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March 13

Silicon Valley Comic Con: are VIP tickets worth it?

I'm going to the Silicon Valley Comic Con in April of this year, and considering upgrading my 3-day ticket to the $250 VIP ticket. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 11:54 PM - 0 answers

Liberal-friendly (or apolitical) NY-area gun range?

Does anyone know any apolitical/not-actively-far-right shooting ranges in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica at 2:12 PM - 12 answers

Where to backpack in Anza Borrego State Park (CA)?

Are there any areas of Anza Borrego where I might backpack this weekend, maintaining some isolation from 4WD drivers and wildflower enthusiasts? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 12:01 PM - 3 answers

March 11

GM/DMs: What mechanics should I know for specific genres?

I tend to gamemaster tabletop RPGs in generic systems. When a game session veers into a specific genre, I'd like to have a better toolbox of mechanics in order to enhance the feel of that genre. What are some genre-tailored mechanics that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 7:05 AM - 4 answers

March 10

Relocating to Oakland, difficulty: snowboarders

I have been told by my work to start seriously thinking about relocating to Oakland by the end of this year. How do you get out to the mountain resorts consistently while living in this area, and where do you go? What are our prospects of finding snow/backcountry anywhere near the city? [more inside]
posted by Snacks at 2:58 PM - 10 answers

Best resale bang for the buck in PDX

If you have sporting goods to sell in Portland where would you get the most money out of the deal? Next Adventure, Play it Again Sports, or good ol' Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 11:02 AM - 3 answers

March 7

Please Pet the Animals

What video games can I buy for PS4 that will let me hold, pet, and/or feed the random wild animals that I encounter in-game? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:00 AM - 25 answers

March 6

Orchestra Nerds Need Help with Dumb Puns

My middle school orchestra is doing t-shirts and we need help with a slogan. We have a pretty great drawing of an octopus playing string instruments on the front. On the back, we need a pithy/catchy/punny phrase that brings orchestra/music together with the octopus/the sea. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 4:25 PM - 45 answers

March 2

Help me cut down a giant piece of fabric!

Let's say I have a piece of medium-weight linen yardage, 3 yards x 57”, and I want to cut it down to 90” x 30”, without selvages. I need the size more-or-less accurate and the edges need to be straight. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by liet at 9:45 PM - 4 answers

March 1

Liu's Three Body Problem: creating character cards

For personal fun and a class I teach I am creating a Three Body game based on the information in the Three Body Problem. It's a chose your own adventure game with limited options. You can either play as Da Shi or Ye Wenjie, and the game is different depending that choice, though there are consistent points (the pyramid, the initial plain, etc.), and I suspect the details are both boring and (hopefully) unnecessary. I'm trying to come up with succinct character cards listing both characters' strengths and weaknesses. [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 7:07 PM - 2 answers

Team Building/Celebration Activity for 60 People in Brooklyn

Where in Brooklyn or nearby can we find a fun, engaging afternoon event to celebrate and bond with a team of 60? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o at 5:51 AM - 5 answers

February 28

overnight backpack trip central california

Where in central California can friends and I go for a two-day (one-night) backpacking hike this week? The two days would include driving from and back to Santa Cruz CA. We planned to go to the Ventana Wilderness but that's closed. Big Basin's Skyline-to-Sea is closed too. Ideally we'd take our dog, so prefer NOT to go to a state or national park as they're not dog-friendly.
posted by anadem at 9:11 PM - 13 answers

Is there a decent guitar amp for under $200?

I'll soon be giving someone an electric guitar as a gift. We'd like to also get them a small, inexpensive amplifier to go with it. Which one? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 9:24 AM - 24 answers

February 27

Replacement for Reddit

I enjoy lurking on various subreddits because there is often current, active, and decent discussion on things I'm interested, and they're all in one place. However, I haven't commented or contributed in years because of the general toxicity of the site. The admin's reluctance to do anything substantive to remove racism, sexism, white supremacy, alt-right BS makes me want to abandon the site all together. I don't want to support an institution that, at least by inaction, endorses these viewpoints. At the same time, I still want good content and discussions about a number of topics. Could you help me find a replacement/replacements for the content that I currently go there for? Or is there a tool for aggregating a number of forums? (Topics below the fold) [more inside]
posted by holmesian at 11:14 AM - 9 answers

February 26

What's a good craft I could spend a weekend doing?

I'm going on a crafting retreat with friends, and am looking for suggestions for what to bring along. I like the thought of learning something new before I go. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:40 PM - 30 answers

Does there exist a two way microphone for bicycles?

I am looking for a two way microphone/earpiece set for bicycle riding. Frequently when riding with a friend we can't hear each other for long distances because it isn't always possible or safe to ride side-by-side. I know motorcycle helmets can be equipped with headsets. I was wondering if something similar is possible for bikes. And if so what are some experiences, good or bad, with them.
posted by jtexman1 at 3:12 PM - 2 answers

February 25

Slots and Gambling (esp. in PA and NJ)

What's the best resource (or advice) for gambling in Atlantic City and PA? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 3:20 PM - 2 answers

What makes a good pipe?

I have a good friend who is a master wood worker and made me a pipe as a gift. It sucks, and he admits it. Beautifully crafted, just doesn't work as a pipe. Very harsh. There must be some sort of science to this, but I'm at a loss. This has to be a solved problem, what do I google for this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:59 AM - 12 answers

February 24

Like a DS, but Bigger

I'm looking for suggestions for (good) games for the Wii U that can be played 100% on the gamepad, without turning on the TV. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 11:21 AM - 6 answers

Does self-striping yarn follow rules?

Is there a general rule about variegated and/or self-striping yarns I can follow (or not) to stripe the colors evenly? (I'm guessing it's something with the working gauge?) Or is the color variegation mainly designed by manufacturers and not standardized with any particular method? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 9:25 AM - 10 answers

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