As booksherpa (fittingly) said, Tracy Kidder is kind of the king of this. I'd also recommend the surprisingly enthralling Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo, about an industrial accident in Boston in 1919, in which a tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses exploded on the waterfront. The story leading up to the event is ominous, the actual event is literally awesome and horrific, and the investigation after the fact is fascinating and provides an interesting look at the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:34 PM on June 29, 2008
On preview, The Ghost Map is also an excellent choice. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:34 PM on June 29, 2008
it's the ones you let go a bit too long that haunt you
Quoted for truth, and I find that when it is put that way to people, it really hits home in a way pages of medical information cannot. A sling can help with walking -- a long, soft cloth slung under the hips that you hang onto from above (if he's a male, watch out for his genitalia). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:53 PM on June 29, 2008
the white creamy part is always made from ricotta (plus a bit of egg, parmesan & basil).
My Nonna (born in Calabria) used to make it just like this. You were also not allowed to put grated Parmesan on top of the lasagna, as it already had it in it (thank you, Great Depression). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:12 PM on June 29, 2008 marked best answer
Oh, this is just one of those mixups like when you're putting together a resumé and Clippy's all, "It looks like you're trying to write erotic fiction. Would you like help?"
Good Clippy humor on Wait, Wait this last week. Something about taking Clippy out to be executed gangland-style and Clippy's all "It looks like you're digging a grave! Is this a business grave or a personal grave?" posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:03 PM on June 29, 2008
If you like this kind of music/dance pairing (and have access to US TV*) you should be watching So You Think You Can Dance? -- a great great great dancing competition that features all sorts of ballroom dances to unexpected songs.
*I gather from my YouTubery that the show is available in other countries, too, but I can't speak for them. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:09 PM on June 29, 2008
As others have said, this will work fine. One thing to consider -- depending on the dog, their speed, and their motivation, some dogs will blow right through the momentary pain of the shock (either deliberately or in the heat of the chase) and cross the electric fence. Of course, now they are "trapped" on the far side of the fence, and many will not cross back over willingly. You've got to really consider the personality of the dog involved before you go with an electric fence. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:22 AM on June 29, 2008
The best post-and-beam builders I ever saw used a flexible Japanese saw (similar) to flush cut the trunnels in their constructions. The blade bends so you can press it against the wall (or beam) while cutting. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:42 PM on June 28, 2008
While I work in a veterinary hospital, I have no actual medical training (and my wife, who does, is out of town) so take this with a grain of salt, but...
Tail tucking with pain suggests a couple things to me. The first is some kind of anal gland impaction or infection, and the second is some type of injury to the lower spine. I would suggest getting him to the vet as soon as possible, as both of those conditions can worsen over time. I would also NOT feed your dog... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 PM on June 28, 2008
I wonder if it would be useful for single users to have a way to designate a meta-best-answer of all the answers they get, for example over an arbitrary period, such as their "Best Answer of the Year."
I hate it when I don't understand what people are talking about.
Yeah, me too. I kind of thought people like that in the byline "posted by sparrows" makes it sound like the comments were generated by a bunch of birds pecking away at a keyboard. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:01 AM on June 27, 2008
I once had a friend who used to purposely take bad license photos, on the theory that if he got pulled over, it would be a benefit to look more put together and with it in person than you do on your license. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:49 PM on June 26, 2008
loiseau nailed it. Jack Callahan, Ninja Hunter is hott. For semantic purposes, you could probably generalize ninjas into something like "thugs" -- regular humans who through innate ability, learned skills or other acquired advantage are more powerful than an average person. Mafiosi, pirates and even faceless corporations could go in this category too. Ninjas and pirates, together at last. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:44 PM on June 26, 2008
If the bricks interlocked like LEGO, it would be impossible to replace individual bricks when they failed or were damaged. This was an important consideration in early brick construction when using traditional lime mortars, which were soft and needed frequent repointing (digging out damaged or failing mortar and replacing it with new material). During the repointing process was an ideal time to replace bricks as well. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:32 AM on June 23, 2008
I'm not sure If your relationship is at this point yet, or if plans work this way in Canadia, but if you have both phones under the same account, you may be able to get free calls to/from each other's phones. That's how so-called "family plans" usually work here in the States. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:23 PM on June 18, 2008
Try hiring staff who want to work those hours, though. They will revolt and hang your head from a pike.
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. I work at a 24-hour veterinary hospital, and it is very difficult to find people to work the 3pm - 11pm shifts, much less the 11pm - 7am ones (even despite the +$2/hour pay differential for working the overnight shift). It is also, as some have mentioned, financially difficult to pay people to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:43 AM on June 18, 2008
While I think the "health problems" angle is more than enough detail, you could even be more specific and say that you had "a traumatic injury to recover from." posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:54 AM on June 16, 2008
Oh. My. Shit. This seriously brings tears to my eyes it is so cool. Imagine the feeling of living in your fabulous new apartment for A YEAR, getting used to it, realizing that you are finally feeling at home in it, that you know all its quirks and crevices, and then you find out there is A WHOLE WORLD OF IT THAT YOU NEVER KNEW. Oh man. And the fuckers that live there "remain bemused"? Bemused? Mr. Clough, come to my house and work your shit for my daughter and I and we will lap... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:56 AM on June 12, 2008
I think Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Microserfs and JPod are the most Coupland-y books in his catalog, and so you should start with one of those to see if you will like his stuff. Generation X and Shampoo Planet are similar, as are Microserfs and JPod, so I might choose one of each of those two "types" and read those... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:22 AM on June 11, 2008
When Obama is elected, not only will all of the problems listed and unlisted be magically solved, but everyone will get 2 chatfilter questions a week. Moderated by an angry nice and kind robot. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:06 PM on June 10, 2008
My stepfather is an experienced finish and framing carpenter, and he recently installed windows in our ~200 year old house. It became quite a chore and really challenged him in some ways. The biggest problem was that many of the windows were not built in a way that facilitated just dropping in the replacement window and slapping on a little trim. Parts had to be removed, pieces had to be added, sills had to be cut away, etc. Even a reasonably good handyman would have had a disaster. One... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:01 PM on June 10, 2008
The biggest problem is the inability to integrate Reader, Picasa and some of the other toys -- you basically have to access them through a separate Google Account. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:53 PM on June 8, 2008 marked best answer
Regulation CC is the applicable document, and the answers above are right. This type of thing is what pays for your free checking account. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:23 PM on June 6, 2008
Building off of Mr. President's idea, here is a thought experiment for you:
There are two Chinese food places in town. One is named China Panda and the other is Panda Sun. You and your girlfriend really like the food at China Panda and hate the food at Panda Sun, but China Panda is cheaper and closer. Because of the similar names, you can never remember which one is named what. As a result, you start to refer to them as "the good Chinese food place" and... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:28 PM on June 6, 2008
There was (is?) a motel in South Burlington, VT called Pacific View Motel. It does not have a view of the Pacific Ocean (of course) but it had a nice view of the Pacific gas station next door. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:39 PM on June 6, 2008
1/3 baking soda, 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 Dawn washing up liquid. Mix it up, coat the dog being careful of eyes and mucous membranes, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse.
Also works for skunks.
Quoted for truth. Note that it has to be Dawn brand (sorry folks in foreign lands) and that you may need a repeat treatment for a real bad skunking. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 PM on June 3, 2008
Will either contractor offer a warranty on the installation, so that if when it fails or is damaged they (or the manufacturer) will replace it? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:25 PM on June 2, 2008
Part journey of discovery, part assertion of responsibility, part embrace of life, ShitBegone expresses hope and belief that a better world is possible." posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:54 PM on June 1, 2008
Great question. I know there are MeFites with more knowledge and experience in the field than I, but I have taken a couple introductory-level economics courses, and I came away from it having decided that Economics was not a science. Whatever kind of metrics are used (GDP, Unemployment, CPI, etc) are oversimplifications at best, and there seems to be little to no predictive value to them or to the systems that combine and compare and contrast them, at least on a scale as large as a national... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:41 AM on May 31, 2008