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The runners’ bibs say something different each year: SUFFERING WITHOUT A POINT; NOT ALL PAIN IS GAIN
My wife just ran a 5K "Rugged Maniac" race that included mud pits, cargo net climbs and tunnel crawls. It nearly killed her (she may have chipped her shin bone swinging it over one of the 7 foot walls on the course), but she loved it. This will give her nightmares.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on May 7, 2011
That's a truly frightening article.
Holy shit, you aren't kidding. That Nordlander guy is the reason people are afraid of the IRS.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:04 PM on May 7, 2011
The Ballad of the Space Babies
It was a triumph of art direction but it didn't really work, for me, as a game.
Hmm. I keep waiting for the real "game" to kick in, but I guess maybe it doesn't. It is still deeply cool, in any case.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on May 6, 2011
Go google "fun summer blockbuster" and come back and tell me how "fun" isn't a qualification for movies.
Summer blockbusters are supposed to be fun. Arthouse darlings are not.
Arcade games are supposed to be fun. Art games are not.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:53 AM on May 6, 2011
What the hell kind of horrible art do people think is defined, primarily, by not being fun? I weep for the poverty of their aesthetic experience.
Well, I was exaggerating a bit for rhetoric effect of course. Neither arthouse films nor art games are forbidden from being fun, and certainly if either one had no joy or lightness to them at all they would be extremely marginalized members of their class, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on May 6, 2011
Too depressed to think clearly
Sorry to hear about your struggles seraph9. As has been said above, I really think the best thing for you to do is focus on getting help for your depression. I have only ever had mild depression, but it saps your energy and will to do so many other things to better your life that it can seem nearly impossible to improve anything else while you are still dealing with depression.
As far as socializing, the MeFi community has the occasional Triangle meetup (most of the crew… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on May 6, 2011
What are you favorite New Age clichés?
Live in the moment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on May 6, 2011 marked best answer
What is half of a deviled egg?
What if Nunk had had stuffed peppers for lunch that were made by cutting a whole pepper in half (lengthwise, lets say) and then stuffing each half with the requisite ingredients? I don't think you would be inclined to assume that "a stuffed pepper" meant two items, would you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:08 PM on May 5, 2011
To be fair, he offerred us all a chance to get in on the ground floor.
You're not wearing a suit?
Are you a farmer?
That is one of the funniest smackdowns in MetaTalk history.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:19 PM on May 5, 2011
Funny. But a quote.
Oh, I know. Still damn funny dropped into the appropriate context like that.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on May 5, 2011
Help out some less than hip teachers pick a song for a high school lipdub.
"Firework" by Katy Perry (whom I would have sworn was Canadian for some reason, but apparently isn't).
"Baby" by very Canadian Justin Bieber. Is Bieber uncool enough that doing a Bieber song would be ironically cool? I'm not cool enough to know.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on May 5, 2011
Derek Miller -- The Last Post
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on May 4, 2011
Pupstocks (and for the benefit of other newcomers), the singular "." in a comment is a representation of a moment of silence.
Welcome to MeFi. For future reference, the MeFi wiki can be very helpful for questions like this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on May 5, 2011
Apologies to the sensitive neckbeards out there.
I have always used neckbeard as a very specific compliment for chaotic-good, high-achieving, systems-thinking nerds. To me, a neckbeard is someone who has the chops to be a Unix sysadmin, is a great programmer, believes 100% in open source philosophy, sees things in terms of systems, is probably a great DM, speaks precisely and deliberately, etc. Think Richard Stallman.
Agreed. It's a kind of a term of affection and respeck for me. I wouldn't call… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:00 PM on May 3, 2011
The Bill James FPP remined me that Bill James is certainly the world's pre-eminent baseball neckbeard. He even seems to sport an actual (if nicely trimmed) neckbeard.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on May 5, 2011
But I'm a dog person...
Lard Tubbington is allowed to eat cheese because he's on Atkins.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on May 4, 2011
Gaby Dunn's 100 Interviews
I married my high school sweetheart, we've been together 13 years this summer.
Beat you! My date to the Prom and I have been together for 17 years, married for 13.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:15 PM on May 3, 2011
The Gostak: An Interofgan Halpock
Thanks for posting this. The Gostak may actually be my favorite video game of all time, in any format. It is certainly in the top 5. I still remember the surge of excitement and anticipatory joy I got when I opened it for the first time. Here was a completely undiscovered country for me to explore, with not only unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar, but entire concepts that just seem completely alien and incomprehensible, like you could only ever just begin to nibble around the edge of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on May 2, 2011
I meant to add: I think The Gostak is the only game in the history of IF that is only possible as a text-only game. Even changing it into a King's Quest style adventure game would ruin half the fun.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on May 2, 2011
Oh, I also should have added, The Gostak is from MetaFilter's Own Carl Muckenhoupt.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on May 2, 2011
I mean, come on, just try to tell me that this is not a shamtag. You can't do it. Of course it's a shamtag.
Don't be silly, I tried durching one of those things and it didn't flome even a little. It also didn't become skobe when I riked it bommly. I had to make it skobe manually, and there was no pogrifon in there anyways. That thing can't even tund skades!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on May 3, 2011
I'm fine hearing that I'm just a crazy cat lady
Keep in mind, you have no idea if the emergency vet was correct about their split-second diagnosis or not. I have found that emergency vets (especially ones who have done nothing but emergency work for a long time) can tend to overreact to chronic conditions, treating every minor ailment as a life-or-death crisis. When the vast majority of the things you see are crashing, it can be easy to assuming everything is dire.
I suspect it will be largely pointless to ask the ER… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on May 3, 2011
You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, but you really think they're lying to make you feel better?
Anyone have any ideas what he was doing?
I think he was either sabotaging bits of their ship, trying to bluff that he was shooting at them, or both.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on May 2, 2011
X-ray Origami is Damn Cool.
[more inside] indeed.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:23 PM on May 2, 2011
You may say I'm a dreamer...
That was cute. Thanks. I especially liked "That thing you want comes in your favorite color."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:51 AM on May 2, 2011
Hey Qaddafi. What's up? Not much here either. Soooo, about that desperate clinging to power thing? Had any second thoughts?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 PM on May 1, 2011
I love Recent Activity.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on April 29, 2011
CABAL HISTORICAL MARKER
This marker commemorates the timespacedata location of what is now considered to be the last comment ever posted in the history of the vast collection of multiplanar information and entertainment entities known collectively as the MultiFilter. Due to the devastating temporal distortions caused by the Second, Third and Zeroth Time Wars, any posts, comments, answers, songs, films, data constructs, or… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on April 29, 2011
How can I get over the fear of (or get OUT OF) dancing at my wedding?
So, two things. First and foremost, you need to come clean to your fiancee about this. Let her be your ally and your support. That is the best thing about finding a partner to travel through this life with -- someone to help you with your struggles. Tell her how serious a problem this is, and make sure she knows how best to help you with it. Second, people will expect you to dance, at least a little bit, at your own wedding. No other "performance" will satisfy, as this is not about you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on April 29, 2011
an apopogy for the unforgivable
Look, we don't really know what happened between these two people. Even the Asker doesn't really know how the woman in question interpreted what happened -- just because he "salvaged the last day of the visit", she might have accepted his apology and put it behind her, or she might have just been just playing nice to get him the fuck out of her life.
If it were me, I would find some excuse not avoid the wedding, as I would not want to deal… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on April 29, 2011
The following thread is in *massive* spoiler quotes
Just finished the single-player. Absolute genius. Problem is, now I want co-op, but DAMN YOU PSN!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on April 24, 2011
You got it, sir.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on April 24, 2011
What I'm saying, simply, is that narrative is not what games do best, and will never be what games do best, and that, in general, games designers should focus on doing the things that are only possible in game.
Well, I think there is a kind of narrative that is only possible in games, and that that kind of narrative is what games do best for me. Shadow of the Colossus, for example, forcing the player to make… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:12 PM on April 26, 2011
Yeah, but at the same time, games that depend on authored narrative don't have much staying power. People play it once (maybe twice), and never touch it again.
I barely have enough time to play the games I want to play once. In fact I have pretty much given up on a series I once loved (Final Fantasy) because I no longer had the time to put into it. Replayability is of zero concern to me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on April 26, 2011
That said, for what it is, the storytelling in Portal 2 is spectacularly well implemented, better than pretty much any other game. But it still doesn't compare favorably to most non-game stories, and moreover, if you muted all the voice overs in the game (essentially excising the story) -- how much less interesting would it make the game? I would suggest that it wouldn't make the experience of playing the game significantly worse.
Hmm. If that's… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 AM on April 27, 2011
Question: are portable surfaces specifically and exclusively those coated with processed moon rock? I am chicken-and-egging this shit.
I don't think so. We know that moon rock works, but I don't think it is likely that all the generic test chamber walls (and random office walls/hallways/tunnels throughout the Aperture complex) were painted with moon paint.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on April 27, 2011
"OH SHIT THIS THING THAT IS HAPPENING THAT I'M INVOLVED IN IS INTENSE" or "WHAT THE FUCK DID I PRESS THE WRONG BUTTON AGAIN".
Right. This gets right back to the point about storytelling vs. gameplay. Valve is telling a story with Portal, not making Tetris. The first game did an unmatched (and possibly unmatchable, in a post-Portal world) job of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:55 AM on April 28, 2011
"We had to teach her how to use the stairs over again."
:( I had already read The Latest Adventures of Simple Dog and I got all excited about the potential of two HAAH posts in a week. My wife actually thinks Simple Dog might be related to our dog, they are so similar.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on April 28, 2011
Eddie Vedder told the crowd that he was from Chicago and could prove it. He said, 588-2300, Empire.
I suspect every region has their own version of the well-advertised 1-800 number that is instantly known to a local but means nothing to someone from away. In Massachusetts it is 1-800-54-GIANT.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:02 PM on April 27, 2011
Thanks for the 30 reminders that I'm 30 now!
I think getting 30 things would be neat, or getting a few 30-of-something things would be neat, but getting 30 30-of-something things would begin to be a bit overwhelming. Does that make sense?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on April 27, 2011
Alright, I've had it with all this mod oversight. So fed up right now!
Happy cortex, birthday! The cake is a lie.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on April 26, 2011
Metafilter: an army of clueless but utterly dedicated ham spammers
Metafilter: I don't know whether to laugh or cry or what.
I think you are looking for MetaFilter: weird and wtf but also sort of wonderful as found art.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on April 26, 2011
I found that dude had tried and failed to make a link in one of his mustache comments, which were weird and wtf but also sort of wonderful as found art and so I didn't delete them.
I had this sentence running around in my head a bit all day yesterday, and I just want to say that I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of an Internet community where a rogue comment's "wonderfulness as found art" counts in the "keep it" column of the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:23 AM on April 27, 2011
The cake is a yvr
Yeah, it killed me to not be able to read that Portal 2 thread until I had finished the game, and then when I went in there it was all awesoma powa'ed up. Boo to ROT13 for me too.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:05 AM on April 26, 2011
A reduction in the number of spoilers would still be a success.
That seems kind of crazy to me. If something is spoiled, it's spoiled. There will absolutely be a hue and cry for the mods to start applying spoiler tags after the fact if they are added to the site.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on April 26, 2011
you get "most major spoilers hidden by conscientious commenters, it's up to you if that's enough protection.") More people can participate that way if they want, which is good for the thread.
But doesn't that just give you a false sense of security? If the spoiler tag is suggested but not required it just takes one clueless (or mischievous) commenter to poison a whole thread. I don't see how having an occasionally used (or even… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on April 26, 2011
I still have the choice to "go dark" and stay away from the thread if I care that much about staying pure, but it's nice to have the option of reading if I don't mind possibly being spoiled a little on something I'm interested in but not totally passionate about.
I guess that's just a weird idea for me. I don't think there are things that I kind of don't want spoiled. Either I want to know nothing or I don't really care. Still, I think it's… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:14 PM on April 26, 2011
Heaven, Hell ... and something in between ... Purgatory?
I like this idea, but I wonder if the same purpose might be achieved by asking the mods to be a bit more lenient when it comes to letting doubles that have not been posted in some time (a year? Six months?) stay. I know every once in a while I see a post where it is determined that a given double post might be allowed to stay, due to some combination of the coolness of the link and the time that had elapsed since the previous post. Also, prisencolinensinainciusol.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:37 AM on April 24, 2011
Didn't your spell-checker catch that?
Damn you autocorrect!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:50 PM on April 23, 2011