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A PC building guide by an idiot
Do you need a sound card? If it is 1997: definitely.

Hah! Great stuff.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 AM on May 20, 2011

Early reading cards.
My daughter's fourth grade class is currently using them. If you wouldn't mind getting a modern set you could try a teachers' supply store.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on May 19, 2011

Shit Someone's Dad Says?
What is all this? I'm just looking for www.usedcar.com.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:45 PM on May 18, 2011

Help me help my cat find her way home :(
When I was a kid, our cat got loose the day after we moved in to our new house, some 20 miles away from our old house. He was gone for almost two weeks. We assumed he was dead for sure. One day he just casually sauntered on to the porch. Our best theory as to what had happened was that he felt like he had to go back to the old house, found his way there, and then when he realized we were not there anymore, her turned around and came back.

Obviously, this doesn't happen… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on May 18, 2011

So, you know, be on the look out for that. And, you know, be careful when anyone loves you.
This is fantastic. I was just thinking about tracking this down to watch it again (I only watched the beginning when it first came out). Thanks!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on May 17, 2011
My favorite Neely production is probably Washington. I keep starting to sing it to my 2-year-old and then catching myself.

Holy shit that is hilarious.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:34 AM on May 17, 2011

The cake is a yvr
I truly don't see why finer-granularity spoiler visibility control should be a big problem. Therefore, I don't see why the mods are so adamantly opposed to it. Why not just go ahead and implement it? The issue won't go away on its own.

Because then the problem becomes "What must go in spoiler tags?" The consensus of the pro-spoiler-tag folks seems to be, "No one will be required to put anything in spoiler tags, browse at your own risk.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:05 AM on May 16, 2011
Surely, a simple bit of javascript/css trickery could quickly implement something that hides spoilers if tagged, and reveals on-click? It need not incorporate site-wide or thread-specific options.

A big part of what makes MetaFilter so wonderful are the strict limits it imposes on our conversations. No avatars, no sigs, no images, no attachments. There are essentially only four ways of altering your text (bold, italics, small, and strikethrough),… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:51 PM on May 16, 2011
Why? Noone is suggesting recoding the site in its entirety (at least, I hope they're not!)

I'm not talking about coding. I'm talking about the community and the foundational principles of MetaFilter, as stav said. I think roll truck roll is really on to something when he suggested that the "traditional" way to avoid dropping massive spoilers on MetaFilter was to choose your words carefully, and have some consideration for your fellow… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on May 16, 2011
I mean, a problem exists. Here's a solution.

I (and others) would argue that a tag is not the right solution for MetaFilter.

I should point out that the core argument against using ROT13 and/or spoiler tags ("people can just avoid threads with spoilers in so there is no way they should be ") is also a core argument against choosing words carefully, having consideration forother users or avoiding dropping… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:57 PM on May 16, 2011
Let's imagine that 20% of spoiler instances involve weird edge cases—a massive over-estimate.

Now I think you're just trolling at this point. You really believe that MeFites will agree at an 80-90% rate on the spoilerness of a given comment? I bet we don't even get 80% consensus on "Is the sky blue?"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on May 17, 2011

I wish this Calvin and Hobbes game really existed.
I love you people. We need a biweekly Calvinball thread.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:14 AM on May 17, 2011

That Dweam Within A Dweam!
Examples such as being chased by vampires

Heh. This is the exact nightmare that plagued me as a teenager, and inspired me to learn how to control my dreaming. The thing that worked for me was to lie in bed going over, in some detail, everything I remembered from the dream. I would then think of all the ways I knew to defeat vampires or escape from them. One night, while I had the nightmare, I just sort of realized that I was slightly more in control… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:58 PM on May 13, 2011

Harry Potter called, it wants its photographs back.
I did not expect to like those as much as I did. The ones with the models' hair blowing in the wind were especially cool.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:38 PM on May 13, 2011

...Someone's Got To Do It
Most of them aren't debilitating, but cause lifelong discomfort. Back problems, eye issues, damaged knees, ankles, hands, arms, the list goes on. In some cases, injuries are career ending.

My family knew a carpenter who was walking across a deck that had its joists in place, but no decking. He slipped and fell with one foot on each side of the joist and did severe damage to his genitals. Like, reconstructive surgery type damage. I think it is one of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on May 13, 2011
Can you elaborate on what a licensed golf pro is?

Basically, it's a golf instructor. From what I understand, you basically need to be licensed to get a job giving golf lessons at any kind of country club. It was quite an involved process, actually. He had to take a significant number of online classes and then compete in a license tournament in which he had to attain a certain score or else wait until next year.

He commented… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on May 13, 2011

A Typical Jordan Game
Bill Simmons would enjoy this. He once compiled a theoretical box score (near the end of the column) for Hickory High's starting five in the 1951 Indiana High School basketball championship (from the film Hoosiers). He has Chitwood dropping 30 out of Hickory's 42 points, FYI.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on May 13, 2011

Old building, tiny entrance, big furniture, oh my!
We traded our box spring for slat supports from IKEA and have never been happier. Gives the bed a low visual profile as well, which keeps it from dominating a small bedroom. Also, if you have a window or two that is wider than the door you may want to see if the sash(es) are removable. If they are older double hung windows they probably are removable with a little work.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:56 PM on May 12, 2011

West Virginia. Really?
Cost of living in Asheville, NC is pretty high, but I think Raleigh-Durham would be a pretty good alternate. Maybe not quite as liberal as Asheville, but certainly better than West Virginia.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 PM on May 11, 2011

What Shakespeare play best fits an unofficial wander-around-town performance?
Stand-alone scenes that are set in public and where the characters are adressing the crowd may work. Off the top of my head: Julius Caesar ('Friends, Romans, countrymen...') and Richard III (for instance the scene where his cronies try to persuade him to take power while he refuses and pretends to desire a life of prayer).

Ooh, I like this. You'd have to include St. Crispin's Day.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:15 PM on May 11, 2011

The following thread is in *massive* spoiler quotes
Authoring Tools Beta Released

That is going to be phenomenal. Get on it genius modders!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on May 11, 2011

42?
Two great articles there. This quote from the Guardian article Celsius1414 linked to really hits home:
It really is a shame that he didn't live to see the world today. It's wonderful in some ways, a bit of a mess in many others. But if anyone could have made sense of it, Douglas Adams would probably be the man for the job.
I think about that all the time. Like on a weekly basis. So tragic, so painful, even ten years later.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on May 11, 2011
It would have pleased him to no end that of all companies, Apple went ahead and made something like that.

Oh my yes. He was a huge Apple supporter, even through the dark days, but he wasn't an uncritical fanboy. His take on Apple, Inc. would be fascinating. Now I'm even more sad.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on May 11, 2011

Is this Time Radiation at work?!!!
I know nothing about Time Radiation, but you may be able to configure your cable box to display the time, if that would solve the problem. On ours (Time Warner Cable, Scientific American 8300 boxen) you can have it display the channel, the time, or neither.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on May 11, 2011

You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, but you really think they're lying to make you feel better?
Anyone have any ideas what he was doing?

I think he was either sabotaging bits of their ship, trying to bluff that he was shooting at them, or both.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on May 2, 2011
In Defense Of: Martha Jones. I endorse this article.

Yeah, I concur. My reaction to the Rose Tyler era: "Her?"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on May 10, 2011

HBO Loves Mefi
That is awesome.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on May 8, 2011
We really should have a MetaFilter in Popular Culture section on the wiki. Has Mefi been mentioned in any other TV series?

There was (and is?) a prominent "MeFi" in the background of the Mythbusters' Blueprint Room.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on May 9, 2011

The runners’ bibs say something different each year: SUFFERING WITHOUT A POINT; NOT ALL PAIN IS GAIN
My wife just ran a 5K "Rugged Maniac" race that included mud pits, cargo net climbs and tunnel crawls. It nearly killed her (she may have chipped her shin bone swinging it over one of the 7 foot walls on the course), but she loved it. This will give her nightmares.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on May 7, 2011
That's a truly frightening article.

Holy shit, you aren't kidding. That Nordlander guy is the reason people are afraid of the IRS.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:04 PM on May 7, 2011

The Ballad of the Space Babies
It was a triumph of art direction but it didn't really work, for me, as a game.

Hmm. I keep waiting for the real "game" to kick in, but I guess maybe it doesn't. It is still deeply cool, in any case.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on May 6, 2011
Go google "fun summer blockbuster" and come back and tell me how "fun" isn't a qualification for movies.

Summer blockbusters are supposed to be fun. Arthouse darlings are not.

Arcade games are supposed to be fun. Art games are not.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:53 AM on May 6, 2011
What the hell kind of horrible art do people think is defined, primarily, by not being fun? I weep for the poverty of their aesthetic experience.

Well, I was exaggerating a bit for rhetoric effect of course. Neither arthouse films nor art games are forbidden from being fun, and certainly if either one had no joy or lightness to them at all they would be extremely marginalized members of their class, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on May 6, 2011

Too depressed to think clearly
Sorry to hear about your struggles seraph9. As has been said above, I really think the best thing for you to do is focus on getting help for your depression. I have only ever had mild depression, but it saps your energy and will to do so many other things to better your life that it can seem nearly impossible to improve anything else while you are still dealing with depression.

As far as socializing, the MeFi community has the occasional Triangle meetup (most of the crew… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on May 6, 2011

What are you favorite New Age clichés?
Live in the moment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on May 6, 2011 marked best answer

What is half of a deviled egg?
What if Nunk had had stuffed peppers for lunch that were made by cutting a whole pepper in half (lengthwise, lets say) and then stuffing each half with the requisite ingredients? I don't think you would be inclined to assume that "a stuffed pepper" meant two items, would you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:08 PM on May 5, 2011

To be fair, he offerred us all a chance to get in on the ground floor.
You're not wearing a suit?
Are you a farmer?


That is one of the funniest smackdowns in MetaTalk history.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:19 PM on May 5, 2011
Funny. But a quote.

Oh, I know. Still damn funny dropped into the appropriate context like that.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on May 5, 2011

Help out some less than hip teachers pick a song for a high school lipdub.
"Firework" by Katy Perry (whom I would have sworn was Canadian for some reason, but apparently isn't).
"Baby" by very Canadian Justin Bieber. Is Bieber uncool enough that doing a Bieber song would be ironically cool? I'm not cool enough to know.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on May 5, 2011

Derek Miller -- The Last Post
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Amazingly eloquent.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on May 4, 2011
Pupstocks (and for the benefit of other newcomers), the singular "." in a comment is a representation of a moment of silence.

Welcome to MeFi. For future reference, the MeFi wiki can be very helpful for questions like this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on May 5, 2011

Apologies to the sensitive neckbeards out there.
I have always used neckbeard as a very specific compliment for chaotic-good, high-achieving, systems-thinking nerds. To me, a neckbeard is someone who has the chops to be a Unix sysadmin, is a great programmer, believes 100% in open source philosophy, sees things in terms of systems, is probably a great DM, speaks precisely and deliberately, etc. Think Richard Stallman.

Agreed. It's a kind of a term of affection and respeck for me. I wouldn't call… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:00 PM on May 3, 2011
The Bill James FPP remined me that Bill James is certainly the world's pre-eminent baseball neckbeard. He even seems to sport an actual (if nicely trimmed) neckbeard.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on May 5, 2011

But I'm a dog person...
Lard Tubbington is allowed to eat cheese because he's on Atkins.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on May 4, 2011

Gaby Dunn's 100 Interviews
I married my high school sweetheart, we've been together 13 years this summer.

Beat you! My date to the Prom and I have been together for 17 years, married for 13.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:15 PM on May 3, 2011

The Gostak: An Interofgan Halpock
I meant to add: I think The Gostak is the only game in the history of IF that is only possible as a text-only game. Even changing it into a King's Quest style adventure game would ruin half the fun.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on May 2, 2011
Oh, I also should have added, The Gostak is from MetaFilter's Own Carl Muckenhoupt.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on May 2, 2011
I mean, come on, just try to tell me that this is not a shamtag. You can't do it. Of course it's a shamtag.

Don't be silly, I tried durching one of those things and it didn't flome even a little. It also didn't become skobe when I riked it bommly. I had to make it skobe manually, and there was no pogrifon in there anyways. That thing can't even tund skades!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on May 3, 2011

I'm fine hearing that I'm just a crazy cat lady
Keep in mind, you have no idea if the emergency vet was correct about their split-second diagnosis or not. I have found that emergency vets (especially ones who have done nothing but emergency work for a long time) can tend to overreact to chronic conditions, treating every minor ailment as a life-or-death crisis. When the vast majority of the things you see are crashing, it can be easy to assuming everything is dire.

I suspect it will be largely pointless to ask the ER… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on May 3, 2011

X-ray Origami is Damn Cool.
[more inside] indeed.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:23 PM on May 2, 2011

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