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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. [more inside]
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’.” [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

What are those old rules about why no one is replying to your post?

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. [more inside]
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"? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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. [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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. [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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. [more 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. [more inside]
posted by Garm on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

HOA headache

Is my Homeowners Association being arbitrary and capricious in enforcing its rules? [more inside]
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. [more inside]
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)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 - 25 answers

Can I Still Have a Butler?

How would one successfully blend in with the rich? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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. [more inside]
posted by mudkicker on May 16, 2011 - 24 answers

Double or triple play?

Baseball rules question---put on your umpire's cap. [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Creating a handwriting font!

Can fonts have multiple versions of the same character with rules? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jul 22, 2010 - 8 answers

He said what?

Fair relationship fighting. What are your rules to keep relationship fights fair and above-the-belt? [more inside]
posted by elquien on Jul 7, 2010 - 53 answers

Tacit golden rules for work

I am having a little trouble at work...with all the unspoken rules and expectations. I don't have anyone to teach me these things nor do I have enough/any work experience to learn..and I'd like to learn these things fast! [more inside]
posted by xm on Jul 7, 2010 - 30 answers

Dare I say what I want in a wedding card?

Wedding card sentiments - am I allowed to write more? What do you typically write? [more inside]
posted by liquoredonlife on Jun 26, 2010 - 13 answers

What rules can I take advantage of before I turn thirty?

Thirty seems to be an age that lots of government and other organisations use as an eligibility cut-off. What rules, loopholes, terms and conditions should I be taking advantage of before my birthday next month? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on May 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Rules and Guidelines for Life

TL;DR There is still hope. They have not passed the point of no return. Help me help them change their ways and change their lives. This young family needs guidelines for life which include cleaning, cooking, finances and vehicle maintenance. I am not passing judgement because "there, but for the grace of God, go I." I am simply trying to help. Unseemly details follow. [more inside]
posted by CleverCrow on Apr 22, 2010 - 44 answers

Make my rules and habits!

Please share your systems, rules, habits, routines--I want to minimize my repeated small choices. [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Apr 5, 2010 - 60 answers

Better Risk rules for two players?

Looking for Risk rules that avoid the pesky "we-both-know-who-will-win-but-the-game-still-doesn't-end-for-another-hour" phase. [more inside]
posted by JensR on Mar 28, 2010 - 17 answers

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free?

What prevents companies from simply screwing everyone and paying off their owners debt free? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

A taxonomy of GAMES / game types?

Types of Games: I have come across various attempts to catalogue the possible varieties of stories that exist. The basic assumption being that all plots (narratives?) can be be boiled down to one among only a few types e.g. Hero leaves the kingdom; Hero steals fire, etc. I am looking for a similar classification system for GAMES, that is: how many fundamental types/kinds of game are there? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 10, 2010 - 6 answers

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