I dunno. This sounds more like vindication for the "Pluto = not so special" side of the argument. It is just one of many similar objects in its neighborhood (like the asteroids, which are also not granted "planet" status), in fact, it may not even be a particularly impressive example of its class.
Also, put Klingons in the Uranus joke for comedy gold, people. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:07 PM on February 18, 2008
Hey, parallax7d? This is not at all like Vanilla Ice. The V-man's problem was not that he sampled tracks, but that he didn't pay for them, and he refused to admit to sampling even when confronted directly. If you have a problem with reusing the beats from one song as the foundation of another song, you should probably just sit hip hop out. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:02 PM on February 18, 2008
I know you framed the question as how names sound, but let me just point out: Easy To Spell Is Good. This makes regular words good choices, like delmoi suggests, or "classic" names like Miller, Johnson, or Martinez. Certainly shy away from anything that requires you to spell the name (Rodgers instead of Rogers, Smyth instead of Smith, etc). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:35 AM on February 18, 2008
In Hyannis, MA the area with the most crime and drug activity (in the open, at least) is in what is usually just called "the Bearses Way area" after the main street running through the neighborhood, but it is occasionally more colorfully called "Fresh Holes" (after the name of one of the other streets in the neighborhood). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 AM on February 15, 2008
I am also not a fan of country music, but I love me some Garth Brooks. I am also a Chris Gaines fan (the only one, maybe?) I feel like that whole thing was mishandled. I get that by releasing the "Greatest Hits" album before the movie they were trying to promote the thing, but people Just Didn't Get It, to the point that the movie was scrapped, which made the whole experience that much more confusing.
Also, Old French Whore is one of the top five SNL skits... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:22 AM on February 15, 2008
Love the idea of a "Naughty Truffle Hog" flag though... posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:42 AM on February 12, 2008
I support the addition of a Naughty Truffle Hog flag. Strongly support.
Yes. And much the better if it's never explained.
Exactly, and then after a year or so, we see what is it being used for, and then codify that that is what it is for. Like the (probably apocryphal) landscape architect who waited to pave the paths on a college green until after the first snow, to see what paths the students naturally took. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:01 PM on February 13, 2008
The Steady Rocks are in. Do we actually have to be signed in for the draft, or can it proceed automagically if I rank players? I haven't done Rotisserie Baseball (yeah, I'm old) since the pre-Internet days. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:44 PM on February 8, 2008
I didn't realize there was a limit on the number of teams -- if someone really wants in, I'm happy to back out. MeFi mail me if you'd like a spot in this league.
I hear Fafhrd's power numbers are going to be way down now that he is off the juice. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:56 AM on February 10, 2008
I'll just suggest that you take a look at anaelith's MeTa post. She makes a pretty good case, like others have said here, that the best answer to your question is "None". posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:40 PM on February 6, 2008
It's got to be a coincidence, right? Was the "5BB" explicitly listed as Parking Space: 5BB or was it maybe just part of some random sequence number or other code? If you hadn't even returned to your car yet, I don't see how even a license plate scan would help them. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:33 PM on February 5, 2008
a camera that captured your license plate number at the ticket dispenser when you first arrived at the garage, and this was associated with the ticket you received,
Actually, that makes sense. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:34 PM on February 5, 2008
A second opinion seems to be in order, but rather than a cat hospital, I would take your cat to a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist. It may end up being more expensive, as they will likely suggest things like ultrasounds and specialized blood tests, but that is the best way to deal with tricky diagnoses. If money is an issue, you may want to consider applying for the Care Credit credit card. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:33 AM on February 5, 2008
then I thought better of it and MeFiMailed jessamyn, who retroactively backtagged it on my behalf on January 6, 2008.
That really brings it back around upon itself, in a nice timecubey way, as it was (arguably) Jessamyn's deletion of the first (?) use of the tag that inspired the thread vacapinta linked to and gave the tag life. Surely if she had let it stand in that first usage it would have gone unremarked and would not have required an article in... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:11 PM on February 4, 2008
On topic: Oh my yes did we did this (Boston, early-mid '80s). My daughter does it now (but mostly on patterned linoleum floors at the supermarket or mall).
Off topic: Why is it not a meme? This is about the meme-iest thing I can imagine. An idea or concept that spreads throughout a culture with no formal transmission taking place, right? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:20 AM on February 4, 2008
Your landlord gives his check to a teller. That check gets sent to the "proof" department, either that day or the next, depending on when he or she "cuts over" or tallies and prepares checks for transport. At the proof department, the check is scanned and the image is sent to your bank, who checks your account and authorizes payment and takes the money out of your account. There are several places that it can get delayed (at the teller, in proof at your landlord's bank, in... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:03 PM on February 3, 2008
There was a wonderful, completely unknown show on CBS for one season called Now and Again (not to be confused with Once and Again). It was a espionage thriller that featured Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert (with Heather Matarazzo in an excellent supporting role). Close played a regular guy whose brain was transplanted into the body of a bio-engineered superman. He could have no contact with the outside world, except for missions he was forced to... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:26 PM on February 2, 2008
"Everything was learned in practice, and the lonely road, with no critical eyes watching, was the place to dig up my boldest, or dumbest, ideas and put them onstage. After a show, preoccupied by its success or failure, I would return to my motel room and glumly watch the three TV channels sign off the air at 11:30, knowing I had at least two more hours to stare at the ceiling before the adrenaline eased off and I could fall asleep."
If you are in the US, call the ASPCA's poison control hotline - 888.426.4435. The call costs about $50, so have your credit card handy. It is probably what they would tell you to do if you call an emergency hospital. I know, because I'm working at a veterinary emergency hospital right now.
They have toxicologists on staff, and can tell you exactly what a toxic dose for your pet is, and what you should do. If they tell you to go to the hospital, be sure to jot down... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:10 PM on January 27, 2008
Glad to hear everything is OK. The ASPCA call is expensive, but it is cheaper than an ER visit (if they tell you not to go) and if they do tell you to go, $50 is the least of your worries. For all but your most common toxins (chocolate, NSAIDs, antifreeze) the vets at your local ER are probably just flipping though textbooks or websites to see what a toxic dose is, so it is well worth it to talk to an expert.
If you are a pet owner you should have their number posted... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:17 AM on January 28, 2008
Aaand now it is stuck in your head for at least three weeks. Also, I just finished a meal primarily made up of a mid-sized wedge of Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Double Gloucester and wheat crackers, so I think it is safe to say WE ALL love cheese. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:42 PM on January 27, 2008
Windows could not find cabal.exe. Do you want to locate cabal.exe yourself?
| CANCEL | | THERE IS NO CABAL.EXE |
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Bah. Preview borked my nbsp's. It looked better, trust me. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:35 AM on January 27, 2008
I am sitting here with tears pouring down my face I am laughing so hard.
"ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS ONE GIRL NAMED CINDY WHO WE ALL HATED. SHE WAS ENORMOUS (WHICH OBVIOUSLY ISN'T A GOOD REASON TO HATE SOMEONE BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE 12) AND SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO TONE TO HER VOICE. SERIOUSLY. WHEN SHE SPOKE IT SOUNDED LIKE A TRASH COMPACTOR HAD JUST COME TO LIFE AND WAS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE. "
Princeton grads are required to lead off every conversation with some version of "At Princeton, we...".
Veterinarians who went to the University of Pennsylvania are known in the field as "Pennwees" because every sentence they utter begins with "At Penn we did it like this..." or "At Penn we had..." posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:57 PM on January 25, 2008
This is cool and great. I wish I was geeky enough to actually do something with this data instead of just watching to see what the rest of you do with it (although you've already done some neat stuff).
May I suggest two things:
1. Sidebar this shit. Obvs.
2. Maybe a little extreme, but how about an under-the-radar subsite (a la travel) -- data.metafilter.com. It could be both a repository for infodumps like this, as well as a place for people to... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:43 PM on January 22, 2008
mistersquid: Out of curiosity, a number of people have claimed that sex post-vasectomy is better. Can someone explain with a little more detail?
It's nothing physical, but just the fact that you no longer have any kind of nagging concerns about birth control. No wondering if she forgot her pill this week, or if those antibiotics she took three weeks ago could have screwed things up. No slightly tense 2-days-late situations. After vasectomy, sex is... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:42 PM on January 22, 2008
I'll also add that I had a "traditional" scalpel vasectomy (no lazors or anything) and it was far less painful than I thought it would be. A few hours of dull ache (later that day) and two days of mild discomfort, and I'm a complete wuss when it comes to pain. If fear of blinding pain is your reason for not getting one guys, think again. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:17 PM on January 22, 2008
There was a white squirrel (we always called him/her an albino squirrel, though I don't know if that was technically correct) that lived on the quad when I was at Tufts. I'm sure there were songs written about it, but thankfully, they must be lost to the depths of history. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:00 PM on January 21, 2008
Groceries have been 14.61% of our spending for the last 12 months, and restaurants/dining account for 9.65%. (Thanks Bank of America Online Banking and ubiquitous debit card usage!) posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:09 AM on January 21, 2008
I'm a notary public. I'll print out the page, put my seal on it and sign it for free, if that would help. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:12 AM on January 19, 2008 marked best answer
Done and done. I'm happy to do it, but like others have said, I don't know if it will hold much water in a court of law, especially a Canadian one (I'm in the US). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:45 PM on January 19, 2008
but will Rock Steady be available for trial
For travel expenses and a modestgenerous lavish per diem, I can be available for trial. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:15 AM on January 20, 2008
Hush up, Agent McDermott! The - icon is only visible if you're logged into Cabal Mode. I mean, it's never visible, I mean, it doesn't exist... I mean, there is no - icon... I mean, CabalMod, please nuke this thread. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:54 PM on January 19, 2008