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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?
My friend who loves cats and takes very good care of them, but lets them roam outside calls these kinds of shelters "Cat Nazis" -- like the "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on January 30, 2012
Cats should not be outside. Being outside lessens a cat's lifetime by many years, statistically speaking. I know there's some controversy over this, and I'm aware that many, many cat owners don't really think this affects them, but it really is not egregious for a shelter to deny allowing cats to a family that will have them outside.

It's better for them to stay in the shelter indefinitely than to go live with a loving family, even if it's life might… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:50 AM on January 30, 2012
But you would be AMAZED at the applications we get.

I'm sure. No one is questioning the existence of some sort of screening process, nor the refusal to adopt to the sort of applicants you describe.

I think the overall picture is, as a rescuer deep in the trenches of what we do, you learn to expect the worst of people. It's sad, but when most of the dogs you bring into your program have had really, really awful lives… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on January 30, 2012
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 need to see his stat line to confirm his triple double first. Fantastic.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:38 PM on January 27, 2012
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
How big is Metafilter?

I've addressed this before.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on January 30, 2012
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

Global Warming *raspberry*
The Daily Mail may be awful but it's not actually made out of poison or space viruses

[citation needed]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:07 AM on January 30, 2012

Wall Trampoline!
That is great. It's like vert skateboarding without the annoyance of the skateboard! Maybe they should call it "Trampoline Vert" to tie it in even further to the extreme sports concept.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on January 30, 2012

Scrollin'
That entire list of names posted in univac's comment is my new band name.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM on January 29, 2012

Hep
I've read this three times, and I still don't understand it, and I can't imagine that anybody ever thought this was reasonable.

I find it helps if you think of it as the monetary version of the US's measurement system. Illogical and confusing, with a clearly superior system available to replace it, but it persists out of habit for many years.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:45 PM on January 29, 2012

You Gon' Get Some
Give me all of the Rihanna you have. Wait … wait. I worry what you just heard was: Give me a lot of Rihanna. What I said was: Give me all the Rihanna you have.

Specifically Rude Boy, Cockiness (Love It) and S&M off the top of my head
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on January 26, 2012
Speaking of Xtina, the song Candyman is pretty explicit (lyrics include references to panties dropping and cherries being popped), especially considering its retro sound.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:59 AM on January 27, 2012

Acting As A Bodyguard. Need tips.
Arms crossed, chest puffed out, head slightly back. Keep your eyes moving and your head turning from side to side to have a full picture of the area around you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:52 AM on January 26, 2012

Getting a Macbook Air in a couple weeks and need advice on moving to the smaller hard drive, specifically relating to iTunes and iOS devices.
You know about iTunes Match, right? It works really well with your iOS devices and computers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:52 PM on January 25, 2012

How do I show you that I love you?
Combining items from a couple already posted, I think keyboard and nametag would capture the spirit as well as any two items could. I agree that in the modern economy, it is hard to find only two items that capture the full swath. Maybe add a modern claw hammer or screw gun and have the three crossing over a steering wheel?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on January 25, 2012

Bored now
In genetics, the terms are mutant and wildtype.

I'm totally pitching a new X-Men franchise called Wildtype that features a group of non-mutant kids who get sent to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters because their clueless parents think it is just a really exclusive private school. Through a clerical error they get assigned to their own "super" team and have to go up against the traditional X-Villains. They succeed… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:14 AM on January 24, 2012
So -- throwing out this term that many folks have never heard before, yet insisting that discussion stay on your "more interesting" topic, is just not realistic.

Well, what are you supposed to do then? Either you use the term in discussing these types of issues so more people can hear of it (and, presumably, learn about it), or you don't use the term to avoid the "controversy" and no one ever hears it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on January 24, 2012

Cutting My Hours Without Losing My Job
Can you tell them that you are taking classes that are related to your current job? It could involve a decent bit of lying, especially if people want to help you with your assignments or something, but if you are going to be hiding what you are doing with half of your time, you are going to have to do some lying.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:21 PM on January 24, 2012

baby, baby
AskMeFi is clearly not designed for putting MeFites in contact with one another, but it sometimes plays out that way. The Russian sex trafficking thread has already been mentioned. Here is a thread where a MeFite ended up getting a ride to an abortion clinic and money to pay for it. And while it is true that there is a shameful history surrounding a woman's right to choose, we shouldn't make phearlez pay for that when he was clearly only acting in good faith.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on January 24, 2012

Being a parent is hard.
If he likes the school and you like the school you should keep him there, full stop. It's not entirely clear to me if the decisions about moving to a different room are being made by the teachers or the director, but if you trust that the teachers are having major input into those decisions, I think you have to accept that the decision is what is best for him.

This "transition" thing sounds weird to me, frankly. When my 4 year old daughter… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on January 24, 2012

DJ or Dominion?
It's your wedding, so do want you want. That said, I'd be kind of bummed to go to a wedding and find no dancing. Weddings are one of the few chances an adult has for dancing these days. That said, the board game thing sounds kind of fun, so... I guess I'd have both if spending the money for a DJ isn't an issue.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:25 AM on January 24, 2012

More funny, charming, intelligent things to watch?
Downton Abbey is incredibly charming, very smart, and often Britishly funny. It is heavy with interpersonal drama, however, so not sure it is as relaxing as you might like.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on January 24, 2012 marked best answer

Inside[r] baseball?
He also says he's considering changing the name completely. Yeah, I know: never gonna happen, but interesting nonetheless.

There were rumblings (heh) that the name was going to change with the move into the new train-themed stadium to the Houston Diesels or the South Texas Railmen (yikes). The new uniforms seem much more engineer than astronaut.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:23 AM on January 24, 2012

The ability to recreate an entire movie is insignificant next to the potential of the Force.
OMFG. Luke and Obi Wan and 3PO in the hot tub? With the lightsaber fizzling out as he sits down? I'm dying here.

Is is so glorious. If Lucas gets this shut down I will seek him out and punch him in the wattle.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 PM on January 20, 2012
I got the biggest kick out of the way people improvised the costumes, so I don't anything like Superman or BTTF would hold the same appeal.

Yeah, it needs to be heavy with FX and costumes and locations, as that was a good part of the appeal. For that reason I think Raiders is actually the best bet. Maybe Alien and or Aliens?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 AM on January 23, 2012

High fat food for cats?
Ask your vet about Hills' Prescription Diet a/d. It is designed for feeding to critically ill pets, so it is super nutritionally dense and, apparently, delicious.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on January 20, 2012

How can I not drink heavily and keep a social life?
I don't drink and never have, and I've never had problems making friends or being invited out with the gang. If you are an eager Designated Driver and do not make an issue about their intoxication (or your lack thereof) you can be a well sought-after drinking buddy. Be careful you are not using the drinking/non-drinking thing to cover up some other social issues you might be having.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on January 20, 2012
Well, I don't know you so I can't say, but I just mean that you might have other issues that are causing you to have difficulty making friends with people in your department. It could be anything from being overly judgemental to bad breath. I'm just suggesting that you take a look at other aspects of your personality than just your lack of drinking as the possible roadblock you are hitting with your colleagues.

If you are worried about getting drunk, try not drinking at… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:25 PM on January 20, 2012
I wonder if perhaps it's not a general vibe I project.

Yeah, I kind of think that might be what is happening here. There are people who, for whatever reason, make every choice they make seem like a silent judgement of what everyone else is doing. I have no idea how you begin to remedy something like that, but maybe start by having some brutally honest chats with some very good long-term friends about your personality and your non-verbal communication?… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:29 PM on January 20, 2012

Blank Faced
A cursory look at the FaceTime Wiki suggests that FaceTime is only compatible with Apple-made cameras and, in particular, the FaceTime that Lion has is only compatible with HD Apple-made cameras.

Not true. I have FaceTime installed on my Mac mini with an older Logitech USB webcam plugged into it and it works just fine. I'll post the exact model when I get home later this evening.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:01 PM on January 20, 2012
Oops, it's an HP -- not Logitech after all. I just found it on Amazon.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:04 PM on January 20, 2012
Yup.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:14 PM on January 20, 2012

Can I have One Media Playlist to Rule Them All?
The iPad app Fanhattan does a decent job of this. It aggregates a bunch of websites/services and tells you what things cost before you go to that service.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:02 PM on January 20, 2012

Not as good as you think
Anything involving going to grad school means that you rack up debt that you'll probably never be able to pay off if you can't get a job, and everyone going to grad school so they can someday get a job means that more people are looking for jobs, and every single field is cutting back.

Exactly. The thing that is bad is not the careers, it is the educational debt, and that applies to nearly every career out there these days.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:59 AM on January 20, 2012
I'm really interested in situations where there is a major mismatch between the return on the time/money investment that the general public would expect there to be for the average person, and the reality for the average person.

Well then let me introduce you to veterinary medicine. To get through vet school will cost you about $200,000, for an average starting salary of about $60,000. Add into that mix that most vet schools in the country are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:53 PM on January 20, 2012

Goodbye to a legend
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I first heard "At Last" as a young teenager on the great Northern Exposure soundtrack album and it's been on heavy rotation in my life ever since. The tension in those opening strings being so fully and completely relieved by her first "At last...." is an amazing piece of music.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on January 20, 2012

Achievement Unlocked
This is just to say

I have TKed
the tank
that was in
the spawn point

and which
you were probably
camping
for cheevos

forgive me
they were laggy,
so newbie
and so pwned
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on January 20, 2012

How am I supposed to repay a scholarship based on financial need?
See? I am terrible at this.

Just be very careful that you are as literal and as accurate as possible in your communications. If you have had a friendly relationship, you may find yourself making assumptions about what the principal does or doesn't think, or assuming that he/she will understand what you are talking about without your having to go into detail. Try as best you can to be crystal clear about your concerns and, more importantly, what… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:46 AM on January 20, 2012

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