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March 4

Know anything about sailing? I need your gift ideas.

GiftIdeasFilter: what to get for the boat owner who has nothing? Looking for boat-related, casual gift ideas (think, non-milestone birthday). The main complication is that the boat needs so much it's hard to know where to start... [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 11:22 AM - 22 answers

Recommend me soccer goalie gloves please.

I'm an adult male, 35 years old in a few days. I play soccer in a league. I play goalie. I kill a pair of gloves about once every season and a half. Please help recommend me a new pair? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 9:35 AM - 3 answers

March 3

Scottish Football Tickets?

If all goes well, we'll be in the Glasgow area around May 16th finishing off a week long Scottish vacation. I'd like to watch a live football game and (outside of a LFC vs Palace ticket appearing via genie wish) it seems the Scottish Premiership is my best bet. However, there are complications. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:57 AM - 6 answers

Astrophotography 101

So I recently bought a T-mount (with a 2x Barlow) to attach my DSLR to my 6" Dobsonian reflector telescope. Whilst this gives me great images of the moon and I managed to capture a decent fuzzy picture of Jupiter, I know I'm going to have to upgrade my gear to start capturing deep sky objects... [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 4:31 AM - 6 answers

March 2

Where can I hug a medium-sized exotic furry creature in or around NYC?

I'm a grown-ass man who would like to spend some time with second-tier charismatic megafauna -- e.g. koalas, red pandas, capybaras. Is there anywhere in New York where I can do this? If not New York, where in the US?
posted by modernserf at 8:13 AM - 9 answers

February 28

Help Me Find Good Backpacking Backpacks

The two of us are interested in getting into backpacking, and are each looking to purchase a nice backpack. Help us find a good one! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 6:15 PM - 16 answers

February 27

The Search for Spock's Car

Where is Mr Spock's 1964 Buick Riviera? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 1:17 PM - 2 answers

February 26

Non-Khaki-Scouts Seek Aquatic Outdoor Adventure

This summer, my nine year-old son and I want to journey down a local creek on some form of inflatable vessel. Help us have a watery adventure! Difficulty level: we are nerds, NOT grizzled outdoorspersons. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:01 AM - 13 answers

Extra long karate gi top

I have a long torso (36" sleeve) and I'm currently wearing the longest gi top I could find locally. It has a tendency to ride up and I'm constantly pulling it down. Is there someone who sells extra long karate uniform tops anywhere (and takes credit cards)?
posted by tommasz at 6:39 AM - 3 answers

February 25

My Cinderella needs an AAAA boot to close the deal

I need to find a source for a women's hiking boot in US 9.5 or 10 with an AAAA width. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 5:45 PM - 4 answers

February 24

Snorkeling in Fiji - DLSR + housing or point-and-shoot?

I'm super excited to have booked a holiday in Fiji in May, however I need to sort out my camera options - do I buy a cheapo body and case for my existing m/43 lenses, or just spend the same money on a compact point and shoot? [more inside]
posted by smoke at 9:54 PM - 12 answers

Where can I play drums in Brooklyn, near or accessible from Park Slope?

After 6 years, I'd like to get back into playing drums. I don't currently have a kit and I live in a small walk-up in South Park Slope. Is there anywhere nearby or accessible that I can go to a few times a week to play? Monthly fee would be ideal, but I'd be fine with paying a reasonable hourly rate. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 8:03 AM - 2 answers

February 23

Help me be a better (second time) skiier

I went skiing for the first time this past weekend. I felt okay and even had some fun. I'd like to go skiing for the second this upcoming weekend, and I'd like to do better. Help me solve some specific problems as best you can? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:12 AM - 16 answers

February 22

Your Favorite Roguelike for IOS?

And why is it your favorite? [more inside]
posted by notyou at 5:16 PM - 7 answers

Please help us be better at collaborative gaming

My partner and I are playing Borderlands 2 and World of Warcraft (WoW) together, which is great fun, but we are sort of terrible at combat. He's never done collaborative gaming (but has played a lot of Borderlands) and I haven't played games in years (but I used to play a lot of WoW). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 8:27 AM - 16 answers

February 21

Help my SF itinerary

I have family coming to visit me here in the San Francisco vicinity and I need help putting together an itinerary including restaurants and such. Please help? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:50 PM - 22 answers

February 20

Books for my snowflaky boy

My 9 year-old son is an advanced reader (F & P level U/V) but on the immature side. I'm having trouble finding books for him. He doesn't like fantasy, which eliminates a huge percentage of what's out there. He loves graphic novels but can't read just those. He's liked Wonder, Roald Dahl, and a few historical fiction books, as examples. Books at his reading level are often beyond his emotional level, so he's reading without really comprehending. Any ideas for my boy? Thank you!
posted by aimeedee at 4:26 AM - 48 answers

February 19

Which library will give me access to the best ebook collection?

Specifically I am looking for libraries that will give me a library card as a non-resident, without having to show up to that library in person. I find that my local libraries don't always have the books that I'm interested in, so I figured if I cast a wider net I'd get a better selection of ebooks. [more inside]
posted by that girl at 8:02 AM - 13 answers

February 17

how to learn to find the beat in a waltz

I just started learning to waltz (yay!) and my biggest problem is finding the beat. So far, I can only stay on beat for songs like this Shostakovich waltz no. 2 where there is a dedicated instrument playing all three beats. Give me something like the first minute of this Waltz of the Flowers and I'm totally lost. How does one learn to stay on beat when waltzing?
posted by d. z. wang at 6:44 PM - 14 answers

Safe(r), effective, non eardrum destroying headphones for bikes?

Has bicycling earphone technology advanced since these old threads? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:55 PM - 10 answers

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