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October 20

What kind of car is this?

Can you help identify the make, model, and year of this car, despite the fact that it has a few scratches and dents? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:27 AM - 9 answers

October 18

How to build a small wood gasifier stove-slash-campfire? TLUD for short.

I'm going backcountry camping in an area that doesn't allow campfires but does allow for contained fires such as you would find in a wood stove. I know there are commercial products out there as well as DIY/instructable type guides for making stoves out of things from tuna cans to soup cans to paint cans to aluminum pots. I want to hear about your first hand experience and/or empirical data or construction notes regarding best practices related to building my own. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:27 AM - 8 answers

October 17

Help me gear up for my first ski trip!

I'm hoping to go skiing for the first time this winter (somewhere in New England). I've been searching on Ebay for ski pants and a ski jacket. What else will I need to buy (vs. things I can rent)? Assume I have nothing super practical for doing active stuff outside. (All my winter stuff, while warm, is more about form than function. ) [more inside]
posted by quiet coffee at 7:05 PM - 12 answers

How to get creative with a zombie costume?

I'm low on cash and in possession of a standard issue Walmart zombie costume + duct tape + assorted items such as one might find lying around the house, like cheerios. I need ideas to level my costume game way, WAY up. [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 11:28 AM - 10 answers

October 16

Your favorite kids' chemistry kit?

I recently gave my younger child four plastic test tubes in a rack, and she is going to town with kitchen ingredients. It's a joy to watch. To riff off this, my parents have asked me to pick out a chemistry experiment kit as a birthday gift for the second grader. Do you have a favorite? [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 1:16 PM - 7 answers

October 15

Beginner knitter wants to do three color scarf. Help?

I'd like to do a scarf with three colors because I like them together and I often wear them together, so I think it would be a nice, unifying item (black, brown, and white-like a calico cat). Plus it would fun and challenging. But I don't know how! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:54 AM - 17 answers

October 13

I can't draw, but can I doodle?

I really like swirly doodley images and I would really like to be able to draw my own swirly doodly images, but mine are never very good. How do I get better at swirly doodling? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 9:35 AM - 18 answers

October 12

Niece, 11, wants to spend less time on 'phone

11-year-old, spending an average of 2.5 hours a day, mostly watching videos I think and mostly in the evening. She says she's doing it because she's bored and would like to cut down. We thought we would try an activity jar. We fill it with alternative activity ideas and she picks a random one when she's bored. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 11:41 PM - 11 answers

October 11

Leinster rugby tips/suggestions?

On a whim I booked a ticket to Leinster Rugby match in Dublin for Friday 12. I’m going solo, but I want to maximize this experience. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 3:32 AM - 4 answers

October 9

Plan My No Car Ski Weekends!

I'm a single parent in NYC with a demanding job and an overscheduled seventeen-year-old (academics, FIRST robotics, Model UN. He's a nerd.) We are both enthusiastic but kind of lousy skiers, and we didn't manage to go at all last winter because of the overscheduling problem, which made me sad and him sadder. This winter he's going to be just as overscheduled again -- there's no hope of taking a week to go someplace and settle in, so we were hoping to take maybe a couple of three day weekends over the course of the winter. (Literal) snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by LizardBreath at 7:52 AM - 9 answers

October 8

Tactile or wearable metronome besides the Soundbrenner Pulse?

Can anyone suggest a wearable (or pocket-able) metronome that delivers a tactile beat, besides the rather expensive Soundbrenner Pulse wearable? An iPhone app is also acceptable. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 6:38 AM - 2 answers

October 5

Attention Pokemon Trainers: My kid needs help

My 6-year-old son has recently gotten into playing Pokemon with some other kids in his afterschool program. I dutifully went out and bought him this trainers kit with 60-card deck. He now reports that the other kids won't play with him because his deck is too weak. I am Pokemon clueless. He keeps talking about EXes and GXes and I have no idea what any of this means. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:58 AM - 15 answers

October 4

Android game to help me survive my overwhelming life

Please suggest an Android game that I can play when overwhelmed, but also easily put down. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 5:52 PM - 32 answers

October 3

Pop a up Camping Tips for North Carolina, Please...

We recently came into a pop up camper and have been enjoying it immensely. Do you have any tips or tricks that made camping more enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by kabong the wiser at 7:54 AM - 3 answers

Remote bonding with sister

I'm living pretty much permanently overseas and want to play games or watch stuff with my sister via the internet while gabbing. Do you know good options? [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 2:29 AM - 8 answers

October 2

We didn't call it the Lonely Room

I asked once before and this question resulted in a real life store. We're looking to expand and since MeFi did so well naming us the first time, we're hoping for a clever name for our expansion. [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 5:01 PM - 14 answers

Knitting ?: keepin' it flat

I've been using a knitting stitch that naturally curls the scarf. I like it, but for my next scarf I'd like slightly less curling without losing the bouncy stretchiness of the particular stitch, which is kind of a fun stitch. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:05 AM - 26 answers

Managing "Risk"

I've got a group of friends that is almost entirely composed of former coworkers, all a bit younger than me who, at our previous job, were part of a big clot of young players at that company of that legendary strategy boardgame, Risk. I was not in that clot and, in fact, I've never played the game. I want to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt at 9:57 AM - 20 answers

September 30

I Need Some New-to-Me Compelling iPhone Quest/Story Games

I'm an iPhone only gamer (with the exception of Stardew Valley on Steam). My two favorite games ever are World of Goo and Waking Mars. What else will scratch this itch? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 2:00 PM - 11 answers

Jewelry crafters : recommend adjustable ring blanks that don't suck

My mom is a hobby ceramist and makes all kinds of little beads and baubles from clay and porcelain. She likes to mount them into necklaces, earrings (pendants) and rings. I want to gift her with good quality supplies for her birthday. What are your favourite ring blanks to work with? for reference she uses something like this a.t.m. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 12:42 AM - 4 answers

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