Part journey of discovery, part assertion of responsibility, part embrace of life, ShitBegone expresses hope and belief that a better world is possible." posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:54 PM on June 1, 2008
Great question. I know there are MeFites with more knowledge and experience in the field than I, but I have taken a couple introductory-level economics courses, and I came away from it having decided that Economics was not a science. Whatever kind of metrics are used (GDP, Unemployment, CPI, etc) are oversimplifications at best, and there seems to be little to no predictive value to them or to the systems that combine and compare and contrast them, at least on a scale as large as a national... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:41 AM on May 31, 2008
You are much less likely to get custody of your children than your wife is in a divorce. I hate to mention it, as it is constantly harped on by some pretty strident weirdos, but it is true. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:11 PM on May 29, 2008
On closer re-reading of the question, the OP knew that already. Whoops.
Me too, Walter. I guess reading comprehension suffers too. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:20 PM on May 29, 2008
So sorry about Freyja. I work in a veterinary emergency hospital, and I like to hand this quote to folks who are grieving. 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 the extension 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 in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:05 AM on May 29, 2008 marked best answer
Shouldn't your/her supervisors in the organization be involved in this? It seems logical to me that her boss should be the one to tell her that you are moving because of the bad relationship between the two of you, and that she should not expect a new partner due to these continuing problems. This has the advantage of removing you from the messenger role (as in don't shoot the messenger) and presenting it to her as a work-related problem that she needs to work on. If you have a mutual... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:30 AM on May 29, 2008
Really interesting. Thanks for posting it, edmcbride. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:00 PM on May 21, 2008
Is it true that you can just be fired at the whim on an employer?
It varies by state, but here in Massachusetts, most employees fall under the category "employee-at-will," which means either party (you or your boss) may terminate the working relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason. Even so, in a case like that illustrated in the article, the employer had an ongoing record of rule infractions (as draconian as the rules may be)... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 PM on May 21, 2008
Catfry, I don't get it either, but a surprising amount of women looooove Jack Sparrow. I think some of it might be knowing that it's Johnny Depp under there (the guy did say that people called him Johnny all the time), but there is definitely some appea to the "rakish rogue" character, too. As soon as I saw "a guy hired to play Jack Sparrow at Disneyland" I knew a good portion of the story would be about women throwing themselves at him. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:23 AM on May 22, 2008
And what is with the employee stoolie netstalking thing? Are they getting some kind of secret reward every time they nail a guy? That's the only reason I can come up with (either that or "Jack" was going around being a real prick in the cast member lounge or something) that there'd be SO many people trying to nail each other.
Well, there is only one (or three, I guess) Jack Sparrow and about 15 internal applicants, the story said. If you... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:38 AM on May 22, 2008
Nice find, grouse. Deeply disturbing, but still a nice find. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:14 AM on May 28, 2008
I once asked my insurance agent this exact question after they paid out a claim. He said once the check was in my hands he couldn't care less what I did with it. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:09 PM on May 27, 2008
Not sure about the Mac version, but on a Windows box, watching the Sling feed over the LAN is quite good -- maybe not exactly HD level, but good. There are occasionally stutters and drops, especially when using the remote. Over the Internet, quality is watchable, but not even really up to Standard Definition quality. Before I upgraded to Comcast's increased upload speed (I'm at 1-2Mbps now) it was not watchable over the Internet -- almost constant video stuttering. The download speed at the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:33 PM on May 26, 2008
I was actually impressed that one of the judges (the old guy) demonstrated some level of insight, thought and (omfg) open-mindedness in expressing doubt about his compatibility with choreography and all that.
If you are not familiar with So You Think You Can Dance, you should realize that in terms of quality of talent, performance, and judging, the show is MILES away from American/Pop Idol and the like. The... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:21 PM on May 26, 2008
Provincetown is an excellent choice -- maybe the top gay vacation destination in the world. At this point, you are probably not going to find accommodations there this summer for love or money, so maybe start planning now for next year. There is no chance you will feel even slightly awkward or out of place. Keep in mind, your husband will probably get hit on by lots of gay guys, so if that is a problem... posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:27 PM on May 25, 2008
Not sure if this applies on an iPod, but I know on my iPhone you have to make sure the "album artist" field is populated correctly to get the songs to show up in Cover Flow mode. Right click on the track in iTunes and select "get info" to check. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:18 PM on May 23, 2008
Well, people seemed to really like this, but I really enjoyed torturing people with this post. The link in that post is a deadlink, but you can still play the game here. I'm also proud of this best answer.
I also have a little ongoing comment fable-y thing about instructions and commands from the Cabal (like so) that I seem to enjoy far more than anyone else.... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:37 AM on May 23, 2008
Without computer building savvy, you will have a bit of trouble. I would talk to some craigslist types, and see if any of them will have sympathy for your particular situation.
Sympathy, schmympathy -- see if any of them are HUNGRY! Perhaps you could get the boss to agree to giving the owner of a local repair place free lunch for his or her shop for a week in exchange for a decent computer. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:32 PM on May 22, 2008
Be prepared to discover you were named after a mistake -- my mother to this day (I'm in my 30's) calls me "Lincoln" because she thought the poem "Winkin, Blinkin and Nod" was "Lincoln, Blinkin and Nod". posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:02 PM on May 21, 2008
It is almost assumed at this point by natives and long-time residents of the Cape that there are some environmental factors that make cancer more common here. There are studies that show risk of breast cancer is 20% higher on the Cape than it is in the rest of Massachusetts. I know he has spent a great deal of time off-Cape, but people here are saying that he is just the latest victim of Cape cancer.
Also, I hate to bring politics into this, but here... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:50 PM on May 20, 2008
I have often felt "frustrated," albeit in a good way, with my place in the political process here... not because I'm upset with the way my reps vote, but the opposite: they almost always vote the way I would like them to when it matters. Every time an important vote comes up, I go and check the roll call, and find that Senator Kennedy, almost always, has voted exactly the way I would have wanted him to.
Isn't there a distinction between "subtitles" and "closed captions" though? To me (US), subtitles indicate text in a different language from the one being spoken on screen. Closed captions are in the "native" language, and include important sound cues that would not be obvious to a hearing impaired listener, like [music playing] and [gunshot]. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:16 PM on May 19, 2008
They are often referred to as subtitles for the hard of hearing in the UK.
Ah, interesting. In any case, I don't think the "CC" designation would be appropriate, even if it were understood. I've seen this symbol before, and think it would be pretty clear even to people who are not familiar with it. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:31 PM on May 19, 2008 marked best answer
jengineer is right. Civil engineering is the engineering of the built environment. In the early 20th century, this would have been likely the domain of the architect or builder for all but the largest and best funded projects. If memory serves, the field didn't even exist until the mid-19th C. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:06 PM on May 18, 2008
Like wendell said, this post is almost too good to be a MeFi post, but thank you for it. I sometimes wonder how much neat stuff happened in the late 80's and early 90's that never made it to the Internet, because everyone involved just didn't think of getting a Tripod account. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:56 PM on May 17, 2008
Best ones: "President Nixon." from '72, Gary Hart's RoboCop-stylee from '84, the very presidential Chris Dodd '08, and Tom "V for Vendetta" Vilsack '08. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:02 PM on May 15, 2008
My bride is very picky and wants a flush-mount seamless album of good quality.
I think you have to manage some expectations here. Give them an idea of what you would be able to do, and ask them if that product is something they would be interested in. If not, tell them that you can't help them, but here are the names of some people that look like they know what they are doing. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:32 PM on May 14, 2008
The low-income plans offered through MassHealth and/or Commonwealth Care are quite good, and the premiums are on a sliding scale. Your child (if not you and your wife) will likely be eligible for MassHealth, which will cost less than $20/mo, if anything. Your school may also have insurance available for students and their families.
The Connector (the site phoenixy linked to) is the site to go through. Keep in mind, the paperwork/bureaucracy is about as bad as you... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:03 PM on May 14, 2008
I say it all the time, but a Toyota Matrix is ideal for you. Tons of space, +30mpg, and it's basically a Corolla with a new hat on it, so reliability is untouchable. We bought ours "new" (at the tail end of the model year) for about $16,000 in 2004. There is not a ton of backseat legroom, but it's fine for our tall 7 year old. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:02 PM on May 9, 2008
However, the Pontiac Vibe is the very same car with better moldings and interior design cues
Heh. I think the Matrix is one of the nicest looking cars out there, and consider the Vibe to be its embarrassingly ugly cousin! I do appreciate that it's a love-it-or-hate-it aesthetic, though. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:57 PM on May 9, 2008
Back to the Matrix, though - is there any quality difference between this and the Pontiac Vibe? If I can get Toyota quality in a Pontiac that might not be so bad.
As others have said, my understanding is that mechanically, it's the same car. robinpME makes a valid point about resale value, but if you are driving your cars to death, that's no big deal. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:11 PM on May 11, 2008
If you have cash handling experience, being a bank teller is a nice gig. I'd stick with a small local bank or maybe a credit union, as many of the national banks have extensive weekend and evening hours now. I was also dismayed at how much sales pressure there was for tellers at the national bank I worked at for a while.
You could also work reception, but with no experience in that area it might be hard to find a $10+ position. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:05 PM on May 11, 2008
I was advised to carry one, but never needed it, when traveling internationally with my daughter (and not my wife). "Notarized" in the US means your signature has been witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public -- an official available at most banks, legal firms, and many other locations. There is usually no charge to get a document notarized.
I would just have the document stamped by a similar official, if one exists, and if not, a lawyer or a public official... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:44 AM on May 8, 2008
If you plan to own your home for a long time, one issue with any kind of artificial siding is that if there is any water infiltration (and there will be at least a little), the damage that the water may be doing to the wooden structural members of the house will be concealed. Wooden siding will be much more likely to reveal that sort of internal damage (as the water seeps back out through the wood). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:09 AM on May 8, 2008
I've seen vinyl siding get brittle and ashy over time.
Oh, that is another good point. Vinyl is advertised as "permanent" but it certainly starts to look pretty shitty after about 10 or 15 years (and like notsnot, I think it looks shitty as soon as it goes up, but that's a personal thing). If your plans are to own the house for longer than that, you should consider at least one full replacement of the vinyl in your cost analysis. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:17 AM on May 8, 2008