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How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?
It's software, and the back-up and restore are not instantaneous, but I love the shit out of Carbonite. Only $50/year for unlimited off-site storage. If you have to restore a whole disk it will take some time to download everything, but if you just need a few files to get back to work it's pretty quick.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on December 15, 2008 marked best answer

Musical Mommas and Pappas: What's your Secret?
Even worse, whether it's day or night, he really won't ever let me play guitar when he's around: He wants to play it himself, so from the first string I pluck, he invariably comes running, snatches the pick away from me and starts strumming for me.

This seems to me like a great teachable moment about Impulse Control and Listening. Let him strum for a little, and then sit him down a few feet away and tell him that now he has some Listening Time. You... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on December 15, 2008

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"...
how can I justify its creation?

Dollah-bill, y'all. The best conceivable way to show a company that they should hire you for a new position is by showing them how much money they will make from your actions and how little (relatively) you will cost them. Obviously, the more profit, the better, but for large firms, even a slight net positive will be enough to get you on board if they really do want to work with you. If your financial situation... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on December 15, 2008

Book suggestion needed...or I'll give you the people's elbow!
Can you get in touch with the wrestler himself? Maybe ask him what his favorite book growing up was.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Time Travel gives you a headache...
[pedantry engaged]

Now harnessing the power of pedantry on the internet, that's the way to generate FTL travel!

/make it snarky, Number 1
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:42 AM on December 15, 2008

It's Christmas: give him the gift of naughty and nice.
They must have family photos displayed around the house, right? How about photoshopping (or re-photographing) something naughty into it? I'm thinking a little visible nip, or replacing a snowman's nose with a dildo or something. Something that is not apparent at a glance, but would be impossible to miss if you actually looked at the picture.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:55 AM on December 12, 2008
Have him arrange a "date" with someone in his life that C trusts, and who is NOT an option for real dating.

I like this, but make it a series of "dates," phone calls, emails, etc.

Like his brother or mother or boss or something. Go on the "date". See if C can figure it out.

And for extra bonus points -- C's mother.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Pet vet on the 'net yet?
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on December 15, 2008

Help Me Identify These Symptoms
That rapid eve movement is known as nystagmus, and is, along with head tilt and ataxia (loss of coordination), a typical sign of vestibular disease. There are many causes of vestibular disease, ranging from the mild and temporary to the very serious. You should take your dog to the vet tomorrow. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 PM on December 14, 2008
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 PM on December 14, 2008
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com

Oops. That was meant for another thread, but I guess is good advice here, too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on December 15, 2008

How do I protect my baby girl?
As a parent, the thing that keeps coming back to me as I read this thread is, how could I live with myself if I were to allow my father any kind of access to my daughter and he were to abuse her? It is one thing to have a child abused by a stranger, or by someone about whom you had no suspicions or knowledge, but with what you have already seen about your father? I get aeschenkarnos' point about "Fred's" choices being on "Fred" and not on you, but to me, allowing even... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 PM on December 14, 2008
Actions taken due to the desire to protect one's child from possible harm, can become a harm in themselves done to the child.

I totally agree with that statement. Some of the "stranger danger" stuff out there sickens me, for example. Actually, I would say that it may be harmful in some ways to keep this child away from her grandfather -- I think a close child-grandparent relationship can be a wonderful thing -- but... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on December 15, 2008

Number Generation Question
inigo2 is right. 46802 is a good result, 46812 is not.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on December 12, 2008
To clarify the leading zero issue, 00802 is good, 00812 bad.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on December 12, 2008
Thanks everyone! Your file did the trick, devbrain. I dig the procedural efforts, but in this case, "do it for me" is just as good as "teach me".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 12, 2008
can we ask why you are doing this?

I need to generate passcodes for an electronic door lock. The keypad only has 5 buttons (1|2, 3|4, etc) so I need to stick to even numbers so I don't accidentally give people identical codes (24680 and 24580 are essentially the same number in this system). I wanted the whole series so I can cross out numbers that are used and never re-use them. Thanks again everyone!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 13, 2008

What's cool in England this year?
My daughter loved the High School Musical Annual we got her when we were over there. It's a concept you don't see at all in the US, and if you can find a theme/license that the kids are into, it's a good (and easy to pack) option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on December 11, 2008

What's an interesting backstory to my character?
lekvar for the win. I love Bageena's hero (and I'd probably read that comic), but for a Dad? Silver Age style is right on the money. As for looks, Hidalgo has a point. Just give the artist a photo of your Dad as a young man and say, "Make him into a superhero."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on December 10, 2008

Deskology
Yeah, watching this happen last night was really fun. This kind of spontaneity and dry wit is what I really love about MetaFilter and the crazy, crazy people who live here. I love the way stickycheese drops a comment in this morning (my time) that is actually about Jimmy Fallon and late night TV, and is immediately accused of hijacking the thread (all in good fun, of course). swift's "second edition" is also priceless. GG everyone.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on December 10, 2008
oh.my.god. you know who the best drop in ever would be?

Jimmy Fallon?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on December 10, 2008

Science-y License Plates
My favorite geek vanity plate: A beat-up van with a Half-Life sticker in the window and the plate "PREPWND".

We have a Toyota Matrix, and I really tried to convince Ms. Steady to let me get "MRFEUS" or "3NITY". "NEO" was taken.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on December 9, 2008

Caga Tio: The World's Misunderstood Yule Log
what
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on December 9, 2008

Fingerstyle guitar to put a smile on your face
Joe Beese -- Guitar Face

This was great. I am so goddamn hopeless with a guitar, but I desperately want to be this guy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 PM on December 9, 2008

Late Night with The Roots
An Annotated Bibliography of Twenty-First Century Deskologyby R. Steady
University of Metafilter
Swift, The Importance of Desks in American Culture
The standard introduction to the field. Provides a basic grounding in modern deskology and desk-related studies. Unfortunately ignores the rising field of documentonics and the questions that discipline generates for traditional deskologists.

S. Doublethink,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:19 PM on December 9, 2008

Mother of All Demos
He forgot "one more thing..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on December 8, 2008

Do cats and dogs in confined spaces with smokers eventually die of lung cancer?
In veterinary medicine one often hears about the link between secondhand smoke and oral cancer in cats -- their rigorous grooming habits mean they are cleaning large amounts of carcinogens off of their body and collecting it in their mouths. Lung cancer is pretty rare in pets, but I'm not really sure why. I'll talk to our oncologist tomorrow.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 PM on December 8, 2008

Jingle Burn
Heh. I tried this without really looking at the songs' descriptions, and I thought for sure that the piano was in Astro Zombie's song.
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on December 8, 2008

Watching the Detectives
Fuuuuuck. Wow. I guess I need to stop being surprised at how good you are, right?
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on December 8, 2008

Is post order determined by when the post was started, or when it was submitted?
You should print this thread out and show it to your neurologist, as you seem to have some sort of blackout disorder. You got a beatdown from the rarely seen Quad Mod Squad, son!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:48 PM on December 5, 2008
However, the most recent occurrence was while using the text-only browser Lynx.

Ah, I see the problem! You are obviously reading MetaFilter in 1995, so there are clearly some pretty unstable vortexes, wormholes or eddies where/when you are. If you have the appropriate clearances, you may want to ask The Cabal to dispatch a Time Lord to your present location in the space-time continuum.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on December 7, 2008
GET A NSCA MOSAIC, MORANS!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on December 8, 2008

What's your idea of a romantic holidy in Europe?
You MUST take advantage of the Landmark Trust. Fancy spending a weekend in a 17th Century garden pavilion that looks like a Jacobean estate, while surrounded by a (gently) working farm? You can.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on December 8, 2008 marked best answer

Is there anywhere a survey of where Metafilter users live?
Too chicken to eat 10-day old turkey.

I see what you did there. Eponysterical, too.

Windows, Cape Cod, Cold pizza for brekkies.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on December 8, 2008

Frozen Pizza
Is this something I'd need a ravenous craving for shitty pizza to understand?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:18 PM on December 6, 2008

The War Of the Flea
Another Galclone.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:10 PM on December 5, 2008

What paranoid steps do you take to secure your stuff?
Offsite backup is easy and cheap with a service like Carbonite. It will take some days, maybe even weeks to back up all of your data, and it could take hours or days to download stuff that has been lost, but $50/year is pretty cheap for peace of mind. It also offers "Oh shit, did I just save over that?" protection, as long as your original file has been backed up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on December 4, 2008

Does "Christ, what an asshole" count as an "In Joke"?
There's a user with that as his/her handle if I'm not mistaken.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on December 4, 2008
What's a paphnuty?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:27 AM on December 4, 2008

Knee-Deep in the Dead, Redux
Whatever happened to itplaysdoom.com -- the website that attempted to list every known device that Doom had been ported to?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:49 AM on December 4, 2008

"a story of great potential overwhelmed by a genius for acts of pointless economic self-destruction"
And then I think back to before this, when I had to spend a day each week making artful purchases to transform ATM twenties into a suitable quantity of laundry quarters.

Exactly what I was thinking. There were times in college when I would have gladly traded 3 quarters for a dollar to get some laundry done.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on December 3, 2008

Dreaming of a Bicycle Christmas
How about:

Merry Christmas and ride safely!

Love,
The Internet
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 PM on December 3, 2008

We What? Pee Ess Who?
Yeah, the Wii is fantastically kid-friendly, and still offers great hard-core gaming experiences. The visual experience is clearly not up to the level of PS3/360, but graphics do not make a great game. I lust after LBP too, but I have played several games on the Wii that just make me smile and really feel the joy of gaming again.

Do what I am doing -- wait another year to get the PS3 or 360, once the price has been cut again and the budget "bestsellers" game... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 PM on December 3, 2008

I didn't expect this when I got a dog.
I've decided to look at it like this: my cat's taught me a lot of things over his 16 years. Since that's the case, how to accept death and how to grieve for someone I've known for so long and so closely is just going to be another thing he teaches me.

What a wonderful way to look at it. You may also want to talk to your vet to see if they know any grief counselors they recommend -- I know our hospital has one that seems to work well for people. You... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on December 3, 2008

Rune Guneriussen
Summon my army of choco-gummis immediately!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 PM on December 2, 2008

Why did AT&T lose our DNS records!?
I can open your page from here (Massachusetts) on my 1st gen, 2.2 firmware iPhone -- WiFi or EDGE -- with no problem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 AM on December 2, 2008

NWY -> STP (nc)
Rock Steady, if you would like your press to Old Turkey, it may still be sitting on my HD.

Enh, I guess I've got it in Sent Mail, for that matter. Can't wait for this game to get started.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:44 PM on December 1, 2008

Category request: Fitness
MetaFilter: Fit But We Know It
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:40 PM on December 1, 2008

Around the world in a day
Here's a route on Google Maps that gets you through 12 countries in 27 hours by car. I'm sure if you maximized the route for speed and were willing to break the speed limit a little you could get that under 24 hours. Gets you from the Czech Republic to Greece via Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:58 PM on November 30, 2008
halogen, that's a good point. Money is no object, however, so presumably you could arrange for a dedicated lane at those crossings, or a police/UN escort maybe?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:25 AM on December 1, 2008

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