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 Steadyat 9:16 AM on December 15, 2008 marked best answer
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 Steadyat 9:09 AM on December 15, 2008
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 Steadyat 8:54 AM on December 15, 2008
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 6:47 AM on December 15, 2008
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 Steadyat 8:41 PM on December 14, 2008
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 5:58 AM on December 15, 2008
inigo2 is right. 46802 is a good result, 46812 is not. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:16 AM on December 12, 2008
To clarify the leading zero issue, 00802 is good, 00812 bad. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 6:54 AM on December 13, 2008
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 Steadyat 7:17 AM on December 11, 2008
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 Steadyat 6:18 PM on December 10, 2008
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 Steadyat 8:38 AM on December 10, 2008
oh.my.god. you know who the best drop in ever would be?
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.
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 Steadyat 7:44 PM on December 8, 2008
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 Steadyat 6:18 PM on December 8, 2008
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 6:30 AM on December 7, 2008
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 Steadyat 10:54 AM on December 4, 2008
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 Steadyat 7:14 PM on December 3, 2008
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 Steadyat 6:01 PM on December 3, 2008
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 Steadyat 10:57 AM on December 3, 2008
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 Steadyat 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 Steadyat 3:25 AM on December 1, 2008