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We've attracted another expert
Duh, Vasco da Gama. You are thinking of Pantera. I can see why, as there has been a lot of discussion of panthers in this thread.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:50 PM on April 12, 2010

Pick your poison..
I have called Poison Control once, when the dog I was taking care of ate an entire box of chocolate chip granola bars. The guy one the phone said that there was probably not enough chocolate to make the dog sick, and told me what symptoms to look out for but that otherwise she would be fine.

Now seems like a good time to mention that there are several veterinary poison control hotlines out there. All of the ones I am familiar with require payment… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:05 PM on April 12, 2010

Sending money home
Yeah, the Bank of America "transfer to another account" is pretty awesome. You can even do it from your iPhone (or other smartphone, I presume) if you have set up the account you are transferring to on the regular website ahead of time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:47 PM on April 12, 2010

Product design paradigm shifts
StarTAC, baby, StarTAC.

I remember when a guy who worked in my office got one. It was as much a conversation piece as a brand-new iPhone was some 10 years later.

Wikipedia says, "The sleek Motorola StarTac mobile phone was introduced at the price of $1,000" -- and you thought an iPad was expensive?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:31 PM on April 11, 2010

How do I make the best of a bad puppy situation?
As has clearly been established, you should absolutely contact the breeder and explain your situation, ask them to accept the dog back, and inquire politely about the possibility of some sort of pro-rated refund.

In addition, as a person who currently owns a dog that was rescued off the streets of Buenos Aires, I am hereby granting you a full and complete reprieve from feeling awful about this.

Things… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 PM on April 9, 2010

Durable ebook formats?
Also assume that I'm primarily interested in unquestionably legal e-book acquisition.

The problem with this is that you need to concern yourself not only with the format of the ebook, but with the DRM of the books that you buy. Apple's iBook uses the epub format, as does the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Sony Reader. This does NOT mean, however, that an epub book purchased on your iPad will be transferable to your Nook.

This… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 PM on April 8, 2010

Agree?
It's buggy right now, so you just get Grant Morrison and a tank of ether.

I actually fell out of my chair laughing at that one, The Whelk. Good show.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on April 8, 2010

Did men really grab ladies' arms?
Heh. I just noticed a man-on-man arm grab in the latest episode of Lost, because it seemed so artificial and not the way you would ever grab someone in real life. My theory after thinking about it a little bit is that in real life, you would more likely stop or redirect someone's motion by moving or repositioning your own body in the other person's way, but this is inconvenient or impossible in TV/film due to camera angles, hence the somewhat awkward arm grab.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 AM on April 2, 2010

Not quite what I'd call a "Mixer"...
I think, in general, that Role-Playing Games are a good way to *increase* vocabulary, though

This is called The "What The Hell is Charisma?" Effect.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:57 AM on April 1, 2010

Toddler gets blue lips when very active. Is this a problem?
Yeah, I am not a doctor, and this is strictly anecdotal, but I had a childhood friend who had a heart defect. We were all told to make sure if her lips ever turned blue we needed to make sure she stopped whatever she was doing and someone was sent to go get her mother. The good news is she went on to have a very normal childhood and young adulthood, but if I were you I would try to get a referral to a cardiologist as soon as possible.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:01 PM on March 27, 2010 marked best answer

What if your baby is a girl, but you wanted a boy? Or vice versa?
saffry: "We gave eachother wry smiles, and I cried a little. Then we went right out and bought a blue sweater, because after trying for 3 years to have any child, we didn't care anymore if it was a boy or girl."

This is right on the money. You need to find out in advance, and then you will just come to terms with it as you go through the rest of your pregnancy. It may be a little sad, and a little tough at times, but once the baby is born… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:07 PM on March 22, 2010

X-ray photo of a cat?
Maybe ask a vet clinic, explaining your project? Or maybe a veterinary school?

The problem with this is that 1) it is very rare to do any sort of full-body x-ray -- they are usually focused on the area that is the subject of the study (usually abdomen or one limb) and 2) they will probably not be willing to give you an image of someone else's pet.

You might want to email the creators of this Veterinary Radiology blog -- they… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:59 PM on March 22, 2010 marked best answer

Earth Art, with Google Maps
The Northwestern Quebec one is amazing. It looks exactly like the land was just schmeared out with a spatula. Actually, I suspect that is what happened, with a glacier taking the place of the spatula.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:32 PM on March 21, 2010

HUZZAH!
At this point, I expect, nay require, shmegegge to use this thread as a liveblog of a complete playthrough of Cave Story. TIA
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on March 21, 2010

And She's Climbing the Stairway to Heaven
I am out of breath.
Is there an elevator?
Give me a minute.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on March 20, 2010

Favorite favoriting
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CABAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOLLOWS
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Favorite futures are up 3.25% across the board, with users in the 70K range making up most of the gains. sub-1000 users continue their slide, as a rash of profit-taking is stabilizing that volatile market, for now. Flag-backed securities continue their strong performance, with the "derail" and "offensive" tranches outperforming their counterparts dramatically. The… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on March 20, 2010

Still alive.
I have to think MetaFilter's Own Steve Wozniak's passing would be the most "dot-worthy" around here, at least, even more so than for Jobs or Gates.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on March 20, 2010

Overpaid fines and trouble-help.
Maybe none. When I was in college, I got a speeding ticket. I intended to go to court to argue down my fine, but being a college kid, I didn't end up making to court. I never called the jurisdiction or arranged to pay the fee in any way. Since then (and it's been about 15 years now), I have been pulled over several times and had my license run, and renewed or gotten a new Driver's License in several states (including states that directly border the state where I got the ticket. I have also… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 PM on March 19, 2010

What is the flag on the back of the UVM basketball uniforms?
That's it indeed. AskMe is fabulous. Go Catamounts, and go Green Mountain Boys!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 PM on March 19, 2010

Can we eat food from a broken fridge and how can we fix the fridge?
In case he doesn't see this question, you may want to send a MeMail to Mitheral. He diagnosed my fridge problem perfectly on AskMe some years ago, and his estimate for repair costs was within $5. He's a saint.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on March 19, 2010

The Social Networking Appliance
Something something Orkut?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on March 19, 2010
Crap. Should have refreshed before making a lazy joke.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on March 19, 2010

If someone gave you a surprise test on the last book you read for pleasure, what grade would you get?
Yeah, this is not the kind of thing Ask MetaFilter is for. Don't be offended when this "question" is deleted -- try again next week, with a more fleshed out query!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on March 15, 2010

How to keep stalker at bay?
First off, without proper training and education, a gun sounds like a very bad idea, as everyone else is saying.

More importantly, to stop the behavior -- can you hit the guy in his wallet? By that I mean, is there someone superior to your wife at the flooring company who can contact this guy and tell him that he will never be hired or recommended by the company for another job unless he cuts this shit out immediately? I would certainly advise your wife to at least… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on March 15, 2010

Japanese pro team football teams versus 100 schoolboys.
This is great. I immediately thought that I'd love to see this brought to the US and made into a sports/reality miniseries of some kind (like Shaq Vs.), with vast numbers of kinds taking on a variety of pro teams, but it quickly occured to me that soccer is the only sport this would work with. In American football and hockey the violence would result in dead children; in basketball the height differential would render the kids' advantage meaningless; and baseball presents several problems --… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 PM on March 15, 2010

"pretty ordinary stuff for a state full of people that are 48% inbred."
And I would be a Low Man in a Yellow Coat come to kidnap a strangely precocious and sensitive little boy for the glory of the Crimson King. mathowie would be Steven King.

abbalah-doon
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:25 PM on March 13, 2010

The AskMe thread on blood donation by gay men really needs a MeTa outlet.
though it took mod stamping to get rid of ZALGO

Buh? What are a ZALGO?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 PM on March 1, 2010

4chan memes? On my money?
My friends and I used amuse ourselves by puttting a tasteful little corncob pipe in George's mouth on every One we spent. Feels kind of weaksauce now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 PM on February 25, 2010

Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages
The Karate pegasuses are the best thing I have ever seen. Wing-ed horse fight!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:19 PM on February 25, 2010

When is it the least harmful for kids to divorce?
Since our marriage is clearly only existing for their benefit, I figure I might as well figure out when divorcing would be least harmful to our kids.

The sooner the better. As they get older, they will notice the problems their parents are having, and it will weigh on them in ways they will not fully understand.

My parents had a very similar-sounding relationship -- no fighting, perfectly amicable, little… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on February 21, 2010

What was your experience at Tufts University?
Tufts grad, class of '98 here. I absolutely loved my time at Tufts. I transferred to Tufts from a smaller, more isolated school, and the vitality and opportunities at Tufts were amazing. The campus is definitely urban, but quite beautiful, with some exceptional architecture (both new and old), and is in a very vibrant part of greater Boston. Connections (via the T) to just about any corner of the city you could want to get to are plentiful. The professors are often world-class, while still being… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on February 21, 2010

Breathair Oxy-Zone
MetaFilter: a question of nose muscle control and delicate lacquering of the air with thought pellets.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 PM on February 21, 2010

Warping Maps with NYPL
I was a map rectifiying superstar!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on February 21, 2010

this is only a coincidence
Oh, man. Thanks for this. I sometimes feel like the whole OK Soda experience was a dream, or a plot point in a Douglas Coupland novel. I find it really strange how many people my age barely remember it, if they remember it at all.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 PM on February 20, 2010

Yeah, it's nice. That's nice too. Yup. Nice.
Sounds to me like she just wants conversation and company and that's how she's getting it.

Absolutely this. My daughter (almost nine) is just coming out of a phase where she would constantly ask me the most inane questions. Things like "What is your favorite color?" and "How much do you love me?" over and over again. One day she said, "You know, Dad, I feel kind of silly asking these questions over and over again, but I'm… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 PM on February 18, 2010

Standard nerds!
That's the thing about Arsenal, always trying to walk it in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:42 PM on February 14, 2010

Did you guys see the size of that chicken?
Maybe 'He's gone apeshit' came from apes flinging their shit.

I always assumed it was because ape shit = bananas.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:24 AM on February 14, 2010

Olympian killed in luge accident
I'm not trying to be a dick, but why is somebody who died accidentally a hero?

I am also sick of the practice of calling anyone who dies tragically a hero, but I don't think it is off-base to say that all Olympic athletes qualify as heroes and heroines, especially to people who compete in and follow these sports.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on February 12, 2010
If this horrible thing happened during competition I'd give a lot more credence to the evil/incompetent Canadian theories. But the poor guy died during a PRACTICE RUN. Not sure how the promise of another 260 practice runs would've increased his odds of a long life.

The reasoning I have heard goes along the lines of "Since practice time was limited, foreign sliders had to push harder and be more aggressive in the few runs they had, instead of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on February 14, 2010

Who are the MeFi Olympians?
I qualified for the Olympic Marathon trials in 2000! Yay! Go Me Whooooooo!!!

Looks like we're going to be one of those flagbearer-is-the-whole-team nations, and you're it, stagewhisper.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:31 PM on February 13, 2010
i went to the olympic trials for fencing. i got my ass kicked, but i had a good time.

OK, that's something. We've got a fencer and a marathoner now.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on February 13, 2010

Recommend a dentist in Denver
because dentists are more often working for real money, compared to doctors, you can typically expect better customer service from a dentist than from a doctor, because they know a) you are paying them your own money and b) you can go somewhere else - no network, no problem.

This. I have known a number of people in your situation (including myself) and none of the dentists (or hygenists) these people went to were judgmental or difficult in any way.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 PM on February 13, 2010

Triclops Mage, I choose you!
Good thing I don't use the letters z, x, or c much, since this game is going to wear those keys OUT.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:38 PM on February 12, 2010
Warning: One of the characters in the last row (2 left of Santa) is "Naija" (?). With attacks of Slash, Potion, and Splash. Using potion always freezes the game for me. It's not a huge deal, as you can just reload the page to start the level over, but if you had managed to unlock a character before trying that attack, you'd be pretty pissed!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on February 13, 2010

One Book to Bring Them, Into the Sci-fi and Hook Them
My non-SF-fan brother loved both Snow Crash and Anathem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:23 PM on February 12, 2010

San Francisco History buried deep within Office Depot
And to think it was going to be Dubya running MLB.

I once had an idea for an alternate history type story detailing the grand and unqualified successes of both Commissioner Bush and President Selig.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on February 10, 2010

I love your suffering
Who's the geek hero in bed with the muppets?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on February 10, 2010

Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist?
I definitely "painted myself into a corner" in a previous career by over-specializing. If you do end up specializing, maybe try and find ways to broaden you experience, either through volunteer work, or continuing education or similar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on February 9, 2010

One of Us.
Justinian, I think you'll want to examine the First Amendment's Freedom of Sarcasm protections.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 PM on February 7, 2010

Snow Removal Service
Call your local landscaping services and see if anyone's willing to be hired. A lot of them do snow removal as a side business in the winter, when grass-cutting money is scarce.

I came in here to make that same suggestion. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on February 6, 2010

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