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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on August 10, 2012

Lets go to the tape
One way I could see this benefiting athletes is by having the stretching/pulling feeling of the tape on their skin reinforce the "right" motions of their body and muscles for their sport or event - using all their abdominals on every hit for a beach volleyballer, or twisting their shoulder in just the right way for a diver. Though I guess by the time you get to the Olympics, you should probably already have the muscle memory thing down pretty well.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on August 10, 2012

Curiouser and curiouser
Couldn't stay up late enough to watch live, but later I hope to check out the video Brandon and others linked to above. I just read through this thread while getting ready for wark, and I am already tearing up. Good job NASA, good job USA, good job humans.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:45 AM on August 6, 2012
Pictures taken by a rocket that just delivered a nuclear-powered car-sized robot scientist to Mars are being leaked to the media a few minutes after arriving on Earth from a bazillion miles away.

The parachute picture was actually taken by a completely different spaceship that we already had hanging around Mars. Not sure if that is awesomer or not.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on August 6, 2012
Curiosity/Mars is my OTP

I am on Team Curiortunity.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:24 AM on August 6, 2012
What we need is a roving vehicle with advanced experiments in biology and organic chemistry able to land in the safe but dull places and wander to the interesting places.

How about a fleet of rovers roaming inhospitable and inaccessible places on Earth? They could make for fascinating wildlife observation platforms.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on August 6, 2012
nangar: "Yes, here it is, a color panorama from the mastcams."

Literally gives me butterflies in my stomach looking at that picture... of MARS... taken by A ROBOT. I can't even... Thanks nangar.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:18 AM on August 9, 2012

Lexicon: What came after
Sign me up as hard and as fast as possible. My email address is in my profile.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:43 AM on August 9, 2012

Facebook's Edit feature looks mighty perty; can I has edit comments plox?
Perhaps the next staff member of MetaFilter Industries, LLC could be a professional copyeditor, who is responsible for editing posts and comments for grammar and meaning. We could just add a few flags to the dropdown so users could alert the EditMod to fix things:

- Typo
- Verb tense problems
- Just a general mess
- Not sure what I'm trying to say here
- Please fact check

Really though, I'd like to… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:40 PM on August 8, 2012
now the comment is UTTER PERFECTION

link or it never happened

What about a trial run on just one of the subsites? You could start with Ask, as it is a part of the site where the comments are not really supposed to refer to each other (of course, they do in reality, but much less so than on the other subsites).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:44 PM on August 8, 2012
A simpler solution might be to offer a required drop-down edit reason. "Edited for factual error," "edited for clarity," "edited for grammatical error," and so on.

We could also add "edited for lulz" and if they select that? Instaban.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:04 PM on August 8, 2012
not all of us are cut from mod cloth

I see what you did there (and it looks fabulous on you).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:59 AM on August 9, 2012
This is less an "edit window" and more a "typo fixer".

This is a great idea. I'd suggest the button for this feature being something like [fix typo] or [correct error] instead of [edit comment]. Sends a much clearer message, especially for new users or people who never come to MetaTalk.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on August 9, 2012

Can we get our baby to sleep alone without a few nights of crying?
Our daughter was an AWFUL sleeper from birth right up until her second birthday, when we moved her from her crib to her big girl bed. That very night, Dear Reader, she slept through the night for probably the fifth or sixth time ever, and she almost never woke in the middle of the night after that. My wife and I were furious we didn't make the move MUCH earlier. Would we have done it as early as 12 months? Maybe. she was a confident walker (started at 10 months), and her toddler bed was no more… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:35 PM on August 8, 2012
Also - never ask if they're ready for bed, always tell. "Ok! Time for bed! Yay! Bed!"

Oh hells yes. One of the best things I've ever learned as a parent (and it still applies to parenting my 11-year-old) is never ask a question when you already know what the answer needs to be. "Do you want to wear your red shirt?" should be "Let's see how quickly you can get into your red shirt!" and "What do you want for lunch?… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on August 9, 2012

Reclusive mum and family issues
You can't change someone who doesn't want to change. I think the best outcome in this situation is to focus on your father, and make sure his mental and physical health is as good as it can possibly be. Encourage him to visit and do other things by himself, even if this means getting some kind of professional nursing care for your mother). Perhaps if he is happy and independent it will insipre your mother to begin making some of the same changes?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:37 AM on August 9, 2012

"An Engagement at the ICA"
asnider: "good luck on the next project"

"A Conception at the ICA" followed relatively promptly by "An Internment at the County Jail".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on August 8, 2012

For the first time in Olympic history all the participating teams will have female athletes
Mentioned (obviously) in the article, but for reference: I'm not.. I'm not that strong a swimmer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 AM on August 8, 2012
So how about all the events where the men wear shorts and the women wear glorified panties?

Watching the men's gymnastics last night, my wife asked, "Why do the men have to wear pants?" I gave her the old crook eye and said, "Well, otherwise their flopping junk would get in the way." Of course, she meant "as opposed to leotards", but it gave me my yuks for the evening.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on August 8, 2012

Lights Out for Safety? I Think Not!
OMG babies. If you wake a sleeping baby by shining headlights into their room, whoever put them to bed gets to kick you in the face.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:58 AM on August 8, 2012 marked best answer
Oh, another possibility just occurred to me from out of the mists of my own adolescence: If it is really late, it may be teenagers coming home after curfew and not wanting to wake the parents.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on August 8, 2012

Pet Microchip choices
I used to work at a vet's office that sold HomeAgain chips. The annual fee is an added level of service. I know it includes a fax blast service that faxes all vets and shelters in the area if you pet is lost, along with some other things. The identification is a one-time, permanent fee. Just please make sure to keep HomeAgain updated if you move, change your phone number, or rehome your pet. There is nothing more frustrating than finding a chipped pet, but the phone number… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on August 7, 2012
Rock Steady: The vet told me that all microchip services send out a fax blast. They said nothing about the value added service and I can't find a description on HomeAgain's site of exactly how the paid service differs from the free service.

Hmm. I may be wrong about what is included in the one-time fee, but I was pretty sure the fax alert thing was only for annual customers. In any case, I never recommended people pay the annual fee.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:18 PM on August 7, 2012
And I could find no way to contact any form of customer service. I was met with dead phone numbers and no link on their website.

Hmm. I've never tried to do it myself, so I don't know about that, but I can't say I'm exactly surprised, based on my experience with HomeAgain customer service from the pet-finder's end of it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on August 8, 2012

Stuck in the middle of spouse and parents
Can you sit down with your spouse and come up with some kind of schedule/quota that is acceptable to you both? Something like "Six visits per year, and you can back out of two of them, plus the week vacation". Once it is agreed upon, you can both count on it and rely on it, and the stress and anxiety about it will be gone. It also provides a valid reason you can give your Mom for why you can't come every weekend or whatever -- "Mom, this is the compromise that Spouse and I have… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 PM on August 7, 2012

Email addresses and other people
I do not want to give up my current Gmail address

In the outside chance it is Gmail you are attached to, and not your specific email address, you can easily and cheaply get Google Apps for My Domain set up on whatever domain you might want to buy -- julie@bug.com instead of juliebug@gmail.com.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:30 PM on August 7, 2012

We don't want to kick out our reclusive roommate, can we salvage this?
Look, I agree with everyone who says that people are different, and that you may want to count your blessings about having a keeps-to-themself roomie, but this:

I recently went to the kitchen where she was cooking herself lunch. She turned the heat off on her half-cooked noodles and left.

is strange to the point of offputting. I might address that specifically along with the "chip in for common expenses and participate… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on August 7, 2012
IDK, maybe from the roomie's POV, the OP was looming over her creepily while she was just trying to have a quiet meal alone after a super stressful morning.

As howfar said, totally possible, but even if so, that's something that should be dealt with, not allowed to fester. If something he is doing is making her that uncomfortable, surely he should know about so he can change his behavior?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on August 7, 2012
Andrhia: "OP, there are two things I'm picking out of your question. One is that she didn't start out like this; the first few months were about as you expected. If this situation has changed, then presumably something occurred to make her less comfortable with your living arrangement. What might have happened?"

That is a very good point, and I didn't catch that in my initial read of the question. You need to look more at this aspect of the situation before proceeding, I think.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on August 7, 2012
We tried to explain this before she moved in.

I totally agree with hermitosis here, in that (depending on things like leases or other binding legal agreements) you are well within your rights to ask her to move out so that you can find a housemate who better fits your living style, assuming you give her adequate notice. I would suggest that you examine exactly how you communicate this desire to prospective future tenants, and try and find ways to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on August 7, 2012

Laptop or NO Laptop.
Problem is... he paid using his Credit Card and, on the billing info, instead of writing his address down he used mine

Did he put your address in the "Ship To" area? If so, best case scenario is the order goes through anyway, worst case scenario is they cancel the order.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on August 7, 2012

Computing for a 90-year-old?
I'm not sure he'd cotton to using a mouse and keyboard from the couch

I tried to teach my grandfather to use the computer, and I can tell you from experience, that he may not cotton to using a mouse period. It was insanely difficult for my grandfather to grasp and execute concepts like single vs. double click, left vs right click, and click-and-drag. If I had it to do over again, I would at least try a tablet first.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on August 7, 2012
Also, as I read through the answers on that old question of mine, I noticed jessamyn's good suggestion of a trackball instead of a mouse, which may be of interest to you specifically.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on August 7, 2012

The benefits of alcohol without the alcohol?
If you replace "wine" with "bananas" and "alcohol" with "potassium" in your question, I think everyone here would tell you to find whatever health benefits potassium might provide from some other source.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on August 7, 2012

Building a Lionel Richie Head
I'm disturbed by the words "Lionel Ritchie head".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on August 7, 2012

The American Military's Most-Trusted News Source
I quite like the "Never Bring a Mustache to a Beard Fight" t-shirt they are selling.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on August 7, 2012

Just about 3 seconds
Which is why I believe every Olympic heat and event should include one average human for comparison's sake.

I've been saying this all along, and I am totally serious about it. You could have contests all around the world to see who would get to be the average person for each event. I think you have to give them a week to train so they would at least know what the fuck they were doing (especially for sports like gymnastics and diving and such), but I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:26 AM on August 7, 2012
NFL receiver Julio Jones vs sportscaster Rich Eisen in a 40 yard dash

Holy crap that is striking.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:37 AM on August 7, 2012

intervew + funeral
running the risk of the interview being skewed in her eyes because of my grief

Honestly, I don't even know what that means. You think she will think less of you because your family member just died? That just doesn't make any sense to me, so I think I must not be understanding. As griphus says, better they know your mindset going into the interview so you can get sympathy points for bravely soldiering on despite your personal situation.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:37 PM on August 6, 2012

I sort of lost it at a semi-work function. Should I apologize to my colleagues who were present?
I noticed that one of my team leaders didn't really talk to me for the rest of the night, or if he did, it seemed reluctant. Before my incident it was fine but afterward it felt like he was ignoring me.

People so often interpret the silence of others as judgement, but it might have been just awkwardness or even sympathy for your discomfort and embarrassment. He may have been struggling for something to say that would make you feel better, but since… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on August 6, 2012

In my universe the dipper points to the South Star
ook: "I haven't read 1Q84, but if the big dipper is an important plot point there it wouldn't be at all impossible for you both to temporarily misremember something as subtle as which direction a constellation should be pointing."

It's not, but -- for benefit of astronomy people reading this question, and without resorting to spoilers -- a simple but massive change in the night sky goes unremarked upon by the vast majority of the population.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on August 6, 2012

The TRS-80 Personal Computer
TRS-80s were the first computers I ever used, in elementary school. They were already hopelessly out of date (we called them TRaSh-80s), but there was some glitch that were figured out how to reliably replicate that would cause screenfuls of gibberish (what I know realize was hexadecimal) to cascade down the monitor. We were convinced that we had hacked into the Government's computers, and that the FBI would be busting down the doors any day now. I guess we got away with it, because there was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on August 3, 2012

LET HER IN COMING SOON
theodolite: "Oh man she has such a rad imdb URL"

Coming Soon:

Hack-Her

Anonymous has never been so cute!

Starring Katherine Heigl and Jesse Eisenberg
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 AM on August 3, 2012
She tries out for the US Men's Olympic Volleyball team to impress her boyfriend... and makes it?! * record scratch noise*

Watch Katherine Heigl bump, set and spike her way right into your heart, this summer in...

Pretty Priddy
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:29 AM on August 3, 2012

Viral Nightmares
Noooooope. This sort of thing is not allowed in my brain. Get it right out, please.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on August 3, 2012

Contains dinosaurs on a spaceship as promised
The Cumberbatch seems almost too obvious, no?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on August 3, 2012

For the Love of Art
That is chilling. I gasped when I read the headline. I get what he is doing, but as a student of Art History, I lament the future scholars who may never get a chance to see what may become important pieces in the fullness of time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 AM on August 3, 2012

AT&T Olympics ads
I've seen a couple of these, and I never noticed that the video/time in the ad were related to the race I had just seen. Short term memory is what again?

On the plus side, it means I am pretty unspoilerable for the Olympics -- "Oh yeah, I heard who won this event... but I forgot."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:04 AM on August 3, 2012

Colorful Acrylic Photoreality
dunkadunc: "You don't get it. The criticism isn't that it's photorealistic. It's that it's copied from a photo. Painting from photorealistically from real life and painting photorealistically from a photo are very, very different things, and one is much more challenging."

Yes, and playing a pipe organ is much more challenging than playing a piano, but that doesn't make a virtuoso on piano less of a musician.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on August 3, 2012

Google oversteps yet again.
I just did this the other day, but all my old bookmarks were still there, just hidden. There was a little arrow in my bookmarks bar almost all the way to the right, next to the "Other Bookmarks" button. Clicking it pulled up a dropdown that had all my old bookmarks in it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:49 AM on August 3, 2012

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