Well, it's not even the right country, but I can't resist mentioning:
My wife is a plus-sized lady, and when we visited Argentina some years back, she did not see any clothing in her size. What we did find, however, was a cute little leather shop that took her measurements (and mine) and less than 24 hours later we had gorgeous custom fit (and custom designed) leather jackets for about US$100 each. The moral of the story is that the tailoring/custom-made industry is... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:51 AM on October 4, 2007
Let me just say this. Whatever method you choose, please don't worry about what "people" are going to say or think, because those "people" are going to find something to bitch about or look down their noses at or whatever. It's your wedding, do what you want. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:05 AM on October 4, 2007
The Needham Historical Society article (Hey! I grew up in Needham!) is interesting, but I call bullshit on the trend of Viking-themed architecture in support of the thesis. The three examples shown are 1. a boat house, 2. the Board of Trade building and, 3. a bridge. All of which are pretty closely related to nautical/maritime themes, and of course viking imagery is going to come into play in the ornamentation. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:16 AM on October 3, 2007
There is a type of easement known as "Life Tenancy" that you could grant to your parents, which says basically that the holder(s) of the easement has the right to live in the house until they die. This is often done by owners who would like to donate their home to a historical society or similar (the house is given to the non-profit who then grants the easement). I do not have details immediately to hand (and if I did they would not be specific to Cali), but you will have to see a... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:45 AM on October 1, 2007
You could handmake a hipper QB-style wristband with a nicer (and smaller) sweatband, a little vinyl pocket and some hot glue, or even just safety-pin the day's paper list to the sweatband, for a punkier look. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:44 PM on September 29, 2007
Thanks for the help so far. The brand decision is pretty well made -- my stepfather is a contractor (and he'll be installing the windows when he next returns to the States), and he prefers Pella. The only sticking point is my mother, who is picky, architecturally speaking, and wants to see them first (no, she doesn't want to take my or my stepfather's word for it -- like I said, picky). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:22 PM on September 27, 2007
Very interesting. I remember seeing her on the show a few times, and always thinking that she was somehow trying too hard. I guess that was true off-camera as well. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:00 AM on September 27, 2007
See, not obviously porny. Go with it. Though you should buy puntangclan.com for the comedy value alone. I am looking for a personal domain, better act fast... posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:07 PM on September 26, 2007
The best dentist in the world is Dr. John Atkins of Atkins Dentistry in Needham (just off Exit 19 on Rt. 128). He is so good that I'd drive all the way from the Cape to see him. Welcome to the area! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:44 PM on September 26, 2007 marked best answer
scalefree: "At the very least you'll want to disable posting while in sorted mode to discourage people from posting without reading the thread in order for context. Otherwise we'll get people responding to the highest scored comments without reading any followups to them, which would dramatically increase the number of duplicate replies & kill the (already somewhat sketchy) sense of continuity & conversational flow we have now."
For actual teenage badassery, I say go with the formula [Military/Professional Title] + [Hevvy Metull Mizpelld Ajektiv]. Gives you the classic Judge Dredd, plus things like Captain Mizeri, Doctor Payne, Major Malfunkshun, etc.
I'll reprint my suggestions from the "ironically badass" thread here, too, cause I really liked them:
FieldHockeyPlayer posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:36 PM on September 25, 2007
I might actually read that Iain Banks series based solely on the ship names! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:38 PM on September 25, 2007
Actually, "You were killed by Justin_Timberlake" is also hilarious. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:39 PM on September 25, 2007
Does it have to be soccer? If not, you may want to check out Dr. James Andrews. He is more known for repairing injuries than for preventing them, but many people believe that a successful "Tommy John surgery" increases both pitching speed and career duration for a baseball pitcher. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:46 PM on September 25, 2007
So his name is listed as "Pepper" and his children are "Pfeiffer" or similar? Is he first-generation American? Perhaps his official name was changed by Immigration functionaries to an "Americanized" version, but he wanted his kids to have the actual family name? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:30 PM on September 25, 2007
Particularly interesting (as it is the original artist doing the "cover") is Eric Clapton's version of "Layla" from the MTV Unplugged series. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:42 AM on September 24, 2007
Also, no one has mentioned the White Stripes/Joss Stone "Fell In Love With a Girl/Boy" dyad. Stripes = high energy, punky; Joss = v. bluesy and soulful. Honestly can't remember which came first at this point. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:08 AM on September 25, 2007
My freshman year at college was at a Mac-friendly school (Windows machines not supported(!)) shortly after Marathon came out. Let's just say that Campus-wide AppleTalk network + Marathon + rampant grade inflation = good times. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:52 PM on September 24, 2007
I also never knew about the WWII and French Resistance stuff. While Mummenschantz was Nightmare Fuel for me, I do appreciate the sort of "elemental acting" that is mime.
I am fortunate to have been exposed to Marceau's performances on T.V. in the 50's, BEFORE snarking about mime's became the thing to do. We could actually enjoy it without feeling like we had to be cool and make fun of it
I don't have any specific information or advice, but if you run into a dead end with the Globe's obituaries (a very good start), my grandfather was President of the Arlington Retired Men's Club (an organization with a lot of veteran members) and worked for a time for the Arlington Advocate (a local newspaper). He passed away a couple of years ago, but I can try and get in touch with his contacts at those organizations if need be. My email is in my profile. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:00 PM on September 23, 2007
The other part of the injury reports that is absurd is that they're also used by Vegas to help set lines, although the NFL is absolutely against wagering on their contests.
Well, they are officially against it, but let's face it, without gambling (legal and otherwise), interest in the League would be greatly diminished. My understanding of the injury report is that it exists for the bookmakers. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:22 AM on September 22, 2007
So, the real question is—What team should I root for?
ESPN's Sports Guy did a pretty in-depth analysis of this exact question last year and came up with Tottenham Hotspur. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:30 PM on September 20, 2007
That ESPN article was a charming mix of ignorance and enthusiasm. Not what you'd expect from an American!
Simmons is a pretty good writer, if you have any interest in American sports (though he seems to be the cilantro [coriander] of columnists -- love him or hate him), particularly the NBA and/or Boston teams. I seem to remember that he has mentioned in passing in other columns since then that, despite his dispassionate, reasoned analysis, he finds... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:39 AM on September 21, 2007
To my Veterinary Technician wife this does not sound right, but it is hard to say. If you can tell me (her) a little more info she can give you a more specific answer -- 1) What are the ages and approximate weights of the cats? 2) What are the names of the drugs and the exact instructions on the labels? 3) Are the cats indoor or outdoor? 4) Are the cats up to date on vaccines? 5) Do they have any pre-existing medical conditions? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:21 PM on September 19, 2007
Right, but I think the poster's point is that if you are getting a tan, the radiation is getting through the sunblock anyway, so why bother? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:01 AM on September 19, 2007
ed, the reason that Russia is in such deep crap now is because of the Soviet state. Decades of failed communism, destruction of the natural world, ignorance of AIDS and alcoholism...all of these are legacies of the Soviets. (Muddler)
Right, but how does having MORE PEOPLE solve those problems in any way? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:28 AM on September 18, 2007
@Plutor (tee-hee): If I may suggest an aesthetic improvement while you are hacking about, I have changed the [Quote] in your script to ["], as it looks better alongside the [+] and [!]. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:54 PM on September 16, 2007
After all, we have no problem discouraging signatures and other very common conventions that appear elsewhere.
To be fair, though, we flat out do not provide the functionality for signatures, which I think is a huge part of why they don't get abused. Social pressure is a powerful tool, but consider the difference between "don't sign your posts" and "don't link to youtube"—one is asking people not to do... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:34 AM on September 18, 2007
This is probably not helpful short-term, but maybe something to think about as you go about the business of choosing potential long-term partners. My wife and I have been together for almost 14 years now, and when we began dating, it was very intense, very quickly, on both of our parts (to the point that we regrettably lost touch with many of the friends we had at the time). We continue to be among the more "touchy-feely" couples we know.
FYI, the "Horrible Sage [sic]" link is actually a link to a Something Awful article about a film made-to-order (by way of a request in a SA forum, apparently) that includes all manner of awful somethings, including shit-eating and vomiting, apparently. There are some stills from the film, but no video. The review includes the passage: "Make no effort to find SWAP.avi. Make no attempt to download it for 'a laugh'. It will change you in ways you will not fully understand for at... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:47 PM on September 15, 2007
Also, the more men that refuse to submit to the fear-mongering like Devils Rancher and me (and some of the other commenters her) the better. If all nice, friendly men stop smiling at and talking to kids, that would be the real tragedy. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:25 PM on September 13, 2007