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Research on parliaments/legislatures in development?

Could anyone point me to either (1) any recent books or studies that extensively discuss the role of parliaments and other legislative bodies in state building and reconstruction in developing countries, particularly post-conflict ones like Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan; or (2) any evaluations or assessments of development programs to strengthen legislatures that do not rely exclusively on qualitative methods or anecdotes but incorporate experimental, quasi-experimental, RCT or other quantitative evaluation methods? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Apr 14, 2014 - 1 answer

 

Developing your brain and improving performance

I recently learned that the brain starts out with a lot of fluid intelligence (the ability to acquire new skills and knowledge) which decreases as time goes on. I'm 21, and it has reduced a bit already—but it's never too late to start. How can I take the most advantage of this and build the right foundation for my brain while I'm still young? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Apr 10, 2014 - 6 answers

the short way is the long way

What are real-life examples of experiences that are 'shortcuts' to accomplishing something, even though they might be very difficult because of the required intensity? For example, military training supposedly develops a kind of physical and mental discipline that would take a civilian longer to acquire. Rapid learning techniques that allow someone to learn several languages faster than most people learn one is another example. What are others?
posted by michaelh on Apr 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me inform my teaching with books on childhood brain development

What books/resources on childhood brain development will best inform my work as a teacher and curriculum writer for young learners? (explanation after the jump) [more inside]
posted by chickenandwine on Apr 2, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I apply for a different position internally?

I work in web development at my day job. Traditionally, I have done a combination of back-end and front-end work, leaning more toward front-end work, but I have a CS/math background, so I have gotten quite good at JavaScript and building interactive clients. Now I feel like I've hit a wall where I need to move down the stack in order to be happy at work. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Apr 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Should we seek additional help?

My 8 year old is showing some odd behavior - is this a phase, personality, or something that needs professional attention? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Mar 28, 2014 - 24 answers

Best Practice for Prizes for Fundraisers

I work with an organisation which traditionally gives cash prizes to winners in charitable events they hold like duck races and pub quizzes. I am looking for best practice resources or studies (rather than anecdata) to show them that this is terrible development practice, if indeed it is. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Mar 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Professional Development

Has anyone gone through any general professional development courses that were awesome and really helped you in your career? I have been tasked with finding some courses for our team of project managers that will help us become more polished professionals. Topics might include client communication, presentations, meeting facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, etc. Ideally this course could be done online but if we had to bring someone in that wouldn't be a problem. Help us get better.
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

I want to be a fundraiser, but I don't know how...

I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Feb 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Master program in Multimedia/video production

Has anyone completed a master degree in multimedia? This would be a production degree, not research or theoretical. I work instructional design and support in a elearning group through a major university and have a chance to get tuition at very low cost. I am just not sure if gong through the program will make a difference in obtaining better positions later. I am in my early 40's and transferred to this position/industry after moving around in IT for about 10 years. [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Feb 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Best tools for rapid web app development with MySQL on Mac OSX?

I desperately need to pull together a web front-end for my MySQL database on Mac OSX 10.9.1. I have two days to do this, and have spent most of the day down a Python rabbit hole. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Feb 11, 2014 - 18 answers

I need a printed map and a web or mobile app - two birds, one stone?

I need a printed map and a web or mobile app - is there any existing tools/concepts which involve killing two birds with one stone? [more inside]
posted by rutabega on Feb 10, 2014 - 4 answers

Is there a decent, cheaper alternative to Camtasia?

I'm working on a load of small projects for the education arm of a small charity. In order to make the training more interesting, I have been tasked with finding out what can be done in the realm of screencasts. As we don't have any kind of budget, I thought we might be able use something like Camtasia, which our web developer has on his machine. Problem is, I'm pretty sure we only have one licence and I'm even surer that it's going to be a struggle to get anyone to agree to pay for any new software right now. Looking at the tutorials, I was thinking of starting (relatively) simple and maybe using a mix of Powerpoint and animations to enhance an audio lecture. I therefore have multiple parts to this question: 1) Is there a free or really cheap alternative to Camtasia that I should be looking at? or 2) Is Camtasia worth fighting for? If it is, I am willing to learn how to do awesome things with it. 3) Am I even looking at the right kind of software to do this? Thanks very much!
posted by joboe on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Finding good articles on personal development

Unfortunately the internet is flooded with articles like “The top 7 ways to be more productive”. These articles are helpful for someone who hasn’t read many of these articles before, but after a while you want to be able to locate articles that provide deeper insights. For this reason, I have given up on using sub-reddits, such as /r/decidingtobebetter. Recently, I discovered that Medium has some pretty good articles on personal development with only a small minority being of the vague and wishy-washy type that you tend to see elsewhere. Where else can I find good articles on personal development, where good is defined as specific, original and in-depth?
posted by casebash on Jan 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Website question: Is this layout trick possible?

Silly question about CSS3 background images that change size to "cover" shifting dimensions. If you have an image that changes size while snipping off the sides to cover an area, is there a good way to predict its "cover" behavior, so that a piece of HTML text can follow right along with it, so as to fit over a certain spot on the image? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Jan 6, 2014 - 4 answers

iOS development... how do I get even better?

I always see developers such as @rpetrich and @winocm making iOS jailbreak tweaks and things of a really high caliber of development. Just looking at some of their code and it's lower level complexity makes me feel intimidated and makes me feel like I'm just not good enough. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jan 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Can children detect on some level when love is not genuine?

Can children detect on some level when love is not genuine? An example would be when a parent is affectionate to spite their own parents as if to say "This is what you were supposed to do with me," rather than doing so out of a genuine feeling towards the child. Acting the part without the emotion and connection to back it. Can this be perceived by the child and perhaps effect their emotional development? If so, to what degree could this hinder them in the long term?
posted by mrflibble on Jan 1, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Please shed some light onto my ignorance of iOS development

I'm beginning development of first iOS app and I aim to know as much as I can about what I don't know about app development. [more inside]
posted by j3nn1f3r on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I learn about evidence based personal development?

Most personal development is based purely on the author's personal opinion, rather than any empirical evidence. What are some good, evidence based resources for learning about personal development?
posted by casebash on Dec 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Getting started with EC2 and SOA

I want to write a web app that deploys to EC2, but not having any prior experience I'm struggling to find the info I need to get started. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Figuring it out

What should I learn next: Node.js or Android development? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Developer looking for high-performance portable dev laptop

I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements: Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment. What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil on Nov 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Looking for web app development resources.

Help me find good web app planning and development resources. [more inside]
posted by davebush on Nov 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Selling one-square-metre plots to stop a developer

I read about this some years ago and can't recall the details - Does anyone recall it? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there anywhere decent to look for freelance web work?

I'm a frontend web developer with quite a long resume. I work full-time but I'd like to pick up some freelance, remote work in my spare time. I'm wondering if there are any places to look besides my personal network, Craigslist, and those awful "Rent-a-coder" sites where you get underbid by overseas folks who'll do it for $9/hr. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Nov 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Readings in relief and development for the college freshman

When I was sixteen, I said I wanted to be a doctor and work in humanitarian relief. A few years on I'm not so sure - but I want to read all about relief and development! Specifically, the economics and politics of international development, as well as aid workers' experiences. Memoirs, essay collections, academic treatises, etc are welcome. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

iOS to Mac development

I'm currently doing iOS development (junior level) as part of my employment as well for personal app development. Is there a guide out there that can help me expand into Mac development using my knowledge of iOS development as a starting point?
posted by antgly on Oct 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Learning to Contribute to Software Projects

How can I bridge the gap between knowledge of basic programming and actually contributing to software development? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

What are the best web development companies to work for in Toronto?

I'm a front-end web developer (HTML, CSS, jQuery) just starting out. I have a good portfolio from doing work for friends and a few businesses. I'm self-taught and therefore lacking some of the confidence that comes with the feedback you get in a structured learning environment or working tightly with other developers. I want to get in with a web development company/agency that has a great work environment. What would you say are the best web dev companies in Toronto in terms of great work/life balance, great (bright, comfortable) office space, and mentorship/on-going learning opportunities? (Opportunities to work abroad with the company would also be welcome!). Thanks for the info!
posted by nibbip on Oct 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Slowing down the pace

After a successful 20-year career in IT and hitting middle age, I find myself ready to slow down to a potentially unrelated job which has a more leisurely pace and does not require on-call work. While I've resisted burnout over the years, the late nights, bug fixes and fire drills inherent to many different types of DevOps positions like I've been in - spanning hands-on, project management and department management positions at different employers - have really started to get me down. I could afford to take a pay cut, and maybe, in a few years, move. If you've successfully moved from IT or software development into a job that guarantees your phone won't ring late at night, what have you done?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Oct 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Reputable, informative sources regarding South Sudan

I'm looking for news sources, reports written by reputable NGOs, detailed maps, long-form magazine articles regarding newsworthy events and other general info on the current state of politics, economics, stability and other issues of geopolitical interest related to South Sudan. I would like to dedicate approximately one or two full working days to informing myself about the past 10-15 years of history and the current state of the country.
posted by thewalrus on Sep 25, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I become a continuing legal education or general CE provider?

How does one go about becoming a continuing legal education (CLE) or CE provider in the US and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Sep 19, 2013 - 8 answers

What sports or activities are best learnt at an early age?

My son will be turning two soon. We'd like to take advantage of his spongelike brain to expose him to as many different opportunities to learn new things as possible. I've seen early footage of Justin Bieber and Tiger Woods showing proficiency at this young age already in their respective fields, it seems like there is an advantage to seeing if your child shows talent even at that stage. I have no desire to be a pushy stage mother but if our kid does show interest and ability at something it would be nice to encourage it. So what activities, (violin, guitar, tennis etc) should you be learning very early on to have any chance of really excelling at? And which ones are ok to pick up later? It would be a little sad to find out at 12 that he showed talent at say, gymnastics but started too late to make anything of it.
posted by Jubey on Sep 9, 2013 - 31 answers

Web page layout: getting from sorta competent to kinda good

Hey competent web devs! How do you do page layout? Help me get my page layout skills to...well maybe not 2013, I'm not that ambitious, but, maybe late 2009? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum on Aug 12, 2013 - 16 answers

All your database are belong to us

Looking for media to help planning web based development. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Will my fingernail heal?

I accidentally pushed my cuticle back too far and now my nail is, well, missing a spot. Like the nail wasn't finished forming and I disrupted it, so it just didn't form for a horizontal length of about 2 or 3mm. It didn't bleed, but I'm worried that there's irreversible damage to the spot and my nail will never grow there again. Has anyone ever had this happen before? Did it eventually go back to normal? How should I care for the blank spot while it grows out? Pictures: 1 2
posted by youngergirl44 on Jul 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me spend my professional development money

I am very fortunate to have an employer that gives us $1000/year to spend on professional development. Help me spend it! [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jul 18, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I scope a dynamic webpage thingy?

I'm pretty dim, but I've been told to write a scope of work for a dynamic webpage. Can you help me with the lingo? [more inside]
posted by Banish Misfortune on Jul 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Need a game idea for a game programming workshop for young teens

I've got 5 three-hour sessions (over a week) to introduce a group of 11-17 year-olds to game development. I need some ideas for a game we could create in this workshop. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 3, 2013 - 8 answers

How to create HTML/CSS ordered lists for Sections of a document?

I am looking for a method of displaying a list item's parent number in a list with nested sublists, in the way sections of a document would be displayed. Example:
...
8. Defining Custom Counter Styles: the ‘@counter-style’ rule 
8.1. Counter algorithms: the ‘type’ descriptor 
8.1.1. repeating 
8.1.2. numeric 
...
I'd like to use only the ol and li tags and CSS styling, but HTML lists will only display the number of the current node. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Monkey0nCrack on Jul 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to set up a development environment for personal projects?

I'm working on some personal full-stack projects and trying to figure out what my options are for setting up a development environment. For work stuff, I'm used to deploying a dev environment on a machine inside the corporate firewall and then either VPNing or SSHing in to work on it remotely, but I'm not sure what the best choice is for personal projects. [more inside]
posted by asterix on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Best practices or tools for defining specifications for a new website?

My small team is hiring a developer and a designer to build a website. What is the best way for us to communicate the features that the website needs to have? It is a medium-complexity website - more than a blog, less than Facebook. [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on May 31, 2013 - 13 answers

Starting an iOS development company

I work at an airfare company as a junior mobile developer. My best friend and I are thinking of starting a new company and we are considering making it an iOS development company. I already have some good app ideas that I could implement within a short period of time. She already has a corporation on file that she paid a good sum of money for. My biggest pitfall is hiring a designer. I can do the development and I feel that marketing would not be a weak point of this endeavor, however the design is where the problem lies. How feasible is it to start an iOS development company? How much money would we need? Does it make sense to do so? Are there any good resources available for us, including monetary?
posted by antgly on May 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Is anyone familiar with 90 Second Web Builder?

Has anyone used it or does anyone know anything about its functionality? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

What is a good programming tool for developing RPG games?

I want to develop an RPG game based on a non-popular, out of print tabletop RPG - the game I'm developing will be for PC/Mac/(possibly mobile). So far, I'm looking into RPG Maker, which seems to be able to fit the bill most appropriately. I've also looked at Titanium for developing mobile games, but this seems like it's not necessarily a good fit for just hitting the ground running. Any ideas are welcome - priorities are that the system is flexible for development and is easy to begin with (I'm cool with advanced features, but don't want to have to hack the system in order to merely start bringing my ideas to fruition).
posted by jibberish on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Puzzled by jigsaw

When my son was 2.5 years old he could solve jigsaw puzzle really really fast using some kind of mental math but when he was 3.5 years old he took longer. My friends with children also report similar trend. Does the brain develop in a way to explain this?
posted by london302 on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

What happened to Kenya from 1998 or so to make its poverty rate rise?

So I'm going to Kenya in 5 weeks time for some work, and I'm meant to be briefing some colleagues (emphasis on brief) about some aspects of our work tomorrow. Something has leapt out at me, and I don't have the time to research it myself before presenting. [more inside]
posted by smoke on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

My feet are "winter tender"

How do I speed up the blister -> callus process? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 10, 2013 - 14 answers

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