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July 14

Looking for more retrospective company disaster books

I've discovered there's a particular type of story I'm drawn to and would like to find more books like this, but it's quite specific. [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper at 8:03 PM - 21 answers

July 12

Baby life jacket

Suggest a good life jacket for a baby... and can I size up slightly? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 8:05 PM - 5 answers

July 11

Recommend me a used motorcycle - new rider, older standard bike

Looking for recommendations for motorcycles to keep an eye out for. I'm a new rider, and prefer the style of the older standard bikes and UJM's. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 9:08 AM - 6 answers

I got a Dartboard! Yeah! But how do I install it?

A few weeks ago, I received a surprised package: A dartboard inside a cabinet. Something along the lines of this. [more inside]
posted by james33 at 4:56 AM - 4 answers

July 10

British gold sovereigns - any experts in the house?

1963 British gold sovereign with George V on it instead of Elizabeth II - error? Counterfeit? Something else? [more inside]
posted by Mirax at 7:00 PM - 4 answers

Videos of orchestras with featured people of color

My two year old watches videos each night in the bathtub and he’s on a timpani and piano kick. All of the featured solo artists that pop up for us are white and male - I’d like to create a playlist featuring more diverse orchestra solos or recitals and need your help! Any instrument welcome - we tried oboe tonight.
posted by melodykramer at 5:10 PM - 18 answers

July 9

What are the best videos out there that show creative problem-solving?

Turns out I really love watching videos of a very specific genre: people attempt an ambitious project they have no idea how to do successfully. There are many failures, great narration of thought process, charming and engaging hosts who sometimes get visibly stymied or frustrated, and some success at the end. Think like Mythbusters or Bon Appetit's Gourmet Makes series as my ideal entries in this genre. The challenge is that I'd like more examples that are between 10-15 minutes in length. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl at 4:24 PM - 15 answers

Where to buy a large metal ring?

I just finished the large mandala, as seen here. Except that mine came out bigger than hers, and I now need a metal ring that's approximately 22.5 inches across. I actually bought one at Michael's that's 19 inches, which was the biggest they had, but it's too small. My internet sleuthing powers have failed me, so I am turning to MeFi! Or is there some other way I could mount it on the wall without the ring?
posted by madonna of the unloved at 11:46 AM - 8 answers

July 8

How do I go about hiring a consulting metallurgist for a hobby project?

I'd like to hire a metallurgist to help me understand some science so I can be accurate when I write about it, and I'm not sure where to go or how to structure the arrangement. [more inside]
posted by woot at 6:55 PM - 5 answers

Need ideas for competitive teen events at church conference

I have to plan about 12 hours of fun competitive games for some pre-teens and teens at a church conference while the adults are being churchy. I am fairly resource constrained and bound by expectations of, well, parents at a church conference. I want the kids to have fun. I don't want to get sued. But I want to come up with stuff that they might not have experienced before. (Requirements below the fold.) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 10:50 AM - 13 answers

July 7

Tell me about your bar games!

After stumbling across a couple videos recently of some unusual (to me) bar/pub games, I want to learn about more and maybe find venues to try them out. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 12:12 PM - 13 answers

July 6

I'm a total square

My life is hectic and very tightly scheduled; I don't have a lot of time for indulging my hobbies and interests anymore, and I feel like I have become boring. What's some useful self-talk I can use to combat this feeling? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 5:04 PM - 12 answers

Is there a bike type best suited for hand pain?

I have permanent hand damage and chronic pain that is keeping me from engaging in almost all of my hobbies and sports (Netflix, I am so tired of you!) -- and I desperately, desperately need a physical activity to help me manage my stress levels. I can't currently ride either my beloved trail bike or road bike. This may be a long shot, but is there any type of bike that does not rely on having a good hand grip specifically with the thumbs to control the bike and doesn't put pressure on the hands? [more inside]
posted by vers at 12:22 PM - 15 answers

July 4

Replacing rear wheel with 7 speed gear hub

I am driving a 30 year old Triumph bike that is in OK shape, but the ball bearings of the rear wheel are shot, and the whole gear hub is not repairable, says my mechanic. Replacing everything would cost about 200€ plus the price for installation. That far exceeds the bikes worth, and I would like do do it cheaper and myself, but I have very limited knowlege about bike repair. [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 3:01 AM - 8 answers

July 3

How can I give an old PS3 new life?

My son was just given a PS3 console. It came with a power cord, a cable connector, and nothing else. I am not a gamer and need some advice on how to make this a functional object, preferably in an inexpensive way. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:51 PM - 17 answers

July 2

US women's soccer- Seattle U District

Seattlefilter- Where in the U District can I watch the US women's soccer game today? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 10:59 AM - 4 answers

June 30

(anti-workaholic) hobbies

I've come to the realization that I'm kind of a workaholic, and I think it's because I don't have anything to look forward to outside of work. Hobby suggestions? Requirements within! [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 2:50 PM - 33 answers

Minimal fishing kit

Suppose I own a decent fishing rod and reel and nothing else, only want to fish at a pond stocked with trout and bass, and want to spend the minimum amount of money that will maximize my chances of catching fish, especially trout (to eat, not to catch and release). Also that I know nothing.
posted by HotToddy at 11:19 AM - 10 answers

June 27

Outdoor bucket list activities.

What are some outdoor activity bucket list items that people do? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 7:24 AM - 30 answers

June 25

How to make writing a hobby when you have nothing to say?

I'm not sure what to write about. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 5:29 PM - 28 answers

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