Yeah, one of the professional magazines even runs an annual contest. This year a snake that swallowed the owner's pet rabbit (and the electric blanket it was sleeping on) came in first, and won the vet that submitted it a DSLR; while a dog that ate a stuffed dog took the silver, where there is no prize. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:01 AM on August 14, 2008
In his book How Buildings Learn, Steward Brand talks about scenario planning, and he suggests giving different scenarios very short, very memorable names -- "Big Ugly," "Massive Growth," "Heat Death," etc. Perhaps with shorter project names the labeling (and relabeling) of folders (physical and digital) becomes less onerous. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:17 PM on August 13, 2008 marked best answer
Wow, what a thread. I am the Client Service Manager at a referral and emergency practice, and this is all very interesting to me as well.
My specific advice would be to become familiar with the folks at your nearest emergency and/or specialty practice. Stop by for a visit, ask for a tour, see if you can meet with some of the ER docs if they have a minute, and spend some time chatting with the techs and receptionists. You may be in a position to ask your clients to... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:41 PM on August 10, 2008
Seconding Gmail. There is, IIRC, some functionality in Firefox 3 to allow pages to operate as independent, standalone apps, without the Firefox chrome and toolbars. I can't find anything online about it right now, but someone else must know what I am talking about. Perhaps set up her Gmail page that way, so it looks like a separate "Gmail Program"? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:30 AM on August 7, 2008
My wife and I swear quite a bit, and our daughter is very observant and picks up on all kinds of adult behavior. We've taught her that there are certain words that we say when we are at home or in the car or with close friends that might hurt other people's feelings. Those words are OK around our immediate family, but you'd never want to use them when someone who might be offended by those words might hear, because making other people feel bad is not something we do in our family. I think it... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:08 PM on August 6, 2008
Well, I've always been a bit of a Garth Brooks fan, which is pretty embarrassing in and of itself for a hip, urban young person such as myself. Even more embarrassing is the fact that I really fricking love several songs from his In The Life of Chris Gaines album, which is possibly the greatest embarrassment in the history of the music industry. For those not familiar, it is an album of pop/R&B/rock songs done by Brooks in the persona of a fictional Australian rock... [more] posted to Music Talk by Rock Steadyat 9:47 PM on August 5, 2008
I am always the face painter at kids parties. First of all, you want actual paintbrushes, not make-up applicators, especially for the fine work. Nothing too fancy, just go to your local craft store and pick up a $10 fine-tip brush assortment. Second, I usually use the cheapo face paint, but be sure to have a stash of toothpicks on hand to stir the paint very well with (a slightly blunted toothpick is also good for dinosaur eyes and fairy dust). Finally, you need to support your painting hand... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:27 PM on August 5, 2008 marked best answer
This is super great. Totally agree with danb -- take this from experiment to finished product immediately. Add some dickpunching lyrics, maybe? posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steadyat 4:45 AM on August 5, 2008
So I was able to imagine them, standing their, in their business casual khakis and polo-shirts, smiling affably, and calmly chatting the lines "punch 'em in the dick" to each other.
And you've got your music video right there, mediocre. Just the most mundane and boring people and settings imaginable, calmly and casually lip syncing the lyrics. Soccer moms signing to their kids, the elderly singing to their nurses, bank tellers singing to... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:12 PM on August 4, 2008
Look, your friend could define a sandwich as "Anything I eat between Noon and 2pm" but it is not a useful definition to use with other people, as it will be very far from their definition of the term. If his definition is "Anything with a dough-based item on the bottom", he is again going to find his definition at odds with the vast majority of society. Apple pie, for fucks sake?
I think the requirement that the bread be cooked before other... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:51 PM on August 3, 2008
Hmm. When I heard Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" my first thought was that it was great that we were at a point where shifting and fluid sexual orientation was fun and sexy and safe enough for Top 40 radio -- in sharp contrast to the more earnest, banished-to-college-radio Jill Sobule version. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:55 PM on August 2, 2008
If you are putting your sperm into another person, you both should be prepared for what to do in the event of pregnancy. The pill is very effective, except when it's not. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:01 AM on August 2, 2008
Officially, no. The writer of the check must sign it before it becomes a negotiable instrument. Unofficially, both rhymer and le morte de bea arthur have valid approaches, but neither is guaranteed. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:46 AM on August 1, 2008
As for secret questions: I have trouble sometimes remembering my answer if the registration process gives me poor choices. Many choices, especially favorite book/sports team/food/Beatle/etc., can be hard to remember later if you read voraciously, don't follow sports, enjoy a wide range of foods, and can't decide between John and Ringo....
That's why I always choose questions with definite answers -- name of high school, city of birth, etc.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:54 PM on July 31, 2008
If you love the dude, tell him. If that freaks him out, he'll either handle it in an adult, mature way, or he won't. Either way, you'll learn things worth knowing.
TPS for the win. This is so, so true. Be true to yourself and respect your feelings, and respect him enough to let him deal with that as he will. For what it's worth, 15 years ago this November I told a girl I loved her after knowing her for about a week, she said she loved me too, and... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:31 AM on July 30, 2008
Don't let your dog drink from puddles. Even if the water looks clean, rodent urine can easily contaminate the water with the potentially deadly leptospirosis bacteria. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:14 AM on July 29, 2008
Many of the larger to mid-sized towns in Vermont could be ideal. I'd look at Montpelier or Brattleboro first, or Burlington if you'd like to go a little more urban. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:18 PM on July 28, 2008
When I took an architectural drafting class I used a "pounce bag". They are pretty cheap and less messy. You just lightly tap the bag against the page, and a small amount of pounce sifts through the loose weave of the bag. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:10 PM on July 27, 2008
I have a keyboard at work that has a "Function Lock" key or something. It makes the F1-F12 keys do things other than what I expect when I turn it on accidentally. Anything like that on yours? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:57 PM on July 23, 2008
In most states, being a credentialed Veterinary Technician requires graduation from an accredited Veterinary Technology program and/or passing a statewide exam. There are still jobs available for uncredentialed Vet Techs, but they are becoming harder to find. You might want to look into starting out as a Veterinary Assistant (sometimes called a Technician Assistant or Kennel Assistant) to get experience in the veterinary field. You can usually get those types of jobs with little or no... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:26 AM on July 23, 2008 marked best answer
There's a publication in this area called the Pet Gazette, and when I googled that term I found dozens of similar regional publications with the same name. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:23 PM on July 18, 2008
You have got to get insurance for your son. 16-year-olds are healthy, but they are in a high-risk group for accidents -- from skateboarding to motor vehicle. The cost for a broken leg can get very high, very quickly. It is too bad that it will adversely affect your workplace, but is your job going to pay your son's medical bills? Are they going to refuse to lay you off if their budget gets cut? Are your coworkers going to promise to not drop their insurance either?... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:52 AM on July 17, 2008
As for rolling up sleeves: don't roll from the cuff. Invert the whole lower sleeve up over your upper arm, then roll the thin part up in 2" turns until it half-covers the cuff. Looks cooler - the cuff details stay visible - and stays put better.
I'm having trouble envisioning this. My rolling advice is to fold, not roll. Fold the cuff back where it meets the sleeve, and make it nice and flat against the sleeve. Fold back again the width of... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:41 PM on July 14, 2008
A tool like this is designed for folks with fine motor disabilities. You poke the wire through the buttonhole, then loop it around the button, then pull it back through the hole with the button. It's easier than it sounds. You could probably hack one together yourself, rather than paying $13. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:04 PM on July 14, 2008 marked best answer
This one includes an illustrative photo and is only six bucks. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:07 PM on July 14, 2008 marked best answer
Here is a picture of a feline being imaged in the first veterinary Computed Tomography scanner on Cape Cod. That's right, a cat CAT scan! Here's the hardware it runs on, BTW (don't you lurve the keyboard integrated into the desk?)
Anyway, Happy Birthday MeFi, thanks to all the mods, and hugs and smooches to all my fellow MeFites on this happy day.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:11 AM on July 14, 2008
I wonder if there isn't some kind of industry-wide organization in the States that might agree to answer some emailed questions for you. Like the Cement Processors and Manufacturers Association or something. There must at least be a group that organizes conferences, right? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:46 PM on July 13, 2008
Hmm. My wife an I are in the ballpark of the dimensions you mention, and we have no problems with the missionary position. The only thing that is tough for us is doggy style or anything standing up, as I am taller than you and she is shorter than your ladyfriend. Perhaps you each just need to work on adjusting the angles of your hips/pelvises to find a combination that works for you? I also think kimdog's advice to "have fun and laugh a lot" is absolutely... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:47 PM on July 12, 2008
In a personal setting, I could care less -- I've had friends and colleagues of many nationalities and I have relationships with them that are as good as my relationships with my fellow Americans. I will admit, though, that when I encounter someone with an accent in a professional setting -- especially when they are a medical practitioner -- I worry that I am not being fully understood, and that I am not fully understanding them. Not because I think they are stupid (far from it, in fact, I have... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:55 PM on July 9, 2008
It's possible that it indicates a more systemic problem -- you sometimes see toes removed due to a tumor, for example. With a greyhound, though (and I'm assuming it's a former racing dog) it could very easily be due to a racetrack injury, which is no reason to be concerned. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:29 PM on July 9, 2008
Boston area. If it’s toasted I call it a grinder. If it’s cold I call it a sub.
This is my understanding too. I think it is localized to Somerville/Arlington area, though. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:51 PM on July 8, 2008
Because of this I have always mentally thought of them as "bombs" even though I have never seen a sandwich referred to as a "bomb" anywhere other than that silly bag
In the Boston area, steak-and-cheese subs (thinly sliced steak with melted cheese - grilled peppers and onions optional) are sometimes called "steak bombs". posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:36 AM on July 9, 2008
Also, on the iPhone, you must look at your wallpaper when you activate your phone, as you slide your finger to unlock it, before your icons pop up. So you have to look at it for at least a second every time you use the phone. Some of these wallpapers are quite nice, thanks defenestration. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:06 PM on July 6, 2008
While he doesn't have specific skills, I'm sure he's got lots of general skills -- following directions, completing tasks, understanding the construction and bidding process, etc. I know lots of construction and building operations around here are always looking for office and warehouse help with some knowledge of the industry -- maybe that is somewhere to start. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:39 PM on July 5, 2008
They make blank window cling "paper" you can print on a standard printer (here's some with a puppy). You could just print one giant letter on each page, giving you a bunch of clingy tiles, like a regular marquee. If you print in white on blank clings, and then hang a black curtain in the window, I think that would be a pretty classy look. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:35 PM on July 5, 2008 marked best answer
This may or may not help, but if/when someone gets close to the cat, a good cat catching tactic is to throw a large blanket or bath towel over the cat, and then swoop in a wrap them up in the towel. Being covered by the towel stuns them for a second or two, enabling a puny human to get close enough for the grab. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:05 PM on July 5, 2008