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July 26

Timelines: The world is bigger than Europe!

What are your favorite non-eurocentric timelines of world history? Anything in the 2000 BCE - 1920s CE range is helpful, especially if the events listed are likely to be common knowledge for people in the USA (and, to a lesser extent, other English-speaking countries). [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 9:12 AM - 4 answers

Free online US law education without a degree?

There are a wealth of resources for online education. Can anyone point me to resources for free online US law courses, or even good plans for studying law? I would also be interested in history courses that cover law and the (primarily US) courts. I am not interested in pursuing an actual law degree.
posted by OmieWise at 6:13 AM - 13 answers

July 23

Can you recommend a book for my daughter?

My daughter loves to read, especially Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Unfortunately, she's read almost all of them and she dissolved into tears when I said there wouldn't be many books left for her to read in those series. I'm looking for books for her to try next. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:44 PM - 36 answers

Learning Spanish via Internet

I've been learning Spanish for 4 or 5 years now. I've read a lot and now I need to start conversing. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 7:58 AM - 2 answers

July 22

Wrangling a large mass of sources

I'm working on an academic project that requires me to wrangle more voluminous sources than I normally deal with - four or five 600-page 19th century select committee reports and that kind of thing. I'm struggling to manage my notes and to keep a decent grip on everything that might be of potential interest to my research questions. How do you manage sources for this type of project? I have been writing 1-2 page synopses of each source, and noting page references to key quotations etc, but I'm wondering if there's some more efficient system for organising and studying this material that I'm missing. Any tips?
posted by Aravis76 at 6:46 AM - 5 answers

July 20

Does it still make sense to learn Latex?

I'm just starting graduate school and am researching different tools. One that appeals to me is Latex, but I'm wondering if it's seen as archaic or anti-social/collaborative these days. I'll be learning/writing about social/information science.
posted by 10ch at 12:20 PM - 20 answers

Being a part of the life of a kid with Asperger's Syndrome

Need suggestions on stimulating, having fun and helping a boy with Asperger's Syndrome have a fulfilling life. More inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump at 8:47 AM - 14 answers

July 19

I'm on the board of a small rural library...

and I'm looking for suggestions regarding innovative programs and ideas that would significantly benefit our patrons. [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 8:22 AM - 27 answers

July 18

Bookfilter - Moving < Transport < Logistics books

Hello Hive Mind - I'm looking for handbooks and histories on the topic of moving & transport. Can you please help me? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kmt at 3:56 AM - 1 answers

What are some good, accessible books on Roman history?

The Decline and Fall is obviously the first thing most people recommend, but I'm looking for something similarly comprehensive, but written more recently. Any recommendations?
posted by jtothes at 12:41 AM - 15 answers

July 17

iOS apps, websites and cartoons for a beginning Mandarin learner?

My 7-year-old took some Mandarin at school last year. I'd like to find something for him to continue to be exposed to it throughout the summer. Are there kid-friendly iOS apps (best), cartoons available on streaming (good), or websites (works for him some days) that I should point him towards?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 1:31 PM - 0 answers

July 15

Quiet place to study NYC West Side?

I need a quiet place to work. Sometimes w/ a laptop, but not always. The Main Library is, of course, the gold standard; and SIBL is pretty focussed too. But for reasons of time and access, finding a place on the west side is preferable. Public Libraries , esp. in the summer can be noisy and distracting. I know how I work best. Many colleges over here, but they all require student ids.? Could I join for the summer semester? A Seminary? A Museum? Any suggestions?
posted by ebesan at 7:07 AM - 8 answers

July 14

Blowing stuff up

What are the best book on anticolonial violence? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 1:18 PM - 3 answers

July 13

Educational material about Israel from a geographical perspective

Where can I find audio/videos to listen to while looking at maps of Israel? Specifically, I have an awesome wall map (6 feet tall). I'd love to listen to lectures about the regions, cities, migrations, rivers, seas, mountains, borders, etc... while studying the map. For example: Why was Tel Aviv selected as a place to develop especially? What role has the Port of Haifa played in military success? Where are the tunnels used by terrorists? Where were the borders at various times in history? What is the climate like in different regions, and how does this affect those region's cultures? What are the distances various air weapons can travel, both from and to Israel? Where do emigrants cluster (e.g. Russians, Americans, Ethiopians, etc.)? Where were famous Israeli personalities from and raised? Etc, etc, etc...
posted by daniel.poynter at 8:13 AM - 2 answers

Online courses to improve business communication skills.

Can anyone recommend any online courses or training resources that I can organise for my staff to help improve their business communication skills? (Written and/or verbal, or both) [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 5:21 AM - 1 answers

July 12

Mental Health and Addiction Rounds - Halp me Plan

Does anyone know of any North American Psychologists or Psychiatrists doing any work on how patients are treated differently, dependent on gender? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:44 PM - 10 answers

July 11

Racism pre-101 resources

The racism 101 resources available via Google are all aimed at the kind of person who might Google racism 101, generally a white liberal person who wouldn't immediately stop reading the first time they see the word "privilege". I'm looking for resources for the person at a stage well before that, if such resources exist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:11 AM - 21 answers

July 7

Should I attend a Writer's Digest conference, or something else?

I just retired from teaching and am resuming writing. I had an agent and had two books published (F/SF, mainstream publisher) twenty years ago, but my agent died and I'm basically starting from scratch. The Writer's Digest conference in August in NYC looks okay. Is it worth going? Or should I do something else first? [more inside]
posted by Peach at 3:05 PM - 7 answers

To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before!

I want a real career. After a decade of professional frittering, I'm finally coming into my own — I have deep focus and a desire to invest heavily in my future. What should I make of myself? [more inside]
posted by fritillary at 1:53 PM - 11 answers

July 5

Norm for conference presentations -- authors only?

I'm an academic. I'm new to supervising subordinates on my research and I'm unsure of the norms. Should a subordinate present at conferences on a project only if they would be a co-author on the article? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM - 13 answers

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