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Drawing hacks and tips for beginners?

I'm looking for simple tips and hacks that make a big difference in learning to draw - like "start your drawing at the point of focus" or "start with light colors, then add dark colors". [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 26, 2014 - 16 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the workaday life

Any tricks, hacks, tips to get yourself out of bed and to work each day? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Vegetable soup hacks?

It has literally been a couple of decades (maybe 3) since I threw a bunch of vegetables in a pot and made vegetables soup. What are your tricks and hacks for vegetable soup? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Mental hacks needed, please.

Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 28, 2013 - 76 answers

how to stop spammers from hijacking your backlinks

I was reviewing my link profile and found out that I had links from shady websites I have never requested links from. they apparently link from a page but when you click on it, you get redirected to a porn site. my question is how can they achieve that? second how do you stop it or prevent it from happening. here are some of the examples: [more inside]
posted by souleye on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Give me your child-raising hacks and habits

My baby is getting to the age where taking care of him is a bit more complicated than just making sure he's fed and slept. I'm looking for your parenting hacks and habits -- things you've learned that make raising kids (toddler age and older) just work a little better. [more inside]
posted by forza on Aug 12, 2013 - 40 answers

Healthier PBJ equivalents

Hi! What is as easy to throw together as a PBJ sandwich, but healthier? You can answer the question without reading what's below if you want! I eat most things, though functionally I am vegetarian at home. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Aug 4, 2013 - 49 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I deny an android app permissions it claims to require?

Android apps seem to grab permissions that I have no desire to give them. My understanding is that the permissions per app are all bundled together: it's all or nothing. At least officially. Is there another way? Also, is there a privacy watchdog site that will help me find apps that actually respect my privacy and support/purchase them over those that do not? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Need iOS help. Hope me!

I've used iPhones for five years or so now, but there are a few things that bug me, and I wonder if there is a trick or preference I'm missing or a third-party app I can use or what. No interest in jailbreaking or switching phones. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Russian travel prep

I'm traveling to Moscow (and likely St. Petersburg as well)! Tell me all your best resources, materials, and hacks! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Computer Writing, 1979 Style

DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Never been at sea...help.

I've never been on a cruise, but will be going on one next year...would appreciate any cruise "hacks" I should take into account as a first timer. The cruise is on the Mediterranean and will be 9 days.
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 26, 2012 - 29 answers

OSX hacks, tweaks and cleaners.

Lay on me your OS X hacks, tweaks and cleaners. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 25, 2012 - 28 answers

But what do you mean, "it's just a plate of beans"??

When overthinking is overrated: please show me your anti-beanplating hacks! [more inside]
posted by fix on Feb 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Fitbit hacks?

I got a Fitbit for Christmas! Do you have one? What should I know about it? Any tips/tricks/hacks for getting the most out of it?
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 27, 2011 - 10 answers

The art/porn divide is very relevant at work

Is there a hack to create two Tumblr dashboards from one login? [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb on Dec 16, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I trick myself into thinking I have less cash on hand?

Budget Hacks Filter: I need to pretend I have less money than I do. [more inside]
posted by newrambler on Dec 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me hack fear of failure

What are your personal hacks for getting over fear of failure? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Nov 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Hackey Sackey

When did hacking acquire the patina of illegality? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Sep 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Researchers: Share your workflow!

I'm planning a grad-student workshop on ways to manage research assets (particularly primary sources) more efficiently using digital tools. Please share your own workflow! [more inside]
posted by miriam on Aug 22, 2011 - 12 answers

River tubing hacks, please!

Please share your river tubing hacks. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Jul 19, 2011 - 22 answers

Can a 4G iPod work with a CF card instead of an HDD?

Things to do with a lobotomized iPod 4G? I pulled out the hard drive, put an a CF card, and now, no matter how often I restore it, can't get it to work as an iPod, even though my PC can read and write to the drive. Can it work with this setup? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jul 1, 2011 - 5 answers

In PHP, can you sort by a word which is not the first?

PHPfilter: in a bit over my head: is there a native function to sort an array by a word which isn't always in a fixed position, or do I need to create one? (And if I need to create one, is this the best way to do it?) [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jun 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Slippers hack

Sometimes when I get out of bed I forget to put my slippers on.. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Jun 1, 2011 - 23 answers

Making love at midnight

Please tell me your sex hacks? [more inside]
posted by lover on May 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Show stoppers around the the campfire

Give me your Audience Hacks! [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on May 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Any Android phone root mods or hacks?

LG Optimus V user here... My phone runs Android and I've rooted it and have gotten rid of some of the bloatware that was on it. Do any of you know any really good root hacks, mods, or other cool things you can do with a rooted Android phone?
posted by antgly on Mar 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Tiny luxuries

What are some cheap (less than $10) but satisfying luxuries? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Mar 21, 2011 - 109 answers

Communication Hacks: I know I need to communicate more. It's the remembering to do so that I have a problem with.

I persistently forget to keep my colleagues informed on my work progress. Please help me with your actionable, communication hacks! [more inside]
posted by Tall Telephone Pea on Feb 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Childproofing hacks for traveling?

Childproofing hacks for traveling? I'll be traveling in Mexico with my 2yo and 5.5yo, staying in a variety of places (rental houses, condos, B&Bs, and hotels). Given my experience with hotels in general, I think I'll need to childproof on the spot without knowing in advance what the trouble spots are and without having access to lots of supplies. Will the traveling parents of MeFi lend me their hacks? [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Feb 17, 2011 - 6 answers

I don't want to rack up another cars worth of debt for grad school!

[Grad-school filter] - I am starting a Masters of Public Administration this Summer, special questions inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jan 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources?

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources or ideas? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 17, 2010 - 5 answers

How to get a ski newb through a week at a major ski resort?

What are your best ski vacation hacks? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Dec 13, 2010 - 37 answers

where to get a dog door with a timer?

where can i buy a dog door with a timer OR how can i make one OR is there somewhere i can commission such a thing? [more inside]
posted by dontmesswithseth on Dec 4, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I best prepare for my imminent blindness?

I am already blind in one eye, and blindness is slowly progressing in the other eye. I can still see, but I'd like some tips on how to prepare myself for total blindness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2010 - 20 answers

user.name, what does it all mean?

Please tell me everything I need to know about the GMail dot feature (placing - or not placing - a dot in the username of a gmail email address). I don't understand it, how to use it, what it does and how to take advantage of it. As an email receiver and sender. Also, what problems are created with this? Is there a way I can use it to categorize email, both received and sent? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 15, 2010 - 18 answers

Finding a good replacement for systm podcast

What's a good replacement podcast for systm? [more inside]
posted by dasfreak on Oct 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Tricks to keep from falling asleep?

What are your tricks to keep from falling asleep in public situations such as meetings?
posted by estlin on Jun 13, 2010 - 46 answers

ChU(|<_n0Rr!$

So, what are some secret passwords, hacks, easter eggs, etc. that you have heard of? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jan 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Cheap. Hackable. Useful?

What neato-burrito (but most of all cheapo) electronic gadget can satisfy my tinkering lust? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Jan 4, 2010 - 15 answers

I could almost handle the headaches, but I can I handle the stupids?

Tips & tricks for adapting to the side effects of Topamax (topiramate) for a full-time office worker & part-time grad student? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Nov 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Nursing Home Hacks

What are some good nursing home/hospital hacks? [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Nov 5, 2009 - 21 answers

What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with?

What clever relationship "hacks" have you come up with? I'm looking to build up my mental catalogue of examples of non-obvious solutions to relationship difficulties. Help me think out of the box better in the future! [more inside]
posted by wyzewoman on Nov 3, 2009 - 58 answers

Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition?

Transitioning from Mac to PC: Is there an expose-like feature? Your tips for coping with the transition? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Sep 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Hacking The Movies

What are your favorite, less-obvious moviegoing/movie theater hacks? [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Jul 29, 2009 - 41 answers

sadly way too excited about actual-size PDF documents

Work just gave me a 19-inch widescreen monitor (1440x900 resolution), which I promptly tilted into portrait mode. What are some software/settings hacks that will allow me to make the most of my setup? I'm running Windows 2000 (yeah, I know) in "Classic" view, Firefox, Outlook, Acrobat Professional v8. If I do get a second companion monitor, it will probably be an older 15-inch model that doesn't tilt.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Apr 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me hack my Leap Frog

Can you hack toddler toys to lower the speaker volume? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jan 2, 2009 - 20 answers

What can I do with my new DS/ what games should I get

OK, so me and MrsShawnString bought a DS finally. What cool stuff can I do with it (besides playing games) and what are the MUST HAVE games to have? Pretty much any genre game is ok [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Sep 30, 2008 - 30 answers

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