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December 29, 2018

GameFAQs but for aspiring auto mechanics

I'm a novice shade-tree auto mechanic, and I'm wondering if there are any online resources for building mechanical problem-solving experience. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 7:44 PM - 4 answers

Get new tires BEFORE I sell my barely used bike (?) and other questions

About a year ago, I impulse bought a very nice road bike (Specialized Sirrus) with some accessories for all told, around $800. Fast forward to now: bikes just aren't for me, and I want to sell it.* I'm sure I won't get nearly as much as I paid, and I'm ok with that. Wondering the best way to go about selling with some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by Kemma80 at 8:37 AM - 12 answers

December 28, 2018

What live sports worldwide can I stream free with my VPN?

I am based in the U.S. but have a VPN. I enjoy watching live sports, especially various football codes (soccer, rugby, Aussie rules, Gaelic or Canadian football) and snooker, but other things too. Top flight competition is fine, but I enjoy minor league events as well: in the last few weeks I've streamed 3. Liga matches on German public television and a Welsh-language broadcast of Welsh Premiership Rugby via the BBC iPlayer, for instance. What kinds of other free but perhaps geographically restricted sports broadcasts could I be enjoying?
posted by sy at 6:02 PM - 3 answers

help me shop for a classical guitar?

I'm considering taking up classical guitar again for fun, but don't own one currently and haven't bought one in almost two decades, and I could use some help as I'm thinking of obtaining a guitar. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by yhlee at 5:24 PM - 6 answers

December 27, 2018

Help me find the perfect hot wheels travel set!

My son has become obsessed with hot wheels cars. I’d like something I can pack in our go bag for restaurants, grandma’s house etc. which will let us store a few cars inside it for transport then have some sort of play feature when we arrive. [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 8:35 PM - 2 answers

Sewing: practical source of zany kids' clothes, or more labor of love?

I'm considering buying a sewing machine, perhaps the Singer 4423 that Wirecutter likes, for making kids' clothing. Am I underestimating the difficulty involved? And/or, will my endless quest for affordable tall slim-fit clothes in bright/bold prints merely turn into an endless quest for affordable knit fabrics in bright/bold prints? [more inside]
posted by teremala at 2:12 PM - 20 answers

December 26, 2018

Birthday excursion for 14 year old boy in SF Bay Area

I am a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a boy who will be turning 14 in January. Help me come up with a great activity/experience in the San Francisco Bay Area to make his birthday extra special. [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 5:16 PM - 12 answers

How do 'sacrifices' work in Unstable Unicorns?

Santa brought 'Unstable Unicorns', and there was some disagreement about how certain cards could be played. [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 2:41 PM - 3 answers

What are the best online tutorials for a new guitar player?

I am now the proud owner of a very basic beginner's acoustic guitar. What are the best online tutorials for an adult who has never picked up a guitar before yesterday? [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 8:11 AM - 9 answers

Once you've mastered Ikea furniture...

I don't understand sewing patterns but I'd like to. I need someone to show me exactly how to interpret the pattern and put together the piece. Is there a video, preferably on YouTube, that shows every step in detail of a specific sewing pattern? Has to be an item of clothing or a 3D object more complicated than a pillow. No generic patterns or generic instructions-- needs to be a pattern with a number than I can buy and sew along with.
posted by blnkfrnk at 7:38 AM - 8 answers

December 25, 2018

Games for mixed group

I’m looking for games and activities that are suitable for a family of mixed abilities including one senior who has trouble learning complicated new rules but does remember a lot of general knowledge stuff, especially literature and history. We used to play games that rely on mental ability but lately that seems unfair. Games like quirkle, chess, scrabble or rummy are out. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 6:33 AM - 18 answers

December 22, 2018

Repairing a ripped seam on a nylon backpack?

I have a nylon daypack that has a 3" (and slowly growing) rip along one of the seams. The nylon fabric is textured and not "smooth". What's the best DIY repair answer for this? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 5:11 AM - 7 answers

December 18, 2018

Recasting acrylic pen blanks

I have some leftover bits of acrylic pen blanks. Can I melt and recast them? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 12:33 PM - 3 answers

Help me buy a digital piano

I'm planning to buy a digital piano, hopefully for around the £1000 mark. I'm a competent pianist but have relatively little idea what I should be looking for in a digital piano, and the options are somewhat overwhelming. Please help me narrow it down a little! [more inside]
posted by bored_now_flay at 8:35 AM - 17 answers

Good gift for casual fisher?

My dad has recently taken up fishing as a casual retirement hobby and I'm in search of something that might be fun/different/make his life easier! [more inside]
posted by clarinet at 5:28 AM - 5 answers

December 17, 2018

Ya Gotta Have Heart(s)

I have played, over the years and documented in my overall statistics, over 5,000 games of Microsoft Hearts. I am convinced the game cheats. Does it? [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 9:43 PM - 7 answers

Looking for social hobbies/activities

Pretty much all of my current hobbies are a) seriously boring and b) individual activities. I'm interested in finding some hobbies (or activities, in general) that are more social in nature. Preferences inside (although, there aren't that many). [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 8:10 PM - 19 answers

acting 101 for adults- Bay Area

Looking for recommendations on exploring the theater itch, for zero-experience adults. I'm in the Bay Area and would love any Bay Area-specific program recommendations, though please provide any general advice you think is useful for people elsewhere. Also interested in voice acting. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by twoplussix at 2:12 PM - 4 answers

Two turntables, hold the microphone, please

I'm looking for a pair of cheaper direct-drive turntables for amateur DJ'ing (just basic mixing, not scratching). What's a decent make and model at the lower end of the price spectrum? Secondhand is fine. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 4:16 AM - 3 answers

December 16, 2018

Presents for people living in boats

Looking for something useful to buy my father, who has recently moved back to living on a boat (catamaran, sailing boat, 32 feet) after about 7 years on dry land. He's got the basic necessities and doesn't do the more kitschy end of things - what might he need? The boat as they always do needs some work. I have seen this thread.
posted by paduasoy at 1:47 AM - 17 answers

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