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May 19

First time cross stitch pattern

I haven’t touched cross stitch since I was in sixth grade. I would like to make and cross stitch a polyp*. Questions below. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 1:16 PM - 6 answers

Sunglasses for paddlesports and aging eyes

Looking for an optimal sports sunglasses + progressive prescription solution for sea kayaking. [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 9:58 AM - 10 answers

May 17

Hiking shoes or boots or trail runners? Olympic Natl Park + elsewhere

The basics: I live in Atlanta. At the end of June I’m going to ONP for a week to travel around and do a bunch of day hikes, starting at Port Angeles area and going from there via car. I want to buy shoes that will be suitable for that region and season but will still be useful to me on hikes around where I live (the Southeast) or other parks ill likely visit soon, like Acadia next summer. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 6:38 PM - 21 answers

May 16

How to make the most out of attending a baseball game?

I am mentoring a 15 year old and we were given tickets to see a professional league baseball game next week. Although we are both excited about doing something new and different, neither of us is particularly interested in sports or knowledgeable about baseball. What can we do to keep this outing as interesting and exciting as possible? [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 2:36 PM - 37 answers

May 12

Flatly Philately

Are any of these stamps worth anything? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 12:36 PM - 3 answers

May 10

Hobby class instructor seems to genuinely dislike me. How to let it go?

I've been taking classes for a hobby (ceramics) for about a year now and been quite enjoying the long, slow process of learning a new skill. It's been a few weeks into my most recent "semester" and it's become apparent to me that my current instructor and I are a bad fit. I've still got a month and a half left of classes and I'd rather not drop out, so how can I make the most of this time without having my new passion smothered by negativity? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 12:07 AM - 24 answers

May 7

Track little league stats

Did I mention my son is anlytically-minded? Please show me a tool I can use to track my son's little league stats. Ideally it would be an android app where I enter what happens in each at bat and then it calculates all the game stats and overall stats and spits out a spreadsheet with that info. He wants hits by type (single, double etc.) and RBIs and runs, at least. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 5:22 AM - 9 answers

May 4

How to throw a baseball (fielding, not pitching)

I throw like a person who can't throw a ball. My son (7 yo) plays baseball and his throwing skills aren't great. Primarily he needs to work on getting some distance/a nice arc instead of just bouncing the ball in front of the target (detail below the fold). Please point me to resources, ideally videos, that can help him learn to throw better. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:29 PM - 16 answers

Proper iPhone Camera settings for recording bike ride?

I have an iPhone 15 Pro Max and a Peak Design Out Front Bike Mount. I recording one ride and turned on "action mode". It's very shakey, not at all smooth like I see in videos on YouTube. What settings should be on on the video? Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 3:14 PM - 0 answers

April 28

What did the Chunichi Dragons baseball cap look like circa 2002?

Presumably it was blue with a white insignia. Present day, the hat has the white insignia of an overlapping “CD” in block letters. In the 1992 movie Mr Baseball, the white insignia was a script “D.” But what about 2002? I care because a character wore one in the 2002 Haruki Murakami novel Kafka on the Shore. I want to buy the same hat.
posted by glenngulia at 5:10 PM - 3 answers

Picking up Piano Again as an Adult

I "studied" piano in college and played the flute prior to that complete with music theory classes. I want to get back into playing piano as it by far my favorite instrument but I have questions. If you picked up piano (or any instrument) later as an adult, I'd love your advice. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 12:18 PM - 11 answers

April 27

What is this baseball stat?

I'm looking at a baseball box score on ESPN's site. At the bottom of the pitching section there's a line for "Game Scores" with a number for one (but only one) of the pitchers for each team. I can't even guess what the number is suppose to represent. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 5:21 PM - 4 answers

April 24

Tips & Recommendation for an Aspiring Leather Crafter?

I have recently developed an interest in getting into leather crafting. I don't think I'll ever want to become an actual cobbler, but I would like to make some smaller, simpler things, such as leather cuffs, notebook folders, belts, tote bags. What tips and recommendations do you have for an aspiring leather crafter? What books should I read, what websites should I visit, what online and Toronto-area suppliers should I check out, and what supplies and tools will I want to acquire first?
posted by orange swan at 1:41 PM - 2 answers

April 16

Games like Nine Arches (but different)? Other suggestions?

I am looking for non-screen activities to do with a parent and a 12 year old kid. [more inside]
posted by Number Used Once at 12:35 PM - 4 answers

April 14

Tell me about race car racing in the US

I'm organizing a group of families to go support a local race car racing team. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 10:04 AM - 5 answers

April 9

What findings would you use with this chain?

I have a bunch of short lengths of a tubular metal jewelry chain and I'd like to figure out how best to cap them so I can use them in jewelry? Pics of an example of the chain on Imgur. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:20 AM - 5 answers

April 6

After Dinner Board Games

I am looking for games to play with 4 people. One of the people is a 9 year old. One of the people's has ADHD and doesn't like complicated games. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:48 AM - 33 answers

April 5

How to make it possible to match event-organizers with houses for events

I'm working on a project here in Toronto to encourage people to organize fun, small participatory events. I love the idea of those events happening in peoples' homes. I'm aware of some past projects (like the now defunct-Artery) that matched up performers and organizers with people who wanted to host concerts/events in their homes. I'd love to do something like that. I'm looking for any advice/tips/experiences on how to make that work. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:46 PM - 2 answers

April 4

How to transform counted cross-stitch pattern into a printed one?

I bought a beautiful Crosstitch pattern which I did not realize was counted rather than printed. How can I transfer the pattern to the cloth in such a manner that I do not have to count when I actually do the stitching? [more inside]
posted by uans at 9:39 AM - 6 answers

April 3

Camera settings for total solar eclipse

I would like to take at least one decent photo of the total solar eclipse on Monday (weather permitting, of course). However, I don't want to be fiddling with my camera instead of enjoying the experience with my own eyes! Help me set up my camera ahead of time with the best possible settings. [more inside]
posted by Don_K at 8:03 AM - 9 answers

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