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Do you know of any funky, progressive towns or cities?
Burlington, Vermont (and many other smaller towns in VT - Montpelier and Brattleboro, for example)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portland, Maine
Northampton (and environs), Massachusetts
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on January 1, 2009

I'll Stab You (for Sumru)
Excellent. I hereby declare it the official anthem of Diplomacy.

No stabbing me, though.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:30 AM on December 31, 2008

Kraken awesome
Hamsteak just made friends with a pod of killer whales.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 AM on December 31, 2008

Danke
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on December 30, 2008

NWY -> STP (nc)
A couple of questions:

1. Can someone explain movement in and around Denmark to me in normal English? SKA does not border HEL, right? Does HEL border BAL? There are not two coasts in KIE, right?

2. I'm still not sure how the deadline thingy works, but is it possible to have the games pause from Thursday through Sunday of next week, in the spirit of Christmas? We can all imagine our troops coming out of their foxholes and playing soccer or something.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on December 18, 2008
This map is made of rectangles

Ooh, I like that -- Robot Diplomacy! Are there any AI Diplomacy bots out there? It would be fun to set seven of them up and just watch them play.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on December 18, 2008
cortex and burnmp3s, I was able to import the ez game I am in into jDip with no problem, but norm is not working for me either. Also, I am so excited to find out that there is Discworld Diplomacy: Octarine.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on December 22, 2008
I'm up for Chaos, too. I can try and recruit people, too, if bringing in non-MeFites to pad out the ranks is OK. I'd love to see some kind of MePlomacy wiki or forum spring up so we can more centrally organize this thing. I am really having fun with this -- it was always hell to try and get 7 Diplo-minded people together in person that I think I only played one or two games back in HS/college. Thanks, spamguy!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on December 30, 2008

Can they afford to live?
Or if the cost of an animal's medical care would wipe out their profits or cost them money, do they just let it die?

Not necessarily. The animal hospital I work at sees all the avian and exotic animals from a local mega pet store, and they often spend more on caring for a lizard or bird than the animal will cost to purchase. They have a monthly budget for medical care (per department), and that budget can go to one animal or be spread among many.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:13 AM on December 30, 2008 marked best answer

Money from crazy parent, accept or reject?
Cash the check*. Then, if she does something manipulative or bitchy or that you otherwise don't like, go back to not communicating with her.

Actually, cash the check, but be very frugal in how you spend it -- use it only for urgent needs like food and electricity. If she starts any shit, immediately send her back the unused portion with a note saying you are disappointed the gift was not given honestly, that the remaining balance will be paid back... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 PM on December 29, 2008

cure of computer snoring
Have you tried cleaning the fan yet?

This did wonders for some brutal fan noise in my desktop. I think the dust build-up was making the fan unbalanced. As others have said, taking apart a laptop is not a trivial undertaking, but it's not brain surgery either.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:20 PM on December 29, 2008

Girls who eat their feelings, girls who don't eat anything...
In Ferris Bueller's Day Off there is no "introduction" of the cliques, but Ed Rooney's secretary, Grace lists a bunch of them: "The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. "
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 PM on December 29, 2008

How did he do it?
That little wormy thing in the video grumblebee linked to is the perfect example of how undetectable a filament line can be. Those things are totally convincing, even from up close, and they are like $3 at all the tourist shops around here. The only "trick" to the trick you described is getting the line attached to the glasses.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:51 PM on December 29, 2008

Zillion (cover)
Awesome. I loved/hated this game back in the day as well. The lyrics are perfect.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on December 29, 2008

Should auld calendars be tossed out, and never brought to mind?
However, I do have a pristine Georgia O'Keefe. Now all I need is talent.

[Insert Alfred Stieglitz joke here]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on December 29, 2008

Laptop friendly collaborative FPS?
A used old skool Xbox can be had for under $50 these days, and I think there is collaborative play in both Halo and Halo 2. Not as pretty as the 360, but the gameplay is similar, and you can get the entire system with both games (and an extra controller) for less than $100. Not exactly chump change, but if you each can manage to save $2/day you'll have it in less than a month.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on December 29, 2008 marked best answer

What do you do on a Christmas alone?
If you are anything like me, you could start playing this game and not look up until Boxing Day. I agree with the clean house and organize suggestion. Not only does it take up time, but you come out of it with a clean place and a huge sense of accomplishment. Also, try and make big plans for New Year's.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 PM on December 24, 2008
forgot linky goodness
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 PM on December 24, 2008

Y approaching zero
Well, it's a little late, if so. How about the 001010th Anniversary plans?

Cabal members are reminded to use human-readable date formats when posting on MetaFilter1.

There is no Cabal.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on December 24, 2008

I'm sorry Yahoo, it's just not working out between us.
Google Apps For Your Domain makes having a personalized email completely painless for $10/year. Good luck getting lastname.com unless yours is pretty unique -- some sleazy-looking company called netidentity bought mine and wants to "rent" me an email address at it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on December 24, 2008

I can't share my genius!
Have we considered just shooting all the mimes?

Only ones of the "wrong type" apparently. [NOT MIMIST]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:01 PM on December 22, 2008

Sometimes the ads really are the best thing on AskMe
She's the 41st Rachel.

No, no, she's Rachel the XLI ("Rachel the Coy"), Principessa of Datelonia.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on December 22, 2008

Ausgezeichnet!
Wow, the dancing. And the bare feet + stirrup socks. And the matter-of-fact voice-over, as if the presenter was watching an entirely different and entirely more German fashionpresentation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:59 PM on December 22, 2008

What Would Spielberg Do?
A new kind of oil or gasoline that is self-replicating -- place a few drops of it in a bucket of water and it will turn it into a bucket of oil, that can further replicate itself. the oil industry/Saudis discovered it, but want it kept under wraps, so they put the entire supply of it on a tanker. Only problem is if this "oil-9" leaks into the ocean we've got an ocean of petroleum. The tanker has sunk (thankfully the storage holds where the oil-9 is kept are structurally sound).... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:57 PM on December 19, 2008
Only problem is the edit feature is not rolled out yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on December 19, 2008

I don't want to get towed!
Yeah, go with the signs. I don't think the tow truck operators are going to bust out a PDF.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on December 19, 2008

historical accroutments
Since I upgraded to the $10 membership

There Is No TotalFilter
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on December 19, 2008
You have to be invited and have the black AmEx to pay for it.

Your American Express card has a color? How déclassé. All the Hollywood celebrities and Washington elite have the new Conceptual AmEx. It's not a actual card, just a certain combination of physical stance and facial expression that combines with just the right sense of entitlement to act as a signal to waitstaff, hair colorists and shopgirls around the world. They will know immediately... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on December 19, 2008
I envision something functional in the spirit of e.g. Steve Jackson's Illuminati! maybe.

MetaFilter: The Gathering
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:25 AM on December 19, 2008

Grreat stufffff.
I'm with Dr. Wu. That was great. "Are they in thinking jail? That's crazy."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on December 19, 2008

Could you please explain why it is
The fucking cockroach question is winning? It's the most boring one in the bunch! I want to know where the king and queen of America are.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on December 19, 2008

Money can't buy everything, it's true.
or in a safe deposit box?

At the megabank I used to work for, there was a notice in the safe deposit box rental agreement forbidding certain items (including cash) from being stored in safe deposit boxes. Of course, employees were forbidden from knowing the contents of our customers' boxes, so it was a little tricky to enforce.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2008

Music industry to abandon Mass Lawsuits
I guess maybe I give the RIAA too much credit here, but is it possible they are just luring us into a false sense of security, and will spring the trap once we are all back on LimeWire and BearShare or whatever?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:33 AM on December 19, 2008

Help Us Test Timed Editing
This is great. Thanks for putting what I am sure was a non-trivial amount of time into a feature that seemed to be in great demand. That said, I think the spirit of transparency and accountability that MetaFilter aspires to practically requires that there is some indication of an edit visible to all users, and that the original text is available somehow. I know this must increase the difficulty of rolling the feature out, but I do think it would be a shame if it were ignored.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:11 AM on December 18, 2008
So are edited comments going to be marked as such in any way?

They are not, in the test thread. I really think they should be, though.

Option of erasing comment entirely?

No, apparently.

The misuse possibilities have many permutations.

This is true, and I think the mods realize it. They have said that they... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:07 AM on December 18, 2008
no wikipedia-style history of edits

Unless there is some technical/programming barrier to this, can I ask why not? I guess it just seems like having it would eliminate nearly all of the potential for griefing and abuse. Would the originals be viewable by the mods?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on December 18, 2008
I know the thinking is we are all adults, and I really respect that stance, but let me just add that your writing time for an edit technically does not need to be limited to three minutes. You can compose two versions of a comment in a text editor and just copy and paste within the editing window. Of course, that would clearly be gaming the system, but it is possible. I do really like the feature though -- I'm just trying to give some constructive criticism here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on December 18, 2008

Dreaming of a Bicycle Christmas
Yay! Awesome and great. Please don't forget to update us if you get a thank you note. I'd like to see the MetaFilter community do this kind of thing en masse next year -- let's remember and get some kind of MeFi Santa Challenge going, OK everyone?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:58 PM on December 17, 2008

Dropbox
While you own the content contained in Your Files, you hereby grant all other Dropbox users a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your public folder.

Well, you would have to, right? Otherwise you could post something in the public folder and then sue your buddy (and probably Dropbox, too) for downloading it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on December 17, 2008

How to get a nonprofit off the ground?
How do we raise the funds to cover costs (videography, travel, etc.)?

This is known as "development" and is probably the challenge of the non-profit world. If you find a simple answer to the question, you will be the first. Applying for grants is probably the easiest and most straightforward for a new organization, but there are tons of development consultants out there, many of whom will sit down and give you an... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on December 17, 2008

Do cats and dogs in confined spaces with smokers eventually die of lung cancer?
I'll talk to our oncologist tomorrow.

Finally did get around to chatting with the cancer doc about this. Basically, he says that there is a definite connection between mouth and nasal cancers in dogs and cats and secondhand smoke. The connection to lung cancer is more anecdotal at this point, but he notes that large scale veterinary studies on the effect of secondhand smoke on pets just have not been done yet. He hopes that someday soon one of the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on December 17, 2008

Musical Mommas and Pappas: What's your Secret?
Even worse, whether it's day or night, he really won't ever let me play guitar when he's around: He wants to play it himself, so from the first string I pluck, he invariably comes running, snatches the pick away from me and starts strumming for me.

This seems to me like a great teachable moment about Impulse Control and Listening. Let him strum for a little, and then sit him down a few feet away and tell him that now he has some Listening Time. You... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on December 15, 2008
Let me also add that it is really important as a parent to make time and space for the things you like to do. Maybe that means finding some rehearsal space or a friend's house you can go to from time to time to practice (after bedtime is an especially nice time to do this kind of thing, because then you don't feel like you are missing out on kid time). It really depends on the dynamics of your individual life how to best work it, but I would really recommend finding a way to keep doing the... [more]
posted to MeFi Music Talk by Rock Steady at 6:43 PM on December 15, 2008

Best of the Web of Sound
Am I going to have to punch you in the dick?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on December 15, 2008

How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?
It's software, and the back-up and restore are not instantaneous, but I love the shit out of Carbonite. Only $50/year for unlimited off-site storage. If you have to restore a whole disk it will take some time to download everything, but if you just need a few files to get back to work it's pretty quick.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on December 15, 2008 marked best answer

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"...
how can I justify its creation?

Dollah-bill, y'all. The best conceivable way to show a company that they should hire you for a new position is by showing them how much money they will make from your actions and how little (relatively) you will cost them. Obviously, the more profit, the better, but for large firms, even a slight net positive will be enough to get you on board if they really do want to work with you. If your financial situation... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 AM on December 15, 2008

Book suggestion needed...or I'll give you the people's elbow!
Can you get in touch with the wrestler himself? Maybe ask him what his favorite book growing up was.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Time Travel gives you a headache...
[pedantry engaged]

Now harnessing the power of pedantry on the internet, that's the way to generate FTL travel!

/make it snarky, Number 1
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:42 AM on December 15, 2008

It's Christmas: give him the gift of naughty and nice.
Have him arrange a "date" with someone in his life that C trusts, and who is NOT an option for real dating.

I like this, but make it a series of "dates," phone calls, emails, etc.

Like his brother or mother or boss or something. Go on the "date". See if C can figure it out.

And for extra bonus points -- C's mother.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on December 15, 2008

Pet vet on the 'net yet?
Many of the vets at our hospital recommend VeterinaryPartner.com
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on December 15, 2008

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