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Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 1 answer

tips for a full-contact kickboxer competing in sports karate

I'm a full contact kickboxer/MMA student looking for training tips for competing in karate point sparring in January. (Light/moderate contact, continuous and stop/start, NASKA rules.) Would love input both from other full contact fighters who've done point fighting, and from pure point fighters. [more inside]
posted by whydub on Nov 5, 2014 - 2 answers

My work cup filleth over with self-doubt. How shall I banish it?

I seem to have lost my work mojo. We also just got a new guy who I don't like/am threatened by. How do I deal with this? Snowflake melting inside. [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Oct 8, 2014 - 23 answers

I want to beat my athletic buddy in our next 5k. How?!

Amateur runner here. I have a friend that I ran a 5k with recently. Even though I train waaaaay more than he does, he whooped me by quite a bit. He's definitely more athletically gifted than me, but I would like to show him up in at least one race for various reasons. Mefite Runners/competitive racers: What can I do in the meantime before the next race regarding training/mindset/etc. so I can put him in his place at least once? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Sep 21, 2014 - 20 answers

How hot is Seattle real estate right now?

We are considering a move to Seattle from the Bay Area. Last year we took ourselves out of the house-hunting game down here due to the crazy market here. What can we expect from Seattle? [more inside]
posted by chevyvan on Jul 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Let's Take Some Tests!

This FPP on the Putnam math tests made me wonder: what other outside-of-school exams or tests are out there that have some kind of competitive element? And how many of them are open to the public? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

I accidentally "took" my friends job.

My good friend and I applied and were interviewed for the same job at a prestigious organization in our field. I got the job. She didn't. I start Monday. My friend is really mad at me. I haven't felt this awkward and upset about something good happening to me since high school senior year awards night. HELP. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Mar 25, 2014 - 67 answers

We Can't All Be Special Snowflakes

I'm a musician and sometimes when I see or hear other artists who are doing cool, innovative things that are somewhat similar to what I'm doing, I feel irritated or threatened, like my work is less important or less unique now, and it makes me bitter or less inclined to continue working on my own stuff. I hate that I feel so petty and competitive instead of just being happy for the success of others. I really just need to get over myself and stop being a butthead, but I don't know how to deal with these feelings. I was hoping the HiveMind could give me some words of wisdom.
posted by chara on Mar 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Leaving employer to create competitor – tips and pitfalls

A colleague and I are considering forming our own company in competition with our employer. We're currently researching our idea and working up a full business plan. How do we do this legally and ethically, and avoid getting fired until we're ready to jump? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 16 answers

How to tally audience voting?

You've got an audience of 350 people. They've just heard two poems recited on stage. You want to know which one they like best. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Jan 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Non-sports competitions for adults

I'm most productive when I'm being competitive and there's outside pressure. I'd like to find some competitions or groups to give me this opportunity. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Nov 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Trying not to be a hater.

How do I not get mad (or how do I get mad in a more productive way) when people who do what I do only not as well receive more attention? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2013 - 36 answers

In it to win it. 4 REALZ.

You're a competitive athlete. How did you level up? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Escaping the Mommy Track

Due to a crazy series of events, I think that (on Thursday) I'm going to get an offer that is a huge step forward in my career. Help me not screw this up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Jump that frog.

I find myself able to enter a frog jumping & racing contest. As does my boyfriend, who refuses to make this a team effort. Help me name my frog and totally school boyfriend, or at least put up a good showing. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Nov 8, 2012 - 15 answers

How to say no to Cultural Education?

Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Oct 18, 2012 - 4 answers

What's a little friendly sexual competition amongst amigos?

How do I manage this potentially awkward social situation and win the girl? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Running a small online competition - help me make sure we're staying on the right side of the law.

The charity I volunteer with want me to set up a photography competition with a prize or prizes to be determined. Anyone can submit an unlimited number of entries (within reason) and the winner(s) will be decided by judges appointed by us. We'll display the photos on our website. What kind of legal warning do I need to provide on the competition entry page to safeguard us? Can I use some kind of standard template? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on May 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Not enough to go around

Are there any good books about unhealthy competition between sisters? I want further insight into my older sister's negative impact on me and our other younger sister. I have not been able to find anything on the subject. Books about competition in families where scarcity was an issue during childhood would also be welcome. Thank you.
posted by Ventre Mou on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Shady sales call? How can I tell?

Are they really discontinuing that service? [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick on Apr 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Keep me from beating my partner about the head with the monopoly board

Both my partner and I are competitive and we are fairly bad winners/losers. This is inconvenient because we both really like playing boardgames together... help. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Apr 18, 2012 - 46 answers

Keep my sister's accomplishments from running over mine

How do I stop diminishing my (fitness/athletic) accomplishments when hearing about friends' and family's accomplishments? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Apr 1, 2012 - 19 answers

For Football Foodies

Help me win my office's Super Bowl snack contest. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jan 26, 2012 - 32 answers

Debate past graduation

Are there ways to continue to do college-style competitive debate after college? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jan 24, 2012 - 10 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

I am the Salieri of frogs and now they just ribbit "failure"

I feel like my life has been a long succession of second bests. For the most part, I've been okay with this; after all, second best is really good, right?!? But recently, I feel like I may be becoming second best in my little hobby--my refuge--and I'm looking for new pick-me-ups, koans, and defensive strategies so I can concentrate on what I love and not get too frustrated all the time. [more inside]
posted by myaskme on Dec 27, 2011 - 47 answers

How do you gracefully compete in business with a friend?

We’ve been asked to work on a project. I have a friend who seemed to have their heart set on this same thing. We’re the older, more established company. They’re the younger company but the project is more obviously in their area of interest. They already know they won’t be doing it, but they don’t yet know that we might. What’s the graceful way to handle this situation without incurring unnecessary resentment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 - 6 answers

OMG TXTING CHAMPION!!1!

I've been tasked with holding a 'texting/SMS contest' tomorrow night, in front of a crowd at the county fair. I've got some ideas on how to do it, but I figure y'all might be able to offer more or improve mine... [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Jul 21, 2011 - 11 answers

What week-long games / competitions can we play on our family vacation?

What week-long games / competitions can we play on our family vacation? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 on Jun 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Ideas for activities for a largeish group of faculty/students

I am on the planning committee of an annual event held by my grad program in which the students and faculty do various activities and performances, play games, and generally make fun of each other. I need some ideas, preferably involving laughter and/or making the faculty do slightly embarrassing stuff. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Mar 28, 2011 - 5 answers

A simple model of the dynamics of whhaaa?

Physicists, or someone who is familiar with physics or mathematical models, please help me interpret "a mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation". I have never heard of Sociophysics before today. [more inside]
posted by ServSci on Mar 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Between 0 and 10 inches

Competitive Googling: Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Feb 28, 2011 - 19 answers

How to protect a startup idea

A friend wants my advice on a secret project, but has been burnt before for sharing and wants some protection from it happening again. How can he share his idea and be sure I'm not going to run away with it. [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond on Feb 10, 2011 - 13 answers

What type of prize drives you to enter an online competition?

For a marketing campaign aimed at current college students, what would a good prize be? [more inside]
posted by ironghost on Jan 25, 2011 - 20 answers

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles

Please help me come up with rules for a friendly long-distance running competition for runners of different abilities. [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid on Jan 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Concerto competitions for big kids

Concerto competitions open to random university students? They must exist. [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Dec 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Is it normal for a company to be secretive about their supply?

Should I be suspicious of a supplier that won't disclose their sources for meat? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Nov 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find the ending

I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Brussels sprouts and tapioca recipes for an iron chef style competition

Help me win this Iron Chef-style competition! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I stay above the fray?

Good news: it looks like I'm being groomed for a new position at work, one I really want. Yay! Bad news: there's rumors that the person who currently has the position is getting fired. I'd like advice on how to deal with this gracefully. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 answers

is it easier to bulk up or slim down?

Is it easier to loose weight in fat or gain weight in muscle? [more inside]
posted by davidjohnfox on Aug 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Keeping the Energy Up for the Big Show

I've got a big show this weekend! Help me prepare for it - especially by working out what I can eat during the day without either killing my stomach or passing out. (esp since I won't have time for dinner...) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Cooking for glory

Chopped Chef Challenge party tomorrow! Help me find my "secret ingredient" for main course and dessert on the grill. Bonus question: ideas for the cocktail contest using my pineapple infused rum. [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on May 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Handling High Stress Work Situations With Diplomacy

A psychological question about work -- How can I be zen and mature about a work reorganization? (I know this sounds like a boring work question, but it's really about how to get over fears of being left out or that other people are better than me.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Switching Sides

Had the ad agency with whom I do freelance work won the account, I'd probably have work. But the Other Ad Agency got the account. Can I approach The Other Ad Agency to work on the account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 - 8 answers

He's a lot like me. But handsomer.

How to deal with a Lothario in your social scene? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 - 34 answers

Why do classical music competitions sometimes not award a first prize?

Why do classical music competitions sometimes not award a first prize? [more inside]
posted by yayjenny on Feb 18, 2010 - 4 answers

A competitive world offers two possibilities. You can lose. Or, if you want to win, you can change.

I am, by nature, not a particularly competitive person. How does a non-competitive person survive (if not thrive) in a competitive workplace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm afraid my work's bonus program will backfire.

My work now offers bonuses if our performance meets certain (fairly high) standards. I'm concerned this will hurt more than it helps. Are my fears unfounded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me peak as an athlete.

I'm looking for tips on how to peak for an athletic performance. [more inside]
posted by vito90 on Dec 16, 2009 - 6 answers

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