There's a part in Stranger in a Strange Land where the protagonist pulls his flying car over so he can find a phone booth.
I recently reread Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and sure enough there's a scene where Rife pulls over his helicopter to find a phone booth.
And there's the scene in Neuromancer in which Wintermute tries to talk to Case by ringing each phone in a rank of phone booths, instead of... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:08 PM on June 25, 2010
with their passing, synchronous anonymous two-way connection is effectively dead.
It's getting a bit off point, but you know what else cell phones killed? Talking to people you didn't intend to talk to. For example, I never talk to my brother's wife on the phone. If I want to talk to my brother, I call his cell. I don't have to call his house, have her answer, spend a few minutes chit-chatting about the kids only to find out he's not home from work... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:26 PM on June 25, 2010
Every time I bring up the issue, the shuts down and if I continue, he gets really, really upset.
This is Not Good. Perhaps you need to take a hard look at how and when you are bringing up the issue, but if there is an issue with your relationship that he is unwilling to even discuss, I think you need to ask yourself if that is the kind of person you want to be in a relationship with. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:11 PM on June 14, 2010
Yeah, it's a bit embarrassing that I have managed to forget the holiday that I proposed every year since I proposed it, so I'm glad someone else is picking up my slack.
Thanks, mods. This is the only place on the internet that I spend any significant amount of time, and you all are a big part of the reason why. Keep up the amazing work. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:09 PM on June 13, 2010
What? Oh, just something in my eye. Plus I have allergies. Seriously.
My allergies didn't kick in until, on rereading the post, I realized the links were to photos. Seeing the real people behind this crazy story just made it all so real. Thanks for the update, fake. I had been wondering about the fate of K and S as well. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:38 PM on June 11, 2010
I liked the version they did on Glee last night, but nothing on television will ever compare to the death of Mark Greene. ER was one of the first serial dramas on TV I was really hooked on, and that scene had my wife and I weeping. I had never heard the song before that point, and the way it blends the optimism of the lyrics with a certain melancholy and wistfulness of tone made the scene about 10 times more emotional than it would have been without it.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:49 AM on June 9, 2010
You need to be a Bank of America customer to use the dollars to foreign currency exchange service. It can take a few days for the currency to arrive, unless you go to a major urban branch that stocks foreign currency. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:20 AM on June 7, 2010
Is it at all feasible (from technical and moderation standpoints) to create some kind of Concealed User question? Something that would allow the user to follow up within the thread and would allow the mods to contact the user easily and track their use of the feature, but would also foil casual snooping? It's been mentioned a few times, and sounds like a good compromise to me, but if it's not possible, than perhaps you should just tell us to posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:43 PM on June 3, 2010
Why doesn't MLB just overrule the call? It's perfectly simple to uphold the Tigers' protest and declare the game over at the point of the call. They would just have to cast out the paltry few stats generated by the following AB (just like they do already with rainouts) and could accomplish a number of goals at the same time. First they'd do the right thing, as tzikeh mentions, but they'd also gain a little much-needed good PR as being responsive and fair. They'd also defuse some of the clamor... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:17 AM on June 3, 2010
Let me just say this in support of Jim Joyce. It must have been VERY HARD to make that safe call -- which he clearly thought was the right call -- at such a moment. Surely his baseball- loving instincts would bias him to call the batter out (who doesn't want to be a part of history?), but he did his job. Sure, he made a huge mistake, but you've got to give him credit for his objectivity in the face of so much emotion. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:49 AM on June 3, 2010
I did a pretty extensive search for a phone for my wife a few months ago, and her requirements were very similar to yours (qwerty, no data, good battery life were her biggies) and we narrowed it down to the Xenon or the Samsung Magnet. Sounds like a good thing we went with the Magnet! posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:35 PM on June 2, 2010
Let me go a little more in-depth here, since my last answer was posted from my iPhone (Hi, AT&T!). In looking into a QWERTY phone that did not require a data plan several months ago, the options were very few indeed. There was the Xenon, the LG Neon (which had numerous reports online about problems similar to yours -- freezing, shutting off, not receiving calls), and a Motorola phone I can't find on the website right now -- it was almost square in shape with a slide-out QWERTY. I was leaning... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:21 AM on June 3, 2010
30 Seconds To Mars -- best 'celebrity' band? I don't think there is much competition.
You could argue The Bacon Brothers (totally different music, though), and She & Him top Jared's so-called band artistically, but they are definitely the most successful celebrity band. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:36 AM on June 1, 2010
Yeah, percussive maintenance is the solution to this one. I'd first try pulling out each drawer as much as possible (may only be a fraction of an inch) and then slamming it shut. See if that allows normal operation, if not, repeat for each drawer. If that doesn't do it, try shaking, bumping, or banging on the unit as a whole. If that doesn't work, you are going to need to start taking things apart, and the best way to do that depends greatly on what kind of drawers we are talking about (metal... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:56 PM on May 31, 2010
Ben's sticking around in "purgatory" to be with his dead daughter is kind of really touching.
I'm with kerning on this one -- I think Ben wasn't invited into the church to move forward, and his "declining" to join the rest of them was just him being diplomatic. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:33 PM on May 23, 2010
Can you wear some chunkier casual shoes? I'm thinking like a wedge flip-flop or something. My wife has a pair from Old Navy that have like 2" of height at the heel, and I know I've seen more extreme ones than that out there. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:40 AM on May 22, 2010
I don't know if things have changed since the Global Credit Hissyfit, but banks used to offer "secured" credit cards, in which you make a deposit of between 200-500 dollars and get a credit card with a line of credit equal to the amount deposited. After making payments on time for 6 months or so, the deposit is returned, and the line of credit remains open, like a standard credit card. I know Bank of America used to offer them to people with literally no credit all the time. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:21 AM on May 22, 2010
We have no way of knowing that there's anything sleazy about the bar, and it's not even a strip club by any rational definition of that phrase.
There is certainly stripping going on at that bar, at least occasionally, and, as mentioned in another comment that I can't find at the moment, it is likely that Lounge Lux was not the "switch" in this bait and switch ploy, but rather the "bait" -- a job at this nice-looking club leads... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:32 PM on May 21, 2010
MetaFilter has a pretty nice print stylesheet, so if you just do the old File, Print from your browser you should get a nifty looking hard copy, if that's what you want. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:23 PM on May 21, 2010
Steal a page from the major retail stores if you can and staff the NEW store as much as possible with staff from the OLD store. The staff at the new store needs to know your product and your procedures down pat so they can give a good first impression to the new market. You may not be able (or willing) to force people to transfer to the new location, but perhaps some of them are interested in relocating anyway? Especially if there is a promotion involved (offer the Assistant Manager from the old... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:02 PM on May 20, 2010
There's a fine line, though. You don't want to be like Giada DiLaurentiis and throw a full-on Italian pronunciation at words like "mozzarella" and "rigatoni". People who are familiar with exotic foods are also familiar with their butchered pronunciations, so just do your best, and don't try and strain yourself being too authentic. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:56 AM on May 20, 2010
When it comes to convincing them that this is human trafficking, I think the approach varies depending on whether they (A) are educated about the concept of trafficking and the techniques and tricks that traffickers use, but just refuse to admit they are in that type of situation, or (B) are not that familiar with the idea of human sex trafficking and maybe don't think it is a real thing. If the latter, then I think you need to find some resources to introduce them to the concept. I'm thinking... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:01 AM on May 20, 2010
We are in Abu Dhabi (UAE), so a lot of resources that those of you who are in the US take for granted are simply not available.
Yeah, that's definitely important information. I was going to ask if you are in a college town, because if so, you can always find students willing to haul stuff for you super cheap, but they may not have trucks/equipment. I suspect this is actually very similar to your current situation -- plenty of labor but the equipment... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:14 AM on May 16, 2010 marked best answer
don't forget to (a) take time before sundown to make sure every room has lamps or overhead lighting
Oh, hell, yes. We once had to move into an apartment after dark (the movers showed up 4 hours late, and it was a two hour drive to the new place) by the light of the open microwave oven, a gooseneck desk lamp, and a three-foot tall novelty jack-o-lantern. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:06 PM on May 17, 2010
The two things that struck me most about bike riding in Holland when I spent a few weeks there years ago were:
1. Biking in all manner of clothing. From formal to informal, fashionable to dorktastic. Many, many women biking in heels and short skirts.
2. Doing "weird" things while biking -- this was captured nicely in the video by the guy biking along while pulling a second, riderless bike along with him. Teens biking with three of their friends... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:02 PM on May 17, 2010
Is there a MeFi word for the experience of beginning to type what one thinks is a very witty and or insightful comment, only to realize that the very same observation has already been hidden in the title of the post? No? Well, in that case...
The tour is DEFINITELY worth it, especially if you rarely get to Fenway. Even on a game day (you don't get to go in the dugouts or on the field) you still get to see the park from every vantage point, and learn a great deal about its history. A couple of years ago, I went to the tour fairly early in the day, and then just hung around the Fenway area for a few hours, watching "game day" coalesce around me. It was kind of a magical experience, and I heartily recommend it. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:55 PM on May 10, 2010
One bit of advice as far as the health insurance goes: It may be cheaper to get two separate plans -- an "Individual" plan for yourself and an "Individual +1" plan for your wife and the baby. The two separately can be much cheaper than one "Family" plan (which must be priced higher to account for families with 3 or 4 children). Not all companies may offer the Individual +1 (it's designed, I think, for childless couples or single parents), but it may be worth it to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:52 AM on May 7, 2010
I really feel like a failure when someone said "What?" or "Say that again" to me.
This may not be entirely a function of your grammar, if you have an accent. There are many Americans who are particularly bad at understanding even the slightest foreign accent.
As dfriedman mentions, there are certain mistakes that you seem to be predisposed to making, and that may be related to the structures of your... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:20 AM on May 1, 2010
Yeah, I'm of two minds about this. On one hand, I'm disappointed that the US didn't take advantage of this opportunity to do something creative and inspirational with the potential to influence generations of future architects (something like Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion); on the other, I agree to some extent with Malor, EmpressCallipygos and anotherpanacea -- We have no one to blame but ourselves, this Expo is not exactly world-shattering, and maybe we have better things to be... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:13 AM on May 1, 2010
I'm not sure it has actually inspired people (other than myself), but the Dropkick Murphys' Worker's Song is certainly intended to fall into this genre.
Baseball genius and old-guy rocker Peter Gammons has called for that song to become the anthem of the Democratic Party -- an idea I heartily endorse. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:14 PM on April 24, 2010
You can overlap two curtains by putting the one ring through the holes in both curtains. If you overlap two or more rings' worth they will be practically leak-proof. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:13 PM on April 24, 2010
A small percentage of the drop can also be attributed to older, "traditional" NASCAR fans leaving because of their perception that things have gotten "too corporate" (read bland) and that the races are not as good as they used to be.
Exactly. The biggest auto racing fans I know -- here in the home of NASCAR (North Carolina) -- are fans of local and regional stock car racing circuits, not NASCAR. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:01 PM on April 22, 2010
I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer here, but most of those sounds were heard only in the spring and summer of 1997, and not since then. Surely there was just some geological wackiness going on for a few months that was creating biological-sounding noises, right? Has anyone correlated the sounds with seismograph activity? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:24 PM on April 19, 2010