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Did you know there will be a whole year of political drama coming up?
Somehow I get the feeling this is a no for my Toddlers and Tiaras subsite as well.

<Mackenzie>No, I am thorry, but I am not doin' thay-ut. You are drivin' me nuth.</Mackenzie>
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on September 26, 2011

Help me create an ARG for my daughter.
Maybe the local museum, library, or historical society, considering those folks often have resources to determine lineage?

I like that idea.

Another fun cypher for kids is a scytale where you have a strip of seemingly random letters that spells a word out when you wrap it around the appropriate item.

Like the Royal Scepter. Perfect.

Better yet,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on September 26, 2011
If you're making an ARG and not just a puzzle trail, the trick is to come up with a fun story in which she is the main character.

Oh, story I've got. Her cat has been tapped to succeed the ailing king, but there is a usurper who is also angling for the crown. She must become her cat's "Factotum" -- a human assistant all royal felines have -- and help him thwart the usurper and gain the throne. My inspiration is coming from the vampire… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on September 26, 2011

They Ate What?
This is all in a day's work for my wife, who is a Vet Tech in the ER at a major teaching hospital. She and her co-workers once pulled a prank on the boss by getting the boss's dog up on the x-ray table with the boss's car keys under him, and then hid the keys. When the boss couldn't find her keys, they showed her the x-ray.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on September 26, 2011

Which dress should I wear to a wedding?
The second one seems much more wedding-y. The first one is maybe too casual, especially with those shoes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:51 PM on September 23, 2011

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work
Animal Hospital by Stephen Sawicki is an excellent look behind the scenes of a large, state of the art animal hospital (specifically Angell Memorial in Boston, in this case). It's probably a bit out of date now, but I suspect the general observations about the relationship between specialty vets, their patients and clients hold true.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:49 PM on September 23, 2011 marked best answer

Mefi Call of Cthulhu game discussion
I would also be interested in this if there is space or a second go-round.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on September 23, 2011

Need help with a jailbroken iPhone bluetooth problem
Belkin's website says that all iPhones are supported

As someone who used a first generation iPhone until recently, I can tell you that "all iPhones are supported" often seems to mean "all current models of iPhone are supported." Once Apple no longer sells it, it is not considered to be an iPhone, apparently.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on September 23, 2011

Spontaneous Human Combustion
I once learned that at a crematorium, the bones still have to go through a pulverizer. I think people think it's easier to reduce a body to dust that it is.

My wife once worked at a shady veterinary hospital that had its own crematorium attached. One time, their bone grinder broke, and so for a while the vet had the high school kids that worked at the hospital go out back and bash the bones to bits with rocks. Deeply disturbing to watch.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:37 AM on September 23, 2011

Louie Season 2
The cold open from (I think) Episode 4 or 5 of Season 1, where his therapist explains just how simple sex really is, made me laugh uncontrollably for 20 minutes. Seriously the funniest thing I've ever seen on TV.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on September 22, 2011

The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters of All Time
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This post was deleted for the following reason: Wrong version of reality. Try again "tomorrow," but click the "Calibrate Multiverse" button on your Profile page first. -- cortex
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on September 21, 2011
This is my favorite MetaFilter thread ever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on September 21, 2011
I am personally disappointed that no one here has lamented the exclusion of "Woodcutter" from Rashomon! (TurboGrafx16). I mean, I was never able to find four friends with four TG16s and four copies of the game, much less convince them to lug their TVs to my house so we could play it in unison as originally intended, but it was still pretty amazing, for it's era. The rumor is it is going to have online functionality when it gets released on the Virtual Console, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:51 PM on September 21, 2011
For while, Mother Monster was known as the game so bad it gave people cancer.

It's not all bad though. The movie version that is coming out in 2012 looks good. It stars A-listers like Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, though I think Megan Fox would have made a better Lady Amree -- do you know her? She was in that little Dr. Terrible TV show that Aaron Sorkin made during the webwriters strike a few years back.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:39 AM on September 22, 2011
Professor Terrible's Mad Monster Musical, you mean?

Right. I always get it confused with the Dr. Strange TV show, since River Phoenix was in both.

a television adaptation of Mother Monster starring William Fichtner as "Sonny Man" and Joan Fucking Cusack as Amree

I have seen that actually. I think when Fichtner won the Oscar he got all evidence of it scrubbed from the Internet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:06 AM on September 22, 2011
I was so surprised they gave Sonny Man a cameo in Exulting Combat Exposition, once they opened it up to non-Famicom licensed games. I didn't think anybody remembered him.

I know. He was kind of... disconcerting. He's not the only Mother Monster reference in ECE, though. If you can make your opponent cry in the Goblins Up Your Graveyard-themed level, the lightning flashes, and you can see… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on September 22, 2011
Own up, you're only bring this up because you saw those clips on All is Awfulness when they posted them last week.

Come on, JHarris, not everyone here reads All is Awfulness, or Blortz Blortz, or jgruber.org, or even has a Friendster account. There's no need for a footnote on every MetaFilter comment. Cortex even said as much in ChatFilter last week, or don't you read the most popular part of the site?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on September 22, 2011

Um... Awkward.
If you want to be very gracious and kind about it, you could officially write of the $150 they are in arrears, but insist on payment in advance from here on out. "Look, I know things are tough right now, but they are tough for us, too. I will overlook your current balance, but from now on, you need to pay in advance." Until we got to know her really well and she learned to trust us, we used to pre-pay for our daughter's occasional child care in bunches -- 4 or 6 sessions at once, and… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:19 AM on September 22, 2011

Lots. Really, there are lots of photographs.
That was actually a fascinating article. I never would have guessed the scale by which Facebook dwarfs Flickr. Thanks for posting it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on September 21, 2011
It's an impossible idea, but in a wonderfully mind boggling way.

You could fund it with the copyright infringement lawsuits you would be able to bring.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 AM on September 21, 2011

Realtime face substitution
Yo, Tom-B, "Realtime face substitution" is a great post title, and imma let you finish, but I just got to say "How many faces can you wear?" would have been one of the greatest post titles of all time!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:50 AM on September 21, 2011

Aaliyah's One in a Million - $6.99 on cassette
Reading this thread on my iPad while, in the background, I watch a documentary about the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" that I DVRed earlier in the evening makes me very excited for the next 15 years.

Also, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins have won 10 championships since this flyer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:05 PM on September 19, 2011
For another year or two anyway. By 1999 or 2000, they were down to $30 apiece for a decent enough four head model. By that time, the money was being made in dual deck recorders that didn't quite implement Macrovision correctly. ;)

In 1998 or so, my roommates and I pitched in to get a $45 VCR manufactured by something called Broksonic. We never called it a VCR, we called it "The Broksonic", as in, "Do you want to rent something to watch… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on September 20, 2011

How would Mark Twain have written "WTF!"
what
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on September 19, 2011

Bushman Lives
Thank you for this. Now is a good time in my life (and in the world) for some Pinkwater.

From the new novel:
He didn’t make cute faces or do little tricks to please the crowd like some chimp. He was not a smiley gorilla. He kept his dignity. He’d had a bad break, but he wasn’t about to let it break him. Maybe that is why he was the most popular animal in the zoo–there are a lot of people in Chicago who feel the same way.

Loving it so far.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:09 PM on September 19, 2011

Severe emetophobia. Need help.
and has in fact told me that the only way she will ever be free of the problem is by killing herself.

I am nt a professional, but this does not sound like something a person who has good overall mental health says, even someone with a chronic, incurable condition. She needs to get some serious psychiatric help, but she must be willing to put in a good deal of work herself. It doesn't sound like she is ready to do that yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on September 16, 2011


Clean out your closet AND help a girl geek get married! I need board/card game items for my game-themed wedding!
I've got one. It's in a pretty red box...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:35 AM on September 16, 2011

Educational programs and movies
Design Squad is a great PBS show that challenges kids to design and build their own solutions to technical problems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on September 13, 2011

Toddler dress-up time!
My daughter used to love dressing up in women's sized clothes that we got mostly from thrift shops and friends. Even though they were much too large, if you stick with smallsizes and are creative about how you use them (a shirt becomes a dress and a short skirt can be a floor length maxi skirt, or even a strapless dress). For our little girl, the glitzier and spanglier the better. She especially loved fancy hats and shoes (but be very careful with heels).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on September 11, 2011
And I didn't finish my sentence. Put a "they can make great dress-up props." in my answer above.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on September 11, 2011
Oh, yeah, Serene Empress Dork has a great point about "grown-up stuff". Old keys, credit cards (can be store discount cards), sunglasses, wallets, purses, briefcases, business cards, cell phones, empty cosmetics, etc. Seem hopelessly mundane to us, but fascinatingly mature to little ones.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on September 12, 2011

Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you...
I don't get why it's a bane. You can easily look up symbols you don't know ON wikipedia

By the time I've looked up the last letters, I've forgotten how to pronounce the first ones.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 PM on September 11, 2011

sorry i was made these purchase because a error...
Baby stuff! Mefites are breeding everywhere!

Specifically, a onesie with a little [+]. Then you can poke it with your finger and say "you're my favorite! Yes you are!" and then the baby will giggle.


Here is where I reiterate my phenomenal idea for a [more inside] maternity t-shirt.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:21 PM on September 11, 2011
Yeah, I made a more inside maternity shirt at Cafepress, many years ago. It was tough to get the text displayed in the right spot using Cafepress' limited tools.

I thought I had seen it somewhere before when the idea occurred to me (last time we were having a t-shirt ideas thread), but when I dug through the archives I couldn't find any reference to it.

I love my "I [+] MetaFilter" t-shirt. Perhaps that could make a comeback?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:12 PM on September 11, 2011

Bargain Lit for the Kindle
Amazon just started a Kindle Daily Deal page, with a book per day at a deep discount -- from $2.99 to $0.99. None of the offers so far have been for books I have been interested in, but I figure it's worth keeping an eye on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on September 9, 2011

Easy and safe way to sell a shotgun in NC
I wouldn't want a gun in my home either, but it's not alive -- it's not going to rise up and shoot you at random. Spend a few minutes googling to make sure it's not really valuable, like showbiz_liz says, and carefully take it to your local gun shop and get a few bucks for it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 PM on September 9, 2011

Power to the PC?
Just screw one of these guys on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on September 8, 2011

Kicking Ass for the Working Class?
ctrl-f "frank sobotka"

I am disappoint, MeFi.

In all seriousness, I was hoping that violence would not be necessary in the struggle to retain the rights of the working class, but I am beginning to despair of that.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM on September 8, 2011

MeFi Pick 'em: Fantasy Football For Lazy People
Fun!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on September 6, 2011

What is the millennial vision of the future?
I would add Gattaca (even though it came out in 1997) to hermitosis's list of too-clean, impersonal, genetic engineering dystopias.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 PM on September 4, 2011

Fat-fingering iPad favorites
Oh, wow. That is phenomenal, pb. Nicely done, but you need to capitalize "Favorite this comment?" and "Unfavorite this comment?" so my brain doesn't hurt.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on September 2, 2011
Kind of clunky phrasing, but I guess it's to avoid verbing "favorite"? They should probably be consistent, as you say. This is really very cool functionality, and a great solution to the problem. Could swipe left bring up some kind of flagging dialog, or does the multiplicity of flags make it not possible?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:10 AM on September 2, 2011

Instant Fall TV Lineup Generator
I'm just going to link to the fleshed-out version of the random TV premise I got from this sitcom generator when it was linked on MeFi here. I think AMC could make a decent run at it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on September 2, 2011

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits
Spider-Man, not Spiderman. GET IT RIGHT, FELLOW NERDS!

When people spell it "spiderman" I like to pronounce it "SPIH-der-mn" like it's a last name like Peterman or Biederman.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on September 2, 2011

when to euthanize a cat?
So, I would say he is not peeing all over your place because he is confused or he can't see, but because he is trying to tell you that there is something wrong with him. I know a number of vets who favor this theory of inappropriate urination. Cats can be very very stoic, and can appear to be perfectly normal when they are really in a great deal of pain. I would suggest you get him checked out by a vet to get their professional opinion of his quality of life.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on September 1, 2011

I can haz owtsidez?
cats should be allowed the option to go outdoors (maybe not so much if declawed) if being indoors creates a stressed kitty

The American Veterinary Medical Association disagrees. They believe it is greatly preferable for cats to remain indoor-only. They say that cats who are kept indoors can reach the age of 17 or more years, but outdoor cats live an average of two to five years. I can't find a direct AVMA link to that policy statement, but here's a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on September 1, 2011

Tell me about Boston.
Also, I really hated winters when I lived in Utah. Is this a very bad idea, or are there fantastic ways of coping and staying warm that I never discovered?

No. If you hate winter, and your daily life requires going outside, Boston is maybe not a place you should move. Seriously. I grew up in Boston and lived almost my whole life in New England, but now that we have been in North Carolina for several years, I know I will never return to live there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on August 31, 2011

Blood in urine can't be good.
TheBones is right. There are many things that can cause bloody urine that it doesn't sound like either of your vets have looked into. Has your cat had an ultrasound to check for stones, lesions or tumors, for instance? Especially with the renal failure, I would assume that there is an underlying condition here that you will have to decide if you want to explore or not. If she doesn't appear to be suffering, then it may not be worth it, given her age and condition and the stress it would cause… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on August 31, 2011

Disqualified from an award for winning it too often?
Are you thinking of "hors de concours"? Much of the time it refers to an entry in a competition that is not officially entered, but I've seen it several times applied to entrants who are excluded from competition because they are too far above the level of their competitors.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on August 31, 2011

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