Bring a couple Rob Neyer books and The Big Show by Patrick and Olbermann (solely for Olbermann's list of 100 ballpayers that belong in the HOF) in the car to generate some discussion. Get to Camden Yards and Fenway Park early to hang out in the little plazas/streets they close off pre-game. You'll have a neat opportunity to compare the two parks -- Fenway has been almost entirely re-done by Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith, the same people that drove the construction... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:00 AM on April 26, 2007
So, I know I'm going against the flow of the discussion here, but WTF is up with the American Atheist symbol cutting off the bottom end of the vertical "orbit"? Is it supposed to be an A? If so, why have the A in the center?
If we're voting, I'd go with the Null Set symbol, if we mut have one. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:14 AM on April 25, 2007
Thanks absalom. I poked around that site for a while, but I didn't see that page. I get the intended meaning, but to me it just looks like they cropped the .jpg badly. I actually thought that was the case when I first saw it at the military gravestone site, and I wondered if they'd make the same mistake in carving it.
I ued to be a bank teller. It is perfectly fine to not have your bank's address or phone number on your checks. I did notice that non-bank issued checks were much more likely to have wrong/bad MICR encoding (the numbers along the bottom of the check, which are printed in magnetic ink to enable easy machine reading). As long as the numbers are right, though, it will process fine, even if the numbers have to be entered in by hand by the banks processing the checks. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:29 PM on April 25, 2007
Hmm. This may seem strange, but stick with me. I'd actually approach this from a very non-judgemental direction at first: "So you know what these groups are. Where did you hear about them? What else do you know about their beliefs/strategies/actions? What do they symbolize for you? Do you agree with any of them?" Then you can give him your own moral/ethical take: "Well to me they symbolize... and their actions make me think..." And then try to personalize the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:47 PM on April 24, 2007
I'm not a Mac guy, so I don't know, but if we were talking Windows, you could get a PVR card that can control a set-top box with an IR-blaster. Of course this means getting an extra set-top box from the Comcast folks. It may not be what you are looking for, but I'd second the recommendation of going with the Comcast DVR. I actually prefer mine to TiVo in many ways.
Oh, and the above posters are right that ESPN is available non-encrypted, but FSC is not (and is in fact... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:30 PM on April 23, 2007
Oh, another (expensive) option just occured to me, but if you must have the recordings available on your computer and not your TV (ie Comcast DVR), you could get a Slingbox to go with your Comcast DVR box (would need to be in addition to your regular cable box if someone else in the house would want to watch TV whilst you access your footie matches). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:39 PM on April 23, 2007
The gold scorpion (skorpion?) is crazy, but I love the Mr. Atlas C-note and the game of solitaire. Solitaire needed to be celebrated in cake form for some reason? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:15 AM on April 23, 2007
Not exactly what you are looking for, but with Microsoft's Tweak UI Powertoy you can change what folders/locations are listed in your "places" list (the icons to the left of the main window in the screenshot). This is for XP. There apparently is a TweakUI for Vista, but it's not made by Microsoft. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:50 PM on April 21, 2007
I'll second the idea of "try it, you just might like it" and fifty-second the idea that it is probably not a deal breaker for the vast majority of guys, as long as you are mature about it and are willing to pleasure him in all sorts of other ways. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:48 AM on April 20, 2007
Battle for Wesnoth is a really nice FREE turn-based strategy game for Windows and OSX (and they are working on Wii and PS3 versions).
- control over individual troops with unique skills
- story-driven campaign with various challenging battle scenarios
- surviving troops continue from battle to battle and become "veterans"
- really steep (for me) difficulty scale -- first... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:39 AM on April 19, 2007
Damn, I knew that sounded too good to be true. I thought maybe web-based somehow, or Virtual Console? Oh well, easy come easy go. Any specific recommendations for user campaigns? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:24 AM on April 19, 2007
I used to work with a permanent resident (in MA) and every time she needed to do anything with the DMV she assumed it would take at least 2 trips to accomplish it, as they would ask her for some random bit of paperwork she neglected to bring with her the first time. One thing she started to do is take that second trip at the same time, same day, the next week, so the same staff was likely to be on. That way she could say, "That guy told me this would be OK," even if she didn't end up... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:25 PM on April 18, 2007
I second the song recommendation. Find out what kind of American music they like and then pick a song for them to transcribe and then translate. When I was learning German our teacher had us do this for "99 Luftballons" (heh) and it was both more difficult and more rewarding than I expected. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:10 PM on April 18, 2007
the threat of you (and potentially others) leaving the class will hit the instructor where it matters-the bottom line
This has a lot of potential. You say she is treating others in the class badly as well -- are others thinking of dropping the class? If you talk to the instructor en masse (or one of you as a representative for the others) and give him an "it's her or us" ultimatum, perhaps he will come up with a way to gently suggest that... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:33 AM on April 18, 2007
But why would you assume there would be any additional shooting after the first event? To any police investigating (especially if the estranged boyfriend angle is true and was known) it must have seemed like the action was over. Yes, you had a shooter at large, but what are the chances he then goes out and shoots innocents after a fairly significant delay? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:47 PM on April 16, 2007
My old Medieval Art professor's sole bit of nitpickery was to correct anyone who referred to the Bayeux Embroidery as a Tapestry. The images were sewn onto a long piece of cloth, rather than woven into it, so it is more properly called embroidery. She also liked pointing out all of the cocks in the thing, so I respect her wishes. One of the required texts for that class was a book that reproduced the entire thing in one very long foldout. After the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:30 PM on April 12, 2007
Nelson - The embroidery was made under duress by Saxon women as directed by their Norman conquerors, and they snuck in all sorts of inside jokes and commentary. There is one scene in particular where the Normans are clearly riding mares into battle while the Saxons ride mighty stallions -- which was apparently quite the diss back then.
edgeways - My understanding is that it was found being used as a tarpaulin by French troops by a superior officer... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:11 PM on April 15, 2007
OK, I know almost nothing about information security, but this discussion of exploits and holes strikes me as very similar to the "stranger danger" thread on AskMe recently. I mean, yes the risks are there, but what are the chances of someone actually doing damage? And what is the damage we are talking about -- just hijacking my MeFi account? I recall some discussion about the IMG tag that suggested it could be used to get info from other sites that were open at the same time. Is... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:12 PM on April 15, 2007
Also also, have I asked enough questions? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:13 PM on April 15, 2007
Make up your own mind as to whether this is a risk you want to take. But realize that there are some (though maybe just one) of us who don't want to take this particular risk, and who would like to see the identified issues resolved before it becomes available to anyone with capability, motivation, and $5, and even then, have it be an option that can be disabled.
OK, so shouldn't it be an option then, perhaps with an appropriate warning/disclaimer? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:20 PM on April 15, 2007
Looks and works great on FF2 on Vista, but it does go back to the default after closing the browser. Also, if we are all getting ponies, it would be nice to have the live preview resize along with the entry field, but that doesn't sound easy. In IE7 on Vista, it works, but when I drag the handles, the whole page goes white until I release the handle. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:42 PM on April 12, 2007
Firefox recently surpassed IE as the most popular browser on all of mefi
Yeah, neat post. It was truly satisfying to grok the pattern necessary to get number 1. That was so much geeky fun I'm a little embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed it. Anyone want to do some word problems for extra credit? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:23 PM on April 12, 2007
My wife is a Veterinary Technician in an emergency hospital. They have had several patients affected by this, and I will alert her to this question in the morning (Eastern US time). From what I understand from her, Menu Foods has been very responsive in reimbursing people for their vet bills.
(I'd have emailed if you had one in your profile, email me if you'd like to speak to her directly) posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:27 PM on April 9, 2007
From Ms. Steady:
First, let me say that I am so sorry about your cat. I am sure you are hearing that from a lot of people, but having worked in veterinary medicine for 10+ years, I know how difficult this is. We have unfortunately been dealing with this tragedy at my emergency hospital on a daily basis ever since the first press release. The first thing you need to do is get a copy of your cat's entire medical record. If you had bloodwork done in the past it may help to... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:54 PM on April 10, 2007
Since it's so new, perhaps doing a Factory Restore would not be too problematic (I don't know Macs, but I assume they have some sort of functionality where you can revert the system to its original condition)? Then DON'T run the software updates and try Puzzle Pirates again (web-based first). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:44 AM on April 10, 2007
You cannot protect your child 100% from harm. Even if you try to do that, you will likely cause more harm than you have prevented. There are many things that most parents would let their child do without a second thought (swimming, riding in a car, eating preservatives) that are far more likely to do them harm than spending time with their friends'... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:16 PM on April 9, 2007
I can't imagine there is a non-profit in the world that would not be receptive to someone saying, "Hey, turns out we DON'T need to hire another person!" Frame it as a cost-saving opportunity and your supervisors will have to at least listen. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:39 PM on April 9, 2007
We wouldn't know anything about that, redgrendel. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:01 AM on April 9, 2007
Also, I read the first sentence as "Are you annoyed that there is a species of blind cave spider named Sinopoda metafilteris..." and I was very happy. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:04 AM on April 9, 2007
Not sure if you know about the stretch-fit style -- provides the look of a fitted cap with more flexibility/comfort. If it is aesthetic objections to the fitted look as well, then I don't think you will find what you are looking for online or in NYC -- try gas stations and flea markets in B'more or Philly for knock-offs. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:01 PM on April 8, 2007
does not necessarily indicate to me that the show was popular, in fact sometimes it seems MTV airs the shit out of shows that are not getting an audience, perhaps in the hopes that it catches on with anybody out there. The fact that reruns ceased at finale time seems to support that -- "OK, we gave it a shot and it didn't work, let's... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:06 PM on April 7, 2007
For me the problem here would be "overly concerned with appearance." If you wore wigs because you thought they were kicky and fun, or because of some sort of health problem, that's OK, but to cover-up a growing out hairdo? That seems a little extreme to me. I'd get the same vibe from a woman who wore more than a little makeup, or wore excessively coiffed hair, or always wore pantyhose, say. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but a raised flag, certainly. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:13 PM on April 7, 2007
she decides to get revenge by telling people you did have sex
This is why you need to be absolutely sure that sex between a 16 year old and a 19 year old is legal where you are before proceeding, even if you don't actually have sex. Frankly, regardless of the actual laws, I would not put myself in any kind of romantic relationship that had participants on different sides of 18, just to be completely safe.