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March 16

Are you able to help me with my March Madness?

You are not in my pool (YANIMP). Please help me with my bracket. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 10:00 AM - 6 answers

March 15

Running problems: My dogs are killing me, yo!

I do a fair amount of running, I started about a year ago. I was having little pain and I felt like I was running pretty light... but all of a sudden it's like the shocks in my legs are gone - all of the impact seems to be going to my ankles and feet, and they're killing me after a run. I don't feel like I'm working out any other muscles in my legs. What could have gone wrong all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 at 5:28 AM - 9 answers

March 12

Looking for a recommendation for beginner’s pianos.

I am a woman in my late 30s and am planning to learn playing the piano. I have no prior knowledge of any other musical instrument, but have decided that life is too short to keep wishing that one day..! So….I am looking for suggestions on: 1) A good beginner’s piano. The music academy that I plan to enroll in, has suggested Kawai KPD90. The reviews suggest that it is a good piano. However, it seems a bit of an investment at 1150 USD,( and in my country, it is even more expensive)- given that I have no idea whether I will take to the piano like a duck to water or whether it will be sheer anathema to me! I was hoping for some advice from the hive mind, if this is an appropriate piano, for an absolute novice or whether I could go in for something cheaper? At this point in my life, it is not unaffordable…I just want to make the right choice for myself. 2) Resources, books etc- especially online- that teach the piano to beginners. Thanks everyone for your help!
posted by synapse2512 at 3:18 AM - 18 answers

March 11

Where are all the NFL rulebooks?

It seems like current, official NFL rulebooks just aren't out there!? Could that possibly be correct? The most recent version on the NFL website is 2013. There must have been rule changes last year, right? I'm happy to pay for it if such a thing exists. Does anyone know where I can find one? Or why I can't find one? I don't want to do anything crazy with it, just dork out in the most up-to-date fashion possible. Thanks!
posted by zibra at 4:39 PM - 2 answers

Can a non-musical adult learn to play the piano?

I'm 43 years old and have no music training. Is it realistic for someone with my age and musical inexperience to enjoy learning to play piano or is it just an exercise in frustration trying to force a non-plastic brain to do something entirely new? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 10:24 AM - 28 answers

What are fun new activities my husband and I can try together?

Mr. Pterodactyl and I have realized we enjoy trying and learning new things together. We especially like it if we can take a short lesson or a few short lessons first. What are some (not outrageously expensive) things we could try? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:15 AM - 47 answers

March 10

March Madness bracket conundrum

I want to make a bracket for a March Madness-style competition in one of my classes, but most of the brackets I can figure out will end up giving a significant portion of my class byes in the first round. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 3:59 PM - 9 answers

March 8

Strength Training for the Bendy

Are you aware of any strength-training resources geared towards people with hypermobility syndromes? If you are yourself a hypermobile person who lifts weights or does any other type of strength training, do you have insights to share? I have joint hypermobility issues throughout my body which make me very prone to tendinitis, sprains, tenosynovitis and other injuries. In the past, when I have undertaken fairly conservative strength training programs under the supervision of experienced, qualified personal trainers, I have always injured myself. [more inside]
posted by sleepy psychonaut at 12:47 PM - 5 answers

March 7

hose/thing for shop vac that will take wood dust right out window?

Don't mean to start another long thread on wood dust collection... but I don't know if my Ridgid 4 Gal vac is quite what I need. My question is, is there anything in the amateur (i.e. non-business) shop vacuum category that is built to run its hose right out of a window? I guess it would include a plate that would look like a short air cond. unit, but would just be for getting the finer dust out of the room... [more inside]
posted by disnchntd at 6:38 PM - 8 answers

(A) number of (things like) the Beast

I finally got around to watching The Good Wife, and really liked the soundtrack. In particular, I'm sort of in love with Mr Hurricane and Satan by Beast. What other music is like this? Please keep in mind that my children have conspired to stop me listening to anything new in many years, so I might need a little handholding to understand what I'm listening to here.
posted by langtonsant at 4:33 AM - 3 answers

March 6

The Best Paper Airplane

We're having a paper airplane contest at work with prizes for distance and accuracy. I've been googling for a while, but I'm looking for designs that you've used and that work. [more inside]
posted by sleeping bear at 2:49 PM - 16 answers

Can anyone tell me what this toy/figure is from?

Asking for a co-worker. She brought in a vintage toy that is a tall, tan-colored "person" with a beak-shaped face and a bulging belly. The hands are cupped as if the character used to hold something. And the body is bobbly - think of a bobble-head doll, but instead the whole body is on springs while the legs are stationary. [more inside]
posted by tacodave at 12:11 PM - 8 answers

Beginner firearm info online?

Does anyone know of a good YouTube Channel or website that has a good, methodical introduction to firearms? I know there are lots of review blogs/channels and forums, but those tend to require a great deal of digging around. Wikipedia is of course, useful, but a closeup walkthrough and demonstration would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 9:10 AM - 4 answers

March 5

Reslip a slide

What can be used to give a metal playground slide new slipperiness? [more inside]
posted by Thing at 1:46 PM - 16 answers

March 4

Know anything about sailing? I need your gift ideas.

GiftIdeasFilter: what to get for the boat owner who has nothing? Looking for boat-related, casual gift ideas (think, non-milestone birthday). The main complication is that the boat needs so much it's hard to know where to start... [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 11:22 AM - 22 answers

Recommend me soccer goalie gloves please.

I'm an adult male, 35 years old in a few days. I play soccer in a league. I play goalie. I kill a pair of gloves about once every season and a half. Please help recommend me a new pair? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 9:35 AM - 3 answers

March 3

Scottish Football Tickets?

If all goes well, we'll be in the Glasgow area around May 16th finishing off a week long Scottish vacation. I'd like to watch a live football game and (outside of a LFC vs Palace ticket appearing via genie wish) it seems the Scottish Premiership is my best bet. However, there are complications. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:57 AM - 6 answers

Astrophotography 101

So I recently bought a T-mount (with a 2x Barlow) to attach my DSLR to my 6" Dobsonian reflector telescope. Whilst this gives me great images of the moon and I managed to capture a decent fuzzy picture of Jupiter, I know I'm going to have to upgrade my gear to start capturing deep sky objects... [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 4:31 AM - 6 answers

March 2

Where can I hug a medium-sized exotic furry creature in or around NYC?

I'm a grown-ass man who would like to spend some time with second-tier charismatic megafauna -- e.g. koalas, red pandas, capybaras. Is there anywhere in New York where I can do this? If not New York, where in the US?
posted by modernserf at 8:13 AM - 9 answers

February 28

Help Me Find Good Backpacking Backpacks

The two of us are interested in getting into backpacking, and are each looking to purchase a nice backpack. Help us find a good one! [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster at 6:15 PM - 16 answers

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