serious discussions about whether or not there are ways for your marriage to weather this strain. One thing you mention that makes me a little more leery than… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on February 15, 2012

Finally at 32, I have a chance to come up for air and I need to focus.
Nursing the work, hours, and flexibility appeal to me, but the power dynamic does not.

Meaning the dynamic between doctors and nurses? I don't know about human medicine, but in veterinary medicine I have worked in places where the dynamic was much more collaboration between equals than superior/inferior. In the teaching hospital where I currently work there are technicians (veterinary nurses) with dozens of years of experience working with interns… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on February 15, 2012 marked best answer

A new kind of game
My favorite whacky soccer is the 11 professionals vs 100 children match.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on February 15, 2012
American sports coverage somehow manages to take it self too seriously and not be intelligent enough all at the same time.

ESPN occasionally manages to capture some of this spirit with Kenny Mayne's coverage, but not reliably.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:56 AM on February 15, 2012

I hope it's not johnny gill.
Us 3, Cantaloop. I can't easily link it on my phone, but search for it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on February 13, 2012
Dip trip, flip fantasia.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on February 13, 2012
It's not Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's version of Walk on the Wild Side is it? That would be an order of magnitude more embarrassing than Johnny Gill.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on February 13, 2012
Now that I am not on my phone, and for future reference, here is a (currently) working version of Cantaloop. Man, that was a great video for its time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:52 AM on February 13, 2012
You know what, I thought of that, but figured it was not a realistic possibility! Thanks for coming back and letting us know..
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on February 14, 2012

Cardcaptor this ain't.
I discovered that in WW2 the symbolism of the cherry blossom - the ephemerality of life - was used in military propaganda and used to romanticize not just soldiers in general but specifically kamikaze pilots.

I think that is a very cool point, and one I'd like to know about. I agree with Seymour Zamboni that education can be uncomfortable and even offensive sometimes.

I am not Japanese, but would you use a picture… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on February 14, 2012

"In every family picture ... my mother was wearing a habit."
I love that I live in a world where this sentence just gets tossed into articles with no explanation.

A risky stem-cell treatment in Thailand afforded him a few more years.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:49 AM on February 14, 2012

NYC to have broadcast TV signals streamed to the net. Hilarity, by which I mean lawsuits, ensues.
So, they've basically found a way to charge me $12/month for something I already get for free, then?

You've got a cloud-based DVR that streams to any Internet device for free?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on February 14, 2012

MeFi Academics: Describe the perfect conference web app
I guess this is obvious, but the killer app would be an interactive talk/workshop scheduler.

This is a damn good idea, especially if you've got certain sessions that repeat at multiple times throughout the conference.

Also great would be a one-click "What Should I Do Now?" feature that could direct you to a session or event with broad appeal with broad appeal for when you have a swath of unexpected free time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on February 14, 2012 marked best answer

Adding a sense of drama to the living room.
After moving about 10 times in 10 years, my book collection has been ruthlessly pruned and re-homed (my custom bookplate reads "From the distributed library of Rock T. Steady") such that I am down to two "half" IKEA Expedits and one "quarter" Expedit, plus a little overflow. Since embracing ebooks, I have only accumulated a handful of paper books in the past couple of years, so I don't think my collection will grow much past that in the forseeable future, even… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:29 AM on February 14, 2012

doo doo doo, doo doo doo, doo-doo-doo doo doo
Nothing makes you feel older than childhood nostalgia for shit you were too old for. Doug premiered when I was 15. Get off my oddly colored lawn.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on February 14, 2012

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?
I keep going to this well on MeFi, but I love the complete and total otherness defined by Terry Bisson's short story "They're Made Out Of Meat".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:55 AM on February 14, 2012

If I were clever there would be a punny nickname here.
Veterinary technicians do this to the veterinarians they work for all the time. The nickname is not necessarily a pun, but often it is.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:45 PM on February 13, 2012 marked best answer

Does Football have a future? Or, perhaps, should Football have a future?
It would be the height of irony if the future of football looked like rugby, where no helmets and pads means reduced concussions, because it emphasizes arm-tackling instead of just launching yourself at people.

I really think it would be wise for the NFL to begin a phased introduction of "No Pad Football". Start at Pop Warner, and bring it to the next level (High School, College, Pro) as the kids age, such that all football would be No Pad… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on February 13, 2012
The money ensures that football will not go away.

But surely you could have said the same thing about boxing or horse racing 50 years ago?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:52 AM on February 13, 2012
scratch basketball

gotta be a result of head trauma or drug use, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on February 13, 2012
OK, here is my detailed timeline for No Pad football. The roll-out will take 15 years. NFL, you are welcome to steal this.

2015 -- The NFL announces formation of the National Professional Football League, a No Pad Football league with franchises in 32 mid-market US cities, including McAllen, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Bethlehem, PA, and Dayton, OH. For now, no formal relationship between NFL teams and NPFL teams exist, but this will change over time.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:36 PM on February 13, 2012
2016 -- The National Professional Football League goes out of business.

I'm assuming it is bankrolled, at least at first, by the NFL -- like the NBA does with the WNBA.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:53 PM on February 13, 2012
People pretty much watch football for the hits

The hits are an easy thing for people to like about football -- visually stunning and doesn't require much sophistication. I think people turn on the football game for primarily three reasons:

1. An excuse to get together with friends and drink
2. Their favorite team is doing well and they want to get on the bandwagon
3. They have money on the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on February 13, 2012

MidLife Student Crisis
Unless the tuition is so low that you wouldn't need to go into any debt for it, I'd say it is not worth it, in general. Is your lack of a Master's costing you jobs? In certain fields it is a prerequisite for even being considered for some positions, but I can't imagine that the theater world works like that. I suspect you'd do better off to spend the time you would spend on the degree doing volunteer work in the field and building up your resume and… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 AM on February 13, 2012

You Autocomplete Me
Cute song and video. It's just too bad there isn't really a happy medium between over-enunciating the first "T" in Internet and pronouncing it "innernet".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:31 PM on February 12, 2012

The First Church of Sports?
Sabermetrics?

I don't know that you could say it "reveres" physical activity, but it is a science-based philosophy that has athletics at its core.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:07 AM on February 12, 2012

New Servers
Hmm for some reason the image tag isn't working for me? Can anyone confirm?

Looks fine to me. Those are some awesome cats!

Maybe you forgot to enter your TotalFilter password?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on February 10, 2012

Quietest, calmest, most self-sufficient breeds of large dog for a person who doesn't like dogs?
Do you have money to throw at the problem? If you were to adopt an adult dog, take some intensive training classes, hire regular dogwalkers and poop scoopers, and invest in frequent doggy day camp sessions, you can pretty much have all of the benefit of a dog without much of the hassle. We are talking significant amounts of money though, like maybe $1000/month.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on February 10, 2012

Taxes taxes taxes
So if I calculate everything online and then print out the tax forms, I then can mail it directly?

Well, yes, but the software will not allow you to print the forms without paying. What I have done in the past is just use the software to view the forms and hand copy the data into paper forms. My taxes are simple enough that this is a pretty trivial task, yours may be too complicated to make this scheme worth your while.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on February 10, 2012

*waves hand* Greedo /always/ shot first
GeekDad nails exactly why this retconning is so offensive:

Then there’s the fact that it simply makes no sense at all that Greedo could have shot first. Greedo is supposed to be a professional bounty hunter. How long do you think the career, and life, of a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe would be if he could actually miss a stationary target three feet in front of him that he’s been aiming at for several minutes? In the original version, he misses with his dying… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on February 10, 2012

Inconsiderate Landlord
Well, she knows my work schedule and I have to assume to she understands the imposition she's making but has chosen to do this because she can save some money using some guy who does renovations on weekends only as a sideline.

Ask vs. Guess Culture. Don't assume, just ask. Can't hurt, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on February 9, 2012

DoppelMetaGangers
Well, dave was slightly active, but hasn't been since 2003. His two posts are kind of charmingly dated-yet-still-current -- one about DVD region blocking and one about slumping CD sales.

There is also a rather famous MeFi's Own squatting on david. Who knew?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:03 AM on February 9, 2012

An 18% gratuity will be charged if this post gets more than 6 viewers
This looks like a good place to sneak in Art of the menu

My wife and I have a small but growing collection of menus we love from places we have eaten framed on the wall of our dining room. That blog is making me think about future travel plans just so we can add some of those menus.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 AM on February 8, 2012
Is 18% really the standard in the US now?

As someone who tries to be a Good Tipper, I usually tip between 18% and 20%, but I don't often eat at the kind of expensive places where those percentage points make much of a difference.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:19 PM on February 8, 2012

Not A Lot Of Car Chases In Books, Are There?
I feel like China Mieville does a great job with action sequences that can sometimes be... conceptually problematic. The warfare in The Kraken (involving wind golems, museum spirits, etc) and the fight scenes in Perdido Street Station (involving combatants facing backward and wearing mirror helmets) leap immediately to mind.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on February 8, 2012

Adjusting the sensitivity of an electronic cat flap...
The microchips have been known to migrate, or move from their original position in the body. I've seen one that made it all the way down to a foreleg, and have heard of microchips failing or actually migrating out of the body. Can you confirm with a vet that his chip is still active and is where it is supposed to be?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on February 8, 2012

Caution section in factsheet
"Caution" actually sounds perfect to this native English speaker. It suggests something that must be paid attention to, but is not inherently dangerous.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on February 7, 2012

We don't just talk any more.
Create a lineup for the following:
1. Most musically talented supergroup
2. Most commercially successful supergroup
3. Supergroup perfectly balanced between talent and success
Age/time/death is not a barrier, ie. you can have 70s Clapton in the same band as 90s Grohl. However, rivalries and personalities must be accounted for, ie. you cannot realistically have people who hate each other in the same band.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on February 7, 2012

Single Digit Theory
Fascinating. My 10-year-old was just asking me why "the finger" was so offensive. Now I get to tell her about Ancient Greek penises, oh joy.

Also, I'd love to see that Boston Beaneaters photo.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:47 AM on February 7, 2012

Elbow
That is deeply weird. The song is great though!
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on February 6, 2012

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