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Three Strikes, SLBOE
I got to use the phrase "you girl's blouse" as an insult.

It's not really an insult without the big.
(Armitage Shanks)

Can I derail for a minute? Good. Is it properly parsed (Big Girl's) Blouse or Big (Girl's Blouse)?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:13 PM on October 30, 2007

Mefi Scholarship?
I think it is a great idea (did I mention that I am going back to school in January?). I realize that it is a bit of work, but I really think that it would be nice to accept donations -- as a community website it would be nice if the community could all be a part of the prize. If it is not logistically impossible, I'd be happy to help with Treasurer-type duties (as long as it didn't disqualify me from the competition).

Also, as far as the application goes, how about a… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on October 30, 2007

Slaves to Armok: God Of Blood, Chapter 2.0
You've got to read the saga of Boatmurdered in the previous thread, but only download this game if you don't need to sleep or eat for the next few weeks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:14 PM on October 29, 2007

Things I Have Failed To Masturbate To
I thought it was funny. The humor comes from the notional attempts, but I guess if you have to explain it...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:03 PM on October 28, 2007

Mine's longer than yours.
Maybe use a big, flowing American flag and an eagle's head in profile as a background image?

Seriously, perhaps it is better to simply work that information into your cover letter or application essay. A bullet point stating that you are a citizen does not necessarily equate to English mastery to me, but if you letter/essay is well written and maybe you mention growing up in rural Illinois/uptown Manhattan/East LA you get the point across better.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:31 PM on October 28, 2007

Why do people on Facebook think my wife was on the TV show "Guts"?
Moira Quirk, who was in fact hot (and still is, it seems).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on October 27, 2007

May God Save Me From Yet Another Dongle
I bought this combo iPod dock and USB hub on Clearance at a Radio Shack some months ago, and it has been fantastic. Only gripe is that the USB ports are a bit too close together to use with old skool Shuffles or other large dongles.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 PM on October 26, 2007

I'd much like a diminutive horse, please. An option in "Recent Activity" to view "all activity."
I'm still all about having a page that only shows new posts made across all three since you last loaded.

Not to be snarky, but I desperately wanted this, too, and then I discovered RSS and Google Reader.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:32 PM on October 26, 2007

Oh boy! Sleep! That's where I'm a MeFite!
Oh boy! Vindication! That's where I'm completely correct!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:19 PM on October 25, 2007

Fly your freak flag.
goodnewsfortheinsane: Let's not forget Rem Koolhaas's suggestion for the European flag.

I love that flag so much.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:34 PM on October 25, 2007

The Final Girl
Rather than infantilized, my understanding of Men, Women, and Chainsaws was that the Final Girl was generally masculinized. This was why she did not have sex or dress in revealing clothing. She also generally does not fit in with the rest of the girls and has a gender-neutral name (Adrienne, Ripley, Sidney, etc).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:26 AM on October 25, 2007
I wouldn't consider anything from the series other than Alien as even remotely fitting into this trope.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on October 25, 2007

Vertical line on laptop monitor ... is this the beginning of the end?
I had an old Toshiba Tecra that had a similar line show up -- I continued to use it for about a year or two with no further problems (other than a dead pixel or two).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:12 PM on October 25, 2007

Umm, would you re-position my beef pellets?
I just love thinking about the employees at the local Domino's who pulled the "None pizza with left beef" order out of the internet and just made it, no questions asked.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:32 AM on October 25, 2007

dateme.com
The OP crafts a post describing themselves, their interests, and what they're looking for. Other members then come by and post to the DateMe thread with various bon mots, haiku, LOLcat nonsense, (OH HAI, I CAN HAS EROTIK MASSAGE?) and other signs of interest ("meh," "I saw this on BoingBoing last week," etc.)

Awesome.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:04 PM on October 24, 2007

Can you reccomend documentaries about line cooks or kitchens?
You are not missing much on the TV Food Network. There is very little, if any, programming on there about restaurant kitchens or restaurant cooking. Unless you really have a thing for Giada DeLaurentiis and/or Alton Brown, it's not worth your time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:22 PM on October 24, 2007

Why won't my dentist give me copies of my digital x-rays?
The animal hospital I work at has a digital x-ray machine that generates DICOM images. When we copy x-rays for clients or other doctors the software we use automatically includes a "Lite" version of itself on the CD to enable easy viewing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:08 PM on October 24, 2007
Hmm. I bet Kadin2048 is right. It is not a very intuitive process to produce a CD of the images from our software, but as a referral and emergency practice we do it all the time, so we are used to it. If you find out what software they use, let me know, on the off chance it is the same one we use. If it is I can walk you (or them) through the procedure via email.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:13 PM on October 24, 2007

Storming the Pink Palace
Taking down OiNK has a lot of similarities with burning down a great library. (mullingitover)

Yeah, a library I had a kickass ratio at.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:05 PM on October 23, 2007

MeFi Mail refresh
Let's see...

prosted by Rock Steady at 6:47pm on October 23 [+] [!] [@] ["] [$] [&] [^] [#] [*]

That's Favorite, Flag, Mail, Quote this comment, Paypal $5 to this user, Mark this user as a Contact, Search Wikipedia for this user, Get this user's Phone Number, Send Facepunch to this user via HTTP.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:53 PM on October 23, 2007

Pencil pushers - Pencil collectors
Leadholders
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:37 PM on October 23, 2007

Famous working couples
Architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:24 PM on October 23, 2007

Rubber shoes for all weathers?
This is what Crocs are for. Order slightly large, in my experience for added comfort/ease.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:39 AM on October 23, 2007

60, 000!
I wish we could send him some kind of in-site, electronic message to congratulate him.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on October 20, 2007
^^^ Faved for going to the trouble of including the little shooting star.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:42 PM on October 22, 2007

YAD KCOL SPAC
LISTEN, COLIN, I HAVE A DISEASE! I SUFFER FROM VOICE IMMODULATION! I'M UNABLE TO CONTROL THE VOLUME OR INFLECTION OF MY VOICE!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on October 22, 2007
MY BROTHER (WELL, HIS WIFE REALLY) HAD A BABBY TODAY. I THINK THEY SHOULD NAME HER "CAPSLOCK".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on October 22, 2007

Custom motorcycle helmet makers?
First, awesome. Second, is there some reason why it could not just be an "overlay" of an already manufactured helmet? Yes, the decorative stuff would be destroyed in a collision, but you're not going to want to re-use the helmet after a crash anyway. Third, peripheral vision, dude.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 AM on October 22, 2007

Name that tune (Sprint on-hold music).
Or give us the phone number, at least.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:21 PM on October 21, 2007

Alan Moore tribute to Robert Anton Wilson
I, for one, am thoroughly disappointed that this is the first use of the  tag.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 AM on October 21, 2007
I know Snyder, I know.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on October 21, 2007

What are some scary (but not too scary) movies for kids?
Monster House is, indeed, perfect. My daughter is six, and is very sensitive to scary movies, but she really liked that one. The twelve-year-olds might not be scared, but they will enjoy it for the humor and action.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on October 21, 2007

JobFilter
it isn't clear that I'm being hired to teach them

I'm always wary of any potential job that does not have a pretty specific job description. If you take it, you might want to hash out exactly what you are being hired for.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 PM on October 20, 2007

The column's name is "Words & Stuff." The column's name is called "Logophilia Weekly."
The limericks link is really fantastic. Features meta-limericks like:

"There was a young bard of Japan
Whose limericks never would scan
When they said it was so,
He replied, "Yes, I know,
But I always try to fit as many syllables into the last line as I possibly can."

Plus -- a baf sighting!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:40 PM on October 20, 2007

Where to move in Vermont?
Based on your criteria, I'd rank the towns of Vermont thusly:

1. Burlington
2. Montpelier
3. Brattleboro
4. Waterbury
5. Middlebury
6. White River Junction

Burlington is head and shoulders above the crowd, though. Bethel, St. Johnsbury, St. Albans and Vergennes are great towns (I used to live in Vergennes) but do not meet your criteria.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on October 18, 2007 marked best answer
I've lived in NH, too, and Portsmouth (along with Newmarket and Durham, just outside of Portsmouth) are the only towns that meet your criteria. Even so, I wouldn't rank them higher than 5th or 6th on my listing above. Also, keep in mind -- if you follow/participate in local/state politics at all, New Hampshire will want to make you punch yourself in the face on a regular basis.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:36 AM on October 19, 2007

Tests and Politics...
Maybe try some SAT materials, to get you familiar with more basic level algebra/geometry? I find this sometimes help rekindle peoples' memory/knowledge of the harder stuff.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on October 18, 2007

Ametrica!
I have heard "mig" and "kig" as slang for milligrams and kilograms in a medical setting. As in, "The proper dose for this drug is ten migs per kig."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on October 17, 2007

I assume that they will all begin with the words "It's Britney, bitch."
We had a little bulletin board set up somewhere after the '06 MeFi Swap for people to post links to mediafire/senduit/whatever where they had uploaded zip files of their mixes. I'll see if I can find it tonight.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:26 PM on October 17, 2007
We had a little bulletin board set up somewhere after the '06 MeFi Swap

It was MetaMix. But don't do fun stuff there, as I can't remember my login. monju-bosatsu set it up.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:00 PM on October 17, 2007

The email code doesn't update the image.
Welp, sounds like the decisions have all been made already, but I'd like to add my support to gsteff's comments, particularly when it comes to contacting inactive members. I can think of several times when I have been alerted via email to important/interesting stuff happening on forums I have not visited in years. I like the idea of some sort of PM system, but surely if people have chosen to display an email address here at MeFi they are aware of the potential for spam and are willing to deal… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:12 PM on October 16, 2007
mathowie, I hear you, and you gotta do what you gotta do, but it just feels wrong to me to delete a portion of someone's profile without asking them. I'm not cutting off my hand over it or anything, I just thought I'd respectfully register my opposition to the change, necessary as it may be.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:34 PM on October 16, 2007
It sounds like there are two pieces of information being discussed here: 1. an actual working valid email address needed for admin purposes, and 2. some information users have chosen to put in a field titled "Email" in their profile. I can see why it makes things difficult for the admins that 1 and 2 are not always congruent, but I don't see why they have to be. That said, my understanding of servers and databases and website administration is pretty minimal, so take my difficulties… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:05 PM on October 16, 2007
I think EB makes a very good suggestion. I also don't think anyone is objecting to the user authentication changes, and many people are pleased to hear about the addition of a PM system (myself included). We just don't understand why that has to come at the expense of a formal way to list an email address in our profile. There are several freeform text fields available already, why can't one be called "Email"? It doesn't have to have any sort of connection to admin/authentication… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on October 17, 2007
Yes, thanks much for listening, mathowie. I would agree with mediareport that there should be a happy medium between no email displayed and a mailto link, but I have no idea how/if that would foul up the (much appreciated) behind-the-scenes changes happening. Anyway, thanks for being responsive, and for constantly working to improve things.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:13 PM on October 17, 2007

True love: better than coffee.
Did you like in New England? The old New England Telephone (now Verizon, by way of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX) had a series of commercials involving an estranged father and daughter who eventually re-connected (via a series of telephone calls, coincidentally enough). I remember a different character in the series sang the NET jingle ("We're the one for you New England, New England Telephone") at the end of each ad.

Anyone know of any online documentation of these ads?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:06 PM on October 16, 2007
Or live in New England?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:09 PM on October 16, 2007

How to convince someone to watch The Wire?
Because it's a show that feels smarter than I am.

That is key for me (I've just started season 1) -- the way the show refuses to talk down to me. If I don't get a reference or remember exactly who someone is, they don't really care -- I'll pick up on it eventually. So many shows feel the need to beat the viewer about the head and neck with exposition and explanation, and it is so refreshing to not have to deal with that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:28 PM on October 16, 2007

Different faces, different masks?
There has also been a significant amount of innovation/differentiation in the world of football helmets in the past, oh, 5 years. Stuff like the Riddell Revolution and (just this year) the Schutt Ion are fairly drastically changing the look, design, and construction of the helmet and facemask.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:50 PM on October 15, 2007

(halloweenfilter) Help me look like Captain Kirk on a budget
Like damn dirty ape says, if you can nail the details (patch, gold braid on sleeves (ask for "rick-rack" at your local fabric shop)) the color of the shirt could be anything from yellow to beige, as long as it is a long-sleeved v-neck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on October 15, 2007

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