The site keeps accurate tabs on cabal members only. There is no cabal, therefore accurate tabs are kept on no one.
How delightfully naive. The "site" -- or more accurately the rogue AI that operates the vast protocol that appears in this brane of spacetime as a "site" -- has no more need to keep track of the members of the Cabal than you have need to keep track of what neurons are firing in what you optimistically call a brain.... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:16 AM on May 2, 2008
WTF is up with the obsession with what doughnuts are called in that (pretty crappy, IMHO) geocities link? I've never heard anyone call them anything but doughnuts, unless they were really reaching for a slang term. I lived in Northern New England, and I've never even heard the terms "cymbals," "simballs," or "boil cakes." posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:41 AM on May 2, 2008
That "draw" is so entrenched where I live in New England that many adults think the word actually is "draw." It's not unusual to see a Craigslist ad for something like a "dresser with 4 draws," for example.
I thought that was just a Cape Cod thing. I actually saw a "Closet Organizer with Draws" for sale at Christmas Tree Shop the other day. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:11 AM on May 2, 2008
You should definitely see a vet, preferably a behaviorist. There are medical options, including some very effective psychotropic drugs that can help with storm anxiety. Some training may help, but it sounds like you have a very serious case on your hands. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:50 AM on May 2, 2008
Honestly, I don't even think ignoring is an option. You have a responsibility to let her boss know what happened, as you currently don't even have a statement from her that she'll never do it again (I might wait 24h to see if she comes up with a convincing excuse/promise). Whether or not she gets fired should be of no concern to you -- it was not your decision to plagiarize and it is not your decision about how to discipline her.
It is from 1960, and about baseball, but if that doesn't stop you, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu" by John Updike is considered by many to be the finest piece of sports journalism ever. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:50 PM on May 1, 2008
Google Apps for your Domain? They will even sell you a domain for $10/year. If you do that, you access your gmail through mail.yourdomain.com. You would have to either switch to a new gmail address or forward your old address to your new one. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:35 PM on May 1, 2008
I want a MeFi baseball card so fricking hard right now. I don't have any skills or talents that could help in the implementation of them, other than perhaps a good backrub for the programmers and designers. Honestly, I will contact the best pizza delivery place in your town or city and arrange for them to send you a large pizza (with toppings) if you can make this happen, people. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:22 AM on May 1, 2008
I'd rather just see straight MeFi statistics -- FPP (obvs), QA (questions asked), C (comments) A (answers), FAV (favorites), and some kind of favorites-to-comments ratio. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:19 AM on May 1, 2008
I thought you were agitating for us to all use a "print stylebook" (K. Klangston, 2008)
That would be ridiculous.
Klangston, K. "Comment 539873" in MetaTalk: Feature Requests, Bugs, Etc.. MetaFilter Publishing Industries, Portland, OR. 2008. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:46 AM on April 29, 2008
Urgent pony request:
I would like to be able to read MeFi by watching live streaming video of blasdelf's printer printing off threads in real time. Thanks in advance. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:16 AM on May 1, 2008
In fact, there is a Greasemonkey script that does it -- one color for your contacts, another for people who contact you, a third for mutual contacts. I think it is MeFi Navigator? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:10 AM on April 29, 2008
I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.
-posted by dobbs at 8:39 PM on April 29
Oh. Oh my.
-posted by cortex
Can I just say that after these two comments the level of dramatic tension about what the implied search would reveal was SKY HIGH. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:30 PM on April 29, 2008
And I want my username to show up in orange.
Well, I just added you as a contact, and due to how I configured my little Greasemonkey script, it does show up in orange for me. So there you go. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:19 PM on April 29, 2008
My similar idea was for a SuperFave. Each user gets one and only one. It can be applied to (and removed from) any post or comment, but you only get one for all of MeFi-land. The SuperFave is indicated by a little favicon style icon (like the Best Answer checkmark). posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:38 PM on April 29, 2008
Yes, this is exactly what it is good for. My parents in the UK grab a Slingbox feed from a headless cable box we have stashed in our house (in the US) for that purpose. The video quality was pretty bad until I got the upload speed upgrade from Comcast (~$10/mo), but I don't know offhand what kind of speeds we are talking about, but I'm guessing that if your upload is DSL you might get pretty crappy video. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:39 AM on April 29, 2008 marked best answer
That last sentence was bad and I feel bad posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:40 AM on April 29, 2008
Slingbox works very well in a variety of bandwidth conditions (even with DSL); it does dynamic bandwidth adjustment and video quality monitoring. I have used it on a dodgy satellite link in Africa before to watch rugby (my television was on a Comcast connection in the USA).
From my experience (going on two years now), the downstream bandwidth where you are watching it does not matter very much, but the upstream speed at the location of the actual... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:42 AM on April 29, 2008 marked best answer
It's a tricky thing sometimes to determine if answers that question the entire premise of the question are acceptable. Given the fact that the thread contains many questions, some of which are very open-ended (Should I even bother to try?, for example), I think it is OK to present answers that the asker may not want to hear. In this case, my two cents is that the specific answers you are calling out here do a decent to good job of presenting a view that the asker may not... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:25 AM on April 29, 2008
Are people who have not logged in since before 4/1/08 going to get hit with the prank when they next log in, or did you have to be on the site during AFD to activate the insanity? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:08 PM on April 27, 2008
Reduce play to primarily interaction with human (and near-human) servants?
Exactly. We only played a few times, but our interactions with the greater forces in the universe were limited to shadowy glimpses and brief, painful encounters with beings that could not be bothered to kill the whole party. We also had some strong NPCs in the party who were eventually taken over by players whose characters had died.
metafilter has already been redesigned. we had a contest and everything.
Too bad so many of them are 404'd. FandangoMatt's really had some nice elements. I'll also add that my absolute favorite thing about MeFi that would induce hand-cutting-off were it changed is the full-width text. It is so much easier for me to read than the 400px wide column most sites seem to like. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:12 AM on April 25, 2008
I know exactly what is in your head, as I wanted exactly that style for invitations I was doing for a party last year. Belladonna's last link, retrographix.com, was the best free resource I found, but the "women" category is sadly lacking. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:43 AM on April 25, 2008
Well, it is not exactly near Provincetown, but there is some very nice camping at Nickerson State Park. They are just completing some upgrades/repairs, so it may be a very busy season this year. There is a campsite actually in Provincetown, but I have no knowledge of it beyond the website. I'll try to get some more recommendations from co-workers today. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:32 AM on April 25, 2008
Well, I suppose there is some kind of macro that could be programmed to do this, but -- just in case you didn't realize it -- this is pretty much exactly how Gmail operates. Even if you have a non-Gmail address, you can basically send an receive any email you want through the Gmail interface. If you are not tied to Outlook, perhaps consider switching? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:19 PM on April 24, 2008
2-3 years is a looong time to work with your crazy ex-girlfriend. I believe the slightly unpleasant euphemism I have heard on this matter is "Don't dip your pen in the company ink." Why not wait until after one of the two of you has moved to another job? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:15 PM on April 24, 2008
Well, if nothing else, this thread reminded me to got through Music and favorite a whole bunch of songs I love but never favorited (I don't really think of favorites when I'm in Music, actually). posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 5:33 PM on April 24, 2008
Well, it's not a movie, but considering how badly Hollywood seems to drop the ball on Lovecraft, I can't resist mentioning the Interactive Fiction game Anchorhead by Michael Gentry. It is text-based (like Adventure and Zork), so depending on your age and geekiness, the mode of gameplay will seem either nostalgic and charming or archaic and frustrating. It really does capture the lurking-horrorness of Lovecraft very well, though.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:40 AM on April 22, 2008
Some info about the history of the game. Anecdotally, I can tell you that they have not ALWAYS won -- I can remember many times when they did not win on Patriots' Day. I remember one year they lost something like 20-0, in fact. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:54 PM on April 21, 2008
Wait for the "she only won because of fuel management, not because she had the fastest car" justifications to start.
The "she's only good because she's smaller than us" justifications have already begun:
Robby Gordon, a former open-wheel driver who is scuffling as a driver and owner in the Nextel Cup series, announced that he would not return to the I.R.L. until all cars carried the same weight, saying... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 PM on April 20, 2008
I'm not certain you will find something that meets your conditions, but the TV series Knights of Prosperity was all about some average Joes trying to complete various criminal capers. Many times the planning was laid out quite explicitly, and the drama was in the ways the plan fell apart on contact with reality. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:46 PM on April 20, 2008
I've been a high school student, actually. A responsible one, who always ended up having nice things taken away from me when my idiot classmates would screw things up. I know the vast majority would end up abusing the freedom -- so punish THEM, not everyone. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:52 AM on April 18, 2008
While I could care less if the university students aren't paying attention due to cell phone use, I do know that when the phones ring, as they inevitably do at least once per class, we lose instruction time.
Professional business people have important meetings interrupted by cell phone calls all the time, and I don't see the economy suffering... oh, wait. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:54 AM on April 18, 2008
The vast majority of high schoolers should not be trusted to make that decision.
I know. I hate punishing the small minority for the behavior of others, though. Oh well, I've got to get back to work before this post gets deleted anyway. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:56 AM on April 18, 2008