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we finalized the list by crossing out names that weren't funny
I am going to tell you something a little bit racist. About 20 or 25 years ago, there was a guy named Rulon Jones who played for the Denver Broncos, a semi-professional "American football" team. I was a little surprised when I saw that he was white.

Sportswriter Bill Simmons created his "Reggie Cleveland All-Stars" to enshrine athletes whose names make them sound like they come from a different race than they really do. Rulon... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on June 4, 2009
♫ Ohhh, I'm singing that ol' sweeeeeet song...♪
♪That song about removing a threaaad from recent ac - tiv - i - teeeeeeeeeee♫

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:27 PM on June 5, 2009

a/s/l/xl?
Having weird things in MeTa threads makes me itchy. First #1 makes a thing that looks like a link but isn't a link, and now a whole giant poll thing. Someone hold me.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:23 PM on June 5, 2009

If I sign out of Metafilter on one computer does it sign me out everywhere I've logged in?
What about a forced sign out every couple of days? Or would this irk more people than it's worth.

Gah! Urk! Bluh! *vomits blood* Plehk! eeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeEEEEEeeee! *rends garments*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on June 5, 2009

CRUNCH BERRIES! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
At least Mr. Pibb is honest about things...

I've got a copy of a Birth Certificate here for a certain Ethel Pibb that says otherwise.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:21 AM on June 5, 2009

Adventures in Excrement
That is pretty adorable. My eight year old is going to love the shit out of this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on June 5, 2009

Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
I could watch hours and hours of that. Maybe an animated Beatles biopic?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 PM on June 4, 2009
crossing the Atlantic where they were the center of the universe (note the arrows)

That is a reference to the set on the Ed Sullivan show where the Beatles famously appeared.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on June 5, 2009
I myself would love some kind of 2D RPG/platformer combo set in the world of Yellow Submarine. I don't know what the game would be, exactly, but it would be gorgeous and I can just see it now.

I can't believe no one has come out with a game that uses the guitar controller in a non-Guitar Hero-esque way. Maybe some kind of FPS on rails, using the colored fret buttons to target and the strum bar to fire? I think maybe Brütal Legend... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on June 5, 2009

Hallelujah, Hoarse (cover)
If this is any indication of what else is coming, I am really really looking forward to this challenge. Thanks, cortex!
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:24 PM on June 4, 2009

To Grandmother's block we go?
Growing up, from about age 11 up through high school, my grandfather picked my brother and I up from school every day and watched us for a couple of hours until my parents came home. Sure, it was partially a way for him to sneak an occasional cigarette away from my grandmother's gaze, and at the time we didn't need much watching and we chafed from time-to-time at having him around, but now that he is gone, I realize just how important that closeness to him was. We learned a lot from him and from... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on June 4, 2009

Diplomacy round 2?
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've got a potential opening in Game 6 if anyone is interested and still reading this thread.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:43 PM on June 4, 2009
I'm still seeing the deadline as 11:30 tonight (Eastern) for both games. Not sure what's going on for you. If you can't enter moves, memail me and I'll enter them.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:39 PM on June 4, 2009
Oh, hell, I've been thinking it was Friday all day today, sorry. I've set the games to process as soon as the final commands are given, and not to wait until the deadline. This was to prevent it skipping whole days due to waiting the 30 minutes after deadline. Unfortunately, the timing thing is the trickiest thing about setting up these games, and the documentation on it is kind of vague. Spamguy is the user who had to back out due to personal issues, and since he has some GMing experience I'm... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:31 PM on June 4, 2009

And in a family newspaper!!
They had me at "Croque Monsieur".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 PM on June 4, 2009
Oh, man, I love the commenters that Just Don't Get It. Either they can't figure out what a "Grilled Cheese Sandwich" is, or they apparently don't get the concept of euphemism at all.

This puts the Grilled Cheese Party we recently went to in a whole new light.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 PM on June 4, 2009

Five year old favoring dad's GF over me (natural mom)
This has got to be tough. My daughter is 8, and she has definitely gone through phases of being closer to either my wife or I at certain points in her life. Often, it is whichever one she is seeing less of at the time. Right now, my wife is working crazy hours and I am unemployed, so when Mom is home it is All Mom All The Time.

My advice for you is to talk to your ex (and his girlfriend) about this. Just mention that it's going to be something you will both have to deal... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on June 4, 2009

Rebooting the US relationship to the Muslim world.
Zarkonnen: Not in the sense of giving the video a rating, but rather like hitting the [+] next to a MeFi post

I find myself trying to [+] things in real life all the time. Someone put together index cards with [+] on them, which I think I might need so I can start handing them out to good drivers, adorable kids and friendly cashiers.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on June 4, 2009

The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual, his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond. ~Edward McDonagh
Definitely look at the Toyota Matrix. It's got amazing head- and legroom, it gets 35mpg, has enough cargo space for 4 large suitcases and then some, and it's quite a bit cheaper than the Passat (if that's a concern).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:49 PM on June 2, 2009

Random TV Plot Generators
I was trying to remember who did the Essence of House comment fable, The Whelk.

This is fun, it's like Markov TV.

Easy Hooper
An over-the-hill rock star and his comatose drug dealer in a futuristic metropolis, incredibly naive about the way the world works, discover a magical internet chat room. Featuring Mark Harmon.


I might watch that, actually.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on June 2, 2009
Yes, but "whlist" is not a common British-English word. I'm sure it just got typed that way into whatever text file the randomizer uses to feed itself.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on June 2, 2009
So I'm doing some thinking about my new hot TV property, Easy Hooper. I think the rock star (Mark Harmon as Ezekiel "Easy" Hooper) is actually from 2009, and was sent forwards in time to 2275 as a result of a botched anti-aging procedure. He's been clean since some kind of devastating drug-fueled disaster in the late 80's (we don't find out just what that disaster was until 2nd season sweeps), but it turns out his old dealer - Stosh "Stash" Wiznarczek - is still alive. His... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:16 PM on June 2, 2009

300 baud of awesome in a wooden box
Imagine if by some temporal quirk the original owner of that modem had managed to dial into Wikipedia?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:37 PM on June 1, 2009

Help Me Find An Inpatient Psych Program
A close friend of mine was an inpatient at McLean about 4 or 5 years ago. I visited several times, and was in direct contact with family members who were talking to my friend's doctors. The whole process struck me as very institutional and not personal in the least. The facilities were abysmal, and my friend's issues continue to this day. This may be due somewhat to denial and a general unwillingness to be helped (but this person was not at McLean against their will), but I did not come away... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:20 AM on June 1, 2009

What the Well-Dressed Man is Wearing
I always go with the point-collar if I have an option -- you can always dress a point-collar shirt down, but the button-down is always limited. In something like that gingham, you're probably never going to want to really dress it up, but as a general rule, I go with the point-collar. Also, if he doesn't already have them, get him a set of metal collar stays. They really make a difference.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on June 1, 2009

Long distance pet care
Try a different vet. Take him in after he has not peed for four hours. If that is not possible, see if the vet will admit your cat for the day so they can collect the sample.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on June 1, 2009

School Lunch From Around The World
We recently moved to North Carolina, and her public school serves stuff pretty much like the "unbelievable" one paisley henosis mentions (maybe with like green beans or corn instead of the salad, though). It costs $1.75/day (or less if you are low income) and the school also offers breakfast for $0.80/day (or less). It's amazing to me how much they pack into such little cost. We were very amused when the monthly menu specified "Eastern NC barbecue... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on May 31, 2009

Burglar Proof
Given that the OP offered a long list to suggest the range of options he'd consider, including lasers, and didn't mention purchasing or using a personal firearm, can we not make this a thread about that?

I'd never dream of having a gun in my house, but the question clearly states "I am open to any idea," so I think they have to be considered as a viable answer, despite your (and my) personal preferences.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on May 31, 2009

Good books for the infant?
Sandra Boynton for the win. Especially Dinosaur's Binkit (has some textural stuff), Snuggle Puppy (You've got to really sell it, though), Barnyard Dance, and Wake Up! ("broccoli stew... for the bunny, not for you. Oh, phew" gets 'em every time). There are also some great lift-the-flap books in the Maisy Mouse series that are pretty sturdy.

I'd also suggest that you don't get... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 PM on May 30, 2009

There's a meetup near you
This may be a bit too... intrusive, but how about a mass emailing to members for whom we have an email address? I'm just thinking of members from the early years who may not (for whatever reason) come to the site anymore. It would be a shame to find out some of the Great Old Timers would have been interested in showing up but just didn't hear about the 10th.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on May 29, 2009
There is a small mailbox here.

>Open "Join the MetaFilter Tenthiverssary!" promotional leaflet
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on May 29, 2009
Which one is the one where I wander around half-naked while muttering to myself?

Performance Art. Meetup is the one where you wander around drunk while muttering to yourself, and Your Apartment is the one where you read MetaFilter while muttering to yourself.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:46 PM on May 30, 2009

Tales of the New Frontier - JFK Comics!
That was neat. I cracked up at the little LBJ harpy thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:44 PM on May 29, 2009

The movement has begun.
Aren't you boys a little old for this sort of thing? It was like watching 15 year olds going trick-or-treating.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:09 PM on May 29, 2009

Teens in ABC Documentary: Oral Sex Is the New Goodnight Kiss
Sad. Ynoxas pushed the button after all, it would seem...

Whoa. Weirdest flameout ever, huh?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on May 29, 2009

AskMeFi-Jamming: how often?
in general if you suspect something like that, and yet the question isn't on its face wrong or stupid in anyway, what if any action would mod-persons suggest?

Light the Modsignal, Commissioner Gordon.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 AM on May 29, 2009
Onion is also an acceptable bagel thing.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on May 29, 2009
stay tuned for something "clever" and "obscure" from the majority in response to this, naturally. it will be so "ironic" to respond to a post decrying it with an actual example of it-- just delightful. certainly most valid and praiseworthy indeed.
*thumbs up, high five


Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast. It jumped up a notch.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on May 29, 2009

Too Blue
Very "Early Billy Joel", and that's a good thing.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on May 29, 2009

You Still Look Like You Did Before
Wow, that was great! I already loved it, and then the damn slide guitar came in and exploded my brain with enjoyment.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on May 29, 2009

Travel spots near Charleston (for me + wife + toddler)?
US Airways flies direct to Bermuda from Charlotte. It's about a 2.5 hour flight, and you can't do much better running around on a beach than you can in Bermuda. Also Dark and Stormys.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:42 AM on May 29, 2009

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?
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

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

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