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What is your favorite username?
Wasn't there a username that was something like "a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard"? That was great because it made the byline "posted by a random flock of birds pecking on the keyboard at 1:41 PM on December 10" or something. Always reminded me of Jesse Thorn's "this show was produced by speaking into microphones" goof.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on December 10, 2014
I think the problem with Greg Nog (the username, not the user) is that the emphasis is in the wrong place. Greg NOG versus EGG nog.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on December 10, 2014
Space Coyote: " a pretty interesting thing to read about if you like boring things"

this is my life
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on December 10, 2014

Wrapper's Delight
This is all great, keep 'em coming. I'm not totally committed to red and green, silver and gold are probably traditional enough to work -- our Christmas tree decorations are mostly silver, for example.

I'm loving the black and white photo idea, as well as the spray painted decorative items. And I can't believe I didn't think of Pinterest for this, that is exactly what I needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on December 10, 2014
Ruthless Bunny: "Then use beautiful organza or grosgrain ribbons."

I think I tried to get fancy ribbons one year, but I couldn't find anything decent. I think I went to our local bog box craft store. Is there somewhere else I should be looking, or some other part of the store they keep the good stuff?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:29 PM on December 10, 2014

This changes everything
If you have Thoughts About Wrapping, you may want to answer my question over in Ask.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:58 AM on December 10, 2014

Podcast: Roderick on the Line: Ep. 133: "Secret Pope Songs"
It's funny, I recently bought some wingtips on sale, and it wasn't until I wore them a few times that I determined I didn't really like them, but I wasn't sure why. Now I know why -- it's because they are small shoes. They fit me fine, they just look... small when I am wearing them. I know exactly what John was talking about.

The (admittedly appealing) notion of forkpacking seems to go against the grain of living Small Bag, though. It's planning for an unlikely… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on December 10, 2014

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?
get a video picture frame and load up all of your pictures in a sequenced slideshow

That was my thought as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2014

Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!
dreamyshade: "I was mildly confused at first when I got a thing in the mail today - somehow I had forgotten that I would be getting a mystery present, and not just me giving somebody else a mystery present. Ha."

Yes, exactly this. Which is funny, since it was you who quonsed me! My daughter and I will enjoy many an evening ganking Maize Walkers and flooping pigs in the Adventure Time Card Wars game. I'll try and post a picture of my Cerebral… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on December 3, 2014
Also, I haven't sent my quonsee their gift yet, though it sits wrapped on my counter, ready to go. It shall be mailed this week, and by a magical Quonsmas Coincidence (Quoincidence?) it only has to go a couple of towns over, so it should be there soon.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:21 AM on December 3, 2014
Rock Steady: "My daughter and I will enjoy many an evening ganking Maize Walkers and flooping pigs in the Adventure Time Card Wars game. I'll try and post a picture of my Cerebral Blood Storm this evening. "

OK, so I didn't get a picture, but we did have a great game that ended in the Card Warsiest possible ending. If you are not familiar with the show this won't make much sense, but I need to tell someone about it, and you all are the… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:24 AM on December 4, 2014
What is the Quons-esque equivalent of Yule?

I like "Qule" - pronounced "Kyool".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on December 10, 2014
Also, I think Quanukkah, Quantzaa, Queid, and Questivus are among the acceptable holidays to celebrate this time of year.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:14 AM on December 10, 2014

These lights fantastic would be worth the trip!
The DMX controllers I've seen only have three settings: stop, drop, shut 'em down & open up shop.

Newer models also feature "Up in here" and "Go all out" modes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on December 10, 2014

Movie: The Truman Show
One of the things that I kept coming back to in my most recent rewatch was, "Would the TV show 'The Truman Show' be interesting in the slightest?" Current reality TV shows that are just "slice of life" type shows can barely sustain enough drama for a half hour per week, and often the subjects are getting tweaked by the writing/production staff to keep things interesting. Would the secretive, ultra-invasive nature of the show make it so dramatic as to warrant such an obsessive… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on December 9, 2014
Presumably he would be very sought after on the celebrity speaking circuit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:06 AM on December 10, 2014

in celebration of Anitanola
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:16 PM on December 9, 2014

Podcast: Answer Me This!: AMT303: Dewey Decimals, Sexy Cheese and Disney Turkey Legs
I think I can say with some confidence that I did not see turkey legs at Walt Disney World when we went in 2007, but did when we went in 2010, so that should narrow it down a bit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:24 PM on December 4, 2014
mumkin: "And yet, it happens that I went to both Disneyland and World in 2012 and managed not to notice giant turkey legs at either. Strange."

Oh, yeah, I'm sure I could have missed them in 2010. I just happen to notice a couple of people eating them in short succession and then saw somewhere that was selling them. That was the trip we went to Animal Kingdom, so it's possible that they were only in that park at the time?… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on December 8, 2014

JokeFilter
taz: "[A couple of (contentless) comments removed; if you want to track new comments here but don't want to actually comment, you can just favorite the post and check "my favorites" from your Recent Activity page.]"

I don't get it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on December 5, 2014
empath: ""Well, FUCK YOU, CLOWN!""

Oh, man. I had forgotten Fuck You, Clown. That's one of the best Shaggy Dogs of all time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on December 5, 2014

Purchasing a used iPad
An iPad 2 will be a frustratingly slow and unreliable experience. Looking at the prices on Gazelle, an extra $60 gets you from iPad 2 to iPad Air -- three full generations newer (well, 2.5 -- there's not much difference between 3 and 4). It's also going to be much lighter and easier to hold for a 6-year-old.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:41 PM on December 4, 2014

Plan My East Coast Vacation, Please
They are spendy, but for nice hotels in the not-too-touristy bits of Cape Cod, I recommend Chatham Bars Inn and Ocean Edge. Chatham is more touristy than Brewster, but there is much more to do within easy walking distance in Chatham than in Brewster.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on December 4, 2014 marked best answer

Kevin, Portrait of a Serial Killer
I was not prepared for how close a physical match they are.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:08 PM on December 4, 2014

Adventure Time: Dentist
Actually, it's about ethics in insectile dentistry.

I like the way Dentist is grammatically a thing/place/state of being in Ooo, not a profession.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:11 AM on December 4, 2014

New for FanFare: Podcasts
My Brother, My Brother and Me
How Did This Get Made?
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Roderick on the Line
The B.S. Report (for us sportsball fans)

and maybe a Re-Listen or First Listen to
You Look Nice Today
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:54 PM on December 3, 2014
absalom: "At least to this one outsider-insider perspective, it seems like a handful of people howling their ideas into a void or the occasional "popular" discussion that manages 15 whole comments. More-or-less, there is no discussion."

This is also a very good description of the first year or so of another website I am familiar with. You may have heard of it as well, it's a Community Weblog called metalfitter.com or something. I think it might still be around.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:44 AM on December 4, 2014

Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
It will be a long, long time before I can say the words "What's this?" without hearing Jack's voice in my head.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:04 PM on December 3, 2014

Preserving self-estrangement after dad's divorce
For any reason, or no reason at all, you are free to not want your Dad in your life, and you are free to tell him so. The thing is, there is no magic spell you can say that will make it OK from his point of view, so honestly, don't bother with politeness. Be clear and blunt and make a clean break of it. "Dad, I'm glad you seem to be happy in your life with your new family, but I don't want you to be a part of my life anymore. Please don't contact me again." It's going to suck, and it… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:47 PM on December 3, 2014

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Oh man, I loved these back when I was tutoring for the LSAT. Students either loved them or hated them with a passion. I understand that they are no longer on the LSAT though, is that the case?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on December 3, 2014
I always figured that knowing how to game the system with largely irrelevant info was pretty important for lawyers-to-be.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on December 3, 2014

Ninetyfive live spectators, three million views on Youtube
I think Roche's goal has the most "intentionality" of the finalists. RVP threw his head at the ball and managed to time it just right, James's shot has a kind of hopefulness to it, but I get the feeling that Roche knew exactly where that ball was going to end up from her first touch, which is an insane level of ball control.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on December 3, 2014
Also, the Sanvezzo goal should be a finalist, if the prize can be awarded to a team.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on December 3, 2014

That's wrong, sorry.
The "I'm writing a novel..." of disputing incorrect answers is "I agree with [correct answer]. In addition, [wrong answer] is wrong because..."

Also, this suggestion is a non-starter on a number of levels:
1. There is no such thing as unassailable correctness.
2. Even if there were, the mods could not know it for all questions (if they did, we wouldn't need AskMe, just AskTaz).
3. And even if… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:53 PM on December 2, 2014

I was a close friend of your husband. No, really, I was.
This is not a problem at all. There were many old friends of my father's that I first met at his funeral, and I did not think twice about it. At most funerals, the bereaved aren't looking to make conversation. A simple "I felt very close to your Dad/husband, even though we hadn't seen each other in a long time. I'm sorry to meet you under these circumstances. My condolences on your loss." and then move on will be fine.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:55 AM on December 2, 2014

Preparing my iPhone 4 For Sale
No, but you could use this as a reminder to set up regular backups for your new phone.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:16 AM on December 2, 2014 marked best answer

Which TV-show intro was this?!
For what it's worth, I just asked my non-MeFite wife this question, and with no prompting, she immediately said Perfect Strangers. When I told her that had been disqualified, she suggested One Day At A Time.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:07 PM on December 1, 2014
I just tweeted @bronsonap and @bpinchotonline.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on December 1, 2014

Buying a low-end Macbook?
For posterity, I'll note that -- thanks partially to all of your advice -- we ditched the low-end MacBook idea and decided to go with an iPad Air and a keyboard cover, and to switch the workflow in question to Pages/Keynote from Word/PowerPoint. So far it's working great, but I did find out they have some 2006ish MacBooks at my University's surplus department for sub-$200, and I may pick one of them up next month for the occasional thing that might require an actual mobile computer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:05 PM on December 1, 2014

Un-supersize me. Difficulty: mental health
The easiest way to lose weight quickly and reliably is the oldest and the simplest. Count calories. Get a calorie counting app for your phone or computer, calculate an optimal calorie value for yourself, and then stay below that count for two weeks. You will probably lose several pounds right off the bat and that will encourage you to keep going. I lost about 20 pounds with almost no effort when I started counting calories.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 PM on November 26, 2014

The 15 Worst Owners in Sports
Steely-eyed Missile Man: "Don't you? A better (and shorter) article would be on which owners aren't fuckers and why, if such a thing is even possible."

Bob Kraft? His greatest failing seems to be dating a much younger woman since the death of his wife, but who knows, maybe he's only dating her because of her football acumen?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 AM on November 25, 2014

Help me create a movie title that is (a) intriguing and (b) open-ended.
How about Open Ended?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:59 PM on November 24, 2014

How can there be better songs about being 17 than 18?
My pre-teen daughter has been playing this song into the ground lately:

18 - 5 Seconds of Summer
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:56 PM on November 24, 2014

It pretty much landed in my lap
I'm a Patriots fan, so it's pretty hard for me to praise an amazing catch by the NY Giants, but, yeah, that was the best catch I've ever seen.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on November 24, 2014
Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton: "How do they pat each others' buttocks with those sticky gloves?"

Very carefully.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:20 AM on November 24, 2014
That's a great GIF, JoeZydeco. It really hammers home the way the TV camera angle made the catch seem like a special effect. He's running along, inches from the sideline, appears to lean several feet over the sideline to catch it, and still somehow comes down well in bounds? It's like a non-Euclidean catch or something.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on November 24, 2014

"Some things belonged to both of us from day one"
I get terrified when I think about what my daughter and I would do if we lost my wife (and I've thought about it a bunch). Then I read articles and reminiscences like this and I get more terrified, as I hadn't thought about what I'd do if one of her favorite songs came on the loudspeaker at the drugstore. I can't imagine that I'd be up for Option 1 for a very long time.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 AM on November 24, 2014

Two parts woo, one part science.
I read the whole babywearing Wikipedia page, waiting for the thing that would make it "niche" and not "totally normal" and I didn't find it. Go find some friends who are as lightly toasted as you are.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:51 PM on November 22, 2014

ಠ_ಠ
I like this little guy

ಠಿ_ಠ
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 AM on November 22, 2014

Interviewing future housemates
I bet if you ask someone "What is the correct way to load the dishwasher?" you will get all the answers you need about their level of fastidiousness.

Silverware up, except for sharp knives; everything facing in; large utensils laid down in upper rack.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:34 AM on November 20, 2014

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