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Talk like a Pirate Day: More holidays, more fun!


That was fun.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:15 PM on September 20, 2008

Search and Destroy
Perhaps a way around the dilemma is to post a question like "Does anyone know some people with experience in and knowledge of [whatever] that I could contact about a rather sensitive matter that I don't want to talk about on the Internet? You can MeMail or email me if you like." It's kind of a borderline question in my mind, as it is a more "selfish" use of AskMe than the average question. Perhaps Jessamyn or Cortex could weigh in on this type of thing?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:38 AM on September 19, 2008
Using AskMe as a platform for starting an off-site conversation, with no intention to do the main business of the Q&A in the thread itself, is not something we like to see, honestly.

Ehn, that's kinda what I figured. Thanks for the official ruling.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:48 PM on September 19, 2008

A baby mama
This is a type of fun loving girl, she likes laughing and having fun. Not really the type one would have to have a daughter.

God knows my wife is a dour shrew -- just the type to have a daughter. People with kids are just like people without kids, but they may have to work around some scheduling issues. No different from someone with a demanding job, or a serious hobby. If she wants to spend time with you, she can probably figure out a way to do... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:37 AM on September 19, 2008

Where should we eat in Burlington, VT?
I really miss the bison burger at Sweetwater's on Church St. And I know it's not downtown, but I had some of the best meals of my life at the Starry Night Cafe about 30 minutes south of Burlington, right on Rt 7. Well worth the drive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:57 PM on September 18, 2008

Deconstruct this Invitation?
I think the first album "19th Nervous Breakdown" appeared on was High Tide and Green Grass, no? Connects it to the flight theme.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on September 9, 2008
Five of the seven songs feature numbers in the lyric:

!9th Nervous Breakdown - 19
Refugee - 1 ("first" technically)
Stairway to Heaven - 2
Black Magic Woman - ?
Band on the Run - 4
Walk This Way - 3
Tequila Sunrise - ?

All of the numbers are under 26 -- could the songs represent a word or name?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:31 PM on September 9, 2008
I don't think we are anywhere near the answer to this one. Puzzles like this do not have answers that "kind of" fit the clues -- once you know the answer everything fits like a glove. I'd love to get some more info from the OP on this -- we need more details about the appearance of the cards and the invitation. Frankly, based on the somewhat blunt Paul Simon example, I think we are missing some crucial information and are overthinking it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:34 PM on September 10, 2008
Don't the letters end up being EAGLESR?

Perhaps the secret guest is actually the Reagles -- a pretty decent Eagles cover band from Schaumberg?

I'm kidding -- I know very few cover bands from the Chicagoland area. Very interesting though, z_guy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:32 PM on September 18, 2008

What do you think I should do?
He is authorized to rent out the rooms of the lease, but the problem here is that he is authorized to do so by the contract with the landlord that he himself wrote.

To a large extent, this is her own problem. I know I would never sign a legal document written in a language I didn't understand very well without having it looked over pretty carefully by someone else.

I feel for the woman -- I know how hard it is to be a... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:43 PM on September 17, 2008

A Fetishistic Obsession with Bureaucratic Policing
MetaTalk: overruled by community opprobium

I do agree with the general sentiment of WCityMike's post, but I almost knew Jessamyn would come in here to say something like her initial comment above, and I kind of agree with her and desjardins as well. I think there is some value in the community setting it's own standards and being open about them. Most of the time, I think it is done with some respect and with minimal snark -- certainly we... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on September 17, 2008
[x] I am back in the HIGH LIFE again
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:29 PM on September 17, 2008

Cheap computer to run Spore?
I have an Acer Aspire 5100 series I bought over a year ago (for $500 on sale) with these specs:

Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
AMD Turion 64 MK-36 2.0 Ghz (512 KB L2 Cache)
1 GB Memory (256 MB Shared at Default; can be turned down to 32 MB)
Ati Xpress 1100 (256 MB Dedicated; total 512 MB)

It runs Spore... acceptably. Some slowdown with lots of creatures on screen and sometimes other creatures are rendered... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:48 PM on September 16, 2008

Romantic yes, but also ironic.
Dan in Real Life fits your criteria so exactly I had to reread the question three times to make sure you hadn't already mentioned it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on September 16, 2008

Need new sheets
Seconding the bamboo mention above. My favorite sheets in the world are 50/50 bamboo/cotton ones from Target. They are very smooth, like satin, without being slippery, shiny or snaggy. They are not soft and fuzzy like flannel or jersey sheets, but I personally don't like that feeling. I also agree with the sentiment to romance it up a bit. You could do a whole set of linens and even add a few candles and a couple handfuls of rose petals to complete the package.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on September 16, 2008

Toilet works: slow flushing toilet
Have you had someone out to assess the health of your septic tank? We had a tank that was basically collapsing and causing all kinds of flushing/drainage issues. The guy had a little fiber optic camera on a cord that could travel the whole length of the plumbing from the toilet to the tank to diagnose issues.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:46 PM on September 15, 2008

Ninja Cat
Something something Schrödinger?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on September 15, 2008

The other IKE that deserves attention
Heard on NPR that the local weather service was saying that people who remained on the coastal lowlands in single family homes were facing "certain death". C'mon, weather service, can't you sugarcoat it a little? Yikes. My thoughts are with folks in the area, and I hope beowulf573 and any other MeFites down that way stay safe and sound.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 AM on September 12, 2008

iTunes cover art for 45s?
Here you go. If you need art for your MeFiMu tunes, may I suggest my own design?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 PM on September 11, 2008 marked best answer

Leaving while on leave?
Not coming back after maternity leave is not going to be a big surprise.

Yes this. If you really like your current job, you could tell them that you'd stay if you could restructure your job in such and such a way, but it's not even really necessary. It could certainly be frustrating to your coworkers to lose a teammate, but no more so than if you left at any other time -- in fact maybe less so, as they have (presumably) already developed some way... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:48 PM on September 10, 2008

UFO or Solar Car?
Whoa there Einstein, can't you dumb down this diagram a little? I mean, WTF is that spinny yellow thing? We're not all solor genius scienteers like you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:09 AM on September 10, 2008

Gotta get up, gotta get up, gotta get up
the energy drink has evolved from a nasty-tasting "health tonic" into a brightly-colored and supercharged nasty-tasting fuel for body and/or mind.

Seriously, with the amount of artificial crap they pump into some of these drinks, don't you think they could at least make them taste better?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on September 10, 2008
Oops, Brother Caine beat me to it. I need more brain drink.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on September 10, 2008

How to keep clothes looking nice while traveling
I have not had the need to try this myself yet, but my father (who used to travel often for work) swore by leaving the items in the plastic dry-cleaning bags, and then rolling them in a large pile of underwear/socks/etc as valkyryn said. You want the roll to be as large as possible while still fitting in your suitcase/duffle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 AM on September 10, 2008

(Internetworking Frequency, 2.4 gigacycles.)
I love the "RCA and NBC present TELEVISION" schedule

HTML and MetaFilter present INTERNET
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:56 PM on September 9, 2008

Pharmaceutical sales reps - unburden your souls!
Well, my dad is a medical equipment sales rep, and I work in the veterinary field as well, so I think I can come at this from two angles. First off, my father is of the firm opinion that there are some people that can do sales, and there are some that can't. It can be a frustrating job largely because the decision-makers you need to talk to are (or think they are) far too busy to talk to a sales rep, so it requires a combination of persistence and luck. One of my dad's favorite techniques is... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on September 9, 2008

Is this gas station running a scam?
Yeah, that approach is pretty common here in Massachusetts (especially, I've noticed, for Lukoil stations, which seems to be the type of station we are talking about). I think your beef, if any, comes from the inaccurate marking of the islands. In the end, though, I think you need to be careful about checking the price on the pump. My own pet peeve is with stations that sneakily do not put the lowest priced fuel all the way to the left of the pump, but stick one of the mid-grades there... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on September 3, 2008

Why does my hip ache when I...
Well, you're not the only one. No real resolution, unfortunately, but add this to the "I'm not alone?" page of the wiki.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM on September 3, 2008

What's up with my weirdo kitten?
Orange boys are notorious for urinary problems. Make sure your vet knows about the inappropriate urination. We have an orange cat who always had very occasional inappropriate urination. Following treatment for a UTI, we determined that he had a tendency towards forming urinary crystals in the bladder, and switched him over to one of the urinary prescription diets. This has not only addressed the peeing-in-the-laundry problem, but has greatly lessened his other slightly... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on August 28, 2008 marked best answer

I am curious (podcast)
Let's decimate the inflammable bastards!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:10 AM on August 28, 2008

Legal recourse for neighborhood denied access to coastline?
Talk to someone at the Concord office of the Conservation Law Foundation. Get them (or another lawyer versed in conservation and property law to write a little letter to the owner about the merits of a case of a prescriptive easement. Then get the other families affected to donate a couple hundred dollars each and offer to buy a formal easement from the owner, instead of progressing with the adverse possession action.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on August 27, 2008 marked best answer

Heartwarming Movies. The Morning After.
Finding Nemo is a wonderful movie, and millions of kids love it, but after repeated watchings, I realized that it sends an awful message -- there are like four or five times in the movie where a character appears to be dead, but seconds later, is perfectly fine. Hey kids, don't worry if Mom and Dad tell you Grandma is dead, she'll probably wake up in a few minutes, like Nemo did!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on August 24, 2008

Telemarketers are Big Fat Liars!!!!
T: Is this the person in charge of your website marketing?
M: Why yes, it is. [actually I'm not]
T: Great! *launches into long spiel*
M: Wait just a moment there, is this one of those things you need a computer for?
T: [confused] Yes?
M: Oh, we don't have any of those things yet. We're going to get some next month I think, but in the mean time I can take your name and number down on my clipboard.
... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:27 PM on August 20, 2008

Boxers, briefs or what?
Body Glove makes briefs--I think they're a thin jersey cloth--that don't have a visible waistband and aren't baggy or translucent.

Yup. They even look pretty good on lumpy guys like me, if I do say so myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:51 PM on August 19, 2008

Where's a good breakfast in the Cape?
You really must go to Bonatt's on Rt. 28 in Harwich for breakfast. Get there early, before the Meltaways (a delicious danish-y pastry) are gone. For a good coffee, try Buckie's Biscotti in Dennis (two locations -- 6A and 28). The best pizza on the Cape is Sweet Tomatoes (very thin crust, very good toppings) with several locations, including just off Exit 8.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:06 PM on August 18, 2008

MefiMail Improvements
Pony request: Would like more MefiMail.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:11 PM on August 16, 2008
I don't know which is worse: no mail or pity mail. Thanks folks, for lighting up my little envelope, though.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:58 PM on August 16, 2008

DogFilter: Should I adopt a male or female Boston Terrier pup?
MetaFilter: You're talking about how their reproductive organs are arranged.

Spays are a bit more expensive than neuters, if money is an issue. Over a lifetime of medical care it's a tiny fraction, but still.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 PM on August 16, 2008

The etymology of HURF DURF
You guys are over-hurfing a pancake of dickpunching.

Something something ziggity-bop?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:43 AM on August 14, 2008

At least he was trying to use utensils.
I bet vets see this all the tine.

Yeah, one of the professional magazines even runs an annual contest. This year a snake that swallowed the owner's pet rabbit (and the electric blanket it was sleeping on) came in first, and won the vet that submitted it a DSLR; while a dog that ate a stuffed dog took the silver, where there is no prize.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 AM on August 14, 2008

Cuban Cuisine/dinner party/roasted pig
Medianoches sandwiches (scroll down) for the afterparty (using the leftover roast pork).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:13 AM on August 14, 2008

How do I do project-centric filing in the electronic and paper worlds?
In his book How Buildings Learn, Steward Brand talks about scenario planning, and he suggests giving different scenarios very short, very memorable names -- "Big Ugly," "Massive Growth," "Heat Death," etc. Perhaps with shorter project names the labeling (and relabeling) of folders (physical and digital) becomes less onerous.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:17 PM on August 13, 2008 marked best answer

Help me find some good movies that give you the warm fuzzies
Field of Dreams (magical realism + baseball + James Earl Jones = win)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:10 PM on August 10, 2008 marked best answer

Help me be a better veterinarian
Wow, what a thread. I am the Client Service Manager at a referral and emergency practice, and this is all very interesting to me as well.

My specific advice would be to become familiar with the folks at your nearest emergency and/or specialty practice. Stop by for a visit, ask for a tour, see if you can meet with some of the ER docs if they have a minute, and spend some time chatting with the techs and receptionists. You may be in a position to ask your clients to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 PM on August 10, 2008

Is Outlook the Best Option?
Seconding Gmail. There is, IIRC, some functionality in Firefox 3 to allow pages to operate as independent, standalone apps, without the Firefox chrome and toolbars. I can't find anything online about it right now, but someone else must know what I am talking about. Perhaps set up her Gmail page that way, so it looks like a separate "Gmail Program"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on August 7, 2008

G*******t, I swear too f***ing much.
My wife and I swear quite a bit, and our daughter is very observant and picks up on all kinds of adult behavior. We've taught her that there are certain words that we say when we are at home or in the car or with close friends that might hurt other people's feelings. Those words are OK around our immediate family, but you'd never want to use them when someone who might be offended by those words might hear, because making other people feel bad is not something we do in our family. I think it... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:08 PM on August 6, 2008

Dirty Little Secret
Well, I've always been a bit of a Garth Brooks fan, which is pretty embarrassing in and of itself for a hip, urban young person such as myself. Even more embarrassing is the fact that I really fricking love several songs from his In The Life of Chris Gaines album, which is possibly the greatest embarrassment in the history of the music industry. For those not familiar, it is an album of pop/R&B/rock songs done by Brooks in the persona of a fictional Australian rock... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 9:47 PM on August 5, 2008

no more light-switch raves
Pizza Joint was great, Alternate Universe features a SB-related super group, ISP features some fabulous Homestar tech support.

As far as the toons go, the Halloween and Decemberween ones are always the best.

Peasant Quest is a pretty well-realized Sierra-style adventure game.

If you aren't up to speed with Teen Girl Squad, you really must sit through them all.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:31 PM on August 5, 2008 marked best answer

What are your best face-painting recommendations?
I am always the face painter at kids parties. First of all, you want actual paintbrushes, not make-up applicators, especially for the fine work. Nothing too fancy, just go to your local craft store and pick up a $10 fine-tip brush assortment. Second, I usually use the cheapo face paint, but be sure to have a stash of toothpicks on hand to stir the paint very well with (a slightly blunted toothpick is also good for dinosaur eyes and fairy dust). Finally, you need to support your painting hand... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 PM on August 5, 2008 marked best answer

Whiskey Pearl
This is super great. Totally agree with danb -- take this from experiment to finished product immediately. Add some dickpunching lyrics, maybe?
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 4:45 AM on August 5, 2008

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