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I just need some space (between sentences)
The only question I have , is what to do with people who put spaces before the punctuation ?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:33 AM on January 14, 2011

WAR! Huh! Good god, y'all!
That hole in Ted Williams' graph is so painful.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on January 14, 2011
Also, is it possible to change the topline to Year? I'd love to see scroll along a team's history through the lens of WAR.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 AM on January 14, 2011
Fascinating that Nomar has the second highest WAR during my time as a Red Sox fan. So disappointing the way his career played out.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:46 AM on January 14, 2011

Faster and faster I should run
How about How You Like Me Now by The Heavy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:14 PM on January 10, 2011

Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age
A Licky Boom Boom Down?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:07 AM on January 10, 2011
That is one hell of a festival lineup, elr. I am booking second-rate amphitheaters as we speak.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on January 10, 2011

Bothered and bewildered mefite seeks hugs
This is a wonderful place. I am so proud to say that I am a MeFite.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:44 PM on January 9, 2011

"Load new comments" for MeFi mobile?
On my iPhone, I usually tap the status bar to jump to the top of the page, then reload, then tap "skip to menu", then scroll up. It's usually less scrolling that way.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:32 PM on January 8, 2011

I’m pregnant in a tree.
This comment was posted by Rock Steady at 4:39 PM on January 7 [+] [!]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on January 7, 2011

"Wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up, and smell the ashes."
I read the last sentence and thought, "Surely they don't look that much like the drones from Half-Life." Then I clicked on the link. I am now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the zero-point energy field manipulator I ordered from blackmesa.com.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:18 AM on January 7, 2011

RIP Bill Zeller
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:58 AM on January 6, 2011

Starbucks introduces a new logo
I like it. I wish it didn't make her look like she had fishhands, but that was the case before as well. I wish more logo design would move toward simplicity and clarity instead of towards gradients and bevels.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:22 PM on January 5, 2011

A list of common misconceptions
Ones I am sad about:
  • Shorty Napoleon
  • Bees shouldn't be able to fly
  • Glass flows slowly
  • Kennedy is a jelly doughnut
  • Lemmings
This Wikipedia page should be called "So you want to be a buzzkill..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:16 PM on January 5, 2011

20 Years of the ADA
Thanks for doing this. In my previous life, I worked for organizations that made grants for rehabilitating historic buildings, and it was amazing to see the range of misunderstanding that historic property owners (including state and local governments) have about the ADA and historic buildings. It ranged from "We are a historic building, we are exempt from the ADA" to "The ADA is going to make us install an elevator in our one room schoolhouse". The National Park Service's… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:24 AM on January 4, 2011

How can a useless player with a big contract be a trade commodity in the NBA?
For years, Theo Ratliff was known in certain circles as Theo Ratliff's Expiring Contract, because that's the phrase that was constantly being mentioned in trade rumors/theories.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:50 PM on January 2, 2011 marked best answer

Help me drug my cat! It's for a good cause I promise
DO NOT give your pet anything that is not recommended by your veterinarian. Substances that are mild or harmless for humans can be deadly for animals. Pot for example, can cause seizures in cats and dogs, and can permanently lower their seizure threshhold, making them more susceptible to them in the future.

You could certainly talk to your vet and see if there is a sedative they would be comfortable prescribing, but some cats can have an opposite reaction to sedatives,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 PM on January 2, 2011 marked best answer

Why does Jesus not want me to watch iTunes U videos on my iPad?
On the iPad there is a separate app called Videos where video lives. Try there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:09 PM on January 2, 2011
So I just tried it for myself, and iTunes U video does in fact go into the Videos app. I see now that you said that you tried there, but that is in fact where it should show up. Have you tried syncing some other types of videos to your iPad to see if it is a general video issue or limited to iTunes U?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:31 PM on January 2, 2011
Interesting. When I start up the iPod app, I see these categories:

Music
Podcasts
Audiobooks
videos (Note: why isn't this category capitalized like the rest of them?)


If these are the categories along the left hand navigation bar, then "videos" is a playlist that you have created. It won't show up there because video does not show up in the iPod app on the iPad.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:38 PM on January 2, 2011
Wow. I don't even have that menu! The top bar just says "Movies." With no other buttons or options

Try putting some different kinds of video on the iPad. I'm sure there are some free TV Shows and Music Videos you can download from iTunes for testing purposes. Make sure to get them from iTunes, to make sure the Media Kind is accurate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on January 2, 2011

The Bermuda Triangle of Productivity
Gmail (which I click through almost always to Reader)

The Googles inexplicably removed the Reader link along the top bar of my Gmail (Apps) page, which dramatically increased my productivity. Anyone know how I can get it back?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on December 31, 2010
Where's Minecraft?

Everywhere, these days. Have you been on the Internet?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on January 2, 2011

2010 MeFiLiveBlog
The late great Shmegegge did some minor liveblogging of a Cave Story playthrough here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on January 2, 2011
Oops. I meant "late" in the MeFi only sense, of course. Sorry for panicking people unneccesarily.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:03 PM on January 2, 2011

How to correct this half.com shipping error without getting screwed?
Since it was your mistake it should be you that takes the risk. It doesn't seem fair to ask the buyer to enter into a sketchy situation like the one you describe because you made a mistake. I'd suggest sending a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping package for the textbook along with the solution manual, so that the only thing they have to do is put the book in the box and drop it in a mailbox. Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on January 2, 2011

this is the most pressing issue in my life right now
See, for me, it's part of the Jim-and-Pam relationship that Pam isn't really as good at the silly/quirky stuff as Jim. Jim's generally slick -- no one can prank Dwight like Jim, no one comes up with the most thoughtful gifts like Jim. It's like his superpower (although one, we know, that has its limits).

But that's the thing about that episode -- it was a Bizarro Jim episode. Dwight beat him at pranks and Pam beat him at amazing, personal gifts. It… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:04 PM on December 29, 2010

eReader that is friends with Linux
With an iPad and the Bluefire app, I download the .ascm file to my Mac and load it into my Dropbox, then when I tap the .ascm file in the Dropbox app on my iPad, it gives me the option to open the file in Bluefire. It's not the best e-reader app out there, but it's good enough for free.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on December 27, 2010

Songfilter: Sci-fi themed cabaret songs
"Science Genius Girl" by Freezepop might be perfect (science + girl!)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:09 PM on December 20, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight!
).).

I'm not familiar with that emoticon. Pair of frowny pirates? Wolverine claws?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on December 20, 2010

Flush in Finland. Bin in Benin.
Yeah, this site tagline should be "Cancel 80% of your Bucket List travel plans now".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:29 AM on December 20, 2010

How do I hack a Wii video game?
Once you have installed homebrew on your Wii, there is a program called Ocarina that makes cheating online trivially easy. Ruins online, if you ask me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:45 PM on December 19, 2010

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story
Worth it for the "follow" the @Star_of_Bethlehem joke.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on December 17, 2010

The Deep
We are kind of like a film of algae on the surface of the place.

I believe the statistic I heard once is that, even with all the apparent variation in elevation on the surface of the Earth, if you shrunk the planet down to the size of a billiard ball, the Earth would be smoother than the billiard ball. Might have been bowling ball, I forget.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on December 17, 2010

Easier favoriting on the mobile version?
We talked about this in August. My suggestion at the time was to put the + in front of the X Favorites, with the idea that it gives you more room to miss on the left without being shunted off to a new tab.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:43 PM on December 17, 2010
And you'll note that it actually behaves differently on MeTa than on AskMe and the front page. In MeTa, the favorite/flag interface is in line with the "posted by" stuff, while on the Green and the Blue they get their own newline. Still makes +ing hard when it is hemmed in by "X Favorites" on one side and "[!]" on t'other.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:46 PM on December 17, 2010

Find me a dog sitter in upper Westchester County
I used to work at a veterinarian's office that did boarding, and we had several clients who would drop their dogs off for the night all the time, often with no advance notice at all. We could accommodate this because we were rarely completely booked (except for the holidays), and we were happy to do it because they were nice people. I'd try to find a situation like this that you could get yourself into.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on December 16, 2010

Cut it in.
When one cares very strongly about a topic or issue, it is not a good idea for one to post to MetaFilter about that topic. One does not have a good perspective from which to judge the quality and appropriateness of the post. Just because one feels strongly about a topic or issue does not mean they need to express that feeling through the medium of MetaFilter. There are many other places on the Internet where one can participate in more open and freeform discussions.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:06 PM on December 15, 2010

Mobile pony
Wow, that story was a lot funnier when he told it.

Pretty much sums of the oeuvre of John Waters, no?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on December 15, 2010

And the nominees are...
clicking the 'Post Comment' button

I like that one too. Reminds me of how at the end of each episode of The Sound of Young America, Jesse says "the show is produced by speaking into microphones." Makes me smile everytime.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 AM on December 15, 2010

We don't want to read about the poors
Seriously, is there a Greasemonkey script that blocks out the comment section of local newspaper websites? I know I shouldn't look at them, but I do, and then I get depressed for the future of our civilization.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:29 PM on December 14, 2010

Wanted: Care Guides for the Newly Human
The Expectant Father by Armin Brott

I buy every new dad-to-be I know a copy of that book. There's a whole series of them now. He's a good writer who approaches fatherhood really well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on December 14, 2010

Musical Pony request
For the front page player widget, how about cramming it into a little bar along the top (like the current shopping/awesome bar) and then cycling a series of recent songs through it? Maybe change the featured song hourly so people can get a couple whacks at finding something they like throughout the day? It would be even better if there was some way to keep the music going even if you switch to other pages/subsites. I realize that is a limitation of the player and not MeFi, and I know that I can… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:26 AM on December 13, 2010

Are doghouses less popular now? If so, why?
I'd wager that a lot more people keep their dogs inside their *own* houses these days instead of relegating them to the outdoors.

Yeah, I think dogs tend to sleep inside now (in a crate or on a dog bed), as opposed to being put out for the night to sleep in a doghouse. There's a line in the Flinstones' theme song about putting out the dog and bringing in the cat every night that confused me until someone from that generation… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on December 13, 2010

Awkward Pregnancy Photos
The watermelon/gun one makes it all worth it. I thought it was great with just the watermelon, but the gun just takes it over the top.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on December 12, 2010

Shipping biological samples, or FedEx: The World on OUR Time, thank you very much.
As someone who occasionally deals with international medical shipments, I would strongly suggest working carefully with Fed Ex to find out what US Customs office will be receiving the shipment, and who the appropriate people to talk to at that office are. We have had numerous shipments of medications delayed because Customs did not adequately understand exactly what the shipments contained or what their intended use was, even though all the forms had been filled out in exactly the same manner as… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on December 10, 2010

No, the other left
Left hand makes an L is a big help, but I am a moderately successful adult with a house and a child and I still struggle with this as well. For me, the almost insurmountable difficulty is if I have to determine left or right of something that is not facing the same way I am. If someone says "my left or your left?" I basically go insane. You are not alone, I guess I'm trying to say.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on December 9, 2010

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 8, 2010
The other week I was considering a rewrite as "Hipster Girl"

If you write it and put it on Music I will buy you a pizza.

What's hipster pizza? Obscure ethnic food? Stouffer's french bread pizza that costs $8? I couldn't decide.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on December 8, 2010

"Thought of You" animation
I love the way the animation allows certain things that can only be suggested by human movement to become reality, like when his arms and legs are stuck to e floor, or when she collapses onto the ground to become a flock of butterflies. Just wonderful. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on December 6, 2010

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