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Bueller?
Ubu, Cameron is so tight, if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you would have a diamond. Sloan in her lacy underthings is about as porno as he gets.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on April 28, 2009
So here's my question about the Ferris Bueller Fight Club theory: What is Jeanie and how are we to understand her interactions with Ferris?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:31 AM on April 29, 2009
So I've been watching the movie a bit this morning, and a big problem with the Ferris Bueller Fight Club theory is that both Ferris and Cameron seem to exist in the movie. Ben Stein calls both Bueller and Frye during roll, both interact with Sloane, both interact with people out in the world, etc. Cameron actually interacts less with people than Ferris, which leans more towards team lowkey's version, but Ferris is the only one who can break the fourth wall (he can do it undetected around others,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on April 29, 2009

This thing is spectrumy.
Picking up on desjardins' suggestion, how about "gradated" or "finely gradated"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 PM on April 28, 2009

Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Envy, and Dopey
There has got to be some effect from reporting standards, no? Otherwise why would certain states be so different from their neighbors? I'm looking particularly at Kentucky and South Carolina, as opposite sides of the coin.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on April 27, 2009

Morality and context.
Interesting article. However,

The combined ratings were significantly lower -- more immoral -- when the survey was conducted in the presence of fart smell.

Looks like it was only a variance of .75 (on a 7 point scale), and showed no change for increased levels of smell, which presumably makes people more disgusted, no? I know that "significantly" has a very specialized and specific meaning when it comes to this kind... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 PM on April 26, 2009
This reminds me of Williams' and Nagel's idea of moral luck.

Fascinating.

I have asked my cat what she thinks and she just went and curled up in the corner.

Prude.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:59 PM on April 26, 2009

Dealing with Gossip and Mutual Friends
I agree with the folks who suggest chiming in with positive statements about the person, but let me also add my personal stance on gossip in general: Gossip is OK. We talk about people behind their backs. We all do. It's what we, as social apes, are best at. Sure, you don't want people spreading lies and badmouthing your friends, but it's OK to indulge in a little discussion about others' faults and foibles. They are probably talking about you, too.

Hey,... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 PM on April 26, 2009
ragtimepiano: What about honest commentary about the bad actions of an absent person?

From the question: "it seems a little needy, a little naive, to try to defend the friend: especially when that friend was apparently mean/ugly to someone at the table"

Again, I certainly don't countenance deliberate lies or slander, but if someone does me wrong, I certainly don't feel bad telling people I know about it, and I don't wait until that person is present.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on April 26, 2009
If you have an honest, legitimate complaint, I wouldn't call that gossip.

Fair enough, then. I guess the definition I usually use for "gossip" is a discussion about a person who is not present. Gossip, to me, could include lies and truth, be positive or negative. Keep in mind, when dealing with human interactions, I have found that the line between "malicious, unsubstantiated talk" and "legitimate complaint" can veer... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 PM on April 26, 2009

What foods are best to spice up bland whole grains?
Well, I think can detect about 1 ppm of cilantro (fresh coriander) in most foods, but I also think it tastes like soap, so... swings and roundabouts, I'm saying.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 PM on April 26, 2009

Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off.
Could they have been drinking beer at Wrigley? I seem to remember them with clear cups full of amber fluid, but I can't find video of it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on April 26, 2009

Law, Loneliness, Accomplishment and Courage
That was great. I kept thinking, "I wish she would do a children's book -- I'd love to get it for my daughter." Then I read here little bio where it talks about her dozen children's books!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on April 26, 2009

But what about the children?
A very low-cost option in Concord is the Merrimack Valley Day Care system. It is operates on a sliding scale, and provides care for even the youngest tykes. It is not high-end, but the people that work there are very dedicated and really love children. I can't find a website for them, but I bet they are in the phone book. Our daughter went to the facility at the old NH State Hospital grounds for a year or so, and we were very happy with it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on April 26, 2009

The Umpire Wore a Top Hat
I wonder if there is a market for Vintage Inter Net. You'd have have a whole collection of sites that all used 20th Century hardware and software and agreed to only link to each other to keep the illusion complete. "What ho, chaps! Take a gander at the antics and japes of this comickal dancing banana-fruit I found at the Meta Filter!"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on April 25, 2009

Give me Heartburn like I have when I go South.
Can you describe the style of burgers you are looking for, for non-Southerners?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on April 24, 2009
I don't have specific names for you in the Boston area, but it sounds like you are describing the kind of burger I have had at fried seafood shacks up and down the New England coast. On the Cape, places like Kream N Kone, Captain Frosty's and Spanky's are in that category. Probably the Saugus/Revere area is the best bet close to the city.

Spike's is also a good idea, but I've only ever had dogs there, myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:53 PM on April 24, 2009
This thought came to me literally in the middle of the night last night: What about greasy-spoon type diners? There are two in Somerville (the Rosebud and the Somerville) and I am sure others in the metro area. A cursory Google search suggests several right in the city, but I'm not sure how diner-y they are without further research.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on April 25, 2009

DrossFilter - brute force thread cleanser
jbickers, that is one of the funniest comment fables I have read in a long time. Well done. I'll buy you an Uneven Bars at the next meetup.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:18 AM on April 24, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
I was England in EZ3 and was quite enjoying it until I was stabbed by Germany. I guess since the Kaiser won it was the right thing to do, but at the time it seemed awfully premature. I thought it wouldn't get him enough SCs to win, and would tighten the resolve of the remaining nations against him. Oh well.

With all of the original series of games (EZ1-3 and NORM1) ended and this thread getting close to closure, we really do need a new MeTa post to keep our momentum going.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:13 AM on April 24, 2009

Blue Lasers?
Oh. My. Fensler. How the fuck have I never seen those before? I blame you people for keeping them from me. That was amazing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on April 23, 2009

internet blockade
Is this where I go to cancel the Googles?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on April 21, 2009
Damn you, Spiffy Rob! I thought I had everyone on board with the "Don't Mention Puzzle Pirates Unless You Want To Restart Rock Steady's Addiction" plan.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on April 21, 2009

Picture Books For A Super-Smart Kid
I can't believe no one has mentioned Zen Shorts yet. Probably one of my favorite books of all time. Gorgeous art, wonderful characters, and a very powerful message.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on April 21, 2009

MetaMobile
gman, what is that? A microwave?

If you put it in some kind of box and turn the volume all the way up? Probably.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:19 PM on April 20, 2009

Can I help my 19yr old brother with little hope for his future?
Have you asked him what he wants to do? I don't mean that in a snarky way, but I'm just saying that it might be easier for you to help him along a path of his own choosing, rather than one that is forced on him. If he shows some interest, help grease the skids a little. Interested in community college? Fill out the application with him. Thinking about the military? Call a recruiter and set up an appointment, then drive him to it (based on family experience I'd suggest Air Force, actually).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 PM on April 20, 2009

Hello Cleveland! Are you ready to rock? And by rock, I mean click really loudly.
Ooh, robocop is bleeding's link led me to this related video, in which video closed-cell weatherstripping is used to silence the sticks instead of the pads. I may give that a try.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:41 PM on April 20, 2009

Gift Stethoscope for pets.
My wife the Veterinary Technician swears by the Littman Classic II SE. She prefers it a great deal to some much more expensive models she has tried.

To add a personal touch, you could order a little dog collar ID tag with your friend's name on it. Techs often attach them to their 'scopes so people don't walk off with them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:49 AM on April 20, 2009

Disturbing Strokes
I saw Lord Chamberlain's Men perform this as Dyfferent Strokkes at the Globe in 1606.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:46 AM on April 20, 2009
Perhaps on the Disney Channel.

Actually, the Disney Channel's new sitcom, Sonny With A Chance, has exactly this kind of "how did we get to this point" opening credits.

Are your kids obsessed with this show, too, chococat?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on April 20, 2009

Making the jump into the 21st century
We don't have one in our new place, and I don't think we will be getting one. Even though cell reception is not perfect in our apartment, it's not worth the extra $40-50 per month for a landline. That said, you've got to consider your partner's feelings about it. Even if she knows it is not strictly necessary, she may want it for all sorts of reasons.

Why not try an experiment? Get her to agree to unplug the landline phones for a month (but keep the service active) and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 AM on April 18, 2009

A case of mistaken definitions?
My daughter is a huge iCarly fan. I've seen the episode in question. It is specifically a made-up-word.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:27 PM on April 17, 2009 marked best answer

How do I deal with a death threat I received in error?
If you have some way of contacting the threatened individual (if the threat includes more than just a name or something), I would feel obliged to tell that person -- they may have additional information that they would want to contact the appropriate authorities about.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on April 17, 2009

distinctions
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 Steady at 7:44 PM on April 13, 2009
What do they love about it? 1) They never said 2) They've never fucking been there!

To be fair, there have been some pretty awesome commercials for New Zealand on the Travel Channel recently.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on April 14, 2009
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 Steady at 8:43 AM on April 17, 2009

Will you please clarify linking etiquette?
LINK TO ME NOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:15 AM on April 16, 2009

Only if you're doing it right.
...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 Steady at 5:41 PM on April 15, 2009

All non-dispassionate responses will be culled. That is all.
My favorite mentally mispronounced username:

lampoil -- "lahm-poo-EEHL" like it's french or something.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:33 PM on April 15, 2009

All Things Ill-Considered
And even though it makes Davec Swarkestone break out in hives every time he hears us say it, this is NPR: National Public Radio.

Is Dacvid better?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:27 AM on April 15, 2009
Brainstorm for "No Middle Namers" -- subtract one letter from your first name.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:14 PM on April 15, 2009

old, weird america
There's a great academic take on the subject in Main Street to Miracle Mile.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on April 15, 2009

Carrboro Cookout Meetup
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 Steady at 1:27 PM on April 15, 2009

How to track two debit cards on one account effectively?
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 Steady at 5:19 AM on April 15, 2009 marked best answer

scarygirl
Man, that is good looking, but the pipe that just sucked me back to the beginning of the water level? Not cool, man.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 PM on April 14, 2009

All-purpose Male Shoes
A pair of Merrell Jungle Mocs in chocolate brown will fit the bill nicely.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on April 13, 2009

How do I stop offending people with my anxiety?
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 Steady at 1:22 PM on April 13, 2009 marked best answer

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

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