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RIP Mr. Wizard
Inspirational. Seemed like such a great guy. Let's all have a moment of science indeed.

[safety glasses on]
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 PM on June 12, 2007

What books should be considered for a young adult fantasy book club?
I'm really bummed that I am the first person to mention Monster-Blood Tattoo by DM Cornish. It is one of my favorite fantasy books ever, and it is perfect for that age. It is so unique and enthralling, it makes China Mieville look like Terry Brooks. Un Lun Dun was good, but pales in comparison to MBT.

Also, I think ikkyu2 is right on with his point that so much of this genre is going to have the potential for offending... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:06 PM on June 12, 2007

The most awesomest jambox ever.
Mash go on that jambox, cortex.

You had me at the auto-extend antennas.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:58 PM on June 12, 2007

Library Books Software
I lurve the Library Elves. If they don't have your library listed, just drop them an email. They added my system in about 24 hours. I see that they still list it as (beta), though it has worked perfectly for years now. You can even configure it to have reminders texted to your phone if you want.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 PM on June 11, 2007

Snnnkrrrkk.....[drip, drip, drip]
I don't care if you shout bawdy limericks in your sleep -- if you can get a good night sleep in economy, more power to you. If you are really counting on being well-rested the next day, test some sleep aids ahead of time (some people have contrary reactions to them, like me).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:41 PM on June 10, 2007
BigLankyBastard: Tape your mouth shut.

Holy crap, BLB. If some dude next to me on the plane calmly slapped a strip of tape over his mouth before going to sleep I would freak the fuck out. Even if he explained what he was doing and why I'd still have one finger on the Call Attendant button all night.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:39 PM on June 11, 2007

First public library in nation to drop Dewy Decimal
In some ways I like this -- I hated trying to browse the LC-arranged stacks of my university library, and the idea of more general, organic categories is appealing. I wonder, though, about trying to find a specific book. It is easy in a Dewey library or a LC library to know exactly where on the shelf to find a book. I assume the books within these new categories will be ordered somehow (by author), but it just seems less exact, less rigorous.

I love... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 PM on June 10, 2007

Should I consider a car with a manual transmission?
People have raised the issue of manuals being awful in stop-and-go traffic situations. Frankly, anyone who says they don't mind it probably has masochistic tendencies, if you ask me. That said, the amount of "play" on the clutch will make that problem vary in intensity from annoying to evil. I drove a 1980 Saab for a while that had a very light clutch, with very little play, which was not too bad, and then I switched to a 1986 Suzuki Sidekick which was very heavy and required about... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:06 AM on June 10, 2007

How long does Rain-X last?
I agree with Opposite George (or should that be I don't disagree with him?). The pre-mixed kind is a no-brainer. Lasts forever if you keep buying that kind. I get the Ice Melty kind in the winter and switch to the Bug Melty kind in about May.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:57 PM on June 9, 2007

Missing Persons
I would also suggest using the power of pre-Internet networking. Find someone who will know the largest number of people from your old crowd. Maybe it's not a friend. Maybe it's a beloved teacher who everyone stops in to see when they are in town. Maybe it's a friend's parent who always knew all the other parents. Go to them with an explicit list of the people you are trying to track down -- people like that love to share their knowledge.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:47 PM on June 9, 2007

Please help me get this IT Support position.
Realize that in many hiring situations the end result is known ahead of time, but the process must be followed, just in case the magical superapplicant is found. Especially in a case where both hires were internal. Unfortunately, I think these kinds of cases are exactly where degrees are an advantage. You may have nearly identical skills to the other applicants, but if they have a degree, they are more appealing (if for no other reason that getting a degree demonstrates an ability to follow... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:01 AM on June 9, 2007

MeFi and antisemitism
Oh shit, whaddju jus say? Sully and Murph ova heah wanna talk witchu a minute. Naw, they just gotta question foya.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:08 AM on May 31, 2007
Also, did you SEE what A-Rod did last night? There was a popup to the Jays' third baseman, and as A-Rod (running the bases) passed by him, he clearly shouted "MINE!" at the guy. This is what one of your teammates might shout if they thought they had a better chance at making the catch than you. The third baseman dropped the ball, and the Yanks went on to win.

I though bitchslapping Bronson Arroyo was a shitty move, but man is this guy slimy.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on May 31, 2007
Also also, the favorite in the (US) National Spelling Bee, Samir Patel, just got knocked out on "clevis" -- he tried "clevice." In his post-elimination interview he admitted that he plateofbeansed it. Watch LIVE! on ESPN, or the finals are tonight on ABC.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:25 AM on May 31, 2007
Is there some way to compress this thread? It takes me like 20 seconds to reload this behemoth.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on May 31, 2007
I iz ch4mp33un 0f th3 |\|4shun41 H4ck3rz 1336!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on June 4, 2007
You know your voice is kind of nice, when your mouth isn't screwing it up.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:21 AM on June 7, 2007
I just crafted an incredibly funny joke that somehow ties together One-Eyed Willy and the Eye of Sauron via Sean Astin, but I will leave it as an exercise for the reader.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on June 7, 2007
The good news is that this thread is now qualified to teach SAT prep courses at Kaplan! My score is coming up shortly.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on June 7, 2007
"an other". Good job, me.

Hey, do any of you say "a whole nother"? As in, "Feel free to finish that; there is a whole nother jar of peanut butter in the cupboard."

me neither
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:37 PM on June 8, 2007

Funny Feature Films From '65-'95
My grandfather was a pretty serious fellow, and was not a big fan of comedy. One year (after the turkey was eaten and the presents unwrapped) we all decided to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Let's just say that some of us were honesty worried about his health, given the quantity and fervor of his belly laughs at that one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 PM on June 8, 2007

Low-cost, state-covered vasectomy in Wisconsin?
Just to refute Argyle's anecdote (no offense, though) -- I had one at 27 and the doctor barely asked me if I was sure. I'm sure this varies with the provider significantly. If you get grief from the first one, find another.

I'll also second gregschoen's suggestion to double check with your insurance. It might even be worth trying to bargain with them to get it pre-approved as an exception, especially if there are medical reasons that suggest a vasectomy -- inheritable... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on June 8, 2007

Sopranos-themed dessert ideas?
It's got to be cannoli. Go to a little Italian bakery and you can just buy the shells, and then you can make the filling yourself. Drizzle them with a dark red glaze and you're all set.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on June 8, 2007

Interviewing for a job with another offer already out there
Yeah, this depends very much on the circumstances of the field you work in -- is it a tight=knit community where everyone knows everyone, or are you just another face in the crowd? Don't assume that just because it is an entry-level job at a small company that they will move quickly. I would go ahead and do the interview without mentioning the new job (you could tell them you have another, less appealing offer, if asked), and start work at the contract place without telling them about the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 PM on June 6, 2007

Is this really necessary?
I think that's a great thread. Sure there is some silliness going on there, but it is interspersed among some pretty thoughtful and interesting stuff. Also, I suspect the title of the thread ("Pirate myths... they're driving me nuts") may encourage some of the jokery among RSS readers. It's not like it's an AskMe thread where it is important to stay on message -- some of my favorite threads have been derails.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on June 6, 2007

SFW, if you W as half-naked warrior
like the Jedi's figured out how to use the Force to summon Invisible Jackie Chan

LOLchan

We miss you, IMG tag...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on June 5, 2007

I'm really singing this
You can't beat Bohemian Rhapsody. Most people already know it, you've got multiple parts, and it is undeniably fun. Bonus points for wearing costumes. You may want to get someone sound-techie to edit it for length, though -- it can drag a bit towards the end.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:55 PM on June 5, 2007

My daughter is going Wii!
Well, nothing on the Wii is really dated yet -- there just haven't been that many games released for it. You will get Wii Sports with it and that is a great game. You will probably also want to get her at least one extra Wiimote and Nunchuck combo, so you might as well get Wii Play (some very simple games plus a Wiimote for $50, as opposed to $40 for just the Wiimote). Raving Rabbids is plenty of fun, and makes good use of the Wii's capabilities. Twilight Princess (the Zelda game) is nothing... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:43 PM on June 5, 2007 marked best answer

Because the first step to finding a solution is labeling the other person's behavior
Mr. Desjardins also feels that a direct request ("Can you take out the trash?") is an accusation ("Why haven't you taken out the trash yet, you lazy slob?").

Yes! Ms. Steady can be like this a bit sometimes, and while we have talked about it, and she is working on learning my language, I have learned that just by framing the request a little differently or asking at a different time can greatly affect the way the request is... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 PM on June 4, 2007
Actually try saying stuff like "Could you do me a favor?" and "please" and all that stuff that's important to him. Try presenting an emotional argument ("It would really help me out if you would talk to the contractor...") rather than a rational one ("It doesn't make sense for me to talk to the contractor"...). Your husband seems to have a problem saying "no" to you (perhaps because you present more arguments?) so when you ask him to do... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:17 AM on June 5, 2007

Games for two players, no pieces, no board.
The Would You Rather game that several have mentioned plays well as "Who would you rather have sex with," or "What ghastly fate would you rather suffer," but I like it best as a choice between superpowers. They can be heroic ("Would you rather have invisibility or flight?") or silly ("Would you rather be able to make change for a dollar just by putting it in your mouth, or be able to change the length of your hair by thinking about it?"). The answers... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:28 PM on June 4, 2007
Great thread, BTW.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:28 PM on June 4, 2007

Your favorite keyboard sucks.
I am loving this. I may go with this full time. I think that the screen real estate issues could be solved by having it be some kind of translucent overlay. The biggest problem is that I have to compose what I want to say before I "type" it, because it is so fast.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:44 AM on June 3, 2007

dating.metafilter.com
Hows about a profile option that says "Display DateMe info? Y/N" If Y, then the following two freeform fields are added: "A little bit about me:" and "Who (or what) I am looking for:"
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:26 PM on June 1, 2007
How about sliders? I'm envisioning something like:

I identify as: Male |------------------------------------| Female
I'm attracted to: Men |------------------------------------| Women
Who identify as: Male |------------------------------------| Female
For: Casual Sex |------------------------------------| Long-term Relationship

And then you can set numerical (more than X, but less than Y)... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on June 2, 2007
Thanks FlamingBore. Now that I think about it, you'd probably also want check boxes or a pull down for I am biologically: with Male, Female and Neither/Other/It's Complicated as options. Most people will want to know what kind of equipment they are going to find.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on June 2, 2007
Right, that's why I didn't put it in the first time.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:44 PM on June 2, 2007

Is the Dharma Wheel a commonly recognized Buddhist symbol?
Well, I know what a Dharma wheel is, but that is not what comes to mind when I see the Wikipedia image. Many of the Google images would be more apparent, but like others have said, if your tattoo is visible, people will ask you what it is, so if you're not cool with that, get it someplace else.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:15 PM on June 2, 2007

Ya, I know. That was two links.
I bet there is some really good and cool hip-hop happening in Vermont right now. This ain't it. I did appreciate the dining reviews, though.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:54 PM on June 1, 2007

Sitewide option for relative dating? (THIS IS NOT INCEST-RELATED, LIVEJOURNAL PEOPLE)
I'm not saying it's brilliant

I am. This is a great idea. Obviously, it would be good if it could be an option, and I think it would be good to make closed threads go to absolute automatically. Also I would like to get the year into that absolute stamp for closed threads.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:41 AM on June 1, 2007

SomeEcards
Those are fantastic and uncomfortable-making. I especially like the forethought of including a "I'm sorry about the card I sent you from someecards.com." card.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:30 AM on June 1, 2007

new ajaxy flagging in metatalk
My mother was killed by accidentally ingesting a powerful cleaning agent. All this "Ajax" talk offends me deeply. Thanks to some magic new system, I did not have to navigate away from this page to make my feelings known.

Nicely done.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2007
I notice that if I refresh the page, it lets me flag it again. I assume that it does not count my multiple flaggings (I chose different reasons) more than once?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:06 AM on May 31, 2007
Now that you bring it up, Cortex, I was wondering when people started flagging the shit out of this post, do any of you recall what the greatest number of flags for any post/comment was? No need to mention what it was (unless you want to), but I am curious how big a drop in the bucket each individual flag is.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on May 31, 2007

Seeking Encouragement About the Fate of My Teeth
The Reach Access flosser makes it much easier to get at the back teeth. My teeth are very closely spaced, so the thicker floss can be tricky for me, but this system really does help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on May 31, 2007

Share and Enjoy...or, you know, whatever
Neat idea, but their website makes me angry.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on May 31, 2007

I'm just giving a little whistle, is all.
I like it - as long as I'm not trapped near the whistler in an enclosed space.

This is key. Also, the less repetitive the whistling the better. If you only know the chorus to the song? Do not whistle it. Also, be good. We once had an upstairs neighbor who was a world-class whistler. We would actually mute the TV or stop talking to listen to him sometimes. He mostly whistled improv-style (or they were songs we didn't know), which I also think... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on May 31, 2007

Help me with my (non-education related) research
Men, Women and Chainsaws by Carol Clover is an examination of gender in horror movies, especially focusing on the character she calls the "Final Girl." Its basic premise is that the Final Girl is masculinized (unisex name, no sex, "male" hobbies/interests) so that the young male audience can identify with her subconsciously. I think it pre-dates the post-Scream horror revival, so it may be somewhat out of date, but as an historical... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on May 31, 2007

Help me enjoy summer sweatstain free
Interestingly, after using it for awhile (maybe 6 months or so?), I stopped needing it. In fact, I don't really have to wear deodorant at all anymore if I don't want to.

I actually had the same experience. I sort of assumed that it was more due to not being a teen anymore (I was in High School when I used it), but maybe the Certain Dri had something to do with it -- it uses aluminum to shrink your pores, IIRC, and maybe it has permanent affects.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on May 30, 2007
I didn't realize Drysol is the same as Certain Dri. I will say that it took a while (several weeks) for the Certain Dri to really kick in. I applied it before bed every other night, and one I noticed it working dropped off to every third or fourth night. I probably used it for a year or two, and years later, I still do not have underarm sweat problems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:41 AM on May 31, 2007

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