My local Gamecrazy store (usually attached to a Hollywood Video) has said they are "about to" start taking Wii priiorders (sorrii). They've also taken my name and number and have promised to call me as soon as they know exactly when. They are expecting ~30 Wii as opposed to 4 PS3s. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:00 AM on October 18, 2006
Thanks guys. It does not appear to be broken at all, Methylviolet, and there are some pretty fine edges in some places that are not significantly worn down, but I suppose I could be wrong. The other thing is, (this is hard to describe in words) in ericb's image (and many of the other ones I saw online) the "fins" radiate directly outward from the central cylindrical section, whereas in this example, they are sort of swept-back (or -forwards). I'm pretty sure it is not like any of... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:45 PM on October 17, 2006
Bank of America will do this for account holders for about $20. It is called a foreign draft. It takes a couple of days to get the draft mailed to you, then you send it out as you will. You must know the name of the payee (who it's written to) when you request it. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:27 PM on October 16, 2006
Second Wilder's comment. My grandmother always used to make them by heating the oven (I don't know to what temp, I'm afraid), then turning it off and leaving them overnight. Always came out just like Wilder described. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:14 PM on October 15, 2006
My reaction to all of these infomercial schemes is, "If they could make $15,000 a month, why are they wasting time making an infomercial?" posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:12 PM on October 15, 2006
Not strictly sci-fi, (but some of his stuff has aliens in) but I love Harry Turtledove's alternative history books for the concepts and the theories, but he may have a program running on an Apple IIe somewhere that actually generates his characters and dialog for him, it can be that bad. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:36 AM on October 12, 2006
For eats, I'd check out the Union Oyster House in Quincy Market. It is the oldest restaurant in the country, and it is a genuine part of Boston's history (unlike Cheers, which is completely lame), but is still authentic enough to not feel touristy. There are also some nice bars in the area -- Houston's is a big celebrity-sighting spot if you're into that kind of thing. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:43 AM on October 12, 2006
I've got to second the Slingbox thing. I've set up a "blind" Slingbox attached to a DVR in my house that my parents (living in Italy) connect to. The picture quality is not great, but they don't have much bandwidth. They chip in a little for the cable, and everyone's happy.
1. Find a friend with a cable system that offers a DVR.
2. Come to a financial arrangement with friend that will cover their costs plus a little extra for... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:56 PM on October 11, 2006
Here is my wife, she has been a surgery tech for a specialty surgery practice: My suggestion would be to discuss your financial concerns with your vet. While the TPLO may be considered the best solution to some it is certainly not consisered the best by all. I have worked for boarded surgeons for years and they have mixed opinions. Regular "old" ACL release surgeries have worked well for a lot of our patients. The recovery time for a TPLO is longer than the regular release ,also. It is... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:07 PM on October 10, 2006
OK, so your version of the pres should be killed in some manner that also kills one of his cabinet members. The masterminds get everyone higher than that position to agree to decline the presidency and nominate a patsy to fill the cabinet opening.
Turns out that, after they have all "officially" declined, it is discovered that this patsy is not a naturally-born citizen, and is ineligible. Maybe his mother always told him that he was born here, but he was... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on October 10, 2006
I like the Secretary of Vet Affairs.
Ooh, better idea than the citizenship thing -- make it a birthdate discrepancy so the patsy is not actually 35 years old yet. Perhaps the patsy is a niece of the killed president whose mother lied about the patsy's age since she (the patsy) was 3 or 4 to make herself (the mother) seem younger? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:51 AM on October 10, 2006
OK, I'm way too into this.
There appears to be no provision for declining the presidency. But if you make it up, and make it seem official, I think it could be plausible. Say that the ability to decline was added in after 1973, when a Democrat became first in line to succeed Nixon during the Watergate stuff. He said that he would only want to be Acting President until a new Veep could be appointed. But add that once you decline, you are officially forever out of the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 AM on October 10, 2006 marked best answer
I don't have any helpful advice, but I'd like to give a little perspective from the employees' point of view. My wife's employer provides 100% of individual coverage, but nothing for any additional coverage, meaning that people with families basically have their pay cut by up to $800/month if they are the sole insurance provider.
Might I suggest you go with a scheme where the employer pays (something like) 80% of all coverage, regardless of number of people covered.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 PM on October 9, 2006
The bloodwork should have been discussed with you if they absolutely require it for anesthesia. Most hospitals perform pre -anesthetic bloodwork on animals that are over a certain age or those with known medical "issues". It is a big controversy in the veterinary field as to whether it is "necessary" to do this bloodwork on young, otherwise healthy pets. There are advantages to having th bloodwork done, but it sounds like... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:16 PM on October 9, 2006 marked best answer
The soundtrack for 50 First Dates has several reggaesque covers of 80's tunes. You probably heard 311's version of "Love Song". I like Wayne Wonder's "Hold Me Now" and Will.i.am and Fergie doing "True". posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:28 PM on October 7, 2006
I don't know about accepted psych/soc theories, but from years of retail work, I have begun to realize it is about power. People who have (or feel like they have) no control of their lives will seek out opportunities to exert as much power as they can muster, and sometimes, their power as a customer over the guy making their sandwich (or cashing their check, or bagging their groceries) is all they've got, and they aim to get their money's worth. I usually feel sorry for them now, after the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:05 AM on October 5, 2006
Seriously, I have to agree with the folks who suggest keeping the name as is, but just having cards/messages not specify a Division or Unit. It's not as if someone taking the message is going to be all, "Wait a minute, Detective, what unit are you with?"
If you must change it, I think the acronym is a good idea, but try and resist the inclination to wrestle it into forming a real word if it wouldn't naturally. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:33 PM on October 4, 2006
It's not new, but in this vein you'd be remiss if you ignored Fever Pitch. It's more personal, but really good. Also a great book about the Cape Cod Baseball League (the nation's premiere summer league) is The Last Best League. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:16 PM on October 4, 2006
Oh, and Seth Mnookin's Feeding the Monster is a great recent book about the ownership and front office of the Boston Red Sox. It runs from the fascinating story of the sale of the team in 2001 to Young Theo and his gorilla costume in late 2005 (and has a nice condensed history of the franchise at the beginning). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:20 PM on October 4, 2006
We did paintball for my batchelor party. It was great fun to shoot the hell out of my annoying brother-in-law. Everyone had a great time, but we were amazed at how intense it was, though, so if you are looking for laidback stuff to do with your laidback buddies, it might not be right. If you are looking to mix things up and get a little aggro, then it's a great idea. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on October 3, 2006
If you don't know how your parents met, that's always a good one. How about asking him how he got along with his parents? Or what the worst trouble he ever got in was? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:42 AM on October 3, 2006
We had my wife's very outgoing 3-year-old as our flower girl. She completely chickened out at the last second. We were expecting it, so it was no big deal. You may want to verify with your nephew & his fiancee that if they can't manage it, it will not be a huge problem. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:21 AM on October 3, 2006
I thought the Marky Mark vehicle Fear (heh) was quite scary, and so did my wife. I think it's the "outsiders invading the home/nest to get at the kids" thing that really does it.
Lemmeinthefuckinghouse! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:07 AM on October 2, 2006
Not exactly on topic, and I can't find an exact reference, but I read a great article some years ago about the way female protagonists were masculinized in horror movies. It's not SO true anymore since the whole Scream meta-horror thing started, but for the "Golden Age" horror films (Nightmare, Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc.) they are almost strangely consistent. The female protagonists are given male or unisex names, they are not promiscuous (until Scream they NEVER had sex), etc. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:14 AM on October 2, 2006
That's the author all right. The phrase "Final Girl" is exactly what she called the main character. When I read it (back in the mid-90s) it was more essay-length than book length, but maybe it was just an excerpt. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:53 AM on October 2, 2006
The Predator would be cool, but really hard. I like the idea of the guys from The Matrix (your friends could be other characters). Also, I could see The Dude wearing dreads, man. Maybe not Walter, but The Dude, sure! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:48 AM on October 2, 2006
I've been having sex with the same woman for 12 years now, and probably 8 times out of 10 involve a little manual recalculation of the entry vectors, regardless of position. It's perfectly normal, and can add to the fun, if done properly.
The fact that your condom use limits what positions are possible suggests to me that there is a lubrication issue, as others have guessed, and the addition of some artificial wetness can also bring quite a bit to the table of even the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:38 AM on September 30, 2006
It's a Russian music site of, at best, questionable legality, but the price is right (~$0.15/song), the selection is surprisingly good, and the DRM is non-existent. Have no fear about giving you credit card number to their sales partner -- I've done it several times with no issues.
Sorry to hear that about Cabos, too. I have used it in the past. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 PM on September 27, 2006
MattD is sending the right message, here. Unless you are being promoted to an already existing position within the organization, a title change is not going to make it clear to anyone that your responsibilities have changed. "Um, I'm a Senior Administrative Synergiser now, I don't make coffee anymore, duh."
Instead of focussing on a new title, get together with your manager to rewrite (or write) a formal Job Description for you, and engage him or her in... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:09 AM on September 27, 2006
I'm in the same boat you are -- I know enough HTML/CSS to get by, and I wanted to use my website to get more familiarity and experience, so I didn't want to go with a managed, pre-designed creation program. The first thing I did was download a template from Open Source Web Design and tweak it a bit. Then I decided to do a similar page design up from scratch, and I have found the following programs to have a good blend of helpful features, without forcing design choices on... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 3:19 PM on September 26, 2006 marked best answer
I'd try and stabilize the glass somehow (dots of superglue, a screen protector, packing tape) and then put it in a hard case to prevent further damage.
You also now have an excuse for a new Nano, if you need one... posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:30 AM on September 26, 2006
Oh, my Homestar Runner joke made me forget the main point of my answer. I don't think it would be possible to actually replace the glass. Even if you sent it to Apple they would just replace it with a whole new (refurb, prob) Mini. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:33 AM on September 26, 2006
Seriously, Molly-coddling the children won't teach them anything except that they have control over their parents/teachers. A little bit of scolding won't hurt anything but their feelings.
I felt this same way when my daughter had a difficult Pre-K teacher last year. Her teacher was constantly harping on her negative behavior (to my daughter and to my wife and I), was unreasonably rigid for dealing with 4- and 5-year-olds, and was noticeably... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:51 PM on September 25, 2006
I guess I didn't really give my advice explicitly, there. Keep an eye on it. If it begins to noticeably affect your child or others, speak up to the administration. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:01 PM on September 25, 2006
My brother got a tattoo in Amsterdam about 6-7 years ago now. If there are no more answers forthcoming, email me (in profile) and I'll try and get you in touch with him. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:55 PM on September 25, 2006
I also say why not, but here's one bit of advice: try and get some kind of degree before setting out. Regardless of the profession, I think the ability to say "I am college educated" will at least get you in the door at some places that wouldn't look at you otherwise. Many schools will happily grant you many of the credit you may need as "life experience" credits, provided you have experience in the area you are getting a degree in. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:31 AM on September 25, 2006
Carbonite is absolutely great. I've had it for several months, and have had no problems, and more than one occasion to thank my stars for it. One feature I really like that I would not get with a daily snapshot type backup is that when you delete a file from your HD, Carbonite does not delete it for one month. This has saved me from a particularly nasty accidental deletion mistake.
You can configure many important features (lower priority, temporary pause) with... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:38 PM on September 24, 2006
Well, I've had an iPaq (worst name ever, BTW) 3115 for a couple of years now, and I think it's great. Good battery life, surprisingly good multimedia. The only problems I ever had with it were when I was trying to really stretch its capabilities (Skype, for example. It technically works, but I'd only use it in an emergency. I think models with faster processors (>400MHz) do OK with it, though). It also comes with a very nice leather slipcase that has protected it from several fairly... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:50 AM on September 24, 2006