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October 24

Got a new harpoon & a clean red bandana. What next?

My nurse, while looking at images of my lungs, said I should start playing a harmonica as preventive medicine. She's a very smart lady, so I got a Hohnrr Special 20 G cheap and am almost able to play single notes moving between all 10 holes. So where to go next? I'll be playing unaccompanied to an audience of livestock and dogs for at least two hours a day and we would like to build up a large enough playlist I don't start to hate the songs I'm playing. [more inside]
posted by ridgerunner at 8:20 PM - 3 answers

Board or card game for 3 guys

It's bonding time with my father again, so what board or card game do you recommend for 3 players, all guys (if that matters). Some level of decision making, skill or thought could be nice (Settlers of Catan?) but also just something fun (poker?)
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 4:20 PM - 23 answers

Logistics for "watching" the World Series outside of Wrigley Field

Going to Chicago to be with the crowd outside of Wrigley Field during the World Series games this weekend. Three adult males and three teen boys. What do I need to know to make this as awesome an experience as possible. [more inside]
posted by tomjoadsghost at 11:14 AM - 4 answers

October 23

Online movie service for classic movies?

Is there a Netflix type of service that's geared for classic (pre-1970) movies? I'm outside of the USA, so doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by oceanmorning at 9:31 PM - 10 answers

Bitten by bedbugs at hotel

Help me deal without panicking [more inside]
posted by aperturescientist at 7:33 AM - 9 answers

October 22

Have yourself a pleasant end of year period

I'm trying to think about what to do for the Christmas-New Years-Early January Birthday period this year. Every year I get stressed out and exhausted thinking about all the planning buying all the presents, doing all the cleaning & decorating and such that I don't really get around to anything and the actual days in question are kind of let downs. Then I feel regret and wish I could get a re-do. Trying to avoid it all this year. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:42 PM - 11 answers

Warm workout clothes?

I've recently started walking the trails near my house for exercise. As it starts getting colder, I've realized I need better clothes to wear. Must be available in petite, and have pockets (either in the sweater or pants is fine, I just need to carry my keys and phone.) Ideally, I would like some kind of zip-out lining, but I don't know if that's possible. Thanks!
posted by backwards compatible at 6:21 AM - 17 answers

October 21

Math for Board Game Design?

I'm making board games as a hobby and I'd like to have a better understanding of statistics and similar math topics in order to start the design stronger outta the gate - having better balance instead of just guessing. [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 11:01 AM - 4 answers

Why don't children's tricyles have chain drives in North America?

We recently moved from the US to Europe with our 2-year-old son. We immediately set about finding him a tricycle, and very quickly noticed that a lot of the tricycles here have chain drives. Watching him speed around I've been wondering: why don't we have tricycles with chain drives in North America? [more inside]
posted by CoureurDubois at 8:50 AM - 17 answers

October 20

How much should I spend on a new child's bike (24" wheels)?

I'm planning to purchase a new bike for my 9-year old for Christmas this year. (with 24" tires). I've done some research, and it seems like there's a bunch of bikes in the $300-$400 range at any of our local bike shops. There's also a bunch of bikes in the $100-$150 range at our local big box stores (Target, Walmart, Toys R Us). So, my question is, what's the difference? [more inside]
posted by stuehler at 7:40 AM - 9 answers

October 19

World Series ticketing guide?

I've not had a reason to buy tickets for such a big event before, where should I look for seats that will be reliable and not risk losing my money? Coming from out of town.
posted by wnissen at 10:43 PM - 6 answers

Which NYC ice rink for figure skating?

Which NYC (Manhattan) ice rink, accessible from Chelsea Market, is best for figure skating practice? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 3:39 PM - 5 answers

Durable, reliable 2-3 burner camp stove?

I am in the market for a 2-3 burner camp stove - do you have one you've used regularly for at least a few years? Looking for recommendations for one that's reliable and well-made.
posted by ryanshepard at 8:57 AM - 14 answers

October 18

I need some light sci-fi/fantasy to read, completed series only!

I keep reading books and then finding out that they're just the first in a series that's not yet finished. I don't want to have to wait! Therefore I am asking you all to tell me about the best light sci-fi and fantasy books or series that you know of, that are entirely complete. A single standalone book or a completed series is fine. [more inside]
posted by that girl at 1:28 PM - 34 answers

October 16

Antarctic Fiction

I know there are one or two posts on AskMe on this, but the last one was posted 2012 so I figure an update is due. [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 6:06 PM - 23 answers

October 15

Niche Tournaments

What niche tournaments do you know about? I recently learned about sudoku tournaments. What other tournaments exist for adults that are in the academic decathlon vein? I am particularly interested in ones with cash prizes.
posted by stoneweaver at 4:54 PM - 13 answers

October 14

Get my feets moving!

I want to learn the style of dance in this video. What is it called, and where in the Boston area can I go to learn it?
posted by spindrifter at 9:57 AM - 9 answers

October 12

Bought pre-built Lego at tag sale. How best to take it apart?

I bought a large pre-built Lego toy at a tag sale. It came with three instruction booklets. What do you recommend is the best approach to taking it apart and organizing the 700 pieces so my kid can rebuild it?
posted by Dragonness at 10:25 PM - 17 answers

Making cardboard look like enameled metal?

I want to make high-density cardboard look like enamel-coated metal, even when inspected at close range, but there's no need to actually fool anyone (willing suspension of disbelief). What products/methods should I use? I have limited time to make this work, or I'd set up a series of experiments, so I'm hoping someone else has tried something similar.... [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 2:38 PM - 8 answers

Guitar amp recommendations

Looking for a guitar amp, $200-range, just for messing around. The Blackstar ID15 looks pretty versatile. Good reviews on the Roland Cube 20GX as well. Anything else I should be looking at? Looking for some built-in effects with a good user interface, easy to program. (Good/bad experiences programming with an iOS app welcome!)
posted by starman at 1:05 PM - 9 answers

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