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Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek" Arrangement for the Guitar
Really great. Make the song so much more genuine and human-sounding somehow, as opposed to ethereal and artificial.
posted to MeFi Music by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on September 3, 2007

You haven't been eaten, until you've been eaten by a grue
One of my favorite things that ever came out of the IF community was Plotkin's "Lighan Ses Lion" -- not a game, but a transcript of a fictional game that was entered in Emily Short's Walkthrough Competition, where a list of commands was supplied and the competitor was asked to either flesh out the transcript or create a game for which the commands would be a successful walkthrough. He "had some fun with the concept" and won a "Special Award for Causing Emily Short the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:05 PM on September 2, 2007
Thinking of Lighan Ses Lion makes me remember The Gostak, an IF game by Carl Muckenhaupt that creates an entirely new language for you to make sense of, based (apparently) on the linguistic in-joke sentence "The gostak distims the doshes." It includes responses like "Ah, jenth. It can't be durched, or zanked, or skobed. But I once rebbed a pank in a sitch of jenth. The pank malked the jenth with its goaves, and it just pobbed from where it was crenned." Insane, but really... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:33 PM on September 2, 2007

Please help my poor puppy!
Yes, definitely go to the emergency vet. It could be nothing, but the symptoms you describe are typical of both Lyme disease and back/spinal injury -- neither of which you want to wait on. My wife (the vet tech who is really answering this question) recommends Angell Memorial to people in the Boston area -- as a teaching hospital their prices can be lower than other emergency practices.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:33 PM on September 2, 2007
They tested for Lyme, right? Vets have mixed opinions about the efficacy of the vaccine, and you don't always see the ticks that carry Lyme (they are pretty small). Good luck, and be sure to follow up with your regular vet after the weekend.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:09 PM on September 2, 2007

babies for beginners
Your husband (and you) should read Armin Brott's The Expectant Father (he has expanded it into a series -- The New Father, The Toddler Father, etc.). The only decent book aimed at fathers I could find when my wife was pregnant (7 years ago now). Also, the best baby naming book is Puffy, Xena, Quentin, Uma by Joal Ryan. Probably needs an updated edition, as it was already slightly dated in 2001, but it is fun to read and provides great advice about... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:23 PM on September 2, 2007

No, I can't hear you now...
I agree with the "adjust your stance" suggestions. Now if we could only make the vibrate on the damn thing stronger...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 PM on September 1, 2007

May the nightmares ensue.
The Kofi Annan/Bill Cosby one was worth it just for the thought of early years Bill Cosby running the UN.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on August 31, 2007

How to Eliminate Daylight Savings Time?
We wouldn't have to change the length of a second for this to work, necessarily. We could just add two "Leap Minutes" (slightly more than a minute, technically, I guess) every Saturday night at 2am, right?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:53 PM on August 31, 2007 marked best answer

Defining the fundmentals in baseball?
A useful way to look at the "how can a crappy team beat a great team" question is this: every team is going to win a third of its games and lose a third of its games. It is the other third that divides champs from chumps. Some of the "predetermined" losses for a great team are going to come against poor teams. this also makes it easier for a Red Sox fan to take a sweep at Yankee Stadium -- just put those games in the "we were always going to lose those... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:41 PM on August 31, 2007

How best to transfer American dollars for use in Glasgow during a year abroad?
Bank of America allows withdrawals from Barclay's ATMs for only a (I think) 1% conversion fee -- no transaction fees at all. You can also use other banks' ATMs, but you will be charged $5 plus whatever the ATM charges you. In addition, Bank of America credit cards can be used internationally for only 1 or 2% conversion fees.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:48 AM on August 31, 2007

I'm not an artist, but I can Photoshop over one.
Gustave Courbet, Burial at Ornans
J.S. Sargent, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (excellent choice for your golf buddies or frat brothers)... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:02 PM on August 30, 2007
Oh, and Rembrandt Van Rijn's The Nightwatch is one of the most important group portraits in art history.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 PM on August 30, 2007

Do they make turn-based role-playing computer games any more?
I haven't seen Arcanum mentioned yet, but if you have any kind of interest in steampunk, you should check it out. Tons of character development, nice to look at, and quite extensive.

email me if you are interested in it -- I have a copy I'd let go for far less than the $45 Amazon is asking.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 PM on August 30, 2007

Help me pick an alias
If you want correct pronunciation, Ahnee is the way to go, but I think Ani is going to get you decent pronunciation results (the DiFranco Effect) and it looks much classier and much less eccentric.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on August 30, 2007

What are some fun math problems with integer answers from 0-18?
You could do variants on the "how old is Alice" questions

For guest-embarrassing fun, do one of those involving the real ages of some of the guests at the table, if those guests are sensitive about that sort of thing. Obviously, you don't want to piss someone off, but this sort of gag would go over well with my family/friends.

Also, to encourage mingling between groups, ask some questions that require some... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:49 AM on August 30, 2007

I'M ON UR PLAYA BURNING UR MAN
IM IN UR BROWSER RESIZIN UR WINDOWS
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on August 30, 2007

Mister Blankey McBlankerton
I always attributed it to the Simpsons episode where Homer changes his name (for a while) to Max Power. At the end of the ep, he mentions to Marge that she should change her name to Busty St. Clair, Chesty LaRue, or Hootie McBoob. It looks like that episode aired in 1999, so that may well be later than Friends and Blackadder (both are likely influences on the Simpsons writers).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:27 AM on August 30, 2007
Richard the Weirdo Copy Machine Guy

Of course. iconomy is now Mr. Reference McReferency.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:28 AM on August 30, 2007

How to bend 50 laptops to my will?
Hey I'm late to the party here, but I liked the "no powercord" idea. Of course you are right about the inconvenience to the next user, so maybe buy a few dozen extra batteries, and whenever a student checks out a machine they also get a battery from the "full" pile. When the laptop is returned, its battery goes into the "empty" pile.

Requires:
* All laptops to be the same/similar model
* Budget for... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 PM on August 29, 2007

Surveh?
"He had anal sex with some chick from the Newlywed Game?"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:59 PM on August 29, 2007
*scowls at Rock Steady for stepping on her joke*

Hee. Never doubt my speed at buttsecks jokes.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on August 29, 2007

I don't want to rush her but the bottom line is that I'm completely in love with this girl.
You need to decide what you want. If you want a sexual relationship, this doesn't sound like the gal for you. Most women I know are pretty sexual beings. They know when someone turns them on. They may choose whether to act on that feeling, but they know what they feel. And you'd both be feeling it. Chemistry is undeniable. And essential.

So . . . it sounds like she doesn't have mojo for you.


This is right on, pammo. I... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on August 28, 2007

Need a good short quote in 42 characters
The basis of good art
is careful compositio
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:46 AM on August 27, 2007

You're ignorant
Yes, I like this idea very much, especially the programming angle. Or Library Science?

www.plateofbeansuniversity.edu
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on August 25, 2007

I have a humour imbalance - know any good bloodletters in the Denver area?
Since many people do believe in psychic powers, he's like a fiction writer trying to pass his work off as non-fiction (and justifying it by calling himself an entertainer).

I appreciate your reasoned and sane approach to the issue, grumblebee (as usual), but I have to disagree. While I think it is true that some psychics operate this way, I'd suggest that there are many people who bill themselves as psychics who either explicitly or implicitly... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:03 AM on August 22, 2007

Impatient husband
My wife and I routinely get on each other's case (in a nice way) about being consistent because it is very easy to give into a whiny toddler when you just want the noise to stop, and everybody does it sometimes. We try to communicate and have a single game plan on how to deal with things so that mixed messages happen less often.

This is key. You have to be a team, and part of being a team is giving your teammates constructive criticism. Certainly... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:11 PM on August 20, 2007

Help Me Convince The Electric Company That We Are Not Going To Stiff Them
the monkeys who say "The computer told us to do it"

I, too, think your argument is eminently reasonable, and you will likely get some satisfaction by continuing to escalate the situation. I just wanted to point out that the "monkeys" are just people like you and me who are doing their job and very likely have absolutely no discretion about what to do or when to do it, based on what their software/managers tell them to do.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on August 18, 2007 marked best answer
And to Rock Steady: Yes, I have been polite (but assertive) with the monkeys. That's how I got to the stage I'm at now, waiting for a manager's supervisor to call me back. I'm three-rungs up the ladder so far, and I'm wondering how many more I'll have to climb.

I certainly didn't mean to imply you hadn't been, I just always like to remind people in Customer Service Hell that (sadly) the monkeys the public interact with are usually not the monkeys... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:02 PM on August 20, 2007

Playing soccer in a pick-up game around Somerville/Cambridge, MA?
Do you have any kind of connection to the big Brazilian community in Somerville? There must be some pretty amazing players just hanging around the Union Square area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:26 PM on August 18, 2007

How Did This Cat Die?
Animals can be hit by a car and suffer no or very little external injuries, but can be pretty badly hurt internally, which can cause death (internal bleeding, collapsed lungs). Less likely with a kitten, but still possible. The proximity of the mouse does suggest poison though -- cats can ingest fatal doses of poison by eating poisoned mice, or can eat the poison themselves, depending on what form it is in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:10 AM on August 18, 2007

All go, no show
Wow, I just spent far too much time reading the long, strange, troubled saga of Boatmurdered. Thanks for it, BLF.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 PM on August 12, 2007
I think I'll download this.

Don't do it, Mulp. I was up until 3 am last night, telling myself, "just one more season..."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:20 PM on August 13, 2007
Dwarf Fortress: Stupid dwarves

You get so much gorram detail on these fricking dwarves and what you want them to do, but you can't tell them, "Move the rocks out of the doorway so I can shut it so I can flood your farm, you morans."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:03 AM on August 18, 2007

lost girl: found!
I just recently (like, in the past couple of weeks) reread that thread for some reason, and I was disappointed that there was no resolution, so I am superglad to see this.

I hope that I really was in fact kind to you back in middle school. I don't think of those as my kind years.

I suspect we can all say that to some extent or another. I think it is fabulous that not only have you expressed your gratitude to this person, but... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:58 PM on August 17, 2007

balls balls balls balls balls
I don't have a deep-fryer, so I've never tried to make them myself, but how about Hush Puppies?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on August 16, 2007

How can we pick post-marriage names that satisfy our contradictory criteria?
It pisses me off that if I took her name I'd be forever targeted by my coworkers and perceived as vulnerable and cowardly, impeding my considerable career ambitions (let's just say I don't look Irish).

Neither does Mr. O'Neal. Seriously, though, I can appreciate the fear that taking your wife's name would be questioned and looked down upon by many, but don't you think that changing your name at all would get exactly the same reaction?... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 PM on August 15, 2007

Not Your Ordinary Barcode
I like the way many Trader Joe's products have the barcode extend all the way from one end of the package to the other.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on August 15, 2007

How to Achieve a Clean Face and a Clean Scalp?
I'll agree with the commenter who suggested that the vibrating razors really do add something. I have a very tough beard, and it used to be that I just could not shave unless I took a hot shower beforehand. With the vibrator I can shave with just a quick soak.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:59 PM on August 15, 2007

Monstrous Scuplture Garden In Italy
Awesome. This is the kind of random stuff that makes the world worth living in. I'd love some more background on the preservation efforts and history of the place, if you (or others) have any.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:56 PM on August 13, 2007

How to use counting formulas in Excel?
Not the original asker, but that is great lampshade. Any chance you could give a little insight into the "why" of your formulas? Particularly the double dashes and the greater than signs?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:42 AM on August 12, 2007

Mass update of public facing info
Actually, what about a privy message system?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:59 AM on August 12, 2007

How do you give a cat medication under its tongue?
Ms. Steady (the Vet Technician) sez:

This is optimally a two-person job. You are going to want to wrap him up in a towel, and put your hand on top of his head with your thumb on one side of the jawbone and your middle finger on the other side (you will feel bumps at the right spots). Slowly pull the head back until his nose is pointing straight up in the air. This should open his mouth. Take another hand (yours or an assistant's) and put the tip of your index finger... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:01 PM on August 11, 2007

Help me out of my housing and schooling nightmare
Seconding mai. Schools are very used to students who live in temporary (or even non-existent) housing. I would make some effort to find a temporary situation in the district you will end up in, to minimize disruption to the kids, but I would be surprised if school districts in the area do not have procedures for situations just like yours.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:48 PM on August 11, 2007

Can I has a pony I means an ELEFINK
Um. Not sure what you mean here. All the old IMGs are still around, there are just no new ones.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:45 PM on August 9, 2007
Like Burhanistan said. Also there is a Greasemonkey script that purports to turn .jpg links to inline images, but it seems to work sporadically at best, for me.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:48 PM on August 9, 2007

Oh, that's a zombie.
Also key is the missing lips, exposing the teeth and gums completely.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:26 PM on August 9, 2007

Need a time tracker website with on/off button!
You are thinking of clockworktimer.com, but it has been unavailable for months. There is a link on the cached page to download the source, and if you could give me a pointer on how to turn that into a locally-running version, I'd be much obliged.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:21 PM on August 9, 2007

A way out of a bad situation
Great idea, great thread. This is what AskMe is for!

How about just "add a chore or appointment to the request to get an automatic no"? Could be as vague as "I know we have that thing tomorrow, but..."

Also, a slight derail -- growing up my brother and I had a code phrase we could give our parents that meant we were absolutely telling the full and complete truth. Of course, we could have used the phrase in a lie, but if we... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on August 8, 2007

Can a baby girl be a Junior?
could you do it so that it was technically right?

I think the problem is there IS NO "technically" here. There is only tradition. Tradition has held that it is only the male heirs who take suffixes, but that tradition may be changing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on August 8, 2007

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