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So, um, do you like....stuff?

What are some questions I can ask new dating partners to get to know them beyond a superficial level? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Oct 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Bosses of Bosses meeting with Bosses of Bosses

I remember hearing an anecdote about the number of bugs a complex piece of software has (Windows Vista in this case?) can be correlated with the number of steps of communication between developers working on the project. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Oct 25, 2011 - 7 answers

email always, phone call, almost zero

Help me analyze this: why am I strongly prefer email than phone call to communicate with my friends. Am I selfish, hypocritical? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Oct 23, 2011 - 25 answers

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation

Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I approach a second date?

Never dated someone I didn't already know. Some advice on dating protocol? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Oct 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Stop reading my mail!

Help me get through to my dad about respecting my privacy now that I no longer live with him. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Jobs that involve communication of social science data?

How can I focus on what I'm good at? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Oct 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me figure out how to handle my boyfriend's attitude toward sex.

Help me figure out how to handle my boyfriend's attitude toward sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2011 - 23 answers

how to encourage the boss

Yesterday I was called into what turned out to be a humiliating tag-team meeting where my supervisor and the department director took turns berating me for my job performance over the past year. Short on specifics and long on phrases like "you don't display ownership of your projects," and "you're always late," etc. All this is odd because just a couple months ago I got an un-scheduled mid-year raise and 'ata-boy from the director. Yes, one of the same who was pounding on me yesterday. [more inside]
posted by markhu on Oct 5, 2011 - 22 answers

ugh.

Follow up to this question: What are productive ways to be mad or frustrated with an SO? I want to honor my feelings and work through them properly, but I also really want to keep moving forward with my guy, too. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Oct 4, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm sorry I suck at listening to you. Let me try again.

I suck at having productive conversations about "heavy" stuff with my significant others, and as such, my current-SO and I are on a break because neither of us know how to work with each other when we're having problems. I want to be better. How? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Sep 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Is it just communication problems or does my boss think I'm incompetent?

Do I have a chip on my shoulder or is my boss underestimating me? Or maybe it's both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Not tonight, I'm washing my hair.

My boyfriend and I want different things from our social lives. How can we make it work? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Sep 9, 2011 - 20 answers

I think I need to communicate, but how?

New guy moving away in a few weeks--how do I tell him what I think? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Sep 6, 2011 - 22 answers

I KNOW. Well. Sometimes. :(

How can I curb my know-it-all tendencies and adjust the way I say or suggest things during a conversation? How can I come to terms with my frustration about being asked to filter my words when others aren’t tasked with the same request? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Sep 6, 2011 - 36 answers

Communications going from bad to worse.

What are some tips for turning around days where you and your SO just don't seem to be communicating or getting along well? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 29, 2011 - 44 answers

Breaker breaker, what's your twenty?

Are there wireless radios and microphones appropriate for bicyclists to communicate with each other?? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Aug 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Communicating with difficult people. Sigh.

How do I keep a conversation open and moving forward when the other person tends to shut down? [more inside]
posted by angab on Aug 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Trust is a many-splendored thing

please help me figure out what I want to say to my partner with regard to our major, major problems, and how to say it. It's long, omg so long. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet yo on Aug 11, 2011 - 69 answers

This is driving me and a lot of other customers batty.

Asking on behalf of someone who may not be interested in your anwers: please tell me about basic business telephone options. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 10, 2011 - 13 answers

How to stop fighting with my boyfriend?

How can my boyfriend and I stop fighting so much? [more inside]
posted by JessicaJane on Aug 1, 2011 - 29 answers

Depends on what your definition of "is" is.

How can I best cope with this relationship impasse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 54 answers

How can I ask my current boyfriend for an unusual technique an ex showed me?

An ex had a very specific sexual technique that drove me crazy. How can I request it from my current boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 38 answers

Don't go away mad (but please go away! for a few minutes! so I can work!)

Is there a technique / piece of ancient wisdom / secret phrase that (a) will get overzealous office conversationalists to back off, and (b) won't leave them mortally offended (or that at least will help me avoid Things Getting Weird in the workplace or elsewhere I have to interact with the same people regularly)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 14, 2011 - 36 answers

I want to understand what constitutes a positive pregnancy experience... and how the health system can help.

I'd love your experience and advice on how to be a good practitioner of women's health in pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by noonday on Jul 13, 2011 - 34 answers

Don't you forget about me... Oops.

I forgot to tell my boyfriend that I am going out of the country for vacation. I leave in a week. How can I tell him without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 - 25 answers

How can I learn to be more assertive?

I want to be more assertive - to be able to express my needs, ask for and state things clearly without feeling guilty or being whiny. Please give me suggestions for how to learn and especially how to practice/build up to this so it becomes a habit. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Did you not get my text?

I have a good friend who rarely picks up when I call, doesn't return texts until several days later, sometimes not at all, and it really pisses me off. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo on Jun 25, 2011 - 62 answers

How to get boyfriend to doctor r.e. impotence?

I've been hanging out with my boyfriend for around 7 months (I'm female). He's really sweet, and we get along really well. I stay at his place a couple of times a week (more or less) and on weekends. His place only, since he lives alone and near things, and I live with roommates and further away from stuff. We're both in our 40s. I was single for an incredibly long time before hooking up with him (although occasionally having sex with various casual hookups), he's been in and out of relationships pretty regularly. We sleep together and spoon all night, sometimes he's all over me, and vice versa, and we kiss and cuddle an awful lot. But no sex. None. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2011 - 33 answers

I blew it with an awesome guy—how not to do this again?

I think I may have just blown the opportunity to build a relationship with someone really awesome. Help me to not repeat this in the future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2011 - 54 answers

Mystery Cell Phone Display Question

I was with a person that had an older style cell phone, I think it was an LG, but not sure. He was showing me pictures, but I was distracted with a series of around 10-12 numbers that were displayed on the screen, to the left and top of the picture area (not inside). They kept changing about once a second, each digit with no regularity. One would think that it may have been GPS coordinates but the numbers were too random and not changing in any particular sequence. What the heck was that? A tracking device? When I asked him what it was he very quickly deflected the question.
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jun 15, 2011 - 7 answers

What are some good applications for a school to use to manage parent/teacher communication?

Looking for an application for a small school that can manage a few specific tasks. Does this software exist? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Don't text me. Really, don't.

How can I block a certain number from texting my phone? [more inside]
posted by sideofwry on Jun 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Colleague problem. Problem colleague. What do I do?

My colleague is becoming a nightmare to work with, and I'm worried both about our shared projects and about her personally. There's no clear official procedure to follow, and taking it further up the ladder is getting me nowhere. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How do you pick your Anglo name?

I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 3, 2011 - 50 answers

Conversational Tennis: 30-Love

How to get my boyfriend to engage in more conversations with me? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jun 2, 2011 - 39 answers

I'm at a loss for words, darling...

Occasionally, my boyfriend makes remarks about womankind that I find sexist and hurtful. Last night, I called him out on such a remark. Was I overreacting? How should I handle this the next time it happens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 100 answers

Help me be more communicative and considerate.

How do I get myself to stop assuming that my SO knows things I need to tell her? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley on May 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it ever normal to dislike your SO?

Is it normal to dislike your boyfriend at times? (Or girlfriend, or husband, any SO...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 40 answers

Answer my question. The one that I asked. Now please shut up.

How do you deal with people that don't answer the questions you ask, and speak too long about semi-unrelated subjects? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on May 3, 2011 - 36 answers

They're all gonna laugh at me

Is blunt criticism a warning for being fired? I work in a small office where 3 mistakes (mainly numerical errors) I made have been called embarrassing in a 5 month period. This is not a financial sector job. Yes I make more than 1 mistake a month, but what's bothering me is that this specific word has been used by the 3 people I work with most. [more inside]
posted by Freecola on Apr 27, 2011 - 19 answers

Reluctant Barbie Girl

How can I explain to my boyfriend that some of the fantasies he has about me are hurting my self esteem (and our relationship)? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Apr 22, 2011 - 62 answers

Now you read it, now you don't

What is the name for the rhetorical tactic of communicating through the conspicuous absence of communication? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Apr 10, 2011 - 26 answers

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop?

How to get laptop display transferred as data to another laptop? [more inside]
posted by bboylawson on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Social Skills

One of my friend cannot interact with people, he is a loner. He is a really nice guy. How would you advice him to be more social. He says he cannot make a small talk, he is shy and he feels others hate him because he does not talk much.
posted by kirang on Mar 17, 2011 - 17 answers

No, you just have to wait...

I love my boyfriend very much. We have a wonderful relationship and I would like to get married. We would both like to get married. We've talked about it, and agreed that we share this goal. Yay! However, we have very different ideas about when to get engaged. I want to shout it from the rooftops, but he wants "more time". Please help me understand his reasons for waiting to make our intentions official and public. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

A rational explanation of the GOP budget?

Can anyone point me toward some writing by a smart person in support of the GOP's budget? I'm not being snarky—I am sure that wealthy, anti-intellectual people looking out for their own interests is a motivation on the part of some congresspeople, but I am not ready to believe in a world where it is the only one. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

What's the best way to proceed with the interview process when I like the company but I'm increasingly unsure that I want a job right now at all?

What's the best way to proceed with the interview process when I like the company but I'm increasingly unsure that I want a job right now at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 - 8 answers

From cohabitation to nohabitation

I have lived with my boyfriend of 4 years for 2 of those years and now I am moving out. How can I make this transition smoothly? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 1, 2011 - 9 answers

One of those, "but you don't look sick" situations.

How do I explain to people the aftermath of what is probably due to mono? People (family, cute girls) keep brushing off my physical symptoms when I try to concisely explain that, even though I'm infinitely better than I was a couple months ago, my energy fuel tank still empties suddenly and unpredictably, and then I feel awful, freezing, aching, dizzy, and extremely sick until I sleep it off? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 1, 2011 - 15 answers

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