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James' Face
I laughed until I cried at the bush baby.

This kind of thing could fall anywhere on a continuum from "friendly teasing that is enjoyed by all" to "frightening stalkery behavior", and we just don't know where it falls without actually being friends with these people. Because of the "I'm going to take a computer course and do this to you" comment I suggest it lies closer to the harmless fun side of the equation.

I... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on March 20, 2011
What do you mean "real" and "falling"? It was put on the Internet and I got a good several minutes of enjoyment out of it. I could care less if it actually appeared on someone's Facebook account.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on March 20, 2011
James is presented as a real person because without a target the joke doesn't work

It's just as funny to me if James is fictional.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on March 20, 2011
I didn't say that James had to be real, I said that there has to be a target. Would it be as funny if they were just pictures without the fake Facebook comments? I would say no.

No, you are right. I was missing your point. I thought you were saying it's not funny if it's not real. I will work on my reading comprehension skills.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:13 PM on March 20, 2011

Sunday Comes Afterwords
My 10-year-old daughter is crying with laughter at the horror of this song. She can't stop repeating "...Sunday comes afterWORDS." She says "I just really don't want to hear that song on the radio."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:59 PM on March 13, 2011
Witch seed canine steak?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 PM on March 13, 2011
Seriously, though, does anyone have an MP3 of this? I'd like to have it cranking on the car stereo when I pick my daughter up from school on Friday.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:10 PM on March 14, 2011
The lyrics aren't any less vapid, the music any less soul-less, and the video any less annoying. It barely misses the mark, showing how little talent there is in pop music these days. Sure, there are exceptions (Gaga the first one that comes to mind), but pop music is a wasteland these days.

Well, it barely misses the mark for you, but you are not a fan. I showed this to my 10-year-old daughter (who basically only listens to Top-40 and the various... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:52 AM on March 15, 2011
As a counterexample to my point above, this similar vanity video, "My Jeans", is equally bad when it comes to the singing/autotuning (if not worse), but the lyrics and the video production standards are actually approaching a reasonable simulation of the type of song and video you might see out of a lower caliber Disney star. I realize that if you are not exposed to this kind of thing on a daily basis like I am (please, please help me) they may kind of blend together, but to a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 AM on March 16, 2011
Shit, I almost forgot. It is Friday.

Memebase is calling March 18th, 2011 The Most Anticipated Friday of All Time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:53 AM on March 18, 2011
Oh god. This is going to be the new rickroll, hymn that unites humanity in peace and love and fun, isn't it?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on March 18, 2011

March 'madness'
I had the same thing this morning using Firefox 4. Switched to IE9 and it worked fine. Is that a possibility for you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on March 17, 2011 marked best answer

A roof over our head
The sun may have set on the British Empire's dominance in certain fields of endeavor, like football, cricket, and naval warfare, but I truly think that Great Britain will always be world-beaters when it comes to quirky eccentricity. God Save the Anorak.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on March 17, 2011

Kitty fire drill!
At our hospital we have a number of mesh laundry-type bags easily accessible for evacuating cats. You could use pillowcases as well. The advantage is that they take up much less space than an assembled carrier, and it is easier to carry multiple bags than it is to carry multiple carriers. You can also just kind of swoop down on them with the bag/pillowcase and they are ready to go, as opposed to picking them up and then shoving them into a carrier.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on March 16, 2011

What does the Tooth Fairy do with all of those teeth?
My daughter wrote a note to the Tooth Fairy tonight asking her what she did with all of the teeth she collected.

A word of warning: my daughter wrote notes to the Tooth Fairy every time she lost a tooth, and her Tooth Fairy would always take the note and leave a response of her own. I saved all of my daughter's notes, of course, and tucked them into one of her baby books. Months later, she gets it in her head to read her baby books, and find the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 PM on March 15, 2011

Etiquette regarding medical dosing information
Hey, my first call-out!

No offense taken or intended here, Nickle Pickle, but I'll stand by my answer and I'd probably post the same thing again in a similar circumstance. I understand your concerns, and I did waver a bit in my decision to comment, but I figured, this is information that is available on the Internet anyway, and it was not like I was suggesting a dosage for Ortho to use on his cat, I was merely confirming the dosage instructions already given.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on March 15, 2011
I didn't mean to offend Rock Steady in any way, it was appropriate advice, just incomplete and easy to use in a way that could cause permanent harm.

No offense taken at all! It's a fair question you raise here, and you certainly filled in the holes in my answer appropriately.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:52 PM on March 15, 2011

24 hour notation
Can we have a rolling timer that shows how long you've been on MetaFilter as a floating DIV that's always at the top-left of the screen, and resets every day but gives you a cumulative "this month, this year, ever" total?

The last thing I need is explicit knowledge of exactly how much of my life I have wasted here. Maybe if the counter was slow by a factor of 3 or 4.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:58 PM on March 15, 2011

iBook for baby?
Assuming he will get more out of it as he gets older, is it worth dropping $15-20 to put an Airport card in it for (slow) internet?

Most of the stuff kids seem to like on the Internet is pretty heavy duty Flash or video, so it may not be all that useful on such an underpowered machine. I know my daughter was pretty disappointed with her OLPC for that reason -- if it doesn't run Webkinz, why bother being on the Internet?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on March 14, 2011

Caddyshack is not in the top 25.
parmanparman: after being woke up by the garbage hauliers

I imagine that word being pronounced haul-ee-YAY, like sommelier or hotelier, and that they are very fancy garbagemen, in long white aprons and immaculate moustaches. They look down their noses at your pedestrian choices in trash cans and bin liners, and they take away your leavings with a haughty disdain.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on March 14, 2011

Shows like Whose Line
If anything the British version is superior to the American version. Clive Anderson is far better than Drew Carey.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 PM on March 13, 2011

No, you just have to wait...
You really need to talk this out. Explain your reasons to him, let him explain your reason to you, and come up with a compromise together. I know that this is an emotionally tricky issue, and I know that it is easy to imagine that there will be some disappointment or hurt feelings at the end of it all, but consider it good practice. There will be many more difficult discussions for you to have over the course of your engagement and marriage. In particular, if you hope to make your relationship... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on March 13, 2011

And you made it enjoying what you do...
Did I miss out on something by not buying all the stuff?

I think if all your stuff is in fashion you get more Party Times, and more "insider trading" tips, so you can get the whole thing over with quicker.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:17 PM on March 12, 2011

help
Your ex is an embarrassment to his gender and to the species. There are amphibians that care more about their mates and their progeny than this guy does. I wish you all the strength you need and more to never speak with him again. How wonderful will it be to look back in 10 or 20 years and think about the fact that you cut things off with him when you did?

Let me add this: there have been so many geographically specific offers of rides/support/friendship in this thread... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on March 12, 2011

Alternative compensation
Extra vacation time? Flexibility for occasional telecommuting? Increased employee discount?

A lot of this will depend on the type of business and the nature of your job.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 PM on March 11, 2011

Would you kindly play this?
After he's done with Bioshock, do you suppose we can get him to adapt Portal?

Done and done.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on March 11, 2011

Working and Grad School
In most of the fields I am familiar with, the following things are roughly equivalent:
1) A Master's Degree and no work experience in the field,
2) A winning attitude and no work experience in the field.

The point of grad school is to gain specific experience in your field that you can apply your learning to and to make connections and build a network within your field and your community. I would not suggest going through with the expense and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on March 11, 2011

The error-ridden U.S. citizenship test
I was always very careful checking the "NO" boxes in case they tricked me by altering the wording of the questions.

Have you never not been a non-member of the Communist Party? Not?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on March 10, 2011

he's not a dalmation.
Yeah, pointer + hound + maybe a little terrier in the face, but that's hard to tell with a puppy. Super cute!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on March 10, 2011

Here Comes the Son
Mazel Tov, sonika and babydaddy! Welcome to Planet Earth, Paulo!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:59 AM on March 10, 2011

cat thankyou
The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston, The Outermost
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:59 PM on March 9, 2011

I need an alternatable
It depends on the interior construction of the drawers, but what about adding a little lip to the inside of one of the drawers, say 4" wide, such that if you pull the drawer open 4" it acts as a little shelf? Depending on what is stored in there and how accessible it needs to be it could be a pain, but if it's extra blankets or something I don't think it would be too annoying.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:51 PM on March 9, 2011

Crowd-Based Peer Review of Real-Time Experiments
I wonder what this must feel like for the roach. I know that is terribly anthropomorphizing, but there's a big difference between "must... go... left" and "I think I'll go left now". Is this mind control in the sense of forcing the roach to do something it does not want to do, or are the electrical impulses that are being imparted by the circuitry essentially identical to the electrical impulses that would arise out of the roach's natural "thought process".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:57 PM on March 7, 2011

yuck
Please don't do that, don't say "metafilter doesn't do x well" in the first ten comments or say "I knew metafilter would..." at the beginning of a thread. It poisons the well and creates a bad self-fulfilling prophecy.

Obviously, it's a bit too late in this case, but for future reference, do the Mods typically delete comments like that? If not, perhaps that is a strategy to consider.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:26 PM on March 7, 2011

How much is my cat at risk from Meloxicam?
My boss is one of the leading veterinary pharmacists in the country, and I'll get her input on this in the morning, but if my memory serves, we permit cats to be on meloxicam for up to 5 consecutive days, at which point they then have to be off of it for 2 consecutive days. I may have those numbers slightly off, though. Bottom line, meloxicam is safe in cats if given carefully and thoughtfully.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:13 PM on March 7, 2011
Just got this via email from my boss:

The International Society for Feline Medicine and the NC State Comparative Pain Management Laboratory recommend the following meloxicam dose for cats:

0.1mg/kg orally ONCE,
followed by: 0.05mg/kg orally once daily for no more than 3-4 days,
followed by: 0.025mg orally once daily or once every other day with the goal being to keep the cat pain free on the lowest possible dose of... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:58 PM on March 7, 2011

Sorry for the grossness
Heh. Just had this over the weekend. Not super pleasant. I solved it with a combination of neti pot (though since I don't have an actual neti pot I just poured water in one nostril and out the other with a measuring cup that has a fine spout on it), nose blowing, and (even less pleasant) loogie hocking.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:40 AM on March 7, 2011

What is this strange phenomenon?
When speaking with the professional, he said that since 2007 there has been a surge of this problem-dogs all of a sudden soiling the house. He called local veterinarians and they all said it was epidemic.

I have worked in the veterinary field since 2005, and my wife has since 1994. Neither of us has any idea what you are talking about.

There are many possible causes, from behavioral to medical, for inappropriate urination and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 PM on March 5, 2011

Sexy Baby!
So great. My wife and daughter are obsessed with the train wreck that is Toddlers and Tiaras, so I will say that Hanx is way too normal to fit in as a parent on that show. Also, where was the spraytanning?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 PM on March 4, 2011
Real pageant parents are HAPPY when their daughters don't win queen. If they don't place in their age group, that means they have won an overall prize, which is what they really want. Queen is for losers. Winners take home Grand Supreme.

I keep telling my wife that the show really needs to add little subtitle-type graphics to the "crowning" footage, like "Supreme Queen Beauty = 1st place, Losers bracket", "1st Runner Up,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:09 PM on March 4, 2011

Newt Gingrich in Front of Stock Photos
I get the feeling this is because having clear stances on policy thinking about stuff is a weakness of hers.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:52 PM on March 4, 2011

Please help me figure out how to get my dog to Brazil as painlessly as possible.
Sorry to hear you are moving! We'll miss you at the next Triangle meet-up!

Would it be possible to drive to Atlanta with her and fly out from there? It would require a one-way car rental or something, but it's only a six hour drive, and you'll probably save a little on the cost of the tickets as well. She's still going to have to brave the International flight in the crate, but at least this way you avoid the layover problem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:56 AM on March 4, 2011 marked best answer

Please remove your canine from my hand.
In veterinary medicine Chows are well known for being unpredictable and a bit defensive. No one who has experience in the field would be surprised by such a disclaimer. That said, I'd suggest saying nothing on your website or promotional materials, but if you are contacted by a Chow owner, simply tell the truth: "I'm sorry, I've been bitten by a Chow, and it's a bad association that I can't get over. I'm not able to walk your dog. My colleague, John Smith would be happy to walk your dog... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 PM on March 3, 2011

What is wrong with my cat's whiz factory?
The next step diagnostically is probably referral to an Internal Medicine specialist and an ultrasound. You can probably get a consult and an ultrasound for $500ish, and then depending on the results, the specialist should be willing to discuss the costs/benefits of further testing and/or procedures. With urinary issues, there is a lot of stuff that is not going to be apparent in an x-ray -- ultrasound is much more effective.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on March 3, 2011 marked best answer

NPR's hater brigade and ours
And even though it makes Cortex want to shove donuts in his ears whenever he hears me say it, this is MetaFilter: Community Weblog.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:21 AM on March 3, 2011

Live stream of the Apple iPad 2 event
Also, does this work for opening PDFs?

You can open and save PDFs in iBooks pretty easily.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:24 PM on March 2, 2011
Why can't I download a PDF from Safari and open it in iBooks?

I promise you you can. I just did it this morning.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:34 PM on March 2, 2011

No, I'm just here because I like cubicles
I can feel myself getting more and more frustrated about the difficulty in asserting myself as both the manager to go to for my team, and as a peer to the other managers in my organization.

Neither of these things have to do with not having an office. You could have the biggest, corneriest office in the building, but if your employees are going to their previous manager instead of you, you need to find a way to solve that problem that does not... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 AM on March 1, 2011

concerns met with giggling
the funniest frozen yogurt bit you will see today, guaranteed

Well, I suppose that's true enough, but I agree with the "you had to be there" crowd. Let me give you an example. The whole "let me give you an example" thing was making the audience crack up, but it seemed a bit Foxworthian to me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on February 28, 2011

Steampunk Philly
The title of the post obviously refers to Steampunkphilly the award winning wax cylinder from Boys Unto Robotmen, one of the more popular barbershop quartets of the era.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:30 AM on February 28, 2011

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