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August 26

How to select high quality fabric for sewing projects

I enjoy sewing (at a hobby level), but I don't know a lot about selecting "good" fabrics. I'd like to level up from what's available at my big box craft store. Please help. This Ask is specifically about identifying and/or sourcing durable flannel and knits - fabrics that will hold up well to repeated washings, but I welcome information about other fabrics as well. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 7:42 AM - 12 answers

August 24

Good albums to sing along with on my commute?

I want to sing in the car, both because I won't be overheard and because I'll feel happier driving (an activity that I find inherently tense and unpleasant). But, it's difficult for me to find albums whose songs mostly have a manageable vocal range and lyrics that are either familiar or somewhat accessible. What albums have you enjoyed singing along to while you drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
posted by newtonstreet at 3:03 PM - 25 answers

Making experimental films from my holiday photos

I'm really interested in making films/videos/etc from still images - think Chris Marker's La Jetée. I know a bit about photography but not very much about filmmaking. I've been fiddling around in iMovie for a small project, but I would really appreciate recommendations and advice regarding both technique and technology. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 6:36 AM - 3 answers

August 23

After the Dragon Age

I just finished Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I'm bereft. What else is there to play in this vein? [more inside]
posted by clarinet at 6:59 PM - 37 answers

Where to dance to 80s music in NYC?

I love dancing to 80s (and 90s) music, but with Culture Club now closed, I'm not sure where to go in New York City. Are there any new dance places that are devoted to 80s/90s music, or that have "80s nights"? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:47 AM - 11 answers

August 22

Why were these Olympics so good?

The Rio Olympics just concluded, and they were great. I'm an Olympics-lover, so any Olympics are fun, but these seemed better than usual, and there is some support for that. So why were these so good? [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 9:22 AM - 18 answers

August 21

"Go fish" rules.

In "Go Fish", is it legal to call for a card one doesn't have?
posted by pompomtom at 11:10 PM - 20 answers

Which athletes defended their title at Rio?

Just for curiosity's sake is there a list somewhere of the athletes who managed to defend their title at the 2016 Olympics? I haven't been able to find one! [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 9:50 PM - 9 answers

Is there an Android app for this?

I want to do something like "Airplane mode" only for biking. I want to be able to toggle a group of settings every time I go for a bike ride, without having to check each one individually. The goal would be to press one button at the start of the ride and then undo it all at the end. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 9:49 AM - 7 answers

August 20

Total Immersion for Dummies

I'm new to swimming and I really like the Total Immersion approach because it breaks down swimming into steps. I bought the Easy Freestyle Swimming DVD, and I'm finding it's a little too fast for me. There are so many TI books, YouTube videos and DVDs I'm not sure where to start. Unfortunately there are no TI coaches anywhere near me. Which TI DVD should I go with?
posted by onecircleaday at 8:04 PM - 2 answers

August 18

Spoiler free videos of the men's 200m final?

Is there anywhere I can watch a video of the men's 200m final without having the results spoiled? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 7:29 PM - 3 answers

August 17

Adding straps to make a dress from a skirt

I have a foldover skirt that has always been too long for my short stature and required multiple foldings to fit me. Well during a closet cleanout, I realized it almost makes a great dress. Almost, details inside. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 8:08 PM - 8 answers

August 16

Camping Problem: I want to eat but don't want to cook (or clean up)

Give me your recipes/recommendations for foods that I can eat over a 2-3 day car camping trip that don't require any cooking or heating as well as minimal washing of dishes or utensils. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 1:44 PM - 31 answers

I Vant to Be Alone, jaha, in San Francisco

I find myself in SF for an extended period of time, and am at a loss for places I can be alone each day for an hour or two. [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis at 9:03 AM - 14 answers

Easy hikes/nice walks between Boston and Portland, ME?

I'm hoping to identify a good place to stop and get some exercise/fresh air on our drive from Boston to Portland, Maine. [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 8:58 AM - 11 answers

August 15

Super easy casual games for elders

My dad is 70 and wants to play some super easy casual games on PC, iOS, PS4, and possibly Wii or Wii U. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 3:33 PM - 25 answers

YouTube channels that will inspire my 3-year-old daughter to make stuff

My 3-year-old daughter loves the Nerdy Nummies YouTube channel. It's a baking show with a bubbly host who makes a different pop-culture themed treat every week. I like that she is watching a show about a real person making stuff (instead of yet another cartoon), and it even inspires us to do projects in real life. I am looking for recommendations for similar shows, but for other types of projects she would like, such as papercrafts or painting. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 3:01 PM - 6 answers

August 14

Anyone able to generate Olympic medal Table (awarded not events won)

All the available Olympic medals tables are events won not medals awarded. By this I mean if a country wins a Rowing 8 that is 9 medals (8+cox) not 1 as in the available table, if you win cycle team pursuit that is 4 medals not 1 as in the available table, football? rugby 7s? hockey? I think you get my drift. I know I could do it myself with a pen and paper but maybe somebody out there has found it, done it or has a cleverer way to generate it.
posted by priorpark17 at 1:54 AM - 6 answers

August 13

How do you juggle multiple hobbies/activities while working full-time?

I’m a 30 year old guy who recently broke up with my ex this past April. Since the break-up, I’ve subjugated myself to the gym and playing basketball again after a 2 year hiatus. Exercise has done wonders for me physically and mentally. However, there are also other items that I want to learn: learning how to play the saxophone, how to cook, how to maintain my new car, and etc. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 at 10:30 PM - 21 answers

What does one wear while crawling through a ball pit?

In a couple weeks, my friends and I are participating in the R.O.C. race, and we need some kind of group costume! Something easy to put together, that we can still run around and get wet and muddy in. Any ideas? We'll be 7 or 8 people, in our 30s if it matters. Running in NYC in September, so it will still probably be a million degrees outside. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 7:01 PM - 10 answers

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