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making crochet, tying knots in the clothesline

Can you help me put together a list of crochet blogs and instructional videos that explain in painstaking detail -- like, looped super-close-up slow-motion detail -- how to a) stitch something other than Ch, Sc, and Dc and b) make some simple crocheted gifts? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me learn to cook/Cookbook recommendations

I’m spending a fortune on NYC takeout and want to start cooking. I know NOTHING. Like can't even cook an egg. So I’m wondering if you kind folks might suggest a) some basic resources on cooking fundamentals and b) some really easy vegetarian cookbooks. Thanks so much.
posted by captainscared on Jul 26, 2015 - 28 answers

Book resources for someone learning to play the piano again.

Haven't played piano in over 20 years, although I was good at it at the time. Looking for recommendations of books to help me learn again. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Advice for a novice tap student

I am learning to tap dance as an adult. I am in the Boston area. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Apr 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Playlists of Basic Beats for a Beginning Drummer

I bought a set of Roland V-drums recently and I'd like to put together some playlists that focus on basic beats I should be learning as a beginner. The idea is to have each playlist focus on a specific type of beat, starting easier and building in complexity/tempo. I'm mostly into rock music, and my goal right now is to be able to keep a solid groove - nothing fancy.
posted by InfidelZombie on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I learn to surf on a shorter board?

I took a few surfing lessons, using a 9 ft foamboard. I'd now like to buy a secondhand board to practise with. My instructor said to get a foamboard, nothing shorter than 8 ft 6. But all I can find on ebay secondhand is shorter boards, around 6 ft in length. (Some are sold as "funboards" or "fish" style, which I believe some people manage to learn on). Would I find one of those too frustrating? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Reading poetry for beginners

I like reading poems when I come across them, but I never really seek them out - sometimes I Google a famous line to see where it's come from and end up reading the whole thing, but that's about it. I've also got no experience of the process of reading poems, what to get, how and when to read them etc, so I'd like to know about that too. The question in a nutshell is what should I, a complete newcomer do to start reading poetry. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Jan 30, 2015 - 17 answers

Maker noob - where on the web should a maker wannabe start?

I'm looking to dip my toe into fiddling with electronics, robotics and similar stuff and wanted to know if there's a place that is better for beginners than others. It's hard to tell without spending many days lurking on the many sites that turn up from a quick google search and I'd prefer to just seek your wisdom first before I go down that route. Thanks!
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Dec 3, 2014 - 15 answers

People who liked Rstudio also liked [this Python IDE]

ISO Python IDE. Edit code on one side of the screen. Run code on other. That's it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 31, 2014 - 14 answers

How can a small-time employee get a promising start in the stock market?

For a small-time, late twenties employee working two jobs trying to make ends meet (and who knows next to nothing about the world of stocks and investing), how can he get involved in it without getting hurt? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Oct 26, 2014 - 19 answers

Can a beginner dominate an experienced sub?

I recently started dating a woman who opened up about her interest/experience in D/s, and wants me to D. I'm in WAY over my head. Halp. [Some NSFW details within] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Explain computers to me like I'm five.

Say someone is completely technologically inept; I mean, they can find their way around the Internet and Microsoft Office and the most very basic HTML but otherwise they are clueless. Say this person has a lot of free *ahem*unemployed*ahem* time on their hands and would like to brush up on their knowledge, and bring themselves up-to-date on the 21st century. What resources, ideally free, are out there for this? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Help for the beginner ballerina.

How can I best prepare for (and get the most out of) ballet as an adult beginner? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Sep 13, 2014 - 10 answers

DSLR & Lens Recommendation Needed

What DSLR should I buy my wife to photograph murals? Assume we know very little about cameras. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Sep 2, 2014 - 16 answers

I know what I want, but not what I need

ElectronicsFilter: I would like to construct a box with 4 lights that work on a timer. I know lots about software, and little about hardware, please help steer me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Distance x Speed x BMI

Please settle a running-related argument (distance vs. speed) [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Can you help me deploy my Django project?

I made a project using Django! I have no idea how to put it online! Can you please walk me through it like I'm five years old? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

What to serve for dinner for ~18 people?

More people are coming than I expected. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 11, 2014 - 22 answers

Can I really learn to ski?

After a couple of bad experiences trying to pick up snow sports, I have unreasonable anxiety about learning to ski. [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Jan 19, 2014 - 23 answers

IF only I knew where to start...

Please recommend some interactive fiction with published source code (Inform 7) that is good for showing a beginner IF author best practice. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Dec 19, 2013 - 3 answers

3D CAD for complete beginner?

I had an idea for a product. I'd like to make a few prototypes using a 3d printer. I am utterly clueless on where to start. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Dec 12, 2013 - 14 answers

How do I develop an interest in football?

I'm a dork who's never been interested in any sports at all. I've never played or watched any sport. I don't see why it's so interesting. But sports, especially football, is one of the most-watched type of show on television. The Superbowl is like a national holiday. I feel like I'm missing out on something big. How do I develop an interest in football (or other sports) after a lifetime of disinterest? What makes football exciting that should be obvious?
posted by Sleeper on Nov 21, 2013 - 30 answers

Minimalist Thanksgiving

I need help finding some really easy, uncomplicated one-pot Thanksgiving recipes! I'll be hosting an orphan's potluck for 4-8 people at my place this year and I need to provide a couple dishes. Problem is, I'm a notoriously shitty cook which means I never cook which means I have a really understocked kitchen. And I'm kinda poor. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 18, 2013 - 33 answers

How to recover from a swimming position to avoid doing the somersault?

Hello, I'm an adult learning how to swim. I've been learning how to swim by myself at a YMCA pool where there's a lifeguard around. I have been able to do the streamline kick without floatie at the 3-ft end. However, I realize that when I start adding the arm movement, I lose my balance on the water and I start to panic. At certain times, I felt like I would start doing the somersault if I wasn't near the edge of the pool to grab onto it. Can you show me an effective way to recover and get my feet down to the bottom of the pool and get my head back up? When I swim toward the deeper end, there's more buoyancy and I panic when I can't get my feet down. Thanks so much for your advice!
posted by missybitsy on Sep 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Youtube workout videos for a fitness beginner/couch lover?

I'm pretty darn overweight and do not exercise...at all. Recently, I found a series of workout videos on youtube that I actually enjoy doing and I'd like some help finding some more so I can keep going and not get bored and quit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 11 answers

What do you wish you'd known before you got your first motorcycle?

Inspired by the apartment thread, i realized this would be a great place to ask. I recently decided that i was actually going to follow through with one of my longtime dreams and get a bike... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jun 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Is this game the right birthday gift?

Game: Benoît Sokal's Sinking Island. Unknowns: Mother, potentially her laptop. [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Apr 25, 2013 - 4 answers

old peugeot road bike make sense for a beginner

I am looking to get into road cycling, but I cannot afford even the basic entry level bikes (with the Trek 1.1 running at $700 - and the others going on up in price). I found several old Peugeot bikes from the 70s and 80s on Craigslist in my area that are available for under $200. My question is would one of these old high quality bikes work or would I just be riding an albatross (so to speak)? I want to be able to keep up with my buddies if we ride together - so would I be too slow and/or worn out on an older bike? If people in the 70s could bike long distance on these things, why can't we today?
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 21, 2013 - 35 answers

Explain the Diva Plavalaguna song to me, please?

Please explain, in simple terms, the Diva Plavalaguna song, from the film The Fifth Element to me. I'd like to know more about the technical aspects of the song. I'm looking for the terms I'd need to plug into Google to find more music of the same style. I'm specifically talking about the first part of the song where the singer is singing in Italian, not the electronica-y second part. Also, I'm looking for recommendations for other similar music. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Get me up to speed on baseball as quickly as possible

So I've decided, for various reasons, that I'd like to follow baseball this year. What can I read to get up to speed ASAP? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Mar 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Meat 101

All my protein cooking is either baking or slow-cooking chicken breasts, or things made with ground turkey (chili, meatloaf). Help me learn how to cook other meats! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Mar 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Mindless Knitting

Hi all, I think I want to knit something again! I am trying to watch more movies but I need something to do with my hands. What should I knit? Particular requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Feb 19, 2013 - 27 answers

What are the "beginner pianist" cliche songs and melodies?

I'm looking to compile a list of those piano songs that "everybody" learns because they are simple, memorable, or good skill builders. Any genre is acceptable. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Feb 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Where can a new skier go on a day trip near San Francisco?

I just went skiing for the first time in Colorado with some friends and loved it. Now that I'm back in the Bay Area, where can I go skiing that's beginner friendly and close enough to make it a day trip? [more inside]
posted by aloysius on the mixing boards on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Best tips and advice for a sewing beginner?

Sewing-filter: Top 5 tips for a beginner working on my first real project from a pattern? Bonus question: can I do this? Pep talks welcome. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Nov 23, 2012 - 28 answers

Lentement s'il vous plaît

I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Exercise needed: Growing old gratefully... but a little grace wouldn't hurt either

I'd like recommendations for books, sites, or online or downloadable videos for gentle yoga or similar exercises for increasing flexibility, that I can do at home, starting at rank-beginner level. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 5, 2012 - 6 answers

An old, slow cyclist is baffled by today's MTB technology

I haven't ridden offroad for more than 20 years. Please help this large, slow, stately cyclist get his mountain bike on. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Oct 21, 2012 - 11 answers

from making books to making websites

Looking for a path to front-end web development as a career [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to find a resource for an adult who wants to beef up their computer skills

Browser say what? Trying to find some learning material (online or books) for a 35 yo adult. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Give me some beginner cycling advice.

What advice would you give beginning cyclists interested in getting exercise as a couple? Bonus points for Rhode Island specific recommendations! [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Sep 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Will my feet explode if I wear my old sneakers to run?

What's the difference between minimalist running shoes and slim sneakers? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Portable beginner telescope

Recommendations for a portable beginner telescope? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Jun 25, 2012 - 12 answers

It's a kazoo with strings, right?

How competent can I become at the ukulele in two weeks? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jun 5, 2012 - 10 answers

How to teach an adult beginner how to drive?

What's the best way for me to teach a beginner how to drive? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on May 19, 2012 - 31 answers

Take me out to the ballgame, please.

I want to learn about baseball. I've been able to crack basketball and football, but not baseball. What should I read? What should I watch? Who should I pay attention to? [more inside]
posted by kortez on Apr 16, 2012 - 39 answers

The new doctype is only interesting if you know what a doctype is

I'm looking for an HTML5/CSS3 tutorial geared for complete beginners who have never built a single web page before. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 27, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I get into Twitter?

Are you into twitter? If so, how did you get into it and who did you follow? Do you use it more with friends or celebrities? I hear a lot of people say they like twitter, but I never seem to have quite gotten it. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Mar 12, 2012 - 33 answers

I need more!

Good ski resorts for intermediate/beginner near NYC? [more inside]
posted by Emms on Mar 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner ?

Strength Training/Stretch Routine for Runner? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Feb 20, 2012 - 11 answers

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