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]
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]
I'm a writer who needs to learn how to draw illustrations for my manuals. And I need to learn fast. [more inside]
FlashFilter: I'm dumb at this whole Flash thing! How can I change something (i.e. text) across all keyframes? [more inside]
Summer isn't THAT far off . . . already trying to come up with camping/hiking spots in the Midwest for once it gets warm. Help! Looking for specific recommendations for spots in the IL/IA/WI area, plus whatever other random camping and backpacking tips you want to throw my way. Bonus points for places I can bring my dog, although I don't mind leaving her with my parents for a week either. [more inside]
Help me learn piano on a budget. I have always wanted to learn, and now I am 31 and tired of just wishing! Problem is, money is tight, so I am looking for suggestions on how to teach myself on the cheap (if that's possible). [more inside]
How can I get fit properly? [more inside]
Should I take a meditation class? [more inside]
I've just learned about geocaching and it sounds incredible. Please help me get started, especially with choosing a receiver! [more inside]
How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
My friend is looking to begin a charity benefiting children in Africa. We live in the U.S. And we have no idea what we're doing. Any tips from someone who would know how to begin? [more inside]
I would like to create a podcast that involves me playing music (mp3s) and talking about it. One minor problem: I know absolutely nothing about podcasts. [more inside]
Bitten by the olympic bug, I am interested in taking up fencing. Fencing questions inside. (Suggestions for other unique non-team sports are welcome) [more inside]
Which NON-digital, cheap SLR should I get my sister for her birthday? [more inside]
Where's a good starting place for a 22 year-old looking to get into the recording studio side of the music business? [more inside]
I want to share pictures and videos on the web with family. Is a website my best bet? Where do I start? [more inside]
I've put on 20 pounds since I started my full-time desk job a year ago, and the time has come to get myself back in to shape. Research has brought me two preferable possibilities: a few days a week, either start taking Krav Maga classes (during my lunch break), or start commuting to work by bike instead of driving (15 miles each way). I have no experience with either, live in Boston, work north of Boston. Help me pick the right path. [more inside]
Can you guys recommend a photography textbook? [more inside]
Any good Rails 2.0 books for beginners? [more inside]
I don't play music. I want too. What instrument should I learn? [more inside]
Easy way to turn my medical calculations website into an iPhone app? I tried fooling around with Xcode... [more inside]
BassGuitarFilter: Anyone used a Yamaha RBX374, Squier Standard Jazz Bass or Ibanez GSR 200? What you think of them? [more inside]
My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
How to buy a cheap (less than $100) bike in NYC to learn how to ride on? [more inside]
I'm totally inexperienced when it comes to electronics, but I want to start building things that make noise. Is this (the link goes to a page with schematics and information) a terrible first project? [more inside]
I've taken up the violin. Where can I find the coolest sheet music? [more inside]
*nixfilter: Help me get to the "root" of understanding the vastness that is a unix/linux environment. [more inside]
Dutch as a second language [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for someone beginning in yoga at home. [more inside]
I've been inspired by t-shirt surgery and am thinking of getting into sewing. However, I've never sewed something in my life. Where do I begin? [more inside]
I've started running recently although I know nothing about it...help! [more inside]
I got music in my soul. Help me learn to belt it out on the guitar! Of course, there's... [more inside]
Looking for good information (ie. a book, not a basic article) on how to start investing a little bit of money every month. [more inside]
People keep telling me that I should get into voice-over work. And not just one or two of my friends, like random people that I talk to and at least twice a week. Where do I start for something like that? [more inside]
I want to buy an electric guitar, but I have no idea what to get. How do I choose a good first guitar in the $200-$300 range? Any suggestions? Feel free to ask questions that might help with answers.
I want to start bicycle commuting to work. It's about 6 miles each way. I have no idea what kind of bike I need. I have no experience with bikes in general. I want to be comfortable and, if possible, not look like a dork. I guess I need help with the very basics of choosing and outfitting a bike. Question balloons further out of control inside. [more inside]
I have applications galore mapped out in my head, and want to hire a coder to make them. Without coding knowledge, I want to be the dream client by submitting a GUI graphic and basic directives (like "initial screen displays these 6 buttons" "option for icon/text" "keep all screens no busier than 60% whitespace" "what problem is this app designed to solve?"). Can you supply/point me to such a developer/client questionnaire and free GUI template graphic maker? Please don't suggest I learn how myself right now -- I need these apps because I'm so overwhelmed with stuff to do! Thanks in advance.
Where can I find a beginner's guide to setting up domains, webspace, email and all that, with simple, comprehensive instructions, but without chapters of "there's this thing called HTML"? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I would like to spice things up, and she wants me to get her a toy...problem is, I have no idea what to buy... [more inside]
Serverfilter: So I managed to get my hands on my father's company's old server. I know nothing about servers and related fields, but how might I get started? [more inside]
I am starting a blog. (I'm a little late to the 21st century.) What resources, blogs, and tutorials should I study up on before launching? I'm using WordPress but I'm looking less for technical info on the software and more for general tips and guidelines I can study. Personal suggestions are also welcome. Thanks.
I want to record my own music. I have no idea where to start. What would be a fairly inexpensive and good beginner's setup hardware and software-wise? [more inside]
Aside from books about teaching, what did you really need or appreciate in your first year being a (math) teacher (of high school kids)?
I know nothing about Linux but would like to try it on my spare laptop... [more inside]
Inspired by this thread on programming languages, I have a question on learning programming if you have no programming experience. (more) [more inside]
I'd like advice about how to begin learning how to play the game of go--I'm specifically thinking of recommended introductory texts for the absolute beginner, but anything else useful you have to say is welcome.
I'm looking for recommendations for a good Gamecube game for my mother - definitely a non-gamer. She's still working on using a controller, so I'm figuring something simple and fun may be best. Any thoughts?
anyone have any suggestions for books or vids/dvds on learning to surf? (more inside) [more inside]