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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

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

#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

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

neither hipster, nor corporate shill... its the Dishevelled Trivago Guy
OMFG. I use the word hate very rarely in my life, but I. Hate. This. Guy. It's incredibly irrational, I know, but the phrase "with the heat of a thousand suns" comes to mind immediately.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:17 PM on August 5, 2014
I should add: I don't have a problem with how the guy looks, in general. I don't find him creepy or anything, but I just can't figure out why they would carefully choose that look for a TV commercial. It's a perfectly fine look, but it makes zero sense for a spokesman to me.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on August 5, 2014
I feel like this is relevant.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:40 PM on August 5, 2014

Consider, first, their absurd sartorial appurtenances
SEARCH THEE HITHER AND YON FOR TALES OF RONALD PAULUS
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:34 AM on August 5, 2014
These kids are just lucky that Ottocare lets them stay on their parents' bloodletting plans until they are six-and-twenty. Otherwise they'd get sent to debtor's prison anytime they had to go to the barber for an excess of yellow bile.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:02 PM on August 5, 2014

I'll do something else … Probably, I'm thinking, carpentry.
jbickers: And yeah, if his sidekick isn't a wisecracking little girl named Stormageddon Dark Lord of All then they will have made a huge miss.

I think Wilf has more of the Ed McMahon-y vibe you are looking for in a late nite sidekick.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:07 PM on August 5, 2014

Partner's Abusive Ex and Communicating My Boundaries
You're going to let Ted win that easily?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:25 AM on August 5, 2014

What are the hat rules?
Real hats are rare enough that any rules that were once followed have atrophied to the point of meaninglessness.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on August 5, 2014

How UCLA flooded on a sunny day
that's candlepin: Nationally, it's Cs and Ds across the board. With one B for solid waste.

Woohoo! We passed!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:57 AM on August 5, 2014

How do I create a training program?
Hey, so a big part of my wife's jobs over the past 10 years has been developing training programs for vet techs and she would be happy to chat with you by email. MeMail me and I will give you her email address.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:48 PM on August 4, 2014

Help me be safe in this driving situation! (USA Driving-Filter)
If Car F is there, pull into the turning lane such that you are facing Car F, but are far back enough to let them easily turn into their driveway. Once they are gone, pull ahead and perform your left turn. You may end up waiting a while if there are several Cars F, but it's the safe way to do it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:05 AM on August 4, 2014
If there is a line of Cars F, you may be able to make eye contact with the drivers and someone should get the hint before they pull up and will let you go.

The other option I can think of is rather than turning around at the busy intersection, find an alternate route that takes you home for the right direction. This may not be possible, given the arrangement of roads and whatnot, but I usually take an alternate way when leaving/arriving home that costs me at least a... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on August 4, 2014 marked best answer
While we are on the subject of safety in turning lanes, this may seem basic, but I'm surprised at the number of drivers who don't follow this rule: While you are waiting in the turning lane, DO NOT have your wheel turned to the left, but keep it straight until you have clearance to make the turn. The reason you do this is if you are rear-ended while you are waiting and you already have your wheels turned, the collision will drive you into the oncoming traffic.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:14 PM on August 4, 2014

The threads that never end...
The awesome "It Was A Great Year (For Movies With Robots)" just came up in my shuffled playlist, so yeah, MeFiMu is pretty great.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:18 AM on July 30, 2014
Also, it's possible there are MeFites that have never heard this amazing [NSFW] track that celebrates it's 6th anniversary (!) on Friday. NSFW because lyrics and because you will be laughing and krumping so hard you will embarrass yourself.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:20 AM on July 30, 2014
dismas: this means that every year you can discuss the merits of the version of Jingle Bell Rock that only features the words Jingle, Bell and Rock. And jock ringle, I guess.

One of the attendees at our recent Meetup (Maecenas?) said that their introduction to MetaFilter was through a link to that song. I love that idea.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on July 30, 2014
I think you're in the wrong thread, Ghidorah, but I kind of hope not.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on August 1, 2014
umbú: Cortex's fingerpickin' version of Laurie Anderson's O Superman is one that I keep coming back to.

If we are talking about songs that we always come back to, umbú, I submit your amazing cover of "Human Behavior" -- "Seres Humanos".
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:00 PM on August 4, 2014

Slug Solos
I thought this was just going to be a boring collection of guitarface images, but it is so so much more.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on August 4, 2014

The Visual Microphone: Passive Recovery of Sound from Video
Don't use one of those crinkly Sun Chips bags or you will liquefy your eardrums.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on August 4, 2014

Movie suggestions
A Town Called Panic does not appear to be on Netflix anymore, but it's a deeply weird, very funny stop motion animation children's movie that I heard best described as "Toy Story on absinthe." The version I saw was in French, with subtitles, in case that's an issue for anyone.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:17 AM on August 4, 2014

Phase transitions are an unnecessary expense
thebrokedown: Flashbacks to Wendy's Frosties. Leave it on the dashboard? No problem! Well, other than your Frostie being hot.

Yeah, no. When you grab a Frosty™ with your Son of Baconator™, you gotta eat the Frosty first, or else you are going to be drinking it. Plus, you get the guilty frisson of eating dessert before dinner, so win-win.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:24 AM on August 4, 2014

Movie: Particle Fever
This was a great movie. It really managed to put a human face on an almost inconceivably vast undertaking. Such adorable nerds! I was also really stuck by the elderly physicists who had spent their whole lives working on theories that were going to be proven or disproven by these experiments. I can't imagine that kind of a career, with such a delayed payoff, if at all.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:50 AM on August 3, 2014

Give me your Underdog stories!
Independence Day manages to make all of humanity into the underdog.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:31 AM on August 2, 2014

Allowing non-posters to add tags
I use tags as bookmarks.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on July 30, 2014
cortex: "we can get u #1 results on google"

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:51 AM on August 1, 2014

I feel unable to participate in a normal, healthy dating relationship.
assenav: "Normal" is such a relative term in relationships, and what is acceptable to one person (how much time to spend together, when to meet outside friends and family, and, yes, how much flirtation/touching/interaction with others is tolerated) may not be to someone else. What is normal and healthy, though, is for you to expect to be on the same page as your partner about these things.

This is exactly right. There is nothing wrong with... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:49 AM on August 1, 2014

Are you a horrible person, or only pretending to be a horrible person?
MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch: And what if I have actually already checked my privilege, considered it carefully, and decided that, specifically only in this context, everybody still needs to lighten the fuck up?

Then you are hereby allowed to think that. Not everyone has to agree with you.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:48 PM on July 31, 2014
phunniemee, did CAH kill your parents in an alley when you were a child or something?

Cards Against Batmanity.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:55 PM on July 31, 2014

Fanfare Posting Etiquette
Westringia F.: Something repurposing the IRL system, maybe, with proposed watches and scheduled ones?

This is a great idea, says me who doesn't have any idea of how terrible and horrible an idea it may or may not be from a pb-shaped perspective.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on July 31, 2014
pb: So I'm not sure we need anything more than what we have now for that kind of idea.

I just think it would be so much easier to understand with a simple date-ordered list like in IRL. Makes sense to give it a few weeks to see how everything shakes out though.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:49 AM on July 31, 2014


Metafilter Fantasy Football Challenge 2014/2015
Rock Steady City FC is in. We managed to avoid relegation last year with a 17th place finish, and we are aiming for single digits this year. Actually knowing how to use my transfers should help.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2014
not_too_xabi is killing me as a team name.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:04 PM on July 29, 2014
Someone take the keys to the boot room away from me. I can't stop this Klinsmannian tinkering with my team. I think I've been through a dozen starting XIs in the past week.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on July 30, 2014
OK, since josher71 broke the ice for talking about players, what are people's thoughts on the Liverpool forwards sans Suarez? I'm feeling that Lambert at 7.5 is a vastly better deal than Sturridge at 11.5. Do you agree Y/N?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on July 30, 2014
josher71: Do you think Sturridge and Lambert will partner like SAS?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on July 30, 2014
Yeah, I've got to stick to starters as I don't follow the League closely enough during the week to know who is or is not likely to get on the roster. Sorry Rickie!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:49 AM on July 30, 2014

Women adventurers
I believe there is a chapter all about this in the excellent Daring Book For Girls by MeFi's Own mothershock.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on July 30, 2014

Arrested Development: Beef Consomme
If I could I would watch a 24/7 feed of Tony Hale as Buster just going about his day. He just inhabits the character so completely and every interaction with the outside world is fascinating in a different way.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on July 30, 2014

Can you give me examples of open ended pet adoption questions?
In all situations, I like to ask people about their worst experiences, as it shows both what they consider to be a problem, and also how they deal with it. In this case, I might ask them about the worst pet-related disaster they've ever had, or maybe if they've never had pets ask them what the worst thing they could imagine happening with this pet would be. If you get a sense of what they consider problematic, you can steer them away from animals that might be more prone to that kind of problem.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:48 AM on July 30, 2014 marked best answer

Navicular! Strobilaceous! Pandurate! Botryoidal!
Thing: The great thing about most of these words is that you can make them up as you go along. Just nick a word from a Latin dictionary and stick [something] on the end. If you screw it up nobody will ever know.

You just invented Romance languages!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on July 29, 2014

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