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United Sweets of America
Massachusetts' should be the Chocolate Chip Cookie.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 AM on September 8, 2014
the painkiller: "Boston cream pie is the obvious choice for Mass. because duh, but I would make the case that it's actually ice cream. Ice cream shops stay open year round and I've seen Bostonians emerge from JP Licks with ice cream cones in February. At night. In a blizzard."

Growing up in Massachusetts, I didn't realize until I moved away for school that eating ice cream in the winter was considered abnormal.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:59 AM on September 8, 2014

How to make sense of this body language?
My question to the hive mind is: is this sort of flirtation something that is fun for you when in a committed relationship? A hobby of sorts

For a lot of people, yes. He may see you as his "work spouse". If you want to continue to have a friendly relationship with him, I would not broach the subject of a romantic relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on September 7, 2014

Secret Shit
I think "secret menu" is secret code for "things you can say to the high school student behind the counter to make sure they have no idea what you are talking about".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:10 AM on September 7, 2014

Triangle Biscuit Harvest Festival
Coatlicue: "Does the "bring the family" thing extend to an infant?" If my 13-year-old ends up coming (and she really loves biscuits, so I think she will), we've got a built-in babysitter. She loves kiddos.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 9:59 AM on August 26, 2014
something something: "Okay! I have verified they have country ham in a format called "biscuit slices" so I can be in charge of that." Of course they do, because North Carolina.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 10:58 AM on August 28, 2014
I went ahead and created the MetaFilter Triangle Biscuit Harvest Festival 2014 Planning Document. Please add your name, and feel free to add locations if your preferred biscuiteria is not already listed. I tried to pull info from the thread, but I probably missed stuff.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 1:44 PM on September 3, 2014
I was going to Photoshop googly eyes onto it, but I figured I had already wasted enough time at work. Also, I still cannot type the word biscuit correctly the first time. My brain insists on spelling it "buiscuit" for some reason.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 9:23 AM on September 5, 2014

Should we publish online a shared password for 5000 people?
It would probably be better to post the current password in the B.com breakroom/reception desk/locker room/whatever rather than on their website.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:38 AM on September 5, 2014

The incremental to surpass all incrementals
NoraReed: "Oh my god, winter comes and my kittens died and everything is terrible, what generates catnip in the winter, please help, cats are junkies, do not know how to hunt mice"

Wait until the Kitten White Walkers show up...

I think I'm kidding about that, but I wouldn't be that surprised if they actually do show up at some point.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:00 AM on August 26, 2014
How do I get culture?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:56 AM on August 26, 2014
That was the Boatmurdered of Kitten Game.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:34 AM on August 27, 2014
There is always at least one kitten. You are a kitten. Who else do you think is assigning the workers and sending the trading parties and sacrificing the unicorns?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:43 AM on August 30, 2014
I'm stuck in what I guess is the mid-game. It's taking forever to grind gears (see what I did there?) to develop steamworks upgrades and manuscripts for new technology steps. Any tips?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:07 AM on September 3, 2014
Flunkie: " I have a couple questions:"

(1) Correct.

(2) It does not consume parchment in making the manuscripts. Presumably the printing press tech also includes paper.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on September 4, 2014
I should add, once you build the steamworks, you can toggle it off (like the smelter) and it will not consume any coal.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 AM on September 4, 2014
Am I the only one who wishes "Genealogy" was a technology you could unlock, so that I could get a ancestral chart of all my kitten families, dating back to the foundation of my census? I think right now the Chalks are the pre-eminent clan, with 19 year old Lily already the 99% proficient High Priestess of the Order of the Sun.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:08 PM on September 4, 2014
ROU_Xenophobe: " Can I sell all my huts (or sell them up to my storage limits), upgrade to ironwood huts, and then buy them back for cheaper than I sold them?"

Did you ever try this, Xenophobe?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on September 5, 2014

Best. Name. Ever.
“Imagine a life-long obsession with eating,” Lacovara said

I will, if I can ignore my own life-long obsession with eating long enough to do so.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on September 4, 2014
brundlefly: "Yeah, that's been discredited for a long time now."

I have a theory that I could accurately predict someone's age within a couple of years by asking them a series of true/false questions about dinosaurs, as most people learn everything they are ever going to know about dinos from age 5-10.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:42 PM on September 4, 2014
Hellasaurus
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:21 PM on September 4, 2014

To which secret society does this belong?
I strongly suspect it is a reference to the Illuminati -- triangles and radiating rays/bolts are very common in Illuminati imagery.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:27 PM on September 4, 2014

Uncommon advice you would give your college-age self
My constant advice to young people is to try as hard as they can to actually do some work in the field they hope to be employed in. Work part-time entry-level jobs, intern, volunteer, whatever. My wife knew she wanted to be a veterinary technician so she worked at pet stores then vet hospitals then did a bunch of internships during college and with all that experience, she's never been turned down for a job. I thought I wanted to be an architect, but then I took a job as a receptionist at an... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:46 AM on September 4, 2014

Book recommendations
It really only strongly hits Number 2 on your list, but if you are a fan of speculative fiction, it would be a shame to pass up China Miéville's The City and The City.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on September 4, 2014

(Abused) neighbor child is opening my mail.
Nthing the suggestion to talk to the manager about the package tampering issue. Don't link it to this kid in particular, but just tell him that your packages are getting opened and you'd like to be able to have stuff delivered to a more secure location.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:22 AM on September 4, 2014

Mathowie 1, Travel Agency Shenanigans 0
Someone should get reddit on this case.

For a variety of reasons, this might be the most terrifying sentence on the Internet.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:45 PM on September 3, 2014

Most Distinctive Food by State
showbiz_liz: "it makes it seem like we're just eating big bowls of slaw by themselves."

You aren't?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on September 2, 2014

Book Layout: How would you format long speeches / sermons?
honestcoyote: "These two options are my favorites so far, but the lead-in to the sermons doesn't always have a simple opening. Sometimes there's several paragraphs of action and dialogue before the multi-page sermon starts. Sometimes, the sermon begins this way: "Oh Lord," Joseph says, "Bless this cat, bless this bat...", and there's no way to separate the speaker out of the sermon's opening without rearranging the sentence.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:23 AM on September 2, 2014

Help Pick A Group Work Appropriate Game
Spaceteam! It's a phone game, but not in the way you are thinking. I think with some of the newer updates you can create a tournament mode, with multiple small groups playing the same game competitive with one another.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:28 AM on September 2, 2014

Is this all there is to Wellbutrin?
I've been on generic Wellbutrin for a while now, and I have basically experienced the same thing you are reporting. The drug doesn't make me happy, or make me less stressed out, it just lets me deal with those negative feelings in a more positive way, in the way I used to deal with those problems before my depression really kicked in.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on September 2, 2014

Gridland
Is there a way to save and/or export your game?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:55 AM on August 28, 2014
Copronymus: "designers often miss that feeling like you've earned progress thanks to your skill at planning for a particularly powerful upgrade or seeking out some bonus that makes the game easier is one of the more rewarding things a game can offer you"

Absolutely. I vote we call this a "Screw Attack Moment".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:59 AM on August 29, 2014

neither hipster, nor corporate shill... its the Dishevelled Trivago Guy
pahalial: "They're turning this debate into yet more free publicity, of course."

I called it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:16 AM on August 28, 2014

What areas within 5 hrs of New Jersey have cheaper real estate?
Yeah, I was going to suggest Raleigh, NC as well, but it's a little outside your driving range.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:11 PM on August 23, 2014

Welcome to this strange box with chairs in it.
That was great. Thanks for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on August 21, 2014

D: "BREAAADDD!" D:
Joe in Australia: "So let me give you some advice, as the parent of someone who is still a picky eater: don't boast about what you feed your child. Karma is a bitch."

Yeah, in my experience, the average child's openness to new foods peaks around 18-24 months, then plummets dramatically, hitting a nadir around age 3 or 4, then slowly builds back up until adulthood, with another trough around 12 or 13.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:04 AM on August 21, 2014
PMdixon: "I did not expect so many strong reactions to this."

children + criticism + fine dining? I totally expected Strong Takes.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 AM on August 21, 2014
Tell Me No Lies: "I don't like the taste of alcohol, which appears to be an irresistible challenge to some wine lovers."

Absolutely. If you want people to buy you expensive glasses of wine, tell them you hate wine.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:23 AM on August 21, 2014
delfin: " I've... seen meals you people wouldn't believe... Sautéed rock shrimp in a creamy lemon and garlic sauce on fire off the shoulder of Felidia. I watched Muscovy Duck glitter in the dark near Momofuku Ko. All those... entrees... will be lost in time, like [small cough] tapas... in... rain. Time... to dine..."

Now I really want to see Plate Runner.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on August 21, 2014

Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2014/2015
I think there has been some pushback to the idea of introducing sports to FanFare due to the existence of SportsFilter, but it does seem to fit.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on August 19, 2014
Baaaaaalotelllllllliiiiiii!

This is going to be fun!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:54 AM on August 21, 2014

Diagnostic Emoji: Laughing Face with Tears + Clapping Hands
Flashman: "So... how do you access emoji, on an iPhone?

Everyone's doing it but me.
"

💩
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:25 AM on August 21, 2014
Lost in Emoji Translation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:46 AM on August 21, 2014

I want out of this house! How soon can I move?
Packing is one of those activities that expands to fill the time available, so I'd expect to be throwing the last bits of crap into boxes as your helpers show up, but 2 days should be plenty of time to pack up 1 bedroom plus assorted things. Three helpers is probably plenty, but the more the better for stair-intensive moving as it's not the heavy stuff that is the burden in this case, it's the repeated up and down trips, so more people means fewer trips per person.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:34 AM on August 21, 2014
acidic: "Check yelp to see if your city has movers who specialize in SMALL moves and have low rates/no minimums. I recently hired movers in LA who charged $85/hr, no minimums, and rounded to the quarter hour = HEAVEN."

Google "<college near you> movers" FTW
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on August 21, 2014

"I probably should have told Jordan and Dan about that beforehand."
I think the most important thing that he left out is that unless people like him (and me) do do something about both relatively minor situations like the one he describes and more serious stuff like what is going on in Ferguson, the sad sad truth of the matter is that things are not going to change. The most evil part of institutional racism is that the voice of the victims of that racism are so suppressed that it is hard for them to be heard by the average person, but... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:18 AM on August 19, 2014
YoungAmerican: "Part of that is reflecting impartiality in my non-NPR public life, as well as in my day-to-day life. I tried to focus what I talked about on JJGo on my own personal experience, so that others could draw their own conclusions about broader societal and political ramifications."

I definitely got the feeling that you were choosing your words very carefully when it came to the broader picture, and I remember you talking about the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:56 PM on August 20, 2014

Don Pardo, 1918-2014
They honestly should retire the tradition of announcing the names of the SNL cast. Maybe have them say their own name as part of the montage, or something? I guess you need someone to intro the host, but I can't imagine trying to replace him.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:35 AM on August 19, 2014

It was born in the stables. It died in the snow.
I will never look at football, Canada, or literature the same way again.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 PM on August 18, 2014

NFL Fantasy Football League
Rock Steady kindly put one together last year that was fun even if your team went 3-10 and the coach didn't get things figured out until the playoffs.

I probably won't do one this year, FYI. Least year I did it kind of as a tribute to my Dad who was a big Fantasy Football fan and had recently passed away, but I find I enjoy my Sundays more when I am only living and dying based on the results of one game, rather than twelve.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:52 PM on August 18, 2014

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