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June 3

Learning techniques and best tips from your music teacher?

What learning techniques did you learn from your music teacher - especially if you used the Suzuki method? Music analysis? Mastery techniques? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:20 AM - 5 answers

Play reading in the time of corona

I'm looking for activities to keep me entertained while at home, and one of the things I came up with was doing a reading of a play. There is a group of 4 of us who are interested in this, and I'm looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Laura_J at 7:43 AM - 5 answers

May 31

Don't have a need for speed

I have this Micro adult scooter and I want to ride it more. The only thing is that it moves too fast for my comfort - I don't feel in control of it. When I barely kick, it still goes for a while. Is there a way I can slow down my scooter? Can I (or a bike shop) adjust it somehow so it does this? I know nothing about mechanics, but I probably have or can get tools if necessary.
posted by starlybri at 5:43 PM - 8 answers

May 30

Cast recordings that are good for running

I enjoy running to cast recordings. I normally listen to "Legally Blonde" and "Mean Girls" and would like to find similar shows that you can follow the story through the songs and are high energy. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot at 1:36 PM - 19 answers

May 29

Trying to identify brass watchmaking or jewelry making tools

These brass rings, sharp edge on one side, rounded on the other, and this shape piece of brass plate, were in my father-in-law's watch repair and jewelry making tools. [more inside]
posted by straw at 6:08 PM - 4 answers

May 28

What's the deal with the baseball union?

In the United States, I have been reading just a little about when and how sports might start back up. This includes some dispute between Major League Baseball players and owners. But I don't see anything about any similar such dispute with any other sport. Is that because MLB players have more power somehow, or what?
posted by NotLost at 11:24 PM - 7 answers

What iPad game should I play next?

I'm looking for games to play on my iPad. Current favorites are Stardew Valley and Polytopia, but I'm in the mood for something new. What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by beandip at 11:47 AM - 11 answers

May 26

explain it to me simply: how do I paint a model boat?

One of my lockdown projects has been building a model boat. This is an odd choice as I do not know or care much about boats, but it's absorbing and I think I'm learning some little things. One thing I can't seem to figure out is how to get the paint not to look absolutely terrible. I may need this explained in very simple terms. [more inside]
posted by less of course at 6:05 PM - 6 answers

Hair Chalk for Little Kid

My little one (3yrs old) wants to put a little color in their hair. Streaks of color. Silly fun. I'm looking for something that's safe for kids of that age, easy to apply, and washes out easily without creating a painful situation or an horrific mess. My googlin' has led me to something called Hair Chalk. Is this the direction to go? Any recommendations? Pitfalls? Is this just an awful idea? Thx!
posted by chasing at 11:53 AM - 15 answers

Can you help me up my bath game?

I’ve always loved a good bubble bath but during corona I notice myself taking them much more frequently. What can I add to make it more enjoyable and also help my skin? [more inside]
posted by LizBoBiz at 4:16 AM - 17 answers

May 21

Mental tricks for finishing projects

I'm a kind of person that has half a dozen projects on the go that are nearly finished. Nearly. The last 10% are always the hardest.That's where Pomodoro technique and "Don't break the chain" fail me. Are there any mental tricks to keep going? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 6:42 AM - 7 answers

May 20

How to give some structured fun or goals to walks & bike rides?

I'm working from home and going for lots of walks in my neighborhood these days. I generally bike commute but haven't been on my bike much lately at all. I've been thinking it would be nice to have some low key things I could do on my walks or a bit further afield on my bike. Sometimes I take photos of flowers or interesting things. Sometimes I'm with my partner or my dog, and sometimes both. But it would be great to have some sort of fun goal or structure to give a bit of interest and get me moving in some new directions or for longer walks. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 9:03 PM - 24 answers

May 18

Super specific "hoarders/storage auction"-type YouTube channel request

I am searching for a YouTube (or similar) channel where the host/creator is a hoarder or estate cleanup / declutterer / storage locker auction / vintage reseller-type who actually isn't a massive idiot, handles their finds and treasures respectfully, and organises/curates them properly for resale or donation. [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:24 PM - 6 answers

Virtual Escape Room Adventures

I tried a virtual escape room adventure for the first time this weekend, and it was quite fun. I did it with my sister's family over Zoom. Does you have recommendations for other virtual escape rooms we can try? Looking for family-safe adventures.
posted by storybored at 11:46 AM - 7 answers

May 16

How to use up really tiny scraps of cotton fabric

Lately I've been volunteering with a group making fabric face masks and I've accumulated a sizeable pile of 100% cotton fabric scraps that I'd like to use for...something. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 11:47 PM - 13 answers

Why is this race-car driver constantly jerking the steering wheel?

I know nothing about auto racing, but I saw this video on Facebook. It surprises me that the driver is constantly jerking the steering wheel to and fro, but there is no obvious change in direction of the car. If I did that in my car, I think it would zig-zag. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 11:53 AM - 11 answers

May 15

Indoor bicycling

I would like to be able to bike in my house. I have a bike. I don't have a ton of money. I am somewhat fat. Do I get a cheap bike training stand or a cheap exercise bike and if so, which one? Needs to be delivered by mail. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:25 AM - 17 answers

May 13

Tips for newly hatched kickbike commuter

In a fit of desperation I tried one of te electric scooters plaguing our city and, reader, I loved it. So I bought a Segway Ninebot G30. [more inside]
posted by J.R. Hartley at 2:09 PM - 1 answers

What are outdoor socially distant activities to do in NYC?

What are some outdoor activities that can be done in NYC during the weekend while respecting social distancing? Something like, a NYC audio walking tour or riding the NYC Ferry on the East River. Anything that is outdoors, can be done while wearing a mask, and where I can hopefully stay six feet away from others.
posted by andoatnp at 10:37 AM - 10 answers

May 10

Sex blanket or dog blanket?

I want to buy a waterproof sex blanket like the Liberator Fascinator. The Fascinator as a product marketed for sex purposes is very expensive (£110-120) compared to products that appear similar but are marketed as pet incontinence blankets (£15-20). Is there any reason why I should pay an extra £100 for the sex-specific version? Some TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 AM - 10 answers

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