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July 26

The best Olympic news of the day

Where can I go to find the best, coolest stories about the Olympics each day? I'm talking about stuff like this or this—the upsets, the unusual developments, the huge wins from smaller countries that might otherwise get overlooked, etc. Totally agnostic as to any particular sport or discipline. Just want good stories—thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 1:18 PM - 5 answers

July 25

Where can I find nation agnostic coverage of the Olympics?

I would like to follow the Olympics from the US without being subject to any jingoism or nationalism. Does anyone have a source of coverage that might fit the bill? I'm boycotting NBC and I've checked out various US based sports journalism sites without much luck. Also, I'm sorted with a VPN and BBC iplayer access, but they're going the full English breakfast. Focus on politically activist athletes would be a bonus. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 8:00 PM - 10 answers

Fixing a very old butane lighter

I got a butane lighter that isn't working. I tried to refill it and it's still not working. I can't find online instructions for a similar lighter so I'm not sure how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 12:34 PM - 9 answers

Why is the Olympic Rings logo different this year?

Why did the Tokyo organizers get rid of red, green, blue, black, and yellow? In every display of the 5 interlocked Olympic rings I've seen on Eurosport, all 5 are white.
posted by Homer42 at 3:54 AM - 9 answers

July 24

Anti colonialist video games

Are there any good video games where you play as the force resisting colonialism that are not set in the future? I'm especially looking for any that let you take the role of guerillas. (Also, no Nazis, they're the easy, go to baddies) [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 10:55 PM - 18 answers

Easiest boat to get back into from the water?

I'm completely uneducated when it comes to boats. I want one for a very specific purpose. Help me find the perfect little boat for lake swimming! [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 9:12 PM - 16 answers

Folding things? My bike folds, folding caravans are a thing, what else?

I have a folding bike and it's really useful. I came across folding caravans this morning (here if interested, and the short video at the bottom of the page is worth watching IMHO). What other folding things exist and are they any good? Thanks!
posted by chr at 8:19 AM - 33 answers

July 22

Bearanoia vs. scented products

My partner and I are experienced but not expert backpackers, and we both verge towards the OCD side of things, and have questions about Bears and scented products. [more inside]
posted by soylent00FF00 at 5:03 PM - 21 answers

Boat Title Question

I recently bought a boat, it was a bit of an impulse buy but not a very big investment. The seller had the title and the previous owner signed it but he never filled in the buyer portion, signed the title or registered the boat. I don't think it would be a big deal (from a process standpoint, not the legality standpoint on the sellers part) but the date that the original seller signed is 2013. What kind of headache am I going to get into when I go to register this boat? I'd be registering it in WV and its a WV title.
posted by jmsta at 6:57 AM - 1 answers

July 21

Watching the Olympics - Obscure sports edition

I saw this question about watching the Olympics this summer from a month ago, but I have a more specific follow-up. I want to watch obscure sports / events online on a live feed (or more likely on a 13 hour delay as I am in NY). What subscription do I need to do that? [more inside]
posted by DEiBnL13 at 8:56 PM - 13 answers

How do people actually dispose of acrylic paint water?

I think the Internet is full of lies when it comes to advice on how to dispose of old paint water. [more inside]
posted by tofu_crouton at 1:34 PM - 7 answers

July 20

Nikon marketing contact?

Can anyone suggest a point of contact at Nikon (probably in Marketing)? I want to see if they can do anything for a photographer who does a ton of great pro bono work. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 12:44 PM - 3 answers

July 18

Biking for beginners, pittsburgh ed.

I love how Pittsburgh as transformed itself into a much more bike friendly city than it was 20 years ago when i lived here! I'd love some help planning a short little bike trip with a new/slightly nervous biker in tow? [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues at 7:40 AM - 3 answers

July 15

Sewing Machines for Dummies

I want to learn how to sew. On a sewing machine. I have been roundly discouraged from this pursuit in the past, as it is "old-fashioned" and "you can just go buy what you need." Call me old-fashioned and poky, then, I don't care anymore! I am well versed in the art of sewing by hand, but that sort of thing takes *too damn long* if you want, say, curtains by the end of the next century. I'm not a medieval seamstress! [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 1:40 PM - 31 answers

Simple chess notation question

I ran across this chess problem and... I can't follow the given solution. Is there a chess program where you input the notation and it illustrates the moves? I have looked on LiChess but not found anything... Puzzle below - [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 2:27 AM - 4 answers

July 14

BBC Treasures

My most recent post was the Ashenden adaptation the BBC did a while ago. What other BBC treasures are currently available on YouTube? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 7:01 AM - 6 answers

July 12

Summer vacation destination to make both Boston and NJ travelers happy

I'm looking for a fun summer vacation spot in between metro Boston (where I live) and Northern NJ (Short Hills area, where my siblings& their kids live). The Catskills could work but I've had a hard time searching there. There will be 3 families with 5 adults and 7 children, ages 4 months to 8 years. I'm finding it relatively easy to search for single hotel rooms but harder to search for a group. Hence my question to all of you to see if there's a place where you've had a good experience. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 11:38 AM - 6 answers

July 11

How difficult is it to skipper a motorboat?

We are moving to the west coast of Scotland and I'd like to get a motor boat to explore the coastline and some of the islands. I have some limited boating experience helping out but am mostly a boating novice. I'm definitely wanting to learn the right way and will take the relevant training courses. But how difficult will it be to learn? Also how will I know what size boat I will need to safely navigate the routes I want to take? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 12:10 PM - 12 answers

July 6

Non-metallic gold yarn for crochet shawl

I am on a quest for that unicorn yarn -- something that looks like cloth-of-gold, without the metallic threads. The color I am going for is true gold or burnished gold (bright gold or soft, duller gold), not bright yellow or tan (more below the fold). [more inside]
posted by TrishaU at 7:32 AM - 8 answers

July 5

Am I being rude? Bike path etiquette

I frequently ride my bike on city paths that have two bike lanes and one pedestrian lane. A situation often occurs which annoys me... [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 2:48 PM - 42 answers

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