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What happened to america1-3?
Ohhhhh, Bone Fone.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:52 PM on May 14, 2008
It's got to have something to do with Wesson Oil, amirite?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:54 AM on May 16, 2008

"NIXON-AGNEW", in red and in blue.
Best ones: "President Nixon." from '72, Gary Hart's RoboCop-stylee from '84, the very presidential Chris Dodd '08, and Tom "V for Vendetta" Vilsack '08.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 PM on May 15, 2008

How to salvage a bad wedding photography experience?
My bride is very picky and wants a flush-mount seamless album of good quality.

I think you have to manage some expectations here. Give them an idea of what you would be able to do, and ask them if that product is something they would be interested in. If not, tell them that you can't help them, but here are the names of some people that look like they know what they are doing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:32 PM on May 14, 2008

Help me find medical insurance in Boston.
The low-income plans offered through MassHealth and/or Commonwealth Care are quite good, and the premiums are on a sliding scale. Your child (if not you and your wife) will likely be eligible for MassHealth, which will cost less than $20/mo, if anything. Your school may also have insurance available for students and their families.

The Connector (the site phoenixy linked to) is the site to go through. Keep in mind, the paperwork/bureaucracy is about as bad as you... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:03 PM on May 14, 2008

A slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less
I say it all the time, but a Toyota Matrix is ideal for you. Tons of space, +30mpg, and it's basically a Corolla with a new hat on it, so reliability is untouchable. We bought ours "new" (at the tail end of the model year) for about $16,000 in 2004. There is not a ton of backseat legroom, but it's fine for our tall 7 year old.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on May 9, 2008
However, the Pontiac Vibe is the very same car with better moldings and interior design cues

Heh. I think the Matrix is one of the nicest looking cars out there, and consider the Vibe to be its embarrassingly ugly cousin! I do appreciate that it's a love-it-or-hate-it aesthetic, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on May 9, 2008
Back to the Matrix, though - is there any quality difference between this and the Pontiac Vibe? If I can get Toyota quality in a Pontiac that might not be so bad.

As others have said, my understanding is that mechanically, it's the same car. robinpME makes a valid point about resale value, but if you are driving your cars to death, that's no big deal.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on May 11, 2008

9-5 without a degree?
If you have cash handling experience, being a bank teller is a nice gig. I'd stick with a small local bank or maybe a credit union, as many of the national banks have extensive weekend and evening hours now. I was also dismayed at how much sales pressure there was for tellers at the national bank I worked at for a while.

You could also work reception, but with no experience in that area it might be hard to find a $10+ position.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:05 PM on May 11, 2008

GAME OVER
Wasn't there one post that was deleted by two mods?

*Searchy behavior*

Yes, there was.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:46 PM on May 8, 2008
And now I see that I am full of FAIL AT READING COMPREHENSION

*faily behavior*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:50 PM on May 8, 2008

Travel authorization for child?
I was advised to carry one, but never needed it, when traveling internationally with my daughter (and not my wife). "Notarized" in the US means your signature has been witnessed and stamped by a Notary Public -- an official available at most banks, legal firms, and many other locations. There is usually no charge to get a document notarized.

I would just have the document stamped by a similar official, if one exists, and if not, a lawyer or a public official... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:44 AM on May 8, 2008

OP Spotlight
Is there a Greasemonkey script that posts "There's a Greasemonkey script for that" in every feature request thread from now on?

There should also be a script that makes a "Is there a Greasemonkey script that posts 'There's a Greasemonkey script for that'" joke.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:39 PM on May 6, 2008
Request: One (1) pony, fire-breathing.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on May 8, 2008

Paint or vinyl siding. Help me decide.
If you plan to own your home for a long time, one issue with any kind of artificial siding is that if there is any water infiltration (and there will be at least a little), the damage that the water may be doing to the wooden structural members of the house will be concealed. Wooden siding will be much more likely to reveal that sort of internal damage (as the water seeps back out through the wood).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on May 8, 2008
I've seen vinyl siding get brittle and ashy over time.

Oh, that is another good point. Vinyl is advertised as "permanent" but it certainly starts to look pretty shitty after about 10 or 15 years (and like notsnot, I think it looks shitty as soon as it goes up, but that's a personal thing). If your plans are to own the house for longer than that, you should consider at least one full replacement of the vinyl in your cost analysis.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on May 8, 2008

Help me get my t-shirt signed.
13) There Will Be Puking.

I've abandoned mah breakfast!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:24 PM on May 5, 2008

Why hasn't our dog gotten better?
Did the vet have any kind of diagnosis for you when he was hospitalized? I think, especially if you are not exactly happy with your regular vet, then you should consider seeing an Internal Medicine specialist. You could also try switching to different brands of high-fiber diet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 PM on May 4, 2008

AskMe on Cat and Girl
I imagine they'll put it in Burlington? I can't imagine it being worthwhile anywhere else.

Fixed that for breakfast.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on May 2, 2008
It's clearly: *filter while waiting for coffee; coffee + *filter;

CoffeeFilter?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:52 AM on May 2, 2008
Blurg.

Did you catch the "Flight 242 to Montreal is now blurging" at the very end of 30 Rock this week?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:08 PM on May 2, 2008
Something something Mallard Fillmore?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on May 4, 2008

Help me get my cat back!
If you have any concerns that she may ever try to actually kidnap your cat (permanently), you should get him microchipped. Your town's Animal Control Officer will have a device that can read the chip and verify that you are the rightful owner.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 PM on May 2, 2008

it tore me up every time I heard her drawl
WTF is up with the obsession with what doughnuts are called in that (pretty crappy, IMHO) geocities link? I've never heard anyone call them anything but doughnuts, unless they were really reaching for a slang term. I lived in Northern New England, and I've never even heard the terms "cymbals," "simballs," or "boil cakes."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on May 2, 2008
That "draw" is so entrenched where I live in New England that many adults think the word actually is "draw." It's not unusual to see a Craigslist ad for something like a "dresser with 4 draws," for example.

I thought that was just a Cape Cod thing. I actually saw a "Closet Organizer with Draws" for sale at Christmas Tree Shop the other day.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on May 2, 2008
saying I "made" a particular grade made it clear I was a southerner

Oh my yes. Northern usage is "I got an A," southern is "I made an A." It is a dead giveaway.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:57 PM on May 2, 2008
Because it's a different food. A poboy has to be on French bread, with tomatoes and mayonnaise, or gravy, and roast beef or fried fish. Just because it's also a long sandwich doesn't mean it's anywhere near the same ballpark as what is called a sub/hero/grinder.

I'll draw a further distinction. To this Boston born and bred boy a "grinder" is a sub that has been toasted under a broiler. A meatball grinder and a meatball sub are two different sandwiches.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:05 PM on May 2, 2008

But I was just here!
The site keeps accurate tabs on cabal members only. There is no cabal, therefore accurate tabs are kept on no one.

How delightfully naive. The "site" -- or more accurately the rogue AI that operates the vast protocol that appears in this brane of spacetime as a "site" -- has no more need to keep track of the members of the Cabal than you have need to keep track of what neurons are firing in what you optimistically call a brain.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on May 2, 2008

E-mail etiquette
You probably don't want to work for someone who would freak out if addressed by his first name in an email, so...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on May 2, 2008

How can I help my dog?
You should definitely see a vet, preferably a behaviorist. There are medical options, including some very effective psychotropic drugs that can help with storm anxiety. Some training may help, but it sounds like you have a very serious case on your hands.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:50 AM on May 2, 2008

Performance art?
I hereby challenge these to posters to a fight in the nearest Shaw's Supermarket.

That's the traditional thing to do, right?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on May 2, 2008

Snitch on a work plagiarist?
Honestly, I don't even think ignoring is an option. You have a responsibility to let her boss know what happened, as you currently don't even have a statement from her that she'll never do it again (I might wait 24h to see if she comes up with a convincing excuse/promise). Whether or not she gets fired should be of no concern to you -- it was not your decision to plagiarize and it is not your decision about how to discipline her.

If that plagiarism... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:53 PM on May 1, 2008

Pimp my house: Let's renovate my house to Awesomenessosity!
Just want to emphasize how great radiant heat floors, central vac, and good wiring are.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 PM on May 1, 2008

I Like To Read Things
It is from 1960, and about baseball, but if that doesn't stop you, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu" by John Updike is considered by many to be the finest piece of sports journalism ever.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:50 PM on May 1, 2008

Gmail Blocked – Even Worse!
Google Apps for your Domain? They will even sell you a domain for $10/year. If you do that, you access your gmail through mail.yourdomain.com. You would have to either switch to a new gmail address or forward your old address to your new one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on May 1, 2008

We, have, like...commas
I want a MeFi baseball card so fricking hard right now. I don't have any skills or talents that could help in the implementation of them, other than perhaps a good backrub for the programmers and designers. Honestly, I will contact the best pizza delivery place in your town or city and arrange for them to send you a large pizza (with toppings) if you can make this happen, people.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on May 1, 2008
I'd rather just see straight MeFi statistics -- FPP (obvs), QA (questions asked), C (comments) A (answers), FAV (favorites), and some kind of favorites-to-comments ratio.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:19 AM on May 1, 2008

Print Stylesheet for Mefi?
I thought you were agitating for us to all use a "print stylebook" (K. Klangston, 2008)

That would be ridiculous.

Works Cited
Klangston, K. "Comment 539873" in MetaTalk: Feature Requests, Bugs, Etc.. MetaFilter Publishing Industries, Portland, OR. 2008.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on April 29, 2008
Urgent pony request:

I would like to be able to read MeFi by watching live streaming video of blasdelf's printer printing off threads in real time. Thanks in advance.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on May 1, 2008

Color coded usernames
In fact, there is a Greasemonkey script that does it -- one color for your contacts, another for people who contact you, a third for mutual contacts. I think it is MeFi Navigator?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on April 29, 2008
I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

ABSOLUTELY NOT!
-posted by dobbs at 8:39 PM on April 29


Oh. Oh my.
-posted by cortex

Can I just say that after these two comments the level of dramatic tension about what the implied search would reveal was SKY HIGH.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:30 PM on April 29, 2008
And I want my username to show up in orange.

Well, I just added you as a contact, and due to how I configured my little Greasemonkey script, it does show up in orange for me. So there you go.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on April 29, 2008
Ta-Da
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:53 AM on April 30, 2008

Beer in Istanbul?
Beer in Istanbul? Any night between 2nd and 5th May inclusive, I am buying

If you inadvertently ended that sentence before adding the words "plane tickets for anyone in the Continental US," then I am SO in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:40 PM on April 29, 2008

favorite? well...i mean it's not bad....
My similar idea was for a SuperFave. Each user gets one and only one. It can be applied to (and removed from) any post or comment, but you only get one for all of MeFi-land. The SuperFave is indicated by a little favicon style icon (like the Best Answer checkmark).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 PM on April 29, 2008

Hey Jude
Beatles Cover One

Beatles Cover Two


How did I not know that Sergio Mendes looked exactly like Abe Lincoln?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 PM on April 29, 2008

Slingbox - will it sling from Detroit to Cincinnati?
Yes, this is exactly what it is good for. My parents in the UK grab a Slingbox feed from a headless cable box we have stashed in our house (in the US) for that purpose. The video quality was pretty bad until I got the upload speed upgrade from Comcast (~$10/mo), but I don't know offhand what kind of speeds we are talking about, but I'm guessing that if your upload is DSL you might get pretty crappy video.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on April 29, 2008 marked best answer
That last sentence was bad and I feel bad
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on April 29, 2008
Slingbox works very well in a variety of bandwidth conditions (even with DSL); it does dynamic bandwidth adjustment and video quality monitoring. I have used it on a dodgy satellite link in Africa before to watch rugby (my television was on a Comcast connection in the USA).

From my experience (going on two years now), the downstream bandwidth where you are watching it does not matter very much, but the upstream speed at the location of the actual... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:42 AM on April 29, 2008 marked best answer

AskMe != AskToBeJudged
It's a tricky thing sometimes to determine if answers that question the entire premise of the question are acceptable. Given the fact that the thread contains many questions, some of which are very open-ended (Should I even bother to try?, for example), I think it is OK to present answers that the asker may not want to hear. In this case, my two cents is that the specific answers you are calling out here do a decent to good job of presenting a view that the asker may not... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on April 29, 2008

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