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Game of Thrones: The Laws Of Gods And Men
Jacqueline: KathrynT, I've got an answer for you about where we've seen Shae's dress before: It was Sansa's.

Yeah, I don't think it was the same dress, but it would make sense that Cersei would pull something out of Sansa's abandoned wardrobe to give to Shae to testify in.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:47 AM on May 12, 2014
sparklemotion: But how the character has been presented so far doesn't lead me to really believe that she'd be so totally clueless about what Tryion was trying to do that she'd hate him to the point of wanting the twist the knife the way she did.

Yeah, but it's not about what he was trying to do as it was about the outcome. She wanted to be with him, and he wanted her sent away. If she had gotten on that boat, she knew (given the vicissitudes of life... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 5:58 AM on May 12, 2014
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

Expanding FanFare to More Shows
I like the idea of both MeFite-authored and non-MeFite recaps (or other deep episode-based analysis) being sidebarred, but I think it would be cool to somehow highlight the content from fellow MeFites.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:33 AM on May 8, 2014
My only concern would be, does it create a "double post" situation if someone down the road decides to do an episode-by-episode rewatch of the show? Since you have already posted the finale, will they still be able to make a post about it even though FanFare has already "done" that episode?

Probably rare enough to be a problem we don't need to worry about until we cross that bridge, but maybe something to consider.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on May 9, 2014
Frankly it'd make some thematic sense for the finale of True Detective to be the first episode posted. Flat circle and all.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:43 AM on May 9, 2014
I ask because I'm wondering if FanFare posts could also get sorted by episode order, or just date of original posting.

You should definitely be able to sort by episode order.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:19 PM on May 9, 2014
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

Just a quick note to congratulate Emma H and her Hogtown Hotspurs
It does say "League tables are currently being re-calculated. The table below may still contain old data." at the top of the table. I believe there is a good chance TSV 1976 Röck Steady will be awarded 305 bonus points, which, now that I check, coincidentally looks like it would be just enough to give me the title.

This was actually a lot of fun. Waking up a little early on Saturdays to watch the EPL on NBC Sports became a fun little tradition for me. Didn't... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:35 PM on May 11, 2014
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

Feature Films That Involve Direct/Implied Use of Wood Chipper?
Maybe surprising for a Disney film to show up on this list, but Toy Story 3 features a rather intense scene with a trash grinder thingy. No one actually gets ground up, but it's a near thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:29 AM on May 10, 2014

Starting Phenobarbital for Feline Seizures
It's perfectly normal for cats to hide and generally hate life for several days after an inpatient hospital stay, even without the phenobarb. Give him at least a week or 10 days, then check with the vet if it persists. They will be very experienced with adjusting the dosage to fit your cat's needs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:57 AM on May 8, 2014 marked best answer

Bates Motel: The Immutable Truth
Hmm. I'm bummed no one on MeFi appears to be watching this. It's really a great show. Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are amazing. Do give it a chance (1st season's on Netflix streaming).
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:29 AM on May 7, 2014
Yeah the drug families thing was a bit stupid. I hope Dylan can get a better B story next season. I also hope we get more Emma. The episode where she and Norman ended up on the unintentional double date at the swimmin' holler was one of my favorites this year.

What do you think was up with Norma getting so effusive with Dylan all of a sudden?

She realized he had taken out her nemesis and she was being grateful in her terrifyingly creepy Norma-ish way.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:09 PM on May 7, 2014
The physicality between Norman and Norma is so fascinating. I think I could watch their scenes together with the sound off and still be entranced.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:11 PM on May 7, 2014
I'm surprised that they haven't introduced a potential teen love interest character for Norman who looks just a little like Norma...(I mean, Taissa Farmiga is right there...

That's genius.

Oh, he Norma'ed out. He was thinking as Norma, the question was "Did you kill Blaire Watson?" and "she" figured, "He's asking whether Norman killed her...I'm Norma, I did it, so no," and his heart... [more]
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 9:16 AM on May 8, 2014

Adventure Time: The Tower
The Adventures of Magic Man is my favorite mythology after Simon and Marcy.

I wish I could help you, except I don't!
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:51 PM on May 6, 2014
Also, I am just watching this new episode now, but I'd really like to see Finn learn to be just as algebraic and buttkicky with one arm as he was with two.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:55 PM on May 6, 2014
Yeah, watch 'em all. There are maybe like 5 or 6 duds in the whole series, and even the duds are only 11 minutes long.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 7:40 PM on May 6, 2014

"..impale the arms of his husband with his own.."
I came up with a notional MeFi Coat of Arms here.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:34 PM on May 6, 2014

A TR by any name is just as sweet?
Try and find a two-word book title that has the initials TR and tell them it is a quote from that book. "The Royals" or something.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:44 AM on May 6, 2014

Game of Thrones: First of His Name
I really liked this episode. Lots of what Game of Thrones is good at -- deeply encoded, yet carefully diplomatic discussions, some rollicking and bloody swordplay, and delightfully dry humor. I really loved the pairings of Brienne and Pod, Arya and The Hound, and Sansa and Lyra.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:31 AM on May 5, 2014

Durham Bulls Game Meetup
I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to make it after all. I've been sick all weekend, and I'm still not feeling up to driving up to Durham and hanging out in the sun. Have a good time without me, y'all.
posted to MeFi IRL by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on May 4, 2014

Egg Recipes for Lunch & Dinner?
Frittata: The Quiche For The Lazy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:20 PM on May 2, 2014

Who knew Beeftank was a two sport athlete?
This other Jon Bois article could probably have been called "Cookings With BEEFTANK"
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:40 AM on May 2, 2014
mudpuppie: "Agreed. Can we add Mallory Ortberg?"

Team Jollory
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:43 PM on May 2, 2014

State-Sponsored Horror in Oklahoma
Thorzdad: Serious question...Is there a difference between the chemicals normally used in an execution and the chemicals my vet used to euthanize my dog? I mean, my vet used a surprisingly tiny amount of whatever it was, and my dog was gone in mere seconds.

Veterinary euthanasia doesn't always go smoothly either, if the catheter misses the vein or the wrong dosage is drawn up. In every hospital I've worked, the dose of euthanasia solution is always... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on May 1, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose
Shouldn't someone stop Joffrey from tormenting Tyrion like that? I know Margaery tried, but I was surprised that Tywin or even Cersei didn't try to diplomatically stop him from looking like such a complete ass while embarrassing a prominent Lannister.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 10:47 AM on April 16, 2014
I'm just pissed the Starks didn't get to take their revenge on Joffery specifically.

ursus_comiter: Please tell me y'all have seen that collection of 'what my dad calls the GoT characters' meme.

What? No. Link immediately please.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 1:22 PM on April 16, 2014
Ser Omar of House Little. Sigil: A crossbow atop a stack of coins on a red field. Words: If you come at the king, you best not miss.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 4:21 AM on April 18, 2014
Lord Clay of House Davis. Sigil: A red hand clutching a purse on a field of green. Words: Sheeeeeeeee-it.
posted to FanFare by Rock Steady at 6:10 PM on April 18, 2014

Hogwarts Is Here!
mcstayinskool: Hufflepuff is a STEM (Sorcery, Transformation, Expiliarum, Muggle-Studies) school, which we all know is what matters in a modern magical education.

15 points to House Stayinskool.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:14 PM on April 17, 2014

New subsite beta (alpha?): FanFare
Yaaaaaay!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:38 AM on April 16, 2014
If we are voting, I really don't like the name. It's got to have Meta or Filter in it, if you ask me, and I realize you didn't.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on April 16, 2014
IF ANYBODY STARTS TALKING ABOUT WHETHER LUCY PULLS THE FOOTBALL AWAY THIS TIME YOU GUYS WILL HAVE RUINED IT FOR ME.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:36 AM on April 16, 2014
I know supporting userscripts isn't necessarily a priority, but when I tried to use MeFiQuote in a FanFare thread it replaced the name of the commenter I was quoting with a "%n", FWIW.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:27 PM on April 16, 2014
Also, I can't believe I'm going to be on vacation for the next two weeks away from TV and the Internet starting on Sunday. Poor timing for me.

stavrosthewonderchicken: "It's the worst possible news for me. I have a very strong feeling it's just going to suck the air out of something I've put heart and soul into for the past 7 years."

I think you can trust mathowie to be rotato, stav. If FanFare does expand beyond TV,... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:15 PM on April 16, 2014
Probably the place to discuss the interplay between the books and the show is in the (hypothetical, at this point) threads for the books. If you can't easily separate the books from the show in your mind, the discussion of the TV show currently going on in FanFare might not be satisfying for you.

Also, this discussion is going to get really interesting if/when the TV show catches up to and passes the books in the narrative.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:38 AM on April 17, 2014
I am against the idea of bifurcated threads because of the same reason I am against threaded comments and doubles. The ethos of MeFi is that we are having one conversation about each thing, as a group, no matter how unwieldy or difficult that conversation is. If you want hardcore "no spoiler" talk or unfettered discussions of studio leaks and screeners there are places on the Internet for that. Like just about every other subsite, it doesn't sound like FanFare will ever be all things... [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:11 AM on April 17, 2014

Madness is genius
The Underpants Monster: "Yeah, he came home with the lid a few days later."

Genius.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:10 PM on April 16, 2014

Am I uptight, or is he being a perv?
as a proposal for compromise, would the two of you be ok with imagining that hillary clinton or michelle obama was watching you?

O.O

I was going to suggest a specific person he knows but you do not as a compromise, but maybe the First Kinky Lady works too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:55 AM on April 16, 2014
I should add that no matter what the kink is, you are always within your rights to say it's not working for you, and it needs to stop, no matter how long you have been doing it for. If he doesn't stop after you have discussed it rationally outside of bed, I would consider that a dealbreaker.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:09 AM on April 16, 2014

What are some sports teams that have a large number of rivalries?
All of the Original Six hockey franchises can be considered to be rivals of one another, I'd say.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM on April 16, 2014

Did they call my birthday?
My Dad's asthma kept him out of the draft, but his older brother, a surgeon, told him that he would cut one of my Dad's toes off, if he needed it to get a medical exemption. One of his good friends deserted to Canada and only recently returned to the US.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:52 AM on April 16, 2014


My Name Is [X] and I Endorse This Message
Twenty years ago we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Music and Bob Projects...
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 2:51 AM on April 15, 2014

Just one year old marriage and in crisis
Our current situation: we both decided to work on this relationship, we buried ourselves in self-help books and our communication is improved well, and we don’t fight anymore.

This is a major achievement, and both of you should be proud, as a couple, that you have been able to improve your relationship so dramatically in such a short period of time. It's actually pretty rare, and I think that if you can accomplish that, then I think you must really... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:48 AM on April 15, 2014

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