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Halle Hula
Hey, cortex, I'm trying to learn to play uke, and I wonder if you might be willing to post the chords for this at some point?
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:31 PM on June 17, 2009
Sure thing: here they are, in glorious Handwrite-O-Vision.

Where do I download that Handwrite-O-Vision program? As a rank amateur, if I do not use that tuning (I'm trying to stick to gcea for now) can I keep the names of the chords the same and just change the finger shapes, or do I need to do some transposition magic?
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:10 PM on June 18, 2009
Nevermind, figured it out on my owns. Thanks a ton for doing that, cortex.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on June 18, 2009
Those three minutes were spent trying to contort my fingers into an F#7th.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:34 PM on June 18, 2009

He ain't Ralph.
Hey, guys? I think someone got MetaChat in my MetaTalk, or something. It's really weird and self-referential, and kind of incestuous, and it all seems to hinge on bunnies. Yup, definitely MetaChat in the MetaTalk.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:51 PM on June 16, 2009
You know what I can't believe? I can't believe that only just recently does "True Blood" become a TV show.

Well, they did have "Dark Shadows". Less fucking, way more bad acting, but not far off.

I love "True Blood". Do not mess with mah Sookie.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:14 PM on June 17, 2009
This is Just to Say

I have longboated
the thread
that was a
serious discussion

and which
you were probably
saving
for a flameout

Forgive me
it was contentious
so snarky
and so cold
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:41 AM on June 18, 2009

Smoke me a kipper...
Fuck, that's a good looking website. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on June 17, 2009

Where's that really terrific car-buying comment?
No one could have sent that comment link to this guy, huh?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on June 16, 2009

Should I keep the historic designation on my future home?
Well, I used to work in the historic preservation field, so I know a little bit about this. There are many kinds of "historic designation," ranging from National Historic Landmark status to local Historic District zoning. The most common is probably the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings and structures can either be individually listed or listed as contributing elements of a listed district. The important thing to know about the National Register is that it places NO... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on June 16, 2009

New Greasemonkey hack for MeFi and other sites
That the large population of 40K or 50K users here is so smart, so discerning, so unlike the general populace, and most importantly, so compatible with your tastes and views that what they select as popular is a good thing.

Well, that is why I'm here. If I didn't think that I'd hang out somewhere else. I'm not saying that this makes MetaFilter exceptional in any way -- I'm sure there are other communities out there that I would... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:23 AM on June 16, 2009
weighted favorites

Actually, giving your contacts' favorites extra weight is a neat idea, and would serve to minimize the "attention whore" aspect of favorites, since everyone would see a different number of favorites for the same comment/post.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:25 AM on June 16, 2009


Help me build a library of lefty kids books
Zen Shorts, in addition to being the best children's book ever, is a great one for you, I think. It's not specifically left-wing, but the Zen koans and Buddhist parables that make up the book ask kids to look a the world in a different, kinder, and more thoughtful way than most books do. It emphasizes forgiveness, patience, and respect in a very lovely way.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on June 15, 2009

Musique, S'il Vous Plait
"Bonnie and Clyde" would be cool with those instruments.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on June 15, 2009

All the news that's fit to cromulate
Can I just say, since it happened to me twice on this thread, that I love it when I favorite a comment, and because I haven't refreshed the page in a while, it comes up as [2 favorites -] instead of one. Makes me feel like I have Supa Favorite Powa.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on June 15, 2009

Why does my dog have no interest in any kind of food?
You may want to ask your vet for a referral to an Internal Medicine specialist. These kind of nagging problems can often be more rare illnesses that general practice vets are unfamiliar with, and so are not as quick to diagnose. The IM specialist will also probably be able to do endoscopy/ultrasound/specialized lab tests that your regular vet does not have easy access to.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on June 15, 2009

What bulk item will satisfy the mobs of children and my guilt?
sugary candy harms teeth

Is this really much of a concern, given how rarely (I presume) they would eat it? I get the inclination to only give them something that will help them, but man, kids really love sweets, and I feel like it would be nice for them to have maybe just one thing that was a pure and unadulterated luxury.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on June 14, 2009

Star light, star bright, how many stars can I see tonight?
I wish we had some laws about this.

We do, sometimes. The town I used to work for (in Vermont) had zoning regulations about light spillage. They didn't go as far as they might -- they were just limited to putting downward facing deflectors on lights, banning interior-lit signs and controlling the power of indirect sign illumination. There is no reason those types of laws can't be extended, though.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:05 AM on June 14, 2009

Outrage? Why, yes.
We should send Jessamyn some flowers for Moderators Day. I don't know when that is, but we should do it anyway.

We just missed it, dammit! It was yesterday. Happy Belated Moderators' Day, mods!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:44 AM on June 14, 2009

Show me paint the &$^# kitchen!
If you are not too picky about clean edges, a paint shield can save you a serious amount of taping time. Also, when painting windows, don't bother taping the glass, just do your best to avoid getting too much on the pane, and then when all is dry, use a razor blade to slice along the glass/frame intersection and then scrape the paint off the glass.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on June 14, 2009 marked best answer

Tactical Corsets
Why do I get the sinking feeling Xeni Jardin is going to LOVE these?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 PM on June 13, 2009

Please don't cook your dog.
Absolutely call 911. I used to work in an emergency animal hospital, and I can tell you that the local cops and firefighters LOVED busting the windows of a car to save a dog's life. Many cops (and even more firefighters) are dog owners and dog lovers, and sometimes it seemed like they took crimes against animals MORE seriously than crimes against people.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:27 PM on June 13, 2009

From no iPhone to New iPhone solving the car conundrum
1. No, not unless your car stereo has a cassette deck or an auxiliary input jack. Any kind of FM transmitter is useless due to cellular interference. You can turn on Airplane Mode to eliminate it, but that means no calls/data.

2. My calendaring needs are minimal, so I'm not really qualified to talk about this.

3. Must have apps:

Google Voice Search - Pretty decent voice recognition search
Bank of America - If... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 PM on June 13, 2009

New inhalers leave patients breathless
My wife just had to get hers refilled and was pretty shocked at the cost. The pharmacist was able to scrounge up a $15 off coupon for her to use, so you may want to ask about that if cost is an issue.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:02 PM on June 13, 2009

Skallelujah
Fantastic.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 2:35 PM on June 13, 2009

Divalujah
Nice. No offense, but with the right female vocalist, this could be really fantastic.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 2:29 PM on June 13, 2009

Hallelujah für Stimme und Streichquartett
Very nice. Your treatment really emphasizes the religious undertones, I think, which is kind of interesting.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 2:26 PM on June 13, 2009

White white Black black
There is a distinct difference between Deaf and deaf, so perhaps this is getting at the same thing? Specifically, that "black" simply describes a skin color, while "Black" describes a culture, and that there could be Black people who are not black and black people who are not Black.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on June 12, 2009

My brain is severely limiting what music I can listen to. Is this normal?
For YEARS I couldn't listen to the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" because when I was 5 or 6 my little brother passed out and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I remember nothing about the actual experience, but even now the song is linked to that scary feeling.

I dated a girl in high school who lived about 20 minutes away, and for almost the entire summer I was dating her I had a certain cassette in my car stereo (it was Pocketful Of... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 PM on June 12, 2009

Second Life MetaFilter group
concerned about the LIS profession

I am lead to believe there is a Library Studies professor at Simmons who is/was taking a sabbatical to spend the semester in Second Life.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:11 AM on June 12, 2009

One Man's Account of playing Solitaire blindfolded
The saga of Boatmurdered is one of the funniest things I have ever read.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:26 PM on June 11, 2009

The Linguists
I also saw this on PBS, and I was very disappointed to learn it was a stand-alone documentary and not one episode of an entire series. I could absolutely watch this with a new language each week.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on June 11, 2009

AskMeFi-Jamming: how often?
130. Ia! Ia! Dadachum! Didachik! Abplanalp and Rebozo in short leathern pants!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:05 PM on June 11, 2009

Minecraft
Let me know when it implements insane, rampaging ex-emperors.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 AM on June 10, 2009

AskMe lets down an asker.
At least he didn't want to declaw the thing.

The biggest bombshell in that thread, though, is this:

grapefruitmoon: The fan never actually made her shut up, but honest to Dog, once we got the white noise machine, something about the cat changed and she hasn't been a consistent dick (in the middle of the night at least) since.

Holy shit, grapefruitmoon's cat is no longer a dick. We are through the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:43 PM on June 9, 2009

Help me keep my cat
I also think you need to find a new home for your kitty. Like mudpuppie said, cats are weird. Even if you manage to stop this issue, there will be some other behavior issue, or the cat will backslide and wake you up every night for two weeks, then mysteriously stop again (I speak from experience). I'm not judging you, but it sounds like you are not in the right place (either mentally or physically) for a cat. I have three cats that I love, but in a studio apartment? Never. I don't think I could... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:52 PM on June 9, 2009
I'd also suggest making up a bunch of flyers and taking them to all the vets within, oh, a half-hour's drive of your place. They will likely have a board for you to post it on, and if you find a really sympathetic one, they may even offer to take him in and rehome him for you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:59 PM on June 9, 2009

Web sites do it!
Developers eat lots of doughnuts. There are a hell of a lot of Tim Hortons opening in the States. Connect the dots Timbits.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on June 9, 2009

MeFi's own Craigslist?
I'd love some kind of swap meet, where we'd barter instead of use, you know, actual money to get and give stuff.

I demand implementation of MeFiBucks immediately!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:48 PM on June 9, 2009

MA Health Insurance
if you have any prior health insurance at all in the U.S., including short-term, you can't qualify for the Commonwealth Choice low-cost option

If by this you mean "if you have previously had any health insurance at all in the U.S." then I can assure you that this is NOT true.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:55 AM on June 9, 2009

My dog can't pee right, help?
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 6:37 PM on June 8, 2009 marked best answer

navigating and posting
OMG I FORGOT ABOUT NEW IPHONE GOING TO ENGADGET BRB
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:36 PM on June 8, 2009

Antenna Doo-dads
My wife had a little styrofoam cherry on her antenna for a while that I think she got at Target or Walmart or something. It never got stolen, just faded and janky, so she chucked it.

After looking around at zinfandel's fascinating link, I think these cherries are exactly what she had.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:53 AM on June 8, 2009

They've got printers in the basement you can use
"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 Steady at 12:59 PM on June 7, 2009

Grandmother Filter
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.

My maternal... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:06 AM on June 7, 2009

What made-up names does your child use for favorite media?
My 2.5 year old loves astronomy books these days, and calls Saturn "Mookie James Fantasti-Planet."

Best name for anything ever.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:26 PM on June 6, 2009

Afterwards: jelly and ice-cream
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 Steady at 10:05 PM on June 6, 2009

G-Rated, non-boring movies?
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 Steady at 9:39 PM on June 6, 2009

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