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How do you maximize a small home for a family of four?
Storage above the cars in the garage can be quite useful. I saw a project online once where someone had installed racks to slide Rubbermaid-type storage bins into (similar to how a hanging wine glass rack works), but I can't dig it up easily right now. Very useful for outdoor toys and sporting goods.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:08 PM on January 5, 2012

Art, 140 characters at a time
Your Aunt Diane
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:22 PM on January 5, 2012 marked best answer
Fake Civil War

I'm not sure that Real Time WWII is "art" -- more like history, I'd think. Also, the replies to Stealth Mountain are the real work of art.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on January 5, 2012
I mean Fake Civil War, duh.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:51 PM on January 5, 2012 marked best answer

Bits of Wisdom on Dogs
I'm so sorry for your loss. I used to put this quote in cards we sent to grieving clients (when I was Client Service Manager at a veterinary hospital):

For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 AM on January 5, 2012

Noise & cats not mixing - help!
Well, you could check with your vet and see about getting them on some anti-anxiety meds, but rock concert for 8 hours a day for a month? I think you need to either board them or find a friend to take them in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on January 5, 2012

How do I get over where I've landed in life?
I have a drive in me to be successful but I feel lost.

I'm going to be blunt here. I don't think that you do. Someone with a drive to be successful does not go to college twice and come away with no degree. Someone with a drive to be successful does not spend 6 years in a job they have no interest making a career out of. Someone with a drive to be successful does not turn down an explicit offer to move into a management position because they want a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on January 5, 2012

`ello Guvna!
Day 1: Tower of London*, St. Paul's, Tate Modern, show at the Globe
Day 2: Harrods, Hyde Park*, V&A and/or Natural History
Day 3: Trafalgar Square, Shopping (either Regent St, Oxford St, Covent Garden or some combination, British Museum*, Theater in evening if so inclined.

* Do not miss. Other things can be substituted if interests lie elsewhere or time is pressing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2012 marked best answer

TL;DR
*slow clap*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on January 4, 2012

a human being as plated with artisanal finesse at a Michelin-star restaurant, with a head as garnish
The Jeff Van Gundy Extreme Close-Up is pretty great. Is that really him or a cardboard standee of him?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on January 4, 2012
Holy crap, the Rob Gronkowski one. I saw that play live, and I knew it was bad, but the freeze frame really does boggle the mind. How did he get up from that?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2012

Self-seeking greed and avarice
Was Steve Jobs a "psychopath"? I guess if he worked at a bank we would all be jumping on that wagon.

God, my checking account would be so fucking awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on January 3, 2012

Locked Out... ... and erased from the Internet!
Actually, it seems like what shipbreaker is listing in this post as the "answer" didn't actually work, so shipbreaker is looking for additional help beyond what Facebook said to do. Correct? So, the solution as listed here doesn't actually do anything, and more help is needed.

Right. In which case asking the same question will not likely help, but asking a different, follow-up style question ("I've sent my scanned… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on January 3, 2012

Contact Activity Clock Issues?
Since pb has merged the timestreams or performed some other bit of timey-wimey wibbley-wobbley magic, can I just say that I love statements that are technically correct, but not actually helpful? You see it a lot in stores advertising their sales -- "Prices starting at $14.99 and theoretically going up very quickly to $3.5 million!" or "Save up to 98% but really only about 5% on anything you'd actually want!"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 AM on January 3, 2012

This tastes gross.
Weird taste has occasionally been the first symptom of a cold for me. Not all the time, but maybe 3 or 4 times over the course of my life. It seems to be acidic foods that taste the worst -- try some orange juice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on January 3, 2012

Stuck in the Trollmire
Q: What would happen if Nethack and Bejeweled had a baby?
A: Dungeon Raid for iOS.

Sooooo addictive.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on January 2, 2012

Interested in everything, experienced in nothing. What to choose?
With a little customer service experience it should not be hard to get a job as a receptionist or client service specialist in a veterinary hospital. It's what I did. If there is a 24-hour emergency facility near you and you are willing to take on a night shift you can probably get a part-time gig that works well with your day job, so you can see if you like the experience. If you want more info about what it can be like working as non-medical staff in the veterinary field, please MeMail me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on December 30, 2011

"I have always been concerned with painting that simultaneously insists on a flat surface and then denies it."
As an Art History major, I was thrilled when she was picked as one of the commencement speakers at my graduation from college, even though most of my classmates had never heard of her. I'm sorry to say I don't remember the content of her speech, but I do remember liking it much better than that of the "marquee" commencement speaker, whose identity I don't even remember.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:40 PM on December 27, 2011

I wanted strawberry jelly but now you've brought out lime jelly as well ...
Just be honest and direct. "I'm sorry, but another opportunity has come up and I'll be unable to take the position." If funding for the position dried up they wouldn't worry about "gracefully" telling you the position was unavailable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on December 22, 2011 marked best answer

Simple way to watch HD movies on my TV?
I should add I don't have wifi at the house, but I may get that in the future.

Oh. Well that's yer problem right there. How do you expect to get the files from the computer to the TV other than SneakerNet then? Can you run cable from the computer room to the TV room?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on December 21, 2011

Tab... POST
I could get behind tabbing out of comment box putting focus on "Preview" and then "Post Comment" on the next tab.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on December 21, 2011
Not in Chrome, it doesn't. I tested it on my previous comment and this one. It goes to the Live Preview Hide link.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on December 21, 2011
This is with Professional White Background, of course.

I'm on the PWB too. Wonder if that makes a difference?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on December 21, 2011
Nope. Still the same behavior in the Grey. (It's so dark in here! Can someone turn on a light?) Google Chrome 15, Windows 7, etc.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on December 21, 2011

Help me pull off a magic trick on Christmas morning
I love Cool Papa Bell's idea, but blackjack514's letter is making it a little dusty in here, if you know what I mean. You've got to do that. Great question.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 AM on December 21, 2011

Casual relationship and NYE
Is it possible that he knows that he is going to be "working" at this party (either technically working, like passing out drinks and fixing the sounds system, or more theoretically working, as in constantly available for and attentive to big clients) and doesn't want you to feel ignored? If the topic comes up again, mention that it sounds like fun and that a girlfriend of yours would LOVE to go...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 AM on December 21, 2011

“Sometimes my uncle wears black nail polish.” The students took a moment to think about this.
I would like this person to be my daughter's teacher, immediately. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on December 21, 2011

What is Montreal's U.S. equivalent?
Burlington, Vermont? It's much smaller, but has a decent amount of culture due to being a college town. You are also within a 2 or 3 hour drive of the actual Montreal!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:54 PM on December 20, 2011
Boston is not an awful choice, but I'd actually suggest one of the surrounding cities, like Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, maybe Arlington, etc. A little more multicultural and livable than Boston proper.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on December 20, 2011

Daddy read me a story
Junie B. Jones books might be good. They are short, funny, and are pretty easy to read, so they'd offer some opportunities for the Dad to ask the child to read a page or a paragraph here or there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer

Right up there with Handel’s “Messiah.”
Yeah, surprisingly well done. I love the bit about him shaving on Dec. 26th and the subtle references to the transient nature of the Santa mantle (including the surprising diversity among the Santas). Really does a nice job of building up a coherent and real-feeling Santaverse.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on December 20, 2011

Can I carefully and safely drug my dog?
This is not veterinary advice, I am not a vet, and you should always ask your vet before giving anything to your pet.

The recommended dose of diphenhydramine for dogs you will find on the Internet is 1mg/lb. This is what the best vets I have ever worked with have always recommended. It seems like way too much, based on the human dosing, but that is because it is metabolized differently in dogs. Make sure it is straight diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and not one of the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer
When I mentioned xanax, she was completely befuddled

Xanax is a brand name of alprazolam, and it may not be the same in other countries/languages. This list (that I got from a not entirely reliable looking website, but take it for what it's worth) suggests it may be called Frontal in Brazil.
Alprazolam Xanax, Xanor, Kalma, Tafil, Alprox, Frontal(Brazil)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:49 AM on December 20, 2011 marked best answer

Picking between two Macs - epitome of first world problems.
Air, Air, Air. For the added longevity, the added portability, and the (probably upgraded) processor.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:38 PM on December 19, 2011

Hard Mass on my Cat?
Vet's offices are also often willing to split the cost over several payments.

For what it is worth, none of the 10 or so vets that my wife and I have worked for over the last 15 years have ever accepted payment plans (other than Care Credit) as anything but a grudging last resort.

You can always go in for a regular appointment, without any further tests or procedures being done. This will probably run in the $50 range. They… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 PM on December 19, 2011

Late 1800s architecture terminology question
My Architectural History degree says "cornice" is what you are looking for, based on those photos.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:28 PM on December 19, 2011

Help me wrap my brain around this
I know some work-from-home situations stipulate that you are not the primary caregiver for a child during your working hours. That may not be the case for the job you are looking at, but it might be best to check before you go down this road.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on December 19, 2011

300 calories: one cent
I would assume that they have determined that their ideal product/price ratio comes in at (I'm pulling numbers out of my ass here, but bear with me) 300g of ice cream for $5.00. Because of their human-intensive process, it's not really worth it for them to dispense smaller amounts of ice cream, because you are spending the same amount in singing scoopers per serving, no matter what size it is. They have found, however, that some people do not want so much ice cream, so they are forced to offer a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on December 19, 2011 marked best answer

Dancing Animals
The birds and the bees (heh) are your best candidates here. That said, you may have to define "dance" and "make music" more carefully to get a real answer to your question. If by "dance" you mean "make coordinated movements for purposes other than locomotion" then certainly both bees and birds dance. If you mean "perform elaborate motions in time to music for aesthetic effect" then maybe not. If by "make music" you mean "emit… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on December 19, 2011

I'm asking what to ask...
I'm definitely going to make things more open-ended and let her talk about where her mind goes instead of interrogating her

I suppose it depends on her personality, but this approach was an awful failure with my elderly grandfather. We'd ask him to talk about being a medic in WWII and he'd say, "I was stationed in a hospital outside London. It wasn't very exciting." but when we asked him specific questions ("Who we're your friends over there? What… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:52 AM on December 17, 2011

Mr. Marsh from the old Amusement Park!
If I'm the only Canuck, it probably doesn't make sense to extend this idea north of the border.

Bummer. I was really hoping someone would put "a single-payer health care system" into the box. :(
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on December 15, 2011
See, I was thinking of that as my contribution. But there are some problems with it:

All fair points. To be honest, I'm not sure we'd know what to do with one anyway, and we probably wouldn't take very good care of it. It's one of those gifts that sounds nice, like a puppy for Christmas or a bunny on Easter, but really demands a little more advanced forethought and planning. It's the thought that counts, though, so thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on December 16, 2011

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on December 15, 2011

Words are hard!
Workload and Availability
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on December 15, 2011
Scope and Availability
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:23 PM on December 15, 2011

Microsoft Announces Automatic IE6 Updating
And the NCSA still refuses to release a new version of Mosaic. Assholes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on December 15, 2011

So, you want fries with that?
Here is my advice for High School students that know (or think they know) what career they want while they are in High School:

Do The Thing.

Find some way, any way, to get real, resume-worthy experience in the field. Internship (if you can afford to work for free), part-time job if not. My wife knew in high school that she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician, so she got a job in a pet shop cleaning cages. Once she started her vet tech program in… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on December 15, 2011
Oh, I just noticed the NYC proximity. Well, that is perfect. You've got a huge range of theaters and other entertainment venues to help your daughter apply to for jobs and internships. Make sure she is leaning on her Drama teacher(s) for networking possibilities when it comes to finding out where there are opportunities. Do The Thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 AM on December 15, 2011

We love you, but only when we like what you're doing.
It is hilarious that people think that going to visit the Great Aunt will simply wipe that topic off the board as a point of contention. Go see her or don't, as you see fit. You know full well that even if you do, the guilt and the stress will continue. "Why don't you visit her more? Why did it take you so long to visit her? Why didn't you bring her some ice cream? Why the heck did you bring her ice cream? You only stayed for an hour?" And even if it is no longer about the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on December 15, 2011

Anthrax and Metallica
The Beatles and the Dave Clark Five in the 60s
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:12 PM on December 14, 2011

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