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What email service does your company use?
Google Apps for your Domain allows you to register a domain for $10/year (or you can use one you already own) and have Gmail-hosted mail service for that domain. Your email addresses are fully customizable and manageable. Your users can access them through a Gmail interface or (IMAP or POP) client-side software. Your email recipients will never know you are using Google-hosted email, and your users need not either (if they use Outlook or similar). You really should look into it a little... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on March 24, 2008

Metafavouriteness?
The only way to favorite incorrectly is to spell it with a "u."

[NOT COMMONWEALTH-IST]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on March 24, 2008

Forty Three Thousand untagged posts DONE.
Good job everyone. Is it possible for all of us superstars to find out how many we each did? I'm sure I'm an order of magnitude behind the leaderboard, but I'd still like to know.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:18 AM on March 21, 2008
Brokenlink is a weird tag, in that it's never going to be assigned by the OP at the time of posting.

Of course, now I must dedicate myself to figuring out a way to prove this wrong without creating a post that will immediately get deleted for being useless.

It'd have to be some really cool 404 page, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:33 PM on March 22, 2008
now if only we had a team of volunteers that hunted down no longer valid old links and replaced them with working links to archived versions

Or even just replaced them with working links to other random stuff.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:19 AM on March 24, 2008

Rapid Offensive Unit Xenophobe will no doubt be pleased
AskMe OnTheBlue: As an American SF fan, I'm hearing more and more about Banks and his "Culture". I enjoyed The Algebraist quite a bit, so I'm thinking about diving into the Culture, but I can't discern if there is any kind of preferred order I should tackle them in, or if just working through them chronologically is fine. Hope me, gigantic spaceship hive mind!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 AM on March 24, 2008

Help us help our puppy.
I work at an emergency animal hospital, and if you were a client calling in, I would suggest you bring your pup in immediately. Lethargy in puppies is a real "red flag" symptom. Hopefully it is nothing more than a little GI upset, but it could certainly be much more serious, and potentially life-threatening. Good luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:02 PM on March 22, 2008

city dog, country human
At the other shop, I call in my order, stand at at the door with the hound and pretty close to exact change, and one of the counter ladies brings my coffee to the door in a to go cup so I can sit outside.

I just wanted to highlight this bit of advice by DarlingBri. If you have a regular order, you don't even have to call it in -- just wave from the doorway. Alternately, if it is a really busy place, you could ask someone already in line to place your order for you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on March 21, 2008 marked best answer

Why does the devil keep coming here?
In the TV series Reaper he basically serves as a PHB (although more devious than incompetent) to a guy whose indentured servitude consists of capturing the evil souls that have managed to escape Hell's clutches.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:06 AM on March 21, 2008
He never seems to want a daughter. What's up with that?

He's actually got a daughter in Reaper.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on March 21, 2008

A new bag (of tricks)
It is edging close to synchronized dancing, but how about canine agility trials?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:12 AM on March 20, 2008

Ness! Ness! Ness!
4038-5842-9522

Here's hoping this shows up in your Recent Activity! You'll really want to add me, since I'm really bad at Brawl and you can kick my ass every time!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:58 PM on March 19, 2008

Know of any tshirts with funny fishing humor posted on them?
I can't find it on a T-shirt anywhere, but you could custom make it:

Chatham, MA (here on Cape Cod) is known as "A quaint drinking village with a little fishing problem." Perhaps you could adapt it to your Dad or his town somehow?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:01 PM on March 18, 2008

Google Drive
I thought this post was about online data storage.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 PM on March 18, 2008

Mefimail -- the other, better metatalk
I got thrown out of a Ren Faire for doing the princess.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:07 PM on March 18, 2008

MetaFilter History
There is a wonderful bit of invisible MeFi history that I can't exactly put my finger on, but there was once a user who posted three random comments in three unrelated threads about buying/selling a car, I think. I forget exactly who discovered the connection, but it was quite touching and compelling, in a very minimalist kind of way.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:00 PM on March 16, 2008
Thanks cortex. fred's unveiling is here. Thanks due to ALongDecember.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on March 16, 2008
Err..what are the links to the couple who posted 2 seperate askmefi questions about each other?

Well, it's not exactly like that. Here is fr0zen's question about getting her boyfriend a job. Here is where CivilDisobedient realizes who she's talking about. This is where xteraco eloquently comes to his own defense. And here's the MeTa. I think that'll get you up to speed.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:22 PM on March 17, 2008
Oh and speaking of couples, who was the user that answered his own question -- the wife was logged in at home and the husband logged in from work to answer?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:27 PM on March 17, 2008
No, it was something like, "Where can I get X in Toronto?" (or somewhere) and the same user posted later, "At Y, and I'll pick some up on the way home from work. You could have called, honey."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:36 PM on March 17, 2008

Queuing questions.
Best comment-fable ever, Ian A.T., and that is not an easy thing to be.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on March 17, 2008
I want a pony that allows me to super-favorite comments like Ian A.T.'s.

I'm not sure what super-favorites are, but I'm sure I want them.


I actually like that idea. Each user only has one, but it is removeable, like favorites. It shows up as an icon next to the comment, like the Best Answer checkmark, and in the Super-Faved user's profile.

Even better, allow users to upload 24x24 pixel art to create their own Super-Fave icon.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 PM on March 17, 2008

Mind control policies
Oh, I think he is complaining about his crappy editorial anti-whale FPP getting deleted last week. Why did it take him so long? Wait, is it still last week in Australia?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on March 17, 2008

Live Like You Were Dyin'
I agree with umbĂș completely. Who knew it was a great little tune? Thanks.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 10:10 AM on March 17, 2008

T9 kybd wld be gr8.
Have a look at Dasher. It's not predictive in the way you think, but it is very accessible and easy to use.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 AM on March 17, 2008 marked best answer

My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?
The fuel actually spilling out suggests that there is something in there. If it were a mechanical problem the gauge might be off, but you could still put gas in. Perhaps you are not forgetting some random trip in the last two weeks, but just forgetting that you did stop on your last trip home after that busy week, thinking (as I often do) "I've got time now, but the next time I need to drive I might be in a hurry, since I have no idea when I'll need to drive next, so I'll stop now"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:18 PM on March 15, 2008

Our Feature Presentation
So. Fucking. Much. Effort. I'm exhausted just watching that making of feature. No wonder the movies sucked, they blew their wad on THREE MONTHS of model making.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 PM on March 15, 2008

What's the deal with these Webkinz?
My first grader is pretty obsessed with the little things, too, but didn't even realize they had cards. Stick with the animals or their crappy little clothes if you want to impress.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:19 PM on March 14, 2008

Help I've got to tell someone I won't be able to house sit!
Do you have a friend/coworker you can trust and enlist as an "employee"? Tell the emergency person that you can't do it yourself, but you can vouch for X, who will be happy to act as your representative. You can add that you will be checking in on X and the pets daily to make sure everything is going well. Pay X 80%-90% of your fee.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:50 PM on March 14, 2008 marked best answer
I should add that I know a lot of people who housesit on the side here on the Cape, and this seems to be the standard "double-booked" practice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:53 PM on March 14, 2008
Hope everything works out for you. When you tell the person, try not to say too much. lampoil's suggestion would be a good script to literally memorize and recite, and then, like beagle said, clam up. If you housesit often, and you don't know people you could use as a backup, you may want to reach out to other housesitters in the area and try and put together some sort of loose coalition so that you can cover for each other from time to time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:14 PM on March 14, 2008

So, my boss hates me and wants me to quit.
You may also affect your eligibility for unemployment benefits if you quit instead of getting terminated. Tough it out, communicate as much as possible with your supervisors, and look for a new job.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 PM on March 13, 2008

If it really works, it's the coolest audio production tool ever.
I'm not a musician (I had no fucking idea what he meant by "meaty," for example -- I thought it was another piece of software the company made or something), but the line "imagine re-tuning your guitar after you've played the song" kind of blew my mind.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 PM on March 13, 2008

I'm Afriad That There Has Been an Accident
If you could transport this song back in time to about 1988-1989 and get it on the Dr. Demento show, it would have been my favorite crazy/surreal song of all time. In this timeline it's still probably "Fish Heads." But it's close.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 10:03 PM on March 12, 2008
"Fish Heads" is pretty amazing, but I honestly think that if I heard this song at the same point in my life that I first heard "Fish Heads" I would have preferred this. It is really great.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 2:01 PM on March 13, 2008

I'll bet you ____ that ____
For the stakes, make the loser write a 5-7 page paper on the history of the opposing franchise, including discussion of their greatest seasons, greatest players, and most memorable victories against their rival. Paper must be re-written until approved by the winner. If paper is late, must include YouTube video of a presentation of the paper to an audience, including PowerPoint slides.

And you've gotta make the bets more like silly prop bets -- Who spends more days on... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on March 13, 2008 marked best answer
I prefer APA citations, but wevs. To expand on my re-writing theme, I think the idea is that the paper must express a suitably reverential and respectful tone. When the Sox prove their dominance this year, I want this guy's paper to sound like he's Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also, you might want to agree on some seriously punitive financial penalty (an amount that would be painful to you both -- maybe not the same amount if one of you is more well-off than the other) that must be donated to the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on March 13, 2008

The Infinity of Defining Chatfilter
Questions of the "Presenting Part 14 in My Series of Related Questions" type really bug me, whether about relationships, homeownership or shitty philosophy. Some people seem to have the attitude that AskMe is a place where they are supposed to ask a question a week, whether they actually have a question or not.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:41 AM on March 13, 2008

Things you never thought you could do with your camera
Crapdammit. Someone get the blinky-light-geeks an SD600 stat.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on March 13, 2008

Hmm, you might know the answer to this...
Metafilter cross selling.
"If you liked this question you will probably like to listen to this music or get work in this job"

Suggested metafilter community bonding:
Other people who refreshed this page as much as you are ....
Other people who use as much emotionally charged language as you are ...
etc.


Unrelated to the pony (which seems nice), but I wish there was a... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:36 PM on March 12, 2008
If the goal is to have MeFi make recommendations kinda like TiVo makes recommendations, I think we'd have to call it MeVo (or AskMeVo).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:52 PM on March 12, 2008
But then there's also the problem of people using only one tag and it being a completely unique one, say 'EggplantRecipes' or 'CarProblems' or whatever. And typos, spelling mistakes, or alternate spellings.

Well, that's the magic of folksonomy, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on March 12, 2008

CSI Baarle
I so will write a story based on this.

You don't even have to go to Europe for the setting. Presenting the Haskell Free Library and Opera House.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on March 12, 2008

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-T-A-C-H-E
Print is so 20th Century.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:00 AM on March 12, 2008

i don't care
Great song. I'd also love to hear a really cymbal-heavy drum track come in unexpectedly late.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:41 AM on March 12, 2008

Curious Little Smile
Fierce!

in an airy and pretty and happy way
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on March 12, 2008

My favourite singer is actually really, really good
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 9:14 AM on March 12, 2008

kids or no kids ??? HELP US DECIDE!!
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 Steady at 8:51 AM on March 12, 2008

Where is the Ludacris-free zone?
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 Steady at 5:39 PM on March 9, 2008

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