For future reference, you can get a Money Order (up to $1000) at a Bank of America branch without being an account holder, though you will pay a rather hefty fee (I think $6 or $10). That is the case in most places, CA/WA/ID may be a different story. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:24 PM on July 5, 2007
Actually, in this case, don't bother going to the branch (though it is normally good advice for banking problems) -- unless things have changed in the last year or so, the staff at a Bank of America branch can only do very minimal Credit Card account servicing, and I am sure for something like this they would have to call the Credit Card division to deal with your problem. Easier and quicker for you just to call for yourself.
Also, I know that the benefits of the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:29 PM on July 4, 2007
Great post. Not every post needs to be a dense linkfest about undiscovered bluesmen or earth-shattering scientific developments. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:07 AM on July 4, 2007
Man, if somebody posted a bad picture of me on the Internet and a bunch of people mocked it, I'd be like, "Heh, yeah, I do look like someone beat on me with an ugly stick there, don't I?" If someone posted a bad picture of me on the Internet and a bunch of people ASSUMED I WAS SOMEHOW DISFIGURED OR DISEASE-STRICKEN, then I'd be pissed off. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:17 AM on July 4, 2007
Since this has been nicely answered, I'll just say that I believe the technical term for a true cat lover is "Crazy Cat Lady". One (male or female) becomes a Crazy Cat Lady when the number of cats one cares for is greater than the number of rooms in one's home. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:24 PM on July 3, 2007
I had a vasectomy about a year and a half ago, and I have occasionally experienced painful ejaculation. For me it is more sharp than dull (but not very painful -- less than stubbing a toe, say 2 out of 10), but it is in roughly that same location. It only lasts a short time however (on the order of minutes, not hours). Certainly, your pain and mine are not identical, but the similarities are enough that I'd look into plumbing irregularities if I were you. A urologist is the way to go, as it... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:02 PM on June 30, 2007
MetaFilter: made of nothing but obsession, money and time.
I strongly agree with those who see a future for music makers that is very similar to the today for visual artists. Some will get worldwide fame and riches, many will work hard and long for a decent living, more will labor on weekends and evenings while holding down a full-time McJob to pay the bills, and even more will regretfully abandon their passion when real-world pressures force it out of their lives.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:36 PM on June 26, 2007
for example, almost every one playing professional lacrosse has a second job
Not to mention the guys who would have loved to go pro but couldn't for whatever reason (not tall enough, family to raise, or just not quite talented enough). How much money are they making from their passion?
And like musicians, there are many athletes out there who willingly work themselves to the bone for little to no money, with little to no... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:37 PM on June 27, 2007
Personally, I like the look of diplomas in floating frames. Many nice-looking styles of which are available for cheap at your local craft/housewares store. To ensure proper matchiness with your advanced degree, buy two now. If you need really snazzy ones for an ego wall sometime down the line, you can always change the frames. I will also second the notion that anything done for you by the school (or an affiliated business -- see class rings) will be a ripoff.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:36 PM on June 27, 2007
The pets.com sock puppet became a bit of a cult sensation, and eventually survived his company's bankruptcy to briefly shill for a completely different company. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:18 AM on June 27, 2007
Actually, the pets.com sock puppet is still going strong
Huh, I would have said the same thing, but Wikipedia suggests that BarNone stopped the ad campaign in 2005. Wikipedia, wrong? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:24 PM on June 27, 2007
Flash cards are getting so cheap, that depending on the volume of photos she takes, you could just show her exactly what kind of cards to get and have her keep buying more cards. If you keep an eye out for sales you can get a 2GB card for $20-$30. At a less than maximum resolution, you can get over a thousand photos on a 2GB card. Printing can be done with a card-reading, LCD-equipped printer, or by taking to any camera shop or drugstore. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:36 AM on June 27, 2007
I go to cancel my membership, which they require in writing, and send them an email on the 18th. I hear nothing from them, and write them another email on the 25th. They tell me that they never received the first email, and since I am cancelling on the 25th I must pay for an additional month due to their billing companies cancellation policy.
I used to work at a bank, and I can tell you that if all you are getting charged for is one extra month, you... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:17 PM on June 26, 2007
I bet he'd love Superbad, actually. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:28 PM on June 24, 2007
1. Allows you to deduct mortgage interest.
2. Value of an asset, minus debts associated with it.
3. George Martin, Pete Best, Stu Sutcliffe, Yoko Ono
Didn't one of the early Leisure Suit Larry games do something like this? I seem to remember having to casually ask my Dad who Spiro Agnew was. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:00 PM on June 24, 2007
LooseFilter, I heard the DRM on the encrypted page was cracked before it was released, so I'm releasing the answers into the wild -- information wants to be free, man! I'm the DVD Jon and the Cory Doctorow of the LooseFilter Age Verification Test industry rolled into one! posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:51 PM on June 24, 2007
And maybe, just maybe, it's not okay to enjoy pretend rape and torture so so much.
Thousands of people do every day. They are called fetishists. Society doesn't seem to be collapsing as a result of them.
And not to speak for ROU_Xenophobe, but I think a careful reading of his post will suggest that he (?) meant to say that some things are OK to pretend to do, but not to really do. Not that there are some things that are... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:22 AM on June 26, 2007
Another interesting instance is when you watch modern bands try to do the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper on the original equipment. This was a documentary for the BBC and only the geezers like Bryan Adams needed minimal takes while Kaiser Chiefs and others needed A LOT more.
I'd love to see that! Any ideas where an American can get hold of it? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:32 AM on June 25, 2007
You are asking MetaFilter for answers that are questions that are difficult to answer? I think Alex Trebek just had a seizure somewhere.
How about the whole qualia thing. I can't for the life of me condense it into a single line of dialog, but I guess that's why I'm not a playwright. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:45 PM on June 24, 2007
Yes, please someone help nkknkk and me on 11! Way I see it, there are only two ways you can be situated to start your trip back towards the hole, and neither way is going to let you make the right hand turn. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:07 PM on June 23, 2007
Ms. Next -- the orange tiles cannot support the weight of the block by themselves, so no standing upright on them. So you can roll or flip on them, just so long as your "flips" "land" on non-oranges. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:36 PM on June 24, 2007
You should also begin the process of getting a new Birth Certificate from the state/province/nation you were born in. It can take several weeks to get one (in my experience). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:32 AM on June 21, 2007
My wife the Vet Tech agrees that it sounds like a back problem, but is suspicious of the "thinning disks" idea, as that generally wouldn't create an acute onset problem like the one you mention. It's impossible to diagnose over the Internet, but she suggests the following:
1. With any back problems, your dog should not be going up or downstairs, and if she is likely to roughhouse with your other dog, putting her in a crate or confining her to her own room may be a good... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:09 PM on June 20, 2007
If your work in Cambridge is Red Line-handy, you should definitely be looking at the southern end of the Red (Quincy/Braintree area). Taking the T to work is a good thing, and this would make both of your commutes very reasonable. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:03 AM on June 18, 2007
Hmm. Let me just add this -- if you are going to need to drive to work (and you will if you have to go to Chestnut Hill from Cambridge with any rapidity), then the drive from Braintree to Cambridge is REALLY awful. If your wife is working standard 9-5 hours in Plymouth, you might be better off living in the city so that she is commuting against the major traffic. The Leather District would be nice, if rents there are in that price range anymore.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:12 AM on June 18, 2007
Partially out of curiosity, and partially to help UMDirector, is there any way to have your car "live" at the Plymouth commuter rail stop? I seem to remember that you are not allowed to park there overnight, but what else is someone to do who lives in the city and works in Plymouth? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:21 AM on June 18, 2007
Mr. Soprano, I think Dr. Melfi made it perfectly clear that she could no longer see you as a patient.
While transference is a normal and, to some degree, expected thing, I think that (like most psychological conditions) there is a continuum, and you sound like you are a bit beyond the normal ranges on that continuum. Of course, your therapist (or another one) is the best person to determine this.
In the spirit of solving your problem, do you... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:12 AM on June 18, 2007
So here's my thought on laws and lawbreaking, which I have held for some time now. The best thing to do is to not piss off the people who can arrest you. There are many many laws out there, and you will never learn them all (even with study), and even if you do, there are several that you break on a daily basis, just going about with your life (speeding, jaywalking, etc).
If getting a ticket is enough to violate his probation, he should not drive. There are so many... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:54 AM on June 18, 2007
I went to Dachau on a school trip to Germany many years back now (we certainly did not giggle). Like everyone else here, I will strongly recommend you go, but I will add one caveat that I haven't seen mentioned yet. Visiting the camp was a physically exhausing experience for me and all the other high schoolers I was with. Not just emotionally troubling, but we were all literally tired afterwards. If we had had anything else planned for later in the day, it would have been a disaster. So... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:40 AM on June 18, 2007
I was just about to mention my similar question, but mediareport beat me to it. My grandfather did greatly enjoy the Library of Congress site, the IMDb, and the Wikipedia (but he was quite skeptical of it, as this was just after the whole "Wikipedia is unreliable" story broke in the mainstream media). His favorite thing, by far, was Google Earth. Just about blew his mind to check out his own neighborhood, his family members homes, and places he had been on vacation. Not exactly the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:17 AM on June 18, 2007
A friend of yours? As in "Steve is a friend to children all over the world"? Or as in you really know him? Man, I hate to get starstruck, but we are huge fans of Steve's work here (TV and music). "Mighty Little Man" and "A Reason" are two of my all-time faves. Give him my best, and tell him his fans are eagerly anticipating the new album! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:31 PM on June 15, 2007
Entertainment: Nintendo Wii
Book: Monster Blood Tattoo by DM Cornish
Car: Toyota Matrix
TiFaux: Comcast DVR
Music: Catie Curtis
TV: The Amazing Race
TV: Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
TV/Homeworld: Planet Earth
Software: Google Earth
Software: AVG Anti-virus
Web: USA Today "Pop Candy" blog
Web: ESPN's The Sports... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:00 PM on June 14, 2007
it is entirely appropriate that atheists answer the question
Which you apparently did not do. Atheist or Zoroastrian, AskMe is about answering the question, and your comment did not do that in the eyes of the moderators. One of my first comments here was a Simpsons reference that was meant as an oblique answer, but the mods either didn't catch the reference or didn't think it was "answery" enough and it was deleted. I did not claim that... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:55 PM on June 13, 2007
I hereby nominate that every June 13 from now on be known as Moderators' Day, and that we all spend some time on that day to express our appreciation and thanks for dealing with all the crap that this bunch of crazies and snowflakes can generate. Thanks guys. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:42 PM on June 13, 2007
Is there a branch of the moving van rental company in town? Their lots are usually locked up overnight. May mean that you can't get the truck out until they open, though. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:32 PM on June 13, 2007