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Why Americans dress so casually
escape from the potato planet: "I spend as little time as possible thinking about fashion, reading about fashion, shopping for clothing, or deciding what to wear in any given situation.
I don't think a lot about what social signals are being sent by my own clothing or other people's clothing, and honestly I find the notion a bit distasteful. (When people like Clemente say things like "there are so many different kinds of social and cultural personas… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:38 AM on September 14, 2015
escape from the potato planet: "And if you're gonna insist on defining "fashion" as "giving any thought whatsover to the type of fabric you put on your body"—then, again, you're right as far as that goes, but it's not exactly meaningful or insightful."
But I think it is meaningful to look at "fashion" as "any and all choices about clothing" because it gives people like you - who… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:14 AM on September 14, 2015
pracowity: "just as standing at the bar is not just another dance"
If I were studying the history of dancing, I would absolutely be interested in why people go to dancing venues and don't dance. Is it because it plays a major role in dating and courtship rituals? Is it for professional reasons? Perhaps there is a religious component?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on September 14, 2015
escape from the potato planet: "I don't think I'm that much of a freak, but thanks."
I hope I didn't come across as suggesting you were a freak. I really respect your choices about fashion, and lean that way myself (though I did just buy a polo shirt with a bunny-head-and-crossbones logo, because, c'mon, bunny-head-and-crossbones), but I think you are pretty deeply in the minority of clothing purchasers if you resist any clothing with a logo… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:39 AM on September 14, 2015
Should I be skeptical of a doctor prescribing weight loss pills?
Yeah, I was thinking something like amtho. You doctor thinks "Hmm, anonymous is talking about weight loss when she really doesn't need to worry about it, but this is a discussion we should really have in person. If I tell her to come in to the office so I can tell her that she doesn't need to lose weight, she won't come in, but if I tell her we can talk about weight loss drugs, she might."
I think you are right to be cautious, but I don't… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:03 AM on September 13, 2015
This is our f*****g designated hitter
The Sox have had a bunch of fun players to root for over the past 10 or 12 years, but I'd trade them all for David Ortiz. Thanks for everything, Big Papi, and I hope the new management can pull together one last run before you hang up the spikes. Sorry I thought you were washed up a couple of years ago, but glad you proved me wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on September 12, 2015
Building cool dungeons in D&D
Ok, you've disarmed the poison needle trap, and in the chest you find a magical Scroll of MeFites Who Are Interested In Playing Tabletop RPGs Online! I wonder what uses an intrepid GM could put that to?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on September 11, 2015
You can always move to the neighboring, much shorter-named, town of flagitandmoveononoch if you don't like it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on September 11, 2015
Is it rude to leave a neighbor a note about loud sex?
Yes, pupsocket and inturnaround are exactly right. The way to minimize embarassment and conflict is to make it clear you have made no assumptions about the source of the noise - they might have been watching pornography while assembling furniture. Stick to exactly what was bothering you, nothing more.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:18 PM on September 10, 2015
You can be insanely specific without mentioning sex, if you like. "On or about September 9th at 3:17 am and again at 3:19 and 3:20 there were several loud bangs on our shared wall. This pattern repeated itself on September 12th, with intermittent banging from 2:44 until 2:52. In both of these cases I was awoken from a deep sleep, and I ask you to remedy the situation causing these loud noises." Mentioning that you "didn't hear anything else, wink-wink" suggests that there was… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:26 PM on September 10, 2015
Well, Socrates, I am happy to tell you what a sandwich is
Woah there pizza cake! I can't even... I don't know what to.... Speechless... Deliciously speechless.
Saw on Twitter (blocked at work, or I'd link to it directly) something to the effect of "My 4 year old started calling lasagna 'pizza cake' and I'm not sure I'm going to stop him".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:03 AM on September 10, 2015
Is cereal soup?
Is quiche pie?
How much deviled egg is a deviled egg?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on September 10, 2015
gauche: "So if, for instance, my catering company contracts to provide dining hall services to your college campus, and the contract specifies that we will have a sandwich bar on Tuesdays, can I satisfy that term of the contract by putting out any edible food item on Tuesday?"
First of all, your contract is ludicrous on its face. Can you imagine the chaos involved in trying to get undergraduates to put a sandwich together? The mind boggles.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:51 AM on September 10, 2015
mikurski: "QED, the world is a sandwich."
Proven by experimentation.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on September 10, 2015
It's so easy your 24 year old son could master it!
Thanks for pointing this out to me. I'm a little embarrassed to say I didn't think twice about this usage when I first saw the title of the question, but you've opened my eyes.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:31 AM on September 10, 2015
"You don’t like it, play better."
When people complain that professional athletes are paid too much, these are the guys I like to remind them of. The Alex Rodriguezes are the 1% (majors) of the 1% (affiliated minors) of the 1% (independent minors).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 PM on September 9, 2015
This woman is my destiny
I love pop music, and my daughter actually did a great version of this song at one of her recitals on ukulele, but I do not like this song. It's in a category with "Cheerleader" of "Songs I would think I would love but I actually hate".
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:47 PM on September 9, 2015
alms: "But it didn't ask that. It just said "give me the answer"."
Well, no it didn't. The full text of the question, minus the example problems, was "Help me with my 6th grade daughter's Math home work. I am stumped[.] Each letter in each question stands for a 1-digit number. In each question no two letters may stand for the same number. Find a value for each letter ILL + CUP = EACH Using Numbers 8,9,4,1,5,0,6,2[.]… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:11 AM on September 9, 2015
That said, it was a borderline question, and I don't fault taz for coming down on the deletion side of the line, I just would have gone the other way.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on September 9, 2015
taz: "trying to deal with things as they come up so I don't end up forgetting to go back to something"
it's like you are in my head
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:14 AM on September 9, 2015
Pay them their goddamn money.
Damn. I love Spencer Hall, and I hate the NCAA system with a firey passion, but I had to stop reading. I read this "I remember asking for things and that flash coming over the faces of my parents, a kind of shift behind the eyes and slackening of the face I confused for anger at my greedy, elementary school-aged self." and I realized that it's a face I have probably shown my daughter from time to time, and tears came to my eyes. We aren't broke - we aren't even… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:54 AM on September 9, 2015
imabanana: "I agree completely with everything he wants, and I also don't see it ever happening the way he wants."
I think there are a couple things he alludes to that I could see happening. 1) Some kind of scholarship reform where players are guaranteed a long enough scholarship to complete their degree if they wish, even if they get injured/cut. 2) Some kind of rational transfer rules. 3) Increases/reforms to the new Cost Of Attendance… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:10 AM on September 9, 2015
Two free literary RPGs: The Drones, and Wuthering Heights
MetaFilter: in the French version, you'll find rules about large battles, psionic powers, vampyres, martial arts and more
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:34 AM on September 8, 2015
Planning a MetaFilter survey
I like the divisive food preferences idea. Tell me more.
Western Carolina Barbecue for the win
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:02 PM on September 3, 2015
wait do you pronounce it not the normal way?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on September 3, 2015
Hey, what are some inclusive, respectful ways to ask about things like sex, gender identity and sexual orientation that are also number crunchable? Obviously we don't need to know those things (all questions will be optional), and a open text box would probably be the best way, but it doesn't lend itself to sorting. Are there best practices in this area?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:10 PM on September 3, 2015
Yeah, I think I will probably leave most of the tricky demographic questions off, at least for this go around. Maybe if we do it again in the future someone with a little more knowledge about this sort of stuff can devise some well-crafted questions to get at things like gender identity and ethnicity, but I just don't have the expertise to do it. More "What color is The Dress?" and less "Where are you on the Kinsey scale?" is where I'm aiming.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on September 3, 2015
Boy, there are a lot of questions y'all. Couple things:
1. Is there a good way to ask about what languages people speak (and how well they speak them) other than just having an open text field? I'm limited to the standard Google Forms input methods, which are not conducive to that question, as far as I can figure it. Having a checkbox list of all human languages seems excessive, but limiting it artificially seems too constraining. Ideas?
2. I… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:18 PM on September 5, 2015
Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for small pox.
The way I heard it was rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for the house in Blackjack.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on September 4, 2015
These LA Dodgers?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:06 AM on September 4, 2015
I like business... transactions
I find it helps to explain where I work. "I work in the business office of a veterinary teaching hospital" is usually better than trying to explain the 5 or 6 boring things I actually do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:58 AM on September 4, 2015
Help Me Gift Myself
London Walks are amazing, as vacapinta says. I'd seriously do one a day if I was visiting London and didn't have other things planned. Their Jack the Ripper walk is sometimes run by Donald Rumbelow, who is a former London police officer who is one of the world's top authorities on Jack. Take the walk with him, at night. It's an unparalleled experience.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:52 AM on September 3, 2015
The XKCD Survey
I know this is all in good fun, but I really think the search for "weird correlations" is something that should be taken more seriously. There is so much data about us out there, but it is always being combined and sorted in very predictable ways. I think if we were to be more creative about it we might find some fascinating insights.
My five words: fun, shit, reach, bus, cat. What the hell is wrong with me?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:22 AM on September 2, 2015
If I ever type the word rhythm correctly it will be the first time. Half the time I butcher it so badly spellcheck doesn't even know what to do with it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:04 AM on September 2, 2015
Secret Life of Gravy: "I think we all secretly dream of sitting down with a therapist and just being asked random questions that will somehow unlock secrets to our personality."
I do secretly dream of that, but I didn't realize it until you said it.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:25 PM on September 2, 2015
The Underpants Monster: "Big Mefi Survey 2015? et a group of volunteers together to submit questions, then everybody answers them?"
I really want to do this. I might make a MeTa post about it tomorrow. I'm not a datawanker, but I can organize the questions and the survey.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on September 2, 2015
Stacy's super-aware pussycats
Whoa. Mind blown.
OK, I'm definitely (another one I never spell right) going to put together a Big MeFi Survey. I've already started to build it. If you want to help, email/MeMail me. I'll put up a MeTa to get question ideas tomorrow.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:28 PM on September 2, 2015
So... anyone interested in starting a Metafilter D&D campaign?
It's pretty slow moving overall -- I think last weekend went by without a single new post -- so there is plenty of time to catch up, but I do wish another GM would get a new PBP game started...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:00 AM on September 2, 2015
THAC0? I my day we had to-hit tables and we liked it!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:36 PM on September 2, 2015
What to do with Mangled Blinds?
Don't know about number 1, but for 2, ReStore is a national (I think) branch of Habitat for Humanity that sells used building materials. You can search for "salvage building materials" if you want to try and find a more local organization.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:21 AM on September 2, 2015 marked best answer
“the high one” or “the great one.”
Honest question: Are there other mountains that just have a single word name and are not called "Mt. Something/Something Mountain/Something Peak" in the US? What about internationally? I guess that gets complicated when you get into local language vs English names (Fujisan/Mt. Fuji), so maybe just limited to peaks in English-speaking lands.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on September 1, 2015
brokkr: "A look through a list of the 200 highest mountains in North America turns up North Palisade (CA), Grand Teton (WY), Lone Cone (CO) and Santa Fe Baldy (NM). But since English is not a compound language, single-word names would be rather unusual anyway. "
No, I suppose single-word names were not what I was looking for, just non-standard names. Thanks!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:34 AM on September 2, 2015
Google says it's the other drivers' fault
Today's roads and traffic patterns will look as unfamiliar to our grandchildren as the trolley and horse clogged streets of the 19th C look to us.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on September 1, 2015
Sort of witness to terrible car accident
Even if you didn't see anything useful, at least if you come forward they know that "the person waiting at the light heading across the intersection in the grey Toyota" (or whatever) didn't see anything and they can stop looking for that person.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on September 1, 2015
Looking for a secluded beachfront cabin in the southeastern US.
Ah yes, sorry. Probably late spring or early fall - warm enough to go swimming, but not so hot as to make lying on the beach miserable. Timing is negotiable if that makes a difference in terms of seclusion. However, Lake Michigan is too far -- I'm aiming to stay in the southeast US.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:16 AM on September 1, 2015
Hey, watch it!
Justinian: "But what's the point of a QTE sequence if failing the QTEs doesnt make you lose?"
My understanding about Heavy Rain is that your performance in the QTEs can affect the paths available going forward, and the ending you see. The game was trying super hard to be a movie instead of a video game, so failing and starting over (as would be standard in a video game) was not a possibility. The reason a video game was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 AM on September 1, 2015
Safe as houses? suggestions for books/movies featuring a house
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. The "castle" isn't exactly the main character, but it's certainly prominent.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:10 AM on August 31, 2015
For a lighthearted comedy, you might look at The Money Pit - an early Tom Hanks vehicle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:11 AM on August 31, 2015
I guess we really have Bryan Fuller to blame for this
This guy just joined for the now defunct AutoFilter (usedcars.metafilter.com) and I don't think he ever did find the link to it. Granted, the nav bar was kind of a mess back then.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:39 AM on August 31, 2015
Who from MeFi contacted me right after Katrina?
Hey grimcity, I hate it when MetaFilter tries to diagnose someone over the Internet, but - based on incredible similarities between what you are saying here and what I was thinking and feeling a couple three years ago - I feel like it would be a really good idea for you to get some professional mental health assistance. I know with financial issues that can seem impossible (I had/have those too), but there are options out there. Maybe ask your wife to help you find somewhere to go and set up an… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on August 31, 2015