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Recommend a dentist in Denver
because dentists are more often working for real money, compared to doctors, you can typically expect better customer service from a dentist than from a doctor, because they know a) you are paying them your own money and b) you can go somewhere else - no network, no problem.

This. I have known a number of people in your situation (including myself) and none of the dentists (or hygenists) these people went to were judgmental or difficult in any way.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 PM on February 13, 2010

Who are the MeFi Olympians?
I qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2000! Yay! Go Me Whooooooo!!!

Looks like we're going to be one of those flagbearer-is-the-whole-team nations, and you're it, stagewhisper.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:31 PM on February 13, 2010

Triclops Mage, I choose you!
Good thing I don't use the letters z, x, or c much, since this game is going to wear those keys OUT.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:38 PM on February 12, 2010
Warning: One of the characters in the last row (2 left of Santa) is "Naija" (?). With attacks of Slash, Potion, and Splash. Using potion always freezes the game for me. It's not a huge deal, as you can just reload the page to start the level over, but if you had managed to unlock a character before trying that attack, you'd be pretty pissed!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on February 13, 2010

One Book to Bring Them, Into the Sci-fi and Hook Them
My non-SF-fan brother loved both Snow Crash and Anathem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:23 PM on February 12, 2010

Olympian killed in luge accident
I'm not trying to be a dick, but why is somebody who died accidentally a hero?

I am also sick of the practice of calling anyone who dies tragically a hero, but I don't think it is off-base to say that all Olympic athletes qualify as heroes and heroines, especially to people who compete in and follow these sports.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on February 12, 2010

San Francisco History buried deep within Office Depot
And to think it was going to be Dubya running MLB.

I once had an idea for an alternate history type story detailing the grand and unqualified successes of both Commissioner Bush and President Selig.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on February 10, 2010

I love your suffering
Who's the geek hero in bed with the muppets?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on February 10, 2010

Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist?
I definitely "painted myself into a corner" in a previous career by over-specializing. If you do end up specializing, maybe try and find ways to broaden you experience, either through volunteer work, or continuing education or similar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on February 9, 2010

One of Us.
Justinian, I think you'll want to examine the First Amendment's Freedom of Sarcasm protections.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 PM on February 7, 2010

Snow Removal Service
Call your local landscaping services and see if anyone's willing to be hired. A lot of them do snow removal as a side business in the winter, when grass-cutting money is scarce.

I came in here to make that same suggestion. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on February 6, 2010

We do.
and now the possibility of TravelFilter after the starting of a travel guide on the Wiki

The "possibility of TravelFilter" and indeed even (for a while) the actuality of TravelFilterBETA have been around for years.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:58 PM on February 5, 2010

Soccer Dad
When I was in 6th Grade, my Dad picked my brother and I up from school in the middle of the day, telling us we had dentist appointments. We were in Kenmore Square before we realized we were nowhere near our dentist's office, and we were, in fact, going to a Red Sox game. The excitement of going to Fenway (a pretty rare treat for us) combined with the transgressive nature of the thing ("Dad, you lied to our teachers!") made it one of the most fun days of my life.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on February 4, 2010

Mozart and the Whale
I think it could be quite a powerful experience for this boy to hear that you are learning about yourself from him. You could tell him that you see a lot of yourself in him, and you remember how you had a hard time growing up, just like him (but I would not mention the awfulness of your teens and twenties), and that you think you might be able to improve yourself by learning to do some of the same things that he is struggling with. Perhaps you could team-up when it comes to... whatever he (and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on February 3, 2010

RIP Kage Baker
Discovered the Company novels randomly at the library and became instantly obsessed. Thank you, Kage.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:02 PM on January 31, 2010

Is it safe to email credit card info?
How well do you know this person - well enough to make up an obscure code?

It's the month of your sister's birthday, the number of dogs you own, sister's birthmonth again, how many boyfriends you had in highschool, etc. etc.


You don't even have to do the whole number this way, just replace 6 or 8 of the digits with private info.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:32 PM on January 27, 2010

Overwhelming Vet Bills
SLoG, I've got to be honest here -- I can hardly imagine a worse veterinary outlook for someone short on finances. All of the problems you mention (recurring infections, orthopedic issues, and cancer) are among the trickiest and most expensive ailments in veterinary medicine. About the only thing missing is a persistent dermatological problem (and with a bulldog/boxer mix, I'm shocked you haven't mentioned one). All of the problems you outline will take a great deal of testing and/or treatment... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on January 15, 2010 marked best answer

Popbitch
Andy and Jason? Every one of those scenes was comedy gold.

I'm really hoping for a spin-off called Stackhouse and Bellefleur. In it, Andy and Jason move to LA and become Private Eyes. Also there is Lafayette.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:39 AM on September 15, 2009

Triangle NC Meetup 9/22
Please count me in for The Pit on Monday, if that's still a possibility. I'm so excited to finally meet some of you Triangle MeFites!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on September 8, 2009
Actually, I'm going to have to back out, again. Sorry -- maybe next time Cortex!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:15 AM on September 14, 2009

Is the girlfriend too sensitive?
Should the girlfriend have her feelings hurt or is she just being too sensitive?

Impossible to say, and really not that important a question, honestly. If your feelings were hurt, you need to tell your boyfriend that, in a non-accusatory, non-judgemental way. "You know, boyf, I would have loved to go on that fishing trip, and while I was disappointed to not be invited, I understood, because I assumed it was a guy thing.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 PM on September 8, 2009
You made it sound like a guy thing, you didn't invite me, but you invited your daughter and her fiance, and my feelings are hurt. Now give me a hug and a kiss you big lug. LOL.

Exactly. It doesn't need to be the start of a discussion or even a question. Just let him know the situation so that he can choose to alter his behavior in the future.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 PM on September 8, 2009

greasemonkey scripts that try to track deleted comments?
I'm just mad I didn't get to say "Roffledoffle" in the deleted post MeTa from the other day.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on September 8, 2009

Mommy I'm twelveteen now!
To those who point out that "teen" means ten - that's all well and good, but it still does not follow the pattern of the rest of the numbering system. If thirteen was "teenty-three" it would be much more logical.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on September 5, 2009

Dog nail trimmer
Yeah, Dremel is the way to go, but it requires either a very accommodating dog or a team of assistants trained in animal restraint. I agree with vito90 -- do the best you can, and don't be afraid of the occasional quick. Many dogs don't even seem to feel it. If you don't have styptic powder, cornstarch is a very good alternative.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on August 31, 2009

Snark Snark
Snork.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:00 AM on August 29, 2009

Self Saboteur needs help DESPERATELY!!!
- How do I tell my 4 year old?

One of the absolute best things about four-year-olds is that -- to them -- you are Dad and you are awesome. Just tell them the truth -- you got fired from your job for making a big mistake -- and that this means.... more time for PIGGYBACK RIDES!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:33 PM on August 28, 2009 marked best answer

Can you recommend any kids' shows featuring real children?
I was just about to mention all the shows that pseudostrabismus mentioned, along with a documentary that airs all the time on HBO Family called Kindergarten. It chronicles a year in the life of a Kindergarten class, focusing on the kids and their experiences. My daughter loved it when she was a preschooler (watching the "big kids" was fascinating for her), and I enjoyed it as well.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:14 PM on August 26, 2009

I wanna be the coolest GM in the HISTORY OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. Need rules.
At a WorldCon many years ago some friends and I participated in an early playtest of the "diceless" roleplaying system that Gary Gygax or someone was developing. It basically ended up being a collaborative improvisation in a RPG-type setting. There is no reason that you have to have adhere to any rules at all. I think the biggest challenge with that age group will be turn-taking. You will first and foremost need some kind of "The only person who can talk to me is the person I am... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 PM on July 5, 2009

Play me off
You know, I've been away from MeFi for a little while due to real life pressures, and I was starting to think, "Ehn. I'm not missing it that much." Then I read a thread like this and you people have sucked me right the fuck back in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:14 PM on July 4, 2009

Chain and Shadow
OK, this may sound a little weird, but I almost immediately heard this as the theme song to a TV series called Chain and Shadow. It's about a white moonshiner (James Chain) and his escaped slave partner/friend who is simply known as Shadow. The series revolves around their escapades dodging bumbling tax collectors, foiling evil slave catchers, and seducing innocent farmer's daughters. Starring maybe Ian McShane or William Sanderson as James Chain and Mos Def as Shadow.... [more]
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:15 PM on June 29, 2009

Creative Commons Happy Birthday Song
Perhaps a bit to much death, slavery and regret for universal acceptance, but I can see certain restaurant chains picking up on it.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:52 PM on June 29, 2009

How can we heal our cat's tail?
We've been regularly applying neosporin and vaseline

I would not do that -- it will just encourage him to lick the area to remove that foreign matter. Cat saliva has antibacterial properties, so that will help to minimize risk of infection. Depending on where it is located on the tail, you could put a bandage on it, but you must have that done at the vet's. DO NOT put a bandage on your cat's tail yourself -- if you apply it too tight it will cut off... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 AM on June 28, 2009

Help Tesla walk.
There could be some kind of pain going on here. Older large breed dogs can have all kinds of joint and bone problems, from run-of-the-mill arthritis to very serious ligament damage and bone cancers. It may be that the novelty of having multiple walking companions or the fun of playing fetch makes the pain endurable, but for just your average walk around the block? Not worth the ouchies.

I'd suggest a consultation with an orthopedic specialist. At least that way you can... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 PM on June 20, 2009
9 months is not so old.

Oh for crap's sake. I read that as 9 years old. Nevermind.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:26 PM on June 20, 2009

You suck at life
I saw this alrdy old shit.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:19 PM on June 20, 2009
I found the journey of the protagonist both humorous and enlightening. Just kidding. This video is nut sack sweat.

That's actually pretty good.

I hate everyone whose wutchd this

Wow.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:24 PM on June 20, 2009

The Bat Boy Archives
Charlie: Hey Mom, I find it interesting that you refer to the Weekly World News as, "The Paper." The paper contains facts.
May: This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world. Right? Plenty of facts. "Pregnant man gives birth." That's a fact.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 PM on June 20, 2009

Nice ice device advice
Buying bagged ice is one of those little luxuries that make life feel special, like having really plush towels, lighting candles at dinner, or drinking name brand soda. For not a lot of money, you can kind of feel like a Rockefeller every time you reach into the freezer. Totally worth it. For extra decadence, keep a couple of big glass mugs in the freezer at all times and let them get nice and frosty. Fill with ice someone else made for you and an ICA root beer to feel like a million bucks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 PM on June 20, 2009

Kittys no longer using litter boxes
Serially, feed one cat with a small helping of wet cat food that has some glitter in it. This will do the cat no harm.

I would be very careful about this. I know that the edges of Christmas tinsel, for example, are sharp enough to perforate a cat's intestine. I guess if you used a very powdery glitter you would be OK (and hell, my own cats eat worse than glitter on a weekly basis), but I'd try the divide and conquer approach before feeding them... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:22 PM on June 20, 2009

Can we smuggle this little guy on the plane
It is tempting to just smuggle the rat on board since she fits nicely in a carryon.

I honestly can't believe people even consider messing with airline security in any way. They are so trigger happy and illogical that I have no idea what the consequences might be if she was caught attempting to SMUGGLE (omgterror) a known DISEASE VECTOR (omganthrax) onto a PLANE (omgwtc). Confiscate and euthanize the rat? I could see them doing that. Prevent her from... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:20 PM on June 20, 2009

Crowded behind the green curtain.
When these users shared an account it was considered cute and charming...

because it was.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:06 PM on June 20, 2009

Movie Scenes, As Seen on TV
There's a scene in Gremlins 2 where, in the movie version, the Gremlins chew up the projector and the film "breaks". In the video version, it's like they chewed up a tape and the VCR "breaks".

Someone in the fan community (there's a Gremlins 2 fan community?) made their own DVR version that is quite impressive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 PM on June 19, 2009

Nintendo Demo Mode: Optional Walkthroughs on the Wii
As an aside, I can't believe the traditional gaming mechanic used to be that when you die you have to restart the whole level, and when you lose all your lives you have to restart the whole game.

I've been playing a bunch of old NES games in emulation lately, and it is really amazing how unforgiving the games are -- there is no training levels and very few in-game instructions or tips. Often the slightest touch of an enemy results in death, and... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:15 PM on June 19, 2009
The only problem I have with the idea of this Demo Play concept is that I fear it will be too easy to access, and I will lean on it more than I should. As it is, it is a struggle to not jump right to a walkthrough when I get stuck, and if it is already baked into the game, I might end up playing very little of the game at all. Perhaps they could set it up so that Demo Play for a certain level is only available after a certain amount of time has passed since the player first began the level (like... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on June 19, 2009

Seeking East Coast Creepy Crawlies
I used to love playing in the tidepools at Crane Beach in Ipswich as a kid. Wingaersheek is also good, but I seem to remember Crane being more "critter-y"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on June 19, 2009

Halle Hula
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.
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

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