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My cat ate a bunched up piece of elastic from some laundry

Hi my cat ate an elastic bunched up string [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak on Apr 24, 2016 - 9 answers

What to do with Mangled Blinds?

When my wife and I bought our house two years ago, almost all the windows came furnished with custom, wooden blinds of high quality, and I assume, high price. Our lil' devil cat made short work of most of them, however, systematically chewing all the bits of connective string he could get at. Now we have a bunch of half-ruined blinds and loose wooden slats. I'm not sure what to do with this mess. [more inside]
posted by picea on Sep 2, 2015 - 10 answers

What is this type of string music?

In this silly video, at around 0:35s a cello starts playing in a way I haven't heard before. Is there a name for this particular style of string music? From where does it originate? Bonus points if anyone can actually find the music's source or even similar artists.
posted by saperlipopette on Aug 10, 2014 - 12 answers

I just want to be able to shake!

A while ago I bought my nephew a plush toy train with a string-wound mechanism inside that shook the toy but made no noise until the string was wound down again to the rivet opening. I know for a fact the toy was discontinued. Could you please direct me to a company which sells string-winding shaking toy mechanisms?
posted by parmanparman on Dec 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Detective relationship charts

On cop shows, especially older shows, the detective(s) would often come up with a big chart involving thumb-tacking pictures of the suspects and victims, places of crimes, etc. to a big board in the "war room." They would often have yarn or string stretching from one picture to the next showing a relationship. After all the pieces were in place, they would circle their suspect with a black marker and cut to commercial. Is there a formal name for this type of chart or technique that is depicted in these cop shows? In general, where could I learn about how to organize complex sets of people, places, and relationships into an easy to digest chart? Many thanks!
posted by DB Cooper on Oct 9, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I choose strings for my kid's violin?

We busted a D-string on my kid's violin and now I need to buy a new one online. Which one to buy? And a complete set or just a single replacement? [more inside]
posted by sively on Mar 28, 2013 - 12 answers

The Christmas Cop Corkboard Conundrum

For my friend's Christmas present, I'm making him a massive corkboard, cop show style, with all of our friends and acquaintance linked with bits of red string and pushpins. I need tips to make this as awesome as possible. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Dec 4, 2012 - 29 answers

Plastic roast twine?

What's up with the plastic strings on my roast? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Oct 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Internet changing what I type.

Why does my browser change the last two letters of some of the strings I type to "Pr"? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Weaving webs to wind me

Can you find an example from before 1979 of the "crazy string wall" used in movies and television? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Feb 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me identify this Japanese string art!

My girlfriend received two pieces of art that came from a trip to Japan in the late 1940s/early 1950s. They're basically woven pictures, made from thin, dyed string. The thing is, we can't find any information on this type of art. Can anyone help shed some light on what it is? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jan 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Lowest friction string material

Mefi Physicists / Material Science Engineers: What type of string material, when looped around and suspending an axle, will allow the aforementioned axle to rotate most efficiently? [more inside]
posted by satori_movement on Nov 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Getting to first bass.

I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 21, 2011 - 4 answers

regex to find strings in strings

I am trying to find a regex which will allow me to find out whether a string exists at least N times in a different string. [more inside]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on Mar 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Physical Mind Mapping with String: Best Method?

Best method of making connections in my physical mind map: string? yarn? what kind of adhesive? [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet on Jan 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Does this investigative process have a name?

A law enforcement officer is investigating a case. The officer takes clues such as photographs and pieces of paper and pins them to a wall or cork board. Yarn or string is stretched between some of the pins to indicate a relationship between those clues. What is this investigative process or technique called? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Jan 9, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I cover a tree in lights? In the middle of nowhere?

What's the best way to string a tree with Christmas lights? Oh yeah, it's out in the middle of nowhere. [more inside]
posted by niles on Oct 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Breaking string without scissors

Do you know a trick to break string without scissors? [more inside]
posted by calico on Jul 4, 2010 - 12 answers

This string theory - it vibrates?

Help me find this famous quote (paragraph) about string theory? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 17, 2009 - 4 answers

How does YOUR garden glow?

I'm going camping this weekend and want to deck out my tent in style. Where in the greater Los Angeles area can I get battery-powered string lights, ready-to-use EL wire, and other such self-sustaining glowy bits?
posted by mykescipark on Apr 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Getting Google Spreadsheets to interpret string as formula

I have hundreds of text strings entered through a form in a Google Spreadsheets which look like 4*3 9*2 17*3 22 37*4 52. I can easily substitute " " for "+" and concatenate a "=" in front =4*3+9*2+17*3+22+37*4+52. Now I have a text string which looks like a formula but isn't one. How can I make Google Spreadsheets interpret this string as a formula? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Trying to locate a picture

Please help me find the most romantic equation [more inside]
posted by twistedmetal on Aug 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Splitting Strings in Spreadsheets?

Using OpenOffice Calc (Spreadsheets) - Is there any way to divide the strings in one column into two by the space in each cell? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 30, 2008 - 5 answers

I never Excelled in Excel

I have no clue what I am doing in Excel, so this is going to be a bit hard to explain, but hopefully somebody can help me here. I want to give Excel some text, and have it output a string. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on May 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Hand stitiching on paper

Looking for sites with embroidery on paper patterns. [more inside]
posted by levijk on May 2, 2008 - 2 answers

Where could I rent a cello in NYC?

Does anyone know where to rent a high quality student cello short term in NYC? Ideally, I'd like something hand crafted and valued at 10 - 20 k, but if need be I'll go lower end. Looking for a bow, too. Thanks!
posted by paul_smatatoes on Apr 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Higher? To the place where blind men see?

So I play guitar (fairly well) and ukulele (passably). I'm thinking about getting a baritone or tenor ukulele, but also strongly considering a guitalele. Where can I get one in America (in VA, DC, or NJ?) [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 23, 2008 - 3 answers

How to count the number of times a string appears in a database field.

SQL Filter: What query can I use to count the number of times a word appears in a text field? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Feb 21, 2008 - 6 answers

A Novel Method of Escape

Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jan 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Strings for a cello tuned BEAD

Recommend strings for a cello tuned BEAD (low to high). [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Sep 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Excel String-Counting Help!

ExcelFilter: Help me count rows where one string appears in one column and a second string appears in a second! [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Aug 14, 2007 - 5 answers

In NYC, where can I get a violin CHEAPLY looked over and serviced?

In NYC, where can I get a violin CHEAPLY looked over and serviced? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Jun 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Where can I find drawstring/gymsack bags with team logos?

Where can I find drawstring/gymsack bags with team logos? [more inside]
posted by hcastro on Apr 9, 2007 - 5 answers

How to get silly string overseas

Anyone know any way to send cans of Silly String overseas? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman on Feb 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Help change my acoustic guitar strings!

GuitarStrings filter: I'm a noob. Forgive me. Why can't I change these acoustic strings? (picture inside) [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Nov 23, 2006 - 20 answers

Formatting strings

String manipulation in C#: I know that the String.Format method can format numeric data so that {0:#,###} transforms 1234 into the string "1,234". There are lots of standard formatters like {0:C} for currency, and endless ways to format DateTime objects. But is there a similar shorthand to format a string or to apply a mask to it? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Nov 15, 2006 - 3 answers

When it falls off, your wish will come true

I recently decided to re-visit one of my favorite summer activities: making friendship bracelets. I am looking to a) remember some of the techniques I used to know b) learn new and interesting bracelet patterns. [more inside]
posted by nekton on Jun 25, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I replace my guitar strings?

Someone bought me an electric guitar two years ago. Maybe one. I never played it. When I hauled it out of the closet yesterday and took it out of the bag, I discovered that one of the strings was off; it is no longer attached at either end. How unfortunate. Especially for someone who has no idea what to do. How do I fix the guitar?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 1, 2005 - 19 answers

Is there a way to specify that part of an XML file should be treated as a string even though it looks like XML?

Is there a way to specify that part of an XML file should be treated as a string even though it looks like XML? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Sep 22, 2004 - 7 answers

Acoustic guitar - my B string keeps breaking.

Acoustic guitar question: I wonder if anyone is familiar with this problem. I have an old steel-string guitar, where the B-string breaks every time I tune it to the right pitch. Every other string is fine. Has anyone ever encountered this problem? Is it fixable?
posted by inksyndicate on Mar 29, 2004 - 8 answers

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