At work, when you're faced with a decision that has a financial impact, do you have certain thought processes or rules of thumb that help you reach a decision? For example... Buy a piece of equipment vs lease it? Delay hiring in a role? Sell a less profitable product because it will help you get your foot in at a customer? Agree to a $10k consulting bill when you don't have a benchmark to check it against? [more inside]
Hi all! I want to visit the small town of Le Noirmont in June, and the problem is, I can't drive. According to google maps, there is a train service that runs from Bern to Le Noirmont, so I think I will begin my adventure in Bern! [more inside]
I'm looking for YouTube channels similar to Matthias Wandel, Groutaone, and Jimmy Diresta.... [more inside]
I want to spend my evenings/weekends making, rather than consuming. Help me plan to do that. I’m looking for examples of activity that is creative, enjoyable and of some value to others. [more inside]
How do I make friends while living abroad in Spain as an introvert with very limited funds? [more inside]
I'm stuck and hoping for an unusual suggestion. Making things is very helpful as a stress-coping method for me, but my usual go-to crafts are either overloaded with memories or impractical. I want a big project I can make with my hands while I'm furiously angry and sad, and after 40-60 hours of rage over a couple of months, have a beautiful and useful thing to come out of that energy. [more inside]
I finally start my grad school program this coming week. I attended the new student orientation last week and most of the people seem like cool and interesting people. But how does one go about making friends in grad school? + Special Snowflake details [more inside]
The backstory might shed light, but it's long and I'm sorry if it bores you. I might make a TL;DR sentence, but I suggest you read the whole thing. TL;DR. Befriended girl and crushed, had a lot of issues that turned me off, turned into a very close friend, badly timed telling her about dead feelings, and managed to still communicate until I had to back off for a bit. Don't know what I should do? [more inside]
I'm feeling very disconnected from the people around me. I'm looking for some advice on how to make new connections. [more inside]
So I've made bits and pieces of jewellery like necklaces with clasps and such, but that's as far as I've gone. I'd like to take it a step further by making more complex bits of jewellery like bracelets and (in particular) earrings out of recycled metals; but I'm not sure what tools I would need or how to go about making the actual earrings and the metal that loops through the ear etc. Can anyone give me some advice on this or recommend me any books or the like that will help set me off to a good start with this?
As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
I want to paint my Sculpy before baking it. That's because I want to paint designs on a rolled-out strip, let it dry, then roll it into beads, and then bake it. If I bake the beads first, it will be hell to paint the kind of itiny designs on the beads that I want to be there. (And I don't want to make the designs out of different colors of Sculpy - that's too difficult for me and not the look I'm going for.) I haven't, in my research, found any way to do this. Help?! (alternatively there is a product that is not exactly Sculpy that I can paint and then roll into beads and then either bake or get it to harden in some way other than baking?)
For a long time I've thought that it would be a fun project to put together an electric bicycle. However I've been stymied by the cost and questionable quality of the existing kits, and the complications and compromises of the various DIY methods that are out there online. I have some ideas for how to go about making a cheap and simple electric bike, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm nobody's idea of an engineer so I thought I'd run some things by y'all and see what insights you have. [more inside]
How can I get liquified cocoa butter and candy to reharden? [more inside]
Before anyone asks, my purpose is not to save money, or time, or anything practical of any sort. Clothing is something we all use everyday, I appreciate style and fashion, and I'd like to learn how to make clothing in an attempt not to take it for granted. And I think it would be fun. Assume I am a complete beginner (don't even know how to sew, but I do know how to knit, though I'm not a pro at that). What should I do? Books? Online tutorials? What is the progression of items of various difficulty to practice on?
I found a cool thing on Thingiverse: a playing field for the game Dominion. How can I make this thing? If it were 3D printing, I'd go to shapeways, but it's not. Where should I go online to have this made?
In the past few weeks, MetaFilter has introduced me to Beate Sirota Gordon and Aaron Swartz, each of whom made the world a better place to live. I'm so happy to know of them and their work, but sad that I'm only learning of them via obituary; I celebrate them, and I want to celebrate the living, too. So help me out: who are the people I may not have heard of who, still here and still fighting, have worked or are working to make the world a better place?
Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
What does the documentary film making scene look like in Northeastern England? Where would one start looking for a community? jobs? opportunities?
Which foods are actually cheaper to make at home using store-bought ingredients? [more inside]
How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy? [more inside]
Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
How do I make a move on a guy? [more inside]
DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
I'm a girl. You're a guy. We're making out, but we won't be doing anything past that tonight. How do I let you know that so you don't feel like I'm leading you on? Or do I let you know at all? [more inside]
I drive into a town. How do I start meeting people right away? [more inside]
My friend asked me to make a music video for his band, but I have never done this before. We don't mind it looking a little lo-fi. I am looking for tips and advice from people who have done this before. Please tell me the things you wish you had known before you embarked on this particular endeavour. [more inside]
What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for two course: one in making jewelry and one in making hats in the Boston area. I did note a hat course at the design school, but you have to be enrolled in a degree program. Has anyone taken any courses in the above they could recommend? Thanks!
You’re crushing on someone, hell, multiple someones, at the school library. Considering the ambiance, how do you approach that someone/s? Or DO you approach? Is the library off-limits? I really hope the library isn’t off limits. More on my hopes will follow … [more inside]
Is there a metal shop that I could theoretically rent out for a day in NYC? (Not 3rd Ward) [more inside]
I'm in an odd situation in a new town. I need to make new friends, but I have to worry about taking care of my dad. [more inside]
How do you make friends in DC? My friend is a cool 23 year old woman in DC who doesn't know how to make friends in the city. She basically has her roommates, and that's it. Any idea of where the nice, normal, people in DC hang out, the people who aren't obsessed with themselves?
How do they make the TV show gangland? After googling, I can't see to find any interviews with anyone who works on the show. I'm looking for information regarding how they gain access to the gang members, what they go through gathering video on the street, things of that nature. Thanks!
I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
I have a long rectangular cushion/pillow I'm in the process of making, probably about 20cm by 60cm. When I sew it up, should I just sew the cushion pad into it (which means it would have to be opened up to be washed, which would annoy me) or should I make an envelope-type fastening - and if the latter, should it go width or lengthways? [more inside]
I want to possess the knowledge, tools, materials, and workspace to make whatever the hell I feel like making, whenever I feel like making it. Because I can’t do this overnight, I want to start with the most versatile tools and skill first. [more inside]
De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
Does Brita filtered water work for making wine? My experiment got no yeast fermentation in four batches of wine using Brita filtered water and great yeast fermentation in three batches of unfiltered tap made similarly as a control. [more inside]
Help an aspie initiate making out with girls in college. [more inside]
What crazy looking instruments can i build with a minimum of skill + resources and a maximum of WTF. [more inside]
Where can Mrs. Jones find a good pattern making class in the greatern NYCity metro area? [more inside]
I'm about to widen my photographic and film interests and turn my hobby into something more professional. I've always wondered how photographers/artists are able to get into places such as prisons, military sites, 'secret' industrial buildings and other seemingly restricted areas etc to take authorized pictures. How do they do it? What's the trick?
How do I build a social life at 30? Or how do I get better at building/maintaining casual relationships? [more inside]
In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price?? [more inside]
I recorded it using the web cam on my HP Touchsmart PC and the playback makes a distorted, squelch sound every time there is a loud part in the video. What's the best way to keep the original soundtrack, but remove the feedback noise? Also, is there a way to adjust the recording levels to improve audio on future projects?
How do I go about making my own lavender bags? I'm planning on making some softies for Christmas presents and am unsure on whether they need to be fully filled with herb (dude) or whether a mixture of polyfilling is needed (less expensive). I'm also wondering what kind of lavender to use, and where the best (UK) place to obtain it may be. [more inside]
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