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Overpaid fines and trouble-help.
Maybe none. When I was in college, I got a speeding ticket. I intended to go to court to argue down my fine, but being a college kid, I didn't end up making to court. I never called the jurisdiction or arranged to pay the fee in any way. Since then (and it's been about 15 years now), I have been pulled over several times and had my license run, and renewed or gotten a new Driver's License in several states (including states that directly border the state where I got the ticket. I have also... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 PM on March 19, 2010

What is the flag on the back of the UVM basketball uniforms?
That's it indeed. AskMe is fabulous. Go Catamounts, and go Green Mountain Boys!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 PM on March 19, 2010

Can we eat food from a broken fridge and how can we fix the fridge?
In case he doesn't see this question, you may want to send a MeMail to Mitheral. He diagnosed my fridge problem perfectly on AskMe some years ago, and his estimate for repair costs was within $5. He's a saint.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on March 19, 2010

The Social Networking Appliance
Something something Orkut?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on March 19, 2010
Crap. Should have refreshed before making a lazy joke.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on March 19, 2010

If someone gave you a surprise test on the last book you read for pleasure, what grade would you get?
Yeah, this is not the kind of thing Ask MetaFilter is for. Don't be offended when this "question" is deleted -- try again next week, with a more fleshed out query!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on March 15, 2010

How to keep stalker at bay?
First off, without proper training and education, a gun sounds like a very bad idea, as everyone else is saying.

More importantly, to stop the behavior -- can you hit the guy in his wallet? By that I mean, is there someone superior to your wife at the flooring company who can contact this guy and tell him that he will never be hired or recommended by the company for another job unless he cuts this shit out immediately? I would certainly advise your wife to at least... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on March 15, 2010

Japanese pro team football teams versus 100 schoolboys.
This is great. I immediately thought that I'd love to see this brought to the US and made into a sports/reality miniseries of some kind (like Shaq Vs.), with vast numbers of kinds taking on a variety of pro teams, but it quickly occured to me that soccer is the only sport this would work with. In American football and hockey the violence would result in dead children; in basketball the height differential would render the kids' advantage meaningless; and baseball presents several problems --... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 PM on March 15, 2010

"pretty ordinary stuff for a state full of people that are 48% inbred."
And I would be a Low Man in a Yellow Coat come to kidnap a strangely precocious and sensitive little boy for the glory of the Crimson King. mathowie would be Steven King.

abbalah-doon
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:25 PM on March 13, 2010

The AskMe thread on blood donation by gay men really needs a MeTa outlet.
though it took mod stamping to get rid of ZALGO

Buh? What are a ZALGO?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 PM on March 1, 2010

4chan memes? On my money?
My friends and I used amuse ourselves by puttting a tasteful little corncob pipe in George's mouth on every One we spent. Feels kind of weaksauce now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 PM on February 25, 2010

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages
The Karate pegasuses are the best thing I have ever seen. Wing-ed horse fight!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on February 25, 2010

When is it the least harmful for kids to divorce?
Since our marriage is clearly only existing for their benefit, I figure I might as well figure out when divorcing would be least harmful to our kids.

The sooner the better. As they get older, they will notice the problems their parents are having, and it will weigh on them in ways they will not fully understand.

My parents had a very similar-sounding relationship -- no fighting, perfectly amicable, little... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on February 21, 2010

What was your experience at Tufts University?
Tufts grad, class of '98 here. I absolutely loved my time at Tufts. I transferred to Tufts from a smaller, more isolated school, and the vitality and opportunities at Tufts were amazing. The campus is definitely urban, but quite beautiful, with some exceptional architecture (both new and old), and is in a very vibrant part of greater Boston. Connections (via the T) to just about any corner of the city you could want to get to are plentiful. The professors are often world-class, while still being... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on February 21, 2010

Breathair Oxy-Zone
MetaFilter: a question of nose muscle control and delicate lacquering of the air with thought pellets.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 PM on February 21, 2010

Warping Maps with NYPL
I was a map rectifiying superstar!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on February 21, 2010

this is only a coincidence
Oh, man. Thanks for this. I sometimes feel like the whole OK Soda experience was a dream, or a plot point in a Douglas Coupland novel. I find it really strange how many people my age barely remember it, if they remember it at all.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 PM on February 20, 2010

Yeah, it's nice. That's nice too. Yup. Nice.
Sounds to me like she just wants conversation and company and that's how she's getting it.

Absolutely this. My daughter (almost nine) is just coming out of a phase where she would constantly ask me the most inane questions. Things like "What is your favorite color?" and "How much do you love me?" over and over again. One day she said, "You know, Dad, I feel kind of silly asking these questions over and over again, but I'm... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 PM on February 18, 2010

Standard nerds!
That's the thing about Arsenal, always trying to walk it in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:42 PM on February 14, 2010

Did you guys see the size of that chicken?
Maybe 'He's gone apeshit' came from apes flinging their shit.

I always assumed it was because ape shit = bananas.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:24 AM on February 14, 2010

Olympian killed in luge accident
I'm not trying to be a dick, but why is somebody who died accidentally a hero?

I am also sick of the practice of calling anyone who dies tragically a hero, but I don't think it is off-base to say that all Olympic athletes qualify as heroes and heroines, especially to people who compete in and follow these sports.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on February 12, 2010
If this horrible thing happened during competition I'd give a lot more credence to the evil/incompetent Canadian theories. But the poor guy died during a PRACTICE RUN. Not sure how the promise of another 260 practice runs would've increased his odds of a long life.

The reasoning I have heard goes along the lines of "Since practice time was limited, foreign sliders had to push harder and be more aggressive in the few runs they had, instead of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on February 14, 2010

Who are the MeFi Olympians?
I qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2000! Yay! Go Me Whooooooo!!!

Looks like we're going to be one of those flagbearer-is-the-whole-team nations, and you're it, stagewhisper.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:31 PM on February 13, 2010
i went to the olympic trials for fencing. i got my ass kicked, but i had a good time.

OK, that's something. We've got a fencer and a marathoner now.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on February 13, 2010

Recommend a dentist in Denver
because dentists are more often working for real money, compared to doctors, you can typically expect better customer service from a dentist than from a doctor, because they know a) you are paying them your own money and b) you can go somewhere else - no network, no problem.

This. I have known a number of people in your situation (including myself) and none of the dentists (or hygenists) these people went to were judgmental or difficult in any way.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 PM on February 13, 2010

Triclops Mage, I choose you!
Good thing I don't use the letters z, x, or c much, since this game is going to wear those keys OUT.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:38 PM on February 12, 2010
Warning: One of the characters in the last row (2 left of Santa) is "Naija" (?). With attacks of Slash, Potion, and Splash. Using potion always freezes the game for me. It's not a huge deal, as you can just reload the page to start the level over, but if you had managed to unlock a character before trying that attack, you'd be pretty pissed!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on February 13, 2010

One Book to Bring Them, Into the Sci-fi and Hook Them
My non-SF-fan brother loved both Snow Crash and Anathem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:23 PM on February 12, 2010

San Francisco History buried deep within Office Depot
And to think it was going to be Dubya running MLB.

I once had an idea for an alternate history type story detailing the grand and unqualified successes of both Commissioner Bush and President Selig.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on February 10, 2010

I love your suffering
Who's the geek hero in bed with the muppets?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on February 10, 2010

Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist?
I definitely "painted myself into a corner" in a previous career by over-specializing. If you do end up specializing, maybe try and find ways to broaden you experience, either through volunteer work, or continuing education or similar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on February 9, 2010

One of Us.
Justinian, I think you'll want to examine the First Amendment's Freedom of Sarcasm protections.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 PM on February 7, 2010

Snow Removal Service
Call your local landscaping services and see if anyone's willing to be hired. A lot of them do snow removal as a side business in the winter, when grass-cutting money is scarce.

I came in here to make that same suggestion. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on February 6, 2010

We do.
and now the possibility of TravelFilter after the starting of a travel guide on the Wiki

The "possibility of TravelFilter" and indeed even (for a while) the actuality of TravelFilterBETA have been around for years.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:58 PM on February 5, 2010

Soccer Dad
When I was in 6th Grade, my Dad picked my brother and I up from school in the middle of the day, telling us we had dentist appointments. We were in Kenmore Square before we realized we were nowhere near our dentist's office, and we were, in fact, going to a Red Sox game. The excitement of going to Fenway (a pretty rare treat for us) combined with the transgressive nature of the thing ("Dad, you lied to our teachers!") made it one of the most fun days of my life.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on February 4, 2010

Mozart and the Whale
I think it could be quite a powerful experience for this boy to hear that you are learning about yourself from him. You could tell him that you see a lot of yourself in him, and you remember how you had a hard time growing up, just like him (but I would not mention the awfulness of your teens and twenties), and that you think you might be able to improve yourself by learning to do some of the same things that he is struggling with. Perhaps you could team-up when it comes to... whatever he (and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on February 3, 2010

RIP Kage Baker
Discovered the Company novels randomly at the library and became instantly obsessed. Thank you, Kage.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:02 PM on January 31, 2010

Is it safe to email credit card info?
How well do you know this person - well enough to make up an obscure code?

It's the month of your sister's birthday, the number of dogs you own, sister's birthmonth again, how many boyfriends you had in highschool, etc. etc.


You don't even have to do the whole number this way, just replace 6 or 8 of the digits with private info.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:32 PM on January 27, 2010

Overwhelming Vet Bills
SLoG, I've got to be honest here -- I can hardly imagine a worse veterinary outlook for someone short on finances. All of the problems you mention (recurring infections, orthopedic issues, and cancer) are among the trickiest and most expensive ailments in veterinary medicine. About the only thing missing is a persistent dermatological problem (and with a bulldog/boxer mix, I'm shocked you haven't mentioned one). All of the problems you outline will take a great deal of testing and/or treatment... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on January 15, 2010 marked best answer

Popbitch
Andy and Jason? Every one of those scenes was comedy gold.

I'm really hoping for a spin-off called Stackhouse and Bellefleur. In it, Andy and Jason move to LA and become Private Eyes. Also there is Lafayette.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:39 AM on September 15, 2009

Triangle NC Meetup 9/22
Please count me in for The Pit on Monday, if that's still a possibility. I'm so excited to finally meet some of you Triangle MeFites!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on September 8, 2009
Actually, I'm going to have to back out, again. Sorry -- maybe next time Cortex!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:15 AM on September 14, 2009

Is the girlfriend too sensitive?
Should the girlfriend have her feelings hurt or is she just being too sensitive?

Impossible to say, and really not that important a question, honestly. If your feelings were hurt, you need to tell your boyfriend that, in a non-accusatory, non-judgemental way. "You know, boyf, I would have loved to go on that fishing trip, and while I was disappointed to not be invited, I understood, because I assumed it was a guy thing.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 PM on September 8, 2009
You made it sound like a guy thing, you didn't invite me, but you invited your daughter and her fiance, and my feelings are hurt. Now give me a hug and a kiss you big lug. LOL.

Exactly. It doesn't need to be the start of a discussion or even a question. Just let him know the situation so that he can choose to alter his behavior in the future.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 PM on September 8, 2009

greasemonkey scripts that try to track deleted comments?
I'm just mad I didn't get to say "Roffledoffle" in the deleted post MeTa from the other day.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on September 8, 2009

Mommy I'm twelveteen now!
To those who point out that "teen" means ten - that's all well and good, but it still does not follow the pattern of the rest of the numbering system. If thirteen was "teenty-three" it would be much more logical.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on September 5, 2009

Dog nail trimmer
Yeah, Dremel is the way to go, but it requires either a very accommodating dog or a team of assistants trained in animal restraint. I agree with vito90 -- do the best you can, and don't be afraid of the occasional quick. Many dogs don't even seem to feel it. If you don't have styptic powder, cornstarch is a very good alternative.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on August 31, 2009

Snark Snark
Snork.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:00 AM on August 29, 2009

Self Saboteur needs help DESPERATELY!!!
- How do I tell my 4 year old?

One of the absolute best things about four-year-olds is that -- to them -- you are Dad and you are awesome. Just tell them the truth -- you got fired from your job for making a big mistake -- and that this means.... more time for PIGGYBACK RIDES!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:33 PM on August 28, 2009 marked best answer

Can you recommend any kids' shows featuring real children?
I was just about to mention all the shows that pseudostrabismus mentioned, along with a documentary that airs all the time on HBO Family called Kindergarten. It chronicles a year in the life of a Kindergarten class, focusing on the kids and their experiences. My daughter loved it when she was a preschooler (watching the "big kids" was fascinating for her), and I enjoyed it as well.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:14 PM on August 26, 2009

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