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Just look at the face: it's vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who's lost a bet.
Hey guys, chill out! These cute little parasites just need a place to live, OK? Don't judge them for just doing what comes naturally. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and spread my cats' litter around the neighborhood for some reason.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on May 29, 2009

Can You Name Them All?
Previously in ottoman humping...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:54 AM on May 27, 2009
Also, it's interesting (to me, at least) that my lizard hindbrain got several of these before my conscious mind did. The Star Wars Kid one, for example. I instantly thought "Star Wars Kid" but then my rational brain was like, "No, that was in a garage or something, that set is far too professional for that video."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on May 27, 2009
Also also, never saw "Kittens inspired by kittens" before. Fantastic. I want beef jerky!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on May 27, 2009
The definition of "meme": A "begging the question" for the 21st century.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on May 27, 2009
This thread is giving me a major panache.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:09 AM on May 29, 2009

For Teenagers, Hello Means ‘How About a Hug?’
If I didn't get a hug every once in a while during high school, I'm not sure I would have made it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on May 28, 2009

Diplomacy round 2?
Emails have been sent out to participants in Mefi5 and Mefi6. Thanks to all the players, and good luck!

I'm going to remove the Chaos signup list, as it takes up a lot of space on the wiki and it doesn't look like we are getting 32 people anytime soon.

It would be nice to get that third game going, for the sake of those people who are signed up for it, so if you know any MeFites who might be interested, send them Conrad's direction.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on May 19, 2009
Yeah, let me send one more email to the stragglers tonight and if they haven't signed up by tomorrow AM, we'll open it up to the other folks interested in playing. I've traded MeMail with several of them when it looked like spamguy was flaking on us, so I think they'll be ready to jump right in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:49 PM on May 20, 2009
I can't really figure out who is missing from Game 6 (I've sent all of you an email about it), but if he or she is not joined up by tonight, I'll bring in one of the other folks who are waiting for a game to coalesce.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:02 PM on May 22, 2009
OK, I don't want to hold Game 6 up any longer. I'm not sure how to fairly give the last slot to the several people interested, so I'm just going to say that the privacy word for Game 6 is "mushroom" and let who ever checks back in the thread first take the spot. Sorry to the others still waiting, hopefully you can drum up interest fairly soon.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:13 PM on May 22, 2009
Hmm. Not sure what is up there, octothorpe. I'll try to dig into the configuration page a little today.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on May 28, 2009
Yeah, is there any chance you could ask Italy and Germany in mefi5 what's up, Rock Steady?

I'll email them tonight and give them 24 hours to respond before replacing them.

Thanks, sorry I didn't mean to sound like an irate customer in my previous post.


Not at all, octo. This is my first time GMing, so I'll have to fiddle with the timing. It's the only wonky part of the game... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on May 28, 2009
OK, one of the missing players is still in the game, the other is regretfully resigning, and I am working to get the slot filled now.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:46 PM on May 28, 2009

I just want him back.
This is from my vet tech wife:

PU surgery is pretty much a last ditch effort for urinary blockages. It is going to run you at least $2000, including hospitalization, and it is not without complications (anesthesia, scarring, dripping). For a 13 year old cat who is only now starting to block there are a couple of things she might talk to your vet about trying first. (1) Get on the right food and stay on it. NO scraps. If this is not possible, you might as well do the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 PM on May 28, 2009 marked best answer

Am I allowed a wedding guest?
There may have been a time when all matters of etiquette and tradition like this were understood and universally agreed upon, but that time is long gone.

Yes, this. I have friends who seriously considered getting married in NASCAR pit crew jumpsuits. The idea of putting "and guest" on an invitation would have been absolutely foreign to them. Oh, their invitations? Were phone calls.

Use what you already know about... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:52 AM on May 28, 2009

This is otterly ridiculous
Could somebody pass me a seal club?

Sorry, Pollomacho, I ate the last one.

Seriously though, my wife has a thing where when she sees adorable animals, especially baby ones, she feels a compulsion to put them in her mouth. Not to eat them, mind you, just place them gently in her mouth for a while. She might try to cram the monitor in her mouth if she watches this video.

This is what SLYT is made for. Thanks, zerokey.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:37 AM on May 28, 2009

What to expect from a parent interview at a Quaker or Montessori school?
cash or check

Just what I was going to say. They are probably more interested in presenting their school to you, and allowing you to ask them questions. Unless it is a very selective school, this is probably not designed to get information about you, but to give you information about them. They can do that best in a one-on-one situation, so they present it as a required interview to ensure you show up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:52 AM on May 27, 2009

Click. Click.
My grandmother's house had locks on the doors that required two turns. The first locked the "regular" lock (which could be opened from the inside just by turning the knob) and the second engaged a deadbolt (which required you to twist a little thingumy to unlock from the inside).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:00 AM on May 27, 2009

This little homunculus
A Wallace Shawn retrospective? Inconceivable!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:16 PM on May 26, 2009
Crap.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:16 PM on May 26, 2009

Monkeys and Typewriters
Well, in order to really assess the data size of the pandimensional, semi-aware, multiple universe spanning entity that are the MetaFilters (commonly known in Cabal-speak as "MultiFilter") we have to get into some pretty esoteric notions about data, information, and quantum mechanics. Some of the MetaFilters on more rarified and conceptual planes contain vast amounts of data in almost no "space" as we think of the term. It is possible to encode entire books worth of... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:55 PM on May 26, 2009
blue_beetle, if you get the DVDs it comes with cortex's commentary tracks for the entire site and the "Making of Meta" documentary.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on May 26, 2009
Shhh! Dude, ixay on the emsional orage ay. I've got like 4 trillion pirated mp3s stored in the hint of lime in a man's Gin and Tonic, I don't need the RIAMIV on my ass.

Don't worry The Whelk. I have it on good authority that they are only beginning legal/military procedures on entities that are actively push-sharing on the Conceptnet. Besides, I didn't post this on any of the MetaFilters in the regions of timespace that include concepts like... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 PM on May 26, 2009

Remember that cool house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
My theory is that this house only exists in the mind of Ferris' house.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:37 PM on May 26, 2009

I blame Star Trek.
I just hope Pee Wee's in it again.

I know, right? The original movie has unfairly been lost in the swirl of Nu Buffy media. I know it wasn't true to Whedon's vision, yada yada, but it was a really great movie.

Also, I developed a mega crush on Kristy Swanson due to the film, so there is that.

I think Kristy's available, Kazuis.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on May 26, 2009

Award for Mefite Genius?
In other MeFite charitable giving news, in the epic bicycle gift thread, I suggested doing some kind of MeFi Santa this winter. I am still turning that over in my head, and I hope to get more concrete planning and organizing done this fall. If anyone knows a great gift-giving charity that has a good web presence, please let me know.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on May 26, 2009

tag = tags
Won't anyone thing of Rihanna?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on May 26, 2009

So You Think You Can Define Gender Roles In Dance
I've always thought that SYTYCD has had a difficult relationship with homosexuality. They always seem to be very reluctant to mention a contestant's orientation, even when it seems rather important to their story. Several seasons ago there was a young man who had been estranged from his father for years, ostensibly because he "gave up football". Nigel, in particular, seems very uncomfortable with homosexuals. His comments to that couple (and, surprisingly, the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:50 PM on May 23, 2009
But, wouldn't it have been better all around if nobody (judges or dancers) mentioned their sexual orientation? Seems unnecessary. But with it mentioned, that led to coy comments that was about orientation.

We don't even know that the judges knew their orientations (they mentioned it as an introductory aside to the camera). The problem is that Nigel (and Mary, to a lesser extent) consistently has problems with male dancers who are even slightly... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:14 AM on May 24, 2009
In season 3 there were two wonderful same sex dances: princes fighting for dominance and mother/daughter foxes

Nigel "didn't get" the fox dance either, which I thought was one of the most wonderful pieces of art I had ever seen.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:32 PM on May 25, 2009

The Cryptic Canvas - now with 100% less annoying background music.
Doesn't load for me. An Ad-block problem?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:30 PM on May 23, 2009
Examine the van carefully, Empress. I'm clueless on the lutes and the bookgrinder, too. Also the parking dragon?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:24 PM on May 25, 2009

Durham Planning Thread
So glad to see this thread started. I'm really looking forward to meeting my fellow Triangle MeFites. I'm willing to go just about anywhere, at just about any time. As long as I've got plenty of warning to block off my schedule and arrange child care. Yay!
posted to MeFi Ten by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on May 23, 2009

Help me enjoy the beach on my own...
If you can do it surreptitiously, perhaps bury the stuff in a plastic ziploc bag under your towel? You could even tie a string to the corner of the bag and leave the string extending out of the sand to ensure that you can find it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:38 PM on May 23, 2009

I'm Michael, not Mike. How do I get this into people's heads?
And preferably without actually talking to people

Simply not possible. If it bothers you, you will need to tell people. Even if you tell people, they will occasionally forget. Tell them again. When they forget, or when they call you Mr. Lastname in an attempt to be formal or polite, they are not making a comment about your personality or your gender identity, they are just doing what comes naturally to them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on May 22, 2009
Rock Steady: I was being a bit sarcastic. I want to minimize the amount I have to tell people, but I realize I can't totally eliminate it.

Oops, sorry. As a teacher, you have an advantage in that you will have a large group of new acquaintances ready to listen to you. Take that opportunity to be brutally clear about the situation. "Hi everyone, I'm Michael Lastname. I prefer to be called Michael, instead of Mike or Mr. Lastname, if that's OK... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 PM on May 22, 2009

Days Are Long
I mean no offense to the myriad of great posters to MeFiMu, but I just want to say that whatever effort/cost/difficulties were involved in creating Music, they were all worth it for chococat alone. Let me know when you have another "CD + Canadian candy" combo available for sale. Great stuff. In this track, the intricate, layered, fun music more than makes up for any deficiencies in the lyric.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on May 22, 2009

New Comment request for ten pages
It seems to me like xylophonists always do the "hold two mallets per hand" thing, so why don't they just make two-headed mallets? TIA
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on May 21, 2009
Because the distance between the mallet heads varies considerably over the course of most four mallet pieces.

Oh, that makes perfect sense, actually. [ANTI-ALPHABETIST]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on May 21, 2009

Can I Marry Gay?
Now I'm imagining a novel where the heroine marries into a family with a good gay name but it turns out that they turned straight ages ago and they're desperately trying to keep up appearances. And they've got a crazy swinger uncle locked up in the attic.

The Birdcage 2: Drag Harder, coming soon to a theater near you!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:30 PM on May 21, 2009

Carrboro Cookout Meetup
Grr. I am also not going to be able to make it this weekend, but I am blocking time off now for a big 10th party. Have fun all, I'm sure I'll meet you sooner or later...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 PM on May 20, 2009

Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes
Yeah, I have to agree with the manufacturer that a lot of that humor is just smug classism disguised as humor. HURFDURF WALMART SHOPPER and all that.

Are you shitting me? I'm pretty poor at this point, and I'd never be seen in that shirt. Even at $1300 it's still a crappy shirt.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:05 PM on May 19, 2009

Art Project Slags Art School!
As my advisor used to say, a university without students is like an ointment without flies.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:37 PM on May 19, 2009

Clever clever logo logo
Ooh, the Yoga Australia one was good.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on May 18, 2009
i would like to allow anyone the ability to remix this single comment. share it with your loved ones so long as you let them know the aloha wrote it.

"your loved ones are the crappiest of crap. you are no better."
--the aloha
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:25 PM on May 18, 2009
ELB is Expansion League Baseball, which doesn't make any sense, but neither did the 'Spos. I don't think we broke Creamer's site, I think he does not allow deeplinking to his images.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 PM on May 18, 2009

Your Tax Dollars At Work
This is exactly what I am hoping to have explicated for me. Why is it heard this way?

Because it suggests that the word "American" (and by extension the people named by it) is insensitive, arrogant and imperialistic. You can argue that those things are true, or that the connotation was not intended, but that's how it is perceived by some.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on May 18, 2009

Vetfilter:Canine Addison's disease
Based on what you've said here, my wife (who has been a vet tech for 16 years) does not see that the vet did anything wrong. Addison's is very low on the list of suspects when a dog presents with gastrointestinal problems, so it is not surprising that they did not test for it on the dog's original visit. In addition, there are many many things that can cause kidney failure (including toxin ingestion), and so the Addison's (if the dog definitely DID have Addison's -- it's not clear from your... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on May 18, 2009

Recommendation for tiny flash drive for ReadyBoost?
I use an SD card since I have a built-in reader in my laptop. Sometimes after I have been using the computer for a while, I realize that the card is not plugged all the way in and so I am not getting any ReadyBoost from it. I never notice the performance difference. The laptop is pretty underpowered for Vista though, so YMMV.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on May 18, 2009

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