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December 11

How can I varnish paper to make it more slippery?

I'm in the middle of creating a boardgame that uses a dexterity element. This means that players will physically flick little wooden spaceships across a printed paper board. To make the wooden spaceships glide nicely - I am looking for a finish or varnish or spray or something that will lower the friction of the paper. The goal is to make it easier for little wooden disks to glide over the printed paper surface with a flick. I've never used anything like this and I've no idea even where to start !
posted by Cogentesque at 3:09 AM - 17 answers

December 9

Have Desk, Need Hobby

In an effort to peel myself away from the computer more often, I am moving a desk into my walk-in closet to set up a "crafting space" of sorts -- however, I don't yet have a crafting hobby to use this space for! [more inside]
posted by space snail at 12:22 PM - 21 answers

December 7

Utah Ski Resorts - Local Resource/ Message Board?

I live in Utah and most of the local resorts are now open, but with limited runs + snow making. I'm trying to get a handle on whether it's worth visiting any of the resorts just yet - and if so, what to expect - and am wondering if there's a resource where I can find reports from real folks who have spent a morning/ afternoon/ day at a resort - e.g. "hey I spent the day at Brighton/ totally worth doing/ bit crowded/ mad-made snow's not bad" ?
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 11:11 AM - 4 answers

December 5

Weavers, please

I got a throw from a local weaver last year that I believe is made from chenille thread. All was fine until this summer when I started seeing some loose ends. I clipped them short and forgot about it. Now the throw is a mess, but not just where it started - both ends, and different parts of the middle. Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by evening at 5:30 PM - 3 answers

Costume party -- what to wear? Theme is "White Elephant Exchange"

I need really good ideas for what to wear to a Christmas costume party with the silly and expansive theme of "White Elephant Gift Exchange." Help! [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion at 5:21 PM - 23 answers

Dog friendly hikes near Moab?

In mid December, my dog and I will be traveling through the Arches/Canyonlands/Moab area. I know that my dear doggy friend is not permitted on the trails within the national parks. Can you recommend any trails outside the parks that are dog friendly and still really flipping cool and beautiful and similar to the in-the-parks-landscape? Looking for hikes 2-12 miles. Looking for stunning unique views.
posted by Grandysaur at 12:58 PM - 3 answers

A book, an opera, a soprano.

Is ther any way that I can get my hands on a CD or recording of the lyric opera staging of Bel Canto? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:12 AM - 2 answers

December 4

Need transcripts of baseball game play-by-play

I'd like to read transcripts of baseball play-by-play. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 1:25 PM - 2 answers

What type of dance lessons would help my husband?

My husband is not a good dancer. What type of lessons could he take that would help him shake it on the dance floor? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 11:46 AM - 14 answers

December 3

Suggestions for winter hiking groups, guided hikes

Avid hiker here. This winter, help me escape the dreary Northwest for a few weekend hikes (2-3 night camps) somewhere warmer and sunnier. [more inside]
posted by quantum at 5:00 PM - 2 answers

Things to do in Miami on Christmas/Christmas Eve

I will be moving to South Florida in a couple weeks - my partner is already there. We are both new to the area, and don't know anyone. What holiday-related events/activities are there in Miami on Christmas and Christmas Eve? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk at 4:56 AM - 1 answers

December 1

Fixing a too-tight knitting cast on

Knitting newbie here - I'm working on my first ever pair of socks. After a test-fitting today, the cast-on round isn't stretching enough to let a foot in (they're baby socks fwiw). The rest of the sock stretches fine - just that first cast on round is too tight. I figure I can undo the top round, pass the newly-exposed loops on to some needles, and then bind off loosely - is that an appropriate solution? (Secondarily, is there a different way of casting on that is more suited to stretchiness?)
posted by mustardayonnaise at 2:07 PM - 14 answers

November 30

How can I get better at solving NYT crossword puzzles?

I've been trying to improve my crossword game for a few months now, and I feel like I've hit a rut. I can usually solve the Wednesday puzzles, but beyond that, I have a lot of trouble getting through them. Are there any strategies for improving my crossword skills? I solve them either on the NYT website of their crossword app, if that makes any difference. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 1:27 PM - 19 answers

Father/Toddler Hobby Gift

What hobby gift would be good for my husband to do with our 21 month old ? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 7:33 AM - 16 answers

What should we do (and not do) in Orlando over Christmas break?

Family of four - Mam, Dad, college freshman, and high school sophomore are vacationing in Orlando December 23 - 30. We plan on going to various amusement parks. We've been to the area before, but not during the holidays. My understanding is that there are a number of special events and shows during this time. It is also my understanding that it will be silly crowded, so I'd like us to be able to maximize our amusement/aggravation ratios. Are there things that we should be sure to do/see? Are there things that would not be worth our time?
posted by qldaddy at 6:33 AM - 8 answers

November 29

Help me name my scavenger hunt team?

My office is having a scavenger hunt tomorrow, and my little team of environmental bureaucrats needs a fun name. I am at a complete loss. [more inside]
posted by suelac at 10:50 AM - 18 answers

Short story collections for a Terry Pratchett fan?

What short story collections would you recommend to someone who enjoys Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Adams, and Susanna Clarke? Nothing dark or disturbing, and they've already read Gaiman (but he's not a favourite). Thanks!
posted by haunted_pomegranate at 9:00 AM - 18 answers

November 28

How to get Appraise and Insurance for Chinese Stamp and Coin collection

My father has a collection of Chinese stamps from early 20th century and a quantity of old coins from the same period. According to the prices for some of these stamps on Chinese websites like, they can be pretty valuable. I want to find the best way to get insurance for them. We live in Oregon. Since these are Chinese stamps and coins, I am afraid not many in America would be able to appraise them right. What the best way to get them appraised and get the right insurance for them?
posted by Pantalaimon at 9:13 PM - 1 answers

November 27

Weird, gentle, story-type games on Steam

Non-gamer looking for recommendations for interesting, non-violent games on Steam. I like visual novels, dating sims, queer/trans stuff, gentle animal games, and mildly spooky stories. List inside of what I've already ordered! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 8:37 AM - 26 answers

Cycling shoes for big, bad feet

I'm looking for cycling shoes for clipless pedals (SPD). Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:47 AM - 8 answers

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