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Worst nightmare most cherished dream - new job in time of crisis
Does your old job have to know that you will be starting this new job in a month? Could you just tell them (in a few days, once you are at your parents' place) that it's going to take longer than you thought, and rather than an extended leave, it would be best for you to resign, with your notice period covered (as much as possible) by paid leave. Then -- if ever asked -- you can just make it seem like this new job happened to come up while you were dealing with your parents.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:49 PM on June 23, 2015

Mousestar Runner
Hmm. I'm not sure I like these, at least not so far. I think the whacky absurdity was actually one of the weaker points of Homestar - it really hit its stride when it the craziness was grounded in a very well-observed reality. Teen Girl Squad is the perfect example of this. I'm guessing with the "Introducing" in the titles, it sounds like some of these characters are going to be recurring, so maybe that will give them the chance to really build a world that will develop into something… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:29 PM on June 23, 2015

Can I make a flat cat-safe after using ant powder?
I would recommend calling a vet

I work in veterinary medicine, and I would not recommend calling a vet in this case. Most vets are not very experienced with toxicology. Instead, call a pet poison control line. They cost money, but it's probably cheaper than a veterinary ER visit should things go poorly.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:00 PM on June 22, 2015 marked best answer
I thought maybe you were not in the US (pyjamas, flat, hoovering, skirting boards), and I wasn't sure if they'd take an international call, but I figured I'd mention it. Glad to know they were able to help.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:16 AM on June 23, 2015

A note from our future President
This was masterfully done. No snide remarks or whining, no throwing shade, no "reports from the Swift camp", just a direct, simple and reasonable request made in full view of her billions of fans, giving Apple zero options. Taylor and her management team are absolute PR geniuses.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on June 23, 2015
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug: "I don't even know if they could get away with it, but I'm curious if Apple will ever go that route. Sooner or later it's just the next step, isn't it?"

Weirdly, they would probably end up calling it Beats Recordings or something.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:15 AM on June 23, 2015

this is literally the most srs bsns question ever.
No, you're reading a 2500 word article about sarcasm on the Internet.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on June 22, 2015
but this is going to make it super easy to plan rumples surprise party you guys
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:17 PM on June 22, 2015

Seeking AskMe clean jokes threads
That Kids Jokes thread is almost certainly not what you are looking for, but it might be one of my favorite threads ever.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on June 22, 2015
The tumblr is still going strong, btw:

What Is It Bob

bob:doctor doctor i need a new but.
doctor:what is it bob.
bob:it has a crack in it
doctor:that is normal bob

posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on June 22, 2015
The FP
once there was this guy he farted. the FP (fart police) came and said “your under arrest for farting then the guy said "it wasn`t me it was my daughter” the FP said “nice try girls don`t fart”.


(fart police)
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:47 PM on June 22, 2015

Make my washroom pleasant
Hang a crisp white curtain in front of the nailed-shut door? Not sure if that would be more or less creepy, TBH.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:21 PM on June 22, 2015
And you could get a multi-tier plant stand if you want to bring in some greenery (which I think is always nice in a bathroom).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:23 PM on June 22, 2015

What to expect (and how to act) in an extended period of sobriety?
One thing to keep in mind is that I feel like the people I have known who have faced difficulty about not drinking are folks that are very defensive about it, and tend to overthink and overanalyze each and every comment someone makes about their non-drinking. Jessamyn is right that people will say stuff, and if they are your friends and colleagues, those things will mostly be well-meaning, even if they come out a bit rough. Just try and be confident in yourself and let any and all commentary… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:38 AM on June 22, 2015 marked best answer
Kitteh: " I tend to be a bar/brewpub person (my husband is most definitely not, but tolerates it because I like it) so learning new non-bar tricks is key for my success."

A good alternative for this is an independent coffeeshop and/or bakery. They have the "local low-key hangout" feel you are looking for without the booze (though you may regret the carbs). The only difficulty might be finding one open nights, but if you are in a… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:18 PM on June 22, 2015 marked best answer

Spectacular Spectacular!
Mostly before your time period, but my first thought was the Indiana Jones series.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:35 PM on June 22, 2015

For Sale: 40,000 Square Feet of Lost Baggage
George_Spiggott: "If a major cause of misdirection is old tags being present, then there needs to be a process change: when you check your bag in, the clerk who attaches the tag should be under instructions to search for and remove any older tags still present."

When I flew a couple of weeks ago, they did indeed instruct us to remove "any barcode stickers" that were on our luggage from a previous trip after they noticed one during the weigh-in.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on June 22, 2015

HEEEEERE'S KINGSLEY!
It's almost definitely intentionally bad, right? Designed to get retweets and through-clicks and whatnot. Simply too inexplicable to be unintentional. Please tell me I'm correct.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:14 AM on June 22, 2015

Orange Is the New Black: Fear, and Other Smells
Shepherd: "I'm a fan of the show in general, and enjoying this season in general, but am I alone in feeling like the swing towards making every inmate lovable has kind of eradicated a lot of the initial tension that made it interesting?"

I think you are absolutely right. I had the thought while watching this exact episode, "When did OITNB make the cross-over from dramatic series with funny moments to sitcom with dramatic moments, and how… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on June 22, 2015

I'm getting real tiled of your dirty grout
You could get a large (custom-fit, maybe?) cutting board (or multiple boards) and leave it on there semi-permanently to disguise most of the tiles. You would want to use separate "normal" cutting boards for things like meat and fish.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on June 22, 2015

‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox Honored
I'm sighted, but I found myself utilizing the audio descriptions for Daredevil often. I tend to watch Netflix while doing other things, and it was really helpful. I also thought it was an effective way of putting myself in Matt Murdock's shoes a little bit.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:51 AM on June 22, 2015

OBYaVLENIYA KOMANDA 135 [Command 135 initiated]

The science of tracking down an unidentified transmission source is called Direction Finding, and there are many subcategories of this, specifically HFDF (or "huff-duff") for shortwave frequencies.


HURF DURF DIRECTION FINDER
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:07 PM on June 17, 2015

So maybe I do want someone to draw all over me
I would love to get something from Ivana Belakova.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:04 AM on June 13, 2015

Finding the elusive film developers
I just got some developed at Walmart for $9.95.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on June 12, 2015

State of Metafilter, and funding update
This is great and awesome. Thanks for the update, and glad to hear things are looking up. I know all the upheaval and changes over the last year have been rough, but I really think the hard changes they have wrought have put MeFi on some really sound footing for continuing on for a long time to come.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on June 9, 2015
If folks would like an unofficial annual reminder, my offer still stands to send out reminder MeMails on or about Moderator's Day (June 13th) every year. Just MeMail me if you'd like one. They may be a little late this year, as I will still be on vacation on Saturday with limited Internet access.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on June 11, 2015

State Jobs in the Culture/Tourism Sector
I don't have any specific advice, but you might try and look at universities that have strong graduate programs in these areas. For example, I used to work in Historic Preservation, and (at the time) the best one-stop resource for jobs in the field was PreserveNet, which was (and apparently is still) run by students at Cornell.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:25 AM on June 5, 2015

Well, this map is depressing if not unsurprising.
If you follow the link to the full report, it is broken down by county.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:50 AM on June 4, 2015

Is it legal to put dog poop in a neighbor's trash can in Portland, OR?
I realize I am going to lose points for this (insert shrinkingmario.wav), since you specifically asked us to ignore the ethics of the matter, but in the interest of completeness, I think it is important to reference this amazing AskMe from several years ago on just that topic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:20 AM on June 4, 2015

What dog vaccinations are really necessary (other than rabies)?
The American Animal Hospital Association has put together a pretty comprehensive (and fairly technical) set of recommendations. [pdf] That said, this is exactly the kind of thing your vet should be happy to discuss with you at your annual visit. Every pet has a set of differing factors (breed, age, lifestyle, etc) that your vet should take into consideration when suggesting vaccines. You should feel free to question their recommendations, and they should… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:31 PM on June 3, 2015


#maybe she's born with it #maybe it's bear blood
Beafts by Drfe
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:59 AM on June 3, 2015

How do you teach kids to be brave?
Boy it's a tough one. My 14-year-old has always been a cautious kid, and it's still a challenge to get her to get out of her comfort zone. One thing that worked pretty well was reminding her of how much she loved doing [X thing] but how scared she was to do it in the beginning. For us it was going down a giant slide at an amusement park. "Remember how scary it was to go down the big slide? And we told you it was going to be super fun, didn't we? And it was super fun… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:06 AM on June 3, 2015

"Her fresh voice will be very welcome in the SF world."
Sangermaine: "You join the hallowed ranks of Charles Stross and John Scalzi in the glorious MeFi SciFi Writes Brigade."

Ahem
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:40 AM on June 3, 2015

Online, Shared Document (etc) Management for Family/IEP/Therapy
You can add attachments to Google Calendar events, especially items in Google Drive. I'd create a new calendar and give you and your husband full access to it. There is your master timeline.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:33 AM on June 3, 2015

MeFi Cartoon List
Adventure Time: What if Mad Max: Fury Road was for kids, but replace Furiosa with a shapeshifting dog who is married to a Korean-speaking rainbow unicorn, and Immortan Joe with an ice wizard who is slowly losing his mind.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:47 AM on June 3, 2015

Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
Holy shit, it just occurred to me: Is the license plate FURIOSA and/or WAR-RIG available in my state?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 3:35 PM on June 2, 2015
Soooooo tempting...
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:44 PM on June 2, 2015

Help me ID this pop song.
Crystalinne: "When I can't think of a song I heard on the radio I usually head to the itunes top songs. "

I was just going to suggest this. You can also start a Pandora or iTunes Radio station based on a similar song, though that is less successful.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:41 PM on June 2, 2015
Bastille - Pompeii?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:15 PM on June 2, 2015

I don't like you because you're dangerous.
Principal Gleason in The Breakfast Club
Severus Snape
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:04 PM on June 2, 2015

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges
My wild-ass speculation would be that he knew he was going to have to resign as soon as the arrests went down, but he stayed on until after the election because he knew it would take several months to have a replacement election, and that would give his cronies enough time to sweep everything under the rug before the new sheriff rolled into town. Obviously I don't have any evidence of this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:35 AM on June 2, 2015
Looking forward to all the "Blatter Evacuates" punny headlines.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on June 2, 2015

Is this a problem with FanFare?
cortex: "It's a difficult balance, because, as you say, shows and movies are in fact gonna have legitimate problems, missteps, running/intractable story or thematic or etc. issues, and folks talking about those is something I would very much expect to see as part of the mix of media discussion among mefites. "

Would the mods have a problem with users flagging (and mods deleting) negative comments that are not particularly substantial… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on June 1, 2015
Really? Called out twice. Jesus Fuck, people. If you're going to do that shit, be grown-up and use my name.

Come on. It's foolish to try and have a discussion about what kind of comments are and are not acceptable without bringing up examples. I didn't use your name because, as I said, I wasn't trying to call you out, but just trying to bring up the kind of comment that I didn't feel added much to the conversation. I apologize if I hurt your feelings,… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:56 PM on June 1, 2015

#CallMeCaitlyn
vunder: "But I am curious if we can assign any particular interest or cultural significance around the fact that Jenner was a highly regarded athlete, and is there any added meaning to the non-team-sport aspect of that sport."

It's really fascinating. You could argue that even before the reality TV stuff, Jenner was and is the world's most famous decathlete (quiet down, Dan and/or Dave), the sporting discipline most associated with the sort… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on June 1, 2015

instantly recognisable classic askme answer pirated on reddit
I'd go so far as to say it was really only funny in the context of AskMe at that point in its development. It was a pretty informal, casual, jokey place in the early days, and the fact that this question got such a serious, well-thought out, detailed answer was the joke.

For what it's worth, I understand Miko's discomfort with it. It's weird the way murder can become subject matter for comedy and light entertainment in a way that… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:30 AM on June 1, 2015
griphus: "The greatest trick Kevin Smith ever pulled was convincing the world he wears really long jorts rather than highwaters."

Those are some wide-legged highwaters, if that's the case.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:36 PM on June 1, 2015

Do I pay my contractor for bringing in a plumber without consulting me?
helios410: "While I can understand his wish to be reimbursed, I am somewhat irritated that he did not consult me first so I could direct him to the handy man. So I am at loss. I feel I should explain that I should not be on the hook for these charges. On the other hand, I know he went out of his way to fix some other things that needed repair, which he did free of charge (though again, without consulting me first). So, I am somewhat stuck on how to proceed.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:06 AM on June 1, 2015

How can I create a Maya Angelou costume?
Yes to black shirt, pearls, big earrings, fake Presidential medal, and maybe a birdcage to carry around.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:33 PM on May 31, 2015

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