Even in a pre-ACA world, you had some grace period wherein a gap in coverage would not count against you for purposes of pre-existing conditions (for circumstances like a job giving new employees a 90-day probation before eligibility for insurance). If you old insurance company is OK with you not paying and them not covering you for that month, I say don't pay, but, like rockindata says, if you are going to get dunned for it, might as well pay it and get it over with. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:51 AM on February 24, 2014
I can't emphasize this enough. If they are planning on firing you, that is probably very good news for you indeed, as I would be shocked to find that they have interest or evidence to successfully dispute your Unemployment claim. It sounds like you really want us to tell you it is OK to just quit, but it is really not in your best interest, in a number of ways. Do whatever the bare minimum is at your job,... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 10:37 AM on February 24, 2014
yoink: I don't, personally, find it interesting to try to imagine how Hogwarts, say, could function as a real, living institution because it never for a second seemed to me that Rowling gave a passing thought to the question.
And that's exactly why I find it endlessly fascinating. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:16 AM on February 24, 2014
suedehead: They ask you (whom, in this example, is American): "Is this authentic? Is General Tso's Chicken authentic American food? Is a burger from In-n-out authentic American food? Is sriracha, made in California, authentic American? Is Tex-mex authentic American food? I just want to know what is real American food! What about kale chips - is that authentic? Are french fries American food? But I can get that back at home - I grew up eating fries. Is Chicago deep-dish pizza... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:17 AM on February 20, 2014
sweetkid: He was super excited to see that an "American Chinese" restaurant had opened in his neighborhood and couldn't wait to go eat food that reminded him of his time in America.
That is so fantastic. I imagine, if it is successful, that there will be more "American Chinese" restaurants in China, and over time, I suspect that their flavors, techniques, and other foodways will tend to diverge from what we are beginning to call in... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:05 AM on February 24, 2014
nevercalm: They definitely do, but not on HD. That old saw about the camera adding 10 lbs? It does crazy shit in HD. It makes colors shift, little flaws look massive...it's not a vanity thing, it's literally to look human in some cases. The cameras are awesome but not kind.
Relevant 30 Rock clip. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:03 AM on February 19, 2014
jeather: In a very, very irritating move, Sweden has the red rocks and Canada the yellow.
Yeah, I can't even deal with that. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:00 AM on February 20, 2014
That 9th end was something. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:43 AM on February 20, 2014
Grr. Fine. You've got the Women's, now just go ahead and let us take the Men's, mmkay? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:01 PM on February 20, 2014
My daughter's school system. Because of the heavy focus on electives at her magnet middle school, I don't know that every kid gets physical activity every day, depending on their elective setup each quarter. She's in Dance this quarter, and had Volleyball last quarter, but I don't think she had an active elective first quarter, for example. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:15 PM on February 19, 2014
Not sure if it qualifies on a number of levels (not 80's, doesn't recap whole plot of movie, movie is itself a musical...) but how about "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets? posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:42 PM on February 19, 2014
The thing I've noticed about binge-watching broadcast TV shows on Netflix (I'm looking in Chuck's direction right now) is that the build-up to mega-drama right before the commercial break seems so artificial and disruptive. You don't (or at least) I don't notice it when I'm watching shows on TV because even if I'm DVRing and skipping commercials, at least there is a few second pause where I have to do something other than keep watching. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:44 AM on February 18, 2014
Catblack: I still think Netflix should have doled out an episode of HoC every few days, and given their audience more suspense and anticipation. But I'm avoiding the reviews and taking my own time with it. Got around to the season's first episode last night, and Fincher is in rare form, and I am SO GLAD it wasn't spoiled for me!
I really think it damaged the new Arrested Development season dramatically to come... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:47 AM on February 18, 2014
STFU with the spoilers, dude. We're well within the statute of limitations for them.
That's another pretty major problem with the all-episodes-at-once model. It really muddies the already murky waters of spoilers. With a weekly show, you have the pretty universally recognized "no spoilers for episode 6 at least until episode 7 airs" thing, but when they all come out at once, how long do you have to wait? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:30 PM on February 18, 2014
A similar thing happened when my wife brought a bag of cat food to Recoleta Cemetery in Argentina. It's a bit more terrifying when you replace bunnies with feral cats. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:43 PM on February 18, 2014
I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. It's probably not possible to do it without attracting some attention, but go with something like "I just have a private matter in my personal life right now that makes it impossible for me to be involved. Thank you for understanding." The fact that these people aren't really in your life makes it that much easier.
You may want to re-examine the idea of getting together with these people at all, even setting aside the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:48 AM on February 18, 2014
This was my first thought. I'd ask your next door neighbors if you can take a look at their setup. Even if it's not connected to their line, one of them might know the trick to shutting off the front sprinklers (assuming your irrigation was installed similarly). posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:30 AM on February 18, 2014
I've been binge-watching Chuck this past weekend, so maybe my thoughts are colored by that goofy spy drama, but I wonder if the solution isn't infiltrating and affecting the Kim family from within? If we could quietly "eliminate" the more problematic members of the government and get other key well-placed figures to realize the futility of their position on an increasingly shorter term, maybe we could get them to consider some kind of gradual transition of power to... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:20 PM on February 17, 2014
You remind me of the cat. What cat?
The cat with the power. What power?
The power of voodoo. Who do?
You do. Do what? Remind me of the cat. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:59 AM on February 17, 2014
This is quite funny, but I'd love to see it done by someone who didn't know they were talking about a liquor bottle. Would he still look as drunk? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:52 AM on February 17, 2014
The Whelk: You still see the separate alleyways in some parts of the US and Canada, they allow for a great cross breeze if you open the windows in the heat of summer.
Boston's Back Bay is maybe the easiest to see. There are still "Public Alleys" between Boylston, Newbury, Comm Ave, Marlborough and Beacon. (Also for map nerds, note that the cross streets are named alphabetically starting at Arlington).... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:31 AM on February 17, 2014
Yeah, I used to work at a basement-level retail shop on Newbury St. and I'm not sure how we could have received our deliveries if it wasn't for the alley. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:22 AM on February 17, 2014
Anyway, this intricate network of left cards and visits owed reminds me really strongly of social networks, especially stuff like Twitter and Instagram, with the fine points of etiquette regarding follows, re-tweets, sub-tweets, "stealing" images, etc. For all the inefficiency (to our eyes) it seems like a really effective way to keep track of your literal social network in a pre-electronic age. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:25 AM on February 17, 2014
Thursdays are actually much better for me than weekends, so yay! I'll check my calendar in more detail on Monday, but I think I am in! posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 5:03 AM on February 16, 2014
My order of preference would be 27th, 20th, 13th, 6th.
I could also possibly carpool with someone on the West-ish side of Raleigh or in the Cary area. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 6:08 AM on February 17, 2014
FWIW, you have to give them your email address and subscribe to their newsletter before you get access to the downloads. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:05 AM on February 14, 2014
Me neither, Potomac. Been waiting about 40 minutes now. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:41 AM on February 14, 2014
Yeah, me too, ardgedee, and I signed up at 11:03. :( posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:21 AM on February 14, 2014
So, if someone were to MeMail/email someone the links, someone might be very appreciative of that. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:27 AM on February 14, 2014
I would pay a considerable amount of fake Internet dollars for an Oral History of the Judgement Night Soundtrack. I want to know literally everything about the writing process, the recording sessions, the video shoots, all of it. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:35 PM on February 14, 2014
I find Kids-In-Mind [SPOILERS in that link, if you read the details] even better than Common Sense Media. They break down movies to an almost comical degree on the axes of sexuality, violence and profanity. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 11:06 AM on February 14, 2014