At some point you get tired of it and you fire the fucking rocket.
That implies you have rockets on hand for such an occasion, the way I keep money on hand to buy lunch for days I'm too harried to make myself a sandwhich.
That's not quite how this works.
To fire the rocket, first you have to dig up some sewer pipe from the streets. Gaza's already pretty short on that material, which is why they are... [more] posted to MetaFilter by ocschwarat 5:48 PM on July 8, 2014
The Hulk one was pretty great, but philosophy for children is a real thing. Here are some examples:
Ian (six year old) found to his chagrin that the three children of his parents' friends monopolized the television; they kept him from watching his favorite program. “Mother,” he asked in frustration, “why is it better for three children to be selfish than one?”
Jordan (five years), going to bed at eight one evening, asked, “If I go to bed at eight... [more] posted to MetaFilter by anotherpanaceaat 10:51 AM on October 24, 2013
This can come across as a kind of magical thinking that makes people stay in abusive relationships, because of course my partner only wants the best for me.
To be fair, damn near any aspect of a healthy, functional relationship is found wanting if you project it onto an abusive relationship. But that's a problem with the relationship, not the concept of trust.
Funnily enough I am reading Russia : A History at the moment and have literally just finished learning this morning about the early Rus including Olga, wife of Igor and mother of Sviatoslav. It's part of my ongoing "learn a ton of stuff about random subjects" program (currently the subjecty is "Russia!"). I'm flitting between that, The Icon and the Axe, the Russian Rulers Podcast and Martin Sixsmith's Russia. Round about now is where I start soliciting... [more] posted to MetaFilter by longbaughat 11:55 PM on July 10, 2013
Someone just gave me fleece sheets like these that I did not want at all and they have turned out to be the best thing in the entire world. They are somehow cozy without being too warm, which is an issue for me with sleeping. I'm giving them to a bunch of people this Christmas whether they want them or not. posted to Ask MetaFilter by something somethingat 12:36 PM on November 28, 2012
Many people including myself have found that it is easier to learn hard cheesemaking if you start with soft cheeses-- which start with yogurt, mostly. So I'd encourage you to begin there. I've written before about a good way to get your feet wet in the hobby without buying any special equipment other than a candy thermometer. Making yogurt the way Dr. Fankhauser suggests is not only fun, but naturally leads you towards making hard cheeses if you are interested. (Totally off-topic, but the... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by seasparrowat 8:39 PM on October 31, 2012
When I should have broken up with her: picked her up on our second date, and as we're driving away from her house, she looks sadly at me and says, "Why don't you ever tell me I'm pretty?" Second date. Like fifteen seconds into it. I should have just turned around and dropped her back off, but, y'know, callow youth and all that.
When I did break up with her: I bought a video game I was very excited to play and was about to call her to cancel our evening, because... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Errantat 5:14 PM on February 3, 2012
I you give a mouse a cookie, then you are only doing what is right.
For too long you have hoarded the carb-rich food for yourself, allowing the mouse to starve amid your decadence.
And for this your punishment must be more severe. posted to MetaFilter by codacorollaat 7:31 AM on August 8, 2012
My steps 1-2-3 are kind of based on a playful relationship, though, if you think she would respond better to direct conversation, do that. I've been proposed to in the past, and it didn't even work out, but I really treasured the proposal itself, tbh. It's important to some people. posted to Ask MetaFilter by stoneandstarat 12:43 AM on July 18, 2012
Such impressive uniforms. But one of these things is not like the other ...foreign conscript, maybe.
Great gallery, gman, thanks. Rio Wang is consistently one of my favorite blogs, full of treasures.
Here is an interesting gallery of civilians - a decade or two earlier, but of the era: cartes-de-visite showing Russian 'types.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by madamjujujiveat 5:30 PM on June 30, 2012
I suggest very strongly that you get many, many, many more opportunities to speak in front of people. MANY. This is the very best thing you can do. I cannot stress this hard enough. Practice on video or in your car is an OK alternative, but what you really need is to do lots of different presentations in front of lots of different audiences. You should try to find places to practice outside of work - church, clubs, whatever. You will see significant... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by SMPAat 4:49 PM on April 26, 2012
Pot costs money, too. If you're not smoking it with him, you might be surprised at how much it costs. Even without knowing any of the particulars, I feel confident that a week's supply for a daily user = a whale watch, at least.
I have been in your situation. I spent my early twenties hoping that my boyfriend would hit me so I would feel entitled to break up with him. Then I spent my mid-twenties engaged to a different guy, thinking it was tolerable because he was a... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by gentianat 9:00 PM on March 16, 2012 marked best answer
During a particularly low moment when I was renting a room from a hirsute and under-groomed schizotypal, sleeping on a borrowed futon and eating beans from a can, I had three (three!) ex-girlfriends announce their weddings in the Times over the course of a semester. I stumbled across the third (with a photo!) as I sat, pants around my ankles, on a fetid commode literally begging my angry colon to unburden itself.
I actually don't think I've read the Sunday Styles... [more] posted to MetaFilter by R. Schlockat 10:11 AM on December 2, 2011
I've heard this in wedding vows, and once as a toast.
My True Love Hath My Heart
by Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven:
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his.
His heart in me keeps him and me in one,... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by chana meiraat 5:19 PM on February 20, 2010
In my research assistant job, I constantly feel like I have no goddamn idea what I am doing and have had to learn the skill of just powering forward regardless, asking questions and looking things up and just generally getting on with it to the best of my ability. I have had to make peace with the fact that 90% of the time my experiments are going to go wrong, and 90% of the time nobody will be able to tell the difference between something that went wrong because I screwed up and something that... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Scientistat 3:35 PM on November 3, 2011
1. Forgive yourself. Forgive your past self. You didn't know how to be responsible - that's disappointing. But no one got hurt! You slacked off on trivial responsibilities. That's the up side. You made a minor social mistake while still young, just like lots of people. You have the chance to learn from it, to be gradually more responsible and more thoughtful about the responsibilities you take on. What you did was tiny and ordinary. No one should feel bad about... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frownerat 9:22 AM on November 1, 2011
> Yeah, I imagine it's near impossible to eat a lethal dose of cannabis.
Maybe, but don't kid yourself.
If anyone needs any volunteers for test subjects I'm certainly willing to try. You know, for science.
I've yet to achieve this theoretical-to-me "too stoned" state and it's certainly not from a lack of trying. So far the biggest danger has been eating too much ice cream or cookies or... [more] posted to MetaFilter by loquaciousat 11:12 AM on October 16, 2011
Not exactly what you wanted, but I think of Hermann Hesse when I read the question:
"One never reaches home,' she said. 'But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time.'" posted to Ask MetaFilter by kcmat 9:21 AM on September 22, 2011
I am always amused by people who think they can out-lawyer God
Right now I'm reading book 16 in Susanna Gregory's medieval Cambridge books. The Killer of Pilgrims revolves about the badges that pilgrims could buy from sacred shrines throughout Christendom. These tokens, or signacula, were said to have various properties-- from pardoning sins to automatic entry into heaven. There is one scene which has a widow demanding her... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Secret Life of Gravyat 12:01 PM on August 27, 2011
Dark matte lips and lip liner. Urban Decay. Plaid flannel shirts. Eyebrows tweezed almost to nothing. Sometimes false eyelashes. Backpacks that became smaller with time as lipstick became darker and more earth toned (to the point where I could use my eyebrow pencil as lipstick). High, chunky, platformed shoes. Little dresses with tights worn with the biggest, heaviest combat boots in the world. Hair thrown up in a loose twist/bun with deep side-parted bangs. Shag-like-layers and tiny... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nogat 7:40 PM on August 9, 2011
The love of god, unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way light rushes into a transparent object. The more love we receive, the more love we radiate; so that, as we grow clear and open, the more complete the joy of loving is. And the more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love, for mirror-like, each soul reflects the other. posted to Ask MetaFilter by clairezulkeyat 8:57 AM on July 10, 2006
The National Park Service acts like it's an occupying army in Washington DC.
The park police are noted for their extreme brutality, and enforcement of nonexistent laws and regulations, drawing the ire of both the Mayor, our fake congressional representative, and the [actual] DC Chief of Police. They are literally accountable to no one.
It also doesn't help that the NPS's PR guy evidently got his training on the other side of the iron curtain.... [more] posted to MetaFilter by schmodat 7:19 AM on July 29, 2011
I want to believe this chart was created entirely tongue-in-cheek. Otherwise if this isn't some kind of joke that GQ is trying to pull one over in some kind of "cool hunter" mimicking hoax, I think GQ is confusing high and middle brow with poshlost. In fact, the inclusion of Odd Future in the high-brow section only confirms it. posted to MetaFilter by kkokkodalkat 4:42 PM on June 27, 2011
"I have little-to-no experience with running a small business. / What should I be doing that I'm not doing already?"
Take a close look at this book - The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, as it is an eye-opener to anyone considering starting a small business. Do you really want to 'purchase a job'?
If you could read and apply the principles in this book, then you would have something... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by scooterdogat 12:16 PM on June 19, 2011
Pitchfork has such a hard-on for the whole OFWGKTA it's not even funny.
That said, misogyny sells. It always has. And for every Tegan and Sara there's some female womens' studies grad student who probably loves the "edgy" rush of defending the "authenticity" of Tyler, Earl, etc.
Personally, I can take or leave their music. If it was truly amazing I'd probably be willing to accept the misogyny as "ironic" or what... [more] posted to MetaFilter by bardicat 6:45 PM on May 16, 2011
This says much more about you than it does about Mailer, Roth, Bellow and Updike.
The fact that someone doesn't like cookie-cutter novels about middle-aged dudes with midlife crises who obsess constantly about two-dimensional mothers/vamps/lolitas while ruminating pseudo-intellectually about whatever happened to be reviewed in the NYRB issue located closest to the author's typewriter doesn't mean they have bad taste or they're philistines or whatever. posted to MetaFilter by nasreddinat 11:04 AM on May 18, 2011
I'm also a little surprised by the number of people who see this as controlling. (But no, GF, you can't protest every single day; that's just nagging. And I say that as someone with a deep-seated urge to nag about this kind of thing.)
First, in my world, $150 would be close to the monthly budget for "fun stuff" for one person. If that was ALL the fun stuff you bought, I'd STFU, but presumably you also buy books or video games or trips to fun places or other... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGeeat 5:38 AM on May 8, 2011
At last it is time to reveal to an unwitting world the great game of Moral High Ground. Moral High Ground is a long-playing game for two players. The following original rules are for one M and one F, but feel free to modify them to suit your player setup:
1. The object of Moral High Ground is to win.
2. Players proceed towards victory by scoring MHGPs (Moral High Ground Points). MHGPs are scored by taking the conspicuously and/or... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by stuck on an islandat 11:36 AM on November 3, 2009
I think that this review probably deserved an FPP of its own...but it might just be because I think that Alyssa Rosenberg is beyond awesome. posted to MetaFilter by Hypnotic Chickat 3:14 PM on March 28, 2011
I think there is this angle that many women don't comprehend or feel until after they are married (and have kids - the kids part seems a big component to it). It's hard for me to articulate it, and I know other women feel it but often I think it's unconscious, because it's so hard to unpack and think about. It's easier to just blame him, or the marriage.
When you're a young, single woman a large part of your worth in society is measured in your ability to be desirable... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by flexat 7:46 AM on March 24, 2011
Honestly, I think most women (I would estimate at least most women of my generation and older) had very very little encouragement in figuring out what they wanted sexually before marriage. In my opinion, women are often socialized to experience sex early in the relationship as a victory--see, I am desirable, I am what a woman should be!--and the feelings of victory wear off, and then because women are socialized to ignore and minimize... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frownerat 5:14 AM on March 24, 2011
I can't favorite saucysault's answer enough. I am (not literally) your wife. Your question and saucysault's answer describe our situation to a tee. I adore my husband and really really really I do want to be intimate with him, but... I'm just too tired.
We have 3 kids under 5 and all the childcare, chores, and financials are my responsibility. From 6am when they wake me up til sometimes 9:30pm (or later) when they go to bed the kid responsibility is all mine. Once... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by ellenaimat 3:57 AM on March 24, 2011
One of my dogs lovedlovedloved raw eggs. When he discovered that the eggs live in the big white box, he taught himself to open the box and grab the eggs for a mid-day treat. When I got home, the fridge door was open, the empty carton was splayed out in front of it, there were tiny bits of shell scattered on the floor, and the dog was looking shifty-eyed. I pointed to the mess and sent him to the bad-dog corner on the deck. Over the next few weeks, he taught himself to shut the door, hide the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by dogroseat 3:22 PM on March 17, 2011
My wife and I have extensive personal experience with the work of Cheryl Lofton, who is simply outstanding.
(Since you mentioned it, she is also extremely highly-rated on Yelp!, but we discovered her before her Yelp! fame, and can testify that the reviews match reality.) posted to Ask MetaFilter by willbaudeat 7:43 AM on July 1, 2010 marked best answer
Since it's about 5am in Tripoli right now, perhaps its a bit time for us on GMT (-X) to take stock of what's going on in Libya.
To set the scene
- First, high ranking government officials are bailing out on Gaddafi left and right.
- This hasn't stopped him from going on air and telling Libyans, the UN, the US, and the world in general to go take a flying fucking at rolling donut, 'cuz he here 4 life, yo (maybe, still could be in Venezuela).... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Panjandrumat 8:14 PM on February 21, 2011
1) Buy a taco
2) Eat the taco
3) Buy another taco
4) Eat the taco
5) Buy a Dr. Pepper
6) Buy Rose's Lime Juice
7) Put a splash of Rose's Lime Juice in a glass with two ice cubes
8) Pour the Dr. Pepper into the glass
9) Drink the beverage
10) Love how awesome the drink is
11) Dump your boyfriend
I am a veterinarian who has taken over the BF's post here so I can respond to your question. :-) About 10 years ago, I attended a major medical meeting strictly on cats and the information I learned there made me come back and write the handout (that I've included here below) for my clients. I'm like a reformed smoker on the subject--I discuss it with every cat owner. My colleagues tell me Purina is going to hire a hit man to take me out; I say the cats will deify me and set up roadside... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by idbat 7:09 PM on May 29, 2010 marked best answer
A lot of this kind of talk basically amounts to the following:
Q: You like sex? You are a person who likes the sex acts that we are currently engaged in?
A: Yes! I am! I like sex!
Q: You like sex! In fact, you are a person who likes sex as much as a prostitute likes sex!
A: YES I LIKE SEXY SEX AS IF IT WERE MY PROFESSION!! TELL ME MORE ABOUT IT
Q: YOU ENJOY THIS ACT YOU SEXY SEX PERSON etc.