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February 19

Which library will give me access to the best ebook collection?

Specifically I am looking for libraries that will give me a library card as a non-resident, without having to show up to that library in person. I find that my local libraries don't always have the books that I'm interested in, so I figured if I cast a wider net I'd get a better selection of ebooks. [more inside]
posted by that girl at 8:02 AM - 13 answers

February 17

how to learn to find the beat in a waltz

I just started learning to waltz (yay!) and my biggest problem is finding the beat. So far, I can only stay on beat for songs like this Shostakovich waltz no. 2 where there is a dedicated instrument playing all three beats. Give me something like the first minute of this Waltz of the Flowers and I'm totally lost. How does one learn to stay on beat when waltzing?
posted by d. z. wang at 6:44 PM - 14 answers

Safe(r), effective, non eardrum destroying headphones for bikes?

Has bicycling earphone technology advanced since these old threads? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:55 PM - 10 answers

February 16

Help me find a national park geographically between my friend and me

I want to go camping in a national park (or a really great state park) between my friend in Indiana, and myself in Austin, TX. I was initially thinking about Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but it looks like a huge percentage of it is closed during our proposed dates, around March 20th. And the reason for that is weather - as a texan it had not occurred to me, but the highs even in the warmer parts of the park are in the 60s with lows in the low 40s/high 30s. That's probably not really very suitable for us (there will be several small children) Is there anything between us (say, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas) that might be suitable around March 20th? Lows in the upper 40s/low 50s would probably be about as low as we're really willing to go. That might be a really limiting factor at that time of year?
posted by RustyBrooks at 5:11 PM - 12 answers

February 15

Can I learn to surf on a shorter board?

I took a few surfing lessons, using a 9 ft foamboard. I'd now like to buy a secondhand board to practise with. My instructor said to get a foamboard, nothing shorter than 8 ft 6. But all I can find on ebay secondhand is shorter boards, around 6 ft in length. (Some are sold as "funboards" or "fish" style, which I believe some people manage to learn on). Would I find one of those too frustrating? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 9:26 PM - 7 answers

February 14

How can I find out what professional soccer goalkeepers wear, and why?

I am interested in finding out the specific details about common trends (and not so common trends) among top professional soccer goalies in their choice of soccer uniform, underwear, tape, padding, etc. The more detailed, and more reasoning behind the choice, the better. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 6:31 PM - 4 answers

February 13

Boxing in Baltimore

Where can I go to see boxing in Baltimore? Pro, amateur, anything. Caveat: I do not have a car.
posted by josher71 at 10:12 PM - 1 answers

Used Couch-Co-op PS3 FPS game for Drunk Middle-aged Techno-noob

My friend wants to play a FPS once a week at my house, usually while intoxicated. Must Have: Couch co-op, Killing things/people, Shallow learning curve, Interesting story/missions, Halfway decent graphics. [more inside]
posted by Seamus at 12:10 PM - 12 answers

More surrealist/absurdist sports commentary?

Does anyone know of places on the internet that publish more surrealist/absurdist sports commentary like that found in Reggie Watts and Peter Serafinowicz's coverage of the most recent world cup? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel at 10:35 AM - 7 answers

February 12

Cribbage rules -- scoring during play

In pegging, we had a run of 2, 3, 4, 4, 3 and totaled it to 16 points, counting as if it were in a hand. I have checked several sources and none deal with this exact situation. So specifically my question is: would the person who played the second four score 8 points (6 for the runs and 2 for the pair) and would the person who played the second three score 16 (12 for the runs and 4 for the two pair)?
posted by jackmcc at 9:04 PM - 8 answers

February 10

figure skate suggestions for novice

Anyone have recommendations for what kind of skates a beginning adult figure skater might purchase?
posted by city_park at 2:20 PM - 3 answers

February 9

What games would you recommend to stock at a mountain lodge rental?

If you were responsible for stocking the entertainment at a large (sleeps 18) mountain ski lodge with no internet, what would you provide? We're not talking about movies since we got that covered, just traditional and electronic games. [more inside]
posted by daHIFI at 10:51 AM - 39 answers

February 8

What are some fun things to do in the Boston area?

I just moved to Medford, MA for a job. What are some (preferably free or inexpensive) things I can do on evenings and weekends? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase at 9:11 AM - 12 answers

February 6

What should I do with free time, not bound to 9-5 hours

Ok, I just got laid off with three months salary in lieu of notice. I'm NOT looking for advice on job hunting. What I am looking for is how to spend this awesome free time wisely! I'm planning to increase my gym classes to 5 times a week, planning lunches with friends, going to sample sales and writing the book I always wanted to write. What other cool activities can I do that I can't normally do with a 9-5 job, or would be too expensive or inconvenient? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 9:27 AM - 15 answers

February 5

Rock Paper Scissors Tournet

I want to organize a Rock Paper Scissors tournament at a party. There will be about 32 players. The whole thing should take about 10 minutes and end with one winner. There will only be one referee, so arbitration has to be very easy (ie, people shouldn't have to privately track their own "wins" or record them on paper or anything like that). It should be fun to play and to watch. What's the best way to run the tournament? I have one possible tourney structure inside, open to others! [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 3:32 PM - 21 answers

Help us plan a fun bachelor/bachelorette party!

So the day before the wedding, we want to invite our friends to hang out Somewhere Fun in the Bay Area. We're based in San Jose, so the closer the better, I say, but I'm aware that a lot of the fun things might be in San Francisco or elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 1:07 PM - 6 answers

Experienced runners: To the sports doc for a numb foot?

I’e been having numbness, arch pain and ankle pain in my left foot. Not all at the same time. It moves around. I’m a fairly avid runner, about 40 miles per week in the summer. I haven’t been running much lately though, because of these issues. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 12:37 PM - 8 answers

February 4

Best online/offline games for young piano students!

What are the best online or offline games for pre-teenaged kids taking piano lessons? Looking for those that are engaging, fun and teaches theory, keyboard skills or musical skills that can be applied to piano.
posted by storybored at 7:54 PM - 2 answers

February 3

help me become Left Shark for Halloween

you probably now know left shark from the superbowl halftime show. I need to be that shark. help me be that shark. [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad at 7:31 AM - 12 answers

February 2

How do I get to look this good?

I really like the beautiful photographs used throughout this tailoring company's website. How can I get my images to look like their's? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum at 7:09 AM - 11 answers

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