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February 16

Building an individual basketball player development program

Where can I find good practice routines/drills for developing individual basketball fundamental skills? e.g. dribbling, layups, passing, etc. All around game improvement is the goal to help improve enough to make varsity next fall. I'd like to build a practice schedule that can be done daily with metrics to track improvement. Something that can be done at home (in a driveway with hoop on garage) by yourself. Online mentors/coaching? Also, where can I get more information about improving the 'head game' part? Outwitting opponents, strategies, tactics, etc. Books, videos? Thank you
posted by GernBlandston at 9:08 AM - 4 answers

February 15

Live chat book club

I am looking for an online book club that has scheduled chatroom (or other versions of live chat) discussions. I want the discussion/chat of an in-person book club, but with the convenience of not leaving the comforts of home. Does such a thing exist, or is this one of those "be the change" things? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 12:57 PM - 5 answers

February 14

Old school gaming: coop multiplayer LAN

So I realise this is an incredibly dated question. I have a friend that I game with over a LAN. We play cooperative games like Civ. However (gasp) I am getting bored with Civ. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 7:36 PM - 10 answers

February 11

Fussy knitting question: decreasing in linen stitch

I'm making a project in linen stitch (with cotton yarn, which is a pretty hateful combination) and it just called for a decrease. I'm not sure how things match up from the next row on. [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 11:34 AM - 3 answers

February 10

Free/very low cost venues for small conference in the Los Angeles area?

A online discussion / blogger group I'm involved in is looking to hold a 2 day small conference in the Los Angeles area for about 50ish people this June and they're looking a venue that could be free (or very low cost) . This is not a for-profit group but they don't have official nonprofit status. This might be a tall order but I was asked to look into this and thought the MeFi hive mind might know! Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by zresearch at 8:19 AM - 3 answers

February 9

ideas for low-stress standing social events

I am looking for a regular social activity I can organise and invite friends and acquaintances to, which does not require ongoing commitment or skill. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 5:24 PM - 13 answers

February 7

Solo online / PC games with a vintage, paper RPG or board-game feel?

I'm looking for recommendations of current solo games that have a strong whiff of vintage RPG or boardgaming in their mechanics, art, and pace. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:35 AM - 20 answers

February 6

Do you have any good strategies for not getting sick on rollercoasters?

I love rollercoasters, and am planning an amusement park road trip with my son that is built around riding a whole bunch of them. But in my middle age I have started to get motion sickness from riding. It's the standard queasiness and bellyache stuff, where I feel like I'm gonna barf and then can't eat afterward. The internet suggests that Sea-Bands or Dramamine or [insert miracle cure] all work great, and simultaneously that none of them work at all. Do you have a strategy/regimen that has helped you keep riding?
posted by AgentRocket at 9:51 AM - 16 answers

February 5

all about that bass

This is the year I will finally start to learn the bass guitar. I have been looking at used ones on Craigslist. Other than one that will stay tuned, what do I need to look for/stay away from? And amps?
posted by jtexman1 at 4:55 AM - 25 answers

February 4

Lost Lion Latch-Hook? Replacement ideas needed

Any idea where I could get the pattern for Wonderart Lion Latch Hook Kit, 27" X 40" without re-buying the whole kit? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:40 PM - 2 answers

Recommend me some puzzle books!

I recently found out about puzzle books and my partner and I completed The Librarian's Almanaq last month and loved it. Can you recommend more of the same please?! I know there is a sequel to that one on Kickstarter: Conjurer's Almanaq. We enjoyed the variety of puzzles it provided and just solving it together over a period of time (maybe like 5 or 6 evenings) and that it was a screen-free activity too. Whatcha got?
posted by atlantica at 8:18 AM - 4 answers

February 3

Organising sheet music

I'm trying to figure out how keep my sheet music organised. My folders look like this. Ideally I'd have them alphabetized, but then each time I add a new sheet, I'll have to shift everything else. The other option is just to put them in as they come and have a frequently updated table of contents up front. Just wondering if I'm missing a better solution. [more inside]
posted by miaow at 10:13 PM - 16 answers

January 31

Repair or replace my aging bicycles? (n-2)

I'm a longtime bike commuter in Seattle, but not much of a mechanical expert. I currently have a road bike (carbon fork) and a hardtail mountain bike. Several things have gone wrong on both bikes in recent months, and the annual Seattle bike swap is coming up this weekend. Should I look for parts to fix the issues, or scrap em and jump ship? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by SoundInhabitant at 3:46 PM - 15 answers

January 30

Learning and doing small engine repair

Learning small engine repair never occurred to me before this question got me thinking it might be a hobby I'd like. Is there a better way for me to start than this community ed class? Is it a hobby that can generate a little profit? What are the other pros/cons/things to consider? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 3:54 AM - 7 answers

January 29

Dungeons & Dragons & Scholars

Are there any good sources that examine Dungeons and Dragons alignments in terms of real-world philosophy, or, alternatively, are there any good sources arguing that the alignment system necessarily relies on narrative logic and can never be productively used outside of the game? [more inside]
posted by Merus at 6:41 AM - 5 answers

January 28

Japanese Puzzle Boxes

I'm looking at getting my husband a Japanese puzzle box for his birthday. Which are the best types? [more inside]
posted by poxandplague at 1:57 AM - 3 answers

January 27

Do I need a new filter cartridge?

After being stored with a bit of pond water in it for seven years, there's a thin ring of light green algae growing around the bottom of the (Katadyn Hiker) filter cartridge. Do I need to replace it? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 11:15 AM - 6 answers

January 23

What Is This Mystery Tool?

This mystery object was found in my grandfather's summer cottage on the coast of Maine. Nobody in my family has any idea what it is. Do you know? He enjoyed sailing and birding, if that gives you any ideas. Link to photo album:
posted by lohmannn at 4:38 PM - 23 answers

Game ACcessibility Resources

Hi, AskMe. :) I bought a game on a whim a week or so back, and was pleased to discover it's ~98% accessible to the blind, almost by accident. I'm wondering how I might go about bridging the gap? [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 4:23 PM - 2 answers

how to take clear pictures

I recently took some photos using my Fuji x100f at my nephew's wedding. I was shooting mostly on aperture priority. For the most part, the shots came out well. A few shots came out unfocused and I am wondering why. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 4:10 PM - 11 answers

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