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What digital communications technology relied on underground biscuit tins?

Searching for an incredibly obscure (and hence impractical?) communications technology I saw outlined in a BBC Micro User or Acorn User magazine in the 8-bit era. Difficulty: biscuit tin. [more inside]
posted by Leon on May 6, 2012 - 8 answers

 

Reflection on genuflection

Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

All I ask is an email, damn it!

For those of you who don't contact your SO every day - and for those of you who got used to a SO who goes radio silent: Help! I'd love some perspective. [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet on Apr 19, 2012 - 50 answers

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me learn to swallow my pride

How can I learn to not take others' success/intelligence as an affront to my own? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I communicate better with my dad?

I need some advice on how to communicate better with my dad and hopefully improve our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I express to my partner I'd like him to do thoughtful things for me without making him feel bad.?

How do I express to my partner I'd like him to do thoughtful things for me without making him feel bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I deal with a workplace bully?

Help me crack a communication enigma and figure out how to deal with a workplace bully. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 21, 2012 - 27 answers

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail?

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 17, 2012 - 7 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm never wrong, you're never right

is it a red flag if a person never thinks they're wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 66 answers

Probably-not-an-STD-but-not-sure-yet -- what now?

Please help me figure out how I should tell my girlfriend about my probably-not-an-STD-freakout-moment. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 15 answers

The recovering addict and the… sports addict? What is this?

The recovering addict and the… sports addict? Is this level of interest in sports normal? How can I not take the backseat to sports, while remaining considerate of his feelings as he deals with me dealing with multiple health issues? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead on Mar 15, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I move forward without holding him back?

How do I talk to my fiance about the imbalances in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Mar 15, 2012 - 74 answers

How do I speak to my dad when his crazy thoughts are driving me crazy?

How to reply to my fathers schizophrenic ideations? (long, sorry!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 - 9 answers

I know what music sounds like, but what does it SOUND like?

How would someone who had never heard music perceive the sounds for the first time? What sort of reaction could be expected? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I best support my in-laws given very different communication styles?

Looking for some advice as to how to handle an impending death in the family I married into and with whom I am very close. While I come from a family that talks about everything, my husband comes from a family that talks about most things, but not at all about health issues and death. I would like to be able to support them in the days and weeks ahead but I have no idea how to navigate within their framework. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Would an alien radio pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle?

If an alien located on a planet 100 light years from here was to switch on a big, multi-frequency radio receiver, and record all the noises coming from outer space for the next hundred years, on all frequencies, how many soap operas, advertisements and new broadcasts would they pick up from Earth? Would a mass-market radio, similar to our Earthly equivalents, pick up anything? Over time, as the number of Earth transmissions increases exponentially, would the alien pick up a cacophony or a damp fizzle? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Help Me Ask My Engineer If This Is Built Right

Can you keep this old house from falling down -- or help me stop pointlessly worrying about nothing -- by helping me ask my licensed structural engineer this question the right way? (Long.) [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 22, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you "check in" on a relationship?

BF and I (straight mid-twenties lady) have a happy, loving relationship (2 years+). But, this is my first long-term relationship and I have an anxiety disorder. I want to "check in" with him and make sure we're still on the same page about us and the future, but this is my pattern and it has been unhealthy for me. To the healthy couples - do you "check in" with your partner? Should I? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Breakup diplomacy, help me find peace

Breakup customs-filter. I did my boyfriend wrong, by becoming an exhausted-complaining mess, on a recent depressive lapse I had, partially due to a physical condition. He left me, scared and confused, though we were madly in love, after 3 months of this. I wish to part in peace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 - 52 answers

How do you deal with opposing communication styles?

Texter vs. non-texter relations: How do you deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 - 64 answers

LDR Coping Strategies

My SO would like advice on how he can overcome some of the frustration and sadness he feels about the LDR he and I are in when he misses me. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Feb 7, 2012 - 13 answers

She says I don't listen to her

My wife says I'm terrible at listening to her. What does this really mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 52 answers

Not sure if it's trust or communication that's the problem here.

If my boyfriend says he's coming home late by txt, and I want to know more basic information, like who he's hanging out with, maybe also where, how can I communicate my need to know (for my own peace of mind) without coming off as insecure or controlling? [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec on Jan 27, 2012 - 86 answers

Hepatic Encelphalopathy - even harder to deal with than to spell

Tips on communicating with a partner who has medical issues that cause confusion but not quite dementia (and perhaps spotting it earlier) [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Jan 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Being realistic about paternal relationship

How do I become comfortable with how my father chooses to be involved in my life (minimally, not of his own initiative) as an adult? What are the limits between healthy and compassionate effort on my part and a realistic acknowledgment of both of our limitations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 8 answers

This is called friendship. It's not a race.

Is it going to be worth it to confront this friend/classmate about her competitive nature and its impact on our friendship, or should I just give up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Phone conversation with a stroke patient?

Any tips for talking on the phone to someone with cognitive damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 2 answers

[Anger related issue filter] Do I need a tougher outer shell, or should I be bothered by this?

Difficulty with communicating anger and/or frustration toward friends--need a few techniques to move forward. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jan 23, 2012 - 16 answers

catching up with an ex, disappointing results

I recently reestablished contact with an ex-girlfriend that I haven't spoken to for many years. a few polite emails went back and forth, but i was hoping for so much more... [more inside]
posted by camdan on Jan 21, 2012 - 32 answers

But you're hurting me!

How (specifically) do people in successful relationships let an intimate partner know when he is being insensitive and hurtful? [more inside]
posted by sockratties on Jan 20, 2012 - 37 answers

How to communicate in a new relationship

New relationship - how and when do I bring up the "serious" relationship conversations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Learning from different ideas on eels.

Funny Cross-Cultural / Difference Skits? How to teach people about leveraging difference. [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Jan 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Connect the dots (or, people..)

How do you connect with people? How do you reach out to someone you're interested in getting to know better to let them know you're interested in them as a person (with or without romantic potential). I suffer from a bit of social anxiety and shyness so I tend to feel extremely awkward in approaching opportunities for one-on-one interaction. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Jan 9, 2012 - 19 answers

In a Business setting, how do you measure the value obtained from intangibles such as fostering communication with junior members of the organization?

In a Business setting, how do you measure intangibles such as fostering communication with junior members of the organization? For example VP holding open door meetings every month? In the end I need a metric (A number)? The problem here is that its very hard to articulate value of such things in a metrics crazy world/companies? And I need a metric!
posted by r2d2 on Jan 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Social Media 0.01

I'm curious about military communication methods from before radio - how armies coordinated maneuvers and formations without it. I'm also curious which preradio communications methods would most be of use to modern protesters in urban settings should they be unable to use modern wireless devices. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jan 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Dealing with differing problem-solving styles.

How do my girlfriend and I deal with differing styles of communication? I'm a wait to talk it out person, and she's a talk it out now person. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I tell him I know he is a liar, or is that too drama queen of me?

In July, I entered my only FWB relationship. I started catching feelings, and he decided he couldn't reciprocate. He came back into my life on New Year's Eve wanting more. HOWEVER, I have found out some things that have inspired my current run for the hills (irrelevant as it may be, the nitty-gritty is inside). How do I tell him that I know the truth? Or, should I just go cold turkey on communication? [more inside]
posted by acertainseason on Jan 4, 2012 - 26 answers

Help us meet in the middle.

How can we ease our long-distance communication woes? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 16, 2011 - 13 answers

how to survive long-distance neediness

how needy is too needy in a long-distance relationship? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Dec 4, 2011 - 17 answers

And she became a hermit, never checked email again, and lived happily ever after except for the gnawing self doubt and failed dreams.

Sticks and stones can break my bones but unread emails make me want to hide in a closet. Please help me get over my avoidance of communication. Bonus: failed therapy attempt; social outcast complications. [more inside]
posted by griselda on Dec 2, 2011 - 26 answers

How can I be active in planning for my parents future?

How can I take a more active role in my aging parents lives? More details and thoughts on finance and marital strife, and lack of open communication inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find communication skills books

Book filter - I am looking for books and other resources that teach interpersonal communication skills. [more inside]
posted by 7life on Nov 28, 2011 - 5 answers

I know you don't approve. I won't talk to you about it.

Reconciliation after a break-up: dealing with fallout from friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Boyfriend isn't ready to propose

What are productive ways to deal with the fact that my boyfriend isn’t ready to propose? [more inside]
posted by Ob Lady Dee on Nov 17, 2011 - 65 answers

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Am I expecting too much?

Reasonable Interaction Wishes: Okay out there, help me either adjust my expectations or hold out for communication/relational interaction I'm wanting. Am I expecting too much? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Nov 9, 2011 - 26 answers

Shining a light into the dark

How do you cope and work effectively in an office culture where poor communication is rife? I'm so frustrated. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 8, 2011 - 16 answers

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