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The Deep
We are kind of like a film of algae on the surface of the place.

I believe the statistic I heard once is that, even with all the apparent variation in elevation on the surface of the Earth, if you shrunk the planet down to the size of a billiard ball, the Earth would be smoother than the billiard ball. Might have been bowling ball, I forget.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on December 17, 2010

Easier favoriting on the mobile version?
We talked about this in August. My suggestion at the time was to put the + in front of the X Favorites, with the idea that it gives you more room to miss on the left without being shunted off to a new tab.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:43 PM on December 17, 2010
And you'll note that it actually behaves differently on MeTa than on AskMe and the front page. In MeTa, the favorite/flag interface is in line with the "posted by" stuff, while on the Green and the Blue they get their own newline. Still makes +ing hard when it is hemmed in by "X Favorites" on one side and "[!]" on t'other.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:46 PM on December 17, 2010

Find me a dog sitter in upper Westchester County
I used to work at a veterinarian's office that did boarding, and we had several clients who would drop their dogs off for the night all the time, often with no advance notice at all. We could accommodate this because we were rarely completely booked (except for the holidays), and we were happy to do it because they were nice people. I'd try to find a situation like this that you could get yourself into.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on December 16, 2010

Cut it in.
When one cares very strongly about a topic or issue, it is not a good idea for one to post to MetaFilter about that topic. One does not have a good perspective from which to judge the quality and appropriateness of the post. Just because one feels strongly about a topic or issue does not mean they need to express that feeling through the medium of MetaFilter. There are many other places on the Internet where one can participate in more open and freeform discussions.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:06 PM on December 15, 2010

Mobile pony
Wow, that story was a lot funnier when he told it.

Pretty much sums of the oeuvre of John Waters, no?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on December 15, 2010

And the nominees are...
clicking the 'Post Comment' button

I like that one too. Reminds me of how at the end of each episode of The Sound of Young America, Jesse says "the show is produced by speaking into microphones." Makes me smile everytime.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 AM on December 15, 2010

We don't want to read about the poors
Seriously, is there a Greasemonkey script that blocks out the comment section of local newspaper websites? I know I shouldn't look at them, but I do, and then I get depressed for the future of our civilization.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:29 PM on December 14, 2010

Wanted: Care Guides for the Newly Human
The Expectant Father by Armin Brott

I buy every new dad-to-be I know a copy of that book. There's a whole series of them now. He's a good writer who approaches fatherhood really well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on December 14, 2010

Musical Pony request
For the front page player widget, how about cramming it into a little bar along the top (like the current shopping/awesome bar) and then cycling a series of recent songs through it? Maybe change the featured song hourly so people can get a couple whacks at finding something they like throughout the day? It would be even better if there was some way to keep the music going even if you switch to other pages/subsites. I realize that is a limitation of the player and not MeFi, and I know that I can… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:26 AM on December 13, 2010

Are doghouses less popular now? If so, why?
I'd wager that a lot more people keep their dogs inside their *own* houses these days instead of relegating them to the outdoors.

Yeah, I think dogs tend to sleep inside now (in a crate or on a dog bed), as opposed to being put out for the night to sleep in a doghouse. There's a line in the Flinstones' theme song about putting out the dog and bringing in the cat every night that confused me until someone from that generation… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on December 13, 2010

Awkward Pregnancy Photos
The watermelon/gun one makes it all worth it. I thought it was great with just the watermelon, but the gun just takes it over the top.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on December 12, 2010

Shipping biological samples, or FedEx: The World on OUR Time, thank you very much.
As someone who occasionally deals with international medical shipments, I would strongly suggest working carefully with Fed Ex to find out what US Customs office will be receiving the shipment, and who the appropriate people to talk to at that office are. We have had numerous shipments of medications delayed because Customs did not adequately understand exactly what the shipments contained or what their intended use was, even though all the forms had been filled out in exactly the same manner as… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on December 10, 2010

No, the other left
Left hand makes an L is a big help, but I am a moderately successful adult with a house and a child and I still struggle with this as well. For me, the almost insurmountable difficulty is if I have to determine left or right of something that is not facing the same way I am. If someone says "my left or your left?" I basically go insane. You are not alone, I guess I'm trying to say.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on December 9, 2010

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on December 8, 2010
The other week I was considering a rewrite as "Hipster Girl"

If you write it and put it on Music I will buy you a pizza.

What's hipster pizza? Obscure ethnic food? Stouffer's french bread pizza that costs $8? I couldn't decide.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on December 8, 2010

"Thought of You" animation
I love the way the animation allows certain things that can only be suggested by human movement to become reality, like when his arms and legs are stuck to e floor, or when she collapses onto the ground to become a flock of butterflies. Just wonderful. Thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on December 6, 2010

McLuhanesque
I'm just waiting for the knife bike fight fish between FishBike and bicyclefish.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on December 6, 2010

Brush your teeth...never?
"Caries" is another name for ""Grinny Pigs". You're welcome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 PM on December 5, 2010

mcmyspace angle
Domino's (pizza) recently had a campaign that touted the fact that they have begun using only "real" photos of "real" pizzas in their marketing. I wouldn't eat a Domino's pizza if it gave me magical powers (though to be fair, I haven't tried their new, improved version) but I like the approach they are taking in their advertising lately.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on December 5, 2010

B List, D List, and Beyond
Glenn Close? Really?

Teenage crushes that apparently are still in play: Katerina Witt, Sherilyn Fenn. Not so much: Kelly McGillis, Kathleen Turner.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 PM on December 3, 2010

Popular Favorites RSS
Ponies are not like dogs. They are not born with three legs and a spare.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 PM on December 3, 2010

Common misconceptions that don't really pertain to the question.
When faced with wrong answers, the best thing to do is write a better one. Go ahead and lay out your credentials, with supporting links, if possible, and explain your professional assessment of the situation. I certainly don't think it would be a derail to explain exactly why certain answers in the thread are incorrect, if you do it with some dignity. That is really the most you can do. Getting the mods to delete answers based on "wrongness" would be setting a crazy precedent, and be… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:06 PM on December 3, 2010

Blew my puny mind, it did
Since we are talking about names with weird associations, perhaps now is a good time to mention the fact that I consider clavdivs to be the Weaver of MetaFilter. Every time I see one of his comments, I wonder where my scissors are.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:42 PM on November 29, 2010

Crack Flying
there is an interview with a survivor of a fatal accident.

what
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 PM on November 29, 2010

Why is this shit so confusing?
1. Yes, usually to get an upgrade you need to re-sign a contract. That's why they are offering you a discount -- because you are promising to stick around for a while.

2. When you replaced your faulty phones, I suspect they restarted your waiting period to become upgrade eligible. You will have to check the fine print of your contract to see if that was an error on their part or not.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on November 27, 2010 marked best answer

Hey hey we're the pet monkeys!
Sea Monkeys are perfect. You can even buy them off the shelf at Toys R Us these days.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on November 27, 2010

Alice's Restaurant
You know how people are always debating whether or not various forms of entertainment can ever reach the threshold to be considered art? Photography, animation, video games, athletics, and more have all had their detractors and supporters at various times. This, my friends, is "MetaFilter post as Art". Well done, Miko.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on November 25, 2010

$5 Means We're Not the Product
It's a good comment, but it's about 68a3df rational time units old from when I encountered it in the pre-Big-Bang communal mind singularity, having been used to describe membership in the Cabal.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:15 PM on November 24, 2010

We'll need to declaw that cat.
"Christ, what a terrorist."

Seriously, though, I don't get the first one. Am I missing something?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:52 PM on November 23, 2010

How do I break up with him?
It's not clear if you (or your soon-to-be-ex) is in the US or not, but if so, you may want to let it slide until at least next week so that he can enjoy the holiday weekend. If you two are in the habit of long phone calls or chats every night or whatever that kind of delay is probably not feasible, but if you can realistically avoid too much contact until then, it seems a fair thing to do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 AM on November 23, 2010

The Worst Things
Wonderful. I agree with Eideteker, though. If you were to bring a full band into it about 45 seconds in and really flesh it out musically, it could be phenomenal.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 5:04 AM on November 20, 2010

Is it normal to never fight with your boyfriend (or girlfriend)?
My wife and I have been together for almost 15 years now, and we have never had a "fight". We are both easygoing people, are very compatible, and on the occasions when we do not agree, we both are always willing to compromise and see the other person's point of view. There have been a few times when one of us was quite angry with the other, but when that happens we tend to just get quiet or separate ourselves for a few minutes until we can assess the situation more soberly. Usually it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:55 AM on November 20, 2010

Slumming with Harry Potter?
As has been said above, it's not even particularly good Children's Fantasy (try DM Cornish's Foundling Trilogy for that), but it's not awful. The characters are engaging, and the stories are fun romps (though Book 5 does drag in parts), so the whole series is an easy read. That said, if you are a big fantasy fan, I would recommend reading them, if only for the reason that you want to have them "under your belt" so to speak, so that you can engage in conversations… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:41 AM on November 20, 2010

A Capella Wonderfulness
I've already gone on record as saying chococat is so good that I believe he is some kind of hoax or scam. This song only strengthens that theory.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:28 PM on November 19, 2010

Cinema Code of Conduct
In other news, airplane food is substandard, and black people dance like this, while white people dance like this. If you are still going to your local multiplex expecting a premium cinema experience, I don't know what to tell you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on November 19, 2010

To make thy wax, takest thou first 4 parts of shellac, and place it in a pan over a heat of the second degree.
If you like this kind of stuff, I recommend On Divers Arts - a sort of medieval artisan's cookbook. My favorite part? To make green pigment, put some copper in an earthen jar, then piss in the jar. Seal it up and bury for a month. Dig up the jar and scrape the green stuff off the copper!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on November 19, 2010

Discussing AskMefi question content..
She calls it a mayonegg.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:10 PM on November 10, 2010

COME ON, IT'S NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING YET
Yes, this is great. Thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:03 PM on November 10, 2010

Shirts for sale! Get your shirts!
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:43 PM on November 9, 2010
Obviously the maternity shirt needs to say [more inside].

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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on November 10, 2010

A 1963 blue police box
I would lurve to get a poster of that Amy Pond illustration for my 9 year old daughter who has become a huge Dr. Who (but mostly Amy) fan.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:45 AM on November 10, 2010

I've Got a Good Feeling About This
Yeah, I was able to solve it using the same deductive reasoning she did (which I learned about after the fact). The key is the _'_ _. It could only be "I've" or "I'll" and she needed to guess the L to make sure. Once you get "I've", then "got a" is pretty obvious and "feeling" is a natural progression from that. The rest of it kind of falls into place once you've got that far. Of course, it took me 5 minutes to go through that reasoning and it… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:59 AM on November 10, 2010

A Leisurely Stroll To The End Zone
Meh. The wide receiver should have been barking like a dog.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on November 9, 2010

LA Missle
Based on the level of sophistication in that "reportage", and the WTFness of this story, I believe someone may have just set us up the bomb.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on November 9, 2010

What do you call a deer with no eyes?
What do you call a girl with one leg?

Eileen.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on November 8, 2010

They Live
I still feel like slideshow presentations on the web are a way to boost pageviews and increase display ad revenue, however.

I came here to analyze cheesy action films and increase pageviews, and I'm all out of action films. Seriously though, this is cool, thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on November 8, 2010

Real life is not like the movies.
Don't let anyone tell you that great sex is necessarily a casualty of a long term relationship. I've been with Ms. Steady for 15 years now and our sex life continues to improve. When you have the time to really explore each others desires and fantasies, the sex can be fantastic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on November 7, 2010

Steal this Derail
No arguments there, but without a link to the offending piece we're just left with accusations and mea culpas.

We also don't know what font the article was set in, what color paper it was printed on, or whether it began on the recto or verso side of the page. I mean, how can we even begin to think about the possibility of discussing this alleged admitted copying without all the facts!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on November 5, 2010

Why can't they be friends
The Feliway Diffuser is one of those products that Just Works. I am super skeptical of woowoo science products, but when our cats started getting aggressive in our new house we decided to give it a shot. It seemed to work pretty well, but recently they had been ramping up the violence again and I got discouraged. Checked the Feliway, and lo and behold, the bottle was empty. Put in a refill and it's back to (relative) peace.

Put it in the room that they spend most of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:08 AM on November 4, 2010

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