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How do I insure a newborn on short notice?
You really can't trust anyone's word for what is or is not covered other than that of the insurance company itself, even then, make sure you get stuff in writing. If you need to add the baby to your plan, you typically have a certain amount of grace period to get them added, but you need to check with your provider for the details. Don't worry about the SSN for now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:16 PM on May 22, 2014

Fantasy Movie League
I am interested enough in this to want to get the thread in my Recent Activity, let's put it that way.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:50 PM on May 20, 2014

State of MetaFilter
I'm also sorry to hear this, but encouraged by Matt's proactive and honest way of dealing with it. My deepest thanks to all the mods, but especially goodnewsfortheinsane, LobsterMitten and, of course, jessamyn. I hope you all land on your feet, and I hope you can find at least a little joy in being able to enjoy MeFi as a user, without the pressures of modhood.

I've occasionally thought about asking for an annual "State of the Filter" MetaTalk post by Matt... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:15 PM on May 19, 2014

Game of Thrones: Mockingbird
Diablevert: So, that’s the second person he’s let you watch him kill, Sansa.

Third. Joffrey, Dontos, and Lysa.

The idea that the nobles of the house can just stomp around the throne room having temper tantrums without a single servant about to witness it just seems silly on its face.

I think it's been established since Tyrion's first trial by combat that the Eyrie is very sparsely... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on May 19, 2014
Diablevert: Yeah, I get that, but he's effectively regent for Robin, no? The kid seems to be about 10 or so, so he's got plenty of time before he comes of age, but he can't get rid of him, either, I don't think. The Vale would transfer to another member of the Arryn family if Robin bites it, wouldn't it? The show has made a big deal about how the power of the ruling families is based on their having this network of loyal vessels who are pledged to serve them in time of war. Those... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:32 AM on May 19, 2014
xorry: Is he a mountain of a man or a very manly mountain?

Next actor to be cast as The Mountain.

posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:32 AM on May 19, 2014

Adventure Time: Sad Face
Ipsifendius: I keep thinking that this show has to have reached the limit in the number of oddball discursions that they can pursue.

The episode that shattered that wall for me was "BMO Noire". It was just a hint of the really rich and fascinating life that BMO lives around the fringes of Finn and Jake's more adventurous lifestyle, but that hint was enough to reveal that there are whole other caverns of story hiding in the shadows... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:41 PM on May 14, 2014
There's a theory that Ooo is just a conventional post-apocalyptic landscape and Finn is a delusional boy trying to survive on his own. The magic and wonder of Adventure Time are just his imaginary embellishments. Jake is just a normal dog, the Ice King is a scary old man, Princess Bubblegum is a pretty girl who gave him some gum once, etc.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:27 PM on May 16, 2014
%n: Of course, that leaves open the question, does that mean just a few wealthy fleas cover the rest of the crowd? Which is an amusing tease.

Reminds me of the Problem Of Ningis.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:08 AM on May 19, 2014

Žižek battles the Green Goblin, narrated by David Attenborough
I'm very intrigued by the gritty reboot potential suggested by the phrase "Christopher Robin's ex-wife."
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:44 AM on May 18, 2014

No Relation
I feel I should qualify this. I hated the team, but I didn't hate Ozzie Smith, because what kind of monster could hate Ozzie Smith?

The Wizard of Oz on The Baseball Bunch
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:56 PM on May 16, 2014

You know, for kids!
Australia/Ghana.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:48 AM on May 16, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Laws Of Gods And Men
What happens if no one volunteers for Tyrion, does that mean he has to go into combat himself?

Yes. That's actually the general way trial by combat works -- the accused fights the prosecutor's champion. If I remember his previous trial by combat correctly, his designating a champion was seen as fairly radical.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:29 AM on May 12, 2014
Yeah, it was a threat, not something Ramsay was actually going to do.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on May 12, 2014
I guess I mean he knew he wouldn't have to in this case. He'd certainly release the dogs with bees in their mouths if he had to, but he knew he already had the Ironborn on the run. I liked how they managed the fight choreography in the kennel so that the Dreadforters ended up on the inside, with the Ironborn near the door, in a reversal of how the fight started.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:39 PM on May 12, 2014
Theek.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 2:59 PM on May 12, 2014
PhoBWanKenobi: Maybe these beats work out better in the books--I've heard references to people coming frustratingly close to one another only to miss each other--but they felt like awful contrivances meant to keep the plot wheels in motion but pretty blatantly nonsensical from a character standpoint.

I know we are not supposed to talk about book/TV differences, but since you mention it, Yara's attempted rescue and the Bran/Jon close call are probably... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:14 AM on May 13, 2014
IIRC, he is very insistent that she is gone, but he carefully avoids mentioning the ship. He may have assumed that whatever ended up happening, she was effectively out of Tyrion's life. Even so, it's possible he put her on the ship and the Lannisters got her off the ship later (or she got off herself). But yes, I'd say it's very possible they could buy his loyalty.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on May 13, 2014
Navelgazer: This is kind of out of nowhere, but does The Vale have any resources aside from a nifty telegenic method of execution?

The Eyrie is held to be unconquerable, as it sits behind a gate, three waycastles, and a basically single-file exposed path up the mountain.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:15 AM on May 13, 2014
I'm not sure Syrio Forel is Tier 1, otherwise what is he doing bumming around KL giving lessons to the Hand's kid? Maybe once he was, but not now. I'd also swap Ned Stark and Jorah Mormont. Jorah beat Jaime (granted, in a decision, not a KO) at Lannisport in 289AC, and I don't think we have any real evidence of Ned's proficiency in battle, do we?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:22 AM on May 14, 2014
Also, subscribe to my Fantasy Westeros Tourney League podcast for my recommendations for your 301AC Draft and my top Sleepers and Busts for this season.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on May 14, 2014
Strong take, nubs. Ned can stay in Tier 4, but is he Elite?
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on May 14, 2014
Super Tourney Fighter II Westeros

Characters:
Balrog - Khal Drogo
Blanka - Robert Baratheon
Cammy - Brienne Tarth
Chun-Li - Ygritte
Dee Jay - Jacen H'gar
Dhalsim - Ramsay Snow
E. Honda - Gregor Clegane
Fei Long - Loras Tyrell
Guile - Jon Snow
Ken - Jaime Lannister
M. Bison - Barristan Selmy
Ryu - Rhaegar... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:12 AM on May 14, 2014
Polearms in an elevator.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on May 14, 2014
Ferrets in a crowded danceclub.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on May 14, 2014
This might be a derail.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 11:00 AM on May 14, 2014
To the tune of "Alfie":

Ooooo deary me,
My little brother's in the Dreadfort with Ramsey,
I tell him he should get out cos it's dead he's gonna be
He can't be bothered cos thinks his name is Reek.
I ask him very nicely if he'd like to come with me,
But he's real fucked up, cos they cut off his wee-wee.
Released the hounds so that my Ironborn must flee.
My baby brother Theon how... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:35 PM on May 15, 2014

Historical novels, subtype 'just-so' stories?
I'm currently enjoying Robert Harris's Imperium, an account of the life of Cicero as written by his scribe, Tiro.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer

iPad and iTunes Question (Seperate Computers)
You don't need a computer to set up iOS devices anymore, all the setup is done on the device, so you are all set.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:45 AM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer
dbirchum: I am 99.9% sure HE doesn't have an iTunes account. I know his wife does, as she has a couple of iPods and has several versions of the iPhone, etc.

Yeah, he is going to want to set up his own Apple ID when he sets up the iPad for messaging and other individualized functions, but if his wife has a significant number of purchases (apps, music, videos) that he would want to have regular access to, you can have him use her Apple ID for iTunes... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:04 AM on May 15, 2014 marked best answer
Yeah, it's super easy. The device will walk you through everything. Here's Apple's iPad Essentials support page, for reference, but really, it almost couldn't be easier.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on May 15, 2014
Oh, you will want to do it on a wifi network, ideally. You have wifi at your place?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:13 AM on May 15, 2014

Upcoming trip airline travel question
No, you can't do this without changing your ticket with the airline or they will cancel your ticket.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:08 PM on May 14, 2014
sandmanwv: American Express travel will pass on the $150 change fee from your airline, I'm not sure how $30 will be possible. You should work with them if possible.

I assumed the $30 was a service charge from the agent in addition to the $150 from the airline.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on May 15, 2014

That's not food.
MeFi's Own!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:13 PM on May 14, 2014

The true scam is believing that there ever will be a perfect way to live
If I could pick any famous person in the world to be buddies with, I might pick Andrew WK. He seems like a really great dude along many different axes.

And he probably has many different axes, so there's that.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:26 PM on May 14, 2014

Global Shipping Program - Item arrived damaged (poorly repackaged)
vanizorc: it seems that the only route of action that is available to me is to raise an Ebay dispute against the seller for an "Item Not Described" case. I feel this isn't fair at all -- it's not the seller's fault, and he shouldn't lose out over the stupidity and negligence of the GSP employees.

The Seller's responsibility is to ship you the item in such a way that it arrives in the same condition it left in. If the contractors the Seller... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:40 AM on May 14, 2014

You scream, I scream, we all scream...
yerfatma: Specific to the article, this is a dip-shitty Freshman year "I will show you the truth!" expose. I doubt the nation's ice cream trucks are to the last manjack stuffed full of racists. Given the music belongs to a number of songs, it's about the racism of the listener, not the player, isn't it?

Not All Ice Cream Men.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:27 AM on May 14, 2014

Back again with a "name that movie" question, based upon the soundtrack.
Yeah, I was thinking Thomas Newman as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:49 PM on May 13, 2014

Expanding FanFare to More Shows
Pudhoho: In addition to the usual case of beer, it's my opinion that pb also deserves a title and a coat of arms for his exhaustive efforts putting the wheels on FanFare.

Ser Poul of House Bausch. Sigil: A gold raven clutching a quill pen on a field of blue. Words: I fixed it.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on May 12, 2014
We've got to get Matthew Weiner to write them. "Hannibal cooks a meal, while Will sweats. There is an outlandish murder." or "A dour Stannis gets bad news. Varys alludes to something, and Dany and her pets struggle."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on May 12, 2014
Like the How Did This Get Made? podcast, but for TV. I nominate Charles In Charge, because I have fond memories of it, but I'm sure it's just because I was a kid and didn't realize it sucked.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:45 AM on May 13, 2014
And I want to hear the strangely accented narrator of HIM reading Jason Mantzoukas lines from HDTGM.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:17 AM on May 13, 2014

"This Phineas was proud, well-dressed, and disarmingly handsome."
"Here's business enough for you."

Chuck Norris wishes he was that hardcore.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:26 AM on May 13, 2014
GenjiandProust: The thought of being conscious with a huge piece of metal through one's skull is just... the worst thing.

Yeah, but -- contrary to my prior understanding of Phineas Gage -- it sounds like the tamping iron went through and through:
It then plowed through the top of his skull, exiting near the midline, just behind where his hairline started. After parabola-ing upward—one report claimed it whistled as it flew—the rod landed 25... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:33 AM on May 13, 2014
These puns make me wonder about what's going through some peoples heads here.

I know. Next time, do a better job gauging what is or is not funny, us.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:38 AM on May 13, 2014

Help Me Grease My Monkey
Seems like this might do better on MetaTalk. It would be ideal to have MeFi-specific scripts archived on MeFi somewhere.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:39 AM on May 13, 2014
Apparently you can access userscripts.org via this url: http://userscripts.org:8080/
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:41 AM on May 13, 2014

I Guess You'd Call 'Em "Shadow Dichotomies"?...
This might not be exactly what you are looking for, but there is a collection of what you might call "secret collectives" in the MetaFilter Wiki.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:06 PM on May 12, 2014

Just a quick note to congratulate Emma H and her Hogtown Hotspurs
Quidnunc Mourinho might be my favorite thing about MeFi.

robocop is bleeding: Any chance we could pass the Mefi hat and buy Aston Villa? Only 200 mil!

We'd have to figure some way around the "No Active Kickstarters on the front page" rule, but given the numbers they are tossing around for the LA Clippers, 200M seems like a bargain.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:07 AM on May 12, 2014

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