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Colour-blind to study aids?

Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 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

No business like snow business

What are your go-to "talents" that don't require any actual talent? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Dec 16, 2013 - 20 answers

A Broad, Abroad, Alone

In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Low-Carb Tips and Tricks

How did you ease into a low-carb lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 26, 2013 - 18 answers

How easy is to to cheat with dice?

Rolling a standard six sided dice, how easy would it be for someone to roll it in a way that makes sixes (or any number) come up more frequently? Would it be obvious if someone was doing it?
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 14, 2013 - 17 answers

F'ing gas stoves, how do they work?

After burning my second pot and almost poisoning myself by not quite turning the knob off, it's clear that I need remedial gas stove cooking classes. [more inside]
posted by Neneh on Jan 12, 2013 - 29 answers

Tips and Tricks for playing concerts?

I have a big important concert that I'm playing coming up sort of soon. I'm not even sure what to ask... but here goes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Old dog, new tricks?

What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
posted by Pomo on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Day-drinking hacks: Would like to avoid 1) passing out at 5, or 2) feeling suicidal the next day. Tell me what I haven't thought of...

I know how to treat a hangover but am trying to do one better--how do you PREVENT a hangover (when you get them really easily and know that a day of fun might make it inevitable)? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 9, 2012 - 45 answers

Winning At Life!

What are some simple changes you made to your day to day life that had big results? [more inside]
posted by amycup on Nov 1, 2012 - 75 answers

What's the quickest way to code this data?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with just over 3000 sentences in column A. I need to go through looking at each one and entering some data into columns B-F. The first thing I have to enter is whether the sentence is in the past tense or present tense. If it is past tense, I can ignore it and not have to enter anything in columns C-F. I just move on to the next sentence. Is it going to be quicker if I go through the whole spreadsheet filling out column B first (past/present) and then do a second pass to fill out the rest of the details for the present tense sentences, or quicker to do it all at once for each sentence? Or is it a wash? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 16, 2012 - 8 answers

How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Penn Jillette without the politics

I can juggle three balls, walk on stilts, and eat fire. What are some good books/resources on learning more? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Is there a trick of your trade that you always do, even if the results are not noticed?

In your given field, is there one thing that you always do that may be overlooked but you consider it important? It may not be obvious, but it makes your work higher quality and/or more efficient and you can't imagine being happy with the work if you didn't do it. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on May 17, 2012 - 56 answers

Windows Speed Demon

I need to be as efficient as possible when using Windows 7, using Office, browsing with Firefox / Chrome, working with files, etc. etc. What are your best tips for being a Windows speed demon? Answers to this question will include keyboard shortcuts, utilities, how you use your taskbar, command-line, whatever. I am looking for how you get the most out of Windows.
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 9, 2012 - 25 answers

New to the iPhone ... We need some iHelp!

I just bought a second hand iphone 3Gs for my wife due to her old phone missing some texts. What are some great tips/tricks and apps/games we should install on it? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Mar 26, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the best way to think about mathematics?

What's the best way to think about mathematics? What's the best advice you have ever received about learning math and approaching math problems? [more inside]
posted by lackadaisical on Jan 26, 2012 - 36 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

Tell me what I need to know about living in LA

Moving back to LA. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Oct 25, 2011 - 26 answers

Help me get the best deal setting up the internet

How do I get the best price from my ISP? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Sep 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear?

Is this your card? Did you know you had a coin in your ear? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Jul 25, 2011 - 11 answers

I want to turn tricks, please.

What is your favorite parlor/bar trick? [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Jul 18, 2011 - 41 answers

Oh! My (previously) aching back!

In seven days I will be having back surgery: laminectomy, fusion, and fixation. Yesterday, I attended the "Back on Track" class that the hospital provides for those about to have surgery. They stressed the BLTPP rules: NO Bending, Leaning, Twisting, Pushing, or Pulling. What are YOUR best tips and tricks (and best kept secrets) for adhering to these rules for my next few months? PLEASE add any suggestions on how to make my life (and my wife's life!) easier during the recovery time. Any and all ideas are welcome! [Yep, I know YANMD, but I hope you have good ideas.]
posted by Drasher on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

I want a clean couch.

I need helping cleaning this filthy couch. Give me your best cleaning tricks! [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Help Me Customize my Droid 2 Global (please)

What does Droid (2 Global) Do for me? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 on Feb 7, 2011 - 6 answers

I want to play what they want to hear

Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me settle in France quickly

Help me settle in Paris. What administrative things should I be doing? What local cultural things should I know about? What shops are equivalent to those at home? What should I know about? In short: tell me everything you wish you'd known about life in France when you arrived. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Sep 15, 2010 - 9 answers

What are the best study skills you can think of?

What are the best study skills you can share with me? For knowledge retention, passing tests, hearing skills and the like... [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Aug 30, 2010 - 31 answers

It's a series of tubes, right?

What is something useful that I can do through the internet that I'm probably not already doing? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Aug 20, 2010 - 26 answers

No, actually I can't read your mind, it just means that you're average.

Help me find neat psychological and other tricks to make people think that I am smarter than I actually am. [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jul 5, 2010 - 32 answers

Best diet & exercise tricks evar!

Diet & exercise tips & tricks, please! [more inside]
posted by wwartorff on Jun 24, 2010 - 43 answers

Magical Engineering

Resources for the magic trick inventor/builder? [more inside]
posted by DU on Jun 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Mental Swiss-Army Knife (in a Moleskine)

I have a graph-ruled Moleskine that is begging to be turned into a compendium of obscure, fascinating, and perhaps occasionally useful reference material. Some of the things I want to put in there are Rubik's Cube algorithms, keys to reading non-Latin alphabets, some simple math formulas (Trachtenberg math, e.g.), rules of thumb for estimating distance/altitude, and whatever else. I'm imagining the user would bust it out of his/her bag and use the knowledge within to solve a wide range of MacGyver/James Bond/bar bet problems. An intellectual "Swiss army knife", if you will. Any and all ideas are welcome!
posted by holterbarbour on Apr 28, 2010 - 55 answers

Help me focus on doing whatever I'm doing well before moving on

I'm really bad about not focusing on my current task, and hastily finishing whatever it is so I can move on to the next and perform it equally as poor. How can I learn to be more focused on -- and enjoy -- what I am currently doing, rather than spending that time looking ahead to the next project at the expense of doing the first well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Typo or Scam - 23 Hour Service??

What does the term "23 Hour Service" when used by the service & repair industry? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Feb 22, 2010 - 9 answers

What was the name of that performer?

A tuxedo-wearing clown who balanced a piano on his chin? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Feb 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Auntie Mame Pays the Cable Bill

What are your tricks for making everyday chores exciting? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Feb 5, 2010 - 48 answers

A word that means 'flash little party gimmicks'?

There's a word that means something like 'useless party skills' -- little tricks like bouncing ice off your elbow into a glass, rolling coins across your knuckles, flicking cards into a hat. I think it sounds a little like 'caltraps'. It's driving me crazy trying to remember it. Anyone know this word?
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 5, 2010 - 20 answers

Drag King Magic

What are some magic tricks that are simple to make/do for an indoor cabaret? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Building a space ship

Set designers, cinematographers, hobbyists, LARP people, carpenters, welders, and geeks: I need tips and tricks for building a one-person "space shuttle" out of cheap materials. It's for an independent HD video sci-fi short, and I would like to build it myself. Budget is $600–$1500 for materials and in-store material cutting/processing. [more inside]
posted by Khazk on Jan 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Simple Magic Tricks anyone?

I am in need of some new simple magic tricks capable of impressing young children and inebriated adults. [more inside]
posted by AzzaMcKazza on Dec 1, 2009 - 17 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

Mindhack me into a smooth interviewer (in four hours).

I'm an unemployed third-year law student, have my last interview in four hours. Any tricks on appearing intelligent, charismatic, and, most importantly, not desperate? Have had four interviews with different employers so far, have not heard anything back. This is my last shot at employment before I go back to desperately combing job listings. Interview is with a judge in a district I've never lived in, who is of the opposite political persuasion as I am. This will be my first of this type of interview so give me your all-purpose i'm-the-right-person-for-this-job tricks.
posted by anthropomorphic on Oct 27, 2009 - 25 answers

EASY secrets of taking great photos

What are your favourite photographer's tricks that an amateur could use to create stunning photos on a hobbyist budget? [more inside]
posted by JensR on Jul 16, 2009 - 35 answers

Traditional-schmaditional

RecipeFilter: Seafood stew stumper! [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on Mar 19, 2009 - 11 answers

In hot pursuit of clever pursuits

Any clever ideas (based on truth, fiction or anecdote) of how a resourceful character might potentially track down someone who's fled the country? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Feb 24, 2009 - 19 answers

New road warrior looking for the tricks of the trade.

New road warrior here! Looking for sites, blogs, toys etc that all you other road warriors use to help ease myself into this lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by wile e on Feb 6, 2009 - 15 answers

A trick is something a whore does for money. Or CANDY!

MagicFilter: How best to shoot sparks from your hand? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jan 19, 2009 - 3 answers

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