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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

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?
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 5:39 PM on March 9, 2008

Drive or fly on upcoming vacations?
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 Steady at 2:28 PM on March 9, 2008

Can a number be funny?
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 Steady at 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 Steady at 1:30 PM on March 8, 2008

That don't impress me much
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 Steady at 4:11 AM on March 8, 2008

He should have known he would get responces like this from wacked-out liberals.
What would be needed is increased MeTa visibility. How you'd do that?

There was discussion once about a "MetaTalk Banner" on threads that were called out (for whatever reason). Here was my MS Paint-stylee mockup. Still not sure if it is a great idea, but there was some support for it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on March 6, 2008
the plan for a Comonwealth takeover of metafilter continues, right guys?

I believe it is formally referred to as "The Cabaul".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:31 AM on March 7, 2008

The Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
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 Steady at 6:14 PM on March 5, 2008

It's Tricky is the title, here we go...
I still get tripped up by "tongue" and "business" from time to time.

Why do I want to type it "buisness" every time? That doesn't even make sense!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:31 PM on March 5, 2008

HP -1
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 Steady at 5:23 PM on March 5, 2008

Trying not to fry them
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 Steady at 12:43 PM on March 4, 2008

Can I start using my new name now?
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 Steady at 8:56 AM on March 4, 2008

Storm Center... uh, that is, Storm Trooper
I now want to see the kicky, swingin' 1962 version of my beloved Star Wars.

Oh, shit, what a supergreat idea. I'd love to see a whole bunch of 80s and 90s movies done in Swinging Sixties style.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on March 4, 2008

How do I become intimate with my girlfriend?
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 Steady at 7:40 PM on March 2, 2008

Jury Duty for 4 weeks?
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 Steady at 7:08 PM on March 2, 2008

Open the toast bay doors, HAL
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 Steady at 6:55 PM on March 2, 2008

Merowl?
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 Steady at 6:31 PM on March 2, 2008

Nom nom nom woof
We once made some cookies with real bacon bits in them for our dog and as Christmas gifts, and all the dogs went nuts for them.

And it has been said already, but raisins/grapes, onions and chocolate are absolute no-nos.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:48 PM on March 2, 2008

Attacked by shadows
I bought a PS2 just to play Shadow.

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 Steady at 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 Steady at 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 Steady at 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 Steady at 3:01 PM on March 2, 2008

LanguageHat on PRI
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 Steady at 8:49 PM on February 28, 2008

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