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June 4

Until the feminist revolution, we must make our own pockets

My partner wants some way to carry stuff when they wear skirts. Purses are not an option. What can I DIY? [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 6:28 PM - 32 answers

Best affordable summer camp/canoe trip supplies for 12yo boy

We are not outdoor people but our son is excited to go to canoeing camp in New England this summer. This means he'll probably encounter variable weather and temperatures. Being cold, wet and miserable will certainly doom the whole adventure so can mefites help me decide how to best spend my limited budget to get him the necessary equipment that will protect him from the elements and survive two months of abuse by a pre-teen? [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 5:42 PM - 23 answers

What did I witness zooming past me on I79?

On Saturday June 1st I was traveling north on I79 in WV. Somewhere around mile marker 65 this group of 7 or 8 cars passed me all going well over 100 mph. It was a mix of sporty vehicles that you don't expect to see in this area. I remember an Audi R8 leading the pack, followed by a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, a few nondescript hatchbacks, trailed by a Chrysler Crossfire convertible. [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 7:28 AM - 6 answers

June 1

Dungeons & Dexterity

Does a 5e ranger using a longbow add its dexterity mod to the Horde Breaker damage roll? “Once on each of your turns when you make a weapon attack, you can make another attack with the same weapon against a different creature...”
posted by michaelh at 7:03 PM - 3 answers

Different wordlists for different Words with Friends players

In the game Words with Friends, my opponent is playing words that the game won't let me play. She just played JA in her most recent move, but when I try to play it, in the very same match, it says, "JA is not a valid word." What's going on? [more inside]
posted by chromium at 5:00 PM - 5 answers

knit-filter: how can I extend this pattern?

I have run through the lace pattern on this blanket (easy, fun, pretty pattern!) four times and, frustratingly, ran out of yarn one row from binding off. [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 4:27 PM - 10 answers

Pokemon card interpretation

What's the best place to go for "official" interpretations of confusing text on Pokemon cards? Most sites, including the official Pokemon card database, just repeat the text on the cards. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 6:30 AM - 4 answers

May 30

Drivetrain for touring bike

I currently have Campagnolo on the bike I use for touring, but I'd like to switch to a more forgiving crank (either something smaller or a triple), plus Campy parts are hard to find here so I'm thinking of swapping out the whole group. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bighappyhairydog at 10:38 AM - 9 answers

Yoga teacher life

Yoga teachers of MeFi, I would really love to hear about your work and daily routines. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 4:19 AM - 1 answers

May 28

Which cheap seats? Chicago Cubs edition

Going to catch our first game ever Cubs game in early August. We are not huge fans, but want to experience Wrigley Field. We are targeting an afternoon game, and trying to figure out which 400 level seats to get. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 4:54 PM - 3 answers

May 24

Friday Night Simulators

Inspired by this FPP, which modern base-building or Dwarf-Fort-like simulators are as radically pro-labor as ancient Judaism,* that is, games with days of rest or weekends? [more inside]
posted by bagel at 5:40 PM - 1 answers

May 23

RPGs to play on Nintendo Switch for an 11 year old?

My son is dying to play Skyrim - he loves RPGs and this seems right up his alley but when I look at reviews I've seen mentions of rape potentially in the game. Looking at other RPGs, like Octopath Traveller, there is some major objectifying of women. Is there an RPG that is appropriate for an 11 year old on Switch? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 1:41 PM - 17 answers

Crosswords as game mechanic

Are there any games (primarily video/digital games but I'm open to all kinds of suggestions) that involve crosswords as part of a larger game and/or as a game mechanic?
posted by divabat at 6:05 AM - 6 answers

May 22

Jigsaw puzzle question, 60s versions?

Back in the late 50s and 60s, we used to do a lot of jigsaw puzzles. Generally they were strip cut (rows of pieces horizontally and vertically), but unlike modern puzzles the pieces weren't fully interlocking. Lots of them had one, two, more rarely three, and rarely all four sides "wavy", that fit up against other such wavy pieces. It not only provided more variety than today's fully interlocking pieces (with all four sides locking), but it made it a little easier to make the puzzle because you could identify differences more easily. I've looked at a lot of modern puzzles and anything that's strip cut has fully interlocking pieces, all four sides being either tab or slot. [more inside]
posted by Tom Blees at 3:03 PM - 6 answers

May 21

where to find thin metal sheets that will attract magnets

I'm looking for metal that is really thin... maybe no more than 2-3 pieces of paper in thickness that is magnetic. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 1:16 PM - 13 answers

May 20

What is an MC split?

A half-marathon race tracker marked a split called "MC". What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 4:03 PM - 11 answers

Where does one find sheet music these days?

Where do I buy sheet music for a piano? Yes, I am old. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by executive_dysfuncti0n at 8:33 AM - 12 answers

May 19

What games for Nintendo Switch would I like?

I am getting a Nintendo Switch through an employee recognition program at work. I'm not a big gamer and never owned a console system before. I'm looking for some game suggestions to get me started. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 10:49 AM - 31 answers

May 16

Repeat ad nauseum

What are some examples of activities that kids might ask to do over and over again but that are significantly less fun for any adult involved? [more inside]
posted by Miss Viola Swamp at 7:54 PM - 46 answers

May 14

ISO the thinnest bike gloves available for purchase

I hate wearing gloves when I bike unless it's for warmth. If I don't wear gloves when I bike long distances, the palms of my hands get destroyed. What are the thinnest fingerless bike gloves I can get? Absolutely no padding, please--I basically want hand condoms. Willing to spend up to $80 for quality, but I don't mind frequently replacing cheap ones if they meet the criteria. Dark colors & cute are bonuses. Women's XS/S if it matters.
posted by rhiannonstone at 8:41 PM - 16 answers

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