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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

August 12

Olympic Replays - where are they?

I keep missing the Olympics - women's gymnastics, Simone Manuel, etc. The NBC Olympic site has very few replays and I guess YouTube is on Olympic lockdown. Is there anywhere online to watch replays?
posted by shoesietart at 4:20 PM - 5 answers

August 11

Perseids in the Seattle area for the non-hiker, non-camper

I'm doing an impromptu night trip from Seattle to see the Perseids. The internet advice for meteor watchers is aimed at campers and hikers. What can a non-outdoorsperson like myself do for best meteror viewing? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough at 8:18 AM - 8 answers

August 9

Agencies for Everest Base Camp Trek

I am considering doing the Everest Base Camp trek this November. I have some experience hiking and backpacking (did the Q-circuit in Torres Del Paine with friends this February), but I will be likely be alone this time and therefore would like to join a guided group for this. I did a search on past questions on this and it seems rather scant. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon at 4:16 PM - 7 answers

August 6

should my image be stabilized?

I am looking at buying a Fuji x100t. It has a lot of things I am looking for in this type of camera (basically an upmarket fixed lens). It has good reviews. But I noticed it does not have image stabilization. Every camera I have owned has had this feature in some way. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 11:38 AM - 19 answers

August 3

Should I go to the Spa?

Is it worthwhile for me--a lifelong, but casual racing fan--to make the trip to Saratoga? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 10:47 AM - 8 answers

August 2

Do you know of a good (book) club scheduling app?

I'm looking for an online app that will help me coordinate and schedule my book club meetings. Preferably free (or less than $10/month). My book club started on, which made sense when we were still new and growing. We have a good solid membership now so I was thinking of taking us off Meetup (which charges $10/month). I'd like to still have some type of online meeting management, however. Have you used a book club (or group meeting) app that you liked? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 8:27 PM - 9 answers

August 1

I want to learn how to fix stuff in Seattle

I've decided I want to make better, more purposeful use of my downtime to get myself out of a rut. I'd like to take some ongoing (not one-off) classes in something that is engaging and practically useful. I'm feeling drawn to mechanical-type things, like learning how to do basic electrician stuff or auto repair. Any ideas? North Seattle would be ideal but I can travel.
posted by deus ex machina at 9:23 PM - 5 answers

Wishing God Hates Us All was a real book

Re-watching Californication I find myself wishing that the fictional God Hates Us All (S1) or even Fucking and Punching (S1 through S3) was a real book. Which book would come close to the mix of love, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll that is the first few seasons of Californication?
posted by wolfr at 1:12 PM - 7 answers

July 31

A camera as good as the one on the Galaxy S6?

Is there a compact camera that is as good as the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 but is considerably cheaper than the S6 itself? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 4:37 PM - 1 answers

July 30

What to buy for a sweet PS4/general entertainment setup?

I'm gonna be coming up on some money soon. Hooray! In order to save money I plan on buying a PS4, but I'm starting from nothing. What sorts of things do I need to have a really fun experience? [more inside]
posted by gucci mane at 2:41 PM - 14 answers

fun plane surprises for my nephew!

What are some fun items I can surprise my 5.5 year old nephew with on a 6 hour plane ride? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 12:37 PM - 11 answers

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 - 12 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 - 42 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 - 7 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

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