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January 3

Treadmill and Elliptical recommendations

We are thinking of buying a treadmill and/or an Elliptical [more inside]
posted by metajim at 4:24 PM - 11 answers

How to win friends and influence Lip Sync contests

We are new to town and we have been invited to a new friends' lip sync party - yay! We want to do a good job so everyone knows what amazing friends we could be (kidding not kidding). What song should we do (one cis guy, one cis girl, um, one 20-month old toddler). Details inside! [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 2:33 PM - 12 answers

Help me choose what supercars to drive!

I'm being invited to a team-building event where we're driving supercars. Help me pick my two cars! [more inside]
posted by achrise at 1:53 PM - 15 answers

January 2

New England ski trip with, eh, snowflakes.

I'm hoping to treat myself to a couple of days skiing sometime in late Feb/early March. I'd like to ski somewhere I have not before, and larger than the Wachusett-size mountains I usually hit. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 7:06 PM - 6 answers

Finding some fun

I'm going through a patch at work that is heavy going and high stakes. I'm enjoying it, but want to make sure I stay on an even keel. So I am looking for ideas for toys, equipment or activities for frivolous fun that will serve as a good distraction. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 4:35 AM - 20 answers

Wait... They Don't Love You Like I Love You

I want to spend more time geeking out about maps, urban geography, trains, and otherwise entertaining the spatial part of my brain! What are some hobbies/games/projects/apps/etc. to try? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 12:18 AM - 18 answers

December 31, 2016

Need help finding new audio samples

I'm looking for community-created (i.e. free) samples, loop packs, etc. for modern dance music creation. The WAV-ier, less-proprietary the formats, the better. I like Monstercat-style electronica these days but my sample library is feeling pretty outdated. This is a hobby on which I can't spend much money at the moment.
posted by circular at 1:47 PM - 9 answers

Video games were better in the 80s

I have become a grumpy old person who cannot play video games. I'm looking for PS4 recommendations. I've seen other threads, but apparently I'm a special, grumpy, snowflake. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 6:05 AM - 23 answers

December 30, 2016

Cards Against Humanity, but for eight-year-olds

My 7-year-old joined in a slightly-edited but rollicking family game of Papercuts (Cards Against Humanity, but for literature) over Christmas and wants to do NOTHING ELSE. So now we are making a homemade version for our 7- and 5-year-olds. Create for me little-kid CAH answers and questions! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:40 PM - 30 answers

Should I use my expired frozen film?

I've got a stockpile of various types of black and white film (mostly Ilford and Kodak ISO 400 but a few 125 and 50) that expired in 2011 and 2012, but have been stored in the freezer in their original packaging since purchase. I want to use them for a trip I'm taking next month; how long can film be frozen with little or no degradation in quality? [more inside]
posted by plasticpalacealice at 9:19 AM - 6 answers

December 27, 2016

All I wanted was a plaintext movie listings website...

It turns out I cherished as my go-to location to look at movie times. It was up to date, had no frippery, and was fast, and now the jerkwads at Google have shut it down. What can I use instead? I want to set my location, and I want to see theaters and movies and today's times, I want it all in as plain black and white, a poster thumbnail is acceptable. I want to see all the movies playing today and nothing else, ideally on as few pages as practical. The aesthetic I seek is craigslist, but for movies. [more inside]
posted by artlung at 4:01 PM - 15 answers

December 24, 2016

Is the data for WSOP Main Event Final Table available for download.

I am looking for the full dataset on the recent World Series of Poker main event final table. Ideally this would include folded hands, stack sizes, pot sizes, bets, flops etc. Failing this I'd be happy with a comprehensive data set of any final table of a high ranking professional real world (not online) poker tournament. Holdem is a given (not interested in other poker formats thanks). Any data format is good I'd prefer not to have to scrap the data from the source. Many thanks.
posted by therubettes at 11:52 AM - 3 answers

December 21, 2016

Help me cope with mountain lion stress

I love hiking. It is great cardio and I enjoy it, unlike running which is a boring slog for me. The closest hiking area too me is wonderful, but there has been a lot mountain lion activity there in the past year it is starting to creep me out. Am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 12:25 PM - 30 answers

Rural living - what is there to do?

Finally moving back to the countryside after spending my adult life living in cities. As a kid I ran around in dirt and climbed trees but now I'm an adult, what awesome things can I fill my life with? [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent at 10:09 AM - 36 answers

December 19, 2016

Best solution for navigating at sea?

I am looking for the best way to electronically navigate at sea in a recreational ~30 ft sailboat with GPS. I've considered a few options but I have no expertise at all: 1. App for iPhone (con: too small screen, difficult to find good app) 2. USB-GPS and laptop (con: have to bring laptop on boat, battery life is short, no 3G/Wifi on boat) 3. Dedicated unit, like a Garmin eTrex (con: expensive, seems outdated) 4. iPad (con: need to get the expensive cellular model for GPS) 5. ??? Any suggestions? The best iOS app would also be appreciated! Thank you!
posted by nagoya at 11:45 AM - 8 answers

December 17, 2016

Fighting boredom & finding adventure (quarter-life crisis edition)

I shouldn’t be listless. Living in London, one of the best cities in the world. Been here eight years, in a great job that pays well, and with (a few) close friends. Things, objectively, are good. So do I feel so bored? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 AM - 9 answers

December 14, 2016

Ever use a LEGO broker?

Our son is turning 16 in a few months and he/we are interested in significantly reducing his LEGO collection. He'd like to sell what he has and put the money going towards a good road bike. I know we can sell LEGOs on ebay or CL, but we've also seen ads for a few firms that buy used LEGOs. Does anyone have any experience with these, or with selling a moderate number of LEGOs? I am curious about the market, and if going through a third-party buyer is worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 1:35 PM - 17 answers

December 13, 2016

Complex PC or iOS Games that play in 90 minute sessions

I really like games that are rich in systems (think strategy games like Civilization, or Rogue-likes), but I usually have a 60-90 minute time to play them, after which it might be several days before I get another opportunity to play. I am looking for complex, interesting games (on PC or iPad) that play out in complete and satisfyingly 90 minute sessions and are not punishingly hard to learn (I am looking at you Dwarf Fortress). My current favorite is FTL, where you win or lose in 90 minutes and where mastery over time is rewarded, but I need something new. Any ideas?
posted by blahblahblah at 1:58 PM - 21 answers

Star Wars-related things in Washington DC + Mount Vernon?

I am planning a 2-day field trip to Washington, DC for 17 fifth-graders on March 3-5, 2017. Do you know of anything Star Wars-related that would be worth a visit? Lastly, any suggestions on which tours to do at Mount Vernon? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 9:46 AM - 4 answers

I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay ...

What should I do with 20 yards of this red and black fabric? (pic inside) [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:53 AM - 32 answers

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