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Monkeys and Typewriters
Well, in order to really assess the data size of the pandimensional, semi-aware, multiple universe spanning entity that are the MetaFilters (commonly known in Cabal-speak as "MultiFilter") we have to get into some pretty esoteric notions about data, information, and quantum mechanics. Some of the MetaFilters on more rarified and conceptual planes contain vast amounts of data in almost no "space" as we think of the term. It is possible to encode entire books worth of… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:55 PM on May 26, 2009

Remember that cool house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
My theory is that this house only exists in the mind of Ferris' house.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:37 PM on May 26, 2009

I blame Star Trek.
I just hope Pee Wee's in it again.

I know, right? The original movie has unfairly been lost in the swirl of Nu Buffy media. I know it wasn't true to Whedon's vision, yada yada, but it was a really great movie.

Also, I developed a mega crush on Kristy Swanson due to the film, so there is that.

I think Kristy's available, Kazuis.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on May 26, 2009

Award for Mefite Genius?
In other MeFite charitable giving news, in the epic bicycle gift thread, I suggested doing some kind of MeFi Santa this winter. I am still turning that over in my head, and I hope to get more concrete planning and organizing done this fall. If anyone knows a great gift-giving charity that has a good web presence, please let me know.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on May 26, 2009

tag = tags
Won't anyone thing of Rihanna?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on May 26, 2009

So You Think You Can Define Gender Roles In Dance
I've always thought that SYTYCD has had a difficult relationship with homosexuality. They always seem to be very reluctant to mention a contestant's orientation, even when it seems rather important to their story. Several seasons ago there was a young man who had been estranged from his father for years, ostensibly because he "gave up football". Nigel, in particular, seems very uncomfortable with homosexuals. His comments to that couple (and, surprisingly, the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:50 PM on May 23, 2009
But, wouldn't it have been better all around if nobody (judges or dancers) mentioned their sexual orientation? Seems unnecessary. But with it mentioned, that led to coy comments that was about orientation.

We don't even know that the judges knew their orientations (they mentioned it as an introductory aside to the camera). The problem is that Nigel (and Mary, to a lesser extent) consistently has problems with male dancers who are even slightly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:14 AM on May 24, 2009
In season 3 there were two wonderful same sex dances: princes fighting for dominance and mother/daughter foxes

Nigel "didn't get" the fox dance either, which I thought was one of the most wonderful pieces of art I had ever seen.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:32 PM on May 25, 2009

The Cryptic Canvas - now with 100% less annoying background music.
Doesn't load for me. An Ad-block problem?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:30 PM on May 23, 2009
Examine the van carefully, Empress. I'm clueless on the lutes and the bookgrinder, too. Also the parking dragon?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:24 PM on May 25, 2009

Durham Planning Thread
So glad to see this thread started. I'm really looking forward to meeting my fellow Triangle MeFites. I'm willing to go just about anywhere, at just about any time. As long as I've got plenty of warning to block off my schedule and arrange child care. Yay!
posted to MeFi Ten by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on May 23, 2009

Help me enjoy the beach on my own...
If you can do it surreptitiously, perhaps bury the stuff in a plastic ziploc bag under your towel? You could even tie a string to the corner of the bag and leave the string extending out of the sand to ensure that you can find it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:38 PM on May 23, 2009

I'm Michael, not Mike. How do I get this into people's heads?
And preferably without actually talking to people

Simply not possible. If it bothers you, you will need to tell people. Even if you tell people, they will occasionally forget. Tell them again. When they forget, or when they call you Mr. Lastname in an attempt to be formal or polite, they are not making a comment about your personality or your gender identity, they are just doing what comes naturally to them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on May 22, 2009
Rock Steady: I was being a bit sarcastic. I want to minimize the amount I have to tell people, but I realize I can't totally eliminate it.

Oops, sorry. As a teacher, you have an advantage in that you will have a large group of new acquaintances ready to listen to you. Take that opportunity to be brutally clear about the situation. "Hi everyone, I'm Michael Lastname. I prefer to be called Michael, instead of Mike or Mr. Lastname, if that's OK… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:38 PM on May 22, 2009

Diplomacy round 2?
I added a third game on the wiki, am I allowed to GM and play?

Well, you shouldn't GM a game you are playing in, because you can set it up to get a copy of all the press in the game. I don't see why you couldn't GM one game and play another, though.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on May 12, 2009
rakish_yet_centered, I will GM that second game (MTWTF, no roleplaying) if no one else is interested so that you can play in it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on May 12, 2009
Yeah, sorry, y'all. I've been waiting to hear back from spamguy, as he is sort of the reason I agreed to GM a game. I've deleted his name from the roster for the first game, and as soon as someone signs up for the slot and MeMails me their email address we'll get started.

I think I have cast the appropriate runes and flung the appropriate entrails such that the deadlines for all moves in the games will be at 11:30pm, Eastern Time on MWF (or MTWTF), but we'll see. The… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on May 18, 2009
Also, I've set both games to be randomized powers. Since two of the players in the first game (which I am calling mefi5) asked for it, we'll keep that one random, but if the players in the other one (mefi6) would like power choice we can do that.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on May 18, 2009
Emails have been sent out to participants in Mefi5 and Mefi6. Thanks to all the players, and good luck!

I'm going to remove the Chaos signup list, as it takes up a lot of space on the wiki and it doesn't look like we are getting 32 people anytime soon.

It would be nice to get that third game going, for the sake of those people who are signed up for it, so if you know any MeFites who might be interested, send them Conrad's direction.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on May 19, 2009
Yeah, let me send one more email to the stragglers tonight and if they haven't signed up by tomorrow AM, we'll open it up to the other folks interested in playing. I've traded MeMail with several of them when it looked like spamguy was flaking on us, so I think they'll be ready to jump right in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:49 PM on May 20, 2009
I can't really figure out who is missing from Game 6 (I've sent all of you an email about it), but if he or she is not joined up by tonight, I'll bring in one of the other folks who are waiting for a game to coalesce.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:02 PM on May 22, 2009
OK, I don't want to hold Game 6 up any longer. I'm not sure how to fairly give the last slot to the several people interested, so I'm just going to say that the privacy word for Game 6 is "mushroom" and let who ever checks back in the thread first take the spot. Sorry to the others still waiting, hopefully you can drum up interest fairly soon.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:13 PM on May 22, 2009

Days Are Long
I mean no offense to the myriad of great posters to MeFiMu, but I just want to say that whatever effort/cost/difficulties were involved in creating Music, they were all worth it for chococat alone. Let me know when you have another "CD + Canadian candy" combo available for sale. Great stuff. In this track, the intricate, layered, fun music more than makes up for any deficiencies in the lyric.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on May 22, 2009

New Comment request for ten pages
n_o_d: Nice. New potential sock puppet/band name: Geburtstagpony.

Elmore: Reincarnation is not possible since the Great Hackening. Should have asked last year.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:20 PM on May 17, 2009
It seems to me like xylophonists always do the "hold two mallets per hand" thing, so why don't they just make two-headed mallets? TIA
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on May 21, 2009
Because the distance between the mallet heads varies considerably over the course of most four mallet pieces.

Oh, that makes perfect sense, actually. [ANTI-ALPHABETIST]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on May 21, 2009

Can I Marry Gay?
Now I'm imagining a novel where the heroine marries into a family with a good gay name but it turns out that they turned straight ages ago and they're desperately trying to keep up appearances. And they've got a crazy swinger uncle locked up in the attic.

The Birdcage 2: Drag Harder, coming soon to a theater near you!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:30 PM on May 21, 2009

Carrboro Cookout Meetup
Grr. I am also not going to be able to make it this weekend, but I am blocking time off now for a big 10th party. Have fun all, I'm sure I'll meet you sooner or later...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 PM on May 20, 2009

Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt, Available in Various Sizes
Yeah, I have to agree with the manufacturer that a lot of that humor is just smug classism disguised as humor. HURFDURF WALMART SHOPPER and all that.

Are you shitting me? I'm pretty poor at this point, and I'd never be seen in that shirt. Even at $1300 it's still a crappy shirt.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:05 PM on May 19, 2009

Art Project Slags Art School!
As my advisor used to say, a university without students is like an ointment without flies.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:37 PM on May 19, 2009

Clever clever logo logo
Ooh, the Yoga Australia one was good.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on May 18, 2009
i would like to allow anyone the ability to remix this single comment. share it with your loved ones so long as you let them know the aloha wrote it.

"your loved ones are the crappiest of crap. you are no better."
--the aloha
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:25 PM on May 18, 2009
ELB is Expansion League Baseball, which doesn't make any sense, but neither did the 'Spos. I don't think we broke Creamer's site, I think he does not allow deeplinking to his images.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 PM on May 18, 2009

Your Tax Dollars At Work
As I've said before on MetaFilter, "USians" is the "Micro$oft" of International Relations.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:48 AM on May 17, 2009
Bannerspanglers

Fucking love it. Argument solved.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:11 PM on May 17, 2009
This is exactly what I am hoping to have explicated for me. Why is it heard this way?

Because it suggests that the word "American" (and by extension the people named by it) is insensitive, arrogant and imperialistic. You can argue that those things are true, or that the connotation was not intended, but that's how it is perceived by some.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on May 18, 2009

Vetfilter:Canine Addison's disease
Based on what you've said here, my wife (who has been a vet tech for 16 years) does not see that the vet did anything wrong. Addison's is very low on the list of suspects when a dog presents with gastrointestinal problems, so it is not surprising that they did not test for it on the dog's original visit. In addition, there are many many things that can cause kidney failure (including toxin ingestion), and so the Addison's (if the dog definitely DID have Addison's -- it's not clear from your… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:14 AM on May 18, 2009

Recommendation for tiny flash drive for ReadyBoost?
I use an SD card since I have a built-in reader in my laptop. Sometimes after I have been using the computer for a while, I realize that the card is not plugged all the way in and so I am not getting any ReadyBoost from it. I never notice the performance difference. The laptop is pretty underpowered for Vista though, so YMMV.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on May 18, 2009

Dummm ... da da dum daaaa dum .... dummm ... da da da dummm
The idea of a graduation without it is almost inconceivable. I think most graduates would feel cheated if it did not play at their graduation ceremonies. Are there any universities or colleges that don't use it at this point?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 PM on May 16, 2009

Abondoned Creations
Bannerman's Fucking Castle. Thanks for the post, TheRoach.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:18 PM on May 16, 2009

Circles, but how?
zerokey's link to the pattern generator doesn't work, but here's a great one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on May 16, 2009

Looking for my old scifi encyclopedia...
I've got a copy I'd part with. It's minus the dust cover, but otherwise in excellent condition. MeMail me if you are interested.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:24 PM on May 15, 2009

Does your son's name end with the letter "n"?
According to my projections, by 2043, over 96% of all boys will be named "Jackson" and close to 92% of all girls born will be named "Emily".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:19 PM on May 14, 2009
There's an exit off of Rt. 89 in New Hampshire near the Vermont border that is labeled with two town names: Enfield and Canaan. When my wife was pregnant with our daughter we were living in Vermont and traveling frequently to Massachusetts, so we saw the signs often, and I eventually became obsessed with naming our baby Enfield (for a boy) or Canaan (for a girl). I relented in the end, but I still think they'd be great choices, especially for a set of mixed-gender twins.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:09 PM on May 15, 2009
Canaan is a boy's name. The son of Ham!

It's a beautiful name for a boy... or a girl. Madison, Ashley, Jamie and Tyler were once exclusively boy's names too.


Huh. The name our daughter would have had were she a boy ended in an 'n'. And sounds a lot like a shortened version of one of the houses from Harry Potter, incidentally.

Lytherin?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on May 15, 2009

Know a good Burlington, Vt motel and a cool restaurant?
The Starry Night Cafe is just down Rt. 7 from the Shelburne Museum in Ferrisburg. It is very cool and (when I went there some years ago) was one of the best meals I had ever had.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on May 15, 2009

Beanie Madoffs
When we were struggling students in 1995 or 1996 my wife sold an early, rare Beanie Baby (Spot with no spot) that she had gotten as a random gift from someone for $500. Good thing she got out in time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on May 15, 2009

"all you really are is a wallet attached to a vibrator"
This thread is more fun (I know, but stay with me) if you imagine Kupo? to be an actual moogle posting on MeFi. No wonder the poor guy's confused about mods and deleted comments and who posted what -- he's a flying cat with a pom pom on his head!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:40 PM on May 14, 2009
Everything I learned about The Taking Of Pelham One-Two-Three I learned from the Beastie Boys.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:04 PM on May 14, 2009

The Summer of Love and HSN
For example, so many films set in the future that were filmed in the 80s or earlier might have things like computers you could talk to or long-distance video, but none of them had something like a cellphone.

The classic example is the prevalence of pay phones in Neuromancer. ("On his way back to the lobby, his cigarettes forgotten, he had to walk the length of the ranked phones. Each rang in turn, but only once, as he… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:29 PM on May 14, 2009

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