Just bumping this to the top of your Recent Activity. You may want to update your "Joining Us?" status if things have changed. I'm assuming not everyone on the Attending list will actually come (no offense, that's just how it goes for meetups), so we should be fine for getting a table, but if 10+ people do end up coming, we may have to hive off into multiple tables or try a secondary location. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 9:01 AM on July 14, 2014
sockermom: I'm planning on being there but my social anxiety and parking anxiety have both stopped me from attending other Mefitups in the past, so we will see if I can handle it. :)
I can tell you that I was very anxious about my first MeFi Meetup as well, but the Triangle crowd is really cool and laid back. It's totally fine to just kind of sit at the table and listen for a while if you don't want to be part of the conversation.
As for parking, there are a bunch of... [more] posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 11:35 AM on July 14, 2014
There is also a good amount of (non-parallel) on-street parking at the south end of Moore Square and a surface lot just south of that behind City Market, if parking garages are part of the anxiety. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 2:07 PM on July 14, 2014
Yeah, it's looking a little Ragnarok-ish here in Raleigh, too. Drive safely everyone. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 2:26 PM on July 15, 2014
Er, no, I mean the weather's fine. Come on down to sunny Oak Town, everybody! posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 3:10 PM on July 15, 2014
Hey, I'm here and we do have a big table set aside up front. I had them set it for 8 for now, but we can add to it if need be. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 3:49 PM on July 15, 2014
Yes, tons of fun. I liked Research Monkey's suggestion of a potluck meetup and I'm still thinking of how best to arrange a Great Triangle Biscuit Tour. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 7:03 AM on July 16, 2014
oceanjesse: I think the biscuit tour could work if we delegated biscuit gathering by geography, then convened at a central biscuit consumption location/base.
That's genius, and also sounds like the origin story for a biscuit-focused supervillain. "Yes, my little biscuitty minions, go forth and bring me the best biscuits from all the land! Once I have them gathered together here in my secret biscuit lair, I shall combine their buttery powers for eeveel! Bwah ha ha!... [more] posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 8:52 AM on July 16, 2014
We could call it the Gathering Of The Biscuits. Or maybe the Great Biscuit Engathering? posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 8:55 AM on July 16, 2014
I feel like Bojangles deserves a spot. Beasley's Honey and Waffles also, but I don't know if you can get biscuits to go from there. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 11:53 AM on July 16, 2014
I just thought of La Farm in Cary, but it seems they are too French to make biscuits. posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steadyat 12:21 PM on July 16, 2014
Baseball makes its own nothing. It's all baseball does, with every hit extending the life of the game. [...] It's right there in the rules: get a hit, and you just make more baseball. It can go forever. It can make an infinite and infinitely replenished amount of nothing.
Che boludo!: All of this I have witnessed first hand or personally experienced.
I think going into more detail here would help it feel more like an answer to an application question and less like an academic paper. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:52 AM on July 16, 2014
It's funny, growing up in a family of lapsed Catholics in Boston, I was probably in middle school before I realized that there were other kinds of Christians than Catholics. I knew more Jewish people than Protestants. Hard to believe there was a time when Catholics were not the dominant religious presence in the area. Thanks for the post. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:55 PM on July 13, 2014
benito.strauss is jokingly referring to your (inadvertent?) doubling down.
maryr: which is not the nicest part of not the nicest part of town. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:22 AM on July 15, 2014
PhoBWanKenobi: Just so you know, the first book is on sale this week for $1.99 at various ebook outlets, so it's a good time to grab a copy if you wanted to but couldn't, because funds.
It's been on my "To Buy" list for a while, but the budget for that list has been tied up in the Appropriations Committee forever (they seem to think food and electricity are "higher priorities" for some reason). Considering the sale, I've been able... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:27 AM on July 15, 2014
Unless you can positively identify the manufacturer, the odds of you finding a perfect fitting replacement are essentially nil. It's going to be (I'd guess) an order of magnitude cheaper to get the hole re-sized and buy an off the shelf window than to get something custom made. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:31 AM on July 15, 2014
Would you ever date a coworker? Even if they were super hot and made you feel tingly when they walked by your cube? If you think there is a chance you might consider dating a colleague, don't tell him that you don't date colleagues, because if you do in the future, that is really going to sting. If you don't want to date him, tell him that you aren't interested in him that way, and you'd prefer to keep your relationship professional. Don't invent restrictions that don't exist, as it may end up... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:27 AM on July 15, 2014
I actually really liked this episode. Great job by Christopher Eccleston, and all the action and motivations felt genuine to me. I felt like it was a powerful examination of faith and commitment and conviction. The way it juxtaposed his physical care for the church with his care for his wife (Donna!) was excellent.
For what it's worth, I don't think the pigeons were supposed to be supernatural, just a coincidence that he was lucky to take advantage of. posted to FanFare by Rock Steadyat 6:13 AM on July 15, 2014
This is a perfectly normal lease situation in my experience, but it is also perfectly normal to negotiate from a yearly lease to a shorter one or a month-to-month situation when your plans are not certain. I'd offer $500/mo for a 6 month lease or $550 for month-to-month. You might also offer to deposit "first and last" which is a standard thing, so that if you do need to leave on short notice, the landlord already has your last month's rent in hand, which might make them more... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on July 14, 2014
Driven: I don't want to offend the land lord by trying to negotiate and I completely understand why the lease is structured the way it is.
Totally not an issue. It may very well be that he or she is just using an off-the-shelf lease form and would be very willing to change the terms. Part of the reason leases are written with longer terms is to protect the tenant -- if you sign a year lease you know the landlord isn't able to kick you out or raise the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:17 AM on July 14, 2014
I know little and less about the history of BatGirl and your various BatFranchises, but as the father of a 13-year-old girl who is just getting into superheroes through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think I will suggest she check this series out. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:49 AM on July 14, 2014
Halloween Jack: and then stuff happened and the new Batgirl was Stephanie Brown, formerly the Spoiler and (briefly) Robin and then dead (in one of the most problematic, creepy-snuff-porn kind of ways), and then not so dead and then Batgirl. And then Nu52 and Gordon is unparalyzed and Cain is MIA and Brown is back as Spoiler.
Insert "Not sure if actually a BatVillain called The Spoiler or if just avoiding spoilers" Fry img macro.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:22 AM on July 14, 2014
Speaking of Rabies, this phenomenon is not confined to human medicine. Veterinary students come up with the craziest diseases for their pets to have as well. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:01 AM on July 14, 2014
Totally 100% normal. Like rabbitrabbit says, these feelings are why a lot of parents stop at one.
Things that keep you sane:
* Connecting with other parents who have kids about the same age. You can commiserate, and it makes you realize that your feelings are universal. Additionally, when you get together, your kids can entertain themselves to some degree, so you get a breather and a chance to talk like an adult.
* Connecting with family. Getting... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:25 AM on July 11, 2014
Bank of America Online Banking does this. It can be an email, a text, or (I think) a push message with their smartphone app. It doesn't always come at the same time though. I'd say 85% of the time it is right around 7 am (Eastern), but sometimes it doesn't show up until the afternoon or evening. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:15 AM on July 11, 2014
DirtyOldTown: Is it just a weird quirk relating to my age and alt-rock loving adolescence or does anyone else hear the name Grant Mazzy and think Grant (Lee Buffalo) Mazzy (Star)?
Heh. I kept thinking that his name "went together" somehow, and I definitely thought of Mazzy Star, but I couldn't figure out why Grant went with it. I even checked to see if the guy from Mazzy Star's name was Grant or something. I bet it is from Grant Lee Buffalo,... [more] posted to FanFare by Rock Steadyat 7:16 AM on July 11, 2014
Think of all the medical treatments that require intense pain before healing can begin. Resetting a broken bone, pulling an infected tooth, rehabbing a torn muscle. If you don't experience that intense pain, pain that is for a short time worse than the disease itself, you will never get better. posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 3:33 AM on July 11, 2014