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 Steadyat 8:30 PM on March 19, 2010
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 Steadyat 7:19 PM on March 19, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:34 PM on March 15, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:15 PM on March 15, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:08 PM on March 15, 2010
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 Steadyat 7:18 PM on February 25, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:03 PM on February 21, 2010
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 Steadyat 10:39 PM on February 20, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:00 PM on February 18, 2010
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 7:32 AM on February 14, 2010
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 Steadyat 7:21 PM on February 13, 2010
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 1:35 PM on February 13, 2010
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 Steadyat 12:11 PM on February 10, 2010
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 Steadyat 3:57 PM on February 9, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:46 PM on February 4, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:19 AM on February 3, 2010
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 Steadyat 8:20 PM on January 15, 2010 marked best answer
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 Steadyat 3:39 AM on September 15, 2009
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 10:16 PM on September 8, 2009
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 Steadyat 12:41 PM on September 5, 2009
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 Steadyat 6:07 PM on August 31, 2009
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 Steadyat 6:33 PM on August 28, 2009 marked best answer
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 Steadyat 11:14 PM on August 26, 2009