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Learning to throw pots in the digital age

I lucked into a professional level potter's wheel for a great price this past weekend. While pottery is something I've been interested doing in my whole life, I've never actually used a wheel before. There are plenty of beginner classes and workshops around... but there are also a lot of videos on YouTube. Any reason I shouldn't have a go at it myself and put money towards tools/supplies/a kiln instead of spending it on a class? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Automatic Flickr Photo Books

Is there any service/script/app that will automagically take the photos from a date range in my Flickr photo stream and set them up to be a printed and bound book? The model for most tools is upload, review, print. I would like it to be capture all from Flickr, review, print. The first is an include model, the second is an exclude model. Since I take on the order of 500 pictures/year, the first model is onerous.
posted by plinth on Jun 16, 2014 - 3 answers

It's basically a haystack made of needles.

I have a ton of old, ad hoc backups from a variety of old computers going back years. I've been very good about keeping the data around and alive, safe from bitrot, but not at organizing it or keeping it useful. How do I sort through this heap of disorganized data and make it useful? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Japanese document in "Sherlock"

At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

What's this D&D box set in the film Labyrinth?

So, I might have skipped work on Monday to see Labyrinth on the big screen. I've seen it a million times, know where all the little easter eggs are...except this was the first time I noticed that Sarah has a D&D box set in her room. But which one? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Oct 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for a large insulated stainless steel travel mug

I'm trying to stay more hydrated and I often find myself out about without water. I'm looking for a LARGE (preferably > 20 ounce) insulated stainless steel travel mug with a leakproof or leak-resistant sippy top. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Oct 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Who is Mitchell Miller?

I have this book by Jack Sendak, with illustrations by Mitchell Miller. All I know or can find about Mitchell Miller is that he illustrated two books for Jack Sendak, as did Sendak's brother. Thing is, Miller's work looks awfully familiar.
posted by Toekneesan on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Alternative interface for browsing Kickstarter?

Kickstarter's arbitrary categories (staff picks, recently funded, etc) seem not to let me look at what I want to look at. I just want to be able to do what the link at the front says: 'See all 318 Games projects'. Except I just want tabletop games, and I want to be able to sort them how I want: oldest, newest, most pledges, about to end, whatever. Is there something online that does this? An app, perhaps? Or am I missing something completely about the existing interface? (To be clear, I am not looking for an alternative to Kickstarter. I just want to look at Kickstarter differently.)
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jul 28, 2013 - 3 answers

How should I measure dried epazote?

I have a bag of dried epazote for beans. Two problems. First, it's a mix of coarser, stalky material and leaf matter of varying fineness. Should I run it through a food processor to make it uniform (like, say, dried oregano) before measuring? Second, how much (processed or not) should I use to a pound of beans? I've seen everything from 1 tsp to 2 tbsp. One tsp of coarse would be nothing like 2 tbsp of fine, for example.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Pandemic: On The Brink - petri dish dimensions?

What are the dimensions of the plastic petri dishes used to store disease cubes that ship with the Pandemic expansion, On The Brink?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Apr 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Secure archive for Gmail

I'm an avid user of Gmail and other Google services, but I'm increasingly uncomfortable keeping my entire email history on someone else's servers. Can I keep a week's worth of messages on the server and encrypt everything else? What are some other Gmail privacy compromises? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Apr 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Herpes: A Grammatical Question.

When talking to a coworker I offered the phrase, "hey kid, go ask your Mom what herpes are.". My coworker responded with "herpes is.". We then started a discussion of the proper use of is/are and could not come to a conclusion. Any insight? [more inside]
posted by JakeEXTREME on Feb 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Midwest Stasis and What to Do Next

My wife, little guy and I just moved to a Midwestern city from the East Coast for my wife's job promotion and family and now she is having major second thoughts. Details of the special snowflake variety to follow. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Feb 14, 2013 - 29 answers

Kansas City Living for a Baltimore Transplant

My wife and I relocated from Baltimore to KC last month and are rather homesick. We are looking for a house with some architectural value like Prairie Village Drummonds or some of the moderns in KCK. We would do anything to avoid the soulless reaches of Leawood. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jan 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Best Pedometer App?

I'm looking for an iPhone pedometer app that will count my daily steps. I'd like it to automatically run in the background all the time, so I don't have to remember to open it each day. Any suggestions?
posted by kidsleepy on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

What's this metal-working doohickey?

I found this metal lathe attachment? in a box that came with an old Atlas metal lathe I bought. Any idea what it is or how it is used?
posted by DB Cooper on Nov 14, 2012 - 8 answers

What's his naaaaaame?!

Help me remember this notable (Chicago?) activist guy. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Remove header image on image post pages in Wordpress

Wordpress: help me get rid of the header image on image post pages. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Aug 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Just tell me what's under the box!

Question about the Mars Curiosity rover and its power source. [more inside]
posted by Osrinith on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Pronunciation of Stegastes leucostictus

Help me pronounce this scientific name: stegastes leucostictus. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Aug 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Pocket Anthropology

Is there a way to find out approximately when I left this wad of money in my (very old) jacket pocket, using statistics and date/number info from the bills? What would be the minimum number of bills needed for such a thing?
posted by nile_red on Jun 17, 2012 - 10 answers

What's this 1966 Chevy vehicle called?

What is this vehicle called? I'd like to find out more about it, but I'm not sure of the model name (if any) or even what to call the type. 1966 Chevrolet delivery-type truckish thing. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Mar 26, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this Asian food?

What is this mysterious thing I bought in an Asian grocery? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Feb 18, 2012 - 15 answers

1970s Children's BookFilter

I am trying to find a piece of my childhood for my soon-to-be-born Little One. [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jan 29, 2012 - 2 answers

"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn"

I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Making better use of Tasks in Outlook 2007 when RTM is off the table?

How to optimize the Tasks function in Outlook 2007 when RTM/gtasks are off the table? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 16, 2011 - 5 answers

What's the easiest to install slick mountain bike tire?

I'd like to put some slick (or semi-slick) tires on my mountain bike. What would be a good choice? My biggest requirement is that they'd be pretty easy to install. Second requirement would be cost. I'd rather not spend 50 bucks a wheel. [more inside]
posted by sideshow on Jul 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Aquanet ate my brain

Help me find this lost New Wave song from the 80s!! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Does this tattoo equation mean to you what I mean it to?

Math and science geeks, does this fake equation make sense? 'delta' = c ... meaning "change is constant". [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on May 15, 2011 - 33 answers

How to avoid customs fees on return of my own computer

Do I have to pay customs duties to have a computer I left behind in Ireland shipped to California? [more inside]
posted by AndNeverWell on May 6, 2011 - 5 answers

EXCEL Vs. Time Left

Excel Question! I have two dates on my spreadsheet. How can I accurately determine (retrieve) the time remaining on a warranty date. [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Mar 25, 2011 - 9 answers

how do I link to a shared playlist in itunes?

iTunes playlist publishing, ping, yikes, help, this shouldn't be so difficult right? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Feb 22, 2011 - 4 answers

A gift more my new, blind nephew?

What gift for my new, 15-year-old blind nephew? [more inside]
posted by bovious on Dec 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Can't Sing but Cast in a Musical

I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I am doing a favor reluctantly for a group of friends. I will be performing a small part in a staged musical for a local theater company. Hint: I perform in a wheelchair, have a German accent and show some leg at the end of the play. I have never sung on stage before. I am really terrified I am going to screw this up. I have held my own in rehearsal but I know I am nowhere near the level of talent of my fellow performers. The show starts Friday and runs for three weekends. Anyone out there have any vocal exercises I can use to help build my range and confidence?
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Oct 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Perl regex hell

I have been hammering Google for about three hours now trying to find the answer to what I expected to be a simple question: WTF is up with regular expression backreferences in Perl? I cannot make this (simple) find-replace work. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 17, 2010 - 14 answers

How can we get 800 litres of hot water in the UK within twelve hours?

Can you recommend a way for me to heat a large amount of water quickly at a venue that does not have a reliable boiler? I am involved in a UK event where we will have a hot tub. Unfortunately we can't get access to the venue until the morning of the event, meaning that the usual 24-48 hour period to use the tub's own heater is not an option. I have sourced a few potential solutions but am hoping the hive mind will help me narrow them down or suggest others. [more inside]
posted by skylar on Sep 6, 2010 - 33 answers

The very formidable (and presumably hungry) caterpillar

While tubing down the Green River in western NC, I came across this curious caterpillar floating in the water. This is the largest caterpillar I've ever seen, and I'm baffled by it. Mind helping to identify it?
posted by moonbird on Aug 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I move a modded xbox classic's HD to another xbox classic?

My chip modded xbox classic is dying and i think the mod chip is part of the problem. If I buy a new-to-me used xbox classic can I soft mod it and use the HD that I installed in my current dying xbox? I would really like to be able to use my existing HD since it has all my media already on it (i do have a backup but it is a pain to transfer). [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jul 22, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I sell a website idea?

I have an idea for a web-based business. How do I sell it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Do you remember "She Stole My Boot"?

Can you help me remember a site from quite some time ago that featured a story named something to the effect of "She Stole My Boot"? [more inside]
posted by cCranium on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Major problems with my Mini.

I've had a problem prone 2007 Mini Cooper S which is now in the dealer's shop after a major (potentially fatal) failure. Not being a mechanic, I'm really curious if I'm being fed a line of bulls**t. [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Apr 26, 2010 - 17 answers

What was this childhood meditation tape from the 80's?

Help ID this childhood meditation cassette tape from the mid-80's. Side A was "be a bird' and side B was "be a ball". [more inside]
posted by pants on Feb 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Honeymoon in Vegas

Vegasfilter: Help us choose a hotel for our 3-day honeymoon in Vegas. Bonus points if you can help us choose a Cirque show. [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Feb 18, 2010 - 27 answers

Buying odd dice in bulk

Where would I purchase dice in bulk? Not just six-sided dice you'd find in Risk or Monopoly, but tetraherdral (4-sided, pyramid) or dodecahedral (12-sided, cries itself to sleep)? [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Nov 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Spontaneous ravioli help

Ravioli help! I need a creative, fast, tasty sauce idea... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Oct 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Governator in Better Days

I'm looking for a B&W 70s picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tuxedo with a large buck-toothed grin and bad hair backstage after winning an award (for, I assume, Stay Hungry in 1977). [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jul 31, 2009 - 3 answers

What does Valcheck say in Polish at the end of S2 of the wire?

What does Valcheck say in Polish in episode 12 of series 2 of The Wire? (Spoilers within) [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 answers

A bicycle built for two

Can you recommend a place near Rochester, NY that would rent out a tandem bicycle? [more inside]
posted by larsks on Jul 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Espresso Con Panna will bow to my will

Help me become a kick ass Barista. [more inside]
posted by toni_jean on Apr 22, 2009 - 23 answers

If we don't name him soon, he'll be Thumbsy Meowlebottome Junior the Third.

Name my kitten! Relevant info below. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Apr 13, 2009 - 68 answers

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