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If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 PM on November 11, 2008

"Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?"
Well, there was the whole controversy surrounding the infamous head butt in the World Cup, with lip readers hired to determine just what was said to inflame Zidane so much.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:40 PM on November 11, 2008

Metafilter's Favorite Things Show!!! You get a pony and You get a pony and YOU GET A PONY!!! *eeeee*
chococat's CDs are among the best music purchases I have made in quite a while.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on November 7, 2008
Just email him, Phire. If you are lucky, he will include free Canadian candy.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on November 11, 2008

Made-in-advance cracker-like pizza crust recipes?
At my supermarket they sell these little pouches of pre-made Naan (a Indian flatbread) that are delicious and the perfect size for an individual pizza. There are like three in a pouch, and while they don't last long once open, they keep reasonably well still sealed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:58 AM on November 7, 2008

How smart is YOUR phone?
Wow. Did not see Nova Scotia coming. Alberta, Nebraska or New South Wales, maybe, but not Nova Scotia.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on November 6, 2008

Barack Obama is the next President of the United States
As a American who is further left than any national politician has ever been (except maybe former Socialist Bernie Sanders), I have also always been proud of America and proud to be an American. Proud of the ideal, proud of the concept, proud of the promise. That hasn't been easy lately, but I have come to accept that you can be proud of your country and ashamed of your government. I am so glad that we will soon have a leader that I can be proud of -- what he is and what he represents. I... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 PM on November 4, 2008

We have the facts and we're voting...
CNN calls Virginia blue.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on November 4, 2008

How do I Injury Me? Let Me Count the Ways.
Oh awesome. I kind of collect these, and I am so thrilled to find this site. I have one that I love from home that has a silhouette baby happily sitting inside a closed Rubbermaid tub. Thanks sp160n.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on November 4, 2008

The Presidential Transition Period
The "W" key thing was a myth? I was so proud of the Clinton administration for that one.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on November 3, 2008

How can you get cleared faster for unprotected sex after a vasectomy?
Should he be masturbating a lot in order to clean the pipes out?

That's what my doctor recommended. That and sex, as long as we were using another kind of birth control.

If you've gone through this, how long did it take you to get the "all clear"?

All clear at one month. My doctor also recommends yearly checks to make sure there is no spontaneous reattachment -- very rare, but possible.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:39 PM on November 1, 2008

We pick up our mail in the 1800s
Take two of these and call me in the Enlightenment.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 PM on October 31, 2008

Terror takes the sound before you make it...
The french accent really adds a certain I-don't-know-what.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:30 PM on October 31, 2008

Colour, Resolution, and David Hume.
You might want to think about, if you haven't already, qualia, specifically, the inverted spectrum problem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:27 PM on October 31, 2008

What's hanging in Liz's office?
Not really proud of this, but I always thought that the print looked a little... what's the equivalent of phallic, but for breasts? Boobular? Mammarish? I felt a little validated when she felt like she had to take it down for the adoption visit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on October 31, 2008

Brother
Yes, you should all buy music from chococat. If you are lucky, he will include strange Canadian candies. Great song.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 8:09 PM on October 31, 2008

This Boy
Wow. One of my favorite Beatles' songs, and you've done a great job with it. Your vocals are great for the song. I feel like you've increased the "This Boy"-ness of the song by like 20%. Like you've made a reduction sauce of it. Thanks.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 8:05 PM on October 31, 2008

The 123 Year Old Eyes
Well, I'm 213 years old. I've replaced my head twice and my body three times, but I'm still me, right?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on October 31, 2008

Help me figure out to go with my free plane ticket!
To maximize the financial and experiential value of your ticket, I'd pick somewhere small (expensive flights) that you otherwise might never get to. How about Burlington, VT for a ski trip, or Martha's Vineyard, MA for an island getaway, northern California, New Orleans, Key West?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on October 31, 2008

The Unfinished Swan
I could see some really cool gameplay idea arising out of this. The first is resource management type stuff -- if you have limited "ammo" you have to make some touch choices about how much of the world to reveal. Thanks for the post.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:13 AM on October 31, 2008

Alton Ellis, RIP
Well, my handle is not inspired by the music, but I am certainly a fan.

These quotes are great:

"The next thing is because the music catch on already now. The people don't wanna pay attention to going at it blood, sweat and tears. Is just the vibes. Because Reggae is still accepted so to speak.

"So what we used to go through, fe bend it an' twist it an' sandpaper it and all that, them don't worry
... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on October 31, 2008

Chatting up the grocer
Alternatively, find a woman who works in the store and ask her if he's available.

This is a very good idea, and a good way to avoid some potential embarrassment or uncomfortableness. As a newcomer, how about asking him about some upcoming town-wide event (Thanksgiving parades, Christmas pageants, and First Nights are all coming up) -- is it a cool thing, do people really go, where's the best seats, etc. Then you casually mention that you don't have... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on October 30, 2008

Videos set to music
lampoil: that crazy dancing tween girl...

...is Alyson Stoner, big Disney Channel star. She's BFF with Miley Cyrus. Oh god, my 8-year-old daughter is taking over my brain.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 PM on October 28, 2008

Offensive song
PSYCH = I'm just kidding
YOU ALL = 2nd Person Plural
Y'ALL = 2nd Person Plural (Alternative Form)
BOO = Boyfriend/Girlfriend/Love Interest/Friend/Confidant
ALL CAPS = Ironic

"I'm just kidding. You know that I think of you as close personal friends."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:05 AM on October 27, 2008
In Soviet Russia, you call the 90s!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on October 27, 2008

I'll call me J
I just assumed all these questions were talking about various Men In Black agents. That's why they get posted anonymously, for operational security, right?

Don't neuralize me, bro!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:25 AM on October 27, 2008

Please take your marketing rollouts somewhere else
TO: MetaFilter Industries Mailing List

RE: Donuts in Conf Room B!!!

Thanks to Bonaldi, there are a few donuts left from the HR training session this am!! Be sure to clean up after yourselves as I think you know you're mother dosen't work here!!! Also, there is a Staff Meeting at 2 in Conf Room A, and dont forget your expense reports for October are due on FRIDAY.

Thanks!!!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on October 27, 2008

On MeFi, everyone knows you're dog.
Yeah this is kind of neat. Possible to get it to keep the picture aligned with the "bottom" of the comment, the "posted by" line?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:58 AM on October 24, 2008
Oh, and no problems with my MeFi Navigator or MeFiQuote (FF 3, XP)
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:59 AM on October 24, 2008
I like the changes, grumblebee, but now the front pages only show the default silhouette. Also, change the name of the script to ShowMe.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on October 24, 2008
skynxnex's version is really good.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:29 AM on October 24, 2008
Hmm. Does weird things on one's Favorited Activity page (http://www.metafilter.com/activity/XXXXX/favorited/) as well.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on October 25, 2008

The fun can not be halted
This game looks educated stupid.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on October 24, 2008

Yes, But Can You Give Me One Example, Governor?
I truly don't get the fear of posting to the blue. The absolute worst thing that could happen is that people on the Internet will yell at you. Is that really so bad?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:51 AM on October 24, 2008
But if deleted posts were any less obscure they wouldn't be very deleted, would they?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:42 PM on October 24, 2008

God is cruel
I have been a staunch Stephen King apologist since I read It about 20 years ago. People seem to be coming around to the realization that he is an amazing storyteller, and that there are (usually) some meaningful and true ideas behind the stories, if you spend some time thinking about them. They are not necessarily the deepest or most nuanced ideas, but they are powerful. I'm a little troubled by the way he lately seems to want to wrap everything into his One True... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:43 AM on October 24, 2008
The Dark Tower and all of his other works that tie into it, which personally I like. The man has created a huge catalogue of works, and it feels like an inside joke to me.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the way he would make subtle allusions to his other works, and returning to Derry in Insomnia felt so good, but it seems like since

{the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on October 24, 2008

OpenOffice Impress newbie question
You are specifically looking for the Text Animation settings under the Custom Animations task pane. Add an entrance animation to the whole text box. Then click the little "..." button next to the Property drop down. In the Text Animation tab, you want to group text by "1st level paragraphs."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:53 AM on October 24, 2008

International Caps
FOR SERIOUS THOUGH, DO THEY STILL GIVE EVERYONE AN ACTUAL CAP? I IMAGINE BECKS HAVING A CLOSET SOMEWHERE THAT HE JUST THROWS THEM IN AFTER HE GETS HOME FROM THE GAME AND SHUTS DOWN HIS ANDROID WIFE.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:37 AM on October 22, 2008

Help me keep my vote.
Our optical scan ballots sound similar, and we also are given black felt-tipped pens. Not sure if they have special ink in them or anything.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:51 AM on October 20, 2008

Staunch the bleeding.
in Canada, there's a subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) social pressure not to go to the hospital (or even the doctor) for every damned little thing that's wrong with you.

That's kind of fascinating, and a side-effect of national health care that I never really considered.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:05 AM on October 20, 2008

Thank you back-titlers!
I think I did a grand total of 1. I was looking forward to doing a few of these, but you people are too quick for me. Well done, tag brigade.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on October 20, 2008

Devil's in the details
Yes, a hearty tip o' the cap to the Rays from this Sox fan. Great team, great series. If the Sox had not been forced to run the corpses of Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett and Mike Timlin out there it might have been a different story. Oh well, as one of the Sports Guys readers noted, the 2008 Red Sox just lost to the 2010 Red Sox.

Also, their graphic design was better last year with the forest green and white -- this new style is so bland. Matt Garza also... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on October 20, 2008

Temporary Blindness - What?
Don't fuck around with your eyes -- you can't get new ones if they break. Go to the ER.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 AM on October 20, 2008

i din-a mean-a doit
What is par for an ape?

$20, same as in town.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on October 19, 2008

Recommend me some kiddie SF
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Jumper by Steven Gould. Very soft SF, but a really interesting, thought-provoking book. About a boy who can teleport at will. It really explores every dimension of what having that power would mean.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:15 PM on October 18, 2008

Rules for converting country names to adjectival form
I know I'm getting a bit far afield here, but let me just mention that two of my most favorite places to live have special words for people who live in the area, but are not native. In Vermont, a newcomer is called a flatlander, and on Cape Cod a newcomer is known as a washashore.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on October 17, 2008

The culture writing of Adam Cadre
I have been a Cadre fan for a long time. I wonder if he's on MetaFilter -- I think he'd like it here. If you are looking for a nice little puzzle game, Lock & Key is really nice. Kind of like the Grow series of Flash games, in that you have to assemble a bunch of parts into a ideal whole.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:28 PM on October 17, 2008

Is it worth it to keep paying the bills?
Can you talk to your creditors about a kind of slow-pay situation, sending just a few bucks a month? The most effective way to do it might be to open up a Korean MasterCard/Visa account and see if your creditors can accept credit card payments online. If the option is not getting paid at all, they may be willing to be very flexible.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on October 17, 2008

You've got dysentery!
Zork is also not really specifically educational. I guess it teaches about problem solving and creative thinking, but most games do that to some degree, right.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on October 17, 2008

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