I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star
on Feb 7, 2014 -
Last Olympics there was an FPP
linking to a thorough Olympics prospectus
. Among other things, it has a condensed three-event-a-day set of viewing recommendations, a per-sport set of athletes and countries to keep an eye on, and bunches of athlete and sport context sprinkled throughout for flavor. I loved being able to tune in to a random event, pull up the prospectus, and quickly find a few sentences/a paragraph that gave me the gist of the narrative/context for that event. Is there an equivalent this year? Failing that, what are other good resources for Olympics viewers this year?
posted by jdherg
on Feb 5, 2014 -
For my pal...What is a good physics study guide for:
a) 1st semester algebra-based college physics
b) lots of solved problems
c) without calculus
I remember liking Schaum's in undergrad, but I seem to recall it being calculus based.
posted by j_curiouser
on Dec 15, 2013 -
She can read, but doesn't like to. There's been only one book that has captured her attention. Help me find more books that she will like! [more inside]
posted by switcheroo
on Nov 10, 2013 -
I am writing a guidebook for my industry and while I want to catch some of the increase in reputation that comes from going through a real publisher, I also pretty much want to give it away (electronically but also in hard copy as gifts for clients etc) to as many people as possible. Is there a way to achieve both of those goals? Published by an independent, real publisher, printed for those that want to pay, and those I am willing to pay for, and free for me to distribute as much as I want?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop
on Oct 3, 2013 -
My manager always teach a specific individual within my department.
I find this unfair and annoying at random times. Am I too sensitive/jealous about this situation? What advice do you have for me? Anyone experience the same situation? Anyone here know what my manager is planning to do? Is it time for me to look for a new job? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I'm looking for a guide to how to set up and use Nutch, Solr and Drupal. Particularly Nutch and Solr. I have never coded before. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I love when people put together "syllabi" as introductions to obscure or prolific artists or media, that specify the "proper" order a body of work should be introduced in order to get the best experience. This was inspired by this recent comment
; a similar one I remember is here
. The AV Club's Gateways to Geekery
feature is also quite good. Please provide me with more of this type of guide! [more inside]
posted by Yiggs
on Nov 4, 2012 -
Nerd alert: I'm playing a new rune priest in D&D. The class has tons of active and passive area effects to keep track of, which makes it both fun and challenging. Does anyone know of a worksheet I can use to make this easier? Something that I could glance at quickly to see what effects are active. I can certainly write one myself, but I'd like to save time if possible. Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani
on Aug 17, 2012 -
Recommend a surf instructor / school for one-time intermediate "lesson" in Santa Cruz? I've got half a day and want to get wet, and want some local knowledge to help pick the equipment & spot, plus help me improve. [more inside]
posted by ElGuapo
on Mar 20, 2012 -
Can you recommend a good book/guide to writing scientific research papers (for publication)? [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Mar 19, 2012 -
I have three folders on my Kindle.. Fiction, Non-fiction and Reference. Where do I place 'The Zombie Survival Guide'?
posted by Frasermoo
on Dec 29, 2011 -
I heard this band I really liked when I was at work around 11pm central standard time, on Jimmy Fallon, two Fridays ago. They were a mostly African American band playing rock. I had my husband check the cable guide when he got home and he says that they were a band called Lost in the Trees. I looked them up and they are a white blue grass band. My google-fu has failed me. Who was this band I liked so much?
posted by Issithe
on Sep 12, 2011 -
I am in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a few weeks visiting my girlfriend who is doing research on water and sanitation. While she is busy at work, I was hoping to do some exploration. She's asking around, but most of the people she works with are public-health professionals from out of the country, or Bangladeshis who are already too busy to deal with some non-desi like me.
Given my lack of Bangla language abilities compounded by my overwhelming whiteness (6'3", blonde hair, blue eyes) I was hoping to find a guide to show me around some of the less touristed areas.
Does the wondrous community of AskMeFi have any suggestions? Or, know any locals who might be up for the job? I don't have a ton of resources (read: $$$), but a little seems to go a long way here.
AskMeFi, Help me get my adventure on in Dhaka!
posted by ghostpony
on Aug 8, 2011 -
I'm visiting New York City for the second time. The first time I was there for a month and travelled alone and did little of the "tourist" stuff. Now I'm going with my girlfriend who hasn't seem the city yet.
I'm looking for personal experiences instead of general tourist guide style descriptions. [more inside]
posted by wolfr
on Aug 6, 2011 -
Japan-themed gift for a 12 year old boy. He's interested in anime, video games, and all things Japanese (even though he doesn't really know that much about Japan). A book with lots of photos would be great, but adult ones have too many words, and kids ones have too little real info. This book
looks perfect, but it's not releasing until this summer.
posted by Snower
on Feb 13, 2011 -
I need serious bowling resources. (online forums, buying guides, technical discussions, SCIENCE!, etc) [more inside]
posted by johnstein
on Feb 11, 2011 -
I am a new home owner after 19 years of living in dorms or apartments. I want to make sure that I keep it in the best condition possible. I am looking for suggestions of guide books and websites which others have found useful for a new homeowner. I am looking to cover basic maintenance and lawn/garden care. I have found several but have no idea which ones are actually good.
posted by slavlin
on Dec 23, 2010 -
How do I find a high-quality hunting trip operator or arranger, for California (preferably in southern California)? I was asked to arrange one for a bachelor party, but haven't the foggiest idea how to find a reputable guide or organizer. I've asked around and googled but with no success. We're looking for a hunt involving a larger animal, but could go smaller or with water fowl depending on the budget. I know there are many who find hunting objectionable (and I'm not exactly a fan, either), but this would mean a lot for the bachelor, and I'd love to make this happen for him. Thanks!
posted by ccl6yl
on Dec 16, 2010 -
Please recommend a guidebook for a Swiss person moving to the United States. [more inside]
posted by Xalf
on Dec 6, 2010 -
iPad as Hitchiker's Guide: I've got a couple weeks of travel coming up and I want to carry as little as possible. To wit, I want to bring my iPad as my portable Internet Device and I was wondering what apps would make it the perfect travel companion. Which apps have saved your life enroute? What do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 7, 2010 -
What makes for a good city tour? If you've ever been on a walking tour of a city, what made it great? What didn't you like? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Sep 4, 2010 -
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 -
This fall, we'll be in south Wales (not New South Wales!) for a few days and would like to book a guide (or two) for a couple of day trips in different areas. [more inside]
posted by telophase
on Mar 1, 2010 -
Years ago, someone pointed me to Ishkur's guide for electronic music. Does something like that exist for jazz? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny
on Feb 16, 2010 -
I'm trying to find this passage from The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where there's this person who's so fed up with everything in the universe, that he travels the entire cosmos, telling each and every one of its inhabitants that he, or she, or it - is an idiot.
The passage describes how he met Arthur Dent.
posted by lipsum
on Jan 26, 2010 -
Looking for the perfect book to give people who adopt our foster kittens. Hoping for one which will lead to a fabulous relationship and rich life for both the people and the kittens. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Sep 4, 2009 -
What are some good travel guide websites that aren't so Western-centric and don't treat other countries like exotic sights to gawk at? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 2, 2009 -
Hi, I am currently attempting Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra
with some difficulty. What I'm really looking for is a chapter-by-chapter explanation of the book; the meanings, metaphors, and significance of the characters and events. Thanks in advance.
posted by FuckingAwesome
on Feb 23, 2009 -
Please help me use my new DSLR camera. Are there guides/tricks for specific cameras online? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Jun 14, 2008 -
Looking for resources to help me understand material from an intermediate microeconomics course. Notes, practice problems, simplified explanations, anything would help. [more inside]
posted by cgomez
on May 11, 2008 -
Downsizing -- wife left me -- and moving to Woodland Hills, California (CA). I need storage. Help? [more inside]
posted by quarantine
on May 7, 2008 -
Where on the Web can I find a specific guide to chocolates from See's Candies? [more inside]
posted by poulet
on May 5, 2008 -
I'd like to find some tutorials or general guides for editing and creating music on the computer. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi
on Apr 10, 2008 -
What is a reasonable fee for organizing and hosting an Elderhostel/ Road Scholar program? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Mar 16, 2008 -