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I signed up for What should I learn?

I want to upgrade my skills so I can make more money. I signed up for, and now I don't really know where to start. What are some in-demand skills I can learn there? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Work & Money at 2:01 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 8 answers [31 favorites]

Software dev looking for daily edification

I'm working on creating good daily habits, and I'd like to incorporate some programming/CS/software dev exercises while I'm between school and work. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Technology at 2:33 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 4 answers [18 favorites]

excuse me i would like MORE magic dustpans

Fantasy where people who do housekeeping/domestic/child rearing activity are awesome because of it, and not in spite? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine to Media & Arts at 7:59 AM on Jun 23, 2017 - 16 answers [14 favorites]

Vacation with nieces & nephews - how to be entertaining?

What are some tips on how to be fun with younger kids without getting exhausted?? I'm spending four days at the beach next week with my partner's niece and nephews. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Human Relations at 6:16 AM on Jun 22, 2017 - 23 answers [23 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

First Trip to IKEA

Never been to IKEA. I'll be going soon with some family members who have also never been to IKEA. Probably won't go again anytime soon (far away). I'm looking for any tips for the experience, any items to avoid or really look for, and how to have the most enjoyable, fun time there. None of us are looking for anything specific, but are furnishing new homes or moving into new apartments. One of us has a nice-sized gift card to use (not me).
posted by Aranquis to Shopping at 11:11 AM on Jun 22, 2017 - 70 answers [13 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

How to copy/archive a favorite website?

One of my go-to websites for Japanese Recipes, Washoku Guide suddenly announced that they're closing up shop next week. That's not enough time to go through and copy all my favorites! Is there any way to copy/archive the whole thing myself?
posted by Caravantea to Computers & Internet at 3:32 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 10 answers [11 favorites]

Books for procrastination/self-defeating help

Please recommend books for help with procrastination/self-defeating thinking; specifically the feeling that "it's too late" to do anything. [more inside]
posted by Mid to Human Relations at 9:16 AM on Jun 21, 2017 - 12 answers [44 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Are people with the same name [as me] hindering my job search?

I've been submitting resumes via an online job search engine, with no responses. I live in an area with a lot of jobs; I have skills, so I'm at a loss. For reasons, I have no online presence. After poring over AskMe and Ask A Manager, I've been considering creating a LinkedIn profile, though I'd prefer not to. After searching my very unique name, I found, much to my surprise, three other people with the same name. [more inside]
posted by racersix6 to Work & Money at 11:42 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 15 answers [8 favorites]

Intersectional resources for foster/adoptive families

Looking for online resources about foster care parenting and adoption. More inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee to Society & Culture at 9:01 AM on Jun 23, 2017 - 3 answers [7 favorites]

Any wealthy advice for a new board of director?

Hi All. I have finally joined a small non-profit board of directors organization. I am trying to seek some advice, tips, glossary tips, legal advice, project management, and career advice as a board of director. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow to Work & Money at 12:22 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 7 answers [6 favorites]

How do I become an official scorer in professional baseball?

I like keeping score. I'm curious what it would take to do that professionally. [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome to Work & Money at 9:08 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 2 answers [6 favorites]

Please describe for me your planning routines

I've realized I need to get better at planning at work - especially for medium- and long-range projects and goals. I have no trouble finding suggested planning methodologies and documents online. Where I struggle is in understanding where and how this fits into daily working life. Can you share your planning hacks, techniques, systems and routines with me? [more inside]
posted by Miko to Work & Money at 11:15 AM on Jun 23, 2017 - 1 answer [5 favorites]

Which MacMini model should I get?

We have an ancient MacMini that's our family computer. I made the mistake of upgrading it to Sierra and now it runs sooooo slooooooowly it's super-tedious to use. Guess it's time to upgrade to a new one? But which one? Pretend I'm your great-aunt and explain this to me using little words. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Computers & Internet at 11:15 AM on Jun 22, 2017 - 24 answers [7 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

From a writer: time to get a new agent? How do I do it?

TLDR version: I'm a published author with a well-respected agent who has seriously let me down. But he's the only agent I've had, so maybe I'm being unrealistic and should just be patient. My contract doesn't say I *can't* look for new agents while he represents me, but I can't find a clear answer as to whether or not this is generally frowned-upon. Any other writers have thoughts on this? [more inside]
posted by Mismatched Socks to Writing & Language at 4:08 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 21 answers [4 favorites]

Books with daemons or other magical creature companions

My almost-twelve-year-old is looking for books with daemons or similar companions. She loved Pullman's Materials books and is looking for something similar. She also complains that what she's generally being offered is too simplistic. She wants something a little more challenging. What are your recommendations?
posted by Stanczyk to Writing & Language at 5:49 PM on Jun 21, 2017 - 34 answers [16 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Calling all graphic designers...

I've been doing graphic design stuff on the side for about two years now, and as a result have amassed a large collection of digital assets--fonts, brushes, stock art, gradients, textures, patterns, actions, and more. So large, in fact, that I have no idea what I have. How do you keep track of vast amounts of assets and, perhaps more importantly, their licenses, like this? [more inside]
posted by telophase to Technology at 9:06 AM on Jun 22, 2017 - 6 answers [10 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

How to prepare for a big meeting?

How should I organize/prepare for an important, adversarial meeting where my role is to supply facts, details and fill in any gaps while the higher-ups argue? [more inside]
posted by acidic to Work & Money at 8:49 PM on Jun 21, 2017 - 15 answers [8 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Trying to find Aussie comedienne's TED talk about anal bleaching

I'm trying to find an amazing TEDx talk I watched recently about vanity, mortality and anal bleaching. An Australian comedienne. Help! [more inside]
posted by asavage to Religion & Philosophy at 8:06 AM on Jun 22, 2017 - 1 answer [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Quirky and/or nature-y spots in Chicago and Holland, MI

A European vacation fell through this year, so we're heading north - help me plan an awesome trip to Chicago and West Michigan! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE to Travel & Transportation at 8:02 PM on Jun 21, 2017 - 17 answers [3 favorites]

Appropriate Response to Sudden Departure of Employee

A new employee (~1.5-2 mo) at our company called out yesterday because of a "family emergency." At 11:30pm last night, she sent her boss an email saying she quit, effective immediately. This is a management-level employee in her 30s, who otherwise seems quite stable. She responded to some texts from her boss last night (asking about the email), but has not responded to any phone calls and has not even been responding to texts today. I am worried for her safety at this point. What is the appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by rue72 to Human Relations at 3:53 PM on Jun 22, 2017 - 24 answers [3 favorites]

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