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November 26

Nintendo Switch vs XBox for confused olds

I want to get a videogame system, but I'm pretty out-of-touch with the pros and cons of the current generation of game consoles. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 10:06 AM - 9 answers

November 23

Good tours of film history in LA?

Would really appreciate any recommendations for interesting tours/places to visit/whatever really in the LA area that have strong connections to film history. [more inside]
posted by dmm9999 at 10:31 AM - 9 answers

Clearwater Beach activities?

My esteemed mother-in-law is headed down to Clearwater Beach, Florida from late January to the end of February to avoid the Massachusetts winter and would really like to find some activities to occupy herself while there. Anyone know of any good beginner art classes, nature classes, short-term volunteer opportunities in food banks or the like, anything else that could help her feel like she was using her time well?
posted by merocet at 9:19 AM - 5 answers

November 22

Help me torment my child with a screaming chicken

My 10 year old and I have been taking turns hiding one of those incredibly annoying screaming rubber chickens (yes, like the one Adam Savage used for his Ultimate Duck Army) to try to surprise and scare/annoy each other. So far he has gotten me MUCH worse than I have gotten him. I need to up the ante and come up with some creative new ways to annoy him with it. The more ridiculous, unexpected, Wile E. Coyote-esque, and over the top, the better.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 11:54 AM - 38 answers

November 20

Where can I buy a used sewing machine? Should I buy used?

My mom has a Sears Kenmore from the 70s, and it is solid. It's made of metal and it smells like oil. It has worked beautifully for the past four decades. Can I just buy one like hers somewhere? Should I? I'm in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 9:39 PM - 25 answers

Recommend someone with narrow feet some barefoot type shoes

So I've been using various different insoles for the last 13 years or so and they're doing almost nothing. I want to try something new and would like to try some barefoot type shoes (just for general walking rather than running) without any insoles to try and retrain my feet arches (they're almost non-existent). (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:24 PM - 7 answers

Best Family Boardgames

Ticket to Ride was a big hit with the grandkids last year. I'd like to get them another game. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 12:58 PM - 43 answers

Games that Simulate Multiple Generations

My favorite part of The Sims is watching a family grow and change through multiple generations. I'd like to iterate through those generations faster. [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 12:03 PM - 6 answers

November 15

Beginner seeks help with kayak purchase

My reasonably fit wife (49 y.o., 5'6", BMI of 24) is interested in getting a one-person kayak for day use and general recreation on lakes and in the California Delta river and tidal system. I have read enough about kayaks to understand that there's a lot I don't know. Please help us choose the right kayak for her. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 2:45 PM - 9 answers

Explain ISU rankings to me, please?

I'd call this inside baseball, but it's inside ice dance: how do the ISU world rankings work? Specifically, I don't understand this current ranking because Virtue/Moir in 3rd & Papadakis/Cizeron in 7th is crazy. Does this have to do with who's done 2 GP comps so far and who hasn't? Or...? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:45 AM - 2 answers

is my desired thing a thing? homologous anatomy coloring book edition.

I want to get my kid a coloring book that illustrates homologous anatomy of animals and people. Does it exist? Maybe there is a search term I am missing? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:15 AM - 6 answers

November 13

Carving for children?

My ten-year-old grandson is interested in carving. I would like to buy him a kit for Christmas, but I'm not thrilled with what I'm finding. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 8:28 AM - 18 answers

Games for Android and Windows

What are some good games for Android and Windows (assume pretty good specs for this question). My budget is around $100 and can stretch more if needed [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 3:32 AM - 6 answers

November 12

Hidden infrastructural marvels of the Southern California mountains

I've been finding many strange and unexpected infrastructural treasures on my hikes through the mountain ranges of Southern California/greater Los Angeles. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:37 PM - 6 answers

November 10


I’m spending January rafting the Grand Canyon. I am mostly prepared, I’ve done a lot of river trips and have backpacked a lot but this will be the longest I’ve spent on the river, and have never rafted the Colorado. Do you have any life hacks? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 7:46 PM - 8 answers

Christmas looms ever closer

My 5.5 year old wants a loom. Which of these basic models will bring the most enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 1:32 PM - 20 answers

Minecraft - tips for playing with young elementary, rules; hindsight

I once played Minecraft, but it's been about 5 years.. and now I have an interested kindergartner. I know there's some of you who have played this with your elementary kids... tips, rules you go by? [more inside]
posted by typecloud at 7:51 AM - 6 answers

November 9

Choosing a fatbike - what to look for

My wife and I have tried some fat bikes and they appear to be super fun. We're thinking about buying some, but with the prices involved, I'd like to know a few things. [more inside]
posted by Acari at 4:22 PM - 9 answers

November 7

I Need a Sound System and Advice

I am in the market for an excellent sounding system - speakers, subwoofer and amp. Maybe 50 watts per speaker. I'd go for something used if it was in pristine condition. It needs to be solid, a decent name, attractive, relatively compact and sound amazing. Clear and resonant like a bell. I want to hear everything that needs to be heard. Price range (clincher) around 300 bucks. What are my options?
posted by watercarrier at 10:12 AM - 3 answers

November 5

Looking for ways to stop cabin fever

I betray my Canadian heritage by not dealing with cold well so am spending a lot of time indoors lately and am looking for examples of what people do with themselves in the winter. What do you do to keep yourself from being bored when life prevents you from going outside? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 8:19 AM - 29 answers

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