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We What? Pee Ess Who?
Yeah, the Wii is fantastically kid-friendly, and still offers great hard-core gaming experiences. The visual experience is clearly not up to the level of PS3/360, but graphics do not make a great game. I lust after LBP too, but I have played several games on the Wii that just make me smile and really feel the joy of gaming again.

Do what I am doing -- wait another year to get the PS3 or 360, once the price has been cut again and the budget "bestsellers" game lines have come out.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:01 PM on December 3, 2008

I didn't expect this when I got a dog.
I've decided to look at it like this: my cat's taught me a lot of things over his 16 years. Since that's the case, how to accept death and how to grieve for someone I've known for so long and so closely is just going to be another thing he teaches me.

What a wonderful way to look at it. You may also want to talk to your vet to see if they know any grief counselors they recommend -- I know our hospital has one that seems to work well for people. You… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:57 AM on December 3, 2008

Rune Guneriussen
Summon my army of choco-gummis immediately!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:24 PM on December 2, 2008

Why did AT&T lose our DNS records!?
I can open your page from here (Massachusetts) on my 1st gen, 2.2 firmware iPhone -- WiFi or EDGE -- with no problem.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:46 AM on December 2, 2008

NWY -> STP (nc)
I think I've only ever played once or twice, but I'd love to play (maybe as part of a team with a more experienced player, if that is possible?).
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:16 AM on November 17, 2008
The back-and-forth press in the ez game I am in has been fascinating so far -- the action just hasn't hit the map yet.

I was fascinated with all the variants listed on the DP Judge, and Imperial (and some of the other larger maps) seems really cool. Count me in for that or Chaos.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 1:58 PM on November 26, 2008
Yes octo, you can update. I did so already in the game I am in.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on November 27, 2008
Turkey got smoked, yo.

Does this mean I have to re-send my disinformation and chicanery vital intelligence reports, or will whoever ends up playing New Turkey get any messages I sent to Old Turkey?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:48 AM on November 30, 2008
Rock Steady, if you would like your press to Old Turkey, it may still be sitting on my HD.

Enh, I guess I've got it in Sent Mail, for that matter. Can't wait for this game to get started.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:44 PM on December 1, 2008

Category request: Fitness
MetaFilter: Fit But We Know It
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 3:40 PM on December 1, 2008

Around the world in a day
Here's a route on Google Maps that gets you through 12 countries in 27 hours by car. I'm sure if you maximized the route for speed and were willing to break the speed limit a little you could get that under 24 hours. Gets you from the Czech Republic to Greece via Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:58 PM on November 30, 2008
halogen, that's a good point. Money is no object, however, so presumably you could arrange for a dedicated lane at those crossings, or a police/UN escort maybe?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 3:25 AM on December 1, 2008

How do I let my ex have her iTunes songs if they're on my computer?
Perhaps you could just print out a playlist of the songs she wants, and then get her an iTunes Gift Certificate that will enable her to repurchase the appropriate songs? This probably only feasible if the number of songs we are talking about is in the dozens, rather than the hundreds.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:52 PM on November 30, 2008

OLP5YO?
My daughter (now 7) has had an XO since last year. The biggest problem is that getting Flash to work is problematic if not impossible, and so much of what she wants to do online revolves around Flash. I'd second a cheap netbook.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 2:57 PM on November 30, 2008

How Will I Know My Song Got 28 Plays??
Play counter got punched in the dick.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:16 PM on November 28, 2008

IRL Games
I Love Bees!
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:20 PM on November 27, 2008

Questions about Wii Guitar Hero World Tour components
I've got GHWT for the Wii, and I've got to disagree with digitaldraco. Within the big box there is one box for the drums and another box for the game and guitar. The boxes are unmarked, but are definitely wrappable. I should know, I had to use the box the drums came in to send them back to Red Octane because they arrived broken. Hopefully you won't have to deal with that issue.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 9:42 AM on November 27, 2008

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
That could be $401 or it could be $400 billion.

Congress is currently debating a bailout of my Amazon wishlist to stimulate the economy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:53 AM on November 26, 2008

A comic for you to enjoy
"Service Temporarily Unavailable" makes abominable snowpeople cry.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:28 PM on November 25, 2008

What are they counting?
I might say "buildings" or "houses", even though there is clearly not a one-to-one relationship between buildings and numbers. In some areas, the new E911 numbering regulations call for your house number to be the number of feet (yards?) from an arbitrary (but identified) "start" of your street to your driveway, so the answer could be "yards".
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on November 25, 2008

Dreaming of a Bicycle Christmas
Yeah, sign me up for at least $20 via Paypal, if still necessary. My only concern would be if the program discourages really extravagant gifts (so siblings don't get disparate value gifts or something).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:15 AM on November 25, 2008
While I'm sure there must be a website out there that will point anyone to any local charity, agencies such as Salvation Army and Lutheran/Methodist/Catholic/Jewish/insert-prominent-religion-here Social Services are just about everywhere.


Actually, this very question inspired me to try and find a similar local program. It wasn't very easy, but I did manage to find one that operates our of a local library. If anyone knows of a web-based… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:41 AM on November 25, 2008

Do all London fridges stink?
Charcoal is even better than baking soda. See if you can't find powdered charcoal -- I understand that it has greater surface area than briquettes and is therefore better at absorbing odor.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:45 AM on November 25, 2008

How to make a cake look like a Guitar Hero controller?
Chocolate Ganache? It's more dark brown than black, but it may be OK especially in contrast to the white body. I would probably coat the whole cake in a layer of ganache, chill it in the frige, and then frost with white frosting over that where needed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:55 AM on November 25, 2008 marked best answer

Unexpected Contribution
Ambrosia Voyeur, just for today, Rock Steady Industries is prepared to offer you a full set of the magic words that Internet Millionaires like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and the Google Guys use to build their fortunes. Se if you just type EBAY on the Internet, it does nothing. But if you use our magic words or "tags" you can make it do this: EBAY. Now you can make people go to Ebay and buy your stuff. If you add another magic "tag" you can do this: EBAY and increase your revenue immeasurably.… [more]
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:34 PM on November 23, 2008
and well not we'll knock $100 off your purchase price!

See what I did there! Magic!
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:36 PM on November 23, 2008
Aaaand I borked my links in my enthusiasm for posting a stupid joke. Cortex, a little help for comedy's sake? Make those links go to ebay.com, will ya huh? For the sake of comedy?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:37 PM on November 23, 2008
jessamyn rocks, and she hereby gets a free order of Internet Magic. The only reason I appealed to cortex was because I knew he had been following the thread, and I thought he would be more susceptible to my appeal to the comedy gods. You know you've always been my favorite mod, right, jessamyn/mathowie/cortex/pb/vacapinta/[Cabal Mod names redacted]?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 9:11 PM on November 23, 2008
a Joe Eszterhas film

Was it Showgirls? I bet it was Showgirls.

Because you said "topography."

posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:08 AM on November 24, 2008

all malware make yonation go something something
I made a great Shepherd's Pie a couple of weeks ago. I put barbecue sauce and crumbled bacon in with the ground beef and onions, and shredded some cheddar cheese into the mashed potatoes. Came out really great.

Also, KEY FUCKING LIME, BABY.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:17 PM on November 22, 2008
The way I explain "Yankeeness" to foreigners:

To a non-American, a "Yankee" is some one from the US.
To an American, a Yankee is someone from the north.
To a northerner, a Yankee is someone from New England.
To a New Englander, a Yankee is someone from New Hampshire.
To someone from New Hampshire, a Yankee is someone who eats pie for breakfast.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:19 PM on November 23, 2008

Bookmark ettiquette?
I hate to say it, but if I was your friend, I could see myself chucking a random business card tucked into the pages of a book you lent me, unless I had an explicit warning that you were in the middle of the book, and that I shouldn't lose your place. altcountryman makes a good point about non-traditional bookmark etiquette, though, and I could see myself doing that, too.

Perhaps the assholish behavior after being called out on it was defensiveness? Do you know that he… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:13 PM on November 23, 2008

SO offered job in another city. I'm not sold on it being a hot idea.
I am your wife. After Ms. Steady and I were married, we moved so I could go to school and get a specialized degree. For several years our life was limited by my job prospects, and she willingly followed me to a city she really did not want to live in (turned out she was right, but still...). Due to difficulty finding a job in that field, I have been out of the field for some time. If I got a job offer in that field it would be hard to resist accepting it.

That said,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:01 PM on November 23, 2008

how to remove shrink plastic insulation tape
I agree 100% with dilettante. The more carefully and slowly you peel it off, the less damage, it seems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:26 PM on November 22, 2008

Vaya con Dios, Lu.
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posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 6:36 PM on November 22, 2008

*Whining, engaged*
Well done, soundsofsuburbia. But why Justice O'Connor?
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 8:10 PM on November 21, 2008

How do I properly tattoo a rat’s tail?
My wife used to do this in an internship. First tip: soak the tail in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin (dry thoroughly before proceeding). Place the tail along the spine of an open book to keep it steady. Also, rest the tattoo machine on the back of your hand while tattooing, otherwise it will vibrate too much. You can even wrap a rubber band around your hand with the machine in it for added stability. Experiment a bit with the amount of ink you need -- too much makes it hard… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 5:15 PM on November 21, 2008 marked best answer

Gills, Fins and Psychedelic Thai
Thanks for fixing that link, stupidsexyFlanders, it was worth it. The Cafe Restaurant is actually a great name for a restaurant.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 11:32 AM on November 20, 2008

Am I just shy?
Mine was the same way, but in a closed office rather than a cube, but that was just his office -- we didn't "go somewhere more private" or anything. It did strike me as a little weird at the time, but not inappropriately so.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:47 AM on November 20, 2008

The Internet Answer To Obvious Questions
Are we going to add this to AskMeFi?

Where do you think ask.metafilter.com redirects when Matt's servers are down?
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on November 19, 2008

Say it ain't so, (fire) Joe (morgan)!
Joe Chat critiques

There were getting to be so many FJM disciples in those chats trying to JoeBait him it was diminishing the humor of what FJM could do with them. I loved the guy who signed into the chat as "Ken Tremen, Dous, Neb." and asked some question about Jeter's consistency or something.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 12:01 PM on November 18, 2008

New York: The Biography
If you'd consider fiction, Forever is about an 18th Century Irishman who is granted immortality, as long as he stays on the island of Manhattan. Provides a nice vantage point for the history of the city.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 6:57 AM on November 18, 2008

Unwanted Duplicates
University of Vermont football: Undefeated since 1974!

The Catamount football team was discontinued in 1974.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 7:25 PM on November 15, 2008
*tackles pompomtom in the backfield for a loss of three yards*
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 5:00 PM on November 16, 2008

Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed?
The 30 Days of Night series. A bunch of vampires get the idea to head north of the Arctic Circle and terrorize an Alaskan town. Amazing, unique art by Ben Templesmith, who has done some other great stuff, if you like 30 Days -- particularly Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:51 PM on November 16, 2008
Better link for Wormwood (watch the video).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 4:54 PM on November 16, 2008

Oooh! I've got one!
I hate it when people drop LITTLE PICTURES THEY USE TO TALK WITH into a perfectly good american-language thread.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 10:56 AM on November 16, 2008
I'm going to assume "Japanese Style" involves tentacles.
posted to MetaTalk by Rock Steady at 11:41 AM on November 16, 2008

In the mood for trying new things at TJs? Look no further...
Everytime I fall in love with a TJs product, they discontinue it.

Rosemary-infused ham, I salute thee.
posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 7:18 PM on November 15, 2008

Excel date arithmetic problem
Thanks to you, too, IAmBroom.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Rock Steady at 10:32 AM on November 14, 2008

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