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Pelbin comin' around the mountain when she comes.
Don't know, never pelbbed.

Seriously, perhaps it is one of those purposeful errors introduced to a text to catch plagiarists?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:36 PM on January 20, 2009
As evidence I point to the "Things to consider" in the entry above is a full sentence with punctuation and everything.

I have one of those books, as well, and sometimes the "Things to consider" are sentences and sometimes just words or fragments. An example might be:

Would you rather...
Be able to make change for a dollar by putting it in your mouth or be able to change the length of your hair by thinking about it?
Things to consider: high salon prices, laundry

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:00 PM on January 20, 2009

Speaking of sports...
Is "run-up" a cricket metaphor, as in "the run-up to the election"? I always assumed it was a reference to the bowler (not that kind of bowler) running up to the line to bowl. It is becoming quite popular here in the US.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on January 20, 2009
What do you say instead?

Oh, we say all kinds of stuff, like "there's a whole nother one in the fridge," "nucular weapons," "my boss literally exploded" and "I don't believe in getting my dog spaded" for example.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:58 PM on January 20, 2009

When Dogs Attack
Assuming this happened on private property, I'm not sure what your legal recourses are. If they are not willing to pay for medical treatment for you and your pup, you should certainly contact a lawyer and at least threaten legal action. If the dog that bit your dog cannot provide proof of rabies vaccination there may be some quarantine restrictions that will be placed on it*, but I don't think you will have much luck in getting dogs banned from someone else's place of business. When you speak to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on January 20, 2009 marked best answer

What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain?
I came here to make the "you gotta problem with white-on-green?" joke too. For reading on a screen, especially on a small screen like a PDA or iPhone, I greatly prefer white-on-black, actually.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on January 19, 2009

Sports exceptions?
The Patriots allowed a safety on purpose while trailing at Denver in a Monday Night game in 2003, and wound up winning.

I came here to bring up that example -- one of the more unique in NFL history, I think.

ESPN's Bill Simmons is constantly bringing up the interesting football situation of a tie game, with time running out, and one team with the ball on or near the other team's goal line, threatening to score. Logically, the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 AM on January 19, 2009

what the luck
Protip: If you are at a rally/race thing, you may want to stand more than 3 feet away from the place where CARS MAKE SHARP TURNS AT DANGEROUS RATES OF SPEED. Just a suggestion.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:08 PM on January 17, 2009
hey racecar is a palindrome omg momeord nilap as i racecar hey!

FAILINDROME
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 PM on January 18, 2009

Eye glasses online?
The wife has bought multiple pairs of glasses from Zenni, with no problems at all. In addition to your regular prescription numbers, you will need your "Pupil Distance". You should be able to get this with your prescription from your optometrist, but if yours is a dick like my wife's was, you can have someone else measure the distance from center of one pupil to center of the other (in millimeters).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 PM on January 18, 2009

Mind Performance Hack
Where is the wil wheaton book search result?

The bullets are hyperlinks. Took me a while, too.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:48 PM on January 18, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
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
Still waiting for a Russia in ez3... Who doesn't want to be a Czar for a little while?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on January 4, 2009
Don't let on if you sign up, octo -- our Diplo identities are supposed to be sekrit, to prevent... Well, I'm not sure what it is supposed to prevent, actually, but that's apparently how it's done.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on January 4, 2009
I've created a MeFi wiki page for Diplomacy. It is largely content-free at this point, but it lists the current games and the people who have expressed interest in playing. Please add to it - I specifically think some simple instructions about signing up for DP Judge games would be useful to have there.

Happy stabbing!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:42 PM on January 18, 2009

Help - Kitty emergency!
Impossible to say. The vomiting is a concern, but if it is not continuing, it may be all gone. The problem with things like yarn that are not radio-opaque is that they may not show up on x-ray, even if they are present. They can sometimes be detected by the effects they are having on internal organs, though. Considering that he was crying, vomiting and "getting his bearings" (does that mean disoriented?), I would go to an emergency vet in your area and see what they think. Better to be… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 PM on January 18, 2009

I'm taken but falling for someone else
I have thought the grass on someone else’s lawn was greener before, and I was wrong. I could be wrong this time too. How can I trust myself that I’d be making the right decision?

You can't know that. Also, what is the "right decision"? It sounds like, to you, a relationship is a failure unless it ends in a lifelong commitment. Maybe try enjoying it for what it is, while it is happening. If you dump your SO for this new guy, it may end… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on January 17, 2009

When Polly is in Charge
I love hearing parrots that have learned to mimic the ringtone of the phone in their house exactly, and seem to delight in tormenting their owners with fake rings.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:58 AM on January 17, 2009

N.E.R.D. Frontin' (acoustic cover)
Excellent cover of a criminally under-appreciated song. The guitar strumming gives it a really great energy that is totally different from the kinda laid-back vibe of the original.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:52 PM on January 16, 2009

What song is this?
Heh. Without even watching the video I could sing the song (doo doo DAH doo doo doo DAH doo), but I had no idea what it was either. It was, as bjork24 mentions, the Bulls intro music for much of their heyday in the 90s. Thanks for answering a question I never knew I wanted to ask.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 PM on January 16, 2009

Reusing Ask MeFi Q&A in a book
Somehow, I don't see the quest for a professionally-respected, MeFi-specific citation format ending well.

There is previous art in this area (R. Steady, 2008).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:42 PM on January 16, 2009

Insert clever "Keane" pun here.
Your Favorite Semi-scammy-money-finding-service Sucks
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:36 PM on January 16, 2009

"I'd Hit It" Filter.
I bet a "Ladies of Rylstone" style calendar done by MeFites (male and female) would raise a pretty penny for some worthy charity.

/not volunteering
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:23 PM on January 8, 2009
I sometimes confuse Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell.

I get Scott Bakula and Richard Dean Anderson mixed up all the time.

Can we get Ziggy to compute the probability of that?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on January 15, 2009

First They Came for the AskMe Questions About Rectal Porn...
Think of it as another teeny-tiny blow against cultural imperialism.

"USian": the "Micro$oft" of International Relations
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on January 15, 2009

How many Mefite's on the head of a pin?
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on January 8, 2009
They don't live on the mountain, they are the mountain.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 AM on January 8, 2009

Operetta meets web 2.0
Then she started talking to her marketing guy.

What an awful sentence. There are (presumably) more reasonable marketing people at the other organizations at the community site you mention. Can you get one/some of them to talk to the clueless one at your organization (about synergies and page views or some shit) and convince him to join the crew?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on January 6, 2009

I been done had...
Let me consult my notebook.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on January 6, 2009

the 'best answer' option for the green is great but how about also having a just 'helpful' option?
Also, it's a checkmark, not an arrow

I think krautland was referring to the fact that it is the Green Arrow who goes through the AskMe threads, applying the checkmark where appriopriate.

Speedy is involved with Projects, somehow.

I like krautland's idea, for what it's worth.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on January 5, 2009

Probably not worth fighting over
Am I missing any?

The Office vs. The Office
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on January 4, 2009
What scares me is that I'm not some kind of "real American". I mean, I grew up all over this planet. I've spent much of my life in countries other than the U.S. If I'm making jingoistic comments about how "I'm proud to be an American" (and honestly, I didn't really make any of these in the blue) then how much longer will it be before other U.S. Metafilter users are doing the same?

Boy, your opinion of Americans doesn't seem to be… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:23 AM on January 4, 2009
Everyone knows The Office is better.

Your opinion disgusts and offends me, you gormless plonker/dumbass sumbitch.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on January 4, 2009
Let me just say that I am useless before I have had my tea can of worms in the morning.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:24 PM on January 4, 2009

"Favorited x times" page title bug
You could do it "Obama is your new bicycle" style and have a bunch of random phrases:
-The following people think this is great.
-These users agree.
-"Great point!" say these MeFites.
-It's possible these users just use favorites as bookmarks.
-Your favoriters, let me show you them.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on January 3, 2009

Ausgezeichnet!
I just had a thought. How great would it be if each of the dances were meant to represent the play style of each team? Like the hyperkinetic guy at the end danced for a team that did a lot of fancy dribbling and the slower more graceful dancers were represented a team known for its long, parabolic passing.

Oh, yes. And then the dancers could be incorporated into actual games in the following manner: If a match is tied at the end of regulation time,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 PM on January 2, 2009

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

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

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