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How do I fire someone without demoralizing the rest of my team?
Can you present this as "You have forced my hand" somehow? Suggest that there has been a general flaunting of trivial rules (present the pattern of behavior), which seems to have led to a breaking of a major rule (you don't need to specify which rule). Now you (as manager) are forced to suspend and investigate this well liked individual, who was actually one of the better members of the team (present as much data to back this up as possible). Surely if the minor violations continue,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on December 8, 2007

Self-referential Asterisks
*thinks it has something to do with MUDs*
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:50 PM on December 8, 2007

Big Time Sensuality
a couple engaging in sexual intercourse was televised on the scoreboard Jumbotron during a baseball game

Really? Man, I love Canada. That's got to be the record right there. I'm sure a little research could unearth the date of that event and the official attendance for the Jays game that day. I'm at work, so it won't be my research, but maybe the AskMe Mystery Machine will kick into gear.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on December 8, 2007

Like threadless but for toddlers
Glarkware

I love the For Sale By Owner one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on December 7, 2007

Insanely unlikely Xmas recommendation
Is she in day care/preschool? My daughter was always asking for things that she enjoyed at school at that age. Perhaps ask her teachers what she might be referring to.

Also, when it comes to getting a description of it from her, try asking her how you play it or who you play it with. That could clue you in to whether it is a board game/card game/toy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 PM on December 7, 2007

You know you hate them, or love them
Tedy Bruschi, just as in real life, can not be killed by conventional weapons.

Awesome. The "dreambaby army" and the Borg Belichick were great, too.

You can check my profile for the design of the Cobra Kai Yankees t-shirt I had made recently. Go Pats!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on December 6, 2007
I was for the patriots in the first two super bowls they were in.

For a while, Boston sports fans had the rest of the nation behind them. Whether it was the 2001 Patriots (underdogs, team concept, post-nanalala red-white-and-blue-ism) or the 03/04 Red Sox (anti-Yankee, Reverse the Curse, Cowboy Up) we were "America's Team" (sorry Cowboys). Now things have turned around completely -- to the point that people were actually rooting FOR the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on December 6, 2007

This is serious-- we can make you delirious
OK, here is where I ask if anyone else in the world remembers the (possibly local to Boston) PSA about an "alien from Mars" who only eats candy bars, but when presented with a few pieces of fruit (in a cardboard model of an Apollo re-entry capsule) declares it "delicious and not bad". Anyone?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on December 4, 2007
borborygmi wins the Internet. "Yummy" was indeed my problem. The NE Aquarium and Museum of Science ads are so burned into deep places of my memory it is almost visceral to seem them again. My wife once did an internship at the Museum of Science. She got pretty sick of me asking her what makes an ocean wave wave everyday after work. Also, I just now realized that both girls are named Karen for some reason.

But the Robolar YouTube link... I can't even tell… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:42 PM on December 4, 2007

The IT Bar Is Open!
ASCII Sour FTW.

Trojan and Tonic
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:19 AM on December 4, 2007

A good play for a cast of three males, one female?
No Exit? Would require one man to play a woman (not for laughs).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on December 3, 2007
Here's the text of it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on December 3, 2007

20: Call-in Show
I probably did, I always get TPS and PST mixed up.

Yeah, this kind of... confusion is exactly why we are asking everyone to put the new cover sheets... on the TPS reports, mmkay. Do you need a copy of that memo?

speaking of played out memes...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on December 3, 2007

Spherical Storytelling
Very neat. It would be great if there was better scrubbing back and forth along the video. Maybe there is on a faster connection, I dunno. It would really feel like something out of that Denzel Washington movie Deja Vu.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:46 PM on December 3, 2007

Video buttons. Are. Awesome. Are they new?
I have the screwed-up inline viewing, too.

And the unsatiated bloodlust from the thread below.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on December 3, 2007

Are Questions Okay When They're Based Around Finction Worlds
While I think the question in question (heh) is a bad one, I do think the mods tend to be a bit quick on the trigger when it comes to "hypothetical" questions. There was one deleted recently that was phrased something like "How far back would I have to travel in time to not be able to breed successfully with humans or human ancestors?" Clearly it is hypothetical -- no one is traveling back in time -- but I think there may very well be some science and reasoning that can at… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on December 2, 2007

A cheap mp3 player for a 16-year-old girl...
I think the Zen Stone is probably a good idea -- cheap, stylish, spacious, and flexible. I think we may be assuming a bit too much about this kid's situation to rule out an iPod, but it is true that Apple's players are a bit limiting in how you get tunes onto them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:41 PM on December 1, 2007

Biscotti of the Gods
I also have made some nice orange biscotti. I think sweet citrus can be a very nice accompaniment to coffee. Pairs well with almond, too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on December 1, 2007

Comment Editing?
I agree strongly with the fact that there must be a way for all users to easily see the original comment. This will not only limit abuse by the editor, but will forestall those who will (no doubt) claim "Well, you must have edited that comment to be less offensive while I was crafting my callout."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on November 30, 2007

On The Blue (With Apologies to John Coulton, Valve, Et Al)
Cortex, you deserve some cake.

gg
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:45 PM on November 30, 2007

A Shrieking Blue
Wow. The tone of the lyrics is so different from the tone of the music, it's quite unsettling -- in a good way.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:39 PM on November 30, 2007

Foundations
Yeah, the energy in this is really infectious. Great cover.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:26 PM on November 30, 2007

Hopelessly Devoted to You
Great stuff. More spare is more better, though.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:21 PM on November 30, 2007

Big Big Question: an unofficial chatfilter sanctuary experiment
This is a great idea, and I really like it. I realize it is still new and developing and whatnot, but can I just say that I really don't like the format at all? Let me just highlight two things that I love about the MeFi that the BBQ is missing:

1. Comment located above (and more prominently than) name of poster. This to me exemplifies the MeFi principle that what you say matters more than who you are.

2. Full screen width. For some reason, I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on November 30, 2007

'Spergin
Yup, you can all fax your medical and psychological records to Matt as soon as possible. It will be incorporated into your Profile.

Seriously, I actually want to disagree with Jessamyn on this one (well, I don't want to -- don't ban me, bro!). While I appreciate that rampant self-diagnosis can be annoying and not helpful, I feel like this:

Maybe along the lines of "Gee grumblebee you know I have Asperger's… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on November 29, 2007
Let me also say that I have known many professionals in many diverse fields. Many of them know very much about their specialty, and are gifts unto our society. Others are dumber than a bag full of doorknobs, and their activities and duties are discharged with barely disguised malpractice and general cluelessness. Having (or not having) a professional diagnosis is no guarantee in my mind.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:04 PM on November 29, 2007

Can't be a mommy yet.
I'm asking this as an actual question as I don't know the answer:

Would this be an occasion where the morning-after pill would be of use? My understanding is that they are not effective more than 24 hours after intercourse, but since she is very likely not pregnant anyway, perhaps it would be a way to ease the anxiety a little? I remember that anxiety, and it is not a good anxiety.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:54 PM on November 29, 2007

Little Login Help?
Don't know if this is your problem at all, but when I click the "beta login" link from the RSS feed (in Google Reader) and submit, it redirects me back to Google Reader. When I do it from the thread it works fine. Firefox 2.0.up-to-date, Win XP
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:31 PM on November 28, 2007

Its been a long time since I rock and rolled
Seconding the casual/broken-in blazer idea. Perhaps velvet?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:19 PM on November 27, 2007

The Voice of the Underground is silenced
After our recent vacation to London, my 6-year-old does a note-perfect impression of her. Perhaps she could do any further announcements. Her favorite stop name: Waterloo. Mine: Cockfosters.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:16 PM on November 26, 2007

Need advice for ectopic pregnancy
Well, my wife had an ectopic pregnancy several years ago. I will tell you that it was a very trying, very difficult experience. She was advised afterwards that she was at an increased risk for further tubal pregnancies in the future, and that was one of the main things that led us to decide that I should get a vasectomy. I almost hesitate to say any of this though, because, from what I understand, each experience is quite different, and you should really talk to your doctor about this kind of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:24 PM on November 26, 2007

They took HOW MUCH??
The way Overdraft Protection works at Bank of America is at the end of the day, if your account is overdrawn, money will be transferred from the linked account (which can be a Savings account, a Credit Card or a Line of Credit) in increments of $100 to cover the amount of the total overdraft. You get charged $10 per day this happens, instead of getting hit with the Overdraft fees (which I think are $10 the first instance, $21 the second, and $31 every further time (and those fees are per… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:00 PM on November 25, 2007
Oh, incidental sidenote: Bank of America policy says that the name of the corporation should not be abbreviated (either B of A or BOA). If an abbreviation must be used, the corporation's stock symbol -- BAC -- is the only one possible.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:03 PM on November 25, 2007

Green Team!
Astro Zombie: The rape joke may have pushed it over the line. But, then, I'm not sure how the murder, dead baby, and car fucking jokes didn't push it over the line.

It is really strange, isn't it, how murder can be more fun/funny than rape? There was a This American Life episode recently about murder and its impact on the families of the victims, and they interviewed one family member who pointed out the difficulty she had with a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:38 PM on November 23, 2007
[NOT RAPIST]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:38 PM on November 23, 2007
Free word order!: [...] the easy answer is that with murder comedy you can be 100% sure that there aren't first hand murder victims in the audience, at worst there are secondary victims (families). With Rape Mystery Dinner Party, someone could take it one degree more personally. [...]

Hmm. Actually, after thinking about it some more, I think the real reason is that to many people, murder = violence and rape = sex (rightly or wrongly), and for whatever… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:11 PM on November 23, 2007
What? You think I am over-analyzing a Will Ferrell Internet video? I haven't even begun to unpack the Chaucerian references or to explicate the careful balance between the Dionysian and the Apollonian in the "Jim Smegg" character.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:53 PM on November 23, 2007

Safe Pet Meds?
Veterinary medications are as safe and healthy as human medications. The majority of them are in fact the same exact formulations. Whether this is good enough for you is another question.

To some extent, I think you need to trust your vet more than you trust your doctor when it comes to medication. After all, when you take medication, you often have a sense of whether or not it is working, or if it is causing side effects, or if it is wearing off… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 PM on November 23, 2007

Writing front to back then back to front
Well, boustrophedonic writing is writing that starts left-to-right, then on the next line goes right-to-left, and then back to left-to-right, etc. (the term "boustrophedonic" means "turning like an ox in ploughing"). It is not exactly the same as what you are doing, but perhaps you could call it "notebook boustrophedon" or "holistic boustrophedon"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:55 AM on November 23, 2007 marked best answer
Forgot obligatory Wikipedia link.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on November 23, 2007 marked best answer

Where is the Game of Dreams?
Killer 7 stars you as an assassin with multiple (though equally homicidal) personalities. You run around killing members of a cult (aliens?) called Heaven Smile. If you shoot them skillfully enough you can collect some of their "Thick Blood" to inject into yourself and upgrade your skills and abilities. You are lead around the game by a trussed-up gimp, and one of your personalities can slit her wrists as a special ability. Then it gets weird.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:41 AM on November 22, 2007
There is also the surreal Flash game game, game, game, and again game, as discussed previously.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:46 AM on November 22, 2007

Ejection Question
Consider also that baseball coaches are also the only coaches/managers are the only ones in uniform (the Red Sox Terry Francona was actually interrupted mid-playoff game this year so that someone from the league office could check to make sure that he had a regulation uniform top on under his sweatshirt) and the only ones permitted to come onto the field of play. I think this makes them more like a member of the team, and therefore more subject to discipline by the officials.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:33 AM on November 20, 2007

rock and/or roll, to go
This is a great idea. I have actually been thinking about suggesting that Someone Else do this for some time now, so I am really glad to see my idea moving forward without my actually having to do anything.. My thinking was that you would highlight 3 or 4 songs per week, with a little commentary (30 seconds to a minute) on each, and perhaps occasional special features -- interviews, retrospectives, theme shows.

I would probably not be a regular listener unless it was… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on November 12, 2007

24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot
Shit, Jack Bauer doesn't even use technology circa 2007. "Patch the live satellite video of my random location through to my PDA instantly!" WTF? I can't even get my iPaq to sync my contacts properly.

Also, "You picked up the phone while I was doing the Internet" was excellent.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:25 PM on November 8, 2007

Backwards autograph?
Man. I can only dream that someday my life is such that I find it necessary to draft a body-part-signing policy.

The hot water heater explosion was effing TRIUMPHANT, asavage.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:53 PM on November 8, 2007

Home staging advice
Just reiterating/regrouping previously stated suggestions, but here is, I think, a good approach:

1. Put away paperbacks and beat-up hardcovers.
2. Remove dust jackets.
3. Arrange by size as much as possible, attempting to keep a uniform height on each shelf.
4. Put away a few more books, to enhance height-uniformity (ie, put away biggest and smallest on each shelf).
5. "Front" shelves by pulling books out to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:39 AM on November 8, 2007

My dog is a spaz and need some thearpy
My wife is a veterinary nurse, and this sounds like a luxating patella to her, too. It may require surgery, but maybe not (the vet will be able to determine what "grade" it is, and whether it needs surgery or just rest. If your budget and location allow, you may want to see an orthopedic specialist.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:46 PM on November 7, 2007

I need examples of things and secrets only a very in the know sort of person would know about.
He is a Bonesman, though Skull and Bones is probably on the well-known side of secret these days.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:23 PM on November 7, 2007

Contact List Formatting
Scrabble
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:03 AM on November 7, 2007

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