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Bangaioh: "The first question is always: what's the treat model?"

Great answer by Bangaioh, but I think that was supposed to be "threat model" in case you are initially confused like I was.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on March 27, 2015

Ambulances and civilian drivers: a traffic etiquette question!
Not to piggyback, but here's a similar question that I've had a few times. The situation is I'm in the left lane of a multi lane divided road in somewhat dense traffic and an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind in the right lane. If it was in gridlock-type traffic, I would obviously move as far as possible to the left, as there is no way the emergency vehicle is going to get to the left of me, but when the traffic is such that it would be difficult but not… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on March 27, 2015

No malice is intended.
I could say the names Joko Widodo and Dwellie Striggles repeatedly for three weeks straight, and they would still not fail to make me smile.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:09 AM on March 25, 2015
Maybe I am over-sensitive because I work with so many New Canadians that have names that sound "funny" to WASPS without a lot of exposure to diversity but making fun of people's names is something I don't feel is acceptable in the school yard, let alone on metafilter.

I appreciate that concern, and I've honestly thought a lot about it, as the Name of the Year tourney is one of my favorite things. To me, the reason this is celebratory rather… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:52 AM on March 25, 2015
I should also add that the NotY committee has - on multiple occasions - expunged names from the competition at their owner's request.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:22 AM on March 25, 2015
Voting is live in the Bulltron, folks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:11 AM on March 26, 2015
Kermit Carolina is currently pulling off the classic 12-over-5 upset.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:34 AM on March 26, 2015

The Three Casino Royales, spanning the history of James Bond
Bonus points to the producers if they don't promote it, and the world only finds out when the presumed-to-be-a-sidekick-setting-up-for-007-to-show-up-in-the-opening says "Bond. James Bond." before kicking some more ass and fucking the hell out of some dude.

The best part is you could probably pull that off even in the current publicity-hungry movie industry with just a minimal amount of subterfuge. You could promote whoever the new Bond is… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on March 26, 2015

Bachelor party without drinking in North Carolina
The Whitewater Center is amazingly fun. They close for the season at the end of September I think, so check your dates.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:49 PM on March 25, 2015

Hot Town, Summer in the City
Civil Defense officials in the 1950s and '60s designated hundreds of thousands of sites across the country as shelters. They were basement areas of schools and other large buildings, stocked with water and canned food – and they were considered a crucial way of limiting the damage posed by nuclear war.

And they were considered an excellent way to provide nightmare fuel to a young Rock Steady every day of elementary school.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:28 AM on March 25, 2015

The end of NFL blackouts
The best part of the photo everything is Hawaiian shirt Andy Reid.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:27 PM on March 24, 2015

Parting ways with a childhood home
Banknote of the year: "I'm going to rent out the house, and keep some of my parents' stuff in storage. But going back to an empty house and a storage unit won't ever compare to the richness of the memories the house evokes today."

That seems like a recipe for disappointment. Can you not sell it and have a clean break? Going back every so often to deal with tenant issues or to clean the place up after they move out and leave a mess (and maybe… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on March 24, 2015

Star Wars space battles the way they should have been, 1980s style
Four Ds: "I haven't really kept up with anything in the Expanded Universe"

Then I have some good news for you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on March 24, 2015

"Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!"
There was a two-screen second-run theater in the town where I grew up. By the time I was in middle school, it was pretty clear that the days of small suburban theaters was coming to an end, and the lack of repair and bargain-basement shows suggested that the writing was on the wall for this cinema as well. But one day we drove past the aging marquee and were shocked to see "U H F" lit up in those plastic bubble letters. The movie had just opened at the megaplexes out at the mall, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:52 AM on March 24, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Rides A Bike!
twoporedomain: "Was Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne purposely aping Gregory Peck from To Kill a Mockingbird?"

I think that's just Jon Hamm's natural Gregory Peckitude.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:42 PM on March 23, 2015

MeFi NCAA Bracket 2015
I'm in, and I have added my traditional What If This Were Academics and What If This Were Football picks as well.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:55 AM on March 16, 2015
Surprisingly hard to judge my Logo Aesthetics bracket. There are a number of different schools of college logo design, and when they clash it is hard to pick a winner. I mean, Valpo has possibly the best "fightin' mascot" style logo of all time, but Texas's "monochrome silhouette" style entry is also iconic. How do you pick a winner there?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on March 16, 2015
Shouldn't UNC (US News rank 2) beat Wisconsin in the Sweet Library Sixteen? Also, Simmons got robbed by the selection committee.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:46 PM on March 16, 2015
Some close matchups in the Alphabetical Order bracket. Alabama-Birmingham squeaks by Albany in the Final Four.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:04 PM on March 16, 2015
Did you see this, Bulgaroktonos? Go Wolfheels! or should that be Tarpack?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:28 AM on March 17, 2015
julen: "it's entirely possible to hate BOTH Carolina and Duke"

It's like people forget there is a third university in the Triangle that has won multiple National Championships...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:21 PM on March 19, 2015
Bulgaroktonos: "animals who think they're people"

Mr and Ms Wuf

I have 11-seeds UCLA and Mississippi going to the Sweet 16, so even though I picked neither of those 3 v 14 upsets, I'm thrilled for what it might mean for next round.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on March 19, 2015
I really thought Harvard was going to beat UNC for a minute there. That was fun.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:04 PM on March 19, 2015
Despite all the (well-deserved) shit the NCAA and major universities take about about the shady practices surrounding the "revenue sports," it's nice to be reminded occasionally that the majority of these players really are just goofy college kids having some fun.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on March 23, 2015

Home remedies for a dog with kennel cough
Depending on what you are currently on, you might ask your vet about a stronger cough suppressant. In my experience, vets will often start off with a fairly mild antitussive, as the stronger drugs are strictly controlled like hydrocodone, or have serious side effects like butorphanol. If you mention that the current medication is not controlling the cough, they may be willing to consider a stronger drug.

This is not medical advice, and you must ask your vet before giving… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:16 PM on March 23, 2015

Identify the actor in this Southwest Airlines commercial
Yeah, she's already a huge Doctor Who fan. This whole thing came up because she thinks he looks like David Tennant (though Matt Smith is "her doctor").
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:35 PM on March 19, 2015
That's it, FirstMateKate! Amazing. My daughter is screaming with joy. You win the Internet today.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 PM on March 19, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Has A Birthday!
From the icery.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:17 AM on March 19, 2015

Star Blazers
Heh. I too remember watching Star Blazers on Channel 56 ("LVI is part of living, living fifty-siiiiiix!") after school. The serialized aspect of it was quite captivating in that era of syndicated continuity at all costs. And yeah, that Wave Motion Gun was so intense.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:36 PM on March 17, 2015

Cheating enablement or friendship?
Everydayville: "He's turned a blind eye to the numerous times D has other women over, and this is what really gets me: he's acted as wingman for him!"

That's not enabling. That's participating. I would not be able to trust someone who engaged in that level of deception, and I'm kind of surprised that you would, given your apparent attitude towards infidelity. I guess you have to ask yourself if this is a dealbreaker or not. If it is not, then… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:11 PM on March 17, 2015

Oh hey, it's that guy!
You mention Stephen King, but just to give you a sense of how intertwined his universe is, you might want to have a quick look at The Stephen King Universe Flowchart.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on March 17, 2015

New versus used car: pros and cons?
Another plus for the new car is you can specify exactly the options you want, even down to things like exterior and interior colors. And while not really important in the sense of getting you where you need to go, there is a certain value in being aesthetically happy with your daily transportation.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:24 AM on March 17, 2015

"I'm concerned that if you wait 'til you have symptoms, it's too late."
eriko: "There are a number of people, myself included, who want to see a lot more all-22 film"

You can get access to every play of All-22 with a subscription to NFL Game Rewind. I barely have enough time to watch games live, much less replays of them, but it's pretty tempting.

LobsterMitten: "I wonder if there's a point where OSHA would step in and say, this is… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 AM on March 17, 2015
I wish I could favorite that comment in a more manly way, cashman. You are 1000% correct. Football is an amazing sport, but the NFL and its fans are doing their best to ruin it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on March 17, 2015

How to deal with percieved invasion of privacy?
Based on Census data, there are 13,569,252 people in the US [PDF] that do not speak English well. Depending on the local demographics where you live, there is a decent chance that the person that picked up your drive would not be able to read your stories even if they wanted to.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on March 17, 2015

The Mid Century Menu, as seen in cookbooks and brochures
724A: "let me tell you that spaghetti tacos rock (from esteemed cook Betty Crocker herself!)"

Spaghetti Tacos are actually from esteemed television weirdo brother Spencer from iCarly.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on March 17, 2015
Segundus: "all the spaghetti subs you could eat"

I might prefer the nuclear devastation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on March 17, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes To School!
I shall forevermore call a tool belt a tool sash.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on March 16, 2015
sparklemotion: "I don't know how "You touched a boy and made him a man" fits into "you were a shitty adviser" though."

There wasn't any molestation. The "You touched a boy and made him a man" was just Kimmy trying to be all This Is Your Life dramatic. His yearbook said "Off to Winston Zeddemore High, all thanks to Mr. Lefkovitz. I'll never forget what you did." which does sound like he screwed him on a recommendation.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:25 PM on March 16, 2015

Shake, Bot
Those Honda robots with the flexed knees always look like they are about to poop.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on March 16, 2015
That's the high quality comment MeFi has come to expect from Capt. Rock T. Steady.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on March 16, 2015

Robocops in Kinshasa
Relevant?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on March 16, 2015

Movie: The Birdcage
So many lines from this movie remain in day-to-day usage between my wife and I. If I had to pay Nathan Lane $0.05 every time I said "I've pierced the toast" I'd be broke.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:44 AM on March 15, 2015

How to handle health questions semi-objectively
(This all assumes you are in the US )
1. It's really hard, even for people who don't have all the baggage you do. You can check with you health insurance company to see if they have a "Ask a Nurse" phone number. You can call and describe your symptoms and they will give you some advice, but keep in mind that they will err on the side of sending you to the doctor because, well, that's how they get paid, but they are also afraid of liability if they tell you not to go and you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:21 AM on March 15, 2015

Interviewing for Jobs with Vacation Coming Up
Everyone is right, and it's perfectly fine to wait until you're hired to disclose your vacation. That said, in the past I have addressed this sort of thing during the interview process. My reasoning was, if this was the kind of position where I would get a hard time from my supervisors for trying to take a week off, that's something I want to know upfront.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:10 PM on March 13, 2015

How do I end a friendship with someone who has committed assault?
Does Cain still act in outwardly misogynistic ways? If so, I think you can go with #2, as long as you only bring up recent examples when you tell him why his behavior is causing you to re-evaluate your friendship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on March 13, 2015

I am not one of the "cool" kids
sabina_r: "I felt like I was uptight and could tell that I didn't really fully go with the flow of the group."

Echoing those who say this sounds more like a mutual breakup than a rejection.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:17 AM on March 13, 2015

My cat came home! (Yay!) Now what?
This is definitely worthy of a quick trip to the vet. Vaccine boosters may be warranted, in addition to just needing a overall physical to check for wounds or other injuries. There are also other parasites/pathogens to consider that may vary depending on your location (ticks, leptospirosis, etc.) and your local vet is the person to ask about those.

bookdragoness: "If your cat brought fleas home, your vet will have some meds that kill fleas within 30 minutes.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on March 13, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes To The Doctor
It took me a minute to get "Law Squiggle Order".
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:06 AM on March 12, 2015

What is this medical referral saying in english?
manderin: "Why don't they write this stuff in english?"

There is a long history of abbreviations in medicine, which stretches back to the practice of using Latin in scientific fields. To this day you can see Latin abbreviations in medicine (BID means "twice a day" in prescriptions and comes from the Latin "bis in die"). There is also the desire to save time and space when writing instructions or taking notes - it's much… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on March 11, 2015

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