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What's squishy, pureed, and comes in a pouch?
At night, each member of his family answers four questions: What was the high point of the day? What was the low point? Whom did he or she most appreciate? And what direction is your compass pointing tomorrow?

A tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can't, not without your help, but you're not helping. Why is that?

It's your birthday. Someone gives you a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:41 AM on June 22, 2012

Monster_Zero: "The melting faces type glitches are the ones that I find most interesting, though I couldn't say why exactly. Seems like you could easily slap a 'ZALGO' caption on them and it wouldn't look out of place."

Oh my yes. I was struck by that exact one as well. The image with the woman in front of the "MILKA DAY" background in particular makes me want to hide.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 AM on June 22, 2012

What would it really be like to build a space colony?
The film Moon addresses the banal reality of space colonization in an interesting way. It is a fairly small-scale story though, so it doesn't really touch on ideas of massive system-spanning galactic empires. It is a wonderful film though, and any sci-fi fan should see it if they haven't already.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 AM on June 22, 2012 marked best answer

Decorating Sliding Doors
I saw this project recently and it sounds perfect for you. You could use colored tape if paint is off limits. The bright pop of color of the edge is what really sells it for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:22 AM on June 22, 2012 marked best answer

One pill makes you larger... and one pill makes you smaller.
Honest Question: Does it matter that it was in Ask rather than on the Blue? I feel like there are much greater abuses of html than this all over the Blue (ascii art, for example), but that they wouldn't be permitted in Ask either. If you posted a useful answer to an Ask question in some weird ascii art format (or say, Zalgo-style text) I presume it would be deleted or altered as well, and if nickrussell's comment in question was on the Blue, would it have been edited in the same way?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on June 21, 2012
MetaFilter: sort of a fun, so I suggest people try it sometime.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:24 PM on June 21, 2012

Cars Behaving Badly
I had the starter replaced a few weeks ago and no other issues since then.

I'd call the place that replaced the starter and ask them to tow it back to their place for you so they can make sure that this new problem is not due to their work.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on June 21, 2012 marked best answer
I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off completely, even after fully removing the key from the ignition?

Not sure if it is related, but a roommate of mine used to have a Mazda badged Explorer-clone of about the same vintage, and you could yank the key out of the ignition while it was running (without turning it at all) and the car would continue running until you returned the key to the ignition and actually turned it to the off position. It ran perfectly well like that for years.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on June 21, 2012

'A childhood that began with a sort of cautious optimism quickly devolved into absolute horse shit.'
I thought of my 11 year old daughter while I read this (how could I not), and I simply cannot imagine her put into this kind of situation. It's not that I am unable to imagine it, it's that I must not allow myself to imagine it, because it will wreck me emotionally if I do. Thanks for posting this powerful piece. I really hope the author is getting the help she needs.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:52 AM on June 20, 2012

Defensive Architecture
In the late 1990s, Trinity Church in Boston had a huge problem with skateboarders grinding on the soft sandstone steps of the church and parish house, but also didn't want to forbid them from hanging around in Copley Square. The facilities manager of the church met with a group of the skaters and convinced them to confine their skating to the adjacent modern granite fountain (empty of water for most of the year), with the skaters responsible for policing themselves. If they could not keep each… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:37 AM on June 20, 2012

Tips for running a successful and simple ebay business?
You are probably going to want to have your cards professionally graded, so that a buyer has a unbiased description of the cards' condition. I have no idea if the price of that service will make the whole enterprise less profitable, I just know it is a thing that is done for these sorts of collectibles.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 AM on June 19, 2012

MetaFilter naming culture and conventions
The best "Name With Weird Characters In It" story is ND¢'s.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on June 19, 2012

Why do we value the network and hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?
Joviwan: "Did he write that entire long repsonse article without realizing that she has, in fact, paid for most of her music digitally, or gotten it from freebies and promos while working at a radio station?"

That's not what it sounds like to me.
But I didn't illegally download (most) of my songs. A few are, admittedly, from a stint in the 5th grade with the file-sharing program Kazaa. Some are from my family. I've swapped… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on June 18, 2012
On preview, sorry to pile on Joviwan.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on June 18, 2012
Two days ago I watched Mac and Me streamed to my TV from Netflix, a film I loved on VHS and used to rent over and over again from the video section of the local supermarket. The kind of thing that I once would have assumed was a weird thing I'd dreamed up after it was lost to the sands of time. So little will be lost now. This is great for culture. How is it for creators? I don't know. But when I was a kid we had this book of different iterations of folk songs. That evolution will be… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on June 18, 2012
PhoBWanKenobi: "Yeah, "etewaf" is my husband's answer every time I marvel at this. I still find it insanely weird, though."

I kind of figured you were the kind of person who would be familiar with the concept, but I had to mention it anyway, in case you weren't.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:15 PM on June 18, 2012
DisreputableDog: "Would I ever have learned that the favored music by Chris Gaines was made by the equally dismissed Garth Brooks, which made me question how I thought guys were supposed to look?"

Wait, so you liked Chris Gaines before you knew he was Garth Brooks? That is fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Chris Gaines apologist, and I think they screwed up massively by releasing the CD before the movie. It was confusing to the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:00 AM on June 19, 2012

Do I tell my new job that I'm still obligated to do four more weeks of teaching on the weekends?
I would quit if I could, but it's really irresponsible to quit teaching in the middle of a semester and leave them to scramble and find a replacement.

Are you under contract? If not, then that is not your concern. I understand not wanting to burn bridges, but the college will not worry about burning bridges when funding gets cut and they need to ax your position.

Ask your new employer for permission, based on the fact that… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on June 18, 2012

The Metafilter iOS/Android App Request
We're probably going to make this the default behavior on the mobile site.

*swipes right*

Oh, yes, please. It seems to occasionally get turned off for me, and then I have to go hunting for that random comment to re-enable it. At least put it on the Preferences page. Also, if you could make it active on the Recent Activity page and for live-reloaded comments, that would be swipetastic, but I understand if that is some kind of technical limitation.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:36 AM on June 18, 2012
It's really just supposed to be a test right now so we can get feedback about it. It's not supposed to be on all the time.

No, no, I get that. Just trying to put in my $0.02 of very positive feedback, and looking forward to when it becomes official.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:44 AM on June 18, 2012

Sex Negativity on MeFi
Look, even if AskMe is, overall, sex-negative (an assertion I strongly disagree with, by the way), the only way to change that is to provide more and more helpful, sex-positive answers -- whether or not it makes you feel conspicuous.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:27 AM on June 18, 2012

Are the 13" MacBook Air build-to-order options worth it?
I would not buy a Mac today with less than 8GB RAM. I guess 4GB is probably sufficient for most things today, but since you want a lifespan longer than 2-3 years, it will become seriously underpowered.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on June 18, 2012

MeFites, let's connect on GameCenter
Oh yay. I am prov. Let's be friends so you cann beat me at Carcasonne and Ticket To Ride and things!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:35 PM on June 17, 2012
I don't know who you are anymore.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on June 18, 2012

Can we maybe start trying to label video links in posts?
Scientist, I share your problems with video links, and I am also dismayed that so much content on the Internet seems to be going that direction.

I disagree with your suggestion, though, for a few reasons. First, I aesthetically dislike the idea of crufty tags added to links. Remember the whole Wikipedia^ thing? Second, even under the best-case scenario, the majority of video links are not going to be labelled, and so you haven't really solved the problem, as you are… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:55 AM on June 14, 2012
It's annoying to click on unlabeled links on an iPhone or iPad and get kicked off to another app without warning

You can disable the "flip to YouTube app" behavior in iOS (scroll down). I'm told it causes problems with embedded videos, but you may find it worth it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:29 AM on June 15, 2012

Fuck Yeah Hotel Hallway
I'd love to also see straight-on evenly-lit photos of these carpets to use as desktop wallpaper and such.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 4:15 AM on June 15, 2012

Fake, fake, fake
The Deej: "I don't like non-reality being presented as reality. But ever since I read the referenced AskMe, I have to say, it has not dampened my enjoyment of House Hunters one bit."

Exactly. I don't watch it for the drama, I watch it for the real estate. It doesn't even matter that much to me that the asking prices are not genuine. I'm not going to be using HHI to generate my comps when I go to buy my vacation villa in… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on June 14, 2012

How do I get animals off my property while killing the smallest number of them possible?
I would hire an exterminator to determine how the animals are getting in the house, and then close off the entry points. They don't actually have to kill anything. If there are already animals in your house, you can use a humane no-kill trap to get them out once you have blocked their access.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on June 13, 2012

YES - Fiction please! - NO
The Whelk: "You too can have bland middle brow tastes just follow this easy guide!"

Yeah, it seems designed for the person who says, "I've heard about this 'reading' thing, but never tried it out. Where should I start?" Which is not to say that there aren't a lot of people like that (my wife, for one, almost never reads for pleasure), and this chart may be very useful for them, but it's probably not very groundbreaking for a well-read person.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on June 13, 2012
Hobo: "Given it's aimed at high school students, probably not a massive concern. "

That's a good point.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 AM on June 13, 2012

Hidden Gems in Sprawl City
Wherever they hold the Farmer's Market.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on June 13, 2012

Doubles of deleted doubles are also doubles
I had a double post that didn't get caught because I searched for "prisencolinensinainciusol" when I should have searched for "prisecolinensinenciousol." If you could make it so that the double post search function can autocorrect English-sounding gibberish that would be great, pb.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on June 13, 2012

iPad or Air?
- However, internal storage is more limited on the iPad, and if I understand correctly even with external harddrive you can move files from iPad to external but not external to iPad. That really bugs me. (sidebar explanations for the rationale for this welcome)

If you are looking for a very mobile device for basic computing, the iPad is pretty hard to beat, in my opinion. However, if you are the kind of person who prefers manually managing your file… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on June 12, 2012
But if you ever find yourself holding the Kindle with one hand, forget that with iPad because it is too heavy.

I literally hold my iPad in one hand for reading every day. Maybe I am just super ripped, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on June 12, 2012

Help me help an eleven-year-old find her own normal.
We've been wondering about Minecraft. She wants it bad, but I think her parents fear it will suck her into an online community full of grown-up dudes. I didn't realize there were real-world clubs for kids centered around it!

For what it's worth, we just went to my daughter's Fifth-Grade Graduation ceremony, where they had a little slide show playing as everyone filed in and took their seats. The slide show was photos of each of the graduates with… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:25 AM on June 12, 2012

Happy Moderator's Day!
jessamyn: "As near as I can tell it's the 12th here and where bardophile is, so I think she is just giving us a jump on the holiday so people can get their shopping done. And thank you!"

Yes, and don't forget about the people who spend Moderator's Day Eve with one side of their family and then bundle all the kids in the car early in the morning to spend Moderator's Day itself with the in-laws.

Truly, thanks again to… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on June 12, 2012

MetaRecommend? No, MetaRec? No, MetRar? Erm, no.
"Moderators gonna moderate."?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on June 11, 2012

What's old is new
twoleftfeet: "I joined Metafilter in 1987, so I remember that those stories were actually posted back then, in the pre-Internet days. Back then, when you made a post, it would take several days before anybody would comment on it, because you had to submit comments by mail, or, if the comment was especially important, you could send it UPS. Occasionally somebody would submit a really offensive or inappropriate comment, and Jessamyn would delete it, a week or two later.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on June 11, 2012

When you gotta go...
My daughter had this fear, too, and we actually managed to cure it pretty well. First, we explained and demonstrated how the auto-flush works. It has a little electronic eye on the back wall that waits until it sees someone sit on the toilet. Once that someone leaves its field of vision, it waits a couple of seconds, and then flushes. You can demonstrate this using your hand. Now, that field of vision is pretty narrow, so for a small person, it is easy to get out of the field of vision,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on June 11, 2012

Curse these fat fingers.
Y'all know that there is a full-screen option in iBooks, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:24 AM on June 11, 2012

Meet up in the Triangle area
So looking forward to this! I will not be able to be there until 8 or just a couple of minutes thereafter (due to childcare issues), but I will be there.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on June 7, 2012
That was terribly fun. You are all such smart, funny, attractive people. We really must do that more often. I'll post pics tomorrow!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 9:12 PM on June 9, 2012
Photos have been posted! If you are in the witness protection program and need me to blur out your face, let me know!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on June 10, 2012

What hatched from this thing's belly button?
Definitely Alien Nation. It aired on the same night as The Simpsons, if I'm not mistaken.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on June 9, 2012 marked best answer

It's not fundraising if you're not asking for donations
Contrast this FPP from a few months ago, on a similar topic but with a dearth of information.

OK, I'm game. The contrast is that that FPP was not advocacy and your was.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on June 8, 2012

Best place to learn english.
there are so many english speaking countries that have a high immigrant population

But I don't think there are many that have such a high density of immigrants that the immersion experience would be diminished. Sure there are neighborhoods in most big American cities where you would be more likely to hear Mandarin or Spanish or Korean or Brazilian Portuguese than English (though probably not all four in any one city...), but go two blocks over and you are back in 100% English mode.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on June 8, 2012

You Are Not Special
Of course it's a bad commencement speech, it's from Wellesley High, for cripes sake!

Needham High, class of '94. Needham and Wellesley have the oldest public school football rivalry in the country. Go Rockets!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on June 8, 2012

I think I'm in a bad place, and I'm afraid to leave. Why?
Dude, this is such a universal feeling that it is the subject of the most famous soliloquy of all time. It feels much easier to deal with the evils we know than to exchange them for an unknown situation, even if there is a high likelihood that those troubles will be gone in the new environment. Bare your bodkin, drop your fardels, and set out bravely for your undiscovered country!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on June 8, 2012

keep me away from this crazy
That is fine, but now I don't know how to navigate through this with just one of us being estrangged from his mother.

You can't. You really can't. Even if you arrange it so that you never have to see her, she will still be present in your life through her interactions with her son, and it will be hell on him trying to live his life without choosing either you or her. This kind of relationship is not sustainable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on June 7, 2012

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