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That was fun. Adequately creepy and intense.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 PM on August 13, 2011

The sport of kings
Pesca, get out here and explain yourself!

Yeah, I also can't see how one might think MeFi is a sport, even by the "Anything that you rank people on the internet is a sport" definition. I mean, we've got favorites, I guess, but there is no Favorites Leaderboard or anything like that, and there aren't even user stats (joined on, number of posts, witty titles) in our bylines. It's among the least sport-like forum-type sites on the Internet, as far as I know.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on August 12, 2011
Like the guy who collects major league baseball jockstraps or something

That is... not a thing... I hope.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:41 PM on August 12, 2011

MLIS x 2, what to do?
So what exactly is the problem? Is it a jealousy thing? If he already has a job, then surely you aren't competing for the same positions, so it's not that. If it is just that there are not many jobs in your field in your area, and you feel like you need to be geographically flexible, but he doesn't want to relocate, then that has nothing to do with being in the same field, that's just a general working married couple problem.

My wife and I work in the same field… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:43 PM on August 12, 2011
This is a problem for me because it seems like I have to choose between having the career I want, and living with my husband. I want both. So far, we have not been able to do that successfully, but we are looking in much bigger markets now (we live in a smallish college town. I know, that's not helping our problem).

Well, this is the problem then, and it has nothing to do with working in the same field, it's just a consequence of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on August 12, 2011 marked best answer
Echoing Rock Steady's third point, it looks like you're in Laramie

Heh. One of the reasons I left my previous career was that one of my grad school classmates took a job in Cheyenne, and I was like, well, there is no way in hell we are moving to Wyoming, so maybe I need to rethink some things.

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on August 12, 2011

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes ...
Seeing him struggle to figure out what to put as an address on law school application forms kind of stuck with me and I remember thinking that I wanted to own a place before having a kid because I don't want the kid to ever feel like it doesn't have a home.

I lived in 4 houses (5 if you count infancy) before going off to college and my parents moved again while I was at college. It was quite amusing to me that I had lived at my "current… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on August 11, 2011

Cameras, cameras everywhere.
I also just picked up the ELPH 300 HS, and I am very happy with it as well. Shockingly good images, and some very cool shooting modes (faux tilt-shift, high-speed burst shooting, super-slo-mo video). If that is too expensive, I was strongly considering the ELPH 100 HS, which can be had for under $200.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:27 PM on August 10, 2011 marked best answer

The good kind of serial killer
Please do not phrase preliminary science results in a way that may give false hope to those suffering from these diseases.

Well, I generally agree pretty strongly with that, but...

Both the National Cancer Institute and several pharmaceutical companies declined to pay for the research. Neither applicants nor funders discuss the reasons an application is turned down. But good guesses are the general shortage of funds… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on August 10, 2011

Does the espn app have video ads?
No. And in fact, when the broadcast goes to commercial, the app just displays a "Be right back" graphic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 PM on August 3, 2011

What style house is this?
Well, the stained glass and the little bay window, along with the hipped roof garage with vertical windows make me think it might be a very simplified (or greatly altered) Queen Anne. A more high-style version of your house might have looked something like this. I bet your porch originally had some Queen Anne decorative elements, and there may be some simple patterned shingles under the vinyl. Look around your neighborhood for less-altered versions of your house.

That… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on August 1, 2011
As mentioned by rebeccabeagle, The Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester is a great book for this kind of thing, but the house in question here has so few stylistic indicators (either because it was originally built in a very vernacular style or because the details were removed or hidden over the years) that that book (and others like it) may not be very helpful in this case. I think your best bet for figuring out what this house looked like is either… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:33 AM on August 1, 2011

You know that Flickr thing? Don't do that.
Cheetara the Thundercat
Kitty Pryde
Calvin's Mom

You are welcome.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on July 28, 2011
Oh! And the girls of 3-2-1 Contact!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:15 PM on July 28, 2011

May this burning pony flesh be pleasing unto the nostrils of the MODS
I do love the BetaFilter idea. I think I proposed something similar some years ago, though I may have just thought about it and not actually said anything. There are great Filter-esque sites out there (GameFilter, SportsFilter, MetaChat, MetaCooler, and others I can't recall off the top of my head) that I think would really have benefitted if they could have opened up within the great and mighty tent that is the Mother Ship. I understand that something like the BetaFilter idea will probably… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:56 PM on July 28, 2011

“I didn’t think anything was wrong, I never saw her anyway.”
I think she tried to reach out in other ways, too (the Scrabble games, genealogy sites, the phone calls to relatives), but she couldn't bring herself to face the world any more.

You could see the sentence, "She posted a series of comments on a variety of topics to a "community weblog" called MetaFilter" added to that story quite easily. I think there are probably a lot of people her who are closer to her end of the sociability… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:13 PM on July 27, 2011

Dunno how this helps, mate
I was stuck in a prison called Folsom
My life wasn't what you'd call wholesome
I shot a man dead
It popped into my head
Now the train whistle makes me so lonesome
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:49 PM on July 26, 2011

I want everything to be without wires.
Your iPhone and iPad can be entirely plug-free once iOS 5 rolls out, if you don't mind putting the device in some kind of inductive charging case.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 AM on July 25, 2011

Remembering Hermione
What was the site that tried to create incredibly pithy and snarky reviews? I think their one for Harry Potter was something like, "Super jock thinks he is above the law, is right." It kind of ruined the whole series for me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:24 PM on July 20, 2011

Geek Panic!
The lack of scroll bars is unnerving and silly. It's like the interface designers need to do something for every release, so they just start fucking with bits to justify their job.

Like it or not, the scroll bars are clearly part of the philosophy that Apple is following to merge the appearance and functionality of OS X and iOS, it's not just random tinkering (like the stupid chrome in Calendar and Address Book).… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on July 20, 2011

Help an Aunt out
Whatever you do, DON'T try to be cool. Even if you knew all the songs, all the TV shows, all the cute boys, you would not be cool. You are not cool, because you are not 13. Be yourself and treat your like an adult as much as possible. Let her decide what she eats, what she wears, what she does in her down time (texting and such).

Take her to cool things, but not things that you think will be cool for her, but things that you think are genuinely… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 PM on July 19, 2011

Traveling without eating in restaurants 3 times a day
When I am traveling, I like to try and grab at least one meal a day in a "fast food" type place. Not Mickey D's or anything, but like a little hole in the wall sandwich shop or a pizza-by-the-slice joint or a burrito place or whatever. Even a regional fast-food chain that you are unfamiliar with can be fun if you've never been there before. Gives you a little local color and gets you on with your day quicker than a full-on table service dining experience.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:33 PM on July 19, 2011

I need new reading material
There is not a huge backlog, and it is infrequently updated, but if you are not familiar with Hyperbole and a Half you should give it a whirl. Note: you will not be able to read it in bed, because your laughter will wake up your husband.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:35 PM on July 19, 2011 marked best answer

How do I handle this situation at work without looking like a jerk?
Take this easy quiz to find out if you are being a jerk by giving the new person at work and old lappy!

1. The new person is...
A. Superior to me
B. Equal to me
C. Subordinate to me

2. The new person's job is...
A. Techier than mine
B. Just as techy as mine
C. Less techy than mine

3. The new person experience level in the field is...
A.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:52 PM on July 18, 2011

NBA Ideas
I like some of his ideas in this column, but basing salaries on All-Star appearances? You do know that fans vote for the All-Stars, right, Bill? I mean, Yao Ming was voted onto the team last year.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on July 11, 2011

Which version of the Nintendo DS should I get?
Not sure if you are the kind of person for whom this will matter, but the DS Lite is a beautiful little object. It feels wonderful in the hand, open or closed, in "portrait" or "landscape" orientation, and has an almost Applesque level of fit and finish. The DS (original chunky style) feels like a hastily assembled prototype in comparison. Well worth the $10 premium if you are someone who appreciates good design.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:00 PM on July 10, 2011

"Either she's an evil, emotionless, miserable human being, or... she's a robot."
Isn't "music appreciation" already considered to be an attribute of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on July 4, 2011
Manic Pixie Dream Murderer

Reminds me of my idea for a horror movie called Final Girl, in which the slightly androgynous virgin narrator turns out to have been the psychopathic killer all along.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:56 PM on July 4, 2011

Meta Filter
This is amazing. Are we sure this isn't one of cortex's projects? I'm truly fascinated by the intersection between this work of art and the website we know and love. Those images of the "Meta Filter machine" are just beautiful, and I would like for someone to create a reconstruction of one that displays a browser opened to MetaFilter on the screen.

Also, you people are all wrong. It is:

Meta Filter: Would the work… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:06 PM on July 3, 2011


According to scientists and empiricists at the Cabal Institute for Temporological Studies, users and observers of the MultiFilter may experience temporal or causative abnormalities over the next orbital time period. A strong negative front is moving though the positive and semi-positive dimensions, causing occasional retrograde causality and referentiality. Certain… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on July 3, 2011

Talking with someone other than your SO = problem?
This may or may not be true, depending on your girlfriend, but for a lot of the women I know, playng around with a cellphone or other gadget is code for "you are not paying enough attention to me right now". Based on this question, it seems like you may not be great at paying your girlfriend what she considers the appropriate amount attention, and so if you were already ignoring her (in her mind) and then spent 20 minutes talking to another… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:56 PM on July 3, 2011

Cougar-Man will haunt your dreams.
The way those bird bears fall out of the sky is truly disturbing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on June 24, 2011

So, Cricket, Maybe?
That was hilarious and very good-spirited. This bit about the stats of cricket had me laughing so hard I was annoying my wife:

Another wicket for Pakistan (from Ajmal, not Gul), another confounding "Billie Jean" interlude. Riaz is back in, and they show his stat line, which has like 50 categories, only three of which are recognizable. This stat line graphic is crazy. Without rewinding and actually checking, here's what
… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 PM on June 17, 2011

2nd Annual Moderator's Day
Wait... this was declared in 2007, but this is the 2nd Annual? MetaFilter must use a different calendar system.

It's called the Rock Steady Forgetful Calendar.

I'm really quite glad that my little throwaway comment has sparked a bit of a tradition. My own personal tradition is remembering around June 7th or 8th that I should really make a MeTa post about it this year, and then promptly forgetting about it until June 14th. But!… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:51 PM on June 14, 2011

What to watch when you've finished running through The Wire, Dr. Who, Battlestar Galactica and Firefly on Netflix.
He was super great on Nip/Tuck as well. Haven't seen this series, but once I re-subscribe to HBO for True Blood, I'll try to catch up.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:08 PM on June 14, 2011

I. NEVER. Would.
Loved it loved it loved it. Great conclusion to what I thought was an iffy beginning. Had to watch this one without my 10yro daughter (she's on a "No TV" punishment) and I just lapped it up. That Silurian and her chambermaid are just so fantastically interesting. I mean, they're just about too interesting to be bit players, aren't they? They've GOT to be the set up for a spin-off. The big reveal didn't feel like a shocker to me, but it felt... big enough. If that makes any sense. The… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:56 AM on June 7, 2011
Matt Smith is coming back.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on June 8, 2011
Really seemed to be coming from a firmly established place.

Yeah exactly. I still haven't gotten around to watching the first (Ecclestone) series of the new Who, and I was sure they were a throwback to that season or something. Just so much subtext crammed into a handful of lines of dialogue.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 PM on June 9, 2011
The line about the next episode title, said in that voice, with the big text filling the screen were just about the best, funniest thing I've seen on TV in a long time.

OK, when I wrote that I would have sworn that there was big, sonorous, British-accented narration to go along with the on-screen graphics, but when I watched it again with my daughter tonight the was none. I think the Silence were involved.

I should also add… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on June 10, 2011

My name is Johnny Canuck
Can I just take this opportunity to say that I really like the sounds of the names Kaberle and Peverley together? Combine that with a little Krejci, Recchi and Lucic, with a dash of Boychuk on the side, and I just can't get enough of these Bruin names.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:48 PM on June 9, 2011

Dr. Kevorkian dies at 83
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on June 3, 2011

Speech advice
It doesn't have to be long, but it should be emotional and heartfelt. Begin with a slightly embarrassing anecdote about the groom (keyword SLIGHTLY. Nothing off-color or immoral). Then explain some way in which the groom has been bettered as a person by his relationship with the bride, and (ideally) how that improvement makes him a better, more fun friend to be around.

Write it in advance and practice it several dozen times in front of a mirror and then several more… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on June 2, 2011

cast alternative
The problem with trying to immobilize a tail is that it is very easy to cut off the blood supply to the tail if it is bound tightly, but due to a tail's taper and wagginess, anything that is not tightly bound to it will slip off. If blood supply is cut off, the tail can become necrotic and the tissues will begin to die, requiring amputation. You should get a second opinion, but I wouldn't be optimistic that they will have a magic bullet type solution for you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on June 2, 2011

Burnside is holdin' it down
JEB Stuart's beard is so lush it looks like he is making out with a muppet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on June 1, 2011

A Reminder...
I'd really be interested in working with some folks to create TelevisionFilter, actually. Basically just new posts for new episodes of a selection of shows, with general, unthreaded, MeFi style discussion in the comments. You'd be able, ideally to customize the view to only show you threads for the shows you follow, and there could be a MetaTVFi for overarching discussion and site business. is available...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:59 PM on May 31, 2011
Or you could put some sort of 'storybeat' functionality into the threads.

Oh, I like this.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:30 PM on May 31, 2011

[via Cool Site of the Day]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:56 PM on May 28, 2011

You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, but you really think they're lying to make you feel better?
Could her kidnapping be linked to her body being put in the Pandorica so that it could be reborn with the universe in "The Big Bang"?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 PM on May 28, 2011

Transgender people and pregnancy, babies, kids?
Can you teach a kid that families are different and she should be proud of hers, but also that it’s not appropriate to “out” her trans mom to her class and therefore the whole neighborhood?

Young children are notorious for spilling family secrets at the most inappropriate time, even when they have the best intentions. I dont think you can reasonably ask a child to keep a secret like that throughout their entire childhood. If your child knows that you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on May 28, 2011

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