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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

Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2014/2015
cgk: Anyone interested in a concurrent head-to-head league again this year?

Yeah, I'd be up for that.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:26 PM on August 11, 2014
Yeah, we have tried G+ and the league forum page and neither really took off, but I'd love to have a forum in which to whinge and moan about my horrible choices and my players' screaming ineptitude.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:34 PM on August 18, 2014

I am fully aware you are not my doctor.
- Did you give your child Concerta and nothing happened but good things? No side effects at all?

Yes. Maybe not no side effects (some difficulty falling asleep which we largely remedied by having her take it earlier -- as soon as she wakes up in our case, and some loss of appetite, but that really seems to come and go as she heads into teenager-hood) and while the benefits are not exactly night and day, my daughter definitely prefers taking it to not... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:32 PM on August 18, 2014

Name my brass quintet!
Same Sax
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:13 PM on August 15, 2014

Not Sure if Bug Report or Pony Request
[let's just assume I went to the trouble of finding a way to install Netscape Navigator 2.0 and took some screenshots to insert here]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on August 15, 2014
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:04 AM on August 15, 2014
I have flagged certain comments in this thread in a certain way so as to encode a semaphore message visible only to the mods.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:35 AM on August 15, 2014

Give me your most jargon-filled work-related statements
I was at a seminar the other day that included a session on some data analysis software that went way over my head. One sentence I wrote down as an example was "The robustness depends on your skewness and Kurtosis."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:41 AM on August 15, 2014

Looking for Fun Lake/Swimming Activities and Games I Can Play by Myself
My wife and daughter like to choreograph theoretical synchronized swimming routines with each other, and that's something you could do by yourself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 AM on August 15, 2014 marked best answer

Background Check Inconsistencies
Can you contact the previous employer and see if they can get in touch with the background check company?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:03 AM on August 15, 2014 marked best answer

Compact medical supplies
Sterile water in 1L bags. 6 or 7 should get you over 12lbs. (1L of water weighs ~1kg and 1kg = 2.2lb).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on August 15, 2014

Triangle Biscuit Harvest Festival
I know for sure I will drive right past a Biscuitville and at least one Bojangles on the way up from F-V, so I can stop there easily. Alternatively, I could go slightly out of my way and stop at either Big Ed's and Beasley's or the Farmer's Market if there is no one else for whom those places are convenient. Timing-wise, Saturday brunch sounds about right. The 23rd is out for me and the 30th isn't great, but I'm open other than that. I may end up bringing my 13-year-old... [more]
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 2:01 PM on August 14, 2014
Yeah, I agree for sure. If no one else is closer, I'll do the Farmer's Market as my first choice.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 6:27 PM on August 14, 2014

Where We Came From, State by State
showbiz_liz: 42% of North Carolinians weren't born in North Carolina!

When we moved to Cary, NC from Massachusetts in 2009, we were told that the name of the town was an acronym for Containment Area for Relocated Yankees.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on August 14, 2014

Haven't seen my elderly neighbor for a few days. Time to worry?
I would leave a note on her door or in her mailbox expressing concern about the car and the trash bin and include your contact info, so that if she or someone else is coming to/from the house at irregular hours they can get in touch with you.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:46 AM on August 14, 2014
To me, the food suggests a relative or other caregiver came by to drop off some things and found no answer at the door, as the police did.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on August 14, 2014

What has anyone ever learned from Gawker?
Rhaomi: Here's a mockup of the rainbow page idea.

I love this. Is there a way to hack it together via greasemonkey and whatnot?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:46 AM on August 14, 2014
Ghidorah: The rainbow page seems at odds with the professional white background.

You could have a 10 or 20 pixel wide band of color for each post running along the left margin for the PWB.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:49 AM on August 14, 2014

SORRY, I'M DEAD.
I really miss the era of video games that knew you had to have something called narrative, but didn't seem to give a shit about what that meant.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on August 14, 2014

Is it okay to accept a new job that I might leave in the near future?
I feel a sense of loyalty towards my employer and would feel bad leaving them soon after starting a new project,

Unless your employer is very unusual, this loyalty is misplaced. They would not hesitate to lay you off two weeks after giving you the new job if the funding for the position unexpectedly dried up. Take the job and keep looking for better jobs with no guilt.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:22 AM on August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams
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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:06 PM on August 11, 2014

What does it mean to follow Metroid?
killThisKid: I didn't think I'd ever re-capture the feeling of exploration, discovery, loneliness, and panic that Metroid managed to create.

There has never been creepier, more ominous music in a video game than this.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on August 11, 2014

Landlord staying at my place while I'm gone - should I ask for $$?
aroberge: They may notice some other minor things that need fixing up (it's easy to get used to some minor annoyances and become blind to them) and do so which would be to your advantage.

Yeah, I also wouldn't ask for money, but I might say, "While you are here painting, can you take a look at the squeaky stair and the leaky faucet?" or whatever other minor maintenance issues you may have.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:50 AM on August 11, 2014

The possibly sad truth about the "magical" bipedal bear of New Jersey
In veterinary medicine, we often say that dogs and cats are born with "three legs and a spare," as amputation of one limb rarely seems to trouble them (there can be knock-on musculoskeletal issues down the road as a side effect of increased load, though). Don't know how that translates to ursine medicine, but perhaps whatever injury the bear suffered is no longer painful and he or she will not be too badly impacted by the handicap.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:44 AM on August 11, 2014

"My philosophy? Keep calm, and get fired up!"
I really wanted to hear more of Ted Lasso's advice to 12-year-old girls.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:56 AM on August 10, 2014
They really could make a great weekly show out of this. Half a live in-character NBC Sports Network studio show with soccer guests, interviews and maybe even Premier League highlights/"analysis". The other half would be scripted skits and sketches about his efforts to coach the Owls and get back into a Premiership job.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:35 AM on August 11, 2014

Why can they not, I say, form a foot-ball club?
ob1quixote: It's too bad they don't show the AFL games on ESPN anymore. (Also Irish Hurling, but that's for another time.)

I used to love watching AFL games on The Deuce when I had insomnia. One of those games I'd still put in the Top Ten of Exciting Sports Matches I've Even Seen: The 2010 Grand Final which ended in a draw, resulting in (to the apparent surprise of most of the players) a replay a week later rather than Extra Time.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:29 AM on August 11, 2014

Movie: Particle Fever
Divine_Wino: Of the many great little moments, I love when the two theorists just start playing ping pong by bouncing the ball off the wall.

Oh yes. It was just the nerdiest of nerd moves (I mean that in the best possible way), and you could just see their brains kick into a higher gear as they considered all the implications of the ping-pong multiverse.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on August 11, 2014

Like browsing MeFi in a shrouded theater
Very cool, and I'd love to see it integrated into the official color scheme.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:33 AM on August 9, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance: Top 14 Perform
Loved both of the girls' and guys' group dances. I felt like they were both masterful combinations of choreography and costuming (which is a strength of this show that I think often gets overlooked). The way the movements of the girls' long dresses mimicked their movements was really cool. I also loved the little moments where an individual would try to sort of break out of the group.

Christina Applegate is a treasure and I want her to be my friend.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on August 9, 2014

Disappearing Favorites from Recent Activities
pb: I hear what you're saying nobody,

Story of my life.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:13 AM on August 8, 2014
Of course there is Horse Chow.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:34 AM on August 9, 2014

neither hipster, nor corporate shill... its the Dishevelled Trivago Guy
I feel like this is relevant.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:40 PM on August 5, 2014
Maybe they are playing a long con? Start him out looking like a rumpled alcoholic drifter and gradually shift his look/voice/everything so that by the end you can't help but think he is the most fashionable, appealing man in the world?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on August 7, 2014

#GlobalVoices / #NonWestNov / #GlobalSouthSept
Perhaps it would be less complicated if we divided it in two. "Global Voices" one month for posts by users outside the US (I wouldn't get into the complications of West/South/Whatever. Let people decide for themselves what "outside the US" means. Post from Puerto Rico? Sure! You consider "The People's Republic of Your Basement" to be outside the US? Whatever, I guess!) and then "Posters Of Color" another month. I agree that the best thing about JulyByWomen... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on August 6, 2014
All of us here at the Postmo Arglobal Corporation really appreciate your engagement with our brand.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on August 6, 2014
elgilito: The only solution is to have more active non-US participants. Divabat's initiative is a step in the right direction, but "global-themed" FPPs won't help if they're derailed into "And now here's the US perspective on #GlobalTheme", because that can be off-putting for non-US mefites and discourage them from participating.

That's why I think the focus should be on encouraging MeFites from around the world to post on whatever... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:59 AM on August 7, 2014

Go Ahead, read my stuff.
I continue to love that KRIEG DER STERNE story.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:24 AM on August 7, 2014

Movies about serial killers
Another short TV series would be The Fall. Truly amazing, unique performances. It's on Netflix streaming.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on August 7, 2014

Too Clever To Be Legal
Huh. I'm a pharmacy purchasing manager, and we have a product manufactured by Valeant that we buy very rarely, and every time I try and buy it they have cut down the number of authorized distributors, and I need to set up an account with a different company. Good to know my annoyance with them is well deserved.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:21 PM on August 6, 2014

Because they are cute little assholes. That's why.
joseph conrad is fully awesome: I'm getting a cat sometime in the future and I'm looking around at all the tchotchkes I have on flat surfaces with dread.

Our cats almost never do this. I mean, they'll knock shit over because they are clumsy doofuses, and one of them likes to try and drink from the glass of water on your nightstand, and occasionally gets his head stuck, but they don't intentionally knock shit over. They do other... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on August 6, 2014

New mobile game needed for brief breaks
A Dark Room is... unique.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:07 PM on August 6, 2014
jbickers: Yeah, I would love to play that one, but weirdly, it requires OS7.

That is weird. Sorry about that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on August 6, 2014

What's the 'significance' of the word bubonic in bubonic plague?
I would guess the assignment is trying to get at "Why is it called 'bubonic' plague and not, say, 'pinkeye' plague or 'runny nose' plague?" They are looking for the meaning of the word "bubonic" within the phrase "bubonic plague."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:37 AM on August 6, 2014

There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash
We could just come up with a generic design that means "US CURRENCY" in movies/TV, like we have done with 555-1234 phone numbers and Oceanic Airlines.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:13 AM on August 6, 2014

MeFi State of the Update
Slarty Bartfast: I'd like to do something nice for the kids this year

Jelly of the Month Club is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Seriously, though, thanks for the update, Matt. I really appreciate it.

I'll take this opportunity to renew my offer to remind people to make a yearly donation on or about Moderator's Day (June 13) every year. Just send me a MeMail.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:09 AM on August 6, 2014

Help me get out of this wedding
1. It's really not a big deal. Just mention the car accident and the broken toe, and they will understand.
2. Especially if you send them a really nice gift.
3. It would be pretty sketchy to go to a different East Coast wedding the following week.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on August 6, 2014

Squeeze those pips
Greg Nog: OH MY GOSH I AM GOING TO TRY THIS

I expect a liveblog.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:20 AM on August 6, 2014

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