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Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2014/2015
Rock Steady City FC is in. We managed to avoid relegation last year with a 17th place finish, and we are aiming for single digits this year. Actually knowing how to use my transfers should help.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2014
not_too_xabi is killing me as a team name.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:04 PM on July 29, 2014
Someone take the keys to the boot room away from me. I can't stop this Klinsmannian tinkering with my team. I think I've been through a dozen starting XIs in the past week.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on July 30, 2014

Navicular! Strobilaceous! Pandurate! Botryoidal!
A football (American variant) is often referred to poetically as a prolate spheroid, but that's really not accurate, as a football is too "pointy" on the ends. I don't think there really is a word for the shape other than "football-shaped".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on July 29, 2014
Thing: The great thing about most of these words is that you can make them up as you go along. Just nick a word from a Latin dictionary and stick [something] on the end. If you screw it up nobody will ever know.

You just invented Romance languages!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on July 29, 2014

Adventure Time: Thanks For The Crabapples, Giuseppe
Yeah, the Ice Crown transformation (both to and from) is very gradual.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on July 29, 2014

Obamacare when switching jobs?
In the pre-Obamacare world, you could do a thing where you sign up for COBRA at the last possible minute and then delay paying your premiums until the last possible minute, and you could negotiate a situation where you were in a Schroedinger's state of insurance for three months. If you had no healthcare needs in that time, you can just call to cancel the coverage and owe nothing, but if something went wrong, you could just pay the premiums after the fact and be covered.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on July 29, 2014

Allowing non-posters to add tags
I know MeFi is almost deathly allergic to the idea of setting up different "levels" of users, but the backtagging effort was a huge success, with little to no abuse, as far as I know. Would it be possible to have users volunteer for "tagger" status, which could be revoked at any time? I envision it working like the backtagging project, where volunteers would be presented with random posts to tag, rather than tagging any post they come across, which should eliminate just about... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on July 29, 2014

Prepare for a significant decline in gang activity.
This is great and good.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on July 29, 2014
rocket88: I like this, but "giant" should be reserved for much larger scale.

I'm envisioning an orbital-scale spirograph using interlocking ringworlds.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on July 29, 2014

Continuous photo backup on iPhone?
I keep thinking I should drop a couple of bucks on PhotoSync, as it seems to be a very good tool for this kind of thing, but I can't really endorse it as I haven't tried it yet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on July 29, 2014

"Shiny Happy Voters"
For a while when they were transitioning from longboxes to bare jewel cases, they used to put jewel cases into these plastic exoskeletons to make them the same size as a longbox. It was a weird time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on July 28, 2014

Comatose Potato Salad
I generally signal that I am done by crumpling my burger wrapper, sticking it in the empty fry box, and throwing the whole thing on the backseat floorboard.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on July 28, 2014
feckless fecal fear mongering: That's just poor FOH & expo management.

Working in food service is a blessing and a curse because on one hand, it makes you more sympathetic to servers and how hard their job can be, but on the other hand, it makes you realize how crappy the average server is at their job.

feckless fecal fear mongering: Auctioning off the plates at tableside is rookie, rookie incompetence.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:39 AM on July 28, 2014

What it says on the tin
And this one.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on July 21, 2014
pracowity: It's not just overused. It's like not posting any description at all, and a post with no description should be deleted.

There's a long and storied tradition of "Mystery Meat" posts on MeFi. You certainly don't see them as much as you used to, but I think they have their place.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on July 21, 2014
gadge emeritus: Tears aren't a sign of weakness. Own them.

Hmm, I've always thought that "joke" was more a self-deprecating knock about not being in touch with your own emotions. Like, if water is leaking from my eyes it must be dusty in here, because you have been moved to tears so unexpectedly you don't realize it, or something. I can see it as a macho thing, now that you mention it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:33 AM on July 28, 2014

Havin' a ball
They practice by playing a one-on-one game made up of shooting difficult shots from different parts of the arena. If you missed the shot, you are given one letter of a five letter word, and the first person to spell the whole word loses. This game is called HUMAN.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 AM on July 26, 2014

Flag Flags and Furl On
The Whelk: I hereby want a vote on which murderous weapon-wielding animal should grace the great seal of New York State.

Rat King with a tazer.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on July 25, 2014

Inventor of the high five
grubi: Nearly every episode of a TV show with teenaged characters, 1970-1985 had someone slapping five.

[citation needed] Show us one from before 1977 if you are so sure.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:46 AM on July 25, 2014
grubi: You have never seen a low five between teenaged characters on TV before 1977?

Low five is totally different from a high five.

stbalbach: * The Wild One, a 1953 movie starring Marlon Brando, contains sequence of two person ritual gestures between members of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club in a scene about 23 minutes in. This sequence starts with a very clear high five between the lines "Pop me daddy!"... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on July 25, 2014
Thanks for sharing that, tallthinone.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:53 AM on July 25, 2014

#JulyByWomen project
Yes, let's transition from JulyByWomen to PostsByWomen!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on July 25, 2014

Prove your music nerd cred
It was striking to me the number of 90s songs where I couldn't pull the title out of my memory, but I knew the song well enough that I could sing it until I came across the title in the lyrics.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on July 25, 2014

Kids flying from the US to the UK with an adult who isn't their parent
effbot: It's not just the nanny that needs documentation, the dad should also bring a note from the mother saying that he has her permission to bring the kids out of the country.

Yeah, when I traveled with my daughter but not her mother (my wife) from the US to the UK it was recommended that I have a notarized letter to that effect. Certainly couldn't hurt for the nanny to have one signed by both parents. I'm not sure what the UK equivalent of... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:36 AM on July 25, 2014

The truth is stranger than fiction
So many levels. A fascinating story about the improbable solving of a cold case by examining a brutal fictional account of a heinous crime. Thanks for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on July 25, 2014

Movie: Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Hoopo: You may be right, but then I also sorta remember dudes dressing like that in the 80s. Short shorts and belly shirts and stuff. Did I mention I am glad the 80s are over?

Yes. I grew up in the 80s and definitely had short shorts (those were all you could get, to be fair), half shirts (no excuse, really) and a Def Leppard legionnaire's cap for some reason (I did not like Def Leppard). It was a confusing time to be a dude wearing clothes.... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:15 PM on July 24, 2014

How the burrito became a sandwich
Two of my favorite AskMes:

Is cereal soup?
Is quiche pie?

And tangentially related:

How much is a deviled egg?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:42 AM on July 23, 2014
GenjiandProust:
1. Food made of several parts
2. including some kind of outer "wrapper" and a filling
3. intended to be eaten without cutlery
4. and not generally requiring washing one's self afterwards


I would add

2a. that are not cooked once assembled

This rules out pizza and pies and empanada-type things, which I am happy with, but rules out... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 AM on July 23, 2014
Back to the sandwich board.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on July 23, 2014
As the best maker of grilled cheese sandwiches of my generation, I am embarrassed I neglected to consider them.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 AM on July 23, 2014
mr. digits: I don't know... all he specifies is "pre-cooked exteriors", and sometimes things are funny. Loons have solid bones and they're still birds, no?

There are going to be edge cases. Maybe you could add a "larger than bite-size" requirement to eliminate sandwich cookies and crackers. I really don't like having ice cream sandwiches in there, but I guess just as there are "dessert soups" within the category of soup,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on July 23, 2014
kyrademon: When asked to define a cat, you might think of things like four legs, tail, characteristic ear shape, etc. But then, when presented with a three-legged, tailless cat with ragged ears, you still instantly recognize it as a cat. How can this be?

Cat Snake?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:25 PM on July 23, 2014
I think you mean a chicken vandwich.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on July 24, 2014

If You Use IFTTT Then Consider Sharing Recipes
This is convenient. I have been meaning to ask an IFTTT question on AskMe for a while now.

Is it possible through IFTTT recipes to have photos taken on an iPhone uploaded to a Mac's iPhoto library automatically? It's fine if it has to do it through some sort of DropBox/Google Drive type situation. Ideally it would:
1. Only upload on WiFi
2. Only upload photos taken with the camera, not saved images or screenshots.

Thanks!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on July 24, 2014

#MightyKacy
Pope Guilty: With the Japanese show, you get a lot more course runs per hour than ANW gives you, and that makes ANW often excruciating to watch.

I've referred to ANW as 15 minutes of show in a 1 hour bag.

Grip strength is also hugely important, which gives gymnasts a further advantage. And I thought it was cute that her boyfriend wanted to join her on the tower, but I'm always a sucker for a cute couple.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:47 AM on July 22, 2014
Pope Guilty: Then she got to the second round, where you're supposed to spread your arms and legs and move forward between two parallel walls. Her limbs were not long enough to reach, and so she was completely unable to proceed not because she wasn't great at Ninja Warrior but because her genes hadn't bestowed long enough limbs. That always felt like some bullshit to me.

Yeah, I'm worried about Kacy if they have the Body Prop in the finals. That's a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on July 22, 2014
madajb: Something I'm curious about relative to ANW: Is there a required way to do the obstacles?

There was an episode recently where a guy DQed himself for "touching the back of the platform" on the slanted steps at the beginning. It wasn't obviously illegal, and it seems like a reasonable way to do it (grab the edges to prevent slipping), so yeah, I bet there are certain restrictions on how you perform most of the obstacles that aren't... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:28 PM on July 22, 2014
desjardins: *takes notes for a drinking game*

I like this. Here are some other ideas.
-- Akbar references his days in the NFL
-- Contestant runs the course in street clothes
-- Contestant finishes the course in street clothes (finish your drink)
-- "Parkour"
-- "former gymnast"
-- homemade Ninja course in backyard
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:59 PM on July 22, 2014
-- Backstory involves a climbing wall - drink
-- Multiple competitors from the same family - one drink per family member
-- Competitor makes it up the wall on their third attempt - three drinks
-- Competitor dips a toe in the water climbing down the cargo net - drink

Oh, and one of my favorite moments:

-- Repeat competitor does worse than they did last time - finish your drink
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on July 22, 2014
You could not have an entry in the drinking game about "they make a weather-related pun about the contestant who is a weatherman" because alcohol poisoning.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on July 23, 2014

Mefiquote for Chrome/Tampermonkey?
charred husk: And creating your own "reply" button!

I use a quotation mark. It goes nicely with the [+] and [!].
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:03 PM on July 22, 2014

How to make pulled pork from a tenderloin?
I have made pulled pork in the slow cooker dozens of times, and I frankly prefer a leaner cut. The fattier cuts are too... gelatinous. I'm sure it's different in a smoker or oven, but in the slow cooker I prefer tenderloin.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:03 AM on July 22, 2014

Teddy Gray's
I love the fact that the newbie van driver has been there 38 years. Boy howdy was that storefront bleak-looking.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on July 22, 2014

Streaming video around the house
I don't know if Plex can stream to the XBox360, but I'd be surprised if it can't. If not, you could get a Chromecast for $35 and stream to that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on July 22, 2014

Library of Emoji
COMMUNITY WEBLOG

FLAMEOUT

LEFT GRAR

PROFESSIONAL WHITE BACKGROUND

PLATE OF BEANS, STEAMING
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 AM on July 22, 2014

Fictional characters to arrange key exchange over unsecure channel?
Older teens might recognize Sterling, Cyril, Lana, and Mallory. The man in the middle is Barry.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:13 PM on July 21, 2014

What could have been
GOOGLE RONBLEDORE
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 PM on July 21, 2014

This is important, because it is animated
bendybendy:
Bermont
Ehio
Jennisee
Que Mexico
Xinnesota
Yoregon
Zidaho


This is cracking me up for some reason. Bermont.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on July 21, 2014
Copronymus: Ztate of Rhode Izlandz and Prozidenz Plantazionz

I believe I saw that sticker alongside the Korn logo and Calvin pissing on something-or-other on the rear windshield of a 1991 Civic DX with Rhody plates, an imitation carbon fiber hood and a mismatched quarter panel last time I was on the Cape.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:37 AM on July 21, 2014

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