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July 29

Makers, what to do with extra parts/never completed projects?

After completing some projects and aborting others, I've got some extra materials that would make someone very happy. Problem is, how do I find that someone? Is there an online forum or donation group or something? [more inside]
posted by mrcrow at 11:17 AM - 10 answers

July 28

Source for list of Olympic athletes and their events

I need somewhere to find a list of which athletes (and their country) are participating in which events. My google skills are failing me. [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 3:33 PM - 6 answers

I want to hang a rope swing in a public park in London. Should I?

The park near where we live has many tall plane trees. There's a playground where my children often play. One plane tree has a lateral branch over the playground that's ideal for a rope swing. I'm considering just doing it. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 2:33 PM - 41 answers

Best spot to view this year's Perseid shower near Seattle?

Mid-August is peak Perseid and I don't want to miss it! Looking for suggestions and recommendations for dark, secluded spots with big sky views within a 1-2 hour drive of Seattle. [more inside]
posted by E3 at 12:03 PM - 6 answers

A cheapskate prototypes a board game: finding textured hexgrids

I'm designing a boardgame whose main play area consists of a hexagonal grid, 7 hexes on a side, for a total of 127 hexagons. Tiles will be coming onto and off of this play area during the game and I'd like a board with inset hexagons to hold the hex tiles in place. The tiles in question are 1 inch across. How do I do this on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 10:08 AM - 12 answers

Tabletop RPG management software

A year or two ago I saw a video for a product in development: a piece of software multiple people would use across computers, tablets and smartphones that lets you run a role playing campaign in person. Primarily meant to remove the need for record keeping and hauling around tons of books, supplies and miniatures. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew at 9:59 AM - 4 answers

July 27

I am completely lost trying to record music on my chromebook

I have two chromebooks and a Yamaha YPT-320 keyboard. I have been trying like heck and failing at finding a way to record sounds from the keyboard to the chromebook. I would like to record multiple instrumental tracks that I could bring together and mess with in a garageband/ableton type program. [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 4:41 PM - 6 answers

What happens during the 7th inning stretch?

At your local ballpark, what happens during the 7th inning stretch? Where do you live?
posted by avocet at 12:08 PM - 30 answers

The rites and rituals of sport

One of my favorite aspects of playing a sport or engaging in an activity are the rituals participants do to prepare. I want to know what people do to prepare for their activity of choice. [more inside]
posted by thefang at 9:22 AM - 12 answers

July 25

Minimal life jacket for adult poor swimmer?

Can anyone suggest a life jacket/life vest/PFD for an adult man with physical problems swimming who doesn't want to feel smothered by a "normal" model? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 10:57 AM - 9 answers

July 23

Lemons. I haz them.

Our lemon tree delivered a pretty decent crop this year and I'd like to do something with them. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 5:55 PM - 24 answers

Help with Focal Length & Magnification & even brand for visor.

I paint miniature figures, this sort of thing for those that don't know. But I'm in interested in suggestions from anyone that uses a magnifying visor for their hobby/craft. I currently use a magnifying desk light with a 2.5 magnification to paint & find it super helpful but I'm looking for something more portable to take to class. I'm looking to buy a pair of these. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 8:46 AM - 2 answers

July 22

This is a long road with nothing to listen to

Asking for a friend, who's doing the Portland<>LA trip next month. She's looking for some plot driven audiobooks (i.e. without much purpleness). In particular, she's looking for CDs so she can keep her phone away and is trending towards some noir-ish, detective-y books. She's read Sherlock and I was considering recommending The Monster of Florence as you all seem to like that a bit. [more inside]
posted by DeepSeaHaggis at 3:37 PM - 16 answers

July 21

Where to source leather for a DIY watch band?

I'd like to take a stab at making my own watch band(s) out of leather. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the process, but I am not so sure about where to source the materials -- especially the leather itself. [more inside]
posted by cubby at 10:50 AM - 9 answers

July 18

You were once terrible at drawing & now you aren't. How did you do it?

I am terrible at drawing. I don't even doodle. I rely on words to communicate concepts and ideas. For various personal and professional reasons, I would like to learn to draw. But where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 9:42 AM - 29 answers

Sewing Machine Pick

We are thinking of this model of sewing machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist 600-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover. We are open to being dissuaded or persuaded. Use case inside. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 7:23 AM - 9 answers

July 17

Poke-stop!!!!

My friend just learned that there is a pokestop (for Pokeman Go) right outside her house...is there something fun we could do with this? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 1:55 PM - 12 answers

July 16

Where can I watch baseball and football in Boston in August?

I am a European going to Boston and Philadelphia in August, and would like to watch a baseball and American football game. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed at 8:10 AM - 14 answers

July 15

Help me spend even more time on the computer!

What are some good, modern-ish games (for Windows or MacOS) for which you can create your own levels / missions / campaigns? (No first-person shooters, please – they are not my jam.) [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:31 PM - 12 answers

July 14

Improv games for irreverant grown-ups on wilderness camping trip?

I'd about to head out on wilderness backpacking trip with some good friends over the weekend. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 8:49 AM - 8 answers

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