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April 27

How to watch the Mets while in Oakland

I, a New Yorker, will be spending the month of May in Oakland, CA. What are my (legal) options for watching the Mets on my computer? (The home where I'm staying has no TV.) I am a Time Warner cable customer. Also happy to hear suggestions for East Bay bars that are likely to carry Mets games, but watching at home is my top priority.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:49 AM - 8 answers

Plan a Booth for a Craft/Art Marketplace

As seen previously, I've been working on expanding my artistic endeavors to actually selling stuff. My application to a local outdoor craft/art/vintage marketplace has been accepted so I now have under a month to get a booth together. I am at a loss. Help! [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:37 AM - 8 answers

Game Show Party Ideas

I've signed up to host a grown up game show party this weekend, but life got in the way and now I'm a little under-prepared with content. I could use your ideas! [more inside]
posted by schnihtzerfoot at 9:16 AM - 3 answers

April 26

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 3:54 PM - 16 answers

Oh googley eyes, you make stuff come alive

I have purchased a package of 500 pairs of self-adhesive googley eyes in various sizes. Help me figure out what in my house to stick them on. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 3:22 PM - 78 answers

I may have bitten off more than I can chew: Gen Con Edition

In a fit of "I can do ALL THE FUN THINGS!" I signed up to run three very different types of games that I love at Gen Con this August. Problem: I have only ever played these games, never run them. Additional problem: One of these games is heavy on improv, and I'm starting to get antsy about that. Looking for seasoned advice, specific resources, and hearty encouragement. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 8:35 AM - 8 answers

What are some vintage (board)games to buy and play?

So, my boyfriend and his friends enjoy playing boardgames together, especially ones regarding strategy (Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc.).They own a lot of modern boardgames, so for a gift, I wanted to get him a few fun vintage ones that they probably won't have played before. What vintage boardgames or other games have you played that you enjoyed most, especially those that are uncommon or no longer available today (except on Ebay)? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 7:50 AM - 38 answers

April 25

Need 2nd ed D&D modules for low levels

I'm running some 2nd edition modules for a group of Dungeons and Dragons players, levels 1-4, and could use some suggestions for more! World/realm unimportant, but we aren't doing anything too non-mainstream (like spelljammer) [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 7:41 PM - 3 answers

RAM use for computer chess engine

A chess program I have allows users to build and customize their own engine, which is like the brain the computer uses when playing. Every time I open the engine to work on it, a box pops up that says "Hash Tables" on the top, then "1026 MB free memory" below it, then below that there's a box with a blank space for me to type in how many megabytes I want to use. Could someone please explain to me what "hash tables" are, and what effect(s), if any, allocating more or less free MB's to the engine will have?
posted by BadgerDoctor at 1:22 PM - 3 answers

Games about trade?

I crave to play a game with trading as the main mechanic. Maybe I'm some merchant in Venice trying to work my way up to Doge. Is there anything out there like that? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 9:00 AM - 19 answers

April 24

Book Filter

Sometime this millennium I read a book. I think it was written recently and was supposed to be the first of a series. It was about a future where people somehow could enter into parallel universes and would be filmed for exciting television shows back on real earth. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 9:06 PM - 2 answers

April 23

Bike computer recommendations?

My bike computer is flaking out (on 2 different bikes!!). Apparently the one I bought 10+ years ago is no longer made. Any recommendations for a replacement? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 9:39 PM - 11 answers

driving (not racing) simulator?

I'm looking for a driving simulator that isn't racing, or at least in which racing is optional. Do these exist? [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 7:24 AM - 12 answers

April 22

For a car newbie, are swap meets useful?

I'm a really new automotive DIYer. I'm interested in all the auto swap meets that will happen this spring/summer. Should I go, or will it all go over my head? [more inside]
posted by methroach at 3:12 PM - 6 answers

Risking damage - Running with an Injury

I've just received a group email from a relative telling us that she is pulling out of the London Marathon on Saturday due to injury. [more inside]
posted by dry-jim at 3:33 AM - 45 answers

April 20

Painted or anodized metal bicycle fenders

Looking for a company or bike shop that sells stainless steel or aluminium bicycle fenders (of this style) painted or anodized to match or closely mimic the factory color of a specific bicycle. Ideally in or around the Seattle metropolitan area, but not a requirement. Not looking for dyed plastic. Does a specific company or bike shop exist that offers this product or service?
posted by a lungful of dragon at 2:57 PM - 2 answers

April 16

Less Fallout 4, More Hobbies (Teen Edition)

I work with a 17 year old boy who's smart, inquisitive and really bored. The kid needs some hobby ideas; things that keep his brain busy and ideally where he creates something. Ideally, this needs to be a hobby or craft that he can do indoors on his own consistently, the materials are at hand, it requires some focus, creativity and thinking skills, something he can start and stop at his leisure and he can do it alone. Think Legos but for a young man. So, not martial arts or scouting or geocaching or volunteering or getting a job or robotics. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 10:44 AM - 49 answers

Appropriation or Tribute?

I'm a big baseball fan, and I have a big interest in cultural history. I own lots of ballcaps and t-shirts from minor league teams of the present and past and from different reigons and countries. But I've never worn any Negro League gear, since as somebody said once, i'd feel kind of like I'm wearing a Purple Heart without getting wounded. On the other hand maybe, I'm showing disrespect by not wearing my fandom like any other team. I dunno. Maybe I'm in plate of beans territory.
posted by jonmc at 8:13 AM - 12 answers

April 14

Seattle area weekend breakfast sports bar?

On April 17, M's pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma faces Yankees starter and former NPB teammate Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium. I would like to watch this game, which is in New York and starts at 10:05a Seattle time on a Sunday, out of the house. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 3:30 PM - 15 answers

Distracting talk during Scrabble. Good strategy? Just a thing?

How much talking goes on in your 3 (or more) person Scrabble games? I've been playing Scrabble with two friends recently; at some point, they decided to put a time limit (2 minutes) on each person's turn because I was taking a while to play. In our most recent game, I realized I was getting distracted during my turn because the two of them would chat a bunch. [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 1:07 PM - 23 answers

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