## Daily Rules to Function By

I'm writing this question because I have not put a set of sheets on my bed for about a year. I have clean sheets. I wash my comforter and pillows regularly. I just need a rule for actually putting the sheets on my bed! Here on MeFi there was a rule that helped me so immensely in terms of cooking and cleanup that I now actually cook and keep my kitchen clean ("Rule: Cooking is not finished until the cleanup is finished"). Can I get some rules for putting sheets on my bed, or life in general?
posted by charlielxxv on Jan 5, 2016 - 41 answers

Long story...be patient Before I even start explaining this situation, I am going to admit that business between family members is always a disaster in the making. I was left out of the decision making on all of the below described situation and only heard bits and pieces of what really happened until it got to the point where I had to get actively involved. This has to do with a grandchild cheating his grandmother out of a large sum of money and getting away with it legally. Read on
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 answers

## Word parts and/or rules for combining them (morphemes?)

I want to write a program to generate new, realistic-sounding and -looking words. I want to programmatically create strings like 'bik', 'clible', 'aunstic', and 'cranoak', (if these words don't already exist), and avoid strings like 'bblejkm', 'aunstrbl', and other things that don't look pronounceable. Looking for a database of word parts to feed into this program, possibly with a set of accompanying rules. English or any other language (ideally with phonetic representations).
posted by amtho on Nov 21, 2015 - 19 answers

## Peter, Paul, Macbeth, and Matthew -- more, please?

This week, I learned about a mathematical inequality called "The Peter-Paul inequality" (so named because you have to "rob Peter to pay Paul") and, from this comment, about the Macbeth principle ("t'were well it were done quickly"). What other principles, formulas, or procedures are named to reference particular stories that illustrate their basic idea?
posted by cider on Nov 2, 2015 - 18 answers

## What happens to the game if a professional athlete dies on the field?

After watching Ricardo Lockette get knocked terrifyingly unconscious in tonight's Seahawks/Cowboys game, and wondering for the eight minutes he was down if he was even alive*, I'm curious to know what the rules governing various high-level sports leagues are about continuing play in the event of the death of an athlete on the field.
posted by KathrynT on Nov 1, 2015 - 22 answers

## Examples of rules dissolving after communities become less cohesive?

Dearest Hivemind - Does anyone know of examples where the rules of a community or society fall apart after the community becomes less cohesive (i.e., the members of the community come to depend less on each other and interact more infrequently)? I imagine, for example, an instance where you have norms for helping others out in times of need (like sharing food), but then people become less dependent on each other and those norms dissolve. Examples from the academic literature are especially appreciated and they could occur on any scale (e.g., a children's clubhouse, a hunter-gatherer band, an American mid-century town, an organization, contemporary Japan). THANKS!!
posted by mrmanvir on Oct 17, 2015 - 11 answers

## Examples of under-enforced rules, laws, taboos, norms?

Hivemind! Does anyone know any examples of rules, regulations, laws, or norms that are under-enforced (e.g., violations go unpunished), leading the rule to completely destabilize (i.e., no one follows it)? I'm sure that there are A LOT of examples of this - stuff from any and all disciplines and scales would be welcome. I'm preferentially searching for unconventional examples (e.g., rules of children's games, supernaturally-sanctioned laws of hunter-gatherer bands) and I'm also looking especially for primary literature (e.g., experiments, case studies, etc.), but ultimately anything would be awesome. Thanks!
posted by mrmanvir on Apr 4, 2015 - 34 answers

I am a professor at a public (state) university. I have a research account that I use for trips to conferences. I often have to pay things like hotels out of pocket and then submit receipts and paperwork to get reimbursed. It is often difficult to do this because the website for the paperwork is hard to use, so I put it off. Also, I was trying to get a car service to send me a receipt and thought I'd send all my receipts at once. In short, I screwed up and did not file the paperwork on time for an expensive trip. I was given an email notice a couple of months ago. Then yesterday Friday at almost 5 pm i got a notice saying March 9 is the 90th day and so nothing would be repaid then. I wrote the travel office and said I would get it in Monday. They said no. I quickly emailed them an expensive hotel receipt. They did not respond or process it. This seems to be a rule made by the travel office at my university within the last few years.
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2015 - 23 answers

## Not so much fear of flying as fear of TSA

It's been quite some time since I've been on a flight, let alone one with checked baggage. I'm going to San Antonio at the end of next month. I would appreciate some assistance regarding how this works given all the new rules and the freaking horror stories...
posted by sio42 on Feb 20, 2015 - 64 answers

## How to keep up with Federal & Local data security laws?

I work with (and perform IT functions for) a small direct mail house in the heart of New England. My supervisor has tasked me with keeping up on new and changed laws and regulations regarding data security in the states that we operate in (MA, ME, NH, VT) as well as federally. Is it too much to hope that there's a website that specializes in this?
posted by TrueVox on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

## Is it OK to sit beside a stranger when many other seats are available?

I have a question about different cultural norms regarding personal space. Specifically, taking the seat right next to somebody in an empty waiting room, bus, train, study hall, etc.
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 5, 2014 - 30 answers

## This is not 'Nam, Smokey, this is Taboo. There are rules.

In the enjoyable Parker Bros party game, Taboo, if the "guess word" is "Dr. Jekyll," is it a legal clue to say: "There are two crows in a cartoon, one of them is named Heckle"?
posted by capnsue on Aug 2, 2014 - 13 answers

## Can a softball umpire make a call based on a play they did not see?

Is there an official rule in amateur softball about when an umpire can reverse a call? We had a single umpire at a youth game who made a "safe" call at first, then was told by a coach that the catcher was hit by the bat. The umpire reversed the call and called the batter out at first. When asked the umpire said heard the bat hit something but wouldn't say he saw it. Is there a rule in this circumstance as to whether an umpire can 1) make a call on a play he did not see; or 2) reverse a call on a play he did not see? I can only find answers for multiple umpires at a game, not for a solo umpire.
posted by nathanrudy on May 25, 2014 - 9 answers

## A TR by any name is just as sweet?

My father was a fan of Teddy Roosevelt; he moved to Oyster Bay in Long Island and got a big kick out of the fact that TR was co closely associated with the town. He died a year ago. Because of this, I added the following on his footstone under his name &c.: A light has gone out of our lives—TR. The cemetery, though, says it doesn’t allow references by name (including initials) to anyone other than the deceased on the footstone. They’re asking me to tell them what TR stands for; if it stands for Teddy Roosevelt, it’s off. It apparently turns, absurdly, on my subjective intent of what TR means. I’d like help from the MF community coming up things I can tell t I can tell the cemetery deciders that TR stands for.
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

## Do homeless individuals have codes of conduct or rules?

I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
posted by mrmanvir on Apr 19, 2014 - 12 answers

## Video of workshop/studio rules

I’m trying to remember/find this great video made that summarizes the rules of a New York artist’s workshop. The rules that I can remember are a couple shots where the narrator says “The correct response when someone asks you to perform a task is ‘I understand’. If there are parts to the task that are unclear to you, the correct response is ‘I do not understand’.”
posted by edwardog on Apr 5, 2014 - 5 answers

## Smart phone for a smart-but-still-naive kid

Our oldest child is about to turn 13 and desperately wants a cell phone and an email address. We see both good and bad in this, but we agree that he's matured a lot in the last year and he's old enough (and mature enough) to start learning how to use and live with these things. That said, we're a bit apprehensive, for all of the obvious reasons. With those things in mind, MeFi parents of tweens and young teens: how are approaching/handling your child's cell phone and email usage?
posted by mosk on Feb 14, 2014 - 13 answers

## Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas?
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

This is making me crazy, but google is failing me: Isn't there some ancient list of "why no one is replying to your internet/forum/list post"? Stuff like, "nothing more needs to be said," or "something else." It's only like 3-5 items, and I think it's a classic, but I can't seem to dig it up.
posted by zeek321 on Sep 25, 2013 - 4 answers

## Bike & crosswalk rules and behavior in Somerville/Cambridge, MA

What is the legal and/or good behavior when you are riding a bike and come upon a pedestrian crosswalk (no lights) and want to cross the street? What about as a rider who is riding on that street, and there are other riders right behind you, and you see the person trying to cross the street? I'm in Somerville, MA, very close to the Cambridge border.
posted by miomiomio on Aug 14, 2013 - 11 answers

## Do I really want to know what a man's "jolt" is?

What would it have meant in the mid-twentieth century to "shake another man's jolt"?
posted by dinger on Apr 30, 2013 - 11 answers

## Common rules for a threesome (or foursome)

What are your rules for threesomes or foursomes? What rules can help such an encounter be successful all around, but particularly for folks new to such encounters? Any tips for how/when to negotiate rules with the other party/parties involved?
posted by A Special Kind of Weird on Jan 13, 2013 - 10 answers

## Want to sell my paintings - what to do?

I would like to begin to sell my paintings at local art fairs and online sites such as Etsy, \$25-100.00 price range. Do I really need to set up an LLC or sole proprietorship, get a tax number and whatever else just to sell a painting or two (if I'm lucky?) Thanks. P.S. I live in Illinois.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

## Divisive things are hard to Google.

I'm working on a project where I've got 2 union talent already booked and one Fi Core talent on deck. I have questions.
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2012 - 0 answers

## I love Outlook Rules!

I have a shared folder with one of my bosses where he dumps emails for me to file. I would like to create a rule in Outlook to alert me when something has been placed in this folder. Help? Can you set rules for shared folders? I have Outlook 2007
posted by Danithegirl on Oct 5, 2012 - 5 answers

## Too large for carry-on?

How likely is it that Delta Airlines will accept my slightly-oversize backpack as carry-on?
posted by Hither on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

## New roommate at 40, where do I start?

I’ve decided to get a roommate to offset my bills. What is this going to be like?
posted by Amalie-Suzette on Sep 15, 2012 - 17 answers

## My new roommate just declared: no dates can ever spend the night here.

My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her?
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 64 answers

## Give me your rules of thumb!

What are some quick tricks or rules-of-thumb you use to help plan/organize/live your life?
posted by Calicatt on Aug 29, 2012 - 66 answers

## Bend Outlook to my will.

I'm looking for an Add-In for Outlook 2010 that will pop-up a notification when certain, quantity or time based criteria are met.
posted by Jacob G on Jul 27, 2012 - 2 answers

## I am 99% sure that I will still lose at Monopoly with these rules

I am devising a revised Monopoly ruleset for my friends and family to follow, with an Occupy Movement theme. Can you suggest interesting rule variations to attempt?
posted by davejay on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

## How to compose solo flute folk music?

I want to compose a piece of unaccompanied folk music. What do I need to know?
posted by teraspawn on May 6, 2012 - 3 answers

## How to use this capital letters?

I'm learning English and I found the sentence, "Most Likely to Succeed." on the internet. Why are they spelled with a capital initial? Is there any particular rule of English grammar...? How different from "most likely to succeed" ?
posted by mizukko on May 1, 2012 - 12 answers

## Giving a yellow card when it doesn't affect play. Does it ever happen?

Football (soccer): if a player does a cautionable offence (or an offense that has been repeated enough times to warrant a caution), but it does not affect the run of play at all, can they still be given a yellow once the ball is out of play? Examples inside.
posted by omnigut on Apr 30, 2012 - 11 answers

## Metafilter Rule Number 30: When there is a plate of beans, over-think it

I'm looking for lists of TV shows and movies that have characters referencing numbered lists of rules. As examples in Wedding Crashers they reference a random assortment of rules e.g. Rule #110: Never walk away from a crasher in a funny jacket. Fight Club has "First Rule of fight club is..." What else has a set of rules like this?
posted by vegetableagony on Feb 16, 2012 - 30 answers

## SCotUS rules of thumb.

I'm looking for Supreme Court created tests or rules.
posted by Garm on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Is my Homeowners Association being arbitrary and capricious in enforcing its rules?
posted by teg4rvn on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 answers

## The Rule of Flaw

I'd like to make a list of commonly known "rules" that people have learned and follow, but are in fact not rules at all, and by following them people are led astray.
posted by Balonious Assault on Sep 7, 2011 - 62 answers

## senseless rules

How do I deal with a basically useless rule that I am supposed to enforce (at work)?
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 - 25 answers

## Can I Still Have a Butler?

How would one successfully blend in with the rich?
posted by amicamentis on Jul 27, 2011 - 46 answers

## Even Eudora c. 1994 could do this! Come on, Outlook 2007...

Outlook 2007 rule to filter messages based on whether it was sent to a specific group of people? HOW?
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Jun 10, 2011 - 9 answers

## How do you judge if you can afford something?

How do you judge if you can afford something?
posted by matthewr on May 19, 2011 - 23 answers

## What weird rules have you come up against on campsites?

Unusual restrictions or rules on campsites? Looking for examples of strange rules on camping or caravan sites.
posted by mudkicker on May 16, 2011 - 24 answers

## Double or triple play?

Baseball rules question---put on your umpire's cap.
posted by teg4rvn on Apr 28, 2011 - 14 answers

## City rules governing advertising bicycles attached to cycle racks?

Anybody know their local city rules governing advertising bicycles attached to cycle racks? What does your city do?
posted by priorpark17 on Apr 1, 2011 - 24 answers

## Would you mind taking your shoes off?

If I asked you to take your shoes off when you came into our (North American) home, would you be put off? What kind of foot covering can I offer you to make it less annoying?
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 4, 2011 - 222 answers

## Do all fouls by defenders in the box result in penalties?

In association football (soccer), if a player commits a foul inside his own penalty box, does it always result in a penalty kick being awarded to the other team?
posted by WalterMitty on Oct 30, 2010 - 9 answers

## Go to court or go to class?

What should I do, show up to court and show my proof of insurance/pay a ticket OR not go to my first day of nursing school class?
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 19 answers

## Help me put my best foot forward at work

What is your personal code of conduct at work? What are the things you learned over the years about the do's and don'ts at work, irrespective of the industry you are in?
posted by xm on Sep 5, 2010 - 92 answers

## Rules of engagement after termination

Is there a rule stating that during a period after an individual's employment has terminated, he/she can not contact a former client or prospect of the former company?
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 - 13 answers

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