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Should or shouldn't
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 Steady at 8:12 AM on April 25, 2008

Looking for illustrations/cartoons from the late 50's/early 60's in a 'sophisticated' yet naiive style.
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 Steady at 7:43 AM on April 25, 2008

Cape Cod rental
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 Steady at 5:32 AM on April 25, 2008

Streamline a conversation
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 Steady at 8:19 PM on April 24, 2008

Dating a Coworker
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 Steady at 8:15 PM on April 24, 2008
Preview sucks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on April 24, 2008

They Do It With... - Chez Goodman
Postmodernists copulate in a fashion that humorously juxtaposes their sexual prowess with their professional skills.

Now THAT is how MeFites do it. Just perfect, Countess Elena.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on April 24, 2008

A top 10 artist list in MeFi Music?
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 Steady at 5:33 PM on April 24, 2008

Stock Investor Gifts
How about a framed stock certificate of a stock that is important to her (her first investment, a big gainer, etc)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:47 AM on April 22, 2008 marked best answer

You're my mommy. Know what today is? Today is Mommy's Day.
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 Steady at 6:40 AM on April 22, 2008

Does the Home Team always win?
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 Steady at 4:54 PM on April 21, 2008

I, for one, welcome our female driver overlords.
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 Steady at 8:11 PM on April 20, 2008

When do a bunch of characters solve a problem in one long conversation?
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 Steady at 6:46 PM on April 20, 2008

Random TV show about Fanasty in the 80s
Cartoon with cat people? Thundercats? No dagger, but the sword grew when imbued with magical power.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 PM on April 20, 2008

commentiquette
"Why can't people just be nice?"

A woman came into the animal hospital I work at tonight with a wild bunny that a cat in her neighborhood had attacked. She offered to pay for any treatment the bunny might need to be healed. Turned out he was in such bad shape there was nothing we could do for him, so she had him humanely euthanized. She has not gotten her comeuppance, like mr_crash_davis's fictional trucker, yet. Or would that be "comedownance"?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:20 PM on April 17, 2008
NO NO NO NO WAY, NO NO NO NO WAY, I'M NOT LIVING WITHOUT YOU-OO-OO-OO
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on April 18, 2008
AND THERE WON'T BE SNOW IN AFRICA THIS CHRISTMASTIME
THE GREATEST GIFT THEY'LL GET THIS YEAR IS LIFE
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on April 18, 2008
^Flagged as toddlerist.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on April 18, 2008
My toddler was a halfway decent poker player, but crapping in your pants is a pretty obvious tell.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:43 AM on April 18, 2008

It's not you, it's your salary expectations.
I would think they would at least make you an offer if they really wanted you -- it's what we do where I work.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on April 18, 2008

Student Suspended When Dad Calls Him From Iraq.
With the exception of telecommunications devices in privately owned vehicles parked on school property, the District prohibits students from possessing telecommunication devices, including but not limited to paging devices and cellular phones, while on school property from the time the student first arrives on campus until the time the student leaves campus at the end of the day.

I have to say, I really hate rules like this. Surely we should trust... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:45 AM on April 18, 2008
You've never met a high school student, have you?

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 Steady at 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 Steady at 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 Steady at 5:56 AM on April 18, 2008

It's the New Madrid Fault!
102 years to the day after the Great 1906 San Francisco quake.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:38 AM on April 18, 2008

What's up with Bug's dad?
Can we have an "In-depth The Wire analysis and interpretation question" at least once a week or so? This was fun. We could alternate it with "In-depth Lost analysis and interpretation question" if we must.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:21 PM on April 17, 2008

tasty Sinocentrism
A beautiful name for a boy... or a girl.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on April 17, 2008
Normal people don't use their middle initial everywhere.

Yeah, but if your name was "Jennifer Lee" you might want to for disambiguation purposes. Also, the name "[anything] E. Lee" is a little too Dixieland, if you ask me. I can't really blame her for using the digit, even though it really bothers me for some reason.

Well, the Chinese desert menu is often a joke, so I understand that position.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on April 17, 2008

the red invasion
Wow. I would buy this product already. Only problem is there does not appear to be any actual sauce on the pasta in the ads. Is that part of the charm, or is this some kind of thin, oil-based sauce that doesn't show up on YouTube-quality videos?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:24 AM on April 17, 2008

DJ Cringe on the Turntables
No discussion of awkward rap is complete without these two gentlemen keepin' it real in the 802.

Woodchucks reprazent!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:26 AM on April 17, 2008
And speaking of the Converse Weapon ad in that 13 rap commercials post, I really wish the Celtics would go back to black shoes -- so much classier. Also probably the only ad ever to feature three rapping future professional sports team General Managers.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on April 17, 2008

Youtube bug?
I've been having this issue since the in-page viewer was created. I use Firefox on both Vista and XP, and the big problem is that the error is completely unpredictable. Sometimes it works perfectly, sometimes the in-page viewer only works on the main page, sometimes only on the thread, sometimes not at all. I think there have been several half-hearted MeTa attempts to shoot this trouble, but the random nature of it is frustrating.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:58 AM on April 17, 2008

A couple minor feature requests fulfilled
Hey, that's neat. Any chance of making the month/day optional as well? I wouldn't mind people knowing how old I am, but I sure don't want any goddam well-wishes on the day the Earth was cursed with my presence.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on April 10, 2008
Thanks, pb.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:00 PM on April 14, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen: The iPhone!
Anyone who's had to do tech support for their family/friends/etc..., and values there time at more than minimum wage, should appreciate products like the Cidco iPhone, and/or thin client terminals in general. It's about TCO, and if someone just needs a machine for email only, that was a damn good option.

We got my grandmother a MailStation for just that reason. It was a nice little device. She abandoned it due to some percieved slight suffered at... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:49 PM on April 14, 2008

NORMALLY GOOD!
I've always thought he was doing a Larry King impression (like Olbermann's old "Houston, hello!" catchphrase), but I have nothing to base that on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:06 AM on April 14, 2008

The single most important question you'll answer today
If your goal is ticket avoidance, what you cannot do is stop at the line while they are stopped in front of you, and then take off from the line at the same time they do, essentially having 2 cars enter the intersection simultaneously. You need to have some sort of pause, either by staying at the line extra long or by edging forward and then making a second (rolling is OK) stop. The way to avoid a ticket is to blend in as much as possible and to make it look like you know what you are doing.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:48 PM on April 11, 2008

RSS feed scrubbed of deleted posts?
Like great Fuji and
a lowly cricket, this is
a feature not a bug
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on April 11, 2008

Guaranteed laughs
$240 worth of pudding! Oh, man I loved that sketch. If I remember correctly, that was the first bit of video I saved onto my computer (with a 250MB HD, you had to be selective).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:20 AM on April 10, 2008

Putting photos on Picasa from yahoo mail
Well, probably the best way of getting emailed pictures into Picasa is to save them to a folder that Picasa has set as "scan always". I'm not familiar with the Yahoo! email interface, but I know on Gmail there is a link that says "Save all attachments" or similar. If you create a folder in Picasa called "Emailed Photos" or something and then navigate to that folder when prompted where to save the images. In the Tools menu of Picasa you can examine the Folder Tree... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:06 PM on April 7, 2008

And here's a banning for you, and yes, one for you too...
There should really be posted exchange rates between various online reputation systems.
1 Digg = 24.3 positive Ebay feedbacks = 45.4 MySpace friends = 132 plastic.com karma = 421 MeFi favorites
You've got some more favoriting to do Jessamyn.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:11 PM on April 4, 2008

I just want to use the picture. Please don't sue!!!
Secondly, the surest way to get kicked out of a concert venue, or even just the parking lot, is to try to sell stuff. Additionally, stuff that seems like it might be counterfeit merchandise (featuring images of the artist, for example) is likely to draw the attention of the police.

Yeah, I was coming in here to say that, too. It's not clear from your question if you want to sell t-shirts of the band, or just cool unrelated t-shirts. Either way,... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 PM on April 3, 2008
I think history is a weapon makes a fair point about art coming from re-appropriation and re-use, and that it is really not a "crime" to make a couple-three dozen t-shirts for your favorite band. I will mention, though, that selling merchandise is becoming a particularly nice way for bands to make money without being hideously aggressive about preventing sharing of their music. If the band is an up-and-coming group that is cool with people downloading their tunes, maybe better karma... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 PM on April 4, 2008

Looking for non-sellouts.
There is a concept in (American) sports called the "hometown discount." It refers to a player turning down more lucrative offers from other teams in order to stay with their current club. There are many examples lately in the Boston area -- one particularly common reason for a player to give a hometown discount is to stay on a winning team -- Randy Moss (Patriots), Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling (Red Sox) leap to mind.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:58 PM on April 4, 2008

Something for the ladies.
Oh crap. The cats in the gallery. Too funny.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:21 PM on April 4, 2008

Best/Worst Viral Ad Campaigns
In addition to i love bees, which otherworldlyglow mentioned, there are many examples of Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) that act as viral marketing. The Beast was for A.I., ilb for Halo 2, The Lost Experience & Find 815 for Lost, etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:30 PM on April 3, 2008

What do college kids do that I'm going to hate in two months?
We had an intern stay with us for a while. We were getting paid $250 a week (by the intitution) for housing her. We asked her to leave a month early. Basically, she was so awful that I paid $1000 to get her out of my house. Despite lots of ground rules, lots of "Hey, that's not OK" discussions, lots of notes left, it was simply untenable. You may want to suggest up front that not following ground rules will be reason for asking her to leave, so that she is not stunned when you... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on April 3, 2008

hate me
Or - maybe - he's baiting you, hoping you'll say "I don't hate you" or even "I love you," in an attempt to make him feel better about this.

Exactly, it's a manipulative thing. Especially if you (turkishLola) were the one to initiate the break-up. He is sort of pulling the negotiation strategy of overasking -- ie. if you are willing to pay $2200 for a car, you tell the seller there is no way you can pay over $2000, so it seems... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:44 PM on April 3, 2008

ACL tear in 9 month onld puppy, what to do?
Here is a cut-n-paste of my Vet Tech's wife's suggestion last time someone asked a similar question:

My suggestion would be to discuss your financial concerns with your vet, and/or get a second opinion. While the TPLO may be considered the best solution to some it is certainly not considered the best by all. I have worked for boarded surgeons for years and they have mixed opinions.

Regular "old" ACL release surgeries have worked well... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:13 PM on April 1, 2008

Are snarky one-liners being deleted in the Blue?
MetaFilter: made of good will and bicycle parts

Come on, that was worth it, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on April 1, 2008

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