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May 8

Can I learn to play the guitar?

Can I learn to play the guitar? Hope me! [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 10:10 PM - 22 answers

May 5

Presents for an engineering type?

I have a family member with Alzheimer's and I would like some help with gadget or engineery birthday presents for him. I always bought him books before as he was a reader and a novelist, but he says he can't concentrate enough to read now and I'm stuck! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 PM - 8 answers

What are some mathematical or scientific principles of poker?

I'm trying to get a list of things (equations, theories, etc) we know about poker or gambling in general in terms of scientific or mathematic principles. It can't just be game theory. it's got to be specific aspects of it. And I mean ANY aspects of it. Hot hands. Beginner's luck. Inside straights.
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:40 AM - 7 answers

May 4

Best foosball table ?

My lovely husband has a dream of owning a foosball table and covering it with stickers. He's amassed the sticker collection. Help me find the foosball table ? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 6:35 PM - 7 answers

How much does a Caribbean cruise realistically cost?

I am interested in taking a Caribbean cruise but not spending every penny that I have. As such, I am wondering how much it realistically costs to do a cruise, on a line like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, if I do it "middle of the road" in terms of extras. In other words, I would do a lot of the free stuff, but pay for some extras--occasional non-included meals, drinks, and fun. Do you have any thoughts about what it realistically would cost to do, for example a 5-day cruise? How to maximize fun on a budget? Other tips?
posted by mortaddams at 4:54 PM - 12 answers

Should I get a Solidox torch?

There's one for sale on Craigslist for $20. Anyone used one? Know where I can get the Potassium chlorate "solid oxygen" pellets? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 2:39 PM - 4 answers

You climb girl...um, I think

Are there any concerns I should have about my daughter doing a lot of rock climbing in terms of possible impacts on her physical development and growth? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 2:22 PM - 7 answers

April 29

Best radio show/podcast to hear analysis of the NFL draft?

Working from home today and would like to listen to some commentary and analysis of the first round of the NFL draft (interested in the whole draft, actually). Recommendations for the best sports radio show I can stream and maybe an upcoming sports podcast focusing on the draft greatly appreciated.
posted by mlis at 8:59 AM - 2 answers

April 28

Too much Star Wars? I find your lack of faith disturbing...

I'm visiting my sister and her family for the weekend. My (almost) seven year old nephew is obsessed with Star Wars and I have been informed that my visit will be dominated by same. I'm totally fine with this. In fact, I'd like to bring him even MORE Star Wars! [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand at 2:55 PM - 10 answers

April 27

How to watch the Mets while in Oakland

I, a New Yorker, will be spending the month of May in Oakland, CA. What are my (legal) options for watching the Mets on my computer? (The home where I'm staying has no TV.) I am a Time Warner cable customer. Also happy to hear suggestions for East Bay bars that are likely to carry Mets games, but watching at home is my top priority.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:49 AM - 8 answers

Plan a Booth for a Craft/Art Marketplace

As seen previously, I've been working on expanding my artistic endeavors to actually selling stuff. My application to a local outdoor craft/art/vintage marketplace has been accepted so I now have under a month to get a booth together. I am at a loss. Help! [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:37 AM - 8 answers

Game Show Party Ideas

I've signed up to host a grown up game show party this weekend, but life got in the way and now I'm a little under-prepared with content. I could use your ideas! [more inside]
posted by schnihtzerfoot at 9:16 AM - 4 answers

April 26

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 3:54 PM - 16 answers

Oh googley eyes, you make stuff come alive

I have purchased a package of 500 pairs of self-adhesive googley eyes in various sizes. Help me figure out what in my house to stick them on. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 3:22 PM - 85 answers

I may have bitten off more than I can chew: Gen Con Edition

In a fit of "I can do ALL THE FUN THINGS!" I signed up to run three very different types of games that I love at Gen Con this August. Problem: I have only ever played these games, never run them. Additional problem: One of these games is heavy on improv, and I'm starting to get antsy about that. Looking for seasoned advice, specific resources, and hearty encouragement. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 8:35 AM - 8 answers

What are some vintage (board)games to buy and play?

So, my boyfriend and his friends enjoy playing boardgames together, especially ones regarding strategy (Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc.).They own a lot of modern boardgames, so for a gift, I wanted to get him a few fun vintage ones that they probably won't have played before. What vintage boardgames or other games have you played that you enjoyed most, especially those that are uncommon or no longer available today (except on Ebay)? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 7:50 AM - 39 answers

April 25

Need 2nd ed D&D modules for low levels

I'm running some 2nd edition modules for a group of Dungeons and Dragons players, levels 1-4, and could use some suggestions for more! World/realm unimportant, but we aren't doing anything too non-mainstream (like spelljammer) [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 7:41 PM - 3 answers

RAM use for computer chess engine

A chess program I have allows users to build and customize their own engine, which is like the brain the computer uses when playing. Every time I open the engine to work on it, a box pops up that says "Hash Tables" on the top, then "1026 MB free memory" below it, then below that there's a box with a blank space for me to type in how many megabytes I want to use. Could someone please explain to me what "hash tables" are, and what effect(s), if any, allocating more or less free MB's to the engine will have?
posted by BadgerDoctor at 1:22 PM - 3 answers

Games about trade?

I crave to play a game with trading as the main mechanic. Maybe I'm some merchant in Venice trying to work my way up to Doge. Is there anything out there like that? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 9:00 AM - 19 answers

April 24

Book Filter

Sometime this millennium I read a book. I think it was written recently and was supposed to be the first of a series. It was about a future where people somehow could enter into parallel universes and would be filmed for exciting television shows back on real earth. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 9:06 PM - 2 answers

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