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"American Idol" has been canceled
He came surprisingly close to being a Congressman from a fairly conservative area of North Carolina.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on May 14, 2015

Tattoo essay
Party Dog is everything to me right now. I love you all. But mostly Party Dog.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:21 PM on May 14, 2015

"Tramp stamps" and boyzones
cortex: "especially with prompt flagging and contact form stuff"

What does that mean, from an individual user point-of-view? I mostly stay out of threads that are likely to be contentious like this, and when I do read them, it's usually hours if not days after the fact. Is it worth flagging 3 hour old comments in a fast-moving thread, or using the contact form a day or two after the thread has died down, just to register my displeasure with… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:31 PM on May 14, 2015
What is party dog? I think I missed party dog, and I want to know what a party dog is. :(
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on May 14, 2015

Saturday Night Live: Reese Witherspoon/Florence + the Machine
I thought this was one of the funnier episodes of the season. The only sketch that really fell flat was the waterslide. The women, especially Kate, Cecily and Leslie, are really carrying the show at the moment.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 3:29 AM on May 14, 2015

Get That Juicy Double
jon1270: "This should be a fast and messy process. If your skillet isn't spitting molten grease onto the adjacent counter, it's not hot enough."

This needs to be emphasized. The key to juicy burgers is to get that heat into 'em fast. Crank that griddle up to 11.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on May 13, 2015

teasing boyfriend just won't stop
I have been on Ask MetaFilter for over 10 years now, and I will say that I am having a hard time remembering a set of answers that is this unanimous about leaving a relationship. This man is a despicable human being, and regardless of whatever positive attributes he might have, you must leave him now, for the sake of your own mental (and possibly soon physical) health.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:45 AM on May 13, 2015


Help me find an expert in stylometry and forensic linguistics
Came in to recommend Donald Foster. It sounds right up his alley.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on May 13, 2015

Life beyond Barney
I wondered if Caillou would rate a mention.

Next week, we wrap this all up with a list of kids’ shows to avoid at all costs. If you’re concerned about whether Caillou will be on that list, rest assured that Caillou was the reason this entire Inventory series was invented in the first place.

Ha!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on May 13, 2015
Speaking of weird fingers, I kind of liked Oobi.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:40 AM on May 13, 2015

Home Depots around the world
One thing I have noticed about the couple of hardware stores I have been in in Italy and the UK is that they have less hardcore builder/contractor materials (extensive lumber selection, windows, doors, siding, extensive power tool selection, etc) and more in the realm of what I would call housewares (dishes, utensils, alarm clocks, toasters, etc).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 PM on May 12, 2015

Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 251: Cycle 2.0
I thought the spelling bee question was kind of weak sauce for a Yahoo (c'mon Ira Ray), but the Spelling Bee Battle Dome stuff was some of their funniest material in a while. Not sure whether to give them bonus points or a penalty for passing on some obvious Sai/PSY goofs.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:07 AM on May 12, 2015
I lost it at "mugglefucker".
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:13 PM on May 12, 2015

Jimmy Garoppolo cares, do you?
To me, the most damning thing is the long term Patriots fumble statistics that have been discussed.

Those fumble statistics are mostly bullshit.

And also the simple fact that the team is a repeat offender when it comes to cheating

Every. Team. Cheats. Repeatedly.

As a Patriots fan who once custom printed a t-shirt that featured a mash-up of the Patriots logo and the Cobra Kai logo, you could say I am seriously looking forward to this season. Sweep the leg, Tommy!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 PM on May 11, 2015
Etrigan: "Gosh, I'm sorry. I told our equipment guys I wished the balls could be softer, and whoa, I never thought they'd break the rules..."

I still think that might actually be what happened, but I agree that even if it didn't go down like that, it seems like the obvious thing to say to defuse the whole situation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on May 12, 2015
slkinsey: "I just can't think of any reason they would do the things they did and write the things they wrote if they were not manipulating the pressure of game balls at Brady's behest. Why would a locker room attendant who is not even supposed to be involved in ball preparation refer to needles and inflation, call himself "the deflator" and, most especially, be in a position to demand (and get!) swag from Brady unless he were involved in a scheme to lower the pressure of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:48 PM on May 12, 2015

ESPN Drops Bill Simmons
Now that they've got that sweet sweet Verizon money, maybe it's time for a homecoming to AOL?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on May 12, 2015

Not marriage material
It's obviously a hurtful thing to say, and you should explain to him why it was so hurtful, but I think you should also ask him what exactly he meant by that. I think the generous interpretation would be to assume that he meant "No one is putting a ring on your finger because we are in a committed loving relationship, and though I'm not ready to propose just yet, if anyone is going to, it's going to be me." Give him a chance to appreciate how painful that comment was and why, and give… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on May 12, 2015


Health Insurance for 2+ months
Can you get student health insurance through Middlebury?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:25 PM on May 11, 2015

I Know You Can't Control Yourself Any Longer
That Carlos Santana album from the 90's.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:47 PM on May 8, 2015

Doc for ADD meds without office visits every month?
That seems excessive. My 14-year old gets her controlled substance ADD meds filled with a visit every six months or so.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:43 PM on May 8, 2015

Is it time to move on?
None of this sounds like the actions of a guy who wants to get married. If he doesn't want to be married, do you want to be married to him?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on May 8, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron - to 3D or not 3D?
If you already know you are going to be annoyed with it and are just forcing yourself to see it for continuity purposes, don't bother with the 3D. Personally I really enjoyed the movie, and I thought the 3D was well done, but if it's going to leave a bad taste in your mouth anyway, save your money.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on May 8, 2015

Aerosmith. Drugs. Video. Dream On.
infinitewindow: ""Dream On" is very strange to me because Tyler's voice sounds so very different than it does in any other Aerosmith song that's gotten radio play for the last thirty years."

For years I didn't realize it was Aerosmith. I was only familiar with it from a mixtape someone had made for me, and she had mis-attributed the song in her hand-written liner notes. (I can't remember who to, now. Maybe Led… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on May 6, 2015

Why do my photo flash drives keep failing?
intrepid_simpleton: "The drives hold a standard camera disk (disk says SDHC multi-use) but i may have a couple different kinds. "

Are you talking about a USB flash drive (like this) or some kind of USB-to-SDHC adapter (like maybe this)? If it is the latter, I suspect the problem may be with the SD cards (the disk that goes in the camera) rather than the adapter. Have you tried using different SD cards? You might also check your camera… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on May 6, 2015

Divorce Process Question
Yes, you go into your bank or credit union or loan shark and say "I'd like a loan to buy a 2012 Tomota Grackle (or whatever "your" car is) in a private sale." They don't have to know that you are already driving it. Similarly, she goes to her money provider and asks for a loan to buy a 2015 Fnord Illumina in a private sale, even though that is the car she is in possession of.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on May 6, 2015

Drugged and robbed in Tokyo, what should I do?
Most US credit cards are chip-and-signature rather than (the more secure) chip-and-PIN standard in the rest of the world. It is often unfamiliar to retailers in the rest of the world, in my experience.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on May 5, 2015

Movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron
straight: "She's telling Bruce that she's a monster and she wouldn't expect to have a family with him, not that she's a monster because she can't have children."

That was my read of it as well, but I can understand the other interpretation, and why it is so upsetting.

I think the language thing was a "Steve is a goody-goody" thing, not a "Steve is old thing". I suspect he admonished his USO co-stars for their salty language in the dressing room as well.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on May 5, 2015
Windigo: "urious who he'll play"

I could see him as a Henry Gyrich type government official.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:21 PM on May 5, 2015
I'm really curious to see how Civil War plays out, though. There don't seem to be enough superheroes in the MCU to make the Superhero Registration Act necessary. I guess we will add Ant Man and Spider-Man by the end of Captain America 3, but even so, that's like less than 10 costumed freaks total. I wonder if, as with Age of Ultron, the plot will be almost completely different from the run of the comics with the same name.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on May 5, 2015

How to Give References when Potentially Changing Jobs
The typical thing is to give them the name of someone outside your job -- a professor, or someone you did an internship or something with, along with your supervisor's name. You tell them that your supervisor is not aware you are considering other opportunities, so please only contact them to confirm their decision. Some people will be respectful of this, and some will not. You have to kind of suss out your boss -- is it better to let them know, even if they might never be contacted (you can say… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on May 5, 2015

What to send when you don't know what to say
The funny ones are indeed great, but I was most struck by the "I didn't know what to say" one. So honest, and so touching. I could imagine it and others like it - cards with honest but difficult to express emotions on them - could be very useful. Thanks for the post.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:36 AM on May 4, 2015

1:35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For what it's worth, I saw the trailer in 3D at the new Avengers movie this weekend, and that first shot with the Star Destroyer in the background is, if possible, even more amazingly gorgeous than it is in 2D.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on May 4, 2015

I want to copy my dress.
millipede: "v-neck jersey dress "

The problem is going to be finding the exact right jersey material. You might want to reach out to the manufacturer to see if they can give you a lead on the fabric (or to see if they have any deadstock of that specific dress -- 2010 wasn't that long ago).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:17 AM on May 4, 2015

Parts & Recreation
ArbitraryAndCapricious: "Someone needs to make Ravelry for plastic models!"

The name would be pretty obvious: Revellry
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on May 4, 2015

How could we modernise this living room?
I think a more spherical chandelier would go a long way towards filling up the space and modernizing the design, like this one from RH.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:15 PM on May 2, 2015
Painting the wood:
1) The door/window trim and baseboard: definitely paint to match or accent wall color.
2) The ceiling itself: depends on the look you are going for in the room/house. If something with a bit of a natural feel, like French country or Industrial (think Restoration Hardware) it can stay as wood, but maybe with an updated stain color. If you are going with a sleeker, crisper style (think IKEA or Crate and Barrel) you would probably want to paint it.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on May 4, 2015

Help me cope with my anxiety about my wife's anxiety!
I've told her that this isn't something that's negotiable and that if she does it again I'm going to have to leave)

This is a pointless boundary to have in this situation. If she is not going to go to therapy, she is not going to get better, so you might as well leave her now. If you are not going to leave her (which I really don't think you will), you might as well give her unfettered access to your personal life. Let her dig in as much and as often… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:54 AM on May 1, 2015

Is it wrong to gift my boyfriend underwear he doesn't usually wear
CheesesOfBrazil: "Dude here. Respectfully disagreeing about boxer briefs. In a way they are like the worst of both worlds IMO."

Cosign 100%. I genuinely do not understand how guys can say they prefer boxer briefs. I sometimes feel like the world is trying to gaslight me about them.

THAT SAID, I think the difference between this being a great gift or a bad one is how much of his underwear preference is intentional. If… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on May 1, 2015 marked best answer

Gymnasium locker rooms may never be secure again
I am going to laugh at "Where Ug parade" for the rest of my life.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:51 AM on May 1, 2015

Anashonde?
Love you, Rem, and love this article, but you are wrong on Bradley, wrong for America on this one.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on April 29, 2015
#NotAllHands
#NotAllMinajs
#NotAllMenches
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:47 PM on April 29, 2015

Happy birthday, Cortex!
cortex: "sometimes you just need to use selection pressure to create a league of lopsided football clones"

This is amazing.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on April 27, 2015

You Have to See It to Beelieve It
Yeah, I thought it was great. I had 11% improvement, and I really tried to read the unchanged passage as fast as possible. I'd love to be able to read .epubs on my iPad like this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on April 27, 2015

Subcutaneous injections for cat=Beyond frustrating
Like Ufez Jones says, it's totally fine (if inconvenient) to take her in to the vet's to have them do the injections for you. It's very hard to do with one person. They will either do it for free or have a nominal (like $10) "Injection Fee".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on April 23, 2015

The Hardee's-Carl's Jr. Line
There used to be an Arby's in Dedham on Rt 1, I think.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 PM on April 23, 2015

Looking for a very specific prescription pill (dose, size, coating, etc)
So I used to be a veterinary pharmacy purchasing manager, so I can speak to this with some authority. This request is going to be difficult for a number of reasons. First, for a popular drug like fluoxetine, there are going to be a number of manufacturers, both on the human side and on the veterinary side. Some of those veterinary manufacturers will simply be repackaging human product with a veterinary label. So the first thing you need to do is identify the manufacturer or manufacturers that… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 PM on April 23, 2015 marked best answer

No idea what to wear to friend's wedding? (Male)
Yeah, that's totally fine, but if you are interested in upping your game, blazers and sportcoats are pretty easy to find at used clothing and thrift stores.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on April 23, 2015

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