I hate you, Anonymous Secret Quonsar. Not only did you get me this dastardly puzzle that I spent hours banging my head against last night to no avail, but when I popped out to run an errand for 15 minutes, my wife texted me to say "Hey I solved that puzzle of yours." Arrrrgh! I curse you, Secret Quonsar, and all your Tetrissy puzzley works!
Seriously, thanks for such a fun and fascinating challenge! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:56 AM on December 2, 2013
bearwife: I kinda liked that it was all so difficult (except the non-anonymity part) because it added to the feeling of Accomplishment in Sending a Gift.
MeFi Achievement Unlocked: Fishpants across the Waters Send an International Secret Quonsar Gift posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:13 AM on December 2, 2013
craven_morhead has the right idea, but I'd just add that you really want multi-layered head/face protection. A big scarf, a warm hat and a wind/water resistant hood would be ideal. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:59 AM on December 2, 2013
Navelgazer: What in hell is going on in that game? What is the goal of it?
It's really hard to pick up without the rules. Basically, disks disappear if the group of disks they are connected to (row and/or column) has the same number of disks as the number on the disk. When a disk disappears, adjacent blank disks are gradually revealed (2 disappearances to reveal). The goal of the game is to twofold: 1) to score points, and 2) to keep the crushing... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:54 AM on December 2, 2013
I'm kind of with Wordshore and Wordwoman (weird coincidence there, I guess I should change my nick to Word Steady) on this one. I'd respond with something like "Specifically what are you referring to?" and if they don't then give you specific, actionable information, then they are indeed trying to stir up shit, and you can go ahead and ignore/hide/block/whatever. As a parent I'd find it hard to ignore this entirely, in case there was something new I should know about going on. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:10 AM on December 2, 2013
Though age-wise my daughter was right in their wheelhouse, she never really got into the Jonas Brothers, though she did enjoy the TV show, which I actually though was much better written than the average Disney Channel sitcom. They seem like decent guys and good musicians. I hope they can have post-superstardom success like the Hansen brothers. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:41 PM on December 1, 2013
hippybear: Other Disney kids have been a bit more fortunate, although much more conservative with their choices. Lisa Whelchel was a Mousketeer, went on to play Blair in The Facts Of Life, and finally became a Christian recording artist and Christian author. In some respects, this may be the paragon of Ideal Paths for Disney kids.
I guess she is still young, so the clock is still ticking on a child-star-style breakdown, but Selena Gomez seems to have... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:06 AM on December 2, 2013
My wife has bought three or four pairs from Zenni and never had the slightest problem with them. She has a crazy heavy astigmatism, and the results have always been great. She's not super picky about style though, and has never tried to return any, so I don't know how well they deal with that. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:20 AM on November 30, 2013
"So, I guess I probably should have thought of this stuff earlier, but what is the status of my salary when you guys are out of town or otherwise don't need my services? I'm asking because if I am not going to be paid during your vacation it is going to be a bit of a hardship for me. Maybe we can schedule a time in the next couple of weeks to sit down and hash out some of the details of my position with you guys for 2014?" posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:50 PM on November 27, 2013
I don't think I've ever been prouder of my daughter as when, after I said, "Were those shoes?" She said, in her best know-it-all preteen voice, "Da-ad, they were River Song's shoes." posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:36 PM on November 23, 2013
I'm also leaning towards the museum curator actually really being a future incarnation of the Doctor in secret retirement, but 11 loses this knowledge that he somehow averted his fate at Trenzalore when all the other memories of the events go away.
The final episode of Doctor Who will end with the 78th Doctor regenerating into a CGI William Hartnell. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:49 PM on November 23, 2013
I wonder if they'll flesh out the War Doctor's history with audio adventures? I've never listened to them, but I understand the Eighth Doctor really comes alive in his audio series. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:00 PM on November 23, 2013
Was anyone else clear on why the War Doctor regenerated? Was it related to the twisted up time streams that made him and Ten forget what they had just done, and if so why didn't it affect Ten? I would have loved for them to leave the regeneration into Nine off screen, so we could have more John Hurt episodes from time to time. I guess we could still see some of what he got up to during the Time War. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:09 PM on November 23, 2013
Artw: TBH I can't see it working out on a TV budget.
My understanding is that it already hasn't worked out. The Day of the Doctor is the last thing the BBC is going to broadcast in 3D, as the market for it is not there.
I did think the 3D worked relatively well. It wasn't Gravity, but I still thought it added something to the experience. Especially the scene where Clara rode her... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:04 AM on November 26, 2013
Also, wait until we get 12-D. That's really something. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:12 AM on November 26, 2013
Other 3D bits I liked, even if they didn't really add anything:
Clara writing on the transparent white board
The titles floating over the video
The viewscreen graphics when the three doctors were communicating with Gallifrey
The helicopter delivering the TARDIS
The shrapnel when the War Doctor was writing "NO MORE" on the wall
Some of the staging -- having characters standing... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:26 AM on November 26, 2013
It's pretty fun! It's got a lot of RPG elements baked in. The tutorial is a big of a drag to get through (lots of clicking through dialog boxes a la old school Final Fantasy or something), but the game itself is neat. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:09 AM on November 27, 2013
There are some IAP, in case that is a dealbreaker for you, but it appears to be mostly purchasing outfits and new characters, not a Pay To Win situation. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:11 AM on November 27, 2013
Do you deal with major depression without taking prescriptions? If so, how so? I know you are not my doctor. But if you do it, how do you do it? What specific tools do you use to keep an even keel and, beyond that, to thrive? Is it possible?
I wouldn't call my depression major, but I generally manage it without medication. Unfortunately, this question is just not something that can usefully be answered on an Internet forum like this. Sometimes it's... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:45 AM on November 26, 2013
Yeah, I totally do. I like meeting new people and being able to say Hi and all that good stuff. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:27 AM on November 22, 2013
Fuck yes! I have a gift idea for my Quonsee that, improbably, hinges on their handedness, and I trawled through their history to find that they mentioned their handedness in a comment once! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 9:06 AM on November 22, 2013
I got Quonsed! I think I'll wait to open it until I've actually purchased my Quonsee's gift, but thank you, early bird Quonsar! Can one of Quonsar's Little Helpers forward a message to my Quonsar that their gift has arrived safe and sound? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 12:30 PM on November 25, 2013
I guess I want to find out how to cut out these middlemen and get to the punters directly :)
You start Meatbomb & Sons Architectural Salvage Co., Inc. Architects and builders are too busy to buy this stuff directly, they use salvage companies to source their materials because it is quicker and they have some measure of confidence that they are going to provide a reliable quality of goods. The salvage is not what is in short supply, the time and... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:07 PM on November 23, 2013 marked best answer
the quidam kid? the quondam kid? the quisling kid? the quadrille kid? the quahog kid? the quodlibet kid? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:44 AM on November 21, 2013
I'd love to offer a prize to the best single link post, as I think that is an important part of MetaFilter that sometimes gets overlooked at awards season in favor of link-heavy omnibusses. I can't think of a suitable prize though. Any ideas? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 10:44 AM on November 22, 2013
turns hanging bits of punctuation after a link into awkward orphaned things
Wow, never knew that. I always have gone to some trouble to not include punctuation in my links, but I won't do so anymore. Space Coyote (and others who use screen readers), I'd love to know if there are other simple things I could do to make your reading experience better. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:25 PM on November 21, 2013
bettafish: Oh, and a last hurrah and a tip of the hat to Time War 3.0, a favorite fic of mine that's already been jossed in bits and pieces and is likely to completely contradict the TV version of the Time War by this weekend:
That is good. That was indeed just what the Time War should be like. I'm afraid you've ruined the special for me now. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:01 AM on November 21, 2013
British friends, An Adventure in Space and Time won't air in the US until tomorrow night, so perhaps you could be judicious in posting spoilers here in this thread? You might try Rot 13 if you would like to obfuscate certain key points, but it's generally frowned upon en masse. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:49 PM on November 21, 2013
Someone once put "Islands" on a MeFi CD Swap for me and it's had a prominent place in my playlists ever since. Thanks for the post. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:07 AM on November 21, 2013
misteraitch: That might just have been my ‘Piano Piano’ mix in the spring ’07 swap…
I think you are right! It also had "Liebliches Lied" by Alexandre Rabinovitch and "Kesson Daslef" by Aphex Twin, amongst others, I think. I'm not generally a fan of "classical" piano music, but there were several tracks on there that have stuck with me. Thanks again! posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:54 PM on November 21, 2013
redskythinking: We need more European teams to qualify because it would be an utterly boring world cup without them. They are the biggest footballing nations.
Not necessarily. It would just shift the locus of the best, most meaningful, most consequential play from the World Cup itself to the European and South American continental Qualifying tournaments, which might not be a bad thing.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:52 AM on November 21, 2013