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September 17

Baccarat and money laundering
Why is baccarat more conducive to money laundering than other casino games? Or is it just that it was already the most popular game in places (e.g. Macau) where there's already a lot of money laundering going on?
posted by neat graffitist at 10:22 AM - 3 answers
Rock the drums
How do you practice drums? Looking for a systematic approach. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 5:26 AM - 6 answers

September 16

What midi drum kit should I buy?
I'm looking to buy an electronic drum kit to use for general practice and playing Rock Band, but I don't know where to start so I'd like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 3:30 PM - 2 answers

Disarm a bomb (red wire or blue wire?)
In the movies --- the hero's wire cutters hover between the red wire and the blue wire of the bomb. As the seconds tick away on the digital timer, and at the last moment, he/she cuts the green wire, the bomb is disarmed and everybody is saved. [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 9:31 AM - 19 answers

September 15

Soak it in
Now that there's a teeny bit of fall briskness in the air, I'm renewing my search for a gym in downtown DC with a hot tub. Google tells me this doesn't exist, but I'm hoping you all can prove Google wrong. Alternately, I'd love to find a non-skeezy other kind of place to use a hot tub now and again. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 1:55 PM - 8 answers

Help Me Replace My 1981 Trek 620 Bicycle
Please advise me on candidate bikes and/or other buying advice for replacing my Trek 620. (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by srt19170 at 12:31 PM - 16 answers

Make it, build it, mod it, fix it
I like Jimmy DiResta's videos. I like to watch people build things. DiResta's videos are nice because they are short and fast paced. Many other people on YouTube seem slow and not very polished. I don't mind didactic at all, but pacing is important to me. Do you have suggestions for other people who build or make things who I might like? Subject matter unimportant.
posted by OmieWise at 7:28 AM - 5 answers

September 13

Print GeoPDF with Specific Layers on Mac OS X
I want to print US Topo Quads for use when hiking and backpacking. I usually toggle certain map elements off—especially "Land Cover"—but a printed copy still prints the land cover (using Adobe Reader, which is the only fully compatible Mac program (PDF) I've found). So: How can I print GeoPDFs from OS X that reflect the layers I toggle off or on? [more inside]
posted by Korou at 6:36 PM - 3 answers

Help for the beginner ballerina.
How can I best prepare for (and get the most out of) ballet as an adult beginner? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 1:30 PM - 10 answers

September 12

Clever, low-stress, RSI-friendly, eyecandy puzzle-adventure type games?
Need moar gamez, plz hope! (for Mac or iPad.) I love Myst-type, atmospheric, "wander around beautifully illustrated worlds and solve puzzles" type games, especially with at least a little narrative quality, and want to avoid timed segments (do this within a timed period or fail), explicit / realistic violence (I don't really want to be killing things or wandering around bloody rooms, etc.), or games where advancement hinges on say, physically jumping from one thing to another thing in just the right way, at the right speed, etc. Specifically, I don't want to have to do much or any repetitive clicking/tapping movements, because ouch. [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:14 AM - 21 answers

September 11

Favorite tent site in TUOLUMNE MEADOWS?
I'm planning a trip to Yosemite next July (15) and have heard that we need to book the campsites about 5 months in advance. Sounds like people like Tuolumne Meadows, so I was wondering if you have been there and which tent specific campsites are the best? 5 people, a couple kids, no pets, looking for reasonable privacy, 3-4 days, drive in. Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston at 9:20 AM - 4 answers

September 10

Vintage Record Player Whisperers Wanted
I have acquired a gorgeous vintage record player, which I would like to either repair myself, or find someone to repair in the Chicago area. [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu at 9:55 AM - 8 answers

Sports like Dragon Boat for the colder months?
What sports are similar in the way they work out the human body to Dragon Boat, but can be done during the colder months/when the river is iced over? Even better would be a sport that also has the cooperative team element as Dragon Boating.
posted by GriffX at 7:30 AM - 6 answers

September 9

What video games should I play?
I really like video games in which I can collect and build things. Occasional combat is preferred, but I'd like to find games where that isn't the focus. Don't Starve was pretty much perfect. I'm pretty new to the whole genre and haven't played many games aside from RPGs before. What else might I like?
posted by a hat out of hell at 4:13 PM - 17 answers

What's a good option for a gift of cigars?
One of my dear friends is getting married and I'd love to give him a some nice cigars. I'd love some recommendations as to how best to allocate around $200 bucks on such a gift, whether a box or a few more expensive ones. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 1:52 PM - 5 answers

September 6

Inspirational Material for Picaresque Fantasy Roleplaying Game
I'm in the early planning stages of a new tabletop FRPG campaign. My current concept is a traveling gang of ne'er-do-wells in an Iron Age world of city-states. I'm imagining an episodic, problem-of-the-week style game. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw at 5:22 PM - 7 answers

Where can I watch Bears games in Cleveland?
Cleveland transplant via Chicago. Are there any evidently well-kept secrets regarding places to watch Bears games here? In Lakewood area.
posted by swoopstake at 12:53 PM - 0 answers

What are some fun, short-term purchases that don't depreciate?
I'm lucky enough to have some spare capital and some time. What are some purchases that I can buy and safely sell without too much risk? [more inside]
posted by molloy at 12:44 PM - 9 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.
The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian at 12:37 PM - 5 answers

Where can I go to get some very basic woodworking done for me?
My SO wants this rocking chair. However, making it requires drilling four holes with a drill press... which I don't own. Is there a place online I can get this done?
posted by Spurious at 10:27 AM - 11 answers

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