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Would like to post Music posts (songs) to the front page
I mean, if Punch 'Em in the Dick didn't get it's own FPP, that's a pretty high bar that has been set.

Seriously. though, this is a great idea. I think at one point there was some talk about a kind of quasi-FPP status for Music songs on the Blue, like it would just be one line with Title and Artist and a little blurb instead of the Title-Post Text-Byline 3-line style and instead of a full-on MetaFilter comments page it would just link to the Music comments page. That… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on August 14, 2015

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three
Griffin seemed pretty cazj about laying Merle and Taako flat-out, so I figured he had something up his sleeves. It's great narrative structure - teasing the boss battle before it really goes down. They are going to need some solid buffs to challenge the Raven though, or maybe she gets nerfed somehow? Do we know if Griffin is writing this himself, or if it's a published campaign setting?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on August 14, 2015

Forty-Seven Creatures You've Probably Never Heard Of
There is some "For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Used" level storytelling in The Big Boy: Can whip any monster on Earth (he says).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:09 AM on August 14, 2015
Colleen McCullough, you've got some questions to answer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:12 AM on August 14, 2015

So... anyone interested in starting a Metafilter D&D campaign?
Hmm, yes. I'd be very interested. Particularly in a play-by-mail type situation, as my schedule is rarely regular enough for a "live" game.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:26 AM on August 13, 2015
MeFi Diplomacy is great! *looks for dagger in non-waving hand*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:31 AM on August 14, 2015

Meet the cortexretariats in the Triangle
Fantastic! I've been meaning to suggest one at The Rockford, if Raleigh isn't too far for all the Durhamites/Chapel Hillians.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on August 8, 2015
What about brunch on Sunday? That would solve Stewriffic and leesh's issues, and it might be easier to get a table for a semi-large group, though I don't know how busy the Rockford is for brunch. Obviously, another location would be fine, if others have ideas.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on August 9, 2015
I emailed The Rockford to see about the feasibility of seating a group that may be just under/over their reservation limit for Sunday brunch. I'll let y'all know if they respond. I'm up for Mesa Latin Kitchen as well.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on August 10, 2015
Sounds like more folks are down for the afternoon rather than brunch (which I certainly understand - I'm not really all that big a fan of brunch either), so I'll retract the brunch suggestion, if that streamlines the planning process.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on August 13, 2015

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 264: Expecto Punchtronum
Irritable Griffin is the best kind of Griffin.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on August 13, 2015

Chinese food prices for restaurants around the world?
Here's the menu for a well-regarded urban downtown Chinese/Asian restaurant in my area (Raleigh, NC), and here is the menu for a casual but decent strip mall "Chinese diner" in my suburban town. Keep in mind the standard 20% tip needs to be added.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on August 11, 2015

At what point have I committed a crime?
There's a sort of Schroedinger's Cat Burglar (sorry) thing happening at Steps 0 and 1. If Step 2 is "Realize you are in the wrong place, leave the building" then no crime is ever committed, but if the story continues as you have laid it out, the crime has begun at Step 0, or possibly even before, if there was any conspiracy involved in the planning process.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 PM on August 10, 2015


The Flag Consideration Project
A Thousand Baited Hooks: "I'm not a Kiwi, but if I was I'd vote for the one with the curly Union Jack."

Yeah that's pretty badass. I also like Tukutuku - it looks like a flag, yet but is completely original at the same time. Koru (Blue) is also pretty cool. Most of the designs that try to combine the fern or the koru with the Southern Cross end up too busy. Also, is it me, or are most of these designs a weird aspect ratio for a flag? They seem too long.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on August 10, 2015

What do you call this? mm MM mmmm. Anything else like it? MM mm mmmm.
It kind of goes along with humming yes "mm HMM" or no "MM mm", doesn't it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:39 PM on August 7, 2015
Would you put "meh" and "ehn" in this category as expressions of apathy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:35 AM on August 8, 2015

Born in between
mary8nne: "Why is the perspective of those not operated on at all never presented in these articles?"

The article includes the perspective of Hida Viloria, who grew up intersex without surgery.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 AM on August 6, 2015
vibratory manner of working: "Children are instinctive learners, who love to model what they see. You don't have to tell a kid a thing - they take in everything they see, they pick up on all the little messages, toxic and otherwise, that are floating around in our culture and our society. They sort through these messages and grab on to the ones that seem to apply to them."

I think this is kind of obvious to most parents, especially ones who… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:01 PM on August 6, 2015

it's raining, it's pouring / the old man is snoring / now is our chance
I think it was the Notorious RBG who, when asked when how many women Justices it would take before she would consider the Supreme Court gender balanced, said something to the effect of "Nine. It was nine men for so long, having nine women would be just a start." That's how I feel about the whole "Is misandry real or ironic?" question. Even if it was 100% real, it would take a million Mallory Ortbergs a million years to bring misandry up to the standards of misogyny.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:43 AM on August 6, 2015

Help!! My boss wants to be Facebook friends. What to do?
I have a number of Facebook friends (mostly teachers) who have a fairly bland and generic Facebook profile for their real name and then their "real" profile under an assumed name. You could friend your boss and transition that real name account to a "public facing" profile and start a new profile for your more intimate connections. It seems like more hassle than it's worth, to me, but it seems to be working for some folks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on August 6, 2015

Just your everyday Nippon Kondate
That's a hell of a cliffhanger. Looking forward to Part 2.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:54 AM on August 6, 2015

A lifetime of reading subtext means I sometimes miss the main text.
Hey, good job by you! You both handled a pretty awkward human interaction with A+ grace and class. He maybe muddied the waters a little bit with the "not ready" stuff, but I think it's fair to chalk that up to nervousness in the moment and the inherent vagaries of the English language. Even if he did mean to leave the door open a little, it's probably not worth you considering it ajar. You would be better off spending your time and energy looking for the many guys… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on August 5, 2015

What are some ways my partner can get more experience around kids?
If he calls your local elementary school or community center and says "I am a male firefighter in my late 20s who wants to volunteer to take care of kids a couple hours a week" he will have to call back a couple of days later after the fainting and the chaos and the parties and the celebratory feasts have died down. They will literally fall over themselves to find places for him to help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:02 AM on August 4, 2015

Can an inveterate slob change? Can an obsessive compulsive relax?
It's not about the dispute. It doesn't matter how much of a slob you are, or how much of a control freak he is. What matters is how you work towards fixing your disputes. If you can approach it with an honest effort to make your partner happy, and understanding that they will not always succeed in their efforts, and a good sense of humor about your own failings and idiosyncrasies, then a couple can make pretty vast differences work. My wife and I are like this about some things. It doesn't sound… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:45 AM on August 4, 2015

ICU Nurse, Blogger
I told her that one story about the guy and his mother and all the cats, and she called bullshit, which is an appropriate reaction to a story that grim (I will probably never have another story to rival it), but I texted my coworker from that night: “Hey, remember that one guy and his mom?”

Thirty minutes later she responded: “FUCK YOU WHYD YOU BRING THAT SHIT UP AGAIN”

“But you remember it, right?”

“Uh I’m
… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on August 4, 2015


HOOBASTANKONIA
I haven't even had a chance to listen to these as I'm at work, but regardless, it's all worth it for the phrase "Two Chainz None the Richer".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on August 3, 2015

Am I a mystic or do I need a lot of medication?
Is there any scientific explanation for animal / human communication?

Certainly there is a great deal of human/animal communication that goes on every day between a pet and their owner. I can tell when my cats want food, and when they need to be scritched, and when they are not feeling well. Conversely, they can tell when I am mad at them for knocking over a glass of water, and when I need a snuggle because I am feeling a little down. We can… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:04 AM on August 3, 2015

Can management automatically renew an apartment lease and what to do?
AugustWest is pretty much right, but a couple of things:
1. You need to go into the office in person on Monday. They will be very busy on the first Monday of the month, and will probably not answer the phone or return messages.
2. You will probably not be successful in getting them to negotiate, because by waiting, you have lost the biggest card in your hand when it comes to rent negotiation - it's now too late for you to leave. Now they know they are at least getting one… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:24 AM on August 1, 2015

Cheerwine has passed away.
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I'll raise a big frosty glass in his honor today. I wish his family and friends peaceful hearts and warm memories. Rest in peace, Cheerwine.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:57 AM on August 1, 2015

Mapping the United Swears of America
I don't know whence I got "shitbird" as an insult, but it never fails to generate a smile or laugh when I am forced to deploy it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:22 AM on July 30, 2015
My 14 year old and her best friend hate swearing. They have created their own little vocab of faux swears. Fuck = faboo, shit = shaboo, bitch = bafoo, ass = aboo and tits (?) = tafoo (but they use that one more freely, like "what the tafoo" and such). It's kind of adorable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on July 30, 2015
Bugbread: "I'm going to venture a guess: did you ever watch Trailer Park Boys?"

No, actually, but I bet lots of people in my social circles have. Maybe I picked it up second-hand from them.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 AM on July 31, 2015

restaurant etiquette: used tissue on finished plate?
It's cool that no one ever puts their silverware or drinking glasses or pizza crusts anywhere near their saliva-filled mouth, which is just as gross as their nose.

I used to clear tables in a casual restaurant (rhymes with Bolive Blarden) for money back in the day, and I can personally vouch for the fact that everything that diners leave behind is disgusting, boogers or no. Especially their dirty, dirty tip money. Put your tissues wherever you want.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 AM on July 31, 2015

Comment truncation in Recent Activity
Absent the (admittedly excellent) click to expand idea, I think the RA comment length should either be truncated further or allow full comments. It seems like 70-80% of the time it cuts off a long comment somewhere in the final sentence, which makes it extra frustrating to click over to the thread only to realize you've basically already read the whole comment.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM on July 30, 2015

Driving from DC to Wilmington: Queer family filter
If you take a route through Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC you won't go too far out of your way, and you'll have a relatively progressive urban place to stop every two hours or so. Not very familiar with Richmond, but your family would not be out of place at Pullen Park in Raleigh and there is plenty of stuff there to keep the kiddos occupied. The only problem might be pulling them away to get back in the car.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on July 30, 2015 marked best answer

D'ya get me, bruv?
The World Famous is tawkin bout dis owd fred, innit.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 PM on July 28, 2015
An interesting article about the rapid loss of the Southern (US) accent in Raleigh, NC that reaches the same conclusions - an influx of Northerners and their children in the 1960s (driven by the construction of a huge research park) caused children in the city to lose their accents due to peer influence.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on July 30, 2015

“Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor
I hope it's not making too light of a very serious subject, but my wife's grandmother Lillianne was the oldest of 18 children (Grandma Lily had her first child the same day that her mother had her final child), but when discussing her prodigious parents, she would always note, in her adorably thick French-Canadian accent, that her mother "was the passionate one." I used to think it was just a funny little slightly-too-intimate peek into their… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:16 AM on July 30, 2015

Bum boats, gun boats, slow boats, row boats, I like boats.
I'm going to recommend something a little outside-the-bilge: Railsea by China Miéville. The linked review will give you a pretty good sense of if it sounds like something you would be into without major spoilers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on July 30, 2015 marked best answer


Seeking annual sandwich listing
MCMikeNamara: "It really is a miracle I don't eat breakfast sandwiches every meal of the day every day of the year. "

Related
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:16 AM on July 30, 2015

Dramatically overcharged by service provider...how to move forward?
What if they just gave you X months of free service (plus 2 or 3 to account for interest), where X is the number of times they have charged you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:58 PM on July 29, 2015

Triangle best
Some Raleighwood-centric things:
- NC Museum of Art is really nice and has an awesome sculpture garden
- NC State Farmer's Market is a great place to shop for produce and other NC food products
- If you like libraries, the new Hunt Library at NCSU is really cool
- Umstead State Park is great for hiking
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on July 29, 2015
Unique-est restaurants in Raleigh:
- The Pit for upscale barbecue
- Oak City Meatball Shoppe
- Calavera empanadas
- Poole's Diner upscale comfort food
- Fiction Kitchen excellent vegetarian
- Guasaca Venezuelan arepas
- Piebird's pie-based cuisine

And three upscale cocktail lounges
- C. Grace has live jazz every night and luxurious velvety seating areas
- Fox Liquor Bar
- The Green Light is a speakeasy hidden behind a bookcase within The Architect
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 AM on July 29, 2015

What if Spider-Man's Uncle Ben was shot by police rather than a burglar?
MartinWisse: "you don't want that "well he gave the cop some lip so no wonder his uncle got shot" dynamic to happen."

On the contrary, I think it should address that bullshit head on. Just because Peter was no angel doesn't give the police carte blanche. That's a crucially important aspect of the issue to get across.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on July 28, 2015

Cake and ice cream for everyone! Except the dogs.
Oh and, yeah, JB is definitely on my Top Ten MeFites I'd Like To Meet IRL list. Thanks for hanging in there, fellow old-timer.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on July 27, 2015
So, articseal, you definitely want to avoid Prof. Taz's World Civ 101 section, but Prof. Lobster-Mitten will let you have class outside if it is nice. If you ever get way behind in your commenting, just go to Dean Cortex's office and start crying - he's a total softie. Also, if your roommate gets banned, you get a 4.0 for the semester.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:43 PM on July 27, 2015

Help me be a nice mom
I'm assuming this is a single-parent or shared custody situation, because otherwise, WHERE IS THE DAD? If you have a co-parent and they are not stepping up and distracting or otherwise engaging with your kiddo when they can tell that you are at your limit, you need to have a talk with them about sharing the burden of child-rearing. It doesn't end at diapers.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:43 AM on July 27, 2015

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