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My girlfriend wants me to stop using a condom.
If you are putting your sperm into another person, you both should be prepared for what to do in the event of pregnancy. The pill is very effective, except when it's not.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on August 2, 2008

Is it just me?
THIS IS PLINKO
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:20 PM on August 1, 2008

Unsigned check
Officially, no. The writer of the check must sign it before it becomes a negotiable instrument. Unofficially, both rhymer and le morte de bea arthur have valid approaches, but neither is guaranteed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:46 AM on August 1, 2008

Someone uploaded pictures of me (along with them) to Picasa along with my full legal name.
As for secret questions: I have trouble sometimes remembering my answer if the registration process gives me poor choices. Many choices, especially favorite book/sports team/food/Beatle/etc., can be hard to remember later if you read voraciously, don't follow sports, enjoy a wide range of foods, and can't decide between John and Ringo....

That's why I always choose questions with definite answers -- name of high school, city of birth, etc.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:54 PM on July 31, 2008

Ahhhhh...love. What do I do with it?
If you love the dude, tell him. If that freaks him out, he'll either handle it in an adult, mature way, or he won't. Either way, you'll learn things worth knowing.

TPS for the win. This is so, so true. Be true to yourself and respect your feelings, and respect him enough to let him deal with that as he will. For what it's worth, 15 years ago this November I told a girl I loved her after knowing her for about a week, she said she loved me too, and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:31 AM on July 30, 2008

Owning a dog in the city? What do I need to know?
Don't let your dog drink from puddles. Even if the water looks clean, rodent urine can easily contaminate the water with the potentially deadly leptospirosis bacteria.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:14 AM on July 29, 2008

Looking for a small town.
Many of the larger to mid-sized towns in Vermont could be ideal. I'd look at Montpelier or Brattleboro first, or Burlington if you'd like to go a little more urban.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 PM on July 28, 2008

I remain your obt svt
When I took an architectural drafting class I used a "pounce bag". They are pretty cheap and less messy. You just lightly tap the bag against the page, and a small amount of pounce sifts through the loose weave of the bag.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on July 27, 2008

You're not the mute button! Stop it!
I have a keyboard at work that has a "Function Lock" key or something. It makes the F1-F12 keys do things other than what I expect when I turn it on accidentally. Anything like that on yours?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM on July 23, 2008

Unique hotels in small to medium cities?
The Pomegranate Inn in Portland, ME made our trip there quite special, and it is a neat little city to boot.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on July 23, 2008

Where can I go from here?
In most states, being a credentialed Veterinary Technician requires graduation from an accredited Veterinary Technology program and/or passing a statewide exam. There are still jobs available for uncredentialed Vet Techs, but they are becoming harder to find. You might want to look into starting out as a Veterinary Assistant (sometimes called a Technician Assistant or Kennel Assistant) to get experience in the veterinary field. You can usually get those types of jobs with little or no... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on July 23, 2008 marked best answer

Dog "magazine" to benefit shelter--ever seen one?
There's a publication in this area called the Pet Gazette, and when I googled that term I found dozens of similar regional publications with the same name.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on July 18, 2008

Individual vs. Group Health Insurance: Moral & Financial Dilemma
You have got to get insurance for your son. 16-year-olds are healthy, but they are in a high-risk group for accidents -- from skateboarding to motor vehicle. The cost for a broken leg can get very high, very quickly. It is too bad that it will adversely affect your workplace, but is your job going to pay your son's medical bills? Are they going to refuse to lay you off if their budget gets cut? Are your coworkers going to promise to not drop their insurance either?... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on July 17, 2008

Long sleeve shirts for a small guy
As for rolling up sleeves: don't roll from the cuff. Invert the whole lower sleeve up over your upper arm, then roll the thin part up in 2" turns until it half-covers the cuff. Looks cooler - the cuff details stay visible - and stays put better.

I'm having trouble envisioning this. My rolling advice is to fold, not roll. Fold the cuff back where it meets the sleeve, and make it nice and flat against the sleeve. Fold back again the width of... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 PM on July 14, 2008

My fingers are too big for those little buttons...
A tool like this is designed for folks with fine motor disabilities. You poke the wire through the buttonhole, then loop it around the button, then pull it back through the hole with the button. It's easier than it sounds. You could probably hack one together yourself, rather than paying $13.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 PM on July 14, 2008 marked best answer
This one includes an illustrative photo and is only six bucks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on July 14, 2008 marked best answer

Happy Birthday Metafilter!
Here is a picture of a feline being imaged in the first veterinary Computed Tomography scanner on Cape Cod. That's right, a cat CAT scan! Here's the hardware it runs on, BTW (don't you lurve the keyboard integrated into the desk?)

Anyway, Happy Birthday MeFi, thanks to all the mods, and hugs and smooches to all my fellow MeFites on this happy day.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:11 AM on July 14, 2008

You want buy a air-beam grate cooler? I give you friend price, ok?
I wonder if there isn't some kind of industry-wide organization in the States that might agree to answer some emailed questions for you. Like the Cement Processors and Manufacturers Association or something. There must at least be a group that organizes conferences, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:46 PM on July 13, 2008

We're big and getting busy. How can we get busier?
Hmm. My wife an I are in the ballpark of the dimensions you mention, and we have no problems with the missionary position. The only thing that is tough for us is doggy style or anything standing up, as I am taller than you and she is shorter than your ladyfriend. Perhaps you each just need to work on adjusting the angles of your hips/pelvises to find a combination that works for you? I also think kimdog's advice to "have fun and laugh a lot" is absolutely... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 PM on July 12, 2008

Wankel all day long
I just really like to say Wankel Rotary Engine, and this post gives me an excuse to.

Wankel Rotary Engine.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on July 12, 2008

What to do with an old iPhone?
I feel like I got a brand new phone today with the software update.

Very true.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on July 12, 2008

Foreigner wonders what others think of him
In a personal setting, I could care less -- I've had friends and colleagues of many nationalities and I have relationships with them that are as good as my relationships with my fellow Americans. I will admit, though, that when I encounter someone with an accent in a professional setting -- especially when they are a medical practitioner -- I worry that I am not being fully understood, and that I am not fully understanding them. Not because I think they are stupid (far from it, in fact, I have... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on July 9, 2008

Bleep bloop
Never mind. I just tested it and found it has to have been used twice by the same user to show up.

Hurf durf double tagger?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on July 9, 2008

Dogs with missing toes, with this be a problem in the future?
It's possible that it indicates a more systemic problem -- you sometimes see toes removed due to a tumor, for example. With a greyhound, though (and I'm assuming it's a former racing dog) it could very easily be due to a racetrack injury, which is no reason to be concerned.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:29 PM on July 9, 2008

What do you call a long, thin sandwich?
Boston area. If it’s toasted I call it a grinder. If it’s cold I call it a sub.

This is my understanding too. I think it is localized to Somerville/Arlington area, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:51 PM on July 8, 2008
Because of this I have always mentally thought of them as "bombs" even though I have never seen a sandwich referred to as a "bomb" anywhere other than that silly bag

In the Boston area, steak-and-cheese subs (thinly sliced steak with melted cheese - grilled peppers and onions optional) are sometimes called "steak bombs".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:36 AM on July 9, 2008

Alive with pleasure
I think some of the "smaller" mansions are more interesting and exquisite than the better known ones. Kingscote, Chateau-sur-Mer and the Issac Bell House in particular.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:38 PM on July 7, 2008 marked best answer

Pony Request: All-time favorites.
It's good to not want to see how many favorites comments have!

Don't cornfield me, bro!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:41 PM on July 7, 2008

"iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers for the rest of us."
Also, on the iPhone, you must look at your wallpaper when you activate your phone, as you slide your finger to unlock it, before your icons pop up. So you have to look at it for at least a second every time you use the phone. Some of these wallpapers are quite nice, thanks defenestration.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on July 6, 2008

Help Son help Dad
While he doesn't have specific skills, I'm sure he's got lots of general skills -- following directions, completing tasks, understanding the construction and bidding process, etc. I know lots of construction and building operations around here are always looking for office and warehouse help with some knowledge of the industry -- maybe that is somewhere to start.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:39 PM on July 5, 2008

How can I make an easily changeable window marquee?
They make blank window cling "paper" you can print on a standard printer (here's some with a puppy). You could just print one giant letter on each page, giving you a bunch of clingy tiles, like a regular marquee. If you print in white on blank clings, and then hang a black curtain in the window, I think that would be a pretty classy look.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 PM on July 5, 2008 marked best answer

CATch Me If You Can!
This may or may not help, but if/when someone gets close to the cat, a good cat catching tactic is to throw a large blanket or bath towel over the cat, and then swoop in a wrap them up in the towel. Being covered by the towel stuns them for a second or two, enabling a puny human to get close enough for the grab.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:05 PM on July 5, 2008

RED WORM TIME is begin.
Thanks for this Countess Elena. Really neat, and I wouldn't have seen it otherwise.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:03 PM on July 5, 2008

Putin' on the Ritz
Taco Town!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on July 3, 2008

In search of coffee on the cape
Your best bets locally are Buckies on Rt 28 in Dennisport (across the street from the Mill Store) and Seven Beans on 28 near the West Dennis/Yarmouthport line. Buckies is better (and has phenomenal pastry). I live in South Dennis. Let me know if there is anything else you want to know about the area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 PM on June 30, 2008

Looking for novel-esque non-fiction books.
As booksherpa (fittingly) said, Tracy Kidder is kind of the king of this. I'd also recommend the surprisingly enthralling Dark Tide by Stephen Puleo, about an industrial accident in Boston in 1919, in which a tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses exploded on the waterfront. The story leading up to the event is ominous, the actual event is literally awesome and horrific, and the investigation after the fact is fascinating and provides an interesting look at the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on June 29, 2008
On preview, The Ghost Map is also an excellent choice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 PM on June 29, 2008
The Professor and the Madman

I've just come home and had a look at my bookshelf and I came back to this thread to explicitly mention that book. There is also another good one I've read by Simon Winchester, but my memory escapes me at the moment.

Also, much of Oliver Sacks's writing is more short story-like than novel-like, but any of his books would be fine choices.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:26 PM on June 29, 2008

Kinder Fee Per Finder, Keeper
I'll suggest a couple of choice tickets to a sporting event, if he's into that kind of thing (and if appropriate to your area).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 PM on June 29, 2008
And I threw you a fave for the nice title. Buy yourself something real nice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:40 PM on June 29, 2008

All sleeping dogs die.
it's the ones you let go a bit too long that haunt you

Quoted for truth, and I find that when it is put that way to people, it really hits home in a way pages of medical information cannot. A sling can help with walking -- a long, soft cloth slung under the hips that you hang onto from above (if he's a male, watch out for his genitalia).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 PM on June 29, 2008

Proper Lasagna consists of RED & WHITE sauce, not PINK.
the white creamy part is always made from ricotta (plus a bit of egg, parmesan & basil).

My Nonna (born in Calabria) used to make it just like this. You were also not allowed to put grated Parmesan on top of the lasagna, as it already had it in it (thank you, Great Depression).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:12 PM on June 29, 2008 marked best answer

how is babby scarred??
Oh, this is just one of those mixups like when you're putting together a resumé and Clippy's all, "It looks like you're trying to write erotic fiction. Would you like help?"

Good Clippy humor on Wait, Wait this last week. Something about taking Clippy out to be executed gangland-style and Clippy's all "It looks like you're digging a grave! Is this a business grave or a personal grave?"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:03 PM on June 29, 2008

El tango del siglo XXI
If you like this kind of music/dance pairing (and have access to US TV*) you should be watching So You Think You Can Dance? -- a great great great dancing competition that features all sorts of ballroom dances to unexpected songs.

*I gather from my YouTubery that the show is available in other countries, too, but I can't speak for them.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on June 29, 2008

Electric dog fence
As others have said, this will work fine. One thing to consider -- depending on the dog, their speed, and their motivation, some dogs will blow right through the momentary pain of the shock (either deliberately or in the heat of the chase) and cross the electric fence. Of course, now they are "trapped" on the far side of the fence, and many will not cross back over willingly. You've got to really consider the personality of the dog involved before you go with an electric fence.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on June 29, 2008

29: Happy Happy Joy Joy
I listen to the podcasts when I'm out for my postprandial constitutional.

*learns a new word*


C'mon, dude, podcasts have been around for like, years.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:02 PM on June 28, 2008

I like cutting stuff off walls
The best post-and-beam builders I ever saw used a flexible Japanese saw (similar) to flush cut the trunnels in their constructions. The blade bends so you can press it against the wall (or beam) while cutting.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on June 28, 2008

Home remedy for dog constipation?
While I work in a veterinary hospital, I have no actual medical training (and my wife, who does, is out of town) so take this with a grain of salt, but...

Tail tucking with pain suggests a couple things to me. The first is some kind of anal gland impaction or infection, and the second is some type of injury to the lower spine. I would suggest getting him to the vet as soon as possible, as both of those conditions can worsen over time. I would also NOT feed your dog... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:46 PM on June 28, 2008

ICANN has been under pressure
In conclusion, ICANN can go eat a bowl of fuck.

I think you mean "a bowl of .fuck"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:08 AM on June 27, 2008

It's an AskMe Miracle
I hate it when I don't understand what people are talking about.

Yeah, me too. I kind of thought people like that in the byline "posted by sparrows" makes it sound like the comments were generated by a bunch of birds pecking away at a keyboard.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:01 AM on June 27, 2008

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