Heh. I thought I'd be the only one coming in here to defend "Toxic". I think there is a really great slowed-down, bluesy, gritty, semi-disturbing version of the song to be made, but none of these in the thread is it. Can we get Fiona Apple working on it, maybe? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:10 AM on March 12, 2008
Also, I wouldn't wish becoming "the next big thing" on my worst enemy. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:14 AM on March 12, 2008
it's better that someone regrets not having kids, than a child grows up with distant parents.
I think that is very true.
Our daughter was unexpected and unplanned (though we knew we eventually wanted kids). I was very worried at first, and very apprehensive. While I love my daughter more than anything else in the world, and I believe (and have been told) that I am a great Dad, the parenting experience has certainly not been... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:51 AM on March 12, 2008
It's pretty impressive how he managed to hit most of the major metropolitan areas of the country, and it makes me wonder how he wrote the lyrics -- with an area code map like this one, or did he actually go through his contacts looking for entries with the tag "ho". In either case, the inclusion of Nebraska is interesting -- must be because of the University, right? Omaha's not that hip, is it? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:14 PM on March 9, 2008
I doubt Ludacris is ordering lettuce and juggling his own restaurant books any more than Robert DeNiro or J-Lo are.
I'm not so sure about that. I'll quote a brief excerpt from Ludacris' guest spot on Fergie's "Glamorous":
I'm talking Champagne wishes, caviar dreams
You deserve nothing but all the finer things
Now this whole world has no clue to do with us
I've got enough money in the bank for... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:39 PM on March 9, 2008
Let me suggest JetBlue as an excellent airline for someone who is not fond of flying. The seats are wider than normal, and the leg room is much better. They also have little TVs in the back of the seat in front of you with a DirectTV connection, so you can choose from several dozen channels of actual TV to watch (although about a third of them are ESPN flavors). They also provide a nice selection of snacks (which is really all you will need on such a short flight). Not sure if they are... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:28 PM on March 9, 2008
You could also go with a fictional athlete - "Laloosh 37" or "Hobbs 7" or "Vaughn 99". The Hitchhikers fan in me thinks "Dent 42" would be excellent. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:18 AM on March 8, 2008
you could wear a jersey for a guy who did exactly one notable thing ever, such as make one for David Tyree
A shirt with "David Tyree's Helmet" on the back would be great in NY and evil in New England. Also, I've always felt bad for Patriots Defensive Back Randall Gay (#21), who must have the worst selling jersey in the history of NFL Equipment. Maybe throw him a little love? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:30 PM on March 8, 2008
We bought a new Toyota Matrix in 2004 for about $14,000. It has a ton of personality, great headroom and cargo space and gets about 30 MPG. We may well get a second one when I need to replace my aging car. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:11 AM on March 8, 2008
Clive Davis himself could hand it to you, but this would just seem like evidence of Clive's human side rather than another slime-dripping part of the corrupt music industry.
Heh. Ms. Steady and I were just saying, after watching Idol, that a trained seal could sing "Hallelujah" and it would still give you the shivers. I agree that the non-specific, "old-time religion" of it is something, but there is... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:14 PM on March 5, 2008
Add another MeFite to the ranks of those whose life was shaped largely by role playing games, and AD&D specifically. IMy elven Magic-User casts a Mordenkainen's Moment of Silence spell. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:23 PM on March 5, 2008
My parents lived in BsAs for a while and I don't recall ever seeing the three-prong plug in their apartment. Why don't you just call or email the hotels involved, if you are only staying in those places? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:43 PM on March 4, 2008
Now, not to be too OMGPATRIOTACTLOL here, but if you are traveling in and out of the US during this time I would be very careful about having what is essentially an alias on anything. If security officials were to search your bags and find business cards in a different name, for example, I suspect they might become a little difficult to deal with. Perhaps there is someone at the DHS involved in your application process who would have some insight into this problem? posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:56 AM on March 4, 2008
I think the bottom line is that neither of you is happy with the physical side of the relationship. If she is not interested in working on her end to move at least a little closer to where you would like things to be, well, I don't see much future in it. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:40 PM on March 2, 2008
The reason they have a hardship exemption is for folks for whom serving would be a hardship -- like you. Request your exemption with a clear conscience. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:08 PM on March 2, 2008
I kind of like that. If I have someone in the UK buy it for me and then bring it to me in the States, can I plug it into our electrical system (assuming I have a plug form-factor adapter thingumy)? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:55 PM on March 2, 2008
We did this once. When we got to the new place we kept him indoors for a few days until he couldn't stand it. When we let him out, he was gone for about two weeks (long enough that we assumed he was gone for good), but he came back in perfect health. I like to think he went back to the old place (about 30-40 miles away), realized that there were new people there, and then came back to the new house. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:31 PM on March 2, 2008
Yeah, I'm just worried that Ueda's next game will be a PS3 exclusive and I will honestly consider buying that system for one game. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:15 PM on March 1, 2008
There was one spot in the game where I said to myself, "Ok, if this were real, I would stop right here and go home; this is a line that I would refuse to cross."
I actually appreciated that. I don't think I've ever felt bad about doing anything in a video game. I haven't enjoyed games, sure, but it never had that moral component. I also think that this is why Shadow was more effective as a video game than it ever... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:50 PM on March 1, 2008
Even when you've climbed the colossus, found his weak spot, you have to choose again -- will you push O a second time and strike? Will you push O a last time and actually kill the Colossus?
Oh, exactly. I don't know about you, but I know that on some of those later colossi I held off pushing O for that final strike probably a little longer than I should have. It was really hard to do. I also really noticed a difference in my attitude towards the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:53 PM on March 1, 2008
Morally, I still think the game was aiming at the broad side of the barn.
But considering it's the only video game that ever even considered shooting at the barn, it's a pretty big achievement.
Also, I'll restate my point that the moral aspect of Shadow is so powerful because it is you making the unpleasant choice, not some character you are watching or reading about. And yes it is a simple choice, and yes it would have been... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:01 PM on March 2, 2008
I hope this comes across as the complement I intend it to be: your voice would sound great on a muppet, languagehat. Great interview and I can't wait to read the book. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:49 PM on February 28, 2008
laughed pretty hard when it said "saving picture as wallpaper". We have nano technology, but it still takes three seconds to save a 480 x 272 .png or whatever.
480 x 272? What you didn't see is that that pattern is now the wallpaper OF HER ENTIRE HOUSE. The couch automatically shifts to a complementary design, so don't worry about that. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:46 AM on February 28, 2008
I'm so sorry for your loss, yodelingisfun. I work in an emergency veterinary hospital, so I see people in your situation more often than I'd like to. The AAHA has a nice little page about dealing with the loss of a pet. One thing I might personally suggest is to make some kind of a donation (if you can't donate cash, you can volunteer, or donate old blankets and towels) to an animal shelter or charity. In my area, for instance, there is a fund that helps pay for veterinary care for folks... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:45 PM on February 27, 2008
I'll also provide you with my favorite quotation that we sometimes give to our grieving clients. I find it a nice alternative to Rainbow Bridge and The Last Battle.
The animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:51 PM on February 27, 2008
Well, I'm not a vet or a tech, but my understanding of the procedure is that heart and brain activity are stopped so quickly that there is little chance for the animal to actually feel anything, especially when the drug is delivered intravenously. There is a vet/vet tech here on MeFi, I think (biscotti), but if you can't get in touch with her, I can ask my wife, who has been a vet tech for over 12 years. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:06 PM on February 27, 2008
Actually, I just had a phone call from my wife and I asked her about it. She said the drug they administer is basically a severe overdose of sedative, so they literally fall asleep before their heart simply stops. It is about as peaceful as taking a nap. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:14 PM on February 27, 2008
My real name is made up of an irrational number, a fuzzily-defined concept for which there is no single English word, and an image file. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 3:18 PM on February 24, 2008
And you think YOUR last name is embarrassing. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:30 AM on February 27, 2008
1. Why are you asking us this question? You know the answer -- clearly his behavior has been and continues to be beyond the pale -- and you even have a plan about what to do about it.
2. Why do you continue to live at home? You need to get out of that house. It is really not that hard to do -- perhaps you already have a friend that could use a roommate? I gather from your previous question that you have some of... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:54 PM on February 18, 2008
Listerine was invented in the 19th century as a powerful surgical antiseptic. It was later sold, in a distilled form, as a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea. But it wasn't a runaway success until the 1920s, when it was pitched as a solution for "chronic halitosis", the faux medical term that the Listerine advertising group created in 1921 to describe bad breath. By naming and thus creating a medical condition for... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:37 PM on February 18, 2008 marked best answer
I dunno. This sounds more like vindication for the "Pluto = not so special" side of the argument. It is just one of many similar objects in its neighborhood (like the asteroids, which are also not granted "planet" status), in fact, it may not even be a particularly impressive example of its class.
Also, put Klingons in the Uranus joke for comedy gold, people. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:07 PM on February 18, 2008
Hey, parallax7d? This is not at all like Vanilla Ice. The V-man's problem was not that he sampled tracks, but that he didn't pay for them, and he refused to admit to sampling even when confronted directly. If you have a problem with reusing the beats from one song as the foundation of another song, you should probably just sit hip hop out. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:02 PM on February 18, 2008
I know you framed the question as how names sound, but let me just point out: Easy To Spell Is Good. This makes regular words good choices, like delmoi suggests, or "classic" names like Miller, Johnson, or Martinez. Certainly shy away from anything that requires you to spell the name (Rodgers instead of Rogers, Smyth instead of Smith, etc). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:35 AM on February 18, 2008
In Hyannis, MA the area with the most crime and drug activity (in the open, at least) is in what is usually just called "the Bearses Way area" after the main street running through the neighborhood, but it is occasionally more colorfully called "Fresh Holes" (after the name of one of the other streets in the neighborhood). posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 AM on February 15, 2008
I am also not a fan of country music, but I love me some Garth Brooks. I am also a Chris Gaines fan (the only one, maybe?) I feel like that whole thing was mishandled. I get that by releasing the "Greatest Hits" album before the movie they were trying to promote the thing, but people Just Didn't Get It, to the point that the movie was scrapped, which made the whole experience that much more confusing.
Also, Old French Whore is one of the top five SNL skits... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:22 AM on February 15, 2008
I support the addition of a Naughty Truffle Hog flag. Strongly support.
Yes. And much the better if it's never explained.
Exactly, and then after a year or so, we see what is it being used for, and then codify that that is what it is for. Like the (probably apocryphal) landscape architect who waited to pave the paths on a college green until after the first snow, to see what paths the students naturally took. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:01 PM on February 13, 2008