valkyryn: So yes. This absolutely does happen. Sometimes in so many words. I'd say it is very likely that doctors are saying one thing and patients hearing another, but this isn't because patients are paraphrasing or just hearing what they want to hear. They're probably taking a statement which the doctor meant as a simplification of an expression of un-quantified probabilities and just reading it like it reads on its face.
I mean, even if you honestly think there are no women deserving of the title (you are probably an idiot if you think that, but whatever), even if you think that, you've got to look at your final list and think, "Oh shit, dude, we've got to put some women on this list or we are going to get raked over the coals on the Internet." Right? How did you not foresee this backlash? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:13 AM on November 15, 2013
Mezentian: Since March 2012 Paul Hayes from Doctor Who News has been publishing a series of articles on a little show that refuses to die: Doctor Who, from the earliest speculations that lead the BBC Survey Group (first part) to investigate the literary genre of science-fiction to just before the first broadcast (most recent), swinging via the very first pitch.
Is there an easy way to read this whole series? The navigation on that site is positively... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:47 AM on November 14, 2013
Thorzdad: I'm really excited that they're finally going to dive into the Time War. It's been hanging over the rebooted series like an Albatross since day-1.
Mezentian: I'm not.
I think I get your hesitation -- it's better to leave some things to the viewers' imagination than to spell them out on screen -- but I think there is so much fertile ground there that we can get lots of really interesting, really... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:07 AM on November 14, 2013
Oh, this is fun. From the "An Unearthly Series" articles, the first description of the Doctor's "machine" (emphasis mine):DR. WHO'S "MACHINE"
When we consider what this looks like, we are in danger of either Science Fiction or Fairytale labelling. If it is a transparent plastic bubble we are with all the lowgrade spacefiction of cartoon strip and soap-opera. If we scotch this by positing something humdrum, say, passing through some... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:35 AM on November 14, 2013
Since it is canon that all the time lords hailed from Gallifrey this would imply that all their titles would be Lord XXXX of Gallifrey, which clearly makes no sense.
Well, on a universal scale it makes sense to be identified by planet. When the Time Lords get together with the Space Lords and the Thought Lords and the Smell Lords you want to know what planet each noble comes from, no?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:04 AM on November 14, 2013
I refer your attention to a letter of the 14th November published in the most recent issue of your Inter-Net Log "Meta Filter". In it, Lt Commander T. Q. Kid suggests that we should call the protagonist of a popular Tele-Vision serial "Lord Whom of Gallifrey" instead of his proper name, "Doctor Who". Surely the Lieutenant Commander knows that neither Family names nor Christian Names follow the rules of grammar in altering their... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:15 AM on November 14, 2013
MetaFilter: I trust I shall not have to say "bottom" to you again on this matter. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:39 AM on November 14, 2013
jason_steakums: I've actually gone and pumped myself up to the point of some disappointment if it turns out that An Adventure In Space and Time isn't pulling double-duty to get new actors for 1 and 2 into the 50th, along with other returning Doctors, especially now that McGann's denials turned out to be probably NDA-mandated.
Not only that, but I kind of hope Matt Smith has a cameo as a bowtie-wearing junior assistant who provides some surprisingly... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:41 AM on November 14, 2013
Has anyone written an epistolary novel entirely in the form of priggish letters to Victorian periodicals? I do love them so. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:27 PM on November 14, 2013
MCMikeNamara: It is hilarious to read all the previously-sad-making 'gutted not to be asked back for the 50th' Paul McGann stories now.
Is it possible they just made this mini ep because of those stories? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:34 PM on November 14, 2013
George_Spiggott: While I'm looking forward to Capaldi, if they were to do something outrageous like make one or more episodes of the next series be McGann/Eight flashback episodes instead, I would feel the exact opposite of cheated. The guy just didn't get a fair innings.
They could be each other's companion for a while. Aww. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:53 PM on November 14, 2013
Moff: "It’s not a matter of counting the regenerations, but of counting the faces of the Time Lord that calls himself the Doctor."
I'm sorry, but that's dumb. I understand why he is being dogmatic about letting Eccleston, Tennant and Smith keep their numbers, but absolutely no one is going to count that way. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:06 PM on November 14, 2013
Some years ago someone posted a link on MeFi to a site that featured super-short, super-pessimistic reviews of movies -- the least charitable one sentence take away from the film. I've never been able to track it down again. Anyone remember it? But anyway, my point is, it's review of Harry Potter was something like "Jock thinks he's better than everyone else, is right." Basically ruined Harry Potter for me.
I might create it as a PDF to be attached, but then also copy-paste it into the body of the email as well. You could add a line to the body of the email after your signature that says something like "The above message is also available as an attached PDF for your convenience" or something. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:14 AM on November 14, 2013
Buy a Wii and get the games Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort (one or both may come pre-packed with the console when you buy it. Also buy Mario Kart Wii. Buy at least one extra Wiimote and Nunchuk, and buy a steering wheel type adapter for each Wiimote. This alone will give you months and months of gaming fun, and will be a pretty shallow learning curve for both of you. All three of those games involve competitive play and require following cues and instructions ("Press A to Start" type... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:18 PM on November 13, 2013
This seems to be the only system they have on the site, and I wouldn't recommend it, both because it comes with a bunch of games you may not need and it doesn't seem to have a Motion Plus Wiimote. I'd walk into your local branch (or your local independent video game store, if one exists) and tell them you need the following:
1x Wii console
1x AC adapter
1x Sensor bar
1x whatever cable you need to connect to your TV
1x Wii... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:03 PM on November 13, 2013
brundlefly: This is great! I actually own that T. rex toy that's being interviewed in the first shot. It was one of my earliest toys and it's sitting on my book case as we speak.
You need to send them some photos of your T. rex in front of your local landmarks so they can set up a "Coming Back from Vacation" scene. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:00 PM on November 13, 2013
As deanc mentions, in menswear, the term for the distance between the crotch and the waist is called the "rise". Using that term instead of "high-waisted" may get you better results online and when talking to tailors. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 12:44 PM on November 13, 2013
houseofdanie: TPS posted less than two hours ago and about 20% of the list's items have been spoken for. MeFi, you make me so happy.
We usually clear it out in less than 24 hours, if I remember correctly. Usually we end up with MeFites who miss the boat because they don't check MeTa at least one a day. Blasphemers! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:00 AM on November 13, 2013
PhoBWanKenobi: See, I see this differently. In that, it's okay for you to not be okay with him hanging out solo with a much younger ex-girlfriend who he was incredibly devoted to, whose initials are tattooed on him, and whose sexual relationship with him you know way, way, way too much about.
Exactly. Leave her profession out of it and have a discussion with your husband about what you both can agree is appropriate levels of interaction with exes. You... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:44 AM on November 13, 2013
Oh. That's a really interesting clarification, and actually a much harder question to answer. Would you feel OK with him just sort of leaving you out of their interactions, so you don't have to come in contact with this behavior you feel is embarrassing? You should still have the discussion with him, but focus on how his actions make you feel. "I feel embarrassed and sad when you drop whatever you are doing to see her, as I don't feel she is as good a friend to you as you are to her."... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 9:29 AM on November 13, 2013
cider: I'm trying to figure out if this will be a minor inconvenience (eg, only distant noise) or a major headache (feels like it's happening in my apartment).
Well, both. A good bit of it will be simply inconvenient noise, but certain construction sounds (sawing and drilling especially) can really reverberate through the building. Luckily those sounds are not the majority of the sounds. I would say it will normally be the kind of disruption you can... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:17 AM on November 12, 2013
You know what would be cool? If you had my "wishlist" on file from last year. Because I'm too lazy to think. But apparently not too lazy to write this comment.
It's included in your confirmation email from last year. If you archive your mail, you already have it on file. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 11:42 AM on November 10, 2013
halcyonday: (Although the form went blank after I hit submit, so hopefully it actually submitted. *worried face*)
I got a screen that said:Thanks! You should get a confirmation of your signup within the next 24 hours. If you have not gotten a confirmation in 24 hours, send julen a MeMail. If we find any issues, you'll get an additional email from firstname.lastname@example.org, or a memail from julen if your email address doesn't work. You will receive... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:08 AM on November 11, 2013
wenestvedt: How did you know I save all my email for all time?! Damn, you people are the best!
It is the magic and the power of Gmail. When people delete (instead of archive) email I get this face. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:58 AM on November 11, 2013
I'd also like to suggest that Quonsers, especially folks who don't have a great deal of MeFi participation, add links to the "Also On" section of their profile. It's easy to do, has just about every website you can be a member of as an option, and can offer tons of insight into what you might like as a gift. You can always remove them after the Quonsing, if you are not comfortable with them being there all year. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 8:47 AM on November 11, 2013
research monkey: I should be able to eat it, wear it, or scare my husband with it.
I came up with a fairly disturbing item that could be all three, but I will leave it as an exercise for the reader. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 2:05 PM on November 11, 2013
No discussion of the coolness of David Bowie is complete without referencing Douglas Adams's description of John "Wonko the Sane" Watson.If you took a couple of David Bowies and stuck one David Bowie on top of the other David Bowie, then attached another David Bowie to the end of each of the arms of the first two David Bowies and wrapped the whole business up in a dirty beach robe you would then have something which didn't exactly look like John Watson, but which those who... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:40 PM on November 11, 2013
Sequence's otherwise fine idea won't work, as the cheaters do not have a chance to do the right thing. I guess they could decide to not turn in the project, if turning it in and being discovered could result in greater consequences than just a bad grade, but that seems unlikely, knowing what we know about their ethics.
arnicae's anonymous email is perfect. If I otherwise cared about the... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 8:21 AM on November 11, 2013
stebulus: As I understand it, the popular theory here is that the PIE word for bear became taboo in some languages and was replaced with some euphemism ("brown", "honey-eater", ...).
I've heard this a couple of times on MeFi, but my (admitedly cursory) Internet searching didn't reveal anything more. Do you know of any (layman accessible) article or book that talks about this?... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:04 AM on November 11, 2013
I mean, you could try it and then just change it back. I used OpenDNS and then Google DNS for a while, but I found it really fouled up streaming video services, especially Netflix, so I switched back. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:33 PM on November 8, 2013
Uther Bentrazor: I remember asking my dad what "elb" stood for, and I think he told me it was a French acronym that was something like "Expos le Baiseballe" or some such.
I had always been told (and certainly repeated to many others over the years without questioning it too much) that it stood for "Expansion League Baseball" for some reason. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:04 PM on November 7, 2013