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Shooting How-To Videos on a Desk Surface, Advice Needed Please.

Helping a friend shoot video for a niche how-to video site. Need some advice on improving our current setup. [more inside]
posted by Th!nk on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

How to write a process manual (job bible) for a wide-ranging job?

I need to build a process manual for my multifaceted job. Have you done this? What have you found to be the smartest approach? How did you divide your time/organize your manual? Which applications/tools are best for organizing/producing what will be a monstrous tome, and how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on Apr 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I learn the basics of car maintenance and repair?

I know next to nothing about cars beyond checking the oil and topping up windshield wash, but I'd really like to learn. I don't necessarily need to go full greasemonkey, but I'd like to be able to handle the basics and be an informed customer when I bring my car to the garage at the very least. I'd love to take a hands on course, if there are any in the Southern Alberta area, but book or website recommendations would also be quite welcome.
posted by peppermind on Aug 3, 2013 - 9 answers

modest publisher project iso design/printing expert to bring me out of my screen

I need very specific help with layout for a printing project - help me understand what our printer person is asking for! [more inside]
posted by rocketing on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

What's the best sewing reference book?

I would like to buy a good book on how to sew. I don't mean a beginner's instructional book, since I can already sew quite well, but a comprehensive reference book that covers everything from the basics to advanced tailoring and couture techniques. I want a sewing book that is the equivalent of Vogue Knitting, which is revered among knitters as the knitter's Bible. I've come across Vogue Sewing, and Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina. Would you recommend either one of these as the best choice, or do you know of another book you think is better?
posted by orange swan on Sep 21, 2012 - 10 answers

HTML Job Search

Can I use a form/survey on an HTML page to enter data and have the entered code append to the end of a URL that, apart from the variable suffix, remains constant? [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Aug 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Step 1. ??? Step 2. ???? Step 3. Deliciousness!

What are some good template recipes? Series of such recipes are especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Aug 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Spoof "how-to" videos

What is the website full of fake home improvement / how to videos that seem reasonable at first but are actually all spoofs / parodies with bad advice? [more inside]
posted by ac on May 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Need help for an aspiring screenwriter.

What's the best how-to book for an aspiring screenwriter? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Everyday life in the past

Looking for a 19th century Do-It-Yourself guide . . . [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Demonstration speech ideas for a girl who can't cook or craft

What would be a good topic for a 5-6-minute demonstration speech in a college speech class? Caveat: It must involve the use of a tangible, 3D object, but I have absolutely no ability with crafts, cooking, or sports. [more inside]
posted by datarose on Sep 12, 2011 - 48 answers

Resursive five-paragraph essay

A friend is looking for a five-paragraph essay that instructs the reader on how to write a five-paragraph essay. My Google-fu has failed me in this self-referential task. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by perrce on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm ready to join 2009.

So, what's this Twitter thing all about? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Apr 15, 2011 - 24 answers

Help my kid run like the wind!

How can I teach my kid how to run? [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Sep 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Not a dummy, but I feel like one when it comes to investing

Looking for a good intro to investments book to get the basics. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on May 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Here's Looking at YouTube

My sweetie gave me a Flip (UltraHD) for my birthday. I've never had a video recorder before... besides the obvious recording of fambly events and such, what sorts of cool, interesting, and potentially artsy things can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by deCadmus on Oct 21, 2009 - 10 answers

How to have sex?

With sex - the male-female penis-in-vagina type - I'm not really sure what to do. If he's on top, do I just lie there? If I wrap my legs around him, doesn't that impede his thrusting? What feels best to a guy? Legs over shoulders? Ankles crossed? What should I do with my hands? If I'm on top, what movements should I make? Grind? Up and down? HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 28 answers

How do I convert a car to electric? No previous knowledge here!

How do I convert a car to electric? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Oct 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me tar and feather someone on stage!

I'm directing a play that calls for an actor to be tarred and feathered on stage. It's a powerful moment, and I'd love to do it. But ... how? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Sep 3, 2008 - 33 answers

Maintenance for Dummies

What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

How to become a Hino Trucks distributor

Becoming an authorized Hino Trucks dealer/distributor in Europe [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Apr 14, 2008 - 1 answer

how do I perform a marriage

I've been asked to perform a marriage for two friends, and I'm looking for tips. I've looked up becoming a minister online, which seems straight forward, but I'm wondering about what I can do to make this a smooth and wonderful experience for my friends.
posted by puppy kuddles on Apr 7, 2008 - 13 answers

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple?

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Nov 27, 2007 - 23 answers

Books for B&W Photography

Anyone know of some good print resources for black & white film photography? I've done some work and seen some books, but I wanted some advice from people who have been there before. Thanks!
posted by nosophoros on Jul 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Help straighten my lamp...

Bending a piece of wood... how? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Animal Tooth Jewelry How-To

How do I clean and prepare my dog's extracted tooth to be made into a charm necklace? [more inside]
posted by imjm68 on May 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Guidance from the squid?

This is driving me nuts. I'm trying to remember the name of a site that offers general how-to information and contains the word "squid" or something like it in the URL. In content it's not unlike makezine or instructables, but less specifically hands-on. Am I crazy? Was/is there such a site?
posted by Pliskie on Dec 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Need help with crimping together BNC cables.

Can someone point me to a good how-to on crimping BNC connectors onto cables? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Dec 8, 2006 - 6 answers

learn paint oils good!

How do I learn to paint with oils? [more inside]
posted by philscience on Jan 10, 2006 - 22 answers

Learning how to paint?

Any tips, books, exercises on learning how to paint with oils? [more inside]
posted by j on Oct 31, 2005 - 10 answers

DIY Furniture

I'd like to build some furniture without advanced (or possibly any) woodworking skills. Say I wanted to make a basic chaise (seems easy enough) or a Stokke Ekstrem knockoff (harder.) What are some easy ways to put together some just-for-me modern furniture? For example, you can put together some simple stuff with PVC tubing, but it isn't very attractive and isn't that versatile. Are there easier materials/techniques to work with?
posted by callmejay on Feb 9, 2005 - 9 answers

I need resources on buying and preserving mounted insects?

I have been given several mounted insects as gifts recently (moths, moving leaf insects). I would like some resources (books, web sites) on how to go about buying and mounting/framing/preserving specimens myself. Many of the books on Amazon are out of print, or have no descriptions.
posted by sharksandwich on Jan 22, 2004 - 2 answers

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