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"This is what innovation looks like.
Change your future with these 32 weird old tricks!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:42 AM on June 4, 2012
One of the grocery stores I frequent is close to this now. I can pick up a handheld scanner, scan my groceries as I pick them out, and bag them in the cart as I walk through the store. When finished, I head to the unmanned register, scan the sign with the scanner, and pay for my groceries.

Stop And Shop in Massachusetts had this, and it was fucking amazing. It would also keep a running total of what was in your cart so you could easily keep to a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on June 4, 2012
What prevents you from scanning the day-old, on sale cube steak and then putting the wagu beef in your cart? Are there redundancies in the system?

They do random audits of carts as you pull out. They grab three things at random out of your bags and check to make sure they are on the receipt. I used that system for many months, and was audited maybe two or three times.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on June 4, 2012
ROU_Xenophobe: "Then a grabbing dingus grabs your chair and pulls you through a series of spinny brush things and dangling wobbly baleen things and suchlike, like in the glorious car washes of old."

With this music playing in the background.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on June 4, 2012
The right way to check self-ringing carts is by weighing the carts on the way out, as they do with the bagging area for self-checkout. Auditing random customers seems like a really good way to alienate customers.

They were always super nice about it. Even if you screwed up and missed scanning an item, they didn't act like they caught you cheating, but just that the scanner might have malfunctioned or something. You needed to use your discount card to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:08 AM on June 4, 2012
arcticseal: "And my personal jet pack still evades me."

You shouldn't have turned it on without wearing it then. Once it runs out of fissible material, the autolanding sequence should activate, and then you can just use the Find My Jetpack app on your smartphone to track it down. You did activate Find My Jetpack when you registered it, didn't you?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on June 4, 2012

I should ask this question while I still *have* teeth.
By the way, you are not a bad person for ignoring the dentist, and in my experience, they totally understand and are not judgey or patronizing when you explain why you have been negligent. They see it (and worse) all the time, especially in rural areas.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:18 AM on June 4, 2012 marked best answer

Amelia Earhart's final landing.
Fritz Langwedge: "I was never convinced before that Earhart survived, but the discovery of that jar of freckle ointment erased all doubt."

So poignant, isn't it?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on June 4, 2012

I need to know what to say in the Emergency Room.
I can't think of a down side to sticking with your NJ address.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 PM on June 2, 2012

Free Disk Space Disappearing
Have you run something like WinDirStat? I once had a work computer that was running some vendor-specific ecommerce software and a bug in that program was causing it to create an out of control logfile that ended up running to 70GB ( of text!) before I figured out what was going on. Perhaps it is a bug in some otherwise harmless software, rather than a virus.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 PM on June 1, 2012

Should I apply for *this* particular job?
My general rule is be as generous to yourself as possible in an application, but make sure to be clear about the reality of the situation in your cover letter/resume/interview. The application process (especially at a large employer like a hospital) is designed to automatically weed out people who are clearly unqualified. As long as your application indicates that you have the minimum posted requirements, you will make it through to the next round of screening which involves a person actually… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:20 AM on June 1, 2012

Is it normal to feel this way before moving for an ldr?
You will always feel anxious just before you move, even if it is just down the street. I think it is deeply coded in the human genome to be a bit scared and worried about changing the location of our home.

Don't let the anxiety that is necessarily attendant with your move affect your relationship. Make sure you both realize that there may be some drama right at the start, but not to take any of it too personally. I'd plan to spend a few days exploring and getting to know… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:54 AM on June 1, 2012

Guys: He froze up in front of me, but does he have a girlfriend?
Is there some reason you can't just ask him for a date? Pick a music even you think he might be interested in, call him and ask him if he wants to go with you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on June 1, 2012

Health insurance question: Does the birthday rule force us to upgrade to a family plan?
I also don't understand why you don't just all go on one family plan, rather than separate out like this.

His employer may offer an employee+1 plan which covers the employee and one other person (child or adult) but not all members of the family. This is why my wife and I are on separate plans and she has our daughter on her plan.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM on June 1, 2012

Help me not embarrass myself at my first time going on a date at a fine dining establishment
One what do you do with a napkin? I've never really used one before. Keep it on my lap?

Leave it alone until the food comes, then place it on your lap. Use it to wipe your mouth/hands discreetly as needed. Folding it up and placing it on the table is a good way to signal your server that you are ready for the bill.

Two: Although I don't have too much information to back this up, I would bet a lot of money that at… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on May 31, 2012

Best shopping and food in Burlington, VT?
You will want to experience the joy that is Al's French Frys. Nearby is a place called Marco's Pizza that has good pizza and amazing sandwiches.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:28 PM on May 31, 2012

The A-Okay Gatsby
The Peckish Games
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on May 31, 2012
Long-Running Jest
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on May 31, 2012
Romeo and Rosaline
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:17 AM on May 31, 2012
Third Base by Madonna
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:31 AM on May 31, 2012
American Weirdo by Bret Easton Ellis
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on May 31, 2012
Harry Potter and the Primary School
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:37 AM on May 31, 2012

OMG, You're Tony Randall!
Ana Gasteyer reprised her role as Bobbi Mohan-Culp in the recent episode hosted by Will Ferrell.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on May 31, 2012

I could murder a Kentucky right about now...
Gotta go with a nice Cubano for Florida, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:59 AM on May 31, 2012
I lived in New Hampshire for over two years and I am at a loss as for what sandwich could represent it. Does apple pie with cheddar cheese count? You eat it by hand in New Hampshire.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:22 AM on May 31, 2012
Bulgaroktonos: "Well, I would argue that it should be chopped rather than pulled pork and I'm sure there are some heretics who favor sliced, but yeah it should obviously be a barbeque sandwich."

Not chopped on a sandwich, though. I mean, if you are picking the food to represent NC it's probably a plate of chopped barbeque, but for a sandwich it's got to be pulled.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 AM on May 31, 2012
The Whelk: "If NJ isn't a Taylor Ham or a Chicken Parm I will be so upset."

Chicky-chicky-parm-parm is already taken by Connecticut for some reason. Doesn't seem WASPy enough, though.

bpm140: "I prefer a medianoche for Florida. Same great sandwich as the cubano, but with softer egg bread."

I'll allow it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 AM on May 31, 2012

Should I use slingbox for my primary cable connection?
My parents tried this kind of a set-up when they moved to the UK, and found it to be unwatchable from both a picture quality and streaming consistency standpoint. This was with the first generation of Slingbox hardware and a ~1Mb upstream connection, so maybe thewumpusisdead's experience is more realistic, but check to see what their upstream connection rate is -- that is the real bottleneck. When my parents first tried it, my upstream was less than 1Mb up and it flat out did not work at all. I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on May 30, 2012

The Wheel is real?
yellowbinder: "OH DEAR WHAT DOES KP STAND FOR??"

I hesitate to consult Urban Dictionary here at work, so it must be left as an exercise for the reader to come up with all the possible unseemly explications for that abbreviation.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on May 30, 2012

Is it tacky to ask an ex-vendor for tickets?
Very tacky. He did not promise those tickets to you, he promised them to "The Petersen Account" (or whatever your company is). If you are no longer involved with The Petersen Account, you have no claim to those tickets.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on May 30, 2012

Where can I practice driving in the Boston area?
My Dad always taught me in High School parking lots on Sunday mornings.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on May 29, 2012

She asked for help getting rid of shame, we gave her more.
Thanks to excellent advice here, we're going to have a leisurely dinner next week to share our feelings about getting married and building a future together.

That... doesn't seem like a black mark, exactly. There is a little tough love in those responses, but it sounds like even the Anonymous Asker realized that it was necessary. Can you specifically note the answers that were "beyond the pale"?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:42 PM on May 29, 2012

How to keep your loft bed cool when it's above your window A/C unit?
Can you move your loft a few inches away from the wall and then use something like this (or rig up your own version of it that will fit your AC unit)?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on May 29, 2012

Give me your assistants!
Mr. Bates.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on May 29, 2012
Joan Harris runs SCDP.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on May 29, 2012
Actually, now that I've gone and posted Mr. Bates, you could argue that Mr. Carson or Mrs. Hughes are the Jeeves of Downton Abbey.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on May 29, 2012

Promotion potential?
Can you ask? "Hey, boss, I'm interested in that Senior Attorney position I keep hearing about. Do you think I have a shot at it?"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on May 29, 2012

Finally, a use for AOL.
I wonder if there isn't a business model here? Using vacant office buildings/floors as kind of "professional dorms". Cater to young people at their first job who wouldn't mind the communal bathrooms/eating spaces, but I'm sure there are some high-powered execs who would rent one as a sort of pied-a-terre for late nights when it is not worth going home, or for when they get kicked out by the spouse. Companies could use their own vacant space for their own employees,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:51 AM on May 29, 2012

My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels
"Umm, yeah, about that... The thing is I'm kinda not really the type of dad you imagine that I am. I don't do tons of cool projects with my kids. I should do more. I feel like an asshole, but I've only done like 4 or 5 craft days with them, like , ever. "

The only asshole is the guy who doesn't wish he spent more time with his kids. Building a hovercraft goes a long way, asavage.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 PM on May 28, 2012

Stethoscopes: I want one.
My wife has been using stethoscopes for the past sixteen years, and she swears by the Littman Classic II SE. It says a great deal about their durability that she's only had three in those sixteen years, and one of them got lost/stolen, so yeah, name tag. A cheap and durable way to get a tag for it is to use those make-your-own-pet-tag machines down at your local mega-petmart.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:21 AM on May 28, 2012
Listening to a cat purr with a stethoscope is the best thing

Unless you are actually trying to listen to their heart or lungs or something, and then you just want them to shut the eff up for a minute! My wife is a vet tech, and some cats purr when they are nervous. It can be like trying to listen to the heartbeat of someone riding a Harley Davidson.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:02 PM on May 28, 2012

My SO's cousin wants to be Facebook friends with me. How can I kindly say no?
sent me a private message asking if we could be Facebook friends

This to me suggests she is giving you an out. She didn't just Friend Request you, she sent you a message first. I think she probably understands that it might be a little uncomfortable for you to be friends with your SO's family, so she is testing the water. Respond by thanking her for the offer, but explain your rule of only friending people you've met in person, and tell her that you look forward to meeting her someday soon.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:53 AM on May 26, 2012 marked best answer

Is there an ignore/block function? Should there be?
Metatalk threads, especially the ones that aren't inherently contentious, aren't really a limited resource.

Wake up, sheeple! We are already living in Peak MeTa! Before you know it, grar will be $10 a gallon and snark refineries will start shutting down!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:15 PM on May 25, 2012

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner.
Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner.

Well, there is the obvious thing... Perhaps adding some spice to that department would be a possibility? Role play, toys, kinks, etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:39 AM on May 25, 2012

I want to listen to songs that make me cry.
Ben Folds - Brick and The Luckiest
Barenaked Ladies - When You Dream (this may be only applicable for new parents)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:41 PM on May 24, 2012

Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of clubbing former actress Lindsay Lohan.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, you try-hard MeFites need to knock it off so that the rest of us slackers don't look so bad.

Congrats, nasreddin!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:09 PM on May 24, 2012

Please post the nth example.
Googol?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on May 24, 2012

I love me some Top Gear UK. Probably at an unhealthy level. Help me continue.
Probably overkill, but you could open a new account and close the old one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on May 24, 2012

He felt like a man who, chasing rainbows, has had one of them suddenly turn and bite him in the leg.
I was bravely holding it in here at work until I got to

Honoria . . . is one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welter-weight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge.

Now they all think I am insane.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on May 24, 2012
Seconding MCMikeNamara, I'm going to have to read some Wodehouse. Where's a good place to start?

I believe Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel, and the canonical starting point, but I kicked it off with The Code of the Woosters and didn't miss much. You are plunged into a pretty alien world no matter where you start, so you have to spend some time brushing over stuff until you have a better understanding of life in the Bertieverse.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on May 24, 2012

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