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August 28

Ring it Loud
I'm looking to purchase a medium sized bell or large tingsha for a personal ceremony on Sunday morning. I don't have time for online orders, and need to buy it in downtown Toronto. What store in T.O. sells bells?
posted by In The Annex at 5:16 PM - 2 answers
What alternatives are there to the GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket?
The GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket seems a great way to store a mirrorless camera and additional lens in an existing bag in a compact and secure way (as demonstrated in this blog post by Ben Brooks) – but I need to find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden at 3:43 AM - 7 answers

August 27

hot plate for moka pot?
I've grown very attached to the coffee that comes out of my moka pot/ bialetti pot every.single.morning for the last two years, to the point where I am planning on taking it with me on all of my travels this year. Please recommend a mini hot plate that I can purchase in Canada, to use with the moka pot. [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 9:54 PM - 5 answers

Get my eBay bike from Brownsville, TX to Phoenix!
There's a bike that I want to buy from a pawn shop on eBay for local pickup only. It's a screaming good deal, of the exact size and frame that I have been looking for. Obviously, living in Phoenix, I can't pick it up, and the pawn shop won't ship it. Any ideas (hopefully from a Brownsville native)? [more inside]
posted by john the fourth at 8:23 PM - 7 answers

August 26

Just the AC cord for a laptop
I need the AC cord for a Toshiba C50B laptop. Not the power supply; not the DC cord. Just the AC cord. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:06 PM - 5 answers

Everything up-to and possibly including the kitchen sink.
I need a bag--something like a duffel bag--that is VERY big. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by still bill at 2:08 PM - 25 answers

August 25

Bluetooth headphone recommendations for running?
I'm looking for a new set of headphones to wear while running and I'm interested in trying Bluetooth. I want to still be able to hear the world around me as I do most of my running on the road. Track/volume controls would be nice to have. Can any of you recommend something you've had a good experience with? [more inside]
posted by Songdog at 5:17 PM - 10 answers

Buying a used car with a warranty for my elderly mother in three days.
Hi, I am visiting my mother for a few days and need to buy her a reliable used car. Carmax doesn't have anything she is interested in, but we both like the idea of a $1500, five year warranty. Are there other warranty options out there for used cars that are just as good? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 4:01 PM - 7 answers

August 24

Headphones for babies?
One year old, first long flight, looking for recommendations for headphones so baby can comfortably watch his favorites (Sesame Street, Super Why, and Adele music videos) if necessary to keep things sane. [more inside]
posted by erst at 9:44 AM - 11 answers

August 23

Leather notebook holder for A5 block, glue-bound on left?
I really like Fabriano blocks - particularly the A5 dot-patterned paper that is glue-bound on the left side of the block (see here. I would like to get a leather (or other suitably durable material), A5-sized zipper-closing cover to hold one of these with writing implements (pen, pencil, and eraser)... [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:25 AM - 3 answers

August 22

I'm moving, how should I handle my Comcast/Xfinity TV/internet service?
I'm moving. I want to keep using Comcast/Xfinity for TV/internet but I want to save money and/or upgrade my service. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 11:43 AM - 7 answers

August 21

Unusual birthday presents for 15 year old boy
We're stumped. He's turning 15 and our budget is $100. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah at 7:59 PM - 39 answers

August 19

Help, I need to buy a new suitcase in Midtown Manhattan!
My old suitcase finally gave out on me. I got it off the luggage carousel at LaGuardia this morning and the frame is separating from the rest of the bag. I'm worried it will fall apart if I try to fly it home to Minnesota on Friday morning. I'm staying near the Chrysler building and I should be free from 5-6 pm tomorrow evening. Is there somewhere nearby where I can buy a new suitcase that isn't going to break the bank? I hate spending a lot on luggage, but I also don't want to lose or ruin my stuff.
posted by Area Man at 3:29 PM - 18 answers

Looking for a landscape stand for iPod/iPhone
I'm looking for a stand or combo charger/stand that holds an iPod in landscape mode I can recommend to users of my app. The app operates in landscape mode and is designed to run on an iPod (or iPhone) sitting sideways on a nightstand. [more inside]
posted by cosmac at 1:14 PM - 4 answers

August 15

Does my perfect bag exist?
I spend a lot of time out and about and need to carry stuff with me, and in my search for the perfect everyday-carrying-around bag, I've tried a LOT of bags. After a few years of this I've finally figured out my needs. Is there anything out there that meets all of these requirements? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 6:45 PM - 10 answers

Where do people physically shop for messenger / travel / other bags?
Where do people physically shop for messenger / travel / other bags? I want to see them in person. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 6:08 PM - 13 answers

August 14

King-Sized people need recommendations for cozy, sturdy bed.
The hub and I are in the market for a new King-Sized bed. One of us is over 400 lbs. and our previous boxspring was eternally oppressed, groaning and moaning and calling us rude names. Finally it gave out entirely and we are now in need of a sturdy yet snuggly place to lay our heads when slumber calls. [more inside]
posted by mynamemeansmoon at 8:09 PM - 7 answers

How to buy these Japanese popup cards in the US?
Is there a way to order online these Porigami laser-cut popup cards of Tokyo sights and have sent to me here in the US?
posted by bluecore at 7:16 PM - 2 answers

August 13

Can you buy small quantities of 11x17 paper in South Korea?
People in my (US-based) office are going nuts today trying to overnight a ream of blank 11x17 paper to Korea. Is this really necessary? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 10:17 AM - 12 answers

August 12

Are there any bike locks that don't use bulky/fragile plastic keys?
A few weeks ago, my bike lock left me stranded after the stupid plastic key handle broke off, leaving the rest of the key trapped inside the lock (and leaving me trapped four miles from home, in the rain). Similarly, the weird plastic key handles add a lot of unnecessary heft to my keychain. Are there any decent bike locks that use "normal" keys? Bonus points if I can get multiple locks that use the same key.
posted by schmod at 8:57 AM - 13 answers

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