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"She gave me two choices, and five days to decide. Either Britta would leave Luna or I would pack my things and move out."
Princeton grads are required to lead off every conversation with some version of "At Princeton, we...".

Veterinarians who went to the University of Pennsylvania are known in the field as "Pennwees" because every sentence they utter begins with "At Penn we did it like this..." or "At Penn we had..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on January 25, 2008

bits are fun
I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- that no one has mentioned what might be my favorite music video ever.

Charlotte Hatherley - Behave

posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:51 PM on January 23, 2008

Metafilter Infodump: more stats than you can shake a stick at.
This is cool and great. I wish I was geeky enough to actually do something with this data instead of just watching to see what the rest of you do with it (although you've already done some neat stuff).

May I suggest two things:
1. Sidebar this shit. Obvs.
2. Maybe a little extreme, but how about an under-the-radar subsite (a la travel) -- data.metafilter.com. It could be both a repository for infodumps like this, as well as a place for people to... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:43 PM on January 22, 2008

The Nutcracker Suite
mistersquid: Out of curiosity, a number of people have claimed that sex post-vasectomy is better. Can someone explain with a little more detail?

It's nothing physical, but just the fact that you no longer have any kind of nagging concerns about birth control. No wondering if she forgot her pill this week, or if those antibiotics she took three weeks ago could have screwed things up. No slightly tense 2-days-late situations. After vasectomy, sex is... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 PM on January 22, 2008
I'll also add that I had a "traditional" scalpel vasectomy (no lazors or anything) and it was far less painful than I thought it would be. A few hours of dull ache (later that day) and two days of mild discomfort, and I'm a complete wuss when it comes to pain. If fear of blinding pain is your reason for not getting one guys, think again.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 PM on January 22, 2008

How to be a True Professional
One of my definitions of professional is "always doing your job, even on the days when you don't feel like doing your job".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:39 PM on January 22, 2008

Squirrel song
There was a white squirrel (we always called him/her an albino squirrel, though I don't know if that was technically correct) that lived on the quad when I was at Tufts. I'm sure there were songs written about it, but thankfully, they must be lost to the depths of history.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on January 21, 2008

DANGER POINT!! YOU LEFT THE OVEN ON!
I am sitting here with tears pouring down my face I am laughing so hard.

"ANYWAY THERE WAS THIS ONE GIRL NAMED CINDY WHO WE ALL HATED. SHE WAS ENORMOUS (WHICH OBVIOUSLY ISN'T A GOOD REASON TO HATE SOMEONE BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE 12) AND SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO TONE TO HER VOICE. SERIOUSLY. WHEN SHE SPOKE IT SOUNDED LIKE A TRASH COMPACTOR HAD JUST COME TO LIFE AND WAS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE. "


Thank you, XQUZYPHYR.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on January 21, 2008

How often do you eat out and how much money do you spend on it?
Groceries have been 14.61% of our spending for the last 12 months, and restaurants/dining account for 9.65%. (Thanks Bank of America Online Banking and ubiquitous debit card usage!)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on January 21, 2008

I don't want to sign up for a youtube account
How is babby sign up for BugMeNot?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on January 21, 2008

How to prove that a web page that's there now, was really there, once it's not there anymore.
I'm a notary public. I'll print out the page, put my seal on it and sign it for free, if that would help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on January 19, 2008 marked best answer
Done and done. I'm happy to do it, but like others have said, I don't know if it will hold much water in a court of law, especially a Canadian one (I'm in the US).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:45 PM on January 19, 2008
but will Rock Steady be available for trial

For travel expenses and a modest generous lavish per diem, I can be available for trial.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on January 20, 2008

Usernames on the 'who favorited this post' page
The - symbol should issue a short, sharp, shock.

Hush up, Agent McDermott! The - icon is only visible if you're logged into Cabal Mode. I mean, it's never visible, I mean, it doesn't exist... I mean, there is no - icon... I mean, CabalMod, please nuke this thread.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on January 19, 2008

How could fantasy football games be improved?
An idea stolen from the Sports Guy:

Allow players to combine the stats of platoon players at the same position on the same team. For football, this would only really apply to the RB position.

"But if we're going to try this gimmick with the NFL, it makes the most sense to start with Carolina running backs DeShaun Foster and D'Angelo Williams since they've been killing each other's fantasy stats the past two seasons. Why couldn't we call... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on January 18, 2008

Mail no candy there
Well, Canadian chococat sent me some Smarties when I bought his CD, and he's not in Guantanamo Bay, as far as I know.

Also, buy a CD from chococat, he's really good.
Also, my daughter agreed with his claim that Smarties are better than M&Ms.

posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on January 18, 2008

Alternatives to vet's recommended (expensive) treatment for puppy?
Before she even goes to the expense of a second opinion, has she discussed it with her current vet? Most vets are appreciative of the difficult financial aspect of veterinary care, and are more than willing to pursue a more conservative/less expensive course before diving into expensive lab work and diagnostics. If a second opinion is needed, you may want to see if there is a dermatology specialist in your area. The office visit fee will probably not be vastly different from seeing a general... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 PM on January 16, 2008

50 fun facts about banks.
My mother is a banking executive, and she is always trying to get my brother and I interested in the "fun" and "exciting" world of banking. One holiday, she got all excited and said, "Here's an exciting story about banking: Well, banks are regulated by the Federal Reserve, and--" At this point my brother and I cut her off simultaneously, claiming that no story that begins with a federal regulatory agency could really be considered exciting. She conceded the point.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:45 PM on January 16, 2008

Japanese Whaling Crisis Escalates
Nobody is answering the real question:

IS MR. SPLASHY PANTS OK?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on January 16, 2008

Good Design is as little design as possible.
I could see these kind of 2001-ish, knobby controls making it into some kind of Apple TV appliance, or a Garage Band peripheral.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on January 16, 2008

I love him, but can I forever?
I've never been in love before now, never slept with anyone else, never really even seriously dated anyone else. I feel like to marry him or something would be to miss out on a huge huge part of life...

Let me just address this point a little. My wife and I met in High School. We were both virgins, and neither had been in really serious relationships (how could we have been, we were 18). We both had feelings very quickly that we had found the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:23 PM on January 15, 2008

Very short nonconsensual sexual activity: confused, upset, guilty, anxious, please advise!
I think the people mentioning good ol' Billy Clinton are on to something -- it depends on what your definition of "having sex" is. To me, "having sex" with someone is a consensual act. I would not call rape, even penetrative rape "having sex". But your definition may vary. You have to decide what this experience was to you, and only you can do that. I also think that you have a lot of guilt over this whole situation. From seeing the guy in the first place, to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:18 AM on January 15, 2008

Am I actually going to get in trouble if I drive this car?
If possible, shop around until you find a place that does not have the restrictions on under-25s. College towns will certainly have at least a couple. First try the independent places, then try the "least affiliated looking" of the big chains, if you know what I mean.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 PM on January 14, 2008

Handy!
I hate this site and this post because this stupid site refuses to upgrade my computer enough to run Bioshock. I mean, we can put a man on the moon, but I can't download a decent graphics card? WHAT. THE. FUCK. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS LAB.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on January 14, 2008

Forgotten?
What post got flagged 526 times?

I think it was the one that announced the Ajaxy flagging system.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on January 12, 2008

How to use Wii Virtual Console
I think Nelsormensch added some extra zeroes. It is about 100 Wii Points to the dollar and N64 games are 1000 points, so games run $5-$10.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 PM on January 11, 2008

Bank error in my favor?
I worked at a bank until an unexplained error cost me my job. If you mention it to the bank, you may save someone's job, or at least get someone out of hot water. If the bank has made an error in your favor, odds are it is adversely affecting someone else. Do the honest thing and give the bank a heads up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 PM on January 10, 2008

Repetitive Repetition
Your post says "In the sidebar it says 'Recent Past Meetups'." Isn't that a case of an unnecessary word or two? Wouldn't "The sidebar says 'Recent Past Meetups' " be just as accurate? (dersins)

The sidebar doesn't say anything, unless your Internet is more talkative than mine.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on January 10, 2008

A feminist mom looking for appropriate doll for daughter.
Groovy Girls are what you are looking for. There were a couple of years there where they only seemed to be available in independent toy shops, but I think I have seen them in the Targets and Toys R Uses of the world lately.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:10 PM on January 9, 2008

Metafilter t-shirt spotted in "American Libraries" Journal
Konami comes out with Waltz Waltz Revolution

You know, that is actually a plausible game for the Wii. Lots of oldsters love the WiiSports already, and if you could get a Dancing With the Stars license I bet you'd move a fair number. Would the front/back/left/right shaped pad be a problem for ballroom though? Perhaps just angle it 45 degrees. Hmmm.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:08 AM on January 9, 2008
I propose the following new tshirt design:

[ ] Librarian
[ ] Beard Wearer
[ ] Mefite


Just use a magic marker to check the boxes that apply to you.
(burnmp3s)

A Venn diagram would be geekier and more informationally efficient.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:09 AM on January 9, 2008
> ...if you could get a Dancing With the Stars license I bet you'd move a fair number.

Yo.
(ardgedee)

Aaaand the Rock Steady Day-Late-and-Dollar-Short streak continues.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:06 PM on January 9, 2008

Help with cat that sheds ashy particles
Fun parlor trick -- put some flea dirt on a paper towel and run water over it -- it will turn red.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:04 PM on January 8, 2008

"Silent" comments on Projects
/me comes back from Projects

Hey, wasn't there a thing where Projects were supposed to be web-based stuff only? When did that stop? It's much better now. I also think comments should be opened up to the public, with favoriting and a "Great Feedback" feature (like "Best Answer"), which could be added to Music as well. Also, Projects should make it easier for me to get off my ass and accomplish something kthxbi.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:26 PM on January 7, 2008

Help this domino tattoo fall into place.
Like picea, I'm in the minimalist school. One domino, with the pips representing a two-digit number of some significance -- her age, month/day of her birth, your estimated winning percentage against her (or vice versa), whatever.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on January 7, 2008

Metafilter Orchestra - It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
This is great. Frankly, I love the idea of doing this to all sorts of overplayed classics. There is so much new energy to this version that it feels like I'm back in high school hearing it for the first time, getting my mind blown and wondering just who Leonard Bernstein is. Thanks everyone. Please do another one soon. I'll nominate "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel as another example of the "could use a fresh interpretation" category.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on January 3, 2008

Mario in the Bario
Wow, that is some high energy stuff right there. I like it.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on January 3, 2008

Seres Humanos
Great! Love the uke at the end, too.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on January 3, 2008

I'm a non-resident and I need a disposable PAYG phone in the U.S.
FYI, the answer to any question that could be phrased, "Should I do what the people on The Wire do?" is NO. At least shop around online for the best burner prices.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on January 3, 2008

Sorting 'users near me?'
As mosessis and Deathalicious demonstrate, perhaps having a user-definable distance criteria would be a good first step. I'd also like to see some kind of "This account is inactive" status to be added one year after the last post/comment, similar to the "This account is disabled" marker. Those inactive accounts would be filtered out of the nearby lists and such (as, I assume, the disabled accounts are). The inactive status would be lifted simply by the act of commenting... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on January 1, 2008

Seeking explanation of odd lunar phenomena
My understanding is that there have been medical studies (both in human and veterinary medicine) done on emergency room visits during the full moon, and that the studies concluded that there are more visits during the full moon than would be expected otherwise. I'm afraid I don't have any kind of citation for you, but I'll do a little poking around to see if I can't find the journal articles. This seems to run counter to your experiences, though.

As far as an... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 AM on January 1, 2008
Here is an abstract of the recent veterinary medicine study I was thinking of. Looks like it is pretty well debunked as far as human medicine goes, though.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on January 1, 2008

Carol Anne and the TV people
At first I was a bit sad that all of those questions were going unanswered, despite thousands and thousands of views, before I realized they were "asked and answered" style posts.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 PM on December 27, 2007

Bacon-licious
pretentious

Oh the irony....


You are misquoting DNAB here, Ragma. He is complaining about "bleu cheese" being "faux-pretentious". He would prefer you stick with one language to be strictly "echt-pretentious".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:17 PM on December 26, 2007
Just funnin' ya DNAB. It's an argument about cheese naming. No need for anyone to fuck anything.

And I'm at work on a slow night, so, no I don't have anything better to do.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 PM on December 26, 2007

Deposit required before work is begun...
I am Client Services Manager for an emergency and specialty veterinary hospital. We require a 50% deposit (based on the admitting doctor's estimate of charges) for all patients admitted to the hospital, prior to admission. Every emergency veterinary hospital I know works on a similar model. You can give her my email if you want, but I'd run from this client, too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:28 PM on December 24, 2007

IAALBIANYL
I am a mutant rhinoceros, but not your mutant rhinoceros.

I'd like to take some issue with the concept of "if you give someone a bad piece of programming advice or a bad recipe it is not nearly as bad as giving someone bad legal advice, and you are not going to get sued for it." Surely this depends on the situation? A bad piece of software could result in the loss of substantial amounts of money, and an undercooked piece of chicken given to the wrong person... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on December 22, 2007
You could cause people to miss the statute of limitations, thus precluding their suit altogether (every lawyer's nightmare), or you could fail to advise them of particular defenses they might have to an action, and if some of these defenses aren't raised, they will be deemed waived forever.

OK, I get that point. I'd probably argue that "irrevocable" is not the sole property of lawyers, though. After all, if that bad software causes you to... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:25 AM on December 22, 2007

Chuck Norris: Meme-Killer!
Frankly, from the last link there, he seems pretty cool with the whole thing (or at least he was before the book was published). The column gets a bit very God-heavy, but I think this:

Being more a student of the Wild West than the wild world of the Internet, I'm not quite sure what to make of the craze of "Chuck Norris Facts." It's quite surprising. I do know that boys will be boys, and I neither take offense nor take these things too seriously. I'm... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on December 22, 2007

Home "Sweet" Home
I buy ginger credits to ensure my ginger-neutral footprint.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM on December 22, 2007

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