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Money can't buy everything, it's true.
or in a safe deposit box?

At the megabank I used to work for, there was a notice in the safe deposit box rental agreement forbidding certain items (including cash) from being stored in safe deposit boxes. Of course, employees were forbidden from knowing the contents of our customers' boxes, so it was a little tricky to enforce.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2008

historical accroutments
Since I upgraded to the $10 membership

There Is No TotalFilter
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on December 19, 2008
You have to be invited and have the black AmEx to pay for it.

Your American Express card has a color? How déclassé. All the Hollywood celebrities and Washington elite have the new Conceptual AmEx. It's not a actual card, just a certain combination of physical stance and facial expression that combines with just the right sense of entitlement to act as a signal to waitstaff, hair colorists and shopgirls around the world. They will know immediately... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on December 19, 2008

Music industry to abandon Mass Lawsuits
I guess maybe I give the RIAA too much credit here, but is it possible they are just luring us into a false sense of security, and will spring the trap once we are all back on LimeWire and BearShare or whatever?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:33 AM on December 19, 2008

NWY -> STP (nc)
A couple of questions:

1. Can someone explain movement in and around Denmark to me in normal English? SKA does not border HEL, right? Does HEL border BAL? There are not two coasts in KIE, right?

2. I'm still not sure how the deadline thingy works, but is it possible to have the games pause from Thursday through Sunday of next week, in the spirit of Christmas? We can all imagine our troops coming out of their foxholes and playing soccer or something.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on December 18, 2008
This map is made of rectangles

Ooh, I like that -- Robot Diplomacy! Are there any AI Diplomacy bots out there? It would be fun to set seven of them up and just watch them play.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on December 18, 2008

Help Us Test Timed Editing
This is great. Thanks for putting what I am sure was a non-trivial amount of time into a feature that seemed to be in great demand. That said, I think the spirit of transparency and accountability that MetaFilter aspires to practically requires that there is some indication of an edit visible to all users, and that the original text is available somehow. I know this must increase the difficulty of rolling the feature out, but I do think it would be a shame if it were ignored.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:11 AM on December 18, 2008
So are edited comments going to be marked as such in any way?

They are not, in the test thread. I really think they should be, though.

Option of erasing comment entirely?

No, apparently.

The misuse possibilities have many permutations.

This is true, and I think the mods realize it. They have said that they... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:07 AM on December 18, 2008
no wikipedia-style history of edits

Unless there is some technical/programming barrier to this, can I ask why not? I guess it just seems like having it would eliminate nearly all of the potential for griefing and abuse. Would the originals be viewable by the mods?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on December 18, 2008
I know the thinking is we are all adults, and I really respect that stance, but let me just add that your writing time for an edit technically does not need to be limited to three minutes. You can compose two versions of a comment in a text editor and just copy and paste within the editing window. Of course, that would clearly be gaming the system, but it is possible. I do really like the feature though -- I'm just trying to give some constructive criticism here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on December 18, 2008

Dreaming of a Bicycle Christmas
Yay! Awesome and great. Please don't forget to update us if you get a thank you note. I'd like to see the MetaFilter community do this kind of thing en masse next year -- let's remember and get some kind of MeFi Santa Challenge going, OK everyone?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:58 PM on December 17, 2008

Dropbox
While you own the content contained in Your Files, you hereby grant all other Dropbox users a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your public folder.

Well, you would have to, right? Otherwise you could post something in the public folder and then sue your buddy (and probably Dropbox, too) for downloading it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on December 17, 2008

How to get a nonprofit off the ground?
How do we raise the funds to cover costs (videography, travel, etc.)?

This is known as "development" and is probably the challenge of the non-profit world. If you find a simple answer to the question, you will be the first. Applying for grants is probably the easiest and most straightforward for a new organization, but there are tons of development consultants out there, many of whom will sit down and give you an... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on December 17, 2008

Do cats and dogs in confined spaces with smokers eventually die of lung cancer?
In veterinary medicine one often hears about the link between secondhand smoke and oral cancer in cats -- their rigorous grooming habits mean they are cleaning large amounts of carcinogens off of their body and collecting it in their mouths. Lung cancer is pretty rare in pets, but I'm not really sure why. I'll talk to our oncologist tomorrow.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 PM on December 8, 2008
I'll talk to our oncologist tomorrow.

Finally did get around to chatting with the cancer doc about this. Basically, he says that there is a definite connection between mouth and nasal cancers in dogs and cats and secondhand smoke. The connection to lung cancer is more anecdotal at this point, but he notes that large scale veterinary studies on the effect of secondhand smoke on pets just have not been done yet. He hopes that someday soon one of the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on December 17, 2008

Musical Mommas and Pappas: What's your Secret?
Even worse, whether it's day or night, he really won't ever let me play guitar when he's around: He wants to play it himself, so from the first string I pluck, he invariably comes running, snatches the pick away from me and starts strumming for me.

This seems to me like a great teachable moment about Impulse Control and Listening. Let him strum for a little, and then sit him down a few feet away and tell him that now he has some Listening Time. You... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on December 15, 2008
Let me also add that it is really important as a parent to make time and space for the things you like to do. Maybe that means finding some rehearsal space or a friend's house you can go to from time to time to practice (after bedtime is an especially nice time to do this kind of thing, because then you don't feel like you are missing out on kid time). It really depends on the dynamics of your individual life how to best work it, but I would really recommend finding a way to keep doing the... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 6:43 PM on December 15, 2008

Best of the Web of Sound
Am I going to have to punch you in the dick?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on December 15, 2008

How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?
It's software, and the back-up and restore are not instantaneous, but I love the shit out of Carbonite. Only $50/year for unlimited off-site storage. If you have to restore a whole disk it will take some time to download everything, but if you just need a few files to get back to work it's pretty quick.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on December 15, 2008 marked best answer

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"...
how can I justify its creation?

Dollah-bill, y'all. The best conceivable way to show a company that they should hire you for a new position is by showing them how much money they will make from your actions and how little (relatively) you will cost them. Obviously, the more profit, the better, but for large firms, even a slight net positive will be enough to get you on board if they really do want to work with you. If your financial situation... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on December 15, 2008

Book suggestion needed...or I'll give you the people's elbow!
Can you get in touch with the wrestler himself? Maybe ask him what his favorite book growing up was.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Time Travel gives you a headache...
[pedantry engaged]

Now harnessing the power of pedantry on the internet, that's the way to generate FTL travel!

/make it snarky, Number 1
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:42 AM on December 15, 2008

It's Christmas: give him the gift of naughty and nice.
They must have family photos displayed around the house, right? How about photoshopping (or re-photographing) something naughty into it? I'm thinking a little visible nip, or replacing a snowman's nose with a dildo or something. Something that is not apparent at a glance, but would be impossible to miss if you actually looked at the picture.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 AM on December 12, 2008
Have him arrange a "date" with someone in his life that C trusts, and who is NOT an option for real dating.

I like this, but make it a series of "dates," phone calls, emails, etc.

Like his brother or mother or boss or something. Go on the "date". See if C can figure it out.

And for extra bonus points -- C's mother.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Pet vet on the 'net yet?
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on December 15, 2008

Help Me Identify These Symptoms
That rapid eve movement is known as nystagmus, and is, along with head tilt and ataxia (loss of coordination), a typical sign of vestibular disease. There are many causes of vestibular disease, ranging from the mild and temporary to the very serious. You should take your dog to the vet tomorrow. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 PM on December 14, 2008
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 PM on December 14, 2008
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com

Oops. That was meant for another thread, but I guess is good advice here, too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on December 15, 2008

How do I protect my baby girl?
As a parent, the thing that keeps coming back to me as I read this thread is, how could I live with myself if I were to allow my father any kind of access to my daughter and he were to abuse her? It is one thing to have a child abused by a stranger, or by someone about whom you had no suspicions or knowledge, but with what you have already seen about your father? I get aeschenkarnos' point about "Fred's" choices being on "Fred" and not on you, but to me, allowing even... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 PM on December 14, 2008
Actions taken due to the desire to protect one's child from possible harm, can become a harm in themselves done to the child.

I totally agree with that statement. Some of the "stranger danger" stuff out there sickens me, for example. Actually, I would say that it may be harmful in some ways to keep this child away from her grandfather -- I think a close child-grandparent relationship can be a wonderful thing -- but... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on December 15, 2008

Number Generation Question
inigo2 is right. 46802 is a good result, 46812 is not.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on December 12, 2008
To clarify the leading zero issue, 00802 is good, 00812 bad.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on December 12, 2008
Thanks everyone! Your file did the trick, devbrain. I dig the procedural efforts, but in this case, "do it for me" is just as good as "teach me".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 12, 2008
can we ask why you are doing this?

I need to generate passcodes for an electronic door lock. The keypad only has 5 buttons (1|2, 3|4, etc) so I need to stick to even numbers so I don't accidentally give people identical codes (24680 and 24580 are essentially the same number in this system). I wanted the whole series so I can cross out numbers that are used and never re-use them. Thanks again everyone!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 13, 2008

What's cool in England this year?
My daughter loved the High School Musical Annual we got her when we were over there. It's a concept you don't see at all in the US, and if you can find a theme/license that the kids are into, it's a good (and easy to pack) option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on December 11, 2008

What's an interesting backstory to my character?
lekvar for the win. I love Bageena's hero (and I'd probably read that comic), but for a Dad? Silver Age style is right on the money. As for looks, Hidalgo has a point. Just give the artist a photo of your Dad as a young man and say, "Make him into a superhero."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on December 10, 2008

Deskology
Yeah, watching this happen last night was really fun. This kind of spontaneity and dry wit is what I really love about MetaFilter and the crazy, crazy people who live here. I love the way stickycheese drops a comment in this morning (my time) that is actually about Jimmy Fallon and late night TV, and is immediately accused of hijacking the thread (all in good fun, of course). swift's "second edition" is also priceless. GG everyone.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on December 10, 2008
oh.my.god. you know who the best drop in ever would be?

Jimmy Fallon?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on December 10, 2008

Science-y License Plates
My favorite geek vanity plate: A beat-up van with a Half-Life sticker in the window and the plate "PREPWND".

We have a Toyota Matrix, and I really tried to convince Ms. Steady to let me get "MRFEUS" or "3NITY". "NEO" was taken.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on December 9, 2008

Caga Tio: The World's Misunderstood Yule Log
what
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on December 9, 2008

Fingerstyle guitar to put a smile on your face
Joe Beese -- Guitar Face

This was great. I am so goddamn hopeless with a guitar, but I desperately want to be this guy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 PM on December 9, 2008

Late Night with The Roots
An Annotated Bibliography of Twenty-First Century Deskologyby R. Steady
University of Metafilter
Swift, The Importance of Desks in American Culture
The standard introduction to the field. Provides a basic grounding in modern deskology and desk-related studies. Unfortunately ignores the rising field of documentonics and the questions that discipline generates for traditional deskologists.

S. Doublethink,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:19 PM on December 9, 2008

Mother of All Demos
He forgot "one more thing..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on December 8, 2008

Jingle Burn
Heh. I tried this without really looking at the songs' descriptions, and I thought for sure that the piano was in Astro Zombie's song.
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on December 8, 2008

Watching the Detectives
Fuuuuuck. Wow. I guess I need to stop being surprised at how good you are, right?
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on December 8, 2008

Is post order determined by when the post was started, or when it was submitted?
However, the most recent occurrence was while using the text-only browser Lynx.

Ah, I see the problem! You are obviously reading MetaFilter in 1995, so there are clearly some pretty unstable vortexes, wormholes or eddies where/when you are. If you have the appropriate clearances, you may want to ask The Cabal to dispatch a Time Lord to your present location in the space-time continuum.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on December 7, 2008
GET A NSCA MOSAIC, MORANS!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on December 8, 2008

What's your idea of a romantic holidy in Europe?
You MUST take advantage of the Landmark Trust. Fancy spending a weekend in a 17th Century garden pavilion that looks like a Jacobean estate, while surrounded by a (gently) working farm? You can.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on December 8, 2008 marked best answer

Is there anywhere a survey of where Metafilter users live?
Too chicken to eat 10-day old turkey.

I see what you did there. Eponysterical, too.

Windows, Cape Cod, Cold pizza for brekkies.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on December 8, 2008

Frozen Pizza
Is this something I'd need a ravenous craving for shitty pizza to understand?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:18 PM on December 6, 2008

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