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
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
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
pracowity: All movie ratings are "blunt tools" but that doesn't mean they aren't generally pretty useful.
I like the way Kids In Mind breaks it down on a 0-to-10 scale in three categories (Sex & Nudity, Violence & Gore, Profanity). You can even drill down to a completely emotionless recitation of every instance of each of those things in the movie, which is often quite funny to read, i.e: "A superhero knocks an alien... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:38 AM on November 6, 2013
Maybe better as a 2-D chart, with Good/Bad along the Y axis and Ridiculous/Mundane along the X. In terms of Ridic it's right there with True Blood, AHS, Adventure Time, etc. and in terms of Good? Probably not as good as the X-Files, maybe about as good as Fringe. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:43 AM on November 5, 2013
Potomac Avenue: OK, Here you go, Horror TV Eye Chart affix Sleepy Hollow where you like.
OK. Along with some more shows for context. I'm using (X,Y) notation, and it looks like Hannibal is at (8,2) and OUAT is (-18,7).
Sleepy Hollow (18,0)
Gravity Falls (10,8)
Twilight Zone (14,18)
later seasons of Nip/Tuck (25,-25)
Original Scooby Doo (-15, -5) posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:41 AM on November 5, 2013
Take all the monies, Potomac. Paranoia! posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:42 AM on November 5, 2013
Potomac Avenue: Anyway, Here you go rock steady, amended Believability Matrix.
That's about right, Potomac, though American Horror Story should be furthest along on the Ridiculous axis. I find it hard to even conceptualize a narrative television show that is more Ridiculous than AHS. Maybe if Cronenberg made Videodrome: The Series? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:42 AM on November 5, 2013
Artw: it would be Benefict Arnold Cumberbatch of course.
I give you all of the favorites. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:53 PM on November 5, 2013
That is exactly what I wanted SHIELD to be, Whelk. So disappointed. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:27 PM on November 5, 2013
We need to start MetaFilter Studios and then we can all have development deals. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:33 PM on November 5, 2013
We talk about other people's belongings all the time in AskMe. We talk (quite harshly, sometimes) about other people directly. Why is this instance any different? posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 6:17 PM on November 4, 2013
cortex: I have trouble dealing with two verbal streams of information at once
Yeah, I could never listen to podcasts at work, even if my space was more private. Times when I listen to podcasts:
2. Mowing the lawn and other yard work
3. Doing dishes or other clean-up projects
As far as Night Vale goes, I'm only a few episodes in and I do like it, but my problem is thus:... [more] posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:28 AM on November 5, 2013
Miko: Oh wait a sec. Found in a dog park? It might be dog agility event timing -- course times, or something like that.
Yeah, my first thought was flyball splits (time to the ball:time back would make sense, as the dog has to decelerate to get the ball, so the first split would be longer), but I can't figure out a way to get them to match normal flyball times, which would be on the order of 20 seconds per split, even for amateur races.... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:18 AM on November 5, 2013
FISH PANTS RUN QUONSARTOWN! posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 7:29 PM on November 1, 2013
Obviously not for this year, but I agree with Miko that I'd like to see an earlier match-up period. You could have sign ups in the first week or so of November and then matches announced around the end of the second week. posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steadyat 4:50 AM on November 5, 2013
This is such a huge mistake from Google. If they want Glass to seem like something a normal human might wear they need to sell it in suburban shopping malls, not secret celebrity party barges. They are just increasing the perception that Glass is not for the average person. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:49 AM on November 2, 2013
Genuinely fascinating. Class of 1994 and I can confirm that two-strapping was deeply nerdy. I mean, I was pretty nerdy, and even I wouldn't have two-strapped. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:25 PM on November 1, 2013
Ad hominem: "Remember those little tiny backpacks women wore when people started 2 strapping?"
“I blamed her [the niece] a little bit, but I blamed myself mostly,” Kavanaugh said as she sat next to Lauren at a Denny’s this summer. “So, you know those people who think I’m strict, well, they’re entitled to their opinion. You leave me to mine.” Tears leaked down her face. “Don’t even think about trying to tell me how to raise my child,” she said, her voice rising.
I don't know, Mrs. Pterodactyl. I appreciate how hard it must have been to raise... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:35 AM on November 1, 2013
viggorlijah: I hope very much that none of you who are finding the Kavanughs to fall short of perfect parenting will ever have the tragedy of parenting a child like Lauren come into your lives.
Well, I do feel like the Kavanaughs have fallen short of perfect parenting. I also know that my wife and I fall short of perfect parenting all the time, and in fact every parent falls short of perfect parenting. I also think that it is important to talk about... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:28 AM on November 1, 2013
sweetshine: I am crushing hard, and I can't stop myself from flirting and teasing and wanting to get physically close to him.
Yes you can. You are an adult with full command of your faculties. If you choose to flirt and tease him, you must take ownership of your actions and accept the consequences. Don't allow yourself the false relief of saying that your actions are "inevitable". If you really are having trouble acting appropriately with... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:16 AM on November 1, 2013
emptythought: It just bugs me that people repeat this without thinking as if some greater tastemaker than themselves already made the call ages ago
I get where you are coming from, and I'm not trying to antagonize you, but this is the most "anti-mainstream" thing you've said. You are assuming that they are parroting the opinions of someone else, rather than making their own careful choices. You may well be correct, but the automatic... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:57 AM on October 30, 2013
Yeah this is totally a pointless argument to be having, but I'm saying, like Sara C., that this is the Writers Guild, so I'd like to think that they've thought an awful lot about what makes for a well-written show, and that this wasn't just a popularity contest, and even if you disagree with their choices it's kind of harsh to assume that they are just filling in the blanks. Knowing what little I know about Hollywood and professional organizations, maybe I'm being a bit naive, and I certainly... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:42 PM on October 30, 2013
I like to pronounce it stra-FANG-er. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:51 AM on October 30, 2013
Harvard Square T stop, a major hub for bus lines, doesn't even have a single bus map posted.
They used to have kiosks with little mini-pamphlets of bus maps and schedules. They were almost always empty, but if you managed to get to one you could pick one up. Do they not have those anymore? I haven't regularly ridden the T since the 90s. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:54 AM on October 30, 2013
It's not Biology related, though I guess it could be if you get one with animals painted on it or whatever, but an old teacher of mine used to use a small ceramic bell for this purpose. Very clear tone that cuts through the noise, but not jarring or irritating. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 2:08 PM on October 29, 2013