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Does Football have a future? Or, perhaps, should Football have a future?
It would be the height of irony if the future of football looked like rugby, where no helmets and pads means reduced concussions, because it emphasizes arm-tackling instead of just launching yourself at people.

I really think it would be wise for the NFL to begin a phased introduction of "No Pad Football". Start at Pop Warner, and bring it to the next level (High School, College, Pro) as the kids age, such that all football would be No Pad… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on February 13, 2012
The money ensures that football will not go away.

But surely you could have said the same thing about boxing or horse racing 50 years ago?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:52 AM on February 13, 2012
scratch basketball

gotta be a result of head trauma or drug use, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on February 13, 2012
OK, here is my detailed timeline for No Pad football. The roll-out will take 15 years. NFL, you are welcome to steal this.

2015 -- The NFL announces formation of the National Professional Football League, a No Pad Football league with franchises in 32 mid-market US cities, including McAllen, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Bethlehem, PA, and Dayton, OH. For now, no formal relationship between NFL teams and NPFL teams exist, but this will change over time.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:36 PM on February 13, 2012
2016 -- The National Professional Football League goes out of business.

I'm assuming it is bankrolled, at least at first, by the NFL -- like the NBA does with the WNBA.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:53 PM on February 13, 2012
People pretty much watch football for the hits

The hits are an easy thing for people to like about football -- visually stunning and doesn't require much sophistication. I think people turn on the football game for primarily three reasons:

1. An excuse to get together with friends and drink
2. Their favorite team is doing well and they want to get on the bandwagon
3. They have money on the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on February 13, 2012

I hope it's not johnny gill.
Us 3, Cantaloop. I can't easily link it on my phone, but search for it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on February 13, 2012
Dip trip, flip fantasia.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on February 13, 2012
It's not Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's version of Walk on the Wild Side is it? That would be an order of magnitude more embarrassing than Johnny Gill.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on February 13, 2012
Now that I am not on my phone, and for future reference, here is a (currently) working version of Cantaloop. Man, that was a great video for its time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:52 AM on February 13, 2012

MidLife Student Crisis
Unless the tuition is so low that you wouldn't need to go into any debt for it, I'd say it is not worth it, in general. Is your lack of a Master's costing you jobs? In certain fields it is a prerequisite for even being considered for some positions, but I can't imagine that the theater world works like that. I suspect you'd do better off to spend the time you would spend on the degree doing volunteer work in the field and building up your resume and… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 AM on February 13, 2012

You Autocomplete Me
Cute song and video. It's just too bad there isn't really a happy medium between over-enunciating the first "T" in Internet and pronouncing it "innernet".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:31 PM on February 12, 2012

The First Church of Sports?
Sabermetrics?

I don't know that you could say it "reveres" physical activity, but it is a science-based philosophy that has athletics at its core.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:07 AM on February 12, 2012

New Servers
Hmm for some reason the image tag isn't working for me? Can anyone confirm?

Looks fine to me. Those are some awesome cats!

Maybe you forgot to enter your TotalFilter password?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on February 10, 2012

Quietest, calmest, most self-sufficient breeds of large dog for a person who doesn't like dogs?
Do you have money to throw at the problem? If you were to adopt an adult dog, take some intensive training classes, hire regular dogwalkers and poop scoopers, and invest in frequent doggy day camp sessions, you can pretty much have all of the benefit of a dog without much of the hassle. We are talking significant amounts of money though, like maybe $1000/month.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on February 10, 2012

Taxes taxes taxes
So if I calculate everything online and then print out the tax forms, I then can mail it directly?

Well, yes, but the software will not allow you to print the forms without paying. What I have done in the past is just use the software to view the forms and hand copy the data into paper forms. My taxes are simple enough that this is a pretty trivial task, yours may be too complicated to make this scheme worth your while.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on February 10, 2012

*waves hand* Greedo /always/ shot first
GeekDad nails exactly why this retconning is so offensive:

Then there’s the fact that it simply makes no sense at all that Greedo could have shot first. Greedo is supposed to be a professional bounty hunter. How long do you think the career, and life, of a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe would be if he could actually miss a stationary target three feet in front of him that he’s been aiming at for several minutes? In the original version, he misses with his dying… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on February 10, 2012

Inconsiderate Landlord
Well, she knows my work schedule and I have to assume to she understands the imposition she's making but has chosen to do this because she can save some money using some guy who does renovations on weekends only as a sideline.

Ask vs. Guess Culture. Don't assume, just ask. Can't hurt, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on February 9, 2012

DoppelMetaGangers
Well, dave was slightly active, but hasn't been since 2003. His two posts are kind of charmingly dated-yet-still-current -- one about DVD region blocking and one about slumping CD sales.

There is also a rather famous MeFi's Own squatting on david. Who knew?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:03 AM on February 9, 2012

An 18% gratuity will be charged if this post gets more than 6 viewers
This looks like a good place to sneak in Art of the menu

My wife and I have a small but growing collection of menus we love from places we have eaten framed on the wall of our dining room. That blog is making me think about future travel plans just so we can add some of those menus.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 AM on February 8, 2012
Is 18% really the standard in the US now?

As someone who tries to be a Good Tipper, I usually tip between 18% and 20%, but I don't often eat at the kind of expensive places where those percentage points make much of a difference.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:19 PM on February 8, 2012

Not A Lot Of Car Chases In Books, Are There?
I feel like China Mieville does a great job with action sequences that can sometimes be... conceptually problematic. The warfare in The Kraken (involving wind golems, museum spirits, etc) and the fight scenes in Perdido Street Station (involving combatants facing backward and wearing mirror helmets) leap immediately to mind.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on February 8, 2012

Adjusting the sensitivity of an electronic cat flap...
The microchips have been known to migrate, or move from their original position in the body. I've seen one that made it all the way down to a foreleg, and have heard of microchips failing or actually migrating out of the body. Can you confirm with a vet that his chip is still active and is where it is supposed to be?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on February 8, 2012

Caution section in factsheet
"Caution" actually sounds perfect to this native English speaker. It suggests something that must be paid attention to, but is not inherently dangerous.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on February 7, 2012

We don't just talk any more.
Create a lineup for the following:
1. Most musically talented supergroup
2. Most commercially successful supergroup
3. Supergroup perfectly balanced between talent and success
Age/time/death is not a barrier, ie. you can have 70s Clapton in the same band as 90s Grohl. However, rivalries and personalities must be accounted for, ie. you cannot realistically have people who hate each other in the same band.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on February 7, 2012

Single Digit Theory
Fascinating. My 10-year-old was just asking me why "the finger" was so offensive. Now I get to tell her about Ancient Greek penises, oh joy.

Also, I'd love to see that Boston Beaneaters photo.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:47 AM on February 7, 2012

Elbow
That is deeply weird. The song is great though!
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on February 6, 2012

Found Out About You
That guitar riff really injects some power into this song. If I ever travel back in time to see 1995 Rock Steady I will tell him about Earcandy.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 7:44 PM on February 6, 2012

Leaving a Dead Pet Behind
Maybe transporting a plant that grows near the graves from the old house to the new one could serve as a reminder of them and a tribute to them, as it has been nurtured by the animals' remains?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on February 6, 2012

non-rainbow-bridge-dead-pet solace?
I was wondering why I was getting a bunch of favorites on a four year old comment. When my wife and I worked at an emergency animal hospital on Cape Cod, she was asked by one of the doctors to accompany him to the home of one of our clients to euthanize his sick Rottweiler. Shortly thereafter, the client donated a lovely plaque to the hospital with a photo of his dog on it and that quotation engraved below. I really loved it, and had it printed on some little cards that we could insert into the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on February 6, 2012

ringtones that don't annoy, 2012 edition
I'm partial to the codec chime from the Metal Gear video game series.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on February 5, 2012
I also have had the intro of the opening theme to Mad Men as my ringtone. Starts off nice and subtle and gets a little more insistent once the drums kick in. It's also fun to get knowing looks and head nods from other fans of the show.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on February 5, 2012

Pig Stickers
They could have made money on this. Auction off the un-applied decals to benefit the Police Benevolent Society, and seek donations from business to get the already applied ones replaced. I'm sure some sign shop would do it gratis for the publicity.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on February 3, 2012
A friend worked at the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury and she said that the employees would get to take home the "reject" pints

Reject schmeject. Every Ben & Jerry's employee gets three free pints per day. It's not clear if that is still the case from their most recent reports, unfortunately.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:42 AM on February 3, 2012

Before The Movie Begins
Very nice. Your little box-checking routine actually managed to confuse me, something authors rarely manage to do when they try to write a "here are confusing terms and conditions" parody.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on February 2, 2012

What songs can i use for this themed mix-cd?
I love Chantal Kreviazuk's version of Leaving on a Jet Plane, which seems like an obvious one to me. It is on the Armageddon soundtrack if you are looking to buy it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:56 AM on February 2, 2012

Shotengai of the World
The old Shoppers' World in Framingham, Massachusetts is often considered one of the world's first malls, but it was really more like a two-story covered arcade. It was torn down in 1994 and replaced with a parking lot surrounded by big box stores.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on February 2, 2012 marked best answer

What happened when you quit your job with nothing new lined up?
Many places seem to prefer to hire a currently employed individual. I cannot comprehend why, but it's been my experience, so it may be prudent to start your job hunt while still employed full-time in your field.

Yup. Sad but true fact of this recession seems to be that the longer you are unemployed, the less attractive you are as an applicant.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on February 1, 2012

Dating IS important
Also, if you are sleeping with your husband in the present perfect progressive, you should probably put down the phone.

Seriously, though? This is, of course, a good idea, but no amount of MeTa posts will make all Askers reliably do anything.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on February 1, 2012

What's the story, optional Cory?
The Daily What is a pretty good "things to see on the Internet" place, and I think it is run by a MeFite, if I'm not mistaken.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:10 AM on February 1, 2012

Persistent Navigation?
Now, I often find it almost impossible to do the tap-at-the-top-to-scroll-up thingie; I just end up switching tabs over and over and over again.

Yeah, I agree. I usually aim for the very top of the screen -- the few pixels between the location bar and the bezel. It's not much room, but if you err on the side of the bezel, nothing untoward happens even if you miss.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:00 AM on February 1, 2012

Are animal rescues doing animals a disservice?
Maybe I'm cutting the rescue places too much slack, but I just can't imagine any organization that would ask only about your plans to have kids and then deny you. I really think that question was taken out of context.

It is not about the specific question or the specific reason for denial. We all agree that it is important for shelters to filter out people who should clearly not own a pet. What many people in this thread, and increasingly in the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on February 1, 2012

No AK
I'm down with the 11/30/88 crew. Makes much more sense given the timeline of Cube's life.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on January 31, 2012
In fact, there is nothing incongruous about Deadspin saying he couldn't have sex with Kim, his long time partner, and him picking up a different girl. If anything, that makes 1992 more likely.

But Cube has always been famously faithful, so it seems unlikely he would sleep around on Kim just before they got married.

The day didn't happen in november of 1988 for one very good reason: Straight Outta Compton came out in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 AM on February 1, 2012

Infodump update: files relocated, new postlength data
For us non-silicon-based lifeforms, when you robots are talking about "indexes", what exactly does that mean? How does it relate to the human concept of an index?

I'm sorry, for someone who knows a lot about technology, I don't know shit about technology, and this is one of those things I've been wondering for a while.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on January 31, 2012
Does that help?

Perfectly. You know, I actually understand "databases" (I've even created a rather nifty Access database that the pharmacy I work in is going to use to keep track of our compounded products), and I know that people talk about the MeFi (or other websites) "database", but I've never explicitly linked in my mind the two concepts -- that a website is basically just a publically accessible well-designed query of a big… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on January 31, 2012

Fiction with food?
I've been noticing that Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 gets very specific when talking about food. Any time a character eats, we are told their whole menu, often including descriptions of their prep work. It is not constant enough that you'd say the book is obsessed with it, or anything, but it jumps out at me while I am reading it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on January 31, 2012

Can you help us think of anything we can do to prepare our grand-daughter for her trip to France as a foreign exchange student?
When I went to Europe in High School, my girlfriend sent me off with a stack of letters, one for each day I would be gone, with the date I was allowed to open it on the front. I was pretty homesick, especially at first, and those little notes were very helpful. For an 11-year-old you could include some stickers or candy or jewelry every few days as a little bonus surprise.

Also, if she is tech-savvy enough (and responsible enough), she could bring along an iPad or iPod… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 AM on January 31, 2012

What's been happening with the Patriots for the last three or four years?
"So, what's going on with the team this year, Dad?"

Ask him questions and let him teach you a little. Having that as a built-in icebreaker may make your conversation a little easier, especially at first.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 PM on January 30, 2012
Other specific questions you might ask:

Does Belichick know what he's doing when it comes to the draft?
Was it worth it gambling on Haynesworth and Ochocinco?
Should Edelman be playing defense at all?
If you had to pick one, would you take Hernandez or Gronkowski?
What gameplan gives us the best chance?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 PM on January 30, 2012

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