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Is it okay to accept a new job that I might leave in the near future?
I feel a sense of loyalty towards my employer and would feel bad leaving them soon after starting a new project,

Unless your employer is very unusual, this loyalty is misplaced. They would not hesitate to lay you off two weeks after giving you the new job if the funding for the position unexpectedly dried up. Take the job and keep looking for better jobs with no guilt.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 PM on August 11, 2014

Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2014/2015
cgk: Anyone interested in a concurrent head-to-head league again this year?

Yeah, I'd be up for that.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on August 11, 2014

What does it mean to follow Metroid?
killThisKid: I didn't think I'd ever re-capture the feeling of exploration, discovery, loneliness, and panic that Metroid managed to create.

There has never been creepier, more ominous music in a video game than this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on August 11, 2014

Landlord staying at my place while I'm gone - should I ask for $$?
aroberge: They may notice some other minor things that need fixing up (it's easy to get used to some minor annoyances and become blind to them) and do so which would be to your advantage.

Yeah, I also wouldn't ask for money, but I might say, "While you are here painting, can you take a look at the squeaky stair and the leaky faucet?" or whatever other minor maintenance issues you may have.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on August 11, 2014

The possibly sad truth about the "magical" bipedal bear of New Jersey
In veterinary medicine, we often say that dogs and cats are born with "three legs and a spare," as amputation of one limb rarely seems to trouble them (there can be knock-on musculoskeletal issues down the road as a side effect of increased load, though). Don't know how that translates to ursine medicine, but perhaps whatever injury the bear suffered is no longer painful and he or she will not be too badly impacted by the handicap.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on August 11, 2014

"My philosophy? Keep calm, and get fired up!"
I really wanted to hear more of Ted Lasso's advice to 12-year-old girls.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:56 AM on August 10, 2014
They really could make a great weekly show out of this. Half a live in-character NBC Sports Network studio show with soccer guests, interviews and maybe even Premier League highlights/"analysis". The other half would be scripted skits and sketches about his efforts to coach the Owls and get back into a Premiership job.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on August 11, 2014

Why can they not, I say, form a foot-ball club?
ob1quixote: It's too bad they don't show the AFL games on ESPN anymore. (Also Irish Hurling, but that's for another time.)

I used to love watching AFL games on The Deuce when I had insomnia. One of those games I'd still put in the Top Ten of Exciting Sports Matches I've Even Seen: The 2010 Grand Final which ended in a draw, resulting in (to the apparent surprise of most of the players) a replay a week later rather than Extra Time.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:29 AM on August 11, 2014

Movie: Particle Fever
This was a great movie. It really managed to put a human face on an almost inconceivably vast undertaking. Such adorable nerds! I was also really stuck by the elderly physicists who had spent their whole lives working on theories that were going to be proven or disproven by these experiments. I can't imagine that kind of a career, with such a delayed payoff, if at all.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:50 AM on August 3, 2014
Divine_Wino: Of the many great little moments, I love when the two theorists just start playing ping pong by bouncing the ball off the wall.

Oh yes. It was just the nerdiest of nerd moves (I mean that in the best possible way), and you could just see their brains kick into a higher gear as they considered all the implications of the ping-pong multiverse.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on August 11, 2014

Like browsing MeFi in a shrouded theater
Very cool, and I'd love to see it integrated into the official color scheme.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on August 9, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14 Perform
Loved both of the girls' and guys' group dances. I felt like they were both masterful combinations of choreography and costuming (which is a strength of this show that I think often gets overlooked). The way the movements of the girls' long dresses mimicked their movements was really cool. I also loved the little moments where an individual would try to sort of break out of the group.

Christina Applegate is a treasure and I want her to be my friend.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on August 9, 2014

Disappearing Favorites from Recent Activities
pb: I hear what you're saying nobody,

Story of my life.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:13 AM on August 8, 2014
Of course there is Horse Chow.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on August 9, 2014

neither hipster, nor corporate shill... its the Dishevelled Trivago Guy
OMFG. I use the word hate very rarely in my life, but I. Hate. This. Guy. It's incredibly irrational, I know, but the phrase "with the heat of a thousand suns" comes to mind immediately.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on August 5, 2014
I should add: I don't have a problem with how the guy looks, in general. I don't find him creepy or anything, but I just can't figure out why they would carefully choose that look for a TV commercial. It's a perfectly fine look, but it makes zero sense for a spokesman to me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on August 5, 2014
I feel like this is relevant.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:40 PM on August 5, 2014
Maybe they are playing a long con? Start him out looking like a rumpled alcoholic drifter and gradually shift his look/voice/everything so that by the end you can't help but think he is the most fashionable, appealing man in the world?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on August 7, 2014

#GlobalVoices / #NonWestNov / #GlobalSouthSept
Perhaps it would be less complicated if we divided it in two. "Global Voices" one month for posts by users outside the US (I wouldn't get into the complications of West/South/Whatever. Let people decide for themselves what "outside the US" means. Post from Puerto Rico? Sure! You consider "The People's Republic of Your Basement" to be outside the US? Whatever, I guess!) and then "Posters Of Color" another month. I agree that the best thing about JulyByWomen... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on August 6, 2014
All of us here at the Postmo Arglobal Corporation really appreciate your engagement with our brand.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on August 6, 2014
elgilito: The only solution is to have more active non-US participants. Divabat's initiative is a step in the right direction, but "global-themed" FPPs won't help if they're derailed into "And now here's the US perspective on #GlobalTheme", because that can be off-putting for non-US mefites and discourage them from participating.

That's why I think the focus should be on encouraging MeFites from around the world to post on whatever... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:59 AM on August 7, 2014

Go Ahead, read my stuff.
I continue to love that KRIEG DER STERNE story.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on August 7, 2014

Movies about serial killers
Another short TV series would be The Fall. Truly amazing, unique performances. It's on Netflix streaming.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on August 7, 2014

Too Clever To Be Legal
Huh. I'm a pharmacy purchasing manager, and we have a product manufactured by Valeant that we buy very rarely, and every time I try and buy it they have cut down the number of authorized distributors, and I need to set up an account with a different company. Good to know my annoyance with them is well deserved.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on August 6, 2014

Because they are cute little assholes. That's why.
joseph conrad is fully awesome: I'm getting a cat sometime in the future and I'm looking around at all the tchotchkes I have on flat surfaces with dread.

Our cats almost never do this. I mean, they'll knock shit over because they are clumsy doofuses, and one of them likes to try and drink from the glass of water on your nightstand, and occasionally gets his head stuck, but they don't intentionally knock shit over. They do other... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on August 6, 2014

New mobile game needed for brief breaks
A Dark Room is... unique.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on August 6, 2014
jbickers: Yeah, I would love to play that one, but weirdly, it requires OS7.

That is weird. Sorry about that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on August 6, 2014

What's the 'significance' of the word bubonic in bubonic plague?
I would guess the assignment is trying to get at "Why is it called 'bubonic' plague and not, say, 'pinkeye' plague or 'runny nose' plague?" They are looking for the meaning of the word "bubonic" within the phrase "bubonic plague."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:37 AM on August 6, 2014

There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash
We could just come up with a generic design that means "US CURRENCY" in movies/TV, like we have done with 555-1234 phone numbers and Oceanic Airlines.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on August 6, 2014

MeFi State of the Update
Slarty Bartfast: I'd like to do something nice for the kids this year

Jelly of the Month Club is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Seriously, though, thanks for the update, Matt. I really appreciate it.

I'll take this opportunity to renew my offer to remind people to make a yearly donation on or about Moderator's Day (June 13) every year. Just send me a MeMail.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on August 6, 2014

Help me get out of this wedding
1. It's really not a big deal. Just mention the car accident and the broken toe, and they will understand.
2. Especially if you send them a really nice gift.
3. It would be pretty sketchy to go to a different East Coast wedding the following week.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on August 6, 2014

Squeeze those pips
Greg Nog: OH MY GOSH I AM GOING TO TRY THIS

I expect a liveblog.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 AM on August 6, 2014

Consider, first, their absurd sartorial appurtenances
SEARCH THEE HITHER AND YON FOR TALES OF RONALD PAULUS
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on August 5, 2014
These kids are just lucky that Ottocare lets them stay on their parents' bloodletting plans until they are six-and-twenty. Otherwise they'd get sent to debtor's prison anytime they had to go to the barber for an excess of yellow bile.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on August 5, 2014

I'll do something else … Probably, I'm thinking, carpentry.
jbickers: And yeah, if his sidekick isn't a wisecracking little girl named Stormageddon Dark Lord of All then they will have made a huge miss.

I think Wilf has more of the Ed McMahon-y vibe you are looking for in a late nite sidekick.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on August 5, 2014

Partner's Abusive Ex and Communicating My Boundaries
You're going to let Ted win that easily?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:25 AM on August 5, 2014

What are the hat rules?
Real hats are rare enough that any rules that were once followed have atrophied to the point of meaninglessness.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on August 5, 2014

How UCLA flooded on a sunny day
that's candlepin: Nationally, it's Cs and Ds across the board. With one B for solid waste.

Woohoo! We passed!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on August 5, 2014

How do I create a training program?
Hey, so a big part of my wife's jobs over the past 10 years has been developing training programs for vet techs and she would be happy to chat with you by email. MeMail me and I will give you her email address.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on August 4, 2014

Help me be safe in this driving situation! (USA Driving-Filter)
If Car F is there, pull into the turning lane such that you are facing Car F, but are far back enough to let them easily turn into their driveway. Once they are gone, pull ahead and perform your left turn. You may end up waiting a while if there are several Cars F, but it's the safe way to do it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on August 4, 2014
If there is a line of Cars F, you may be able to make eye contact with the drivers and someone should get the hint before they pull up and will let you go.

The other option I can think of is rather than turning around at the busy intersection, find an alternate route that takes you home for the right direction. This may not be possible, given the arrangement of roads and whatnot, but I usually take an alternate way when leaving/arriving home that costs me at least a... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on August 4, 2014 marked best answer
While we are on the subject of safety in turning lanes, this may seem basic, but I'm surprised at the number of drivers who don't follow this rule: While you are waiting in the turning lane, DO NOT have your wheel turned to the left, but keep it straight until you have clearance to make the turn. The reason you do this is if you are rear-ended while you are waiting and you already have your wheels turned, the collision will drive you into the oncoming traffic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on August 4, 2014

The threads that never end...
umbú: Cortex's fingerpickin' version of Laurie Anderson's O Superman is one that I keep coming back to.

If we are talking about songs that we always come back to, umbú, I submit your amazing cover of "Human Behavior" -- "Seres Humanos".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on August 4, 2014

Slug Solos
I thought this was just going to be a boring collection of guitarface images, but it is so so much more.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on August 4, 2014

The Visual Microphone: Passive Recovery of Sound from Video
Don't use one of those crinkly Sun Chips bags or you will liquefy your eardrums.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on August 4, 2014

Movie suggestions
A Town Called Panic does not appear to be on Netflix anymore, but it's a deeply weird, very funny stop motion animation children's movie that I heard best described as "Toy Story on absinthe." The version I saw was in French, with subtitles, in case that's an issue for anyone.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on August 4, 2014

Phase transitions are an unnecessary expense
thebrokedown: Flashbacks to Wendy's Frosties. Leave it on the dashboard? No problem! Well, other than your Frostie being hot.

Yeah, no. When you grab a Frosty™ with your Son of Baconator™, you gotta eat the Frosty first, or else you are going to be drinking it. Plus, you get the guilty frisson of eating dessert before dinner, so win-win.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:24 AM on August 4, 2014

Give me your Underdog stories!
Independence Day manages to make all of humanity into the underdog.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:31 AM on August 2, 2014

Allowing non-posters to add tags
cortex: "we can get u #1 results on google"

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on August 1, 2014

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