I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
Having just earned my amateur radio license, I've purchased a handheld transceiver with decent wide-band coverage and I'm trying to figure out what I should program into it. I've added the nearest repeaters on my licensed bands, but what's worthwhile to add next? What else do people program on their mobiles, HTs, and scanners? I'd like to find active and interesting channels to monitor when I'm not conversing with someone myself. [more inside]
A friend of mine was recently contacted by one of her friends, a bit of a cheapskate, to take some family photos. She is kind of upset that this is all happening without any offer of recompense. I have been encouraging her to ask for some, but she's not really sure she should ask, and she doesn't know how to ask (or what to ask--if not money, something else?). [more inside]
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.
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.
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]
Selling your amateur snaps... how did you do it? [more inside]
Is there any kind of slick map-generation tool available online (preferably for free-ish) that I can use in my presentations? [more inside]
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]
Received a old Ham Radio transceiver as a gift. Is what I'd like to do with it plausible? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
Advice/best practices for homemade sexytime photos and videos? [more inside]
I'd love your recommendation for songs my very amateur band can cover. Some criteria inside. [more inside]
How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
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]
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]
Where on the Web might I find the thoughts and/or creations of amateur album art creators?
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?
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]
Help me get my amateur rocket science on. [more inside]
Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
What are some movies, shows, sketches, etc. where amateurs put on a show? Especially comedies, but any genre will help. [more inside]
Resources for a beginning bookbinder? (In New York City) [more inside]
I want to get into filmmaking as a hobby, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
What do ham radio operators talk about on their radios? [more inside]
Resources on amateur cartography? Help me make some maps. [more inside]
What do pornographers know that we don't? Namely, how to convince people to have sex on camera for not much money? [more inside]
I am a geek, not a businessman. Help me sell my 'albums.' [more inside]
Where can I find online communities who discuss the syndicated American television program Showtime at the Apollo? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking to buy a prosumer SLR digital camera. Anyone know about any coming out shortly or price drops? - more info within - [more inside]
Please suggest a better web site/blog for displaying my photos. [more inside]
Can you suggest some Windows programming tools for a very rusty, very amateur programmer? (More within) [more inside]
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.
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?