I am actually slightly familiar with this -- a veterinarian I know had a dog with this (or a very similar) problem, and actually became part of a research study at the University of Pennsylvania to have the problem surgically corrected. Did they give you any suggestions about surgical intervention when you went to U of F? I know they also do the surgery at NC State, and probably at some other large veterinary schools. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:53 AM on June 8, 2009
Rock Steady ... no, there was no suggestion of a surgical fix, instead they were being hopeful that the problem was fixed by simply breaking apart the area.
I wish I could remember more specifics about the condition this dog had, but it sounds very similar to your dog's condition. The only major difference I can see was that the dog I knew was just a puppy, and it had been a problem since birth. I was originally going to tell you to go to the nearest... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:37 PM on June 8, 2009 marked best answer
"A large part of the movie consists of the previously mentioned computer graphics, which are brutally crude. Although these graphics fit into the story, film leans heavily on them to pad out the 93 minute running time. Thus, the parade of colored circles, cylinders, birds, and fish tends to goes on and on as if the film went on pause and a screen saver kicked in." [from the Twitch review]
Wow. How does something like this happen? Where did the money for the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:59 PM on June 7, 2009
Well, my daughter's got six living grandparents (my parents are divorced and remarried). She's got a Nana/Grandpa, a Grandma/Poppa, and (the most unique) a Grand[firstname]/Grand[firstname]. The first name ones are my Mom and Stepdad, and they are one syllable names that go well with Grand- attached to them, lets say Grandanne and Grandcarl. It's cute and unique and keeps us from having to resort to Grandpa [Lastname] to keep them straight in her mind.
I love the moment where he finally gets the audience singing the first two notes, and then he cautiously tries the third note. When the audience sings it just right, he just can't resist giving them a little cheer. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:05 PM on June 6, 2009
Much like the classic Disney musicals, their new breed of musicals (the High School Musical series, the Cheetah Girls series, Camp Rock, etc.) are very low tension films that are not bad for parents who can handle musicals. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:39 PM on June 6, 2009
And why should they go out on a saturday night when they can stay in and be just as happy together, and more comfortable.
I can almost guarantee you that they are sitting at home thinking, "Holy crap, we're bored. I wish one of our cool single friends would call us and invite us to something." I agree completely with davejay -- hanging out with couples is only as much of a problem as you make it. Your question makes me think that you are... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:26 PM on June 6, 2009
Shocking as it may seem to modern parents, my mother was advised by her obstetrician to have a glass of red wine every night when she was pregnant with me. I turned out perfectly healthy and fine (for generous values of "healthy" and "fine"). Peanut butter was not even slightly considered off-limits.
I've got to say that I think what your husband may be dealing with is a thing that was pretty hard for me when my wife was pregnant... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:04 PM on June 6, 2009
Protip: For packing books, group them roughly by size, stack them in manageable size piles, then wrap liberally in this stuff. Not as heavy as boxes full of books, and you can tuck the little book parcels into the gaps in your moving van. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:12 AM on June 6, 2009
Aquaman is right on the money. Make sure to do the spraypainting outside, but still use a dropcloth unless you want paint on your lawn. I'd suggest black -- classy, good coverage, and hides stains and imperfections. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:07 AM on June 6, 2009
Do you have any of the systems already? If not, the Wii is probably the most interesting system for a non-gamer to get into. The PS3 has the advantage of also acting as a Blu-Ray player (basically high-def DVDs), if that is something to consider.
While the Wii does not have the graphical chops of the other two systems, I don't find that to be a big detriment, especially when playing the Rock Band/Guitar Hero type games. Frankly, I can't look at anything but the stream of... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:56 PM on June 5, 2009
Having weird things in MeTa threads makes me itchy. First #1 makes a thing that looks like a link but isn't a link, and now a whole giant poll thing. Someone hold me. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:23 PM on June 5, 2009
Woody Allen asked me to tell you he takes a medium. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:28 PM on June 5, 2009
I am going to tell you something a little bit racist. About 20 or 25 years ago, there was a guy named Rulon Jones who played for the Denver Broncos, a semi-professional "American football" team. I was a little surprised when I saw that he was white.
Sportswriter Bill Simmons created his "Reggie Cleveland All-Stars" to enshrine athletes whose names make them sound like they come from a different race than they really do. Rulon... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:08 PM on June 4, 2009
♫ Ohhh, I'm singing that ol' sweeeeeet song...♪
♪That song about removing a threaaad from recent ac - tiv - i - teeeeeeeeeee♫
I could watch hours and hours of that. Maybe an animated Beatles biopic? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:47 PM on June 4, 2009
crossing the Atlantic where they were the center of the universe (note the arrows)
That is a reference to the set on the Ed Sullivan show where the Beatles famously appeared.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:14 AM on June 5, 2009
I myself would love some kind of 2D RPG/platformer combo set in the world of Yellow Submarine. I don't know what the game would be, exactly, but it would be gorgeous and I can just see it now.
I can't believe no one has come out with a game that uses the guitar controller in a non-Guitar Hero-esque way. Maybe some kind of FPS on rails, using the colored fret buttons to target and the strum bar to fire? I think maybe Brütal Legend... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:47 AM on June 5, 2009
Growing up, from about age 11 up through high school, my grandfather picked my brother and I up from school every day and watched us for a couple of hours until my parents came home. Sure, it was partially a way for him to sneak an occasional cigarette away from my grandmother's gaze, and at the time we didn't need much watching and we chafed from time-to-time at having him around, but now that he is gone, I realize just how important that closeness to him was. We learned a lot from him and from... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:14 PM on June 4, 2009
I've got a potential opening in Game 6 if anyone is interested and still reading this thread. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:43 PM on June 4, 2009
I'm still seeing the deadline as 11:30 tonight (Eastern) for both games. Not sure what's going on for you. If you can't enter moves, memail me and I'll enter them. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:39 PM on June 4, 2009
Oh, hell, I've been thinking it was Friday all day today, sorry. I've set the games to process as soon as the final commands are given, and not to wait until the deadline. This was to prevent it skipping whole days due to waiting the 30 minutes after deadline. Unfortunately, the timing thing is the trickiest thing about setting up these games, and the documentation on it is kind of vague. Spamguy is the user who had to back out due to personal issues, and since he has some GMing experience I'm... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:31 PM on June 4, 2009
This has got to be tough. My daughter is 8, and she has definitely gone through phases of being closer to either my wife or I at certain points in her life. Often, it is whichever one she is seeing less of at the time. Right now, my wife is working crazy hours and I am unemployed, so when Mom is home it is All Mom All The Time.
My advice for you is to talk to your ex (and his girlfriend) about this. Just mention that it's going to be something you will both have to deal... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:32 PM on June 4, 2009
Zarkonnen:Not in the sense of giving the video a rating, but rather like hitting the [+] next to a MeFi post
I find myself trying to [+] things in real life all the time. Someone put together index cards with [+] on them, which I think I might need so I can start handing them out to good drivers, adorable kids and friendly cashiers. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:17 AM on June 4, 2009
Definitely look at the Toyota Matrix. It's got amazing head- and legroom, it gets 35mpg, has enough cargo space for 4 large suitcases and then some, and it's quite a bit cheaper than the Passat (if that's a concern). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:49 PM on June 2, 2009
I was trying to remember who did the Essence of House comment fable, The Whelk.
This is fun, it's like Markov TV.
An over-the-hill rock star and his comatose drug dealer in a futuristic metropolis, incredibly naive about the way the world works, discover a magical internet chat room. Featuring Mark Harmon.
I might watch that, actually. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:28 PM on June 2, 2009
Yes, but "whlist" is not a common British-English word. I'm sure it just got typed that way into whatever text file the randomizer uses to feed itself. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:50 PM on June 2, 2009
So I'm doing some thinking about my new hot TV property, Easy Hooper. I think the rock star (Mark Harmon as Ezekiel "Easy" Hooper) is actually from 2009, and was sent forwards in time to 2275 as a result of a botched anti-aging procedure. He's been clean since some kind of devastating drug-fueled disaster in the late 80's (we don't find out just what that disaster was until 2nd season sweeps), but it turns out his old dealer - Stosh "Stash" Wiznarczek - is still alive. His... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:16 PM on June 2, 2009
A close friend of mine was an inpatient at McLean about 4 or 5 years ago. I visited several times, and was in direct contact with family members who were talking to my friend's doctors. The whole process struck me as very institutional and not personal in the least. The facilities were abysmal, and my friend's issues continue to this day. This may be due somewhat to denial and a general unwillingness to be helped (but this person was not at McLean against their will), but I did not come away... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:20 AM on June 1, 2009
I always go with the point-collar if I have an option -- you can always dress a point-collar shirt down, but the button-down is always limited. In something like that gingham, you're probably never going to want to really dress it up, but as a general rule, I go with the point-collar. Also, if he doesn't already have them, get him a set of metal collar stays. They really make a difference. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:00 AM on June 1, 2009
Try a different vet. Take him in after he has not peed for four hours. If that is not possible, see if the vet will admit your cat for the day so they can collect the sample. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:22 AM on June 1, 2009
We recently moved to North Carolina, and her public school serves stuff pretty much like the "unbelievable" one paisley henosis mentions (maybe with like green beans or corn instead of the salad, though). It costs $1.75/day (or less if you are low income) and the school also offers breakfast for $0.80/day (or less). It's amazing to me how much they pack into such little cost. We were very amused when the monthly menu specified "Eastern NC barbecue... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:57 PM on May 31, 2009
Given that the OP offered a long list to suggest the range of options he'd consider, including lasers, and didn't mention purchasing or using a personal firearm, can we not make this a thread about that?
I'd never dream of having a gun in my house, but the question clearly states "I am open to any idea," so I think they have to be considered as a viable answer, despite your (and my) personal preferences. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:34 AM on May 31, 2009
Sandra Boynton for the win. Especially Dinosaur's Binkit (has some textural stuff), Snuggle Puppy (You've got to really sell it, though), Barnyard Dance, and Wake Up! ("broccoli stew... for the bunny, not for you. Oh, phew" gets 'em every time). There are also some great lift-the-flap books in the Maisy Mouse series that are pretty sturdy.
Which one is the one where I wander around half-naked while muttering to myself?
Performance Art. Meetup is the one where you wander around drunk while muttering to yourself, and Your Apartment is the one where you read MetaFilter while muttering to yourself. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:46 PM on May 30, 2009