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Is this what they call High Fantasy?
One of my favorite young adult series is Monster-Blood Tattoo by DM Cornish. It's an engrossing adventure romp without too much violence (despite the gory name) -- and sometimes you get the feeling that the whole series is really just an excuse for the maps, glossaries and illustrations (all by the author). One thing that puts some people off is the language -- there are many invented words and strange phrasings (you can get a sense of it in the "Explicarium" on the series' website),… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:18 PM on March 9, 2015

Pony This Song to MeFi
I agree that one song might not, in most cases, be worthy of a MeFi post, but what if you could post a song to the front page in a way that was less than a full post? I'm envisioning two lines, just the name of the song and the artist on one line, then "posted by..." On the second. It would be differentiated from regular posts by not having a title, and with perhaps a different background color, or maybe a music note icon in the left margin. If you click on the post, it just takes you… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on March 8, 2015
I'm just an idea man, Johnny Wallflower. I leave implementation as an exercise for the reader.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on March 8, 2015

I guess I could give Soylent a try
I've never tried this, so who knows if it would even work, but what if you thinned out some hummus by blending it with some broth or vegetable juice? A kind of savory, chickpea-based smoothie? Sounds kind of gross saying it like that, but if I were in your shoes I might try it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:05 AM on March 8, 2015 marked best answer

One last chance to be moderated by Matt: feel free to be extreme.
I can't believe I missed this thread while it was happening. I need a text alert for "Shenanigans Going On" on MetaFilter.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on March 7, 2015

HoneymoonFilter: Europe Edition (Greek islands, Italian neighborhoods)
We stayed at an AirBNB type place (I'm trying to dig up the exact place) on the Piazza Barberini when we went to Rome. It was almost literally upstairs from a Metro stop, and there is also a stop for the hop-on-hop-off tourist buses just up the street, which are a really convenient way to get a nice overview of the city and to get decent transportation if you don't want to mess with the subway or cabs. It was slightly loud at night, but we happened to be there the weekend of the double papal… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:20 AM on March 5, 2015
Here's the exact apartment we stayed in. It's a two bedroom two bath, so maybe a bit more than you need for a honeymoon, but it was really nice.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:42 AM on March 6, 2015

Wallet that will let me use my credit/debit cards without removing them
Bank of America offers a mini-debit card with a hole in it that you can attach to your key ring. It's great.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:47 AM on March 5, 2015

Coordinating medical specialists at different hospitals
Yeah, sticking with Dr Awesome as your primary doc makes perfect sense, and is probably something Drs Nicer & McGruff are used to. If you do need to go to STCH for an emergency, just ask them to consult with Dr Awesome and, if needed, try and arrange a transfer to DMKH (by getting in touch with Dr Awesome yourself) once it is medically feasible. You can also ask Dr Awesome at your next appointment about how best to coordinate any emergency care with the other docs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:06 AM on March 5, 2015

Vermont/New Hampshire for the toddler set
The Ben & Jerry's factory is just minutes off 89, and is fun for everyone that likes ice cream.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on March 5, 2015

"‘You have to have some stuff to do,’ she said (she didn’t say ‘stuff’)"
Rock Steady loves this, including an unprintable modifier for emphasis.

My teenage daughter and her friend have this thing where instead of swearing, they say the first letter of the word and add "-aboo" or "-afoo" to it. So faboo (fuck), bafoo (bitch), shaboo (shit), daboo (damn), aboo (ass), tafoo (which I guess is tits? but they use it as more of a general noun, like shit). It's pretty adorable.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on March 5, 2015
Fuck the heck?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:31 AM on March 5, 2015

Sixteen Years
Having just recently celebrated my MeFi tenthiversary, I can only say thank you, mathowie, and all the best going forward. Keep making quiet little posts that don't attract much attention, and enjoy the place from our side of the looking glass for a while.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:55 PM on March 4, 2015
Oh, and congrats on the promotion cortex!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:03 PM on March 4, 2015

Only The Very Best
There will not be any controversy or disagreement over this ranked list.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:54 PM on March 4, 2015

Help me, Tarheels, buy a local experience.
You can hang out with lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on March 4, 2015 marked best answer

Last Man on Earth: Alive in Tucson/The Elephant in the Room
meese: "Phil's very specific anguish about missing sex and wanting a woman, to me, really trivialized interpersonal relationships. "

To be fair, he's a pretty trivial person, so it does feel in character, to me at least.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:07 AM on March 4, 2015

Better Call Saul: Alpine Shepherd Boy
kewb: "Notice that he only tries to con the separatist nut, who he clearly considers a deserving target"

I wouldn't say he was trying to con the guy, any more than any lawyer who takes on a client who is guaranteed to be unsuccessful. He can still provide him competent legal representation, even if he is a nutjob. And yeah, that look on his face when the guy asked if he would like the retainer in cash was just amazing.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on March 4, 2015

Which service should I use to put together a photo album for my wife?
I use Apple's photobook service to make photobooks every Christmas. A couple of times I've tried to save money by going elsewhere and the quality is significantly worse. Even around Christmas, they deliver within a couple of weeks, so time shouldn't be an issue. It's nicely integrated into iPhoto, so if that's where you keep your images, it's almost a no-brainer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on March 3, 2015
I'll just say that I specifically have used Walgreens and Shutterfly as alternatives to Apple. Shutterfly is OK, but still not as nice in terms of paper quality and print quality as Apple. The one book I had done at Walgreens was frankly terrible. I think I could have done almost as well on my color inkjet at home.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:16 PM on March 3, 2015

If you were a wallet, where would you hide?
gladly: "my wallet fell out and got wedged under the passenger seat between it and the passenger door. I didn't find it until a friend got into my car and my wallet dropped out."

I actually switched my wallet pocket from left rear to right rear after one too many times of it falling between the car seat and the door, and then it would fall out and land under/next to the car.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on March 3, 2015

Boring rooftop? Put a house on it
Great post. I love the art installation at UCSD.

That's not a mansard roof.
/pedantry

posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on March 3, 2015
Oh, and I meant to add, one of these structures must have been the inspiration for the Twenty-First Nome.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:39 AM on March 3, 2015
Fleebnork: "I'm curious one one goes about getting permission and regulatory approval to build a structure on top of another structure."

I suspect in most cases they are just additions built by the owner of the "host" building and would be treated like any other rooftop additions. It could get interesting if you were building your own house on top of someone else's building... I doubt that would be allowed in most jurisdictions in the US.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on March 3, 2015

Scottish Football Tickets?
I don't have experience with Scottish football, but I will say that when I took a trip to Germany some years ago I was lucky enough to see Bayern München at the Olympiastadion and also TSV 1860 München (in the 2. Bundesliga at the time) at the Sechzgerstadion. I had way more fun at the smaller park with its intimate atmosphere and dedicated fans. If I were in your shoes, I'd go with Partick based on that experience.

Unless you can get into Anfield, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:54 AM on March 3, 2015

Stories about escorting prisoners, etc.
It's not a great movie (probably not even a good one, unless you like Russell Brand Russell-Branding about for a couple of hours), but in the interest of getting further afield than law enforcement, Get Him to the Greek is about a record label employee tasked with getting a rock star who has fallen off the rehab wagon from London to a gig in LA.

The TV Tropes page Live-Action Escort Mission has a few more examples.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:12 AM on March 2, 2015

Brain breakage
taz: "But then I realized that I was looking at the "Levels adjusted" one on this page. *Sigh*"

That exact thing has happened to me several times during this whole thing. Oh, I see it! Oh, wait, no that's the edited version again.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on March 2, 2015

Podcast: The Adventure Zone: Ep. 8. Moonlighting - Chapter Two
Great problem solving by Magnus there by jumping off the skybridge. I really thought Taako was going to be crushed by the ogre for a minute there. His pickpocket attempt was a stupendously bad idea (the ogre probably should have got an attack of opportunity, no?), but I guess was good roleplaying, especially given that he was trying to represent "The Bravest" in the interview. The Bureau of Balance seems like a great campaign setting. I hope we can get a bit more backstory on the… [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on February 27, 2015

Modern theme with new post counter? Yes we can!
gilrain: "a bunch of us would love an updated version of plutor's Mefiquote."

There's a relatively easy copy-n-paste fix you can make to the source code of MeFiQuote to get it working again, but I can't find it right now. Search the new theme MetaTalk threads and you should be able to find it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on February 27, 2015
I'm not sure exactly where the fix was, but I've pastebin'd my working version of the script. It may have some other little edits made to it that I prefer, like the [quote] is replaced with ["].
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on February 27, 2015

Elegance and an endless curiosity
Thanks for the post. I used to do Academic Bowl in High School, so this is right up my alley. I love the discussion of a question's "workoutability". Our team was pretty good at sussing that out, which is why we were able to make it to Nationals one year.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:31 AM on February 27, 2015

How to flatten a shirt hem?
I used to have the same problem, and I have never been able to completely eliminate it, but the following pre-wash step has reduced the occurrence by at least 80-90%. Before putting your shirts into the wash, button them all the way up and turn them inside out. Take a few extra seconds, but saves minutes of ironing on the other end.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:54 PM on February 25, 2015

Pronunciation of Moriah
I agree with my fellow Tarheel. Not exactly like Ms. Carey's first name, but quite similar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:18 PM on February 25, 2015 marked best answer

What can I do for a random injured dog?
I work at an emergency vet hospital, and we deal with stuff like this all the time. Your best bet is to call Animal Control first, to see what kind of help they are prepared to offer. This varies widely by town and by time of day, but if there are dedicated Animal Control officers available in your area, they will know all the options for emergency care and how to access them in a hurry. Your next best option would be to bring the animal to the largest emergency hospital in your area, preferably… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:11 PM on February 25, 2015

Collectible items damaged in international shipping. Liability?
To me it depends if the damage was due to normal handling of an improperly packed item (i.e. it was damaged by rattling around a too-large box with minimal padding), or if the damage was above and beyond what a reasonable shipper could anticipate (i.e. the box was run over by a truck). Even in the first case, the buyer should have insisted on insurance and, to me, your fiancé is in the clear -- though there is some grey area there. If it's the second case there is no way your fiancé is… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:13 PM on February 24, 2015

Better Call Saul: Hero
'S all good, man. Holy effing shit.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:07 AM on February 24, 2015
I think I saw an N-Gage in that drawer of cell phones. I'm pleased to know that Saul Goodman was Sidetalkin'.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:43 PM on February 24, 2015

Moneyball
Keep in mind, in 2012 NBC bought three years of the Premier League's US rights for $250 million. Premier League matches are already beating the NHL in the ratings. It will be very interesting to see what happens when that contract is up.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:40 AM on February 24, 2015

Help for my struggling high schooler
I had a completely screwy schedule my Junior and Senior years of High School specifically because I avoided Chemistry (the typical Junior year science class) and switched it with Physics (the typical Senior year elective science class) because I hated Chemistry SO MUCH and I knew I wasn't going into the sciences in college. It's probably late in the year at this point, but does she need Chem? If not, I say try and find a way around it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:43 AM on February 23, 2015

Financially supporting my ex-spouse - what's fair?
Can you retain ownership of the house and then rent it to him? Even if the rent is just equal to the mortgage payments, so you are not making anything on the deal, I worry about letting him take over the mortgage payments. If he stops paying for whatever reason, it would be your credit that takes the hit. If you rent it to him, you have some legal protections available to landlords if he stops paying.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:06 AM on February 23, 2015

What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive?
You can also upload your music to iTunes Match and then stream it from any iOS device. It's also $25 per year and you will need use a computer (and iTunes) to upload it initially.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:21 PM on February 21, 2015

Songs in the Key of Life - lyrics that reference birth?
Barenaked Ladies, "When You Dream"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:03 PM on February 20, 2015

How best to decline offer for interview?
"I greatly appreciate the interest, but due to changes in my employment circumstances, I am no longer seeking a new position."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:59 PM on February 20, 2015 marked best answer

Steve, Don't Eat it!
I have never laughed harder than I did at None Pizza with Left Beef. I thought I might injure myself.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on February 19, 2015

Janet Snakehole, Li'l Sebastien, and Chicky-Chicky Parm-Parm
Oh no. I'm sorry to put this in this thread, but please tell me this is not true. TMZ is reporting that Harris Wittels has died.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:35 PM on February 19, 2015

My Internet Connection Hates Me
Or maybe your roommate is (intentionally or accidentally) connecting to a different Wi-Fi access point, like a neighbor's?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 AM on February 19, 2015

sweet tooth I get. bluetooth not so much
1. Ideally, they will connect automatically any time they are both on and near each other. In my lived experience, this varies greatly depending on the Bluetooth device, and even in the best cases doesn't work 100% of the time. The best results I have found is to have the phone/tablet on and unlocked, then power on the keyboard, and wait a second or two. I often find that the first keypress I make is not registered, but then it kicks in just fine.

2. It does affect… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on February 19, 2015

The other shore looks nice, but the bridge makes my skin crawl
So some people, maybe most, enjoy exercising the social skills that you are talking about. They (we) like picking out the right outfit for a given occasion, they like talking about popular culture with friends and acquaintances, they like belonging to a political party, they really like flirting for the sake of flirting. Much like a musician enjoys exercising their skill at guitar playing, or… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:57 PM on February 18, 2015

Which TV-show intro was this?!
I thought for sure we were going to nail this one down. In my mind, it will always be Too Close For Comfort, reality be damned.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on February 18, 2015

The Magic Poop Potion
poopslol
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:19 AM on February 18, 2015

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