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2015 secret quonsar: sign ups are open!
Now it is time for the annual reminder that if you search your email archive for "quonsar" you can find the text of your guidance from previous years if you want to cut-n-paste.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on November 1, 2015
congen: "I wrote my "notes for quonsar" in a style reminiscent of a dating profile."
I'm using this year's NaNoWriMo to write next year's instructions to my quonser. Hope you like curling up with a good wishlist!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on November 2, 2015
♪ ♫ It's the fish-pantsiest season of all
With warm schmoopy feelings and de-lighted squealings
You got a great haul
It's the fish-pantsiest season of all ♫ ♪ ♬
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on November 2, 2015
I'm gonna kill that kid!
A medical doctor evaluates the injuries suffered by the Wet Bandits in Home Alone.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on November 2, 2015
the charming tale of a young boy with a singular dream
If this story had involved a marsupial it would be the most Australia thing ever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on November 2, 2015
You Look Weird, Charlie Brown
I showed this to my pre-schooler
I'm calling Child Protective Services.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:14 AM on November 2, 2015
Peter, Paul, Macbeth, and Matthew -- more, please?
If medical diagnoses are OK: Münchausen Syndrome
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on November 2, 2015
Jewish communities- greater Boston
I grew up in Needham, though I haven't lived there in 10-15 years now, but in the 90s there was a significant and active Jewish community there. I am not Jewish, but I'd say that about 25% of my friends were Jewish, and I went to 4 or 5 bar/bat/b'nai mitzvahs. My younger brother probably went to a dozen. There was a Jewish Community Center that often held dances or other teen events. We didn't officially have Jewish holidays off from school, but I know a large number of "teacher work… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on November 1, 2015
How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"
This seems like the perfect time to deploy the ultimate noncommittal agreement response.
"I know, right?"
You're not actually agreeing with them (or even answering the question, really), but it is a validating response and will (hopefully) make them go away.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:37 AM on October 31, 2015
Stop! Nano time
OK, I'm finally going to try this. I'm cheating a bit, as I've already got a couple thousand words written of my YA novel about veterinary magic, but I'm pretty sure I won't get 1667 words in every day, so I'll need all the help I can get.
Oh, I'm Dave Provost over there.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:25 AM on October 28, 2015
I like the idea of someone going back in time and told they are supposed to fall in love with a person, or else. How does the knowledge that you are "officially soulmates" affect the way you see that person, especially their flaws? Two weird ideas I have for you: 1. What if the well-known/influential person they have to go back in time to fall in love with was known for having a long, supportive relationship that this time traveller knows they will have to break up in order to… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:52 AM on October 28, 2015
Hmm. This should link to my profile.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on October 30, 2015
Loved this show, and was crushed when it didn't return following the cliffhanger ending. Not sure if I ever watched the movies, so I'll have to check them out when I get home.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on October 28, 2015
theatro: "higher-budget HBO version of the show"
Take my money.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:34 PM on October 28, 2015
mephron: "Also, the part in the opening of the show, when it rises to a crescendo, then you see Sykes yell and pound the dash on the car as George looks at him in a kind of amused-but-understanding-the-frustration way you'd expect a cop in the buddy-cop shows to look."
I have not been able to stop thinking of that exact moment since this post went up. It might be my favorite moment in all of TV history.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:45 PM on October 28, 2015
Also, Sikes looked unnervingly like Mick Jagger, and his girlfriend Cathy made 13-year-old Rock Steady think some very interesting things.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on October 28, 2015
PhoBWanKenobi: "I dressed like a Tenctonese for Halloween in 9th grade way after the show was popular (this would have been 1999 or so, so it was airing on Sci-fi) and I really wish I had that picture. I was wearing a bathing cap with spots drawn on it and everything."
Flagged as fantastic.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:55 PM on October 28, 2015
No one make an Alien Nation rewatch FanFare club because it will kill my NaNoWriMo plans.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 PM on October 28, 2015
oh yeah!: "hence the joke "Rocky 6" movie marque in the opening credits"
Rambo 6. Get on my level.
I only knew that because I watched the credit sequence like three times last night.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on October 29, 2015
I dunno, PhoBWanKenobi. The mayor of Los Angeles is named Sam Francisco?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:31 AM on October 29, 2015
A VOTE FOR SAM FRANCISCO
IS A VOTE FOR LOS ANGELES
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on October 29, 2015
*puts my fist on your temple*
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on October 29, 2015
What's your online source for generic/low-cost heartworm meds for dogs?
Heartgard and other heartworm preventatives (HWP) are prescription medications, as it is vitally important to ensure that your pet does not have adult heartworms when you give the medication, as the adult worms can cause a fatal blockage in the pulmonary arteries when they die. For this reason, any reputable site that sells HWP will require a written prescription from your vet annually. If the staff at your vet's office are unpleasant, this can be a pain in the neck, as you are relying on them… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:22 AM on October 29, 2015
Planning for secret quonsar: 2015 edition
Well, to be fair, you sending those emails does effect signup confirmation.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:25 AM on October 29, 2015
When do you know it's time to take a sick day?
Just want to add that being told to go home is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we are not the best judge of how poorly we are doing, and we need a coworker to (kindly) say "You look like hell, what are you doing here?" before it sinks in. I'd say that in my 20+ years of trying to decide if I should call in sick, I've been 100% sure of my decision maybe 10% of the time. It's almost always a fine line, and it's perfectly reasonable to land on the wrong side of it once in a while.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:37 AM on October 28, 2015
Back when I worked in the retail and food service industries, I absolutely experienced the kind of sick day "culture" that Jane the Brown eloquently describes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on October 28, 2015
What is Jeff?
Who is Jeff Malkovich?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on October 28, 2015
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:30 PM on October 28, 2015
"How much—indeed, how little—should workers be paid?"
tapesonthefloor: "I think the more we talk about this, the better off everyone is, even if it is bacon-and-eggs-plating."
So you start making $70,000 per year and all of a sudden you're too good for beans?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:05 AM on October 28, 2015
Pre- and Post-Op Bunny Care
I would not be comfortable moving forward with surgery based on what you have outlined here. Standard diagnostic practice for a growth of unknown origin is aspiration cytology at a minimum, if not a biopsy. If it is a malignant tumor, it should be staged with blood tests and imaging to determine if the cancer has spread. If it's not possible to do this level of diagnostic work (which I totally understand, given the economic realities involved) then I wonder if it is worth putting this rabbit… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 PM on October 27, 2015 marked best answer
davidjmcgee: "The Message is co-produced by Slate's Panoply network and G.E., in the latter's return to sponsoring radio(ish) drama some 62 years after General Electric Radio Theater"
I'm sure GE has committed all manner of misdeeds, and this isn't meant as a endorsement of the corporation in general, but I think this is a pretty cool thing they are doing. Figuring out a way to pay for podcasts that does not involve snacks and underwear is important.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on October 26, 2015
But what if I don't have time to go to the post office, or would like a free audiobook of my choice?
Maybe you should create your own simple website to tell people how you feel?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on October 26, 2015
Yeah, there is definitely an ARGy component to this. I wonder if the podcast is just the trailhead for the ARG, or if the ARG is a companion piece to the podcast? I also don't see the story wrapping up in the next 60 minutes of audio time. Maybe there will be a sequel podcast once the ARG has been completed/solved?
I really hate it when people dismiss ARGs as "just big ads" - was Mad Men just a big ad for Hilton Hotels and Heineken?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:22 AM on October 27, 2015
An Interactive Guide to Ambiguous Grammar
Postroad: "I don't understand this as an issue. I have for a long time read over and over that the active is preferable to the passive but that the passive has uses and ought to be used when and as necessary."
Did you RTFA? It's not really about grammar.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:15 AM on October 27, 2015
Vita Post Mortem
This is made up, but from the root word "eternity" you could have "eternitist" (or "eternist") for someone who does believe in an afterlife. The opposite is tricky, as "aeternitist" seems like it is using the æ ligature, so I'm not sure what you do there. "A-eternitist"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:39 AM on October 27, 2015
Gift for two year old
You need outdoor space to really make it work, but if you have a yard or balcony, a sand/water table is always a big hit.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:36 PM on October 26, 2015
Quote/poem/sentiment tying love and stars, and maybe birthdays?
WB Yeats, "The Wind Among the Reeds, " 36. Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven:HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on October 26, 2015
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Really cool wind chimes for a gift?
A Cape Cod buoy bell is exactly what you are looking for. Here's a link to one. I'll try and find a authentic Cape Cod manufacturer for you later today.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:55 AM on October 26, 2015
Looking for more "ambient sci-fi"
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is more horror than sci-fi, but I think it is right up your alley.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on October 26, 2015
Dealing with allergies in the restaurant kitchen
BlueJae, I hope I'm not peanutsplaining here, but since you mentioned you don't go out to eat much, you may not realize that most if not all restaurants will allow a person with special dietary needs to bring in their own outside food, and will often even re-heat it for you. I know that doesn't solve all your problems (people touching your son after eating allergenic food and so on), but I thought I would mention it in case you weren't aware.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:43 AM on October 25, 2015
in the real world we have been harassed and asked to leave restaurants over bringing in outside food, even after telling the staff about the allergy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:05 PM on October 25, 2015
Thinking of moving to Charlotte from Hudson Valley NY
Strongly second looking at Durham or Chapel Hill. There is an art scene in Charlotte, and there are cool people, but it's a small minority. The major industries there are banks and insurance companies, and it shows. In Durham and CH you can be less than 2 hours from Charlotte and you will feel like you are among your people much more than you ever could in Charlotte.
That said, summers down here are pretty brutal and humid, but very few places in the US are perfect weather-wise.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on October 25, 2015
A realistic gun at a kids halloween party?
Is there any way you can permanently mount it in the holster? If it's the weight and the look in the holster that make the costume fun for you, that would be a decent way to take it out in public or to adult parties. I would not take a realistic gun out of its holster anywhere in public. You should still not take it to the kids' party.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:53 PM on October 24, 2015
Which Shakespeare plays are best for introducing him to teenagers?
If I had to pick, without knowing the kids personally, I'd go with Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Hamlet because, yes the angsty teen drama, but also because reading it really makes you feel like an insider because of all the cultural allusions that come out of it - the play's the thing, poor Yorick, to be or not to be, Ophelia, etc. Twelfth Night because it's really funny, but also really - I'm not sure how to put it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on October 23, 2015
The age of Books is upon us
robocop is bleeding: " I keep thinking about doing a Men in Blazers post to talk about soccah, but that feels kind of cheatie, like I know I wouldn't talk about the show so much as the Premier League games the show covered."
There has been a "The NFL Today" nudge-nudge-wink-wink post for the past couple of weeks. Not much action on it thus far.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:15 AM on October 22, 2015
jessamyn: "just being mindful and not redirecting the thread to "Well looks like you guys all like it but let's talk about the stuff that I hate..." and then digging in on those points."
I think that's the key. If you want to express your dislike in a constructive way that's fine, if you want to have a little back and forth discussion about it that's fine too, but at some point you have to let it go. You aren't going to change… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:36 AM on October 23, 2015
Popular Horse Dances
How has no one mentioned Ginuwine?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:00 AM on October 23, 2015 marked best answer
Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 25. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Eight
Casting time for Phantom Steed is 10 minutes. Sorry. I'm all for not letting rules ruin a great play, though, so good no call, GM.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:22 PM on October 22, 2015
Saturday Night Live: Tracy Morgan / Demi Lovato
Also, re: Demi Lovato, I like her music fine, but when I see her perform it looks like she is working. So. Hard. I get tired just watching her.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on October 22, 2015