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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
That said, for what it is, the storytelling in Portal 2 is spectacularly well implemented, better than pretty much any other game. But it still doesn't compare favorably to most non-game stories, and moreover, if you muted all the voice overs in the game (essentially excising the story) -- how much less interesting would it make the game? I would suggest that it wouldn't make the experience of playing the game significantly worse.

Hmm. If that's… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 AM on April 27, 2011
Question: are portable surfaces specifically and exclusively those coated with processed moon rock? I am chicken-and-egging this shit.

I don't think so. We know that moon rock works, but I don't think it is likely that all the generic test chamber walls (and random office walls/hallways/tunnels throughout the Aperture complex) were painted with moon paint.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on April 27, 2011
"OH SHIT THIS THING THAT IS HAPPENING THAT I'M INVOLVED IN IS INTENSE" or "WHAT THE FUCK DID I PRESS THE WRONG BUTTON AGAIN".

Right. This gets right back to the point about storytelling vs. gameplay. Valve is telling a story with Portal, not making Tetris. The first game did an unmatched (and possibly unmatchable, in a post-Portal world) job of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:55 AM on April 28, 2011
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
Thanks for posting this. The Gostak may actually be my favorite video game of all time, in any format. It is certainly in the top 5. I still remember the surge of excitement and anticipatory joy I got when I opened it for the first time. Here was a completely undiscovered country for me to explore, with not only unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar, but entire concepts that just seem completely alien and incomprehensible, like you could only ever just begin to nibble around the edge of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on May 2, 2011
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

You may say I'm a dreamer...
That was cute. Thanks. I especially liked "That thing you want comes in your favorite color."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:51 AM on May 2, 2011

Bin Laden
Hey Qaddafi. What's up? Not much here either. Soooo, about that desperate clinging to power thing? Had any second thoughts?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 PM on May 1, 2011

first
I love Recent Activity.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on April 29, 2011
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on April 29, 2011

How can I get over the fear of (or get OUT OF) dancing at my wedding?
So, two things. First and foremost, you need to come clean to your fiancee about this. Let her be your ally and your support. That is the best thing about finding a partner to travel through this life with -- someone to help you with your struggles. Tell her how serious a problem this is, and make sure she knows how best to help you with it. Second, people will expect you to dance, at least a little bit, at your own wedding. No other "performance" will satisfy, as this is not about you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on April 29, 2011

an apopogy for the unforgivable
Look, we don't really know what happened between these two people. Even the Asker doesn't really know how the woman in question interpreted what happened -- just because he "salvaged the last day of the visit", she might have accepted his apology and put it behind her, or she might have just been just playing nice to get him the fuck out of her life.

If it were me, I would find some excuse not avoid the wedding, as I would not want to deal… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on April 29, 2011

"We had to teach her how to use the stairs over again."
:( I had already read The Latest Adventures of Simple Dog and I got all excited about the potential of two HAAH posts in a week. My wife actually thinks Simple Dog might be related to our dog, they are so similar.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on April 28, 2011

800-588-2300...
Eddie Vedder told the crowd that he was from Chicago and could prove it. He said, 588-2300, Empire.

I suspect every region has their own version of the well-advertised 1-800 number that is instantly known to a local but means nothing to someone from away. In Massachusetts it is 1-800-54-GIANT.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:02 PM on April 27, 2011

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