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August 15

Getting from zero to USB MIDI in as few steps as possible

I have (a) a USB MIDI keyboard, (b) a licensed copy of Reaper, and (c) kind of an understanding that there are things called VSTs that make the keyboard go 'boop'. What's the best/fastest way of understanding how all this works? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 4:28 AM - 5 answers

August 13

What's a good cute/punny name for an animatronic bird.

Can you help me come up with a name for my animatronic bird? I'm working on making my own animatronic bird, based on the birds in the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disney(World/Land). Those birds are named José, Michael, Pierre and Fritz. And I'd like a cute/punny/Disney name for this first prototype. [more inside]
posted by BleuLlama at 7:07 AM - 14 answers

August 12

The most basic of playing cards

I want to print out a deck of playing cards for a game that's pretty much in Shitty First Draft mode. I don't need to be fancy - I'm happy to print stuff on regular paper, cut it up, and paste it onto regular cards if needed. How should I do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:10 AM - 13 answers

August 11

Inspirational fitness documentaries or shows

I got a stationary bike recently that I like parking in front of the TV on days I don't run. I've found that watching videos/documentaries on fitness of any kind (whether marathon running or dancing) really keeps my motivation up when I'm spinning. What should I check out in this category that's worth watching? [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack at 8:48 AM - 15 answers

August 10

How can I get you to give me a donation?

I want to draft a letter for donations/sponsorship for a youth-centered program I want to introduce. But I don't know how to put that on paper let alone making it attractive and interesting enough for persons to see its worth and want to invest/donate. Pointers please. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly at 11:06 AM - 8 answers

Recording acoustic guitar

How do I record acoustic guitar into Garageband without spending a fortune on mics? [more inside]
posted by Mocata at 12:33 AM - 10 answers

August 9

Old rucksack with disintegrating waterproofing

Found a Lowe Alpine II at a thrift store - yay! Upon closer inspection, the interior waterproofing - it seems to be some kind of thin rubberized layer - appears to be rotting (boo). The waterproofing is supposed to be clear, but is now opaque white in places, and is sticky. If I touch it the stickiness transfers to my fingers (gross). Can I somehow save this? Thank you!
posted by carter at 7:21 AM - 9 answers

August 8

Staying dry in the greater Denver area this week

My dad, brothers, and I just flew in to Denver on Saturday for a week-long camping trip up in the Rockies. Friends camping last week apparently were sharing pictures of sunny trails, but it turns out we managed to schedule this during effectively a week long thunderstorm. Help? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:02 AM - 8 answers

OITNB trivia team name!

Quick time sensitive question - what's a funny name for an Orange is the New Black trivia team??? I'm flailing!
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 1:14 AM - 6 answers

August 7

Where can I find high-quality visual art tutorial or process videos?

I'm looking for videos that show how artists create visual art, namely collages, printing, and painting. Either step by step tutorials or video of people making art are what I'm after. I would prefer that these be fairly accessible for a person without fancy equipment or tools, although if I'm compelled enough, I could buy them. I am a novice artist. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 8:50 AM - 12 answers

Is it worth it to buy a more expensive fishing rod?

What's the difference between a $30.00 fishing rod/reel and a more expensive one? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:51 AM - 9 answers

August 6

Bike rides in southwest Oregon/northern California.

I was planning on hitting up Crater Lake on the 14th, but it's pretty iffy whether that's still going to happen with the nearby fires. Looking for suggestions for another scenic + safe ride within a few hours' drive of Medford. I'm camping on the coast over the weekend so somewhere between Coos Bay and Crescent City would also work well.
posted by curious nu at 1:51 PM - 3 answers

August 3

Can I learn to play guitar with carpal tunnel?

I'd like to learn how to play the guitar, but I have carpal tunnel and would like to know if it would be possible for me to learn to play without exacerbating my condition. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 10:18 AM - 8 answers

August 2

Re-learning piano as a grown-up

I took piano lessons as a kid. I'm pretty sure I can still read music. I'd like to learn to play again, with an eye toward being able to play simple accompaniments and jam with people who can play guitar and ukulele, even if I'm just playing the bass line. Here's the question: [more inside]
posted by 4th number at 11:34 AM - 12 answers

August 1

Best Quality Pool Cues for a Gift on a budget

I would like to surprise my friend by replacing his old, warped house cues with at least two new cues at the end of his cancer treatments. I can't afford anything too fancy, but specific details are below the fold... [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 2:26 PM - 5 answers

July 30

She's crafty, she's got a gripe

I would like to add captions to framed photographs by typing or printing the captions on the mat board. I can't find an easy way to do this. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 8:42 PM - 32 answers

Songs to Get Me Running Up That Hill

Yes, you guessed it, another help me with a playlist ask! I will biking my first metric century in about a week and am looking for songs to keep me going when I'm climbing and when my quads are begging me to stop. [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 2:03 PM - 18 answers

Sherando-La

VirginiaCampingTripFilter: Interesting activities in & within an hour drive of Sherando Lake (NE section of George Washington & Jefferson Nat'l Park) for some adults and ~40 kids, Aug. 9-13? [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 8:27 AM - 5 answers

July 28

Outdoor security camera with good range

Can anyone recommend an outdoor security camera/game camera with a good range and high resolution? It's for a fixed position, doesn't have (or need) Internet access, and can have wired power. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 8:31 AM - 4 answers

At what age should I introduce my daughter to guns?

I have a five year old daughter who is the most precious person in the world to me. We're gun owners and believe strongly that gun safety should begin at a young age. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM - 41 answers

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