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"i saw this alrdy old shit"

In this case, the "old shit" in question is Nic Cage.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on January 29, 2009

New answer counts missing in AskMe intermittently.
pb: works for me now. Thanks.

No, no! pb works for me now! Bwah ha ha ha! With his powers under my control I shall take over THE WORLD!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:30 PM on January 28, 2009

RESOLUTE!
Great post, though I hope you mean "venal" in that first bit, and not "venereal". (Though I believe that would describe its previous user, if not its previous captain...)

If you read the link, you'll see that he does indeed mean venereal.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on January 27, 2009
Unfortunately our PBS station went down when it aired.

In rough, uncharted seas, with all hands lost.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on January 28, 2009

What do I root for in this Superbowl bet?
While two-point conversions, missed PATs and safeties are indeed valid ways to score in the NFL they are exceedingly rare, especially in the Super Bowl, when teams are playing conservatively. There have only been 5 safeties in SB history, f'rinstance (though the Steelers have two of them).

The scoring in the game will come in increments of 7 and 3, which does not bode very well for your squares, but I think the 8/3 and the 6/1 are promising.

As... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:07 AM on January 28, 2009 marked best answer

Give me my MefiTV!
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CABAL EMERGENCY COMMUNIQUE
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Despite all of our efforts, our massive disinformation campaigns, and our advanced hyperdimensional cryptopsychology, the Plab has been discovered by a MetaFilter1 user named inigo2 in the positime-traditional namespace. We all know what happened to inigo1, and we DO NOT need a repeat of that. The lower reaches of the entropic planes are still uninhabitable, and are only rarely... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:08 AM on January 28, 2009

Can't get to mobile.metafilter.com
Post-injection issue: Hundreds of witty, insightful, meaningful and hilarious comments I have made over the years have now been attributed to other users. I ask all MeFites to assume that any fabulous comments they may read in the archives were probably originally posted by me. It's likely that there are some remnants of Evil SQL still hiding from pb in the codebase that will make FUTURE amazing comments I make appear to be from others as well. Be forewarned!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on January 27, 2009
empath: that's cause the "live preview" code is too strenuous for the iphone, so it forces you to preview your comment.

My understanding was that this is standard Opera behavior -- nothing to do with the iPhone itself.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:11 AM on January 28, 2009

Where should I get my tattoo?
My brain says that this might not always be appropriate working in an office setting even though I'm IT. Should I get them someplace else?

It's a great idea for a tat, but if you are already questioning the propriety of it, I've got to suggest somewhere cover-up-able. Shoulder blade or bikini line are the ideal stealth locations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:00 PM on January 27, 2009
I don't get many comments to my face, but I do get an occasional compliment. I don't know if anyone has commented negatively about them behind my back.

There was a woman with visible tattoos at my last place of employment. I don't think anyone ever made negative comments to her about them, but as her supervisor, I heard several complaints about it, and I think it would hurt her ability to rise into management.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:41 PM on January 27, 2009

MeFi Diplomacy
Q: You can X on facebook?
A: Yes.

Srsly, I think the goal of that site is to recapitulate the entire Internet within itself.

Also, I'm sure glad I waited until after the post-Inauguration craziness to post this.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on January 26, 2009
Throw your name on the wiki, Hargrimm. I'll try and get some more people together as soon as one of the two games I am in ends.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:42 PM on January 27, 2009

John Updike has died.
Lit Fans Bid Updike Adieu

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on January 27, 2009

I can has TXT?
In pbland "a bit later today" = 1 hour, 11 minutes.

pb: Master of "Promise low, deliver high."

Great job on all the repairs in the engine room, Scotty. It would be great to read pb's retrospective on this attack and the aftermath someday.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:42 AM on January 27, 2009

[not fruit-ist]
Seconding the Yoplait Thick & Creamy style. It's got HFCS, but the consistency is uniform and the flavors are good. It is the only kind of yogurt I like. The Key Lime is especially great.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on January 27, 2009 marked best answer

A layman's guide to regional pizza styles
I really can't stand the New England-Greek style of pizza that is so common here in Massachusetts -- usually at the $TOWN House of Pizza. The almost fried crust (sounds kind of like the Old Forge style which I had never heard of before) and the liquefied cheese are just awful. Cape Cod (where we live) actually has pretty good pizza. It's not a certain style, but there are just a lot of good pizza places. My favorite is the Sweet Tomatoes chain -- super-thin crust, very good sauce, very fresh... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on January 26, 2009
***International Pizza Story***

My High School German class took a trip to Munich in my senior year. About 10-12 American kids with at least 4 years of German behind them. A couple of us go out for pizza on one of our first days there, and our lack of strangely colored sneakers and stonewashed denim must have pegged us as Americans, because the waitress gave us, in addition to the standard menus in German, a menu that had been translated into English. So we decided that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on January 26, 2009

Google maps no longer showing pixel-veil over the VP's residence.
Joseph Rieser, who lives half a block off Observatory Circle, said each blast was “almost like thunder because it rolls and it lasts a noticeable period, probably several seconds.” He said the explosions rattle windows that aren’t shut tight.

Look, pal. You try to build a Hellmouth with a jackhammer and see how far you get, OK?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:27 AM on January 26, 2009

Where does the buck stop, again?
I think it also has something to do with the fact that they KNOW that there is NO way President Obama is going to take legal action against them -- the public relations hit he would take would be immense.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on January 26, 2009

It all started with Sodium Chloride
Phew. That was scary for a little while there.

In re: this post, it really bugs me when people make fake periodic tables with no attempt to group the items in the table in any rational way, as they are in the "real" periodic table. Also, hummus is a condiment?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:33 PM on January 24, 2009

I can has many twisty passages?
Fuck yeah! I can't program IF, but I'm a huge fan of it, and I'd even kick in a few bucks prize money if others want to sweeten the pot.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on January 23, 2009

Pelbin comin' around the mountain when she comes.
Don't know, never pelbbed.

Seriously, perhaps it is one of those purposeful errors introduced to a text to catch plagiarists?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:36 PM on January 20, 2009
As evidence I point to the "Things to consider" in the entry above is a full sentence with punctuation and everything.

I have one of those books, as well, and sometimes the "Things to consider" are sentences and sometimes just words or fragments. An example might be:

Would you rather...
Be able to make change for a dollar by putting it in your mouth or be able to change the length
... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:00 PM on January 20, 2009
Ooh, I've just had an idea. Could it be a "callback" to an earlier question in the book? I could envision an earlier Thing to Consider being something like "That time you made out with Jennifer Pelbin in 8th Grade". Of course, the lower case makes it unlikely to be a proper name like that...

Would you rather:
overthink a plate of beans or make wild-ass-guesses at inscrutable AskMe questions?
Things to consider: pelbin.

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on January 20, 2009
MeFi in-joke status in 3... 2... 1... We have in-joke.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM on January 22, 2009

you say barrack i say barack
why do they pronounce Angela Merkel's name with a hard 'g'? In Britain, Angela has a soft 'g.'

This probably has something to do with the fact that vowel sounds are the big difference in most accents, and so it seems more natural to shift a vowel sound into your own accent than it does a consonant sound.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 AM on January 22, 2009
Actually, the German PM's name could be a very interesting example, but now that I am thinking deeply about it, I can't recall (1) how her first name is pronounced in German (I am assuming AHN-guh-luh, with a long A) or (2) how her first name is pronounced by the British media (I seem to remember hearing EHN-guh-luh, with a short A -- like the typical english pronunciation, but with a hard G). Any Britons who watch Deutsche Welle care to comment?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 AM on January 22, 2009

Help me read all questions
Take a signal flare in case you get lost.

And a lunch. By my calculations, if you read one question per minute, you will catch up on or about April 15th.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:32 AM on January 22, 2009
You can read them all by reading them.

There's got to be a better way. Actually reading them smacks of effort, really.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on January 22, 2009

The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
I have a very hard time seeing this kind of thing as positive or negative at all. Assuming we agree with their definition of "promise" and their judgment about whether or not a given result is a compromise (and that is a big assumption), everything I have read or heard from Obama himself makes me think he would be all for this kind of accountability. In fact, I'd love to see (and would not be entirely surprised by) an official White House version of this Obameter (I agree, great word),... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on January 22, 2009

What is this bag? What is this logo?
Could it be Roxy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:32 PM on January 21, 2009

Ghostbusters, what do you want?
Wow, that is a narrow blog. Not only in subject matter, but I'm talking layout here. What is that, 200px? I keep waiting for the other columns to load.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on January 21, 2009

Warn before closing Gmail tab in Firefox
I assume there's a Windows equivalent

It's what you'd expect, ctrl-shift-T. I use it all the time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 PM on January 20, 2009

Please help me stop the spiders from eating my face off.
What exactly is your question here? The spiders seem contained in perfectly secure containers, and even if they get out, they will probably head for a concealed place and hide, and will certainly not eat your face off. I am not a huge pet spider apologist, but your "question" comes off as overly dramatic and/or paranoid. If you really have a problem with the spiders, certainly you are within your rights to ask your friend to find another home for the bugs while he crashes with you, no?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:52 PM on January 20, 2009

Speaking of sports...
Is "run-up" a cricket metaphor, as in "the run-up to the election"? I always assumed it was a reference to the bowler (not that kind of bowler) running up to the line to bowl. It is becoming quite popular here in the US.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on January 20, 2009
What do you say instead?

Oh, we say all kinds of stuff, like "there's a whole nother one in the fridge," "nucular weapons," "my boss literally exploded" and "I don't believe in getting my dog spaded" for example.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:58 PM on January 20, 2009

When Dogs Attack
Assuming this happened on private property, I'm not sure what your legal recourses are. If they are not willing to pay for medical treatment for you and your pup, you should certainly contact a lawyer and at least threaten legal action. If the dog that bit your dog cannot provide proof of rabies vaccination there may be some quarantine restrictions that will be placed on it*, but I don't think you will have much luck in getting dogs banned from someone else's place of business. When you speak to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on January 20, 2009 marked best answer

What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain?
I came here to make the "you gotta problem with white-on-green?" joke too. For reading on a screen, especially on a small screen like a PDA or iPhone, I greatly prefer white-on-black, actually.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on January 19, 2009

Sports exceptions?
The Patriots allowed a safety on purpose while trailing at Denver in a Monday Night game in 2003, and wound up winning.

I came here to bring up that example -- one of the more unique in NFL history, I think.

ESPN's Bill Simmons is constantly bringing up the interesting football situation of a tie game, with time running out, and one team with the ball on or near the other team's goal line, threatening to score. Logically, the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on January 19, 2009

what the luck
Protip: If you are at a rally/race thing, you may want to stand more than 3 feet away from the place where CARS MAKE SHARP TURNS AT DANGEROUS RATES OF SPEED. Just a suggestion.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:08 PM on January 17, 2009
hey racecar is a palindrome omg momeord nilap as i racecar hey!

FAILINDROME
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 PM on January 18, 2009

Eye glasses online?
The wife has bought multiple pairs of glasses from Zenni, with no problems at all. In addition to your regular prescription numbers, you will need your "Pupil Distance". You should be able to get this with your prescription from your optometrist, but if yours is a dick like my wife's was, you can have someone else measure the distance from center of one pupil to center of the other (in millimeters).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 PM on January 18, 2009

Mind Performance Hack
Where is the wil wheaton book search result?

The bullets are hyperlinks. Took me a while, too.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:48 PM on January 18, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
I've created a MeFi wiki page for Diplomacy. It is largely content-free at this point, but it lists the current games and the people who have expressed interest in playing. Please add to it - I specifically think some simple instructions about signing up for DP Judge games would be useful to have there.

Happy stabbing!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:42 PM on January 18, 2009

Help - Kitty emergency!
Impossible to say. The vomiting is a concern, but if it is not continuing, it may be all gone. The problem with things like yarn that are not radio-opaque is that they may not show up on x-ray, even if they are present. They can sometimes be detected by the effects they are having on internal organs, though. Considering that he was crying, vomiting and "getting his bearings" (does that mean disoriented?), I would go to an emergency vet in your area and see what they think. Better to be... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 PM on January 18, 2009

I'm taken but falling for someone else
I have thought the grass on someone else’s lawn was greener before, and I was wrong. I could be wrong this time too. How can I trust myself that I’d be making the right decision?

You can't know that. Also, what is the "right decision"? It sounds like, to you, a relationship is a failure unless it ends in a lifelong commitment. Maybe try enjoying it for what it is, while it is happening. If you dump your SO for this new guy, it may end... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on January 17, 2009

When Polly is in Charge
I love hearing parrots that have learned to mimic the ringtone of the phone in their house exactly, and seem to delight in tormenting their owners with fake rings.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:58 AM on January 17, 2009

N.E.R.D. Frontin' (acoustic cover)
Excellent cover of a criminally under-appreciated song. The guitar strumming gives it a really great energy that is totally different from the kinda laid-back vibe of the original.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:52 PM on January 16, 2009

What song is this?
Heh. Without even watching the video I could sing the song (doo doo DAH doo doo doo DAH doo), but I had no idea what it was either. It was, as bjork24 mentions, the Bulls intro music for much of their heyday in the 90s. Thanks for answering a question I never knew I wanted to ask.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 PM on January 16, 2009

Reusing Ask MeFi Q&A in a book
Somehow, I don't see the quest for a professionally-respected, MeFi-specific citation format ending well.

There is previous art in this area (R. Steady, 2008).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 PM on January 16, 2009

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