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Aaliyah's One in a Million - $6.99 on cassette
Reading this thread on my iPad while, in the background, I watch a documentary about the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" that I DVRed earlier in the evening makes me very excited for the next 15 years.

Also, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins have won 10 championships since this flyer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:05 PM on September 19, 2011
For another year or two anyway. By 1999 or 2000, they were down to $30 apiece for a decent enough four head model. By that time, the money was being made in dual deck recorders that didn't quite implement Macrovision correctly. ;)

In 1998 or so, my roommates and I pitched in to get a $45 VCR manufactured by something called Broksonic. We never called it a VCR, we called it "The Broksonic", as in, "Do you want to rent something to watch… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on September 20, 2011

How would Mark Twain have written "WTF!"
what
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on September 19, 2011

Bushman Lives
Thank you for this. Now is a good time in my life (and in the world) for some Pinkwater.

From the new novel:
He didn’t make cute faces or do little tricks to please the crowd like some chimp. He was not a smiley gorilla. He kept his dignity. He’d had a bad break, but he wasn’t about to let it break him. Maybe that is why he was the most popular animal in the zoo–there are a lot of people in Chicago who feel the same way.

Loving it so far.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:09 PM on September 19, 2011

Severe emetophobia. Need help.
and has in fact told me that the only way she will ever be free of the problem is by killing herself.

I am nt a professional, but this does not sound like something a person who has good overall mental health says, even someone with a chronic, incurable condition. She needs to get some serious psychiatric help, but she must be willing to put in a good deal of work herself. It doesn't sound like she is ready to do that yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on September 16, 2011


Clean out your closet AND help a girl geek get married! I need board/card game items for my game-themed wedding!
I've got one. It's in a pretty red box...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:35 AM on September 16, 2011

Educational programs and movies
Design Squad is a great PBS show that challenges kids to design and build their own solutions to technical problems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on September 13, 2011

Toddler dress-up time!
My daughter used to love dressing up in women's sized clothes that we got mostly from thrift shops and friends. Even though they were much too large, if you stick with smallsizes and are creative about how you use them (a shirt becomes a dress and a short skirt can be a floor length maxi skirt, or even a strapless dress). For our little girl, the glitzier and spanglier the better. She especially loved fancy hats and shoes (but be very careful with heels).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on September 11, 2011
And I didn't finish my sentence. Put a "they can make great dress-up props." in my answer above.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on September 11, 2011
Oh, yeah, Serene Empress Dork has a great point about "grown-up stuff". Old keys, credit cards (can be store discount cards), sunglasses, wallets, purses, briefcases, business cards, cell phones, empty cosmetics, etc. Seem hopelessly mundane to us, but fascinatingly mature to little ones.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on September 12, 2011

Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you...
I don't get why it's a bane. You can easily look up symbols you don't know ON wikipedia

By the time I've looked up the last letters, I've forgotten how to pronounce the first ones.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 PM on September 11, 2011

sorry i was made these purchase because a error...
Baby stuff! Mefites are breeding everywhere!

Specifically, a onesie with a little [+]. Then you can poke it with your finger and say "you're my favorite! Yes you are!" and then the baby will giggle.


Here is where I reiterate my phenomenal idea for a [more inside] maternity t-shirt.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:21 PM on September 11, 2011
Yeah, I made a more inside maternity shirt at Cafepress, many years ago. It was tough to get the text displayed in the right spot using Cafepress' limited tools.

I thought I had seen it somewhere before when the idea occurred to me (last time we were having a t-shirt ideas thread), but when I dug through the archives I couldn't find any reference to it.

I love my "I [+] MetaFilter" t-shirt. Perhaps that could make a comeback?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:12 PM on September 11, 2011

Bargain Lit for the Kindle
Amazon just started a Kindle Daily Deal page, with a book per day at a deep discount -- from $2.99 to $0.99. None of the offers so far have been for books I have been interested in, but I figure it's worth keeping an eye on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on September 9, 2011

Easy and safe way to sell a shotgun in NC
I wouldn't want a gun in my home either, but it's not alive -- it's not going to rise up and shoot you at random. Spend a few minutes googling to make sure it's not really valuable, like showbiz_liz says, and carefully take it to your local gun shop and get a few bucks for it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 PM on September 9, 2011

Power to the PC?
Just screw one of these guys on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on September 8, 2011

Kicking Ass for the Working Class?
ctrl-f "frank sobotka"

I am disappoint, MeFi.

In all seriousness, I was hoping that violence would not be necessary in the struggle to retain the rights of the working class, but I am beginning to despair of that.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM on September 8, 2011

MeFi Pick 'em: Fantasy Football For Lazy People
Fun!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on September 6, 2011

What is the millennial vision of the future?
I would add Gattaca (even though it came out in 1997) to hermitosis's list of too-clean, impersonal, genetic engineering dystopias.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 PM on September 4, 2011

Fat-fingering iPad favorites
I can only assume it has something to do with the Tea Party Republicans.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:15 PM on August 20, 2011
I guess it's probably not feasible, but I'd be happy to be a beta tester for any alternate mobile stylesheets you'd like to test out (now and in the future).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on August 23, 2011
Oh, wow. That is phenomenal, pb. Nicely done, but you need to capitalize "Favorite this comment?" and "Unfavorite this comment?" so my brain doesn't hurt.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on September 2, 2011
Kind of clunky phrasing, but I guess it's to avoid verbing "favorite"? They should probably be consistent, as you say. This is really very cool functionality, and a great solution to the problem. Could swipe left bring up some kind of flagging dialog, or does the multiplicity of flags make it not possible?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:10 AM on September 2, 2011

Instant Fall TV Lineup Generator
I'm just going to link to the fleshed-out version of the random TV premise I got from this sitcom generator when it was linked on MeFi here. I think AMC could make a decent run at it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on September 2, 2011

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits
Spider-Man, not Spiderman. GET IT RIGHT, FELLOW NERDS!

When people spell it "spiderman" I like to pronounce it "SPIH-der-mn" like it's a last name like Peterman or Biederman.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on September 2, 2011

when to euthanize a cat?
So, I would say he is not peeing all over your place because he is confused or he can't see, but because he is trying to tell you that there is something wrong with him. I know a number of vets who favor this theory of inappropriate urination. Cats can be very very stoic, and can appear to be perfectly normal when they are really in a great deal of pain. I would suggest you get him checked out by a vet to get their professional opinion of his quality of life.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on September 1, 2011

I can haz owtsidez?
cats should be allowed the option to go outdoors (maybe not so much if declawed) if being indoors creates a stressed kitty

The American Veterinary Medical Association disagrees. They believe it is greatly preferable for cats to remain indoor-only. They say that cats who are kept indoors can reach the age of 17 or more years, but outdoor cats live an average of two to five years. I can't find a direct AVMA link to that policy statement, but here's a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on September 1, 2011

Tell me about Boston.
Also, I really hated winters when I lived in Utah. Is this a very bad idea, or are there fantastic ways of coping and staying warm that I never discovered?

No. If you hate winter, and your daily life requires going outside, Boston is maybe not a place you should move. Seriously. I grew up in Boston and lived almost my whole life in New England, but now that we have been in North Carolina for several years, I know I will never return to live there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on August 31, 2011

Blood in urine can't be good.
TheBones is right. There are many things that can cause bloody urine that it doesn't sound like either of your vets have looked into. Has your cat had an ultrasound to check for stones, lesions or tumors, for instance? Especially with the renal failure, I would assume that there is an underlying condition here that you will have to decide if you want to explore or not. If she doesn't appear to be suffering, then it may not be worth it, given her age and condition and the stress it would cause… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on August 31, 2011

Disqualified from an award for winning it too often?
Are you thinking of "hors de concours"? Much of the time it refers to an entry in a competition that is not officially entered, but I've seen it several times applied to entrants who are excluded from competition because they are too far above the level of their competitors.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on August 31, 2011

The 10 Most Ridiculously Difficult Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries
My two Encyclopedia bête noires (though he'd probably call them bêtes noire, the little pedant):

One where it was assumed that I would know that flying the American flag upside down was a commonly known signal that one was besieged by bloodthirsty "Indians", and another where it was clear that a girl was really a boy in drag because when an object was thrown in his lap he clasped his knees together to try and catch it (as a pants-wearing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:49 PM on August 30, 2011
I'll gladly hate on E.B., but wasn't that Tom Sawyer? Or maybe Huck Finn?

Who do you think you are, Cam Jansen or somebody? Ehn, I'm sure Sobol swiped it from Twain to reuse.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 PM on August 30, 2011
I read lots of EB and enjoyed them, but much better books are The Great Brain series. Kind of EB meets Little House on the Prairie.

I was trying to think of The Great Brain when I made my Cam Jansen joke above, but I couldn't think of it. Thanks for the reminder.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 PM on August 30, 2011

And I think my spaceship knows which way to go ...
I'm gonna see it! I'm gonna see it...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on August 30, 2011
Come onnnnnn...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on August 30, 2011

How to be nice to annoying people
The Meaning of Liff (a tragically underappreciated little book by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd) has a series of definitions that I still think of on a nearly daily basis after first reading the book over 10 years ago, and I think they fit your situation somewhat.

clabby (adj)
A clabby conversation is one struck up by a commissionaire or cleaning lady in order to avoid any further actual work. The opening gambit is usually designed to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on August 30, 2011 marked best answer

Hurricane Irene
So how blowable is a heavy metal patio chair and table set? Does that need actual hurricane force winds to do something? (Because I think we actually put it together on the patio, so... not sure what our options are.)

At the very least, flip the table upside down and put the chairs on top of it so the surface of the table doesn't act like a big sail in the wind.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on August 26, 2011

You know, he's gonna see this thread, and will potentially comment on it... posted by
Who's Corin Nemec?

I think you'll find this is Corin Nemec, sirs.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on August 25, 2011

I may be a dream-killer, even if it's better for our family
I kind of agree with hermitosis on this one. If I put myself in your position and my wife in your husband's position, I have a hard time coming up with scenarios in which I would not do everything I could to help her follow her dreams. It sucks that sometimes your relationships with your extended family have to suffer because of job-related moves, but my daughter has always had an amazingly close relationship with her grandparents who (since she was born) have lived in Argentina, Italy and the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on August 24, 2011
The OP's father has cancer. Not an ingrown toenail, for the love of god. The husband's dream job is not an adequate reason to ignore that fact.

So when one's parents get cancer one is expected to abandon their career to move close to them and sit by the bedside? I understand how awful it is to be away from a sick parent, but millions of people manage to love and support their ailing loved one's from a distance every day.

I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on August 24, 2011

He's Hipp!
Aww, zombie Beemo. His Main-Brain-Game-Frame will never be the same.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:17 PM on August 24, 2011

Earthquake!
Harrumph. I made an hilarious geology pun in the now deleted post on the blue.

This was the first quake I've ever felt (grew up in New England) and it was weird and kind of exciting. Felt like a huge truck or a train going by.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on August 23, 2011
tectonically insensitive

*Clears throat* Well, then, stop being such a little... *Sigh* No, it's not the same. Sorry.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:55 AM on August 23, 2011

Earthquake rattles east coast of US
To me, it felt exactly like being in a boat that's tethered to the dock when a speeding boat goes buy and causes you to rock while your boat pulls against the dock line.

This was my first earthquake, here in Raleigh, NC. That's a good description. At first I thought it must be some kind of huge truck driving by, but it lasted too long.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:26 AM on August 23, 2011
tectonically insensitive

Stop being such a little schist, and be gneiss to those around you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:43 AM on August 23, 2011

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
I love the "GLaDOS as Game Designer" idea, and I'd love to see a more detailed analysis of the game from that standpoint.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on August 22, 2011

Beyond Bradbury.
I think Terry Bisson's "They're Made of Meat" could be very fought-provoking for young Sci-Fi readers. It has the bonus of being very short, and there is a nice dramatization of it on YouTube for them to watch after they have read it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:10 AM on August 21, 2011
thought-provoking, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 AM on August 21, 2011

Flag, you're it.
We're not sitting around doing sabermetrics on mefites in our spare time just for the fun of assessing them or whatever

That is totally all I would do if I was a mod. I would be the Billy Beane of MeFi. Favorites are overvalued! I'm looking for commenters with good Comment Per Page View ratios (CVP) and a decent subsite-adjusted Flagged Comments Deleted percentage (xFCD).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on August 19, 2011

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