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What's the best microscope for the least money?

Is it possible to get a decent microscope for, say, $200? If not, what's the least amount I might spend to get one? By "decent" I mean one that might be found in a college science lab, I guess.
posted by Camofrog on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for sites and organizations for amateur underwater vehicles?

Quadcopters are cool and everything, but I find exploring the ocean a way more interesting proposition. I want to start making autonomous underwater vehicles. Are there forums for people who are doing this? I've googlebinged for sites and people that are into this, but no dice. It seems like everyone involved is a closed academic research project, or a government body. Basically looking for a forum of people to discuss ideas with.
posted by hanoixan on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

What equipment can I use for a food photography setup in low light?

What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jan 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Complete_clueless_beginner_filter - Selling/marketing your photography: how? Edition...

Selling your amateur snaps... how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Need a map!

Is there any kind of slick map-generation tool available online (preferably for free-ish) that I can use in my presentations? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 19, 2012 - 6 answers

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 18, 2012 - 266 answers

NO C Q

Received a old Ham Radio transceiver as a gift. Is what I'd like to do with it plausible? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Sep 15, 2012 - 7 answers

So, like the opposite of Gordon Ramsay

Are there any videos on YouTube similar to Great Depression Cooking, in that they feature completely amateur cooking? I mean people without great knife technique or whatever, just cooking regular meals in small regular kitchens like the rest of regulars, fearlessly and worrying not so much about presentation or perfection?
posted by Busoni on Jul 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Intro to Amateur Film?

I have an idea for an amateur film project I'd like to try out, only I've never so much as held a video camera. Where should I start learning? Ready to jump in with both feet. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jun 28, 2012 - 8 answers

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist?

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Can "Where Seconds Count" a REACT/Red Cross training video be seen online or otherwise found?

Someone I know who is a volunteer would like a copy of the REACT/Red Cross produced video "Where Seconds Count". He had been told he could view it online, but repeated online searches have failed to find it, and neither the Red Cross nor individual REACT organizations seem to be selling physical copies via their websites. I've been trying to help him find it, but have had no luck. Anybody? [more inside]
posted by bunky on Mar 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them?

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them? [more inside]
posted by audio on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Anonymous and BF make a porno

Advice/best practices for homemade sexytime photos and videos? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Also accepting applications from amateur roadies.

I'd love your recommendation for songs my very amateur band can cover. Some criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 5, 2011 - 30 answers

Becoming an amateur architect?

How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 21, 2011 - 17 answers

I'm selling a photo, do I prepare the legally binding contract/quote?

I'm an amateur selling a photo to a professional publisher for a single run in a brochure. How do I prepare a quote that ensures that everything we've agreed upon is legally binding? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Feb 16, 2011 - 1 answer

what's like shorpy but more amateur, recent, & in color?

photo blog filter: I enjoy the history site shorpy quite a bit, but I also really like the member gallery (button on left side of main page; not sure why my link here isn't sticking), where contributors post family photos and other sorts of everyday images along with the date of origin and some background info, etc. What other blogs/websites do this kind of thing? Which ones do you like? (Interested in 40s-80s U.S. mostly, but some variation is fine.) [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Oct 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Where on the Web might I find the thoughts and/or creations of amateur album art creato

Where on the Web might I find the thoughts and/or creations of amateur album art creators?
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Difficulty factor: near-total ignorance of Sondheim

Help me avoid embarrassment. I have no training and couldn't tell you what my range is using, like, technical terms, but when singing I embarrass myself least with Amy Winehouse's song You Know I'm No Good. Taking that as my (only) data point, what song should I attempt at an evening of Sondheim?
posted by prefpara on Jun 16, 2010 - 10 answers

If I'm going to see farther than others, it will be because I'll be standing on the shoulders of y'all

Help me build a giant parabolic reflector planet-o-scope of SCIENCE! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jun 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Beginning amateur rocketeer seeks beginning

Help me get my amateur rocket science on. [more inside]
posted by twins named Lugubrious and Salubrious on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur?

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Let's Put on a Show!

What are some movies, shows, sketches, etc. where amateurs put on a show? Especially comedies, but any genre will help. [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Dec 1, 2009 - 29 answers

i can has bookbinding?

Resources for a beginning bookbinder? (In New York City) [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jun 20, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get into filmmaking?

I want to get into filmmaking as a hobby, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by fishtacos on Feb 5, 2009 - 10 answers

I am *not* the CB Savage!

What do ham radio operators talk about on their radios? [more inside]
posted by gjc on Jan 27, 2009 - 20 answers

Calling all mapmakers

Resources on amateur cartography? Help me make some maps. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 12, 2008 - 6 answers

How do they get them on the B*ngBus?

What do pornographers know that we don't? Namely, how to convince people to have sex on camera for not much money? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Apr 28, 2008 - 39 answers

Because I can.

I am a geek, not a businessman. Help me sell my 'albums.' [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad on Jan 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Online Fans of Showtime at the Apollo Theater?

Where can I find online communities who discuss the syndicated American television program Showtime at the Apollo? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Dec 16, 2007 - 2 answers

Help us pick 10lbs of awesome to launch to 10,000 feet

I'm on a team that participates in an amateur rocketry competition. We are building a rocket to carry a 10 lb (4.5 kg) payload to 10,000 feet (3048 m) above ground level. Help us come up with 10lbs of awesome we could put in the rocket. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 9, 2007 - 50 answers

Books for B&W Photography

Anyone know of some good print resources for black & white film photography? I've done some work and seen some books, but I wanted some advice from people who have been there before. Thanks!
posted by nosophoros on Jul 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Amateur video, ideally closed captioned.

Playing it safe in the digital age-- how can I record and store very private video of myself and him together (for us to enjoy together), but reserve the right to rescind access if the relationship ends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 45 answers

Where/when can an amateur classical pianist perform?

I'm an amateur classical pianist. I used to give solo recitals at college, and I would like to start performing again out here in the real world. But what sort of group/organisation/event do I need to get involved with to have this kind of opportunity? Could I organise a little independent recital for myself, or is that weird and too egotistical? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Dec 19, 2006 - 18 answers

I want their cash!

How do I go about getting corporate sponsors for a trek down the Murray River (Australia) in order to raise money for a charity? I'm doing it for a legitimate charity, so how do I get companies to donate? I've never done anything like this before, so all help is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jul 30, 2006 - 4 answers

What don't we know?

I would like to make a "scientific discovery", or otherwise contribute something (however useful, or not) to the body of human knowledge. What are some unanswered questions, or unexplained details of the world, or (most especially) developing fields of inquirey, that an amateur might seek to investigate with possibility of making progress into the unexplored? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 3, 2006 - 45 answers

10-4 AC/DC dB GHz WTF?

We're thinking of buying my dad a Ham Radio for Christmas. I know nothing about them and don't know where to even start. Help! [more inside]
posted by fionab on Dec 7, 2005 - 9 answers

Free political blog templates?

When, in the course of human events, an awesome individual decides to run for office, and when an amateur nerd overhears this and is tickled pink, and wishes to set up a blog for this awesome individual, where would this amateur nerd find free political candidate's blog templates? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 19, 2005 - 4 answers

Prosumer Digital SLR updates

Looking to buy a prosumer SLR digital camera. Anyone know about any coming out shortly or price drops? - more info within - [more inside]
posted by destro100 on Jul 18, 2005 - 13 answers

Best site for displaying photographs

Please suggest a better web site/blog for displaying my photos. [more inside]
posted by derekislost on Jul 8, 2005 - 9 answers

Can you suggest some Windows programming tools for a very rusty, very amateur programmer?

Can you suggest some Windows programming tools for a very rusty, very amateur programmer? (More within) [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Jul 17, 2004 - 15 answers

What awesome documentary-style photographic lenses should I get?

For an amateur photographer who is interested in documentary style photography, what are some "must have" lenses? I've got a tamron 28-105mm fixed 2.8 which rocks the masses. I'm looking to add one or two more lenses in the next year.
posted by inviolable on Mar 16, 2004 - 10 answers

Public photography laws

I see lots of photographers with candid photos of strangers from the park, on the street, etc., but I'm wary of getting sued just for taking some amateur photos. What laws, guidlines, rules of thumb, etc., should I use when taking photos of people in public?
posted by oissubke on Jan 22, 2004 - 16 answers

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