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September 23

Where's Barb??

Help me craft the best Barb costume ever. Glasses, blouse with ruffles/tie at the neck, red hair and freckles, sure. But what are the extras that will really sell it?
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:54 AM - 7 answers

September 22

3D Printing a Spare Bike Rack Part

How can I go about 3D printing a part for a bike rack? Do I have to design it myself? Can I send one to some place and get a duplicate back in return? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream at 9:56 AM - 10 answers

Glass dip pens, how well do they work?

I am thinking of buying a glass dip pen but I have never seen one irl and have no idea how well they write. I have no experience with dip pens of any kind. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 6:52 AM - 8 answers

September 20

Can you turn a single speed bike into a 3-speed?

I am shocked at my lack of knowledge about bikes. Someone has a single speed Worksman bike for sale that fits my sudden need of a bike but I really need a 3 speed. Is it something that a bike shop could do for me?
posted by Foam Pants at 11:18 PM - 11 answers

Like Jumanji, but with fewer lions

I want to DIY a board/card game as a gift for my partner, based on a set of characters and world we have built together. I'm looking for already existing games to model off of or just reskin, rather than making a whole new game. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 5:25 PM - 8 answers

September 19

Low-key outdoors experience in Portland/Rainier area

If you were starting the day in Rainier and ending up in Portland this Sunday, where would you go for an easy hike? [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 11:31 AM - 13 answers

September 18

Render unto me your papercraft recommendations

So I read the very interesting Irving Harper post and, looking at his papercraft stuff (especially the hanging sculptures) I thought, "I could do simpler, clumsier versions of that stuff and it would still look pretty neat". [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:06 AM - 7 answers

September 16

help me do my D&D homework

D&D 5e tomorrow, last session with these characters, and the DM has said that he's come up with a """"fun""""" and """""really challenging""""" final dungeon. I assume this means he is going to do his level best to murder us all. Help me come up with a legendary-level item to make him work for it. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 12:38 PM - 6 answers

Help my tween have a good time at her first school dance.

This is her first year of middle school in a new district. She's mostly nervous about dancing, so I've been looking for some beginner's tutorials she could be comfortable with, but they look either dated or too advanced. Can you point me to some current, cool, beginner's dance tutorial videos? Bonus: How do kids generally dress for casual dances? Does the dance theme matter for that? Any other tips? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne at 11:35 AM - 10 answers

getting back into DSLR phoograph!y

I got myself into digital photography in 2009, and I did it for a few years. I bought a DSL and two lenses, and used them happily for a few years (about till 2013). I'd like to get back into photography, but I'd like to upgrade to a better quality base camera. More info inside! [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 10:43 AM - 7 answers

September 12

The Daily Grind(y Game)

I'm looking for a very specific kind of Windows or iOS video game to scratch a particular, weird itch. Help me find a character to level up forever! [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 8:18 PM - 14 answers

I need Harry Potter party games for 7 year olds.

I fail the Pinterest. Please help me anyway. Have you tried or heard of fun Harry Potter kid's party games? Are the ones I'm thinking of going to work? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 12:18 PM - 15 answers

September 11

At 6'8" and about 255lbs, am I too big to ride horses?

I rally hope that's not the case, because my wife and I think horseback riding would be a wonderful hobby for us. Draft horses really big, aren't they?
posted by BadgerDoctor at 7:49 PM - 11 answers

September 10

Modern game console for casual exercise

I just want a modern console that helps me do fun physical activities when it's 105F+ outside. I liked the Wii well enough but I'd like something newer and more flexible. What do you recommend? And are new consoles just around the corner? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 5:05 PM - 9 answers

80s/90s fantasy/medieval strategy game

I had a sudden memory of a medieval / fantasy PC game I played as a kid in the late 80s or early 90s. Trying to identify it? [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 3:35 AM - 4 answers

September 9

Looking for general men's dance shoes

I'm finally starting to take some dancing lessons. The program is at a local ballroom and switches styles every 3 weeks, over the course of several months. The instructors recommend shoes that will slide easily on a wooden floor. I think I'm looking for a smooth leather-soled shoe, but it turns out those are not super common in stores. I don't really love the look of the oxfords I've found; I'd like something less pointy and decorated. What should I be looking for? Links to zappos or similar would be highly appreciated. I don't want to spend a ton on these if possible (with the assumption that I'll probably buy something else in 6 months once I've got some experience and know what I'm looking for)
posted by curious nu at 2:01 PM - 4 answers

September 6

Suggestions for co-op puzzle games

My son is a young teen and a gamer, I, alas, am not. We have, however, had a great time playing portal 2 (on xbox 360) together. We like the cooperative aspect of the puzzle solving. What are some similarly awesome games we should play?
posted by OHenryPacey at 5:31 PM - 17 answers

September 5

Staying home for fun and profit

I have to be super frugal for a few months. I like to stay at home anyway but I'd love some ideas for pleasant, mildly constructive hobbies to do at home. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 11:05 PM - 24 answers

Holy Grail of Exercising, Exercising without exercising.

How effective is exercising on a 'machine' vs 'reality' differ on the various exercise machines available such as a stationary bike, under the desk cycle, treadmill, stairmaster etc? [more inside]
posted by edman at 1:12 PM - 7 answers

PS4 wireless headset for a large head

We need to get a new wireless headset for our PS4 that is adjustable to fit both myself and my husband, who has a larger head. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 9:13 AM - 1 answers

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