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Seeking clothes that politely and charismatically scream “Book me!”

What are your favorite basic but stylish dresses and tops? I’m an actress assembling wardrobe options for auditions. [more inside]
posted by sweetjane on Aug 12, 2016 - 8 answers

How is Edible Foodstuff formed?

My sheer level of "doesn't know how to cook" is possibly outside the realm of most people's imaginations. So in front of me I have: a bag of dried green lentils, a can of diced tomatoes, a box of frozen spinach, a bag of Russet potatoes, a bulb of garlic, nutritional yeast, liquid aminos, and a sea salt grinder. I also have a gas stovetop and pots/pans. Assuming NO other ingredients, please tell me very specifically how to turn this into a...dal? soup? something else? [more inside]
posted by Munching Langolier on Sep 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Explain business to an innumerate child.

I'm working on a novel (yeah, yeah) in which the bad guys are, among other things, a couple of rival business-criminal assholes. I know nearly zero about business, finance, and politics, and I don't want to talk about these folks in ways that show me to be the faffy prancing buffoon I really am. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Investing for Beginners?

My brother and I recently found out that we are collectively receiving $220,000 from our father's estate (he passed away four years ago when we were both in our early 20s). We were advised to invest in some more profitable stocks and were given a list by a financial advisor, but neither of us have a clue how to begin making these types of decisions. Does anyone know any good (free) online resources to start learning the basics of investing and choosing a diverse portfolio? I've been wanting to develop financial acumen for some time now and I guess this is a good opportunity to start, but I don't want to make any mistakes. Any advice? Many thanks!
posted by desert_laundry on Apr 23, 2014 - 35 answers

Help me navigate the basics of the mental health system

My only real experience with mental health practitioners was a brief stint with my free university counseling where I tried one or two medications for anxiety and depression. They didn't do anything for me and I became disheartened and left the idea behind for the past few years. Having gotten health insurance for the first time a few months ago and after some recent introspection, I've found myself interested in possibly trying some anti-anxiety/depression medication again, as well as some sort of ongoing psychotherapy. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help for a photography newbie!

My mum got a shiny new camera. It has dials and buttons and beeps now and then. Understandably, it's all so confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a basic "drawing package" of art supplies?

I was fortunate enough to score a portable camera Lucida via this Kickstarter project. It is a Christmas present for my crafty SO. I want to supplement the tool with a package of basic art supplies: paper, pencils, pastels, water colors. Nothing too advanced, just enough to allow him to explore his possible interest in the (very cool) equipment. I've searched such kits but am kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices, and would appreciate some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Puppetperson on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

What do you wish you knew when you first started cooking?

I recently took the step from instant meals and dining out to to living a little more health-consciously by making my own meals. Although my creations thus far have all been edible, I get the feeling that I am making a lot of novice mistakes that I would be able to correct more quickly if I had someone more experienced guiding me. To this end I come to you, oh wise MeFites; please share with me a list of things you wish you knew or realized when you started out cooking. (Or, mistakes you used to make that made you much better when you fixed). [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Nov 15, 2013 - 56 answers

Cover me!

I'm trying to build a small wardrobe of versatile, well made, neutral basics(who isn't?), with a twist. I have work clothes provided by my employer, so I only need happy fun time clothes. I have nice plain T's. I need some shirts that are a step up but not button downs; I have to wear them at work and hate them. I'm a woman, mid-forties, 5'3", pear shaped, size 4/6/8 depending on the brand. I have a small waist and enjoy emphasizing it in a fully covered, non-binding way. My budget is about $100 a piece. Suggestions?
posted by 1066 on Jul 21, 2013 - 7 answers

When I find this shirt, some company is gonna be VERY happy

Help me find women's fitted boat-necked cap-sleeved or 3/4 length-sleeved shirts in a variety of solid colors! (What, me picky?) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Nov 16, 2012 - 23 answers

university media planning for an early career researcher?

I was asked to consider teaching for a couple of days at a university here in the UK which is great. But I have zero experience in creating lessons plans. I have found some useful free-to-use lesson plans online that I am tailoring but I can't seem to get an indication of what I should provide to the university department leaders in advance. Should I only send the lesson plan and readings? Should I omit readings from what I send my future bosses? Help me make a proposal map so I can sort it all out for the future! It's a media studies department FWIW.
posted by parmanparman on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Good Quality Everyday Clothing Online

Where can I find reasonably-priced basic pieces for women online? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Jul 9, 2012 - 16 answers

How the hell did I get through life without learning the basics here?

I just realized i am dumb. will you please help me? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Nov 27, 2011 - 30 answers

How to play the drums when you've never played the drums

Please suggest resources for me to learn how to create good drum/percussion parts (using a MIDI keyboard). I don't know anything about percussion and so need help with figuring out what sounds to use and what sounds good where. (I know how to get the MIDI into my computer -- I need artistic, rather than technical help -- at least I think that's what I need!) [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find durable high-quality clothing basics for small women

I'm looking for recommendations for well-cut, simple, durable, high-quality clothing basics for women. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Apr 18, 2011 - 16 answers

Skincare 101

It's time to come clean... literally. I'm 26 years old, and I don't really know how to take care of my skin properly to keep it clean, breakout free, and hydrated. Please teach me Skin Care 101, so I can have a daily routine to make this happen. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 25, 2011 - 48 answers

online statistics textbook for biology student

Hello everyone, This is a delurk, so let met start by saying hello. I'm a biology student and I have recently started my first research internship. Now I need to do some statistics, and I have never been any good at it, to the point where I don't even know what exactly a null hypothesis is and why it is important. Please recommend a good basic statistics manual, that will clear up the basics for me. I would prefer it uses R. [more inside]
posted by Coffer on Apr 7, 2010 - 15 answers

And the ugly duckling grew up to be just a really ugly duck.

Wait, grownups aren't supposed to wear torn jeans and ironic t-shirts to work?? Why can't I wear uggs/chucks with my "smart pant suit"? How do adults dress?? (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Hold on a sec, let me get some paper so I can write this down! Open Microsoft Word...

How can I help those less-technically inclined to think more abstractly about using a computer? Also, what's the best way to introduce smarter behaviors to avoid problems down the road and encourage them to learn and explore on their own? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Feb 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Improving my skills with a DSLR camera.

I recently purchased a Nikon D5000 DSLR, and while I'd like to think that I have a bit of a photographer's eye, I really haven't used anything beyond a point-and-shoot for the last few years. Any advice or resources that people have (beyond reading the manual) to improve my skills would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by Political Funny Man on Nov 2, 2009 - 14 answers

My very first belly dance class proved I need some additional help

I just had my very first belly dance class and discovered I'm a bit clueless when it comes to what the instructor is actually doing with her feet and her hands. And her chest. Pretty much everything she's doing mystifies me a bit, actually. Any recommendations for a very good, very basic Belly Dance dvd that I can practice with, or other resources that might help me get the moves down?
posted by Issithe on Jul 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Maintenance for Dummies

What books can I get to not be a "dummy" when it comes to my new job? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on May 29, 2008 - 4 answers

can i hasz webdesignz guidlinez?

Can you point me to any documents or websites that give a generally agreed upon guideline on how to build webpages? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Computer specs for beginners

What are some great sites for teaching people the basics of computer specs? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Aug 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Need "going-back-to-basics" success stories

I'm looking for real-life examples of coaches, business people, athletes or teams who experienced great success when they went back to the basics/fundamentals. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice on Aug 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Good, basic HTML tutorial?

What is the best (preferably online) tutorial for teaching the basics of HTML (and CSS, although that's not as necessary)? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on May 26, 2006 - 10 answers

Poker Tips

Second question of the day (visio one just below was first) hope I am not pushing my luck. Have been roped into a poker game tonight. 6 players, 4 strangers, texas holdem, never played for money with more than one person, have no poker face and no basic strategy. Could anyone point me to a page or give me a golden rule or advice or something that I can use to get me through. I will learn the rules myself. Something I can get into my head in about an hour.
posted by kenaman on Sep 24, 2004 - 19 answers

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