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Wikipedia Reliability Meter
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 Steady at 9:18 AM on April 11, 2009

Nick Adenhart (1986-2009)
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 Steady at 5:43 PM on April 10, 2009

What's in the Woods?
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 Steady at 5:19 PM on April 2, 2009

Homeworkfilter
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 1:58 PM on April 2, 2009

How can I ease the pain for my kids?
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 Steady at 7:10 AM on April 2, 2009

"Go Green Death!"
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 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 Steady at 8:46 PM on March 31, 2009
I hereby nominate dolca as replacement soccer coach.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on April 1, 2009
Waste of time.

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 Steady at 6:45 AM on April 2, 2009

Make fun of yourself!
MetaFilter: A parody of yourself
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:06 PM on April 1, 2009

Surprise!
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 Steady at 8:36 PM on March 31, 2009

What does "editorializing" mean?
Does anybody know of a good site to have arguments on, on purpose, thats got an intelligence level similar to Metafilter?

Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings! Your type makes me puke, you vacuous, malodorous...

Oh, you want an argument? This is MetaTalk. Argument is just down the hall.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on March 31, 2009

Another flame-bait FPP.
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 Steady at 1:39 PM on March 30, 2009

"Thanks!" Button
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 Steady at 6:18 AM on March 30, 2009

'Big Bad Question' as a Metafilter Subsite?
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 Steady at 2:07 PM on March 29, 2009

Coming Soon: Metafilter – The Novelisation, by Alan Dean Foster
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 Steady at 1:48 PM on March 29, 2009

A good time to be a car-less driving non-American in America
the name-your-own-price feature of Priceline

Absolutely the way to go for car rental, unless you need to use a certain company or want a specific type of car.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on March 29, 2009

Why is this happening?
[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 Steady at 1:13 PM on March 29, 2009

One Event. Two Times Listed On Advertisements. One Ass Potentially Handed To Me.
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!"

Option 4... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on March 29, 2009

What do I do when someone at work doesn't like me and is rude to me?
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 Steady at 8:03 PM on March 20, 2009

Salt Sculptures
this is making my brain itch.

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 Steady at 7:40 PM on March 20, 2009

Annoying alarm clocks -- just how annoying?
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 Steady at 6:03 PM on March 20, 2009

AKA Eat Poop You Cat
schkoo, ORthey, chowflap, bgm, sarahemily, ericb, uncleozzy, LogopolisMike, evilangela, satan, Rhaomi, MarisaS, gnfti, JoeyMichaels, muncadunc, Secretlife, Xezlec, psho, liza, twirlypen, shamefuljenny, missdanie, ladycrappo, defenestration, phunniemee, localhuman, kimothy, msvader, ps2420, yaymukund, lowkey, Ampersand, notquitemaryann, sconbie, lysistrata, Krrrlson, cortex, patricio, zennie, nat, StupidSteven, julen, afu, Brainy, clearly, sailormom, bahamamama, hippu, metroidbaby, grapefruitmoon,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on March 16, 2009
D'oh!

schkoo, ORthey, chowflap, bgm, sarahemily, ericb, uncleozzy, LogopolisMike, evilangela, satan, Rhaomi, MarisaS, gnfti, JoeyMichaels, muncadunc, Secretlife, Xezlec, psho, liza, twirlypen, shamefuljenny, missdanie, ladycrappo, defenestration, phunniemee, localhuman, kimothy, msvader, ps2420, yaymukund, lowkey, Ampersand, notquitemaryann, sconbie, lysistrata, Krrrlson, cortex, patricio, zennie, nat, StupidSteven, julen, afu, Brainy, clearly, sailormom, bahamamama,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on March 16, 2009
schkoo,ORthey,chowflap,bgm,sarahemily,ericb,uncleozzy,LogopolisMike,evilangela,satan,Rhaomi,MarisaS,gnfti,JoeyMichaels,muncadunc,Secretlife,Xezlec,psho,liza,twirlypen,shamefuljenny,missdanie,ladycrappo,defenestration,phunniemee,localhuman,kimothy,msvader,kps2420,yaymukund,lowkey,Ampersand,notquitemaryann,sconbie,lysistrata,Krrrlson,cortex,patricio,zennie,nat,StupidSteven,julen,afu,Brainy,clearly,sailormom,bahamamama,hippu,metroidbaby,grapefruitmoon,hooperfan,hoopy,aspo,silkygreenbelly,Secretlife,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:31 AM on March 16, 2009
I'm in. BPT name is rocksteady.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on March 16, 2009
The whole concept is worth it just for the phrase "God beats Buddha on head with cane; Buddha cockpunches back".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on March 17, 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 Steady at 10:47 AM on March 18, 2009
Could not connect: Can't connect to CRAPPYDAMNBASTARDINEEDMORE server on 'localhost' (10061)
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:24 AM on March 19, 2009

Can animal abuse be a 1 time thing?
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 Steady at 7:19 PM on March 18, 2009

Pre-nup woes
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 Steady at 12:09 PM on March 18, 2009

What are your favorite novels from an aesthetic/writing style point of view?
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 Steady at 1:19 PM on March 17, 2009
China Mieville is good too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on March 17, 2009

why do old people run everything?
this is an at-will state

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 Steady at 8:27 AM on March 17, 2009

Need help with landing page for charity site, any takers?
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 Steady at 8:09 AM on March 17, 2009

The Follow-Up Thread
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 Steady at 7:58 AM on March 17, 2009

The freaking dog ate the shamwow (only a piece)
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 Steady at 1:15 PM on March 16, 2009

Crescent Fresh Party
Our Grilled Cheeser went perfectly (though we could have used more good panini presses) and I got tons of whuffie for "my" awesome party idea, and many of the guests are planing to steal the idea themselves. Meme-dom here we come!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:37 AM on March 16, 2009

How can I come to grips with my persistent desire to move?
I’m ... tired of reading about, and trying to grapple with, with the city’s problems on a daily basis.

Is this maybe a large part of the problem? If the negatives of Baltimore are not affecting you directly (and it sounds like they are not), why not spend less time dwelling on those problems. I know that is easier said than done, especially if you want to be a contributing member of your community.

As a start, I would... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:27 AM on March 16, 2009

Because bigger is always better.
Oh shit. That just hurts my brains looking at it. It's the same hurt I get when I think about the amount of human labor involved in building the pyramids.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:11 PM on March 11, 2009
puppygalore, I hate you. That is far too addictive.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 PM on March 12, 2009

templation
Put all the letterhead graphics and text inside a Text Box?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on March 12, 2009

A Muppet and a fat guy
I heard Kevin Clash on Wait, Wait once and he was doing this thing where he could switch back and forth between his normal voice and Elmo so quickly that they almost seemed to be talking over each other, and it was quickly driving Peter Sagal insane.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 AM on March 12, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
Yeah, gg EZ1ers. I was Italy, and I really enjoyed the game. As you may have noticed, I kind of played up the role-playing aspect (I was particularly proud of my "I, for one, welcome our new German overlords" final message to Austria) which gave me more pleasure than it probably should have. I thought Austria and I worked really well together (until his mini-stab of '09), and if it wasn't for that mini-stab and France's laying down for Russia's naval incursion into the Mediterranean, I... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:41 PM on March 10, 2009
Rock Steady, your letters were awesome and worth the price of admission, if there had been one.

Hey, thanks for saying that. It was fun. I'm playing another game now and I'm not really in character, and it's kind of boring. I was just going through my correspondence for the game, and I was reminded of a subplot I was trying to establish early, but let die out as the action intensified. I was trying to imply that the Italian Prime Minister was having... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:34 PM on March 11, 2009
I've created a wiki page for EZ_1 and added a EOG, with a selection of my press.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on March 11, 2009

Help me cram for a sports proficiency test!
You might think about just owning up to your honest level of sports knowledge. If it is going to be a job requirement, you will not be able to bluff your way through for any length of time, but it might be enough to show you have some level of knowledge about and enthusiasm for sports. If you really can explain how icing works, you are a step ahead of the average hockey fan, for example.

As far as guiding the conversation, perhaps try and talk about your sports-related... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on March 10, 2009

Is iTunes illogical or am I?
My iTunes Protip #1 for organizing compliations: You need to be looking at the "Album Artist" field. As an example, I have all the songs I download from MeFi Music listed as one compliation "Album" called MeFi Music. The "Album Artist" for that "Album" is "MetaFilter". The "Artist" for each song is whatever user posted that specific song.

Protip #2: Note that, as far as iTunes is concerned "MetaFilter"... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on March 9, 2009

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