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April 7

Name that crazy wooden ruler thingy!
What is this thing? [more inside]
posted by padraigin at 6:11 PM - 9 answers
Thank you gift for New York Foodies
What delicious foodstuff can I send to some friends in NYC for putting me up for a few nights last week? [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 7:25 AM - 11 answers

April 6

Help me find this type?
Found font I'd love for my Save the Dates and need your help to track it down! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 4:35 PM - 4 answers

April 4

what is this building?!?!
new building is going up next to us. due to what i believe is a combination of bad weather and general tendencies to draw out construction projects, the pace of construction has been painfully slow! from a neighborhood flyer that circulated a year ago, we know that it is a retail establishment. does this building look familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 1:22 PM - 12 answers

Best way to look for apt share in NYC?
I'm looking for an apt share in NYC within 20 minutes or so to midtown by train. Is craigslist the best place to look? Do you have any general tips on how to do the search, what to avoid? My experience so far is that it can look good on photos but still be very rundown, but no photos/details is likely to be even that much worse.
posted by rainy at 9:13 AM - 14 answers

April 3

Looking for a boardroom rental in downtown Los Angeles..
I am in search of a boardroom/conference room space (accommodating max. 10 people for a meeting for 2-half days) in downtown Los Angeles. Any recommendations? Especially for rentals under a $250 day rate with wifi and water at the location. Thank you.
posted by likeapen at 6:51 AM - 2 answers

April 1

Where can we see dinosaur fossils up close?
Specifically, this place: During Bill Nye's debate with creationist Ken Ham a few months back, in Bill's presentation he mentioned a fossilized dinosaur pit (area?) in Montana? Colorado?... (I know there's a bunch in both of those states). I have been racking my brain trying to find the image on Google from the slide he used but no combination of words or phrases looks familiar to me in the results. I would very much like to take my son and (soon to be) daughter to this place Bill Nye was talking about. Where in the sam hell is it?
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 11:05 AM - 15 answers

March 31

Help inprove my RPG tactics
Nethack, Baulders Gate, Never Winter Nights, Arcanum: I play hack/slash style (fighter, buff out the strength, biggest sword, best armor, run in and bash enemies). Help me to play other classes. [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 6:53 AM - 7 answers

March 30

Does anyone remember this discount store in NYC?
Apropos of absolutely nothing, I was recently struck with a childhood memory of visiting a store, several times, in NYC called "The Pushcart". I'd like to see if I can find more about it, but that's proving... hard. Help? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 7:19 PM - 5 answers

DIY Carousel: Design Schematics
Where might one find a relatively modern build plan for a traditional carousel (a merry-go-round with galloping up-and-down action)?
posted by glibhamdreck at 9:34 AM - 7 answers

Shipping a set of china to internationally
My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
posted by olinerd at 3:22 AM - 8 answers

March 29

everyday carry, but actually interesting?
I like reading about people's everyday carry, but a lot of everyday carry posts seem to be written by office workers excessively concerned with close-quarters combat and losing their Metrocards. (At least, that's how I interpret the people who carry two pistols, no spare magazines, and a hand-tooled full-grain leather wallet from some artisan in Brooklyn.) I'd like to read the everyday carry of interesting people. I want a new parent to inventory his diaper bag. I want a firefighter to strip from full bunker gear and breathing apparatus, ready to make entry, down to his boxers. I want a stage manager to turn out his mysterious pockets. Where do those everyday carry posts get written up? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 11:30 PM - 22 answers

What is this charm on my necklace?
I've worn this necklace every day for nearly 10 years now, but I don't know what it is. [more inside]
posted by perryfugue at 1:01 PM - 7 answers

March 28

Relative Pirate Populations
A friend told me that there are more pirates now then there were during the Golden Age of Piracy. But the population back then was like 600 million people, so that doesn't surprise me. But are there more pirates now than there were then as a percent of the population?
posted by Garm at 5:28 PM - 8 answers

Physical security measure to prevent book theft
I'm going to be stocking a small bookcase with 5 to 10 books, and placing it in a room inside a college. I need a way to prevent the books from being stolen. Options seem surprisingly limited. Any help? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 7:15 AM - 27 answers

March 27

Sturdy, simple, portable trade show display?
My company does a lot of trade shows. We've had some complaints that our banner stands either are pain to put up and take down, or that they're not sturdy enough. What they've requested is a table top display without a light or extra pieces that will travel and set up well. Anybody out there have experience with trade show displays, and have a brand or model that's held up especially well for you?
posted by TallulahBankhead at 12:19 PM - 6 answers

Efficient Strategy for Problem Management
When I encounter a problem that I want to improve my management of, what is a better strategy than, "find book on Amazon/ order book/ never read book or only read 1st chapter? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:28 AM - 10 answers

Close Encounters of the panda kind
Have you seen this picture before? My 4 year old daughter just drew this picture (of a panda bear, if it wasn't immediately obvious). It is eerily familiar. I swear I have seen something just like it before, somewhere on the internet. A google image search wasn't even close. Help! This is driving me crazy.
posted by googly at 8:06 AM - 14 answers

March 26

Chicken Facts
I would like to play a April Fools joke of sorts on coworkers: Someone posted these Chicken Facts to the break room fridge. I would like your help in revising them. [more inside]
posted by maryr at 3:07 PM - 45 answers

Best (free?) music notation software
I am looking for intuitive, easy-to-use music notation software. I already have the sheet music and just need to input it into a program so that it will play a reasonable rendition. I see there are a few online but don't know which one is best. Thank you.
posted by madonna of the unloved at 12:48 PM - 14 answers

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