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Coming Soon: Metafilter – The Novelisation, by Alan Dean Foster
I also loved "Spellsinger" as a kid, and I agree that the first book was pretty dark for a 10 or 12 year old.

I never read much of the Humanx books (maybe a couple of the Pip & Flinx ones?), but I played a neat RPG campaign set in that universe once (was it a GURPS subset at some point?).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:48 PM on March 29, 2009

A good time to be a car-less driving non-American in America
the name-your-own-price feature of Priceline

Absolutely the way to go for car rental, unless you need to use a certain company or want a specific type of car.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on March 29, 2009

Why is this happening?
[Massachusetts UI beneficiary here] Your benefit is based on your prior 4 quarters salary history, and it goes by the 4 most recent completed quarters. This means if the current quarter starts Jan 1 and ends on Mar 31 and you apply for UI on March 30, 2009 your benefit will be based on the period from Jan 1, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008. Based on your description of quitting "about a year ago" it may be that they are attempting to verify your employment history with that previous employer. I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on March 29, 2009

One Event. Two Times Listed On Advertisements. One Ass Potentially Handed To Me.
Explain to the local celeb, and if you want, you can limit your own "exposure" by passing the buck on the blame for the mix-up. This is especially viable if he is not in contact with others at your school. The passive voice is your friend! "Hey, Big Shot. It seems mistakes were made when the fliers were printed up. Sorry about that, but from the INCREDIBLE amount of buzz this show is generating, I think the later time is better anyway!"

Option 4… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on March 29, 2009

What do I do when someone at work doesn't like me and is rude to me?
I used to be a client service manager at a large veterinary hospital, and I'm sorry to tell you that she probably is affecting your performance. I would be stunned if her attitude was not affecting your clients' perception of you.

Honestly, I'm not sure I would waste too much time on this, given the temporary nature of your position, but if it were a longer-term situation, I'd recommend first talking to the technician and seeing if they know of any reason that the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 PM on March 20, 2009

Salt Sculptures
this is making my brain itch.

There is a whole genre of art that does that to me. It is any art that is dedicated to extreme precision, extreme monotony, extreme repetition. Other things that give me the same reaction: Tibetan salt mandalas, detailed mosaics, pointillism, those ancient Incan stone walls with razor-thin joints, that widescreen Tetris game from a couple of weeks ago, etc. I have an almost visceral reaction to them, and it is really not… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on March 20, 2009

Annoying alarm clocks -- just how annoying?
Bought a Clocky. Set it. Put it on nightstand. In morning, Clocky goes off, rolls off nightstand onto carpeted floor... and breaks. Goodbye Clocky.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:03 PM on March 20, 2009

AKA Eat Poop You Cat
schkoo, ORthey, chowflap, bgm, sarahemily, ericb, uncleozzy, LogopolisMike, evilangela, satan, Rhaomi, MarisaS, gnfti, JoeyMichaels, muncadunc, Secretlife, Xezlec, psho, liza, twirlypen, shamefuljenny, missdanie, ladycrappo, defenestration, phunniemee, localhuman, kimothy, msvader, ps2420, yaymukund, lowkey, Ampersand, notquitemaryann, sconbie, lysistrata, Krrrlson, cortex, patricio, zennie, nat, StupidSteven, julen, afu, Brainy, clearly, sailormom, bahamamama, hippu, metroidbaby, grapefruitmoon,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on March 16, 2009
D'oh!

schkoo, ORthey, chowflap, bgm, sarahemily, ericb, uncleozzy, LogopolisMike, evilangela, satan, Rhaomi, MarisaS, gnfti, JoeyMichaels, muncadunc, Secretlife, Xezlec, psho, liza, twirlypen, shamefuljenny, missdanie, ladycrappo, defenestration, phunniemee, localhuman, kimothy, msvader, ps2420, yaymukund, lowkey, Ampersand, notquitemaryann, sconbie, lysistrata, Krrrlson, cortex, patricio, zennie, nat, StupidSteven, julen, afu, Brainy, clearly, sailormom, bahamamama,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on March 16, 2009
schkoo,ORthey,chowflap,bgm,sarahemily,ericb,uncleozzy,LogopolisMike,evilangela,satan,Rhaomi,MarisaS,gnfti,JoeyMichaels,muncadunc,Secretlife,Xezlec,psho,liza,twirlypen,shamefuljenny,missdanie,ladycrappo,defenestration,phunniemee,localhuman,kimothy,msvader,kps2420,yaymukund,lowkey,Ampersand,notquitemaryann,sconbie,lysistrata,Krrrlson,cortex,patricio,zennie,nat,StupidSteven,julen,afu,Brainy,clearly,sailormom,bahamamama,hippu,metroidbaby,grapefruitmoon,hooperfan,hoopy,aspo,silkygreenbelly,Secretlife,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:31 AM on March 16, 2009
I'm in. BPT name is rocksteady.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on March 16, 2009
The whole concept is worth it just for the phrase "God beats Buddha on head with cane; Buddha cockpunches back".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on March 17, 2009
I kind of want to sit down with the dude and talk through griefing/moderation workflow and such, see what he's thinking about on that front.

Yeah, that is kind of ruining it for me right now. My theory: send every drawing/description done by a flagged user (and some random percentage of all drawings/descriptions) to a random "Observer" -- people who have been in more than 20 games or something. Observers see the flagged user's contribution… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on March 18, 2009
Could not connect: Can't connect to CRAPPYDAMNBASTARDINEEDMORE server on 'localhost' (10061)
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:24 AM on March 19, 2009

Can animal abuse be a 1 time thing?
Saying "It will never happen again" without a clear plan toward ensuring that it will never happen again sounds like part of the cycle of abuse to me.

I think the "clear plan" Sidhedevil mentions is the key. If there is no plan or no willingness to plan, I can't see staying with a person like that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on March 18, 2009

Pre-nup woes
He was extremely upset that I evidently don't trust him to behave with integrity.

First of all, this seems not a little childish and immature. Second of all, what if you explain that it is not him that you distrust, but "lawyers". Just leave it vague like that. "What lawyers?" he says. "I don't know. Lawyers are always involved in that kind of estate stuff, right? Anyway, sign here, sweetie."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on March 18, 2009

What are your favorite novels from an aesthetic/writing style point of view?
Like Weighted Companion Cube, I came in here to suggest Chine Mieville, especially Perdido Street Station. It's truly beautiful, even when it is describing some of the most awful things you can imagine.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:19 PM on March 17, 2009
China Mieville is good too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:20 PM on March 17, 2009

why do old people run everything?
this is an at-will state

Then the answer to " Can I be fired for..." is YES. You need to find a way to get busy or look busy. Take on some new responsibilities or check out that "professional white background" I've heard so much about.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on March 17, 2009

Need help with landing page for charity site, any takers?
The jewelry is great, and the prices are not bad. You should completely switch your focus -- make the product the headline, and the charity mission the below-the-fold backstory. I agree heartily with runningwithscissors about the overly earnest tone -- it makes it seem a bit desperate and needy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on March 17, 2009

The Follow-Up Thread
Damn it, people! Stop mentioning Dave Secretary! Every time you do I need to stay up until 3 in the morning trying not to wake my family with my laughter. I have stuff to do, OK?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:58 AM on March 17, 2009

The freaking dog ate the shamwow (only a piece)
Due to the fact that bulldogs have breathing difficulties in general, my wife (the vet tech) does not recommend inducing vomiting, as that could cause an airway obstruction. If it was a solid piece of Shamwow, it may be too big to pass through and may have to be surgically removed.

The best bet is to get to a vet that can do endoscopy (are ya with me camera guy?) to take a look down there, but if that is not possible, give small, frequent meals for the rest of the day to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:15 PM on March 16, 2009

Crescent Fresh Party
Yeah, my wife would walk the fuck out of a Grilled Cheese Party if there wasn't tomato soup available.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:00 PM on March 3, 2009
Inspired by this thread, plans are in the works for our own grilled cheese party this weekend. Have fun!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:02 AM on March 7, 2009
Our Grilled Cheeser went perfectly (though we could have used more good panini presses) and I got tons of whuffie for "my" awesome party idea, and many of the guests are planing to steal the idea themselves. Meme-dom here we come!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:37 AM on March 16, 2009

How can I come to grips with my persistent desire to move?
I’m ... tired of reading about, and trying to grapple with, with the city’s problems on a daily basis.

Is this maybe a large part of the problem? If the negatives of Baltimore are not affecting you directly (and it sounds like they are not), why not spend less time dwelling on those problems. I know that is easier said than done, especially if you want to be a contributing member of your community.

As a start, I would… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:27 AM on March 16, 2009

Because bigger is always better.
Oh shit. That just hurts my brains looking at it. It's the same hurt I get when I think about the amount of human labor involved in building the pyramids.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:11 PM on March 11, 2009
puppygalore, I hate you. That is far too addictive.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 PM on March 12, 2009

templation
Put all the letterhead graphics and text inside a Text Box?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on March 12, 2009

A Muppet and a fat guy
I heard Kevin Clash on Wait, Wait once and he was doing this thing where he could switch back and forth between his normal voice and Elmo so quickly that they almost seemed to be talking over each other, and it was quickly driving Peter Sagal insane.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 AM on March 12, 2009

NWY -> STP (nc)
Yeah, gg EZ1ers. I was Italy, and I really enjoyed the game. As you may have noticed, I kind of played up the role-playing aspect (I was particularly proud of my "I, for one, welcome our new German overlords" final message to Austria) which gave me more pleasure than it probably should have. I thought Austria and I worked really well together (until his mini-stab of '09), and if it wasn't for that mini-stab and France's laying down for Russia's naval incursion into the Mediterranean, I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:41 PM on March 10, 2009
Rock Steady, your letters were awesome and worth the price of admission, if there had been one.

Hey, thanks for saying that. It was fun. I'm playing another game now and I'm not really in character, and it's kind of boring. I was just going through my correspondence for the game, and I was reminded of a subplot I was trying to establish early, but let die out as the action intensified. I was trying to imply that the Italian Prime Minister was having… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:34 PM on March 11, 2009
I've created a wiki page for EZ_1 and added a EOG, with a selection of my press.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on March 11, 2009

Help me cram for a sports proficiency test!
You might think about just owning up to your honest level of sports knowledge. If it is going to be a job requirement, you will not be able to bluff your way through for any length of time, but it might be enough to show you have some level of knowledge about and enthusiasm for sports. If you really can explain how icing works, you are a step ahead of the average hockey fan, for example.

As far as guiding the conversation, perhaps try and talk about your sports-related… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on March 10, 2009

Is iTunes illogical or am I?
My iTunes Protip #1 for organizing compliations: You need to be looking at the "Album Artist" field. As an example, I have all the songs I download from MeFi Music listed as one compliation "Album" called MeFi Music. The "Album Artist" for that "Album" is "MetaFilter". The "Artist" for each song is whatever user posted that specific song.

Protip #2: Note that, as far as iTunes is concerned "MetaFilter"… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on March 9, 2009

Cologne City Archive Disaster
Oh, man. I'm with zennoshinju on this one. I really hope there are no lives lost, as they seem to think there might be, but even this
The archives included the minutes of all town council meetings held since 1376. Not a single session had been missed, making the collection a remarkable resource for legal historians.
brought tears to my eyes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on March 5, 2009
even so they aren't exactly in the best condition to survive the trauma of a building collapsing

Exactly. I'm thinking an archivist or conservator will come in here at some point, but some old books are so fragile that the act of merely turning the pages will fragment the pages into many tiny pieces. A box falling off a shelf could mean destruction - being in a collapsing building would mean literal pulverization.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on March 5, 2009
Positing a complete collapse of civilization, how do we know whoever finds this stuff will have a clue what it is?

Well, outside of spy novels, most formats of microfilm that I've used are clearly something to the naked eye. You may not be able to read it, but it's pretty obvious that if you could just get it bigger you could see it fine.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:57 AM on March 9, 2009

Getting medical insurance to cover dental procedures.
Generic advice for making phone calls to mega-bureaucracies: If the person you are speaking to does not seem to "get" what you are talking about, just hang-up and call back until you get someone who is at least on the same page as you. You may ultimately still get a "No," but at least you don't have to waste time explaining the concept to the person.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:30 PM on March 8, 2009

I renounce Satan and all his empty promises, and I thank my godmother for the kickass present!!!
Why not just hold onto it and give it to the kid when she is older? Get her a nice little crucifix or something and keep the cash until Graduation.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:01 PM on March 6, 2009

*HOOOOOONNNNKK*
Simple. Just blow a massive raspberry into the tissue/handkerchief.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 AM on March 6, 2009
Hrm. I guess what I am thinking of is not technically a raspberry, as I read the Wikipedia page. You don't want your tongue involved, just pretend you are playing the trumpet -- blow air through your pressed-together lips. If you keep your lips rather "loose" you will get a convincing nose blow sound.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:47 AM on March 6, 2009

Scanwiches
For people not getting the in-joke.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on March 6, 2009

Kutiman mixes YouTube
Damn that's good. I like the moments in the "Someday" video where he has the buttons and faders on the old school electronic organ move "by themselves". A very simple editing trick no doubt, but strangely compelling for some reason. I also love the little girl striking the gong "on cue". There's a way that this type of remixing of personal, amateur video makes it seem like the people who created the videos are actually involved in the creation somehow. I love it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on March 5, 2009
Someone please fix this guy's site. I really want to send all my friends to it so I can be the coolest guy in the universe to them.

Just kidding, I already am the coolest guy in the universe to all my friends.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on March 6, 2009

38: Zombie Bot Army
Though I do wish I could press a magical "please stop telling me about anime examples, I do not care at all" button.

They group the examples now, so you can just scroll right past it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:51 AM on March 3, 2009

Help me find widely ranging podcasts
Two podcasts from MeFi's Own YoungAmerican, Jesse Thorn, are great. Jordan Jesse Go! is the one of the most consistently funny things on the Internet, and The Sound of Young America is a great interview show, a la Fresh Air, but focusing mostly on comedians/comedy writers and musicians.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:33 AM on March 3, 2009 marked best answer

fpps in recent activity
What if you have a lot of noise favorites in your My Favorites?
Yo, dawg, we heard.. Oh fuck it I can't.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:43 AM on March 3, 2009

Moving in too soon
   she's also in a relationship for 4 years AND lives with the guy
until she finds the right moment to end it with the other
We haven't had sex yet...and she wants to keep it this way even after moving in
I made the compromise to not throw her out in case it doesn't work out
She wants to have her sister stay with us
   She's going to keep fucking her boyfriend
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:39 AM on March 3, 2009

Have rope, will travel.
<anonymous answer>
Maybe start with some role-playing? Start with the more "traditional" tropes -- naughty maid, sexy pool boy, horny co-ed, etc. and then you can move into more adventurous and creative ones. It will give you some practice with the "acting" and can be pretty fun all on it's own.

You could also start with a few "light" BSDM toys - a little paddle or a crop or what have you and keep it by the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on March 3, 2009

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