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June 21

Should I scuba dive with allergies? Spooked.

I am intending to do my PADI Open Water Diver certification next Monday but have been struck with allergies. With medication, is it still safe to do this? [more inside]
posted by Willow251 at 2:56 AM - 10 answers

June 20

Mathematically favouring sports underdogs

A coworker told me that he doesn't enjoy watching basketball because the high scores give less opportunity for surprising victories, as the scores are a reasonably good statistical reflection of which team played better in a given game. The low scores of soccer lead to the opposite problem for someone who likes surprising victories, since ties are so common. He came to the fine Canadian conclusion that hockey is just right. I suspect that he is mathematically correct, but I'm not sure which mathematical or statistical tools would help me prove or disprove it. Are there laws of small numbers that would apply to this analysis? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 4:38 PM - 6 answers

June 19

mending gear bags

I currently have two bags for checking strollers or car seats on planes that I got for free because they're a bit beat up. I'm decent at sewing but don't have much experience with mending. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 3:26 PM - 7 answers

June 17

Calling Runner 5

What is the storyline of Zombies, Run! at the end of season 1, the race episodes, and the beginning of season 2? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:09 PM - 6 answers

Best cooperative retro games

Tell me about great co-op games that my family can play on a Retropie! [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 9:13 AM - 8 answers

June 16

Your Favorite Campfire Songs?

What are your favorite campfire songs? because singing around a fire with friends is generally the best.
posted by theora55 at 11:11 AM - 17 answers

Who's saying smart/witty things about the World Cup on Twitter

I just read Ruud Gullit's How to Watch Soccer (it's the U.S. edition) and wondered who are the football experts making insightful comments (live-tweeting is good too) on Twitter?
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:10 AM - 7 answers

June 15

Need some kind of fake glaze for my pottery

I took a pottery class, and all my pieces are fired (first firing, then glazed, then second firing). There is a problem though - I think the glaze I used for half my pieces wasn't mixed enough, so it basically did nothing. [more inside]
posted by cats are weird at 7:19 PM - 9 answers

June 11

Durable pants for commuting

I'm looking for some durable pants for bicycle commuting that work well in a casual (tech) office. My bicycle commute is 6 miles each way in San Francisco. I'm male, 6'2", and 220lbs, with pretty large thighs. The combination of cycle commuting and thighs that rub together means that I wear through the crotches in my pants fast, and I'm interested in finding some pants that are a little bit more durable. [more inside]
posted by kdar at 1:11 PM - 12 answers

streaming World Cup

Is there an up-to-date cord-cutter's guide to streaming the World Cup matches somewhere? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:21 AM - 6 answers

Can/Should I invite my caucus comrades to a party?

Hey, I've got an event coming up in about a month. Nominally it's in celebration of my birthday, but it's just meant to be a good excuse to get a sizeable number of people (c.30) together for a convivial event. My concern is whether I'm able to invite my comrades from my uni caucus to this event. As I don't know them from a social gathering, I'm concerned it may not be appropriate. I know them because we're in the same party, and work together towards the same political goals. [more inside]
posted by AnhydrousLove at 6:00 AM - 10 answers

June 10

What embroidery thread should I use?

I'm planning a cross stitch/embroidery that looks like a screen on a mainframe computer and I'm having trouble getting the shiny neon green look. [more inside]
posted by clarinet at 2:47 PM - 8 answers

June 8

Every Saturday, 2:45 to 5:15pm, no football on TV in the UK. Why?

More generally, am I right in thinking that UK football fans face all sorts of restrictions and limitations when it comes to watching Premier League matches on TV?
posted by BadgerDoctor at 6:02 PM - 2 answers

Online games / apps for busy boardgaming dads?

What are some engaging, multiplayer horror / sci-fi / fantasy online games or apps that have a boardgame-like feel? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:45 AM - 9 answers

June 7

ESPN Zone is closed. What's the next best option for that sort of thing?

Specifically, a sports bar with a 50' screen and recliners that you can find in metro areas (or at least, LA, NY, Boston, DC, SF, etc.). [more inside]
posted by jtothes at 10:03 PM - 2 answers

June 6

How do I buy a decent ping-pong/table tennis paddle?

Price point of $50 and then $100 -- what are the thigns to avoid or look for, and what are decent brands? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 10:59 AM - 4 answers

June 4

Petit Trianon on a budget: how to get a cheap 2nd home for weekend fun?

I would like to obtain or build a weekend getaway within about an hour of my home in Western NC. I see a bunch of tiny houses, yurts, etc., and then some dilapidated shamble shacks in small towns for around $35K. All of these possibilities make me giddy and wanting to binge out on HGTV renovation shows. But in real life, how do I proceed? Who do I need to hire, and what can I do myself? [more inside]
posted by witchen at 2:31 PM - 4 answers

June 3

NCAA March Madness change in rules for 2018?

I read somewhere that the rules for March Madness 2018 had changed slightly, and that these changes gave Loyola an advantage and helped them get as far as they did. However, I can't find/don't know how to look for information about this. Is there a good resource for these rule changes and their effects on the 2018 tournament? Bonus points for something easy to read for someone who just got into college basketball this year.
posted by pxe2000 at 2:06 PM - 2 answers

weekday london

What is best done in London on a weekday in July? I've lived here for a million years so this is NOT a tourist question. I've got a 2 week 'staycation' in our fair city and I want to know what you, a fellow Londoner, would do in the middle of the week which is more pleasant than done at the weekend. [more inside]
posted by citands at 12:32 PM - 13 answers

June 2

Want all MLB postseason games over laptop

Cheapest way to get access to all... [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd at 1:21 PM - 16 answers

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