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Elmer and Gertrude? They are likely pretty old.
Bulgaroktonos: My wife has relative named Livy.

Curious Artificer: Bulgaroktonos, my sister is called Livy, but it's because my other sister couldn't pronounce Elizabeth

It's also a common nickname for Olivia.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on June 3, 2014
Mrs. Pterodactyl: share my family's wacko WASP naming traditions

Oh, I've got a good one. My grandmother and her two sisters were all named Maria. This isn't that strange in an Italian-American family. They were known by their middle names. What is strange is that when the youngest daughter died in a tragic accident in the home, the middle daughter had her name changed to that of her dead sister. Gives me the willies.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on June 3, 2014
I was three when my parents were expecting another child, and I demanded he or she be named Pom or Flora.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:00 AM on June 3, 2014

What constitutes a spoiler in FanFare?
jacquilynne: some other social problem that I'm not seeing

I think the problem with two threads is that it's dividing up the conversation. The ethos of MetaFilter is "One subject, one discussion" (no doubles, no threaded comments, etc) and having separate spoiler/non-spoiler threads goes against that. It may well be that this is an area where the ethos just does not provide for a good user experience, but I don't think that decision should be... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:58 AM on June 2, 2014
It's more than just this once TV show though. There are rewatch threads already started for Mad Men and The Wire.

There's already been discussion about having Rewatch threads vs. First Watch threads. And that issue is totally different from the GoT issue. GoT is unique in that it is a show that is rather strictly based on a series of very popular books that is both decades old and yet still ongoing. About the... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:30 AM on June 2, 2014
People at both the "No Spoilers Ever" end of the spectrum and the "Free For All Discussion" end of the spectrum are both going to be somewhat disappointed in FanFare. This is a known bug, and is probably not going to be remedied, as the former approach requires heavy-handed moderation and the latter excludes all but the most die-hard fans. FanFare was designed from the beginning to be a "happy medium" kind of place when it comes to spoilers.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:29 AM on June 2, 2014
scody: I don't get the sense that anyone's happy with the current set-up

I'm perfectly happy with them. I don't participate that much, because as a Bookwalker I don't want to slip up and drop a spoiler, but I enjoy reading the threads quite a bit.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:47 PM on June 2, 2014
I can't wait until the first inadvertent spoiler slips into the non-spoiler thread and users clamor for a third Game of Thrones thread in which no Game of Thrones discussion at all is allowed.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on June 3, 2014

MeFi Fundraising Update
NoraCharles: It would be cool if there was some kind of yearly drive to remind those of us who would forget to donate if we weren't reminded that another year has gone by and we should show our appreciation.

I'm planning to make a yearly donation on Moderators' Day (only 7 shopping days left!) and I encourage others to do the same. If you send me a MeMail or an email I will promise to remind you to donate every June 13th.... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:14 AM on June 3, 2014

Trudy Campbell Is A KGB Spy
I stand by my additional theory from the Projects post:

Rock Steady: I also posit [...] that an older Trudy is "Claudia", the handler of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in the 80s.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:23 AM on June 2, 2014
Who are the merlings?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:42 AM on June 2, 2014

Mad Men: Waterloo
Actually, it's extremely common amongst creatives working in advertising/marketing.

In any field really, for people who move from "doing the work" to management. It's something my wife the veterinary technician has really struggled with, for example.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 12:00 PM on May 26, 2014
I'm sure the last thing Matt Weiner wants to do next is another period piece, but he could do worse than to sit down with Robert Morse and listen to a bunch of his stories and do a "Broadway behind the scenes" show set in the 60s/70s.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:47 AM on May 27, 2014
torticat: Haven't read Mad Style yet and I suppose I should read this in context but it pisses me off so much. Megan. is. not. a. golddigger.

I don't think it is accusing someone of being a golddigger to suggest that they might be interested in their share of multi-million dollars. We are talking about being financially set for life with the stroke of a pen. She'd be stupid to look the other way, and I don't think she is stupid.... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:56 AM on May 28, 2014
Joan is the only one of the partners who can't go somewhere else and retain her status.

That's really perceptive, gladly.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 3:52 PM on May 28, 2014
W E Y L A N D • Y U T A N I • D R A P E R
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:01 AM on June 2, 2014
You should have seen the pitch that landed Tyrell Corp. Pete Campbell is making a mess of the Blue Sun account though.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 8:18 AM on June 2, 2014

Who or what broke my kids?
KokuRyu: They are going through puberty and are learning more about how to interact socially. In some ways it may be a good idea to send them all to sports camp or something at age 13, and then bring them back to school at age 15 or 16.

John Roderick in his "Roderick on the Line" podcast has been touting a proposal for some time in which America's 13-year-olds spend a year cutting trails in the National Park System instead of attending school.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 AM on June 2, 2014

Arnie Roth
kewb: Starting with Steve Engelhart and going through J.M. DeMatteis, the Captain America comic of the 1970s and early 1980s tended to position Cap and his allies as defenders of pluralism and respecters of difference, while villains were positioned as bigots along with their usual power-lust and greed.

I'm still flogging my concept of a team of diverse Captains America called America Company. Call me, Marvel!... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:26 AM on May 30, 2014

Trudy Campbell Is A KGB...
I haven't had a chance to read this yet as I'm at work, but I already fully sign on. I also posit, sight unseen, that an older Trudy is "Claudia", the handler of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in the 80s.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on May 29, 2014
I've read it now and I love it, but I must take issue with one point. There is no way that Pete was wearing a tactleneck.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 5:25 PM on May 29, 2014
Yeah, every so often on Mad Men the characters make an aesthetic choice that reminds me they are closer to my grandparents' generation than my parents'. Pete wearing a turtleneck, Betty's upholstered housecoat, Peggy installing a drop ceiling... It's a little disturbing.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 4:54 AM on May 30, 2014

We lose a mod, but gain more comments!

posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:17 AM on May 29, 2014

Summer Jams: When I Want Them, How I Want Them
AndrewInDC: edit the album artist field to "Various" (leaving the main artist field as the original artist)

Just wanted to emphasize that this is crucial if you ever want to listen to the compilation on an iOS device. For some reason, Album Artist is of major importance to iOS.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:28 AM on May 29, 2014

Male co-worker asked me to hang out with him and his girlfriend..
I think it's perfectly normal and in fact commendable. He wants to introduce you to his girlfriend so that she can feel more comfortable about his relationship with you. I think not going would actually introduce more drama to your life, as she may become jealous and suspicious of your relationship.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:52 AM on May 29, 2014

Google unveils a self-driving car
There are still plenty of people who ride horses for fun, there will still be plenty of people who drive cars for fun 100 years after the adoption of automated cars.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:27 AM on May 28, 2014
saulgoodman: So what then? If it happens quickly, we're going to need to manage a much more abrupt transition. Our society is already under a great deal of economic strain, so what's the plan for dealing with this new one that's on the horizon?

You keep asking this question like our society up to this point has ever been good at (or even interested in) planning for the future. The answer to your question is we don't have one and it seems unlikely that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:02 AM on May 28, 2014
The airlines should probably be scared of this as well. If I could just sleep while my car spends the night driving me up to New England to visit family, I'll never by a plane ticket there again.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:08 PM on May 28, 2014
If it's a fossil fuel self driving car(and lets assume it can refuel itself at automatic gas stations) then there's no way it wouldn't be cheaper to fly.

I'm usually traveling with my wife and daughter from NC to MA, so yeah, way cheaper, and don't forget you have to consider the cost of parking at your airport (or taxi to/from) and the cost of ground travel at your destination (renting a car/taking cabs/cadging rides off people).
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:52 PM on May 28, 2014

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
I went to a creative arts summer camp growing up, and everyday at lunchtime we had a talent show for campers to show off what they had been doing at camp and their own individual talents. Once per session, the show was devoted to allowing the counselors to perform, and to a person, the counselors were amazingly talented singers, actors, musicians, photographers, sculptors, dancers, whatever. One year, one of the theater counselors did a dramatic reading of "Phenomenal Woman." A bold... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:37 AM on May 28, 2014

A small heads up about userscripts dot org
FWIW, the fix suggested by zamboni above seems to work great and is easy to implement for even a non-savvy user in Firefox. Open your add-ons manager, select "Options" for Mefiquote, then click "Edit this User Script". The line you need to replace is line 74. Save and then restart Firefox.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 AM on May 28, 2014

Massimo Vignelli 1931-2014
I think he'd appreciate the efficient simplicity of MetaFilter's memorial dot.

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posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:52 AM on May 28, 2014

At my wit's end, weight-wise. Please help.
Behemoth: Normally I'm the last person to suggest surgical intervention, but if years of conventional methods have yielded nothing, could it be time to explore some of those options?

Yeah, it's not right for everyone, but when my wife went to her doctor with basically your same question he basically said that it was time to stop hitting her head against the wall of diets and try a more drastic intervention.... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:52 PM on May 27, 2014

FanFare Mad Men Rewatch Issues & Proposal
FaFa? Nooooooooope.

And I think that, in general, even if the spoiler policy remains as-is for all FanFare threads, if I was very spoiler-averse for a particular show that has already aired, I would not read FanFare threads about it, for precisely the reasons you give.

If you really wanted to have a "real-time" spoiler-free discussion about an older show you could call it a "First Watch" as opposed to a "Re-Watch".... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:38 AM on May 23, 2014
I think a "three-tier" approach like moira mentions would be great. Title and season/episode numbers on the front page. Blandly descriptive blurb designed for someone who has seen recent episodes, but not this episode as the "more inside" (I like the idea of clicking it to make it appear on the front page, but I know that might be a tricky technical feat) and actual discussion of the episode starting in the first comment.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on May 24, 2014
The current Mad Men synopsis is taken directly from the stock episode summaries used by iTunes et al.

Mad Men is probably a bad example to use, as its episode synopses (like its teaser clips) are notoriously intentionally vague. I think I read somewhere that Mat Weiner insists on writing them himself.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:36 AM on May 27, 2014
"Betty smokes a cigarette while Henry complains. SCDP loses an important account, and Harry is upset. Peggy gets some bad news."
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:32 PM on May 27, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Fantasy
Pfft. She's probably resting on her Premier League laurels.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:27 AM on May 23, 2014
motdiem2: how do I join the mefi group?

The group won't be set up until squad selection starts on June 8th. Watch this thread for an update.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:15 AM on May 24, 2014
That's enough out of you, Mourinho.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:14 PM on May 27, 2014

15 potential headquarters for the Illuminati: theories and conspiracies
The batshitinsanity that is the DIA is one of my favorite things. I know it's all explainable and not really the Cabal HQ, but it's hard to look at that horse and believe that everything is OK.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:37 AM on May 27, 2014

Fix or fuckit?
Nope. As long as the power cord is the only cord attached you are good. A laptop generally doesn't have peripherals, but desktop computers usually have a bunch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:15 AM on May 25, 2014

Breaking, locking & Popping
Amazing. I love how dramatic the subtlest twist of a leg can be when you have 12 or 15 people doing it in perfect unison.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:11 PM on May 24, 2014
Oh yeah I totes dance like that....in my head.

I have always harbored a secret dream to be in a dance troupe like that.


I will totally join your imaginary dance troupe, sio42.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:49 PM on May 24, 2014

Glasgow School of Art destroyed
Oh no. That building is definitely on my architectural bucket list. Terrible news, even though I'm sure the library was lovingly documented many times over the years, and will be rebuilt to a fanatical degree of exactitude.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:12 AM on May 23, 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
I'm a typo.

I know, but you don't need to be such a maryr about it
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:31 PM on May 22, 2014

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
They will probably not talk to you, as you are not a policy holder. Can you ask your in-laws to call and get the relevant info faxed or emailed to your wife?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:18 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

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