I have been a staunch Stephen King apologist since I read It about 20 years ago. People seem to be coming around to the realization that he is an amazing storyteller, and that there are (usually) some meaningful and true ideas behind the stories, if you spend some time thinking about them. They are not necessarily the deepest or most nuanced ideas, but they are powerful. I'm a little troubled by the way he lately seems to want to wrap everything into his One True... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:43 AM on October 24, 2008
The Dark Tower and all of his other works that tie into it, which personally I like. The man has created a huge catalogue of works, and it feels like an inside joke to me.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the way he would make subtle allusions to his other works, and returning to Derry in Insomnia felt so good, but it seems like since
I truly don't get the fear of posting to the blue. The absolute worst thing that could happen is that people on the Internet will yell at you. Is that really so bad? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:51 AM on October 24, 2008
You are specifically looking for the Text Animation settings under the Custom Animations task pane. Add an entrance animation to the whole text box. Then click the little "..." button next to the Property drop down. In the Text Animation tab, you want to group text by "1st level paragraphs." posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:53 AM on October 24, 2008
FOR SERIOUS THOUGH, DO THEY STILL GIVE EVERYONE AN ACTUAL CAP? I IMAGINE BECKS HAVING A CLOSET SOMEWHERE THAT HE JUST THROWS THEM IN AFTER HE GETS HOME FROM THE GAME AND SHUTS DOWN HIS ANDROID WIFE. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:37 AM on October 22, 2008
Our optical scan ballots sound similar, and we also are given black felt-tipped pens. Not sure if they have special ink in them or anything. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:51 AM on October 20, 2008
I think I did a grand total of 1. I was looking forward to doing a few of these, but you people are too quick for me. Well done, tag brigade. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:41 AM on October 20, 2008
Yes, a hearty tip o' the cap to the Rays from this Sox fan. Great team, great series. If the Sox had not been forced to run the corpses of Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett and Mike Timlin out there it might have been a different story. Oh well, as one of the Sports Guys readers noted, the 2008 Red Sox just lost to the 2010 Red Sox.
Also, their graphic design was better last year with the forest green and white -- this new style is so bland. Matt Garza also... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:50 AM on October 20, 2008
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Jumper by Steven Gould. Very soft SF, but a really interesting, thought-provoking book. About a boy who can teleport at will. It really explores every dimension of what having that power would mean. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:15 PM on October 18, 2008
I know I'm getting a bit far afield here, but let me just mention that two of my most favorite places to live have special words for people who live in the area, but are not native. In Vermont, a newcomer is called a flatlander, and on Cape Cod a newcomer is known as a washashore. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:13 PM on October 17, 2008
I have been a Cadre fan for a long time. I wonder if he's on MetaFilter -- I think he'd like it here. If you are looking for a nice little puzzle game, Lock & Key is really nice. Kind of like the Grow series of Flash games, in that you have to assemble a bunch of parts into a ideal whole. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:28 PM on October 17, 2008
Can you talk to your creditors about a kind of slow-pay situation, sending just a few bucks a month? The most effective way to do it might be to open up a Korean MasterCard/Visa account and see if your creditors can accept credit card payments online. If the option is not getting paid at all, they may be willing to be very flexible. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:28 AM on October 17, 2008
Zork is also not really specifically educational. I guess it teaches about problem solving and creative thinking, but most games do that to some degree, right. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:10 AM on October 17, 2008
Oof. No real advice for solving the current problem, but a comment on the problem of forgetting the answers to security questions -- either pick questions with definite answers (name of high school, city of birth, mother's maiden name, etc) or do what a friend of mine does -- put the exact same answer every time, no matter what the question is. So for example, always put the name of the city you were born in as the answer, even if the question is "What's your favorite color?" posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:32 AM on October 17, 2008 marked best answer
WTF does that even mean? He's dumping you, and still wants to stay in your one bedroom apartment rent-free? And people are saying to give him A MONTH to find a new place? If I was in your shoes I'd feel pretty fucking magnanimous about giving him until the end of the day. I know you want to be kind, but it sounds like this guy is not going to be any more prepared to live on his own in a year, much... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:15 AM on October 16, 2008
wierdo, this "just that he's not happy in the relationship," is not the "I'm dumping you" part, this "and needs to "take steps now" to move on" is. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:39 AM on October 17, 2008
Well, I'm a boss, and I'd like to think that most of my employees would level with me in this type of a situation, but then, I'm a pretty cool boss. I think if you have a good relationship with your boss, it is in your best interest to be as honest as you feel comfortable. That said, "I have a court date for a ticket" is a pretty judgment-free, yet technically correct thing to say. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:02 PM on October 6, 2008
Storynory is one of my daughter's favorite websites, and they have a podcast, it seems. The stories vary in length, are mostly fairy tales, and are certainly aimed at kids younger than middle school, but some of them might be OK for your purposes. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:54 PM on October 6, 2008
She has told me that if I would leave the church it would all be okay.
I know that is what she is saying, but I find that so hard to believe. So many couples make religious differences work, even if it may be a struggle. I wonder if perhaps this isn't just a reason she has latched onto to sort of encompass and simplify the other nebulous (and maybe even subconscious) problems she is having in the relationship.
Oh, man. I empathize with you. Our daughter was very colic-y, and there were some mechanical problems with my wife's nipples, and the first few days were pretty torturous. I agree that trying a bottle to give baby and Mom the chance to calm down is a good idea. In the morning, you can contact a lactation consultant to get some professional help. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:36 PM on October 6, 2008
* TotalFantasy: Construct some sort of kit that allows people to roll their own blankityblankFilter. Or provide some support for users trying to do so.
Damn hell ass yes. I'd love to see a section called ExperimentalFilter, where established users could propose, create (and moderate) things like BookFilter and PoliticsFilter and TravelFilter and IMGFilter and ChatFilter and WhateverFilter. The best ones could be promoted out of ExperimentalFilter... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:11 AM on October 6, 2008
Depends what you do on the Internet, I guess. One major consideration is that there is currently no Flash on the iPhone, so all-Flash sites will be off-limits. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:10 PM on October 4, 2008
As a Sox fan, I actually think this guy takes it too far sometimes. I like some of his designs, but others are way too busy, and it is distracting the way they change so often. I'd rather he stick with a nice classy scheme for a few months at a time. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:59 AM on October 1, 2008
Grant-writing accessories? I still think they are "prepping" the card for larger purchases. By picking things she might think she ordered herself there is less chance of her stopping the card. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:08 PM on September 30, 2008
Also, the location stuff could be generic and apply to questions in other categories, so why limit to travel? Then, if you are asking a question about renting a party clown in NYC, why not throw it on the NYC pile? That would carry over more of the travelfilter features to the other categories, but it would lead to a pretty confusing Post a Question page interface. It'd be a pretty complicated form to ask for a city/state/country if it is pertinent to the question, and we would have to... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:42 AM on September 30, 2008
Most banks in the US have a Notary Public (or 2) on staff, and they do things like chundo noted. Many banks here will only offer notary services for their customers, so if you have a checking account at a UK bank, I would go into one of their branches and explain the situation. If you don't, I'd just try any large bank near you. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:34 AM on September 29, 2008
Is there some reason you must use such restrictively licensed music? There's a ton of Creative Commons licensed music out there, and some very good stuff just a few doors down at MeFi Music. Even if you are not teaching people about dick-punching. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:52 PM on September 25, 2008
I would suggest a menial, entry-level job in the type of environment he might like to work in after school -- if he wants to work in medicine, work as an orderly or a registration clerk in a hospital -- if he wants to work in the legal field try to get a job as a receptionist or gopher in a law office. This tactic is how I realized I did NOT want to be an architect after all -- I worked for a year as a receptionist in an architect's office for a year before (not) going of to architecture school.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:55 PM on September 24, 2008
That is it exactly. My wife and I saw that book at our daughter's music school the other day, and we both remarked about how obsessed we were with the book as children. Other creatures include the crystalline Plutonian zistles and the Mercurian firebelchers. It still holds up C17 - great infographics and artwork. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:36 PM on September 24, 2008 marked best answer