If I might toot my own horn a little here, here is an example of a "Tell me what you hate" thread that went rather well. I was (still am, actually) considering getting an MLIS and I asked the MeFibrarian Brigade to tell me the bad parts about being a librarian.
I think the big differences between my question and nadawi's was that I avoided too much backstory (I could have talked about how I would be commuting to Simmons from Cape Cod, which I knew would get me... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:44 PM on April 13, 2009
What do they love about it? 1) They never said 2) They've never fucking been there!
And now it is time for some Final Thoughts. In life, when there are difficult decisions to be made, what is most helpful is a little clarity. Sometimes that clarity comes through careful planning and deliberations, sometimes through impulsive hunches that just "feel right." Most often, however, I find that clarity comes best from having a bunch of Internet strangers yell at you for a little while. The bottom line is that while Tasmanian Devils may be cute, and accents are sexy; visas... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:43 AM on April 17, 2009
...the company's lawyer, Stuart Slotnick..."Certainly, our belief is that after the various sex scandals that Woody Allen has been associated with, corporate America's desire to have Woody Allen endorse their product is not what he may believe it is."
Right. I know American Apparel has always tried to keep any sort of inappropriate sexual material out of its advertising. In fact, they try not to be associated with any sexual impropriety of any kind. Almost... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:41 PM on April 15, 2009
I'm new to the Triangle, and was hoping there'd be a meetup soon. I'm not sure if the barbecue down here in North Carolina will match up to what I'm used to coming from New England, but I'll give it a shot, I guess. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:27 PM on April 15, 2009
My system involves two checking accounts. One called Bills and one caused Expenses. Bills gets filled up with the amount to cover our monthly utilities at the beginning of the month and those regular payments ONLY come out of Bills. Both of our debit cards draw from Expenses. If we run out of money in Expenses, we are out of money -- no dipping into Bills. We have Overdraft Protection on Expenses (covered by Savings) for the rare occasion when both my wife and I spend the last few dollars in the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:19 AM on April 15, 2009 marked best answer
In the future, could you not come up with other reasons to leave the party for a little while? Making a beer run, for example, or picking up a friend at the airport? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:22 PM on April 13, 2009 marked best answer
I actually did a little research in this area for a paper last year. There have been several people who have done some studies that compare machine-rated articles to articles rated by human experts, and the machine-rated accuracy was not encouraging. I am in the middle of unpacking from a move, but if I can dredge up my bibliography later I'll post it here. If you have access to an academic journal database, you could try just searching it yourself for "wikipedia". posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:18 AM on April 11, 2009
Most people think Boras is a jerk...Scott Boras' time at the microphone started with a solid two minutes of him bawling.
This probably says more about me that I should care to admit, but my first reaction to seeing Boras at the press conference was, "Quit faking it, slimebag."
What a sad, sad, frustrating story this is. Even more so because it makes me think about all the other less famous victims of preventable... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:43 PM on April 10, 2009
The egg in the radiator is both satisfyingly MacGyverish and gives an excuse to get her scrounging deep in the woods, if that matters. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:19 PM on April 2, 2009
Yeah, these are kind of skirting the line, but my impression was that that rule was for questions like "3x2 + 5x - 6 = 0. What is x?" or "Compare and contrast the use of the giant glasses in Gatsby with Holden's obsession with Stradlater's fingernails in Catcher." posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:30 PM on April 2, 2009
I knew I should have actually given a little thought to my coefficients to make sure my example was factorizable. Let's change the -6 to a -12, mmkay? Also, extra credit is still available for tackling my Intro to American Literature essay question. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:58 PM on April 2, 2009
I think the key at this age is actually the aftermath of the "telling". They won't really understand or fully grasp just what "divorce" or even "moving out" means after one telling, so it will be the actions of you and your wife over the next few weeks that will stay with them and will really sink in. Make sure both you and your wife have some fun things planned for them (but still make sure they have to do the boring stuff that is part of life -- chores, homework,... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:10 AM on April 2, 2009
Wow. I was running a little bet with myself about the age of the girls involved before clicking on the link. I settled on 11 as the over/under and I took the over. I won't ruin it for anyone who wants to play along, but I'll just say that I'm not going to be hired in Vegas anytime soon.
The email itself strikes me as "Kidding on the Square" -- in which a person can feel safe saying offensive or unpopular things that they truly believe by framing it as humor. I... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:47 PM on March 31, 2009
Don't read the comments on the article if you want to retain your positive view of humanity, by the way. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:50 PM on March 31, 2009
Are they really 12 year old refs he's supposedly yelling at?
The refs at my 7-year-old daughter's soccer games look to be no more than 12 or 13. There are STRICT rules about contact with the refs in her league -- barring medical emergencies, only coaches may speak to the refs, and they may not question the ref's rulings at all. The fact that this guy treats 11 or 12 year old kids who are VOLUNTEERING (or being paid a pittance, though they are... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:46 PM on March 31, 2009
I can't imagine the hell that would be having a conversation with this guy and trying to explain my concerns with his attitude and trying to get him to see my point of view. I can imagine phrases like "this is who I am, you're just going to have to deal with it" and "I'm not going to change who I am" being used a lot. Ugh. Seriously, the thought of it is exhausting. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:45 AM on April 2, 2009
Inspired by the SNL "Indoor Gardening Tips" sketch (which is about the funniest thing in the world for my 8-year-old daughter) my wife and I went around the house sticking googly eyes to stuff after my daughter went to bed. Should be a fun morning. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:36 PM on March 31, 2009
You know what is an awesome little nugget of the MeFi experience? When you are reading a really bitchy, long MeTa thread with one user presenting a point of view that is almost universally acknowledged to be complete crap, and then, when you get to the end of the thread, you see an even more ridiculous comment by the OP, and then you realize that since you've been reading the thread for at least 15 minutes, you can refresh the thread and see a bunch of people going WHAAA?!... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 1:39 PM on March 30, 2009
The whole "favorites = what?" dilemma that seems to come up on a weekly basis these days is like the discussion of MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards in sports. What does "Valuable" even mean? Is the award supposed to honor the best player? Then why not just call it Player of the Year or something? Is it supposed to go to the player who had the most impact on his team? What does that even mean? But really, the fact that the award is ambiguously named and not well defined... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:18 AM on March 30, 2009
I've also seen "on the nose" used pejoratively in the sense of "obvious" or "facile," which maybe moves it a bit towards jacalata's reading.
Also, I kind of agree with WCityMike on this. In fact, I would like to see maybe 6 or 8 new subsites added to MeFi -- TravelFilter, ChatFilter, NewsFilter, BookFilter, maybe PoliticsFilter, ShopFilter and DateFilter. I think there is clear demand for them; they would redirect several types of... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:07 PM on March 29, 2009
I also loved "Spellsinger" as a kid, and I agree that the first book was pretty dark for a 10 or 12 year old.
I never read much of the Humanx books (maybe a couple of the Pip & Flinx ones?), but I played a neat RPG campaign set in that universe once (was it a GURPS subset at some point?). posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:48 PM on March 29, 2009
[Massachusetts UI beneficiary here] Your benefit is based on your prior 4 quarters salary history, and it goes by the 4 most recent completed quarters. This means if the current quarter starts Jan 1 and ends on Mar 31 and you apply for UI on March 30, 2009 your benefit will be based on the period from Jan 1, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008. Based on your description of quitting "about a year ago" it may be that they are attempting to verify your employment history with that previous employer. I... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:13 PM on March 29, 2009
Explain to the local celeb, and if you want, you can limit your own "exposure" by passing the buck on the blame for the mix-up. This is especially viable if he is not in contact with others at your school. The passive voice is your friend! "Hey, Big Shot. It seems mistakes were made when the fliers were printed up. Sorry about that, but from the INCREDIBLE amount of buzz this show is generating, I think the later time is better anyway!"
I used to be a client service manager at a large veterinary hospital, and I'm sorry to tell you that she probably is affecting your performance. I would be stunned if her attitude was not affecting your clients' perception of you.
Honestly, I'm not sure I would waste too much time on this, given the temporary nature of your position, but if it were a longer-term situation, I'd recommend first talking to the technician and seeing if they know of any reason that the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:03 PM on March 20, 2009
There is a whole genre of art that does that to me. It is any art that is dedicated to extreme precision, extreme monotony, extreme repetition. Other things that give me the same reaction: Tibetan salt mandalas, detailed mosaics, pointillism, those ancient Incan stone walls with razor-thin joints, that widescreen Tetris game from a couple of weeks ago, etc. I have an almost visceral reaction to them, and it is really not... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:40 PM on March 20, 2009
Bought a Clocky. Set it. Put it on nightstand. In morning, Clocky goes off, rolls off nightstand onto carpeted floor... and breaks. Goodbye Clocky. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:03 PM on March 20, 2009
I kind of want to sit down with the dude and talk through griefing/moderation workflow and such, see what he's thinking about on that front.
Yeah, that is kind of ruining it for me right now. My theory: send every drawing/description done by a flagged user (and some random percentage of all drawings/descriptions) to a random "Observer" -- people who have been in more than 20 games or something. Observers see the flagged user's contribution... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:47 AM on March 18, 2009
Could not connect: Can't connect to CRAPPYDAMNBASTARDINEEDMORE server on 'localhost' (10061) posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:24 AM on March 19, 2009
Saying "It will never happen again" without a clear plan toward ensuring that it will never happen again sounds like part of the cycle of abuse to me.
I think the "clear plan" Sidhedevil mentions is the key. If there is no plan or no willingness to plan, I can't see staying with a person like that. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:19 PM on March 18, 2009
He was extremely upset that I evidently don't trust him to behave with integrity.
First of all, this seems not a little childish and immature. Second of all, what if you explain that it is not him that you distrust, but "lawyers". Just leave it vague like that. "What lawyers?" he says. "I don't know. Lawyers are always involved in that kind of estate stuff, right? Anyway, sign here, sweetie." posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:09 PM on March 18, 2009
Like Weighted Companion Cube, I came in here to suggest Chine Mieville, especially Perdido Street Station. It's truly beautiful, even when it is describing some of the most awful things you can imagine. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:19 PM on March 17, 2009
China Mieville is good too. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:20 PM on March 17, 2009
Then the answer to " Can I be fired for..." is YES. You need to find a way to get busy or look busy. Take on some new responsibilities or check out that "professional white background" I've heard so much about. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:27 AM on March 17, 2009
The jewelry is great, and the prices are not bad. You should completely switch your focus -- make the product the headline, and the charity mission the below-the-fold backstory. I agree heartily with runningwithscissors about the overly earnest tone -- it makes it seem a bit desperate and needy. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:09 AM on March 17, 2009
Damn it, people! Stop mentioning Dave Secretary! Every time you do I need to stay up until 3 in the morning trying not to wake my family with my laughter. I have stuff to do, OK? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:58 AM on March 17, 2009
Due to the fact that bulldogs have breathing difficulties in general, my wife (the vet tech) does not recommend inducing vomiting, as that could cause an airway obstruction. If it was a solid piece of Shamwow, it may be too big to pass through and may have to be surgically removed.
The best bet is to get to a vet that can do endoscopy (are ya with me camera guy?) to take a look down there, but if that is not possible, give small, frequent meals for the rest of the day to... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:15 PM on March 16, 2009