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Are we back in high school, srsly
I think you are asking a lot of him, to expect him to instinctively adapt to the level of intimacy you would like to have, after two weeks, without even talking to him about it. You can either wait a little bit and see if things settle naturally, or take him aside and talk to him about just what level of interaction you'd like to have. Also, I agree that this approach

that doesn't stop me from making sure I look like I'm having fun when I know he's around, or... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on April 1, 2014

Whoa.
I just want to point out how Elsa absolutely nailed her answer to this question. Well played.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:22 AM on April 1, 2014

Note: pineapple is an abomination against the Pizza Gods
Growing up in Boston, I am very familiar with the "New England" style of pizza they reference near the end there, and boy howdy is it generally horrible. I'd rather go to Papa Gino's than $TOWN House of Pizza and get that greasy, spongy mess.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:07 AM on April 1, 2014

MefiTV?
Picturing this like the Blue, I'd see this as 1 Thread Per Thing, where Thing is an episode, a movie, an album, etc.

You would also want some kind of minimal (MeFiIRL-like?) sorting and grouping features, so you could see all of the episodes of a certain show together, or all movies, or all books, or whatever. I am very interested in something like this. Is there a way we could set up some kind of steering committee involving both mods and users to... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:40 PM on March 27, 2014
A couple thoughts:

1. ChatFilter is already taken. I like MediaFilter, if we are voting on names.
2. I think it would be cool to have MediaFilter include books and movies and albums and action figures and fanfic and animated GIFs and whatever else, but I think it might be best to start by restricting it to current TV episodes, at least for some sort of "pre-release" period.
3. I think it needs to be one "thread" per episode,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:23 AM on March 28, 2014
jenfullmoon: Look, guys, much as I love this idea myself, we kinda already tried Metacooler for it a few years ago and it died. Are we sure we have that much interest to keep maintaining another site?

The idea is that it would be a subsite of MetaFilter, not a separate site. There's been a long list of spin-off sites that fizzled (I still miss ya, BBQ!), but I think a subsite is a different question entirely. You may still be right, and there may not... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:35 AM on March 28, 2014
Kabanos: For MetaTube, I'd suggest either SMPTE color bars, or black & white noise.

The sky above the port was the color of MetaFilter, tuned to a dead channel.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:16 AM on March 28, 2014
filthy light thief: Anyway, has anyone noticed that the mods have stayed out of this discussion?

At the beginning, #1 himself said "It's an interesting idea that we've thought about." Which is practically a green light compared to the usual official comment on proposed subsites. I suspect the others are waiting to hear more from the boss.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on March 28, 2014
jason_steakums: I wonder how difficult it would be to group multiple recaps of a single episode together

I'm envisioning something like the way IRL handles photos. See the right hand side of this recent meetup, for example. You'd want them to be more prominent than they are in meetup threads (replace the map with icons showing the profile pic of the users that have posted recaps?), but adding a collection of data from different sources, even if hosted... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on March 28, 2014
Ghidorah: Like I said, my main question is, yes, there's a sudden hole in the internet. Something that was loved is going away. Why is it that Metafilter is the place that should leap up to fill this hole?

I guess my answer would be that MetaFilter is amazing at the things it does, and I so would like it to do other things that I am interested in. That doesn't mean it's going to succeed, for a number of reasons (if it ever happens -- we only have the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on March 28, 2014
I think this would be cool, and could be a very quickly beloved part of the site, but I imagine it would be a moderation headache.

For what it's worth, we are already doing a great deal of chatting about TV shows. I know there was always at least one Doctor Who thread active through the whole of this last season, and I think that was the case for Mad Men and Breaking Bad as well, probably... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:15 PM on March 28, 2014
What, if anything, can we as interested users do to help you define it, Matt?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:16 PM on March 28, 2014
I feel like some people aren't thinking carefully about how this would actually work β€” in short, if threads close after a period of time, then people would have to make new posts about a show/episode when they finally watched it (or rewatched it). This would be hugely cluttered and inefficient, interest would be divided between these posts, it just wouldn't be worth it. You're thinking, well, keep the threads open. But then you'd have so very many "old" posts that someone... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on March 29, 2014
I wouldn't say it's wrong, Potomac, but I think it is just a personal level of spoiler-averseness that is not going to work on a casual discussion forum like we are proposing here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:48 AM on March 29, 2014
Here's a quick and dirty mock-up of what I'm envisioning a given thread looking like. A central "content box" that would prominently feature content created by MeFites (we would need a "generic user" image for users who don't have profile pics) and hosted elsewhere (perhaps there could be an option for text-only content to be hosted by MetaFilter?) but also a place for content from elsewhere on the Web. This would provide the "meat" of the thread, with a standard... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:09 AM on March 31, 2014
wemayfreeze: One big thing: no photos. Keeping users' appearance to just the name is a big part of the MeFi experience. I love not knowing what people look like unless I want to click through to their profile.

I actually kind of agree with you on that, but I felt like user-created content deserved some kind of graphic to punch it up. Maybe there's a better option?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on March 31, 2014

#22: Never count to ∞ where you will die.
I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took your dey's on my hot glord.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:55 PM on March 30, 2014

Carrier Access Codes and cultural detritus, featuring Alf and friends
I suspect that, in the US at least, all voice communications will be a free service of your data plan within the next 10 or 15 years tops. The idea for paying for audio-only phone calls will be as archaic as paying for long distance now.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:34 PM on March 29, 2014

David A. Trampier, 1954-2014
If I am ever half as cool as his rakshasa, I will consider my life a giant success.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:22 AM on March 28, 2014

Streaming podcasts, minus downloads?
It's not a direct answer to your question, but you may want to talk to Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann of the Answer Me This! podcast. They have a freely downloadable podcast, but they monetize their back catalog.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on March 28, 2014

How to improve relationship with my partner's teenage daughter?
Eyebrows McGee: I always suggest, when one is trying to bond with a teenager, you find a TV show that you both like and make it together appointment viewing. Same side by side conversation benefits during commercials, a shared interest to talk about ... you can even share fannish things you find online to each other on social media.

A million times this. Anything where you can be in each other's presence for extended periods of time without having to... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on March 28, 2014

Durham Bulls Game Meetup
How full are the stands, generally? The reason I ask is that if the stands are full and we are not able to easily move around within our section it might be better to get tickets in the grass or at least adjacent to the "party decks" in left field, so that we can mingle a bit easier, rather than being "locked in" to a single seat. I've been to some minor league games where once you are in your section, you can basically move around as much as you want, as long as there are... [more]
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on March 28, 2014

The big lesson here? Beware!
Has mathowie ever considered a TV subsite? I think the problem with a spin-off site is that they very rarely obtain a critical mass of users, but if it were official, or at least log-ins were connected behind the scenes you wouldn't have that problem.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on March 27, 2014
griphus: do it yourself and post it to Projects/make a MeTa

Yeah, as we have seen, that doesn't seem to work, generally speaking. I'm wondering if they might reconsider that stance.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on March 27, 2014

Get Refund from Contractor
Keep in mind that they may have declined other potential jobs and/or taken on some costs in anticipation of your job (supplies, setup work, etc.) so a full refund might be asking a bit much. Perhaps if you suggest that they keep, say, 10% as a cancellation fee they would be more responsive to your request.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:04 AM on March 27, 2014 marked best answer
tckma: Yes, filing a complaint with the credit card company will indeed get results, in my experience. However, generally the first thing any credit card company has asked me when I've filed a complaint is, "have you tried contacting the merchant for a refund?" If not, they generally want you to try and resolve it with that company first.

Not to mention, it's kind of shitty, especially from a small business owner's point of view, to have the... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on March 27, 2014

The Corrrect Answer is "All of Season One"
zarq: Transwarp beaming is a disaster waiting to happen, in-universe. Consider its effects on warfare. Imagine: you beam photon torpedo warheads into another solar system onto a habitable planet, space station or into a star. All you need are accurate scanners and BOOM. Mass annihilation.

Even without getting into transwarp beaming, it's kind of foolish to not use transporters as weapons even in "conventional" starship battles. As soon as... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:44 AM on March 26, 2014
DevilsAdvocate: Because you'd have to lower your shields to do that, too.

Attacking Captain: OK, their shields are down, get ready, Transporter Room... Shields down!
Engineering Bridge Officer: Shields down, Captain.
Attacking Captain: Energize!

Defending Engineering Bridge Officer: Captain, all of a sudden there's a torpedo next to the warp... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:23 PM on March 26, 2014
Pah! The Khitomer Accords are not worth the PADDs they were written on!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:12 AM on March 27, 2014

For those of us with a finger in more than one internet pie
You could have an "Also On" service that was just a generic website icon (whatever that is) and then just let you put in a freeform URL. Seems like a nice compromise. Keeps the prominence of the "website" link while also allowing for multiple sites.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:29 AM on March 26, 2014
I waf told an affortment of hearty pief would be provided.

Promulgated by the Baron Rock of Fteady after fome delay [thrice notated] [raise a point of order]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on March 26, 2014
I muft requeft that the "play-wright" that we have recently admitted to the Metafiltre, againft my ftrong objectionf, ftop being fuch a humourleff pedant.

Promulgated by the Baron Rock of Fteady &c.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:30 AM on March 26, 2014
[purchase an indulgence] [off with their heads]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:39 AM on March 26, 2014
eh, we're ok.

Pistols at dawn, sirrah!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:13 PM on March 26, 2014
π”šπ”₯𝔢 𝔑𝔦𝔑𝔫'𝔱 𝔢𝔬𝔲 𝔱𝔒𝔩𝔩 π”ͺ𝔒 𝔱π”₯𝔦𝔰 π”Ÿπ”’π”£π”¬π”―π”’? π”…π”©π”žπ” π”¨π”©π”’π”±π”±π”’π”― 𝔦𝔰 π”₯𝔬𝔴 β„‘ 𝔣𝔒𝔒𝔩 𝔦𝔫𝔰𝔦𝔑𝔒. 𝔄𝔩𝔩 𝔱π”₯𝔒 𝔱𝔦π”ͺ𝔒.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:16 AM on March 27, 2014

How do I confront my therapist who is also essentially my boss?
To continue your analogy, sometimes you have to put up with a less than ideal "boss" in order to do a "job" that you really like. In this case your "job" is your mental health, and if you think she is helping you with that, and is good at that, you may have to put up with some moodiness and condescension.

That said, it is definitely possible for a "boss" to be so bad at being a "boss" that they make... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on March 27, 2014

Chicken Facts
A chicken can have 4 or 5 teeth on each foot.
Chickens lay different colored eggs, depending on this season's trendiest colors, as set by the Maison des Poulins in Paris.
Chickens are bad mamma-jammas.
If cut off, a chicken's beak can be kept alive for days by submerging it in a glass of flat ginger ale.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on March 26, 2014 marked best answer

WITHOUT FOOD AND SLEEP THEY ARE BASICALLY HILL CANNIBALS
β€œThomas the Tank Engine and Blaine the Mono in SODOR AND GOMORRAH.”

Hahahaha. Blaine the Mono is all I can think of when I see Thomas and Friends. Is there an episode where they tell each other riddles? That would be awesome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on March 26, 2014
EmpressCallipygos: Fisherman's Blues

Every kid I know that has heard that song becomes entranced by it...

MCMikeNamara: Every horror story about kids is so hilarious when they aren't your problem.

Ehn, half the time when my daughter was being a little terror I had to bite my cheek to keep from laughing at how adorable her evil was. Horrible kids are often hilarious even in the moment.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:29 PM on March 26, 2014

"Half time has infected pop music"
royalsong: I think I might hit up youtube and see if anyone has tried to explain the basics for those of us who are interested in learning. Like CrashCourse for music.

Totally. Ideally, does anyone know of a decent "Pop Music Appreciation 101" podcast?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on March 26, 2014
AAALASTAIR: So is the ultra-bass, southern rap influenced 'drop' section in Katy Perry's Dark Horse. There's nice pieces of melody earlier in that song (the snaky, minor key "make me your Aphrodite" comes to mind), but the catchiest part of the song for me is the post-chorus waterfall plunge of "...there's no going back" - and the rumbling, pounding beat that ensues.

Yaaaass, I love this part, and I've actually been thinking about... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on March 26, 2014

How can I do something nice for my boss?
Is there something job related you can do to take something off of her plate? Sending out a weekly email, pulling together reports, pulling numbers off a database, etc. Of course, you have to ask before you do something like this, and if you are already not meeting the minimum requirements of your own job, she is not going to look kindly on you taking on additional tasks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on March 26, 2014

Call me Ishmael/ I got that mass appeal
A Bird came down the Walkβ€”
He did not know I sawβ€”
He bit an Angleworm in halves
And punched him in the dick
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:07 AM on March 26, 2014

"He was a lucky man in every way."
He got to go up against Al Pacino in one of my favorite scenes of all time.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on March 25, 2014

Why is this an acceptable FPP?
jessamyn: Because flags also signal to newer users the sorts of things that are not okay and that you can use the flag feature for.

I completely understand and support that rationale, but from that standpoint, if you were to allow users to add some sort of freeform reason, you might be able to find things that the userbase thinks are not OK that you never would have realized were not OK, if that makes any sense.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:06 PM on March 25, 2014
Namlit: This is probably not a new thought either - one wonders whether that decline has to do with the increasing use of mobile devices…it's kinda hard to hit these tiny buttons on a tiny screen...

You'd presumably be able to see a similar decline in favoriting, maybe adjusting for the (I think) small percentage of users who have activated the "swipe to favorite" feature if that were the case.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on March 25, 2014

[spoon icon] [glass of milk icon] [ Ovaltine jar icon]
The notes appear to be similar to each other (if not identical) depending on the kind of item they are enclosed with. F'rexample, pink feather and orange feather.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on March 25, 2014
jimmythefish: The images smack of IKEA to me

Yeah, the table is definitely a LACK table. Maybe that name means something...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on March 25, 2014
One interesting bit about the symbols that I picked up from the subreddit is that there is one symbol that appears once and only once on each letter, near the end of the text (It's the circle with two half circles within it). To me, that suggests that it's not a letter, but rather some sort of functional symbol -- a "Sincerely" or "PS" symbol.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on March 25, 2014

Graphing the Shark
Sara C.: Is Archer no longer an animated comedy about silly spy hijinks?

They are now a drug cartel.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:24 AM on March 25, 2014

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