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The Power of Excel Compels You!

Help me pass a test using Excel (special snowflake banking industry questions inside). [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Mar 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Let's make it a great private ski lesson!

Ski lessons! Help him take full advantage of a one-hour private lesson with a pro. His previous attempt at skiing went badly... Read on. [more inside]
posted by Opal on Mar 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me to get into a sport - any sport! - as a completely un-sporty adult male.

As a 38 year old guy with no significant experience AT ALL of playing sports, it is very hard to see how I might start to get into them. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots on Mar 20, 2011 - 28 answers

closed my eyes and put my finger on the map

just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Mar 3, 2011 - 15 answers

I have (camera) baggage

Please help me find the perfect camera bag for my Nikon D40. The ideal solution would be something with enough room for both photo and personal stuff, so I don't have to carry my purse. Or, are "camera bags" a dumb idea if I already have a somewhat-padded messenger bag? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Feb 27, 2011 - 17 answers

The Beginners Guide to Theatre Acting

Thespians of Metafilter: What should I, a humble stage acting newbie, expect when auditioning for a role with his local theatre company? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Feb 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Attention all herpetologists!

Question for snake enthusiasts! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jan 9, 2011 - 6 answers

How much can I expect to spend on 1 week of skiing in Vail, CO?

How much can I expect to spend on 1 week of skiing in Vail, CO? [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Which mountain would you recommend for a beginner?

A friend and I want to climb a mountain, ideally inside Europe. Only question, which one? Advice for beginners much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

You're 8 and want to play loud music. Your instrument (of destruction) is...

My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl on Nov 23, 2010 - 59 answers

but they haven't written a Cataloging for Dummies! I looked!

I need an introduction to practical cataloging, as opposed to the very theoretical stuff we covered in library school. I have recently started a job as a public library cataloger, I guess on the strength of my interest and local ties, as I have zero experience. So, what books/online tutorials would you recommend to a brand-new cataloger, who took her last cataloging class in 2003? [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is fingertip numbness to be expected?

In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is persistent fingertip numbness to be expected? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Feeling stuck with photography

How can I enjoy photography again? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Oct 14, 2010 - 20 answers

What blogs are geared to beginning drawing/dry media artists?

What blogs are geared to beginning drawing/dry media artists? Specifically, I enjoy artists dissecting their sketches for gesture, construction, perspective, lighting, etc. There are a million boring tutorial sites, but who is giving out nuggets of drawing wisdom in a more abbreviated, blog format? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Oct 3, 2010 - 7 answers

The Happy Hooker - crochet yarn organization?

I'm taking a beginner's crochet course soon, with a view to going on to do amigurumi and maybe (much further down the line) trying a hand at knitting. What do you wish you knew when you started? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 18, 2010 - 29 answers

A path to Starcraft 2 mastery

Now that Starcraft 2 is out, how do I go from beginner to skilled amateur or semi-pro? [more inside]
posted by splice on Aug 4, 2010 - 18 answers

Beach volleyball tips for beginners

Tips for a beginner beach volleyball player? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jul 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Help us bang the drums!

Help me and my sons (10, 7) learn to play the drums. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Do baby mountains exist??

Can people recommend a baby mountain a friend and I can climb? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jul 19, 2010 - 28 answers

learn to program?

This question made me start thinking about learning computer programming. Two questions: do you think there's any value in doing so, and if so, how would I start? Details about me inside. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Music may not be in the cards right now

Is there any kind of programming that a beginner could learn well enough within a year to be employed to do it? Low pay is okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2010 - 22 answers

Christ, all I do is squats!

How do I feel less COMPLETELY UNPREPARED for yoga tomorrow?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Not so easy rider

How do i need to train? [more inside]
posted by djduckie on May 31, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me help wordpress newbies

I've set up some clients with fairly complex Wordpress sites and now I have to teach them how to use the Wordpress back-end. I'm looking for any good tutorials and print-outs that would help someone with zero wp or CMS experience to do simple things like write/edit Posts and Pages, add images or youtube videos to a Post, enter data into custom keys. Basically, equip them so they can maintain the site on a day-to-day basis. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on May 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Where can I find a good starter kit for motorcycle maintenance/repair tools?

I just purchased a Suzuki SV650 and I want to know where I can find a starter tool kit for maintaining the motorcycle. I bought a Haynes Service Manual/Handbook and want to regularly maintain the bike myself. Changing oil, check spark plugs, air filter, tire pressure, drive chain wear, etc... I would rather not buy all the tools separately one by one as that would not only be more time consuming but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Gardening in advance

What can I do now if I won't have access to a real garden until August? [more inside]
posted by kro on Apr 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Beginner buying a USED motorcycle. Help!?

Hey Mefites! This is my first post and I definitely need help. I have my motorcycle license and took the MSF course. I most certainly will buy good gear to protect myself. I consider myself a safe driver (car so far), no accidents or speeding tickets and generally drive slow. [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Mar 12, 2010 - 27 answers

giftfilter: compost guide for a noob

My Mom has a birthday coming up. She's very interested in beginning to compost at her home. Can you recommend a good book, guide, or other handy something something that would be especially handy for an older (retired) noob that I could give as a present?
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Learning roller derby?

How does one get started in roller derby (as a total beginner)? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Feb 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Help a yoga novice find the perfect yoga DVD.

What is a good beginning yoga DVD? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Feb 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Beginning programmer, needs advice.

How hard would it be for me to write a simple chat room program, that could be used at work for people in my dept to talk to each other? I realize I could probably just download something (like Google Talk, for example), but I'd like to learn to program and this seems like it would be a simple enough project to start with. [more inside]
posted by cottonswab on Feb 3, 2010 - 14 answers

A mile-long scarf?

Easy knitting or crochet project using 8 skeins of cotton 8 yarn? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 29, 2009 - 15 answers

First-time DSLR buyer looking for advice

What camera and lens combinations would you suggest for a DSLR for macro/indoor photography (without flash) for a newbie? Price range around 1200 USD. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Dec 10, 2009 - 23 answers

Help me choose a beginner DSLR?

What beginner's dslr should I buy? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Nov 25, 2009 - 42 answers

Help my teenage sister unlock the wonder of Photoshop

I'm getting a copy of Photoshop CS3 for my younger sister, who's always shown a lot of interest in graphic design. She's turning 16, what beginner's resources can I point her to? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 on Nov 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Where can I find easy to learn tin whistle music online?

Does anyone know where I can find short or easy songs for the tin whistle online? [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus on Nov 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me get bent

I've started taking yoga classes through work, and am really enjoying it. What books and resources are recommended to help me continue after the sessions end? There seems to be so many out there... [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Teach Me To Grow Things!

I want to grow some plants indoors. I don't know anything about gardening. Could any of you green thumbs out there give me a working knowledge of terminology and the basics to success? [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Oct 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Aren't we and space and ideas always changing?

So, what are the universally accepted axioms in philosophy, if any? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Sep 10, 2009 - 26 answers

Possible for a Newbie to program very basic iPhone app?

Am I crazy? How hard would it be for a non-programmer (but power-user) to create a totally basic iPhone app? [more inside]
posted by zachawry on Sep 4, 2009 - 19 answers

Learning about online shares trading very quickly

What is the fastest way to learn online shares trading very quickly? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Michael, Row The Boat Ashore...

TwangFilter: I've got about 2.5 months to pick up guitar. I'm not looking to play Stairway - I need to play chords and sing along, basically. Mostly folksy songs. What books/methods are best for learning? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jul 14, 2009 - 16 answers

Bass Amplification by Simulated Emission of Reverberation

What exactly is the difference between a guitar and bass amp? If I were to get the latter, could I plug in the former instrument and still get similar bitchin' sounds out of my rig? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Jun 29, 2009 - 15 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

Which 2d game framework should I use?

So I want to make a 2d game and I'm looking for a framework/engine to build it in... [more inside]
posted by radgardener on Jun 6, 2009 - 8 answers

What is a good continuous light kit for a beginner photographer?

What is a good continuous light kit for a beginner photographer? [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Jun 5, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommendations for a book on patchworking and quilting

I'd like to make my first patchwork quilt and am looking for a good book. It needs to be an introduction to patchworking and quilting, explaining the different techniques and the steps from cutting the fabric to binding the finished quilt, but especially the quilting. Is there a book on the subject that you can recommend for me to buy? [more inside]
posted by amf on Jun 1, 2009 - 10 answers

surfer-filter: First timer looking for noob advice and tips

surfer-filter: First timer looking for noob advice and tips. My complete surfing history: Two years ago, a friend took me surfing and on the first try I rode a wave until it ended. Then I got out of the water. [more inside]
posted by brenton on May 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Learn To Draw In Only Twenty Seconds Using The Internet

I'm a writer who needs to learn how to draw illustrations for my manuals. And I need to learn fast. [more inside]
posted by scrump on Apr 28, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I make changes across all keyframes in Flash?

FlashFilter: I'm dumb at this whole Flash thing! How can I change something (i.e. text) across all keyframes? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Mar 23, 2009 - 3 answers

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