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Simple way to watch HD movies on my TV?
I should add I don't have wifi at the house, but I may get that in the future.

Oh. Well that's yer problem right there. How do you expect to get the files from the computer to the TV other than SneakerNet then? Can you run cable from the computer room to the TV room?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on December 21, 2011

Tab... POST
I could get behind tabbing out of comment box putting focus on "Preview" and then "Post Comment" on the next tab.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on December 21, 2011
Not in Chrome, it doesn't. I tested it on my previous comment and this one. It goes to the Live Preview Hide link.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on December 21, 2011
This is with Professional White Background, of course.

I'm on the PWB too. Wonder if that makes a difference?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on December 21, 2011
Nope. Still the same behavior in the Grey. (It's so dark in here! Can someone turn on a light?) Google Chrome 15, Windows 7, etc.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on December 21, 2011

Help me pull off a magic trick on Christmas morning
I love Cool Papa Bell's idea, but blackjack514's letter is making it a little dusty in here, if you know what I mean. You've got to do that. Great question.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 AM on December 21, 2011

Casual relationship and NYE
Is it possible that he knows that he is going to be "working" at this party (either technically working, like passing out drinks and fixing the sounds system, or more theoretically working, as in constantly available for and attentive to big clients) and doesn't want you to feel ignored? If the topic comes up again, mention that it sounds like fun and that a girlfriend of yours would LOVE to go...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 AM on December 21, 2011

“Sometimes my uncle wears black nail polish.” The students took a moment to think about this.
I would like this person to be my daughter's teacher, immediately. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on December 21, 2011

What is Montreal's U.S. equivalent?
Burlington, Vermont? It's much smaller, but has a decent amount of culture due to being a college town. You are also within a 2 or 3 hour drive of the actual Montreal!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:54 PM on December 20, 2011
Boston is not an awful choice, but I'd actually suggest one of the surrounding cities, like Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, maybe Arlington, etc. A little more multicultural and livable than Boston proper.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on December 20, 2011

Daddy read me a story
Junie B. Jones books might be good. They are short, funny, and are pretty easy to read, so they'd offer some opportunities for the Dad to ask the child to read a page or a paragraph here or there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer

Right up there with Handel’s “Messiah.”
Yeah, surprisingly well done. I love the bit about him shaving on Dec. 26th and the subtle references to the transient nature of the Santa mantle (including the surprising diversity among the Santas). Really does a nice job of building up a coherent and real-feeling Santaverse.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on December 20, 2011

Can I carefully and safely drug my dog?
This is not veterinary advice, I am not a vet, and you should always ask your vet before giving anything to your pet.

The recommended dose of diphenhydramine for dogs you will find on the Internet is 1mg/lb. This is what the best vets I have ever worked with have always recommended. It seems like way too much, based on the human dosing, but that is because it is metabolized differently in dogs. Make sure it is straight diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and not one of the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer
When I mentioned xanax, she was completely befuddled

Xanax is a brand name of alprazolam, and it may not be the same in other countries/languages. This list (that I got from a not entirely reliable looking website, but take it for what it's worth) suggests it may be called Frontal in Brazil.
Alprazolam Xanax, Xanor, Kalma, Tafil, Alprox, Frontal(Brazil)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:49 AM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer

Picking between two Macs - epitome of first world problems.
Air, Air, Air. For the added longevity, the added portability, and the (probably upgraded) processor.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:38 PM on December 19, 2011

Hard Mass on my Cat?
Vet's offices are also often willing to split the cost over several payments.

For what it is worth, none of the 10 or so vets that my wife and I have worked for over the last 15 years have ever accepted payment plans (other than Care Credit) as anything but a grudging last resort.

You can always go in for a regular appointment, without any further tests or procedures being done. This will probably run in the $50 range. They… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 PM on December 19, 2011

Late 1800s architecture terminology question
My Architectural History degree says "cornice" is what you are looking for, based on those photos.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:28 PM on December 19, 2011

Help me wrap my brain around this
I know some work-from-home situations stipulate that you are not the primary caregiver for a child during your working hours. That may not be the case for the job you are looking at, but it might be best to check before you go down this road.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on December 19, 2011

300 calories: one cent
I would assume that they have determined that their ideal product/price ratio comes in at (I'm pulling numbers out of my ass here, but bear with me) 300g of ice cream for $5.00. Because of their human-intensive process, it's not really worth it for them to dispense smaller amounts of ice cream, because you are spending the same amount in singing scoopers per serving, no matter what size it is. They have found, however, that some people do not want so much ice cream, so they are forced to offer a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on December 19, 2011 marked best answer

Dancing Animals
The birds and the bees (heh) are your best candidates here. That said, you may have to define "dance" and "make music" more carefully to get a real answer to your question. If by "dance" you mean "make coordinated movements for purposes other than locomotion" then certainly both bees and birds dance. If you mean "perform elaborate motions in time to music for aesthetic effect" then maybe not. If by "make music" you mean "emit… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on December 19, 2011

I'm asking what to ask...
I'm definitely going to make things more open-ended and let her talk about where her mind goes instead of interrogating her

I suppose it depends on her personality, but this approach was an awful failure with my elderly grandfather. We'd ask him to talk about being a medic in WWII and he'd say, "I was stationed in a hospital outside London. It wasn't very exciting." but when we asked him specific questions ("Who we're your friends over there? What… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:52 AM on December 17, 2011

Mr. Marsh from the old Amusement Park!
Perhaps we could arrange the list so that it crosses the border a minimal number of times, and only "at" participants who don't mind the added cost? So if we had, say, 3 Canadian participants we could make sure they were in order, and that the person in front of them was OK with shipping to Canada, and that the last Canadian person was OK sending to the US.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on December 14, 2011
If I'm the only Canuck, it probably doesn't make sense to extend this idea north of the border.

Bummer. I was really hoping someone would put "a single-payer health care system" into the box. :(
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on December 15, 2011
See, I was thinking of that as my contribution. But there are some problems with it:

All fair points. To be honest, I'm not sure we'd know what to do with one anyway, and we probably wouldn't take very good care of it. It's one of those gifts that sounds nice, like a puppy for Christmas or a bunny on Easter, but really demands a little more advanced forethought and planning. It's the thought that counts, though, so thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on December 16, 2011

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on December 15, 2011

Words are hard!
Workload and Availability
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on December 15, 2011
Scope and Availability
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2011

Microsoft Announces Automatic IE6 Updating
And the NCSA still refuses to release a new version of Mosaic. Assholes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on December 15, 2011

So, you want fries with that?
Here is my advice for High School students that know (or think they know) what career they want while they are in High School:

Do The Thing.

Find some way, any way, to get real, resume-worthy experience in the field. Internship (if you can afford to work for free), part-time job if not. My wife knew in high school that she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician, so she got a job in a pet shop cleaning cages. Once she started her vet tech program in… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on December 15, 2011
Oh, I just noticed the NYC proximity. Well, that is perfect. You've got a huge range of theaters and other entertainment venues to help your daughter apply to for jobs and internships. Make sure she is leaning on her Drama teacher(s) for networking possibilities when it comes to finding out where there are opportunities. Do The Thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 AM on December 15, 2011

We love you, but only when we like what you're doing.
It is hilarious that people think that going to visit the Great Aunt will simply wipe that topic off the board as a point of contention. Go see her or don't, as you see fit. You know full well that even if you do, the guilt and the stress will continue. "Why don't you visit her more? Why did it take you so long to visit her? Why didn't you bring her some ice cream? Why the heck did you bring her ice cream? You only stayed for an hour?" And even if it is no longer about the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on December 15, 2011

Anthrax and Metallica
The Beatles and the Dave Clark Five in the 60s
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:12 PM on December 14, 2011

Bad AskMe Deletions.
I have never gotten the flu vaccine before (extreme aversion to needles), but the herd immunity discussion in this thread has convinced me. I had honestly never considered that aspect of it before. Is it still worth it to get the nasal spray this year, or have I missed the boat?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:52 AM on December 12, 2011
That's genius, Sys Rq.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on December 14, 2011

How will I search for my favorite pony?
music video game YouTube art baseball design flash games humor sports videogames videogame food tv puzzle caps football Meme statistics film logos movies photography DAY

That sums me up DISTURBINGLY well. Better than I'd like to admit, actually. What's the DAY tag about though?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on December 13, 2011
music books dog children cat money work movies kids TV travel moving relationships sex family job games language dogs food Boston book video wii computer

My Ask rounds out my personality a bit better, but is also eerily accurate.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on December 13, 2011
So, yeah, it's because of the CROCKETY BLOATS

It's all because of the CROCKETY BLOATS, maqsarian. It's all because of the CROCKETY BLOATS.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on December 14, 2011

Why Waive?
I'm betting his defense counsel just decided there wasn't much point in adding to the circus.

Yeah, I think the last think they want is the victims rehashing their stories from the grand jury testimony that everyone has already heard anyway. The less exposure the victims get, the better for the defense, I suspect.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on December 13, 2011 marked best answer

Anyone read a book about Korea, the Baltic States, and Saladin?
I think I have read this book, too. If it is the same one I am thinking of there is a great deal in it about a new, high-tech version of (I think) the M1 Abrams tank that ends up turning the war in the US's favor. I also remember the tone was pretty much "America! Fuck Yeah!" throughout. I'm going to say the title was something like War: 2010, but I've had no luck in my cursory Google Books search either.

I'm going to say I took it out of the library when I lived on Cape… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:36 AM on December 12, 2011
I think I found it!

The War in 2020

Peters's latest futuristic war novel (after Red Army, LJ 4/1/89) eerily has some of the same circumstances and certainly some similar "characters" as the war in the Persian Gulf, even though it is fiction. The war in this novel is being fought by an Islamic-Japanese axis, which has attacked a post-Gorbachev Soviet Union weakened by a devastating civil war. Enter the Americans on the side of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:40 AM on December 12, 2011
it's not The War in 2020

Doesn't The War in 2020 have the character of Saladin who unites the Middle East in it? I think he gets the Arab countries to merge into the United Islamic Republic or something? Perhaps I'm conflating two or more books, but I don't read much military fiction, so I thought for sure that was it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:42 AM on December 13, 2011

Can I be denied leave without pay if I'm resigning?
You are not going to get the holidays if you give notice. The vacation days and unpaid leave are due you, but I would agree with the idea of coming in on the 2nd and quitting if you don't care about pissing them off. You don't owe them anything.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on December 12, 2011

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?
We've read the first 3 HPs as a family (then she's re-read them on her own). I'm holding off on Goblet of Fire and beyond since my recollection is that it gets a bit intense from that point on. I'm not sure when we'll start the next few books.

Goblet of Fire is a good place to pause and make sure she is ready to handle things like death and first kisses and betrayals and such before moving on. It is what we did with my daughter, and she is now 10 and just started Deathly Hallows.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on December 12, 2011

At least we're not down to 140 characters
Too long; didn't restore peace throughout Europe
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on December 11, 2011
Also, a 140 character comment limit would make a great April Fool's Day prank.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on December 12, 2011

24 hours of ambient STNG USS Enterprise engine noise (SLYT)
It really gets good at about 13:42:33.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:21 AM on December 12, 2011
I believe the s/w was written by the flying toaster company whose name completely escapes me right now.

After Dark
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on December 12, 2011

Family member laid off, I survived. I hold resentment towards management, should I stay or go?
A nearly identical experience happened to my wife and I some years ago. I was let go because the ownership knew that cutting my wife would destroy the already low morale, but they knew that she could not continue to work there after they had done that to me. It was a perfect situation for them -- cut two employees for the "price" of one.

Now, in our situation, the company had become an awful place for my wife to work, and she probably would have left anyway,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:32 AM on December 12, 2011

Restarting? Feels like homework.
I don't think Infinite Jest would really reward a rereading of those first 400 pages. If you are like me (and most of the other people who read the book, it seems) you are going to get confused about the cast of characters and their interrelationships anyway, but you can just consult your various Internet guides and wikis for refreshers as need be.

I agree with silby that it is more of an impressionistic book than a plot-focused pageturner. I suspect… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:25 AM on December 12, 2011 marked best answer

Please Police Your Google Search Parameters
Did you mean tilling at windmills?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on December 10, 2011

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