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Immature party animal or unstable mental patient?
While I think the "health problems" angle is more than enough detail, you could even be more specific and say that you had "a traumatic injury to recover from."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:54 AM on June 16, 2008

all the things you once tried so hard to forget…
Three words: Mummen Fucking Schantz
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 PM on June 12, 2008

Mystery on 5th Avenue
Oh. My. Shit. This seriously brings tears to my eyes it is so cool. Imagine the feeling of living in your fabulous new apartment for A YEAR, getting used to it, realizing that you are finally feeling at home in it, that you know all its quirks and crevices, and then you find out there is A WHOLE WORLD OF IT THAT YOU NEVER KNEW. Oh man. And the fuckers that live there "remain bemused"? Bemused? Mr. Clough, come to my house and work your shit for my daughter and I and we will lap... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on June 12, 2008

Ay Calibria!
Here's YouTubery [within sight of the NSFW boundary].

MetaFilter: no ti-na the mickle (????)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on June 12, 2008
Oh yeah. simplethings is right.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on June 12, 2008

Recommend a first Douglas Coupland novel
I think Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Microserfs and JPod are the most Coupland-y books in his catalog, and so you should start with one of those to see if you will like his stuff. Generation X and Shampoo Planet are similar, as are Microserfs and JPod, so I might choose one of each of those two "types" and read those... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on June 11, 2008

Who was that girl sitting next to Jack Nicholson at last nights Laker game (game 3)?
The grey beard guy always sitting next to jack is producer Lou Adler

Heh. I was considering coming to AskMe to ask about him last night. He had quite the ensemble on.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on June 11, 2008

metaask
When Obama is elected, not only will all of the problems listed and unlisted be magically solved, but everyone will get 2 chatfilter questions a week. Moderated by an angry nice and kind robot.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:06 PM on June 10, 2008

how hard is it to install replacement windows?
My stepfather is an experienced finish and framing carpenter, and he recently installed windows in our ~200 year old house. It became quite a chore and really challenged him in some ways. The biggest problem was that many of the windows were not built in a way that facilitated just dropping in the replacement window and slapping on a little trim. Parts had to be removed, pieces had to be added, sills had to be cut away, etc. Even a reasonably good handyman would have had a disaster. One... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:01 PM on June 10, 2008

Can you help me find a certen style of adult sized "Onesie"?
Um, not sure what Blue's Clues you were watching, but Steve wore a rugby shirt.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on June 9, 2008

Best poems about the glory of battle?
It's not strictly a poem, but Henry's "St. Crispin's Day Speech" from Henry V gives me the shivers every time I read it.

   WESTMORELAND
O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

   KING
What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:09 PM on June 9, 2008

Google Apps for my domain, any disadvantages?
The biggest problem is the inability to integrate Reader, Picasa and some of the other toys -- you basically have to access them through a separate Google Account.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on June 8, 2008 marked best answer

Error when filling out your birthday in the preferences.
Mercy Warren keeps poppets.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 PM on June 8, 2008
Oh, crap. It's Mary Warren and Mercy Lewis.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:43 PM on June 8, 2008

I want my two dollars!
Regulation CC is the applicable document, and the answers above are right. This type of thing is what pays for your free checking account.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:23 PM on June 6, 2008

When is a noun a proper noun?
Building off of Mr. President's idea, here is a thought experiment for you:

There are two Chinese food places in town. One is named China Panda and the other is Panda Sun. You and your girlfriend really like the food at China Panda and hate the food at Panda Sun, but China Panda is cheaper and closer. Because of the similar names, you can never remember which one is named what. As a result, you start to refer to them as "the good Chinese food place" and... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 PM on June 6, 2008

Not just for coffee shops and hair salons any more!
There was (is?) a motel in South Burlington, VT called Pacific View Motel. It does not have a view of the Pacific Ocean (of course) but it had a nice view of the Pacific gas station next door.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on June 6, 2008

MetaCognition
the brain remembers and thinks more like one of those disks working their way down a Plinko board on "The Price Is Right".

Completely wrong. The brain is like Range Game.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on June 4, 2008

So stinky
1/3 baking soda, 1/3 peroxide, 1/3 Dawn washing up liquid. Mix it up, coat the dog being careful of eyes and mucous membranes, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse.

Also works for skunks.


Quoted for truth. Note that it has to be Dawn brand (sorry folks in foreign lands) and that you may need a repeat treatment for a real bad skunking.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on June 3, 2008

Steel or Vinyl Siding in "DEATHMATCH 2008"
Will either contractor offer a warranty on the installation, so that if when it fails or is damaged they (or the manufacturer) will replace it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:25 PM on June 2, 2008

It's Condiments All The Way Down
SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE PENGUIN JOKE ALREADY
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:15 PM on June 2, 2008
I sometimes go here to figure things out.

Heh. I originally had "SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE FUCKING PENGUIN JOKE ALREADY" but decided that was too harsh.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 PM on June 2, 2008
I originally had "SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE FUCKING PENGUIN...

We know.


SOMEONE EXPLAIN THE FUCKING CABAL ALREADY
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on June 2, 2008

Career Objective: Fail
Resume: “I have a lifetime’s worth of technical expertise (I wasn’t born - my mother simply chose ‘eject child’ from the special menu.”

I love that one, frankly.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on June 2, 2008

Best Toilet Paper Evar
"ShitBegone toilet paper is a quality product that exemplifies your attitude and approach to life.

Part journey of discovery, part assertion of responsibility, part embrace of life, ShitBegone expresses hope and belief that a better world is possible."

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:54 PM on June 1, 2008

Is Economics a science? If so, in whIs there a rational basis for making large-scale (world/country) economic decisions?
Great question. I know there are MeFites with more knowledge and experience in the field than I, but I have taken a couple introductory-level economics courses, and I came away from it having decided that Economics was not a science. Whatever kind of metrics are used (GDP, Unemployment, CPI, etc) are oversimplifications at best, and there seems to be little to no predictive value to them or to the systems that combine and compare and contrast them, at least on a scale as large as a national... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:41 AM on May 31, 2008

Disadvantages of being a man
You are much less likely to get custody of your children than your wife is in a divorce. I hate to mention it, as it is constantly harped on by some pretty strident weirdos, but it is true.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on May 29, 2008
On closer re-reading of the question, the OP knew that already. Whoops.

Me too, Walter. I guess reading comprehension suffers too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:20 PM on May 29, 2008

Grief is itself a medicine. - Cowper
So sorry about Freyja. I work in a veterinary emergency hospital, and I like to hand this quote to folks who are grieving. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension 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 the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on May 29, 2008 marked best answer

I don't hate my job ... just you.
Shouldn't your/her supervisors in the organization be involved in this? It seems logical to me that her boss should be the one to tell her that you are moving because of the bad relationship between the two of you, and that she should not expect a new partner due to these continuing problems. This has the advantage of removing you from the messenger role (as in don't shoot the messenger) and presenting it to her as a work-related problem that she needs to work on. If you have a mutual... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 AM on May 29, 2008

MetaFilter Favorites
C'mon people, the Internet is ashamed of you for missing...

The Cleveland Steamers
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:57 PM on May 28, 2008
The minor league team in Manchester was almost called the New Hampshire Primaries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on May 28, 2008

King of the land
Really interesting. Thanks for posting it, edmcbride.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:00 PM on May 21, 2008
Is it true that you can just be fired at the whim on an employer?

It varies by state, but here in Massachusetts, most employees fall under the category "employee-at-will," which means either party (you or your boss) may terminate the working relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason. Even so, in a case like that illustrated in the article, the employer had an ongoing record of rule infractions (as draconian as the rules may be)... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on May 21, 2008
Catfry, I don't get it either, but a surprising amount of women looooove Jack Sparrow. I think some of it might be knowing that it's Johnny Depp under there (the guy did say that people called him Johnny all the time), but there is definitely some appea to the "rakish rogue" character, too. As soon as I saw "a guy hired to play Jack Sparrow at Disneyland" I knew a good portion of the story would be about women throwing themselves at him.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:23 AM on May 22, 2008
And what is with the employee stoolie netstalking thing? Are they getting some kind of secret reward every time they nail a guy? That's the only reason I can come up with (either that or "Jack" was going around being a real prick in the cast member lounge or something) that there'd be SO many people trying to nail each other.

Well, there is only one (or three, I guess) Jack Sparrow and about 15 internal applicants, the story said. If you... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on May 22, 2008
Nice find, grouse. Deeply disturbing, but still a nice find.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on May 28, 2008

Is it car abuse?
I once asked my insurance agent this exact question after they paid out a claim. He said once the check was in my hands he couldn't care less what I did with it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:09 PM on May 27, 2008

Slingbox experiences?
Not sure about the Mac version, but on a Windows box, watching the Sling feed over the LAN is quite good -- maybe not exactly HD level, but good. There are occasionally stutters and drops, especially when using the remote. Over the Internet, quality is watchable, but not even really up to Standard Definition quality. Before I upgraded to Comcast's increased upload speed (I'm at 1-2Mbps now) it was not watchable over the Internet -- almost constant video stuttering. The download speed at the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on May 26, 2008

Pop, Lock and Drop It
I was actually impressed that one of the judges (the old guy) demonstrated some level of insight, thought and (omfg) open-mindedness in expressing doubt about his compatibility with choreography and all that.

If you are not familiar with So You Think You Can Dance, you should realize that in terms of quality of talent, performance, and judging, the show is MILES away from American/Pop Idol and the like. The... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on May 26, 2008

Crossdressing friendly vacations
Provincetown is an excellent choice -- maybe the top gay vacation destination in the world. At this point, you are probably not going to find accommodations there this summer for love or money, so maybe start planning now for next year. There is no chance you will feel even slightly awkward or out of place. Keep in mind, your husband will probably get hit on by lots of gay guys, so if that is a problem...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:27 PM on May 25, 2008

iPod won't show Steve Miller!
Not sure if this applies on an iPod, but I know on my iPhone you have to make sure the "album artist" field is populated correctly to get the songs to show up in Cover Flow mode. Right click on the track in iTunes and select "get info" to check.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on May 23, 2008

BragFilter
Well, people seemed to really like this, but I really enjoyed torturing people with this post. The link in that post is a deadlink, but you can still play the game here. I'm also proud of this best answer.

I also have a little ongoing comment fable-y thing about instructions and commands from the Cabal (like so) that I seem to enjoy far more than anyone else.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on May 23, 2008
Well, people seemed to really like this,

I knew I was forgetting something...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:09 AM on May 23, 2008

What's my best option for finding a cheap-as-dirt computer in the Dallas area?
Without computer building savvy, you will have a bit of trouble. I would talk to some craigslist types, and see if any of them will have sympathy for your particular situation.

Sympathy, schmympathy -- see if any of them are HUNGRY! Perhaps you could get the boss to agree to giving the owner of a local repair place free lunch for his or her shop for a week in exchange for a decent computer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:32 PM on May 22, 2008

So we can all be like y2karl ... okay, maybe that's not a positive
MATHOWIE'S BANHAMMER

Someone is already in the process of getting a recording of that posted to Music, right? I'll just wait patiently.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on May 22, 2008

Help me find the song I'm named after.
Be prepared to discover you were named after a mistake -- my mother to this day (I'm in my 30's) calls me "Lincoln" because she thought the poem "Winkin, Blinkin and Nod" was "Lincoln, Blinkin and Nod".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 PM on May 21, 2008

Search favorites by user name?
Take your pony fucking to MeMail, TPS.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:51 PM on May 21, 2008

Edward Kennedy has malignant brain tumor
It is almost assumed at this point by natives and long-time residents of the Cape that there are some environmental factors that make cancer more common here. There are studies that show risk of breast cancer is 20% higher on the Cape than it is in the rest of Massachusetts. I know he has spent a great deal of time off-Cape, but people here are saying that he is just the latest victim of Cape cancer.

Also, I hate to bring politics into this, but here... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on May 20, 2008
I have often felt "frustrated," albeit in a good way, with my place in the political process here... not because I'm upset with the way my reps vote, but the opposite: they almost always vote the way I would like them to when it matters. Every time an important vote comes up, I go and check the roll call, and find that Senator Kennedy, almost always, has voted exactly the way I would have wanted him to.

Quoted for truth. Whenever I hear... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on May 21, 2008

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