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July 13

Suggest me some simple guitar + voice songs.
My wife is learning guitar and would like to have a repertoire of songs to practice which have simple guitar plus female voice. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:15 PM - 18 answers

July 12

Looking for Badminton Set Recommendations
I am in the market for a badminton set to play in the park on nice days. I do not have a yard, so it's important that the set is portable and the net is easy to set up and take down. None of the sporting goods stores in DC seem to carry badminton sets, so definitely looking for something that can be ordered online. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 8:18 AM - 2 answers

help me use up all my scrap yarn!!!
help me find patterns or ideas for awesome ways to use up leftover yarn! I'm particularly interested in projects that will combine different weights, fibers, and textures, without looking cheapy and amateur. caveats inside. [more inside]
posted by CookieNose at 7:22 AM - 21 answers

July 11

Photographing the Super Moon
Assume I know very very little about photography, but I have a small tripod, a Canon Rebel Xti DLSR and a 400 zoom lens. How do I photograph the Super Moon tomorrow over Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 11:59 PM - 9 answers

How much for the bass? (not a fish)
Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc at 9:19 AM - 6 answers

July 10

Why Do Women Hate TV Watching Men?
Husbands and boyfriends watching too much tv is a common complaint from women. It's so frequently mentioned in relationships of all types that I don't understand it. If not tv, then video games. I'd like to understand why this particular issue is so frequent among couples, and maybe both why men do it, and why women despise it? Is there any studies or other sources that explain behavior, or attempted to explore it, especially in a relationship or gender differentiated dynamic? [more inside]
posted by LANA! at 10:34 PM - 31 answers

EVO 2014 in Kansai
Short notice question! Anyone know of anywhere in Kyoto or Osaka that's doing a watch-EVO-2014-live-with-a-group sort of deal on Saturday? I'm particularly looking for somewhere that's focusing on USF4, and because that's during the day here in Japan (until "4:00," though it's just not EVO if it isn't running wildly behind schedule), the usual suspects (bars, mainly) aren't really good spots, it seems. [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:14 PM - 0 answers

Raleigh, NC: Who hosted this vintage video game meetup around 1999?
Sometime around 1999, my dad took me to a vintage video game meetup in Raleigh. I was 12. There were a lot of Atari and MAME systems, maybe others. What was this event and who made it happen? [more inside]
posted by scose at 8:13 AM - 5 answers

Help me find a calander of all major sporting events around the world?
I only enjoy watching the "big game", the super bowl, march madness, world cup soccer, Ironman triathlon championship in Hawaii, the six marathon majors, "the worlds" in track and field", Olympic trials for most sports, NBA finals, MLS championship etc. etc. Is there a way I can find a concise calendar with all these dates highlighted so I can enjoy watching them live? Thanks
posted by crawltopslow at 8:04 AM - 5 answers

July 9

Settling into the Renaissance City
We just moved to Providence. Help us get involved in it! [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 8:38 PM - 8 answers

How to diasble a strung recurve bow?
My wife is attending a Con in August and we need to make a recurve bow safe for use, but still look like a recurve bow. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 11:08 AM - 18 answers

Media-based volunteering in the New York metro area?
Hey Internet. I'm a recent grad, and I loved the media-based extracurriculars I had in college (radio, newspaper, etc.). Do you know of any small media outfits (zines, indie newspapers, indie radio stations, off-beat special interest websites, etc.) that typically need volunteers in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia? I already know about WFMU. Thanks!
posted by topoisomerase at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

July 8

How long will my boyfriend be playing XCOM, Enemy Unknown?
A week ago, my boyfriend has started playing Xcom Enemy Unknown. He has not stopped. He is, in a word, obsessed. He is often engaged in "missions." It's kind of cute. I am a video game virgin and am amused/bewildered by his devotion to this game. My question is: how, um, long does one play this? How long does it take to "complete" these "missions." And can you help me understand the psychology of XCOM ENEMY UNKNOWN?
posted by airguitar2 at 5:26 PM - 18 answers

What should I get someone who likes chess?
I'd like to get a thank-you gift for someone who likes chess (probably a book but I'd be open to other suggestions). I don't know anything about chess; what should I get him? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:44 AM - 13 answers

July 4

Help me find a handheld GPS that feels like it's from this century.
I want a GPS for geocaching and hiking in areas with no cell phone coverage. The ones I've seen so far look about as up-to-date as my Handspring Visor. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:15 PM - 18 answers

Where to watch World Cup near Truro MA July 8 and 9?
We'll be on the Cape near Truro in a house with no internet connection next week. What public places nearby could 3 or 4 of us go to see World Cup games on Tues and Wed, July 7 and 8? Both games are at 4:00 pm. Bars, restaurants, stores, the beach, kind strangers with a big screen TV...?
posted by sevenstars at 6:39 AM - 3 answers

July 3

What can someone who is alone this July 4th weekend do?
Usually I get together with someone and we go to the nyc piers to watch the fireworks, but since this year the 4th lands on a Friday we can't do that as my friend celebrates the sabbath. I figured I could just go the Meetup.com route, but looking at the site today there doesn't seem to be much going on that isn't already full. (I guess I shouldn't have left it to the last minute) If anyone happens to have any suggestions as to what I could do tomorrow I'm all ears.
posted by rancher at 3:44 PM - 11 answers

July 2

Running a drop-in tabletop RPG with a plot-- your tips and tricks?
I'm running my first campaign, and because I have a large stable of potential players all with limited availability, the first decision I made was that it would work as a drop-in game. I want to be able to run it with as few as two players at a time. I'm trying to adjust the game's structure accordingly, with a caveat. [more inside]
posted by dee lee at 8:02 PM - 8 answers

Help me find youtube clips of moments in sports with intelligent plays
I'd like to see youtube clips of sports moments that are of the variety "OMG, did he do that on PURPOSE?" for example nutmeg goal in soccer, something that requires great anticipation/awareness, on the intelligent side of sport. Moments where a player did something before the play had even developed to a point where one could realize what was going to happen
posted by lijiaxiaoniu at 7:31 PM - 15 answers

Preparing for a lumpy hundred
I have a place in a huge century cycle ride (100 fairly hilly miles) in just over 5 weeks time. It's my first time doing something like this and I want to enjoy the day. Help me to train smartly over the next few weeks and to prepare for what to expect on the day. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 3:59 AM - 7 answers

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