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Podcast: My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 270: The Juice Will Flow
That was a crazy episode. Were they referencing something with that insane (and hilarious) "The juice is flowing" bit or was that just exhaustion-induced weirdness?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:59 AM on September 24, 2015
Podcast: Limetown: Episode 2: Winona
yasaman: "some weird hivemind"
I definitely got an insectile feel from Winona and the guy at the end. The network of caves could be their hive.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:47 PM on September 23, 2015
Is this T-Shirt actually racist or associated with racists?
Yeah, poor taste at best, but if I was being charitable, I would assume it was representing solidarity with someone nicknamed "Whitey" i.e. Ford, Bulger, etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:05 PM on September 23, 2015
Scream Queens: Pilot
I liked some parts of this (Jaime Lee Curtis, Nasim Pedrad and the text murder ("If he was being killed, why'd he bother to write 'Arrrrrgh'?"), and I usually have a pretty high tolerance for the offensiveness-as-comedy thing, but this may be taking it too far. I physically cringed a couple of times, and not at the horror.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on September 23, 2015
Digital bookshelves are harder to browse...
showbiz_liz: ""why paint your walls, it costs money and takes time and it doesn't make them any more functional, and you can't take it with you when you leave! Just leave them white!""
I think this is a very accurate metaphor, because just like painting your walls, there are situations where it is a no-brainer that you should (you own your home, you enjoy color, etc), but there are also situations where you shouldn't (you rent, your… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:54 AM on September 23, 2015
For a clever idea if you wish to retain some sense of ownership of books that you give away or sell, I once had bookplates made up for books that I was getting rid of that said something to the effect of "This book belongs to the Distributed Library of Rock T. Steady. Please enjoy and disperse."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:17 PM on September 23, 2015
Should I rename my new kitten? If so, help! (Pics included, of course.)
I mean, if you've got Johnny Utah, you've got to have Bodhi.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:32 AM on September 23, 2015
Podcast: Serial: Episode 12: What We Know
I'll be honest, I was kind of hoping for Deflategate.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:26 AM on September 23, 2015
Slang phrases (and where you heard them) for u-turn?
Confirming that "You-ee" is standard terminology for a u-turn in Boston and most other parts of New England. You can certainly "Bang a you-ee" as bondcliff mentions, but other verbs are possible - make, take, etc - it's not only found in that phrase.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 AM on September 23, 2015
Here's Quinion's take on it. Ulysses?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:12 AM on September 23, 2015
Leather ceiling padding.
It is a right angle, or do the faces meet at some other angle? If it is a right angle, I'd build an L-shape out of thin plywood, attach foam to the outer face of the wood, then wrap the whole thing with leather, stapling the leather to the inner face of the wood (sort of like this headboard tutorial, if you know what I mean). I would then mount it to the wall using a couple of keyhole mounts.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on September 23, 2015 marked best answer
The Big MetaFilter Survey 2015
Oh no! I'll fix those "greater than 0" ones right now!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:36 AM on September 14, 2015
Those number validation ones should be fixed now. Sorry, everyone.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:39 AM on September 14, 2015
shelleycat: "I can't answer that one because you didn't define units. And I definitely wouldn't answer it if you defined them as Fahrenheit."
Well, I had to pick one, and since I'm in a backwater colony that continues to use Fahrenheit...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on September 14, 2015
advicepig: "I just got stuck on the grandparent one. Will that change need me to start over?"
It should be fixed now, advicepig, but I guess if you started before I made the fix, you can leave it blank.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:43 AM on September 14, 2015
Pyrogenesis: "Once you click an option, you can't unclick it."
Hmm. Yeah, if that's a problem it's inherent to Google Forms, and not something I can do anything about.
As far as interpretation type issues (what constitutes an election, one vs several things you've learned on MeFi) I'll have to say just interpret it to the best of your ability and answer how you like. Some of them are vague-ish on purpose, others due… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on September 14, 2015
prize bull octorok: "It was over too soon! I wanted it to get weird!"
My daughter is not going to believe there is a group of people that think I am not weird enough.
languagehat: "No language question! But I enjoyed it anyway."
Yeah, I wanted to ask about that, but I couldn't think of a reasonable way to do it that would also be useful,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:10 PM on September 14, 2015
__ Cool Ranch
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on September 14, 2015
Johnny Wallflower: "No plants on the first food question? That's mostly what some folks eat. I want a refund."
Yeah, the point of that question is basically "Are you a vegetarian, and if so, to what degree?" I actually added that question specifically because aniola mentioned that a lot of the food questions were animal-product based, so I thought it would be good to let MetaFilter's vegetarians be counted. Sorry if it had the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:33 PM on September 14, 2015
Room 641-A: "RockSteady, did I miss where you said when the results will be posted? This was really fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what people do with the data."
I'll give it a couple weeks to let straggler responses come in and then repost in the thread once I've closed the survey. Shoot an email to email@example.com and I will be sure to alert you directly.
I should have phrased the ice cream… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:17 AM on September 15, 2015
Anyone who votes "Bae" in the unpleasant words list is a racist and uncool.
I'd love it if this comment did not derail the thread entirely. I do think there are some interesting questions that touch on race when it comes to that word and opposition to it, but it is currently the most unpleasant word in the list, with 42% of MeFites disliking it ("panties" is in second place with 35.9%) and I don't think it is… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:44 AM on September 15, 2015
The response rate has slowed to a trickle, so I will officially close the survey on Friday the 25th. If you want to get in on the survey, do so before then! Again, if you'd like to see the data, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure I see your request.
I will take a look at the data myself, try to wrangle it to the best of my ability, and then make one final MetaTalk post about the results, probably around October 1st I'd guess, or maybe one of the other… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:52 AM on September 23, 2015
Post deletions officially getting ridiculous.
I don't mean to turn this pleasant derail back to the unpleasantness of the thread in general, but I finally had a chance to read the whole thing, and I just wanted to add my support to the idea that MetaTalk posts about deletions of offensive comments often end up just as bad, if not worse, for the community than the hurtful comments that spark them, and I agree that there should be a higher bar for letting them through the queue. I think it's probably worth discussing more fully in it's own… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:25 AM on September 22, 2015
Podcast: Limetown: Episode 1: What We Know
I really enjoyed the first episode. The thing that I am hoping that Limetown manages to avoid is the trope in supernatural fiction that I can't exactly pinpoint on TV Tropes right now, but it's the thing where, when faced with a character involved with a massive unexplained event, the protagonist simply does. not. ask. the right. questions. Either they focus on details ("What are the numbers?" instead of "What are we doing on this island and how do we get off?") or they just… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:06 AM on September 22, 2015
Pizzativation at Pompieri
I'm going to have my parents in town unexpectedly, but this sounds like the kind of thing they would be into, so I might bring them along. If I do make it, I will be a +3, which is not an option in the dropdown. I wish I could be more certain about if we will make it or not, but they are pretty loosey-goosey about planning ahead, so it will depend what else we get up to that day and where in the Triangle we are. Have fun and eat weird pizza if I don't see you!
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 7:27 AM on September 22, 2015
How is this awesome post and thread not chatfilter?
I am pretty strongly Pro-ChatFilter, and I love it when edge cases like this slip through. It's really one of my favorite parts of Ask MetaFilter.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:36 PM on September 21, 2015
The NFL Today: NFL Week 2
Watching CAR-HOU and WAS-STL here in NC. I feel like the NFL owes me a refund.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on September 20, 2015
Saw on Twitter this morning a photo of RGIII photoshopped into a Cowboys uniform. I'm still laughing about it.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:05 AM on September 21, 2015
Please be kind to each other.
He was both kind to me and made a Pterry joke in a recent MeTa. Now that's good people.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on September 19, 2015
You spin me right round baby right round like a what?
Fabolous - Young'n (Holla Back)
Mentions two-way pagers and features a "two-way alert" sound effect. Lyrics questionable for actual young'ns.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:09 PM on September 18, 2015
Identify this series and this game
Living in Oblivion?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:19 AM on September 18, 2015
There is also a similar series for the sequel called The Elder Strolls.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:20 AM on September 18, 2015
You also might delve through the archives at No Wrong Way To Play.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on September 18, 2015
Know-it-all at my new job.
That kind of behavior is sooo frustrating, but I think if I were you I would take a long look at this statement.
shesbenevolent: "It may be stupid of me, but being spoken to like this by someone much younger than me seems to be my issue here. If any of the producers/editors/president spoke to me this way I would accept it as part of paying my dues and I would take it on the chin."
She may not be your boss, but she is… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on September 18, 2015 marked best answer
Unified email - iCloud+Gmail+Gmail+more Gmail.
I didn't love the "one Gmail" approach, because I ran into issues with what address I was sending from (replying is easy and automatic, starting a new email requires you to choose, and I would sometimes forget). Now what I do is use IMAP to funnel all of the accounts into Mail on my iOS devices, and use multiple tabs to sign in to multiple Gmail addresses when I am on a computer. Like you I rarely email from mobile, so choosing the correct address is less important. That way I can… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:25 PM on September 17, 2015
Any advice for helping an injured bird
Looks like Irish Wildlife Matters might be a good resource. They have a list of rehabilitators with a map here.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:44 PM on September 17, 2015
"He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again."
I EAT TAPAS: "I'm encouraging everyone to use this opportunity to support minority and disadvantaged students in STEM, and not just jump on the bandwagon of pushing this one guy to the forefront."
Having a narrative to point to is really important, and while every disadvantaged student may not get direct, concrete benefits from Ahmed's story, at least they can see Ahmed's story and think that if things turn out OK for him, then maybe they will turn out OK for me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on September 17, 2015
I'm amusing myself imagining the alternate universe where this story is not about a cool and normal kid who did something normal and got fucked over by his school and town, but is instead about a genius kid who invents a superclock (a time machine maybe?).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on September 17, 2015
Dieting with a Family
How on-board with this is your husband? Have you explicitly told him what kind of help you need and what you are having trouble with? If not, you need to do so. It is going to be very hard to do this without a significant amount of support from your partner. They are also going to have to be ready to run interference for you with family, particularly his family. People can get really weird and mean when someone goes on a strict diet, and he needs to back you up when you have to bow out of social… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on September 17, 2015 marked best answer
A design doc to write home about
ardgedee: "So do we create new icons, relevant to current technology, to represent these actions? Or do we allow the disctinctiveness of these shapes to transcend their origin and let future generations treat the shape of the answer-a-call button as a trivia factoid?"
The "What Do We Put On The Save Button If Not A Floppy Disk (That Isn't Even "Floppy" If You Want To Be Honest) Conundrum"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on September 17, 2015
What is it like to NOT be depressed?
I've called depression the "Yeah, but..." disease, because any suggestion that you or someone else makes to help you improve your situation or feel better is met with "Yeah, but..." From a previous comment of mine:
"It's OK, Rock Steady, you'll find a job soon."
"Yeah, but then we are going to have to pay for child care, and I'll barely be earning more than that is going to cost.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:33 AM on September 17, 2015
Companion phrase for "get it, girl" that's not gross/douchey?
"do it dude"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:19 AM on September 16, 2015
Yeah, I was going for structural parallelism with "do it dude" but I change my vote to "you go, boy".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on September 16, 2015
Key and lock: codependent no more?
Have someone watch the place while you swing by a hardware store and pick up some graphite powder. Use the tube to puff the stuff into the lock around the key as best you can, while moving the key in the lock as much as you can. Keep trying, it may require repeat applications.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on September 16, 2015 marked best answer
Daily Fantasy -- It's Like Gambling Without the Risk of Winning!
Well, they can go listen to a carefully selected audiobook instead, selfnoise.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on September 15, 2015
Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 23. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Six
For an inexperienced GM, I'm really impressed with the way Griffin manages to balance rewarding good creative play while still challenging the party at every turn and not allowing them to just skate through any conflict.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on September 15, 2015
The Joy of Popping
So, I don't mind most gross things - I can watch "torture porn" movies like Saw and Hostel without much problem, as part of my job I read about dermatological and ophthalmological diseases and medical procedures every day, and I pop my own zits from time to time - but when I clicked on that Guardian link and the GIF autoplayed? I came really close to being physically ill at my desk. I just... for almost all of the things I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 AM on September 15, 2015
Have you heard of MetaChat?
oneswellfoop: " I'm always going to refer with the 'longform' names to MetaChat.org and Chat.Metafilter to avoid confusion..."
I've always gone with MetaChat for metachat.org and ChatFilter for chat.metafilter.com. Not that I've been on either in a while...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:18 PM on September 14, 2015
Why Americans dress so casually
oddman: "People, BUTTON-DOWN is a kind of collar (the kind that has buttons and looks ridiculous with a tie) the shirt that has buttons going up the middle is a BUTTON-UP. They come in a variety of styles, colors, etc. "
This begs the question of what kind of shirt do you wear?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:28 AM on September 14, 2015
Usually the author happens to have a map on hand
DM Cornish's Monster-Blood Tattoo series has an incredible map to go with its fascinating worldbuilding and excellent illustrations.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:21 AM on September 14, 2015