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September 23

I need a mini amp for electric guitar

I'd like to get a small amp for a beginner electric guitar player. It's my stepson so he can only use it a couple days a month here to practice but I'd really like to encourage his new hobby. I know NOTHING about music or guitars, etc. I'd love to get something cheap but I don't want to be too cheap. I am willing to spend as much as I need to get the job done right.
posted by beccaj at 2:18 PM - 18 answers

September 22

Looking for fun & forgiving art supplies

I’d like to get some art supplies to help me decompress after work. What are some fun, forgiving tools for someone with only a modicum of talent and technique? [more inside]
posted by cathycartoon at 11:45 AM - 12 answers

What knot is this?

I'd like to make this little whisk, but can't figure out what knot it is. I looked through Ashley, and didn't see anything. Suggestions I've already gotten are Mathew Walker, diamond, crown and wall. But all of these knots look like they were tied in the middle of the rope. I've seen (and made) Des Pawson's Sailors Whisk, but it has a hanging loop, I just want the ball end.
posted by Marky at 10:50 AM - 14 answers

September 21

Name my Walktober team!

Help my coworkers and me pick a name for our Walktober team. [more inside]
posted by donajo at 10:03 AM - 5 answers

September 20

Book recommendations after trauma

I'm looking for books that are enjoyable without being emotionally draining. I think I'm looking for fiction or memoirs, but am open to other suggestions as well. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow at 1:39 PM - 22 answers

September 19

Cross Country Running

My daughter (sophomore US) is in the throws of her first year in girls cross country. I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction in terms of good books or web resources on the subject. The internet is vast and there are too many books to peruse to know if they are any good. Anecdotal experience from the hive is always a bonus. [more inside]
posted by repoman at 12:29 PM - 3 answers

September 18

Help me find a line of cute/strange fantasy miniatures

I'm looking for a specific product line of fantasy miniatures with factions of cute/strange non-human species--more details inside. But please feel free to recommend your favorite weird miniatures line, if it focuses on non-humans and it's available now or in the near future. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet at 11:27 PM - 5 answers

September 16

Online games for the mildly demented snob

Can you suggest a web based computer game that might appeal to my aging mother who is obsessed with sitting in front of the computer all day? She will like something that seems "artistic" and will turn her nose up at something that she perceives as being for the hoi palloi. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:53 AM - 19 answers

September 15

Nana had a tetradrachm

What are these coins? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 4:34 PM - 8 answers

Advice on knitting patterns/techniques for revolutionary war re-enactors

My housemate who is recently retired has been supplementing her income with knitting projects. She has more or less saturated the local LARP scene with gloves, scarves and belt pouches, and has discovered that there is a local revolutionary war reenactment society that could use period-accurate knitted goods. Are there good resources out there for patterns, techniques, short-cuts, and so forth that would suit that sort of practical historical costuming?
posted by Karmakaze at 2:19 PM - 10 answers

September 14

LARPing the Cold War

I would love to play an Alternate Reality Game based on cold war spying that involved missions, spycraft, and participants wearing cool suits from the 1960s and tracking each other at a mall or performing dead drops or something like that. How could I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:55 PM - 11 answers

September 13

Can a middle aged beginner really learn the violin?

I understand that I'll never be as good as someone who started at age 6. I bought myself a violin in June, and I'm doing the Suzuki Violin School Book 1 and I can't get past #14 (Minuet no 2 by Bach). Up to this point in the book, I feel like I was progressing nicely, but now I feel I've reached my limit. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 6:58 PM - 26 answers

September 12

Save me from pain filled cabin fever with a new hobby?

What are some crafty things I can do with worsening chronic pain? What are some things I can do to distract that don't include what I'm already doing? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:03 PM - 33 answers

Recommend a $500-ish road bike

Looking for road bike recommendations for a teen boy who is new to road biking. Budget is $500-ish. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 2:34 PM - 12 answers

Hiking Mount Lafayette and the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop with kids

This fall - late September - I'm planning to take my sons (age 7 and 9) hiking in the White Mountains. After a bunch of research - my #1 choice is Mount Lafayette and the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop. However, I'm a little nervous that it might be too challenging for my sons. Is this hike too ambitious? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 1:45 PM - 4 answers

Soaking the bones in Santa Paula.

I was cruising down CA-150 yesterday between Ojai and Santa Paula, CA, and I swear that I smelled sulfur. I can't find any definitive information online, but is there a hot spring around there somewhere? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 9:37 AM - 4 answers

How to be a good assistant coach for kids' sports

I am the assistant coach of my daughter's (8-yo) softball team. The head coach is knowledgeable about the sport, but in my opinion can be a bit too tough on the kids, several of whom have never played before. I can see the spirit being sapped in a number of the kids and I'd like to help turn that around without undermining the head coach's authority. Is it possible to help some of these girls actually enjoy their season, or am SOL if I'm just the assistant? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge at 7:50 AM - 9 answers

September 11

Sherlocking through the history

I'm looking for interesting pastiches based off Sherlock Holmes. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 10:36 AM - 25 answers

September 9

Drag duo for Halloween

What are some well-known male character duos in pop culture? ...that would be fun to dress up as for Halloween?? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo at 6:04 PM - 57 answers

Can you help compile a Zumba mixtape?

A dear friend would like a collection of music similar to what she hears at the gym doing Zumba. Songs that are upbeat and either in English, Portuguese or Spanish, please. Not sure either of us can be any more specific than this, so can you help? Looking at collections on Amazon and youtube videos made me want recommendations from people who have direct experience of exercising to music. Many thanks.
posted by Prof Iterole at 1:35 AM - 9 answers

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