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Resume help : how to express my (slightly) complicated work experiences
(Assume Xyzzy Media is created in 2007)

Lead Developer, 2005-2007
Did all sorts of great stuff for this innovative web property...

Lead Developer, 2007-2009
As a Lead Designer at Xyzzy Media, continued to incentivize the wigets at while also creating synergies and new paradigms at by blah blah blah
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:45 PM on March 29, 2011

"Is Soupy back on the sauce again?" "Not so you'd notice."
Familiar with Rebecca Black's "Friday"? The bad lip reader that redubbed it as "Gang Fight" sure wasn't.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:49 AM on March 29, 2011

Mothergirper! I was playing this game in Firefox 4 on OSX for like 20 minutes before I saw this note:


I'm dangling from "M" thinking, "The clenching, it does nothing!"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 PM on March 28, 2011

Michigan to North Carolina - Where should we live?
Yeah, just coming in to tell you that the Triangle sounds ideal for you. I'll add that, as a parent with a child in Wake County schools, the drama that people in the thread have mentioned has (to this point) had little to no effect on my daughter's day-to-day school experience. They are still largely the same schools and the same teachers that were considered among the best in the country a few years ago. Now, who knows what kind of damage the school board will be able to do in the next few… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on March 28, 2011

Honestly, this is what medical science is about. I hate reading articles that talk about New Miracle Cures! and then when you actually read the article, it explains that this astronomically expensive treatment "reduces symptoms by up to 7%" and may be ready for clinical trials by late 2014. This is a simple, cheap, 90% successful treatment that is being done now and is changing peoples lives. Way to go, poo doctors!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 AM on March 28, 2011

Help me talk to my vet.
"Palliative Care" is the technical term. If you tell your vet that you are just looking for palliative care at this point. You've made a tough decision, and your vet should be supporting you with that. If they won't, there is no shame in going to another vet and explaining the situation to them. People will often switch vets at the end of their pet's life, if for no other reason than they want to avoid having bad associations with the regular vet that they see for their other and/or… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:43 AM on March 28, 2011
Add "they should understand that." after "at this point".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:45 AM on March 28, 2011

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter
My 10-year-old daughter NEEDS to read these. Make it happen, DC, toot sweet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:10 PM on March 27, 2011

Technical Experts
Mitheral once fixed my fridge over the Internet. His diagnosis was spot on, and his estimate for what the repair would cost was within $10. That fridge is still working to this day!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:33 PM on March 26, 2011

That psychedelic elephant is FANTASTIC!
I can't believe I almost missed that. I hope fr0zen/xteraco pop up again every five years from now on, like that Poe guy.

I was giddy with anticipation when I came across that question while it was still live, at least until I realized it was going to get deleted faster than a Mefite in the soda aisle of a Shaw's Supermarket.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:43 PM on March 26, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro, 1935-2011
I literally just thought of her yesterday. Someone mentioned something about Sarah Palin, and I thought, "Damn, I'm going to be hearing about her for the rest of my life, aren't I?" Then I thought about Ms. Ferraro, and how I hadn't heard much about her lately, so maybe there was hope. Of course, then I realized that she was far too dignified to do the types of things that Sarah Palin will no doubt do to stay it the public eye and I got depressed again.

posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on March 26, 2011

Triange Area Meet-up
Hey, by a weird coincidence I might actually be able to go to this! Woo hoo!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 9:35 AM on March 26, 2011

"I hate rude behavior in a man. I won't tolerate it."
That's why I'll be voting for The Smell of Crayons for President and Aroma of Popcorn Cooking for VP.

Hell, I don't even care what party the Crayon/Popcorn ticket is in, I am ready to donate to the exploratory committee, as long as I can get a firm commitment that Finding the Perfect LEGO Piece is in the running for a Cabinet-level position.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:24 PM on March 25, 2011

Kids, I'm gonna tell you an incredible story: The story of how I met your mother.
MetaFilter: Surprisingly non-douchey.

Seriously, though, I expected some mega-snark when I came into this thread even though the guy seemed pretty cool and interesting. Well played, MeFi.

Also, Chas, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to my ladyfriends. You may want to sit down, this could take a while.

*deep breath*
Abigail Aaron, Adelaide Aaron, Agatha Aaron, Alison Aaron...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on March 25, 2011

A brief history of time zones
Theoretically there should be no discrete time zones, and time would continuously vary, by minutes seconds per degree of longitude.

Maybe you could do that once GPS-enabled smartphones become ubiquitous. The time would change depending on where you are, and appointment and meeting times could be synced automatically. Your navigation software could tell you when you need to leave (local time) to make sure you arrive at the right time for your… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on March 25, 2011

Thanks to Jessamyn et al.
Order your Moderator's Day flower arrangements now to beat the rush!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:19 AM on March 25, 2011

Dog's Behavior
Yes, it is very likely she was in a great deal of pain, and when dogs are in pain, they can lash out at whomever is nearby. My dog, growing up, bit my stepfather (her favorite person in the world) quite severely when she was hit by a car and he went to save her. In emergency veterinary medicine, it is very common to see owners who have been bit or attacked by their dogs when they were only trying to help.

In fact, you should see this a sign that you made the right… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:14 PM on March 24, 2011

It's coming right out of the screen at me
That was actually a fairly interesting thread that I was enjoying yesterday. The gimmick makes it a lot harder on the eyes and has derailed the discussion. Enough already.

That is some weapons-grade buzzkill right there.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on March 24, 2011

So... what ELSE is new?
You need to explain all of this to him. Tell him that you are totes happy and excited for him, and that you think it's great that dating is working out so well for him, but that you just don't want to keep hearing about it because of the issues you are having with dating. Here's why: If you don't talk to him honestly about it and you continue to get upset and snippy with him when he talks about girlfriends, eventually he may get the impression that you don't like talking about his relationships… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:49 PM on March 24, 2011

Indicating by this succinct phrasing his understanding as to the work that would be required in order to make sense of the sketches and the heinous nature of the crime.
Someone's got to do a full Two Gentlemen of Lebowski treatment of this. At least the first season.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 AM on March 24, 2011
The Great Big Mulp: So, I've been trying to read the comments after the linked article, and ... is there some other Dostoevsky that I don't know about? Because half of the conversation there about him does not seem to be about a 19th century Russian author.

That's the joke, Mulp, that's the joke. You do know that The Wire is a TV series and not a Victorian serial, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:17 AM on March 24, 2011

Do you remember my favorite Flash game?
From the Reddit link:
I made it to the hurdle once. About the time I saw it I said, "Fuck everything about this," crab-dragged-hobbled my qwoper over to it and shot my monitor with a .45

It was the humane thing to do.

posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:15 PM on March 22, 2011
Some of those Tony Pa games seem stylistic similar, but none are it; I almost wonder if that wasn't the site, but he's pulled it or something....

Hmm. My first thought was that it was a Tony Pa game, but I didn't see anything that fit your description there either. Maybe email him?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on March 23, 2011
I frickin' LOVE QWOP!!

Just wait to you get to the hard events, like Rhythmic Gymnastics and Fencing.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on March 24, 2011

Seeing Double
Makes me sneeze...

Gotta be careful. Outside is riddled with viruses.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:08 PM on March 23, 2011

Readin' time's here!
Cry your pardon, but I have to suggest the Dark Tower series as well.

Thankee-sai, and Long Days and Pleasant Nights to ya.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on March 23, 2011
Well, I think the series in general is considered kind of a mixed bag (I loved it, though), but it's hard to argue that he didn't at least do interesting things with language, especially in Book 5, which is basically an extended flashback. The other books are not exactly drenched in it like Cloud Atlas and Riddley Walker, but interesting bits of language and turns of phrase pop up at least occasionally. I'd actually say those two examples don't really… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:44 PM on March 23, 2011

WTH, retro style!
What. Is. It?!?!!?!??!

Armadillo? With its ears back, maybe?

I'm gonna say fetal armadillo, maybe?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:22 PM on March 22, 2011

Bipolar filter: Righteous indignation or education? Making the world safe for individuals with bipolar disorder.
I wouldn't try and do this as part of some sort of Grand Unveiling or anything, but perhaps if you have certain people you are close to and have some private time with, you can explain things to them on a one-to-one basis, and maybe trust them to spread the word through the grapevine. One thing you cannot do, unfortunately, is expect things to change overnight, or to ever change completely. While this is an important issue to you, you have to understand that it is not such an important issue to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on March 22, 2011

ATM ate my money that I tried to withdraw. What do.
You might try talking to the bank that maintains the ATM again to see if they have found a discrepancy in the ATM that you used. They may not have balanced it yet, or they may not be able to tell you about it even if they have, but it's worth a try. At then you will know that the error has been found and your money will be coming back to you eventually.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on March 22, 2011

Find home sale price after 40 yrs
The Georgia Registrar of Deeds has online searchiness.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on March 22, 2011

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
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.
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

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