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Any advice on writing a book?

With the encouragement of my significant other, what started as an article on foreign policy and international relations for a non-profit research centre is now being expanded into a book. I would like some advice on writing a book. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Social Media etiquette for promoting a hobby project

I've been online for a long while, but I'm a novice in social media as a venue for promoting my hobby project. I've dismissed twitter and tumblr as things I don't understand or aren't for me, but I'd like to promote my hobby site and interact with people who like similar things. How do I go about balancing promotion with reception? Tell me about following, re-tweeting and re-tumbling things. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 26, 2014 - 11 answers

I don't have friends.

I'm interested in improving my social or networking skills for a better perspective on life. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 28, 2014 - 8 answers

I want to learn new life skills. Starting points?

I am looking to learn or become better at skills that would make life easier for me (fixing a car, cooking, DIY, things like that). To that end, I'd like to learn of some starting activities for various skills which could act as training wheels so I don't feel overwhelmed by all of the things there are to learn. Enjoyable hobbies (like chess, drawing, etc.) are more than welcome as well. An example of what I am looking for plus some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jul 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Dominant Female seeks NYC dungeon to work for

I'm a dominant female and interested in using my interest and skills to earn money in New York City. I don't know how to sort my options or what, specifically to watch out for. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Preserving a butterfly for eternity

So, I found a mummified, perfectly preserved butterfly on my window sill. Its beautiful and I want to preserve it and look at it and may be show it off to people. See if I can make a brooch or something out of it and give it as a gift to people close to me. But I cant do any of this as the butterfly is quite fragile. How can I preserve this butterfly forever ... or if that's not possible, a very long time? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Jun 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Passion and profession

When your passion becomes your job, how do you keep the job aspects of it from draining all your passion away?
posted by roaring beast on Mar 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Super simple music mixing: Something like MusicLab

I'd like to mix music completely for fun and would like to be as un-technical about it as possible. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Does anyone make an all-in-one 120VAC-3.3VDC converter?

I'm looking for a discrete device that combines a 10:1 transformer, bridge rectifier, caps and linear voltage regulator. It's to convert 120VAC to 3.3VDC in a wireless dimmer switch. Does such an animal exist or am I just being lazy?
posted by ostranenie on Jan 7, 2014 - 11 answers

You know, other than spending my entire next paycheck at Ikea.....

Ok, so I recently purchased a pullup cage/station. You know, includes a side for dips, a pullup bar, etc. and is one large metal structure put together with nuts and bolts. Anyway, I think I enjoyed putting the darn thing together even more than I will using it. What other projects/hobbies can I work on/build/create using a tool box, wrench, other hardware type stuff etc. in my small to medium sized apartment that won't lose me my security deposit?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

What is it like to own an old-ish farm property with a pond and stable?

I'm currently on the market for a house, and have made a critical error in my house hunting quest - I've fallen in love with a house - which is a 1970s era home with stables, a horse paddock, and a pond. I have thus lost the ability to be objective in my assessment of said house, and so I turn to you, AskMe…. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Nov 16, 2013 - 51 answers

What should go in my mini-inventor's box?

If you were to fill a 4' x 3' x 2' box with awesome and fun and mostly not messy things for a five year old to invent with, what would you fill it with? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Oct 24, 2013 - 18 answers

State of the art indie/hobby game programming tools?

It's been nearly 10 years since I've poked at game programming as a hobby (Hi smackwich!). What are the best platforms, engines or technologies for not-windows hobby/indie game devs these days? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jul 26, 2013 - 10 answers

New Hobby Is Producing Stuff - What Next?

So a hobby I've picked up to help wind down in the evenings has started to produce items that might actually be sell-able. This is a new experience for me and I am at a loss as to what to do next. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jul 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can I buy leatherworking supplies and leather in Long Island?

Where can I find leatherworking supplies and leather at a storefront on Long Island, preferably Suffolk County? All I've found are hat shops or defunct addresses. [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

What do I build with?

I've been messing around with small motors via Arduino, but I realized I have absolutely nothing with which to make stuff that will be powered by said motors. What's a inexpensive box-o'-parts construction set for moving parts? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Packs of Warhammer 40k tabletop terrain?

I'm looking for some sort of "Starter pack" Warhammer 40k tabletop terrain, shippable to Canada. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Feeling better about myself...

Posting for a friend: Feeling unproductive and down, recommend an activity for me to pick up. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Oct 24, 2012 - 24 answers

How to create structure in an unstructured day?

What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time? [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Jul 9, 2012 - 11 answers

What do I need to know to improve

If I wanted to make a paying hobby out of restoring and updating old bikes, what are some resources that would help me improve my skills, research the right bikes/components, and find the right places to buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 11, 2012 - 22 answers

Need inspiration for my next work of... well... something.

I'm not an artist by any stretch, but I recently discovered that I kind of like painting with acrylics-- and I've badly needed a hobby for a while now. But I also need inspiration and so I'm looking for images that I can use as examples, but that I can make my own. For example, I really liked this and so my very first (and so far only) painting was this (1,2). I'm liking very geometrical or line-based repeating patterns that are either brightly multi-colored or monochromatic designs, but even though I have rulers and compasses, I also have a very unsteady hand so the design has to be kind of forgiving. Can you help me find images or sites where I might be able to find an idea for my next one? [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 18, 2012 - 18 answers

How to keep from getting discouraged?

How do I keep from getting discouraged in personal pursuits (spec. hobbyist electronics)? [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Non-traditional financing options?

Looking for creative ways to finance a project/hobby when funds are low. [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a Knife Sharpening System

Looking to buy a knife sharpening system. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 13, 2012 - 27 answers

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist?

What ways can a person contribute to significant science without being a full-time professional scientist? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2012 - 22 answers

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them?

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

To blog, or not to blog...

Looking for examples of well written blogs that cover a multitude of topics without seeming disorganized. [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Arduino Starved For Ideas

What could/should my friend and I build first with an Arduino starter kit or two? [more inside]
posted by cassini on Jan 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Me and logistics: A love story looking for a plot

Please help me create a hobby or semi-constructive pastime out of my fascination with supply chains, logistics, and shipping. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Jan 4, 2012 - 19 answers

What does a personal interest in math look like?

A while back I read about an english professor who claimed to have a strong personal interest in mathematics. Assuming that he doesn't use math in a professional setting, how would this interest manifest itself? Completing math textbooks? Reading books about math? Memorizing the first 1000 primes? What would someone with an interest in math do? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Dec 8, 2011 - 20 answers

"Computer programmer seeks new challenges"

I have a good computer science degree and about 4 years' experience as a programmer. What other jobs can I do? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for info on wax seals/stamps

Getting back into letter writing. Thinking about using wax seals, looking for some information. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Miniature camera and transmitter

Electronics project filter: I would like to learn more about building a miniature camera and short-range video transmitter module. Please point me towards useful tutorials, vendors, and/or part numbers. [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Oct 29, 2011 - 1 answer

Math it up.

I used to be math nerd, but I've forgotten most of it because, despite what I was told in high school, I don't use vector calculus in the Real World. I've used textbooks to brush up on old topics before, but self-imposed homework just isn't very fun. What hobbies/projects/??? can I take up to take advantage of any derive enjoyment again from my math background? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Oct 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me build Hoth!

I'm crafting my first real substantial diorama (read: not made out of construction paper and a shoe box) and I need some construction assistance. Bonus! It's the ice planet of Hoth! [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Oct 18, 2011 - 10 answers

I want to get back into electronics as a hobby.

Calling all electronics hobbyist people: I want to get (back) into making electronic stuff -- noise-making stuff, specifically -- as a hobby, help me get started. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Rocket Kits in Rochester, NY?

Nephews birthday. Where can I find rockets in Rochester, NY? Surprisingly, Wegmans doesn't have them‽ [more inside]
posted by Marky on Aug 10, 2011 - 8 answers

What were you doing while I was wasting my time?

What are some "sneaky" ways people spend their private time? [more inside]
posted by milqman on Jul 22, 2011 - 44 answers

I need something crafty to do!

I need a craft that doesn't require a lot of supplies and is easy to do with little desk space. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 10, 2011 - 38 answers

Being able to point out the idiocy of math tattoos

How do I pick up mathematics...as an amateur hobby? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on May 22, 2011 - 21 answers

Get me off my butt.

After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 19, 2011 - 43 answers

How to get started in golf?

After waiting 42 years, I'm thinking about taking up golf. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Apr 7, 2011 - 20 answers

How to indulge my inner snoop?

I love doing research to uncover things that are hard to figure out--or, better, that I'm not supposed to know about. The sort of thing that investigative reporters and detectives do. How can I find an outlet for this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 - 12 answers

need help sourcing material!

Where to source cheap LED strands? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Feb 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a social/creative/active hobby

I'm looking for a creative and/or active, social hobby. Interests and restrictions inside. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business.

How can my girlfriend take her hobby (lamp making) and turn it into a business by seeking a manufacturer and sales channel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find a hobby!

I am looking for a creative hobby. I get home from work, maybe go to the gym, cook, and then am free for about 3 hours. I want to do something creative or with my hands, but that doesn't take too much intense skill or learning. I already knit, but sort of knitted myself out and want something else. I used to make jewelry which was really fun, and something along those lines could work. Any ideas?
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 6, 2010 - 18 answers

First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where [in Melbourne, Australia]? Rough cost?

First-time rider seeks bicycle advice. What should I get? From where? Rough cost? [more inside]
posted by mrme on Oct 25, 2010 - 14 answers

I want to ride my bicycle: What kind should I get? ~200-300 budget.

I moved from WV to relatively flat Richmond, VA. What kind of bike should I get to take advantage of the newfound flatness? ~$200-300 budget. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 20, 2010 - 9 answers

What do I need to do to learn how to whittle?

I am thinking about learning how to whittle and am looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Oct 14, 2010 - 9 answers

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