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FIFA World Cup 2014 Fantasy
I love that there's a Brazillian player named Fred.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 PM on June 8, 2014
I win, GrapeApiary, I have two of them. Welcome to the Mix Diskerud Era, world!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:21 AM on June 10, 2014

Can I ask for a raise?
A couple things about raises:

1. Average salaries don't matter. Your employer doesn't care about what you deserve, they care about what you are worth to them.
2. Other offers don't matter unless you are ready to leave and take them up on those other offers. If you bring up how much you could make elsewhere, you have to be willing to follow through with leaving. They already know what the going rates are in the area, you are not going to surprise them.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:48 PM on June 9, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall
painquale: there's no way George will finish yet another book by the time they are ready to advance the story.

My understanding is that GRRM has already given D&D the high notes of the end of the series, and he will allow them to find their own way there if the show passes him by.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on June 9, 2014

Halt and Catch Fire: FUD
He's got villainy eyebrows, I know that.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on June 9, 2014
catwash: I made up a Halt and Catch Fire drinking game: every time you see a dutch angle, take a drink.

That is so funny that you say that. I was going to comment in this thread that physically watching this show is a challenge for me -- it's really claustrophobic and cramped and disconcerting visually. I don't have the cinematographic language to explain why, but I think that dutch angle thing is a huge part of it. Thanks for the education!... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on June 9, 2014

Adventure Time: Breezy
That was a weird episode, even given the baseline weird levels we are dealing with in the Land of Ooo. I was kind of glad the show had seemed to put the whole Finn/Flame Princess/Princess Bubblegum triangle behind itself, so I'm not super thrilled we are delving back into Finn's love life. I am glad he got his fightin' arm back, though.

Also, Did Finn and Lumpy Space Princess do it?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on June 6, 2014
Atreides: I'm tending to think that LSP and Finn did not have sex, as they would have at least been asleep next to each other in a universal "Informed peeps will immediately understand what happened but innocent kids will just see them sleeping next to each other" type of thing.

Yeah, but I can see the Cartoon Network censors objecting even to them waking up side-by-side.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:21 AM on June 9, 2014

Delonte West's Via Dolorosa and Mental Illness in the NBA
Wasn't there a recent draft pick whose stock was really hurt by his public acknowledgement of an anxiety disorder? I want to say he ended up on the Rockets and it was a bumpy ride.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on June 6, 2014
I find it interesting that the rumor about him having an affair with LeBron's mom while they were teammates seems to be a bigger sticking point for people around the league than the fact that he was driving around on a motorcycle armed like Mad Max.

I feel like it would be in most workplaces, no? I mean, I have colleagues who I assume are riding around with serious weaponry on a regular basis and it doesn't prevent me from working with them.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 AM on June 6, 2014
Well, I wasn't being disingenuous, I just have a shitty memory.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 AM on June 9, 2014

New labels at FanFare for special case threads
Diablevert: Just the other day I mentioned a minor point that had confused me on the show, but which seemed likely to be crystal clear to book readers, and a bunch of people chimed in and very helpfully explained what was up. Quite possibly those who answered my question are just more observant show-watchers than I am, but I feel like one of the ways having book people around in the current threads has been helpful is in clearing up these little points of confusion and adding background... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:35 AM on June 6, 2014

What are the current important cultural touchstones of 11-13 yr olds?
Who is their favorite YouTuber?

The Hunger Games and if they skew at all geeky, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on June 6, 2014

How do we watch the World Cup matches without ESPN123?
The easiest, legalest solution is to upgrade your existing cable package, and then return it to the ultra-basic level after the tournament is over. Make sure that you aren't grandfathered in to some service level that is no longer available first.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:49 PM on June 5, 2014
RedOrGreen: - I'm not sure how I'd go about accessing Univision or what I'd access online with a cable password.

Univision is a Spanish language channel that will be carrying the World Cup and is likely available on your basic cable package. With a password borrowed from someone with a qualifying cable subscription you can watch the games on WatchESPN on a computer or many varieties of phones/tablets.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on June 5, 2014

I Have Never Thought Of My iPad As A Passenger
Can you get some sort of insulating rubber mat to put on the seat?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on June 5, 2014

All I know for sure is it's not the guy that draws Ziggy.
rebent: firstly because I can't see PbS being remotely high on a list of all the strips to come out of retirement for.

Yeah, unless there is some behind the scenes personal connection, I'm inclined to agree with this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on June 5, 2014

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
HuronBob: She left a young child, unsupervised, alone, in a mall parking lot. I'm not seeing that as responsible behavior. It only takes an instant to break a window to steal the car, the kid, the iPad, or all of the above.

As Lenore Skenazy mentions in the article, statistically speaking, the kid is muuuuch more likely do die in a car accident on the way home then they are do die in some misadventure in the parking lot. How is leaving the child in the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:25 AM on June 5, 2014
Leaving a small child child alone, unsupervised and not within your sight in public is neglectful.

I think this mentality is exactly the thing that Lenore Skenazy has been talking about for years. The idea that our children should be in our sight at all times is a recent one and a damaging one to parents and children, based on the vast statistical evidence to the contrary.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:43 AM on June 5, 2014
zarq: Not according to the statistics linked to by IndigoJones above:

PhoB said that almost all of them were accidents. The statistics you quote suggest that a maximum of 19% (114 deaths in 14 years) were from parents intentionally leaving kids in the car. I think 81% can be considered almost all.

vapidave: A very special Metafilter thread where we discover who are parents and those who theorize about parenthood.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 AM on June 5, 2014
cotterpin: Now just imagine that everyone who thinks you're a bad parent will secretly record your decisions and send the video to the police. And that this could create a credible threat to take your kids away.

Yes, exactly, and don't forget that, especially as a parent of a young child, you are almost constantly being confronted by other parents who disagree with your standards of parenting. Breastfeeding/Formula, Cloth/Disposeable, Organic... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:01 AM on June 5, 2014
desjardins: A year later, the kid in the article was still upset by the incident.

I guess this is up to interpretation, but it seems to me that the child was upset by the shaming and criminalization of his Mom's perfectly reasonable parenting choices.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on June 5, 2014
WinnipegDragon: I'm curious to ask those that see leaving the kid in the car as okay... How long do you figure is an acceptable time to leave a four year old alone in a car out of sight?

Depends 100% on the situation and the kid. There's no number that's always going to be appropriate.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:05 PM on June 5, 2014

93: Midlife Crisis Machine
Jessamyn Turnwise and Jessamyn Widdershins
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on June 5, 2014

I mean, I guess that is how it has to work
Well, Timmy, when a dishwasher loves some dishes very much...
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:34 PM on June 4, 2014

The future that everyone forgot
If I recall, Veronica Mars used a Sidekick, as if it needed to be any cooler.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:24 PM on June 4, 2014

What kind of suit for an arts interview? Or suit at all?
I say this as a fellow big guy. I think it is actually important to overdress rather than underdress if you are overweight and are interviewing for a job. The common bias is to see overweight people as sloppy and lazy, and he should try and counteract that bias by wearing a suit and a tie. Either charcoal or navy is good, and I think it is OK to go slightly funky with the tie for an arts organization, but not like novelty tie levels of funky.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:45 PM on June 4, 2014

Sorry, cord-cutters.
My sense is that a lot of people cut the cord and then borrow log-ins from their friends who have cable. FWIW.

First rule of borrowing cable log-ins is do not talk about borrowing cable log-ins. I know HBO officially doesn't care if you do, but the cable companies are going to start caring soon and crack down on that shit.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on June 4, 2014
If I didn't care about sports, I would cut the cord immediately. Not sure why non-sports fans would have cable at this point.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on June 4, 2014

International dating- help me stay safe in worst case scenario
Is there a mutually-trusted third party that could act as a sort of escrow agent? I'm thinking of a system where they must send a deposit in the amount of a one-way ticket from their location to yours (you could estimate and set up some standard groupings ($X from Western Europe, $Y from Scandinavia, etc) to this third party that gets returned to them automatically once you report to the third party that you are home.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on June 4, 2014

Do you hear the echoes of Carlos Boozer?
Not only did Obama become dictator for life, but he is taking advantage of some sort of anti-aging technology that is not available to NBAers. My favorite bit of trivia is the fact that the last two competent basketball players in the world are making about $4 million each. Maybe some sort of currency devaluation or economic collapse.

3-0, 12OT. I would love/hate to watch this entire game.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on June 3, 2014
Rock Steady: 3-0, 12OT. I would love/hate to watch this entire game.

Also, it just occurred to me, WHY ARE YOU EVEN SHOOTING THREES AFTER ALMOST TWO HOURS OF BRICKS?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on June 3, 2014
I was thinking about that SCP almost the whole time I was reading that article, Appropriate Username.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:33 AM on June 4, 2014

MeFi Fundraising Update
NoraCharles: It would be cool if there was some kind of yearly drive to remind those of us who would forget to donate if we weren't reminded that another year has gone by and we should show our appreciation.

I'm planning to make a yearly donation on Moderators' Day (only 7 shopping days left!) and I encourage others to do the same. If you send me a MeMail or an email I will promise to remind you to donate every June 13th.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:14 AM on June 3, 2014
Big_B: I'd rock one too - but do it like the country ones - "MeFi" surrounded by a black oval.

I'd buy that in a hot minute.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on June 3, 2014

Elmer and Gertrude? They are likely pretty old.
Bulgaroktonos: My wife has relative named Livy.

Curious Artificer: Bulgaroktonos, my sister is called Livy, but it's because my other sister couldn't pronounce Elizabeth

It's also a common nickname for Olivia.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on June 3, 2014
Mrs. Pterodactyl: share my family's wacko WASP naming traditions

Oh, I've got a good one. My grandmother and her two sisters were all named Maria. This isn't that strange in an Italian-American family. They were known by their middle names. What is strange is that when the youngest daughter died in a tragic accident in the home, the middle daughter had her name changed to that of her dead sister. Gives me the willies.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on June 3, 2014
I was three when my parents were expecting another child, and I demanded he or she be named Pom or Flora.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on June 3, 2014
solotoro: I was "Mr. Dave," because although I wasn't quite the oldest, I was by far the most curmudgeonly.

In High School I was "Uncle Dave" for basically the same reason.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:37 AM on June 3, 2014

What constitutes a spoiler in FanFare?
jacquilynne: some other social problem that I'm not seeing

I think the problem with two threads is that it's dividing up the conversation. The ethos of MetaFilter is "One subject, one discussion" (no doubles, no threaded comments, etc) and having separate spoiler/non-spoiler threads goes against that. It may well be that this is an area where the ethos just does not provide for a good user experience, but I don't think that decision should be... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on June 2, 2014
It's more than just this once TV show though. There are rewatch threads already started for Mad Men and The Wire.

There's already been discussion about having Rewatch threads vs. First Watch threads. And that issue is totally different from the GoT issue. GoT is unique in that it is a show that is rather strictly based on a series of very popular books that is both decades old and yet still ongoing. About the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:30 AM on June 2, 2014
People at both the "No Spoilers Ever" end of the spectrum and the "Free For All Discussion" end of the spectrum are both going to be somewhat disappointed in FanFare. This is a known bug, and is probably not going to be remedied, as the former approach requires heavy-handed moderation and the latter excludes all but the most die-hard fans. FanFare was designed from the beginning to be a "happy medium" kind of place when it comes to spoilers.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on June 2, 2014
scody: I don't get the sense that anyone's happy with the current set-up

I'm perfectly happy with them. I don't participate that much, because as a Bookwalker I don't want to slip up and drop a spoiler, but I enjoy reading the threads quite a bit.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:47 PM on June 2, 2014
I can't wait until the first inadvertent spoiler slips into the non-spoiler thread and users clamor for a third Game of Thrones thread in which no Game of Thrones discussion at all is allowed.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on June 3, 2014
such as Orphan Black and OitNB

Hmm. How is FanFare going to handle Netflix's bulk distribution format?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:53 AM on June 3, 2014

Trudy Campbell Is A KGB Spy
I stand by my additional theory from the Projects post:

Rock Steady: I also posit [...] that an older Trudy is "Claudia", the handler of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in the 80s.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on June 2, 2014
Who are the merlings?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on June 2, 2014

Mad Men: Waterloo
W E Y L A N D • Y U T A N I • D R A P E R
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on June 2, 2014
You should have seen the pitch that landed Tyrell Corp. Pete Campbell is making a mess of the Blue Sun account though.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on June 2, 2014

Who or what broke my kids?
KokuRyu: They are going through puberty and are learning more about how to interact socially. In some ways it may be a good idea to send them all to sports camp or something at age 13, and then bring them back to school at age 15 or 16.

John Roderick in his "Roderick on the Line" podcast has been touting a proposal for some time in which America's 13-year-olds spend a year cutting trails in the National Park System instead of attending school.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on June 2, 2014

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