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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 - 23 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 - 5 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

VPN possibilities?
We've cut the cable cord, but sorely miss big sporting events. Watched world cup through round of 16 on univision, then signed up for VPN to continue watching via Would like to catch FIBA tournament, champions league, etc., but tough to track these things down. [more inside]
posted by bullatony at 7:12 AM - 1 answers

September 5

Fantasy Hockey For Dummies
After a mediocre first year*, I've signed up for my second go-around in the MeFi Fantasy Hockey League! Last year I was hindered by my near-total ignorance of hockey (It took me a looong time to grok +/-) and my total ignorance of pool mechanics in general ("So, who wins the week is the one who gets the most points in those categories, not whose players actually won the most games. Ooooh.") Please share your management tips, tricks, and strategies so we can make this the Super Absorbent Pads' winningest year! *I think we still did better than Buffalo. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:13 PM - 6 answers

Noggin knockin: Bike helmet research?
I'm interested in solid research on the safety of bicycle helmets. I'm pro, but open to research supporting the cons. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 7:09 PM - 15 answers

Making a jigsaw puzzle out of a crappy picture
So I really want to have a jigsaw puzzle made from a picture I have stored on my computer. Unfortunately my pictures are all low resolution. But how low is too low? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 5:29 PM - 5 answers

September 4

Unmarked aluminum MTB handmade by master steel framer?
I've been looking for interesting vintage-ish hardtail mountain bike frames, and found an ad on Craigslist for an aluminum MTB purportedly built by Colin Laing. Laing is known as a master steelworker who traditionally built beautifully-lugged track and road bikes in England and Arizona, so my hackles have been raised. It would certainly be a unique bike were it built by him. Would you be so well-informed as to confirm or deny the plausibility that this is a Neat Bike? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 4:57 PM - 4 answers

Can you explain the text on this sporting goods ad?
I was shopping for sporting goods online when I came across an image on a retailer's website that baffles me. In order to avoid linking to a commercial site, I've rehosted the image here. At the side of the image it says: "Sorry for using a picture of a boy. I promise we'll make up for it." Can someone explain why they're apologizing? More details within. [more inside]
posted by bluecore at 3:12 PM - 11 answers

Give me random / fun / interesting piano facts!
I'm managing a piano Twitter account. That is, I'm a piano. It would be fun to tweet piano-related facts. So the basic information should ideally fit in 140 chars (tho can be teaser + link of course). Can be useless factoids or actually interesting stuff/research/history. It's a piano at a train station so even better if it's about piano + transport/commuting (or music + trains etc). THANK YOU!
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:40 PM - 24 answers

Entertaining Grandpa
My Grandfather is almost 93 and legally blind. Help me keep him entertained! [more inside]
posted by unicornologist at 9:43 AM - 12 answers

September 3

Board Games to Promote Reading
Recently, I have been playing the board game Agricola with my daughter and I'd like to know if another game will provide some of the same things for her. [more inside]
posted by klausman at 10:10 PM - 10 answers

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