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Something went boom in the night. (SLYT)
Strangely, it missed the trash cans, tore through a cinder-block wall, bounced its merry way down a hillside, barreled 700 yards through a suburban California neighborhood, smashed through the front door of a house, bounced up the stairs of the house and, without knocking, penetrated a bedroom door where a man, woman, and child were sleeping... The cannonball then bounced its way out through the wall of the house...

This doesn't make sense. If this… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:56 AM on December 7, 2011

Zagat's for Revolutionaries?
Outside of occasional health care, I didn't see any positive scores for national restaurants.

Five Guys Burgers gets three stars, and their burgers are also the best food ever, so...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 AM on December 7, 2011

What is Cool for $500!
Hopefully you are not competing against a giant computer!

I fully expect a "What is MetaFilter?" shoutout if you are stumped on Final Jeopardy -- it's almost the perfect shade of blue!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:47 AM on December 7, 2011

My dumb dog at lamb bones
If I took her to the vet right now, what could the vet do?

Nothing, really. While it is true that bone fragments can get impacted or puncture the digestive system, it is rare enough that they are not going to do emergency surgery unless there are symptoms. I agree with violetk that the best thing you can do right now is monitor for any discomfort, and especially watch for bloody stool or an unwillingness to eat or defecate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on December 5, 2011 marked best answer
Hmm. The cotton ball thing is a new one on me, and while I am not remotely qualified to judge its appropriateness, my instinct would be to not add additional foreign objects to an already stressed digestive system.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:45 PM on December 5, 2011 marked best answer
That's great msali. By the way, I talked to my wife about the cotton ball trick (she's been a Vet Tech for 15 years and has worked Emergency for the last 8 years) and she said it really isn't recommended, for exactly the reason that biscotti said -- you might be trading a perf for an obstruction. Going with bread is a better idea, but isn't really necessary.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on December 7, 2011

Pick Your Bowl
I have chosen the teams that are least likely to discover that their coach is a pedophile. That's what we are doing here, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on December 6, 2011

Now what?
I had an informational interview with a senior person at a large institution and she clued me into several upcoming positions that I never would have thought to interview for on my own. She even brought me around to introduce me to the people who would be reviewing those applications, and when the first actual job interview didn't work out (they only had a part time position and I needed full-time), I got the next job I applied for there, largely because I made such a good impression on the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on December 6, 2011

Why do I have to hang up first?
My wife and I met in High School, over 15 years ago, and we basically haven't left each other's sight since then. I did go to college 3 hours away for one year, but transferred back home once we realized we were both miserable. We moved in together before we were married, and hate it when one of us has to travel more than a couple days for work.

I still get the chills when she touches my shoulder, and she gets happy butterflies in her stomach when I come home from work.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on December 6, 2011

Get me hooked on a TV show in one episode
Disagree about Blink with Doctor Who.

I was just going to say that exact thing. If you watch "Blink" and then want a series of that, Doctor Who is going to be a massive disappointment. "Girl in the Fireplace" is the correct NuWho trailhead.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on December 6, 2011

When adults take the high school achievement test.
And some of them require you to PUT THE WRONG ANSWER even if you know the right one because the wrong answer is the one in the text excerpt. But nowhere on the test does it say, "Using ONLY the information in this excerpt ..."

My 5th grade daughter has a HUGE problem with this concept in the standardized tests they (seemingly constantly) make her take at school. She is starting to get the concept of "test-taking" as a distinct… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on December 5, 2011

Is a Mac Mini a viable illustration tool?
I'd go so far as to say changing hardware is the last thing you want to do when you are struggling to break in to the field. Get familiar with making amazing work on the equipment you have now (maybe add a Wacom tablet or a larger/second monitor) and change horses once you are more established. Of course, if you don't have a computer AT ALL, then a Mac mini is not a bad option, but if you already have a PC, there is no need to switch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 PM on December 4, 2011

Never talk to a Style reporter!
I'm sure no one on MeFi will have any kind of problem with this post.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 AM on December 2, 2011

What movies talk about recording life events?
The Final Cut is a thriller about an editor who edits movies made from peoples lives by an implanted memory device.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on December 2, 2011 marked best answer
I should add, The Final Cut (2004) is likely the movie you are thinking about, as the edited movies are meant to be played at one's funeral, and the editor character is very much like an undertaker in the future society of the film.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on December 2, 2011

Am I asking too much?
I guess we’ll see what the next 30 days brings

I will wager you a year of her cell phone bills that he continues to pay.

When you ask for a compromise, and the person is unwilling to AT LEAST BEGIN to compromise, they are not truly committed to your relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on December 2, 2011

Help me give my first lap dance!
Specifically, you want "Skin" by Rihanna.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 AM on December 1, 2011

Tintin Titles
I love that the world works like this now. We are really seeing the promise of the Internet -- that now anyone can be a creator and have their work seen by the world -- come true. Go and create things people!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on November 29, 2011
I don't get it - a world where professional animators get jobs?

A world where someone can create something they want to create because they are inspired for whatever reason, and then that specific thing can be seen by the right people, who can then make decisions to hire that person for jobs that don't even really exist yet. Does this really seem like a status quo job application situation to you? Maybe I'm just old.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on November 29, 2011
Actually yes, that does sound like a status quo job application situation for animators. You have to get your work seen by the right people.

The difference, to me, is that it wasn't like Curran was applying for a job here, he was just making something cool, and it turned out to be so cool that he got a job from it. He didn't have to have the right agent, or know the right people, or have an in with Spielberg's people, or whatever. It's the flatness… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on November 29, 2011

Little Printer
I would like to be able to text various items to it throughout the course of a week and then have it print up a shopping list on demand when I am ready to go to the store.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:55 AM on November 29, 2011
And mad props to griphus for using his actual MF user number in his Telex. I applaud your dedication to your craft, sir.

Pfft. His Ref. No. is 5 off! 5!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on November 29, 2011

I am an asshole, sorry man
Tell him you enjoy his company but you're just settling into a new city and a new social scene and don't want to get into a relationship with anyone at all right now.

Nope, don't do that, because then when you do get into a relationship two months from now you will feel worse. Just tell him things aren't clicking and you'd rather stay friends. Simple as that. Also, from what you have said here, it's not clear that he is REALLY into you, so maybe it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on November 29, 2011

Over-thinking a plate of human beings.
Bondcliff is neurotic and wants to eliminate awkwardness from his life.

Unfortunately there is no magic bullet for interpersonal relationships. You can behave in a unfailingly tactful and respectful way, and people might still get their noses out of joint. Even if you invited EVERYONE in the choir, maybe the Smiths get pissed because they got their invite via Facebook, while the Joneses got theirs via email, or the Millers get pissed because they… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on November 29, 2011

Candle: thoughtful or crude?
I would say the least vulgar and most delicate way to do it would be to leave an unlit candle and matches in the guest bath, allowing people to light it as they feel the need.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on November 28, 2011

Uncommon Courtesies
If you are having an overnight houseguest, it is very nice to have a little basket of individual toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, razor & shaving cream, toothpaste & brush, etc) like one might find at a hotel. It can be left on their bed (if they are staying in a spare room) or in the bathroom if they are... more intimate.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on November 28, 2011

How do I talk to gf about her past, secrecy and daddy issues?
So. Many. Red. Flags.

Look, if you are telling her that certain behaviors are a problem (telling exes to stop flirting, unwillingness to open up about past, contacting certain exes) and she is not willing and eager to AT LEAST BEGIN to compromise about them, then she is not committed to your relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 AM on November 28, 2011

DSK IMF SETUP?
Therefore, my false-rape-claiming 'victim' would have to be as pure as a nun, possibly purer.

Surely it's hard to convince people like that to falsely accuse someone of rape, though.

I agree that we will never know exactly what happened, but two things stand out for me:

1. Just as it seems unfair to hold Diallo's past against her in judging her story, it seems unfair to hold past allegations against… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 AM on November 27, 2011

Firewater
You are nobody in the field of Watermelon Fucking until you have a cite in ARSWMF -- the Annals of the Royal Society of Water-Melon Fuckers
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on November 23, 2011
I should mention the new, open-access, slightly edgy web-based journal in the field, wmlnfck, and the the mass-market accessible glossy, Watermelon Fucking Illustrated.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 PM on November 23, 2011

It is a called a cherpumple.
This is the best thing.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on November 23, 2011

oooo-WHEEEEEEE-oooooooo ...
I was thrilled to be able to go with my mother and my daughter to the Doctor Who Experience when we were in London a few months ago -- three generations of Whovians, as my mother and I watched the 4th Doctor on PBS in the 80s, and now I watch the new series on Netflix and BBC America with my daughter.

The "show" itself is kind of meh, but it is really worth it for the exhibition of props, sets and costumes and the gift shop (though I suppose the gift shop may… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:30 AM on November 23, 2011

'Brinicle' ice finger of death
Watching starfish move like that is almost as creepy as the squid with elbows.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 AM on November 23, 2011

Can you read this number plate?
I don't have the Photoshop skills to make this happen, but here's an idea. See how there is a common shape to the distortion in the two lights on either side of the plate? It looks like that same shape is repeated in several characters on the plate. If you could somehow reverse that wiggle, you might get a better image of the plate. I am convinced that the last two characters are NOT 33, for exactly this reason.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 PM on November 21, 2011
Wow. That is some sci-fi shit right there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 PM on November 21, 2011

I hope we can be friends again someday.
Don't wait until Monday, please. You are procrastinating because it is a scary thing to do. It is going to be a shitty weekend anyway -- you will be all torn up inside the whole time and he will pick up that vibe. Do it now and get it over with.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 PM on November 17, 2011
it just seems so shallow to say to someone "you don't hug me enough or in a manner i deem acceptable" as a major reason for leaving. but it's so much more nuanced than that.

Do not give him reasons. You don't need to. Just say, like Ragged Richard suggested, "This relationship is not working for me, and I am leaving." He already knows what the reasons are -- they are the same reasons you were in therapy together.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:43 PM on November 18, 2011 marked best answer

Best Boston->New Haven Thanksgiving route?
There is a reason the Pike is jammed on Thanksgiving, and that reason is "It's Not 95 Through Providence". Leave yourself plenty of time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on November 18, 2011

It's a wonderful piebald Falabella pony
I like this idea (no matter what those assholes in Accounting say), and I don't think it should be relegated to the Greasemonkey Network, as I think it would be very useful on the mobile format (and you know the partners have a huge bone for mobile right now). Don Draper.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on November 18, 2011

Seven Misunderstandings About Classical Architecture
Lord Grantham would no doubt approve.

Thanks for the link. His writing is as clear and well-thought out as his architecture.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:45 AM on November 17, 2011
"It uses Georgian window-to-wall proportions, you know what that means right? ...That's right. No. Air-conditioning. Required."

He's not making a blanket statement, he's talking about a specific project.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 AM on November 17, 2011

Rick. Rick. Rick.
Thanks, MexicanYenta. I can't follow hard enough.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on November 17, 2011
Oh, and here's a link. Louis doesn't do html, yet, apparently.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on November 17, 2011

Marlin jumps shark something something
I like the "M" in the logo -- as others have said, it is new and different. The "abstract fish" jumping over it, however, is awful. I predict they drop it from the logo within two years.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:46 PM on November 16, 2011
Needs to be about 20% cooler.

I got it! Sunglasses on the fish. Boom.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on November 17, 2011

Cat who hates nail trimmers
We use a combo of cone muzzle, scruff grabbing, and laying on side to clip our crazy cat's polydactyl claws. If you have a third accomplice, they can gently and repetitively tap the cat's head with a ballpoint pen. The annoying tapping kind of distracts them from the "horror" of the nail trim.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on November 16, 2011

flaggy pony wants more flags
I really liked the suggestion in the other thread that the ! be turned into a little flag icon. I wonder how many casual users don't even know what people are talking about when they tell them to "Flag" something and have never bothered to click on the little exclamation point.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:59 PM on November 16, 2011

Take your time
Or we could remove commenting altogether.

Hmm. What about that? What if we allowed users to make FPPs and turn comments off? I'd suggest that any post that the poster designated as "Comments Off" would need to be approved by the mods (like Anonymous AskMes) and that it only be allowed for things that didn't really invite a conversations -- something like a great photographer's gallery, or a silly YouTube video. We'd still get the great link,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:23 AM on November 16, 2011
we're not likely to just try out massive new features without a compelling case for them.

I do understand the rationale behind that stance, but it's a shame, in my opinion. There's no way that something like AskMe (Too much work for the mods!) or MetaTalk (What if people start complaining about every deletion?!) would be added to the site today. I really love MetaFilter, but I wish there was a way we could be more experimental about what goes on here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:07 PM on November 16, 2011

What should you call a priest when "Father" isn't an option?
To everyone saying that the Asker should ask the priest what he would prefer to be called: She already knows what he prefers to be called as "Most people refer to him as Father (firstname). I suppose it's possible he harbors a secret desire for everyone to call him "Spanky" and the fact that they all call him Father John makes him sad, but it seems unlikely. Even if she asks him what he wants to be called, it seems clear that he would say "Father (firstname)", so this… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on November 16, 2011

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