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You were doing it wrong
Well, in this thread I learned something that, had I known it 15 or so years ago, would have saved me an inestimable amount of time and mental anguish. If you were a NES player, you may want to prepare yourself.

In Super Mario Bros., if you hold A while pressing Start, you will continue play at the beginning of the World you died on. For example, if you died on World 7-3, you will begin on World 7-1.

I know, breathe, breathe...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:09 AM on February 24, 2011

The most godawful game ever
If you played them now, all Atari 2600 would be revealed as terrible. The "you died, try again from the beginning" mechanic in particular--how did anyone survive that era?

It was actually worse in the early NES/SMS era, as 2600 games rarely had any kind of "winning" or "finishing" to them, just higher scores and higher levels. The NES and SMS brought in the idea of winning a video game, but early games still had no kind… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:01 AM on February 24, 2011
XQUZYPHYR: If you held A when you pressed start, you restarted on the World you died on in the previous game.

If you never knew this I'm so, so sorry. For everything.


Oh. My. Fucking. God. I can't. I don't even. I think I need someone to hold me. This is seriously damaging my mental health right now. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT? WHAT. THE. FUCK. MIYAMOTO!!!!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:41 AM on February 24, 2011
There's probably no reason those games couldn't have been fun with a few more pixels, a few more colors, and a few more controller buttons to work with. But I remember them as just pointless, random noodling, sort of like reading a horoscope. Maybe something interesting would happen, but not because of anything I did or did not do.

Yeah, exactly. Especially as a 9- or 10-year-old boy, I just couldn't even penetrate games like Raiders and E.T. I can't… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on February 24, 2011

Mobile site on non-mobile items
Is there a version of the site optimized for residents of the third largest city in Alabama?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:23 PM on February 23, 2011

GRARing Hour?
I THINK WE SHOULD CALL IT YOUR GRAVE!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:41 PM on February 18, 2011
GRAR THERE IS NO CAPSLOCK ON MY IPAD I NEVER NOTICED THAT UNTIL NOW

USE YOUR TINY ARMS TO DOUBLE TAP THE SHIFT BUTTON. DOUBLE TAP MEANS DOUBLE GRAR!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:34 PM on February 19, 2011
We could use a MeFi mascot. I choose you, Guineapigosaurus.

We could name him Grary.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:32 PM on February 21, 2011

Warp to Zero!
But where is the lack of immersive elements?

This is now my favorite sentence ever.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:17 AM on February 18, 2011

VERB NOUN
they are still mostly 'guess the verb' games

Like Halo is a "shoot the Covenant" game, Minecraft is a "dig the rocks" game, and basketball is a "put the ball in the hoop" game. Much of the fun (to me, anyway) of IF is figuring out how to make the parser understand what I am trying to do. This is in fact, the primary challenge in one of my favorite games of all time -- IF or otherwise -- The Gostak.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:00 PM on February 17, 2011

"Everyone is going to keep drinking, it's probably going to kill them, and no one's going to talk them out of it"
If you want a good-faith discussion about a topic, invoking If You Won't Educate Me, How Can I Learn is probably not the way to do that

I think that's a pretty uncharitable reading of Afroblanco's request. I think he genuinely can't read the article and would like a little summary of it beyond the rather impenetrable abstract.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:01 PM on February 17, 2011

What to do about a possibly dead dog?
Call your local Animal Control, and let them know the situation exactly as you have put it here. Make sure to tell them that you think the dog might be the missing dog in question. If you can't get hold of Animal Control, try the non-emergency number for your Police Department.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:17 AM on February 17, 2011

Gamefilter dot...
This is good. I am in. Look for the dashing and mysterious John Marston avatar.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by Rock Steady at 7:02 AM on February 17, 2011

MDMA vs. PTSD
Every! Body! Gets!... Glowsticks!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:29 AM on February 16, 2011

Watson buzz-in
As I watched the show last night, I thought it was interesting that Watson seemed to be routinely beating the humans to the trigger and I wondered if its reaction time was inherently better than its human competitors, but this snippet from the blog entry linked above suggests otherwise.

The best human contestants don’t wait for, but instead anticipate when Trebek will finish reading a clue. They time their “buzz” for the instant when the last word leaves Trebek’s mouth… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:06 AM on February 15, 2011

Should I be the bad cop?
I guess my question to you would be, what are you hoping to do about it? Demand that she tell you about her crushes? Tell her that Mom is going to spill the beans to you anyway, so she might as well tell you herself? Forbid her from speaking to her Mom?

I don't mean to be rude, but your daughter has made her decision about who she wants to share this kind of stuff with. You can work to change that decision -- I would not do it blatantly, but subtly over time, by working… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:35 AM on February 15, 2011

New room for a nine year old
This is a great thing you are doing. I have a 9-year-old girl, and I'll get her advice in the morning. It's hard because their tastes are so wildly divergent at this point. My kiddo, for instance, would be horrified to have Dora or Spongebob stuff in her room now (she's more into Monster High and Adventure Time these days). Here are some generalities I've noticed, though.

1. Comfy seating. If space allows, a comfy chair or papasan are very much used and appreciated.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:15 PM on February 14, 2011 marked best answer

Could shortening the waiting period from a week to three days on askmefi be taken into consideration?
Could those of us who aren't members of ask culture get a GuessMe subsite?

Have you ever had the thing where you can't remember the name of a great book you read when you were younger? Yeah, I'm having that right now. It was about some kids that got kidnapped and had to dance for food or something... Yeah, it's so frustrating to not be able to remember, you know? Wow. Huh. Frustrating. Anyway, I'm gonna go now.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:57 AM on February 14, 2011

Make main page do like small pages
Asking for new features on a website shouldn't be your chance to show off what an unpleasant person you can be.

Yeah, I think your idea is a good one, twoleftfeet, but you are not doing a good job of making your case here.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:05 AM on February 11, 2011
ungh, sockpuppet want

ungh, sockpuppet want
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:54 AM on February 11, 2011

Undercover athlete
I love the heck out of those Modell's bits. Danny Woodhead certainly looks more like a sporting goods salesman than a running back. I hadn't seen the other ones, so thanks for that.

pickinganame... has it absolutely right though, the Knicks seem to have mastered the trick of finding likeable, exciting, young players and then getting rid of them like they have mad cow disease. Here's hoping he ends up in the West, so I don't have to root against him so much.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:21 AM on February 11, 2011

Walls - scratching the surface
Hmm. His art is incredible, no doubt, but as someone who is deeply committed to preserving historic structures, I have a hard time supporting this kind of street art. While some of his work appears to be on already ruined buildings and structures, some of it is carved into walls that seem to be in pretty good repair. The bottom line is that a masonry wall needs a good outer "skin" to prevent moisture from getting into the wall and destroying it from within, and some of Vhils's work… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:03 AM on February 11, 2011

Should I consider a Christian preschool for my kid when I am a non-believer?
As an Atheist who went to a very mild Episcopal elementary school (weekly Mass, but no actual religious instruction), I think a -based preschool/elementary school can be fine, but this school sounds a bit more religious than I would be comfortable with. I would probably go ahead and take to tour, to see if the website matched the actual environment, but I don't think I'd be sending my child there if the religious element was as pervasive in the classroom as the website suggests.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:13 AM on February 10, 2011

Love thy neighbor.
Dear Passive-Agressive Whiner Below Us,
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:12 PM on February 9, 2011

foolproof skillet pizza recipe
2. Naanza - This is really just pizza toppings on top of a piece of naan bread.

This is super great, and among my favorite ways to make pizza.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:49 AM on February 9, 2011

Give me apps for AP.
For nearly all intents and purposes, the iPad is a hand-held computer. There are very few things that the average user would want to do on a desktop or laptop computer that cannot be done on an iPad, with the exception of viewing Flash on the Internet and running specific pieces of software (meaning, you cannot run Microsoft Word on an iPad, but there are several word processing apps available if you want to write something). Just ask her what she would do with a hand-held computer.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:21 PM on February 8, 2011

Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Wrigley Field
Seems to put the "Is the Ferris Bueller timeline possible?" question to rest. The Sears Tower and art museum visits occur before lunch, though, if I remember correctly. Even so, less than two hours for the parade and swimming at Sloane's seems a stretch.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:03 PM on February 8, 2011

Hello IT, have you tried turning off and on again?
What about this? It doesn't have the built-in delay, but it's less than $10 and you can stomp on it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:47 AM on February 8, 2011

Everyone likes ponies!
Aesthetic suggestion? Maybe the box should be left-aligned with the comments, not with the "Older" arrows? They seem to have the same left alignment here in MeTa, but in MeFi the "Older" arrows (and the New Comments box) are significantly to the left of the comments. This is in up-to-date Firefox, on Windows 7.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on February 3, 2011
This Firefox 4 extension may be of interest. Haven't tried it out myself, but it seems like it might be a nice solution for people who are concerned about the new comment numbers taking up too much space in the page title.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:50 AM on February 8, 2011

Quickest Answer
I want to know what the ten bookmarked for no particular reason, I mean, sometimes I bookmark answers I disagree with just so I can continue disagreeing with them later are.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:43 AM on February 7, 2011
I've also had items favorited a lot that were pretty insubstantial compared to others that I thought were pretty great.

Your favorite favorite sucks.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 4:15 PM on February 7, 2011

Where should we live within driving distance of NJ?
I cam in to suggest the Raleigh, NC area as well. Not super walkable, but if you locate yourself in the right neighborhoods it is possible, and even if you don't, getting around the Triangle by car is pretty painless (though I'm comparing it to Boston, where I grew up, so take that with a grain of salt). It's on the border of your allowable Jersey commute as well, but just a fantastic place to live. My only regret about moving here from New England is that we didn't do it sooner.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:31 PM on February 7, 2011

I hate asking anyone for help.
However, now I'm getting pretty desperate in my job search and I've wondered if I should ask him for help in making connections or networking.

This is what networking is. Asking people you know to put you in touch with people they know. Absolutely do it. You are being foolish if you don't.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 1:10 PM on February 7, 2011

AskMe = the ultimate Q&A site.
WHAT.
THE.
FUCK.
JEEVES.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:09 PM on February 6, 2011

Hack 'n Cheese
Yeah, crumbled bacon and peas or broccoli makes Mac and cheese magical.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:11 PM on February 6, 2011

Escaping from BART? (Or, oh crap, I have to go back to Oakland now?)
It's not strictly an answer to the question, but I'd feel remiss if I did not mention that this very situation is the premise for the classic Boston folk song, "Charlie on the MTA". Seems old Charlie had enough fare to get on the train, but not enough to get off. His wife brings him a sack lunch every day that he grabs through the window as his train passes the station. He will "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston, he's the man who never returned."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:29 PM on February 4, 2011

Aren't I worth what my sisters are worth?
I actually sent him my budget (which was neatly laid out in excel, with the most strict, bare bones expenses only (no replacement clothing, frugal use of soap) so he's not ignorant to my actual needs.

I just want to make it clear here, but showing him that there is a $1000 gap in your budget is not the same as asking him for $1000. This gets to the Ask Culture vs. Guess Culture divide that, frankly, should earn tangerine a Nobel Peace Prize one day.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:45 PM on February 4, 2011

An Apple Store with Exposed Brick?
In addition to Burlington, Vermont (already mentioned), there are a number of smaller towns in Vermont that I think are great examples of what you are looking for. Montpelier, Middlebury, Brattleboro, and even smaller towns like Vergennes, Randolph, and White River Junction. Even the sprawl capital of the state, Williston, is attempting to create a downtown from scratch. The state has a great Downtown Development Program (which I used to work for) and on the whole, is very committed to keeping… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:03 AM on February 4, 2011
Montreal, definitively

Oh, very good point. It's as close to Europe as you can get in North America.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:17 PM on February 4, 2011

RIP Balisong
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:40 AM on February 4, 2011

Mickey Mantle's Grilled Cheese
I got a blow-job under the right field Bleachers, by the Yankee Bull pen.

I know the Yankee relievers suck, but that's taking it a bit far, no?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:23 PM on February 2, 2011

Hail, Kabletown!
Last Comic Sans-ing
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:08 AM on February 1, 2011
I don't know why they didn't just go for "NBCU." That's what it's going to be next anyway.

North British Columbia University. Home of the Fightin' Peacocks.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:32 AM on February 1, 2011
"stylized version of the founder’s signature"

But why did he sign his name "Disnep"?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:51 PM on February 1, 2011

The Sincerest Form of Flattery?
girl (who is also a mechanic, straightens up after repairing the damaged wire in carsonb's car engine): "There, I fi--"
carsonb: OMG I HATE CAR TALK. ITS THE SAME JOKES EVERY TIME. AND THE LAUGHING NEEDS TO STOP.
girl: *FALLS MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARSONB OBVIOUSLY*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 12:40 PM on January 31, 2011
MetaFilter: Wife: If this is metafilter then I don't care.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:47 PM on February 1, 2011

What books will be an axe to the frozen sea inside me?
I am fairly confident you will enjoy the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy (now also known as The Foundling's Tale trilogy). Young Adult, very creative, tons of fascinating worldbuilding, unique characters. Some of the "surprises" and "lessons" of the stories are a bit obvious and cliched, but in the way of a fable or fairy tale. I would be shocked to find there is someone who enjoyed Octavian Nothing and did not like Monster Blood Tattoo.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:55 PM on January 31, 2011

I'm Henery the Eighth, I am I am.
Damn you to hell scalefree. I've had Herman's Hermits stuck in my head since this thread came up in my RSS reader almost two hours ago. DAMN YOU!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:54 AM on January 31, 2011

"I Make Monster Porn"
I was bit surprised that the journalist chose to include personal details like the fact that the house was often unattended and that there was a safe in the bathroom.

Would you break into the Pale Man's house?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:45 AM on January 31, 2011

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