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I'm taken but falling for someone else
I have thought the grass on someone else’s lawn was greener before, and I was wrong. I could be wrong this time too. How can I trust myself that I’d be making the right decision?

You can't know that. Also, what is the "right decision"? It sounds like, to you, a relationship is a failure unless it ends in a lifelong commitment. Maybe try enjoying it for what it is, while it is happening. If you dump your SO for this new guy, it may end... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on January 17, 2009

When Polly is in Charge
I love hearing parrots that have learned to mimic the ringtone of the phone in their house exactly, and seem to delight in tormenting their owners with fake rings.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:58 AM on January 17, 2009

N.E.R.D. Frontin' (acoustic cover)
Excellent cover of a criminally under-appreciated song. The guitar strumming gives it a really great energy that is totally different from the kinda laid-back vibe of the original.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:52 PM on January 16, 2009

What song is this?
Heh. Without even watching the video I could sing the song (doo doo DAH doo doo doo DAH doo), but I had no idea what it was either. It was, as bjork24 mentions, the Bulls intro music for much of their heyday in the 90s. Thanks for answering a question I never knew I wanted to ask.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 PM on January 16, 2009

Reusing Ask MeFi Q&A in a book
Somehow, I don't see the quest for a professionally-respected, MeFi-specific citation format ending well.

There is previous art in this area (R. Steady, 2008).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 PM on January 16, 2009

Insert clever "Keane" pun here.
Your Favorite Semi-scammy-money-finding-service Sucks
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:36 PM on January 16, 2009

"I'd Hit It" Filter.
I bet a "Ladies of Rylstone" style calendar done by MeFites (male and female) would raise a pretty penny for some worthy charity.

/not volunteering
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:23 PM on January 8, 2009
I sometimes confuse Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell.

I get Scott Bakula and Richard Dean Anderson mixed up all the time.

Can we get Ziggy to compute the probability of that?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on January 15, 2009

First They Came for the AskMe Questions About Rectal Porn...
Think of it as another teeny-tiny blow against cultural imperialism.

"USian": the "Micro$oft" of International Relations
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2009

How many Mefite's on the head of a pin?
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on January 8, 2009
They don't live on the mountain, they are the mountain.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 AM on January 8, 2009

Operetta meets web 2.0
Then she started talking to her marketing guy.

What an awful sentence. There are (presumably) more reasonable marketing people at the other organizations at the community site you mention. Can you get one/some of them to talk to the clueless one at your organization (about synergies and page views or some shit) and convince him to join the crew?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on January 6, 2009

I been done had...
Let me consult my notebook.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on January 6, 2009

the 'best answer' option for the green is great but how about also having a just 'helpful' option?
Also, it's a checkmark, not an arrow

I think krautland was referring to the fact that it is the Green Arrow who goes through the AskMe threads, applying the checkmark where appriopriate.

Speedy is involved with Projects, somehow.

I like krautland's idea, for what it's worth.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on January 5, 2009

Probably not worth fighting over
Am I missing any?

The Office vs. The Office
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on January 4, 2009
What scares me is that I'm not some kind of "real American". I mean, I grew up all over this planet. I've spent much of my life in countries other than the U.S. If I'm making jingoistic comments about how "I'm proud to be an American" (and honestly, I didn't really make any of these in the blue) then how much longer will it be before other U.S. Metafilter users are doing the same?

Boy, your opinion of Americans doesn't seem to be... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:23 AM on January 4, 2009
Everyone knows The Office is better.

Your opinion disgusts and offends me, you gormless plonker/dumbass sumbitch.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on January 4, 2009
Let me just say that I am useless before I have had my tea can of worms in the morning.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:24 PM on January 4, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
cortex and burnmp3s, I was able to import the ez game I am in into jDip with no problem, but norm is not working for me either. Also, I am so excited to find out that there is Discworld Diplomacy: Octarine.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on December 22, 2008
I'm up for Chaos, too. I can try and recruit people, too, if bringing in non-MeFites to pad out the ranks is OK. I'd love to see some kind of MePlomacy wiki or forum spring up so we can more centrally organize this thing. I am really having fun with this -- it was always hell to try and get 7 Diplo-minded people together in person that I think I only played one or two games back in HS/college. Thanks, spamguy!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on December 30, 2008
Still waiting for a Russia in ez3... Who doesn't want to be a Czar for a little while?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on January 4, 2009
Don't let on if you sign up, octo -- our Diplo identities are supposed to be sekrit, to prevent... Well, I'm not sure what it is supposed to prevent, actually, but that's apparently how it's done.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on January 4, 2009

"Favorited x times" page title bug
You could do it "Obama is your new bicycle" style and have a bunch of random phrases:
-The following people think this is great.
-These users agree.
-"Great point!" say these MeFites.
-It's possible these users just use favorites as bookmarks.
-Your favoriters, let me show you them.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on January 3, 2009

Ausgezeichnet!
Wow, the dancing. And the bare feet + stirrup socks. And the matter-of-fact voice-over, as if the presenter was watching an entirely different and entirely more German fashionpresentation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:59 PM on December 22, 2008
I just had a thought. How great would it be if each of the dances were meant to represent the play style of each team? Like the hyperkinetic guy at the end danced for a team that did a lot of fancy dribbling and the slower more graceful dancers were represented a team known for its long, parabolic passing.

Oh, yes. And then the dancers could be incorporated into actual games in the following manner: If a match is tied at the end of regulation time,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 PM on January 2, 2009

Do you know of any funky, progressive towns or cities?
Burlington, Vermont (and many other smaller towns in VT - Montpelier and Brattleboro, for example)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portland, Maine
Northampton (and environs), Massachusetts
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on January 1, 2009

I'll Stab You (for Sumru)
Excellent. I hereby declare it the official anthem of Diplomacy.

No stabbing me, though.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on December 31, 2008

Kraken awesome
Hamsteak just made friends with a pod of killer whales.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on December 31, 2008

Danke
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on December 30, 2008

Can they afford to live?
Or if the cost of an animal's medical care would wipe out their profits or cost them money, do they just let it die?

Not necessarily. The animal hospital I work at sees all the avian and exotic animals from a local mega pet store, and they often spend more on caring for a lizard or bird than the animal will cost to purchase. They have a monthly budget for medical care (per department), and that budget can go to one animal or be spread among many.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:13 AM on December 30, 2008 marked best answer

Money from crazy parent, accept or reject?
Cash the check*. Then, if she does something manipulative or bitchy or that you otherwise don't like, go back to not communicating with her.

Actually, cash the check, but be very frugal in how you spend it -- use it only for urgent needs like food and electricity. If she starts any shit, immediately send her back the unused portion with a note saying you are disappointed the gift was not given honestly, that the remaining balance will be paid back... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 PM on December 29, 2008

cure of computer snoring
Have you tried cleaning the fan yet?

This did wonders for some brutal fan noise in my desktop. I think the dust build-up was making the fan unbalanced. As others have said, taking apart a laptop is not a trivial undertaking, but it's not brain surgery either.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:20 PM on December 29, 2008

Girls who eat their feelings, girls who don't eat anything...
In Ferris Bueller's Day Off there is no "introduction" of the cliques, but Ed Rooney's secretary, Grace lists a bunch of them: "The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. "
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on December 29, 2008

How did he do it?
That little wormy thing in the video grumblebee linked to is the perfect example of how undetectable a filament line can be. Those things are totally convincing, even from up close, and they are like $3 at all the tourist shops around here. The only "trick" to the trick you described is getting the line attached to the glasses.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 PM on December 29, 2008

Zillion (cover)
Awesome. I loved/hated this game back in the day as well. The lyrics are perfect.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on December 29, 2008

Should auld calendars be tossed out, and never brought to mind?
However, I do have a pristine Georgia O'Keefe. Now all I need is talent.

[Insert Alfred Stieglitz joke here]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on December 29, 2008

Laptop friendly collaborative FPS?
A used old skool Xbox can be had for under $50 these days, and I think there is collaborative play in both Halo and Halo 2. Not as pretty as the 360, but the gameplay is similar, and you can get the entire system with both games (and an extra controller) for less than $100. Not exactly chump change, but if you each can manage to save $2/day you'll have it in less than a month.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on December 29, 2008 marked best answer

What do you do on a Christmas alone?
If you are anything like me, you could start playing this game and not look up until Boxing Day. I agree with the clean house and organize suggestion. Not only does it take up time, but you come out of it with a clean place and a huge sense of accomplishment. Also, try and make big plans for New Year's.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on December 24, 2008
forgot linky goodness
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 PM on December 24, 2008

Y approaching zero
Well, it's a little late, if so. How about the 001010th Anniversary plans?

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on December 24, 2008

I'm sorry Yahoo, it's just not working out between us.
Google Apps For Your Domain makes having a personalized email completely painless for $10/year. Good luck getting lastname.com unless yours is pretty unique -- some sleazy-looking company called netidentity bought mine and wants to "rent" me an email address at it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on December 24, 2008

I can't share my genius!
Have we considered just shooting all the mimes?

Only ones of the "wrong type" apparently. [NOT MIMIST]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:01 PM on December 22, 2008

Sometimes the ads really are the best thing on AskMe
She's the 41st Rachel.

No, no, she's Rachel the XLI ("Rachel the Coy"), Principessa of Datelonia.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on December 22, 2008

What Would Spielberg Do?
A new kind of oil or gasoline that is self-replicating -- place a few drops of it in a bucket of water and it will turn it into a bucket of oil, that can further replicate itself. the oil industry/Saudis discovered it, but want it kept under wraps, so they put the entire supply of it on a tanker. Only problem is if this "oil-9" leaks into the ocean we've got an ocean of petroleum. The tanker has sunk (thankfully the storage holds where the oil-9 is kept are structurally sound).... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:57 PM on December 19, 2008
Only problem is the edit feature is not rolled out yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on December 19, 2008

I don't want to get towed!
Yeah, go with the signs. I don't think the tow truck operators are going to bust out a PDF.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on December 19, 2008

historical accroutments
I envision something functional in the spirit of e.g. Steve Jackson's Illuminati! maybe.

MetaFilter: The Gathering
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:25 AM on December 19, 2008

Grreat stufffff.
I'm with Dr. Wu. That was great. "Are they in thinking jail? That's crazy."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on December 19, 2008

Could you please explain why it is
The fucking cockroach question is winning? It's the most boring one in the bunch! I want to know where the king and queen of America are.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on December 19, 2008

Money can't buy everything, it's true.
or in a safe deposit box?

At the megabank I used to work for, there was a notice in the safe deposit box rental agreement forbidding certain items (including cash) from being stored in safe deposit boxes. Of course, employees were forbidden from knowing the contents of our customers' boxes, so it was a little tricky to enforce.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2008

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